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Holy Wind

THE WIND BLOWS WHERE IT CAN BREATHE – HUB

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(Stained glass image taken from an apse of the St Peter’s Basilica by Gian Lorenzo Bernini circa 1660, Wikipedia)

Last night I feel like I was given a treat. The Fox Movie Channel was showing GRAVITY back to back. Have you seen it? It’s the full length cinema staring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney that I had not seen. What a marvelous story!

What can such a film and our study of prayer have to do with that? Well, without giving away anything of the plot, let me just say, Science Specialist Dr. Ryan Stone, admitted she never was told how to pray, but when back, she whispered, Thank you!

PRAYING SINCERELY

According to theologian Rudolf Bultmann, “There are two ways to think about the Holy Spirit: ‘animistic’ and ‘dynamistic’. In animistic thinking, it is ‘an independent agent, a personal power which like a demon can fall upon a man and take possession of him, enabling him or compelling him to perform manifestations of power’ while in dynamistic thought it ‘appears as an impersonal force which fills a man or woman like a fluid’. Both kinds of thought appear in Jewish and Christian scripture, but animistic is more typical of the Old Testament whereas dynamistic is more common in the New Testament. The distinction coincides with the Holy Spirit as either a temporary or permanent gift. In the Old Testament and Jewish thought, it is primarily temporary with a specific situation or task in mind, whereas in the Christian concept the gift resides in man permanently.”(From ‘Jesus and the Word’, London, 1952)

Prayer then, is sincere Holy-Spirit conscience giving place and showing detracting or revealing thoughts that draw or repell awareness of His presence. We learn by practice. And eventually we catch on. Our space capsule is the Church.

OVERCOMING IMPOSSIBLE DEMANDS – Youth granted wisdom to be saved. (8-26-16)

Imagine, we are alone somewhere orbiting the earth, in the Russian Soyuz capsule, going 17,000 MPH, some 250 miles up. Having had only 2 weeks training with reentry, and are about to panic. A simple whisper about never learning prayer brought help.

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(gravitymovie.wikipedia.com)

TEAM PRAYER – Social media church. (8-31-16)

The lost mission commander, George Clooney, appeared at the hatch, tapping to come in. He is allowed in with nonchalant instructions that comforted as well as motivated.  As if an angelic visitation, he is gone. The mystery enables the glorious climax.

ETERNAL REST‘ – Video. (9-19-16)

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(scifi.stackexchange.com)

She swims to the shore, kisses the mud, says Thank you, and slowly stands up. Oh, the wonderful firmament of earth’s gravity! Having been even months without it, the mere effort of standing up is a struggle — we get this, but she prayed! (Thank You)

WORLDVIEW TWEEK – Our nation’s future depends on this. (10-2-16)

After the movie, the news media had to wow me with its stupid sexual allegations . . . and now our helpmate called a meeting about the family plans for Thanksgiving, which thankfully won’t include us. And that is a worldview tweek we are okay with.

CONTEMPLATING AMERICA – How to pray for America. (10-10-16)

Fall weather is stimulating. It’s quiet, it’s cool, and the stress from neighbors is relaxed (with leaves all over the bad looking grass, the yard is peaceful). Our focus is on spring cleaning — the fall weather is permitting us to so struggle gently here.

I have given the national news a break. Only our loving Father can be trusted. All our prayers prayed, we can now trust heaven to come down. All of the above titles represent the most recent posts from my other, older website. Prayer is the theme.

How can we ultimately discern the truth? Only Jesus said how. He, himself is Truth. And his word is true Covenant. Can we learn the truth? Yes, by dedicating ourself to him and his agency, the Church. The Church, having both Scriptures and tradition, is the believer’s authority. (Jn 14:6; Is 46:19; 65:16; Jn 5:39, 40)

Prayer then, is sincere Holy-Spirit conscience giving place and showing detracting or revealing thoughts that draw or repell awareness of God’s presence. We learn by practice. And eventually we catch on. Our space capsule is the Church . . . put yourself in Dr. Ryan Stone’s place. (This may be easier for some, if not all.)

But relate to God in even the most distant way . . . he is still right there for you. Just greet him. Your heart will catch his present closeness . . . stop denying him. Accept Him and seek his benefits for you: love, joy, peace is yours in him. Just believe, just trust. You can have his personal revelation even now.

Charles Bundschu

@wordlifejournal

(If you read this before I link the prayer-hub for your convenience, you can just go to this link: http://doingjourneytogether.wordpress.com/about  and scroll down to the last five articles.

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BITTERNESS BREAKTHROUGH: Murder prevention


GOD SPEAKS THROUGH MY CONSCIENCE

This  morning during personal quiet-time devotion, my conscience reminded me of a comment I made on Facebook the other night. For the comment, I had to look up some information for the purpose of sharing something helpful, but it backfired.

I needed to offer to pray the solution, and show how the third party might benefit. I failed to do the ministering and let the first party say, since my analysis was more than expected, she passively agreed to pray the solution.

A CASE FOR THIRD PARTY BITTERNESS

How often do we share some broken relationship with friends who have some experience with helpful comments? Not that often. My conscience grabs me for offering information about the problem (bitterness) and not the solution.

My friend is educated and employed as a professional educator. She is the first party offering the circumstance of a loner friend (third party) who became very bitter–and remains chronically so. We agree prayer is his solution, so how can we pray?

My research revealed three points: Bitterness is a spiritual affliction; bitterness is a stronghold of the enemy in the third party soul; and such bitterness has seven subordinate spirits that support its wicked purpose. (from A More Excellent Way book)

THE ROOT CAUSE OF BITTERNESS

The root cause of all sickness and disease is sin (disobedience to God). The bitter root grows out of an unthankful heart. Sin causes separation from God, then separation from self. Self separation devalues all other relationships, and brings isolation.

Unforgiveness is the first spirit to attack after the bitter spirit to support it. (Hebrews 12:15-17 LIV). Then, resentment (spiritual, not psychological), then retaliation, then anger. If anger exists, unforgiveness, resentment and retaliation are with it already.

Anger generates hatred, hatred violence, and violence, murder. How does one get to commit murder, a mortal sin? They have let bitterness and the seven bitter spirits justify such behavior, and the lost soul plots and plans to commit murder.

HOW DOES A LOST SOUL FIND FREEDOM?

Pastor Henry Wright teaches the eight step to freedom program. First as an answer to prayers of friends, the victim needs to recognize his/her peril, and take responsibility personally for disobedience. Then comes repentance, and renounce spiritual enemy.

After renounce, removing each spirit, resisting them, rejoicing, and restoration. The victim of bitterness must turn from a life of sin. Romans 8:1 is something to consider: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,

Who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit.” Here is our answer. Walking after the Holy Spirit, fearing Almighty God, and regaining a clear conscience before God. Sin has no grasp on the soul when it’s sin is confessed to our forgiving God daily.

MISSING SOMETHING?

The bible tells how authority of the church applies, to provide the holy man who is anointed to help our subject find freedom. James 5:13-16 NJB,

“Anyone of you who is in trouble should pray; anyone in good spirits should sing a psalm. Anyone of you who is ill should send for the elders of the church, and they must anoint the sick person with oil in the name of the lord and pray over him. The prayer of faith will save the sick person and the Lord will raise him up again; and if he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven. So confess your sins to another to be cured; the heartfelt prayer of someone upright works very powerfully.”

Click on the link and read another Catholic version of the same passage, which reads, “Send for the priest of the church…” My Greek-English Lexicon says, ‘The English word priest comes from presbyteros. Later usage is responsible for development (of using elder).’ [New Oxford English Dictionary]

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Here is my new rosary that is framed by the cross that makes my writing desk an altar.

If my Greek Bible says presbyteros, so the earlier Catholic version is correctly translated. I am elder, but I am not a priest. I am old, but that doesn’t make me qualified to pray for someone’s spiritual freedom, we all need to know someone who is.

FINAL POINTS FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING

Only God is healer, he get’s the credit and glory for the whole operation. His word, the holy bible, has the authority to reclaim a soul from the hand of the enemy. The way and means that is pleasing to God is simple faith–faith of a child.

I started actually praying the rosary two weeks ago. Just tonight I learned a necessary correction with it. What happened was, around the third time–saying ‘pray for us sinners now and in the hour of our death, amen.’ Fifty times saying ‘death’…

I suffered a mild heart attack. A symptom of early angina, my chest felt squeezed and very much like a cramp about to happen. The timing of it was during morning devotion prayer, just as I put on thr armor of God. I said Help God, and it was over.

OUR FAITH LIFE GROWS AS OUR CONSCIENCE HEARS AND OBEYS

My social media prayer ministry is beginning to show signs of growth. My conscience heard seven days ago to begin praying for Facebook friends who have asked for prayer as they have become desperate. My mid-day prayer time is devoted to their requests.

What I found to pray that the church sanctions is called a novena. I make requests to St. Jude, the infant Jesus of Prague, and Our Lady of Fatima. Each of these sources have records of miraculous healings. My heart is lowly enough to do this nine days.

My boldness is not based on my pride, but on service to our loving Savior. Do you understand how a ministry cannot grow without sacrifice?

Oh, about that correction for my saying ‘death‘ fifty times: I just saw a teaching tape of Mother Angelica that stated “Catholics don’t suffer death, we make ‘transition‘ instead.” That is my correction to praying the rosary. I say transition instead of death.

PRAYER CAN OVERCOME ALL OUR SIN

I really hope this post is helpful. Please let me know your prayer requests. Always let your godly conscience be your guide. Think about this,

With Christians, a poetical view of things is a duty. We are bid to color all things with hues of faith, to see a divine meaning in every event.” –John Henry Newman

Encamped along the hills of light, you Christian soldiers rise, and press the battle ere the night shall veil the glowing skies. Against the foe in vales below let all our strength be hurled; faith is the victory we know, that overcomes the world.” –John H.  Yates

May the Lord bless and keep you,

Charles

@wordlifejournal

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SACRED ADVENT: Good tidings of great joy

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Nativity Square in Bethlehem on Christmas (Telegraph.co.uk)

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Nativity Square in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve (nydailynews.com)

SACRED ADVENT: Good tidings of great joy?

(Well, today is not going to be movie day, rather the old-fashioned, foot-ride day is requested by my better half. I am not disappointed because of all the ticket sales and advanced seat reservations, I won’t even try to see the new movie until after Christmas vacation. Doesn’t that make sense?)

THE TRUE JOY OF CHRISTMAS

Yesterday I began the study of The Joy of Christmas and found something worth reading. This is Steven J. Cole, Pastor of the Flagstaff Christian Fellowship. (He’s a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary in 1976.)

Also today, my research found another source that is excellent teaching with the video called The Joy of the LORD by British pastor Jay R. Bailey. As lead pastor of the Solid Rock Church in Portland Oregon.

Both sources are excellent and I have listened to both of them. They stand to represent what the Lord wants to do with his church. Notice ‘Christmas’ is not a word from the Bible, but the ‘LORD’ is biblical.

Where does Christmas come from? (See The Big Picture of Tradition)

Christmas represents the ‘tradition’ of the church, while the Bible is ‘theology’. Let me explain, I looked up the difference between philosophy and theology. While theology is biblical, philosophy is traditional. I believe God will resolved church differences with this.

But for now, if you don’t plan to go to church Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, you might go to Bethlehem for their Rock Concert celebration. Some folks believe joy is the same as rejoicing. (I just saw the live view of Nativity Square on CBS News This Morning.)

And while that is going-down outside, there are worship services going-up inside the Church of the Nativity, which is right there next to the square. . .

THE DIFFERENCE OF JOY

“The happenings of our life cannot guarantee peace and joy. The example here of Paul writing Philippians when in prison, chained to a guard, for two years. He wrote the letter in 62 AD, thinking only about the church. Verse 3, ‘I always pray with joy (for you)‘.” Pastor Jay said.

“Our journey is to find Paul’s attitude: Happiness is circumstancial. Joy is based upon our relationship with Christ within–rooted inside.

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I say rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4 NKJV)

“Paul’s life convicts me. My life is not stable like Paul’s. He had been through many trials as listed in 2 Corinthians 11. Five times beaten, with 39 lashes each time. Three times beaten with rods. Stoned once, stranded by shipwreck, a night and a day in the deep, nearly drowned …

26 “In journeys often, in perils of water, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils of the city, in perils of the wilderness, in perils of the sea, in perils of false brethren.

27 “In weakness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness–besides the other things, what comes upon me daily, my deep concern for all the churches.” (2Cor.11)

“I want that kind of faith! A certain mastery over all circumstances.”

“Secondly, circumstances are worldly. (Joy is based on our relationship with Christ is heavenly).”

“The word ‘happen’ is Latin for luck which means random ordering of our circumstances. But in Philippians 2:13, ‘God is working in you both to will and to do his good pleasure.'”

JOY IS ROOTED IN CHOICE

“Third, happiness is rooted in chance. Paul says joy is not chance but choice. Does your station in life equal chance?

“Rejoice in the Lord! I fall way short of Pauls heart, but still let us pursue the joy of the Lord as a function of our choice, not chance.”

“Chapter 1 verse 9,10, ‘I pray that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ.’ Tap into Jesus’ joy.” Pastor Jay said.

“Overcome the disappointments! God speaks to Paul–that’s how he was able to get over his difficulty; disappointments of life. Let go of your shattered dreams, forgive.”

“Second, embrace new opportunities. Verse 13, 14, ‘Because of my chains, others can be more bold–strengthened witnesses.’

“Paul received revelations from God: All letters, every difficulty, God will produce something good. It’s time to put happenings aside.

“Three, focus on what’s really important. Verse 15,16, some preach, teach this motivated wrongly, not better; only love is right.(vs 17)

“Verse 18, what does it matter, the really big thing is that Christ is preached. (God is going to do this!) And in this I rejoice, and will rejoice.”

GOD IS IN CONTROL

“He is the Author and Finisher of focus on what is of importance. ‘I can do all things through Christ.’ I want to have joy of Jesus!” Pastor Jay said.

The prayer of that service was an invitation for the listeners to express their heart-felt agreement to the Christmas message that my notes here so inadequately describe. You can imagine the effect. Sitting in the Solid Rock Church as a first time visitor, such a message from God, just might convince him or her to submit to the teaching’s impact.

Does Christmas find you suffering in some way? Is there frustration? Any sense of loss? Regrets? Loneliness?

The mission of all Christmas messages, is to bring peace and hope. Listen to the above linked video, or read the bible.org series to regain that certain joy of Christmas that you may have felt you missed.

My prayer is that you may accept just how the Lord is available for helping us through every life difficulty. Your healing is available too.

Please comment here or share this Christmas message of hope and peace with all your family and friends.

Yours truly,

Charles Bundschu

@wordlifejournal (http://www.twitter.com/wordlifejournal)

THE BIG PICTURE: The unholy tradition of Christmas

THE BIG PICTURE: The unholy tradition of Christmas

(Sinterclaas or Saint Nicholas, considered by many to be the original Santa, 2007, Nederlands, by Gaby Kooiman, Wikipedia)

TWO WEEKS TO CHRISTMAS DAY

The present confusion of the Middle East is the enemy at work increasing it. There are imbalances: No one knows the truth. Dark forces are unleashed. Even our own lives and our security is threatened for us here at home — and Christmas is included!

“God has the power to walk on what we are about to drown in! Each test of God puts us through — what we have learned is present to be used — deductively — so that what we have been through, God provides for us to use for where we are going!”

[That was Bishop Jakes from tonight’s The Potter’s Touch television broadcast on TBN.]

Here is today’s study: The History of Christmas by Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen taken from his simpletoremember.com website which is linked here to confirm what I will be reporting. We can learn from such history in the world and confirm it even further.

Truly, let me remind you of the ugly roots of Christmas traditions formed by worldly powers: The date of Jesus’ birth. The origins of the Christmas tree; Mistletoe, Presents, Santa Clause, and the Christmas challenge:

“All modern incarnations of the most depraved pagan rituals ever practiced on earth.” Rabbi Kelemen said.


(Map of countries where Christmas is not a formal public holiday either on December 24/25 or on January 6/7. Wikipedia)

Today, I was notified that I am having an anniversary with WordPress.com; publishing my blog-posts now for four years. I have lost track of the time! Over all that time, I have written three stories (novels), that make up Levonah’s adventures with Yeshua (Jesus).

Also for the past two years, the blog posts of theology401 were completed. Now, we, Beloved Holy Spirit and I, are putting together this ‘Promised Soil’ edition. (I am only qualified to attempt this by his leading and my trusting that I hear his directions.)

It was Fr. Robert Spitzer who said in his series of Virtue, Freedom and Faith: How we are going to prevent sin-traps. 1) Faith, trust in the Lord, release the power of virtue; 2) Love others, such love leads to empathy to want to be virtuously loving others; and 3) Love of virtue: Resist the darkness.

“The solution is to be humble-hearted, which corresponds with Jesus’ #1 beatitude. Empathy, love of God (first) and his kingdom; rejoicing with others — animated by God’s Love. When you start loving God combating pride by humble-heart is how we stay in victory.”

“Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself; but it’s thinking of yourself less.” Father Spitzer said. (This article includes a chart showing the seven deadly sins.)

WHERE THE DARKNESS IS COMING FROM

If you have read my last four posts, (The mystery of godly devotion; Contemplating the Messiah’s face; The healing of Christmas; and The Immaculate Conception), you know that there is a real enemy that is hiding in the hidden realm of spiritual wickedness. That he has a brain, and can keep us hampered with his fiery trials.

Honestly, I am personally concerned for our readers. Because I am not a Catholic, doesn’t mean I am kept from the truth about God and godly things. Our study of theology has opened my eyes to teaching my own non-denominational church cannot provide.

Every morning in my personal devotional, I pray to see the big picture. What is behind the current events. What is the truth we cannot see for some reason. I have learned God can reveal such things to us. This holiday is the point in question.

WHAT DANGER DOES TODAY’S CHRISTMAS THREATEN?

(A Typical Neapolitan nativity scene in Naples Italy, local crèches are renowned for their ornate decorations and symbolic figurines often mirroring daily life. By Juan Quintas, 2008, Wikipedia.)

Avoid the dangers of Christmas’ worldly traditions. According to the world (Cosmos), where the enemy resides because he is the “Prince of the power of the air” (Eph.2:2) Biblically, our lives are subject to his curse unless we have the True God in our life.

A good example is made with our own family this past year. (I gladly risk being chastised for telling this, but if it can help one person see the light through the darkness, it is a risk worth taking.) We lost our second son this year. He had lymphoma cancer.

We brought him up along with an older brother and a younger sister. We did the best to bring them all up in the admonition of the Lord Jesus (Yeshua) Christ (Messiah) in a Charismatic fellowship and school. He went on to earn his bachelors in computer science engineering, and later earned another in teaching math.

He taught high school math locally, for one year, and dropped it to return to the company he had partnered to develop locally. Then his marriage fell apart. He divorced, sharing custody of two lovely children. Then cancer attacked.

He told his mother and me that the math students could not even try to catch his gift for teaching. This told him, God was not leading him to do that. He said he didn’t love his hard-working wife, and asked her to leave. This told us how he failed to join the local Baptist church where his talented wife played in the orchestra and daughter sang in the children’s choir. And lastly, his work, his company, put him on the front line of research and development to help create software and hardware in cutting-edge, brain-waves technology.

The stress, anxiety, and fear he must have suffered put him as a prime candidate for cancer, and it hit him hard. We were kept away from him. He wanted to do this on his own. He committed several deadly sins. He was a good man, but not smart enough to defeat the enemy. The enemy wants to attack any good man, especially when he ignores the family’s example to seek godly help. Instead he chose the false god of healing, the mythical god of medicine and healing named Asclepius. And he’s gone to heaven.

“GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS” (Acts 10:34)

Our son died precisely on the midnight marking the beginning of his 46th birthday. This was remarkable to all family members. We all asked why God? And we have been given the knowledge of the wisdom of following Him, and following closely.

We can decide and commit to our church fellowship; learn the truth, and apply it religiously to our lives; and pray for mercy and that God become our hedge of protection with angels encamped around about us. This is our only hope.

Proverbs 26:2, “As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.”

Can we good people get this message? If there is error in actually observing this holiday in an unholy, sentimental, and misguided way — we stand to be cursed. I didn’t say this, the Bible says this. The Bible is true, the last post made that clear.

Please learn the above linked material of the origins of Christmas! It tells how philosophy has taken mythology and incorporated it into human social tradition. It is a lie! I can’t help saying it. That is the bottom line.


  
(Stamps released in the United States in 1982, a painting by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Wikipedia)

How many stamps do you need to tell us you get the message? Keep Christmas pure! Go to your church fellowship. Convince yourself and others that God is very important to you. The birth of His Son may not have happened as tradition says it did, but we know it happened. And let the biblical record become a matter of your survival boat in these dark and trying times.

FEAR MEANS ABSOLUTE RESPECT

“The fear of the Lord is beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7

“Do not be wise in your own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.” Proverbs 3:7,8

“The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance, and the evil way, and the perverse mouth I hate.” Proverbs 8:13

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10

“The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death.” Proverbs 14:27

“The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor is humility.” Proverbs 15:33 [NKJV]

May the Lord bless and keep you,
Charles Bundschu
@wordlifejournal

THE HOLY MOTHER OF CHRISTMAS: The Immaculate Conception

THE HOLY MOTHER OF CHRISTMAS – The Immaculate Conception

 

Today, is Tuesday, which I understand is God’s most favored days – because he called his creations on the third day of the week – good not once but twice. This is why Jewish weddings are performed on Tuesdays.

But today is also the Catholic Church’s Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Which I have always believed ignorantly that that referred directly to Yeshua-Jesus’ conception. But, watching all the pomp and ceremony in Rome (EWTN) today, I learned otherwise.

The conception of Yeshua-Jesus’ mother, Miryam (Mary), with the normal process of her parents – happened through supernatural dedication, God orchestrated her ‘special conception’ to keep her from the ‘stain’ of sin upon her human soul. (Source: Catholic Encyclopedia)

Have you heard of this? (Most of my facebook followers are Evangelicals) I can accept such a doctrine because of a former post that explained Jewish Mysticism (Kabbalah) as mixed with occultism . . . also something of a revelation. Tonight I am writing to you because of reading the above encyclopedia link.

I have always been critical of the teaching of Mariology. But daily watching EWTN, I admit to hearing of miracles and visions of the Holy Mother of Christmas. Even if you have never heard this before. Today is the day you need to hear this.

Ephesians 1:3-6,11,12, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. . .

In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.”

THE ASSUMPTION OF MIRYAM (MARY)

Now this is another seemingly impossible development, but today the Roman Catholic Church teaches that Yeshua-Jesus’ mother went to heaven without death. So she was ‘assumed’ by our Father, and that means she had no grave and no bones were ever recorded as being found. She was one special holy lady.

How do you process this? The above link is a trusted source and explains basic Mariology. But there are many other sources. Theologically this is explained not wholly by Scripture, but by the ‘tradition’ of the Church Fathers.

I have to apologize to all my friends and family (friends are more accepting than family who know me up close and personally). I am not a perfect man. I have been given grace to study theology for about 2 years, writing 60 blogs. That alone has extended my knowledge and Christian vision, beyond what I hear at church.

Knowledge of theology is ‘faith seeking understanding’ about the truth. The process of theology enables understanding of how the Scriptures came to be, as they are God’s message to his Creation: Why we should believe the Bible is Inerrant.

GOD’S WORD IS ALWAYS ON TRIAL

“Since God is the Author and Finisher of its content, if we have questions about what it says, we have to go into a study of the process of all the native languages of the books. It took 1500 years to put together. During that time, as you might prove from the original language texts; God gradually revealed himself.

So you knew what to include; what to throw out: Every book could be compared to the other, and then tested. So if God authors a book, and He is always the same, there will be a consistency from one book He authorizes to the next.

It is a lie that any group of men decide what is or is not Canon. God decides. Only God is perfect.

“‘Scholars’ often forget and mistake how the Holy Spirit can impower anyone He wants to write divine writ. So we verify everything with Him. The real God really knows His word and can prove it to you. All you need is to be positive in His system.

(It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen.) And now that you are delivered (saved), you can go to God directly. God never gives a book you cannot validate because then in effect He’d be lying — You cant demand to test something, then deny what you need for testing.” (www.brainout.net/EnochTest)

It is already time to print this. There is more to study, but the above link may answer most of your questions. I am thankful for this holy season, and want nothing but peace and revelation to penetrate your hearts, now and forever. (Please let me know what you think.)

Merry Christmas,

Charles Bundschu

#theology401, email, incensefrank@yahoo.com

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD – The healing of Christmas

 

Painting of Francois Boucher, ‘The Light of the World’, 1750, in Museum Beaux, Lyon, Paris, France, Wikipedia Commons

 

This year, we are hearing still how some in our community want to remove Yeshua-Jesus from our celebration of Christmas. I am learning how this can be true. It is the hidden power of the world, of the flesh, and sin that resists and rejects a most holy time for us. Even why terrorist attacks and unholy behavior happens and violence is called cultural extremism, but evil can’t be justified.

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. Our house got an early shot of the pageantry when the big house across the way had turned on its colorful lights, and as soon as twilight. We used to decorate, but found it more trouble and expense than we could be willing to keep up.

The specialness of Christmas-time is in the lights, yes, but the Spirit is undeniably more than visual perception. It is the seeming holiness of the time, the season, and the remembrance of the birth of the Messiah. Such an inspiring painting I have never seen before. Have you?

Yosef (Joseph), Miryam (Mary), Yeshua (Jesus), and the shepherd’s family (of course when the shepherds first came, they had to bring the families to see the spectacle). And the angels are there! A worthy find for an unusual post for all to learn something about this marvelous gift.

The glorious coming of the Messiah (Christ) child was the beginning of a ‘new thing’. The fulfillment of the prophecy, Isaiah and Jeremiah both mention it. (Is.43:19; Jer. 31:22) [Also see Fr. Robert J. Spitzer’s The Light shines on in the darkness]

PROPHECIES OF A ‘NEW THING’ HELPED BRING THE LIGHT HIMSELF

The birth of our Sovereign Savior is so special it actually exceeds my ability to verbally express it. Basically, I am not as sanctified (holy) as I’d like to be; and I see the true Spirit of Christmas is lost in the unholy, material commercialism. Then just who can see Messiah’s (Christ’s) light?

I believe the Holy Bible tells us something of the light that shines on Christmas. Revelation 21:23,”The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light and the Lamb is its lamp.” (NIV)

Revelation 22:5, “There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light.”

Isaiah 60:19-21, “The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end. Then will all your people be righteous and they will possess the land forever.”

THE FORCE OF DARKNESS HIDES THE LIGHT OF HEAVEN

Obviously these texts describe the sh’khinah glory of heaven. Although heaven is real, it does not visually exist on earth today. Why this is so the Holy Bible also explains. Let me share this key text for a more complete explanation: The force of darkness hides the light of heaven.

Our text: Isaiah 14:12-18 (NIV)

Seven verses with 19 notes referencing 49 more verses to represent a very thorough and accurate study about who the enemy is and what his forces can do. [note: Read the seven verses (in bold font), then their corresponding cross-references (in NKJV) to understand best. Interpretation of Holy Scripture is best found in Holy Scripture.]

UNDERSTANDING THE ENEMY OF CHRISTMAS: LUCIFER, AN ANGEL OF DARK LIGHT?

12 How you have fallen (A) . . . [Footnote: Lk10:18, And Jesus said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”]

From heaven, (O Babylon, O Lucifer) morning star, (B) . . . [Footnote: 2Pet.1:19, And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Rev. 2:28, And I will give the one who overcomes the morning star. Rev. 8:10, Then the third angel sounded, and a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. Rev. 9:1, Then the fifth angel sounded: and I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit.]

Son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! (C) . . . [Footnote: Ez 26:17, And they will take up lamentation for you and say to you: How you have perished, O one inhabited by seafaring men, O renowned city Who was strong at sea. She and all her inhabitants, Who caused their terror to be on all her inhabitants!]

13 You said in your heart, “I will ascend (D) . . . [Footnote: Dan. 5:23, And you (Belshazzar) have lifted yourself up against the Lord of heaven…and the God who holds your breath in his hand, and owns all your ways, you have not glorified. Dan. 8:10, And it (little horn) grew up to the host of heaven. Ob 1:4, Though you (Edom) ascend as high as the eagle, And though you set your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down, says the Lord. Mt 11:23, And you Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.]

To the heavens; I will raise my throne (E) . . . [Footnote: Ez.28:2, Son of man say to the Prince of Tyre, Thus says the Lord God, Because your heart is lifted up, And you say ‘I am a god, and I sit in the seat of gods, in the midst of the seas,’ Yet you are a man, and not a god, Though you set your heart as the heart of god. 2 Thes. 2:4, Who (the man of sin, son of perdition) opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God.]

Above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, (F) . . . [Footnote: Ps. 82:2, How long will you judge unjustly, And show partiality to the wicked? (Selah)]

On the utmost heights (G) . . . [Footnote: Is. 37:24, By your servants you have reproached the Lord, And said, By the multitude of my chariots I have come up to the mountains, to the limits of Lebanon; I will cut down its tall cedars, And its choice cypress trees; I will enter its furthest height, to its fruitful forest.] of Mount Zaphon. {‘concealed’, from tsaphan, to hide; hidden, dark, (gloomy and unknown)}]

14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; (H) . . . [Footnote: Job 20:6, Though his haughtiness mounts up to the heavens, And his head reaches to the clouds.]

I will make myself like the Most High.” (I) . . . [Footnote: Gen. 3:5, For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. Num. 24:16, The utterance of him who hears the words of God, And has the knowledge of the Most High, who sees the vision of the Almighty, who falls down with eyes wide open. Is. 10:13, For he (king of Assyria) says: ‘By the strength of my hand, and by my wisdom, for I am prudent; Also I have removed the boundaries of the people, and have robbed their treasuries, so I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man. Is. 47:8, Therefore hear this now, you (daughter of the Chaldeans) who are given to pleasures, who dwell securely, who say in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, nor shall I know the loss of children. Jer. 50:29, Call together against Babylon. All you who bend the bow, encamp against it all around; let none of them escape. Repay her according to her work; According to all she has done, do to her; For she has been proud against the Lord, against the holy One of Israel. Jer. 51:53, Though Babylon were to mount up to heaven, and though she were to fortify the height of her strength, Yet from Me plunderers would come to her. Says the Lord. Dan. 11:36, Then the king shall do according to his own will: He shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper until the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done. 2 Thes. 2:4, Who (the man of sin, the son of perdition) opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God. ]

15 But you are brought down (J) . . . [Footnote: Is. 13:6, Wail for the day of the Lord is at hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty. Is. 45:7, I (the Lord God) form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I the Lord do all these things. Is. 47:11, Therefore evil has come upon you; you shall not know from where it arises. And trouble shall fall upon you; you will not be able to put it off. And desolation shall come upon you suddenly, which you shall not know. Jer. 51:8, Babylon has suddenly fallen and been destroyed. Wail for her! Take balm for her pain; perhaps she may be healed. Jer. 51:43, Her cities are a desolation, a dry land and a wilderness, a land where no one dwells, through which no son of man passes.]

To the realm of the dead,(K) . . . . [Footnote: Job 21:13, (Job’s answer to Zophar) “They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.”]

To the depths (L) . . . [Footnote: Mt. 11:23, “And you, Capernaum, you are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades (Luke 10:15), for the mighty works which were done in you; for if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.”]

Of the pit. (M) . . . [Footnote: Ps. 55:23, But you, O God, shall bring them (voices of the enemy and wicked) down to the pit of destruction, Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in You. Ez. 31:16, “I made the nations shake at the sound of its (Assyria, a cedar in Lebanon) fall, when I cast it down to hell together with those who descend into the Pit; all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, were comforted in the depths of the earth.” Ez. 32:23, Her graves are set in the recesses of the Pit, and her company is all around her grave, all of them slain, fallen by the sword, who caused terror in the land of the living.]

16 Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate: (N) . . . [Footnote: Jer. 50:23, How the hammer of the whole earth has been cut apart and broken! How Babylon has become a desolation among the nations! Rev. 18:9, The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her (Babylon) will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning.]

 

“Is this the man who shook the earth and made kingdoms tremble, (O) . . . [Footnote: Is. 2:19, They (the lofty, haughty men) shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, from the terror of the LORD and the glory of his majesty, when He arises to shake the earth mightily. Is. 13:13, Therefore, I will shake the heavens, and the earth will move out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts and in the day of His fierce anger. Joel 3:16, The LORD also will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; the heavens and the earth will shake; but the LORD will be a shelter for his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. Hag. 2:6, For thus says the LORD of hosts, “Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land. Hag. 2: 21, Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah saying: I will shake heaven and earth.]

17 The man who made the world a wilderness, (P) . . . [Footnote: Is. 15:6, For the waters of Nimrim will be desolate. For the green grass has withered away; the grass fails, there is nothing green. Joel 2:3, A fire devours before them, and behind them a flame burns; the land is like the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness. Surely nothing shall escape them.]

Who overthrew (Q) . . . [Footnote: Ps. 52:7, Here is the man who did not make God his strength, but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.]

Its cities and would not let his captives go home?” (R) . . . [Footnote: Ex. 7:14, So the LORD said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is hard; he refuses to let the people go.” 2 Kings 15:29, In the days of Pekah king of Israel, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria came and took Ijon, Abel, Beth Maachah, Janoah, Kedesh, Hazor, Gilead, and Galilee, all the land Naphtali; and he carried them captive to Assyria. Jer. 50:33, Thus says the LORD of hosts, ”The children of Israel were oppressed, along with children of Judah; all who took them captive have held them fast; they refused to let them go. Rev. 18:18, And cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What is like this great city?]

18 All the kings of the nations lie in state, each in his own tomb. (S) . . . [Footnote: Job 21:32, Yet he shall be brought to the grave, and a vigil kept over his tomb.]

THE GOOD BOOK IS TRUTH WE CAN LEARN AND OBEY

Now we have a clearer view of the enemy. The devil, Satan, is real. His evil is attacking our human hearts and minds. Evil has a brain. Good men cannot outsmart evil. Why? He’s not smart enough. Still human logic can team up against him to defeat him. The church is key.

In his book, The Good Book, Reading the Bible with the Mind and Heart, Chaplain Peter J. Gomes writes about Good People and Bad Things. He makes reference to Rabbi Harold Kushner’s book, Why Good People Do Bad Things while telling some case histories himself.

“We do not know what good is, and as Pontius Pilate asked half sincerely, half sardonically of Jesus, “What is truth?”, we ask “What is good?”. . . The Bible is filled with vivid images of people caught between the knowledge of what is good, and what is evil, and the inability to avoid the easy wrong, and to affirm the difficult right.” He said.

“John Habgood says, ‘All knowledge is ambiguous.’ Such knowledge is both good and bad. The forbidden fruit tree was called, ‘knowledge of good and evil’.

“Ignorance is not why good people do bad things, and knowledge itself does not itself prevent good people from doing bad things. Good people do bad things because by themselves they are not able to manipulate their knowledge of what is good in behalf of goodness and over against what is bad.”

“We must face the fact that our knowledge and our will, even our good intentions are not sufficient to prevent the good from doing bad . . . This is a concession to the reality of evil. We have to acknowledge that the good are not in control, and are usually out-witted and out-smarted by the forces of evil that surround them on every hand. To say this plainly:”

1. Evil is real.

2. The good are not as smart as they think they are.

3. And, the good need all the help they can get; one cannot be good on one’s own.”

“Therefore, those who would be righteous, or hunger or thirst after it, are and always have been Satan’s prime targets. Notice that the first encounter Jesus had after his baptism is with Satan himself. . . Live seriously knowing this – with evil working overtime, our being virtuous is no hobby.”
Chaplain Gomes said. (used with permission)

Yeshua-Jesus teaches us that we are the light of the world. Why? Because we have the Truth. Seriously living what our bibles show us to hear, think, pray, and do; we should know enough to obediently resist the enemy, with our family church, and suffer through to our victory. God will do the rest. Trust him.

GOOD NEWS!

Daniel 2:34 The eternal kingdom of God, the Messianic kingdom, will extend over all the earth, and those who reject Jesus, the Messiah, the Stone, will be crushed. See also Ps 118:22, 23; Is 8:14; Matt 21:44; Luke 20:18; 1 Pet 2:4-8. (Taken from today’s daily Bible reading, 12-5-15, Biblegateway.com)

May the LORD bless and keep you,
Charles Bundschu

@WordLifeJournal

WE ARE GOD’S NATION – The proof is found in worship

“The Cloisters” by Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg in 1853 (Wikipedia)

Can you just feel the calm, quiet, serenity here? It is not difficult to acknowledge our supreme Author and Finisher in this creation. And this leads me into sharing yesterdays anointed post . . . Worshippers find themselves an independent nation unto themselves: Praying for ‘United Israel’.

“THE PROOF OF THE PUDDING . . . IS IN THE EATING” – The Holy Eucharist

The thought of waking up from (yester-) today’s nap was fruitful, giving me this title: Such a thought comes to a clear conscience about the very discipline of devotion and application of daily worship. So what is a day worth to you? Today was wasted if you can’t remember the important things. This is what I remember as supporting my calling and mission . . .

It was Friday night that I viewed the EWTN program the Journey Home, where Father Dave Harris was interviewed by the host, Marcus Grodi. The father explained his conversion to Roman Catholicism. He said, “One thing was difficult to learn. The Sacrement of Penance and Reconcilliation (‘confession’).”

“What about the Eucharist?” Asked Marcus. [The Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion]

“The emphasis was made more clearly to me with the quote, Jesus said, ‘This is MY body.’  The proof is in the faith and in the word, how to interpret — not as a symbol, but the tradition of discerning reality, and catholic spirituality — connecting faith and reason, the Presence was so real to me.”

DEFINING OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Let me introduce my heartfelt passion for sharing the truth: Truth is the person of our Redeemer and Lord Jesus Christ. If we read what I think is the most practically inspiring interpretation of scripture, the Amplified Bible, we can learn to relate personally, and grow our faith. But, and this is an important but, scripture alone cannot do this. Only through the church communities, can worship be fully appreciation. The objective is simply to join physically–attending a local church community. And then helping others to do so.

WHAT CHURCH COMMUNITY MEANS

Today, I am not able to be active with the local Christian fellowship that my wife and I belong with. But the extended electronic wifi broadband has provided live participation. The exciting part is that the Holy Spirit is present in the whole operation. The personal worship at home may not be the same as sitting in a pew, but the worship from my heart is still being exercised and personally acknowledged by God.

Worship is learned by baptized believers that are led into agreement about the biblical doctrine (teaching). The Reformation has enabled believers to find agreement without the religious catechism dogma. Not that it is wrong or confusing, but that it is legalism and overly structured. Open-worship may find less formal and freer communities.

MY JOURNAL HAS RECORDED THE WORD OF GOD TO ME

I subscribe to the Bible-Gateway yearly program of the reading daily both the Old Covenant and the New Covenant [note: Testament is the same]. Today was a favorite. I am familiar with the references. And I read it slowly without being hurried, keeping a pen for noting thoughts.

After reading Jeremiah 37 through 39 about Jeremiah’s predictions of Israel’s defeat, and the only way to escape alive; the king’s response was brutal treatment of this prophet. My heart has difficulty accepting how stupidly the king is behaving without accepting God’s word.

I took no notes from the Old Covenant, but Hebrews 3 definitely spoke to me. Verse 6 said, “… But Christ (Messiah) is faithful as a Son over his [Father’s] house. And we are his house if we hold fast our confidence and our sense of triumph in our hope [in Christ].”

Verse 11, “So I swore [an oath] in my wrath, ‘they shall not enter my rest [the promised land]…But continually encourage one another as long as it is called ‘Today’ [and there is (still) an opportunity], so that none of you will be hardened* [into settled rebellion] by the deceitfulness of sin [its cleverness, delusive glamor, and sophistication].

For… partakers of Christ [sharing in all that the Messiah has for us], if only we hold firm our newborn confidence…able to enter his rest. [the Promised Land (soil)] – Because unbelief and unwillingness to trust God—hardened heart, rebellion.” (verse 19)

And *footnote for verse 12: “A wicked unbelieving heart [note: entire personality, mind, will, and emotions—where there is no pretense—the core of one’s being.”

THIS WORD IS POWERFULLY EXPLAINING GOD’S VIEW

I was inspired because of my thoughts about the ending of the last post I’ve made about the name of the site: Spiritual Soil Conservation. This title was just off the top of my head, thinking of the post I had written with theology401: Thoughtful Soil: Organizational Theory for Everything . . .

Then, because that title was so long, it had to be shortened, promisedsoil as a fitting label was made [I think a wordpress.com administrator made this up]. And I can still give God full credit here.

What can we agree the soil of the Promised Land is in the church? There must be a number of ideas here, but my heart is pointing to the objective of transforming my mind by renewal toward proving what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)

AND GOD IS IN US BOTH TO WILL AND DO HIS PERFECT WILL

Our minds are subject to the world for its attraction and conformity. The temptation of following the popular and the available openings. Spiritual direction is the discipline provided by holy men and women in the church that can share powerfully how to follow them in the LORD. (Philippians 2:13)

Planting seeds of wisdom sprouts the fruit of love, and rootings of gifts of the Spirit, brings forth the fruits of the Spirit. Knowledge and faith brings forth joy and peace. “Adding to your faith, virtue… ” (2Peter2:5)

More to come, certainly . . . (even today’s devotion spoke to me, since I participated in a Eucharistic communion–I understand this now.)

The LORD bless and keep you,

Charles