GREAT BANQUET KING’S SON

IMG-20190518-WA0001-3.jpgJesus compares God’s heavenly Kingdom to wedding banquet a king prepared for his son in Matthew 22:2. Many people invited agreed to come but on the banquet day all refused to attend in verses 4-5 giving many excuses. Some of the king’s servants were mistreated or killed in some cases in verse 6. The king sent his army to avenge death of servants in verse 7 extends invitations to anyone servants found so the wedding hall is full in verses 8-10. During feast the king noticed one man was not wearing wedding clothes in verse 11 but had no answer why so is thrown out from the feast “into outer darkness of weeping and gnashing of teeth in verses 12-13. Jesus ends with statement “Many called, invited but few chosen” in verse 14. One said he bought piece of land he went to see in verse 18. Another bought oxen on the way to yoke them in verse 19. Another gave excuse he was newly married so could not come in verse 20. The master of the house heard excuses was angry told servants to go to on streets, alleyways and invite “the poor, crippled, blind and lame” in verse 21.The KING is Father God and HIS Son honoured at banquet is Jesus Christ who came to save but many do not receive him in John 1:11. God sends invitation to all people but some reject Jesus as LORD so refuse to believe in Him. Many prophets, including John the Baptist and disciples murdered in Matthew 14:10. The KING’S anger, wrath, vengeance, desolation in Revelations is on all who reject salvation in Jesus, judged in Hebrews 10:29-31. Their deliberate choice to reject God’s offer by freewill choice in Luke 13:34 by excuses of permissive will of God permanently left God’s Heavenly Kingdom. The wedding invitation extends to everyone, total strangers, good, bad who “did not deserve to come in accept WORD of God sent to all not worthy of eternal life” in Acts 13:46). So GOSPEL MESSAGE Jesus taught, available to all to come just as they are. Garments of righteousness clothes people washed in the BLOOD of the LAMB. Acceptance of Jesus and repentance in HIS Blood is the means Lamb uses to makes all worthy to boldly enter PRESENCE of the KING. So to refuse to put on garment of righteousness provided means wearing old clothes unfit for the purpose of the banquet celebration. 15581851649821346803934.jpgJesus teaches conditional offer KING is obedience to HIS standard requirements to meet criteria of submission to God. God’s righteousness in Philippians 3:9 provides salvation to cover multitude of sins of filthy rags in Isaiah 64:6. Adam and Eve’s sin God took away, replaced with the skins of sacrificed animals in Genesis 3:7, 21. And in Revelation 7:14 God provides heavenly white robes washed in the BLOOD of the Lamb. The KING God provides a wedding garment of salvation for all mankind but some want things done their own way. The WAY of God is the Cross of Christ HIS only way to salvation in John 14:6. Those who refuse to submit to God’s WAY thrown out into the darkness. God sends them into an “outer darkness” eternally as Christ said, “many are invited but few are chosen.” So invitations extends to all people to hear call of God but many reject it. The world rejects Jesus so some people don’t celebrate His salvation. God judges thems as a result of their own choice to approve of rejection of Christ with dire consequences. Kingdom of heaven demands all put away their own old garments by faith to accept righteousness God provides in Christ. All those who reject God’s gift of salvation for their own “good” works will spend eternity in hell. Those who mock or ridicule God’s salvation plan by a self-righteous rejection miss Jesus cross of Calvary VICTORY. God wants all to make sure to receive God’s salvation plan to put on new garments and not retain old filthy garments of sin in God’s PRESENCE. God’s desire is seek to dwell in the HOUSE of the LORD all the days of life to behold the beauty of the LORD and enquire in HIS Temple. In time of trouble HE hides in HIS pavilion in HIS secret tabernacle and sets upon the ROCK of Ages and lifts up above enemies round about. And so offer in HIS tabernacle sacrifices of joy, sing, yes sing praises to the LORD Most High in Jesus Name says Psalms 27:4-6.

GOSPEL OF GOD’S KINGDOM

1557498091100-9023010.jpgThe GOSPEL OF GOD’S KINGDOM is the MESSAGE to all nations. In Romans 1:16 the GOSPEL is “to Jew FIRST,” then ALL NATIONS. First Choice Jews is GOSPEL POWER of GOD for SALVATION to ALL who BELIEVE in the GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. GOD used HIS POWER to Jews first and ALL the Nations in SALVATION PLAN of GOD. Charity begins at GOD’S Home among HIS Chosen people Israel. GOD’S GOSPEL KINGDOM is established through JESUS CHRIST KING OF Kings, LORD of Lords a Jew. GOD CHOSE Jesus as Abraham’s descendant in Genesis 12 BLESSED by COVENANT. Nehemiah 9:7 says, “GOD … Chose Abram from Ur of the Chaldeans in Iraq.” In Deuteronomy 14:2, GOD CHOSES people for HIS OWN personal possession out of all people on the face of earth.”Amos 3:2 says, “You ONLY GOD CHOSE among all families on earth.” Romans 11:28-29 says GOD’S CHOICE made them HIS Beloved for the sake of the Fathers, for Gifts and Calling of God are irrevocable.” Jews descend from tribe of Judah a son of Jacob. Tribe of Lion of Judah descendant Jesus, GOD CHOSE from the Royal genealogy of King David.1557501920584-1476493729.jpg GOD’S GOSPEL KINGDOM MESSAGE in Abraham is Isaac CHOSEN by GOD to do HIS WORK and establish HIS KINGDOM on earth. SALVATION BY GOD’S POWER to ALL Nations included in Abraham’s Covenant are grafted in by faith of Jew and Gentiles. God elects Chosen by HIS FREEWILL CHOICE: “The LORD didn’t set HIS LOVE to CHOOSE you because you were more in number than others for you were fewest of all peoples, but the LORD LOVES you and keeps an Oath SWORN to forefathers in Deuteronomy 7:7-8. GOD USED SOVEREIGN POWER and HIS AUTHORITY to Decide Jews join Gentiles in HIS GOSPEL KINGDOM OF GOD. In Romans 3:1, GOD’S Revelations promise to Israel by Moses or prophets to the nations. Romans 9:4 says to Israel belongs Covenants, giving of Laws and promises.” The GOSPEL OF SALVATION is given to Jews in the WORD of God, the Old Testament Scripture is basis of laws. The Messiah Jesus Christ a Jew gave His Life as ULTIMATE SACRIFICE for sins to Jew first and all nations. In Romans 9:5   says Christ is set over all blessed by God.1557501815494-9023010.jpgThe Messiah Jesus, the Son of David in Romans 1:3 started Ministry with Jews to lost sheep of Israel in Matthew 10:5-6. Jesus in John 4:22 told the Samaritan woman at well, “SALVATION is from the Jews.” CHOSEN nation is GOD’S GOSPEL Revelation through Messiah, SAVIOUR by salvation from Jews.” Romans 11:17-24, says Jews and Gentiles grafted into Covenant by in Christ Jesus True Vine so nations are His Tree’s branches. God in HIS MERCY saves all nations as children of Abraham by faith says Galatians 3:7. All by faith children of Abraham, God’s Covenants with Abraham extends to all the nations on earth. In Acts 13:46, Paul and Barnabas preaching in Antioch of Pisidia told Jews “Its necessary the word of God be spoken to you first for eternal life to turn Gentiles.” From Israel, is the spreading of the GOSPEL to new places, through Jewish Messiah is GOOD News of His Salvation. He who is given much from him required more accountability so in Romans 2:9-10, tribulation and the time of Jacob’s distress is to Jew first and so judgement begins in the Church of God grafted in. Glory, honour, peace rewards to all who does good to the Jews, blessed. For Messiah sake, everyone given much, much is required in Luke 12:48.1557501056282-9023010.jpg In Romans 1:16, “The GOSPEL is POWER of God unto Salvation to all who believe, to Jew first and all nations. So important to understand God set up HIS KINGDOM by HIS POWER and Authority. The Seed of the woman through Genesis 29:31-35, “PRAISE THE LORD” son of Jacob, Judah CHOSEN out of 12 sons of Jacob to birth the Messiah. GOD’S GOSPEL KINGDOM is through the Son of God Jesus. GOD’S Salvation is in Christ Jesus, “HIS WAY, THE TRUTH and LIFE so none comes to Father GOD except through Jesus Christ in John 14:6. Salvation is through ONE GOD ONE Mediator between God and all wo/men in Christ Jesus in 1 Timothy 2:5. Bible is clear salvation is found ONLY in Jesus Christ for Christian believer’s in God. Authority of GOD’S WORD is the Biblical Authority of sharing the Saving GOSPEL to all nations to follow GOD’S POWERFUL GOSPEL KINGDOM of Son JESUS CHRIST. God designed and wants salvation as the SOVEREIGN LORD GOD ALMIGHTY with final say in mankind’s eternal destiny. Freewill choice is given to all mankind to accept God’s offer of salvation to join HIS GOSPEL KINGDOM. All in Christ receive GOD’S FREE GIFT of SALVATION but those who reject GOD’S GOSPEL PLAN the WRATH of GOD IS UNLEASHED globally in various forms written in BIBLE. God uses earthquakes, volcanoes floods, tsunamis, wildfires, plagues, hot scorching sun, droughts, famines, Tribulation birthpang warning before the final GREAT TRIBULATIONS. OBEY God’s Sovereign WILL and accept Jesus in your life in Jesus Name. 

JESUS RISEN WITH THE DEAD

1555629384060-1313627143.jpgMatthew 27:51-53 says Jesus resurrected with Saints raised from death who came out of the graves and went to Holy City Jerusalem so appeared to many people. The Temple veil was torn, rocks split by earthquakes tombs opened many dead saints were raised from death. So they came out of graves as Christ was raised and went into Jerusalem so alive again.1555626585825-1635185667.jpgMatthew 27:51-53 is clear the dead were alive and so went home to their families seen by over 500 people. Some speculate they ascended into heaven like Jesus did after they were raised from death and seen after their appearances to many. A research of this true story does not talk about them anymore in the Bible after appearances during Jesus’ Resurrection. 1555626945722996338447.jpgThey symbolized and illustrated Christ’s victory over death to confirm God’s gift of the resurrection power of God. Christ defeated death and raised many people during his ministry. Victory over death is again revealed to prove to all that the dead in the grave for years came back to life as God promised will happen in resurrection of the dead for Rapture.1555629260277-160608383.jpgThey were alive not so like zombies or comatose walking dead but came back when the Spirit of life entered them to restore life. They were eating, drinking living normal lives like Jesus did after receiving His Glorified body in physical flesh on the earth. Bodily Resurrection is Life force restored to flesh, James 2:26 Resurrections in the Bible.1555627050162-1313627143.jpgThe Soul gets back into the body, 1 Kings 17:17-23 so the flesh is warmed again as seen in 2 Kings 4:32-35. The Resurrected speak, Luke 7:15 and bodily functions resumed in Luke 8:55; John 11:14, 17. A consciousness is regained in Acts 9:37 so life force is restored to a flesh in James 2:26. Resurrections in the Bible happen often through Jesus and His disciples. 1555627881500-1068246670.jpgThe Resurrection of the dead happens and is well documented in books, and you tube videos for testimonies to the GLORY of God. Again today in real life many churches witness resurrection all over the world of the dead as medically proven and certified dead by doctors. Some wake up in the mortuaries before burial or after in their graves still alive.wp-1555628187783..jpgJesus said the dead will arise so women received their dead back alive because though they died yet they shall live as Christ promised. The living in Luke 24:5 have physical bodies and Luke 24:36-43 says they are not invisible spirits ghosts but conscious, with cognitive physical activity. John 12:1-2 describe the human traits of those raised from the dead.1555627145304-860916511.jpgPeople were raised from death as an act of God’s mercy in Luke 7:12-13 provides confirming evidence of God’s POWER, presence and approval of life extended by the grace of God. Elijah as a prophet in 1 Kings 17:24 received God’s approval alive into God’s PRESENCE. Luke 7:16-17 is similar reason for Matthew 27:52-53 to prove God’s Authoriy over death. 1555627538404776795221.jpgProphets and Jesus already foretold that there will be resurrection here on earth for a reason. Resurrection accomplished increased faith in God’s Miracle POWER so many people believed in John 11:45; 12:10-11, 17-18; Acts 9:42 like Lazarus, Dorcas and saints of Matthew 27: 52-53 are favours of God miracle opportunity to Glorify God in Luke 7:15-16 proves Jesus True Witness Messiah Son of God.1555626657451-160608383.jpgLike Rapture resurrection of the dead to come to live in heaven they continued to live until eventually they died later. In 1 Corinthians 15:22 sees son lived in 1 Kings 17:22 so presented to his mother after raised from death. In Luke 7:15 Lazarus resumed his normal activities in John 12:1-2 they continued to live to ripe old age and succumbed to death.1555627968461990063215-1.jpg Ecclesiastics talks of mankind returned to dust and spirit returned to God after death. And Rapture says in the twinkle of an eye dematerialized body reformed instantly by the miracle POWER of God. It sounds illogical to human minds that a decayed body is restored with organs functions normally again. Supernatural things of God are beyond the analytical thinking process so is received by faith.1555628979164-1635185667.jpgAll in Christ will rise again in Rapture as the Saints did during the resurrection of Jesus. The Saints uplifted faith of those traumatized by Jesus death or suffering in state of fear for their lives. They had seen Jesus raise the dead but somehow could not understand Jesus telling them if his death and resurrection. So miracle helped to assure them of Eternal life in Christ in God’s Kingdom ruled by Jesus.1555630008624-1313627143.jpg1555629650846-1635185667.jpg1555740335876-160608383.jpg1555790225873-160608383.jpgEzekiel predicts the coalition union of return of two nations Israel and Judah in verses 15-22 by two sticks tied. This is symbolic of uniting of Jews and Gentiles in Christ and His Church. The prophet foretells the Kingdom of God in Christ to be set up in Israel and God’s Sanctuary to Glorify and worship God by His Grace in verses 23-28 to fulfill God’s Covenant.IMG_20190420_160925.jpg1555740700579-1313627143.jpgThose resurrected went to their homes in Matthew 27:53 appeared and then ascended into God’s PRESENCE later in paradise. This shows the sting of death had been taken away so lived out their physical lives and died like others raised but Jesus is the exception. In Acts 2:24; Colossians 1:18; Revelations 1:18 Jesus will resurrect the dead bodies in Christ in 1 Corinthians 15:22 together with those alive in Rapture to heaven.1555742807541-1635185667.jpgThe powers and authorities misjudged Jesus and thought killing Him will end the Kingdom of God. The lesson is Christ has Power over physical and spiritual death in John 11:25-26. Christ Jesus is real so have faith in Him and in His Power over death. Revelations 1: 18 says the dead in Chrit will experience first bodily resurrection in Rapture as John 5:28-29 confirms, live forever in eternal life with God, Jesus and family. 1555629445884-860916511.jpgResurrection stops death due to sins of Adam and Eve’s DNA passed into many generations after thousands of years so erased by the Blood of Jesus. In Christ is eternal life of Colossians 2 :12-13 and in Romans 6:4-6. Christ’s Power over both the physical and spiritual death is seen in John 11:25-26 to restore mankind to God. Through Role Model Jesus, nation of Israel returns to God in a life Eternal through Jesus Christ’s Power of defeat over death to live forever in Victory.

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JESUS LIVING STONE & Stones

1551649514313184234488.jpgJesus is the Living Stone rejected by the builders Who became the Cornerstone in Acts 4:11. So 1 Peter 2:5 says, you are the living stones built as a spiritual house and the holy priesthood offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. In Ephesians 2:20 God Built on foundation of apostles and prophets as Christ Jesus Himself is Cornerstone. Ezekiel 36 : 26 says, I will give you a new heart and put new spirit in you. I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. In Revelation 2:17, He who has ears let him hear what the Spirit says to Churches. And those who conquer I will give a hidden manna and white stone with new name written on no one knows except one who receives it. Corinthians 10:4, says they drank the same Spiritual drink from the Spiritual Rock Christ. To Church people afflicted in comfortless conditions, I will lay your foundation with precious stones says Isaiah 54:11. So 1 Peter 2:4 says Come to Jesus the Living Stone rejected by men but in Sight of God Chosen and Precious. In Matthew 21:42-44, Jesus said, “Have you not read in Scriptures, “The Stone builders rejected became a Cornerstone this is the LORD’S doing and marvelous in our eyes. In Luke 19:40 Jesus said, ‘I tell you if you are silent stones will cry out. I tell you the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to people producing fruits. Those who fall on this Stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone it will crush him.” Mark 12:10 says, “Have you not read this Scripture, the stone builders rejected has become the Cornerstone?” In Psalm 118:22, The stone the builders rejected has become Cornerstone. The Church, people afflicted in comfortless conditions, I will lay your foundation with precious stones says Isaiah 54:11. “O afflicted one storm-tossed and not comforted I will set your stones to lay foundation with sapphires. 1551649563813-1578423215.jpgRevelations 2:17 says, ‘He who has ears let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ In Luke 19:40 Jesus said, ‘If you are silent these stones will cry out. Matthew 3:9 says do not say ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from stones to raise up children for Abraham. Trust Jesus as 1 John 2:2 says, Jesus is the propitiation for sins and for sins of the whole world. 1 Corinthians 3:11 says no one can lay a foundation than that laid by the Lord Jesus Christ. In Mark 15:46, Matthew 27:60, Joseph bought a linen shroud to wrap Jesus laid him in a tomb cut out of rock and rolled a stone against entrance of the tomb. Heavy stone blocking Jesus’ tomb was rolled away by angels after Jesus arose from death. No stone is too heavy for God’s POWER and Authority against death. Believers in Christ know the gravestone will be removed to make way for Rapture in Jesus Name. Job 5:23 says you will be in league with stones of the field so beasts of the field shall be at peace with you. Daniel 2:34-45 says, The Stone cut from mountain by no human hands strikes image’s feet of iron and clay break them in pieces bronze, silver, and gold kingdoms. God made known the king’s dream interpretation to come. In Isaiah 8:14 Jesus is sanctuary and stone of offense, a rock of stumbling to houses of Israel, a trap and snare to inhabitants of Jerusalem. Jesus is the Stone Who will save His believer’s but crush the other kingdoms on earth. In Romans 9:33, it is written, I am laying in Zion the Stone as a stumbling block and a rock of offense, whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.” In Matthew 16:18 Jesus tells Peter, you are the rock on which I will build My Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 1 Peter 2:8 says Jesus is the “Stone of stumbling and rock of offense so they stumble because they disobey the Word as destined to do. 1551649095180-549637598.jpgIsaiah 28:16, Thus says the LORD God, “I AM the ONE WHO laid foundation of Zion’s precious cornerstone foundation, ‘Whoever believes will not perish. Mark 13:1, said Jesus came out of the temple and told His disciple said, Look Teacher wonderful stones and building. The kings commanded in 1 Kings 5:17, quarried great, costly stones to lay the foundation of God’s House with dressed stones. 1 Kings 5:18 Solomon’s builders and Hiram’s builders and men of Gebal did the cutting and prepared the timber and stone to build the house. In 1 Kings 7:9, the costly stones, cut to measure, sawed with saw back and front for the foundations, top and from outside to great court. In 1 Chronicles 22:2, King David commanded resident strangers in the land of Israel to be stonecutters to prepare dressed stones for building the House of God. Solomon in 1 Kings 10:11 received fleet from Hiram, brought gold from Ophir and great amounts of almug wood and precious stones. Despite their grand designs with costly stones people deviated from true Worship of God. And Luke 21:5 says while speaking of temple how it was adorned with noble stones or offerings Jesus said will be destroyed. The temple was destroyed 40 years later and never rebuilt. Luke 19:44 says God tears to the ground, people and children within. So they did not leave stones in you because you did not know time of your visitation.” Luke 21:6 says, “These things you see the days will come when there will not be left no stone upon the other but thrown down. The rejection of Jesus means a spiritual fall like the fall of Temple. Like 2 Kings 19:18, Isaiah 37 :19 pleads they to cast their gods in fire for they were not gods but the works of men’s hands, wood, stone so destroyed. In Acts 19:17-19 residents of Ephesus, Jews and Greeks, fear fell upon them all, and Name of Lord Jesus extolled. Many believers confessed and divulged magic practices brought books burned them in the sight of all counted it’s value as fifty thousand pieces of silver.15516491431152847747.jpg

Stones are prominent in living history of the Bible. Elijah took twelve stones symbolic of the twelve tribes of Israel to build his altar in the Carmel contest. In Joshua 4:2-9, “Took twelve men from each tribe and command them, saying, ‘Take twelve stones from the midst of the Jordan, from the place the priests’ feet stood firmly, and bring them with you and lay them down in place where you lodge tonight… And Joshua said to them, “Pass before the ark of the LORD  God in the midst of Jordan, take a stone upon shoulder according to number of the tribes of the people of Israel, as sign among you. So your children in time to come ask, ‘What do those stones mean to you, Joshua 4:20-24 says those twelve stones, taken out of Jordan Joshua used to set up at Gilgal. He said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Let your children know, Israel passed over Jordan on dry ground when the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea HE dried up for us until we passed over. So all people on earth will know the Hand of the LORD God is mighty to you fear the LORD our God forever.”Genesis 28:18-22 says early in the morning Jacob took a stone he put under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. He called the place Bethel but the name of city was Luz at first. Jacob made a vow, “If God will be with me and keep me in this way I go to give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the LORD will be my God, and this stone set up for pillar, God’s house. And all God gives me I will give a full tenth back to God.” Genesis 31:45-52 says Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar and said to his kinsmen, “Gather stones so they took stones and made a heap, and they ate there by the heap. Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha, but Jacob called it Galeed. Laban said, “This heap is witness between you and me today named Galeed and Mizpah, for he said, “The LORD watch between you and me out of one another’s sight. 1551649331615-549637598.jpgIn 1 Samuel 7:12, Samuel took a stone set up between Mizpah and Shen and called name Ebenezer for he said, “The LORD has always helped us.” And in 1 Samuel 17:40 David took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from brook and put them in his shepherd’s pouch. His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine Goliath struck down with a stone on his forehead. 1 Chronicles 20:8, these were descendants from the giants in Gath so they fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants. Exodus 28:9-21 described two onyx stones engraved with names of the sons of Israel six of their names on one stone, and the remaining six on other stone, in order of their birth. As jeweler engraves signets, engrave the two stones with the names of the sons of Israel enclose them in settings of gold filigree. You shall set the two stones on the shoulder pieces of the ephod as stones of remembrance for the sons of Israel. Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD on shoulders for remembrance in prayers. And a New Jerusalem from heaven comes to earth with same twelve stones as engraved on priest’s breastplates in Exodus 35:27 the leaders brought onyx, stones for ephod and for gold rims of breastpiece. God’s foundation stones of city wall adorned by precious stones: jasper, sapphire, chalcedony, emerald, sardonyx, sardius, chrysolite, beryl, topaz, chrysoprase, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst” in Revelation 21:19–20. The breastplate as New Jerusalem of God considered beautiful and glorifying. Heaven’s brilliant splendour of streets paved with gold and divine jewels in foundations. God considers colours and materials important in glorifying HIM. Revelation 21:11 reveals GLORY of God’s radiance jewel like jasper clear crystal. 15516493980762847747.jpgRevelation 4:1-11 describes door of open in heaven and first voice like a trumpet said, “Come and I will show you what will take place after. I was in the Spirit and saw Throne in heaven with God seated on Throne. HE had appearance of jasper, carnelian, around throne was rainbow appearance with emerald. Around God’s  Throne, 24 elders, seated on twenty-four thrones clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. Out of Throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder. Before God’s Throne burning seven torches of fire are seven spirits of God. In Exodus 34:1 the LORD told Moses, “Cut two tablets of stone like first so I will write 10 Commandments on tablets like the first tablets you broke in anger against people’s idolatry. The lesson in 1 John 4:1 is, don’t believe every spirit but test spirits to see if they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. The Hebrews people needed to know the difference between Yahweh and idols. Joshua 8:32, in the presence of people of Israel wrote on stones copy of laws of Moses. In Joshua 24:25 he made covenant with the people that day and gave them statutes, rules to them at Shechem. Zechariah 3:9 says, on the stone set before Joshua a stone with seven eyes, engrave inscription declares the LORD of hosts and I will remove the iniquity of this land in a single day. The servant of the LORD took Book of Law of Moses, made an altar of uncut stones without man’s wielded iron tool. They offered burnt offering to the LORD GOD and sacrificed peace offerings. Malachi 3:10 says, Bring all tithes to storehouse of God for food in my house. Put ME to test says the LORD of hosts to see I will open the windows of heaven to pour blessings until there is no more room for storage. 15516468499171381350304.jpgStones used for altars for God or sacred stool in Scotland or Stonehenge circles burial or shrines. Deuteronomy 21:18-21 says a stubborn rebellious child not obedient to voice of father or mother take them to city gate to be stoned to death by elders of his city at the gate of the place where he lives. They shall say to elders of his city, ‘our son is stubborn and rebellious did not obey our voice is a glutton and drunkard.’ All the men of the city stone him to death with stones to purge evil from your midst and Israel shall hear and fear. This law influenced cruelty to children and honour killings like Steven in Bible in Acts 8:1-40 Paul or Saul approved stoning. There arose a great persecution against the Church in Jerusalem scattered throughout regions of Judea and Samaria, except apostles. Devout men buried Stephen and made lamentation over him. Saul ravaging the church entered houses dragged men and women committed to prison. Those who scattered about preached the word. Philip went to city of Samaria proclaims Jesus to them. And Jesus saved woman caught in adultery from similar stoning told go and sin no more in John 8:1-59. Jesus is kind-hearted as people in Luke 11:11 give good gifts to children to eat fish not serpent or bread not stones, so is God pleased to give good gifts to all HIS Children. The greatest gift God gives is Eternal life-like Jesus saved mad man in Mark 5:5 who night and day in tombs on mountains cried out cut himself with stones. Yet recognised and worshipped Jesus the mad man cast away stones to receive Living Stone Jesus. Ecclesiastes 3:5 says there is time to cast away stone and time to gather stones. Matthew 4:1-6:34 said Jesus led by the Spirit into the wilderness tempted by the devil after 40 days and nights fasting was hungry, told ‘If you are the Son of God command the stones to become loaves of bread.’ Jesus answered, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the Mouth of God.’ In John 8:58-59, Then Jews came to Jesus and said you are not yet fifty years old but seen Abraham? Jesus said to them, I say to you, Before Abraham was, I Am. So they took stones to cast at him but He hid himself and went out of the temple, going through their midst and passed by. Jesus faced many challenges since His birth and throughout His Ministry but many people saved including Jews advised to continue in the Word and in the Way as Yeshua Messiah taught His believers. Thank God and Jesus for our salvation.

 

GOD IS ABSOLUTELY A ‘MAN’

establishing-shot-with-Jesus-for-live-classes-768x320Jesus told Philip,” as you see Me you see Father God, all who see Jesus see Father God’s Image says John 14:9. In Isaiah 6:1 the prophet saw the LORD GOD sitting on HIS Throne High and Lifted up and HIS train fills Temple. On HIS Throne is MANGOD Seated in Ezekiel 1:26-28 as he described the MANGOD on HIS Throne in heaven. God reveals HIMSELF in the Bible consistently by masculine gender. God has male and female qualities but HE CHOSE to present HIMSELF as MAN emphasising masculine quality FATHER Strong protector, MIGHTY Warrior, etc. Describes HIMSELF in Bible as KING of Kings, Judge, Husband, Master, God our FATHER and of our Lord Jesus Christ. A believer understands as C. S. Lewis says ‘gender is far deeper than human mind see. God’s masculine contains feminine as Eve made from Adam’s rib relates to him as male and fe/male. The Church is refered to as bride of Christ so contains men and women. Ezekiel 1 saw heaven open and God on Throne on fifth day of fourth month in thirtieth year sitting by the Chebar River. Ezekiel saw God and heard VOICE OF GOD ALMIGHTY like a Voice of speech, as the noise of a host… And Voice from firmament over their heads.. Above was Throne of sapphire stone, on Throne was MAN GOD. Again others saw God of Israel and under HIS FEET a pavement of sapphire sky purity in Exodus 24:10. A Magnificent Meal on Mountain shows God’s HU/MAN nature as HE ate with 70 elders and Moses on Sinai mountain in Exodus 24:1-18. Bible says this Covenant meal God made with them reinforce Abraham’s Covenant by God inviting seventy elders to come up to receive impartation of Spirit of God to lead HIS people in Numbers 11:16-30. Moses saw the LORD and spoke to God Face to face as a man speaks to a friend in Exodus 33:11. God is VISIBLE to many people who testify of HIS HU/MAN/ITY. Moses and Joshua took seventy elders to eat meat with the LORD God and lived. They saw God, Face to face yet lived to dispel myths God is too Supernatural to be approached or compared to humans in any form, shape, size. Deuteronomy 21:15-17 passage said the seventy elders were anointed because the LORD GOD told Moses to ‘Bring the 70 men…so The LORD will give you meat and to eat. God is worshipped by a believer who really understand HIS full Divine Sovereignty and Highly revered.  Bibles depict God in human terms as a Father God who has Children through HIS SON Jesus Christ as joint heirs and peculiar people. Acts 7:55-60 in Bible says Stephen on the earth saw heaven opened and Jesus was standing next to God RIGHT Hand. GOD has Arms and Hands like humans sitting on His Throne. Stephen filled with Holy Spirit looks into heaven and saw GLORY of God and Jesus standing on the RIGHT Hand of God. He said I see heaven open and Son of man standing on Right Hand of God. God’s “Right Hand” is BODY part of HIS IMAGE HE created humans to be like HIMSELF. GLORY of God surrounds Throne yet Stephen saw Jesus physically standing beside God’s RIGHT HAND.free-bible-studies-online-great-white-throne-judgementPsalm’s 103:13 parental image requests God to be kind, gentle but HIS IMAGE is a FATHER and not a woman as mother. It is true both men and women share 80% physical features as human beings but have unique differences identifying them as male and females. FATHER GOD has HIS Son God Jesus confirming to the people in Bible texts, God is Our Father. JESUS calls God Abba FATHER and God has 44 physical appeared literally face to face to humans confirming God as a MAN. If God does not answer a human need HE is accused of sleeping in Bible, Psalms 44:24 but God does not slumber or sleep. Entire Bible portrays God of Israel’s Image in HIS creation and God watches over Israel without slumber. Greek medieval, modern assumption is God is different not human but Bible texts says God is a literal Man as Jesus said. God is a FATHER exactly in the same way as a human father. God said, You who know how to give good gifts to your children, HOW MUCH MORE GOD YOUR FATHER is pleased to give you what you desire. It is written in Matthew 7:11 and Luke 11 : 13, if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children how much more will your FATHER in heaven give good things to you. The good things God gives is HIS LOVE for HIS Children and earthly good gifts including Holy Spirit to His Children. So necessary to respect God to honour HIM as Male not female. God is definable so important Christians remember the definitive revelation of God in the Word of God is Jesus Christ. We are to pray to “Our Father God” as Jesus taught us to stop reckless attitude of humans towards the Spiritual God. As humans have flesh so God’s Spirit, soul body, HIS breath in man, not mere clay. God is SPIRIT but Has a HUMAN nature in people of flesh and spirit. So possible to manifest HIS PRESENCE in mankind as fellow human beings as HE CHOOSES to do so. And 59% YouGov survey agree GOD IS A MAN but 41 per cent of British Christians think that God has no human gender but most refer to God as Male. A professor of Christian living history, Diarmaid MacCulloch, told Times: unconventional thinking of Image of God as Male around since Christianity first emerged. Yet God is Male like Jesus’ DEITY, SOVEREIGN, IMMORTAL. God’s DNA component within mankind in HIS IMAGE and LIKENESS. God’s SUPERIOR Image in humans help to see, hear, feel, think, talk, relate, love because God is LOVE. God’s DNA Image and likeness is represented in defined life principles to obey, be humble, forgive, be generous. GOD’S TRAITS maginify image of God in humans inherited through Christ Jesus. Justin Welby said God is not a male or a female in the human sense of the word and human language is ‘inadequate’ to describe HIM. Justin Welby talks about the division in today’s society based on gender issues. The feminist movement wants equality with men now extended to God causes this views on such things. God as a Male Patriarch requires men in societies to reach out to love their wives as Christ loved the Church of God. Jesus is the Male POWER God manifested in a Greco-Roman world, males are lord and king. Women, ladies, Queens God made with authority of God rule like men. 1542973799317-452672964.jpgJustin Welby said God is not a male or a female in the human sense of the word and human language is 'inadequate' to describe him God’s Gender does not CHANGE because world is different. FATHER GODMAN is described as “archaic terms,” by Church of England’s article of religion that God is ‘without body part or passion. Official teaching: catechism of Catholic church says HE is not wo/man HE is God. MALE LOVES all females too but Archbishop of Canterbury’s Christian Deity no Gender is archaic because some people prefer gender neutral. Bible texts of GODMAN has body so important for distinction in academic circle’s agender. God’s Gender in biological terms is based on a specific state of Jesus’ circumcision, genitalia as Male. Jesus’ physical features consistent with His genetics and physical features match heavenly DNA. This is why angel overshadowed Virgin Mary to conceive GOD’S SON Jesus. Bible texts recognize God created in the beginning male and females in Genesis two sexes used. But gender social construct masculinity or femininity is role people perform. Bible says women as weaker sex so men help them. GOD’S MALE identity confirmed in 1 Kings 22:19 by Micaiah says “Hear WORD of the LORD I saw the LORD God Sitting on HIS Throne and all host of heaven standing by HIM on HIS RIGHT Hand and on HIS left. 20 And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, to go to Ramothgilead? They said this or other on the matter. 21 Then came a spirit and stood before the LORD and said, I will persuade him. 22 And the LORD said to him how? And he said, I will go as a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And HE said, go persuade him and prevail as you do so. 23 Therefore, the LORD put a lying spirit in the mouth of all HIS prophets spoke to deceive him due to his idolatory (judgement of Elijah Naboth’s vineyard). 24 Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went to slap Micaiah on the cheek and said, which Spirit of the LORD spoke to you? 25 Micaiah said you will see it that day, when you go into an inner chamber to hide. Micaiah’s vision is accurate so Ahab died despite lies of 400 false prophets. Micaiah’s ACCURATE description of God on HIS Throne seen in heaven shows Micaiah knows God is Male described on HIS Throne with all on ‘Right and Left Hand.’ Bible on God’s Gender had 170 texts as Father so one cannot be FATHER unless one is Male. God CHOSE reveals HIMSELF to people as MALE. Masculine pronoun often used in Bible refers to God. Jesus Christ calls God Father several times as Masculine to refer to God. In the Bible Christ used term Father directly to refer to God 160 times. Christ said in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one as Jesus Christ came in human form a man to die on cross tp pay for sins of the world. Like God our Father, Jesus was revealed in male form and Bible records numerous instances. From Acts to Revelations 900 verses use Theos as HIS Masculine noun in Greek directly to refer to God consistent with pattern of HIS Masculine titles, nouns, pronouns for GODMAN.’ HE CHOSE the Masculine form to reveal HIMSELF to mankind. Jesus Christ masculine titles, nouns, and pronouns is a Male on earth. Prophets in Old Testament and apostles of New Testament refer to God or Jesus Christ with Masculine NAMES and titles. GODMAN reveals WHO HE IS to help us understand HIM but not to box God to limit HIM genderless. So inappropriate Archbishop of Canterbury’s Christian Deity’s Gender is ‘archaic’ because some prefer a gender neutral God, reject HIM that HE IS PATRIACHALISTIC.

1542823708420-1104846375.jpgDegendentrificationdysmorphia of our FATHER God tries to overlook Biblical Supernaturalistic overwhelming proof texts showing God has a Male Body of importance for distinction in academic circles in terms HIS sex and gender. In 1 Kings 2:2, David told son Solomon, “Be strong and show yourself a man.” David’s advice reflects gender is also seen today in a similar way Moses instructed Joshua, be strong and valiant in Deuteronomy 31:7, ie be a strongman and valiant. Deuteronomy 22:5 gender boundary says a woman must not wear a man’s apparel, or shall the man wear woman’s clothing because these things are abhorrent to God. So Ancient Israel significantly kept gender roles reflected in Bible prohibition against male-male anal intercourse in Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, “a man must not lie with another man like a woman.” Males to act and be treated like men in ancient Israel, men were masculine and women feminine. As God is Man in Bible an explicit Male imagery describes God. The Song of the Sea in Exodus 15:3 says God is a MAN of war, JEHOVAH Nissi is HIS NAME. God is KING in Bible in Isaiah 44:6, God the KING of Israel is the Redeemer, Jehovah LORD of Hosts. Psalms 24:10 asks, WHO is the KING of GLORY? Jehovah of hosts is the KING of GLORY! Selah. Bible texts express God’s maleness in the Semitic language, Hebrew verbs respects God’s Gender. Hebrew noun is masculine and feminine appropriate gender verb or an adjective used. But “you” refers to both male or female. But כָּתַבְתָּ (katavta), and כָּתַבְתְּ (katavt) is written to distinguish a female and male. Unlike German, Greek the Hebrew language has no neutral gender so all items have a grammatical gender of masculine or feminine.  For example a table is, שֻׁלְחָן (shulkhan) is masculine, but a bow, קֶשֶׁת (qeshet) is feminine. God in the Bible is Masculine, relevant for God’s representations. God compares woman in childbirth in Isaiah 42:14 to show HIS Maternal side. Strong scholarly consensus says that God is a non gender entity so can’t be a male or  female as a Deity monosex. This is the contradiction in terms of these scholars suggesting though God is grammatically masculine has no bearing on Gender of God. Linguistic studies say its incorrect grammatical gender but understanding God’s real gender is not a trivial matter. In Bible, God is always a masculine verb or adjective so grammatical fact derives from view of God as a MAN. Description of God absolutely reinforces HE IS MAN not a halfman halfwoman amaphrodite. So GOD creates humankind in HIS OWN IMAGE and LIKENESS as MAN/KIND.1542913327402-452672964.jpg1542823582587-452672964.jpg1542873791468-452672964.jpg1542823799699-1840475426.jpgGod of the Creation Story is Male and Masculine view of God as KING is stated in Isaiah and Psalms as used in Garden of Eden in Genesis 1:1-2:4. The Bible confirms the Powerful God in the masculine grammatical forms as other male kings. God’s massive creations of the world is like other king’s significant building projects familiar with a king’s roles. In Genesis 1:26, נַֽעֲשֶׂה אָדָם, “let us make humans in OUR Image,” refers to God as KING consulting members of HIS royal court. The text depicts God a KING consulting royal counselors is heaven so include Jesus and angels. Androgynous God is another point of view made by using Genesis 1:27, God created man in HIS Image in the Image of God did HE create male and female did HE create them. This verse shows God is a MALE KING but men father female daughters so people are created male and female in God’s image. Genesis 1:27 verse in the Bible. God creates people in His Image to bear on God’s Male gender as Jesus told us. The Bible passages shows God provides solace ‘as a mother comforts her child.’ Referring to God as ‘her’ does not mean God’s Male Fatherhood must be abandoned. God has female Children although God’s Deity is viewed as Male and masculine. God is the FATHER of all Creation and all flesh so focus is on the Garden of Eden Image of God a Male in the Bible. The Garden identifies God as Male and Masculine FATHER. Genesis 4:1 describes Eve’s conception of Cain in text as, “God created child.”God as the Father and the Mother’s dual gender identity some have attributed to God. In Genesis and Isaiah 42:5-43:10 there is maternal side of God’s feminine caring nature of  male and masculine depicted. Isaiah 42:14 depicts God as the ‘female’ woman giving birth. But I kept silent too long I Kept still and restrained Myself so WILL scream like a woman in labour and I will pant and I will gasp. God is like panting woman in labour, whose breath force can wreak havoc on the world in Isaiah 42:15. For hills and heights will I scorch, to cause all their green to wither I will turn rivers into isles, and dry the marshes up. Passages in Isaiah 40-66 God woman synonymous with the prophet Isaiah living during the Babylonian exile depicting God as a woman. Motherly Image God complex complicates picture of Gender of God in the Bible to some people. God’s Gender in Bible recognizes God as the LOVING Father like mortal father’s love for their children. God is NOT, a “wholly other,” whose HUMAN IMAGE is created in all humans. Noah story in Genesis 6:6 God regrets HE made man on earth, and HIS heart was saddened. They saw are God as a MAN with manly habits so, the biblical God’s gender recognize that in the Bible God speaks with a multiple voices of God and metaphors. Brevard Childs (1923-2007), biblical scholar, Yale University and Yale Divinity School said: The entire Bible portrays God of Israel’s Image in all HIS creations sustained by grace. God watches over Israel without slumber. Bible on political correctness recognises some people don’t have clear sexual identity or orientation due to the health reasons. Bible’s interpretation on new meanings notes and respect them. But God remains relevant and crucial as the ULTIMATE MALE role model above all men. to recognize differences. The Bible depicts God Male so HE is NOT a gender-neutral, genderless but gender inclusive. Men are not pressured to be neutral genders before an acceptance as fathers to their children. Why demand GOD denounces HIS GENDER as OUR FATHER before HE is good enough to be accepted by HIS creation. And Romans 1 warns about the changes of turning truth into a lie and turning lies into truth. God has given up people to their reprobate mind to do as they please out of freewill. But one day will face God to give an account of how they mislead people. GOD LOVES all HIS people so no respecter of persons based on gender.

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FIRE DIDN’T TAKE OUR SOUL

1542541799044-834355254.jpgFire has not taken our souls and that is all that really counts,” Garcia said. “We have people left is more important than any things,” Jones said. But we have lost everything we had because the fire took everything but has not taken our souls and that’s all that really counts,” Garcia said. In the midst of fire adversity and a tragedy is poignant symbols reminding people to be strong in spite of problems. Most going back after the fire destroyed thousands of homes plus other facilities will rebuild the entire town of Paradise. The town was enveloped by “firestorm rained hell down,” said Butte the county sheriff, Kory Honea. There was no time to save whole town because fire spread at the rate greater than a football field in a minute. Focus turned into rescuing people from houses overtaken by flame and Jerry Garcia’s wife, Sharon, wasn’t interested in returning to the town they lived for decades but changed her mind planning on returning to rebuild new Paradise town. Isaiah 43:2 says you pass through the waters God is with you and when you pass through floods it will not overflow you and when you go into fire, it will not burn you. So survivors of fire have been rescued alive despite risks to their lives. Biblical unnatural wildfires are hard to contain due to combination of factors. Bible Signs of the end times of Biblical last days end time prophecy predict fires so complex beyond natural seasonal fires regularly contained. The property and life destroyed by fire and flood really damages communities. Yet in spite of all these natural disasters of earthquakes, floods, wildfires in Bible prophecy news people have hope. And news reports every week talks about a disaster of hurricanes, storms, tempests, fire and flood, disasters by sea and land, globally. Isaiah 43:2 predicts you to pass through the waters, through the floods and fire but God is with you. I can hear you screaming if God is with you why did HE not prevent you passing through the floods or driving, walking through a fire. Floods, fires, famines, droughts and pestilence are the four horsemen riding bringing these upon the earth predicted in the Book of Revelations in the Bible. 1542534847296-834355254.jpgThe coming storms of extreme weather and climate changes intensify terrifying with harzards in the future preceding Rapture and later the Second Coming of Jesus. Apocalypse doomsday tribulation is going since the time of Christ but now floods, tornadoes, locusts are part of the end time birth pangs. Apocalypse, final judgment of man and destruction of the world by fire in Bible imagery is a real event on earth. All people are affected whether religious or not floods, fires, storms, unusual seven thunders in Bible prophecy demands the attention of all the people on the earth. Bible signs are these startling events floods hurricanes, tornadoes, in earthquakes, casualties by sea and land. The Bible says one-third of trees, people will perish due to weather fuelling fires in the last days. Fires get worse due to complex building material and high tech lifestyle links community the houses and closeness of homes. The Word of God warns that the heavens and earth existing are stored up for fire, but kept until the day of judgment and destruction of Great / Tribulations. It is the warning to heed and take seriously because structures must be designed to limit damage to life and property. Fires from thunders, earthquake, hurricane, floods are unpredictable. This is why it is good to prepare for survival or those who lost lives their souls to go back into heaven. This is not the time to be angry at God to blame HIM because thousands of years of warning is given to prepare against such times. Whether religious or not God does what he forewarned and it affects unbelievers lives too. Camp fire named by road near origin is the most destructive fire in state history and the deadliest killing so many people and still so many more unaccounted for. More than 10,000 homes is destroyed by the fire largely in the Paradise town of 27,000. Also gone are 366 commercial buildings and a third of town’s schools. There is so much to rebuild, but before that can begin, authorities must finish sifting through the ashes to find what’s left of those who didn’t make it out in time. Some may never be recovered and returning evacuees may find remains if authorities missed some sheriff warned.1542537330994-1895827285.jpg Still, residents are eager to return home, or at least to the rubble that remains. So how does a town nearly wiped off maps rise from the ashes? It’s a question with no easy answers. Since disaster began, local government officials emphasized the commitment to rebuilding the town, though its location means fire is always a risk. But it will probably take at least five to 10 years to restore the town, and it takes longer for individual residents, said Robert B Olshansky, an expert in post-disaster recovery. Rescue workers search areas to discover the suspected human remains in homes destroyed by Camp Fire Friday in Paradise California. “I’m confident they’re going to rebuild but it’s going to be tough,” Olshansky said. “The people there five years from now may not be same ones now. There are going to be a lot of households for whom it may still be a disaster.”Like pure gold, the refiner’s fire remove dross for a more beautiful and better buildings than before. This refining is to strengthen the enduring human soul or spirit as overcomers in life. Zechariah 13:9 says a third will be through fires to refine them like pure silver to test them as gold is tested. The spirit of grace and of supplications will help those look up to God to deliver and sustain them. And Isaiah 48:10 also states I refined you not as silver and tested you in fire to refine you in the furnace of suffering. Tests by the fire of suffering as silver is refined in a furnace. Like a refiner’s fire people are tested like exams are for promotion to higher spiritual level by the believers desiring God. And the painful sufferings are temporary on the earth compared to the joyful experience of victory. As fire strengthens bricks or wood, silver, gold, God refines mankind as Daniel and friends joined by Jesus in Babylon Iraq survived. Physical fire becomes a symbol of redemption testing a faithful believer to prove love and confidence in God. As Jesus was in the fire with Daniel so by Holy Spirit’s POWER of God, some survived location, speed, help, support of others. Christians who died, the souls go straight to God in heaven for absence from body means presence with God. So Jesus told believers, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire to become spiritually rich, wear white garments, and clothe yourself in righteousness and holiness. God accepts people as they are so call upon God in Jesus Name.1542536081369-834355254.jpgThe town cannot be rebuilt in the way it was federal officials warned the county, but some have hopeful vision for future. Newer schools, a sewer system instead of outdated septic tanks to be safer from fires. “If we are going to rebuild, we are going to rebuild community where this never happens,” said former fire chief’s town evacuation operation coordinator, Jim Broshears. The risk of fire is always present in forest area, high in the Sierra foothills and surrounded by canyons on two sides. The town experienced at least four evacuations due to fire in 10 years. Close to 200 homes lost in 2008 fires. But this was a worst-case scenario. Now, as community prepares to rebuild it must construct safer, more modern buildings, and perhaps look at how its forests are managed, Broshears said. “We have an opportunity to build forest in the model of pre-European settlement conditions,” Broshears said. That is going to be more resilient forest. Currently, the western sierras densely wooded not necessarily the best model for forests to get through fires, said Thomas Scott an expert on wildfire at the University of California, Berkeley. That’s because second-growth forests, woodland regrown after harvest carry fire further and faster than trees there before. Ideas of a pre-Columbian forest generally means not suppressing early summer fires, and removing some younger trees to create a more widely spaced forest. Forest management is not about harvesting trees, but thinning the forest to protect the community. “You get back a more pre-Columbian forest then that means it’s less likely to trap all those people in the town,” Scott said. Even with that approach there will still be fires, they would just be less likely to start at the crest of the sierras and stop at the Central Valley, he said. Fire is a process Californians live with, manage and stop thinking of as a foe, Scott said. The Paradise fire is special case because of sufficient fuels around the city which let the fire come in number of different ways,” Scott said. So homeowners can make properties less vulnerable to fire, ensuring roof not flammable with dried leaves, vegetation or creating defensible space. Fires driven by strong wind can’t be fought but with most fuel in the area burned up Paradise probably safe from fire for awhile but not forever and the rest of the state at risk most of the year. Not wanting to sound heartless, has to accept if you live in burnable landscape, climate changing may be “when” house burns not “if” a house burns,” Scott said. A rescue worker gives her cadaver dog water as they search the Paradise Gardens apartments for victims of the Camp fire in Paradise on Friday.The new Paradise rebuilding starts once the fire, currently burning 221 sq miles at 45% containment, is extinguished, and then hazardous ash and rubble cleaned up, it could take about a year. Butte county is advising residents on what to do when they return but they acknowledge could be weeks or months away. There is almost no gas, electricity, safe water and no emergency services, police station and fire station survived as did the town hall. Air is hazardous, with risk of falling tree limbs ongoing, and what’s left of homes, incinerated belongings and kitchen appliances are probably toxic. Residents are permitted to return but few will have anywhere to stay. The fire destroyed town so chances of successful rebuilding is much higher compared with other natural disasters, Olshansky said, thanks to insurance. As support from state, federal government loans, funding of a Federal Emergency Management Agency, will aid the town in recovery. Including constructing new public buildings Paradise unified school district lost three of nine schools, others sustained significant damage to rebuild. Before the fire residents approved $61m bond to fund buildings and equipments updates. Until students return to schools still standing, district looking at online programs Superintendent Michelle John said. Other school districts volunteered to take additional students. The rescue worker use cadaver dogs as they search Paradise Gardens apartments for more victims of the Camp fire in Paradise on Friday. Schools are key, Olshansky said; residents typically return to areas hit by disaster if schools continue to operate. Challenge in Santa Rosa communities hit by last year’s Tubbs fire, destroyed 3,000 homes. And so finding qualified contractors to rebuild the schools and homes damaged in Paradise estimated at least two to three times Santa Rosa experience, mayor, Jody Jones, said. “So having enough capable contractors to go round not slow things down building is challenge,” Olshansky said. Town is working on streamlining the process of building inspections and permits mayor said looking at support small businesses with high bankruptcy after disasters. It is thinking about the long-term’s tough, decisions the mayor added. The town’s council members, 17 police officers, and dozens of firefighters lost homes along with thousands of others so will rebuild. “We have people, more important than any things,” Jones said. Though lost the sentimental and highly valued material things but it has not taken our souls and that’s all that really counts,” Garcia said. “That’s why we’re going back.” What an amazing statement made because Jesus said real true life does not constitute the material possession accumulated. Years of hard work, sacrifices, generations of inheritance burnt down within last few days. Yet people still cling to love, hope assured knowing mourning may last for night season of painful loss or suffering but joy comes in the morning. May God strengthen the weak ones to help their unbelief and increase their faith in God in Christ. Above all, God does test run of to warn of worse unquenchable fires in hell and gnashing of teeth by groanings. These fires reveal preview of the worse fires of judgement of wrath of God. This is the time to decide to live for God to be in God’s Kingdom or to ignore God’s fire alarm warning hellfire not escaped. Do not let anyone deceive you a loving God will not punish by fire because Sodom and Gomorrah was burnt by fire. Live life to full but remember that you are created in God’s Image whether you are a believer or not, will one day in future face God’s future judgement. Take a full advantage as survivor, advise yourself you do not want to be anywhere near hell fire which is a million times hotter than the paradise fires. Faith in God and good fire insurance has buoyed Barbara Kramer, 79, whose two-bedroom home and car were destroyed. Apparently, lost everything but haven’t lost anything she said. “We’re Christians and everything we have belongs to the LORD so if it is gone, it’s just things.” Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude gratitude reflection for survival even if only in clothes on body. Thanksgiving gives hope of assurance to Trust GOD HIMSELF to provide again as HE did before. So is confident to rebuild but knew some don’t understand how one can lose everything they worked for their whole lives and not feel any loss of devastation sadness. Thank God for the ones with fire insurance taken care of so booked into a Hotels for weeks or as long as necessary. Others are in a make shift temporary accommodation at the moment trying to figure their future.

FAITH IS RESTORED IN GOD

Jessica Wilbanks

Journalism academician Jessica Wilbanks is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and creative nonfiction awards from Ninth LetterSycamore Review, Redivider, and the Ruminate magazine. In 2014, she was selected as a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award in Journalism. Jessica received her MFA in creative nonfiction from University of Houston where she served as nonfiction editor for Gulf Coast. She lives in Houston Texas with husband and son. Jessica Wilbanks is a third-year M.F.A. student in creative nonfiction at the University of Houston, where she serves as Nonfiction Editor at Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and the Arts. Her essays and creative nonfiction have appeared in theBulletin of Atomic Scientists, The PuritanSojourners, The Normal School, and Relevant Magazine. She was recently awarded Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from West Africa Research Association to conduct research for her thesis, an essay collection focusing on the history and practice of Christianity in West Africa. Jessica is the winner of a Pushcart Prize for essay writing, debuts the captivating story of how she turned away from God. She eloquently explores her long journey from being Pentecostal Christian who spoke in tongues to being an atheist. Drawn away from a Church after writing a ‘talisman’ in her pocket to abandon faith. She kept a façade by attending church pretending to take notes of sermons. But led a worldly life to escape the cage that seemed more boring compared to exciting lifestyle of two free spirit wild girls she admired and later copied. Eventually it was time to experience that side of life first by escaping to an institution where she gained freedom to practice her freewill. After a few years manages to restore her faith by travelling to West Africa, Nigeria to explore Pentecostal Christianity. Whether writing of scars, her dad’s rusty pickup trucks, massive Pentecostal revivals in Lagos, Wilbanks captures scenes beautifully. Wilbanks’s slow deconstruction of her family-given religiosity is the evocative inversion of average spiritual journey in her book. What impressed me most about this is a personal journey of faith story crossed path with academics who keep the faith matters private in an academic setting. This is a testimony of courage, a family reunion, forgiveness in situations that lead others on the journey of no return. Thank God for HIS LOVE, Mercy, Grace and restoration of faith in Jesus to give hope to people lost in wilderness of atheism. WHEN I SPOKE IN TONGUES is a memoir of profound destabilization that comes from losing one’s faith, as a young woman’s journey to reconcile her lack of belief with her love for her deeply religious family. Growing up in poverty in the rural backwoods of southern Maryland, Pentecostal church was at the core of Jessica Wilbanks’ family life. At sixteen, driven by a desire to discover the world, Jessica walked away from the Church. Trading her faith for freedom and driving a wedge between her and her deeply religious family. Fundamentalist faiths haunt the adherents long after belief fades former believers often live in limbo straddling two world views and trying to reconcile their past and present. Ten years later, struggling with guilt and shame, Jessica began a quest to recover her faith. It led her to West Africa, where she explored Yorùbá roots of Pentecostal faith, and was once again swept up by promises and power of Church. After a terrifying car crash, she finally began the difficult work of forgiving herself for leaving the church and her family and finding her own path. When I Spoke in Tongues is a story of the painful and complicated process of losing one’s faith and moving across class divides. And in the end, it’s a story of how a family splintered by dogmatic faith can eventually be knit together again through love.

Wondering about as belief fades former believers live in limbo of the two world views. Jesssica, trying to reconcile her past with the present, ten years later, struggling with guilt and shame, Jessica began a quest to recover her faith. It led her to West Africa, where she explored Yorùbá roots of Pentecostal faith, and was once again swept up by promises and power of Church. After a terrifying car crash, she finally began the difficult work of forgiving herself for leaving the church and her family and finding her own path. When I Spoke in Tongues is the story of the painful and complicated process of losing one’s faith and moving across class divides. And in the end, it’s a story of Jessica’s family reconciliation, after splintered by dogmatic faith is knit together through love restored in God. 

 CHIBUNDU ONUZO

Welcome to Lagos_cvr_300dpi print res (1)nterview:Chibundu Onuzo interview in new book Welcome to Lagos published, Houston Chronicle. Jessica Wilbank’s Teaching Philosophy: As writers, we are dependent on two streams to nourish our writing. First, is the stream of inspiration or mysterious and spiritual force that wakes us in the middle of the night with words singing in our heads. Then there is the realm of craft and technique, the editor and the workhorse. As creative writing teacher, I do my best to both equip my students with craft advice, structural templates that have best served my own writing, while also honoring and feeding my students’ original sources of inspiration. PAST WRITEFEST May 5, 2017

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Participating in the first workshop took place in May 2017. This was first year participating in Writefest–an amazing new writer’s conference in Houston sponsored by Houston Writers’ Guild and Writespace. Participation in panel called “How to Get Published in Literary Journals”and moderated panel with Andrew Sullivan, CP Heiser, Michael J. DeLuca, Holly Walrath, and Karen Bovenmyer. I was especially excited to meet CP Heiser, since Unnamed Press published Jessie Chaffee’s terrific new book Florence in Ecstasy. I never worked with Tony Hoagland in my graduate program but my weekend course with him several years ago was aimed at helping high school teachers better understand or appreciate poetry. That course was beginning of a massive shift in the way I approached imagery and detail in my work. I remember coming home from class at 5 pm on a Saturday night and writing for hours at kitchen table. His love for poetry was just so infectious, and he was so passionate about helping people see how alive and energetic poetry could be. I’ll never forget him telling us “I do a lot of things in my life…write poems, teach grad students, give lectures…but teaching community workshops is the thing I love doing more than anything else.” This beautiful excerpt is from “A Color of the Sky” in What Narcissism Means to Me.

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