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It is cold outside and snow has covered the fjord right across ;all I can see a forest of coniferous trees laced and lined up for cold winds from no where. But I have discovered a cat and she is content. So am I.

Benny

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The earth was without form, and void; Here we shall consider what is the spiritual significance of the Virgin birth-benny

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God is a Spirit. When we consider God as the maker of heaven and the earth we imply a design since ‘the earth was without form and void. The following verse is significant, ’And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.’ One may well picture divine Spirit sitting like ‘a refiner and as a purifier of silver’ working with material till it shines as glass. So divine mind, Power and Wisdom have impressed His glory therein as well.

‘The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool,’ asks God who is a Spirit. ‘My Father hitherto works and so am I (John 5:17),’ explains God where Jesus Christ in a mode, the basis for the Father Son relationship. When the Holy Spirit declares that on the seventh day ‘he rested’ what remained was the shape the earth would ultimately take. The mercy seat between…

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‘Mom, Paul Whelan is in Russian jail.’

‘Home is without Christmas, Son

Sad, sad season in our midst

Weep for all birds thrown for no reason

Than politics knows no son, father or

Man, and we are as well in midst

Of a sad season with no end in sight.

Home is without Christmas when

Man is not worth as much as an idea

Howsoever tainted and worn to shred.

Benny

 

 

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Boeing, Phew! Boeing

For a few cents in profit

Made Screamliner Max

Benny

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When star Wormwood* fell:

Bald eagle’s Space war took its toll

One third gone with it.

Benny

*And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter(Re.8:11).

 

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Happy Holidays 2019

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When Douglas Adams wrote The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, he added a central joke which has become more famous over the years than the novel itself: “The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42.”

The Holy Spirit while organizing the narrative of the Word made flesh, tagged the earthly ministry of Jesus by three and a half years, that is 42 months while writing about earth events. Number 7 for instance refers to events associated with heaven.

When St Matthew compiled the Gospel according to him three sets of generations from Abraham to him are given in multiples of 14:  “So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations Matt.1:17)”.

It cannot be coincidence that the same number one way or other is employed, examples of which are given below.

Two witnesses sent to prophesy shall be killed.”…And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth(Re.11:3)”. This is three and a half years in days.

In the vision of the woman clothed with the sun she brought forth a man child. She escapes to the wilderness where “she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent (Re.12:14)”.

From such evidences was late Adams being facetious or the number had found its spokesman? In whichever case the significance of the number would not simply go away. I shall cite some instances which in themselves do not mean a thing.

Here is a list I quote directly from the Independent, UK  Sunday edition dated Fe.6,2011/Paul Bignell

1. Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert died aged 42; they had 42 grandchildren and their great-grandson, Edward VIII, abdicated at the age of 42.

2. The world’s first book printed with movable type is the Gutenberg Bible which has 42 lines per page.

3. On page 42 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry discovers he’s a wizard.

4. The first time Douglas Adams essayed the number 42 was in a sketch called “The Hole in the Wall Club”. In it, comedian Griff Rhys Jones mentions the 42nd meeting of the Crawley and District Paranoid Society.

5. Lord Lucan’s last known location was outside 42 Norman Road, Newhaven, East Sussex.

6. The Doctor Who episode entitled “42” lasts for 42 minutes.

7. Titanic was travelling at a speed equivalent to 42km/hour when it collided with an iceberg.

8. The marine battalion 42 Commando insists that it be known as “Four two, Sir!”

9. In east Asia, including parts of China, tall buildings often avoid having a 42nd floor because of tetraphobia – fear of the number four because the words “four” and “death” sound the same (si or sei). Likewise, four 14, 24, etc.

10. Elvis Presley died at the age of 42.

11. BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs was created in 1942. There are 42 guests per year.

12. Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear’s spaceship is named 42.

13. Fox Mulder’s apartment in the US TV series The X Files was number 42.

14. The youngest president of the United States,Theodore Roosevelt, was 42 when he was elected.

15. The office of Google’s chief executive Eric Schmidt is called Building 42 of the firm’s San Francisco complex.

16. The Bell-X1 rocket plane Glamorous Glennis piloted by Chuck Yeager, first broke the sound barrier at 42,000 feet.

17. The atomic bomb that devastated Nagasaki, Japan, contained the destructive power of 42 million sticks of dynamite.

18. A single Big Mac contains 42 per cent of the recommended daily intake of salt.

19. Cricket has 42 laws.

20. On page 42 of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Jonathan Harker discovers he is a prisoner of the vampire. And on the same page of Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein reveals he is able to create life.

21. In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Friar Laurence gives Juliet a potion that allows for her to be in a death-like coma for “two and forty hours”.

22. The three best-selling music albums – Michael Jackson’s Thriller, AC/DC’s Back in Black and Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon – last 42 minutes.

23. The result of the most famous game in English football – the world cup final of 1966 – was 4-2.

24. The type 42 vacuum tube was one of the most popular audio output amplifiers of the 1930s.

25. A marathon course is 42km and 195m.

26. Samuel Johnson compiled the Dictionary of the English Language, regarded as one of the greatest works of scholarship. In a nine-year period he defined a total of 42,777 words.

27. 42,000 balls were used at Wimbledon last year.

28. The wonder horse Nijinsky was 42 months old in 1970 when he became the last horse to win the English Triple Crown: the Derby; the 2000 Guineas and the St Leger.

29. The element molybdenum has the atomic number 42 and is also the 42nd most common element in the universe.

30. Dodi Fayed was 42 when he was killed alongside Princess Diana.

31. Cell 42 on Alcatraz Island was once home to Robert Stroud who was transferred to The Rock in 1942. After murdering a guard he spent 42 years in solitary confinement in different prisons.

32. In the Book of Revelation, it is prophesised that the beast will hold dominion over the earth for 42 months.

33. The Moorgate Tube disaster of 1975 killed 42 passengers.

34. When the growing numbers of Large Hadron Collider scientists acquired more office space recently, they named their new complex Building 42.

35. Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has 42 illustrations.

36. 42 is the favourite number of Dr House, the American television doctor played by Hugh Laurie.

37. There are 42 US gallons in a barrel of oil.

38. In an episode of The Simpsons, police chief Wiggum wakes up to a question aimed at him and replies “42”.

39. Best Western is the world’s largest hotel chain with more than 4,200 hotels in 80 countries.

40. There are 42 principles of Ma’at, the ancient Egyptian goddess – and concept – of physical and moral law, order and truth.

41. Mungo Jerry’s 1970 hit “In the Summertime”, written by Ray Dorset, has a tempo of 42 beats per minute.

42. The band Level 42 chose their name in recognition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and not – as is often repeated – after the world’s tallest car park.

 

 

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Spirit of the times is a no man’s land where the rules of engagement are different from what man has to face as an individual. As a moral being it is Truth that determines truth of action.

29 Day 5

‘The Business of America is Business,’ was a slogan of the roaring Twenties. How true was ‘Wealth is Power’ when the entire nation went on playing at stocks and in a matter of four years the stock market crash of 1929 wiped thousands and thousands of their life savings; it sowed unrest at home and was felt all across the world so much so it is cited as one of the contributing factors for WWII. Despite this catastrophe so many marched under a new mantra ‘Greed is good’ of the 80’s and it led to 2008 economic meltdown. Does it not show that bad experience can never mend a society or prevent a nation from repeating their mistakes when actions are wrong. Spirit of times without Truth often is Nemesis, who is shown slow-footed. But she always gets her man.

The Don Pacifico incident of 1850 showed Britain’s supremacy over the seas and their gunboat diplomacy was their right to avenge a perceived insult with impunity. Lord Palmerston dispatched a squadron of the Royal Navy to blockade the Greek port of Piraeus to teach the Greeks a lesson for the harming of a British subject, David Pacifico. In 2018 two Russian agents struck at their targets at Salisbury and contaminate some parts with novichok and all that UK could do was protest. Spirit of times showed ‘gunboat diplomacy’ as an idea but useless as so many others.

29 Day 6

Between Cause and Effect falls a shadow, spirit of the times where a no man’s land exists. Within a war we shall find many inexcusable actions going on making a mockery of the moral stand of the parties. War on terror supposedly was waged to introduce democracy in the Middle East. Chief petty Edward Gallagher was accused of shooting civilians, murdering a captive Islamic State fighter with a hunting knife in Iraq, and threatening to kill SEALs who reported him, among other misconduct. Similarly many events are played out between warring parties.

In the War on Terror between the US (2003) and others Daniel Pearl was only a journalist who had nothing to do with war. Nevertheless he was kidnapped and killed in 2002. Where is justice for the innocent victim?

When a moral being casts aside as with war the rights of widows, orphans the idea, ‘Might is Right’ only speaks of spirit of the times. So Truth shall certainly claim its sovereign right to settle account. Time is no bother.

It is thus spirit of the times has moved and nations without exception are affected by it.

29 Day 7

Human institutions are run to achieve their objectives. Truth, which they avow in prospectus is gilded and show off them in best light. Only it remains what each individual brings into it.

 

 

 

 

 

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Once Jesus was among a crowd in which a woman suffering from an issue of blood for 12 years was present. In order to be healed she leaned out and touched the hem of his cloak. Immediately He knew it for he said, “…Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me (Lk.8:46)”. Here we have the nature of faith. Jesus assured her in the end, ‘Thy faith hath made thee whole…’       Jesus as the Word had no quarrel with it. So he tells her ‘Go in peace (v.48).’ Faith is called the ‘invisible controls’ of the Law. There is only one Law as there is only one God and one faith (Ep.4:5).

50 Day 1

“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith (1 John 5:4)”. Truth is what is consistent before which the world is as contrary as light from darkness is. John 3:16 speaks of a world in darkness. Jesus came to save all those who would be saved from it.

50 Day 3

“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear (He.11:3)”. Creative faith of God is expression of the Law where physical laws are enforceable. Power and Wisdom naturally impress this truth so whether dark matter gathers the debris from death of stars to form clumps, and in course of time to form protoplanets or any other is immaterial. Faith inherent in ‘invisible controls’ render every atom with integrity so it is matter plus.

50 Day 4

When you touch a hot surface, say while holding a cup of tea, you’re feeling movement of atoms, creating thermal energy along the surface. It has travelled from water and to the surface and your hand feels it, the sensation of billions of atoms banging together. Tiny vibrations relentless in their movement are natural consequence of heat and sense of touch already registered it in your consciousness as heat. It is a sort of communication between matter and you. Similarly heat can also move across space as waves of radiation, and it is precisely how the sun does it.

Faith is inbuilt the invisible control of the Law in material universe including on man. ‘Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Ro.10:17)’

(Excerpt from Christian Living- a work under progress-benny)

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Everlasting Covenant

Vision of St John of the Book with seven seals (Re.5) is explained-benny

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In the ch.5 of the Book of the Revelation we are given a glimpse of The Law that upholds the heaven and the earth. It is the constitution explaining everything created by its Sovereign legality. The law of Moses owe to it and it is what the Psalmist qualifies as ‘the word’-“For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven(Ps.119:89).” What John sees in heaven is the Lamb who is declared as worthy to open the book  bound with seven seals. At the beginning of his ministry Jesus announced thus:”Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill….(Matt.5:17-18)”

The Breaking of seals is significant. The hour of judgment has come. This is where the v.18 fits in:For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle…

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