Saturday, April 7, 2012

in everything...give thanks

Colton Michael
Colton Michael
Colton Michael
In everything, give thanks--I Thes. 5:18
How grateful we are for the beautiful blessing of Colton Michael, first born son of our daughter, Tracy and her husband, Zac, born at 11:42pm on April 5, 2012, the day before Good Friday and Easter Sunday, as I was praying for each of them this morning, I was reminded of the wonderful lyrics of the song Because He Lives by Bill Gaither...
"God sent His son, they called Him, Jesus;
He came to love, heal and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives!
How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride and joy he gives;
But greater still the calm assurance:
This child can face uncertain days because He Lives!

And then one day, I'll cross the river,
I'll fight life's final war with pain;
And then, as death gives way to victory,
I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He lives!
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living, Just because He lives!"

“Easter says you can put truth in the grave but it won’t stay there.”—Clarence W. Hall

“Christ the Lord is risen to-day,” Sons of men and angels say. Raise your joys and triumphs high; Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply.”—Charles Wesley

“We live and die; Christ died and lived!”—John Stott

“The tomb of Christ is famous because of what it DOES NOT CONTAIN.”—Sam Morris

“The stone was rolled away from the door, not to permit Christ to come out, but to enable the disciples to go in.”—Peter Marshall

“The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.”—Robert Flatt

 “The biggest fact about Joseph’s tomb was that it wasn’t a tomb at all – it was a room for a transient.  Jesus just stopped there…on His way back to glory.”—Herbert Booth Smith

“Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless.”—Charles M. Crowe

“The resurrection proclamation could not have been maintained in Jerusalem for a single day, for a single hour, if the emptiness of the tomb had not been established as a fact.”—Paul  Althus

“The story of Easter is the story of God’s wonderful window of divine surprise.”—Carl Knudsen

“The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice.”—Henry Knox Sherrill

Jesus said to her, “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.”--John 11:25-26

What are you grateful for?

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  1. Thank you for your comment on my (in) post :). And what glorious reason to celebrate this Easter--beyond the reason we're celebrating in the first place!! CONGRATULATIONS!!

  2. I am thankful for Colton and for his wonderful, loving grandmother!!!

    Love you mom!!!

    1. Daddy and I love you, Zac, and Colton with all our hearts :)

  3. What a perfect baby boy! He's terrific new addition to our family. Congratulations to Tracy and Zac as well as Grandma Beth and Grandpa Jack. -- Gene Hatcher.

    1. Gene, thank you so much...we are so thankful for little Colton...such a blessing :)

  4. Greetings from Wordwise Hymns. I posted an article on Gloria Gather's song today, so was interested in what others were saying related to it. Thanks for the great quotations on the resurrection. God bless.

    1. Thank you for sharing, Robert. I would love to read your article on Gloria Gaither's has truly been a blessing to me for many years :)


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