Mary Magdalene: First Witness to the Resurrection

  Mary Magdalene arrives at the tomb on that first day of the week to discover the tomb is empty.  They are afraid, but an angel tells them that Jesus is not there but has risen.  The women rush to tell the disciples, who does not believe them.   This is where we left off last week. Reading the gospel accounts, […]

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God is Faithful

  In the last three months, we have begun instituting new programs and initiatives to improve the quality of life for our residents.  While I’d written a grant for the majority of these plans, there were several additional needs that crept up that we did not have the funding for. I began to pray about these needs and set up […]

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Hall of Faith: Samson, Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

We all know the story of Samson and Delilah, but there is much more to Samson’s story than just the finale we are all familiar with. Samson was one of the last judge of the Israelites, before the kings or monarchy was instituted. His story is found in Judges 13-16. The name Samson means sun. The story of Samson starts […]

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Breaking the Bonds

Breaking the bonds in an abusive relationship is not easy.  Even once I was free from my abuser, I continued to long to stay bound to my abuser.  He did everything he could to maintain contact and to continue to manipulate me once I left. Even once I broke off all communication, I still longed for him. I began to […]

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Behind the Hymn: I Will Sing of My Redeemer

God tells us that he will use our trials and tragedies for his good.  I Will Sing of My Redeemer was born of tragedy, but had the lasting effect of good. I Will Sing of My Redeemer was written by Philip Paul Bliss was an American conductor, composer, Gospel singer and hymn writer. Philip Bliss was born on July 9, […]

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Promise of God

 

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Mary Magdalene: Discovered the Tomb Empty

We left Mary Magdalene at the crucifixion.  Jesus is dead and they have taken his body to the grave, but the Sabbath was beginning and the women could not prepare his body.  So, they go home to follow the Jewish customs of the day.  We’re not told where they were, but more than likely they were together. John 20:1 tells […]

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Jesus Came that We Might Be Saved

  I recently had a friend ask me about Jesus and Mary Magdalene.  The individual, who was not raised in church, believed that they were married and the misconception that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute. This belief that she was a prostitute began in the Middle Ages, when several women mentioned in the scriptures were combined. But, then my friend […]

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Hall of Faith: Barak, the Unknown Soldier

Barak was a 12th-century BC ruler and Judge of Ancient Israel. As military commander in the biblical Book of Judges, Barak, with Deborah the prophetess, from the Tribe of Ephraim, defeated the Canaanite armies led by Sisera. The name Barak in the Bible means lightening. Barak was the son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, Barak’s mother was from the […]

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High Drama Turns Others Away

In the days when I was in my abusive relationship, I had several friends who were willing to help me escape.  However, they all had one stipulation.  When I walked away, I could not have any contact with Duncan or his family. I can’t tell you how many times in retrospect, I wish I had taken my friends up on […]

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Behind the Hymn: He Lives

Can you imagine what the disciples and followers of Jesus must have said as word spread that he was not in the tomb?   The words, “He lives” seem to be one option that is plausible. The hymn was composed in 1933 by Alfred Henry Ackley. Alfred Ackley was born on January 21, 1887.  His father was a Methodist Minister who […]

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On Easter Day

 

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Do Not Despair

 

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Mary Magdalene: Witness to the Crucifixion

The next mention we have of Mary Magdalene after Jesus heals her, is of her presence at the crucifixion. Luke 23:49 says, “”women who had followed him from Galilee” standing at a distance”, but does not mentioned these women by name.  However, the other three gospels do mention these women and among them is Mary Magdalene. Matthew 27:56, says, “Among them […]

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God Has a Plan

              I recently overheard a conversation in which the person said, “I’m ready to die. I want to see Jesus.” My heart broke for this individual, but as I listened I discovered the individual was in so much physical pain that she was willing herself to give up. Thankfully, she was talking with a […]

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Hall of Faith: Gideon, He Lead for God

Gideon was the son of Joash, from the Abiezrite clan in the tribe of Manasseh and lived in Ephra. As a leader of the Israelites, he won a decisive victory over a Midianite army despite a vast numerical disadvantage, leading a troop of 300 ‘valiant’ men. The name Gideon means “feller” or “hewer” in Hebrew. A hewer is a person […]

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Listening to our Intuition

In the early days of my relationship, when circumstances began to spin out of control, my gut began to knot up.  I knew that something was wrong and this was not how it should be. I had a day when my insides felt as if they were all twisted in knots and I felt as if a battle was raging […]

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Behind the Hymn: Are you washed in the Blood

Are you washed in the Blood was written by Elisha Hoffman. Elisha Hoffman was born on May 7, 1839 in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania.  He was a Presbyterian minister and composer of over 2,000 hymns and 50 song books during his 90 years. Music historian Jacob Hall described Elisha Hoffman’s musical ability in the following manner, “When a melody is born in […]

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God Says I Love You

 

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Mary Magdalene: Healed by Jesus

In thinking about the story of Easter, there are only a select handful  of people mentioned as having a first hand view of the crucifixion and resurrection.  Mary, the Mother of Jesus is one of those mentioned at these events and with her is Mary of Magda or as we refer to her today, Mary Magdalene. Mary Magdalene is mentioned at […]

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