TAC: Messianic Prophecies: Genesis 49: 8-11

Continuing our Advent look at Messianic prophecies, a series which we began in Advent 2011 and continued in 2102, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, herehere, herehere,  here, hereherehereherehereherehere , hereherehere , here,   here, here herehere, here ,  here, here herehere ,   here,  here  , here, ,  here   and here , we come to Genesis 49: 8-11:

Go read it here.

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1 THESSALONIANS
Chapter 5

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We urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, cheer the fainthearted, support the weak, be patient with all.
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See that no one returns evil for evil; rather, always seek what is good [both] for each other and for all.g
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Rejoice always.
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Pray without ceasing.
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In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.h
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* Do not quench the Spirit.
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Do not despise prophetic utterances.
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Test everything; retain what is good.
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Refrain from every kind of evil.

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How Not To Do Outreach

Listening to Called to Communion.

The November 19th, 2018 one, about 20 minutes in with Mathew from Oregon.

It’s kind of painful, because he obviously cares deeply– but he doesn’t understand.  Which makes it very, very hard to reach out to someone who doesn’t already agree, or doesn’t deeply trust you, specifically, in your judgment.

Since he doesn’t understand, when the hosts try to figure out where he’s coming from, and thus be able to give an answer that is true and satisfying– he gets upset.

The REAL Tower of Guard

Too cool!

A Song of Joy by Caroline Furlong

Upon seeing a photo of this iconic island with the tide out, my first thought was, “Holy cow – that looks like Minas Tirith!”

My second was, “Where is this place and what is it called?”

This is Mont-Saint-Michel, a mountain church and fortification turned monastery turned tourist attraction. It is in Normandy, France, and it could serve as a dead ringer at low tide for Tolkien’s fictional Minas Tirith (the Tower of Guard), formerly Minas Anor, the Tower of the Sun.

Could this have been the inspiration for the capital of the Gondorin? So far as I know from studying Tolkien and his magnum opus the answer is no, it isn’t. But it is fascinating to think that it might be. Learn more about Mont-Saint-Michel below, readers!

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Interesting facts about Mont Saint-Michel

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. It is located about 1 kilometer

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Anybody Want To Buy Her A Drink?

During our visit, I was honored with the opportunity to speak to a couple classes, as well as with the faculty, to share my wartime experiences. During one classroom session, the professor put Lilya on the spot and asked for her impression of America.

Impromptu public speaking in a foreign language isn’t easy. But she nailed it.

Without missing a beat, Lilya replied: “This is the greatest country in the world. But most Americans don’t know it.”

Thank you, ma’am!

From “My Ukrainian Wife’s First Visit To The United States” on The Daily Signal.

and subject to the jurisdiction thereof

A notable, and overlooked, part of the 14th amendment.  All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.

Up to now, it’s been interpreted by basically being ignored when it comes to illegals– ie, those who are not subjecting themselves to our country’s jurisdiction.

I’m curious if it’s been applied to give citizenship to the children of ambassadors and their staff– they’re here legally, but are “subject” to the country they’re representing.

This is an an outstanding way to get it argued in court…and makes me wonder what exactly Trump is releasing rabbits for.

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