WPC: Rise/Set

It is so Appropos that this week’s WPC is RISE and SET. While The Daily Post is asking for shots of sunrise and sunset, I think the fact that the post is set on the weekend of the greatest rising of all is just wonderful!

Here are some of my sunrises and sunsets:

 

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No matter how devastating our struggles, disappointments, and troubles are, they are only temporary. No matter what happens to you, no matter the depth of tragedy or pain you face, no matter how death stalks you and your loved ones, the Resurrection promises you a future of immeasurable good. Josh McDowell

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The Resurrection is at the core of our beliefs as Christians. Without it, our faith is meaningless. Joseph B. Wirthlin

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The Resurrection miracle is nothing to you and me if it is only an event of eighteen centuries bygone. Unless we can live the immortal life – unless we can receive God to his own home in these hearts of ours – the texts are nothing to us unless these daily lives illustrate them. Edward Everett Hale
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Now here are some more powerful sunrises and sunsets

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Share Your World 2016 Week 13

Can you even believe we are 13 weeks into 2016? We have officially begun the second quarter of the year. Soon we will be half done!

We still have loads of questions to answer though before this year breathes its last.  Every week from here until 2017 Cee will ask us 5 questions. In answering them we, Cee’s contributors, are sharing our world.

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Here are this week’s questions and my answers.

Are you left or right handed?  

I am right hand dominant, but playing piano has strengthened the coordination in my left hand a bit.

If you had only one TV, would you prefer the TV in the living room or another room?

I do have only one TV currently and it is in the living room.

Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story.

I once did a walk-a-thon for a ministry called Speed-The Light. That is a ministry which buys vehicles or equipment of any kind to help missionaries do their jobs. That is the closest I have ever come to what you would call long distance, and I don’t even really know how far I walked. I did laps around a track for about five hours.

Complete this sentence: Love is… .

patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13:4-13

OK it may not be original but it is accurate.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am so grateful for a wonderful Easter weekend. Here are some photos from our various events….

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Easter morning worship

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter BBQ at Cornerstone

This week I am looking forward to performing my cousin’s wedding.

 

 

Now check out Cee’s other contributors by clicking the underlined link above.

Looking Back to Look Forward

George Santayana is quoted as saying, Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

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In the world failure to look back and remember the lessons of the past is a sure way to make sure we are going to make the same mistakes again.

In Christianity the stakes are even higher. A failure to look back at the cross and receive not just its lessons but its purpose does not mean it will happen again in the future. Christ was crucified once and for all time. He will not be crucified again. In this case refusing to look back effects those who refuse to do so. Those who will not look back at the sacrifice of Christ have no future to look forward to. Without the cross there is only a certainty of future judgment. Life, at death, becomes torment without hope.

Holy Week must seem strange to those who are not Christians. A celebration based around the brutal and unjust death of our founder would on the surface seem counter-intuitive. But the truth is, that death needs to be celebrated because without it we have absolutely zero hope of reaching Heaven.

Isaiah says it this way,

Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.[b]
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
    and though the Lord makes[c] his life an offering for sin,

 

And Paul says this,

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:a The old has gone, the new is here! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.21God made him who had no sin to be sinb for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

But it is not even enough to look back at the cross. In looking at the cross and receiving Christ’s forgiveness our own pasts are absolved but we cannot stay in the place of forever looking back at the cross. Holy week does not end at the cross or at the grave. It comes to fullness at the empty tomb. It is not the cross that propels us into the future but the resurrection! Jesus died but then He rose again. Death couldn’t hold Him! And death cannot hold his followers either!

Jesus said, I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. John 14:18,19

Here is the thing I am not waiting to start living my resurrected life. I looked back many years ago and received forgiveness from Christ. From that day on I have begun living my eternal life. I am now always looking forward to what God in Christ has for me.

AND YOU CAN TOO! START BY LOOKING BACK AT THE CROSS AND ASKING FOR FORGIVENESS. THEN LOOK FORWARD IN FAITH BELIEVING THAT THE RESURRECTION SHALL BE YOURS.

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 3:13,14

 

Three Days: Weekly Writing Prompt #29

Time limitations have kept me from joining in on the SECRET KEEPER’S WEEKLY WRITING PROMPTS THESE LAST WEEKS.

I have intentionally put aside time this week to join in. You can see all of this week’s contributions by clicking the underlined link above.

This week’s five prompt words are: | WEB | LOST | BLACK | SCRATCH | LOCK |

What follows is a Shadorma in honor of the Passion Week

Shadorma (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)
six lines – no rhymes – multiple stanzas [your choice] – just follow meter

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Three Days

by JE Lillie

Day One: Death.

Scratch rejoiced as Christ

Succumbed on

Man’s black cross

Had love lost the day? Night reigned.

Captivity wept.

Day Two: Chained.

Scratch locked Christ in Hell.

His web wound

Bound Christ tight.

Jesus smiled and love woke life

In Hell. Demons shook.

Then He Rose.

Scratch’s keys were lost

Captive hearts

Shouted loud.

As Christ led through the black night

To third day freedom.