Posted tagged ‘Easter’

I wonder if you know HIM

April 24, 2011

He’s my king. Is he yours?

Follow Jesus [Video]

April 23, 2011

One more from Igniter Media . . .

Doubting Easter

April 21, 2011

Resurrection

April 4, 2010

O God of my Exodus,

Great was the joy of Israel’s sons,
when Egypt died upon the shore,
Far greater the joy
when the Redeemer’s foe lay crushed
in the dust.

Jesus strides forth as the victor,
conqueror of death, hell, and all opposing might;
He bursts the bands of death,
tramples the powers of darkness down,
and lives forever.

He, my gracious surety,
apprehended for payment of my debt,
comes forth from the prison house of the grave
free, and triumphant over sin, Satan, and death.

Show me herein the proof that his vicarious offering is accepted,
that the claims of justice are satisfied,
that the devil’s sceptre is shivered,
that his wrongful throne is levelled.

Give me the assurance that in Christ I died,
in him I rose,
in his life I live,
in his victory i triumph,
in his ascension I shall be glorified.

Adorable Redeemer,
Thou who was lifted up upon a cross
art ascended to the highest heaven.
Thou, who as Man of sorrows
wast crowned with thorns,
art now as Lord of life wreathed with glory.

Once, no shame more deep than thine,
no agony more bitter,
no death more cruel.
Now, no exaltation more high,
no life more glorious,
no advocate more effective.

Thou art in the triumph car leading captive
thine enemies behind thee.

What more could be done than Thou hast done!
Thy death is my life,
Thy resurrection my peace,
Thy ascension my hope,
Thy prayers my comfort.

– “Resurrection” from The Valley of Vision

Two Ways to Hope

April 3, 2010

The Apostle Paul makes a staggering conclusion about his life when he said, “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied” (1 Cor. 15:19).

I don’t think we can begin to discover all that means.  At the very least, for Paul, the resurrection of Jesus Christ changes everything.  Unlike all other realities that are singed with death and come with expiration dates, Paul came to experience a “living hope”.  Peter puts it this way:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1:3).

The purpose for which we have been born again is that we might have a living hope.  This hope is accessed “through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” and given to us by him who “caused us to be born again.”  Inasmuch Christ is alive from the dead, so are we to know the lively nature of our confidence and settled assurance in the God who saves us.  When we experience the power of his resurrection (Phil. 3:10-11), we are having our hearts thrilled in all that Christ is for us beyond the grave.  Because Jesus is more than what this life can offer and better than what death can take later, we should treasure Him as the source of true, abiding, and everlasting hope.

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POTW :: Miromar

April 2, 2010

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I suppose I’m not the only who is experiencing crazy moments this time of the year.  Lots going on.  The photos above are from a much-needed family outing to Miromar Outlets. My wife loved getting good deals kiddos. Nolan loved it because they had monster water fountains everywhere. I loved it because I got to race the two-seater stroller around on a gorgeous afternoon.

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The Resurrection Story: God’s Wonderful Surprise

March 22, 2010

Last November, I posted the video of the birth of Jesus Christ from The Jesus Storybook Bible–a resource that God has used in the lives of my two boys in incredible ways.  Below is the video of the resurrection story entitled “God’s Wonderful Surprise” taken from JSSB.  If you would like to incorporate family devotions or family worship with your young children and are looking for a good resource, I encourage you to check it out.  Either way, take a moment and watch this video with your children during this Easter season and explain to them what the resurrection means for the Christian . . . absolutely everything.

O Christ, What Burdens Bowed Thy Head!

April 11, 2009

O Christ, what burdens bowed Thy head!
Our load was laid on Thee;
Thou stoodest in the sinner’s stead,
Didst bear all ill for me.
A Victim led, Thy blood was shed;
Now there’s no load for me.

Death and the curse were in our cup:
O Christ, ’twas full for Thee;
But Thou hast drained the last dark drop,
’Tis empty now for me.
That bitter cup, love drank it up;
Now blessing’s draught for me.

Jehovah lifted up His rod;
O Christ, it fell on Thee!
Thou wast sore stricken of Thy God;
There’s not one stroke for me.
Thy tears, Thy blood, beneath it flowed;
Thy bruising healeth me.

The tempest’s awful voice was heard,
O Christ, it broke on Thee!
Thy open bosom was my ward,
It braved the storm for me.
Thy form was scarred, Thy visage marred;
Now cloudless peace for me.

For me, Lord Jesus, Thou hast died,
And I have died in Thee!
Thou’rt ris’n—my hands are all untied,
And now Thou liv’st in me.
When purified, made white and tried,
Thy glory then for me!