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I will always be with you even until the end of the age.                                                             – Jesus


The sky was bursting with color as the sun set over the sea. While on the shore the water gently rolled over the sand as the sandpipers looked for food. The disciples built themselves a fire and sat around it reflecting of the days gone by.

“I can’t believe he’s gone. It only seems like yesterday he was teaching us by the sea and telling us to follow him.” James recalled as he watched the sun set.

“Remember when he overturned the money changer tables at the temple? Or when he raised that man from the dead as they were carrying him to his grave!” said Thomas.

“What about the stories he would tell? Or all the miracles he did?” Matthew added.

“What really caught me was how he loved people, He never turned anyone away when they came to him!” John said as he looked around at the others who in turn nodded in agreement.

“It sure has been good to be with him these last few days. Now I understand why he allowed himself to be crucified. although the night he was arrested was the longest night of my life!” said Peter .

As Philip looked up into the sky he thought about the day Jesus appeared when they were all together at Peter’s house. It was the first time Thomas saw Jesus after he had rose from the dead.

Thomas came and knocked on the door at Peter’s house.

“Who is there?” a voice called out.

“It’s me Thomas, let me in, he responded. Andrew opened the door and let him in, as he looked around for anyone else who might have followed him.

“We have seen Jesus! He has risen from the dead!” Peter exclaimed.

“Yeah right!” Thomas said in unbelief.

“No! It’s true! Jesus is alive! I have seen him too! We all have!” Matthew joined in as he looked around at the others.

“Come on guys! Is this some kind of sick joke?” Thomas said angrily.

John came and put his hands on Thomas’ shoulders and said,

“Thomas, It is true. Just a few days ago, when Mary came and told us she had seen Jesus alive, we did not believe her either and then he appeared in the middle of the room! The door was locked when he just manifested out of the air!  He is alive just as he said he would be!”

Pulling away from John in frustration Thomas said,

“Have you lost your mind! I miss him too, but for you to say he came back from the dead is unbelievable. Don’t you remember what he looked like when we buried him?”

“Thomas, we all saw him! He even showed us the holes in  his hands and feet where the nails went through!”

Thomas shook his head in disbelief.

“Until I see him for myself, and put my finger in the wounds he received from his crucifixion, I will not believe he has come back from the dead!

Eight days later the disciples came together to discuss what to do next.  Thomas joined them even though he still had his doubts about Jesus being alive.

Suddenly the room filled with glorious light and Jesus came and stood  before them.

“Thomas, Jesus said as he stretched out his hands toward him.

“See my hands and feet? Put your fingers in them so you will believe and not doubt.”

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas cried out as he fell to his knees at Jesus’ feet.

“Thomas because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” Jesus said as he helped Thomas back to his feet. Then he opened their understanding so that they could know the reason he came and why he had to suffer.

Sparks went up into the night sky as Peter stirred the logs to keep the fire going.  Matthew watching the sparks fade into the darkness recalled the last thing the Lord said to them.

Jesus met them on a hillside just outside of Bethany and began to instruct them on what they needed to do.

“All authority has been given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Then Jesus stretched out his hands and blessed them. As he was speaking, he started to ascend into heaven.

“Do not leave Jerusalem until you have received the Promise of the Father which you have heard from me; for John truly baptized you with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” he said as he faded into the clouds.

As they watched him go up two men dressed in glistening white apparel stood by them and said,

“Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

“What do you suppose Jesus meant when he said, ‘you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit?’ Andrew asked the rest of the group.

They all gazed into the fire as they thought about Andrew’s question.

“We must go Jerusalem and wait as Jesus told us to do.” Peter said as he got up to leave. The others put the fire out and began walking toward Jerusalem, rejoicing and praising God as they went.

There are many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”                    

– John 21:25

This story is an adaptation of the events recorded in the gospels.
*John 20:24-31, Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV)


“Through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet in the way of peace”*

– Zacharia*

As the day drew to a close, Jesus’ friends and family watched as they lowered the lifeless body from the rugged crossbeam. When the guards where finished with him, the family came laid him on a linen cloth and wrapped it around him.

“I have a place close by we can take him”, said Joseph who was from Aramathia.

“It’s in the garden at the bottom of this hill. Follow me”

There in the garden the aroma of fresh flowers filled the air, and life was in abundance while they laid the body of the giver of life in the tomb, and sealed it with a heavy stone. Some of the disciples gathered at Peter’s house and barred the doors tightly, for they feared the Jewish leaders would have them arrested. The days seemed endless as the pain of their great loss overwhelmed them. After looking around the room Andrew approached the table where James and John where seated.

“What are we going to do now that Jesus is gone? ”

No response

“Where will we go?”

His questions fell into the silence. He continued,

“We can’t just sit around here waiting to die!”

Still no response, but how could they?

“With Jesus gone, death doesn’t sound so bad,” Peter thought to himself as he looked out the window.

As the darkness covered the land, the flickering light of the torches lit up the early morning sky. The Roman soldiers who were stationed at the tomb of Jesus paced back and forth trying to stay awake while the others took their turn sleeping.

“Well men, this is the last day we have to stand watch over this dead man,” said the chief officer.

“Good riddance!” another guard replied as he warmed himself by the fire. While the two men were still speaking, the ground began to shake violently.

“Hey what’s going on?”

The soldiers who were sleeping woke up while those who were standing fell to the ground. Suddenly an angel appeared at the tomb’s entrance with the appearance of lighting flashing across the sky. With little effort angel rolled the heavy stone away from the doorway of the tomb and sat on it. Overcome with fear at the awesome sight the guards passed out, laying on the ground as dead men. When they recovered and found the tomb empty, they left the garden and went to report what happened to the chief Priest.

“I can’t believe he’s gone!” Mary sobbed. She and some the other women who followed Jesus went to the tomb to minister to him one last time.

” These past few years went so fast!” said Joanna.

As they arrived at the tomb, They noticed the stone that was in front of the grave had been rolled away. Dropping the ointment Mary was carrying, she  and the other women ran up to the entrance of the tomb and looked inside.

He’s gone! What have they done with him?”Mary exclaimed as she turned and ran out of the garden to Peter’s house to tell them the news.

“Peter, John,” Mary cried as she beat on the door.

” They have taken him away!”

“Woman what is the matter with you? Do you want to wake up the entire city?” Peter whispered sternly as he opened the door.

“They have taken the body of the Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him!”

What?!” exclaimed Peter.

John got up and ran out the door with Peter close behind. The two men raced through the garden to see the tomb for themselves. John was the first to arrive at the entrance and looked inside. While  Peter came up behind him and went on in. The linen cloth that they used to wrap Jesus’ body laid empty on the stone slab before him. John came into the tomb behind Peter and noticed the cloth they used to wrap Jesus’ head was folded up and laid separately from the other linens.

“Surely he has risen from the dead just as he said he would. But where is he?” John thought to himself.

The two men departed from the garden with more questions than answers. They returned to their own homes thinking about what they saw at the tomb.

The sky that was once filled with darkness burst forth in an array of color by the rising sun. In the garden life began to stir once again as the song of the birds filled the air, and the flowers released sweet aroma with the warmth of the early morning light. There in the center of the garden, Mary had returned to the tomb. Her heart overwhelmed at the thought of someone taking her Lord, she wept bitterly as she stood in the garden alone.

“Where did they take him? I must know where!” she wept.

As Mary wiped the tears from her eyes, she looked once again into the place where they had laid Jesus three days earlier. Inside the tomb, two angels were sitting on the slab where the body laid. Mary stood in shock when she saw them, for she thought she was alone.

“Woman why are you weeping?” one of the angels questioned her.

“Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have taken him,” She replied as she began to cry again. Unable to stay any longer Mary decided to go home. As she turned to leave a man stood behind her.

“Woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for in that empty tomb?”

“He must be the gardener, maybe he took the body from the tomb,” she thought to herself as she drew closer to him.

“Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will go and get him,” Mary pleaded with him as she looked back at the grave.

With a gentle voice Jesus said,


At the sound of his voice, sorrow and grief fled and joy flooded her heart. She

turned and looked into the eyes of her risen Lord.

“Rabboni!”  she shouted as she ran toward him.

“Do not cling to me for I have not yet ascended to my Father.”

Mary stopped where she was as Jesus continued,

“But go to my brethren and tell them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, and to my God and your God.”  He said as he vanished from her sight.

“He has risen!” Mary shouted.

With inexpressible joy, she ran from the garden to tell the others the good news.

He’s alive!, Jesus is alive! He has risen from the dead! My LORD lives!!” she rejoiced.

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

John 14:1-3 (NKJV)



This story was adapted from the account found in the Gospel of John in the  Bible             *Luke 1:78-79

Prince Among Thieves

  “In the midst of pain, I received peace, at the point of death, my freedom.  And though I will die a condemned man, I will live eternally pardoned.

                                                           – The Thief

     The stars glistened like diamonds against the night sky, while a gentle breeze came through the bedroom window where Pontius Pilate was sleeping.

“Sir,” a voice came beyond the curtain that covered the doorway. “The high priest of the Jews has come to have a word with you.” 

“Tell them to come back later I’m sleeping,” grumbled Pilate.

 “Sir they say it is most urgent that you come out to them and hear the case against the prisoner they have brought to you. They say he claims to be a king!”

  Throwing the covers back he stumbled to the floor.

“Doesn’t anyone ever sleep around here?” Pilate growled as he lit the lamp beside his bed.

“Take them into the courtyard and I will join you there,” he commanded.

“Sir, the Jewish leaders request that you come out to them,” the soldier replied hesitantly.

“Why?” demanded Pilate as he finished getting dressed.

“To come into the Praetorium would make them ceremonially unclean and they would not be able to partake in their Passover feast going on this week.

“These Jews and their feast,” Pilate growled as he walked out of the room to join the soldier who was waiting for him. Together the two men went to the place where the Jews were waiting.

     The soft flickering light from the torches illuminated the courtyard in front of the Praetorium, as the mob that had arrested Jesus waited for Pilate to come and pass judgment. Wiping the sleep from his eyes, Pilate came out to them and said,

“What accusation do you bring against this man?”

“He is a criminal,” they responded.

“Then take him and judge him according to your own law,” Pilate commanded as he turned to leave.

“You know we cannot sentence anyone to death according to the law!the Jews responded.

“Death? What has he done?”

Pilate turned and walked into the courtyard , “Bring the prisoner to me ,”he commanded. As the guards came in with Jesus he observed him as they approached.

“Who is this man? Why do the Jewish leaders want him dead?” Pilate thought to himself.

Jesus stood before Pilate in silence. His face dripping blood and sweat from the beating he received from the temple guards.

“Are you the king of the Jews?”  questioned Pilate.

“Are you speaking for yourself about this concerning me?” Jesus responded.

Am I a Jew? Your own people and the chief priest have delivered you to me!” Leaning forward Pilate continued,

“What have you done?”

“My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now my kingdom is not from here.”

As Pilate stared into the eyes of  Jesus, an uneasy feeling gripped his heart. He arose and came down from the place he was sitting and stood before Jesus. In the dimly lit courtroom the darkness loomed just outside the light of the torches.

“Then you are a king.”

“You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.”

What is the truth?” Pilate said out of frustration as he turned and went back out to the place where the priest and the Jews were gathered. As he approached the crowd Pilate said,”I find no fault in this man!”

“He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee to this place!” the priest cried out. Others among the crowd shouted in agreement with him.

Galilee? Well then, since Galilee is Herod’s jurisdiction take it up with him.”

Pushing Jesus on ahead of them the soldiers along with the Jewish leaders that followed came to the place where Herod was staying, for he had come to Jerusalem for the feast. Awakened by the sound of their voices Herod sent his guard to see what they were up to.

“Sir, the chief priest and the Jews have come from Pilate to bring to you a man they want you to judge.”

 “Interesting,” Herod said to himself. “Bring him to me.”  As they brought Jesus into the room, Herod recognized him.

“I have been hoping to have an opportunity to meet you Jesus. I have heard of  the miracles you have done over the years,” Herod smiled with delight as he approached  Jesus.

“This man is a criminal!” exclaimed the chief priest.

“He even says he is the king of the Jews!” another added as the crowd became agitated again.

Raising his hand to silence them Herod said, “Well, what do you have to say about these accusations Jesus?”

  No response.

“Why do these men want you dead?”

Still no response.

“What miracle will you perform to convince me of your innocence?”

Jesus stood before Herod in silence while the chief priest and the Jews continued to accuse him. When Herod concluded that he was not going to be entertained by him he began to mock Jesus.

“So you’re a king?” Herod said as he took off the robe he was wearing.

“No king should be dressed like you are!” he laughed as he gave it to his chief officer.

“Oh your highness let me help you get dressed!” the officer said sarcastically as he threw the robe over Jesus. Other soldiers joined in by mimicking people Jesus healed  by acting as if they were blind or had a disease  and they were healed miraculously. Herod returned to his chair disappointed.

“Well if you will not talk to me I will not waist anymore of my time with you!  Send him back to Pilate and tell him thanks for the entertainment!” Herod  ordered as he  joined in with the soldiers laughing at Jesus.

   As the sun broke over the horizon the sky was illuminated with the color of red. Pilate sat in the chair in the center of the Praetorium.

 “Pontius,” his wife spoke softly as she came up from behind him.

“Why don’t you go back to bed while there is still enough time to get a little more sleep before you start your day,” she continued as she wrapped her arms around him.

“I am not sleepy anymore, and besides I have already started my day with this man they are trying to convict.”

“I had a dream last night about a man who was brought before you,” his wife said. As she described the dream to him, Pilate became nervous. Unable to stay in the chair any longer he pulled away from his wife and began to pace around the courtroom.

“Pontius what’s wrong?”

“I have seen the man you just described to me! He is the one the Jews want me to crucify!”

“Have nothing to do with this man! He is bad news!” she pleaded with him.

As they were speaking a guard approached them,  “Sir, the Jews have returned from Herod and they are demanding your presence.” 

“Pontius,” she cried out.

He paused for a moment then turned and went with the guard to where the Jews were gathered.

“It is customary to release a prisoner condemned to death during their Passover, surely they will want to release Jesus!” Pilate thought to himself as he walked toward the outer courts. When he arrived the Jews started accusing Jesus while others cried out his innocence. By this time the crowd had grown and all their voices became a loud roar. Raising his hands, Pilate quieted the crowd.

“You have a custom that I should release a prisoner to you in honor of your Passover feast. Do you therefore want me to release to you this man Jesus in whom even I find no fault?” he announced while pointing to Jesus.

The Jewish leaders started to shout,

“We want Barabbas! Give us Barabbas!”

“That man is a thief and a murderer! You want me to release him?”

Pilate stared at Jesus shaking his head in disbelief.

“Take the prisoner and have him scourged,” commanded Pilate.

The soldiers grabbed Jesus and took him into the prison courtyard. There they stripped the robe off of him and bound him to a pole with his hands over his head. The sound of the whip echoed off the prison walls as it came down upon Jesus’ back tearing away the flesh in it’s path of fury.

     Awakened by the sounds coming from the courtyard, the prisoner winced as he felt the pain in his back from the beating he received the day before. The shackles that bound him hand and foot clanged on the floor as he struggled to the window to see what was going on outside. As he looked into the courtyard he observed a man being beaten. Instead of cursing or begging for his life the man remained silent as if he was allowing them to do this to him. When the soldiers had finished scourging Jesus, one of them drew his sword and cut the rope that held Jesus to the pole. Then taking a purple robe he placed it on Jesus’ back and propped him against the pole.

“Wait,” exclaimed another soldier as he came toward Jesus.

“No king is complete without a crown!” He laughed as he forced the crown of thorns into Jesus head causing him to bleed. The other soldiers laughed as they joined in placing a reed in his right hand, then others came and kneeling before Jesus saying, “All hail the king of the Jews!’ Then they spat on him while others slapped him with the reed they gave him and ripped the beard away from his face.  Their laughter filled the courtyard as the prisoner watched in silence.

“What did he do to deserve such treatment from the Romans? Why are they calling him ‘king of the Jews?,” the prisoner thought to himself. Just then the prison doors swung open and some guards came into the main corridor of the prison.

“Get Barabbas and take him to Pilate,” the officer commanded the guards.

The soldiers burst into the cell where Barabbas was being held for execution and threw him out into the hallway of the cell block.

“Move it!” commanded the soldiers as they prodded him along with their spears.

Pilate gathered the Jewish leaders, and the people together in front of the Praetorium in the place called the pavement. Then he ordered the guards to bring out Jesus and presented him to the crowd.

“Behold the man!” he announced.

When Pilate saw Jesus he thought, “Surely they will release him now instead of Barabbas.”  His thoughts were abruptly interrupted as the chief priest and other religious leaders started yelling,

“Crucify him! Crucify him!”

They encouraged the people to join them. Then Pilate silenced the crowd and commanded,

“You take him and crucify him, for I have found no fault in this man!”

Then one of the Jewish leaders responded, “We have a law, and according to our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God!”

At that the crowd began to rise up again. Pilate turned and went into the Praetorium,

“Bring Jesus to me,” he commanded as he walked by the guard.

“Where are you from?” he questioned Jesus as the guards entered the room with him. Using what strength he had left to stand, Jesus spoke not a word in response.

“Are you not speaking to me? Do you not know I have the power to crucify you, and the power to release you?”

Jesus’ body shook with fatigue as he looked up and gazed into the eyes of the man standing before him.

“You could have no power at all against me unless it had not been given to you from above. Therefore the one who delivered me to you has the greater sin.” Breaking away from looking at Jesus, Pilate started walking toward the door. “Bring both of the prisoners out and let the people decide.”

As he took the judgment seat, the guards brought out Jesus on one side and Barabbas on the other.  Pilate stood and quieted the crowd,

“You have brought this man Jesus to me as one who misleads the people. And indeed, having examined him in your presence, I have found no fault in this man concerning those things of which you accuse him. Neither did Herod, for I sent you to him as well. It is my ruling that nothing deserving death ……”

While Pilate was still speaking some of the leaders began to cry out,

“Away with this man and release Barabbas!”

Why, what evil has he done that is worthy of death?”

“If you let this man go, you are not Caesars friend! Whoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar!”

“Do you want me to crucify your king?” Pilate questioned them as he pointed to Jesus.

“We have no king but Caesar!” And the people began to cry out again.  Pilate leaned over to the officer standing next to him.

“Bring me a bowl of water and a towel.”  When the officer returned with the water, Pilate raised his hands to silence the crowd once again. After doing all he could to persuade the crowd to release Jesus he said,

“You have asked for the release of Barabbas in keeping with the tradition of releasing one prisoner to you during your Passover. What then shall I do with Jesus who is called the Christ?”

“Let him be crucified!  Crucify him!”

Pilate began to wash his hands before them saying,

“I am innocent of this man’s blood. You see to it!”

And the people answered and said,

“His blood be on us and on our children!”

With that being said, Pilate released Barabbas, and looked at Jesus.

Everything in him cried out this man’s innocence but the noise of the Jews prevailed.

“Jesus I sentence you to death by crucifixion.”

The soldiers stripped off the purple robe that had dried to his back , and led him away to be crucified.  The sounds of the angry mob filled the city as the people lined the streets to see the men condemned to death as they passed by. Just then the door to the prison cell burst open and the guards came in and seized the two thieves who were awaiting their crucifixion. When they came to the entrance of the prison the light of the sun blinded their eyes. Then the soldiers pushed them down before the wooded cross beams on the ground in front of them.

“Pick it up and get moving!” 

As they came into the main street that led to Golgotha, the prisoner that saw Jesus out the window of his cell recognized him as he walked on ahead of them. Jesus could barely stand much less carry the heavy wooden cross beam as he began to stumble under its weight. As they approached the hill, Jesus fell down out of exhaustion.

“Get up and keep moving!” demanded the soldier as he prodded Jesus with his sword. Staggering to his feet Jesus took a few more steps and fell again. The soldier prodded Jesus with his sword but he was unable to go up the hill carrying his cross. The soldier tuned to the crowd that gathered along the roadside,

“You,” he commanded pointing to Simon from the region of Cyrene. “Carry it, now!” Simon trembled as he came over to Jesus and lifted the cross off of him.

“Come on get moving we haven’t got all day!” the soldier said angrily.

Upon reaching the top of the hill the two thieves watched as they crucified Jesus to the cross. Nailing his hands and feet, the soldiers raised him up with a sign hanging over his head that read “Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews.” Then they crucified the other prisoners along with him, one on his right and the other on his left. As the soldiers guarded the prisoners so no one could come and save them, they began to divide up the garments they had confiscated.

“Wait a minute,” one of the them said as he saw the garment that Jesus had worn.

“This tunic is one piece. Why don’t we cast lots to see who gets it?”

The other soldiers agreed.  As the morning went on the chief priest, and the Jewish leaders began to mock him saying,

“And you said you can rebuild the temple in three days.”

“Why don’t you save yourself?”

“If you are the Son of God, come down off that cross and we will believe you.” 

Then men on the other crosses joined in,

“If you are the Christ, save yourself and us!” said the thief on his right.

Jesus turned his head and looked at him, without saying a word and then he looked up toward heaven and prayed,

“Father forgive them they know not what they do.”

Then thief on the other cross cried out in pain,

 “Don’t you fear the wrath of God even now as we die? We’re getting what we deserve for we are thieves, but this man between us hasn’t done anything wrong! Even now at the point of death he asks God to forgive those who have done this to him, and he has not yelled back at people the who are making fun of him as we ourselves did!”

Then looking over at Jesus and the sign that was over his head the thief said in a trembling voice,

“Lord remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

Jesus turned his head and gazed over at the man on the cross next to him.

“I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”


He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:3-6 (NKJV) 



This story was adapted from the four gospels of the Bible


God is always on the alert, constantly on the lookout for people who are totally committed to him.

2 Chronicles 16:9b  (Message Bible)


Here’s a throwback song that I wore out my eight track on .  This song is by Dallas Holm from late 70’s early 80’s. the video is recent but the song is an ageless classic.  Enjoy 🙂

  For He says, In the time of favor (of an assured welcome) I have listened to and heeded your call, and I have helped you on the day of deliverance (the day of salvation). Behold, now is truly the time for a gracious welcome and acceptance [of you from God]; behold, now is the day of salvation!

2 Corinthians 6:2 (AMP)


When I was in elementary school( before Pintrest), we would make Valentine folders, and hang them on the wall. When class was over we would take a list of  names home with us to make a Valentine cards. Mom would buy a box of assorted cards for me to use. Nowadays you can get them at the dollar tree! On the day of the party we play games and pass out the cards/candy. It was a fun way of making each child feel special/they were valuable. My fondest memory of Valentines day however, was the way my parents celebrated it. Mom would cook something we all (six of us) enjoyed eating, and later that evening, dad would call us all together, and  give us a small heart shaped box of candy or the Whitman sampler chocolates along with a hug as he said ,”Happy Valentines Day!”.

1.)  a sweetheart chosen or complimented on Valentine’s Day  2.) A gift or greeting sent or given especially to a sweetheart on Valentine’s Day; especially :  A greeting card sent on this day. Something (as a movie or piece of writing) expressing uncritical praise or affection : tribute (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

This Valentines weekend write a Valentine to Jesus/God. Make one up or find a verse that says what you want to tell Him. Get creative with it.

How precious is Your steadfast love, O God! The children of men take refuge and put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They relish and feast on the abundance of Your house; and You cause them to drink of the stream of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light. O continue Your loving-kindness to those who know You, Your righteousness (salvation) to the upright in heart. Let not the foot of pride overtake me, and let not the hand of the wicked drive me away.
Psalm 36:7-11 (AMP)

                     PS.  I LOVE YOU JESUS 🙂





Twilight in the Wilderness, (1860), Cleveland ...

READ: Matthew 3:16-17, 4:1-11 

Do you remember what you experienced when you received Jesus?

It has been forty years for me and I can still remember the relief and love I felt that day.

Have you ever been in a worship service or at a concert/meeting ,where the presence of God was Sooo strong you just wanted to stay there? 

Several years ago my church had  concerts at our coffee house on Friday nights. We had local bands play,  sold espresso drinks and had ministry time at the end of the concert. There were several occasions when the presence of God was so strong I wanted to stay there all night.  

Symbolically/spiritually-  we will see what happens when a person becomes born again.  Also there are seemingly endless amounts of truth in these verses, this is just a few of them! (With Gods word there is always more than meets the eye!)

It all started with

16 And when Jesus was baptized, He went up at once out of the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he [John] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him. 17 And behold, a voice from heaven said, This is My Son, My Beloved, in Whom I delight!

Matthew 3:16-17 (AMP)

When a person asks Jesus to be their Savior and Lord they are raised into a new life in God through Christ.

3 Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
4 We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life.
5 For if we have become one with Him by sharing a death like His, we shall also be [one with Him in sharing] His resurrection [by a new life lived for God].

Romans 6:3-5 (AMP)

The Holy Spirit comes and lives inside them (This is referred to as being “Born” of the spirit). God becomes their Father:

14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
15 For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!

Romans 8:14-15 (AMP)

But look what happens next.

1 THEN JESUS was led (guided) by the [Holy] Spirit into the wilderness (desert) to be tempted (tested and tried) by the devil.2 And He went without food for forty days and forty nights, and later He was hungry.
3 And the tempter came………….

Matthew 4:1-3 (AMP)

Notice:  When we go without spending time regularly in Gods word it is the same as not eating! We get hungry(depleted) and that is when the “tempter” (devil) comes! He will always question your position(Who you are in Christ) and your authority (Jesus gave you His!)

“THEN” HAPPENS! Monday always follow Sunday, nighttime follows the day.

“Then” is after the music stops and everyone has gone home, the seats are empty and the lights are turned off.  When you are all alone and you start to get hungry

“Then” the tempter (the devil) comes..

 Remember what God has promised (His Word concerning) you  and know you are NEVER alone ( I will not leave you orphans -Jesus). Know who you are in Christ when the devil starts questioning who you are with, “If you are...


The following are some scripture verses you need to affirm (write down, speak out loud, and say often) so you will be prepared when “the tempter comes”

39 And that through Him everyone who believes [who acknowledges Jesus as his Savior and devotes himself to Him] is absolved (cleared and freed) from every charge from which he could not be justified and freed by the Law of Moses and given right standing with God.

Acts 13:39 (AMP)

1 THEREFORE, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.

Romans 8:1 (AMP)


17 Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

 2 Corinthians 5:17 (AMP)

24 [All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus,

Romans 3:24 (AMP)


1 THEREFORE, SINCE we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).  

Romans 5:1 (AMP)


Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.
For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers,nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:37-39 (AMP)

16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever–
17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
John 14:16-18 (NKJV)

For further study read: ROMANS