Archive for February, 2008

Feb 29 2008

Good Friday and Easter Sunday – Great Outdoor Blessings

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Christians Celebrate Good Friday  (from  


Good Friday is observed on the Friday before Easter Sunday. On this day obit.jpgChristians commemorate the passion, or suffering, and death on the cross of the Lord, Jesus Christ.   Many Christians spend this day in fasting, prayer, repentance, and meditation on the agony and suffering of Christ on the cross. The biblical account of Jesus’ death on the cross, or crucifixion, his burial and his resurrection, or raising from the dead, can be found in the following passages of Scripture: Matthew 27:27-28Mark 15:16-19; Luke 23:24-35; and John 19:16-30.

The Meaning of Easter  (from Jesus Central . com)    

Easter celebrates Jesus’ victory over death and mankind’s hope for eternal life.  eastersunday.jpgThe highlights behind the Easter story include Jesus’ execution, His burial and, most importantly, His rising from death.  The account of Jesus’ rising from death was recorded in the most authoritative historical records, the Gospel books: Three days after His death, a few women first found His tomb empty. Then Jesus appeared in front of these women and His disciples, talking and eating with them.  One disciple (Thomas) did not believe Jesus was alive again until he actually touched Jesus’ fatal wounds.  In the following forty days, hundreds of people witnessed Jesus who had returned from death until He ascended to Heaven.  img_3921-1.JPGBefore His death, Jesus had promised eternal life to those who followed Him. If the story ended at His death, Jesus would have been no more than a religious figure with a finite life span. But the fact that Jesus rose from death demonstrated He has the power over death, and only through Him can people have hope for eternal life.  Jesus said,  “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).


Read John 20:1-18

John 20

The Empty Tomb

 1Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

 3So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. 8Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9(They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

 10Then the disciples went back to their homes, 11but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

 13They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

   “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

 15“Woman,” he said, “why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
      Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

 16Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
      She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).

 17Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ”

 18Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

On the Sunday following Jesus’ crucifixion, Mary Magdalene came at daybreak to His tomb to anoint the body.  She discovered that the large stone covering the entrance to the tomb had been rolled away.  Mary hurried off to tell the disciples that Jesus’ body was no longer in the tomb.  Peter and John came to investigate, with John arriving first and Peter entering the tomb first.  They both discovered that Jesus’ grave clothes were there, but His body was gone.  John’s response was belief, even though neither of them fully realized that Jesus’ resurrection was a fulfillment of Scripture. 

After she returned to the grave site Mary Magdalene encountered Christ Himself, although she mistook Him for the gardener.  While looking for the corpse of her Savior, Mary Magdalene recognized the risen Christ after He called her by name.  He gave her the assignment of going back to the disciples and announcing His resurrection.  Mary Magdalene fulfilled this task and related to them the words Jesus had spoken to her. 

Jesus’ epitaph written on His tomb is not “Born—Died.”  His spiritual epitaph reads, “He is not here. He has risen and He is alive, just as He said He would be!”  Because He is alive, Jesus offers new life to all who believe in Him.  This is the true meaning of Easter.  This is what believers celebrate at Easter…..the empty tomb and Jesus’ victory over death.   Praise GOD for the empty tomb of Jesus!





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Feb 26 2008

We Look Forward to Your Recommendations on Campgrounds and Pictures!


1) Trish Apperson email
Tue, 26 February 2008 14:19:20 -0600

Wanted to share news about a lovely spot in Florida we found recently. The town is called Alachaua – only about 10 miles north of Gainesville on I-75. We stayed at Travelers Campground just east of the interstate – only place we’ve ever stayed where we were escorted to our site and then helped with the hook ups! We asked for a good place to eat dinner and were directed to “down town” which could have come from a movie set – very quaint. Worth a trip to see.  Address of Travelers RV Park & Campground  17701 April Blvd., Alachua, Florida USA, 32615  Phone of Travelers RV Park & Campground   Phone: (386)462-2505

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Feb 18 2008

Self-Study The Gospel According to JOHN-Chapter 3


Remember to click on the scriptures to view the full scriptures from the online Bible.In John 3:1-21 Jesus explains the meaning of the new birth to Nicodemus, a ruler of the Pharisees.  John 3:16 explains how much God loves each and every one of us. 

In John 3:22-24 Jesus and His disciples minister in the region of Judea, not far from the place where John the Baptist is preaching and baptizing.

In John 3:25-36 John the Baptist points people to Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God who holds the keys to eternal life for you and me.

Commit to memory John 3:16   “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

What did you learn from this chapter?  God loves each and every one of us.  He loves you and me equally.  How much does He love us?  He loves us so much that He gave His only Son to die on a rugged cross for us…..that’s how much He loves us.

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Feb 18 2008

Self-Study The Gospel According to JOHN-Chapter 2


Begin this study by reading Chapter Two of the Gospel According to John.  Remember to click on the scriptures that are outlined in this summary to see the full text from the online Bible.In John 2:1-11 Jesus performs His first miracle by turning water into wine at a wedding celebration in the town of Cana which is in the region of Galilee.

In John 2:12 Jesus visits the the city of Capernaum in the region of Galilee accompanied by His mother and His brothers.

In John 2:13-25 Jesus drives out merchants who are conducting business in the temple during the Passover celebration.  He charges them with desecrating the house of His Father.

 What did you learn from this chapter?  What was Jesus’ first miracle?

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Feb 18 2008

Tips for Pumping Gas Before That Big Camping Trip!

Have you ever seen this sign at your gas station either in your neighborhood or on the Interstate?  gas-prices_edited1.jpgDoesn’t it just send a chill down your spine?  Poor gas mileage, long trips, and this sign can really put a damper on your upcoming camping trip.  I haven’t checked these tips out scientifically, but I am willing to give it a try if it will help ease the pain at the pumps.


♦Only buy or fill up your car or truck or RV in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold.  Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground.  The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline.  When it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening…your gallon is not exactly a gallon.  In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role.  A one-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business.  But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

♦When you’re filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode.  If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages:  low, middle, and high.  In the slow mode you should be pumping on slow speed, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping.  All hoses at the pump have a vapor return.  If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes into your tank becomes vapor.  Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you’re getting less worth for your money. 

♦One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF-FULL or HALF-EMPTY.  The reason for this is, the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space.  Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine.  Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof.  This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. 

♦Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up.  Most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.

            Courtesy of an employee of Kinder Morgan Pipeline of San Jose, CA



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Feb 13 2008

Self-Study The Gospel According to JOHN-Chapter 1



John presents Jesus as the divine Son of God who came to earth in human form.

INTRODUCTION:  John was the last Gospel to be written about A.D. 90.   John’s Gospel was written on the theological meaning of Jesus’ life and ministry.  John portrayed Jesus as the eternal Word of God who existed before the world was created.  John, the apostle was the son of Zebedee and the brother of James.  John and James were two of the twelve disciples of Jesus.  John described himself in his Gospel as “the disciple whom Jesus loved”.  John was the only disciple who followed Jesus to the cross and witness the crucifixion.  Just before Jesus died on the cross, He committed His mother, Mary, to the care of John.  John’s goal was to lead us to acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah sent from God and to accept His offer of forgiveness of sin and His gift of eternal life.  As we proceed, please click on the verses of scripture and read from the searchable Bible.  Example:  John 3:16              

John 1:1-5   John begins his Gospel with the creation, affirming that Christ, God’s Son (“the Word,”) participated with the Father in the creation of the world.

John 1:6-8   John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way for Jesus and to announce His coming into the world.

John 1:9-18  Christ left His place of honor with the Father and was born into the world as a man in order to bring people to God.

John 1:19-34  Jesus meets John the Baptist at the place where he is preaching and baptizing.  John identifies Jesus clearly as the long-expected Messiah.

John 1:35-42  Andrew, a disciple of John the Baptist, follows Jesus.  Andrew brings his brother, Simon Peter and introduces him to Jesus.

John 1:43-51  Jesus calls Philip and Nathanael to become His disciples.

What did you learn from this chapter?  John the Baptist and John the Apostle are two different men.  John the Baptist preached that the Savior of the World; the Son of God; the Messiah was coming into the world.  John the Apostle was the author of the Gospel of John and was the “Beloved Disciple”.

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Feb 11 2008

I Have Received Jesus Into My Heart-What Do I Do Now?

This click on John 1:1-2 begins your study of God’s WORD.  Go ahead my friend, click on the scripture and start reading.  Ask God to help you understand the scriptures.  Ask Him to bless your study time.  He will open your eyes and your heart so that you may receive His Word.  We will review with you your study in the Gospel According to John, the Beloved Disciple, chapter-by-chapter.                                                                                            



 Please see postings of “The Gospel of John Studies” posted under “For the New Christian”.  Please note….We also would love for mature Christians to join our study as well.  As always, we welcome your comments.

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Feb 08 2008

America Needs to Bless God Before God Will Bless America!

My heart becomes heavy and filled with sadness when I see a bumper sticker or a car tag that says “God Bless America”.  I see these words used so lightly and I think to myself, “God, what are your thoughts when You see people asking You to bless our wonderful country?”  Thoughts go through my mind like God has,  is, and will bless the United States of America when the USA turns to God and lifts blessings to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Only when we as a people of this great nation turn from our sinful ways and take Him by the hand and walk with Him daily.  

This country was blessed by God the very moment that the pilgrims set foot on this land called America.  This country was built on the foundation that it was “One nation, under God……”  On September 17, 1796, George Washington, our first President, said “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without GOD and the Bible.”  Abraham Lincoln depended on the power of prayer.  During the dark days of the Civil War, he served as a compassionate and resolute president.  Depression and mental pain were his frequent companions.  Yet the terrible emotional suffering he endured drove him to receive Jesus Christ by faith.  Lincoln said, “When I left Springfield, I asked people to pray for me; I was not a Christian.  When I buried my son, the severest trial of my life, I was not a Christian.  But when I saw the graves of thousands of our soldiers, I then and there concentrated myself to Christ.  I do love Jesus.”  Thomas Jefferson said “The reason that Christianity is the best friend of Government is because Christianity is the only religion that changes the heart.” 

It is written on our money “In God We Trust” but do we believe that?  If we truly believe that we trust in God then why is our government banning prayer in schools?  Why are people wanting to remove “In God We Trust” from our currency?  Why are we allowing gays and lesbians to openly show their affections in public?  Why do we not take a stronger stand against the destruction of the unborn fetus?  Why do we go to Church on Easter Sunday and at Christmas because it is just something we should do?  Why is pornography and spousal and child abuse rampant in this country?  Why is murder, robbery and adultery spreading like wildfire?  Why is divorce tearing families apart?  My dear friends, if you think about these questions, are you surprised that God may be withholding His blessings from this country?  I’m not surprised.  God’s Word says “Righteousness Exalts a Nation”.  Click here Proverbs 14:34

God wants us to seek Him with all of our hearts.  Jeremiah 29:11-13  says:  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”  Friends, God has blessings in store for this great nation.  He is not withholding blessings.  He wants us to turn from our wicked ways and seek Him with all of our hearts.  Click here to see the complete scripture 1 Samuel 2:30.  God says “I will honor those who honor me.”


I would suggest that America must Bless God.  Please click on Exodus 20:1-17.  This is a clear picture of how we as individuals and as a nation can begin to honor and Bless God.  As you read these Ten Commandments ask yourself what you can do to honor God.  Click here to see what God did for you and me.  John 3:16   We can surely Bless Him.


Come on America let’s Bless God and let’s see how God will Bless America.

April 28, 2008 Update on this article:   Dr. Charles Stanley of First Baptist Church of Atlanta sheds light on Blessings from GOD.

“God bless you!”  We hear it all the time.  A pastor may include it in his benediction or you may hear it when someone sneezes.  Dr. Stanley tells us to stop and think about what the phrase “God Bless You” means.  In Genesis 12, God’s commission of Abram shows His wonderful promise to make man into a great nation and give him a great and enduring name.  When the Lord speaks about blessing someone, it’s a promise to intervene in that individual’s life in a mighty, obvious way.  Please do not overlook two important conditions for the Lord’s favor.  From Abram’s life, we see that God values obedience and faith.  God wants to bring abundance in our lives and in our nation.  Let’s be sure His blessings aren’t being hindered.

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Feb 07 2008

Ideas for Starting Campfires

These are some ideas that might be useful when starting campfires:

1)  Pack charcoal in PAPER egg cartons.  Tie it shut; when ready to use,  just light the carton.  

2)  Collect the lint from your dryer.  Use the lint as your tinder.       

3)  Cover pine-cones with wax from a candle and use it as kindling.

4)  Take 100% cotton balls and thoroughly rub VASELINE into them.  Transport and store them in a Ziploc bag. 




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Feb 06 2008

How To Build A Campfire

Follow these steps to quickly and safely build a contained fire for warmth, cooking, and socializing:

1)  Clear the campfire area of all debris.  Avoid areas with overhanging branches.  Use a fire ring when available.

2)  Loosely pile a handful of tinder (small twigs, wood shavings, etc.) in your fire ring, and ignite.  Gently blow at the base of the fire to help the flame spread into the tinder.

3)  Once the flame takes hold, begin adding small kindling (small sticks).  Be sure to allow spaces between the sticks for air flow.

4) Add larger sticks/logs, one piece at a time, until your fire reaches the desired size.  Add logs as needed to maintain thedcp00591.JPG campfire.


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