In our everyday lexicon, we use the phrase T.G.I.F. at the end of week.

For the few uninitiated people out there, the term T.G.I.F. is an acronym which states, “Thank GOD It’s Friday!”

Scores of American Workers, Students, Stay-At-Home Moms and Dads – and many others look forward to rejuvenate their Souls and their Bodies with a weekend of Rest and Relaxation.

Most of the time, I would concur with these feelings.

The Holy Bible informs us that even GOD rested on the Seventh (7th) Day and that He sanctified that day (“set apart” or “consecrated it as Special” and called it a Holy Day.

Genesis 2.1-3 reads –

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude.

And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done.

3 So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.

The seventh day of the week is Saturday.  In the New Testament economy, we have a special reverence for Sunday which is the First (1st) Day of the week because Our LORD JESUS rose from the dead after experiencing a horrible death.

It is because JESUS paid the ultimate price to reconcile mankind back to GOD that today above every other Friday is known as “GOOD FRIDAY.”

In the Christian world this current week is called “Holy Week.”  Holy Week is the culmination of what Christians call the Lenten season (old English for to lengthen…a 40 day period in which believers in Christ join their LORD in His ultimate journey to Golgotha and The Crucifixion or The Cross).

It was during the Passover Season (this is the Jewish Feast or Celebration of their Exodus or their departure of leaving Egypt after more than 400 years of cruel slave bondage) nearly 2,000 years ago that our LORD celebrated a special meal with His 12 Disciples a last meal in which He instituted what Christians today call the sacrament of Holy Communion.

Our LORD was preparing Himself to become a Sin-Offering for humanity.  The words of the prophet Isaiah help us to grasp the significance of what Good Friday really means (Isaiah 53.1-12):

1 Who would believe what we have heard?

To whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

2 He grew up like a sapling before him,

like a shoot from the parched earth;

He had no majestic bearing to catch our eye,

no beauty to draw us to him.

3 He was spurned and avoided by men,

a man of suffering, knowing pain,

Like one from whom you turn your face,

spurned, and we held him in no esteem.

4 Yet it was our pain that he bore,

our sufferings he endured.

We thought of him as stricken,

struck down by God* and afflicted,

5 But he was pierced for our sins,

crushed for our iniquity.

He bore the punishment that makes us whole,

by his wounds we were healed.

6 We had all gone astray like sheep,

all following our own way;

But the LORD laid upon him

the guilt of us all.

7 Though harshly treated, he submitted

and did not open his mouth;

Like a lamb led to slaughter

or a sheep silent before shearers,

he did not open his mouth.

8 Seized and condemned, he was taken away.

Who would have thought any more of his destiny?

For he was cut off from the land of the living,

struck for the sins of his people.

9 He was given a grave among the wicked,

a burial place with evildoers,

Though he had done no wrong,

nor was deceit found in his mouth.

10 But it was the LORD’s will to crush him with pain.

By making his life as a reparation offering,

he shall see his offspring, shall lengthen his days,

and the LORD’s will shall be accomplished through him.

11 Because of his anguish he shall see the light;

because of his knowledge he shall be content;

My servant, the just one, shall justify the many,

their iniquity he shall bear.

12 Therefore I will give him his portion among the many,

and he shall divide the spoils with the mighty,

Because he surrendered himself to death,

was counted among the transgressors,

Bore the sins of many,

and interceded for the transgressors.

Wow, what an unbelievably graphic description of what Our LORD suffered in order that He would make us whole!

When Adam and Eve sinned (please see Genesis chapters 1-3) they caused a seismic spiritual earthquake to occur that ripped and tore themselves and the earthly realm in which we live in apart.

We call this historic event “The Fall.

BeforeThe FallAdam and Eve walked in warm fellowship and communion with Almighty GOD.

AfterThe FallAdam and Eve and their human posterity walked in rebellion and alienation from GOD.

Mankind without the presence of CHRIST in their hearts by the power of The Holy Spirit has no natural inclination to pursue a relationship with The Holy Creator (Romans 1-3).

GOOD FRIDAY is a wonderful reminder to Christendom as well as an annual reminder to a “Watching World” of the reality of the Suffering, Death, and Resurrection of Our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

So today above and beyond ALL other FRIDAYS is a moment in which we truly can shout and proclaim:  “THANK GOD IT’S GOOD FRIDAY!

Pastor-Kelly

 

Yesterday in Argentina Michelle Obama opined on the horror of women being judged by how they look:

As I got older, I found that men would whistle at me as I walked down the street, as if my body were their property, as if I were an object to be commented on instead of a full human being with thoughts and feelings of my own. I began to realize that the hopes I had for myself were in conflict with the messages I was receiving from people around me.

As you can see Michelle Obama is very much against the objectification of women and would not do anything to advance such a situation where a woman might be judged by her appearance rather than her mind

The blue and black designer dress that first lady Michelle Obama wore to Tuesday’s state dinner for the French president reportedly cost between $10,000 and $12,000, according to news media, which is more than the median annual household income worldwide of $9,733, and greater than the median income for households in at least 87 countries, according to data from Gallup.

Well OK maybe she had a moment of weakness but she’s certainly not going to make that mistake with her daughters, right?

What might have also made Obama choke up was looking at the price of his daughters’ dresses. While their mother opted for a custom strapless number from one of her favorite designers, Jason Wu, her daughters went with Naeem Khan. Malia, 17, who was seated next to Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels and actress Sandra Oh, wore a strapless faille gown with crystal beading from the pre-fall 2015 collection. The 100 percent silk piece is no longer available for purchase, but it originally retailed for $17,990. The embellished piece didn’t need any more bling, so she went without jewelry. Malia blew out her hair in loose waves and had a subtle cat eye and nude lips.

While Malia went for a more classic, elegant look, her younger sister added a young, fresh flair. Also in Naeem Khan, Sasha chose a look from the Indian-American designer’s resort 2016 collection, a gown embroidered with allover threadwork, beading, and appliqué, accentuated by a fitted bodice and ball skirt. The 14-year-old complemented the red, black, and sheer piece, which retails for $19,990, by styling her hair in Dutch braids and tying a thin ribbon around her neck as a choker.

You mean to say that Michelle “don’t objectify women” Obama would present her daughters in such a way as to emphasize their looks over their brains.

I’m shocked SHOCKED! I mean, what would Penny Red say?

So I wake up this morning to find my email cluttered with a National Enquirer story that claims that

“Private detectives are digging into at least five affairs Ted Cruz supposedly had,” claimed a Washington insider.

Let’s parse that sentence:

[Unnamed] “Private detectives

are digging [because they are well paid by the same rag that six months ago insisted that Hillary Clinton was going to be dead of a brain tumor by now, after dropping out of the primary. They are digging, hoping to find]

into at least [maybe more, maybe not, but the better to tease the readership while it waits in line at the supermarket]

five affairs Ted Cruz [who some claim nobody in Washington likes]

supposedly [allegedly, as in, we must cover our a**** in case someone sues]

had,” [with five women, who are also unnamed, and may sue, so let’s hide the faces of five photos of women who may or may not be involved]

claimed a Washington insider. [who also remains unnamed]

The National Enquirer, the rag that dug up the John Edwards story after getting the sex video Edward’s own mistress taped. So we’re supposed to believe any allegations of sex scandals after that, because Edwards.

Then I look at Twitter and find this,

Now we’re supposed to care about a National Enquirer story casting aspersions on the character of Trump’s rival, while Trump’s friend owns the NE.

The story drips with irony. Trump, who owned casinos with strip clubs, who repeatedly went on the Howard Stern show [LINK NOT SUITABLE FOR WORK] to explicitly discuss the attributes of women he was having sex with, including his wives, who routinely insults women, and whose personal attack on Cruz’s wife earlier this week did not work:

Yes, that Donald Trump.

Also in my inbox, a Trump joke,

You know what Ted Cruz’s wife is going to look like in 20 years?

Older.

You know what Donald Trump’s wife is going to look like in 20 years?

Who knows? She hasn’t been born yet.

The bottom line is: This is all a distraction.

Cruz is gaining on Trump, Trump will not debate him one-on-one, and, the more substantive Cruz’s arguments are, the worse Trump’s “it’ll be yuuuuge” blather sounds.

All the while, ISIS is active not only in Middle East countries, but also in Europe in what may become nuclear attacks, the U.S. economy grew a measly 1.4%, the IRS stonewalls, Hillary Clinton’s State Department was apparently coordinating meetings for Bill Clinton with foreign heads of state, and Obama debuts a career as entertainer in chief during his trip to Cuba.

But the National Enquirer gets top billing.

Heck of a way to start a Good Friday.

UPDATE
Donald Trump’s Alliance With the National Enquirer

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

It’s been said by Hillary Clinton that social media and the internet has become a weapon in the war on terror. In one respect she is absolutely right.

As we have seen in Brussels, Israel and Syria Islamists of military age, men and women are actively attacking the people they consider their enemies, regularly risking death and capture to kill as many of their foes as possible, while their older leaders urge them on.

These people are terrorists, these people are evil, but because words mean things, you can’t credibly claim they are frightened of us.

What does that have to do with social media? Well when these Islamists go on social media and examine those of Military age of the west, what do they see?

Chalked messages such as “Vote Trump 2016” appeared on the school’s sidewalks Monday.
Many students said they were ‘in pain’ and felt ‘frustration’ and ‘fear’ because of the chalk messages.
The school’s student government vowed to use emergency funds to help support those traumatized by the messages.

They are reading things like this:

It was like cross burning,” Tucker told me. “It was on private property. It was extremely damaging and the students and faculty were totally embarrassed…it was absolutely intended to intimidate everyone and it worked.”

and hearing students say this:

“I’m supposed to feel comfortable and safe [here],” one student said. “But this man is being supported by students on our campus and our administration shows that they, by their silence, support it as well … I don’t deserve to feel afraid at my school,” she added.

and when it comes to their elders, those who are in charge who might lead these people, when ISIS looks online this is what they see:

Emory University President James Wagner will not allow an act of pro-Trump political advocacy to go unscrutinized: the administration will review security footage in hopes of identifying the person or persons who committed the heinous act of scribbling “Trump 2016” in chalk all over campus.

Of course they might think that’s an isolated incident, but then (via Glennthey read this:

I can barely talk—first, with fear, and then with rage when the dispatcher reports back that yes, in fact, I’ve probably just seen ROTC cadets, though they’re going to send an officer to check because no one has cleared it with them. They thank me for reporting it.

Just ROTC candidates going about their business. But that’s not enough for the professor, up to her eyeballs in threats and micro aggressions and macro aggressions and whatever other aggressions she could concoct in her fervid imagination.

 

So the west is unwilling to watch Islamic enemies and will attack anyone who dares suggest one must be vigilant concerning potential Islamists but will use the resources of the law and wealthy institutions to stop chalk marking, or American soldiers marching or publicly claim that straight white males are more dangerous than the people doing this.

If you had foes so cowardly, so craven and so wiling to advertise those facts to the world, would you be afraid of them, or be doubtful of your eventual victory?

I submit and suggest our intellectual class is worth 10,000 fighters to ISIS and I further suspect that if ISIS or their Islamist ever came to power, these folks who are willing to bravely stand up to Ted Cruz, Donald Trump or sick Twitter Safety on Robert Stacy McCain will happily submit to the veil.

And I bet the Islamists we are fighting are counting on the same thing.
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