Sunday, April 10, 2011

Love's Redeeming Work is Done

He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our sins. The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him. And by His wounds... By His wounds, we are healed. 

We are healed by Your sacrifice, and the life that You gave. We are healed for You paid the price, by Your grace, we are saved! We are saved!”

Good morning!  It’s time for another challenge at Stampin’ Sisters in Christ and I am your hostess this week.  I started out by sharing lyrics from a song by Mac Powell called “By His wounds” and I think they say it all! There’s no greater event in the Christian faith than Resurrection Sunday, (aside from Jesus’ birth --Christmas) and since it is nearing, I wanted to focus on that this week.

The verse I chose for my challenge is Mark 15:17 "They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him."  I have to admit that I chose that verse because out of the whole Easter story, it contained something I could make a card challenge out of (see below).  But I encourage you to read the whole chapter of Mark 15.  Your belief in these verses is what the Christian faith is based on!

As a church secretary, I type up the monthly newsletters, and there was a good article from the pastor this month that I’d like to share with you just an excerpt of.
“Jesus, Son of man! Jesus, Son of God. He blended humanity with Deity as no one else ever has or will. As man, he became tired; as God, He said, ‘Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’ As man, He became thirsty; as God, He provides living water. As man, He became hungry; as God, He fed thousands with a little boy’s lunch, and is the true Bread of Life. As man, He was tempted in all points like we are; as God, He committed no sin. As man, He was despised of men; as God, all the angels of God worship Him. As man, he sorrowed over being separated from His friends; as God, He promised to return for them. As man, He wept at Lazarus’ grave; as God, He raised Lazarus from the dead. As man, He willingly laid down His life; as God, He took it up again!”  -Dr. Walt Chamberlain
Thank you Jesus for loving us so much that you willingly paid the price for our sins so that we can spend eternity with You in Heaven!!

If this is the first time you’ve read something like this or have heard about Jesus, I encourage you to have faith and believe what the Scriptures say. Acknowledge that you’re a sinner who needs forgiveness, as we all do. And then say a prayer and ask God to forgive you of your sins and thank Him for giving you eternal life, and to help you live a life that’s glorifying to Jesus. If you’ve done that, then you are truly our sister in Christ!  And the best part... we will see you in heaven with Jesus!!

THIS WEEK’S CARD CHALLENGE:  use purple as the main color in your card and/or use wood or wood paper!  It does not need to be an Easter card, but just remember when you use the purple and/or wood in your project the price Jesus paid for you on the cross. 

One player will win a cute stamp set from our Sponsor, Simon Says Stamp!
Check out the gorgeous creations by the rest of the Design Team:

Stamp:  He Is Risen, (Doodle Pantry)
Paper:  DCWV; Cherry Wood paper, (McMahon Five Designs)
Coloring Medium:  Copics
Embellishments:  Wooden butterfly & Prima flowers, (M5D); picket fence border punch & branch punch (Martha Stewart); Circle Classics & Circle Scallops (Spellbinders Nesties)


Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

How stunning Kris!! I just love the purple and green combo and your layout and design is sheer elegance. The sentiment is perfect for today's scripture!! I enjoyed reading your words. The excerpt was so thought provoking!
Have a great Sunday!

Grace said...

Oh goodness Kris... this is amazing! I love your dp and the green with it is stunning! Love the sentiment and your words shared today! That's one of my favorite songs! Thanks for the great focus this am! Have a wonderful week!

Sherry Kushibab said...

Great card and sentiment. Came the long way to you to find the devo for SSC but it was worth it. This week we put on our Easter Production at church and I get the privilege of being in a scene at the foot of the cross....this always draws me in to remembering the great gift of His love for me and what it cost.

Miesje said...

Good morning Kris. This was and is a very powerful verse and your devotion was wonderful. It is always so good to really reflect on the sacrifice He made for little ole me! Your card is amazing! I love it. Have a wonderful week!

Sara I. said...

Gorgeous design and yummy papers! Your coloring is fabulous!

Lisa Hjulberg said...

A beautiful card and beautiful reflection, Kris! Thanks for blessing us!

BTW, I love your newest blog look! ;)


Pat (mspfd) said...

Gorgeous work using the fabulous 'He Is Risen' digi. Your coloring is outstanding. You nailed the challenge!

Anonymous said...

Really beautiful Kris!!Purples are my fav color!! Beautifully done girl!! Smiles, Vicki

Glenda Atkins said...

Very,very beautiful, love the purple background and the flowers. A wonderful Easter sentiment and card!!

Kathy Winter said...

Very beautiful all the purple and wood paper. You colored the image so nicely and the flowers are the perfect touch!!

auntbeespickles said...

Hi Kris, this card is just stunning! I love it! WOW!!
Hugs, Sarah

Maria Matter said...

Gorgeous creation Kris and beautiful salvation message! Thank you for sharing Jesus with us today! God Bless!

Wendy M said...

Beautiful card (all your cards are beautiful).

I am going to print off the words re: Jesus'
humanity and God' deity and put them in my Bible. They explain both beautifully. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Have a great week

Wendy M xx

Lorie said...

Simply stated...this is gorgeous!

Laurie said...

Lovely card! Beautifully done! Wow!!

Patti J said...

Beautiful card, Kris. Beautiful song - one of my favorites, and beautiful words. Wonderful post, my friend!

Christa said...

beautiful card great colors hugs christa

Cami said...

Beautiful card Kris! And I love the excerpt you posted from your church's monthly newsletter. So nice to be reminded of who and what God is.
Hugs, Cami

K. Joy said...

Yes! I thought it had something to do with purple!! :D This is gorgeous, Kristine!! I love the deep purples, and all of the accents are perfect! Those flowers are so pretty, and the butterfly is the perfect fit. :) This is just lovely! So glad to see the whole card now!!

Helen said...

What a great reminder of His love for us! Your card is beautiful and so is your devotion. Thank you!

Amber (bambi64) said...

Lovely!!! Great colors together and layout.

Lisa said...

Such a beautiful card and lovely sentiment! The butterfly embellie is just gorgeous!

Lovely Linda said...

Hello Kris - what a stunning card - I love the beautiful scene and the vibrant colours you have used! Gorgeous! Gorgeous DP's Kris and such an inspiring devotional - thank you Kris for sharing - on many levels! {{{hugs}}}

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Simply gorgeous!