a women’s perspective

Two women centuries apart had their own holiday season stories to tell the world community.

Our holiday season can’t be understood apart from Jewish history. Because Jews and Christians fall under the same umbrella of God’s declarations. Because we have it written, “And if you are Christ’s, then you are of Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise,” Galatians 3:29.

Resulting in the abundance of God’s bounties or wrath. Depending upon individual personal choices, or national collective choices as nations.

For Israelis the 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 two extra ordinary nations, Great Britain and the United States. But things are changing, as both nations are slipping more towards God’s wrath. And not by default, but by deliberate choice.

Our first woman, even before Jesus was born shared this Christmas story 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 (authority) is enlarged over my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation,” 1 Samuel 2:1.

Hannah gave the world her prophetic awareness of the birth of the 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,” 1 Samuel 2:3).

Hannah’s prophetic Christmas account hails these bounties of gifts upon God’s faithful. “The bows of mighty men are broken, and they that stumble are girded with strength,” 1 Samuel 2:4.

She went on to counsel, “The Lord makes poor, and the LORD makes rich, He brings low, and lifts up. He raises the poor from the dust. And lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them among princes, and makes them inherit the throne of glory,” 1 Samuel 2:7-8.

It is not for me to judge Israel. as to whether Israel is  reaping God’s bounties or His wrath. It seems for now to be a combination of the two.

Though this can be said, Israel as a nation has rejected the everlasting gospel, as dispatched by the angle of Revelation 14:6. Which is not a good omen for any individual, or nation.

So maybe for now, God might turn the tables upon Israel, and give some victories to her Arab Muslim enemies that surround her.

It’s amazing how this little Israeli state, smaller the California, has been able to fend of her avowed enemies. Who have bodily announced their determined purpose to eradicate Israel from the face of the earth. And they, have backed their talk with action. But have failed, and failed. and failed because of Hannah’s Christmas prophecy.

Succeed they might, and if you haven’t noticed the United States is moving from Israel towards support of her avowed enemies.

A move the United States will regret. Because ultimately this will occur. “He will guard the feet of His saints, but the wicked shall be silent in darkness.

For by strength shall no nation prevail. The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken in pieces. From heaven He shall thunder against them. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth, 1 Samuel 2:9-10A-C.

Why would God punish the United States and all other nations that would punish or attack Israel? Because the world community, wants two state solution between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

It’s not going to occur because God said so! It’s all recorded signed and in the process of being delivered.

This what was said to Abraham, “And I establish My covenant between Me and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.

Also I will give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, (Palestine) as an everlasting possession, and I will be your God,” Genesis 17:7-8).

From all of those biblical declarations, we have the art of holiday seasonal pageantry. From Hannah, a tenth century prophetess, “I will rejoice in your salvation.”

The ultimate design that should be featured during our holiday season. Guaranteed a better world would be the eternal gift to America and the global community.

And because it won’t occur, Hannah journeyed us also to the travails of earthly struggles with there climatic ends.

For tomorrow, another women’s perspective

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1 of 2 ways could it happen

“This years record breaking climate disasters usher in a new Horrific new normal.”

This year’s United Nations climate report repeated what similar reports have been saying for years, but with greater certainty.

Humans are the “UNEQUIVOCAL” cause of climate change, and the window to avoid catastrophic living conditions worldwide due to climate change is rapidly closing. Source: Sarah Ruiz-Grossman-HuffPost.

“For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, and He will set the world upon them,” 1 Samuel 2:8d.

With the creation of people like himself. God instructed them to be fruitful and to multiply their species. To you, I give permission to subdue the earth. And, have dominion over all substances for life. (cp. Genesis 1:27-30).

God is very protective of what rightfully belongs to Him. Especially, when He does it to benefit others. He always seems to allow a window for change.

That’s what is occurring, with most being unaware, that such reports from the aforementioned represent that wake up call.

Eventually, He will take punitive action to show His displeasure. The following is a warning.

Though the following was about other issues. All scriptures are applicable in accordance to His determination. (cp. 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil.

And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.

So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, creeping things and the birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them,” Genesis 6:5-7.

And just as often, He found someone, who would being about a transformation, and His destructive intent was cancelled.

Perhaps COVID is that warning, and if. so we humanoids will vanish from the earth from the combination of a never ending mutating pestilences and global warming!

Our only hope is that our Creator who doing this, “The eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. (cp. 2 Chronicles 16:9).

Our hope is in His success. Or perhaps a collective successes through you and me. And somehow, we humanoids will be spared of a two way inevitable death.

“Oh!” ‘Give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name, make known His deeds among the peoples!

Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him, talk of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name. Let the hearts of those rejoice, who seek the LORD!

Seek the LORD and His strength. Seek His face evermore! Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth.'” (cp. 1 Chronicles 16:8-12).

An eternal truth: “For since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes are clearly seen. Being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse!” (cp. Romans 1:20).

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work of women continues

Once again God chose a woman in order to get done, what had to be done!

At the right time God sent Gabriel to find a virgin whose name was Mary. Shocking Mary, the angel came and said to her, “Hail, you are highly favored. The Lord is with you, blessed are you among woman.”

What a superlative declaration, you have found favor with God. And the Lord has blessed you.

And behold, “You shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.

He shall be great, and shall be known as the Son of the Highest. And the Lord God shall give to Him  the thrown of His father, David.

And He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever. (With the United States being a part of that kingdom because of Jacob’s grandson, Manasseh,

(A topic this writer has written considerably, about with scriptural support. Know your Bible know your world) and of His kingdom there shall be no end.” (cp. Luke 1:26-33).

It was Mary that God chose to change the course of world dynamics forever. Because she found favor with God, and was declared to be favored among women forever.

Those few passages reveal God’s faith in the leadership of women, despite Eve making a different choice.

Mary corrected Eve’s mistake in Eden. Also showing God’s supernatural intervention into our history, always designed to save us from ourselves.

And to a large extent, supernatural forces are at work to prevent Jesus from ruling from David’s throne in Jerusalem, Israel. By the same power that tricked Eve.

For us in Christ it’s the supernatural forces of the Holy Spirit and angels. (cp. Romans 8:26-27; Psalms 91:11-12). For those not in Christ, it’s the supernatural forces of Eden. (cp Genesis 3:4-5).

So our Christmas Carol has a past, which brought us to the present era. And it’s being challenged by the most dangerous species God ever created. (Genesis 3:1). Through the Serpent, and his menacing monsters of today and into the unknown future.

Mary having absorbed all that Gabriel finally said, “How shall this be since I have known no man.

And the angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit shall come unto you, and the power of the Highest shall over shadow you.

Therefore, that which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God. (And Mary shares a Christmas wish to be emulated). “Lord be it unto me according to your word.” (cp. Luke 34-38).

And like Hannah from yesterdays discussion, “My soul does magnify the Lord. And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. Holy is His name. And His mercy is on them, that fear Him from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with His arm. He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. (A major cause of a discombobulated global community).

He has put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. (Perhaps Mary’s plea for women to join her, as change makers. With some of them going down into history as visionary crusaders).

Because God has a way of, “Filling the hungry with good things, and the over blotted away empty.” (cp. Luke 1:46-53.

at Christmas women’s work

A very different Christmas carol. With a discussion with women being on the front lines of Christmas and beyond.

Hannah stood up in a man’s world foreseeing, and announcing God’s answer to a world troubled mostly by men. Offering  a stern warming for doing the male thing, ignoring God!

But Hannah first prayed, then she shared her prayer with her generation. Generations afterwards, reaching ours.

And boldly declared, “My heart rejoices in the LORD; my horn (authority) is exalted in the LORD. I will smile at my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation.

No one is holy like the LORD, for there is none besides You, nor is there any rock like our God.

Talk no more so very proudly; let no arrogance come from your mouth. (Two superbly  mail traits pride and arrogance resulting in all kinds of trouble).

For the LORD is a God of Knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed! (And, America hurts! In that governments, at all levels are made up of mostly men.

It’s a reasonable assumption that its the male presences that is the problem. More inclined to do it their way. Even if it goes against God’s way.

And it seems even to be so, as it relates to family and careers).

The weapons of mighty men are broken, and those, who stumble are girded with strength. (cp. 1 Samuel 2:1-4).

Hanna with her Christmas message adds additional warnings against the aforementioned with the following.

The LORD kills and makes alive; He brings down to the grave, and He brings up! The LORD makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up. He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them among princes, and makes them inherit the throne of glory.

For the pillars of the earth of the earth are the LORD’s, and He has set the world upon them.

Deal with climate change, if you want God to stop dealing with us in uncomfortable ways.

“For the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed,” 1 Samuel 2:3b.

“For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, and He has set the world upon them.” 1 Samuel 2:8d.

He will guard the feet of His saints, but the wicked shall be silent in darkness. For by strength shall no man prevail.

The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces. From heaven He will thunder against them. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth.

God will give strength to His king, and exalt the horn (strength) of His anointed.” (cp. 1 Samuel 2:6-10).

Seems to be a likely characterization of male dominance through physical strength. With a battle plan to rescue America.

Here’s just one stellar accomplishment of more two hundred years of male governance, global warming. The planet is dying, and its death, God’s planet will become inhabitable.

Could the adversary of the world be the United States? And could the stumbler be the Republican party?

In that females out number males, seems logical that females should out number males in government!

Perhaps the strength of His anointed are the women of the world. Lets hope that Hannah’s prayer reaches 21st century global occupants.

The Christmas season is suppose to be about good will and peace on earth. The reason there is less, and less, good will, and peace on earth.

Is because an over whelming majority of the worlds population want good will and peace on earth according to their terms, and not according to the terms of the Christ of the season.

Hannah taught, The way of the LORD is the best way. A worthy New Years resolution.

 

fantasy of Christmas

“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 to His servant John. A witness to the word of God, and to testimony of Jesus Christ, concerning  all the things he saw.

Captured for us as a Christ gift for one of histories greatest days. “Blessed are they who reads, and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and who keep those things which are written therein, 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 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 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, continues to reject the truth 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 discussion is the Holy Land. Where this event, we call Christmas originated.

And global turmoil is all about denying Jesus  His ordained inheritance the throne of His father King David in Jerusalem.

And that’s also apart of our Christ centered Christmas. To be celebrated, as Christendom prepares for that sacred pageantry found in Luke 1:32-33.

For unto us a Savior was born. A history worth pulpiteering over from any podium available. Even in parks, with Florida’s weather being so pleasant at this tine of the year.

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Mary’s Baby

Who has believed our report? And to whom is the way of the Lord been revealed?

For He shall grow up before Him like a tender plant, and like a root out of dry ground. There will be nothing appealing about Him. He will not seem to be very smart. Leaving the people with no reason to want to be associated with Him.

He will be despised, and rejected by the people. A Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. People will hide their faces from Him. He will be despised, and people will not respect Him.

Nevertheless He will bear our griefs, and be concerned about our sorrows, yet people still will not respect Him. People will see Him as being plagued by God and greatly afflicted.

He will be wounded for our transgressions. And bruised because of our iniquities. He was punished that we might have peace. And through Him, and because of His sufferings all people can be healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned every one to their own way. But the LORD has laid upon Him the iniquity of us all.

He was punished, and He suffered, yet He opened not His mouth to complain. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearer’s is silent, so He opened not His mouth.

He was taken from prison and Judged guilty. And who from His generation, thought He was denied justice? Mourning because He was cut off from the land of the living. Failing to understand, that it was for the transgressions of the people that He murdered!

And they made His grave with the wicked, even though He had done no violence. Neither was He found to be deceitful.

Yet it pleased the LORD to punish Him. He was grieved, yet He made His soul an offering for sin. He shall see His offspring. He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.

He shall see the suffering of His soul, and shall be satisfied. By His knowledge shall My righteous Servant justify many, for He has born their iniquities!

Therefore, will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong. Because He has poured His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sins of many, and He still  makes intersession for the transgressors (cp. Romans 8:27; Isaiah 53:1-12, by critical analytical interpretation).

Before us we have the Christmas legacy. He shall grow up before Him like a tender plant. Leaving the Christmas scene of His birth by growing up to soon.

Only to be despised. and rejected becoming a Man acquainted with grief. Because we all went are separate ways. Separated from God because of our sins.

God wounded Him with our sins by offering His soul as a sin offering. Even though smitten with painful stripes by His executioners. He uttered not a word of objection, even though He was innocent.

This Christmas and every Christmas though numbered with the transgressors, He prays for His transgressors, us!

Welcome Mary’s baby to your town, and make Him known to your community, as the faithful Servant, who was innocent, and yet assumed guilt. So everyone can avoid God’s wrath. Because! That’s the real story of Christmas.

 

Christmas Ramifications

Mary brought forth her first born son. Having wrapped Him in bands of cloth, and laid  Him in a feeding trough, because there was no room for them in the inn, Luke 2:7.

With that birth, 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 the Savior of the whole world to free His people, and to save them from their sins.

The Lord does not build castles, towns or villages like an emperor, or even like me in my own household.

But He transform lives that is  consequential assurance, for people who are troubled with tormented consciences laden with sins. That to them, and all of us that a child is born, who will rule and vindicate.

Who will help, and not destroy in any way. Such messaging is from heaven, if one does not know the baby Jesus, it is impossible that one could rightly honor God the Father.”

With the majority people not knowing the Jesus of Christmas. Ignoring His commandments, and precepts as the stuff of superstition. Humanity 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 created them.”

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD, Genesis 6:8. And on this day and every day that is what humanities experience, and history is all about. Far from the heralded headlines of secular media.

But Christ like the Father found humanities life styles despicable! Jesus in adulthood said in Matthew 10:34, “Think not that I have come to provide peace on earth; I came not to provide peace, but a sword!”

Now the Christ child having offered grace, which has been soundly rejected. Sits in heaven as the embodiment of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Combined as 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 freed, who were prepared for that hour, and day, and month, and year, so that they might kill a third of humanity,” verse fifteen.

This shall be done by horrible deaths. By these three plagues were one third humanity killed. By fire the smoke and the sulfur, which proceeded out of their mouths, Revelation 9:18.

Those who survived those plagues repented not. But managed to pole volt over God’s commandments and His precepts. They continued to master evil. In pursuit of behaviors that neither see, hear or walk.

Their failure to repent proliferated in the worship of false religions. Allowing for the murder, illicit sex which all results in the theft of the soul, Revelation 9:20-21.

Of all of God’s creations, His  most precious jewel is the human soul. Because it is the link between God, and His creation, Zechariah 12:1. “… the LORD, who stretched  out the heavens, and laid the foundation of the earth.

And placed His spirit within His creation. And, they became living souls, Genesis 2:7.

All of that resulting our CREATION being in the very image of God, Genesis 1:27.

Which places humans as beings with powers just beneath the power of God, or maybe equal to God’s power.

Because of sin, we have spilled our life force (blood and oxygen) having it poured out like dung, with its putrefying refuge, Zephaniah 1:17.

Paul while in prison wrote a letter to the Ephesians. For this discussion read carefully, Ephesians 1:17-23. Pay careful attention to the following, “And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, v. 18.

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

May the peace, and grace of Christmas be yours! For that is indeed what Christmas of the past, present and future represents. Until that unknown time of Revelation 9:15

It is our holy duty, as believers in Christ, to oppose the secularization of the birth of the Christ child. It’s about worship, then celebration!

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holiday treats

“A word is dead, when it is said some say. I say its 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 woman.” Finding herself confused, thinking, I have lost my mind.

But the angel said to her, “Fear not Mary, for the you have found favor with God.” And behold! “You will conceive in your womb. and bring forth a son, and you shall His name Jesus,” Luke 1:26-31.

Emily 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 undertaking 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 the greatest person in your country, and you may be disappointed. Strive to be the best to your ability and you will succeed. Those who run, as such, may well are those who often run by themselves,” Benjamin Franklin.

It’s almost a miracle that modern teaching methods have not entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry,” Albert Einstein.

And from Gabriel to all that is between, two brothers went 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 6:21.

So applicable today in so many ways, as recorded in 1 Samuel 16:7, “I examine the heart, said God.

“I have heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eyes see you. Wherefore, I abhor myself, and repent! Job 42:5-6.

“Behold!” ‘I come quickly, and My reward is with Me to give to every person according to their work!'” Revelation 22:12.

Thinking is the delight of the soul. Because it manifests the true character of our being. So a few tantalizing treats this Christmas season. Because sometimes its rewarding to travel inside souls of great thinkers.

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rule of law and its horrors

Determining the birth date of the baby Jesus is impossible. The Bible does not provide a date for His birth. As the life of Jesus unfolded, revealing Him to be a person of astonishing talents. Defying governments, and religious officials, healing the handicapped, the sick, and even returning life to the dead.

His brutal murder by the Romans and the Jews. Most astonishing was His own return to life. Which He said was symbolic to the experience humanity could experience.

Jesus said that like Himself there would be a way for them never to experience death a second time. Because they like Himself, would be resurrected to life.

For reasons unknown, neither His parents, nor His associates, ever dated His birth. One would have thought that they would have wanted to commemorate His birth for all of posterity. The birth of such an unusual person. Who defied traditions, governing authorities and their governing laws.

Just as remarkable, neither did any contemporary historians of His era date His birth.

So why the twenty fifth of December? Was there something special about that day? Yes! Many think our celebration of  His birth on the twenty fifth is associated with the celebration Roman Saturnalia. It was the Roman festival held in late December to honor the God Saturn. The festival was celebrated by merry making of large banquets, and the exchanging of gifts.

Some think that the celebration lasted up to a week. Saturn was 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 and life. It did not matter, if it was associated with farming or human life. Light and life prevailed!

By now early Christians were being vigorously by the Romans. 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 celebrate the movement sun from darkness to light.

It allowed Christians to celebrate the advent of Christ, as the son of redemption and righteousness! Along with all of its associated meanings.

It is thought today that the concept of festivity, and gift giving among Christians, had its roots in the Roman celebrations. That most likely is not entirely true. In that era it cost something to be a Christian.

Costs like prosecutions, torture, imprisonment and executions. Execution by having your head being removed from your body. Torture by being placed in a gelatin.

With the executioner making sure that the neck was properly placed on cutting block. While the Christian, wondering if the cutting blade, would gracefully make its descent without jamming. If it did jam, the executioner would just  hoist the blade back up and try again. Or being feed to hungry lions, while still alive.

All because the condemned of that time, professed Christ as their Savior and Lord. Savior because they recognized their state of sin. Lord because they renounced their sin, and bore the cause of Christ.

It took the awhile, but the civil authorities finally wised up. They knew that they could not defeat such courageous and committed Christians.

They knew, that these Christians would succeed in turning their world upside down, and inside out. So they legalized  Christianity, and so today, we have a mostly wimpy collection of people called Christians.

Since we do not know the exact date for the birth of Christ, this discussion sheds some light on the origins Christmas. The courage of those early celebrants, and worshipers of our Resurrected Savior and Lord.

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.

Have you noticed the number of Christmas trees in the public arena being torched by Christ haters?

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the Lady in the desert

Traveling through a desert a man saw a woman standing all alone with eyes bent to the ground.

“Who are you?” He asked.

“I am Truth,” she answered.

“And, why have you left the city to live in the desert?”

“Because, times have changed,” she answered. “In days gone by, lying was confined to a few. But now days whenever you converse with people, you find they are all liars.”

“Human life is a vile, and a wretched experience, when falsehood is honored above truth. (Source:Fables of Aesop-“A City of Lies”-Penguin Classic).

But this truth is everlasting, “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good,” Proverbs 15:3.

“Whoso rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house,” Proverbs 17:13.

Everyone should know falsehoods is a sure path to destruction, for individuals and nation states. It is impossible for the righteousness of God to dwell in the midst of such wretchedness. Therefore depriving a people, and their nation the extended hand of in areas of health and prosperity.

It also answers an often asked question. Why do the very young suffer? “The Almighty asked Cain, where is your brother?” Cain answered, “I do not know! Am I my brother’s keeper?” Genesis 4:9. Yes! Penned in Galatians 6:2. “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law Christ.”

America is becoming a nation of embraced falsehoods. And that being the case her avenues of prosperity is vanishing. For it is a scriptural declaration, that when falsehoods are abandoned for truth. This is the result, “And they shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruits in its season. Its leaf shall shall not whiter, and whatsoever they do shall prosper,” Psalms 1:4.

It is impossible to separate a people from their nation. Which is also for the church because the people are the church. And the church of all institutions needs to reject a galaxy of falsehoods for Biblical truths. If we as individuals, and a nation, are to enjoy the leafs of prosperity that does not whither. But sees the miraculous wheel of God, turning out goods of prosperity that does not whither.

It is the way for a people and their nation to experience this. “The LORD is my Shepherd. I shall not want!” Psalms 23:1.

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wages of treachery

The phone rings and the lady of the house answers, “Hello?”

“Mrs Sanders please.”

“Speaking.”

“Mrs. Sanders this is Dr. Sanders at St. Anges  Laboratory calling. When your husband’s doctor sent in his biopsy to the lab last week, a biopsy from another Mr. Sanders arrived as well. We are uncertain which one belongs to your husband. Frankly, either way the results are not good.”

“What do you mean?” Mrs Sanders asked nervously.

“Well, one of the specimens tested positive for Alzheimer’s and the other tested positive for HIV. We can’t tell which is which.”

“That’s dreadful! Can you do the test again?” Questioned Mrs. Sanders.

“Normally we can, but the Republicans in the Congress are complaining about the cost of health care. And they are demanding, the end of repeated testing. Saying that they’ll vote against any future presidential health care that allows for any repeating of the same test.” Speaking confidentially to me, saying,  “That money needs to saved and applied congressional benefits.”

To a Republican asserted, Dr. Jones, “Health care for the American people isn’t an important priority.

“Well what am I suppose to do now.”

The Republicans in the Congress suggest that you drop your husband off somewhere in the middle of the city. If he finds his way home, don’t sleep with him.” (Source: Patriot Humor-modified by this writer).

Both parties blame the other for the nations ills. The American people need to sort out the complexities of their needs. Organize and demand legislation that meets those needs.

Of course that’s not going to occur! The majority of people will continue to sucked into party allegiance. So in the end, its not politics that are at fault, but we the people.

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capitulation to trumpians 2024

Generals warn about divided military, and a possible civil war in the next U.S. coup attempt!

“Some might follow orders from the rightful commander in chief. while others might follow the trumpian loser,” which could trigger a civil war.

Three retired U.S. generals warned in a chilling column in the Washington Post.

Warning that another coup attempt could divide the military and plunge an unprepared nation into civil war.

“With the country still divided as ever, we must take steps to prepare for the worst,” wrote former Army Major Gen, Paul Eaton, former Brigadier Gen. Steven Anderson and former Army Major General Antonio Taguba.

As the nation nears the first anniversary of the capital riot, the generals are “increasingly concerned about the aftermath of the 2024 presidential election, and the potential for lethal chaos, which would put America at severe risk,” they wrote in The Washington Post.

“In short, we are chilled to our bones at the thought of a coup succeeding next time,” they added.

The next time could be more cataclysmic, if members of the military throw in with those, who want to overthrow the government, the generals warned.

“Without constant maintenance, the potential for a military breakdown is very real,” the trio noted.

A “disturbing number” of veterans and even active duty military members took part in the attack on the Capital. The “potential for a total breakdown of the chain of command along partisan lines … is significant should another insurrection occur,” they added.

In a “contested election, with loyalties split,” some might follow orders from the rightful commander in chief,” while other “rogue units” might “follow the Trumpian loser … it is not outlandish to say a military breakdown could lead to a civil war,” the generals warned.

The “lack of military preparedness for the aftermath of the 2020 election was striking and worrying. Trump’s acting defense secretary, Christopher Miller testified that he deliberately withheld military protection of the capital before Jan, 6,” the generals noted.

That can’t happen again, they emphasized.

Military leaders can’t wait for elected officials to take adequate action to prepare for the next time. “Not a single leader who inspired the last attempt has even been “held to account,” the generals noted.

The Pentagon must act now to reinforce “unity of command,” and order an immediate “civics review” for all members uniformed and civilian on the Constitution and electoral integrity, the generals urged.

And in a particularly dark scenario, the generals recommended that the Defense Department “war game the next potential post-election insurrection or coup attempt to identify weak spots.”

Everyone, they urged, must “show more urgency.”

Source:Mary Papenfuss, HuffPost.

inner cravings getum satisfied

Allies of Jesus came to Jesus rather secretly, when He was at the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Asking what will be a sign of your return among us, once that you are no longer with us? Matthew 24:3. Jesus was quick to respond, “When you see many coming in My name! Watch out because they are agents of deception, Matthew 24:5.

Deception is the oldest hoax or scam known to humanity. Why are we so prone to being tricked?

Most likely it occurs because there is something in us that is constantly seeking definition. Like that all consuming life long intuitive awareness that there’s more, as how we got here apart from the birthing process.

And that has opened the flood gates for religionist over the centuries to take advantage of the gullible to be sucked into their net of deception.

Cut away their nets of deception. That urging awareness is the consciousness of God connecting our sensing of Him. It’s not natural for humanity to be alienated from God.

It works as follows. The heavens declare the glory of God; and there imaginary shows His handiwork, Psalms 19:1-2. All of humanity has this indelibly stamped in their mechanisms of awareness.

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, Romans 1:20.

And that is how we define ourselves. It’s natural for humanity to push for knowledge trying answer the ultimate questions. Who am I, and what is my purpose for existence.

Ultimately humanities identity, and purpose, is found in, and through Jesus Christ. Satisfying those inner cravings of identity and purpose.

Those inner craving can’t be satisfied intellectually. They must be satisfied spiritually.

All of the aforementioned is very complex. So here’s a suggestion. Slowing, and carefully study the books of Romans-Philemon. Why? Because they represent God’s voice for our era of time.

That does not mean the rest of the scriptures are irrelevant. Quite to the contrary.

Because, “All scripture is given by the inspiration of God.” Meaning breathed, and directed by His breath in and through those, who penned the scriptures. And is profitable for learning, scolding, correction, and for instruction in righteousness. So that everyone may be able to cope with what life offers in ways of overwhelming challenges. (cp. 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

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a road hard to travel

Life, how its lived-is it by choice or chance, if it weren’t true it would be funny. It’s funny because most live lives governed by chance. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Jesus referred to burdens as gifts from God. “Come unto Me, all you who labor and are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My ways upon yourselves, and learn of Me. For I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest for your souls. For My way is easy making your burdens easier,” Matthew 11:28-30.

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twilight zones

The old priest lay dying in a hospital. For years he had faithfully served in the nations capital. He motioned for his nurse to come closer.

“Yes Father?” said the nurse. “I would like to see the democratic senate majority leader, Sen. Chuck Schumer, and the senate minority leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell before I die,” whispered the priest.

“I’ll see what I can do Father,” replied the nurse.

The nurse sent the request to them and waited for a response. Soon their response arrived! Chuck and Mitch would be delighted to visit the priest. As they went to the hospital Chuck commented to Mitch, “I don’t know why the old priest wants to talk to us, but it’ll certainly help our image.” Mitch couldn’t help but agree.

When they arrived at the priest’s room, the priest took Chuck’s hand in his left hand, and Mitch’s in his right hand. There was silence, and a look of serenity on the old priest’s face.

Finally Chuck spoke, “Father of all the people you could have chosen, why did you choose us to be with you near the end?”

The priest slowly replied, “I’ve always tried to pattern my life after my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The old priest continued, “He died between lying thieves. I wanted to do the same.” (Source unknown).

What can one say, after all that’s what it means to be a politician in the United States today. Time to clean house, not with recycled newcomers, who run Republicans or Democrats. But people of moral and ethical substance.

But first, recall something that doesn’t get a lot of media attention but should. Because it’s about truth telling, and not oneupmanship, which is a constant game played on capital hill, at the expense of We the People. But, whose really the blame? We the electorate because we allow it to occur!

Angry over how the various political crises in America keeps replaying themselves? Then transfer your anger into change. Hopefully, tomorrows discussion will be helpful to that end.

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doubling down

An old lion, who was to weak to hunt or fight, decided that he must get it by his wits. He laid down in a cave. Pretending to be ill. And whenever any animals came to visit him, he sized them and ate them.

When many had perished in this way, a fox who had seen through the trick. Came and stood at a distance from the cave, and inquired as to how he was. “Bad” the lion answered, and asked why he did not come in. “I would have come in,” said the fox. “But I saw a lot of tracks going in and none coming out.”

A wise person recognizes danger signals in time to avoid injury. (Source: Fables of Aesop-Penguin Classics-“One Way Traffic”).

Romans 12:16, puts this way, “…. “Do not be wise in your own conceits.” It is better to be of the same mind one toward another. Which of course requires spiritual maturity. Set your mind on high affairs, like working towards that maturity. One step towards that spiritual is to work at erasing any condescending attitudes.

Like the condescendence of Proverbs 13:!1, Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished, but those gathered by labor shall increase.”

A prayer worth praying. “Let your mercy, O LORD, be upon me, according as I hope in You,” Psalms 33:22. More so upon them that aggravate me to the point of disgust, which of course borders upon hate.

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the house of trump

Army Colonel retired, Phil Waldron, an expert in cyber security. And well trained in military psychological operations.

It’s now known that the Colonel was working with lawyers, and others to deny Biden the presidency.

They had set up a “Command Center” of Trump allies. Based in a Trump hotel, the Willard prior to the, 06 January 2020, Trump inspired insurrection.

The Colonel said that he had briefed the plan with former Trump chief of staff, Mark Meadows ten times.

The retired Colonel admitted to having briefed members of Congress. Most likely, Kevin McCarthy, Jim Jordan Marjorie Taylor Green. Ted Cruz, along with most of the GOP.

But certainly not Speaker of the House, the Honorable Nancy Pelosi and her democratic colleagues. With perhaps, not Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema

The overthrow of a democratic elected President was revealed. 05 January 2021. Meeting with Donald Trump and certain Congress people in the oval office.

This is how the plan was to unfold. Trump would declare a national security emergency that would delay any certification of the 2020 election results.

Then manhandling the vote to make Trump the duly elected President.

Meadows exposed trumps insurrection when he released a trove of documents to the House select committee investigating the 06 January 2021 insurrection. The material is described as a chilling 38 slide presentation. Titled, “Election Fraud, Foreign Interference & Options for 6 Jan.”

With Trump having declared a national emergency, citing foreign control of the electronic voting systems which nullified and rendered the electronic voting invalid.

To the rescue! Then VP Pence was to install Republican electors with the cooperation red state trump operatives. Giving the skunk donald an illegitimate presidency.

Donald J Trump

Traveling through a desert a man saw a woman standing all alone with eyes bent to the ground.

“Who are you?” he asked.

“I am Truth,” she answered.

“And, why you left the city to live in the desert?”

“Because times have changed,” she said. “In days gone, lying was confined to a few. But now days whenever you converse with people, you find that they are all liars.”

Human life is a vile and wretched experience, when falsehood is honored above truth. (Source:Fables of Aesop-“A City of Lies-Penguin Classics).

heroism defined

There was a German theologian, who opposed Adolf Hitler, and it cost him his life. That theologian was Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Bonhoeffer, and the Lutheran church debated the evils of Nazism. In an attempt to be persuasive, Bonhoeffer used the following analogy concerning Hitler.

“If I see a madman driving into a group of innocent bystanders, then I can’t, as a Christian simply wait for the catastrophe to occur. And then, run to comfort the wounded, and weep over the dead. No, I must try and wrestle the steering wheel out of the hands driver.”

Dietrich failed to persuade the Lutheran denomination to take a stand by opposing Nazism. Instead they agreed to take a position of neutrality.

Causing Dietrich to go underground, and help to develop a plot the assassination of Hitler. Unfortunately, the plot failed.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer became the inspiration for the doctrine of Situational Ethics. Meaning each situation dictates the proper ethical response.

Think about Bonhoeffer’s analogy today, as it applies to various circumstances. That pose a threat to our beloved United States.

There are numerous circumstances that pose such a threat. Namely, the skunk trump the donald. Who singly, has become the nations opposition party. It was an easy task, for the collective GOP to surrender to the skunk. For they have for a long time harbored the skunks undemocratic ideologies.

Hopefully the Congressional Investigative Committee will be the Bonhoeffer’s to rescue America from the near toppling of America’s democracy. With the ultimate conviction of donald j trump for the crimes of treason.

An able response to such situations is found through the doctrine of liberation theology. A doctrine that composed part of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s theology. Liberation theology is about the aspects of Christianity. Problems that confront people every. We do not concentrate on those doctrines that have an every day application to daily living.

It all starts by understanding of the doctrine of the Resurrection of Christ. The Center piece of Christian living. Jesus said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. They that believe in Me, thought they were dead, yet shall they live,” John 11:25.

To some that verse only represents some future occurrence. That’s more about sadness than joy. Regretfully a tragedy!

As liberation theologians, we relish that glorious future occurrence, but it also has a practical value and meaning.

Whatever causes Christian’s are engaged in, someone will be inspired by their effort to carry on the mission. Regardless of what happens to the message bearer’s. The service rendered for Christ, can never be silenced or defeated.

The practical aspects of the resurrection are amplified in Matthew 24:24-30. It’s a well known story told by Jesus concerning farming. As farmers plant their wheat crops. the farmers notice that their wheat fields are being run over by weeds. Which could result in the death of their crops.

It turns out that this is a story not about farming. Rather it’s a story about the Resurrection. Those who do the work of Christ might have to pay for their service with. Sometimes with their lives.

Those who work for just causes are likened to grains of wheat that appears to have died. But burst through the ground announcing the Resurrection of Life. Like the wheat seed that dies. And then germinates to life which can be found Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s death.

And the many before him, as well, as the many who followed after him demanding justice from tyranny. And histories many, who fought for social and economic justice. All of which occurs though the newness of life in Jesus Christ.

The great Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero said this shortly before his assassination like it was a prophetic vision. “I must tell you as a Christian I do not believe in death without the resurrection. If I were killed, I shall arise in the Salvadoran people.”

“We have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall also arise in the likeness of His Resurrection,” Romans 6:5.

Meaning whatever our fate others will pick up the Cross and follow. That is a short summary of Liberation Theology concerning the Resurrection.

There you have it from Christ, Bonhoeffer, Romero, and well scattered Christ Souldier’s around the world. Teaching that each situation dictates a situational response. Special to itself.

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a wolf like trump

A group of wolves said to the dogs. “Since you are exactly like us, why not enter into a brotherly agreement with us?”

We live in freedom, while you are enslaved to beings nothing like us. You let them beat you, and put collars around your neck. Forced into hideous servitude by guarding their flocks. Which they butcher, and toss to you their bones.

Take our advice. Hand over the care of the flocks to us; then, we’ll share them between us, and we’ll gorge ourselves.

The dogs listened to their proposal and agreed. But as soon as the wolves got inside the fold, they started killing the dogs first.

Such will be the reward of politicians, supreme court judges. After all trump already calls them his judges. And all those, who see something meritorious in a wolf like trump.

Source-Fables of Aesop-Penguin-“The Wages of Treachery.” Modified by this writer.

Treachery wears many changes of clothing. All of them very dangerous because the protagonist have broad appeal to the smartest of the susceptible beyond human understanding.

American democracy is doomed; unless God, intervenes miraculously. Or perhaps, what follows will be His just response. Because if you know your Bible, then you understand America is in trouble though Divine Providence.

Isaiah confidant of Divine Providence was one of His primary instrumental sources; for unveiling multiple themes, from behavioral themes of the natural to the supernatural. And in some instances brings them together as one. Making the Old Testament one with the New Testament, and conversely reversing the two. (cp. 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Now a slice of warning. Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Woe to those who are mighty to drink wine, and champions at mixing strong drink; who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice for the innocent!

Therefore as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, and as the dry grass sinks down in the flame, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust, because they have rejected the law of the LORD of Host, and despised the Word of the Holy One of Israel. (cp. Isaiah 5:20-24).