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Why Easter is the Most Important Christian Holiday

April 14, 2017

Why Easter is the Most Important Christian Holiday

Rabbits don’t lay eggs, they bear live young. Someone told me the story of a pagan holiday combined with Christianity. Something about a fertility celebration? It wasn’t Christian, but it got mixed in. However, I found family movies of my first Easter. My brother and I had Easter baskets, chocolate eggs, and fancy outfits. Watching my parents follow me around while I wore my pretty dress almost makes tears come to my eyes. (They are both in heaven.)  In later years, I do remember picking out my fancy clothes and dying eggs for Easter egg hunts. We always went to church to sing and praise God for the resurrection.  However, despite the fact what we celebrated every year, I didn’t”t realize how important Easter was until I got older.  It may have been my fault for not listening, but I didn’t get it. Now I do.

My guest is my husband, Ray Simmons. He’s a Bible teacher and elder at Grace Community Church. We chose a different tradition raising our children, and he will explain why Easter is so important.

Ray Simmons leading Passover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:00 Why is Easter so important?

2:10 What evidence do we have that Christ rose?

 

 

 

 

Learn more about doing a Messianic Passover here or here.

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Defying Death Defines Life: Consider Your Legacy

November 18, 2016
Devying death defines life

Defying Death Defines Life: Consider Your Legacy

Facing death can make you serious about life. When the Apostle Paul faced death, he wrote the following words: ” I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4: 7-8 ESV)

Have you ever considered what you might think on your deathbed? What would you be glad you did? What actions would you like to change?

Several months ago, I started seeing double, and as a retired nurse, I was afraid. I couldn’t think of any illness that wasn’t quite serious that would produce those symptoms. I hurried to my doctor, very glad he could see me quickly, and I prayed for God’s presence.  It made me think seriously. Am I loving others enough? Or Am I too selfish? It’s easier to ignore a little jam stuck to the countertops when life and death issues emerge.

Today I have two guests, one is Paul Perkins. He’s a banker from Missouri who has had severe health issues and died several times. His tortuous journey included a kidney transplant and a heart transplant. He’s telling his story along with Anita Brooks. Anita Brooks had her own near-death experience. She’s an author and speaker who assisted Paul with the book.

2:15 Paul, how did facing death change you?

3:50 What lessons stuck?

7:30 Anita, what got you through hard times?

10:00 Paul, you received two organs.  How does it feel to have organs that belonged to someone else?

12:05 Anita, how does it feel to be an organ donor?

13:25 Anita, what was the recovery like for you?

15:45 Share how these experiences gave you courage

Learn more about Paul here and Anita here.

Death Defied: Life Defined

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Healthy Grief Processing

July 1, 2016
Carol McLeod

Healthy Grief Processing – Carol McLeod is my guest today. She’s an expert on grief processing after losing five babies.

Nobody wants grief. Truly! Like many of you, I grew up in America. All my life I expected good things. WE had the freedom to pursue whatever career we wanted, and I had dreams of being gloriously happy. On the other hand, the church taught we would face heartache. I heard that, but I’m not sure I really believed. My husband was the same way. He even commented how he was tired of singing about the ‘Sweet Bye and Bye’ while ignoring the ‘nasty now and now.’

However, the longer you life, you see heartache and sorrow. I can say now the Lord has walked me through some grueling times, things we never dreamed we’d face. Now I sense the brokenness of our world. It’s shocking the intensity of the pain we see. God designed us to live in a perfect work, and we ache when we see tragedy.

My husband calls Romans chapter eight ‘Groaning 101.’ “For we know what they whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth until now. Woe! you talk about childbirth, and we ladies can relate. That’s serious pain. And yes, that’s our world.

But the Apostle Paul wasn’t finished. “For I consider the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed.” (Romans 8:18) That’s a pretty huge contrast. The sufferings, however hefty they may be, can’t outweigh the glory we will have. What a statement. We all need that hope.

Here’s a guide to topics you might enjoy in the interview:

How to be attuned to God: 2:20

J0y Defined: 3:50

Healthy Grief: 6:5

Process your grief: 7 :25

David’s Grief: 8:5 Seconds

Broken Heart: 6:40 Seconds

Carol’s addiction: 13:45 Seconds

Life in Layers: 11:32 Seconds

Listen to Carol McLeod below:

Speaker, Bible teacher

Carol McLeod

You can pre-order Carol’s book here.

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Real Easter Story: Hope – Not Bunnies and Rabbits

March 25, 2016
Easter Flowers

The Real Easter Story is about hope, and with the world in upheaval, we need lots of hope.

Easter stands alone as the most important holiday we celebrate.

Jesus predicted his death and resurrection, and according to his own words, it proved the validity of his claims to be the son of God, who came to die for our sins. Note:

Matthew 12:40 For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

John 2:19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

 

If Christ has not been risen “…our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.  We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.” I Corinthians 15

Jesus”…was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, 

I remember during the time of the Reformation, they worshipped bits of the cross and even the nails. In fact, at one point Martin Luther joked about the number of nails that must have been used because at that time people claimed to have far too many bits of nails and fragments of the cross. While I’m not ready to say the Shroud of Turin is the burial garment of Christ, there are interesting bits of evidence that drop us back into the first century when we study the microscopic evidence.

The shroud is a long narrow piece of cloth. At that time, they folded a long piece of cloth over a body and tied at the feet, waist and head prior to burial. On this piece of cloth is a faint image of a crucified man. However, if you take a photograph, you have an incredible image of a man with details that wow the scholars and PhDs.

Crucifixion stopped in about 326 A.D. The shroud was dated with carbon 14 to be about the 1500s, but at that time, they would not know the details that appear to ring true regarding this burial cloth.

These details surrounding the shroud are worth studying because they give a picture of the historical events of the crucifixion and help us understand the suffering Christ endured.

There’s plenty of historical information to verify the resurrection, so we have hope for eternity. He is risen. He is risen indeed.

 

Lawyer, Writer

Mark Antonacci

Today Mark Antonacci shares information from his lifelong study of the shroud. You can find out more here.

 

 

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Love a Dying Friend

January 9, 2016
Jill and Kara's story

Love a Dying Friend? What a tough assignment! But let’s start at the beginning of the problem.

All of us, realize something is wrong. We live in a world of disappointment, sadness, sorrow, and misery. However, God designed us to live in perfect world, without pain. We can share times sorrow left us devastated, empty and alone.  Even those of us who grew up in healthy families can share deep hurts. For instance, in ninth grade I took Spanish. To master the language, my friend and I wrote each other notes. Someone ridiculed me in front of an entire class for that. That’s nothing compared to what others have suffered, but it was pain. I was embarrassed and devastated.

My grandmother moved into our house when I was young, and I suffered verbal abuse at her hands. She made me feel worthless and useless. I could never please her. Even now at times I feel like I don’t measure up.

Ladies, I believe Satan finds a way to leave an ugly mark on us all.

Romans 8:22 – 23 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

I feel that groan, and I’m sure you do also.

What a blessing when someone comes alongside as a friend and shares that pain. I think about that passage in Hebrews three that says “But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,”

Today I have Jill Buteyan. She just completed a book called Just Show Up.  She walked alongside a dear friend suffering with cancer and she gives advice on how to do that.

Learn more about Jill’s friend here.

Learn more about Jill here.

Her facebook is here.

Twitter: @JillLynn

Author Jill Buteyan

Jill Buteyan

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ReAnn Ring interviewed Katie Luther: Halloween Message

October 30, 2015
Wittenberg, Germany
Katherine von Bora

“Katie”Katie Luther:

ReAnn Ring interviewed Katie Luther: Halloween Message – ReAnn Ring filled in for Cynthia this week for a special interview

Media personality

ReAnn Ring

Katie Luther or Katherine von Bora ‘arrived’ to celebrate the upcoming festivities for Halloween, also called Reformation Day. She married the former monk, Martin Luther.  In preparation for All Saints Day, which fell on November 1, he chose to open debate with scholars on several points of theology. He nailed the famous ninety-five thesis to the door of the castle church on October 31st, which sparked a response across Europe. The negative reaction from Catholic theologians horrified him. At the Diet of Worms, Charles V condemned him as an outlaw. Once excommunicated, he founded the Lutheran church. In contrast to the Catholics, Luther’s preaching focused on salvation by faith and reliance on the authority of Scripture. And he translated the Bible into the language of the people.

Katie’s Halloween message gave details of her life in the 1500s, which may surprise some. A former nun, she shared the story of her life with the great reformer and left a message for us in these difficult times.

Cynthia and her family visited Germany in 2005 and discovered the entire nation took a holiday for October 31st.  She toured the Luther home, the castle church, the state church, and other historical sites in Wittenberg, Germany. As a result Katherine von Bora became one of Cynthia’s favorite historical women. In order to teach more about Katie, Cynthia now does impersonations for women’s ministry groups and homeschool groups.

If you’d like to know more about the life of the woman behind Luther, you can learn more here.

 

You can learn more about her husband here.

Thanks, ReAnn.

Wife of Martin Luther

Katherine von Bora

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Fiery Trials

October 16, 2015
Speaker, Bible teacher

Fiery Trials

Once I heard someone describe the song Amazing Grace as a white spiritual. After getting over my shock, I realized this man thought the song was written to express our disappointment over life’s hardships. Clearly he didn’t grasp redemption, but all of us realize things aren’t right. Let’s face it, our world is broken. God didn’t design us to live in a damaged world.

Romans chapter eight talks about this.  My husband calls this passage groaning 101. Verse twenty-two and twenty-three say, “For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.”

Sometimes those groans blaze into a raging fire.  What then?

Today I have Carol McLeod. Her ministry is all about suffering.  Her latest book is Refined.

Learn more about Carol here.

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Read up on the Holocaust Story Kristy Cambron writes to remember those lost in WWII: Sparrow of Terezin

September 25, 2015
Holocaust Story Kristy Cambron

Read the terrifying Holocaust Story Kristy Cambron shares with readers: Sparrow of Terezin

Hide! That’s what we want to do when we sin, and that’s the first thing Adam and Eve did when they disobeyed God. It’s so easy for us to justify our sin, and yet, it separates us from God and others. When the apostle John wrote, he used the analogy of light to symbolize truth, and darkness to symbolize evil. Look at  1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he {Jesus} is in the light, we have fellowship with one another…”  In other words, if we live openly, according to truth, we can enjoy fellowship with the Savior. This is unlike what happened with the new holocaust story Kristy Cambron wrote, Sparrow of Terezin.

In World War II, Hitler decided to deceive the world by pretending to care for Jewish children at Terezin. He fixed up a pretty ‘concentration camp’ complete with schools, flowers, and art classes, and he showed the world how generous he was. Yet after ‘show and tell’ most of those children died at the hands of the Nazis. What a terrible evil!

My guest, Kristy Cambron, just released the book, Sparrow of Terezin, that tells that story and explores the dangers of deceit.

To learn more about Kristy and her work, click here.

 

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Letters from My Fathers Murderer

September 18, 2015

Letters from My Fathers Murderer

We have a strong inborn sense of justice that comes from God. You’ll hear young children say, “That’s not fair.” Or “You’re wrong.”

I’ve heard Christian leaders say we have no rights, and I strongly disagree. The OT makes it clear that we do. The Ten Commandments state that someone should not steal our possessions or speak against us. I cannot steal your money or your watch. And much of the OT laws taught proportional justice. When someone harmed you, or violated your rights, the punishment should match the crime.

For instance, if you borrowed someone’s ax and broke it, you had to replace it. Or if you borrowed a horse that died while you cared for it, you had to buy another horse for that person.

The punishment matched the crime.

Now when someone violates one of those rights, you feel harmed and want that made right. Sometimes, an apology is enough. In others restitution needs to take place. There are times when someone hurts you and the outcome is not up to you`. For instance a pastor hurt my husband once and never humbled himself to say he was sorry. It was hard to forgive that man, but it was important that I do that.

Laurie Coombs tells the story of her father’s murder and her journey toward forgiveness.

Learn more about Laurie here.

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A Case for Abstinence

September 11, 2015

A Case for Abstinence:

We’ve all watched TV and movies where actors engage in immorality about as often as they eat dessert. After awhile, we get immune and shrug off sex outside of marriage. Not good.  In Genesis one, God created male and female and gave them a commission to have children and fill the earth. So it’s very clear from the beginning that sex and children go with marriage and family. God designed sex for marriage.

We can’t allow ourselves to be duped into passivity on this topic. Many problems we face today come from separating sex from marriage and children. What kind of messages are we passing on to our offspring/the next generation? (Remember it takes one generation to lose the truth.) More than that, we need to compare and contrast cultural messages with Scripture. Stepping outside of God’s design brings unpleasant consequences.

Gretchen Goldsmith is the president and CEO of Rose Publishing. She has written on some of the problems that come along with illicit sex. You may learn more about her here.

 

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