“I’d Rather Have Jesus” / Dallas Forth Worth Mass Choir



Good Friday: It is finished . . .

Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they

do not know what they do.”  Luke 23:34a

After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth.

So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. 

John 19:28-30

 66 Assurance Way

Photo credit: Arby Reed/flickr (CC)

Jesus Christ: “I’ll Be Back”


This Baptist church sign (not far from my Greensboro NC home) speaks for itself.  

Christ came back . . . with all power in his hands!   His Crucifixion on Good Friday wasn’t the end.

I’ll be back“.

  • Aren’t you glad he did?

Can I tell you the story of Jesus?

“They hung him high, and they stretched him wide. He hung his head, for you and me He died”.

66 Assurance Way

Sunset with Cross

“Can I tell the story of Jesus tonight?

Jesus went

He went to Calvary,

To save a wretch,

like you and me.

They hung him high,

and they stretched him wide.

He hung his head,

for you and me He died.

You’ve been so good to me!

You’ve been so great to me!”

  • “Amazing” (Gospel video)
  • Ricky Dillard and New G – 2014 Stellar Awards show – Tiffany McGhee, Lead Singer; above words begin about 2:50 into video . . . truly anointed!

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Jesus: Not a Gardener, God’s Son


I smiled as I, after researching the first words of Jesus (on Easter), discovered what they were – a conversation with a woman who knew him well.  The 20th Chapter of John tells of Mary Magdalene being the 1st witness to Christ’s Resurrection.  The Bible tells us (v. 11-17):

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.’ “ [Bold added; red letters are words of Christ]

  • Mary was understandably shocked at who was standing in front of her that Sunday.  Jesus’ first 12 words were about why she was weeping (she thought his body had been taken) and who she was looking for.  Mary thought Jesus was a tomb side Gardener!   Only after Jesus called her by name (John 20:16) did Mary realize she was in the presence of the son of God, not a Gardener.

I am the Waymaker, Good Shepherd, and Overcomer

I am sharing a few more red-letter words spoken by Jesus Christ today.  Today’s words are from the Book of John; yesterday’s were from the Book of Matthew (post).

  • The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10:10-11)
  • “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
  • Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”.  (John 14:6)

  • The weeks surrounding Christ’s resurrection are like no other!   Check out this recent post (link); it has a link to an informative Chart (Bible.org) which shows the underlying Scriptures for all the events.  Many of the events can be found in several different books.

Have a Happy Easter!   On Good Friday, Christ’s life did not come to the end some had hoped for – and many had dreaded.  The last words of Jesus were “It is finished”.  Within days he was back; his first words were to Mary – the first witness to his Resurrection.  Mary was shocked; however, her tears of sorrow quickly turned to shouts of joy when Jesus called her by her first name.

Be renewed in your Christian walk.  Jesus paid it all for every child of God.

Enjoy your Easter service tomorrow.   Grace, mercy, and peace to you.

  Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way

Talking with Jesus, Reading from Matthew

Have a little talk with my Jesus
Tell Him all about our troubles
He’ll hear our famous cry
And He will answer by and by.

8675570480_7747c460ab_b_jlwo_childchillinbibleAs I mediated on these words spoken by Jesus in the Bible, the hymn whose words lead and end this post came to mind – “Just a Little Talk with Jesus”.   Be you buried in your Bible, or in the midst of a prayer, a Christian’s relationship with God’s son is where ‘the rubber hits the road’!   I’m sharing a few red-letter words spoken by Jesus Christ on this day, Good Friday – when he shed his blood for all children of God.

  • The last words of Christ, on the cross at Calvary (Good Friday), can be found in John 19:30:

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

As you worship this Easter weekend, keep Jesus’ words in mind.   Those below are from the Book of Matthew; tomorrow I’ll share a few from the Book of John.

  • Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)
  • Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” (Matthew 9:37)
  • Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  (Matthew 19:26)

5629189170_3ebd319ff2_b_BREAKourHEARTSlord_jlwoFeel a little prayer wheel a-turning
You know, a little fire is a-burning
Have a little talk with my Jesus
Gonna make it right.

  Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way

Photo credits:

Boy with Bible Jerry Worster/flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Woman Praying – Jerry Worster/flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)






16602621692_4ca152166b_b_thehighcallingFrom Christine Mitchell.

One for All

  • She describes as:

poetic dramatization, based on the Biblical story of Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion.

  • I was thinking about Christine just the other day.  God knew it (smile) . . . and today I stumble on to this eloquent poetic dramatization from her.  Thanks Christine!
  • I’m sharing the link here; I will be doing same on 66 Assurance Way’s tumblr and Twitter sites as well.  To God be the Glory!

 Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way

Photo credit: TheHighCalling/flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)