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Easter Sunday to Regular Monday

He is RISEN! What a glorious truth! All around the world, thousands and thousands of Christians raised their voices in celebration that the grave could not hold God's Christ! Because of Jesus' death and resurrection we are not only forgiven but are gifted with eternal life as Sons and Daughters - men and women purchased by His own blood from every tribe, tongue, and nati...

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Silent Saturday - Easter 2014

The journey to the cross was complete. All four of the Gospel Writers talk bout the death burial of Jesus. Sundown on Friday was the beginning of the Sabbath. Neither handling a dead body nor the work of preparing one for a burial was acceptable. So a man named Joseph from Arimathea, offered a tomb and linen for Jesus' body. He was laid in the tomb and a large stone was...

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The Journey to the Cross - Good Friday

Good Friday - The Glorious Agony of the Cross "And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left." (Luke 23:33 ESV) What an overly simplistic way to describe what happened on that hillside. "there they crucified him" Crucifixion wasn't an uncommon capital punishment in the Roman w...

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The Journey to the Cross - Thursday

"If I do not wash you, you have no share with me." Jesus gathers with his disciples to celebrate the Passover meal in a rented upstairs room. Now, there was likely some washing of hands and face from a day outside in the dusty city but before the meal Jesus does something truly remarkable. The Apostle John records it in his gospel: "Now before the Feast of the Passover,...

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The Journey to the Cross - Wednesday

Woe to the hypocrites! During his time in Jerusalem, Jesus continues to teach those who gather around him. Often, when the crowd gathers, a contingent of religious leaders follows - sometimes to listen but more often to try to fool Jesus into saying something that will get him into trouble. Rather than just answer their trick questions, Jesus often responds with a questi...

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The Journey to the Cross - Tuesday

Beginning last night, at sundown, the 7 day observance of of the Jewish Passover began with what is called a Seder meal. This meal consists of specific traditions and customs each having meaning and significance in the remembrance of God's salvation of his people from slavery and bondage in Egypt as recorded in the book of Exodus. More specifically, Passover references t...

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The Journey to the Cross - Monday Morning

For Christians around the globe, yesterday marked what is traditionally known as Palm Sunday. Now, I know that Jesus wasn't born on December 25th, year 0 and didn't rise from the dead on the 3rd Sunday of the month of April. These days serve as a marker for us. A date and time set aside for us to remember and consider what was happening in God's story of redemption. Palm S...

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