Monthly Archives: April 2012

Thought For The Day 04/30/12

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Heralding Summer!

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Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time. 

John Lubbock

http://www.quotegarden.com/summer.html

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Just 24 hours from now….a mere 86,400 seconds….May will herald her arrival for the year 2012. And with the month od May comes the promise of warm summer breezes and children running around through lush green grass barefooted. Can dips in the ocean or swimming pool be far behind? Does the music of the ice cream truck which drives every parent on the face of the earth crazy at the same time it causes the Pavlovian drooling response in children, begin its rounds through out your neighborhood just as the sun winks below the horizon? And, lastly but certainly not least, every child alive counts down the seconds until their parole from the institution that has held them prisoner since August or September…..school!

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 Yes, summer is nearly here and in some cultures, especially those that embrace a polytheistic view, this is also a time leading up to the celebration of the summer solstice, or the day the sun stands still! But, except for the Feast of St John the Baptist in August and perhaps a handful of Feast days for other Saints (after all we do have roughly 10,000 canonized Saints), we who believe in the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, do not honor  this time in the calendar with some special celebration! And though we do not have any particular observances scheduled in the church, man has taken care of this on his own.

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I decided to see what special days and celebrations await us in May and I discovered a lot of them! Some are ridiculous, some are not. But they all serve to provide us a secular time of celebrating this time of the year. While the Bible certainly does not show the Apostles celebrating ANY days like these, we validate the celebrating of them because there is so much joy and love of family that occurs at this time, that we hope that God would approve of such a joy filled time in the human life, whether or not the day celebrates Him!

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Here are the special observances and celebrations I found for May! Read them! Laugh at them! And then head out and spend some quality family time with your family as we turn the page on yet another month!

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Month Long Observances

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American Bike Month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Asparagus Month

Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month

Better Hearing and Speech Month

Flower Month

National Bar-B-Que Month

National Egg Month

National Duckling Month

National Hamburger Month

National Mental Health Month

National Salad Month

National Photo Month

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

National Strawberry Month

Older Americans Month

Transportation Month

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Week Long Observances

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1st Week – National Postcard Week

1st Week – Teacher Appreciation Week

2nd Week – National Pet Week

2nd Week – National Police Week Celebrate in whichever week has May 15th.

2nd Week – Stuttering Awareness Week

Last Week – National Backyard Games Week Last full week before Memorial Day.

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Individual Day Observances

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May 1

Hawaiian Lei Day

Mother Goose Day

May Day

Worthy Wage Day For child care providers.

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May 2nd

Dr. Benjamin Spock’s Birthday Born in 1903.

Holocaust Remembrance Day Called Yom Hashoah.

 National Truffles Day

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May 3rd

Constitution Memorial Day In Japan.

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May 4th

National Weather Observers’ Day

Space Day Celebrated the first Friday of May.

Susan’s Birthday From Sesame Street.

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May 5th

Children’s Day In Japan.

Cinco De Mayo

National Scrapbook Day Celebrated on the first Saturday of May.

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May 6th

International No Diet Day

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May 7th

1st Stamp Collection Started

Pulitzer Prize Established

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May 8th

National Teacher Day Always the Tuesday of the first full week of May.

National Train Day

No Socks Day

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May 9th

Lost Sock Memorial Day

First Newspaper Cartoon In the USA in 1754.

Peter Pan Day James Matthew Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, was born on May 9, 1860, in Scotland.

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May 10th

Clean Up Your Room Day

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May 11th

National Family Child Care Provider’s Day The Friday before Mother’s Day.

Twilight Zone  Day

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May 12th

International Nurses Day

Kite Day

Limerick Day

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May 13th

Mother’s Day Second Sunday of May.

Tulip Day

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May 14th

Beginning of Lewis and Clark Expedition In 1804.

National Dance Like a Chicken Day

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May 15th

Aoi Festival Celebrated in Japan.

L.F. Baum’s Birthday Author of The Wizard of Oz – born in 1856.

National Chocolate Chip Day

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May 16th

First US Nickel Minted In 1866, called the ‘Shield Nickel’.

Wear Purple for Peace Day

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May 17th

First Kentucky Derby In 1875.

Pack Rat Day

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May 18th

International Museum Day

Mount St. Helens Erupted In 1980.

Visit Your Relatives Day

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May 19th

Armed Forces Day The third Saturday of May.

Circus Day The Ringling Brother’s Circus opened in 1884.

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May 20th

First Photo Sent From Space In 1990 the Hubble space telescope sends 1st photograph’s from space.

Peace Day Third Sunday in May.

Strawberry Picking Day

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May 21st

American Red Cross Founded Founded by Clara Barton in 1881.

Lindbergh Flight Day In 1927.

Victoria Day Celebrated in Canada on the Monday before May 24.

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May 22nd

Buy-A-Musical Instrument Day

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May 23rd

Penny Day

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May 24th

First Morse Code Message Sent Sent from Washington DC to Baltimore in 1844.

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May 25th

National Missing Children’s Day

National Tap Dance Day

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May 26th

Blueberry Cheesecake Day

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May 27th

Golden Gate Bridge Opens In 1937.

Masking Tape Patented In 1930.

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May 28th

Amnesty International Day

Jim Thorpe’s Birthday Born in 1888.

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May 29th

John F. Kennedy’s Birthday Born in 1917.

Paper Clip  Day

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May 30th

Hole in My Bucket Day

Compact Disc Birthday

Ice Cream Freezer Patented In 1848 by William Young.

Memorial Day While officially Memorial Day is May 30th, it is observed on the last Monday of May, which is the 28th in 2012.

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May 31st

World No Tobacco Day

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Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

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Thought For The Day 04/29/12

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“Blessings”

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We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. 

Thornton Wilder

 http://www.quotegarden.com/gratitude.html

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 We are Christians! And with the acknowledgement of that comes another indisputable fact. We will all, at some time or another, face the stings and barbs of others who do not share our beliefs and who will work their hardest to undermine that which we hold to be the truth within our own hearts. This fact is an absolute!  Just as Jesus was persecuted, so will many who openly profess their belief in God be persecuted. And with that persecution comes  hurt and pain and sometimes even feelings of despondency. But never forget the special gift he gave to each of us by his promise of eternal life. And while the trials I face might just cause me to fear at time my mortal life as I understand it to be, never, ever, have I feared for my immortal soul!

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The blog of a friend was where I was introduced to a very special song. And the story of the young artist who wrote it is just as special and unique. Gifted artist Laura Story wrote the hit song, “Indescribable”, which was recorded by Chris Tomlin in 2004. However her trials at God’s hands were just beginning. She married the next year, and began working in the music ministry at Perimeter Church in Atlanta. She won a Dove award for Inspirational Album in 2008, but the acclaim wasn’t without triumphing over tragedy. Her beloved husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2006. And while her husband hasn’t been completely healed, she is very thankful for the blessings God did choose to bestow upon her family! Her song, “Blessings”, is a reflection of the hopeful place that God led her family to. And it is my hope that you who might also be feeling hurt or pain now, will hear this beautiful song and finally be able to find that “silver lining” that has seemed to be missing in your life!

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Blessings

by Laura Story

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We pray for blessings, we pray for peace.

Comfort for family, protection while we sleep.

We pray for healing, prosperity.

We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering.

All the while, You hear each spoken need.

Your love is way too much to give us lesser things.

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Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops?

 What if your healing comes through tears?

 What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?

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What if trials of this night, are Your mercies in disguise?

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear.

We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near.

We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love.

As if every promise from Your word is not enough.

All, the while, You hear each desperate plea.

And long that we’d have faith to believe.

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Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops?

 What if your healing comes through tears?

What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?

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What if trials of this night, are Your mercies in disguise?

When friends betray us, when darkness seems to win;

We know that pain reminds this heart, that this is not,

 this is not our home. It’s not our home.

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Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops?

What if your healing comes through tears?

What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?

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What if my greatest disappointments, or the aching of this life;

 Is a revealing of greater thirst that a world can’t satisfy?

And what if trials of this life, the rain, the storms, the hardest nights;

Are Your mercies in disguise?

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“That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies”

Genesis 22:17 (KJV)

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Thought For The Day 04/28/12

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Are You Doing What You Are Meant To DO? 

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Every one of us has in him a continent of undiscovered character.  Blessed is he who acts the Columbus to his own soul. 

Author Unknown

http://www.quotegarden.com/self-discovery.html

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I saw a post this morning which really struck a chord with me and has given me pause to wonder if, at last, I am doing what I was destined to do with my life? And, more importantly, am I doing with my life that which God is asking that I do?

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This man whose story I saw today was the son of an Air Force General and an accomplished Golden Gloves boxer. He graduated from Pomona College with a B.S. degree and then became a Rhodes Scholar from Oxford University. He joined the U.S. Army at the prompting of his father.  After graduating from Officer Candidate School he graduated from both Army Airborne and Ranger training in  the top of each class.  He was selected for U. S. Army Special Forces Training but he decided instead to undergo pilot training where he earned his wings, and became a helicopter gun ship pilot, achieving the rank of Captain. After he was selected for promotion to Major and assigned to teach at West Point, he resigned his  commission from the Army to go into music and acting. To whom am I referring? This very famous person who found the need to rewrite his life is, none other, than Kris Kristofferson! And I just can’t help but wonder at the degree this change was other directed!

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I, too, know all about rewriting a life. If you had asked me 15 years ago where I saw myself today I would never, in a million years, have said right here, in front of my computer, writing this blog and sharing my thoughts and my hearts desire with hundreds of people I have never laid eyes on before! I would have never said I would be doing an hour-long radio show every week about faith on an internet radio station. I would never have said I would be involved in community activism and working my hardest to help give children who are in the system in my community a voice! And then again, 15 years ago……was the time of the old Mandy!

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I had earned my Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and had received additional certification in the nursing field. 15 years ago, I was working as a Certified Case Management Nurse for people who had suffered severe, life altering trauma. I was working every day in “The Big Apple” in the heart of Midtown Manhattan! I left home at 4:45 AM and returned home at 6:45 PM (on a good day)! I crammed life with my children into the few paltry hours that I had remaining! Quality time with my husband was a distant memory. Spending time with my parents was not in the cards!

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Suddenly, God intervened! In the blink of an eye, life as I knew it ceased and Mandy was suddenly born anew…..thrust into a world I was not prepared for. No one expects illness to cause paralysis. No one expects to fall breaking bones so severely that surgery and a month-long hospitalization and rehab stay becomes necessary! No one expects to find themselves with wheels replacing legs! No one…. no HUMAN…. knew any of this would happen……… except for one! And He is, most assuredly, not human! The one that directed this calamity to befall me was GOD!

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He led me along a path He knew I would need to travel. Slowly and after many, many months of painful and hard work, I was walking again. And that is my miracle! It did not happen suddenly and it is not always the way things are nor is it the way it might always be. The disease I have can exacerbate at any time. Tomorrow, I might just find myself back in that wheelchair! But for now, I am upright and alive. And I allowed the Almighty to enter my heart and let me know what it was He expected of me. And I listened! And here I am!

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 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

2 Corinthians 8:9 NIV

This is my birth verse! It fits perfectly with my life’s story, don’t you think?

If you are interested in seeing yours, visit the website below!

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Thought For The Day 04/27/12

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“To Do Or Not To Do? That Is The Question!

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After all is said and done, a lot more will have been said than done. 

Author Unknown

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Have any of you ever made to decision to sit down, take some time, and really do a thorough and honest self-assessment? And before you stop reading this and say, “I sure have! I live a good life! I don’t hurt others in my life, AND, my friends think I’m good”, I want you to think about…..REALLY EXAMINE, just what it is I am asking of you! I’m not asking you to look at the superficial things bout us that we let the world see every day. I’m talking about really and honestly assessing the inner workings of your heart and soul! What will an honest assessment of our true character reveal?

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Can you honestly say that you live for others or are you someone who thinks that what is important to you is the only thing that matters in life? Do you walk by the “have-nots” without a second thought as to whether there is something….anything you just might be able to do to help? Do you listen to your children arguing among themselves and hold your head as you yell at them to shut up? Do you scrape the dinner plates into the garbage and toss away food without a second thought about he homeless shelter in your community who struggles to feed 20 people on a paltry budget that mirrors the amount you have to spend at the store when you run in for a quick pick-up of the half-dozen items you forgot during your weekly shopping spree?

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Most of us are lucky in today’s world. Most of us do not have to struggle for every single thing we have. Most of us are fairly healthy. Most of us have a roof over our heads. Most of us work at a job that provides us not just financial resources but a sense of self-satisfaction as well! So what more can there possibly be? What is it that God sees when he looks into your heart? What will you present to him on the day of reckoning, when He asks you how you lived your life? What questions will He ask you? And, perhaps even more importantly, what questions won’t He ask?

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15 Things God Won’t Ask

from the April 23rd, 2012 edition of the newsletter@Godvine.com

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  • God won’t ask what kind of car you drove, but will ask how many people you drove who didn’t have transportation.
  • God won’t ask the square footage of your house, but will ask how many people you welcomed into your home.
  • God won’t ask about the fancy clothes you had in your closet, but will ask how many of those clothes helped the needy.
  • God won’t ask about your social status, but will ask what kind of class you displayed.
  • God won’t ask how many material possessions you had, but will ask if they dictated your life.
  • God won’t ask what your highest salary was, but will ask if you compromised your character to obtain that salary.
  • God won’t ask how much overtime you worked, but will ask if you worked overtime for your family and loved ones.
  • God won’t ask how many promotions you received, but will ask how you promoted others.
  • God won’t ask what your job title was, but will ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability.
  • God won’t ask what you did to help yourself, but will ask what you did to help others.
  • God won’t ask how many friends you had, but will ask how many people to whom you were a true friend.
  • God won’t ask what you did to protect your rights, but will ask what you did to protect the rights of others.
  • God won’t ask in what neighborhood you lived, but will ask how you treated your neighbors.
  • God won’t ask about the color of your skin, but will ask about the content of your character.
  • God won’t ask how many times your deeds matched your words, but will ask how many times they didn’t.

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“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

Luke 6:45 KJV

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Thought For The Day 04/26/12

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HINDSIGHT!

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Forgiving is love’s toughest work, and love’s biggest risk.  If you twist it into something it was never meant to be, it can make you a doormat or an insufferable manipulator.  Forgiving seems almost unnatural.  Our sense of fairness tells us people should pay for the wrong they do.  But forgiving is love’s power to break nature’s rule.

Lewis B. Smedes

http://www.quotegarden.com/forgiveness.html

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Why is it that hindsight can always provide us with those glimpses into a time of crystal clarity so sharp and clear and RIGHT that we find ourselves amazed that we could not see the correct route to take the first time around? And just why is it that during my reflections of my actions do I find myself coming face to face with not just the finger of God, but also the finger of the Satan, both of which feel like they are somehow dueling for possession of my very soul? As I look to dissect and analyze and interpret my motives that led me to act as I did, was it really a mistake? Does God allow accidents to happen in our day-to-day decisions? Or are those “oops” moments really intended to teach us some profound lesson? What are the effects or the consequence of creeping determinism?

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I remember once seeing a sticker plastered on the back bumper of a car that had just cut me off as I was driving in traffic in New York City. The bumper sticker said, “Christians Aren’t Perfect! But They Are Forgiven!” And therein lies the million dollar answer to the issue of hindsight! We are human. We will make mistakes. It is the very human part that we might wish we did not have….but alas, that was not the plan during the time when the blueprint for man was being mapped by the Almighty! However, the even bigger piece is the word “FORGIVEN”, and it is thanks to Him that we have been gifted with this. After all, as Christians do we not seek to live our lives following the model given to us by Christ? And, was not that hope of forgiveness His gift to us by making the supreme sacrifice that He did? Because of His sacrifice we each have been gifted with the hope for salvation, despite the fact that our mistakes might just make that hope seem to be unlikely option! But only when we confess our sins in all earnestness…..only then!

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My God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I ask that you find it within to forgive me my transgression. I will learn and grow and become a better person from this, and I think, a better Christian, as well!

Amen

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Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 8:26-27 ESV

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Thought For The Day 04/25/12

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Just One Minute

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The illimitable, silent, never-resting thing called Time, rolling, rushing on, swift, silent, like an all-embracing ocean-tide, on which we and all the universe swim like exhalations, like apparitions which are, and then are not….

Thomas Carlyle

http://www.quotegarden.com/time.html

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I am 57 years old. I was born August 9th, 1954 shortly before 8 AM in the morning. My mother used to joke that I arrived in time for breakfast and haven ‘t stopped eating since! Now, by my very rudimentary calculations, and trying my best to include the 14 odd leap years I lived through, and calculating the total number as of 8 AM April 24, 2012, that means I have been alive for somewhere in the neighborhood of 1 Billion, 821 Million, 139 Thousand, 200, Seconds! Now when I tell you that I just sacrificed about another 2700 Seconds trying to figure out the answer to this puzzle, you probably won’t balk at me asking you to take just 60 more seconds from your day to read and to think about what I am writing today! That should be all it will take each of you! And when I add that the words you will be reading will be teaching you all about some of the facts concerning the sacrifice Jesus made for mankind some 2 Millenia ago, I don’t think you will mind very much the 60 second sacrifice I am asking of you all!

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This story appeared in the March 16th, 2012 edition of the newsletter@Godvine.com.

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60 Seconds for Jesus

THE (SCIENTIFIC) DEATH OF JESUS

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  • At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to the death penalty.
  • At the time crucifixion was the “worst” death. Only the worst criminals condemned to be crucified. Yet it was even more dreadful for Jesus, unlike other criminals condemned to death by crucifixion, Jesus was to be nailed to the cross by His hands and feet.
  • Each nail was 6 to 8 inches long.
  • The nails were driven into His wrist. Not into His palms as is commonly portrayed. There’s a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder. The Roman guards knew that when the nails were being hammered into the wrist, that tendon would tear and break, forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support himself so that He could breathe.
  • Both of His feet were nailed together. Thus He was forced to support Himself on the single nail that impaled His feet to the cross. Jesus could not support himself with His legs because of the pain, so He was forced to alternate between arching His back then using his legs just to continue to breathe. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage.
  • Jesus endured this reality for over 3 hours.Yes, over 3 hours! Can you imagine this kind of suffering?
  • A few minutes before He died, Jesus stopped bleeding. He was simply pouring water from his wounds.
  • From common images, we see wounds to His hands and feet and even the spear wound to His side… But do we realize His wounds were actually made in his body. A hammer driving large nails through the wrist, the feet overlapped and an even large nail hammered through the arches, then a Roman guard piercing His side with a spear.
  • But before the nails and the spear, Jesus was whipped and beaten. The whipping was so severe that it tore the flesh from His body. The beating so horrific that His face was torn and his beard ripped from His face. The crown of thorns cut deeply into His scalp. Most men would not have survived this torture.
  • He had no more blood to bleed out, only water poured from His wounds. The human adult body contains about 3.5 liters (just less than a gallon) of blood.
  • Jesus poured all 3.5 liters of his blood; He had three nails hammered into His members; a crown of thorns on His head and, beyond that, a Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into His side.
  • All these without mentioning the humiliation He passed after carrying His own cross for almost 2 kilometers (1.242 miles), while the crowd spat in his face and threw stones. The cross was almost 30 kg (66.14 lbs) of weight, only for its higher part, where His hands were nailed.
  • Jesus had to endure this experience, so that we can have free access to God. So that our sins could be “washed” away. All of them, with no exception!

JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR US!

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For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing…

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ESV

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