April 20, 2014

Key West SONrise!

Key West is famous for its sunsets & today's Easter sunrise was awesome but the SONrise which we celebrate today was spectacularly awesome!

"If JESUS rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that HE said; if HE didn't rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what HE said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like HIS teaching but whether or not HE rose from the dead." ― Timothy Keller

Do you believe that the resurrection of JESUS happened & confirmed to the world that JESUS is our LORD & SAVIOR because HE paid the price for our sins which brought us forgiveness from GOD the FATHER through the precious HOLY SPIRIT!

JESUS paid it all means that if you know HIM as your LORD & SAVIOR, all your sins past, present, & future have been forgiven & the Mississippi Mass Choir let's us know with an excitement that may get you dancing that "It Wasn't the Nails" that held HIM to the cross it was the . . . ? ? ? 

JESUS forgave the thief on the cross & HE wants us to forgive, even if people have done unspeakable acts towards you, children, youth, or other adults!

"To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because GOD has forgiven the inexcusable in you." ― C.S. Lewis

Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key in Miami, Florida was originally built to watch powerboat racing but the memory I will cherish forever was an Easter SONrise Service only a few months before Hurricane Andrew in 1992. As the group Truth sang "Holy of Holies" the sun began rising over Biscayne Bay filling the sky with unforgettable colors.

There would be no resurrection without what JESUS first went through on what we now call Good Friday & the song/video "Watch the Lamb" by Ray Boltz tells that amazing story.

"The only cross in all of history that was turned into an altar was the cross on which JESUS CHRIST died. It was a Roman cross. They nailed HIM on it, & GOD, in HIS majesty & mystery, turned it into an altar. The LAMB who was dying in the mystery & wonder of GOD was turned into the PRIEST who offered HIMSELF. No one else was a worthy offering." ― A.W. Tozer

What did the resurrection of JESUS 3 days after HE was crucified accomplish?

The answer may be found in "The Champion" by Carman.

O tal vez, la respuesta está dentro "CRISTO No Está Muerto" por Juan Carlos Alvarado.

For JESUS to go through all of that for you & for me, HE must truly love us!

"Daisy's Song" by Dominic Balli expresses beautifully the love JESUS has for you & for me!

"Peace on Earth" by New Zealand's Parachute Band will happen if we allow JESUS to be the Peace in us!

"Let the peace of CHRIST rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." — COLOSSIANS 3:15

"Que la paz de CRISTO reine en vuestros corazones, a la cual en verdad fuisteis llamados en un solo cuerpo; y sed agradecidos." — COLOSENSES 3:15

If we are able to vividly live the truths within "Devoted" by Mynista, our journeys will be filled with Faith, Hope, Joy, Love, & Peace which will keep us refreshed emotionally, mentally, physically, & spiritually to complete the things that HE created for you & me to do!

"For we are GOD's workmanship, created in CHRIST JESUS to do good works, which GOD prepared in advance for us to do." — EPHESIANS 2:10

"Somos hechura de Dios, creados en Cristo Jesús para hacer las buenas obras, que Dios preparó de antemano para que anduviésemos en ellas." — EFESIOS 2:10

"Step by Step" by Rich Mullins encourages us how we may not only discover what we were created to do but how to walk in HIS will for our lives as we each continue on our personal journeys!

May we be aware that something as simple as a smile or a pat on the back may be just what someone needs & that means you & I are literally how the LORD chooses to express HIS love to others.  

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