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“Jesus of Nazareth … Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.”

 

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..I once wrote and played with guitar. Now with a flute. The text to the song here on the video is swedish. The english text (without rhyming) could be something like the one you’ll find here down below.

 

 

One night in the stormy course of time
all the world stand still
and frozen shepherds abandons
their warm place by the hearth

One night when kings stands up
and travels without crew
to a tiny little place
in Judean landscape

One night when the stable becomes a temple
and the temple becomes a market hall
and one poor maiden gives birth to God
one night so deep and cold

O child, you are more than fire
more than crew and troops
You’re filling us with holy faith
that dissolves the snares of death

Jesus spoke in parables in the three so-called synoptic Gospels – Matthew, Mark and Luke – sometimes he really seems to think aloud:

Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God?” – Mark.4:30

But in the Gospel of John, he sort of abandoned the “liken-unto” kind of talk, and start to express “being” more frequently. He does not say “I am likened unto a wine”, but he says:

I am ..the wine” – John 15: 1

This kind of mysterious transitions between what something or someone is compared to, and what something or someone is, one may find examples of also in the Song of Solomon:

I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.” – Song of Solomon 2:1

 

Someone is

 

 

 

 

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(Picture below:)  Lovisa with her grandmother in the kitchen in our Christian community in the Maranatha Church in Stockholm, Sweden, where also I live. She is one of the children that are homeschooled by her parents. For this reason the parents must pay fines.

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According to the new swedish school-law (since 2010), the way to make an application for homeschooling is made so narrow, that it is almost impossible to get permission. Homeschooling families have left Sweden for this reason, and have moved to neighbouring Finland and other countries.

In our Church the homeschooling families have so far stayed within the borders of the Country, and are wrestling with the common day-to-day issues, and also with the problems that the new laws are creating.

When believers in our Church first started out with homeschooling in 1977, the laws were very good, because they did encourage rather than discourage the couples who wanted to home school their children. Since then has taken place – during a number of opposite political majorities in the swedish Parliament –  an altogether strange change for the worse.

 

What do the parents who are homeschooling their children in our Church teach them, so that the swedish authorities found it plausible to punish them ?

– To read the Bible and to believe in Jesus Christ, and to be able to speak and write in swedish, among other subjects.

Home-school ban in Sweden forces families to mull leaving (The Washington Times , July 2010)

HSLDA International  (where bad news from Sweden are not rarely heard)

Black parents are homeschooling their children to avoid racism (Quartz, April 2015)

Samhället förföljer hemundervisande familjer (in swedish Nov. 2014))