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Baseball’s Opening Day And The National Day Of Prayer

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What in the world does Opening Day of baseball season have to do with the National Day of Prayer? Well, I’m sure that some people at the ball game were praying, especially when the Rays were down 5 to 3 in the bottom of the ninth inning; and it is true that we hold our National Day of Prayer at Brighthouse Field, where the Phillies and the Threshers play, but that’s not the connection I’m talking about.   Let’s take them one at a time. This morning (Thursday) at 11:30AM I attended a lunch/prayer meeting with about 60 pastors or ministry leaders...

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Holy Week Day 10 – Easter Monday

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Day By Day - The Last Week of Jesus' Earthly Life   As you will see in this last entry of this series, 'Day Ten' isn't really the tenth day of Christ's life on earth (before His ascension) because after His resurrection Jesus spent forty days on earth, but His first appearance after the evening of His resurrection wasn't until a week later.  I think you get the point...

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Holy Week Day 9 – Resurrection Sunday

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Day By Day - The Last Week of Jesus' Earthly Life   Yesterday (Saturday) was a day of silence, grief, or reflection because - as far as the frightened disciples were concerned - their Messiah was dead and buried, and who knew what could possibly happen to them?  But as the songs and sermons say, "It's Friday (or Saturday), but Sunday's coming!"  Here are the events of the Grand and Glorious Resurrection Morning!  Again, please remember that the order of some of these events may be disputed because each Gospel writer is telling the story from his perspective.  The order may be...

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Holy Week Day 8 – Holy Saturday

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Day By Day - The Last Week of Jesus' Earthly Life Yesterday was the 'Day That Changed the World' when our Lord Jesus Christ was arrested, falsely accused, beaten, illegally convicted, crucified, and died - all for you and me.  Yes, Friday was quite a day.  But what follows the 'Day That Changed the World'?  Well, actually...

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Holy Week Day 7 – Good Friday

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Day By Day - The Last Week of Jesus' Earthly Life Today - Friday - is the day that changed the world.  It is the day that our Lord and Savior laid down His life as a ransom for many.  It is called 'Good Friday', and there is debate as to why it is called 'Good'.  Some sources say it comes from the sense that the words 'pious' and 'holy' are also seen as 'good', while others contend that it is a corruption of 'God Friday'.  Others will say that is simply because of the 'good' that came out of the horror of the...

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Holy Week Day 6 – Maundy Thursday

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Day By Day - The Last Week of Jesus' Earthly Life Yesterday was called 'Spy Wednesday' because the religious leaders plotted to kill Jesus, and Judas' being was taken over by the devil and agreed to betray Jesus. Today (Thursday) is a very, very special day in the last week of Jesus' life - Maundy Thursday.  For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the tradition of this special day, here's a very brief description of the events that are often depicted in the Maundy Thursday services in some churches (such as Grace Christian Fellowship). 1.  Nothing is really known about...

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Holy Week Day 5 – Wednesday

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Day By Day - The Last Week of Jesus' Earthly Life   Jesus' "Hump Day" in the last week of His life was a somewhat ‘quiet day’, since He only had a couple of events that were recorded - but they were significant events nonetheless.  Of course, traditionally Wednesday of Holy Week is not called "Hump Day", it's actually called "Spy Day"!  And you'll understand why in a minute. Always keep in mind what I shared in my previous 'Words' from this week: There is some debate as to the exact time of the week that certain events occurred, but most scholars and historians...

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Holy Week Day 4 – Tuesday

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Day By Day - The Last Week of Jesus' Earthly Life   This was a very, very busy day for the Lord, especially in the teaching department.   We are so used to reading the Scriptures - especially the narratives (where an ongoing story is told) out of context, that we don't realize the time frame of when particular miracles occurred, or as in this case, when Jesus told particular parables.  We usually say, "Yes, Jesus told us the Parable of the Wedding Feast", but do we know when Jesus told that parable.  The timing may be quite significant. So, this made me think: Here's Jesus -...

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Holy Week Day 3 – Monday

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Day By Day - The Last Week of Jesus' Earthly Life 1. Having spent the night in Bethany (after His grand entrance on Palm Sunday), Jesus returns to Jerusalem. 2. Jesus curses a fig tree (Matthew 21:18-19; Mark 11:12-14) - some will say that Jesus cursed a fig tree on Sunday because it bore no fruit for He and His disciples to eat, and that on Monday the disciples discovered that the tree had withered, others believe it happened all at the same time. It doesn't matter. The point was that Jesus' cursing of the tree symbolizes the judgment of God upon...

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Holy Week Day 2 – Palm Sunday

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Day By Day - The Last Week of Jesus' Earthly Life 1. Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9) and the people honor Him with their cloaks on the ground and waving palm branches as a sign of celebration of the coming of the King. (John 12:12-18; Matthew 21:8-11; Mark 11:7-10; Luke 19:35-38)2. Pharisees react harshly to this display of praise (Luke 19:39-40; John 12:19)3. Jesus weeps over Jerusalem because of their lack of faith (Luke 19:41-44)4.  Jesus cleans out the temple of the moneychangers for the second time.  Matthew, Mark and Luke mention only one time - this second...

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