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Katrina's Musings (Easter Sunday)

Hallelujah! He is Risen!

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.  And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.

Luke 24:1-9

Katrina's Musings (Good Friday)

Why do Christians recognize Good Friday as a significant day? I think the Bible says it all (and certainly more eloquently than I can).

1 Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, an…

Katrina's Musings (Easter Packs)

It's "Easter Pack" season again. On the days leading up to Easter, I use "Easter Packs" as an evangelism tool to share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Each "Easter Pack" contains a gospel tract, a note written by me, and a couple pieces of candy, all packaged in a Ziploc bag with a flower sticker on it.  As I'm running my errands, I hand one to the attendant at the counter and say, "Happy Easter! This is for you." It's that easy. I encourage you to give this idea a try on the days leading up to Easter.

 This year's "Easter packs" are pictured below.

Here's the text from the note I included in each pack:
Did you know that Easter is about more than colored eggs and candy? Easter is celebrated because it is the day that Jesus rose from the dead. His life and death were predicted (in the Bible) hundreds of years before he was born.
In the book of Isaiah, it reads, "Surely he has borne our griefs and …

Cookie Baking Night 03/25/13

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan and Carissa. Tonight we made our traditional spring treat/cookie: Bird Nests. 
The recipe is simple:  1 cup chocolate chips 1 cup butterscotch chips 1/2 cup peanut butter 1 bag chow mein noodles candy eggs
Melt choc chips, butterscotch chips, and peanut butter together (I do this in the microwave). Stir in chow mein noodles. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper. Decorate with candy eggs (our egg of choice is the Cadbury mini egg). 

We also continued reading our current book selection: God's Names by Sally Michael. This week we learned the names Jehovah, Yahweh, and I AM meaning: self-existent and unchanging. As we are learning about the names of God, we are learning about who he is, his character and nature.

As usual, a fun time was had by all.

Katrina's Musings (the death of death)

I've noticed lately how one particular word in our vocabulary as a society has been "dying" out. That is the word death (and its cousins die, dying, and died). It has been replaced with the phrase passed away. Ah, passed away a much gentler term; it doesn't cause one to think nearly as much as that nasty word death does. I certainly can understand why the world as a whole would prefer the phrase passed away to the word death, particularly when we're talking about a funeral and someone we loved. Death is abrupt and ugly and makes us very uncomfortable. Passing away fades us off into another existence. Passing away can be whatever we want it to be. It's very comfortable. Yes. I can understand why the world likes this phrase, but I'm not sure why Christians have adopted the practice of using the phrase passed away. It seems to me that Christians should be "the death people" if you will (no morbidity implied, please hear me out).

Death is the reason …

Cookie Baking Musings 03/18/13

Last Monday night, the Cookie Baking crew was in Florida. It was Oseid family vacation time (Oseids go to Disney World every seven years). Emily came with Greg and I as part of our family. In fact, the three of us returned home today (to a whole lot of snow). It was a fun break from the Minnesota winter as well as an opportunity for sanctification (nothing brings out the little--and big--sin natures like 11 family members all coming to an agreement about one activity, that, and waiting in long lines). I love how God uses the real stuff like that!

It truly was a lovely time, and below you will find a picture of Carissa, Ethan, and Emily at Disney's Magic Kingdom (Side note: Carissa is dressed as princess Merida. She really enjoyed wearing that dress around all day).

Katrina's Musings (Quietness of God)

From the journal of Jim Elliot, November 3, 1949.

"I think there is nothing so startling in all the graces of God as His quietness. When men have raged untruths in His name, when they have used the assumed authority of the Son of God to put to death His real children, when they have with calloused art twisted the Scriptures into fables and lies, when they have explained the order of His creation in unfounded theories while boasting the support of rational science, when they have virtually talked Him right out of His universe, when they, using powers He grants them, claim universal autonomy and independence, He, this great Silent God says nothing. His tolerance and love for His creature is such that, having spoken in Christ, in conscience, in code of law, He waits for men to leave off their bawling and turn for a moment to listen to His still, small voice of Spirit. Now after so long a time of restrained voice, bearing in Almighty meekness the blasphemies of His self-destroying cre…

Cookie Baking Musings

No Cookie Baking Tonight, so I thought I would take this time to answer some frequently asked questions about Cookie Baking Night.

Q: What is Cookie Baking Night?

A: Every other Monday night our (mine and Greg's, both sides of the family) nieces and nephews come to our house to have supper with us and we bake some kind of cookie. We also read a Bible lesson from our current read at the time (God's Names by Sally Michael, right now), play games, enjoy each others company.

Q: Why Cookie Baking Night?

A: To share the gospel with our nieces and nephews and teach them in the ways of God. Side motivation: To know them as they grow up on a level deeper than that which holiday and birthday gatherings afford us.

Q: How long have we been doing Cookie Baking?

A: 10 years

Q: How old do the nieces and nephews have to be before they can join Cookie Baking Night?

A: 3 years old.

Q: Does Greg participate in Cookie Baking Nights?

A: Yes. Greg always joins us for supper on Cookie Baking Nights …