Trivia answers: 1.Philip & Nathaniel 2.Matthew 3.Peter, Andrew, James, & John 4.Judas 5.James 6.Thaddaeus 7.Thomas 8.The Canaanite 9 Matthias
On the Lighter Side
Match the Disciples.
Matthias, Philip, Matthew, Peter, the Canaanite, Judas, Andrew, Thaddaeus, James, Thomas, Nathaniel, John
The Up Side
(Guideposts Magazine June, 2016)
· A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles.
· The greatest joys in life are found not only in what we do and feel, but also in our quiet hopes and labors for others.
A word of encouragement can make the difference between giving up or going on.
· Faith is what gets you started. Hope is what keeps you going. Love is what brings you to the end.
· Be strong; you never know who you are inspiring.
· What I do today is very important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.
· God loves you and there is nothing you can do about it.
· Happiness is like jam. You can’t spread even a little without getting some on yourself.
· Any day is sunny that is
brightened by a smile.
· Punctuation is so important. For instance, read the following statements. A woman, without her man, is nothing. Or A woman: without her, man is nothing.
· A real friend is not so much someone you feel free to be serious with as someone you feel free to be silly with.
· We don’t stop laughing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop laughing.
· Be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven.
· Laughter can also be a quiet inner warmth that spreads good vibes throughout the mind and body.
· Each happiness of yesterday is a memory for tomorrow.
The Founding Fathers
For some time the question of the religious faith of the Founding Fathers has generated a culture war in the United States. Pastors and Evangelicals have claimed not only that most of the Founders held orthodox beliefs but also that some were born again Christians. The Founders came from similar religious backgrounds. Most were Protestants such as Anglicanism (John Jay, George Washington, and Edward Rutledge.), Presbyterianism (Richard Stockton and John Witherspoon), Congregationalism (John Adams and Samuel Adams), Quakers, Lutherans, Dutch Reformed, as well as Roman Catholic (Charles Carroll, Daniel Carroll, and Thomas Fitzsimmons). A colonial church served not only religious but also social and political functions. The Founding Fathers referred to God with such expressions as “Providence”, “The Creator”, and ”Divine Goodness.” John Jay served as president of the American Bible Society. Patrick Henry, distributed religious tracts while riding circuit as a lawyer. Our nation owes much to the Judeo-Christian tradition, a movement of reason and equality that influenced the Founding Fathers to embrace their political ideas which were very remarkable for their time and for all time.
Francis Scott Key, who also wrote the "Star Spangled Banner", our nation's National Anthem, wrote the following hymn:
"Before you, Lord, we bow. Our God who reigns above and rules the world below, boundless in power and love. Our thanks we bring, in joy and praise, our hearts we raise, to you, our King.
Earth, hear your Maker's voice. Your great Redeemer own. Believe, obey, rejoice, and worship Him alone. Cast down your pride, your sin deplore, and bow before the Crucified."
Jesus’ Friends: The Rest of the Story
Peter was crucified upside down.
Matthew was nailed to the ground with short spears and then beheaded.
John was boiled in oil, but then sentenced to the mines on the Island of Patmos. Later he was freed and lived in what is now Turkey. He died of old age.
James was thrown 100 foot down from the pinnacle of the temple when he refused to deny Christ. He was the first Apostle to die a martyr’s death.
Bartholomew (Nathanael) was flayed to death with a whip.
Andrew was crucified on an X shaped cross in Greece.
Thomas was stabbed with a spear in India. Some reports say he was sawed in half.
Matthias was stoned and beheaded.
Paul was tortured and beheaded.
St. Jameswas beheaded by Herod in Palestine.
Philip was crucified.
Jude was crucified.
Luke was crucified.
Mark was burned alive and speared.
These men had every opportunity to deny Christ and live, but they knew His truth and that Christ had risen from the dead and was truly the Son of God. They were willing to face horrible deaths because of their faith in our Savior.
Everything I Need to Know, I Learned From Noah
10. The ark was built by an amateur. The Titanic was built by professionals.
11. No matter what the storm, when you are with God, there is always a rainbow waiting.
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