That’s what it’s all about: Easter

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Sprite’s Easter holiday homework was to write an essay with the title ‘That’s what it’s all about!’ It really made me think! For Christians Easter is the celebration of the events that are at the very core of our faith – that Jesus died on the cross on Good Friday and rose again in accordance with the scriptures in order to reconcile mankind with God. It is best summed up by the ‘Gospel in a nutshell’ verse John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whosoever believes in Him should not die but have eternal life.

For Christians Easter = that’s what it’s all about!

Read all about it in The Holy Bible Matthew Chapters 27-28 Mark Chapters 15-16 Luke Chapters 23-24 John Chapters 19-21

If you want to read the Bible online offering numerous versions, passage lookup, keyword search, topical index and links to additional resources see Bible Gateway at http://www.biblegateway.com/

Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter!

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There is great rejoicing in the Tweet family and among their Twitter bird friends today.

Tweetelle’s caterpillar pet which was thought to be dead only a couple of days ago has emerged from its chrysalis as a beautiful Monarch butterfly!

It has been photographed by Kenneth Dwain Harrelson and the image included in Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monarch_butterfly

And Tweetelle has been promised that she can have another caterpillar pet.

“You know,” said Pastor Twitter Bird “This happening has many similarities to the events of Good Friday and the first Easter Sunday!”

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You can read all about it in The Holy Bible
Matthew Chapters 27-28
Mark Chapters 15-16
Luke Chapters 23-24
John Chapters 19-21

If you want to read the Bible online offering numerous versions, passage lookup, keyword search, topical index and links to additional resources see Bible Gateway at http://www.biblegateway.com/

Jesus is risen! He is risen indeed!

Happy Easter!

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Creator is to creation as….

I enjoy analogies and ratios.
They were my favourite questions on the multiple choice general intelligence tests.
You know, like

Dog is to Puppy as Cat is to ———-
or
8:2 as 27: ———–

I also like analogies that help to describe and explain something unknown in terms of something that is known and understood.
Stephanie Tolan’s article “Is it a cheetah?” is a great example which explains and describes a gifted person by analogy to a cheetah.
There is a great collection of analogies for giftedness in the Analogy Anthology at Hoagies website http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/analogies.htm

The parables told by Jesus are similar to analogies – earthly stories with Heavenly meanings we were told at school. Jesus helped the people understand God and Heaven by telling stories about sowing seed and finding lost treasures.

But sometimes analogies are inaccurate or do not give a full explanation.

And an example of this which occurred to me recently was that of my relationship and consequent responsibilities to Sprite.
God is my Creator and I am Sprite’s creator.
However it would not be accurate to say
God the Creator is to Jo as Jo is to Sprite.

The main reason for this is that I do not have any of the Omnis which are attributes of God. God is Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent and I am not!

It was clearly demonstrated that although I am Sprite’s creator I am not able to physically travel to her dimension
 https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/interdimensional-travel-easter-devotional/

When Sprite said “Please promise that you won’t forget about us if you get all involved with using the other blog!”  
And I replied “Of course I won’t forget you!”
it brought to mind my Creator God’s promise that he would always be with us and would never abandon us.

This brought to mind an analogy relating to God which in my opinion has some flaws – that of God as the Watchmaker.
The intricacies of the watch propose that the watch had an intelligent creator in the same way as the intricacies of the natural world speak of an Intelligent Creator.

However this analogy is also used to suggest that God designed the creation, set it on its course and then ignored it and now allows it to run according to the laws of nature which He had installed.
It describes a God who is transcendent but never immanent.
It fails to account for God’s continued presence in and ongoing sustaining and interaction with His creation.

Happy Easter!

Jesus is risen! He is risen indeed!
Read all about it in The Holy Bible
Matthew Chapters 27-28
Mark Chapters 15-16
Luke Chapters 23-24
John Chapters 19-21

If you want to read the Bible online offering numerous versions, passage lookup, keyword search, topical index and links to additional resources see Bible Gateway at http://www.biblegateway.com/

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!

 

Easter – Read all about it!

Jesus is risen! He is risen indeed!
Read all about it in The Holy Bible
Matthew Chapters 27-28
Mark Chapters 15-16
Luke Chapters 23-24
John Chapters 19-21

If you want to read the Bible online offering numerous versions,  passage lookup, keyword search, topical index and links to additional resources see Bible Gateway at http://www.biblegateway.com/

Happy Easter!

Bush Camp

Thinking about the list of items to take to Survivor – Gifted Island reminded me of the list of items we were allowed to take to Bush Camp at Wycliffe Bible Translators camp at Kangaroo Ground when we were studying at Bible College of Victoria.
All students had to attend Bush Camp at least once during their time at the college.
We were not allowed to take phones or watches and there was no electricity or running water at the camp.
We slept in tents and used oil lanterns for light.
We carried water from the river and heated it in tubs over the fire.
For times of relaxation we each had a hammock strung between two gumtrees.

 Each day we ate the food and observed the customs of different countries and participated in simulation games.
We built mud ovens and cooked really great bread and roasted food in fire pits.
I still use the recipe book ’More food for thought’ compiled and adapted by Aileen Morrow which I brought home from the camp.
 In her forward to the book Aileen says
“In Wycliffe Camps and seminars we prepare cross-cultural meals which demonstrate some very practical challenges… These meals are essentially lessons in cultural sensitivity”

One evening at the camp we had a Rich Man, Poor Man dinner. There was a single rich person who sat down to a grand five course meal with candles on the table, eight middle class people who had a simple but filling two course meal and the rest of us were the poor people who received literally a handful of rice. The middle class people gave us oranges from their fruit bowl and we got one segment each when we shared them.
The social positions were allocated by lottery and Tina, the lass who drew the position of the rich person, felt really dreadful eating in front of everyone else.
But the rules of the game stated she was to be guarded by a burly guard and not allowed to share her meal.
When our youngest who was just a toddler saw the candles on her table he ran past the guard and said “Happy Bir-day!” and blew out the candles. That was the final straw for  Tina and she burst into tears!

Bush Camp was a wonderful, life changing experience. Our last meal at the camp was aptly called the Re-entry Meal.
It was Australian meat pies and chips.
And it really did feel like a culture shock going back to our regular lives after it.