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The Spirit of Prophecy, that men are tabernacles and vessels for aspects of divinity, and the temple now being fashioned throughout the earth by GOD are topics of a brief Scripture study, today.  Those willing to trust that the ancient things truly provide a platform for things that are yet to be also should be thoroughly familiar with the seventeen Scriptures presented, here.  Unfortunately, for many, the outcry for a new temple emerges from our finite human aspect we call the flesh (i.e., appetite such as hunger, thirst, cravings for sex; sensation such as hearing, seeing, tasting touching; emotional/mental functions such as desire, fear, imagination, recall).  Those who don’t correctly know the terms of their own covenant are quick to say, that there must be sacrifice, and sacrifice is always the giving of blood.  Yet, in the acceptable sacrifice of Isaac upon Mount Moriah, not one drop of human blood was spilled, for GOD provided a lamb.  The sacred operations from GOD employing Abraham and Isaac must be seen as more than that of circumcision, covenant, and deliverance; there are also redemption and salvation.  Like the tabernacle, the pair portrayed the “pattern of things in heaven,” the relationship for the divine Father and Son.  Redeemed from the altar, the offerings from the earthly father and son were themselves as living sacrifices and everlasting commitments through displays of such divine spiritual content as faith, gratitude, hope, humility, love, obedience, respect, and trust.  Christian and Jewish believers are to carefully consider that, where it was possible through operations of divinity for men to receive the Spirit from GOD that was upon Moses, it is also possible to receive the Spirit that was upon Jesus.  Lacking a spirit from GOD, much of what is being said concerning a temple for GOD is correctly heard as a blood-thirsty war cry.

 

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26 But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad:  and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle:  and they prophesied in the camp.

27 And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp.

28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them.

29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD’S people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!  (Numbers 11:  26-29, KJV)

 

Romans 15:  4 (KJV)  4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

Exodus 31:  1-6 (KJV)  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  2 See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:  3 And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,  4 To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,  5 And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.  6 And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan:  and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee;

Numbers 11:  16-17 (KJV)  16 And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee.  17 And I will come down and talk with thee there:  and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.

Numbers 11:  23-25 (KJV)  23 And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD’S hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.  24 And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the LORD, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle.  25 And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders:  and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.

Numbers 27:  15-23 (KJV)  15 And Moses spake unto the LORD, saying,  16 Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,  17 Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd.  18 And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;  19 And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight.  20 And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.  21 And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the LORD:  at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.  22 And Moses did as the LORD commanded him:  and he took Joshua, and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation:  23 And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.

Deuteronomy 18:  18-22 (KJV)  18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.  19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.  20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.  21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?  22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously:  thou shalt not be afraid of him.

Deuteronomy 34: 7-12 (KJV)  7 And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died:  his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.  8 And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days:  so the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.  9 And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him:  and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses.  10 And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,  11 In all the signs and the wonders, which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land,  12 And in all that mighty hand, and in all the great terror which Moses shewed in the sight of all Israel.

Isaiah 11:  1-5 (KJV)  1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:  2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;  3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD:  and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:  4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth:  and he shall smite the earth:  with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.  5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

Isaiah 63:  11  (KJV)  11 Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put his holy Spirit within him?

John 3:  1-10 (KJV)  1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:  2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God:  for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.  3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?  5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.  8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth:  so is every one that is born of the Spirit.  9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?  10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?

Acts 2:  16-24 (KJV)  16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;  17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:  18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:  19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:  20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:  21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.  22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:  23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:  24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death:  because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

Acts 2:  32-39 (KJV)  32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.  33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.  34 For David is not ascended into the heavens:  but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,  35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.  36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.  37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?  38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Romans 3:  21-31 (KJV)  21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;  22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe:  for there is no difference:  23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:  25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;  26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness:  that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.  27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay:  but by the law of faith.  28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.  29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:  30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.  31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid:  yea, we establish the law.

Romans 8:  5-9 (KJV)  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.  Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Hebrews 9:  11-15 (KJV)  11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;  12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.  13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:  14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

Hebrews 9:  19-28 (KJV)  19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,  20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.  21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.  22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.  23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.  24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:  25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;  26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world:  but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.  27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

 

For Christians, to insist upon the righteousness of Jesus Christ is to insist that GOD now has established a Spirit within created beings and living creatures that was not imparted in the beginning, and that enables believers to recognize and resist sin.  Through Christ, the living are more established “in the image of God” to express and demonstrate the righteousness of the Father, and of the Spirit.  Rather than a point of conflict and division, Christ has been given as a point of accord and communion:  The primary reason to acknowledge the blood of Jesus as provided by GOD, and sufficient for all the demands of atonement, judgment, and sanctification is that mankind should always insist upon the integrity and righteousness of GOD.  Here again, readers are asked to add those verses or passages from Scripture that they would like to share in the comments area (below).  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the workings of divinity that resides within you.  Grow in grace.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The divine creation of the armies of Israel, the separating judgment against Jericho, and more on deliverance and interventions by GOD are topics, today.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Edgar” (Level 1 with 113 points, a member since July 1, 2013) posted the following:

How was the Walls of Jericho justified?

How did God let Moses take down a city with innocent civilians after the 40- year wait? How could this be even be justified? War in many beliefs are seen as immoral and barbaric. Could’nt they just go wander off the desert somewhere else and find it with another route to the Promised Land? No need to harm others.

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We don’t know what even occurred in the supposed land of Jericho? They just said no entry and that’s it. Look at immigration. Many Christians support this form of entry and you go against a border?

So war is acceptable in terms of favoritism? Sounds like Lord of the Rings to me.

THE BATTLE AXE:  GOD Intervenes? (07/01/2013)—When speaking of GOD, believers repeatedly seek to acknowledge the authority, exalted majesty and sovereign power of the Creator as well as what are supposed to be the supernatural aspects of divinity.  Included may be such features as foreknowledge, immortality, omnipresence, and omniscience.  However, the actual process of GOD within the life of believers appears through features of their routine, daily living.   Those who choose baptism must internalize and continually respond to spirit matter from GOD (we say, divine DNA, or the imparted, indwelling Spirit).  A person may say they have been prevented from self-destruction and wickedness (saved or stopped) because their attitudes, awareness, behavior, and conduct are altered through sacred knowledge; exchange, interaction and sharing within a covenant community; unselfish giving and service; and the acquisition of eternal goals and purposes.  See Romans 6:  3-6, Ephesians 2:  10 and Colossians 3:  1-25, KJV.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;  And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:  Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.  For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.  But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.  For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God:  the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.  The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:  But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.  Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;  And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them:  he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.  (Deuteronomy 7:  1-10, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  What to Take Literally (03/11/2013); A GOD of War? (03/12/2013); “Authorized Personnel Only”? (03/13/2013); Why So Much Murder? (01/12/2013); Confusion 2013 (01/13/2013); Why Did The Judges Fight? (10/19/2012); The Spirit is Willing (10/20/2012); Violence In The Bible (02/26/2012); (09/13/2011) Dispatch 34:  The Servant Must Not Strive

Edgar, here are some points that Christian believers find useful for understanding the things from GOD that are recorded as the Holy Bible:

(1)  Sacred writings require more than simply descriptions of people and places, facts or statistics, and sequential narrative.  A reader must proceed with a knowledge of divine law, various sacred operations (such as covenant, judgment, promise, and prophecy), and a clear view of eternal purposes.  The Bible provides a divine point of view reporting sacred events through thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years.

(2)  In the same way we are told GOD created the nation of Israel, GOD created the armies of Israel.  The mixed multitude that fled from Egypt after witnessing the plagues (i.e., judgments) against Pharaoh  consisted primarily of farmers, shepherds and livestock handlers who had no knowledge of tactics, strategies or weapons.  Many miracles to establish discipline and divine order are recorded, even that men should use a paddle to bury what would come from their bodies when they relieve themselves.  Just as armies may be destroyed in the kitchen (through their food becoming contaminated), the health of a camp is preserved through maintenance of the sleeping quarters (the bedroom), and by having a proper latrine area (we say, bathroom).

(3)  Jericho was a “fenced” or walled city, and was seen by all as an impregnable stronghold—a siege there could last an entire generation (40 years).  Therefore, overcoming Jericho quickly would set the tone for all further encounters.  Jericho was the first major assault in the Promised Land, the first assault without Moses, and the first assault with Joshua as leader.  Not only were there issues of confidence, élan and morale, the Israelites all (men, women and children) would have to engage issues of covenant-keeping, faith, obedience, and recognizing the active presence of GOD.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example,  (4)  For centuries, the men of seven tribes were in covenant with GOD, and had prospered upon the land that Israel was now to receive.  Like Pharaoh, after repeated backsliding, betrayal, covenant-breaking, idol worship, ignored warnings, malice toward GOD, and sin the seven tribes finally came under separating judgment, and were to be utterly destroyed and removed.  Instead of brute force, another form of power was revealed that could only be acknowledged as from GOD.)   Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Whether it is mandatory to confess sins to the clergy is the topic, today. Also, there is more on outgrowing childhood prayers. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Donald” (Level 6 with 12,780 points, a member since May 12, 2009) posted the following:


If its mandatory to confess our sins to a Catholic Priest, is it a sin if we confess our sins to God only?

Why would we need to bypass God to please the Catholic Church?


THE BATTLE AXE: Outgrowing Childhood Prayers? (04/07/2013)—We of the church must first triumph in relationship to GOD as our Father through Jesus Christ, within our hearts and thoughts, rather than in society and in the streets. For both children and mature Christian believers, where all that is spoken in prayer can be accounted as truth, prayer is equal to praise and testimony in judgment. Even so, the most important aspect of prayer is often nonverbal, and is not a matter of the words we speak. Thus, instead of exaggerations, flattery, and guile, attitudes of humility and respect ensure our access to GOD. Included are allowing our thoughts to be directed by sacred truth, bowing, genuflecting, folding our hands together to hold them back from sin, and waiting in silence. (See Romans 8: 26-27, KJV.) Privately speaking in tongues has importance and value for ones personal growth in the Spirit that can be recognized and understood by all within the church. However, speaking the truth with understanding, and prophecy are more necessary for growth and order within any assembly. (See 1st Corinthians 14: 1-5, KJV.) Many believers deliberately speak using prayers recorded in the Bible, and language from the holy writings. Christian adults also accept that intent and purpose are aspects of prayer. As a result, while we strive to be open, honest and thorough in prayer, confessing our faults and needs, believers respectfully leave many things unsaid. Included are complaints, condemnation of others, defiance, insults, and requests for permission to violate divine law and sacred order. (See Hebrews 4: 12 , Daniel 9: 3-22, Matthew 6: 9-15 and Luke 11: 1-4, KJV.) We receive opportunities for prayer as a gift; however, they are also aspects of duty—things that must be done (like it, don’t like it) despite every difficulty, inconvenience, and sacrifice that may be required. Just as parents are to guide their children in the things from GOD for life and love, it is also the duty of children to refresh, and share with their parents from the fountain of GOD’s spirit that our children receive.


THE GOLDEN ARROW: So Joshua rose up early in the morning, and brought Israel by their tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken: And he brought the family of Judah; and he took the family of the Zarhites: and he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man; and Zabdi was taken: And he brought his household man by man; and Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken. And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me. And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it. (Joshua 7: 16-21, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Why Confess Before Priest (02/27/2012); GOD Was Sorry? (02/28/2012); Girdle 4: The Sin of Achan (11/19/2011); Binder 27: Confession (10/24/2011); Dispatch 46: Effectual Fervent Prayer (09/25/2011); Confess? Yes! (02/20/2011); “Subtle” (02/21/2011); Why Confess? (12/16/2010); Mercy is Just? (12/17/2010)

    
     Donald, where you will first show respect to GOD in prayer, the following points should have great clarity:

(1.) Pastors, priests, deacons, elders, and other clergy are to be respected as spiritually anointed and experienced agents or spokespersons that make GOD present and visible in the reality of believers.

(2.) As with chastisement and punishment a child receives from their parents in the home, the effectiveness of confession as a process to gain cleansing, peace of mind, and spiritual strength comes only by agreement, covenant, obedience, and willing submission. 
 
(3.) Many are disheartened by their continuing need for spiritual increase and power, for it usually appears as confusion, infirmity, unbelief and weakness. Those appointed as intercessors and mediators in the church also are in the same condition; and, therefore, are fit to stand on our behalf, and with us as companions.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) The demands upon the congregation are binding, and mandatory upon believers through faith and trust toward GOD. In most instances, the order and structure in place have been experimentally and experientially tested for hundreds of years, and through thousands of lives. Outcomes and results have been approved because they have provided true sacred benefit.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC