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Day Off

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usually, i don’t ever get a day off…(or take a day off)

today was a semi-day off

Saturday–fun day

at beach w/my brother, his wife & my kids and Hubby

 

the beach is a place of healing, huh?

 

i love the sounds at the beach

the shells

the waves

my books

 

swimming.

 
(some like to pray at the beach)
Peace with God and Peace with People
is that a secure dwelling of comfort?!
 
http://blogs.psychcentral.com/wellness/2013/06/did-you-hear-that-sound/

9/19/16 @ 8:03 a.m.
 

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Comfort Chronicles (4) aka SPLASH!

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‘If I were in the other person’s shoes, how would I want to be treated?’ Then, we need to follow through, accommodating the other person to the extent possible. […] He (Jesus) actually mentioned the Golden Rule when he was discussing how we are to treat people in general and even our enemies.
“All things . . . that you want men to do to you, you also must do to them.”  (Matthew 7:12) (excerpted w 14)
SPLASH…water will not melt me.  Staying Awake (spiritually) means (my/any) future!
9/12/16 @ 4:52 p.m.
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drinking derision

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lapping it up??
or
laughing it up??

(what do you drink?..usually?…NOT a drinker!) but
OUCHYWAWA!!!

not afraid…what can man do to me? (throw sticks and stones, etc.)

(or not do to me)?

this aging-dying body/(yet growing-renewing-living mind)

this warm blooded (and warm hearted? so, i’ve been told)

be…ing…

believes in

bloodless surgery

figuratively and literally. (amazing what bloodless mind surgery can accomplish…opening minds to learn/live/change aka compassion education)

i

refuse.

i

don’t want blood (anybody’s) on my hands…or somebody’s/anybody’s precious-sacred-life-liquid running through my veins.

(how does that make me a murderer?…)

yet

that’s what i’ve been called vehemently/loudly!…because i refuse to accept blood. (but i don’t refuse the best possible/research/evidenced-based non-blood medical treatment) (no, i’m not sick…was asked hypotheticals)

usually…harsh words i don’t let stick…(you know: sticks and stones may break my bones, but names never hurt me…(too much))

i would shut up more or be more quiet..IF i really cared about how most people think of me/judge me…

for being a different thinker/doer/believer…

i’m not trying to defend myself…(just coping through writing this i guess)

not trying to call the fellow-fragile-life…a not nice name…just feel bad that this person…(a stranger to me really) thinks that…(comes to that conclusion)

it hit my compassion nerve!… for someone who “tries” (not saying succeeds)…the best i can..everyday to be as loving, compassionate and kind/forgiving…to not hurt/step on any fellow fragile life in any way…including what some call “pests” aka bugs…for me…being called a “murderer” cuts pretty deep: OUCH!! (i try hard “not to take” things personally..the good or the bad. Strive to keep emotional neutrality/balance.)

No, i will not donate blood nor transfuse..i just know/firmly believe there are healthier/better choices i can make to prolong life.  It’s a spiritual health choice first than a physical health choice second. (i wish, in that “brief” conversation, i was able to effectively explain why blood is too sacred, to me, to consume for any reason…i would rather die myself than take somebody’s precious blood.) It’s hard for some to understand that…i understand that. (May be ? for them blood is their only hope.)

What other man is like Job,Who drinks up derision like water? (Job 34:7)

commentary/highlights on this verse excerpted (w 06)

How was Job like a man “who drinks up derision like water”? In his distressed state, Job was inclined to take the ridicule of his three visitors as directed toward him, although they were really speaking against God. (Job 42:7) Thus, he was taking in derision like someone who drinks water with enjoyment.

(4/7/14@1:22a.m.)..p.s.oops, VERY tired..wrote/published this 4/5/16 early morning@1a.m…

p.p.s. double oopses!-lol:)..yes, today is May 5, 2016…right??..see what i mean about “trying”..;)

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Damaging & Healing Minds

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There exists states/stages of damage and states/stages of healing. A compassion mind set, to me, is a healing mind/repairing process. (Non-compassion is damaging…wounding.)

The body has amazing healing abilities…so, does a compassionate mind…functioning well/wellness: spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically.

Recent reading: AWAKE! December 2015 “Was It Designed? The Human Body’s Ability to Repair Wounds”

  • Platelets adhere to tissues around a wound, forming a blood clot and sealing damaged blood vessels.

  • Inflammation protects against infection and removes any “debris” caused by the injury.

  • Within days, the body begins to replace injured tissue, make the wound contract, and repair damaged blood vessels.

  • Finally, scar tissue remodels and strengthens the damaged area.

Inspired by blood clotting, researchers are developing plastics that can “heal” damage to themselves. Such regenerating materials are equipped with tiny parallel tubes containing two chemicals that “bleed” when any damage occurs. As the two chemicals mix, they form a gel that spreads across the damaged areas, closing cracks and holes. As the gel solidifies, it forms a tough substance that restores the material’s original strength. One researcher admits that this synthetic healing process currently under development is “reminiscent” of what already exists in nature.

Nature…compassion at work!:) (What does nature tell us about the Divine Mind?)

 

published 9/13/15 @ 6:40 a.m.

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Grade C

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Getting top grades: A bunch of  “A”‘s…can lead to arrogance (for some). Why are grades (numbers/measurements/marks/scores, etc.) so important to some or hold so much weight? Should society value E…(not talking elite or expert or ego)…e for effort — “your” individual best vs. “A” for achievement/performance/test results and in comparison to Others?

Motivation/reward play a crucial role, huh? (personally, i don’t want my kids believing the garbage-mind-food being force-fed by media, society, governments, religions, schools, etc…regarding a lot of things including success/competition and grades/power–e.g., being on top and doing whatever it takes to get there and stay there…no matter who you hurt and no matter why.)

Is being Top Dog…all that necessary for REAL success?! (Being the under dog is an interesting vantage point–you’re sorta looking UP! (positive) and not looking down (negative?) you keep working at it)… It appears like many endeavors/pursuits in life…basically feed some need and of worth: i.e. who is the greatest/smartest, prettiest, etc. among us. Why can’t everyone be great?? Why can’t everyone be small?? Why can’t everyone be significant or insignificant?? Everybody smart, pretty…When it comes to the game/classroom life…i’m happy with my grade c…when it comes to compassion–EVERYBODY WINS!:)

And in my experience, sadly, without compassion–everybody loses (or is treated like a loser). Yet, it’s not about winning or losing…it’s about taking your next breath and surviving and staying alive and not destroying yourself or anybody/anything else (in the process)…and how you play the game; of course. (Hopefully, living/gaming in a kind, loving-cooperative manner…and not violently-competitively-cut-throat.)

We’ve all seen Olympians despair over not getting gold…the only competition i find personally beneficial is competing against a worthy opponent…and the only worthy opponent any of us have…is “ourselves” meaning…(i’ll get to that later on IF You keep reading). Though, do believe in the importance of positive role models (from which we learn and emulate good qualities), but not competitive comparisons.

What helps me in my game (of life) and to get the grade…yeah, i’ll admit it, i like getting my A’s–ancient “applied” wisdom. Did You know? (an excerpt from article: A Book to Be Understood)

“By all measures, the Bible is a very old book. How old is it? The writing of the Bible began in the Middle East some 3,500 years ago. By comparison, that was during the time of the mighty Shang dynasty of China and about ten centuries before Buddhism started in India.”

Wise words about competition:

“You must love your neighbor as yourself.” If, though, you keep on biting and devouring one another, look out that you do not get annihilated by one another.”

“Let us not become egotistical, stirring up competition with one another, envying one another.”

“On the other hand, the fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (excerpts Galatians 5)

i LOVE this verse:

“Let each one prove what his own work is, and then he will have cause for exultation in regard to himself alone, and not in comparison with the other person.”—Galatians 6:4

another “valued” verse:

“Do not be overly righteous, nor show yourself excessively wise. Why should you bring ruin to yourself?” (Eccl. 7:16)

enJOYed this article and points…”Do You Measure Yourself Against Others?” w05

“Rivalry is inappropriate. “Love is envy’s great enemy,” says sociologist Francesco Alberoni. “If we love someone, we want what is good for him, and we are happy when he is successful and happy.”

 “Many who strive to come off “winners” in comparisons display a competitive spirit. They want to be better than others, and they are not content until they feel that they are. It is not pleasant to be around such individuals. Friendships with them are strained, relationships tense. Not only do such people lack humility but they usually fail to apply the Bible’s counsel about loving their fellowman, since their attitude can easily arouse in others feelings of inferiority and humiliation.—Matthew 18:1-5; John 13:34, 35.”

“Making people feel that they are “losers” injures them in a sense. According to one writer, “our failures are all the more painful when it appears that people who are in the same situation as we are have procured the possessions that we want.” A competitive spirit thus provokes envy, resentment, and displeasure toward someone because of his belongings, prosperity, position, reputation, advantages, and so on. This leads to more competition—a vicious circle. The Bible condemns “stirring up competition.” (Gal. 5:26)

How much weight can a healthy body hold/carry and without bodily damage?! We all have our individual bodily limits…so, how much weight can a mind carry and without damage?!…i.e. weight of: worry, guilt, envy, ego, competition, pride, failure…too much of a “burden” to bear (i’d say).

Here’s… Stuff from Insight on Scriptures book Vol. 1 on: “burdens” responsibilities and relationship w/Creator…

“Paul wrote to the Galatians: “Go on carrying the burdens [or, “troublesome things”; literally, “heavy things”] of one another, and thus fulfill the law of the Christ.” (Ga 6:2, ftn) {(btw: law of Christ is the law of (Agape) Love.)} Here for “burdensthe apostle used baʹre, the plural form of baʹros, a Greek word always used to denote something burdensome or heavy.”

“For each one will carry his own load,” that is, his load of responsibility. For “load” Paul here used the Greek word phor·tiʹon, signifying something that is to be borne or carried, without any reference to the weight of the thing. So he drew a distinction between “burdens” and “load” in these verses. This would indicate that if a Christian got into spiritual difficulty that was very hard for him to bear, fellow believers would aid him, thus helping to bear another’s burden. Such persons would be displaying love and would thus fulfill the law of Christ. (Joh 13:34, 35) This harmonizes with what Paul had just said, as recorded in Gal 6:1, about endeavoring to restore a man spiritually, something that may be possible through love, kindness, and prayer. (Compare Jas 5:13-16) Yet, as the apostle proceeded to show, bearing the burdens of one another does not mean carrying another person’s load of spiritual responsibility to God. In the same context, Paul makes clear that a person is deceiving his own mind if he thinks that he is something when he is nothing, and the apostle urged the Christian to “prove what his own work is,” for “then he will have cause for exultation in regard to himself alone, and not in comparison with the other person.” (Ga 6:3, 4; compare 2 Co 10:12.) It was then that the apostle observed that “each one will carry his own load” of responsibility before the Supreme Judge, Jehovah God.”

obviously, i am definitely NOT! the supreme Judge of the Universe -lol not by any means…yet, i do realize many of us are burdened by heavy things/weights we cannot bear alone. When we truly put on/wear compassion in/outside…we readily help Others (to) carry…on!!:)

PEACE to YOU (lifters/carriers/burden bearers)…always!:)

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Transcending Alpha…(bet)

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The long (or the short) introduction to literacy…alphabet song:

a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k ,l, m, n, o, p, q, r, s,t,u, v, w, x, y, z

now i know my abc’s, next time? won’t you sing with me? -lol:)

yeah, that’s the beginning: knowing your abc’s, huh?

What do an artist and a cleaner have in common??.. the street(s) they walk (along in life)? (among other things, of course)!:)
Don’t U feel UP -lifted reading “good” news?…i do 2!..(please, check out the excerpted good news article below read)

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia—In November 2014, Svetlana Nemchinova, one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, found an envelope on the street containing 6,000 euros (over $6,800 U.S.). After a lengthy search for the owner, she was able to return the money. Ms. Nemchinova’s altruism was reported on television, the radio, and in several online news articles.

Ms. Nemchinova is a street cleaner in the city of Vologda, approximately 450 kilometers (280 mi) northeast of Moscow. While on the job, she noticed a plain envelope. Looking inside, she discovered a large sum of money. Although Ms. Nemchinova and her three children live modestly in a 12-square-meter (129 sq ft) apartment, she states: “I didn’t even think of keeping the money. Right away I thought about the person who surely was feeling terrible.”

In an effort to find the owner, Ms. Nemchinova first posted an announcement on nearby buildings. When no one responded, Ms. Nemchinova took the money to a nearby bank, since the envelope of money contained a receipt with the bank’s name on it. The bank determined that the money belonged to Pavel Smirnov. After making several attempts to contact Mr. Smirnov, the bank was finally able to inform him that Ms. Nemchinova found his money.

An article published in the Russian newspaper Premier states: “Svetlana does not see anything outstanding in her actions. She is a religious person and regularly reads the Bible.” Ms. Nemchinova further explained to Premier that her actions were a result of applying what is often called the Golden Rule from Matthew 7:12: “All things, therefore, that you want men to do to you, you also must do to them.”

Mr. Smirnov, an artist who invented a special composition of paint, had been saving the money to purchase specialized equipment to further his research of dye structures. “Words cannot express how thankful I am to Svetlana,” stated Mr. Smirnov. “After what Svetlana did, your faith in people is restored. There is only one thing left to say: ‘There is a God!’”

What do U and i have in common? (2 letters in the alphabet?-lol:) of the same language: human! 🙂 Whether we’re talking You (u) or me (i) or a or z…first letter or last letter of the alphabet or the last letter or the first letter…or the 12th and 13th (we’re not “truly” talking number/rank/position of letters) because when writing w-o-r-d-s with l.e.t.t.e.r.s… all the letter orders/positions/ranks constantly change/fluctuate and therefore, have no numerical/estimation/value/digit-meaning…it’s only when the letters unite/cooperate “together to form” a word/harmonize sound/spell anything …e.g., LOVE…or FORGIVENESS or THANKS or COMPASSION…do letters (or is it humans?) really matter/have true value/appreciation/worth/power for good! Compassion Literacy Transcends! And is practiced like language everyday…on any street/any place in the world where (compassion literacy is expressed) actions speak louder than any alpha (1st letter in Greek alphabet)!!:)

 

(published 4/13/15 @ 4:33 p.m.)

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Where are You Taking Me? (You’ll See!)

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“Where are You taking me?!”…why? are You asking, i say…(Duh!-lol:)…”Didn’t You read previous postings?”

GREATEST Man’s: COMPASSION Creed: OPEN Arms!

The GREATEST MAN Lives For SO MUCH MORE…:)

Loving the GREATEST MAN who EVER Lived (aka part 2 of previous post)

The GREATEST MAN Who Ever Lived: Killed! (Part 1?)

Dy’na.mis (power),  semei’on (sign), te’ras (wonder)…Miraculous, huh?

IMAGINE the eyes of the blind seeing, the ears of the deaf hearing every sound, the tongue of the speechless singing out with joy, and the feet of the lame being firm and able to walk about! We are talking, not about breakthroughs in medical science, but about the results of God’s own intervention in behalf of mankind. The Bible foretells: “At that time the eyes of the blind ones will be opened, and the very ears of the deaf ones will be unstopped. At that time the lame one will climb up just as a stag does, and the tongue of the speechless one will cry out in gladness.” (Isaiah 35:5, 6) But how can we be sure that this truly amazing prophecy will be realized?

To begin with, when Jesus Christ was on earth, he actually did cure people of all forms of disease and disabilities. Furthermore, most of his miracles were seen by many witnesses—even by his enemies. In fact, in at least one instance, skeptical opposers thoroughly investigated a healing in order to discredit Jesus. But much to their chagrin, all they did was confirm his miracle. (John 9:1, 5-34) After Jesus performed yet another undeniable miracle, they said in frustration: “What are we to do, because this man performs many signs?” (John 11:47) The common people, however, were not as insensitive, for many began to put faith in Jesus.—John 2:23; 10:41, 42; 12:9-11. (excerpted: How Disabilities Will End W02)

What makes a person/man GREAT?! (magic tricks? stirring speeches?)

Can any man unquestionably be called the greatest man who ever lived? How do you measure a man’s greatness? By his military genius? his physical strength? his mental prowess?

The historian H.G. Wells said that a man’s greatness can be measured by ‘what he leaves to grow, and whether he started others to think along fresh lines with a vigor that persisted after him.’ […] “By this test Jesus stands first.”

Alexander the Great, Charlemagne (styled ‘the Great even in his lifetime), and Napoleon Bonaparte were powerful rulers. By their formidable presence, they wielded great influence over those they commanded. Yet Napoleon is reported to have said: “Jesus Christ has influenced and commanded His subjects without His visible bodily presence.”

Ask yourself: Could a person who never lived have affected human history so remarkably? The reference work, The Historians’ History of the World, observed: The historical result of [Jesus’] activities was more momentous, even from a strictly secular standpoint, than the deeds of any other character of history. A new era, recognised by the chief civilisations of the world, dates from his birth.”

Even calendars today are based on the year that Jesus was thought to have been born, “Dates before that year are listed as B.C., or before Christ,” explains The World Book Encyclopedia. “Dates after that year are listed as A.D., or anno Domini (in the year of our Lord).”

Although references to Jesus Christ by early secular historians are meager, such references do exist. Cornelius Tactitus, a respected first-century Roman historian, wrote: “The name [Christian] is derived from Christ, whom the procurator Pontius Pilate had executed in the reign of Tiberius.” Suetonis and Pliny the Younger, other Roman writers of the time, also referred to Christ. In addition, Flavius Josephus, a first-century Jewish historian wrote of James, whom he identified as “the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ.”

The New Encyclopedia Britannica thus concludes “These independent accounts prove that in ancient times even the opponents of Christianity never doubted the historicity of Jesus, which was disputed for the first time and on inadequate grounds at the end of the 18th, during the 19th and at the beginning of the 20th centuries.” (Excerpts: The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived.

Was Christ God? What did Jesus say about himself? What did Friends/Followers/Contemporaries, who knew him well, say? Or Non-Christians? (What can we learn from an unprejudiced study/examination of the Gospels?)

Please notice these points from the book The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived: (my highlights)

“I do nothing of my own initiative,” Jesus explained, “but just as the Father taught me I speak these things.” (John 8:28). He carefully imitated his heavenly father.

Thus, the apostle John acknowledged that “no man has seen God,” he could still write that “God is love.” (John1:18; 1 John 4:8) John could do this because he knew God’s love through what he saw in Jesus, who was the perfect reflection of his Father. Jesus was compassionate, kind, humble and approachable. The weak and downtrodden felt comfortable with him, as did people of all kinds–men, woman, children, the rich, the poor, the powerful, even (so-called) gross sinners.”

Jesus did not merely teach his followers to love one another, but he showed them how. “Just as I have loved you,” he said, “you also [should] love one another.” (John 13:34) Knowing the “the love of the Christ,” explained one of his apostles, “surpasses knowledge.” (Ephesians 3:19) Yes, the love Christ demonstrated ascends above academic head knowledge and “compels” others to respond to it. (2 Corinthians 5:14) Thus, Jesus’ surpassing example of love, in particular, is what made him the greatest man who ever lived. His love has touched the hearts of millions through the centuries and has influenced their lives for the good.

Yet, some may object: ‘Look at all the crimes that have been committed in the name of Christ–the Crusades, the Inquisition, and the wars that have seen millions who claim to be Christian kill one another on opposing battle lines.’ But the truth is, these people belie their claim to be followers of Jesus. His teachings and way of life condemn their actions. A Hindu, Mohandas Gandhi, was moved to say: ‘I love Christ, but I despise Christians because they do not live as Christ lived.’

Jesus lived to serve others..”to minister and not to be ministered to”…(that’s the key to GREAT leadership. Jesus’ leadership skills, perhaps, ? fodder for part 6?) He unselfishly cared for their pressing needs…not just their physical concerns, but more importantly their spiritual concerns. Yes, his first followers were fishermen…and Yeah, he got them fish/aka food, more importantly, he taught them how to fish/aka how to live–love...what he taught would have a long-term/everlasting blessing/positive benefit IF applied in their every day lives. Check out the following from an article read  back in 2004…W: The Miracles of Jesus—What Can You Learn?

The Gospel accounts refer to some 35 miracles of Jesus. But the total number of his miracles is not revealed. For instance, Matthew 14:14 states: “He [Jesus] saw a great crowd; and he felt pity for them, and he cured their sick ones.” We are not told how many sick people he cured on that occasion.

Such powerful works were central to Jesus’ claim that he was the Son of God, the promised Messiah. The Scriptures did indeed show that God-given power enabled Jesus to perform miracles. The apostle Peter referred to Jesus as “a man publicly shown by God to you through powerful works and portents and signs that God did through him in your midst, just as you yourselves know.” (Acts 2:22) On another occasion, Peter pointed out that “God anointed him [Jesus] with holy spirit and power, and he went through the land doing good and healing all those oppressed […]; because God was with him.”—Acts 10:37, 38.

 Jesus did not merely claim that he was the Messiah; along with his words and other deeds, the God-given power displayed in his miracles furnished evidence of his Messiahship.

Marks of Authenticity

Why can we be certain that Jesus’ miracles were real, authentic? Consider some of the marks of authenticity.

In performing his powerful works, Jesus never drew attention to himself. He made sure that the result of any miracle was that God received the credit and the glory. Before curing a blind man, for instance, Jesus stressed that the healing would take place “in order that the works of God might be made manifest in his case.”—John 9:1-3; 11:1-4.

Unlike illusionists, magicians, and faith healers, Jesus never used hypnotism, trickery, spectacular displays, magic spells, or emotional rituals. He did not resort to superstition or the use of relics. Note the unassuming way in which Jesus healed two blind men. “Moved with pity,” says the account, “Jesus touched their eyes, and immediately they received sight, and they followed him.” (Matthew 20:29-34) No ritual, ceremony, or showy display was involved. Jesus performed his miraculous works in the open, often before numerous eyewitnesses. He did not use special lighting, staging, or props. In contrast, alleged modern-day miracles often defy documentation.—Mark 5:24-29; Luke 7:11-15.

Jesus sometimes acknowledged the faith of those who benefited from his miracles. But a person’s lack of faith did not prevent Jesus from performing a miracle.

The miracles of Jesus were performed to meet actual physical needs of people, not to satisfy someone’s curiosity. (Mark 10:46-52; Luke 23:8) And Jesus never performed miracles in order to profit personally in any way.—Matthew 4:2-4; 10:8.

What About the Gospel Accounts?

The facts about Jesus’ miracles have been transmitted to us through the pages of the four Gospels. Are there reasons to rely on these accounts as we examine the authenticity of the miracles attributed to Jesus? Yes, there are.

As already noted, Jesus’ miracles were performed in public, before many eyewitnesses. The earliest Gospels were penned at a time when most of those eyewitnesses were still alive. Regarding the honesty of the Gospel writers, the book The Miracles and the Resurrection notes: “To accuse the gospel evangelists of indiscriminately submerging historical fact in a flood of miracle-mongering to serve the interests of theological propaganda would be outright injustice. . . . They meant to be honest recorders.”

Jewish opponents of Christianity never challenged the powerful works described in the Gospels. They questioned only the power by which these were performed. (Mark 3:22-26) Neither could later detractors successfully deny Jesus’ miracles. On the contrary, during the first and second centuries C.E., there were references to miraculous works performed by Jesus. Clearly, we have every reason to view the Gospel accounts of his miracles as authentic.

 Can You See? See clearly…understand Jesus’ motivation for what he did..that made him great/outstanding?

Jesus sensed the pain of others, even those whose exact circumstances he had never experienced. For instance, the common people lived in fear of the religious leaders, who deceived them and burdened them with many man-made rules. (Matt. 23:4; Mark 7:1-5; John 7:13) Jesus was never frightened or deceived, but he could understand situations that he had not lived through. Therefore, “on seeing the crowds, he felt pity for them, because they were skinned and thrown about like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matt. 9:36) Like his Father, Jesus was loving and compassionate.—Ps. 103:8.

When Jesus saw people suffering, he was moved to show them love. Thus, he perfectly reflected the love of his Father. After one extensive preaching tour, Jesus and his apostles were about to go to an isolated place to get some rest. Because he felt pity for the crowd awaiting him, however, Jesus took time “to teach them many things.”—Mark 6:30, 31, 34. (excerpted: Imitate the One Who Promises Everlasting Life W May 2015)

THANK YOU:) for patiently reading Part 5 aka 1928 word count!!…and awaiting (possibly) part 6 (potentially in the works, not sure when/(IF) i will be able to finish…this series/project about Jesus. Trying my best.)

Asking myself about “now”…How can i imitate Jesus’ love…today?

(Published today 4/6/15 @ 11:03 a.m.)

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GREATEST Man’s: COMPASSION Creed: OPEN Arms!

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Parenthood is an incredible-beyond-words, my words to describe, GIFT shared together by Father and Mother. i LOVE this point read (sorry cannot recall specific reference/searched for it, but out of time to find it)…about “woman and man apart cannot make even a (so-called simple) blade a grass…yet, together they can create complex child/life”…a WONDEROUS thing!:)

As a parent, often wonder, what type of example(s) of compassion (positive/negative/healthy/unhealthy/balanced/unbalanced/good/bad/light/dark/sour/sweet) am i setting for my: 1 child almost 10 (daughter)+ 1 preteen (12 years old–daughter)+ 1 teen (almost 14…my first daughter) + my 1 son (my first baby now 16 this month) ????

My responses and their responses would probably be quite different. Do i have the guts to ask them?! Do i have the guts to honestly work on what they bring to my attention?! Their thoughts & perspectives/feelings about things is important to me; for sure! Of course, i love them, but i also “respect” them as younger life that i can learn lots from!:)

Jesus set an especially fine example for parents. Consider what he did. He took time for children, even when he was very busy and under stress. He watched them at play in the marketplace and used aspects of their behavior in his teaching. (Matthew 11:16, 17) During his final trip to Jerusalem, Jesus knew that he would suffer and be killed. So when people brought little ones to see him, Jesus’ disciples, perhaps in an effort to protect Jesus from further stress, tried to turn the children away. But Jesus reprimanded his disciples. Showing his “fulness of delight” with little ones, he said: “Let the young children come to me; do not try to stop them.”—Mark 10:13, 14.

We can learn from Jesus’ example. When young ones come to us, how do we respond—even when we are busy? As Jesus did? What children need, especially from their parents, is what Jesus was willing to give them—his time and attention. True, such words as “I love you” are important. Yet, actions speak louder than words. Your love is manifest not only by what you say but even more so by what you do. It is shown by the time, attention, and care that you provide your little ones. Doing all of that, however, may not produce tangible results, at least not as quickly as you would hope. Patience is required.

Jesus was aware of the ongoing competition for prominence among his disciples. One day, after arriving in Capernaum with his disciples, he asked them: “‘What were you arguing over on the road?’ They kept silent, for on the road they had argued among themselves who is greater.” Instead of harshly reprimanding them, Jesus patiently provided an object lesson in an effort to teach them humility. (Mark 9:33-37) Did it produce the desired results? Not immediately. Some six months later, James and John put their mother up to requesting from Jesus prominent positions in the Kingdom. Again, Jesus patiently corrected their thinking.—Matthew 20:20-28.

Soon the Passover of 33 C.E. arrived, and Jesus met privately with his apostles to celebrate it. On arriving in the upper room, not one of the 12 apostles took the initiative to perform the customary service of washing the dusty feet of the others—the menial task of a servant or of a woman in the household. (1 Samuel 25:41; 1 Timothy 5:10) How it must have grieved Jesus to see that his disciples continued to show evidence of aspiring to rank and position! So Jesus washed the feet of each one and then earnestly appealed to them to follow his example of serving others. (John 13:4-17) Did they? The Bible says that later that evening “there also arose a heated dispute among them over which one of them seemed to be greatest.”—Luke 22:24.

When your children fail to respond to your counsel, do you parents appreciate how Jesus must have felt? Note that Jesus did not give up on his apostles, though they were slow in correcting their shortcomings. His patience eventually bore fruit. (1 John 3:14, 18) Parents, you do well to imitate Jesus’ love and patience, never giving up in your efforts to train your children.

Young ones need to sense that their parents love them and are interested in them. Jesus wanted to know what his disciples were thinking, so he listened when they had questions. He asked them what they thought about certain matters. (Matthew 17:25-27) Yes, good teaching includes attentive listening and genuine interest. A parent should resist any inclination to put off an inquiring child with a gruff: “Go away! Can’t you see that I am busy?” If a parent really is busy, the child should be told that the matter will be discussed later. Parents must then make sure that it is discussed. In this way the child will sense that the parent really is interested in him, and he will more readily confide in the parent. (excerpted: Our Children—A Precious Inheritance W05)

Can parents appropriately show their affection by putting their arms around their children and hugging them? Again, parents can learn from Jesus. The Bible says that he “took the children into his arms and began blessing them, laying his hands upon them.” (Mark 10:16) How do you think the young ones responded? Surely their hearts were warmed, and they were drawn to Jesus!

Switching foot/feet a little here…remember in my last post: The GREATEST MAN Lives For SO MUCH MORE…:)

an ancestor of Jesus…King David, was discussed briefly, to help shed some light on Jesus’ lineage. Now, let’s fast forward to a “contemporary relative” of his, John. The following is some information about John, his cousin and close friend, helpful to understanding Jesus’ family, etc.:

Since the Messiah was to be a descendant of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, a member of the tribe of Judah, and a “son of David,” he had to have a human birth; he had to be, as Daniel’s prophecy declared, “a son of man.” When the “full limit of the time arrived,” Jehovah God sent forth his Son, who was born of a woman and who fulfilled all the legal requirements for the inheritance of “the throne of David his father.” Ga 4:4; Lu 1:26-33

Six months before his birth, John, who became the Baptizer and who was to be Jesus’ forerunner, had been born. (Lu 1:13-17, 36) The expressions of the parents of these sons showed they were living in eager anticipation of divine acts of rulership. (Lu 1:41-55, 68-79) At Jesus’ birth, the words of the angelic deputation sent to announce the meaning of the event also pointed to glorious acts by God. (Lu 2:9-14) So, too, the words of Simeon and Anna at the temple expressed hope in saving acts and liberation. (Lu 2:25-38) Both the Biblical record and secular evidence reveal that a general feeling of expectation prevailed among the Jews that the coming of the Messiah was drawing near. With many, however, interest was primarily in gaining freedom from the heavy yoke of Roman domination. (Kingdom of God–Insight on Scriptures–Vol. 2)

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After Jesus’ death, the Jews followed many false Messiahs, as Jesus had foretold. (Mt 24:5) “From Josephus it appears that in the first century before the destruction of the Temple [in 70 C.E.] a number of Messiahs arose promising relief from the Roman yoke, and finding ready followers.” (The Jewish Encyclopedia, Vol. X, p. 251) Then, in 132 C.E., Bar Kokhba (Bar Koziba), one of the most prominent of the pseudomessiahs, was hailed as Messiah-king. In crushing the revolt that he led, Roman soldiers killed thousands of Jews. While such false Messiahs illustrate that many Jews were primarily interested in a political Messiah, they also show that they properly expected a personalMessiah, not just a Messianic era or Messianic nation. Some believe Bar Kokhba was a descendant of David, which would have aided his Messianic claim. However, since the genealogical records evidently were destroyed in 70 C.E., later claimants to the office of Messiah could not establish proof that they were of David’s family. (The Messiah therefore had to appear before 70 C.E., as Jesus did, in order to prove his claim as the heir of David. This shows that persons still looking for the Messiah’s earthly appearance are in error.) Among such later false claimants to messiahship were Moses of Crete, who asserted he would divide the sea between Crete and Palestine, and Serenus, who misled many Jews in Spain. The Jewish Encyclopedia lists 28 false Messiahs between the years 132 C.E. and 1744 C.E.—Vol. X, pp. 252-255.

The historical evidence found in the Gospels demonstrates that Jesus was indeed the Messiah. Persons in the first century, who were in position to question the witnesses and examine the evidence, accepted the historical information as authentic. They were so sure of its accuracy that they were willing to endure persecution and die on behalf of their faith based on that assured information. The historical Gospel records show that various individuals openly acknowledged that Jesus was the Christ, or Messiah. (Mt 16:16; Joh 1:41, 45, 49; 11:27) Jesus did not say they were incorrect, and on occasion he admitted being the Christ. (Mt 16:17; Joh 4:25, 26) Sometimes Jesus would not say pointedly that he was the Messiah; at times he directed others not to publicize it. (Mr 8:29, 30; 9:9; Joh 10:24, 25) Since Jesus was present where people could hear him and see his works, he wanted them to believe on the solid basis of this evidence, so that their faith would be founded on their own eyewitness view of the fulfillment of the Hebrew Scriptures. (Joh 5:36; 10:24, 25; compare Joh 4:41, 42.) (Excerpted: Messiah-Insight on Scriptures–Vol. 2) Related reading: The GREATEST MAN Who Ever Lived: Killed! (Part 1?)

Still with me??…keeping up o.k.? :)…let’s get back to John now: THANKS for Your Patience…(i’m trying to get us back to the top!..main point/(outlined–at beginning of this post: part 4)…we should arrive at the end of this “scenic” reading (and soon); i hope!;)…

John spent the early years of his life in the hill country of Judea, where his parents lived. He “went on growing and getting strong in spirit, and he continued in the deserts until the day of showing himself openly to Israel.” (Lu 1:39, 80) According to Luke, John began his ministry in the 15th year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar. John would have been then about 30 years old. Though there is no record that John engaged in priestly service at the temple, this was the age for priests to enter into full duty. (Nu 4:2, 3) Augustus died on August 17, 14 C.E., and Tiberius was named emperor by the Roman Senate on September 15; thus his 15th year would run from the latter part of 28 C.E. to August or September of 29 C.E. Since Jesus (also at the age of about 30) presented himself for baptism in the autumn, John, six months older, must have begun his ministry in the spring of 29 C.E.—Lu 3:1-3, 23.

John began his preaching in the Wilderness of Judea, saying: “Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.” (Mt 3:1, 2) He wore clothing of camel hair and a leather girdle around his loins, similar to the dress of the prophet Elijah. John’s food consisted of insect locusts and wild honey. (2Ki 1:8; Mt 3:4; Mr 1:6) He was a teacher and was, accordingly, called “Rabbi” by his disciples.—Joh 3:26.

Purpose of His Work. John preached baptism for forgiveness of sins for those repenting, confining his baptism to Jews and proselytes to the Jews’ religion. (Mr 1:1-5; Ac 13:24) John’s being sent was a manifestation of God’s loving-kindness toward the Jews. They were in covenant relationship with Jehovah but were guilty of sins committed against the Law covenant. John brought to their attention that they had broken the covenant, and he urged honest hearted ones to repentance. Their water baptism symbolized this repentance. Then they were in line to recognize the Messiah. (Ac 19:4) All sorts of persons came to John to be baptized, including harlots and tax collectors. (Mt 21:32) There also came to the baptism Pharisees and Sadducees, against whom John directed a scathing message of denunciation and to whom he spoke of the judgment that was near at hand. He did not spare them, calling them “offspring of vipers” and pointing out that their reliance on fleshly descent from Abraham was of no value.—Mt 3:7-12.

John taught those coming to him that they should share things and not commit extortion, that they should be satisfied with their provisions and harass no one. (Lu 3:10-14) He also taught his baptized followers how to pray to God. (Lu 11:1) At this time “the people were in expectation and all were reasoning in their hearts about John: ‘May he perhaps be the Christ?’” John denied that he was and declared that the One to follow him would be far greater. (Lu 3:15-17) When priests and Levites came to him in Bethany across the Jordan, they asked if he was Elijah or if he was “The Prophet,” and he confessed that he was not.—Joh 1:19-28.

John performed no miracles, as had Elijah (Joh 10:40-42), yet he came with the spirit and power of Elijah. He performed a powerful work in ‘turning the hearts of fathers to children and the disobedient ones to the practical wisdom of righteous ones.’ (excerpted: Insight Book Vol. 2–John)

In the autumn of 29 C.E., Jesus came to John to be baptized. John at first objected, knowing his own sinfulness and the righteousness of Jesus. But Jesus insisted. God had promised John a sign so that he could identify the Son of God. (Mt 3:13; Mr 1:9; Lu 3:21; Joh 1:33) When Jesus was baptized, the sign was fulfilled: John saw God’s spirit coming down upon Jesus and heard God’s own voice declaring Jesus to be His Son. […].—Mt 3:16, 17; Mr 1:9-11; Joh 1:32-34; 5:31, 37.

YAY!..whew…finally back to the point wanted to make, at the outset of part 4 post,…from a favorite book about Jesus: “The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived”…quoting Jesus’ words…

 “This generation,” he declares, “is like young children sitting in the market places who cry out to their playmates, saying, “We played the flute for you, but you did not dance; we wailed, but you did not beat yourselves in grief.'”

What did Jesus mean? He explains: “John came neither eating nor drinking, yet people say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of man did come eating and drinking, still people say, “Look! A man gluttonous and given to drinking wine, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.'”

It is impossible to satisfy the people. Nothing pleases them. John has lived an austere life of self-denial as a Nazirite, in keeping with the angel’s declaration that “he must drink no wine and strong drink at all.” And yet the people say he is demonized. On the other hand, Jesus lives like other men, not practicing any austerity, and he is accused of excesses.

How hard to please they are! They are like playmates, some of whom refuse to respond with dancing when other children play the flute or with grief when their fellows wail. Nevertheless, Jesus says: “Wisdom is proved righteous by its works.” Yes, the evidence–the works–make clear that the accusations against both John and Jesus are false.

Some of the older generation in power back in Jesus’ day (e.g., Pharisees, Insight, Vol. 2: “A prominent religious sect of Judaism existing in the first century C.E. According to some scholars, the name literally means “Separated Ones; Separatists,” referring perhaps to avoidance of ceremonial uncleanness or to separation from Gentiles. Just when the Pharisees had their beginning is not precisely known. The writings of the Jewish historian Josephus indicate that in the time of John Hyrcanus I (latter half of the second century B.C.E.) the Pharisees already formed an influential body. Wrote Josephus: “And so great is their influence with the masses that even when they speak against a king or high priest, they immediately gain credence.”—Jewish Antiquities, XIII, 288 (x, 5).) …refused to abandon outdated ways of thinking and doing that caused suffering and also refused to listen (to the liberating/fresh/new way of thinking and doing that would bring greater happiness, etc.) from the  younger generation: John and Jesus.

Makes me ask myself (as a person & parent): Are My arms Wide-Open…Welcoming? (and to my kids, their thoughts, ideas, etc.)

(published: post #4 consisting of 2661 word count: 4/4/15 @ 1:52 p.m.)

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Loving the GREATEST MAN who EVER Lived (aka part 2 of previous post)

compassion friends insights Joan Winifred

Greetings-HELLO! & Smiles:) & Compassion! & Peace:) to Anyone Out There Reading This at This Very Moment in (Your) Time! (My time is 4/1/15 @ 9:51 a.m. as i compose this very sentence.)

It’s now 9:53 a.m.on April 1st., 2015…lost a couple minutes in thought, eh?-lol..a tiny tired from a big walk early morning.

Did You read my last post? The GREATEST MAN Who Ever Lived: Killed! (Part 1?) Thanks! (Hope it helped in some way.) This particular post is the follow-up or the continuation of topic under consideration: Jesus.

You got friends, right?? (A friend can be like a brother you break bread with, huh?)

You got enemies, too?? (A “potential” friend that could “eventually” be like a brother to break bread with, huh?)

(Personally, i’d rather have more (compassion) friends; of course!) Wouldn’t most of us prefer having friends over enemies?? Imagine a World where EVERYONE IS FRIENDS!:) (Can’t we all learn to get along? aka Practice Peace!)

What do You appreciate in a person or a friend? Any specific qualities attract You to someone?

Do your friends exert any influence over You? Subtle? or Powerful? Negative? or Positive?

What would your friends say about You IF they had to describe You to someone who didn’t know You (or know You well)?

Hmmmmmmm: What would Your enemies (Hope–You don’t have any), but If so…how do You think they would describe You?? What word (or other) picture would they paint?! Would it be similar or unfamiliar to the portrait painted, of You, by close friends?! Even among friends portraits would differ? Each of us have our own way of expressing, describing, wording, editing, spelling & painting (or numerous artistic talents…of one sort or another).

Word choices can be like color choices in artwork…(of language/communication). All kinds of artists use all kinds of media and color, etc. If You appreciate a work of art, and study it, do You learn about the Artist? (If You read my words, do You learn about me?)

Enjoy(ed) these excerpts/points: (my highlights)

You have probably heard of the Italian painter and sculptor Michelangelo. Though you may never have seen the original of any of his masterpieces, you most likely agree with the art historian who called the Italian genius a “marvellous and incomparable artist.” Michelangelo’s talents cannot be denied. Who would try to separate appreciation for Michelangelo’s art from acknowledgment of him as an outstanding artist?

Consider this: Knowing that Leonardo da Vinci painted the “Mona Lisa” has not stopped art historians from investigating his technique and the materials he used.

Jesus could be described as a living-breathing-work-of-compassion-art-of-awe…for us to appreciate and admire and respect!…to worship?…OR would it be more appropriate to acknowledge the genius/outstanding artist behind Jesus (?)–a living-breathing-work-of-compassion art (pure compassion embodied as a living-breathing-working-teaching sculpture, a perfect man Jesus, who walked this earth).

Please consider the following excerpts:

Now think of the mind-boggling complexity and diversity of life that thrives around us on earth. Appropriately, The New York Times quoted one professor of biological sciences as stating: “The physical marks of design are visible in aspects of biology.” He added: “Life overwhelms us with the appearance of design.” Is it intellectually honest to admire the design without acknowledging the designer?

Affected by pervasive evolutionary ideas, some refuse or fail to recognize that design certainly points to a designer. But does the theory of evolution represent true science at its best? Note the conclusion that Christoph Schönborn, Catholic archbishop of Vienna, presented in The New York Times: “Any system of thought that denies or seeks to explain away the overwhelming evidence for design in biology is ideology, not science.” (joanie talking: i think a Catholic archbishop would know a little something about “ideology”, eh?-lol)

There are, however, those who feel that accepting the position that there is evidence of a Creator would “stifle research.” An article in the magazine New Scientist expressed such fears, asserting that “science as an open-ended pursuit would come to an end, halted by an impenetrable barrier labelled ‘the designer did it.’” Is that fear well-founded? Not at all. In fact, the opposite is true. Why?

To accept blind chance and subsequent evolution as the cause of our universe and life on earth would actually be to abandon any attempt to get a meaningful explanation. On the other hand, accepting that an intelligent Creator is behind what we see around us can lead us to investigate the nature and application of his intelligence manifested in the physical universe.

Similarly, accepting that there is a Designer should not discourage us from inquiring into the details and complexity of his designs and creations. Rather than stifling further research, the Bible encourages the search for answers to both scientific and spiritual questions.

Acceptance of the existence of a Creator does not hinder scientific progress. The quest for more comprehensive knowledge in both physical and spiritual matters is indeed open-ended and eternal. An ancient king noted for his broad knowledge humbly wrote: “He has put thoughts of the forever in man’s mind, yet man cannot understand the work God has done from the beginning to the end.”—Ecclesiastes 3:11, Holy Bible—New Life Version. (Above-mentioned excerpts: Admire the Design; Learn About the Designer W07)

The following post (Part 3) is my “attempt” at artistry…(NOT calling myself an artist). This is how i will “try” to color with crayons, pastels, paint/depict a word-picture/portrait-of-Jesus…and using various pieces of readings…(a mosaic of sorts).

Hope You will like it and find it refreshing when it’s finished! and hope You will come to appreciate “Why” i can’t help loving the “Greatest Man Who Ever Lived!” 🙂

(finally…able to publish…4/1/15 @ 12:47 p.m.)

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