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Raising the Dead

English: Raising of Lazarus by Jesus

English: Raising of Lazarus by Jesus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wait a minute. I’m confused.

Last week you told me a story about Lazarus. You said he died and went to heaven.

Now you’re trying to tell me that Lazarus is sick?

I didn’t think people got sick in heaven.

Oh. This is a different Lazarus?

I get it. I think.?

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Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha were good friends of Jesus. They lived in Bethany, near Jerusalem.

Lazarus was sick, and his sisters sent word to Jesus to tell him.

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I thought Jesus already knew everything.

I am listening.

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When Jesus heard of Lazarus’ illness He said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, yet when He heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where He was two more days.

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I bet there was good food where He was.

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After two days Jesus said to His disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”

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I guess they ate all the food.

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Jesus’ disciples were concerned because the Jews tried to stone Him there, so Jesus told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”

The disciples figured Lazarus would be alright if he slept, so Jesus had to tell them plainly. “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”

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Do you think Lazarus ran out of food and starved? Jesus shouldn’t go where there’s no food.

I will listen. I’m just sayin’.

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Thomas said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”

When Jesus arrived Lazarus had been dead four days. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming she went out to meet Him.

“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

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I bet Jesus brought some food with him. I’d rise from the dead if there was food.

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Martha answered Jesus, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

“Yes, Lord,” she told Him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”

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Hey, wasn’t Martha the one who made all that food when Jesus was there before?

Okay, I’ll listen.

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Martha left to get her sister Mary. When Mary left the house many Jews who were there to comfort her followed her, thinking she was going to the tomb to mourn there.

When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” He asked.

“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.

Jesus wept.

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I’m starting to get teary eyed too now. Do dogs cry?

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Then the Jews said about Jesus, “See how He loved him!”

But some of them said, “Could not He who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” He said.

“But, Lord,” said Martha, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”

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Martha doesn’t know what she’s talking about. I bet they’ll find a sweet aroma coming out of there.

I am too listening.

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Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that You sent me.”

When He had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

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I sure hope they gave him some food.

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2013 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Nap or Food

Christ with Martha and Maria

Christ with Martha and Maria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hey person, you know that guy the robbers beat up in last week’s story? That one the Samaritan helped?

I think he’s better now so maybe he and the Samaritan can help me go after those robbers. I still want to give them what for.

You’ve got another story? Can you wait until I get back from giving those robbers what for?

Okay, I’ll listen first.

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As Jesus and his disciples were on their way Jesus came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him.

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Does Martha have extra room in her house? I want to go there too.

By the way, where is there?

Bethany? That’s not anywhere near here is it?

It’s near Jerusalem? Where’s that?

Yes, I’ll listen.

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Martha had a sister named Mary, who sat at Jesus’ feet listening to what He said.

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That’s where I’d be too.

Taking a nice nap.

I am too listening.

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But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

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Hey Martha, I’m trying to take a nap here. Can you be quiet?

Okay, I’ll be quiet and listen.

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“Martha, Martha,” Jesus answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.

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Hey, wait a minute. What do I smell coming from the kitchen? I think I’ll follow Martha in and see. She might have made a pretty good choice too. Food!!!

And if Jesus doesn’t want to eat any of it, I’ll help Martha finish it off.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2013 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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In the Temple

Anna at the presentation of Jesus (right), fro...

“Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: ‘This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.’” Luke 2:34-35

Okay person, I’m confused. What are these words you put on my blog talking about? Is this about the baby who started out life in a manger? After all, his mother’s name was Mary. These words don’t sound good.

Now I’m really confused. My person said this is the same child, but these words by Simeon will have to wait until later stories. She said that when the baby was eight days old they circumcised him – they what? – my person says “never mind” – and at that time they gave him the name Jesus like the angel had told them to.

My person says they met Simeon when they took Jesus to the temple to consecrate him. Hey person, I haven’t heard about any animals in this story yet. Oh yeah? They what? She says there were animals at the temple that they used for sacrifices. I didn’t know what a sacrifice was so I asked my person and she told me I didn’t want to know. Well whatever it is, I hope they treat those animals nice.

Simeon had the Holy Spirit upon him and was told he would not die before he’d seen the Lord’s Christ. When he saw Jesus in the temple courts he knew he had seen God’s salvation. There was also an old lady named Anna who was a prophetess and she knew who Jesus was too.

Mary must have been pretty upset when Simeon told her about that sword. Maybe she should let Jesus have a pet dog. That dog would protect them.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2012 in Bongo, Dogology, dogs

 

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The Shepherds See

 

Catena - The Adoration of the Shepherds

“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”        Luke 2:10b – 11

What is it with my person? She keeps putting stuff on my blog that I didn’t write. Is this another Bible story? All I can say is it better be a good one – and the last one had animals, so try to beat that.

Animals and angels? No way! Okay, I’m listening.

My person told me that the night baby Jesus was born there were shepherds in some nearby fields watching their flocks. I bet it was cold and dark out there. Those shepherds must have really loved those sheep to stay out there with them. I wonder if they cuddled up with their sheep dogs to keep warm.

Okay person. You can go on with the story. I was just thinking about those animals. I love the parts with animals. Well, the shepherds were sitting around all cuddled up with their dogs and an angel appeared to them. They were really scared when they saw that angel and the angel had to tell them not to be afraid. Then that angel told the shepherds about the baby that would save them and that the baby would be lying in a manger.

When that angel finished talking a whole bunch of angels appeared and started praising God. When all those angels left, those shepherds must have been looking at each other really funny. “Did you see that?” “Pinch me please.” “Did we all see the same thing?”

Those shepherds decided to go to Bethlehem and check things out for themselves and when they got there they found Mary and Joseph, and there was a baby lying in a manger. I bet it was the first time they saw a baby in a manger – I mean, who would want to put their baby in a trough that animals ate out of?

The shepherds went out to tell everyone they could find what they had seen. They glorified and praised God and people were amazed at their story.

My person says that Mary treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.

That must have been a special baby. For angels to choose to tell people that hung out with sheep and sheep dogs, and for the baby to be born where animals hang out? What a great way to start out in life.

 

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2011 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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To Bethlehem

English: Joseph and Mary arrive in Bethlehem (...

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from old, from ancient times.”     Micah 5:2

My person promised. She said today’s Bible story will have animals in it – so I’m waiting. She’d better be right or I’m going to erase those words she put on my blog that I didn’t write.

My person says that Joseph eventually got married to Mary – that sounds funny, married to Mary. Okay person. I’ll try to listen, but I’m still waiting for those animals.

Caesar Augustus – he was the head guy of the Roman Empire that ruled over Israel at the time – decided he wanted to have a census. A what? Everyone had to go to his own town to register. My person said that since Joseph was from the line of David – hey I remember David. He started out as a shepherd boy and had lots of animals around him – Joseph had to go to David’s hometown of Bethlehem, and he took Mary with him.

Bethlehem was about eighty miles from Nazareth where Joseph and Mary lived. Mary was about to have a baby so it would have been hard for her to walk that far. My person says she probably rode a donkey.

A donkey! Finally, there’s an animal in the story.

Okay person, I’m listening now. When Joseph and Mary – and the donkey – finally made it to Bethlehem there was no room for them at the inn.

Mary was about to have her baby so she needed someplace to stay. You know what my person said they did? They went and hung out where the animals lived. Mary had her baby and she laid him in a manger. My person said a manger is the thing that the animals eat from.

I hope those animals don’t try to eat that baby by mistake.

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2011 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Angels are Busy

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“All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ – which means, ‘God with us.’” Matthew 1:22-23

There she goes again – putting words on my blog that I didn’t write. Come on person, isn’t this my blog?

More Bible stories? Are there animals? A bunch of my blogging friends told me there would be animals coming in the story you started last week.

What!!! You mean I have to wait one more week before you get to the animals? I think you’re just stringing me along. I think I’ll go lie down on my bed and go to sleep.

Okay, I’ll stay for another angel story. That angel Gabriel was something else though – telling Mary she was going to have a baby while she was still a virgin. I guess I’m listening.

My person started telling me about Joseph. You know, that guy that Mary was engaged to. My person said that marriage customs were different then than they are now. Once two people in Israel in Bible times became engaged, they were committed to each other the same as if they were already married. They had to actually have a divorce to become unengaged. I’m not quite sure I get it. Dogs don’t do that marriage thing.

Anyway, Joseph found out Mary was pregnant and since he followed God and had respected Mary he figured she hadn’t been faithful to him. I bet he was pretty upset. He decided he would divorce her quietly.

But then my person says an angel came to Joseph in a dream. I like the angel that came to Mary better. She was wide awake.

Okay person, I’ll stop making side comments. At least I’ll try.

My person says Joseph didn’t need to be awake because he listened to that angel in his dream. The angel told Joseph not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife because her baby came from the Holy Spirit. The angel also said that Mary would have a son and Joseph was to name him Jesus, because the son will save his people from their sins.

I’m not sure what that is that people need saving from. Sins must be something that people have and not dogs. Am I missing out on something here?

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2011 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Mary Did You Know?

Mary and JesusFor to us a son is born,

to us a son is given,

and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

Isaiah 9:6

Hey, what are those words doing on my blog? I didn’t write that.

Okay person, what are you doing? What? I know it’s the Christmas season. Time for presents and a Christmas tree. Hey, how come our tree’s not up yet?

Christmas is what? The time we celebrate Jesus’ birth? What happened to Santa Claus? And you still haven’t told me why those words are on my blog.

Those words came from where?

My person says those words were written by a prophet named Isaiah about the coming messiah (the what?) about 700 years before Jesus’ birth.

Okay, so what does that have to do with anything?

Jesus was the messiah Isaiah was talking about? How could Isaiah know that 700 years before it happened?

My person says that God sometimes speaks to people in special ways.

He doesn’t talk to me. Okay person, where are the animals in this story?

No animals! I’m outta here. I started walking away and my person told me to wait. She said there are lots of animals in the story but we won’t get to that part today. She promised me an angel though. I’ve never met an angel so I thought maybe I’d stick around and see if it was worth it.

My person told me that a very important person in the Bible was a young woman named Mary. She said Mary was engaged to a man named Joseph and was probably younger than my younger person at the time of this story. She said Mary was probably a teenager.

Mary had a special visit from an angel named Gabriel. My person said Gabriel showed up more than once in the Bible, but this time it was Mary’s turn for a visit. I wonder if Gabriel ever visits dogs.

Well Gabriel told Mary that she had found favor with God and she would give birth to a son and name him Jesus.

Never mind Gabriel, you don’t have to visit me after all. I don’t think I want any puppies hanging around here.

Mary couldn’t figure out how she could have a child since she was a virgin, but Gabriel told her that the Holy Spirit would come upon her, and her child would be called the Son of God.

Wow! What a day. My person said Mary probably thought she’d live a nice quiet life in the little town of Nazareth, but she ended up having all kinds of adventures starting with that visit from Gabriel. She says she’ll tell me more about Mary’s adventures later.

I like adventures, but I’m still waiting for the animals.

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2011 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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