exceeding JOY!

"But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are 
partakers of Christ's sufferings"
(1 Peter 4:13)

A.W. Tozer says, "The obedient Christian believer will continue to rejoice and praise God even in the midst of continuing trials and suffering in this earthly life!"

As God's people, as His children, we ought to adopt this same philosophy as ours. We know that things here on earth are not as God intended them to be. We know that things here on earth are vile and wicked. But, let's not be too busy wallowing in our sufferings to take time to rejoice in the gracious prospect of all that will take place when God fulfills His promises to His Redeemed children!

Our prayer should be not just to cope with the testings in life but to rise above them!

Let's bring to life the words of Peter - "When Christ's glory shall be revealed, you may be glad with exceeding joy!"


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Your Resurrection has brought us Joy

It is only right, with all the powers of our heart and mind,
to praise You Father and Your Only-begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Dear Father, by Your wondrous condescension of loving-kindness toward us,
Your servants, You gave up Your Son.

Dear Jesus You paid the debt of Adam for us to the Eternal Father by
Your Blood poured fourth in loving-kindness.

You cleared away the darkness of sin By Your magnificent and radiant Resurrection.

You broke the bonds of death and rose from the grave as a Conqueror.

You reconciled heaven and earth.

Our life had no hope of eternal happiness before You redeemed us.

Your Resurrection has washed away our sins, restored our innocence and brought us joy.

How inestimable is the tenderness of Your love!

... Gregory the Great's Easter Prayer

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Resurrection Life

Abba Father, we thank you for the Resurrection. Because Christ was raised we have confidence that we also shall be raised. Death no longer is in control. Indeed, we are raised with Christ now! Help us to live into that resurrection life as we go through our day. Remind us of who we are in Christ, that sin and death no longer have any dominion over us, but that we are free to live to Christ. Amen

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All praise to you, Jesus Christ, risen Savior.  You triumphed over death and hell  You are King of kings and Lord of lords.  Forgiveness and salvation are Yours.  You have redeemed us and made us holy in the sight of God.  Grace and peace flow from You.  In You and through You we find strength and blessing and abundance life.  Let all heaven and earth declare Your praise as the risen Son of God, the Savior of the world.  We love You.  Amen.


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Luke 22:52-53 (ESV)
     52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders, who had come out against him, "Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 53 When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness."

John 20:19 (HCSB)
     In the evening of that first day of the week, the disciples were
gathered together with the doors locked because of their fear of the Jews.

Father when I meditate on these verses and understand that the day between the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus was the darkest of times for the disciples. Judas had betrayed Jesus, Peter had denied him and the rest of the disciples had forsaken him running for their lives into the dark shadows of that dreadful night in Gethsemane. Gripped and nearly paralyzed by fear they now huddled together uncertain of anything. It was the gloom of the tomb that obliterated their hope and made that Saturday a Black Sabbath.

Father enable us to realize that without some insight into the deep trauma of those disciples’ depression and despondency we can never appreciate what the light of the resurrection really means which according to Your Word is: “The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow, a light has shined.” Matthew 4:16 (NLT)

Father thank Your for that Light which means there will never be another Black Sabbath. “Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.” Hebrews 9:28 (NLT)


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The Love of God

The Love of God Frederick M. Lehman 1917

The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star, and reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care, God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled, and pardoned from his sin.

O love of God, how rich and pure!How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure The saints’ and angels’ song.

When years of time shall pass away, and earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men, who here refuse to pray, on rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure, all measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race— the saints’ and angels’ song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill, and were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill, and every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above, would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole, though stretched from sky to sky.

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I choose to breathe the breath of Christ
that makes all life holy.

I choose to live the flesh of Christ
that outlasts sin’s corrosion and decay.

I choose the blood of Christ
along my veins and in my heart
that dizzies me with joy.

I choose the living waters flowing from his side
to wash and clean my own self and the world itself.

I choose the awful agony of Christ
to charge my senseless sorrows with meaning
and to make my pain pregnant with power.

I choose you, good Jesus, you know.

I choose you, good Lord;
count me among the victories
that you have won in bitter woundedness.

Never number me among those alien to you.

Make me safe from all that seeks to destroy me.

Summon me to come to you.

Stand me solid among angels and saints
chanting yes to all you have done,
exulting in all you mean to do forever and ever.

Then for this time, Father of all,
keep me, from the core of my self,
choosing Christ in the world.

... a prayer by Joseph Tetlow SJ

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bandage our wounds

Precious Father,

Today, we lift up so many hurting people to you. There are people hurting physically, spiritually and emotionally. There are people hurting at the hands of others and some at the hands of their selves.  Our world is filled with pain and suffering and disappointment. Father, I ask that you begin to minister to those in need. Send your sweet Holy Spirit down to manifest your goodness in their lives. Reach down and touch those hurting and needy places. Reach down and dispense sweet mercy and grace upon them. Draw them to you. 

I am so thankful, Father, that we have a God who cares about us. A God who identifies with us. And a God who is able to heal us and bandage our wounds. You are so good and we give you all praise and all glory and all honor!

"Our help is in the name of the LORD,
who made heaven and earth"
(Psalm 124:8)


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Day by Day

Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ
For all the benefits Thou hast given me,

For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,
May I know Thee more clearly,

Love Thee more dearly,

Follow Thee more nearly
... a prayer of Richard of Chichester.

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A Palm Sunday Prayer

On this day of great rejoicing, Lord Jesus Christ, when we welcome You as our King and Savior, we also walk in the shadow of Your cross. Hosanna! we cry. Blessed are You who come in God’s name to save us. Hosanna! Strengthen our faith on this Palm Sunday so that when the time comes to carry the cross we might still call out to You with heartfelt praise. Give us the grace and the courage to follow You this Holy Week from death to resurrection, from darkness to the fullness of light.We need You, Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior. Hosanna!  We love you.  Amen.

*Prayer from Palm Sunday prayers
*image from googleimages.com


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