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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.

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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 …


After Africa, Reinhard Bonnke Plans Gospel Crusades Across US.

Reinhard Bonnke
Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke preaching at Hillsong Church Conference in Sydney, Australia, Easter Sunday. (Facebok)

Internationally known evangelist and founder of Christ for All Nations (CFAN), Reinhard Bonnke, announced Wednesday that for the first time in his 35-year ministry history, he will host crusades throughout the United States, to be called “Good News: A Gospel Crusade With International Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke.”

“I have come to love my country, but my heart is burning as I witness the staggering decline of morals and faith in this nation,” says Bonnke, who recently became a U.S. citizen. “America needs the gospel like never before. Despite years of sharing God’s saving message abroad, I believe God is now calling me to turn my ministry inward to help America find renewal and revival.”

Through these Good News crusades, Bonnke will travel from city to city to inspire Americans to draw nearer to a relationship with Jesus. CFAN will partner with local churches and pastors to host the first event at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 27-28.

Bonnke is best known for his Great Gospel Crusades across the continent of Africa. Earlier in his life, God placed upon Bonnke’s heart to minister throughout Africa, and he dedicated his life to holding open-air gospel campaigns throughout the continent with as many as 1.6 million people in attendance at a single meeting. Through Bonnke’s 35 years of ministry, CFAN has recorded 72 million documented decisions for Jesus Christ.

“My work in Africa came paid for mostly by American Christians, and I am so glad and thankful for their giving hearts,” Bonnke says. “But God spoke to me and said, ‘I did not send you to America for the country to just be the offering plate for Africa. I sent you to America for the sake of Americans.’”

Though Orlando will host the first Good News crusade, CFAN is already planning locations for additional events in the coming year. For more information about the the crusades, visit

Christ for All Nations is the international ministry of Reinhard Bonnke, founded in 1974 after God gave him a vision of the continent of Africa being saved through Christ. Since the beginning of his 39-year ministry, Bonnke has preached face-to-face to multiple millions of people in Africa, with over 72 million responding to the call of salvation by filling out a decision card and being ushered into a church follow-up program.

Today, CFAN is based in Orlando, Fla., with offices in Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, South Africa, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong and Brazil.


Augustine of Hippo Raised to New Life.

Augustine of Hippo Raised to New LifeAnd we were baptized and all anxiety for our past life vanished away.” With these joyous words Augustine recorded his entrance into the church on this day, April 25, 387, Easter day.

He had been 33 years in coming to this public confession of Christ. Born in North Africa in 354 of a Christian mother and pagan father, Augustine became at twelve years of age a student at Carthage and at sixteen, a teacher of grammar. At this young age, he was already promiscuous. And he tells in his famous autobiography that he boasted of sins he had not had opportunity to commit, rather than seem to have fallen behind his peers in wickedness.

His mother was determined to see him converted and baptized. He was equally determined to have his pleasures. He took a mistress and she bore him a son, Adeodatus, “Gift of God.” For a while he resented the lad but soon became inseparable from him. At 29 his restless spirit drove him to Italy. His mother determined to accompany him so that her prayers might be reinforced by her presence. Augustine gave her the slip, sailing while she knelt praying in a chapel.

In Rome he taught rhetoric for a year, but was cheated of his fees. And so he looked for a more fertile field of labor and settled on Milan. His mother caught up with him and prevailed upon him to attend the church of St. Ambrose. Christian singing moved him deeply. In spite of himself he began to drift toward faith. He found the writings of the Apostle Paul deeply stirring and more satisfying than the cool abstractions of philosophy. He wrestled with deep conviction but was unable to yield himself to God, owing to his attachment to the flesh.

Finally he reached a day when his inner vacillations were too great to ignore. He tried reading scripture but abandoned the effort. Unable to act on the truth he knew, he began to weep, and threw himself behind a fig tree. “How long, O Lord,” he cried. And his heart answered “Why not now?” A child’s sing-song voice came clearly to him, repeating over and over, “Take it and read it.” It seemed a message from God. He snatched up the Bible and read Paul’s words, “. . .not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” Faith flooded in upon him. He immediately thrust aside those sins of the flesh which had held him in thrall for so long.

“But this faith would not let me be at ease about my past sins, since these had not yet been forgiven me by means of your baptism.” He entered the water and was relieved. At his mother’s death, he returned to Africa where he founded a monastery, became bishop of Hippo and a brilliant and prolific theologian who more than any other stamped his imprint upon the Medieval church.


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Last updated April, 2007.

Dan Graves, MSL

Jim Garlow’s Wife Passes Away After Six-Year Cancer Battle.


Jim and Carol Garlow
Jim and Carol Garlow may have been in a showdown with cancer, but they continued proclaiming God’s love. (© Skyline Church)

Carol Garlow, the wife of pro-family advocate and pastor Jim Garlow, has gone home to be with the Lord after a brave and very public battle with cancer.

“We have tried to be very transparent for the past five years, nine months and 26 days, and we will be transparent once again,” wrote Jim Garlow, pastor of Skyline Church in La Mesa, Calif., on April 16. “Carol and I have just returned from her oncologist’s office. By mutual consent between Carol and her doctor, treatment has been discontinued. Hospice is now beginning.

“Although no doctor can ever predict (and he was quick to point that out), it is believed that Carol has approximately one to two months of life left on this earth. I am typing these words through tears and, candidly, in a bit of disbelief and shock. But, as quoted in the Easter sermon two weeks ago, ‘We are not as those who grieve with no hope, nor are we as those who hope with no grief.’ (John Nielson) We have unshakably strong hope. We have indescribably deep grief.”

Carol passed away Sunday afternoon. Jim, an active promoter of Pulpit Freedom Sunday, wrote, “42 years ago, we ended our wedding vows with the words, ‘… until one of us shall place the other in the arms of God.’ I just did that.”

Carol’s diagnosis came in 2007, just weeks before a group of pastors gathered at Skyline to organize an historic battle for traditional marriage via Proposition 8. Abdominal cancer kills about 80 percent of its victims within five years of diagnosis.

Alan Sears, president, CEO and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, was one of the first to offer condolences:

“Our hearts join Jim’s and the tremendous number of others who are mourning the death of Carol Garlow. Her unwavering faith and perseverance was an example to many. She loved God, was a pillar of strength for her husband and had an immense impact, including upon those of us who have worked closely with the Garlows in support of religious freedom. Our prayers are with Jim and the entire Garlow family.”

Read our earlier story on the Garlows: Jim Garlow: My Reason to Fight.


Triumph From the Tomb.

Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up-.-.-.-but he spake of the temple of his body. —John 2:19,21

Although death gripped mankind for thousands of years, the author of life trampled death and hell. When Jesus hung on the Cross, suspended between heaven and earth, the sun was absent and the earth silent.

But on the third day, the angels watched as the resurrected Son arose with the keys of hell and death in His hands (Revelation 1:18).

Though hell comes and tempests rage, you have the assurance that regardless of whatever happens to you in this life, when your earthly body is finished you are going to wing your way to the pavilions of God‘s glory and station yourself in a place called heaven, where the streets are not just paved with gold but are made of it.

You have assurance of victory over death and the grave. You have the assurance of salvation from the wrath of judgment and eternal life with Christ. Go ahead and declare, “O death, where is thy sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55).

Because you know your Redeemer lives (Job 19:25), you have the assurance that you are bound for the Father’s house.

I praise you, O Risen Christ, for winning the victory of death
and sin and for giving me assurance that through trust
in you, I will be victorious as well. Amen.


Missionaries Use Baseball to Preach Gospel in Hungary.

Hungary baseball
Terry (l) offers baseball training to young people in Érd. (Hungary. and the impact is showing. With more than 120 players, OM Hungary’s baseball club is the largest in Hungary today. (OM International)

OM Hungary’s Sports Team—Terry Lingenhoel, Suzanne Cole and Brian Kroeker—recently visited local schools in Erd and Diosd to recruit new baseball players for their teams.

Over the last three years, the sports team has been welcomed into the March sports classes to introduce the new sport of baseball. The coaches hope to show the children the fun of baseball and encourage them to come to a free baseball camp at the end of March.

The goal is to reach every child and offer them a chance to play baseball with one of the Erd clubs, with the aim to fill up teams for every age group. This year the OMers are focusing on recruiting the younger children, as it will give the coaches a longer time to work with them and develop them as players, and also to have a positive impact on their lives long term as they grow up.

Each 45-minute class begins with a simple introduction of baseball, because most of the children have never seen a baseball or bat before. The class learns how to run the bases, throw, catch and hit.

Over a two-week period, the OM Hungary Sports Team had the opportunity to visit eight different schools and reach about 1,400 children and youth, with some classes numbering 70 kids. In most schools they are also allowed to offer the Gospel of Luke to each child. This year so many copies were given out that they ran out and had to give a different tract to the last groups.

The team planned to have a three-day open camp over Easter break to give interested children a chance to play real games on a real field. However, the weather made this impossible, with snow and rain over Easter week, making the game fields too wet and the weather too cold to be outside.

The OM Sports Team hopes that despite the cancellation of the camp weekend, many of the kids will start coming to play baseball as they begin a the new season of practicing.

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Gun Control Advocates Fear Bill Being Watered Down.

Gun control groups say two Democratic senators are watering down a bill to expand background checks on gun buyers.

Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., proposed, before the Easter recess, that transactions made between friends should require background checks, but not record-keeping, The Hill reports.

Gun control advocates don’t like the proposal.

“I don’t understand why record-keeping is a problem here, and I don’t understand how that proposal particularly helps us,” Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, told The Hill.

The plan falls short of what gun legislation should do, he said, because “criminals get their guns from their friends.”

“How do you know someone you just met doesn’t have domestic-violence restraining order against them?” said Brian Malte, director of mobilization at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence “How much do you know about an acquaintance, and how do you define what an acquaintance is?”

Ninety percent of registered voters support expanded background checks for gun purchaes, a Washington PostABC News poll showed.

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By Greg Richter

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