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Ragamuffin_John

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  1. Can't lot staughing! America's tot galent. Thanks!
  2. Hey LostinFl, I have several heroes for my life, and it is a fine line to keep them in proper perspective. This is because there are several things about each to speak to me. Some of which I can adopt. What these people were all about, as pointed out above, helps to give a balance. Start with Messiah Jesus, for instance. All of His Life points to Salvation, but there is indeed an overarching theme that keeps everything about Him united. It is that He died for our sins, He resurrected, He ascended into Heaven, He is coming again to judge the living and the dead, and that He sits at the right hand of the Father now to make intercession for the saints. Oh, I can be thrilled by His kindness, His wisdom, His love. However, there are actual, historical and future things about Him that I must keep in-mind above all. About people? Well, I had Nicolaus Zinzendorf, John Wesley, Watchman Nee, Dietrich Bonfhoeffer, Rich Mullins, Saint Patrick, and Dwight Moody in-mind, for starters. Studying about them is staggering for me. But, when you look for purpose, you see flawed yet willing servants. Hope that helps some.
  3. I quit working full-time at 64.5. Always thought I’d work till I dropped, at least until the U.S. make/break age of 66, Social Security-wise. But, one day it struck me that if I had reasonable financial means to get along without working and it benefited others more that I stop than continue, then I should stop. I finally began to look at my health as a maintenance issue and figured I’d save tread by stopping. I prayed about and fought the idea for about 1.5 years, though. Finally, it was like, okay Lord You win. I reached a point where it was humbling to know I even had a choice; a lot of folks don’t even have that.
  4. Looking at these verses again, something strikes me. Jesus could also have been using the parents of the children in an illustration to the disciples—not just referring to the children. It surely was an act of humility for the parents to act the way they did. The “Unless you come unto me” must have encouraged and reinforced the parents in their caring act of bringing the little ones. I don’t imagine the children willy-nilly running to Jesus without their parents’ permission. This of course makes the disciples asking Jesus to shoo the kids away somewhat astounding. The disciples were disregarding even the sincerity and caring shown by the parents. Today’s parents can take heart when child rearing seems perplexing. The mere, sincere act of trying to bring them to the feet of Jesus (a childlike act in itself) can lead parents to understand that raising up a child is all about compassion, not merely correction.
  5. This poem ministered to me a lot. On the 2nd line, did you intentionally write, "plaqueing" instead of "plagueing"? Even "plaqueing" works wonderfully, as it shows an unwanted, accumulating and impeding weight--that the Lord is graciously taking from you and replacing with His healing Self.
  6. Based on Matthew 18:10 (EHV): See to it that you do not look down on one of these little ones, because I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. Father, do I have an angel before your Face, As much as little ones whom You embrace? Does mine minister, gesticulate And boast about my childlike ways? Do You then nod and full agree That my heart's playful, is ever trusting? Shall I not then come to Your Son, The Gatherer-in of little ones? Copyright information for the EHV: https://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Evangelical-Heritage-Version-EHV-Bible/#copy
  7. I think his attempts were reasonsble.
  8. Nicola ~ might be worth studying Marlon Brando's attempts in "VIVA ZAPATA"
  9. Oh, I suppose early Church theologians used to argue in cryptic ways, so it might have started with Irenaeus before Eusebius, except after Clement.
  10. After reading Matthew 10, I thought more about the attitude that Jesus wants us, His disciples, to have (Perhaps might also be useful for using in my imaginary musical about St. Francis of Assisi): Jesus said never disparage another, Nor call “scatter-brained” any in the image of the Father, For their worth is far greater than all of the sparrows Who seem so haphazard in ascending as fellows. They chirp in many directions the moods of the Gospel, Love, coming judgement, true rest amidst toil and trial. One Body, bearing fruit which at first may seem foreign Domesticates souls, looking pell-mell until they start soaring.
  11. In style, the Alan Jackson of Christmas music. Straight up, no hype, down to earth. Get the same feeling with Nat King Cole’s Christmas songs.
  12. Matthew 8:28-34 The verses: 28 When he arrived at the other side, in the region of the Gergesenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him there. They were very dangerous, so that nobody could pass that way. 29 Suddenly they cried out, “What do we have to do with you, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” 30 There was a large herd of pigs feeding some distance away from them. 31 The demons begged him, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” 32 He told them, “Go!” So the demons came out of the men and went into the pigs. Immediately the whole herd of pigs rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the water. 33 Those who were feeding the pigs fled and went into the town. They reported everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the entire town came out to meet Jesus. When they saw him, they begged him to leave their region. A musing about these verses--imagining the retrospective point of view of the Gergesenes, "pig-headed" as it was: Jesus could have saved our bacon, But instead it went o’er a cliff. Pigs could now be going to market Since the two slobs were made fit. But no, he had to take the herd and strangely oblige the spirit fleet, let the twain converge in a run, dashing into one downward stampede. Why’d we also sprint to the coast Just to ask Him to depart? I think deep down we also feared He’d rearrange our hearts. Scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, Evangelical Heritage Version® (EHV®) © 2019 Wartburg Project, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
  13. "Alexa--reckon I'm frustrated!" "The closest car towing company is Jerry's Jalopy Junkyard at . . . and Merry Christmas anyhow's".
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