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In Case of Emergency

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Every spring my wife and I prepare ourselves: we clean out our storm shelter, prepare an emergency bag, and pay close attention to the weather. Here in the south-central United States, also called Tornado Alley, it’s important to have a severe weather plan.

Our “hidey-hole,” as folks say around here.

In case of emergency (ICE), it’s even a contact option on cell phones these days. I’m my wife’s ICE, and vice-versa.

Question: do you have a spiritual emergency plan? Sooner or later, we’re all going to die, and afterwards comes God’s judgment (Hebrews 9:28).

In Christ alone (ICA), this is our only hope.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.

Romans 6:23 (NIV)

I realize this is not new information for many of you. Yet I’m reminded of the following line from the classic hymn I Love to Tell the Story:

🎶I love to tell the story, for those who know it best seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.🎶

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.

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Christian Blog Easter

Morning Glory

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Here’s an Easter micro poem from my other site, All Haiku. Happy Resurrection Sunday to all. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.


past the ping-pong spring

the flowers come back alive

like Christ from the dead


Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live.”

John 11:25 (NKJV)
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Christian Blog Easter

Nobody Knew His Secret Ambition

Blogger Beth Alison, from Lessons from a Lab, shared a post yesterday about the Christian’s new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Christ from the dead. A Moment with Our Creator: 1 Peter 1:3 closes with Beth’s request for her readers to share their favorite Easter song.

Musically, Easter brings to mind a favorite tune from back in 1988, Secret Ambition, by Michael W. Smith. The last line of the chorus summarizes the whole song:

🎶 Nobody knew His secret ambition was to give His life away.🎶

Michael W. Smith

I grew up Baptist, and the Passion of Christ (the events from the night before his crucifixion until his death on the cross) was not emphasized. Nevertheless, during the Easter season the Holy Spirit draws me to passages, like Isaiah chapter 53, where Jesus is described as our Suffering Servant.

He was arrested and sentenced to death. Then He was taken away. He was cut off from this life. He was punished for the sins of my people. Who among those who were living at that time tried to stop what was happening?

Isaiah 53:8 (NIRV)

Better yet, who alive at that time truly UNDERSTOOD what was happening–before the resurrection and ascension of Christ?

But He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by his wounds were are healed.

Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)

At one Baptist church I attended, we actually held a Good Friday service. The scripture readings, worship music, and a short sermon all focused on the death of Christ. The congregation was then asked to leave in silence, contemplating the significance of the crucifixion.

But our throughly protestant pastor struggled to stick with the plan. During the benediction he remarked, “Brethren, Jesus died for our sins; we must remember His sacrifice. But, praise the Lord, He rose again on Easter!”

Note: If you see a black box where the video should be, please search on YouTube for Michael W. Smith Secret Ambition. It’s the one with 3.4 million views and is worth watching.

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love. Have a blessed Easter!