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+++ The Christian Banner - June 2019 +++
 
 

 

Congratulations to our 2019 Father of the Year - Gary Gumpert!

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 The Basics… 

The things we all must have to survive, physically speaking, are food, air and water. Remove any of these for a period of time and we will perish.  It’s that simple. 

Spiritually speaking, there are basic things we need as well to survive, for example, the Word of God, prayer, and the church. When we read and study the Word of God, hear it preached or taught, God speaks to us. He guides us along as we learn the principles of scripture. When we pray, we talk to God.  This is essential if we are going to have communion and fellowship with Him.  Prayer is such a necessary part of our Christian experience.  If we neglect to pray, something essential will be missing, so we must learn to pray if we are serious about developing our relationship with God. 

All Christians are not called to preach. As believers, we are all called to serve in some capacity and we are all called to pray.  Have you answered this important call to pray?  It’s life-changing.  The moment you take seriously your call to pray.  Prayer is our duty and our privilege.  It’s not an option if we want to grow and have God’s power on our life. 

I believe the desire to pray is birthed in us by the Holy Spirit. Just as a newborn child cries out for its mother, the cry for our Heavenly Father is a natural thing for a believer.  It must be developed.  So keep learning!  Yield to the desire placed in you by God Himself.  Pray, pray, pray.  The more you pray the more natural it becomes.  It’s a necessity my friend!  

Pastor’s Blog, written by: Pastor Bruce Freeman, 04/02/19 ~ Copied Article  

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Father's Day

It’s a day to honor Dad and enjoy time with him and appreciate all he does for you. What Dad really wants are healthy, happy and successful kids. And, he wants you to spend a few moments with him on Father's Day. Today's life style is busy for both dads and kids. So, a little time with dad on Father's Day is just what he wants.  

A Father is more than the biological paternal source of our being. It is the person who cares and provides for us. It is the man who helps to set the standards, the family values and the example. So, add to this group, step fathers and other men who willingly and eagerly accept and cherish the role. Whether biological, adopted or informally, if they are the father figure to you, give him some recognition today and don't hesitate to call him "Dad".  

Did you know? The first Father's Day celebration was in Spokane, Washington on 05/18/1910.  

http://www.holidayinsights.com/other/father.htm ~ Copied Article 

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Remember your dad on Father’s Day, Sunday June 16th this year!  

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A Hopeful Prayer for Strength in the Coming Tribulation 

Do you long for the return of Christ? This world is not our home, a fact that becomes increasingly apparent all the time. Our culture continues to drift from its Christian roots and float—at times, even plummet—toward immorality, division, and self-destruction. 

We can rest assured that no matter the circumstances, God is in control. Jesus is coming back to rule forever in righteousness. And as we wait for His return, we are called to be active participants in His plan. We are called to be ambassadors of His love to people who desperately need Him. 

I pray the rising tensions in our world would not cause us to hide in our homes or avoid the issues. 

I pray we would match the urgency of our times with an urgency to pray. I pray we would come before God and be filled with His Holy Spirit in order to find the strength to persevere and be the light of Jesus to those around us. 

As we cling to the hope of Christ’s return and eternity with Him, let us pray this prayer and allow God to guide us each individually to live out His calling as we wait:  

Lord, we’re living in perilous times. The kingdoms are in an uproar. The nation of Israel sits at the hub of history, and the predictions of Your Word are unfolding like a scroll. 

Evil has never been stronger, and the end has never been closer. Our world is in the grip of the birth pangs of tribulation the likes of which have never been seen before and will never be seen again. 

Lord, rejecting the spirit of fear, we claim the Spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. Help us preach the gospel in these last days. Give us a sense of urgency, anticipation, and evangelism as we await the upward call. 

May we persevere as we listen for the shout, for the voice of the archangel, and for the trumpet call of God. 

Dear Lord, give us patience and give us power. Give us strength and sound minds, as we pray: “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” Amen! 

The signs of the times could instill a sense of insecurity if we did not know who was in charge, but because we do know Him, learning about His plan for us fills our hearts with expectancy and hope. 

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Dr. David Jeremiah, Turning Point 04/24/19 ~ Copied Article 

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Early Impressions on Children 

I stood in a house in one of the Long Island villages, not long ago, and I saw a beautiful tree and I said to the owner: “That is a very fine tree; but what a curious crook there is in it.”  

“Yes,” said he; “I planted that tree, and when it was a year old, I went to New York, and worked as a mechanic for a year or two, and when I came back I found they had allowed something to stand against the tree and so it has always had that crook.” And so I thought it was with the influence upon children. If you allow anything to stand in the way of moral influence against a child on this side or that side, to the latest day of its life on earth and through all eternity it will show the pressure.

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Science teacher: When is the boiling point reached?
Science student: When my father sees my report card!
 

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What Question Could Billy Graham Never Fully Answer?  

Answer: Why does God allow tragedy and suffering? 

Billy Graham has called this an “age-old question that none of us can fully answer.” 

During the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing memorial service, Billy Graham talked about times he’s asked God, “Why?” 

“There’s a mystery to it,” he said, referring to suffering. “I’ve been asked why God allows it. I don’t know. I can’t give a direct answer. I have to confess that I never fully understand—even for my own satisfaction. I have to accept by faith that God is a God of love and mercy and compassion—even in the midst of suffering. 

“… I can recall standing at the bedside of children who were dying, and I’ve asked myself, ‘Lord, why?’ I recall walking through the devastation left by hurricanes in Florida and South Carolina, and typhoons in India, and earthquakes in Guatemala and California, and I’ve asked myself, ‘Why?’ 

“… There’s something about evil we will never fully understand on this side of eternity.” 

Maybe you’ve asked God “why?” with all that’s happened in the world recently. Though tragedy and suffering are often incomprehensible, these words of hope from Billy Graham after the 9/11 terrorist attacks still offer comfort today: 

“… “We’ve seen so much that brings tears to our eyes and makes us all feel a sense of anger. But God can be trusted—even when life seems at its darkest.”  

www.billygraham.org, 07/21/16 ~ Copied Article 

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Walk a Little Slower Daddy 

Walk a little slower daddy
said a little child so small,
I'm following your footsteps
and I don't want to fall. 

Sometimes your steps are very fast
sometimes they are hard to see,

so walk a little slower Daddy,
For you are leading me. 

Someday when I'm all grown up
you are what I want to be,
then I will have a little child
who will want to follow me.
 

I would want to lead just right
and know that I was true,
so walk a little slower Daddy,
For I must follow you!
  

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“No matter what has happened to you in the past or what is going on in your life right now, it has no power to keep you from having an amazingly good future if you will walk by faith in God. God loves you! He wants you to live with victory over sin so you can possess His promises for your life today!” ~ Joyce Meyer 

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Question: "What does the Holy Spirit do?" 

Answer: The Bible is quite clear that the Holy Spirit is active in our world. The book of Acts, which sometimes goes by the longer title of “The Acts of the Apostles,” could just as accurately be called “The Acts of the Holy Spirit through the Apostles.” After the apostolic age, there have been some changes—the Spirit does not inspire further Scripture, for example—but He continues to do His work in the world. 

First, the Holy Spirit does many things in the lives of believers. He is the believers’ Helper (John 14:26). He indwells believers and seals them until the day of redemption—this indicates that the Holy Spirit’s presence in the believer is irreversible. He guards and guarantees the salvation of the ones He indwells (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30). The Holy Spirit assists believers in prayer (Jude 1:20) and “intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God” (Romans 8:26–27). 

The Holy Spirit regenerates and renews the believer (Titus 3:5). At the moment of salvation, the Spirit baptizes the believer into the Body of Christ (Romans 6:3). Believers receive the new birth by the power of the Spirit (John 3:5–8). The Spirit comforts believers with fellowship and joy as they go through a hostile world (1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14). The Spirit, in His mighty power, fills believers with “all joy and peace” as they trust the Lord, causing believers to “overflow with hope” (Romans 15:13). 

Sanctification is another work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer. The Spirit sets Himself against the desires of the flesh and leads the believer into righteousness (Galatians 5:16–18). The works of the flesh become less evident, and the fruit of the Spirit becomes more evident (Galatians 5:19–26). Believers are commanded to “be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18), which means they are to yield themselves to the Spirit’s full control. 

The Holy Spirit is also a gift-giver. “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them” (1 Corinthians 12:4). The spiritual gifts that believers possess are given by the Holy Spirit as He determines in His wisdom (verse 11).

The Holy Spirit also does work among unbelievers. Jesus promised that He would send the Holy Spirit to “convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:8, ESV). The Spirit testifies of Christ (John 15:26), pointing people to the Lord. Currently, the Holy Spirit is also restraining sin and combatting “the secret power of lawlessness” in the world. This action keeps the rise of the Antichrist at bay (2 Thessalonians 2:6–10). 

The Holy Spirit has one other important role, and that is to give believers wisdom by which we can understand God. “The Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10–11). Since we have been given the amazing gift of God’s Spirit inside ourselves, we can comprehend the thoughts of God, as revealed in the Scripture. The Spirit helps us understand. This is wisdom from God, rather than wisdom from man. No amount of human knowledge can ever replace the Holy Spirit’s teaching (1 Corinthians 2:12–13). 

 

Copied from: www.GotQuestions.org 

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Michael: How do you like the drum set you got for your birthday?
Thomas: I love it!
Michael: Why?
Thomas: Whenever I don’t play it, my dad gives me 10 bucks! 

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Johnny’s father: Let me see your report card.
Johnny: I don’t have it.
Johnny’s father: Why not?
Johnny: My friend just borrowed it.
He wants to scare his parents.

 

 

  
 
+++ The Christian Banner - May 2019 +++
 
 

 

Congratulations to our 2019 Mother of the Year - Mata Vanhuss!

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Not Like Yesterday

Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.Deuteronomy 8:3 

When our grandson Jay was a child his parents gave him a new T-shirt for his birthday. He put it on right away and proudly wore it all day. 

When he appeared the next morning in the shirt, his dad asked him, “Jay, does that shirt make you happy?” 

“Not as much as yesterday,” Jay replied. 

That’s the problem with material acquisition: Even the good things of life can’t give us the deep, lasting happiness we so strongly desire. Though we may have many possessions, we may still be unhappy. 

The world offers happiness through material accumulation: new clothes, a new automobile, an update to our phone or watch. But no material acquisition can make us as happy as it did yesterday. That’s because we were made for God and nothing less will do. 

One day, when Jesus was fasting and faint with hunger, Satan approached Him and tempted Him to satisfy His hunger by creating bread. Jesus countered by quoting from Deuteronomy 8:3: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). 

Jesus didn’t mean that we should live only on bread. He’s rather stating a fact: We’re spiritual beings and thus we can’t exist on material goods alone. 

True satisfaction is found in God and His riches. 

Teach me, God, what it means to live by Your riches today. You possess all I truly need!

 www.odb.org, 04/25/19, written by: David H. Roper ~ Copied Article 

 

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From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is the Word of God! 

The New Testament is concealed in the Old Testament.
The Old Testament is revealed in New Testament. 

The New Testament is contained in the Old Testament.
The Old Testament is explained in the New Testament. 

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    A Teenager's Prayer 

    Each day brings new beginnings
    Decisions I must make
    I am the only one to choose
    The road that I will take 

    I can choose to take the road of life
    That leads to great success
    Or travel down the darkened road
    That leads to great distress 

    Please open up my eyes, dear Lord
    That I might clearly see
    Help me stand for what is right
    Bring out the best in me 

    Help, Lord, to just say "no"
    When temptation comes my way

    That I might keep my body clean
    And fit for life each day 

    When my teenage years are over
    I know that I will see
    That life is lived its very best

    With you walking next to me. 

    Author: J. Morse
Submitted by: Edith Kearns 

 

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Prayer for Graduating Students

Father God, we thank you for our graduating students. We pray that you will give them direction, purpose, and perseverance as they enter the next phrase of their lives. Give them clearness of mind to move forward into the plans and purposes that You have for them. May these young people gain wisdom from You and have discernment for proper behavior. Raise up Christian mentors for these graduates so they have someone who holds them accountable for their actions. We pray that they will rise above ungodly behaviors and have the boldness to stand up for what is right wherever they work, study, or socialize. Give them wisdom to spend their time and money wisely. Grant them success for their efforts at every turn and guide their feet to follow Your ways. May they be eager to do good and not evil all the days of their lives. Use them in mighty ways, Dear Father. In Jesus name, Amen. 

www.allaboutprayer.org ~ Copied Article 

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After graduating from high school, David moves away from home to study at the University. One of his letters home reads: Dear Father, University i$ really great. I am making lot$ of friend$ and $tudying very hard. With all my $tuff, I $imply ¢an't think of anything I need, $o if you would like, you can ju$t $end me a card, a$ I would love to hear from you. Love, Your $on.  

After receiving his son's letter, the father immediately replies by sending a letter back. Dear David, I kNOw that astroNOmy, ecoNOmics, and oceaNOgraphy are eNOugh to keep even an hoNOr student busy. Do NOt forget that the pursuit of kNOwledge is a NOble task, and you can never study eNOugh. Love, Dad 

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Billy Graham on the Prayers and Influence of His Mother 

Writing in Just as I Am, Billy Graham shared several stories that point to the important role his mother played in shaping his life. 

“In many Crusades over the years,” he wrote, “I have devoted at least one message to the subject of the family. In my Depression-era growing-up years, I suppose we Grahams on our North Carolina dairy farm bore some resemblance to the fictional Walton family on television. It’s easy to feel nostalgic about simpler times, but they obviously were not easier times. Nor were they necessarily happier times. 

“What we did have back then was family solidarity. We really cared about each other, and we liked to do things together. Jesus’ word picture of a hen gathering her brood under her wing fits my mother. She saw to it that we gathered frequently and regularly—and not just around the dinner table or in front of the radio for favorite broadcasts. She gathered us around herself and my father to listen to Bible stories, to join in family prayers, and to share a sense of the presence of God.” 

On August 14, 1981, Morrow Graham quietly left this earth in her sleep and entered heaven. 

“When word came,” Mr. Graham said, “I wept and yet rejoiced at the same time. Of all the people I have ever known, she had the greatest influence on me. I am sure one reason that the Lord has directed and safeguarded me, as well as Ruth and the children, through the years was the prayers of my mother and father.” 

Speaking on Mother’s Day in 2003, Mr. Graham told the audience in San Diego that his mother was a farm woman. “She and my father didn’t have much education … but my mother was a woman of God. She always had devotions with us, she always prayed with us, she always loved us, and did so many things, as I look back now. And she and my father, when I was in Bible school, they would go up to a room upstairs and kneel down every morning at 10 o’clock to pray for their son in Bible school. 

Written by: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association 05/12/17 ~ Copied Article 

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If Roses Grow in Heaven 

If Roses grow in Heaven
Lord, please pick a bunch for me.
Place them in my Mother's arms
and tell her they're from me. 

Tell her that I love her and miss her,
and when she turns to smile,

place a kiss upon her cheek
and hold her for awhile.

Because remembering her is easy,
I do it every day,
but there's an ache within my heart
that will never go away. 

Author: Kirsten Preus ~ Copied Poem 

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Remember your mother on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 12th this year!  

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Three Ways to Grow Closer to God 

Many of us want to become more organized, thinner, healthier, happier, and the list goes on. 

No matter what your goal, you have to implement a plan or steps to get you to your end goal. If you say you want to run a 5K marathon, but don’t specify how many times a week you’re going to work out, then chances are, you’ll never get there. 

As Christians, we may say we want to devote more time to God and following Him. In fact, I hope this is something everyone strives for, including myself. But, unless we set some sort of plan or guideline into motion, we’ll most likely quit in a week or so. 

In order to grow closer to God there are three things we must do. 

1. Find the Holy Spirit.  When Jesus returned to Heaven, He gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit, we have no connection to God or Jesus while we’re still in a sin filled world. If you seek the Holy Spirit, God promises we will find Him. 

For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:8 

2. Listen to the Holy Spirit. Once you’ve asked God to reveal His Holy Spirit to you, you must listen to Him. 

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you. John 16:13-15 

Jesus tells us the Holy Spirit only speaks what He hears from God’s own mouth. 

3. Spend time in God’s word. You must read your Bible. The Bible is God’s most precious gift to us other than the sacrifice of His son. It tells us how we are to find Him, how to live, everything about Him is inside the Bible. When we read it with the help of the Holy Spirit, verses will take on special meaning and relevance to things we are going through. 

Have you ever been struggling with something, opened the Bible, and found a verse that fit your situation exactly? That is the Holy Spirit. 

Have you ever been dealing with something and a snippet of a verse came to mind? That is the Holy Spirit and God speaking to you through His living word. If you don’t know His word, or spend time in it, then you make it very difficult for God to speak to you. And you can’t know someone if you don’t converse with them. 

Written by: Melissa Norris ~ Copied Article 

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What Is Love 

What is love? No words can define it—
It’s something so great
only God could design it.
For love means much more
than small words can express,
For what we call love is very much less
Than the beauty and depth
and the true riches of
God’s gift to mankind—
His compassionate love. 

Written by: Helen Steiner Rice ~ Copied Poem


 

 
 
+++ The Christian Banner - April 2019 +++
 
 

 

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus!  

Sin has a way for sneaking into our lives, it comes softly, slowly and sometimes without us even realizing it, at first it doesn't seem too bad (until it's too late) but before long it has its ugly hold on you. Sin sometimes comes as a harmless dove and in our mind, we may think it's not that bad but remember Satan uses the little foxes to destroy the vine. As Christians, we always need to be on guard for these little foxes or as some use this term too lightly I think, it's just a little sin, nothing major. We need to know there are no small or big sins, sin is sin!  

If you look around our world today you can see one of the number one sins is GREED, it's everywhere, from the White House to the state and county government. Greed has destroyed many nations and it's growing by leaps and bounds in our own country today and it's shameful in the eyes of God. Greed as any sin will take you farther than you ever thought you would go and cost you more than you can pay.  

As Christians, we need to keep our eyes on Jesus and ask for His guidance on a daily basis as we walk through this life so filled with sin. (Lord give us discernment in all we may say and do and guard our minds and our hearts too that may we may live closer each day to You. Be our Guide and Helper too that we may stay on the straight and narrow path with You. Loving You first and foremost and doing the best we know how to do and leave all the sins behind by only serving You. Amen.) Keep your eyes on Jesus!  

Written and Submitted by: Jean Hunt, 03/21/19

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Famous Preacher Quotes 

"The preaching that this world needs most is the sermons in shoes that are walking with Jesus Christ." ~ Dwight L. Moody

"Do not have your concert first, and then tune your instrument afterwards. Begin the day with the Word of God and prayer, and get first of all into harmony with Him.” ~ Hudson Taylor 

"It ill becomes the servant to seek to be rich, and great, and honoured in that world where his Lord was poor, and mean, and despised." ~ George Muller 

"If you have no joy, there's a leak in your Christianity somewhere." ~ Billy Sunday 

"The scriptures are given not to increase our knowledge, but to change our lives." ~ Dwight L. Moody 

"The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor" ~ Charles Stanley  

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What Makes Easter So Special? 

Jesus Christ, the Son of God who came into the world from the Father, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, did wonderful miracles, loved people, blew all of our categories, but nevertheless, he was crucified for our sins, and then on the third day — this is Easter, the celebration of that Sunday — he was raised from the dead never to die again. 

And Luke tells us, having done all of his historical research, that for forty days, Jesus gave many infallible proofs, and Paul himself, who was a kind of Johnny-come-lately to the apostles, said that five hundred people had seen him alive, and some of those are still alive, if you want to go talk to them (1 Corinthians 15:6). That is the kind of historical control they had. 

He was raised physically. They recognized him. They could put their hands in his wounds. He ate fish in front of them precisely to say a spirit, a ghost doesn’t have flesh and bones as you see that I have (Luke 24:39). And yet it was more than physical, because he seemed to go and come at will. Locked doors didn’t get in his way. There is this unusual new dimension to his body. 

He ascended to the right hand of the Father. He sits on the throne with God. He intercedes for us there, praying for his people every day. He is reigning until he puts all his enemies under his feet. The end of Matthew says he has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). He will never die again. He has the keys of death and hell in his hands. 

Why does Easter matter? So for starters, that is what happened. And the question then is: What is the implication for us of the stunning claims and reality of Easter? 

The resurrection vindicates Good Friday, Jesus’ death. His death really did cover the sins of his people. And I would say: One, it means my sins are forgiven, because Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:17 that if Christ was not raised, we are still in our sins. This implies that if he is raised, our sin problem is over. And that is because the resurrection vindicates the event of Good Friday, namely his death. His death really did cover the sins of his people. It really did provide a perfect righteousness for us. 

As it says in Romans 4:25, he “was delivered up,” — that is, to the cross — “for of our trespasses and raised for our justification,” meaning that just as our sin brought him to the cross, the finished work of taking care of our sins brought him out of the grave. God looked down and said, “Oh, my Son’s work was perfect. He is not staying in the grave.” And he raises him from the dead to vindicate all that he had accomplished for us. 

So, practically speaking, one thing you could say of Easter is that every day, the promises of God to me to help me every minute of my life are secured by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, because the resurrection vindicates the cross when those promises were bought for me. 

And then, because of Easter, Philippians 3:20–21 says that Jesus is going to give me a body like his resurrected body. When I die, and I am raised from the dead, Christ will give me a body like his glorious body. So Jesus’ risen body is a forerunner, it is the first fruit, it is a kind of paradigm of the way all of his people are going to have new bodies. 

And then, as if that were not great enough, Romans 8:21 says that “when the freedom of the glory of the children of God” comes to pass and they are raised from the dead and given glorified bodies, the whole creation gets made over as a suitable galactic playground for those of us who have been given bodies that will never sin again, will never get sick again, all tears wiped away. 

The implications of Easter are simply staggering. They are personally precious for every day’s life of struggle, and they are globally, even galactically precious because the resurrection guarantees that this whole created order is going to be made new. 

John Piper, Founder & Teacher, desiringGod.org ~ Copied Article

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Easter is Sunday, April 21st this year. Hope you’ll attend church on Easter too! 

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The Importance of Elevators  

I had been using elevators in my recent visits to see Richard in the hospital. I’m amazed at how quickly an elevator can get you from the bottom floor all the way to the top floor, that is, if you’re the only one on the elevator. Most times there are lots of stops from the bottom to the particular floor I needed to get off at. Elevators are important because without them I could never have reached the floors where I needed to go.  

I recently read an interesting article written in 2014 by Shaunacy Ferro stating facts about elevators. Here’s some of the article:  

“Few inventions have changed the design of the modern city like the elevator. The ability to shuttle groups of people rapidly hundreds of feet into the air has transformed the way we live, work, and travel. Without mechanical lifts, we could not live or work in skyscrapers. The density of metropolises like New York City would be entirely impossible, replaced by a sea of five- and six-story walkups.  

1. The first modern elevators were in the lobbies of luxury hotels. The world’s first passenger elevator was installed in a New York City hotel in 1857. In the 1870s, the technology finally moved into office buildings, allowing businesses to grow up instead of out.  

2. There are now 900,000 elevators in America. About the same number of new elevators–914,000–were sold in the world in 2012. (58% of those new elevators went to China.) 

3. Early elevators were considered “movable rooms.” They featured chandeliers and elaborate furniture and carpeting. Passengers sat down and got comfortable before being catapulted onto another floor. 

4. Without the elevator, there would be no penthouse. The adoption of the elevator radically changed how people arranged multistory buildings. Before the elevator, the highest levels of a home would be reserved for the servants or low-rent tenants, who could be expected to hoof it up multiple flights of stairs, while the movers and shakers of the world lived on the easily accessible lower floors. Once elevators began ferrying tenants in style to the upper floors, the rich began to appreciate the view from the top, giving rise to the penthouse. 

5. In fact, without elevators, cities as we know them couldn’t exist. “If we didn’t have elevators … we would have a megalopolis, one continuous city, stretching from Philadelphia to Boston, because everything would be five or six stories tall,” according to Patrick Carrajat, founder of New York’s Elevator Museum. In the 1870s, Equitable Life Assurance Society CEO Henry B. Boyle changed New York’s financial district forever by building the tallest building in the city at that time–a full seven stories, with a pair of elevators. 

6. We’ve always been uncomfortable in elevators. When gentlemen were still expected to take off their hats in a woman’s presence, people couldn’t figure out whether an elevator counted as a room, and thus whether hats were expected to be doffed. Now, we just worry about avoiding eye contact.” 

When I think about elevators I begin to think about God’s transport system to Heaven. One day I will be transported to Heaven. It may be in the Rapture when God’s people will be caught up in the twinkling of an eye to be with Him forever. Or, it may be in death when I’m transported to Heaven to meet my precious Heavenly Father. The problems and cares of this life will be over. God’s love will engulf me and I will be living in perfect joy forever!

John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”  

Written and Submitted by: Pat Lewallen 04/06/19

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Perilous Times  

Memory Verse:
This know also that in the last days perilous times shall come (II Timothy 3:1). 

Most students of the Bible do not have to be convinced that we are living in perilous times. The splitting of the atom has given man the power to bring about total destruction. In addition, we have learned to live twenty four hours a day in the rocket sights of our enemies who are bent on world domination. 

Nevertheless, Christians need not panic. Not one recent event has taken God by surprise. He is in control and is allowing man to work out His program. The words of the Psalmist are relevant today: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). 

Though times are perilous, we never walk alone: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee” (Isaiah 41:10 & 13). 

Though times are perilous, we can never be separated from His love: “For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). 

Though times are perilous, these conditions are but reminders of better days ahead:

“And then these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28).  

Today’s Devotional, 03/19/19, www.jvim.com ~ Copied Article 

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Writings from late Rev. Billy Graham 

Question:
How can people experience the nearness of the Lord at all times? -- S.G. 

Answer:
Charles Spurgeon, often referred to as the "Prince of Preachers," once said that there had never been 15 minutes in his life when he did not sense the presence of Christ. My, what a statement; one that perhaps few people could claim. What strength we would have if we trained for life knowing that Christ walks beside us. 

Best seller "In His Steps," by Charles Sheldon, told of a pastor's challenge to his people: "Don't do anything without first asking the question, 'What would Jesus do?' "This challenge -- seen today on popular wrist bands -- can be convicting to all of us. 

Do we live our lives with this thought in mind? Do we cultivate the sense of His presence as we go about the daily routine of our lives? Christ must be vitally real to us if we are to remain faithful to Him in the hour of crisis. Who knows when that hour might be? 

Unceasing prayer and Scripture memorization can give us strength throughout the days; they can bring comfort in the lonely nights. There is great power in God's Word. When we experience joy, our memories can bring to mind, "Bless the Lord ... and forget not all His benefits" (Psalm 103:2). When we feel others are against us, we can call to mind, "(You O Lord) who save those who trust in You from those who rise up against them" (Psalm 17:7). When we need a loving word, we remember, "For His lovingkindness is great toward us" (Psalm 117:2, NASB). 

When we hide these truths in our hearts we find that time after time we will seek the comfort they provide (Psalm 145:18). This is the nearness of the Lord.  

https://billygraham.org/answers, 11/21/18 ~ Copied Article