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Thursday, April 13, 2017

*HAPPY EASTER BLESSINGS!!!* (NEW Movies & EASTER Specials to Watch this Holiday Weekend!)

Happy Easter Blessings to All My Dear Friends who visit here…

On this Holy Day, I am wishing you - all the joy and happiness given to us from our Savior, Jesus Christ! I pray each day - we all take the time to seek Him and rejoice... He is Risen!!!

I'll be sharing today ~ TV Movies and Shows (below!) to watch this weekend with your family, the amazing Easter Story directly from God's Word... as well as Easter Specials that honor this sacred Holiday, and a few fun Easter Bunny ones, too!

image: Vintage Easter Card

April 14, 2017 GOOD FRIDAY -

INSP has the touching 2-part Easter story...

The Waltons - "An Easter Story, Part I" ... INSP ... 3 PM

The Waltons - "An Easter Story, Part II" ... INSP ... 4 PM

UP has Biblical Easter movies...

Son of God (PG-13) ... UP ... 7 PM

The Passion of the Christ (TV-14) ... UP ... 10 PM

Son of God (PG-13) ... UP ... 12 AM

The Disney Channel has a Kids Easter movie...

HOP ... Disney Channel ... 9 PM

Plus Disney Jr. has:
Mickey's Great Clubhouse Hunt, My Friends Tigger and Pooh - Flowers for Eeyore; Easter Rabbit, and Wonder Pets! - Help the Easter Bunny

NICK Jr. has:
Zack and Quack - The Pop-up Easter Egg Hunt; Pop Art Festival, PAW Patrol - Pups Save the Easter Egg Hunt, Wonder Pets! - Help the Easter Bunny

April 15, 2017 SATURDAY -

Spring Fling Continues on the Hallmark Channel with...

Stop the Wedding, The Birthday Wish, Wedding Bells, Love Blossoms, and Moonlight in Vermont

NICK Jr. has delightful Easter cartoons, including:

Max and Ruby - Max's Easter Parade; Max & the Easter Bunny

TCT has an Easter themed movie about an ill 12-year-old boy...

Jeremy's Egg ... TCT ... 11:30 AM
(repeats Easter, Sunday night at 11 PM)

The Disney Channel encores their Kids Easter movie...

HOP ... Disney Channel ... 12 PM

UP airs Biblical Films throughout the day...

The Ten Commandments (2006 Mini-series) ... UP ... 4 PM

The Passion of the Christ (TV-14) ... UP ... 8 PM

Uplift TV has a movie of a young woman who travels across the country to meet up with her estranged family for the Easter holiday...

Pieces of Easter ... Uplift TV ... 7 PM

Check your Local PBS station for...

The Lawrence Welk Show - Easter Special

Hallmark Channel's New Spring Movie...

Storyline via Hallmark: "Spencer is a cat person. Lara is a dog person. Spencer is headed to a beach town to work on his thesis. Lara is coming to the same beach town to escape the shambles of her life. Their personalities couldn’t be more different, but when a..." Click Here to Read More...

See the Premiere of Like Cats & Dogs
April 15, 2017 SATURDAY
at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel

(*By the way, you can also see Cassidy Gifford (from "Like Cats & Dogs") in the feature film movie "God's Not Dead" - tomorrow on UP!)

UP will continue Biblical Films on Saturday night with...

Son of God (PG-13) ... UP ... 10 PM

The Passion of the Christ (TV-14) ... UP ... 1 AM

On Easter Eve, ABC will have their annual airing of:

The Ten Commandments ... ABC ... 7 PM (4 hrs 44 min.)

TBN ends Saturday evening and begins early Easter Sunday morning with...

The Greatest Story Ever Told ... TBN ... 11 PM

King of Kings ... TBN ... 3 AM

April 16, 2017 EASTER SUNDAY -

Son of God (PG-13) ... UP ... 8:30 AM

The Robe ... INSP ... 12 PM

On Easter Sunday - TCM will air beloved Easter Classics...

Barabbas, Ben-Hur, Easter Parade, The Robe, and King of Kings

Judy Garland and Fred Astaire in the "Easter Parade"

On Easter Sunday - Disney Jr will have sweet Easter Cartoons...

My Friends Tigger and Pooh - Flowers for Eeyore; Easter Rabbit, Mickey's Great Clubhouse Hunt, and more!

On Easter Sunday - NICK Jr will have sweet Easter Cartoons...

Max and Ruby - Max's Easter Parade; Max & the Easter Bunny, Peppa Pig - Easter Bunny; Spring; Rebecca Rabbid; Mummy Rabbit's Bump; Garden Games, and more!

On Easter Sunday - UP will air popular Faith Films from recent years...

Facing the Giants, Fireproof, Courageous, God's Not Dead, Facing the Giants, Finding Normal

The Hallmark Channel Continues Spring Fling with...

A Dash of Love, Moonlight in Vermont, Walking the Dog, Hearts of Spring, and an encore airing of the new premiere: Like Cats and Dogs!

Plus, the Hallmark Channel Premieres on Sunday night a Perfect Show for the Family - An All New...

Season 4, Episode 9:
"Heart of a Secret"

Storyline via Hallmark: "Abigail is mayor of Hope Valley Henry once again with Gowen in jail and, a mystery woman arrives in town bearing harmful allegations about Carson Shepherd’s secret past that confirm Frank Hogan’s suspicions. Elizabeth takes care of Opal for a few days and learns some lifelong lessons about motherhood, and is thrilled when she meets..." Click Here to Read More...

See the All New When Calls the Heart
Season 4, Episode 9: "Heart of a Secret"
April 16, 2017 EASTER SUNDAY
at 9 pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel

*Unfortunately, just like last year - there is NOT a listing for the Charlie Brown Easter Special, “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown”. All Charlie Brown episodes are something truly special and dear for each holiday ~ so the whole Peanuts gang will be wholeheartedly missed again this Easter Season!

I pray you all have a Blessed Easter Weekend. Below, I have shared the Easter story directly from God's Holy Word. Happy Easter, Everyone! May you find abundant joy in God's Promises!

God's Blessings, Net

Easter Story from the Bible
Mark 14-16 (NIV)

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

14 Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. 2 “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.”

3 While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.

4 Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? 5 It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.

6 “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. 8 She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. 9 Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. 11 They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

The Last Supper

12 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”

13 So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. 14 Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15 He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.”

16 The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

17 When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. 18 While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.”

19 They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, “Surely you don’t mean me?”

20 “It is one of the Twelve,” he replied, “one who dips bread into the bowl with me. 21 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”

22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”

23 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.

24 “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. 25 “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

27 “You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written:

“‘I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered.’

28 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”

29 Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”

30 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.”

31 But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same.


32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”

35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba,[f] Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

39 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. 40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.

41 Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Jesus Arrested

43 Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders.

44 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” 45 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. 46 The men seized Jesus and arrested him. 47 Then one of those standing near drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

48 “Am I leading a rebellion,” said Jesus, “that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? 49 Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.” 50 Then everyone deserted him and fled.

51 A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, 52 he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.

Jesus Before the Sanhedrin

53 They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together. 54 Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire.

55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. 56 Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree.

57 Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.’” 59 Yet even then their testimony did not agree.

60 Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 61 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.

Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”

62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

63 The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. 64 “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?”

They all condemned him as worthy of death. 65 Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him.

Peter Disowns Jesus

66 While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. 67 When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him.

“You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said.

68 But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway.

69 When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them.” 70 Again he denied it.

After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.”

71 He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.”

72 Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

Jesus Before Pilate

15 Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, made their plans. So they bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate.

2 “Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate.

“You have said so,” Jesus replied.

3 The chief priests accused him of many things. 4 So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.”

5 But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.

6 Now it was the custom at the festival to release a prisoner whom the people requested. 7 A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising. 8 The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did.

9 “Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate, 10 knowing it was out of self-interest that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead.

12 “What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them.

13 “Crucify him!” they shouted.

14 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.

But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

15 Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

The Soldiers Mock Jesus

16 The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. 17 They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. 18 And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” 19 Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

The Crucifixion of Jesus

21 A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. 22 They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). 23 Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.

25 It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. 26 The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the jews.

27 They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left. 28 29 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30 come down from the cross and save yourself!” 31 In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! 32 Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

The Death of Jesus

33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”

36 Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.

37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.

38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

40 Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome. 41 In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.

The Burial of Jesus

42 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. 45 When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. 46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.

Jesus Has Risen

16 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

8 Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

9 When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. 11 When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.

12 Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. 13 These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either.

14 Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.

Easter Blessings to You All!

As it says in 1 Peter 1:3 - "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."


  1. I just looked at Uplift TV's website and it had a movie called "Healed By Grace" listed as airing on April 15th at 7:00 p.m.

    1. Thank you for sharing - that is interesting. titantv.com and my DirecTV listings both show the movie "Pieces of Easter" at that time. I would assume the main website would be correct, but you never know.

      I also found the movie "Pieces of Easter" on GOD TV - Saturday night, April 15th at 7:30 PM and it repeats on GOD TV - Sunday April 16th at 1 PM.

      Hope that is helpful. Happy Easter!!!

  2. He lives! Thank you, Jesus, for being in my life every day. I need thee every hour...

    1. Beautifully said, Amy G! Oh, so true! Every hour! (I'm humming the song now!)

      Many Blessings to You and a very Happy Easter, too! Net

  3. GREAT post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Thank you, tvh! That means so much to me!

      Blessing to you!!! Net :)

  4. Net - I think it is so great that you share the Easter Story on this site. Wouldn't it be wonderful if your sharing of this message brings at least one person closer to Christ this season?!

    Many blessings to you and your family this holy season! And as always, thanks for all of you hard work!

    1. Mark - that was such a beautiful thing to say! I would be so truly blessed, if my post drew someone closer to Christ today! Thank you for blessing me with your comment!

      I pray all of God's many blessings for you, as well!!!

      Thank you for always adding your uplifting words of encouragement to my site!!!

      Blessings!!! Net :)

  5. Thank you for sharing the Easter passage from the Bible, net! I'm truly blessed by your apparent commitment to witness about God on this site. Happy Easter to you and sending prayers of blessings and love!

    1. Thank you, CH Mom! It is always my Joy & Honor to share God's Amazing Love with all of my readers! Jesus is my Savior and it is a blessing to live in a country where we can share our beliefs with the world!

      My faith is the very foundation of who I am and I am so happy to know so many of you share this same faith!!!

      Blessings & Prayers to you!!! Net :)

  6. This seals the deal, you are my favorite website! Happy Easter to you Net, your family and all the It's a Wonderful Movie family. I will be busy with my family today, as I expect you are. Thank you for making us all feel at home here.

    1. Awe CJ - thank you so much! That means a great deal to me, for you to say that. You are definitely a special part of the It's a Wonderful Movie family!

      I'm glad to hear you were actively busy with your family on Easter Sunday, as I was, too!

      You are always welcome here! I'm so glad you feel at home... the welcome mat is out!

      Blessings!!! Net :)

  7. Happy Easter to you and all who come here!

    1. Oh, thank you! I hope you also had a blessed, Happy Easter!

  8. What a beautiful message of God's amazing love, Net!

    Thank you for sharing the Easter story. I wanted to read it together in the scriptures, with our extended family, but I wasn't exactly sure where to locate it as far as where to begin and end, but you simplified it or organized it better, by adding the various headings above each section of scriptures. My plan is to have everyone pull out there cell phones, open up your site and read along here. I'll let you know how it goes. I'm heading to Easter services now!

    Many blessings back to you from our Heavenly Father! Happy Easter! 💒

    1. Abby - thank you so much for sharing that! I am so happy I was able to help. That sounds like a wonderful idea. I hope it worked and everyone enjoyed reading the story from God's Word together. Our family also read it together and it was truly, a precious beautiful time. Thank you for sharing! That blessed me (beyond words!) so much!!! I hope you had a very nice Easter!

      God's Blessings to You & Yours!!! Net :)

  9. Joyce in CarolinaTuesday, April 18, 2017

    Net - Reading all of the wonderful comments in this thread is so heart warming. So happy to hear what other believers have to say and so thankful for this blog where we have the freedom to do so. Thank you again for the stand you take for Christ! I'm so happy I found this site...I feel I'm connected with lots of brothers and sisters in Christ I don't even know but share this common bond. Blessings to you and everyone who comes here!


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