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Easter night, millions of Americans tuned into Jesus. Like they did two years ago with "The Bible" miniseries on cable TV.

This time "A.D. - The Bible Continues" is on a major network. I was one of those millions watching on Easter. Plunged into the world-changing events of that first Good Friday and Easter.

I couldn't help but connect it to a touching Facebook post I saw on Good Friday. About a bookstore visit a dear Native American friend had with her young grandson - who she calls "Handsome."

     You can tell Easter's coming.

    All those Jesus shows are popping up on TV. One channel has "Finding Jesus." Another, "Killing Jesus." Soon, all the classic Jesus movies. And the makers of the much-watched series, "The Bible," come this Easter season with "A.D.," the sequel.

    The night "The Bible" showed the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus, social media lit up with shocked viewers saying, "I had no idea what Jesus went through!"

       

      Baby Lilly 300There's no way newscasters can tell her story without using the word "miracle." That's easy to understand.

      Baby Lily had been trapped in a partly submerged car in Utah's Spanish Fork River. She's 18 months old. She was upside down in her car seat for 14 hours, with the cold water of the river running through the car.



        I love the Manhattan view when you fly into LaGuardia Airport. The view all around the runways? Not so much.

        Water on three sides. The thought has crossed my mind, "A plane could end up in the water some day."



          Nearly five million people have seen Christopher Jones' skydive on YouTube. It's breathtaking.

          He bails out of the plane - and everything's going great. Until the seizure. After four years seizure-free years, he's cleared to jump.



            "Frozen" is more than a blockbuster Disney movie. It's the headline for this record-busting winter in much of the United States.

            Any time I hear myself starting to whimper over the long freeze, I think "Boston." Some 100 inches of snow in just a few weeks!

            But out of those snowdrifts comes this really cool story. With a big shot of hope to people who've gotten slammed in their life.



              He was in the homes of some ten million Americans every night. NBC's TV news anchorman. That voice that millions trust.

              Or did trust.

              The most experienced, most watched anchorman in the country now faces that worst possible question - "Can we believe him?"



                It's becoming a "girlfriends" thing to do on Valentine's Weekend. "Let's check out 'Fifty Shades of Grey.'"

                Opening weekend for a movie that's about a young woman becoming the object of a man's sado-masochistic sexual bondage.

                It seems odd that it would be something so many women want to see. Especially when our culture has fought so passionately to elevate the dignity and worth of women.



                  It opens in theaters on Valentine's Weekend. How ironic.

                  "Fifty Shades of Grey." A 100-million selling book, called by many "mommy porn." Evidently, it's known for its portrayal of a young virgin's seduction into sado-masochistic sex in a charming man's "room of pain." Now a movie with the fastest-selling advance ticket sales in online history.

                  A friend just told me it's the talk of the women in her office. Forty and 50-year-old women "giggling like schoolgirls." Dying to see it. To see a woman submitting to sexual violence in the name of "exploring her dark desires."



                    Déjà vu.

                    New York City - the city that never sleeps - totally shut down. Planes, trains, roads, bridges. Just like Superstorm Sandy a couple years ago. Except my wife and I were in the middle of that one. I'm really good at accepting speaking engagements at what turn out to be crazy times!

                    The weather folks got it right. They said Sandy was going to be horrendous. She was.

                                  

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