As you read this, our thoughts are turned toward Easter, the season which reminds us most vividly that, "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son (in death on the cross), that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Was ever love so great as this!

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At First Methodist, we have been rehearsing for our Good Friday Lenten Cantata, "Behold the Darkness."

As Kenny Hillman has sung the somber, soul-searching words of the hymn, "Were You There?" it has indeed "caused us to tremble, tremble," as suggested by the songwriter, who wrote:

"Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble.

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?"

And then three days later, just as He had promised, "Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph o'er His foes!" and heaven and earth echoed the glorious message:

"Christ the Lord is risen today! Alleluia!

Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!

Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!

Sing, ye heavens and earth reply, Alleluia!

Quoting from the devotional, "Destined to Reign," written by Joseph Prince, recognized as a leading voice in proclaiming the gospel of grace around the world, "It was not the nails that kept Jesus on the cross. It was His love for you and me."

Happy, blessed Easter.

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Frankie Harpole shares with us the Easter message to be found in "Little Jelly Beans."

"Little jelly beans tell a story true.

A tale of Father's love, just for me and you.

Green is for the waving palms,

Blue for the skies above,

Brown for the soft earth where People sat hearing of His love.

A speckled bean for fish and sand, Red for precious wine, And black is for the sin He washed From your soul and mine.

Purple's for the sadness of

His family and friends, And white is for the glory of the Day He rose again.

Now you've heard the story,

You know what each color means.

The story of our Father's love,

Told by some little jelly beans."