Friday, April 22, 2011


Welcome to "Fan the Flame" Friday.

This is a weekly post that will be "short and sweet" (kinda like me...)

Just a word and a phrase, a sentence or a question...just a little something to "fan the flame" of your creativity!

Today's word: good

What do you think makes Good Friday good?

How do you think God's definition of good differs from ours?

Let me know what you think!!

"This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you…For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." (2 Timothy 1:6-7)

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  1. That's a great question Sharon...I don't know why it's called good Friday. Maybe b/c it's the day Jesus died for our sins. That's a good thing. Hope your Easter is a good one.

  2. Well, it would not be called Good Friday if it weren't for Easter Sunday. It would be another day. So we can call it Good because without it there would be no Easter! And Easter is the best day of the year!
    Love and Blessed Easter. sandie

  3. I cheated a bit and looked it up in my good old (1828) Webster's: Valid; legally firm; not weak or defective; having strength adequate to its support; as a good title; a good deed; a good claim.

    If that just doesn't define Good Friday, I don't know what does.

    OUR very best could never redeem us. So God sent HIS. Bless you Sharon! Happy Resurrection Day!

  4. It's called Good Friday because Jesus did so
    much good for us in descending into hell for
    us and giving us freedom from the grave and
    death. Though He suffered horribly it was for
    our good, our salvation. That beautiful,
    wonderful cross...but as others have said, had
    it not been for Sunday, Friday wouldn't have
    been good for anyone.
    Hope you and yours have a blessed Easter weekend.

  5. it is good because it was what He needed to do to buy us back our life from the kingdom of darkness!


  6. I agree with what Sandie said, without Jesus dying on the cross, we wouldn't have the hope of Sunday to look forward to when he rose, but I never could quite figure out why it was called Good Friday. Sacrifice Friday seems more appropriate perhaps.

    God's definition of good and our definition of good totally is different of course, because we think we are "good" if we go a period of time between sinning or if we don't cheat on our diets or cheat on our taxes, but in God's scheme of things, that is not really what good is, otherwise Jesus wouldn't have had to die for our sins.

    I hope you and yours have a very nice Easter, Sharon!


  7. I just returned from our Good Friday services and our youth pastor quoted John Calvin, "we can call it Good Friday because we can look beyond the cross at the resurrection."

    I had often thought of why we call it Good Friday, when it was a day when Jesus endured so much pain and suffering. However, He did it on our behalf and because of His sacrifice we have eternal life. That is good!


  8. It is Good Friday because our debt was completely paid and we are reconciled to God. Hallelujah!

  9. I missed this yesterday. I caught up in Daughter Land and Oh-No-Our-Air-Conditioner-is-Broken Land.

    I didn't read the other comments yet so I hope I'm not just repeating.

    It jazzed my jammies to discover that the beauty behind both OT and NT words for "good" in most contexts is all about the word "beneficial".

    All that God created, he called "beneficial"
    The death of our Jesus on that Cross was "beneficial".

    I'm so honored to be the beneficiary of his sacrifice. What an awesome God we serve!!

  10. I just loved what you all had to say! GOOD responses indeed!

    Here's something I copied from a website:

    "As early as the first century, the Church set aside every Friday as a special day of prayer and fasting. It was not until the fourth century, however, that the Church began observing the Friday before Easter as the day associated with the crucifixion of Christ. First called Holy or Great Friday by the Greek Church, the name "Good Friday" was adopted by the Roman Church around the sixth or seventh century. This collection of Good Friday videos reflect the types of traditions associated with the history of Good Friday.

    There are two possible origins for the name "Good Friday". The first may have come from the Gallican Church in Gaul (modern-day France and Germany). The name "Gute Freitag" is Germanic in origin and literally means "good" or "holy" Friday. The second possibility is a variation on the name "God's Friday," where the word "good" was used to replace the word "God," which was often viewed as too holy to be spoken aloud."

    Interesting, huh?

    And of course, the "goodest" thing about Good Friday is, like Sandie said, Easter morning! :)

    That's my point exactly - God took the most horrific day in the history of the world, the day of the Crucifixion, and accomplished the very best thing that had ever happened.

    His definition of *good* is really the best...

    Have a blessed Easter Sunday!



"So [I] have been greatly encouraged in the midst of [my] troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives [me] new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How [I] thank God for you!" (1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

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