Our Daily Thread 4-21-19

Good Morning!


Luke 24:1-12

Jesus Has Risen

24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.



20 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 4-21-19

  1. He is risen indeed!

    Paschal Troparion: Kristos anesti – Christ is risen
    It is the tradition in Orthodox churches to repeat this ancient hymn in as many languages as possible on Paschal Sunday (April 28 this year). It is sung in the clip in Arabic and Greek:
    Χριστὸς ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν
    Christ is risen from the dead,
    المسيح قام من بين الأموات
    (Al-Masīḥu qāma min bayni ‘l-amwāt)

    θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας
    Trampling down death by death,
    ووطئ الموت بالموت
    (Wa-waṭiˀa ‘l-mawta bi’l-mawt)

    καὶ τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι ζωὴν χαρισάμενος
    And upon those in the tombs, bestowing life
    ووهب الحياة للذين في القبور
    (Wa-wahaba ‘l-ḥayāta li’l-ladhīna fī ‘l-qubūr)

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  2. Twelve year old and I were out on the porch with a campfire, waiting for the sunrise. We cooked fish and honey bread over the fire and read of Jesus meeting the disciples at the shore with a campfire and fish and bread. Our little rememberance party.

    Husband was inside fixing breakfast for the church after sunrise service.

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  3. I ‘ll have to listen to that later.

    Jesus is indeed risen! Here is a hymn I’ve never heard until this week. It seems that not many sing it since I could only find one version. And this young lady only sings 2 verses to a tune she wrote.

    Jesus lives! No longer Now
    C. F. Gellert (Translation: Frances E. Cox)

    Here are the words:
    Jesus lives! no longer now
    Can thy terrors, death, appall us;
    Jesus lives! by this I know
    Thou, O grave, canst not enthrall us.
    Brighter scenes at death commence;
    This shall be my confidence.

    Jesus lives! to Him the throne
    High o’er heaven and earth is given;
    I may go where He is gone,
    Live and reign with Him in heaven.
    God through Christy forgives offence;
    This shall be my confidence.

    Jesus lives! for me He died;
    Hence will I, to Jesus living
    Pure in heart and act abide,
    Freely God doth aid dispense;
    This shall be my confidence.

    Jesus lives! my heart knows well
    Naught from me His love shall sever;
    Life, nor death, nor powers of hell
    Part me now from Christ forever.
    God will be a sure defence;
    This shall be my confidence.

    Jesus lives! henceforth is death
    Entrance gate of life immortal;
    This shall calm my trembling breath,
    When I pass its gloomy portal.
    Faith shall cry, as fails each sense,
    Lord, Thou art my confidence.

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  4. 🙂 Our church just finished a revival today. So far, they have had seventeen people trust Jesus for salvation. That is the most FABC has had in a long time.
    Much joy this morning.

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  5. Kizzie–I would consider that woman an enemy that is kept somewhat close; definitely not a friend. I would pray for her as my enemy and love her as my enemy. She did not act as a friend and lied by omission when your daughter was plotting to move out. She has not acted as a friend since. The devil has used her to hurt you and she is an enemy in that sense, for sure. I will continue to pray that Chickadee escapes the fowler’s snare.

    What a reminder we have on Good Friday of the trap we are in and where it leads without the resurrection! Hallelujah!

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  6. He is risen indeed! Beautiful sunrise service and the community breakfast. We had a blessed time at our fellowship and service. We are planning to go see our friends new baby this afternoon and take them a couple of meals.

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  7. Wonderful (and crowded) early service. There were probably more than 100 there but more would be attending the regular later service.

    The sermon is a two-parter by design. That way, our pastor said to us, if we *only* came for Easter we’d have to come back for another week. 🙂

    Interestingly he addressed the line from the Apostle’ Creed that we were discussing yesterday:

    “The Apostles’ Creed teaches that Jesus “descended into hell” which some find a confusing phrase with various interpretations. … I agree with Wisius who held the position that Jesus descended into Hell when he ‘wrestled with the dreadful agonies.’ Jesus descended into Hell by taking upon Himself the Hell deserved by sinners.”

    I’ll be taking a nap today along with working on the den/office — that also will require some more rooting around in the garage.

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  8. Cheryl – I wrote this over on the weekend thread, but don’t know if you’re more apt to see it there or here, so here it is again: Mr. and Mrs. McK are believers, although they had not been faithful in church attendance in the years that I knew them. Don’t know if they attend a church now or not.


  9. Kathaleena – Thank you. I often have the thought that she is in “the enemy’s territory”. I pray for Chickadee, but I also pray for them. The most important thing to me is that she come to Jesus, and that our family be reconciled (particularly she and her sister), whatever her living situation might be. So I tell God that if He were to do a wonderful work of salvation in the whole McK household – Chickadee included – changing their hearts and their minds and transforming their lives, her living with them would not bother me nearly as much.

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  10. Kathaleena (or others with more than one daughter) – How well do your daughters get along? Of the three, is there one who is “on the outside” in relation to the other two?

    A friend at church has three grown daughters, all in their 40s now. The older and younger are very close, but their middle sister is on the outs with them. There was another family of daughters I knew who had a similar situation, but only between two of the three daughters.

    But I’ve also known sisters who were very close friends. I always wanted that for my daughters. But they are so very different, and their temperaments are kinda like oil and water, with Nightingale being direct and often terse, and Chickadee being very sensitive (too much at times). Just yesterday, as we sat chatting after dinner, I wanted to poke Nightingale under the table for a terse comment she made to Chickadee. Another time, she interrupted her with a somewhat sarcastic/frustrated remark, and I saw the annoyance in Chickadee’s face as she stopped talking. That time, I said, “Let her finish,” which Chickadee then did.

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  11. Kizzie I am the middle daughter of three. Older and younger do not speak with one another…I am the peacemaker. When accused of taking sides I replied to my older sister that I have no side other than to love them both. They need to work out their angst with each other without outside interference….and that means by no means filter it through our Mother….and I have said the same to my Mother…stay out of it and direct them to each other without comment…Mother has not listened to my advice nor have my sisters. Have I mentioned that I really like living in Colorado…. 😊

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  12. My mom had two sisters. They got along so very well and set a wonderful example for their children. They were, however, 6 years between each of them. Mom was the eldest.

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  13. Kizzie, when we were young, it was in pairs according to age, Eldest & Second and Youngest and I. When Eldest got married, Second took some time adjusting to her new role as the oldest sibling, and she could be a bit of a challenge to deal with, while Youngest was just entering her teens, so it was still Youngest and I. As we all entered adulthood, still single, it became the three of us, and we were very close, with dear friend and relative being a frequent fourth. Second and I were just mourning today over our sense of loss over Youngest, as we both feel a barrier there now. We need prayer. I learned some things today when I saw the Youngests that made me very concerned that Youngest In-law is circling the drain of heresy.

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  14. I’m responding here to comments from here and the other thread. I think. Maybe they were all from the other thread. Anyway. . .

    NancyJill – I am sorry to hear that about your daughter and her family. My mom had told me that she felt very guilty for how she treated her own parents in the early years of her marriage, with she and Dad doing their own thing and sometimes ignoring their parents on holidays. She then went through a similar thing with my brother, where it was like pulling teeth to get together with them, she said.

    Kim – Why didn’t you reply to BG’s texts? Did you doubt that she was actually sick in bed?

    As for the McK parents being Christians, I do believe them. Remember, I knew them for almost 15 years before they moved in here, and Mrs. McK had been coming to a Bible study at my home for several of those years. When we hosted our small group Bible study while they lived upstairs, they would come to that. Mr. McK isn’t on Facebook a lot, but he sometimes shares things from a Christian viewpoint. (Mrs. McK is not on Facebook at all.)

    DJ – I think I know the song you mean, and I feel the same way. There’s also a saying that some used to use – “Jesus is Lord of all, or He’s not Lord at all” – meaning (at least in the way it was used) that if Jesus is not fully Lord of everything in your life, then you haven’t let Him be Lord at all in your life. I would often think that that is too discouraging to say. Giving over everything in our lives to His lordship is a lifelong process. We may believe that we have surrendered everything to Him, but attitudes and such crop up that show us that we haven’t.

    I agree with you about giving the benefit of the doubt to those who claim to be Christian.

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  15. Because I was hurt. The last I heard from her was on Tuesday when she told me she was going to brunch with her friends then coming here. I sent a text to her this morning and she didn’t respond. That’s what she does. I thought she was lying.

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