Give Him a Stone!

Written by Rev.A.R.Smith

Give Him a Stone.

Luke 11:10-11:13

Give Him a Stone. I was raised up inrepparttar rural parts of appalachia, some said that it would be noon beforerepparttar 137150 sun would hitrepparttar 137151 ground. Raised by hard working parents, never tiring of working from dawn to dusk, to provide for their children. One year, my parents moved fromrepparttar 137152 home, I was born in, to another house, so that I and my brothers and sister, would be closer torepparttar 137153 school we attended. We had hard times there, not really fitting in withrepparttar 137154 rest ofrepparttar 137155 students, were we poor? Not really, My dad would rise beforerepparttar 137156 sun was up, go to work and my mother would always have breakfast onrepparttar 137157 table before we got out of bed.Our clothes were always clean and pressed. Beingrepparttar 137158 youngest, I wasrepparttar 137159 recipient of many a hand-me down from my brothers. I didn’t mind, some of their clothes were pretty cool. Dad always bought us new clothes before we started school and demanded that we take good care of them. My oldest brother Richard, moved out west, another brother, Ronnie, died, Willie and Carl, went to war, and my sister got married, I felt so alone, in a house that was always filled with love and protection. I was learning what life was really all about. But, all in all, I remembered that what ever we needed as children, growing up, was always there, Love, Food, water, clothing and shelter. Life was Brown Beans and Cornbread. A simple life but one that was filled with Love, one for another.I was taught about Jesus, and how every need we had would be filled by Him, and how a new family would take a part in my life,repparttar 137160 church. I was taught, ”Ask and you shall receive” I thought that this was great, I thought that there would be no christian that would ever do without as long as we were all inrepparttar 137161 church family. Lets read a little of what I was taught. Luke 11:10-13; For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father giverepparttar 137162 Holy Spirit to them that ask him? To me this man Jesus was what I needed in life and because we were in His Fathers Family all our needs would be met. Later in life I strayed fromrepparttar 137163 family, trying to do things my way, you know a young man with no worries, problems or fear. But one thing I always kept inrepparttar 137164 back of my mind isrepparttar 137165 words of Jesus. After a number of years, I thought likerepparttar 137166 prodigal son, ”Am I better off without my Father or should I go back and appologise for everything that I have done? ”Luke 15:17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! Luke 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, ;this is how I felt without God. So I returned and He forgave. So I started to minister to any and all that would listen. Andrepparttar 137167 more I started to look atrepparttar 137168 Church Family, I found out something very interesting. The family that I had left was nowhere to be found. Things had changed, some forrepparttar 137169 better but some forrepparttar 137170 worst. I found out that being fed with a stone was getting commonplace among church family, that I thought would berepparttar 137171 first to help. I found it easier to receive a piece of bread from un-believers than from our families in Christ. I found that these words kept coming into my mind, every-time I asked for aid for poor churches and christians; If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?

Abaris (Rabbi) the Druid

Written by Robert Bruce Baird

ABARIS THE DRUID: - Various reports and fragments thereof, in what little was written and remains of ancient Greek times, tell us aboutrepparttar last Dean of Studies forrepparttar 137074 Bardic Tradition. He visited Athens to teach Pythagoras. Hecateus of Miletus and others tell us he appeared in loincloth with animal skins and was an expert marksman withrepparttar 137075 bow and other hunting gear. Perhaps to their amazement he also was fluent in allrepparttar 137076 languages ofrepparttar 137077 Mediterranean; and his knowledge was impressive while his manner beguiled allrepparttar 137078 elite who sought to meet him. They say he wasrepparttar 137079 teacher of Pythagoras but I think that is notrepparttar 137080 case really.

Pythagoras’ studies were a very long period of years and took him to many places. Each of these places had a special something for him and I believe each of them were part ofrepparttar 137081 system of studies that were inrepparttar 137082 twilight of their tenure. Like Orpheus before him (some credit a few ofrepparttar 137083 extant poems of Orpheus to Pythagoras who wrote little to nothing due torepparttar 137084 third law ofrepparttar 137085 Magi which was necessitated by political abuse of power inrepparttar 137086 hands ofrepparttar 137087 uninitiated)repparttar 137088 acknowledged great sage whose parents included at least one Phoenician; Pythagoras had become a Bard or Baird.

I believe Abaris was fromrepparttar 137089 region of Thrace or modern day Yugoslavia andrepparttar 137090 Thracian who Pythagoras left a lot to in his will, who is termed a slave, was actually an adept committed to teaching a great student much of what remained inrepparttar 137091 ancient knowledge ofrepparttar 137092 Keltoi whomrepparttar 137093 Greeks called ‘Ogygia’ which means ‘ancient ones’. It is possible that this Thracian who it is said worked with him in his bi-location skills and events was a ‘kapnobatai’ adept. Milman Parry of Harvard went to this region inrepparttar 137094 1930s and foundrepparttar 137095 legendary bards were still very aware of structure and memory skills that spoke to a great knowledge in ancient times. Was Abaris a ‘kapnobatai’ or ‘peryllat’ (alchemist)? I do not know.

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