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On the Water

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Yes, normally when I am on the water I am fishing or experiencing the pristine beauty of God’s creation. While I enjoy some times of solitude, I really enjoy being with family or friends when I’m floatin’ in a boat … or cruisin’ on a ship.

For the next few days, I’m going to be on the water. You will have to come back and see if you can guess where!

My excuse to be on the water?

Jesus likes fishermen. Jesus spent a lot of time around the water. Jesus used the intimidating power of wind and water to teach powerful lessons. And, Jesus loved being with His friends so much, He made into family. Sounds like the world I love to live in and the Lord I love who made it all to be a blessing.

See you on the seas!

The LORD does whatever pleases him,
in the heavens and on the earth,
in the seas and all their depths.

(Psalm 135:6)

Grace,

Phil

Written by phil

June 29th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

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  1. Christmas is a collection of pagan fastivels that the church tried to hijack and failed!! They therefore celebrate a pagan festival and surely if Jesus existed he would be repelled by that!!But what of Jesus himself?There is not one single mention of Jesus in the entire Roman record that is right not one!!! At the same time as he was supposed to have been around there were a number of Jews claiming to be the messiah all of whom are well recorded!!He was supposed to have been a huge problem to the Romans and produced wonderful miracles but still not one contemporary record?Even the bible mentions of him like all other references were not written until many years after his supposed death!!At best he was an amalgam of those others!!

    Johnny

    6 Dec 12 at 4:23 pm

  2. Johnny, I fear you have been reading some reckless pseudo-historians for the earliest mentions of Jesus are far sooner (within in a few years there were documented collections about him and proclamation of him by those documented and their testimony documented by historians with a few years) and much more well documented than many historical figures modern and late. This is the kind of thing like what you said is often stated publicly and taken for granted by TV experts and skeptics, but very few historians, true historians whether believers or non-believers, doubt or question the life or existence of Jesus in the first century. Most folks like to pass off things like what you said as fact — very common in our magazines this time of year, yet when taking time to check the facts, they are shocked by the evidence and the misrepresentation of what they have believed and repeated.

    For Jesus to be written about by few Roman historians, when the issue of Jesus was from backwater Galilee and concerned the Jews is not much of a surprise. The fact that he, and his followers would be mentioned by Roman historians within 2 decades of his death as being the source of the riots of in Rome in AD 49 is quite a surprise. Yet this documentation, in Roman history, shows 2 things: 1) Jesus Christ (called Chrestus) was known and believed in all over the empire less than 20 years after his death; and, 2) it was a big enough issue to cause major upheaval among Jews in the Roman Empire. For Christians to be blamed for the burning of Rome in 64 AD by Nero, only makes the point even more clearly. And this, my friend, is from a Roman historian Suetonias, along with others, as well much documentation by Josephesus, a Jewish historian, both of whom wrote in the first Century.

    The Catholic Church did bring the birth stories of Jesus in to be replacements for some of the celebrations we now celebrate as Christmas centuries after the birth of Christ. However, I know of no Christian scholar, conservative or liberal, that thinks Jesus was born in December. The dates of Jesus life are fairly established by historians based on a number of things, but he was probably born about 6 BC and died somewhere around 30 a.d. Few credible historians doubt the existence of his life, the date being what we would call the first century, and his reputation as a teacher and wonder worker. Whether one sees the movement as a superstitious cult or an authentic community of God is a matter of faith, not a matter of history.

    phil

    6 Dec 12 at 5:15 pm

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