Our Daily Thread 4-1-18

Good Morning!

Happy Resurrection Day!

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Matthew 28:1-10 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Has Risen

28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

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25 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 4-1-18

  1. He is risen indeed!
    For Easter:https://travellerunknownblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/01/easter-o-filii-et-filiae/

    I was thinking this morning that Mark and John’s accounts start with John the Baptist because both Andrew, Peter’s brother (according to Papias, a student of John’s, Mark wrote what Peter remembered) and John had been disciples of John (John 1). Thus, Peter, through Mark, and John related what they had seen of Jesus’ life and their accounts are eyewitness ones, with one exception. That is the events of Easter morning, when the women went to the tomb. For those, they had to rely on the testimony of the women. They had grown in maturity since that first Resurrection morning, when they had dismissed the women’s accounts as idle tales (Luke 24:10-11).

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  2. ¡Felices Pascuas!

    I find it interesting that Spanish bases its names for the two major Christian holidays on the event. “Navidad” means nativity. “Pascuas” for Easter is based on the Passover. Spain is the most Catholic country.

    English speakers, who are mostly Protestants, use words that the Roman Catholics made. “Christmas” is Christ’s Mass. “Easter” comes from the pagan goddess of fertility “Ishtar”. I know they are only words, but why do Evangelical, Bible believing Christians use non-biblical terms for their celebrations of Christ?

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  3. Today was our first Easter service at I guess what you could call our new church. After 18+ years at our former, we had decided it might be time to move on. No bad feelings or major issues, just a sense that maybe we were being called elsewhere. We wrapped up our ministry ties, and decided to give another local church a try.

    We have been attending First Baptist for about 2 months or so. This morning reaffirmed our decision. My wife Cheryl, daughter Elizabeth, and I were blessed with a wonderful service with other believers, a lovely mix of music, and a wonderful message from the young Pastor. We felt at home and welcomed. You Baptist do a nice job of making sure of it. 🙂

    And now, ham, asparagus, sweet potatoes, purple eggs and beets, and lemon meringue pie.

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  4. Our early service was very well attended — and it helps make more room for the regular 10 a.m. service that is always so crowded on Easter.

    I’ve decided to dedicate the rest of this day, having no particular after-church plans which on most Easters I do, to a heavy-lift gardening day. We’re talking fertilizer, lawn seed, wildflower seeds (yes, more), organic soil preparation mix.

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  5. Sadly, no Easter service for us. Husband is still quite sick and the driveway is drifted in so I wasn’t able to go by myself.

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  6. I’m taking a break from shoveling manure … which Tess wants to eat and roll in. I’m quickly losing my gardening enthusiasm, it’s really hard work. Now I remember why I don’t garden more often.

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  7. Peter, there is no evidence that Easter is named after the Babylonian Ishtar – absolutely none. That is actually a theory promulgated by skeptics, who argued that all religions were just a long evolutionary line of progression. Words in different languages frequently sound similar, even identical to one another, but that does not mean they have the same meaning – for example, the word ‘tutti‘ in Italian means ‘all, everyone’, the word ‘tutti‘ in Wolof means ‘small, little’; they sound and are spelled exactly the same, yet they are almost opposite in meaning. The similarity between Ishtar and Easter is meaningless. As for why English speakers use the word, ask William Tyndale, who translated Passover as ester – “For Christ our ester lamb is offered up for us” (I Corinthians 5:7, Tyndale’s translation) – and Martin Luther, who also used ‘oster’ to refer to the Passover. It is a Germanic word for the Passover, and English is a Germanic tongue. German, similarly, uses Oster. Besides, I do not think that God who used the pagan Greek words for God (theos) and Lord (kurios) in the New Testament, rather than insisting his apostles use the Hebrew Elohim and Yahweh, is too concerned about the origins of the words Christmas and Easter.

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  8. The Real, out of curiosity, since you speak of Baptists as being something new to you, what denomination did you attend before? While I know pretty much everyone else’s denomination, I do not think I ever knew yours.

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  9. Roscuro,

    A missions oriented, non-denominational that preaches Christ crucified, risen, and coming again. Good people, and I’ll miss them. I was lucky to have such a church, both of the Pastors gave decades of their lives to our church, and it was a pleasure to hear and learn from their teachings. One was a retired Marine Vietnam vet and public music teacher turned Pastor. The other, one of the smartest men I’ve ever met, was a Pastor, Christian school principal and administrator, produced and recorded a successful local tv ministry, was with Association of Christian Schools International as their Public Policy Liaison to the State of New Jersey, and is now a member of TEAM. Good, godly men, good, sound, Bible based teaching. 🙂

    Also, from what I’ve seen and read of the Baptist’s teaching, theology, and church Constitution and beliefs, requirements for pastors and elders, deacons, what not, I see really no difference between the two. My old church is pretty much an unaffiliated Baptist, minus the title. It would also explain why many present and former members of both at one time attended the other. 🙂

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  10. AJ,

    If you haven’t moved too far from the church, they haven’t gotten into false doctrine, the pastors haven’t gotten caught up into sin, etc., then why leave? I understand moving from a house that doesn’t really fit your family anymore, even changing jobs because you just don’t like it there anymore . . . but the church community is a family, and leaving “just because” isn’t a great reason (nor will it give Liz the example of committing and staying unless you have a good reason to leave).

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  11. Unexpected spiritual refreshment for me at the dog park tonight. I was sitting next to some younger people (I know one, a really nice 30-ish black guy who teaches and coaches at a local high school) talking amongst themselves about how it was the “zombie Jesus” day, how they all have learned to ‘fake it’ at church to please their families, etc.) and it was bothering me. Before that, one of the regulars cracked to one of the other regulars (a conservative Catholic), “Oh, I hope you Pat prayed for us today, we’re the ‘sinners’ at the dog park).

    Anyway, I got up and migrated toward a 60-something man who had come in recently with a very lively dog and was standing a ways off; we chatted, he mentioned something about going to church that morning so I asked what church — it’s a Reformed church near the beach I’m familiar with (our BSF used to meet there) and turned out he knows a number of people from my church and I know a few from his. He and his wife attended that church for years, moved to Texas for work and now that he’s retired they’ve moved back and are living in a duplex his son and his wife bought in our town (they just had a baby who made her debut at the church today, though they follow believer baptism — it’s a Sovereign Grace church). The dog is his son’s, so he and his wife are watching her following the birth of the baby, which is wise as the dog is very active.

    Anyway, we talked for probably 40-50 minutes about the faith, theology, theologians, books, the doctrines of grace, and it was a sweet blessing. When I left he said it was nice to have fellowship at the dog park on Easter and I said indeed it was. Thank you, Lord.

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  12. He and his wife attended a Reformed Baptist church in Texas, btw (and speaking of our friends the Baptists).

    This is the first dog his son has had, they owned a condo where he grew up in the beach area so now that his son was able to buy a duplex in a modest neighborhood of our rather modest (by California standards) port town, there’s a yard and a dog was a natural. But they’re all getting used to raising and training a dog for the first time.

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  13. First lesson for the family patriarch: All that beautiful grass he planted in the back yard is now a dirt track. Sigh. 🙂

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  14. Okay, so Jesus arose from the dead on Easter morning with a new, glorified body. Did God provide clothes for Him, too? He didn’t have his old clothes there, did He? (After all, He was crucified naked, and what he’d had was divided among the soldiers.)

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  15. Cheryl,

    I gave the simple explanation. It’s much more in depth than that, and our decision was not made lightly, and in fact took years.

    Just because you move away from your family doesn’t mean you’ve abandoned them, or that they no longer are family. Many members of the “family” you speak of have moved on before us. Some sat near me this morning in a new setting, some didn’t, but all are still family, we just have some new family members now.

    As for ‘Liz, she understands (she’s a very bright young lady) and supports many of our reasons for doing so, and is in agreement. While she didn’t get a say, her opinion was asked for and considered in our decision.

    That’s all the details I feel like sharing, and we are all comfortable with our choice. 🙂

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  16. I guess if God could bring Christ back from the dead, he would have no problem providing him clothing. Lazarus had the grave clothes still on and Jesus had to tell them to unwrap him. Jesus’ face cloth was neatly folded. The angels must have been his valet.

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  17. Kizzie when Christ was in the wilderness for forty days, after Satan left Him, He was attended to by angels. Angels were there at the empty tomb…I would surmise He was again attended to by Angels…just a thought 😊

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