Friday, April 8, 2022

Scripture Series: He is Risen Card---Join Our Anything/Inspirational Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi there, Crafty friends! It's the second week of our bi-weekly Challenge happening at Word Art Wednesday (WAW). As always, we feature a Scripture Word Art that you can download for free at the WAW site.  So, our inspiration Scripture for this Challenge that I featured in my card below comes from Matthew 28:6 which says, "He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."  

For those who placed their faith in the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, the resurrection of our Lord and Savior sealed the completion of our victory over Sin and Death brought about by the redemptive work of God's One and Only Son.  Every religious founders known to man that promised their own way to God have come and gone for no human being tainted by the fallen nature of Adam can break the power of Sin (nature of Satan) and Death (spiritual, physical and eternal).  We can't help but be a part of Adam's fallen nature the moment we're born into this world.  And if God had not fulfilled His promise in Genesis 3:15 pertaining to the "Seed" of the woman Who would crush the head of Satan, every single one of us are destined for eternal wrath. 

But the Word of God became flesh and dwelt among men in the perfect time ordained by God.  The promised "Seed" and Savior did everything His Father predestined Him to do so that everyone who believes (faith, trust, depend, rely) in His finished work at the Cross (death, burial and resurrection) would be saved and have eternal life.  Because we are one with Christ in His resurrection, we are one with the Lord in His victory. We are so blessed to be alive at this time when we have both the writings of the Old and the New Testament. For what was concealed in the old is now revealed in the new.  What was then a mystery is now our reality!  Wow, I can just imagine the mix reactions of the women who first saw what the angel of the Lord revealed to them when they visited Jesus' tomb.  And how they witnessed with their own eyes---Jesus was no longer there, He's alive!  Matthew 28:2 says, "There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it."  It is important to point out that the angel didn't roll the stone for Jesus to get out but to allow people to see that Jesus indeed rose from the dead just as He promised them before He died on the Cross.  Here, God is showing His disciples the value of trusting (faith) His Word and the exceeding joy that follows in the validation (tangible proof) when His promises are fulfilled.  A week after Jesus resurrected, He  appeared before his disciples including Thomas who strongly doubted the news of His resurrection at first.  It's only upon seeing Christ and His crucifixion wounds that day that he began to acknowledge that Christ truly resurrected.  For somebody who followed Christ for many years and saw firsthand the powerful and miraculous ministry of Jesus Christ, it is very sad to point out how he could still be shrouded with unbelief.  Although the Lord had been gracious to Thomas, there was a gentle rebuke in the Lord's response to Thomas in John 20:29 which says, "Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  For faith is the currency in God's kingdom and you cannot do anything without it.  The worldly mindset says "to see (physical) is to believe" but Jesus wanted us to believe His Word though we haven't physically seen its manifestation.
Hebrews 11:6 tells us, "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."  Believers of old were looking forward to seeing the Messiah, our Savior and Conquering King while contemporary believers (Born-again, John 3:3) comprising the Body of Christ (Ekklesia, Church) are celebrating and experiencing the benefits of His victory at the Cross and sharing the same Good News to the world while awaiting through faith the coming of the Bridegroom and our earthly reign with Him following His Second Coming.  Till then, we will continue to live by the faith of Christ deposited in us through the working of the Holy Spirit.  I would like to share with you the exhortation from My Life Application Bible surrounding our highlighted verse today about Jesus' resurrection for it truly blessed me.  It says, "The angel who announced the good news of the resurrection to the women gave them four messages: (1) Do not be afraid.  The reality of the resurrection brings joy, not fear.  When you are afraid, remember the empty tomb.  (2) He is not here.  Jesus is not dead and is not to be looked for among the dead.  He is alive with his people.  (3) Come and see.  The women could check the evidence themselves.  The tomb was empty then, and it is empty today. The resurrection is a historical fact.  (4) Go quickly and tell.  They were to spread the joy of the resurrection.  We too are to spread the great news about Jesus' resurrection.  Jesus' resurrection is the key to the Christian faith.  Why?  (1) Just as he promised, Jesus rose from the dead.  We can be confident, therefore, that he will accomplished all he has promised.  (2) Jesus' bodily resurrection shows us that the living Christ is the ruler of God's eternal kingdom, not a false prophet or imposter. (3) We can be certain of our resurrection because he was resurrected.  Death is not the end---there is a future life.  (4) The power that brought Jesus back to life is available to us to bring our spiritually dead selves back to life. (5) The resurrection is the basis for the church's witness to the world.  Jesus is more than just a human leader, he is the Son of God."

For this Card, I used images from  Stampers Anonymous and colored each one using my Distress markers.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  I used my Corner Chomper to round the top edges.  I made my own colorful background using the stencils that came with the stamps using several distress markers.  I fuzzy-cut the images and placed it right beside the computer generated Scripture Word Art featured for this Challenge.  I decorated the inside and added some glitters (Stickles-Crystal) and this project was done.





This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Pattie's Creations---ATG with Digital or Stamped Image
Krafty Chicks---Stamp Act
Crafty Gals Corner---Add Flower/s
Double D---Easter
Mod Squad---ATG
Bastel Traum---Spring 
Country View---Spring is Coming
Digi Doodle Studios---Easter/Spring
DL Art---ATG
Happy Little Stampers---Use Stencil
Let's Craft and Create---ATG/Beautiful Butterflies
Mix It Up---ATG/Fancy Fold
Scribbles Designs---Flower Power
Stamplorations---ATG/Use Stencil
Crafting Challenge---ATG/Easter
Four Seasons---Spring

Make sure you join us at WAW Challenge.  You can use the free Word Art in your creation and link it to our Challenge but is not a requirement.  As long as it's family-friendly, uplifting and inspirational, you can enter up to 5 times each week.  Great prize package to be won from our wonderful sponsor---Crafty Individuals Stamp Co. (prize package).  Always remember the true significance of Resurrection Sunday.  Let us do away with the pagan rituals that is designed to veer us away from the truth.  Because Jesus Christ rose again from the dead, our faith is not in vain.  That is what's truly important!

Ready to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Find out how on the sidebar...


  1. Very pretty card design, hugs, Lori m

  2. Gorgeous card Thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz Challenge Blog good luck Ginny DT for Crafty Catz Challenge Blog
    My Blog As I do Rondos

  3. Wonderful card with a lovely mixed media feel. Thanks for sharing with us at The Paper Funday Challenge!
    The Paper Funday Challenge
    The Inspiration Station Challenge

  4. Creatively pretty card! Th{Nellies Nest}
    {Four Seasons}
    Don't forget we have a year round Halloween challenge at Two Old Bats Halloween, giving you a chance to make Halloween cards year round, and with 50 or more players we have a prize to give away!
    {Two Old Bats}ank you for joining our challenges at Double D and Four Seasons!
    Diane DD DT and FS DT

  5. Pretty card, thank you for joining us at the Crafty friends challenge, xx

  6. Fabulous background, great colors and love the added glittery accents! Thanks for sharing with us at Krafty Chicks.

  7. Love your colorful design, Jo Ann. Thank you for the devotion as well. What a fabulous gift we have of salvation through Christ's death, burial and resurrection!

  8. Lovely card JoAnn. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    Wendy DT Member for https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/

  9. Fabulous card Thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz Challenge Blog good luck Ginny DT for Crafty Catz Challenge Blog
    My Blog As I do Rondos

  10. Wow, wonderful style here. I love all the great colors and super design. Well done! Lots of fabulous work here, thanks so much for playing along with us for the last time over at the Mod Squad. I am very sad that we are retiring, it has been a great ride. Hope to see you around the web!!
    Judy~ MSC Designer

  11. A lovely project. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/

  12. Beautiful card! I love that background.
    P.S. You could also link this up at my Crafting Happiness Challenges if you haven’t already. It’s always anything goes with unlimited entries. :)
    Thank you so much for sharing at Let’s Craft & Create.
    Blog, Pause Dream Enjoy
    Owner & Design Team, Crafting Happiness Challenges, Anything Goes
    Design Team, Let’s Craft & Create
    Design Team, Christmas Crafts All Year Round

  13. Beautiful design with fabulous colors! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Easter’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog

    P.S. Thanks for also sharing in our Spring Challenge at Four Seasons. Good Luck!

  14. What a pretty card! It goes perfectly with our theme for this month “Anything Goes”. I love your coloring too. Thanks for joining us at Pattie’s Creations Design Challenge.
    Artist & Owner

  15. I love your project so much, thanks for sharing it with us at Rabisco Challenge.
    Hugs - Claudia Martins DT/ Coordinator

  16. This is a smashing project!
    We do love to see all the entries at Classic.
    Thank you for sharing in our challenge at Classic Design Challenge
    We really appreciate you joining in.

    Jackie DT

  17. What wonderful post and an absolutely beautiful Easter card. Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday, Chrisx

  18. The dots are a great background for the image. #Heardle #52



  19. The dots are a great background for the image. Thank you for entering the Flower Power Challenge at Scribbles Designs.

  20. Your card is very sweet and made me smile. So glad you linked up to Double D Challenges. Best of luck to you.

  21. Thanks for sharing your lovely card with Crafty Friends 'spring colours' challenge. Good luck and hope you can join us again next month.
    Crafty Hugs, Diane Louise [Team Leader] xx

  22. Your cards are always SO amazing, Jo Ann. Thanks for playing along with us at The Four Seasons Challenge and sharing your creativity. Have a blessed and creative week. May God strengthen you and your family as you seek to serve Him and share His love with our lost world.

  23. Cute and colorful! Thank you for sharing with us at Sognando Scrap.

  24. Fabulous creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Judy CT

  25. Beautiful - love your stencilled background.

    Thanks for joining us at the Paper Funday Challenge.

    Helen x