Wednesday, February 4, 2015

First Fruits - March 22



First Fruits began as a Jewish feast at the beginning of grain harvest called Festival of Feasts.  It is observed in the middle of the first Hebrew month of the year, Nissan 15-21, at the start of spring around March through April.   It began with Passover with the liberation of Jewish slaves from Egypt. The Bible discusses the freedom encounter in Exodus 12:21-27.  The scripture shows that Israelites were exempt or passed over from death and spared slavery to become free.    Following their liberation, the Jewish celebrated their deliverance from slavery with the Festival of Feasts.  The ritual is described in the Bible: Deuteronomy 26:1-10.     The celebration is now called Passover as a religious holiday.    Passover began as an agricultural gift to the church with wheat, barley, wine, figs, pomegranates, olives, dates.   It is described in the Bible in Leviticus 23:10.    The purpose was to give spiritual thanks for the start of an abundant harvest season.  

Today, First Fruits represent a specific offering beyond weekly tithing.    It is equivalent to a person's one week of pay or two percent of annual wages serving to experience a sacrifice while having faith that God will provide necessities.    The First Fruits are a voluntary offering motivated by personal faith and given in thanks to God.  First Fruit offerings are not given resulting in destitution or poverty.  It is a planned responsible offering as described in First Corinthians 16:2.   This religious practice is not pressured by church leadership.    First Fruits is initiated as a personal wish as seen in the Bible in Mark 12:41-44.      It is intended to keep the church active and flourishing as seen in First Timothy 5:17-18 and First Corinthians 9:14.

The Bible explains Jesus died on Passover and resurrected three days later.    Just as the original First Fruits was offered by the Jewish on Nissan 16, three days after Passover, Jesus became our First Fruits.  This is shown in First Corinthians 15:20.   First Fruits offerings are worship appreciation of souls saved through Jesus Christ.     The offering is voluntary and given in celebration and love as seen in Second Corinthians 9:6-7.

In the Bible, the New Testament discusses how First Fruits are presented.     The Bible says in Romans 12:1-2 that God reaches to faithful Christians.  In Matthew 25:14-30 it says we should be responsible for the blessings from God and we shall receive more through our obedience to principle.    If we are not responsible, the blessings are taken away.   The First Fruits are presented by the congregation to the altar as a worship of thanks to God.   For example, they are presented in baskets with the financial First Fruits as well as flowers, fruits, and vegetables.    Parishioners give thanks to God with the faith that a return in blessing in their lives shall take place.

This year, the Resurrection Center will celebrate the offering of First Fruits on Sunday,  March 22, 2015, also known as Easter.      The financial offering will be included with any fruit and delivered to a decorated basket that will be at the altar.    This celebration is one of excitement, harvesting, growth, enrichment, and love.   It can’t get better than that.    

SCRIPTURE SUMMARY:

·         — Exodus 12:21-27
·         —Deuteronomy 26:1-10
·         — Leviticus 23:10
·         — First Corinthians 16:2
·         — Bible in Mark 12:41-44
·         — First Timothy 5:17-18
·         — First Corinthians 9:14
·         — First Corinthians 15:20
·         — Second Corinthians 9:6-7
·         — Romans 12:1-2
·         — Matthew 25:14-30 


Monday, January 26, 2015

Alert - Blizzard Warning - Be Safe

God Bless You All.   Here are some tips to prepare you for the Blizzard.  

— Freeze plastic bags of ice in the freezer.   Move them to the fridge if you lose power to keep your food cold.
— Ensure you have full tank of gas so that the gas lines don't freeze. It is worth waiting in line at the gas station.
— Buy powdered milk.   Mixed with water you can have mild for children and it won't spoil.
— Be careful walking outside.  The snow will be on top of ice that was formed in previous storms
— If you lose electricity, call Western Mass Electric on your cell phone to get a status and to report an outage.  (413) 785-5871
— If there is a delay in getting your streets plowed (like recently reported for 16 Acres in WGGB 40), call the Springfield DPW (413) 787-6260 or the DPW in your town.
— Keep informed of the weather by downloading the WWLP weather APP.  Search for WWLP WX
David Ewen

Friday, January 2, 2015

Daniel Fast (Complete Information)

Daniel Fast 

Daniel 10:2-3 & 17-19

The Daniel Fast provides a unique opportunity for you to draw near to the Lord through prayer and fasting. May the Lord bless you richly as you hunger for Him!  There are two anchoring scriptures for the Daniel Fast. In Daniel 1 the Prophet ate only vegetables (that would have included fruits) and drank only water. So from these scriptures we get two of the guidelines for the fast:      Only fruits and vegetables & only water for a beverage

Then in Daniel 10 we read that the Prophet ate no meat nor any precious breads or foods and he drank no wine for 21 days. So from this scripture, we get a third guideline:      No sweeteners and no breads

Another important guideline is drawn from Jewish fasting principles, where no leaven is used during the fast. So that’s why yeast, baking powder and the like are not allowed on the Daniel Fast.

Daniel 10:2-3 & 17-19

Daniel 10:2-3   New King James Version (NKJV)
In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.

Daniel 10:17-19   New King James Version (NKJV)

17 For how can this servant of my lord talk with you, my lord? As for me, no strength remains in me now, nor is any breath left in me.”
18 Then again, the one having the likeness of a man touched me and strengthened me. 19 And he said, “O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!”
So when he spoke to me I was strengthened, and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”




Foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast

·         All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon
·         All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.
·         All whole grains, including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.
·         All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.
·         All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.
·         All quality oils including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.
·         Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.
·         Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

Foods to avoid on the Daniel Fast

·         All meat and animal products including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.
·         All dairy products including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.

·         All sweeteners including but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.
·         All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.
·         All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.
·         All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.
·         All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.
·         Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.

 




Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year

The Pastors would like to take this opportunity to give warm thanks to your love and companionship that you have made to the family of the Resurrection Center.  They give blessings to you, your family, and friends. 

To hear a summary of accomplishments from 2014.   Go here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rescentspring/2014/12/31/the-resurrection-takes-a-look-back-at-2014

KEEP UP TO DATE & INFORMED: This mobile app is new and for the Resurrection Center It can be pinned to your home screen and also accessed on your computer. Save it to the Home Screen of your mobile device and keep up to date with videos, pictures, news, special dates, updates, and contact information about the Resurrection Center


Our updated website makes it easier to access Facebook pictures, Blog news, Twitter feeds, YouTube videos, listen to our radio shows, and buy shirts.  Go to:

www.ResurrectionSpringfield.org
Pin the website to your home screen of your cell phone and keep up to date.
God bless you and see you New Years Eve or this Sunday at 12:30.
The Pastors & Leadership Team at Resurrection Center

New Mobile App for Resurrection Center

This mobile app is new and for the Resurrection Center It can be pinned to your home screen and also accessed on your computer. Save it to the Home Screen of your mobile device and keep up to date with videos, pictures, news, special dates, updates, and contact information about the Resurrection Center 


Scan this QR Code and Pin the site to your home screen. 
Or Pin this screen to your mobile device home screen:



Links & Mobile App



Here are all of the links for the Resurrection Center.  A mobile app is used to tie them together.


Website:                      http://www.ResurrectionSpringfield.org
Facebook:                    http://tinyurl.com/ResCentSpring
Blog:                            http://ResCentSpring.BlogSpot.com
Twitter:                       https://twitter.com/ResCentSpring
YouTube:                     http://tinyurl.com/ResCentSpringVideo
Email:                          ResCentSpring@gmail.com
Phone:                         (413) 342-0354  
Radio:                          http://www.BlogTalkRadio.com/ResCentSpring
Television:                   Channel 12 Springfield – Sundays at 2:00 PM
Mobile App:                http://forestacad.wix.com/rescentspring

This mobile app is new and for the Resurrection Center It can be pinned to your home screen and also accessed on your computer. Save it to the Home Screen of your mobile device and keep up to date with videos, pictures, news, special dates, updates, and contact information about the Resurrection Center http://forestacad.wix.com/rescentspring

Scan this QR Code and Pin the site to your home screen. 
Or Pin this screen to your mobile device home screen: http://forestacad.wix.com/ResCentSpring