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    At the top of the Home Page:
    --Jesus: Our baptism with fire
    --Love is of God

    Midway down the page:
    --God's Yellow Pages
    --Ezekiel's amazing vision

    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --Elijah is taken up to heaven in a whirlwind of fire
    --Moses and the burning bush

    And the Last Word: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


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TODAY'S THEME: God's Fiery Love
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One is not born a woman, one becomes one.

Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986)
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And now, the Last Word:
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The theme of this page changes each weekday.
In those days John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert
of Judea saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!"
I am baptizing you with water, for repentance,  but the one who
is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his
sandals. He will baptize you with the holy Spirit and fire.  His
winnowing fan is in his hand. He will clear his threshing floor
and gather his wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with
unquenchable fire.

Matthew 3: 1-2,11-12
New American Bible
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone
who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without
love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of
God was revealed to us; God sent his only Son into the world so that
we might have life through him.

! John 4: 7-9
New American Bible
Phone Home: Here's a wonderful link entitled "God's Yellow Pages" Divided up by subject, corresponding
chapters and verses of the Bible are conveniently listed as if they were in a telephone book. Very clever.
Want to look up "Love?" There are two verses listed. There's even the topic "Excuses." (That's for those
who don't try out this link...) Many thanks to subscriber Marna Jordan for sending this link!

It happened in the thirtieth year, in the fourth
month, on the fifth of the month, as I was among
the exile by the River Chebar; the heavens
opened, and I saw visions of God.

I saw, and behold! there was a stormy wind
coming from the north, a great cloud with
flashing fire and a brilliance surrounding it; and
from its midst, like the color of the Chashmal* in
the midst of the fire; and in its midst there a
likeness of four Chayos.**

As for the likeness of the Chayos: Their
appearance was like fiery coals, burning like the
appearance of torches; it spread about among
the Chayos; there was a brilliance to the fire and
from the fire went forth lightning. The Chayos
ran to and fro like the appearance of a flash.

Above the expanse that was over their heads
was the appearance of sapphire stone in the
likeness of a throne, and upon the likeness of the
throne there was a likeness like the appearance
of a man upon it, from above. And I saw the color
of Chashmal, like the appearance of fire inside it
all around from the appearance of his loins and
upward; and from the appearance of his loins and
downward I saw something like the appearnace
of fire, and a brilliance surrounding it. Like the
appearance of a bow that would be in the clouds
on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the
brilliance all around. That was the appearance of
the likeness of the glory of

Ezekiel 1: 1, 4-5, 13-14, 26-28
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications Ltd., 1996

    *According to the Jewish sages,
    the Chashmal is a type of angel that
    sometimes stands silent and at other
    times speaks God's praises.
    **Chayos: These were the angels
    that bore the heavenly chariot.
And it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elijah into heaven by a
whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.

And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters,
and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry
ground. And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto
Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And
Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. And he
said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am
taken from thee, it shall be so
unto thee; but if not, it shall
not be so. And it came to pass,
as they still went on, and talked,
that, behold, there appeared a
chariot of fire, and horses of fire,
and parted them both asunder;
and Elijah went up by a
whirlwind into heaven.

2 Kings 2: 1, 8-11
Holy Bible, King James Version
And the angel of the Lord appeared to (Moses) in a flame of fire out of the
midst of bush; and he looked, and lo, the bush was burning, yet it was not
consumed. And Moses said, "I will turn aside and see this great sight, why
the bush is not burnt." When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God
called to him out of the bush, "Moses, Moses!" and he said "Here am I." Then
he said, "Do not come near; put off your shoes from your feet, for the place
on which you are standing is holy ground." And he said, "I am the God of
your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob."

Exodus 3: 2-6
Holy Bible, Revised Standard Edition
Some day, after mastering the winds,
the waves, the tides and gravity, we
shall harness for God the energies of
love, and then for a second time in the
history of the world, man will have
discovered fire.

Pierre Teillhard de Chardin (1881-1955)
French Jesuit priest, paleontologist, philosopher
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