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Mark 1:21-28; (As built, Amite #300; 1-28-18)
  1. “Deception” (deceiving…)
  2. … The year is 1775, and Frank knows…. He knows all to well!! Its not a case of if… but WHEN…. our Country, the colonies are on the verge of a great war… the Revolutionary War! And there is no doubt about it…it is eminent!!!! And as such, Frank has been appointed the head of the Dept of the Navy…. And at their first meeting… there are things that are necessary for a War… muskets, bullets, cannon’s, cannon balls, solders, generals, uniforms… blood and guts too… but…. but… do we really need, poetry, authors, composers, singers, designers, or even artist… well, thanks to Frank Hopkinson…. Frank Hopkinson… we have a 2 for 1! He is not only a great leader and solder, he is also a prolific writer, composer of songs, he is quite the intellect, and a good artist/designer to boot… you see, Frank was a former Judge, turned Congressman, who ultimately will be a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but now he is the head… of the Sec of Navy… And being that the war is impending… as in RIGHT NOW… It’s a matter of time…. It’s a matter of short time… he meets with the his counsel as Sec of the Navy and tells them… with the WAR at our door, there is one thing… ONE THING… we must have before we start… you really cant start a war without it… YOU JUST CANT START A WAR WITHOUT IT… so they put a design together, all the paper work and sent it to the War dept… they took it passed it on to the Treasury to see if they like it, for they would have to use it to, but then they passed it to Congress and they of course…formed a task force!!! (nothing has changed in our day….) The task force decided that they cannot act on this design/this paper work until it is approved!!! So they sent the paperwork/design back to Congress, who sent it back to the Dept of Treasury, who sent it back to the War Dept, who in turn sent it back to the Sec of the Navy… Frank was shocked!!! ‘Approved it… that’s what we did…. JUST DO IT!!! The War will be started before we get this off the ground… so he responds in  a note, we did approve it…move forward… and sent it to the War Dept, who sent it to the Treasure, who sent it back to Congress, who gave it to the task force… who responded…………………………………. Well, if it is approved, then we must have an invoice to pay, before we can act… the invoice means its official!!! Oh my gosh…………………………….!!! So they sent a note saying that, back to Congress, who sent it back to the Treasure, who sent a note back to the War dept, who in turn sent it back to the
  3. Dept. of the Navy…. Frank LOSES IT!!! You need an INVOICE??? Are you kidding me!!!!!!!!!!!!! He, Frank, tells his own committee…just tell them to send me a case of wine and we will call it good… I don’t care for money I just need this to happen before the first shot is fired!!!! So, he sends a note back to the War dept. saying just gives him a case of wine for his design and we can move…. MOVE!!!! The War dept. sent the note to the Treas, who sent it to Congress and they sent it to the Task Force… who said, they need an invoice for wine in writing!!!! … Finally, Frank can’t wait any longer… neither can the colonies… the design is implemented… Frank Hopkinson gets his design approved by Washington, but he never got credit for it… you see … we have been…DECIEVED!!!!!...Yes, you and I …have been DECIEVED!!!! We were always told that it was Betsy Ross who did this…. Design our AMERICAN FLAG… it was… Frank Hopkinson, for a case of wine he never got!!!!!!
  4. THE GOSPEL IS JUST ABOUT THAT… DECEPTION!!! Did you listen closely my friends in Christ…. Isn’t it amazing… the only person who recognizes Christ for WHO HE IS… are not, the apostles, a Pharisee… nor a Sadducee, nor a scribe… the only one… ONLY ONE (outside of Mary/joseph) that knows Christ for who HE IS… is the evil one!!!  (on a side note… isn’t it amazing that 2000 years later… that satanic groups only try to steal the Host from Catholic Church’s…and not from any where else… for they KNOW… where Christ resides… that the HOST IS HIM!!!!.... ) But before I digress…. If you are a first century Jew… several things come to mind… one,  Christ is going to a Synagogue on the Sabbath… granted Saturday… which Christ will eventually make the Sabbath  Sunday…. However, HE is going to worship… notice, He is not going to a field, boating on the water, walking in nature, a duck blind, deer stand… or even a  baseball field… HE IS going to Church!!! So should you and I…. additionally, please know that the Temple is different than a synagogue. … the Temple is presided over by priest… and is wear sacrifice takes place… and you go there throughout the year… a synagogue is local… there is no sacrifice… and is watched over by lay people… this is why in the Gospel… they stated, that Christ teaches as with authority… they haven’t seen this outside the Temple… additionally for a first century jew… to hear the words, Holy one of God… goes back to the psalms… which all jews know… and it refers to the true, High Priest!!!
  5. Also, please recall from the Gospel…. There are 7 characteristics listed about demons….
a. THEY ARE ON THE EARTH… in the book of JOB…’I have come from roaming the earth and patrolling it’;  St Peter…’he is a roaring line, looking for souls to devour…(here on earth!!!!)… the Gospel, just told us, he was here on earth… in a synagogue!!!
b. THEY MOVE…. In the Synagogue, he, the evil had to have entered the young man; he was not created in there… he had to move into the boy…
c. THEY CAN ENTER RELIGIOUS PLACES synagogues and churches…no respect….(though in a Church, he will be in the PRESENCE OF GOD/THE TABERNACLE… AND he FEARS GOD….so his presence there will be limited at best, )
d. THEY CAN RECOGINIZE GOD…you are the HOLY ONE OF GOD…
e. THEY FEAR GOD… FOR HE CAN DESTROY US…not hurt, not cripple…but DESTROY
f. THEY HAVE TO OBEY GOD… they do so, but react violently (convulsions/screams/cursing
g. &… they are here to TORMENT …you and I…
  1. THOUGHOUT SCRIPTURE… the evil one takes on many different images…. Remember in the Garden of Eden… he, the evil one, either takes on the image of a snake… or inserts himself into one… however it is something to note; that God told the evil one that on your belly you should crawl… don’t snakes already troll the ground… why is that a punishment…??? Well according to the Jews, some believed that the ‘snake’ in the garden… was a dragon (like the book of Rev) and as such, intimidated Adam and eve… and as such, his wings were clipped forcing him to troll the ground… another words, the evil one did not fly over creation, but was now relegated to being below creation…so to speak!!! Well back to the start… the evil one was either a snake, dragon or took the form of such… with Job, he just put thoughts into Job… and others to cause him to try and sin… when the apostles are in the boat and a storm comes…Christ rebukes the wind…. There must have been something more than wind… for wind is inanimate… like in the Gospel… Christ rebuked the Demon… therefore, the wind must have been caused or was, the evil one… later on the Demon enters Judas… possess him.… in the desert, the evil one tempts God as a creature of sorts… hence, the devil takes on many shapes and sizes… DON’T BE A FOOL… he is not showing up with horns, pointed tail… pitchfork in hand… and tails… he works hard at NOT being noticed… think for a second, if the devil was not here, why would Christ come… to save us from what??? And the Devil surely didn’t return back to hell….
  2. Remember Scripture…. St Peter is clear… the devil is a roaring lion looking for souls to devour… to job, when asked where do you come from… the evil one responds, from roaming the earth and patrolling it!!!  HE IS ALIVE AND WELL AND HE LIVES……. Here!!! Don’t be …. DECIEVED!!! If had told you last year… that abortion would be considered ‘health care’… would you have believed me…or that we made another set of bathrooms…because… well, God flat made a mistake…his first one….. would you have believed we would be kneeling during the National Anthem… and you wonder if the evil one is alive and well….????
  3. Well here we sit, some 2000 years later… Frank Hopkinson has made the flag, but one thing has NOT…. HAS NOT… changed…and that the evil one is alive and well and is on this earth!!! The best accomplishment of the devil is that, he has convinced everyone that he does NOT exist!!! MY B & S IN CHRIST…
    He is active, he is a roaring lion… this whole world is nothing but one…ONE BIG TEST!!!!! The test…you ask,….will we use our free will, to love him, with our whole heart mind and soul…freely…for  in the end we will be judge accordingly!!! Did you notice one thing in Scripture… in particular the Acts of the Apostles… there is a person named Sceva… I believe he was a Jewish priest… with seven sons… all priest as well… they had been watching Peter, Paul… Christ too obviously… exorcizing demons… but they decide on their own, they too can do this… “I mean the gestures are the same… the words close enough… I mean we are followers of God too…”… they embark on removing this demon… as such… the demon responds… “ I know Christ… Paul too… but who are you”?!?!?! As such…he possesses not only Sceva but the whole group… causing them to tear their cloths and begin to beat themselves… the POINT IS SIMPLE… Christ blessed Peter, Paul… the 12… HE laid hands on them… (Blessed, means touched by God…)… HE told them, the blind will see, the lame walk, the dead rise…you can pick up serpents…drink poison… and yes, remove even demons… but only because I BLESSED YOU!!!! So, please don’t forget this…John Paul 2 ultimately rec his blessing from the prior pope… from who got their Blessing from Peter, essentially…. And as such, JP 2 blessed Bishop Muench, who blessed me… therefore, the Blessing for your relics that I do… actually come from Christ…. So the evil KNOWS what has been touched by God!!!! Did you know, that because sooooo many people came to see Peter and Paul…. That to cure that many people…they took the garments of Peter and Paul…and begin to lay it upon them…curing them…. Once again, the evil one KNOWS what has been blessed… so please please please… keep something BLESSED on you… a medal, rosary, chain, bracelet… something, anything!!!!  Yes, you have rec Baptism, Confirmation, etc… but we do sin…. Yet it is an additional blessing to wear something BLESSED…it gives you and I added protection…. Just like the garments ‘curing’ people with diseases…. !!! Will you use Blessed salt in your food, to bless your cars…to cook with… will you use blessed salt in your homes… Holy Water fonts in your house… please, DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!!!!
  4. I leave you with this… Padre Pio was once asked…. Pio, are their demons in the world… I mean really?!?!?! Pio, said do not…DO NOT be deceived… there are 2 demons for every person who walked the earth!!!! Still here!!! That was 1960!!! Additionally, that is since Adam and Eve… 2 per person who ever walked the earth!!! Pio, further stated… that there is enough demons to block out the Sun!!!
  5. So I ask you… he, the evil one, is after YOUR soul… are you?!?!?
  6. Amen!!!

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