Celebrate Easter!

Easter pics 1Let’s keep Christ in the center of our Easter celebrations. He is risen. He is risen indeed!

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Hope Springs Eternal

Hope springs eternalThe hope of spring, the hope of health, the hope of love, the hope of peace, the hope of glory: hope  springs eternal.

When a fragile flower peaks up through the snow and ice, we marvel at God’s grace and rush to plan a spring garden.

Whatever our current situation may be, we visualize, strive for, and expect a miraculous new beginning because we are endowed with God’s spirit and trust in his enduring love. Signs of his sovereignty and majesty are all around us. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17) Rejoice in hope!

Agape Love

Valentine RosesThe Bible speaks of several forms of love:

  • eros – romantic attraction
  • philia – brotherly love, fellowship
  • agape – selfless, spiritual, unconditional

Eros involves a feeling of  desire and longing that can wax and wane with changes in circumstances, perceptions and expectations. Phileo friendship also may change with the times, but agape love is endless and without bounds.  Jesus personified agape love — the most noble, sacrificial love. He commands us to love others as he has loved us. Agape love is not merely a feeling, but an act of will.

Apples in a Seed?

Apples in a SeedWe know how many seeds are in an apple, but only God knows how many apples are in a seed. We plant seeds of truth by spreading the gospel, as described in the parable of the sower in Matthew 13. Some seeds fall along the path and are snatched away. Some fall in rocky places where they are received with joy but have no root and soon wither. Some seeds fall among thorns where worries of this life choke them out. And some seeds fall on good soil where people hear the Word, understand it, retain it, and produce a crop. What places in your life are like valleys, mountains, or rough places that challenge your faith? Mountains are difficult challenges requiring endurance and perseverance. Valleys may be depressing events that lead to emotional fatigue, mental distress and physical exhaustion. In crooked places you don’t know which way to turn, you can’t see the path or discern the way. In rough places, like with illness and betrayal, the going gets tough; you can clearly see the way, but it is still very difficult to cope and keep going.  When you hear the Word and understand it, you produce a crop yielding many times what was sown. Our  job is to plant the seeds of truth. How many apples may be in the seeds you are planting and in the seeds from those apples in the future? Keep planting. Only God knows what the harvest will bring.

Joy to the World!

Joy to the WorldJoy to the world the Lord is come; let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, and heav’n and nature sing, and heav’n and nature sing, and heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing.

He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove the glories of His righteousness, and wonders of His love, and wonders of His love, and wonders, wonders of His love.

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth” (Psalms 98:4 NIV)

 “In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” (John 1:4-5 NIV)