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The King of the Jews? Or not?

14 Apr

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Who arrested Jesus while he prayed in Gethsemane after celebrating the Passover meal with his disciples? The soldiers led by Judas? Not really.

Why was Jesus arrested after Passover? For turning over the tables of the vendors in the temple a few days earlier? Partly. He undoubtedly angered many people, including the chief priests who continued to look for an opportunity to make their move… with the help of Judas.

The chief priests, with the scribes and Pharisees, led the Jewish people. The priests interpreted the Law to the illiterate masses. They stood between the people and God, making them the closest things to God on earth. And they liked it that way. Continue reading

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Default Fault

10 Oct

IMG_4518Colors everywhere! One of my greatest joys is looking at color– on autumn trees, in aisles of material at a fabric store, over rows of souvenirs in a market. Even in my craft room raw materials are arranged by color.

When I’m in a hurry I toss items for sorting later– a length of ribbon, buttons from a friend, and other finds– on my desk. When I have time to create, I gravitate upstairs to my room. And I put everything in its place.

Sometimes this takes up all the time I had for creating art. Last time that happened I laughed out loud at myself and the irony! While I enjoy a neat space for working, the goal is to use the supplies to create art.

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After Jesus had* healed Bartimaeus of his blindness, entered Jerusalem to shouts of “Hosanna!” from his followers, and cleansed the temple of unprincipled merchants, the religious leaders of Israel ask Jesus:

“By what authority are you doing these things?”

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