Why Do We Observe Easter Sunday?

Why Do We Observe Easter Sunday?

Sasha Bush

Ashland Beacon

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“For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 KJV

This past Sunday millions of people across the world celebrated Easter Sunday. For some, this meant spending time with loved ones around the dinner table. For others, it meant attending Easter Sunday Church service and of course, for many children, it meant getting to color eggs, go on egg hunts, and let us not forget what every child looks forward to most…an Easter basket. Oh, that lovely basket filled with plastic grass, small trinkets, and candies galore. No matter how you celebrated Easter this past weekend, there is no wrong way to do so as long as you are surrounded by your loved ones and always remember just why it is that we celebrate Easter.

Easter is one of the most important holidays or Holy Days of the Christian faith.  It is a time when Christians can glorify and give thanks for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. After the crucifixion, death, and burial of Christ, he rose from the grave just three days later. By doing so, he not only conquered death but redeemed us from our sin as we are told in the Bible in 1 John 4:10 KJV, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

The significance of Easter is Jesus Christ’s triumph over death. His resurrection means that eternal life shall be granted to all who believe in him as it is written in John 11:25-26 NKJV, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” What a powerful thought. How many of us would be willing to lay down our lives for the souls of others? Christ’s death on the cross is one of the most heartbreaking and yet most beautiful events in Biblical history. How heartbreaking it is to sit and ponder upon what Christ must have gone through in the days leading up to his crucifixion, and yet how beautiful it is to come to the realization that he loved EACH and EVERY one of us REGARDLESS of our sins, that he was willing to lay down his own life. It is the most compassionate act of love in our history.

Not only is the observance of Easter meant to celebrate his resurrection, but it is also to understand that had the tomb not been emptied on that third day, all those who followed the teachings of Christ would have thought of him as nothing more than a mere man who was claiming to be a prophet. With the resurrection of Christ, this rebuked all of that and provided the final and undeniable proof that He was indeed the Son of God and that He had overcome that which no other could… death. No matter what Easter Sunday looked like for you this weekend, my hope is that it was spent making memories that you will cherish for a lifetime. 

Free Skin Cancer Screening on May 4

Free Skin Cancer Screening on May 4

Stewart Carraway D.O

   Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. Having five or more sunburns in your lifetime doubles your risk for melanoma. However, skin cancer can be treatable if caught early.

   King’s Daughters is pleased to offer a free skin cancer screening on Thursday, May 4 at King's Daughters Family Care Center Cedar Knoll, 10650 U.S. Route 60, Ashland, Ky. The screening will be conducted by family medicine physician Stewart Carraway, D.O., and takes place from 8 a.m. to noon.

   The screening consists of an exam of the affected area(s) as identified by the participant. Recommendations for follow-up, if necessary, will be provided. Spots that are irregularly shaped or have jagged borders; are uneven in color; are larger than a pea; or that have changed in the past few weeks or months should be examined. Appointments are necessary and may be made by calling 606.408.9304.

Wound Center Specialist Sonja Lichtenstein, M.D., Joins KDMC Medical Staff

Wound Center Specialist Sonja Lichtenstein, M.D., Joins KDMC Medical Staff

 Lichtenstein Sonja KDMC April 20231

   Wound Care Specialist Sonja Lichtenstein, M.D., is joining our medical staff, practicing in our Wound Center. She comes to King’s Daughters from South Carolina, where she practiced with Vohra Wound Care where she provided care at skilled nursing facilities and via telehealth. She also practiced general surgery and wound care in Portsmouth, Ohio, from 2002 to 2016.

   Dr. Lichtenstein earned her medical degree from State University of New York at Syracuse College of Medicine in 1996. She completed a residency in general surgery at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center, Bronx, New York (1998) and Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2002. Dr. Lichtenstein is board certified by the American Board of Surgery, as well as in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. She also is certified in Wound Care by the The American Professional Wound Care Association.

   Her office is located on the Ashland campus of King’s Daughters Medical Center. The address is 617 23rd Street, and the telephone number is 606.408.1260. Self-referrals are welcome.

Gillum’s Service & Repair, INC. Achieves Recognition as One of America’s Top Cub Cadet® Dealers

Gillum’s Service & Repair, INC. Achieves Recognition as One of America’s Top Cub Cadet® Dealers


   Gillum’s Service & Repair, INC., local dealer of Cub Cadet outdoor power equipment located in Ashland, was recently named a 2022 ELITE Cub Cadet independent retailer in America during the manufacturer’s Top Elite Dealer Trip in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

   Gillum’s Service & Repair, INC. has been in business selling and servicing Cub Cadet equipment, including lawn and garden tractors, zero-turn riding mowers, commercial mowers, utility vehicles, snow blowers and more, for 26 years. They have been named a top-performing Cub Cadet Elite dealer 3 times.

   “Cub Cadet is honored to acknowledge the exceptional efforts of our Elite Dealers who consistently surpass expectations in delivering top-notch service and equipment to their communities,” said Roy Keating, President, Dealer Sales and Post Sales Support at Cub Cadet. “We are proud to acknowledge Gillum’s Service & Repair, INC. who embodies a passion to commitment to customer service that is second to none.”

   Michael and Tina Gillum accepted the recognition on behalf of Gillum’s Service & Repair, INC. “At Gillum’s, our success is a reflection of the hard work and effort put in by our team,” said Michael Gillum. “We are thankful for a successful year and with the dedication of our team, we’re poised to make 2023 an even more remarkable year for both us and our valued customers.”

   Gillum’s Service & Repair, INC. is located at 8611 US ROUTE 60 in Ashland, KY and offers a complete line of high-performance Cub Cadet outdoor power equipment, genuine parts, accessories and attachments, as well as expert service and recommendations. Customers can stop in or call 606.928.4932 to set up a time to test drive any of the new 2023 Cub Cadet Products.

   Gillum’s Service & Repair, INC. was one of 45 dealers awarded this prestigious recognition for 2022. Dealers were selected based on sales performance and growth from the previous year.

King’s Daughters Digestive Health and Surgical Services Welcomes Colorectal Surgeon Shauna Lorenzo-Rivero, M.D.

King’s Daughters Digestive Health and Surgical Services Welcomes Colorectal Surgeon Shauna Lorenzo-Rivero, M.D.

 Shauna Lorenzo Rivero M.D

   King’s Daughters Digestive Health and Surgical Services is pleased to welcome colorectal surgeon Shauna Lorenzo-Rivero, M.D., to its team.

    Dr. Lorenzo joins colorectal surgeon Gabie Ong, M.D., and general surgeons Tyler Grant, D.O., Sean Ryan, M.D., Roderick Tompkins, M.D., and Timothy Wheeler, M.D.

   Previously, Dr. Lorenzo was an associate professor of medicine and colorectal surgeon in the Department of Surgery at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.

   Dr. Lorenzo earned her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. She completed her general surgery residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, and colorectal surgery fellowship at the Ferguson Clinic, Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

   Dr. Lorenzo treats conditions and diseases of the small intestine, colon, rectum and anus including colon and rectal cancer, hemorrhoids, anal fissures, inflammatory bowel disease, and chronic constipation. She is also trained in robotic-assisted surgery, allowing for less invasive procedures, quicker recovery times, and better overall results.

   Dr. Lorenzo’s office is in Suite 440 of Medical Plaza B, 613 23rd St., Ashland. For more information, please call 606.329.2888. Second-opinion consultations are welcome. A provider referral is not required.