Posts Tagged With: Praise

Waiting on Jesus to Rise from the Grave

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50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.

51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

54 So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

55 And many women who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him, were there looking on from afar, 56 among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.

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Jesus Buried in Joseph’s Tomb

57 Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. 58 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him. 59 When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed. 61 And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the tomb.

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Pilate Sets a Guard

62 On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, 63 saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise.’ 64 Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead.’ So the last deception will be worse than the first.”

65 Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.

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And so we wait on Jesus to resurrect from the grave. While we wait, what will you do while waiting? Will you serve Him? And how? Will you worship Him? Will you pray & fast? Will you share the Truth about Jesus with others? So others can wait on Him.

Since we are a gaming ministry, and there are MANY unsaved gamers, well you may know we are the people who need to share Jesus with them, if we won’t, who will? Do you love them? What is love? An ACTION word.

Share with gamers about Good Friday & “Easter” Resurrection Sunday and what this time is all about. May it be through a message, or in a lobby, on Twitch, YouTube, other social media sites.

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While we are waiting… We will serve You, we will worship You while we wait on You, Lord. Please enjoy this music video by John Waller – While I’m Waiting

There always is a waiting period. After Jesus’ last breath we have been waiting for His return to rise from the grave. But other times to wait on God, after praying, maybe you been praying on the same thing for a whole year. Question is, are you waiting on God? At the same time on waiting patiently you are building character.

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Palm Sunday

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Palm Sunday is the day we celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, exactly one week before His resurrection (Matthew 21:1–11). As Jesus entered the holy city, He neared the culmination of a long journey toward Golgotha. He had come to save the lost (Luke 19:10), and now was the time—this was the place—to secure that salvation. Palm Sunday marked the start of what is often called “Passion Week,” the final seven days of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Palm Sunday was the “beginning of the end” of Jesus’ work on earth.

Palm Sunday began with Jesus and His disciples traveling over the Mount of Olives. The Lord sent two disciples ahead into the village of Bethphage to find an animal to ride. They found the unbroken colt of a donkey, just as Jesus had said they would (Luke 19:29–30). When they untied the colt, the owners began to question them. The disciples responded with the answer Jesus had provided: “The Lord needs it” (Luke 19:31–34). Amazingly, the owners were satisfied with that answer and let the disciples go. “They brought [the donkey] to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it” (Luke 19:35).
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As Jesus ascended toward Jerusalem, a large multitude gathered around Him. This crowd understood that Jesus was the Messiah; what they did not understand was that it wasn’t time to set up the kingdom yet—although Jesus had tried to tell them so (Luke 19:11–12). The crowd’s actions along the road give rise to the name “Palm Sunday”: “A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road” (Matthew 21:8). In strewing their cloaks on the road, the people were giving Jesus the royal treatment—King Jehu was given similar honor at his coronation (2 Kings 9:13). John records the detail that the branches they cut were from palm trees (John 12:13).

On that first Palm Sunday, the people also honored Jesus verbally: “The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ / ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ / ‘Hosanna in the highest heaven!’” (Matthew 21:9). In their praise of Jesus, the Jewish crowds were quoting Psalm 118:25–26, an acknowledged prophecy of the Christ. The allusion to a Messianic psalm drew resentment from the religious leaders present: “Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’” (Luke 19:39). However, Jesus saw no need to rebuke those who told the truth. He replied, “I tell you . . . if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40).

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Some 450 to 500 years prior to Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, the prophet Zechariah had prophesied the event we now call Palm Sunday: “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! / Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! / See, your king comes to you, / righteous and victorious, / lowly and riding on a donkey, / on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9). The prophecy was fulfilled in every particular, and it was indeed a time of rejoicing, as Jerusalem welcomed their King. Unfortunately, the celebration was not to last. The crowds looked for a Messiah who would rescue them politically and free them nationally, but Jesus had come to save them spiritually. First things first, and mankind’s primary need is spiritual, not political, cultural, or national salvation.

Even as the coatless multitudes waved the palm branches and shouted for joy, they missed the true reason for Jesus’ presence. They could neither see nor understand the cross. That’s why, “as Jesus approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies . . . will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you” (Luke 19:41–47). It is a tragic thing to see the Savior but not recognize Him for who He is. The crowds who were crying out “Hosanna!” on Palm Sunday were crying out “Crucify Him!” five days later (Matthew 27:22–23).

There is coming a day when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:10–11). The worship will be real then. Also, John records a scene in heaven that features the eternal celebration of the risen Lord: “There before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands” (Revelation 7:9). These palm-bearing saints will shout, “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb” (verse 10), and who can measure sum of their joy?

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SuperBowl 49

Today is a big day for football fans and players. Today is Super Bowl 49. Your team may be playing in the Super Bowl. Congratulations! But let’s dig into this a little bit. Let’s look at this 12 number. Tom Brady’s football # is 12, Seattle Seahawks claimed last year to have a 12th man (fans) But when thinking of the number 12, first comes to mind… the 12 disciples. So it’s 12 vs. 12th man.

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Does God care who wins the Super Bowl? Probably not. But He care, if you win or lose to praise and worship no matter what. We know, the media doesn’t interview the losers, but the winners instead. Personally, my football team did not make it. But who am I cheering for? Since I have seen both team win the Super Bowl before. I would have to choose the Seattle Seahawks. Why? Because they are unashamed of Jesus! I have seen the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl before and no one mentioned Jesus or anything and the Seattle Seahawks did mention Jesus last year. It’s all about Jesus.

You could say, “so & so is a Christian” example “Drew Brees” I have heard he is a Christian but when he won a Super Bowl he didn’t mention anything, not even, “I thank God.” But you say, you have to mention Jesus to be a Christian, true. But God blessed you with the stage your on, use it for His glory. I have to relate to Matthew 10:33 “But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.”

And looking at time wise, we don’t have much time left on this earth, one day the Holy Spirit will be removed from the earth. So after that, who cares who wins the Super Bowl. But right now, we have the Holy Spirit and we need to cheer Jesus to be heard around the world. Yes there are Christians on the Patriots but their voices may not be heard. Super Bowl is almost a holiday. More people watch the Super Bowl then any other thing. So pray for souls to be saved. If your not cheering for Jesus’ name to be heard, your cheering for your selfish reasons. I admit, being a Cowboy fan I would and have cheered for the opposing team, because I know they would give Jesus all the glory.

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Rest & Wait for God’s Timing

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*Take His hand, even though it means letting go of what you are holding on to.

*Please His heart, even though it may not please others.

*Wait for His time, even though your desire is to get it done now.

*Obey His Word, even though you hear something different that is popular.

*Follow His path, even though you see a valley ahead.

*Trust His wisdom, even though you want to do it differently.

*Give Him praise, even though you are going through something unpleasant.

*Be at rest, even though you have every reason to worry or fear.

“Many plans are in a man’s heart, But the counsel of the LORD will stand.” – Proverbs 19:21

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Silence, Patience & Tears‏

A wise man once said to me “One man’s snowstorm is another man’s ski
vacation”.  I have to agree, as perspective should precede trying to
filter through all that life throws our way. Over the past couple of
weeks, we’ve received several phone calls, emails and prayer requests
all seeming to have the same theme: THINGS ARE NOT GOING WELL RIGHT
NOW.  With the understanding that life is cyclical, I believe today
would be a good day to revisit some truths we’ve presented in times
past.

#1 – If things are going great for you at the moment, praise God. But
please don’t be misled into thinking that they’ll always be going so smoothly.
File today’s message away for future use.

#2 – If things are not going so great at the moment, praise God.  This
message today is just for you.

“There are times when God asks nothing of His children except silence,
patience, and tears.” – Charles Seymour Robinson

Silence: Because during those times that’s all that full trust demands.
Patience: Because that’s all the faith you can exercise.
Tears: Because it’s a better choice than insanity.

God’s sovereignty means nothing to us unless we are regularly reminded
that nothing is beyond His control.  When we obsess about the harsh
wind and the waves of this world, we tend to grow suspicious of God’s
power and goodwill.  In His infinite wisdom, God has His reasons for
allowing certain things to happen.  And because He is God, He does not
always choose, nor is He obligated to reveal those reasons to us.  His
nature is unchanging.  And because His nature is unchanging, we can
rest in the fact that when perilous threats arise, historically, God
uses them purposely to further establish His people.  What does He
want to further establish in you?

There is only one infallible way to safely weather the numerous
difficulties you will encounter in life, and that is to expect nothing
from yourself, but in everything to expect and depend upon God for
relief.  If you cling to this truth, you will be led through all your
problems to fellowship with God.  Your trials can then become your
greatest blessing when you remember that God does not waste life
experiences!  So be silent, be patient and if you have to, go ahead
and shed a tear.

“Brokenness is the mark of a person that is qualified to be used by
God.” – Eric Mason

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