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The Magician in the Secret Tunnel

Here is another story that I was requested to write that has been accepted for publication. It is another fantasy story. Enjoy.

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I lived in England when I was in elementary school. There were huge old houses out in the country around Visalia where I lived. My family lived in one of these old country houses with fire places, stair cases, and doors to who knows where. Just behind our house, there was a yard with a row of sheds on one side and a tall brick wall behind the sheds. On the other side of the brick wall, there were lots of flowers always blooming. My brothers and sisters and I climbed on top of the sheds and across that wall, but never into the flowerbed. There was an old woman there who was always yelling that we shouldn’t get into her flower bed. On the other side of our house, there was another big old brick house with vines climbing up it just like ours. Behind the houses, there were green rolling hills. It rained so much that the grass could only be the beautiful shade of green that it was. Not long after we got there, I met a little boy who lived in that big house next door. We played together outside everyday. However, when it rained, we had to stay indoors. I was really getting tired of the rain because it kept me indoors so much.

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Gary, the little boy next door, and I were playing outside one day making mud pies, and we could see from the clouds that it was going to rain again. Neither of us wanted to go inside. We wanted to continue to play. His mother called, and so did mine. He said, “I have an idea! Can she come to my house and play with me inside?” Both of our mothers consented, so we went to his house.

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Gary and I found some of his toys to play with, and after a bit, we got a bit bored with the toys. He said, “I know! Let’s go exploring!” I was surprised because I thought everyone knew what was in their own house. He explained that there were doors here and there, and he had been instructed not to go there, but he had been curious, so we decided to disregard what he had been told and take one of those doors. There was a passageway that seemed to wind around. It had stairs and went up.

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Eventually, we came into a room. There was an old man with white hair, glasses, and a beard dressed in an old fashioned suit with knickers in the room, and the room was full of books as well as vials of things that we didn’t know what could possibly be. As we entered, the old man said, “Oh, Welcome! I didn’t expect you! No one comes here anymore!” Gary said, “Who are you, and what are you doing in my house?” “Your house?” asked the old man in surprise. “Whose son are you?” Gary told the old man his parent’s names. “Oh, yes, you are my great niece’s son! I haven’t seen her since she was very small! She used to come and visit me here, but she forgot about me as she got older.” “How long have you been up here?’ asked Gary. “Oh, let’s see… actually, I don’t know, but ever so long!” replied the old man. “Now, tell me, my little elves, what are you up to that you came to see me?”

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We explained to the old man that we were bored. I asked as I looked at his vials, “What are these?” The old man winked and smiled. “This is the old magic! I am a magician!” Gary piped in intrigued saying, “Can you teach me?” “Oh, an apprentice! What a marvelous idea!” The old man seemed to wave his hand, and there was a magician’s hat in his hand, and he put it on Gary’s head. “What shall we do first?” the old man looked around himself contemplatively. Gary said, “We were just looking for a fun place to play.” “Oh, yes, I’ve got that!” He handed Gary a gold ring. “What do I do with this?” “Oh,” said the old magician, “it will take you to a wonderful place to play.” Gary looked inquisitively at the ring and the old man, “But.. how? and where?” “The where is wonderful, and the how is easy!” replied the old magician. “Hold my hand” he said putting a hand out to each of us. “Now, think of blues, greens, yellows, purples, every beautiful color” he said, so we closed our eyes and began thinking of all kinds of beautiful colors of the rainbow as he named them.

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The old man said excitedly, “Open your eyes!” When we opened our eyes, we were no longer in the small room full of books and potions. We were in an unbelievable place with all the colors of the rainbow. The grass seemed to be striped, not just green, but green, pink, blue, etc. The sky was pink and blue. The tree trunks were only partially brown for they also had the beautiful hues woven into them, purple, pink, magenta. Along came a white unicorn. “Oh wonderful!” cried the old magician. “Who wants a ride?” There seemed to be tiny animals like rabbits, baby foxes, etc. wandering all through the woods, and everything was tame. There were tiny fairies fluttering around the flowers. I wanted to ride the unicorn, so I spoke up, “Me! me! I want to ride the unicorn!” I said, and Gary said he wanted to also. Two more unicorns appeared, and there was one for each of us. We went unicorn riding!

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We came upon a beautiful reflective, clear blue green pool of water. I love to swim, so I asked, “Can we swim?” “Of course” replied the uncle, and we dismounted from the unicorns. We jumped into the water with our clothes on and began splashing about. There were fish flapping around us, and I was a bit alarmed, but the old magician could see it, and he said, “Don’t worry! Nothing will hurt you here!” After we swam around for a while, the uncle Magician said, “Perhaps we should be getting back before your mothers miss you.”

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When we came out of the door where we had been told not to enter, Gary’s mother was there. “Young man! What are you doing? I told you not to go in there!” Gary replied, “Yes, I know, but we were bored…Why didn’t you tell us about your great uncle who lives in there?” “Who?” replied his mother. “You know,” said Gary, “the old man who lives there.” “But no one lives there” she said. “It is an old tunnel that was blocked up years ago when I was still a little girl. My parents decided that it was dangerous because it was so old and blocked it off.” “But…the old man…the magician…he said he knew you..” Gary replied. “I had an imaginary friend once who was an old magician my parents said, but I don’t remember it. How did you know? No one has been in that corridor since there was a cave in when I was about five years old. Now, off with you two, and stay out of that corridor before you get hurt!” Gary opened his hand, and I saw that he still had the gold ring the old man had given him.

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This Question Came to My Inbox: “Why are Korean people so nice, kind, happy, with a positive outlook?”

South Korea is a very innocent nation. No one is allowed in the public eye whether it be a movie star, a K-pop singer, or a politician, that has taken drugs, slept around, gets drunk, or is even suspected of doing anything immoral or dishonest. S. Koreans demand it! I happened in on a demonstration one day where they were talking about corruption in government, and their government is so mild compared to other governments because of their high standards. The Presbyterian church is the largest church in Korea, and I have heard Koreans talk about them as “they are a big pollical machine.” They enforce good values on the people, and the people like the good values. Korea has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. The largest church in the world is located in Youido, Seoul, S. Korea down close to the Han River. It is huge and quite a site to see! It is a Pentecostal church. There are several auditoriums with services all day and all night. They give their contribution through an ATM. A large number of Christians is part of the reason, but there are more.

Christianity is a big influence in S. Korea. There is a church building on almost every street corner. Photo by Juhasz Imre on Pexels.com

S. Koreans are innocent compared to the rest of the world. About 50% of the population claims Christianity, and they are serious about it. Many of my university students were up at 5:00 in the morning before school began to go to the church building to an early morning prayer meeting before their day even began. Besides Christianity, there are a lot of Buddhists in S. Korea too., 30%. The Christians and the Buddhists get along really well because they are both religions of peace. S. Koreans trust other S. Koreans because they know the average S, Korean is trying to do the right thing.

There are also many Buddhists in S. Korea. Buddhism preaches peace as Christianity does. Photo by Daniela Ruiz on Pexels.com

S. Korea is also a Confucianist culture. Confucianism is not a religion, but a philosophy. It puts whoever is oldest in charge. That means everyone ultimately looks to the grandparents. Grandparents are older and have been through a lot. They understand more than the younger ones. The younger ones aren’t rebellious at all. They understand that the older ones know more and respect what the older people say. I have a Korean friend who is in his forties, married, has a good job, and is the father of three kids, and he still does what his father tells him to do. My Korean son in law thinks the sun rises and sets in his dad and hangs on every word his dad says. He thinks his dad is the wisest and smartest man he has ever met. If his dad asks him to do something, my Korean son in law will jump to do it. The older people are going to have better values than the younger ones because they have lived and learned, and it is great to have someone with better values in charge.

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If everyone is busy trying to do the right thing, if no one is rebelling, the families and the society runs much smothers. If everything runs smooth most of the time, everyone is happier. Innocence is prized rather than scored like in America. The young people in Korea want to be virgins when they marry, and many don’t marry until they are in their thirties. In the generation that is in their 50’s and 60’s now, the grandparents, their parents even chose their spouse for them. In fact, some still do. I was shocked when a friend of mine went on a date at his mother’s request. He had never met the girl, but his mother recommended her and set the date up. On the first date, they got engaged. In America, people run from marriage. I even had a S. Korean bus driver who talked to me every time I got on the bus propose marriage to me, and I was so shocked I laughed, and then I felt bed later because he changed his route and I never saw him again. I never considered marrying him, but he trusted me enough to propose marriage. I didn’t even know his name.

Americans are grumpy because they don’t trust anyone and don’t let God in. They have good reasons not to trust people, but Koreans have good reasons to trust. Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com

After leaving S. Korea and coming to America last year, all I could feel was that the Americans were so much more grumpy than the S. Koreans. Americans can’t trust one another. Many Americans are immoral. They have legalized marijuana now, and thee are stores and advertisements. I was in complete shock!! Drugs are not even allowed in to S. Korea. There is a transsexual and a possible lesbian working where my daughter works, but in S. Korea, those things are unheard of. It happens in America. The population of S. Korea is much more innocent than the American population. Innocence breeds happiness, and the S. Korean people are much happier than the American people.

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This Question Came to My Inbox: “Is North Korea really a rogue nation in your opinion?”

North Korea is an abused nation. I am not talking about the sanctions or things like that are put on it. When the rest of Korea wanted to be Democratic, there were Chinese in North Korea, and N. Korea was basically forced to be Communist whether they believed in Communism or not. They believed in their “great leader,” and it turned into a personality cult passed from father to son and oppressing the people. The Koreans didn’t want the dividing line, but S. Korea could not abide Communism in their country. Families were split in two when the border was put up between the two countries. The people from the South are sad because they have relatives living in North Korea they will probably never see again.

I know people in Seoul who have relatives in N. Korea they will never see, and they are sad about it. Photo by Ethan Brooke on Pexels.com

Living in a Communist country is a nightmare. I lived in Romania right after the Romanian revolution, so I saw what the people had been doing to one another and heard some horrendous stories. I know the situation in a country like North Korea. People are starving. They are cut off from the outside world so that no information goes and no information goes out, and they are not allowed to leave. It is like being in prison in your own country. In Romania, they had to have travel papers just to go from one part of Romania to another. Families were split up because the Communist party doesn’t care about families. If the mother has a job and is needed in one place, and the father has a job and is needed in another place, they are forced apart for the good of the nation and the Communist party. They have to get traveling papers just to visit their spouse.

The people in Romania were in jail in their own counry under Communism, and the people in N. Korea are in jail in their own country too. Photo by Gantas Vaičiulėnas on Pexels.com

The stores are bare. People have to find other ways of finding food. In Romania, they grew gardens and went to the mountains to forage for food, but North Korea is so cold and the growing season is so short, I don’t know how they are getting food. I read that in China, the people got so poor before they opened it up to a free market, and they were only allowed to have two kids, so there was a woman who got pregnant the third time, She had an abortion, and they ate the fetus so they wouldn’t starve. I read a story about Romania under Communism, and someone was forced to go work in another place, and they had to go to a store to get food. The only food was a stale piece of bread and some moldy salami, but they had to take it or starve. When we got to Romania, it was right after the revolution, several organizations had sent trucks with food to give out from the west, but the people still had nothing. We couldn’t buy eggs, flour, sugar, milk, etc. none of the necessities. For us to stay, we took periodic trips into Hungary because they had been out of Communism longer and had a few things in their stores. It takes a lot to recover from what Communism does to a country, and right after the revolution, it wasn’t recovered at all, but we lived through it with them trying to help them.

It became part of the culture, even if you lived in the city, to have a garden in the country in Romania so they could eat, but N. Korea doesn’t have the growing season that Romania has, so I don’t know how they are getting their food. Sometimes, S. Korea has sent them large care packages of rice. Photo by Vincent Tan on Pexels.com

If you get hot water, you don’t get heat, so in the winter when they send heat, you will have no hot water. If your house isn’t warm enough, you are not allowed to go get another heater. If you want hot water, you aren’t allowed to have a hot water heater, but heat all the water on the stove. In Romania, many places didn’t have electricity, so I am sure it is the same case in N. Korea. They were cooking over wood in Romania, and I know they are doing the same in N. Korea. If you decide under Communism that your family isn’t doing well, so you have to make more money and begin a business on the side, you are arrested.

I became quite proficient at building fires in Romania because we heated with wood. It was normal, and many of the women were also cooking with wood. I used a toaster oven with a couple of hot plate on the top for a long time until we could eventually get me a gas stove from Hungary. There is no doubt N. Koreans are heating and cooking with wood fires. Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

People were taken away in the middle of the night under Communism in Romania by a black van called the Duba by the Securitate, the secret police, never to be heard from again. I knew a woman who was taken away, and she would have died had her husband not been high up in the military and able to find her and rescue her. She was in a dry swimming pool for three days with no food, no place to use the restroom, no bed or pillow or blanket, and there were other people in that dry pool. What did they say she did? Her daughter fled the country to marry a man from Yugoslavia, and she was accused of helping, but she didn’t. It was all supposition. There are things going on like that in N. Korea too. I am sure of it. I heard so many terrible stories in Romania about what happened under Communism. If you want to read more about it, I wrote a book called “Escaping Communism” that is on Amazon as an e-book. Many of the things in the book I saw first hand, and some were stories I was told by my friends who lived under Communism.

There were lines everywhere for everything. I might stand in line all afternoon waiting to get chicken and they would be out of chicken when I got to the front of the line. We waited for hours in lines for gas, but my Romanian friends said before the revolution, they had to wait in line for a week before they could get gas. Many didn’t own a car, so went everywhere by foot because the buses were completely broken because there was no money to fix them. When I didn’t have a car in Romania, I walked clear across town to go to work, and I developed a limp because my body wasn’t strong enough to take it. There is no doubt this kind of thing is going on in N. Korea too. Photo by Alexander Cruzado Abanto on Pexels.com

All I can say about the country of N. Korea is that I know the people are being abused, and there isn’t a lot people can do. They are cut off from the outside world and have no idea that life can be better. Communism suppresses God, and that is how the Chinese family ended up eating the fetus the woman aborted. Abortion was a big thing in Romania too. Almost every woman I met who had lived under Communism had had an abortion and were having mental problems trying to cope with what they had done. I still remember a woman standing in front of a cold wood fire with ashes all over the floor, and her naked baby playing in the ashes as her other baby was asleep on the couch, and her three year old had a big broom and was trying to clean the house. The woman was drunk and blubbering terribly because she had had several abortions, and she felt like it was murder. She couldn’t cope with what she had done. Communism destroys people. Taking God out of their lives destroys them. All I can say is the people in N. Korea are being abused, there is no doubt in my mind, and they don’t even know there is a better way of life because they are cut off from everyone. Romania made it out and they are making big strides of improvement now. They are part of the European Union, but I don’t know what is going to happen to N. Korea. In Romania, their “dear leader” accidentaly let a television show in that showed them the outside world and on top of that he was not only starving them, but systematically destroying all the church buildings in the country (the nation’s beautiful heritage). The people saw the television show and realized they didn’t have to put up with it and rose up, but those people in Nort Korea are still cut off and don’t know any better. Their government may be rogue, but the people are being abused and don’t know any better.

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Explaining Spanish Grammar in 1 Corinthians 1:14 and 15

We are in the first chapter of 1 Corinthians. We have learned that the letter actually has two authors: the apostle Paul and Sosthenes, the leader of the Jewish temple. It is also addressed to several parties. Initially, it is to the church in Corinth, but verse 2 also tells us it is all Christians everywhere or all time. There are lots of synonyms used for Christians such as “the called” (llamado), “the saints” (los santos) “the enriched,” (los enriquicidos), the washed” (los sanctificados), “those who call on the name of the Lord, ( quellos que invocan el sombre del Senor), etc. Paul and Sosthenes are grateful for us, the Christians. Finally, we come to the thesis sentence of this book in verse 10: “Os ruego, pues, hermanos, por el nombre de nuestro Senor Jesucristo, que hablies todo una misma cosa, y que no haya entre vosotros divisione, sin que esteis perfectamente unidos en una misma mente y en un mismo paracer.” (“I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there will be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.”)

There were people in the church in Corinth who were dividing the church like this watermelon has been divided, and Paul told them it was wrong. Photo by Elle Hughes on Pexels.com

After this, Paul and Sosthenes begin a dialog about how they know about the divisions in the church in Corinth, give them examples of what they are talking about, then they use a series of rhetorical questions to get their point across. The answers to the questions are obvious. None of us are baptized in the name of Paul, but of Jesus. Acts 19 makes it pretty obvious that we should not be baptized in the name of any other than Christ, and if we are, we need to do it again. Christianity is about Jesus, no one else. We don’t need to be following anyone except Christ, and there is only one Christ. Christ isn’t divided. In fact, he prayed in John 17:20-23 that all Christians, even us, would be united. It is very important to Jesus that we are united. Now, Paul goes on talking about who he baptized and who he didn’t because he doesn’t want to be the cause of the division in the church in Corinth:

Paul wanted people to follow Christ, no one else. Photo by Emre Can on Pexels.com

1 Corintios 1:14 & 15: “Doy gracias a Dios de que a ninguno de vosotros he bautizado, sino a Crispo y a Gayo, para que ninguna diga que fuisteis bautizados en mi nombre.”

Doy gracias a Dios = “I give thanks to God.” “Doy” comes from “dar” which means “to give.” “Doy” is simple present tense, first person singular. Simple present tense means it happens all the time. First person singular means that the pronoun “yo” (I) is embedded in “doy.” “Gracias” (thanks) is used as a noun here, a direct object of “doy.” Remember, to find the direct object, ask “what?” “What does he give?” He gives “thanks,” so “thanks” is the direct object. “To” is a preposition, and “God” is the proper noun, object of the preposition, “to.” This makes “to God” a prepositional phrase.

Doy gracias a Dios. (I give thanks to God.) Photo by Flickr on Pexels.com

de que a ninguno de vosotros = “of which none of you guys.” This “de que” here could be translate also just as “that,” but since there are two words, I translated it with two words and gave you “of which” for less confusion. (Translation is not always an exact Science, but often an art because you have to know your stuff, and that makes it like a Science, but after that, you have to use creativity to make it make sense and mean the same thing in the language you translate it to. People who get good at languages have to know a lot, have a good memory, and have the creativity to be able to arrange things so they make sense and mean the same thing. They also have to be humble enough not to think they know it all because we have to be able to learn from the people whose language we want to know. )

Since this clause begins with a relative pronoun ” de que,” (of which, or that), this is the beginning of a relative clause. If you are using the “de que” as “of which,” then it fits better with the Spanish grammar because “de” is a preposition, and the “a” tells you that “ninguno” is an object, but not the object of the preposition. Because of the “a,” we know that “ninguno” is a direct object. “De que a ninguno” becomes a prepositional phrase with a relative clause embedded. “De vosotros” is a prepositional phrase. “De,” again, is a preposition that means “of” here, and “vosotros” is the second person plural pronoun, “you guys” or “you all.”

No importat quien te bautizo’, solo que fuiste bautizado en el nombre de Jesus. (It doesn’t matter who baptized you, only that you were baptized in the name of Jesus.) Photo by Daisa TJ on Pexels.com

he bautizado = “I have baptized.” To make present perfect tense, a past tense where you begin in the past and continue until now, in Spanish, you have to begin with a kind of a prefix, another verb, and then use the past participle. In English, we often call this other verb “a helping verb.” We do the same thing with our present perfect verbs in English. Here are examples of how this works:

he bautizado = I have baptized

has bautizado = you have baptized

ha bautizado = he, she, or it has baptized, or in Spanish, the formal “you have baptized.”

hemos bautizado = We have baptized

han bautizado = they have baptized, or in Spanish, the formal plural “you guys have baptized.”

As you can see, “he baptizado” is the first on this list. The direct object of this verb is the “a ninguno.”

sino a Crispo y a Gayo = “except Crispus and Gaius.” “Sino” can mean “but” or “except.” The “a” tells you again that “Crispo” and “Gayo” are a compound direct object. When a direct object is compound, it simple means there are two people or things receiving the action, and they are of equal importance because they are connected by “y” (and).

Si dices, “Pablo me bautizo, asi que soy especial.” no tienes razon. (If you say, “Paul baptized me, so I am special,” you are not right. Photo by Hesham Ahmed on Pexels.com

para ninguna diga = “for no one to say.” “Para” means “for.” “Ninguna” means “no one.” “Para” is the preposition, and “ninguna” is the object noun of the preposition, so “para ninguna” is a prepositional phrase.” “Diga” comes from “decir.” In English, we wouldn’t conjugate this verb, but leave it in the infinitive form (the basic form), but in Spanish, they do. “Decir” means “to say.” “Diga” is in simple present tense, third person singular. This means that the pronoun “he, she, it or the respectful ‘you’ ” is embedded here.

que fuisteis bautizados = “that you were baptized.” “Que” is used as “that” here, the relative pronoun. “Fuisteis” is from “ser,” (to be) the state of being verbs that identifies things and describes things, the one that is permanent. “Fuisteis” is simple past tense, second person plural meaning “you guys were.” “Bautizados” is the past participle, and the “s” is used on the end because “fuisteis” is plural. When we have a state of being verb and a past participle, it means that this is a passive voice verb. It means that the subject doesn’t do the action of the verb. The subject here is “you guys.” Rather, with a passive voice verb, the subject receives the action of the verb like a direct object. To know who did this action, we must look for a prepositional phrase, and the object of the preposition did the action, if there is a prepositional phrase that tells us.

Tenemos ser bautizado en el nombre de Jesus porque solo Jesus puede nos salva. (We have to be baptized in the name of Jesus because only Jesus can save us.) Photo by Juhasz Imre on Pexels.com

en mi nombre = “in my name.” This is a prepositional phrase. “En” is the same as the English preposition “in.” “Mi” is the possessive pronoun “my.” “Nombre” means “name” and is the object of the preposition, “en.”

Let’s put these verses all together: “I give thanks to God that I have baptized none of you guys except Crispus and Gayus for none of you to say you were baptized in my name.”

Si haces problems acerca de scripturas, no tienes razon. (If you make trouble about the scriptures, you aren’t right.) Photo by Vera Arsic on Pexels.com

I have actually seen people take verse 14 out of context and try to use it to argue that baptism isn’t necessary, but if you finish the sentence as I did here and keep it in the context of the other verses, that isn’t what it is saying at all. This verse is assuming that they were all baptized. That is beyond the question. Paul’s point is that he doesn’t want anyone saying they were baptized in his name, but in the name of Jesus. We can only be saved in the name of Jesus, in no other name. Paul is discouraging disunity which is what people who take the verse out of context and try to argue their way are causing. We need to take the scriptures for what they say, not what we want them to say. The Bible is the word of God, and we need to have respect for it.

La Biblia es de Dios. (The Bible is from God.)Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

In the last chapter of Revelation, the very end of the Bible, John the apostle writes: “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in the book. And, if anyone takes words away from the book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city which are described in this book” (Revelation 22:18&19). Again, in the first chapter of Galatians we find: “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel –which is really no gospel at all. Evidently, some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the Gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from Heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, and so I say now again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel other than the one you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! Am I now trying to win the approval of men or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:6-10).

Tenemos que estudiar Biblia. (We have to study the Bible.)Photo by Oladimeji Ajegbile on Pexels.com

The Bible is from God, and I have respect for God. I hope those reading my blog also have respect for God. “All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:15). “For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Sprit” (2 Peter 1:21). Men didn’t write the Bible. It is from God. We need to understand there is no other book, and we need to study this one so we know what God wants from us. “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness, and examined the scriptures everyday to see if what Paul said was true” (Acts 17:11). “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

Follow God. ( Sigan a Dios.) Photo by John-Mark Smith on Pexels.com

Just because I say something here, don’t just accept it. Study your Bibles and make sure that what I am saying is right. If I am wrong, I want to know. I have studied hard, but I know I am only one person, and no one is perfect. Don’t follow any man, only God, and we know that the Bible is God’s word.

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This is My Father’s World (참 아름다원라)

진구들, 안녕하새요! (Hello, friends!) 이 새성이 하나님의 사성 이 거든요. (You know, this is God’s world.) 그는 이 새성을 만들었어요. (He made this world.) 그들은 여전히 담당 하고 있어요. (He is still in charge.) 어쩌면 지금 무슨 일이 일어나고있는지 이해하지 못해요. (Maybe we don’t understand what is happening right now.) 하지만 하나님이 이해해요. (However, God understands.) 우리가 해야할 일은 하나님께서 우리를 사랑 하시고 구분과 가까이 있으신다는 것을 아는 것이예요. (All we have to do is know that God loves us and stay close to him.)하늘에 계신 우리의 아버지는 통제예 이예어요. (Our father in Heaven is in control.)

This is Our Father’s World

참 아름다워라

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This is my father’s world, and to my listening ears,

참 아름아워라 주님의 세계는

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All nature sings and round me rings the music of the spheres,

저 솔로몬의 옷 보다 더 고운백 합하

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This is my father’s world; I rest me in that thought

주참 송 하는 듯 저 맑은 새소리

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Of rocks and trees of skies and seas, His hands the wonders wrought.

내 아버지의 지으신그 솜씨 깊도다

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This is my father’s world, the birds their carols raise,

참 아르다워라 주님의 세계는

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The morning light, the lily white, declare their maker’s praise.

저 아침 해와 저녁 졸밤 하늘 빛 난 별

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This is my father’s world: he shines in all that’s fair;

망 망한 보다 와 늘 푸른 봉 우리

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In the rustling grass, I hear him pass; He speaks to me everywhere.

다 주 하나님 영광을 잘 드 러내 도다

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This is my father’s world, oh let me ne’er forget

참 아름다워라 주님의 세계는

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That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.

저 산에 부는 바람 과 잔 잔 한 시냇물

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This is my father’s world: the battle is not done;

그소리가 운 데 주 음성들 리니

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Jesus who died shall be satisfied, and earth and Heaven be made one.

주 하나님의 튼뜻을 나 알 듯 하도다.

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The Joy of the Lord is My Strength (Bucuria Domnului e Puteria Mea)

Buna Dimineata, prieteni. (Good morning, friends.) Sper ca toti sunt in casa. (I hope everyone is at home.) Facem ce putem sa fim in siguranta din potrivit acest coronavirusul si sa protejem pe cele alte. (Let’s do what we can to be safe from this coronavirus and to protect others.) Suntem crestini, si stiam ca Dumnezeu va avea grija de noi. (We are Christians and know that God will take care of us.) In tot drum, in orice va intampla, Dumnezeu e cu noi. (In every way, no matter what happens, God is with us.) Daca suntem trist, Dumnezeu e cu noi. (If we are sad, God is with us.) Dace suntem bucuros, si Dumnezeu e bucuros cu noi. (If we are happy, God is happy with us.) Daca avem probleme, Dumnezeu si simpte in inima lui. (If we have problems, God also feels it in his heart.) Dumnezeu vrea noi sa fim fericit. (God wants us to be happy.) Asta e dece el ne a dat Hristo. (That is why he gave us Christ.) Asta e dece el ne a dat Duhul Sfant pe care de atat de plina de iubirea. (That is why he gave us the Holy Sprit that is so full of love.) Asta e dece el ne a dat Biblia a ne ajuta sa intelegem pe El si cale lui. (That is why he gave us the Buble to help us understand him and his ways.) Putem sa fim bucuros in fiecare zi pentruca Dumnezeu ne iubeste in orice pe care intampla. (We can be happy everyday because God loves us in anything that happens.)

The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

Bucuria Domnului e Puteria Mea

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The joy of the Lord will be my strength

Bucuria Domnului va fi putera mea

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I will not falter, I will not faint

Nu voi tremura, nu voi lenisi

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He is my shepherd, I’m not afraid

El e pastorul meu, nu mi-e frica

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The joy of the Lord is my strength.

Bucurie Domnului e puteria mea.

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The joy of the Lord,

Bucurie Domnului e puteria mea.

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The joy of the Lord,

Bucurie Domnului e puteria mea.

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The joy of the Lord is my strength.

Bucurie Domnului e puteria mea.

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The joy of the Lord will be my strength,

Bucurie Comnului va fie puteria mea,

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He will uphold me in all of my days

El va ma sprijina in toate zilele mele

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I am surrounded by mercy and grace

Sunt inconjurate de mila si har

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And the joy of the Lord is my strength.

Si bucurie Domnului e puteria mea.

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The joy of the Lord,

Bucurie Domnului,

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The joy of the Lord,

Bucurie Domnului,

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The joy of the Lord is my strength.

Bucurie Domnului e puteria mea.

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The joy of the Lord will be my strength,

Bucurie Domnului e puteria mea.

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I will not falter, walking by faith.

No voi tremura, ubland prin credinta.

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He will be strong to deliver me

El va fie puternic sa ma ajuta

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And the joy of the Lord is my strength

Si bucurie Domnului e puteria mea.

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The joy of the Lord,

Bucurie Domnului,

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The joy of the Lord,

Bucurie Domnului,

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The joy of the Lord is my strength.

Bucurie Domnului e puteria mea.

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I’m singing the joy of the Lord,

Cantand bucuria Domnului

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The joy of the Lord,

Bucuria Domnului,

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The joy of the Lord is my strength.

Bucuriea Domnului e puteria mea.

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You Are My Hiding Place (Tu’ Eres Mi Escondite)

Hola amigos. (Hello friends.) Espero que mientras estas leyendo ‘esta que tu vida es bueno. (I hope that while you are reading this, you life is good.) Quiero Dios a estar en tu corazon y para ‘el que te de’ consuelo. (I want God to be in your heart and to give you comfort.) Se que mucha gente esta’ preocupada ahora. (I know that many people are worried right now.) Pero no temenos que preocupamos. (But we don’t have to worry.) Dios tiene cuidado de nostoros. (God takes care of us.) Hay un lugar donde podemos estar y si estamos alla, sabemos que todo estara’ bine. (There is a place where we can be and if we are there, we know that everything will be fine.) El apostol Pablo tuve’ Dios en su corazon. (The apostle Paul had God in his heart.) Y ‘el dice, “Para mi vivir es Cristo, y para mi morir es ganar. ” (And he said, “For me to live is Christ, and for me to die is gain.) Si ‘el vivio’, ‘el pudo’ ayudar mas personas a intender que Dios los ama. (If he lived, he could help more people understand that God loves them.) Y si muriera, podria estar con Dios. (And if he died, he could be with God.) Si estamos cerca a Dios, no temenos problemas para nada. (If we are close to God, we don’t have any problems.) Sabemos que cualquier cosa que suceda, estaremos bien porque Dios nos ama. (We know that anything that happens, we are fine because God loves us.)

You are My Hiding Place

Tu’ Eres Mi Escondite

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You are my hiding place,

Tu’ eres mi escondite,

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You always fill my heart

Siempre me llenas el corazon

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With songs of deliverance;

Con canciones de liberacion;

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Whenever I’m afraid,

Cada vez que tengo miedo,

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I will trust in you.

Confiare’ en ti’.

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I will trust in you;

Confiare’ en ti’.

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Let the weak say I am strong

Que los debiles digan soy fuerte

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In the strength of the Lord.

En el poder del Senor.

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You are my hiding place;

Tu eres mi escondite’.

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You always fill my heart

Siempre me llenas el corazon

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With songs of deliverance;

Con canciones de liberacion;

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Whenever I’m afraid,

Cada vez que tengo miedo.

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I will trust in you.

Confiare’ en ti’.