Here We Are

Happy Tuesday peeps. Here’s an old one for you…

 

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Blessings to you on this day!
– NoblemanWarrior

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The Appearance!

A magnificent display lit up the night sky! A star that could only come out of folklore and prophecies from peoples around the world. A star of significance for many…as many others, like many of us today, see an extraordinary event unfolding before us as we glance and carry on with our lives.

 

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Yet, there were men who were sky watchers; the students of the stars. These men knew the stars well and knew when something significant was taking place. Like Centaurs, watching and waiting.

They witnessed this event unfolding and were well aware of the significance; a baby, the King of all kings, had been born west of where they lived. They gathered their belongings, along with extraordinarily precious gifts and set out with a large company of others.

 

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After crossing the desert and arriving in Israel, they went to the place of kings – Jerusalem. They entered Herod’s Palace, but alas, the King was not there. As they departed, behold the star appeared to them again and stopped in the sky over the head of the King – a servant, leading the way for other servants to come and enter into the magnificent presence of the child King.

 

Matthew 2.9-10 “9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” (ESV)

 

These Gentile Wise Men found the King and they worshipped him and gave him great gifts. Although they saw, traveled, searched, and found, they did not appear to this child King, but rather, this child King appeared before them – the Light of the World!

 

Luke 2.25-32 “25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

29  ‘Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation
31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.‘” (ESV, emphasis mine)

 

John 8.12 “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'” (ESV, emphasis mine)

 

God has always loved and been after all people – even while creating Israel (Caleb, Rahab, Ruth, etc.). The Hebrews came out of Egypt with a “mixed multitude.” Ahh, but this moment was something altogether special. The world came to the feet of Jesus – Yeshua – the King of kings, and laid down their most precious gifts and worshipped. A proper response and a foreshadow of the life Jesus would lead, and of events still to come!

 

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Church, have a blessed Epiphany!
– NoblemanWarrior

 



 

Epiphany


EPIPH’ANY, noun [Gr. appearance; to appear.] A Christian festival celebrated on the sixth day of January, the twelfth day after Christmas, in commemoration of the appearance of our Savior to the magians or philosophers of the East, who came to adore him with presents; or as others maintain, to commemorate the appearance of the star to the magians, or the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles. Jerome and Chrysostom take the epiphany to be the day of our Savior’s baptism, when a voice from heaven declared, ‘This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.’ The Greek fathers use the word for the appearance of Christ in the world, the sense in which Paul used the word. 2 Timothy 1:10. – from the 1828 Noah Webster dictionary

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Randomness

Top of the morning to you – well, at least where I am, but whatever time of day this finds you, hello!

 

 

I just have some random things for you today to start up my week in reflection of the week past.  Here we go:


 

 

I just ran across this quote a dear friend posted on The Book of Faces. Now, this may not seem like much to you, but this hits on several conversations that I’ve had with people. I really like it!

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I can’t find the source to this, so I’m not sure Lewis actually said it. I am only skeptical because I have seen other times where he was misquoted or attributed to a quote he never said. Nevertheless, like it anyway…


 

 

I have really been digging this album, but particularly this song…#NF.

 

 


 

 

Well this happened today!:

 

100 Follows!

 

100 followers. You guys are great! Thank you all so much for the support!
P.S. – I happened to hit this mark on my 100th post as well…


 

 

A Scripture I needed for this past week going into this: From Psalm 119

Nun

105  Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

106  I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to keep your righteous rules.

107  I am severely afflicted; give me life, O Lord, according to your word!

108  Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O Lord, and teach me your rules.

109  I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your law.

110  The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from your precepts.

111  Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.

112  I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.

 

Blessings to you today and for this upcoming week,
– Joshua

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Introduction | Threads of the Divine Nature of Jesus

As a Christian, I believe whole-heartily that Jesus is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, the Incarnation of God who is fully God and fully man. The reason I believe this: personal testimony and the authority of Scripture. When is comes to the witness of Scripture, there are numerous places in the Gospels where Jesus comes right out and says who he is, and other places the Scriptures testify directly to the fact that he is God.

However, there are also several places in Scripture where the message is still quite clear, but it’s not quite as obvious. In other words, there are times when the proclamation of Jesus’s divine nature are present, but more hidden in the actions – or taken for granted by those present in the story, but we miss in our cultural shaping – than obvious in the words spoken. These are the types of instances I would like to look at more closely together. Over the next 12 weeks, I will be posting about instances like these I see unfolding in the Gospels.

 

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I hope you join me on this journey. If you are a Christian, I hope that this will provide you some encouragement and maybe some new insights into our Lord. If you are not a Christian, but following this anyway – thank you! I hope that this will provide a spark for you to consider again the claims of Jesus and the hope of his mercy.

Thank you for your time in reading this. I hope to hear from you soon and look forward to your insights along the way. Let us grow together and I will see you back here next Saturday for the first look into the “Threads of the Divine Nature of Jesus.” 

 

 

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Wandering | 7-Word Story

Wilderness wandering.

 

 

Navigating.

 

 

Rescue.

 

 

Guide.

 

 

Lord Jesus.

 

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Heavenly Merriment

The night sky – deep and velvety –
Stars burning with great intensity,
Shimmering in song and dance,
Warming the chill think in the air,
Rumbling a great hope deep into the soul.

 

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Stirring a longing for those gazing,
But many know not for what,
Or for who, they long;
But the longing is ever present,
Growing desperate like an itch beyond reach.

 

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These Heavenly bodies sing their glorious melody,
Spreading merriment and peace – momentarily –
Into this chaotic chasm of boisterous souls.
If we train our ears, it’s the Angelic voices,
Still singing the glory of the born King.

 

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It’s Been A Long Time…

Hello writing community! Happy New Year to you all. I hope you all have been well. I have missed our interactions and looking forward to reconnecting with you. Life has been full of activity recently and I have been focusing more of my writing on a specific project away from WordPress, but I am hoping to spend some consistent time back on here.

I have had many things brewing in my spirit and soul that I look forward to sharing with you.

 

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I am in hopeful anticipation that what is in me will spill out onto the page with ease, but we shall see. May this New Year be one that is fruitful and full of bounty – especially when it comes to reading and writing good words!

 

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I am really looking forward to catching up with all of your great works and interacting with you on your pages.

Blessings,
NoblemanWarrior

 

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Overcomer

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Revelation 2.7, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers (overcomes) I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.” (ESV)

 


 

What I will miss most,
Are the stories your soul sings,
Filled with struggles, joys, blessings,
The overcoming of life’s stings. 

You bore an elegance of character,
An intellect sharp as a tack,
Joy flowing from your eyes;
The graciousness you extend had no lack. 

Your laugh was the best!
Joyous vibrations reverberating around,
Chuckles shaking your body through and through,
While the room’s atmosphere shook at the sound. 

 

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Indeed, your stories joys and laughs,
Will truly be sorely and wholly missed,
And yet your smile lives on,
Through each soul your life kissed. 

Yet the greatest lesson that I have learned,
Is to double down in tenacity yearned,
To learn and grow no matter how life has burned,
To the righteous path, continued to be turned. 

Hardships can’t keep you down – this I saw in you,
As your soul sings, “And Still I Rise”, like Ms. Angelou;
And now, you are free, to Mt. Zion you flew,
And we look forward to seeing you when we’re all made new.

 

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We carry your life within as we strive to win,
May we flee from sin and ascend the mountain. 

As we navigate dark days laden with haze,
Indeed, may we remember your laugh of joy, through the strife,
The truth; we are closer to God’s grace feeling ablaze, lost in maze,
So we, like you, shall be overcomers! Now GG, enjoy the tree of life!

 

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Rest in the peace of His presence GG! Love & miss ya!

© Joshua Curtis, 2019

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W.P. | Installment 4 | “Historical Game Changers”

This week’s writing prompt: What event in history do you wish you could have witnessed? Write a story about it.

Prompt Source: reedsyprompts

This is my attempt at two separate 50-word stories (like the Dr. often does!) on two different historical events (I’m a history major, so this intrigues me a lot).


 

 

The enigmatic roar of powerfully rushing water; a blessing used as for a sinister purpose. The water crashing into young dark bodies, throwing them to the payment with fervent expectation. Bones break; flesh rips; blood oozes. K-9s rip denim, grip forearms and drag protesters. The attack of Bull on teenagers… 

 


 

The city is ablaze with activity! Whispers are echoing from each corner with deafening vibrations. The religious and civil leaders keep retreating to the shadows with heated debates among violent expressions. There’s talk the dead are rising, walking in the city! Rumor is: Death is defeated!  The – grave – is – empty!

 


 

Story 1
Story 2

© Joshua Curtis, 2019

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“The Golden Age of Love: Ivies of ILYs”

Poem for today: 

 

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© Joshua Curtis, 2019

 

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