The Resurrection

There was no service this morning since we will meet and have the Lord’s Supper tonight…a time to reflect how much our Lord loves us and what He has done for us.  I decided to have our own service this morning and it also gave me an opportunity to talk to the boys about the resurrection.  After breakfast, the boys did their chores and we met in the sala.  I started off with praise and worship.  Our little one was the worship leader, since she chose the music, and she clapped and sang “Your Words” and “Soul on Fire” by Third Day.

Afterward, I said, “The title for the last song is what our life should reflect if we are His.  We need to be “on fire” for the Lord in all we do and say in life.  Unfortunately, we can be lukewarm for Christ…

Such as: no desire to read and study His Word, in fact, the only time we touch our Bible is on Sunday.  The rest of week, we live like the world.  The movies that we watch, the music we listen to and “our friends” that we hang out with.  We don’t always live for the Lord because we don’t feel that we need Him.  God said, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot.  I wish you were either one or the other!  So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth.  You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’  But you don’t realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.”

“This week is an example.  We don’t think about how important this week is.  How important today is.  We talked about how Jesus died in the ninth hour on Friday and was buried before the Sabbath.  On the third day, He will be resurrected.  Today is the third day.  Jesus told His disciples that He will die and be resurrected.”  Matthew 17:22-23, “When they came together in Galilee, He said to them, ‘The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men.  They will kill Him, and on the third day He will be raised to life.’  And the disciples were filled with grief.”

“When we think of a day, we think twenty-four hours.  But the Jewish people think differently in respect to time.  A ‘day’ would mean any part of the day.  An example is Esther.  Mordecai wanted Esther to talk to the king, yet she knew that if she approached the king without being called, the penalty is death.  She asked for the Jewish people to fast for three days.  After the fast, she will go see the king.  What day did she see the king?  Not on the fourth day, but on the third day.”  Esther 5:1.

Jesus was raised to life on the third day.  Died on Friday – Day 1.  In the tomb on Saturday – Day 2.  Raised to life on Sunday – Day 3.  He is risen!

Paul told the Gospel to the Corinthians.  “Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.  By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you.  Otherwise, you have believed in vain.  For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the scriptures, and that He appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.”

The gospel is the same today as it was in the past and it will be the same tomorrow.  Jesus told Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.  And whoever lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?”

This week is not about eggs and chocolate bunnies, it is about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…Who He is, what He has done and what He will do.  He is risen!  Like Candy says, “How can you not love the Lord?”

Late in the afternoon, it began to rain elephants.  Well, actually it was the herd of boys running back to this side to get out of the rain.  It is like the saying, “When it rains, it pours.”  Guatemala is no exception. Rainy season is appearing.

All His,

Lee and Candy

 

Happy or Joyful?

We finished another home for a pastor and need only the roofs for two churches in Tecpan & Esquintla which cost $2000 each should anyone want to help. We are completing about 6 churches or pastor’s home per year.

The new boy in dialysis is Alex and he is 7 years old. This fills our available space.

Oscar is an architect and teaches in our school and works with the construction

I am such an open book and am not ashamed of it. When you read my updates you see my victories and struggles. I am so terribly human. When asked where I get my thoughts for radio shows and updates I answer, “I share what I am going through because the majority of Christians have the same struggles.”

The last 7 months have been so difficult with the deaths of Luis and Marjory. There have been at least three other circumstances that weighed heavy upon me. Happiness is what happens TO YOU whereas joy is what happens IN YOU. Happiness is fleeting because circumstances change daily. But joy is the deep abiding knowledge that God is in control.

When I lose sight of that I falter and waver and struggle. When I remember His promises and all that He has done for Dottie and our family as well as Casa I stay in victory because negative circumstances do not stop us. Persistence is the key! Without the desire to never give up and quit we do not have that joy which we cannot understand.

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