Everyone needs a little me time. Time away from everyone and everything. Our Lord and Savior was no different. Everywhere He went people swarmed Him. And so to refresh and reflect, Jesus turned to God in prayer. Throughout the gospel, before preparing to take on God’s calling, we often find Jesus slipping away alone. Off for some valuable one on one time with the Father. And we should follow our Lord’s example. For we cannot answer God’s call if we have nothing left to give. Which is why it’s so important that we too, recharge our batteries. And we do that by spending time with our Heavenly Father. Through prayer, His Word, and God’s still small voice, we have all the strength and energy we need to accomplish His will. For like Dr. Charles Stanley says, “We can be tired, weary, and emotionally distraught. But after spending time alone with God, we find He injects into our bodies, energy, power, and strength!”
Jesus is in a terrible agony, with a deep concern in his heart. Concern not for Himself, but for His mother Mary and His devoted followers. Because He sees how they’re suffering at the feet of His cross. The Lord wants His loved ones to be cared for as only a family can. So as one of His last gifts, He asks His beloved John to care for Mary, accepting her as his own mother. And in turn, asking Mary to accept John as her own son. Of this gift of family John Piper once said, “ One of the gifts Jesus gave to us from the cross was the church. A loving, caring, sustaining, encouraging family beyond family. And it is a great encouragement to our faith that He illustrates the meaning of the church the way He did in the relationship between John and Mary. If Jesus could provide for the needs of His own in the moment of His greatest weakness and humiliation, how much more can He provide for your need in His present wealth of power and exaltation!” A great encouragement indeed!
Burger King Apologizes For Using The Words of Jesus At Last Supper In Ad Campaign
Burger King is apologizing after facing criticism from Roman Catholics in Spain for using Jesus’ words from the Last Supper to promote its new veggie burger. The ad said, “Take all of you and eat of it. Which doesn’t have meat. 100% vegetarian. 100% flavor. Big King Vegetable.” Another ad read, “Flesh of my flesh,” but crossed the word “flesh” and wrote vegetable instead. The company said in a statement, “”We apologize to all those who have felt offended by our campaign aimed at promoting our vegetable products during Holy Week. The immediate withdrawal of the campaign has already been requested.” Read more about the apology here.
Dede Robertson, Wife Of Televangelist Pat Robertson, Dies At Age 94
Dede Robertson, the wife of the religious broadcaster Pat Robertson and a founding board member of his Christian Broadcasting Network, died on Tuesday at her home in Virginia Beach. She was 94. Mrs. Robertson became a born-again Christian several months after her husband. The couple, who met at Yale University in 1952, embarked on a journey in which Pat Robertson bought the tiny television station in Virginia that would become the Christian Broadcasting Network. In addition to her husband and her son Gordon, Mrs. Robertson is survived by another son, Timothy; two daughters, Elizabeth Robinson and Ann LeBlanc; 14 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. Read more about her life here.
Dog the Bounty Hunter Brings masked Singer Judges To Tears
Duane Chapman, better known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, departed from his typical tough-guy image by donning a costume to conceal his identity in this season’s “The Masked Singer,” but before being voted off the show, he shared a tearful rendition of “Amazing Grace.” Judges Robin Thicke and Nicole Scherzinger were noticeably moved. Thicke even revealed that he sings the Christian hymn to his child every night. “I am trying to be a Christian, so we negotiated a Christian song and that song happened to be my mother’s most favorite. It really was very emotional for me to show my faith,” the reality star added. Read more about the performance here.
What Your Candy preference Says About You
If you like sour candy more than other flavors, it’s possible you might be an extrovert. That’s just one takeaway from a new survey of 2,000 candy lovers: a person’s preference for certain sweets may say a lot about their personality and lifestyle choices. In addition to being extroverted (59%), sour candy connoisseurs also identified themselves as more “eccentric” (53%), “funny” (50%) and “sarcastic” (51%.) Meanwhile, chocolate lovers tended to describe themselves as “optimistic” (76%) and “shy” (67%), and fans of mint were most likely to say they’re “thoughtful” (78%). The survey was conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Jelly Belly Candy Company. Read more about the findings here.
I can’t imagine what it would have been like to be the chosen mother of the Savior of the world. Most of the time she probably saw him as just an ordinary child. But then there were those special times. Times when Mary was reminded that Jesus was destined for so much more than her heart could fathom. It can be a hard thing to trust God’s plans for our loved ones. Naturally we want to protect them from hardship, trials and pain. And Mary was no different. Yet she was wise enough to trust God and His ultimate plan, “treasuring all these things in her heart.” We too have to trust God and His plans for our lives and the lives of our loved ones. We may not understand all of the whys in this life. But we can trust that God can make something beautiful out of every heartache. Because He always has a higher purpose and a plan of salvation for us all.
Israeli Farmers Grow Date Trees Using 2000 Year Old Seeds
When Sarah Sallon first thought of cultivating 2,000-year-old date palm seeds found in a Roman-era fortress, she received a less than encouraging response. But Sallon bet that the Dead Sea’s unique, bone-dry environment would enable the seeds from the Masada fortress to flourish. And she’s now been proven right. The seeds – the oldest ever germinated – were among hundreds discovered in an ancient palace built by King Herod the Great in the 1st century BC. Sarah Sallon at the Louis L Borick Natural Medicine Research Center in Jerusalem previously grew a single date palm tree from one of the seeds. Her team has now managed to grow a further six. Read more about the seeds here.
Kathy Lee Gifford Has New TV Series, “The Jesus I Know”
The success of Kathie Lee Gifford’s new book The Jesus I Know has sparked a new television series on Fox Nation about the same subject. The series, also called The Jesus I Know, features Gifford interviewing well-known people about their personal faith. The new TV series is available exclusively on Fox Nation, a streaming service. Gifford said, “”I believe that Jesus is the way to eternal life because Jesus said, ‘I am the Way the Truth and the Life, and no one comes unto the Father but through Me.’ So I believe Jesus when He says that, but I also know that if we’re going to try to get to the Father, I want Jesus at the gate because He’s the one that saw my heart from day one.” Read more about the series here.
University To Pay Christian Professor $400,000 Dollars After Discipling Him For Not Using Trans Pronoun
An Ohio university has settled a high-profile case with a Christian professor by saying it won’t force him to use transgender pronouns and agreeing to pay $400,000 in damages and attorneys’ fees. Shawnee State University settled the case in recent days, approximately one year after the U.S. Sixth Court of Appeals sided with philosophy professor Nicholas Meriwether, a devout Christian who was disciplined by the school for not using the preferred pronouns of a transgender student. The university “has agreed that Meriwether has the right to choose when to use, or avoid using, titles or pronouns when referring to or addressing students,” according to Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented Meriwether. Read more about the settlement here.
A Botanical Cannabis Has Been Shown To Kill 100% Of Pancreatic Cancer Cells
A botanical drug containing extracts of a cannabis plant managed to eliminate 100 per cent of pancreatic cancer cells, a new study revealed. The drug, which is based on an extract of the Cyathus stratus fungus in conjunction with the cannabinoid extract, killed all cancer cells without damaging any healthy cells. It was developed by the biomedical company Cannabotech and the study was led by Professor Fuad Fares, who is a senior cancer researcher at the University of Haifa. The fungus used has been the subject of eight years of testing for anti-cancer efficacy and the treatment showed better anti-cancer results than a variety of other fungi tested. Read more about the drug here.
Does it comfort you to know that the Creator and Lord of the universe knows you personally? Every detail about you; your interests, fears, and failures. He knows what upsets you and what brings you joy. God knows our hearts, desires, and thoughts. (1 Chron. 28:9) And He regards us as the apple of His eye, taking delight in each of us. (Zec. 2:8, Is. 62:4) Because of all He endured, the Lord empathizes with our weaknesses” (Heb. 4:15) Suffering what He did from out of a love so great that He laid down His life for us, His friends. (John 15:13) And as such, He is our perfect, great, High Priest. For like A.W. Tower says, “Many men can be touched by the sorrow of another, but they are not touched with the sorrow. It is one thing to see pain but another thing to be touched with the feeling of it. Our pain, depression, trembling, and sensitiveness. Jesus was touched with these though he did not fall into sin that so often comes of them. We must treasure this view of our Lord’s sympathy, for it may be a great support in the hour of agony and weakness.”
Located at the foot of the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, (which literally means “oil press”) consisted of a small grove of olive trees. A fitting place since it was there that Jesus was spiritually pressed. It’s often said that our true nature is revealed during times of pressing. And how we face trials and suffering shows the depth of our relationship with God. At any time Jesus could have walked away. He could have returned to His glorious throne in heaven and never once suffered for our sins. But instead He choose God’s will over His own, and obedience regardless of the consequences. And when God didn’t remove His cup of suffering, Jesus let nothing stand between Him and that cup.
There will be times when we will find ourselves face down in our own Garden of Gethsemane. When God permits suffering and we are pressed spiritually to the point of agony. It’s then when we need to follow the example of our Lord. First, in fervent prayer we are to cry out to our Abba, Father. Emptying before Him our hearts filled with fear and sorrow. And when His answer is for us to endure, we are to humbly submit before God saying, “Not my will, but Yours be done.” Drinking the cup of suffering is never easy. But we need to trust that God’s plans are always best, and used for both our benefit and His glory. Most of all remembering that His grace is everything we need to carry us through. (2 Cor. 12:9)
His disciples were grief stricken when Jesus told them about His approaching death. Yet in the very same breath, the Lord also gave them hope through His resurrection, that they would be seeing Him again. Sadly, living in a fallen world means pain and suffering are are a given. But through Jesus, we can have an everlasting joy no sorrow can take away. For the Lord promises to those who believe in Him, pain and suffering are temporary, as compared to the blessings offered by a life in Christ. Jesus uses the example of a woman giving birth. Her labor pain is intense, unbearable, and agonizing. But once that beautiful baby is placed in her loving arms, the pain becomes a distant memory. And in its place is a heart filled with overwhelming love, joy, and thankfulness. In this world pain and persecution will come. But when we are in Christ, and He in us, our grief will be turned to joy. A lasting joy that no one or nothing will ever be able to take away!
The story of the Crucifixion is a tough one. It’s gut wrenching what Jesus suffered at the hands of His captors. He endured savagery, mockery, and rejection. He was brutalized and spit upon. And He did so willingly. At any time more than twelve legions of angels were ready to rescue the Lord at a moments notice. (Matt. 26:53) Yet Jesus bore His Cross to the end. He bore it for our salvation and to see the will of God done. …
In the books of the Old Testament we’re told that a blood sacrifice was needed to atone for sin. And God’s plan from the beginning was to reconcile us to back to Himself through the blood of Christ. Before the world was formed, before Adam took his first breath, God knew how man would fall. Because of this, in His infinite love and wisdom, He predetermined for His Son to pay the sin debt for all. The Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, freely offered Himself as the perfect and final blood sacrifice. And He did so to save us from death and give us eternal life. “The Lamb was slain from the creation of the world”. How amazing is it that even before we were born, and knowing all of the sins we would commit, God had already provided our path back to Him!