Wednesday, December 30, 2015
My Daughter, the third video is on the Holy Spirit. Your life is a blessing to me. Seeing you play with young children is a promise, a hope, I never had before you. And so I share this with you, so that you may know me, and know My God, the Father.
It is not part of the school curriculum to know, but New Years day in the west is a follow on from Christmas, the birth of Jesus. New Years is six days after Christmas Day, when traditionally Jews would circumcise their male babies. It is Symbolic of Jesus coming into His inheritance.
The idea of one God having three aspects each of which may be unaware of the other's knowledge is confusing. Christians insist there is only one God. The Bible never mentions a trinity, but that is how scholars have determined it should be read since the 4th century.
When Jesus first rose from the dead He went to talk to his followers. He appeared in many places at the same time and offered numerous proofs. Then he instructed his followers to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit which was to be Him after he went to heaven to be with the Father. The disciples did as He asked and when they began to proclaim his victory through Resurrection, the time was called the Pentecost.
During Pentecost, the disciples went about proclaiming salvation through Jesus. Many were convicted of the truth of it, and many were healed in the name of Jesus.
In years to come, the church grew. It was felt that Pentecost was something that was part of the Church's past. But some Jewish groups in the sixteenth century began a tradition of worship taken up by Pentecostal Christians in the late nineteenth century in USA. And that is part of the tradition I'm part of with Jesus Family Cabramatta.
God is real, and active. And active in your life. He offers you love and salvation. He has blessed you. You have had good fortune, and also struggled very hard to achieve what you have. Are they not blessings to you? There is more. He calls for you. He loves you. He has given his only son so that you may be before Him. Have hope.
Happy New Year.
Saturday, December 26, 2015
People may excuse me for bragging about my daughter. She is perfect. She works hard and studies assiduously. I love her and should be talking to her on her birthday, and not just posting a video to the world. But it is precisely because I want to be a good father I am telling her about Jesus. On her birthday.
Jesus is impossible. He is God and can do the impossible. And a long time ago he did some amazing things that changed the world.
Firstly, he was born and raised as an ordinary person. In accordance with prophecy. Scriptures had been written which said who he was and how he would come. But like much prophecy, it wasn't understood when it was happening.
The second thing about Jesus was, it was his task to show who he was. He performed numerous miracles to show his authority. There were many witnesses to his public acts.
The third thing about Jesus is that he had a life mission. God the father wants his people to love him and be blessed by him. But he has given us free will, and in our lives we push him away and ignore him. This is bad because heaven is near God so if you aren't near God you don't go to heaven. But God wants to be near you and does not want you to be eternally separated from him. So Jesus' mission was to bridge the gap.
Part of life at the time for the faithful was to acknowledge they had fallen short of God's will for them and to sacrifice animals to atone for that. Jesus did nothing wrong, but he challenged the authorities and tested their limits. They had no right to do so, they tortured him and crucified him in accordance with prophecy, and killed him. And although the authorities had been forewarned and had taken steps to prevent a hoax, Jesus rose from the dead in accordance with scriptures.
The disciples of Jesus had been forewarned, but hadn't immediately understood. The resurrection of Jesus, after his sacrifice, allows those who are distant from God to get close to him, through calling on Jesus.
My sharing this does not change me or you. I expect you to work hard and keep studying while you must. I love you, daughter. Happy birthday. And may your year have many blessings.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
It is Christmas time, and you are working very hard, as you always do. You have a vision of what you want your life to be and you aren't afraid of work. It would be wrong headed of me to say you work too hard, and are missing out on things. You know your sacrifices. You know you are a good person and you don't see the need for God.
But that is true of all of mankind's history. The need for God in good times, when life is abundant, is not apparent. The need for God when things fall apart is bitter. But God is there all the time.
The Bible recounts how God gradually revealed himself to Mankind. Not in terms that physicists, chemists or astronomers can prove or disprove, but according to scripture he "fattened" the universe in creation. That is confusing to scientists who cannot find any such thing beside a big bang, and they are confident God did not do that. But science is not what God uses to introduce himself to man. He uses about forty faithful people over nearly a thousand years.
Archaeologists find evidence that corresponds with salient bits. Not evidence of space ships, but people and places where they were said to be when they were said to be. Peoples that don't eat pigs and peoples that do. At first the history was spoken by mouth, but later written down. Some times, the writing is absurd to the scientific mind. The story of Jonah and the whale is absurd, but archaeology places the civilisations and their influences occurring at that time. It was prophetic, as after it was written, it came true. A semi converted people overthrew the Jewish kingdom and took them into slavery. God had revealed himself to his people, and punished them as he had promised.
God moves powerfully in your life. You are doing a lot of work and don't need to acknowledge him, because although times are very tough for you, it is going the right way. But even if everything happens the way you want. And you have a beautiful family and loving husband, then there will be much you can lose. And when that happens, it won't be your fault. And you will want God in your life.
I'm not trying to change you. I'm not asking you to stop persevering. I want you to know who God is, my daughter, because he is very important to you. And I want you two to get to know each other because, in life, you can be very good friends.
Saturday, May 2, 2015
The Republican plan to establish and fund what would essentially be Christian madrassas throughout Texas. Sickening.
Texas’ proposed school reform would, at least on a limited scale for now, allow taxpayers to opt out of paying taxes to public schools in order to direct their contributions to EAO’s. Those entitie...
Thomas Alexander Reminds me somewhat of what some of Virginia's school districts did in response to integration in the fifties and sixties.
Olivia Hall Fowler I went to private Christian schools between fifth grade until my junior year, so I know what a bad idea this is
Rudy Ch Garcia Only in Tex., back to the 19th Century.
David Bowles The New Confederacy.
Olivia Hall Fowler They tried a similar thing with school vouchers in Louisiana, and immediately dropped it when they realized they couldn't exclude Muslim schools. (I suspect that is the reason for the private funding entities they are trying to establish, but I could be wrong.)
Steve Bergstrom All towards establishing a theocracy.
David Daniel Ball Sounds a tad hyperbolic. Madras schools are the type which underlie almost all Catholic Schools today. They were begun in Madras in the late 1700's when a British orphanage was understaffed and a headmaster took to using students to teach other students. I know that is not what you mean, but the jihadist breeding grounds that don't operate as Islamic schools either but as a parody of schools teaching Islam. I'm sure that isn't what these parents want. I am confident they would like to pay for their children to not be raised in a hostile left wing environment. They would probably prefer their schools celebrated diversity even if some of those were conservative and/or Christian.
David Daniel Ball https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monitorial_System
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The Monitorial System was an education...
Olivia Hall Fowler I spent most of my schooling years in private Christian schools, and I don't think it's hyperbolic at all. I mean, I'm sure I learned the same math, but the science was significantly different. I took five science courses in my two years in public high school in an attempt to make up for the deficiency. And that is beside all the books we were *told about* in Christian school, but not allowed to read. History was also... selective.
Olivia Hall Fowler In Louisiana, there were even catholic schools that used Of People and Pandas as a textbook. Not the good catholic schools (thank you Jesuits for intellectual rigor), but the very fact that catholic education was being infiltrated by anti intellectualism is enough to give one pause.
David Bowles David, state-sponsored fundamentalist religious schools. The bureaucratic undermining of secular education. Texas is turning into the Christian version of a middle-eastern theocracy, step by infuriating step.
Julian Dwyer Fascism is alive and well.
Todd Vick Keep in mind, this is a certain "type" of Christian. Not all Christians fall into this radical camp. I for one do not, and I'm vehemently opposed to these two bills and this whole concept and the nut heads behind it all.
David Bowles Yes, definitely. These are typically fundamentalist far-right prosperity-gospel evangelicals.
Julian Dwyer They also seem to have very deep pockets and even deeper influence, which is why we should be VERY concerned.
Todd Vick The problem stems from the radical ideals of Arthur Laffer. That man has been an economic wrecking ball over the last 25 years. Anything he thinks up usually ends in complete ruin.
David Bowles Sure, but it's compounded by a greedy offshoot of Christianity that equates wealth with piety.
Frank Severino Define entropy: voting for the right not to have to choose anything in life.
Frank Severino Science has already proven: take any random group of 100 persons, and the biggest asshole will become the leader.
Todd Vick That certainly says a lot about the other 99 people, huh?