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Would you know it was Jesus?

Would you know it was Jesus?

Who else saw Jesus see after he had shed his burial clothes?

Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaeus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. (Luke 24) They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them, but they were kept from recognizing him. This I do not understand--somehow, his…

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Added by Christine on April 28, 2011 at 7:52am — No Comments

The Epicenter of Christianity.

The Epicenter of Christianity.  Today's Scripture from Luke 24 and John 20

So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was…

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Added by Christine on April 27, 2011 at 8:04am — No Comments

A Most Blessed Easter.

Christ is risen . . . He has risen indeed!   Did you say that at church yesterday?  This year, my Easter celebration was uniquely punctuated by sunset at the beach.  I’ll get back to that, but for now, how blessed are we to go to church two thousand years after the resurrection and celebrate what took place on that Sunday so long ago?!

Remember?  “On the first day of the week, at early dawn, they [the women] went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the…

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Added by Christine on April 26, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Crucified, buried . . .

Crucified, buried . . . Finally, the procession reaches the top of Mount Calvary--Jesus and two criminals are to be crucified.  Jesus is stripped naked, his bruised and bloodied arms outstretched on the rough wood--a five-inch long, three-eighths-inch square nail is driven through each of his hands--actually, more the wrists. Crucifixion is meant to be humiliating beyond compare, excruciating without any other equal, as each painful hour drags by before death by suffocation eventually…

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Added by Christine on April 23, 2011 at 10:23am — No Comments

A Friend Lightens the Load. Holy Week - Good Friday

A FRIEND LIGHTENS THE LOAD.  And as they led Him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country and laid on him the cross to carry it behind Jesus. And there followed Him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for Him. Luke 23.26 and following. . .

Good Morning, Friends.

We follow Jesus on the road to the crucifixion . . . I was trying to devise something encouraging out of this very heavy passage, realizing how…

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Added by Christine on April 22, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Jesus tortured – would you have spoken up?

The biblical accounts from Luke 23 and Matthew 27:

JESUS BEFORE HEROD ANTIPAS. When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had wanted to see him; in fact, he was hoping to see him perform some sort of miracle. He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave no answer. The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing our Lord in an elegant robe, they…

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Added by Christine on April 21, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Jesus on trial – Holy Week

We left Jesus standing before the Sanhedrin, with Caiaphas saying, 'we don't need any more witnesses--we heard all we need to hear,' planning to send Jesus to Pilate, governor of Judah~

There is no doubt that this was the most famous and the most important trial in all of history, so let’s take a look at the accounts from all four gospels, as Jesus begins his civil trial.

They bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate, the governor. By now it was early morning,…

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Added by Christine on April 20, 2011 at 8:06am — No Comments

Who is this Man? Holy Week - Luke 22.63-71

Jesus finishes his time of agonizing prayer, and returns to his men, barely in time for his friend, Judas, to step forward and kiss him . . . ensuring those who had come to arrest him, that he was indeed The Man.  Luke continues with the events of that night:

The men who were guarding Jesus began mocking him and beating him. They blindfolded him and demanded, "Prophesy! Who hit you?" And they said many other insulting things to him. At daybreak the council of the elders of the people,…

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Added by Christine on April 19, 2011 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Prayer in the Garden. Luke 22.39-46

And so Jesus departs from the Upper Room . . . and begins the quiet march toward his arrest.  He returns again this night to the Mount of Olives, and stops in the garden that we hold so dear, the Garden of Gethsemane, where he prayed to his Father, about the agony that was soon to come upon him. . .  Luke 22.39-46 -  www.biblegateway.com

Good Morning~ 

Let's think for a moment about what it must have been…

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Added by Christine on April 18, 2011 at 7:21am — 1 Comment

Isn't it ironic? Luke 22 - Holy Week

Irony that hurts

Isn't it ironic. . .

An old man turned ninety-eight

He won the lottery and died the next day

It's a black fly in your Chardonnay

It's a death row pardon two minutes too late

And isn't it ironic?

It's like rain on your wedding day

It's a free ride when you've already paid

It's the good advice that you just didn't take

Who would've thought... that this tune would have run through my head as I…

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Added by Christine on April 15, 2011 at 8:33am — No Comments

Dinner is served---Passover or Lord's Supper? Luke 22.14-23

Good Morning~

At sundown of that same day, thirteen men met to celebrate the Passover in a great gray hall, an upper room in a house on Mount Zion, the northeast corner of the height of Jerusalem. In the tall-roofed chamber with heavy beams holding up the ceiling, the only furnishings were rattan divans and a long oaken table, on which tall candles were burning. The flickering flames played upon the sturdy figures of the Apostles, and repeated them in distorted shadows against the…

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Added by Christine on April 14, 2011 at 7:36am — No Comments

From Rome to Jerusalem—in preparation.

Let us shift our focus from Rome back to Jerusalem and cast our gaze toward the Upper Room.  It is Passover time, so the city is teeming with people.  All Jewish males over the age of 12 were required to go there for the festival, which was followed by a seven-day celebration called the Festival of Unleavened Bread. For these festivals, Jews from all over the Roman Empire would converge on Jerusalem to celebrate the most important events in their history. You will remember that the Passover…

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Added by Christine on April 13, 2011 at 7:44am — No Comments

Chosen—too marvelous for words.

I asked you the other day whether or not you believe that you are chosen by God.  God chose you and me to love him and enjoy his love forever.

I hope that the word “chosen” speaks to you.  As children of God, we are God’s chosen ones.  Chosen means you are wanted, your company is sought after—I like that.  When I know that I am chosen, I know that I have been seen as a special person.  Someone has noticed me in my uniqueness and has expressed a desire to know me, to come closer to me,…

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Added by Christine on April 12, 2011 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

A note from Christine

Hello, Friends~





I will be taking a break, and will get back on-line soon.  Until then, there are many, many Morning Briefings on www.pastorwoman.com, divided by subjects and books of the Bible, listed under "Powerful Bible Teaching".



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Added by Christine on April 7, 2011 at 8:46am — No Comments

Do you think God chose you? Romans 8.28-30

Do you believe that you were chosen by God?  I mean, chosen out from all the rest, which would follow then, that some were not chosen?  Hmmm.

We have looked at Romans 8, verse 28, from a couple different angles—today, please consider how it leads into the thoughts which come after it:  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  And now, today’s text:  “For those God foreknew he also predestined…

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Added by Christine on April 6, 2011 at 8:49am — No Comments

These are great ‘reads’!

Christine Todd DiGiacomo

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Added by Christine on April 5, 2011 at 9:54am — No Comments

Text-messaging and prayer. Romans 8.26; Psalm 46.10

DON’T CALL ME, I WON’T CALL YOU. The headline totally caught my attention, as I caught up on reading my Sunday New York Times from March 20. Have you noticed that telephone usage has changed a lot in the last 20 years? I mean—think of it—we went from most every household having a home phone, with teen-agers’ hoping for an extension in their bedrooms—to fewer and fewer homes using their landlines, if they even have them! Most folks—especially our teens—rely almost exclusively on their cell… Continue

Added by Christine on April 4, 2011 at 7:44am — No Comments

God works for good . . . YOU GOTTA READ THIS ONE. Romans 8.28

She is an amazing lady—now more amazing than any of us knew before!  Her calling in life has been to advocate for schoolchildren who are unable to maintain in the convention classroom setting, who have special challenges . . .  and without her, honestly, would be lost.  She is an angel to hundreds—both students and forever-devoted grateful parents.  Let’s call her ‘Cherie’.

Cherie had not been feeling well for a while, and in the final analysis, scans, a scope, blood work, etc.…

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Added by Christine on April 1, 2011 at 8:48am — 2 Comments

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