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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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Thu, May 25, 2017

Jesus stuns crowd in new healing incident

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

CAPERNAUM, AD 28

An unexpected visitor literally descended upon Jesus as he gave a farewell sermon at the Zebedee home just before disbanding the Bethsaida camp. The paralyzed man was lowered by his friends by ropes from the roof into the gathering of Jesus and his apostles, startling the onlookers. The man apologized for the intrusion, and pledged to serve the kingdom if only his body could be made well. Jesus replied, “Son, fear not; your sins are forgiven. Your faith shall save you.” Loud objections of blasphemy were raised by six Pharisees from Jerusalem, and Jesus answered: “Why do you judge me? What is the difference to say, your sins are forgiven, or arise, take up your bed and walk? But you who witness this may finally know that the Son of Man has authority and power on earth to forgive sins.” At that very moment the man arose, and walked out of the house as the crowd parted for him.

Very soon messengers arrived urging the six Pharisees to return to Jerusalem to report. Only three of the six decided to depart for Jerusalem. The other three aligned themselves with Jesus and were forthwith baptized and joined the followers of the Master. Religious authorities in Jerusalem have refused to confirm or deny this report.

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

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Thu, May 11, 2017

Seaside tent city swells to 1500

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

BETHSAIDA, AD 28

Nearly five months of relative quiet has many speculating that Jesus has elected to restrict his ministry and avoid the hostile elements of Jerusalem. Meanwhile, the followers of Jesus have developed a massive tent city with an elaborate hospital by the seaside here. Evangelist candidates are trained, the ill are treated and cared for, and a general feeling of brotherhood prevails. Since May, there have been over one thousand visitors from all parts of the empire, even from east of the Euphrates River. It is said that no one is ever turned away.

A great variety of teaching takes place, mostly from Simon Peter and James Zebedee. Over one hundred evangelists have been trained. A son of a nobleman who benefitted from the famous “distance healing” of Jesus in Capernaum is a student at the school. Few converts have resulted from the healings, it has been observed. Of the nearly seven hundred made well at the famous “sundown healing,” only seven are to be found among the students of the gospel here. The hospital is said to be a model of order and sanitation. It is run by one Elman, a Syrian physician, assisted by a staff of twenty-five women and twelve men. Elman claims no miracle cures take place, but many claim rather astounding recoveries. Elman attributes the apparent spiritual transformations to be the result of faith-dominated people who expect to become well, and who enjoy the presence of Jesus, whose strong and positive personality seems to banish fear and destroy anxiety.

Jesus has spoken only once at the synagogue during the summer and has conducted public services here less than a dozen times. He spends much time alone in the hills in meditation and worshipful communion.

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

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Thu, April 27, 2017

Did Jesus raise boy from the dead?

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

NAIN, AD 28

A flurry of excitement has been generated here by the most sensational miracle yet from Jesus of Nazareth. When Jesus arrived in the city yesterday, he came across the funeral procession of a young boy. The dead lad was the only son of a widow, who asked not to be identified. It was reported that the unfortunate woman pleaded with Jesus to return her son to life. Jesus is said to have raised the covering of the bier and after a moment declared:

“Weep not. Your son is not dead; he sleeps,” and then taking the hand of the lad said: “Awake and arise.” Upon the words of Jesus, the boy stirred, sat up and began to speak.

A tumultuous excitement has gripped the city. Jesus insists that the boy was really in a deep sleep, and only appeared to be dead. He says he intervened to avoid a tragic error. Skeptics, for once, agree and insist that this was certainly the case. They point out that a general hysteria is causing many who imagine themselves ill to also imagine themselves cured. But the vast majority of onlookers are convinced that Jesus has miraculous powers. Jesus apparently left during the excitement he stirred up. His whereabouts are not known.

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

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Thu, April 13, 2017

New healing in city of Iron

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

IRON, AD 28

News of the healing of a leper by Jesus today ended speculation that he was no longer able to perform healing miracles. The unidentified man declared that he had managed to encounter Jesus in the streets and pleaded with him to perform a cure. The man stated that he knew he could never be accepted into the kingdom because of his affliction, and he told this to Jesus. “He touched me, and I was clean once more!” the man asserted.

Reportedly, Jesus had requested the afflicted man be silent about the cure. Some believers in Jesus have expressed the opinion that although no physical affliction could ever keep a person out of the kingdom, the leper sincerely believed his ailment could do so. For this reason, they express the opinion that Jesus took pity on the leper and healed him.

Jesus has been ministering here in the mines, teaching and preaching. The fame of Jesus as a healer has spread to this remote village, and many sick and afflicted are seeking help at his hands. Many have been greatly benefited by his healing ministry.

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

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Thu, March 30, 2017

Thomas asks an important question

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

“How can I know for certain if I am in the kingdom of God?” Thomas, an apostle of Jesus, asked this question of Jesus today. As usual, Jesus made the complex question sound simple, as he said: “While you cannot observe the divine spirit at work in your minds, there is a practical method of discovering the degree to which you have yielded the control of your soul powers to the teaching and guidance of this indwelling spirit of the heavenly Father, and that is the degree of your love for your fellows.

“Every earth child who follows the leading of the spirit shall eventually know the will of God, and he who surrenders to the will of my Father shall abide forever. The way from the earth life to the eternal estate has not been made plain to you, but there is a way, there always has been, and I have come to make that way new and living. He who enters the kingdom has eternal life already—he shall never perish.”

All who heard these blessed words were greatly cheered. The Jewish teachings had been confused and uncertain regarding the survival of the righteous, and it was refreshing and inspiring for Jesus’ followers to hear these very definite and positive words of assurance about the eternal survival of all true believers.

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

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Thu, March 16, 2017

Decius tells of tutor's unique views on money

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

ROME, AD 23

A wealthy Stoic here has developed a new way to administer wealth. His surprising theories have impressed many people. Decius, a Roman citizen, declared that his method involved dividing his wealth into ten grand categories based upon their source: Inherited wealth, Discovered wealth, Trade wealth, Unfair wealth, Interest wealth, Genius wealth, Accidental wealth, Stolen wealth, Trust Fund wealth and Earned wealth. Decius emphasized that none of his holdings fell into the Unfair or Stolen categories, but he presented them to show the complete theory.

“A Jewish tutor friend who is visiting Rome advised me to administer material wealth as a wise and effective trustee of the resources of one generation for the benefit and ennoblement of the next and succeeding generations.” Decius added: “He said a guiding principle is to see all of humankind as brethren and to treat each person as you would wish to be treated. This attitude, augmented by justice, honesty and fairness, will help one solve any specific question of appropriate economic rewards in each category.” The tutor is not a professional economist, but Decius insists his advice is better than any he has ever received. “And, he did not even charge me a fee for his advice,” Decius added.

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

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Wed, March 01, 2017

Today With Tiberius

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

The emperor Tiberius was in good spirits today and spent an unusual amount of time with a delegation of two from distant India. The duo, Gonod and his son Ganid, brought greetings from the princes of their native land, which is located far to the east of the frontiers of the empire. The Indians were accompanied by an interpreter and scribe who also spoke at some length with the emperor. Tiberius was very impressed with the man and acknowledged the unusual skill and exceptionally amiable manner of this Jewish scribe from Damascus. Tiberius was overheard telling an aide: “If I had that fellow's kingly bearing and gracious manner, I would be a real emperor, eh?”

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

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Wed, February 15, 2017

Attack on slave foiled by Jew

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins

CRETE, AD 22

A young slave girl was rescued from an attacker today by a visiting Jewish interpreter and scribe. The incident occurred in Fair Havens. The attacker, apparently intoxicated, reportedly was beating the girl when a powerful young Jew intervened.

According to witnesses, the rescuer seemed to effortlessly hold the drunken man at bay while protecting the girl. “The attacker exhausted himself flailing at the air,” said one observer. The girl was escorted safely home by the Jew and his employers, a businessman and his son from India.

Some expressed surprise that the Jew did not strike the drunken man. One onlooker said: “He should have gotten at least as many licks as he gave the girl.” The Jewish scribe could not be reached for comment.

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

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