Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day Celebration

 Memorial Day was a celebration of faith, love and sacrifice for those who have fallen for our country.
 Mothers remember their sons with fond memories of love and devotion as they gave the ultimate sacrifice, their lives for their country.
 United States of America was founded on faith for liberty and the pursuit for happiness.
 The American Eagle stands for freedom.
 Gold Star Mothers remember their loved ones.

 Gold Star Mothers  came as a family to remember the sacrifice their loved one made.

 The Gold Star Mothers  are honored and cherished.
 Feelings of deep loss are expressed on Memorial Day,.
 It is a united effort of soldiers who want the United States to be Free.
 Old friends are reunited as they say hello.
 I want to come to pay my respects even if it is a little harder to get around.
 Let Freedom ring. Let Freedom Ring!
 We are a united country of 50 stars that stand for 50 states.
 Let Freedom Ring!
 Generations are united in love for our country.
 Traditions of loyalty, respect and love for our country are passed down.
 Red White and Blue Dresses say I love you USA.
 Momma and Daddy Duck say We love USA!
 We love our country!

 Let us remember the people who gave their lives for the United States of America.
 Many gathered to celebrate Memorial Day 2018!
 Each flag tells a story of devotion  and sacrifice to our wonderful country.
 Leaders meet with respect.
 Soldiers meet to say it is a day of rememberance and honor.
 Flags line in a row to say we have devotion to you.
 Youth pass on the memories of sacrifice.
Leaders who gave their lives for freedom, speak.
 We love, respect and honor our country.
I stand up to say I served.

Red, White and Blue stand for the colors of freedom, justice and loyalty.
Fallen heroes are honored on Memorial Day.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Mount of Beatitudes, Israel The Sermon on the Mount in Hebrew and English

Mount of Beatitudes is a hill in northern Israel where Jesus is believed to have taught the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew chapters 5, 6 and 7.  The Beatitudes are eight blessings recounted by Jesus which begin with beati, which translates to happiness or blessedness.  

 Jesus preached in Galilee after he was baptized by John the Baptist.    Zola Levitt Presents Spring Tour led us to  a special place overlooking the Sea of Galilee.  The words Jesus spoke were read out loud in Hebrew and English. We later went to see the Roman Catholic chapel at the Mount of Beatitudes.  The Franciscan chapel was built in 1937 by Italian architect Antoio Barluzzi.  

Mosaic floors lay beside the church.  
 A Byzantine Church was built in the 4th Century when Constantine came into power and wanted to preserve the Christian sites along with the faith of his mother who became a Christian first.  Remains of the cistern and monastery can still be seen.
 Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven
Blessed are those who mourn for they  will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek; for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness; for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful; for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart; for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers; for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my  account.

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great. for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Pentecost; Peter Preached on The Southern Steps in Jerusalem

 When the day of Pentecost came, Peter probably preached in the Jewish Temple now known as the Southern Steps or Stairs in Jerusalem.  The Southern Steps are on the southern edge of the Western Wall.   Faithful pilgrims would ascend the stairs to enter the Jewish Temple.  People would wash the dust off their travels in nearby ritual baths or Mikveh.  Over 50 baths have been excavated.  Peter came to the place Jesus had taught.  There is a link between the Jewish Feast Pentecost, known as Festival of Weeks or Shavout and the Christian Pentecost of the baptism of fire and the Holy Spirit.  It took place at 9:00 when Peter would have been at the Jewish Temple to worship.  Pentecost comes from the Greek word Pentekostos, which means 50.  Pentecost comes 50 days after the Passover.  Since Jesus is our Passover Lamb it is symbolic that God chose to pour out his Spirit on the special day Moses gave the Torah to the Jews.  The Christian Pentecost came 50 days after Jesus rose from the dead.

 Acts 2: 1-4 says.  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole House (referred to as temple)  where they were sitting.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them... Then Peter stood up with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd.
 The temple would have been the place there were so many foreign or disapora Jews.

Acts 2: 14 to 17 You men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, know this and listen carefully to what I say.  in spite of what you think, these men are not drunk, for it is only nine oclock in the morning.  But this is what was spoken about through the prophet Joel.
And in the last days it will be, God says, that I will pour out my Spirit on all people and your sons and your daughters will prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.  Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.  And I will perform wonders in the sky above and miraculous signs on the earth below, blood and fire and clouds of smoke.  The sun will be changed to darkness and moon to blood before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes.  and then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
 Jewish people would have been at the temple for the Jewish Feast of Shavout which means weeks.  The Torah was given by God to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai on Shavout more than 3,300 years ago.  Every year the holiday renews the acceptance of Gods gift the Torah.  The Ten Commandments would be read outloud.  In ancient times two wheat loaves would be offered in the Holy Temple on Shavout.  People would bring their choicest fruits to thank God for their bounty.  Women and girls lit holiday candles to bring in the holiday.

Crowds would be led by musicians to give glory to God for his blessings.

On Pentecost Acts tells what happened;

Acts 2; 26 to 28 Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue rejoiced, my body also  will live in hope.  because you will not leave my soul in Hades, nor permit your  holy One to experience decay.  You have made known to me the paths of life, you  will make me full of joy  with your  presence.
Acts 2 

 The scriptures say 3000 people were baptised.  The Jewish Temple in Jerusalem has enough mikveh's or ceremonial baths to baptize that many  people.
 Wind and fire represented God in scriptures.  The Messiah's followers were filled with the Holy Spirit after Peter preached truth.  They could understand the message because it was all in their own languages.
 Paul referred to believers of the Messiah, or Jesus as containing the Temple of the Holy Spirit.
At the ceremony of the Pentecost musicians with silver trumpets blew the melody of faith with unison.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

22nd Ferris Brick Festival

Ferris, Texas was once known as the Capital of Brick because it was the largest brick manufacturer in the world.
Each year the town holds a festival to celebrate their history and have some fun.
Mark Garza gave an electrifying performance as he strummed his guitar and sang country and western songs to the crowd.  
Wooden creations of art were on display to purchase.
Kids had fun sliding down the huge slide.
Period Costumes added to the festive atmosphere.
 Ferris is known as the town that bricked the world.  Nine different factories were in operation.

A dramatic interpretation revealed the time period.

The Texas Spirit was felt as craftsmen designed artistic frames for special photographs.

Unique creations designed special inspirational words of wisdom

We are held together like the stars.  
A community works together to pull off a wonderful festival full of fun.