Happy Easter

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Easter, which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, is one of Christianity’s most important holiday.

Easter is about how Jesus died for our sins on the cross and then came back to life on the third day. Christians believe, according to Scripture, that Jesus came back to life, or was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the cross. We call Easter “Jesus’ Resurrection Day!”

The true Easter story begins with the story of Christmas. The Christmas story tells how God sent Jesus to this earth as a baby. Jesus was not only a man but also God in human form. As Jesus grew up, He never sinned, which means He never displeased God.

Jesus knew that everyone else does sin, though. We all sin when we do, say, and think wrong things that displease God. Because of our sin, we deserve to spend eternity without God. But, because God loves us, He sent Jesus to give us a way to spend eternity in heaven with Him. Jesus didn’t deserve to die, since He had never sinned. But He died on the cross to take the punishment we deserve for our sins. Three days later, God brought Jesus back to life. If we believe and trust in Jesus to forgive us from our sins, we’ll go to heaven to be with Him when we die.

For Christians, Easter is the time when we remember what Jesus did for us—He died for our sins, came back to life, and is now waiting for us in heaven!

Bible Truths

Matthew 12:40
For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (ESV)

1 Corinthians 15:3–8
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. (ESV)

“He himself carried our sins in his body on the cross. He did it so that we would die as far as sins are concerned. Then we would lead godly lives. His wounds have made you whole” (1 Peter 2:24).

“Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In his great mercy he has given us a new birth and a hope that is alive. It is alive because Jesus Christ rose from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).

“God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life” (John 3:16)

USE THE PICTURES FREELY

Christmas marks Christ’s birthday and Easter celebrates His dead and resurrection four our sins,  and that  honors Him. 
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But as to Lev 23:1 The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘These are my appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of the LORD, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies” that undeniably was written to the Jews only, a now obsolete , expired  Mosaic law that Christians are set free from,and thus  do not celebrate
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As sure as death and taxes, all human beings are born on a particular day. Everyone has a birth date. Since God wants people to celebrate life abundantly (John 10:10),   this includes  celebrating their  birthdays.
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It is natural for the Devil to oppose  all these celebrations so he teaches the lies about them. Without the Holy Spirit”s help you can misinterpret the whole bible now too and never know the truth.
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The days of the week are named after pagan gods: Sunday is named after the sun god, Monday after the moon god, Thursday after Thor, Saturday after Saturn, etc. 
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The names of the months are based on pagan gods and festivities: January is named after Janus – the Roman god of gates and doorways, February is named after Februa — the Roman festival of purification, etc. 
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Because  each of the days of the week is named after a pagan god, must we then stop using those names? Does God truly feel dishonored because we call Sunday “Sunday” or call Monday “Monday,” etc? No..
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The Bible does not speak against celebrating holidays.
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 Rom 14:5 One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6  He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 
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Apostle Paul instructed early believers that just because meat had been dedicated by a pagan butcher to an idol (had pagan origins), there was no direct harm in eating the meat. Meat was just meat and could be eaten without fear of offending God or becoming spiritually corrupted. (On our freedom to eat meat offered to idols read 1 Cor 10:14-33 & Rom 14:1-15:7.) 
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Rom 14:14  As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean. 
1 Cor 10:25  Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, 26  for, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”  
1 Cor 10:30  If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for? 31  So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 
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Our exercise of liberty is a reflection of the grace of the gospel, brought by the result of Christ death for us,  – our  freedom from all  legalism. 
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1 Cor 10:23  All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.  
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Rom 14:2  One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3  The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. 4  Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. 
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1 Cor 10:30  If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for? 31  So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 
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Rom 14:10  You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11  It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.'” 12  So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. 
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In Titus 1:15 the Apostle also warns against those who see evil in almost anything and condemn it. For these people, a lot of things have the appearance of evil, but purity is first of all a matter of the mind and conscience, not merely the external. “To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.” (NASB).
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Nor is it wrong to celebrate a Marriage.
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Just because the world distorts something, that does not make it evil if we avoid the distortions and use it as God intended or in a way that does not go contrary to God’s character and holiness. A good illustration is the beauty of sexual love within the bonds of marriage.
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John 2 :2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
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Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
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Hyperliteralism is the false use of Scripture. Such an approach completely misses the spirit and intent of the Bible. Hyperliteralism (or letterism) is an intense devotion to the details of the Bible in such a way that one misses the spirit and essential thrust of a passage. Mountains are made out of mole hills and the truth is missed. One is busy counting the number of letters in a sentence rather than listening to its instruction.
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And  the New Testament does take priority over the Old Testament. 
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Colossians 2:16-17 Therefore let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day– 17 things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.
Colossians 2:16 and 17 in no way forbids believers from commemorating something such as the birth of Christ if it is done out of love, devotion, and the joy the season gives when used as a way of focusing on the Savior and not as a religious duty. The issue is not the observance, but the reason, the attitudes and the spirit in which it is done.
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There is a  New Testament precedent for believers meeting together on Sunday. In essence this is a celebration of the Lord’s resurrection. The early church automatically did this, 
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Even without seeking special significance in the traditions of Christmas, Easter you could still celebrate these seasons for the joy  the season can bring. Unless  you are falsely an unjoyfull person who has nothing good to celebrate about..
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Deuteronomy 12-7 And there ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee.
1 Samuel 2- 1 And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.
Deuteronomy 30- 9 And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:
1 Chronicles 16-10 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
Psalms 20-5 We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions.
Psalms 21-1 The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
Psalms 28-7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
Psalms 32-11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
Psalms 33-1 Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.
Psalms 35-9 And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.
Psalms 40-16 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.
Psalms 97-12 Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
Psalms 98-4 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
Psalms 104-31 The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works.
Psalms 105-3 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
Psalms 118-24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Isaiah 25-9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
Isaiah 29-19 The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
Isaiah 61-10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
Isaiah 65-13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:
Joel 2-21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.
23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
Habakkuk 3-18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Zephaniah 3- 17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
Psalms 14-7 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
Zechariah 2 –10 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD.
Luke 10 –21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
Philippians 3-1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.
Philippians 4-4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
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But avoid all occult involvement
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Deu 18:9  When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 10  Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. (Lev 19:26; 20:6)  
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 God takes occultism so seriously that under the Old Covenant, He decreed that practitioners of occultism were to be executed
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Lev 20:27  “‘A man or woman who is a medium or spiritist among you must be put to death. You are to stone them; their blood will be on their own heads.'” (Also Ex 22:18)  
Gal 5:19  The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20  idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions  
Eph 5:11  Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.  
2 Cor 6:16  What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” 17  “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”
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I am a Canadian, retired and I do have an Engineering degree, from Concordia University , Montreal 1968, plus I had also now worked as a Re/Max Realtor in Calgary too.
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