Good Thoughts for 2023

Good Thoughts to end 2022 and start 2023

From George !!

The day ends
The week ends
The month ends
The year ends

With 2022 …

  1. Bad habits end
  2. Bad emotions end
  3. Bad thoughts end
  4. Bad spending ends

With 2023

  1. New Good habits start
  2. New Good thoughts start
  3. New Good plans start
  4. New Good friends start

Think About it ,,, Take Action on it,,, and have a Happy and Prosperous 2023 !!!

May God Bless your Day,,, Week,,, Month,,, and Year !!!

Liar, Lunatic, or Lord

In 1942, C. S. Lewis responded to this assertion in what later became the most famous paragraph in his classic, Mere Christianity: 

I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon, or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.

From this paragraph derives what is known as the “trilemma”: Jesus must be either a liar, a lunatic, or Lord.

In my humble opinion and experience,,, he is Lord !!! Always has been ,,, Always will be ,,, and in the future, all will bow down to him !!!

Be ready ,,, the future may be closer then most imagine !!!!

God Bless and have Great Holiday Celebration!!!

George on Bible Knowledge

Here is some interesting Bible Trivia from George !! Enjoy !!!

The Bible is the best-selling book of all time with an estimated 5 billion copies sold and distributed.

The oldest written language still in existence today is Greek which is the original language of the New Testament. Hebrew is the original language of the Old Testament. (*Mycenaean Greek is older than Hebrew)

Portions of the Bible were first translated from Greek into Latin as early as 100 AD. Latin was the Lingua Franca of the vast Roman Empire stretching across Europe.

The various parchments, scrolls and letters known as ‘Holy scriptures’ were first compiled together around 350 AD to form the complete Holy Bible as we know it today. This was done in Rome under the strict supervision of St Jerome. These compiled scriptures were later translated into Latin which was asserted as the main language of the Bible for many centuries afterwards.

Chapters and verses were added to the Bible in 1200 AD.

The Bible was first translated into English in 1382 by John Wycliffe.

The first book ever to be printed was the Bible. According to the Guinness Book of World records, The Latin Gutenberg Bible was the first book to be printed using a mechanical press. This was in 1455.

In 1525 William Tyndale competed the first English translation of the Bible.

In 1611 The King James version became the de facto version of the Holy Bible. King James I instructed the translators only to use original Greek and Hebrew texts.

The First Russian Translation of the Bible was completed in 1870. From 1499, the Old Slavonic Bible was used by Russians and other Slavic speakers.

The Bible is still the most translated book/document in the world today. The complete Holy Bible has been translated into 724 languages. The New Testament has been translated into 1600 languages. Portions of the Bible have been translated into 3589 languages – including Klingon and Elvish. Therefore, 97% of the Worlds population have access to at least some scripture in their own language.

Thanks to the missionaries of SIL (Summer institute of Linguistics) and Wycliffe Bible Translators, remote tribes in Papua New Guinea can hear the Bible in their own language. Some of these languages are only spoken by a few hundred people and have no orthography (writing system) so audio or verbal scripture reading is necessary.

There are 783,137 words in the English Bible (King James Version).

The longest book of the Bible is Jeremiah. The shortest book/letter of the Bible is 3 John.

The name “Jesus” appears over 950 times in the Scriptures.

“Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”

(St. Jerome, 4th Century)

George on Christmas

Good Morning !! Below is another post from George on Christmas !! Some good info and thoughts !! Enjoy and have a Merry Wonderful Christmas !!!

Today we started our Christmas theme at School. Apart from teaching the kids about traditional Christmas songs and stories in the UK, I asked my teenage class if they knew the true meaning of Christmas.

The response I got was not surprising. They all said things like spending time with family, caring for each other, giving gifts to each other and of course eating lots of good food. Only one student mentioned Jesus.

As Christians we know why we celebrate Christmas, however I still like their response. I don’t think Jesus is offended because people forget his Birthday (which is on the 7th January in Russia). I believe that our Lord and Saviour is happy that people are actually spending time together and loving each other.

However, we must know where love comes from. Everyone who receives a present at Christmas immediately wants to know who gave the present even before they open it. Likewise let’s remind people where all love comes from. Let’s tell people that Jesus is the greatest present to mankind.

John 3:16
16 For God so loved the world that he ‘gifted’ his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

1 John 4:7 
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.

1 John 4:8
…God is love.

From 1647 until 1660, it was illegal to celebrate Christmas in the UK. Oliver Cromwell, a puritan, banned Christmas parties because he thought people had forgotten the true meaning of Christmas.

A Christmas wreath represents the crown of thorns that Jesus wore. The red berries symbolise His blood.

Santa Claus is actually a real person. The Americanised name actually derives from a Dutch man called Sint Niklaus (Saint Nicolas). He was a Christian bishop who lived in the 4th Century (300 AD) . He gave gifts to poorer children and later became the patron Saint of Children. It wasn’t until 1819 that ‘Santa’ acquired his airborne sleigh pulled by flying reindeer.

In England there is still a law that says people must attend Church on Christmas Day. The Holy Days and Fasting Days Act of 1551 states that every citizen must attend a church service on Christmas Day, and must not use any kind of vehicle to get to the service. This law has never been repealed but is not enforced and remains dormant. So how many thousands of people break this law every Christmas ?

God Bless and have a Great Day !!!