He Is Not Here!

“He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” (Matthew 28:6 NKJV)

Like many of you, we watched our Easter Services via YouTube, or you may have watched by however your church chose to keep your members encouraged through watching/meeting for this Easter. This “Social Distancing,” is keeping us from our normal services, handshakes, and hugs from our friends. I miss my many friends.

Our pastor had a great message for today, and thought I would share it with you. Faith Baptist Church of Winter Haven has a YouTube site with all the services and additions we are not able to attend in person. I am thankful for these and want to share two of them here. This first one is the Easter Service today with our pastor.

This next one is the “Pastor Jerry’s Musings” He is one of our associate pastors. Enjoy!

He is Risen! He Has Risen Indeed!

The Gospel Message

A Look Back – Christmas at Faith 2016

“Matthew 2:1-12 KJV
(1)  Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
(2)  Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
(3)  When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
(4)  And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
(5)  And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
(6)  And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
(7)  Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
(8)  And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
(9)  When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
(10)  When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
(11)  And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
(12)  And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

The Gospel Message

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Matthew Chapter A Day – 12

Matthew Chapter 12 – Audio [Once started, go back to post to follow verses as he reads.]

Matthew 12:1-50 KJV

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
(1)  At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.
(2)  But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.
(3)  But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;
(4)  How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?
(5)  Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
(6)  But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.
(7)  But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
(8)  For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.
A Man with a Withered Hand
(9)  And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:
(10)  And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.
(11)  And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?
(12)  How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.
(13)  Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.
(14)  Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.
God’s Chosen Servant
(15)  But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;
(16)  And charged them that they should not make him known:
(17)  That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
(18)  Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.
(19)  He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.
(20)  A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.
(21)  And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.
Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit
(22)  Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.
(23)  And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?
(24)  But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
(25)  And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
(26)  And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
(27)  And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.
(28)  But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
(29)  Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
(30)  He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
(31)  Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
(32)  And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.


A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit
(33)  Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
(34)  O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
(35)  A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
(36)  But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
(37)  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
The Sign of Jonah
(38)  Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
(39)  But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
(40)  For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
(41)  The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
(42)  The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
Return of an Unclean Spirit
(43)  When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
(44)  Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
(45)  Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
Jesus’ Mother and Brothers
(46)  While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.
(47)  Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.
(48)  But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
(49)  And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
(50)  For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.


Beginning of Matthew, in case you missed the first post. Matthew Chapter A Day – 1

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Matthew Chapter A Day – 11

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Matthew Chapter 11 – Audio [Once started, go back to post to follow verses as he reads.]

Matthew 11:1-30 KJV

Messengers from John the Baptist
(1)  And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.
(2)  Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
(3)  And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
(4)  Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:
(5)  The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
(6)  And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
(7)  And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
(8)  But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.
(9)  But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.
(10)  For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
(11)  Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
(12)  And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
(13)  For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
(14)  And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.
(15)  He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
(16)  But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,
(17)  And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.
(18)  For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.
(19)  The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.

Woe to Unrepentant Cities
(20)  Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:
(21)  Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
(22)  But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.
(23)  And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
(24)  But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
Shorebirds at MacDill AFB shore 11-23-12
Come to Me, and I Will Give You Rest
(25)  At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
(26)  Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
(27)  All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
(28)  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
(29)  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
(30)  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.


Beginning of Matthew, in case you missed the first post. Matthew Chapter A Day – 1

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Scripture: e-Sword
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Bee-eaters From Pinterest
Matthew Sign at Parrot Mountain by Lee
Many believe the Critters rested most of the time while on board.

Matthew Chapter A Day – 9

Matthew Chapter 9 – Audio [Once started, go back to post to follow verses as he reads.]

Matthew 9:1-38 KJV

Jesus Heals a Paralytic
(1)  And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.
(2)  And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.
(3)  And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.
(4)  And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?
(5)  For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?
(6)  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.
(7)  And he arose, and departed to his house.
(8)  But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.
Jesus Calls Matthew
(9)  And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.
(10)  And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.
(11)  And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?
(12)  But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
(13)  But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
A Question About Fasting
(14)  Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?
(15)  And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.
(16)  No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.
(17)  Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed
(18)  While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.
(19)  And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.
(20)  And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
(21)  For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
(22)  But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.
(23)  And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,
(24)  He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.
(25)  But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.
(26)  And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.
Jesus Heals Two Blind Men
(27)  And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.
(28)  And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.
(29)  Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
(30)  And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.
(31)  But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.
Jesus Heals a Man Unable to Speak
(32)  As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil.
(33)  And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.
(34)  But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.

The Harvest Is Plentiful, the Laborers Few
(35)  And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
(36)  But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
(37)  Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
(38)  Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.


Beginning of Matthew, in case you missed the first post. Matthew Chapter A Day – 1

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Scripture: e-Sword
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Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra) In the barley harvest ©Vinehousefarm