Posts Tagged ‘Easter’

The Unpaid Debt

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Check out “So You’re the Minister’s Wife” web site

Link to “A Pastor’s Wife’s Journey” Facebook page

When I was a teenager (which dates me quite a bit) there was a popular song entitled, “He Paid a Debit He Did Not Owe” by Ellis J. Crum. The essence of the lyrics was to share about Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. He did this to save us and to bare our penalty before God. The punishment that we all deserved was paid in full by Christ’s death on the wooden tree. This act of grace affords us the opportunity to be free from the consequences of our sins.

jesus on crossAnother aspect of this song is that we owe a debt to God but there is no way we can ever repay it and neither does God expect any payment. The price was paid in full that first Easter so that we can live with Him eternally.

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.” I Peter 3:18 Christ’s ultimate purpose was to bring you to God. He is just waiting for us to come.

Following is a video of the song, “He Paid a Debt He Did Not Owe” sung by Conrad Fisher. Listen to the words and reflect on that great debt that was paid because He loves us so much.

He Paid a Debt

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

The Easter Formula

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Check out “So You’re the Minister’s Wife” web site

Link to “A Pastor’s Wife’s Journey” Facebook page

Even though I survived years of Math classes in school, I never really enjoyed them. I especially hated those classes where you had to find some unknown number in an equation or put some real life problems into equations and solve them.

I have recently seen an equation of 3 nails + 1 cross = 4giveness. This appears on T-shirts, bumper stickers, ornaments and jewelry, just to name a few. I believe there is even a Facebook page.  I am so glad I know that this equation was solved many years ago by Christ’s death on the cross. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16John 3:16
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.

WP-Bible plugin
(NIV)

jesus on crossChrist’s crucifixion was a slow and painful execution on a wooden cross where He was left to hang until he died. Those three nails, one in each hand/wrist and one through both feet were made of heavy, probably square, iron material, 7-9 inches long. What a painful experience. Hallelujah, He did it all for us!

The 3 nails plus the 1 cross allowed us to be forgiven. Let’s reflect on the price Christ paid that we could have forgiveness of our sins. The Easter formula was a love expressed beyond any other.

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

Easter Every Day

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Check out “So You’re the Minister’s Wife” web site

Link to “A Pastor’s Wife’s Journey” Facebook page

Do you know what Easter is all about? Do you realize what Jesus did for you? Pointed yet thought provoking questions. “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?” (John 11:25John 11:25
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth on me, though he die, yet shall he live;

WP-Bible plugin
)

As you begin to realize that on Easter (the resurrection of Jesus Christ) we celebrate the world’s most important miracle and glorious event in history, our hearts should be overwhelmed with gratitude and praise. Thus, we should celebrate Easter three hundred and sixty five days a year not just on its special designated day in our church.

What does His resurrection mean to you today? As the old song goes because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone because I know who holds the future. And life is worth the living just because He lives. John 14:19John 14:19
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

19 Yet a little while, and the world beholdeth me no more; but ye behold me: because I live, ye shall live also.

WP-Bible plugin
b NAS states, “Because I live, you shall live also.”  Wow! Have you considered all that Christ did on your behalf?

Those “spiritual goose bumps” should be rejuvenating every part of you at this point. Christ gave us a victory that we did not earn or deserve, yet, it is ours to have. Let us rejoice and be glad in Him!

A thought to ponder: How can I make Easter more real and meaningful not only on Easter Sunday but every day of the year?

Enjoy the music by the Bill Gaither Vocal Band as they sing, “Because He Lives”.

Bill Gaither – Because He Lives

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

My Easter Tribute

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Please visit my web site: www.soyouretheministerswife.com

I wrote an Easter skit many years ago that was published in the Standard Easter Program Book, Standard Publishing Company, (1994) entitled “My Easter Tribute”.  The essence of the skit states that no matter what age you are there is something you can offer as a tribute to God.  What a great price He paid for our sins by His death and resurrection on the cross!

What can you bring?  Even though the skit is broken down into several generations and I only give one example of each age group, you must decide for yourself how you will pay tribute to our Lord and Savior not only during this special season but also throughout the year.

A little child is usually so expressive in showing love to others. This would be a good time for a youngster to let Jesus know how much they love him by singing the song, “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know”.  This can be done during the week leading up to Easter.  Even though they may not fully understand the magnitude of His death and resurrection, they can be taught of His love for them.

It is usually during the teenage years that a young person begins to develop his/her talents.  What a better way to utilize their talents than by ministering to others in a church setting.  As God gifts them, they can be taught to give Him the glory for what He has gifted them with and ways to use their talent(s) to please Him.

Young mothers are rather limited in time due to demands upon them by their family and friends.  They are cooking, cleaning, running errands, going to school events and generally keeping the household functioning.  Whew!  I am sure they must get exhausted.  I am tired just thinking of all the things I had to accomplish as a young mother.  This is a good time for a mother to stop and reflect on God’s goodness and determine to spend whatever time can be squeezed out of a day for Godly things.  A young father, as well, is busy with earning a living for the family and must pause once in a while to contemplate God’s care for his family and give of his limited time to God.

God deserves our praise.  What better way for a middle-aged adult to offer a tribute to God than by a continual offering of praise.  Your strength may be limited but praising our Lord is a way to express gratitude.

Perhaps as a Senior adult you cannot bend your arthritic knees to kneel or you cannot stand for extended periods of time. No matter what position you choose, offering prayers for other families in service to the Lord (e.g. missionaries, pastors) is vitally important.  What an important tribute.  God will reward your faithfulness.

We triumph today in His resurrection victory – Christ’s triumph over the grave!  When the stone was rolled away it proclaimed to all doubting men that in Christ all things live again. This truth reaches down throughout the ages to every generation and touches each of our hearts even today.

What tribute will you offer?


Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

The Pastor and Easter

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Please visit my web site at: www.soyouretheministerswife.com

Check out this website: www.howtobecomeafosterparent.net

We were visiting with our daughter and family for Easter and attended her church on that special day.  As the wife of a retired pastor, I began to reflect on what an Easter Sunday service (perhaps the most important Sunday in the Christian calendar) would be like without a pastor or interim pastor.  Easter is one of those Sundays that would be difficult for a pastor to miss.  We found that out during the years that we were pastors in various locations.  In fact, I do not believe we ever missed an Easter Sunday throughout the thirty-five years of active ministry.  As we were driving the 300 plus miles to our daughter’s house, we were reflecting on the fact that we would not have been able to make this trip if we were currently the pastor of a congregation.

Without a Pastor on Easter – Who would serve the communion if this is offered to the congregation on that day?  It would be difficult for a deacon, head usher, board member, etc. to fill in for this important part of the service and in some denominations it is not even allowed.  You would miss your pastor!

Without a Pastor on Easter – Who would attend to the planning for the various services leading up to resurrection Sunday, e.g. Palm Sunday, Good Friday and so on.  You would miss your pastor!

Without a Pastor on Easter – Who would be there to give a Children’s Sermon to help the children realize that Easter is more than just the Easter bunny coming – a pastor would be there to share about the risen Lord!  You would miss  your pastor!

Without a Pastor on Easter – Who would help you realize the price Jesus paid on the cross for your salvation?  A Godly pastor helps encourage you in the faith.  With his challenging sermon we become even more determined to serve Him.  You would miss your pastor!

Without a Pastor on Easter – Who would be there to show care and concern for your needs?  You would miss your pastor!

I am sure there are many more reasons for us to appreciate our pastor on Easter but the most important concept is that you learn to appreciate your pastor every Sunday, in fact, every day of the year.  A pastor truly is your friend and desires the best for you.  So . . . be sure and thank him for all he does for you, your family and the congregation.

Reflect on what it would be like to be in an Easter Sunday service without your pastor.

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter