Word Sharpener News: I went to three funerals this week. One was for a 99 year old woman who died in her sleep and woke up in Heaven. The other two were godly men with wives and grown children who died unexpectedly. They also woke up Heaven. We all will die unless the Rapture happens first, and none of us knows when. If you haven’t gotten things right with the Lord, there’s no better time then now. It’s not safe to die unless you know where you’re going.
Holidays This Week: Today is National Thomas Jefferson Day. Thomas Jefferson was born April 13, 1743 and became the third president of the United States. He was also vice-president under John Adams and author of the Declaration of Independence. He is considered one of the founding fathers of the United States of America.
One of his greatest achievements during his presidency was the Louisiana Purchase which more than doubled the size of the United States. In a way, this was ironic since Jefferson believed in limiting Federal government. But he was a man of irony.
He fought for the abolition of slavery, yet he owned slaves. He was a faithful husband while his wife was alive, but when he was widowed, he had a mistress who was one of his slaves. He believed in limited Federal Government but gave Alexander Hamilton support in establishing a national bank.
No matter his flaws, he gave this nation a legacy through his role in our Revolution and his presidency. One of the greatest things he did was to sell his library to the National Library of Congress after their books had burned. Happy Birthday, President Jefferson.
Tomorrow, April 14th is Global 4/14 Prayer Day. 80% of all Christians are saved between the ages of 4 and 14. Most churches, however, focus their evangelism effort on adults. Global 4/14 Day is a day set aside to pray for the children of the world to give their lives to Christ and to be discipled. For more information and a prayer guide, go to this link.
Other Holidays This Week:
- April 14 – National Dolphin Day, International Day of Laughter
- April 15 – Global Holocaust Remembrance Day
- April 16 – National Support Teen Literacy Day
- April 17 – National Ellis Island Family History Day
- April 18 – National Paul Revere Day
- April 19 – National Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial Day
Quote of the Week: “First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer (German preacher executed by the Nazis)
“It is not my ability, but my response to God’s ability that counts” — Corrie Ten Boom (Christian sent to Nazi concentration camp for harboring Jews)
Verse of the Week: Esther 4:14 (NIV) For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Song of the Week: Build Your Kingdom Here by the Rend Collective
Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus by George Duffield, Jr.
Video of the Week: Do You Believe Trailer
Life Sharpener: Determine to stand for Jesus in radical obedience no matter the cost.