Jesus, John, and Paul – Amen!

Powerful words linking the past and present!

I told my wife I felt as if I am starting off in the middle of this blog, with no beginning nor an end. It all began with research on questions plaguing my brain about the simple word, amen. For example, do you know what it really means? I read the footnotes of articles which brought me to an inconclusive decision so, I dug deeper. Where I ended up is mind-blowing, especially for those growing up in the era of the sixties. I am from a generation of influential music such as the Beatles, and I even have to contemplate the answers I found to be true.

We all know the biblical story of God’s conception of a special child named Jesus. He was given to us for our salvation and to spiritually guide us in life on earth. But did you know the Lord, himself, never uttered amen? Of the three deities, it was only His son, Jesus, who spoke the word. Many apostles used it in the New Testament including Paul. Translated into our language today though, the underlying meaning of amen means ‘let it be’ or ‘let it be so.’ Well, this information opened a big can of worms!

Let’s fast-forward to the 60s generation. We are all familiar with the song, “Let It Be” written by the infamous Paul McCartney. I inquired how the song originated, and if there was a connection between Paul and Jesus. I wasn’t sure if there were religious ties between them after almost two thousand years, so I dug deeper again.

The music group, The Beatles, grew up in moderately religious homes. Two singers were Protestants, and two were Roman Catholics in Liverpool, England. But by 1964, engrossed in fame and notoriety, they each abandoned their religion…. or did they??

In 1965, the Beatles were filming the movie, Help! in the Bahamas. It’s here they were introduced to the Indian culture through a book about reincarnation. Within three years, they migrated heavily into Hinduism, but it didn’t last long for three of the artists – John, Paul, and Ringo. John Lennon, in particular, devoutly rejected religion and even wrote and produced the song, Imagine, in ‘68 which became dubbed the theme song ‘atheist anthem.’

Paul McCartney returned home confused, or maybe even a little disillusioned. There were undertones of the band breaking up, and Paul suffered from severe insomnia. But one night, twelve years after his mother’s death, he had a beautiful dream. He saw her face and eyes clearly and do you know what message she gave him? “Let it be.” His mother’s name, oddly enough, was Mary. What a message of peace!

Paul immediately sat at the piano and wrote the song, “Let It Be,” in one sitting. It later turned into the title of an album. Shortly after that, he met his wife, Linda, and it was one of the first songs they performed musically together. It was even sung at her funeral because it was comforting and healing to Paul. A miracle was put in place by God, for it was almost as if his mother sent Linda to help him spread the message – Amen!

Thoroughly confused, I went back to my beginning thoughts of this blog – the Bible. Christ was God’s amen, so that’s why Jesus never ended a prayer but only started prayers with an amen.

If it’s possible to connect the dots, I wonder if Paul McCartney was and/or is spiritually connected to Jesus? I relish the thought of Paul finding this blog. After all, his mother’s name was also Mary, and she came to him in a dream. Then, he was blessed with the miracle of his wife to spread the message, let it be. It’s a great piece of music! Paul will forever live on through this song…. shall we all say Amen?! Could Jesus, two thousand years ago, had a clue the word amen would translate today to let it be (so)?



Let It Be – lyrics by Paul McCartney

 

When I find myself in times of trouble

Mother Mary comes to me

Speaking words of wisdom, “Let it be”



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God Shines!

…and Physical Body Signs of Glowing In God’s Light. Do You Have The Light??


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On a bright, sunny day, there are so many things that remind me God is not very far away. From the sparkling blue sky where you can see the galaxies forever, to ripples on the water; makes me think God has cast a handful of diamonds across the surface of the seas. The brush strokes of cumulus clouds shed light too and could only be by God himself. If there was heaven here on Earth, it’s at the edge of tranquility. There is nothing more picturesque than a meandering shoreline that God has created.

So you cast your lines. The dock doesn’t look so big for the seas are calling. The gentle swells and a pod of porpoise follow close to your destination. Anchoring at the first buoy, you inspect the dive gear before you hit the water. Now good to go, you make a splash into the water. The porpoise thinks you want to play. Off into the deep, you glide…..

The reflections of multi-colored coral and even the sand in the salt water are breathtaking. All fish shine in God’s light of day. Diving downward you notice lurking in the shadows, a moray eel hiding in a crevice. The deeper you swim, life changes from happy schools of sergeant majors to the gloom of stingrays and sharks lurking on the bottom of the ocean floor.

As I swam, a thought occurred to me….where God shines, there is peace and joy but in the darkness, evil swarms. Carrying that thought back to the surface, the same applies to people as God shines in the light of day.

Those of unscrupulous values – the Jeffery Dahmer’s and Stephen Paddock’s – they are the thieves of life. Within the absence of God and His light, they lived like Piranhas, attacking with such ferocity.

But God does shine in most – from the flowers and trees to the exquisite sea fans and coral. Love abounds where God reigns. Striving to live as He commands, our hearts become compassionate for fellow man. You kindly hold the door for the elderly or help a friend that’s in distress. Our consciousness fills with God’s presence.

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There’s a simple test of God shining his light on humans. Have you ever watched the faces of those you know, the ones that glow? They are full of God’s eternal glory! In contrast, others exude that look of hatred – well, let us pray hard for them since they know not what they are missing! God’s love and grace is a peaceful, glorious place to reside!

 

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Physical body signs of glowing in God’s light:

Shiny, healthy hair
Bright, clear eyes
The skin has a physical glow of health due to increased blood flow and circulation.
Clear, shiny nails
Always smiling and little frowning
Relaxed and confident posture
Lips remain soft and supple

 

Physical body signs of a lack of God’s light:

Jaws remain clenched together, sometimes gritting of teeth
Red neck – sign of enragement
Increase of sweating, particularly on the forehead
Constant smirk or frowning
Stiff posture and lurching as walking.
One visible vein, usually in the neck, that throbs.
Stares at others, quite often with a blank expression
The eyes show very little emotion. Tend to be bloodshot.
Clenched fists or hands

 

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Where’s The Mentors??

“Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

 


I laid on the living room floor and watched the infamous Mighty Mouse on TV with my coloring book and crayons. Though it was only cartoons, the message instilled was a foundation for the rest of my life. The Three Stooges was very entertaining, but later I would read the caution signs, “Don’t try these things at home.”

We intently watched our favorite programs as we grew up with Hollywood and the silver screen. We became attracted to the John Wayne’s of our time capsule. When Vietnam broke out, G.I. Joe was a kid’s best friend (Hasbro made a fortune, didn’t theyWhere's The Mentors 2?) but the bloodshed toyed in our life’s hardships. So, we ultimately found actors to admire instead. The good guys! Life was simpler when the media wasn’t at everybody’s door step spreading gossip about Who’s Who in their columns.

 

The greatest part of my younger years was following those of Christian backgrounds. They, too, looked up to others who also devoted their lives to the Lord.

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We had great sportsmen with integrity too – Boog Powell, Jackie Robinson, and Willie Schumacher, to just name a few. Nonetheless, with pride for our heritage, we looked up to them as thoughWhere's The Mentors 4 they were related to Washington, Jackson, and even Francis Scott Key, a Brit, who loved what our flag stood for. They were the founding fathers, the mentors of our great grandparent’s generation; believers in Christ whose values and morals meant more than money.

 


Hebrews 13:7

Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.


 

Now, in stark contrast, the children of today wildly waves intergalactic weapons as their mentors do on the TV and movie screen. Their message to save the world is now about “taking someone out.” Riot gear has become the fashion, a presence of destruction – evolution at work. And as history dictates, these “biblical times” display our kids burning down the cities to prove their strength. Archeologists today will spend a lifetime trying to recover the forgotten history.

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Patrons stand in awe as our children’s mentors kneel in the presence of God to rebuke our heritage.

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Sadly, life is now changing drastically and not for the good. These mentors, rebellions to our way of life, show little respect for our heritage. Their lack of faith in God is NOT an example to young followers. My first thought is, very little pride.

God, our Father, has blessed us with peace and grace. He, my friends, is the greatest mentor of all! Maybe it’s time to look up to Him and follow His Holy Word concerning how we are to raise our new generations. Don’t let our confused children be led astray by bad mentors. Give them the greatest gift of life – God!

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

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