Archive for April 2013

THE LORD SHALL WIPE AWAY ALL TEARS FROM OUR EYES

Hello Friends and Family,

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This is the hope of every child of God.

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Revelation 21:1-6

And I saw a New Heaven and a New Earth:

for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away;

and there was no more sea.

And I John saw the Holy City,

New Jerusalem,

coming down from God out of heaven,

prepared as a Bride adorned for her Husband.

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying,

Behold, the Tabernacle of God is with men,

and He will dwell with them,

and they shall be His people,

and God Himself shall be with them,

and be their God.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;

and there shall be no more death,

neither sorrow,

nor crying,

neither shall there be any more pain:

for the former things are passed away.

And He that sat upon the throne said,

Behold, I make all things New.

And He said unto me,

Write: for these words are true and faithful.

And He said unto me,

It is done.

I am Alpha and Omega,

the Beginning and the End.

I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the Water of Life freely.

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John 14 1-4

Let not your heart be troubled:

you believe in God,

believe also in Me.

In My Father’s House are many Mansions:

if it were not so,

I would have told you.

I go to prepare a place for you.

And if I go and prepare a place for you,

I will come again, and receive you unto Myself;

that where I am, there you may be also.

And whither I go you know, and the way you know.

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II Peter 3:13

 Nevertheless we,

according to His Promise,

look for New Heavens and a New Earth,

wherein dwelleth

RIGHTEOUSNESS.

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There is no time to allow the enemy to badger our souls,

but to walk in the victory which the Lord paid such a

heavy price for.

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Be encouraged.  

Keep steady.

 Stay faithful.

 It will be worth it all.  

Just a few more days to work for Jesus.  Let’s make it count!  

 

 

 

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STANDING ON THE PROMISES OF GOD

Hello Family and Friends,

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Numbers 19:23

God is not a man, that He should lie;

neither the son of man,

that He should repent:

hath He said, and shall He not do it?

or hath He spoken,

and shall He not make it good?

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I Corinthians 1:20

For all the promises of God in Him are yea,

and in Him Amen,

unto the glory of God by us.

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“God’s promises are sprinkled throughout Scripture like jewels on velvet – more than seven thousand of them

- for when we’re impoverished, sad, confused, guilty at wit’s end, and at death’s door”

Robert J. Morgan

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There is a promise in the Bible for every need we have and and every crisis we will ever face.

 

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In her excellent book Psalm 91 by Peggy Joyce Ruth, has many documented stories of God’s protection in

dire cases, not only in wartime situations of World War II, but more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan and

other critical and life challenging situations as well.

A documented case of God’s protection and an outstanding example of “Standing on God’s Promises,” took

place

during

World War II at Dunkirk:

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Miracles abounded with the evacuation of battle weary British troops.  The previous Sunday had been a

National Day of Prayer.

“C.B. Morelock, a war correspondent in World War II, reported an unexplainable and miraculous occurrence:

 Sixty German aircraft strafed more than four hundred men who were pinned down on the sandy Dunkirk

beaches without the benefit of anyplace to take cover.  Although the men were repeatedly attacked by machine

guns and bombed by enemy aircraft, not one single man was hit.  Every man in that group left that beach

without a scratch.  Morelock stated, “I have personally been told by Navy men who picked up those particular

survivors from Dunkirk, that the men not only recited Psalm 91, but they shouted it aloud at the top of their

lungs!”  

~Peggy Joyce Ruth

Another account of this same incident told about one man rising and seeing his body outlined in the sand

with the enemies bullets, and he was untouched.  The beach was covered with bullets but the men were

unharmed.

Psalm 91 has long been called, “The Soldier’s Psalm of Protection.”

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Soldiers of the Cross also need this Psalm

and every promise of God for themselves, for the enemy they face is overcome by God’s indomitable word.

The Bible is full of miraculous accounts of men and women who just took God’s promises personally and used

them for themselves.  We took can take courage and comfort and get any and every need we could possibly

have and grab one or more of God’s promises for ourselves.  Amen

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Isaiah 41:10

 Fear thou not;

for I am with thee:

 be not dismayed;

for I am thy God:

I will strengthen thee;

yea, I will help thee;

yea,

I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

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LOVE NOTES ~ 7

Family and Friends, just a note to tell you that Someone loves you!

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And we have known

and believed

the

L O V E

God hath to

U S.

I John 4:16

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Love is the greatest thing God can give us;

for He Himself is

L O V E.

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LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE BEFORE MEN

Hello Friends and Family,

Matthew 5:16

Let your light so shine before men,

that they may see your good works,

and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

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As I Go On My Way

My life shall touch a dozen lives before this day is done–

Leave countless marks for good or ill ere sets this evening sun.

Shall fair or foul its imprint prove, on those my life shall hail?

Shall [blessing] my impress be, or shall a blight prevail?

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When to the last great reckoning the lives I meet must go.

Shall the wee, fleeting touch of mine have added joy or woe?

Shall He who looks their records o’er–of name and time and place–

Say “Here a blessed influence came” or “here is evil’s trace”?

 

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From out each point of contact  of my life with other lives

Flows ever that which helps the one who for the summit strives.

The troubled souls encountered, does it sweeten with its touch,

Or does it more embitter those embittered overmuch?

 

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Does love in every handclasp flow in sympathy’s caress?

Do those that I have greeted know a newborn hopefulness?

Are tolerance and charity the keynote of my song

As I go plodding onward with earth’s eager, anxious throng?

 

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My life shall touch a million lives in some way ere I go

From this dear world of struggle to the land I do not know.

So this the wish I always wish, the prayer I ever pray:

Let my life help the other lives it touches by the way

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Strickland Gillilan

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PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE

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Isaiah 52:7

How beautiful upon the mountains

are the feet of Him  

  that bringeth

GOOD TIDINGS,

that publisheth

PEACE;

that bringeth

GOOD TIDINGS of GOOD,

that publisheth

SALVATION;

that saith unto Zion,

THY GOD REIGNETH!

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Mark 16:15-20

And He said unto them,

Go ye into all the world, and preach the Good Tidings to every creature.

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;

but he that believeth not shall be damned.

And these signs shall follow them that believe;

In my name shall they cast out devils;

they shall speak with new tongues;

they shall take up serpents;

and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them;

they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

So then after the Lord had spoken unto them,

            He was received up into heaven,

            and sat on the right hand of God.

And they went forth, and preached every where,

the Lord working with them, 

and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

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Jesus gave His disciples the Great Commission.

These were the men that followed Jesus for about three and a half years and were eye witnesses to the many,

many miracles He performed.

They were there when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.

They saw and assisted Jesus when He fed the multitude with two loaves of bread and five small fish.

They were in the boat when Jesus walked on water and Peter walked to Him on the water.

I know, I know he started to sink, but at least Peter’s faith got him out of the boat.

They were in training, in Bible School if you will, for the ministries they would fulfill after Jesus went back

to the Father.

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The word Gospel, means Good News!

Their commission was great in scope

for it would impact everyone who heard the Gospel;

the Good News that

Jesus came to earth to die for the sins of the whole world

to reconcile men back to Himself.

They went from a fearful group of men that were hiding from those who had Jesus crucified,

to a bold and fearless band of men

who preached to those same men who crucified Jesus,

that Jesus was both Lord and Christ.

And just what was it that caused this great change in their lives?

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Before they were to start their ministries,

Jesus told them they needed the baptism

of the Holy Ghost.

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Acts 1:4-5

And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they

should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the Promise of the Father,

which, saith He, ye have heard of Me.

For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost

not many days hence.

 

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Acts 1:8-9

But ye shall receive Power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:

and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea,

and in  Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of of the earth.

And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, 

He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

 

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Clearly they needed supernatural “power” to be Christ’s witnesses not only in Jerusalem, but also in Judaea,

and Samaria and to “the uttermost part of the earth.”  Their commission was going to change the lives of those

who heard the Gospel message!  There were those who would believe and those who would not.  There

was no neutral ground here.  This reminds me of the young airman my husband was witnessing to in the

Philippines, outside of gate 1 of Clark Air Force Base, on the notoriously sinful Fields Avenue where brothels

and bars were in abundance. He was telling this young man that either you were for Christ, or you were

against Him. The young man’s response was something like, “Oh man, don’t put it like that!” 

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Acts 2:1-4; 12-18

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come,

they were all with one accord in one place.

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of

a Rushing Mighty Wind,

and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

And there appeared unto them

cloven tongues like as of Fire,

and it sat upon each of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost,

and began to speak with other tongues,

as the Spirit gave them utterance.

The Baptism of the Holy Ghost changes fearful men into men of boldness and

courage.  Look at Peter the spokesman on the day of Pentecost.  He went from

being a fearful man who denied Jesus three times, to a firebrand preacher declaring

the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ with boldness, and three

thousand souls were saved!

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Acts 2:14-18

But Peter, standing up with the eleven,

lifted up his voice, and said unto them,

Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem,

be it know unto you,

and hearken to my words: 

for these are not drunken, as ye suppose,   

seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God,

I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: 

   and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

  and your young men shall see visions,

    and your old men  shall dream dreams

         and on My servants and on My handmaidens

        I will pour out in those days of My Spirit;

         and they shall prophesy:”

 

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Is the  baptism of the Holy Ghost for us today?

Is Salvation for us today?

Has Jesus changed?

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In the seventies of the previous century, a pastor was taking a converted Rabbi on a tour of his church.

They were walking through a prayer meeting when suddenly a man began to pray very loudly in tongues.

They were near the door when the Rabbi stopped to listen.

The pastor beckoned him to come because they had an afternoon meeting and still had things to do.

The Rabbi gestured that he was staying right where he was, and turned ghostly pale.

He stayed some fifteen minutes or so  until the man stopped praying.

He excitedly asked the pastor,

“How man languages does he know?”

 The pastor said, “He’s an ignorant man and only knows English.”

The Rabbi told him that he was speaking in the purest Hebrew, he, an astute student of  Hebrew, had ever

heard!

Firstly he was praying the Psalms, then proceeded to call angels by their Hebrew names and commission them

to go to specific places and help various people and missionaries as well!

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I Corinthians 14:2

For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue

speaketh not unto men,

but unto God:

for no man understandeth him;

howbeit in the Spirit he speaketh mysteries.

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Romans 8:26

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:

for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:

but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us

with groanings which cannot be uttered.

 

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Please pray for America the Beautiful

 

THE GOOD OLD DAYS

Hello Family and Friends,

If you ever think about the drudgery of going to the laundromat, this interesting story about doing laundry 

in bygone days, might make you think again of how blessed we really are.

By 1914. the art of the laundry had become a subject taught in one of  America‘s finest universities.  Laundering written by Lydia Ray Balderston, who was an Instructor of Laundering, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, was included in the series Lippencott’s Home Manuals.

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“The earliest known method of washing depended entirely on the action of the running water of streams. If the water was not running, the primitive peoples quite naturally used twisting, shaking, flopping, slapping and pounding. They were dependent on the solvent power of water for many kinds of soil, but if any stain was not soluble in water, there was no way to take it out. We find it stated that in B. C. 2000 Egyptians on the Nile stamped their clothes with the feet, beat them with white clay, and wrung them by twisting and turning, one end being held between the feet. Homer in the “Odyssey” tells of the early wash days in Greece.”  Laundering written by Lydia Ray Balderston in 1914.

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“Sunshine is the simplest method of bleaching and is also the safest. To bleach with sunshine, the garment should be washed clean, then spread while wet in the sun. The sun, together with the oxygen of the water, is most effective in its work. This method requires the least knowledge and the most-time, but no destruction of fiber results. Often the garments are spread in the dew. This dew takes the place of sprinkling the clothes. With either process we are dependent upon the oxygen supplied by the moisture.”  Laundering written by Lydia Ray Balderston in 1914

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“A washing solution must be established to suit different kinds of water. Some of the hard waters will require more soda in the soap solution than others. The water should be measured, the soap weighed, and the two heated at a low temperature in the soap tank until all soap is dissolved and the liquor is amber color. The weighed quantity of soda is sprinkled in, and the solution simmered another ten minutes. For a general idea of proportion one may use, if water is hard:  5 lbs. of soap. 10 lbs. of soda. 25 gallons of water.”  Laundering written by Lydia Ray Balderston in 1914

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“Water has solvent power. The early laundress washed her clothes in the running brook and the water dissolved out the dirt. To hasten its work the laundress often pounded the clothes with a paddle or stone or trod them. This process was slow, and as time became a consideration it seemed wise to find some cleansing agent that would add its power to that of the water.  The alkaline nature of urine was learned, and it was the custom to have urine collected in large urns in central places in the village. This became the public source of supply for the first chemical aid in washing. Even in our mother’s early memory urine was used in dyeing the yarn.”  Laundering written by Lydia Ray Balderston in 1914

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“Later wood ashes were taken from the housewife’s fire, covered with water and the pearlash or potash was dissolved—”leached.” The clothes were soaked in this, and the pearl-ash or lye aided in the cleaning process, but it was destructive to the clothing. An illustration of this method is found in the Italian caldron, where the clothes are placed, the finest in the center, covered with canvas, ashes placed on top and water poured over.  To deaden the potash, later it was mixed with kitchen grease, thus making a kind of soap. This soap was of irregular composition, with the potash usually in excess. This potash “broke” the hardness of the water, and the suds acted as a carrier of dirt, thus making a double cleansing agent.”  Laundering written by Lydia Ray Balderston in 1914

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“Finally in this present period (1914), in the domestic laundry, wash-boards and other primitive equipment are giving way to the various mechanical devices which are great labor savers, and time savers, and often indeed fabric savers. Washing machines driven by motors, special washing devices for clothes, boilers and wash-tubs, wringers (even motor driven), and steam drying rooms, are making the work less of a drudgery.  Even the irons are no longer heated with smoking hot coals and dragged over the garment, but by gas or electricity giving off heat with evenness of temperature and continued action.” Laundering written by Lydia Ray Balderston in 1914

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Did you ever hear anyone say, or maybe you said it yourself.  It would have been nice to have lived in the olden days?  Life was much slower paced and much simpler.  Really?  I for one am very, very thankful for a washer and a dryer.  The first time we were missionaries in the Philippines, I remember inquiring where the laundromat was.  They said, “There are no laundromats here.” I said, Oh! There are no laundromats here?”  We found out you could hire someone who would come and wash your laundry by hand.  But if you don’t know anyone you can hire, guess what?  You got it!  If you want clean clothes you have to put it in the sink and wash them yourself.  Praise God for running water! And praise God for a sink.

 

In Okinawa the first time we went there ( we have been there three times for ministry), in the first home, we had no automatic washer, but we had two big sinks in the laundry room.  I washed clothes in one, and rinsed clothes in the other.  It was such a blessing to have two large sinks!  I never wrung them out much, but took them dripping wet to the clothes line.  They dried just fine!  During the rainy season, that is a different story.  It was a blessing to go to the laundromat when the opportunity came.  Praise the Lord!

When I found out that you could get a washer/dryer combination in the motorhome, I told my husband, “I want one!”   He was glad also because he didn’t have to drive to the laundromat, since we don’t tow a car. So we researched it to find out if it was a good investment or not and got one!  To say that it is a blessing, is an understatement!  It is small.  I wash 1 sheet and the pillow cases in one load.  It takes a long time to do one load, but you can do a load of laundry while you are doing something else and you don’t have to go anywhere to do it.  I have thanked the Lord so many times for the washer/dryer combination.

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JESUS IS ALIVE AFTER HIS PASSION BY MANY INFALLIBLE PROOFS

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Acts 1:1;3

The former treatise have I made,

O Theophilus,

of all that Jesus began both to do and teach…

To whom also He showed Himself alive after His passion

by many infallible proofs,

being seen of them forty days,

and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

 

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I Corinthians 15:3-8

 For I delivered unto you first of all

that which I also received,

how that Christ died for our sins

according to the scriptures;

 and that

He was buried,

and that

He rose again the third day

according to the scriptures:

and that He was seen of Cephas,

then of the twelve:

after that,

He was seen of above five hundred brethren at once;

of whom the greater part remain unto this present,

but some are fallen asleep.

 After that,

He was seen of James;

then of all the apostles.

 And last of all

He was seen of me also,

as of one born out of due time.

 

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Luke 24:13-35

 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which

was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.

And they talked together of all these things which had happened.

And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned,

Jesus Himself drew near, and went with them.

But their eyes were holden that they should not know Him.

And He said unto them,

       What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye

       walk, and are sad?

And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto Him,

       Art Thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which

       are come to pass there in these days?

And He said unto them,

       What things?

And they said unto Him,

       Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a Prophet mighty in deed and word

       before God and all the people: and how the chief priests and our rulers 

       delivered Him to be condemned to death, and have crucified Him.

       But we trusted that it had been He which should have redeemed Israel:

       and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.

       Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were

       early at the sepulchre; and when they found not His body, they came, saying,

       that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that He was alive.

       And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it

       even so as the women had said: but Him they saw not.

Then He said unto them,

       O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: ought

       not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory?

                            And beginning at Moses and all the prophets,

                            He expounded unto them in all the scriptures

                                      the things concerning HIMSELF.

And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went:

and He made as though

He would have gone further.

But they constrained Him, saying,

       Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.

And He went in to tarry with them.

And it came to pass, as He sat at meat with them, He took bread, and blessed it,

and brake, and gave to them.

And their eyes were opened, and they knew Him; and He vanished out of their

sight.

And they said one to another,

       Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and

       while He opened to us the scriptures?

And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven

gathered together, and them that were with them, saying,

       The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.

And they told what things were done in the way, and how He was known of them

in breaking of bread.

 

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John 20:24-31

The other disciples therefore said unto him,

        We have seen the Lord.

But he said unto them,

        Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the

        print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe.

And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them:

then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said,

        Peace be unto you.

Then saith He to Thomas,

        Reach hither thy finger, and behold My hands; and reach hither thy hand, and

        thrust it into My side: and be not faithless, but believing.

And Thomas answered and said unto Him,

        My Lord and my God.

Jesus saith unto him,

        Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that

        have not seen, and yet have believed.

And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of His disciples, which are

not written in this book: But these are written,

                that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God;

                   and that believing ye might have Life through His Name.

 

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By many infallible proofs Jesus showed Himself alive to His disciples.  He proved to

them by the scriptures that everything that had happened to Him was in the Father’s

plan.  Nothing, absolutely nothing happened by chance, nor by the scheme of evil

men or devils.

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Jesus’ birth was a miracle,

it was a virgin birth.

His death was a miracle,

it secured the salvation of mankind.

His resurrection was a miracle,

it insured that we too could be raised in newness of life in Him.

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No one can ever be the same after meeting Jesus as Lord,

which was the purpose of the Cross and Jesus coming to earth; to redeem mankind

and restore a right relationship with God the Father.

Jesus finished the the work of redemption so that today we can be in a right rela-

tionship with God by accepting Jesus’ death and resurrection by faith.

                                             Jesus truly paid it all!

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The eleven disciples who followed Jesus for the three or so years were thoroughly

convinced that Jesus was the Messiah, their long awaited King and Savior.

When He appeared to the eleven in Thomas’ absence they knew He was the Lord!

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Jesus lived and died so everyone could personally experience

a life of forgivness of sins

and become a child of God by the new birth.

 This is why Jesus died; so every man,

every woman and every boy and girl

could know that God loves them

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Only Jesus can cleanse the soul from every sin and make it pure within.

Only Jesus can forgive the guilty.

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Perhaps you haven’t experienced this for yourself.

Just ask Jesus to forgive you and be the Lord of your life.  He loves you!

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