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Jul 06 2009

The Greatness of America! The Christian’s Declaration of Independence

My Dear Friend Jim McAtee sent the following to me and I wanted to share with you.  America,  Bless GOD, and live!

THE GEATNESS OF AMERICA   Early in the nineteenth century the French statesman, Alexander de Tocqueville, made a study of democracy in our country and wrote as follows:

“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there.

” I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her fertile fields and boundless forests, and it was not there.

 “I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there.

     “I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her public school system and her institutions of learning, and it was not there.

     “I sought for the greatness and genius of America  in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution, and it was not there.

     “Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.

     “America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

               THE CHRISTIAN’S DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

 

     – I am free from failure for “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”  Phil. 4;13

     – I am free from want for “my God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” Phil. 4:19

     – I am from fear for “God hath not given us the spirit of fear but of power, and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7)

     – I am free from doubt for “God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”  Romans 12:3.

     – I am free from weakness, “the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I b e afraid?”  Psalm 27:1.

     – I am free from the power of Satan “because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”  1 John 4:4

     – I am free from defeat “Now thanks be unto God which always caused us to triumph in Christ.” 2 Cor. 2:14.

     – I am free from ignorance, “for Christ Jesus is made unto me wisdom from God” 1 Cor. 1:30

     – I am free from sin “for the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth me from all sin” 1 John 1:7

     – I am free from worry “for I can cast all my cares upon Him.”  1 Peter 5:7.

     – I am free from bondage “for where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”  2 Cor. 3:17

     – I am free from condemnation “for there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”  Romans 8:1.

My Heavenly Father wrote this

Just for Me and for You to

Remember It’s To Be

All About Him & when It’s Not

We cease to be blessed & are

On our way out as a Nation.

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Mar 16 2009

Palm Sunday-The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem Celebration

Jesus Enters Jerusalem

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zech. 9:9)

The time for celebrating the Passover was approaching, and every festival brought thousands of faithful Israelites to Jerusalem. There was an undercurrent of talk among the people about Jesus, the man who had been teaching and performing mighty miracles throughout the region. Many had been healed of diseases and conditions considered hopeless. A man named Lazarus had even been raised from the dead after being in a tomb for four days.

There was great anticipation and excitement. Everyone wondered what Jesus would do next. But not all the people were excited about Jesus arriving in the city for the Passover. The scribes, chief priests, Pharisees, Sadducees and other religious leaders were afraid of Jesus, and wanted to stop His influence. But up to that point, they were unable to do anything because the people were listening to every word He said, and many were following Him.

Jesus and His disciples neared Bethphage, a small village by the Mount of Olives, about half a mile out of Jerusalem. Jesus instructed the disciples to go into the village, find a donkey and its colt, untie them and return the animals to Him, which they did. The disciples then laid their garments on the colt and helped set Jesus on it.

As Jesus began His exuberant entrance into Jerusalem, many people gathered on the road and spread their clothes in front of him. Others cut down branches and lay them on the road. The multitudes followed along, praising God for all the mighty works they had seen, and shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

By the time Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, the entire city was enthusiastic, and some people were saying, “Who is this?” Many said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.” Jealous and agitated at the uproar, some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” Jesus replied, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

On this occasion, for a brief period of time, Jesus heard the words of praise and adoration He justly deserved. But those moments were fleeting. Jesus knew He was fulfilling scripture, and nearing the time when He would give His life as the perfect sacrifice for sin, the Lamb of God.

The occasion of the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem is currently celebrated as Palm Sunday.

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Dec 10 2008

The History of The Season of Christmas

 

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   Behind Christmas history lies the story of the birth of Jesus Christ.  The actual date as well as the year of the birth of the Lord Jesus is not known, as there is no mention of it in the Bible.  This is evident from the fact that Mark, an ancient gospel starts with the story of the baptism of Christ.  The traditions and the customs inter linked with the Christmas festival predates the birth of Christ.   

   December 25th is regarded to be the day when Christ was born.  This particular date comes from Rome.  The Romans observed the festival of Saturnalia, to worship Saturn, the god of sowing and also to celebrate the rebirth of the Sun God.  This festival was celebrated for a weeklong period, that is, from 17th December to the 25th December.  The Saturnalia festival was devoid of any Christian customs, so in order to introduce some Christian traits into the festival, some Christian leaders declared the last day of the Roman festival to be the when Jesus was born.  From then onwards Christmas began to be celebrated on December 25th. 

   The story dealing with the birth of Jesus Christ is found only in the New Testament.  Jesus was born to Joseph and Mary in a manger in Jerusalem.  Jesus is the Son of God.  The word Christmas in old English means Christ’s Mass.

   Our Lord Jesus was born in the tiny town of Bethlehem on the 25th day of December of what is regarded as the beginning of the modern day calendar.  But from the brief history of Christmas, it can be seen that the earliest stalwarts of the church in the 4th century regarded Jesus Christ’s birthday to be around the Saturnalia festival of the Romans (see above).

   Our Lord Jesus was the messiah of mankind and his eternal message of love, peace, and harmony is relevant for all times to come.  The birth of the baby Jesus brought three wise men from Asia who spread the news of the birth of a messiah.  The Bible does not tell us that there were exactly three wise men (magi).  It only tells us that three gifts were presented to the baby Jesus and we assume that there was one gift from each magi.  The angel Gabriel gave Mary news that she was chosen by GOD to give birth to HIS son Jesus.  The tradition of giving gifts, though not exactly of Christian Origin has great significance in the celebration of Christmas.  It is said that Jesus himself gave presents – mainly the gift of salvation.

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Nov 12 2008

“People Need The Lord” by Steve Green

Turn your speakers up and enjoy.  Double Click here  http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5624756364578844220

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May 31 2008

Father’s Day

 

I Miss You Dad!

 

The Christian Evangelist Rev. Billy Graham said:

“A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” 

History and Background of Father’ Day:

        The idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Washington. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father’s Day while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909.

        Having been raised by her father, William Jackson Smart, after her mother died, Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Sonora’s father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.

        In 1926, a National Father’s Day Committee was formed in New York City. Father’s Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956. In 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June. So Father’s Day was born in memory and gratitude by a daughter who thought that her father and all good fathers should be honored with a special day just like we honor our mothers on Mother’s Day.

Poem by an Unknown Author:

What Makes A Dad

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it … Dad

Scriptures Just for Dad:

1 Chronicles 29:17
I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity … (NIV)
Deuteronomy 1:29-31
Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the desert. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.” (NIV)
Joshua 1:9
…Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (NIV)
Malachi 4:6
He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse. (NIV)
Psalm 103:13
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; (NIV)
Proverbs 3:11-12
My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline
and do not resent his rebuke,
because the LORD disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in.
(NIV)

Proverbs 3:32
For the LORD detests a perverse man
but takes the upright into his confidence.
(NIV)

Proverbs 10:9
The man of integrity walks securely,
but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.
(NIV)

Proverbs 17:24
A discerning man keeps wisdom in view,
but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
(NIV)

Proverbs 17:27
A man of knowledge uses words with restraint,
and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
(NIV)

Proverbs 23:22
Listen to your father, who gave you life,
and do not despise your mother when she is old.
(NIV)

Proverbs 23:24
The father of a righteous man has great joy;
he who has a wise son delights in him.
(NIV)

Ephesians 6:4
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. (NIV)

Colossians 3:21
Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged. (NIV)

Hebrews 12:7
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? (NIV)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 01 2008

“I Can Only Imagine” performed by Ronnie Kimball

From www.andiesisle.com     Turn your speakers on and up and click here  http://www.andiesisle.com/icanonlyimagine4highspeed.html     for “I Can Only Imagine”

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May 01 2008

“Mary Did You Know” Lyrics by Mark Lowery Sung by Kenny Rogers & Wynonna Judd

From www.andiesisle.com       Turn your speakers on and up & Click here   http://www.andiesisle.com/didsheknow.html

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Apr 02 2008

Mother’s Day

“A Mother’s Day Prayer” from  www.andiesisle.com.  Thank you Andie, May GOD bless you on Mother’s Day as well.  Click here:     http://www.andiesisle.com/mothersdayprayer.html

Mother’s Day is celebrated to honor all mothers and express gratitude for the hardships they bear in bringing up a child. Most countries including the United States, Australia, Canada and India celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May. Mother’s Day came into being due to the efforts made by Ms Julia Ward Howe and Ms Anna Jarvis. The Resolution for having a
dedicated ‘Mother’s Day’ was signed by US President Woodrow Wilson on May 8, 1914. Since then people across the world have been celebrating Mother’s Day with joy and devotion.

Mother’s Day Prayer
I love you, Mom. I love your aliveness, your joy in living, your understanding, your giving.
And what I love best of all is that you love me. God of all Mothers, thank you for my mom!
– by Gaynell Bordes Cronin
From the book Friend Jesus: Prayers for Children

Quotes
“All I am or can be I owe to my angel Mother.” Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”

George Washington, U.S. President

“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President

“There never was a woman like her. She was gentle as a dove and brave as a lioness… The memory of my mother and her teachings were, after all, the only capital I had to start life with, and on that capital I have made my way.” Andrew Jackson, U.S. President

What does Almighty God tell us to do?                                                                                                   

The Ten Commandments

Look at Exodus 20:12 for your instructions… “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”

Happy Mother’s Day to Katherine Williams of Cleveland, MS and Beulah Weems of Forest, MS.  We love and honor both of you!          

 

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Feb 29 2008

Good Friday and Easter Sunday – Great Outdoor Blessings

From www.andiesisle.com     For “Amazing Grace” in animation

Click here:  http://www.andiesisle.com/JLU.html

 

Christians Celebrate Good Friday  (from AboutChristianity.com)  

  

Good Friday is observed on the Friday before Easter Sunday. On this day obit.jpgChristians commemorate the passion, or suffering, and death on the cross of the Lord, Jesus Christ.   Many Christians spend this day in fasting, prayer, repentance, and meditation on the agony and suffering of Christ on the cross. The biblical account of Jesus’ death on the cross, or crucifixion, his burial and his resurrection, or raising from the dead, can be found in the following passages of Scripture: Matthew 27:27-28Mark 15:16-19; Luke 23:24-35; and John 19:16-30.

The Meaning of Easter  (from Jesus Central . com)    

Easter celebrates Jesus’ victory over death and mankind’s hope for eternal life.  eastersunday.jpgThe highlights behind the Easter story include Jesus’ execution, His burial and, most importantly, His rising from death.  The account of Jesus’ rising from death was recorded in the most authoritative historical records, the Gospel books: Three days after His death, a few women first found His tomb empty. Then Jesus appeared in front of these women and His disciples, talking and eating with them.  One disciple (Thomas) did not believe Jesus was alive again until he actually touched Jesus’ fatal wounds.  In the following forty days, hundreds of people witnessed Jesus who had returned from death until He ascended to Heaven.  img_3921-1.JPGBefore His death, Jesus had promised eternal life to those who followed Him. If the story ended at His death, Jesus would have been no more than a religious figure with a finite life span. But the fact that Jesus rose from death demonstrated He has the power over death, and only through Him can people have hope for eternal life.  Jesus said,  “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

 

Read John 20:1-18

John 20

The Empty Tomb

 1Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

 3So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. 8Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9(They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

 10Then the disciples went back to their homes, 11but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

 13They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

   “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

 15“Woman,” he said, “why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
      Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

 16Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
      She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).

 17Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ”

 18Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

On the Sunday following Jesus’ crucifixion, Mary Magdalene came at daybreak to His tomb to anoint the body.  She discovered that the large stone covering the entrance to the tomb had been rolled away.  Mary hurried off to tell the disciples that Jesus’ body was no longer in the tomb.  Peter and John came to investigate, with John arriving first and Peter entering the tomb first.  They both discovered that Jesus’ grave clothes were there, but His body was gone.  John’s response was belief, even though neither of them fully realized that Jesus’ resurrection was a fulfillment of Scripture. 

After she returned to the grave site Mary Magdalene encountered Christ Himself, although she mistook Him for the gardener.  While looking for the corpse of her Savior, Mary Magdalene recognized the risen Christ after He called her by name.  He gave her the assignment of going back to the disciples and announcing His resurrection.  Mary Magdalene fulfilled this task and related to them the words Jesus had spoken to her. 

Jesus’ epitaph written on His tomb is not “Born—Died.”  His spiritual epitaph reads, “He is not here. He has risen and He is alive, just as He said He would be!”  Because He is alive, Jesus offers new life to all who believe in Him.  This is the true meaning of Easter.  This is what believers celebrate at Easter…..the empty tomb and Jesus’ victory over death.   Praise GOD for the empty tomb of Jesus!

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