Monday, April 20, 2009

Easter Pics

Here's some pictures of our little family taken during the Easter holiday. The picture above was taken as we were coming out of church. My, how that little boy has grown!!! He will be 8 in a couple weeks. How time flies!! Below is David posing with his "brick" on the new softball dugouts at his school. I'm going to take his picture by the brick every year to record his growth. There were no other bricks with 'Class of 2019' on them!! LOL, Mom's hopeless!

This is David, counting his loot at the at the Easter egg hunt the day before Easter.

I hope you all had a wonderful Resurrection Sunday. Not only does our God reign, He is alive for evermore!!!!!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Seven Last Words of Christ

Although the order cannot be determined, here are the last words of Christ from the cross, as He was dying for our sins:

•The Word of Forgiveness
–Luke 23:34 “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
•The Word of Salvation
–Luke 23:43 “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
•The Word of Desolation
–Mark 15:34 “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
•The Word of Suffering & Sovereignty
–John 19:28 “I am thirsty.”
•The Word of Community
–John 19:25-27 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear woman, here is your son," and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
•The Word of Commitment
–Luke 23:46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last
•The Word of Completion
–John 19:30 “It is finished.”

The cross was not a mistake. It was not a mishap. It was a part of God’s plan from the very beginning. It is the intentional sacrifice of the Good Shepherd on behalf of the sheep.

“It is finished”
i. NOT, “Whew, that’s over.”
ii. NOT, “I’ve had it!”
iii. Greek: 'tetelestai' – “It is in the present condition of having been accomplished!”
iv. It is complete!
What is complete? Our salvation. Praise His Name! He Lives! He is seated at the right hand of the Father ever making intercession for us.

God ALWAYS works for two things:
1. our good
2. His glory

ALL of this is from my notes from Pastor Ryan's classes.
Happy Resurrection Day, everyone!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Prophesies that have come to pass

Here are some of the Easter prophesies that have come to pass, regarding our Lord Jesus Christ:

a. Betrayal by a friend (Ps. 41:9)
b. Being forsaken by his disciples who were offended at him (Ps. 31:11)
c. False accusation (Ps. 35:11)
d. Silence before His judges (Isa. 53:7)
e. Being proven guiltless (Isa 53:12)
f. Numbered with the transgressors (Isa 53:12)
g. Being crucified (Ps 22:16)
h. Mockery of the spectators (Ps 109:25; 22:7-8)
i. Gambling for his garments (Ps. 22:18)
j. Prayer for his enemies (Isa 53:12)
k. Being forsaken by God ( Ps. 22:1)
l. Yielding of His spirit into the hands of the Father (Ps 31:5)
m. Bones not broken (Ps. 34:20)
n. Burial in a rich man’s tomb (Isa 53:9)Vinegar to drink for thirst (Ps. 69:21)

These are from the series Pastor Ryan did on the 7 last words of Christ from the cross. He sent me his notes and slides. I just got them, and there's SOOOOO much in there!! I'll be sharing more over the days toward Easter.