The River: Eastertide🌊
💦A continuation of:
“The Living Word is Loving,”
“Our Daily Bread,”
“Communion,” and
“The Living Word is our Eucharist”
…Bible Verses with Running Commentary

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
“Understanding”💠
Proverbs 8:12
12 I wisdom dwell with prudence,
and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

📜Bible Readings Α-Ω
*In Progress:🌊
*Completed:💦
The Old Testament (AKJV)
1. Genesis💦
2. Exodus💦
3. Leviticus💦
4. Numbers💦
5. Deuteronomy💦
6. Joshua💦
7. Judges💦
8. Ruth💦
9. 1 Samuel💦
10. 2 Samuel💦
11. 1 Kings💦
12. 2 Kings💦
13. 1 Chronicles💦
14. 2 Chronicles💦
15. Ezra💦
16. Nehemiah💦
17. 🕯Tobit🌊
18. 🕯Judith
19. Esther💦
20. 🕯1 Maccabees
21. 🕯2 Maccabees
22. Job💦
23. Psalms🌊
24. Proverbs💦
25. Ecclesiastes💦
26. Song of Solomon💦
27. 🕯Wisdom
28. 🕯Sirach
29. Isaiah💦
30. Jeremiah🌊
31. Lamentations
32. 🕯Baruch
33. Ezekiel
34. 🕯Daniel
35. Hosea
36. Joel
37. Amos
38. Obadiah
39. Jonah
40. Micah
41. Nahum
42. Habakkuk
43. Zephaniah
44. Haggai
45. Zechariah
46. Malachi
Deuterocanonical, Apocrypha🕯(NABRE)
Tobit
Judith, 1 and 2
Maccabees
Wisdom
Sirach
Baruch
Esther
Daniel
The New Testament (AKJV)
1. Matthew💦
2. Mark💦
3. Luke💦
4. John💦
5. Acts (of the Apostles)💦
6. Romans💦
7. 1 Corinthians💦
8. 2 Corinthians💦
9. Galatians💦
10. Ephesians💦
11. Philippians💦
12. Colossians💦
13. 1 Thessalonians💦
14. 2 Thessalonians💦
15. 1 Timothy💦
16. 2 Timothy💦
17. Titus💦
18. Philemon💦
19. Hebrews💦
20. James💦
21. 1 Peter💦
22. 2 Peter💦
23. 1 John💦
24. 2 John💦
25. 3 John💦
26. Jude💦
27. Revelation💦
http://www.biblegateway.com

Easter Monday 4/17/17
…Magnanimity and Anonymity.
“Raise Jesus? What, like a buzz-cut?”🤔

“Don’t Tread on Me”🐍
(Selections from:)
-1 Corinthians 13
-Cicero
-Charles Dickens
-William Blake
-Robert Frost
-Buddhist Proverb
-2 John
-1 John 3
-Benjamin Franklin
-Psalm 91

“The Great Seal” 🌊⛩
“We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.” (-Benjamin Franklin, In the Continental Congress just before signing the Declaration of Independence, 1776.
http://www.ushistory.org/valleyforge/history/franklin.html

🍁”Resurrection”🌳
The great wave of relief comes as a sudden surge, like a second wind. Instantaneously, as I come to understand that I cannot prevail upon my standing in life, and that the situation I am faced with is simply so much for me to bear, I am free, in that very same instant. What one “let’s go” to matters. When my own resources fail me, all that is left is sheer belief, as the underpinnings of my faith. I let go to the God who is Everything, and finally, I cease to struggle against the tide. When I let go, I do not surrender to death, to sin, to corruption, or to evil and despair. I simply cannot believe that any of those things have any bearing over God’s reality.

🌹”Hypostatic not Hypomanic”🥀
I cannot prevail of my own, but alas! I am not alone. I am never alone. God is here always, as it has been proclaimed since the dawn of Time. The more thoroughly I realize, as epiphany after epiphany unfurls, that God is within and beneath all things, even my own flesh and blood, the more I feel at peace, rescued by relinquishing my own self. As I let go of that which is me, all that is left is my belief, as my faith in God. In this way, the more devastated and razed my internal terrain becomes, as the garden of my heart within my mind’s Eye is laid to waste, I am simultaneously laid to rest, as the illusion and veil of my own ego and self is utterly released, disintegrating to reveal the greater glory and the path, that all too frequently, is not chosen, in favor of sin.

“Stonecraft Serenity:💧Seafaring Vessel”
The mirage of my ego’s singularity is completely ravaged, set afire in a burst of magnificent bittersweet irony; the most intense agony I could know coexisting with the most heavenly divine bliss of God’s love, as religious ecstasy. This facade, this fallacious man-made idea that a self could ever exist in separation from the One True God above, crumbles away, to reveal in all starkness this great fact; God is here, God is with us, God is all. God is.

🎋”Truth Matters and Materializes”
In letting go to the strength of belief, of faith, the path not chosen, is exhaled. Faith is only possible when it’s true, and the truth of God is the perfection of Love. In intuiting correctly the essence of Love underlying all existing things, one may hang upon the glory of that eternal God, rather than upon that “fork” in the road.

☎️”The Hand I was Delta”❣️
In giving up the Ghost, the reality chosen, as that which exists in my absence, is just God the Father, and Jesus the Son. Peeking out from behind my rainclouds, ready to pounce, are the blissful rays of sunlight of God’s Truth, Love, and Joy. If I never felt such devastation and the totality of defeat, I would never have known God. The means by which I suffer are the life of me, because those agonies and trials are the exact same avenues by which I may give way to the resounding triumph of God. In one long exhalation. In one long exaltation, my sorrow is my only joy, because it is the only means by which I would ever have the need to give up on myself and let His burst of Love shine through, in all the dazzling magnificence of a brilliant diamond, a Star of David.

📯”Play the Trump Card”💖
As I let go of the sickness and cruelty of a tribulation, of that inversion of what could be and of what God would will for it to be, and concordantly let go to my faith in God, then at that perfect instant of claiming God as reality, the last trump is sounded. In the perfection of Our convergence upon His one true will, my sorrow and death of sin breaks open, and gives way to God. There is no power, no belief of a purported reality, that could ever contend with God, as He always prevails in perfect victory whenever so called upon. Perfect love, perfect selfless love of Christian charity, “beareth all things,” indeed, “endureth all things,” because that charity is Our God.
(-1 Corinthians 13:7)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+13&version=AKJV

“The Omnipresent”
“Nunquam minus solus quam cum solus”
( Never less alone than when alone).
-Cicero
https://en.m.wikiquote.org/wiki/Cicero

“In Faith”
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”
-Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Tale_of_Two_Cities

“Is Faith”
“…God appears, and God is light,
To those poor souls who dwell in night;
But does a human form display
To those who dwell in realms of day.”
-William Blake, “Auguries of Innocence”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auguries_of_Innocence

“Truth? The Telltale Sigh”
“…I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
-Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Road_Not_Taken

“My Mental Zen Garden”
“When the student is ready, the master appears.” (-Buddhist Proverb)
https://en.m.wikiversity.org/wiki/Talk:Zen_proverb

2 John
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth; 2 for the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever. 3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father. 5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. 6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. 7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. 9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11 for he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
12 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.
13 The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+John+1&version=AKJV

1 John 3:10-24
11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. 13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. 14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. 15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. 16 Hereby perceive we the love of God,because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. 20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. 22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. 24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+John+3&version=AKJV

“Benjamin Franklin on the Rattlesnake as a Symbol of America”
(The following letter from “An American Guesser” was published in the Pennsylvania Journal on December 27, 1775. Its author has been identified as Benjamin Franklin.)
I observed on one of the drums belonging to the marines now raising, there was painted a Rattle-Snake, with this modest motto under it, “Don’t tread on me.” As I know it is the custom to have some device on the arms of every country, I supposed this may have been intended for the arms of America; and as I have nothing to do with public affairs, and as my time is perfectly my own, in order to divert an idle hour, I sat down to guess what could have been intended by this uncommon device – I took care, however, to consult on this occasion a person who is acquainted with heraldry, from whom I learned, that it is a rule among the learned of that science “That the worthy properties of the animal, in the crest-born, shall be considered,” and, “That the base ones cannot have been intended;” he likewise informed me that the ancients considered the serpent as an emblem of wisdom, and in a certain attitude of endless duration – both which circumstances I suppose may have been had in view. Having gained this intelligence, and recollecting that countries are sometimes represented by animals peculiar to them, it occurred to me that the Rattle-Snake is found in no other quarter of the world besides America, and may therefore have been chosen, on that account, to represent her.
But then “the worldly properties” of a Snake I judged would be hard to point out. This rather raised than suppressed my curiosity, and having frequently seen the Rattle-Snake, I ran over in my mind every property by which she was distinguished, not only from other animals, but from those of the same genus or class of animals, endeavoring to fix some meaning to each, not wholly inconsistent with common sense.
I recollected that her eye excelled in brightness, that of any other animal, and that she has no eye-lids. She may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance. She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage. As if anxious to prevent all pretensions of quarreling with her, the weapons with which nature has furnished her, she conceals in the roof of her mouth, so that, to those who are unacquainted with her, she appears to be a most defenseless animal; and even when those weapons are shown and extended for her defense, they appear weak and contemptible; but their wounds however small, are decisive and fatal. Conscious of this, she never wounds ’till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of treading on her.
Was I wrong, Sir, in thinking this a strong picture of the temper and conduct of America? The poison of her teeth is the necessary means of digesting her food, and at the same time is certain destruction to her enemies. This may be understood to intimate that those things which are destructive to our enemies, may be to us not only harmless, but absolutely necessary to our existence. I confess I was wholly at a loss what to make of the rattles, ’till I went back and counted them and found them just thirteen, exactly the number of the Colonies united in America; and I recollected too that this was the only part of the Snake which increased in numbers. Perhaps it might be only fancy, but, I conceited the painter had shown a half formed additional rattle, which, I suppose, may have been intended to represent the province of Canada.
‘Tis curious and amazing to observe how distinct and independent of each other the rattles of this animal are, and yet how firmly they are united together, so as never to be separated but by breaking them to pieces. One of those rattles singly, is incapable of producing sound, but the ringing of thirteen together, is sufficient to alarm the boldest man living.
The Rattle-Snake is solitary, and associates with her kind only when it is necessary for their preservation. In winter, the warmth of a number together will preserve their lives, while singly, they would probably perish. The power of fascination attributed to her, by a generous construction, may be understood to mean, that those who consider the liberty and blessings which America affords, and once come over to her, never afterwards leave her, but spend their lives with her. She strongly resembles America in this, that she is beautiful in youth and her beauty increaseth with her age, “her tongue also is blue and forked as the lightning, and her abode is among impenetrable rocks.”
http://greatseal.com/symbols/rattlesnake.html

Psalm 91
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress:
my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler,
and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers,
and under his wings shalt thou trust:
his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night;
nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness;
nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side,
and ten thousand at thy right hand;
but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold
and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge,
even the most High, thy habitation;
10 there shall no evil befall thee,
neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee,
to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in theirhands,
lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder:
the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him:
I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him:
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him,
and shew him my salvation.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+91&version=AKJV

Tuesday 4/18/1
“Happily Ever After”📖🎼🎶
I was “raised” Presbyterian… but “Up” is a direction that keeps going. “Up” is not just a “final resting place.” “Up” is a path of spiritual progress with and towards “God.”
☦️
“Keep Going”
Up is a direction, not a destination.👼
🎶
“Psalmistry and Adoration”🔮🖖
(Selections from:)
-Psalm 16
-Psalm 91
-Psalm 121
-Psalm 118
-Romans 8
-Romans 13
-1 Thessalonians 5
-Ephesians 6
-Psalm 65

🎶
(Prelude)
Psalm 28:7
7 The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusted in him, and I am helped:
therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth;
and with my song will I praise him.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+28&version=AKJV
Psalm 91:9
9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge,
even the most High, thy habitation;
“Hallelujah”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hallel

🎶
“The Pas de Deux”💃🏻🕺🏻
The Psalms are the framework I use to model my thoughts and prayers after. I try to pray without ceasing, as a never-ending cascade of spiritual sustenance rippling through my consciousness all day long. The beauty and marvel of the Psalms, as I invest the Time to really meditate on them and immerse myself in that hope and the sentiments expressed by King David, is the the fanciful interplay of voices, as the exchange of feelings and thoughts that emerges between King David and God.

“Responsorial Psalm”🥀🌹🎶
I love the way I can see, through studying the outline and dialogue in the Psalms, the way that King David shapes and molds his heart, fashioning it after his idealization of God, as He believes God would have it. King David had been known, by his own admission, to be a man after the heart of God Himself, seeking to reside within the favor and good graces of the Lord. To be pleasing and acceptable in God’s sight is a motivation that I find great joy in nurturing and cultivating as well, as like unto a garden in my mind of good intentions, and a vast library of volumes of altruistic ideas.

“Voice of God Summoned”🌊🛩🌈
One verse that first stood out to me as representing this unique interplay between the prophet and the Poet, as a means by which one’s heart may be molded into an acceptable image and purified, so that one’s pleas and supplications may be heard, is from Psalm 91, as “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge,
even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee,” (Psalm 91:9-10a). God speaks through and to King David, as King David makes His motivations known to Him. God and King David both shine forth within this single verse, as God reassures King David that no evil will befall him while King David interjects with the praise, “God is my refuge,” (Psalm 91:9b).
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“Here, Here! Whom are You Addressing?”
I can see in another of my favorite lines how King David correctly chooses the righteous inheritance, of God Himself, and this choice leads to direct reciprocation from the Lord. “The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot” (Psalm 16:5). It is neat to see the progression in this verse, as it contains that point of transition wherein one establishes contact with God. The Psalms often begin by addressing God in the third person, as “He,” but partway through the dialogue, as King David’s heart is more closely aligned to thoughts exalting God, he is drawn into God directly, and he begins to use the second person, as “Thou,” to address the Lord God.

“Trust Fall! (Gotcha!)”👐
To watch the beautiful progression where King David bears his heart and soul, his fears and worries, but then casts them out as he explores them in light of the Lord, choosing to trust in God as his Savior, is quite moving, and brings tears to my eyes. God honors this righteous trust that King David offers him, with purity of innocence, as an acceptable sacrifice unto the Lord. The Lord God is good and righteous, and He would never forsake anyone in that sin of disloyalty or cruelty, for He is good! God smiles upon this praise of His mercy and goodness, and draws me nearer to Him, under the security of His wing, within the fold of His flock and His safekeeping.

“Shield and Swashbuckler”🛡⚔️✍️
Life for me is a never-ending journey of spiritual growth, or “follow the Leader,” as He leads the way. As I abide, God’s infinite goodness continues to unfold, as His tender mercies in times of rough waters, and as the little ecstasies of àgapē that burst forth as I successfully cling to Him, as like a never ending voyage where the reward and goal is to keep within the orbit of this “moveable feast,” to abide with the Leader God as He provides the map, the terrain, the itinerary, and each objective along the way, from His secret bag of tricks, or the booty and plunder of His magic, His heavenly and eternal virtues.
🎶

“Happily Ever After”✒️🏰🦄
Psalm 118:14-16; 27-26
14 The Lord is my strength and song,
and is become my salvation.
15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous:
the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly.
16 The right hand of the Lord is exalted:
the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly.
🎼
27 God is the Lord, which hath shewed us light:
bind the sacrifice with cords, evenunto the horns of the altar.
28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee:
thou art my God, I will exalt thee.
29 O give thanks unto the Lord;
for he is good:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+118&version=AKJV
🎼

Psalm 16:5-11
5 The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup:
thou maintainest my lot.
6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places;
yea, I have a goodly heritage.
7 I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel:
my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
8 I have set the Lord always before me:
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth:
my flesh also shall rest in hope.
10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell;
neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life:
in thy presence is fulness of joy;
at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+16&version=AKJV
🎼

Psalm 91:1-3; 9-11; 14-16
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress:
my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall…
🎼
9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge,
even the most High, thy habitation;
10 there shall no evil befall thee,
neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee,
to keep thee in all thy ways.
🎼
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him:
I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him:
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him,
and shew him my salvation.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+91&version=AKJV
🎼

Psalm 121
A Song of degrees.
1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,
from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord,
which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:
he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel
shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is thy keeper:
the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil:
he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in
from this time forth, and even for evermore.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+121&version=AKJV
🎼

Psalm 118
1 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good:
because his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let Israel now say,
that his mercy endureth for ever.
3 Let the house of Aaron now say,
that his mercy endureth for ever.
4 Let them now that fear the Lord say,
that his mercy endureth for ever.
5 I called upon the Lord in distress:
the Lord answered me, and set mein a large place.
6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear:
what can man do unto me?
7 The Lord taketh my part with them that help me:
therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.
8 It is better to trust in the Lord
than to put confidence in man.
9 It is better to trust in the Lord
than to put confidence in princes.
10 All nations compassed me about:
but in the name of the Lord will I destroy them.
11 They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about:
but in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.
12 They compassed me about like bees;
they are quenched as the fire of thorns:
for in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.
13 Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall:
but the Lord helped me.
14 The Lord is my strength and song,
and is become my salvation.
15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous:
the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly.
16 The right hand of the Lord is exalted:
the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly.
17 I shall not die, but live,
and declare the works of the Lord.
18 The Lord hath chastened me sore:
but he hath not given me over unto death.
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness:
I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord:
20 this gate of the Lord,
into which the righteous shall enter.
21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me,
and art become my salvation.
22 The stone which the builders refused
is become the head stone of the corner.
23 This is the Lord’s doing;
it is marvellous in our eyes.
24 This is the day which the Lord hath made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord:
O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.
26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord:
we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord.
27 God is the Lord, which hath shewed us light:
bind the sacrifice with cords, evenunto the horns of the altar.
28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee:
thou art my God, I will exalt thee.
29 O give thanks unto the Lord;
for he is good:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+118&version=AKJV
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Romans 8:31-39
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shalltribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, northings present, nor things to come, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+8&version=AKJV

Romans 13:10-14
10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
11 And that, knowing the time, that now it ishigh time to awake out of sleep: for now isour salvation nearer than when we believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+13&version=AKJV

1 Thessalonians 5:5-11
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. 8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Thessalonians+5&version=AKJV

Ephesians 6:5-20
5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; 6 not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; 7 with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: 8 knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. 9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19 and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+6&version=AKJV

🎶✒️🎼
It is such a joy to partake in these🎶notes!

🕶”Neo’s Astigmatism”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stigmata

❣️”Trinity’s Family”
(-The Princess Bride, 1987)
“Inconceivable!” …Conceived.🥚🕊
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostles%27_Creed

🌊”A See Not to be Parted”
Consubstantial: Sharing One Soul
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicene_Creed

🎹”The Keys to the Kingdom”✡️
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Psalm 65:9-13
9 Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it:
thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water:
thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it.
10 Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly:
thou settlest the furrows thereof:
thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof.
11 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness;
and thy paths drop fatness.
12 They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness:
and the little hills rejoice on every side.
13 The pastures are clothed with flocks;
the valleys also are covered over with corn;
they shout for joy, they also sing.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+65&version=AKJV

Wednesday 4/19/17
💡”Eureka!” (That “Ah Ha!” Moment)
😇
“Lighten up!”
⚡️Define “Disclaimer.” Lol!
AA Rule No. 62: “Don’t take yourself too seriously.” (Oops! 🤷‍♀️)
…I thought a “Disclaimer” was a warning to others to not claim ownership of my work!

🕯Faith:
“Don’t Be Afraid of your own Mistakes!”
(Selections from:)
-Acts 2
-Isaiah 62
-Revelation 22
-Judges 13
-Luke 1
-Matthew 28
-Stating the Obvious (Body Language)
-Kenosis
-Nepsis
-Theological Virtues
-Halo
-Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus
-Ubi Caritas
-Archangel Gabriel

🎶(Prelude)🎶
Isaiah 62:11
11 Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world,
Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh;
behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
Luke 1:19
19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.

🚸”Abide in the Presence of God”💝
To remain within the moment is to abide with God. To “stay,” or linger and abide within this present moment in Time is to relinquish all other preoccupations, as all other temporal cares and concerns of the past or future. When this channel of the soul, as the thought content of my mind, is cleared free of the blockage caused by thinking about worldly or mundane distractions, therein will God emerge, right within my own conscious awareness. To refrain from extraneous distractions or tangential lines of thought, in order to instead attain contact with God the Father, is the purpose of focused meditation. To sacrifice my thinking, in order to be a channel, or vessel, of the Lord, is to empty myself in the practice of kenosis so that I may be filled with the greater joy of God. In the giving of myself, as selfish or self-directed thinking, is to prepare myself to be useful to God, and to be made ready for His greater purposes for me. My own best wisdom is a joke to God, because He, by taking one thought, can bend and break the laws of nature, and cause logic or wisdom to elude me. Even the laws or logic or reason rest upon His shoulders, and He may shrug them off as He pleases.

“Freewill to Freemason”🏰
When I feel myself start to submit to the urgings of my ego, or self-will, as the instinct for selfishness and immediate gratification, of impulsiveness of any sort, there is only one means by which I may once again regain that willingness to abide with God’s will instead of with my own self. The greatest of the theological virtues is charity, or the love between God and man, because this is the means by which I can foster and generate the power or the will, or that “willingness,” to continue in my path of faith, towards my hope of God. All too often I feel in the deepest pit of my soul that I cannot persist in an endeavor, and I am tempted to give up hope and succumb to defeat, as a fatalistic attitude. It works like magic though, that when I do give up on myself in these inevitable instances, albeit not to that self-will of defeatism but to my understanding of God, then I let go in cooperation with God. The only way I can cooperate with God is to follow His Commandments and to love. When I submit to personal defeat, and turn to God as my retreat and my refuge from the evils of the world, I just build up a sense of love for Him. I can no longer exert any influence upon my surroundings, so I take the only recourse I know, which is, simply to pray my affections up to God. It is always astounding, that when I think, or pray, up to God above, the profession of my faith that, “all I want is Him,” and that I love Him endlessly, more than life itself, then that simple choice, or act of will, as a decision I make within my heart despite what I may feel that angers or dismays me, as the sins of self-pity or resentment, then God smiles upon me and aligns me the rest of the way to His perfect will, and I once again have the willingness to abide. Only by charity is the willingness to obey and abide by God’s will ever possible, because that selfless sacrificial love is the fuel and lifeblood of God’s own essence.

“The Keys to the Key”🎹🗝🏰
When in doubt or despair and ready to give up; “love God.” Then and only then, by thoughts of love sent forth to God, may one generate the willingness, as power granted by God, to persist, as the means by which to resume the path of faith.

“Willingness is the Key”🛎🔑
I enjoy the process of continuously relearning humility, by rediscovering my own powerlessness and weaknesses of sin or inability in any manner of novel ways. As I continue to discover my own inabilities and inadequacies, I may then, congruently, continue to discover God and His ability to make possible the impossible, in new and marvelous spectacular miracles. My own weakness is actually my strength, because it signals to me to “let go” of my own limited capabilities, and instead rely upon God, to let Him provide His infinite power.

“The Eucharist: This Is My Body…”🥖🍽
(A Demonstration of our Human Nature)
The more humility I strive for in admitting my deficiencies, the greater my personal understanding and knowledge of God. If I never admitted that I needed help or required salvation from my inherent human tendency towards sin, then I would never be able to attain Christ’s gift of salvation. Thus, in daily prayerful remembrance of the Eucharist, by giving thanks to God for every mealtime blessing, I confess that the body of Christ was given up for me. I then eat the bread we break to acknowledge my part in that sin, that was our breaking of His physical body, at the crucifixion. By eating the bread, the body of Christ, I am acknowledging the sin that human nature entails, and thus reaffirming my need to follow the path of the Commandments and the teachings of the New Testament. In daily remembrance of His gift and charity, I am humbly admitting my need for His gift. In the breaking and eating of the Eucharist I am physically enacting my part in Christ’s death, and therefore realizing my own human nature, if I do not abide by God. The Eucharist is my admission of my part in God’s world, and agreeing to the stark fact of the extent of natural human sinfulness, which is inherent in all of mankind, whereby any of us could go so far as to execute the Lord. If left to our own devices, we are all capable of such sinfulness, as we are all equally human. In taking part in the Eucharist, I am admitting human nature as sinful, and thus availing myself to receive God’s gift of salvation, by accepting and following His will for me, which is to redeem, love, and save us all.

“Faith, Hope, and Charity”⛽️🚀
Charity, as selfless love for God, or the exaltation of His love for me, fuels all subsequent miracles, as the source from which surges the outpouring of all life. Love for and from God, as a reciprocation and an ongoing dialogue and exchange, is the power and means by which the impossible is made possible. All things are indeed possible, though only through God.

“Fear Not!”🛰✨
An angel of the Lord is quite stunning and fearsome to encounter, by being visibly otherworldly and luminous, with the aura of a halo, or even a full-body mandorla. An angel may speak to display a full set of razor-sharp teeth, although they do not harm any humans. In fact, angels are actually commanded to love humans more than themselves, and are ordered to serve and protect all mankind, without being given the choice, or the freewill, by which to disobey, in being soldiers of God. They may frequently caution man not to be afraid, or to “Fear not,” because they may otherwise be quite frightful to behold.
☁️👼☁️
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Acts 2:17-47
17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18 and on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 19 and I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20 the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that The great and notable day of the Lord come: 21 and it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: 23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: 24 whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. 25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: 26 therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: 27 because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.
29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. 30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; 31 he seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. 32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. 33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. 34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, 35 until I make thy foes thy footstool. 36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men andbrethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+2&version=AKJV

Isaiah 62
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
62  For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace,
and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness,
and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness,
and all kings thy glory:
and thou shalt be called by a new name,
which the mouth of the Lord shall name.
3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord,
and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.
4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken;
neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate:
but thou shalt be called Hephzi-bah,
and thy land Beulah:
for the Lord delighteth in thee,
and thy land shall be married.
5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin,
so shall thy sons marry thee:
and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride,
so shall thy God rejoice over thee.
6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem,
which shall never hold their peace day nor night:
ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence,
7 and give him no rest, till he establish,
and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
8 The Lord hath sworn by his right hand,
and by the arm of his strength,
Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies;
and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine,
for the which thou hast laboured:
9 but they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the Lord;
and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness.
10 Go through, go through the gates;
prepare ye the way of the people;
cast up, cast up the highway;
gather out the stones;
lift up a standard for the people.
11 Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world,
Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh;
behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
12 And they shall call them,
The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord:
and thou shalt be called,
Sought out, A city not forsaken.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+62&version=AKJV

Revelation 22
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
22 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, andyielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: 4 and they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. 5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
6 And he said unto me, These sayings arefaithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. 9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God. 10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. 11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed arethey that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly.
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ bewith you all. Amen.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+22&version=AKJV

Judges 13:6-7
6 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name: 7 but he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing:for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges+13&version=AKJV

Luke 1:13-20; 26-33
13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. 14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. 15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. 16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. 17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. 19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. 20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name wasMary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+1&version=AKJV

Matthew 28:1-10
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
28 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. 2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: 4 and for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. 5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. 8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. 10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+28&version=AKJV

“Stating the Obvious” (Body Language)
http://m.petmd.com/cat/behavior/evr_ct_what-does-it-mean-when-a-cat-wags-tail

“Kenosis”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenosis

“Nepsis”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nepsis

“Theological Virtues”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_virtues

“Halo”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halo_(religious_iconography)

⚡️A Follow-Up Question…
Define “Antichrist.”
“Oh, that must be Latin for Pre-Christ!”😇
(Like, His mom!)🕊

“Ante-”
ante- ‘anti► prefix
before preceding antechapel antecedent
from Latin ante before’
Oxford Dictionary of English 2nd Edition revised
© Oxford University Press 2005 All rights reserved
[Oxford Deluxe (ODE & OTE) iPhone Ap]

“Ubi Caritas”
Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Exsultemus, et in ipso jucundemur.
Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.
Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Simul ergo cum in unum congregamur:
Ne nos mente dividamur, caveamus.
Cessent iurgia maligna, cessent lites.
Et in medio nostri sit Christus Deus.
Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Simul quoque cum beatis videamus,
Glorianter vultum tuum, Christe Deus:
Gaudium quod est immensum, atque probum,
Saecula per infinita saeculorum. Amen.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubi_caritas

“Ubi caritas est vera, Deus ibi est.”
This translates as:
“Where true charity is, there is God.”

“Where Charity”
Where charity and love are, God is there.
Christ’s love has gathered us into one.
Let us rejoice and be pleased in Him.
Let us fear, and let us love the living God.
And may we love each other with a sincere heart.
Where charity and love are, God is there.
As we are gathered into one body,
Beware, lest we be divided in mind.
Let evil impulses stop, let controversy cease,
And may Christ our God be in our midst.
Where charity and love are, God is there.
And may we with the saints also,
See Thy face in glory, O Christ our God:
The joy that is immense and good,
Unto the ages through infinite ages. Amen.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubi_caritas
🎶

⚡️Define: “Gabriel.”
Archangel Gabriel: “God is my strength.”
(But I looked it up, lol! 🙄)
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel_(name)

💦Further Clarification:🌬

💦”The Archangel Gabriel”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel

💦”The Holy Spirit as Gabriel”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Spirit_in_Islam
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Thursday 4/20/17
🏛
“B.-C.”
That chip on my shoulder? My last name! Ever since kindergarten, I’ve always signed my last initials B-C, and have bristled at the inevitable error of someone getting my name wrong. I’ve resented that Cross, the hyphenated Brown-Cross, at every turn. Perhaps that “chip,” is just a foothold, by which God can grasp and take hold of me.

“A Common Era”
I always see damaged, or “chipped,” items, as signs, somehow symbolic gestures of God’s care, and my real need for that care. If I didn’t recognize my “chip,” as my flaw or weakness and need for God’s help, then I’d never have had the need to find God!

“Before and After”
My flaws are my greatest feats, as they allow God’s grace to penetrate through me, thus revealing His glory, as far greater than the strength of any mere mortal. Coincidingly, my personal strengths, are my weaknesses, because they engender my own ego and oust out that place for God from within my psyche, or my soul.

“Oneness”
Without God, I am nothing. Without my weaknesses, I do not know God, and am nothing. The more humility, meekness, and trusting reliance for which I strive, the better off I am, for then, and only then, am I ever with God and Jesus, and am “One.”

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“A.D.”
“Roll Away your Stone”💠
📯A Fairy Tail Ending…
Happily Ever After takes Hard Work!
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(Selections from:)
-The Little Engine That Could
-Beauty and the Beast
-Matthew 6
-Matthew 11
-Mark 10
-Matthew 12
-Colossians 3
-Revelation 6
-Psalm 16
-Proverbs 17
-Rumpelstiltskin
-The Little Mermaid

📢”The Importance of Selfless Giving”🔕
“Let not the left hand know what the right hand doeth;” this is a caution against taking pride in one’s acts of charity, and an encouragement towards anonymity. The anonymity of one’s good deeds, in the eyes of men, is absolutely essential for one to put oneself in the proper standing, as that of concern over one’s appearance in the eyes of God. One cannot serve both God and mammon, whatever form that mammon may assume. In disregarding the impressions of others, or one’s standing in the hearts of men, then and only then, may one grow to know God.

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🌪”Polar Express: Lift the Fog of Clout”
In following the teaching of “not letting my left hand know what my right hand doeth,” I am recognizing that I cannot take credit for any acts of charity without defeating the purpose of charity. Charity is meant to be selfless giving, meaning, I cannot allow it to feed into my own ego and lead to self-enhancement, which bolsters my pride. Pride, in myself, is the fallacy and sin that blocks out the light of humility, and the recognition of my honest need for, and factual dependence upon, God. When I admit that all power is only ever of God, then I cannot allow my “left hand”, or “my ego,” to tally the total, and greedily sum up the worth, to derive self-worth, from the value of my almsgiving. In allowing my ego to stick its nose into that business is to lose sight of the act of “selfless giving.”

“To Make It Count?🚉Don’t Keep Track”
Knowledge of the goodness of my deeds is something towards which I strive to turn a blind eye, lest I mistake that goodness as originating from my own righteousness, instead of the grace and goodness of God. No one is ever righteous, save for God, and any righteousness, or goodness, that I may know, I must always attribute to God. Any charity that I bestow, is merely God working through me, as a conduit of love. In allowing my own self to be merely a channel, I give all glory and credit and worthiness to God alone, and pull back my ego from choking off that channel, or blocking it up, by trying to take credit for that which is a gift of God, through me.

“My Main-Line: Pick-Me-Up”🔥☁️🌈
God accepts no gods before Him, be they money, children, romantic partners, occupations, as work or professional advancement, or any trivial concerns. Anything that is not the desire for God, is something that could become a mammon. God Himself provides all of these things, so striving after them instead of after God, is to Him mere foolishness and vanity. God is jealous, and any pursuit which draws one away from Him, and the service of His will of selfless love and the virtues, cuts one off from God, and His will of love. One may choose God, or not-God. There is only God’s will or self-will of ego and sin, and there is no ambiguity or in-between.

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❤️”True Love”
God must always be my one and only pursuit in any of my doings, as only then will they remain within the stream of His love and goodness. Any endeavor undertaken without the desire of pleasing God and drawing nearer to Him, within His good graces, inevitably will draw one further away from God and His protection. Either We do it Together, in Love, or I can follow after self-will, pride, vanity, and sin.

“Cinderella in the Cinders”👠
As it turns out, to veer from my desire to be of service to God is like death to me. If I try even the most seemingly noble or wholesome of tasks, like simply doing my homework or exercising, but do so without the clear and conscious intention of dwelling within the presence of God, I am inevitably disenchanted and distressed. If, however, I first set my sights upon God, with displaying and proving my love for Him by exerting mental or physical effort, then any task is innately fulfilling. Even a task as menial as changing the litter box, or washing dishes, is a worthwhile and magical experience when I do so with the love of and for God (& Jesus) in my heart.

“Make Good:🤝One Love”⛓🐳
God and Jesus are consubstantial, meaning that they share the same Soul, and so wherever Jesus is, so there is God, and whatever God wills, Jesus abides. Thus, so long as I let God, and therefore, both God and Jesus, precede me in my thoughts in any task or obligation, then anything that I might do brings me joy, solely because I know it pleases God. The only thing worth doing is actually just to please, or to serve the will, of God, because God’s will is the only good that there ever actually is. In seeking to honor or please the Lord God and the Lord Jesus, is to love Them by demonstrating faith. To demonstrate faith, one must trust Them, which is what the act of loving is. To love God is to trust Him, as to declare that He would never forsake us or betray any of us, as His will is the perfection of love, and thus, only, all that which is good. To forsake God’s trust, as to doubt His goodness and honor, or to fail to love Him and put Him first, before all other pursuits and desires, is to invalidate my end of His covenant, and thus will invalidate His promises and render them unattainable. This above all, truly, “love the Lord God.” From that starting point, all else falls into place accordingly, in accord with His will.

“The Root of All Evil”👉👈
In trusting God, as the most important, and “prerequisite,” of the Commandments, I practice refraining from worries or fears, seeing them as aspect of self-will, which is, in fact, the only alternative to God’s will, and as the ego, entails pride or vanity, and the root of all evil and sin, which is merely human nature itself, as a self-directed will.

“Our House”♠️
A house divided against itself cannot stand, merely as a point of logic and fact. One could not have wrought good works, or cast out demons, from the point of being a demon, or rather, wicked or God-less, because a singular nature cannot oppose itself, by obvious logical necessity. Good does not come from evil, nor evil from good, as they are singular, separate, and opposing forces. It is simply stating the obvious, that “the logic does not stand,” that one could work of goodness if one were coming from a position of being an antichrist, or from evil. A demon, or an antichrist, cannot work in the name of God and Christ, any more than “Christ,” or, our Savior and “Messiah,” could stand as a sound concept if in the name of evil; these are logically unsound and irrational suppositions. Christ and His works are good, and so logically, could not possibly originate from “the opposition of good.”
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“A house divided against itself cannot stand,” and Christ does not work against Himself, nor could the Power of goodness oppose itself and still be “valid,” or “true” to being good. “You are either for Us or against Us,” as there is only ever good or evil, and there is no in-between. As such, any work that is done towards the greater good of altruism, or in the name of Christ and for God, cannot be wicked. Any work that is good must always, by both reason and necessity, be from God. To call a faithful Christian an “antichrist,” is that very same spirit of “antichrist” at work within that individual, or the one who casts that stone at Our House. As “a house divided against itself cannot stand,” in the “last days of the wrath of the Lamb, who, in this wicked generation, shall be able to stand?” I stand. I stand only because I bow down to God and Jesus. I eagerly wait upon the Second Coming of Christ.

“Play Host: House Guest Wins”🛎
All power and all good only ever is of God. With the choice to submit to God’s will, powered by the desire to please God and abide within His loving presence and perfect security of protection, by trust, one cannot fail under any circumstances. By this same line of logic, a House united in singleness of purpose, of God’s will of charity, is One unmovable and steadfast. In being of one heart and mind, of one Soul, with God and Jesus, then no power can prevail against us, because We are One with God. God is almighty, and thus, all the powers that be, are subject to God.

“The Last Trump:📯Ace Up My Sleeve”🃏
As long as I remain in unity with the perfectness of charity by seeking only God, first and foremost, before all else as my line of axis and point of orbit, then I live freely and firmly, planted by faith, in God. I may accept the hand life deals me, throw up my hands with joyful acceptance of my lot, and let the cards fall where they may. The House will stand, with “the lines fallen unto me in pleasant places” (Psalm 16:6a).

“Creative Approach”🗯💡🔔
With my trust in God, and His almighty trump💙card, I can accept any difficult predicament or seemingly impossible scenario, and apply any sort of novel effort to prevail upon a creative solution, by making the assumption of God’s victory. I may also turn of the tables on my own self, and situation, by merely adjusting my attitude, and task-switching, to instead value the priceless humility that I will gain and learn from experiencing a loss or some sort of personal defeat. Thus, even in the midst of a failure, I can still walk away the victor, because I get to walk away with God, drawn ever closer into the fold of His wing, in that “secret garden” of His within my heart, His eternal Kingdom.
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“Ariel” and King “Try-a-Ton”😜

“I Know God Can.”🚂
“I think You can, I think You can…”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Engine_That_Could

“Be Our Guest”
(A Childhood “Chip”)☕️
From “Beauty and the Beast”
…Life is so unnerving
For a servant who’s not serving
He’s not whole without a soul to wait upon
Ah, those good old days when we were useful
Suddenly those good old days are gone
Ten years we’ve been rusting
Needing so much more than dusting
Needing exercise, a chance to use our skills
Most days we just lay around the castle
Flabby, fat and lazy
You walked in and oops-a-daisy!
It’s a guest
It’s a guest
Sakes alive, well I’ll be blessed
Wine’s been poured and thank the Lord
I’ve had the napkins freshly pressed
With dessert
She’ll want tea
And my dear that’s fine with me
While the cups do their soft shoeing
I’ll be bubbling, I’ll be brewing
I’ll get warm
Piping hot
Heaven’s sakes! Is that a spot?
Clean it up! We want the company impressed
We’ve got a lot to do
Is it one lump or two
For you, our guest
She’s our guest
She’s our guest
She’s our guest
Be our guest
Be our guest
Our command is your request
It’s ten years since we had anybody here
And we’re obsessed
With your meal
With your ease
Yes, indeed, we aim to please
While the candlelight’s still glowing
Let us help you
We’ll keep going
Course by course
One by one
’Til you shout, enough, I’m done
Then we’ll sing you off to sleep as you digest
Tonight you’ll prop your feet up
But for now, let’s eat up
Be our guest
Be our guest
Be our guest
Please, be our guest
Written by Howard Elliott Ashman, Alan Menken • Copyright © Walt Disney Music Company
https://play.google.com/music/preview/Ty5zrm5qa2b3kzfiph6k3hkkxpi?lyrics=1&utm_source=google&utm_medium=search&utm_campaign=lyrics&pcampaignid=kp-songlyrics

Matthew 6:1-8; 27-34
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
6 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 2 Therefore when thou doest thinealms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4 that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 and yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+6&version=AKJV

Matthew 11:25-30
25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. 26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. 27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke iseasy, and my burden is light.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+11&version=AKJV

Mark 10:17-27
17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? 18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. 19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. 20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. 21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. 22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? 27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+10&version=AKJV

Matthew 12:24-37; 46-50
24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellowdoth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. 25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: 26 and if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? 27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. 29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. 30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the HolyGhost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. 33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by hisfruit. 34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
46 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. 47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. 48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? 49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+12&version=AKJV

Colossians 3
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 for which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7 in the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. 8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. 20 Children, obey yourparents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. 21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. 22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: 23 and whatsoever ye do, do itheartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Colossians+3&version=AKJV

Revelation 6:9-17
9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 10 and they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 13 and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 for the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+6&version=AKJV

Psalm 16
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
Michtam of David.
1 Preserve me, O God:
for in thee do I put my trust.
2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord,
Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;
3 but to the saints that are in the earth,
and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.
4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied thathasten after another god:
their drink offerings of blood will I not offer,
nor take up their names into my lips.
5 The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup:
thou maintainest my lot.
6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places;
yea, I have a goodly heritage.
7 I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel:
my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
8 I have set the Lord always before me:
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth:
my flesh also shall rest in hope.
10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell;
neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life:
in thy presence is fulness of joy;
at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+16&version=AKJV

Proverbs 16:16-20
16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold!
    and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil:
    he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.
18 Pride goeth before destruction,
    and an haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly,
    than to divide the spoil with the proud.
20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good:
    and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+16&version=AKJV

🐐”Self-Sacrificial Love”
🔥Scornful gloating really “gets my goat.”

“Vainglory: Sin of the Ego”
(The destruction that follows after pride.)
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumpelstiltskin

“The Little Mermaid”
Hebrew Meaning:
The name Ariel is a Hebrew baby name. In Hebrew the meaning of the name Ariel is:Sprite; lion of God. A biblical alternate name for Jerusalem. Name of a prankish spirit in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
http://www.sheknows.com/baby-names/name/ariel

Friday 4/21/17
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“The Lost Lamb and the Safety Net”

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(Selections from:)
-Prayer of Fàtima
-Proverbs 23
-2 Peter 3
-Luke 5
-Romans 12
-Luke 15
-Matthew 18
-Psalm 19

(Prelude)🎶
Proverbs 23:12
12 Apply thine heart unto instruction,
and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
Psalm 19:7a-b
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul:
Romans 12:21
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Luke 15:4-5
4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
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“Lost of Oneself to be Found of Christ”
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“Broken…”🙈🙉🙊
Except in being converted, through seeking the instruction of the Lord instead of following after one’s own desires and the ways of man, one cannot avail oneself to the salvation of Christ or enter Heaven. To partake in the gift of our redemption, for which Christ sacrificed Himself on the cross, we must be willing participants in the adoption by God, and submit to what is entailed by avowing to be a child of God.

“Broke-Out: The Escape”🔥🤝🥁
There is a vast elemental safety net of God’s love interwoven throughout all of His creation, as the underpinnings of existence throughout the entire Universe. “God is not willing that any may perish, but that all may come to repentance,” or to develop a feeling of guilt for wrongdoing, and empathy for those wronged. In order to diligently Shepard the flock, He has set in place an elaborately constructed safety net, or support system, much like an unseen, underground networking of tunnels, pathways, filtration ducts, and protective “catch and release” systems, or safety hatches, to keep all lost souls within His reach, to be drawn safely into Him at the moment of desiring the mercy of God.

“The Stray Lamb”💙⛄️🎩
“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul:” (Psalm 19:7a-b), and as such, one could not possibly resist a mission trip to convert an evil soul in the name of God. By love for and from God, all evil is utterly transformed and converted to goodness, by God. To fear evil is to submit to evil, and is a breach of God’s covenant, to love Him and to walk in His ways, by following His Commandments instead of the foolish ways of man, of greed, ego, pride, and sin. If one loves God, by logical necessity one cannot submit to evil or claim defeat by human sin, because God is all-powerful and inevitably conquers all evil or vice. One must “fear,” or submit to, the Master of God, and His will of love, in order to be sheltered from the fear of evil as one’s motivator, or master, or any other force, because all such powers are ultimately subject the the almighty love of God’s will.

“Save Me!” (Ok!)❄️
A stray Lamb in Hell must be retrieved forthwith if one wishes to abide by God, for the power of God’s love would entail a successful extraction and ransom for that Sheep. One could sacrifice oneself, and maintain peace of mind even in the midst of Hell, sheerly through one’s trust in the perfection of God’s will, by the knowledge that one is doing the right thing, through acting the part of Good Samaritan, just like it says in the Bible, so all will inevitably be well by abiding and fulfilling God’s path. One cannot be afraid of any Hellfire, hail or high water, when one trusts in God, and follows after one’s trust in His love and righteousness, through the works of faith, and acts to uphold and enact one’s belief in God’s love. When one loves God, there is necessarily nothing left to fear. God is love, and love always conquers any evil. Love is of God, and to love, is to “fear not.”

“Children of Light”🥁🔔🌈
God does not wish to punish; it is simply not in His nature of goodness and love. The idea of Hell is merely an appropriate placement to prevent a wicked soul, or one lacking empathy, compassion, and concern for the wellbeing of others, from inflicting harm among a vulnerable child. A child of God practices non-harm, and, like Jesus, would submit meekly to the wrath of His enemies sooner than retaliate, or inflict harm upon anyone for any reason. Thus, as an adopted child of God, one is perfectly loving and trusting, to bend in obeisance to the will of God, trusting in His almighty and omniscient wisdom instead of relying upon his own defenses or self. As such an innocent and defenseless creature, unwilling to retaliate or cause any harm to any other being, any souls such as these, as the children of the Light, who work in devout cooperation with God’s instruction and care, as instruments of love in submission to God, are especially vulnerable to the corrupt workings of evildoers, and are easily taken advantage of. In order to protect these chosen, upright, adopted children of Light, all those not working in cooperation with God are not given the opportunity to take such liberties with His Own children, and so are not permitted access to His Kingdom of Heaven. Only those adhering to God’s will instead of sin or self-gain are considered children of God, and of Light and Truth.

“Be a Lamb…Trust Fall!” 🙌👼
To sacrifice oneself, if by perfect trust and love for God, is to ensure reciprocation from God, by providing the necessary display of faith and commitment, of a true believer, to the covenant that God made. Self-sacrifice is my job, to make good on my end of the deal, in loving God, and my fellows, and abiding by all His precepts and Commandments. If I don’t trust God enough to die for Him, than my faith is not that of Abraham, who would blindly place his beloved son on that sacrificial altar, because he had such true and devout, unwavering loving trust, in God’s care and goodness, that He would never doubt God’s intentions, nor suspect Him of any malice. This “blind trust” may look naive to the sons of man, who comprehend only self-interest, achieving personal gain, or turning a profit through corrupt means, as the sinful retort of “what’s in it for me,” but it is merely just the purity and childlike innocence of real love, of God’s Own style of perfect, true, loyal, unquestioning, undoubting, undying, and self-sacrificial, love. It is this perfection of virtue and character that allows one favor in God’s Eyes, and a place in His Kingdom. All others who would intend to corrupt these delicate innocents are kept at an Arm’s length, lest they let their own profit-motive or power-lust to harm any of these in their double-dealings. One is a child of Light and an open book of honesty and upright dealings, or one is a child of darkness and deception by the practices of vainglory, greed, corruption, evil, ego, sloth, and sin.

“Light of Truth”
The difference is the honesty factor, as making known in the light of day one’s motives, rather than devising devious schemes under the cover of darkness and deception. It all starts with truth and honesty, without which, there is only ever darkness in one’s Eye. The truth of God’s love is the care and safety that allows us to be honest about our sins and naturally evil human natures, because God already knows us and He loves us unconditionally. He created us to need Him to be good, so we ought not to be ashamed if we cannot do so by our own means or mortal efforts. All love only ever comes from God, and it is extended to all of us, without exception; what separates the dark from the Light, is the “humility” to reach out and accept that Hand, that grace, or unmerited favor, of God’s perfect, blissful, wonderful charity.
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Prayer of Fàtima
“Amen. O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy. Amen.”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fátima_Prayers

Proverbs 23:1-26
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
23  When thou sittest to eat with a ruler,
consider diligently what is before thee:
2 and put a knife to thy throat,
if thou be a man given to appetite.
3 Be not desirous of his dainties:
for they are deceitful meat.
4 Labour not to be rich:
cease from thine own wisdom.
5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not?
for riches certainly make themselves wings;
they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye,
neither desire thou his dainty meats:
7 for as he thinketh in his heart, so ishe:
Eat and drink, saith he to thee;
but his heart is not with thee.
8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up,
and lose thy sweet words.
9 Speak not in the ears of a fool:
for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
10 Remove not the old landmark;
and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:
11 for their redeemer is mighty;
he shall plead their cause with thee.
12 Apply thine heart unto instruction,
and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
13 Withhold not correction from the child:
for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod,
and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
15 My son, if thine heart be wise,
my heart shall rejoice, even mine.
16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice,
when thy lips speak right things.
17 Let not thine heart envy sinners:
but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long.
18 For surely there is an end;
and thine expectation shall not be cut off.
19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise,
and guide thine heart in the way.
20 Be not among winebibbers;
among riotous eaters of flesh:
21 for the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty:
and drowsiness shall clothe a manwith rags.
22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee,
and despise not thy mother when she is old.
23 Buy the truth, and sell it not;
also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice:
and he that begetteth a wise childshall have joy of him.
25 Thy father and thy mother shall be glad,
and she that bare thee shall rejoice.
26 My son, give me thine heart,
and let thine eyes observe my ways.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+23&version=AKJV

2 Peter 3:8-13
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12 looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Peter+3&version=AKJV

Luke 5:1-11
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
5 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 and saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. 4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. 6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. 7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. 9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: 10 and so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. 11 And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+5&version=AKJV

Romans 12:9-21
9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+12&version=AKJV

Luke 15:3-10
3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and herneighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. 10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+15&version=AKJV

Matthew 18:2-14
Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
18 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. 6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! 8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast themfrom thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. 9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. 10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. 11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. 12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? 13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. 14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+18&version=AKJV

Psalm 19
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
2 Day unto day uttereth speech,
and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language,
where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line is gone out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
5 which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven,
and his circuit unto the ends of it:
and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul:
the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart:
the commandment of the Lord ispure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever:
the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold:
sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned:
and in keeping of them there is great reward.
12 Who can understand his errors?
cleanse thou me from secret faults.
13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright,
and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart,
be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord,
my strength, and my redeemer.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+19&version=AKJV

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Saturday 4/32/17
“The Third Eye”
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“The Book of Life: was to be written.”
📓🖊 (Prophesy)
My Initiative: “Truth Above All”
Inspired by the concept of the “Categorical Imperative,” by Immanuel Kant

(Selections from:)
-The Angel of the Lord, Gavri’el
-William Shakespeare
-Immanuel Kant
-Talledega Nights
-Matthew 11

“The Silver-Linings Playbook:”📯✍️
-Goal: Eliminate Evil (Promote the Good)
-Step 1: Q: What is the Origin of Evil and Human Corruption? A: The Darkness of Deception, as the Absence of Truth.
-Solution: Eliminate Deception to Eliminate Evil, thereby Necessitating Goodness.
-Creative Problem-Solving Approach to Arrive at the Solution:
-…Give Everyone A “Third Eye”💠

(Prelude)🎶
“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day…”
-From “Hamlet,” by William Shakespeare
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“The Highest Truth is God’s Love”💙🌈
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“The Eye of God”🐯
This Third Eye, or the Eye of Providence, is a reflection of your own soul, as God sees you. It is a moral compass, and a gauge by which to practice morality, employ upright decision-making, and determine areas for improvement and ways in which to alter and change one’s behavior, in order to be acceptable in the sight of God. This Third Eye is the source of one’s contact and relationship with God, and is a fully-functional and adaptive indicator, or gauge, meaning that as a face or dial, it changes as the condition of your moral standing changes. When one modifies one’s behavior to refrain from immoral thoughts or actions, God is pleased, and the Third Eye will correspondingly change to reflect this. If your Third Eye is in Hell, then that is an indication of your path for the Hereafter based upon your current standing; this information is not to be feared, however, but rather to be attended to, thoughtfully considered, and reflected upon. This warning is to be heeded, by inquiring of God what to do differently and how to change, to improve one’s path, and thus aim instead towards His Kingdom of Heaven. One’s moral standing is fluid and fluctuates, and is not static or unchanging. If one ceases to act up rightly, thinks a mean-spirited thought, or performs an unkind deed, then one’s Third Eye will change to reflect this too. God is not a punitive “final-decision maker,” but rather, a constant Companion and Eternal Guide and Father-figure, to help us along the path and avoid the missteps of immorality. The Third Eye is to be sought for comfort, consolation, encouragement, inspiration, guidance, and advice. Life is not finite, it keeps going and changing and fluctuating, and so does one’s character keep evolving and changing, and so one’s standing before God is not finite, but infinite, and therefore, never final, or fixed in place. Life is an ongoing process, and as such, one’s moral standing and position with God is in a constant state of growth and development, and is always in-flux, as being subject to one’s ongoing path in life.

“The Instruction Im-Manuel”👼
The Third Eye is fully-functional, as a benefit and reward, of upright and moral living practices. It may be used by any morally-minded individual, for upstanding purposes only. Any intent to use God’s Third Eye for any sort of illicit, sinful, or corrupt and immoral purposes will convert that one’s Third Eye back to a Hell-state. Thus, the Third Eye is only useable as one continues to cooperate with God, following after His righteousness and thus acting accordingly. In abiding by the discipline of moral standards, using the ideals of the virtues as goal-posts for progress, one may abide in God’s love for all Eternity.

“The Categorical Imperative”💙
I was inspired by Kant’s “categorical imperative,” as the idea that, if one always follows that certain “golden rule,” then one can be sure that one will be acting morally. I tried to apply this idea, of an overarching principle that one could follow to do no wrong, unto the problem of the human condition, and all the problems we all too often encounter on this Earth. I came up with a conclusion similar to that of Kant, which was that, if no one ever lied, then no evil would ever be committed. Thus, we could all attain a common, or Universally-shared wellbeing, and “peace of mind,” through the elimination of the ability of anyone to pass off a lie. With the intuition bestowed by God’s Eye, as our Third Eye, acting as an inborn moral compass and functioning much like a lie-detector, one could never fall for a lie or suffer the harm of corrupt motives. When we are all on the same page in knowing what is true and what is dishonest, then we have no cover of darkness, or ignorance, to enable the workings of an evil mind, and so may then start to work with each other in unity and cooperation, instead of against each other in selfishness or for immoral personal gain.

“Commandment: Truth Be Told!”📜
When we all have our “Third Eye,” or the Eye of Providence within each soul, open to the light of God, then no one can ever deceive us. In prying open the Third Eye, God’s Eye, one may effectively eliminate the workings of dishonesty, treachery, and deceit, which I propose to be the root of all known human evils and worldly corruption. One may certainly continue to lie, by the gift of freewill, but with our Third Eye open, we may consult God, to know instantly whether we are being deceived, and may sidestep the workings of such a child of darkness. Thus, my goal, was to eliminate all evil and promote the Greatest Good, as that of God’s love, by eliminating the ability of anyone to employ the sin of dishonesty, thereby precluding anyone’s ability reap the ill-gotten gains of a lie.

“God’s Honest: Universal Truth”✒️📖🖋
When we all know and have access to God’s Truth, then there is no way by which one may be fooled by the workings of evil, or be subjected to the destruction inflicted upon innocents by treacherous acts of evil, or deceit, sin, and darkness. Thus, the negative and harmful effects of immorality, as dishonest and deceitful intentions, will be eradicated, because we will be immediately cognizant of those intentions, through using our Third Eye. Thus, the conversion of the Soul in a mission trip to Hell, as the salvation of the Eye of Providence, renders the will of any evil heart utterly impotent, and effectively powerless to exert its immoral influence.
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The General’s Notebooks are “5-Star.”🌟

-Courtesy of Gavri’el
“Archangel Gabriel”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel
“A Rose by Any Other Name…”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Spirit_in_Islam
“The Tie that Binds”
https://www.quora.com/Gabriel-is-the-holy-spirit-in-Islam-Is-he-the-same-in-the-Christian-God-the-Holy-Spirit
“Holy Spirit”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Spirit_in_Christianity

“William Shakespeare”
Polonius:
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!
Laertes:
Most humbly do I take my leave, my lord.
Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, 78–82
https://www.enotes.com/shakespeare-quotes/thine-own-self-true

“Moral Philosophy of Immanuel Kant”
The categorical imperative (German: kategorischer Imperativ) is the central philosophical concept in the deontologicalmoral philosophy of Immanuel Kant. Introduced in Kant’s 1785 Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, it may be defined as a way of evaluating motivations for action.
According to Kant, human beings occupy a special place in creation, and morality can be summed up in an imperative, or ultimate commandment of reason, from which all duties and obligations derive. He defined an imperative as any proposition declaring a certain action (or inaction) to be necessary.
Hypothetical imperatives apply to someone who wishes to attain certain ends. For example:
* If I wish to quench my thirst, I must drink something.
* If I wish to pass this exam, I must study.
A categorical imperative, on the other hand, denotes an absolute, unconditional requirement that must be obeyed in all circumstances and is justified as an end in itself. It is best known in its first formulation:
Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Categorical_imperative

⚡️”Grace: …”
“God’s Unmerited Love or Favor”🏆🏎☄️
By definition, one cannot ever hope to “merit” God’s grace; that is a fallacy and sin of human arrogance. Grace is a gift and a demonstration of just how perfect and generous God is with His love, Arms fully outstretched for our salvation from our inherent impurity, or mortal sinfulness, simply because He is just that awesome!
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To claim worthiness or righteousness is to detract from God’s supreme goodness, and thus, is to fail to know or appreciate God, including that grace of His presence. To despise one’s own human nature of sinfulness is to be able to truly enjoy the vast wonder, magnificence, and pleasure of being cared for and saved by God’s immeasurable and undeserved salvation; to feel deserving of His love is to reject the overwhelming glory of having a need filled, as the life-changing impact of being saved and rescued. We deserve nothing, but we are cared for simply out of the goodness of God’s heart, as an endless River of benevolence, magnanimity, and grace. To recognize one’s unworthiness is the only way in which to realize God’s greatness. The glory of God is the only true value and meaning that this life could ever bestow.
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Truly, only God is ever righteous, and all human claims of “merit” or righteousness only serve to bring God down a peg, and make man more god-like, thus defiling the perfection of God’s singular and exclusive claim to worthiness and righteousness. Any human will is necessarily in a state of defilement, if not surrendered and offered to God’s purposes, and even then, one is merely working in cooperation with God and being made privy to His goodness, and never actually effectuating that good, or any righteousness, of one’s own self.

“Bless Us O Lord…”🥖❣️🏆
Ricky: Dear Tiny, Infant, Jesus…
Carley: Um, sweetie, Jesus did grow up. You don’t always have to call him baby. It’s a bit odd and off-puttin’ to pray to a baby.
Ricky: Look, I like the Christmas Jesus best, and I’m sayin’ grace. When you say grace, you can say it to Grownup Jesus or Teenage Jesus or Bearded Jesus or whoever you want.
-Ricky Bobby, from “Talledega Nights”
http://www.moviequotedb.com/movies/talladega-nights-the-ballad-of-ricky-bobby/page_3.html#google_vignette

“Devoted: Honor Decoded”🍒🍑🍓🍊🍐
Fear is just a scary word for “mistrust.” Mistrust, or doubt, is the rejection of love, which when enacted, embodies trust. To trust precludes any need for deception, or employing immoral tactics, to obtain care or provisions, because God is good to his word, and upholds His end of the deal as we persist in the diligence of labor. This is much like the law of cause and effect, so long as we leave the specific fruit of our labor, as results or effects, in His Hand to determine and distribute in due season.
🍎(Eat me!)

♉️”Willingness: Axel of the Zodiac Wheel”
Good old-fashioned hard work is generally the path to the solution of any of life’s problems; the difference is in making sure that one follows the proper Shepard.😉 The adherence to “willingness,” as the willingness to do whatever God’s will of the upright path might entail, is what to abide and stick to, rather than any specific task in the path of life that remains ahead.
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Thus, in abiding God directly, within this very moment only, one may live in freedom from fear and peace of mind, without the added, man-made complications of worry. As long as one maintains contact with God, by adhering to willingness instead of the path or the code, which is implicitly agreed upon from the start anyway, then one may remain flexible to keep moving in God’s direction while refraining from the rigidity and stagnancy of habit. With one’s focus elevated above the mundane tasks and obligations that are the dreariness and tedium of routine, or of the path itself, then one may always be sure to find joy in work.
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The joy of the Way and the Path is the pleasure of remaining within God’s loving presence, through contemplating Him, instead of the work, tasks, and obligations. Willingness, as the will to abide and do anything for God, fostered by thoughts of undying love and humble proclamations of devotion, is the crux and axis of life’s joy. Thus, in elevating one’s mind to thoughts of God and the Scriptures, then God and Jesus are always present where it counts, as in one’s heart and mind, and so the mundane worries of life cannot lead one astray to fear and mistrust, or overburden what God intended to be a lightness to living, and an internally rich and free spirit.
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Matthew 11:28-30
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke iseasy, and my burden is light.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+11&version=AKJV

Sunday 4/23/17
“Divine Mercy Sunday”🔸♦️🔹
RCIA Candidate Tyler: Confirmation into full communion with the Catholic Church.

“Hi, my name is Gabriel, and I’m a Cathoholic.”😁

“The Disciple Whom Jesus Loved”⚜️
(Selections from:)
-John 21
-Revelation 22
-Luke 1
-Prayer of St. Francis (11th Step Prayer)

(Prelude)🎶
Luke 1:19
19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.
Revelation 22:12
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
John 21: 7; 12-13
7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea. 12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. 13 Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.
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🥀”Contemplating the Glorious Rosary”🌹
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Praise and complements offered up unto the Lord, are best when they proclaim the undying and endless compassion and mercy, of both God and Jesus. In referring to oneself as John did, as “the disciple whom Jesus loved,” it may appear as though he is elevating himself, but in actuality, John is merely praising Jesus. In praising Jesus’s love for him, John is properly regarding the purpose and intent of God, through Christ our Lord, and is giving Him the correct respect and proper homage. In paying one’s respects, as complements or praise of God due to His infinite compassion and unrelenting love and goodness, one is noticing the ways in which God is a good Father and Caretaker. The best complement to pay God the Father, or indeed any living creature, is that He is loving, kind, and generous with His grace and mercy. In savoring the love that God, both directly, and indirectly through Christ Jesus, bestows upon me in countless blessings, I may feel the glory of loftiness, and the heady exuberance, or ecstasy and elevation, of a sort of esteem; however, it is not the glory of joy in my own self that fulfills me, but rather, it is the joy of being cared for and filled by God. Esteeming the care and loving kindness that I receive from God is my esteem, and and any sort of self-originating glory, as that of self-esteem or self-confidence, is in actuality just a fallacy and an illusion caused by the ignorance, or fog, of pride. Furthermore, self-pride, as the glorying in one’s own self or achievements, is vanity, and is disrespectful to the Almighty God.
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“The St. of St. Francis”🚸
I work merely as a vessel, or a channel, through which to allow God to flow, and exert His superior, all-powerful influence. The less control I try to exert of my own directing, the more I can allow God to flow through me and shine forth in His glory. There is no actual glory but that of God. Thus, the more I empty my self and get out of the way of directing my will, the more joyous and meaningful life becomes.
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“One God with 3 Avenues”
God is always the only One who ever saves us, and Christ sets the example, or golden standard, as to how to go about letting Him. God saves us through Christ, and Christ plays the role of His Lamb, in part because He is destined to by God, and as being “consubstantial” as His Son, Jesus is working with the “surety of knowing” God, beyond the “mere belief of thinking so, but not being certain.” This cooperation of efforts, between God and His Son, Christ, is made ideal through Jesus’s familial advantage, of having factual, inside knowledge, of God’s will and power of perfect love and care. Thus, Jesus has no ability to doubt God, “Abba,” because He knows Him personally, as a fact. Thus, faith may seem hard to some, but Christ leads the way from the prime position of God’s Own standpoint, so that we may all come to share that advantage of supreme belief, as firm knowledge even. Thus, through following Christ’s flawlessly designed and divinely orchestrated Path and example, we are to imitate Him and obtain the will of the Father, within this life.
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One truly touching and heartwarming way in which to show honor for any Father, is to show honor and reverence for His Son.🌈
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John 21:14-25
14 This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.
15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. 19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.
20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? 21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? 22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me. 23 Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?
24 This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.
25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+21&version=AKJV

Revelation 22:12-16
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed arethey that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+22&version=AKJV

Luke 1:29-33
29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+1&version=AKJV

“Prayer of St. Francis”
(11th Step Prayer)
This version of the prayer of St Francis of Assissi is taken from Step 11 (Chapter 11, page 99) of the “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”, a book published by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
“Saint Francis of Assisi Prayer”
Lord, make me a channel of thy peace;
that where there is hatred,
   I may bring love;
that where there is wrong,
   I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord,
   I may bring harmony;
that where there is error,
   I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt,
   I may bring faith;
that where there is despair,
   I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows,
   I may bring light;
that where there is sadness,
   I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather 
to comfort, than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.
Amen.
http://www.12steps.nz/prayers/step-11-prayer/

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“Lions Love Jokes!:”
(-from South Park)
-This cat is a Lion, thank you, but maybe that’s just my pride talking.
-…Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from Ewoks…. and Jabberwockys…
-Call me Chief “Flying Turtle.” A Flying Eagle is just not that impressive.
-I was born a poor black child, to a wealthy white family on the Main Line. (-The Jerk)
-Please cease your activities on the radio. “Oh, I didn’t realize I was radioactive!”🌞
-Anorectic gives up fasting for Lent.
-The most frequently asked question for the Spirit of Truth is: “Are you in porn?”
-The Whistleblower finds a trumpet.
-I don’t have an ant farm, mine are free-range.
-🚑We’re not allowed to “idle.”🙏
-The Egg-and-Spoon Race: “Oh no, I dropped the egg! Now I’ll never get into ‘finishing school!'”💋🥚
-OMG, are You Shiva? No, I’m anemic.😜
-What’s wrong with self-will?✝️Look what you did the last time I gave you free rein!

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“The Lion”👻
Revelation 5:5
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+5&version=AKJV

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