Category: Gospels & Scripture

The Lazarus Prayer Technique

Jesus Raises Lazarus
Jesus Raises his dead friend Lazarus after four days in the tomb. (source: Wikimedia Commons. (Public Domain)

“This sickness will not end in death.”

In a world gripped in crisis, I’m using the most powerful prayer method I know of:
the Lazarus Prayer Technique.

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If Christ had Lived Would You Still Believe?

Following this short post I share an Easter commentary by Father Donald Senior, President Emeritus, Chancellor, and Professor of New Testament Studies at Chicago Catholic Theological Union.

This Saturday morning I phoned a friend to read to her some of Father Senior’s comments. In response, she challenged me with a thought I’d never considered. “If Christ had lived on, would you still believe in him?” Continue reading If Christ had Lived Would You Still Believe?

Understanding the Atonement:
“I am always dying for you.”

Understanding the Atonement

Although I often refer to Scripture and trust its wisdom, the larger part of my learning comes through heavenly sources. That is what I asked for in 2011, and struggle to put into words at Freely Receive. Still, with regard to understanding the atonement (“Christ died for our sins”) the vast number of Christian beliefs and doctrines overcame me. So I asked Master to help me learn, from his point of view, the events that took place during those three dark days and nights.

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“I am always dying for you.”

Beatitudes Meaning and Structure

Beatitudes meaning and structure makes use of extraordinary geometry that can provide students and seekers with additional insight. Matthew’s Beatitudes and Luke’s Sermon on the Plain contain some of the most beautiful passages in the New Testament. When we diagram the pattern of Yeshua’s words and phrases, however, the Beatitudes reveal even more information. We are blessed to glimpse the pure genius of Christ, and the mind of the Son of God.

Beatitudes Meaning and Structure: Matthew vs. Luke
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Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Jesus

During this time of the year I always wonder what kinds of gifts Master would like for his birthday. Here I share my three best Christmas gift ideas for Jesus to help us disciples honor the Lord on his special day. Each gift relies on the power of the Holy Spirit  to unite and heal us (God willing).

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You Are Not a Goat

Be you Christian, Jewish, atheist or otherwise, you are not a goat. It is rather unlikely that you might one day change into a goat. Or a sheep, for that matter. No, you are a human being—a “son of man” in Christ’s day—and valuable to God. That’s what St. Matthew believed, the Jewish author of The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats. So let the fire and brimstone image go because your Father loves you. Those plagued by self inflicted goat trauma can breathe easier with a few short words from the shepherd to his flock:

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good
—except God alone.

Luke 18:19

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Gospel of Mary

Gospel of Mary, as the text is named—though it is made clear that  “Mary” is Mary Magdalene—is a well preserved codex discovered in the late 19th century near Akhmim, in upper Egypt. It was later purchased in 1896 by German scholar Dr. Carl Reinhardt, who took it to Berlin.[1]

The Coptic Gospel of Mary manuscript (fragment)Gospel of Mary (Magdalene) (pdf)
Download in Microsoft Word (docx)
Translation and commentary in English
By George W. Macrae and R. McL. Wilson
Edited by Douglas M. Parrott
Estimated date of writing: 30 – 180 CE

Large image: Ascension of Mary Magdalene, c. 1430 / National Museum in Warsaw

Peter said to Mary, “Sister, we know that the Savior loved you more than the rest of woman.”
Gospel of Mary


The Lord loved Mariam more than all the other Disciples, and he kissed her often on her mouth.
Gospel of Philip 59

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