Sunday, April 9, 2023

Scripture Series: Power of His Resurrection Card---There's Still Time to Join our Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi there, Crafty Peeps!  First of all, HAPPY RESURRECTION SUNDAY, EVERYONE!  There's still a few days left from our current Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) and as always, you can use the Scripture Word Art (you can download for free at the WAW site) like I did in my card sample here and link your finished project with us.  Our Word comes from Philippians 3:10 which says, "That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death."
I have been absent from the Blogging world for more than a month and it just felt like a week or so ago.  Time is surely fleeting!  But this week is so important for me because I want to celebrate with everybody the fact that JESUS, OUR SAVIOR IS ALIVE! Everyday, we see the degradation and abomination of humanity (no longer concealed) but proudly  displayed by many. The intense corruption and obvious lies propagated by our government are made to look like wonderful endeavors by fake news, entertainment and social media daily.  How about the despicable abuse and deception over the minds and physical well-being of our children teaching them vile things in school confusing them of their gender?  The only way we can withstand the deception of our days is if we are rooted deeply in the Word of God!  Many so-called intellectuals and famous influencers driving the social media these days don't even know what a woman is and how she differs with man.   You see, I don't believe they don't know!  Not a bit!  They'd rather look stupid than to lose their well-paying career and power for speaking truth. What was plain and common sense in the past are twisted and perverted to fit a narrative that is all based on selfishness and emotions.  The goal has been confusion to hinder people from seeking God.   Think about it, Jesus was crucified by the so-called intellectuals of his time who claimed to know the commandments of God.  They used their influence to serve their own purpose and took advantage of people's emotions to rally the people against Jesus.  They succeeded in killing Jesus and thought they won!  Little did they know that what they've done to Christ would pave the way for the redemption of mankind.  For Jesus didn't remain in the grave but rose again on the third day defeating death forever. Acts 2:22-24 says, "Men of Israel, listen to this message: Jesus of Nazareth was a man certified by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs, which God did among you through Him, as you yourselves know. He was delivered up by God’s set plan and foreknowledge, and you, by the hands of the lawless, put Him to death by nailing Him to the cross. But God raised Him from the dead, releasing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for Him to be held in its clutches."
Yes, Jesus died to free us from our slavery to Sin, Death and Satan. By repenting of our sins and entrusting our lives to the finished work (death, burial and resurrection) of Jesus Christ at the Cross, we shall be saved from eternal damnation.   The very fact that Jesus lives and resides in the heart of every believer tells us that Jesus' victory is our victory!  We are in Him and He is with us!  As Jesus bravely stood for truth and righteousness to save the lost in His time, we are to follow His example in our time at all cost!  We have to face Satan and his minions today to bring the lost to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  I would like to share what My Life Application Bible wrote regarding our highlighted verse today.  It says, "No amount of law keeping, self-improvement, discipline or religious effort can make us right with God.  Righteousness comes only from God, and we are made righteous (receive right standing with Him) by trusting in Christ.  He exchanges our sin and shortcomings for His complete righteousness.  When we are united with Christ by trusting in Him, we experience the power that raised Him from the dead.  That same mighty power will help us live morally renewed and regenerated lives.  But before we can walk in newness of life, we must also die to sin.  Just as the resurrection gives us Christ's power to live for Him, His crucifixion marks the death of our old sinful nature.  We can't know the victory of the resurrection without personally applying the crucifixion.  Paul gave up everything---family, friendship and freedom---in order to know Christ and His resurrection power.  We too have access to this knowledge and this  power, but we may have to make sacrifices to enjoy it fully.  What are you willing to give up in order to know Christ?  A crowded schedule in order to set aside a few minutes each day for prayer and Bible study?  Your friend's approval?  Some of your plans and pleasures?  Whatever it is, knowing Christ is more than worth the sacrifice.
For this Card, I used an Amazon  clear stamp that I colored using my Ohuhu markers.  The base is white CS that I laid on a pre-cut card from Paper Studio. I added some glitters (Stickles-Crystal) to the image and some white nail head gems from Imaginisce.  The sentiment used for the envelope was a rubber stamp  from Stampin' Up.  Lastly, I stitched all over this card.  




 This Card is entered into the following Challenges:
DL Art---ATG
Incy Wincy---Easter Wishes
Let's Craft and Create---ATG/Pink and Grey 
Crafting Challenge---ATG/Easter
Four Seasons---ATG Spring
Stamping Sensations---Anything Stamped/CAS
We Love Stamping---Any Stamped Image/Non Fantasy Animals

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.  You can win wonderful goodies from our awesome sponsor this week---The Stamps of Life ($25 GC).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the joy of the Lord overtake you as you continue to trust and  serve the Lord, knowing that in our best and worst day, we are in Christ!

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  1. You certainly tell the truth Jo Ann, and we need more like you to speak fearlessly! It's good to see you back in blog-land
    Love your sweet card - beautifully illustrated scripture

  2. Thank you for sharing this delightful card with us at We Love Stamping this month Jo Ann
    Maxine WLS DT

  3. I have enjoyed your post today and your card is stunning. Thanks for joining us at the Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge.
    Donna xx

  4. A beautifully done card, thank you so much for sharing with us at Four Seasons challenge!

  5. A gorgeous creation. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Let's Craft and Create Challenge Blog.
    Hugs Ilonka

  6. A lovely card and a beautifully coloured image. The stitching looks amazing.
    Thank you for joining in with the Crafts Galore Encore April Challenge “Anything Goes”. Good luck x

  7. Muchas gracias por participar con nosotras en My Besties Spanish Challenge Blog.
    Esperamos puedas acompañarnos en el próximo reto.
    Hi ! Your project is beautiful. Thank you for play with us at My Besties - Spanish Challenge and good luck. Lovely work.
    Wendypink ( https://chocolatesrosas.blogspot.com/ ) DT en: https://mybestiesspanishchallengeblog.blogspot.com/

  8. This is lovely, as your art always is, Jo Ann. Thanks so much for sharing this sweet card in our challenge over at The Four Seasons. It's always a treat to get a closer look at your wonderful cards. You and your art are such a blessing to me. Thanks for joining us and please stop by again soon.

  9. Hermosa la tarjeta !!
    Gracias por participar
    My Besties Spanish DT

  10. Jo Ann: thanks for sharing your Easter card with several greens on it with IYGACAC! Great combination match of image and Scripture! --guest cookie artist, Becca