One More Time, ‘Up From the Grave He Arose’

I’m sorry, but I just can’t get enough of this hymn–Up From the Grave He Arose, sung by the Voice of Eden, from somewhere in India. Wow! We have family in India, and some of them can sing up a storm.

Christ’s resurrection changed the world. As the hymn tells us, “Death cannot keep his prey.” Jesus has broken its chains forever.

An Easter Prayer

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This is Christ Pantokrator, “Christ the Ruler of All,” as portrayed in an ancient church in Sicily. Today on Easter Sunday we celebrate His resurrection from the dead.

Or Lord our God, and Father of All: grant this Easter day of 2019 power to work all throughout the year, every day, to draw our hearts to Jesus Christ–by whose blood we are saved, by whose wounds we are healed; Jesus Christ, our rightful King and only Savior.

Do as thou has said, O Lord! Make His enemies His footstool, put all things under Him, make all things new and wash away all tears: we pray for the restitution of all things, under the Lordship of Jesus Christ the King of kings. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

‘Mary Magdalene, on Easter Morning’ (2015)

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Can you imagine it? Hard enough to imagine knowing Jesus Christ as He walked in the flesh, hearing His voice, seeing what He did. Surely this was the Messiah–wasn’t He? Who else could do such things?

And then they killed Him. And you saw that, too.

Mary Magdalene, on Easter Morning

Try to imagine Mary Magdalene on Easter morning, the first of all to see the risen Christ. Of course she didn’t recognize Him at first: He was dead. But when He spoke her name, she knew Him.

Can you put yourself in her place?

Maybe not–but well worth trying.

Jesus Raises Lazarus

It’s an Easter tradition here to post this scene, from The Greatest Story Ever Told, of Our Lord Jesus Christ raising Lazarus from the dead.

For which the Temple authorities sought to kill Him.

He did this for all of us, so that we would believe that God had sent Him.

By Request, ‘When I Survey the Wondrous Cross’

Requested by Joshua, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, sung by the King’s College Choir, Cambridge.

They sound this hymn often on the bells, across the street at St. Francis’ Cathedral–and now I know what hymn it is. Thanks, Joshua.

‘O Sacred Head’ (for Good Friday)

This hymn goes well back into the Middle Ages, with Bach putting the finishing touches on the melody as we know it today: O Sacred Head, Now Wounded. Sung by the Altar of Praise Chorale.

Our seventh-grade class sang this as part of our Easter concert, back when America was still America.

By Request, ‘My Redeemer Lives’

Requested by Erlene, an Easter hymn: My Redeemer Lives, by Hillsong. I selected a clip with lyrics, in case you want to sing along.

Encore, ‘Up from the Grave He Arose’

I knew I’d want to post this more than once, leading up to Easter–Up from the Grave He Arose, by the Voice of Eden. And see–they’ve got 300,000 views for it, so I’m not the only one. Anyway, it’s an ideal hymn for Easter.

By Request, ‘Christ the Lord is Risen Today’

Yes, I know I posted this hymn just the other day. But Erlene requested it just now, Easter is coming, and this is surely one of the Easter hymns–Christ the Lord is Risen Today, written by Charles Wesley in 1739; sung here by the Yoder family.

With gorgeous photos of God’s handiwork, proclaiming His glory and His love, and His ever-present nearness to us.

Resolving 30 Bible Contradictions from Jesus’ Final Week to His Ascension

Our friend SlimJim continues his work of refuting supposed “contradictions” within the Bible. Rather amazing it’s lasted several thousand years, eh? But “skeptics” are only skeptical about God’s word. To man’s word they extend unlimited credulity.   –LD