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Easter Sunday

Easter time is almost here!

It’s time to laugh, jump, feel joy, and cheer!

When the day has come they all shall say:

“Praise the Lord, Alleluia! He has risen today!”

Savoring the time we spend with family and friends.

Waiting for the special helper that Jesus the Messiah will send.

Easter Sunday is a time to celebrate and be glad.

It’s definitely not a time to mope around and be sad.

He was killed, died, then rose on the third day.

Christians and Catholics observe this as Easter Sunday.

Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭23:34‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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The Story of Ash Wednesday & Lent

What is the real story about Ash Wednesday? Is it a tradition that man decided to make to observe the beginning of Lent? Is it something Jesus taught about in the Bible? I was extremely curious about what “Ash Wednesday” really is because growing up as a Catholic my family and I always observed by getting ashes on the forehead with a sign of the cross then we would give something up we truly loved for the 40 day Lental period. However I never really understood what this symbolism met nor cared enough to dig deeper into the meaning. Well, now I’m all grown-up and starting to questions about these “traditions” that were instilled in me as a young child by the Roman Catholic Church and family members.

I decided to do my research and this is what I came up with: Ash Wednesday or Lent was not observed in the early New Testament days. Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of Lent started to be observed by Western Christian Churches and other denominations like Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran Churches. Most of these churches did the cross on the forehead to symbolize penance or the death/ sorrow of sins. It was also customary to give up something you “love” to do for those 40 days of Lent or to give back in some way to society. My family and I would normally give up some sort of food we loved or bad habit for those 40 days, while not eating meat on Fridays. It is also suggested that “Lent” may be connected to early pagan holidays, such as the pagan god called Tammuz.

Ash Wednesday and Lent is a nonbiblical observation even though some people do connect it with the 40 days in the desert that Jesus was visited by Satan and Satan tried to tempt him with ZERO success. See the story of this below: from the Gospel of Matthew:

‘Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John would have hindered him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? But Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffereth him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway from the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon him; and lo, a voice out of the heavens, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’ – Matthew 3:13-17

‘Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he afterward hungered. And the tempter came and said unto him, If thou art the Son of God, command that these stones become bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him into the holy city; and he set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto him, If thou art the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and, On their hands they shall bear thee up, Lest haply thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, Again it is written, Thou shalt not make trial of the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him unto an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and he said unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him; and behold, angels came and ministered unto him. ‘ – Matthew 4:1-11

In conclusion, it is fine to observe this holiday if you would like however keep in mind this is not what Jesus taught us and as a “born again” Christian this is not observed in most Evangelical Christian Churches. My take on Lent is trying to mix some of the good traditions of Lent such as giving up something bad for you in hopes of not indulging in this unhealthy food item or bad habit for good! While remembering that Jesus got baptized by John the Baptiste in the Bible then he when away in the desert He didn’t eat nor drink for 40 days while Satan tried to tempt Him. Of course, we all know that Satan was unsuccessful in doing so which makes Jesus perfect in every way! This just gives me more inspiration to try to be like Jesus more and more each day.

God bless you all on the start of making yourself more like Jesus!

Credit: What Are Ash Wednesday and Lent? Does the Bible Tell Us to Celebrate These Days?

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10 Surprising Facts Your Probably Didn’t Know About Valentine’s Day

Unless you are living underneath a rock or don’t live in one of the countries that celebrate Valentine’s Day I am sure you are 100 % aware of what Valentine’s Day is about. Just in case…Valentine’s Day is a day where it is traditional to show your significant other how much you love and care from them by sharing a small token of your affection on February 14th. Traditional gifts are usually candy, flowers, and/ or
a love note/ romantic card. Some people can’t wait to celebrate while others cringe at the thought of celebrating such a “commercialized” holiday where many companies profit off of the emotions of others. My personal thoughts immediately went to the religious aspect and to dig deeper into the facts behind the celebration of this “love giving” and “love getting” holiday.

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Here are 10 things about V day you may or may not know:

1. Valentine’s Day was based both on Christian and Catholic traditions (non-biblical). The Catholic Church recognizes at least three saints named Valentius, all of whom where martyred for helping Christians.

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2. Valentine was believed to defy the rules made up by Emperor Claudis II, which outlawed marriage because he felt like single young men made better soldiers than married ones with families.

3. One St. Valentine was a Roman priest who performed secret wedding ceremonies against the authorities in the 13th century.

4. The same St. Valentine was caught and imprisoned where he healed the daughter of the captor from blindness renewing faith in Christianity.

5. St. Valentine was tortured and decapitated on February 14th as many others who stood up for religious beliefs.

6. Valentine’s Day becomes associated with love starting in the late Middle Ages thanks to an English poet.

7. Another St. Valentine (Bishop of Terni) was also beheaded on February 14th for healing and preforming secret weddings, which were outlawed at the time.

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8. Valentine’s Day was also an effort on the Christian part to do away with a pagan holiday, Lupercalia. This festival was a bloody, violent, and sexually charged celebration that consists of animal sacrifice and matchmaking in the hopes to ward off evil spirits and infertility.

9. In the 5th century, Pope Gelasius deemed Lupercalia (February 15th) as, “un-Christian” and replaced it with Valentine’s Day (February 14th).

10. The oldest known Valentine, which the romance of this holiday didn’t start until around 1400s, was written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife when he was imprisoned in the form of a poem.

Today Valentine’s Day is filled with romantic gestures so it is hard to imagine that this wasn’t always what the holiday stood for. It was actually based on violent barbaric false traditions that Christians tried hard to put a stop too in the name of Jesus. In turn, they were also subjected to harsh imprisonments which in many cases ended in execution. Whether you choose to en-knowledge the commercialized aspect of V day we must not forget the history behind the holiday so we can not repeat the same horrible events and traditions.

If you have another historically accurate fact about Valentine’s Day that most people aren’t aware of please share in the comments. I hope you all had a wonderful, loving Valentine’s Day and weekend with your loved one, family, and friends.

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Let’s put “Christ” back in Christmas

Let’s put Jesus Christ back in the holiday season.

Because he is the way, the truth, and the life! The only reason!

Let’s put Jesus back into our lost hearts.

Before it is too late and you are forever marked.

Let’s put “giving” instead of “taking” back into what’s trending,

Let’s stop all this unnecessary spending.

The rich can’t inherit what is the poor’s,

Because where Jesus reigns that ticket can not be bought.

Let’s put “Christ” back into Christmas and teach our children to do the same.

Let us stop trying to seek riches and fame.

Remember this!

Jesus is the only one who saves!

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

‭‭John‬ ‭14:6‬ ‭ASV‬‬

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Land of the Free & the Home of the Brave!

Happy Independence Day! We are so lucky to be living in America and today is the day to remember those freedoms and the brave men and women who fought for those freedoms. It is a time to remember the soldiers still fighting today and is away from their families and friends.

We are so lucky to be in a country that respects and enforces the freedoms of religion and the freedom to preach the word of Christ without prosecution. In many other countries, people are being punished and even killed for having a bible or the mere mention of their devotion and love for Jesus.

Let’s take today to reflect on those freedoms and scriptures that remind us of that while spending time with friends and family:

Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

2 Corinthians 3:17 ASV

 

If therefore the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”

John 8:36 ASV

 

For ye, brethren, were called for freedom; only use not your freedom for an occasion to the flesh, but through love be servants one to another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”

Galatians 5:13-14 ASV

 

For freedom did Christ set us free: stand fast therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage.”

Galatians 5:1 ASV

 

And I shall walk at liberty; For I have sought thy precepts.”

Psalms 119:45 ASV

 

 

Have a happy and safe July 4th! God bless America and you all!

 

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Patriotic Music about Jesus

If you are going to have company over this holiday weekend why not pick some uplifting patriotic songs with Jesus? Mix it in along with your other favorite songs on your playlist and see how different people may react. You may be surprised by how many people enjoy it and start singing along.

Here are some song suggestions:

  1. America the Beautiful
  2.  My Eyes Have Seen the Glory (Battle Hymn of the Republics)
  3. My Country Tis of Thee (America)
  4. God Bless to the USA
  5. God Bless America Again 
  6. America 
  7. A Patriotic Salute 

Lets put God back into patriotism for America. Without God, we wouldn’t exist and we need to thank Him for all the freedoms that we have in this wonderful country of ours that many people died to protect and are still dying to get in.

‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. ‘ John 15:13 

God bless you all.

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Give Back this Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a holiday in which we remember and honor the men and women who have died protecting our country in the United States serve. Most of us know what the holiday is about, however, we use it as a day to celebrate the beginning of summer with neighbors, family, and friends. Whether we celebrate the whole weekend by going away, go to the beach, or throw a BBQ with lots of food. How many of us really focus on our veterans and try to give back?

Let’s start a new tradition if you haven’t done so already and give back to those in need, instead of looking for an excuse to get drunk or eat too much. Here are some things you can do this Memorial Day weekend for others who might need your help or companionship for the day:

1. Visit a Nursing Home

There are many veterans and other lonely elderly people in nursing homes around the United States that can use your services. Whether you just keep them company for a few hours and listen to the fascinating stories of their past experiences, play a game, or just share a nice meal with them. Anything that you can do for our forgotten grandmas and grandpas will be such an amazing contribution and it really doesn’t take much but your time. Here is a home you can find a nursing home in your area, just call them up and see when you can visit someone who can use the company.

2. Donate Money, Food, and/ or Clothing to Charity

Find an organization that needs your support this Memorial Day in your community. You can go to your local church, school, city hall, homeless shelter, you name it. Even check out your local police station or firehouse to see how you can help out in any way. People are always looking for others to donate. Whatever you can do or give so other people who are you need can benefit would be a great help to your community. Here is how to find some charities that need your help.

3. Head to a Museum to Find Out More History about Memorial Day and Bring Kids Along to Educate Them

Plan a trip to a museum where you can learn more about the history of America and the military. This is a great time to learn the history that you may or may not have known plus bring some kids along so they can get educated too. This is still a fun way to celebrate Memorial Day without the drunken drama or getting a tummy ache from eating way too much BBQ. Pick a nice spot outside after your done where you can have a picnic and chat about what you have learned and what your favorite part of the museum was. Memorial Day Museum in New York

‘And they shall be as mighty men, treading down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle; and they shall fight, because Jehovah is with them; and the riders on horses shall be confounded. ‘ Zechariah 10:5

Please share any other ideas that you have to celebrate Memorial Day or anything you have done in the past so others may get inspired by your story. I would also like to hear from any veterans as well, please feel free to share your story in the comments below.

God bless you all.

Credit: Verses about Heroes, 5 Ways to Make a Difference on Memorial Day