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April 2019:

He IS Risen!

The Easter season is rapidly approaching again, and the April edition of the Blue Ridge Christian News celebrates the season with the GOOD NEWS that He IS Risen!

Doug Harrell's column takes a closer look at what we celebrate each Easter, and we feature a story by Hannah Hensley celebrating the breaking of bread together as a family. We also have excellent articles on rejection by Christy Young; Alan Griffin tells the story of the woman at the well with a modern twist; and Pastor Chris Rathbone gives his own take on the Easter season, just to name a few. There is so much in the edition that we’re sure you will find something to uplift you!

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I have no other commentary today. He willingly and lovingly gave His life for you and me so that we might spend eternity with Him! I love and appreciate each of you and am so thankful for God's mercy and grace - Brian

John 19
1 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.
2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,
3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.
4 Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.
5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!
6 When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.
7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.
8 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid;
9 And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer.
10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?
11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.
12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.
13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.
14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!
15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.
16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.
17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:
18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.
19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.
21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.
22 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.
23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.
24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.
25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.
26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!
27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.
28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.
29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.
30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
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CK’s response to a secularist who fears Christians want a Christian Theocracy.

___________, I am persuaded that the greater part of America no longer understands the good fortune that they have inherited by living in a Constitutional Republic and a nation that has a Christian foundation. Here are some thoughts that may be of interest to you:

1. I try to see God's purposes in history, especially in the unique history of America starting at Apostle Paul's dream (60 AD) to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to Macedonia. He tried to take the gospel to Asia, points south and east, but was prevented by the Holy Spirit. Over the generations it eventually went to Greece, Spain, France, Germany, England and then to America. This was not an accident in history. Secular historians are incapable of understanding the wonders of God's purposes in history because they don't consider His plan of redemption throughout the Ages for all mankind. America was especially blessed because we incorporated 'inalienable rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness' into our Declaration of Independence. We also believed these rights came from God (for all mankind to enjoy) and that America would be the shinning nation on a hill for all the world to see. Secularist can't understand these ideas and find themselves focusing on the events, causes and effects of nations.
2. The correct way to understand Article I and the protections we have to free speech is to realize:

a) The Founders wanted our posterity to have the God given right to speak the truth, not deceptions, disinformation and propaganda that more often than not comes from the left. The idea that Marxist socialism, which is a rejection of the existence of God and is dominating the democrat party, has the same value as conservative Christian teachings is NUTS. Literally all the Delegates at the 1787 Constitutional Convention were God fearing men and virtually all of them were professing Christians. When they drafted the 1st Amendment, they acknowledged that each man has the right to believe what their consciences dictate. However, they never intended that our Constitution and Christian heritage would be considered no better than Islam, Hindi, Buddha, Nazism, Communism, etc. Men of other religions have been given the right (by Christian men) to believe what they want, but they were never given the right to usurp the authority of our Christian faith from our people and nation.
b) Because Americans incorporated Biblical values into our institutions, Churches, government, judiciary, monuments, books, etc., we became a special nation to the Lord because His purposes are being accomplished through America’s 300,000 Churches, 400,000 preachers, 18,000 missionaries, thousands of charities, unwavering defense of Israel and more. In fact, America has become the bulwark for all freedom loving peoples because God made us the richest, most powerful, and politically influential nation on the planet. America’s might was responsible for: 1) helping the Allies win two World Wars, 2) destroying Nazi Germany and the empire of Japan, and 3) stopping Stalinist Russia and Mao Tse Tung in Communist China (both having caused the slaughter of 100+ million people in the 20th Century) from their Communist expansionist plans to dominate all nations during the Cold War. We never conquered a nation to subjugate them to our will, but rather allowed them to establish their own governments so they can live as a free people. I am persuaded that these truths are worth bragging on and thanking the Lord for, not denigrating.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; AND THE PEOPLE WHOM HE HATH CHOSEN FOR HIS OWN INHERITANCE.” (Psalms 33:12)

“And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;” (Acts 17:26)

America is not an accident in history. We are an unworthy people who have believed that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Lord for all who humbly come to Him for forgiveness of their sins. Our Christian heritage, which came from England, taught us who the Son of God is (Jesus Christ) and that He is not equal to, but superior to all others.
c) Your fear that Christians today want to set up a Theocracy is ill conceived. As explained above, Christians created the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and Bill of Rights to prevent men from forming a theocracy in America. Our ancestors come to America to escape Monarchies and Theocratic governments in Europe. You would do well to brag on the liberties and freedoms God gave you rather than joining with secular voices who decry Christians.

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

“And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, SIRS, WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.” (Acts 16:27-34)

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