- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 c sugar
- 1 T brown sugar
- 1 T vanilla
- Mix all ingredients well.
- Serve with your choice of fresh fruit. (We prefer strawberries!)
Honeydew and strawberry...the pale green and bright red complement each other wonderfully. Just think..such beautiful fruits grow out of the dirt. They're so sweet and juicy and delicious. How marvelous it is that God has blessed us with such a large variety of fruits. He could have just given us one food to use for sustenance yet He decided to give us a diverse selection. There is one thing in common with all the food He provides - it all comes from the ground. So since everything in a candy bar technically comes from plants, does that mean it's healthy?! The chocolate from a cacao tree, the peanuts from a peanut plant, the sugar from sugarcane, etc. Thank the Lord for His provisions!! May we use it all for His glory!!
"And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of the tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat."
The fruit that God has so generously given to us is great by itself, but it's also delicious with this dip on it. Some of my family will rarely eat fruit unless it is covered in some sort of extra sweetness...which doesn't hurt. :) This recipe is very quick and easy, plus it tastes good enough to eat by itself.
As we celebrate Jesus' Resurrection, let's remember what it meant for us. Let's remember all that He endured for us...all the things that eventually brought Him to the point of death...then resurrection!! May we keep our eyes focused on what truly matters - our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!! Our whole life should be centered around Him!
When presenting the Gospel, many times people leave out the glorious resurrection. I've been guilty of this as well, but we must remember the significance of Jesus' resurrection. Our faith rests on the very truth that Jesus rose from the dead. "And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain" (1 Corinthians 15:14). Without the resurrection, we would be serving a dead Savior, but Jesus conquered death! The sepulchre couldn't hold Him! Jesus is alive! Alive forevermore! Jesus willingly came to this wretched world. "He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross" (Philippians 2:8). He knew what He was getting Himself into. He knew He would be hated, betrayed, and mocked. He knew He would suffer and die on the cross. He was reviled so horribly yet He never once sinned. His perfect love for us is what kept Him on that cross. He endured the torture from those He loved deeply just so every one of us could have the opportunity to live with Him for eternity. He died on the cross and was put in the grave. Three days later...He arose! He lived once again and appeared to His disciples. Later, after He told His disciples what to do while He was gone, The Lord Jesus ascended to heaven to be with God the Father. That is were He resides, waiting to bring His sheep Home. If He didn't resurrect, then He would still be in that grave. But, no. "He is risen" (Matthew 28:6). We serve a living God! He saved us from sin and He gives us the choice of accepting His gift. Thank the Lord for overcoming death so that we might live! Praise God!! We have a living Savior!!
Happy Resurrection Day!
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
There's a story of a major sacrifice which begins with a man taking his son to work one day. He worked at a drawbridge, controlling when it went up so boats could pass trough under it or so trains could travel across it. They decided to have lunch when suddenly the man heard a train coming so he told his boy to stay there while he went to put the bridge down. The boy decided to follow his dad instead but fell and got stuck in the gears. the father didn't know what to do - put the bridge down so the train could safely pass through or leave it up so his son could live. He decided to save the hundreds of people on the train, thus killing his son. He saw the passengers inside the train living merrily as if nothing happened, but he wanted to scream to them how he just killed his own son to save their lives. Similarly, God sacrificed His only Son to save us all from our sins. Many people are acting just like the train passengers - not even caring about the major sacrifice made for them. We all should accept this free gift. If someone handed us a free gift, we'd most likely take it. Why not take the gift that God has for us? It's so much better than any material thing we could receive. He is offering us the gift of eternal life. "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23). Let's not ignore this most wonderful sacrifice the Lord God has made for us. Let's show our love for Him and continually thank Him for the deep love He has for us. He has truly sacrificed so much for His lowly, sinful creation.
We should daily remember the sacrifice that Christ has made for us, not only on Good Friday. Yet today is the day set aside to celebrate it, we should always celebrate it in our hearts. May we never cease to thank God for the ultimate sacrifice He has made for us through Jesus Christ the Lord.
"All things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me."
Old Testament prophecies, concerning Jesus Christ, fulfilled in the New Testament:
Prophecy - "He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth." (Isaiah 53:7)
Fulfilled - "And when He was accused of the chief priests and elders, He said nothing." (Matthew 27:12)
Prophecy - "And He was numbered with the transgressors." (Isaiah 53:12)
Fulfilled - "Then were there two thieves crucified with them." (Matthew 27:38)
Prophecy - "Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14)
Fulfilled - "His mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child." (Matthew 1:18)
Prophecy - "My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?" (Psalm 22:1)
Fulfilled - "Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" (Matthew 27:46)
Prophecy - "They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture." (Psalm 22:18)
Fulfilled - "And they crucified Him, and parted His garments, casting lots." (Matthew 27:35)
Prophecy - "All they that see me laugh me to scorn...saying, He trusted on the Lord that He would deliver Him." (Psalm 22:7-8)
Fulfilled - "And the rulers also with them, derided Him, saying, He saved others; let Him save Himself...and the soldiers also mocked Him." (Luke 23:35-36)
Prophecy - "They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink." (Psalm 69:21)
Fulfilled - "They gave Him vinegar to drink mingled with gall." (Matthew 27:34)
Prophecy - "Bethlehem...out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel." (Micah 5:2)
Fulfilled - "Bethlehem...and she brought forth her firstborn son." (Luke 2:4,7)
Prophecy - "By his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities."
Fulfilled - "The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many." (Mark 10:45)
Prophecy - "Neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption." (Psalm 16:10)
Fulfilled - "Neither His flesh did see corruption." (Acts 2:31)
Prophecy - "He keepeth all His bones: not one of them is broken." (Psalm 34:20)
Fulfilled - "But when they came to Jesus, and saw that He was dead already, they brake not His legs."
Also notice the similarities between Noah's ark and Jesus. The ark saved those inside from the flood just as Jesus saves those who accept Him from sin. So many people didn't believe that the Flood was coming just like so many people don't believe that they're living in sin. Jesus is our ark - may we rest in Him.
So many prophecies from the Old Testament have been fulfilled. So many prophecies from the New Testament have been fulfilled and there are some that will be fulfilled in the near future. All of God's prophecies will be fulfilled. When He makes a promise, He is faithful to His Word. So many detailed prophecies have been accurately fulfilled. How can people even think that a man came up with the Bible? How could a man thousands of years ago so accurately make up prophecies that are being fulfilled in modern times? It's completely impossible without God. The Bible is written by men, but these men have been inspired by God. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God" (2 Timothy 3:16). We should believe everything that is in the Bible because it's all true. Thank the Lord for His faithfulness! He uses His prophecies to inform us of the past, present, and future. May we believe all prophecies given from God, for He tells us to "despise not prophesyings" (1 Thessalonians 5:20). There are still some prophecies that need to be fulfilled but some are being fulfilled right now (Matthew 24:3-13). "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears" (Luke 4:21).
"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he."
Our thought life determines what our heart looks like. If you have a good mind, then you have a good heart. If you have a bad mind, then you have a bad heart. The heart is a reflection of the mind and actions are the reflection of the heart. Our thoughts lead to our actions; our actions lead to our habits; our habits lead to our character; our character leads to our lifestyle. Having bad thoughts will ultimately lead to an ungodly lifestyle. We must keep our mind under control. It would be wise to stay away from wickedness so our thoughts aren't wicked. If there is a wicked thought, then we should replace it with a good thought. "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things" (Philippians 4:8). Every once in a while a bad thought might pop into our head, but we must refrain from dwelling on it. This quote puts it nicely - "You can't keep a bird from flying over your head, but you can keep a bird from building a nest on your head." Other people may not be able to read our mind, but God always knows our thoughts. Are we thinking of things that are pleasing to the Lord? May we always think on things that will honor Him.
These are quick and easy Easter cookies. No-bake cookies are delicious enough, but when you add Cadbury eggs to them, they're just about irresistible. They'd look cute for Easter tea parties, fellowship dinners, or just sitting on a plate at home.
No-Bake Easter Cookies
Our usual recipe doesn't have oatmeal or coconut in the cookie. They look more like puddles of mud, but they have such a smooth texture and are very moist.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."
1 Peter 1:3
"And stood at His feet behind Him weeping, and began to wash His feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed His feet, and anointed them with the ointment."
It seems to me that Mary just had a flood of emotions. She, a sinner, in the presence of Jesus Himself. She began crying and washing His feet with her own tears and wiping them with her hair. She kissed them and anointed them with ointment. Oh, what a wonderful feeling it would be to wash the feet of Christ! Judas got after her about wasting such expensive ointment when she could have sold it and given the money to the poor. Jesus told him the "let her alone" (John 12:7) because it was for His burying. He reminded Judas that the poor will always be with them. One of the Pharisees thought that if Jesus was a prophet, then He wouldn't have let a sinner touch Him. So Jesus responded with a parable, then He explained, " Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest Me no water for my feet: but she hath washed My feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest Me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in lath not ceased to kiss My feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed My feet with ointment" (Luke 7:44-46). Jesus forgave Mary of her sins and told her, "Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace" (Luke 7:50). What would you do if in the presence of Christ? Would you react like the Pharisee did or as Mary did?
I'm a twenty one year old Christian saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone, for the glory of God alone. Praise the great name of our glorious Savior!!
Go serve your King!"