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Sunday Night Class 02/14/2016

Friends,

Beth ably led the remnant of Sunday night class into the facinating content in paper 65 on the overcontrol of Evolution. What great insights. 

Come next week for more. We might have a meet-up person or two as well.

Tom

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      Do you love me because I'm beautiful, or am I beautiful because you love me?
   --Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist (1895-1960)

(2:5.8) When I observe the Creator Sons and their subordinate administrators struggling so valiantly with the manifold difficulties of time inherent in the evolution of the universes of space, I discover that I bear these lesser rulers of the universes a great and profound affection. After all, I think we all, including the mortals of the realms, love the Universal Father and all other beings, divine or human, because we discern that these personalities truly love us. The experience of loving is very much a direct response to the experience of being loved. Knowing that God loves me, I should continue to love him supremely, even though he were divested of all his attributes of supremacy, ultimacy, and absoluteness.

(196:3.21) The exquisite and transcendent experience of loving and being loved is not just a psychic illusion because it is so purely subjective. The one truly divine and objective reality that is associated with mortal beings, the Thought Adjuster, functions to human observation apparently as an exclusively subjective phenomenon. Man's contact with the highest objective reality, God, is only through the purely subjective experience of knowing him, of worshiping him, of realizing sonship with him.

    Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein II  was an American librettist, theatrical producer, and (usually uncredited) theatre director of musicals for almost forty years. Hammerstein won eight Tony Awards and two Academy Awards for Best Original Song. Many of his songs are standard repertoire for singers and jazz musicians. He co-wrote 850 songs. Hammerstein was the lyricist and playwright in his partnerships; his collaborators wrote the music. Hammerstein collaborated with composers Jerome Kern, Vincent Youmans, Rudolf Friml, Richard A. Whiting and Sigmund Romberg; but his most famous collaboration, by far, was with Richard Rodgers, which included The Sound of Music.

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It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.
  --Agatha Christie, author (1890-1976)

(48:4.15) When we are tempted to magnify our self-importance, if we stop to contemplate the infinity of the greatness and grandeur of our Makers, our own self-glorification becomes sublimely ridiculous, even verging on the humorous. One of the functions of humor is to help all of us take ourselves less seriously. Humor is the divine antidote for exaltation of ego.

    Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, was an English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best known for the 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections that she wrote under her own name, most of which revolve around the investigative work of such characters as Hercule Poirot, Jane Marple, Parker Pyne, Harley Quin/Mr Satterthwaite and Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. She wrote the world's longest-running play, a murder mystery, The Mousetrap. In 1971 she was made a Dame for her contribution to literature.
    Christie was born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon. She served in a hospital during the First World War before marrying and starting a family in London. She was initially unsuccessful at getting her work published, but in 1920 The Bodley Head press published her novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles, featuring the character of Hercule Poirot. This launched her literary career.
    The Guinness Book of World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world's most-widely published books, behind only Shakespeare's works and the Bible. According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author – having been translated into at least 103 languages. And Then There Were None is Christie's best-selling novel, with 100 million sales to date, making it the world's best-selling mystery ever, and one of the best-selling books of all time.
    Christie's stage play The Mousetrap holds the record for the longest initial run: it opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End on 25 November 1952 and as of 2015 is still running after more than 25,000 performances. In 1955 Christie was the first recipient of the Mystery Writers of America's highest honour, the Grand Master Award. Later the same year, Witness for the Prosecution received an Edgar Award by the MWA for Best Play. In 2013, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was voted the best crime novel ever by 600 fellow writers of the Crime Writers' Association.
    On 15 September 2015, coinciding with Christie's 125th birthday, And Then There Were None was voted as the "World's Favorite Christie", followed closely by Murder on the Orient Express and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Most of her books and short stories have been adapted for television, radio, video games and comics, and more than thirty feature films have been based on her work.

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RST this Saturday

Bluebookers,

Read. Study. Teach. class will be Saturday evening, January 13th at 6:00 pm at the Eudaleys. We are at Section 4 of Paper 2 , “The Divine Mercy”. We will have dinner at 5:00 before class.

We look forward to learning with you.

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Bethany, OK 73008

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Superior people are only those who let it be discovered by others; the need to make it evident forfeits the very virtue they aspire to.
  --Sydney J. Harris (1917-1986)

(100:7.17) Jesus was great because he was good, and yet he fraternized with the little children. He was gentle and unassuming in his personal life, and yet he was the perfected man of a universe. His associates called him Master unbidden.

(149:6.10) Humility, indeed, becomes mortal man who receives all these gifts from the Father in heaven, albeit there is a divine dignity attached to all such faith candidates for the eternal ascent of the heavenly kingdom. The meaningless and menial practices of an ostentatious and false humility are incompatible with the appreciation of the source of your salvation and the recognition of the destiny of your spirit-born souls. Humility before God is altogether appropriate in the depths of your hearts; meekness before men is commendable; but the hypocrisy of self-conscious and attention-craving humility is childish and unworthy of the enlightened sons of the kingdom.

(161:2.4)  All men, good and evil, recognize these elements of goodness in Jesus. And yet never is his piety obtrusive or ostentatious. He is both meek and fearless. He seems to approve of our belief in his divinity. He is either what he professes to be, or else he is the greatest hypocrite and fraud the world has ever known. We are persuaded that he is just what he claims to be.

(175:1.9) Furthermore, these self-centered rulers delight in doing their good works so that they will be seen by men. They make broad their phylacteries and enlarge the borders of their official robes. They crave the chief places at the feasts and demand the chief seats in the synagogues. They covet laudatory salutations in the market places and desire to be called rabbi by all men. And even while they seek all this honor from men, they secretly lay hold of widows' houses and take profit from the services of the sacred temple. For a pretense these hypocrites make long prayers in public and give alms to attract the notice of their fellows.

    Sydney J. Harris was an American journalist for the Chicago Daily News and, later, the Chicago Sun-Times. He wrote 11 books and his weekday column, “Strictly Personal,” was syndicated in approximately 200 newspapers throughout the United States and Canada.
    Sydney Justin Harris was born in London, but his family moved to the United States when he was five years old. Harris grew up in Chicago, where he spent the rest of his life. He attended high school with Saul Bellow, who was his lifelong friend. In 1934, at age 17, Harris began his newspaper career with the Chicago Herald and Examiner and studied Philosophy at the University of Chicago. After university, he became drama critic (1941) and a columnist for the Chicago Daily News (1944). He held those positions until the paper's demise in 1978 and continued to write his column for its sister paper, the Chicago Sun-Times, until his death in 1986.
    Harris's politics were considered liberal and his work landed him on the master list of Nixon political opponents. He spoke in favor of women's rights and civil rights. His last column was an essay against capital punishment.
    Harris often used aphorisms in his writings, such as this excerpt from Pieces of Eight (1982): "Superior people are only those who let it be discovered by others; the need to make it evident forfeits the very virtue they aspire to." And this from Clearing the Ground (1986): "Terrorism is what we call the violence of the weak, and we condemn it; war is what we call the violence of the strong, and we glorify it."
    He was also a drama critic, teacher, and lecturer, and he received numerous honorary doctorates during his career, including from Villa Maria College, Shimer College, and Lenoir Rhyne College. In 1980–1982 he was the visiting scholar at Lenoir-Rhyne College in North Carolina. For many years he was a member of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary. He was recognized with awards from organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Conference of Christians and Jews and the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In later years, he divided his time between Chicago and Door County, Wisconsin. Harris was married twice, and fathered five children. He died at age 69 of complications following heart bypass surgery.

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Sunday Night Class 01/31/2016

Friends,

Once again, Veldon took control of class and finished his moderatorship with the arrival of humans. Beth is now in charge of the "Overcontrol of Evolution."

No class next week on Super Bowl Sunday, but we will continue on Valentine's day on February 14.

Be there and we will celebrate love.

Tom

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The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
  --Steve Biko, anti-apartheid activist (1946-1977)

(175:1.8) But you all behold how the Father's mercy is slighted and how the messengers of truth are rejected. Nevertheless, I admonish you that these scribes and Pharisees still sit in Moses' seat, and therefore, until the Most Highs who rule in the kingdoms of men shall finally overthrow this nation and destroy the place of these rulers, I bid you co-operate with these elders in Israel. You are not required to unite with them in their plans to destroy the Son of Man, but in everything related to the peace of Israel you are to be subject to them. In all these matters do whatsoever they bid you and observe the essentials of the law but do not pattern after their evil works. Remember, this is the sin of these rulers: They say that which is good, but they do it not. You well know how these leaders bind heavy burdens on your shoulders, burdens grievous to bear, and that they will not lift as much as one finger to help you bear these weighty burdens. They have oppressed you with ceremonies and enslaved you by traditions.

    Stephen Bantu Biko (18 December 1946–12 September 1977) was an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s.
    A student leader, he later founded the Black Consciousness Movement which would empower and mobilize much of the urban black population. Since his death in police custody, he has been called a martyr of the anti-apartheid movement. While living, his writings and activism attempted to empower black people, and he was famous for his slogan "black is beautiful", which he described as meaning: "man, you are okay as you are, begin to look upon yourself as a human being".
    Even though Biko was never a member of the African National Congress (ANC), the ANC has included him in the pantheon of struggle heroes, going as far as using his image for campaign posters in South Africa's first non-racial elections in 1994. Nelson Mandela said of Biko: "They had to kill him to prolong the life of apartheid."

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Tuesday Night Class 02/02/2016

Hi All,
Class this Tuesday at the Morrows.  We will be finishing Paper 167 and starting on Paper 168, Resurrection of Lazarus.  Join us and bring a friend.

Love and Blessings,
Charlene and Veldon

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Truth?

April 7 AD 30, the Roman provincial governor Pontius Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” and this question is as relevant today as it was then. How did Jesus respond? What can we learn about the nature of truth that will equip us for the fight? 

 

185:3.4 “Then you are a king after all?” said Pilate. And Jesus answered: “Yes, I am such a king, and my kingdom is the family of the faith sons of my Father who is in heaven. For this purpose was I born into this world, even that I should show my Father to all men and bear witness to the truth of God. And even now do I declare to you that every one who loves the truth hears my voice.”

185:3.5 Then said Pilate, half in ridicule and half in sincerity, “Truth, what is truth—who knows?” 

The apostle John recounts for us Jesus’ interaction with Pilate in John 18:28-19:15. As Pilate struggles to sort out the accusations of the Jewish leaders, as well as the puzzling identity of his prisoner, one of his questions for Jesus is, “What is truth?” (John 18:38). Jesus’ enigmatic answers to all of Pilate’s questions do not alleviate the governor’s confusion, but our Lord’s four statements can help us to understand the nature of “true truth” and to live consistently before our God. These four statements are:

1. “Is that your own idea,” asked Jesus, “or did others talk to you about me?” (John 18:34)

    In verse 33 of John 18, Pilate steps back inside his palace after hearing the charges being brought by the Jews against Jesus. He asks Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus does not answer Pilate’s question. Rather, he challenges Pilate to examine why that question may or may not be relevant. Jesus says, “Is that your own idea, or did others talk to you about me?” (verse 34). Jesus challenged the presuppositions inherent in Pilate’s question. Truth requires honesty! In his dialogue with Pilate, Jesus is essentially asking, “How was your thinking formed, Pilate? On what is it founded? Are you merely repeating something that you may have heard from others, or do you know enough for yourself to honestly make this inquiry?”

2. ” My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.” (John 18:36)

   Pilate continues to press Jesus, asking, “What is it you have done?” (verse 35). Again, Jesus does not answer the question. He says, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.” Pilate was thinking and speaking and acting temporally, while Jesus was doing so eternally. 

3. “You are right in saying I am a King. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” (John 18:37)

   Truth is not relative. It is absolute, and you are either for it or against it. Jesus’ next statement to Pilate is Scripture’s strongest assertion concerning the nature of truth. In John 18:37, Jesus answers Pilate’s statement, “You are a king, then!” with these words: “You are right in saying I am a King. In fact, for this reason I was born, “Truth does not blush.” Even knowing that Pilate has no philosophical or other worldview basis that will allow him to put these words into an appropriate context, Jesus still speaks the truth of an eternal kingdom of a heavenly realm.

4. “Jesus answered, ‘You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore, the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” (John 19:11)

The fourth and final statement made to Pilate confirms two other aspects of the nature of truth: one, that truth is not dependent on anything outside of itself, and, two, that truth cannot fail because it has eternal origins. Pilate asked, “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” and Jesus replied, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore, the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin” (John 19:10,11).

   Pilate’s belief in his own absolute power over the life of Jesus rested on his perception of the scope of his authority. Was that belief ultimately true? If you believe in the resurrection, the answer is no. Jesus certainly died at the hands of earthly powers, but his resurrection from the dead proves that our Lord’s earthly circumstances were determined by his heavenly Father. Truth did not depend on what Pilate thought, and truth does not depend on what we think. Truth is! If something is morally true, it is not because a committee gathered and declared it so. Truth’s origin is far more substantial because it transcends even our biggest ideas. Having roots in eternity means the nature of truth is independent of and unfettered by the limitations of the human mind.

“Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? (1 Corinthians 1:20)

    Professor Allan Bloom began his 1987 bestseller, The Closing of the American Mind, with these words; and over the following decade relativism became so ingrained in the so-called “closed American mind” that it warranted its own epoch-defining cultural label: postmodernism. Postmodernism is our society’s term for the majority’s firmly held belief that truth is not knowable and, therefore, cannot be absolute.

   What is alarming is that today, the average man on the street holds a deeply troubled view regarding what truth is. Even in the church over half of all people who identify themselves as evangelical Christians believe that truth is always relative to the situation. Without some firm and compelling basis for suggesting that acts are inappropriate, people are left with philosophies like, ‘If it feels good, do it’, ‘Everyone else is doing it’, or ‘As long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else, it’s permissible!'”

   How should we view the nature of truth? As one who is seeking the truth, you may quickly respond that moral absolutes do exist and they are knowable because God has faithfully revealed them to us. This is indeed true, and to believe it is at the foundation of our lives.

    Rickey H. Crosby  (Petitor Veritatis)

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Sunday Family Worship 01/24/2016

Friends,

A great brunch preceded a wonderful lesson by Michael about the Mind Arena of Choice. We had 12 wonderful people come and we always have room for more. Stay tuned for info about the next Sunday morning family worship.

Tom

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