Monthly Archives: March 2013

Today’s ( Good Friday ) Posts ( Have a blessed Resurrection Sunday, until next week )

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Empty Egg story
Paul Harvey’s Easter Message
Who Killed Jesus?
Tom Sawyer, Good Friday, ( Bible Commentary, 2 Cor. 5:21)
The Pope washes feet of young inmates
And from yesterday….
Bill O’Reilly: The other side hasn’t been able to do anything but “thump the Bible”

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Empty Egg story

( Easter and the empty egg )

I 1st heard this story a few years ago listening to Paul Harvey. I cried my eyes out. I still do every time I hear or read it. I’m posting this in Christianity in general because of the Easter theme, but it’s a story everyone can learn from. …..

He was nine – in a Sunday School class of eight-year-olds. Eight-year-olds can be cruel.

The third-graders did not welcome Philip to their group. Not just because he was older. He was “different.” He suffered from Down’s syndrome and its obvious manifestations: facial characteristics, slow responses, symptoms of retardation.

One Sunday after Easter the Sunday school teacher gathered some of those plastic eggs – the kind in which some ladies pantyhose are packaged. Plastic eggs which pull apart in the middle.

The Sunday school teacher gave one of these plastic eggs to each child.

On that beautiful spring day each child was to go outdoors and discover for himself some symbol of “new life” and place that symbolic seed or leaf or whatever inside his egg. They would then open their eggs one by one, and each youngster would explain how his find was a symbol of “new life.”

So…

The youngsters gathered around on the appointed day and put their eggs on a table, and the teacher began to open them.

One child found a flower. All the children “oohed” and “aahed” at the lovely symbol of new life.

In another was a butterfly. “Beautiful,” the girls said. And it’s not easy for an eight-year-old to say “beautiful.”

Another egg was opened to reveal a rock. Some of the children laughed.

“That’s crazy!” one said. “How is a rock supposed to be like new life?!?”

Immediately the boy spoke up and said, “That’s mine. I knew everybody would get flowers and leaves and butterflies and all that stuff, so I got a rock to be different.”

Everyone laughed.

The teacher opened the last one, and there was nothing inside.

“That’s not fair!” someone said. “That’s stupid!” said another.

Teacher felt a tug on his shirt. It was Philip. Looking up he said, “It’s mine. I did do it. It’s empty. I have new life because the tomb is empty.”

The class fell silent.

From that day on Philip became part of the group. They welcomed him. Whatever had made him different was never mentioned again.

Philip’s family had known he would not have a long life; just too many things wrong with the tiny body. That summer, overcome with infection, Philip died.

On the day of his funeral nine eight-year-old boys and girls confronted the reality of death and marched up to the altar – not with flowers.

Nine children with their Sunday school teacher placed on the casket of their friend their gift of love – AN EMPTY EGG.

(Paul Harvey)

Paul Harvey’s Easter Message

Listen to an Easter message from the late Paul Harvey.( audio )

Who Killed Jesus?

On the day of Pentecost, after healing a lame man, Peter said…

Acts 3:12-15 …Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.

He was betrayed by one of His followers:

Luke 22:47-48 And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?

The group that came to arrest Jesus was composed of Roman soldiers, Jewish servants, and Judas:

John 18:12 Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him, John 18:13 And led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year.

He was tried in a Jewish court by Caiphas (although this court had no authority to execute His death)

John 18:14 Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.
( Read the rest at Reasons for Hope. )

Tom Sawyer, Good Friday, ( Bible Commentary, 2 Cor. 5:21)

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The Pope washes feet of young inmates

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of a dozen inmates at a juvenile detention center in a Holy Thursday ritual that he celebrated for years as archbishop and is continuing now that he is pope. Two of the 12 were young women, a remarkable choice given that the rite re-enacts Jesus’ washing of the feet of his male disciples.

The Mass was held in the Casal del Marmo facility in Rome, where 46 young men and women currently are detained. Many of them are Gypsies or North African migrants, and the 12 selected for the foot-washing rite included Orthodox and Muslim detainees as well, news reports said.

Because the inmates were mostly minors — the facility houses inmates aged 14-to-21 — the Vatican and Italian Justice Ministry limited media access inside. But Vatican Radio carried the Mass live, and Francis told the detainees that Jesus washed the feet of his disciples on the eve of his crucifixion in a gesture of love and service.

“This is a symbol, it is a sign — washing your feet means I am at your service,” Francis told the youngsters. “Help one another. This is what Jesus teaches us. This is what I do. And I do it with my heart. I do this with my heart because it is my duty, as a priest and bishop I must be at your service.”
( Pope Francis washes feet of young detainees in ritual )

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Bill O’Reilly: The other side hasn’t been able to do anything but “thump the Bible”

Homosexual marriage is at the forefront of the national debate this week, so we expect hosts from CNN, MSNBC, ABC, and the rest of the liberal media to bash Christians who believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman for life. However, we conservatives can always count on Fox News to at least give us a fair shake, especially Bill O’reilly, until yesterday.

O’Reilly, while speaking with Megan Kelly, took to the air that we conservatives do not have a “compelling argument” and we can’t do anything but “thump the Bible”. Well, Mr. O’Reilly the Bible is enough. God’s ways are always higher than our human ways, and as we pointed out today his ways are proven right everytime.
( Bill O’Reilly: The other side hasn’t been able to do anything but “thump the Bible” )

Today’s ( Wednesday ) Posts

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School builds unisex bathrooms for transgender students
A Blessed Passover from Rabbi Jason Miller,and Billy
5th Graders are taught to blame America for 911 attack
Huckabee: If the GOP switches on gay marriage, evangelicals walk

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School builds unisex bathrooms for transgender students

Read the story

A Blessed Passover from Rabbi Jason Miller,and Billy

( Below is a message Rabbi Jason Miller
posted on his blog. I hope all of you of the Jewish faith have a blessed Passover.)
The tradition of the Passover seder is to recite the same story of our ancestors in the desert that has been told throughout the generations, but each generation must tell the story differently. Indeed, each year we must tell the story a little differently to make it relevant to our lives and to our children’s lives. I pray that we each have the opportunity to claim that which enslaves us and to find the courage within ourselves to fight for our freedom and be a part of the positive change so desperately needed in our world.
( Passover Message 2013 )

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