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The Story of Passover

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The Story of Passover

Passover is a holiday that celebrates the escape of the Israelites from Egypt in approximately 1225 B.C.E.  The narrative of this adventure is told in the Biblical book of Exodus.

The Israelites had moved down into Egypt as long as 400 years earlier, according to the Bible.  But some scholars suggest that the actual time span was probably closer to 200 years or less, based upon the Biblical genealogies from Joseph (who brought his own family into Egypt) to Aaron (who, with Moses, led the people out of Egypt).

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Moses leads the Children of Israel through the city gate in this medieval version of the Exodus scene
(from 14th Century Spain, the Kaufman Haggadah).

The Israelites came down to Egypt during a time when a famine was raging in the Biblical Near East.  Egypt had stockpiled…

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PRESS ON!

Philppians 3:13-14 …but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Every time we enter into a new year we are be reflective, hopeful, and make new goals.
—We are to forget the past mistakes we have made and those others have made, and even past achievements and victories.
—We need to reach out and do new things.
—We need to step out in faith and walk with God.
—We need to press towards the mark/goal knowing that our efforts are not in vain; we will be rewarded with the high calling of God*.
*The high calling of God is this:
Php 3:10 That I may know Him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death

—We will know Jesus more intimately as we read his Word, share his Word and talk with him.
—When you feel depressed or are in pain–press on: Know Jesus in the fellowship of his sufferings. He suffered and knows what you are going through!
—When you are serving and feel like you are not appreciated—press on: Jesus became a servant to us and even died for us. As we serve others, we die to self; thereby conforming to His death.

I want this to be my motto this year: PRESS ON!

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Quote: I will eat a cookie

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I think we should all live like this! Stay happy even when things are unpleasant.

Psa 118:24  This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

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What is Hanukkah? – Chanukah Basics – Chanukah – Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah! Also called the Feast of Dedication.  Few Christians know about or celebrate the festival of lights. I found a website that explains it clearly. Also have linked to a few children’s songs on the same:

What is Hanukkah? – Chanukah Basics – Chanukah – Hanukkah.

http://www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/article_cdo/aid/102911/jewish/What-is-Hanukkah.htm

Chanukah — the eight-day festival of light that begins on the eve of the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev — celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, of purity over adulteration, of spirituality over materiality.

More than twenty-one centuries ago, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who sought to forcefully Hellenize the people of Israel. Against all odds, a small band of faithful Jews defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to the service of G-d.

When they sought to light the Temple’s menorah (the seven branched candelabrum), they found only a single cruse of olive oil that had escaped contamination by the Greeks; miraculously, the one-day supply burned for eight days, until new oil could be prepared under conditions of ritual purity.

To commemorate and publicize these miracles, the sages instituted the festival of Chanukah. At the heart of the festival is the nightly menorah (candelabrum) lighting: a single flame on the first night, two on the second evening, and so on till the eighth night of Chanukah, when all eight lights are kindled.

On Chanukah we also add the Hallel and Al HaNissim in our daily prayers to offer praise and thanksgiving to G-d for “delivering the strong into the hands of the weak, the many into the hands of the few… the wicked into the hands of the righteous.”

Chanukah customs include eating foods fried in oil — latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiot (doughnuts); playing with the dreidel (a spinning top on which are inscribed the Hebrew letters nun, gimmel, hei and shin, an acronym for Nes Gadol Hayah Sham, “a great miracle happened there”); and the giving of Chanukah gelt, gifts of money, to children

Song: Oh-Chanukah                                                                                                 http://www.chabad.org/multimedia/media_cdo/aid/769318/jewish/Oh-Chanukah-Oh-Chanukah.htm

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Be Fruitful!

Jesus teaches us that we must bear fruit in order to be his disciples.

Notice in the picture of the orange tree that there are different stages of growth. There are mature oranges ready for the picking, then there are the blossoms and buds. We are like that. We are mature in some areas of our lives and other areas of life we need to grow spiritually and mature. We can only do so if we abide in Him! Read his word, Obey his commandments, Allow Him to correct us/prune us and Walk in love. Only in him and by him can we bear much fruit and be called his disciples.

Joh 15:1I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

Joh 15:2Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and everybranchthat beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Joh 15:3Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

Joh 15:4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

Joh 15:5I am the vine, yearethe branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Joh 15:6If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and casttheminto the fire, and they are burned.

Joh 15:7If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Joh 15:8Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

Joh 15:9As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

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Look for God’s love!

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Comfort Others

Have you ever been through hard times? Have you ever suffered with pain and affliction?  Have you ever had someone put their arm around you and tell you it’s gonna be okay?        Have you ever just opened Scripture and read that God will never leave you nor forsake you? Cast all your cares upon him for he cares for you? To be strong and courageous?           It is like the Holy Spirit is talking to you and like he is putting his arms of love around you and telling you it is going to be okay. God loves you and will see you through this! God is the father of mercies and the God of all comforts.

God wants us to comfort others the same way we were comforted by him! Wrap your arms around someone who is suffering and tell them it is going to be okay. Don’t worry, God will never leave you nor forsake you. He cares about you!

2Co 1:3 Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He is the Father who is compassionate and the God who gives comfort                                                                                                                                               2Co 1:4 He comforts us whenever we suffer. That is why whenever other people suffer, we are able to comfort them by using the same comfort we have received from God.                                                   2Co 1:5 Because Christ suffered so much for us, we can receive so much comfort from him. (GWV)

   The word comfort means to give moral or emotional support to, to lessen pain or discomfort. A feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment. A state of being relaxed and feeling no pain

God doesn’t want us to worry. Cast all your cares upon him, that is why he died so we can be free. That is why the Holy Spirit of God has come to us. He is our Comforter!  Like a warm fuzzy blanket on a cold, cold night. Be comforted today. Trust that God will see you through.

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Sunset in Oregon

How has God comforted you? Leave your testimony and tell us how God has brought you through. How do you show comfort to others?

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Ten Ways To Love

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Shared this from another website. If we could just do all these things we could love the way God loves! Lord help us to live like this everyday.

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Quote from Mother Teresa

 

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LOVE…

We all need LOVE in our lives! When we have love then we can experience joy!

sign language loveSPREAD THE LOVE TODAY! GIVE IT AWAY.

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