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Where’s the Rescue?

Cigoli [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsI’ve been waiting all week to find out what happened to Stephen after he was arrested.

The angels rescued him, right?

What do you mean, I have to listen to find out?

They did rescue him, didn’t they?

Okay, I’m listening.

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Last week Stephen was seized and brought before the Sanhedrin and false witnesses were brought against him.

The high priest asked Stephen if these charges were true and Stephen gave them a speech, sharing Israel’s history and how it pointed to Jesus.

Then Stephen said, “You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit! Was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him – you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it.”

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I think Stephen might have made them mad.

Yes, I’m listening.

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When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him.

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That sounds like something a dog would do.

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But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.

“Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

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Is Jesus going to send down some fish?

That would prove that Stephen saw him.

I am too listening.

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At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him.

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This doesn’t sound good.

Run Stephen, run!

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Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.

While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.

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What do you mean, Stephen wasn’t taking a nap?

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And Saul was there, giving approval to his death.

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If I ever see Saul, I’ll be gnashing my teeth.

Hey, do you think Saul had something to do with those tadpoles that disappeared a couple days ago on my trails?

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2014 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Out of Jail

Peter preaching in the temple courtsWhat happened to those treats I was supposed to get after I listened to the story last week?

No, I didn’t get any treats.

Oh those?

Well, that wasn’t enough. I need more.

Now I have to listen to another story?

Oh, alright.

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After the Sanhedrin let Peter and John go the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people.

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I bet if they started handing out treats people would join them.

I am listening.

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Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.

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Was it hot and they needed shade?

Okay, I’ll listen.

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Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed.

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Do you think somebody could heal me?

You know what’s wrong with me.

I’m hungry.

I need treats.

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Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy.  They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail.

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Is that anything like my dog jail?

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But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out.

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Hey person, if you find me outside my dog jail when you get home sometime, that’s because an angel of the Lord let me out.

Of course I’ll listen. This is getting good.

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“Go, stand in the temple courts,” the angel said, “and tell the people the full message of this new life.”

At daybreak they entered the temple courts as they had been told, and began to teach the people.

When the high priest and his associates arrived, they called together the elders of Israel – and sent to the jail for the apostles.

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Boy do they have a surprise coming.

I am too listening.

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But on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there. So they went back and reported. We found the jail securely locked, with the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside. On hearing this report, the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests were puzzled, wondering what would come of this.

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I think those guys are going to be in trouble.

Well, I get in trouble sometimes. Shouldn’t they?

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Then someone came and said, “Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people.”

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I think that means the good guys always win.

Now where’s my treats?

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2014 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Who to Obey?

Distant Shores Media/Sweet Publishing [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsI think that man that Peter healed in the last story still wants treats.

I know because he was hanging on to Peter and John.

If I hang on to you will you give me some treats?

I might get treats after I listen to the story?

Okay, I’m listening!

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While the beggar held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade, so Peter began speaking to them.

The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people.

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Did they want treats too?

I am listening.

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They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. They seized Peter and John, and because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day.

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They got locked in jail too?

I wonder if it was anything like my dog jail.

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But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand.

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If I could just get them to give me one treat each I’d be set for life.

Or at least for next week.

I’m listening.

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The next day the rulers, elders and teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them. “By what power did you do this?”

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’”

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That’s telling them!

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Peter continued, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

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Those guys better listen to Peter or they’re going to be lost for sure.

And they won’t get any treats either.

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When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

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I bet all those fish they ate made them smart.

Hey person, you need to give me more fish.

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But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together.

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I bet they’re going to ask Peter and John for some fish.

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“What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everybody living in Jerusalem knows they have done an outstanding miracle, and we cannot deny it. But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn these men to speak no longer to anyone in this name.”

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They’re just upset because Jesus didn’t give them any treats.

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Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

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Those Sanhedrin guys ought to be nicer to Peter and John.

I bet Jesus would give them some fish if they were.

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After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.

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Forty years is a long time to be waiting for treats.

By the way, where’s my treats?

You said – if I listened.

I did not hear you say might.

When you put treats in a sentence, that’s the only word I hear.

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2014 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Up in the Sky

Jesus ascending to heavenI’ve been out swimming – I mean baptizing – since you told me that story last week.

But I haven’t seen Jesus hanging around.

Isn’t He supposed to be with us?

I was kind of hoping He’d send some fish along while we’re out in all that water.

Okay, I’ll stop swimming long enough to listen.

But only if the story’s short.

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Jesus said to the disciples, “You will receive Power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

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Oh, maybe I’m still waiting for the Holy Spirit.

Then I’ll see some fish.

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After Jesus said this, He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid Him from their sight.

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Now that’s freaky.

Maybe Jesus is going to send fish raining down.

I am listening.

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The disciples were looking intently up into the sky as Jesus was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.

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Hey wait a minute.

I wanted fish, not people.

Those two men better give me loves at least.

Okay, I’ll listen.

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“Men of Galilee,” the men in white said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky?”

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Are those men dumb or what?

Oh, maybe they didn’t see Jesus going into the sky.

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The men continued, “This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven.”

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Oh, now I get it.

I think.

Jesus is with us, but He’s in heaven, but He’s coming back.

Oh, umm.

Where’s Jesus now?

This is too much for me to think about.

Where’s the fish?

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2014 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Sending Out

Bloch-Sermon on the MountI’m not ready to hear another story.

I’m still hanging out on that beach eating up the fish that Jesus cooked.

Just give me a few seconds.

I’ll have it all gulped down.

Oh alright, I’ll listen.

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Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. When they saw Him they worshiped him; but some doubted.

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I bet if Jesus had cooked up another batch of fish they wouldn’t have doubted.

I am listening.

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Then Jesus came to them and said, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

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Didn’t a lot of people have trouble reading back then?

How would they know Jesus wasn’t making everything up?

They did?

They told stories like you tell me?

And I thought I was special.

Yes, I’m listening.

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Then He opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

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If they’re going to preach to the dog nations I hope they’ll explain what those big words mean.

Or maybe they don’t have to.

Us dogs never sin.

We just do mischief.

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Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

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If Jesus is with me to the end of the age I’ll for sure make disciples and baptize them.

Baptizing is kind of like swimming, isn’t it?

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2014 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Feed My Sheep

Feed My Lambs - James Tissot [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsLast week there were so many fish in that Bible story.

Can we just do that story again this week?

What do you mean, I can go back and read it.

It’s not the same as hearing it.

Besides, I can’t read.

Oh alright, I’ll listen to the next story.

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When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?”

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I bet he really does love Jesus after Jesus helped him catch all that fish.

Well, is there a better reason to love someone besides food?

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“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, ‘you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

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I’ll feed Jesus’ lambs if He helps me catch fish.

I am listening.

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Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

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Jesus has sheep?

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The third time He said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”

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I think I’d better get my herding type friends to help Peter.

Jesus might have a lot of sheep.

Yes, I’ll listen.

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Jesus said to Peter, “I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”

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I guess it’s a good thing I don’t have hands.

Nobody can stretch mine out.

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Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then He said to him, “Follow me!”

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Whoa!

If you follow Jesus you get fish, but then you might die for Him?

I have to think about this.

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Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”

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I guess Peter was thinking about it too.

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Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”

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I guess that says that.

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Because of this, the rumor spread among the brothers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”

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I don’t think that guy’s dead yet.

I wonder if he has any fish left.

I think I’ll go look for him.

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2014 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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So Many Fish

James Tissot [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsI have been waiting for this story forever.

It’s about one of my favorite things.

Fish!

I bet Jesus was even better at making fish appear after He was resurrected.

Yes, of course I’m listening.

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Afterward Jesus appeared again to His disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.”So they went out and got into the boat…

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Hey, wait for me!

I am too listening.

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But that night they caught nothing.

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Don’t tell them I ate all the fish already.

I was just hoping they’d catch more.

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Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

He called to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”

“No,” they answered.

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I hope Jesus doesn’t know I was swimming in the lake eating the fish.

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Jesus said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.”

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Here I go! Off to the right side of the boat.

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When they threw their net over they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

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Hey guys, I’ll help you with those fish.

I’m listening. I’m listening.

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Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish…

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…and one dog.

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…for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

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All that fish and bread too!?

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Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.”

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Oops!

Jesus will understand that I ate mine – won’t He?

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Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.”

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They are sharing, aren’t they?

I mean, that’s a lot of fish.

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None of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to His disciples after He was raised from the dead.

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That must have been a dream come true for those disciples.

But since we don’t have any fish here there’s something I need to know.

When’s Jesus coming to my house?

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2014 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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How to be Blessed

Caravaggio - The Incredulity of Saint ThomasPopping, popping popping!

Jesus has been popping in and out all over the place ever since He resurrected.

But how come He missed Thomas when He popped in to see the disciples?

I mean, wouldn’t Thomas feel really left out?

I would doubt too if everybody but me said they saw Jesus.

What?

If I listen, Thomas might get to see Jesus?

Okay, I’ll listen for Thomas.

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A week after Jesus had popped in to see all the disciples but Thomas they were in the house again, and Thomas was with them.

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I bet Thomas didn’t let the rest of those disciples out of his sight after missing Jesus the last time.

I am listening.

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Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, Peace be with you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

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I bet Thomas didn’t like putting his finger on Jesus’ owies.

Me, I’d just lick them.

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Thomas said to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!”

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

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Does that mean I’m blessed?

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2014 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Popping In

Jesus Appears to the Disciples - watercolor by William Brassey HolePerson, last week you told me that after Jesus disappeared from his tomb He kept popping up here and there.

Sometimes He’d show up and sometimes He’d disappear.

So now you’re telling me He’s still popping up?

I like to jump up and down a lot, but I’m not sure I can keep up with Jesus’ popping up.

Okay, I’ll listen.

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On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

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Wait a minute!

This is too much.

You mean Jesus popped right through that locked door?

Are you sure He didn’t knock first and one of the disciples let Him in?

Yes, I’m listening.

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After He said this, He showed them His hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

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So you mean, if Jesus’ hands and side were all healed the disciples wouldn’t know it was Him?

How come He didn’t show His hands and side to those other disciples?

You know, the two that He walked along the road with.

I am listening.

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Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

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Where is Jesus sending them?

Maybe He’s sending them to walk on my trails with me.

That would be cool!

I’m listening. But wouldn’t it be better if the disciples were here and I could listen to them?

I bet they’d have some pretty good stories to tell.

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And with that Jesus breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

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I guess those disciples need to go to someone else.

I don’t have any sins to forgive.

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Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in His hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe it.”

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I sure hope Jesus pops in again when Thomas is around.

Otherwise Thomas will be a doubter forever.

Maybe if he makes Jesus some popcorn…

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2014 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Walking Along

The Road to Emmaus - Carl BlochI really need to attach Jesus to my leash.

First He tells Mary Magdalene not to hold onto Him, and sends her away to talk to the disciples.

Now you’re telling me he just popped up somewhere else?

I’m listening.

I’ve got to figure out where Jesus is going so I can follow.

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Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem.

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How come you never take me on seven mile walks, person?

I am listening.

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They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing Him.

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Did Jesus disguise Himself, or what?

Nobody seems to be recognizing Him.

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Jesus asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked Him, “Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

“What things?” He asked.

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I don’t get it.

Was Jesus pulling their legs?

Okay, I’ll listen.

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“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed Him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified Him; but we had hoped that He was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find His body.

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No wonder they didn’t find Jesus’ body.

He keeps popping up all over the place.

I guess it wasn’t any fun staying in that tomb, so He didn’t

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They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said He was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but Him they did not see.”

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They just have to wait until Jesus decides to pop up.

I am too listening.

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Jesus said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter His glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself.

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Did He tell them Bible stories?

I like Bible stories.

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As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if He were going farther. But they urged Him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So He went in to stay with them.

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You mean Jesus actually stayed there?

I thought He was just popping in and out.

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When Jesus was at the table with them, He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, and He disappeared from their sight.

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I guess He really was popping in and out.

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They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem.

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Too bad they couldn’t just pop back to Jerusalem.

They had to walk seven miles in the dark.

Hey person, you don’t have to take me on that kind of walk.

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In Jerusalem they found the Eleven (disciples) and those with them, assembled together and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.”

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More popping.

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Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when He broke the bread.

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Jesus even had food.

I’m for sure attaching Him to my leash as soon as He pops in here.

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2014 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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