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Some Things Said… (Apr 07)

“Humor is God’s gift,” said William “Chip” Stokes, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Delray Beach. “I always say that God has a wonderful sense of humor, though sometimes we are the butt of it.”

For the early Christians, the days following Easter were spent in “joy and laughter with parties and picnics to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection,” according to The Joyful Noiseletter, a Michigan publication that supports Holy Humor Sunday.

Churchgoers and ministers played pranks on each other, drenched each other with water, told jokes, sang and danced. The giddy post-resurrection mood was dubbed risas paschalis, the Easter laugh.

Sharon Austin, pastor of Cason United Methodist Church in Delray Beach, recalls when Holy Humor Sunday got a little out of hand at a previous church.

“People were wearing silly hats and clothing, but at the point where an adult came down the center aisle on skates, that was the point at which some concerned was expressed.”

In other words, don’t try this at church, folks. –an article by Lona O’Connor in The Palm Beach Post 4.15.07

[The Latin phrase is a dead giveaway as to how far this nonsense goes back in ancient church history and tradition.

The early church did not celebrate Easter in any form — the English transliteration of this Latin word appears in the Textus Receptus in Acts 12:4 (and nowhere else) and clearly it identifies the Jewish Passover. To my limited knowledge, no Christian has ever celebrated the Jewish Passover, nor should they feel compelled to.

Better than that, the early Christians were in hiding between the time of the death of Christ and his ascension. The scriptures tell us that they were behind closed doors for fear of the Jews (see John 20: 19 — 31). Seems the Jews had just killed the leader, and the apostles and disciples were on that same wanted-dead-or-alive list too. Though Jesus appeared to them many times, it doesn’t appear that anyone was celebrating, living riotously, or practicing slapstick.

Somehow the uproarious jokes were omitted from the record.

You will never find a passage where Jesus or Christians were ever dancing, or chasing each with a water pitcher, or with anything else. And you cannot find the things described in this article anywhere in the Holy Bible.

The Easter celebration referred to here is the modern festival we have come to know that is itself based upon the pagan festival for Eostre — a deity whose festival celebrated the planting season and fertility. Look it up on Wikipedia. The corrupt church leaders wanted to appeal to the pagans, notably the Germanic barbarians, and adopted their rituals into the already corrupt celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ. It has only become more corrupted through time.

You should also know that the true celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ occurs every Sunday in the observance of the Lord’s Supper. Just as Christ commanded that it should be done.

This is simply another substitution of godlessness in place of true Christian doctrine by men and women who serve only themselves. RAV]

Noted Child Psychiatrist arrested for child molestation

Child psychiatrist Dr. William Ayres, former president of the prestigious American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from 1993-1995, was arrested in California and charged with 14 felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14–adolescent boys to be more specific.

According to prosecutor Melissa McKowan, 21 men accused Ayres of molesting them when they were children under his care, but because of the state’s ten-year statute of limitations, only three cases could be prosecuted.

One of Ayres’ patients, Greg Hogue, now 37, said, “It’s like a stain that doesn’t wash off. He is trained to know exactly what kind of damage he is causing and is doing it anyway.” –from the Patriot Post Vol. 7 No. 15

Conversion and commitment

If I can see in God’s word what I need to be and do, and then walk away without doing it, I have not turned my life over to him–I have not been converted, or else I have turned my back on that commitment like an unfaithful spouse. –Dene Ward, from her e-mail of 3.28.07

The Religion of Peace Strikes Yet Again

CASABLANCA, Morocco – Two suicide bombers killed themselves in an attack on U.S. diplomatic offices in Morocco’s commercial hub Casablanca on Saturday in the first such targeted bombings in four years, witnesses said.

Police arrested a third bomber as he tried to flee the scene of the mid-morning attack on the U.S. cultural centre and the nearby U.S. consulate in an upscale district of the port city, where three suicide bombers blew themselves up four days ago. —excerpted from a Reuters posting at 3.15.07

Welcome Back to Gay Orleans

Still coming back after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans wants to rekindle its tourism appeal by targeting gay and lesbian travelers, The Associated Press reported.

New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corp. will release a guidebook to promote attractions popular with homosexual visitors — such as gay bars, bookstores, and community centers. Activities such as Mardi Gras, Southern Decadence and Halloween also are featured.

“We try to pick up where the mainstream travel guides leave off,” said the guide’s associate publisher, Bill Gerhram. “We’ll talk about the fantastic food, the music tradition, and give family-friendly suggestions. But we’ll also talk about gay history.” –from Focus on the Family 3.02.07, as submitted by Mark Zaveson.

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