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In its first glimpse of the heavens following the successful December 1999 servicing mission, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a majestic view of a planetary nebula, the glowing remains of a dying, Sun-like star. This stellar relic, first spied by William Herschel in 1787, is nicknamed the "Eskimo" Nebula (NGC2392) because, when viewed through ground-based telescopes, it resembles a face surrounded by a fur parka. In this Hubble telescope image, the "fur parka" is really a disk of material embellished with a ring of comet-shaped objects, with their tails streaming away from the central, dying star. The Eskimo's "face" also contains some fascinating details. Although this bright central region resembles a ball of twine, it is, in reality, a bubble of material being blown into space by the central star's intense "wind" of high-speed material.
Credits: NASA, A. Fruchter and the ERO Team (STScI) 


Selected Writings Separated from the Original online Books by R.G. Pratten

Abraham believed God  Abraham's deep sleep of horror, and then rejoicing in seeing the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Gods Amnesty Program  The Simplicity of the Gospel or the Good News.

Christ, our Passover, the Unleavened Bread of Heaven. Removing the confusion of the crucifixion day, and burial of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Holy Spirit of Truth.  Know you not that you are the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Pentecost: The Birthday of Jesus Christ.  The Biblical Evidence that supports this one special High Sabbath Day of the Lord.

The Fountain of Living Water  There are three that bear witness: the Spirit and the Water and the Blood,
and these Three are One.  Truly, truly, I say unto you:  Except a man be born of Water and the Spirit,
you cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.

My Doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me,  Even as the Father said unto Me, so I speak. The Words of Jesus Christ, as the very Word of God, are precisely as the Father has given to Him, and in Communion it is the Father's Covenant Words that Jesus speaks.

John Calvin's Confusion  What God did not Decree.

Act 2: 42-45  The pattern of the early church worship should be the pattern of today's church.
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Following the Root of the Tree of Knowledge A Logical Rebuttal to Pelagianism and self justification
because of self idolatry: Human brain development and the 100 billion neurons of the brain that make up
the individual and autonomous self.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins A correction to the false assumptions within this parable. The 5 wise virgins had oil with them, while the 5 unwise virgins carried no oil with them whatsoever.


Books and Writings on this Web Site

The Book of Wisdom KJV 

The Wisdom of Sirach KJV  Also known as "Ecclesiasticus"

Enchiridion On Faith, Hope, and Love Saint Augustine - Newly translated and edited by Albert C Outler, Ph.D., D.D.

A Treatise on Grace and Free Will.  Extract from Augustine's "Retractations," Book 2 Chap. 66,

Institutes of the Christian Religion By John Calvin - Book 4 chapter 17 on the Eucharist. 
Most evangelical protestant pastors and teachers have apparently not read Calvin's treatise on
Communion and leave the whole of the wonderful mystery as purely symbolic.  A person is
wrong to follow uninformed teachers, and our suggestion is that the reader investigate for themselves
those things that Calvin may have correct and those that are in error.  Published in Latin in 1536.

Short Treatise on the Lord's Supper by John Calvin  - Written in 1540, published in 1541

Augustine's Exegesis of the Rock of Matthew 16:18 - Augustinian Excerpts Compiled by William Webster. 
A study compendium of the writings of Aurelius Augustinus, know as Augustine, Bishop of Hippo,
and his opinion of Who the Rock of Matthew 16 verse 18 is referring to, which is none other than Jesus
the Christ and not Peter.

St John of the Cross  Writings

The Temple: Its Ministries and Service by Alfred Edersheim (1825-1889)

The Lord's Table  by Andrew Murray (1828-1917) A wonderful devotional on Holy Communion.

Lutheran - Roman Catholic Joint Declaration of the Doctrine of Justification

The Imitation of Christ - Thomas a' Kempis

Heidelberg Catechism


The Roman Catholic Councils are provided on this website for references and links to
this website - Click on the right hand arrow for the menus.


Other Links

The Works of Josephus  By Sacred Texts

Bible Gateway

Study Light org Strong's Concordance - Combined King James and NAS Scripture References.

Catholic Encyclopedia

Christian Classics Ethereal Library

Reason's to Believe

301 Startling Proofs & Prophecies Proving That God Exists  Peter & Paul Lalonde 1996

Matthew Henry's Commentaries

Imitation of Christ_ Thomas A. Kempis  or

The Four Gospels chronologically ordered A supposed work by Richard Worth of combining the Gospel
scriptures into chronological order, apparently very similar to the harmony of the Diatessaron. The
Diatessaron was an early compilation of the four Gospels in harmony of time, written by Titianus a
round 170-175 AD.  I recommend reading  the "Last Supper "to have a better understanding of the
order of events at the Lord's Passover table.  The golden link is an excerpt taken from Mr. Worth's
chronological rendering of the Gospels.


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