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February 11, 2021 at 9:31am
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Just an image Mark 5:29-34 tells us the story of a woman who had an irregularity ion her menstrual cycle whom Jesus healed. What is significant about the fact that she touched Him besides the faith it took to do so?

There is a lot more to this story than meets the eye. The woman in the story was not only expressing her faith that Jesus could heal her. She was literally risking her life by even going out into public. You see under Mosaic law, which applied at that time, the woman was "unclean". She was having a menstrual cycle, albeit an unnatural one. Leviticus 15:19 makes it clear that the woman was considered "unclean" and anyone who touched her was also considered unclean. Thus Jesus was considered unclean under Jewish law. By all rights the woman was not supposed to be in public or if she was she was suppose to announce that she was unclean and not allow anybody to touch her. Touching Jesus in her "impure" state could have gotten her stoned. However,, Jesus did not stone her. Instead, he loved on her and healed her. I know the woman went on to believe from that day forward. She took a great chance because her faith told her Jesus would not condemn her.

For my blog Today while exploring the galaxy of WDC we visited a friend.

 
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Does faith play a role in your life? If so, tell us about it. If not, why?

Theresa expresses great faith in this poem. She expresses the need to pray and be close to God. It is very important that believers stay close to God. Like a gazelle, we are always being stalked. Satan and his minions are on the prowl and looking to consume us. The only way we avoid that is to stay close to the herd. We do that by prayer, and by staying in God's word.

Image for BCOF members to put in their blogs Prompt: "Please use these words in your post today: magnitude, attitude, gratitude, define, beautiful, mess."

My life is a beautiful mess. The magnitude of my gratitude gives me a good attitude. I guess you could say it defines me.

Blog City image small "Prompt: Have you ever attended a Writer's Workshop?"

I took a creative writing class in high school and several writing classes in college.

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February 10, 2021 at 8:06am
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I am getting ready to have a Bible study with some of the guys here in the home so I am sending the prompt before hand. I would forget later. Why is Bible study important? How often do you study with others?

I think it is of the utmost importance to be in God's word on a daily basis. Just as church recharges our batteries so to speak, Bible study also recharges our batteries. What a lot of Christians fail to understand is that we are at war. The Kingdom of heaven has been at a state of war with the kingdom of darkness for thousands of years. Our enemy, the devil and his forces are still alive and prowling around (1 Peter 5:8). It is not a matter of if the enemy is going to attack or will the enemy attack? It is a matter of when the enemy attacks! He is going to attack. He is waiting for that moment of weakness to attack. He is a very skilled warrior. He watches us day and night, always crouched and always ready to pounce. He will not attack the strong. He attacks those who are young, weak, old, or sick. He attacks the stragglers. The herd is well protected. The herd uses the armor of fellowship to protect itself because the enemy will not attack a group. The herd practices combat on a daily basis. They eat together and sleep together. Believers are the herd. If we study God's word together we strengthen each other. No soldier ever goes into combat unless they drill, drill, and drill. They get to know their weapon intimately. They practice and practice and practice with it. The word of God is our weapon. If we only hear it once or twice a week we are going to fall to the enemy. If we practice with the word every day and pray every day and connect with the herd every day we will thrive and the enemy will not attack us. I am the Sunday school teacher at my church. I prepare the lesson for the following week most Sunday afternoon's and email it to dozens of people. If you want to receive it let me know. With God's word you can never study too much.

For my blog Prompt: I was cruising the galaxy with Yoda and returned to this planet: (2011) She is a good friend and gives me a warm welcome. Read this item:
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Select a poem from this book and write about it for today's prompt. Enjoy.

I don't have much time for reading in depth. I am a student and have half a dozen other irons in the fire at all times. I did however read the poem Break in the Weather from this book. The poem is a metaphor for the hard times that happen in all our lives, particularly our personal relationships. It expresses that hard times will come as a rain falls in every life. It is our responsibility as people to repair the damage and move on.

Image for BCOF members to put in their blogs "Prompt: What do you consider the first signs of spring?"

I use to live in Parkersburg WV and every fall the red-breasted robin from that area would fly south. Apparently, they do not fly too far south because I moved 90 minutes south of Parkersburg and they are here year round. In Parkersburg their return was my first indication of warmer weather. here my first indication is what my mom always called "Easter Lilies," which aren't up yet.

"Invalid Entry "Prompt: Write about culture for today's Blog entry."

Wow! That is a broad subject and one which I am not really sure I can say much. I need a little more clarification. I know culture can be a delicate subject. For example, I had a professor once who talked about the differences in language where she was from and the area she move to. Somebody in this area had said "pert'near" which around here means "close or near". She had no idea the man was saying "pretty near' had it. Another example of culture is that around here we don't drink soda. Soda is something you use as a base or leavening. Around here we drink "pop".

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February 9, 2021 at 8:27am
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Today is a very special day for me. I quit using mind-altering substance such as alcohol and other drugs 12 years ago today. I was a mess. I took enough of my drug of choice, which was over-the-counter Benadryl to kill a horse. Most people go to sleep on 50mg of the stuff. I was taking 3500mg at a time and barely getting high. I was desperate and suicidal. I surrendered and went to treatment and started a 12-step program. I worked those steps and developed faith in God whom I know as Jesus. I am not preaching that anyone should become Christian though Jesus demands that. I am saying that if you have an addiction faith in something is your answer. I now have twelve years clean. If I can do it, anybody can!



Just an image Prompt: "We all have a Bible verse that we like more than any other. Besides John 3:16 which is everybody's favorite, what is your favorite Bible verse and why?"

I have several Bible verses that are my favorites. I guess that if I had to choose an absolute favorite it would be Philippians 4:13 which says that I can do anything in the power of Jesus. I have found this to be so true. 12 years ago yesterday I was higher than a kite on whatever substance I had gotten hold of that day. I was overdosed which I had done thousands of times previously. On this day however, I was confronted by my preacher about a situation that led me to realize I was truly an addict. I entered treatment on February 9, 2009 and have not used since. At first I wanted nothing to do with Jesus. I prayed to some generic idol but I knew in my heart that I was praying to and believing in Jesus. The 12-step program taught me how to behave myself and taught me the basics of faith. They did not preach Jesus. They simply said "Higher Power" which meant something outside of myself. Over time I learned to trust that and this eventually led me to a strong faith in Christ. Prior to that I practiced religion regularly but always fell away because I failed to have an intimate relationship with the Spirit that I claimed to believe in. I claimed Him and wanted to live for Him but failed to surrender myself fully to Him. The 12-step program taught me to depend on Him and fully trust Him by eliminating the resentments against Him and the world that consumed me. It is very hard to have a working relationship with a God that you are angry with and I was full of resentment and mistrust for God. The 12-step program helped me eliminate those resentments and begin to build that relationship. Looking back on it now I can see the Holy Spirit at work teaching me slowly through the 12-step program. He gave me the courage to face each step and to work it with all my heart. Through Him I faced having my late wife's life-support discontinued and letting her die. I faced a heart attack and open-heart surgery, and yes, the painkilling opioids that came with surgery; the loneliness of living in isolation for nearly a year, and many other struggles without recidivism to addiction. As Php 4:13 says "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."

I am a preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is my responsibility and my privilege to tell others about Jesus. I want anybody struggling with addiction to know however that it is not necessary to become a preacher to stay clean. What is necessary is fully realizing you have a problem by not making excuses for it and seeing it as the ugly, destructive beast it is. Then it is necessary to develop a faith-based relationship with something bigger than yourself. I hope that something is Jesus.

For my blog Prompt: "I was cruising the galaxy with Buck Rogers and found this planet: (81)
Read this item:
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Flash Fiction
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by Jacky . Write about this item in your Blog entry today.

I have to admit that when I first began to read this entry I wasn't sure what to make of it, but the author did an excellent job of capturing my attention. As a professional writer I know from experience that an editor who previews a book for publication gives an author about three lines to capture their attention and make them want to read the rest of the manuscript. If the first thirty seconds do not capture the publisher's attention the publisher or agent knows the book has no chance with the consumer so they toss it in the waste bin. Jacky caught my attention very quickly and made me wonder if the story was going to be a fantasy, a dream, or even an hallucination. I felt compelled to read more and find out what was causing the dandelion to move. The hook was absolutely effective, which kept me reading to the very end.

I agree with the author, ants are incredible creatures. I seen a piece of bread moving once. It was a rather large piece of bread and it caught my attention because it was moving. I examined it to find a tiny black ant, about 100 times smaller than the piece of bread, man-handling it back to its nest. I had the utmost respect for the ant because the piece of bread or whatever was massive in comparison to the ant. I sat there twenty minutes watching the ant struggle until it disappeared into a hole. I wanted so badly to help the poor thing out but knew doing so would either hurt it or frighten it away so I just watched. They are fascinating, hard-working creatures.

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Witchy woman I don't know if I can truthfully answer this prompt or not. I have attended a lot of shows and concerts in my lifetime, many of which I spent in a blackout and do not remember. I remember making plans to attend a concert of REO Speedwagon back in the early 80's but do not recall attending it. My details are a little sketchy because it was about 30 years ago but the first concert I do recall attending was a concert of country singer Kitty Welles at the high school I attended as a child. Billy Joe Royal is part of her entourage, her son I believe. He was doing a concert in town later that same summer. My wife at the time encouraged me to show Kitty a song lyric I had written a few months earlier. Back then I carried my writing with me everywhere including to shows. I showed it to Kitty and she loved it. She called a man over that I had never seen before and told him to read it. That man was Billy Joe Royal. He read the lyric and asked if he could purchase rights to record it? I was flabbergasted! He later sent me a contract and the song went to number 50 or so on the pop charts. I made a little money on it and got to say that I recorded a record.

Blog City image small "Prompt: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Have you ever found yourself in a fight for being who you are? Why do you think other people or the current norms mess around so much with our being who we are?"

I find myself in such battles all the time, particularly where society is concerned. I have confronted people over various politically hot issues such as abortion and gay marriage. As a preacher I am deeply committed to the Lord Jesus Christ and His word. This often gets me in trouble because people do not understand why I do not approve of abortion, gay marriage, and other issues of political interest that are considered socially acceptable. If I say gay marriage is a sin, I am considered a homophobe and bigot. The fact of the matter is that I have many friends including a nephew who are gay. I love everybody and that includes people whose lifestyle differs from mine. I cannot, however, say that something is acceptable when the word of God says it is not acceptable. It does not matter to Jesus that society says it is socially acceptable for two men or two women to have sex. He says it is sin. Proponents will argue that the Bible was written two thousand years ago and that it no longer applies today. It does apply today. Hebrews 13:8 tells us that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday as He is today and will be the same forever. He does not change. What He said then is applicable now. As a Christian I am pledged to uphold that. My personal opinion is that I do not care if Adam marries Steve as long as I do not have to see public displays of affection. I do not care to see those out of any couple. What people do is their business. As a Christian however, my opinion does not count. I uphold God's opinion as written two thousand years ago. I may not be politically correct but as an American I have a right to my God's opinion.



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February 8, 2021 at 8:55am
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I was preaching today. The topic was one that I was a bit reluctant to preach on because it placed me and one of the members of my congregation in direct conflict with each other. It was a sermon about judging others as sinful because we disagree with their blatantly sinful choices. I take the position that we are all equally guilty in the eyes of God and that the only difference between Christians and non-believers is that our daily sinfulness is forgiven. I was sure I hurt his feelings so I spoke with him about it later. He said that I had not. I had spoken what God had given me.

How do you deal with conflicts of belief with fellow believers?

Jesus told us that if we were offering our gift at the altar and realized that somebody had something against us, we were to leave the gift at the altar and go reconcile the conflict. If the person would not hear us, we were to go back with two or three witnesses and try to settle it. If that still failed we were to take it to the church for a decision. Matt 18:15-20.

The gentleman in question for me was having no part of any of that. I finally grew tired of his belligerence, and realizing that I was dealing with a force of evil, rebuked him in the name of Jesus Christ and ordered Him to be quiet. The demonic force left him and we have been fine since that time. Of course, most disagreements in the church have nothing to do with demons. The demon had been troubling this brother for days and we just thought he was getting cranky. The Lord pointed out to me what it was and I used the Lord's authority to deal with it.

In most cases, simply going to the person you've offended and making amends is sufficient. Use the steps of Matt 18 described above. If you were the one who was offended offer forgiveness and forget the offense. "Justified" or forgiven to God means "Just As if I'd Never Done It." We must forgive and forget as if the offender had never offended us to begin with.

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Write about this in your Blog entry today."

This is a poem about depression. Depression is a mental illness that affects 25% of the population. It is usually more predominant in women than in men but a large percentage of men, 15% the last I heard, suffer from it as well. It is characterized by poor sleep or too much sleep, over or undereating, a general feeling of lethargy, loss of interest in things one normally cares about, a serious lack of energy, and a general sense of hopelessness. If you suffer from depression you need not suffer. It is a very treatable illness as science has made all sorts of advances in combatting it. See your doctor today.

Image #1997652 over display limit. -?- "Prompt: Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment. Lao Tzu
Use this quote to inspire your blog entry."

I would have to agree. I believe knowing oneself is the trick. Knowing oneself and liking oneself opens the door for many communications and relationships to others. More often than not when I have a conflict with another I find that I play some small role in that conflict. I then have to fix my part of that conflict.

Image #1971183 over display limit. -?- "Prompt: I think we can tell a lot about the character of a person from the way they treat their inferiors, superiors, or enemies. What are your thoughts on the subject?"

I would agree. If they treat everybody with love, including their enemies, they are likely Christian.

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Please pray for our Brother (246) who is dealing with some health issues right now. He is going to take some time off to recuperate and then he will be back with those great prompts.

Jesus told us in Luke 9:23 that we should "Take up" our "cross daily" and follow Him. Explain.

Jesus is telling us in this passage that we must get up every morning and put on the mantle of Christianity. We must be willing to live in this sinful world without being a part of the sinful world. The forces of evil are all around us. Like a lion, Stan is always carefully watching his prey and he will pounce. There is no "maybe" to it. He will attack and we must not only prepare ourselves for those attacks but the people God has entrusted to our care must also be prepared. If God has not entrusted any people to our care and we are not new Christians, then shame on us. God loves multiplication and addition and He expects us to grow the kingdom. When we do grow the kingdom we must be willing to train and equip our converts for the attack that will come. Notice that I did not say the attack might come. I said it will come. Satan is simply waiting for the right opportunity to strike the fatal blow and take the new Christian or the old, weak Christian out of the kingdom. He will attack and it is our job to be ready for those attacks. Jesus said to "Take up your cross daily and follow me."

Crosses to the audience listening to Jesus were not the dainty, pretty little pieces of jewelry we wear around our necks. They were instruments of death by cruel and unusual suffering. When Jesus said that to the disciples, the disciples knew He meant for them to be prepared to devote their entire lives to the kingdom, not just a few hours one day per week. Christianity is a lifestyle that requires the believer to work 24 hours per day, seven days per week for the kingdom. We Americans pride ourselves on being Americans. Well guess what? I am not an American any longer! My allegiance belongs to the Kingdom of Heaven and it is for that Kingdom that I must be prepared to fight and if necessary, to die! All too often Christians get saved and that is the end of their journey. They go to church regularly, participate in the worship, and then sit idle the rest of the week. They do not learn the scriptures well enough to defend the scriptures or explain them. They do not teach and minister to others. Instead they throw some money in the offering to pay the preacher who's job they believe is to evangelize and win souls. Wake Up Dreamers! The preacher's job is to feed your soul so that you can go out and disciple others and equip others for the Satanic attacks that will come along. If your heart is not yearning to preach the gospel to others and to study with them on a daily basis to equip them for the attacks that are inevitable, then Satan has already attacked and eaten his fill: of you! You are Satan's victim if you do not yearn to fight the devil!

A few weeks ago, I encountered a demon in church. Yes. Satan was prowling right in our small chapel congregation. One of the members, a long-standing Christian of good repute became very argumentative and belligerent. I looked at him and said "Satan, in the name of Jesus Christ I command you to shut up!"

The man immediately quit arguing and trying to bait me, and has long since returned to his old self. Other believers were amazed at the difference and have commented about the change in the man's behavior since I cast the demon out in Jesus's name. I am telling this so that readers know that evil is real. Satan is prowling and he is hungry. He will attack and he will attack soon. We must be prepared and we must help other Christians to prepare. We must study with others on a daily basis. Yes. Daily! Once a week is insufficient. The Christians in the early church met daily as shown in Acts 2:46-47. They knew that it required daily prayer, Bible study, and daily practice to equip them. The Bible is our sword and nobody ever fought with a sword who did not spend years practicing with that sword. If they did fight without training they were quickly defeated. Christianity takes daily exercise or we will become Satan's prey. Jesus said to take up our cross and He meant just that.

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What would you do in these situations?"

I try not to get into these situations to begin with. The past and the future are no man's land for me. I am a recovering addict. I have found that I cannot stay clean if I have one foot in the past ruminating about "should've, would've and could've" and the other foot in tomorrow worryinmg about "what-if, how do I, and Why do I?"

I can only survive by staying firmly planted in the present. Yes. I make plans and set goals. Yes. I rectify mistakes. I do all those things in the here and now. I do not have a time machine that will allow me to time travel. If I did have, when I got there to me it would still be the present. The present is called the present because like any present, it is a gift. I must make the best of it and appreciate it for what it is.

Image #1997652 over display limit. -?- Prompt: "You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly." — Sam Keen

A lot of people get hung up with the imperfections. Are you one ? What's the best way to handle imperfection?

Address it or ignore it."

I do not do either when it comes to imperfection. I accept it instead. When I came to the point that I quit trying to change others and instead began to work on changing the imperfections others saw in me, I began to grow as a human being. All the anger and resentment that I held toward people melted away and flowed away like water. I get along with 99.99975 percent of the people I encounter today and all of them seem to like me. The tiny fraction I do not get along with I have to ask myself what I am doing wrong in the relationship. I usually find that the real problem lies in me and it is usually that I am unwilling to accept and love those people for the knuckleheaded idiots they choose to be. It is not my responsibility to change others or make them conform to my rules. It is my job to accept and love others for exactly who they are. If they are intolerable asses it is still my job to love them and accept them as intolerable asses. I do not have to hang with them. I do not try to change them and I certainly do not read their pedigree to them. I do not judge. I simply accept. Acceptance truly is the "answer to all my problems today," Alcoholics Anonymous page 417.

When I find some person, place, thing, or situation, unacceptable to me I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is. I do not get angry and try to change it unless it is a threat to my immediate safety or that of others. Many people are asses. I accept that that they are jerks and move on.

Image #1971183 over display limit. -?- Prompt: "What are your weekend plans?"

I work five hours per day, seven days per week. I have no weekend.


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Image #2235060 over display limit. -?- Prompt: "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold:
them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice;
and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd."
(John 10:16, KJV)


Prompt: Have you considered that we modern-day Christians
are written about very plainly in this passage?
Can you see yourself? Do you understand the reference?"

I agree that modern Christians were among those that Jesus had in mind when He referenced other sheep. The context of this passage reveals that even the Pharisees and other listeners at that time figured out that jesus was referencing the Gentiles, although they had no idea to what extent. Jesus knew the future. He could seed the events unfolding before Him. He transcends time so all time is "present" to Him. Everything in history, past, present, and future is revealed to Him. He was referencing Gentiles because He knew Israel would reject Him just as Jews and other non-Christians reject Him to this day.

Image #2235152 over display limit. -?- Prompt: "Today while cruising through the WDC galaxy with Groot, I found a star that has been shining on WDC for about 10 years. Many of us know Jeannie🐴 who has contributed so much around here. She writes about her favorite musician Prince in
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Who is your favorite musician? What do you like about them?"

I don't have a favorite musician because I do not listen to that much music. If I were to choose a favorite though it would be Bob Seger. The housekeeper on my floor has a radio playing softly in the background and I do hear it when I am working. He listens to older rock and pop music. I think it's okay. I can take it or leave it.

Image #1997652 over display limit. -?- Prompt: "Please use these words in your blog: fern, rainy, decipher, sparkle, and interception."

The fern grows best in rainy climates and rich dirt. It is hard to decipher what a fern says. They sparkle in the rain. I scored an interception by spotting a poisonous snake under a fern. My brother was about to step on the snake.

Image #1971183 over display limit. -?- Prompt: "If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you've made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand. "Author Unknown

Discuss how you felt reading this quote. Did you immediately think of someone special or a time in your life?"

Yes. It makes me think of my late wife Susan.

Marvin D Schrebe AKA Jamison Christian "Chris" Breva AAD RBA, CPRSS

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Image #2235060 over display limit. -?- "But as many as received him,
to them gave he power to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his name:"
(John 1:12, KJV)


Prompt: This verse is often used to lead someone to Christ as Lord and Savior.
How could we help concrete-thinkers to be rightly related to Jesus through these abstract terms?

I used to be a member of a church that thought this verse was often used out of context. The emphasized that the verse says He gave them the power to become children meaning that although faith is the key that opens the door, there are still other actions required for one to be saved such as repentance, confession, and baptism.

I no longer believe that way. I believe a person is saved the moment they accept Christ as their Lord and Savior, which means they automatically do these other things. There is no magic formula and there are no works involved.

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 Go to Sleep, Little One  (E)
For the little ones whose imagination keeps them awake
#2206334 by x The T Lady x

How do you get a baby to go to sleep or if you have never had children what do you when you can't sleep?"

When I can't get a baby to go to sleep I mix a little brandy in with their formula and...

No, I'm joking of course. I have walked the floor many nights with my son. Some nights he had colic and nothing satisfied him. Other nights he just wasn't sleepy. I learned to sleep when he slept and be awake when he was. Then he started sleeping normally.

Image #1997652 over display limit. -?- Prompt: "Hard to believe we've been posting blog entries for 3001 days in BCoF. Have you ever scrolled back to see what your first blog post was and when? Did you ever think, you would be blogging this long? Do you blog the same way as when you began or have you developed a style of your own?"

I not only have a style of my own but two groups of my own.

Image #1971183 over display limit. -?- "Prompt: "Knowledge is love and light and vision." Helen Keller Use this quote in your Blog entry today."

I don't have a response to that.

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February 3, 2021 at 8:16am
February 3, 2021 at 8:16am
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Image #2235060 over display limit. -?- "1 In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.

2 The same was in the beginning with God.

3 All things were made by him;
and without him was not any thing made that was made."
(John 1:1-3, KJV)

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"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
(Genesis 1:1, KJV)

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Prompt: Who is the Word, and how are these two passages related?

This is a really good question Jay O'Toole . I can sink my teeth into this one because I spent a great deal of time last semester studying it. The Word John refers to here is Jesus Christ. For a long time the early church was divided about who Jesus was. One of the major divisions was the Gnostics who taught that Jesus was not human at all but that Jesus merely appeared human. Therefore they believed He did not really have a birth nor did He really die. They believed He was merely a Spirit, though that Spirit was divine.

Another division of the church held the exact opposite stance. They believed Jesus was 100% human and that He lived such an impeccable life that He became divine. This of course was also wrong.

The divisions among the church as to whether Jesus was human or divine nearly ripped the church apart for decades in the second century. Councils were held declaring one doctrine after another heresy and proponents heretics. The problem lay in the wording. The Bible says that God begat Jesus. What does begat mean?

One of the church fathers, and I cannot rightly remember whom, suggested that the definition meant that Jesus shone forth from God eternally. God has always existed and Jesus existed co-eternally with God as an expression of God's essence. It's a really deep theological subject, but the long and the short of it that Jesus has always been a part of the God-head, just as the Father and Holy Spirit are part of the Godhead. Jesus chose to become a man without losing His divinity. Therefore He is 100% God and 100% man. The man Jesus was born and died and saved us. Jesus the God is eternal and took part in creation. He is literally the Word of God or the Logos because every scripture in the Bible is about Him or part of His story.

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Twilight  (E)
(for April 13th Prompt: a secret joy) - poem about Twilight
#2118660 by Elfin Dragon - contest hunting



Write about twilight.

I always sort of liked twilight. To me it means the work day is done and I can look back and reflect on a job well done or I can plan how to do better next time. Twilight can be frightening to some folks, especially those who have dementia. One of the symptoms of early dementia is that the person begins to hallucinate around sundown. The jury is still out on why but my guess is that the brain is preparing for sleep. If I fail to take my medication for narcolepsy my brain falls asleep while I am awake and I see things because I'm dreaming! Twilight is both good and bad.

Image #1997652 over display limit. -?- "Prompt: Valentine's Day: What kind of gift would you like a secret admirer to give you on Valentine's Day? Would you like to know who your secret admire was? Have you ever had a secret admirer?"

I've never had a secret admirer. I don't want anything for Valentine's Day.

Image #1971183 over display limit. -?- "Prompt: What is the strangest news you have found on the internet?"

I was trying to avoid politics butt you asked. The strangest news I have ever heard on the Internet or anyplace else was that Biden won the election after clearly stating he was going to raise taxes, cut jobs, and basically gut the economy more than COVID has.



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February 2, 2021 at 10:02am
February 2, 2021 at 10:02am
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Image #2235060 over display limit. -?- "He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities." (Isaiah 53:11, KJV)

How could an eternity of debt be expunged by Jesus, the Christ, during a finite number of hours, during one weekend 2000 years ago? (This one is fairly easy to answer. Just respond using the flawless Character of our loving Lord as your tool.)

I think you answered your own question. All one has to do is respond in obedience to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As to how a sacrifice made by one man on a cross two thousand years ago could atone for every sin in the history of mankind, I think one needs to understand who Jesus was. Jesus was not an ordinary man. He was indeed 100% human but He was also 100% God. Essentially, God Himself died as a substitute for man. Nobody has to face the horrors of Hell because God Himself died to prevent us from doing so. Somebody asked me once how a loving God could send anybody to Hell. My answer is that God condemns nobody to Hell. Many people will condemn themselves to Hell because they choose to disrespect the sacrifice God made for them and they choose to reject Jesus.

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Surreal Flash #poem  (E)
Life gives us all kind of teachings, messages. We need to trust our heart.
#2242903 by Ilaya


Write about surreal.

Surreal is a state in which things seem real when they are not. I have seen a lot of moments that were surreal. It is like an altered state of reality in which things seem okay but in reality they are not okay. Love can be surreal. One thinks they are in love but the honeymoon passes and the relationship falls apart.

Image #1997652 over display limit. -?- "Prompt: Use these words in today's entry: groundhog, spring, shadow, hope, snow, flowers, lavender."

The groundhog saw his shadow. No hope of early spring. There is snow on the ground. The flowers cannot grow.
The scent of lavender will not be around.

Image #1971183 over display limit. -?- "Prompt: On Kindness: What is it that makes people want to be kind? What do you think about people who go out of their way to be kind to others? Do you think they may have ulterior motives, which they themselves may not be aware of?"

Kindness is one of the fruits of the spirit in Galatians 5:27. If a person is kind they are following promptings from God.




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Image #2235060 over display limit. -?- "For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant,
and as a root out of a dry ground:
he hath no form nor comeliness;
and when we shall see him,
there is no beauty that we should desire him.”
(Isaiah 53:2, KJV)


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"My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence
like a tender green shoot,
like a root in dry ground.
There was nothing beautiful or majestic
about his appearance,
nothing to attract us to him."
(Isaiah 53:2, NLT)


Prompt: Would we be able to pick out Jesus in a crowd,
if we were walking past Him on the street?"

I honestly do not believe we would be able to recognize Him. I think we would be looking for somebody who looks like the images we have that portray Jesus and I do not believe those images are Him. I believe He would show up in jeans and a t-shirt or as the homeless addict on the street. At any rate, it would be something we would never expect.

Image #2235152 over display limit. -?- "Prompt: I was cruising the galaxy with Lukeskywalker and found this planet:
Read this item: "Take Me to Wonderland (ASR)"
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Write about Wonderland from this poem."

I don't have to go to Wonderland to find a world like that. All I have to do is look at society. A lot of things don't make sense in society as we blur the lines between right and wrong and the definitions of this and that. I was just reading online the other night where a male athlete that identifies as a woman competed in an all female race and set a new woman's world record. Naturally the runner set a new world record for women in the sport because he is not a woman! Biologically he is a man. He has a young man's muscles, adrenaline, and other things going for him that women do not have. He may identify himself as a woman but just because I identify as a bird does not mean I am build to fly like one.

Image #1997652 over display limit. -?- Day 2998: February 1, 2021

I found my Serenity Journal, when I was cleaning out a container. Since this is the first day of a new month, I'm posting a quote from that journal.

Prompt: "There is a quiet, serene confidence in knowing that all things do not stand or fall according to one's own achievements or the correctness of every decision one makes." Joseph A. Sittler

What does this quote mean to you? How do you find moments of serenity in your day, week, or month?

I find moments of serenity based on my faith. I believe that God is ultimately in control and that He makes everything work out for the best for those who trust Him.

Image #1971183 over display limit. -?- "Prompt: The unbelievable: Is there something that you have trouble believing in and why is it unbelievable? Has anyone ever tried to convince you to believe in this or in any other thing that you can’t believe in?"

I have had people try to convince me that I was crazy before. It worked for a while.





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