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The royal messenger from King Shahryar was quickly let in by the Keeper of the City Gates. With due solemnity he and his escort party were brought to the Court of King Shahzaman. In Samarkhand King Shahzaman never appeared in public but he had his body double who received the message from King Shahryar. Was he nervous to receive the letter? Nervously he read it and keeping a very kingly appearance ordered his Vazir to take the visitors to their quarters to await the kings reply. He straightaway went to the king who was in his chamber and he read out the message from his elder brother. The king was elated but also troubled. He doted on his young queen and he spent most of the time in her company. He was what one calls,- because of his excess fondness, as uxorious, and was loath to be away for long from her company. But his brother whom he worshiped and whom he had not seen for some 20 years he could not refuse. Having informed his queen he decided to accompany the escort party of his brother at the earliest.

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Human cells make up only 43% of the body’s total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists. It is a micro-biome that includes bacteria, viruses, fungi and single-celled archaea. The human genome – the full set of genetic instructions for a human being – is made up of 20,000 instructions called genes. But add all the genes in our micro-biome together and the figure comes out at between two million and 20 million microbial genes. It’s known as the second genome and is linked to diseases including allergy, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, Parkinson’s, whether cancer drugs work and even depression and autism. I included this piece of news from the field of Science to show what we call human where boundaries are fluidal; and our rational thinking is neither open and shut nor complete as we would like to believe. We rationalize at one on impulses that no one can tell where it has begun or it will end. As evidence of it we have conscious and unconscious halves that our brain represents. It is in our inability the matter of faith for a Christian draws certainty. We are not making assertion on blind trust of our abstract thinking or in what we observe as a world outside. We are neither in control of one nor other to be correct.

When the Bible asserts, ’God created the heaven and the earth’ we believe it as true. Considering man in terms of biology is composite we can infer from the statement ‘And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of his life…(Ge.2:7)’. His living soul is bequeathed by courtesy of God and material body in the light of earlier statement of the earth. Consider dust as a catch-all for micro-biome. In the light of the facts supplied by the Scripture and Science do we see heaven and earth as separate or as one? Our faculties operate for which what instructions are set in us owe to God as well as to our forefathers. Thus faith is not what we employ by our reason but sound reasoning when it has a transcendental quality of a high authority, as it were. It always shall transcend merely what our human side informs. Patriarch Abraham would not have left Haran merely because there were series of migration at that time to the land of Canaan. He believed when God prompted him to leave his kith and kin. “ …Also He hath set the world in their hearts so that no man can find out the work that maketh from the beginning to the end.(Eccl.3:11)”The opening verse of the Book of Genesis, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth,” means exactly what it says.
Benny

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The royal messenger with an escort party set out that night; furiously they rode hard and they passed hostile and peaceable terrain and the royal insignia let them pass through unmolested. At last they reached the city gates of Samarkhand by dawn.

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On 2017 California wildfires were in the news. In the month of December powerful winds spread Southern California fires to destroy at least 175 structures and forced more than 27,000 evacuations. These high winds even have a name. Called the Santa Anas, the dry winds typically hit in late fall and are infamous in the Golden State.

California’s biggest and deadliest fires have been propelled by Santa Ana winds, which can gust to 100 mph (161 km/h). That wind speed makes smothering fires nearly impossible, said Chief Daniel Berlant, assistant deputy director the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, which is best known as Cal Fire. “In many cases, it’s all we can do just to try to control the path of the fire, trying to keep it away from people and homes,” Berlant said. “Stopping a fire when wind is 50, 60, 70 miles per hour is almost not possible.”

He added, “These fires burn into anything that’s in their path. A wind-driven fire is like a freight train, and stopping a freight train on a dime doesn’t happen.”

Helicopters can’t drop water or flame retardants in high winds, he said, because the gusts blow the liquids away.

Santa Anas also dry out trees, shrubs and grasses, turning them into tinder and spreading the blaze, he said.

“It’s the winds that spread the embers and fan the fire,” Berlant said. “That makes the fire burn fast and jump ahead, as embers fly in the high wind.”Santa Anas occur when high pressure over the Great Basin — a vast swath of Nevada, Utah and California — compresses air, cooking it, Cal Fire Captain Mike Mohler said.

That hot air then pushes southwest toward the coast.

“Our temperatures skyrocket,” Mohler said. “Humidity decreases down to single digits.”Climate change factors also play a role. What we see now is the same old story. ((Ack:By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News/dec.6,2017)

Right now, on the outskirts of Redding, a rampaging wildfire is doing something that was once unusual: It’s burning fast…downhill.

“Fires are burning almost as fast downhill as they burn uphill,” said Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean, from the scene of the Carr Fire, which by midday Friday had torched more than 44,000 acres and was only 3 percent contained.

That’s not typical. One of the first things wildland firefighters learn is that fires burn much faster uphill.

It’s simple physics: heat rises, so the heat from the fire warms and dries out the upslope fuels fastest. It’s also a case of proximity: if you draw a picture of a flame on a slope, you’ll see that there’s a much shorter distance between flame and ground on the uphill side than downhill, so the fire can jump directly from one blade of grass to another.Rapidly spreading downhill fires also played a major role in last winter’s Thomas Fire. It coincided with the longest Santa Ana wind event on record, according to Nauslar of the Wine Country fires. (Ack: Allie Weill, KQED science /PBS.org of July 28,2018)
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King Shahryar dictated the letter to his Vazir who set a messenger to leave for Samarkhand the same night. The old Vazir knew the king’s order brooked no delay.

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I hope to post the well known stories from the Arabian Nights in a comic strip format. This is intended for all ages. Since I do not think time is on my side I shall clean up many details merely to keep the story moving without sacrificing main events. Speed is of essence.
Thus many centuries ago Sultan Shahryar of Idumenid family, having consolidated power sat on the throne, enjoying the splendor and riches of his empire. He was a monarch of immense power. But after 20 years felt he missed his younger brother Shahzaman who was given the charge of Samarkhand. More he thought of his youth he missed him all the more. So he called for his Vazir.

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(Originally posted in Guide to His Word/-heroes of Faith of 24 July,2018)

In the transfiguration of Jesus Christ we have a clue as to the state of our bodies after death. Jesus took his disciples Peter James and John apart, and at the mount occurred an event that Jesus wanted them to keep to themselves “Tell this vision unto no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead(v.9).” God had refused Moses to enter the Promised Land, right? But after death he is deputed with a delicate task by God. It is the point we shall try to understand.
So our present purpose our focus is on Moses and we read thus:“Behold there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him (v.3 ) Matt.17:1-8. In short Moses after death was pressed into service. Does this not inform us that Christian Living in essence is service whether we are in physical or spiritual body? The Parable of the Rich man and Lazarus also gives us a clue: the rich man in agony asking Abraham to let Lazarus cool his tormented soul (Lk.16:24) would indicate that there is life after life.
Our topic here is to show from the life of Moses how faith grades entire life experience of a child of God, both seemingly unfortunate and fortunate events consistent about it. Christian Life similarly is about faith holding spiritual blessings in body and spiritual bodies find match in the Body.
Our lives about faith, which was invisible as Spirit so we may speak with conviction our spiritual discernment leading step by step to Christ owes to the spirit of faith, a gift from the Creator God. In the life of Moses we shall see this very clearly from scriptural passages in the Old and New. Spiritual discernment of Moses persuaded him to suffer affliction with the people of God than enjoy pleasure his pomp and circumstance allowed. In order to become a hero of faith he had to be trained in the way God had in mind. In submitting to them he became a hero of faith.

When God called him out by the burning bush that did not consume itself Moses was nervous first, but God had to make his faith grow. He asked Moses to cast his stick on the ground. He did and it became a snake. He ran in fright (Ex.4:3). God insisted that he took back his rod and he did. Having given him an idea of faith that overcame his natural nervousness God sent him to cause ten plagues on the whole land of Egypt. As commanded of God he obeyed him. On one occasion he stretched forth his rod and the Lord sent an east wind upon the land all that day and all that night. It was the wind and God who made the locusts fill the land. “Before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after…(Ex.10:14).” In a manner of speaking His rod was extension of his faith and he in turn was figuratively faith of God. Remember the expression finger of God? It is how Jesus qualified his healing(Lk.11:20). This is how it is while we are on the earth. Our lives are extension of God in faith.

So what is Christian Living? Is it not our spiritual body within glory of God? When our faith radiates the holy city of New Jerusalem shall be lit with glory. In short this glory connects with Christ Jesus the Head and the glorious Church, his Body.
Moses was a hero of faith that made him spokesman for his people. “And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses whom the Lord knew face to face. (Deut.34:10;Ex.33:11;Nu:12:8).
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Let us apply the law of gradation to distinguish peaks and lows of his life. Due to lack of space we shall merely limit to a few instances
Alienation.
Baby Moses was plucked from the bosom of his mother and cast down along the river. Moses when came of age must have been aware of the circumstances of his infancy and probably sublimated hatred of the nation against his race. On an impulse he came between a private quarrel between an Egyptian and a Hebrew. He killed the Egyptian. Next day it was a quarrel between two Hebrews. His attempt to make peace was brutally rebuffed by his country man and his sense of alienation needed no further proof. He did not belong to the race of man. All that leisurely study and scholarship of his mature period was a waste. Against this let us place his self-imposed exile for forty years. While he tended the flock of sheep for his father-in-law at Midian what made him survive but the sense of alienation? He must have realized he belonged neither to his own nation who rejected him and to the adopted nation for their prejudice. Seething anger and a family to take care must have kept him going. Psychologically his alienation allowed him to come to terms with his exile.
When God chooses anyone for service He makes the many earlier vicissitudes and blessings come to terms with one other. Law of Gradation shall always make room for faith to fill in the gaps of emotional and psychological scars and work complete healing.
Benny

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Now faith is the evidence of things not seen (He.11:1).”
Let us consideer this verse:”For the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal(2 Co.4:18).We have an emblem in heaven a body, and ‘the Lamb slain from the the foundation of the worlds began’ to be precise. Body every believer that comes to Jesus Christ holds evidence who his Savior is. This body shall perish since it is temporal while his faith which is not seen is of eternal quality.
What is the body of faith but the same body for which the Spirit provides us a long list of names. We shall consider a few. Of Jesus Christ the Psalmist predicted, “…But a body hast thou prepared me; (He.10:5-7) The Spirit is here setting a symbol for one whose offering would perfect forever them that are sanctified. The Word was God who became flesh. So he had to provide a body of evidence, which shall be what we could infer as faith given its perfect expression. His blood evidence of the body for the world is not in observance of a litany of Do’s and Don’ts indicated by Law of Moses but faith, the unseen quality of eternal God. It was so with the Patriarchs. Abraham believed God and was counted unto him for righteousness. The self-same faith with which God raised up Jesus caused ‘him (Abraham) that was as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, …(He.11:12)” For the same reason Abraham when tried offered up his only begotten son, ‘accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead’; In short the emblem of a body in heaven is the testimony of God that shall not change in eternity. Body of evidence we know as the Church or the body of Christ. In the throne of God and of the Lamb ‘his servants shall see his face (Re.22:4)’.
We see of ‘the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Re.13:8)’ having a counterpart in Jesus whom John the Baptist witnessed as the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world (Jn.1:29). The emblem is one and it is a token or testimony for the world. It is similar as the word forever settled in heaven (Ps.119:89). We shall from the many verses how important it is for a body to be sanctified by faith. Faith of God from the foundation of the world has set the emblem and the slain body became a reality when Jesus offered himself for all on the cross. “In the body of his flesh through death to prepare you holy and unblameable…(Col.1:23).” Being hid in Christ is an act of faith; so is the act of faith that is pendent on the Spirit of God who raised him from the dead. It is Christ in glory we see in the throne of the Lamb.
In short the body prepared as predicted by the Psalmist an emblem as well as a corporeal body. Faith of the Son perfected forever them that are sanctified.
(Selected from original post in Guide to His Word of 22 July,2018)
Benny

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That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;…(Phil.2:15)”
God is qualified as the Father of lights. His son is light which lights up every man who comes into the world (Jn.1:9) In a manner of speaking light as quality has a source and surface on which it can touch which can also depending upon the quality of surface also reflect. Christian Living is living in the light.
When Jesus sent 70 other disciples he instructed them. As with his twelve disciples they were sent two by two. They were to stay in the house that received them and not go around but preaching the gospel, healing the sick and preparing those who would believe. Receiving the disciples according to the principle of Association was as good as receiving the One who sent them. (Mt.10:40) Conversely wherever they were refused they were to speak the same formula, ‘the kingdom of God is come unto you.’ Salvation or condemnation depended on the response of the householder.
Somewhat similar to the light taking so many millions of light years to be seen in our night sky glory of God has been in the background while persons responded to it and believed in its significance. A verse that underlines it is, ‘Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord (Ge.4:26). Much later people who sat in darkness would see a great light (Matt.4:16). Similarly in eternity the glory of God and the Lamb shall give them light. In this light children of light have a part and everything of Christian Living has been absorbed in it. While in body we all made distinction of our needs and inclinations in the city of New Jerusalem only the glory of the Lamb describes us.
As for the present the kingdom of God and the world are graded on the persons and the ministry of Jesus Christ. Let us consider this verse, “Fear them not which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul…(Mt.10:28)” For this reason the Spirit is cautioning the two worlds are represented by every person. The believer is one who has received the kingdom of God or heaven to which the indwelling Spirit is but an earnest.“…Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts (2 Cor.1:22).” Kingdom of God and kingdom of heaven are interchangeable.
Benny

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This age, dubbed the Meghalayan, began 4,250 years ago when what was probably a planet-wide drought struck Earth, according to the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS). Civilizations across the world, including those in Egypt, Greece, Syria, Palestine, Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley and the Yangtze River Valley were affected. This drought lasted 200 years and was likely prompted by shifts in ocean and atmospheric circulation.

Geologists have systematically divided up, and named, all of Earth’s roughly 4.54-billion-year history . From the longest to shortest, these lengths of time are known as eons, eras, periods and ages. Currently, we’re in the Phanerozoic eon, Cenozoic era, Quaternary period, Holocene epoch and (as mentioned) the Meghalayan age.

To determine the beginning time for each age, scientists looked at the unique chemical signatures found in rock samples from that time; each signature relates to a big climatic event, the IUGS said in a statement.

The Greenlandian, the oldest age of the Holocene (also known as the “lower Holocene”), began 11,700 years ago, as the Earth left the last ice age.

The Northgrippian (also known as the “middle Holocene”) began 8,300 years ago, when Earth abruptly began cooling, likely because vast amounts of fresh water that came from Canada’s melting glaciers poured into the North Atlantic and disrupted ocean currents, the BBC reported.

The Meghalayan is also called the “upper Holocene”Geologists chose the name “Meghalayan” because of a rock sample they analyzed from Meghalaya, a northeastern state in India, whose name means “the abode of clouds” in Sanskrit. By analyzing a stalagmite growing on the ground of Mawmluh Cave, geologists found that each of the stalagmite layers had different levels of oxygen isotopes, or versions of oxygen with different numbers of neutrons. This change marked the weakening of monsoon conditions from that time, the BBC reported.
(Ack: We are Now living in a geological age,Experts say/lauraGeggel/LiveScience of July18,2018/selected)
We may never come to grips with an eon. But man who has come of age ought to be responsible for how he uses his environment. Anthropocene Age which is man made calamity. Think of degrading your rivers waters and dumping your plastic. It is sure to end up in the food chain and you could be dining on hamburger laced with plastic granules. It shall not make Delhi-belly any grander. Eons ago we had a blue planet and we are now living in Planet Plastic.

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