I heard this story with a great message…
There was a woman (Mary) who was to marry a soldier (Paul) during wartime. He was being shipped overseas, so they decided to wait for marriage until his safe return.
In the meantime his soldier brother (Pete) was due to visit stateside for two weeks while both brothers were on leave.
Paul couldn’t make it home due to action overseas, but Pete arrived and was met by his future sister-in-law, Mary, at the train station. Mary showed Pete the town, and they celebrated keeping Paul in their hearts.
Pete and Mary fell in love, and they decided to marry before Pete’s leave was up.
Upon arriving back to his post, Pete learned his brother had been killed in action. Mary had known of Paul’s death but hadn’t told Pete.
Mary’s reasoning was that yes, we are to reverence our deceased ones. But how much more we’re to treasure our living loved ones while we still have them.
Made me think! How about you?
Say the following sentence…
*I never said she stole my money*
What are the 7 different meanings to the sentence depending on the emphasized word?
Now read this one…Genesis 22:8
Now read the same verse in different Bible versions.
Now read only these six words with different emphasis…
*God will provide himself a lamb*
What do you ‘hear’ by emphasizing the different words?
Yes, I was a skinny elementary school girl who was bullied by two older girls. They’d lay in wait for me on the way home from school, and beat on me. Why? They really didn’t know me, we never played together, and we weren’t in the same grades. I don’t remember a reason for their attacks. Basically, they just didn’t like me. That’s the only reason a bully needs! Bullies aren’t happy with themselves, so they want to make others unhappy also.
My situation ended when my older sister decided to put a stop to the attacks herself. I’m not sure what all she did, but it worked!
I empathize with victims of bullying. They are embarrassed, and don’t want to tell because of possible repercussions. But, they need to report the incidents to parents, school officials, and police.
Today I caught the conversation of a father telling of his working, caring for his children, and doing the household chores of dishwashing, laundry, and cooking.
I responded by saying I didn’t raise my boys to do dishes, laundry, cooking, and cleaning. I expected them to eventually have wives who would assume the roles of homekeeping.
Well, it didn’t quite work out that way. I had my sons later in life, and that put them in a different world of grownups. Today, most mothers ‘and’ fathers of families need to bring home paychecks in order to survive.
Many young children of today’s world spend hours of their lives in daycare apart from both their parents.
What have we done to parents, children, and families? 💔
PTL for husbands/fathers like my three sons who see the need and lovingly adapt ❤
Second Coming or Coming in Judgment?
Jesus answers two questions. The first is about a number of days (plural), and eight specific signs leading up to the Temple’s destruction. Jesus gave them info about the temple’s destruction in A.D.70, answering the question of “when will this be?” Matthew 23:36-24:35
The second answer is not a process. It is about a day, an hour, a single event, and a complete lack of any signs. It would happen without warning: think lightning. The disciples asked, “what will be the sign of your coming and the close of the age?” Jesus didn’t give them signs of the end. He wanted them to be prepared for the second advent at all times, because it could happen any time. Matthew 24:36-25:46
Embedded within the Olivet Discourse are two structural clues common in ancient times, but not common in today’s literature. They are the ‘inclusio’ and the ‘chiasm’. They make clear the Olivet Discourse. I recommend the book, “What Jesus Really Said About the End of the World” by David B. Currie 2012
“For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.”
Does the above passage describe the Second Advent of Christ? No. But it does tell of the A.D. 70 coming of Christ in judgment upon his persecutors, the hypocritical scribes and Pharisees, and the temple they highly esteemed.
The verses are linked to Matthew chapters 23-24:35; 26:59-64.
I recommend the book, “What Jesus Really Said About the End of the World” by David B. Currie 2012
We don’t go out to the movies often, Thank God!
We thought seeing the new “Dumbo” would be a treat for our grandsons, so here we are!
If I can get over the shock, I may “believe” this is therapy for seniors!
$47 for 4 tickets (that’s 2 kids and 2 seniors) plus $20 for 2 small drinks and 1 box of candy.
So almost $70 for my shock therapy today!
Our elementary school age grandson proceeded to tell us that “President Trump is the only president who wanted to build the wall.” He and others are hearing fake news from their friends, schools, etc.
So, we produced the speeches of Presidents Bush, Clinton, and Obama to show him how he is being fed false information.
Our children are being indoctrinated with socialist ideologies, and we must educate them in truth.