Month: March 2010

Easter Blessings

As followers of Christ, Easter morning signifies the promise of new life, hope, forgiveness, mercy and grace. But we also remember the Garden of Gethsemane and picture the scene in our own minds, the coldness of the air, the loneliness and fear Christ experienced as He fell to the ground crying out to His Father. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” Going a little farther, He prayed that if possible the hour might pass from Him, “Abba, Father,” He said “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet, not what I will, but what you will.” Mark 14:34-36. He was alone and His soul was overwhelmed with sorrow. Soon He would journey to the cross, a journey which signifies the ultimate sacrifice.

This is the greatest expression of love, the pouring out of His own blood, His very life. This act of love through the pouring out of His life blood provides a way for forgiveness and through that forgiveness a relationship with God, a God of love. God is also a God of kindness, grace and mercy who poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. His life has not only been poured out for us but His life has been poured into us who by faith have trusted in Him.

God’s amazing love is beyond any earthly love we have known and He asks us to pour His love into the hearts of others in need of love.

Easter is a time to witness the victory of the cross in God’s love being poured out, Gods’ Spirit being poured out and God’s life being poured into our hearts so that we can pour that life of love into others.

Dear Father

We thank you for the amazing grace that surrounds our lives each day. Keep our hearts tender, our spirits humble and our eyes and minds open to your will in our lives.

In Jesus Name

But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7

With love and blessings this Easter Time X

Easter Window Biscuits

How about baking some delicious Easter treats that look fantastic! Let us know how you get on…


100g Butter, softened
150g Caster Sugar
1 Egg, beaten
1 tsp Ground Mixed Spice
200g Plain Flour
½ tsp Baking Powder
½ bag Clear Fruit Sweets, broken
1 tub Sprinkles, to decorate
1 pack Writing Icing, to decorate


1. Beat the butter and sugar together. Add the egg a little at a time, mixing well.

2. Sift together the mixed spice, flour and baking powder, then add to the mixture, stirring until it forms a soft dough.

3. Chill until firm (about 30 minutes). Preheat oven to 170°c/Gas Mark 3.

4. On a well-floured surface roll the dough out to about the thickness of a pound coin. Cut out the cookies.

5. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Stamp out shapes and fill with clear sweets. Cook for 12-15 minutes until the sweets are melted.

6. Remove the tray from the oven and let cool for 3-4 minutes before placing the biscuits on a wire rack. When fully cooled decorate as desired.

Makes 35
Total time required 35 mins
Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins

Recipe from ocadolife

‘History Maker’ gets to No4 in charts!

Thank you to those of you who read about the Easter Sunday campaign and downloaded ‘History Maker’. The Easter campaign was a great success and the Delirious song acheived the fourth highest spot in the download charts. The song was played four times on prime-time Radio One and lots of media interest and interviews took place. Thousands of pounds were raised for Compassion art. Martin Smith, the lead singer of ‘Delirious’ issued the following statement –

I want to say thank you to all of you who bought or downloaded the song. And thank you to the remarkable individuals who came up with the idea in the first place and helped bring it to birth with such integrity, wisdom and skill. All of you – the planners and the facebookers and the downloaders – you’re all mad! Mad because you probably already own three copies of it, mad because you spent hard earned cash on a song that’s 15 years old and mad because you joined with others that you’ve never met to create a whole lot of noise about Jesus. But I love mad people, and I’m very proud to be a part of all your lives.

Look out for more campaigns in the future with

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