GOOD FRIDAY

Today is Good Friday here in America. Good Friday is celebrated two days before Easter Sunday. It is the day where Christians celebrate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ which is central in our belief. It just so happens that today in the news, after decades of speculation, new research suggests that the Shroud of Turin, one of the Catholic Church’s holiest relics, may be the real deal.
Believed by some to have been Jesus’ burial cloth, the Shroud has been the subject of much research. The latest battery of experiments led experts to conclude the cloth may have come from the first century A.D., making it old enough to have been used to bury Jesus Christ
Giulio Fanti, a professor of mechanical and thermal measurement at the University of Padua, announced the findings in a book that hit shelves Wednesday in Italy, reports Vatican Insider. Fanti has written several papers about the shroud, including one in 2011 that hypothesized how radiation could have caused the image of a man’s bloody face and body to appear on the cloth. Okay, here’s my take on that. According to Exodus 20:4, Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
Not that I’m saying that man may have made this shroud, nor am I saying that this is not the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. But the debate over this cloth has no bearing on anything, in my opinion. It seems like there are people who need justification that Jesus really did come and die. As far as what I believe, that is a done deal and no cloth or anything else can make me believe any more than what I already believe. If you’re looking for an image to assist you in believing in HIM, look no further than your faith.  Please enjoy your GOOD FRIDAY.

ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING

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For those of you who did not get the opportunity to hear Keith Harrell speak while he lived, I wanted to give you a flashback on him speaking. I knew him to be a very dynamic and positive individual. Take a look at the video and if you’re like most, you’ll understand his ability to drive home the point that ATTITUDE… IS EVERYTHING!

A FEEL GOOD STORY

This past weekend, I tried to win the $338 million Powerball jackpot. Like many other people, I’m sure, I dreamed of all the people who I think I would have helped out with some of that money. It wasn’t my time. The winning ticket was bought by Pedro Quezada, a 45-year-old Dominican immigrant and Passaic, N.J., deli owner.
You’ve got to read about these other winners. This will let you know that there are still some very kind people left on this planet. I got this story from Yahoo.
Imagine you work in a small office. A group of co-workers asks if you’d like to go in on some Powerball tickets. You decline. You’re on a tight budget, and you’ve only been there a few weeks, anyway.
You show up for work the next day to find out they won.
That’s exactly what happened to Jennifer Maldonado, an administrative assistant at Keller Williams Partners Realty in Plantation, Fla., whose co-workers matched five numbers in Saturday’s $338 million Powerball drawing, winning $1 million.
Co-worker Laurie Finkelstein Reader bought 120 tickets—or $240 worth—at a Mobil gas station in Pembroke Pines after collecting $20 from nearly everyone in the office. According to the Miami Herald, Reader offered to lend Maldonado the money since she hadn’t received her first paycheck, but Maldonado said no thanks.
When Maldonado showed up for work, “everyone was there, screaming, jumping, running, hugging, crying,” according to the paper.
“I knew I was the only one who hadn’t put in the money, so I thought they were pranking me,” Maldonado said.
It wasn’t a prank—and, even better, Maldonado’s co-workers plan to share their winnings, roughly $83,333 per person after taxes, with her.
“It’s about sharing the happiness,” Reader said.

***NEW UPDATE*** STATE OF THE WORLD TODAY

This story keeps getting more interesting by the minute. This is the continuation of the story of the 2 people who tried to rob the Brunswick, Ga. mom, then shot and killer her 13 month old son who was still in the stroller. The alleged trigger man’s mother and aunt have now been arrested and charged with providing false information to the police.
Karimah Elkins, 36, and 33-year-old Katrina Elkins, Elkins’s aunt and mother were arrested Monday night and charged with making false statements to police, the AJC reports.
Karimah Elkins originally told police De’Marquise showed up at her home at 8:30 a.m. Thursday and ate breakfast. She said the teen accompanied her as she ran errands with her children throughout the day. She said he could not have shot the baby because he was with her all day.
The two women posted $1,104 bail and bonded out of jail Tuesday morning, according to the SavannahNow website.
Glynn County police Chief Matt Doering told the Associated Press that information the two women gave to police was instrumental in helping police recover the murder weapon.
“I feel glad that justice will be served,” West said. “It’s not something I’m going to live with very well. I’m just glad they caught him.”
De’Marquise Elkins’ sister, Sabrina Elkins, told AP her brother was innocent. “He couldn’t have done that to a little baby,” she said. “My brother has a good heart.”

THE ROAR IS GETTING LOUDER…

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Though Winter failed to go to sleep this early Spring weekend, the roar of the Tiger still managed to get louder. All in one weekend, Tiger got a check for $1.116 million, an eighth blue blazer, and he managed to reclaim the world No. 1 ranking for the first time since Oct. 31, 2010.  Tiger’s performance was reminiscent of some of his glory days.

And the numbers, for history’s sake, are roaring as well.  Tiger is at 37 (that’s just four wins short of tying Jack Nicklaus’ major championship record). He is also five wins short of tying Sam Snead’s record for PGA Tour victories.  With the Master’s just a few short weeks away, I can hear the roar in the distance.

TRAIN UP A CHILD…

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You should know by now that if you come to this site, you’re going to get the WORD every now and again. That’s why I’m here.

Proverbs 22:6 (KJV) says: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

This scripture come to mind when I think of the homeless man, Bill Ray Harris, who two months ago, gained popularity when he returned an expensive engagement ring to a lady who accidentally put it in his cup.  Harris indicated that he took the ring to a jeweler who offered him $4000.  Harris said that the offer was tempting but he was not raised that way.  Instead of selling, the 55-year-old decided to wait to see if the lady would come back for the ring. A couple of days later, she did.

The Kansas City, Mo., man was befriended by Sarah Darling, whose engagement ring he returned. Wanting to help, Darling and her husband, Bill, set up a fund for Harris. They hoped to raise the $4,000 he had been offered.  The happy ending keeps getting happier for Billy Ray Harris.  He now has a home, a part-time job, and his long-lost family.  As word of the story spread, so did generosity to Harris. The fund now has more than $186,000 from 8,000-plus donors. More than money, Harris has received the priceless gift of reuniting with family he hadn’t seen in 16 years. His sister, Robin Harris Williams, recognized her older brother when the story of the ring in the change cup first began circulating.

Williams tracked him down from her home in Texas. The relatives planned a reunion for the summer. But the “Today” show surprised Harris by bringing his siblings to the morning program on Sunday. Harris said, as his family sat with him, “This was a total shock.” He added, “Got it all right here now.”

***UPDATE*** THE STATE OF THE WORLD TODAY? ***UPDATE***

This is the update to a post from last week. The post was about a lady who had been approached by two young men who were trying to rob her of money. When she told them that she did not have any money, they shot and killed her young son who was with her in a stroller. This is another one of those stories that I would list under IF I BELIEVED IN THE DEATH PENALTY. The article that I read in the AJC is listed below:
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that police arrested the 2 teens Friday afternoon, after scouring school absentee records for their names.
Seventeen-year-old De’Marquis Elkins is charged as an adult with first-degree murder, along with a 14-year-old who was not identified because he is a juvenile, Police Chief Tobe Green told the AJC.
The teens approached Sherry West Friday morning at 9:15 a.m. near her rented house in a quiet residential neighborhood. West said one of the teens demanded money from her.
“He asked me for money and I said I didn’t have it,” she said. “When you have a baby, you spend all your money on babies. They’re expensive. And he kept asking and I just said ‘I don’t have it.’ And he said, ‘Do you want me to kill your baby?’ And I said, ‘No, don’t kill my baby!’”
She said the older boy fired a shot into the ground from a handgun, but she didn’t see the gun eject a shell so she believed it was a toy gun.
He then fired a shot past her head. The bullet grazed her ear leaving a small bruise. The teen fired 4 shots in all. One bullet hit her in the leg.
“The boy proceeded to go around to the stroller and he shot my baby in the face,” she said. “And then he just shoved me when I started screaming and he ran down London Street with the little boy.”
Antonio’s father, Luis Santiago, (pictured above with West) said he wished he could have been there to protect his family.
“He was special,” Santiago said. “He had the bluest, bluest eyes.”
West also lost her 18-year-old son, Shaun Glassey, to violence in New Jersey in 2008.
“He and some other boys were going to ambush a kid,” Bernie Weisenfeld, a spokesman for the Gloucester County prosecutor’s office, told the AP Friday.
One of the boys disarmed Glassey, who had a knife, and turned the knife on him. The 17-year-old who stabbed Glassey in self-defense was not charged.

IF I BELIEVED IN THE DEATH PENALTY…

If I believed in the death penalty, this would be one of those cases that I would certainly seek to have this man put out of his own misery.
HOUSTON—An 11-year-old girl who was raped and impregnated by a family member has given birth.
Authorities say the girl and her baby are physically fine and the pre-teen will be given a chance to raise the child if that’s what she and her family want.
“What happens to the newborn will depend heavily on what the family decides first,” said Sara Marie Kinney, public relations director with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. “If they decide to take care of the child they will have the opportunity to do so.”
Meanwhile, the family member who is accused of repeatedly raping the young girl was in court Thursday morning. The judge tripled the 21-year-old’s bail, raising it from $50,000 to $150,000.
The charge against the suspect is “continuous sexual abuse of a child.” According to court documents, beginning last summer and continuing until January of this year, the suspect would sexually assault the 11-year-old relative almost every day.
“It was continuous over a long period of time. This wasn’t just one sick act,” said Kinney.
Authorities say the man allegedly would wait for the girl’s mother to go to work each day, then he would come over and forcibly sexually assault her.
According to court documents, the girl’s mother did not realize her young daughter was pregnant until the school told her.
“The child’s school suspected that she was pregnant and reached out to the family, who then acted upon the allegations,” Kinney said.