This blog is based on references in the Bible to fear. God wills that we “BE NOT AFRAID”. Many theologians state that the eighth deadly sin is fear. It is fear and its natural animal reaction to fight or flight that is the root cause of our failings to create a Kingdom of God on earth. By “the power of the Holy Spirit” we can be witnesses and “communicators” of a new and redeemed humanity “even to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:7 8). This blog is dedicated to Mary the Mother of God.
Friday, April 28, 2017
The LORD is my life's refuge; of
whom should I be afraid?
1 Samuel, Chapter
28, Verse 5
When Saul saw the Philistine camp, he grew afraid and lost heart completely.
Are we like Saul? Have
we lost heart completely? Have we seen the camps of our enemies and come to
despair. God will not abandon us like we have abandoned him. Do not despair but
call out to the Lord and listen. Pay attention and if today you hear His voice
harden not your hearts.
Comparing David with
Saul the one thing that distinguished them from each other was David’s humility
and confidence in the Lord. This we can see in David’s Psalm 23.
is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack. In green pastures he makes me lie
down; to still waters he leads me; he restores my soul. He guides me along
right paths for the sake of his name. Even though I walk through the valley of
the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and
your staff comfort me. You set a table before me in front of my enemies; You
anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Indeed, goodness and mercy* will pursue
me all the days of my life; I will dwell in the house of the LORD for
Arbor Day History
Arbor Day is a
celebration of trees and their importance to providing shelter, stabilization
for the ground, and beauty to the beholder. While Arbor Day is a US holiday,
several other countries have adopted similar observances including Japan,
Australia, Korea and Yugoslavia. In 1970, President Richard Nixon declared
Arbor Day a federal holiday and it is observed the last Friday in April each
Arbor Day Facts & Quotes
·The first Arbor Day was celebrated April 10,
1872 in the State of Nebraska. More than 1 million trees were planted in
Nebraska as they celebrated the first Arbor Day.
·A single tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of
carbon dioxide per year and can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the time
it reaches 40 years old.
·Newspaper editor, Julius Sterling Morton
began Arbor Day to help bring attention to the importance of trees.
·Since the Yellowstone Fires of 1988, the Arbor
Day Foundation has partnered with the US Forest Service. Through this
partnership, over 25 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted.
·The best time to plant a tree is twenty years
ago. The second best time is now. –Proverb
Arbor Day Top Events and Things
·Plant a tree. Poplars leaf out about now.
·Visit a nursery and consider buying some plants.
·Australian accent: Crocodile Dundee (1986), The
·Organize a neighborhood beautification project.
·Hold a paper drive. Use the recycling
proceeds to purchase a special tree.