Thursday, July 30, 2009

Spinach-Strawberry Salad

I got this wonderful recipe from some good friends of ours. And guess where they got it — an old church cookbook! :) This salad recipe is very light-tasting. And the dressing is fabulous — the perfect topping for this blend of ingredients.

1 10 oz pkg fresh spinach
1 pt fresh strawberries, destemmed and sliced
1 sm red onion
1/2 lb bacon, fried crisp

Mix all ingredients listed above. Just before serving, pour dressing on salad.


1/2 c oil
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c red wine vinegar
1 tbsp poppy seeds
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Mix all ingredients listed above and refrigerate until time to use.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Directions, please

I don't think it's entirely fair that my daughter called for directions before I was even officially lost this time. After all, I was in the general vicinity and basically knew where I was ... kind of. I just needed a few more minutes and I would have found my way just fine.

You see, I had to take my youngest daughter to the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) this morning so that she could get the official ID card she needed to start working when she turns 16 next month. I had general directions on how to get there and, really, I only passed the place once — okay, twice. But as it turned out, my daughter could not describe where we were well enough to get directions anyway, and I did find my way just fine. So there!

That hasn't always been the case, however. The sad truth is, I'm directionally challenged. I need detailed, and I mean detailed, directions with maps and pictures and landmarks and anything else you can possibly think of to tell me to help me find my way. But whatever you do, don't give me east, west, north, or south — just right and left, please. And ummm, can you also please write out separate directions for how to get there AND how to get back home? Sometimes I get really confused reading your directions upside-down and backwards when I leave.

I'll never forget the time, about 20 years ago now I think, when I was supposed to drive my boss to the airport — no problem! Of course he was in the car giving directions. But finding my way back to work? Well, that's quite another story. I went 20 miles north instead of 10 miles west (or so I was told). So I called my husband to ask him how to get back to work. I remember him asking me, "Where are you?" and "How in the world did you get there?" (I seem to recall him laughing too — the bum.) Anyway, I told him I didn't know. And besides, if I did know, I could find my way back, right? Well ... maybe. But all ended well. With his help, I eventually made my way back.

Then there was last Christmas season. Our church always has two Christmas concerts on Saturdays during concert week, and since there's quite a lull between them, my husband and daughter(s) usually come out early and we go out for a quick bite before I sing and they attend the second concert. Well, there was about 1/2 hour before I expected them, so I decided to run out to the store and pick up a few Christmas stocking stuffers. And, you guessed it. I got lost. Now I really don't know how I did that one because I know that area very well. But after my husband called my cell phone asking where in the world I was this time and talking me back, we didn't have enough time to go out. Oh well, I wasn't hungry anyway, and my husband and daughter didn't complain ... too much.

I really don't know what it is. My husband assures me I'm not stupid. So it must be that I have a kink or short circuit somewhere when it comes to directions. I guess I can live with that. I have so far.

I'm just afraid that one of these days I'm going to get lost going from the living room to the kitchen.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Satan is alive and doing very well

There was a time when I was intimidated by Satan. I knew that he was evil, very powerful, and certainly more intelligent than I was. So I used to worry that he would cause physical calamities to happen to me like he did to Job in the Bible. Or if not that, I wondered if his demons could possess me. Or, if he could be so influential that it would be impossible for me to resist him? It sounds like I was a wreck, doesn't it? I guess I was.

The fact is, Satan's influence is very real. Ephesians 6:12 tells us: For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. I don't know exactly how he operates. But, the important thing I now know is that while Satan can influence me; because I am indwelt by the Holy Spirit, he cannot control me. And Ephesians 6:10-18 goes on to tell me that God gives me everything I need to withstand his influence as well. I merely need to put it on:

Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm (Eph 6:13).

I can also rest assured that He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).

And the best news of all is — But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom 8:37-39).

It's easy to slip into thinking that Satan is the opposite of God, with similar characteristics and abilities, only in an evil sense. But Satan isn't omnipresent, omniscient or omnipotent. He is a created being and has never ceased to be under the power and authority of God. In His wisdom, God is permitting Satan to have influence, but only because God allows it.

Sometimes I wonder if Satan gets credit for more than he deserves, though. People frequently say, "The devil made me do it." And though we can't always recognize Satan's attacks, I don't believe he is the direct cause of all our sins. The world itself is corrupted by sin and therefore naturally antagonistic to the things of God. And the bad things that happen to us can usually be explained as the result of the sinfulness of man and this corrupt world — or our own poor choices sometimes — and not the direct attacks of Satan. We get sick; we get hurt; we suffer loneliness and depression all because of sin's influence. The reality is, we are the source of most of our problems (Gen 6:5; Mark 7:18-23; James 1:13-16). As Christians, we still have our old natures ready to trip us up at a moment's notice, even without Satan's help. And apart from Christ, we are incapable of doing good.

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not (Rom 7:18).

In fact, I don't believe Satan's main goal is to promote sin in the world. He is not bent on being a fiend or an evil bully, but rather, on being "like the most High" (Isa 14:12-17; 2 Thes 2:3-4) and worshipped (Luke 4:5-7). Satan doesn't want to destroy, so much as he wants to construct, and to have authority over this world-system, meaning culture, morality, and religion (2 Cor 11:13-15). And when the Man of Sin enters the holy place and is worshipped as God (Dan 9:27; Matt 24:15; 2 Thes 2:3-4; Rev 13:4-8), for a brief moment, Satan's greatest desire will be realized under the permissive will of God.

In his unrelenting pursuit to be "like the most High", Satan works to prevent the unsaved from being delivered from the power of darkness — his dominion — (Eph 2:2; Col 1:13) by blinding their minds so that the light of the gospel does not reach them (2 Cor 4:3-4, 1 Jn 5:19). And through lies (John 8:44) and deception (Gen 3:1-5), he perverts the truth and leads many astray. We know that on at least one occasion, Satan quoted Scripture out of context (Luke 4:9-11). By omitting the phrase "in all your ways" from Ps 91:11-12, he attempted to apply the promise to something that was contrary to God's will.

Indeed, it seems that counterfeiting and perverting the things of God is one of Satan's main strategies for keeping unbelievers from knowing and understanding the truth:

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds (2 Cor 11:13-15).

But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth (1 Tim 4:1-3).

It is apparent that Satan has been more overtly active in the affairs of this world during those periods when God was giving new revelation or obviously forwarding His plan (e.g., Book of Job; possibly Ex 7:11, 22; 8:7; the Gospels; Acts 16:16-18; 19:13-16; 2 Cor 12:7; 1 Thes 2:18). Of course, this was only because God allowed it. And by doing so, He clearly shows His power and authority over Satan (God's plan for the redemption of the world was accomplished and the Bible was completed). The same will be true in the future, after the church has been raptured. The Antichrist will come forth and, with the power of Satan, will do signs and false wonders (2 Thes 2:9-10; Book of Revelation). As for now, God's objective is to save out of this world an elect people for His glory. And because the great ministry of reconciliation has been given to us, we are objects of Satan's attacks. If he can cripple our service, by inciting fear, doubt, discouragement, pride, complacency, division, confusion, etc ..., Satan accomplishes much in resisting the present purpose of God.

And evidently, Satan's war is against God alone. He certainly isn't at war with the unsaved. And when he attacks us (Eph 6:16), he does so only because we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and His ambassadors, and through us he is able to strike a blow at God. In this same way, I believe Satan's attacks against us are not in the physical realm ("flesh and blood"), but in the realm of our heavenly association with Christ. It's a spiritual battle, for which He gives us spiritual, not physical, armor. So, while we may not be drawn away into sin, we may utterly fail; to remain in a constant attitude of prayer (Eph 6:18; 1 Thes 5:17); to study His Word (Eph 6:14-17; Col 1:9; 2 Tim 2:15); to rest in His strength (2 Cor 12:9-10; Eph 6:13; Phil 4:13); and, to reach out to the unsaved with the gospel of Jesus Christ (2 Cor 5:18-21; Eph 6:19-20). And such failure is as much a defeat in God's eyes as being lead away into the kind of sin the world recognizes.

But, it is important to remember that although Satan still has power, he has already been judged (Jn 12:31; 16:11), and Jesus Christ has disarmed and triumphed over him (Col 2:15). Through Christ's death and resurrection, Satan has already been defeated. And because we are in Christ, the battle has already been won for us, too. Our old natures, however, are still easily influenced by Satan's schemes, so we must be constantly on our guard (1 Pet 5:6-9), putting on the whole armor of God. For it is only in His strength that we can be victorious.

A common misconception is circulating that Satan will someday rule over hell with sinners as his subjects. However, the Bible makes it very clear that Satan, and his demons, will all be punished for eternity, right along with every person who chooses not to trust Christ (Rev 20:10). And it is to these blinded and lost people that we must tell the glorious message of reconciliation — God through Jesus Christ is reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their sins against them (2 Cor 5:18-21; Eph 6:18-20) — before time runs out!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Do you want to go to heaven?

Pastor Upton walked into a pub and said to the first man he met, "I'm Pastor Upton. Do you want to go to heaven?"

The man replied, "I do Pastor."

The pastor said, "Then stand over there against the wall."

Then the pastor asked a second man, "Do you want to go to heaven?"

"Certainly, Pastor," was the man's reply.

The pastor said, "Then stand over there against the wall."

Then Pastor Upton walked up to Jones and said, "Do you want to go to heaven?"

Jones said, "No, I don't Pastor."

The pastor said, "I don't believe this. You mean to tell me that when you die you don't want to go to heaven?"

Jones said, "Oh, when I die, yes. I thought you were getting a group together to go right now."

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Press On

When the valley is deep
When the mountain is steep
When the body is weary
When we stumble and fall

When the choices are hard
When we're battered and scarred
When we've spent our resources
When we've given our all

In Jesus' name, we press on
In Jesus' name, we press on
Dear Lord, with the prize
Clear before our eyes
We find the strength to press on

In Jesus' name, we press on
In Jesus' name, we press on
Dear Lord, with the prize
Clear before our eyes
We find the strength to press on
To press on

(lyrics and music by Selah)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Divine Communication - casting lots

The casting of lots was frequently used in the ancient Near East, by Jew and Gentile alike. For example, the Roman soldiers cast lots for Jesus' garments in Matt 27:35. The obvious reason for its use in this way was to get an impartial decision — rather like flipping a coin today.

But in Ezekiel 21:21-23, we also see that the king of Babylon cast lots as a means of divination:

For the king of Babylon will stop at the fork in the road, at the junction of the two roads, to seek an omen: He will cast lots with arrows, he will consult his idols, he will examine the liver. Into his right hand will come the lot for Jerusalem, where he is to set up battering rams, to give the command to slaughter, to sound the battle cry, to set battering rams against the gates, to build a ramp and to erect siege works. It will seem like a false omen to those who have sworn allegiance to him, but he will remind them of their guilt and take them captive.

He also "will examine the liver." Isn't that strange? But apparently people in the ancient Mesopotamian region would often examine the internal organs of animals, interpreting what they saw as implying such and such, because such and such had taken place when a similar observation had been made.* And as we see in Ezekiel, God could choose to use that.

Sometimes I find it hard to understand why God communicated the way He did with the Israelites, but it helps me to remember that they lived in a different society and thought differently than I do. And since God works with people where they are, this may explain why He chose to use the form(s) of communication He did. Additionally, God's will was very specific when He was forwarding His plan of redemption, so He had to give His people specific directions.

The practice of casting lots is actually mentioned 70 times in the Old Testament and seven times in the New Testament. However, despite the many references to casting lots in the Bible, nothing is known about the actual lots themselves. They may have been sticks of various lengths or marked pebbles; but nobody really knows for sure.

Casting lots seems to have occurred most often in connection with the division of the land under Joshua (Josh ch 14-21). Instructions for this procedure can be found in the Book of Numbers (Num 26:55; 33:54; 34:13; 36:2). God also allowed the Israelites to cast lots in order to determine His will for different situations (Josh 18:6-10; 1 Chron 24:5,31; Prov 16:33). For settling disputes (Prov 18:18). And setting a date (Esth 3:7). Various offices and functions in the Temple were also determined by lot (1 Chron 24:5,31; 25:8-9; 26:13-14). And the sailors on Jonah's ship (Jonah 1:7) cast lots to determine who had brought God's wrath upon their ship. The last recorded case is in Acts 1:24-26, when the apostles cast lots to determine who would replace Judas.

While casting lots was commonly done in Old Testament days and during the early part of the New Testament, it is no longer the way we determine God's will. People during that period of time didn't have the Holy Spirit indwelling them or a completed Bible to guide them. But we do, so we don't need to cast lots.

* This analogic type of reasoning is characteristic of thought in ancient Mesopotamia; cf. G. Contenau, Everyday Life in Babylon and Assyria, London, 1954, pp. 158ff. Inductive, deductive, and syllogistic ways of reasoning were not typical of Mesopotamia (or of the ancient Near East in general)
(from the book, The Bible and the Ancient Near East by Cyrus H Gordon and Gary A Rendsburg)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ice Cream Cake

This is yet another recipe from an old church (not the church I attend) cookbook, though this cookbook is even older (1981) than the last one (1992).

Written in the Forward of this cookbook:

"Women's Christian Fellowship is pleased to share with you the favorite recipes of many of those attending our church. The numerous hours of committee work have culminated in a product that can help create family mealtimes, encourage friends to get together, and enhance parents as they teach their children the joy of serving others through cooking."

..."enhance parents"??? What does that mean? It almost seems like they'd glow in the dark or something. Ha! Maybe they meant to say "enhance parents' ability to teach ..." Believe me, I am very capable of writing something like that, too. (Just read through my blog.) But I'm okay with that. Besides, I rather think glow-in-the-dark parents would be pretty cool.

Here's the recipe:

36 Oreo cookies, coarsely crushed (don't use the double-stuffed cookies or your crust will turn out too hard)
2/3 c melted butter
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, softened (I use reduced fat ice cream — it's not quite so rich, then)
4 squares baking chocolate
1 c sugar
2 tbsp butter
1 1/3 c evaporated milk (I use skim variety)
1 tsp vanilla
1 large Cool Whip (I use the light variety — I don't know why I bother with all these "lighter variety" substitutions, because no matter how you "cut" it, it's still not good for you.)

Combine cookies and 2/3 c melted butter. Press into 9" x 13" pan. Spread with soft ice cream. Put in freezer. Combine chocolate, sugar, 2 tbsp butter and milk. Cook in double boiler until stiff and thick. Add vanilla. Cool. Pour over ice cream. Top with 1 large container Cool Whip. Freeze overnight. Serves 16-20.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Creamed Corn Casserole

I got this next recipe out of an old church cookbook. I greatly reduce the amount of butter and also use reduced fat sour cream, and I think it tastes just as good, if not better.

Here's the original recipe:

1 1/2 c (3 sticks) butter, melted (I only use 1 1/2 sticks of butter)
1 c sour cream (I use reduced fat variety)
1 (8 oz) can creamed corn
1 (8 oz) can whole kernel corn
2 beaten eggs
1 box corn muffin mix (I use Jiffy brand)

Mix corn with melted butter and sour cream. Add eggs. Stir in muffin mix. Place in buttered 7 x 11 inch baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Italian Potato Salad

Everybody I've ever served this potato salad to, loves it. I got it from an old, ordinary Betty Crocker cookbook, but made a few changes here and there. And because I never measure anything, every batch I make is a little different. :) So this recipe is only an approximate.

2 pounds potatoes (about 7 medium)
1 small onion, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
1/4 c Italian salad dressing
1 tbsp dried oregano leaves
1/3 c Parmesan cheese
1/2 c sliced green or black olives
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
3/4 c mayonnaise (I use reduced fat variety)
3 hard boiled eggs, coarsely chopped

Boil whole, unpeeled potatoes in salted water until done. Peel off skins and cut into cubes; stir in onion, Italian salad dressing, oregano, Parmesan cheese, sliced olives, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Just before serving, toss with mayonnaise until potatoes are well coated. Stir in eggs. Serves about 6 people.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Danish Kringle

My niece and nephew have been visiting us for the past couple of weeks. Unfortunately they're on their way back to Arkansas now, but we had a great time together while they were here. My niece has asked for several of my recipes, so I plan to post them all over the next several days.

I got this first recipe from a lady who lives is northern Wisconsin. She's a wonderful cook/baker, and I have gotten several recipes from her over the years.

2 sticks butter
2 c flour
8 oz sour cream
1 can filling (I usually use the Solo brand. I think the almond or raspberry fillings are the best.:)

Cut butter and flour together until it resembles streusel. Work sour cream into the butter and flour mixture. Cover and chill dough at least 4 hours (or freeze). Divide dough into 4 parts. Roll each into a 9" x 12" rectangle on a floured board. Make sure you use PLENTY of flour or it will stick to the counter and you'll have a real mess on your hands (not that I've ever experienced this, of course - LOL!).  Spread 1/4 can of filling lengthwise down the center of the dough. Cut the dough on either side of the filling portion into 1 inch strips, and fold them over the top of the filling portion of the dough. Remove excess flour with a pastry brush.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown (or freeze until wanted). Frost while still warm.

(makes enough for all 4 kringles)

2 tbsp melted butter
1 c powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp milk (more or less)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Before the Throne of God Above

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong, a perfect plea
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me

My name is graven on His hands
My name is written on His heart
I know that while in heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me there depart
No tongue can bid me there depart

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end to all my sin

Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me

Behold Him there the risen Lamb
My perfect spotless righteousness
The great unchangeable I AM
The King of glory and of grace

One with Himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and my God!
With Christ my Savior and my God!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Divine Communication - Urim and Thummim

When I first came across the Urim and Thummim (the meaning is uncertain, but possibly "lights and perfections", though some say they mean "illuminated and dark"), I thought "what in the world is this?" It all seemed so strange to me.

Of Levi he said, "Let Your Thummim and Your Urim belong to Your godly man, Whom You proved at Massah, With whom You contended at the waters of Meribah" (Deut 33:8).

When Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD did not answer him, either by dreams or by Urim or by prophets (1 Sam 28:6).

Not much can be found regarding the Urim and Thummim. The Bible simply doesn't give us enough information. However, we do know that they were part of the breastpiece of judgment (Ex 28:15-30) of the high priest.

The breastpiece was a square piece of beautiful material, folded in half and opened at the top like a pouch and adorned with 12 precious stones (in four rows), on which were engraved the names of the 12 tribes. It was placed over the front of the ephod.*1

Some refer to the Urim and Thummim as simply a collective name for all the stones of the breastpiece, so that the total effect of the twelve stones were to show the "lights and perfections" of Him who is the antitype*2 of Aaron the high priest.

You shall put in the breastpiece of judgment the Urim and the Thummim, and they shall be over Aaron's heart when he goes in before the LORD; and Aaron shall carry the judgment of the sons of Israel over his heart before the LORD continually (Ex 28:30).

However, in Leviticus 8:8 it says —

He then placed the breastpiece on him, and in the breastpiece he put the Urim and the Thummim.

— which seems to say that the Urim and Thummim were additional to the stones of the breastpiece. So they may have been two precious, and rather mysterious, stones on or in the high priest's garments.

And the Urim and Thummim were sometimes used to determine the will of God. Nobody is sure how this was done. Some say that the stones shone whenever God was present (or shekhinah, meaning "a visible manifestation of the divine presence") at a sacrifice or when the army proceeded to battle. Others suggest God would cause them to light up in varying patterns to reveal His decision, or that the Urim and Thummim were engraved with symbols identifying yes/no and true/false and cast like lots to determine God's will. But all of these are merely speculation.

However, Scripture does indicate that the Urim and Thummim were only used for questions of great importance, usually connected to the function of the state, such as whether and when to go to war. And in the book of Numbers, when Joshua succeeded Moses as leader over Israel, we see that he was to receive answers from God by means of the Urim through Eleazar the High Priest.

"Moreover, he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him by the judgment of the Urim before the LORD. At his command they shall go out and at his command they shall come in, both he and the sons of Israel with him, even all the congregation" (Num 27:21).

When I was researching what Ezra 2:62-63 (and Neh 7:65, which overlaps with Ezra 2:63) was all about, it seemed that by this time the Urim and Thummim were on their way out:

Now these are those who came up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addan and Immer, but they were not able to give evidence of their fathers' households and their descendants, whether they were of Israel: the sons of Delaiah, the sons of Tobiah, the sons of Nekoda, 652. Of the sons of the priests: the sons of Habaiah, the sons of Hakkoz, the sons of Barzillai, who took a wife from the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and he was called by their name. These searched among their ancestral registration, but they could not be located; therefore they were considered unclean and excluded from the priesthood. The governor said to them that they should not eat from the most holy things until a priest stood up with Urim and Thummim. (Ezra 2:59-63).

The Jews were always very exact in their genealogies in order to preserve the distinctions of the tribes and families, which was necessary to make out their titles to inheritances and to govern themselves in the matter of marriages. This was also by special providence of God so that it would be known into which tribe and family the Messiah was born.

But in about 451 BC, when the Jewish exiles were beginning to return to Jerusalem to restore it and rebuild the Temple (Ezra 2:59-63), there were some individuals who were unable to prove that they were descended from the priesthood. So, they were set aside until priests in possession of the Urim and Thummim were discovered, that they might determine God's mind in the matter. This seems to imply that the Urim and Thummim had already been lost.

Talmudic sources (the Talmud, the central text of mainstream Judaism, is a record of rabbinic discussions pertaining to Jewish law, ethics, customs, and history) are unanimous in agreeing that the Urim and Thummim were lost much earlier, most likely when Jerusalem was sacked by the Babylonians under Nebuchadnezzar II in 586 BC. Indeed, because the priestly source (which scholars date to a couple of centuries prior to the captivity) doesn't appear to even know what the Urim and Thummim looked like, and because there is no mention of the Urim and Thummim beyond the death of David, biblical scholars suspect they fell out of use some time before the Babylonian conquest, probably due to a growing reliance on the prophets.

Additionally, by the time of Ezra and Nehemiah, the Jews had the nearly completed canon of the Old Testament, which was better than the Urim and Thummim. And the ark does not appear to have been in the second Temple. All of these shadows had disappeared by degrees as the coming of Jesus Christ drew nearer.

*1 The ephod was a beautiful, two-piece, sleeveless garment, held to the body by a woven band (Ex 28:8) and joined at the shoulders by straps. On the straps were two onyx stones (possibly emeralds), with the names of six tribes on each stone.

*2 A type is a picture or illustration that looks forward to its fulfillment in the form of a person, event, or object. For every type there is an antitype. An antitype is the fulfillment of the type — most find their fulfillment in Jesus Christ. For example, Aaron was a type because he was the first high priest, and Jesus Christ is the antitype because He is the eternal high priest and therefore the fulfillment of the type. A type is identified as such in Scripture.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

I Will Rise

There's a peace I've come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There's an anchor for my soul
I can say "It is well"

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles' wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

There's a day that's drawing near
When this darkness breaks to light
And the shadows disappear
And my faith shall be my eyes

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles' wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

And I hear the voice of many angels sing,
"Worthy is the Lamb"
And I hear the cry of every longing heart,
"Worthy is the Lamb"

And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles' wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

lyrics by Chris Tomlin