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"Spirit of the Law" vs "Letter of the Law"

  “Letter of The Law” vs “Spirit of The Law”


    In my last Blog (Hypocrisy) I made a statement of how the Pharisees actively sought loopholes that allowed them to violate the spirit of the Law. In doing this I might have left the question unanswered on just what is meant by that statement, and it is not my intent to suggest that all of you might not know what this difference is, but it is a fascinating study to say the least! 

    The first recorded use of this phrase is by the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians in 2 Cor 3:6;

    “Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”

     Paul being a former Pharisees himself well knew that they placed the letter of the law above the spirit.    

     It is interesting to find that “spirit of the law” only appears once in the UB from Christ himself, and that it is at the place where Paul, many years later sent his letter, Corinth;

    *133:4.7 To the Roman judge he said: “As you judge men, remember that you yourself will also some day come to judgment before the bar of the Rulers of a universe. Judge justly, even mercifully, even as you shall some day thus crave merciful consideration at the hands of the Supreme Arbiter. Judge as you would be judged under similar circumstances, thus being guided by the spirit of the law as well as by its letter.

    We find “letter of the law” only in two places in the UB;

    *121:7.1 By the times of Jesus the Jews had arrived at a settled concept of their origin, history, and destiny. They had built up a rigid wall of separation between themselves and the gentile world; they looked upon all gentile ways with utter contempt. They worshiped the letter of the law and indulged a form of self-righteousness based upon the false pride of descent. 

    *135:6.8 John conducted classes for his disciples, in the course of which he instructed them in the details of their new life and endeavored to answer their many questions. He counseled the teachers to instruct in the spirit as well as the letter of the law.

    It is here that Im going to paraphrase what is for me the greatest examples of the the “Spirit of the Law’, the parable of the Good Samaritan that we find in both the Bible (Luke 10:25-37) and in the Urantia book, Paper 164. The passage concerns a dialogue between Jesus and an "expert in the law" or "lawyer".

    A certain lawyer stood up and tested Him saying, Teacher what must I do to inherit eternal life?, the intent of the dialogue was to trap Jesus into making statements contrary to the law. 

    Jesus responds by posing the question back to the lawyer, as already having knowledge of the law, "What is written in the law?" 

    The lawyer quotes Deuteronomy 6:5 "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind and your neighbor as yourself.",  The question "Who is my neighbor?", that follows is described as being asked with the goal of self-justification.

    It is then that Jesus responds with the story of a man beaten by robbers who is ignored by a Priest and a Levite, but then rescued and compassionately cared for by a Samaritan. He goes above and beyond simply tending to the injured man. He takes him to an inn and gives money for the man's care, promises and then actually does return to inquire about the man, and pay any overage incurred. Jesus concludes by asking the lawyer which of the men was a "neighbor" to the beaten traveller, to which the reply was "the one who showed compassion". Then Jesus says to him "go and do likewise".

    Here again we can see how Christ made this individual judge himself by just asking a few question, the mirror test!

    It is interesting that a famous writer that you may have heard of by the name of William Shakespeare wrote numerous plays dealing with the letter versus spirit antithesis.

    In one of the best known examples, The Merchant of Venice, he introduces the quibble as a plot device to save both the spirit and the letter of the law. 

    In the play Shylock is a Jew who lends money to his Christian rival Antonio, setting the security at a pound of Antonio's flesh. 

    Shylock is the play's principal antagonist. His defeat and conversion to Christianity forms the climax of the story.

    "The quality of mercy is not strain'd, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes." 

    William Shakespeare. (the first four lines of Portias famous speech from The Merchant of Venice)

    Christ did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it. His purpose was to encourage people to look beyond the "letter of the law" to the "spirit of the law”.


     Rickey H. Crosby (Petitor Veritatis) 




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Is Hypocrisy a sin?

Is Hypocrisy a Sin?


    Recently I found that my brain is racing in so many direction that it has been hard to nail down one subject to study or spend time on to write about.  Most of my thoughts are sparked usually by current events and what is happening in the world and if I am able to think on it long enough, I want to know what God or Christ Michael might say on the subject, also writing about them helps me retain that truth, for me what it is all about!     

    Christ said; UB, 182:1.9 I am the way, the truth, and the life.

    One word that keeps popping in my brain is “hypocrisy”, or maybe it’s two words “hypocrite”. 

    This begged me to ask the question, is hypocrisy a sin?

    What is hypocrisy?

    In essence, “hypocrisy” refers to the act of claiming to believe something but acting in a different manner. The word is derived from the Greek term for “actor”, literally, “one who wears a mask”, in other words, someone who pretends to be what he is not.

    The prophet Isaiah condemned the hypocrisy of his day: “The Lord says, ‘These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men’” (Isaiah 29:13).

    Isaiah did well in his criticism of the leaders of his day, but for us today I prefer the way in which Christ’s condemned the Pharisees that we might get a better understanding of hypocrisy.

    Centuries later, Jesus quoted this verse;

    UB, 153:3;3 Why is it that you in this way make void the commandment by your own tradition? Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, saying: `This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. In vain do they worship me, teaching as their doctrines the precepts of men.'

    Did you catch that? Here we can see from Jesus’ own lips two very important things;

    1- You can worship him in vain. 

    2- How? By the teaching as their doctrines the precepts of men.

    In that sentence he put two things together;

    Doctrine, “a belief or set of beliefs held and taught by a church, political party, or other groups.”

    Precept, “a general rule intended to regulate behavior or thought.”

     Not long ago I ask a certain individual that I was in conversation with,  and because our conversation was leaning in a certain direction if he believed that he was a Christian? Knowing what his answer would be he naturally said that he was. I went further to ask hime if he was of a certain political affiliation? Again knowing his answer, his response was, “damn straight”. Perfect, now comes my last question. Are you a Christian first, or a damn straight first?    

     There was no need for me to judge this man. the question was intended for him  to take a look at himself!

    The UB tell us the Truth is like mirror held up in front of our face;

    131:7.3 “'If you are not right on the inside, it is useless to pray for that which is on the outside. 'If I hear your prayers, it is because you come before me with a clean heart, free from falsehood and hypocrisy, with a soul which reflects truth like a mirror. If you would gain immortality, forsake the world and come to me.'”

    During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He had many run-ins with the religious leaders of the day, the Pharisees. These men were well versed in the Scriptures and zealous about following every letter of the Law . However, in adhering to the letter of the Law, they actively sought loopholes that allowed them to violate the spirit of the Law. Also, they displayed a lack of compassion toward their fellow man and were often overly demonstrative of their so-called spirituality in order to garner praise. Today, the word "pharisees" has become synonymous with "hypocrite".

    We can see in the UB paper 175, “The Temple Discourse” how Christ condemned these leaders in no uncertain terms calling them hypocrites, tricksters,  false teachers and blind guides;

    175:1.12  “Woe upon you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! 

    175:1.15  “Woe upon you, false teachers, blind guides! 

    175:1.16  “Woe upon you who dissimulate when you take an oath! You are tricksters

    175:1.17  “Woe upon you, scribes and Pharisees and all other hypocrites 

    175:1.18  “Woe upon you, scribes, Pharisees, and hypocrites! 

    175:1.19  “Woe upon all of you who reject truth and spurn mercy! Many of you are like whited sepulchres, which outwardly appear beautiful but within are full of dead men's bones and all sorts of uncleanness. 

    175:1.20  “Woe upon you, false guides of a nation!

    175:1.21  “Woe upon you, children of evil! John did truly call you the offspring of vipers,       

     Even, after all of that he said to them;

    175:1.23 “O Jerusalem and the children of Abraham, you who have stoned the prophets and killed the teachers that were sent to you, even now would I gather your children together as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you will not!

    We must never forget what our true work here is about;    

    140:3.17 "You are commissioned to save men, not to judge them. At the end of your earth life you will all expect mercy; therefore do I require of you during your mortal life that you show mercy to all of your brethren in the flesh. Make not the mistake of trying to pluck a mote out of your brother's eye when there is a beam in your own eye. Having first cast the beam out of your own eye, you can the better see to cast the mote out of your brother's eye.    

    So, has my study cleared up the question of whether or not hypocrisy is a sin?

    I’m going to leave that up to you to answer, but I can say that being a hypocrite comes with a very strong declarations of, “Woe upon you” and if Christ Michael ever said it to me, my level of concern would be somewhere off the chart!


     Rickey H. Crosby (Petitor Veritatis) 




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“the feeling of being upset or annoyed, especially because of inability to change or achieve something”
“the prevention of the progress, success, or fulfillment of something”

  There is a quote that appears to be from an anonymous source that refers to “frustration” and I think it defines the way I feel better than anything that I can come up with myself, and it simply says “I can’t tell if it is killing me or making me stronger”.

  In just a few months I will be in my 70th revolution around the sun, so I must presume that from the absence of the demise of my existence, by all accounts is quite healthy and strong.

  In my pursuit to try to understand my frustration and to identify what it is that is frustrating me, and has been for the past 50 years I came across another word (in the UB, more on that later) that helped me come to some resolution, and that word is “curiosity”.

  I returned from Southeast Asia when I was 20 years old and I can honestly state that is when my curiosity began and put me on the road that I am still on to this day.

  Why the human race is so hell bent on trying to kill each other? The year I was there, 1968, saw 16,592 young men shipped home to their loved ones, the most of all the years in that conflict. Many time I could have been counted in that number of casualties. Many times I’ve ask myself why I wasn’t?

  I ask a young Baptist Minister this question early on that was sent by a friend, and he said he would get back with me. Never saw him again!

  I joined a 7th day Church, much like the 7th day Church that Dr. Sadler was involved in during his early years. We were quite familiar with Ellen White and her teachings. This sustained me for many years and I do not regret my involvement with them. I learned a great deal from the study of the Old and New Testament that I still value today. But in the end, they still could not answer my questions.

  I read some of the Torah ,some of the Talmud, some of the Quran and others. Looked at what Carl Sagan, Emanual Velikovsky, Noam Chomsky, and many other great minds and what they had to say.

  And then one day, quite by accident while talking to my older brother on the phone he asked if I’d had ever heard of a Dr. Sadler and the Urantia book? That was about 5 years ago. Well, I can state without a doubt, that is the day that changed my life! That started me on my “new” journey that answered every question that I’ve ever had and ones that I didn’t know to ask. It explained who Jesus was, his mission, and what “HIS” true Gospel (Good News) is. What is “HIS” true Gospel? The Truth!
182:1.9 I am the way, the truth, and the life.

  This is the point where I have to ask myself a serious question, and I don’t know if I’m going to like what I find out, but I am more than willing to live with the answer.

  Why did it take me so long to find the Truth? Why was the UB held back from me for so long? Was it waiting on something in me to grow? My education? I could have very easily been a part of the early UB group. Did they not want me there? To be honest, I am not the least bit disappointed to have missed those turbulent years! And there is no amount of argument that can convince me that the Revelators watching did so with anything less than disappointment! I am sure there are reasons and one day I’m again sure they will let me know.

  I know that I ask the hard questions, of myself and of others. The world cannot hide or ignore the “Truth” much longer!

  My curiosity and frustrations have taken me down many roads, and where I find myself now is quite alright with me. My commitment is made!

  I know I started this post out on the word “frustration” but I’m going to end on the word “curiosity”.

14:5.11 Curiosity—the spirit of investigation, the urge of discovery, the drive of exploration—is a part of the inborn and divine endowment of evolutionary space creatures. These natural impulses were not given you merely to be frustrated and repressed. True, these ambitious urges must frequently be restrained during your short life on earth, disappointment must be often experienced, but they are to be fully realized and gloriously gratified during the long ages to come.

Rickey H. Crosby (Petitor Veritatis) 

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A Watch in the Night

    A Watch in the Night

    I don’t think that anyone can seriously dispute the fact that we are living in a very interesting time in history, unless you’ve got your head buried in the sand so deep that the only thing sticking out is your feet! The US political stage changes by the minute and gives the news outlets material that they haven’t seen in decades. The world events (or should I say chaos) takes backseat to the the politics, but it’s there, if you want to see how our fellow humans and brethren are faring on this planet.

    2017 is turning out to be a year that has already seen its share of events that will be analyzed, scrutinized, theorized, politicalized and recorded about in future history books that are already being written as we speak.

    One event that is about to take place that is grabbing world attention is the forthcoming, once in a lifetime solar eclipse, and if your not a UB reader and haven’t heard of it you would be in that “feet sticking out of the sand” category!

    There is also an event that some say is of great prophetic significance that will happen on September 23 of this year. It seems that on this date, the sun will be in the constellation Virgo (the virgin), along with the moon near Virgo’s feet. Additionally, Jupiter will be in Virgo, while the planets Venus, Mars, and Mercury will be above and to the right of Virgo in the constellation Leo. Some people claim that this is a very rare event and that it supposedly is a fulfillment of a sign in Revelation 12:1-2 reads:

“And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.”

    The purported prophecy from John describes "a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head." The proponents of the Revelation 12 Sign say that the woman represents the constellation Virgo and the crown of twelve stars represents the nine stars of the constellation Leo in conjunction with Mercury, Mars, and Venus. The moon appears to be under the "feet" of the constellation Virgo in September 2017 and the sun will be passing through the constellation, which they say is what is meant by the woman being "clothed with the sun".

    The second verse of the twelfth chapter goes on to say that the woman "was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth." Some Christians suggest this will be fulfilled because the planet Jupiter will be traversing the constellation after having undergone apparent retrograde motion. After entering what they perceive to be Virgo's "womb", Jupiter exits the lower part of the "womb" 42 weeks later, which is the approximate length of a human gestation (normal gestation periods lasting from 37 to 42 weeks).

    It was also discovered that the apparent retrograde of Jupiter in the womb of Virgo was preceded by C/2017 E1 (Comet Borisov) which is being called the Conception Comet. This comet traveled from the loins of the constellation Leo to the womb of the constellation Virgo just before the entrance of Jupiter into the womb. Some proponents of the Revelation 12 Sign are suggesting that this comet represented the divine insemination of the woman, which subsequently produced the male child (Jupiter).

    It is also interesting to note that Revelation 12 Sign also coincides with the High Holy Day of Rosh Hashanah on the Jewish calendar, which is also called the Feast of Trumpets. (See Ricks Blog, Feast of Dedication) The Feast of Trumpets is the first of the Fall Feasts and its timing is traditionally based on the visibility of the new moon, which in 2017 is expected to be between September 21st and the 22nd. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year celebration, in this case marking the end of the year 5777 (sometimes abbreviated to the 777) and the beginning of 5778. ( see Ricks Blog 777) The Feast of Trumpets in Jewish tradition is believed to be a day when the dead will be resurrected and judgement will begin while Christians believe the period describes the tribulation period found in the book of Revelation.

    The complete astronomical alignment occurs on September 23, 2017. Interpretations of Revelation 12 vary, but the general consensus of those groups suggests that the September 2017 alignment is the Great Sign which is described in this passage of Scripture: that the woman represents the nation of Israel, (Who is Israel? Ricks Blog to come) which they believe is about to enter into a multi-year period of Tribulation,

    The apocalyptic symbol of a woman in labor is found throughout Jewish and Christian Scriptures, which proponents suggest is evidence of the September 2017 alignment's importance in prophecy. These particular Scriptures include Isaiah 13:6-13, Isaiah 26:17-21, Isaiah 66:7-11, Jeremiah 30:4-11, Jeremiah 49:23-27, Micah 5:3, Matthew 24:8, Mark 13:8, and 1 Thessalonians 5:3.

    While critics can divide the individual aspects of the Revelation 12 Sign in order to debunk its rarity, it is the combination of the many facets of the sign that create its one occurrence in history.

    Our time hear on this planet is but a blink of an eye to the Father and it says that a thousand years is but a watch in the night. In paper 176 our Creator admonishes us to be wise regarding the ripening of an age, and that we should be alert to discern the signs of the times. For me, that is what I will do !

“2:2.2 There is finality of completeness and perfection of repleteness in the mandates of the Father. "Whatsoever God does, it shall be forever; nothing can be added to it nor anything taken from it." The Universal Father does not repent of his original purposes of wisdom and perfection. His plans are steadfast, his counsel immutable, while his acts are divine and infallible. "A thousand years in his sight are but as yesterday when it is past and as a watch in the night." The perfection of divinity and the magnitude of eternity are forever beyond the full grasp of the circumscribed mind of mortal man.”

Rickey H. Crosby (Petitor Veritatis) 

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Why do we fail?

   Why do we fail?

   Several months ago I began an endeavor to try to come to some sort of understanding of why the human race cannot succeed on its own, as a whole to maintain a lasting connection to our Creator and our Father.

   Our failures have been nothing less than monumental! Time and time again we are presented with the tools, guidance and God’s appointed leadership to accomplish the task, but when left to ourselves, failure seems to be the only outcome! But still Jesus tells us; “And so will my Father continue to manifest his mercy and show forth his love, even to this dark and evil world.” (176;2.3)

   With the corruption and loss of our planetary Prince, and if not for the steadfast devotion of Van and his uncompromising followers, all might have been lost before the arrival of the Adamic family. The default of Adam and Eve. We read where Adam and Eve’s repentance was acceptable and they lived and taught together the truth of God for 511 yrs. Adam living another 19 years after the death of Eve. And then we learn that;

   “Revealed truth was threatened with extinction during the millenniums which followed the miscarriage of the Adamic mission on Urantia. (93:1,1)

   The failure of the Jews, the decedents, a remnant of the Hebrew people with whom a covenant was struck with the next Planetary Revelator, Machiventa Melchizedek, their forefather Abraham to fulfill their mission as a people to receive yet the next and most important Revelator, Christ Michael! We see this failure stated in the following.

   (175;2,)“Israel had repudiated the Son of the God who made a covenant with Abraham, and the plan to make the children of Abraham the light-bearers of truth to the world had been shattered. The divine covenant had been abrogated, and the end of the Hebrews nation drew on apace.” (apace; swiftly, quickly)

   The end of the Jews and Jerusalem came just a mere 40 years later in 70 AD.

   It doesn’t get much more blunt than that, but make no mistake, Machiventa Melchizedek did not fail on his mission as we read;

   (93;3,8) “And thus did Melchizedek prepare the way and set the monotheistic stage of world tendency for the bestowal of an actual Paradise Son of the one God, whom he so vividly portrayed as the Father of all, and whom he represented to Abraham as a God who would accept man on the simple terms of personal faith. And Michael, when he appeared on earth, confirmed all that Melchizedek had taught concerning the Paradise Father.”

   Did Jesus fail? Absolutely not, as it is clearly revealed to us in the meaning of the transfiguration;

   158:3.1 That which Peter, James, and John witnessed on the mount of transfiguration was a fleeting glimpse of a celestial pageant which transpired that eventful day on Mount Hermon. The transfiguration was the occasion of:
1. The acceptance of the fullness of the bestowal of the incarnated life of Michael on Urantia by the Eternal Mother-Son of Paradise. As far as concerned the requirements of the Eternal Son, Jesus had now received assurance of their fulfillment. And Gabriel brought Jesus that assurance.
2. The testimony of the satisfaction of the Infinite Spirit as to the fullness of the Urantia bestowal in the likeness of mortal flesh. The universe representative of the Infinite Spirit, the immediate associate of Michael on Salvington and his ever-present coworker, on this occasion spoke through the Father Melchizedek.

   So let us continue on and see what our most recent Revelators (UB) have to say about the past 2000+ years once the true teaching of Christ were left in the hands of man;

   “170:5.14 When Jesus’ immediate followers recognized their partial failure to realize his ideal of the establishment of the kingdom in the hearts of men by the spirit’s domination and guidance of the individual believer, they set about to save his teaching from being wholly lost by substituting for the Master’s ideal of the kingdom the gradual creation of a visible social organization, the Christian church. And when they had accomplished this program of substitution, in order to maintain consistency and to provide for the recognition of the Master’s teaching regarding the fact of the kingdom, they proceeded to set the kingdom off into the future.”

   Did you catch that? “provide for the recognition of the Master’s teaching regarding the “FACT” of the kingdom,”

   Lets us continue;

   170;5,16 “The church thus became in the main a social brotherhood which effectively displaced Jesus’ concept and ideal of a spiritual brotherhood.”

   “170:5.17 Jesus’ ideal concept largely failed, but upon the foundation of the Master’s personal life and teachings, Paul went forth to build up one of the most progressive human societies which has ever existed on Urantia.

   “Paul and his contemporaries applied all of Jesus’ spiritual implications regarding himself and the individual believer to the church as a group of believers; and in doing this, they struck a deathblow to Jesus’ concept of the divine kingdom in the heart of the individual believer.”

   “Jesus’ ideal concept largely failed”, again when left in the hands of humans. Not my words.

   But then they go on go and tell us why it failed;
   170;5’19 “because it dared to lay claim to those mysterious powers and privileges of the kingdom, powers and privileges which can be exercised and experienced only between Jesus and his spiritual believer brothers.”

   “. And thus it becomes apparent that membership in the church does not necessarily mean fellowship in the kingdom; one is spiritual, the other mainly social.”

   Now let us see what is their final conclusion;

   170;5.21 “This pitiful subdivision of Christian believers results from failure to discern in the Master’s manifold teachings the divine oneness of his matchless life.”

   “Always we may have diversity of intellectual comprehension and interpretation, even varying degrees of socialization, but lack of spiritual brotherhood is both inexcusable and reprehensible.”

   WOW!!! Pitiful, inexcusable, reprehensible. Pretty strong words, huh? And there’s that word again, failure.
   At the time of the appearance of these papers in 1934 we see that the authors at the end of paper 170 did so on an optimistic note.
   “170:5.22 Mistake not! there is in the teachings of Jesus an eternal nature which will not permit them forever to remain unfruitful in the hearts of thinking men.”
   Being the inquisitive person that I am, I would love to know what they would have to say about us after watching and observing for the past 83 years.

   The Fifth Revelation;

   176;2,3 “And when the kingdom shall have come to its full fruition, be assured that the Father in heaven will not fail to visit you with an enlarged revelation of truth and an enhanced demonstration of righteousness,”

Fruition; fulfilment of a plan or project

   Did this mean that with the appearance of Urantia Papers the failure of the previous 2000 year project of trying to get the true gospel that Jesus preached out had come to its end? That’s what it says to me!

   So what happened in1934?

   We can see that after some 24 years of working with the Revelators and the sleeping subject, Dr Sadler and the Contact Commission received completed copies of the Urantia Papers. And then after another 21 years we see, still under strict supervision of the Revelators, the Urantia book was published in 1955.

   Did the Revelators fail in their mission to provide us with an enlarge revelation of truth as Christ had foretold? Again that answer has to be, ABSOLUTELY NOT!

   Somewhere before the year 1939 it is reported that a message came from the acting Planetary Prince of Urantia which in short, reminds the group what has been entrusted to them;

   “But the majority of your Forum shock me with there lack of enthusiasm... I admonish you to be ever alert to the importance of the extraordinary trust that has been placed in your hands.

   Was that message really sent? Were they already starting to recognize certain signs?

   We learn that shortly after 1955 and the publication of the Urantia Book a final message from the Midwayers was received by the Commission;

   “You are own your own”
   “They didn’t even say goodbye,” remarked Dr. Sadler.

   Once again we see the most important Revelation placed into the hands of man! I think anyone that has read this up to this point is seeing where I’m going with this and I’m not going to go into some long drawn out conclusion.
   If you’ve read “A History of the Urantia Papers” By Larry Mullins, the conclusion can’t help but smack you square in the face, and if you were involved during those years, you lived it!

   It didn’t take long after the publication to see that the wolves were at the door!

   Has their attempt to get this revelation out to the world been a failure? I’ll let you answer that for yourself. I can’t type the word “Urantia” in without getting red dotted lines under it telling me that I’ve either misspelled a word or that the system doesn’t recognize the word! The book has been out for 62 years.

   We read in paper 176 how Jesus tries to prepare his apostles for what is about to happen to their beloved temple and their misunderstanding of his second coming.

   176:2.5 “But the times of the reappearing of the Son of Man are known only in the councils of Paradise; not even the angels of heaven know when this will occur. However, you should understand that, when this gospel of the kingdom shall have been proclaimed to all the world for the salvation of all peoples, and when the fullness of the age has come to pass, the Father will send you another dispensational bestowal, or else the Son of Man will return to adjudge the age.

   Has this gospel of the kingdom that Christ taught been proclaimed into all the world? No it has not! What has went out is the substitute gospel, The gospel that Paul preached. I read in the history that Dr. Sadler wrote that the mandate to publish the book was accompanied by several admonitions and suggestions to develop schools for teachers and leaders. Sad! Lets be honest, after the closing of these schools that he tried to establish stating as, “lost momentum”, the Urantia organizations have become nothing more than book clubs. Who is he going to send a dispensational bestowal to? A book club? Which one? Nothing has been prepared. I can’t find anywhere that there was a thought of preparation. Van knew that the Adamic dispensation was coming and prepared, he didn’t know the timing of their arrival either. He even lost some of his followers after he revealed that fact to them. Nothing would deter him, still he prepared.

Lets take a look at how long before Adam and Eve arrived did Van propose the Garden;

   73;2,3 “He well knew that these Adamic Sons always lived in simple but charming garden homes and proposed, eighty-three years before the arrival of Adam and Eve, that they devote themselves to the proclamation of their advent and to the preparation of a garden home for their reception.”

   WOW!! Just 83 years, where have I heard that number before?

   But that’s not the part that concerns me. It’s the “or” part of Jesus’ statement, “or else the son of man will return to adjudge the age”.

   There are two definition of the word “adjudge” and they are;
   1. (in legal use) award something judicially to (someone).
   2. (in legal use) condemn (someone) to pay a penalty
   Somehow I get the feeling that if the son of man comes it will not be to give anyone an award!
   Jesus admonishes us in the following;
176;2,6”But you should be wise regarding the ripening of an age; you should be alert to discern the signs of the times. You know when the fig tree shows its tender branches and puts forth its leaves that summer is near. Likewise, when the world has passed through the long winter of material-mindedness and you discern the coming of the spiritual springtime of a new dispensation, should you know that the summertime of a new visitation draws near.”

   I don’t claim to know when Christ will come back, I don’t hear voices. I rely solely on the good gifts that my God and my elder brother, Jesus Christ have freely bestowed upon me. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize this planet is in serious trouble, but here are some Nasa scientist that funded a study in 2014 that concluded;

   “A new study partly-sponsored by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.”

   So, have I come to some understanding of why, when man is left on his own he cannot keep a meaningful connection with God? I think so.

   195:8.10 Without God, without religion, scientific secularism can never co-ordinate its forces, harmonize its divergent and rivalrous interests, races, and nationalisms.

   195:8.12 Secular social and political optimism is an illusion. Without God, neither freedom and liberty, nor property and wealth will lead to peace.

   Why do we fail? Because we refuse to follow Jesus’ example, refuse to put God first!  

   “Not my will, but yours be done"

    Is it to late for us to get it right?

    I want everyone who reads this to know that I write this in LOVE and have not done so without many hours of prayer and heart felt meditation.

   Rickey H. Crosby (Petitor Veritatis) 

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It is believed that Easter originally was a commemorative feast for the Germanic goddess Ostara

   The Germanic goddess Ostara or Ēostre is known as the goddess of spring and dawn. She was mentioned only once by the British historian Bede in his work The Reckoning of Time in the 8th century where he claimed that at that time the pagan Anglo-Saxons named a month of the year after her, Eostur, and held feasts in her honor.

   Later, the month (today April) was replaced by the Christian Paschal, and it became a celebration of the resurrection of Christ which all around the world is known as Easter.

   Because the only source for Ēostre is Bede, it is hard to believe that she was the source of the word “Easter.” Many scholars, including the German mythologist Jacob Grimm, think that maybe the goddess was his invention. There are many theories which connect Ostara with the Germanic Easter customs such as hares and eggs. There is a story of Ēostre from recent times that is very popular among neo-pagans, and it goes something like this: a little girl found a little bird that was freezing to death and turned to Ēostre for help.

   Then, the goddess came from a rainbow bridge, clothed in her red robe of warm, vibrant sunlight which melted the snows and the spring arrived. Because she couldn’t do anything about the bird’s life, she turned it into a snow hare who brought rainbow eggs.

   There are no historical accounts of the egg practice in the neo- pagan holiday of Ostara which is held nearly at the same time as Easter. It is often believed that the painted eggs are a pre-Christian component of the celebration of the goddess.

   In the 19th century, Charles Isaac Elton talked about the association of the goddess with the Easter customs, while Charles J. Billson talked about the history of the hare in Northern Europe in the period of Easter. Other mythologists and scholars connect the hare with Ostara and Freya.

   John Andrew Boyle says that not much is known about Ēostre, but it is suggested that, because she was referred to as a goddess of the dawn (Ēostre derives from Proto-Germanic, which means dawn), the hare were the animals who carried her lights. This information can be found in the etymology dictionary by A. Meillet and A. Ernout.

   Another goddess who is linked to the historical Ēostre is Eastrgena who was worshiped by the Anglo-Saxons around the county Kent in England.

   Many scholars reckon that she was a Germanic matron goddess and this association with the names was made by the linguist Philip Shaw from the Stockholm University. If this presumed connection is real, that would mean that there wasn’t a single goddess, but it was worshiped in triplicate.

   Rickey H. Crosby (Petitor Veritatis) 

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The Jewish New Year began at sunset on October 2 of this year, introducing the Jewish New Year 5,777.

In Hebrew, each letter of the alphabet has a specific numerical value. The Hebrew alphabetical letter represented by the number seven, is called Zayin. First, it is unique and quite rare for there to be three sevens in the same year, as these three sevens will not be repeated for a thousand years from now (6,777).

The Biblical number 7 is linked to "completion" and is considered the highest sacred number in the Scripture. It is noted by rabbinical sources, that this Hebrew letter Zayin, in both meaning and in its form, has three possible meanings.

First, the letter alludes to the "return of light" or exposing in the light what is concealed in the darkness.

A second interpretation related with Zayin is that the letter is in the form of a "sword, which is parallel to the Gregorian year 2017.

Oddly, the letter Zayin is one of the final Hebrew letters that when used as a final form in a sentence has a decorative crown that scribes create on the top of the letter, forming a crown on the head of the letter. The rabbinical interpretation is that it can represent the "crowning of a man.

We can also recognize the importance that the number 7 plays in the Urantia Book.

10:2:7 Third Source and Center are experiential and are seven in number.

15:10.3 Each superuniverse is presided over by three Ancients of Days, the joint chief executives of the supergovernment. In its executive branch the personnel of the superuniverse government consists of seven different groups:

15:10.13 The co-ordinate council of the superuniverse is composed of the seven executive groups previously named and the following sector rulers and other regional overseers:

In the old Hebrew manusripts there is an angel in Daniel called palmoni - meaning, "the numberer of secrets." Numbers are used throughtout the books of Daniel and Revelation.

Here again I repeat what the Urantia Book says about Daniel.

43:3,3 One teacher understood that the Most Highs were not the Supreme Rulers, for he said, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”(Psalm 91:1) In the Urantia records it is very difficult at times to know exactly who is referred to by the term “Most High.” But Daniel fully understood these matters. He said, “The Most High rules in the kingdom of men and gives it to whomsoever he will.” (Dan.4:17) (I will come back to this later)

“But Daniel fully understood these matters”

The Hebrew word, Palmoni, is a contracted word. It contains the elements of two Hebrew words. One is, Pele, and the other is Ma-na. The Hebrew word, Pele, means wonderful.

Isaiah 9:6. For to us a child is born,to us a son is given,and the government will be on his shoulders.And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. The Hebrew word used there for wonderful is “pele”.

The word, Mana, means numbered. (I explained this in one of my previous blogs). See Daniel 5:25-26.

Who is Palmoni, the wonderful numberer? It is a specific person... Is it not Christ who numbers?

Job 38:37 number clouds
Psalms 147:4 number stars
Isaiah 40:26 things on high
Matthew 10:30 hairs of your head
Revelation 13:17 number of his name (Rev. 7:4 sealed)                                                                                                                                                    Here again the Urantia Book tells us;

3:3.1 “The very hairs of your head are numbered.” “He tells the number of the stars; he calls them all by their names.”

Now I’m about to give YOU something to ponder that still involves the number 7, and it is about our newly elected leader and I will refer back to my previous Daniel quote. “The Most High rules in the kingdom of men and gives it to whomsoever he will.”

Donald J. Trump was born born June 14, 1946 and is presently 70 years of age as of June 14, 2017. Going forward 7 months would be Janurary 14, 2017, and adding 7 days brings us to Jan 21st, which would be Trumps first full day in office. He would begin his first full day one day after his official inaguaguation on Jan. 20th at the age of 70yrs,7mo.7dys. These three sevens - 70 years, plus 7 months plus 7 days are three sevens - which may be linked, from a rabbinical perspective, to the Jewish year we are now in, 5,777.

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The God of Mammon

“The God of Mammon”

It wasn’t to long ago I was talking to an individual that I frequently have to come in contact with do to certain relational responsibilities (and under normal circumstances would probably never have meet them). Invariably our talks will turn to religion or politics. We never argue but do respectfully disagree with each other. I do see him (personally) as a good and decent individual and I’m sure he does respect my views and is why he likes to engage in these discussion.

He views himself as a good Christian and I’m sure he is a pillar of the Church in which attends, teaching Sunday school, volunteering, donating monetarily, possibly tithing which is all good and admirable qualities.

But as usual the conversation turn to politics, and this is where our views are to say the least, polar opposites. I am quit aware of his affiliation with one of these organizations (to which it doesn’t matter) and he is aware that I loathe them equally!

Now your probably wondering what this has to do with “ the God of mammon” in which this narration is about. I’m getting there!

So in this exchange our subject matter turned to a certain individual that he happened to be supporting quit vigorously and can’t seem to understand my apprehension not to agree with his assessment of this persons qualities to be the best candidate for the position in which they seek.

Now this is where it gets a little sticky for me! He tried to assured me that this person was a God fearing person and he was sure of their faith in God. That’s all well and good I said and was glad to hear that is what he believed.

Now somewhere in there I said quite off the cuff, that I might believe that their God was the “God of mammon” and quite admittedly should not have said it!

So here is my point, to my surprise he admitted he wasn’t quite sure what “mammon” was.

I was to say the least, shocked. Could someone sit through countless sermons, bible studies, conversation and hear the word and never bother to look up its meaning?

So, after thinking on this further and reflecting on this question that I might of ask him, I had to ask myself if I fully understood what Jesus taught about wealth?

Now the simplest meaning of the word “mammon “ is is to say it is the “love of money” and my favorite is the Cambridge Dictionary definition;
“the force that makes people try to become as rich as possible and the belief that this is the most important thing in life.”

I am familiar with all the places that the word “mammon” appears in the bible; Matthew 6:26, Luke 16:9, Luke 16:11, Luke 16:13 and all say pretty much the same thing. “You cannot serve God and mammon”

Urantia Book location; 140:6;13, 163:2;10, 169:2;1, 169:2;5, 169:2;7 and this says it all!

“And again I assert that no man can serve two masters; either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to one while he despises the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

So as I began my study of what the UB says about wealth I found;
“163:2.11 Jesus never taught that it was wrong to have wealth.” and the word “wealth” appears in the UB 90 times and 63 of those being in the Jesus papers with the most in one Paper 132;5 Counseling the rich man it appears 29 times;
132:5.1 A certain rich man, a Roman citizen and a Stoic, became greatly interested in Jesus' teaching, having been introduced by Angamon. After many intimate conferences this wealthy citizen asked Jesus what he would do with wealth if he had it, and Jesus answered him: “I would bestow material wealth for the enhancement of material life, even as I would minister knowledge, wisdom, and spiritual service for the enrichment of the intellectual life, the ennoblement of the social life, and the advancement of the spiritual life. I would 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.”

As we read further we see that the rich man was not fully satisfied with Jesus' answer and I will encourage anyone interested to read this full account of Jesus’ teaching to this man but will place here on record his decision.

132:5.25 When Jesus had finished counseling him, this wealthy Roman arose from his couch and, in saying farewell for the night, delivered himself of this promise: “My good friend, I perceive you are a man of great wisdom and goodness, and tomorrow I will begin the administration of all my wealth in accordance with your counsel.”

WOW; what an unbelievable opportunity it was for this man to receive from Jesus himself this truth and to receive it with such conviction that change the course of his life and to know that we have his teaching preserved here in this Revelation for own admonition.

163:2.10 Riches have nothing directly to do with entrance into the kingdom of heaven. but the love of wealth does. The spiritual loyalties of the kingdom are incompatible with servility to materialistic mammon. Man may not share his supreme loyalty to a spiritual ideal with a material devotion.

As we see in the opposite case of Matadormus;

163:3.1 By the time Jesus had finished talking with Matadormus, Peter and a number of the apostles had gathered about him, and as the rich young man was departing, Jesus turned around to face the apostles and said: “You see how difficult it is for those who have riches to enter fully into the kingdom of God! Spiritual worship cannot be shared with material devotions. no man can serve two masters. You have a saying that it is `easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the heathen to inherit eternal life.' And I declare that it is as easy for this camel to go through the needle's eye as for these self-satisfied rich ones to enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Rickey H. Crosby (Petitor Veritatis) 

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The writing on the wall

The Handwriting on the Wall

“The handwriting is on the wall" has become a metaphor for the general sense of disorientation, unease, and fear for the future that seems epidemic throughout the Western world, and has been a subject that I had wanted to write about for some time. But how many of those who invoke "the handwriting on the wall" have looked closely at its source — the fifth chapter of the Book of Daniel in the Hebrew Bible? The story told there is a striking one. Recalling it in full might help us come to grips with whatever is being written on the wall at this moment in our national history, and in the history of the civilization of the West. Reflecting on that story might also help us identify a prophet who, like Daniel, could help us translate "the handwriting on the wall," understand its meaning, and thus know our duty.

The book of Daniel is one of my favorite books of the old testament and probably one of the most misunderstood. His name appears in the Urantia Book 11 times with this one being the most telling.

43:3,3 One teacher understood that the Most Highs were not the Supreme Rulers, for he said, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”(Psalm 91:1) In the Urantia records it is very difficult at times to know exactly who is referred to by the term “Most High.” But Daniel fully understood these matters. He said, “The Most High rules in the kingdom of men and gives it to whomsoever he will.” (Dan.4:17)

The scene is readily set. The place: Babylon. The time: some two and a half millennia ago, in the 6th century before our era. The Kingdom of Judah has been conquered by the Chaldean king, Nebuchadnezzar, who, the Book of Daniel tells us, ordered his chief vizier "to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, youths without blemish, handsome and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding, competent to serve in the king's palace, and to teach them the letters and language of the Chaldeans." The most impressive of this group of talented young Jews was named Daniel. In addition to the personal qualities specified for royal service by Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel had the power to interpret the great king's dreams — a skill that led Nebuchadnezzar to acknowledge, for a moment at least, that Daniel's God, the God of the people of Israel, was "God of gods and lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries."

Nebuchadnezzar's son, Belshazzar, was a different matter, however:
King Belshazzar made a great feast for a thousand of his lords, and drank wine in front of the thousand. Belshazzar, when he tasted the wine, commanded that the vessels of gold and silver which Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken from the temple in Jerusalem be brought, so that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them. Then they brought in the gold and silver vessels which had been taken out of the temple, the house of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank from them. They drank wine and praised the gods of silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.

Immediately the fingers of a man's hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall of the king's palace, opposite the lampstead: and the king saw the hand as it wrote...

It was, as we might imagine, an unwelcome interruption of the royal revels. Belshazzar was terrified and promised to make the man who could decipher the writing and its meaning the third ruler in the kingdom. The tenured academics and op-ed writers were stumped. Then the queen had an idea: Call in Daniel. So the king summoned the young Jewish exile and promised him the third position in the kingdom if he could read the handwriting on the wall and explain its meaning. The eponymous book tells the rest of the story:

Then Daniel answered before the king: "Let your gifts be for yourself, and give your rewards to another; nevertheless I will read the writing to the king and make known to him the interpretation....You have lifted yourself up above the Lord of heaven; and the vessels of his house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them; and you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored.

Then from his presence the hand was sent, and this writing was inscribed. And this was the writing that was inscribed: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, and PARSIN. This is the interpretation of the matter: MENE, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; TEKEL, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; PERES, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians."

Then Belshazzar commanded, and Daniel was clothed with purple, a chain of gold was put about his neck, and proclamation was made concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.

That very night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was slain. And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old.

Belshazzar's feast and its ending in the king's abrupt death is thus do to his drunken arrogance, Belshazzar turned sacred vessels intended for true worship into playthings for debauchery, and because of that negation of worship, his claim to sovereignty was annulled. The handwriting on the wall spoke of this.

Is there similar handwriting on the wall in our own time? I think there is. The words are different, and they tend to be written, not telegraphically on walls by mysterious hands, but voluminously, in newspapers and magazines and books and scholarly journals and online. It is written "he that hath an ear, let him hear" in the bible and in Urantia Book. But these words, too, tell of the results of the negation of worship. Or, to put the matter in less dramatically Biblical terms, the words on the wall at this moment in history speak of the results of a negation — a deconstruction — of the deep truths on which the civilization of the West has been built. And one of the main things that the "handwriting on the wall" in the early 21st century is telling us is that the secular project is over.

By "secular project," I mean the effort, extending over the past two centuries or more, to erect an empty shrine at the heart of political modernity. that the God of the Bible was the enemy of human maturity and must therefore be rejected in the name of human liberation. After atheistic humanism had produced, among other things, two world wars and the Urantia Book tells us of the greatest slaughters in recorded history. With future pronouncments as,

"134:5.17 With scientific progress, wars are going to become more and more devastating until they become almost racially suicidal. How many world wars must be fought and how many leagues of nations must fail before men will be willing to establish the government of mankind and begin to enjoy the blessings of permanent peace and thrive on the tranquillity of good will—world-wide good will—among men?"

A glimpse of what the empty shrine does produce was on offer late last summer in Great Britain, when packs of feral young people rampaged through city after city in an orgy of self- indulgence, theft, and destruction. The truth of what all that was about was most powerfully articulated by Lord Jonathan Sacks, the chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, writing in the Wall Street Journal:

“This was the bursting of a dam of potential trouble that had been building for years. The collapse of families and communities leaves in its wake unsocialized young people...[who are the products of] a tsunami of wishful thinking that washed across the West, saying that you can have sex without the responsibility of marriage, children without the responsibility of parenthood, social order without the responsibility of citizenship, liberty without the responsibility of morality, and self- esteem without the responsibility of work and earned achievement.”

The inability of democratic countries to make rational decisions in the face of impending fiscal disaster gives us another glimpse into the effects of the empty shrine and its inability to nurture and form men and women of democratic virtue — citizens capable of moral and economic responsibility in both their personal and public lives.

And once again, it was Lord Sacks who connected the dots here when he wrote that the moral meltdown of the West

“What has happened morally in the West is what has happened financially as well....[as] people were persuaded that you could spend more than you earn, incur debt at unprecedented levels, and consume the world's resources without thinking about who will pay the bill and when." These linked phenomena — "spending our moral capital with the same reckless abandon that we have been spending our financial capital" — are, Sacks concluded, the inevitable result of a "culture of the free lunch in a world where there are no free lunches.”

In the fifth chapter of the Book of Daniel, "the handwriting on the wall" bespoke, however cryptically, the imminent demise of King Belshazzar's regime. I am not suggesting that "the handwriting on the wall" in the early 21st century bespeaks the demise of the West or of the United States. Like Rabbi Lord Sacks, I can look back in history on moments of social dissolution followed by rapid periods of cultural transformation and profound societal change.

99:2.6 Modern religion finds it difficult to adjust its attitude toward the rapidly shifting social changes only because it has permitted itself to become so thoroughly traditionalized, dogmatized, and institutionalized. The religion of living experience finds no difficulty in keeping ahead of all these social developments and economic upheavals, amid which it ever functions as a moral stabilizer, social guide, and spiritual pilot. True religion carries over from one age to another the worth-while culture and that wisdom which is born of the experience of knowing God and striving to be like him.

Rickey H. Crosby (Petitor Veritatis) 

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Leaders of Tomorrow

Leaders of tomorrow.

“195:9.4 Religion does need new leaders, spiritual men and women who will dare to depend solely on Jesus and his incomparable teachings. If Christianity persists in neglecting its spiritual mission while it continues to busy itself with social and material problems, the spiritual renaissance must await the coming of these new teachers of Jesus' religion who will be exclusively devoted to the spiritual regeneration of men. And then will these spirit-born souls quickly supply the leadership and inspiration requisite for the social, moral, economic, and political reorganization of the world.”

Did you catch that? “New teachers of Jesus’ religion”!
Who are they?
Where are they?
Well if your reading this, I think you know who, and where they are!

    True leadership is not about superiority, position, or prestige. It's about revealing and releasing the potential of those around you. In our secular society, we tend to think of a leader as a person who is well-connected, who is powerful or charismatic or wealthy. We judge our leaders by what they have. But a true leader should be judged by what he has not — ego, arrogance, and self-interest. A true leader sees his work as selfless service toward a higher purpose. As the sages say, “Leadership is not power and dominance; it is servitude”. We see this every time we read the “The Life a Teaching of Jesus”. Jesus was very charismatic, but it was his attitude and teaching that made it so! This does not mean that a leader is weak; he derives great strength from his dedication to a purpose that is greater than himself.

   Moses was the quintessential leader. We read in the UB, 96:3.1 ...The beginning of the evolution of the Hebraic concepts and ideals of a Supreme Creator dates from the departure of the Semites from Egypt under that great leader, teacher, and organizer, Moses.
   96:5.1 Moses was an extraordinary combination of military leader, social organizer, and religious teacher. He was the most important individual world teacher and leader between the times of Machiventa and Jesus.

   A true leader must be a living example of his teachings. When we see that a leader’s personal life embodies his philosophy, we too are inspired to learn that philosophy.

   So a leader must be many things – selfless, devoted, visionary, courageous, and above all, humble. We read in Exodus, 3:12, When God chose Moses to lead His people out of bondage in Egypt, Moses replied, “Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh?”

   There is something else that is sorely missing from our so called leaders of today, Vision! We read in Proverbs 29:18;
   “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”

   What these leaders don’t provide is simple – and essential: a vision of life itself.

   Genuine leadership must give people a long-term vision that imbues their lives with meaning; it must point them in a new direction and show how their every action is an indispensable part of a purposeful whole. The sense of urgency is just as important in a leader as a sense of vision. Leadership today is sorely lacking the quality of urgency. Many of our leaders are effective managers, and some are even inspirational; there are CEO’s who can direct thousands of employees toward a single objective, and politicians whose rhetoric inspires millions of citizens to support them.

   It is not enough for our leaders to teach us to be productive or efficient; they need to inspire us to change or improve the world in a productive, meaningful way. And this creates a compelling sense of urgency: to fulfill this vision of life that God so intended for us to enjoy. 


      Rickey H. Crosby  (Petitor Veritatis)

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