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Mary – the Biblical . – Part I

Sam Johnson, LBJ’s father, served as a Texas legislator for the people of Blanco County.  He made sure they received much-needed government assistance.  He built a road in the County.  He protected them from oil wildcatters.  Still, even as he served he built a reservoir of resentment in constituents.

They forgot his help when he fell on hard economic times in the 1920’s.  They suddenly discovered his life had been a bluff.  They had always known he didn’t hold their values, which they overlooked because he seemed so strong, wise and financially potent.  And, they noticed, as he fell before financial reverses, he became more defiant of them, carrying his pride more publicly.  Caro, The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. 1, 85-93

Which means you can be a leader without inspiring people to follow.  You can alienate people by strutting before them when humility would reconcile them.  You can posture an attitude of success when publicly accepting failure would impress them.  When Sam Johnson couldn’t positively respond to failure, people forgot the help he offered in “the good old days.”

Of all the good girls in our gaggle series, Mary, mother of Jesus, stands in a select company of women who served God in critical times.  Not the first among them, she certainly stood among the first.

This blog studies scripture’s delineation of her.  It corrects some of the terrible falsehoods attributed to her by ecclesiastical authorities.  Falsehoods that she would reprobate and never tolerate, not matter how many believe the churchmen.  Word of caution:  Mary will be greater in reputation by being seen as the Bible describes her – End Part I –

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Amateurs – succeed where experts fail

Temperatures remained below freezing.  Winds blew strongly.  The home-made plane seemed incapable of standing the stress it must endure.  Wilbur and Orville Wright stood alongside.  Wilbur shook Orville’s hand, who climbed aboard into his prone position.

Five people looked on amazed—Wilbur wanted them to jump up and down, hollering—but they remained mere spectators.  Down the incline the plane rolled, wheels clattering.  Off the track it flew, falling and rising until it leveled off to fly for 12 seconds, or 120 feet.

You likely know all that history from 17, December, 1903.  Aeronautical success had been achieved by two bicycle sales and repair experts.  But did you know that spending but $1200 the Wright Brothers had succeeded where Smithsonian’s highly qualified aviator Samuel Langley and Germany’s Otto Lilienthal hadn’t?  Langley had spent $75,000 of government and private money in his attempts.  National Parks Magazine, Winter 2012, pp. 58-59

The men Jesus chose as his inner circle had few spiritual qualifications to be the leaders he needed to found his church.  That didn’t matter.  He found that the men believed him, trusted him, followed him, learned from him and, save for Judas, remained unreserved disciples.  Paul noted that recruiting such people continued into the early church I Corinthians 1:20-31.

To this day, the single requirement Jesus imposes on the people he welcomes remains:  will you trust me absolutely and obey me unreservedly?  He’ll never ask what degrees we hold or age we’ve reached.  Who will follow in their train?

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