Archives for March 2015

Easter Tuesday ~ Everything Could’ve Been Different, But God Required a Cross, Not a Stone & Jesus Came To Set Us Free, Not To Be Set Free (Featuring “Freedom” by Michael W. Smith)

Easter Tuesday ~ Everything could've been different, but God required a Cross, Not a Stone ~ Jesus Came to Set us Free, Not to be Set Free (Featuring "Freedom" by Michael W. Smith)

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The Red Thread of Jesus via JeanWilund.comEverything could’ve been different if God hadn’t intervened.

Whew!

We know that Jesus came to set us free from sin.

We also know that setting us free required His death, but only at the time, place and manner chosen by God before the foundations of the world.  

For many years, I took this fact for granted. I’d never stopped to think about all the orchestration this required. 

As man moved, God moved because He required a cross, not a stone, and Jesus came to set us free, not to be set free. 

Let’s consider just a few of the events God had to coordinate. [Read more…]

Monday Music ~ Revelation Song (Phillips, Craig & Dean) Easter Week Has Begun!

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Click to view music video: “Revelation Song” by Phillips, Craig, & Dean

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It has begun! 

Easter Week is here!

Cue the soundtrack!

By the way, that’s a hint to what’s to come this week.

Can you tell I’m a little excited about Easter week?

I’ve got a crazy week ahead of me, but I’m determined to keep my mind fixed on Easter through it all.

Please don’t let the importance of Easter week slip you by either, lost in the tyranny of the urgent.

Nothing in our lives is so urgent that the single most important event in the history of the world should be set aside for it. 

Christmas makes Easter possible, but Easter is why Christmas came.
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I’m not talking about coloring Easter eggs and preparing a spiral ham. I’m talking about letting the truth of Easter reach deep into our hearts all week.

The moments of Easter changed every other moment in history. 

Are you facing a trial this week?

The events of the first Easter week enable us to stand even as our knees buckle. [Read more…]

Monday Music ~ Jesus, Messiah (Chris Tomlin)

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Click to view music video: “Jesus, Messiah” by Chris Tomlin

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Who is this man called Jesus? 

Jesus, Messiah

Name above all names

Blessed Redeemer

Emmanuel 

The song, Jesus, Messiah by Chris Tomlin expresses beautifully who Jesus is.

The movie The Passion of the Christ displays who He is in stunning visuals.  

Combining the two is perfect.

I hope this music video of Jesus, Messiah accompanied by clips from The Passion of the Christ will pierce your heart as much as it has mine. [Read more…]

Surrendering to God: The “Want to Want to” Dilemma (Part Three – The Surrender Series)

Surrender to God: "The Want to Want to" Dilemma  (Part 3 in Surrender Series via www.JeanWilund.com)

Surrendering to God: The “Want to Want to” Dilemma (Part Three in the Surrender Series)

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“Everyone is leaping off the cliff into the soft sand. I really want to do it, too, but I can’t.”

Really? I really want to?

Unless my legs don’t work, no one is believing my claim of I really want to.

“I know I need to forgive her, and I really want to, but I can’t.” 

Really? Is it physically impossible to forgive her?

“Officer, I really wanted to obey the speed limit, but I just couldn’t.”

Wow! Unless the car drove itself, he’s not buying that one either.

Of course, what I really mean is, I can, but I don’t want to leap, forgive, or obey the speed limit.

But I sure wish I wanted to.

It’s what I call the “Want to Want to” Dilemma.

The basis for this principle is:  [Read more…]

Monday Music ~ Do You Want to be Free? ~ “Redeemed” by Big Daddy Weave

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Monday Music ~ Do You Want to be Free? ~ “Redeemed” by Big Daddy Weave

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The prisoners received their pardons, and their prison doors swung open.

But they didn’t leave.

Some hadn’t been told they could.

Others were told, but they’d lived imprisoned so long, they refused to believe they could just walk away.

And so there they live, imprisoned still today even with the doors wide open. [Read more…]

My Top Ten List of Why I Don’t Want to Surrender to God (Part Two — The Surrender Series)

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My Top Ten List of Why I Don’t Want to Surrender to God (Part Two — Surrender Series)

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Even Jesus had an “I don’t want to surrender” list. 

His list only had one item on it, though, not ten. [Read more…]