Holy Week – Palm Sunday

This year during Holy Week, we will have a special post each day talking about this most special week of the Christian Faith.

Source: Crosswalk.com

5 Things about Palm Sunday that Remind Us Christ is King

1. God’s Word tells us the people cut palm branches and waved them in the air, laid them out on the ground before Jesus as He rode into the city. The palm branch represented goodness and victory and was symbolic of the final victory He would soon fulfill over death.

“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 1 Cor. 15:55

2. Jesus chose to ride in on a donkey, which directly fulfilled Old Testament prophecy of Zech. 9:9. In Biblical times, it was common for kings or important people to arrive by a procession riding on a donkey. The donkey symbolized peace, so those who chose to ride them showed that they came with peaceful intentions. Jesus even then reminded us that He is the Prince of Peace.

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Zech. 9:9

3. When the people shouted “Hosanna!” they were hailing Christ as King. That word actually means “save now,” and though in their own minds they waited for an earthly king, God had a different way in mind of bringing true salvation to all who would trust in Him.

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!” Ps. 118:26

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Rom. 10:9

4. The Bible says that Jesus wept for Jerusalem. In the midst of the praise of the moment, He knew in His heart that it wouldn’t be long that these same people would turn their backs on Him, betray Him, and crucify Him. His heart broke with the reality of how much they needed a Savior.

“As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it, and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace–but now it is hidden from your eyes.” Luke 19:41-42

5. Palm Sunday reminds us that the reign of Christ is far greater than any the mind of man could ever conceive or plan. Man looked for someone to fight their battles in the present day world. Yet God had the ultimate plan of sending His Son to fight the final battle over death. This is the greatness of why we celebrate this week. Because of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice, we can be set free of death.

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies,'”John 11:25

We have so much to be grateful for this week.

The enemy knows that, and you can bet, he’s going to do everything he can to try and distract us away from the true meaning of what this Holy Week means. Don’t let him win.

In this Holy Week, may God direct our thoughts and attention towards what matters most, Jesus Christ our King…

Let’s choose to focus on worshipping our Lord, thanking Him for the gift of His sacrifice, celebrating the power of the Resurrection, and the new life found in Him alone.

Grace.

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” 2 Cor. 9:15

Palm Sunday Concert and Pastor Ed Preaches

On Sunday, April 14 at 3 pm, Pastor Ed Boston will be bringing the sermon at the Palm Sunday Concert featuring: Night Owl Country Band, Chapman Ministries and Melissa Ann/Out of the Box. This event will be at The Edinburgh Pixy Theatre.

NOCB at the Pixy

Below is the Facebook Event Link which has all the details.

https://nightowlcb.com/event/2574913/487757011/palm-sunday-gospel-concert-with-night-owl-and-friends — at The Edinburgh Pixy Theatre

 

What Goes Into Our Minds From TV and Online

I had no advance plans to write this post. God must have wanted me to put this out because He sure got my attention this afternoon.

Amy and I have mostly rested up today, after her release from the hospital yesterday. We watched a couple of movies on regular television, as in not PureFlix or NetFlix or any other service like that, and two of the commercials literally disgusted me.

After that, I was checking email and I got a message from Faithwire about a topic that was equally disgusting.

First off, the commercials.

The first one was about the topic of erectile dysfunction. During the commercial, they showed cucumbers, carrots, and zucchini squash while making references to male erections.

I told Amy, that I was glad there weren’t any of our grandchildren sitting here watching television with us. And get this, it was in the middle of the afternoon!!!

I only heard the second one from the other room, but this was one of the statements made by a female, “what to expect when you lose your virginity”.

Call me old fashioned, a prude or whatever you would like, but this is totally unacceptable. It would be wrong in the middle of the night but during afternoon television? Are you kidding me!!!!!???

So I open my email and I found one from Faithwire on this topic, Three Porn Sites Are More Popular Than Netflix, Instagram and Twitter.

I won’t even discuss that topic, but you can click on the link and Faithwire can share the story.

What I will comment on is that Satan wants us, Satan wants our children, Satan wants our grandchildren and everyone else.

He is using what we hear and what we watch for his glory.

I’ve only got one thing to say about this!!!

Satan, in the Name of Jesus, get behind us through the help of the Holy Spirit.

Update on Amy’s Medical Condition

Many of you may have noticed that the number of posts, podcasts, and other things coming from us have gone down since 2019 rolled around.

Since Thursday, December 27th our lives have been pretty crazy and Amy has had several medical experiences she would rather have skipped.

This story actually goes all the way back to September 7th, when she had a pacemaker implanted. The results of this procedure were, well in a word, horrible. Constant pain, sensitivity, pacemaker moving around, etc etc and that leads up to December 27th.

After consulting with a different cardiac surgeon, the decision to do a pacemaker revision was made. The procedure was scheduled at 2:00 pm, December 27th (times is important to the overall story).

About ten minutes before 2, the new cardiac surgeon (who we love) came in, asked the appropriate questions prior to surgery and told us that he would see Amy in the operating room shortly.

2 o’clock passed, then 3 o’clock passed, 4 o’clock passed and shortly after that, the surgeon walks in the room and closes the door behind him.

The doctor was obviously shaken up and said the following, “The procedure prior to yours went horribly wrong and I am in no shape physically or mentally to do your procedure.” He followed that up by apologizing over and over.

He personally set up the new procedure to be done on Monday.

Amy and I recorded a podcast discussing this entire scenario. Unfortunately, there was an issue with background noise in the audio, and we couldn’t post the podcast.

The reason we wanted to share that part of the story is that it shows just how we never sure what tomorrow holds. We are pretty certain from the doctor’s reaction, that the person having the procedure prior to Amy didn’t make it.

It’s pretty certain that when that person went to the hospital that day, they didn’t think their time had come. The procedures that day were done in an outpatient area which would imply that it wasn’t a high-risk item being done.

We are more than certain that the surgeon didn’t anticipate the outcome that happened. He had just visited Amy a few minutes prior to starting and his mood was good and cheerful, exactly the opposite of when he returned with the bad news.

The Bible teaches us that we aren’t promised tomorrow and the person in this story is a real life testimony of that fact.

Now on to the next part of this long report.

The procedure for Amy was done on Monday, December 31st and everything went fine. It was planned that she would spend one night and that’s what happened. The doctor said everything went as he anticipated.

Things were going well until Amy woke up Friday morning. Her left arm was swollen, all the way down to the tips of her fingers. A trip to the Emergency Room showed that Amy had a large blood clot and other small ones in her left arm that was blocking the flow of blood.

After an injection of a blood thinner, and an adjustment to the blood thinner she has been on since her stroke in February of 2017, we brought her home with the assurance that it may take a while for the clots to disperse but that the clot shouldn’t get any larger.

Sunday morning when we got up for church, her left arm and hand were swollen even larger than they had been. Another trip to the ER and the ultrasound showed that the clot had indeed grown larger.

She was admitted to the hospital Sunday evening with an IV blood thinner drip used to control the problem. 3 nights in the hospital and Amy is now back home. She has to give herself blood thinner injections twice a day for 3 months.

Her return to work has been set back at least a week, but she is now recuperating at home and looking forward to getting back into a routine.

We certainly appreciate all the prayers from all over the country that has gone out on Amy’s behalf. We are looking forward to an amazing 2019, even if it has started with a little bump in the road.

The Ed Boston Podcast Network Celebrates the 4th of July!

Tomorrow is July the 4th and the Ed Boston Podcast is going to celebrate with a special podcast. There will be patriotic music, readings, historical facts, and much more. We will be announcing on social media when the podcast is online for you to hear.

For now, watch and listen to my sermon from this past Sunday evening – America’s Godly Heritage.

The Latest in Pro-Life News

In a new feature at EdBoston.com we will be taking a weekly look at the latest in Pro-Life news, and soon to follow – a weekly podcast featuring commentary from our own Amy Boston. More details on the weekly podcast to come soon, but for now – take a look at these stories snippets and the full stories are at links provided. 

Repealing Ireland’s pro-life amendment could have dire consequences, bishop warns

Ireland’s upcoming vote on whether to legalize abortion is “a vital issue of life or death” that threatens to change the country forever, Bishop Fintan Monahan of Killaloe told his diocese.

“I, along with many others find it almost beyond belief and profoundly sad that we are being asked to abolish the basic right to life of the unborn child from our constitution, a most fundamental and basic right,” he said.

Trump Will Be Keynote Speaker at Major Pro-life Group’s Event

President Donald Trump will be the keynote speaker at the Susan B. Anthony List’s Campaign for Life Gala on May 22. Trump will talk about his administration’s pro-life efforts at the event, which will be held at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

“President Trump has diligently and successfully gone about fulfilling his promises to the pro-life voters who worked so hard to elect him, and it has been a privilege to stand with him to defend the innocent unborn,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.

YouTube suspends abortion pill reversal videos, silencing women who chose life

YouTube suspended the Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) account for “repeated or severe violations of [the] Community Guidelines.” Four videos were posted to the account. The “offending” videos included one webinar explaining APR in scientific and medical terms. The remaining three told the stories of women who chose life for their babies using the APR protocol.

High school apologizes for ‘life has a purpose’ presentation after approving it

 Ryan Bomberger posted an update to this situation on his Facebook page:

After receiving a Cease and Desist letter from our attorney, the Vicksburg Community Schools District responded with a draft apology within 24 hours to the charges of defamation made in regard to The Radiance Foundation‘s life-affirming assembly at Vicksburg High School on May 1, 2018. We’ve received tremendous positive feedback from students, parents and teachers about the ‘Life Has Purpose’ multimedia presentation.

Judge overturns law legalizing assisted suicide in California

In 2015, California officially legalized assisted suicide. Despite intense opposition from both religious and disability rights groups, as well as doctors, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law, claiming he considered what he would want, saying, “In the end, I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death.” But now, almost two years after it took effect, a Riverside judge has overturned the law.

New Feature: Let’s See What Countries Listen to the Ed Boston Podcast

While the United States, Great Britain, and Canada would be the obvious choices for the leading places that listen to the Ed Boston Podcast, there are literally listeners from dozens of different countries around the world.

In a new feature, we will give a short shout-out to a different country that we have listeners from every few days, with a little background on each place we list.

Some places (like today’s feature) are very interesting to us, and show the power and reach of the World Wide Web. We take it very seriously that the Gospel of Jesus Christ we preach is able to go places that we would never personally be able to go.

With today’s post, we will highlight Sri Lanka. The really surprising aspect of Sri Lanka being on the list is that it currently is the #4 country for listeners. The rankings change pretty regularly, but we would have never guessed this country being #4.

From Wikipedia:

Sri Lanka is the 58th most populated nation in the world, with roughly 21,444,000 people, and an annual population growth rate of 1.14%. Sri Lanka has a birth rate of 17.6 births per 1,000 people and a death rate of 6.2 deaths per 1,000 people. Population density is highest in western Sri Lanka, especially in and around the capital.  Sinhalese constitute the largest ethnic group in the country, with 74.8% of the total population.

Sri Lankan Tamils are the second major ethnic group in the island, with a percentage of 11.2%. Sri Lankan Moors comprise 9.2%. Tamils of Indian origin were brought into the country as indentured laborers by British colonists to work on estate plantations. Nearly 50% of them were repatriated following independence in 1948. They are distinguished from the native Tamil population that has resided in Sri Lanka since ancient times. There are also small ethnic groups such as the Burghers (of mixed European descent) and Malays from Southeast Asia. Moreover, there is a small population of  Vedda people who are believed to be the original indigenous group to inhabit the island.

Languages

The distribution of languages and religious groups in Sri Lanka, 1981

Sinhalese and Tamil are the two official languages of Sri Lanka. The Constitution defines English as the link language. English is widely used for education, scientific and commercial purposes. Members of the Burgher community speak variant forms of Portuguese Creole and Dutch with varying proficiency, while members of the Malay community speak a form of Creole Malay that is unique to the island.

Religion

Sri Lanka religiosity (Pew Research)
Religion Percent
Buddhist
70%
Hindu
13%
Muslim
10%
Christian
7%
Other
0.04%
Source: Census of Population and Housing, 2011