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What is the sum of your life?

April 24, 2015

Today’s Word

Bits of Information & Inspiration

Today in History

387 – Augustine of Hippo, 32, was baptized on this Eve of Easter. He told the story of his Christian conversion from a profligate life in his “Confessions,” written between 397-401 AD.

More on Easter

Just for thought… the next time Easter falls on April 25th will be in the year 2038. The aim of the Easter Dating Method is to maintain, for each Easter Sunday, the same season of the year and the same relationship to the preceding astronomical full moon that occurred at the time of Jesus’ resurrection in 30 A.D.

This was achieved in 1583 A.D. using skill and common-sense by Pope Gregory the 13th, and his astronomers and mathematicians, predominantly Lilius and Clavius, by introducing their new larger (revised) PFM Gregorian dates table.   This replaced the (original) 326 A.D. “19 PFM dates” table in the Julian calendar.

The reason for the reform was that the average length of the year in the Julian calendar was too long – it treated each year as 365 days, 6 hours in length, whereas calculations showed that the actual mean length of a year is slightly less (365 days, 5 hours and 49 minutes) As a result, the date of the actual vernal equinox had slowly (over the course of 13 centuries) slipped to 10 March, while the computus (calculation) of the date of Easter still followed the traditional date of 21 March.

He had to remove 11 days from the calendar to reconcile the difference, a move that continues to be challenged by Eastern Orthodoxy. Easter Sunday, from 326 A.D., is always one of the 35 dates March 22 to April 25.

Inspirational Words

“If you believe what you like in the gospel, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.”
– St. Augustine of Hippo

Today’s Word

But godliness with contentment is great gain.
1 Timothy 6:6 (NIV)

Thoughts on the Word

What determines our financial worth? Do we compute it in terms of dollars, or possessions, or investments? Paul reminded Timothy that ultimate gain, the gain of inestimable value, is really determined by a very simple formula: net worth = (godly character) X (contentment). What would happen if we recognized the truly wealthy as those who were godly in their character and contented with their blessings in life?

“The sum of all the computations of mankind is of no consequence if God is removed from the equation”
– Ken Crawford

Prayer for Today

O LORD God, the one from whom every blessing flows, readjust my values from the greed of this world to a holy set of financial convictions. Conform my character to the godliness that Jesus demonstrated in his daily life. Teach me the contentment that can only be found in you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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