Happy Easter

Matthew 28:6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay

If Jesus didn’t rise there would be no hope. And we wouldn’t get to spend an eternity with him. We would be punished for our sins in Hell. But he loved us so much, he arose from the dead. On his own. He walked out of the grave, conquered death, and now has made a way for us to have eternal life with him. All we need to do is ask him to be our savior.

And none of this could have been accomplished and given to us if he didn’t rise.

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Matthew 26-28

Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver.16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”

18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve.21 And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”

22 They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?”

23 Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him.But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”

25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”

Jesus answered, “You have said so.”

26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the[b]covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

31 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written:

“‘I will strike the shepherd,
    and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’[c]

32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”

33 Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”

34 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”

35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.

Gethsemane36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.

50 Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”[d]

Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. 51 With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”

55 In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56 But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.”Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.

57 Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. 58 But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest.He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome.

59 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60 But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward.

Finally two came forward 61 and declared, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’”

62 Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 63 But Jesus remained silent.

The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God:Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”

64 “You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty Oneand coming on the clouds of heaven.”[e]

65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. 66 What do you think?”

“He is worthy of death,” they answered.

67 Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him 68 and said, “Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?”

69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said.

70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.

71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.”

72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!”

73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.”

74 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!”

Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Matthew 27

Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. So they bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor.

When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.”

“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”

So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.

The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners.That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the people of Israel, 10 and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.”[a]

11 Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

“You have said so,” Jesus replied.

12 When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. 13 Then Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?” 14 But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.

15 Now it was the governor’s custom at the festival to release a prisonerchosen by the crowd. 16 At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Jesus[b] Barabbas. 17 So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” 18 For he knew it was out of self-interest that they had handed Jesus over to him.

19 While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”

20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.

21 “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor.

“Barabbas,” they answered.

22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked.

They all answered, “Crucify him!”

23 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.

But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”

25 All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”

26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

32 As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. 33 They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). 34 There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. 35 When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. 36 And sitting down, they kept watch over him there.37 Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is jesus, the king of the jews.

38 Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 39 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads40 and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” 41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 42 “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue himnow if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,[c] lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).[d]

47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”

48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”

50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and[e] went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”

55 Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph,[f] and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.

57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.

62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”

65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a sealon the stone and posting the guard.

Matthew 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.”

11 While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened.12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

 

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!
2 Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!
Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

 

He lives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The triumphal entry

palmsunday2Yesterday was Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is one week before Easter or also know as Resurrection Day. Palm Sunday is when Jesus went into Jerusalem riding on a donkey.

Hundreds of people lay down their cloaks and the palm branches from the trees onto the ground. They shouted “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” There was such a ruckus that the Pharisees came out to see what was going on.

28 And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.29 When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olive, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’” 32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them.33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. 36 And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37 As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” 

Wow, the stones would cry out! Even the stones know who Jesus is.

He made a triumphal entry indeed.

Have you ever happened to see a donkey’s back? It has a cross on it. From the littlest donkeys, to the oldest, they all have crosses. It didn’t get that cross because it carried a cross, or any other fairy tale or fable that talks about it. It got the cross from one person, Jesus Christ the Son of God!

Hosanna!

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Happy St. Patricks Day!

Have you ever heard the saying “May the luck of the Irish be with you?”  Well, this statement is incorrect. You see, Irish people don’t give luck, and even God doesn’t give luck. God gives us blessing, but he don’t give luck. If you win something, get picked first, get the biggest cookie etc. Don’t say I am so lucky! Say I am so blessed!

Instead of thinking of luck on St.Patrick’s Day, think about a shamrock (notice I did not say a lucky four leaf clover). A shamrock has three leaves but it is one whole shamrock! Just like God, it’s God the father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit.

Do you know how the Irish came about? We have to go way back to the Tower Of Babel. The people were getting too full of themselves saying “we can build a tower so high it will reach God!” ” We don’t need God’s help we can do it by ourselves.”First of all nothing and no one can reach God he is in the 3rd heaven. The first heaven is the blue sky, the second is Outer Space, the third is the one and the only Heaven. Second notice they said “WE can build it” they got to prideful. So God confused their languages. So, we had people who probably spoke Hebrew speaking German, or Spanish, or Irish etc. Then they went to different lands and some of them sailed here on the Mayflower. Pretty cool right?

Did you know St. Patrick was a preacher?  Because his father was a deacon he told Maewyn (May-when) to go live with a farmer for a while to help him grow in godly values. An Irish pig farmer helped raised Maewyn Succat. That’s right! Later they named Maewyn, St. Patrick. Anyways, Maewyn prayed a lot while he fed the pigs, ate supper, while he was doing school work! (etc) But, the people of Ireland prayed to objects like a twig. The farmer told Maewyn to stop praying to God, but Maewyn would not stop praying so he ran away. He traveled to a port and sailed to England. There he grew up learning God’s word. But in a dream the people of Ireland wanted Maewyn to return and teach them about Jesus. So, Maewyn finished his schooling and became a preacher, receiving the name St. Patrick. And he returned to Ireland teaching them about Jesus, using the shamrock as an example of God. 3 but yet 1!

So just remember, don’t think about luck on St. Patrick’s Day think about God! 3 but yet 1!

Valentines Day

So there is only four days till Valentines.

The words on the brain are usually; LOVE, flowers, candy, hearts, Valentines etc.

Valentines are given to people to show how much someone cares about someone. They show their love.

Every year someone in the world goes above and beyond to prove how much they love that person. With flowers, hearts, balloons, candy, etc.

But even though they try to say “I love you more than anyone”, or “True love” (you are going to hear this ALOT),  this isn’t true. Because someone does love you more THAN anyone. Someone’s love is truer, Jesus’ is.

All the love in the world times 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (get my point?) is how much more Jesus loves you. It’s amazing to think of really HOW MUCH LOVE he has for us. For every single person in the world who has ever breathed.

He loved us SO much he sent his perfect son into a sinful world as a baby. He grew up, taught and preached, healed and performed miracles, then the PERFECT son of GOD died on the cross with nails driven into his hands and feet. He had lashes on his back, a crown of thorns on his head, and the PERFECT lamb of God still took the sin that we carry on our backs. He lifted that “sack” of sin off of us and took it on him. Then he died, was buried, and 3 days later rose again. And he has made the one and only way to have our sins forgiven. By believing in him, so we won’t have to go to Hell. Because of our sin, we deserve Hell, but Jesus loved us so much he made a way where we won’t have to go. He paid our punishment for us.

Now how many of you know someone who would die for you? (*cricket, cricket*)

I don’t know anybody. I know my family loves me so much, but none would do what Jesus did. None could. None would.

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

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life

Romans 8:1-4 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

John 15:9- 13 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

1 Corinthians 13:13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 John 4:16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

1 John 4:19 

We love because he first loved us.

 

We couldn’t love if Jesus didn’t love us first.

Jesus IS THE definition of love.

It’s all thanks to Jesus that we love our family, pets, friends, spouses.

 

This Valentines Day thank Jesus for his love for you.

He is the real Valentine:

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Referring back to him

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Everything about Christmas always seems to refer back to Jesus! Like the candy cane.

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The christmas tree is a symbol that God is the one true God. Back in Germany a long time ago men were praying to a sacred tree that they believed their “god” dwelled on. And if anyone should ever cut it down they would be punished from their “god”. Well a christian came along and chopped down the tree, and nothing happened. So all the people turned and followed the one true God after that. .

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Even the poinsettia reminds us that Jesus will accept any gift that is pleasing and honoring to him!

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Even the stars remind us about how God made all the stars so beautiful. And how on that one Christmas night he made a very special star stay over the place where Jesus lay. The beautiful star of Bethlehem. (there is a really interesting video about the star. It’s a christian astronomer explaining how, why, where and the importance of the star! Just look up the name on google and it will pop up)

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The word Christmas itself refers back to Christ! Its derived from the word Christ’s mass. When people would gather together to celebrate the child’s birth. Then it was shortened to Christmas!

Merry Christmas! And remember Jesus is the reason for the season!

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Merry Christmas

Please forgive me for not posting alot during this season. I pray all of yall had a good Christmas and a happy new year too!

Last year I was able to post a lot more. So go to my blog and click on the link under archives on the side that says Decemeber 2015, and lots of Christmas posts should pop up. Feel free to read as many as you would like.

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 Luke 1

Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,

Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;

It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,

That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.

And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.

And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course,

According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.

11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.

14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.

15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.

16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.

17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.

19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.

20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.

21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.

22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.

23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.

24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,

25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.

26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.

32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.

37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;

40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.

41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

54 He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

57 Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.

58 And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.

59 And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.

60 And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John.

61 And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.

62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.

63 And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.

64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God.

65 And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea.

66 And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.

67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,

68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,

69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;

70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:

71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;

72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;

73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,

74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,

75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,

78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,

79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.

Luke 2:1-40

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;

23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)

24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.

25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,

28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,

29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:

30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.

34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;

35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;

37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.

40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

Matthew 1:19-25

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.

Matthew 2:1-21

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.

17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying,

18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.

21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

MERRY CHRISTMAS! God bless us everyone. ~cupcakegirl10

 

 

My blog’s 3rd anniversary

Today is my 3rd anniversary with wordpress.com! I started this blog on December 9th, 2013, and now it’s almost 2017!

All my posts were inspired by Jesus Christ. My blog has come along way since it first started.

I started out wanting to write about my dream cupcake bakery, henceforth, the name cupcakegirl10. When I was little that was my dream. But not really anymore. I enjoy baking, but I don’t want to make a job out of it.

But, then I felt the Holy Spirit leading me to change my blog. To something honoring to God. So, I changed it too, The work of thy fingers. I talked about God’s amazing creation. Then, I started writing things that were not just about God’s creation, though a very good topic, I started writing about Jesus in our everyday lives.

I prayed and asked God what I should name my new blog. He led me to the name Bible Talk. Let’s talk about the B.I.B.L.E and J.E.S.U.S!

I thank all 130 followers for following. Thank you for wanting to learn more about Jesus.

And special thanks to all who have encouraged me with comments.

Kaylatot, Kiki, Rachel Vincent, Gabby, Faith, Kyla.

2 Timothy 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, [and] prepared unto every good work. God has made me a willing vessel,and he has used me, for his use, to tell others about him.

I want to keep God first in my life.  I hope you find encouragement in my blog posts. But, just know that what I write comes from the LORD and not me.

Psalm 46:5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.

Devotionals

Hey y’all! So I posted an update on my blog entitled Devotionals. It’s beside About me, Prayer, My testimony, Home etc.

A new devotional page will appear every Friday of each month. A new month brings a new topic devotional.

This month’s devotional: Christmas: The stories in depth

One page of the devotional was posted last Friday. A new one will appear next Friday. In the end you will have read 4 pages (4 fridays in a month) of the topic devotional. Then a new devotional will start the next month.

Here is the first page of December’s devotional: Christmas: The story in depth Wk1

And remember to keep coming back each Friday for a new page! They will be listed under Devotionals on my blog.

Here it is:

Commercialism, Cyber Monday, Black Friday, Christmas shopping, gotta get this, gotta get that, presents, toys, decor.

Sadly this is what Christmas means to some people.

People try on purpose to take CHRIST out of CHRISTmas. Hence the name X-mas. They just get so caught up in the “Holly Jolliness” of the season and forget all about the savior. Now don’t get me wrong I start listening to Christmas music at the end of October, Burl Ives, Bing Crosby, The Andrew Sisters, The Carpenters etc. But we always make sure to remember our king, the one Christmas is all about. I pray you do too.

Many of you might have thought something along these lines: “What’s so special about the story of Jesus’ birth? It isn’t so “WOW” as some people make it out to be.”
When I was little I would listen to my mother read it, but now that I think about it my little mind only understood it as our savior’s birth. Just a special child being born. Nothing else, nothing less.
And goodness, was I mistaken.

Now as I have grown it becomes more real and more understandable to me. And it is, well it’s, “WOW”.

Now please stop. Get out your bible and turn to Luke 1:5-25.

Now, after you have read that. Ponder it a moment. Here are so “In depth thoughts”

#1 Elizabeth and Zachariah are well advanced in years. 60-80 years old age. Now as you well know I hope people after a certain age can no longer bear children. So their dream of a child was given up on. When the angel came to Zechariah it was so hard to believe that Elizabeth would have a son. He needed more faith.
#2 This was one of the first times an angel had appeared to someone in the New Testament. So imagine Zachariah’s fright over seeing an angel. This is why angels always greeted people with “DO NOT BE AFRAID.”
#3 The angel said that his son would prepare the way for the Lord. They had always awaited and prayed for the Messiah. So when they heard that their child would prepare the way they must have said “HE IS COMING SOON!!!”

Now please stop again. Now read in your bible Luke 1:26-38

Now, ponder it a moment. Here are some more “In depth thoughts”

#1 Mary, the mother of our Lord was only about 13-15 at the time. And she was engaged to a man named Joseph. Probably about 15 to 16 years old. Now, this was normal back then. 13 was considered to be a women, and ready for marriage.
#2 The Lord planned out who would be the mother of Jesus years before Mary was even born
#3 He picked Mary because she must have sought the Lord each day, prayed to him, read the OT (for they didn’t have the NT), and obeyed his laws. She could have said “Goodness no! I am engaged I can’t have a child. Go to someone else. You must be crazy.But instead little Mary said “I am the Lord’s servant. Let it happen to me as you have said.” She had more faith than Zechariah, and he was three times her age! Like Jesus said in Matthew 18:3 “And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”
#4 Mary probably hadn’t even thought of having a child. She just wanted to get married, and let the Lord lead.
#5 The law said that if a women is unfaithful to her engaged or husband then the husband was to divorce her. This would bring her family name shame. Mary probably thought “What would I tell Joseph? Would he believe me? Will I lose the man I love? What about mother and father? What do I tell them?”
#6 She must have been left with many questions. But she didn’t question God’s will
#7 They had been waiting for the Messiah to arrive. And then finding out your the mother of your Lord? She maybe felt unworthy of such an honor
#8 She was a virgin. Never had been with a man. When she asked the angel her question, and he answered, she didn’t question it, she took it by faith. My, that requires a lot of faith. This is why Jesus chose Mary. He knew she would do as he said.
#9 And just thinking of someone that young having a child? The messiah? The Lord Jesus?
#10 Such a big responsibility. Caring, teaching, taking care of her Lord?

And a very big one: #11 Jesus was in heaven the whole time. Then God sent Jesus down from heaven in a form of a child to be born into the world. Isaiah had spoken about this long before it ever happened.

Now stop yet again and read Matthew 1:18-25

Now ponder this passage. Here are some more “In depth thoughts”

#1 Joseph was probably thinking “How could she do this to me?” Broken hearted.
#2 But he loved her so much that he was going to divorce her quietly, and not ruin her name.
#3 When the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, he too did what the Lord had said. Took Mary as his wife.
#4 They both had great faith. Joseph probably could have said “Lies! Look what she did. And too think I was going to marry such a women!” But he listened to the Lord.
#5 They had the wedding while she was expecting. I wonder what the people thought about it. For it was against the law to have a child without being married. But they didn’t care. They loved each other and did what the Lord said.

Now read Luke 1:39-56

Here are more “In depth thoughts”

#1 When Mary visited Elizabeth and Elizabeth said “How is it the Mother of my lord should come visit me?” Mary probably had the reality sink in. She WAS the mother of Jesus. She probably cried a little. She was most likely scared, afraid, worried, but she trusted in the Lord.
#2 She stayed with Elizabeth 3 months. And Elizabeth probably helped her know how to take care of a child and things like that.
#3 Mary’s song was much like songs of David. Back then and today some people praise the Lord with song. And Mary did just that.
#4 Elizabeth’s child leaped inside her. John the Baptist was so happy to feel Jesus’ presence.

That is all we will cover today. Next week we will finish “In depth thoughts” and finish the story.

Giving Thanks

 

Hey guys. I hope yall can forgive me for not posting in a while. Goodness, time has flown by.

I pray all of yall had a good Thanksgiving. I know I did, especially with that green bean casserole.  🙂

But I pray yall remembered to give thanks. Not only the blessing of your food, but sincerely thanking the Lord for all you have.

Some of you might be thinking “Well life in rough I don’t have much to be thankful for”. Well for starters your alive so that’s blessing #1.

Count your blessings. And its amazing how many you have, how many the Lord has blessed us with. It is SO easy to take these things for granted, but we always have to remember to thank the Lord for ALL things…

Through good AND the bad.

Psalm 9:1 I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

Psalm 107:8  Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind

1 Chronicles 16:34  Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus

And really we are supposed to thank the Lord everyday for all we have. For life, for health, for family, for friends, for our pets, home, food, clothing, shelter etc.

The pilgrims had to go through ALOT to be able to come in America to worship God in peace. And we take worshiping God freely for granted. Here’s the pilgrims voyage in a nutshell:

The pilgrims came over from England on the Mayflower. They came here because they wanted to worship God in peace. Because, their king wanted everyone to practice one religion. Many people died on the Mayflower, and that first hard winter for the pilgrims. Thankfully, the Lord sent Samoset, an indian, and he introduced them to Squanto. He would later help the pilgrims plant, and grow crops. The pilgrims celebrated their first successful harvest by eating and rejoicing with the neighboring Wampanoag tribe. The celebration lasted 3 days.

In 1863, during the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln announced that Thanksgiving would be celebrated nation wide on the last Thursday of November.

“No people on earth have more cause to be thankful than ours, and this is said reverently, in no spirit of boastfulness in our own strength, but with the gratitude to the Giver of good who has blessed us.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

  1. When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
    When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
    Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
    And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

    • Refrain:
      Count your blessings, name them one by one,
      Count your blessings, see what God has done!
      Count your blessings, name them one by one,
      *Count your many blessings, see what God has done.
      [*And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.]
  2. Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
    Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
    Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
    And you will keep singing as the days go by.
  3. When you look at others with their lands and gold,
    Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
    Count your many blessings—*money cannot buy [*wealth can never buy]
    Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.
  4. So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
    Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
    Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
    Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end

 

Amazing song. And it reminds us to count our blessings, all which God has given us.

Another song once said: “When your worried and you can’t sleep just count your blessings instead of sheep. And you’ll fall asleep, counting your blessings.”

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good and his love endures forever. Thank him  for all he has given you. For who knows, one day you might not have them anymore. Don’t take your blessings for granted.

Happy Thanksgiving! ~Cupcakegirl10

Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Psalm 103:2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,

Psalm 136:1  “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.”

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Halloween, questions we all have

Halloween is fast approaching! Goodness, hasn’t October just flown by? As soon as you know it Thanksgiving is going to be here, then Christmas, then 2017! My, has the year flown by quick.

I’d want to take the time to answer some questions many people have about the holiday.

How did it come about? I believe it started off when farmers, didn’t want “ghosts” to ruin their crops so they put out “sacrifices” or food to keep them happy. It has Pagan roots, and celebrates the dead. They had bonfires and wore masks to “keep the devil away”

Is it evil? My family celebrates Fall Harvest, not Halloween. Halloween’s origins were created from false religions, devils, spirits, ghosts. And goodness! The costumes people dress up in! It’s like they want to be involved with the devil! And they think hell is some amazing place! And my are they wrong! It is terrible. Fire, hot, gritting of teeth, and the horrible devil.

Can we still dress up? My family does, but in FRIENDLY costumes. Not wicked, evil, gross, gorry costumes as people do now. The Lord wants us to stay away from evil!

Should we be involved with it? As Christians we shouldn’t be involved with the devil, or spirits, or ghosts, or celebrating the dead! The Lord says “Get away!”

I remember, before I was home-schooled, our school would have a halloween parade each year. I would dress up as a princess, or something cute each year. But, in 4th grade (the year my mom started home-schooling us) I remember seeing disgusting costumes. Horrible things. It hurts my memory to remember such horror. It was in Elementary too!

Last year, my family drove around our town stopping at the stores to say “trick or treat” and earn candy. But, in some of the stores, we had to close our eyes, because of the horrible decor the store was providing as entertainment to their customers. We were thinking of looking at a parade that the town holds for halloween. But, in the paper it had pictures of children dressed up as devils, scream characters, Saul, etc. So, because the Lord says don’t be associated with such things, we decided not too.

Proverbs 4:13-16 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;

    guard it well, for it is your life.
14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked
    or walk in the way of evildoers.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
    turn from it and go on your way.
16 For they cannot rest until they do evil;
    they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from every form of evil.

Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Colossians 3:2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Psalm 119:2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart–

Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.

 

Be sure to check out something I posted last year entitled: Why be scary? 

 

Happy Harvest! Jesus loves you! God bless! ❤  ~cupcakegirl10