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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.
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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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Thu, May 25, 2017

Jesus stuns crowd in new healing incident

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Jesus heals the man with palsy by Alexandre Bida

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 The Son of the Widow of Nain by J L Lund

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 Jesus Healing the Leper by Jean Marie Melchior Doze

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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