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Sunday, April 12, 2009

He Is Risen! Part 1

Luke 24: 1-12 NASB

1"But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.

2And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,

3but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

4While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing;

5and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living One among the dead?

6"He is not here, but He has risen Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee,

7saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again."

8And they remembered His words,

9and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.

10Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles.

11But these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them.

12But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings only; and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened."

Matthew 28: 1-15 NASB

1Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave.

2And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it.

3And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.

4The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men.

5The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.

6"He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying.

7"Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you."

8And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples.

9And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him.

10Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me."

11Now while they were on their way, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all that had happened.

12And when they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,

13and said, "You are to say, 'His disciples came by night and stole Him away while we were asleep.'

14"And if this should come to the governor's ears, we will win him over and keep you out of trouble."

15And they took the money and did as they had been instructed; and this story was widely spread among the Jews, and is to this day."

Mark 16:1-13 NASB

1When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Him.

2Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.

3They were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?"

4Looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large.

5Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed.

6And he said to them, Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.

7"But go, tell His disciples and Peter, He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He told you.'"

8They went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had gripped them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

9Now after He had risen early on the first day of the week, He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons.

10She went and reported to those who had been with Him, while they were mourning and weeping.

11When they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they refused to believe it.

12After that, He appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking along on their way to the country.

13They went away and reported it to the others, but they did not believe them either."

John 20: 1-18 NASB

1Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw

the stone already taken away from the tomb.

2So she ran and came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him."

3So Peter and the other disciple went forth, and they were going to the tomb.

4The two were running together; and the other disciple ran ahead faster than Peter and came to the tomb first;

5and stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings lying there; but he did not go in.

6And so Simon Peter also came, following him, and entered the tomb; and he saw the linen wrappings lying there,

7and the face-cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself.

8So the other disciple who had first come to the tomb then also entered, and he saw and believed.

9For as yet they did not understand the Scripture,that He must rise again from the dead.

10So the disciples went away again to their own homes.

11But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb;

12and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying.

13And they said to her, Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him."

14When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.

15Jesus said to her, Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?" Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, "Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away."

16Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, "Rabboni!" (which means, Teacher).

17Jesus said to her, "Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.'"

18Mary Magdalene came, announcing to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord," and that He had said these things to her. "

I know, some have said "Look, the accounts don't agree with one another! They can't even get their story straight, how can this possibly be true?!"

Bible scholars agree that fact that the four Gospels are different from one another actually give them more credence, not less. Why? Well because if they were all the same, exactly the same, then you'd smell a rat. You'd be able to say "They all got together in a room somewhere and worked out their stories! Liars!" Police call that collusion, when witnesses stories are exactly the same, and the testimony of such is counted as unreliable. The fact that the four Gospels are different, mean in fact that they are telling the truth from four different points of view.

Lets see where they are the same first, and then we can look at the interesting points that each brings up.

A.) First Day of the Week the Women Visit the Tomb.

Luke 24:1

Matthew 28:1

Mark 16:1

John 20:1

B.) Stone Rolled Away

1.) Luke 24:2

2.)Matthew 28:2

3.)Mark 16:3-4

4.)John 20:1

C.) Jesus' Body Is Missing

1.) Luke 24:3

2.)Matthew 28:5-6

3.)Mark 16:5-6

4.)John 20:2-8

D.) Angels Present At the Tomb

1.)Luke 24:4-5

2.)Matthew 28:2-5

3. Mark 16:5-7

4.) John 20:12-13

E.) The Women Go And Tell The Disciples That Jesus Has Risen

1.)Luke 24:8-9

2.)Matthew 28:5-8

3.)Mark 16:9-11*

4.)John 20:17-18*

*Mary Magdalene alone tells the disciples.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Micro Studies and PopCorn Verses Part 2

I shared that little bit down below with a customer at the store a couple of days ago and she looked at me and tears welled up in her eyes and she shook her head, and said that that verse showed pre planning. I agreed, that idea had been running around inside my skull too. I mean I've heard pastors say for years that "before the foundations of the earth were laid, God had a plan" and usually right after that if I'm going to be 100% honest here, my mind wandered off somewhere else. After all, I knew the story. I could recite it with them, in fact I taught it to kids for years.

I've gotten too familiar with the idea I think, of His pre-planning things. I've heard it so much that I've become numb to the idea. But, the idea came today about this popcorn passage, what if the pre-planning there wasn't so much about knowing what decisions Adam and Eve would make in the garden (sinning, turning away from Him, wanting to be gods themselves and not needing Him at all) but about wanting to communicate with those He had lost. He didn't need to put the stars in the heavens and have their first duty be to be heralds of His rescue plan (for that's what signs are I believe, things to tell us what is coming) He could have left Adam and Eve bereft. He could have walked away and said "You had your chance, sorry Charlie, game's over." He had every right to abandon those who walked out on Him, after all we'd covered ourselves in the one thing that He can not abide.

But He didn't.

The Lord knew what choices would be made in the garden, but he created the decision makers anyway.

The Lord knew what would happen in that garden if He showed Himself to those that dwelled there, and He came anyway.

And before either of those things, He wrote a message for them in the heavens, which said:

"I love you. I miss you. Don't be afraid, I'm going to rescue you."

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Micro Studies and PopCorn Verses

I've always been fascinated by the way popcorn behaves. You've got a tiny little kernel, and with the right amount of heat and time, *BANG* it turns itself inside out and becomes at least three times as big as it was before. Also, anyone who knows me knows I love explosions, and really, what other food can you eat (within reason) that has come through an explosion?

Since I've been working to get myself back to where I was before spiritually, I've dueled with self-doubt and I've sparred with guilt and wrestled with condemnation. If you check the scoreboard, I'm afraid you're going to see more losses than wins tallied for me. I keep waiting to be pulled out of the game completely, because you know if I was in charge, that's what I'd do to me.

I'm so glad I'm not in charge, because the One who is, hasn't sidelined me (I think He knows I don't want to be a bench warmer) permanently but He has set me down where I can rest for a bit. And while I'm here resting and enjoying His company, He's brought me a box of popcorn verses. Here are the ones that I've been munching on for a week now, trying to wrap my comprehension around all the wildness that's inside.

Genesis 1:14-19 (New Century Version)

14 Then God said, "Let there be lights in the sky to separate day from night. These lights will be used for signs, seasons, days, and years.15 They will be in the sky to give light to the earth." And it happened.

16 So God made the two large lights. He made the brighter light to rule the day and made the smaller light to rule the night. He also made the stars.17 God put all these in the sky to shine on the earth,18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. God saw that all these things were good.19 Evening passed, and morning came. This was the fourth day."

Okay, anyone else catch that the first time you read it? Because I'm pretty sure I've slept through that part every time I've read it, and when I came across it last week it slapped me between the eyes. I'm pretty sure I rubbed my fore head and went "ow".

He put in the stars in the heavens, hung them there with their first orders to act as signs. He did this on day four of the Creation story. Man's not made until day six, and animals aren't made until day five. But on day four, the stars are settled into place and the sun and moon are shown their routes, with explicit orders that their first duties are to act as signs.


Adam is still a twinkle in the eyes of the Trinity, and Eve just an idea, coddled in His heart. This is a perfect world, lush and good and full of plants and flowers and every kind of green and growing thing. It's a beautiful garden, peaceful and harmonious, there's no one really to talk to, but there's also no sin.

Sin's the thing that separated us in the first place from Him, before that He and Adam and Eve spoke face to face in the garden.

Poll Results

What Do You Notice First About A Book?
RESULTS! Closed 11/11/09

My attention's always grabbed by the cover-53%

I look on the spine for the author's name-6%

The thicker books are the one that grab my notice-26%

I open the book up to the middle and burry my nose in the pages, sniffing. Scent is important-0%

I flip the book over, ignore the cover and the spine and get to the book blurb-13%

Pick Your Weapon! RESULTS! Closed-11/03/09

Hand and Half Sword-16%
Long Bow-25%
Pen-25 %

What Kind of Fan Are You? RESULTS! Closed-10/22/09

Shy. I like reading books but I don't want to meet the authors-15%

Avid. I've read everything my favorite author has written!-38%

Curious. I've e-mailed my favorite author or left comments on the blog and asked them questions-38%

What Kind of Word Smith Are You? RESULTS!-Closed 10/15/09

I focus on setting-22%
I focus on dialogue-22%
I focus on action-22%
I focus on characters-33%

What Kind of Reader Are You? RESULTS!-Closed 10/07/09

I try and guess where the story is going to go-44%
I read the book and think how I would have written it differently-0%
I race through the story, riding the words like a rollarcoaster-22%
I race through the book and then go back and read my favorite parts again and again-33%

What Kind of Writer Are You? RESULTS!

Character first--1%
Plot First--4%
Balanced Between Plot and Character--5%
All Over The Place--5%

So All Over The Place and Balanced Between Plot and Character tie for the win! All I can say is that there must be some wicked stories out there. I can't wait to read them!

Scribe is Listening to:


Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian Sound Track.

Books on CD: The Moving Finger Read by Martin Jarvis. Original story by: Agatha Christie

Scribe is Reading:

I am? COOL!

I'm apparently referring to myself in the third person too. Go figure.


Nightmare's Edge by: Bryan Davis

The Invention of Hugo Cabert (Caldecott Book) by: Brian Selzinck-FINISHED. Mind blowing! Every storyteller should read this book.

FEARLESS by: Max Lucado-FINISHED. Excellent!

NLT Chronological 24/7 Bible paperback
NASB Online at Bible Gateway


Psalm 49

Psalm 49
A Psalm of Repentance

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