JD Farag-The Significance of this Resurrection Sunday

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Great Songs of the Church-Low in the Grave He lay (He Arose!)

One of the best loved hymns for Resurrection Day, it was written by Robert Lowry in 1874.

1 Low in the grave He lay—
  Jesus my Savior!
Waiting the coming day—
  Jesus my Lord!

Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
  Hallelujah! Christ arose!

2 Vainly they watch His bed—
  Jesus, my Savior!
Vainly they seal the dead—
  Jesus my Lord!

3 Death cannot keep his prey—
  Jesus, my Savior!
He tore the bars away—
  Jesus my Lord!     
lyrics from hymnal.net

He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!!

Worst Case Scenario: Be Prepared

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All this talk of solar flares, comet Ison, CME’s and some unknown catastrophe that has FEMA scrambling in Region III can be a little scary can’t it?  I mean, some of you may skip over such articles/reports and file them under Conspiracy Theories. Others of you may be hoping it’s a lot of hoopla for nothing. I dare say MOST Americans pay no attention or give no thought to it whatsoever.

But if you are in the camp of Maybe and want to be prepared, you’ll probably try your best to stock up on imperishable food, water, batteries, candles, first aid kits etc.

If you don’t have time to be bothered with gloom and doom thoughts you are doing nothing out of the ordinary because you are sure it’ll all work out and the world will continue with business as usual.

Well, let’s just suppose something HUGE does happen? Let’s suppose a giant earthquake rips through Region III, on the east coast causing massive destruction as well as geological upheaval.

Or, let’s suppose the ever elusive CME does strike the globe. I’m talking more than global outages. I’m talking a total black out of all things electrical. No lights, no water, no cars, no planes, no computers, no television, no radio. Nothing. Enter the dark ages.

You can try now to stock up “just in case” and your emergency kit may or may not see you through until everything is back up and running.

Preparedness Survival Kit. That’s what they call it. Usually when someone asks “Are you prepared?”, such a kit comes to mind. It’s only natural.

But I ask you: ARE YOU PREPARED?

Are you prepared to NOT LIVE through it?

What if the world does go completely black? We are talking auto collisions, train wrecks, planes falling from the sky, pace makers not working, an outbreak of violent crime as people scramble to grab necessities…the list goes on and on. If it is “just” the earthquake, what if you are standing over the fault? What if the building you are in collapses? What if it triggers a giant tsunami and you are washed away?

Sounds horrible right? It would be. Especially if you are not PREPARED to meet eternity.

Like it or not every single person to ever draw breath has and will face eternity. One can refuse to believe in God or a god or any such religion but that does not stop them from ever facing eternity. Too often it comes unexpectedly.

You need to ask yourself what you believe will happen when you die. Are you certain of it? There is no changing your mind once eternity knocks.

My daughter is considered special needs. While she is nearly ten-years-old, cognitively and in other ways she is more like five or six. A few weeks ago she randomly asked me “Mama are you ready to die?” Imagine my dilemma in deciding how to answer such a question presented by a child who is incapable of abstract thought.  Physically I am healthy, so in that sense I am not about to die. Of course I cannot discuss the “what-ifs” with her. Technically, though, yes I am ready to die. If I did not wake up in the morning I would be better off than I am tonight. That is not to say I am wishing to leave behind my children, husband and family. You understand that I mean on a spiritual level, I am ready.

How can I say that?  Because I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my Redeemer lives, that the Bible is True and I am a beloved child of the Creator. I know that I know that I KNOW.

Do you? Are you prepared to NOT LIVE through the night….catastrophe or no? Think about it.

Psalm Sunday- Psalm 18

A Mom Looking Up

A Mom Looking Up

I will love You, O Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.

4 The pangs of death surrounded me, And the floods of ungodliness made me afraid. 5 The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me. 6 In my distress I called upon the Lord, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.

7 Then the earth shook and trembled; The foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken, Because He was angry. 8 Smoke went up from His nostrils, And devouring fire from His mouth; Coals were kindled by it. 9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down With darkness under His feet. 10 And He rode upon a cherub, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind. 11 He made darkness His secret place; His canopy around Him was dark waters And thick clouds of the skies. 12 From the brightness before Him, His thick clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire.

13 The Lord thundered from heaven, And the Most High uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire.[a] 14 He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe, Lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them. 15 Then the channels of the sea were seen, The foundations of the world were uncovered At Your rebuke, O Lord, At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.

16 He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. 17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me, For they were too strong for me. 18 They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the Lord was my support. 19 He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.

20 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me. 21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord, And have not wickedly departed from my God. 22 For all His judgments were before me, And I did not put away His statutes from me. 23 I was also blameless before Him, And I kept myself from my iniquity. 24 Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands in His sight.

25 With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless; 26 With the pure You will show Yourself pure; And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd. 27 For You will save the humble people, But will bring down haughty looks.

28 For You will light my lamp; The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. 29 For by You I can run against a troop, By my God I can leap over a wall. 30 As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

31 For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? 32 It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect. 33 He makes my feet like the feet of deer, And sets me on my high places. 34 He teaches my hands to make war, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

35 You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great. 36 You enlarged my path under me, So my feet did not slip.

37 I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them; Neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed. 38 I have wounded them, So that they could not rise; They have fallen under my feet. 39 For You have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me. 40 You have also given me the necks of my enemies, So that I destroyed those who hated me. 41 They cried out, but there was none to save; Even to the Lord, but He did not answer them. 42 Then I beat them as fine as the dust before the wind; I cast them out like dirt in the streets.

43 You have delivered me from the strivings of the people; You have made me the head of the nations; A people I have not known shall serve me. 44 As soon as they hear of me they obey me; The foreigners submit to me. 45 The foreigners fade away, And come frightened from their hideouts.

46 The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted. 47 It is God who avenges me, And subdues the peoples under me; 48 He delivers me from my enemies. You also lift me up above those who rise against me; You have delivered me from the violent man. 49 Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles, And sing praises to Your name.

50 Great deliverance He gives to His king, And shows mercy to His anointed, To David and his descendants forevermore

Who’s With Me?

Anyone else ready to fly on outta this crazy world?

Headlines like the ones below  leave me shaking my head in frustration, disgust and anger. Satan’s grip is so tight on the world right now, I cannot imagine what it is going to be like once the Restrainer is removed. It is a world gone insane: mankind is losing all sense of decency and common sense, the weather is down-right kooky and nature is shouting, whether it be the unexplained deaths of animals, volcanic activity, earthquakes, sinkholes, or strange humming noises that have an untraceable source.  All of these are shouting, heralding, the return of the Lord and it is only going to get worse!

Homeland Security Funded Exercise Portrayed Homeschoolers as Terrorists

Judge goes off deep end to shut up Christians

Syrian Rebels in Cannibalistic Shock Video

These are just three articles. I am sickened by it all. I am sickened even more at the Christians who just shrug their shoulders-what can we do?-and then promptly return to their Facebook updates, making sure to forward and “share” all those “Christian” messages that will bring them blessings if they only share it with seven of their friends. How quick we are to blab to our friends lists every minute detail of our lives (as if they really care), but don’t want to bother anyone with the stuff that really matters. You know….like their eternal destination…or the literal hell that is about to be unleashed!

Frustrated? Yeah, more than a little.

Jesus IS coming back VERY SOON, OR you may not live to see the next five minutes: have you planned for that future? Are you sure? Are you ready?

This may be selfish of me but Maranatha, maranatha, MARANATHA! Come quickly Lord Jesus!