Making the new year what we want it to be

It will arrive, as scheduled, the New Year. Since it’s inception, it’s never been late. Because the perfect designer, our Creator has made it so, according to the following, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth … And the evening and the morning were called the first day, Genesis 1:1-5. “The earth is the LORD’ and the fullness thereof; the world, and they who dwell therein,” Psalms 24:1.

Blessed be the New Year because it allegorically offers new beginnings. As we spend the day, wishing each other the best of everything for the New Year. And rightly so, because it’s better to extend good wishes of love, friendship, health and prosperity for the New Year. Because we all know, we’ll have our fair share of challenges dimming the wishes of the New Year. But I’m convinced, we need this day, and many more like it, just because it makes us feel better.

So, here are a few tips designed to make our New Year, last the whole year. Learn these truths and experience the difference. “Blessed are the people who walk not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But their delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law they meditate day and night. And they shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in due season; its leaf, also shall not wither; and whatsoever they do shall prosper,” Psalms 1:1-3.

Our Bible teaches us many lessons, and it’s applicable to you and me. Which is, God isn’t in need of mortal men or women to accomplish what he has designed. It’s found in Isaiah 55:11, “So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth; it shall not return unto to me void, but shall accomplish that which I please, and shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

Here is how mortal beings fit in with God’s plans. God called it being faithful, Revelation 2:10 and Matthew referred to it as bearing fruits worthy of ones repentance, Matthew 3:8. Get the word out, God will do the rest. It’s the most effective way to making the new year what we want it to be.

As sincere as I can be, Happy New Year to you and to all those you love. The blessing of the Lord is upon all of us who know him!

All in a years crawl

Two of natures creatures were out enjoying the day. One, a snake was looking for food. The other a wasp was looking for someone to torment. Ah! thought the wasp upon sighting the snake. Defenseless against me. I’ll land on the snake’s head. Once there I’ll torment the snake to my hearts delight.

The snake struck with great pain could not think of a way to revenge itself. Until it spotted a horse drawn wagon approaching. The snake placed itself directly in the path of the wagon. The wasp did not notice the horse drawn wagon approaching, It was enjoying the torment it was inflicting upon the snake. Soon the horse drawn wagon ran right over the snakes head killing both the snake and the wasp.

Seems vengeance’s always has a disastrous end. (unknown source)

“Nothing is more costly, nothing more sterile, than vengeance,” Winston Churchill.

“Vengeance is mine; I will repay says the Lord,” Romans 12:19

It is good to review the past and look to the future with determined positive resolutions. Successful resolutions for the new year; whatever they may be, must be absent revenge. Because revenge always has a negative effect, usually upon the avenger.

The eye lids of history

Another year is about to close its eye lids on history. But for the followers of the new born child, placed in a manger. Where the eye lids of history never close because as announced, “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 Savior, who is Christ the Lord,” Luke 2:10-11.

Many splendid words dot the pages of history but none greater than those spoken by the angel of the Lord at that historic moment. And what is happening globally is the results and consequences of those historic pronouncements.

And, as preparations are made to exit the old, and welcome the new year, take time to announce, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward all men,” verse 14.

For Mary, it had been an extra ordinary year. She had seen, heard and experienced events that in the end resulted in this reflection, “But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart,” verse 19.

Most of us, I suspect, in our own ways have seen, heard and experienced events that has caused us to tuck them deep into our hearts to be reflected upon with ponder. But we like Mary, have found favor with God. For Mary it was the conception of the Christ child, for us the birth of a Savior. For Mary, after her angelic encounter, she no doubt weep, but proclaimed, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. For he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden; for behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation, Luke 1:46-50.

And for us, who truly understand the Christmas pageantry with its year end conclusion. Can like Mary, magnify the Lord and rejoice in God our Savior. Because most of us, like Mary, are of humble origins, for behold generations to generations will call us blessed. Because he that is mighty, has done great things to and for us. Knowing that his mercy is upon them that fear him from generation to generation. For that to occur one year must close and another open.

And like Mary, the goodness of God is kept in our hearts to be reflected upon. Anticipating this glorious event, “Behold, I come quickly, blessed are they that keep the words of the prophecy of this book,” Revelation 22:7 Because that is how the fear of God is made manifested from generation to generation. “Behold I come quickly, and my reward is with me, to give to every person according as their work shall be,” verse 12.

Mary and Joseph did their part, but the voice still calls. And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, “Lo, this has touched your lips, and your iniquity is taken away, and thy sin is purged.” Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying,” Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then said I, “Here am I, send me,” Isaiah 6:7-8. And that is both the hope, and the call for the new year. Because all the in between times are known only to God, we need to be diligent and faithfully go. Will you go?

Old yr draws nigh new yr begs 4 attention

Safely tucked away is another season of that good natured creature. Saint Nicholas, the father of the secular Christmas season. Who magically reindeer’s around the world announcing peace and goodwill. Extending that magical expressions of hope right to the start of the new year. But at least once a year, the world needs a good dose of his expressions of peace and goodwill. Because that is as close as the world will ever get to peace, and good will.

It is not within the nature of humanity to shower such benevolent gifts upon each other. Take a quick tour of the nation. There greed and selfishness is god. The nations unfair tax system. CEO’s making millions with workers unable to earn a livable wage. Millions without any health care. Our government insisting our currant wars are in the name of national security. When it was all about empire building and the control of foreign natural resources.

Who should be on the forefront challenging such injustices? The church of Jesus Christ! For that is what the season of peace, and goodwill is about. But do not hold your breath, hoping that the Church has any workable remedies for either peace or goodwill. The church can not bring the world what it longs for which is peace and goodwill. Because most churches are stagnant, and mostly polluted.

At least that is the conclusion of the biblical book of Revelation. In chapter three, verse seventeen, this judgment is issued against the Church. “Because you claim to be rich, and in need of nothing. You should know this. You are wretched, miserable, blind and naked.” For the body of believers making up the church, that is a very serious indictment. It no doubt will have serious consequences in our lifetime. And with certainty in that unknown future time as announced in Revelation 22:12, where it is announced, “And behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with me, to give to everyone according to their work.”

There are various interpretations for the state of the churches pictured in Revelation chapters two and three. For the purpose of this discussion, I decided to dwell on the state of the last church. Some see that picture as a materially wealthy church of that day. While others think, it is a description of a materially wealthy civilization. Becoming more prosperous as history unfolds. So successful with science and industry. That there appears to be no need for God. Still others think it is a picture of the churches, in perpetual spiritual decline. I hold with the notion that it is about the spiritual decline of Christians who make up the church.

But in anticipation of the season of peace, and goodwill there is hope. In Revelation 3:18, Christians are counseled, “to buy of me gold tried in the fire.” Gold is the symbol of royalty and strength. Suggesting that in Christ, Christians are pure. The Christ purpose, and mission if practiced will be tried and found to be strong. In the end that is what being blessed is all about. The execution of the Christ purpose and mission. The white raiment is suggestive of the Christians purity in Christ. Clothed in the purity of Christ where the past is obliterated through newness in Christ. Christ was fond of using euphemisms in his discussions with people. The salve for healing is suggestive of an eye disorder. Inhibiting sight full understanding of the Christ purpose and mission. Use the salve of Christ’s teachings to understand the purpose and function of the Church.

Christ taught that the purpose and function of Christians should be in pursuit of making preparations for his “Kingdom on Earth.” This was important to Christ because it is discussed by Christ through out the gospels. Three things are necessary for the preparation for his kingdom. The preaching of his gospel, opposition to corruption and the application of verse 18.

To accomplish this Christians must understand that they are royal and strong in Christ. Having been purified by his personal sacrifice and now clothed in his purity. For those who have forgotten, or managed to get lost along life’s way, apply the salve of his gospel teachings. Many lessons are taught in the book of Revelation. None greater than knowing that his name is called the Word of God, Revelation 19:13. Your Bible which is mysteriously the very life breath of God. The only source of order, peace and goodwill. For a world that knows nothing about order, peace and goodwill.

This padre is available to discuss the subject matter of this posting. Along with many other spiritual topics. Like if the government can have its “Blackwater’s” for security purposes. Then the church should have “Whitewater’s.” for the same purpose. Focusing around the ramifications of modern day Islam resistance to the establishment of Christ’s, “Kingdom on Earth.” Availability of topics is left to the host. But the art of acting violent, nonviolently is a topic worthy of ones attention. It’s the mixture of being careful to the point of not being noticed. Through which one seems invisible by gaining the upper hand for certain victory.

13 words of Christmas

In just a few words, we have the meaning and purpose of Christmas. “A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of my people Israel,” Luke 2:32. Which is also the only solution to ethnic and racial bigotry. Because there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all that call upon him, Romans 10:12.

I extend to you, and everyone you love, the very best that Christ has to offer, this season and for the New year. Worship the Savior, who lived to die, and died that we may live. Verified through Romans 6:6, which declares, if we have been united together in the likeness of his death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of his resurrection.

Tis the eve of the day

“How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few his precepts! O! tis easier to keep Holidays then Commandments,” Benjamin Franklin.

Wishes are extended to you for a Christ centered celebration, as we recall his miraculous birth. Recall Mary’s astonishment, when out of nowhere, suddenly an angel appeared. Who said, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” Seeing him (Gabriel), she was troubled at about what he said and wondered at its absurdity with fear. Luke 1:28-29. Then Gabriel said, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And, behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto him the thrown of his father David. And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end, Luke 1:30-33.

O! What history has already been accumulated from that prophetic statement which rests between verses 32-33. And before our very eyes, it continues to unfold.Have you started to think about your resolutions for the new year? Here’s one to consider. A resolution of discovery concerning the history from that prophecy from the past, and reaching our world today and beyond. Many benefits are available for the studious seeker. Like how the past, and current events will connect with our future. So that when events explode on the world scene, you will not be shocked. Because Jesus would not have anyone ignorant, concerning those events.

Here is your proof. The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him, to show his servants things which must shortly take place. And he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John. Who ore witness to the word of God, and to testimony of Jesus Christ, to all the things he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it, Revelation 1:1-3.

A promise made and another promise kept. This time the birth of Jesus shared with us by the prophet Amos. But that was told to us a long time before his birth by the prophet Amos. Who said, “Surely the LORD God does nothing. Unless he reveals his secret to his servants, the prophets,” Amos 3:7.

God through David established humanities lineage from King David, to Jesus to us. And when he had removed him (Saul), he raised up unto them David to be their king, to whom also he gave testimony, and said, ‘I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who will do all my will,'” Acts 13:22. Yet, another resolution begging to be resolved for the understanding of prophetic history. Because, it’s all connected to what is to follow.

Therefore, all of Palestine belongs to the posterity of King David. We through Jesus are of that posterity. That should suggest a whole lot about future peace in that area. The entire world will feel the shock waves from that tumultuous eruptions that will explode upon the world scene, as the nations move beyond resisting what God has ordained. To taking by force Jerusalem, and all of Palestine from the rightful heirs, the Jews.

“From this man’s seed, (King David) according to the promise, God has raised up for Israel a Savior, Jesus, Acts 13:23. And that’s a huge part of what Christmas is all about. The giving to the Jews a Savior. To a large extent the Jews are equally responsible for the mess that’s going to engulf the world. Because most Jews, especially Israel as a nation under God rejects the notion that Jesus is their Messiah.

In the end Benjamin got it right. Many observe his birthday, but not his precepts. Because it’s easier to keep holidays, than commandments. The primary commandment, or precept for this posting is the Holy Land. Where this event, we call Christmas originated. And global turmoil is all about trying not to allowing Jesus to inherit the throne of his father David. And that’s also apart of our Christ centered Christmas to be celebrated which is for Christendom to prepare for that sacred pageantry found in Luke 1:32-33.

Ramifications of Christmas

She brought forth her first born son. Wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger because there was no room in the inn, Luke 2:7.

With the birth of Jesus Christ, a new era of history was launched. Martin Luther described some of that history when he wrote, “The Kingdom of Christ is a proclamation of peace and grace, as the angels sang that he should be the Savior of the whole world to free His people and save them from their sins. This Lord does not build castles, towns, and villages like an emperor, king or elector of Saxony, or even like me in my own household, but he saves his people from their sins. This is a fair, dear and precious assurance to a troubled and tormented consciences laden with sins, that to them, and to us all, a Child is born who will rule and vindicate. Who will help and not destroy, murder, strangle or kill. These are not the words of a man. This preaching is from heaven. If one does know the baby Jesus, it is impossible that one should not rightly honor God.”

With the majority of people not knowing the baby Jesus. Ignoring His commandments and precepts. Humanity will in some form relive Genesis 6:7. Where God said, “I will destroy humanity along with the rest of my creation. I am sorry that I had made them.” But as always, in God there is hope, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord,” Genesis 6:8. That is what Christmas means, and every day thereafter, that is what humanities history is about, God’s grace. Far different from the heralded headlines of the secular media. To please the of ever increasing secularized people. And what a shame, and tragedy it is, and will become.

But Christ, like the Father found humanities life style despicable! Jesus in adulthood said, Matthew 10:34, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth; I came not to send peace, but a sword, Matthew 10:34. Now the Christ child having offered His grace which has been soundly rejected. Sits in heaven as the full embodiment of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God’s vengeance’s for the rejection of his grace is in a holding pattern. Having decided humanities future as recorded in Revelation nine. “And the four angels were loosed, who were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, to slay the third men, Revelation 9:15. This shall be done by a horrible death. “By these three was the the third part of man killed, by fire, and by smoke, and by brimstone, which was issued out of their mouths,” Revelation 9:18. Those who survived those plagues repented not. But managed to pole volt over God’s commandments and precepts and continued to master evil. In pursuit of things that neither see, hear or walk. Failure to repent proliferated in the worship of false religions. Allowing for murder, illicit sex which all results in the theft of the soul, Revelation 9:18,20,21.

Of all of God’s creation, his most precious jewel is the human soul. Because it is the link between God and his human creation, Zechariah 12:1. “… the Lord who stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth, ‘AND FORMED THE SPIRIT OF MAN WITHIN HIM.'” Resulting in our ‘CREATION’ in the very image of God, Genesis 1:27. Which places humans, as beings with powers just beneath the power of God, or maybe even equal to God’s power. Because of sin we have spilt our life force (blood) having it poured out like the tiny spics of dust, with its putrefying results, Zephaniah 1:17. It’s called “choice” we can do as we choose, but with dire consequences.

Perhaps Ben Franklin said it best. “How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few his precepts! O! ’tis easier to keep holidays then Commandments!”

But those who survive the wrath of God, do so by knowing the baby Jesus. Keeping his precepts and commandments. Will sit with God as judges at the end of this era in history. Note, 1 Corinthians 6:2 “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?”

Martin Luther, got it right. “If one does not know the baby Jesus, it is impossible that one should rightly honor God.” A part rightly honoring God and being a part of the Kingdom of Christ is the Christmas proclamation of peace and grace. GRACE: G= God’, R= Riches, A= At, C= Christ, E=Expense. (source unknown) Which ushers in personal and global peace, “for there is no other way,” as we often sing.

May the peace and grace of Christmas be yours. For this is indeed what Christmas of the past, present and future represents, until that unknown time announced, when a third of humanity will die, Revelation 9:15. But in the meantime, it is our holy duty as believers in Christ to oppose the secularization of the birth of the Christ child. Which will spell over to his resurrection or what they call Easter. With its sweeping consequences while we announce his constant grace.

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Two Christmas stories not often told

Two women centuries apart had their own Christmas account to unfold before the world community. Israelis and Christians fall under the same umbrella of God’s ordinances. Resulting in the abundance of God’s bounties or wrath. Depended upon individual personal choices or national collective choices as nations. For Israelis this abundance of bounties or wrath has been a roller coaster ride between the two. Christians have not fared much better over the centuries.

Except for three extra ordinary nations, Israel, Great Britain and the United States. Those nations have mostly enjoyed the exceedingly fruitful bounties of God’s provisions. But things are changing, as these nations seem to be slipping more towards God’s wrath. And not by default, but by deliberate choice.

Our first women shared this Christmas account with the world with these words. And Hannah prayed, and said, “My heart rejoices in the LORD, my horn (strength) is exalted in the LORD; my mouth is enlarged over my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation,” 1 Samuel 2:1. Here Hannah gave the world her prophetic awareness of the birth of our LORD Jesus Christ. She goes on in verse two saying, “There is none holy like the LORD; for there is none beside you, neither is there any rock like our God.” Followed by this warning, “… the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.”

Lets see from Hannah’s perspective how the LORD, who is God, weighs actions. She prophetically understood how empires come and go. Which is equally, prophetically applicable today. “The bows of mighty men are broken, and they that stumble are girded with strength,” verse four. She went on to counsel, “The LORD makes poor and the LORD makes rich; he brings low and lifts up,” verse seven. “He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts the beggar from the refuse, to set them among the princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory; for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, and he has set the world upon them,” verse eight.

Focusing on a trio of nations destined by God to take from the angels hand and accept the following by virtue of a vision. And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven. Having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue and people. Saying with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come; and worship him that made the heaven and earth, and the sea and the foundation of waters,” Revelation 14:6-7. From Christmas to Christmas that is God’s successful formula for being able to escape his wrath. Israel flat out rejects having any responsibility to to preach the everlasting gospel. And Israel will be reaping God’s wrath because that was and is her destiny. Israel will later than sooner, will worship and fear Jesus, who is God. Because the hour of his judgment is come. Which is not a good omen for any individual or a nation.

Soon God will turn the tables upon Israel and give the victory to her enemies. Because the pillars of the earth are God’s, and he will set whom ever he wills upon them for a time, verse eight.

But ultimately this will occur, “He will keep the feet of his saints (Christians), and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail. The adversaries of the LORD (Jesus) shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them. The LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king (Jesus) and exalt the horn (authority), of his anointed,” verses 9-10. That is the Israeli future just after his second advent. A time when the Jews reconcile their differences with God, and accept Jesus as their Messiah. But many hardships and much blood shed will be spilt before that glorious event occurs.

The other woman of our Christmas pageantry, Mary, pretty much echo’s the same prophetic account as Hannah, compare Luke 1:46-55. Note what this Jewish woman capsuled. And Mary said, “My soul does magnify the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden; for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty has done to me great things; and holy is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation,” Luke 1:46-51.

Consider verses 51-53, as related to world affairs, “He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud with in the imagination of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. He has filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he has sent empty away.” Great Britain and the United States will join Israel in experiencing God’s wrath. Though both nations have accepted the responsibility of preaching the everlasting gospel, as instructed by God. But that was yesterday, today both nations have moved far from influencing the world with the everlasting gospel. And both nations will experience God’s wrath, as discussed in recent postings. Mary prophetically announced it this way, “He has filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he has sent away empty,” verse 53. Yes, that was the experience of Ephraim (Great Britain and her Commonwealth of nations  and big brother Manasseh, the United States). Both nations will find themselves as the ones sent away empty. And their enemies, who are hungry will be filled with good things. The delicious fruits of conquering both nations. Sad commentary, isn’t it? But then, if you’ve read some of my recent posting, you know why and through whom.

The Christmas pageant is really about verses 54-55, “He has helped his servant, Israel, in remembrance of his mercy. As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed forever.” Sometimes God’s wrath becomes necessary in order to appreciate his fruitful bounties. And as regular readers know, God changes his mind, if a Noah is found. His only requirement is genuine repentance. So in the end there is hope for our trio of nations. But as also emphasized, God’s mercy occurs through individuals, like Noah, and then engulfs nations.

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Christmas Blues

What does Christmas 2013 mean? Does it mean that we are about to celebrate his 2013th birthday? A time of joy to the world, good will towards all people and peace on earth? If so, what went wrong because it seems that his advent on the world scene isn’t bringing about those superlatives.

There are many ways to respond, but this padre has chosen the following because its history is older than Christ himself. And the primary reason for the temporary interception, with the setting aside of those magnificent superlatives which will occur. Is because God, said so!

So here we go, a Christmas Carol that’s not fictional but real. Because it’s the season of the supernatural, with the birth of Jesus Christ, the perfect gift for a troubled world.  But our world is gloomy, and very troubled. Because of a child not of supernatural origins, but of the flesh or lust. His name, Ishmael the father of Islam.

So here is that rather magical tale of Christmas ghosts of the past, present and future. Because Islam is the ghost that haunts us from the the past, through today and others yet to be determined. Because Islam is an illegitimate religion. Because our Jewish/Christian scriptures declare it to be so. So here, briefly speaking for God, the Father of perfection and truth is a Christmas Carol narrative from Paul and Moses.

Get your Bibles, and follow along because what I say doesn’t matter. But what God says, is all that matters. What you see in parenthesis represents my emphasis for clarity and interpretation purposes.

Turn to Galatians 4:28-31. “Now we brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise, verse 28. Promises made to Abraham, continued through Isaac, David to Christ, the Savior of all mankind. Making it possible that in Christ all people could experience peace and goodwill. God’s divine offering for every Christmas. What a history to be told of opportunities experienced and those missed.

But as then, he that was born of the flesh (Ishmael or Islam) persecuted him (Isaac) that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now, verse 29. Now you know why Islam is so bothersome and troublesome for the Jewish/Christian world. Leaving the world community very volatile and dangerously unstable. More so, when Iran becomes a power with nuclear weapons.

Now it’s time to hear from Moses, Genesis 16:12. “And he (Ishmael verse 11) shall be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” WHY? Because Abram or Abraham and Sari or Sarah doubted God, and turned to get a heir to the promises of God through the lust of the flesh. Note the scriptural account, Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had boren him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar. So Sarai said unto Abram, “See now, the LORD has restrained me from bearing children. I pray thee, go in unto my maid. Perhaps I shall obtain children through her.” And Abram heeded to the voice of Sarai. Then Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar, her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan. So he went to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she conceived, her mistress became despised in her eyes. Then Sarai said unto Abram, “My wrong done be upon you! I have given my maid into your embrace; and when she saw that she had conceived, I became despised in her eyes. The LORD judge between you and me.” So Abram said unto Sarai, “Indeed your maid is in your hand; do to her as you please.” And when Sarai dealt harshly with her, she fled from her presence,” Genesis 16:1-6.

Such illegitimate sex always has consequences which the world has experienced ever since and is reaching us today. And thus the Islamic determination to destroy the Jewish/Christian people. Allowing Islam to step up and declare that Ishmael, was, and is the child of promise. And to a large extent the Islamic unrest that exhibits itself globally, in constant violence is their struggle to eliminate Isaac.

Back to Paul, who asks the right questions and provides the right answers. Verses 30-31, “Nevertheless, what saith the scriptures? “Cast out the bondwoman (Hagar the mother of Ishmael or Islam) and her son (Ishmael), for the son of the bondwoman shall not be the heir with the son (Isaac) of the freewoman (Sari or Sarah),” verse 30. Solution! Rid Israel and America of its Islamic menace because Islam is determined to exterminate us.

So then brethren, we are NOT the children of the bondwoman, but of the FREE, verse 31. We Jews and Christians are inseparable as one. And, Christmas 2014 well be a lot more merrier with a substantially lessened Muslim presence.

Tantalizing treats for the Christmas season

“A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live,” Emily Dickinson.

God sent the angel Gabriel to the city of Nazareth, to meet a virgin engaged to Joseph. Upon meeting her, Gabriel said to her, “Hail, you are highly favored, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women.” Finding herself confused, thinking, I have lost my mind. But the angel said, “Fear not Mary; for you have found favor with God.” “And behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name Jesus,” Luke 1:26-31.

Emily really got it right, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we, beheld his glory, the glory as the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth,” John 1:14.

“Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored,” Julia Ward Howe.

“The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we appear to be,” Socrates.

“There is no more dangerous experiment than that of under taking to be one thing before a man’s face and another behind his back.” General Robert E. Lee.

“You must study to be frank with the world. Frankness is the child of honesty and courage. Say just what you mean to do on every occasion, and take it for granted that you mean to do right.” General Robert E. Lee.

“Strive to be greatest man in your country, and you may be disappointed. Strive to be the best and you may succeed: he may well win the race that runs by himself.” Benjamin Franklin.

“It is almost a miracle that modern teaching methods have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry.” Albert Einstein.

And from Gabriel to all that is in between, two brothers were fishing.

A voice called out saying follow me. “I will make you fishers of men,” Jesus Christ, Mark 1:16-17.

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill can not be hidden,” Jesus Christ, Matthew 5:14.

“Where your treasure is, there will be your heart,” Jesus Christ, Matthew 6:21.

While applying to Saul, Eliab and others, it is applicable today because men and women look at outward appearances, but I look at the heart, God, 1 Samuel 16:7.

“Behold! I come quickly, and my reward is with me to give to every person according to their work,” Jesus Christ, Revelation 22:12.

“I have heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eyes sees you. Wherefore, I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes,” Job, Job 42:5-6.

Thinking is the delight of the soul. Because it manifest the true character of our being. So a few tantalizing treats for the Christmas season. Because sometimes it is rewarding to travel inside the souls of great thinkers and not to be denied the rewards of their expressions.

The best to everyone during this season of joy and good tidings.

Christmas its cumulative effect

Determining the birth date of the baby Jesus is impossible. The Bible does not not provide a date for his birth. As the life of Jesus unfolded, revealing a person of astonishing courage and abilities. Defying government, and religious authorities, healing the sick, and even returning life to the dead. His cruel murder by the Jews and the Romans could not put an end to the magnificence of his personage. Because not even in death could Jesus be silenced. While not welcomed by most, but held in high reverence to the faithful in Christ. Was his most astonishing return to life, and his ability to live among the living, as though he had never died. In the end Christmas is about the cumulative history of ones birth to ones death. Which he said was symbolic to the experience most people would encounter. But like himself, they would never taste the second death because, they too, would be resurrected to life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of his death, certainly we shall be in the likeness of his resurrection, Romans 6:5.

For reasons unknown, his followers never recorded his birth date. One would have thought, that they would have wanted to commemorate his birth for all posterity. The birth of such an unusual man. And just as remarkable, nor did any of his contemporary historians of his time, date his birth.

So why the twenty fifth of December? Was there something special about that day? Yes! Many think that our celebration of his birth on the twenty fifth is associated with the celebration of the Roman Saturnalia. The festival was celebrated by merry making of large banquets and with the exchanging of gifts. Some think that celebration lasted up to a week. Saturn is associated with darkness and death. The darkness of Saturn was behind the Romans now, with the solstice moving towards greater light. Saturnalia was really a celebration of the unconquered sun. Darkness and death would always give way to light life. It did not matter, if it was associated with farming or human life. Light, and life prevailed according to the Romans.

By now, the early Christians were being vigorously persecuted by the Romans. So Christians picked the twenty fifth because they could easily celebrate the birth of Christ with great festivity, and not be noticed because of Saturnalia. It was easy for Christians to blend in and pretend to celebrate the movement of the sun from darkness to light. While they celebrated the advent of Christ, as the Son of righteousness with all of its associated meanings.

It is thought that notion of gift giving among Christians had its roots in that Roman celebration. That is not entirely true. In those days it cost something to be a Christian. Costs like persecutions, prosecutions, torture, imprisonment and even executions. Executions resulting from your head being removed from the rest of your body. Torture by being placed in the gelatin. With the executioner making sure that ones neck was properly placed on the cutting block. Wondering if the cutting blade would gracefully make its descent without jamming. If it did jam, the executioner would just host the blade back up and try again.

All because the condemned, of that time, professed Christ as Savior and Lord. Savior because of a recognition of ones state of sin. And Lord because one bowed to the supremacy of a King, who would one day reign as such here on earth.

No fashionable clothes or fancy buildings called churches. With some of those churches proudly enjoying the tag of being a mega church. Because as many as ten thousand people may gather at any one time to be entertained. Fine musicals, and talented orators to keep the flock faithful. Why at this time of the year some of those churches stage major productions of the nativity pageantry, selling tickets for as much as $25. All free from state prosecutions because they are bed fellows with their political cronies. With a real feather in their caps because some of the attendees where those very same bedfellows. Wonder if that’s what the prophet Hosea meant, when he called such shenanigans harlotry? The only politicians, lawyers or religious people, who attended functions Jesus sponsored were those finding fault and looking for reasons to kill him.

It took a while, but the civil authorities finally wised up. They knew that they could not defeat those committed Christians. Because they knew those Christians would succeed in turning their world up side down and inside out, so they legalized Christianity. Before that, Rome had made it a crime to be a Christian. Christ was murdered because he violated both civil and religious law. Even in Christ time the civil authorities feared Jesus. Therefore they found no reason to murder him. so they turned him over to the Jews, who did. But guilt is equally shared by the Romans because they controlled the legal system. And the Romans, could have prevented his murder.

Making a long story short this is what the civil authorities learned. Recognize Christianity by giving it a prominent place in society. With that recognition comes two results. First the government has a mechanism for the control of the people. Their old nemesis the Christians. Last, and maybe most important, the state rendered Christians a mostly useless threat to civil rule.

Since we do not know the exact date for the birth of Christ, perhaps this posting sheds a little light on how Christmas might have become commercialized and neutralized. We Christians need to move away from the darkness of Saturn to the light of the Son. Failure to do so, will once again see Christians celebrating the birth of Christ in the shadows of yet another oppressor.