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Psalm 13-14 & Proverbs 14

Psalm 13

(To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.)

How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;
Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.

Psalm 14

(To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.)

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.
There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.
Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge.
Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

Proverbs 14

Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.
Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.
The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.
There is a way wich seemeth right unto a man, but the end therof are the ways of death.
Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful: and the end of that mirth is heaviness.
The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
he that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.
The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.
He that despiseth his neighbor sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.
Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.
In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.
A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.
In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.
He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
he that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.
Widsom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.
Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
The king's favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.

Es ist 2 Uhr 50 in der Früh und natürich kann ich nicht schlafen. Also dachte ich mir, dass ich hier ein bisschen schreiben würde.

Ich muss zugeben, dass ich im Moment ziemlich gut drauf bin. Extrem munter bin ich auch, aber das ist nicht so gut, da es fast 3 Uhr ist. >_< Schon seit Monaten kann ich nicht während der Nacht schlafen. Um genauer zu sein, ist es schon seit Frebruar so gewesen. Mein Gehirn kann ich einfach nicht ausschalten. Langsam denke ich mir, dass ich die falsche Entscheidung getroffen habe, als ich mit den Medikamenten aufgehört habe. Zur gleichen Zeit freu' ich mich, dass sie nicht mehr habe und ich möchte, dass es auch so bleibt. Solche Tabletten bedecken die Probleme nur und helfen dir gar nicht dabei, deine Probleme zu lösen. Ich möchte eine Lösung finden. Das bleibt jetzt nur zwischen mir und Gott. Um besser zu werden brauche ich keine mit Dämonen infestierten Medikamenten, die von einer New Age-Ärztin verschrieben worden sind. Punkt. Fertig!

Am vorletzten Dienstag ging es mir nicht so gut. Ich lag im Bett und konnte nur an meinen Dad denken, an wie er so einsam und depressiv war, an wie er ganz alleine im Bett gestorben ist und an so viele andere Sachen auch. Plötzlich habe ich angefangen, nicht nur zu weinen, aber richtig zu heulen. Damit habe ich natürlich meinen Mann aufgeweckt. Ich konnte mich überhaupt nicht beruhigen und er konnte mir auch nicht helfen. Irgendwann bin ich aufgestanden und hab mein Handy mit ins Wohnzimmer gebracht. Da heulte ich immer weiter. Es ist wirklich kaum zu glauben, dass ich keine Panikattacke hatte. Ich habe mein Handy genommen, habe mich beim Skype eingeloggt und die Nummer von meinem Dad angerufen. Dann hörte ich immer wieder seine Sprachbox-Nachricht an, "You've reached Jim at ###-###-####. You know what to do."  Pieeeeeeep. Wahrscheinlich habe ich das hundertmal angehört. Eine Nachricht hinterlassen habe ich auch. Ich kann nur hoffen, dass niemand sie hört. Ich freue mich, dass meine Großmutter seinen Handy-Vertrag noch nicht gekündigt hat. Ich weiß, dass sie auch sehr oft seine Voice-Mailbox anruft, um seine Stimme zu hören. Wie ich mir wünsche, dass ich noch eine Voicemail-Nachricht von ihm auf meinem Handy hätte... Ein bisschen später ist mein Mann zu mir gekommen und das hat mir etwas geholfen. Irgendwann habe ich mich endlich beruhigt und konnte ins Bett gehen und schlafen. Natürlich war es schon fast 5 in der Früh, aber ich konnte mindestens etwas schlafen. Am nächsten Tag habe ich noch ein bisschen geweint, aber es war nicht so schlimm, als es während der Nacht war. Seitdem geht es mir, wenn es um das Thema geht, etwas besser.

Letzte Woche habe ich einem meiner Deutsch-Professoren geschrieben mit einem Vorschlag für das Thema meiner Facharbeit: Die Habsburger: Weltmacht durch Heirat. Ich habe ihn gefragt, ob das Thema gut oder vielleicht zu viel wäre. Er hat mir gestern zurückgeschrieben und hat gesagt, dass das Thema ok sei, aber vielleicht ein bisschen zu viel für die Facharbeit. Vielleicht könne ich einen spezifischeren Schwerpunkt zum Thema finden, aber er habe kein Problem damit, wenn ich noch zehn extra Seiten zum allgemeinen Thema Die Habsburger: Weltmacht durch Heirat schreiben wolle. Haha! Na klar! Zehn extra Seiten. :P Das wäre sicher kein Problem für mich, aber schauen wir mal. Ich habe noch bis zum 24. Mai das Thema festzustellen. Vielleicht finde ich meinen Schwerpunkt, vielleicht finde ich etwas anderes.

Mein Crosstrainer-Training läuft super! Bin jetzt bei acht Meilen pro Tag. Ab Montag sollte es zehn Meilen pro Tag sein. Langsam sehe ich einen Unterschied, wenn ich in den Spiegel schau'. Natürlich schmilzt alles nicht so schnell ab, wie ich es gerne hätte, aber es geht. ^_^ Solange ich nicht faul werde und jeden Tag weiter so mache, sollte ich anfangen, echt gut abzunehmen. *freu*

Ich würde gern noch mehr schreiben, aber es wird echt spät. Bin immer noch nicht müde, aber ich soll mindestens versuchen, etwas zu schlafen, während es noch dunkel draußen ist.

Bis später!

*Seufz*

Heute war ein langer Tag.
Leider habe ich ziemlich spät geschlafen, aber so ist es eben in letzter Zeit. Ich bin schon seit dem 1. Februar in Wien und kann seitdem überhaupt nicht richtig schlafen. Am Abend bin ich doch müde, aber irgendetwas hält mich auf, ins Bett zu gehen. Dann bleibe ich fast die ganze Nacht auf und ja...so ist es.

Mein Mann ist heute nicht arbeiten gegangen. Am Wochenende bekam er Halsweh und Fieber. Er ist heute nachmittag zum Arzt gegangen und wird die ganze Woche zu Hause bleiben. Obwohl er krank ist, scheint er ziemlich gut drauf zu sein, also wird es hoffentlich eine schöne Zeit miteinander. Ich werde versuchen, eine gute Krankenschwester zu sein und nicht zu genervt zu werden, wenn ich mein typisches Tagesprogramm nich durchführen kann. Jeden Tag muss ich aber die Bibel lesen und trainieren. Das darf ich nicht verschieben.

Zum Geburtstag habe ich einen Crosstrainer bekommen und ich werde ihn nutzen. Es ist dieses Jahr mein Ziel ziemlich viel abzunehmen und ich werde nichts erlauben, mich davon abzulenken. Zur Zeit ist mein Ziel 30 Meilen pro Woche zu gehen. Mein Topziel ist 50-60 Meilen pro Woche. Damit sollte ich ziemlich fit werden. Ich kann wirklich nicht glauben, dass ich es mir erlaubt habe, so schwer zu werden. Man merkt es wirklich nicht. Eines Tages schaut man in den Spiegel und boah! Das Spiegelbild sieht auf einmal ziemlich heftig aus. >_<  Ich weiß, dass ich schon in den letzten zwei Monaten ein bisschen abgenommen habe, also muss ich nur so weitermachen. Eine Waage zu haben wäre nicht schlecht, aber wir haben keine. Vielleicht können wir eine günstige irgendwo mal finden. Die Nummer ist eigentlich egal solange man gesund ist und gut aussieht, aber es wäre trotzdem hin und wieder nicht schlecht eine absenkende Nummer auf einer Waage zu sehen.

Ich kämpfe wieder zwischen zwei Sprachen. Welche soll mein aktueller Schwerpunkt sein? Französich oder niederländisch? Mit den beiden habe ich schon angefangen, aber ich soll mich wirklich nur auf eine konzentrieren, wenn ich fließend in einer dritten Sprache werden will. Das letzte Mal wollte ich unbedingt italienisch lernen und viel gelernt habe ich auch. Aber dann höre ich eine andere Sprache irgendwo und will sie dann unbedingt lernen. Es ist ur frustrierend! Ich will unbedingt eine andere Sprache fließend können, aber ich kann mich nie zu lange auf eine konzentrieren. Manchmal denke ich, dass ich ADS haben muss, aber das ist sicher nur eine Ausrede. Lieber Gott, schenk mir die Konzentration zurück!

Ich bin auch ahnungslos, wenn es um meine letzte Facharbeit geht. Welches Thema? Es muss irgendetwas mit deutscher bzw. österreichischer Geschichte zu tun haben. Ich dachte, dass ich vielleicht etwas über die Kaiserin Sisi schreiben sollte, aber welches Thema über sie genau und könnte das vielleicht ein bisschen zu depressiv werden? Vielleicht sollte ich mich auf Kaiser Franz konzentrieren? War er wirklich ein Traumprinz wie im Kino oder im Gegenteil ein ehebrechendes Schwein? Ein Schwein natürlich! Das Thema könnte aber auch etwas depressiv werden. Ich dachte, dass ich irgendetwas mit einer theologischen Wendung dazu schreiben könnte, aber das könnte dem Professor nicht gefallen. Etwas mit der Geschichte der Sprache vielleicht? Wie wurde dis Aussprache des Wienerischen entwickelt? Oder wie ist das Niederländische aus dem Friesischen zur eigenen Sprache geworden?? Keine Ahnung! Hoffentlich wird der liebe Gott mir helfen, irgendein Thema zu finden, weil die Zeit vergeht und bald fängt das Sommersemester an!

Das ist vielleicht genug für heute. Vielleicht schlaf ich bald ein...

Gott segne euch!

Change!

For a long time I have been struggling with the notion that I have not been making any progress; neither spiritually nor as a person in general. Then, today, I took the time to go back and read through some of my older entries, mostly those in 2011, and, praise the LORD, I have indeed grown quite a bit!

When reading the older posts, it is clear that I was doing the writing, but at the same time the author seems quite different in comparison to the person that I am now. The LORD has shown me so many things since then, and I have changed so very much. Now that I think of it, I only accepted and gave my life to the LORD in July of 2010, so in 2011 I was basically just an infant in the faith. I guess you could say that I am only a toddler now, but what a difference between baby and toddler there is! Praise the LORD! We always like to complain how the LORD is not doing this or not doing that in our lives, when HE is doing it the whole time and we are just too self-absorbed to notice it...

After seeing all this, I also realized that I really need to go on my profile here and edit some things as well. Basically, I need a fresh start here on LJ. I saw how there is a new version of the "friend's page" here. The regular journals all seem to be the same though. I am usually not too big on change, but perhaps LJ will be sprucing up the main journals a bit too.

My husband is on his way home from work now, so off to the kitchen to make dinner. So glad to be back. LORD willing, I will be fixing up my profile and posting again soon.

Return to LJ / Update / Daddy

I cannot believe that I haven't posted anything hear hear since September 2011!!

I knew that it had been a long time, but I never would have imagined that it had been that long. I have always been prone to taking long breaks from blogging, or any type of social media really, but well over a year of absence? That is even crazy for me.

Since it has been so long since my last post, it would be crazy to try to update on everything since then, so I guess, for the most part, I will just start anew...

I am still stuck living in Europe. I still cannot find a real job. I still cannot imagine what the LORD would want me here for, and my husband still tells me that we will move to the US only for me to later realize that, yet again, that was a lie. He keeps saying little things like, "Well, if we are living in the US then, then..." and things like that, but he has lifted up my hopes about it, and then broken my heart about it, so many time before, I can never know if I should believe him or not...

Last November, a week before Thanksgiving, I flew home to Ohio to spend the holiday season with my family. The first week was great. Thanksgiving was wonderful. The Saturday afterwards, my dad called my grandparent's house to make sure we knew that Ohio State beat Michigan, and that was the last time that I would ever talk to him again...
In the early hours on the next Monday morning, November 26th, my dad unexpectedly passed away in his sleep, less than a month after his 49th birthday...
I still cannot believe that he is gone...
On Saturday, December 1st, we said our final goodbyes and buried him...
I still cannot believe it is real...
Over four months later, I think I am still in denial. Being in Europe away from the family, away from home, probably makes it easier to pretend that he is not gone.
The daily emails from him don't come anymore. I used to think that he was crazy for sending me so many crazy little emails a day. Now I would give anything for his name to show up in the inbox every time I check.
I had already planned a long stay in Ohio before Daddy left. I didn't arrive back in Europe until February 1st. I was able to be there for my grandparents and, they were able to be there for me, praise the LORD. I cannot imagine what it must be like for them to have lost their youngest child; the child that was closest to them on top of it.
My trust in the LORD has been a great comfort to me. Without HIM, I have no idea who I would be able to survive this. Though the loss of my dad has been the most devastating and heartbreaking event in my life as of yet, I was able to greatly feel the LORD's presence through it all and HE blessed me greatly throughout. Thanks to the LORD, I was in the US when it happened. Thanks to the LORD, I was able to go out to dinner with Daddy, just the two of us, and have Thanksgiving with him. The LORD taught me a lot of wonderful things during this time, and for that I will be forever greatful.
The only thing that breaks my heart and has been driving me crazy, is that I am not 100% sure if my dad knew the LORD or not. The fact that I do not know where he is, is driving me insane...


While back in Ohio, I was able to find a wonderful little church whose members became instant family and were able to help me very much while mourning. Praise the LORD for them. I have been very good at staying in contact with them all, which is really out of the ordinary for me, and I love them dearly. LORD willing, I will see them all again when I am back in Ohio.

I do not want to write a novel in this one post here, so the last thing I will mention here, is that I will be going back to university (long distance) starting next month. I will be finishing 29 credit hours that I need to make up, so I should be finished after the fall semester. I am sure I will be writing more about that in future.

I don't plan on disappearing for a year or more again any time soon, so, if I still have any readers on here, hopefully there will be more coming soon. I have really had the urge to write lately. Also, I will hopefully be able to start reading other people's entries as well. It is a little bit late for that tonight, so perhaps I can start reading some tomorrow.

God bless!

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Update In Tedesco! ^_^

Ich sitze hier im Haus meiner Großeltern und habe keinen Stress wegen des Rückfluges nach Wien. Nein. Ich hätte morgen zurück nach Europa fliegen sollen, aber das tue ich nicht. Schon wieder habe ich meinen Aufenthalt in den USA verlängert. Ja...schon wieder...

Aber dieses Mal war es zum ersten Mal nicht wegen mir. Nein. Mein Mann hat es mir überredet. Warum denn? Er sagte, dass wenn ich ungesund nach Wien zurückkehren würde, gäbe es dann überhaupt keinen Grund in den Flieger einzusteigen. Ich sollte noch ein paar Monaten in den USA bleiben, um weiter zum Chiroprakiter zu gehen und gesunder zu werden. Er will keine ungesunde Frau mehr.

Na, vielleicht wird mein Körper etwas besser; dafür bete ich ja jeden Tag, aber werde ich psychisch bereit sein, zurückzugehen? Das ist die Frage!

Um ehrlich zu sein, war ich schon bereit zurückzugehen...mit schlimmen Körper oder nicht. :P

Während der letzten zwei Monaten hat Gott mir vieles gezeigt. Es wäre zu schwer alles hier zu erklären. Er hat mir aber wirklich einen ganzen Roman voller Information geschenkt. Er hat mir geholfen, etwas von meinem alten Selbstbewusstsein zu finden und Er hat mir gezeigt, was für eine Ehre es ist die Möglichkeit als Amerikanerin Menschen in Österreich Deutsch zu unterrichten. Er hat mir auch gezeigt, dass Er mich in dieser Schule wirklich benutzen könnte. Ich meine, fast jeder Student ist ja Muslim! Sie brauchen einen positiven und christlichen Einfluss in ihrem Leben und das könnte ich für den Herrn sein. :)

Österreich und der Sozialismus gefallen mir immer noch nicht. Das wird sicher nie geschehen. Aber langsam lerne ich, dass diese Welt nicht mein Zuhause ist. Langsam sehe ich, dass der Böse wirklich überall zu finden ist und, dass wir ihn wirklich nicht vermeiden können, egal ob wir in negativer und sozialistischer Europa oder in den damals guten aber jetzt von Obama langsam zerstörten USA sind.

Der Herr wird mir den richtigen Weg zeigen und Er wird immer für mich da sein. Wenn ich einen Arzt brauche, vertraue ich Ihm, mich in die USA für die richtige Behandlung zu schicken. Es gibt immer einen Weg und mit Gott werde ich ihn finden. Natürlich möchte ich das mein ganzes Leben lang nicht machen müssen, immer hin und her für meine Arzttermine fliegen, aber um die Probleme und Situationen der Zukunft mache ich mir keine Sorgen mehr. Diesen Stress brauche ich jetzt nicht. Wenn der Herr sagt, dass ich mir keine Sorgen machen soll, dann werde ich mit aller Kraft versuchen, das nicht zu tun.

Immer noch habe ich das Gefühl, dass ich morgen doch zurückfligen sollte. Ich habe die Situation mit meiner christlichen Therapeutin diskutiert, aber sie sagte, dass ich die richtige Entscheidung getroffen habe. (Mein Chiropraktiker hat das mir auch gesagt.) Das es für mich gut ist, etwas länger zu bleiben....auch wenn es zwei Monate länger ist. Ich werde dem Herrn vertrauen. Er hat es ermöglicht, meinen Aufenthalt zu verlängern, also werde ich die extra Zeit für mich benutzen. Ich werde die Zeit nutzen, um noch gesunder zu werden.

Ich bin aber bereit zu unterrichten. Ich glaube, ich hätte es geschafft, morgen hinzufligen und dann gleich im Oktober damit anzufangen. Aber das werde ich jetzt nie wissen. Ich sollte aber der Chefin dieser Schule schreiben, um ihr zu sagen, dass ich noch lebe und, dass ich im Ausland wegen ärztlicher Behandlung bin. Ich sollte sie fragen, ob sie dann noch Platz für mich hätte, wenn ich im Dezember wieder in Wien bin. Bitte, mein lieber Herr, lass sie noch einen Platz für mich haben! Ich bin dafür bereit! Ich bin endlich bereit für Dich zu arbeiten!

Hoffentlich werde ich hier irgendetwas zu tun finden, so dass mir nicht mehr so langweilig ist. Ich habe endlich meinen Führerschein, also habe ich jetzt etwas mehr Freiheit. Italienisch werde ich sicher weiterhin lernen und ich hab' mir gedacht, dass ich meine Viola vom Haus meines Vaters holen sollte. Früher habe ich sie so schön gespielt. In letzter Zeit höre ich so viel von Vivaldi an, dass ich auch dabei spielen möchte. Vielleicht hole ich sie morgen nach der Kirche. Ich werde auch anfangen, mehr mit der Kirche hier zu machen. Ich muss morgen nach den extra Kursen am Mittwoch und Sonntagnachmittag fragen. Und da ich kein Deutsch mehr höre, werde ich vielleicht den German-Club in der Nähe besuchen. Ich habe gelesen, dass es jeder Woche einen Frauentreff gibt und, dass Gäste willkommen sind. Schauen wir mal! :D

Meinen Mann vermisse ich ja sehr, aber ich muss zugeben, dass ich ihn wahrscheinlich noch viel mehr vermissen soll. Es ist kein Geheimnis, dass wir in letzter Zeit ein paar Probleme haben. Die Therapeutin sagte, wir sollen diese getrennte Zeit nutzen, um wieder Freunde zu werden. Schauen wir mal, ob mein Mann mitmacht. Bis jetzt glaube ich, dass er es schon versucht, aber wer weiß, wie lange er es weitermachen wird. Ich habe immer so viel Hoffnung, und dann bricht er mir das Herz... Lieber Herr, bitte, hilf uns! Ich liebe meinen Mann und ich will, dass wir es schaffen!

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This is a continuation of a previous entries: The Historical Jesus (Part 1) : Secular Evidence AND The Historical Jesus (Part 2) : Jewish Evidence.
This information is also being shared from LogosApologia.org with help from TheDevineEvidence.com.


Note: Though many skeptics claim  the early church fathers did not use independent extra-Biblical  sources,
throughout this section we will show otherwise.  Potential references to the use of a extra-biblical sources will be
shown using purple font


CLEMENT OF ROME (? – 98?  A.D.) Clement was a bishop of Rome and later became known as the fourth pope.
He was eventually martyred in approximately 98 A.D. Some  speculate Paul was referring to Clement in

Philippians 4:3  but this cannot be proven. Clement was a first century apostolic author  which gives credence to
his first-hand account of early  Christianity. In the passage below, Clement confirms the ministry of the  disciples
and some of the basic tenets of early  Christianity.



“The Apostles received the Gospel for us from the  Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was sent forth from God. So
then  Christ is from God, and the Apostles are from Christ. Both therefore  came of the will of God in the appointed
order. Having  therefore received a charge, and being fully assured through the  resurrection of our Lord Jesus
Christ and confirmed in the  word of God will full assurance of the Holy Ghost, they went forth with  the glad tidings
that the kingdom of God should come. So  preaching everywhere in country and town, they appointed their first
fruits, when they had proved them by the Spirit, to be bishops  and deacons unto them that should believe.”


Corinthians 42


Examples of Extra-Biblical  Resource Evidence for Clement:



  • And giving heed unto His words, ye laid them up  diligently in your hearts, and His sufferings were before

    your eyes Chapter 2 (correspondence with possible eye-witnesses)


  • Tertullian and Jerome record the belief Clement was personally ordained by and a disciple of Peter (which
    implies he was privy to extra-biblical information as he was close to an original  apostle).


  • “The New  Testament he [Clement] never quotes verbally. Sayings of Christ are now and then given, but

    not in the words of the Gospels. It cannot be proved, therefore, that he used any one of the Synoptic

    Gospels.” The Catholic Encyclopedia Online





IGNATIUS  OF ANTIOCH (? – ~100 A.D) Ignatius was a Bishop of Antioch  reported to have been appointed to
his position by Peter of  whom he was a disciple. He is also believed to be a disciple of Paul and  John. Ignatius
was arrested by the Romans and executed as a  martyr in the arena. Even though his testimony would ultimately
lead to his death, Ignatius was adamant about the things he  witnessed. He reinforces early Christian beliefs in
the  letters he penned while in prison. Even when execution was imminent,  Ignatius refused to recant his faith.




“Jesus Christ who was of the  race of David, who was the Son of Mary, who was truly born and ate and  drank, was
truly persecuted under Pontius Pilate, was truly crucified and died in the sight of those in heaven and on earth
and those under the earth. Who moreover was truly raised from  the dead, His father having raised Him, who in
the like  fashion will so raise us also who believe in Him.”
Trallians



“He is truly of the race of  David according to the flesh but Son of God by the Divine will and  powered, truly born
of a virgin and baptized by John that all righteousness might be fulfilled by Him, truly nailed up in the flesh for
our sakes under Pontius Pilate and Herod the  tetrarch… That He might set up an ensign unto all ages through His
resurrection.”
Smyrneans, 1



“Be ye fully persuaded  concerning the birth and the passion and the resurrection, which took  place in the time of
the governorship of Pontius Pilate. For  these things were truly and certainly done by Jesus Christ our hope.”


Magnesians XI

Examples of Extra-Biblical  Resource Evidence for Ignatius:



  • Theodoret states Ignatius was personally appointed to the Antioch See by Peter (like  Clement, this implies
    a personal relationship with an original apostle, making extra-biblical information available to him).


  • John Chrysostom emphasises the honor bestowed upon  Ignatius as he personally  received his dedication
    from the apostles.

  • Clement was also believed to be a disciple of Paul and John.


Skeptic  Interjection: How can Clement and  Ignatius knowing the apostles be considered extra-biblical
resources?  If some of the apostles were said to have written the  New Testament, how is this any different than

using the  New Testament as a source?

Answer: There  are several reasons why this is important. First of all, Clement and  Ignatius would have most
certainly been privy to the  apostles’ first-hand testimonies instead of simply having to rely on a  “text” that
“someone” had written. Second, because they were  said to have known the apostles intimately, they would have
had  a far greater ability to discredit their claims. Apparently the  disciples passed all of their tests because both
Clement and  Ignatius died as martyrs (which would have been highly unlikely if they  had any doubts concerning
the apostles’ claims).



QUADRATUS  OF ATHENS (126 A.D.) Quadratus was an Athenian bishop and direct disciple of  the Apostles. He
is generally regarded as the first  Christian apologist because of his defense given to Emperor Hadrian in  126 A.D.
Quadratus points out the fact that a few who were  healed and resurrected by Jesus lived until modern times.



“The  deeds of our Savior were always before you, for they were true miracles.  Those that were healed, those
that were raised from the  dead, who were seen, not only when healed and when raised, but were  always
present. They remained living a long time, not only  while our Lord was on earth, but likewise when he had left
the  earth. So that some of them have also lived to our own times.”
Eusebius IV III, 2


Examples  of Extra-Biblical Resource Evidence for Quadratus:


  • In the above  passage, Quadratus refers to those who were healed by Jesus and had lived until modern
    times.

  • Like Clement and Ignatius,  Quadratus was said by Eusebius to be a direct disciple of the  apostles.


ARISTIDES  THE ATHENIAN (126 A.D.) Aristides, along with Quadratus mentioned above,  presented an
apology to Emperor Hadrian during his stay in  Athens in 126 A.D. Aristides describes the treatment of Jesus by
His own people, the Jews, and contrasts their beliefs with those  of the Christians.


“When the Son of God was pleased to come upon the  earth, they received him with wanton violence and
betrayed  him into the hands of Pilate the Roman governor. Paying no respect to  his good deeds and the
countless miracles he performed among  them, they demanded a sentence of death by the cross… Now the
Christians trace their origin from the Lord Jesus Christ… The  Son of the most high God who came down from
heaven, being  born of a pure [Hebrew] virgin, for the salvation of men… And he was  crucified, being pierced with
nails by the Jews. And after  three days He came to life again and ascended into heaven. His twelve  apostles,
after his ascension into heaven, went forth into  the provinces of the whole world proclaiming the true doctrine…
They who still observe the righteousness enjoined by their  preaching are called Christians.”
Apology XIV-XV



JUSTIN  MARTYR (~100 – 165 A.D.) Justin Martyr, possibly the most well-known early Christian  apologist, was
an educated pagan philosopher who converted  to Christianity around 130 A.D. Though he risked losing his
wealth,  status, and life, Justin fearlessly spread Christianity throughout Asia  Minor and Rome. Refusing to recant
his testimony, he was  led to his death via scourging and beheading in 165 A.D. Being a  thoroughly educated
man, Justin weighed the evidence  carefully before accepting his new faith and explains to the reader he  made his
decision only after careful consideration and  research.



There is a village in Judea, thirty-five  stadia from Jerusalem, where Jesus Christ was born, as you can see from
the tax registers under Cyrenius, your first procurator in  Judea
… He was born of a virgin as a man, and was
named  Jesus, and was crucified, and died, and rose again, and ascended into  heaven… After He was crucified, all
His acquaintances  denied Him. But once He had risen from the dead and appeared to them and  explained the
prophecies which foretold all these things  and ascended into heaven, the apostles believed. They received the
power given to them by Jesus and went into the world preaching  the Gospel.”
First Apology, 34, 46, 50



“At the time of His birth,  Magi from Arabia came and worshipped Him, coming first to Herod, who was  then
sovereign in your land… When they crucified Him,  driving in the nails, they pierced His hands and feet. Those
who  crucified Him parted His garments among themselves, each casting  lots… But you did not repent after you
learned that He  rose from the dead.
Instead, you sent men into  to the world to proclaim that a godless heresy
had sprung  from Jesus, a Galilean deceiver, whom was crucified and that His  disciples stole His body from the
tomb in order to deceive  men by claiming He had risen from the dead and ascended into heaven.
Dialogue with

Trypho, 77 97, 107-8



Examples  of Extra-Biblical Resource Evidence for Justin:


  • Justin presents one of the earliest statements that specifically attest to Jesus’ historicity. Justin refers his
    audience to the Judean tax registers where they would find evidence of Jesus’ birth.

  • In the second quote above, Justin is refuting the rumors concerning a resurrection conspiracy and the
    accusation that Jesus was a Galilean deceiver. Justin’s  awareness of the rumors concerning Jesus reveals
    his knowledge of extra-Biblical testimony.

  • Justin uses the healing ministry of Christians to attest to the very real power of Christ: Countless

    possessed men throughout  the land are being exorcised by many of our Christian men in the name of

    Jesus Christ, who was crucified under Pontius Pilate, continue to heal, rendering helpless and driving the

    demons out of men, though they could not be cured by any other exorcists or those who used incantations

    and drugs.” Second Apology VI


  • Justin makes a reference to The Acts of Pilate which was  not a Biblical:And that these things did happen,

    you can ascertain from the Acts of Pontius  Pilate.First Apology XXXV



HEGESIPPUS (110 A.D. – 180  A.D.) Hegesippus converted to Christianity from Judaism after extensively
researching the Gospel story for himself. Instead of accepting  the Gospel story at the word of others, he
travelled  extensively throughout Rome and Corinth in an effort to collect evidence  of the early Christian claims.
Hegesippus provides  important testimony that the stories being passed around were not  watered down,
embellished, or fabricated.


“This man [James] was a  true witness to both Jews and Greeks that Jesus is the Christ… The  Corinthian church
continued in the true doctrine until  Primus became bishop
. I mixed with them on my voyage to Rome and spent
several days with the Corinthians, during which we were  refreshed with the true doctrine. On arrival at Rome
I
pieced together the succession down to Anicetus, whose deacon  was Eleutherus, Anicetus being succeeded by
Soter and he by  Eleutherus
. In ever line of bishops and in every city things  accord with the preaching of the Law,
the Prophets, and the  Lord.”
The History of the Church



Perhaps  of all the figures mentioned in this section, no one uses more  extra-biblical resource evidence than
Hegesippus (in fact,  he hardly uses Biblical testimony at all!). Because his entire  manuscript is basically a
compilation of outside research,  I’ll only list a few examples:



  • Hegesippus describes the ministry and demise of James (Jesus’ brother) at the hands of the pharisees.
    These accounts were not mentioned in the New Testament.

  • Hegesippus fervently  retraced the roots of the early church and states he did so in order to ensure the
    circulating testimonies concerning Christ were genuine.

  • In his research, Hegesippus recounts the ministries of several witnesses (primarily church fathers) not
    included in the Bible.

  • Hegesippus documents the interrogation of Jesus’ grand-nephews by Domitian and records they lived into
    the reign of Trojan.

  • Hegesippus documents the martyrdom of Bishop Symeon, (the son of Cleopas mentioned in Luke 24:18).
    He was believed to be either a relative, disciple,  and/or contemporary of Jesus.

  • Hegesippus addresses heresies being spread by differing sects, implying he did not focus his research
    solely on Biblical teachings.




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A German's View on Islam

This is by far the best explanation of the Muslim terrorist situation that you might read. The author of this email is said to be Dr. Emmanuel Tanya, a well-known and well-respected psychiatrist. His references to past history are accurate and clear. Not long, easy to understand, and well worth the read....


"A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large inustries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism. 'Very few people were true Nazis,' he said, 'but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, the owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.'


"We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majortiy of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better and meant to somehow diminish the spector of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.


"The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosesuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young children to kill and to become suicide bombers.


"The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peacefull Muslim majortiy, the 'silent majority', is cowed and extraneous.


"Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.


"The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians - most killed my sword, shovel, and bayonet.


"And who can forget Rwanda, which callapsed into butchery? Could it not be said that teh majortiy of Rwandans were 'peace loving'?


"History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our lpowers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated points:


1. Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.


2. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.


3. Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. AS for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts - the fanatics who threaten our way of life.


4. Lastly, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just ignores this post without sending it on, is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand. So, extend yourself a bit and send this on and on and on! Let us hope that thousands world-wide, read this and think about it, and send it on - before it's too late..."

5 Lessons About the Way We Treat People




1 - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady


"During my secong month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one:
'What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?'
Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50's, but how would I know her name?
I handed my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.
'Absolutely,' said the professor. 'In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say 'hello...'
I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned that her name was Dorothy.



2 - Second Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain


"One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.  A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in thos conflict-filled 1960's. The man took her safely, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.
She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached.
It read:


'Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others.'


                                                                                                Sincerely,


                                                                                                         Mrs. Nat Kig Cole



3 - Third Important Lesson - Always Remember Those Who Serve


"In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a ten-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.
'How much is an ice cream sundae?' he asked.
'Fifty cents,' replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.
'Well, how much is a plain disch of ice cream?' he inquired.
By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient...
'Thirty-five cents,' she brusquely replied.
The little boy again counted his coins.
'I'll have the plain ice cream,' he said.
The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished his ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cray as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies.
You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.




 4 - Fourth Important Lesson - The Obstacle in Our Path


In ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in road where the boulder had been.
The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand!
Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.




 5 - Fifth Important Lesson - Giving When It Counts...


"Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the anibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister.
I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, 'Yes, I'll do it if it will save her.'
As the transfusions progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.
He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, 'Will I start to die right away?'
Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her."



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