Happy Labor Day. For Americans, this 3-day weekend is like the last hurrah of summer. Plenty of folks in my corner of the world went to the mountains this weekend for that last camping trip before they have to start worrying about snow in the higher elevations. Although the nights have already started to get pretty chilly even though the days are still hot.
Here’s a snippet of history about the holiday from Wikipedia:
The first big Labor Day in the United States was observed on September 5, 1882, by the Central Labor Union of New York. It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland reconciled with the labor movement. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike. The September date originally chosen by the CLU of New York and observed by many of the nation’s trade unions for the past several years was selected rather than the more widespread International Workers’ Day because Cleveland was concerned that observance of the latter would stir up negative emotions linked to the Haymarket Affair, which it had been observed to commemorate. All U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the territories have made it a statutory holiday.
I don’t know about you, but I write lots of things in my Bible. Usually I remember to date them, but sometimes I forget. As I was looking through some old notes in my Bible, I came across this collection (yes, that’s the actual page at right). No date, but I’m guessing it’s more than 15 years old. For some reason, I did a study of New Testament verses with the numbers of 3:16 and these are what I came up with.
John 3:16 – God’s love for us in Jesus
[Jesus said,] “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
Luke 3:16 – Baptism in the Holy Spirit
John answered and said to them all, “As for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
2nd Timothy 3:16 – Validity of the Bible
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.
Matthew 3:16 – The Trinity of God revealed
After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him.
1st Corinthians 3:16 – We are the temple of the Holy Spirit
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
1st John 3:16 – We know Love
We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
1st Timothy 3:16 – The mystery of godliness revealed
By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.
Interesting, isn’t it, how vital all of these are to the foundation of our faith?
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