Friday, April 22, 2011

Why is Today called "Good Friday"?

Today marks the day that Jesus was crucified.
He was REAL and still is REAL today, and yes, his crucifixion REALLY happened.

I was just thinking this morning, "Why is today called, 'Good Friday'?"

So, like any resourceful person, I Googled it!

Good Friday is the day commemorating Jesus Christ's death on the Cross, which is probably to be dated April 3, A.D. 33. In the liturgical calendar of the Western church, it is the Friday before Easter. The exact origins of the name are uncertain; some argue it stems from the use of "Good" as an adjective applied to the day, which is an Old English synonym for "holy." Others argue it is a corruption of the word "God," in the same way that "Good Bye" comes from the phrase "God be with ye."

Christians believe the day is "good" because the message of Easter is of Christ's victory over sin, death, and the devil; as the Apostle Paul wrote:
"Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us."

It is believed that, in Jesus' death on the Cross, He took once and for all the sins of all mankind upon Himself, in our place.
This gift He extends to
everyone who will believe in Him.
Believing in the Good News of the Gospel is our hope.
Jesus, the Son of God, who died for our sins, was raised again for our justification, we who believe being made in right stead with God.

However, the term "Good Friday" is only used by Western Christians, and not by Eastern Orthodox Christians.
The Orthodox refer to this sacred day as
"Great and Holy Friday."

Author: John Beagle

Many religions "recognize" that Jesus was indeed crucified and died on the cross.
What makes Christianity
different from other beliefs, cults and religions is that WE believe that Jesus died and then ROSE AGAIN, three days later.

"The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again.
No one can take my life from me.
I sacrifice it voluntarily.
For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again.
For this is what my Father has commanded."
John 10:17-18

What do YOU believe?

Monday, April 18, 2011

Motivational Monday!

What brings you JOY????
Reeeeaaaaaaaal Joy?

DO that...

BE that....

SHARE that...

Spend more time with that

and you'll
have more

So, what brings YOU real Joy?

I gain JOY through
anyone's laughter,
seeing my children happy,
BIG hugs,
when the underdog wins,
when a prayer is answered,
helping someone,
when I know I've made a positive difference,
a handwritten card/note w/heartfelt sentiments,

"Be JOYful always:
Pray continually:
Give thanks in
for this is Gods' will for you in Christ Jesus."
1Thessalonians 5:16

I know it isn't easy to "be Joyful ALWAYS" and have to admit that sometimes I'm the pouting kid...okay, more than sometimes.

But the bible commands us to
Be Joyful,
Pray Continually,
Give Thanks in ALL circumstances.

When we listen to Paul's advice, we will gain more JOY and have a better perspective,
because let's face it-
there can always be "better" or "worse"
so let's be JOYFUL exactly where we are

I choose JOY today!