Donald Trump and Family Attend Church for Easter
President Donald Trump and his family went to church on Easter Sunday, attending services at the Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida.
The President and the First Lady were joined by their daughter Tiffany, their son Barron, and Melania Trump’s parents, according to the White House. Donald Trump Jr. and his family were also spotted going into the church.
The presidential motorcade passed two children that held signs that said “Happy Easter Mr. President,” according to the White House pool report.
According to the White House, the Trumps planned a family brunch and an Easter egg hunt at Mar-a-lago during the afternoon.
Trump Delivers Epic Easter Address… Libs Hate What He Slipped In
April 15, 2017 BY GABRIELLE CINTORINO
President Donald Trump shocked the entire world with an Easter message so poignant and powerful, and so completely different from anything uttered by President Barack Obama during his eight years in power, that it had grabbed the attention of friend and rivals alike.
In the address delivered Friday, Trump, of course, spoke about the Christian Easter holiday and acknowledged God’s power throughout history.
But he also used biblical examples to back up his statements, first choosing to talk about the Jewish feast of Passover as a celebration of God’s deliverance of the Israelites in the Book of Exodus then leading up to the challenges America and the world face in our own day.
It’s well worth listening to:
“Down through the centuries, the Jewish people have lived through one persecution after another – and yet, they persevered and thrived and uplifted the world beyond measure,” the president said. ” And now, the state of Israel stands as a monument to their faith and endurance.”
Strong words of support for Israel have not been heard from the White House for many years. During Obama’s eight years as president, he often made decisions that harmed Israel, one of America’s closest allies.
In fact, you might remember when President Obama and his administration became strangely silent when it came to standing up to the United Nations in support of Israel. In 2016, America’s silence meant the U.N. passed an anti-Israel resolution which forbade all Israeli construction on the West Bank, because of complaints from the Palestinian people.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Obama after the resolution passed, stating: “The Obama administration not only failed to protect Israel against this gang-up at the UN, it colluded with it behind the scenes.”
Of course, Trump has done nothing but support Israel since his first day in office.
Also in his Easter address — Trump acknowledged that the holiday is a Christian one.
“This Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ and the promise of eternal salvation,” he said. “It is a holy day of reverence and worship; it is a sacred time that fills the spirit of our nation with the faith of our people.”
He then continued to thank God for the vast blessings given to America, including the freedom of worship.
If you are shocked at such pro-Christian, pro-God words coming from a U.S. president, you are most likely not alone.
“On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that, as a Christian, I am supposed to love, and I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned, but that’s a topic for another day,” Obama said.
Perhaps that is why Obama refused to denounce radical Islam. In fact, at the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast, Obama dared to compare modern jihadists to the Crusaders from the Middle Ages.
“Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ,” Obama said.
Meanwhile, Trump had no problem condemning the terrorist killers of the Islamic State group during his Easter address.
“On Palm Sunday, as Christians around the world celebrate the beginning of Holy Week, ISIS murdered at least 45 people and injured over 100 others at two Christian churches in Egypt,” Mr. Trump said.
“We condemn this barbaric attack. We mourn for those who lost loved ones. And we pray for the strength and wisdom to achieve a better tomorrow — one where good people of all faiths, Christians and Muslims and Jewish and Hindu, can follow their hearts and worship according to their conscience,” he continued.
The president also managed to let Americans know that both he and his entire administration would fight — not only for all Americans, but also all the marginalized and those threatened by terror throughout the world.
“I want you to know: This White House is fighting for you. We are fighting for every American who has been left behind,” he said. “We are fighting for the right of all citizens to enjoy safety and peace — and to work and live with the dignity that all children of God are entitled to know.”
On the other hand, Obama did not use the United States military. His ineptitude, vacillation and weaknesses led directly to the growth of the Islamic State group in the Middle East that America confronts today.
Nothing of that kind will be ever be tolerated under the Trump administration. Just a day before Trump’s address, the American military dropped the weapon known as the Massive Ordnance Air Blast — aka “The Mother of All Bombs” — on an Islamic State-held series of tunnels in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. That attack killed 94 ISIS fighters.
Trump’s Easter message was one that combined the hope of religious faith with the determination of action that can protect freedom at home and abroad.
“As long as we have faith in each other, and trust in God, we will succeed,” he said.
it was a message to make America great again.
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive ….”
—1 Corinthians 15:3–8 (ESV).
Christians all over the world are celebrating Easter as the Sunday anniversary of Jesus Christ being resurrected from the dead.
A week that began with the triumphant entry on Palm Sunday then took a historic turn on Good Friday, when Jesus of Nazareth was publicly executed. After hours of torture and beatings, he was nailed to a cross, which was an agonizing form of death penalty (from which we get the English word “excruciating”). To confirm he had died before removing his body from the cross, a Roman soldier thrust a spear deep into his abdomen, ensuring that there was no chance Jesus was still alive.
His followers scattered and hid. Yet beginning a couple days later on Sunday, they began yelling in the streets that Jesus was alive. They claimed to have seen them with their own eyes. They boldly preached that message all over the known world, even as it cost them their lives. It is the most central tenet of the Christian faith.
For almost 2,000 years between then and now, on this day, it is still customary in many parts of the world to hear someone say to a friend, or a stranger, or a room full of people, “He is risen!” To which the customary reply is, “He is risen, indeed!”
How can the radical shift of behavior from the disciples of a dead man be explained? What exactly do Christians believe happened on that day in question in A.D. 30, and how does the Bible describe the account?
From the Gospel according to Luke:
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb, stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.
That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see. And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets had spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it before them.
Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried into heaven. And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God.
—Luke 24:1–50 (ESV).
“There in the ground his body lay, light of the world by darkness slain; then bursting forth in glorious day, up from the grave he rose again! And as he stands in victory, sin’s curse has lost its grip on me; for I am his, and he is mine—bought with the precious blood of Christ.”—“In Christ Alone” (2001)
Ken Klukowski is senior legal editor for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @kenklukowski.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) – Millions of Orthodox Christians around the world have celebrated Easter in overnight services and “holy fire” from Jerusalem.
This year the Orthodox churches celebrate Easter on the same Sunday when Roman Catholics and Protestants mark the holy festival. The Western Christian church follows the Gregorian calendar, while the Eastern Orthodox uses the older Julian calendar. The two Easters are often weeks apart.
In predominantly Orthodox Romania, Patriarch Daniel urged Christians to bring joy to “orphans, the sick, the elderly the poor… and the lonely.” Late Saturday, Orthodox cleric transported the holy light from Jerusalem by plane and it was then flown to other churches around the country.
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