Time After Time
Updated: Nov 15, 2020
Heavenly Father strengthen us as we pour out so that You can pour in and lead us as we pour forth in Your name. Amen
November 9, 2020
Good Morning Princesses,
Ready for a little trivia?
Quick trivia question to get us started this week. Let's see what you know about the 1980s! Okay, I know you may be thinking so now we are going back in time? Yes, but only for a few paragraphs. In fact, our theme of time is still very much connected. Time seems to be as of late something that we have come to treasure and appreciate on so many levels. Are you ready?
GO's 80's Instructions and Point Value
Below you will find a list of 8 questions.
Take a piece of paper, number it from 1-8, and answer each question.
For each question, you answer right, give yourself one- point (question 8 is worth 3 points).
The maximum number of points is 10.
(Answers can be found at the end of this week's blog. So answer all questions and then scroll to the bottom).
Remember we are on the honor system!
Question 1- What was the most widely watched wedding in 1981? (1-Point)
Question 2- How much did candy bars cost? (1-Point)
Question 3 - This little device we all carry use to weigh 2 pounds when it first came out in the 1980s. What is the device (hint- it's basically a mini-computer)? (1-Point)
Question 4- Who was the most popular music artist in the decade? (1-Point)
Question 5 - The third season of this popular show left everyone asking on March 21, 1980, this question, "Who shot _____". Fill in the blank and name the show. (1-Point)
Question 6 - What was the price of stamps in the 80s? 15 cents and then 25 cents or 10 cents and 20 cents (pick one) (1-Point)
Question 7 - Before cable TV, what were the "big 3 channels"? (1-Point)
Final question for triple points.
Question 8- What song is listed as one of the "Best Love Songs of All Time" and "Best Ballads from the 80s"? (3-Points)
Setting the Stage...
In the sixth year, in the sixth month on the fifth day, while I was sitting in my house and the elders of Judah were sitting before me, the hand of the Sovereign Lord came on me there. Ezekiel 8:1
Based on Ezekiel's timeframe, this is the second dated message. The year is 592 BC (August/September). The Israelites are still in exile (Babylonia). While Ezekiel is re-enacting a symbolic act (lying bound on his right side) per God's instructions to bear the infliction of Judah he receives a vision of abominations occurring in God's temple. Because of the these acts, judgment will surely carried out. BUT...similar to the remnants discussed in Chapter 5, God's love still prevails and God promises in verses 7 and 19:
7 “Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.’
19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.
As I read Chapters 8-11, I was encouraged by verses 7 and 19. The words spoken by our Sovereign Lord reminded me of Cyndi Lauper's 1983 song, "Time After Time". The chorus outlines love without limits (an undivided heart).
If you're lost you can look and you will find me Time after time If you fall, I will catch you, I'll be waiting Time after time If you're lost, you can look and you will find me Time after time If you fall, I will catch you, I will be waiting Time after time
For the children of Israel, while they underwent judgment for their abominations, God promised in Ezekiel 5:3 ; 6:8-10 and 11:16-17 that a few, remnants, (yes Lord) would be saved.
Dear Princesses, we are those remnants (thank you Lord).
Time After Time
Time after time our Lord fights for us. Time after time He rescues us. Time after time He has our back. His love chases us time after time. The epitome of God's timeless faithfulness was demonstrated in a symbolic act of love to save the world; the sending of His only son, Jesus Christ, to bear the sins of the world on the cross. Because of God's great love, our resurrected Savior Jesus Christ made it possible for you and I (Christians) to receive the Holy Spirit so that we can live according to God's righteous standards.
As Christians we are God's people and He is our God ~ time after time.
As you read Ezekiel chapters, 8-11, you will notice that judgment is at hand. God provides Ezekiel with what was to come by way of judgment on Judah because their heart had become hardened against God and his ways. In spite of this straying and divided heart, God's hold out hope (a remnant) for His people time after time. The same holds true for us today. No matter what we are going through as Christians, time after time because of Christ He is our hope upon hope.
Thank you, Lord...
Amen. Yes, Lord.
Answers to GO's 80's Instructions and Points
Answer 1~ Prince Charles and Lady Diana (1 billion views) (1-Point)
Answer 2 ~ 25 cents (1-Point)
Answer 3 ~ The first commercial cell phone weighed 2 pounds! Imagine carrying this in your purse or back pocket! (1-Point)
Answer 4 ~ Michael Jackson, the King of Pop (1-Point)
Answer 5 ~ J.R. Ewing (Dallas) (1-Point)
Answer 6~ 15 cents and then 25 cents by 1988 (1-Point)
Answer 7 ~ ABC, NBC, and CBS (1-Point)
Answer 8 ~ "Time After Time" written by Cyndi Lauper and Bill Hyman and released in 1983 was nominated for the 1985 Grammy Award for Song of the Year. The song was a success on the charts and became Lauper's first number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in June 1984. (3-Points)
(Source: Sarah Crow September 4, 2018. “30 Facts That Will Overwhelm You with 1980s Nostalgia.” Best Life, 6 Feb. 2020, bestlifeonline.com/80s-facts/.)
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