An amazing documentary! Using software based on Kepler’s 3 Laws of Planetary Motion, narrator Rick Larson explains how he used clues from the bible to see the sky exactly as the Magi saw it.
June 18, 2015 at 11:34am
I find it suspect that now that Hillary’s running, so is Trump. I hope I’m wrong but I think he’ll run third party to make sure Hillary wins.
 June 14, 2015 at 8:45am
I’ll be starting the devotion of the Five First Saturdays today
Five First Saturdays of reparation were requested to atone for the five ways in which people offend the Immaculate Heart of Mary:
1. attacks upon Mary’s Immaculate Conception
2. attacks against her Perpetual Virginity
3. attacks upon her Divine Maternity and the refusal to accept her as the Mother of all mankind
4. for those who try to publicly implant in children’s hearts indifference, contempt and even hatred of this Immaculate Mother
5. for those who insult her directly in her sacred images.
“See, My daughter, My heart surrounded by thorns which ungrateful men pierce at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude… Say to all those who:
For five months, on the first Saturday, confess, receive Holy Communion, recite the Rosary and keep Me company for 15 minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, in a spirit of reparation,
I promise to assist them at the hour of death with all the graces necessary for the salvation of their souls.”
Amen Dudley. We've done that on several occasions, should do it again. We'll be a month behind, but we'll stand with you.
enjoy your Pagan Worship.
Tepent of your Idolitry for there is one way to the Father and that is Christ Jesus.
dudley, your post is an encapsulation of why catholicism is not Christianity. You are fixated on Mary, not Messiah.
- Mary was not immaculately conceived - to be such would be a violation of the whole of Scripture
- Mary had other children after Jesus - this is documented in Scripture and the contortions the catholic religion goes to in denying it are beyond legendary
- Mary is not the mother of mankind - This pagan idea actually traces back to the first false religion created by Nimrod's wife Semiramis in the time of Genesis (no, she is not found in Genesis, but in Babylonian texts of that period.)
- Christians have no hatred of Mary, she is our sister in Christ, no more or less
- "Sacred images"? - Have you not read the 10 commandments? "“You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth." - Exodus 20:4. You have to be joking to think some dirt and clay, or gold and silver are somehow sacred because someone shapes them in the form of a young white girl (vice a Middle Eastern girl) and says "this is Mary".
Jesus bled out for you on the cross in excruciating agony, dudley, not Mary. You are worshiping an idol.
Bold as The Lion of Judah
'I promise to assist them at the hour of death with all the graces necessary for the salvation of their souls'
"Babylon's IDOLS" Isaiah 46:1-13
Isaiah 46:7 'They lift it upon the shoulder and carry it. They set it in its place and it stands there. It does not move from its place. Though one may cry to it, it cannot answer, It cannot deliver him from his distress.'
Jeremiah 10:5 'Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field, their idols cannot speak. They must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them, they can do no harm nor can they do any good.'
Psalm 115:5 'They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they utter a sound with their throats. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.'
What about Jesus?
Jeremiah 7:18 'The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough to make cakes for the QUEEN OF HEAVEN. And they pour out drink offerings to OTHER gods, to PROVOKE ME TO ANGER. "Is it I whom they provoke...?" declares the LORD. Is it not themselves, TO THEIR OWN SHAME...?'
...But she's just a human. That whole ritual is all about seeming worship of the Virgin Mary, and while she does deserve some recognition those Five Saturdays are unfounded and also untrue. Mary wasn't conceived immaculately, she wasn't a perpetual virgin (she had kids after Jesus), she's not the mother of all mankind (Eve and technically Noah's wife and his sons' wives would be the mothers of humanity - all our mitochondria come from them), nobody treats her with any hatred unless they're Muslim (why would they? She's not really worthy of it) and why would she have sacred images? Sure she's Jesus's mother and all but she's still a human being, and because she's human she's not worthy of worship. Reverence, sure, but not worship.
dudleydoright - No Religion or human can ever replace/take the place or claim "Divinity" except +JESUS who is God+, My prayer today - I come against Catholicism & any other religion or human/promoting false doctrine & bind you on earth & in Heaven in +Jesus + name Amen.
You're wasting your time asking the Virgin Mary to save your soul.
"then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is
‘the stone you builders rejected,
which has become the cornerstone.’
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:10-12
@Dudley Do-Right: Do you know of the origin of the 5 Saturdays? The virgin Mary appeared and requested it of 3 children, the ritual itself is strange in it's goals. 2Cor 11:14-15 are verses that allude to one of Satan's and his followers abilities, an ability unquestioned by Paul, and it fits the description of "our lady at Fatima" apparitions.
I pray God bring you out of this zeal.
dudleydoright - Catholicism is nothing more than the ancient religion of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mithraic_mysteries, it was the religion of Persia it was the religion of the Roman Empire & it is the religion of Catholicism today, it is "Sun Worship/Satan" & stems from Babylon with all of the rituals, regalia, pagan gods, statues, it is not +Christianity, it replaces & demotes the "Divinity of +Jesus the Christ who is God+, symbolism, it claims to have another Gate/Portal to +God+, not through +Jesus + as the Bible tells us, rubbing beads, praying to saints & Mary, crucifying +Jesus God+ with the practice of a weekly/mass, practicing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necromancy which is "Forbid "in The Bible, Catholics have to have a "Bone of a Dead Saint" to preform a Mass which is Forbid in The Bible, +Jesus God+ said +He+ is the +God+ of the living not the dead so who are they communicating with "Demons", always showing +Jesus God+ as a baby or emaciated hanging on a cross, that is "Done Complete Finished" +He+ is not nailed to a cross anymore, +He+ is not a baby, nor emaciated, +He+ should be shown as the +King of Kings Lord of Lords that +He+ is & 33, the "Worst" Apostasy toward +Jesus God+ is someone human claiming to be +God+ & claiming to be able to forgive sin which the Pope has already done.
dudley, catholic.org lists 15 promises of Mary to those who recite the rosary. Among them (my comments in parenthesis):
- Whoever shall faithfully serve ME by the recitation of the rosary, shall receive signal graces. (Serve Mary? According to the Bible we are to serve God only)
- I promise MY special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the rosary. (My special protection? Where is this found in the Bible?)
- The soul which recommend itself to ME by the recitation of the rosary, shall not perish. (Recommend our souls to Mary? Jesus died for us, not Mary. Salvation is only in Him.)
- I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the rosary. (Where in Scripture is "purgatory"?)
- You shall obtain all you ask of ME by the recitation of the rosary. (Me, me, me, not Jesus, Jesus, Jesus)
All who recite the rosary are MY son, and brothers of MY only son Jesus Christ. (Where does this appear in Scripture?)
Devotion of MY rosary is a great sign of predestination. (I thought it was all about Jesus.)
The spirit who is making these claims of "I", "my" and "me" is usurping authority and power only Messiah has. God said He does not give His glory and honor to another. Mary is no exception.
I can understand the draw to such claims because they remove the need for actually following God, replacing accepting Him on His terms with pre-determined formulas of chants and repetition.
But, it is not Christianity.
Bold as The Lion of Judah
If it is a community with an idol statue of Mary then it is either catholic or one of the schisms from catholicism and is not CHRISTIAN. Catholicism is not Christian it is a cult.
There is no such thing as an immaculate heart of Mary, she is not divine and is not a co redeemer with Jesus.
Pay attention people the comment by Dudley is a catholic cult on full display
Mary was blessed of God and the mortal mother of Christ. She then had relations with Joseph and had other children, including James (later called as an Apostle).
Where do you come up with this stuff. NONE of it is Biblical.
808, Dudley, and others, I promised to respond when The Spirit showed me what to say. The time to respond has come.
The catholic religion takes a single passage of Jesus’ teaching out of context making it the focal point of their existence, authority, and doctrines.
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” – Jesus, Matthew 16:16-18
The word translated “Peter” in this passage (and all 156 times it is found in Scripture) is “petros”, a small pebble or stone. The word “rock” in this passage is “petra”, a mountain, boulder, living rock, or cliff. It appears 15 times in Scripture, always referring to Jesus or a large rock (in half the cases speaking of a physical rock it clearly refers to Jesus as in Matthew 16).
The backdrop of Matthew 16 was Caesarea Philippi, 1 of 3 springs the Jordan River originates from. It is a huge cliff with a cave opening at the bottom from which water flowed (at that time). The cave opening was known as the Gate of Hades. Jesus was building a word picture of Himself (petra), Peter as a part of the church (petros), and hell (Gate of Hades), their relationships and relative importance.
Jesus mentions the church only twice (Matthew 16;19, 18:17, 18) in all His recorded teaching. The first time the word “ekklesia” is used in the Bible it refers to the establishment of the church upon Himself (Jesus). The second time Jesus teaches how to correct a believer’s walk after he stumbles. If the church was so important, why did Jesus spend almost zero time talking about it? In 3 years of public ministry, He only mentioned it twice. 3 Gospels do not mention the church at all. This is no accident.
By contrast, The Spirit is mentioned 11 times in Matthew, 6 times in Mark, 15 times in Luke, and 19 times in John. Jesus had a lot to say about The Spirit.
Catholic doctrine points to itself, to its claimed position, doctrines, role, authority, and exclusivity. This is counter to what Jesus taught.
The church as an entity is not a focus in the Gospels. The focus is Jesus. Jesus said The Spirit would be the one to teach believers, and He would teach what He hears about Jesus.
With the exception of 2 passages in Acts, let’s look at the Gospels (mostly Jesus talking) since He is the final authority, not a church, the Apostles, or any other.
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” – Jesus talking to Nicodemus concerning being reborn, John 3:6-8
“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.” – Jesus, John 3:15
“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” – Jesus. John 3:18
“Even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” – Jesus, John 17:2-3
We see the simplicity of the Gospel right here.
- One must be born of The Spirit.
- WHOEVER believes has eternal life (church/rituals/sacraments/deeds/acts are not mentioned at all).
- Believers are no longer judged (present perfect tense), non-believers have already been judged (past tense).
Jesus does not mention the church, nor does He mention ANY requirements for eternal life other than belief in Messiah. The catholic religion teaches the requirement for “actual grace”, then baptism, and good works (including the churches sacraments and penance). Jesus said none of this.
And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” – Jesus giving the great commission, Mark 16:16
Note, the condemnation is for those who have disbelieved, EXACTLY as Jesus said the world is condemned already in John 3 and 16. Baptism is an outward expression of the transformation that occurs in the heart when one accepts Jesus and passes from condemnation to salvation.
Jesus’ take on the commandments is very different from the catholic view. Messiah said:
“But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged. I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear now. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose to you. All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose to you.” – Jesus, describing the functions of The Spirit after He returns to heaven, John 16:7-15
The Spirit, not the church, is the one teaching believers. Yes, believers spread the Gospel, but they (especially after the first generation believers were gone) know the truth because The Spirit confirms it in them individually in harmony with the logos (written word), NOT through church doctrines or tradition.
Jesus said The Spirit will do 3 things, convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment:
The ONLY sin The Spirit convicts of is failure to believe in Messiah. This is consistent with ALL teaching of Jesus concerning grace and forgiveness. If one has Messiah, his sins are washed away by Jesus’ blood. If one does not have Messiah, one does not have grace or The Spirit, meaning one is guilty of the one sin that matters.
The simplicity of God’s message is Messiah. When the punishment has been paid through blood sacrifice God no longer sees the sin covered. This is a core tenant of The Law which Jesus fulfilled at the cross for all time. When one accepts Messiah’s sacrifice in their place (fulfillment of Isaiah 53) the sin is forever gone. That does not make Christians perfect or even good. It does mean God keeps His word despite our failures. In God’s eyes there is only one sin that still matters after His Son died for us, did we accept Messiah or not? This is directly from Jesus’ own mouth.
The Spirit was given to all believers, not just the Apostles. This fact is found throughout Scripture in dozens of places. It is noteworthy in Acts to see who the Spirit was poured out on when He first came:
At this time Peter stood up in the midst of the brethren (a gathering of about one hundred and twenty persons was there together)… When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance… but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel: ‘AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,’ God says, ‘THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS; EVEN ON MY BONDSLAVES, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, I WILL IN THOSE DAYS POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT and they shall prophesy.’” – Acts 1:15, 2:1-4, 16-18
The Holy Spirit was distributed on all believers who were gathered, possibly 120 men and women, not just the Apostles. Peter also points out the prophet Joel said this would happen, and it would be on all mankind.
In case there remains any question from the Gospels concerning The Spirit indwelling Christians:
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet, because Jesus was not yet glorified. – Jesus, John 7:38-39
The living water is truth, which is Jesus. How does Scripture define truth?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God… But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth… For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. – John concerning Jesus, John 1:1-2,12-14, 17
- Jesus is the Word (logos, written word)
- Jesus is God
- He gave those who BELIEVE in Him the right to be God’s children
- Grace and Truth are embodied in Jesus, the Word (logos)
- The Law points to the need for Grace and Truth through Jesus
Because Jesus is grace and truth, the Law (commandments) are no longer needed. This is consistent with what Jesus said about The Spirit convicting the world of a single sin, not accepting Jesus. The rest of the Law was done away with, because Jesus gave only one commandment after one accepts Messiah:
“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” – Jesus, John 15:12
So what is truth? From John we see truth was realized through Jesus, but it goes further than that:
Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” – Jesus and Pilate, John 18:37-38
“I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. – Jesus, John 17:15-17
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” – Jesus describing Himself, John 14:6
So we see Jesus is the Truth, The Word (logos), the Way, and the Life. Those who are of the truth (Christians) hear His voice (The Spirit teaching them, not a church). He is the only way to salvation. Jesus is the Word, which is by definition The Truth. Tradition, doctrine, teachings that cannot trace back to The Truth are not of The Truth. While the church has a role to play teaching believers of the truth, that truth by definition is always contained in Jesus, the Word (logos, written). If a teaching cannot be found in The Truth (The Logos) it is not true, but a lie.
What is absent in all of this is the catholic church, or any church for that matter. The Spirit points to Jesus, Jesus points to the Father, the Father glorifies the Son. The church is nowhere to be found in the Gospels, except that it would be founded on the Petra, Jesus, and would have a role in discipline inside itself.
Jesus taught each believer would hear Him through The Spirit. That there are different denominations (including factions within catholicism) validate people do not always listen to The Spirit or confirm their beliefs with The Word. If they were taking everything back to the Logos through The Spirit there would be no disagreement amongst ANY believers.
So, 808 and others, there you have it. Being a Christian is not about being a member of a church, by Jesus own teaching. Jesus was almost silent on this subject, except to say He would establish the Church upon the Petra, Himself.
EVERONE who has accepted Messiah and the indwelling of The Spirit is saved and part of Christ’s body (His Church), regardless of what doors they go through to worship. This is from Jesus’ own mouth, from His teaching, not a religion’s. Yes, there are saved people in the catholic religion (and others), those who reject non-Biblical teachings and accept the Bible and The Spirit as the first and last say on all things related to salvation.
This is what the Spirit wanted me to tell you in the Love of Messiah. Will you turn to Him, or go down the wide road to destruction?
Bold as The Lion of Judah
Your worship of a created being, instead of the creator is 100% apostate idolatry. Mary was a great and blessed woman, no doubt. Having said that, God, in His sovereignty, could have picked any woman He wanted to be the mother of the Lord Jesus Christ, but He picked Mary, and that is why she is blessed. She was born as a descendant of Adam, in sin, just like every other human being, except for one... Jesus Christ. Jesus was sinless because He was 100% man and 100% God, and He is the only one worthy of honor, praise, glory, and worship, and He is the only one who can save, through faith in His finished work on the cross. Repent and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, and you will be saved. Your other option is to continue in unbiblical, apostate idolatry, with hope in your own merit and works, through the sacraments of the false gospel of Rome. Either way God will be glorified in the end, either by His mercy for removing your heart of stone and replacing it with a heart of flesh, capable of repentance and faith in the finished work of Christ, or in His righteous judgement of you for not obeying His command, not suggestion, but command of repenting and believing the gospel. There is no hope in the false, works based gospel of Rome.... repent of your satanic idolatry and believe the only gospel found in the Bible, the gospel of GRACE Ephesians 2:8-9
To any Catholics who are reading this: Next time you’re about to recite a Catholic prayer to the Virgin Mary, try praying to Jesus from your heart. Just talk to him like he’s your best friend (who knows every secret you have and still loves you), and when you pray to him tell him that you believe he is the Son of God, that he is Lord, that he died for your sins and that God raised him from the dead (Romans 10:9), then thank him for saving your soul and for everything he endured on your behalf. If any Catholic person objects to what I just suggested, instead of just giving my comment a thumbs down, please explain to me why my suggestion offends you.
June 12, 2015 at 12:24pm
Hi Zappa…just something for your consideration. How can flesh and blood remain alive after 12 centuries?
Thanks for the clarification Sarge. We didn’t have a tailor shop but we did have a mattress shop that was supervised by a guard so perhaps she was a guard. In any case, whether human services or security, we’re all considered Correctional Officers first.
 June 10, 2015 at 9:21am
 June 10, 2015 at 9:07am
I’m guessing she worked in the Human Services Department of the jail which includes Teachers, Case Workers, Social Workers etc, which is very different from the Security part of it which include the guards or screws as we’re sometimes called. I can tell you where I worked, there was no respect for the Human Services people because they were constantly giving the cons things that we then had to confiscate creating major problems. And I’ve seen many female employees get involved sexually with the inmates. I’ve seen a few dirty screws too!
Dudley: Close but no cigar. I researched it on the AP & Reuters. She supervised the tailor shop. The escapees were even permitted to keep civilian clothes on hand. The authorities found their prison uniforms stuffed in a pipe, next to the "Have A Nice Day" card.
June 8, 2015 at 7:19pm
your post made me think about this song
Land of Hope and Dreams
Carries saints and sinners
Carries losers and winners
Carries whores and gamblers
Carries lost souls
I said this train…
Dreams will not be thwarted
Faith will be rewarded
Perhaps you’re right huffdaddy! When I read Seattle and atheists, the Duhhams were the first thing to come to mind. I could have mentioned the statue of Lenin in a Seattle neighborhood or the Marxist Mayor without bringing the Dunhams into it and make the point that the high percentage of socialists residing in Seattle would logically account for the high number of agnostic and atheist residents.
 June 1, 2015 at 11:00am
 June 1, 2015 at 10:56am
The Lord’s Prayer
Our FATHER who art in Heaven,
HALLOWED BE THY NAME;
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
Won’t be long now! As soon as the ice melts, we’ll be in Mexico Bay chasing those world class Browns. Then off to Oak Orchard Creek for Early season Kings, ending up at the Salmon River when they stage. Best of luck out there.
Yes Dudley, that was a good one. Thanks for sharing
And for the Olde Pharts who were there when that one was new (Like yours truly)...
 February 14, 2015 at 9:45am
I’ve found that Musky fishermen are the absolute best when it comes to catch and release. Half of the battle is having the right tools to care for that fish after it’s caught so it can be released and live. They are such a special fish that are extremely hard to catch and the reason they call them the “fish of ten thousand casts.” There are no musky where I come from, only pike so we’ve traveled to Chautauqua Lake in PA and trolled for them with leadcore line and large crankbaits, catching a couple of smaller ones. But I know that 50″ fish is just waiting for me out there somewhere.