HE IS RISEN



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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BLACK SABBATH


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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Choices

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.

 Amen.
... 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
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... 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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NOAH

Genesis 6:8-9 & 22 (ESV)
      …..Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.  …….. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.

Father You remind us in the story of Noah what it means to find favor with You. You favor the obedience born in the heart of faith, lived in confrontation of a corrupt society and steadfast through hostile opposition. It is a reasoning, righteous and radical obedience. Father it was Noah’s obedience that manifested itself in a life of righteousness, and faithful fellowship with You.

Father You certified Your approval of Noah’s obedient faith in Hebrews 11:7 (GW) “Faith led Noah to listen when God warned him about the things in the future that he could not see. He obeyed God and built a ship to save his family. Through faith Noah condemned the world and received God's approval that comes through faith.”

Father may our obedience be as transparent to the people around us so they can see our faith in
You as Noah’s generation saw his faith in You.  

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Teach us good Lord ...

Teach us, good Lord,
To serve thee as thou deservest;

To give and not to count the cost;

To fight and not to heed the wounds;

To toil and not to seek for rest;

To labour and not to ask for any reward.
Save that of knowing that we do thy will.

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... a prayer of St Ignatius

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sweeter than honey

"...blessed are they that hear the Word
of God, and keep it"
(Luke 11:28)

Oh, God, give us hearts to desire to hear the Word of God! Give us hearts to desire to obey what we hear! We know that you speak to us not just to be heard, but you speak to us to be obeyed! May we read and study the Scriptures with attentive ears and receptive spirits. May the Word speak to our hearts loudly so we hear your Voice and are compelled onward to obedience. Open our ears, Lord. 

"How sweet are thy words unto my taste!
yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"
(Psalm 119:103)



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