The Holy Spirit—The Great Counselor and Life Giver

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Genesis 1:2 – Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

The Holy Spirit [ In the person] hovered over the earth at creation as he does today. His presence fills the entire surface of the planet. God’s presence, in the Holy Spirit, is everywhere creating and sustaining life; all life.

Exodus 31: 1-5- Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel, son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3- And I have skilled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts—4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze.  5- To cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship.”

The Holy Spirit gives us power. In this case, the Spirit gave Bezalel the gift of craftsmanship. The Spirit can give us whatever gift He chooses. He also gives us power. All kinds of power. These powers are given to us at the point of our salvation [The moment we receive Christ as our Lord and Savior. When we receive God’s eternal forgiveness for our sins and eternal life].

Job 34:14-15- If it were His intention and He withdrew His Spirit and breathe, 15- all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust.

As we breathe every minute, we breathe in the Holy Spirit. This is what sustains our life and life on the planet; everything that breathes. The Holy Spirit is the giver of life. We can only breathe because of Him. At our appointed time, He [The Spirit] will remove his breathe of life from our sinful bodies and our bodies will perish.

John 14:16-17- And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—17- the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

John 16:5-11- Jesus said, “Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asked me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6- Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. 7- But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteous and judgement. 9- In regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; 10- in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me longer; 11- and in regard to judgement, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

12-15- I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13- But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14- He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. 15- All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.

The Spirit of Truth is an additional Spirit[Another dimension of the Holy Spirit]. God Is doing a new thing. In addition to the Holy Spirit that is already upon the entire planet[Genesis 1:2]. Also the Holy Spirit that anointed Jesus after John the Baptist baptized him[Matthew 3:13-17]. This Holy Spirit gave him[the human] the power to accomplish his mission on earth. To endure the torture of the cat of nine tales, to endure the torture of the cross, to endure hell for three days. No human could endure that torture-only Jesus, the Son of God.

16- “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.”

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The Holy Spirit was like tongues of fire

The Holy Spirit Comes At Pentecost—God Is Doing A New Thing- The Spirit of Truth

Acts 2:1-4- When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2- Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3- They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4- All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Possibly Apollos, writes of the Holy Spirit in Hebrews. Tongues of Fire- This is how the Holy Spirit chooses to introduce himself to the world. Also enabling the disciples to speak in tongues. The Holy Spirit gives us power–just one example.

Hebrews 9:14- How much more then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleansed our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God.

The Holy Spirit Is The Giver Of Life

The role of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament is described in four phases. First, rebirth, [to be born again]. To enter the kingdom of God, everyone must be born again (John 3:3).

The second role of the Holy Spirit is indwelling [possession]. Immediately upon praying a salvation or believer’s prayer and accepting Christ as Lord and Savior, we receive the eternal gift of the Holy Spirit within our being. As part of the prayer, we are truly sorry for our sins and we ask God to forgive our sins.  We receive God’s eternal forgiveness for our sins; we are transformed by the Holy Spirit. Our salvation is a gift from God forever. It is of Him and not of us. It is for all eternity. We cannot lose out salvation once saved. Once our name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, it can never be blotted out. We have God’s promise. John 10:28 Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch then out of my hand. 29b- no one can snatch them out of the Fathers hands.”

The third role of the Holy Spirit is to restrain our sinfulness. [Genesis 6:3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal, his days will be a hundred and twenty years.” The Holy Spirit breathes life into us and He will remove His life from us at the appointed time. This is God’s way of putting an end to our sinful bodies; this is a gift and should be viewed as such. [2 Corinthians 5:6-8 – Therefore, we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7- We live by faith, not by sight. 8- We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.]

The second the Holy Spirit removes life from our sinful bodies, we are escorted by angels to heaven to be with our Lord forever.[ Luke 16:22- The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side.]

The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin. We are to hide God’s Word in our hearts, so we will not sin against Him[Psalms 119:11]. If we read God’s Word, when temptation presents itself, the Holy Spirit will cause us to recite the scripture in our minds that rebukes the sin. It is for us to obey the Word. If we love the Lord Jesus, we will obey his commandments. If we fall short of the glory of God, sin, immediately ask for forgiveness, and try harder in our walk with Christ.

Allow me to make the point; if we get into the habit of ignoring the scriptures, purposely sinning, and asking God for forgiveness, we are forfeiting  the full life in Christ He has in store for us. The scriptures tell us to walk with God daily; live a holy, sin free lifestyle to enjoy the fullness of the Lord.

The fourth and conclusive role of the Spirit; He gives gifts that allow us to serve in the body of Christ,  the church, and the community, and home.

1 Corinthians 12:8-11 – To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.

Galatians 5:22-23- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,  faithfulness, 23- gentleness and self-control.

The Holy Spirit is the giver of life. Every living being and creature on earth is alive because of the Holy Spirit and only by the Holy Spirit [Job 34:14-15].

The third person in the God Head; Father-Son- Holy Spirit; the Creator, is the Holy Spirit.

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The Spirit is the Giver of Power to the believer. At salvation, He gives us gifts. Spiritual gifts, and fruits of the spirit, and the ability to connect with the Lord God Almighty, and the Lord Jesus. He is our connector, our interpreter.

When we pray to God, He intercedes for us. He cleans up our prayer and presents it to the Almighty. Praise God, our words are not important, it’s what is in our hearts that God hears. Aren’t you glad?

Jesus prays for us, also. Aren’t you glad? But only for his brothers and sisters.[Born again believers]

If we pray and wonder why God isn’t answering our prayer, there may be several very important reasons. As believers, God requires us to study his Word[Holy Bible]. We are to pray daily with more praise than requests. That is easy if we try. Attend church to worship with other believers, often.

Make sure to confess all sin in our lives and ask His forgiveness. Ask him to cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Ask Him if we have any unconfessed sin, he will show us. Confess it immediately and ask for forgiveness.

If God is still absent in your life, ask yourself, am I sure I am connected to the Almighty through the Holy Spirit? To put it simply, am I actually saved? Has there been a time in your life that you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? If your answer is anything besides Yes, Jesus is my Lord and Savior, you are possibly not saved.

Do you believe that Jesus died on the cross of Calvary for your sins, which he did. That he descended into hell to take your punishment for your sins, which he did. After spending three days in hell for you, God ascended him out of hell and the grave and now he sits at the right hand of the Father in Heaven.  Jesus paid for your sins in full so you do not have to, your debt is paid in full. Everyone’s is. He did this for everyone. He bought our way into heaven by taking our punishment for our sins. If you believe this with all your heart, and are sorry for your sins, you must make the choice to accept Jesus.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, pray this prayer. If you truly want Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and to forgive you of your sins, and secure your place in heaven, pray it more than once.

Believers Prayer: Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I am sorry for all my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Thank you Lord Jesus. A-men.

If you prayed that Salvation prayer you have been born again. You are now a Christian. Praise God!  The Holy Spirit dwells within you and you will see and feel God’s presence in your life.

Begin your new walk with God by studying His Word and praying.

I pray that God will grow you in His faith and you will experience His full mercies upon your life,

JA Ireland

 

 

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Born Into Eternity

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Psalm 139:13-16 For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother‘s womb. 14- I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15- My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16- your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.

Job 33:4 The spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

John 5: 24 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”

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We were all formed by the Lord in our mother’s womb. God breathed life into us, bringing us into eternity. That means, from that moment, the person we are (our soul) lives throughout eternity.

As everyone knows, one of the grim facts of life is that everyone dies in the Lord’s good time. If we consider that we are all born into eternity, then only our body ceases to function. We are still alive for all eternity.

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Acts 7: 56 + 59 (The stoning of Stephen) “Look”, he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 59- Then he fell to his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.

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For believers in Jesus Christ, heaven opens up and Jesus descends to escort us (soul) to the throne of God, at the moment of our bodies death.

For the unbeliever, Satan claims that person (soul) for all eternity.

Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Are you prepared for the next step in eternity? When we die. Are you going to spend eternity in heaven or hell? It’s your choice. The choice is very real.

Repent of your sins and ask Jesus into your heart and you will live for all eternity with the Father and Jesus, and every Christian.

There is a believer’s prayer above. Sincerely pray with a repentant heart and repent of your sins like a child before the Father in Heaven and experience Jesus’s forgiveness. Jesus will save you and become your Lord and Savior. This will insure your name is written in God’s book of life. You will have eternal life in heaven. You will be a Christian.

May God lead you to His salvation,

Gary The Tested

 

 

The Book of Esther – Movie Review

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Persia 482 B.C. – Hadassah is talking with her uncle, Mordecai. He had a strange dream. He describes it to her. “Behold, there were earthquakes upon the earth, and in time, two great dragons came forth, ready to fight against one another. And at their cry, all nations were stirred up to fight against the Nation of the Just, and the Nation of the Just was prepared for death. But, the Nation of the Just cried out to the Lord, and as they were crying, the little spring grew into a great river, and abound into many waters. The sun rose up and the humble were exalted, and they defeated the haughty!”  God will reveal the meaning, in His time.

The Book of EstherUncle makes Hadassah promise never to reveal that she is a Jew from  the Tribe of Benjamin. He changes her name to Esther; a proper name for a proper Persian girl. He will be called, Teacher.

Esther, the grown woman.

King Xerxes is the king, he passes by Esther’s home. She and Teacher are talking inside. He’s going to the royal banquet to honor the king and queen. Esther envies the queen. She wishes to be married. Teacher will find her a suitable match, someday. Until then, patience.

Mordecai and Esther

Mordecai and Esther in their home

At the royal banquet, Mordecai, the Jew, is there. Lord Haman and Azada also. Haman has an issue with Jews. They bicker.

King Xerxes arrives. They celebrate the anniversary of his ascension to the throne. They feast and drink.  Queen Vashti isn’t there.

There are rumors and threats circulating throughout the kingdom against the king, which Xerxes is unaware of.

Jacob and Judith are married with children but she doesn’t love her husband. Judith and Esther are friends.

Queen Vashti remains absent from the celebration. The guests, nobles and advisors, chat about her as the King’s guard, Sardar, eavesdrops. “Why is she not there?”

Sardar reports the chatter about the queen’s absence. King Xerxes orders Queen Vashti to join them. And dance for them. Sardar, Commander of His Majesty’s Royal Army, talks to the queen. She is to dress appropriately with jewels and gown and dance at the celebration. The King commands!

Queen Vashti

Queen Vashti

Queen Vashti refuses! Even after Sardar begs on one knee. Sardar reports to the King. “She’s not in the mood for dancing.”

“This is Treason you speak against the queen,” King Xerxes declares.

“It is not Treason Your Magesty, but truth.”

King Xerxes commands angrily, “Queen Vashti be removed from the palace at once, and I decree that my marriage to her is null and void!”

Judith brings Esther the terrible news! The King’s marriage is dissolved. Judith is a gossip. She’s on her way to her next friend to share the chatter.

The close advisors begin to scheme. Lord Haman has a young daughter he wishes to be wed to the king.

Esther and Teacher celebrate the Sabbath in the Jewish custom. They light the Sabbath candles.

Gaspar, the eunich, addresses the King

Gaspar and Lord Haman before the King

Gaspar, the eunich, addresses the King, look to your Nobles and Advisors for a queen since a queen has not been found elsewhere.

More than half of the king’s counselors are eunichs. They’re at a definite disadvantage for offspring.

Zara, daughter of Lord Haman, is suitable for marriage.

Mordecai, having never been married, offers the orphan girl he is the guardian, also. She is obedient, modest as she is beautiful.

The King commands the daughters of Persia be brought to the palace at the time of his choosing and presented to him for his royal perusal. Then he will find a new queen.

Mordecai tells Esther she’s to marry the King of Persia. But, first she must compete.

As Esther prays, God calls, “Hadassah, Hadassah. It is I. Because I am with you, you shall not be harmed, for I am the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. There will come for you a time to keep silent, and a time for you to speak, for in all things shall I be glorified.”

Lord Haman fears his daughter, Zara, is not beautiful enough to win the King’s heart. If she loses the contest, he will disown her.

Zara covers her face

Zara covers her face before the King

Esther and Mordecai go to the palace. The girls of Persia present themselves one by one before the king, as he sits board.

Zara’s face is covered as she steps before the King.

It’s Esther’s turn. She introduces herself. “My name is Esther, Your Magesty.” Mordecai says, “that a virtuous wife is more precious than rubies.”

Esther and Zara make the final cut. They are escorted to the King’s chamber awaiting further instructions.  In secret, the King eavesdrops  as the two ladies talk. Zara fears banishment from her family if the king does not choose her, banishment into the streets. Esther promises her a grand job in the palace if she is chosen. Esther also tells her she’s beautiful. All as the King watches and listens, secretly.

The King made his choice. “Summon Mordecai and Haman.” He chooses Esther. She keeps her promise to Zara. He places a crown on her head. Issues a royal proclamation, “Let the word go forth that Esther is my queen. Prepare a feast and declare a holiday!”

Haman plots war on Mordecai.

Esther and King

Queen Esther and King Xerxes

The King and Esther begin to get to know one another.

Sardar and Teres talk, both guards in the King’s army. They feel Persia is growing soft. The King is foolish. Sardar wishes to seize the crown. They strike at midnight. “Prepare the men,” Sardar orders. Mordecai overhears the conversation.

Lord Haman talks to the King. He wishes to be Prime Minister, have people bow down to him. The position requires that respect.

Mordecai enters the King’s chamber, as well. He reports what he heard. King Xerxes sends for Sardar and Teres.

Haman continues to scheme against the King and Mordecai and the Jews.

Esther and the King are now married.

Haman tries to trick the King into killing all the Jews in his kingdom.

Judith brings bad news to Esther. Mordecai sent her. Lord Haman convinced your husband to destroy all the Jews. On the 13th of the month, all the Jews will be put to death, including you.

Mordecai wants Esther to go to the King and beg for mercy and plead for our people. Esther says she cannot go in unsummoned.

Mordecai’s response, “There is a time to remain silent and a time to speak, but if you remain silent now, you and your people will perish. Is it not possible that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

Esther pleades with her husband

Fast for me, people of Persia

She wants all the Jews of Persia to fast for her. They shall not eat or drink for three days, day or night. Esther will do the same. Then she will go to the King. “If I perish, I perish.”

Three days later, Esther tells Azada to take her to the King, against his warnings.

Esther goes before her husband. She invites him and Lord Haman to a banquet the following evening to make her request known. Only the King, Haman, and Esther will be there.

The banquet, her request, “Grant me my life and spare my people, for this is my request.”

“Who has threatened your life?” the King asks.

“Lord Haman.”

“Tomorrow at noon, I will hear testimony,” the King orders. Azada spreads the word.

The next day. They hear the case against the Jewish people.  Haman presents his evidence, again.

Mordecai defends the Jews.

Esther speaks on behalf of Mordecai.

Lord Haman

Lord Haman

King Xerxes finds Mordecai and the Jewish people innocent of Treason. He sentences Lord Haman to death for Treason.

Haman had a gallows already built for Mordecai; it is used for Haman.

Mordecai is the new Prime Minister.

King Xerxes orders, “These events shall be recorded in history. And hence forth forever this will be, for the Jews, a time of joy and happiness, and let it be written that it is Queen Esther who saved her people from the villain, Haman.

A banquet is commanded.

Queen Esther and King Xerxes

Queen Esther and King Xerxes

The End.

This was an interesting book of the bible, The Book of Esther. From the old testament.

I’d say, the King got his wish, wouldn’t you?

Hope you enjoyed it.

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

Noah – Movie Review

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Friends,

NoahHere’s a movie review of a motion picture that is bible based. Russell Crowe plays Noah in this action film.

In the beginning there was nothing… Temptation led to sin… Cast out of Eden, Adam and Eve had three sons: Cain, Abel, and Seth.

Cain killed Abel and fled to the East, where he was sheltered by a band of fallen angles: The Watchers. Rock giants. These Watchers helped Cain’s descendants build a great industrial civilization. Cain’s cities spread wickedness, devouring the world. Only the descendants of Seth defended and protect what is left of Creation.

Noah receiving the birthright from Dad

The boy Noah receives the birthright from his Father

Today, the last of Seth’s line becomes a man. Noah is a child. He receives the birthright from his father. The Shrine of Seth!

Descendants of Cain arrive. They kill Noah’s father and steal the birthright. Noah flees.

The next scene, Noah the fifty-something man. His Wife and sons; Shem, Ham, and Japheth, an infant.

Noah's dog

The family dog

Men are coming. They kill Noah’s family dog for the meat. Noah kills all three men. He cremates the pet.

Noah has a dream. God speaks to him. There will be a great flood. God is going to destroy the world. He saw Methuselah’s Mountain. They are to journey there and see his grandfather. Noah hopes  his grandfather, Methuselah will know what to do. A long journey by foot along a baron wasteland.

They come upon a tzohar  mine. A family is dead, all but a small girl named Ila. She is stabbed in the stomach with a sword.

The Watcher leads Noah's family to the mountain

The nice Watcher leading Noah’s family to the mountain

Men attack. Noah’s family flees. They’re saved by a Watcher. The Watchers quarrel over having humans on their land. That night, the nice Watcher helps them. It leads them to the mountain.

God created the Watchers on the second day of creation, to watch over Adam and Eve. They were light, but disobeyed God. Their punishment was to be turned into rock, mud, and crust. Methuselah protected the Watchers. They were hunted and mostly killed.

Great grandfather meets Shem

Great grandfather, Methuselah, meets Shem in the cave

Noah and Shem climb the mountain as his wife and family remain at the base with the friendly Watcher. Great grandfather is in a cave. Shem introduces himself. Noah’s oldest.

They talk about his dream. After drinking a special herbal tea, Noah sleeps and has another dream. Now he knows about the Ark and filling it with animals. Grandfather gives him a seed from the Garden of Eden.

Noah and Shem return to the camp. He explains a great flood is coming. They will survive to start a new world. They save the animals too. They are to build an Ark. He plants the seed Grandfather gave him.

Reptiles enter the Ark

Snakes enter the Ark

Water flows from the ground. Trees spring up. An entire forest grows in minutes. They’re in the middle of dense woods. The lumber for the Ark.  The Watchers help. The construction begins immediately on the Ark.

As the Ark nears completion, animals come. Birds fly in by the thousands, snakes, lizards, etc…

Noah and King Tulal-cain argue

Noah and King Tubal-cain faceoff

Tubal-cain is there with his army. He is the King. He followed the birds. He’s heard talk of miracles.  He wants to claim the Ark as his. The Watchers stand with Noah.  Noah tells the King they will perish in a great flood.

“I am not afraid of miracles, son of Lamech!” the King yells at Noah. He vows to return with Legions of solders with weapons.

Livestock enter the Ark by the hundreds.

King Tubal-cain prepares his army for a war on Noah.

Livestock enter the Ark

Livestock enter the Ark

Noah has another vision. He sees an evil people in a city destroyed by fire. He saw the wickedness in everyone.

Ham meets Ná el. They talk.

Great grandfather gives Ila his blessing . He waved his hand over her stomach. There’s a magic pulse. Ila runs. She’s driven Mad with desire for Shem. They make love in the forest.

The Watchers battle the army

The Watchers fight the King’s army

The Ark is complete. A storm blows in. Fast! The sky darkens. It begins to rain.

The King and his army try to capture the Ark. The Watchers battle them.

Ná el is killed during the fight. Ham makes it into the Ark.

A Watcher ascends to Heaven

A Watcher ascends to Heaven

The Watchers are killed one at a time by the King’s army as the battle rages. As they die, they ascend to Heaven in a beam of light.

Noah’s family is in the Ark. He closes the door.

The King finds a way inside the Ark. Ham helps his out of revenge because Noah let Ná el die during the battle.

Grandfather parishes in the flood as he eats a berry.

The Ark

The Ark

Noah and his family can hear people outside screaming as they struggle for their lives in the floodwaters.

The earth is covered in massive storms. The floodwaters consume the earth in minutes.

Noah believes man is to become an extinct species. His family is to die. Creation without man.

Ila and Shem

Shem and Ila

Ila is pregnant. Noah’s grandchild. Noah goes Mad when he finds out. He wants to kill the baby thinking it’s God’s will.

The rain stopped.

His wife tells him if he kills the child his family will leave him and hate him forever.

Shem and Ila prepare to leave on a raft. Noah burns the craft. Ila goes into labor and delivers twin girls.

Ham and the King prepare to kill Noah.

As Noah and the King fight, the Ark runs aground. Ham stabs the King, killing him. “Ná el. Her name was Ná el. You let her die,” Ham said.

They begin new lives on a mountain

Their new lives on the mountain

Later, Noah can’t kill the twins.

They begin their new lives on a mountain. Next to the sea. They build homes.

Noah is a drunkard old man. His wife left him.

Ham left the family and struck out on his own.

At Ila’s advice, Noah makes up with his wife. They are reunited.

The Ark on the mountain top

The Ark on the mountain top

Noah hands down the birthrights to his granddaughters. “Be fruitful and multiply. Replenish the earth.” On the mountain, next to the Ark, under a rainbow. Birds are fling in the sky overhead.

The End

The Watchers

A Watcher

This was an interesting story of the Noah and the flood.

You decide if the Watchers and this movie are fact or fiction. The movie was entertaining.

Noah demonstrated how easy it is to be confused about God’s Will. It’s a good thing he followed his conscious and didn’t kill those innocent baby twins.

Hope you enjoyed my review of Noah.

My rating: 4 stars

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

The Jesus Papers – Book Review

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Friends,

Recently I read, The Jesus Papers; by author Michael Baigent. This is a very provocative novel similar to Dan Brown’s; The Da Vinci Code. It’s written from a historian perspective rather than a novel format.

The story begins with the introduction; May 28, 1291, The Holy Land: Acre, the Crusader Kingdom’s last port city, lay in ruins. The Arab armies of Khalil al-Ashraf, the young Sultan of Egypt, had first besieged and then attacked the city. The last capitol of the Christian Kingdom was finished. This was a battle between The Marshal of the Templars and the Sultan.

The Jesus PapersMichael Baigent gives the Templars credit for introducing the power of money over the sword by means of checks and safe financial transfers from city to city and country to country. They helped open a space for the middle class, according to Michael.

He and Richard Leigh wrote Holy Blood, Holy Grail. They believe in an important bloodline, a dynasty; that of the Jewish royal lineage, the line of David. They believe the line of David lives in Southern France; a descendant from the marriage of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. The wedding at Cana was Jesus and Mary’s wedding. When Jesus turned the water into wine, they were Mr. and Mrs. Christs, according to Michael and Leigh.

In Chapter 1 Michael writes, during his twenty-year search, he believed when Jesus was crucified, he either had a child by his wife or she was pregnant.

He also writes, both kings and high priests were anointed and were thus a meshiha, a messiah.  In fact, he writes, from as early as the second century B.C. the term “messiah” was used to name a legitimate king of Israel, one of the royal line of David, who was expected to appear and to rule. According to the Gospels, through his Father, Jesus was of the Line of David; through his mother, he was of the line of Aaron the high priest.

Michael restates several times in this story; in his novel Holy Blood, Holy Grail, the wedding at Cana was Jesus and Mary’s wedding. He believes at the crucifixion, Mary already had Jesus’ baby or was pregnant with Jesus’ baby. He claims; if Jesus was unmarried and celibate, Paul would have told us. He admits there is no proof to support his allegation; only circumstantial evidence. He cites the 1977 publication, Nag Hammadi; the Gospel of Philip. Also The Gospel of Mary as his evidence.

His book centers around the concept; The Church is at pains to conceal secrets about Jesus. One incident he cites; Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey. He believes Matthew’s account is filled with cover-ups. He explains his theories in detail in the story.

Michael Baigent also questions Jesus’ death on the cross. In this book, he analyses details in the bible and cross references them with his own understanding of history. He believes God’s Word is impregnated with cover-ups—thus the cover text; Exposing the Greatest Cover-Up in History.

He believes the Church is covering up Jesus’ life on Earth and offers no solid proof to support his claims.

To be fair, I reread John 2: 1-11-NIV; Jesus Changes Water to Wine. “On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, They have no more wine.”

“Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Nearby stood six, stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.

Many believe God’s Word is flawless and perfect—without cover-up; and to be followed as written—not manipulated or twisted.  Countless would disagree with Michael Baigent or anyone else’s theory that the wedding in Cana was a wedding between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. And that Mary was either pregnant or had Jesus’ child before the crucifixion.

Hosts would also disagree with Michael’s conclusion that if Jesus was unmarried and celibate, Paul would have told us. Because something isn’t stated, doesn’t presume it to be factual.

Dan Brown’s novel, The Da Vinci Code, was entertaining fiction about the same  hypothesis. I read the book and watched the movie, enjoying both. I’m a big Tom Hanks fan.

Michael Baigent’s story, The Jesus Papers, is about the same topic while also fiction;  without Dan Brown’s writing skills.

My rating: 2 stars

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

Apostle Peter and The Last Supper – Movie Review

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Dear readers,

This is a sad but glorious movie. It takes place in a Roman prison cell. Peter, the old man is waiting for his execution at the hands of Roman soldiers.

Apostle Peter and The Last Supper67AD- The Emperor Nero Decreed That The Followers Of Jesus Christs Be Hunted And Persecuted For Their Beliefs.

The leaders of this new faith were sought above the rest as rebels against the empire. Imprisoned for being of Jesus Christ. A religious fanatic. Simon Peter of Galilee, the Fisherman.

Peter Prays in his cell

Peter Prays In His Prison Cell

Peter is in the Roman prison and prays, “Father thank you for this chance to suffer for you. Thy will be done.”

Martinian, the Guard, wants to question Peter about Jesus.

Processus, the other guard on duty, catches them talking but agrees not to report the transgression.

Later a demon visits Peter in his cell. Tempts him. Peter rebukes him with scripture.

Martinian the Roman guard

Martinian The Roman Guard

Martinian continues his interview with Peter about Jesus… Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one gets to the Father but through Me”… He had power over storms. Healed the lepers. Made the dead rise… I knew him as a man… Peter remembers when he first met Jesus, the man….

Jesus said, “You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Peter. Who do people say that I am?”

James answered, “John the Baptist, or Elijah, mostly a prophet.”

Jesus asked Peter, “Who do you say that I am?”

Peter replied, “You are the Christ, The Son of the Living God.”

Jesus

Jesus

They witnessed as Jesus healed many people including his mother-in law.

While in his prison cell, Peter hears a rooster crow. It reminds him of when he denied Jesus three times. He was instantly saddened.

The other guard, Processus, continues the interview. Both guards are becoming more and more intrigued about Jesus as Peter speaks.

The Last Supper

The Last Supper

As both guards listen, Peter tells the story of the Last Supper. ..They all sat at the table. Laughing. Talking. Because Jesus was still with them. Jesus entered the room. He sat. Prayed. “This is my body. It is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” He passed the bread around to the disciples.

“Drink from this cup all of you. This is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of me.”

Afterwards, Jesus washes the disciples feet. Then announces a traitor in their midst. A betrayer.

Satan the deceiver had entered into Judas. Promised him great riches for his betrayal. Later, Jesus forgave Judas.

Judas hung himself in the presence of the same demon that was repeatedly in Peter’s cell tempting him.

Jesus on the crossIn the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus is captured by the Roman soldiers.

Jesus was crucified.

Martinian now understands that Jesus sacrificed himself for all mankind’s sins. Even his.

Peter saw the empty tomb. The Risen Lord. Peter walked with Him. Talked with Him. Ate with Him. He Is Alive!

Martinian’s wife, Novella, confesses she has already accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior and received his forgiveness for her sins. She wants Peter’s blessing.

Peter Praising God

Simon Peter Praising God For The Saved Souls

Processus and Martinian both accepted Jesus’s forgiveness for their sins and declared him Lord that day.

Novella received Peters blessing for her body so she might have a child.

Saul of Tarsus is being brought into the prison.

Simon Peter says, “Take me to Jesus. I can’t bear to be away from my Lord another minute.” The guards painfully escort Peter to his execution.

The Risen Lord

The Risen Lord, Jesus. With His Disciples. Before He Ascended

Jesus says, “Peace I leave you. My peace I give you. Not as the world gives it, for in this world you will have many troubles. But take heart for I have overcome this world. I am the way. I am the truth. I am the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Everyone who asks will receive. He who seeks will find. To him who knocks the door will be opened. Do not let your hearts be troubled. Do not be afraid. Remain in my love. Again I say, remain in my love. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.

The End.

This was a very sad story with a glorious lining. Peter’s life came to an end. The Apostle Paul was next to be executed. Processus and Martinian both received Jesus as Lord and savior and had their sins forgiven.

I hope you enjoyed my review of Apostle Peter and The Last Supper.

My rating: 5 stars

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

The Mystery of God’s Will; What Does He Want For Me? – Book Review

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Dear Faith Readers,

Recently I had the opportunity to read Charles R. Swindoll’s book about God’s Will—What does He want for me?  This is a question that I have struggled with from time to time — perhaps others have too.

I read this book to learn Chuck’s insight on God’s Will and the scars that many believers have. In this book, the author believes God encourages scars. So many believers are well scared. It’s easy to take that point of view.

The Mystery of God's WillIn this book,Chuck takes the strong view that everything we experience, good and bad, is God’s plan and His will—everything. When something bad happens to us it’s God’s Permissive Will. God permitted it to happen. He admits many times throughout this book to not understanding God’s Will—especially God’s permissive will; it’s a mystery, according to him.

I found the section on how God leads us interesting. According to Chuck, God leads us with the Bible, inner prompting of the Holy Spirit, and through the counsel of wise, qualified, trustworthy people. Finally, God leads us into His will by giving us an inner assurance of peace.

Another part I found interesting is, The Truth About Holiness. Chuck says, His holiness assures us that he is absolutely trustworthy. No deceitful agenda, no questionable motives. A model of perfection.

The section on God closing doors was also interesting. He says when God closes a door in our lives, He opens another. He also says, a door that God closes, no one can open. A door that God opened, no one can close.

He says most of life is learning and growing, falling and getting up, forgiving and forgetting, accepting and going on. He concludes this book by saying, God’s will—That’s right, M-Y-S-T-E-R-Y.

I read this book to get the perspective of a very big, charismatic minister. I thought his answers on these life altering questions to be theological—seminary based. Interesting but arguably helpful. Especially when he refers to these issues as a mystery.

God’s Will and the painful things that sometimes happen as a result of us doing God’s Will are confusing issues for me and perhaps you as well.

There you have it. God’s Will; a Mystery according to Charles R. Swindoll. Our lives are His plan. Everything. Even the pain. I’m still… confused? Uneasy?

My rating: 4 stars

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland