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  1. They are having a time, Gentiles tied to the root of the truth. Jesse fathered sons who took care of sheep, Jesus gave sheep to be ruled by His own children like prophets, apostles, and teachers and interpreters, servants all with a commissioned call and a prayer for re-grafting of Jews. Already one new man, why all this grafting? It's because sons of Abraham wait for an abundant ingathering around Galilee, from among the twelve tribes of YHVH.
  2. From Revelation 1:17-19 (CEB): When I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man. But he put his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m the first and the last, and the living one. I was dead, but look! Now I’m alive forever and always. I have the keys of Death and the Grave. So write down what you have seen, both the scene now before you and the things that are about to unfold after this. Impressions: have you ever been so nervous or upset about something that your pen or pencil quivered when you wrote, thus skewing your writing? I have, and I find it amazing that even within His revelations, Jesus the Messiah gives such peace that from head to hand, we can rest and be assured that He is for us!* God himself shook foundations so our hands would steady, be unmoved by mortal weakness, revel in that the Son is ready, as He was and yet shall be, the Christ Whose Blood redeems. The First and Last had John write fast, to show anger slows in mercy.** _________ * Romans 8:31 (CEB): So what are we going to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? ** Psalm 86:15 (CEB): But you, my Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy; you are very patient and full of faithful love.
  3. For... stream of consciousness: long spaghetti noodles surreal: alphabet soup fiction: healthy sugar-coated cereal realism: shredded wheat
  4. (After thinking about Genesis 1:1-8. It took years for me to bow to the reality that God's revelation trumps man's theology) So the waters are separated from the waters? Then, even if I flew like an eagle, I’d still need a cosmic, greater than Wholly Other* to help me ascend beyond earth’s last layer. So, as I fly, trusting in my Father, by grace though skies, where mercy tops legal, the apostolic air will meet another and trust give way to what is hoped for. __________ * Karl Barth's "Wholly Other"
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    ...written after considering Colossians 2:9-12 The renewed Spirit of the follower of Christ comes to intuitively understand the teaching of the Trinity by the threefold way in which God functions in the universe and also toward the believer. Intellectually, another story. It is a plain teaching and yet a full mystery--God to be glorified, even though not fully grasped. He has nevertheless given light to the Church to know a mystery hidden from ages past. Abba, fullness of the Godhead in Fatherly form, Spirit, Baptizing Presence, continually reforms, Jesus, Our then-now-forever Lamb, bodily born. One God, Elohim be adored! Within, fully submitted,* Outward, seamlessly Lord! _________ * Philippians 2:5-11
  6. After reading about Jesus calling Peter (Simon) from the nets, to follow him, Mark 1:14-18 I just threw down the net in a celebratory way, like when the fishing season is over. I doubt I’ll regret, “catching men” has full sway, the net shifting toward something much bolder. Men have to be caught, I believe it, I catch them swindling and lying and cheating. Does this mean life is for naught, without promise? Off with the Greek stoic, I am traveling! This rabbi is different, no doubt, the weight of his person is like the Torah given birth. I feel royal air as this Nazarene shouts, though we have light purses. Is Heaven moving? He is so like and unlike earth.
  7. I have used AVG for several years, suppressing the Windows Defender. AVG has improved a lot over the years, and the annual update process is a snap
  8. ...and anvils falling from the sky.
  9. Well said, Nicholas. I've been reading in I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist about Kant's hollow claim that reality can't be proven, which leads to the further erroneous claim that absolutes must fall. It seems that the only close argument Kantians have is that Kant is right because "Kant can't" might be a double negative.
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    I am trusting in the Almighty, though having been so many times, a prodigal, trying to make music a madrigal to cover over the pain of estrangement from my earthly father, whom I barely knew, my confused arms stretching toward him from an adult cradle, without knowing I wanted to be blessed in my mental crib. One day I walked away from the furniture, and I wondered if Dad would be at the next corner. Hardly all his fault, hardly none of my own, fallen nature's conscience came to a crawl, till one day the Scriptures pulled and called holy living "Acceptable".* Me acceptable to my Father above, in the daily, living in His love? If I take salvation given, turn to Him each day, in holy living? This is the affirmation an older man needed to overtake the young man running, pride of an eagle in my breast,** knowing our Father cares, by the Spirit, in Heaven. ___________ * Romans 12:1 ** Isaiah 40:31
  11. The branches do not sway so much as my gratitude which flutters, the glistening brooks as much eclipsed by love’s silver lining from my Father. The cooling summer nights bow low to refreshing Spirit’s shower; clouds gathering against August heat show faith shielding from the Darter.* The winding road up mountains tells hearts to value steps; though compass points direction, devotion hikes ahead. Rain which slows such travel slackens not to make amends, but time is our companion through which God commends. Prairies bedevil armies’ boot arches, the Lord’s straight paths make jump; snow’s mute mattress may unnerve, Heaven’s silence breaks for balm’s rub. Valleys volley echoes beyond, the deeper deeps shout to the Almighty; ballasting whales blow Creation’s song, our praises to God loudest sacrificing. Oases cluster in wandering hearts, the Sirocco of Pentecost gusts,** dusting the Herculean Pillars,+ the Heavens in power lift us, dust.++ ___________ * Bible Gateway passage: Ephesians 6:16 - New International Reader's Version ** Sirocco - Wikipedia + Pillars of Hercules - Wikipedia ++ Bible Gateway passage: Genesis 3:19 - New International Reader's Version and Bible Gateway passage: 2 Corinthians 4:14 - New International Reader's Version and Bible Gateway passage: 1 Corinthians 6:14 - New International Reader's Version
  12. Am I the only one? I wish I could use words in my writings like "queer" and "gay" without the imagery of social activism popping up. They used to evoke such unique, powerful meanings in their traditional usage. Maybe it's time to take the Admiral Farragut "damn the torpedoes" approach and use these words again--to denote perceptions of really odd and deep happiness. One cannot be naive. But then again, the reader just might appreciate the touch, with a grin. There must be other such spin-off words that might be ripe for taking out of mothballs and floating up the river.
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