Month: March 2013

OBSERVING GOOD FRIDAY

thCAVHBXMQGood Friday, the Friday before Easter Sunday, commemorates the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross. Good Friday is the second of the three days of the Easter Triduum.

If you are a Christian, and you believe that the Lord Jesus Christ Is the Eternal Son Of God, and that HE died for all your sins, then for you, Good Friday is the most sorrowful, the most solemn, and yet, one of the holiest days of the entire year.  Indeed, it is not a day for celebration; it is a day for observing.

Good Friday is the day on which Christians remember the crucifixion and death of  Jesus Christ. It is a dark and somber holiday, the lowest emotional point of Holy Week, which begins with Palm Sunday, the day of Christ’s triumphant march into Jerusalem, and ends with Easter Sunday, the day he was resurrected from the dead.

In the Protestant church, Good Friday is traditionally commemorated with an evening worship service. The altar is stripped bare or covered with a black cloth. A large cross is placed in the front of the congregation, often topped with a crown of thorns, which will be replaced by a regal crown of gold or white on Easter morning. In many churches, part or all of Good Friday worship is held in the dark, lit only by candlelight.

Worship is traditionally devoid of the word, “Alleluia.” The service consists of prayer, music, readings, and gradual extinguishing of candles. Prayers are for forgiveness of sin, for on this dark night, Christ took the sins of the world on his shoulders and died in the stead of sinners. Music is quiet and in minor keys. Readings are Gospel lessons, from the New Testament of the Bible, recounting the stories of the Passion of Christ, from his accusations, condemnation, thirty-nine lashes, crucifixion, and death, all told in painful detail. As each part of the Passion is read, candles are extinguished one by one, until the last candle is snuffed out like the innocent life of Christ, who is compared to a lamb led to the slaughter.

Another Good Friday tradition is the Stations of the Cross. Fourteen crosses are set up around a room or garden. Each cross is marked with an event from the Passion of the Christ. Christians walk from one station to the next in successive order, pausing at each to pray or meditate.

In contrast with the Catholic Church,  Protestant traditions throughout the year tend to focus more on the risen Christ than the crucified Christ. Protestant crosses are usually empty, whereas Catholic crosses are crucifixes, adorned with the body of Christ. Catholics also focus more on sin in everyday worship, through individual confession and regular prayers of atonement, where Protestants confess in unison, followed by a group absolution, or forgiveness of sin, by an ordained pastor. Good Friday is the one day in the Christian calendar on which Protestants focus exclusively on their sins and the pain, suffering, and death that Christ experienced on their behalf. This is the Protestant’s day of mourning, and it lasts until the joy and celebration of Christ’s triumphant resurrection, celebrated on Easter morning.

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EASTER?

The poor old Easter Rabbit is an602039_586097448068618_2146888213_n invented secular excuse to commemorate  a CHRISTIAN holiday (celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, three days after his crucifixion) in order for government, civil service & union employees  to get paid for NOT going to work!!!!!  However; this is just another link ~ in the long string of chains strung by our “politically correct”  & elected government & union biased officials which continually promotes the rise of liberal Secularism in America! SICKENING!!!!
I AM A CHRISTIAN.
I AM AN AMERICAN.
I AM A U. S. NAVY VETERAN.
I AM A WOMAN.
I AM THE  WIFE OF A RETIRED & DISABLED VETERAN.
I AM A TAXPAYER.
What are MY Rights?????
~ dfh

The Tax System Explained in Beer

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this…

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing. The fifth would pay $1. The sixth would pay $3. The seventh would pay $7. The eighth would pay $12. The ninth would pay $18. The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

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The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball. “Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20″. Drinks for the ten men would now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men ? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share?

They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.

So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by a higher percentage  – the poorer he was, to follow the principle of the tax system they had been using, and he proceeded to work out the amounts he suggested that each should now pay.

And so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% saving). The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% saving). The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% saving). The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% saving). The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% saving). The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% saving).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But, once outside the bar, the men began to compare their savings.

“I only got a dollar out of the $20 saving,” declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, ”But he got $10!”

“Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a dollar too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more benefit than me!” “That’s true!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $10 back, when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!”

“Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison, “we didn’t get anything at all. This new tax system exploits the poor!”

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks so the nine sat down and had their beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, journalists and government ministers, is how our tax system works! The people who already pay the highest taxes will naturally get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas, where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D. – Professor of Economics.

OBAMA FINALLY VISITS ISRAEL

holb_c10792320130319120100Benjamin Netanyahu is an intelligent man. He knows Obama is a fraud, and his word is worthless. Obama’s visit to Israel after 5 years in office is just window dressing for his so-called future “legacy”.  How’s that working out Barack?  A “Hail Mary” to try to get your poll numbers back up? Spent too much time filling in your March Madness brackets instead of doing your job and actually governing this country?

In spite of all the calls for spending discipline, the Obama Administration is still wasting billions of dollars, (“That’s “BILLIONS” with a “B”) on their lavish lifestyle and prestige. One of Obama’s biggest flaws is that he likes the glamour and fame associated with the office of the Presidency but he’s the laziest president in my lifetime, and I remember Ike. He has zero original ideas for governing and relies totally on the opinions of everyone else, which unfortunately includes many of his liberal Hollywierd buddies.

I believe he’s familiar with only what he’s read in Neo-Marxist, Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” which states; “True revolutionaries do not flaunt their radicalism”, Alinsky taught. “They cut their hair, put on suits and infiltrate the system from within”. Alinsky viewed revolution as a slow, patient process. “The trick was to penetrate existing institutions such as churches, unions and political parties.”

Hopefully, America will survive these people, God willing. But Obama’s legacy is already so badly stained, that I doubt even his cult-followers in the controlled national media can repair his image for history. Jimmy Carter can breathe easier now. Another liberal leftist in the White House has finally surpassed Carter in that Obama has proven himself to be even more disgusting and unreliable in his performance as President of the United States than his failed predecessor! ~dfh

“Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history… the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.”