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THE TOMB WHERE THEY PUT JESUS IS EMPTY!

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On Sunday morning, two days after the death and burial of Jesus, some women went very early, as soon as it was light, to the tomb in the garden. One of these women was Mary Magdalene, another was also named Mary, and another was named Salome. They were bringing some more fragrant gums and spices to place in the wrappings upon the body of Jesus. And as they went they said to each other, “Who will roll away for us the great stone at the door of the cave?”

But when they came to the cave, they saw that the seal was broken, the stone was rolled away, and the soldiers who had been on guard were gone. There stood the tomb of Jesus all open! They did not know that before they came to the tomb there had been an earthquake; and that an angel had come down from heaven and rolled away the stone, and sat upon it.

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When the soldiers on guard saw the angel, with his flashing face, and his dazzling garments, they fell to the ground as though they were dead, and as soon as they could rise up, they fled away from the spot in terror; so when the women came there was no man in sight.

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As soon as Mary Magdalene saw that the tomb was open, without stopping to look into it, she ran quickly to tell the disciples. A moment after she had gone, the other women looked into the tomb, and they saw that the body of Jesus was not there. But they saw sitting at each end of the tomb a young man, clothed in a long white garment. Their faces shone like angels, and when the women saw them they were filled with fear. One of the angels said to them:

Do not be afraid; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is not here; he is risen, as he said that he would rise from the dead. Come; see the place where the Lord lay; and then go and tell his disciples, and tell Peter too, that Jesus will go before you into Galilee, and you shall see him there.”

Then the women went away in mingled joy and fear. They ran in haste to bring this word of the angel to the disciples.

Matthew 28:1-9 ; Mark 16:1-8
Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-10

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WATCH THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST MOVIE

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(NOTE: For many of you who are not familiar with KTBN, these are the call letters for Trinity Broadcasting Network, the Christian television network originating from California.  Here is their main link TBNTrinity Broadcasting Network, where you can find a station in your area to watch The Passion of the Christ movie.  The movie will be broadcast periodically until July 6, 2011.)

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The Passion of the Christ“The Passion Of The Christ” follows the last twelve hours of Jesus’s life from his emotional turmoil in the Garden of Gethsemane until his final moments of the crucifixion. Director Mel Gibson brings the struggle and sacrifice of Jesus (portrayed by Jim Caviezel) to life, like nothing ever seen before. Viewers must be cautioned that due to the graphic violence displayed in depicting the horrific death Jesus endured for us, this film is rated TV-MA-V.

Program Schedule:
Special show times:
Fri 4/22
  3:30 PM 6:00 PM
Fri 4/22
  7:00 PM 9:30 PM
Sat 4/23
  2:30 PM 5:00 PM
Sun 4/24
  4:00 PM 6:30 PM
Sun 4/24
  7:30 PM 10:00 PM
Sun 5/8
  4:00 PM 6:30 PM
Wed 5/18
  7:00 PM 9:30 PM
Sat 5/28
  6:00 PM 8:30 PM
Sun 5/29
  7:00 PM 9:30 PM
Wed 6/8
  2:00 PM 4:30 PM
Sun 6/19
  7:00 PM 9:30 PM
Note: All times are Pacific Time. All programs are subject to change without notice.

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TODAY, GOOD FRIDAY, WE MOURN, BUT SUNDAY …

Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God

John the Baptist said in John 1:29, “behold the lamb of God, which taketh away the Sin of the World.”

He did it for you and for me.

Have you received the greatest gift in the world?

(following text from www.intouch.org.)

Jesus is called by a variety of names—Messiah, Lord, Christ, Rabbi, Teacher—but the one that is probably the most unfamiliar to the modern world is the Lamb of God. Since most of us do not have a Jewish background, we have a limited understanding of this title. But the Israelites of that day understood the significance of this name. Lambs were for sacrifice.

God has always dealt with sin through the blood of sacrifices. When Adam and Eve sinned, an animal was slain to cover the nakedness and shame of two individuals (Gen. 3:21). On the first Passover, each household covered their doorway with sacrificial blood (Ex. 12:1-7). Later, a goat was slaughtered for the atonement of the entire nation (Lev. 16:15). Now in John 1:29, we see the ultimate sacrifice—the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world.

Usually a person’s most impressive achievements are completed while he or she is alive, but think about what Jesus accomplished through His death. Just as innocent animals had died in place of the guilty, so Christ gave His perfect life for sinful mankind. He assumed full responsibility for all our sins and took the punishment that we deserved. As He hung on the cross, the judgment and wrath of God was poured out on Him instead of on us.

Read Matthew 26:47 – 27:56 (The Betrayal, Arrest, Illegal Trials, Crucifixion of Jesus Christ)

Since we are limited by our human minds and senses, we cannot fully understand all that the Lamb of God endured to bring us salvation. But we know enough to realize that we owe Him our lives. He took our place on the cross; let’s give Him first place in our hearts.

posted by rightthingtodo on Good Friday, April 22, 2011

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PASSOVER, GOD DELIVERS HIS PEOPLE

Read Exodus 6:8 – 12:39 (The 10 Plagues sent to the Egyptians from God)

Exodus 14 (The Red Sea Crossing)

… but, it did not stop there-

Christ’s Last Supper

Read | Exodus 12:1-39

The Last Supper, which took place hours before the Lord’s crucifixion—was a Seder (Passover observance). Previously, the feast’s symbols had only pointed back to the Hebrews’ redemption from Egypt. But that Thursday night, Jesus revealed the messianic significance of two symbols: bread and wine.

In a Seder, a cloth bag with separate compartments holds three sheets of matzoh, or unleavened bread. The middle matzoh is removed and split. One half is broken and distributed; the other is wrapped in a napkin, hidden, and bought back after it is found.

Breaking the bread, Jesus said, “Take, eat; this is My body” (Matt. 26:26). In Scripture, leaven symbolizes sin, so bread without yeast represents holy God. In the divided bag, matzohs are unified yet distinct—a picture of the Trinity. The middle bread signifies the Son, who left His Father’s side to dwell among us (Gal. 4:4) and was broken for mankind (Isa. 53:5), wrapped in a burial cloth (Matt. 27:59), hidden in a tomb (v. 60), and resurrected (28:6). Our redemption was, indeed, costly (1 Cor. 6:20).

Wine, the other symbol Jesus highlighted, is poured four times at a Seder. Scholars believe it is the third cup—known as the cup of redemption—that He called “My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins” (Matt. 26:27-28)

this reading is from www.intouch.org.

posted by rightthingtodo on April 21, 2011

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ISRAEL BEING SET UP … BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION?

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama met with President Shimon Peres at the White House, where the two discussed everything from the “Arab Spring” and the Peace Process to the global threat of Iran’s nuclear program … but, should we be happy about this meeting?

One Jerusalem reports
[04.02.2011]

New Israeli Peace Plan?

Friends of Israel should be on the alert when reports start appearing that the Netanyahu government is crafting another peace plan and that Shimon Peres will deliver its framework to Obama, this coming week. Peres is slated to present the outlines of the plan to President Obama and then he is scheduled to address a very Left wing think tank that is close to Obama.

This is a troublesome development on several levels.

1. Israel is still pursuing the failed policy of trying to placate Obama on the Palestinian issue. Unless Israel agrees to pull back to the 1967 lines (which includes the division of Jerusalem) Obama will not be satisfied. And if Israel satisfies Obama it will be putting Israel in harm’s way.
2. Peres’ involvement almost certainly means that Israel is prepared to make major concessions: Division of Jerusalem, vacating the West Bank, leaving the Golan,satisfying Palestinians claims against Israel.
3. Peres should be meeting with Israel’s friends in Congress and not Obama’s friends.
4. If Peres delivers concessions to Obama it will confirm to Obama that they can continue to treat Israel as the problem and get away with it.
Israel needs to start standing up for itself and stop trying to win over Obama.

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DANGEROUS MOMENTUM BUILDING FOR UNILATERAL DECLARATION OF A PALESTINIAN STATE IN SEPTEMBER: Bible warns nations not to divide the land of Israel

Posted: April 5, 2011 by joelcrosenberg in Uncategorized

Israeli President Shimon Peres met with President Obama at the White House to discuss the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Christian leaders around the world need to wake up and take notice of a rising new threat to Mideast security: the leaders of the Palestinian people are planning to go to the U.N. General Assembly this September and unilaterally declare their state in the “pre-1967 war borders,” and a dangerous momentum of international political support for this plan is growing.

Should the Palestinians proceed with their plans, growing evidence suggests they will receive an overwhelming majority vote at the U.N. in favor of dividing the land of Israel and dividing the city of Jerusalem. Indeed, a steadily growing number of countries around the world are signaling that they are ready to recognize a Palestinian state that includes all of the West Bank, all of Gaza, and at least half of Jerusalem as its capital. However, by making a unilateral declaration, the Palestinians will have chosen to refuse all negotiations with the Israelis. They will have chosen to abandon all diplomacy. They will have chosen to reject concessions and compromise. And they will have chosen to reject giving Israel the assurances of peace and security that the Jewish people so eagerly want. Even though Israel has given the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt, withdrawn from southern Lebanon, withdrawn from Gaza, and offered even more sweeping concessions to Palestinian negotiators in recent years – indeed, far more sweeping than I personally am comfortable with – the Palestinian leadership continues to say “no, no, no,” just as they did after the June 1967 war when they issued their famous “Three Noes” declaration from Khartoum: “no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with Israel.”

“We want to generate pressure on Israel to make it feel isolated and help it understand that there can be no talks without a stop to settlements,” Nabil Shaath, who leads the foreign affairs department of Fatah, the main party of the Palestinian Authority, told the New York Times. “Without that, our goal is membership in the United Nations General Assembly in September.”

As I first warned in a detailed column on the subject last December, this is a very dangerous development. If the Palestinians make a unilateral declaration of what they want, what will stop Israel from unilaterally declaring what they want? What if the Palestinians try to forcibly evict the Jews living in the West Bank? Those Jews would certainly fight back. Would the Israeli military move to defend the Jewish settlers? Would Palestinian security forces then fire upon the Israeli forces? Would the U.N. move into to condemn and isolate Israel, and even impose draconian economic sanctions on the Jewish state? Events could spiral out of control. Indeed, the likelihood is that far more violence – not peace – would result by such a Palestinian declaration of statehood outside the context of negotiations with Israel. Still, one country after another around the world is encouraging the Palestinian leadership to go in this direction and promising to publicly support them at the U.N. this fall. Some believe that after a big victory in the U.N. General Assembly, a resolution will later be brought before the U.N. Security Council to ratify the legal status of the newly declared state.

On Tuesday, Israeli President Shimon Peres met with President Obama at the White House. Initial reports suggest they discuss the stalled peace process and how to proceed. I hope that behind closed doors Peres was very clear and direct with Obama about what a dangerous road the Palestinians are on. Indeed, Prime Minister Netanyahu has continually offered direct negotiations with the Palestinians, yet the Palestinians keep refusing to sit down and talk face to face. They claim Netanyahu isn’t serious about making peace or new concessions. Yet Netanyahu was the first Israeli leader ever to give land to Yasser Arafat when he gave away Hebron in 1997. I pray that Peres conveyed to the American President what Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said last month: “We are facing a diplomatic-political tsunami that the majority of the public is unaware of and that will peak in September. It is a very dangerous situation, one that requires action….Paralysis, rhetoric, inaction will deepen the isolation of Israel.”  An isolated Israel is not likely to feel secure enough to make peace with the Palestinians. What’s more, when Israel’s enemies (like Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas) see Israel increasingly isolated, they are more likely to launch a new war.

Publicly, the Obama administration says it opposes the Palestinian plan to unilaterally declare. But there is growing concern among pro-Israel leaders in Washington that should the issue come before the U.N. Security Council, Obama might direct his U.N. ambassador to abstain rather than to veto such a resolution.

Jesus Christ said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” (Matthew 5:9) Those who truly seek peace will encourage diplomacy, not rash, arrogant, unilateral actions on either side. Sadly, there are far too many leaders in the epicenter who do not seek true peace, and too many leaders around the world who are encouraging reckless behavior.

Bible prophecy makes it clear that the nations of the world will, in the last days, divide up the land of Israel. But the Scriptures are also crystal clear that the nations will face the judgment of Almighty God for doing so. “For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them to the Valley of Jehoshaphat [“the Lord judges”]. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land.” (Joel 3:1-2).

Let the nations be warned by the God of Israel: they are on a dangerous and disastrous road. I pray they will turn around before it is too late.

hat/tip Worldview Weekend with Brannon Howse

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It is my opinion that the Obama administration will go along with this dangerous development.

President Obama is the most anti-Israel president that has occupied the White House.  On the other hand, Israel still has true friends in our Congress and throughout our country.

My advice to Obama and his global buddies …. DO NOT DIVIDE JERUSALEM

Pat Robertson Warns Against Dividing Jerusalem

By The 700 Club

Israel is the spiritual capitol of the world. This is what God calls the navel of the earth in the Old Testament.  So why are all of the nations so concerned about Israel?

I will tell you why. Because it is God’s outpost, and it would be, in a sense, a black eye against Him if his plans were frustrated by human beings. And He will not let people frustrate His plan.

When you look at the map you see what is known as the West Bank territory. And this is what the Palestinians want. Down along the Mediterranean Sea is what is known as Gaza. It is virtually impossible to link these two parts through Israel — so just in that you have a problem.

But if we see the tiny nation of Israel in relation to the vast amount of land that is here, Israel is maybe three-tenths of one percent of the land mass of the entire Middle East.


You can see the enormous amount of land in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq. The people of these nations have so much land, and yet they want to crowd all of the Palestinian people into this little area that will not support them.

Now let’s see what the West Bank looks like. Here are the cities you have been hearing about. Hebron is a famous town in the Old Testament. Bethlehem is the birthplace of Jesus. Ramallah is another one of the key cities along with Nablus and Jenin in the so-called West Bank.

Now if the Palestinians get this, look what is left of Israel. It is seven to nine miles across the smallest section of Israel, and that is all they have between this territory in the Mediterranean Sea. And the thought of the leaders of the Palestinians is to squeeze the Israelis as hard as they can and push them into the sea.

Now assume the Israelis have to call up of their forces. They don’t have a standing army — it is a citizen’s army. What will happen is that you will have terrorists moving across the West Bank and frustrating every single attempt to mobilize the Israeli army in this tiny area?

Now Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel. The Jews took East Jerusalem in fulfillment of a prophecy by Jesus Christ. It was made 2,500 years ago. He said, “Jerusalem will be trodden under the foot of the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”

Here is God’s promise to Abraham approximately 1,800 years before Christ.

I am going to give all this land to you and your offspring as a permanent possession (Genesis 13:15 NLT).

O our God, did you not drive out those who lived in this land when your people arrived? And did you not give this land forever to the descendants of your friend Abraham? (2 Chron. 20:7 NLT).

This is a permanent possession given by God to Abraham, and all of this territory is the land of Israel.

posted by rightthingtodo on April 9, 2011

3And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

Genesis 12:3  (New American Standard Bible)

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