Monday, October 08, 2018

Covenant...NOW

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

This is what history teaches us:



The Banner of the Covenant

On special occasions in both the Old and New Testaments, believers covenanted together that they would obey the Lord. At the time of the Reformation, believers in Scotland adopted this practice for mutual protection and for the advancement of Biblical Christianity. On at least three occasions (1581, 1638, and 1643) the entire nation covenanted in this way.

These covenants embraced the whole orbit of Christian faith and experience, emphasizing such great themes as repentance, grace, and obedience. They also maintained that the King (or the State) cannot govern the Church, and that the State itself must recognize the supreme Kingship of Christ. 


One has to ponder what actions
the Church of England
took/imposed to warrant
the rallying of the Scottish people
under God and Covenant.



1581 Queen Elizabeth
1638 King Charles I
1643 King Charles I

Seems we Catholic Christians can
learn a thing or two about this.
 

I only wish we had rallied
during the last Administration.


Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

For Jesus Christ's Crown and Covenant?

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

The Reformed Presbyterian Church 
flew this banner/flag/standard
in the not too distant past.
(More to come after research)

This was well before the attack
of Post-Modernism.

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Psalm 60:4
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, 
that it may be displayed because of the truth. KJV


Seems to fit!

 The Douey-Rheims Translation 

puts it all in context.


With God We Will Gain the Victory

1Unto the end, for them that shall be changed, for the inscription of a title, to David himself, for doctrine, when he set fire to Mesopotamia of Syria and Sobal and Joab returned and slew of Edom, in the vale of the saltpits, twelve thousand men. O God, thou hast cast us off, and hast destroyed us; thou hast been angry, and hast had mercy on us.

2Thou hast moved the earth, and hast troubled it: heal thou the breaches thereof, for it has been moved.

3Thou hast shewn thy people hard things; thou hast made us drink wine of sorrow. 

4Thou hast given a warning to them that fear thee: that they may flee from before the bow: That thy beloved may be delivered. 

5Save me with thy right hand, and hear me. 

6God hath spoken in his holy place: I will rejoice, and I will divide Sichem; and will mete out the vale of tabernacles. 

7Galaad is mine, and Manasses is mine: and Ephraim is the strength of my head. Juda is my king: 

8Moab is the pot of my hope. Into Edom will I stretch out my shoe: to me the foreigners are made subject. 

9Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom? 

10Wilt not thou, O God, who hast cast us off? and wilt not thou, O God, go out with our armies?



Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Monday, October 01, 2018

Stained Glass Jesus-Rainbow Windows

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

Three more for the collection

A GOOGLE Image Search on the keywords:
Te Deum, stained glass, Jesus, rainbow




Addendum
Let's make that four!


Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Ezekiel 1:26‐28 and the Jesus-Rainbow Connection

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*



Ezekiel 1:26‐28 


And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. And I saw as the color of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spoke.

Ezekiel is seeing a rainbow surrounding the Glorified Jesus in timeless eternity. When he saw the Lord and the token of covenant that surrounds him he fell on his face. I want us to recognize that this rainbow is directly emanating off the Glorified Jesus. If we disconnect this rainbow from Jesus then we are not biblically correct because in Genesis 9:13 he calls it “my bow.” Ezekiel gets to see what God literally said to Noah. This is amazing, God puts language to it when he said, “see, ye the Word of the Lord” in Jeremiah 2:31.
 

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Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Maybe I'm Amazed! Follow ME!

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*



SOURCE: Wikipedia



Sir Paul McCartney wrote 
this in honor of
his beloved Linda...*

Read these lyrics and 
ask yourself the simple question,

What or who is
truly behind
 these sentiments?


Maybe I'm amazed at the way you love me all the time
Maybe I'm afraid of the way I love you
Maybe I'm amazed at the way you pulled me out of time
And hung me on a line
Maybe I'm amazed at the way I really need you

Maybe I'm a man and maybe I'm a lonely man
Who's in the middle of something
That he doesn't really understand

Maybe I'm a man and maybe you're the only woman
Who could ever help me
Baby won't you help me understand Who I am

Maybe I'm a man and maybe I'm a lonely man
Who's in the middle of something
That he doesn't really understand

Maybe I'm a man and maybe you're the only woman
Who could ever help me
Baby won't you help me understand Who I am

Maybe I'm amazed at the way you're with me all the time
Maybe I'm afraid of the way I leave you
Maybe I'm amazed at the way you help me sing my song
Right me when I'm wrong
Maybe I'm amazed at the way I really need you



* From McCartney, released in 1970, written during the Beatles break-up. The Beatles demise as a recording group was quite a shock for him. Paul felt a great sense of loss. Depression followed and he really didn't know what he was going to do.


Now I just finished reading...


SOURCE

It’s fair to say that recently McCartney has been remembering his fondness for drugs. He told The Times that he once took DMT and saw God (“As I said it, sat right here with the guy, I said, ‘Oh, I can see the headline now!’ And they did it. You open it and it goes, I Saw God. I thought of saying to them, ‘That wasn’t what I said.’ I said, I Was Dog, and they got it backwards”).

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People who have listened to my reversion story know that on Easter morning April 12, 1998 I had a sunrise encounter with a fisherman at Topsail State Park Beach and who at my departure told me, "my friends call me Dog."  He disappeared after I said "so-long Dog" and walked no more than 30 yards away.  I was left wondering, What  did that mean?  My life has since done an about-face, a 180.



The Hound of Heaven?



I penned these lyrics to Stone Man sometime between 1983-1993.  I needed a collaborator back then; I still do now.  In it I try to relate some deep reflections of my West Point experience through the melody of  I Am the Walrus from the Beatles EP Magical Mystery Tour.  I guess it might have been retitled, I Am the Stone Man.  


Ring of gold, ‘round heart of stone
The weight I’m told is mine to wear (bear?) forever.
See how m'mind is
Out of touch you know
It's twisted straight
Wrought iron.


What a bummer joyride
To a land of Giant Men.
Hypodermic teachers,
Idiotic rumors,
Can't believe I was insane
Enough to love white trou.


          Now I am a Stone Man,
(R)     Black, Gray and Gold Man.
          Who can’t stop the fever,
          Burning inside of me. 


Love the night cause
Dreams release me
From the pain I'm sure
I’ll feel forever.


See how I've lost my chance at growing up
Four years I’ve spent in hiding...in hiding.
In hiding
In hiding
In hiding
In hiding


Prayed a lot to Odin
Just to get some Green Girl rack
Once I was a beanball,
Now I’m standing so tall,
The Plain's a poppy field for us
You gotta know it’s true. 


(R)

Saturday's a jailbreak
Release for your energy.
Disappointing blind dates,
Cinderella bedmates,
Take a calzone back to bed
and somehow you'll pull through.


Staggering down Flirtie
Shameless weekend masquerade.
Hudson breeze a blowing,
Stinging faces glowing,
Northern lights inspire dreams
of cutting loose someday.


(R)

Double-timing nowhere
Counting days, no turning back.
If the Fates are calling,
Ain’t no use in stalling,
Get out now and save
a little peace of mind.
  



Pretty deep, huh?

And as Glass Onion
would reveal
"The Walrus was Paul"





Sincerely yours
in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael