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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

THE TALK ABOUT ANGELS

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This is a DIFFERENT post from the one we did earlier this year titled"A NOTE ABOUT THE SERAPHIM." But it's more info about these fascinating spirits. It's Day 22 of THE LENTEN SERIES:

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

BLESSING THE LITTLE CHILDREN

. Christ befriends the children and speaks to the mothers. Good information here about Christ's thoughts about the treatment of women, and nature's role in approaching God.


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Monday, March 28, 2011

THE TEN LEPERS


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A story of thanks and ingratitude,
and how they don't always come
from expected sources.
Day 20 of THE LENTEN SERIES is here:
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Sunday, March 27, 2011

THE PHARISEES AT RAGABA

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Jesus gives the pharisees an "earful" to digest and reflect upon.
The pharisees divide now into two "camps."
 Day 19 of THE LENTEN SERIES is here:
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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Thursday, March 24, 2011

STORY OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN

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The story is well known, but THE URANTIA BOOK version of it gives a good insight into how Christ presented spiritual truths while keeping his enemies at bay. It's Day 16 of THE LENTEN SERIES: http://www.maninthemaze.com/thelentenseries/thegoodsamaritan.html

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

DANGERS IN JERUSALEM

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It's now the occasion of the
Jewish feast of the tabernacles,
and Jesus boldly goes to Jerusalem
to preach publicly at the temple,
confounding his enemies and
terrifying the apostles.
Day 13 of THE LENTEN SERIES is here:
http://www.maninthemaze.com/thelentenseries/dangersinjerusalem.html
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

JESUS' HUMAN AND DIVINE MINDS

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Jesus was both a mortal and a divine personality, and the mystery of the workings of his minds is the subject of Day 12 of THE LENTEN SERIES. See it here: http://www.maninthemaze.com/thelentenseries/hishumandivineminds.html

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

THE TALK WITH NATHANIEL

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Christ reveals to Nathaniel the truth
about scripture - it is man-made
and not of divine origin. Nothing
man-made can be considered infallible;
the creature may crave infallibility,
but only Divine personalities possess it.
Day 11 of THE LENTEN SERIES is up, here:
http://www.maninthemaze.com/thelentenseries/thetalkwithnathaniel.html


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Friday, March 18, 2011

AT CAESAREA-PHILIPPI

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This passage includes another story
that "evolved" over time to be a
tale of a miraculous event
THAT WAS NOT a miraculous event.
It involves Peter and the
fish with the shekel in its mouth.
And we've got fishin' music too!
Day 10 of THE LENTEN SERIES is here:
http://www.maninthemaze.com/thelentenseries/atcaesareaphilippi.html


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Thursday, March 17, 2011

AT SIDON AND TYRE

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Six weeks in Phoenicia among the gentiles
give the apostles new insights.
Christ enjoys the humor of these
people, and reflects about how humor
is a trait so lacking among his own.
Day 9 of THE LENTEN SERIES is here:
http://www.maninthemaze.com/thelentenseries/atsidonandtyre.html


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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

LAST WORDS IN THE SYNAGOGUE

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Day 7 of THE LENTEN SERIES includes
Christ exorcising a demon, and ongoing
arguments between the pharisees and
Christ - by whose power does he cast
out demons? Jesus' new militant
manner terrifies the apostles.
See it here:
http://www.maninthemaze.com/thelentenseries/lastwordsinthe.html
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Sunday, March 13, 2011

CRISIS AT CAPERNAUM

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Things take an ominous turn as
Christ prepares to face down his
enemies. The apostles are totally
perplexed and confused.
It's Day 5 of THE LENTEN SERIES,
CRISIS AT CAPERNAUM - see it here:
http://www.maninthemaze.com/thelentenseries/crisisatcapernaum.html
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Saturday, March 12, 2011

FEEDING THE FIVE THOUSAND

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Magic Multiplication is the essense of the story,
though supernatural is the real term for what
happend on that day. Howevah...."Magic
Multuplication" IS the title to one of the musical
selections for the fourth day of lent (smooth jazz!).
Check it here:
http://www.maninthemaze.com/thelentenseries/feedingthe5000.html
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Friday, March 11, 2011

THE KHERESA LUNATIC

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Very seldom does one find any humor
in religious stories, but when the
swine-raising gentiles ask Christ and
the apostles to leave their midst
because they fear losing many pigs -
well, it's a hoot! The story of the
cure of Amos the "lunatic" is
the day's topic.
See it here:
http://www.maninthemaze.com/thelentenseries/thekheresalunatic.html
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

ASH WEDNESDAY - GOD IS ALIVE

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Our LENTEN SERIES is up on our home website.

God is alive, magic is afoot
God is alive, magic is afoot
God is afoot, magic is alive
Alive is afoot, magic never died
God never sickened
Many poor men lied
Many sick men lied
Magic never weakened
Magic never hid
Magic always ruled
God is afoot, God never died
God was ruler
Though his funeral lengthened
Though his mourners thickened
Magic never fled
Though his shrouds were hoisted
The naked God did live
Though his words were twisted
The naked magic thrived
Though his death was published
Round and round the world
The heart did not believe

Lyrics by Leonard Cohen

See the rest of the lyrics and hear the song, here:

http://www.maninthemaze.com/thelentenseries/ashwednesday.html

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

LENTEN SERIES BEGINS TOMMOROW

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The Lenten Series
begins tommorow, Ash Wednesday.
Like The Advent Series last December,
each day we'll have a short posting here
to open up the link to the day's page on
our website. The days of Lent will open up,
one by one, as the season progresses.
There's photos, artwork and graphics,
passages from THE URANTIA BOOK,
and music that goes with the
subject matter each day.
Please join us.
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Monday, March 7, 2011

JESUS AND THE BUDDHA

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Edited from the preface to Jesus and Buddha -
The Parallel Sayings
by Marcus Borg
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 I have sometimes said that if the Buddha
and Jesus were to meet, neither would try to convert the other - not because they would regard such an effort as hopeless, but because they would recognize one another.
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 Jesus and the Buddha were teachers of wisdom.
Wisdom is not just about moral behavior, but about the "center," the place from which moral perception and moral behavior flow.
Jesus and the Buddha were teachers of a world-subverting wisdom that undermined and challenged conventional ways of seeing and being in their time and in every time. Their subversive wisdom was also an alternative wisdom: they taught a way or path of transformation.
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 They both were teachers of the way less traveled.
What Jesus and the Buddha said about "the way"
is remarkably similar.
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 Published in 1997, Jesus and Buddha -
The Parallel Sayings
is an excellent text for comparisons between the teachings of these two religious paths. The similarities are amazing.
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Do to others as you would have them do to you.
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Luke 6:31
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 Consider others as yourself.
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Dhammpada 10:1
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Do not store up for yourselves treasures
on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.
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Matthew 6:19-20
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Let the wise man do righteousness:
A treasure that others can not share, where no thief can steal; a treasure which does not pass away.
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Khuddakapatha 8:9
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The kingdom of heaven is like treasure
hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
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Matthew 13:44
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 If by giving up limited pleasures
one sees far-reaching happiness, the wise one leaves aside limited pleasures, looking to far-reaching happiness.
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Dhammmapada 21:1
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Truly I tell you, if you have faith the size
of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain,
"Move from here to there," and it will move,
and nothing will be impossible for you.
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Matthew 17:20
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A monk who is skilled in concentration can
cut the Himalayas in two.
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Anguttara Nikaya 6:24
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