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Thu, October 12, 2017

“Why do the heathen rage?” asks Jesus

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Jesus speaking

BETHSAIDA-JULIAS, MAY, AD 29

Jesus addressed his apostles at length today in a park south of the city. The group of twenty-four is in flight from the officials of the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem, who seek to arrest Jesus.

Jesus quoted from the Psalms: “Why do the heathen rage and the peoples plot in vain?” Jesus went on to say that the setbacks and persecution of recent weeks validated the Psalmist’s prediction. However, he said “My kingdom is founded on love, proclaimed in mercy, and established by unselfish service.” Jesus stated that loving kindness and forgiveness would be granted his enemies.

Jesus then said: “The outlook of the heathen is small and narrow, they are able to concentrate their energies enthusiastically. Their goal is near and more or less visible; wherefore do they strive with valiant and effective execution.You who have professed entrance into the kingdom of heaven are altogether too vacillating and indefinite in your teaching conduct. The heathen strike directly for their objectives; you are guilty of too much chronic yearning. If you desire to enter the kingdom, why do you not take it by spiritual assault even as the heathen take a city they lay siege to? You are hardly worthy of the kingdom when your service consists so largely in an attitude of regretting the past, whining over the present, and vainly hoping for the future. Why do the heathen rage? Because they know not the truth. Why do you languish in futile yearning? Because you obey not the truth. Cease your useless yearning and go forth bravely doing that which concerns the establishment of the kingdom.”

His final advice was: “The measure of your own righteousness can be gauged by the extent people come to you. The more you must go to them with your message the more it indicates a failure to live the righteous life.”

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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Thu, September 28, 2017

Huge multitude fed, seek to make Jesus king

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins loaves and fishes

CAPERNAUM, MARCH 30, AD 29

Reports from the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee indicate that Jesus performed the miraculous feat of feeding a massive crowd of 5,000 believers with five barley loaves and two dried fishes. When the feast was done, over twelve baskets of food-fragments were picked up from the grass. No one who saw the event could explain how it was done.

Three days of increasing crowds

Between Sunday and Wednesday the multitudes from all over Galilee filled the beautiful park south of Bethsaida-Julias. All wanted to see Jesus, and many sought to be cured of some ailment. Food ran out, and the astounding feeding took place under the direction of Jesus. The excitement of the apparent new miracle was augmented by rumors that Jesus had selected the remote park as the site where he could be named the new King of Israel by the people. Hundreds began shouting that Jesus had brought manna from heaven, even as Moses had done. A great cry went up: “Make him king!”

Jesus rejects kingship

Jesus finally stood upon a rock in the twilight and rejected the kingship offer. He stated that the crowd should worship only God in heaven as their king. Some wondered if Jesus was afraid of reaction from officials in Jerusalem or from the Roman rulers, while others sought to defend him. One apostle, Judas Iscariot, is said to believe that Jesus did not have the courage to be named King of the Jews. But no plausible explanation for Jesus’ refusal to be king was given by the other apostles. Jesus disappeared shortly after the event, some say he is in meditation in the hills to the east.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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Thu, September 14, 2017

Woman healed by touching Jesus’ garment

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins The Woman Touching the Hem of His Garment by F. Goodall

Woman healed by touching Jesus’ garment

A woman named Veronica of Caesarea-Philippi claimed that she was cured of a long term scourging hemorrhage when she simply touched the hem of Jesus’ robe as he passed by. The incident drew attention when Jesus paused and stated: “I perceive that living energy has gone forth from me.” Veronica admitted touching his robe, and Jesus declared it was her faith, not the touch, that cured her.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Thu, August 31, 2017

Peter claims Jesus calmed storm

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Jesus Asleep in Boat by Jules Joseph Meynier

GALILEE, AD 29

The apostles claimed today that Jesus commanded Sunday’s storm on the Sea of Galilee to cease, and the sea immediately became calm. “It was an intense storm,” Peter stated. “We lost our sail. Water was coming over the side. I woke Jesus, who was sleeping in the stern, and asked him to help us. I feared we would all be drowned. Jesus said ‘Peace, be still,’ and the winds died down and the sea became calm. It’s true!” The other apostles verified this miracle, but Jesus denied it. He said it was pure coincidence. Jesus said he was speaking to the souls and minds of his apostles when he said: “Peace, be still.” But Peter is unconvinced. “I tell you, even the winds and waves obey the Master,” he said.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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Thu, August 17, 2017

Jesus now teaches with parables

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins the sower by ambrose dudley

BETHSAIDA, AD 29

Jesus of Nazareth has taken a new approach to teaching the masses. He now teaches by parable, using short stories to illustrate his points. He began doing this several Sundays ago when over a thousand people assembled near Jesus, who was sitting in a boat anchored near the shore. Jesus decided he would tell a story, and then narrated the “Parable of the Sower.”

The next day, Jesus gave the crowd several additional parables, including a new sowing parable and several about the “kingdom of heaven.” Because this new method stimulated so much discussion, Jesus held a session with his apostles about parables, what they are and how to use them. He also cautioned them about the danger of over- interpretation.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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Thu, August 03, 2017

Hometown is cool toward Jesus

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Jesus in danger

NAZARETH, MARCH, AD 29

There is an obvious lack of enthusiasm over the impending visit of Jesus to his hometown of Nazareth. Public opinion is divided, but many residents resent his failure to visit Nazareth sooner. One zealot said: “If Jesus expects a warm homecoming, he can think again. His own family is not supportive. Who is he anyway, that he has grown so great? He has not performed any miracles here.” Rumors that thugs have been hired to harass Jesus were denied by groups known to be hostile towards him. One conservative rabbi declared that Jesus “walks too fast” on the Sabbath. Jesus is scheduled to speak at the Nazareth synagogue on Sabbath morning.

Jesus had a close call when aggressive antagonists sought to hurl him off a cliff

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Thu, July 20, 2017

Jesus condemns superstitious beliefs

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Jesus Teaching

BETHSAIDA, AD 29

Jesus denounced practices he termed superstition, fear and magic. A brief summary follows of those practices Jesus proclaimed to be superstitious:

ASTROLOGY: Jesus said the stars and planets have no effect upon human life. He said that astronomy was a legitimate science, but that astrology is a “mass of superstition and error.”

ENTRAILS and CASTING LOTS: Examination of the organs of a recently killed animal and casting lots have no validity in predicting the future.

SPIRITS of the DEAD: These do not come back to communicate with the living.

CHARMS, DIVINATION, SORCERY, and WITCHCRAFT: Belief in these concepts is superstitious and invalid.

SPELLS, ENCHANTERS, WIZARDS and the like are false and enslaving superstitions. Jesus said that his “gospel of the kingdom” has nothing in common with the soothsayer priests of primitive religions

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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Thu, July 06, 2017

Women’s Corps at Tiberias

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Mary Magdalene

TIBERIAS, AD 29

A unique meeting was held on the Sabbath in the banquet hall of Herod Antipas’ new palace. The female evangelists of Jesus, the Women’s Corps, met under the direction of Joanna, the treasurer of the group. Joanna is the wife of Chuza, the steward of Herod Antipas. Jesus attended the meeting and later instructed the group in what he termed “superstitious beliefs and magic.”

The Women’s Evangelistic Corps now numbers twelve with the addition of Mary Magdalene and Rebecca, the daughter of Joseph of Arimathea. Magdalene was a surprise. She had been recruited from an infamous resort at Magdala. Questions about her reputation were brushed aside by Susanna, the daughter of a former Chazan and the leader of the Corps. “The doors of the kingdom are open to all, even those who have made mistakes. Mary Magdalene has proven to be a most effective teacher. She is our sister and a worthy daughter of the Most Highs.” Jesus could not be reached for comment since he is in conference with his new disciples. Jesus recently sent his original band of twelve into Galilee. They travel in pairs, two by two, and preach to the people autonomously.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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Thu, June 22, 2017

Jesus teaches about a God of Love

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Jesus

GAMALA, NOVEMBER, AD 28

Jesus spoke at length last night about his new concepts of God in response to a question by one of his apostles. While not directly criticizing the Scriptures, Jesus stated that they often portrayed God as an angry king. He said this fear of God was the only way primitive minds could develop reverence. But now the world was ready to hear a new message, he insisted, saying: “I would now lead you from reverence up through recognition, realization, and appreciation to love of the Father in heaven.” Jesus stated that the early Jews feared God because he was mighty and mysterious, and now God should be loved because he is “magnificent in his love, generous in mercy and glorious in truth.” Jesus also took the occasion to urge that the apostles cultivate “balance and composure” to offset the tendencies to be disappointed by high expectations, pride and ambition.

Officials concede that Jesus maintains a peculiar composure in the midst of the controversy surrounding him. “His powerful personality, not his powers, account for many of the so-called healings attributed to him,” said one priest. The official, who declined to be identified, also said: “When people have so much faith in an individual, their faith seems to do wonders for their health.”

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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Thu, June 08, 2017

New evangelists go forth

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Jesus walking with disciples

BETHSAIDA, OCTOBER 3, AD 28

The large tent city at Bethsaida has been closed, and the apostles and disciples of Jesus have broken up into groups to preach their gospel in Galilee. There are 117 new teachers who have been trained for this effort. Each of the original twelve apostles has formed teams of a dozen or so enthusiasts. Early Sunday morning, James gave the evangelists a short speech to send them on their way. Jesus spoke only briefly, announcing that the new groups were competent to go forth and teach the gospel.

David Zebedee has set up permanent headquarters at his father’s home in Bethsaida to support Jesus’ work. This serves as a clearinghouse and relay station for the messenger service which David uses to facilitate communications between the workers in various parts of Palestine and adjacent regions. This service employs about forty to fifty runners.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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