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The power to give hope…

By Bobby Schuller, Hour of Power Pastor

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
-John 3:16

All Christians know that Easter is important to our salvation, to our being Christians. However, in my experience, most Christians would have a tough time explaining why it is important.

Christians love to talk about the cross and they should. Jesus freely gives his life on the cross for us, and takes our sin upon him. Therefore, Christians are usually very good at explaining how the cross is a part of our salvation. Most Christians would say that the resurrection of Jesus, which we celebrate on Easter, is actually more important than the very important aspect of the cross. That’s why Easter is a bigger day than Good Friday. Even so, most Christians have a tough time explaining why Easter is so important.

This is the answer: On Easter, when Jesus was resurrected from the dead, it proved that he was Lord of everything, but particularly death and life. It proved that Jesus had the power to give and take and resurrect life. When he actually resurrected himself, he proved that he had this power that gives us hope.

Prayer: Dear Lord, through your resurrection, you’ve given me hope for eternity. Amen.

Reflection: Does Jesus’ resurrection give you hope? Hope for what?

Mark Burnett Reveals Feature Version of ‘The Bible’ Is Finished Editing.


Mark Burnett
Mark Burnett revealed Sunday that he has made progress on the upcoming movie version of the famed television miniseriesThe Bible.’

Mark Burnett revealed this weekend that he has made progress on the upcoming movie version of the famed television miniseries The Bible.

Charisma News reported in April that Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey, were preparing a three-hour movie version of the hit series, which aired on the History Channel. Burnett spoke with the national executive director of the Producers Guild of America, Vance Van Petten, in a panel on Sunday, saying he had just finished editing a 2-hour-15-minute version of the series that will focus on the life of Jesus.

“It’s the most important story in the history of the world,” Burnett told a room full of producers, according to The Wrap. “It’s completely true … I know it’s true … because I feel it in me.”

The producer—who also created SurvivorCelebrity Apprentice and The Voice—said he believes in the next decade and a half, more people will have seen The Bible than those who have not.

“I believe that in the next 15 years, more people on the planet will have seen our Bible series that haven’t seen it,” Deadline reported him saying.

The Bible debuted on March 3 to 13.1 million viewers, becoming the highest-rated cable show of the year. On Easter Sunday, 11.7 million viewers tuned in to its last episode. It is also the fastest-selling DVD for a miniseries ever.

“It’s a God voice,” Burnett told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s clearly a calling; clearly, we felt it was something we had to do, and too many things happened to explain it any other way. It’s a juggernaut, and it’s not going to slow down.”



Coptic Cleric Says He Will Sue Israeli Police for Abuse.

JERUSALEM — An Egyptian Coptic cleric who was mistreated during Orthodox Easter services is threatening to sue.

Video supplied to The Associated Press shows Israeli police shoving Arsanious el-Orshalimi and putting him in a headlock. The incident took place during Orthodox Christian Holy Saturday in Jerusalem’s Old City earlier this month.

The event drew thousands of people to the area, and hundreds of Israeli police were on guard.

A dozen church leaders in the Holy Land later signed a letter expressing concern over the incident.

El-Orshalimi says he will not remain silent and will “take this issue to court because of all the pain that I suffered.”

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Friday the officers involved are being questioned.

He said police will work to prevent such incidents in the future.

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A Mother Who Brought Her Child To Jesus (Mother’s Day).

Dr. Stan Coffey
Matthew 15:21-28

A. She Came To Jesus Tearfully
B. She Came To Jesus Humbly
A. The Desperate Request
B. The Disciples Rebuke
C. The Dilemma Resolved

The “Mother” of Mother’s Day is Anna Jarvis who spent forty years developing the concept. Her passion to create the special day of recognition resulted in a presidential proclamation by Woodrow Wilson in 1914. As a result of her efforts Mother’s Day

has become a sacred celebration in our country. Sons and daughters shower their mothers with cards, gifts, and flowers. Many attend church on mothers day who do not usually attend because their mothers request them to do so. Next to Easter mothers day

is the most well attended church service in the year. Most everyone desires to honor the one who gave them physical life. Men also want to honor their wives on this special day. Many of us feel like Abraham Lincoln who said “all that I am or ever will be I owe to my

mother.” There is nothing like a mother’s love. She not only is the giver of life but she is the protector and nurturer of her children. I want us to look today at a mother who is like many of our mothers. She is a mother who desperately sought Jesus because of her child’s affliction.


We read in verse 21, “Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. ” on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon possessed.’
She indeed was a troubled mother. I heard of woman who telephoned a friend and asked how she was feeling. Terrible, came the reply over the phone. My head’s splitting. My

back and legs are killing me, the house is a mess, and the children are driving me crazy.
Very sympathetically the caller said, Listen go and lie down and I’ll come over and cook the meal and clean up for you while you get some rest. By the way how is your husband

The complaining housewife said, I don’t have a husband named Bill. My heavens exclaimed the first woman, I must have dialed the wrong number!! There was a long pause and the tired housewife said, Are you still coming over to cook and clean up for

me? In every household there are troubled mothers. But the mother in our text had a severe problem with her child. She said “my daughter is severely demon possessed.”
Let me say to every mother today there are two things you need to recognize: first,

there is a devil and second, he is out to destroy your children. I Peter 5:8 says “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.” Picture in your mind a precious innocent child; suddenly a vicious lion is about to pounce on them to devour them. That is the picture the Bible

gives us about Satan. He may try to destroy your child with re …

“Christos Anesti” – Christ is Risen in Greek.

Greek Easter Hymn

Enhance your Greek Easter worship with these words to the treasured Orthodox Easterhymn, “Christos Anesti,” in the Greek language, including the transliteration, and words in English.


Χριστός ανέστη εκ νεκρών, θανάτω θάνατον πατήσας, και τοις εν τοις μνήμασι ζωήν χαρισάμενος.


(Accented syllables are in bold type.)

Christos Anesti ek nekron, thanato thanaton patisas, kai tis en tis mnimasi zoin harisamenos.


Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and to those in the tombs, granting life.

By , Guide

Orthodox Easter.

Greek Easter Pastry

Greek Easter Pastry

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Customs, Traditions and Foods of Orthodox Easter

Easter season is the most significant and sacred time of the Orthodox Church calendar. Orthodox Easter consists of a series of celebrations (movable feasts) commemorating the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. In Eastern Orthodox Christianity, the spiritual preparations begin with Great Lent, a 40-day period of self-examination and fasting (including Sundays), which starts onClean Monday and culminates on Lazarus Saturday. Clean Monday falls seven weeks before Easter Sunday. The term “Clean Monday” refers to a cleansing from sinful attitudes through the Lenten fast. Lazarus Saturday occurs eight days before Easter Sunday and signifies the end of Great Lent.Next comes Palm Sunday, one week before Easter, commemorating the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, followed by Holy Week, which ends on Easter Sunday, or Pascha.Fasting continues throughout Holy Week. Many Orthodox churches observe a Paschal Vigil which ends just before midnight on Holy Saturday (or Great Saturday), the last day of Holy Week on the evening before Easter. Immediately following the vigil, Easter festivities begin with Paschal Matins, Paschal Hours, and the Paschal Divine Liturgy. Paschal Matins is an early morning prayer service or part of an all-night prayer vigil. Paschal Hours is a brief, chanted prayer service, reflecting the joy of Easter. And Paschal Divine Liturgy is a communion or Eucharist service. These are the first celebrations of Christ’s resurrection and are considered the most important services of the ecclesiastical year.

After the Eucharist service, the fast is broken and the feasting begins. For more about Easter and Great Lent:

• What is Easter?
• More About Great Lent

Dating Orthodox Easter

This year, Orthodox Easter falls on Sunday, May 5, 2013.To gain a better understanding of why the date of Easter changes every year and why Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate Easter on a different day than Western churches, visit:

• Why Does the Date for Easter Change Every Year?
• More Orthodox Easter Dates

Traditional Orthodox Easter Greeting

It is customary among Orthodox Christians to greet one another during Easter season with the Paschal greeting. The salutation begins with the phrase, “Christ is Risen!” The response is “Truly, He is Risen!”

Traditional Orthodox Easter Hymn

This same phrase, “Christos Anesti,” (in Greek) is the title of a traditional Orthodox Easter hymn sung during Easter services in celebration of Jesus Christ’s glorious resurrection. Enhance your Easter worship with these words to the treasured Easter hymn, in the Greek language, including the transliteration, and words in English:• Orthodox Easter Hymn – “Christos Anesti”

Red Easter Eggs

In the Orthodox tradition, eggs are a symbol of new life. Early Christians used eggs to symbolize the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the regeneration of believers. At Easter, eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross for the redemption of all men.• Learn How To Dye Red Easter Eggs

Greek Orthodox Foods

Greek Orthodox Christians traditionally break the Lenten fast after the midnight Resurrection Service. Customary foods are lamb and Tsoureki Paschalino, a sweet Easter dessert bread.• Greek Orthodox Easter Foods
• Greek Recipes for Easter Lamb

Serbian Orthodox Foods

After Easter Sunday services, Serbian Orthodox families traditionally begin the feasting with appetizers of smoked meats and cheeses, boiled eggs and red wine. The meal consists of chicken noodle or lamb vegetable soup followed by spit-roasted lamb.• Serbian Orthodox Easter Traditions
• Serbian Easter Menu

Russian Orthodox Foods

Holy Saturday is a day of strict fasting for Russian Orthodox Christians while families stay busy making preparations for the Easter meal. Usually the Lenten fast is broken after the midnight mass with traditional Paskha Easter bread cake.

By , Guide

A Place of Hope (4 of 5).

Series: Missing in Action: God‘s Church in the Real World
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Romans 15:13

What do you think of when you think of the word hopeless, hopeless, where a person tells you, “This situation in my life is hopelesses, hopeless; not one shred of hope?” Did you know lots of people live in a state of hopelessness? It’s horrible and it’s awful. Bernard Baruch, the financier of the early and middle 1900s, he was called “The Lone Wolf on Wall Street.” He worked with President Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt on economic matters, a very wise guy. He said, “Hopelessness is the saddest word in the English language, to be hopeless.” It’s terrible to get to a place in your life where the hopelessness come in, but a lot of people live with.

Maybe you’re here today and you have hopelessness in your life. Maybe not in your whole life, but in areas of life. Maybe in your marriage. You say, “Well, my marriage is hopeless. You know, I’ve been hoping and hoping that it would get better, that he would change, that she would change, but I’ve given up. It’s hopeless!” Maybe in your career. ‘I’ve passed that point of being able to change careers, and I’m just stuck in this dead-end job, and my career is hopeless!” Maybe your finances seem hopeless. Maybe you struggle with an addiction in your life to alcohol or drugs or pornography, some type of sexual immorality, and you say, ‘You know, I’ve tried and tried and tried and I can’t whip this thing, and I throw up my hands. It’s hopeless!”

Maybe the hopelessness has come into you so heavy that you just feel like your future is hopeless. Maybe you lost a loved one. Maybe you lost your spouse. You just say, „My life is over! It’s hopeless, and there’s never going to be joy and gladness and happiness again in my life!” It’s a terrible way to live when you lose hope.

But listen. It is so wonderful that you’re here today, because God’s house is a place of hope. And because Jesus Christ rose from the dead that Easter Sunday morning, and He’s alive forevermore, you can have hope!

We’re in a series today that we’re finishing up, called ‘Missing in Action: God’s Church in the Real World.” We’ve been talking about what God’s church is supposed to be and supposed to do. And one of the main things that God’s church is supposed to be is a place of hope. It’s a place where the prodigal son can come and find the father’s arms open wide and find restoration. It’s a place where the prostitute can come, like Mary Magdalene, and find grace and forgiveness and cleansing. It’s the place where the down-and-out and come, the up-and-out can come and find a new life in Jesus Christ. It’s a place where there is hope. And it’s all because Jesus Christ rose from the dead. See, Buddha is dead! Mohammad is dead! Confucius is dead! But Jesus Christ is alive, and He’s alive forevermore, amen! Amen.

So today, we want to look at one verse, one powerful verse, that God wants to impart to …


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