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Saturday, June 23, 2018

One Of His Followers

I did not know the meaning of His discourses or His parables until He was no longer among us. Nay, I did not understand until His words took living forms before me eyes and fashioned themselves into bodies that walk in the procession of my own day.

  Let me tell you this: On a night as I sat in my house pondering, and remembering His words and His deeds that I might inscribe them in a book, three thieves entered my house. And though I knew they came to rob me of my goods, I was too mindful of what I was doing to meet them with the sword, or even to say,"What do you here?"

  But I continued writing my remembrances of the Master. And when the thieves had gone then I remembered His saying,"He who would take your cloak, let him take your other cloak also."

  And I understood.
  As I sat recording His words no man could have stopped me even were he to have carried away all my possessions.

For though I would guard my possessions and also my person, I know where lies the greater treasure.


Friday, June 22, 2018

The Man From The Desert

I was a stranger in Jerusalem. I had come to the Holy City to Behold the great temple, and to sacrifice upon the altar, for my wife had given twin sons to my tribe.

And after I had made my offering, I stood in the portico of the temple looking down upon the money-changers and those who sold doves for sacrifice and listening to the great noise in the court.

And as I stood there came of a sudden a man into the midst of the money changers and those who sold doves.

He was a man of majesty, and he came swiftly.

In his hand, He held a rope of goat's hide, and He began to overturn the tables of the money changers and to beat the peddlers of birds with the rope.

And I heard Him saying with a loud voice, "Render these birds unto the sky which is their nest."

Men and women fled from before His face, and He moved amongst them as the whirling wind moves on the sandhills.

All this came to pass in a moment, and then the court of the temple was emptied of the money changers. Only the man stood there alone, and His followers stood at a distance.

Then I  turned my face and I saw another man in the portico of the temple. And I walked towards him and said,"Sir, who is this man who stands alone, even like another temple?"

And he answered me,"This is Jesus of Nazareth, a prophet who has appeared of late in Galilee. Here in Jerusalem, all men hate Him.

And I said,"My heart was strong enough to be with His whip and yielding enough to be at His feet."

And Jesus turned towards His followers who were awaiting Him. But before He reached them, three of the temple doves flew back, and one alighted upon His left shoulder and the other two at /His feet. And He touched each one tenderly.

Then He walked on, and there were leagues in every step of His steps.

Now tell me, what power had He to attack and disperse hundreds of men and women without opposition?

I was told that they all hate Him, yet no one stood before Him on that day.

Had He plucked out the fangs of hate on His way to the Temple?

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All four gospels describe what is commonly called “the cleansing of the temple.”

 By some accounts, Jesus kicked the money changers out of the Temple as soon as he arrived in Jerusalem. When he saw them taking advantage of people’s faith in God, he exploded. It was the only time that Jesus used physical violence in the Bible.

 Jesus poured out the coins of the money changers and turned over their tables. Then he made a whip of cords and used it to chase them out, along with the sacrificial animals that they were selling. Nothing made Jesus angrier than religious hypocrisy.

 He yelled, “My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you make it a den of robbers.” It was one of many occasions when he blasted religious leaders for exploiting the poor. He talked more about money than anything else except God.

Jesus, thank you for your anger. Give me the courage to act up against injustice.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Ephraim Of Jerico

When He came again to Jericho I sought Him out and said to Him, "Master, on the morrow my son will take a wife. I beg you come to the wedding feast and do us honor, even as you honored the wedding at Cana of Galilee."

And He answered, "It is true that I was once a guest at a wedding feast, but I shall not be a guest again. I am myself now the Bridegroom."

And I said, "I entreat you, Master, come to the wedding feast of my son.

And He smiled as though He would rebuke me, and said, "Why do you entreat me? Have you not wine enough?"

And I said, "My jugs are full, Master; yet I beseech you, come to my son's wedding feast."

Then He said, "Who knows? I may come, I may surely come, if your heart is an altar in your temple."

Upon the morrow my son was married, but Jesus came not to the wedding feast. And though we had many guests, I felt that no one had come.

In very truth, I myself who welcomed the guests, was not there.

Perhaps my heart had not been an altar when I invited Him. Perhaps I desired another miracle...


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Study of 500,000 Teens Suggests Association Between Excessive Screen Time and Depression (vice.com)


Depression and suicide rates in teenagers have jumped in the last decade -- doubling between 2007 and 2015 for girls -- and the trend suspiciously coincides with when smartphones became their constant companions. A recent study places their screen time around nine hours per day. Another study, published on Tuesday, suggests that suicide and depression could be connected to the rise of smartphones, and increased screen time. Around 58 percent more girls reported depression symptoms in 2015 than in 2009, and suicide rates rose 65 percent. Smack in the middle of that window of time, smartphones gained market saturation. 

In Twenge's new study, published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, the researchers looked at two samples: a nationally representative survey by ongoing study "Monitoring the Future" out of the University of Michigan, which is administered annually to 8th, 10th, and 12th graders, and the Centers for Disease Control's Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System,

 A sample of high school students administered by the CDC every other year. (Both surveys began in 1991.) Altogether, over 500,000 young people were included. The study authors examined trends in how teens used social media, the internet, electronic devices (including gaming systems and tablets), and smartphones, as well as how much time they spent doing non-screen activities like homework, playing sports, or socializing. 
Comparing these to publicly available data on mental health and suicide for these ages between 2010 and 2017 showed "a clear pattern linking screen activities with higher levels of depressive symptoms/suicide-related outcomes and non-screen activities with lower levels," the researchers wrote in the study. All activities involving screens were associated with higher levels of depression or suicide and suicidal thinking, and activities done away from a screen were not.

The Rapture Watch

This is 100% Scriptural proof that we are to remain watchers despite opening ourselves up to mockers & persecution concerning the rapture of the Church.

By Matthew Sloane.

"THE WATCHERS" quick reference.

 The 6 points to cross-reference


1. Matthew24:36-39 
The majority of people today will be ("OBLIVIOUS" NON-Watchers) just like they were when the Great flood destroyed mankind previously.

2. Matthew24:42-44
"Therefore keep watch"!  we are commanded to continuously keep watch, for we don't know the exact day or hour.

3. Matthew24:45-47 
Blessed is the servant who is "Doing his Job" a watcher is active & mocked by non-watchers.

4. Matthew24:48-51
A Non-watching Servant says Mocks his fellow servants and begins to live worldly because he believes the master delays.

5. Revelation3:2-3 
"Be Watchful" the servant who will not "Watch" God will come upon like a thief.
6. 1Thessalonians 5:6  A warning not to be a non-watcher, but watch & be sober.


Readiness at Any Hour


Matthew 24:36-51

36No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark. 39And they were oblivious, until the flood came and swept them all away. So will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40Two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.

42Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day on which your Lord will come. 43But understand this: If the owner of the house had known in which watch of the night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44For this reason, you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.

45Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household, to give the others their food at the proper time? 46Blessed is that servant whose master returns and finds him doing his job. 47Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.

48But suppose that servant is wicked and says in his heart, ‘My master will be away a long time.’ 49And he begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50The master of that servant will come on a day he does not anticipate and at an hour he does not expect. 51Then he will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Revelation 3:2-3
2Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. 3Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

1 Thessalonians 5:6
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us Watch and be sober.