Temporary Riches

Proverbs 27:24 (NIV) For riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.
Matthew 6:19 (NIV) Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

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Blessed are those who believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

John 20:24-29 (NIV) 24  Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25  So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it." 26  A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" 27  Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." 28  Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!" 29  Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

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Jesus’ Resurrection Guaranties Our Own

Isaiah 26:19 (NIV)   But your dead will live; their bodies will rise. You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy. Your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead.

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Where our Easter Hope Comes from.

Revelation 1:5-6 (NIV)  [Our hope and faith is] from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6  and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father--to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

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Easter is About the Resurrection

John 11:25 (NIV)  Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies."

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He suffered much for you and for me.

Matthew 16:21 (TEV)  From that time on Jesus began to say plainly to his disciples, "I must go to Jerusalem and suffer much from the elders, the chief priests, and the teachers of the Law. I will be put to death, but three days later I will be raised to life."

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It’s time to start carrying, then following.

Mark 8:34-38 (NIV) 34  Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the Gospel will save it. 36  What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? 37  Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 38  If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels."

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Live by Faith

Romans 1:17 (NIV)   For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."

Christian faith is a grand cathedral, with divinely pictured windows. Standing without, you see no glory, nor can imagine any. But standing within, every ray of light reveals a harmony of unspeakable splendors. -- Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 198.

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Teach Us

Luke 12:12 (NIV)    "For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say."

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He hung on a tree for you and for me!

Galatians 3:13-14 (NIV) 13  Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." 14  He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

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