Tuesday, July 28, 2015

“What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance” ~ Jane Austen, (1775-1817), British novelist

Good morning class and welcome. It's Tuesday, July 28, 2015, and let's just cut to the chase. Here's one I had not heard. "It's hotter than a big black car with no air conditioning filled up with large ladies all wearing turtlenecks." Or, maybe this one. "It's so hot the chickens are laying boiled eggs." This little ditty might require a passing thought or two. "It's hotter than one of those Rolex watches you buy from the fellow on the street corner." Okay. It's hot. Very. But that's what we have come to expect. Right? In the good old summer time and all of that. I continue to be interested in the Facebook postings by those who represent Christmas joy to children of all ages. The photo is of a fellow who has long portrayed St. Nicholas in one of the Christmas markets in Germany. Here's the posting that accompanied the picture: ~ A special message from Christkindlmarkt's long-running St. Nicholas, Charles "Bud" Berge: "I thank everyone for their outpouring of love and support as my journey on this Earth nears its end. I am looking forward to a new beginning. Godspeed and love to all." Signed: Peace, love and joy, - Charles “Bud” Berge – St. Nicholas ~ I showed it to my wife and her response was that she hoped his new beginning would be with Jesus. That's the drive by commentary from my very own resident PK, (preacher's kid).

I'm not sure he was waving hello or goodbye when he made the photo but it did well in reflecting the farewell sentiment expressed. Let me see. Where was I? Yeah. I'm a little surprised that no one wrote me asking me to please clarify my thoughts and feelings about Donald Trump. That's a big joke. You know. Laugh out loud or maybe giggle or maybe just break into a slight grin. If I had abbreviated that for you it would have been: 'That's a big joke. LOLOMGOMJBIASG.' That's why I tend to stay away from those themed abbreviations. I know they have become integrated into the language of the day. My wife says I don't use them because I do next to nothing with texting. I would have to look them all up anyway and I don't see that as a good use of my time. What? You are so right. Don't try to find LOLOMGOMJBIASG. What can I say? I like to personalize my communications. Truth be known I am just poking fun. Feel free to use those little abbreviations, emoticons, or anything else that floats your boat, until the cows come home. LOLOMGOMJBIASG.

Facts are often much more difficult to comprehend than fiction. During the building of the Hoover dam, 112 men lost their lives. The first one to die was J. G. Tierney on December 20, 1922. The last man to die did so 13 years later to the day, December 20, 1935. His name was Patrick Tierney, the son of the first man who died. In 1974 a man in Bermuda was killed when a taxi hit him while he rode his moped. One year later the man's brother was killed when riding the same moped. It was the same taxi and the same passenger was riding that had been in the taxi when the first man was killed. A South African astronomer, Danie du Toit, gave a speech on how life is uncertain and death could come at any time. Upon completion of his speech, he sat down, popped a peppermint into his mouth and promptly choked to death. He was 49. Those are the facts. What could be more certain than that? "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16) When we respond in faith to that truth we will be ready for whatever happens, no matter what! Amen.   .....More later.

1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...


Does God approve of the dead communicating with the living?Does God approve of the living communicating with the dead? Does God sanction conversations with the dead through mediums? Does God give men the option of talking and petitioning the dead through prayer? Are dead saints aware of those who are alive? Can dead saints hear and answer prayers? The answer is no, no, no, no, no and no.

1. Does God approve of the dead communicating with the living? No

In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, or as some believe is a fact, instead of a parable, the rich man was denied that Lazarus could return to testify to his living brothers. God does not approve of the dead communicating with the living. (Luke 16:19-31)

2. Does God approve of the living communicating with the dead? No.

1 Samuel 28:7-20......15 Now Samuel said to Saul, "Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?" And Saul answered, "I am deeply distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God has departed from me and does not answer me anymore, neither by prophets nor by dreams. Therefore I called you, that you may reveal to me what I should do." .......(NKJV)

A. Saul used a medium at Endor to bring Samuel up. That was a sin.
B. Saul could not pray to Samuel to ask for advice. The dead cannot hear the living nor do they know what the living are doing. Saul could not pray and ask Samuel to intercede for him with God.

3.Does God sanction conversations with the dead through mediums? No.

Deuteronomy 18:9-12.......11"or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.12 "For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from from before you.(NKJV)

Conversations with the dead through mediums is sinful.

4. Does God give men the option of talking and petitioning the dead through prayer? Can dead saints hear and answer prayers? Are dead saints aware of the living? No, No, and No.

Ecclesiastes 9:5 For the living know they are alive; But the dead know nothing, And they have no more reward, For the memory of them is forgotten. (NKJV)

Job 14:21 10-21 But a man dies and is laid away; Indeed he breathes his last and where is he?....21 His sons come to honor and he does not know it;They are brought low, and he does not perceive it.(NKJV)

The dead are not aware of the living. The dead are not Omniscient. The dead cannot answer prayer. The dead are not Omnipotent.

Samuel could not hear Saul from the grave, he had to be brought up my a medium. Saul also had no power to answer prayers.

Dead popes, the Virgin Mary, nor dead family members are aware of the living and even if they were, they have no power nor ability to grant or answer prayers. The only way to communicate with the dead is through mediums and that is a sin.

Only the living can offer prayers for the living. Even then, the living have no power to answer prayers.

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