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Go Get Peter

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornelius_the_Centurion#mediaviewer/File:Gerbrand_van_den_Eeckhout_-_Vision_of_Cornelius_the_Centurion_-_Walters_372492.jpgI bet Peter got lots of treats for what he did in last week’s story.

You know, when he raised Dorcas from the dead in Joppa.

He became a celebrity in Joppa after that.

That’s probably why he stayed there for awhile.

I bet everyone liked him so much that they were always giving him treats.

What do you mean, he was being obedient to Jesus and he didn’t care about the treats?

I’d care.

You want me to listen to more of the story?

Do I get treats for listening?

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At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment.

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What does Cornelius have to do with Peter?

Okay, I’ll listen.

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Cornelius and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.

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Did he give Peter treats?

Maybe he’ll give me treats.

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One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!”

Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked.

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That angel must not have had any treats with him.

Otherwise he wouldn’t have been scary.

I am listening.

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The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.

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Wait a minute.

If Cornelius makes Peter leave Joppa where he’s famous, then won’t Peter be going to a place where he’s not famous?

Who will give him treats then?

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When the angel who spoke to him had gone, Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants. He told them everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa.

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You mean I have to wait until next week’s story to find out if Peter is going to leave all those treats and go with Cornelius’ servants?

Oh, wait.

That means I still have a week to hang out with Peter and get some of his treats.

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Posted by on October 12, 2014 in Bongo, Dogology, humor

 

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Do Angels Always Rescue?

Facing the SanhedrinWhat do you mean, the angels don’t always rescue people?

An angel got Peter and John out of jail didn’t he?

I’m still waiting for an angel to get me out of dog jail though.

And give me treats.

So sometimes the angel doesn’t come?

How come?

Okay, I’ll listen to the story.

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Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people.

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Maybe Stephen could get me out of dog jail.

I am listening.

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Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called) – Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as provinces of Cilicia and Asia. These men began to argue with Stephen, but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke.

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Those men ought to listen to Stephen.

I’m listening.

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Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, “We have heard Stephen speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against God.”

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Those men are up to no good.

What do you mean, kind of like me?

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So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin. They produced false witnesses, who testified, “This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law. For we have heard him say that Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us.”

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Those people are afraid of Jesus, aren’t they?

I don’t know why.

If they were friends with Jesus he would give them fish.

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All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intensely at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

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If Stephen has a face like an angel those angels will come rescue him for sure.

What do you mean, I have to wait until the next story to find out what happens to him?

I think I’m going to hang out in my dog jail.

There’s got to be an angel coming soon to rescue me from there.

 
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Posted by on July 13, 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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Peeking into the Tomb

Alexander_Ivanov_-_Christ's_Appearance_to_Mary_Magdalene_after_the_Resurrection_-_Google_Art_ProjectPerson, I’ve been waiting all week because you told me there’s more to the story.

But I don’t know how there can be.

I mean, they nailed Jesus to a cross and He died.

Isn’t that the end of the story?

I’m listening, but I don’t think you’ll have anything to say.

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Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.

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I knew it!

There’s no more story about Jesus. You’re telling me a story about Mary Magdalene.

I have to have patience???

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So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

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Why would anyone want to take Jesus if He already died?

I am listening.

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So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.

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I bet I could have run faster.

Yes, I’m listening.

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He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside.

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It’s about time.

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He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)

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Jesus had to what!?

I’m listening for sure now.

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Then the disciples went back to their homes, but Mary stood outside the tomb crying.

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Maybe if I gave her some loves she’d feel better.

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As Mary wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

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I knew it!

This story isn’t about Jesus. It’s about angels showing up instead.

I’ll listen! I’ll listen!

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The angels asked Mary, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this she turned and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

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I would have known it was Jesus.

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“Woman,” Jesus said, “why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking He was the gardener she said, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have put Him, and I will get Him.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward Him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means teacher).

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Maybe Mary Magdalene was blind. She only recognized Jesus when she heard Him say her name.

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Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”

Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that He had said these things to her.

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I don’t care what Jesus said. I wouldn’t have let go of him.

I would have attached Him to my leash or something so He couldn’t go missing again.

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

 

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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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