Why History (the Past) is important to Both Our Present and Our Future

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By Dahni
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Arrows splitting arrows each one dead center- Bulls-Eye

History is so that we are not ignorant. And if we are not ignorant, then we are to be informed, we are to be educated. The whole aim of education is action. The Goal of education is simplicity in presentation, that all, young, old, all people, and that even a fool or a child can understand, can hit the target dead-center (bulls-eye)!

History is the target of seven things. Students of history are to aim towards hitting those targets dead-center. Actually, it is one target with the aim of hitting it seven times, dead center. I believe putting an arrow into dead center of a target and placing another one (or six more) into center of each one, is called, ‘A Robin Hood.’

A ‘Robbin Hood’ – One arrow shot into the center of another arrow

History is in the past. And recently, in the recent past, there are those so offended by the past that they want reminders of this past, as statues of the offending past, to be removed from view,  from the present and likely, for the future. Some seek to remove statues of confederate soldiers from the American Civil War, because, slavery is offensive to them. I’m not sure why, because slavery is in the past, at least in the United States of America. But even the Lincoln Memorial has been defaced. Cries from public persons and even congressional leaders have called to remove many of these offending pieces, from our nation’s capitol. When it comes to slavery, within the United State’s past, Abraham Lincoln (the emancipator of slavery), George Washington (the first president of the United States), and Thomas Jefferson (3rd president of the United States and writer of The Declaration of Independence), are not immune because, all three either owned slaves or employed them (Lincoln’s White House). Why stop with statues of confederate soldiers or just these three? Why not get rid of (an attempt to rewrite history), The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States of America? These were both written by and consented to by, pale or lighter skinned (so-called white), men (not women or children or of any other color), and most of them had slaves. Yes, why not get rid of these two documents from history, our history? It has been considered. It is being considered. Should those of darker skinned be also removed? Do they not remind some of slavery? Oh how irrational are these things! Irrational thought precedes irrational action.

Can history be re-written?

One can forget the past, not recall it, not share it, write it or teach it, but it cannot be re-written. Even to re-word something, to add, omit or change something does not re-write it. That is an irrational thought which moves one to irrational action.

We are not born to be irrational creatures. We differ from all other animals in potential, for scope and activity. Beyond emotions and instincts to just survive, we can reason and thrive, more abundantly (more than abundant), than mere animals. All animals have memory including us, which are, biologically, animals. Memory is a storage of the past, the history of some living thing or as in the case of the non-living, like the memories on our cell phones, they were designed and made by the living. Memory may exist in our present, but only as, records of the past. The past is past. It only becomes what we may call history, if someone(s) record it in some manner or write it down. But recorded or not, it is still history; it is still in the past, whether or not it is recorded.

We cannot escape or rewrite history. NO, No it cannot be done because, it is in the past. Whether we believe it, like it, are offended by it, remember it, recall it, are motivated by it or not, we cannot escape it or rewrite it because, it is our past; it is our history.

So what is the purpose of history?

Some or many may be familiar with the following:

“Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.”

The quote is most likely attributed to, Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, known in English as George Santayana, born December 16th 1863 in Madrid, Spain and died September 26th, 1952 in Rome, Italy. He was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. The original words read:

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Likely written by: George Santayana

But are these things true? They are indeed facts, thought by and written and known by some, but are they true? Is this a true statement for once and for all people, for all time? People that have not known history have certainly repeated mistakes of the past, so this appears to be a true statement. But people that have known history, have also, repeated the same mistakes of the past. Therefore, the quoted texts above would NOT be a true statement. Having been born in and grown up in Missouri, but of course I would share a favorite author, essayist and humorist of mine, native son, Samuel Clemens, aka, Mark Twain. What did he have to say about history?

“History doesn’t repeat, but it does rhyme”

 Mark Twain

Well, what does that mean? It means the past is past. Events and things in the present and in the future may be similar (they might rhyme in time), but they are not identical, they are the past. It is history. So, what good is history then?

Without history, there is ignorance. The opposite of ignorance is, to be informed; to be educated. Education is like a target. The purpose of a target is to aim for a bull’s-eye, to hit in the center of the target. There are two Greek words that are apropos in this study:

Agnoeō (pronounced: ag + no + eh + oh) άγνοέω
Skopeō (pronounced: sko + peh + oh) σκοπέω

The English word agnostic is transliterated from the Greek word. Agnoeō. It is a combination word made up of nous “mind’ (the organ of metal perception), and ag, “without.” The literal translation according to its usage (agnoeō) is, “without mind.” In the vernacular language it would be, [out of their (his or her) mind].

The Greek word Skopeō means, “to aim towards” [with the intent of hitting the target and hitting a bulls-eye, hitting the target, dead center.

Now you can continue on here primarily if you are a Christian, profess to be a Christian or perhaps instested in learning about being one, but anyone can learn from the following.

There are Seven Things God Does Not Want Us Ignorant of . And being informed, being educated and not ignorant, there are seven things we are to aim towards.

  1. Not ignorant of our watching over you—

“ Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.”

Romans 1:13

Aim towards the goal of watching over the things of others—

“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”

Philippians 2:4

  1. Not ignorant of The Mystery—

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.”

Romans 11:25

People classify others by many things i.e. race, color, creed and etc. The Bible classifies all people as follows:

“Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:”

I Corinthians 10:32

Notice first off, those of the church of God are not to give a reason to any of an offense. Secondly, the promises God initially made were to and for, His chosen and adopted people, the 12 Tribes of Israel. Gentiles would be favored as long as they lived in harmony with Israel, but the Gentiles (all other peoples), were not promised as God had promised His people. This “mystery,” which God hid in Himself, even before the world came to be was that a day would come in the future that out of the Jews and Gentiles, would come a new classification of people, the church of God.

Aim Towards the Goal of Things not seen, but eternal—

“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

II Corinthians 4:18

  1. Not ignorant of Old Testament Believers and Their Walk—

“Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.”

“ Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”

I Corinthians 1:1-6,11

Aim Towards the Goal of Other Believers and Their Walk in Christ—

“Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.[example]

 Philippians 3:17

  1. Not ignorant of Spiritual Matters—

“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.”

 I Corinthians 12:1

Aim Towards the Goal of Light in Our Walk Not Darkness—

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth [cleanses] us from all sin.”

I John 1:4-7

  1. Not ignorant of the Trouble in Asia Out of Which God Delivered Us—

“For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:  Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;”

II Corinthians 1:8-10

Aim Towards the Goal of Avoiding Them that Cause Divisions and Teach Other Doctrines [right believing=right thought=right action]—

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.”

Romans 16:17

  1. Not ignorant of Satan’s Devices—

“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”

II Corinthians 2:11

Aim Towards the Goal of Watching that You Are Not Tempted—

“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”

Galatians 6:1

  1. Not ignorant of The Return of Christ—

“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

I Thessalonians 4:13-18

Aim Towards the Goal of The Prize of His High Calling at the Return of Christ—

“I press toward the mark  for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:14

The words, “press toward the mark” is, the one Greek word Skopeō. To “not be ignorant,” the Greek word Agnoeō (without mind, out of your mind, emotional, offended, irrational) is, accomplished by aiming towards the bulls-eye, the center of the target.

To summarize, the purpose of history is to not be ignorant, but informed, educated (to have a target), and to be able to aim towards that target with the intent of hitting a bulls eye, hitting it dead center, in the center of that target. This is not a separate thing (being not ignorant, but informed, educated), and aiming towards (the goal of archery), the center. They are both one and the same action. And since is impossible to always hit the target dead center, every single, time, this is a continuous and a continual thing—always in process of being educated (not staying ignorant), and always aiming towards hitting the direct center of life. These may be understood by the 7 things NOT to be ignorant of and to aim towards. Seven numerically and biblically is, the number of perfection.

  1. Not ignorant of people in the past that watched over you, stood for you, lived, bled and died for you to leave you a target in the present and the future to hit. Aim towards watching over (do the same), for others.
  2. Not ignorant that all people have the same opportunity. Make yourself an example and let it be recorded as such, let it be your history that you gave no people a cause to be offended. Aim towards the goal of things not yet seen.
  3. Not ignorant of other’s examples in the past. Aim towards following the example others set in the present and the future.
  4. Not ignorant of spiritual matters. Be educated to use your gifts and abilities to their full potential. Aim towards walking in the light, not darkness. Continue to be educated and use your gifts and abilities. Continue to develop them.
  5. Not ignorant of past troubles and trouble makers, from which we were delivered. Aim towards avoiding those that cause divisions and offense and teach, for right believing (action), those things that cause the target to be unseen and you to miss the mark (the bulls-eye).
  6. Not ignorant of emotional and irrational push and pull and manipulation. Aim towards not being tempted, not falling prey to these devices, orchestrated by people out of doubt, worry, fear and the love of money.
  7. Not ignorant of hope, The Hope. Aim towards the goal of  receiving the prize, for hitting your mark.

In the Seven Church Epistles: Romans, I & II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and I & II Thessalonians, Thessalonians (I & II), was written first, but God placed them seventh in the Epistles. Seven is the number, for spiritual perfection.

All of the 7 church epistles are doctrinal, reproof or correction. Romans is a doctrinal epistle. I and II Corinthians reproves the practical error that crept into the church, for failing to adhere to the revelation in the doctrinal epistle of the book of Romans. Galatians corrects the doctrinal error that crept into the church for failing to adhere to the revelation in the doctrinal epistle of the book of Romans. Next, Ephesians, is a doctrinal epistle. Philippians reproves the practical error that crept into the church, for failing to adhere to the revelation in the doctrinal epistle of the book of Ephesians. Colossians corrects the doctrinal error that crept into the church, for failing to adhere to the revelation, in the doctrinal epistle of the book of Ephesians. There are no corresponding reproof or correction epistles to the books of I and II Thessalonians! Why? Spiritual perfection is obtained (the target is hit dead center), and we shall see him like he (Jesus Christ), is, not as he was, but as he is NOW), we shall be like him, and we shall forever be, with him.

In conclusion, history in the Bible is, His Story. There are 66 books in the Bible— 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New. Jesus Christ is the subject of every single book. His Story is history, and he is coming back!

That’s my story of history (His story), and I’m sticking to it!

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,

 

Dahni

The One Job of Job

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What was the One Job of Job?

What was the One Job of Job?

Was it to endure patiently?  Are we to have the patience of Job? Was Job as many teach, just to suffer, for the Lord?

I realize it’s early, but I have been awake since around four. What woke me out of a sound sleep? I have no idea, but someone was on my mind.

I saw a face in my mind. I’m not really all that great in praying or for other people. It’s not that I won’t or don’t, it’s just that I’m not very good at it. I’m not real consistent. And sticking with a job until, the job gets done is not, one of my long suits, strengths or characteristics. I do know some that are good at praying for others and if I know them, trust me, I have already contacted them about you and they are, praying for you!

In my past, there were many times when I actually saw someone who reminded me of someone who I knew. I didn’t know why, I would be seeing these odd look-a-likes, so I just started praying for them.

I’m sure you’ve heard the line, “God works in mysterious ways,” and I don’t know where that line came from, but it seems to me that in my experience, if God wanted me to pray for someone, he would put me or someone on the same path who reminded me of someone I knew and I would just start praying for them. I don’t know, maybe God thinks it’s fun and funny to look around to see who’s awake or wake them up like me, to pray, even if it’s four o’clock in the morning. LOL  🙂

By prayer I mean, not the regular kind, the pray with folded hands on my knobby knees prayers, praying with my understanding prayers, but perfect prayer. What? Is there such a thing? Why yes, yes there is. I am referring to what the Bible calls, “speaking in tongues” and praying in the spirit or praying spiritually.

“Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.”

I Corinthians 14:14-15 KJV

Praying with your understanding and praying with your spirit

So I spoke in tongues, for my friend, silently to myself.

Now my prayers with my understanding might generally suck, but the spirit in me knows what to pray for, so I would just start speaking in tongues. And I did and I do, particularly when God reminds me. LOL  🙂

And then I started thinking about Job.

The Storms and sufferings of Job, of Jesus Christ, of You and I and others may seem overwhelming!

I know it might suck right now being you and going through all that you are. But sometimes, it’s not about us and what we need, but what others need. There have been and there are people, who have, are or will endure equal to what you are going through and some even greater. There as it is said, someone that’s worse off than you. We can each come up with our own examples.

Job was an example to Jesus Christ.

Both men had to endure a lot physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Both were guiltless and blameless, but they had to go through, what they had to go through.

Job and Jesus were both surrounded by what Job called, ”miserable comforters.” Family and friends though well intentional, may still be like these, sometimes. Many people talk and teach and preach about the patience of Job. Now I get it that to endure, one has to have patience, but there is something far greater about Job, about the book of Job and about the parallels between Job and Jesus Christ.

We can be our own miserable comforter

But it wasn’t patience that delivered either man! It was prayer! Prayer not for self, but for others like the many that are praying right now, for you.

I was once diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD). My prognosis was not good. It was to be— dialysis, a slim chance of a transplant, I was to inform my immediate family because, it’s supposed to be genetic, I was told not to have any children and not to expect, to live much longer than five years. I guess you now realize that I’m still here?  🙂

As a matter of fact, I have out-lived the physician that diagnosed me initially. He passed away in January of this year.

Oh sure, science and medicine and doctors can be wrong. They don’t know everything. But my diagnosis and my prognosis did not come from just one person. It came from many and many tests and from a multiple number of records that I carried with me, in the trunk of my car, for almost two years. Having had procedures and tests after tests and from many different specialists across several states, I would say there was a consensus. They all concurred that I did indeed, have PKD. After all, I had originally been diagnosed by then world’s foremost authority on the disease. He was then, part of Kansas Medical Center, in Kansas City, Kansas. His name was Dr. Jared James Grantham, 1936 – 2017. Look him up up. He had a very impressive career and co-founded the PKD Institute, the first of its kind. My records had been seen from countless specialists including, the then world-renowned radiologist, from Germany. I had to be checked every 6 months to see if the cysts had increased in size or number. Then it happened.

Per all doctors suggestions, I was to make an appointment every six months with a nephrologist, no matter what state I might be living in, at the time. At that time, I was in Michigan, Kalamazoo to be more precise. I made the appointment with a new physician, a specialist whom I had been referred to. He ordered an ultrasound which was done, on my birthday at a hospital that had the required equipment and with whom he had professional privileges. On the day, I took out my hefty records from the trunk of my car. I had the ultrasound done. I waited quietly in a hospital bed, for the results. One by one, I saw a group of colleagues come into my room. Not a one of them ever addressed me or even looked in my direction. Instead, they pored over my records and my latest ultrasound, along with the specialist who had ordered the test. Then, one by one, they all filed out of the room, still never saying a single word to me nor even glancing over in my direction. How rude! Then, the nephrologist I had the appointment with, turned and walked towards me. He was visibly upset. No, in fact, he was angry when he spoke to me. He told me that he did not know what my problem was and to get up, get out and never waste his time or that of his colleagues, ever again. Confused was I, when I asked him what he was talking about??? He at point-blank range and with a red face, angrily answered and told me that I was not fooling anyone, “You are not the same person whose records you have, for whatever your misguided reasons are in carrying around, and you have tried to falsely dump on us here. You are an insult to medicine and what we are trying to do, in helping people.”

He would not believe that those records were mine. He insisted, NO, he was adamant, about my leaving immediately, before threatening to call security. As I got up and dressed, the only other thing I could get from him was how he could say my records were not mine? His answer was, the ultrasound that I just took, did NOTmatch the records I brought. “It shows a marked decrease in size and numbers of cysts and that sir, is a medical impossibility, now LEAVE, he demanded and yelled at me rather loudly!!!.

Oh, could have my last ultrasound been mistakenly swapped or misread? Sure. But that was in 1994, over 20 years ago and I have already lived four times longer, than I was expected to. You just go right ahead and believe what you want and think what you want. As for me, to use a line perhaps familiar to you and one that I could not track down its source…

“God’s not finished with me yet.”

-unknown-

OK, so what does any of this have to do with Job, Jesus Christ and prayer? When I first was seen in an emergency room at a Baltimore, Maryland hospital, I had been sleepless from the pain in my lower right side, which had persisted and grown over the course of 24 four hours. Against advice of those I was staying with at the time and not wanting to wake them up, I drove myself to the hospital, early in the morning, before the rooster was awake. In route, the pain suddenly became so intense, I momentarily went blind and only recovered my sight, just in time, to miss hitting a telephone pole at 50 mph.

I had tests at the hospital and they were not conclusive. My attending trauma room physician, a female, thought it was just a kidney stone and told me, “This is the closest you will ever get to understanding what it’s like to give birth!” Well, it wasn’t a kidney stone, probably a bursting cyst, a kidney cyst, but not a stone. So two years after this, I walked out of that hospital in Michigan, on my birthday, and I’ve never had another issue since. I’m still here and I’m still alive.

But during the times of which I was originally diagnosed and given my not-so-nice prognosis, I had to come to grips with the fact that I was dying. Then, something I had heard before that was so profound to me, but that which I did not and could not understand, came to my mind…

“Life is worth living, even if you’re dying.”

Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille

The Storms within and outside of Eeyore and at times, any of us, may overwhelm!

Then, I understood. Then I could relate. Then I could say this as if I, was the first to say it, “Life was worth living even,” though I was dying! Where was the prayer or prayers in any of this? Only my immediate family and medical professionals knew these things. Who if anyone was praying for me? Me? No, not me, I was just preparing myself to not live much longer than five more years and pass about the age of forty. But I’ll tell you what, somewhere, someone or some unknown number of people, maybe who did not even know me, were praying for me! Maybe they were good at praying and God worked in them to pray for me? Maybe they were just awake at all hours of the day or night and prayed for me? Maybe like me, as for my friend, God woke me up early in the morning and I saw my friend’s face in my mind. So I prayed.

Oh, I am so glad to still be around and still here, to write this today. And I am grateful to God because, He loves me, but mostly I believe, my life was spared BECAUSE, I had a lot left that God wanted me to do, for others.

For those of you that might find yourselves in a similar situation, I say, FIGHT!

Fight! If not for yourself, fight for others because, you are needed. Life is worth living, even if you are dying, FIGHT! Fight like Job did and Jesus Christ did! Fight for others and pray for them.

In the Old Testament, people looked for the first coming of Jesus Christ, the promised seed of the woman, the redeemer, the fulfill-er of the law, the king of Judah, the Passover Lamb, the High Priest, and more, and the son of the Most High God. What, if any, were their benefits in looking for something and someone, who had not yet come?

”But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

Isaiah 53:5 King James Version (KJV)

The Old Testament believers looked for his coming and in the present tense, they would have said, “we are healed.” All manner of sickness in part or in full is, death. All manner of healing is, life in part or in full. The “looking for” is prayer. Prayer is believing. Believing is a verb. A verb connotes action. Love activates, both our believing and our hope.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Hebrews 11:1 KJV

“Faith” is the Greek word pistis and in this context, it should be translated as “believing.”

“Now believing is the title-deed, the proof of things prayed for (believed for), the evidence they are yours, before they are seen.”

Hebrews 11:1 Translation according to usage

If we own a home, we know it, often before we even take possession of it or even see it for the very first time because, we have proof, we have the title-deed. Both believing and hope are similar in this regard. Both are dependent NOT on what our five senses may or may not tell us, but what does God say? What does His Word say? What are His promises that His Word says we can believe for, in the present? What are His promises that His Word says we can hope for, in the future? Both have benefits for the present.

The old Testament believers looked, for his first coming. They believed, they hoped for; they prayed, for something coming in the future, something and someone who was then not yet available and because of it, the Psalmist said this…

“They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.”

Psalm 34:5

Today, we, the New Testament believers, look for his second coming, his return. We too must still believe for, hope for, pray for things and someone and others that our five senses may tell us are not available or is not possible now. But instead of only looking for him to return, we also look back at what he has already done, already accomplished for us; has already made possible!

“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”

I Peter 2:24 KJV

WOW, around forty-five years ago, a woman picked me up hitchhiking, twice in the same week and in two different cars. It was odd enough that a woman picked me up. But twice in the same week? In two different cars? Well, by the second time, to me, it was as if she was no longer a stranger. I was more apt to open up to her since now, all of a sudden, she seemed familiar to me? Well, this second time, I had just left my dermatologist’s (allergist’s) office. I joke with people that before I could read, if I even passed by a sign that said grass or used the word allergy, I would start sneezing or break out into hives or some symptom, of yet another thing I was allergic too.  🙂

I think I was allergic to being allergic. But at the allergist’s office, I took off my shirt and laid face down on a table. They pricked my skin on my back with a lot of little tiny needles that had drops of various allergens. I think the test was called, ‘The Western Series?’ The point was, to see what if I reacted to any or all of them. What? I felt like such a fool. I think I already knew what I was allergic to. My prescription? The doctor told me to avoid those things I was allergic to and to move about every 2 years, so I just avoided becoming acclimatized to the area, for it would take about two years, for me to show new symptoms from some new allergen.

So, there I was in this car, telling my troubles to a perfect stranger (almost). I’ll never forget this. She rather sternly looked at me and demanded to know the answers to the questions, she next asked of me.

“Are you a Christian,” she asked? I answered, “I think so, I hope so!” I suppose, I thought I should appear humble, as this is all I thought I could say; was allowed to say. You don’t want to get cocky with God right about being sure of anything right? She then seemed to burn a hole through my eyes and through the back of my head with her eyes. “Well don’t you know that by “by his stripes you were healed,” she angrily rebukingly asked?! Time seemed to suddenly stand still for me. I honestly felt at that moment, I was the only one left on the entire planet that did not know this! And I had never heard anyone, preacher, pastor, priest and etc., male or female ever say anything about the Bible, with such authority and conviction! But did she not tell me what the Bible says, from I Peter 2:24? Yes, yes she did.

The Old Testament believers looked for the first coming of the Savior. In so doing, their faces became radiant (were “lightened”) and by the foretold prophecies of his first coming sufferings, they “are healed.” We of today, look back to what he has already done and by his stripes, we “were healed.” They of old looked forward to a future event and in their present state, their looking for, their believing for, their hoping for; their praying for, healed them. We look back to a previous reality and in our present state of looking for him, believing, hoping and praying, we are healed, now!

It was true of Job, surrounded by miserable comforters. It was true of my situations. These things were true of all believers of any time. These things are true, for us today. And It was even true, for Jesus Christ, as he was dying on the tree.

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, [believers] let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Hebrews 12:1,2 KJV

The running of patience has been and remains the same, to look for, to believe, to hope, to pray. What joy did Jesus Christ have to look for; look forward to? What enabled him to endure what he did? What was his looking for, his believing for, his hope for; his prayers for? God showed him that through his sacrifice, he would draw all towards him. Jesus Christ saw an innumerable host of people all gathered together, you and I and all those that look for his return. While he was dying, did he not pray to God to forgive those who did not know what they were doing?

What was and is God’s will? What is the primary will of God? Was it that Job suffer? Was is just so that God could teach him patience? Was God mad at Job? Were God and Satan just playing a game and Job was just a board-game piece they could manipulate? Was God wanting to hurry up Job’s death, so he could come be with Him in heaven? Was it that I was dying or destined to have so many allergies? Was it God’s will that Jesus Christ, His only begotten son, die? Remember, there were many writers of God’s Word, but ONLY one author, God.

”Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth [prospers].

III John 1:2 KJV

Health & Prosperity is God’s Will for your life!

First, God refers to his people as His “beloved,” His loved ones. Does any true parent not love their own children and want the best for them, not for them to suffer? The word “wish” is desire, fervent desire, white-hot desire that far exceeds red-hot desire in intensity. But “above all things,” His fervent desire is that we prosper and are in health. And what is the standard or the manner in which this is possible? It is made possible, even as our soul prospers. How does one have a prospering soul? It is to be mindful, even in the midst of so much uncertainty, doubt, worry and fear, to look for, to believe, to hope, to pray, for what God says, not what our five senses may or may not be telling us.

What did job do? What did Jesus Christ do? What did I do in my circumstances? God doesn’t require much of us to receive so much that He is willing and able, for us to have. He wants us to have; He fervent desires above “all things” is, that we prosper and are in health. He doesn’t so much care if we are healed by the body’s natural design to heal itself. He does not particular care if we seek out professional medical help. He does not care if we get delivered by prayer, kicking a can, standing on one foot and saying whoop-d-doo, getting prayed for, having someone spit on the ground and rubbing it in our eyes, washing in some filthy river, getting ministered to, ingesting some herb or supplement or however we get healed, he just needs us to believe to be healed!!! He just wants us to prosper and to be in health!!!! And He knows that being focused upon his Word, the looking for, that believing, that hoping; that praying will change us! It’s NOT our how we pray-prayers, the specific actions we take or the power of our words that cause it, it’s His Word, it’s HIM!!!

”But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

II Corinthians 3:18

This “glass” was a mirror. In those days, a mirror was made of polished brass. It was not as clear as today’s mirrors of glass, but even then, there was a reflection, even though dim. “Beholding” is an active present state. It is something that is a continuous thing. “Are changed” should be properly translated according to usage, “are being changed.” The words “from glory to glory” are more properly rendered, from “one glory to another glory.”

What an incredible verse of scripture! As we look into this mirror continually, the image we see becomes more and more clear. The reflection is not our face, but the face of the Lord from one glory to another glory by which we are, being changed. And we are being changed by the spirit of God within us, which is producing the image, the reflection we see more and more clearly in that mirror, not our face, but the face of Jesus Christ, not as he was, but “as he is!” This is how their faces were lightened (became radiant) in the Old Testament. This is what they looked for, believed for, hoped for and prayed for. This is what Job did. This is what Jesus Christ did, he looked to God. This is what I did, even if it was to just believe that life was worth living, even if I was dying and what I did when I was reproved, for not knowing that by his stripes, it was already made available, for me to have been healed.

And in conclusion, what was the one job of Job that made a difference? The book of Job is not about all he suffered or had to endure. It was about him getting to the place where he could see the “daysman,” Jesus the Christ that was to come. It was about seeing, knowing and realizing, the true and primary will of God…

“And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, WHEN he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.”

Job 42:10 KJV

We all have suffered and may be right now. We know others that have suffered and may be right now. We may all suffer, sometime in the future. But we must look outside of ourselves and look to pray for others by looking toward Him in whom, all things are possible!

And so I say to my friend, lying in a hospital as this is being written, I say to myself and I say to anyone that has eyes to see this and ears to hear this, FIGHT…

Be the miracle that you are meant to be!

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,

Dahni

Next time: ‘Sordida’ (a poem)

He’s Up and He’s On His Way

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As moving as was the life of Jesus Christ and how horrible was his torture, humiliation, being tempting in all things; his suffering and murder and how necessary it all was to fulfill God’s Word and to redeem humanity and to be made, The Passover Lamb without spot or blemish, a perfect sacrifice, for all and for all time, God was not; is not finished yet.

How beautiful it was for Jesus Christ to have risen from the dead. How comforting to his disciples and apostles and friends and family to have seen him alive again and for forty days. How I would so desire to have been just one of those two, on the road to Emmaus when Jesus walked with them and talked with them and opened the Word of God to them and taught just those two, all the scriptures from Genesis to Malachi, concerning him and to have had my heart “burn” with joy within me! But God was not; is not finished yet.

How incredible would it have been to have seen Jesus Christ ascend into the cloud and out of sight in route to the right hand of God! How awesome would it have been to have been with him as he passed into and then through the heavens at the edge of the universe, whereis water, and to have experienced his witness to the chained (figuratively), bound spirits that had caused the flood in Noah’s day! How without words would it been, if it were possible, having been with Jesus Christ as he sat down, having completed his service, on the right hand of God and as far as God was concerned, from His perspective all, was completely, completely, complete. But God was not, is not finished yet!

Oh, to have been with them in the temple on the Day of Pentecost! Oh, to have heard a pin drop perhaps, it was all so quiet, during an hour of prayer and to have seen the apostles sitting all decent and in order and then to have seen cloven tongues of fire, land and rest on and inside them and to have heard them speak in tongues, the witness of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and to experience the new birth, the household and family of God, and Christianity, for the very first time! And to have heard them, that only knew one language (Estrangelo Aramaic), speak in tongues (lost or living languages or the tongues of angels) for the very first time! Oh, to have witnessed this, the “latter rain,” prophesied in the Book of the Prophet Joel and was then overflowing (lambano), for the very first time! And Oh, to have heard these different languages that many in the Temple heard and understood and then to hear the same speakers in course (decently and in order), interpret those words they just spoke, in their own language, the precise sum and substance of what they spoke in tongues! And Oh, to have witnessed this first evangelistic meeting if you will, where about three thousand souls were added to the Church, the very same day! But God was, is not finished yet!

Oh, to have been with Saul of Tarsus, a man trained in the law at the feet of Gamaliel, a rabbi and the leader of the Sanhedrin, the ruling body of Israel! Oh, to have seen this same Saul, himself a member of the Sanhedrin that had cast his lot to crucify Jesus Christ and persecuted the early church casting them into prison or worse and to have been with him on the road to Damascus, when Jesus Christ appeared unto him in a vision, and Saul too, became a Christian! Oh, to have seen the Rise & Expansion of the early Church, all the signs, miracles and wonders and to have experienced Saul, now the Apostle Paul, take God’s Word over all Asia Minor, in about 2 years and three months! Oh, to have experienced and spent time with the original apostles, Paul and others and to have been a witness of: “so mightily grew the Word of God and Prevailed!” But God was not, is not finished yet!

Oh, to have personally been taught the seven Church Epistles Romans, I & II Corinthians and Galatians and to understand grace, the love of God in the Renewed mind in manifestation, believing and hope and that this love is greater than all, for it activates all our believing, for what is presently available and our believing in the future, our hope! Oh, to have been personally taught Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians and to have understood “the mystery” that out of Jew and Gentile would become the one body of Christ and the Church, the family and household of God! Oh, to have understood the riches of the glory of that mystery that it is, Christ in us, the hope of glory!

Priscilla and Aquila a lovely married couple that helped the Apostle Paul

Oh, to have understood that the Word of God was complete when God had written all, in those 7 Church Epistles! Oh, to have been taught personally, I & II Thessalonians, by the Apostle Paul! Oh, to have researched, been taught and to have shared (fellowshipped) with Mary and Jesus’ kin, Mary Magdalene, Peter & John, Paul, Silas, Steven, James, Priscilla and Aquila, all the other original 11 disciples/apostles, and all those too numerous to mention, those never mentioned and all those I do not know their names or cannot recall and to have lived with them, ate with them, loved, laughed, joy-ed, rejoiced (re-joy-ed) and cried with them! But God was not, is not finished yet!

Aquila and Priscilla, The Way College of Emporia about 197?

Oh to have been there when all the other books in the Bible were written and to have heard them; had been taught them! Oh, to have been with John at Patmos and heard and understood the book of Revelation, along with him! But God was not, is not finished yet!

As great as all these things were and would have been if you or I had experienced them when they first occurred, we have something far greater than all of those first-hand experiences! We have a “more sure word of prophesy!”  We that are born again, his true children, have this witness of his resurrection within us! Every time and anytime we manifest this spirit of God, we are living proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ! We have this love of God (agape), this believing and this hope within us, but God was not, is not finished yet!

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

I Corinthians 2:9 KJV

Even so, in this life, this potentially more than abundant life (more than is needed so that we may freely give to those that need), we may still experience, trouble, sorrow, suffering and death. Here is where the Hope becomes the only thing which can truly comfort anyone. For it is in looking into this Hope, to the true person of Jesus Christ that he shines out to us, even in the midst of unfathomable darkness. But this true hope is not merely a reflection as in a mirror that shines out from within us, it causes the reflection and our faces to become radiant and to be exceeding glad, “for as he is, so are we in this world!”

No, God was not, is not finished yet! Jesus Christ is not finished. One day, he will return and the dead in Christ and those alive at his return will be gathered together with him and so shall they ever be, with him. Then, he will come back to the earth and touch down at the same place he left and with his saints. Then later, there will be the resurrection of the just and folks like Abraham, Moses, David and even Judas Iscariot I believe, are going to rise from the dead and judged according to their works. And then later, everyone else will be raised at the resurrection of the unjust and judged according to God’s Word. And then, at the end of all ends, the final victory will overcome all suffering, sorrow and death.

I have loved ones that are going through much in their lives at present, including the loss of their beloved. I close this out with a video. It is the greatest teaching I’ve ever heard on the Hope, True Hope, and the Return of Jesus Christ. It was this man’s last public teaching before, he too, fell asleep and is now waiting, the return of Jesus Christ.

This teaching answers so many questions about life, and death, the first and second coming of Jesus Christ and so much more. Grab a Bible and listen along. Look up the scriptures. This is still the greatest teaching on the True Hope, I have ever heard in my 60+ years of life! I thank God that even if all he ever did was this one teaching, the world is better off for it. I thank God for video and for Youtube! Comfort yourselves with these things!

Comfort yourselves with these things!

The Hope of His 2nd Coming

I will tell you what does NOT matter. It does not matter, who this man was, whether you knew him or not. It does not matter if you knew about the Way International or have ever heard of it. It does not matter if you were ever involved with it or still are. What does matter is, the Word that he taught above from the video! It is still as relevant today in 2017, as it was in 1985. The Hope is, the true comfort for it is, the—

True Hope!

I leave you now with this final thought and another video. It is the music and lyrics from an old English hymn. For all those troubled, or suffering anywhere, if you think I do not hurt when you hurt, you do not know me. For even me, when I try to care for you or care about you, pray for you, visit with you; be with you (and I love to do these things and more), but I too get overwhelmed. It is then and now and for all time; through all things, I must turn my eyes upon him and I can only encourage you to—

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

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Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…
…a witness,

Dahni

Next time: ‘The One Job of Job’

 

True Hope

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Easter Bunny?

Is this post too early for Easter? What is Easter anyway? When is that exactly? Oh, do you mean the First Sunday after the First Full Moon after the Beginning of Spring? Not exactly.

Pink Moon?

Do you even know or care? Is it Sunday yet? Got your new Easter bonnet for the parade and maybe the only time you might go to church until December, yet?

This post was started on Thursday. Some religious folk celebrate it as Maundy Thursday. That always sounded like Monday-Thursday to me and actually that makes more sense, than what people celebrate it for. It is supposed to be the last Thursday before Easter, when Jesus assembled with his 12 disciples and had his last Passover meal. And you could accept that, that on this last supper there was that big table like Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’? Then Judas got ticked off, left, betrayed Jesus, then filled with guilt, he threw down the 30 pieces of silver (blood money, a bribe and the minimum price for a slave), to betray him. Then he went out and hung himself on a tree. Then Jesus went to the garden to pray. Then he was arrested. Then Peter denied knowing him three times before the cock crowed early in the morning or on, “Good Friday.”

Colored chicks from colored eggs?

“Good Friday,” Oh sure, Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate, then, whipped, scourged and nailed to a cross and crucified in the midst of two others? What? Isn’t the word “midst” (middle) grammatically correct when there are more than two? If there were 2, wouldn’t the correct word be “between” and not “midst” (middle) which is, what the Bible says? What? Are you saying there were not only 2 crucified with Jesus, but more? NO, I’m not saying this, the Bible says so. So what? So WOW, can Friday get anymore gooder’ than that? I was misspelling on purpose and being sarcastic, just in case you are wondering.

This whole thing is starting to crack!

Friday rolls along then, Saturday and then, it’s Sunday. OH, so there you go, there’s three days and three nights? Not by a long shot! But OK, it’s Easter Sunday Morning and Jesus raised himself from the dead cuz’ he was, after all, God?

Is today Maundy, Monday or Thursday? If it is Thursday, this means that shortly, it will be, the so-called, “Good Friday?” What would have been so “good,” about someone dying on a Friday?

Now one has a choice, to either go by religious traditions or the source from where it all came from, but has been corrupted.

Then again, one could just stick to the more commercial traditions of: the Easter bunny, eggs, chocolate and stuff? Where did that come from? Easter is a pagan holiday. It comes from ancient Babylon, complete with fertility gods and goddesses, eggs, eggs in trees, rabbits and a whole host of sexual, virility and fertility rites and such stuff, probably not what your children want or need to know about? But the symbols continue today. Don’t get me wrong, I think a lot of this is fun like: egg coloring, egg rolls and races, Easter egg hunts, baskets and stuff, but I do know what’s behind it.

As to the pretended religious aspects, you could choose to believe that Jesus Christ died on “Good Friday” and pretend that the Sabbath was three days later on a Sunday. Talk about fantasy and fantastical thinking, WHEW and WOW! May I sell you some cheap land in Antarctica? How about a one square inch, you can build on it as high as you like!

Or, you could realize that to be legally deceased, according to the Old Testament, one had to be dead and buried for a period of 72 hours or “three days and three nights.” You could also accept that the Sabbath was generally, never on a Sunday. And you could accept that in the Bible times, there were two kinds of Sabbaths, the weekly one, always on a Saturday or a special High or Holy day, from whence we get our word, “holiday,” which could be on another day, but still called a Sabbath. And you could accept that in those days, a day ended and a new day began at sunset, not midnight. No matter how smart you might be or what your religious traditions tell you, you just can’t get 3 days and 3 nights (72 hours), from “Good Friday,” to Easter Sunday Morning. Is that about it? Are these the religious traditions you are familiar with? Hello professing Christians, is there any wonder WHY, so many atheists and others don’t believe, when many Christians cannot even do simple addition or count to 3???

Just another Spring time day?

Oh, Dahni, what difference does it make? Isn’t what is really important that the children just have fun and people make a buck including the dentist? HELL NO!

What difference does it make, what day Jesus died on or got up on? Isn’t it just that he died, isn’t that what is most important? OH HELL NO! It all makes, for maybe, a nice story, but it makes no sense. And if it makes no sense, it’s nonsense or nonsensical. It cannot be trusted and if you cannot trust, you cannot believe it and if you don’t or won’t believe it, there are no benefits to you, whatsoever! Why not? Cuz’ the truth aint’ gonna’ set you free, brother or sister, etc.

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

John 8:31,32 KJV

So, IF, one continues (continually) in God’s Word, “THEN” you are a disciple or a disciplined one, and THEN you shall (not maybe or will, but it is in the absolute tense), “Shall” know the truth. I emphasized (capitalized), the word “THEN,” with purpose. The context involves both time (THEN) and certain actions and the order in which they must be taken to receive the benefit. What benefit? Knowing the truth will not set you free; it shall absolutely make you free! So yeh, I think it does make a difference what day, Jesus died on and got up on and all the other stuff surrounding these days of this, our month of April.

This is my blog. This, my post, on my blog, will also, be linked on my Facebook pages. My Facebook pages are mine. They are an extension of me and you could say, my house and my rules. This content here and what is shared on Facebook is mine. I am responsible for it. I trust it because, I verified it. You may not? That’s OK. You verify it or prove it wrong. You research it. I promise you, the truth is far greater, than all the traditions you are familiar with. And here is another benefit, one way or the other, “the truth shall make you free!”

The last supper was on a Wednesday at the time, leading up to the death and resurrection. Jesus wanted to eat the Passover meal one last time with his then called, 12 apostles, but there wasn’t time. He would become, the Passover Lamb that year, for his people that year and for all people, for all time. This night after sunset, was the 14th of Nisan, our Wednesday. Wednesday was the “preparation day,” when Israel was to select and prepare the lamb for the Passover meal. Jesus ate the last supper (not the Passover).

Note: At the last supper they were sitting and the Passover was to be done, “standing.” Eastern customs and manners show they were seated cross-legged on the floor on pillows with a small center table they supped from, shared food from, a “common bowl.” Sorry to ruin your picture Leonardo. No, no I’m not really.

Judas did leave and betrayed Jesus to the high priests, realized what he had done, threw down the 30 pieces of silver and left the temple area. But he was still alive until sometime, after the ascension of Christ,  He died, most likely by impaling himself or cutting himself in the middle, but however it was done, all his bowels (Innards) gushed out. Why? Because, he could not, would not, accept, God’s forgiveness, for what he had done. God cannot go beyond one’s freedom of will!

On Wednesday (still sometime after sunset), Jesus leaves for a garden to pray. He takes the 11 remaining disciples/apostles with him. They fall asleep. Judas with soldiers, points him out, gives him a kiss of respect on the cheek and he is arrested, falsely, in the dark.

Why did Judas kiss him? Well, if it were me, I would have hidden behind some rock and the cover of darkness and pointed out Jesus to the soldiers. But not Judas. I believe he kissed him on the cheek out of true respect and to force Jesus’ hand. Many, including Judas, were looking, for a political savior (the glory of Christ) not the suffering-humiliated one.

Judas had been chosen as a disciple. And he was chosen as an apostle. The man had great ability. Judas had the “bag” and was the treasurer. He probably had more natural ability than all of the other 11 disciples/apostles combined. With all due respect to Matthias, whom the other 11 chose to replace Judas with, I believe God would have wanted the man, Saul of Tarsus, later called, the apostle Paul, to replace him. This should speak loudly of Judas’ abilities! And if you take the time to read Acts Chapter 1:1-11, and follow the pronouns, you will see that Judas had been most likely with the other 11 Galileans (remember Judas was not a Galilean), and Jesus, for 40 days after his resurrection and that Judas saw him, ascend into the cloud. But Judas just could not; would not forgive himself nor is there any evidence to support that he ever asked God to forgive him. Then Judas, guilt ridden, left and later, killed himself, sometime after, he had seen Jesus ascend into heaven.

Another thing I find interesting in comparing Judas and Paul is, Judas betrayed Jesus, but Paul, a member of the ruling body of Israel and before he became a Christian, had actually voted (“cast his lot”) to have Jesus crucified. But Paul lived forgiven and Judas did not.

I believe Judas will be, in the “resurrection of the just,” for the works he did for God, prior to his betrayal of Jesus the Christ. But you believe what you want. I believe Judas saw Jesus ascend and he could have been forgiven and could have been part of the rise and expansion of the dynamic, First Century Church.

But, Jesus was taken and falsely charged, without either the required number of witnesses (and they offered up paid-for false testimony – perjury and bribery), was falsely tried, illegally beaten beyond recognition, tempted in all points, but without sin, and there was no evidence to support that he was ever given food, water or allowed to sleep, from the time of his capture until his death. He was humiliated then later, sent to Pilate. It is still Wednesday.

Early this Wednesday morning (remember, it started at sunset earlier), twice, Peter denies Jesus thrice, before the cock crowed that he did not know Jesus. “Thrice’ (three) times X “twice” (2 times) = 6 times.

Jesus was delivered to Pilate. Pilate was never persuaded that Jesus had done anything wrong. But he could not save Jesus because, he had no sworn oath from Jesus. Jesus was as a lamb, led to slaughter, he never said a word. Pilate ceremonially washed his hands because, he did not have a sworn oath (allegiance) and therefore, under the jurisdiction and/or protection of Rome. Jesus had already taught that no one should EVER swear by God, by a man, by heaven or by earth, for in doing so, “such cometh (comes) evil.”

Pilate lived under, by and administered Roman Law. He could not protect Jesus without a sworn oath. But there was no evidence to support his being condemned to death. Pilate tried to get Jesus to answer for himself. Jesus would not answer. Pilate marveled at this, but he also knew that entering a plea of either guilty or innocent without sworn statements and evidence, he himself, would be guilty of perjury, if the plea was found out later to be true or false, contrary to the plea registered.

He asked Jesus if he was a King. Jesus answered, “You say.” Pilate knew he, himself, could be held to perjury, if either Jesus confirmed he believed himself to be a king or evidence supported that he was not, had Pilate accepted and said Jesus was a king. The crowd even yelled, that they had no king but Caesar. Pilate could not make Jesus a king against Rome.

His wife was afraid of Jesus from dreams she had and told her husband not to have anything to do with him.

Pilate even released a known and convicted murderer (Barabbas) to appease the crowd and save Jesus.Is this guy, Pilate like most politicians we know about or what? Sure, Israel had a custom of releasing a prisoner for Passover. Pilate had the power of Rome to honor that or not. But why would the people want a known, convicted and scheduled for execution, a murderer to be released back among them? Why would Pilate honor that? And who submitted Barabbas’  name instead of a man (Jesus), falsely accused with no evidence that he had done anything wrong?

Pilate brought Jesus before the people to show them how pathetic and pitiful he looked, having been so badly beaten that even his own mother could not recognize him. Maybe the people would see he was just a confused and a harmless crazy man and they would be merciful? Pilate brought him to be seen by the crowd and said, “Behold the man.” But the people cried the more, “crucify him!” Then, even illegally and publicly having Jesus flogged (with pieces of bone, rock and leather ripping his flesh), the crowd still cried out the more, “crucify him!”

Pilate, having exhausted everything he could to save Jesus and keep himself blameless, he washed his hands publicly, to show that neither he nor Rome would be blamed, for what followed. The people agreed and said his, “blood be upon us.” Pilate merely covered his own ass. He could have acted because, this whole thing was an illegal, crowd-whipped-up and paid-for farce! But Pilate was afraid of these people and tried to appease them, to keep order, fearing a possible riot and that he might have had to give account to Rome and the Emperor himself.

Finally, Jesus was led away to be crucified. He was led with 2 other criminals that had committed the same type of crimes. Mostly likely, all but Jesus were compelled to drag their own stake, (tree/pole) behind them, their own instruments of death to further humiliate them. Jesus was in no shape physically, to do this, and the soldiers randomly picked Simon Cyrene in the crown of onlookers, to drag the tree of Jesus behind him. When the soldiers and Simon, Jesus and the two criminals led with him, arrived at Golgotha, there were two other different kinds of criminals, who had committed entirely different crimes, already crucified there. 2 + 2 = 4 and Jesus would be in the “midst’ (middle).

No, Jesus never touched the instrument of death until, he was nailed to it. It was a tree, not a cross. It was a limbless, branchless, twig-less; leafless tree. His hands were placed  together above his head and a single stake was driven through a cluster of nerves in both hands, held together and fasted into the tree, behind his hands. His knees were slightly bent and his feet were held together (one atop the other), and set over a notch in the tree and another stake was driven through one of his tarsus (cluster of the tarsal bones of the foot), through the other tarsus and then, into the tree. A rope was tied around his midriff and tied behind him on that tree, to hold him in place. The tree, with him on it, was then hoisted up and dropped into a hole in the ground to keep it erect. The sound and the shudder of this dropping, must have shook the ground nearby (the sound carrying far), and every nerve in the body of Jesus, screamed with searing pain.

Roman crucifixion was designed not to be a quick form of death, but a long and drawn-out ordeal, delivering the maximum amount of pain and humiliation possible, for as long as possible. The Romans in this public place, in essence, were displaying to the world that their gods (the Emperor of Rome included) was greater than, the gods of those being crucified. Now if you want to get a cross into this scene, a horizontal plaque was ordered to be nailed above his head, “This is Jesus…” And there he hung on a tree, for as it was written, cursed is anyone that hung on a tree. He became a curse, for all of humanity. It is still Wednesday, sometime between the evens from Wednesday until at sunset, became a new day, Thursday.

Because it was getting close to sunset, the soldiers were ordered to break the legs of all those crucified. This would remove the support of the weight at the legs and would hasten their deaths by asphyxiation, the added weight pressing on the lungs and depriving them of the ability to inhale or exhale. This was done so that they could be taken down and buried before sunset, which would be a holy day and none of Israel were allowed to touch any dead thing, to be able to participate in the Passover. The soldiers came to the first person condemned, the far outside and broke their legs, hastening death. Next, they came to the next criminal of a different crime that was to the inner or the immediate side or directly next to Jesus. The soldiers broke his legs and he soon died. But when they came to Jesus, he was dead already and they marveled at that because, crucifixion was not supposed to kill quickly. But Jesus was NOT killed, he laid down his life, and literally willed to die! Now I ask you, does not four crucified with Jesus make much more sense than two and the soldiers looking stupid by breaking the legs of the first, skipping Jesus, not even seeing that he was dead, breaking the legs of the other person on the other side of Jesus and then coming to Jesus and seeing him already dead?

Just another Spring time day?

The lamb for Passover had to be killed in the even (evening) before Passover. Jesus was not killed; he gave up his life, freely. But he had to be dead and buried before, this sunset (still Wednesday). No one that wanted to participate in the Passover was allowed to do any servile work or touch any dead thing, if, they wanted to be ceremonially clean to partake of the Passover. So, Jesus had to be dead and buried before sunset on Wednesday, which became the new day or Thursday. What time did he actually die? I don’t know, but it was between the evens (evenings of Wednesday and Thursday. Was it dark at say, 3 pm? Yes, there were thick clouds covering the area, so sure, it looked like night. And yes, technically, it was still between the two evenings of Wednesday and Thursday.

At sunset Wednesday, became the new day, Thursday. This was a special Sabbath day, a Holy Day or what we call, a holiday. This was one of those times (5 special Sabbaths each year) that at least every head of every household, of the children of Israel, were required to be in Jerusalem, no matter where they lived. Jerusalem was crowded. As they ate the Passover Lamb and bitter herbs, representing the bondage that God had brought them out of, from Egypt, the perfect Lamb of God, without spot or blemish, had already been sacrificed for them, for all humanity and for all time, and they knew it not.

Six times, Peter had denied Jesus Christ. All the soldiers and 3 of the four men crucified with him, railed on him (criticized, mocked, and condemned him). Everyone forsook Jesus except God. Only his mother Mary and John and Mary Magdalene were with him at the end. His disciples, including most likely, Judas Iscariot hid behind closed doors, for fear of the Jews. All but Judas Iscariot (from Iscar) were Galileans. They were more afraid of the Jews than they were of the Romans that occupied all of Israel. They were afraid of getting arrested and maybe even being crucified like Jesus. They (Galileans) were hated by the Jews anyway. But, Jesus died. He gave up his life. He chose to. He chose to do the will of God. And then he cried with a loud voice, not some damn lamenting, mournful, regretful cry of defeat, “My God, My God why hast (have) you forsaken me,” but a cry of triumph, of victory! What victory? Your redemption, the gift of redemption and wholeness, and healing by his broken flesh (bread) and his spilt blood (wine) for the world, and you and I!

Flesh and Bread Blood and Wine – a memorial to a perfect sacrifice for healing and wholeness

By Friday, before Sunset, which would become Saturday, the weekly Sabbath, Jesus had already been dead for about 48 hours. So, if there was ANYTHING good about that so-called “Good Friday,” it was that his sufferings were over, on Wednesday. There is no power in that he died. He was the perfect sacrifice, for all and for all time and the redeemer for all and for all time, but humanity was still held, to the power of death.

At sunset Friday, became Saturday, or the weekly Sabbath. No servile work could be done during this 24 hour period of time and no one could touch any dead thing. Only a short distance (“a Sabbath’s Day journey”) could be taken from your home or where you were lodging, to go to the Temple or your local synagogue.

From the 6th hour to the ninth hour, (from 11 to 12 noon through 2 to 3 PM, there was darkness over Jerusalem during the time of the crucifixion of Jesus.

Hours Of The Day

On a sundial , the the term “hour” referred to a period of time, one-twelfth of the daylight part of the day. While daylight is longer in summer than in winter, and therefore summer “hours” were longer than winter “hours,” as a general rule, the first hour was equivalent to 6 to 7 am on a modern-day clock, and so on:

The first hour = 6 to 7 am
The second hour = 7 to 8 am
The third hour = 8 to 9 am
The fourth hour = 9 to 10 am
The fifth hour = 10 to 11 am
The sixth hour = 11 am to 12 pm
The seventh hour = 12 to 1 pm
The eighth hour = 1 to 2 pm
The ninth hour = 2 to 3 pm
The tenth hour = 3 to 4 pm
The eleventh hour = 4 to 5 pm
The twelfth hour = 5 to 6 pm

Jesus Went to Hell

For simplicity, let’s fix the hour of Jesus’ death at 3 PM on Wednesday (The Day of Preparation, selecting and killing the Passover Lamb, before sunset). This was the “ninth hour” and it is very significant in the Bible. Research the term.

3 PM Wednesday-3 PM Thursday = 24 hours. Thursday was the Passover, a Holy Day, a High Day, a special Sabbath, a “holiday.” No servile work could be done, no dead thing could be handled and travel was limited to a “Sabbath’s Day journey,” a limited distance from your home or lodging to the Temple and back. Thursday 3 PM – Friday 3 PM is another 24 hours. Jesus had then been dead for a total of, 48 hours. Finally, from Friday 3 PM-Saturday 3 PM (another 24 hours), Jesus had been legally dead for 72 hours “three days and three nights.” He had been in hell, hades, the kingdom of the ded or gravedom for all this time. His body began to experience some degree of decomposition, took on a “part” of corruption as any corruptible mortal being.

But, God, got him up!

By the way, Jesus was actually placed into two (2) separate tombs, by two different people and their aides. Look that up too. One of these believed it was all over. Another actually believed, Jesus was going to get up and he, Joseph of Arimathea, was a member of the ruling body of Israel, the sanhedrin. He did not believe the proper burial techniques, ointments etc. were necessary. Later, this was known and when certain ones came to his tomb, their plans and thinking and believing was to try and fix what was considered sacrilegious, a grave (no pun intended), disrespect and degradation of their burial laws and rites. But oops, they were wrong, Joseph was right!

The Resurrection

Jesus was raised from the dead, exactly when God wanted him to rise, after exactly, 72 hours in the grave or “three days and three nights.” There was an earthquake. The soldiers at watch freaked out and ran off. Leaving their post was a crime, punishable by death. So why did they run? There was an earthquake, the stone was rolled away from the tomb and they saw an angel. Did they also see Jesus come out? I don’t know, but they saw enough to abandon their post. They were there to guard the tomb to keep his disciples from stealing it in the night, to falsely claim he had risen from the dead. Where did that stupid idea come from? The priests, the supposed spiritual leaders of Israel planted this idea in Pilates head, prompting him to basically say, you have soldiers, deal with it. The disciples would not have stolen it anyway, they were all behind closed doors, hiding out, for, “fear of the jews.”

Imagine you are one of those soldiers that ran off. Why would you then go tell this to those priests? It would be only a matter of time before they were found out that they left their one job. Maybe they hoped that with explanation, maybe they could get off. So what did the priests do. Oh, they were really good at offering bribes and they gave the soldiers money to keep their mouths shut and promised to protect them. The soldiers took the money and in so doing, they may have been guilty of another crime, punishable by death, besides their already dereliction of duty. They accepted a bribe, would be guilty of withholding evidence and perjury, by not telling the truth.

It is still Saturday, before sunset when Sunday would begin. It is the weekly sabbath. No servile work could be done, no dead thing could be handled and travel was limited to a “Sabbath’s Day journey,” a limited distance from your home or lodging to the Temple or synagogue. After Passover on Thursday, many may have stayed in Jerusalem before, they went back home. Others had already left for home and perhaps others already were and they would honor this weekly Sabbath by attending their local synagogue. At sunset became the next day, Sunday, the “first day of the week.” Beginning at sunset on Sunday until until early Sunday morning, it would have been too dark for those that wanted to properly prepare Jesus’s body for burial. They waited until “before day” daylight, perhaps just at the crack of dawn to head to the the tomb of Jesus (the last of the second tomb he was placed in).

At sunset Saturday, became the “first day of the week or our Sunday.

Early in the morning of Sunday, two Mary(s) went to the tomb to properly anoint the body of Jesus, for a proper burial. When they arrived, they were met by two angels (not just one) and the mighty stone had been moved away from, the then open and empty tomb. Jesus was already gone. He was already resurrected or raised from the dead. When? I don’t know, but from sometime before sunset on Saturday, which began the new day, Sunday. Even in death, Jesus still had to fulfill the law, all the laws (some 900+ of them). And when it was all fulfilled, God got him up. But still, there was just a little more he had to do.

Then, for forty days after this, Jesus showed himself alive to many witnesses, including Judas.

The Ascension

All 12 saw disciples/apostles (including Judas) saw Jesus rise from the earth and go into the clouds. At sometime during this, Judas leaves. Then, Jesus ascended up into the heavens (anyplace above earth). His disciples/apostles were told to wait, for, “the promise of the Father,” in Jerusalem, during the 5 hours of prayer, each day in the temple. Then, Judas having departed and guilt ridden, he commits suicide. The remaining 11 Galileans stood there and watched Jesus ascend up and out of their sight. Two angels asked them, why were they still standing around in disbelief/unbelief, “this same Jesus” will return one day.

They watched Jesus ascend out of their sight. He ascended up, into the heavens then through the heavens. Why did not God just bring Jesus, right to him? Because, Jesus had to witness his resurrection to the chained (figuratively) bound evil spirits above the waters of the heavens (above the entire universe), the same evil spirits which had tried to destroy the world by the ‘Flood.’ Yep, they did it, not God, but God spared Noah and allowed his wife and his three sons and their wives and all the pairs of most animals, to repopulate the earth. Why “most animals? I don’t know, maybe because some could swim and some could fly?

But then, Jesus sat down on the right hand of God. Then, almost all was finished, complete, and fulfilled. It was not the sacrifice or the redemption (already done at his death), but the power and glory of God, being made available to every man woman and child that would or ever will, accept this gift of God’s Grace until, he (Jesus Christ) returns FOR his saints and then WITH his saints! And that’s where the power is, to Christianity!

“And When the Day of Pentecost was Fully Come”

Fifty days after Jesus Christ was killed was, another holiday, a High Day, a Holy Day, a Special Sabbath. Again, at least every head of every family in Israel were required to be at Jerusalem and in the temple at the hours of prayer. And again, Jerusalem was crowded. Then, when the Day of Pentecost was “Fully Come,” (it had been coming since the world began), the 11+ Matthias, all Galileans, were sitting in the Temple at an hour of prayer, decently and in order and they saw as if it was, cloven tongues of fire split off and land on each of them and it filled each of them to overflowing and they were born again and began to speak in other languages. They were ignorant and unlearned men and knew only, a primitive language, Estrangelo Aramaic. THEN, they interpreted those words and the people heard them, understood the languages they were speaking and the interpretation and what the people heard them speak was, “the wonderful works of God.” This “speaking in tongues” (of men (women too) dead or living languages or languages of of angels that no mortal person knows or understand) was proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in them. This was, this is, the witness. This was, the birthday, of the Church of God.

Now as great as all of this was and still is today, God was not finished. Jesus Christ is not finished. One day, he will return and the dead in Christ and those alive at his return will be gathered together with him and so shall they ever be, with him. Then, he will come back to the earth and touch down at the same place he left and with his saints. Then later, there will be the resurrection of the just and folks like Abraham, Moses, David and even Judas Iscariot I believe, are going to rise from the dead and judged according to their works. And then later, everyone else will be raised at the resurrection of the unjust and judged according to God’s Word. And then, at the end of all ends, the final victory will overcome all suffering, sorrow and death.

I have loved ones that are going through much in their lives at present, including the loss of their beloved. There is nothing I know of that gives anyone any greater comfort then to think on these things, practice these things, do these things. To look back not only on the memory of those that mean so much to us, as the things Jesus Christ did for all of us, but more than his life and more than his death and even more than his resurrection and ascension, even becoming a Christian, a beloved child of God and brother or sister of Jesus Christ, is the comfort that only can only be experienced, by looking for his coming again! For as we look to that, we are being changed from glory to glory. We become lightened as we see him not as he was, alive then humilated and horribly tortured, murdered, resurrected and ascending, but “as he is” right now! Comfort yourselves with these things. For the Hope, the return of Christ is, the true comfort, for it is, the—

True Hope!

The Hope of His 2nd Coming

Understanding ‘True Hope’ has both immediate assets Today and Tomorrow!

You may now return to your religious beliefs and traditions and/or go gather some eggs with the kids on Sunday and enjoy yourself. But still, you have here, just read the truth, from the Word of God. It was my words and my vocabulary, but it was God’s Word! Look into it and look it up for yourself!

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,

Dahni

Next time: ‘He’s Up and He’s On His Way!’

 

Tell and Show

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By Dahni
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When I was a child in school, one of my favorite things was, ‘Show & Tell.’ It’s just the opposite with God.

Today we need to Tell and Show

This simple teaching technique enabled me, as the presenter, to utilize as many of my five senses as possible, to communicate something to others. And it made learning fun for me and fun and entertaining for others as well.

Well, we grow up or we have grown up, but the mind still works the same way. The more of our senses we use and the more we repeat something, the greater is our opportunity to learn and retain it. The whole aim of teaching should be, simplicity in presentation, because, it needs to be understood, by a child or any adult. Why, because of the purpose of learning. The whole purpose of learning should be to put that knowledge to work; to act on upon it. We still need to see, hear, smell, taste and touch as much as possible. If we lack one or more of these senses, those we have may become more enhanced, more magnified. Doubt this? Spend time with someone that does not have all five. To my knowledge, no one has ever been born without at least one of the five senses, But still, the normal intent of our lives is to function with five.

When it comes to spiritual matters, people have a tendency to throw out the normal process of learning and replace it with such things as ‘blind faith’ or the acceptance of something, by faith. Most would be surprised to learn that not once in the Bible, does God ever ask, demand, command or expect, anyone to accept anything by faith! This whole idea rips to shreds the law of learning and makes the law of language useless, as a tool for communication! Why? Because the law of language dictates, that what we do not understand, it is impossible to articulate!

When it comes to religion or spiritual matters, these things seem to depend on ‘faith,’ blind faith or just reckless abandon of logic and reason. But, logic and reason and even common sense, if these were wanting to find gainful spiritual employment, would be faced with the metaphoric sign:

Common Sense –Need Not Apply

The ancient Greeks were very logical people. In the Greek translations of the Bible and in Greek literature, knowledge and wisdom and understanding were essential to learning. There was order, math and science to learning, even philosophic beliefs. Knowledge was likened to a river, flowing down one side of a mountain. Wisdom, which is the application of knowledge, was another river flowing down the other side of the mountain. At some point, these two rivers meet and begin to flow together as one mighty river.

The Greek word (sunesis) is transliterated into English as synthesis. So, at the point where knowledge is applied we get wisdom. When this knowledge and wisdom flows together, we get understanding. It’s just this simple.

God expects us to know and know that we know that we know. He expects us to become wise. He expects us to understand. He expects us to “prove Him” whether the things he says in his Word are true. How do we do that? We believe and believe is a verb and a verb connotes action. Do you see how even with God and especially with God, how important the laws of learning and language are absolutely required? They are!

How does one know that they believe? For every action there is either a consequence or a result. Which of those would you prefer? Which of those does God expect— RESULTS! As a matter of truth, God is in the business of signs, miracles and wonders. These are His advertising program for winning souls, influencing people and making people whole. A rule of thumb is, if you’re not seeing signs miracles and wonders daily, you might not be believing God and getting results, but not believing God and reaping the consequences.

No how can we trust Him, if we are not getting? One cannot. So how can we learn to trust. Rule of thumb, if there is any doubt, worry and fear, there is little if any trust. So rather than doubt worry and fear, how can one learn to trust God, have confidence in God and believe God? Study his Word! He knows His Word will cause one to trust, have confidence and believe. And then, then, the signs, miracles and wonders will follow; there will be results; one will believe God!

I have written a book. Many people have written a book. The name of the author often appears in smaller print, underneath the title of the book. In other words, it’s the title of the work which is emphasized. But God as the sole author of one book of many writers, emphasized or magnified His Word, even above his name. My name and your name represents everything we have ever done, are doing and will ever do. It is the same for God. But his Word, He just did not set it above even his creation, He magnified it!

“ I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

Psalm 138:2

Now I may really be reaching for this, but if God magnified His Word above his name, all of His creation, past present and future (and He did), what do you and I suppose we should do with His Word? Uhh, maybe we should magnify His Word above our names too? Yep!

So, this is really pretty cool. Instead of relying upon or listening to what others (even among the most sincere and sincerely wrong people) say we should think or do—

What Does the Word Say???

Yes, where is the chapter and verse? We need to study. We need to work the Word of God. We need to be able to trust God, understand Him, prove him to ourselves, believe him, get results, see signs, miracles and wonders daily, to please Him, to Love Him, to be faund pleasing in his sight! How? By believing Him? How? By believing His Word. This is, the law of learning, the law of language, using words to articulate so that we understand.

Now there is one more thing in this post— Tell and Show. Now you might not like it or believe it, but guess what, I did not right this book, God did. Not only are we each to work God’s Word, for ourselves, but we are supposed to know that we know that we know so we can answer anyone, anywhere and anytime about why we believe as we do and how anyone,  if they want to believe, can believe. I meant “can” believe as everyone already has both the permission (may believe), and the natural ability to believe!

Very simply, learn and teach or ‘Tell and Show!’

Perhaps my poem or prose to follow will give you or anyone, some I dea what I’m referring to. One thing I am sure of, at the end of my poem/prose I will show what the Word Tells us. No argument from me and I will not argue with you or anyone. I’m just a witness. God said it, that settles it! We need to believe it!

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By Dahni
© 2017, all rights reserved

Tell me that you believe it is foolish to believe in God
And I will hold up a mirror and show you the reflection of a fool
Tell me that the Bible contradicts itself
And I will show you it cannot
Tell me the Bible is illogical and unreasonable
And I will show you logic and reason
Tell me your science is greater than God
And I will show you true science, never contradicts Him
Tell me the Bible is just a story, stories and a work of fiction
And I will show How it is the truth
Tell me the truth will set you free
And I will show you how it can “make you free”
Tell me the truth will set you free
And I will show you the Bible never says this
Tell me that you cannot accept anything by blind faith
And I will show you why you shouldn’t and that God never asks this of anyone
Tell me Christianity is just another religion
And I will show you it is the way of a Father with his children
Tell me there are many writers of the Bible
And I will show you just one author
Tell me Jesus was just some man that lived long ago
And I will show him in every book of the Bible and that he is alive
Tell me about Jesus
And I will show you Jesus Christ
Tell me you are undeserving
And I will show you that He made your worthy
Tell me you are too worthless
And I will show you how valuable you are
Tell me there are many gods
And I will show you there’s only two
Tell me you do not believe in the devil, the “god of this world”
And I will show you his methods and the secret of his success
Tell me you do not believe in signs, miracles and wonders
And I will show you that you are not promoting or following the right stuff
Tell me about the wrath and vengeance of God
And I will show you his mercy, forgiveness and love
Tell me you just live for the moment
And I will show you everlasting and eternal life
Tell me you just eat, drink and try to be merry, as long as possible, for tomorrow we die
And I will show you a more than abundant life, and everlasting life and eternal life
Tell me there is no hope, for our planet, our country or mankind
And I will show you the Hope
Tell me you suffer, are sick or even dying
And I will show you wholeness, healing and life
Tell me you just don’t believe in God
And I will show you why you can’t
Tell me you believe in God
And I will show you – So what? Even devils believe in God.
Tell me you believe in God
And I will show you HOW, to believe him
Tell me every reason, why you can’t or won’t believe
And I will show you why you can’t or won’t believe
Tell me every why, you can’t believe
And I will show you HOW you can
Tell me you do not know who or what or how to believe
And I will show you who and what to believe
Tell me you want to believe
And I will show you how you can

For unless you can show me, why you believe or don’t or won’t believe as you do—
You do not truly believe
Believe is a verb; it is an action
Consequences or results, follow every action
And unless I can tell you, answer you
Neither do I believe

But I CAN tell you
And I CAN show you
For I study, to make myself approved before God
And he tells me to answer every question asked of me
And He tell me to…

Tell and Show

“But sanctify [set apart] the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man [or woman] that asketh [asks] you [including me] a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear [awe, respect, reverence].”

I Peter 3:15 King James Version (KJV)

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,

Dahni

Next time: ‘True Hope’

 

As in the Days of Noah

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The water’s fine jump on in!
Miscreants at play with sin.
There’s no right or wrong it’s all up you,
Whatever you say; whatever you do!
Now, I don’t want to just be complaining,
But have you noticed, O’ hell, it is, still raining?
And all the while you smile, sing and dance,
The water’s getting deeper, it’s up past your pants!
I’ll leave you now, with this final line,
Did you not read the sign?
That says, all the while you frolic and frisk…
“Lifeguard not provided, sin at your own risk!”

“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

Matthew 24:36-39 KJV

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

Isaiah 5:20 KJV

“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

II Timothy 4:1-4 KJV

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…
…a witness,

Dahni

Next time: ‘Tell and Show’

The Red Thread

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The Red Thread

Who is this, Jesus Christ?

He is the red thread that binds all together- ‘The Red Thread’ By Dahni © 2017, all rights reserved

The Word of God in II Timothy reads:

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

II Timothy 2:15 KJV

It is my understanding that there was a man, which used to study the Word of God, on his knees, for hours at a time. His name?

In the late 1940’s and 50’s, preacher, teacher and healer, Oral Roberts had large evangelistic tent revivals in the United States and on six continents. One of his most powerful sermons was based on Daniel, chapter 3 and he called it, ‘The Fourth Man,’ Roberts at the time believed that Jesus Christ was the fourth man, in the midst of a burning fiery furnace wherein, the Babylon King, Nebuchadnezzar, had cast three servants of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into to die because, they refused to worship any other god, but the true God. This fourth man was an angel and not as Roberts believed, Daniel 3:28 says this and it is stated by Nebuchadnezzar.

However, it was during this powerful sermon that Oral Roberts went through much of the Bible, declaring, “Who is this Jesus.” He did not ever have the time I suppose, to document this, but God had shown him that the subject of every book of the Bible is, Jesus Christ.

Around about the same time, another man used to work God’s Word, for many, many hours every day too. His name?

Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille was also a “workman” of the Word and a master teacher. He shared at least, this one thing in common with, Oral Roberts. When one is hungry enough, they will fall to their knees or they will just dig into the Word for its food!

I am absolutely confidant that if he did not personally hear Oral Roberts give his sermon on ‘The Fourth Man,’ he at least, heard a recording of it, as I have. This recording is still available on YouTube. But Dr. Wierwille, building on the work by Oral Roberts, did take much time and documented a lot of the scriptures as to Who is, this Jesus Christ—The Subject in every book of the Bible! His work which follows here is called, ‘The Red Thread,’ (Who is this Jesus Christ?) I have provided the text below and a PDF file, which either or both, you may freely copy and paste to your devices and etc. May it bless you and may someone finish this work that Oral Roberts and Dr. Wierwille started, over 60 years ago. I am very big about giving credit to where it is due. These two men left us a clearer picture of Jesus Christ, the Red Thread!

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The Red Thread

Who is this Jesus Christ?

Jesus Christ is the master key required to unlock the Word. He makes known God. He is the subject of the whole Word from Genesis 3.15 to Revelation 22.21. He is the great design of the whole scripture, like a red thread that binds together the whole Word of God.

Hebrews 2:14 How did the devil get that power?

Luke 4:4-8 It was delivered unto him

Romans 8:20 It was delivered unto him by reason of him that subjected it – Adam

Genesis 1:26,28 Dominion given to Adam, Adam delivered it to the devil
II Corinthians 4:4; I Corinthians 2:8; Ephesians 2:2

Genesis 3:15 God’s solution to Adam’s treason was the promised seed of the woman.

Luke 1:35 The woman’s seed

Everything from Genesis 3:15 through Revelation 22:21 deals with God making known the promised seed of the woman necessary to redeem man. Redemption is, to buy back that which had been transferred to another’s ownership.

Romans 10:9-17 The scriptures make known Jesus Christ, the messiah

Luke 4:16-21 “As his custom (manner) was..”

Acts 17:2,3 “As his manner was..”

People use the scriptures to show that you should have better ethics, be loyal to a certain man or denomination, to prove certain beliefs regarding life, death, birth or marriage. In the scriptures man thinks many things: John 5:39

John 1:45 The scriptures make known Jesus Christ, the messiah.

Luke 24:25-27,32,44,45 “As his manner was..”.

John 20:30, 31 These are written so they might believe that Jesus is the Christ.

Acts 8:27-37 Philip making known Christ from the scriptures. I Peter 1:10-12 Romans 16:25,26; Ephesians 3:8,9; Colossians 1:25-28

Examples:

1. Acts 2:32,33 & 1:8 Why?, So we could be witnesses unto Him, not some other man or club.

2. II Corinthians 5:19-21 Ambassadors for Christ with the Word of reconciliation “He became..”

3. I Thessalonians 1:8,9 A local church that followed the examples of Paul, Philip and Christ.

4. II Corinthians 3:18; 4:6 The right way – looking to Christ, not to Moses.

5. Colossians 2:18,19 The wrong way – not holding the head (Christ is the head of the body).

The Bible is not enjoyed because it is not understood. Failing to see the one great subject, they fall into confusion and develop various theories for holy living. The scriptures make known Christ – who he was, who he is, and who he will be unto us.

Hosea 11.1 Literally: called Israel out of the bondage of Egypt. Prophetic: Jesus Christ also, was called out of Egypt.

Matthew 2.13-15 Many times a prophecy’s fulfillment is not very clear until the time of the fulfillment draws closer and closer.

I Corinthians 5:7 Christ our Passover. Cf. Exodus 12:1ff

Galatians 3:16 Abraham’s seed.

Who is this Jesus Christ?

In Genesis, He is the promised seed of the women. Genesis 3.15 The sufferings and glory of Joseph 37:8

In Exodus, He is the Passover Lamb, Exodus 12; the True Priest and the Tabernacle. The sufferings and glory of Moses. 2:14 – Luke 19:14

In Leviticus, He is the High Priest Leviticus 21.10-15; the offerings. The fourfold view of his death as the gospels give a four fold view of his life.

In Numbers, He is the Star to Rise of Jacob Numbers 24.17-19/Luke 1:78, II Peter 1:19, Revelation 2:28, 22:16; the manna, 11.6, 7, 9; the Rock, 20.8-11. The serpent lifted up for healing 21:9/John 3:14,15, the rock that followed 20:11/First Corinthians 10:4, The manna, the true bread from heaven 11:7-9/John 6:57,58

In Deuteronomy, He is the two laws, love God and love your neighbor; Deuteronomy 18.15, 18, the True Prophet and the rock and refuge of his people. Deuteronomy 32:4, 33:27

In Joshua, He is the Captain of the Lord of Hosts, Joshua 5.13-15 and Rahab’s scarlet cord Joshua 2:12-20 – the protection in the time of trouble.

In Judges, He is the Covenant Angel named Wonderful, or the Covenant Protector. Judges 13.1-24

In Ruth, He is the kinsman redeemer, the true Boaz..

In Samuel, He is the root and offspring of David (Revelation 22.16) and the sufferings and Glory of David.

In Kings, He is the greater than the temple (Matt 12.6). and the greater than Solomon.

In Chronicles, He is the king’s son rescued out from among the dead. 2 Chronicles 22.10-23.3,

In Ezra-Nehemiah, He is the rebuilder.

In Esther, He is savior of God’s people.

In Job, He is the daysman, the redeemer coming again to the earth that we shall see without this flesh. Job 9.33

In Psalms, He is the song.

Who is this Jesus Christ?

In Proverbs, He is the wisdom of God.

In Ecclesiastes He is the one among a thousand. Ecclesiastes 7.28

In Song of Solomon, He is the bridegroom of the bride.

In Isaiah, He is Jacob’s branch. Isaiah 11:1

In Jeremiah, He is our righteousness; the righteous branch. Jeremiah 23.6

In Lamentations, He is the unbeliever’s judgment.

In Ezekiel, He is the true shepherd, and The prince. Ezekiel 34.23

In Daniel, He is the stone that became the head of the corner. Daniel 2.34

In Hosea, He is the latter rain, Hosea 6.3, and the son to be called out of Egypt. Hosea 11.1

In Joel, He is God’s dwelling place in Zion. Joel 3.17-21

In Amos, He is the raiser of David’s tabernacle. Amos 9.11

In Obadiah, He is the deliverer on Mount Zion. Obadiah 17

In Jonah, He is our salvation. Jonah 2.9

In Micah, He is the Lord of Kings. Micah 2.13

In Nahum, He is the stronghold in the time of trouble. Nahum 1.7

In Habakkuk, He is our joy and confidence. Habakkuk 3.18, 19
In Zephaniah 3.17, He is our mighty Lord. Zephaniah 3.17

In Haggai, He is the desire of the nations. Haggai 2.7

In Zechariah, He is our servant – the branch. The returning Lord with his feet on the mount of Olives. Zechariah 3.8

In Malachi, He is the sun of righteousness. And the messenger of the covenant. Malachi 4.2

Who is this Jesus Christ?

In Matthew, He is Jehovah’s Messiah; the King.

In Mark, He is Jehovah’s Servant.

In Luke, He is Jehovah’s Man.

In John, He is Jehovah’s Son.

In Acts, He is the Gift of Holy Spirit.

In Romans, He is the believer’s justification and life

In Corinthians, He is the believer’s sanctification.

In Galatians, He is the believer’s righteousness.

In Ephesians, He is the believer’s heavenly standing.

In Philippians, He is the believer’s self-adequacy.

In Colossians, He is the believer’s completeness.

In Thessalonians, He is the believer’s soon glorification.

In Timothy, He is the faithful man. 2 Timothy 2.2

In Titus, He is the fellow laborer.

In Philemon, He is the love of a believer.

In Hebrews, He is the High Priest for Sin.

In James, He is the Royal Law. James 2.8

In Peter, He is the Pastor.

In 1st, 2nd, & 3rd John, He is as we are. 1 John 4.17

In Jude, He is the Beloved.

In Revelation, He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Revelation 19.16

Who is this Jesus Christ?

He is the doom of the Adversary, foretold in Genesis 3.15, and accomplished in Rev 20.10.

He is the no night of Revelation 22.5, of which Genesis 1.2 is the night.

He is the light of Revelation 21.13, of which Genesis 1.16, 17 is the sun and moon.

He is the no more death, neither sorrow nor crying of Revelation 21.4, of which Genesis 3.16, 17 is sorrow, suffering, and death.

He is the no more curse of Revelation 22.3, of which Genesis 3.17 is the curse.

He is the welcome home to Paradise of Revelation 22.2, of which Genesis 3.22-24 is the banishment of paradise.

He is the light to shine out of darkness (Genesis 1 and II Corinthians 4:6)

He is the new creation of II Corinthians 5:17

He is the last Adam in I Corinthians 15:45, and the second Adam of Romans 5:14

He is the seed of Abraham. Galatians 3:16

Who is this Jesus Christ?

He is Abraham’s sacrifice. Hebrews 11:

He is Abel’s sacrifice. Genesis 4.4.

He is Abraham’s ram. Genesis 22.13.

He is Isaac’s well. Genesis 26.25.

He is Jacob’s ladder, Genesis 28.12.

He is Judah’s scepter, Genesis 49.10.

He is Moses’ rod, Exodus 4.20.

He is Joshua’s ram’s horn, Joshua 6.4-13.

He is Samuel’s horn of oil, 1 Samuel 16.13.

He is David’s slingshot, 1 Samuel 17.40, 50.

He is Hezekiah’s sundial, Isaiah 38.8.

He is Elijah’s mantle, 1 Kings 19.13-19, 2 Kings 2.8-14.

He is Elisha’s staff, 2 Kings 4.29.

He’s Jobs prayer, Job 16.17.

He is Isaiah’s fig tree, Isaiah 34.4.

He is Ezekiel’s wheel.

He is Daniel’s Jerusalem window, Daniel 6.10.

He is Malachi’s storehouse, Malachi 3.10

Jesus Christ is the believer’s redemption, knowledge, wisdom, completely, completely, complete completeness, his righteousness, his sanctification, his justification, his all in all in all.

Jesus Christ is the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. Song of Solomon 2:1

He is The Bright and Morning Star, Revelation 22.16.

JESUS CHRIST IS: He is your welcome home to paradise, the bright and morning star, God’s only begotten son, and my Lord and my saviour and soon to be returning one as, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Who is this Jesus Christ?

Jesus Christ is, The Red Thread that binds the Word of God together, from Genesis through Revelation.

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,

Dahni

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On Being

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On being? On being what? On being a Christian.
This is not, as Shakespeare wrote, “To be or not to be…” I don’t believe that is either “the question,” or the only question. And neither is the point in time in anyone’s life that like their first birth, none has really much to do with their second birth either or as the Bible refers to it as, “being born again!”

The difference between these is, we had no choice in the first and merely a simple yes or an acceptance of the second. The work of the first was on our parents. The work of the second is, on God the Father by what he accomplished through his only begotten son, Jesus Christ. I did not deserve my first birth nor my second, but God, not me or my works, but His, made me worthy.

So, with that all being written and simply understood by anyone, what is it, ‘On Being,’ on being a Christian?

‘On Being’ a Christian Is the simplest thing, but it is not ever or rarely never easy. It is simple because, even a fool (like I once was) or a child (or child-like, like I still am) can understand. That is the beauty and simplicity in presentation, of the Word of God, rightly divided.

see: II Timothy 2:15

“And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.”

Isaiah 35:8 King James Version (KJV)

There have been and are, many, many people who were not or are not Christians, do not believe or in some cases, do not know or believe they are. And there are those that are not yet. If you have a child or some other member of your family or a dear friend, do you not want the best for them? Is it an easy thing for you to bear if, all is not right with them? It is the way I often feel and it is not easy. As a matter of fact, it hurts me with a hurt as any other hurt, if not real pain.

I can put a band-aid and some ointment on my wounds, but I cannot always be there to do that, for others and that’s not easy. It hurts, it hurts like hell!

It’s not easy, when you have something which will take away the pain and replace it with joy, but it cannot or will not, be accepted.

Have you ever seen something so profound; so wonderful and yet, you have no knowledge, no words; no experience whatsoever to explain, what it truly is? How can you share something with anyone else, if you do not know what it is? How can you articulate something in words, if you do not understand it yourself? Let me give you an example.

Of all my favorite stories, passages and verses of scripture in the Bible, the story about two men on the road to Emmaus, when Jesus Christ draws near and walks with them is, one that to this day, stirs deeply within me. Let me set this up.

Jesus Christ had been crucified. Many in Jerusalem were fearful, depressed and confused. Even his own disciples (then apostles), were in hiding behind closed doors, afraid that they might be found, arrested and perhaps, subjected to same punishment? Two men were out walking on a road, from Jerusalem to Emmaus, which was, about seven to eight miles away. This would have been what we think of Sunday or what the Bible refers to as, “the first day of the week.”

“And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, today is the third day since these things were done. Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not. then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”

Luke 24:13-32 King James Version (KJV)

On the Road to Emmaus, by Peter Mathios

“…Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”

I have repeated part of the verse above and highlighted it, enlarged it; emboldened it to emphasize it. This is how I heard it and read it, when I first was taught it. It seemed to leap off the page to my eyes. I tried to put myself into the shoes (sandals) of these two men. I tried to imagine what they saw and heard and felt. What must it have been like for this stranger to teach them, just two simple men (neither of them one of the original 12 disciples nor apostles)? What must it have been like, for all the Old Testament scriptures about their promised savior, messiah and king to have been taught to them?? My strong suit is my imagination, but I could not imagine, any of this!!

When I heard these verses taught to me, for the first time and when I saw these words, for the first time and they seemed to jump off the page, I know exactly when it was and where I was. In fact, I was what some think of as, within ‘spitting distance,’ of the man who taught me, along with hundreds of others in the same log chalet room in the Sierra Mountains, in California. All I knew is that I had just been taught, I had just heard; I was just shown something so profound and so incredible, but it seemed far beyond my limited ability, to comprehend it or understand it! To me, it was as if, everyone in that room and everyone else on earth, knew these things, but me, and I was the last person on earth to have heard them!

Now, many, many years later, I still cannot fully appreciate what it must have been like to have been one of those men on the road to Emmaus, but I DO understand my heart burning, when scriptures are opened to me!

Many people and even some Christians want to see signs, miracles and wonders, before they are going to believe squat about the Bible. If they don’t, they won’t. And there always seems to be some un-reasonable explanation to justify why, they don’t. Things like— he, she, they and I, am not a Christian or not spiritual enough. Another is, these were, for a different time; they were special and not needed today because, we have the Bible now. Well, this is NOT what the Bible says or how it is, supposed to work.

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

Romans 10:13-15

“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?”

Hebrews 2:3-4

This is still, the only way to do it! First, the rightly divided word must be taught, to those willing to receive it. The importance of it being rightly divided is that it is only the truth that “makes” one free, not just sets them free. See. the gospel of John, chapter 8, verses 31 and 32. And while seeing there, notice that that there nor anywhere in the Bible does it say, the truth will set you free. It says “make” you free.

What’s the difference? You could be set free from prison. The door to your cell unlocked, you could walk out. But you could also stay there as in what some call being, “institutionalized.” It’s like all you know, having been in prison for say, a long time. You are not prepared to go out and live free. But to be made free, God would open the doors to that prison and take you out, having prepared you to live free. This is what the Word does. It opens the heart, your heart; my heart burns, we understand, we get it, just like the two on the road to Emmaus. Only the truth can do that! Only believing the truth can and will produce, the signs, miracles and wonders. And it all begins, by being taught, what the Word says!

My first exposure to the story of the two on the road to Emmaus was by a teacher, my teacher that many called, ‘The Teacher.’ He was a master teacher. How can I say that? Because when he taught me God’s Word, God caused my heart to burn within me, as he opened the scriptures to me. Whether I understood it or not is, not important. The spirit of God in me understood and leapt within me. It took my fleshy mind, quite some time to grasp. But it was still a miracle because, it was instantaneous and it followed the teaching of the Word, rightly divided, true and truthful, and it made me free!

One of my favorite quotes about teaching is, a line from a poem by, Henry Van Dyke.
Teachers—

“Who teach because they love the teacher’s task,
And find their richest prize
In eyes that open and in minds that ask;”

from the IV stanza, ‘Spirit Of The Everlasting Boy,’
(Ode for the hundredth anniversary of Lawrenceville School)
June 11, 1910, By Henry Van Dyke

There is a synergy and like a symbiotic relationship between teacher and student. Public speaking should never be pushed by fear to speak. That’s not fear you’re feeling, ‘thay be butterflies’! 🙂

The student has come, expecting to receive. The teacher is, expected to give. And in so doing, the teacher too, gets their eyes opened and their minds ask, as well. If you desire your own, ‘come to Jesus Christ moment’, study the Word – II Timothy 2:15; II Timothy 3:16,17! If you desire your own, ‘come to Jesus Christ moment’, be a student of someone, anyone that teaches God’s Word, rightly divided! If you desire your own, ‘come to Jesus Christ moment’, teach God’s Word, rightly divided! If you desire daily, signs, miracles and wonders, learn the rightly divided Word of God and teach the rightly divided word of God, every day! Want to have your heart burn within you, feel those butterflies, experience the spirit of God move in you, make your eyes seem to glow to others? Learn, Do and Teach the Word of God, rightly divided.

Another often spoken and always remembered by myself, is another something, The Teacher often said while pounding his fist on a podium, a desk or etc., “It’s the Word, It’s the Word and nothing, but the Word!!”

It is not how I feel, how I think, how I, you or anyone else wants to interpret it, but—

“What does the Word say? God says what he means and He means what He says and God has a purpose for everything He says, When He says it, Where he says it, How He says it, and to Whom He says it!”

Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille, December 31, 1916 – May 20, 1985

If God said it, that settles it! It doesn’t even matter if I believe it or if anyone else does, it’s still the Truth and it’s only the Truth that can make anyone free!

Christians or not, we are people; we are human and subject to human frailty, error and corruption. Remember not men and women who impressed you, but who have blessed you or bless you still. My teacher failed and he has died. I remember him not for his faults and failures, but for what he taught rightly divided; how he stood for God Word. That is a memory worth keeping and worth sharing; not hiding it away for some wrong he did or some error, some bitterness, some shame. But stay thankful, remain playful and bitterness and shame, will not overtake and break you.

Often during or at the conclusion of his teachings, which I have sat through over the years, ‘The Teacher’ would pause, take a sip of coffee, smile and just simply say, “Lot’s of things kids.”

The Teacher— “Lot’s of things kids.” –VPW-

Everyone that were in his presence, no matter what their age (some even much older than he), felt like they were his kids. He made us feel this way. He once called my brother son (as he did all of his kids) and my brother thought of him as more a father, than our own. Then he would just talk with us and share things on his heart and mind about life and living. Often he would say, “You know, sometimes you get so high with God, you just want to ask Him to cool it.” I’d scratch my head and think, now why would I ever want to do that? Maybe it was like Moses’s hair turning white, after being in God’s presence up on Mt. Sinai, when he first received the 10 Commandments? Nah, that can’t be it, I’ve had white in my hair, since I was a young child. 🙂

Could be that you get so excited you can’t sleep, even though you need to? Now that I can relate to, but purposefully and willingly, cut off the flow of God to me? Not something I am inclined to do. Here I am Lord, let er’ rip! 🙂 And then, in my simple commonsensical wittle’ mind I figure:

A. God knows what He is doing and I know what it feels like to give someone something and they don’t want or won’t take it!
B. Since patience, paying attention and listening to God are not strong suits with me, I better take all I can get when the getting is good or maybe God will just move along to someone, anyone who WILL listen to Him!

Sometimes, tears would well up in The Teacher’s eyes and then, he would say the most peculiar thing, “I wish I was the man I know to be.”

O.M.G.! What was he talking about? How could he say such a thing? What kind of confession was that to make?

I grew up in the church. I went to Sunday school. I guess I was a Christian, for as long as I can remember? Most people then, would not believe me as I seemed to be, just as so-called normal, as everyone else. In one sense, how could I believe in this or much of anything, when I had been lied to about many things, by many people (including family and trusted confidants) and had been disappointed, deceived, disrespected, and disadvantaged (taken advantage of) by often, the most sincere people? But, but, but…
…what about the young man we took into our home that nearly tore our family apart? What about a young darker skinned man I picked up hitchhiking that only had the clothes on his back, a soccer ball and had been surviving on nothing but rain water and wild green onions? Yes, what about taking him home, feeding him? By the way, you know someone has not eaten in a while, if they have difficulty eating and eat very slowly.

But, but, but, we gave him clothing, we fed him, allowed him to bathe, set up a tent for him and a sleeping bag in our back yard. (the outside temp was warm, not hot). We gave him work to do around our home so he would not feel like a charity case and well, that whole giving and receiving thing. We drove him around to find a job. He got a job. Little by little, we trusted him more and moved him into our home. Then, he robbed everyone in the house, but me. I guess I did not have anything of value to him? I felt bad that my friends were robbed, but not me and because, I was the one that brought him home. I was livid and mostly angry at myself, for I’m the one that picked him up and brought him home. Then, after, I went looking for him. Thank God I never saw him again because, if I had, I’m not sure what I would have done to him. One person said, if they would have found him and if they had a gun, they would have killed him. For quite some time, whenever I saw a person of darker skin, especially male, I would get angry all over again. Then, I came to understand, if I cannot forgive anyone, for anything, I did not understand what God forgave and forgives me of! I do now!! Holding onto un-forgiveness is toxic! Forgiveness is not an option, it is a commandment of the Lord! And forgiveness is one of the many things that are true, that makes one whole and makes them free!

How would you have liked to have been a man named Saul that actually cast his vote as a member of the ruling body of Israel (the Sanhedrin), that had voted to condemn and crucify Jesus Christ? This same man under his authority put many of those heretical Christians into prison, The same man, later was called the apostle Paul and under his ministry, the whole of Asia Minor heard the Word of God in about 2 years and 3 months! Do you think he forgave himself and could forgive anyone? How about another man I met, his name like mine, Donnie. He was probably responsible for distributing illegal drugs in Kansas, Colorado, Missouri and likely, the entire midwest, in the 1960’s. Through him, his distribution network, I probably bought, used and sold a lot of his stuff, myself. This same man, became the greatest evangelist I have ever known. He even taught a class called, Witnessing & Undershepherding (under the Shepherd, Jesus Christ). Do you believe he forgave himself or had problems forgiving others?

Many people today, may not think I could possibly believe such as I still do and I suppose, there are just as many that cannot believe I’m a Christian because, I guess, they just don’t think I act, like whatever one is supposed to act like? In my twenties, I spent a lot of time on my own, reading the Bible and studying it, trying desperately to understand it. Oh, I memorized a lot and could quote this and that, but understand it? NO. So, I decided a long time ago, I believed in God, but I sure didn’t believe God much, if at all. I had little if any results, no signs, miracles or wonders. Is there any wonder why? Well, if you are wondering, it is because, I was never taught. I had ideas, thoughts, opinions and theories about God and the Bible. But I believed little if anything and could certainly not, put it together.

Can you show others why you believe what you believe? And remember, a witness is just a witness, not a prosecuting attorney, jury or judge. We are neither defense attorneys either. Truth needs no defense and cannot be defended, nor can error be. We are called to be, witnesses!

Then, a woman picked me up, while I was hitchhiking home. That never happened to me before! And it was twice in the same week and in two different cars, same lady. By the second time, I guess I thought we were friends, since I had seen her briefly just once before? 🙂 I started telling her about my allergies. It was at that moment, time seemed to stand still. She looked at me and almost demanding an answer and said, “Are you a Christian?” My standard church-taught response was, I guess so, I hope so, if it’s God’s will? After all, you had to be humble and God might have thought I was being cocky or prideful, if I answered in the affirmative. She stared at me and her radiant smile became a focused, serious and angry face, “Well don’t you know that by his stripes we were healed!!!!” Well, I guess not. In fact, I felt like I was the only one left on earth that didn’t know! And on top of that, I had no clue what she was talking about! But I certainly had never heard anyone, say anything, about the Bible with such conviction. It was one of those moments where I just knew, I was a part of something extraordinary, but I had no idea what it was.

Shortly after this, I met ‘The Teacher.’ Here was another person that had the energy of their conviction, love for God, love for His Word, love for God’s people and anyone that he came in contact with. He knew the Bible, he understood it and he taught so simply that even a fool and a child-like, like me, could understand it. There was just something about being in his presence! There was life in his eyes and it affected me greatly. So, when he said, “I wish I was the man I know to be,” I had a real problem with that! I thought, surely, if anyone on earth could understand those two and could empathize with what they felt, on the road to Emmaus, it would have been him! I mean, it’s like the little poem I came to really like—

“God has no hands but our hands with which to give them bread,
He has no feet but our feet with which to walk among the almost dead,
We say the we are his and that HE is ours,
Deeds (ACTION) are the proof of this, not words
and these are the proving hours.”

-anonymous-

As the Word says, first, someone has to be sent, then teach and then the signs, miracles and wonders, follow. Jesus Christ is not here. If we want to see him, then we have to be like him. This is the reason they were first called Christians and by those which were not Christians, I might add. It’s Christ in us the hope of glory! Imagine standing in front of a mirror. What you see is your own reflection. But as our minds are renewed to The Word of God, it allows the spirit of God within us to project and then reflect, Jesus Christ to our own eyes and to the eyes of the world that see us. Why? Because as he is, so are we in this world!

Now I, as an ignorant and unlearned man, may not be a Biblical scholar, the greatest believer to have ever walked the earth or the greatest witness, but ‘On Being’ a Christian, there is a thing or two I do know. I know of whom I have believed. And I know that study of the rightly divided Word of God will transform me or anyone to be like him. ‘On Being’ a Christian is neither a spiritual plateau to reach in this life nor an elusive dream to never obtain because of, the limitations of my flesh. It is a forward-looking journey, always reaching, always looking, always asking, always studying, always doing my best and always expecting, God to do the rest.

“On Being, in this life, it is neither a final destination, nor its often detours, it’s the journey!”

-me-

I would just like to believe that if He sends an email, sends me a text message, sends a tweet, posts something to me on Facebook or sends something by the messenger app, calls me on the phone or knocks on my door, I’m smart enough to have my smart phone with me or that I answer the freaking door!!!! 🙂

As far as I am concerned, music has two purposes in a worship service. It is to bless not impress, by opening the heart to receive the Word of God. Its second is, to sustain and stir that Word in a heart, after it has been opened by the Word of God. Sometimes, after he taught and the room grew quiet and still, with his eyes moistening, the Teacher would call out, “Where’s my Debra?” One of ‘The Teacher’s’ favorite songs and mine is, ‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus’. It is an old song, written in 1918. This song has been performed by many including: Elvis Presley, Alan Jackson and Amy Grant, among many others in the past and currently. I looked for and listened to these on YouTube and other video sites. None are equal to how I first heard it from “Debra.” She sang it  A cappella. A cappella is Italian for, “in the manner of the chapel”. It is music that is specifically sung by a group or a soloist, without instrumental accompaniment. I can still see and hear in my mind, the beautiful young woman and her soulful voice. Her name was, Debra Sleeper. I looked for information, audio and/or video of her singing this song to have shared it with you, but to no avail. So, I will share the lyrics to this beautiful song and information about the author.

Singer, Debra Sleeper

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Oh soul are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness to see
There’s a light for a look at the Savior
And life more abundant and free

His words shall not fail you, He promised
Believe Him and all will be well
Then go to a world that is dying
His perfect salvation to tell

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Oh soul are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness to see
There’s a light for a look at the Savior
And life more abundant and free

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Author and Composer, Helen H. Lemmel, 1864-1961
Published by Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Lyrics Provided By LyricFind Inc.

Let him project from within and reflect out
‘On Being’, on being Christian is, to continually and continuously, turn our eyes upon, Jesus Christ.

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Hebrews 12:2

“The author and composer of this hymn [‘Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus’], Helen H. Lemmel, relates that one day, in 1918, a missionary friend gave her a tract entitled, ‘Focused.’ The pamphlet contained these words: “So then, turn your eyes upon Him, look full into His face and you will find that the things of earth will acquire a strange new dimness.”

“These words made a deep impression upon Helen Lemmel. She could not dismiss them from her mind. She recalls this experience, following the reading of that tract:
“Suddenly, as if commanded to stop and listen, I stood still, and singing in my soul and spirit was the chorus, with not one conscious moment of putting word to word to make rhyme, or note to note to make melody. The verses were written the same week, after the usual manner of composition, but none the less dictated by the Holy Spirit.”

Excerpts from: The Old Time Gospel
http://www.theoldtimegospel.org/dev/hymn3.html

“Helen Howarth Lemmel was born on November 14, 1864, in Wardle, England. She was the daughter of a Wesleyan Methodist pastor, and she came to this country with her family at the age of twelve. Helen lived briefly in Mississippi before settling in Wisconsin. Soon, she developed a reputation as a brilliant singer, even studying private voice in Germany for four years. She traveled widely throughout the Midwest during the early 1900’s, giving concerts in many churches. Later, Mrs. Lemmel taught voice at the Moody Bible Institute and then at the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. In 1961, Helen Lemmel settled in Seattle, Washington, where she remained active with Christian activities, as a member of the Ballard Baptist Church of that city, during the last days of her life.”

“In addition to being known as a brilliant singer and musician, Mrs. Lemmel was also widely recognized as a woman with remarkable literary ability. She wrote more than five hundred hymns and poems. Mrs. Lemmel also authored a very successful book for children entitled, ‘Story of the Bible’ and composed many children’s musical pieces. She remained active for God in her musical and literary pursuits, until her home-going at the age of ninety-seven.”

Excerpts from: The Old Time Gospel
http://www.theoldtimegospel.org/dev/hymn3.html
Author and Composer, Helen H. Lemmel, 1864-1961

‘On Being’, may this, The Gathering Place, here be (for all those which come here), be like a mini gathering together until we are gathered together with him—

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons [and daughters] of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons [and daughters] of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man [or woman] that hath this hope in him [or her] purifieth himself [or herself], even as he is pure.”

I John 3:1-3 King James Version (KJV)

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

 

…a witness,

Dahni

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Next time: ‘The Red Thread’

Is it Well With Your Soul?

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Dear Beloved,

Lately, I’ve been asked by several people to pray for them, their situations, but mostly they have asked, for prayers, for others! That’s often important, praying for others because, not only is it a blessing, for others, but a blessing to me or to you to pray as well. Is it well with you? Is it well with your soul?

The Bible teaches that the prayers of a righteous man or woman avails much.

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man [or woman] availeth much.”

James 5:16 King James Version (KJV)

I may not always know what to pray for, but God does! We can pray with our understanding and we can pray perfectly in the spirit. Look that up in the Bible, I did not write the book.

Maybe I need to pray more and this is why I’m being asked to pray? Again, a great key to prayer is, praying for others. Perhaps in my case, more of it and more frequently?! 🙂 Another key is, the Attitude!!

One of my favorite stories in the whole Bible is, about the Shunammite woman.

II Kings 4:8-37

She was a “great woman!” That’s what the Bible says and that’s what it means! She had a heart for God and had great trust in God!

The Shunammite woman waited for many, many years, but she had no child. She showed favor to a passing prophet. In response to her kindness, he inquired of others what God might do to bless her. He was told that she had no child. He prayed. He told her she would have a child. She did. Believing is, just that simple!

She and her husband made a little room, for the prophet that he might stay there, whenever he passed that way again. The prophet could come and go as it pleased him. They asked nothing of him, ever! There were no strings attached. All they wanted was to bless this man of God and had hope, he might stay with them, whenever he was in the area.

Later, the Shunammite’s only child died. She said nothing to no one, not even her husband! Instead, she placed the child in the prophets’s room, went out and closed the door behind her.

She waited patiently, for the prophet to return. She did not know he would, she believed he would! He did and saw her afar off and called out to her- “Is it well with…” you, your husband; your child and etc.? She responded not with tears of hopelessness and grief, but with believing expectation, “It is well with my soul!”

This is quite the attitude, the mindset, the focus and just the simplicity of believing. It is just so beautiful and this attitude is especially required, when we are under stress.
I have posted previously on this. For more information see the post: ‘It is Well’

http://pentecost.godinterest.org/2015/04/24/it-is-well/

The following video lyrics are written and sung by Kristine Dimarco. It too is among my most favorite of songs. May it be all that and more to you! Just let it be well, be well with thy soul! Just scroll down past the lyrics for the video. 🙂

Dahni

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It is Well

Written & Sung by Kristene Dimarco
© 2014

Verse 1
Grander earth has quaked before
Moved by the sound of His voice
Seas that are shaken and stirred
Can be calmed and broken for my regard

Chorus
And through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
And through it all, through it all
It is well
And through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
It is well with me

Verse 2
Far be it from me to not believe
Even when my eyes can’t see
And this mountain that’s in front of me
Will be thrown into the midst of the sea

Chorus
Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well
It is well

Bridge x3

So let go my soul and trust in Him
The waves and wind still know His name (repeat last line during 3rd run)
It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul

It is well it is well with my soul x3

Chorus x2 (softly slowly)

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well with me.

If you enjoyed this song, you will love it and the entire album called, ‘Mighty.’ I did and I am!



MP3 album $7.99 on Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Mighty-Live-Kristene-DiMarco/dp/B011DC4XBU
iTunes (for Apple devices) album $7.99
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mighty-live/id1018519133

Kristene DiMarco on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/kristene.dimarco/
Please note, I receive no compensation or anything for this endorsement! Kristene blesses me with her music and I thought to pay it forward, by hopefully, blessing you. OK? OK.

-d–

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,

Dahni

Next time: ‘On Being’

Kindness

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“No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted.” Aesop

Kindness? Yes, the simple acts of kindness! The acts may be simple, but the results are far-reaching like a pebble dropped into a pool, its ripples spreading from shore to shore.

Here is a caveat. There are Bible verses to follow, but the truths are universal. Truths are truths, whether you are a Christian or not. I would like it if you were a Christians or interested in becoming one because, understanding and application would be far greater IF you were. But even if not, truth is still truth, no matter who you are, where you are or even when.

What is the difference between a fact and truth. I could live on First St. and that could be a fact. You may not live on First St. and that could be a fact. Where you live in fact, there might not even be a First St. That could be a fact or as one was recently criticized for saying, it would be, “an alternate [or alternative] fact.” The point being, facts are facts, but they may not always be the same for everyone, everywhere or for all time. Truth is the same for everyone, every time and for all time.

“That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”

Matthew 5:45 King James Version (KJV)

This is one universal truth that the sun rises and sets and rain will fall and eventually cease, no matter what one believes.

I’ve been disgusted, disheartened, disenfranchised and well, just dis-ed of late with all the continued political PC & BS, fake news, and just plain ol’ meanness. Not to mention vile and obscene language, posters, posts and postings, and whoa and woe, the comments! And some are friends of mine, hearts once I thought of gold, highly skilled and many highly educated. I never in my wildest dreams thought ‘nasty women’ would put feminine napkins on boards with such gross messages, unfit for children to see, much less any adult. Women dressed up as uteri or vaginae? Come on, are you kidding me?

Riots billed as protests where violence and destruction is the end consequence of a mentality gone horribly wrong. Oh, I do understand people are angry and divided, but this goes way, way beyond civilized or kind. It has all just really gotten under my skin and has become trying, tiring, old and well, boring. Like Valentine’s Day, is that the only day for loving one another, just once a year? Are we only thinking about being thankful once a year on Thanksgiving Day? Do we have to have a National Random Acts of Kindness Day, to be reminded to be kind to one another? And why must they be random acts? It has all been so upsetting to me of late (sometimes, from friend, family, and foe) that I have seriously thought of getting rid of Cable/Network news, Messenger, Twitter, etc., and yes, even Facebook! But then I realized, WHY should I ever think that any darkness can overtake even my smallest little light? It should NOT and does NOT! Gandhi said, “Be the change in the world you want to see.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said – “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Why random acts of kindness, just once a year? Why not purposed, planned and intentional acts of kindness, every day? Yes!

Be Kind

“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Romans 12:21 King James Version (KJV)

Show kindness

“They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love”

title of the Hymn with the same name
By Peter Scholtes, (1938-2009)

“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”

Proverbs 15:1 King James Version (KJV)

Kindness spreads like ripples

It is hard or difficult, if not impossible, for someone who is angry, argumentative, red-faced, yelling and screaming at you, to continue with their tirade, if you just answer them, softly and quietly. Instead of getting you to respond on their level, they just run out of steam so to speak, lacking the energy to continue IF, IF, we don’t take the bait and get mad and defensive and do the same to them as they do to you. Remember that golden rule thingy-

‘Do unto others as you would them do unto you?’

Their problem only becomes our problem, IF we let it; IF we accept it. Try this soft answer thing the next time someone gets red-faced in your face. It is quite amusing to see their reaction. How can they react when you smile, don’t get mad yourself and just give them a soft answer? Perhaps you have heard the line, “killing them with kindness?” I would rather think of it as, ‘healing them with kindness’ because, this is really what it does when you refuse to react, but rather act, with kindness.

Perhaps coining the phrase “killing them with kindness came from the misunderstanding of two verses of scripture, first in the Bible from the Old Testament book of Proverbs and then repeated in the New Testament book of Romans?

“If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.”

Proverbs 25:21 King James Version (KJV)

“Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.”

Romans 12:20 King James Version (KJV)

At first look, these verses seems to contradict. Feeding and giving drink to an enemy seem connected, but heaping coal of fire on their heads? Is this killing them with kindness? There is something else not understood by most of us in the west. Imagine telling people who lived thousands of years ago the catchy Apple term, “There’s an app for that.” They would not understand what an “app” (application) is! They would have no clue as to what was meant if you said to them, “Let’s go grab a burger.” It is similar with, “heaping coals of fire” on an enemy’s head. Most of us in the west and thousands of years after this expression was used, when this idiom was common, have no idea what that means!

There once lived a man named, K.C. Pillai (1900-1970). He was born in India and was raised as a Hindu in a very prominent family. It was considered a great dishonor for anyone to convert to Christianity. K.C. Pillai did, become a Christian and the dishonor was so great, his family literally carried his picture to a gravesite and they buried it along with any acceptance that he was alive. For to them, he was dead!

Where he grew up and even other remote parts of countries to this day, they still practice and are familiar with customs, mannerisms and idioms used in the Bible that many westerners do not understand. The Old Testament book of Proverbs is filled with many of these, “wise sayings,” from the knowledge of customs of the times which were understood and utilized by many countries and people, not just in Israel.

I realize that the word I am about to use is not politically correct (PC) and I have been rebuked for using it, as if it somehow were a derogatory word, used to demean certain people of certain countries. The word is, “Orient” and has been replaced with the word, “Asian,” and unless one is referring to a rug (carpeting usually made by hand i.e. an “oriental rug”), it just ain’t right? For many years, centuries even, the ‘Orient’ was anyplace in the world, east of the Mediterranean Sea. The Occident was anyplace in the world, west of Mediterranean Sea. What follows is about the “Orient,” as it is accurately and correctly referred to.

K.C. Pillai spent the last twenty years of his life (primarily in the United States), teaching and authoring books on what he called, “Orientalisms.” The Bible is, after all, an eastern book from the orient.

Works by K.C. Pillai

• Light Through an Eastern Window (1963)
• Orientalisms of the Bible – Volume 1 (1969)
• Orientalisms of the Bible – Volume 2, (1974)
• Old and New Testament Orientalisms, Teachings of Bishop K. C. Pillai, 1980 Transcript, by Bo Reahard
• Eastern Customs of the Bible: The Teachings of Bishop K. C. Pillai – By Jeanie Strand 2010

These “orientalisms,” the customs, idioms and mannerisms (ways of life), are essential in understanding eastern thought by westerners! One such “orientalism” is found in the verses of Proverbs 25:21 and Romans 12:20 King James Version (KJV).

Coals of fire.

By K.C. Pillai

“This is before the time of matchboxes. Before matchboxes, one family in the village would strike one flint stone against another and get a spark. This would catch in the cotton wool. This would start the fire in a house and makes coals of fire out of the sparkle. The rest of the community don’t have fires at all—neither do they have stones to start their own—only one family had these. The person who starts the fire supplies the rest of the village with fire. They are called a, “village fire carrier.” They put a thick cushion of leather on top of the head, on top of this they put an empty bowl full of clay, and on top of this they put a bowl of coals of fire. The head is protected by these. Next, they would walk to the other houses. The bowl was balanced on the head and they do not need to use their hands.”

“When the “fire carrier” would arrive at a house, they’ll sit at the door. Someone in the house comes with an instrument and removes a coal or two to start their fire. The “fire carrier” supplies the whole village. This fire on the head warms the body, warms them all over, even their personality.”

Note: I’ve been told that we lose 60% of our body heat through our heads. Wear a hat or put some “coals of fire” on your head. 🙂

“The spiritual application is, if you ‘heap coals of fire on your enemy,’ you’ll warm their heart. You’ll change their thinking. Do good unto them even though they may not or don’t, deserve it.”

“Fire is symbolic of love. Warm enemies with your love. Melt their heart with the warmth of your love. Read I Corinthians 13. Love never fails you. All may fail—but love shall stand. It won’t burn them up, it will warm them.”

K.C. Pillai

Heap coals of fire upon your enemies and warm them by love

Lady is Ready for St. Patty’s Day

We have a dawg.’ We have had Lady, since the middle of this past December, 2016. I did not want a filthy, stinky, messy, smelly dog! She is about a 1 ½ years old. She is still a puppy and like little child. She is a beautiful chocolate cocker spaniel, I will give her that. Now who do you suppose named her Lady? Me! It’s not that I do not like animals because, I love animals, but I just did not want a dog. She sleeps through the night in her crate without a peep and I’ll give her that too. I find myself, along with my wife, on full-time “potty training.” Some days are good and some, not so good. I usually wake up long before my wife. I do not need as much sleep as she, in fact very little and if I never had to sleep, EVER, that would be just fine with me. Getting older, I am warmN’ up to naps however. 🙂

To allow my wife to receive the amount of sleeps she needs, I find myself lately, letting Lady out of her crate in the morning.

Lady quietly comes out when I open the door to her crate. She wags her tail and comes over to me and gives me her hi-cuddle-I love you treatment. And I must confess, it warms the cockles of my heart, just like those coals of fire. “Warm the cockles of my heart?” That’s a funny expression. Where did that come from? Like a orientalism, it is a an idiom, first used in the 1600’s.

“Gratify one, make one feel good, as in It warms the cockles of my heart to see them getting along so well. This expression uses a corruption of the Latin name for the heart’s ventricles, cochleae cordis.” [Second half of 1600s]

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002

Lady and I don’t talk politics, law or religion and in truth, neither of us care what the other is or believes. We don’t argue, criticise, condemn or complain about each other. Well, mostly Lady doesn’t. 🙂

Lady just wants to hang out with me, see me, nuzzle and well, just love me unconditionally. You really can teach an old dog like myself, new tricks like how to have your heart melt like butter, just because someone wants to see you, be with you, love you, warm you like “coals of fire” on your head on a cold and frosty morning.

Years ago, a dear friend of my beautiful young sister gave her a simple metal bracelet. Our sister is still beautiful and young, younger than both, my brother and I, Pffft 🙂

Anyway, I loved the words on her bracelet, wrote them down and can still recall them today.

Our young and only sister. The bracelet is on her right arm

“There’s nothing so kingly as kindness,
And nothing so royal as truth.”

Note: credit to follow at the end

Years after she received this gift, she met a relative of Bo Reahard, a man who worked directly with K.C. Pillai, transposed many of his teachings and himself, taught classes on Orientalisms. His relative was a wonderful artist and she painted a watercolor of my sister, wearing the bracelet on her right arm. Our sister (to my older brother and I), gave this painting to our mother, for Christmas one year. Before Mom died, she gave it back to our sister and it hangs in a frame, where our sister lives today. Our mother is gone, my sister’s bracelet is gone, the frame is a little worn and the watercolor perhaps, has faded a bit, but some things never change, like kindness!

My frustrations abated; my disgust of current examples of uncivilized humanity lessened (at least in consuming me), I am reminded of these simple and universal truths. Remember, a universal truth applies to anyone, but if one is a Christian or desires to become one, kindness is not a random act or even an option, it is a commandment of God!

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Ephesians 4:32 King James Version (KJV)

If you desire to overcome evil with goodness, turn away wrath by a soft answer, take the high road when others go low, shine as a light in the darkness or truly be noble, remember kindness and be kind purposefully, intentionally and daily in all that you do for…

“There’s nothing so kingly as kindness,
And nothing so royal as truth.”

Nobility

By Alice Cary, 1849

True worth is in being, not seeming,—
In doing, each day that goes by,
Some little good—not in dreaming
Of great things to do by and by.
For whatever men say in their blindness,
And spite of the fancies of youth,
There’s nothing so kingly as kindness,
And nothing so royal as truth.

We get back our mete as we measure—
We cannot do wrong and feel right,
Nor can we give pain and gain pleasure,
For justice avenges each slight.
The air for the wing of the sparrow,
The bush for the robin and wren,
But always the path that is narrow
And straight, for the children of men.

’Tis not in the pages of story
The heart of its ills to beguile,
Though he who makes courtship to glory
Gives all that he hath for her smile.
For when from her heights he has won her,
Alas! it is only to prove
That nothing’s so sacred as honor,
And nothing so loyal as love!

We cannot make bargains for blisses,
Nor catch them like fishes in nets;
And sometimes the thing our life misses
Helps more than the thing which it gets.
For good lieth not in pursuing,
Nor gaining of great nor of small,
But just in the doing, and doing
As we would be done by, is all.

Through envy, through malice, through hating,
Against the world, early and late,
No jot of our courage abating—
Our part is to work and to wait
And slight is the sting of his trouble
Whose winnings are less than his worth.
For he who is honest is noble
Whatever his fortunes or birth.

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And in conclusion…

To Be Kind or to Be Kind, That is the Question!

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Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

 

…a witness,

Dahni

 

Next time: ‘Is it Well with Your Soul’

O’ Holy Night

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O Holy Night— Josh Groban

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Since I was a child, I have loved this song. It is beautifully performed by Josh Groban, one of the most versatile, powerful and unique voices in the world today. I love this video in many ways, although it is not completely, Biblically accurate. I am a very visual learner and my imagination is captured as the music and singer paints musically, what is taking place visually.

Some manner of what we know as ‘The Christmas Story,’ or the ‘First Christmas or as the familiar song is titled, ‘The First Noel,’  we have seen throughout our lives, heard with our ears and have known about in some form. Many of our traditions and songs are based upon this ‘first birth’ what many believe is, “the reason for the season.” No doubt, many of these traditions and songs etc. will play out and will be sung this December, 2016.

  • Noël is another name for Christmas in French, (“Christmas season”). It may come from the Old French nael. This, in turn, is derived from the Latin word natalis, or “birth”.

A synopsis of this birth is as follows:

A woman is found to be pregnant before she had consummated her wedding vows with her husband. By rights, he could have chosen to divorce her or stone her, putting her to death as an adulterer. But Joseph had a visit from an angel who told him not to fear, to take her to himself as her lawful husband, that the child she was carrying was not by man, but by God. Joseph did as he was told and “knew her not” until, she brought forth her “firstborn” child. Meaning, they had sexual innercourse and had other children, but no child was born until after Jesus was born. Yes, I do realize this is contrary to what many have been taught and have long thought, but Jesus had half-brothers and half-sisters and a couple of their names are given in the scriptures. Then, the time of her delivering the babe was near. There was no room in the inn so they stayed in a manger where the child was born. Next, shepherds come and some star shines brightly over the manager and it drew , “The Kings of Orient Are?” That’s pretty much tradition and how the story has been told, but it is not scriptural— biblically, historically,  seasonally or astronomically accurate!

Before correcting these inaccurate pictures and traditions, which I too was taught when I was young, we first need some background.

In the Book of Genesis, after Adam and Eve willfully disobeyed God and transferred their dominion over the entire earth to Lucifer, the Devil, “the god of this world.” God made them a promise, the ‘Promised Seed of the Woman.’ This was a figure of speech as the seed is in the father. This prophecy was that one day in the future, someone would believe God and that He would create life which would fertilize the egg of a woman, and a child would be born without sin and corruption and that he (this child), would one day redeem humankind from the curse that befell all through Adam’s sin.

Israel rebelled and sinned against God, but God always had a remnant of ‘believers.’ Signs and miracles always often followed Israel, who themselves were mostly disobedient and God was not able to do the things he would in full because, of the mind of man/woman kind, His chosen people. Yes, God has limited himself to the minds and believing of His people. The consequences of this unbelief led Israel into captivity in order, by four gentile empires: Babylon, The Medes & The Persians (merged), Greece and then, The Roman Empire, which were during the times that this video depicts. Yet despite this, God always had a few that believed.

Daniel for example was second in command, next to Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and kings of the Medes and Persians, because of the mighty things he did, through his believing God. He taught many things to many great people of these gentile kingdoms. He taught them truths from the ancient texts. He taught them the names and significance of the stars which God had first taught Adam & Eve. A group of these learned people of royal births themselves, were practiced astronomers. We may think of them as kings or as from the song, ‘We Three Kings of Orient Are.”

The Orient, for centuries, has been used to describe all land east of the Mediterranean Sea and the Occident was all land West of the Mediterranean Sea. But these men are called the Magi in the books we may think of as, the gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. But these mean were learned men, great men, whose linage was royal, but they themselves were not in the direct line to be kings, so it is easy to understand how they were thought of as kings.

Another important fact is that their being only three in number and their names are not, absolutely NOT ever given in the Bible. In a word, this is all fiction or just made up.

The area these magi traveled from was most likely from the area we now call Iraq. On a map, it is a far distance from the Bible lands and across desert. Travel would have been slow in those days and to cross the desert, they would have used camels. A trip like this took preparation and planning, logistics, food, water and protection against bandits. This was no doubt, a large caravan of humans and beasts and it took quite some time from their homeland to reach what some refer to as, ‘The Holy Land.’

Something and some things they saw in the night sky triggered their interest and their memories from what they had learned from the teachings set down by Daniel. These were unusual astronomical phenomenons in the night sky of planets in their orbit around the sun. Jupiter, the King Planet was one of these planets. Other configurations involved the stars of Virgo and Leo. When they saw certain things occur in the night sky, they knew something extraordinary was beginning and they followed these nightly messengers toward Israel until, they inquired in the town of Bethlehem, where the “young child” might be found. They traveled mostly at night to follow these movements and to avoid the intense heat of the day.

The last prophet in the Old Testament was Malachi. The first, after him, was John the Baptist, the cousin of Jesus Christ, some 300 years later. No prophets meant there was no one to anoint a king and there was no King of Judah until, the birth of Jesus Christ. I mention this only to acknowledge how great these magi, these gentiles of royal birth, these learned men that were well versed in astronomy, the importance of these nightly movements and the dearth of true spiritual leadership in Israel, for centuries. And outside of of Joseph and Mary and her cousin Elizabeth and perhaps her husband, the father of John the Baptist, no one on earth was looking for this child. God’s own people, the 12 tribes of Israel and certainly not the Romans were looking for, ‘the promised seed of the woman!’ The prophecy God first gave to Adam and Eve, by this time was thousands of years old and no one was looking for or listening or open to learning and believing, except Mary who told the angel, “Be it unto me, according to thy word.” and the magi gentile princes.

Mary was no different than any woman even born today. She was most likely between the ages of 14-16 and probably a lot more mature than many teenagers of today. But she had a few things going for her. Through her blood line, she was related to the first man and first woman, Adam and Eve which allowed her son to be called in the book of Romans, the “Second Adam.” Man was cursed because of disobedience to God and only a man who believed God, could redeem mankind. Also, through Mary’s bloodline, she was a direct descendant of David the King, which would allow her son Jesus, to be the legal King of Judah. But most importantly, Mary believed God and this is, what is most significant, because this allowed God to create sinless soul in her womb and his body would come into the world, just as any other babe. He would be born of flesh and his blood would be pure. He would be the true “Lamb of God,” “without spot or blemish (any impurity).”

In the east, in December, it was then and still can be quite cold. Shepherds would NOT be tending their flocks in the fields at night in December. Animals would be in stalls in barns or mangers in December.

Greeks & Romans celebrated the birth of Apollo or the sun god on December 25, near the time of the beginning of winter, the winter solstice when the sun comes out of hiding and the days begin to become longer. Many believe that the Roman Emperor Constantine, became a Christian or more specifically, a Roman Catholic. Pagans were the people living in the countryside out of the main communication hubs of the major cities. They were the last people to hear of changes culturally and to embrace any new spiritual beliefs. They worshipped many gods and goddesses from almost soup to nuts.  Constantine merely changed the birth of Apollo to the birth of Jesus Christ and this was more likely, for political correctness to control the whole of his realm. Many ancient dates and beliefs were kept, the names were just changed. The word ‘Christmas’ is a combination word by the Roman Catholic church which means literally, “the mass (or death) of Christ.” I’ve no problem saying, writing or using the term Merry Christmas as long as people understand the truth. It conveys good will and a warmth to all in the season. We celebrate as Christians, the birth of Jesus Christ and his life. Though his death redeemed mankind from the curse of the law (thanks to Adam & Eve), there is no power in his death or reason to celebrate or memorialize it. Life lies in his resurrection and ascension into and through the heavens, a work completely complete, for all that will to believe. When he sat down where he remains today, on the right hand of God the Father it is as we sat with him. He continually and continuously makes intercession for us until he returns, for his church and the dead put on incorruption and they alive at his coming, put on immortality and all are made complete in a new body and forever shall we be like him and with him, throughout all eternity.

Remember, Joseph & Mary could find no room in the Inn and they were allowed to use a clean manger. The Biblical and cultural explanation is quite easy to understand. The nation of Israel had holidays (holy days) just like most people still do, all over the world. In Jerusalem was the temple. Synagogues would be local places to worship in cities, towns and hamlets, where ever the people lived. And in those times, there were many places and even countries where they lived. But there were five special days in which at least the head of every household, had to be in Jerusalem, to celebrate these special days or holy days at the temple. On these five occasions, which could last for several days, Jerusalem would be crowded.  Some came with their families. Some stayed with friends and relatives, but many had to find their own food and housing. Sometimes, people would make arrangements for lodging while there, for the following year or for the next holy day. Some had longstanding reservations, year after year at the same place. This is why there was no room for Mary and Joseph at the Inn, the hotel, motel, bed & breakfast (B&B) and etc of what was available, for food and housing in those days. In order to participate in the weekly Sabbath (Saturday) or a special Sabbath (holy day), there were a list of requirements to be ceremonially clean, to be able to participate. You were not allowed to do servile work on these days and this included dealing with one’s animals. Mangers had to be clean, which they would not be, if the animals were in them. So, this time of year could not have been in December. The animals were left outside and extra food and hay etc. would be given them, before sunset which would begin the new day or the beginning of the Sabbath or special Sabbath. There was a special Sabbath which occurred the year Jesus was born and it was the New Year and it was, in the month of September.

In September, the flocks of sheep and the shepherds would be in the fields. Other animals would still be outside. This was the time when the Constellation of Virgo would have been clearly seen in the night sky. Virgo is the virgin and the stars of the highest magnitude are understood in knowing the names of the stars. One cannot look to this constellation and see stars that make the shape of a woman holding  a branch, but knowing the star names form the picture. In the Old Testament, the coming ‘promised seed of the woman’ was called by God, My Messiah “the branch,” My Man “the branch,” My Servant “the branch” and My Son “the branch.” This all beautifully fits and harmonizes in the New Testament, in the four gospels. For example, there are more references to Jesus being the savior or Messiah in the Book of Matthew and it also has a genealogy which traces his ancestry to David the King, enabling Jesus to be the King of Judah. In the book of Mark there are more references to the word “servant” than in all the other three gospels combined. There is no genealogy as none was needed or used for servants. In Luke, the word “man” is used more times than all the others combined and the genealogy there traces Jesus back to the first man, Adam. In the gospel of John, the word “son” is used more often than in all the other three gospels and there is no genealogy there because, Jesus was the “son” of God.

Rather than apparent contradictions, the four gospels handle certain aspects of these times in specific ways; for specific purposes and to specific people, the 12 tribes of Israel. They were written by different writers, but as God wanted them written, as He alone is, the author of them all. God had written exactly what He wanted, who, what, why, where, when and to whom. The four were the fulfillment of old testament prophecy that the coming one would be savior/messiah, king, high priest, apostle, prophet. pastor, teacher, man, servant and the son of God. God had been planning for this Holy Night, for thousands of years. And I write these not to crush our movies, traditions and what we may have grown up with, but to enhance our understanding how even more beautiful, tender, miraculous and incredible it was, by knowing the truth of what the Bible truly says, about this singular and solitary birth.

The ancient Greeks had a singular word for planets and stars. The translation from Greek is, “wanderers.” From their view point, this is exactly what the planets and stars appeared to do, wander in the night sky. We know now that the planets and stars are really either fixed and do not move at all or twinkle, but our earth does spin and orbit around the sun as do other planets and other naturally occurring phenomenon explain the apparent moving and twinkling of stars. To those thousands a years ago, these stars and planets appeared to move or “wander.”

And thousands of years ago, there was not light (artificial light) like we have now. If we were in a spaceship over the earth, we could literally see continents and figure out countries at night because of, all the light, coming from the earth. But thousands of years ago, the following saying was truer: “The stars shine the brightest, when the night is the darkest.” Stars and planets were more visible then. Today, we need to go to the mountains or some remote place where there is little or no pollution or little or no light diminishing the view of the stars and planets. I have seen, on a few occasions, where the stars seem so intensely brighter and unusually numerous. This was ordinary, thousands of years ago and people had a greater understanding of the names of these stars and planets which if known, paint the images in your mind.

So it was, the constellation of Virgo, the Virgin, seen on the horizon at night and the constellation of Leo the lion king, all seen in the month of September. Without going into great detail, there were other things occurring in Virgo at this particular time. These were signs in the sky to those that understood them, were looking for them and saw them unfold as they traveled toward the Holy Land . Such were the Magi.

These gentiles set out from their home about the time of this birth. According to the scriptures, they arrived in Jerusalem, then went to Bethlehem. And they found not a baby in a manger, but a young child in a house, approximately two years after they set out from their homeland and the first extraordinary events in the night sky unfolded before them.

God had prepared a gorgeous display in the sky to announce the birth of His only begotten son. Try to imagine the beauty and brilliance from the next video, by the dance/light show ensemble, Enra, performing their piece, ‘Pleiades.’

Try and Imagine the Heavenly Display on this, O’ Holy Night!

While these events were taking place, the city of Jerusalem was crowded with excited people from all over the then known world, celebrating their New Year. Trumpets blew from the temple mount, that filled the city, announcing a new beginning. They had no idea that what they were celebrating was also, the long promised and birth of their foretold Messiah, born the same first night of the New Year, that year, on September 11th.

Miles from Jerusalem, in a clean and empty manger, so that the owner could participate in the New Year’s celebration, they allowed a couple (Mary and Joseph) to stay there as the birth of their firstborn child was eminent.

Shepherds were in the field attending their sheep. They saw the night sky and wondered at the sights unfolding in the constellation of Virgo, the planet Jupiter (the King Planet) and other astronomical phenomenon appearing to dance or “wander” in the heavens.

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.”

The Bible, Luke 2: 10-18, King James Version

O’ Holy Night, when the heavens and angels announced and displayed a beautiful mobile-like ballet, for God’s son. Jerusalem was aglow and music and joyful sounds filled the area and echoed across miles, celebrating a new beginning. Only one man and one woman witnessed this birth upon the earth. Shortly after, a few shepherds found him in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes (strips of cloth that were salted and wound loosely around the torso of the baby). This custom represented that the babe would grow morally and spiritually straight and that his deeds and words would be salted, that he would say what he meant and mean what he said. And then around two years later, a great caravan with great gentile men, learned men, astronomers of royal birth, the magi, found the young child in a house in Bethlehem and presented this young king with gifts meant for a king, gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh!

O’ Holy Night!

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

 

…a witness,

Dahni

Next time: ‘Kindness’

Gethsemame

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September 13, 2016

By Dahni

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Following on the birth of Jesus Christ on 9/11, we move forward 30 years to the Garden of Gethsemane.

This post is purposed, as a running commentary. It will not quote per se or give scriptural references, but I assure you dear reader, that it is biblically accurate, but I do not expect you to take my word, for this. I would expect you to prove me wrong or prove it right, for yourselves, by looking into the Bible for the events alluded to below.

In writing or in conversation, there is a part of speech known as a conjunction. The word “and’ is, such a conjunction. Simply defined, it binds things together. From ancient Greece, there is estimated to be approximately 225-230 different figures of speech. Roughly 212, are found in the Bible with as many as 50 varieties under one figure. One such figure in the Greek is called, polysyndeton or “many ands.” It’s purpose is, to take a rapid run through a list or events, to reach a specified conclusion. But each part separated by the conjunction “and” are all important and they are all connected. It is intended here, to use many “ands,” to reach the purpose at the end, but to also, show the importance of each part and to connect or point to where it starts and where it ends. This post begins with Gethsemane and at its end, it points back, to where is began, in the Garden of Gethsemane.

There are so many complexities in life that we often forget the simple things. It is like not being able to see the forest (the big picture, the simple) because, the trees (all the many details) obstruct our view of what is, really simple, We see this in the life of Jesus Christ.

The Bible says little of his youth. What we mostly know is, about the man which was technically, the age of thirty. This was the age of adulthood in the Bible. He became a man and was baptized by his cousin, John, at the age of 30. At thirty, this was the age when one’s ministry began, as did his.

Next, we may get caught  up, with the works he did. What we know or can be found is, mostly scattered around in the four gospels. We may focus on the details of his genealogies. One of these enabled him to be the legal King of Judah. Another genealogy made him the “second Adam,” through the line of humankind, all the way to Adam and Eve. Another shows him without any genealogy or pedigree or credentials because, these were not important for a servant (slave, bond slave, Greek – doulos) which he was. The last shows no genealogy because, he was the only begotten, son of God.

We see his signs and miracles wonders, many which were prophesied about him in the old testament and fulfilled by him in the gospels. We may even see and understand that his ministry was primarily, to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. We may see him as the “bridegroom” and Israel as his “bride.” We may see him still compassionate, to even half-jews and gentiles. We may even understand that he came not as the expected king to end the dominance of the Roman Empire, but to fulfil the law, all of them (about 600) and not only, just the ten commandments. We may be even brought to tears over his suffering, illegal accusations, false witnesses, illegal trial and cruel and wrongful death, his murder orchestrated by the fear and ignorance of not Rome, but his own people that he came to and for.

Of all these things and more, when our focus on such absolutely necessary details is all the focus, we lose sight of the simplicity of his life and what his works were for. Ultimately, it was being made a curse, to redeem all from the curse of the law, which was to die.  But there was so much more! At 12, he told his parents, “I must be about my Father’s business.” At thirty, he taught and preached and fulfilled the law. He made promises to God his father and he kept them and his Father kept His, to his only begotten son. But Jesus did NOT know all. He knew what he needed to know, when he needed to know. He knew he needed to go to the garden of Gethsemane. I now ask you dear reader, to put yourself into the following, not as an observer, but as if, you are the one it is about.

Imagine wanting to eat the passover with your friends and you had even made preparations for it. And then you knew, it was not to be, there was no more time. And imagine knowing that something else was coming, your death, but you did not know when and how and it’s full purpose. And it was was time for supper. And it would be your last. And you were together with your 12, most trusted and loyal friends. And then, imagine, finding out that perhaps the most able person would betray you and he got up and walked out. And you told one of your friends that before this night was over and before the rooster crowed twice, thrice he would deny you, six times, out of fear to save himself.

And you know your time on this earth was soon to end. And you gather your remaining friends and go to a garden to pray. And you tell your friends to watch and wait. And you go on alone to pray. And you pray because, you don’t want to die, but you will if you must. And you ask God if there is any other way? And God let’s you know that you do not have to go through with it, if you don’t want to. And you want to live and keep doing the works of God and to help people. And you love all the things in life at least, just as much as anyone did or does or will. And you do not yet know, what God knows. And you relinquish your will to God’s will and you know, He wants you to go through with it. And it is such an intense time, you perspire as if with, drops of blood.

And during this time, you return several times to your friends and each time, they are asleep. And the last time, you tell them to get up, the time has come. And you are met in the dark with a large group of people with soldiers. And out of the shadows comes the man who betrayed you. And he is among them and he gives you a kiss on your cheek, to identify you and to let you know he is the one. And he believed he was forcing you out, to prove you are who you say you are, to all the world. And you knew that he would later realize, how wrong he was, but would never allow his guilt to let himself be forgiven and he would take his own life.

And then you are taken in secret under cover of darkness by night, beaten and broken, without any offer of food, water or rest, the whole night through. And you were beaten beyond recognition. And even your own mother would not recognise you. And you appear before secret counsels of your own people and the high priest and even the Roman governor. And false witnesses come and go. And on and on through the long night and into the morning, you are tortured and insulted. And you are gang raped, slapped, hit in your face and humiliated.

And the governor’s wife has a horrible nightmare about you and pleads with her husband, not to involve himself with you. And the governor finds no wrong-doing, committed by you. And thinking to appease the crazed crowd and to prevent a riot or a revolt, he has you flogged thirty times minus one in case of a mis-count, of this maximum punishment prescribed by law, that if not counted correctly, the flogger would be flogged as well.  And the professional flogger meets his mark each time, with an handle of wood with strips of leather, attached with jagged pieces of bone. And each time it hits your back, it crashes against your spine, causing the nerves to explode and the bones rip skin off your flesh and the blood streams from your back, then coagulates. And all of this, would not appease the mob.

And the governor questions you and you do not answer. And he has the power of Rome behind him and offers to let you go, if you will, but submit to his authority (give a spoken oath), and give allegiance to him, the representative there, with all the authority and power of Rome. And you still will not speak. And he marvels that you would rather die free, standing on your feet, than to live on your knees in bondage. And he finds a custom of the jews to pardon one person, for the pending Passover. And he finds one, feared by the public, convicted of murder, who is already sentenced to die. And he presents you as one, more worthy of a pardon than a murderer. And the people reject the governor’s choice and choose a murderer over you. And the governor washes his hands, a ceremonial gesture that he is without guilt and Rome cannot be blamed, for being unjust because, they had no sworn oath of allegiance to Rome, from you. And he pardons and orders the release of a murderer. And he releases you to be crucified. And a crown of thorns is pressed into your scalp. And a purple, royal-like robe is, placed over you to mock you. And a reed is forced into your hand as if it was, the scepter of your kingdom to mock you more. And you are led away to a public place, where Rome displayed their conquered enemies and as a warning to any that would dare oppose their authority. And in their minds, their gods (false gods) were, bigger than your God, your father, the creator of the heavens and the universe.

And you are led to a place where you find a trunkless, limbless, branchless, twigless and leafless tree, lying on the ground, next to a hole. And the robe is ripped from your scabbed back and tossed aside and the pain and blood swells and flows, once more. And this cursed tree, this pole, has a notch cut out at it’s base. And you are held onto this dead tree by soldiers. And your legs are slightly bent and crossed at your feet. And one heel rests towards the back of the notch and your other foot is held over it. And a single iron spike is driven through the center of both of your feet and into the tree. And you wrench with pain again. And you are stretched out lengthwise on the tree and your arms are stretched over your head, palms facing out. And another single iron spike is driven through the center of your palms that are held together and driven through them, into the tree. And you wrench with pain. And these spikes in your hands and feet are driven with precision, into clusters of nerves, for the maximum amount of pain possible. And you wrench in pain from nearly every square inch of your entire body. And you are tied around the midriff with a rope around the tree, to help support you. And the tree you are hanging on is, lifted vertically and dropped into a hole next to it. And as the tree hits the bottom of the hole, it shudders and the pain screams throughout your body, even more.

And you fight with nothing, but sheer will, against your own body and brain’s natural tendency to draw you into unconsciousness, a defense mechanism, against the excruciating pain. And you must remain conscious and your mind focused, and your heart open to the still small voice of God. And you fight the doubts within you, that even He, your God and your Father has, forsaken you as all others have. And the doubts and worries and fears surround you. And you will not succumb to them or give into them. And you know that even then, all your disciples have scattered or are holde-up someplace, for fear of being captured.  And you know that even your own mother and your own half-brothers and half-sisters are not there. And you know that your adopted father is, not there. And you are again tempted to doubt and to worry and to fear, that your have been forsaken by all. And God your father is often silent, but He never leaves you alone!

And you are otherwise alone and know only, that you are doing Gods will. And your own people walk by and curse you and spit upon you. And you are hanging there in this public place of shame. And people taunt you that your God means nothing and you mean nothing. And Soldiers play a game of chance for the robe, stripped from your back, tearing the dried scabs of your blood and skin with it, opening the stream of blood again. And they seek a memento that they may own for pride-keeping or sell for pride-money.

And all but one, hung on stakes with you, criticize, condemn, complain and curse you. And one tells the others to shut their mouths and that they all deserve this fate, but you are innocent and having done nothing wrong. And he asks you to remember him, when you go to God. And at that moment, God reveals to you that this man is, the last, lost sheep of the house of Israel that was promised paradise. And you speak lovingly to him that the day is coming, sometime in the future, that he too, would one day be with God in paradise.

And this you do all, even with a nearly totally exhausted mind, and wholly spent body, with nearly no energy remaining, but you still hold on to the truth and the truth holds onto you. And all of this you do, despite your broken and bruised body, exhaustion and collapsing lungs, struggling just to breathe. And this you do, despising the shame, not because, you are innocent and have done nothing wrong, but you understood that it was all as if, they were doing this to God, your father, whose very will, you were doing at that very moment. And this you pray to God, your Father, to forgive them because, they don’t understand what they are doing. And this you do, even though you knew that if you changed your mind, God would send legions of angels to take you down and minister to you. And this you knew, you had every right to do because, you were innocent and had not done anything wrong. And this you do because, you had made the decision, in the garden of Gethsemane.

And this you are able to endure because, God, your father, showed you what will come of this, in the future, the glory to come that will draw all those who want to come to God, And you cry out with joy, “My God, My God, for this purpose…” And that is the moment you knew and saw by a vision, there would one day be a multitude of people without number. And then you knew that, for this to happen, you first must die.

And then the moment has come and with every fiber of your being and last ounce of strength you cry out, “It is finished,” and you give up your life. And you will to die physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, at the exact moment that God knows is right and has led you to. And you die, taking the sins of the world then and in the future, upon you and unto you. And by every stripe you took and bore, there would be healing, for others to come because, you bore them once and for all, all who will come and will to receive.

And as you die, so do all of them that you have drawn and will draw to God, your father. And you have redeemed all from the curse of the law. And this was the time of passover at sunset. And you were the passover lamb, the perfect sacrifice, once and for all. And when you died, they and all died. And your ministry, which began at age thirty, could have only lasted about six months. And as the passover lamb had to be of its first year, so were you. And as the passover lamb had to be a male and without spot or blemish, so were you. And as the lamb was led not knowing its fate (manner of death), so were you. And as the passover lamb was to be killed before sunset which began the next day, the day of the passover, so were you.

And nearing sunset, which began a new day, the day of Passover, a holy day when no servile work could be done, no one could partake of the passover, if they were ceremonially unclean or had touched any dead thing. And the soldiers came to break your legs and all those condemned to die with you. And this was done to hasten death, causing the inability, for the bodies to support their weight on those trees. And death would had been by asphyxiation. And quickly dying, they could be dead and buried and those involved could, become clean and participate in the Passover after sunset, the day of Passover.

And the soldiers came to one criminal and then another different kind of criminal and they broke their legs. And coming to you, in the middle of the other four hung with you, they marveled that you were already dead and did not break your legs. They marveled because, Romans were masters at torture and despite all that they had done to you, it was not enough to kill you. And no one or nothing killed you. And you freely laid down your life and willed yourself to die, at exactly, the precise moment and according to the will of God, your father.

And when you were buried, all that you died for, was, as if, all were buried with you. And when you descended into hell (the grave), for 3 days and three nights, legally to be declared dead after 72 hours, it is as if, all descended into hell with you. And the devil and all the hounds of hell, howled like wolves, in their foolishness, for they never knew what was to come.

And when you arose, all would rise with you. And when you put on a new body and new eternal life, from God’s perspective, so would all that would accept this gift of everlasting life, from the perspective of, the living. And when you ascended and sat down on the right hand of God, with everything finished and all complete, we ascended with you and we sat down with you.

And all of this so simply began, in prayer to God, your father, in Gethsemane.

“And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.”

Matthew 26:39

And all of this, like a child so simply, as a child understands because, God so loved the world that he gave the world you, his only begotten son. And you so loved God, you did His will and laid down your life. And this you did because, you so loved the world too.

I close this with a simple song. It has simple words. It is a simple story with many pictures that if you let them in, they will come inside you. It is sung by a child, a simple three year old child named, Claire Ryann. Be a child. All of this is quite simple. All of this is about love, love for God, love for his son and love for you, in a simple garden of Gethsemane.

Gethsemane

by Melanie Hoffman

Jesus climbed the hill
To the garden still
His steps were heavy and slow
Love and a prayer
Took Him there
To the place only He could go

Gethsemane
Jesus loves me
So He went willingly
To Gethsemane

He felt all that was sad, wicked or bad
All the pain we would ever know
While His friends were asleep
He fought to keep
His promise made long ago

Gethsemane
Jesus loves me
So He went willingly
To Gethsemane

The hardest thing that ever was done
The greatest pain that ever was known
The biggest battle that ever was won
This was done by Jesus
The fight was won by Jesus

Gethsemane
Jesus loves me
So He gave His gift to me
In Gethsemane

Gethsemane
Jesus loves me
So He gives His gift to me
From Gethsemane

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness

Dahni

next time: ‘O’ Holy Night’

 

Happy Birthday Big Brother

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September 11, 2016

To celebrate a birthday, there had to be a birthday. Before the birthday of the Church in Christ from Acts 2:4, there was a previous birth. This was the birthday of Jesus Christ. Astronomically, historically and biblically, this was on, September 11. So…

Happy Birthday J.C.!

You’re NOT getting older, you are…

“…the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.”

Hebrews 13:8

This ebullient artist’s depiction has long been a favorite of mine and how I picture my big brother, a man who lived, loved and laughed! I cut it out of a magazine and kept it in my treasure box and looked upon it often. I have no idea what happened to it, but it is ever in my memory.

The artist of this pen and ink? Fred Berger. The title? ‘The Laughing Christ.’ It accompanied an article written by Harvey Cox, titled, “For Christ’s Sake.” The year? December, 1969. The magazine? Playboy Magazine. One can miss him everywhere and one can he reach, anywhere!

You may choose to remember on this day, death and destruction? I choose life and that none is forgotten!

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,

Dahni

next time: ‘Gethsemane’

Break Forth

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Break Forth

By Dahni
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Out of silence was I born;
into silence will I return,
but upon this life
beneath an open firmament;
beneath an oft’ darkened cloud
I have wept

But was it for the surrender to the will of my
flesh soul spirit

or to surrender these all— to another’s will?
and the earth cried
and the heavens roared

I was a seeker, but where have I sought?
By these hands of what have I wrought?
Have I wept in the dark nights of my
flesh soul spirit,

because my will was done and therein mine consequence
or another’s will and therein mine purification?
and the earth wept
and the heavens sounded

A noble heart seeks the excellent,
but a fat and prideful flesh will not allow itself to become a slave
and yet a slave we are all, to something or to someone
a slave to
flesh soul spirit

or a slave to the God and Father of my tripartite being
and the earth poured
and the heavens thundered

Heaviness makes the clouds to break forth the rain
and through the clouds the breaking forth of thunder
and the lightening splits the sky

Who am I, born out of silence
that will also, return to silence?
But into this life what marks will I leave it?

My name will not be known or my name forgotten
so why would it please me that the mortal or corruptible might—
weep for me or clap for me?
I would not be enslaved to my
flesh soul spirit

for a silver name or golden fame, but upon this life, a simple aim
a slave to the master of my
flesh soul spirit;

just a drop for the Rainmaker’s use and a drop to those rained upon,
a token, a sample, a type; a purifier
and the earth filled with tears
and the heavens with clapping

Oh, let me be a willing slave to the master of my
flesh soul spirit

an example to the earth
a child of praise raining down

Oh, let me be, a giver of not what I have made or I have acquired,
but of all I’ve been given and made in me,
a tripartite being of
flesh soul spirit

Let me be willing to go into the dark nights of my
flesh soul spirit

Made Redeemed, Made Justified, Made Sanctified, Made Righteous— Purified
by Love and Grace and Mercy
and fit to Minister Reconciliation

Oh, THEN and only THEN—
Let then the earth weep for joy— Rain down the tears
and let the heavens applaud— Claps of thunders
and let the light of God strike every heart

and let the earth weep for joy
and the heaven’s applaud my entrance
and the lightening of eternity split the dark

from the collections: first, ‘Sing in the Key of Me’
and 2nd, ‘Psalms in the Key of Thee’
by the same author © 2015, all rights reserved

Note: The Poem ‘Break Forth’ was inspired by the title of another poem and treatise, ‘Dark Night of the Soul’ (Spanish: La noche oscura del alma) by 16th-century Spanish poet and Roman Catholic, Saint John of the Cross. You may read this poem by clicking the link to— ‘Dark Night of the Soul’

http://goo.gl/dkZcXO

http://poemsintranslation.blogspot.com/2009/09/saint-john-of-cross-dark-night-of-soul.html

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,

Dahni

Next time: ‘Happy Birthday Big Brother’

Be Anxious for Nothing

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I have a friend that suffers from anxiety. She is inside and out a beautiful young woman, but does not see it. Flips off the words of others that tell her anything contrary to her internal vision of she hold of herself. I do not know the length of time or the frequency, but she has been in counseling for some time.

She recently shared a video about anxiety that held specific meaning for her. And this was that she finds some measure of comfort, in that she is not alone.

In the video, which by the way, did a fairly good job of describing the many symptoms of anxiety, began as thus:

“Things of Anxiety Nobody Talks About”

This first line becomes the them or the purpose of the video and then shows the various “things” nobody talks about which is followed by a series of handwritten post-it notes as a list, not a complete list, but a list. Before continuing with the ‘list’ I was just like to point out that if “nobody talks about” these things then nobody would know about them. Most of do indeed know that something is wrong or has gone amiss or amok, when things are just not right or clear. So this is a point of inaccuracy in its opening premise. Anyway, what follows is the ‘list.’

1. “Anxiety” is a term used very loosely. It’s not often that people acknowledge how
debilitating it is.
2. It’s hard to have a relationship when you [one] has anxiety. Anxiety causes low
self- esteem and low self-worth and sometimes we [they] push people
away because of it.
3. People with anxiety can feel helpless and suicidal. These thoughts are not only
associated with other “more severe” mental illnesses.
4. Some of us have violent intrusive thoughts, like not be able to stop imagining
family or friends you care deeply about, dying horribly and painfully.
5. Anxiety can make me [one] jump to the wrong conclusion really fast!
6. It can come with physical issues. Constipation. The runs. Puking [throwing up] and much more – all the “gross” stuff no one want to openly admit.
7. It can cause you to snap at people when they are doing something that triggers you. Then later, when you try to apologize or explain, they don’t understand.
8. It’s common for young children to be labeled as “bad” because, people don’t
understand anxiety disorders in children.
9. For me, sex/relationship difficulties stem from anxiety.
10. We may feel completely fatigued and physically worn out after an episode.
11. We constantly swap and wear masks to hide how we really feel. We are human chameleons and masters of disguise so other people don’s see our panic and our pain.
12. The FEAR of anxiety can also cause it
I place the word “FEAR” in bold CAPITAL letters on purpose. This will be addressed later.

Wanting to help my young friend, I sent her the following:

“I could relate to ALL of these things. I suffered from them mostly in silence. I could not afford counseling. I had no one to talk to. I was too ashamed and did not want to affect anyone else. So for years, I kept a journal and would review them periodically to see where I was in the past and compare it to where I was in the present. One day, while reviewing the journal, I skipped around and looked at random posts. Suddenly I realized I had been repeating the same theme and things, over and over again. It was like watching the same movie that sucked the first time, over and over again. So I threw all those journals away and decided I really didn’t want comfort in my misery. I didn’t really want to voice how I felt, I didn’t want a record that I or anyone could ever read and possibly be affected the same way as I was. But I realized at that moment, what I wanted was not to understand why I had anxiety, but HOW to live a different way, have a different focus, a different direction; to think, focus, write, act, and head in a completely different direction to what I wanted and needed! I didn’t want to wear a mask. I wanted a new face that would reflect who I really am or at least who I wanted to become. And that if I or anyone should ever read my journals, see my self-made and internal movies, they would be encouraged! They would be inspired! They would be lifted up and strengthened, and move in a similar direction that would propel all of us towards a beautiful life worth living and giving! And for me, that has made all the difference!!! Make and hold onto a vision of who you want to become and you will become that person! This is not a mask, it is the face of who you truly are! And my dear, you truly ARE, already, a beautiful young woman, unique in all the world! And no one, NOT anyone, can do, what only you can do!”

-me-

I would like to point out that when I went through what I went through, my discovery was not from knowledge I had actively sought or acquired by my own efforts. It would take many years later before I understood. But at that time, call it what you want, an accident, being in the right time and place, intuition, a law unto myself, inspiration from within or whatever. Something or someone was moving or working in me to affect positive change. OHHHHHH, that all were a Christian! All would not only understand this, but know how to and could overcome anxiety!! It would be far cheaper, take less time and produce greater and lasting results! But, there is no one, Christian or otherwise that cannot benefit greatly from understanding this matter from scripture!

There are many Greek words translated “mind” in the New Testament of the Bible. For time and clarity, I will just use three of them here.

The first is, phronēma (fron’-ay-mah). This word according to its usage and various forms such as phroneō (fron-eh’-o), would be more accurately translated as thought or thoughts. Another Gk. Word is, psuchē (psoo-khay’). It is mostly used an transliterated over to the word we understand as soul. Many inaccurately associate the word soul with the word spirit and often use them interchangeably. But “in the beginning” in the Book of Genesis, God formed the human body with the same elements that make up the dust or dirt of the ground, He made a soul and he created a spirit. Like all of life, the differences lie, in the levels of intellect and the scope of activity that each can do. A body (something physical) also contains a brain (also physical) which is an organ which processes chemical and electrical signals or stimuli and acts or reacts according to its composition (DNA) or internal encoding if you will. Many of these processes like regulating blood pressure, heartbeat and so on are considered to be involuntary. Somewhere in this brain is the organ of mental perception, the soul, breath-life, the essence of this life form that distinguishes it from growth life as similar to a plant. A plant is limited in its scope and activity. It can reach toward the sun, plant its root deeper and resist the onslaughts of abnormal forces of nature, but it cannot just pick itself up and move away to where the weather is better. Our bodies are more able to do this and more.

Within this soul, we are capable to some degree of gaining greater control of our bodies involuntary process. There are those that can actually control their breathing to the point where their blood pressure drops and their heart rate slows. All of us are capable of this and so much more, but some have had a head start or a lifetime of practicing such things. This brings us to the last Greek word I want to introduce here. The Greek word is nous (nooce).

Somewhere in the brain (the organ of chemical/electrical) perception lies the soul, the essence of one’s life that separate it from the body (including the brain) lies the nous, the mind (the organ of mental perception). It’s stimuli like chemical/electrical signals if you will are thoughts both conscious and subconscious. It is our individual nous or mind which makes us each distinctly unique even though similar, to every other person living, dead or yet to live?

In dealing with anxiety, psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors and others in trying to help others, seek to understand the problems by determining the cause or at least the symptoms. The word psychology comes from the Greek word psuchē and is the study of (ology) of the psyche or soul. Many joke that those who study this subject or get into this field do so primarily because, they want to understand themselves.

The physical brain can be seen, handled, studied, an examined. But the soul or the psyche and the nous or the mind we cannot. We can only try and examine its activities or effects. It is much like the wind. We cannot see the wind, only the effects of its presence such as, a breeze rustling the leaves on a tree. So, to try and help someone with their anxieties, it must first be understood what they are. This is done by asking questions like, what do you think, what are your thoughts about this or how does it make you feel. Some may use drugs to get the patient to relax and open up. Others may use hypnosis. This process can take a great deal of time and depending on the severity of the anxieties, perhaps even a lifetime just so the patient can reach some level of being able to function on a day to day basis. And to bring up the problems and anxieties may actual magnify them; reinforce them, maintain and even strengthen them. There is a much better way.

There is a method of counseling called, Nouthetic counseling. I’ll not spend a great deal of time on it here except to narrowly perhaps, give you some understanding of its definition. Nouthetic (Greek: noutheteo), means to admonish. It is a form of evangelical protestant pastoral counseling that tries to base its work on scripture, hence, admonish the patient to rely on scripture rather than on established methods of psychology. Nouthetic counseling has both those that praise and criticize its methodology and usefulness. But it actually is a combination of two Greek words and these two words, I want to focus on here.

Nous is one of the Greek words translated in English as mind. Theos is a Greek word for God. Putting these two together would give the meaning according to usage as mind of God, God mind or having the mind of God. That might be a shock to think that such a thing would be, could be or that such a thing is possible for mere mortal mind. Let us turn to what the Bible says. The following verse is referring to, Jesus Christ.

“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:”

Philippians 2:6 King James Version

The next translation makes this a little clearer.

“Who, though he was in the form of God, did not count
equality with God a thing to be grasped,

Philippians 2:6 English Standard Version

Jesus Christ always did the Father’s will. In so doing, he was in his mortal flesh a reflection of God who is spirit. As he did the Father’s will, he was God-minded or had the mind of God. This is HOW he was able to do the works that he did. He was in so doing, equal to God and it was not “robbery” to be equal with God. The English Standard makes this more clear. It emphasizes this equality in that God almighty that created the heavens and the universe made himself equal to his only begotten son. Jesus Christ realizing this in doing his will, still could not grasp how powerful this equality was, but he accepted it and he did have the mind of God! People could see God by the words Jesus Christ spoke and the works that he did. They could see the mind of God in manifestation, in evidence. God made him to be able to dwell in his only begotten son. And so is this true of humanity. We are made to search and question, to strive for excellence, to reach a level of order and perfection as the entire cosmos was made to do and that God may dwell in us..

Now if Jesus being made equal to God, by God, did not blow your mind or at least pop some neurons, check out this next verse.

“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him?
But we have the mind of Christ.”

1 Corinthians 2:16 King James Version

Who knows the mind of God that they could teach God, instruct Him, tell Him what to do? But in the very next line we read that we “have the mind of Christ.” Notice the word “have” in bold text. It does not say that it would be a good thing if this were possible. It does not say maybe one day this might be possible. It says we “have.” Yes, we as children of God already “have” the mind of Christ! This is a present reality based on the past, when Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead, ascended up into and through the heavens and was seated on the right hand of God. As far as God is concerned, it’s a finished deal, we have, yes we already have the mind of Christ who was god minded and equal to God! Jesus Christ often told the hearers of the words he spoke to believe on him by the works he did. This is how they would know that Jesus Christ was God-minded or had the mind of God.

Before the Day of Pentecost, Jesus Christ knew that he would be crucified. He instructed his 12 apostles how to receive the gift of holy spirit when it would come for the very first time, on the Day of Pentecost. He told them to go to Jerusalem and “wait for the promise of the Father.” After his death, resurrection and ascension, the 12 apostle did as they were instructed and went to the temple dailt during the five hours of prayer and they waited for the promise.

Also, before the Day of Pentecost, Jesus Christ instructed his apostles with the following.

“Verily, verily,[truly, truly] I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

John 14:12 King James Version

WOW, Jesus Christ told his 12 apostles that they would do the works that he did (and they did) and even “greater works.” OMG, how would it, could it be possible that the 12 could do even greater works than Jesus Christ did (and they did)? Jesus Christ was the only begotten son of God, but he would and could not do greater works than God because, he was not God, he was the son of God. But his apostles and to this day, every child of God can do even greater works than Jesus Christ did! Why? Because, these greater works were not available until AFTER the Day of Pentecost in principle, but only when they had grown enough spiritually to believe it and it became a practical or practiced truth. God waits on us. God limits himself to us. All have freedom of will. But again, all of these thing are dependent upon putting this God-mind or the mind of God into the works that we do.

In scripture, there are many things God tells his people to “put off.” But these things are always followed by what we are to “put on” instead. This is a requirement for being God-minded or having the mind of God. In the Book of Romans, this is called the Renewed Mind.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Romans 12:2

Not being “conformed” to this world is to put off the things of this world. In so doing we are transformed. The word transformed from the Greek is transliterated into our present word of metamorphism. “Putting off” is like, shedding our former caterpillar selves and “putting on” is like, being transformed into a butterfly. This is the renewing of the mind or the renewed mind of being God-minded and having the mind of Christ. And in so doing (the works we do) we prove to ourselves and to others what is “that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God!” This is how we know we a promoting the right stuff, by the results. This is God’s advertising program (these works of God in Christ in us)!

Well, what about my anxieties, worries or fears? What does the Bible have to say about this? The simple answer is, don’t be anxious, for anything EVER! No, this is not a pretense that anxiety does not exist. And no, it not even lets talk about it, or how do you feel or the use of drugs or hypnosis to make one more conducive to communicate or susceptible to counseling. It’s not a ‘fake it til’ you make it either. Just plain and simple, stop being anxious! Remember “put off” and “put on,” not being “conformed to this world” but being “transformed” by the renewed mind? God NEVER tells us to do anything without telling us HOW to do it!

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7 New King James Version

In order to not be anxious, we must be something else or do something else. We are to pray and supplicate or petition. What’s the difference? To pray is more general. Supplication or petitions are more specific prayers. The attitude we are to approach these prayers and supplications with is with thankfulness. This gives the idea of expectancy. You pray and ask for specific things with thankfulness because, you are expecting to receive them. We are to pray to God and make our requests known to Him. Trust me, He already knows what we need before we ask. The word “requests” is more like demands because it follows thanksgiving (being thankful) because, you know and believe you will receive. Why? Because the things you pray and ask God for are according to His Word. Know His word, don’t be anxious, pray and make requests (demands) of God with thankfulness (expecting to receive) because, what you have prayed/demanded of Him is, according to His Word.

“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.”

I John 5:14, 15 King James Version

Knowing that God hears and will answer any and all requests (demands) according to His Word, the peace (peace is, the absence of strife) of God surpasses all understanding and will guard the heart (the innermost part of one’s being) and mind through Jesus Christ. Christ is the conduit for which these requests, and this peace will guard our hearts and minds. This is a fluid and complete process. Having peace does not mean there is not strife all around or even within, trying to maintain, strengthen itself or always be the dominate force sustaining the anxiety. It will require effort. The more one does this, the stronger and better they will become at it and the faster they will see the desired results. Focus and determination is necessary to hold onto what ones desires and letting go of what is not. It must become a new habit to break the old.

Now most of this process of transformation is available to anyone, whether they are a Christian or not because, it is based on universal law. Do the works and you’ll get the results. Put off the anxiety by putting on the thoughts of what is desired; what is available and this will at the same time, be putting off the old. In the brain you are forming new pathways. It takes work. As we feed (or should feed) are bodies with the best possible food, so to we need the best food for the mind. The food of the mind are the thoughts we allow or that we chose to replace. Just as our bodies are our, so is it our responsibility to keep it in the best possible shape and to lovingly care for it, as best as is possible. So to is our minds. It too, is our responsibility. Both our bodies and our minds (ours souls) are ours to choose what we do with them. Change our thoughts and we change our circumstances and instead of consequences we will achieve results of who we desire to be and what we want and need in our lives. Change our thoughts to transform ourselves from mere caterpillars to beautiful butterflies, and we will become and we will achieve what we think habitually on. And the results are more, much more than an just an ordered, peaceful and prosperous and loving mind, it will affect our countenance, the physical body and everyone we come in contact with! There is no other upon the face of the earth like you. You are totally unique. Only you can become and do, what only you can become and only you can do. The world is waiting on you and for you! But OHHHHHH, that all were a Christian! There would be so much more available!

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”

Ephesians 3:20

In addition to having a body (including a brain) and a soul which houses the mind and the thoughts within them, a Christian has a spirit, the spirit of God. They have the mind of Christ and equality with him and with God (God is NOT a respecter of persons). In order to receive anything from God the conditions must be met. Quite simply the two big conditions are that it is according to His Word and we believe. Believe is a verb and connotes action. We must act. We must act as if we already have what we ask God for or even think about. And above all of this, God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all according to or because of the power that is at work in us. This power is His spirit, His child in us. This spirit in us has the mind of God or is God-minded. It is equal with God because, God made it equal with Him. So, like a contemporary of the King James Bible of 1611 and King James who authorized its translation, William Shakespeare wrote, “To Be or not to be, that is the question.” God almighty who created the heavens and the universe, his unlimited or limitlessness has limited Himself to you and I! He is waiting on us and for us to do the works of Jesus Christ and greater works. He is waiting for us to put off and put on the renewed mind and live upon this earth in the realm of the seemingly impossible and the miraculous! Be anxious for nothing. Transform yourselves. Think on these things and you shall!
Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,

Dahni

Next time: ‘Happy Birthday 2016’

Happy Birthday

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the Church in Christ! Oh, IF the world only knew; IF we who profess to be Christian only knew and IF we only believed—

Oh, what POWER we all would be witnessing DAILY!

Now, if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,

Dahni

Next time: ‘Be Anxious for Nothing’

Elijah, Elisha, John the Baptist, Jesus Christ and You

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In a previous post called ‘Greater Works’, we saw that the disciples (later called apostles) of Jesus Christ, were told by him that they could do greater works than he did himself. So can you and I! The simple explanation, for how this is possible is, something you already both understand and use, every single day. And this is, believing. Everyone believes in something or in someone. And everyone believes something or someone. If you are sitting right now as you read this, would you be sitting if you did not “believe” the chair or whatever it is that you are sitting on, would not support you; not keep you from falling on the floor? Well, of course not. Believing is, just that simple. Believing is a verb and it connotes action. Believing is a law, a universal law and it works for anyone— Christian, Jew or Gentile (everyone else). Sorry, this is NOT my classification of people, it’s the Bible and by author, it’s God’s classification. Yes, many writers in the Bible, but only one author, as it says of itself.

So, we understand and use believing every day, in our day-by-day lives. But when it comes to the supernatural (above the natural order or laws of things) or the spiritual realm, we have a tendency to think that something other than believing is required to pull these things off. Or, many think you have to have some special ‘gift’ or calling or that it is of ‘faith.’ Just how many times would you suppose God ever tells anyone to accept anything by ‘faith,’ can be found in the Bible? I mean, if faith or the lack thereof is so sure-fire important, one would think, it can found in the Bible, wouldn’t you? Well, NOT only is it NOT in there, neither is, “I’ve lost my faith,” I don’t have enough faith,” and other such erroneous, fictitious and utterly ridiculous statements like these!

Believing is the standard in the Bible. Believing is, always required to receive anything from God. So, if you or I are NOT seeing signs, miracles and wonders in our daily lives, why not? What’s the problem? It is no different to believe that my chair is going to support me and I won’t fall on my butt, than it would be to tell a mountain to go jump in a lake and it does.  Once again, believing is a law. It is a universal law. Believe one way (fear) and we get consequences. If we believe another way, we get the results that the Bible says we will. But, we all need to learn to believe, just like we learn to do anything else that we do. If it seems impossible, it is. If it seems possible, that’s also, correct. So how do we learn to believe?

“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”

“And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

Romans 10:14-15 KJV

We need to be taught how to believe. We need examples. Someone has to teach us. Again, if we are not seeing signs, miracles and wonders, we have a tendency to think and believe that they really don’t exist. Or, we may think and believe the Old Testament believers like Elijah and Elisha were just special because, they had the spirit of God upon them? John the Baptist was special because, he had the spirit of God upon him? Jesus Christ was special because, he had the spirit of God upon him? His original 12 disciples (including Judas Iscariot) were special because, they had the spirit of God upon them? And after the Day of Pentecost, the original 11 disciples plus Matthias (which replaced Judas Iscariot) were special because, they were apostles and those times were special and they were able to do even greater works than Jesus Christ himself could do, (which they did)? Well, more than Elijah, Elisha, John the Baptist, and even Jesus Christ, if you are a Christian, you are special because, you do NOT have the spirit of God upon you, it is IN you!

Still, people need to learn HOW to believe. We need teachers. We need examples.

Elijah did eight miracles. He was the forerunner of John the Baptist, who came in the spirit of Elijah. John was the forerunner of Jesus Christ. Elijah had an understudy, a protege, a student. His name was Elisha. He learned from Elijah. Elisha did sixteen miracles.  Jesus Christ learned all these things from studying the Word. Not only did he do the same type of miracles as did Elijah and Elisha, he did more and were part of his fulfilling of the law.  The name “Jesus” means “Yahweh saves”. “Elisha” means “God saves”. All three of these individuals raised at least, one person from the dead. Even though Elisha did twice a many miracles as Elijah, and Jesus Christ more than both, there were times that none of them could do many mighty works. What? Not even Jesus Christ? Yes, not even Jesus Christ.

Even though Jesus Christ learned from the examples of Elijah and Elisha, Elisha is only mentioned once in the New Testament.

“And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.”

“But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias [Elijah], when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;”

“But unto none of them was Elias [Elijah] sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.”

“And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus [Elisha] the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.”

Luke 4:24-27 KJV

If you do a study on the names of Elijah and Elisha, most of the miracles they did were not to their own people, but those NOT called of God! So what’s the problem? It was the same problem that even Jesus Christ had to deal with.

“And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”

Matthew 13:58 KJV

In order, for signs, miracles, and wonders to occur, someone or someone(s) has to believe. It is not an option. It is a requirement. With very few exceptions, someone has to believe to receive. The exceptions are: some diminished mental capacity, children and in raising someone from the dead. In these situations, someone has to believe, for them as they are NOT able to believe on their own. These things were not just for certain times or certain people. God has not changed. Signs, miracles and wonders are, His thing! It’s His advertising or marketing program. But if God Almighty, the creator of the heavens and the earth is going to pull these off, someone or someones, got to believe! We need to be taught, HOW to believe. We need examples. We already know how to believe. We have plenty of examples. It is just as easy to believe that my chair will support me as it is, to raise someone from the dead!

Oh, well, these people were in the past? That was a long time ago! What about something current?

I am going to close this post out with a video about a miracle, someone that was actually raised from the dead and it’s documented. But first, I want to say something about another video, which is currently being viewed by many on Facebook. About a year ago, a small village in Syria was bombed. Someone just happened to hear the cries of a two year girl, buried beneath the rubble. You can search for this on You Tube if you are interested, using the keywords: ‘Child Buried in Rubble in Syria.’

In the video, for nearly 8 minutes, people watch as men with their bare hands try desperately to remove all the rocks and debris from the child that was somehow, still alive. The little girl was completely covered and wedged beneath heavy rocks. It takes over 2-3 minutes before, we even see what the men are digging for. And it takes almost the full 8 minutes before, they can free her her. A follow-up video shows that she suffered no injuries and was one of 8 children lost initially. Their entire home was leveled and at least 7 (the last I checked) were all found alive. We see this and believe it, for the most part because, we see it with our eyes.

Andrew, one of Jesus Christ’s  disciples would not believe that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead until, he saw the imprints of the nail driven through his hands and touched them. And Jesus Christ taught them all, you believe because, you see, but blessed are those that believe, but have not yet seen. And this is the law of believing.

Today, we must believe first, then we will see. And as hard as it might be to believe this, God has limited Himself of what He is willing and able to do, by our believing. Someone or someones always has to believe, in order for God to move, to do mighty works. I cannot think of a much greater miracle than to raise someone from the dead. But even that, even hearing it with their own ears and seeing it with their own eyes, some will still, NOT believe. I suppose that some will however believe that the entire video was ‘photo shopped’ or somehow edited. What if you actually saw someone or maybe even a pet, get up from the dead?

“And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”

Luke 16:31 KJV

Elijah having done it, Elisha having done it and Jesus Christ having done it, he believed that God would raise him also, from the dead. What do you and I believe?

To believe is a law. It is a universal law. It works for anyone. We all believe someone or something. We cash a check or make a payment because, we believe we have the money or the credit in our accounts. In order to believe, we must be taught. We need examples to learn by. Elijah, Elisha, John the Baptist, and even Jesus Christ, had to learn HOW to believe. They all needed and had examples. And this believing was often done at a distance, which produced the signs, miracles and wonders.

Believing to raise the dead is, no different than riding a bicycle, we believe we are not going to fall off. Often these miracles, wonders and signs were not done and not received by God’s own people (so called “believers”), but received by others (so called “un-believers.” It always takes at least two, to believe, in the law of believing. At least one has to ‘believe to receive’ and at least one, has to ‘believe’ to DO the signs, miracles and wonders.

To believe or not is, always a choice. There are only a few exceptions when only at least one must believe. In the event that someone has diminished mental capacity, someone has to believe, for them. In the case of children (like the child buried underneath the rubble), the men digging, for her, had to believe, for her. She was powerless to help herself and would have died unless, the men kept right on digging until, they freed her. With small children, someone or someones has to believe, for them (usually their parents). The last exception is quite obvious. If you are dead, someone or someones must believe, for you! That “someone” might as well be you and I because, Elijah, Elisha, John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, the 12 that received the spirit and power of God WITHIN them, on the Day of Pentecost, are NO LONGER HERE! But you are!!! Be a sign, wonder and miracle maker/worker TODAY! Yes, YOU!

So, I will leave this post with a video and a link to more documentation about this miracle of one being raised from the dead, in our day and time. The event happened in 2003, in Sydney, Australia. Yes, this was around 12 years ago, but the video was recorded at, a meeting of, the General Assembly of, the United Nations, in New York City, NY, in the United States, just this past April, April 22, 2015! The man speaking in his own words, is the miracle. He is the one that was raised from the dead. Watch and listen carefully. At the end, I will provide a link, for more information, documentation from those that were there, medical science as well as others and it even show MORE, than what the video shares!!!

Evangelist Lee Stoneking shares his testimony of being raised from the dead by Jesus Christ to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. April 22, 2015.

Clinically dead for 45 minutes and to suddenly come back to life? That’s medically impossible! To not have any brain damage after even 5 minutes and absolutely NOT after 45 minutes is, medically impossible! To have the DNA marker of heart disease completely removed from every cell in the body is, medically impossible! To be given a complete blood work up and to declare this man completely healthy, for his age and his previous health is, medically impossible!

Now what the video does NOT show, but is documented in the link to follow, for one is, this man suddenly died in the airport in front of many people. He fell over and his head hit the concrete floor, fracturing his skull. He had blood on his brain which further complicated any possibility of his heart being able to start beating again. And later, it is documented that he had no signs of blood ever being on his brain or that his skull was ever fractured. That’s another medical impossibility! All of this was, one miracle after another! What is also, not told in the above video is, there was a man with him when this happened and he saw it happen. He prayed and he continued to pray, for this man even while he was taken away from him in the ambulance. And after all that could be done, for this man, before placing him into the ambulance and while inside the ambulance, it was already decided that he was DOA (dead on arrival) before, the ambulance ever reached the hospital! At least this one man, who did the praying, was responsible, for this man to have been raised by God from the dead. It was done at a distance. God only needs a little, to do a lot! What God needed and this man needed was, for at least one to believe, for him because, he was dead! Yes, the praise and the glory, for all these miracles go to God, but at least someone, had to believe, for God to pull this off! True, others were involved as a team to care for this man as he convalesced. But the instantaneous miracle of being brought back from the dead, began by prayer and the prayer of one man. Prayer is believing. It is not asking, pleading, hoping, begging or wishing, it is more accurately, DEMANDING that God does what He says He is able and willing to do. And the prayers (believing) of even one that is made righteous by God through belief in His son Jesus Christ, avails much! It’s just this simple!

Just a certain believer, brother Slack, on the left that prayed=believed and Evangelist Lee Stoneking (who was raised from the dead) on the right

We don’t need to suffer for the Lord. He already suffered, for us and by his stripes, we WERE healed. We don’t need to be martyrs, Jesus Christ already died, for us. You and I need to be the miracles and the miracle makers and workers the world needs to see and that God, EXPECTS us to be!

Engrave this upon the stone of Your heart!

See more (pictures, information and documentation at:

http://www.leestoneking.com/My%20Miracle.htm

On Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/EvangelistLeeStoneking

 

Now, if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,

 

Dahni

Next time: ‘Happy Birthday’

It is Well

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The Story of Shunammite Woman

There is a story in the Bible, in the Book of II Kings, chapter 4 and verses 8-35. Most chapter headings in Bibles and in commentaries as well as other Bible reference stuffs, call this, The Story of Shunammite Woman. Well, those are all void of any authority. Oh sure, this woman, this Shunammite woman was “great” because the Bible say she was. But this story in II Kings 4:8-35 involves other people and other important information.
To me, it could just as easily be called, ‘Believing and Believing Until The Work is Done’ Or even simpler still—

Yes, the Shunammite woman was indeed, a “great woman,” but her husband was involved in this story as well! The prophet Elisha and his aide passed by Shunem. And she and her husband constrained him, to turn in and that they might feed him. To constrain someone meant to ask three times. If you wanted what was offered, you would only say yes, after the third asking. Elisha said yes. They fed him. They had no idea this man was a prophet, but they were certainly great judges of character!

The Shunammite woman later perceived that she and her husband had fed a man of God and that he continually traveled by their home. So both she and her husband agreed to make an apartment of sorts in their own home, to accommodate Elisha, whenever he came that way. They asked nothing for themselves.

Elisha passed by and again, they constrained him to lodge with them and that he would have his own privacy and that he could come and go as it pleased him. Still, the man and his wife, asked nothing for themselves.

Elisha was so touched by their generosity and respect, for his service to God and that they asked nothing, for themselves. So, he sent his aide to ask, what he might do for them. Still they asked nothing from Elisha’s aide. Elisha’s aide returned to him and said that they asked for nothing, but he knew they had no children and could not have children, for whatever reasons. Elisha asked his aide to call for the woman. She came and Elisha told her that about that time, “according to the time of life” (about nine months later), she would bare a child. About nine months later, she gave birth to a son.

When the babe had grown to be a young boy, he went out to see his father one evening when it was cool to work and the reapers were in the field. The child complained that his head hurt. His father told another young man to carry him to his mother. His father knew (he believed) where his son would be taken care of, with his wife, the boy’s mother.

I am sure that the son was rocked and consoled and comforted by his mother from whatever time he came to her in the evening until, noon the following day. She did all she could for her son, but still, he died most likely, in her arms and upon her lap.

There is no indication that she cried or mourned the loss of her son. Instead, she picked him up and carried him to the room of the prophet Elisha, and laid him upon his bed, closed the door and went out. She never says a word to anyone about her son, not even to her husband, his father. He never asks about his son. Why not? Does it say why? No, but was not this miracle of a son to him as well as his wife? Did he not love his son? I do not know, but If I was a betting man, I’d bet you that the Father loved his son and that he believed he was OK, otherwise his wife would have told him.

His wife asked her husband if he might let someone saddle one of their asses and drive her to find the prophet Elisha. Her husband just asks why would she need to find him? She gives him just a four word answer. He trusts his wife. He believes his wife and asks her no more questions. And what was her four word response? She responds by just saying, “It shall be well.” That’s absolutely in the future, everything is going to be fine.

She then tells her servant to make haste and to not be slow because, she is a woman, unless she asks him to. She never asks him to slow down. Then, they find the prophet Elsiha and he sees her approaching from some distance. Elisha sends his aide to meet her and to ask her three questions.

1. Is it well with you?
2. Is it well with your husband? and
3. Is it well with your son?

The Shunammite Woman answers with just three words this time, “It is well.” She does not say she hopes everything will be OK or it shall (absolutely) be well in the future, but “it is well,” right then and there in the present! This is quite a profession and confession of belief, in the midst of such a seemingly hopeless situation. In her mind it wasn’t future, but a present reality. “It is Well!”

Then she approaches the prophet Elisha and falls upon the ground and holds his feet. Elisha’s aide either sensing a potential threat or that this was disrespectful, tried to stop her. Elisha tells him to leave her alone. He knows the woman is troubled though she has never said a word to anyone, as to why. He speaks to his aide to leave her alone, that she is troubled and God has not told him why. The woman hears this and she answers for herself. She never says that her son is dead. She just says to the prophet, that she never asked for a son. Then Elisha knew, her son had died.

Elisha sends his aide to go on ahead and to lay Elisha’s staff upon the child. But the woman will not let go of the prophet’s feet and tells him that she will not leave him!

I take this all to mean in the vernacular – Hey, we fed you and accommodated you and never asked anything from you. You said we would have a child when it seemed hopeless. I bore this child, just as you said I would. Now he is dead. I appreciate you sending your aide, but I’m not leaving you. You take care of this situation Man of God! So, Elisha went with her.

When they got to her home, Elisha’s aide had done what he was told, but the child was still dead. Elisha goes into the room alone and finds the child, indeed, dead. He closes the door. It is now just he and the deceased young son inside. Elisha believes to the point that the child becomes warm, but the job is not yet complete. Elisha does not know what to do, but he has not given up. He walks up and down and to and fro inside the room until God tells him what to do next. In the end, the child sneezes 7 times (a sign of life) and the child opens his eyes. The story ends right there and moves on to something else, another subject and all, almost matter-of-factly or as if to say, OK, been there done that NEXT Lord, what’s next? But there is so much here that is not said, but it sparkles like diamonds, shines like gold and is as valuable as a ruby the size of the woman’s son!

I do not know how old the woman was or her husband. It say’s of him that he is “old.” I do not know what this means, but it could mean either that he was getting on in age and had no heir or it is a reference to his age or health which perhaps made him impotent. I do not know if the reason he and his wife could not have children was because of him, his wife or both, but for whatever reasons, they could not have children.

Still, it was not just the Shunammite woman that was great, so was her husband. He believed. She believed. Elisha’s aide believed to the best of his ability. Elisha believed and when it was not instantaneous, he kept going— kept believing until, the child was once again alive!

Believe and keep believing until the promises of God are received
and once they are received, keep believing until they are received again or just never stop believing!

Sometimes, things might happen instantly. Some times there are miracles where hope against all hope, happen in a moment. And sometimes, it takes time. Time is not the issue, but to keep on believing is always just like, we keep on breathing!

And last, but not least and maybe it should have been first, no matter how much fear surrounds us or how much life astounds us, we keep going. If we do not yet, have an answer to prayer, or our miracle, our deliverance or the outcome we desire has been fulfilled, we keep going. Whether the challenges are yourself which you face alone, with your husband, your wife, your child, your children, your other family or friends; whether it is financial, mental, emotional or spiritual, still we keep going— we keep believing! Yes, no matter the circumstances which seem to be hopeless and overwhelm us, still we keep our focus upon the promises of God until, we see the power of God. Never give up or give in, but let us continue to confess and profess no matter what—

“It is Well!”

 

It is Well

by Kristene DiMarco

Grander earth has quaked before
Moved by the sound of His voice
And seas that are shaken and stirred
Can be calmed and broken for my regard

And through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
And through it all, through it all
it is well
And through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
And it is well with me

And far be it from me to not believe
Even when my eyes can’t see
And this mountain that’s in front of me
Will be thrown into the midst of the sea

And through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
And through it all, through it all
it is well
And through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
And it is well with me
It is well
So let go my soul and trust in Him
The waves and wind still know His name
So let go my soul and trust in Him
The waves and wind still know His name
So let go my soul and trust in Him
The waves and wind still know His name
The waves and wind still know His name

It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well it is well with my soul
It is well it is well with my soul
ahhhhhhh (softly)

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You Lord
Through it all, through it all
It is well with me.

 

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,

Dahni

Next time: ‘Elijah, Elisha, John the Baptist, Jesus Christ and You’

 

For Giving

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Ahh, perhaps there is no more fitting a way to begin this post about a most beautiful word, than with a child’s drawing. It is simple and clear and easy to be understood. And it conveys the attitude we should all, always embrace about this beautiful and wonderful word—”forgive!”

The word is familiar to most of us as are most of its forms:

forgive – forgiving – forgiven – forgiveness

Most us have asked, “Please forgive me!” We have needed forgiveness and to have been forgiven.

On the other side of this, since we are imperfect and need to be forgiven, so it is true of others. But sometimes, this is not so easy to do and sometimes, it is even harder to forgive ourselves. Forgiveness – forgiving and being forgiven is NOT an option with God or His Word— it is REQUIRED!

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Ephesians 4:32 KJV

Notice, “forgiving” appears third on the list. First there is being “kind” to one another. Just being “kind” may lessen the frequency of having to either be forgiven or to forgive others later. Next is the word “tenderhearted.” Being tender towards one another, recognizing that we are all flawed also, may lessen the frequency of having to either be forgiven or to forgive others later. Finally, there is our word form of forgive— “forgiving.”

Notice, we are to (required to) forgive one another “as”? “As” ? As what? Forgive others even as for Christ’s sake has forgiven you!

If we ever have a problem with forgiving others or ourselves, check and see if you know what you’ve been forgiven of!

While Jesus Christ was dying and hanging on a tree, innocent of all charges he was accused of, guilty of nothing and having to endure the shame of being mocked and spit upon as a man and as this was being done to him a man, it was as if, it was being done to God. What did he do? What did he say?

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do…”

Luke 23:34a KJV

I realize that none of us living presently were there. We did not mock him, spit upon him, beat him and crucify him, but he still died, for you and I. Whether we have sinned or not, sin was still in our bloodline (thank you Adam & Eve— NO!) And Jesus Christ died for us. We have been forgiven!

Again, If I cannot forgive myself, I do not know or recall what I’ve been forgiven of!

If you or I have a problem with forgiving others, we don’t know or recall what we’ve been forgiven of! Yes, sometimes to forgive others is hard, hard as hell. I don’t want to, I don’t feel like I can and if and when I do get around to doing the right thing, something like the following has come to mind:

“OK, I’ll forgive you or them, but I’m not gonna’ forget about it!”

“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”

Hebrews 8:12

In a place in the Old Testament, God places our sin and what He’s forgiven us far as the deepest sea (maybe about 7 1/2 miles down) where they never see the light of day and He never brings them back up. In another, He casts our sin as far as the east is from the west. These two points NEVER – EVER connect. Try it sometime. Head east and keep going. You might need a boat when you get to the ocean, but if you keep going east and don’t turn around, you’ll always be heading east, no matter how many times you circle the globe. Get the point? God FORGIVES and God FORGETS! Uhhh, excuse me, aren’t we His children? Are we not supposed to be like Him? Are we not suppose to be like Jesus Christ, our big brother? But God knows how difficult it is for us to forget, and He does NOT ever ask us to. Have you ever wondered why or do you wonder why? Keep reading!

Sometimes we might think that to forgive others is like unlocking the door and making them free. So we unlock the door and open it, only to find that we were the prisoner inside all along.

What, pray tell is the reason for the title here, “For Giving”? Oh, I must have made a mistake, please forgive me? No! At least I have not made any mistakes to this point, today, and as such, I do not need to be forgiven (as of yet (give me time). 🙂

The words, “please forgive me” and “I’m sorry,” usually mean that he/she/they/them and me-myself-and-I have done something wrong and need to be forgiven and if we’ve any conscience at all, usually follow this with the words:

“I’m sorry, please forgive me” or simply to say to others, “I forgive you, you’re forgiven, apology accepted,” and etc.

But there is a whole lot MORE than just forgiving ourselves or others and even making ourselves free from our own prison cell of not forgiving. How about— giving?

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Cover Art by Meg Watson

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

Luke 6:48 KJV

In the times in which this verse was written, times were very hard. The marketplace was the center for buying and selling, social networking and for information. Travel was difficult and usually on foot. If you needed to purchase food, it was usually only what you could yourself all the way back home.
The marketplace was essential for both buyers and the sellers. There was competition just like there has always been and still today. But there was also a culture of honesty and integrity. This was mostly from a God-oriented or a God-conscious mindset. Sellers wanted your business. If you think it was hard for you to cash-and-carry, they had more to bring to the market and to take back home or to their shops/businesses etc. So they wanted your business. You would look for value and they would want to offer you, “the most bang for you buck.”

Luke 6:38 begins with the word “give.” and if we do, it “shall be given” to us. Then it compares this giving to a familiar scene of the marketplace in those days. So, you needed to go to the market and you needed a measure of ground grain.

This was not just a “measure” of flour, but a “good measure.” It was good stuff, of the highest quality and the right measure in weights and balances. It was a standard measure. Oh, sure, their were cheats, but for the most part, NOT. Word would get around, so why cheat.

So, the merchant would correctly measure out the right measure of excellent quality of flour for you. Then they would press this down into whatever container you brought or would use to carry it home and shake it together. This pressing and shaking would push air out of the flour. Then they would add more flour, press it down, shake it together and keep doing this until no more air could be pressed out and shaken out of the flour. At this point, your measure of flour was at the top of the container. Then, the merchant would pour more flour and it obviously overflowed the container. But the point was made- your measure of flour was the best you could receive and the most possible you could receive and then even more than you could receive. This is what giving is for or- “For Giving!”

This is the law of reciprocity. Perhaps you do not think about giving to get? Maybe you do not think about giving when you are either being forgiven or forgiving others? Why not?

How could we ever be richer by giving anything away? What we have is all that we have. It’s all that we have. But if you give some or all of it away, what do you have, nothing left? Or perhaps, get ready for a harvest where, “there not room enough to receive it.”

“You’re new to farming aren’t cha? Didn’t save and plant any seed did jah’?” 🙂

Most farmers understand this perfectly! From each harvest they get what they get, but the wise one save some seed and next planting season, the do the seemingly most foolish thing. The throw seed away into the ground, maybe weed, and feed and water it if the rains are not plentiful, but sunshine and nature, ordered by God does all the rest and then- a harvest!

 

Giving is, for the harvest!

Forgiving is, For Giving!

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,

Dahni

Next time: ‘It is Well’

[1] The image above is an album cover that was done in crayon by artist, Meg Watson. The band derived their name from Luke 6:38 and one song on the album. Both are called: ‘Pressed Down, Shaken Together and Running Over.’ The group consisted of, Joe Fair, Paul Cuoco and Ralph Graham. They formed their groupin the early 70’s around Long Island, New York, USA. Their sound and harmonies are reminiscent of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and the Eagles. They were more than just a music- trio. Each one practiced what they preached from their lyrics and music, to one-on-one, to people they met. They were very talented, but humble individuals and a remarkable group. They are a familiar memory of my yout’ (youth). 🙂  I had the pleasure of meeting them. I think this album may still be available as either individual digital downloads or the whole album.

Greater Works

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By Dahni
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Last time, we looked into WHY throughout history, men and women were able to do extraordinary things, supernatural things. And this WHY and this reason has always been because, of the spirit of God upon them. But there was something coming that would be “even greater works” than the world had ever seen. What? “greater works” than even Jesus Christ did? Yes! But in the Bible, had anyone ever been born blind and were healed? No! Were they healed? Yes! Throughout the word of God was anyone ever raised from the dead? No! Was Lazurus raised from the dead? Yes!

OK, just those two works were pretty extraordinary and Jesus Christ performed both of these things. So, how could I title this and suggest such a thing as greater works were coming? I did not. God said in His Word. Jesus spoke these words to his disciples.
We looked at the Birthday of the Church in Christ. It happened on a certain day, on The Day of Pentecost. We read the words “when it had fully come.” It had been coming since before, the world began. Before he died, Jesus Christ had prepared his apostles/disciples to receive this ‘new’ thing.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He (or she) that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he(or she) do also; and GREATER WORKS than these shall he (or she) do; because I go unto my Father.”
John 14 :12 KJV
“Verily” is translated “truly.” Twice this word is used to establish what follows. The works that Jesus did and the “greater works” were based on the same thing, believing which is a verb that connotes action. He or she that believes, must believe that God is able and that they are able to do those things and they must act. Many people believe ‘in’ someone or something, but the word used is not ‘in’ but “on.” To perform these signs miracles and wonders, one must believe “on” looking to Jesus Christ as the example that showed HOW to do these things.
He was speaking to his disciples, but whoever believes on him shall (absolutely) do the things he did and shall (absolutely) do even “greater works” than Jesus Christ did. Did the disciples of Jesus Christ “do” the things he did? Absolutely they did. At least twice, all 12 (including Judas Iscariot) were sent out and they preached the word, cast out devil spirits and healed many. And later in the book of Acts, people were raised from the dead and the blind were healed. So yes, they did the works that Jesus Christ did and so can you! But what about these “greater works?”

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He (or she) that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he(or she)  do also; and GREATER WORKS than these shall he (or she)  do; because I go unto my Father.”

John 14 :12 KJV

So the above is prophetic of what was to come and did come on, The Day of Pentecost. They knew thew spirit of God that was upon them and as long as the walked according to the Word, that spirit remained upon them. But on the Day of Pentecost, this something “new” was never going to depart!

Of all the manifestations, evidences and proofs of the spirit that Jesus Christ operated, there were only 7, but after The Day of Pentecost there were and still are 9. There are two, that Jesus Christ could not do because, they were not available until, The Day of Pentecost and thereafter (including right NOW). The 11 + Matthias spoke in tongues. Another manifestation, evidence and proof of the spirit “within” was for the same person speaking in a language to the person speaking was unknown, but to others it coiuld have been known. And then the same person that spoke in this language would give the sum and substance of what they just spoke in another language, always in the language of the body present. At the time, the language most people understood was some form of Aramaic.

So these two manifestations, evidences and proofs of the spirit of God in them, were two things that Jesus Christ himself, could NOT do. Again, it is because, it was not available. These two, were two of only three of, “the greater works.” The last (and for another time) was, the ministry of reconciling men and women back to God. Jesus Christ’s ministry was to Israel. Our ministry is to, the world!

So how then can these works, these greater works and this ministry of reconciliation be done?

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;”

Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”

John 14 :16 & 17 KJV

The meaning of the word salvation is simply, wholeness— physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually or as the one word used in John 10:10 says “Life” – (Greek zoe = life in all of its manifestations)!

So, all of this, all these works and all these “greater works,” follw one thing— teaching and preaching (publicly expounding the scriptures). THEN, THEN and ONLY THEN, the signs, miracles and wonders follow!

This is still the only way to do it! You have got to know the Word, teach it and preach it and expect, these works and greater works to follow!

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”

Ephesians 3:20 KJV

I would just like to close with this. Have you ever heard something in your ears, so extraordinary, that time seemed to just stand still and you were speechless? I have. Perhaps like me, in such a time you have felt like everyone in the world knew it, but you? I did! And maybe like me, you just knew it was important, life- changing even, but I just sat there and did not know what to do, what to think or what to feel!

A man years ago was teaching about these works and greater works and even the verse we just read from Ephesians 3:20. Then he said with great power, emotion and conviction—

“What power we have if we only knew it!!!”

And I live this with you today, right NOW—

What power YOU have if we you only knew it!!!

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,

Dahni

Next time: ‘For Giving’

Birthday of the Chruch

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Every begin, has a beginning. I know, that sounds pretty simplistic, but it’s simply true. Most of us know the story of creation, right or wrong, we think we know or have heard something about it. Some think that the earth which we live on is, only around 6,000 years old. Well, that makes the atheists and scientists go crazy with their carbon dating and all that which they suppose or reckon that this planet is billions of years old. Do you think that there exists the possibility that both could be right? And while we are on the subject of the why not, why couldn’t there have been creation and some kind of evolution?

But all will agree, that there was a ‘beginning,’ when ever that was. Some presuppose that the story of six days of creation and God resting on a Sunday (more like Saturday) is proof that the Bible is in error, just a ‘story’ or whatever, but NOT the Word of God. Because, there’s earth samples of “dirt” and dino’ bones older, than 6,000 years!

Well, go check out Genesis for yourself. What does it say? There are just two things I can tell you. According to what was most likely the original text, the first word written in Genesis was NOT “In”, but the word “God” – “God in the beginning created.” When was that? I don’t know, but it was, “in the beginning.” Whenever that was, whatever kind of life that may have existed, something of a cataclysmic nature occurred that affected the whole planet so severely, “God said, Let there be light.” He did not have to create light, it already existed, but he had to bring it back into existence. Light gives everything light, form and color, everything adheres to and is bonded together by light. That weird light— part wave and particle thingy! Then, He has a reset or a re-do and then, we get some new species called— man and woman.

What? Oh, see there, God screwed up. His creation was faulty? Was it? I’m not God, I don’t know why he made freedom of will for humans and even, for His own angels. Well, couldn’t He have had ( being God and all) just made everything perfect?

According to the story of Adam and Eve, He did make them “perfect!” Well, that didn’t work out too well did it? Right, it’s God’s damn fault, for making freedom of will? I don’t know why He did what he did or does what he does. You figure Him out and prove WHY, He couldn’t and shouldn’t do what He did and does!

Well, anyway, when was this story of creation that involved us humans? When was this, maybe about 6,000 years ago? I don’t know. But I do know that whenever it was, it was in the beginning.

So, then other stuff happened in the Old Testament. When? Same thing, whenever, whatever it was, began. Finally, around 2,000 years ago, this feller’ named Jesus comes along and I was taught and many still are taught, this was when, the Christian Church began. Really?

“Well sure,” say many, “we have the words of Jesus in red.” The red letter edition Bibles supposedly, were printed with red ink, for everything Jesus supposedly, ever said. Most of this is in, what are called the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Right, I wrote the word “supposedly” twice because— not every place in these red letter editions are words that Jesus spoke! I witnessed it. You prove it to yourself or prove me wrong. Red letter editions are void of authority! I suppose they can be useful, but there is something more important, we need to understand.

Red Letter edition of the Bible with the words of Jesus in red?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The primary reason, for these red letter editions is because, many people believe that these are the words that Christians need to focus on. Words like the Lord’s Prayer, the Sermon on the Mount and etc. Songs and whole devotions are written and dedicated to just these two things. And why not, this was the beginning of the Church of Christ right? Christians are the Lord’s sheep and he is our shepherd right?

What was the purpose of Jesus Christ’s life? Was it not to fulfill the Old Testament law, including, the 10 commandments and as many as, some other 900 laws? Yes, he was to be a savior, a king, a teacher, a prophet, the Messiah and so forth. But from the day his ministry had its beginning, on the day he was baptized by his cousin, John the Baptist, who was the ministry of Jesus to? Wasn’t it to the lost sheep of the tribes of Israel? I’m sorry, I never was nor will I ever be, Jewish. Mathew, Mark, Luke and John were not written to me. Oh sure, I can learn a lot from them as I probably could if I read your personal mail, but your mail is to you, not me.

There are three and only three classifications of people in the Bible— Jews, Gentiles and the Church of God.

There is no question that God chose Israel as his chosen people. I don’t know why, but He did. I suspect it’s because, they were the only ones that believed, at least at the time. I’m not sorry if this classification of people is “non-inclusive” and it upsets anyone, but I did not write this Bible.

There is no question that Gentiles would be blessed and have been blessed by their association with Israel. Individuals and entire civilizations and empires of Gentiles, have been blessed by God, when God’s people (Israel) were given responsibilities because of— their knowledge, wisdom, understanding; their skills and abilities— all made possible because of, their connection with God!

There is no question that God made a new classification of people that are made up of Jews and Gentiles. And these He called, the Church of God.

There is no question that the entire Bible is written to: Jews, Gentiles or the Church of God. Sometimes, all three are written to, in the same book.

Have you ever wondered why there are four books, the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, otherwise known as what many call, the four gospels?These four books fulfill the 4 different attributes of the Messiah that was to come TO and FOR Israel. These were signs that Jesus was the Messiah. He was to be the Messiah/King of Israel, a servant, a man and a son. Search those four books and see for yourself how many times the word “Messiah/King” is used in Matthew, compared to all the other three combined. Search Mark for the word “servant” and how many times it is used there, compared to the other three. Do the same thing for the word “man” in Luke and then the word “son” in John. And while your’e looking, notice that there are two and only two genealogies given. The one in Matthew traces Jesus’ linage through his mother’s line all the way back to, David the King. Jesus had the the legal right to be a king. Mark has no genealogy because, such records of servants were generally not kept and usually not, considered important. Luke traces the line of Jesus all the way back to Adam, the first man. John has no genealogy because, Jesus was, the “son” of God.

The law had it’s beginning with Moses. The administration of Christ had it’s beginning on the day he was baptized by his cousin, John the Baptist. The administration of Law ended when, Jesus Christ fulfilled the law which included, there being those four books. The administration of Christ ended when, he died!!!!!

So when did the Church age, the age of grace, the Church in Christ begin? Pentecost! A particular Pentecost in the past. What’s Pentecost?

“Pentecost (Ancient Greek: Πεντηκοστή [ἡμέρα], Pentēkostē [hēmera], “the fiftieth [day]”) is the Greek name for the Feast of Weeks, a prominent feast in the calendar of ancient Israel celebrating the giving of the Law on Sinai. This feast is still celebrated in Judaism as Shavuot.”

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentecost

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.”
“And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.”

Acts Chapter 2: 2-3 KJV

This day of Pentecost (50 days) began, when Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead after three days and three nights in hell (the grave – kingdom of the dead). For Forty days, he was on earth in this new resurrected body. Then he ascended up into and through the heaven and “sat” (still sits) on the right hand of God. When the word “sat” is used in the Bible, it implies that something has been completed, completely, complete.

Ten days later, after the ascension was, this day, the Day of Pentecost, the 50th day of the Feast of Weeks or the Feast of Pentecost. And we read, “When the day of Pentecost was fully come…” This day had been coming even before time began, in God’s foreknowledge. Yes, even God has to wait for stuff! 🙂

The scene is during a feast, a special Sabbath, a High day, a holy day (from which we derive the word holiday) If you lived far from Jerusalem, you could attend a more local synagogue, for the weekly Sabbath (beginning at Sunset which began, Saturday). But there were certain times of the year that at least every head of of every household, were required to be in Jerusalem. This was one of those times. There were five hours of prayer during the day and evening that each person, were required to be in the Temple, in the City of David.

The 12 apostles (all the original 11 plus the replacement for Judas Iscariot) were also, in the Temple, at the required hours of prayer. Notice it says they were “sitting.” It does not say they were standing or practicing getting ‘slain in the spirit’, acting crazy and drunk with new wine, getting ready to handle deadly snakes or something insane like these things, which most us have heard the stories. No, they were “sitting.” They were praying quietly, they were decent and they were all behaving in an orderly manner.
I know, I know, I was taught and many still are that this was all happening in some— “upper room,” But it does not say upper room or a house it says, “the house.” The temple was called, “The House of God.” Besides, it’s a feast. Where else would the masses of people fit, but in the Temple, the House of God? Then, they, the 12 and the people in the Temple, heard this sound as of a “rushing mighty wind.” Whether it was the sound of a wind or of heavy breathing, it filled the Temple (good acoustics). Then, there appeared onto “them…” Them who? Following the nearest noun as the antecedent, “them,” refers back to to the “they” (twice), in Acts 2:1 The “they of Acts 2:1 refers back to, Acts Chapter 1 and verse 26.

“And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.”

Acts 1:26 KJV

So the “them” and the “they” of Acts 2:1 & 2, refers back to the original eleven apostles, plus Mattthias of, Acts 1:26

Next, it says something appeared onto them, these 12. It does not say or imply that anyone other than these 12, saw this strange phenomenon. But it was like cloven fire (fire splitting into separate parts) and it “sat” upon each of them. Again the word “sat” means something was, completely, completely complete! Like this Day of Pentecost being “fully come,” this sitting had been coming and in God’s foreknowledge, even before the heavens and earth were created. But today, that day was, THE DAY!

Now, I ask you a very simple question. Throughout the entire Bible, what has enabled men and women to perform signs, miracles and wonders? Even Adam and Even, Moses, on and on, then Jesus Christ and his original 12 disciples that he made ALL Apostles (including Judas Iscariot, by the way), what enabled them all to do, what they did?

Throughout the Bible everyone, including Jesus Christ, the original 12 and others, ALL had the spirit of God upon them. It was conditional and according to their works. No work, no spirit of God working. Screw up and you loose it. To put this another way, “use (not abuse) it or lose it.” Now on this day, the spirit of God is moving and it’s moving where it “sat,” upon each of the 12. What do you suppose is about to happen? Maybe signs, miracles and wonders?

These 11, which I’m sure instructed Matthias, were instructed by Jesus, to “wait for the promise of the Father,”on the Day of Ascension. They did what they were told. They did their part and God was doing His.

But “cloven” or split “tongues” (one for each of the 12) of “fire sat upon each of them.” Now what do you suppose God was instructing them to do— speak? Well, that’s exactly what they did! These were Galileans. They were not very well liked by most Jews and they were ignorant and unlearned men. But they were getting ready to speak in languages that they did not know naturally, but many of these languages were understood by many of the people in mass, in the Temple that day. There are two things to understand. They did the speaking, but God gave them what and how to speak in languages that none of them understood! But others did and it is exactly what God wanted said! This was not gibberish, nonsense or vocables, they spoke languages!

Something was happening this day that had never happened before, in the history of the world. One was the speaking of these languages, in this manner. Some were known and some perhaps were not, but none of them were known by the speakers, Not even Jesus Christ could do this! Why, because it was not available until that very moment! The moment had, “fully come.” This is one thing new. Another thing new was , for the first time in the history of the world, the spirit of God given first to these 12, was not upon a condition, but it was “seed,” eternal life, “new birth.” It was no more the spirit of God upon them, it was the spirit of God within them! For another, this was the Birthday, of a new classification of people, the “Church of God.” This began the administration in which, we are still living in NOW! It is the administration of Grace, the age of the Church of God in Christ.

No one was calling them Christians. We don’t see the word “Christians” until, some time later in, Acts 11. I don’t know who first called them this, but the reference is because, they saw the believers doing things that Jesus Christ did, so it’s understandable. But these new creatures were simply called believers or followers of “the way” because, Jesus Christ said, “I am the way…” And this refers to an old testament prophecy, which stated that there would be a way, a highway and that the unclean would not pass over it, but it would be for those that wanted to believe and even if they were a fool, they would not error in that way. Now, legal-eze, mumbo-jumbo, rhetoric, political speech and talking out of both sides of the mouth may be, standard speech and operating procedure for the legal profession and politics, but not for God’s people. What He does is out in the open, it’s transparent and it is to be presented so simply that not even a child or fool could miss it, IF they choose to accept it So stick your ‘accept anything by faith’ where the sun don’t shine! That’s not what God said, ever or never! Keep it simple! Want to be really, really smart? Lead out others (educatus -Latin) so that even a child or a fool can understand!

Search the Old Testament from Adam and Eve and up to Jesus Christ and the original 12 and perhaps a few others living during the time of Christ and you will find 7 manifestations, evidences or proofs that God was working in men and women. But this speaking in tongues thing was something completely new, along with one more. They were NOT available until this time, for the very first time! God is in the signs, miracles and wonders business. People that work with him need to promote the right stuff and the proofs will follow with the ultimate goal of them happening— DAILY!

Now you might have been taught as I was, that this was just something special, for the time and for just these 12. Now I grant you, God may not be cleaving tongues of fire, every time He wants to make a supernatural point, but there are still 9 manifestations, evidences or proofs that one has the real deal. If you don’t see these today, maybe, just maybe, you’re not promoting the right stuff?

But HAPPY BIRTHDAY! This was the birthday of the Church of God in Christ!!

Now it would take Peter a long time to get it through his head and heart that the exact same thing which had happened to him and the other 11 this day, God made available to the Gentiles too! And it would take the Apostle Paul (the same Saul of Tarsus that had actually voted to have Jesus Christ crucified) a long to write it, explain it and to fulfill not the law, but “the Word of God” in, the seven Church Epistles. But on this day, the Day of Pentecost having “fully come,” this was, the birthday, when Jews and Gentiles could become part of the same household, the family and the Church of Grace in God in Christ!

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness

Dahni

Next time: ‘Greater Works’

Sordida

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Sordida

By Dahni

 

It is not the things that I have done
Nor the things I have failed to do
All of these I have tried to hide

It is not the things that have been done to me
Nor the things others have failed to do for me
All of these I have tried to hide

All these are filthy rags

It is the nature of nature
For the stones to purify the water
It is the nature of nature
For the water to polish the stones
It is the nature of nature
For the stones to agitate and dislodge the filth
It is the nature of nature
For the water to wash the filth away
It is the nature of nature
And the nature of nature is God
Who created the rocks to purify the water
That polishes the stones
That wash my filthy rags
And makes me and the river to sing

Sordida— Latin adjective – sordid, filthy, dirty

‘But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

Isaiah 64:6 King James Version (KJV)

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Romans 12:2 King James Version (KJV)

from the collection: ‘Psalms in the Key of Thee’
by the same author © 2015, all rights reserved

Now if you want to dispute any of this. Go for it, but I did not write the Bible. I am just…

…a witness,

Dahni

Next time: ‘Kerygma’