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The Centrality of the Resurrection to Christianity (Part IV): What the Resurrection Achieves

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first_imgThe thrust of this fourth article of the series on the necessity of death and resurrection is on what the resurrection of Jesus Christ does and gains. The resurrection took place some two thousand years ago and yet it has ongoing significance for the past, current and unborn generations. How is the resurrection relevant for all generations? Why does it have such a lasting impact? Does it matter? This article will explore a little bit. The third article on the Christian theological understanding of death made the following observations:The Bible identifies three kinds of death. The first is physical. This is the complete cessation of breath; when the living being ceases to exist and the organs decay. Judaism, Christianity and Islam believe that the souls of humans live on after physical death awaiting judgment. The second kind of death is spiritual. This occurs when a human disregards God Almighty and what he requires. The spiritually dead person may be physically well and be doing well in other areas of his/her life but is dead to godly influence and direction. She/he is separated from God. Some Christians call the spiritually dead the “living dead”. The third and worst form of death is eternal death. This occurs when a human being is permanently separated from God after he/she has passed through judgment and is condemned to hell!From a biblical perspective physical death is the result of sin and sometime human carelessness or neglect. By and large the world, including the Old Testament, sees death as a negative thing, a negation of life, the opposite of life. It is therefore dreaded and if possible to be avoided. But Jesus and the New Testament show death as a necessity for resurrection. Jesus teaches thus: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  If anyone serves me, let him follow me; and where I am, there my servant will be also. If anyone serves me, him my Father will honor” (John 12:24-26). Sometime we have to die to ourselves to live the religious life and certainly we have to die in order to enter heaven.Before one goes to heaven she/he has to resurrect first. According John Stott the resurrection achieves basically three things. It assures us of the forgiveness of our sins no matter how small or serious. It assures us of ultimate victory. And, it assures us of the transforming power of God. Let us explain these in brief.Spiritually and psychologically speaking one of our basic needs is forgiveness. All human beings are sinners through and through. We wrong God and one another all the time. We are selfish and consciously or unconsciously we offend God and each other by our thoughts, words and deeds. The ultimate result of wrongdoing is guilt. Martin Luther King, Jr. was right when he observed that the image of God in each one of us will not allow us to feel natural when we do the unnatural and to feel right when we do wrong; it nags us. We may pretend and attempt to fool ourselves and others but the guilt remains. The solution is forgiveness. The resurrection of Jesus shows that we are and can be forgiven any sins we have committed. In referring to his blood he said, “This is my blood which is poured out for you and many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:28).Also the resurrection assures of God’s power over evil. Evil may persist for a while but right and goodness triumph ultimately. The resurrection is a testimony that evil is and can be overcome. The devil and his agents seemed to have defeated Jesus by inflicting pain and killing him but he rose from death to die no more! Someone said that Satan wrote, “It is finished” but God wrote, “To be continued”. The resurrection proves God’s ultimate defeat of evil and death.The resurrection is God’s victory on behalf of and for us. We share in his victory. Because he lives we too live and can face any situations of life. Because we share in his resurrection we too share in his power over evil. By faith and obedience we have power to defeat evil in and around us. “We are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8: 37). The resurrection matters because it gives us power to live and overcome evil in its myriad forms.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Yarwin Mensonnoh Road Rehab. Kicks Off

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first_imgThe Administration of Nimba County has launched the rehabilitation of stretches of a road in the Yarwin Mensonnoh District, Nimba County.The road rehabilitation project is a part of the feeder road repair project across Nimba County with funding from the ArcelorMittal Liberia Social Development Fund and the County Development Fund provided by the government of Liberia.The commencing of the road project brought happiness to citizens who sang and danced as the convoy carrying the county officials arrived in the town of Mehnlah, where the project was launched.Development Superintendent Dorr Cooper urged the citizens to comply with the road crew by mustering all hospitalities to make them feel at home.He told citizens to bear any inconvenience they might encounter during the course of the road repair. As he put it, “Development comes with pain, and sometimes the road might take your house or any of your crops away.”He maintained that the road will be wide enough to avoid erosion, noting, “Expect more side clearing during the rehabilitation.”The occasion was attended by a cross section of county officials, including Representative R. Matinokay Tingban, in whose district the project was launched and Superintendent Fong Zuagele of Nimba. The implementing arm of the county, the Project Management Committee, was represented by comptroller Gompa Osudu Dahn and treasurer, Micheal Nuahn. Other attendees included Commissioner Moses Vakun, chiefs, youth and women’s groups.Superintendent Fong Zuagele told the citizens to consider side brushing the road, as was the case in the past, to avoid erosion.He also warned against random burying of corpses and urged residents to set aside a site for burial and areas for other development projects.Representative Tingban informed the citizens that the county administration along with the members of the Nimba Legislative Caucus will ensure that the towns in the district are entirely connected.However, he urged that development does not come in a day’s time, adding that they should accept wherever the road rehabilitation stops.Yarwin Mensonnoh is the home of Liberia’s future capital, Zekepa, but the road has been in a dilapidated condition for decades.The district also connects Bong, Grand Bassa and Rivercess counties. Owing to the bad road condition facing the district, the citizens mostly transact business in Zoweinta, Bong County.Meanwhile, District Commissioner Moses Vakun has assured the county of providing security for the protection of the machines. “We will do our best to make sure that the machines are protected and nobody will steal the fuel,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wismar man remanded on break-and-enter-and-larceny charge

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first_imgJermine King, also known as “Kingman,” of 26 First Alley, Wismar, Linden, was on Friday arraigned before Linden Magistrate Clive Nurse on a break-and-enter and larceny charge detailing that on May 25, at West Watooka Hill Top, Wismar, he broke and entered the dwelling house of Sulika King and stole therefrom $30,000 cash.The Police Prosecutor told the court that upon King’s arrest, he handed over $4,430 to the Police — an amount which he allegedly told the Police was what remained from the stolen cash.King pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him. Asked if he was ever charged, King disclosed a list of charges he had previously faced, some of which had resulted in jail time.Magistrate Nurse has remanded King to prison, and ordered that a probation report on the accused be submitted on his next court date, which is set for June 5.last_img read more

Man nabbed with 1.1kgs cocaine at Stabroek Market Square

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first_imgAn East Bank Demerara (EBD) resident was nabbed with over one kilogram of cocaine in the vicinity of Stabroek Market Square by agents of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU).The drug enforcement unit confirmed that Wyette Amsterdam of Land of CanaanWyette AmsterdamPublic Road, EBD, and another man who were under surveillance by CANU ranks were intercepted on Wednesday evening at Stabroek Market Square.A search was conducted on the haversack that Amsterdam was carrying during which 1.160 kilograms of cocaine and $600,000 were unearthed. No illegal substance was reportedly found in possession of the other male.However, Amsterdam was charged and appeared before Chief Magistrate AnnThe cocaine that was found in the haversack owned by AmsterdamMcLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. He denied the narcotics trafficking charge and was remanded to prison. The case will continue on November 1.last_img read more

Diamond Ranch blasts Monrovia

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first_img• Photo Gallery: 02/24: Diamond Ranch vs. Monrovia POMONA – It can be intimidating facing the Diamond Ranch High School girls basketball team, which hasn’t lost a home game in six years and is defending CIF-Southern Section Division III-AA champion. At least that might explain the frustrated and bewildered looks on the Monrovia girls’ faces. The Wildcats figured to have enough problems against Diamond Ranch’s UCLA-bound guard Nina Earl, but with senior center Diane Ortiz cleaning up the boards and the Panthers racing to a quick lead, the Wildcats never had a chance. Ortiz scored a game-high 23 points with eight rebounds and three blocks, and Earl finished with 17 as the No. 2 Panthers crushed the Wildcats 70-42 in Saturday’s Division II-AA quarterfinals. Diamond Ranch (27-1), which changed divisions this year, plays at Norco, a 67-58 winner over Santa Monica, in Tuesday’s semifinals. “When you have a girl who can score inside and outside (Earl) and a center (Ortiz) doing whatever she wanted around the glass, it makes it tough,” Wildcats coach Mike Wagner said. “We were hoping we could stop their inside game and make them shoot outside, but we weren’t stopping their cutters. It was ridiculous.” Monrovia (20-5) trailed 16-12 after the opening quarter, but Ortiz helped the Panthers pull away in the second quarter by scoring 15 or her 23 points on mostly putbacks and layups for a 39-21 halftime lead. “That’s what she (Ortiz) has been doing all year,” Diamond Ranch coach Vince Spirlin said. “Nina picked up her third foul (in the second quarter) and Diane just took over. She’s always been capable of doing that, and tonight she came with a real determined effort, like she always does.” center_img Wagner wished he could say the same. “We knew they had a great team, and they did everything we expected them to do,” Wagner said. “But we didn’t come to play. “We gave up. I hate to say it because we had a great season. But we picked today to have a bad game.” Monrovia’s Vanessa Hernandez finished with a team-high 14 points, Shateah West scored nine points and Jasmine Gordon had eight. fred.robledo@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Teen gets president’s award for volunteerism

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first_imgLA MIRADA – Volunteerism for 17-year-old Justine Rosenberg of La Mirada started seven years ago when her cousin was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. But it didn’t end there. Rosenberg, a senior, has spent the past four years at La Mirada High School giving her time to help poor families, or going to middle schools to help educate students about the dangers of drugs. Now Rosenberg has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The award is well deserved, said Oscar Diaz, founder and adviser for the high school’s Positive Alternatives Outreach Club, who also nominated Rosenberg for the award. “She’s just a leader,” he said. “She puts everything together. If we have something going on, I can depend on her. She strives for nothing short of perfection.” Rosenberg joined the Positive Alternatives Outreach Club as a freshman and is now the club’s chief executive officer. She also belongs to the school’s Key Club and is the senior-class representative on the school’s Girls League. Rosenberg has sung Christmas songs at school assemblies, talked to middle school students about not using drugs, delivered baskets of toys to the low-income families, and worked at pancake-breakfast fundraisers. Principal Don Jones said she is the epitome of the student volunteer. “She’s always trying to help,” he said. Rosenberg said she started volunteering after her cousin’s diagnosis. “It’s really been tough on the family, but it’s inspired me to try and do everything I can,” she said. Her father, Lon, became involved in the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and Justine followed right along. “We have walks and stuff for the association. I was 16 when I became a counselor at muscular dystrophy camp, where you’re assigned a camper for a week. I really kind of dove right into it,” she said. When Rosenberg entered high school, she joined the two campus service organizations. She also has performed in several plays and also was varsity song captain this year. Somehow, she manages to easily fit volunteerism into her school schedule and other activities. “I have a little black book. It’s my calendar that tells me where I’m supposed to be,” she said. “It’s tough and I’m tired a lot. But I just keep smiling. “I feel that one of my purposes in life is to give back to those who aren’t as blessed as I am,” she added. Rosenberg said she would like to attend USC after graduating later this year. She wants to become a psychologist or a psychiatrist. “I would be still helping people,” she said. “That’s when I’m happiest – helping others.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

FIFA fine Man City over ‘international transfer of minors’

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first_img0Shares0000Manchester City escaped with a fine after FIFA investigated the transfer of minors © AFP/File / Paul ELLISPARIS, France, Aug 13 – Manchester City have been found guilty by FIFA of breaking the rules on international transfer and registration of players aged under 18, world football’s governing body announced on Tuesday.The Premier League champions could have faced a transfer ban, but instead FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee fined City 370,000 Swiss Francs (Sh39mn). A FIFA statement said that the punishment “took into account the fact that Manchester City FC accepted its responsibility”.While confirming they were willing to accept the fine, City claimed the problems occurred before FIFA clarified the rules.The club said in a statement that the fine concerned “the international transfer of players under the age of 18, particularly in relation to their trial periods and participation in friendly games.”“The club accepts responsibility for the breaches which arose as a result of misinterpretation of the regulations in question. All of the breaches occurred before December 2016 when guidance on the interpretation of the provisions was issued, since which date Manchester City has been fully compliant.”Last year, FIFA cleared City of any wrongdoing over their 2016 signing of Benjamin Garre from Velez Sarsfield just after the Argentinian midfielder’s 16th birthday.Also in 2018, two players from the Right to Dream football academy in Ghana, Sierra Leone’s George Davies and Ghanaian Dominic Oduro, told Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten that they signed for City and played in youth matches before they turned 18. Both spent two years at the club.Davies last played for Riga FC and Oduro now plays for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the United States.City are also being investigated by both the Premier League and the Football Association in England and by UEFA, the governing body of European football.The FA said in February it was looking into allegations that City paid £200,000 (Sh26mn) to winger Jadon Sancho’s agent when the player was 14 and still at Watford.FA rules state that young players cannot be represented by an agent until the year they turn 16.Sancho later left City for Borussia Dortmund. He is now an England international.UEFA is focusing on another area and investigating whether City has breached Financial Fair Play rules.City’s English rivals Chelsea are currently serving a one-year transfer ban after also being found guilty by the body in February of breaching regulations relating to the recruitment of minors.Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have all served recent transfer bans for breaking FIFA rules on the issue.0Shares0000(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Leaves Man City, scores straight away – video

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first_img Stevan Jovetic celebrates his winning goal on his Inter debut Stevan Jovetic got his Inter career off to a great start with a goal on his competitive debut as the club began their Serie A campaign with a 1-0 win against Atalanta.It appeared Roberto Mancini’s men were heading for a 0-0 draw until the Montenegro international, three minutes into stoppage time, curled the ball past Marco Sportiello from 18 yards.Jovetic joined Inter from Man City at the end of July in a year and a half loan deal, with a view to a permanent transfer having been at the Etihad since 2013.He scored 11 goals in 44 games for the side as injury prevented him from managing a consistent run in the first team. 1last_img read more

Call for ‘gender-responsive’ budgeting

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first_img3 August 2012Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana has called for “gender-responsive” budgeting to be used as a tool for reducing inequality and advancing women’s empowerment.“We are fully aware that budgets have been instrumental in perpetuating gender biases globally,” Xingwana said during the launch of South Africa’s Women’s Month in Pretoria on Wednesday. “We also know that budgets can be instrumental in transforming and redressing existing gender inequalities.”Earlier this year, the department launched the Women and Budgeting Initiative in partnership with the Motsepe Foundation. The aim was to reflect on the budgeting process and economic frameworks and how these could constrain or promote the development and implementation of policies aimed at empowering women and vulnerable groups.South Africans will commemorate Women’s Month under the theme “56 Years of Women United against Poverty, Inequality and Unemployment”.The government declared August Women’s Month as a tribute to the thousands of women who marched, on 9 August 1956, in protest against the extension of apartheid’s hated Pass Laws to women.Xingwana said South Africa had registered significant progress in women’s empowerment and gender equality.“An array of measures, introduced since 1994 to promote women empowerment and uphold gender equality, have drastically improved the position and conditions of women in our country. Women occupy influential positions in government and play an important role in decision-making processes.”Xingwana pointed out, however, that women still bore a disproportionate burden of the triple challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment.“Women continue to be marginalised and discriminated against in terms of economic opportunities, the labour market as well as access to land, credit and finance.”Xingwana said the process of developing the Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill was at an advanced stage, and it would be tabled before Cabinet during the 2012/13 financial year.The Bill will help enforce compliance in both the government and the private sector.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

BP Exec to Brave YouTube Questions Live Tomorrow

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first_imgchris cameron Related Posts YouTube has been making use of the opportunity created by the public interest in the oil spill to provide various platforms for voicing opinions and questions. YouTube not only streamed President Obama’s oval office speech on the spill, but also held a similar Moderator-based Q&A with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. For that session, YouTube says it tracked over 7,000 questions with nearly 200,000 votes.The continued use of Moderator and YouTube as a method for crowdsourced Q&A discussions is a great trend for the Web and for expressing opinions. Other sites like Digg have been hosting similar discussions with various luminaries where questions can be submitted and voted on. YouTube, however, has excelled at landing very high-profile and timely interviews – like the Gibbs interview and now the BP interview.It should be interesting to see which questions get voted highest by the YouTube audience since comments on the service (or most widely used Web services) are not known for their civility. I would assume the White House was able to approve which questions they were asked during the Gibbs interview, but BP’s executives may not be so lucky. They may, however, benefit from a very small window for submitting questions. The interview will be held tomorrow, July 1st, and will be conducted by NewsHour’s Ray Suarez. Ever since the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and the subsequent and ongoing spilling of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the public has been asking many questions. Who is to blame? How long will it take to stop the leak? How much irrevocable damage has been done? Thankfully, YouTube may be the best platform to get answers to these questions straight from the horse’s mouth.In collaboration with PBS NewsHour, YouTube is conducting an interview with British Petroleum (BP) Gulf Coast Restoration Organization CEO Bob Dudley in which he will answer questions directly from the YouTube audience. The questions can be submitted through Google Moderator on the CitizenTube channel where users can vote questions up and down – the best being chosen for the interview.“Now is your chance to ask BP questions on accountability, the clean-up plan, recovery efforts in the Gulf Region, environmental impact, the status of the relief well drilling, the role of the U.S. government, the future of offshore drilling and of BP as a company,” said YouTube in a blog post Wednesday. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#web#YouTube A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more