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Muddling through life from Austria to Wales; God, life and a small black dog


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Salt

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. Matthew 5.13

This is one of the sayings of Jesus that we often read in the bible, and just nod and sagely say, yes of course, but have we ever really thought what that means?  This is such a massive metaphor for Christians, let alone what happens if we lose this saltiness. I’ll concentrate on the positive. You work out the meaning for Christian living! Oh, and Thanks Heidi for this and the great service that went with it!

Salt is throughout our bodies, without it, we don’t function

Salt is used to preserve and keep fresh many products (including Mummies!)

Salt if overdone ruins the food, too little makes it tasteless

Salt is no good kept in a box on the table, it must be used

Salt keeps us safe – here in the cold climate it’s used on the roads to clear the ice that makes things dangerous  and gives us safe paths(Un pick that one!)

Salt supports us. Heidi used a lovely example of an egg in water sinking to the bottom, but with a salty solution, it floats -as in the dead sea.

Got any more examples?

Mine is, that we take it for granted in our food, and sometimes add extra when it isn’t needed!

 

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Dozing off!

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Jesus knew he was about to be betrayed and die and needed some much needed time out to fight his human battles with his fate. He also needed the company of the his mates, who he had forewarned of the coming events. It was after the big meal of the Passover. Full tummies and after a long day they were drowsy and nodded off as Jesus fought alone. What I want to know is, someone must have been awake to record Jesus’ words, who was it?  Maybe Jesus disturbed them dozing rather then sleeping  as he saw their eyes were heavy. Each time someone heard his words. How did they sleep and hear, or was it a drowsy record of half understood words. How COULD they sleep at such a time? Or was there one with them, maybe  Matthew who stayed with Jesus and is the silent witness to it all. Anyone else got any ideas?

Gethsemane  in Matthew

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.

Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping.“Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”


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Father or not Father?

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I’ve often wondered just how the Catholic church can use the name,’Father’ when here (below), in no uncertain terms Jesus says you are not use the name. Maybe they use the grounds of oh well, its a general term that you shouldn’t let people call you, but it can be a role – someone argue with me???

The rest of this section, Jesus really lets rip at the establishment. And today the established Church has done the same thing and is unable to see how Jesus’ tirade relates to them now as much as then.  People have lost the truth of Christianity, which is the most radical, mindblowing, simple  wonderful truth. People are always surprised when I say I have little truck with the establishment and organised religion, for they cannot perceive the difference and with the loss of Christian teaching in the schools, our children cannot even make an informed decision. Shame on the church!

A Warning Against Hypocrisy

23 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 4 They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.

5 “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries[a] wide and the tassels on their garments long; 6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; 7 they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.

8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

Seven Woes on the Teachers of the Law and the Pharisees

13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. [14] [b]

15 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.

16 “Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gold of the temple is bound by that oath.’ 17 You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? 18 You also say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gift on the altar is bound by that oath.’ 19 You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20 Therefore, anyone who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. 21 And anyone who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it. 22 And anyone who swears by heaven swears by God’s throne and by the one who sits on it.

23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. 24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.

25 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

27 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

29 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. 30 And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Go ahead, then, and complete what your ancestors started!

33 “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? 34 Therefore I am sending you prophets and sages and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. 35 And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 Truly I tell you, all this will come on this generation.

37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. 38 Look, your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’[c]”


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Revelation in Matthew 24

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For any of you who read my comments on Revelation, turn back and read this Chapter now, and it suddenly makes sense. Jesus is predicting the holocaust that is about ot happen to the Jewish nation, but at the same time, as does Revelation, showing us that there is an end, he is coming back and all will be sorted. Hos teaching that follow just show, be daily ready, none of this end-time symbol seeking panic. It may happen in our lifetimes, it may not, what is important is our relationship with HIM!

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times

1 Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2 “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”

3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.

9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’[a]spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.

22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.

26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.

29 “Immediately after the distress of those days

“‘the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’[b]

30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth[c] will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.[d] 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it[e]is near, right at the door. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

The Day and Hour Unknown

36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


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Evening Approaches

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Jesus has just heard that John the Baptist has been beheaded, his cousin, his Elijah, his friend and he seeks a while in grief alone, sitting on a boat,  to sort his head and talk to God. Altogether human and God. So what happens? The word gets around and a crowd is waiting for him as he lands. Maybe God and he had put him back together, or maybe he was still sad, whatever, he takes pity on the crowd and heals their sick. I’m beginning to think maybe out of the sadness had come a great power, because Jesus now perform what may be seen his greatest public miracle.  He feeds them all. If you sit and work out the logistics of doing this humanly, feeding five thousand men women and children, with just twelve helpers, it wouldn’t take between dusk and dark. (Thanks Mr Wommack for pointing this out) There are constant references to evening coming on, and night, which gets it quite right of the short time scale of this all happening.  I found myself looking for all the time frames in the other gospels, how long, do they corroborate? Then realized I was being led away from the wonder of this event. Try and feed a  family, a few friends and multiply the time……WOW!

Matthew 14, v 13 – 21

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.


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Where to from here?

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My job situation is really starting to get to me.  Dave has found a steady job which in many way suits, but I have singly failed to find and hold down anything which works.  The dream job was my first teaching job, me, 6 Haflingers (horses!), an outdoor school and holidaymakers.  If only it could have lasted. Lois’s minus Lois, also mega.  Burg a nightmare.  EAGALA with Edith fantastic, except for the seasonality and lack of customers.  I feel guilty taking the dole in this country, I feel guilty at enjoying being at home. We can’t afford the luxury of only one of us working, and Dave would quite like it to be him at home!   We began discussing running our own business which would be a dream, we’ve often thought of doing maintainance for holiday homes, me cleaning, him in garden, but when we’ve spoken to people they say locals or neighbours do it and there’s no market – and we’d have to find about 300 euros a month just to cover Health Insurance and Pension payments. There is still the original dream of running a holiday home for respite and healing – I’d lost track of this, feeling we’d moved on from this, am I wrong? I can use this time to get my novel Tom onto Kindle, which if Dave returns to work next week, I will start!

So today, I thought right, I’m taking all the Biblical teachings I’ve had from Andrew Wommack and Joyce Meyer about studying and seeking his face. So taking the basis from Matthew Ch7 V7, and others, I sat down and wrote these verses out and said, in the Name of Jesus, I ask, I seek, I knock, please sort out my job situation, show me where I can earn my living and serve you. I’m going to read these words (for words are spirit) each day until this thick head hears him or the answer arrives!  He’s already answered, that is his promise, I now have to await the outcome. 

Jesus said;

Matthew Ch7, v7:

Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks, finds and to him who knocks the door will be opened.  Which of you, if his son asks for bread will give him a stone? Or for a fish will give him a snake? If you then, who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in Heaven give good gifts to those who ask him.

Ch22,v22;  Jesus replied,’ I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you what was done to the fig tree, but you can say to this mountain, ‘Go throw yourelf in the sea’ and it will be done.  If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.

Mark Ch 11, v24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.

John Ch14, v12….And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring Glory to the Father.