Thoughts about life

8 Things you need to know about Easter

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1.  The historical accounts of where the Easter Egg originated are mixed.  Some say it is connected to a pagan practice of celebrating fertility. Other accounts connect it to Mary (the mother of Jesus) who brought eggs with her the day Jesus died and his blood fell on a few of them, thus starting the coloring of the eggs tradition.  Others have the Easter Egg representing the new life that comes every spring. Some say we received the coloring of Eggs from the ancient Egyptians.

What we know for sure is the decorating of Eggs can be traced back to the 13th century.  Eggs were one of the foods that were forbidden during Lent season in those Medieval Times.  During the final few days leading up to Easter people would boil the eggs to keep them from going bad, would paint them different colors as a reminder of when they boiled them, and then on Easter (Lent being over) eat them.  Eggs became a very popular food to eat on Easter in Western Culture as a result of this.

2. Have you ever wondered how Jesus was in the grave for 3 days if He died on Friday?  Well, the fact is He did not die on Friday, He died on Thursday.  The first day of Passover was always considered to be a Sabbath Day (a day of rest) regardless of the day it began on.  When Jesus passed away, the first day of Passover was on a Friday thus Friday was a Sabbath day as was the following day (Saturday) thus they had two Sabbath Days in a row.  So Jesus was in the grave Thursday evening, Friday evening (Friday being a Sabbath because it was the first day of Passover) and Saturday evening.

The beginning day of Passover as a Sabbath day is one of Seven Specially called Sabbath Days that were commanded to be observed on a day other than the last day of the week. Leviticus 23 lists these special Sabbath days.

3. Bunnys do not lay eggs and Easter Beagles do not deliver them to children on Easter.

(Ok you probably knew that one)

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4. When Jesus died a lot of tombs were opened and there were saints that were resurrected from those graves.  These resurrected people went to their homes in the city and appeared to their families and friends after Jesus was resurrected from the grave. Matthew 27:52-53

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5. Eggs were once used as birth certificates.  During the 19th century, if a family could not make it to a town hall quickly they would boil an egg, dye the egg according to the gender of the child (today it would be blue or pink I guess) and then they would inscribe the child’s name and birth date on the egg.

Yes, back then this was completely legal.

6. Cuba is now celebrating good Friday but only 10 US States and two territories still have it as an official holiday.

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7. Jelly Beans were originally created by a Boston Candy maker for Civil War Soldiers.

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8. The date of Easter moves each year based on the moon. In 325AD the Council of Nicaea established that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox.  Next year Easter is early, it will take place on March 27th 2016.

Easter Event Schedule for Farmington Baptist

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Floating Communion – Thursday, April 13th, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Drop by the church anytime between 6:30pm and 8:30pm to partake communion and remember His death in a very personal way. This is not a service, it is a time for you to get alone with God and remember the price that was paid for your sins.  You will be handed a communion guide when you arrive then you will enter the Worship Center and spend time with Jesus at your own pace.

Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday, April 15th, 10am – 12pm

For All Preschool and elementary aged kids (and parents too.)  Lunch will be provided.  Crafts, Egg Hunt, Stories and Food… what more could you ask for?

Free Coffee Shop – Easter Sunday, 9:30 – 10:45am

What better way to get to know your neighbors than to enjoy a cup of coffee together? Join us Easter Morning for our Community Coffee Shop just prior to our Resurrection Celebration. Come for the coffee, stay for the fellowship, sit with those you brought with you and celebrate the Savior!

Easter Worship Service  – Easter Sunday, 11am

The is moment we look forward to every year at Easter.  The Worship Service. Come and celebrate the Risen Savior and sit with your friends you have invited to come.

Luke 24:1-2 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,  but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel.  And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but has risen.

The 100th Day

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Today marks the 100th day of 2017.

Yes we only have 265 days left in this year…

Crazy right?

At the beginning of this year I started reading through the Bible chronologically using the YouVersion app’s Chronological reading plan.  I have always enjoyed reading throughout the Bible this way.  When I started on January 1st –  I thought that on the 100th day I would write a blog about the passages I read on that day.  (I often read ahead so the 100th day of reading isn’t always the 100th day in the reading plan).

The set of passages I read on this 100th day was 2 Samuel 5:11-25, 2 Samuel 6, 1 Chronicles 13, 14 and Chapter 15.  These are sections of scripture where we find King David on his throne in Jerusalem, he is building himself a house in the city and he is defeating the Philistines by following God and His instructions.  It is amazing to me how influential the leader of a country can be on the spiritual direction of a country.  David is leading his people to God to the best of his ability and they are following him. At least a huge majority of them.

I am praying today that God will raise up a president of the USA like King David, that will be devoted to following God with all his heart and lead our country back to Him.

(I am not saying anything about President Trump here, I pray for him on a daily basis that God will give him the wisdom and knowledge he needs to lead this country effectively.)

Second – this is also the passage that Uzzah lost his life when he reached out and prevented the Ark of the Covenant from falling off a cart they were transporting it on.  This seemingly innocent act was in disobedience to God’s command to not touch the Ark.  But it goes further than that,  they were transporting it incorrectly as well. The good intentions of David and the people in bringing the Ark to Jerusalem and celebrating the Lord and His goodness was hindered from reaching the throne of God because of their disobedience to God. A disobedience that was the result of their ignorances of the Scriptures.

There are several lessons form this story,  first and foremost God is serious when he says something is wrong or right. He is serious when he tells us we should live a certain way and do things a certain way.  If we decide to do things differently (out of ignorance or on purpose) and  seem to be getting away with it, we need to keep in mind there is a good chance that is not the case.  God is Holy… Yes He is gracious and merciful but He is equally as Holy.

Second – studying scriptures to understand how God wants us to live is of key importance.  Yes doctrine is important but if we only study the Bible to learn the facts about doctrine we are missing out on how God intends for us to live.  God desires obedience above sacrifice, and obedience is an action not a theological concept you have learned.

(Again I am not saying doctrine is not important – it is. How you live is more important however, than how much you know.)

Third – King David was a leader who learned from His mistakes.  He was able to repent and adjust.  In life King David did not make many mistakes, the majority of the time he followed God with his whole heart.  David corrected his mistakes by confessing his sins and conforming to what God said was right.  We need to have this same attitude, that when we mess up, we resist the temptation to make excuses for our actions, we resist the temptation to argue or prove to ourselves that what we have done is right or the exception to the rule that God has written. Instead we determine in our hearts and minds to admit what we have done that is wrong and change to the way God wants us to live according to His word.

So there you have it… Words from scripture on this 100th day of 2017.

WOW… that last sentence sounded Royal….

Easter Playlist

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As you know this is the week before Resurrection Sunday, often referred to as Passion week.  Here is an “Easter” playlist my family will be listening to this week as we celebrate the sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ on the cross of calvary and His Resurrection from the grave.

Click Here for the List – > Easter Playlist

If you have any songs to add please comment below.