Firsts

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We are now about 2,000 years since that First Resurrection Sunday.

That Resurrection Sunday was vastly different from what any of us will experience here in 2022.
We read in
John 20  some of the happenings of that day. 

May I say, I am confident Mary Magdalene and all of the Apostles, if they were with us today, would decline to participate in the many planned festivities for April 17, 2022?
By and large, Resurrection Sunday celebrations are so far from Scripture, that it behooves us to repent and return to our First Love.

Easter eggs, easter baskets, easter rabbits, egg hunts,– shall I go on? 
Father, forgive them for they know not what they do, JESUS would say. He has said

I have a question.

Why is JESUS, and JESUS alone, not enough to celebrate this Resurrection Sunday 2022? 

Occupied

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I have been rather lax this week with writing – why?  
Occupied I suppose — I am anticipating more occupation mid-week next week too.
But that does not mean you all are not on my mind — I have a blanket request for you all in my daily prayer journal. 

I read 2 Thessalonians 2 today and made many notes in my notebook. I also had questions. Imagine that, huh? 

I am not prepared to share it all, but I am inclined to share a comforting thought. 

The people of Thessalonica were alarmed; some folks had told them YESHUA had already returned. 
We’d be alarmed too, would we not at such a message? 
So Paul set about to set their minds at ease.

I don’t have all the answers and I have more questions.
There are matters of eschatology that are beyond my learning at this time and that had been concerning me. 
But today, coupled with a prayer a dear sister prayed with me this week, I have this direction: 

Don’t be afraid. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, don’t be afraid to think outside of that traditional box; don’t be afraid to explore for the TRUTH.
And as you do: Trust Father to protect.
Trust Holy Spirit to teach. 
Trust JESUS to return. 

And in the meantime occupy! 
Let us occupy ourselves with listening, obeying, loving, and going about our lives doing good. 

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. 

Amen and amen – make it so of us too, Father. 

Dead or Alive

We are hours from Sunday.
Resurrection Sunday. 
A Sunday we have singled out to be the most celebrated, most acknowledged Sunday in our world. 
I mean stores even close! No buying, no selling. 
I wonder what about JESUS they have bought and sold? 

Ephesians 2. A reading portion for me today. 
I got through verse 1 and stopped to come here to meet with you.

Ephesians 2 (NKJV) 1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,  source 

Resurrection Sunday.

The day we celebrate that Yeshua, the one and only GODMAN. He who was DEAD and in three days was NO LONGER DEAD. 
but rather, Alive again! 

Verse 1 above says that you and I were DEAD in trespasses and sins UNTIL JESUS made us alive. 
Before our rebirth, we were as spiritually dead as Yeshua was physically dead.
The power that raised His GODMAN body to life again is the same power who has quickened us to LIFE. 

Like it or not until Yeshua is raised in us, we are stone-cold dead. 

So, in these hours of waiting for Resurrection Sunday, are you dead or alive

Let me give you a story to read.
I titled it
HIS Story, My Story. I’d be so honored if you would take the time to read it. 
Click HERE. A new page will open to HIS Story, My Story. I hope you will rejoice with me.

Ressurection Cookies

Got Kids at home?
Any age will do, from toddler to just before leaving to build their own nest.

Here’s  the Recipe  (Giving you plenty of time to prepare to give your Loves this experience this Ressurection Sunday.)

READY IN: 1hr
YIELD: 36-42 cookies
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Now for the Instructions.
So Important!
  • Read the whole recipe before beginning, try to do together Saturday night before Easter Sunday.
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • You need: Mixing bowl, Wooden spoon, Bible, Zipper baggie, Waxed paper, Cookie sheet, Tape.
  • Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces.
  • Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.
  • Read John 19:1-3.
  • Let child smell the vinegar.
  • Put 1 tsp into mixing bowl.
  • Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink.
  • Read John 19:28-30.
  • Add egg whites to the vinegar.
  • Eggs represent life.
  • Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life.
  • Read John 10:10-11.
  • Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand.
  • Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl.
  • Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.
  • Read Luke 23:27.
  • So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing.
  • Add 1 cup sugar.
  • Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us.
  • He wants us to know and belong to Him.
  • Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.
  • Beat with a mixer on high speed for 11-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed.
  • Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.
  • Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.
  • Fold in broken nuts.
  • Drop by tsp onto waxed paper-covered cookie sheet.
  • Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.
  • Read Matt. 27:65-66.
  • Put cookie sheet in the oven.
  • Close the door and turn the oven OFF.
  • Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door.
  • Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed.
  • Read Matt. 27:65-66.
  • Go to Bed!
  • Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight.
  • Jesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.
  • Read John 16:20 and 22.
  • On Resurrection Morning open the oven and give everyone a cookie!
  • Notice the cracked surface and take a bite.
  • The cookies are hollow!
  • On the first Resurrection Day, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
  • Read Matt. 28:1-9.
  • HE HAS RISEN!
  • HALLELUJAH!

And to give credit, Click HERE and you will be directed to the website from whence I copied the foregoing. 

I hope there are families out there who will embrace this and make it a tradition. 
If you use this recipe, I’d love to hear your stories.