Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday
Friday, April 18th through Sunday, April 20th is a very important weekend millions of Christians celebrate all over the world. The religious holiday observes the crucifixion of Jesus Christ's death at Calvary and resurrection. During this month, may we not forget what the Savior did for us and how his love and redeeming power reaches to all mankind. Let us take the time to follow the timeline of Jesus Christ life known as the Holy Week leading to the crucifixion and resurrection.
Timeline provided by adamoh.org
Black History Month
During Black History Month is a time to reflect on all the people that have contributed to the success of African-Americans. We all know the shinning stars of the past who risked their lives and dare to take a stand and speak out against the injustices that African-Americans have endured since slavery. It is to those people that we owe the honor to continue the rich history and legacy that still lingers in American history. Over two hundred years later, the dreams of our ancestors have come into fruition and in the 21st century, we continue to leave our footprints in the steps of those who've worked hard to provide us a piece of the American dream. This Black History Month, February 2014, Silk City Love honors African-Americans who are breaking boundaries and leaving an impression for the present and future generation to aspire to achieve .
Gabby "Going for the Gold" Douglas won the 2012 London Olympics and was the first African-American to be become the individual All-Around-Champion winning both gold medals in gymnastics and team competitions in the same Olympics. At age 18, Gabby is looking forward to competing in the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
Elected as the first African-American president in 2008, Barack Obama set the stage with his infamous slogan, "Yes We Can," which gave hope to a new generation that nothing is impossible to achieve. President Obama was elected for a second term in 2013, and he continues to push for creating jobs and opportunities for people, health care and gun control and prevention.
As a native of Paterson, NJ, Mike Adams went from the inner-city to playing pro football for the Denver Broncos. In 2014, he played in the XLVIII Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium in his home state, New Jersey. To make his Patersonians proud, Mike vowed that if his team wins the Super Bowl, he would walk home to share his victory.
Kerry Washington is an award-winning actress who is currently noted for her most memorable role on the hit ABC show Scandal. Her portrayal as Olivia Pope, the smart and strong-willed crisis manger, won her 11 wins and 23 nominations for Best Actress in a dramatic series.
Women's History Month
March is Women History Month, and while there are so many great women of today who are impacting the world all around us, it's important to take it back to the beginning, even before Mother Theresa. This March, let's celebrate the First Women, who were brave and dared to take a chance. These women were influential in the society in which they lived. It wasn't just courage this women exhibited, but it was their shrewdness and trust in God that made them a force to recon with.
Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ
At age 15, Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel who told her she that she would have a son whom she shall call Jesus. He is the redeemer of all man-kind. When word spread that the Messiah would be born, three wise men sought out to seek this little baby. As her son grew and began to be about his Father's business, a plan was devised to get rid of Jesus. Mary, having to watch her oldest son beaten and executed, exhibited extraordinary strength to witness her son's sacrifice for the human race.
Tamar, Convicting Change
Tamar, widowed and childless, stood up against the injustice her father-in-law, Judah, displayed that prevented Tamar from having a child. He eventually sent her away from his family, but soon Tamar got wind of his whereabouts and dangerously decided to disguise herself as a harlot. The plot thickens when Judah searches for the woman, but she is no where to be found and later discovers that his widowed daughter-in-law is pregnant. He ultimately wants her to be burned for breaking the Jewish law only to find out that she was the harlot who is having his twins. Judas wanted to punish her but realized that he'd suffer the same fate.
Esther, the Queen
A young orphan girl who experiences the royal life learns that there is a plot to kill the Jews. No one in the royal palace knew of Esther's Jewish identity and so she would use her power of position as Queen to help save her people. She knew that her life would be in danger, but she didn't care. After having two royal banquets, she revealed her identity and the plot to kill her people. The King became very angry when he learned that his trusted advisor had devised this cruel plan. Through Esther's actions, she was able to save her people from death and destruction.
Bathsheba, The Wife of David
In the ancient days, women had little rights and Bethsheba was forced to leave her husband for another man, King David. Little is now about Bethsheba except that she was a beautiful woman, a faithful wife, and wise. Later, she would become pregnant and have a son, but he died because of King David's actions that displeased God. When Bethsheba finds out that her first husband had died at war, she cried and mourned. Nevertheless, King David was a man after God's own heart that Bethsheba was able to conceive again. Her most notable son was Solomon. King David needed a successor, and Adonija was ready to take the throne. But, Bethsheba interceded and was able to gain King David's favor and win the throne for her son Solomon, thus securing his place in the royal lineage.
Disclaimer: The pictures used are a portrayal of the Ancient Women of the Bible.