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FAMOUS LASTING WORDS OF EASTER

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It’s been said that the final words of one’s life provide a snapshot or an MRI into that entire life. Some last words become immortalized. Freedom Mel Gibson used his cinematic license to frame the last words of Scotland’s William Wallace in the 1995 movie Braveheart. After experiencing gruesome torture as a traitor to England, Wallace’s executioner suggests that if he would just beg for mercy, his pain would end quickly. The English crowd, once thrilled to see their enemy in agony, picks up the escalating chant of “Mercy,” urging him to tap out. Wallace summons his strength and stuns the crowd by screaming a final rallying cry, “Freedom!” Good theater? Yes. Great history? Probably not. Aside from the fact…

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WHAT SPRINGS TO MIND ABOUT EASTER

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The BBC asked their listeners what Easter means to them. From the nation that originated Christian world Missions, the responses are a mosaic of perspectives in a post-Christian age. “A nice long weekend.” “Easter eggs.” “Hot cross buns that are cold.” How The World Views Easter “I’m not religious but I do know that Good Friday is the most solemn day in the Christian Calendar, the day of the Crucifixtion. It is supposedly a day for contemplation Easter Sunday is the day of the Resurrection, a day for rejoicing and celebration.” “As for the meaning of Easter, we ignore that. Our spiritual needs are well catered for by the splendor of the coastal scenery, the movement of the sea and…

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JOSEPH’S CROSS

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Andrew White was kidnapped in Baghdad, gave all his money away, adopted six Iraqi children and suffers from MS. For more than ten years, Canon Andrew White presided over the only Anglican Church in Iraq, a role that led him to be known universally as the “Vicar of Baghdad.” With the invasion of ISIL, Baghdad became too dangerous, and today he splits his time with his displaced congregation – many of whom are children – in Israel and Amman, Jordan. Andrew helped his young charges understand the meaning of Easter. Joseph’s Cross To make the story real I gave our children an olive wood cross made by a friend, a carpenter in Bethlehem called Joseph. One little boy called Yuseph…

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THE CROSS EQUALS LOVE

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Jesus came as the answer to the question, “Why won’t God do something?” In the horrific shadows of the murderous cruelty of terrorists, killer storms, kids dying from cancer, the ungodly suffering of vulnerable people…God gives an answer. God’s Answer God offers Himself. He gives His best. “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NLT) Jesus, the Son of God and Son of Man is God’s way of healing a broken world. Right On Time “Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented…

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THE IMAGE OF JESUS TODAY

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“Ecce Homo” (“Behold the Man”) was a prized Spanish fresco — for over a century – the pride of the Sanctuary of Mercy Church in Borja, near Zaragoza. The condition of the painting was gradually deteriorating. Can The Man Be Saved? A concerned, eighty year-old congregant was distraught over its worsening condition. She decided to take matters into her own hands and attempted to restore the painting. What was left looks like a child’s finger painting. Art historians are now discussing if the painting can be saved. The Image of Jesus The story reminds me of well intentioned academics who alter the image of Jesus in an attempt to fit a value system they feel will help people see Jesus…

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