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7 reasons why Resurrection Sunday (Easter) matters

Because He rose, we rise.

1 Thessalonians 4:14

God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.

John 6:40

Everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life.

1 Corinthians 6:14

God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.

Romans 8:11

He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

Romans 6:4

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death that we too might walk in the newness of life.

Luke 14:14

And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.

1 Peter 1:3

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.

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What it means to honor our God, our parents

Bishop is teaching on the nucleus that is our families. The latest in his series is on Honoring our parents. Here’s the definition of honor, according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary.

Hon·or, noun

: respect that is given to someone who is admired; a good reputation; good quality or character as judged by other people; high moral standards of behavior.
: an academic distinction conferred on a superior student, a course of study for superior students supplementing or replacing a regular course.
: an exalted title or rank, badge, decoration; a ceremonial rite or observance.
: a keen sense of ethical conduct, one’s word given as a guarantee of performance.: respect that is given to someone who is admired; a good reputation; good quality or character as judged by other people; high moral standards of behavior.
: an academic distinction conferred on a superior student, a course of study for superior students supplementing or replacing a regular course.
: an exalted title or rank, badge, decoration; a ceremonial rite or observance.
: a keen sense of ethical conduct, one’s word given as a guarantee of performance.

Origin of HONOR

Middle English, from Anglo-French onur, honur, from Latin honos, honor. First known use was in the 13th century.

Celebrating the Savior during Holy Week

resurrection2Holy Week culminates in Resurrection Day, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after His crucifixion. It begins with Palm Sunday.

Palm Sunday
Palm (or Passion) Sunday commemorates Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem prior to his crucifixion, where palm leaves and clothing were laid in his path.

Maundy (or Holy) Thursday
This day commemorates the Last Supper, before Jesus’ crucifixion.

Good Friday
For Christians, it is a day of mourning and penance. Good Friday marks the day Jesus died on the cross. Good Friday is celebrated the Friday before Easter Sunday. Many observe the day by fasting and attending church services. Celebrated since 100 AD as a day of fasting, Good Friday acquired significance as a Christian holy day in the late fourth century.

Resurrection Sunday (Easter)
This holy day is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the first day of spring.

(Source: CNN)

Holy Communion: Meditations for the Lord’s Supper

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Preparing to commune at the Lord’s table? Want to know what the Lord says about Holy Communion? Here are a few Bible passages to meditate on. (Scriptures appear in the English Standard Version).

The Lord’s Supper
According to Matthew: Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (Matthew 26:26-29)

According to Mark: And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” (Mark 14:22-25)  (more…)

10 ways God shows His love for us!

God's love. (Credit: tatjana-mihaela.hubpages.com)

God’s love. (Credit: tatjana-mihaela.hubpages.com)

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we put together a list that shows God’s love for us in the scriptures (mostly described by the apostle John in the English Standard Version). The ultimate proof lies at the cross and, of course, in your personal testimony. And if you don’t think you have a personal testimony of God’s love, just seek Him and wait — it’s sure to come. Without further ado, a look at the ways God shows His love for me and you:

1. Christ died for us
God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

2. We are more than conquerors
In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8:37)

3. He quiets us and exults over us
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)

4. He is looking out for us
“You are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you.” (Isaiah 43:4-5)

5. He enables us to love
We love because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

6. He gives us benefits
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:2-5) (more…)

How to prevent identity theft

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The Youth and Young Adult Ministry discussed how to prevent identity theft at the January Milk 2 Meat. These are four preventative measures for protecting your identity from an enemy who seeks to steal, kill and destroy your life.

1. Put on your spiritual armour by giving God glory and getting in His word.

2. Hide the Word in your heart that “I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119). The Word is your treasure.

3. If you find yourself victimized — repent quickly and get back in fellowship with God. Ask the Lord to “create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me.”

4. Be ready to walk in liberty. When the enemy returns he should meet a new you. Be prepared to not fall the same way you fell before.

Prayer for 2014 is that we would know who we are and not have our identities stolen from us and that we would activate the word of God.

Words to help give thanks to God

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Every day is Thanksgiving as we remember to give God thanks. Sometimes we do not realize that just waking up in the morning is a gift from God. So let us take the time to say, “Thank you” as often as possible.

1. 1 Chronicles 16:34
O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

2. Romans 14:6
He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

3. I Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

4. I Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

5. 1 Chronicles 16:35
And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.

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