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When God sent down the 10 commandments with Moses on Mount Sinai it was done specifically to instruct His people on how to conduct themselves in their everyday relationships and duties. Serious biblical scholars would notice that the first few commandments in this list of spiritual laws found in Exodus 20 are dedicated solely to the treatment and honoring of God, and the remainder to treatment of your fellow man. To ministers of the Word studying these rules is especially important to the believer who truly aims to improve their spiritual well-being. They say an important key to mastering spiritual well-being is to not only know the 10 commandments but how to live by them daily. They are as follows:
o I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; do not have any other gods before Me.
o You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.
o You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
o Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work; you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
o Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
o You shall not murder.
o You shall not commit adultery.
o You shall not steal.
o You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
o You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.
The best way to jump-start your spiritual journey is knowing how to properly honor God, says a number of religious leaders. They say it is the one of the most important parts of being a Christian but many people neglect the commandments that help to guide them in their duty.
The third commandment found in Exodus 20:7, "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain," is one such guideline. It may seem like one of the most straightforward and unnecessary of the 10 Commandments, but religious leaders say this commandment is a powerful one that clearly promises unwavering punishment from the most high for those who go against it. Even with this in mind many Christians may still not fully comprehend just what calling the Lord's name in vain means.
Canon Basil Tynes, rector at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, says understanding this commandment is not as literal as some Christians would think.
"What it means when you talk about the wrongful use of God's name has to do with witchcraft or using it for evil purposes. This is not referring at all to people who call out to God in distress as a kind of prayer or call for help. I am talking about looking back at the original context in which it was meant. In the old days there was a lot of witchcraft and people practicing evil. God was commanding persons not to involve His name in their practices as His name is powerful and should not be used for evil. Even in saying this, a lot of people misunderstand what calling the name of God in vain means still. They think that just because someone calls out to God, "Oh Lord" that it is blasphemy -- it is not. People need to understand that using His name for evil or other unsavory practices is what is wrong."
Using God's name for your own personal gain is also another means to dishonor the third commandment, says the priest. He says using your religion, faith and God's name to get around life for free, or to pressure people to support you because they don't want to displease God is an example of misuse that he has witnessed throughout the years. While it is okay to call on God for His assistance in your time of need, he says do not misuse His influence to force someone's hand.
On the other hand, although it may sound silly to some people that there should be a whole commandment dedicated to not using the Lord's name in vain, Pastor Daniel Simmons, pastor of Carmichael Bible Church, says it is an absolute necessity.
"It was necessary for God to make this specific commandment because as with all things that people are unfamiliar with, there will be misuse and abuse of it without proper guidance. So while God does want you to know His name, He wants you to know how to use it and not use it as well. But in order to understand what the third commandment means you need to understand what the name of God is in the first place be it Jesus, Christ, God ... Our Father," says Pastor Simmons. "To say the name of God is to say the name above all names. He is holy, righteous in all He does and He is the almighty. What God meant when he stated that we should not use His name in vain is because His name is to be regarded as precious and it is not to be used frivolously. This is not to say calling the Lord's name at all is out of the question, but it all depends on the context. For instance, calling out to God by saying 'Oh Lord!' or 'Oh Christ!' when you are in a moment of distress and in need of His strength and guidance can be seen as a prayer. Praying is always legitimate and good, but sometimes we use His name frivolously to joke or swear and this is not acceptable. I remember that there was a man I had met a while ago who jokingly said 'Oh Christ, I don't eat no rice!' and while it was a joke it was not appropriate. God's name is powerful and you shouldn't play with it."
Taking the Lord's name in vain is one of the worst things a Christian can do, says Ann Higgins, co-pastor of Creative Christians Arts Ministries International.
"The third commandment where God commands people not to use His name in vain is very important. He made a point to make this commandment because His name has power and to misuse it is a very bad thing. There is healing in that name. Demons flee at His name. So when you are going to use it, you have to use that name with authority so that God will be glorified," said Pastor Higgins. "You only use that name when you have authority. If you don't have it then you are using it in vain. It will have no effect and you are wasting your time. Demons are cast out in the name and the sick is healed in that name which means if you are not doing something to honor God and do His work when you are calling His name then you are using His name in vain."
Pastor Higgins says not just anyone can use the Lord's name without His authority and that it is a serious, powerful thing. She says no matter what you do whenever the name of the Lord comes out of your mouth that you should ensure that it is to the glory of the Father.
Over the next eight weeks, The Nassau Guardian will engage a number of ministers of religion on the topic of the 10 Commandments, as they dissect each one and talk about the relevance of the Commandments to the twenty-first century society.
Funeral Service for Carl Michael Davis, 76, of Sutton Street off Kemp Road and formerly of Harts, Exuma will be held on Saturday 7th January, 2012 at 10:00am at St. Barnabas Parish, Baillou Hill Road and Wulff Road. Officiating will be Cannon Basil Tynes assisted by Father Roderick Bain and other ministers of the gospel. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
He is predeceased by his daughter: Debbie;
Cherish memories will always remain in the hearts of his 6 sons: Stanford of Los Angeles California, Charles, Earnest, Phillip of Vera Beach Florida, Donald and Minister Samuel Davis; 5 daughters: Astrid Brown, Karen Thompson of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Terry Burrows and Sharon Dav ...
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Tuesday, April 2nd World Autism Awareness Day –Start of Light It Up Blue Campaign To promote autism awareness a blue lighting ceremony will be held in Rawson’s Square at 6:30 p.m. Where Bahamians will come together to shine their blue lights to bring awareness for autism & related disorders 2013 Autism Awareness Month Calendar of Events Tuesday, April 2nd World Autism Awareness Day –Start of Light It Up Blue Campaign To promote autism awareness a blue lighting ceremony will be held in Rawson’s Square at 6:30 p.m. Where Bahamians will come together to shine their blue lights to bring awareness for autism & related disorders Saturday, April 13th Community March at 9:00 a.m. The march will begin at Windsor Park-East Street- Ross Corner-Chapel Street-Meadow Street-Augusta Street-Meeting Street-Nassau Street-Arawak Cay For more information call 328-4123 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday, April 14th Televised Church Service at St Barnabas Anglican Church at 11:00 a.m. For more information call 328-4123 or e-mail email@example.com Wednesday, April 17th Parent Support Group Meeting at 6:30 p.m. at REACH Office (New Parents Welcome) For more information call 328-4123 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, April 19th Autism T Shirt Day For more information call 328-4123 or e-mail email@example.com Saturday April 20th Information Booth at Mall at Marathon from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday April 27th Outreach Day Away Boat trip to Habour Island Rates follows: Adults $91.70 & $63.70 kids (ages 2-11yrs) Interested persons can call 328-4123 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Throughout the month of April Open House Wednesdays 12 noon to 6:30 p.m. For more information call 328-4123 or e-mail email@example.com
After the victory that ushered in majority rule, a concerted plan was set in motion to place one person at center stage and push all others off. That might have caused the early fracture in the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) after majority rule. That fracture has caused a distortion of the nation history; but if history is our guide, where do we go for guidance?
Let us go back to January 10, 1967. Now let us see where we are. We are at a juncture where the action of two outstanding patriots would change the course of history for this nation. In that election, with a 38-seat assembly, the two major political organizations were locked in an 18-seat tie. The others were won by the member for Saint Barnabas Randol F. Fawkes and the member for Saint John's Alvin R. Braynen. Those two members, one a former member of the United Bahamian Party (UBP) and the other a former member of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), were at a crossroad in their political journeys. Fawkes could have walked into the sunset a wealthy man. He was offered millions, but refused to compromise. His faith has moved the mountain, he made this nation proud. But soon the system that he helped bring into being would have him ostracized.
Every Bahamian old enough to understand what was going on was wondering, what if? What would have happened if Braynen had returned to the UBP and Fawkes to the PLP? It would have changed to a 19-seat tie; and if they had remained true to their causes, it would have remained a standoff and an eventual return to the polls.
To go back to the polls would have posed a challenge for the under-funded PLP against the well-funded UBP who had seen the handwriting on the wall and was in a position to launch an all-out blitz against the under-funded PLP. With its war chest to capitalize on the vulnerability of a segment of the majority who were not yet convinced that we were ready to govern ourselves, the UBP could have won.
Now 45 years later, Fawkes and Braynen, whose actions prevented the preceding narrative from happening, have gone on into eternity without receiving their just rewards. We do not tell our story. But who will tell it if we do not tell it ourselves? It will be told. And when it is, Fawkes will be at center stage. A famous historian, Marcus Garvey, who was inspired by a great Bahamian, Dr. Robert Love, said that, "A people without knowledge of their history, is like a tree without roots".
A tree without roots will surely wither and die; so will a people without a connection deep into their past. Because so much of our history is hidden, our culture is slowly dying.
When we fail to teach our history we rob our people of the past and the knowledge of what was. For example, if a question is asked as to who was the first medical doctor to represent the constituency of Killarney, a majority might say Dr. Hubert Minis; but that answer would be incorrect. Killarney was represented by Dr. Elwood Donaldson in 1967. That was the year of majority rule.
- Prince G. Smith
Last rites for Doreen Thompson, 89, of Duncombe Corpus , South Andros will be held on Saturday at 10:00 A. M. at St. Mary’s Anglican Church Mars Bay, South Andros. Officiating will be Rev. Fr. Michael Maragh assisted by Fr. Andrew Toppin. Interment in St. Barnabas Cemetery, Smith Coppice, South Andros.
She is survived by her Son: Richard Gibbs, adopted children Arabella Forbes, Joycelyn Wallace, Samuel Murray, Coralee Christie (deseased) Ashton Miller former commissioner of police.
Daughter-in-Law: Beryl Gibbs; Grand children: Sandra Beneby, Lashan, Devaughn, Ashley and Kadeem Gibbs , Kirkland & Dornell Forbes, Rochelle Thompson, Michelle and Zonoica Wallace, Debbie Coleby, ...
Donald Vincent Tynes, 80, of Winter Park, Florida and formerly of Nassau, New Providence died on December 25th 2011. Mr. Tynes was the son of the late Mr. Curtis and Mrs. Martha Tynes of Pompey Bay, Acklins.
Full Mass Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, January 7th, 2012 at 2:00pm at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Wulff & Baillou Hill Roads. Officiating will be Canon Basil Tynes assisted by Fr. Roderick Bain. Interment of his cremains will lay in the Tyne’s Family Plot Western Cemetery, Nassau Street.
Mr. Tynes is survived by his Wife of 55 years: Mrs. Louise Tynes; (3) Sons: Dr. Brian Tynes, Andrew and Ernest Tynes; (1) Daughter Georgiana Tynes-Mathurin; (8)Grandchild ...
- Genre : Comedy, Fantasy
- Rating : T - 15yrs and Older
An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection....
Nassau, Bahamas - The second annual Battle of the Bands took place at
Rawson Square on December 23rd with the
best youth marching bands in the Bahamas.
Participating bands included the Church of God
of Prophecy Junior Band, the Police Youth Band, the Golden Gates Assembly Youth
Band, St. Barnabas Concert and Marching Band, and the Church of God
of Prophecy Youth Band...
Funeral service for Ethelyn Elizabeth Johnson, 90 yrs., a resident of #8 Nola Circle, Belair & formerly of Buckley's, Long Island, who died on 20th April, 2012, will be held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Wulff Road & Blue Hill Road, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Canon Basil Tynes. Interment follows in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, JFK Drive.
Left to cherish her memories are:
Her Children: Evangelist Velma Johnson, Nurse Sandra Johnson, Dr. Dexter (Michelle) Johnson, Lyn, and Camille Johnson
Stepchildren: Leotha Miller ( & Family), George Johnson ( & Family)
Grandchildren: Derron Johnson, Miguel (Rita) Knowles, Major Adrian (Mirrie) Bryan; Aria (Ted) St. Louise, Amanda Gardiner, Dr. Dexter (Nathalie) Johnson Jr., Lydia and Dominque Johnson; Tereno, Renaldo and Drashad Johnson; Christophe, Christi and Christiaan Cartwright.
Great Grand Children: Private Samantha Bryan (US Army), Adrian Jr., Jacqueline, Tristan and Zoe Bryan; Nia McClaean and Alexis Gardiner; Aalijah Johnson.
Sisters: Evelyn Knowles-Cooper and Althea Knowles
One Brother: Robert Knowles
One Brother-in-law: Arthward Cooper
Nieces: Georgina Johnson, Rosemary Stuart, Martha Ferguson, Naomi Johnson, Theresa Knowles-Thompson (Reuben), Dornell Whylly-Albury (Roland), Diana (Zurline) Knowles; Grace Rolle; Gillian (Morris) Jones, Anishka (Mark) Cooke, Astrid (Lynden) Tinker, Linda (Vernal) Collie, Stephanie Pinder, Judy Stubbs; Genesta (Johnanthan) Williams, and Debbie McCoy; Williamae Dockins & Family.
Nephews: Glen Collie, Van Johnson; Alkick Walkes, Ashton (Ratio) Glass; Patrick, Charles, Raymond and Walter Knowles; Fr. Rudolph (Mary) Cooper, Archdeacon Kingsley (Sandra) Knowles, Tony (Maureen) Cooper, Charles Cooper, Kelvin Cooper; Gregory, Kendal and Roger Knowles
Numerous Other relatives including: Hon. Franka (Ashleigh)Bernadine; Mrs. Doris Cargill & Family, Mrs. Olga (Fr. Gilbert Arthur )Thompson & Family; Mrs. Erma Saunders & Family, Winston Major & Family, Franklyn (Marilyn) Major & Family; Mrs. Mary (Alpin) Russell & Family; William (Tudor) Cleare; the Major, the Knowles, the Collie, & the Johnson Families.
Special Friends including: Mrs. Pearl Quentine Huyler Strachan, Mrs. Susan Sears Rolle, Eric and Susan Hepburn, Judy Cole, Nurse Susie Mae Lockhart, Mrs. Andrea Adderley, Mrs. Shirley Brennen, Nurse Shirley Smith, Mrs. Richards, Mr. & Mrs. White, Mrs. Bevans, Marcia Wilson, Mr. Junior Mackey, Daisy & Leroy Ferguson, Rev. Fr. Athma Buhdu, Mrs. Edna Barrow, Mrs. Ruby Byer, Roosevelt, Eileen Alexis & Family, Ms. Shirley Strachan, Mrs. Patrona Major, Mrs. Agnes Cartwright, Rev Ornan & Mrs. Johnson; Mrs. Betty Poitier & Family, Rev. Roslind Missick & Family; Egbert & Rev. Doris Stockdale & Family, Rev. Nell Bodie & Family, The Williams Family, Harewood Sinclair Higgs & Family; Mrs. Elaine Williams & Family; Dr. Ada Thompson, Dr. Adrian Sawyer, Dr. James McCartney; Alfreda Sears & Family; Cannon Basil Tynes, Fr. Roderick Bain; Fr. Joseph & Mary Micklewhite.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
It's the season of solemnity which most believers observe faithfully, through Lenten traditions like attending stations of the cross services, cutting out bad habits and adding more positive experiences. Whether it was a struggle to be faithful to one's resolutions, now that this 40-day season of prayer and fasting is winding down, most people are focusing on the most essential of the weeks leading up to the high Easter feast - Holy Week.
With Palm Sunday (also known as Passion Sunday), which started Holy Week behind them, observers know they are into the home stretch of that time of year that is also the most essential of the Christan year. It is during this period that Christians should be reflecting on the goodness and mercies of God. They should be thinking about how Jesus taught His followers that servitude and sacrifice are both important in establishing good leadership and preparing themselves for eternity. It is also during this period that people should also open their minds to the lessons to be learnt by Jesus' example and the teachings throughout this season - particularly on how better they could be living as believers.
"I always tell people that they need to use this time to reflect on who Jesus was and what His message was to us, whether it was said or it can be interpreted from his actions," said Canon Basil Tynes, rector at St. Barnabas Anglican Church. "He came to His people not on a triumphant horse but instead on a donkey. There was no formal announcement of His arrival, yet the people came out in droves to greet Him and set their clothing down for Him to ride on. This is a time to see the humility Jesus had even until the end and the kind we need to have in our lives."
Each day of Holy Week has a purpose and if one has not been faithful throughout the Lenten season, it is essential to at least pay attention to the home stretch. The last week is a time for Christians to renew, rededicate and refresh their relationship with God. They should also be rejuvenating their understanding of the Gospel tradition.
"I hope believers spend time to meditate and pray because this is a season to be taken seriously because this is the core of Christian belief," said the Anglican priest. "In Holy Week, the days Thursday to Saturday are among the most important because they are the actual core of the week. If you pay attention to nothing else in this season this is the time to take seriously. Maundy Thursday is the day Jesus not only created the Holy Eucharist but He washed His disciples feet in servitude. On Good Friday our Lord is made to carry the sins of the world and die for His people on a cross. On Saturday, He is in the grave and we mourn for Him until he rises again on Easter Sunday."
Like any important season, to properly ready oneself for the coming feast, there are certain things that must be done out of tradition and symbolism like the decoration of the church. During Holy Week, it is expected that the churches will be adorned in various vestments depending on the day. On Passion Sunday, the color is red as a sign of the festive nature of the day. From Holy Monday to Wednesday the vestments return to violet or dark blue to continue the sense of solemnity of the season. On Maundy Thursday, it is temporarily changed to white or gold in celebration of the establishment of the Holy Eucharist. On Good Friday, the color is black or violet. On Saturday or Easter Vigil, it is returned to violet. And if the service runs into Easter morning the vestments are changed to white in celebration of Christ's resurrection. Throughout the season, congregants are expected to dress in somber clothing which can mean dark or dull colors. On Passion Sunday, a festive color can be expected. But for the rest of the week, somber clothing is expected. On Good Friday especially, most people wear black much like they would to a funeral or another sad occasion. But on Easter Sunday, the day of resurrection, a bright array of spring colors, pastels and floral attire is expected to be worn due to the great feast being celebrated.
Father Alain Laverne, priest at Our Lady's Catholic Church said Holy Week is a very important time for Christians as it signifies the rising of essential traditions in the church and establishes the heart of the faith.
"This is the time we celebrate the Paschal Mystery, which comprises of the death and resurrection of our Lord. The week starts off triumphantly with the entrance of Jesus on Palm or Passion Sunday. Monday through Wednesday are also holy days, but Thursday to Saturday, also called the Paschal Triduum, are the most solemn of Holy Week, and Christians should find themselves in prayer, in church and meditating on these days the most," said Fr. Laverne.
In the Catholic Church, the days of the Triduum are the most essential and believers should be reflecting and appreciating the goodwill of God. Maundy Thursday is important because it is the day that Jesus established the Sacrament of the Eucharist and ordained His disciples as those who would lead after He was gone. He was also betrayed on the night by His disciple Judas. On Good Friday, His long road from Pilot's judgement seat to the rocky, cobbled hill to the cross ended in His death and burial. The solemn times carry over into Holy Saturday when Jesus is still in His tomb and all His disciples and the women are in mourning.
"Christians should really put themselves in the mindset that the people who knew Jesus would've been in by preparing their minds and hearts to fully understand the beauty of this occasion," said the Catholic priest. "Although it is a solemn season, it is also a time to prepare the heart and soul for the great Easter celebrations. Even the youngest of children should be participating in this event in their own way."
Fr. Laverne said this season is not the time to leave the little ones home as they need to witness the glories of God and understand what their faith is about.
"It is important for young believers to understand why they believe what they believe. Ensuring they are aware of the meaning and importance of this season in particular this week is essential to their upbringing. No Christian can truly believe in this faith or understand it unless they can truly experience this week the way God meant it to be."