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9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
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In the year AD 312, Emperor Constantine had a vision, seeing the cross of Christ superimposed on the sun, with the words, “in hoc signo vinces” = "in this sign you shall conquer." He attributed a battle victory to this vision, and he became a strong champion of Christianity. The next year, he met with Emperor Licinius, the ruler of the eastern provinces, to sign the Edict of Milan giving equal rights to all religious groups within the Roman Empire. Constantine blended Christian and pagan traditions by combining two pagan rituals (Saturn the god of Agriculture and Mithras the Persian god of light). Constantine merged many of the traditions from these festivals with the Nativity story in the Bible and Christmas was born. From its beginning, Christmas was a holiday (or holy day), gifts were exchanged, families and friends gathered to feast, and a birth was celebrated; just like in the Roman and Persian festivities. The first mention of December 25 as the date of Jesus' birth is found in an early Roman calendar from A.D. 336.
Easter is is Chaldean (Babylonian) in origin - the name Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven. Astarte is the Greek name of the Mesopotamian goddess Ishtar. The worship of Bel and Astarte was introduced very early into Britain, along with the Druids, "the priests of the groves," the high places where the pagans worshipped the idols of Baal.
The Easter Bunny, the oldest pagan symbol of fertility - Semiramis - has absolutely NOTHING to do with the resurrection of Christ, nor does the Sunrise service. Jesus was resurrected while it was still DARK. John 20:1 (KJV) The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.
"Easter Greetings" An Audio Reflection for Easter (Matthew 28: 1-11).
“Know that you are risen with Christ.” That text from Colossians is the way Christians said hello for centuries… not just at Easter, but year round. Kind of makes the whole Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays kerfuffle sound pretty tame. Imagine living in a world where we greeted each other with the plain truth of the Resurrection and our salvation in it. Jesus did more than imagine such a world, he gave his life for it...
In the risen Christ we live in the here and now… crossing over seamlessly to the there and then… in the certainty of our own resurrection. In the risen Christ we are safe from sin… knowing that beyond our falls lies the resurrection of forgiveness. Beyond our betrayals, divine mercy awaits the penitent.
Let this feast of the Resurrection mark a turning point in our lives. Christ is risen and he wants us to be risen, too. Greet this Easter in the certainty of the Resurrection. Live this day in the risen Christ. Believe with renewed confidence. Pray with renewed conviction. Love with renewed fervor. Serve with renewed energy. Make every morning a resurrection. And God will give us the ultimate Easter greeting: Well done, thou good and faithful servant… enter into the joy of the Lord. Allelulia!
Members from The United Urantia Family and Urantia Sacred Arts organizations will join us on the air this week as we explore the intersection between the Fine Arts and the Spiritual Path in preparation for the upcoming Easter Spirit Renewal and Sacred Art Retreat which will take place from March 27th-30th, 2015 at the beautiful Presentation Center nestled within the majestic Redwoods of Los Gatos, CA. The theme for the Retreat will be: "Renewing our Spirit with the Creator Son while Expressing the Creative Spirit through the Arts." Throughout the weekend, attendees will be encouraged to reflect upon Jesus' Life and matchless Teachings while engaging in a variety of activities and enjoying presentations featuring music, meditation, prayer, worship, creative writing, visual arts, dance, poetry, and more—all designed to help us renew our spirit and uplift the group in an atmosphere of spiritual joy and gratitude as we nurture our Inner Artists in gentle and playful ways.
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When I was working on this sermon series for the Easter season I was thinking on different people that are mentioned in the gospels that either somehow played a part or were an eyewitness to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I usually have the titles before I have the sermons all prepared. This week in preparing for this message I realized that you can say everything there is to say in the Bible about Barabbas in one sentence. If you really stretch if out you can say about two sentences. That’s probably why you haven’t heard very many sermons about Barabbas.