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A Bird's Eye View of a Galaxy Collision 

What appears as a bird's head, leaning over to snatch up a tasty meal, is a striking example of a galaxy collision in NGC 6745. This is  large spiral galaxy, with its nucleus still intact, apparently peering at the smaller passing galaxy (nearly out of the field of view at lower right), while a bright blue beak and bright whitish-blue top feathers show the distinct path taken during the smaller galaxy's journey. These galaxies did not merely interact gravitationally as they passed one another, they actually collided. 

The Bird's Head galaxy, as it is called, is actually feeding off the elemental sustenance that resulted from the collision of one galaxy with other galaxy, and in so doing, new stars were reproduced each having its own gravitational sphere of influence.  The depicted bright blue beak and feathery areas are where the hottest new births took place.  In the law of returns, perhaps one of the morals is in the old adage, "You are what you eat". Let's continue to explore this saying, and draw from it another great mystery of life out of death. 

You are what you eat.

Man does not live by bread only, but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God does man live(See Deuteronomy 8 verse 1 thru 4, and Matthew 4 verse 3 thru 4.)  But, -- has our Holy God changed His mind, and the power of His Word become as the grass of the field?  Of course not!  For I AM the LORD, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed. (Malachi 3 verse 6.) And the voice said, Cry. And he said, “What shall I cry?” All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withers, the flower fades, because the Spirit of the LORD blows upon it: Surely the people is grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God shall stand forever. (Isaiah 40 verse 6 thru 8.)

Yes, it is we that are the grass of the field that are swayed with the divisive winds of intellectual leaven that ferments out of the mouth of the prince of death.  From the Garden to the present, it is the destroyer of faith and souls, subtlety repeating the challenging and mocking question, "Did the Lord God really say -------?"  Even Balaam understood the absolute righteousness of God as he prophesies: God is not a man that He should lie; neither the son of man that He should repent: Has He said, and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken, and shall He not make it good? Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and He has blessed and I cannot reverse it. (Numbers 23 verse 19 thru 20.) 

But, how is it that the wild grass that withers and fades away has, by edict and institutional dogma, annulled portions of the Lord's diversity of essential Gifts to His Body?  The vital spiritual weapons of our warfare, which should be integral through out the church Body of Jesus Christ, and are mighty in God to the pulling down of the strongholds of sin, have been rendered to be inert for so many.   Within the church assemblies, we each love to have it our own way, and our way is the way of the flesh, and now the Holy Spirit is quenched, with the called prophets having wilted back into their seats of comfort, and the crier for repentance, is silenced.  The exclusive doctrines and traditions of men, have created stumbling blocks of iniquity, that diffuses the power of peoples faith in the Word of our God.  Again, without the leading of God's Holy Spirit with His abiding Sword of Truth, then Faith in the Word of God can be darkened by the doctrines of disobedient men. 

Sin does not repent, but remains stubbornly in the shadows of demonic deception, and is hidden away from the healing light and scalpel of the Word of God and the Chief Physician of our souls.  Unbelief walks in its own path, until the unbelieving fool may stumble over its own self corruption, and wonder the why of it all. None of us are immune to sin's distorted and vain philosophies that can exist in any church, and by sin's nature separate the people of God into separatist institutions, and religious sects of exclusive cultural doctrines.  You don't have to think about it for very long, for no doubt Satan from the beginning, is the originator of the methodology of divide and conquer.  It is painfully evident, that we are not all of one mind, and saying the same essential things, pertaining to the one perfect faith in the Eternal Holy God.  God's Promised Gift of His Spirit of Grace is intended to develop within us, a greater love and obedience to our Savior Jesus Christ and of His Perfect Love and Obedience to His Father Yahweh God Almighty. (See Luke 24 verse 49.)

Being justified in their religious eyes, the Roman and Orthodox Catholic Churches, through the inherited Roman traditions of human idolatry, are tap dancing around several all important issues of Salvation, and remain disobedient, without repentance to their vain idolatrous traditions, in defiance to the Word of God.  Meanwhile the multi-fractionated Protestants attend their own individual dances; some to the tunes of Calvin, beginning with predestination and ending with once saved always saved.  Therefore, the administers of these churches see no need for God's Communion Covenant, expressed in the Sanctifying Blood of Jesus Christ for the remission of the flesh's sins of the day.  God's Gift of His Spirit of Grace, brings the Life of the Fellowship Blood of Jesus Christ even for the vain sins of those, who, in their hypocrisy, claim to adhere to Sola Scriptura.  God is not glorified in our confusions and hypocrisies found in the vanity of fallen flesh.  The Resurrected Word of God sings out to believers: Preach, of repentance with the remission of sin in Christ's Name of Salvation to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (See Luke 24 verse 45 thru 48.) You can be sure that if we are not in agreement with God's Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus and in His cleansing Grace through the Life Blood of our Lord that relieves the conscience of believers from our errors of the flesh, then we will continue to eat of our own confusions, as we keep on walking in sin's way of death. 

If that, which is called to be the one church, is splintered into thousands of separate sects, and remains in a state of confusion and darkness, squabbling over the essentials of faith, then where does that leave those without the New Blood Covenant of God, who fail to see the workings of God's love and grace within the saved.  It has become, on appearances, that the multi-fractionated ideologies of all the churches seem to be lacking in the definition of the One Body, for the whole of that, which is called Christianity.  Sin, as always, separates, divides and kills within its nature of self will; and the Lord cried from the utmost darkness of the cross: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do".  It is impossible for Christ Jesus to be divided, and fractionated among the many religious Christian sects, and neither is He exclusive to the larger institutions of mock superficial piety, or segmented superiority.  For, there is One Body, and One Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, One faith, One baptism,  One God and Father of all, Who is above all, and through all and in you all. (Ephesians 4 verse 4 thru 6.)  There is only one Everlasting Covenant, given by the Everlasting God, where by each and every member, within the one Body of Jesus Christ, would be, through their obedient faith, set apart by God's Gift of His Spirit that is one One with the Sacrificial Life Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we rebellious sinners have entered into God's Covenant of New Life through the Lord's baptism into His One Body, where by the Lord would maintain each member's sanctity with the Holy Provisions of His Word of Grace.  For this is the Blood of the New Covenant that is shed for many for the remission of sin(Matthew 26 verse 27 thru 28.) If we say we have no sin, then we deceive ourselves and the Truth is not in us. (1st John 1 verse 8.)

Our Holy God has not changed, and the Spirit of Prophecy with the testimony of His Son Jesus Christ (Yeshua Messiah), remains the same yesterday, today and forever. (See Revelation 19 verse 9 thru 11.) The Constant Word of the Universe says: Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away.  For truly I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled. (See Matthew 24 verse 35, and Matthew 5 verse 18.) The Spirit of God's Word is immutable and shall stand forever.  God's Word remains active and alive today, even as when the Lord's Spirit prophesied to the Seven Churches of Revelation.  The Spirit of the Lord will bring correction, and His correction will speak, strongly, to our unfaithfulness, and His call to return to our first Love.  (See Revelation 2 verse 3.)

The Everlasting Covenant is in the Life Blood of Jesus Christ, which we have entered into by faith.  That faith is from the God of the Living Word, and not with the gods of controversy, born out of the pride of controlling sin that gives birth to death.  If the flesh of man is arguing with flesh, over that which is spiritually discerned, then faith is disrupted into confusion.  For the Spirit we have received is not the world’s spirit, but God’s Spirit, helping us to recognize the gifts He has given us.  We speak of these, not in words of human wisdom, but in Words taught by the Spirit, thus interpreting spiritual things in spiritual terms. (1st Corinthians 2 verse 13 thru 14. ) The true Light of God's Word forever shines, sending forth the rays of His Infinite Truth within the hearts of the faithful hearer of His Word.

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Robert Glenn Pratten