The HEART of Easter

Modern choirs perform Messiah at Christmas, but Handel wrote it to be performed at Easter. The lyrics of the songs in Messiah  explore the HEART of the  Bible with passages that tell the story of God sending Jesus to earth to redeem His people.

“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.”

Job 19:25

He is Risen-praise, honor, glory, power, king of kings-Hallelujah
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 “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. “

1 Corinthians 15:56-57

 

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Dr. Handel and his  musician son 

I know  families of multiple physicians, including parents, siblings, or children. My grandfather was a dentist, but he died before I was born. My sons had no interest in medicine and instead chose technology careers.

Georg Handel was a barber-surgeon in northern Germany in the 17th century. Barber-surgeons were physicians in medieval Europe who only performed surgery, often treating wounds from war injuries. Eventually, surgery and barbery became separate occupations.

His son George did not follow his father into medicine. Instead George Frideric Handel  followed his HEART and studied music and eventually composed his masterpiece , Messiah, first performed in 1742, and presented countless times since then.

 Modern choirs perform Messiah at Christmas, but Handel wrote it to be performed at Easter. The lyrics of the songs in Messiah  explore the HEART of the  Bible with passages that tell the story of God sending Jesus to earth to redeem His people.

The London Symphony Orchestra presents Handel's Messiah

Find Handel’s Messiah on iTunes.

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The scripture references used in this post are used as lyrics in some of the songs from Messiah.

Dr. Aletha

Words worth sharing about love

On love from the Bible

Love is patient, love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13 – NIV

Love based in truth

“To love another is to will what is really good for him. Such love must be based on truth.

A love that sees no distinction between good and evil, but loves blindly merely for the sake of loving, is hatred, rather than love.

To love blindly is to love selfishly, because the goal of such love is not the real advantage of the beloved but only the exercise of love in our own souls.”

Thomas Merton , author of No Man Is an Island (affiliate link)

Making love, not war

My friend Bob Peragallo, a retired pastor and Marine Vietnam veteran, shared his take on love this way-

We all believe in love, but often we love the idea of love, when it needs to be our job description.

God declares Himself to be “Love” and He is, but it doesn’t always run in the family. Far too often, our lives become a poor substitute for the Jesus that the world is looking to see. If I lose my focus, I may give a poor substitute for this kind of love.

As someone who has received this love from my heavenly Father, I should always err on the side of loving people.

Bob serves on the Board of Directors of Vets with a Mission (VWAM) , a 501c3 organization providing humanitarian aid to  Vietnam and opportunities for Vietnam veterans, their families, and friends to experience healing from the emotional wounds of war.

VWAM’s sponsors life-saving heart surgery for children through its Children’s Heart Surgery Program. Donations are needed and welcome.

Children's Heart Surgery Project
I examined a child while on a volunteer trip with VWAM, to identify children needing heart surgery and other medical treatments.

sharing the HEART of health with love

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