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JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN TODAY! ALLELUIA!

Jesus Christ Is Risen Today! Alleluia!
(That’s the opening words to one of my favorite Easter Hymns – which, I was grateful to have to opportunity to sing TWICE today at my church Easter morning!)

HE IS RISEN!  HE IS RISEN INDEED!

Praying this finds each and everyone reading this having had a BLESSED EASTER… basking in God’s Tremendous Grace… Celebrating our Lord’s Victory over death and the grave, so that we too, will one day enjoy ETERNAL LIFE with Him in Heaven!

“Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the Law.  But thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!”   1 Corinthians 15:55
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Temptation

Holy Week – Temptations Abound!

TEMPTATIONS!!! Why, oh Why, at this time, right now, are they flying at me “left and right” from all over the place?  For whatever reason they are.  And, while I pray on a daily basis for help in resisting temptations, these days I’ve pulled-out “all the stops”.  I spoke with my pastor about them the other day, that I needed some additional help and prayers with overcoming them.
My Pastor shared, that for whatever reason, it’s been his experience that the devil goes to extra lengths and measures to tempt folks during “The Lenten Season”.  And, man-o-man, has this been true of what I’ve been experiencing over the past couple weeks.
We know form scripture, that we will be tempted.  But, we also know our greatest – best defense when we are tempted is:
GOD!
God promises us in scripture, that He will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear.  And, He will be there to help us when tempted.  We have to do our part by “fleeing from temptation”.
My prayer is that if you are experiencing “extra temptations” these days, you’ll keep this in mind.  And, know, you have God (in addition to christian friends) to help resist them.
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The New Catholic Pope… Homosexuality…. God’s Word?

I know, I know… why am I, a Lutheran, even making mention of the Roman Catholic Church selecting a new pope?!  Why is this even worthy of mention here???
Yesterday evening, I was “channel surfing” as I enerally do, while trying to take-in the daily news.
I kept encountering all the media accounts and “hype” surrounding the selection of the new Roman Catholic pope.
Almost every major news network was covering the fact that “white smoke” had come out of the Vatican chimney earlier and now the Roman Catholic Church had a new pope.

As a Lutheran, one can imagine my disinterest in hearing all this hype about a new pope.  However, what really struck me yesterday about much of the “news coverage” surrounding the selection of a new pope, was about “his” (the new pope’s) “peronsal” beliefs.

Many of the news commentators stated: “Well, this pope, personally, is against abortion, homosexuality, gay marriage etc… many in The Catholic Church were hoping for a more liberal – progressive pope”.  Much of the newscasters were speaking as if the new pope had been just a successful political candidate.  But, if another pope had been elected, there was the possibility that homosexuality, abortion, etc could’ve been acceptible by the roman catholic church (or by God).

I was shocked (guess I shouldn’t be) about many people’s perception of “God’s Word” – or not even taking that into account.  I was thankful the news kept bringing up such topics (abortion, homosexuality, etc), but was dismayed that the impression was painted that this human’s personal beliefs (the new pope) were the issue… were what mattered most.

We know, that it’s not the Catholic Pope, or President Obama, the U.S. Congress, State Legislatures, or your neighbor down the street’s opinions on these matters that count.

It continues to be – always will be GOD’s opinion, as voiced through His WORD that matters – counts.… Read the rest