Because He Lives

3 men, 3 crosses, 1 hill. One man cursed, One man prayed,

 One man promised.

One died condemned, one died forgiven, one died innocent.

One died in sin, one died to sin, one died for sin.

One was held by death, one was released by death, one conquered death.

One lost life, one gained life. One was life.

Praise God for the ONE who conquered death!

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I know my Redeemer lives.

How great Thou art.

Rise Up (by our church Second Baptist Church Houston, TX)


I hope you are following the Risen Redeemer Jesus Christ today and every day. I hope you had a blessed Easter. I wanted to share this collection of videos that have blessed me this Easter. The poem above was sent to me by a friend. To me Easter means He is risen, and when I think of Easter I think of the memories of celebrating Christ's resurrection southern-style with good food shared among family and friends. This year I tried a new recipe from All Recipes for carrot cake that is definitely a keeper.

Carrot Cake


4 eggs

1 1/4 cups vegetable oil

2 cups white sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3 cups grated carrots

1 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup butter, softened

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

4 cups confectioners' sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup chopped pecans


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.

2.In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, white sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir in carrots. Fold in pecans. Pour into prepared pan.

3.Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

4.To Make Frosting: In a medium bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Stir in chopped pecans. Frost the cooled cake. (I omitted the pecans for a smoother icing.)

Because He lives,



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