Frescoes of Paul’s Ministry, Part 36: Paul’s Elevation to the Third Heaven

Paul's Elevation to the Third Heaven, Francesco Coghettii 2 Timothy 4:6 - 8

Paul’s Elevation to the Third Heaven, Francesco Coghettii 2 Timothy 4:6 – 8

2 Timothy 4:7 – 8

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will aware to me on that day — and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

2 Corinthians 12:2 – 4

I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught to the third heaven.  Whether it was in the body or out of it I do not know — God knows.  And I know that this man — whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows — was caught up to Paradise.  He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell.
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Civics 101

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Civics (n) the study of the duties and responsibilities of citizens Continue reading

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Hidden Christmas

p1060270Some folks pack up the Christmas decorations the day after.  Others opt for New Years day, kind of like putting up a holiday hang-over.  We observe Epiphany-Twelfth Night, thus no need to rush the decorations away, especially the outdoor Nativity until the Magi show up.  This year, we procrastinated until an ice-storm a week after Epiphany motivated us to deconstruct Christmas. Continue reading

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Frescoes of Paul’s Ministry, Part 35: Martyrdom of St. Paul

Martyrdom of St. Paul, Filippo Baldi, Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History, Book II, Chapter XXV

Martyrdom of St. Paul, Filippo Baldi, Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History, Book II, Chapter XXV

Eusebius (263-339 ACE), Ecclesiastical History, Book II, Chapter XXV

The persecution under Nero, in which Paul and Peter were honored with martyrdom in the cause of religion at Rome.

But Nero now having the government firmly established under him, and henceforth plunging into nefarious projects, began to take up arms against that very religion which acknowledged the one Supreme God.  To describe, indeed, the greatness of this man’s sickness, is not compatible with our present object; and as there are many that have given his history in the most accurate narratives, every one may, at his pleasure, in these contemplate the grossness of his extraordinary madness.  Under the influence of this, he did not proceed to destroy so many thousands with any calculation, but with such indiscriminate murder as not even to refrain from his nearest and dearest friends.  His own mother and wife, with may others that were his near relatives, he killed like strangers and enemies, with various kinds of death.  And, indeed, in addition to all his other crimes, this too was yet wanting to complete the catalogue, that he was the first emperors that displayed himself as an enemy of piety towards the Deity. Continue reading

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Frescoes of Paul’s Ministry, Part 34: Peter and Paul say Farewell

Peter and Paul say Farewell, Filippo Baldi 2 Peter 3:14 - 16

Peter and Paul say Farewell, Filippo Baldi 2 Peter 3:14 – 16

2 Peter 3:14 – 16

So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.  Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.  He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters.  His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
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Frescoes of Paul’s Ministry, Part 33: Paul in the Mamertine Prison

Paul in the Mamertine Prison, Franscesco Coghetti Philippians 1:12 - 14

Paul in the Mamertine Prison, Franscesco Coghetti Philippians 1:12 – 14

Philippians 1:12 – 14

Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.  As a result,  it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard, and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.  Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.

 

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Farm Life: Goat Breeding Season

p1060253Welcome Mr. Goatee, our breeding goat.  We might say that we scented his arrival from our neighbor’s farm before we saw him.  Yes, goats in do not have a strong aroma, other than the usual hay and barn yard manure, until the buck arrives.  We believe that he is some mix of a pygmy goat, but we are not asking for papers.  His task is to sire some kids so that our milk goats will provide us with milk next year. See you in May for kidding season.

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