Thursday, June 30, 2016

John 5:27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.  Blood on their hands
The caller times article- written the day after some other employee put the words of a cop ‘they are doing a good job- it takes time’ in the actual mouth of the sister of the dead victim- was written- in anger- by the editor of the caller times.
She called out the absolute incompetence of the CCPD- ‘why was she so mad’?
I think she too realized someone at her own paper [a relative of a cop? Or someone who knows about the criminal acts that they commit?] Probably used her own newspaper- to discredit the victims of the CCPD.
It’s obvious that the editor has been trying to expose the corruption within the CCPD- and yes- like all originations- you have people inside them who do stuff like this.

.Local girl goes to CCPD seeking help- 6 days later gets murdered
.CCPD domestic violence unit took report- she was held captive for 2 weeks.
.CCPD domestic violence unit WAS CLOSED for the weekend.
.The person she was reporting is charged with killing her- stuffing her in a trash can- and burning her by the bay.
.CCPD tweets they are doing a good job- but their system takes time
.Utter disgrace- we need the feds to take over the CCPD- and for the chief to resign- NOW.
.Get in the water
.Forget your ‘sponsor’ and get up yourself- Jesus said this- not Bill W
.Victor Frankl- Loo Therapy [I think?]
.Liberal commentary [Dana Milbank] found a way to blame Trump for all future terror attacks- printed in the caller times- on the day the Turkish airport was attacked.
.The 2 halfway houses
.The Timons encounter
.Good riddance George Will- glad to see you go!!
.Cat scratch fever at the end [you gotta watch]

NEW- There’s a man sitting around a pool by the temple.
This pool has some reputation- John tells us that every so often an angel goes into the water- and stirs things up.
Whoever gets in during the stirring- gets healed.
Jesus sees this guy and says ‘what are you doing- laying here in bed your whole life- the water is right there man’?
The guy says ‘I have no man to put me in’.
You know- the classic welfare state.
Jesus says ‘get out of that bed- get up- walk’.
The guy takes the tough love message- and walks.
In the bible angels and human messengers are described by the same terms.
I mean Jesus himself is the ultimate messenger [sent one].
But often times we are waiting our whole life- for a move of God- and it might be a few feet away- but if we expect someone else to do the job [please carry me] then forget it- you’ll be sitting there another 38 years.
I also discuss the biblical principal of work- activity- or ‘walking’- meaning many of us can’t seem to get ahead in life- because we simply are lazy.
Proverbs talks about the ‘work hater’.
Paul told the church- if there are able bodied men hanging around the church/feeding ministries- then don’t feed them!
 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 2nd Thes. 3:10
It is no good for them to have all the excess God ordained energy- intended for work- then when these guys are just waiting for the free handout- what do they do with the energy?
Oh- shoot- steal- beat each other up- etc.
So- we do see tough love- Jesus told the guy ‘get up man- take up that bed- quit finding excuses your whole life- and yes- don’t be afraid of the water’.

I teach on the gospel of John on these [below]

TRUMP TO BLAME FOR TERROR ATTACKS [according to the Caller Times]
As you know- I’m a media critic of sorts.
On today’s video I mention- well- what I thought that even the media would never resort to.
‘What’s that John’?
They found a way- believe it or not- to blame Trump for any terror attack from here on out.
Dana Milbank- a contributor to the Caller Times- had the nerve to say that ISIS obviously wants Trump to win [how he knows this- I have no idea].
So- he surmised- if we have any more terror attacks- it’s because they are trying to sway the American electorate- to vote for Trump.
To have had this article in our local paper- on the very same Day that Turkey had a massive terror attack- around 41 killed so far- is disgraceful.
Instead of critiquing Obama and Hillary’s strategy against terror- he amazingly found a way to blame Trump.
Sad indeed.
[This was from yesterday- but I talk about it today]
- Tomorrow I talk about the tragic death of a local girl. I’ve been commenting on it the past few weeks. Like Heather- a girl who was murdered last year- right after going to CCPD and telling them ‘he’s going to murder me’. She was killed. Ok- obviously the family thought the cops were not doing their job [whether true or not- I don’t know- but you could understand the feeling coming from the family].
So- the other day I read an article in the Caller Times- they have been doing a good job on covering the problem of domestic violence in Corpus Christ.
But- I read the headline- and it seemed strange- I looked for the link- as of now can’t find it.
Why strange?
It had the sister of the latest victim- saying  something like ‘the law and CCPD are doing a good job [Hmm?] but the system needs time to work’.
Then they said the sister of the victim said this.
I read the actual article [small print as we say- which most people don’t read- they usually form their opinion from the headline].
And this quote- according to the actual article- WAS NOT FROM THE SISTER- But the cop in charge of the domestic violence unit.
I’ll give the benefit of the doubt to the Caller Times- and attribute it to a simple mistake- but the national media do indeed do this type of stuff- all the time.
[ I just found the article- right before I post- in my newspaper collection here at the house- I’ll post the actual pictures on facebook right now- I hope the caller times makes a correction because if the family does not feel this way- it victimizes them again].
John 5:1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
John 5:2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.
John 5:3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
John 5:4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
John 5:5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
John 5:6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?
John 5:7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.
John 5:8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
John 5:9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
John 5:10 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.
John 5:11 He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.
John 5:12 Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?
John 5:13 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.
John 5:14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
John 5:15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.
John 5:16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.
John 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
John 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
John 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
John 5:20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
John 5:21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.
John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
John 5:23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 5:25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
John 5:26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
John 5:27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
John 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
John 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
John 5:31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
John 5:32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.
John 5:33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.
John 5:34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.
John 5:35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
John 5:36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.
John 5:37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.
John 5:38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.
John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
John 5:40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
John 5:41 I receive not honour from men.
John 5:42 But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.
John 5:43 I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
John 5:44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
John 5:45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.
John 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me.
John 5:47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

NEWS LINKS-  Just 2 days ago- the media was saying Trumps polling was so bad- that the Republicans had to find a way to do something- that it would be a blow-out.
The other narrative from the Obama administration is ‘ISIS is desperate- therefore they are resorting to terror attacks’.
Kerry just said it about Turkey- and the Obama people have been saying it about attacks in Syria and Iraq.
I don’t understand this logic- if a terrorist organization [defined by ‘acts of terror’] commits acts of terror- the presidents people say ‘see- they are losing’ amazing. 
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

JUST A BOX [Sam. 4]
And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.  Jesus
NOTE- Tomorrow I talk about the tragic death of a local girl. I’ve been commenting on it the past few weeks. Like Heather- a girl who was murdered last year- right after going to CCPD and telling them ‘he’s going to murder me’. She was killed. Ok- obviously the family thought the cops were not doing their job [whether true or not- I don’t know- but you could understand the feeling coming from the family].
So- the other day I read an article in the Caller Times- they have been doing a good job on covering the problem of domestic violence in Corpus Christ.
But- I read the headline- and it seemed strange- I looked for the link- as of now can’t find it.
Why strange?
It had the sister of the latest victim- saying  something like ‘the law and CCPD are doing a good job [Hmm?] but the system needs time to work’.
Then they said the sister of the victim said this.
I read the actual article [small print as we say- which most people don’t read- they usually form their opinion from the headline].
And this quote- according to the actual article- WAS NOT FROM THE SISTER- But the cop in charge of the domestic violence unit.
I’ll give the benefit of the doubt to the Caller Times- and attribute it to a simple mistake- but the national media do indeed do this type of stuff- all the time.
[ I just found the article- right before I post- in my news paper collection here at the house- I’ll post the actual pictures on facebook right now- I hope the caller times makes a correction because if the family does not feel this way- it victimizes them again].
.Why 2 Ebenezer’s ?
.Bathroom prophecy- huh?
.To the guys at the Kingsville Fire dept.- TMRS might cut our checks! [you’ll have to watch- sorry boys]
.Why do our guys suffer from PTSD- and ISIS does not?
.Will right theology- alone- save you?
.SCOTUS abortion ruling- why celebrate like that?
.You actually see ‘the box’ on this video
.What’s up with the door?
.Reverend Wilcombs- North Bergen- New Jersey  Here’s the book I gave him.
.Apostolic ministry
.The question an Iraqi asked my friend
MY LINKS- [verses below]  [Old commentary I wrote years ago]
VIDEO/POST LINKS-  I mention Acts 17 on today’s video- here’s my complete commentary
Below are 2 commentaries I wrote years ago- on Romans and Hebrews- on today’s video I mention Romans 1-2 and Hebrews 11- if you want you can read them here.

 NEW NOTES ON SAMUEL 4- [news links and commentary below]
 The people of God go to battle against the enemy- at a place called Ebenezer [means rock of help- a picture of Christ].
So- they think God is on their side- and the enemy wins!
They go back to Shiloh- the place where the Ark [box] was- and they think if they bring the box with them- this time they will win.
The Ark was a God given thing- but inside of it were the 10 commandments- which the people did not keep anymore.
The Philistines hear that the box is now with the army- and they fear.
Yet- they say ‘be strong- be courageous- let’s fight to the death anyway’.
This is a God given principle- courage- but the Philistines worshipped false Gods [they had bad doctrine about God].
So- they engage in battle with God’s people [right doctrine- but not right obedience] and sure enough- the enemy wins- and captures the Ark!
The 2 sons of Eli are killed- fulfilling the first prophecy God gave Samuel and Eli hears what happened- and falls back off his chair and dies.
Bible teachers ‘warn’ not to confuse the Ebenezer of chapter 4 with that of chapter 7.
Because in chapter 7 the Ebenezer is an actual stone monument that represents victory for God’s people. And the Ebenezer of chapter 4 seems to not be a picture of Christ- the Rock of help.
Jesus said that whoever ‘this rock’ falls on- it will grind him to powder- but whoever falls on it- will be broken.
Jesus was speaking of himself- saying ‘if you repent- and 'fall’ down before me’- yes- it is a type of judgment- but necessary.
But- if you reject me- the rock comes in judgment.
I believe the Ebenezer of chapter 4 was a type of Christ too.
Because God allowed the defeat- so the people would realize it’s not good enough to just have ‘the box’ which is an outward expression of religion- but you need a change of heart.
When you receive the Ebenezer of chapter 4- then you get the Ebenezer of chapter 7- and the Philistines get ‘ground to dust’.
1Samuel 4:1 And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside Ebenezer: and the Philistines pitched in Aphek.
1Samuel 4:2 And the Philistines put themselves in array against Israel: and when they joined battle, Israel was smitten before the Philistines: and they slew of the army in the field about four thousand men.
1Samuel 4:3 And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, Wherefore hath the LORD smitten us to day before the Philistines? Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of Shiloh unto us, that, when it cometh among us, it may save us out of the hand of our enemies.
1Samuel 4:4 So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth between the cherubims: and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.
1Samuel 4:5 And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again.
1Samuel 4:6 And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, What meaneth the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews? And they understood that the ark of the LORD was come into the camp.
1Samuel 4:7 And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, God is come into the camp. And they said, Woe unto us! for there hath not been such a thing heretofore.
1Samuel 4:8 Woe unto us! who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods? these are the Gods that smote the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness.
1Samuel 4:9 Be strong and quit yourselves like men, O ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they have been to you: quit yourselves like men, and fight.
1Samuel 4:10 And the Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and they fled every man into his tent: and there was a very great slaughter; for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen.
1Samuel 4:11 And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain.
1Samuel 4:12 And there ran a man of Benjamin out of the army, and came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes rent, and with earth upon his head.
1Samuel 4:13 And when he came, lo, Eli sat upon a seat by the wayside watching: for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city, and told it, all the city cried out.
1Samuel 4:14 And when Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said, What meaneth the noise of this tumult? And the man came in hastily, and told Eli.
1Samuel 4:15 Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim, that he could not see.
1Samuel 4:16 And the man said unto Eli, I am he that came out of the army, and I fled to day out of the army. And he said, What is there done, my son?
1Samuel 4:17 And the messenger answered and said, Israel is fled before the Philistines, and there hath been also a great slaughter among the people, and thy two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God is taken.
1Samuel 4:18 And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck brake, and he died: for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years.
1Samuel 4:19 And his daughter in law, Phinehas' wife, was with child, near to be delivered: and when she heard the tidings that the ark of God was taken, and that her father in law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and travailed; for her pains came upon her.
1Samuel 4:20 And about the time of her death the women that stood by her said unto her, Fear not; for thou hast born a son. But she answered not, neither did she regard it.
1Samuel 4:21 And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband.
1Samuel 4:22 And she said, The glory is departed from Israel: for the ark of God is taken.

NEWS LINKS-  I refuse to read it- I don’t have to. ‘No bombshell’- remember what I told you the other day?
In short- the ambassador asked- ONE THOUSAND TIMES- for more security.
This has never happened in the history of the state dept. [run by Hillary Clinton]
Then- another 1st- the actual security team- hired by the state dept. - were militia groups in Libya [I know this is hard to believe- but its true].
Then- they actually carried out the words of our ambassador- and they murdered him.
Now- we need no more bombshell- that’s it.

HILLARY’S RESPONSE- ‘They are just attacking my campaign’- sad- The report showed us that one of the reasons we did not send our men help- was the Obama administration debated  if they needed ‘approval’ from Libya- I mean our own men were under attack.
Besides the fact that Hillary lied- and said the attack was because of a video- she even lied to the family members of the dead.
The investigation was NOT INTENDED to find who was at fault- if it were- then yes- it would be Hillary’s state dept. But the media says ‘no wrong doing found’ but that’s not what they were looking for- in the sense that our guys asked for help- and didn’t get it- yes- that is wrong doing.
PAGE 30 [of the report] security assessment 9 months before attack- state dept. witness said ‘people will die in Benghazi’ because we have inadequate security.
Now- Hillary’s state dept. knew this- why did she not provide adequate security?

[my views were not formed by the above- nor did I read the links- but just from the title- I see others have said what I said] 
Note- Please do me a favor, those who read/like the posts- re-post them on other sites as well as the site you read them on. I deal with issues at times that it would be beneficial for some of you to download and save the file from the Word Press link. This creates a permanent record. The on-line videos are only good if sites are not hacked- which has happened in the past. Thanks- John.#

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN- [Samuel 3- John 2,4]  When the saints go marching in
1Samuel 3:1 And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.

MY LINKS [on John and Samuel]
ON VIDEO- [new notes below On Samuel and John]
.Remember Pop’s dream?
.The Fire Dept. snake oil salesman
.Why water into wine in John’s gospel only?
.Stocks down 500 points after Brexit [no big thing] media portrays it as devastating crash- 2 trillion lost!![true]
.3 months ago it was down about 4,000 [8 times more losses] and the media acted like all was fine. I want you to see media manipulation-why did they do this? Most were surprised when Britain actually voted to leave the E.U- because the same thing that dove that vote- is driving the Trump vote. Now- the media actually wanted a devastating crash [believe me] they didn’t get it- so they ‘made’ one out of a blip- 400 point drop- while a 4000 point drop was nothing [to them].
Now- they want to associate Trump with ‘disaster’ and Hillary as ‘stable’- that’s why they are doing this. I personally believe the market will crash- but because of all the stuff I’ve written about. I guarantee you if we see a recession in the U.S. soon [remember- last month’s jobs number was 38,000- a sign the crash was already coming] the media will say ‘it was the Brexit’- watch and see]
.Bock and Witherington
.New school right?
.Historical analysis- 1st century
.Logos incarnated

I’ve been commenting on the book of Samuel- brief overview.
Samuel is born at a time in Israel’s history where ‘the word of the Lord was rare- no open vision’.
God had stopped communicating to his people- because they were lukewarm- not serious about God.
God was looking for at least one passionate person- to cry out to him with all their heart.
He found that person in Hannah.
She was barren- could not get pregnant- and one day her desperate plea came to God.
‘Give me a child- and I’ll dedicate him to you’.
This might have ‘surprised’ God [I know- not really] because that type of desperation was missing from his people.
So- she has a son- Samuel- and she drops him off at the church one day [the tabernacle] and leaves him for good.
He’s raised under the leadership of Eli- and his 2 sons- who were priests.
These sons were using ‘their religion’ for personal benefit- they were wicked and sleeping around- and Eli knew this was going on- and didn’t stop it.
Yet- Eli has this woman [Hannah] who left her son- so he could ‘live for God’.
I’m sure Eli must have felt guilty ‘geez- this lady is living in the past- when people really did sell out to God’
And his own boys- were using religion as a scam.
One day [Samuel chapter 3] the young boy hears someone calling  him.
Samuel gets up and thinks it’s Eli- he goes to Eli ‘what do you want- I heard you call my name’.
Eli has no idea what Samuel is saying- and tells him to go to bed.
It happens 2 more times- and Eli realizes ‘Maybe God is calling the boy’.
He gives Samuel instructions to go lay down- and when he hears the voice again- to say ‘Speak God- I’m hear’.
Sure enough it does happen again- and God gives Samuel a message.
He tells Eli what God said- and the news was not good.
God will judge the wicked priests- Eli’s 2 sons- and God will clean house.
Ok- that’s it in brief.
I mention on the video how God revealed himself to Samuel thru his voice- and I have been teaching about the Logos recently.
God’s word comes first- then the ‘flesh’ the actual outworking of what he wants to do-
 Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Samuel is an important figure in the nation at this time- because he will be the one to anoint the first 2 kings that Israel has- Saul and David.
God was willing to start speaking to his people again- but there would be a cleansing  first.
The prophet Amos said ‘woe to you who ae looking for God’s day- asking ‘why is God not speaking anymore’.
Because there’s usually a reason his communication is cut off from his people- and that’s because his people are not hearing [hearing in the bible is not simply ‘hearing’ but it means you obey what is said] him anymore.
Yet- if we want to hear his prophets again- see his miracles- then that entails repentance on our part.
For many years Eli’s wicked sons were ‘doing ministry’ and the things they were getting  away with seemed a common practice.
All the people knew it was wrong- they despised ‘the church’ because bad stuff was going on.
Yet- that’s just the way things were.
But then God had a vessel for his voice- a prophet- dedicated by a passionate mother- who kept her vow.
Much like the Virgin Mary- when the angel appeared to her- she said ‘so be it’.
God needs willing people- then he too will speak again.
Yes- we too can hear his voice- and the word of the Lord won’t be ‘scarce’.
JOHN 2, 4-
I have also been commenting on John’s gospel.
John is unique- in many ways.
One of them is his gospel was written later than the other 3.
Critics of the church have used this to take a shot at John- sort of like ‘he shaped the story after to fit the narrative he wanted to tell’.
Well- I think he told the parts that the others left out- and later on these became more important.
That’s why you only see the miracle of water into wine- in his gospel.
I’ll give you my view- John wrote his 3 letters [1st, 2nd and 3rd John]- and refuted the early Christian heresy of Docetism [a form of Gnosticism].
They had a low view of matter- and formed a Christian cult- that denied Jesus was really a man [because to them- flesh was bad].
So John says in his writings ‘those who deny Jesus has truly come in the flesh- they are anti- Christ’.
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit ofantichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 1Jn. 4:3

Ok- when John tells us about Jesus turning water into wine- he’s saying ‘look- Jesus interacted not just with people [the healings  we read in the other gospels].
But also with matter- water- wine.
As in if John was saying ‘look- the created order is good- God made it- Jesus even did miracles with it’.
John’s theme is Jesus is the Divine LOGOs- and he became flesh.
Just like in the story of Samuel- God needed a human vessel to get his word back into the earth.

John tells us ‘we saw Jesus- and touched him’ –

John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

Why tell us you touched him [our hands have handled of the word of life]?
Because John was saying- SHOUTING ‘Jesus truly died on the Cross- was really buried- and rose again- in the flesh’.
Just like the prophets of the bible- God needed  vessel to get his Word into the earth- and in the case of Jesus- he was THAT WORD.
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.  Rev. 19
(944)1ST CORINTHIANS 1:18-31 Paul declares the actual preaching of the Cross to be the power of God. The Jews sought for a sign [remember the sign of Jonas?] and the Greeks prided themselves in wisdom. Paul declares that Jesus IS the wisdom and power of God. In Christ is contained all the wisdom and power [signs] in the universe! Paul says God destroyed the wisdom of unregenerate man and that Gods foolishness is wiser than men’s greatest achievements apart from God. Wow, what an indictment on enlightenment philosophy. Man goes thru stages of learning and knowledge [renaissance, enlightenment. Industrial, scientific revolution] these are not bad achievements in and of themselves. Many of the greatest scientists and scientific discoveries were made by men of faith [Newton, Pascal, Faraday, etc] the problem arises when men think that sheer humanistic reasoning, apart from God, is the answer. Right now there is a movement [11-08] going on where some atheists bought ad space on the sides of buses that say ‘why believe in a god? Do good for goodness sake’. So they had both sides [Christian /Atheist] debate it. The simple fact is, sheer humanism cannot even define ‘what good is’. ‘Good’ becomes a matter of what serves me best at the time of my decision. Without God and special revelation [scripture-10 commandments] good can be defined by Hitler’s regime as exterminating one class of society for the benefit of the whole. Only Christian [or Deist, Jewish, Muslim] beliefs place special value and dignity on human life. It is a common misconception to think that all the enlightenment philosophers were atheists; this was not the case at all. Locke, Hume and others simply believed that thru human logic and reason people could arrive at a sort of naturalistic belief in God. This would form the basis of Deism, the system of belief in God but a rejection of classic Christian theology. Benjamin Franklin and other founding fathers of our country were influenced by this style of belief. Now, getting back to the Greeks. Paul says ‘God destroyed the wisdom of this world’. What wisdom is Paul talking about? The enlightenment  philosophers of the 18th century had nothing on the Greek philosophers going all the way back to a few centuries B.C. Plato, the Greek wrestler turned philosopher, had one of the most famous schools of Greek philosophy. At the entrance of the school the words were written ‘let non but geometers enter here’. Kind of strange. Geometry simply meant ‘form’ in this use. Most of the great theoretical physicists were also great mathematicians [Einstein]. The Greek philosophers were seeking a sort of ‘unified theory’ that would explain all other theories and bring all learning together under one intellectual ‘roof’. Sort of like Einstein's last great obsession. The Greeks actually referred to this great unknown future ‘unifier’ as ‘the Logos’. Now, some atheists will use this truth to undercut the New Testament. They will take the common use of these words ‘The Logos’ and say that Johns writings [Gospel, letters] were simply stolen ideas from Greek philosophy. This is why believers need to have a better understanding of the inspiration of scripture. John’s writings were no doubt inspired, he of course calls Jesus the ‘Logos’ [word] of God. But he was simply saying to the Greek/Gnostic mind ‘look, you guys have been waiting for centuries for the one special ‘Word/Logos’ that would be the answer to all learning, I declare unto you that Jesus is this Logos’! So eventually you would have ‘the wisdom of the world’ [both Greek and enlightenment and all other types] falling short of the ultimate answer. They could only go so far in their journey for truth, and ultimately they either wind up at the foot of the Cross [the wisdom of God] or the ‘tree of the knowledge of good and evil’. God said this ‘tree’ [sources of wisdom and knowledge apart from God] would ultimately lead to death if not submitted to ‘the tree of life’ [the Cross]. You would have some of the enlightenment philosophers eat from this tree all the way to the ‘death of God’ movement. Man in his wisdom would come to the conclusion that ‘God is dead’. If this is true, then the slaughter of millions of Jews is no moral dilemma. If God is dead then man is not created in his image, he is just this piece of flesh that you can dispose of at will. To all you intellectual types, it’s Okay to have a mind, but you must love God with it. If all your doing is feeding from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you will surely die.
(1142) MAN, GODS UNIQUE CREATION- Okay, we already saw how God made the animals and fish and birds, but when he describes mans creation he shows us that it is unique. Out of all the other created things, man alone is in ‘Gods image’ and bears his likeness. Man is a moral being with a built in conscience, he has the capacity to know God and live with him forever. This is the basis of the Judeao Christian value on human life. Those religions who believe in the Genesis account of creation, see man as having special value. The Darwinian worldview [social Darwinism] sees man as a simple blob of meaningless flesh, no different than the other life forms along the line. I always found the atheists reasoning to be a little illogical; they will argue that they are the real intellectuals, the so called ‘brights’ [a recent term they have come up with to describe their group] they will then explain to you how their view of their mind and brain is purely naturalistic, their brains are simply these jumbled masses of cells that are the result of thousands of years of meaningless process. Their whole being started as an accident, they have no initial purpose or final end. They see themselves, and along with it, all their reasoning and education and knowledge as being the result of years and years of luck and chance, and then they want you to trust in their conclusions! Ah, the utter foolishness of mans wisdom. God formed man from the dust of the earth and breathed into him his own breath and man became a living soul. Though the basic material of man is the same as the other material things God made, yet he only breathed his own image into man. The great 17th century philosopher/mathematician Blaise Pascal was reading the gospel of John one night, he was meditating on John 17 and had an awakening, he began to see that God was ‘the God of Jesus’ not the God of the philosophers. He saw that having a real relationship with God was different than simply knowing the things about him. God built into man the capacity to know him, while all other creatures are valuable and special to him [Jesus said not even a little sparrow dies without God caring about it!] yet man alone has the capacity to know and be in true communion with his creator, man was created in Gods image.
(1360) Lets do a little Catholic/Protestant stuff. First, those of you who have read this site for any period of time know that as a Protestant I am ‘pro Catholic’ that is I read and study Catholic scholars, believe in the ECT statement [Evangelicals and Catholics together]  and for the most part am pro Catholic in that sense. I have offended more Protestants because of this stance than Catholics. But sometimes I need to state the differences and be honest about them, true ecumenical unity should never be achieved on the altar of doctrine, we should not sacrifice sincerely held beliefs while seeking unity for Christ’s church. Last night I caught the journey home show with Marcus Grodi as well as Catholic scholar Scott Hahn [EWTN- the Catholic network]. Scott was doing a teaching on the sacraments of the church and shared a common belief in the ‘incarnational’ aspect of matter. Some theologians believe [both Catholic and Protestant] that since God became man in Jesus, that this united/sanctified matter in a way that never occurred before. They will carry this thought into sacramental theology and teach a kind of ‘connection’ with God thru material things; both Baptism and the Eucharist would be major examples. I believe the historic church was well intended when they developed this idea, they were combating the popular Greek/Gnostic belief that matter is inherently evil, not a biblical doctrine. As Scott Hahn made the argument I simply felt that he gave too much weight to the idea that because of the incarnation [God becoming man] that now there is a special ‘sanctity’ to material things when connected with the sacraments. Does the bible teach that there are actual physical things in this world that carry out the truth of the incarnation in a material way? Actually it does, the bible teaches that the bodies of believers have this special aspect because Gods Spirit lives in us. In essence the idea of ‘special matter’ that is often taught by well meaning scholars can be applied to the physical church in the earth, all who believe. I do not totally dismiss sacramental theology, many Protestants who dismiss it out of hand are not aware of the strong beliefs that the reformers held too in these areas. Luther is often misunderstood when it comes to his disagreement with Calvin, many teach and think that he split with Calvin over the doctrine of Predestination, he did not- Luther’s written views on the doctrine were just as strong [if not stronger] on the subject. Calvin never wrote a book dedicated solely to the doctrine, Luther did [bondage of the will]. But they did split on the sacrament of the Eucharist, Luther’s view [consubstantiation] was much closer to the Catholic view than Calvin, and Zwingli [the Swiss reformer] was further away than both Calvin and Luther. Lutheranism would eventually be developed by a protégé of Luther, Philip Melanchthon, and the Lutheran church would bear the image of Melanchthon more than Luther. The point being many good men have held to very strong views on these matters. I believe the biblical doctrine leans more heavily on the ‘material body’ of the believer as being the major material change since the incarnation, I do not hold to the idea that ‘God becoming man’ fundamentally changed the nature of matter when dealing with the sacraments. Matter is not [nor ever was] intrinsically evil, Greek dualism got it wrong from the start- we do not need a strong sacramental theology to refute this, scripture itself will do.

. He had a few theological battles in his day. With Pelagianism and Donatism- these were early Christian movements that broke away from the standard teaching of the church- they derive their names form the Bishops/priests who espoused these ideas.

Pelagius denied the doctrine of original sin- and he taught that men were indeed capable of obeying Gods law- out of their own moral integrity- and thus ‘save themselves’. Augustine rejected this view and taught that men were saved only by the grace of God- that men were indeed sinful and corrupt- and if left to their own designs would end up in hell.

There were various adherents to Pelagius’ view- and his ideas have carried down thru the centuries to varying degrees- sometimes you will hear [read] the term ‘Semi- Pelagian’ this refers to those who have various ideas about man’s ability to save himself through good works.

Some in the Reformed church [the original Protestant belief system that came out from the 16th century Reformation] accuse the Catholic Church of this very thing- yet the Catholic Church has made it clear that they do reject Pelagianism- and they agree with Augustine on the matter.

The Donatists taught that the Sacraments were dependent upon the ‘holiness’ of the Priest who ministers them. That if you were in a Parish where the priests were bad- lived in sin- rejected a holy life- then if you were Baptized by these men- that the Baptism didn’t ‘stick’.

The Donatists formed there own break away church in the 3rd century- and a few very influential men would join the group. A well respected early church father- Tertullian- eventually joined their ranks.

Augustine argued against the Donatists teaching- and taught that Gods grace- and the grace given to believers thru the sacraments were not derived from the holiness of any priest or preacher- but if a believer in good conscience received the sacraments- that that’s what really counted.

Saint Augustine is one of the titans of church history- he is loved by Protestants and Catholics alike. He is famous for his belief in the doctrine of Predestination [that those who are saved were chosen by God before they were born] and for this reason he is loved by the original protestant theologians [Luther, Calvin, etc.]

He also taught a very ‘Catholic’ form of Ecclesiology [church govt.] and is well loved by many Catholics as well.

The Catholic Church refers to him  as the Doctor of Grace- later on in the 13th century we will meet Saint Thomas Aquinas- who the church refers to as the Angelic Doctor.

Both of these men played a major role in the development of western thought and Augustine made an effort to distinguish true Christian thought from the philosophy of Neo Platonism which was very strong in his day.

When reading Augustine [he wrote a lot] you need to be careful to distinguish some of his earlier writings from his later ones.

Early on you still see forms of Platonic thought in Augustine- but as the years rolled by his thinking
. HEBREWS 10-13
There’s more on the video- Kant, John Mill- Moral Theory- Utilitarianism, Kantianism. Dead Sea Scroll-s ‘Lost Books’ of the bible- Septuagint- Jerome- Alexander the Great- Ptolemy- Seleucids- Essenes- Qumran community- Ecclesiology- Local Church  etc.

Judaism in transition.
Did they ‘move on’ ?
Who was Elazar ben Yair?

End notes of chapter-


 ‘For the law having a SHADOW of good things to come, AND NOT the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? Because that the worshipers once purged should have no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year’. Paul shows how the simple fact of ongoing sacrifices in and of itself testifies of the insufficiency of the law. The on going sacrifices were a reminder that the peoples sins were still there. If
When the angel tells Mary about her giving birth to this Messiah- she replies ‘be it unto me according to thy word’. Mary goes on and gives this ‘prophetic song’ which has come to be called The Magnificat- which is a term that comes from the start of the song- in Latin.  Mary’s response to the angel is a point of contention between Catholic and Protestant scholars.

The Catholic church calls it ‘Mary’s Fiat’ which means Mary used a commanding tone- sort of like saying ‘you do this Gabriel’ like she was the one in charge. Protestant scholars view it more as a response of humility- like she said ‘okay- whatever you say’.

The confusion over this can be attributed to an early Latin translation of the bible- by the Catholic church Father Jerome. He wrote the Latin Vulgate- the very famous Catholic bible- and in Latin- the word used in this spot denotes ‘command’.

But when you go to the original Greek translation- the word is more passive.

Now- even though this is an ancient disagreement between very smart guys- how many Catholics and Protestants are even aware of this? So like many things- we are taught to see the ‘other side’ in a negative light- and often times we don’t even know why we don’t like them- we just know we don’t like them!

Okay- maybe you should read the chapter today- it’s a long chapter [Luke 1] and look for the language that talks about Jesus as being the fulfillment of the promises that God made to Abraham and David- its interesting to see the importance of the early Jewish people as seeing Jesus as one of their own.

History will later show how the Jewish believers were persecuted severely- and early on [2nd century] they would be forbidden to worship as a Jewish church [I think the emperor was Hadrian- he outlawed all Jewish expressions of ‘Christianity’ that is- Jewish people- who accepted Jesus as their Messiah].

This would leave only the gentile expression of Christianity- which we all know of today as we study church history. But we must not forget that the 1st believers were all Jewish- and they saw Jesus as the answer to the promises that God made to them centuries before- Peter said God fulfilled the promise that he made to King David- that a Son would sit on his throne- forever. Yes- the church recites this fulfillment every Sunday ‘he is seated at the right hand of the Father and will come again to judge the living and the dead’ amen and amen.
GW BRIDGE-  GW bridge
.Foundation stones
.Why Bishops?
.Gnostics and Docetism
.Dads boat
.GOV Christie and hot dogs
.Restore the paths
.Isaiah and John
.Memories of a kid- train tunnel
.Robert Moses to blame?
.Mayor LaGuardia
.The argument for Rome
.Church fathers
.Suicide signs
.Apostolic succession
.What church is the ‘true church’?
.Most amazing intellectual discourse ever? Only if you don’t hear [have to watch to get it- sorry]
.I am homeless- can you spare a 5?

NOTE- I made the video- and typed the notes sitting in my car at Hudson County Park [in the rain]
Ill upload tomorrow at Dunkin Donuts [or somewhere else].
What big financial budget was needed for this?
One of the things I want my minister friends to see- is it’s not about money.
Sure- it would be easier to be at my home office- or even a home.
But you don’t need it- you can use the things that you have.
This has been one of my ‘pet peeves’ for many years.
I want you to see how simple all of this is- the friends you see [both in Texas and here] are just friends I made along the way.
The kingdom is about relationships- and sharing with one another- even Marie quoted Jesus- and as far as I know she’s not a Christian.
So- maybe this whole unplanned experience was God’s will.
To be honest- I never know- at least at the start.
Be spontaneous- I left Texas on Sunday- because I heard the song ‘Head East’ [or group?]
So yes- we all have limited time on the planet.
Don’t live ‘too safe’ or you won’t live- at all.
FRIDAY NIGHT- PARKING LOT-  Friday night- parking lot
Just finished the GW bridge walk a few hours ago- and being it might be the last night sleeping in the car, I figured I’d do a video for a few minutes.
This will probably be the last time you’ll be able to see- real time- me living in the car like this.
But- like they say ‘you never know’.
I think it was a worthwhile experience- but it’s drained me- and I’m tired at this stage.

SATURDAY MORNING- 2 AM-  Saturday morning- 2 AM
Ok, this might be the last day ‘on the streets’. It’s almost been a week- since I left Texas Sunday morning.
It’s early- and I’m tired.
I’m typing from the Walmart parking lot- and I’m hoping the Dunkin Donuts is open- for coffee.
I’m looking [smelling?] like a homeless guy at this point- and I don’t think the Dunkin donuts people think it’s worth the price I pay for their coffee- for me to sit there and work on the laptop.
I want to go to church tomorrow- but wouldn’t go like this.
But man could not know all the truths about God and his nature without ‘special revelation’ [the bible and church tradition]. All Christians did not agree with Aquinas new approach to Christian truth, the very influential bishop Bernard would initially condemn Aquinas over this. Bernard said ‘the faith that believes unto righteousness, believes! It does not doubt’. The Scholastic school taught that the way you arrive at knowledge was thru the continuous questioning and doubting of things until you come to some basic conclusions. These issues would be debated for centuries, and even in the present hour many argue over the issue of Divine revelation versus natural logical reasoning. Tertullian, an early North Afrcian church father, said ‘I believe because it is preposterous, illogical’ he became famous for his saying ‘what does Jerusalem have to do with Athens’ meaning he did not believe that Greek philosophy should have any part with Christian truth. Origen, his contemporary, believed the other way. So the debate rages on. Why talk about this here? Some believers ‘believe’ in a type of knowledge called ‘revelation knowledge’ they mean something different than the historic use of the term. Historically ‘revelation’ meant that which God revealed to us THRU THE BIBLE, not something outside of the bible. For instance, the first canon of scripture put together was by a man called Marcion. His ‘bible’ contained the letters of Paul and parts of :Luke. He believed the revelation God gave Paul was for us today, not the Old Testament or the historical gospels. He was condemned by the church as a heretic. The point being some took Paul’s writings about receiving knowledge from God as an indicator that what God showed Paul was different than what the church got thru the other apostles. In point of fact the things that God revealed to Paul, or to you or me; all truth is consistent, it will not contradict any other part of Gods truth. Paul’s letters are consistent with the gospels, not in contradiction. When believers cling to an idea that their teachers are sharing ‘special revelation’ or a Rhema word that is somehow above the scrutiny of scripture, then they are in dangerous territory. Paul did appeal to his experience with God as a defense of his gospel, but he backed up everything he said with Old Testament scripture. God wasn’t ‘revealing’ things to Paul that were outside of the realm of true knowable ‘truth’. You could examine and test the things Paul was saying, he wasn’t saying ‘because God showed it to me, that’s why I’m correct’. So in today’s church world, we want all the things we learn and believe to be consistent with what the church has believed thru out the centuries. Sure there are always things that are going to be questioned and true reform entails this, but beware of teachers who come to you with ‘revelation knowledge’ or a ‘Rhema word’ that goes against the already revealed word of truth.

On video-
.Alone in a crowd
.Uncle Joe
.Did we chase God into a book?
.Law v Grace
.What was the leaven?
Past posts [verses below]
. (835)ROMANS 7:1-4 Paul uses the analogy of a married woman ‘don’t you know that the law has dominion over a person as long as he is alive’? If a married woman leaves her husband and marries another man she is guilty of breaking the law of adultery. Now, if her husband dies, she is free to marry another man. The act that freed her from sin and guilt was death! Every thing else in the scenario stayed the same. She still married another, she still consummated the new marriage. But

1Samuel 3:1 And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.
1Samuel 3:2 And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see;
1Samuel 3:3 And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep;
1Samuel 3:4 That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.
1Samuel 3:5 And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down.
1Samuel 3:6 And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.
1Samuel 3:7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him.
1Samuel 3:8 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child.
1Samuel 3:9 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
1Samuel 3:10 And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.
1Samuel 3:11 And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle.
1Samuel 3:12 In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end.
1Samuel 3:13 For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.
1Samuel 3:14 And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever.
1Samuel 3:15 And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision.
1Samuel 3:16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here am I.
1Samuel 3:17 And he said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee.
1Samuel 3:18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good.
1Samuel 3:19 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.
1Samuel 3:20 And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the LORD.
1Samuel 3:21 And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh: for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD.

NEWS LINKS- Why did he apologize now? Europe sees that Russia is ready for war- Putin’s last straw was for Obama and NATO to have gone ahead and put more troops and weapons in the NATO nations [Poland- etc.] bordering Russia.
There was another link- I did not read it- or post it.
TITLE ‘Dems release Benghazi report’.
I know what it said- without reading it.
The Dems- in defense of Hillary- have said that other military leaders said on the night of the attack- the U.S. did all they could do.
Now- the Marines on the ground disagree- but that’s what the Dems are focusing on.
The real wrong doing is what I said on the video I made
Our ambassador made around 1000 [yes- 1000] requests for more security- the only reason his pleas were denied- is because it went against the narrative that Libya was a success.
Our ambassador and his men said that the embassy was being scoped out- and they even said they might get killed if they don’t get the help from the state Dept. [that they asked for- 1000 times]run by Hillary.
Sure enough- they were killed.
Thats the crime- and the Dem’s don’t want to admit THAT. 
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