Monthly Archives: May 2012

Thought For The Day 05/31/12

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It’s Always Our Choice

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Life is like a game of cards.  The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will. 

Jawaharlal Nehru

http://www.quotegarden.com/fate.html

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Have you ever wondered just what life would be like if the word choice were somehow removed from not just our dictionary but from human understanding, as well? It seems to me like we would be no more than living, breathing androids. We would never know the satisfaction of a job well done or the joy to be found in tousling the hair of a child. We would not know the passion that comes from holding the one we love close  nor the heartache of loss. In other words, we would be missing out on the very essence of God’s greatest endowment to humankind when He mapped out the sequence of genes that would become man.

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God recognized that man, to be not just satisfied but a content human being, as well, would need to choose the direction for his life without external forces dictating those decisions. God knew that not even He should prevent us from making the choices that we do as we live every day. He knew that developing spirit filled lives of character could only come about through choice. And it is through this choice that we experience and understand the emotions of good versus evil and eternal life versus eternal damnation. Perhaps this is also one reason God gave us finite life spans. We are granted the time we need to live, learn and understand the wisdom He has to give, and we are also allowed the opportunity to impart these teachings to future generations. And once we do, our work is done. However, should we choose the dark path in life, our finite life also limits the time we spend on earth, perpetrating evil! After all, God knows not all of his children will choose the righteous path. However, the vast majority will and God wants us to fulfill His will by our own choice.

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

Romans 12:2

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Happy 9th Anniversary to my daughter and son-in-law, Sabrina & Henry Hilliard!

Although the days may be rocky at times, for a moment your shared life was pure perfection!

Thank you for the greatest gift I’ve ever received…my grandson, Landon John!

Mazel Tov!

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Thought For The Day 05/30/12

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The Color Purple

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WARNING

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple

With a red hat which doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me.

And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves

And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.

I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired

And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells

And run my stick along the public railings

And make up for the sobriety of my youth.

I shall go out in my slippers in the rain

And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens .

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?

So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised

When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple!

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I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it…. People think pleasing God is all God cares about.  But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back. 

Alice Walker

 The Color Purple, 1982

http://quotegarden.com/wise-words.html

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I am rapidly approaching the years when I really should be wearing purple with a red hat. And to be honest, it probably would suit me very well. I was born to be a carefree bundle of mischievousness! I have come to the conclusion that I have spent too many years living in a “congregation” of normal folk. I worked every day at living and breathing and existing in what transpires for a “normal” existence. Since everybody defines normal a little differently, I guess what might constitute normal for me is not the same thing for everybody else out there! In reality, my normal was a very boring existence! I only saw my life in terms of how it related to, and fit in with, the lives of everybody else around me! I did not try to inspire others to be a bit more carefree or adventurous, because I had no idea how to be carefree or adventurous, myself! I modeled my existence after the way I saw my parents and my grandparents live their lives. And while there is nothing wrong with living that way, I have to wonder at just what I might possibly have been missing by not picking flowers in other people’s gardens or walking around in the rain in my slippers! Now, today, I am forced to think about just exactly why we don’t try to discover our wild side a little more. After all, we probably all knew exactly that part of ourselves when we were teenagers, don’t you think? And don’t let me hear any of you say, “I am a Christian. I am above living vicariously!” Nonsense! Even people of faith need to let their hair down every now and then!

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We live in a world and in a time where we have more choices than we possibly know what to do with! And sometimes changing up some of those things we have treated as absolutes for so very long, will open up for us a whole new world of possibilities! And while the Bible is pretty clear regarding what man’s purpose should be, especially in terms of keeping his commandments as well as honoring him with our lives and deeds, I can’t help but think that he would like us to accomplish this with not just a joyful heart, but with a song in out soul, as well! Is that not why we sing joyfully to him? We are told in Psalm 149:3 (NIV), Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp.

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I like to think that my God is a God who would smile down at me when I decide to walk barefoot in the grass singing at the top of my lungs in a purple dress with a red sun hat on my head. Somehow, I can just hear Him saying to me, “Way to go Mandy, my good and faithful servant! You are choosing to live your life praising me and all of my creations!” And do you want to know something else? I will never pass a field of flowers again without thinking about Him and thanking Him, and remembering all the blessings He is showering me with as He paints some of those flowers the most vivid colors of purple and red!

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“Then David and all Israel played music before God with all their might, with singing, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on cymbals, and with trumpets.”

1 Chronicles 13:8 (NKJV)

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Thought For The Day 05/29/12

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Paul

The 13th Apostle 

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It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil.  If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui. 

Helen Keller

http://www.quotegarden.com/religion.html

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I wanted to follow up my post from May 25th, 2012, which was entitled “How Did He Do It” (http://wp.me/p1td6l-19n) with some maps and descriptions of where Jesus traveled as he journeyed to spread his Father’s word to the people. What I found were hundreds (literally) of maps showing routes Jesus took throughout those three years. And after seeing the many, many timelines, it is easy to understand how it was that Jesus took so many steps during his lifetime that he could have circumnavigated the globe! And so, I began to think about his instructions to his Apostles where, in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus allegedly gives “The Great Commission”, telling the Apostles to go into all their world, and make disciples of all nations. And for some reason, Paul, an Apostle after the fact (in other words, not one of the original 12 selected by Christ), seems to have a great amount of information available! So I’d like to think about his missionary journeys for the purpose of this post!

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Did you know that Paul was a Pharisee? In fact, he actually writes in Philippians that as a Pharisee, he was blameless in the law! And while he seems like the obedient servant in most of his writings, he also seems to write with the heart of one with first hand knowledge of the power of man’s fall from grace! In Romans 3:10-18, he paints the direst picture of just this very thing!

10 As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; 11     there is no one who understands;     there is no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away,     they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good,     not even one.” 13 “Their throats are open graves;     their tongues practice deceit.” “The poison of vipers is on their lips.” 14     “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16     ruin and misery mark their ways, 17 and the way of peace they do not know.” 18     “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

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Born Saul, but also known as Paul, he was born in what is today, Turkey, and was as strict a Jew as existed in the day, furiously opposing the spread of Christianity. But as he was journeying to Damascus, he received a blinding vision and heard the voice of Christ. His conversion absolute, he dedicated his life to serving the Lord and did so knowing no distinction between Jew and Gentile, breaking down longstanding barriers of prejudice which were firmly affixed in the region. His goal was to spread the word throughout the world, which may well account for the scope of his journeys in spreading the word. Beginning close to home in Damascus and Tarsus, it was then that he decided on his Missionary course. He traveled from Antioch to Cyprus where he would help in building temples but not hiding the nature of his Christian mission. traveling throughout Asia Minor, strengthening the churches he had already established, and was often joined by other Apostles. When he returned to Jerusalem, he was arrested and, because he was a Roman citizen,  was returned there for the appeal process. He was most likely executed by Emperor Nero.

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A kindred spirit to me in many ways, he was a prolific writer. He wrote frequently to the many churches he founded during his missions and it is through his letters that his works were first acknowledged. Since Paul became an Apostle only AFTER the death and resurrection of Jesus, always speaking of the greatness of Christ and the life everlasting he had effected by his death and resurrection was paramount in the message he conveyed. It is through Paul’s teachings that many of our tenets of faith were chronicled and Luke, of course, wrote extensively about Paul’s contributions, in the book of Acts!

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“[ In Iconium ] At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed.”

Acts 14:1 NIV

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Thought For The Day 05/28/12

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The Price of Freedom

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“God Bless The U.S.A.”

And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.

Lee Greenwood

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To view the You Tube video of “God Bless The U.S.A.”,

click the link below.

http://youtu.be/Q65KZIqay4E

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If there is one thing that history has taught us, it must be the lesson that freedom is never free! It wasn’t free 2000 years ago when Christ’s spilled blood paid the price so that those of us who believe will be free to join with God the Father in His heavenly kingdom. It wasn’t free when a lonely band of Pilgrims sacrificed all to sail thousands of miles from home to settle in a new land, gladly spilling their blood for the religious freedoms they hungered for. It wasn’t free when a new country broke away from their motherland to become a sovereign nation in 1776. It wasn’t free for the Allied Nations in 1914 and again in 1939. It wasn’t free for thousands whose spilled blood on September 11th, 2001, united a country to fight against those who would try to abridge the freedoms we each enjoy as proud Americans. And it isn’t free today! Somewhere, in this country, right this very second, a family is crying as it mourns the loss of yet another American hero who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

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The Cost of Freedom

by Ron Tranmer

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He died serving our country,

in a land far away.

He gave his life for freedom.

They buried him today.

He loved family more than life,

and had to do what’s right.

To protect them and his country,

he joined in the fight.

Next time you see a soldier,

don’t just pass him by.

Thank him for his service.

He might be next to die.

How great the cost of freedom.

How brave those who defend.

Protect them Lord,

that they may safely

come back home again.

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For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.        

Galatians 5:13 ESV

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Thought For The Day 05/27/12

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I Need A Hug!

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See everything; overlook a great deal; correct a little. 

Pope John XXIII

http://quotegarden.com/wise-words.html

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Today is a day I need a hug. I do not need the world. I do not need riches. I need the comfort that a hug will give me. A hug, after all, is a balm for the very soul! What is it about hugs that make us feel so much better? It’s not a physical or sexual human response like the way we feel when we kiss. It is, plain and simply, the closeness that is afforded by a human connection. It is a reminder of a time in our lives most do not even remember, when the cares of the world did not weigh us down. It is a time when our needs were as basic as being clean and warm and sated. It is a soothing cuddle that encompasses our very soul, soothing our angst just as surely as our mother’s embrace assuaged the fears of the tiny baby we once were. And probably most importantly, a hug opens our hearts to not just life’s possibilities but love’s possibilities, as well! And so, since I need one and I can not reach out to you bodily to share a hug with you, I offer to you a spiritual hug. It’s not perfect but it comes from my heart! And virtual or not, if more people hugged, wouldn’t the world be a better place?

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He Knows My Name

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Written by: Tommy Walker

Performed by: the Maranatha Singers

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I have a Maker

He formed my heart

Before even time began

My life was in his hands

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He knows my name

He knows my every thought

He sees each tear that falls

And He hears me when I call

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I have a Father

He calls me His own

He’ll never leave me

No matter where I go

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He knows my name

He knows my every thought

He sees each tear that falls

And He hears me when I call

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He knows my name

He knows my every thought

He sees each tear that falls

And He hears me when I call

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For the You Tube video, click below.

http://youtu.be/RDdWUlOy3dk

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But now, this is what the LORD says–he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

Isaiah 43:1 NIV

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Thought For The Day 05/26/12

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The Gospel of Jesus

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The name of Jesus is the one lever that lifts the world. 

Author Unknown

http://www.quotegarden.com/jesus-christ.html

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I don’t know about you, but when I write, my thoughts seem to somehow reproduce in my head based on something I have just posted. It is almost as if I am having some mitosis or cell division (as what happens to the fertilized egg) of thought! Yes indeed! I am a new parent! Yesterday’s blog has given birth to an offspring! As I was thinking and looking about the years Jesus traveled and preached, I began to wonder if there were common themes that he shared with his followers. Is there somehow, a summary of the things Jesus preached during those three short years where he actively traveled and shared his Father’s message?

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Well, if ever there was a unifying theme in his messages, it had to have been LOVE, first and foremost. In fact, when he was asked which of his Father’s commandments was the most important one, was not his answer, LOVE (Matthew 22:37)? Not only did he reinforce the need to always LOVE God with every fiber of your being, but he also commanded all to LOVE their neighbor. Jesus did not say LOVE only those who are loveable. He taught that even those who hurt us are deserving of our compassion, forgiveness and our LOVE! It is not just our responsibility but, in reality, has been given to us as a moral imperative that we care for and help always, those who are least deserving of that compassion. And even more that this, we must do it selflessly and without expectation of getting something back for our efforts!

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PRAYER is perhaps the one thing that cemented his communion with God and he spoke of it often. Moreover, Jesus prayed. Often! We read again and again of the times Jesus retreated from everyone to pray. And when Jesus prayed it was not a simple distracted closing of the eyes and rote reciting of entreaties. Jesus prayed with heartfelt supplication, communing with his Father in a way that demonstrated the depth of his love. Jesus prayed based on a truthful understanding of God and what He had revealed to his heart. He knew that not all PRAYER would be answered. Remember the Garden at Gethsemane? Did Jesus not ask in PRAYER three times that God grant him an easier journey? One thing I find interesting is that only one of his Disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, just as John the Baptist had done for his followers (Luke 11:1). And the PRAYER that he gave them is the one every Christian church shares, even today!

The Lord’s Prayer”

2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say,

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

3 Give us day by day our daily bread.

4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

(Luke 11:2-4)

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Another theme that permeated nearly all of his teaching was FORGIVENESS (Matthew 18:21-22)! Now we know that the capacity to forgive those who sin against us was a HUGE reason Jesus was hated by the Pharisees. It was a belief of the day that only God could forgive the sinner and so the thinking of some of the more conservative Jewish sects, was to condemn this man who claimed that he had the authority to forgive the sin of another! And yet we know, even today, the righteousness that is FORGIVENESS! Man is as imperfect a creature as any living thing God placed on the Earth. We have the capacity for independent thought as well as action. The problem is that we are NOT infallible. We ALL sin! Now I don’t know about you, but I can not even comprehend living in a time and place where those who share my life, and who would be the most impacted by my error, would choose to hold those mistakes against me forever! But, blessedly, Jesus made it understood that even as our Father forgives us our sins, so it is necessary that we share that blessing by forgiving another who asks for FORGIVENESS from us!

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How many people out there take a quick glance at another person and quickly jump to conclusions, acting sometimes not just as judge, but juror, as well? But just as being able to forgive others allows us to also receive forgiveness when we need it, so does this reinforce one absolute. Except for Christ himself, no one is, or ever was, for that matter, without sin! And it is that fact alone that should be enough to keep us from ever taking a position of JUDGEMENT (John 7:24) on another. I will never cast a stone for fear it might just shatter the glass walls of my own house. And while I may not agree with the stand another chooses to take on certain social, as well as ethical, issues that permeate society today, it is not my lot to pass JUDGEMENT nor is it my place to sentence any other. Jesus not just had the capacity for mercy but he lived his conviction as well. Even in his agony as he was dying on the cross, he asked for God’s mercy on those who tortured him. Jesus also knew that, in the end, the final JUDGEMENT for the actions and lives we all live, will be made by the one who reigns supreme!

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WEALTH, or our lack of it, is perhaps the biggest thing to ever have impacted the lives of human beings!  If there ever was anything that man has created that has the capacity to alter not just the judgement of, but the actions as well, of most people, it is money! And yet it is an inescapable sin of living in the world. Well even Jesus recognized the idol that WEALTH seems to create in the heart of man. He never said it was a sin to have money but he did teach that having money can sometimes cause people to become so focused on their pile of gold, and in making that pile grow, that they fail to remember the things that really matter in life. We are a member of the human race for such an infinitesimally tiny part of what is time, that Jesus wants us to remain focused on loving and serving God. After all, when we are gone, we will not be taking that money with us. When he was sitting with his Disciples, did Jesus not value the gift of money the poor widow (Mark 12:41-44) who had nothing, sacrificed, over the many coins given by the wealthy? So why not make sure we give what we can of our WEALTH to benefit those who desperately need it?

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We find so many people in today’s world that must announce to the world their righteousness lest there be some out there who doubt it. But what people like this are really showing to others is HYPOCRISY! Why do so many act one way in public only to transform into some perverse doppelgänger in private? Once again, some of the Jewish religious leaders during the time of Christ’s teachings comes to mind (Matthew 23). They gave all appearance of being devout by loudly praying to God and maintaining strict adherence to Hebrew law. But could their hearts hold up to the scrutiny of God’s all-knowing eye? Our faith is born within each heart and grows with tender nurturing and care. It is more the kind things we do as well as the way we treat our fellow man that will be most pleasing to God and Jesus reinforces this even as he asks for our honest assessment of the motives for how we live our lives of faith!

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Jesus’s ministry was for a short time and there were times when his preaching focused on preparing the Disciples for a world in which his physical presence would no longer be with them. Some of these things came as no surprise to many of them since most believed with all of their hearts that he was, indeed, the Messiah promised by the early Hebrew prophets. Andrew knew almost from the first day as he went to his brother crying out that he had found the Messiah. For others, the news was known much more slowly. After all, Jesus was not the king or mighty warrior many believed would be the bringer of all salvation. However even more than the Messiah, Jesus began to reveal the very nature of his birth. He referred often to God as his Father but as he traveled, the close bond he shared with God became more and more evident. Indeed it became clear that while fully human, Jesus was also GOD, THE SON. He performed more than 30 miracles that are recounted in the Gospels including his virgin birth (Matthew 1), turning water into wine (John 2), healings of the infirmed, walking on water (Matthew 14), feeding of the multitudes (Matthew 15) and lastly, his own resurrection and ascension (Acts 1). While GOD, THE SON had all of these gifts, there remained one very important difference. He remained totally under the will of God, the Father.

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Perhaps the greatest of Christ’s unspoken messages to mankind was in teaching that simply by believing, God will live within each of our hearts and be with us as we struggle with the daunting task of living lives worthy of the trust he has placed so firmly on our shoulders. It follows then, that our SAVIOR, Jesus Christ, is the pathway that will lead each of us to his Father’s house on high, when our earthly lives are done! This was, after all, the reason our SAVIOR was sent to earth in the first place. It was the reason Joseph protected and cared for his espoused wife during her confinement and journey to Bethlehem (Luke 2). It was the reason the Magi chose to avoid King Herod and return to their homes a different way after witnessing that the Christ Child had arrived (Matthew 2:12). It was the reason Mary and Joseph and the child fled to safety in Egypt (Matthew 2: 13 – 23). It was the reason that Mary fled Nazareth to the home of her brother, when Jesus was 4 years old, and when an illness began claiming lives in her homeland. All sought to protect the child they knew would guide the hearts of man on a pathway to salvation. They may not have known the extent of what God the Father would ask of Christ, but as the child grew in stature, so did he grow in the spirit of communion with his Father. And while the Disciples did come to the true knowing of him as SAVIOR, he was not as forthcoming with the masses, often admonishing those he healed to show the miracle but to say not how it happened. To what end? If he announced his role as SAVIOR, would they somehow assume he was something he was not? Or was he, by his omissions, allowing people to learn at a pace they would be able to understand? Ask one scholar and you will get one answer. Ask another, and the answer will be totally different. However, all are in agreement that Jesus was and always will be, the greatest teacher ever to walk the face of planet Earth and that to seek to gain a better understanding of the life he lead and the messages he preached will provide rewards to each of us, more precious than gold!

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Thought For The Day 05/25/12

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How Did He Do It?

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The unique impression of Jesus upon mankind – whose name is not so much written as ploughed into the history of the world – is proof of the subtle virtue of this infusion.  Jesus belonged to the race of prophets.  He saw with open eyes the mystery of the soul.  One man was true to what is in you and me.  He, as I think, is the only soul in history who has appreciated the worth of man. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

http://www.quotegarden.com/jesus-christ.html

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We who are all too human…..well at least this one woman, who is all too human…..ME…..wants to know how He did it! How did Jesus survive knowing the things that he knew about the course his life would take, and yet still manage to travel and preach and hold the dying and the tired and the weak and the sorrowful in not just his arms but in his heart, as well? Thousands upon thousands descended upon him for the privilege of hearing his inspired word first hand. I have but a tiny fraction of that number who not just follow my posts, but seek my council through social media, as well as a couple of community outreach programs I minister to. I have nowhere near the ability to transform the very essence of a person as he did, and yet I find myself exhausted and feeling like taking just one more step forward will sap the little strength and will that remains within my very being! And I have the luxury of being able to travel the places that I do to minister to those I touch in the luxurious comfort of a fairly new, air-conditioned car or sitting in my heated and air-conditioned home! Jesus and his disciples were afforded no such luxuries. They walked during the approximately 3 year time span of the days they preached. And then I suddenly knew I needed an answer to a very important question. How far did Jesus and the Disciples actually travel as they taught and preached?

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Did you know that there is almost nothing that you can’t find an answer to on the internet, including an answer (approximately) to this very question? The human BRAIN! What an amazing tool God placed in the heads of so many not just gifted technological experts but theologians as well! Heck….all human being for that matter! Okay, so there might be a few people I know, some of whom follow these posts of mine, that might know the answer to how far Jesus traveled, or be able to figure it out in some manner, utilizing a time line of his sermons and their locations and then begin plotting the coordinates of these all on a map of the Holy Lands. And while I know God has blessed me plenty, patience and the capacity to do this does not seem to compute with the somewhat Obsessive Compulsive tendencies that are some of the less desirable attributes he gifted me with! So I actually entered the question into the search engine of my computer, knowing full well that somewhere out there was the person for who patience was endowed upon their being at the time of conception, and they would already have done the tedious work for me….and happily, I might add! And I was right! All I can say is, God bless Brother Mitch and his “Express Site”! (http://gomitch.multiply.com/journal/item/15/How_far_did_Jesus_and_Mary_Walk_posted_Feb_20). For the purpose of this blog, and because that’s how Brother Mitch computed it, we will let you know the total number of miles he walked in 33 years, not just the last few during which he was actively preaching his Father’s message to the multitudes!

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Grand total of miles Jesus walked in His 33 years on earth while traveling on trips:

  • 400 miles: Jesus walked from Egypt to Nazareth.
  • 18,000 miles: Jesus walked from Nazareth to Jerusalem And return by age 30.
  • 3,125 miles: Jesus walked during His 3-year public Ministry.

Now do the math yourself! The Grand total of miles/kilometers (for my metric using followers) Jesus walked on trips?

 21,525 Miles (34,640 km)

 

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And lets take this all another step and look at it in terms of days as well as distance. The earth is approximately 24,901.5 miles (40074 km) in diameter at the equator. So try imagining for a moment one human being walking nearly the entire distance around the world in just 33 short years! And if he averaged 20 miles (32km) every day, once again, go ahead and do the math! Jesus was traveling by foot at least 1,076 days (and nights) which is almost three years!

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Now I love my faith. I do all that I can do to share it with as many as I can. It is what I am asked to do by a God who knows me and what I am physically capable of doing. And while I am in no way questioning the wisdom of what he was asking of Jesus, I am not so sure God was as kind to His only begotten son as he is to me! God’s plan was known to Christ! I am as certain of this fact as I am that the sun will rise tomorrow. I am also certain that the human side of Christ wished that the burden of responsibility for this mission was not placed so firmly upon his shoulders. And yet, he knew it was what the world needed, and he knew the time was at hand that he begin his ministry. And so I began to think of another question that I was curious to have answered. How many of you have ever wondered just how many people Christ preached to? Well, we know for certain that Jesus, during his retreat at Bethsaida, was followed by a multitude, numbering 5000 men, plus the women and children who were not counted, and he healed the sick and nourished both the spirit and the body of the following with 2 fish and 5 barley loaves of bread! And even as I began my tallying of some of Christ’s most significant days of ministering to his followers,  suddenly the light bulb went off over my head! To answer this question is an impossibility! In fact, it is a trick question! Because you know the answer to this one as well as I do! BILLIONS and BILLIONS! More than McDonald’s has sold Hamburgers! You see, the word of Christ has reached the four corners of the globe, and beyond, even being brought aboard the International Space Station by way of the Bible. You see, his word and message, just as it reached people two millenia ago, so it is reaching people today. So it will be shared again tomorrow, by me, for one, when I write my next blog. As long as there are his followers all over the world, God’s inspired word and Christ’s preaching continues!

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‘For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’

Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’


Matthew 25:35-40 (ESV)

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