April 2018

Trivia for Fun, Biblical Biography, and What does it mean?

Trivia


TRIVIA for FUN
Who asked Pontius Pilate for Jesus’s body after the crucifixion?

  1. Peter
  2. Mary Magdalene
  3. Nicodemus
  4. Joseph of Arimathea

Answer: D) Joseph of Arimathea

Joseph of Arimathea, a wealthy man and an ardent follower of Christ, asked Pilate for permission to bury Jesus. With the help of Nicodemus, he removed Christ from the cross, prepared His body for burial and laid Him to rest in a well-hidden tomb. Three days later, Christ rose from the grave and revealed Himself to Mary Magdalene.

Biblical Biography

Joseph
The Book of Genesis offers a particularly strong illustration of the importance of compassion. It tells the story of Joseph, a man who famously chose forgiveness over revenge.

Joseph was an interpreter of dreams, and was the favorite of his father’s 12 sons. His brothers were deeply jealous of him, and, after several years of quiet resentment, they sold him into slavery in Egypt, telling their father he was dead. Joseph faced a great deal of persecution at the hands of the Egyptians, and very nearly lost his life. But through it all, he held fast to his integrity and remained faithful to God. After several years in bondage, Joseph gained favor with his captors, and became the second most powerful man in Egypt.

At the same time, his family fled to Egypt to escape a famine in their homeland. Instead of turning his brothers away, Joseph welcomed them into his home and promised them security. If Joseph could show compassion to the men who stole his freedom and left him for dead, shouldn’t we be able to forgive the people who treat us badly? Jesus has granted each of us divine mercy, and it’s our responsibility to share that mercy with others.

(Cutline) Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt.

What Does it Mean?

Forgiveness
The action or process of forgiving or being forgiven.
In Ephesians 4:32, the Apostle Paul writes, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you.” The act of forgiveness goes against our basic human instincts, but we are called to cast resentment aside and follow the example of Jesus. He died on the cross to free each of us from our transgressions, and we should pardon those who sin against us.

Compassion

Sympathetic pity or concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.
Christ spent his time on earth showing compassion to those who needed it most. He dined with thieves, ministered to prostitutes and laid hands on the fatally ill. Jesus never turned anyone away because of their sin or situation, but instead, touched them with patience and love.

Resurrection
The process of being restored to life.
The Christian faith is based on the belief that Jesus died for the sins of mankind, was buried and rose from the dead three days later. His resurrection represents the greatest sacrifice the universe has ever known. The Easter Season is dedicated to Christ’s restoration to life, and reminds us to celebrate His victory over death.

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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