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It’s Resurrection Sunday – Hallelujah, He is risen!


This Sunday is Easter Sunday, the day Jesus was raised from the dead three days after being killed as a criminal, also in fulfillment of the prophecies about Him. I love the account we read from Luke chapter 24.

Last week we talked about Palm Sunday. Jesus came riding into Jerusalem humbly, on a young colt, not as the victorious King the Jews expected. Yet they praised and worshipped Him in fulfillment of the prophecies.

1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.
2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel.
5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?
6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee,
7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”
8 And they remembered his words,
9 and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.

Jesus knew what was coming for Him, He even told the Apostles about it ahead of time.

And he strictly charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” ~ Luke 9:21-22

“Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men.” ~ Luke 9:44

These angels are here to remind the disciples of Jesus’ words and to testify that it had happened just as Jesus said it would. If you are a believer in Jesus, you also have that testimony!

The New Testament teaches that God sent the Holy Spirit to glorify Jesus as the Son of God. Jesus said, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth…. He will glorify me” (John 16:13). The Holy Spirit …. opens our eyes to see the self-authenticating glory of Christ in the narrative of his life and death and resurrection. He enables us to see Jesus as he really was, so that he is irresistibly true and beautiful. The apostle stated the problem of our blindness and the solution like this: “The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God…. For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:4, 6). ~ Pastor John Piper

Even King David believed and foretold Jesus’ resurrection, and the Apostle Paul saw Jesus after His resurrection, he believed, and then he spoke in his testimony about it:

22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—
23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.
24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.
29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne,
31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.
32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.
~ Acts 2:22-24, 29-32

Others will also testify of His resurrection

10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles,
11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.
12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.
13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem,
14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened.
15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them.
16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad.
18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,
20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.
21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened.
22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning,
23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.
24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.”
25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”
27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther,
29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them.
31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight.

These disciples don’t recognize Jesus at first. Though they’ve been told that He has been raised from the dead, somehow they can’t see the miracle of Him standing right in front of them! Luke tells us “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself”. The whole of the Bible points us to Jesus as the Savior of the world. Here we see that Jesus is able to show them the Old Testament scriptures that point to Him. Yet, even as He is doing so, they are still unable to see the risen Savior. It reminds me of how the Holy Spirit works in the lives of those around us, and yet they can’t recognize Him. He is doing miracles in their lives, for their good and His glory. Yet they don’t seem to see or understand that it is God working.

Suddenly, we see a transformation that happens when “their eyes were opened, and they recognized him”! What a beautiful thing it is when that happens today! It brings joy to my heart when a unbeliever is beautifully transformed as the light of Christ dawns on their dark heart, and they choose to believe on Jesus to be saved. Or a believer that has strayed far from God has suddenly had his or her eyes opened to see and remember of who Christ is. These disciples remind us that God does these miracles, He opens minds and hearts to reveal Himself.

As we read the Bible, learn the Scriptures, and testify of what God has done in our lives, God uses what we’ve learned and our testimony to reveal Himself to others around us.

32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”
33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together,
34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!”
35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
36 As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!”
37 But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit.
38 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?

Sometimes the work of God can be frightening or startling. That’s our human flesh, our doubt, our lack of faith. That is simply human. Jesus responds to their fear with “why?”

God has done miracle after miracle after miracle after miracle in my life. I have no reason to fear.  I’m still afraid.

I’m afraid of the future. I’m afraid of the unknown. I’m afraid for my family. I’m afraid of evil. I’m afraid of crime. I’m afraid of my bank account. I’m afraid of what others think. I’m afraid I’m dumb, boring, ignorant, pompous, self-righteous, angry, abrasive, and sinful.

Yet Jesus assures me. He shows me how powerful He is just as He assures the discipes.

39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”
40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.

He shows us in the Bible that He has risen from the dead. We have many eyewitness accounts of His resurrection. Why should I be afraid? I have a Savior God that does miraculous and wonderful things!

Jesus Eats with the Disciples

41 And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?”
42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish,
43 and he took it and ate before them.
44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”
45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,
46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,
47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
48 You are witnesses of these things.
49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

Here we see Jesus remind them with His words that He was to suffer, die, and rise again “that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations”. He explains the Scriptures to them and in doing so, “he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures”. As we read God’s word, the Bible, God does the same for us. It’s important to read and study both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Both of them point to God’s eternal plan for us and they point to Jesus Christ. If we read only one of the other, we don’t see the whole picture that God has given us. Jesus gives us that example, right here in Luke 24 and also throughout the New Testament, as He uses the Old Testament in His teaching.

50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them.
51 While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven.
52 And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
53 and were continually in the temple blessing God.
~ Luke 24:1-53

The Gospel of Luke begins it’s story in the Temple in Luke 1, and Luke also ends his gospel account in the Temple here in Chapter 24. Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s Temple. God shows us again and again throughout His Word that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah – and the fulfillment of God’s eternal plan.

18 So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?”
19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?”
21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body.
22 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
John 2:18-22

The temple was designed by specifications given from God early in the Old Testament. God uses His entire Word to testify of Himself. We have that testimony as well! We can be witnesses, just as the disciples were, of a risen Savior.

Hallelujah, He is risen! He is risen indeed!

 
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Surprises Wreck Retirement, Hidden Gems in Real Estate, America’s Safest/Secure Places To Live, Bad Math Lost My Home http://ow.ly/mAHEn

 
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Real Estate Today 10-4-2012


If you happen to be doing some real estate business in the Spokane area, we’d love to be your choice for title and escrow.  This morning, be sure to check out the Redfin article on the recent study they did, as well as the write-ups on underwriting rules and fence-sitting sellers.  Thanks for reading! 

Fannie Mae Tightens Underwriting Rules for Condo, Refinance Loans, Borderline Borrowers
Realty Times | October 3, 2012
Fannie Mae is putting the squeeze on underwriting guidelines this fall, making it tougher for some condo, borderline and refinancing borrowers to land a home loan.

Where downtown housing is hot, and where it’s not
MarketWatch | October 2, 2012
An increasing number of people began calling downtown Chicago home over the last decade or so, as new condominiums and then rental-apartment buildings accommodated all those young professionals and empty nesters interested in downtown living.

Fence-sitters in No Hurry to Sell
Inman News | October 3, 2012
Home prices are seeing some strength nationwide, but further price increases will be necessary to spur some homeowners to sell, according to real estate professionals.  (What are you telling sellers right now that are hesitant to list their property? ~Anthony)

Government: We Plan to Sue More Banks
CNN Money | October 3, 2012
Wall Street banks should be prepared for more lawsuits, a taskforce of federal and state investigators said Tuesday.

Mortgage Prepayment Speeds Reach Highest Level Since 2005: LPS
HousingWire | October 3, 2012
Mortgage prepayment rates spiked in August to levels above those reached in the mini refinance waves of 2009 and 2010, hitting their highest levels since 2005, according to analytics firm Lender Processing Services

On Big Real Estate Sites, Study Finds Gaps in Listings
The New York Times | October 3, 2012
A study underwritten by Redfin seeks to compare the comprehensiveness and accuracy of real estate listings on five sites, Zillow, Trulia, Redfin and the sites of two regional real estate brokerage firms, Windermere and Long & Foster.

Low Rates Fuel Refi Activity, But Will New Mortgage Applications Suffer?
US News & World Reports | October 3, 2012
More record low interest rates juiced demand for home loans last week as demand from homeowners looking to refinance surged to the highest level in more than three years, according to an industry group.

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Facebook Tops 1 Billion Active Users
The New York Times | October 4, 2012
Facebook on Thursday announced that it had topped one billion active users, meaning users who visited the site within a month. (My opinion on Facebook?  You can’t tell me that this company with their vast stores of data on 1 billion people is not going to figure out a variety of ways to make a huge fortune. They were only started in 2004 and in that short time their reach is beyond anything else. 1 billion people have visited their site in the last 30 days.  That is an incredible accomplishment in 8 years. ~Anthony)
 

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Real Estate Today 10-3-2012


At Stewart Title of Spokane, we’re trying to pull together a list of questions/answers for a new Frequently Asked Questions section of our website.  We’re hoping you can help!  What are some of the most most common questions consumers ask you in relation to title or escrow?  We’ve started a list by posting it to the blog, take a look and let us know what you think about the questions and our answers.  Thanks! ~Anthony

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The Mortgage Forgiveness Act: Will It Be Extended?
The KCM Blog | October 3, 2012
As the year winds down, we are getting more and more inquiries about the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 and whether or not it will be extended past its original expiration date of December 31, 2012. This is important as people who are selling their home through a short sale may be faced with a tax liability if they don’t close by the aforementioned date. (Of all of the bureaucracy and laws that have changed or been implemented since the Great Recession began, it seems to me this one one law was one of the better Acts of our legislative branch. ~Anthony)

Lower Interest Rates Spell More Refi Risk for Credit Unions
HousingWire | October 2, 2012
Credit unions that have a history of holding loans they originate view the Fed’s continual push for lower interest rates as somewhat of a double-edged sword that will have long-term effects on portfolio lenders and credit unions.

Low Inventories Thwarting Buyers
InmanNews | October 2, 2012
Nearly every major market has seen double-digit declines in inventories of for-sale listings, making multiple-bid situations common.

Growth in Apartment Rents Slows
The Wall Street Journal | October 2, 2012
The apartment-rental market remained robust in the third quarter but, with home sales improving, the sector is showing signs of losing steam, according to a new report from Reis.

Property Owners Face a New Surtax
The Wall Street Journal | September 29, 2012
The housing market may indeed be recovering, as many experts suggest, but investors are still struggling to understand what, if any, taxes they’ll owe upon selling their homes.

Economists: Housing Recovery Finally Here
CNN Money | October 3, 2012
It’s been a long time coming, but economists surveyed by CNNMoney believe the nation’s housing market has finally turned the corner.

US Home Prices Jumped in August by the Most in 6 Years as Housing Market Steadily Recovers
The Washington Post | October 2, 2012
A measure of U.S. home prices jumped 4.6 percent in August compared with a year ago, the largest year-over-year increase in more than six years.

MBA CEO blogs about homeownership on LinkedIn
HousingWire | October 2, 2012
David Stevens, the CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association just wrote an introductory blog post on why housing matters on social media network LinkedIn.  (You can read the actual blog post here)

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The Secret to Top Social Media Content? Simplicity
InmanNext | September 25, 2012
If there’s one thing to be ascertained from social media, it’s that it’s a trial and error process. You have to experiment with different kinds of content and gauge which kinds get the best results. In the beginning, this is one of the biggest obstacles many real estate agents face. (If you are friends with me on Faebook or have liked our Stewart Title of Spokane page, you’ll notice the concept of “simplicity” is one I could grasp a little better. ~Anthony)

 
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Real Estate Today 10-2-2012


Cost of a Home: Impact of Interest Rates
The KCM Blog | October 2, 2012
(Here is a neat little graphic for buyers to look at and understand the impact rates have had on a $100,000 loan over the past 10 years. ~Anthony)

Las Vegas is the next Phoenix: Clear Capital
HousingWire | October 2, 2012
Despite its high REO saturation rate, Las Vegas is shaping up to be the next Phoenix as it exhibits concentrated gains in discounted home price segments.

How Joseph Stiglitz Misread the Risks at Fannie Mae
The Wall Street Journal | October 1, 2012
In the two decades before a cascade of mortgage defaults forced the U.S. government to rescue Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in September 2008, the two mortgage companies regularly reassured anyone who would listen that nothing of the sort would ever happen.

Casualties of Chesapeake’s ‘Land Grab” Spread’
Reuters | October 1, 2012
Chesapeake Energy has exploited little-known laws in at least four states to force land owners to hand over drilling rights and sometimes forfeit profits. Land brokers, land owners and lawyers say such deals are pushing ethical and legal limits.

Where the Single-Family Rental Market is Heading: Capital Economics
DSNews.com | October 1, 2012
No doubt, the potential of the REO to rental market has caught the attention of both individual and institutional investors. But, what is the potential of the REO to rental market, and how long will it continue? In a recent report authored by economist Paul Diggle, Capital Economics addressed those questions.

Lawyers Get Rich Off Consumer Bureau
CNN Money | October 1, 2012
As the government’s consumer watchdog cracks down on banks, debt collectors, student lenders and other financial players, law firms are stepping up to protect them — and profiting nicely as a result.

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This Housing Pickup Won’t Drive Much Economic Growth
CNN Money | October 1, 2012
Bright spots in the housing market are certainly a welcome relief, but it’s going to take something dramatic to impact GDP.

 
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