Our Daily Thread 4-17-22

Good Morning!

He is risen!

Matthew 28:1-10

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.”

13 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 4-17-22

  1. Indeed.



    Easter is Everything
    A day of hope in a season of grief.

    David French

    ~ In the summer of 2011, a small band of brothers traveled to Avon Lake, Ohio, to remember and honor the life of our friend, Mike Medders. We served with him in Iraq, we loved him, and in September 2008, an al-Qaeda suicide bomber killed him.

    I remember that trip vividly because of two moments. The first happened when we were at Mike’s sister’s house. She was hosting a gathering of Mike’s friends. It was a hot summer night, and most of us were outside, talking, laughing, and remembering Mike.

    Then, out of the darkness, we heard bagpipes. One of the neighbors was standing by himself at the foot of the driveway, playing “Amazing Grace.” All conversation stopped. We stood still and listened as the neighbor played through each verse and then turned and walked silently home.

    The second happened the next day. Before we all left to go back to our homes, we gathered at Mike’s gravesite. As we walked up we could see that he’d had visitors. They’d left mementos of their time with Mike in Iraq. We stood by his gravestone in silence. Then one of my friends addressed him like he was standing right beside us.

    “Hi Mike,” he said. “We miss you.”

    I’ve thought about those words for more than a decade. They represented one of the simplest and most direct statements of faith I’ve heard in my life. Of course Mike is alive. I know this because Jesus is alive. He defeated death and hell.

    The evidence that physical death does not end our lives is all over scripture. In Matthew 31, Jesus confronted a faction called the Sadducees, who did not believe in resurrection, and responded that God had said, “I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob,” three men who’d been dead for centuries. Jesus adds, “He is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” … ~

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  2. He ends with this:

    ~ … Our pain is the pain of separation. It is not the pain of true loss. Resurrection Sunday is the reason why a band of brothers can gather at the grave of a friend and say, “Hi Mike. We miss you. But we will see you again.” Death is defeated. Easter is everything. ~

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  3. Our sermon today was titled “If” — from 1 Cor. 15:12-19

    I decided to sit outside today, sort of a last-minute choice when I didn’t get there as early as I’d planned (still before the service started, but only by a couple minutes and the indoor church was certain to be packed.

    We had quite a few outside, too, though, and it was a pleasant day, cool and comfortable.

    We sang some of my favorites — “In Christ Alone,” “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” “One Day He’s Coming,” “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” (of course!), and “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!”

    Today’s liturgy included responsive readings from the Westminster Shorter Catechism on the 9th Commandment:

    * Question 76: Which is the ninth commandment?

    Answer: The ninth commandment is, Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

    * Question 77: What is required in the ninth commandment?

    Answer: The ninth commandment requires the maintaining and promoting of truth between man and man, and of our own and our neighbor’s good name, especially in witness bearing.

    * Question 78: What is forbidden in the ninth commandment?

    Answer: The ninth commandment forbids whatsoever is prejudicial to truth, or injurious to our own or our neighbor’s good name.


    Had a chance also to catch up with my elder after the service (who was also sitting outside with his wife) and had a time for him to pray for me, which I really appreciated.

    No usual lunch out with friends or cousins for me today, which is fine. I’m looking forward to a quiet, restful afternoon, resting in Him.

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  4. Aj, if you want some pictures of the cross from PNG, I put three on my facebook page. One is of the cross and the empty tomb from out sunrise service. The other is children at the cross.


  5. Indeed!
    We attended service and our young pastor spoke from Ephesians 2:4-7 very good message
    Low key afternoon for us with the exception of a crazy puppy needing constant attention! 😊

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  6. ❤ Happy Easter, Fellow Wanderers! ❤

    I'm having a tough time today, due to Chickadee's situation and missing Hubby. I'll write more tomorrow.

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  7. Praying, Kizzie.

    Tulips — I will always associate them with my mom — she mentioned to me she planted them in late 1989 or very early in 1990. She died weeks later, in late January 1990.

    Then, around this time of year as I was only just coming out of some of the fog and most intense grief and shock following her sudden loss, I drove up to the house and there they were — a patch of bright tulips in one corner of the front yard. They’d come forth in spectacular glory after she died. I laughed and cried and thanked God for the surprise gesture I needed so much.

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