MLK in 60 Seconds

MLK in 60 Seconds

Martin Luther King Day (MLK) in 60 seconds

Martin Luther King Day is a national holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Observed on the 3rd Monday of January around his birthday – January 15. Stevie Wonder’s “Happy Birthday” is a Martin Luther King Day song.

Dr. King was the most important leader in the civil rights movement. He gave his life to ensure equal rights for African Americans during a time of racism and segregation.

King was born, Martin King, but after a visit to Germany took the name martin luther king in honor of the early protestant reformer.

As a pastor King felt strongly that the civil rights movement must be won with out violence. He organized boycotts, marches, protests, and rallies to promote equal rights through nonviolent civil disobedience.

This meant that as protestors marched they would choose not to return violence with violence.

King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for combating racial inequality through nonviolence

King is one of the greatest communicators of all time. His most famous “I have a dream” speech is awesome. As a preacher he has hundreds of speeches worth listing to.

In 1968, King was shot and killed outside of his hotel in Memphis Tennessee. A few days later, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1968.

 

King’s main influence was Jesus Christ who taught us to love our enemies, turn the other cheek, and pray for our persecutors.

New Years in 60 Seconds

New Years in 60 Seconds

Ring in the New Year in 60 SECONDS

#happynewyear #Newyears #makingallthingsnew

It’s a new year and a new opportunity to make new resolutions, set goals, and try to become a new you.

And, if you’re like me, you’re aware how unlikely you’ll actually succeed at keeping those new year’s resolutions.

I stumbled upon a famous literary giant who lived in the 1700s. His name was Samuel Johnson and in his journal on jan 1st 1738 he wrote:

“Oh Lord, enable me to redeem the time which I have spent in sloth.”

(19 years later) “enable me to shake off sloth and redeem the time misspent in idleness.”

(7 years more) “My purpose is from this time to avoid idleness and to rise early.”

And In 1765: “I purpose to rise at 8 because, though, it’s not early it will be much earlier than I now rise for I often lie until 2.

This is kinda funny, but honestly its all too familiar. I have mostly had the darnedest time at self improvement. And I know i’m not Alone.

Here is a refreshing tip.

The bible says, “Behold, I AM making all things new!” (Rev. 21:4

The I AM in this scene is Jesus on his throne at the last chapter of the Bible and he says, Behold. Look. Check this out. I am making all things new.

The point is this: Jesus makes all things new. Not me. Not You. If you want a new you. Jesus makes you new. Not You.

4th of July in 60 Seconds

4th of July in 60 Seconds

The 4th of July or Independence Day is a celebration of our independence from Britain.

In the 1700’s America was made of colonies inhabited by folks who moved here from Britain. Those colonies experience relative freedom until King George III began to tighten his control and taxed them.

By the 1770’s 13 colonies grew tired of taxation w/o representation. They constructed the Declaration of Independence. Which, of course was a declaration of independence from Britain and King George. It was signed on July 4th, 1776 followed by a celebration of parades, cannons, fireworks and public burning of the King’s image.

Today it is a celebration of Freedom. All men long to be free.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Incidentally, that is exactly what the good news of Jesus is about. It is a declaration of freedom. Because Jesus died for us we have been set free from sin, addiction, death and even slavery to legalism and religion. The bible says:

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

It all about freedom! I hope you have a wonderful 4th!

Memorial Day in 60 Seconds

Memorial Day in 60 Seconds

MEMORIAL DAY IN 60 SECONDS

An explanation, history, reason for the Memorial Day holiday in exactly 60 seconds.

Here are a few things you might want to know about Memorial Day.

Memorial day is a special day set aside to honor the soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom here in america.

It originated after the civil war and used to be called Decoration Day because it was a day to decorate the soldiers graves with flowers.

For many years decoration day was on the 30th of may. But, eventually, [ after the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968, ] memorial day was moved from may 30th to a Monday – giving us a 3 day weekend.

Memorial day is on the last Monday in May.

that makes it easy to remember so it doesn’t get confused with veteran day or labor day

Today, Memorial day is celebrate as a sort of rite to summer. It is almost literally the first day of summer and is celebrated with picnics, BBQ, road trips, and maybe even the indy500. Which, unfortunately, may distract from the original purpose of the holiday.

A few things to know:

1) all american flags are hung at half-staff  [until noon]

2) a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. in your local local time.

So you might want to set tell you phone to remind you to take a moment at 3:00pm for those who heroically gave their lives in battle.

Jesus said, No one shows greater love than when he lays down his life for his friends.

Father’s Day in 60 Seconds

Father’s Day in 60 Seconds

Father’s Day originate in the early 1900s. But it was resisted, rejected and even made fun of by many for years.

To give some context, Mother’s Day became a holiday very quickly.

It began in a church in 1908 and 6 years later Woodrow Wilson declared it a national holiday.

Fathers day was not that easy. It too was celebrated in local churches and Woodrow also attempted to make it a national holiday but it was rejected.

The sentiment: was that Father’s Day was a gimmicky way to get the family to buy gifts for dad that he didn’t want – with his own money.

Newspapers ran cartoons highlighting the feeling that for most dads, Father’s Day would be more of a burden than a treat.

64 years later [1972] Lyndon Johnson finally made it an official holiday.

Now I’m a father of 4 and I can tell you – being a father is my greatest joy. I didn’t have father when I was a kid and everyone knows – a boy needs a dad.

The good news is that the God of the Bible understands our need for a father. The bible teaches us that God is a good father who loves us very much.

What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. [1 John 3:1 The Message]