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Before I get into “selling” myself, I would like you to bear with me and read to following reflection or short story. This will let you get to know me a little better before you make your decision whether to “accept or not accept” (that is the question
)* my friend request… and I hope you do! * = "To be, or not to be" is the famous opening phrase of a soliloquy in William Shakespeare's play Hamlet.
Today’s Reflection or Inspirational Story: (If you are new to my page, before reading this story please see the paragraph below starting with *** Thank you
*** IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to personal reasons, I have decided to begin updating the inspirational short story and audio/video link only once a week. This will occur either on Saturday or Sunday. I sincerely thank you if you were one of the few that may have read the daily update. I am sorry I have to make the change. Please let me know if you truly need the inspiration updated daily. I will then seriously consider returning to the daily updates. Thank you.
A light hearted and humorous view of Easter! (Enjoy! ): http://skitguys.com/videos/item/all-mom … for-easter
A more serious but happy view of the first Easter after Peter and John (two of Jesus’ disciples) race through Jerusalem on Easter morning (after hearing from Mary Magdalene (follower of Jesus) that Jesus wasn’t in his tomb (and had risen from the dead) to discover an empty tomb. http://skitguys.com/videos/item/peter-and-john-the-tomb
The Easter Story by Linda Sue Pochodzay Edwards
Note: although this story was written for children it is still very essence of why Easter is celebrated.
What an awfully sad day it had been for the friends of Jesus! They had stood watching sorrowfully, as Jesus hung on the cross dying. They didn't fully understand why it had to happen.
They believed that Jesus was the Son of God, and they remembered how He had healed the sick and made blind people see. They remembered how He had fed thousands of people with just a few loaves of bread and fish. They even remembered how He had caused dead people to come back to life. He was such a good, kind man; why did He have to die?
Just before the sun was beginning to sink into the west, Joseph, one of Jesus' friends, noticed that Jesus was no longer breathing. He hurriedly went to ask Pilate if he could have the body of Jesus so he could bury Him. When Pilate agreed, Joseph and Nicodemus (another friend) carefully wrapped Jesus' body in clean cloths. Then they took Him to a tomb to bury Him.
The next day, the Pharisees started thinking about Jesus. They were the people that had wanted to kill Jesus. They remembered how He had taught them, saying that He would rise again after three days. They were worried that it might be true! They also thought that Jesus' disciples would remember and might try to steal the body from the tomb just so they could say that Jesus rose again. They went to Pilate, suggesting that the tomb be closed up with a huge stone and that guards be placed all around the tomb.
Just before daylight the next day, the most amazing thing happened! There was a GREAT EARTHQUAKE! An ANGEL from the Lord came down from heaven, moved the gigantic stone away from the door of the tomb and sat on it. The guards began to shake with fear! They fell down to the ground as if they were dead!
Mary and some other women had decided to get up very early in the morning and go to visit the tomb where Jesus was placed. While walking down the road, they were discussing how they were going to get inside the tomb. They had brought along some spices and perfume that they wanted to place on Jesus' body. They knew the huge stone had been placed in the doorway and they had no idea how they were going to move it.
What a SURPRISE they found when they reached the tomb! The stone had already been moved! And . . . there was an ANGEL sitting on the stone! The women were quite afraid, but the angel spoke gently to them:
"Don't be afraid. I know that you have come to see Jesus. He is not here; for he is risen just as he said. Come inside and see the place where he lay."
The women went inside the tomb and found it empty, just as the angel had told them.
The angel spoke to the women one more time:
"Go quickly and tell the other disciples that Jesus has risen from the dead; and he is going into Galilee where you will see him."
The women did just as the angel had told them. They ran quickly from the tomb, with fear and great joy, to tell the good news to the other disciples. But . . . when the women found Peter and their other friends and tried to tell them the good news, . . . no one believed them!
When the women persisted, Peter decided that he needed to find out for himself.
He ran all the way to the tomb.
He went inside.
He saw the cloths that had been wrapped around Jesus, but the body was not there.
He wondered if it could possibly be true. Did Jesus really raise from the dead? Was Jesus really alive?
Two of Jesus' other friends were going on a journey to a village called Emmaus. As they walked and talked, they discussed all the things that had happened over the past few days. A man came along and joined the group. He walked along with them and wanted to join their discussion. Cleopas began telling the man about how Jesus was crucified on the cross. They talked about how the women found the empty tomb.
As they continued their journey, they invited the man to come in with them and have dinner. When they sat down to eat their meal, the man picked up a loaf of bread and broke it in pieces. Then he prayed for the meal and gave the bread to the men. At that very moment they realized that the man was JESUS! They had been talking to Jesus the whole time and didn't even know it!
Then . . . ANOTHER strange thing happened. As soon as they realized who it really was that sat at the table with them . . . Jesus disappeared! They talked about the wonderful time they had talking with Jesus down the road, and they just couldn't help talking about his strange disappearance. They got up from their meal and returned to Jerusalem where they told all the other disciples the good news that Jesus REALLY DID raise from the dead and had talked with them.
As they were talking, Jesus again appeared to them. They were afraid and thought they were seeing a ghost, but Jesus told them not to be afraid. He showed them His hands and feet where He had been nailed to the cross, so they would believe that it was really Him.
When they saw the nail holes in His hands and feet, they finally believed that Jesus had risen from the dead, just like He said He would. They were soooo happy and joyful to have their friend with them again. They were soooo excited that they had to tell EVERYBODY the good news that JESUS IS ALIVE!
Why were Jesus' friends so sad?
Why were guards placed around the tomb?
What caused the huge stone to be moved?
Who was the first to look inside the tomb?
Why was Jesus' body not in the tomb?
What did the angel say to Mary and the women with her?
Jesus Is Alive!
A VERSE TO LEARN
"He is not here, but is risen" (Luke 24:6).
Dear God, thank You that You sent Your Son,
Jesus, to die for our sins. Thank You that He
arose from the dead and is now living; and
because He lives, we can have eternal life.
In Jesus' Name. Amen.
HERE IS WHERE YOU CAN FIND THIS STORY IN THE BIBLE. (The following scripture are accounts written by some of Jesus’ disciples)
Matthew 27:55 - 28:10: http://www.commonenglishbible.com/explo … age-lookup
Mark 15:40 - 16:14: http://www.commonenglishbible.com/explo … age-lookup
Luke 23:47 - 24:35: http://www.commonenglishbible.com/explo … age-lookup
John 19:38 - 20:21: http://www.commonenglishbible.com/explo … age-lookup
Thank you for stopping by! Happy Easter to you!
Ok, it’s me again (Anthony Michael), are you still with me? If you are and you’re not ready to leave just yet, please take another minute and watch/listen to todays “Inspirational Video/Audio Link of the Day”:
Did you feel something during the above presentation? If so, I invite you to play the next three links (HUG):
God’s Chisel http://skitguys.com/videos/item/gods-chisel
Yours for Life: http://www.hutchcraft.com/yours-for-lif … tion/alpha
Alright! Finally, you’ve finally made it through the grueling “Test of Love & Inspiration.
” Here is what you need to know about me (if you haven't already figured it out
I am a married Christian man (31 years and going strong!) who is deeply committed to my wonderful wife. I am also a digital artist who (as a hobby) transforms photos of beautiful women into paintings. Although I am a digital artist, due to hard manual labor when I was younger, repetitive actions (typing) involved with my job of the last 20+ year; and “old age”, I have severe carpal tunnel in both of my hands. Also, due to the love both my wife and I share for big dogs… we have an 11 year old, 80 lb. Labrador mix (Harley) and a 2 year old 130 lb. Great Dane (Tessa). Due to this and a lot of family/life stuff, I have a very limited amount of time to paint. The primary reason I FR'd you was to simply to give you a sincere compliment regarding your beauty and to ask you to consider giving me the honor of being your friend here on MM. My second reason is to possibly paint your portrait (as inspiration strikes). My goal, if I do paint your portrait, is not to make money off of you or to become famous. It is simply because I enjoy painting the portraits of beautiful women.
In addition to my portfolio here on MM, if you would still like to see more of my work, please check out the gallery tabs at the following DeviantArt.com web pages:
*** The second reason I FR’d you was to share the daily reflection and inspirational storie I post on my page. If the above story stirred anything in your soul, I would like to "invite" you to consider bookmarking my page, and returning to it as often as you feel necessary. My intentions for asking this is to share something positive and inspirational with you... "I have no intentions on forcing my personal beliefs on you.
The stories and video links are meant to uplift your day instead of what much of the media shares with the public (often its negative, cold and impersonal .... treating people and their lives as if they are just "stories" and not beings with souls and a purpose for being on this earth). I thank you in advance for your considering my offer.
In closing, I once again want to sincerely thank you for stopping by page. Please forgive me if I do not quickly respond (sometimes fail) to your TAG or email. Life is most likely overwhelming me at the time. Should you ever need prayer to talk to a non-judgmental person; feel free to contact me.
May God continue to bless and watch over you all the days of your life.
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