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Eternity is Now

On the History Channel today I was watching a story about ghost soldiers who are present on the battlefield at Gettysburg.  If I believe in such things, does it conflict with my Christian religion?  I don’t think so. This is because I believe that time is something that exists for us in this world but is not relevant to God.

 We tend to think that eternity is an endless time to be spent in either heaven or hell.  We think of it as endless time in a linear sense—extending from the time of our death until forever after.  We think also that God has been present since a long ago beginning of “eternity”.  As Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I am.”  To me, this has a different meaning than simply that God was first.  It says to me, “God is and always is,” and of course this applies also to Jesus who was more than the Son of God but was God,  a portion of  the trinity–the  Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Ghost that Jesus left behind to be accessible  to us during our earthly life.   

So what do I think eternity is?  I think it is ALWAYS–not forever into the future but an existing “time” that is always NOW.  I believe it is perfectly feasible for us to notice things that happened many years ago at the field of Gettysburg because of the high emotion on that honored field where so many people ended their earthly existence all at once—an event that according to my view of eternity is happening in the NOW eternal time as it happened in the long ago of earth time. I believe that some people occasionally have a glimpse of the past or see through the window of our steadily marching time into the “future”. 

God placed us on earth with a consciousness of passing time.  I believe that in “eternity” there is no passing time.  Instead, we will join the NOW and ALWAYS in the presence of our Lord or will join the unbelievers who are cut off from His presence.  If we go to “heaven,” we will not rejoice that we have found Glory forever; we will simply experience the glory, being always in the moment, now or thousands of earth years in the future.  When we are with our Lord, if we are able to see the people of earth, I believe our view could be of any moment from the day of Adam to the earthly time of hundreds of years to come.  All will be NOW.

God is—May you allow Him into your heart so your eternal NOW will be spent with Him.

Betty Killebrew

 

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My Birthday Prayer

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My birthday is a gift from you,
So Lord, guide me the whole year through.

This year Lord, may I sin less
And each time I err, at once confess.

May I follow the Bible as best I can;
May I learn to live by your good plan;

For Lord, I want to always be
A good steward of  the time you give to me.

In the name of Christ Jesus, I pray.     Amen

 

 

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Jonathan’s Story, One Cat’s Life

Book cover jsA few months ago I published a book called The Life and Adventures of Jonathan Cat”.  I meant to write a book that would hold some wry humor for adults and also be the kind of book you would want your adolescent to read and enjoy.  To my surprise, I suppose because the narrator of the book is a cat, everyone thought this book was for children.  My almost 6 year old granddaughter learned to read the title and really wants to read the book; but it is, of course, far beyond her reading ability. With that in mind I sat down and rewrote the book in nine pages in a simple story book fashion.  The nine pages also includes a large number of art pieces that coordinate with the story.  When I was ready to publish the book, however, I discovered that the minimum size I could publish was 24 pages.  Thus I added a “Special Feature” to the new book–the same story in rhyme.  I have named the new book “Jonathan’s Story–One Cat’s Life”.  To see all three of the books I have written, go to Amazon Books and type my name in the search line (Betty L. Killebrew).

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Leviticus 7, vs. 26-33 with Betty

Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.
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28 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
29 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, He that offereth the sacrifice of his peace offerings unto the Lord shall bring his oblation unto the Lord of the sacrifice of his peace offerings.
30 His own hands shall bring the offerings of the Lord made by fire, the fat with the breast, it shall he bring, that the breast may be waved for a wave offering before the Lord.
31 And the priest shall burn the fat upon the altar: but the breast shall be Aaron’s and his sons’.
32 And the right shoulder shall ye give unto the priest for an heave offering of the sacrifices of your peace offerings.
33 He among the sons of Aaron, that offereth the blood of the peace offerings, and the fat, shall have the right shoulder for his part.
34 For the wave breast and the heave shoulder have I taken of the children of Israel from off the sacrifices of their peace offerings, and have given them unto Aaron the priest and unto his sons by a statute for ever from among the children of Israel.
K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

The Lord ordered the children of Israel to bring their peace offerings to be sacrificed with their own hands.  (To me this means, no servant delivery, no sending the offering with your son and no dropping it off at the door of the tabernacle.  It means take it and hand it to the priest  yourself to secure the benefit of your offering.)  We learn that  the fat of the offering is to be burned, the breast is to be waved before the Lord  for an offering but it will belong to Aaron and his sons, while the right shoulder is to go to the individual priest who makes the offering. At the conclusion of these instructions, the Lord reminds us that these offerings are to be taken from the children of Israel to be given to Aaron and his sons forever into the future.
Being a Christian in a predominantly Christian community, I have little knowledge about the Jewish faith today, but I find myself often wondering: are there still descendants of Aaron today who serve as priests in the tabernacles?  If anyone knows, pray do enlighten me!

Betty Killebrew

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I Still Love Lucy!

I love many of today’s sit-coms—even in re-runs; but when I tune in a modern comedy and  realize I’ve seen an episode enough times to instantly remember the details,  I turn to another channel rather than watch it again.  Not so when it comes to that golden comedy of yesteryear, “I Love Lucy”.  There is not one episode of this show that I wouldn’t want to watch again today even though I’ve seen all of them time and time again.

Even if you were watching Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel for the first time, I’m sure you would not find any episode unpredictable.   In this show, you know what to expect—and yet you laugh.  Perhaps this group hit upon the perfect formula for entertaining because of their background extending back into the years of vaudeville and because of their acting talent.  Lucy did not simply play a screwball redhead; she became the role.  Fred and Ethel were the kind of friends we always wanted and never had.  Ricky was the foreign exotic element who nevertheless was the all-American (long-suffering) husband.

In the “I Love Lucy” show, the characters created by the actors were particular to the show.  You did not get the idea that all women are screwballs.  You did not believe that Ricky was a dunce who was manipulated by his wife.  Those are things for today’s comedies.  In this greatest comedy of all time, Lucy and Ricky were seemingly ordinary people, but they were individuals with their own quirks and their own charm.   Even though we certainly would not get involved in Lucy’s hare-brained schemes, we believed she was like us but caught up in her antics because of exceptional courage to try what we would not.

Because I recently retired unexpectedly due to illness, I could be a little unhappy every morning when I wake up unemployed and still feeling a little under the weather.  All that is dispelled when I tune into a couple of episodes of “I Love Lucy”.  It’s “laugh out loud” comedy and we don’t see much of that anymore.  What’s more, as a Christian, I feel no guilt in watching Lucy, while watching more recent comedies often turns my cheeks as red as Lucy’s hair.

Of course I still love Lucy!  Don’t you?

Betty L. Killebrew

 

 

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Leviticus 7 vs. 22-27 with Betty

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Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.

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And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

23 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Ye shall eat no manner of fat, of ox, or of sheep, or of goat.

24 And the fat of the beast that dieth of itself, and the fat of that which is torn with beasts, may be used in any other use: but ye shall in no wise eat of it.

25 For whosoever eateth the fat of the beast, of which men offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord, even the soul that eateth it shall be cut off from his people.

26 Moreover ye shall eat no manner of blood, whether it be of fowl or of beast, in any of your dwellings.

27 Whatsoever soul it be that eateth any manner of blood, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

In this reading, we learn that the Lord told the people of Israel that they were not to eat any animal that is offered as sacrifice by fire if it died by itself. They are also not to eat the fat of such animals or eat any blood.

The fact that the Lord tells the people these rules and associates them with such animals as may be used as sacrifices, indicates to me that He did indeed intend the rules that applied to priests in regard to handling animal sacrifices to be an example to the people.  And once again, this passage assures me in my conviction that the rules for the handling of sacrifices and the dietary restrictions of the people of Israel relate to the desire of the Lord to keep them healthy and free of diseases, such as those that might be borne by an animal that died of some unknown cause or from eating the “unclean” portions of any animal.

Betty Killebrew

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Leviticus 7 vs.19-21with Betty

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Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.

19 And the flesh that toucheth any unclean thing

shall not be eaten; it shall be burnt with fire: and as for the flesh, all that be clean shall eat thereof.

20 But the soul that eateth of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings, that pertain unto the Lord, having his uncleanness upon him, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.

21 Moreover the soul that shall touch any unclean thing, as the uncleanness of man, or any unclean beast, or any abominable unclean thing, and eat of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which pertain unto the Lord, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.
K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:

The few verses I read for today describe “uncleanness”.  We learn that any of the flesh of the offerings that touches anything unclean cannot be eaten but must be burnt with fire. We also learn that anyone who has his own “uncleanness” upon him while eating the flesh of the sacrifice shall be cut off from his people.

This is again a reaffirmation of the way the rules devised by the Lord served as a protection for his people, both for the priests themselves and by example for others.  Protection from the “uncleanness” of man while touching or consuming offerings was another way to assure that disease was not transmitted. Such strict adherence to laws regarding cleanliness also encouraged the priests and the other people as well to treat those sacrifices made before the Lord in a Holy way.  The Lord having high standards would surely remind the people hold him in high regard

Betty Killebrew

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Big ears!

Never think your child doesn’t hear all that is said. When my granddaughter (not yet four) recently saw “The Wizard of Oz” for the first time, she picked up on the line sung by the Munchins, “You’ll be a bust in the hall of fame.” She immediately asked, “What is a ‘be-er bust?”
I was able to explain because I had fortunately just understood the line for the first time although I was seeing the movie for at least the dozenth time. I will certainly never let this little sponge hear anything on television that might have questionable language.

BK

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