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As I sat waiting on Monday to learn whether I would be selected to be in a jury venire, I noticed that my juror number on the jury summons was 363. I thought to myself, that was interesting. In my spirit code, 3 is what Christendom calls the Holy Spirit, 6 is Melchizedek Priesthood, in which Jesus is High Priest, according to the Letter to the Hebrews in the New Testament. 3 is soft, gentle, 6 is the the hard rock pile. Soft and gentle, hard rock pile, soft and gentle.
When we were sworn in, we were asked if we would answer questions truthfully and would follow the judges instructions, so help us God? I was wondering if so help us God was still in the swearing in ceremony? As far as I know, we all answered Yes.
Chris Brakefield, of Birimingham, Alabama, replied over the teaser to yesterday’s jury duty D.U.I. and unauthorized practice of law report, Higgs Beach playground karma resolution, Harpoon Harry’s open mike follies, Viagra heart cure for bionic man, Lyme disease homepathic remedy, Zombies and Fantasy Fest swing into action, nude beach for Key West, and other roadside and seaside attractions – Key West post at goodmorningkeywest.com:
Sloan, here is my belated birthday present to you…?
I give you these words: Over the years since I have known or read your book/posts/emails/comments on the phone/words in person, you and my Black Robe Zen Buddhist Priest friend, Randy (He grew up Christian). are the only 2 friends that have offered me more in how to approach life’s “here and now”: the daily grind, daily service to others, what “I want” out of life, than my Christian friends, non-Christian friends, or acquaintances I come in contact with on a daily basis.
Again, Happy Birthday,
As I recall, Chris and I first met in the fall of 2005, in Birmingham. He attended, may still attend, South Highland Presbyterian Church in Five Points South.
Maybe then, you might wish to consider taking up Zen Buddhism, or having angels hounding you day and night?
Or, perhaps you should go in for a psychiatric evaluation?
Although, pondering and trying to live as Jesus lived and taught in the Gospels might work as well, if not better. The way Peter and Paul lived in Acts might work pretty well, too.
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.?
And I would hope to do the same with you if I were asked to do so as you would do I think for a close friend am I right?
Probably would depend on the circumstances in that moment. In general, it seems I laid down my life for humanity years ago, not realizing what that actually might entail. So far, it has not required me to physically die to save someone else from dying. But otherwise, it mostly has not been terribly pleasant, although I am hoping for a different road to travel for a while.
Jerry Weinstock, M.D., Psychiatry, retired, of Key West, replied to yesterday’s post:
Sloan: I was never accepted for Jury duty,
they may not want a Doctor?
A nude beach may be less erotic
than the tiny scraps of material
that pass as bathing attire.
The Viagra part is cute—-they
have subtly been pushing the price
up –it is now pretty erect.$$
India thro the Canadian Pharmacy
produces reliable — Viagra
at a tenth of the cost –a chorus
of voices have told me. Jerry
Certainly not the community’s psychiatrist .
You were too smart, too well trained, too able to read between the lines and see the blank spaces, to be swayed by lawyers’ tricks and defendants and witnesses who shade the truth.
Sloan: That is “almost exactly” what was said when
I was dismissed ! Perfect—–!
(They don’t want me interpreting
their arguments.) —Their words
the guy next to
me a truck driver said he had not
slept for about 24 hours they chose him.
Vicki Weeks, formerly of Key West, now living in Savannah, replied to yesterday’s post:
Just wanted to say that: “Maybe if they just remove the fence, let anyone use the kiosks like used to happen, God will take care of the trees and everyone under them,” definitely get’s my vote. For an island claiming such a rich artistic history, to have created what amounts to an eyesore from what used to be a lovely and charming seaside respite is ironic to say the least.
Re: clothing optional at the north end of Smathers? You may be right about the tourism impact, but in keeping with the above, I’m a little concerned about the eyesore potential. Then again, it could turn out to be as much fun, and as visually rewarding, as the poolside brunch at La Te Da back in the day.
Indeed, the eyesore potential could be huge, or tiny, depending, which is one reason you won’t see me out there in my birthday suit. However, there is no denying the popularity of Haulover Beach near Miami, and from all I have heard so far, nobody got struck dead by lightning for being there in his, or her, birthday suit. It probably hasn’t been all that long, if you use Christendom’s calculation of time, since Adam and Eve were running about Eden in their birthday suits. I can’t find anything in Genesis where God made them put on fig leaves, but it apparently became quite the fad , with or without Christendom’s version of when God made man in his own image, male and female alike were they made. How could male and female be in his own image? But that’s another Creation story, isn’t it, in the same Genesis. And there is always the wee problem of the Adam and Eve trip and fall, when from above is said something like, “They deign to be like us, gods.” Well, why not? They were made in the gods’ image, were they not? Maybe some of the gods were eyesores themselves? Time to hush my mouth, before I get struck by lightning. But I can’t help but wonder, if Adam and Eve were the only two humans to start out with, and they had a few children, and one of them went off to the land of Nod to find himself a wife, where did the wife’s parents came from? One Key West lay Christian theologian once told me that wife was one of Adam and Eve’s children, they had other children who moved away to Nod. I then understood why later in the Old Testament some rules were laid down about breeding with close kin not being such a swell idea
Yeah… There’s always some little detail scrambling the eggs as it were.
In a message dated 10/22/2013 4:29:44 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, email@example.com writes:
I then understood why later in the Old Testament some rules were laid down about breeding with close kin not being such a swell idea
Ex-lawyer Tim Gratz, of Key West, wrote to ex-lawyer me:
I would have bet $100 that you would be excused from jury duty for any one of a number of reasons. Either side would recognize that you would probably have been chosen foreman of the jury or at least led a lot of the opinion and most lawyers would likely not want such a dominating personality on the jury unless the lawyer was confident that the person would be on their side.
WHAT I WONDERED IS IF YOU HAD ANY TIME FOR CHAT TODAY RE THE JFK BOOK? IF SO CALL ME AT 306-600 8000. WANT TO DISCUSS AN AMAZING “COINCIDENCE” and some (IMO) very interesting parts of the book.
Me to Tim:
I figured the prosecutor and the defense lawyer knew they would not be able to put anything past me, especially after I grilled the prosecutor about a really long almost unintelligent question he asked, more or less, by reading us what people stopped for suspected D.U.I. are read, and then asking if we would be able to remain impartial, etc., if the accused refused to take a breath test? I asked, is there a presumption of guilt in Florida, if the person stopped declines to take the breath test? I figured the entire case was going to hinge on that answer, given what other questions had already revealed about what the evidence would be. The irony is, I would have done my best as a juror, foreman or not, to see to it that the prosecution and the defense both received a fair trial based solely on the evidence and the law given to the jury by the judge.
Tim, subject to the angels beating me up to get involved, I really have no interest at this time in getting involved in the writing of your Kennedy assassination book. I said in my earlier email to you that I will happy to read it when it is published, and maybe I will review it, and maybe not, the angels would decide that.
I’m going to lay down for a nap. Call me around 5 or 6 p.m., if that works for you.
Tim wrote, continuing our discussion reported in this past Monday’s God is insufficient because people do not really want God to be close to them, contolling them, telling them how God sees them, is what I took away from Glad Tidings Tabernacle Church in Key West yesterday post at goodmorningkeywest.com:
I think many of his [Glad Tiding's Tabernacle Church pastor John's] points were good if overly long. But you heard about the effect his sermon the previous Sunday on compassion and forgiveness had on the lady who gave a testimony. It had the same impression on me, I still have to struggle with it.
I am not sure why the service troubled you other than its length. I thought you would agree with a lot of the points he made including about Christianity not being about organized religion.
Mark just stopped by so I need to cut it short.
What most troubled me about your pastor John’s very long sermon (“The Scriptures Are Insufficient”) was his going on and on trying to convince his congregation that the Bible, every last word of it, I suppose he meant, is divinely inspired, and as they relate to the Bible, they relate to God.
The way I look at people who over and over preach the Bible is the Word of God, every last word of it, is they are still trying to convince themselves that the Bible is the Word of God, every last word of it.
Another way I look at this is, the Gospel of John begins something like: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John meant Jesus was the Word. There was no New Testament, nor any Bible, when John wrote that. The Bible, as your pastor John himself said over lunch last week, was made by men.
Another way I look at this is, one of the Ten Commandments forbids making a graven image, yet that sure looks to me like what Christendom has made of the Bible.
What your pastor John should be doing, every Sunday, and every other opportunity, in my opinion, is telling his congregants to forget about Paul, except in Acts. Your pastor John should be putting their feet to the fire ongoing with the man Jesus in the Gospels, and with the men in Acts: Peter and Saul of Tarsus who became Paul. That’s a far steeper and hotter menu.
Paul never laid eyes on the man Jesus, as far as I see in the New Testament. If Jesus is your pastor John’s congregants’ Lord and Savior, then the more they live as Jesus lived and taught others to live, as reported in the Gospels, the more saved they are by Jesus. The magic salvation, if you believe Jesus is …, then you are saved and will go to heaven after you die …, was invented by church men because that was a far easier sell, thus more money in collection plates, than preaching the Jesus in the Gospels.
Jesus said in the Gospels: steep is the way and narrow is the gate, and few enter therein; many are called, but few are chosen; the work is great and the laborers are few. That is the Jesus your pastor John, and all Christendom ministers, should be teaching, even as they are led and taught by that Jesus.
The Jesus who said in the Gospels: forego and eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth; turn the other cheek; pray for and do good to your enemies; love your neighbor as yourself, even if he is a hated Samaritan; if a man takes your goods, ask not for them back; let the one who has not sinned cast the first stone; if a man takes you to court, settle with him along the way; if they repent, forgive those who have trespassed against you; judge not another, or be judged in kind; you cannot serve two masters, you cannot serve God and mammon; take no thought for tomorrow, for each day has enough trouble of its own; as you do unto the least of people, you do also unto me (Jesus); woe be to anyone who harms even one hair on a child’s head; it is more blessed to give, than to receive; a man can blaspheme against the son and be forgiven, but if a man blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, he will not be forgiven; my (Jesus’) baptism is not in water, but is in fire and spirit; John the Baptist was the greatest of men born of woman, but the least of those of born in spirit are greater than John the Baptist.
Sadly, many people are cut off, blocked, do not hear from the Spirit of God. Those people have to rely on scriptures, or on ministers, or on other people, or on books, or wing it. For those who are not cut off, blocked, they need no scriptures, or ministers, or books, because they are being run directly by the Spirit of God via angels assigned to them. Angels who will teach them, perhaps the hard way, to discern the Spirit of God from other voices, including Lucifer’s voice.
Over lunch, your pastor John told me enough for me to know he is being run by angels assigned to him, the same angels assigned to me, I told him, which was why he and I had met through you and were talking. The same angels arranged for you to meet me, Tim.
The young woman who came forward and gave her testimony about the Spirit of God taking her through the release of her anger and resentment looked and sounded to me like a person being taken over by the Spirit of God. If she were my parishioner, I would do all I could to coax her to listen to the Spirit of God, and to no other person, unless that person clearly was given a message from the Spirit of God to pass along to her. I would do all I could to persuade her God is all she needs; she does not need me, church, or the Bible, and the sooner she gets to that point, the better for her and for God and for everyone else.
If God tells her to stay involved in church, then she should stay involved. If God tells her to stop being involved in church, then she should stop being involved in church. God is God. Church was invented by men. Your pastor John said that over lunch the other day.
Pastor John, no mustache when I met him the other day, we had a delightful conversation, the likes of which I seldom have with other people, and he said the same
Looks to me John has come a long way and has great potential as a minister; however, it also looks to me he is ready to turn up the heat on his flock, and that, in turn, will turn up the heat on him; and, I imagine, the angels running him will turn up the heat on him in other ways, if they take a mind to it.
I call those angels, Jesus, Michael and Magdalene Melchizedek, who told me Mary Magdalene authored the Letter to the Hebrews, which, as I recall, precedes Paul’s letters in the New Testament. Your pastor John told the congregation on Sunday that many theologians say Paul wrote Hebrews, but the fact is, nobody knows who wrote it.
Hebrews is about the initiation into the Priesthood Melchizedek, in which your pastor John was started, I sense, when he was told to give up boxing, and, after some struggle, he gave it up. The initiation into the Priesthood Melchizedek is progressive, it goes deeper, it gets hotter.
Hebrews was written to Jews, who had been in that initiation and had turned away because it was so difficult. Hebrews told those initiates they should be teaching, they should be eating meat, but they were still drinking milk. Hebrews entreated those initiates to return to the discipline and the cleansing of the Lord. Hebrews told those initiates of the grave danger to them of not returning to the discipline.
I speak of that from the direct experience, Tim. Not from conjecture, not from studying, but from having it imposed on me. I am not a Christian, Tim. I am an ordained Melchizedek priest still in training. The training never ends, as far as I can tell. It certainly never ended for Peter and Paul in the New Testament. They were in training until they left this world, which is seen in Acts and in their ensuing letters.
I don’t know how much, if any, of what I wrote above might be published. It might be only for you, Tim. The angels will tell me in my dreams tonight.
Sloan, I certainly believe that it was not just a coincidence that you decided to pick up me and Melody at the Sugarloaf bus stop in August of 2007. I do not yet know the reason for that providential encounter.
I agree with some but not all that you wrote.
Respectfully, you are wrong in saying that the more you follow Jesus’ teachings, the “more saved” you are. You are either saved or you are not. Kind of like a woman being pregnant. She either is or is not.
One cannot obtain salvation by doing good works.
The Bible teaches, and I agree (with Johnny and almost all Christians) that every one of us is born into sin and has a sinful nature. We have all sinned, many times.
We are saved from our sins and allowed entrance into heaven only through Jesus’ death on the cross, not by any works we do. We are saved if we accept God’s gift of salvation.
Which is not to say that we should ignore any of Jesus’ teachings that you posted. I think it is Hebrews (maybe James?) that says that faith without works is dead. And it is also written that you shall know a Christian by the “fruits of the Spirit”, the greatest being love.
I agree that Johnny should (and does) preach re what Jesus requires us to do.
The Bible teaches that even after we have accepted Christ we still have a sinful nature and it takes the Holy Spirit’s indwelling to keep us from sinning. And by sinning I mean not following Jesus’ teachings as you enumerate.
How hard is it to love your neighbor as yourself? To even love your enemies and to forgive them?
That is what Johnny taught the week before. He spoke of when Jesus as he was being crucified asked God to forgive them who were killing him “because they know not what they do.” And as I recall it was Stephen who said the same thing as he was being killed.
Forgiveness is very important and it is one of the things I struggle with. That message seemed like it was also meant for me.
I have read of stories of Christians who have forgiven persons who have killed their children.
But one does not have to even go that far. It is pretty hard to love one’s neighbor as yourself even if the neighbor is not an enemy.
Christians of course hate sex trafficking and child sex trafficking. But I have seen prayer guides in which Christians are encouraged to pray for the salvation of the traffickers. And I am sure I have read of traffic victims (women) who have forgiven those who have trafficked them.
So while salvation is the important first step any pastor should also preach and admonish about the other things that Jesus taught. The Bible commands us to “be perfect, as He is perfect.” Impossible without divine help!
I do no think the Bible is a “graven image” but I think other things can be and that can also be a sin. And the Commandment not to worship any other gods does not necessarily mean pagan gods. It can mean putting anything in front of your worship of God. It kind of relates to not coveting. I have seen people driving nice cars and it is not hard to desire nice physical possessions, which is really the equivalent of putting something in front of God.
Now, I do not want to sound “preachy”. As I said, I battle with sin I do not want to judge myself any better than anyone else. In fact that is one reason why the Bible says that salvation is not of works “less anyone should boast”.
I do not hear from God as Johnny does (and he believes you do). I wish I did! The only thing I feel strongly about is that God has told me to do my best with whatever gifts he has given me to fight sex trafficking. That is what I was feeling when we first met (and I found out that the slave trade was abolished in England on what would years later be my birthdate).
Is that Martin Luther, chapter and verse? Did you know he left the Catholic church, he was a monk in one of their orders, because he didn’t want to confess something, which was part of progressing as a monk; so he came up with a new theory of salvation, which saved him from having to confess – or so I read and heard a few times.
If what we do, or don’t do, does not affect our salvation, to use Christian lingo, if what we do, or don’t do, does not affect our standing with God, why was Jesus in the Gospels so big on telling people how they should think and live, if all that was necessary to be saved, thus spared dying and going to hell, forever, according to many Christians, was to believe Jesus is the only begotten son of God, born of the Virgin Mary, crucified and died for our sins (which we had not even yet committed, as we were not born yet), and he descended into hell, and he was resurrected from the dead on the third day and went to sit on the right hand of his Father in heaven, from whence some day he will come back to judge the living and the dead?
Believe that, and you are saved no matter what horrible or evil thing, or things, you do thereafter. Believe that, and you have no karma.
In his New Testament letter, James, said to be Jesus’ brother, told his audience not to ask him about his faith, but to look to his works; in his works, his faith would be seen, he wrote to his audience.
This is something I have been through with countless Christians, Tim. I made no headway with any of them, as far as I knew. So I don’t expect to make any headway with you. Nor with any Christian who thinks as you wrote you think. I have known Christians who did not believe Christendom had a lock on salvation.
The angels tell me what counts is is how a person lives and treats self, other people and the Creation, and when a person dies, sooner or later there is a life review from the perspective of the other people with whom the passed over soul interacted during its human life on this world. After that review, the time of occurrence of which, to some extent, is decided by the passed over soul, the soul’s next experience in the Creation, perhaps back on this world, perhaps on another world, perhaps in a spirit realm (heaven), is discussed and decided.
Most souls are allowed to make their own way when in human form on this world. Some souls retain their communion with angels and heaven after they are born and a few years pass. Most souls in human form do not remember. Some souls who do not remember are interceded by angels, and they start to have different experiences from souls in human form who do not remember. I’m in that category, your pastor John is in that category. The young woman, who gave her testimony at Glad Tidings last Sunday, may end up in that category.
The Bible is a very good guide for how to live correctly, especially the New Testament. It was not for naught that Jesus said in the Gospels: steep is the way, narrow the gate, and few enter therein; many are called, but few are chosen; the work is great and the laborers are few. Any Christian minister who preached that ongoing, and all the other difficult ways of living Jesus modeled and taught, might find himself preached out of a congregation. If Christianity preached that, it might dwindle down to a handful of people compared to its present numbers. So, to quote a German theologian, Christendom invented “cheap salvation”.
The Cost of Discipleship is a book by the German Theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, considered a classic of Christian thought. The original German title is simply …
Everyone who meets me, Tim, including you, was arranged to meet me because I am coming from a different place than anyone they ever met before, has been my experience since the angels shanghaied me in early 1987, after I prayed to God for help and offered my life to human service.
Love takes many forms, Tim. Sometimes it does not feel good, sometimes it does not seem nice. There is nothing loving about holding your tongue when you need to speak and perhaps cause someone else discomfort. In the Gospels, Jesus told his disciples, if they abidded in him, they would come to know the truth and the truth would set them free. Giving them the truth was loving, even when it didn’t feel good to them. He also told them, if what was inside of them remained in them, it would destroy them; but if it was brought forth from within them, it would save them.
I think you were called into getting involved in the child-sex trafficking trade, but perhaps not for the reasons you think. You were sexually molested at an early age. That horrible wound impacted the rest of your life. It causes you to identify with and want to save children trapped in the sex trade, and even adults. You need to be healed of that. For it to happen, you need to be put back into what injured you. John spoke of this last Sunday. He said for a person to be restored, first there must be a total tearing down, so a new and strong foundation can be built. Otherwise, the foundation will be unstable.
You have set out to end sex and slave trafficking world-wide, when right here in Key West there is great deal of sex trafficking on and near Duval Street, which, so far, I have not seen you make any effort to stop. Not that I expect you would make any headway, but it is your calling, and this is your backyard, and you are not trying to get it stopped, you are not raising a ruckus. Jesus raised a ruckus in a temple. This is your temple, Tim. That’s where your calling starts, not away from the Keys where you have no influence. I told you all of that many times.
If you go after sex trafficking in Key West, Tim, if you get roughed up here, socially, politically, perhaps otherwise, maybe you will experience the destruction John spoke of last Sunday, and maybe the restoration will follow.
After putting all the above together before dawn today, I went back to bed hoping to get more sleep and perhaps input in dreams re what I had put together. After dozing off and on for a while, I dreamt of Big Pine Key, then of Stock Island. I awoke, slowly, wondering that that could be about?
Here’s what came to me.
When I lived on Little Torch Key, just below Big Pine, in 2006, I became quite involved in the politics and goings on of that area of the Keys. That’s when I was able to get HEAVY WAIT: A Strange Tale published by a print-to-order publishing firm, www.PublishAmerica.com, 20 copies of which, I learned while I was putting this post together, had arrived here yesterday.
2006 is when I started stopping at bus stops on US 1 and offering people rides down the Keys, when I was headed down to Key West and back up the Keys to Little Torch Key. That’s how it came about that I stopped at the bus stop at Sugarloaf School and offered a man and his daughter a ride to Key West. Tim Gratz and his daughter, he would remind me in 2010, when he was the campaign manager for Danny Coll, a Cuban native running against County Commissioner George Neugent in the Republican Primary, while I was running in the same race as an Independent. Neugent’s County Commission office is located on Big Pine Key.
The other day, I told Tim how I came to meet Sandy Downs, who lives on Cudjoe Key.
In late 2006, I was driving from Little Torch Key down to Key West, and passed by several younger people at a bus stop on Cudjoe Key. A terrible pain erupted in the left side of my neck. I kept driving about another half mile, the pain increased. I turned around, headed back to the bus stop. By the time I got there, the pain was mostly gone. When the younger people got into my SUV, the pain was entirely gone.
During the ride down to Key West, we talked about various things. I told them I was running for the county commission against George Neugent, and I was trying to stop development dead in its tracks, the Keys already were way over-developed, no more development was needed or good for the Keys. They agreed, and asked if I knew Sandy Downs? I said I did not. They said they worked for her and they thought she and I might have some things in common.
I only had just received copies of HEAVY WAIT from the publisher, it had just come out. I had the books in a box in the back of the SUV. I told my riders that I had told people when I was writing it, that it was being written by God and I was just taking it down. I said it was about a very good Birmingham, Alabama trial lawyer, who had a big love upset, then he met a lady in Apalachicola, Florida, and this led to that, and they ended up having themselves being taken over by God, and this led to that, and … Would they like copies of the novel? They said yes.
About year later, Sandy Downs contacted me, said she had been trying to find me ever since her workers told her about our ride down to Key West. She said she HEAVY WAIT and loved it, and gave it to her father in Indiana, and he read it and loved it. We set a date to get together for lunch at Coco’s restaurant on Cudjoe Key, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Perhaps there will more to tell about that history later, but for today remains to be told what Stock Island in my dream has to do with this.
Well, lately, I have been having conversations with John Benson, who has lived at KOTS, Key West’s overnight homeless shelter, for seven years. Eventually, John wrote a book about mold for a company, and was paid pretty well. Then, he wrote a novel, which he compressed into a novella. Both books are soon to be released. I wrote some about that not long ago.
When HEAVY WAIT fell out of me in May and June of 2001, I was homeless. I had just spent the winter and early spring sleeping in a Fleming Street doorway, near the bookstore, just off of Duval Street in Key West. The novel was foretold in a dream as I slept in that doorway, but I did not yet understand the dream. When the tale started falling out of me three days later, I was living in a tent provided by a new friend in Helen, Georgia. I was writing down the tale on a seldom-used public computer in the Helen library.
The Preface to the novel is the strange tale of how the novel came to be. Both the Preface and the novel are about being led by the Spirit of God without any help from the Bible or religion. Not for the faint-hearted, the novel. The Preface is G-rated.
3-6-3, soft and gentle, hard rock pile, soft and gentle, is how this post laid out today.