Thursday, April 28, 2011

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow, Doxology

We celebrated my husband's and my son's birthdays (40 years apart) recently! That is great cause to rejoice in what the Lord has done for see, we were married for almost 19 years before we had the blessing of a child! We had not obeyed God's command for right living before Him, and we suffered consequences that would reach over many years. Right out of college, we lived together. I had not given over my will to God or believed on His Name.

When we married, we lived for ourselves, jobs, money, and things. I am sad and ashamed to say we had an abortion; we did not know God's commands for right living. I didn't know it would affect my health, my fertility later, and our respect for ourselves or each other. BUT, God kept drawing us, calling us, and I finally confessed my sinfulness and repented. We grew in faith over the years and continue to grow. It has been a long road to forgiving myself. We are not perfect people, but by His grace, we have hope...and now can see His guiding hand in it all. Thank You, Lord, for birthing in us new life!

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:11-13

"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 1Thessalonians 5:18

The words are from Thomas Ken, 1674, and the tune is the Old 100th in the Geneva Psalter and attributed to Louis Bourgeois, 1551. We praise You, Lord!

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav'nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

Supporting Scriptures:
"Praise the LORD, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases..." Psalm 103:1-3

"[God] who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began..."
2 Timothy 1:9

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—" Ephesians 2:8

"He said, “If you listen carefully to the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.” Exodus 15:26

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Was It A Morning Like This?, Sandi Patty

Happy Easter!! Blessed Resurrection Day!!
He is risen!! He is risen indeed!!

The Scriptures below this incredible video (one of the top ten, in our opinion) are the basis of the words in this Easter video!
'Was It A Morning Like This? is the John 20 Resurrection account set to music!

Sandi Patty has probably the best female voice in the world (arguably!) and this song will be memorable to say the least. Sometimes I can't get it out of my head. I rejoice to praise the Risen Lord in this way!

May you also be blessed as you watch and listen. (For more Sandi Patty music, see link to it here and here.)

Was it a morning like this
When the Son still hid from Jerusalem?
And Mary rose from her bed
To tend the Lord She thought was dead

What is a morning like this,
When Mary walked down from Jerusalem?
And two angels stood at the tomb,
Bearers of news she would hear soon.

Did the grass sing?
Did the earth rejoice To feel you again?
Over and over like a Trumpet underground,
Did the earth seem to pound: “He is risen” ?
Over and over in a never ending round
“He is risen, alleluia, alleluia!”

Was it an morning like this,
When Peter and John from Jerusalem?
And as they raced for the tomb,
Beneath their feet was there a tune?

Was it a morning like this,
When my Lord looked out
On Jerusalem? He is risen, alleluia, alleluia.
Supporting Scriptures:
"Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” John 20: 1-3

So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen." John 20: 4-7

"Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)" John 20: 8-9

"Then the disciples went back to their homes,
but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

“Woman,” he said, “why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).

Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her" John 20: 10-18

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Via Dolorosa, Sandi Patty

In celebration of Resurrection Day when Jesus Christ was raised from the dead!!

pilgrims walk the "Way Of Suffering"

In memory of Jesus Christ, Christian pilgrims from all over the world walk the Via Dolorosa in Old Jerusalem, from Antonia (Pontius Pilate's ruling seat), to the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, built on Golgotha (Calvary), the "hill of the skull".

Via Dolorosa is Latin for "Way of Suffering". Traditionally, it is held to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to His crucifixion, but some of the modern traditions (of the Via Dolorosa and the fourteen stations of the cross) is mostly unbiblical.

a view from the air of the chapel of condemnation where Pontius Pilate condemned Jesus to death on a Roman cross

Of the fortress Antonia, for example, where Christ was judged before Pilate and where Herod the Great had his residence, only a few scraps of paving remain. This building, which stood near the northwest corner of the Temple, was the starting point for Jesus' painful walk toward Golgotha (Calvary), which at that time was outside the walls of the city.

The modern Via Dolorosa was created in the 14th century by Franciscan monks when a name was sought for the stretch of road between the fortress Antonia and Golgotha.

The two incidents, according to Scripture, that actually happened on Jesus' way to the Cross are positioned at stations five and eight of the fourteen stations of the Cross - the beginning of the carrying of the Cross by Simon of Cyrene (Mark 15:21) and the pronouncement of Jesus upon the generation of Jews (Luke 23:27-31). That Jesus fell under the weight of the Cross, before Simon was compelled to carry the Cross, is a logical insertion into the procession. They most likely only carried the crossbar, as the main post would have been to heavy to carry.

Jesus did walk a road of suffering from the Praetorium to the cross. But, Jesus is not a helpless victim, He is a willing Sacrificial Lamb who chose to die in our place.

Most of us are probably familiar with this term Via Dolorosa. thanks to Sandi Patty's song. You can refer back to March 28, 2011, for
All To Bring Him Glory, also by Sandi Patty. We are so thankful for this music as it helps us to 'see' more clearly the suffering of the One Who bore our sins that awful day.

Down the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem that day

The soldiers tried to clear the narrow street

But the crowd pressed in to see

A Man condemned to die on Calvary

He was bleeding from a beating,
there were stripes upon His back

And He wore a crown of thorns upon His head
And He bore with every step
The scorn of those who cried out for His death
Down the Via Dolorosa called the way of suffering Like a lamb came the Messiah, Christ the King, But He chose to walk that road out of His love for you and me. Down the Via Dolorosa, all the way to Calvary.

Por la Via Dolorosa, triste dia en Jerusalem
Los saldados le abrian paso a Jesus
Mas la gente se acercaba Para ver al que llevaba aquella cruz

Por la Via Dolorosa, que es la via del dolor

Como oveja vino Cristo, Rey, Senor
Y fue
El quien quiso ir por su amor por ti y por mi
Por la Via Dolorosa al Calvario y a morir
The blood that would cleanse the souls of all men

Made its way through the heart of Jerusalem.

Down the Via Dolorosa called the way of suffering
Like a lamb came the Messiah, Christ the King But He chose to walk that road out of His love for you and me
Down the Via Dolorosa, all the way to Calvary.

Supporting Scriptures:
"The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own
clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him." Mark 15: 16-20

"A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull). Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get." Mark 15: 21-24

"For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God's power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God's power we will live with him to serve you." 2 Cor. 13: 4

"Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha)." John 19: 17

"And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King. And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest it.Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man. " Luke 23: 1-4

"For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit," 1 Peter 3: 18

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Worthy Is The Lamb, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

The Lord has done it! And He deserves all the praise! Worthy is the Lamb!

During worship

God has brought The Brooklyn Tabernacle from a handful of members (in a small rundown building in a difficult area), to a congregation of more than 10,000 weekly worshipers.

Pastor Cymbala has been used by the Lord not only to preach the Gospel in the inner city of New York, but also to see new churches grow out of the congregation across New York, as well as domestically and internationally. The ministry of the Church has from the outset reached out to the cross-cultural melting pot of New York City. It is comprised of men, women, and children of all ethnic and national origins.

Pastor Jim's wife Carol, directs the popular Grammy Award winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

Although the Choir is composed of vocally untrained church members, it has been used by the Lord to present the love of God all over the world. The 285-voice choir has recorded three videos, three DVDs, and numerous albums, winning six Grammy Awards.

“The choir represents all different walks of life and every kind of sin,” Pastor Cymbala says. “You name it and we have someone who has been saved out of it, standing next to another one who has grown up in the church.”

I first heard 'Worthy Is The Lamb' over 15 years ago, sung in person by The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir who came to our church.

What an amazing history! God is truly worthy of our praise!

During choir practice

Verse 1)
Thank you for the cross Lord
thank you for the price You paid
bearing all my sin and shame
in love You came, and gave amazing grace!

Verse 2)
Thank you for this love Lord
thank you for the nail-pierced hands
washed me in Your cleansing flow,
now all I know, your forgiveness and embrace!!


Worthy is the Lamb! seated on the throne
(we) crown You now with many crowns
you reign victorious!
High and lifted up
Jesus son of God
the Treasure of heaven crucified
worthy is the Lamb
worthy is the Lamb

Worthy is the Lamb! seated on the throne
(we) crown You now with many crowns
You reign victorious!

High and lifted up
Jesus son of God
the Treasure of heaven crucified
worthy is the lamb

worthy is the lamb

Supporting Scriptures:
"Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2:5-11

"He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him [Jesus] to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross." Colossians 1: 15-20

"For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods." Psalm 96: 4
"I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies." 2 Samuel 22: 4

"Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom." Psalm 145: 3

"No one is like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is mighty in power." Jeremiah 10: 6

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wonderful, Merciful Savior/There Is No Other Name, Steve Camp

A young Steve Camp

In doing these music posts, I am always looking for music that brings Joy and Glory to our Great Savior! I have been looking for this music 'Wonderful, Merciful Savior' on You Tube for a while! But I just found it, and so am starting in with a thankful heart!

Steve Camp is "well-known for his strong views that Christian musicians are called to make direct, uncompromising music that confronts the world with the message of the Scriptures. Following Martin Luther's 95 thesis, on Reformation Day (October 31), 1998, he sent out his own 107 theses calling for a reformation in contemporary Christian music."

As a young man, he was encouraged by friend Keith Green to take a deeper stand for the gospel of Jesus, which he has done ever since. Once John MacArthur introduced at a him as "a Keith Green with theology". When studying music and business, he received a working knowledge of Scripture and theology, mastering the Greek language, and he has accomplished a library of historical and theological works.

Radio teaching

Here are some of the things he has to say about MERCY:

""O give thanks unto the Lord: for He is good, for His mercy endureth forever" (Psalm 136:1). For this perfection of the Divine character God is greatly to be praised. Three times over in as many verses does the Psalmist here call upon the saints to give thanks unto the Lord for this adorable attribute. And surely this is the least that can be asked for from those who have been such bounteous gainers by it."

" His mercy is "great" (1 Kings 3:6), "plenteous" (Psalm 86:5), "tender" (Luke 1:78), "abundant" (1 Peter 1:3); it is "from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him" (Psalm 103:17). Well may we say with the Psalmist, "I will sing aloud of Thy mercy" (Psalm 59:16). "


He is Lord of heaven, Lord of earth
Our prophet, Priest and King
He has triumphed o'er sin's fatal curse

O death were is thy sting

There is no other name
There is no other name
Under heaven, whereby we are saved

There is no other name
Jesus that name,
Jehovah saves
O seed of Abraham By the blood of His cross
He has laid Salvation's perfect plan

Wonderful, merciful Saviour
Precious Redeemer and Friend
Who would have thought that a Lamb could

Rescue the souls of men
Oh, You rescue the souls of men

Counselor, Comforter, Keeper

Spirit we long to embrace
You offer hope when our hearts have
Hopelessly lost the way
Oh, we hopelessly lost the way

You are the One that we praise

You are the One we adore

You give the healing and grace

Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for

Almighty, Infinite Father
Faithfully loving
Your own
Here in our weakness You find us
Falling before Your throne

Oh, we're falling before Your throne

Supporting Scriptures:
"Praise the LORD, all his works everywhere in his dominion. Praise the LORD, O my soul." Psalm 103: 22

"My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever." Psalm 145: 21

"And when those beasts (see Rev. 4: 7-8) give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Revelations 4: 9-11

"There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins." Ecclesiastes 7:20 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" Romans 3: 23

Saturday, April 9, 2011

O Love Divine, Steve Pettit Ev. Team

Have there been times when I feel all alone in this world? Yes, many times! But, there are many reasons to conclude that we are not alone in our journey once we come to Christ Jesus as our Savior!

There are many companions that He has given to accompany us. Some are invisible, but no less real, than those we can see and touch. It is His great love for us - His divine love - that is beyond our imagining.

"The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31 :8

First, there is the person of Jesus Christ Himself. He gave Himself up to death so that we might live. He is our guiding Shepherd. He is our faithful Friend. He intercedes and pleads on our behalf before the throne of the Father.

Second, there are the saints that have gone before us and "surround" us!

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12: 1

Three, He has sent us guardian angels, invisible, but real!

"Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?" Hebrews 1: 14

And finally, we are with those who are alive now at the same time in history. Our brothers and sisters in the Lord, exhorting each other and sharpening each other as 'iron sharpens iron'. Indeed it is the divine love of Christ for us that draws us to Him through the Spirit.

"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God; and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together."—Romans 8:16, 17.

Evangelist Steve Pettit is widely known as a strong Bible preacher, emphasizing revival and evangelism. He has conducted evangelistic campaigns throughout the United States and foreign countries since 1985. Having worked with teenagers for nearly 30 years, he has spent his summers preaching in fundamental youth camps across America.

The old hymn O Love Divine was written by Fanny Crosby and set to the Irish tune Star Of the County Down. It is a beautiful blending which the Pettit Team arranged, and you will probably hear it in you head over and over again.
The video here is a studio version and has great sound, but it is shortened. For free lead music of their arrangements, go here.

The video below is a live performance of the full hymn.


1. O, Love Divine, amazing love,
That brought to earth from Heaven above,
The Son of God for us to die,
That we might dwell on high.

He died for you, He died for me,
He shed His blood to make us free
Upon the cross of Calvary.
My Savior died for me.

2. For us a crown of thorns He wore,
For us a robe of scorn He bore,
He conquered death and raised the grave,

And lives again our souls to save.

3. O, Wanderer, come I bid believe,
His grace by faith receive,

Awake our eyes and hear His call,
The feast is spread for all.

Supporting Scriptures:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3: 16

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5 :8

"But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone." Hebrews 2:9

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Ancient Words, Robin Mark

Several Sundays ago, we had a gentleman speak to our church body about the Voice Of The Martyrs, an organization devoted to serving the persecuted church worldwide. He played a video clip of what was happening around the world in restricted countries where there is persecution and death for the sake of the name of Christ Jesus. It was difficult stuff to hear. He told us that in the 20th century more Christians died for Jesus than in all of history! And persecution is building.
An African elder receives his first Bible

The riveting part, though, was when the film he was showing recorded a room full of expectant Chinese underground believers opening boxes. There was incredible anticipation, and these precious believers received their own Bible, holding it to their lips and hearts, giving thanks. Many wept in gratitude! You could have heard a pin drop as we watched - we were stunned to realize how much we took the Word of God for granted . I felt grieved...and ashamed. I think we all did.

A talking radio
I have a renewed love and reverence concerning the Gift of Life, Jesus, and the Word He left us for our instruction, correction, growth, and sanctification. I pray I will never take it for granted again!

"But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.."
2 Timothy 3: 14-17

Ancient Words music and words were written by Lynn DeShazo. This version is performed by Robin Mark. From the CD, "Ancient Words: Words Inspired by the Dead Sea Scrolls" (various artists).

Robin Mark

This song portrays the validity and relevancy of God's Word for today. May we ever praise Almighty God for His 'love letters' and hold them close to our hearts!

Holy words long preserved for our walk in this world they resound with God's own heart let the ancient words impart

Words of life words of hope give us strength help us cope in this world where'er we roam ancient words will guide us home

Ancient words ever true changing me changing you we have come with open hearts the faithful words of Christ

Holy words long preserved for our walk in this world they resound with God's own heart oh let the ancient words impart

We have come with open hearts oh let the ancient words impart oh let the ancient words impart

Supporting Scriptures:
"But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3: 14-17

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning." John 1:1- 2

"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1: 14

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1: 17

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Hebrews 13: 8

Friday, April 1, 2011

My Redeemer, 2nd Chapter of Acts

The Roma people (or gypsies) face harsh discrimination that has lasted for centuries. In Romania, many gypsies have no birth certificates or marriage licenses; they are 'vagabonds'. Prejudice is widespread; they are looked upon as thieves and tramps. Outside of Christ, they lack hope.

Kevin Hoy, founder of The Smile Foundation, has worked in Romania for a decade. His first project was in Tileagd village where he helped to set up a school, a neighborhood store, and a church where many gypsies received Jesus.

Such overwhelming hopelessness has led many gypsies to embrace Jesus. In 2009, the “Toflea miracle” occurred, where 500 gypsies—the largest baptism in Romanian history—took place, reported CBN News. In 2010, hundreds more from the village turned to Christ. And the message is spreading...there is hope!

This video highlights the hope in Christ Jesus found by the Roma people. Please pray that more will continue to be drawn to the Redeemed of the world. A poignant reminder of all of our need!

Annie (Ward) Herring, (Matthew Ward's sister), is one of the voices I love best. She, Nellie, and Matthew were part of the 'Jesus Music' movement in the 70s as 2nd Chapter of Acts, later known as contemporary Christian music. See 2nd Chapter of Acts in archives 2/22/11 and Matthew Ward, 3/1/11.

The story of the 11 member Ward family growing up in North Dakota is remarkable. Both of their parents died, leaving the children to figure life out alone. Read the story here to learn the gracious care bestowed on them by our loving Lord.

Here I go again
I'm thinking of the time when I will stand
and look into the eyes
of my Redeemer

Words won't come my way
And deep inside my silence echoing
I'll find my voice to sing of my Redeemer

And I know upon this earth I'll never find
The words that can express my heart, oh my

When with His words of life
He spoke and pulled my dark thoughts from the night
How can I repay my Redeemer

With His wounded hands
He held my broken heart to understand
I never can repay
My Redeemer

And I know upon this earth I'll never find
The words that can express my heart, oh my

Supporting Scriptures:
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15

“You shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.” Philippians 2:15-16

"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed."
Isaiah 53:5

"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." Romans 12:1

"No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever."
Revelations 22:3-5