Bible Basics Layers of Understanding

Bible Basics Layers of Understanding study guide lessons are for everyone seeking
the "Word of God" through the Scriptures, the "Good News" of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

We study the Biblical Scriptures through Progressive Biblical Theology. Biblical literalism or biblical inerrancy is the opposite of progressive biblical theology.

Bible Basics Layers of Understanding: Written by people who love God! Written for people who are seeking God, love God, and want to have a closer relationship with God.

“Witness” is a forum to Witness and to Share Your Faith. Explore the love and grace of God with us!



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For Everyone Born a Place at the Table
And God will delight when we are creators of Justice, and Joy, Compassion and Peace.
Yes God will delight delight when we are creators of Justice, and Joy, Compassion and Peace.


“Whoever destroys a soul,
it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world.
And whoever saves a life,
it is considered as if he saved an entire world.”

― Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:9; Yerushalmi Talmud, Tractate Sanhedrin 37a.

Save a Life, Save the World




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Whenever there is understanding,
Compassion is born.

Without understanding
there cannot be true love,

And without love
there cannot be true understanding.

Thich Nhat Hahn


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Welcome to Bible Basics Layers of Understanding!

Bible Basics Layers of Understanding: Written by people who love God, Written for all people seeking God, and wanting a closer relationship with God.

Bible Basics Layers of Understanding is a non-denominational Bible Study written by lay-people, regular, ordinary, average, imperfect people – just like you! Written for ALL people: for unbelievers, for people who are looking for something larger than themselves to believe in; a "Faith" that YOU can Believe in.(I)



To love God is to love our neighbors,
and to work to make their lives better.

To love God is to love the world God created,
to work to perfect it, and to cherish it.

To love God is to love dreams of peace that illuminate us all,
and to bring that vision to life.

To love God is to gather ALL neighbors into the joy
of a faithful community.




Send us to gather
the Outcast, the Least.
Make us your aids
in the Great Justice Feast.

Hymn 3161 Gracious Creator of Sea and of Land


Speak up and judge fairly;
Defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Proverbs 31:9

Dear Lord, Purify our Intentions
and Deepen Our Commitment.




Special Note 9/11/2010:
Bible Basics… Layers of Understanding is a website about a Loving, Kind, Gentle, and Patient God. A God of Love, Mercy, Forgiveness, and Grace. A God of many 2nd chances! A loving God that is always patiently waiting for your return; A God that loves you no matter what! And there’s nothing you can do about it!

If you’re looking for an angry, judgmental, vindictive, condemning god; you will have to go to a self-righteous judgmental website!

At Bible Basics… Layers of Understanding I have always wanted this website to be a nonpolitical safe place for everyone! But after the Christian bigotry and hate of wanting to burn the Quran;
I felt compelled to add this special note!

Bible Basics is for atheist, non-believers, the Unchurched, those searching for the truth, and people of all faiths! This website is for everyone regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, nationality, or political affiliation!

Bible Basics… Layers of Understanding is for ALL of God’s people! This website is NOT a private club for Christians Only! God’s Love, God’s Message is for Everyone! God’s love is inclusive; not exclusive!

God’s love is for everyone! This website is NOT exclusive to just Christians but also speaks to people of all faiths; Muslims as well as Jews!

Bible Basics is dedicated to help people who have been harmed by Fundamentalist condemning, narrow-minded literalism, exclusionary intolerant Beliefs; and their denial of science.

This may sound harsh – But the Bible has been used in the past to justify slavery, bigotry, discrimination, subjugation of women and of people of color, to deny Civil Rights, and Intolerant Hate against people of other Religious Faith backgrounds, and people of other nations. These atrocious actions in many ways have obscured the Message and Teachings of Jesus Christ; The Loving Grace filled Nature of God. The God of Love, Grace, Forgiveness, Mercy, Inclusiveness, Tolerance, and Patience to name a few.

The basis of Bible Basics is this:

The entire law is summed up in a single command:
"Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Galatians 5:14

And we show this love for our neighbor by serving the poor, feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and fighting HATE, injustice, lies, and bigotry wherever we find them. And I hate to admit it but we can find hate, injustice, and bigotry even in our churches today!

Bible Basics does NOT tell you what to think; but to challenges you to think! Christianity is not about believing in all of right things or knowing all of the right answers; Christianity is also about, ”Asking the right questions!”

The goal of Bible Basics is to bring ALL people to a closer relationship with God
and to inspire you to do good in words and in deeds.



If the Bible seems to you to be confusing and/or irrelevant to your to your life… Bible Basics takes a “Closer Look” at the Bible to help you to unravel the “meanings” of Scripture.

If you have gone to church all of your life; you are blessed. Bible Basics Class is an opportunity to review, renew, reaffirm, and share your faith. From the new seeker to the studious disciple, Bible Basics is a challenging study guide for everyone!

Bible Basics Layers of Understanding has the notion that if you think, “you have found it” you stop looking! At Bible Basics we recognize that we are always missing some of the meanings to scripture – those Layers of Understanding (PDF file) have to be peeled away.

Bible Basics Layers of Understanding is a closeness with God. Bible Basics helps to peel away the veils of confusion; to open our eyes, ears, hearts, and minds so we recognize God’s miracles in our everyday lives!

We are truly thankful to have you here. God IS working in your life! Please share with us the Love and Joy of being a servant, disciple, and follower of Jesus Christ. To get started, just click on Bible Basics!



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Bible Basics Bridge to Faith explores the Nature of God; God’s Love, Forgiveness, Grace, Salvation, God’s Restorative Justice, and Social Justice and Injustice. The Unchurched those who have left the church or those who refuse to go to church; we ask the questions Why? Self-righteousness, intolerant, condemning, judgmental, and hypocritical people are a few of the reasons!






Social Justice: Lessons from Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” from Mr. Magoo’s cartoon classic “A Christmas Carol”

Christian Progressive Thinking a progressive political commentary.

Abortion… where does Jesus Christ stand?

Homosexuality what does the Bible really say?

Bible Basics offers insights from contemporary progressive Christian authors and philosophers from Mark Twain’s “The Lowest Animal” to Thich Nhat Hahn, author of over 60 books including the best-selling "The Miracle of Mindfulness" and "Living Buddha, Living Christ."

At Bible Basics Layers of Understanding we explore other traditions and customs to gain more tolerant insights of our own Christian faith through authors such as Thich Nhat Hahn,, Ten Selfless Precepts and the Six Paramitas, among others.

Marcus J. Borg author of many books including:
Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power - And How They Can Be Restored
The Heart of Christianity
Meeting Jesus again for the first time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith
The Last Week: What the Gospels really teach About Jesus’ Final Days in Jerusalem.
Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings
Jim Wallis/Justice for the Poor/Jim Wallis’ Sojourners, and Rev. Brian McLaren/Rev. Brian McLaren “This I Know” to name a few.



Bible Basics studies the Parables; the Preaching, Teachings, Healings, and Miraculous “Signs” of Jesus Christ.

Bible Basics shares many topics: Jesus' Teaching on Prayer, The Greatest Commandment, The Great Commission, The Beatitudes, and Jesus' comparitive words on the Ten Commandments.

The Meanings of the Sacraments:Communion and Baptism.

Other topics include Struggling with God, Imperfect Christians, False Prophets/Profits, Tithes and Tithing, and discusses what the Bible says about Work and Money.

Bible Study Lessons are a “Closer Look” of the meanings behind the Prophesies and Biblical stories of the Old Testament and the Birth of Christ, ministry, crucifixion, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the beginnings of the church in the New Testament.

Follow the Apostle Peter as he travels through the Synoptic Gospels to the Acts of the Apostles.



”Witness” is the personal side of Bible Basics; a “Faith Statement,” Witness Journal is filled with real-life experiences and devotionals with joys from the “Mountaintop” to deep depression in the “Pit of Despair.” But there is always Hope, for God is Mighty to Save and Strong to Provide.

“Witness” is about how God changes lives! “Witness” is an opprotunity to Share Your Faith and comments.



Celebrating the Season of Lent


Crucifixion of Jesus Christ Solemn
Art: The Crucifixion Andrea Mantegna 1457-1459
Music by Samuel Barber "Adagio for Strings."
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The Death of Jesus Christ by Bible Basics
Artwork by Giotto di Bondone, 1305
Music by Dead Can Dance."
Beautiful Artwork and Music. Enjoy!


The Seasons of the Church and their meanings are explained: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost.

Christian Holiday’s (Holy Days) are explained: Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Great Three Days/The Paschal Triduum, Palm Sunday/The Triumphant Entry/Passion Sunday, Maundy Thursday, The Eucharist/Communion/The Lord's Supper, Tenebrae, Good Friday,Stations of the Cross, Easter, Ascension Sunday, Trinity Sunday, Christ King Sunday, All Saints Sunday, Baptism Sunday; Baptism of the Lord Sunday, and more.

Bible Basics is a step-by-step Study Guide to help you better understand the meanings of Christian Holidays of the Christian Liturgical Calendar year.

"Preparing the Way" is a Bible based study lesson on how Jesus Christ the Messiah in the New Testament is the fulfillment of prophesies in the Old Testament.



What do Christians Believe? Bible Basics explores Prayer, The Affirmation of Faith, The Apostle’s Creed, The Nicene Creed, and the The Athanasian Creed.



Bible Basics Celebrates God’s Creation through St. Francis of Assisi. Saint Francis was a lover of all creation, the patron saint of animals and of the environment, and founder of the Franciscan order.
Franciscan Blessing of the Animals.

Pet Family. continues with St. Francis’ love for animals. Pet Family is for “Pet Lovers” and is dedicated to help support people with sick animals, suffering animals, and with people who have suffered the death of their beloved pet; and for Pet Adoption, and rescue of all homeless pets/animals. Resources for Animal Rescue, Feral Cat T-N-R Trap Neuter Return, and more.




Let the Heavens Rejoice
Psalm 96:11-13
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Scripture Gallery is filled with Bible Basics Power Point Presentations and Bible Basics YouTube Videos Presentations available from the Bible Basics Channel on YouTube!



The Best of Unknown is a collection of devotionals and art from anonymous unknown authors, writers, poets, and artist.
"Footprints in the Sand" (Attributed to Mary Stevenson, 1936), "The Donuts," "The Mountain Climber," "Pearl Necklace,"
"I Know," and many others.



Amazing Grace: The life story biography of John Newton who wrote all-inspiring lyrics to the Hymn: “Amazing Grace.” John Newton’s story is an Amazing story of God’s Grace and Salvation.



The Tale of Three Trees is a beautiful story for both children and adults about the life, ministry, persecution, crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Bible Basics... The Tale of Three Trees "When Bad Things Happen to Good Trees” Bible Companion Study Guide was written to coincide with the "The Tale of Three Trees" retold by Angela Elwell Hunt and beautiful artwork by Tim Jonke.



The Bible Basics... Ultimate Gift Companion Bible Study Guide was written to coincide with The Ultimate Gift written by Jim Stovall.



New Paradigm for God’s Justice

This "New Paradigm for God's Justice" BLOG is not a soft cozy place to be comfortable! This "New Paradigm for God's Justice" BLOG is to purposely make us uncomfortable; to challenge our Faith, to challenge our thinking, to encourage us to walk into deeper waters, to get out of our cozy "comfort zone," and "to do something!"

We are NOT called to be complacent, lethargic, luke-warm Christians! We are called to go out into the world, to "tell the 'Good News' of Jesus Christ," to make a difference! God does NOT place people in our paths for us to ignore and to walk-around like they do not exist. God puts people in our lives for a purpose!

This "New Paradigm for God's Justice" BLOG is NOT going to be politically correct! In many respects you may disagree with what I am saying (no problem)... I am NOT trying to tell you what to think... but I am trying to make you think... to challenge your thinking. Sometimes we need to be able to defend our beliefs, (even if we only need to defend our beliefs to ourselves), to review, renew, and to reaffirm our beliefs.



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Bible Basics Introduction
Bible Basics is a non-denominational Bible-Based-Bible-Study for small groups/individuals written by lay-people who love God. Let Bible Basics help you through the Christian year!
Birth of Jesus
Birth of Jesus Christ: Join Bible Basics with the shepherds and the Angel of the Lord who brings us “Good News,” “not to fear,” that in Bethlehem a baby is born, the Messiah, a Savior for ALL people!
God is always calling you
God is always calling you! Believe it or not, accept it or not! Are you listening?
Understanding the Bible
Understanding the Bible: We need to look closer at scripture, give a closer look, and then look again! We need to always dig deeper, to dig for the deeper truths, to step into the deeper waters.
Grace of God
Grace of God: Explore the many facets of God’s love through “Grace”: Prevenient Grace, Saving Justifying-Convicting Grace, Sanctifying Grace, Assurance, and Glorifying Grace.
Greatest Commandment
Jesus gave us the Greatest Commandment to love God and to love one another as yourself. - The entire law is summed up in a single command:
Jesus Walks on Water
Jesus Walks on Water: Following Jesus sometimes means we have to get out of the boat, to get out of our “safety zone” for Jesus is not always on the boat but out on the waves in the storm.
Parables of Jesus
Parables of Jesus: At Bible Basics we throw out our preconceived notions and look at Scripture and Parables with new eyes, ears, hearts, and minds. We look at Parables anew to find what we missed!
Struggle with God
Struggle with God: Jacob wrestled with God and so do we! We have doubts, fears, temptations, and sins, which separate us from God. But God is always looking for our return as in the Prodigal Son.
Prayer
Jesus taught his Disciples how to pray; Jesus gave us the “Lord’s Prayer.” The Beatitudes, 23rd Psalm.
The Lords Prayer
Paraphrase of the Lords Prayer by St. Francis of Assisi
Sinners Prayer
Sinners Prayer
Imperfect Christians
Misconceptions About Imperfect Christians: All Christians are just normal, average people (just like you) and fail at one time or another. Christians are NOT perfectly good people!!!
Ten Commandments
Ten Commandments: Are the Ten Commandments written on tablets of stone or are they written on your heart? The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Believe
Believe: It is easy to believe in God when things are going good. But do you believe that God is with you in the bad times? Do you believe that God is Mighty to Save and Strong to Provide?
Affirmation of Faith
Affirmation of Faith: What do Christians believe? Explore the Affirmation of Faith: The Apostle’s Creed, The Nicene Creed, Monotheism, and more!
Tithing
Tithing, Tithes, and Offerings. The age-old question: How much should we give? Who does our money belong to? Who do we belong to? Study the “Widow’s Offering” an example generous giving.
False Prophets False Profits
False Prophets False Profits: Beware of false profits!!! “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” Matthew 7:15
Bible Study
Bible Study: Which Bible to choose? No matter how wonderful the translation is, it has limitations. Each Bible version sheds a new light and perspective on scripture.
Synoptic Gospels
The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, & Luke are similar with the Gospel of John is quite different) are unique perspectives of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.
Best of Unknown
Best of Unknown: Some of the best devotionals, stories, poems, Biblical art, and Bible lessons written/painted by anonymous, unknown authors.
Communion
Communion: On of the Sacraments of Jesus Christ - An Understanding!
Baptism
The Baptism of Jesus Christ
Bridge to Faith
The Bridge to Faith: Do you know a Loving God? Bridge to Faith can help take you there! Are you on the Right Path? Let your spiritual Journey begin; Come on in!
Salvation is NOW
What is Salvation? Salvation is being in a right relationship with God.
Nature of God
Nature of God: Do you see God as a loving, forgiving Father bestowing upon you overflowing blessings and abundant grace; or do you see God as a legalistic, condemning, unforgiving judge?
Our God is an Awesome God
Our God is an Awesome God! Recognizing God's Miracles in Our Everyday Lives!
Mercy
MERCY Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power - And How They Can Be Restored!
Gods Justice
Gods Justice, Restorative, Grace
Unchurched
Why are there so many Unchurched people today? They want to reach-out to God and again they want a relationship or a closer relationship with God but they refuse to go to a church! WHY?
Witness Journal
Witness Journal is not a diary; it is a journal of miracles in our everyday lives. About revelations, thoughts, ideas, lessons, and discerning the Word of God.
Witness Your Faith
Witness Your Faith: Witness is the personal side of Bible Basics. Everything I have achieved; God has given me. Apart from God I can do nothing. Witness celebrates how God changes lives!
Witness I Believe
Witness I Believe: Faith Statement, Reflections of the Word of God in our everyday life.
Witness Walk to Emmaus
Witness Walk to Emmaus: My walk was with over sixty men; We all saw Jesus, but each one of us received Jesus and saw Jesus differently.
Christians
Christians by Maya Angelou,
Helping Others
Helping Others: ? Did you know the 3 hardest things to say are I love you, I'm sorry, and Help me.
People Make the Difference
Charles Schultz Philosophy: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money...or the most awards. They simply are the ones who care the most.
share your faith
Share Your Faith Witness Your Faith with Bible Basics
journal serving God parking garage
Journal Serving God in a Parking Garage
journal lessons i learned from my dad
Journal Lessons I Learned From My Dad
Repentance
Repentance is NOT about punishing yourself, opening up old wounds, and beating yourself up again and again!
Falling into the Pit of Despair
Falling into the Pit of Despair. Have you ever been there? Did somesone help you to find the way out?
journal pit of despair
Witness Journal Pit of Despair
Witness New Psalms
Witness New Psalms, Strange Songs, Sad Songs, I don't know where they belong.
Patience
Patience: Stimulus+Patience=Reaction Stimulus+Breath=Reaction Stimulus+Patience=No Angry Words Patience is a derivative of Love and Compassion.
Anger
Anger. How do we cope with Anger?
Parable Lost Sheep
Parable of the Lost Sheep. Are You a lost sheep. God does not leave any "one" Behind.
The Parable of the Lost Son
The Parable of the Lost Son: No matter how far you have traveled away from God; God the Father is always watching seeking your return.
Parable of the Good Samaritan
Parable oif the Good Samaritan: Who IS Your Neighbor?
Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard: It's Never too late... to find God!
parable of the two sons
Parable of the Two Sons: Seeing yourself in the scriptures.
Bigger Barns
Bigger Barns: Bible Study from Luke 12:13-21
Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector - Luke 18: 9-14
Parable of the Sower
The Parable of the Sower
Bible Study Lessons
Old Testament and New Testament Bible Study Lessons: Studying the Ministry, Parables, Teachings, and Miracles of Jesus Christ.
Genesis
Genesis is not a science book or a history book; The Bible is about a relationship with God and Understanding God's Nature!
Genesis 2
Genesis 2: The Second Creation Story from the Bible.
Genesis Two Creation Stories
The Book of Genesis: The Two Creation Stories
Jonah and the Big Fish
Jonah and the Big Fish: Fact or Fiction - Don't Miss the Meanings and the Lessons on Obedience and Grace!
Job
Misty Johnson's Sermon on Job at Northgate United Methodist Church.
The Story of a Man Named Job
The Story of a Man Named Job by author Harold S. Kushner from When Bad Things Happen to Good People.
Jesus: The Miracle at Cana Changing Water into Wine
Jesus: The Miracle at Cana Changing Water into Wine
Jesus Heals
Jesus Heals a Paralytic Man Luke 5:17-26 Are we willing to the distance; go the extra mile to help someone?
Bartimaeus
Jesus heals a blind man; Bartimaeus from Luke 18:35-43 from Mark 10:46-52, Matthew 20:29-34, Luke 18:35-43.
Beautitudes Explained
The Beautitudes Explained from Matthew 5:1-12 from the Sermon on the Mount
Jesus Feeds the 5000
Jesus Feeds the 5000, The Five Thousand
Five Loaves Two Fish
Five Loaves Two Fish: Jesus Feeds the 5000, Sermons from Seattle Condensed & Edited
Paying Taxes to Caesar
Paying Taxes to Caesar... What belongs to Caesar? What belongs to God?
Widows Mite Offering
The Widow's Mite (Offering) from Mark 12:41-44
Zacchaeus
Zacchaeus climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see Jesus, much to his surprise, Jesus was lookiung for him!
Adopted Children of God
We are the Adopted Children of God; the Children of Light.
We love because he first loved us
"We love because he first loved us." 1 John 4:19
1 Peter 5:7
1 Peter 5:7 Turn all your troubles over to him, because he cares for you and is watching over you.
The 23rd Psalm
The 23rd Psalm: The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. Similarities between the 23rd Psalm and the Feeding of the 5000.
Psalm 40
Psalm 40
Judging Others
Judging Others:“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Do Not Fear
Fear is the opposite of Faith! The Bible tells us many times "Do not fear"
Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace: The life story biography of John Newton who wrote all-inspiring lyrics to the hymn “Amazing Grace.” John Newton’s story is an Amazing story of God’s Grace and Salvation.
Apostle Peter
Apostle Peter : Travel with the Apostle Peter as he travels through the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles.
Feed My Lambs
Feed My Lambs: Jesus said to Simon Peter,
Peaceable Kingdom
The Peaceable Kingdom a Bible study based from Isaiah 11:6-9, Isaiah 65:25 and the artwork of Edward Hicks
Work and Money
What does the Bible say about Work and Money??? "You cannot serve both God and Money" Matthew 6:24
Three Trees Companion Study Guide
Three Trees Study Guide: The Tale of Three Trees is a beautiful story for both children and adults about the life, ministry, persecution, crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Ultimate Gift
The Ultimate Gift: Bible Basics Study Guide was written to coincide with The Ultimate Gift written by Jim Stovall to enhance the reading and study of Mr. Stovall’s book, which we highly recommend.
Candles in the Sand
Candles in the Sand is a beautiful ceremony of giving thanks to God, remembering what's important, & Bible study of Ten Healed of Leprosy, The Ten Lepers.
Princess and the Frog Prince... a ball in the well story.
A beautiful story told by 14 year old Joy which inspired the Princess and the Frog Princess inspired & written by Osten Aune.
Its an Unwonderful Life
Its an Unwonderful Life is a parody of the Christmas classic. Bailey struggles with problems and contemplates suicide. But this time it appears that the world would be better off without Bailey???
Liturgical Calendar Christian Year
Liturgical Calendar Seasons of the Christian Year: Let Bible Basics help you to get through the entire year. The meaning of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost.
Advent Study
Advent Study: The Meaning of Advent, Meaning and origins of the Advent Wreath, Meaning of the Advent Candles, Advent Calendar.
Advent Birth of Jesus
Advent Birth of Jesus:The Annunciation, Immaculate Conception, Mary visits Elizabeth.
Advent Wreath
Advent Wreath Meanings
Preparing the Way
Preparing the Way is a Bible based study lesson on how Jesus in the New Testament is the fulfillment of prophesies in the Old Testament.
Meaning of Christmas
Jesus Christ the True Meaning of Christmas, Shepherds and the Angels, St. Nicholas; Origins of Santa Claus.
Christmas Prayers
Christmas Prayers: Prayers to help you get through the Christmas Season Stress-Free!
Gold Frankincense Myrrh
Gold Frankincense Myrrh: A Sermon by Dr. Neil Chadwick
Star of Bethlehem
The Star of Bethlehem is the “Light of God!” Jesus is the “Light” that is coming into the world!
Nazareth Manifesto
Nazareth Manifesto: The Mission of Jesus Christ
Consumeristmas
Consumeristmas Consumer/Christmas celebrating consumerism and avarice at Christmas!
Xmas
Writing Christmas as Xmas is part of the historic Christian tradition and dates back to the 12th century!
Lenten Study
Lenten Study The Meanings of Lent, Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Palm Sunday, Triumphant Entry, Eucharist, Lord’s Supper, Gethsemane, Jesus washes disciple’s feet.
Lent The Passion of Christ
Lent The Passion of Christ: The betrayal of Christ by Judas, Jesus arrest, trial, crucifixion, death, and burial. The meaning of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Tenebrae.
Easter
Easter Bible Study is the joyful celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christ has Risen; Christ has Risen indeed.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Do we ever feel forsaken by God? My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Psalm 22
Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross: Walk step-by-step, side-by-side with Christ from Gethsemane, the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Epiphany
Epiphany The Gifts of the Magi, the Wisemen of gold, frankincense, and myrrh were not the first gifts that the Magi gave Baby Jesus. The Magi first gave themselves to Christ.
Pentecost
The Pentecost story is told to us in Acts 2 remembering the gift of the Holy Spirit to the church after the Ascension of Jesus to the Father.
Thich Nhat Hahn
Thich Nhat Hahn a Vietnamese monk, a Zen master, a poet, a peace activist. He was Nominated for the Nobel Prize.and is the author of many best-selling books.
Five Wonderful Precepts by Thich Nhat Hahn
Five Wonderful Precepts by Thich Nhat Hahn
Ten Selfless Precepts
The Ten Selfless Precepts
Six Paramitas
The Six Paramitas: Generocity, Moral Virtue Discipline, Patience Tolerance, Diligence, Concentration, Wisdom
Eight Winds
The Eight Winds: Prosperity/Decline, Honor/Disgrace, Praise/Censure, and Pleasure/Suffering.
Two Wolves Legend
"The Tale of Two Wolves" an old Cherokee legend about the two wolves of good and evil which battle and reside in each and every one of us! Lessons from Phillipians 4:8
Power of Prayer... the Power of Words.
Power of Prayer... the Power of Words.
Vegan
Vegan Lifestyle eating does NOT contain any upsetting graphic pictures; The real “horror” is found in the “FACTS!”
Yoga
The many physical and spiritual benefits of Yoga. Yoga can change every aspect of your life from the mundane to a spiritual epiphany.
Namaste
The Meanings of "Namaste?" “The Divine sacred in me, respects the Divine sacred in you,”
Awareness
Awareness: being grateful for the everyday miracles and blessings in your everyday lives! Snow Geese by Mary Oliver.
Begin Again
Begin Again: We can't always start over but we can always Begin Again! Patience in Yoga.
Sanskrit
I do NOT want to discourage anyone from learning the Sanskrit pose terms; they are truly beneficial but are they essential?
Breath
Breathing in, I calm the body and mind. Breathing out I smile.
YOGA and High Blood Pressure
Yoga and High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) What you need to know?
Yoga Live Longer Healthier Happier
Yoga Live Longer Healthier Happier! Yoga & Aging: Flexibility of the Spine determines your age.
Stage by Stage Relaxation
Stage by Stage Relaxation: Giving your body, your muscles permission to Relax!
Celestial Birthday Present
Celestial Birthday Present: The planets truly lined up to give me a breath taking Birthday Present!
Near Death
Near Death: “If this is the last day of my life… It has been a very good day! It had been a BLESSED DAY!!!
I AM
"I Am" the Documentary. What is Wrong With the World... and What Can We Do About It?
Justice for the Poor
Justice for the Poor the Nazareth Manifesto: The Mission of Jesus Christ.
Social Justice Injustice
Social Justice Injustice: Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” is a sad commentary of the injustices, which still continue to this day; Oppression of the poor, the hungry, and the sick, the homeless.
Hunger, obesity, poverty, place at the table, Jesus
How can there be Hunger, children, and the elderly going Hungry in the richest, wealthiest, strongest, most powerful country in the world? A Place at the Table. Nazareth Manifesto
Political Commentary of Bible Basics
Political Commentary of Bible Basics: We can find injustice even in our churches and political parties! We are called to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Rich Man and Lazarus
Political Commentary on Luke 16:19-31 The Rich Man and Lazarus. The "Rich" believe their wealth and status qualifies them to sit in judgement of the poor rather than to assist them.
Progressive Thinking
Progressive Thinking
Health Care
Kill Health Care! Republican Injustice
New Paradigm of Christianity
New Paradigm of Christianity
Science Religion Faith
Science Religion and Faith: Science and Religion are they destined to always be polar opposites? Can a Christian believe in science, evolution, and still be a faithful Christian?
Abortion
Abortion: Pro Choice or Pro Life... Where does Christ stand?
The Environment
The Environment: The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. Psalm 24:1 How are we to be good stewards of this earth?
Homosexuality
Homosexual
Immigration
What does the Bible say about Refugees and Immigration? What does Lady Liberty, the Statue of Liberty say?
Saint Francis
Saint Francis of Assisi, lover of all creation, patron saint of animals and of the environment, and founder of the Franciscan order. Blessing of the Animals, Prayer of St. Francis Bible Study.
Pet Family
Pet Family is dedicated to help support people with sick animals, suffering animals, and with people who have suffered the death of their beloved pet.; and for the rescue of all homeless pets/animals.
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Rescue Dog * Rescue Me
Rescue Dog * Rescue Me
Animal Rescue
Animal Rescue and Pet Adoption
T-N-R-Trap Neuter Return
T-N-R-Trap Neuter Return: Saving Feral Cats
journal all things bright beautiful
journal all things bright beautiful
Mark Twain's Essay: "The Lowest Animal"
Mark Twain's Essay: "The Lowest Animal"
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Scripture Gallery: Bible Basics' Inspirational Meditative Devotional Video Presentations!
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For Everyone Born a Place at the Table
For everyone born a place at the table. clean water and bread, a shelter, a space, a safe place for growing, a star overhead, and God will delight when we are creators of justice and joy....
Do Babies Grow Up in Heaven?
Do Babies Grow Up in Heaven?
Paradox of Time
Paradox of Time written by comedian George Carlin; a Reflection of our Times.
Heaven on Earth
But for me heaven couldn’t wouldn’t be heaven without my beloved dogs and cats. In fact it wouldn't be heaven without flying birds, squirrels, and butterflies.
Written on your Heart
Written on Your Heart,Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Romans 2:17-29 The uncircumcised who keep God’s ways are as good as the circumcised—in fact, better.
Animal Crackers
Awareness: recognizing the small little wonders in our lives. NOT knowing what type of Animal Crackers That you are eating Is NOT proper Animal Cracker Eating Etiquette!
Curse or Blessing
We can choose if something difficult is a "Curse or a Blessing?" The Choice is up to YOU!
1 Kings 19:11-12
1 Kings 19:11-12 Listening for God's Whisper.
Worst Day Ever
Letter: "Worst Day Ever" by Chanie Gorkin, a 17-year-old wrote the poem entitled “Worst Day Ever?” for an assignment at school.
Pearl Necklace
A cheerful girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five. Matthew 13:44-45 The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl.
Snowgoose Snowgeese
Snow Goose a poem by Mary Oliver. Snow Geese: As a Congregation, Helping Others if we have the Sense of a Goose.
Save a Life Save the World
“Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.” - Jewish Talmud
Little Boy in a Wheelchair
A little boy in a wheelchair "I hate my wheelchair! If people make you feel secluded, left out, or alone that's their problem and that has nothing to do with you.
9/11 A Bad Day
9/11 A Bad Day by Dal Sanders... "That's OK," she said. "Tomorrow will be better if we want it to be"
Share Your Faith by Tom Wilson
Tom Wilson shares his faith on Bible Basics... Layers of Understanding.