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"Reasons" -Preparing for Passover; Why Passover?

“Reasons"


Preparing for Passover

Celebrating Jesus

The holiday of Pesach, or Passover, falls on the Hebrew calendar dates of Nissan 15-22. Here are coinciding secular dates for the upcoming year:                    

 

2012:   April 6-14


Note: The Jewish calendar date begins at sundown of the night beforehand. Thus all holiday observances begin at sundown on the secular dates listed, with the following day being the first full day of the holiday. (Thus, the first Passover seder is held on the evening of the first date listed.) Jewish calendar dates conclude at nightfall.

(courtesy Chabad)

 

WHY PASSOVER?

Why Not?

In the Millenium we will celebrate a form of Passover for a Thosusand Years.

Why not now?

Easter will be celebrated too, but so will Passover.

 

 

 

The Christian Post "Headline News" Monday March 26 2012 Nisan 3, 5772

Trayvon Martin
(Photo: REUTERS/David Manning)

Christians, Pastors Wear Hoodies to Church; Speak Out for Trayvon

By Anugrah Kumar

Christians across the country went to church on Sunday wearing hooded sweatshirts to show solidarity with Trayvon Martin, who wore one when he was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida. Pastors called for justice for the slain black teenager as part of their sermons.

Atheists Rally for Reason; Urged to Mock the Religious

By Lillian Kwon

Thousands of atheists showed up at the National Mall Saturday for what they believe will be a game-changing event for secularists. Though the Reason Rally was billed as a celebration of reason and a "coming out" event for atheists, as opposed to an anti-religion one, some viewed it as the latter.

US

Supreme Court

Will the Supreme Court Repeal Obama's Healthcare Law?

By Napp Nazworth

The U.S. Supreme Court will begin Monday hearing three days of oral arguments for cases that question the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare law passed under the Obama administration in 2010. Court watchers are split on how they think the court will decide the case.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney underwent heart transplant surgery Saturday and is recovering in the intensive care unit of a Virginia hospital.

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum easily won the Louisiana primary Saturday with 49 percent of the vote. Pundits are saying, however, that the victory is likely too little and too late to overcome Mitt Romney's lead, and he has not shown an ability to expand beyond his mostly Southern, rural and evangelical base.

Protesters in more than 140 U.S. cities held rallies against President Obama's mandate on birth control at town squares Friday to defend their position that the HHS policy is an attack on religious freedom.

Church & Ministries

Dale Settle Jr., seen here immediately after being baptized, was shot and killed on his way to a Bible study in Canton, Ohio in Sept. 2011.

New Christian Foundation Was Vision of Slain College Student

By Jeff Schapiro

Dale Settle Jr. had a vision to take the business degree he was working toward at The University of Akron and use it to establish a ministry that would help people with both their physical and spiritual needs. He was killed by a gunman before he ever saw the ministry take form, but the vision he had is being carried on today by his parents and the foundation that now bears his name.

A congregation that broke away from Presbyterian Church (USA) a couple years ago is being brought before an ecclesiastical court over claims that it should have monetarily compensated its regional body for the property it kept.

Evangelist Greg Laurie met with more than 200 Southern California pastors and ministry leaders Tuesday to outline plans for one of his Harvest Ministry's outreach events this year to be simulcast live at host churches and other venues throughout the nation for the first time in its 22-year history.

A plan to hold Easter service at a Sacramento, Calif., mosque is drawing a mixed reaction from the Christian community. Some are commending the event, especially the generosity of the Muslim community. But the good news of a resurrected Christ won't be part of the service.

Is sibling rivalry to blame for the fall of California megachurch the Crystal Cathedral? According to the youngest son of Crystal Cathedral Ministries founder the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, rivalry among the minister's children is what may have finally brought the financially-troubled church to its knees.

Are American churchgoers becoming too fat and unhealthy to practice their faith? One prominent doctor thinks so. Dr. Daniel G. Amen, M.D., co-author of The Daniel Plan at Saddleback Church and author of the new book Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, told The Christian Post that our brains use 25 percent of the calories we consume.

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Gingrich Calls Obama a Christian Who Behaves Like a Muslim

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NOM Launches Starbucks Boycott Over Same-Sex Marriage Stance

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Obama-Supporting Teacher Assigns Students to Dig Up Dirt on GOP Candidates

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Pat Robertson Defends Tim Tebow, Warns Broncos on Peyton Manning

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NY University Will No Longer Observe Jewish, Christian Holidays

The American Center for Law and Justice is urging the president of New York's Stony Brook University to reverse a decision that ends a long-standing practice of closing school in observance of major Christian and Jewish holidays.

'Salmon Fishing' Director: Film More Exciting Than Title

Lasse Hallstrom, who helmed "Salmon Fishing in ...

Media Matters to Spend $100k Targeting Rush Limbaugh

Media Matters, the liberal watchdog group ...

Asma al-Assad, Syrian First Lady, Banned From Buying Louboutins

Asma al-Assad, first lady of Syria and wife of ...

'Stand Up for Religious Freedom' Rallies Draw Attention to Obama's Contraceptive Mandate

Tens of thousands of people are estimated to gather Friday in 131 cities across the nation to rally around the mantra of religious liberty brought on by President Obama's mandate on birth control.

Chaplains Believe Religious Extremism Common in Jail, but Not a Threat

A major survey of prison chaplains has concluded ...

Entertainment

Hunger Games cast

'The Hunger Games' Highlights Godless World, or Glorifies Violence?

By Katherine Weber

With "The Hunger Games" hitting theaters Friday, fans are pointing to parallels between the film's storyline and the message conveyed in the Gospel, but some critics have dismissed the story as too violent, despite the stated effort of the author to highlight the dangers of glorifying violence.

"American Idol" contestant Colton Dixon continues to speak up about his faith in God despite warnings from producers telling him that religious talk could cost him some votes.

Rock legend Bruce Springsteen is currently promoting his new album, entitled "Wrecking Ball," which critics say is chock full of religious imagery and holds "near-biblical significance" for the musician's latest commentary on the woes of American life.  

World

pope benedict

Pope Benedict Arrives in Mexico; Condemns Drugs, Violence

By Anugrah Kumar

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Mexico Friday as tens of thousands in the world's largest Roman Catholic country lined up along the streets to greet him with cheers and tears. He encouraged the nation and the church to fight the evils of drugs, violence and idolatry of money.

While the world is raising concerns over rights abuses by anti-government forces in Syria's ongoing violent conflict, few would even know that militant Islamists have expelled the majority of Christians from the western city of Homs, according to the country's largest church.

Mali is in turmoil after the national Malian army led a coup against President Amadou Toumani Toure, and now a new group of rebels is threatening to divide the country in two.

Afghan shooting suspect Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will be charged with 17 counts of murder, assault and other offenses when he stands in front of a judge today. The Taliban, meanwhile, has expressed its fears of injustice in Bales' trial.

Mark Sanchez Jerseys Discounted After Tebowmania Hits NY

New York Jets fans have given in to Tebowmania, ...

Will Smith's Ex Turned Preacher's Wife Starring in VH1 Reality Show

Sheree Fletcher, the mother of Will Smith's first ...

Joyce Meyer Debuts Children's Book 'Every Which Way to Pray'

Charismatic televangelist Joyce Meyer, founder of ...

Made to Crave for Young Women - The Physical Craving (BOOK EXCERPT, PT 5)

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Casey Anthony Being Baptized to Start 'New Beginning'

Casey Anthony is reportedly preparing to start a ...

Whitney Houston Drowning Related to Cocaine Abuse, Coroner Reveals

Weeks of speculation surrounding Whitney ...

Tech & Biz

iPad

The New iPad: Hands-On First Look and Comprehensive Review

By Vincent Funaro

The new iPad launched last week here in the U.S. and tablet has gone on to sell over three million units during its initial release.

There are many applications available on the Android market that are Easter themed, including colorful eggs and bunnies, however, there are none that focus on what happened to Jesus Christ, according to Christian media company, HCJB Global Sweden.

Angry Birds has readily become the most talked about mobile device game. The newest version of the game will feature the Angry Birds in space, but Windows users won't be seeing that sight for some time to come.

A new iPhone 5 concept has emerged that incorporates the rumored 4.6-inch display.

TD Jakes: We Are Born Forgiving in Nature; Unforgiveness Is Learned

By Michelle A. Vu

Contrary to popular opinion, forgiveness is innate and unforgiveness is learned from our environment, says T.D. Jakes, pastor of the 30,000-member The Potter's House in Dallas and New York Times bestselling author.

OPINION

Should Christians Boycott Starbucks?

coffee

In this case (and in many like it) a boycott exposes us to all of our worst tendencies. Christians are tempted, again and again, to fight like the devil to please the Lord.

COLUMN

The 60-Second Workout for Spiritual Health

praying

Are you sick and tired of being defeated by the same sin in your life over and over again? If so, have you started fighting back like a boxer in the ring? Or are you taking a passive approach while sin and Satan just pummel you with body blows and head shots? My friend, it is well past time to start fighting back in the power of God.

OPINION

Caring for Spiritual Orphans: Elephants in Our Midst

students

Over the past few years the desire and drive to place orphan care and adoption on the front burner of Christian life has been a success. However, there is another type of orphan that needs attention too. Yes, they can be found overseas, but more than likely they are within arms length of many church leaders and members.

COLUMN

'GCB' on TV Equals 'Gaudy Christless Boredom'

Kristin Chenoweth

What do you get when a television network attempts to make a mockery of Jesus Christ, Christianity, and Christians in general? You get a pitiful excuse for "entertainment" and one that is doomed to fail. The latest example of such blasphemy is the ABC show, "GCB."

CHURCH & MINISTRIES

SBC's 'Start-a-Church Sunday' Reminds Christians to Do Just That

There are currently more than 45,000 Southern Baptist churches across the United States. Most of those churches, however, are concentrated in the South, with fewer churches located in states like New York and New Jersey.

CP BLOG

Is God Necessary to Religion? Part II, Critiquing Gutting

Gary Gutting's article cites John Gray's argument that religion's importance is based less on the content of a person's beliefs, and more about the way he or she lives. As we saw in Part I, Gutting writes that religion becomes problematic once belief in God and eternal life are seen to be centrally important.

U.S.

Are Some Professions 'Off-Limits' for Christians?

unemployment

Are there some careers that should be considered "off-limits" for Christians due to the nature of the job? Not according to Gene Edward Veith, provost and professor of literature at Patrick Henry College

OPINION

The Line Between Good and Evil

Bales

A decorated American soldier has allegedly become a mass murderer. Why? How? Well, look inside your own heart.

CP BLOG

What Is 'REAL?'

I once heard a philosopher say, "The only things that are real are those things that do not change and are eternal." I used to know what "real" meant. It was all that I can see, touch, smell, taste, and hear. Life was simple then. I read in newspapers and science journals now that "reality" is an illusion.

CP BLOG

National Cherry Blossom Festival

cherry blossom infographic

It is Cherry Blossom season and that means it is time for the National Cherry Blossom Festival in downtown Washington, D.C. If you are near the nation's capital, this is an opportunity to see historic landmarks and nature and to give thanks to God for this nation.

EDUCATION

Professor: Mother Teresa Taught Me How Secularism 'Radically' Diminishes Search for Truth

mother teresa

Christianity gives the best picture of how to bring justice to the poor, said a professor and author who had work with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India.

U.S.

Atheist Activist With Failing Vision Gets Help From Christians

Patrick Greene and his cat, Big Boy, pose for the camera.  Greene is an atheist activist who had to back off of his threat to sue Henderson County, Texas over a nativity scene a few months ago after he rapidly began losing his sight.

Atheist activist Patrick Greene had plans to sue Henderson County, Texas, just a few months ago if the county did not move its nativity scene from the courthouse lawn to a private property. He eventually dropped his threats, however, after discovering he was quickly losing his vision. Not long after his decision was reported, donations began pouring in from Christians who wanted to lend the non-believer a helping hand, with no strings attached.

WORLD

Open Doors: Growth of Christianity in Iran 'Explosive'

Iran

Despite the Iranian government's ongoing crackdown of Christians living in the primarily Islamic country, the number of Muslims converting to become Christians is growing at an explosive rate, according to the persecution watchdog group Open Doors USA.

REVIEW

Koshering Jesus a Bit Too Much: A Jewish Review of Shmuley Boteach's 'Kosher Jesus'

Howard Teich

I was thrilled when I read that Rabbi Shmuley Boteach had taken on the very controversial subject of the Jews adopting Jesus as a "member of the tribe" in his new book, "Kosher Jesus."

REVIEW

Koshering Jesus More: An Evangelical Review of Shmuley Boteach's 'Kosher Jesus'

Paul de Vries

For me, reading the book "Kosher Jesus" by the articulate Rabbi Shmuley Boteach was the next step in Jewish-Evangelical Christian engagement — for promoting Judeo-Christian values and culture to America and the world.

CP BLOG

Special Faith Claims and Special Interest Groups

Mormons

An anonymous Mormon representative responded to my Op-Ed piece on Mitt Romney and Evangelicalism,published in the SunSentinel. The respondent made several striking claims in his comment. I have attached the comment here, as the linked version does not include it.Mormons’ theology is based

COLUMN

God's Caller ID

miles mcpherson

These days almost every phone has Caller ID on it. You also might identify your caller with a ringtone or a tune or a photo. Whatever the cool feature you use, Caller ID helps you decide whether or not to answer the call.

MOVIES

October Baby and Doonby

October Baby

Movies that deal with the sanctity of life are suddenly in the news. Two films delve deeply and fearlessly into an issue that the entertainment industry has rarely been brave enough to tackle.

CHURCH PLANTING

Missions Leader on Thousands of New Church Plants in Muslim Areas

Syria Church

Over 6,000 new churches were planted among Muslims in 18 different countries in Africa over the last seven years. And hundreds of former sheikhs and imams have become followers of Jesus Christ over that period.

CP BLOG

The Gospel According to the Hunger Games

Hunger Games

This is the Lord of the Flies in reverse. Instead of depicting the savagery of young people (those evil “adolescents”) left to themselves, the heroes in this story are young people; the adults depict evil, and the greater the power, the deeper the wickedness.

OPINIONS

The Accidental Author: Missionaries, Ruth Graham, and Beyond

Ruth Graham

A simple prayer of dedication to serve in whatever way God wills often leads to unexpected bends in the road. While they thought of themselves as missionaries or mothers, when the time came, these women all found that they had the pen of a ready writer. She also serves who learns to write well.

CHURCH

Homosexuality and the RCA: A Call for Action, Consistency, and Faithfulness

Kevin DeYoung

For several years the Reformed Church in America has approached the issue of homosexuality as an opportunity to have our cake and eat it too.

LIVING

Testimony of Blogger Rescued From Gay Lifestyle Inspires Others

Matt Moore, formerly a practicing homosexual, is now a Christian who openly shares his testimony of how God rescued him from his partying lifestyle.

Less than two years ago Matt Moore's life was completely transformed when he put his faith in Jesus Christ. Having indulged himself for years in heavy drinking and a homosexual lifestyle, his life changed drastically when he realized he needed to submit to God and His view of homosexuality according to the Bible. Today, Moore is using his testimony to reach out to others and show them how God is powerful enough to save anyone in the midst of their struggles with all types of sin.

SERIES

Evangelicals and Muslims: Where Do We Begin?

Ramadan in Jerusalem

Evangelical leaders on the forefront of establishing relationships with Muslims in the United States admit they face unprecedented challenges. For Christians, the question remains – how do fruitful relationships between people from the two dramatically different faiths begin?

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