The Resurrection of Jesus and Believers

The Resurrection of Jesus and Believers

Today we remember the crucifixion…

On the cross Jesus said, “It is Finished.” (John 19:30) 

FINISHED – PAID IN FULL.

For those who place their faith in Christ, all the bad things we have done or will do, are paid for in full, by the blood of the Lamb who gave his life for us on the cross.

Do you wonder if you are lovable?
Do you wonder if he really can forgive you of your sins?
Does your guilt lie to you?

Psalm 103:10-12 answers these very questions:

“He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth,so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

This Easter Sunday we will celebrate not only Jesus’ death but that He is ALIVE!!!  Because Jesus resurrected from the dead – we too will one day be resurrected from the dead.  Ever wonder what our bodies will be like in heaven?  This video answers this question and is based on I Corinthians 15.

(if you cannot see this video - click here)

I Corinthians 15:55-58 says:

“Where, O death, is your victory?

    Where, O death, is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

 

For those who have placed your faith in Jesus Christ – death has lost it’s sting!  Death brings victory, as we will be resurrected with Christ!

Are you saved?  If you have never accepted the free gift that God has offered you of eternal life, which only comes through faith in his Son Jesus – I bid you – do it today! And if you have questions about your salvation, please ask your local pastor, friend or send me an email.

Verse 58 is my encouragement to you today: “Sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

Happy Good Friday. Have a fabulous weekend with your family and Happy Easter!

Walk with the King!

15 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas

15 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas

 

For God so loved the world –He gave his Son!

Immanuel –God with us!

And because God is love – he has commanded us to love Him and to love others (Matt 22:36) – not just at Christmas time –but ALL the time!

So I want to give you 15 practical ways to keep Christ in Christ-mas.  These 15 ways are not numbered – but the first 9 are in the collage below and the last 6 are in the writing of this post :).   I’ve already begun facebooking, tweeting and pinning the tips below on my Women Living Well pages (I invite you to follow along there).

Keeping Christ in Christmas Collage

 

Christmas time is a time when people are open to talk about spiritual things.  It’s easy to invite family or a friend to church or to a choir concert.  A couple years back, I invited a little boy from my son’s football team and his mom, to our church concert. It was easy – and they came!  And I’ll never forget when the mom walked in – she said, “my son just asked what that thing is, up on top of the church,and I told him a cross.”

 

church cross

 

The little boy did not know what a cross was!  I love that Christmas is a chance to introduce people to Christ in a natural way.

I’ve also given out Bibles or devotionals at Christmas time to baggers at the grocery store, women at the salon, and to neighbors.  It seems to be a natural time to give something spiritual as a gift.  Come January 15th, if I handed someone a Bible they might think that was odd or offensive.

Another thing we do at Christmas time to remind our children to share the love of Christ – is our Jesus stocking.

Our Fireplace and Jesus Stocking

 

We have 4 white stockings hanging on our fireplace and then a special one that is royal red. It’s a stocking fit for a King – King Jesus!  During the month of December, I invite my children to put gift money or chore money into the stocking and then, right before Christmas we give it to a charity.  Last year, we donated toward a well in Africa.   I love how this hangs on our mantel as a daily reminder of the presence of Jesus – our 5th member of the family, in our house.

Need a resource for some ideas of ways you can light up your community with the Kindness of Christ?

Courtney DeFeo (great first name right? ;) ) has created a list of 100 ways here:

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She includes ideas like:

Stage an early morning chalk attack. Pick a street – yours or another! – and write a “good morning” or “have a great day” message on every driveway.

or

Stand outside your child’s classroom and give each child a single flower as they walk in. Then, as the children enter the classroom, have them hand the flower to their teacher. By the time class begins, he or she will have a vase full of flowers!

or

Try to find out when your child’s FRIEND has a game or performance coming up.  Surprise him or her by attending and bringing a poster or other fun ways to cheer them on.

I love these!

Remember, this is not just for the holiday season.  ALL YEAR LONG – spread the love of Christ. We are the light of the world!

I have one more family tradition that didn’t fit in this post – so I’ll write more about this next week.  Until then, have a GREAT weekend with your family and friends and remember –shine sistas –and teach your little ones to do the same!

Walk with the King,

Courtney

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Are You Leading a Summer VBS or Neighborhood Bible Club?


Are you leading a summer VBS or Neighborhood Bible Club?

This is a great way to share the gospel with kids.

You can do it on your driveway, in the church parking lot, or even on a dry erase board.

You can make it small or make it huge and sit the kids around the square…the kids always love it!

 **Chime In: Are you leading a Summer VBS or Neighborhood/Backyard Bible Club?  What materials are you using and do you have a special way you present the gospel?  Share it with us!

Walk with the King,

 

 

 

 

The Precious Blood of Jesus

The Precious Blood of Jesus 

 
Today we remember. (Taken from Matthew 27)

 
We remember…

 
the betrayal for 30 pieces of silver


the flogging


the crown of thorns


the purple robe


the sign “Hail, King of the Jews!”


the strike on Jesus’ face


the crowd shouting “Crucify Him!”



the long walk to Golgotha carrying the cross



the nails in his hands



the nails in his feet



DARKNESS



the words “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”



the temple curtain torn in two from top to bottom



the earth trembling



the guards exclaiming “Surely he was the Son of God!”

  

 Life is in the blood –the precious blood of Jesus. 

{If you cannot see my video click here to view it.}

On the cross, Jesus said “It is Finished.” (John 19:30)

FINISHED – PAID IN FULL. All the bad things you have ever done are paid for in full by the blood of the lamb who gave his life for you on the cross. Do you wonder if you are lovable? Do you wonder if he really can forgive you of your sins? Does your guilt lie to you?

Psalm 103:10-12 answer these very questions: He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
 
It’s in Christ’s mercy that I have found rest in this difficult world. The blog Women Living Well would not exist if it were not for the truth of Good Friday and Easter Sunday. I have found rest in Jesus Christ my Savior.
 
 
Have you found this rest? If you have placed your faith in Christ and believe that he indeed lived, died and rose again and have repented of your sins – your sins have been cast as far as the east is from the west. But, If you have not done this, I John 5:12 says you do not have eternal life. If you have never accepted the free gift that God has offered you of eternal life which only comes through faith in his Son Jesus – I beg you – do it today!
 
 
Have a fabulous weekend with your family and Happy Easter! 
 

He is Risen!

 
Walk with the King!