The FBP Newsletter

                                                  Issue 1

Freeborn Prepatory School is a Christian school
preparing God's heritage for Godly leaderhip

"Children in whom is no blemish,
and well favoured,
and skillful in all wisdom,
and cunning in knowledge,
and understanding science,
and such as have ability in them to stand . . ."
Daniel 1:4 a


Truth or Tradition

Have you ever asked yourself why you believe what you believe, or do the things you do? Most of us have been taught things since we were children, and we have never questioned them, thinking they are right to believe in and do because our parents did, and their parents did. Trouble is our parents, like most of us, did not study and research to make sure the things they allowed were really of God or not. Many things seem right in the eyes of man but are not pleasing or acceptable to God.

The Truth About Easter

Easter is called a Christian festival to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is one of the most important holy days of the Christian religion. On Easter many people attend church to take part in their religious ceremonies.

Where did the word Easter come from?

Some believe the word Easter comes from the Teutonic festival celebrating the return of spring each year, which was called Eostur. Others believe the word Easter is the Saxon origin for Estra, the goddess of spring. Sacrifices were offered to her around the Passover each year to celebrate the Vernal Equinox. By the Eight Century Anglo-Saxons had adopted the name to designate the celebration of Christ's resurrection. In reality Easter is merely the slightly changed English spelling of the name of the ancient Assyrian and Babylonian goddess, Ishtar. The Phoenician name of this goddess was Astarte, wife of Baal, the sun god. God denounces the worship of this god as the most abominable of all pagan religions. The word Easter is of pagan origin and is not Biblically based.

Many will proclaim Easter is mentioned in Acts 12:4. The word Easter in this Scripture is the Greek word PASCHA, and should have been translated "Passover". Easter was not observed by the early church. Here is a list of symbols man associates with Easter:   cross, lamb, lights, eggs, rabbits, lilies, lent, fish, chicks, new clothes, Good Friday, Palm Sunday, Ash Wednesday, Shrove Tuesday,,Maundy Thursday, Feet Washing, Sunrise Service Holy Week

The Origin of the Sunrise Service

Long ago in France, people gathered outside to watch for the first sunbeams of Easter, believing they were God's angels dancing for joy. An old Irish custom was to hold a dance contest as the sun rose on Easter morning. The men danced, and women baked a cake to be used as a prize for the winner. What does the Bible say about sunrise services? God showed Ezekiel what was an abomination to Him:

"And he brought me into the inner court of the Lord's house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshiped the sun toward the east."  Ezekiel 8:16

In essence, they were worshiping the rising son, or Astare, the wife of the sun god Baal.

Easter Eggs

Easter eggs are part of the ancient Babylonian mystery rites, and as such, are pagan. The ancient druids bore an egg as the sacred emblem of their idolatrous order. Eggs were sacred to many ancient civilizations, forming an integral part of the religious ceremonies in Egypt and in the Orient. Eggs are a sign of fertility. Astare in known as the goddess of fertility or sex. Easter eggs have nothing to do with the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour.

The Rabbit

In Ancient Egypt, the rabbit symbolized prolific birth and new life. Some ancient peoples considered it a symbol of the moon. It may later have become an Easter symbol because the moon determines the date of Easter. Rabbits are also a symbol of mass production, or superior fertility. Again this comes from the goddess of fertility.

The Vernal Equinox

When was Jesus crucified, and when was His resurrection? Christians observe Easter on a Sunday between March 22nd and April 25th. We may ask why Easter does not come on the same date each year? The answer is simple. Easter has nothing to do with the death of Jesus or His resurrection. We know, by the Scriptures, that Jesus was crucified on the Day of Preparation before the Feast of Passover. Jesus is our Passover Lamb. Passover comes on the fourteenth day of the first month of the Jewish calendar. The Passover was called a High Day. In Jewish traditions, there are seven High Days a year. All high days are Sabbaths, or days of rest. If the High Day fell on the weekly Sabbath, then Israel would have two Sabbaths in one week. Such was the week Jesus was crucified. There were two Sabbaths that week: the Sabbath for the High Day Passover and the weekly Sabbath. Before each Sabbath there was a day of preparation because no work could be performed on the Sabbath. All meals were to be prepared in advance. Israel was command-ed not even to ignite a fire on the Sabbath. Mark recorded this day of preparation.

"And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is the day before the sabbath," Mark 15:42

Jesus was not killed on Friday, he was killed on Wednesday. His resurrection was three days later, Saturday night. When the women came with spices on Sunday morning, he had already risen.

IN CONCLUSION

Easter is the celebration of the Vernal Equinox and the goddess of fertility Astare. Does it make any difference to God if the Christian celebrates the world's heathen holidays. God admonished His chosen people Israel:

"Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them (verse 29 speaking of the other nations), after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou inquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? Even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord thy God: for every abomination to the Lord, which He hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods. What thing soever I command you, observe to do it; thou shalt not add thereto nor diminish from it." *** Deuteronomy 12:30-32

For more information about the Easter Celebration and the Passover write:  
      Dave and Sandy Mims  PO Box 913 Dallas GA 30312


April, 1974 This month in history:

The Xenia tornado took place on April 3, 1974 at 4:40pm. I have original articles that my Dad saved from the then 2 Dayton newspapers and the photographs and stories are just unbelievable. On April 4th the morning paper the Journal Hearald reports 24 dead and 225 injured by the afternoon paper it had risen to 25 and 555. And this was just the day after. The numbers continued to rise. The papers list the names of the dead and injured. The devastation was massive. There was a rash of tornadoes that day that killed over 305 people over several states. It was the worst that had happened in 49 years.

I was almost 14 at the time and lived in the Dayton area. I remember watching the weather warnings on the tv news and wondering why my Dad was so concerned about them. We actually heard the twister from our back door. We were many miles away but could still feel the erie-ness of the situation. I remember thinking how ferocious the wind sounded, going to look out the back door and finding the trees still as stones. We heard a noise that sounded very much like a giant train, time seemed to stand still for the moment. At our house nothing happened but we new something was going on somewhere. Minutes later we saw and heard the reports coming in on the devastation. I will never forget that feeling, I am feeling it again now. I was not even in Xenia. I can only imagine how it must have been for those people. The stories in the paper are just heart wrenching. Later that night the sirens sounded and we were taken from our beds by our parents and down to the basement where my Dad turned over our couch and put it up against the wall and had us crawl under it and covered us with the cushions. I had already seen the news reports that day from the tornado and I was just terrified. We came through it all just fine like I said we lived in Dayton. But we were sure scared. Every since then I have a great respect for tornado watches and warnings. Sometimes they can be a pain. There was not a warning system like the kinds we have now when the Xenia tornado hit so that might be part of the reason why the warning systems can seem so annoying now. April is a popular month for tornadoes. Be careful and heed the warnings when they come this spring.

The Xenia disaster was so devastating that is summoned Ohio Senators Howard Metzenbaum and Robert Taft. They were shocked and overwhelmed by what they saw. On April 10th President Richard Nixon came to see it for himself. The paper shows the President's helicopter flying over the destruction and later shows him walking and talking with the homeless people of the city.

As you can see it left quite a mark on me. I get a little nervous every time I hear the word tornado. This might be a interesting history lesson to look into at the library. The ads and other articles in the Newspapers are fun to admire for us old folks! And the price of the paper was just one thin dime.   Patty   [email protected]


Garden Planning:

First Plant 4 rows of peas
    Patience, Promptness, Preparation, and Perserverance

Next Plant 3 rows of squash:
   Squash gossip, Squash criticism, Squash indifference

Then Plant 5 rows of lettuce:
   Let-us be faithful, Let-us be unselfish, Let-us be loyal, Let-us be true to
   obligations, Let-us love one another

And no garden is complete without turnips:
   Turn-up for important meetings, Turn-up with a smile, Turn-up with good
   ideas, Turn-up with determination to make everything good and worthwhile.

Lurlean    forwarded by Kathy Lopez


I Pledge Allegiance to . . .  The Lamb

as quoted in The Anvil, El Paso TX

I pledge allegiance to the Lamb,
with all my strength, with all I am.
I will seek to honor His commands.
I pledge allegiance to the Lamb....

I have heard how Christians long ago
were brought before a tyrant's throne.
They were told that he would spare their lives
if they would renounce the name of Christ.

But one by one they chose to die,
the Son of God they would not deny.
Like a great angelic choir sings,
I can almost hear their voices ring.

I pledge allegiance to the Lamb,
with all my strength, with all I am.
I will seek to honor His commands.
I pledge allegiance to the Lamb....

Now the years have come, the years have gone,
and the cause of Jesus still goes on.
Now our time has come to count the cost,
to reject this world, to embrace the Cross.

And one by one let us live our lives,
for the One who died to give us life.
Till the trumpet sounds on that final day,
let us proudly stand and boldly say.

I pledge allegiance to the Lamb,
with all my strength, with all I am.
I will seek to honor His commands.
I pledge allegiance to the Lamb....


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Freeborn Statement of Faith:

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He came to earth in the flesh to be the Saviour of the world to redeem mankind from sin, and that if we receive Jesus Christ we have the power to become the sons of God.  Acts 8:37

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Word of God and that He was in the beginning with God, and that the Word was God.   John 1:1

We believe that we must overcome the world in every aspect of our lives.  I John 5:5, Revelation 2:7;  2:11;  2:17;  2:26;  3:5;  3:12;  3:21;  &  21:7