Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

Seven Guiding Principles

The other day a man stopped me as I was walking through a parking lot.  He asked about Garett, saw that we were going to the draft in Philadelphia, wanted to offer his congratulations.  Then he said, “Can I ask you something?”

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Day 4:The Testimony Tree

Are you enjoying this Easter journey so far?

Oh, I hope so!

On day three we talked about three women who bore testimony with their words.  Today we will learn about two people who bore testimony of Jesus through their actions.

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Day 3:The Red Egg

The Easter story is filled with the witnesses of women.  Several of their stories are mentioned within the days that surround the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  One of these stories is a scene that took place on Calvary's hill. We can't picture the scene on Calvary without considering the women who were there.  "Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene."  (John 19:25, NIV)

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Day Two: Simon

…they wove a crown of thorns and placed it upon His head, and as they mocked Him, they spat on Him and smote Him.  Then finally, after a night with no sleep and a day filled with torture, He was led away to be crucified.…they wove a crown of thorns and placed it upon His head, and as they mocked Him, they spat on Him and smote Him.  Then finally, after a night with no sleep and a day filled with torture, He was led away to be crucified.

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Day One: Lazarus

It had been four days --four dark days of weeping, of wondering, and of asking why. "If you had been here…" Martha whispered to the Lord as she ran to meet Him on the dusty road in front of her home.

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A Christ Centered Easter

More than anything I want the celebration of Easter to be as important to my family as Christmas is.

For years it was a weekend celebration for us.

Then, for a time, we celebrated Holy Week.

But it wasn't enough…

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24 Days of Giving

When December comes it fills right up with toys and tinsel, music and magic, parties and presents. My first inclination is to embrace all of it, oh how I love Christmas. But every year a part of my heart calls out for the simpleness of a stable Christmas. A manger Christmas. A Christmas centered on Christ. Behind every decoration, every stocking, every gift, there within the stable, in the manger, on the straw we discover one gift wrapped up in swaddling clothes. The gift that holds all of the meaning behind Christmas…a gift that reminds us of the giving.

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