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March 2018, What Does It MEAN?

March 2018 – What Does It MEAN?

TRIVIA FOR FUN

In what year did Lent become part of the Christian faith?

A ) 1035 A.D.      B ) 655 A.D.      C ) 953 A.D.     D ) 325 A.D

D) 325 A.D
The Catholic Church began the tradition of Lent around the year 325, during the Council of Nicea. Since then, other Christian denominations such as Lutheran, Methodist, and Western Orthodox churches have adopted the Lenten Season into their religious calendars. Bonus fact: Lent gets its name from the Middle English word lente, which means springtime.

BIBLICAL Biography

Elijah

Elijah was one of the Old Testament’s greatest prophets, and according to 2 Kings 2:11, he was ultimately carried into heaven on a chariot of fire. He was also the vessel through which God anointed kings, raised the dead, and defended Israel against paganism. But despite having a powerful calling placed on his life, Elijah had trouble trusting the Lord.

Jezebel, who was Queen of Israel during the time of Elijah’s ministry, threatened to take his life after he struck down the prophets of Baal. Even though the Lord had used him to work great and mighty miracles, Elijah was afraid of being killed. So he fled to the wilderness and prayed for death. But God kept him alive and sent him on a 40-day journey to Mount Horeb. It was there, in a cave on the side of the mountain, that Elijah was forced to consider his fear. After a period of self-reflection, he came out of hiding and promptly anointed a new King of Israel.

It is inevitable that, like Elijah, each of us will encounter fear from time to time. The devil wants to overwhelm us with panic and he daily reminds us of our shortcomings. However, the Lord has sent His Holy Spirit to defend us against attacks from the enemy. If we hold fast to our faith in the midst of adversity, God will call us down from the mountain and send us forth in victory.

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What Does it Mean?

Reflection 
Serious thought or consideration.

As Christians, we usually call occasions of deep personal reflection our “quiet time.” During those periods, we dive into scripture, pray, and consider our walks with God. Self-reflection is an important part of building a strong relationship with Jesus because it broadens our spiritual perspectives and gives us a chance to privately examine our faith.

Serenity
The state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled.

2 Timothy 1:7 says, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” A sound mind comes with serenity, and serenity comes through faith. Essentially, we are better equipped to face life’s trials with confidence when we press into God.parishioners. The crosses are bold reminders that “from dust thou came and to dust thou shalt return.”

Sacrifice
The act of offering something precious to God.

Lent is a period of profound sacrifice for many Christians. Those who observe the Lenten season typically give up something they treasure and fill the void with supplication. That symbolic act of surrender mimics Christ’s ultimate sacrifice on the cross, and it is meant to bring a person closer to the Holy Spirit.

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February 2018, What Does It MEAN?

February – What Does It MEAN?

TRIVIA FOR FUN

In what year was Mardi Gras declared an official Louisiana state holiday?

A ) 1837      B ) 1920      C ) 1875     D ) 1718

C) 1875.

The Louisiana Legislature formally proclaimed Mardi Gras a state holiday in 1875, shortly after the end of the Civil War. Since then, Fat Tuesday has become synonymous with Louisiana. And 143 years later, the state’s public offices and schools still close on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.

BIBLICAL Biography

Isaac and Rebecca

February is a month of celebration and romance. What’s more, it is a time when most of us consider the states of our personal relationships. As we reflect, we should also turn to the Word. By doing so, we learn that the joys and sorrows we experience in our contemporary relationships differ very little from those faced by people in the Bible.

The marriage of Isaac and Rebecca is one of the most interesting affiliations found in scripture. They married (never having met one another) after Isaac’s father Abraham sent a servant to Armenia to choose a bride for his son. Rebecca was randomly selected from the family of Bethuel, and luckily, she and Isaac got along relatively well.

Isaac is fairly unique in terms of the Old Testament because he was unconditionally faithful to his wife. There is no evidence of any extra-marital, romantic relationships, and although it was common at the time, he did not practice polygamy. That being said, his marriage was hardly ideal. Rebecca famously helped her youngest son, Jacob, lie to Isaac, and in the process, deprived her elder son, Esau, of his birthright.

What Does it Mean?

Mardi Gras
Literally, Fat Tuesday (in French), the day before Ash Wednesday.

Because it precedes the season of Lent, a time of sacrifice and fasting before Easter, Mardi Gras is considered the last day to indulge in feasting, celebration, and excess. This year, Mardi Gras occurs on February 13.

Ash Wednesday
The first day of Lent in the Western Christian Church, marked by services of penitence.

For many denominations, Ash Wednesday is a day of abstention. It marks the beginning of the Lenten season and is an occasion for peaceful self-reflection. Its name comes from the practice of priests painting ashen crosses on the foreheads of their parishioners. The crosses are bold reminders that “from dust thou came and to dust thou shalt return.”

Lent
A time of fasting and repentance.

Not all Christians observe Lent, but, for those who do, it is a period of atonement. Between Mardi Gras and Easter, many people give up something they cherish and replace it with prayer as a means of strengthening their relationship with Christ. This year, Lent lasts from February 14 to March 31.

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January 2018, What Does It MEAN?

January What Does It MEAN?

TRIVIA FOR FUN

What is the name of the Jewish New Year?

A ) Rosh Hashanah      B ) Yom Kippur      C ) Shavuot      D ) Hanukkah

Answer: A) Rosh Hashanah.

Unlike the traditional European holiday most Americans observe, the Jewish New Year usually falls during autumn. Rosh Hashanah, which literally means “day of shouting” is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days, as outlined in Leviticus 23:23-32. While Americans sing Auld Lang Syne on January 1, Jesus would have actually celebrated the start of a new year in September or October.

The shofar, or ram’s horn, along with honey and pomegranates are all symbols of the Jewish New Year.

BIBLICAL Biography

Peter

The blood of Jesus cleanses our sins and refreshes our spirits, and since His birth, the Son of God has given mankind the gift of unadulterated deliverance. He also offers each of us limitless fresh starts. The New Testament serves as a tribute to Christ’s redemptive power, and the story of Peter is perhaps the greatest example of spiritual renewal.

A lowly fisherman, Peter was a hardened, skeptical man. But Jesus saw something special beneath his rough façade. Peter was transformed during his walk with Christ, and he ultimately became the rock upon which God built His Church.

If Peter, who denied Jesus three times and lost faith after the Crucifixion, could transform into one of the pillars of Christianity, just imagine the wonderful ways God could use your life to further His kingdom. Just as he changed Peter, Jesus is capable of taking even the most basic sinners and molding them into vessels for His glory. In the New Year, it’s worth letting Jesus change our perspectives, because by submitting to His will, we are better able to serve the Kingdom of God.

What Does it Mean?

Renewal 
The process of being made spiritually new in the Holy Spirit
We’ve all heard the phrase “New Year, new you,” but, honestly, the Lord is capable of renewing us any time. When we submit to His calling, He refurbishes us from the inside out, and we transform into living, breathing expressions of His love. The New Year is a great time to make positive changes in our lives, and God is ready to shape us into something unexpectedly splendid.

Resolution
A firm decision to do or not to do somthing
A resolution is a personal promise nearly everyone makes but few people keep at the start of a new year. Normally, we design resolutions to alter our appearance or improve our finances, but the best kind of change starts on the inside. When we resolve to strengthen our individual walk with God, we are much better equipped to tackle life’s other challenges. So, essentially, deciding to strengthen your walk with God is a great way to kick off 2018!

Rejoice
To feel or show great joy or delight
Three. Two. One. Happy New Year! It’s easy to get excited about the start of something new. But, when life gets stale and things stop going your way, it becomes more difficult to find happiness in your daily routine. Luckily, there’s good news. When we celebrate during the hard times, it actually becomes easier to rejoice through the bad.

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November 2017, What Does It MEAN?

November’s Trivia for FUN

 

TRIVIA FOR FUN

In what year was Louisiana’s first convent established?

A ) 1699      B ) 1789      C ) 1803      D ) 1727

The New Orleans Ursuline Academy is the oldest Catholic school in the U.S. and America’s oldest continuously operating school for girls.

The current structure of the new orleans Ursuline Convent, which now serves as a museum, was completed in 1752, and is the oldest building in the Mississippi river valley.

Lead by  Sister Marie Tranchepain, 14 Ursuline nuns from France became the first religious sisters to step foot in Louisiana.

Answer: D ) 1727  The New Orleans Ursuline Convent is Louisiana’s oldest. It was founded in 1727 by the Order of St. Ursula, and it initially housed 14 religious sisters from Rouen, France. Led by Sister Marie Tranchepain, the nuns established Louisiana’s first school for girls, and 290 years later, Ursuline Academy remains operational and is still run by New Orleans’ Ursuline Nuns.

BIBLICAL Biography

Deborah                                                                             It’s easy to get hung up on our limitations. We often focus on what we lack, wishing we were more important or more capable than we feel. But when we least expect it, God reaches beyond our insecurity and reveals unseen potential. Chapters four and five of the Book of Judges give us an example of how God can use someone seemingly insignificant to do great and mighty things in His name.                                     Deborah was a godly woman, a prophet, and the only female judge named in the Old Testament. She led Israel during a time when the Promised Land was controlled by Canaanites. God told Deborah to send the Hebrew army into battle against the powerful military of the King of Canaan. She obeyed His command, and the Israelites, against all odds, defeated their oppressors.                                             Deborah’s story reminds us that the Lord can find purpose in our weakness, and He has called each of us to execute his perfect will here on Earth. He chose her to lead Israel during a time when women had little social influence, and He used her to reclaim the Promised Land for His people. If we listen carefully and obey His calling, God wants each of us, like Deborah, to help shape world history for the better.

What Does it Mean?

Sacrament                                                                A thing of mysterious and sacred significance; a religious symbol                                        Whether you call it communion, the Lord’s Supper, or the sacrament — when you symbolically take of Christ’s body and blood, you keep in mind the great sacrifice He made in order to set you free. Jesus’ death is sacred and is the foundation of our Christian faith. Each time we take the sacrament, we remember why we worship the Almighty. Because He gave His only begotten Son, we could have life everlasting.

Peace                                                            Freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility Peace is something we all long for, and luckily, it’s also something God promises He’ll give us. Though life is often chaotic and circumstances wear you down, peace always awaits you in the arms of Jesus. So next time you feel overwhelmed, take a moment to call on the Holy Spirit and He will give you peace. All you have to do is ask for it.

Messiah                                                                 The promised deliverer of the Jewish nation; a leader or savior                                              Messiah is the ancient Hebrew word for “deliverer,” and the Greeks called the Messiah “Christ.” Scripture refers to Jesus as both Messiah and Christ, because God sent Him to fulfill His long-awaited promise to deliver mankind from sin and shame. Today, we are free from the burden of our mistakes because the Messiah (Jesus Christ) gave His life to make us holy.

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October 2017, What Does It MEAN?

Trivia for FUN

 

TRIVIA FOR FUN

In the Book of genesis, how old was sarah when she gave birth to Isaac?

A ) 83      B ) 75      C ) 90      D ) 127

Answer: C ) 90

Genesis 17:17 says Sarah was 90 years old when she gave birth to her only son, Isaac. His name means “laughter,” because Sarah laughed when the angel of God prophesied that she would bear a child in her old age. According to the Bible, Sarah lived to be 127.

What Does it Mean?

Hallelujah                                                Used to express praise, joy or thanks  The Hebrew verb, hallel, means to praise. “Jah” or “Yah” is a transliteration of the covenant name of God, YHWH, often pronounced “Jehovah.” So why is it part of our modern vocabulary? Because there is no other word in the English language capable of conveying the level of praise, joy or thanks worthy of our Heavenly Father.

Worship                                                Extravagant respect, admiration or devotion                                                 We respect our fellow man, admire other people’s achievements, and devote ourselves to our families. But in the entire universe, there is only one thing we worship — God. Worship is an act of total surrender and amazement, outwardly acknowledging the Lord’s graciousness, power and wisdom.

Sanctuary                                                 A place of refuge                                     No matter what we call it — a church, tabernacle, temple, etc. — the building in which we gather to praise God is a sanctuary. Historically, people escaped physical persecution by taking refuge in places of worship. Today, we get the chance to unburden ourselves of our personal struggles by entering into the house of the Lord.

BIBLICAL Biography

DAVID                                                                            Everybody makes mistakes. We all lose faith from time to time, step into pitfalls, and wind up feeling lost. But God knows our hearts and always manages to use our shortcomings for His glory. A great biblical example of the Lord’s goodness can be found in the story of King David. David was the second anointed King of ancient Israel and a very godly man. He worshipped the Lord with all his heart and governed his people with righteousness. But even though he was a king, David was not without sin. He lusted after someone else’s wife, committed adultery with her, and had his lover’s husband killed. Despite this, God used David’s transgressions to bless Israel. Solomon, one of the world’s greatest rulers and the wisest man to ever live, was born out of David’s wrongdoing. God is never surprised when we stumble. He knows all things before they happen, and He is ready to use even our greatest mistakes for His good. So instead of falling into condemnation and bitterness when we sin, we should yield to conviction, turn to Jesus, and allow God to shape our missteps into victories

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