Today.. Christ Died For Me.

Hello and Good Friday readers. I hope everyone is doing well today.

Well, as most Christians know, today is Good Friday. Today is the day that Christ died on a cross for our sins. He was a completely innocent man, but the world didn’t think so.

Even today, the majority of the world sees Jesus as just a man. Why is that?

All I know is that he is still my Savior, my Provider, my Lord. He still heals the sick, and forgives the sinner. He is still ALIVE!

I really don’t know much more to say right now.

Do you believe in Jesus? Is He your Savior?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Rapture 5/21/2011– Next.. Zombies!!

Good evening everyone! It has been really rainy here today! Well I just wanted to come on here to say farewell. If you haven’t heard, the world is supposed to end tomorrow. Do I believe this? No. Is it possible? Yes! Am I going to stop blogging? No.

If you have no clue what I am talking about, check out this news story.

Now here is what is really kinda funny. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) here in the USA has created a Prep Guide To Zombie Apocalypse.

If a zombie apocalypse does happen, here is what the CDC will do:

If zombies did start roaming the streets, CDC would conduct an investigation much like any other disease outbreak. CDC would provide technical assistance to cities, states, or international partners dealing with a zombie infestation. This assistance might include consultation, lab testing and analysis, patient management and care, tracking of contacts, and infection control (including isolation and quarantine). It’s likely that an investigation of this scenario would seek to accomplish several goals: determine the cause of the illness, the source of the infection/virus/toxin, learn how it is transmitted and how readily it is spread, how to break the cycle of transmission and thus prevent further cases, and how patients can best be treated. Not only would scientists be working to identify the cause and cure of the zombie outbreak, but CDC and other federal agencies would send medical teams and first responders to help those in affected areas (I will be volunteering the young nameless disease detectives for the field work).

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I really don’t believe in zombies. I just thought I would get your thoughts on tomorrow’s supposed events.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Last Supper on a Wednesday?

Good evening readers. I came across this article from Fox News yesterday, and thought I should share it. Easter is coming up this weekend, so I thought it was something to think about.

I really am not into science when it comes to Christianity, so I will be sticking to my beliefs and what the Bible says. Read the article and let me know what you think.

Scientist Claims Last Supper Was a Day Earlier

Published April 19, 2011| FoxNews.com

Christians have long celebrated The Last Supper of Jesus Christ on Maundy, the Thursday before Easter, but new research released Monday claims that evidence shows it took place on the Wednesday before the Crucifixion.

Prof. Colin Humphreys, a scientist at the University of Cambridge in England, believes the mistaken date is due to a calendar mix-up — and says his findings strengthen the case for finally introducing a fixed date for Easter, AFP reports.

In his attempt to pinpoint the exact timing of Jesus’ final meal, Humphreys used a combination of biblical, historical and astronomical research

The Bible’s different versions of Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples have left researchers puzzled for centuries.

While Matthew, Mark and Luke all say the Last Supper coincided with the start of the Jewish festival of Passover, John claims it took place before Passover, AFP reports.

In his new book, “The Mystery Of The Last Supper,” Humphrey’s concludes that Jesus, along with Matthew, Mark and Luke, may have been using a different calendar than John was.

“Whatever you think about the Bible, the fact is that Jewish people would never mistake the Passover meal for another meal, so for the Gospels to contradict themselves in this regard is really hard to understand,” Humphreys said.

Humphreys’ theory is that Jesus went by an old-fashioned Jewish calendar rather than the official lunar calendar that was in widespread use at the time of his death and is still in use today, AFP reports.

This would put the Passover meal — and the Last Supper — on the Wednesday, explaining how so many events took place between the meal and the Crucifixion.

It would follow that Jesus’ arrest, interrogation and separate trials did not all take place in the space of one night, but occurred over a longer period.

According to Humphreys, the set date for Easter Day should be April 5.

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So what do you think?

Until next time, God Bless!

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News Update: Major Discovery for Christian History

Thought I would share this.. I found it on Yahoo News today. It is very exciting and interesting.

Could lead codices prove ‘the major discovery of Christian history’?

By Chris Lehmann

British archaeologists are seeking to authenticate what could be a landmark discovery in the documentation of early Christianity: a trove of 70 lead codices that appear to date from the 1st century CE, which may include key clues to the last days of Jesus’ life. As UK Daily Mail reporter Fiona Macrae writes, some researchers are suggesting this could be the most significant find in Christian archeology since the Dead Sea scrolls in 1947.

The codices turned up five years ago in a remote cave in eastern Jordan—a region where early Christian believers may have fled after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE. The codices are made up of wirebound individual pages, each roughly the size of a credit card. They contain a number of images and textual allusions to the Messiah, as well as some possible references to the crucifixion and resurrection. Some of the codices were sealed, prompting yet more breathless speculation that they could include the sealed book, shown only to the Messiah, mentioned in the Book of Revelation. One of the few sentences translated thus far from the texts, according to the BBC, reads, “I shall walk uprightly”–a phrase that also appears in Revelation. “While it could be simply a sentiment common in Judaism,” BBC writer Robert Pigott notes, “it could here be designed to refer to the resurrection.”

But the field of biblical archaeology is also prey to plenty of hoaxes and enterprising fraudsters, so investigators are proceeding with due empirical caution. Initial metallurgical research indicates that the codices are about 2,000 years old–based on the manner of corrosion they have undergone, which, as Macrae writes, “experts believe would be impossible to achieve artificially.”

Beyond the initial dating tests, however, little is confirmed about the codices or what they contain. And the saga of their discovery has already touched off a battle over ownership rights between Israel and Jordan. As the BBC’s Pigott recounts, the cache surfaced when a Jordanian Bedouin saw a menorah—the Jewish religious candleabra—exposed in the wake of a flash flood. But the codices somehow passed into the ownership of an Israeli Bedouin named Hassam Saeda, who claims that they have been in his family’s possession for the past 100 years. The Jordanian government has pledged to “exert all efforts at every level” to get the potentially priceless relics returned, Pigott reports.

Meanwhile, biblical scholars who have examined the codices point to significant textual evidence suggesting their early Christian origin. Philip Davies, emeritus professor of Old Testament Studies at Sheffield University, told Pigott he was “dumbstruck” at the sight of plates representing a picture map of ancient Jerusalem. “There is a cross in the foreground, and behind it is what has to be the tomb [of Jesus], a small building with an opening, and behind that the walls of the city,” Davies explained. “There are walls depicted on other pages of these books, too, and they almost certainly refer to Jerusalem.”

David Elkington, an ancient religion scholar who heads the British research team investigating the find, has likewise pronounced this nothing less than “the major discovery of Christian history.” Elkington told the Daily Mail that “it is a breathtaking thought that we have held these objects that might have been held by the early saints of the Church.”

Still, other students of early Christian history are urging caution, citing precedents such as the debunked discovery of an ossuary said to contain Jesus’ bones. New Testament scholar Larry Hurtado observes that since these codices are miniature, they were likely intended for private, rather than liturgical, use. This would likely place their date of origin closer to the 3rd century CE. But only further research and full translation of the codices can fully confirm the nature of the find. The larger lesson here is likely that of Ecclesiastes 3:1—be patient, since “to everything there is a season.”

(David Elkington/Rex Features/Rex USA)

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You thoughts?

What is Lent?

Good evening everyone! I hope everyone is doing well this evening! I have been thinking of some blog topics, and will get to them shortly, but tonight I wanted to share something I found on another blog.

Lent starts tomorrow, so I thought I would share something in regards to that. What am I giving up for lent? I have not clue. Really I have never “celebrated” Lent. I know I probably should, being a Christian and all, but I really don’t.

Anyway.. Enjoy the following post. It is from Damien Parks.

What is LENT?

Since the earliest days of the Christian church LENT has been a season of searching, repentance, and reflection. This forty day period (excluding Sundays) imitates the forty day period spent in the ark by Noah, the period of time spent in the wilderness by Israel and it is through this period an individual also imitates the time Jesus spent in isolation in the wilderness.

These forty days are an invitation to renewal. LENT is not simply a time to give up a vice or make a simple diet change but rather a call to preparation as we approach the celebration of resurrection. It is on Easter that one experiences renewal but through this season of preparation an individual experiences the giving up of everything. This season can take on many forms, social, personal, internal, external. For it is through this forty-day season we are called to truly experience what the human struggle is all about. Throughout the course of this time spent time each and everyday focusing on a few of the following:

– Time of solitude each day.
– Keep a journal reflecting on some of the things you are reading, learning, etc.
– Read a book for inner reflection and growth.
– Focus on the other instead of the personal ask in prayer.
– Make a list of people what you need to be reconciled with.
– Forgive
– Let go of a grudge
– Say “no” to something that is a waste of money, time, etc.
– Find and be a voice for those that have no voice
– Ask others to join you in this season.
– Love.

Are you ready to enter into a season of renewal? What are the next steps for you?

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Remembering…

Good morning readers. I hope everyone is doing well today.

Today is a day of mourning and remembrance here in the United States. It is nine years ago today that two planes were flown into the World Trade Center, another into the Pentagon, and another into a field in a small town.

So many people lost their lives in this tragedy. It sparked one of the longest wars in US history, and so much more. Racial profiling turned its attention to the Arab race, and hatred of Christians to the Muslims.

Through all of this, there have been some good things as well. We as Americans have become more patriotic, and more aware of what is  going on in the world.

Today, a pastor in Florida is supposed to burn the Koran, as a symbol of protest. What good does that cause? Nothing. It shows the world and non-believers that Christianity is about hate, when in fact Christianity is about love.

Christians more than ever need to be showing the love of Jesus Christ; not just today, but everyday.

What are your thoughts about today?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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