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  1. Jeremiah 31:3 (KJV) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. This is God’s desire and heart towards mankind, it is with this love He draws mankind. This eternal, everlasting love. The goodness of a love that is beyond measure, a love that is goodness itself. A love that is pureness itself. A love that is pure righteousness. A love that is free from all disorder, free from every form of selfishness or any evil thing. It is everlasting purity itself. An everlasting love that has no beginning or end. This is the great and awesome love that was given in Christ when Christ was given to mankind. Today His love shines on all, searching and seeking a heart it may enter, all the day long it knocks and asks to be allowed to enter. Looking for a heart that would be willing to give up all it’s own self, all it’s own love, that it might be able to love with the love of God. This love God freely gives to all that would ask. Can easily be accessed at any moment of time by the faith of the heart of the believer, regardless of the state or condition of the heart. A simple turning of the faith of the heart to God is all that is required, and a willingness to believe in the love of God. This is God’s work of wonder. It heals all, it fixes all, it forgives all, it is for all that would be willing to accept this love on loves own terms. This love of God toward mankind is the all of God. It is His gift of Himself to mankind. For as long as today is called today His love shines to bring forth the fruit of love. Oh to love with the love of God, though it will cost us all, all we lay claim to as our own. This love is God’s heart toward mankind, that mankind would love each other with this love of God. It is such a wondrous, a glorious love, the heart breaks and melts at the prospect of being loved by this love and being able to love with this love. For there can be no higher gift to receive or give than to love with the love of God. Oh to walk in perfect righteousness is to walk in perfect love. To walk in perfect love is to walk in perfect righteousness. Oh what a wonder is God’s gift of love that was revealed in Christ Jesus. Nothing can prevent us from receiving the love of God in Christ Jesus, except our unwillingness to receive it. Blessing to all that would be willing to give up all their hopes, dreams, desires to receive such great a gift that they can be conduits, of the love of God to all. Much love in Christ, Not me
  2. The Sacrifice, The Highest Price (A Prayer To The Lamb Of God) Oh Lamb of God, so perfect Who deserved man's adoration Instead you received mockery And cruel degradation They stripped You of all clothing They whipped You violently They put You on a splintered cross To die for such as me I marvel at Your anguish Your beyond words agony I'm grateful for Your Blood that flowed Upon that wretched tree Without it, there would be no hope No way I could atone The sacrifice, the highest price Was paid by You alone
  3. A Physician's View of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ Related Content Find Power in your inbox with God's Word Related Topics Jesus Pain and Suffering Death Easter Dr. C. Truman Davis Share Tweet Email + WARNING: MATERIAL IN THIS ARTICLE MAY BE UNSUITABLE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN. PARENTAL DISCRETION IS ADVISED. About a decade ago, reading Jim Bishop’s The Day Christ Died, I realized that I had for years taken the Crucifixion more or less for granted — that I had grown callous to its horror by a too easy familiarity with the grim details and a too distant friendship with our Lord. It finally occurred to me that, though a physician, I didn’t even know the actual immediate cause of death. The Gospel writers don’t help us much on this point, because crucifixion and scourging were so common during their lifetime that they apparently considered a detailed description unnecessary. So we have only the concise words of the Evangelists: “Pilate, having scourged Jesus, delivered Him to them to be crucified — and they crucified Him.” I have no competence to discuss the infinite psychic and spiritual suffering of the Incarnate God atoning for the sins of fallen man. But it seemed to me that as a physician I might pursue the physiological and anatomical aspects of our Lord’s passion in some detail. What did the body of Jesus of Nazareth actually endure during those hours of torture? This led me first to a study of the practice of crucifixion itself; that is, torture and execution by fixation to a cross. I am indebted to many who have studied this subject in the past, and especially to a contemporary colleague, Dr. Pierre Barbet, a French surgeon who has done exhaustive historical and experimental research and has written extensively on the subject. Apparently, the first known practice of crucifixion was by the Persians. Alexander and his generals brought it back to the Mediterranean world — to Egypt and to Carthage. The Romans apparently learned the practice from the Carthaginians and (as with almost everything the Romans did) rapidly developed a very high degree of efficiency and skill at it. A number of Roman authors (Livy, Cicer, Tacitus) comment on crucifixion, and several innovations, modifications, and variations are described in the ancient literature. For instance, the upright portion of the cross (or stipes) could have the cross-arm (or patibulum) attached two or three feet below its top in what we commonly think of as the Latin cross. The most common form used in our Lord’s day, however, was the Tau cross, shaped like our T. In this cross, the patibulum was placed in a notch at the top of the stipes. There is archeological evidence that it was on this type of cross that Jesus was crucified. Without any historical or biblical proof, Medieval and Renaissance painters have given us our picture of Christ carrying the entire cross. But the upright post, or stipes, was generally fixed permanently in the ground at the site of execution and the condemned man was forced to carry the patibulum, weighing about 110 pounds, from the prison to the place of execution. Many of the painters and most of the sculptors of crucifixion, also show the nails through the palms. Historical Roman accounts and experimental work have established that the nails were driven between the small bones of the wrists (radial and ulna) and not through the palms. Nails driven through the palms will strip out between the fingers when made to support the weight of the human body. The misconception may have come about through a misunderstanding of Jesus’ words to Thomas, “Observe my hands.” Anatomists, both modern and ancient, have always considered the wrist as part of the hand. A titulus, or small sign, stating the victim’s crime was usually placed on a staff, carried at the front of the procession from the prison, and later nailed to the cross so that it extended above the head. This sign with its staff nailed to the top of the cross would have given it somewhat the characteristic form of the Latin cross. But, of course, the physical passion of the Christ began in Gethsemane. Of the many aspects of this initial suffering, the one of greatest physiological interest is the bloody sweat. It is interesting that St. Luke, the physician, is the only one to mention this. He says, “And being in agony, He prayed the longer. And His sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground.” Every ruse (trick) imaginable has been used by modern scholars to explain away this description, apparently under the mistaken impression that this just doesn’t happen. A great deal of effort could have been saved had the doubters consulted the medical literature. Though very rare, the phenomenon of Hematidrosis, or bloody sweat, is well documented. Under great emotional stress of the kind our Lord suffered, tiny capillaries in the sweat glands can break, thus mixing blood with sweat. This process might well have produced marked weakness and possible shock. After the arrest in the middle of the night, Jesus was next brought before the Sanhedrin and Caiphus, the High Priest; it is here that the first physical trauma was inflicted. A soldier struck Jesus across the face for remaining silent when questioned by Caiphus. The palace guards then blind-folded Him and mockingly taunted Him to identify them as they each passed by, spat upon Him, and struck Him in the face. In the early morning, battered and bruised, dehydrated, and exhausted from a sleepless night, Jesus is taken across the Praetorium of the Fortress Antonia, the seat of government of the Procurator of Judea, Pontius Pilate. You are, of course, familiar with Pilate’s action in attempting to pass responsibility to Herod Antipas, the Tetrarch of Judea. Jesus apparently suffered no physical mistreatment at the hands of Herod and was returned to Pilate. It was then, in response to the cries of the mob, that Pilate ordered Bar-Abbas released and condemned Jesus to scourging and crucifixion. There is much disagreement among authorities about the unusual scourging as a prelude to crucifixion. Most Roman writers from this period do not associate the two. Many scholars believe that Pilate originally ordered Jesus scourged as his full punishment and that the death sentence by crucifixion came only in response to the taunt by the mob that the Procurator was not properly defending Caesar against this pretender who allegedly claimed to be the King of the Jews. Preparations for the scourging were carried out when the Prisoner was stripped of His clothing and His hands tied to a post above His head. It is doubtful the Romans would have made any attempt to follow the Jewish law in this matter, but the Jews had an ancient law prohibiting more than forty lashes. The Roman legionnaire steps forward with the flagrum (or flagellum) in his hand. This is a short whip consisting of several heavy, leather thongs with two small balls of lead attached near the ends of each. The heavy whip is brought down with full force again and again across Jesus’ shoulders, back, and legs. At first the thongs cut through the skin only. Then, as the blows continue, they cut deeper into the subcutaneous tissues, producing first an oozing of blood from the capillaries and veins of the skin, and finally spurting arterial bleeding from vessels in the underlying muscles. The small balls of lead first produce large, deep bruises which are broken open by subsequent blows. Finally the skin of the back is hanging in long ribbons and the entire area is an unrecognizable mass of torn, bleeding tissue. When it is determined by the centurion in charge that the prisoner is near death, the beating is finally stopped. The half-fainting Jesus is then untied and allowed to slump to the stone pavement, wet with His own blood. The Roman soldiers see a great joke in this provincial Jew claiming to be king. They throw a robe across His shoulders and place a stick in His hand for a scepter. They still need a crown to make their travesty complete. Flexible branches covered with long thorns (commonly used in bundles for firewood) are plaited into the shape of a crown and this is pressed into His scalp. Again there is copious bleeding, the scalp being one of the most vascular areas of the body. After mocking Him and striking Him across the face, the soldiers take the stick from His hand and strike Him across the head, driving the thorns deeper into His scalp. Finally, they tire of their sadistic sport and the robe is torn from His back. Already having adhered to the clots of blood and serum in the wounds, its removal causes excruciating pain just as in the careless removal of a surgical bandage, and almost as though He were again being whipped the wounds once more begin to bleed. In deference to Jewish custom, the Romans return His garments. The heavy patibulum of the cross is tied across His shoulders, and the procession of the condemned Christ, two thieves, and the execution detail of Roman soldiers headed by a centurion begins its slow journey along the Via Dolorosa. In spite of His efforts to walk erect, the weight of the heavy wooden beam, together with the shock produced by copious blood loss, is too much. He stumbles and falls. The rough wood of the beam gouges into the lacerated skin and muscles of the shoulders. He tries to rise, but human muscles have been pushed beyond their endurance. The centurion, anxious to get on with the crucifixion, selects a stalwart North African onlooker, Simon of Cyrene, to carry the cross. Jesus follows, still bleeding and sweating the cold, clammy sweat of shock, until the 650 yard journey from the fortress Antonia to Golgotha is finally completed. Jesus is offered wine mixed with myrrh, a mild analgesic mixture. He refuses to drink. Simon is ordered to place the patibulum on the ground and Jesus quickly thrown backward with His shoulders against the wood. The legionnaire feels for the depression at the front of the wrist. He drives a heavy, square, wrought-iron nail through the wrist and deep into the wood. Quickly, he moves to the other side and repeats the action, being careful not to pull the arms too tightly, but to allow some flexion and movement. The patibulum is then lifted in place at the top of the stipes and the titulus reading, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews,” is nailed in place. The left foot is now pressed backward against the right foot, and with both feet extended, toes down, a nail is driven through the arch of each, leaving the knees moderately flexed. The Victim is now crucified. As He slowly sags down with more weight on the nails in the wrists, excruciating pain shoots along the fingers and up the arms to explode in the brain — the nails in the wrists are putting pressure on the median nerves. As He pushes Himself upward to avoid this stretching torment, He places His full weight on the nail through His feet. Again there is the searing agony of the nail tearing through the nerves between the metatarsal bones of the feet. At this point, as the arms fatigue, great waves of cramps sweep over the muscles, knotting them in deep, relentless, throbbing pain. With these cramps comes the inability to push Himself upward. Hanging by his arms, the pectoral muscles are paralyzed and the intercostal muscles are unable to act. Air can be drawn into the lungs, but cannot be exhaled. Jesus fights to raise Himself in order to get even one short breath. Finally, carbon dioxide builds up in the lungs and in the blood stream and the cramps partially subside. Spasmodically, he is able to push Himself upward to exhale and bring in the life-giving oxygen. It was undoubtedly during these periods that He uttered the seven short sentences recorded: The first, looking down at the Roman soldiers throwing dice for His seamless garment, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” The second, to the penitent thief, “Today thou shalt be with me in Paradise.” The third, looking down at the terrified, grief-stricken adolescent John — the beloved Apostle — he said, “Behold thy mother.” Then, looking to His mother Mary, “Woman behold thy son.” The fourth cry is from the beginning of the 22nd Psalm, “My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?” Jesus experienced hours of limitless pain, cycles of twisting, joint-rending cramps, intermittent partial asphyxiation, searing pain where tissue is torn from His lacerated back as He moves up and down against the rough timber. Then another agony begins -- a terrible crushing pain deep in the chest as the pericardium slowly fills with serum and begins to compress the heart. One remembers again the 22nd Psalm, the 14th verse: “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.” It is now almost over. The loss of tissue fluids has reached a critical level; the compressed heart is struggling to pump heavy, thick, sluggish blood into the tissue; the tortured lungs are making a frantic effort to gasp in small gulps of air. The markedly dehydrated tissues send their flood of stimuli to the brain. Jesus gasps His fifth cry, “I thirst.” One remembers another verse from the prophetic 22nd Psalm: “My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou has brought me into the dust of death.” A sponge soaked in posca, the cheap, sour wine which is the staple drink of the Roman legionaries, is lifted to His lips. He apparently doesn’t take any of the liquid. The body of Jesus is now in extremes, and He can feel the chill of death creeping through His tissues. This realization brings out His sixth words, possibly little more than a tortured whisper, “It is finished.” His mission of atonement has completed. Finally He can allow his body to die. With one last surge of strength, he once again presses His torn feet against the nail, straightens His legs, takes a deeper breath, and utters His seventh and last cry, “Father! Into thy hands I commit my spirit.” The rest you know. In order that the Sabbath not be profaned, the Jews asked that the condemned men be dispatched and removed from the crosses. The common method of ending a crucifixion was by crurifracture, the breaking of the bones of the legs. This prevented the victim from pushing himself upward; thus the tension could not be relieved from the muscles of the chest and rapid suffocation occurred. The legs of the two thieves were broken, but when the soldiers came to Jesus they saw that this was unnecessary. Apparently, to make doubly sure of death, the legionnaire drove his lance through the fifth interspace between the ribs, upward through the pericardium and into the heart. The 34th verse of the 19th chapter of the Gospel according to St. John reports: “And immediately there came out blood and water.” That is, there was an escape of water fluid from the sac surrounding the heart, giving postmortem evidence that Our Lord died not the usual crucifixion death by suffocation, but of heart failure (a broken heart) due to shock and constriction of the heart by fluid in the pericardium. Thus we have had our glimpse — including the medical evidence — of that epitome of evil which man has exhibited toward Man and toward God. It has been a terrible sight, and more than enough to leave us despondent and depressed. How grateful we can be that we have the great sequel in the infinite mercy of God toward man — at once the miracle of the atonement (at one ment) and the expectation of the triumphant Easter morning. Are you moved by what Jesus did for you on the cross?
  4. Hi! I'm new here. I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He died on the cross for our sins, resurrected and was taken up to heaven (John 3:16, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, Acts 1:9) that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and that no one comes to the Father, but by Him (John 14:6).
  5. Some ministries live off the profits from books and take nothing from their pastoral or evangelical ministries. Some of those ask for a free will offering for their books and don't charge per se, so that those who cannot pay may receive them. I think it is OK to charge for them to cover costs and a slight profit. My grandson pays $600.00 for a text book for college. They don't charge anything but a nominal fee for Christian books and Bibles.
  6. This is all a hundred percent true. Amen.
  7. Welcome to a place where you will find lots of good teaching and Christian fellowship. Always remember, Sloth, your Heavenly Father loves you very much. He is very near and will always hear you when you cry out to Him. Draw close to Him and He will draw close to you. So glad you decided to join us.
  8. Welcome fellow South Carolinian to the forum. I have prayed for you. By joining this forum it shows that though you feel lost you are trying to find your way or the way.
  9. Praise God he is home after three weeks or so in the hospital but he is still weak (heard in chat). Please keep praying. Thanks! But praise God he is home
  10. Welcome. I have prayed for you. God bless you. Enjoy the site.
  11. Some christians do not take much money for their christian books. I believe C.S. Lewis donated 3/4 or more to charities. He did not want his name attached to the gifts distributed. I am thankful for the christian books I have. People do have to make a living.
  12. Thank you for the beautiful blessing, Neighbor. The Lord’s Passover, the highest Sabbath of the year. It is a time to reflect on just how much Jesus loves us, so much that He lay down His life for you and me… and He calls us friends. Oh thank You, Jesus! Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
  13. Yet the labourer is worthy of his hire and when thrashing they were forbidden to mussle the cow treading out the grain. How many hours of study is represented in a sermon you've listened to, or in a Christian book/blo you've read. If you have freely recieved from those hours of study, are you prepared to donate that amount of hourly pay to charity? Not all minister are multily millionaires, many are poorly paid and make extra income through writing. The hristian writers I know, not many, don't make much out of publishing and freely give books to missions that can use them. Here is a suggestion. Have a table put out in your church and announce that the congragtion can put unwanted Christian books on the table. People can take books from the table and make a cash donation. After a set period send the cash to a mission organisation and the books once sorted to missions that can use them, any that can't be forwarded recycle.
  14. Hi Chris and welcome I'm new also.
  15. Some writers use the proceeds to fund missions of the ministry they are partnered with and never touch a profit so to speak. But publishers need to run a business and paper isn't free or the rent in the stores who sell the books. Many people volunteer in editing and proofreading. Writing is very laborious especially to those who are called as teachers and pastors. Engaging with people is where their hearts are not cut off in a room. It's why books can take years to finish and many times not at all. I think holding back teaching CDs or printed material because a person is unable to afford them is wrong. Those of us who have the means to purchase should because solid ministries give freely. Those who purchase and give extra to a ministry help supply teaching materials, Bibles and books to those that are less fortunate. So some ministries have built on the concept of freely receive freely give but rent, food, travel, publishing, isn't free. If music, books, teaching CDs are part of a "Christian Industry" instead of a Christian Ministry then I agree in part with you, don't buy them. But usually good teaching, good books are a part of good ministry. I went last minute to a midweek study years ago and had forgotten my wallet in the rush. The speaker was profound so I went to the table their ministry had set up looking over the tapes and grabbing information when the man running the table asked what subject matter I was into at the moment and I said I was in such a hurry to get out of the house I forgot my wallet and he smiled and said "Freely receive, freely give. Take what you want." I still give to that ministry at times and it's been a few decades now. They have an aids orphanage in South Africa, plant churches, help the poor and supply schools for their children in a number of countries. It's not a huge ministry and mostly small communities but except for the orphanage leader, school teachers and a few missionaries, no one else receives any salaries, the administrators in any country or the head of the ministry itself do not receive pay. Travel costs are covered but most everyone makes tents so to speak. All book and tape proceeds go into these diverse ministries and the production of more materials. So ya in a perfect world everything is free, but this is not a perfect world. People need to work and people need money. Nothing wrong with money, just our attitude toward it. Fallen man is the problem. What's important is the content of the book and what ministry is the writer attached to? Discernment. At this point, I will not spend a dime on NT Wright material. I've listened to hours on the web and read a book given to me written by him but will not lend any help in that direction. I'll read his material and listen for discernment purposes only if it is free. The Lord's money needs to go to real ministry. Not some hierarchical gibber jab of intellectual hogwash ecumenism whitewashed sepulchre oxford accented politically motivated speech. But that's just me. We all have choices to make.
  16. Hello, my friend. I apologize for not being thorough, or perhaps not taking the time to do the work required to show that the love of our Creator shines ever so brightly beginning in Genesis and throughout the entirety of His letter to us. Love is the very essence of who the great “I AM” is! An act of love: Genesis 1:1: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. God breathed life into Adam and made him a living soul. This is the Creator forming a special bond of love with him. Genesis 2:7: And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. God chose to create us out of His great love. Jeremiah 31:3 tells us “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” You see, God loved us before He even created us; it is an everlasting love! Every event in the book of Genesis shows the great love of God because His plan for man is beginning to unfold with the end being the eternal salvation of man. Even the events that may seem “judgmental” are for the overall benefit of whosoever will come to believe in Him. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.
  17. Got lots of weeds in my garden shel feel free to come and graze any time
  18. PRAISE GOD and still keeping in prayer for a complete healing
  19. Hi there Chris, and welcome to WCF, praying for God's enabling in your life and triumph over all that troubles you.
  20. A more excellent way, that reminded me of.... After speaking of the many spiritual gifts possible to believers, Paul wrote "and yet I show unto you a more excellent way." 1 Corinthians 12:31. Then Paul continues with the famous love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13....the more excellent way. We must always consider and allow these words about what love truly is to flow outward to others. We can say or teach everything spiritual, but it means nothing without having the love of God for others.
  21. Hi Not me, That is so encouraging and uplifting. I really appreciated reading that and meditating upon it. Thanks, Marilyn.
  22. Welcome to Wothy, Chris. I pray that you will receive Gods' help and strength.
  23. I feel lonely because i stay at home often and I have not been to church in years. I cannot drive a motor vehicle, i don't have a job, but i go to art class one day a week. I live with my parents and they are retired. I help them out at home, clean up the house. I pray and read the Bible, I try to do this every day. I hate the usually unchristian TV shows, there is so much sin in the world, I wish I could avoid it. I have a large movie dvd collection. I see a psychiatrist and counselor. i was raised in a southern baptist Christian family. My parents are disapointed in right wing republican politics. I talk to my parents. I am not normal, but the Lord gave me other talents to make up for what I do not have. I want to tell others about God's love and mercy, how much Christ loves us to die on the cross, He taught us how to live and healed people. Jesus healed me of my broken heart and helped me to forgive people who hurt my feelings and made fun of me, he taught me about love.
  24. Some people as my self adapt to loneliness because their faith is built upon a rock. Not all can endure loneliness but there is only one who is my strength and friend for ever. I do go through times I'm troubled but My Lord picks me up so we can walk together. Yes I shake hands remember names but I am a quiet type. the danger in churches we go to today is tradition. This is why I am not a member. We should be the church everyday spending time in prayer and devotion. " No ye not that ye are the Temple of God and His spirit dwells with in." My favorite verse is from "AS the Deer Panteth " He's my friend and he is my Brother even though you are a King I love you more than any other. We need to understand the we are not the church so much congregationally. I am the church where ever I go. I do have family not far. but they are on the go all the time. I look at my wife's picture everyday and her smile comforts me. She and Jesus are waiting. If I could only go today. How do I know that Jesus talks to me all the time. You would not believe it. Be Bless.
  25. I want to praise God for listening to my prayers and helping me find a friend.
  26. I’m Chris. Need some prayers for my life. Sin keeps taking over. Thank you.
  27. Father, Isaiah 26:3 says, "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." Please help Leyla put everything else out of her mind except for her trust in You. We know You are enough to handle the rest. Keep her in perfect peace as Your word promises so that Her life can be a testimony to Your greatness. Thank You, Father, for mercy and grace given to us in Christ. Please bless our sister Leyla with Your healing love. We ask boldly in the name of Jesus... Amen.
  28. Hi Not me... Thanks for another excellent post. I have been thinking all day about how BIG God's love is. I love the way this Psalm describes it: Psalm 36:5-10 New International Version (NIV) 5 Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. 6 Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. 7 How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. 8 They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. 9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. 10 Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart. ...... How BIG is the love of God? My lack of eloquence can only answer, "Big enough!" At any time, in any circumstance, it's big enough, with more than enough left over to share.
  29. Amen. It does say in 1 Timothy 5:18 that the workman is worthy of his hire. God bless! Shalom, David/BeauJangles
  30. Yes. Might you enjoy viewing Zola Levitt's presentation- it is a You Tube video " The Miracle Of Passover (2012), #1and part 2 Zola Levitt Presents I have posted them for approval under Christian Videos It is the night of great sacrifice and salvation.
  31. Yep Yep ... but from a Messianic Jewish perspective ... i have researched the Seder Meal and our church is having their Seder Meal tonight.
  32. praying now and will do so all day as I know the heartbreak of such loss Just a few more weeks and they could survive ( I have a cousin that was born at 20 weeks and weighed 1 1/2 pounds )
  33. Hi tt, So appropriate. Did you just get this at Easter time? Hope you can have time with a friend &/or family at this time. all the best, Marilyn.
  34. Shalom, Willa. Actually, you have the Greek words reversed. It was "petros" that was a little stone, but "petra" was the bedrock! The key word that Yeshua` named Peter was "cephas" which was an Anglicized/Hellenized version of the Hebrew word "keefa." The word DOES mean a "stone," but it means a "HOLLOW stone." He was being called and likened to a GEODE, plain on the outside but beautiful crystals on the inside! John 1:42 (KJV) 42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas (Greek: kefas), which is by interpretation, A stone (Greek: petros). From Strong's Dictionary of the Greek Language, we read, 2786 keefas (kay-fas'). Of Chaldee origin (compare keef); the Rock; Cephas (i.e. Kepha), a surname of Peter -- Cephas. And, in its Dictionary of the Hebrew and Chaldee Language, we read, 3710 keef (kafe). From kaafaf; a hollow rock -- rock. 3721 kaafaf (kaw-faf'). A primitive root; to curve -- bow down (self). A geode is usually filled with semi-precious gems, like amethyst, but it is certainly NOT something one could build upon! The "Petra" was Kefa's CONFESSION in Yeshua` being both the Maashiyach and the Son of the Living God. THAT was "bedrock!" Then, we read later in Matthew: Matthew 16:13-20 (KJV) 13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, "Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?" 14 And they said, "Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets." 15 He saith unto them, "But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, "Thou art the Christ (Greek: ho Christos = Hebrew: haMashiyach = "the Anointed One"), the Son of the living God." 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, "Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter (Greek: Petros), and upon this rock (Greek: petra) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." 20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ (Yeshua` haMashiyach or Yeshua` the Messiah). Read below my signature for info on the CAPSTONE.
  35. I would definitely do the wheat chex and trail mix but the juice goes in a separate container!! coffee on cereal, yes. Juice, no. ptooey. yuck. I did pull a weed out of my driveway and chop it into my cereal once or twice... it was .... oh man what was it called... supposedly a superfood... it tasted fine. I usually keep water soaked chia seeds in the fridge and scoop a blob of those onto my cereal too.
  36. Agreeing with you, Mel, for your daughter. She must be a real cutie!
  37. Yes, as others have said...God will never give up on you! Sometimes our feelings can battle our faith but God's word is true, so we must always stand on it....not feelings.
  38. Yes, there is a public group on facebook that has the details. Since it is being held nationwide please refer to your own specific state capitol for more details. https://www.facebook.com/events/2029810713740458/
  39. Please let us know if we can help you in any way, shortangel. Don't forget that God loves you very much and that He is always near and will always hear your prayers.
  40. Omegaman 3.0


    He has risen, indeed! (actually, He IS, risen, not has risen)
  41. Your post made me smile, CM. It isn't human nature to act against the flesh. It's God speaking to us and working in us that enables us to do so. If you ever get doubtful along the way think on that. It's evidence of God wanting to bring you back into the fold.
  42. In his koine Greek, Paul said "Pascha" - Passover - was sacrificed. What part of Passover was sacrificed, RW? The egg? The bitter herbs? No, the Lamb. The King James, ESV, NIV, Berean, NLT, and many more translate this as Passover Lamb as Jesus being called the Lamb all over the New Testament makes this understood that Paul is referring to Jesus as the Passover Lamb. Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, slain from the foundation of the world. And yes, Jesus described his body as bread.
  43. God especially listens to, IMHO, women who pray for their families. He built in women a greater sense of family and home (which is why women are the nesters so to speak). I know for a fact that both my grandmothers prayers for their families were answered with all their grandchildren believing in Christ Jesus and sparing us many horrific things that happen to folks that we sometimes ask why it didn't happen to us? Our beloved blessed grandmother's prayers. Mothers too as in your case. Father I pray you hear this mother's prayer!
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