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THE SHROUD OF TURIN - PART IV The Wrap Up (No pun intended!)

by: David Kennedy

04/21/2020

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April 21, 2020

THE SHROUD OF TURIN - PART IV


The Wrap Up (No pun intended!)


In the early 90's I was blessed to meet Dr. Alan & Mary Whanger. A couple of scientists from Duke who would work on the Shroud whenever they were given permission. We became friends and they spoke at several of my churches before their passing. WHAT FOLLOWS IS SOME OF THEIR AMAZING DISCOVERIES CONCERNING THE SHROUD.


In 1981 THEY DEVELOPED a polarized image overlay technique in which 2 images are projected, one on top of t

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THE SHROUD OF TURIN - PART III

by: David Kennedy

04/20/2020

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April 20, 2020

THE SHROUD OF TURIN - PART III


We have been discussing the Shroud of Turin (possible burial cloth of Jesus) for the last 2 days. The Shroud is secured in a vault in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, in Turin, Italy. It is only brought out once in a while for public viewing. As a refresher, the Shroud displays a finely detailed negative image, front and back, head to toe, of a 5’9" man who has been tortured, beaten, and crucified. Since it first appeared in 1389 it has bee

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THE SHROUD OF TURIN - PART II

by: David Kennedy

04/17/2020

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April 17, 2020

THE SHROUD OF TURIN - PART II


The Shroud Turin is actually a piece of fine linen, 3’7" wide by 14'3" long. Interestingly, that is exactly 2 by 8 cubits, which is consistent with loom technology of Jesus' time. It bears the detailed front and back images of a man who was crucified in the same manner that Jesus was crucified according to the Gospels. The last "public viewing" of the Shroud was 10 years ago (2010) when over 2.5 million people came to see it

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THE SHROUD OF TURIN

by: David Kennedy

04/16/2020

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April 16, 2020

THE SHROUD OF TURIN


I was thinking about how I wanted to follow up my Easter theme devotional time (Relax, I AM GOING TO CONTINUE THE DEVOTIONS FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. MAYBE EVEN AFTER I RETIRE!).


It got me thinking. With apologies to the Raiders of the Lost Ark Movies...we no longer have the Ark of the Covenant, we no longer have the Chalice from the last supper, or for that matter the crown of thorns, or the cross beam used for Jesus' crucifixion (the Romans probably reused that

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MY FAVORITE POST-RESURRECTION STORY

by: David Kennedy

04/15/2020

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TOMORROW: THE SHROUD PART II


April 15, 2020

Wrapping up the Easter Experience – A summary of the post-resurrection appearances


POST-EASTER - 33 AD


As far as I can tell from my own research, over the 40 days between the Resurrection to the Ascension, Jesus makes at least 14 POST-RESURRECTION APPEARANCES (The trick, as you count the appearances between the Gospel accounts and the Book of Acts, is not to count twice the same appearance recorded in different books). I also realized, during my research

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Easter Afternoon, Sunday, April 5th, 33 AD. THE EMMAUS ROAD.

by: David Kennedy

04/14/2020

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April 14, 2020

Jerusalem – Easter Afternoon, Sunday, April 5th, 33 AD. THE EMMAUS ROAD.


One of my favorite Post-Resurrection stories we have is found in the Gospel of Luke in the 24th chapter. It is known as "The Road to Emmaus". It is simply a story about 2 men walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus after Jesus' crucifixion. They are followers. They had believed Jesus was the Christ. Now they are confused, depressed, and filled with heartache and confusion.


THE REST OF THE STORY:


There are

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CONTINUATION OF EASTER DAY:

by: David Kennedy

04/13/2020

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April 13, 2020

CONTINUATION OF EASTER DAY:


Jerusalem, Sunday afternoon, April 6th, 33AD


It has been somewhere in the neighborhood of 6 hours since Easter began with Jesus walking out of the tomb. The disciples and Jesus' followers are excited, happy, and filled with amazement. The Romans, the High Priests, and their followers, not so much. Even before Pilate had turned Jesus' body over to be buried, he had called the Roman Centurion, who was in charge of the crucifixion to appear before him. Bas

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EASTER, 2020

by: David Kennedy

04/12/2020

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April 12, 2020

EASTER, 2020

It is early morning in JERUSALEM, SUNDAY, APRIL THE 5th, 33AD. It is the FIRST EASTER, but no one except Jesus knows it yet.


For Jesus’ followers, the horrors of the crucifixion, the profound grief of Saturday, combined with the reality of Jesus' death are painfully fresh. After his death on Friday there had hardly been enough time left to get Jesus' body down off of the cross, wait for the Romans to remove the nails (the Romans reused their crucifixion nails),

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Holy Saturday..CONTINUATION OF THE GOOD FRIDAY STORY

by: David Kennedy

04/11/2020

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April 11, 2020

Holy Saturday...


CONTINUATION OF THE GOOD FRIDAY STORY.


APRIL 3, 33 AD - GOLGOTHA - A HILL JUST OUTSIDE JERUSALEM.


(PICKING UP WHERE WE LEFT OFF YESTERDAY) ...Jesus has been nailed to the cross. Crucifixion is a horrible way to die. It is said that it is still the worst form of capital punishment ever invented. It was invented by the Persians (400-300BC) but "refined" by the Romans. Jesus is nailed to the cross with 7-inch nails. Unlike most paintings, Jesus is not on a plus sign

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Holy Week: Day 6 - GOOD FRIDAY

by: David Kennedy

04/10/2020

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April 10, 2020

Holy Week: Day 6 - GOOD FRIDAY


*Have you ever wondered why the day Jesus dies is called "GOOD" Friday? There are two explanations. One is that a long time ago the word "good" meant "holy". The second explanation is that it is called "Good Friday" because it was "good for us". Jesus' death leads to the Resurrection and Easter, the victory over sin and death!*


(GOOD) FRIDAY, APRIL 3rd, 33 AD - JERUSALEM


Jesus has been up all night. He has

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Holy Week: Day 5 - Maundy Thursday

by: David Kennedy

04/09/2020

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April 9, 2020

Holy Week: Day 5


(MAUNDY THURSDAY- called "Maundy" from the Latin word "Mandatum" translated "command" in reference to the foot washing scene in John 13)


--By the way, the dates I am listing for 33AD are as accurate as we can tell based on the calendar of the time and ancient records--


April 2, 33 AD (Thursday)


Jesus wakes up in Bethany one final time. The next time he "wakes up" he will be walking out of a tomb on Easter morning.


Pretty much all 4 Gosp

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HOLY WEEK: Day 4

by: David Kennedy

04/08/2020

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April 8, 2020

HOLY WEEK: Day 4


APRIL 1ST, 33 AD (If you were wondering, there is no April Fool's Day in Jesus time - it begins somewhere between 1392 and/or 1508 AD)


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 33AD


Once again, Jesus has spent the night at Martha, Mary's and Lazarus'. Once again, He will eat a breakfast before He and his disciples begin their one-hour journey to Jerusalem. The city is even more packed as Passover is overtaking everything in Jerusalem. Now there are about 120,000 people swarming the ci

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HOLY WEEK: Day 2

by: David Kennedy

04/07/2020

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April 7, 2020

HOLY WEEK: Day 2


TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 33AD


Jesus has again spent the night at his friend’s home in Bethany, 4 miles outside of Jerusalem. This is going to be a tough day in many ways. Jesus knows it is a dangerous time. He knows that death awaits. Yet again, after breakfast, Jesus and His disciples begin the 4 mile walk into Jerusalem. About an hour later they arrive at the gate to enter the city. It remains packed with over 100,000 people gathering for the great Passover celebration.

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HOLY WEEK: Day 1

by: David Kennedy

04/06/2020

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April 6, 2020

HOLY WEEK: Day 1


Over these next 5 days I am going to try and write my devotionals based on what the scriptures appear to tell us about Jesus, and the events in His life in each day leading up to His crucifixion. The 4 gospels, as they tell the Holy Week story, have similarities but also some differences (expected when you have 4 different witnesses of the same event). I will do my best to cover each day and what Jesus was doing as I understand it. So, here we go:


MONDAY - JERUSALEM 33 AD.

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PALM SUNDAY WHISPERS

by: David Kennedy

04/03/2020

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April 3, 2020

It is hard to believe, and in some ways does not seem possible, but this Sunday is PALM SUNDAY. In our crazy, mixed up world that is what the calendar tells us. So, today's devotion is actually two words - PALM SUNDAY. Our associate, Rich Cooper, will be bringing the message for Palm Sunday, and to help prepare us for this day, I thought I would share a poem I wrote on April 6th, 1987 entitled, "PALM SUNDAY WHISPERS". With sincere apologies to all the great poets of history

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