CSN Easter Sunday – Messages of Light – 4/4/2021

CSN Easter Sunday – Messages of Light – 4/4/2021

Dear CSN newsletter readers,

The Citizen Sentinels Network has maintained a project, originally deemed the David Project, since 2018. We are in our second year of existence in a hostile political environment! For those readers of faith, the Messages of Light originated as a genuine inspiration from our Heavenly Father. It was initiated to bring Light into the dark in this time. And especially at this time in our nation and in the world, there is clear and present danger that requires the faithful to hold boldly and securely onto the foundations that are rooted in faith.

If you consider the messages in our Sunday edition relevant or meaningful and know others who might value them as well, consider yourself a Light mail messenger and please pass this newsletter on to those whom you feel could welcome it. Or simply, please receive it yourselves.

Additionally, please know we have successfully completed the launch of our Citizen Sentinels Network “Citizen Voice” live video programs in March. As mentioned previously, initial programs were my brief classes on “True U.S. History.” The second phase of the project includes relevant interviews of citizen patriots and public-servant minded leaders and provides both the history lessons and the interviews on alternate weeks. For those not yet “plugged-in,” readers can tune in this Monday by accessing this link:   https://wcntv.net 

 

But today is Easter Sunday, so I wish for a blessed Easter to you all! 

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On the Road to Emmaus

Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.

He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.”   Luke 24:13-35 (NIV)

Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

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“Jesus answered, ‘My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me.  Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?   John 7:16-19 (NIV)

Last Easter in the Messages of Light, we offered a sermon given by Rev. Martin Luther KIng, Jr. It followed other excerpts in other Messages of Light based on sermons from this man of God. Yet, following some of the earlier messages last year, there were responses referring me to negative information about Dr. King’s past and reports of his problems in relations with women.  I knew of the reports as it was not the first time I had raised up the words of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. as vital or important. In response to the first objection, I posted another Message of Light focused upon one of the sermons of Rev. Dr. King as I saw fit. In a message I offered last February, I explained a bit of this negative feedback and explained “I imagine there are many reasons for one to not want to receive, or to dismiss his words. Certainly, if one can find fault with the messenger, one does not have to take messages seriously. Or, so the ‘logic’ flows.”

Yet, in Jesus’ own words, he was also a messenger: My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me… John 7:16 (NIV)  I will remind readers that of those who hated the words of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr, or hated him, one also took his life from him. In actuality, there are any number of reasons, or excuses, people could make for not receiving his message, but perhaps the deepest is the one Jesus explained clearly: “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” Luke 15:18 (ESV)

I look at Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a messenger of God. I also realize that no messenger prior, except Jesus, was ever perfect. It is also undeniable that those receiving the messages from our Father in Heaven are not perfect either. So, is it not the message from God that is the essential point? So, such judgment, essentially rejection, from those in ignorance, is really about rejecting God’s words through his prophets and those who have attempted to walk the way that Jesus’ called us to go.

I firmly believe that Rev.  Martin Luther King, Jr. was a public servant who lived his life for all Americans and demonstrated through his actions that God still loved America in that time. He challenges all of us in this time to put our faith into practice at the risk of our lives. If that is the underlying message that people do not want to receive, it expresses more about the receiver than the messenger. If, at this point in our nation’s history, Christians were truly risking their lives for their faith, we may not be witnessing the tribulations within the United States right now.

So this week, I am offering another message based upon the words Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., his full sermon that I shared last Easter. However, only brief excerpts of Rev. King’s sermon will be offered, linked with reflection upon those excerpts. But, be forewarned as this message, as it is mixed with Dr. King’s words, is long, and I have again broken my own rules for the maximum word count, but please have patience with me, as this has been on my heart as we have been approaching Easter this year.

In addition to my message today, we have eight videos. We offer a video from Johnny Enlow that seems it was recorded last year, so the posting date may throw people off. However, there is pertinent information in the video. We also feature another one of Dutch Sheets’ videos that and he appears in a Victory Channel video as well. We are actually offering two videos from the Victory Channel. It introduces “Dog the Bounty Hunter as a legitimate Christian.

Additionally, we also have seven articles in our “Recommended Reading” section, and we also offer another one of the music videos of the “Let Us Worship” tour of Sean Feucht (pronounced “Foyt”) in our “Around the Republic” — this time from Tennessee.

There are more videos that are music videos that in one way or another touch upon messages in  other videos or the message for today. We hope you will enjoy them all.

These words and images are being freely offered and are being sent to you as part of the David Project’s “Messages of Light.” Please receive today’s messages as a gift from those who care. They are only words that are being offered, freely, but some contain a deep message of faith, or a deeper expression of heart that readers can hopefully receive into their lives. As it was written: “Where there is no vision,  the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”    Proverbs 29:18 – (KJV)

May we truly seek His face, but more – seek His Mind and His Heart, seek to know His Will, to repent when we do not, and turn from wickedness and open our hearts to Christ and doing God’s Will to build His Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven.

 

“Reflecting on Resurrection”

By Dennis Jamison

Easter   April 4, 2021

The following message addresses excerpts from a sermon entitled, “Questions That Easter Answers delivered on Easter Sunday by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church (transcribed from an audio recording – indiscernible words were accepted as interpreted by the transcriptionist). A link to the full sermon at Stanford University can be found at the end of this excerpt.

The narrative in Luke of the encounter of the two disciples with the risen Jesus is an extremely dramatic story. It is also quite instructional and if readers are able to do so, they can encounter Jesus through Cleopas and his friend on the road to Emmaus. In this New Testament story, we have a candid glimpse into the perceptions of two of Jesus’ followers, and their behavior in the presence of the risen Lord. Does it not have incredible relevance to us as we are expecting the return of the Christ in the present days? The instruction of Luke in this single encounter is quite valuable for all of us attempting to maintain our faith in desperate times that truly challenge the core of our faith and our understanding of the very meaning of life itself. So. within and between the lines of Luke’s narrative, there is much material to provide a backdrop for serious reflection on those times as compared to these times.

In these difficult and turbulent times, there are good things that are happening all around us, but as in the time of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, there were many who often had little clue of the happenings in the next village let alone what was happening in another country unless they were linked to those who were enlightened in that moment, or to those who were blessed by God’s grace, or connected to those caught up in God’s amazing Providence. Those readers of the Messages of Light should be able to discern that these are special times we are living in. The two men who were suddenly confronted by the presence of the risen Jesus were caught by surprise and did not recognize their Lord initially. Yet how, if suddenly confronted in a similar way, will we respond to receive the Christ in our lives in such a time as this? From Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. we receive these words:

Easter is a day above all days. It surpasses the mystery and marvel of Christmas with all of the glory of the incarnation. It asserts that man’s extremity is God’s opportunity. It affirms that what stops us does not stop God and that miracle is as much a part of the end as of the beginning. Above all, Easter provides answers to the deepest queries of the human spirit. Easter symbolizes an event that provides answers to questions that have puzzled the probing minds of philosophers and theologians over the generations. You raise basic questions about the universe and about life and about all of the mysteries attached to it. And the Christian faith comes back confirming in words that echo across the generations that Easter has the answer. And I want to deal with some of these questions this morning, some of the questions that Easter answers, questions that we raise sometimes consciously and sometimes unconsciously.

One of the first questions that we find ourselves raising, Is the life of man immortal?          Oh, from time to time we try to get by this question. You see this is, at bottom, the question, If a man dies, shall he live again?1 This question is as old as the primitive groupings of ancient man and as modern as a morning’s newspaper. “If a man dies, shall he live again?” It is a question of immortality. We try sometimes to be nonchalant about it. Or we might even agree with H. G. Wells that it is an irrelevant question, it is the height of egotism? — to talk about immortality of the soul.2 Oh, we try to be agnostic about it sometimes and say we just don’t know, it isn’t important anyway. But then one day, death invades our home and snatches away from us a loving, devoted friend. One day we come to the moment that we see our devoted loved one fade away. As Carlyle said concerning his mother, “Like the last pale circle of the moon fading in the deep seas.”3

And in that moment, we can’t be nonchalant. In that moment, we are not exactly agnostic. In that moment, we unconsciously cry out for the meaning of this thing. And there is something deep down within our souls that revolts against saying goodbye forever. We begin to ask: Is the ultimate destiny of man a rendezvous with the dust? Is the spirit of man extinguished at death like a candle guttered by a passing wind? We begin to wonder if death is a state of nothingness that leads us finally to a meaningless existence with no reality.

Then comes Easter to answer the question. Easter comes out ringing in terms that we all hear if we seek to hear it, that the soul of man is immortal. Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ we have fit testimony that this earthly life is not the end, that death is just something of a turn in the road, that life moves down a continual moving river, and that death is just a little turn in the river, that this earthly life is merely an embryonic prelude to a new awakening, that death is not a period which ends this great sentence of life but a comma that punctuates it to loftier significance. That is what it says. That is the meaning of Easter. That is the question that Easter answers—that death is not the end.

And as we think this morning, as we think in the mornings to come, about the immortality of the soul, here is the answer. For we have the testimony of reason on our side. Rationality tells us somehow that God would not make a universe and bring man across the centuries unfolding through the evolutionary process from a watery existence to the marvelous height of personality. And something tells us that God wouldn’t cut it off now that he has planted within our lives an infinite responsibility, and we need infinite time to fulfill it. Easter rings out and says to us with all of the rationality that can be mustered up that man lives on, that death is not the end, and somehow those who have left us along the way of life, those who have gone on into the distant eternities are not gone forever. We will see them again. And that is the marvelous and beautiful meaning of this faith. That is the first question that Easter answers—that life is immortal, that death is not the end.

We begin to wonder also about the reality of the invisible. And one of the big questions of llfe is whether the material is ultimately real or the spiritual is ultimately real. This has been the great question of philosophy through the generations, and philosophers have usually split up at this point. Some have been materialist, and some have been idealist. The materialist insisting that matter is the ultimate reality—those things which you see and touch and feel, those things which you can apply your five senses to. The idealist, on the other hand, insisted that mind is the ultimate reality, that spirit, that intangible forces are ultimately real. Then Easter comes unto us and says we take sides with the idealist, that these earthly, mundane, material things will pass away, that as you look at them they look like something permanent but they are just here for a season and then they go on, but there are these invisible, these intangible things that stand forever.

Oh, as we look at them, as we look at the visible things, we tend to think that this is all. As Professor Sorokin of Harvard says, we live in a sort of sensate civilization and we tend to think that just the things that we see, just the things that we touch, just the things that we can apply our five senses to, have existence.4 But Easter comes and says that isn’t true. You walk out at night, and you look up at the beautiful stars as they bedeck the heavens like swinging lanterns of eternity,    and somehow you think you see all. But oh no, you can never see the law of gravitation that holds them there. You look at this building, and you look at its beautiful architecture, and you think you see all. You look out and you walk out this morning, and you look over at the beautiful capitol building and all of the surrounding buildings, and you think you see all. The materialist would say that’s about all. But oh no, you don’t see all. You can never see the mind of the architect who drew the blueprint. You can never see the faith and the hope and the love of the individuals who made this church possible. You can see the external bricks; you can see the building, but you cannot see the internal forces that brought it into being.

You look up here this morning and hear somebody talking and you cry out, “Yes, I see you, M. L. King.” But I’m here to tell you this morning that you don’t see me.    You look here, and you see my body. You see my external being. You see something that’s merely a manifestation of something else. But the real me, you can never see. You can never see that something that the psychologists call my personality. You can never see my mind. You can never see my ideas. You can only see my body, and my body can’t think. My body can’t reason. My body only moves at the dictates of my mind. And so this morning, Easter tells us that everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.

In our present reality, do we recognize such words as true because we have read such truth from the Bible, or do we recognize such words as true because we have experienced the death experiences that Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. is talking about in his sermon? Possibly, there are many who have experienced death within both realities: the intellectual and the real. For those who have only read about it, it remains an intellectual exercise. However, for those who have experienced death up close and personal, it cuts to the core of one’s being. And even those who experience death in such a way, have diverse reactions. Many have read that there are those who get angry with God over the death of a loved one, or they become lost and totally disheartened – like the two men Jesus encountered on the way to Emmaus.

Yet. in that one encounter with the risen Lord, they received hope, and even in the dark of the night they went back to Jerusalem to share their experience it was so transformational. Before the encounter, they were despondent and how they spoke to Jesus reveals it. They may have been so filled with grief it was obvious their faces were so “downcast.” This came from their own testimony of what was inside of them. How many people across the nation are experiencing this sense of ill ease and lack of clarity as to what would happen next? The one nation in the world where Christianity once flourished, has now been cast into a type of prison. Some are currently experiencing it physically, and some are experiencing the mental or spiritual anguish of what we had once has now been lost. Let us pursue this thinking further with Dr. King’s Easter sermon:

There is another question that we like to raise, it is the question of whether life is doomed to futility and frustration. We wonder whether life has meaning or whether it is doomed to final frustration and futility, and some people have concluded that it is doomed to final frustration and futility. Some people feel that life is nothing more than a pendulum swinging between frustration and futility, and ultimately, it has no meaning. It’s just a pendulum swinging. You’ve read of the pessimistic philosopher Schopenhauer, and he builds a whole philosophy on that in his book  The World as a Will and an Idea. He builds a whole philosophical system on this fact, that life is nothing but a pendulum swinging between boredom and futility.7 It is nothing but a boring, disillusioning, bewildering statement. But then Easter comes to us and tells us that that isn’t true. And, one can discover meaning in this life through the resurrection of Jesus Christ and that all of the disappointments of life can be transformed into meaningful experiences.

Oh, this morning are you disappointed by something? Are you disappointed about some experience that you’ve had in life? Well, don’t give up in despair. You’re just in Good Friday now, but Easter is coming. Are you disappointed about some great ideal that you had and you felt that you would have achieved by now, but you have not achieved it? You have somehow been caught in the moment. You have somehow been caught at a point at which it seems that you can’t get out. Well, don’t give up in despair. If you will just wait, Easter will come. This morning, have you had some high and noble ideals? Have you had some high and noble hopes, and it seems that they have been blasted by the years? Well, don’t give up. Don’t despair, because Easter is coming. And this is the thing that men through the generations have learned when they live close to Jesus Christ, that Easter can emerge, and that all of the darkness of Good Friday can pass away.

So, here is the ‘crux of the matter’ that all Christians today must face: Are they living close to the risen Christ? From the two disciples who had experienced “the things that have happened there in these days…” there was not a great deal of hope as they met Jesus. They did not even realize who he was until he broke the bread with them. So, even based upon the words he shared with them on the road, they could not discern from whom they were receiving words of wisdom. The words of truth did not awaken them. It was not until the men invited Jesus into the home of one of them and shared a meal with him that it dawned on them, who they had invited into their home. In such a time as this in the days of COVID-initiated destruction of the ideals, principles, and values at the core of this nation, how many are so despondent that they may not recognize the time of their visitation from Christ? Ask this simple question: If the two disciples hadn’t been  inspired to invite the risen Jesus into their home, would they have ever found out who it was that they were talking with on the road? Ask another two incredibly relevant questions: How are you, the reader, expecting the return of the Lord – how would you recognize him? In such a time with the fear of COVID covering the nation, would you be willing to invite a stranger into your home? It is a very legitimate question, and it is most definitely connected to the question that Jesus had asked before he was crucified: Nevertheless, when the Son of Man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8 (KJV)

Is the point of Easter only to celebrate the resurrection of God’s son? It seems to me that it is one of the points, but it is not the only point. Otherwise, Luke’s story of the men on the road to Emmaus would not have such a greater relevance to us in this time. Fear is not the appropriate response in this time of tribulation. We all need to strengthen our faith in God to place our trust in Him and in his unique ways of working His Providence. And, He does still love the American people. It is just that our love needs to return to Him to complete the circuit of love.

Reference for the Easter sermon of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. –

https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/questions-easter-answers-sermon-delivered-dexter-avenue-baptist-church

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Video Views –  Onward and Upward!              

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Recommended Reading – follow the links… 

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From Patriot Post: Americans Must Never Throw in the Towel – 4/2/21  https://patriotpost.us/opinion/78881-americans-must-never-throw-in-the-towel-2021-04-02

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From The Christian Post: New children’s book ‘The ABCs of Morality’ aims to counter ‘progressive literature craze’ – 4/3/21 https://www.christianpost.com/news/new-childrens-book-aims-to-counter-progressive-literature.html?clickType=link-most-popular

From Real Clear Religion: Nadler’s Comments Ignore Faith of the Founders – 3/24/21 https://www.realclearreligion.org/articles/2021/03/24/nadlers_comments_ignore_faith_of_the_founders_769566.html

From Canada Free Press: The Six Trials of Jesus and Easter – 4/2/21 https://canadafreepress.com/article/the-six-trials-of-jesus-amp-easter

Review> From Communities Digital News: Easter: Reviving the commandments of Jesus Christ – 3/30/21 https://www.commdiginews.com/life/faith/easter-rekindling-commandments-jesus-christ-100430/

 

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News From Florida – 

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News From New York –

From New York Post: Ghislaine Maxwell to appear in person in Manhattan federal court – 4/2/21                               https://nypost.com/2021/04/02/ghislaine-maxwell-to-appear-in-person-in-nyc-federal-court/

News From Tennessee – 

From Let us Worship w/ Sean Feucht:  In Knoxville, TN – 4/4/21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6v2M_Bws214

News From Texas –

From The Christian Post: Priest calls cops on maskless pregnant mom holding baby at mass; police threaten arrest – 4/2/21 https://www.christianpost.com/us/priest-calls-cops-on-maskless-pregnant-mom-holding-baby-at-mass.html?clickType=link-more-in-section

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