He has just gone home…

I wrote this poem after viewing the body of a dear friend at the funeral home.  He was a Christian man, totally devoted to the Lord; and everyone who attended his visitation and funeral knew exactly where he was going.  We were all sorry that we would not see him again in this life but joyous because we knew he had happily gone to his home in heaven.       

He has just gone Home

Lying here, you see a shell
Of the dear man we knew so well.

It looks just like it was before
His soul was summoned to death’s door,

But this is not the man we knew—
It’s something like a worn out shoe.

He left the face that looks the same;
This is the form that bore his name;

But the one we love has slipped through time
To awake to his reward sublime;

So today weep for yourself alone—
He is not dead; he has just gone home.
bible art B. Killebrew

                                            

 John 14:1-3

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and
receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

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Maybe I Love You

Am I in love?

Maybe I Love You
You tell me that you love me
And you cannot set me free;

And you’re sure that I love you
And will know someday it’s true.

Faced with your determination,
I have felt some consternation–

When I’m face to face with your insistence,
I simply cannot make resistance;

So maybe what you say is true—
It looks like I might love you too!

By Betty L. Killebrew
Copyright May 30, 2005

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Leviticus 7, vs. 11-18 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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11 And this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he shall offer unto the Lord.

12 If he offer it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving unleavened cakes mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and cakes mingled with oil, of fine flour, fried.

13 Besides the cakes, he shall offer for his offering leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offerings.

14 And of it he shall offer one out of the whole oblation for an heave offering unto the Lord, and it shall be the priest’s that sprinkleth the blood of the peace offerings.

15 And the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving shall be eaten the same day that it is offered; he shall not leave any of it until the morning.

16 But if the sacrifice of his offering be a vow, or a voluntary offering, it shall be eaten the same day that he offereth his sacrifice: and on the morrow also the remainder of it shall be eaten:

17 But the remainder of the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day shall be burnt with fire.

18 And if any of the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings be eaten at all on the third day, it shall not be accepted, neither shall it be imputed unto him that offereth it: it shall be an abomination, and the soul that eateth of it shall bear his iniquity.

K.J.V. Bible Text

My thoughts:

Verse 11 of Leviticus 7 mentions the sacrifice of peace offerings for thanksgiving. For thanksgiving, along with the sacrifice, unleavened cakes mingled with oil, unleavened wafers anointed with oil and cakes of fine flour, mingled with oil and fried.  Verse 13 says “Besides the cakes, he shall offer for his offering leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offerings.”  This part comes as a surprise to me as it is the first time I recall the use of leavened bread being asked of the Hebrews.

We also learn that a peace offering for Thanksgiving must be eaten the same day it is offered.  It cannot be saved for another day.

We learn however that a voluntary peace offering can be eaten the day of the sacrifice and the day after but on the third day the remainder must be burnt with fire.  If any is eaten on the third day it is unacceptable and an abomination.
Betty Killebrew

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A comment on so called “Sub”terfuge

Yesterday I heard that a suit has been filed because some of Subway’s “foot-long” subs are less than a foot in length.  I have also seen some recent advertisements for a competitor indicating that Subway’s meats are not sliced “in the back” but in a factory.

With all the above in mind, I would like to spring to Subway’s defense by saying the following:

To the person complaining about the length of the subs:  If you don’t think you’re getting good value, don’t buy the sandwiches!  (Problem solved.)

To any competitor making a big deal about where the meat is sliced, I say, “Be careful.”  I eat lots of meat sliced in factories—much of it in my own home.  This sanitarily packaged meat has never made me ill.  However, in the case of a certain nameless restaurant that brags about slicing the meat fresh, I became ill twice before I gave up eating my favorite sliced beef sandwiches from their establishment.

Just think about it.  In a restaurant you slice a little meat and you have enough sliced; do you immediately dismantle the machine and clean every part?  Probably not.  How often does an inspector come around?  Once or twice a year—maybe.  So which is more sanitary—the meat sliced in a factory where the preparation of meats is the whole job or the meat sliced on the premises—meat that may or may not be totally fresh and may or may not be sliced on a freshly cleaned machine.

For me it’s a no-brainer.  Go Subway, go.

Edwina Williams

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Leviticus 7, vs. 1-10 with Betty

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7 Likewise this is the law of the trespass offering: it is most holy.

2 In the place where they kill the burnt offering shall they kill the trespass offering: and the blood thereof shall he sprinkle round about upon the altar.

3 And he shall offer of it all the fat thereof; the rump, and the fat that covereth the inwards,

4 And the two kidneys, and the fat that is on them, which is by the flanks, and the caul that is above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away:

5 And the priest shall burn them upon the altar for an offering made by fire unto the Lord: it is a trespass offering.

6 Every male among the priests shall eat thereof: it shall be eaten in the holy place: it is most holy.

7 As the sin offering is, so is the trespass offering: there is one law for them: the priest that maketh atonement therewith shall have it.

8 And the priest that offereth any man’s burnt offering, even the priest shall have to himself the skin of the burnt offering which he hath offered.

9 And all the meat offering that is baken in the oven, and all that is dressed in the fryingpan, and in the pan, shall be the priest’s that offereth it.

10 And every meat offering, mingled with oil, and dry, shall all the sons of Aaron have, one as much as another.

My Thoughts:

Today’s reading includes a description of how the “trespass offering” is to be handled.  We learn that the priests will eat the trespass offering after burning the fat upon the fire as a sacrifice and taking away the kidneys and the caul.   We also learn that the priest who offers the burnt offering will himself have the skin.

The idea of the priest having “the skin” is a little confusing to me.  Does that mean the priest will have the skin for use as leather?  That is my best guess. If anyone knows otherwise, please let me know.

In like manner, we learn here that the priest who offers a meat offering also has a special interest. That offering belongs entirely to him if baked in an oven or dressed in the frying pan.  However, all the priests will share any meat offering “mingled with oil, and dry.”  Once again, I’m not sure what kind of meat offering belongs entirely to the priest who offers it and what kind belongs to all the priests.  If I had to make an assumption here, I would think that the priest would have any meat offering of something already prepared while a meat offering that arrived as fine meal and oil would be shared by all to be prepared as bread or cakes when needed; but as I am basically at sea here, I would ask that if someone knows otherwise they would please let me know.

Betty Killebrew

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Our Great Country

In my lifetime the thinking of the average citizen of the United States has changed dramatically.  When I was a child, this was “the greatest nation on earth.”  Everyone was absolutely certain that the USA was the best.

Compared to other nations, we expected to have higher scores when children were tested, have larger percentages of college graduates, maintain a higher standard of living for all and house the great majority of our citizens in their own homes. We expected to be taller, smarter, stronger and better fed than the citizens of other nations.  On an individual level, we expected to have a good job and keep it and use the money to buy our houses and cars, pay for our food and school lunches.  The great part was, in most cases, one full-time worker could provide a family with stability and enough wherewithal to acquire a nice standard of living.

Of course, you can see a great difference between that mindset and the real circumstances of fifty years ago and today’s realities and attitudes.  We no longer hear a lot of drum beating about our great country. We worry about the ever-growing national debt.  We know that our children are outscored on standardized tests by students of other nations. Today’s college graduates often end up with so much student debt that it prevents them from profiting from their higher education for many, many years.

Yes, our standard of living is still pretty good; but the dream of most American’s to own their own home blew up in our faces a few years ago, primarily because everyone wanted more than they could afford to own and the banks obliged them in allowing them to overreach their budgets.

Fifty years ago we thought that when we helped other countries, we had a right to expect that we would also influence the life style of their citizens for the better and had the right to attempt to bring their citizens to Christianity and their governments to democracy. We now help and fight wars on behalf of other countries that have little respect for our way of life.

Healthy American children used to run and play.  The “Yoo-hoos” of our mothers could be heard across the country as dusk approached on spring evenings.  Now our youngsters play with gizmos and battle weight problems before they reach junior high. Increasingly, our citizens are living on food stamps. Large numbers of children receive subsidized meals at school, and with all the great things available to buy having become “necessities” rather than luxuries, one salary just won’t cut it anymore.  Add to this, the diminishing commitment to marriage and you end up with a generation of children without fathers or with an assortment of fathers, stepfathers, mothers and step-mothers—family situations that often lead to rancor among the assortment of parents and to   instability in the child’s life.

Freedom of religion used to mean we didn’t have to fight about it.  Now it means everyone is free to fight against it. Freedom of religion has become freedom FROM religion.

In my opinion, the one thing that can lead this nation back to greatness is a rededication of our citizens to personal responsibility.  The best thing the government can do for us is let us live like adults rather than children who need to be cared for and told what to do.

Anonymous (Over 65)

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Leviticus 6, vs. 24-30 with Betty

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 24 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

25 Speak unto Aaron and to his sons, saying, This is the law of the sin offering: In the place where the burnt offering is killed shall the sin offering be killed before the Lord: it is most holy.

26 The priest that offereth it for sin shall eat it: in the holy place shall it be eaten, in the court of the tabernacle of the congregation.

27 Whatsoever shall touch the flesh thereof shall be holy: and when there is sprinkled of the blood thereof upon any garment, thou shalt wash that whereon it was sprinkled in the holy place.

28 But the earthen vessel wherein it is sodden shall be broken: and if it be sodden in a brasen pot, it shall be both scoured, and rinsed in water.

29 All the males among the priests shall eat thereof: it is most holy.

30 And no sin offering, whereof any of the blood is brought into the tabernacle of the congregation to reconcile withal in the holy place, shall be eaten: it shall be burnt in the fire.

My Thoughts:

Today’s reading is an interesting passage about the sin offering.  To the best of my understanding, the sin offering is to be handled just like the burnt offering.  The priests are to eat the sin offering in the holy place of the tabernacle.  This offering is said to be “most holy” but there are specific orders regarding the blood of the sin offering. A sin offering is not to be eaten if any blood is brought in with it.  The garments upon which blood is sprinkled must be washed in a basin and the basin must then be both scoured and rinsed in water.

It seems to me that these rules serve as a great protection against diseases being transmitted through either the blood itself or through contamination of clothing or vessels by leaving bloody residue. Thus while the Lord requires the people to offer a sacrifice for sin, he assures that the priests eat and that all remain healthy.  As I know that the Lord himself has no need of these sacrifices, I am amazed by the many purposes he accomplishes when he requires such allegiance from his people.

Betty Killebrew

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About Marriage and Divorce

I often think it should be more difficult and expensive to marry and less complicated to get out of the relationship.  It is my opinion that a divorce should be separated completely from questions of property and custody.  Divorce itself should be simple—you want it, you’ve got it.

If you want to agree on a settlement, fine.  If not, file a civil suit, but either way, you’re divorced; it’s over; you are no longer joined.  I don’t suppose that would change the fighting over the property and custody which would still be jointly held after the divorce, but perhaps the mindset would be different.  You would no longer be breaking up a marriage, you would be settling a business arrangement—no guilt on the part of either, just the equitable division of property and a reasonable agreement for raising one’s children.

Marriage in the first place, however, should be very hard indeed.  Some states now require parenting classes to teach people who are divorcing how to deal with their children during this crucial time.  Why don’t we have classes when fertile young people desire to get married, teaching them beforehand the consequences to their future children of a possible divorce?

Money is the cause of most of the problems in a marriage.  Why don’t we require people who are taking out a marriage licenses to have a complete understanding of the attitude of the other toward this crucial subject? Why don’t we teach them beforehand how to work together to create a budget and how important it will be to their happiness to live within their income?

Religion is another of the many subjects married people may be at odds about.  Why not a pre-marital class on tolerance and understanding?

There are so many areas of life about which young people entering into marriage are totally oblivious. Why then is it easier to get married than it is to legally drive an automobile? We require people to learn the contents of a driver’s manual to receive a driver’s license; shouldn’t we require some knowledge of the hazards of the road of married life for those who are embarking on matrimony?
Elizabeth Ruth (Inspired by J. Kelley)

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