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Wed, December 04, 2019

Thomas asks an important question

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins The head of St Thomas by Caravaggio

“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.
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Thu, October 31, 2019

Lessons on Prayer, Thanksgiving and Worship

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Flevit super illam by Enrique Simonet

JOTAPATA, JANUARY, AD 28

Jesus of Nazareth, who recently returned from Capernaum and the cities of the Decapolis, taught his apostle corps in quiet sessions here today. The subjects were prayer, thanksgiving and worship. His twelve-point training session was reportedly a comprehensive answer to accumulating questions raised by his apostles. The twelve points offered follow:

1. By opening the human end of the channel of God-man communication, we make immediately available the ever-flowing stream of divine ministry.

2. They who would receive mercy must show mercy. Judge not lest you be judged.

3. Righteousness is the faith act of the child of God which opens the door of the Father’s storehouse of goodness, truth, and mercy. Prayer does not change the divine attitude toward man, but it does change man’s attitude toward the changeless Father. It’s the motive of your prayer which gives it the right of way to the divine ear.

4. Prayer may not be employed to avoid the delays of time or to transcend the handicaps of space. Said Jesus: “Let your supreme delight be in the character of God, and he shall surely give you the sincere desires of your heart.”

5. “If you are ever in doubt as to what you would ask of the Father, ask in my name, and I will present your petition in accordance with your real needs and desires and in accordance with my Father’s will.” Avoid praying much for yourself; pray more for the spiritual progress of your brethren. Avoid materialistic praying; pray for the abundance of the gifts of the spirit.

6. When you pray for the sick and afflicted, do not expect that your petitions will take the place of loving and intelligent ministry to them. Pray for the welfare of your families and friends, but especially pray for those who curse you, and for those who persecute you.

7. Many resort to prayer only when in trouble, but you should also pray to your Father even when all goes well. Prayers of thanksgiving are appropriate for groups of worshippers, but the prayer of the soul is a personal matter. There is but one form of prayer which is appropriate for all God’s children, and that is: “Nevertheless, your will be done.”

8. All believers should pray sincerely for the extension of the kingdom of heaven. Jesus commented most approvingly on the prayer of the Psalmist: “Create in me a clean heart, O God.” Jesus said, “The human tongue is a member which few men can tame, but the spirit within can transform this unruly member into a kindly voice of tolerance.”

9. Jesus taught that the prayer for divine guidance and wisdom on your pathway of life was next in importance to your petition for a knowledge of the Father’s will. Pray wholeheartedly and intelligently, earnestly and steadfastly.

10. Employ prayer as a means of leading up through thanksgiving to true worship. Jesus deplored that so little of the spirit of thanksgiving was to be found in prayers and worship.

11. Jesus said: “Be not constantly overanxious about your common needs. Be not apprehensive concerning the problems of your earthly existence, but by prayer and sincere thanksgiving, let your needs be spread out before your Father who is in heaven.”

12. Jesus taught that after praying we should remain for a time in silent receptivity to afford the indwelling spirit the better opportunity to speak to the listening soul. The spirit of the Father speaks best to man when the human mind is in an attitude of true worship.

The presentation was well received. It was also reported that Jesus plans to continue his tour of Galilee and will soon move on to Ramah.

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

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Fri, October 04, 2019

Jesus prepares to leave Earth family

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Study of Christ's Figure by Wassilij Dimitriewitsch Polenow

EARTH, AD 21 After long preparation, Jesus is poised to begin his career as a teacher on the planet Earth. As Jesus ben Joseph, he has long supported and guided his Earth family. Now Jesus has confided in his brother James local girl today. In the that he must leave home soon. He made an agreement with James to ensure financial support of the family as he assumes his destined path.

The human feelings of Jesus for his family are very strong, and this departure is most difficult for him. But as he becomes more and more aware of his dual nature and begins to grasp his real identity, he realizes he must learn all he can and seek, above all, to do the will of the Father in heaven.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Wed, September 04, 2019

Jesus Only a Storyteller says Zealot

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Jesus Blessing Little Children - Heinrich Hofmann

NAZARETH, AD 19

Jesus ben Joseph no longer enjoys the support of all the citizens of his home city of Nazareth. Some agree with Kareth, a Zealot patriot who said recently: “Jesus is a friend to the children who play by his carpentry shop, but he has turned his back on his responsibility to his people.”

Kareth claims that Jesus is too passive, and that the former “child of promise” will never be the political leader many hoped he would be. Jesus reportedly enjoys telling stories to the children, who know him as “Uncle Joshua.” Jesus would not comment on his future plans, saying only: “My hour has not yet come.”

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Wed, August 07, 2019

Jesus is too noble

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Rebecca's Marriage Proposal by Russ Docken

NAZARETH, AD 13

Ezra, a prominent merchant and trader, announced today that he will move his family to Sepphoris. Rumors abound that the family is moving because Jesus ben Joseph rejected Ezra’s beautiful daughter, Rebecca. At her seventeenth birthday dinner, it is reported, the family appealed to Jesus to accept the hand of Rebecca. Jesus declined, stating that he was not free to enter into a relationship with any woman, other than one of simple brotherly regard and pure friendship. He told the family, however, that the offer they had made would cheer him all of his days. Ezra commented that he appreciated the sincerity of Jesus and his dedication to serving his people. “Jesus is too noble for us,” Ezra stated.

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

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Wed, May 01, 2019

Text of unique prayer released

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Jesus as a boy

NAZARETH, AD 9

Jesus ben Joseph, a local fifteen-year old boy who amazed the rabbis in Jerusalem with his questions and comments two years ago, has formulated a prayer for his brothers and sisters. Jesus supports the family since the death of his father, Joseph, last year. One of his brothers, James, recited the unique prayer shown at right.

When reached for comment, Jesus noted that prayer is best when it is individual and expresses the feelings and thoughts of the person praying. He cautioned against automatic repetition of a prayer as a substitute for true communion with God.

“Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come; your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our bread for tomorrow; Refresh our souls with the water of life. And forgive us our debts As we also have forgiven our debtors. Save us in temptation, Deliver us from evil, And increasingly make us perfect like yourself.”

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

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Wed, March 06, 2019

Future bright for family of Jesus

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins The Holy Family by Fran├žois Le Fond

NAZARETH, AD 8

Much of the excitement that followed the activities of Jesus ben Joseph in the temple at Passover last year has died down. The local lad, who has now turned thirteen, seems content to help his father in the family’s carpentry shop, study advanced reading courses, and practice music.

The family continues to save for his future education in Jerusalem. The question here is: Will Jesus repeat his performance this year at Passover? But the lad will not comment, and the parents, Joseph and Mary, admit they “cannot predict what their son will do.” Meanwhile the family prospers. The hopes of locals that a great teacher-leader will emerge from Nazareth have not yet been extinguished.

Local discussions continue about Jesus ben Joseph, opinions vary as to his status and future

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

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Fri, January 18, 2019

Will Nazareth produce a great leader?

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Mission of the Apostles:  To Unite the Nations in a Single Faith by Hippolyte Flandrin

NAZARETH, AD 7

“At last, a great teacher shall come out of Nazareth in Galilee.” A local rabbi at the synagogue school claims that the recent performance of twelve-year-old Jesus ben Joseph at the temple in Jerusalem proves that “something good can come out of Nazareth,” contrary to the old saying. The feeling is strong among some here that the young lad may become the teacher-leader that Israel needs. The mild local fame of Jesus stems from his discussions with the elders at the temple.

Some here agree that Jesus shows promise, but doubters point out that prophets have always demonstrated their divine birthright by the working of miracles and wonders.

A detractor commented:

“Jesus is a remarkable, bright young man. But he never does anything out of the ordinary. He may have a good career, but I doubt that he is a prophet.” Others say that Jesus is still young, and that his powers may unfold as he grows older. When he reaches fifteen years of age, Jesus will be permitted to formally conduct a service at the synagogue. Many look forward to this important milestone. In the meantime, his family continues to live a simple life here in Nazareth.

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

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Thu, December 06, 2018

The four supreme reactions of fatherly love

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Christus Consolator by Ary Scheffer

1. “Happy are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” So-called common sense or the best of logic would never suggest that happiness could be derived from mourning. But Jesus did not refer to outward or ostentatious mourning. He alluded to an emotional attitude of tenderheartedness. It is a great error to teach boys and young men that it is unmanly to show tenderness or otherwise to give evidence of emotional feeling or physical suffering. Sympathy is a worthy attribute of the male as well as the female. It is not necessary to be calloused in order to be manly. This is the wrong way to create courageous men. The world’s great men have not been afraid to mourn. Moses, the mourner, was a greater man than either Samson or Goliath. Moses was a superb leader, but he was also a man of meekness. Being sensitive and responsive to human need creates genuine and lasting happiness, while such kindly attitudes safeguard the soul from the destructive influences of anger, hate, and suspicion.

2. “Happy are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Mercy here denotes the height and depth and breadth of the truest friendship— loving-kindness. Mercy sometimes may be passive, but here it is active and dynamic— supreme fatherliness. A loving parent experiences little difficulty in forgiving his child, even many times. And in an unspoiled child the urge to relieve suffering is natural. Children are normally kind and sympathetic when old enough to appreciate actual conditions.

3. “Happy are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” Many Jews are longing for military deliverance, not for peacemakers. But Jesus’ peace is not of the pacifying and negative kind. He has said, “My peace I leave with you.” “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” This is the peace that prevents ruinous conflicts. Personal peace integrates personality. Social peace prevents fear, greed, and anger. Political peace prevents race antagonisms, national suspicions, and war. Peacemaking is the cure of distrust and suspicion. Children can easily be taught to function as peacemakers. They enjoy team activities; they like to play together. Said the Master at another time: “Whosoever will save his life shall lose it, but whosoever will lose his life shall find it.”

4. “Happy are they who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Happy are you when men shall revile you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven.” So often persecution does follow peace. But young people and brave adults never shun difficulty or danger. “Greater love has no man than to lay down his life for his friends.” And a fatherly love can freely do all these things—things which brotherly love can hardly encompass. And progress has always been the final harvest of persecution.

And so it is revealed that the beatitudes of this epic sermon are based on faith and love, rather than strict laws. He is instructing his apostles in the rigors of fatherly love. This love delights in returning good for evil—doing good in retaliation for injustice.

Other comments made by Jesus during this ordination:

ON SELF-DEVELOPMENT: The greatest motivation is not fear of doing wrong, but love of doing good. Introspection is not part of Jesus’ method, but is not forbidden as a means of preventing conceited egoism.

ON POLITICS: Jesus has forbidden his apostles to allow their spiritual mission to become in any way involved in political issues.

ON SOCIAL ISSUES: Jesus made it clear that indiscriminate charity could possibly result in undesirable consequences. He instructed that apostolic funds were not to be given in alms unless he so directed, or at least two apostles petitioned for such alms.

ECONOMICS: Jesus is not an economic reformer. He seeks to make all men aspire to be Godlike, and thus solve their own political, social and economic problems. He did not denounce wealth itself, but its effect upon its devotees.

PERSONAL RELIGION: Jesus seems to advocate a superb self-respect. Courage is at the core of all his teachings. Jesus stated that he valued the whole life, not just a few special virtues. The heart of Jesus’ religion consists in the acquirement of a compassionate character coupled with the desire to do the will of God.

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

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Wed, November 21, 2018

Jesus Ordains His Apostles

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins These Twelve Jesus Sent Forth by Walter Rane

PLANETARY HEADQUARTERS, JANUARY 12, AD 27

Today a great host of celestial beings observed the ordination of the twelve apostles of Jesus on the planet Earth. Jesus instructed the twelve mortals who had just listened to his declaration concerning the kingdom to kneel in a circle about him. Then the Master placed his hands upon the head of each apostle, beginning with Judas Iscariot and ending with Andrew. When he had blessed them, he extended his hands and prayed:

“My Father, I now bring to you these men, my messengers. From among our children on earth I have chosen these twelve to go forth to represent me as I came forth to represent you. Love them and be with them as you have loved and been with me. And now, my Father, give these men wisdom as I place all the affairs of the coming kingdom in their hands. And I would, if it is your will, tarry on earth a time to help them in their labors for the kingdom. And again, my Father, I thank you for these men, and I commit them to your keeping while I go on to finish the work you have given me to do.”

A great silence pervaded the place while a host of celestial beings looked down upon this solemn and sacred scene—the Creator of a universe placing the affairs of the divine brotherhood of man under the direction of human minds.

Who are the twelve men chosen by Jesus of Nazareth, who is now incarnated as a mortal on Earth? Apparently Jesus has elected to place his divine brotherhood in the hands of ordinary men and under the direction of ordinary minds. Generally, these men are educated, but not formally trained as teachers.

ANDREW: Chief administrator and leader. The ablest and oldest of the apostles, age 33. One of John the Baptist’s disciples. An unmarried fisherman who lives with his married brother, Simon Peter. He is a partner in a fishing business with John and James Zebedee. Strengths: Efficient personal worker, clear insights, an excellent judge of men. Logical thinker, makes good decisions. Weaknesses: Poor orator. Most admires in Jesus: The Master’s sincerity, his unaffected dignity.

SIMON PETER: The outstanding preacher of the apostles, age 30. Also a disciple of John the Baptist, lived in Bethsaida near Capernaum. Married, with three children. Strengths: Optimistic, loyal, the best orator of the apostles. Weaknesses: Impulsive, vacillating, not a deep reasoner. Can be steadfast, but withers under ridicule. Most admires in Jesus: His supernal tenderness. He never forgets the lesson of forgiveness, not seven times but seventy times seven.

JAMES ZEBEDEE:  He best grasps the import and real significance of Jesus’ teachings, age 30. Married, four children, lives near parents in Bethsaida. Strengths: Well-balanced thinker and planner. Vigorous personality, an unpretentious server, brave and determined. Next to Peter, the best public speaker of the twelve. Weaknesses: Fiery temper and spells of unaccountable silence. Most admires in Jesus: The sympathetic affection of the Master, his untiring interest and understanding of the small and the great, the rich and the poor.

JOHN ZEBEDEE: Personal agent of Jesus in dealing with his family, age 24. Youngest of the apostles, unmarried, lives with parents at Bethsaida. Strengths: Cool and daring courage, remarkable creative imagination, solidly dependable. Weaknesses: Conceit, inappropriate self-esteem. Most admires in Jesus: The Master’s love and unselfishness. He is to become the apostle of love.

PHILIP: “The curious.” He is the steward of the group, supplies provisions, age 27. A fisherman, married, no children as yet, will eventually have three boys and four girls. Strengths: Methodical thoroughness, can do ordinary things in a big way. A persuasive and successful personal worker. Weaknesses: Lacks imagination, a slow thinker, tends to ask foolish questions. Most admires in Jesus: The Master’s unfailing generosity.

NATHANIEL: “Honest Nathaniel,” age 25, the philosopher of the twelve. He attends to the needs of their families. Unmarried, sole support of aged and infirm parents in Cana. Six brothers and sisters, once planned to become a merchant. Strengths: Next to Judas Iscariot, the best educated of the apostles, the best storyteller. Can relieve situations with his droll humor. Honest and sincere, takes Jesus and the kingdom seriously, but not himself. He is proud, but not obstinate. Weaknesses: Tends to be a dreamer. Most admires in Jesus: The Master’s enduring tolerance.

MATTHEW LEVI: Chosen by Andrew, called the “money-getter” by the apostles, he is the fund raiser for the group, age 31. He was a customs collector in Capernaum. Married, four children. Strengths: Wholehearted devotion to the cause of Jesus, good businessman, social mixer, generous. Weaknesses: Shortsighted and materialistic. Most admires in Jesus: His forgiving disposition.

THOMAS DIDYMUS: Arranges and manages itinerary, age 29. Chosen by Philip. A fisherman, married, four children. Strengths: The one truly analytical mind of the twelve, superbly honest and loyal. One of the bravest apostles, a good businessman and executive. Weaknesses: A product of an unhappy family life, disagreeable and quarrelsome, suspicious and doubting, at times despondent and depressed. Most admires in Jesus: His superbly balanced character.

SIMON ZELOTES: In charge of group diversions and relaxation, age 28. Chosen by Peter. At one time an officer in patriotic Zealot’s organization. Merchant, unmarried, lives with family in Capernaum. Strengths: Inspirational loyalty, warm personal devotions. Weaknesses: Material mindedness, likes to argue. Most admires in Jesus: Calmness, assurance, poise, composure.

JUDAS ISCARIOT: Treasurer of the group, age 30. Chosen by Nathaniel. Unmarried, son of wealthy Jewish parents, disowned by his parents because of his attachment to John the Baptist. The best educated of the apostles. Was a spoiled, pampered child. Strengths: Skillful businessman, a good but not always honest thinker. Weaknesses: Egoistic, a poor loser, seeks revenge. Defective sense of loyalties and values. Intellectual understanding of the kingdom, but lack of spiritual progress. Most admires in Jesus: His charming personality.

JAMES AND JUDAS ALPHEUS: (Also called Thaddeus and Lebbeus.) The “twins,” 26 years of age, are the managers of the multitudes. Chosen by James and John. Common fisherfolk, live near Kheresa. Both married, James is father of three children, Judas has two. Strengths: Big hearted, generous, good natured and faithful. Weaknesses: Somewhat lacking in intelligence and spiritual scope, but sincere and loyal. Most admire in Jesus: His simplicity, humility and accessibility.

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

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