ENTRY OF THE KING

PALM SUNDAY!

Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem–the King of the Jews prophesied in Zechariah 9:9 in the Bible: “Rejoice, greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” The people who greeted him spread palm branches and cried, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest” (Matthew 21:9).  Their actions were based on a hope for physical victory over their Roman captors. However, Jesus, God incarnate, came to die and then rise, king of a spiritual kingdom; the prophecies about physical victory are yet for the future. As I go through trials and suffering, I know that these are not all my life consists of. Because Jesus came then as a king and because he will rule physically as a king when he comes again, I know good things are ahead! Restoration to life of all things is coming!

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15 thoughts on “ENTRY OF THE KING

  1. I read and loved this reminder of why He came and who He is, Darlene. I hope you are well and enjoying yet another Spring as I am. I have not been knitting for almost a year but I have two new greats coming this su mmer so I’d best get crackin’ 😅. One little girl is local. Yay!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. Good to hear from you.
      I am doing well. In March, I had surgery for breast cancer. I don’t have to take chemo because the cancer was estrogen responsive. However, I have to take a small pill for ten years to greatly reduce the estrogen. I still have to take radiation. I praise the Lord for his timing. I am doing well.
      Yes, get cracking on that knitting!
      Take care my dear and enjoy the coming greats when they come.

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  2. Poetry – regarding what is most important to The King.
    No, it’s not “Love” without God…..

    Poem – What is love?

    Two men came to Jesus
    With different motivations.
    They asked Him the same question
    Relevant to all the nations:

    Which is the Most Important?
    The answer was the same.
    Jesus did not manipulate
    He was not there to play a game.

    “Love the Lord your God” said Jesus
    as He quoted from The Law –
    to fulfill and not abolish
    was His purpose, full of awe.

    Jesus did not make all Scripture
    Into one new great commandment.
    He summarized The Law and Prophets
    “First and Greatest” and “The Second.”

    The Love of God is higher
    Than the love of any man.
    Receive from God, give back to God-
    Then to others, that’s His plan.

    The Love of God involves much more
    Than simply “love your fellow man.”
    Worship, trust, and pray to God,
    and obey Him – that’s His plan

    To worship and pray to neighbors,
    Whoever they may be,
    Or trust and obey our enemies
    Would be idolatry.

    The love of God is first and greatest,
    And the love of man is second.
    “All we need is love” are words
    of dead Beetles on the pavement.

    “The entire law is summed up in a single command”
    are not the words of Jesus our Salvation.
    It’s false teaching of Paul the Pharisee
    an “accuser of our brethren.”

    “Love” without God is Satan’s word through Paul
    in his chapter to the Corinthians.
    “I will show you the most excellent way”
    is the road to eternal perdition.

    Where is God in Paul’s chapter on love?
    Nowhere in view of the eye.
    Paul sings about himself like a Mexican Mariachi
    “I, I, I, I.”

    Jesus is The Most Excellent Way
    Not the words of a Pharisee.
    The words of Jesus are very clear.
    Jesus said, “You must follow ME.”

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    1. God is love! But He is also just! Jesus’s death satisfied God’s justice first then it showed His love. Love without justice is not truly love. As far as the Apostle Paul, He spoke the words of God. So did the other authors of Bible books.
      Thanks for your thoughts on Jesus; He is the most excellent way.

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      1. Dear busy lady,

        Who appointed Paul an apostle, when, and where?
        Who accepted, affirmed, or recognized Paul individually as “an apostle”?
        Who gave Paul the title or role “Apostle to the Gentiles”?

        Can you quote me chapter and verse please?
        No, Luke’s editorial comments about “the apostles Barnabas and Paul” in Acts 14 don’t answer these questions – compare and contrast with Acts 1, 6, 9, 13 and 15. There were “prophets and teachers” in Antioch, NOT “apostles” [Acts 13:1]

        (No, being “sent” doesn’t make one an “apostle” according to Jesus – regardless of what you modern dictionary definition may say. You dictionary is not the Word of God.) In the Council at Jerusalem, there is no hint at all that either Barnabas or Paul were ever recognized as “apostles.” [Acts 15]. You can open your Bible and see for yourself. I’m not wrong. These are facts about the text.

        Neither do Peter’s passing comments about “beloved brother Paul” one time in 2 Peter 3:15 answer these questions. On the contrary, Peter’s reference to apostles in 3:2, and then use of the Greek word agapetoi throughout chapter 3, cut Paul down to size, and show that Paul has no special status or title as an apostle. Paul was simply “beloved,” just like everyone else Peter was writing to. God loves everyone.
        (The NIV Bible translates the words differently, sort of “covering” for Paul to make it seem like Paul is the only “beloved” one, while the readers of Peter’s letter are simply “friends” – but that is faulty translation, as you can see from the below detail.)

        2 Peter 3:1 agapetoi beloved
        2 Peter 3:8 agapetoi beloved
        2 Peter 3:14 agapetoi beloved
        2 Peter 3:15 agapetos henon adelfos Paulos, beloved of us brother Paul
        2 Peter 3:17 agapetoi beloved

        Nor did Jesus ever say Paul was an “apostle”, in Acts 9 or anywhere else. Every true follower of Jesus is a “chosen instrument of God”, and so were King Saul and King Solomon.

        “What is an Apostle?”
        Here is the answer based on the original sources:
        The words and actions of Jesus and the Original Apostles in the text of the New Testament.

        .1) Gospel of Mark – time lag between being appointed and being sent
        “Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve – designating them apostles – that they might be with him…” [Mark 3:13-14]

        Three chapters later,
        “Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits.” [Mark 6:6-7]

        .2) Gospel of Luke – time lag between being appointed and being sent
        “One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: Simon…..” [Luke 6:12-14]

        Again three chapters later,
        “When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” [Luke 9:1-2]

        .3) Gospel of Matthew – which is organized by theme, not necessarily in chronological order.
        “He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal disease and sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon…” [Matthew 10:1]

        Without any clear time reference, continuing on the theme of the Apostles, Matthew does record “These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions…” [Matthew 10:5] Matthew never said that the Apostles were “sent out” immediately after being appointed. If we didn’t also have the clear records in Mark and Luke, it would be a fairly logical assumption that Jesus sent them out right away, but it would still be just an assumption. In this case, that assumption would clearly be wrong. The Twelve Apostles were absolutely NOT sent out right away after being appointed Apostles, according to Mark chapters 3 through 6, and Luke chapters 6 through 9.

        So being an Apostle of Jesus involves being sent by Jesus, yes. But that isn’t the only meaning, or even the first and primary meaning. The first thing was “that they might be with Him” personally, together, for His entire earthly ministry, from the time of John the Baptist until Jesus rose to heaven. Jesus poured his life into the 12 Apostles for 3 ½ years very personally training them to be the leaders of the church, and Jesus chose Peter as first among equals.

        The NIV translation inserts the heading “Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas” for the passage Luke wrote in Acts 1:12-26]. The NIV headings were not part of the original text, and sometimes they can be misleading, but in this case I believe the heading is right on.

        Jesus and the Original Apostles knew what an Apostle is better than anyone else in the world. Why is this a strange idea? Why do so many people frequently attack and tear down and dismiss the Original Apostles, particularly Peter, as if they were all incompetent, stupid, and wrong in so many ways, and they didn’t even know what an “Apostle” was? The answer to that question is, they have been listening to the voice of Paul, rather than the voices of Jesus and the Original Apostles.

        As we consider the question “what is an Apostle”, we should carefully listen to the words of the leader that Jesus personally appointed as first among the Apostles, and trained personally for 3 ½ years, Peter.

        “It is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.” [Acts 1:21-22]

        Neither Paul, nor James, nor Luke were with Jesus and the Apostles the whole time, so they were not qualified to be a “witness with the Apostles of Jesus’ resurrection”, which is what it means to be an Apostle. Matthias was qualified, appointed, and later recognized as part of The Twelve. No one except Judas ever lost his apostleship.

        Responding to a question from Peter,
        “Jesus said to them:
        …you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” [Matthew 19:28]

        We cannot prove that Judas was present at that time, and we cannot prove that Matthias was absent at that time when Jesus spoke those words. Even if Judas was physically present, as we all realize now, he was not a true follower of Jesus. And even if Matthias was physically absent at that particular occasion, Jesus is still establishing the basic qualification for having one of the twelve thrones as being “you who have followed me,” not someone who will follow Jesus in the future, like Paul, James, Luke or anyone else in the world.

        At the Last Supper, Jesus said to His Apostles:
        “You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred on one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” [Luke 22:28-30]

        Was Judas present when Jesus spoke those words? Even if someone wants to be argumentative and say we can’t prove that Judas wasn’t there at the time, we certainly can’t prove that Judas WAS there. Judas obviously didn’t stand by Jesus in his trial, as the whole world knows. But that was the requirement Jesus gave to “sit on thrones:” “You are those who have stood by me in my trials.” “You”, speaking to His 11 Apostles who had been walking with Him faithfully for 3 ½ years. Not others in the future who will follow the risen Jesus Christ. Notice that at the Last Supper, when Judas lost his throne and Matthias was definitely absent, Jesus chose to speak of “thrones” rather than “twelve thrones” as he had previously.

        The Apostle John recorded about the New Jerusalem,
        “The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” [Revelation 21:14]

        The Apostles are 12 faithful eyewitnesses who walked with Jesus during His entire earthly ministry, and Matthias is the 12th. That’s the short version of my definition of “what is an Apostle.”

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      2. I am sorry that some seem to tear Peter and the other apostles down! They were all anointed by God to speak his words and bear witness to him. As to the Word of God, Paul has much to say, but so do the others who write, some not apostles.However, since they are all part of the Bible, I pay attention to them as words that God gave.

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  3. Dear busy lady
    At the Last Supper (Gospel of John), and in the closing verses of Gospel of Matthew, Jesus appointed “the Eleven” “to speak his words and bear witness to him.”

    Only 3 of these men wrote Scripture in our Bible – The Apostles Matthew, John, and Peter. (Peter didn’t quote Jesus directly in his letters, but Mark knew Peter and other Apostles well, and so Mark acted as their scribe in his Gospel….)

    The True Apostles were WITNESSES to testify about the entire ministry of Jesus for over 3 years.

    Neither Paul, nor Luke, nor anyone today is qualified to be an Apostle.

    Can you tell me, according to Jesus
    which commandment is the Most Important One?
    The one in Deuteronomy 6:5
    or
    the one in Leviticus 19:18?

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    1. I disagree that Paul was not an apostle. In Romans 11:13, Paul says he is an apostle to the Gentiles. In Revelation, it says the names of the 12 apostles are on the foundations of the temple. Having said that, I do not want to separate the words of the Bible according to who was an apostle or not. Luke and Mark were not apostles yet God had their words put in the Bible. Because they are, they are as important as any other words in the Bible, whether written by an apostle or not. Jude was not an apostle, yet because his writings are in the Bible, I consider that they are as much God’s word as what Jesus said. Even Jesus’ words were brought to the Scripture writers’ minds by the Holy Spirit. Obviously, Deut. 6:5 contains the most important commandment because we cannot love other unless we love Jesus, as he commanded taken from Lev. 19:18.

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      1. Busy Lady,
        When and where did Paul become an Apostle?

        Many self-professed “Bible-believing Evangelicals” won’t listen to the words of Jesus, because they are brainwashed through reciting their “mantra” – “all scripture is God-breathed.”

        This “Evangelical Mantra” has been accepted by the collective subconscious mind of “The Evangelical Church” without thought, question, reflection, or even 2 witnesses from the Scripture itself. It’s based on a misinterpretation, out of context, of one verse in one letter written by one man, Paul the Pharisee, who was unfamiliar with the personal ministry and teaching of Jesus.

        But, “Once an idea has been accepted by your subconscious, it remains there and it governs your behavior until it is replaced or changed.” [ as a pastor named Bishop Dale C. Bronner observed in one of his sermons]

        (Definition from the American Heritage Dictionary.) Mantra (noun) (Hinduism.) A sacred formula believed to embody the divinity invoked and to possess magical power, used in prayer and incantation.

        When cult members repeat their mantra, it makes them deaf to the voice of God, unable to hear God. Instead, it puts their focus on their one “special man” above all others – his personality, words and teachings, character, life example, feelings, experience, intentions, mind, will, emotions, etc. Their cult leader is their hero – he is always right, could never be wrong about anything specific, and he must be obeyed in all things and never questioned. He will give himself a special title, write at least one special book, and claim special authority, with no need for a second witness to back him up.
        Here are 3 examples.

        .1) Fuhrer. The title of Adolf Hitler as the leader of the German Nazis, author of “Mein Kamph”. Mantra: “Heil Hitler.”

        .2) The self-appointed Prophet Muhammad, author of The Koran. Mantra: …..”and Muhammad is his prophet.”

        .3) Paul the Pharisee, the self-appointed Apostle to the Gentiles, whose 13 letters comprise one third of what, today, we call the “New Testament.” (The first, original “New Testament” was composed by the second century heretic Marcion, and he coined the term “New Testament.” His new “book” contained nothing except 10 of Paul’s letters and an abbreviated Gospel of Luke. There were no other “New Testament” books, and the Hebrew Scriptures were the “Old Testament” which was irrelevant, according to the heretic Marcion.) Mantra: “All Scripture is God-breathed….”

        I got my Masters Degree at Dallas Theological Seminary. I was attracted to the school because they put Paul’s mantra of “All Scripture is God-breathed” above everything else, and I wanted to heed Paul’s command and “Preach the Word” like Paul….

        This mantra is a misinterpretation out of context of 2 Timothy 3:16. It ignores the previous verse, 2 Timothy 3:15, which clearly indicates that Paul was NOT referring to his own letters when he wrote the words “All Scripture.”

        Paul was probably making reference to some of the Hebrew Scriptures, quite likely including the Law and the Prophets. We cannot be completely certain exactly which “Scriptures” Paul meant in “All Scripture”, and what Paul meant by “God-breathed.” Why can’t we be certain?

        Because we must establish a matter by the testimony of two or three witnesses, especially something as important as “What is the Word of God.” No one else in the pages of the Bible besides Paul ever said anything like “All Scripture is God-breathed”. And Paul only said it here, one time, in the middle of a personal letter.

        The Apostle Peter made reference to “Prophecy of Scripture,” not “All Scripture,” and no it’s not the same thing at all. Jesus never said anything like that. And no one, not even Paul, ever said that all Scripture was equal.

        I remember the general approach to the Bible at Dallas being that “every word in the 66 Books is the Word of God”….. and we should interpret it based on “the intended meaning of the author in the historical grammatical context.”

        That is the basic idea of the heavy-duty seminary language we were being trained in. It sounds so right, so intelligent, so professional, so “godly”….. but it is fundamentally flawed.

        When we look at Paul’s teachings and testimony about himself, (in his letters that make up 1/3 of the New Testament,) we should NOT immediately ask ourselves; “what did Paul say, what did Paul mean, and how does this apply to my life?” The fundamental question is NOT “what was in the mind of Paul?”

        Before any of that, the FIRST question to ask is; “does Paul agree with Jesus, who came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets?”

        Paul contradicted himself, and his teachings and testimony about himself don’t harmonize with the teachings of Jesus (or with Luke’s record of his life.) Let’s not waste our time with endless debates about “what Paul really meant” with his wacky teachings about “baptizing the dead” or “there is neither male nor female.” Paul was wrong. Jesus reminds us from The Law “at the beginning, the Creator made them male and female.” [Matthew 19:4, Genesis 1:27]

        As to the question of “whether the Bible is ALL truly Gods WORDS”…

        The underlying unspoken assumption is that “The Bible” (66 Books) was given to us by God as “one book” and it’s all “equal” in level of authority, priority, and importance. This comes from unconsciously believing Paul’s mantra, the “Evangelical Mantra”, that “All Scripture is God-breathed”, and falsely assuming Paul was referring to every word in the 66 Books of the Bible. Yet even here, not even Paul, not even once, ever said that “All Scripture is EQUAL” in authority, priority, and importance.

        No one in the pages of the Bible ever said or wrote that “all Scripture,” or “the Bible,” is “all truly God’s words”. Jesus never said anything like that, and Jesus did not see it that way. Jesus did not see even the Hebrew Scriptures, what we call the “Old Testament”, as a whole unit or book that was all equal or “all truly God’s words.” Jesus spoke of The Law, or The Law and the Prophets, holding these 2 sections of the Old Testament above the third, least important sections the “Writings.” And Jesus held the Psalms, the first book of the “Writings” section, above the other books in the “Writings” section in importance, since some parts of some Psalms are prophetic.

        Obviously, the New Testament Scriptures were not written when Jesus was walking the earth. But if we want to get closest to The Source, Jesus himself, it makes sense that we should look first to the eyewitness testimony of two of His appointed Apostles who walked with Him faithfully for over 3 years, Matthew & John. (Also to other eyewitness testimony, recorded by Mark and Luke.) This is more accurate, important, and authoritative than personal letters written by Paul the Pharisee, who never knew Jesus personally, had no part in His ministry, and had no eyewitness testimony.

        We should follow the Jesus of the Gospel writers. We should not follow the “jesus” of Paul the Pharisee or Muhammad or any other man, who had their own ideas of who “jesus” was and what He did.

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      2. You are separating the Scriptures and saying some are more valuable than others. Some may seem opposing, but when I truly understand them, I see they are not. All Scripture is God-breathed. I can take all of it as true because it is God’s word, whether Paul or Peter or John or Mark or Jesus said it.

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      3. Busy Lady,
        You are quoting Paul’s words, the “Evangelical Mantra” that I just discussed at length – one verse, written by Paul, misinterpreted, out of context, 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is God-breathed….”

        Please open your Bible and look at the previous verse, 2 Timothy 3:15 yes FIFTEEN, 3:15, and see that Paul was referring to the Old Testament – not his own letters or “The Bible.”
        Don’t just believe me, look for yourself please !!

        No one else in the pages of the Bible ever agreed with Paul’s statement anyway. No one.
        And no one ever said all Scripture is EQUAL. Not even Paul said that.

        Jesus taught different levels of priority – “first and greatest””most important commandment” and “the second’ for example.

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      4. Yes, I have read that verse. However, I believe that the New Testament as well as the Old are that God-breathed word. Otherwise, how could I trust any of it? I would have to pick and choose what I wanted to believe; that makes confusion and chaos. How do you decide what is worthy to believe in the New Testament? You once said that Paul was a Pharisee; yes, he was. However he also said all that proceeded before Christ met him on the road to Damascas was trash. I have appreciated your thoughts, but I cannot agree with you.

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      5. Dear beloved sister Busy Lady, chosen instrument of God,

        You said QUOTE:
        “Yes, I have read that verse. [2 Timothy 3:15]. However, I believe that the New Testament as well as the Old are that God-breathed word.”
        Why?
        Can you quote me chapter and verse to give a Biblical basis for your belief? (Since 2 Timothy 3:16 is clearly NOT referring to the “New Testament”?)

        You said QUOTE:
        “Otherwise, how could I trust any of it? I would have to pick and choose what I wanted to believe; that makes confusion and chaos.”
        Why beg the question and speak of the Bible as “it” as if was all given by God as one big book that is all equal and all the words of God speaking?

        You said QUOTE:
        “How do you decide what is worthy to believe in the New Testament?”
        Answer: Listen to Jesus in….

        The message of The 11 (“The narrow gate”)

        “The eleven disciples went to Galilee”
        “Where Jesus had told them to go”
        They heard His voice and obeyed His will
        Despite uncertainty down below

        Jesus spoke to them at length
        He wasn’t really a Tweeter
        Only 3 of them wrote Scripture
        Matthew John and Peter

        “Feed my sheep” said Jesus, for though
        “Heaven and earth will pass away”
        I have the words of eternal life and
        “My words will never pass away”

        “Enter through the narrow gate”
        The voice of Jesus through the eleven
        Believe in Jesus “through their message”
        And “eat from the tree of life” in heaven

        Jesus commissioned the eleven
        With “everything I have commanded you”
        “Teaching THEM to obey” Jesus
        And “THEM” means me and you !

        “The command given by our Lord and Savior”
        Is not a Pharisee speaking alone
        It came rather “through your apostles”
        Matthew Peter and John

        If a Pharisee boasts proudly
        Those men added nothing to my message
        He doesn’t speak for Jesus
        His words are nothing more than garbage

        Bibliography
        All “quotes” in “quotation marks” are from the writings of the Apostles Matthew John and Peter in the Bible, mostly the “Red Letter” words of Jesus. [Matthew, John, Revelation, 2 Peter – NIV]

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      6. On your blog, you mention Acts 21:25 as a rebuke to Paul. I do not see a rebuke there, but a protection for Paul against his Jewish enemies. As to Timothy’s circumcision, Timothy was a Jew with a Greek father, as you know. It made him more acceptable to the other Jews. Paul wrote to the Galatians warning them about circumcision because it was a works righteousness to them. The leaders of the early church and Peter seemed to have great respect and love for Paul. Even Peter called him “our dear brother” and commented on the wisdom God had given him. I’m sure you know all this, but I felt I needed to let you know my thoughts on this. As I read this, I do not get the understanding of any censure of Paul.

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      7. Dear beloved sister, chosen instrument of God,
        The last time I posted something on “my blog” was almost 8 years ago. It appears to me that you have examined those ancient writings, to find a minor point of disagreement – but you have not read what I posted here, on your blog (on this thread), recently.

        Jesus “The Good Shepherd” is my Pastor

        Jesus is The Way to God
        The real Jesus of the real Apostles
        But false teachers come and pervert God’s Word
        With twists and turns and jostles

        “My sheep listen to my voice”
        Jesus said for us all to hear
        “I know them, and they follow me”
        He doesn’t run when a wolf appears

        He “calls his own sheep by name”
        It’s not the witchcraft of a distant stranger
        Not just repeating the magic words
        And then thinking you are out of danger

        Our Father in Heaven wants to talk to you
        He can hear you loud and clear
        And He sent His Son Jesus to inhabit the earth
        So that all who want God can draw near

        Real prayer is a conversation
        At least that’s what God wants it to be
        We talk in the garden in the cool of the day
        When we are part of His family

        Only Jesus never disobeyed God
        He’s the only immaculate conception
        The Holy Spirit comes in His Name
        Don’t listen to the voice of deception

        If a false apostle preaches
        I became your father, imitate me
        He doesn’t speak the words of God
        It’s just Boss Paul the Pharisee

        And if a heretic now claims to be
        The Church’s universal pastor
        His words should be ignored
        They lead to nothing but disaster

        Jesus did not just teach The Way
        He IS The Way, my friend
        Repeating the mantra of Marypaulhammad
        Is nothing but a dead end

        Bibliography – all “quotes” in “quotation marks” are the words of Jesus in the Gospel of John chapter 10

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