In need of our prayers:
Those serving in the Military: that God would protect them and strengthen them to serve loyally. For their families, that God would care for their needs.
Those recovering from Surgery: including Kevin Latimer, Ron Gray, Mary Lou Peterman, Fred DeHass
Those with Health Concerns: including Jeane McKenna, Darren Penner, Inge Richardson, Jay Watson, Deb Williamson, Janice Henningsen, Sarah Sunderland, Dee Merrifield, Jesica Kuse, James Standridge.
Those with Cancer: including Nancy Bolin, Gerry DeVita, Bart Green, Simon Jones, LouAnn Thomas, Carole Reid, Steven Larimore, Susan Freyer, Peggy Clay, Kiers Rowley, JoAnne Harder, Kim Purdon, Darlene Fields, Liz Miller, Tonya Hunter, Gloria Mengel, Mike McKenzie, Shannon McKenzie, Charlene Clinton, Barbara Patrick, Kay Valentik
Those in Hospice care: including Barbara Brown
For Expectant Mothers and their unborn babies: including Sarah (Becker) Weatherby, Staci Wolters, Jennifer Meyer.
Newborn Babies and Children:
For 8th grade confirmation students as they prepare for the Speech Banquet and Confirmation Sunday.
That God would bless the upcoming Bible classes and Christian Essentials class, that God’s would provide for baptisms, confirmations, the strengthening of faith, and increase of good works.
For the many upcoming Youth activities this spring and summer.
For God to bless the preparations for our huge summer ministries: Luth. Valley Retreat; National Youth Gathering; Vacation Bible School.
Those seeking Employment: That God would provide jobs for the unemployed and underemployed.
Prayers for all who travel:
Those in Care Centers: Neil Wieters, Willa Davis, Marie Dieckman
For all who grieve: including the friends and family of Harry Young; and Joe Rinella and family at the death of his aunt, Augustine.
Those suffering the effects of tragedy and disasters:
For marriages and families to grow stronger and for those suffering from divorce or broken relationships.
For those suffering from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and mental illness.
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Praise:
for the recent birth of Shawn Edwin Kuhn, born to Mike and Stephanie Kuhn.
For all the called and support staff of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church: that God would provide all that is needed - the time, talents, and treasures - for BSLC's growing ministry.
Thanksgiving for all who attended our Lent and Holy Week services, and for God to move them to continue to worship and rejoice in the gifts of Word and Sacrament.
For God’s blessing on the upcoming parking lot repair.
Thanksgiving for those enrolled in Abounding Love Preschool and Parents Day Out program for the coming year, and that God would bless this ministry with many enrollments over the next few months.
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, that God would continue provide all they need.
That God would richly bless missionaries Rev. Bob Malone in Kansas City, Missouri, and Rev. Bob Roegner at Peace Lutheran in O’Fallon, and the Ablaze Center in St. Louis.
Loving Father, we thank You for Jesus who was wounded for our transgressions, who bore our sins in His body on the tree. For our guilt He gave us peace, and from our bondage to sin He gave sweet release. The triumph of the cross is witnessed by the myriads of believers who follow Christ into heaven. We thank You for Jesus who is our victorious and soon coming King! We honor Him by surrendering our lives wholly to His set purpose. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Amen.
14th Century Bohemian Latin carol
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today is a Christian hymn associated with Easter. Most of the stanzas were written by Charles Wesley, and the hymn appeared under the title Hymn for Easter Day in Hymns and Sacred Songs by Charles and John Wesley in 1739. It remains a traditional processional hymn on Easter Sunday.
The hymn is a variation of an earlier hymn Jesus Christ Is Risen Today, a 14th century Latin hymn which had been translated into English and published in Lyra Davidica in 1708 (and later in 1749 in Arnold's Compleat Psalmodist). In some hymnals, Jesus Christ Is Risen Today is in fact the 3 stanza Compleat Psalmodist version with one or more of the additional stanzas written by Wesley appended.
Many hymnals include both hymns separately. Almost all list Jesus Christ Is Risen Today to be sung to the hymn tune Easter Hymn (either the original from Lyra Davidica or an alternative arrangement by William Henry Monk). Some, such as the Australian Hymn Book, and the United Methodist Hymnal also list that as the tune for Christ the Lord Is Risen Today. However, most list Christ the Lord Is Risen Today to be sung to the anonymous tune Nassau (first found in a late 17th-century German book of sacred tunes), to the tune Gwalchmai by Welsh composer Joseph David Jones, or to the tune Llanfair, by another Welsh composer, Robert Williams. Hymns Old and New (New Anglican Edition - published by Kevin Mayhew Ltd) uses Wurttemberg with Alleluias (attributed to Hundert Arien, Dresden 1694) for 'Christ the Lord is Risen Again'.
Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once, upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia!
Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save, Alleluia!
But the pains which He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation hath procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s king, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing, Alleluia!
Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
Praise eternal as His love, Alleluia!
Praise Him, all you heavenly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Alleluia!
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Did you know that the last statistics I read stated that 47% of the people in the workforce are unhappy with their jobs? There may be several reasons why that may be but I want us to take a look at where we as Christians in the marketplace should be.
Because we have been given "gifts" from the Holy Spirit we should be a voice no matter where we are and no matter what position we are in. Wisdom will overshadow the unwise any day. I am not saying that we are people of arrogance and pride but I am saying if we seek God we have an "unfair advantage" to those who are not in the Kingdom of God.
We have the ability to provide wisdom on how to increase the moral of employees. We have wisdom to introduce systemic ways to increase production. We have wisdom and insight to implement programs that will be effective for at-risk children. We have a voice and that is WHY God has us in the marketplace.
We are not in the marketplace to join others to say "thank God it's Friday" but to thank God for a source of income and a way to glorify Him through our lifestyle. We have the ability to begin businesses that will change the spiritual and economic flow of a society.
We have a VOICE and we should have the resources to provide a higher quality of life for many. Please DO NOT join the others in thanking GOD IT'S FRIDAY but begin to thank God He can use you "right where you are".
Today PLEASE reevaluate your thoughts of your position in the marketplace..someone is waiting for your voice of wisdom and your lifestyle of integrity. What will YOUR VOICE speak to? Why are you where you are? For some of you "if" you complete your assignment where you are God will make room for you somewhere else. You cannot be promoted until you outgrow your present assignment.
P.S. I have made up my mind to be surrounded by them that are wise.....to learn from them. I am not saying that I will not be surrounded by others BUT those that lend their time to me will be WISE. Time is very short even if God gives us 50-60 more years to live.
My goal is not retirement but fulfillment of destiny.
Dr. Cheryl Hill is The President, of Integrity International Consulting Group, Founder of Women of Significance. She has worked in government for over 15 years working from grassroots to working with the White House. www.integrityicg.com www.wosonline.org www.eai.community.officelive.com
The Quick and the Dead
by Henry Morris, Ph.D.
"And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead." (Acts 10:42)
This is the climax of the first Christian sermon to the Gentiles delivered by Peter in the house of the Roman centurion, Cornelius. Peter emphasized the truth that Jesus was not just the promised Messiah of Israel, but that "he is Lord of all" (Acts 10:36), and that it is He alone who will judge the "quick and dead."
This striking phrase occurs only three times in the Bible, each time denoting that Christ is Judge of all men. Paul wrote to Timothy as follows: "I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word" (2 Timothy 4:1-2). Peter wrote concerning the gross Gentile sins from which his readers had been delivered: "|They| shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead" (1 Peter 4:5).
The term "quick" is the same as "living." When Christ returns, "the dead in Christ shall rise first" (1 Thessalonians 4:16), and then all believers, including those still alive in the flesh at His coming, "must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ" (2 Corinthians 5:10). This will be the judgment of the "quick." All the saved are alive in Christ at "the resurrection of life."
But He must also judge the dead--that is, those who are "dead in trespasses and sins" (Ephesians 2:1) at "the resurrection of damnation" (John 5:29), "For the Father . . . hath committed all judgment unto the Son" (John 5:22). "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God . . . and they were judged every man according to their works. . . . This is the second death" (Revelation 20:12-14). HMM
Easter Story Cookies
1 cup whole pecans
3 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/8 teaspoon salt (I used a small pinch)
1 Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2 Place pecans in a zip lock bag, close the bag, and let the children beat the bag with a wooden spoon to break the pecans into small pieces.
3 Explain to the children that after Jesus was arrested, the Roman soldiers beat him.
4 Let the children smell the vinegar.
5 Put the vinegar into a mixing bowl.
6 Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink.
7 Add egg whites to the vinegar.
8 Eggs represent life.
9 Explain that Jesus gave his life to give us life.
10 Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hands.
11 Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl.
12 Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our sin.
13 So far the ingredients aren't very appetizing.
14 Add 1 cup sugar.
15 Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us.
16 He wants us to know and belong to him.
17 Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until the stiff peaks form.
18 Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sin have been cleansed by Jesus.
19 Fold in Broken Nuts.
20 Drop by teaspoons onto a cookie sheet covered with wax paper.
21 Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.
22 Put the cookie sheet in the oven and turn OFF.
23 Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door.
24 Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed.
25 Go to bed.
26 Explain to the children that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight.
27 Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.
28 On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie.
29 Notice the cracked surface and take a bite.
30 The cookies are HOLLOW!
31 On the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
32 He has risen!
33 Happy Easter Everyone!