Following Christ

Following Christ has two requirements:
Believing, and acting like you do.
–Our Daily Bread, May 15, 2011

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Easter Holy Week Resources for Free

I tutor students in my home. One of the subjects I teach is Bible for a student. I gathered information to use for Holy Week. I uploaded it to my online teachers store for free to anyone who wants it. I am, also, offering it to anyone who reads this post on my blog, for free. Read below (in the bold) what the file contains.

If you want it, you can get it from my file sharing account. Just contact me on the form provided at the bottom of the post and let me know you would like the file and I will send you the link.

This zip file is not a curriculum. It provides resources and reference materials for use when teaching about Holy Week through to Jesus’ resurrection. The folder contains material that can be used for kids, teens, or adults. This file can be also be used for personal study.

It is offered for free to you, but please do not take credit for what is contained. It is provided for your use. Some of the material is created by me. Other material is freely downloaded in PDF format from various websites on the internet. The material that is produced by others is notated in the documents. You will also find documents with links to various other material that can be used.

Some of the material is in PowerPoint show format for all versions from 1997 to 2016.

Some PowerPoints were created by me on various topics related to the Holy Week.  There are Bible verses we have memorized in the past or present, along with one that is on an 8 ½ by 11-inch document. One PowerPoint is on some of the Old Testament verses on the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

I use approximately 32 PowerPoints to tell the Bible stories from the Saturday before Palm Sunday through the Resurrection. I cannot include these, but the source link is included. They come from an invaluable website that offers Bible stories in various formats for free. (www.freebibleimages.com)

ALL of the PowerPoints can be printed in PDF format, whether mine or from the Free Bible Images website.

Other documents in the file are:

  • The Easter story scriptures KJV
  • A scripture reading schedule for the week
  • Holy Week parables
  • Holy Week timelines
  • Olivet Discourse
  • Reason for the Easter date
  • Lessons for the final week
  • Links to some YouTube videos

No Greater Love

The immensity of God’s love is insurmountable! It is hard to imagine the depth of His love! He created man for His glory and for His pleasure. (Isaiah 43:7, Revelation 4:11)

He knew there would be those who would always love and follow Him. (John 10:27-29) He knew that they would not all choose to love Him. He knew that some would choose to love Him if they just knew about Him. He knew that there would be many who would give their everything, including their lives, for Him, so that others might know about Him. (Isaiah 46:10)

So, when God created man, He already knew what would happen and He had a plan in place. That thread of redemption can be followed through the whole Bible.

  1. Bible story excerpts showing the scarlet thread of redemption through all the Bible is downloadable, in a free PowerPoint or other format from this site.
  2. “The Big Story” from The Gospel Project, a 5 minute video, View it here.

And He provided a way for man to choose to love and follow Him—His only son, Jesus. Jesus who is a part of the Father. (John 10:30) Jesus was sent by the Father to accomplish one thing, only one. To give His life on the cross so that man might have a way to be saved from his sins and live with God forever. (Matthew 20:28) For more verses on His love go to this website.

Then, on top of that, God had it all written down in a handbook for life—the Bible. Now all man must do is study the Bible to find how to live God’s way and accept His salvation provided through Jesus Christ alone. (Micah 6:8)

What love our Heavenly Father had for us! Using a saying of our modern times, it is hard to wrap your mind around that! Oh, such love! Immeasurable! Glorious! Wonderful! Amazing!

We love him, because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19 Check out this link for more verses about His love.

Let Me Tell You About My Savior

Now at the age, where in the United States I am considered a senior citizen, I can look back over the years and see how the Lord has worked in my life. I came to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as my Savior when I was 15. Because of the consistent and repeated testimony in books I was reading, I asked the Lord to be my Savior when I was at band camp. Through the years, He guided as I grew up in His family.

Through His leading in college from a godly couple, I began working as a Christian school teacher. Though I failed the Lord many times, He never failed me.

I had to take a medical retirement from the Christian ministry I was in for more than 37 years in 2010. Because of the rare disease, I have, I am limited to what I can do outside of my home. But the Lord led me to home schooling and tutoring. Times have been tough, but He has provided so many amazing times.

It is so hard, with our earth-bound minds, to wrap our understanding and thoughts about what it was God, our heavenly father, did for us because of His love. He separated a part of Himself, His Son, and sent Jesus to earth.

Jesus came for us. It doesn’t matter what our size, shape, language, education, eye color, or skin color is. To quote the angel when announcing Jesus’ birth to the shepherds: “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” Luke 2:10

But, the only way we can have Jesus Christ as our Savior, is to realize we are sinners, lost without Him. We must believe He is the only Son of God, who came to earth to die on the cross for our sins, and rise from the grave to ascend to Heaven.

Do you know Jesus Christ has your personal Savior? The Romans Road describes the only way to Heaven. Study it, learn it, and follow it! You will never regret it! This is for eternity!

 Everyone Needs Salvation

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

Jesus Died for Our Salvation

But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

 Salvation Is a Gift

The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

 We Are Saved by Grace

And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. (Romans 11:6)

 Salvation Comes Through Faith

To him that … believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. (Romans 4:5)

 God Saves All Who Call Upon Him

Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)

The Bible says there are two roads in life: one is the way to eternal joy in Heaven, and the other leads to eternal punishment in Hell. Which road are you on? When you reach death’s door and go through it the road ahead will be set by what you do in this present life. Please, do not put it off!

Follow the Romans Road to your personal salvation today. Recognize that you are a sinner and that your sin must be judged by God. Jesus died to pay the penalty for your sin, but you must choose to accept His provision. Understand that you cannot earn your way to Heaven through good works or religious activity. Now turn to God and put your faith in Jesus Christ who died for you and rose again.

 If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9,10)

What love our heavenly Father had for His creation, it’s amazing! Not accepting His great love and not living for Him hurts His heart.

Christmas Story in Chronological Scripture Order

I tutor students. We start each day with Bible reading. Starting the first school day after Thanksgiving, we daily read the whole Christmas story in chronological order in the Scripture. We start with the announcement to Zacharias (also called Zachariah) and Elizabeth concerning the birth of John, who later became John the Baptist. We stop after we have read to Joseph and Mary’s return from Egypt and going to Nazareth. I have the list below.

Each time I have done this or read the scripture or heard the story, I find that there are details I have forgotten or missed.

For one thing, John would have been two years old, also, when Herod sent out the soldiers to kill all the baby boys two years old and younger, not just in Bethlehem, but in all the surrounding country side. Zacharias and Elizabeth, too, would have had to escape from Herod’s soldiers or hide John. While we do not know from the Bible, we can logically assume it had to be the same for John. He was only six months older than Jesus.

Another thing where many people make a mistake (as I have in the past), is that the wise men did not come to see the baby Jesus in the stable. He was a toddler and they were living in a house. (Matthew 2:11)

Jesus was about two years old when Joseph and Mary had to flee to Egypt. He had to be about two years old for Herod to make the decision to have all the baby boys two years old and younger killed. (Matthew 2:10)

When reading the full story of the birth of Christ, it is necessary to read both in Matthew and Luke. Reading it in chronological order really gives a wonderful perspective.

  •  Luke 1:5-80
  • Matthew 1:18-24
  • Luke 2:1-7
  • Matthew 1:25
  • Luke 2:8-38
  • Matthew 2:1-23
  • Luke 2:39-40

 

We Can Serve God With Our Prayers

Because of a rare disease, I am unable to go to church. I am very thankful to the Lord for the internet and that my church is on the internet. So I can watch a whole service as though I am there. Click here to see it. This disease also limits my serving God.

I have been reading Our Daily Bread devotionals for more than forty years. I truly appreciate what I have learned over the years. Today’s devotional reading (December 11, 2016) really touched me. Even when you are limited, you can always serve God with your prayers. That is the title of the devotion. You can read it here. It has the title of “Serving God with Our Prayers.” I cannot say it any better.

Thank you Lord for all you have done for me! I can never praise you enough for all the ways you have guided me through these years. Lord, these last few years have not been easy, but knowing you are there beside me and guiding me in all the things that you do, makes it all so much easier. I cannot forget what you have done and pray I will never forget them! Today I pray that anyone who reads this post will go and read the devotional and see how they can serve you in prayer. You have been emphasizing this to me this weekend, I pray I may be better than I have been. Thank you Lord for your forgiveness and most of all you love! Amen.

I hope to be able to post more frequently than I have done in the past. To those of you who are reading this now, the Lord bless you and keep you safe by night and day and may someday in the Lord’s kingdom we meet face to face!

Not by Works Ephesians 2:8-9

We are sinners saved by grace, a gift of God. We are not rescued from our sins and saved for heaven by what we do.

Here is a link with one of the best explanations of grace I have heard.  http://www.rejoicetv.org/RTVMessages.aspx

If the link does not work, go to http://www.rejoicetv.org, click on the button on the left side, View and Listen to Messages Online, which takes you to Rejoice TV Messages. Then scroll to the listing of messages and depending upon when you do this, scroll to the message for January 3, 2016, titled “Great Grace in Galatians.”