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Sunday, December 24, 2017    

     And it came to pass that there went out a decree fromCaesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
     --Bible, Luke 2:1

(122:7.1) In the month of March, 8 B.C. (the month Joseph and Mary were married), Caesar Augustus decreed that all inhabitants of the Roman Empire should be numbered, that a census should be made which could be used for effecting better taxation.

     And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another,      Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
     --Bible, Luke 2:9-15
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Thursday, February 16, 2017    
Our lives are like islands in the sea, or like trees in the forest. The maple and the pine may whisper to each other with their leaves ... But the trees also commingle their roots in the darkness underground, and the islands also hang together through the ocean's bottom.  Read More

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014    
I readily believe that there are more invisible beings in the universe than visible.  But who shall explain to us the nature, the rank and kinship, the distinguished marks and graces of each?  What do they do? Where do they dwell? The human mind has circled around this knowleegte, but never attained to it.  Yet there is profit, I do not doubt, in sometimes contemplating in the mind, as in a picture, the image of a greater and better world; lest the intellect, habituated to the petty details of daily life, should be contracted within too narrow limits and settle down wholly on trifles.
  --Thomas Burnet (1635 – 1715)

(23:3.2)  The worlds teem with angels and men and other highly personal beings,

(37:10.6)  This narrative cannot be more than a brief outline of the nature and work of the manifold personalities who throng the universes of space administering these creations as enormous training schools, schools wherein the pilgrims of time advance from life to life and from world to world until they are lovingly dispatched from the borders of the universe of their origin to the higher educational regime of the superuniverse and thence on to the spirit-training worlds of Havona and eventually to Paradise and the high destiny of the finaliters—the eternal assignment on missions not yet revealed to the universes of time and space.

    Thomas Burnet was an English theologian and writer on cosmogony.
    He was born at Croft near Darlington in 1635. After studying at Northallerton Grammar School under Thomas Smelt, he went to Clare Hall, Cambridge in 1651. There he was a pupil of John Tillotson. Ralph Cudworth, the Master of Clare, moved to Christ's College, Cambridge in 1654, and Burnet followed him. He became fellow of Christ' in 1657, M.A. in 1658, and was proctor in 1667.
    Burnet took employment travelling with Lord Wiltshire, son of Charles Paulet, 6th Marquess of Winchester, and through Tillotson as tutor to Lord Ossory, grandson of James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde. The influence of the Duke of Ormonde, one of the governors, secured his appointment in 1685 to the mastership of the Charterhouse School. Burnet took part in the resistance offered to James II's attempt to make Andrew Popham a pensioner of the Charterhouse. At two meetings held by the governors 17 January and Midsummer day 1687, the king's letters of dispensation were produced, but, in spite of the efforts of George Jeffreys, a governor, the majority refused compliance.
    After the Glorious Revolution Burnet became chaplain in ordinary and Clerk of the Closet to William III. He received no clerical preferment and lived quietly in the Charterhouse, where he died on 27 September 1715, and was buried in the chapel
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