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Body and Soul – “Ain’t No Grave Can Hold This Body Down”.

I heard a commercial for a popular program about crab fisherman in Alaska and they played a snippet of Johnny Cash’s song “Ain’t No Grave”.  I remember that song and like so much of Cash’s stuff it grabs and gets a hold of you on different levels.   I found the lyrics but I never listened back to his rendition – I just went and recorded how I remember the song.

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Paul said in First Corinthians 15

51Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”55“Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?” 56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

We are about to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The resurrection is proof that God cares about us “body and soul”.  Jesus cared about people body and soul and his ministry is our mandate to care about Body and Soul.  We in North Dakota care about our neighbors and “those in the household of faith” body and soul.

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