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Thu, June 21, 2018

New teachings presented in Urmia

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Jesus Teaching

Lectures scheduled

URMIA, AD 24

Cymboyton, director of the School of Religious Philosophy, announced yesterday a special series of winter lectures. Jesus of Capernaum will give a series of 24 talks on the “Kingdoms of Men” and the “Kingdom of God.” Jesus will not represent the Jewish religion; he will speak as a non-denominational independent. The thirty-year-old native of Palestine is currently engaged in managing a caravan from Capernaum, on its way to the Caspian Sea area. Upon his return Jesus will stop here for two weeks to give his lecture series.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Fri, May 25, 2018

Jesus returns to Nazareth

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Detail from Christ Healing a Blind Man by Del Parson

NAZARETH, MARCH, AD 24

After an absence of two years, Jesus ben Joseph returned to his hometown of Nazareth. The family of Jesus expressed joy at his return. Said Jude ben Joseph: “It is great to have him back, although I believe he is planning another trip soon. Simon and I both wish to get married, and want the approval of our oldest brother. Now we can have a double wedding this month.” The youngest member of the family, Ruth, is overjoyed to have her brother back, “even for a short time.” She said: “Jesus has always been an inspiration to us. He sent us money all the while he was gone, and he somehow acquired a house, which he is giving to my mother and me. It is in Capernaum. My brother Joseph and his family will live in our original home in Nazareth.”

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Thu, April 26, 2018

117 slaves are freed

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Christ by Alton S. Tobey

ROME, AD 23

Friends of the wealthy slave owner, Claudius, were unable to explain his sudden release of one hundred and seventeen prime slaves yesterday. One, who declined to be identified, said: “It was totally unlike Claudius. He told me that he had dinner with a Jewish scribe from Damascus who convinced him that all men—even slaves—were sons of God. The scribe even included women as equal partners. Then Claudius released his slaves. I cannot understand such an impractical action on his part.”

The identity of the scribe is not known, but some people believe he is the same scribe who has made an impact on the religious community here. A concentrated effort is being made to locate the scribe for an interview.

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

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Thu, March 29, 2018

Lost youth returns home

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Dreams by Wassilij Dimitriewitsch Polenow

“We had given up on him,” said the mother of Fortune, a young man who returned from his self-imposed banishment in the nearby mountains. “He was so depressed. He spent all of his time up there in the mountains. Nothing could snap him out of his depression until now. He is a new person.” In an exclusive interview, Fortune attributed his transformation to meeting an “astounding man” in the mountains. “He came up to me and asked me for directions,” Fortune explained. “After I helped him, he began to speak to me as no one has ever spoken before. And his eyes looked upon me with such love and respect as I have never known. I will never forget his eyes.”

When pressed for details, Fortune explained the philosophy of the stranger. “There is an inner spirit within each person, that, when released from the bonds of human fear, will inspire one to higher service,” Fortune said. “This spirit calms the mind and helps it achieve self-control. The released power of God also supplies the energy necessary to do great things. But one must go to where these great things need to be done; we must not hide from life. There is a better way, a way of self-forgetfulness and assertive, loving service to humankind. This philosophy freed me from the prison of self-pity,” stated Fortune. The stranger could not be located, but some attributed the philosophy of loving service to a visiting Jewish scribe who has spoken to many citizens here. The scribe has apparently left Crete.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Thu, March 15, 2018

Is material reality only a shadow?

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Plato by Raphael

ALEXANDRIA, AD 22

“Life is but a shadowy reflection of reality,” claims Zorra, a university professor here. Zorra explained the philosophy of Plato yesterday evening to a group of students and visitors. He used a vivid allegory depicting prisoners chained together in a cave, while a fire behind them throws shadows upon the wall in front of them. They cannot turn their heads, and all they can see are the shadows. Meanwhile, a parade of people go by behind them, their shadows cast upon the cave wall. The reality of the parade is not known to the prisoners, all they can view are the shadowy reflections thrown upon the wall. “This is like the human condition. What we believe to be reality is only a shadow of ultimate reality,” said Zorra.

The talk was translated by a visiting Jewish scribe and scholar. Although he offered no ideas during Zorra’s talk, a reporter asked the scribe what his opinion was of the theory. Replied the Jew: “Single-eyed material scientists or single-eyed spiritual mystics and allegorists cannot correctly visualize and adequately comprehend the true depths of universe reality. All true values of creature experience are concealed in depth of recognition. The eye of the material mind perceives a world of factual knowledge; the eye of the spiritualized intellect discerns a world of true values. These two views, synchronized and harmonized, reveal the world of reality, wherein wisdom interprets the phenomena of the universe in terms of progressive personal experience.” When asked about this comment, Zorra requested a copy of the Jew’s statement to study. The mysterious Jewish interpreter has left Alexandria for Crete.

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

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Thu, February 01, 2018

Passover in Jerusalem attracts record crowds

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Boy Jesus carries a sacrificial lamb

JERUSALEM, APRIL 8, AD 7

Crowds of visitors from all parts of the Roman Empire have thronged to Jerusalem for the annual feast of the Passover. This afternoon, arriving pilgrims scrambled to make accommodations for their stay in Jerusalem. Several visitors were interviewed. One family from Nazareth brought their nearly 13-year-old son to see the great city and temple for the first time since his infancy. His name is Jesus ben Joseph, and he gave some unexpected answers when we asked his impressions. Although the lad seemed appropriately impressed by the temple, he seemed confused about the tradition of sacrificing animals to “appease” the “Father in Heaven” as he refers to God. Before he could comment further, his parents whisked him away.

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

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Thu, January 18, 2018

Local youth escapes injury

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins The Holy Family

NAZARETH, JULY, AD 1

An unseasonable sandstorm is blamed for a near-serious accident at the local home of Joseph the carpenter. Jesus ben Joseph, who is nearly seven years old, was playing atop the house when he was reportedly blinded by the sudden cloud of sand. In an effort to escape the storm he tumbled down the stairway from the roof. Gratified parents reported that he was not injured, but the father vowed to build a balustrade on either side of the stairway to prevent any future accidents.

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

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Thu, December 21, 2017

Mesopotamians seek baby

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins 3 Wise Men

JERUSALEM, 7 BC

Several Chaldean priests are reportedly on a strange mission in Jerusalem. Their leader, Ardnon, declared yesterday that they were looking for “the light of life,” a child who is to be born here among the Jews. One of the priests referred to a teacher in Ur who disclosed a vivid dream he had about this prophesy. Some speculate that the rumored birth could be that of the “Messiah,” the legendary deliverer of Israel. The priests left for Bethlehem today, possibly on the advice of a high official at the temple here. A spokesman for King Herod cautioned that speculation about a new king was not in the interests of Israel.

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

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Thu, December 07, 2017

Behold God and Man

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Ecce Homo

APRIL 7, AD 30 Universe administration is slowing to a standstill while all celestial intelligences fix their gaze upon Earth. Jesus of Nazareth continues to bear himself majestically. He combines the patient submission of his human nature with the compelling silence and solemn dignity of his divine nature.

Jesus is convinced that it is the will of the Father that he submit to the natural and ordinary course of human events as must any mortal. He even refrained from using his purely mortal powers of persuasion and eloquence to influence the actions of the backward minds of this planet. As this misguided handful of Jews clamored for the death of Jesus, he stood there in awe-inspiring silence, observing the dimming twilight of a nation that was once the spiritual torch-bearer of the world.

Transcending the weakness of men

Jesus could not be provoked, nor could he be intimidated. Before the Sanhedrist court Jesus declined to make replies to the testimony of perjured witnesses. There was but one question which would always elicit an answer, whether asked by friend or foe, and that was the one concerning the nature and divinity of his mission on earth. When asked if he were the Son of God, he unfailingly made reply. He steadfastly refused to speak when in the presence of the curious and wicked Herod. Jesus has developed the type of human character which could preserve its composure and yet assert its dignity under continuous and gratuitous insult. We observed in awe Jesus’ love for ignorant mortals as revealed in his patience and great self-possession in the face of coarse jeers and savage blows by the deluded servants and cruel soldiers. Jesus said little during these trials, but he said enough to show all the universe the kind of human character man can perfect in partnership with God.

The weak and fear-ridden Roman governor

Jesus felt pity for Pilate and sincerely tried to enlighten his darkened mind. He showed no interest in Pilate’s half­hearted attempts to effect his release. The cowardly governor spoke more truth than he knew when he presented the scourged Jesus to the multitude and declared: “Behold the man!”

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

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Wed, November 22, 2017

Jesus is scourged and mocked

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Jesus is scourged

JERUSALEM, APRIL 7, AD 30

Jesus was subjected to a brutal scourging this morning, after which he was presented to the crowd by Pilate. At least one observer also notes that the process was illegal, since scourging is allowed by Roman law only after conviction and prior to crucifixion. Pilate has not yet ruled upon the fate of Jesus.

Guards mock “king of the Jews”

Jesus was taken to an open courtyard in the praetorium for the scourging. The guards tied Jesus to the whipping post and put the purple robe around him. They plaited a crown of thorns and placed it upon the brow of Jesus. Someone placed a reed in his hand as a mock scepter, and the guards knelt before him crying: “Hail king of the Jews!” They began to strike Jesus in the face and spit upon him. Jesus was then brought before Pilate again. Jesus’ face was now bloodstained and his body bowed from suffering and grief. An audible murmur went up from the crowd when Jesus appeared, but they again began to shout “Crucify him!”

“Behold the man!”

Pilate then said: “Behold the man! Again I declare to you that I find no crime in him, and having scourged him, I would release him.” A high priest shouted: “He violated our sacred law; he declared himself to be the Son of God!” Pilate was very disturbed at this statement. He waved to the crowd for silence, and then took Jesus inside the building. As the mob continues to harass Pilate, observers note that he seems confused and fearful.

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

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