Saturday, April 19, 2014
As always and for your show of interest in this blog.
The following comes from GotQuestions.org --- they are delivered daily messages to e-mail accounts.
I thought this might interest some here in "Sparksville".
God bless your Holy Saturday with knowledge of His truth & His divine plan for the days you spend on planet Earth!
I am asking the Lord to shower you with abundant blessings at Easter & always!
Happy Easter, beloved of God!
Question: "What is Holy Saturday?"
Answer: Holy Saturday is the name given to the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Some Christians recognize Holy Saturday, the seventh day of Holy Week, as the day on which Jesus “rested” from His work of providing salvation. As Jesus died, He called out, “It is finished!” There was no further price to pay; sin had been atoned for.
After His crucifixion, Jesus was laid in a nearby tomb, and His body remained there the entirety of Holy Saturday (Matthew 27:59-60; Mark 15:46; Luke 23:53-54; John 19:39-42). Churches that celebrate Holy Saturday traditionally do so by observing a day of somber reflection as they contemplate the world of darkness that would exist without the hope of Christ’s resurrection.
Indeed, without the resurrection of Christ, we would be in dire straits. If Christ had never been raised, “your faith is futile; you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17). The disciples had scattered when Jesus was arrested (Mark 14:50), and they spent the first Holy Saturday hiding for fear of also being arrested (John 20:19). The day between Christ’s crucifixion and His resurrection would have been a time of grief and shock as the stunned disciples tried to understand the murder of Jesus, the betrayal of Judas, and the dashing of their hopes.
The only biblical reference to what happened on Holy Saturday is found in Matthew 27:62-66. After sundown on Friday—the day of Preparation—the chief priests and Pharisees visited Pontius Pilate. This visit was on the Sabbath, since the Jews reckoned a day as starting at sundown. They asked Pilate for a guard for Jesus’ tomb. They remembered Jesus saying that He would rise again in three days (John 2:19-21) and wanted to do everything they could to prevent that. As we know, the Roman guards were inadequate to prevent the resurrection, and the women who returned to the tomb Sunday morning found it empty. The Lord had risen.
Holy Saturday Calendar:
2014 – April 19
2015 – April 4
2016 – March 26
2017 – April 15
2018 – March 31
2019 – April 20
2020 – April 11
Recommended Resources: The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus by Gary Habermas and Logos Bible Software.
While he is not the author of every article on GotQuestions.org, for citation purposes, you may reference our CEO, S. Michael Houdmann.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
for checking this "revisit" blog out. By reposting it I am fulfilling a promise to a SP friend, who finds a wall of mirror, in her bathroom, to be disconcerting.
I originally posted it on March 31, 2010. WOW! Four years ago! Where does the time go? It seems to evaporate like a mist, doesn't it? I find comfort in the knowledge that we have the power to make these fleeting days, weeks, months, & years count for a lifetime, when we diligently work on our programs.
Lets make all the minutes to come count toward goal & into maintenance!
This is Ima’s farewell blog for the month of March! I have been blogging three times a week for the past month to meet the requirement of a challenge. And it has indeed been a challenge to give time to blogging! As much as I enjoy reading the blogs of others I have discovered that this gal is not a blogger!
Two insightful blogs, written by a dear SP friend about her fear in dealing with mirrors & her subsequent victory in overcoming that fear, have had me considering my own interaction with mirrors over the years.
Until recently I hadn’t considered mirrors to be friend or foe. To my thinking they were simply a useful piece of ‘equipment’ to use when needed for checking hair & makeup or a hemline or how shoes went with an outfit, etc.
Now I am thinking that our mirrors have a story to tell! The mirrors in the Vision home would relate that Ima didn’t pay attention to what was going on while she packed on the pounds. They would say that Ima would give a perfunctory glance in passing, as she went on her merry way!
Last month, as part of a challenge on one of my teams, I chose to inspect my body by standing unclothed before a mirror & carefully take in the different aspect my image presented. The exercise was very therapeutic for me, as I thanked each part of my wonderfully made body for the support given me in helping me along life’s pathways. I marveled when I thought how my body has served me well, as I went about my life as wife, mother & homemaker.
I, also, felt the need to humbly apologize to this body, designed so perfectly by my Creator God, for past over fueling abuses I, in ignorance, chose for it.
As kooky an exercise as that might seem, I found it to be a blessing, resulting in my having a deeper appreciation for the workings of my body. It also gave me a sincere desire to right as many as possible of the results that poor choices have inflicted on my body.
Years ago, I was listening to a talk show & heard Victoria Principal (well known actress at that time - although I can’t remember seeing her anywhere except on that talk show & on magazine covers at the grocery stores) telling how she had had friends over for dinner & as she stood at the stove one of her friends made a remark about her posterior ‘going south’. In other words her buttocks was showing signs of caving to gravity. She hadn’t noticed that concern; however, once she was aware she took corrective exercise measures.
What this gal took away from that show was that viewing ones body from all sides/angles is very important. I wonder how much quicker I would have been in getting to a place of being ready to do something about the added inches on my frame, “if only” I had made it my practice to do just that - pay attention to what was going on & to regularly study my body before a full length mirror.
Sadly, until recently, I chose not to do anything about that shared knowledge.
Lately, as mirrors have come to mind, I see them as a ‘friend’ - right ready to point out things I need to be aware of! I want the mirrors that reflect my image to have a “new & improved” story to tell!
Friday, March 28, 2014
The following is from an e-mail that a friend forwarded to me. I hope you enjoy it.
As always --- for stopping by!
ARE YOU "GOING GREEN"?
Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.
The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."
The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."
She was right -- our generation didn't have the 'green thing' in our day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles, and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed, sterilized, refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over.
So they really were recycled.
But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.
Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags , that we reused for numerous things, most memorable, besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown bag, but we didn't do the "green thing" back then.
We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby's diapers, because we didn't have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line -- not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.
But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.
Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.
In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us.
When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.
We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.
But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.
Back then people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the "green thing."
We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.
And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.
Isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were, just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?
We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to tee us off . . . especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartmouth who can't make change without the cash register telling them how much.
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