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Blaise Pascal, (born June 19, 1623, Clermont-Ferrand, France—died August 19, 1662, Paris), French mathematician, physicist, religious philosopher, and master of prose. He laid the foundation for the modern theory of probabilities, formulated what came to be known as Pascal’s principle of pressure, and propagated a religious doctrine that taught the experience of God through the heart rather than through reason. The establishment of his principle of intuitionism had an impact on such later philosophers as Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Henri Bergson and also on the Existentialists

Further, by rejecting any double standard of morality and the distinction between counsel and precept, Pascal aligned himself with those who believe the ideal of evangelical perfection to be inseparable from the Christian life. Although there was nothing original in these opinions, Pascal nevertheless stamped them with the passionate conviction of a man in love with the absolute, of a man who saw no salvation apart from a heartfelt desire for the truth, together with a love of God that works continually toward destroying all self-love. For Pascal, morality cannot be separated from spirituality. Moreover, his own spiritual development can be traced in the Provinciales. The religious sense in them becomes progressively refined after the first letters, in which the tone of ridicule is smart rather than charitable.

Pascal finally decided to write his work of Christian apologetics, Apologie de la religion chrétienne, as a consequence of his meditations on miracles and other proofs of Christianity. The work remained unfinished at his death. Between the summers of 1657 and 1658, he put together most of the notes and fragments that editors have published under the inappropriate title Pensées (“Thoughts”). In the Apologie, Pascal shows the man without grace to be an incomprehensible mixture of greatness and abjectness, incapable of truth or of reaching the supreme good to which his nature nevertheless aspires. A religion that accounts for these contradictions, which he believed philosophy and worldliness fail to do, is for that very reason “to be venerated and loved.” The indifference of the skeptic, Pascal wrote, is to be overcome by means of the “wager”: if God does not exist, the skeptic loses nothing by believing in him; but if he does exist, the skeptic gains eternal life by believing in him. Pascal insists that men must be brought to God through Jesus Christ alone, because a creature could never know the infinite if Jesus had not descended to assume the proportions of man’s fallen state.

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Ephesians 1:7–10 // Part 5 // Grace Flows from Joy in the Trinity

 

This is why the Bible constantly talks about grace and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.

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I always watch John Piper for almost 4 years… Thanks for all the messages. God bless… Keep safe.

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I’m just glad we serve a kind God. Or he serves us as we try live in service. He is so loving! We are in a universe of love.
“Breathtaking!” Indeed. Praise God for His great love, mercy and grace!

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God Bless You and Your ministry. 🤗👍🏾💖

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What a way to wake up Father. You are so so so so good to us. Yet I deserve none you give it all. All glory to you my Lord. Thank you. As well thank you Pastor. I’m in such a place I can’t describe this morning. All glory to God. In the name of our KING JESUS CHRIST amen 🙏 🙌 ❤ 🤍

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🕊In lord’s faithfulness, I submit to his will in prayer and seek for his blessing.😇

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Thank you for this reminder on how we should view grace and view the world. God is indeed most glorified in us when we’re most satisfied in him 👍

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Hallelujah!! How precious a truth.

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ALL Glory to God in Jesus Name through The Holy Spirit!
2nd death happening now an it is the locus plague lead by angel of death applyon revelation 9 (1st death) The covid 19 They call It but nope its the rapture , Virus spit out wicked, but takes the righteous Isaiah 57:1 1260, has passed (1290, has passed revelation 13, covenant) (1st death / first fruits has passed1335, revelation 14, rapture June 6, 2020) 1455 trumpet 6 full effect (around sept 4th 2020) Now 2nd death both righteous and Wicked perish 6 trumpet lower population 3rd of humans will die Thee anti-christ https://youtu.be/dRINbY0hRkw Thee rapture happening now! https://youtu.be/HH1OarkZ6FM Thee timeline https://youtu.be/xD7gtMagc3E God said prove all things, I am that women from revelation 12:17 be part of my offspring. Do You know Him ?
1 John2:4 DO YOU LOVE HIM? John14:15 WILL BE MAKING IT, INTO HIS GATES? Revelations 22:14 SO WHENEVER SOMEONE COMES AND TELLS ME, YOU DONT HAVE TO FOLLOW COMMANDMENTS. EVEN THOUGH I TOLD YOU, HE CAME AND TOLD ME YOU DO!!! ALL I HEAR, IS THIS PERSON IS A LIAR, THIS PERSON DOES NOT LOVE GOD. THE TRUTH IS NOT IN THIS PERSON!!! THIS PERSON WILL NOT BE MAKING IT, THROUGH HIS GATES!!!!!!! MUST BE BAPTISED CAN BE DONE IN OWN TUB , ASK IT BE DONE, UNDER GODS EYES, CHILDREN ALSO ONES OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG! TEACH CHILDREN WAY OF THE LORD 1.Don’t lie, 2.Don’t steal, 3.DONT KILL, 4.NO ADULTERY, 5.NO SEX BEFORE MARRAIGE, 6. RESPECT MOTHER AND FATHER, 7.REMEMBER SABBATH KEEP IT HOLY(CHURCH OR READ BIBLE FOR CHURCH, no buying or selling) 8. No idols or graven images,( no crosses, angels, Bibles, touched during prayer, GOD IS ALIVE AND UP THERE) 9. DONT SAY Gods name in vain,( if your not talking to Him or of HIM , don’t say His name in vain, just from hitting your toe…) 10. Don’t covet your neighbor A. don’t be jealous of anyone’s things , house wife kids… (Keeps bitterness , Satan out of your heart) B. Forgive all who have hurt you (removes bitterness from heart C. love thy neighbor, love one another, Prove it n pray for everyone to be saved Repent immediately after any broken Eat clean ! not unclean, sanctify body temple! ( Leviticus11:44-45) Be circumcized , ark of covenant palms 89:34 Time is running out Bare witness!!!! 2019 hurricane https://youtu.be/__C0-3ALagw
I am deeply thankful that I discovered this website and John Piper. This is be kind of teaching I have been hungering for for so long. Thank you Holy Spirit, God, and son for gracing me out and bringing me here.💗🙏

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Praise God for his precious Love!!! Praise To the Lord for His Salvation!! I thank God for you John Piper.How delicious is the word of our Lord. Amen Amen!!!

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I think we only allow grace to flow when we gives praise, glory, approval, credit, honour, compliments to Christ and through Christ to the heavenly father. The holy ghost/spirit is the grace which flows from Christ. What do you guys think?
Amazing John, thank you very much.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Gen1:27 So think about this or you might be in error again.
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Cover photo: These photos are commonly used when telling the story of  Sarah Rector, however her descendants claim these are not her.

Rectifying Sarah Rector, “The Richest Black Girl in America” and her family

By Diane Euston

The two photos side-by-side, one of a child in a plaid dress and the other of a woman with her hair pulled simply back, have been timelessly interpreted to be “the richest black girl in America,” Sarah Rector – the very same Sarah Rector who lived out the majority of her life in Kansas City.

I have some important news to share with all of America: those images are not Sarah Rector.

Sarah Rector, courtesy of the Rector descendant

Just over a century ago, headlines spilled across America and the world and are misrepresentations (along with the photos) of what really happened to Sarah Rector, her money and her family. The most important part of this saga is the simple fact that her family got lost within the tabloids– tabloids worldwide that painted a picture of a poor little black girl from Oklahoma who slept on dirt floors, struck it rich, was taken advantage of and lived frivolously.

Some of these statements are partially true, but the true story of Sarah should be told through her family.

I was lucky that a line of the Rectors – Sarah’s nieces- were willing to talk to me and share their stories.

Slavery Within the Creek Indians

Sarah’s luck hit in part because of her ancestry and the way in which land allotments for Native Americans- and their freedmen slaves- occurred in Oklahoma. Sarah’s paternal grandparents were likely born in slavery inside of the Creek tribe in eastern Alabama.   The chief of the tribe, an Alabama-born man named Opothle Yohola (1778-1863), was one of these leaders who owned slaves. One of his slaves was Mollie, Sarah Rector’s great-grandmother.

Statehood and Land Allotments

Freedmen like Sarah’s relatives born into slavery were eligible for land allotments according to a treaty reached in 1866. Each freedman was given 160 acres of land. The Creek Freedmen settled in an area known as Blackjack near Muskogee, OK.

Joe Rector (b. 1878) met and married Rose Jackson (b. 1886), and by 1907, they were living in a two-room cabin outside of Taft, population 250, on Rose’s land allotment. They had three children: Becky (b. 1901), Sarah (b. 1902) and Joe, Jr. (b. 1906). At this time, the government was doling out the last of the Indian allotments before Oklahoma was admitted as a state.

By the time they had their chance to get a hold of land for their children, the pickings were slim. Becky’s land was in Okfuskee County, and Sarah and Joe, Jr. ended up with parcels  50 miles northwest of Taft. Sarah’s land was near a bend along the Cimarron River valued at around $500. At $3.50 an acre, she wasn’t shouting “I’m rich!” just yet.

Land also required payment of taxes per year. Not in a position to pay for all of the acreage, Joe was able to get rid of Becky’s land but was having trouble finding anyone to buy the rest.

By 1911, leasing land to oil-diggers presented a new opportunity for the Rector’s land. Joe ended up quite satisfied when he was able to lease Sarah’s land to an oil company where he received a bonus of $160.

Headline from the Kansas City Star, September 6, 1913
A “Gusher” Changes Everything

In March, 1912, oil driller B.B. Jones started to assemble the necessary equipment to check out Sarah’s land near the Cimarron River. Any oil produced would give a 12.5 percent royalty to the land owner.

In late August 1913, B.B. Jones produced a “gusher” on the land. Quickly, this oil gusher produced 2,500 barrels of oil per day. Sarah’s cut per day was $300. By this point, Sarah was the second oldest of six children, her parents welcoming Alfred, Lillie and little Rosie by 1913.

Additionally, Joe and Rose now had a daughter who was transformed as a little black girl from Taft to a millionaire headline overnight. Headlines such as “Girl’s $112,000 a Year,” “Negro Girl Will Pay Largest Tax,” and “Negro Girl Rich From Oil- Has Income of $475 Daily – More Soon” sensationalized the story of a small girl and her family’s reality.

Rumors Circulate 

Sarah and her siblings were perfectly content staying in Taft and living a somewhat normal life, but that didn’t seem to be the idea of those outsiders looking in.

Due to her newfound wealth, publications across America wrote of marriage proposals, especially those that came from four white men from Germany. “Evidently the color of an heiress does not matter if the color of her gold is genuine,” wrote Edward Curd, Sarah’s attorney. He also concluded that the men that wrote her were “fine looking chaps.”

By October 1913, 11-year-old Sarah received $11,567 in royalties from the gusher.

It was an article in a respectable black newspaper called the Chicago Defender that turned their worlds upside down. In November 1913, not aware of the monthly allotments Sarah was getting, the newspaper headline read “Richest Colored Girl Forced to Live in Shack.” Claims were made that Sarah was sleeping on the floor and her guardian was only giving her a few dollars a month. It went on to claim that her parents were “ignorant.”

The truth was that her parents were given money monthly to take care of her, and a new five-room home was being built on land purchased. She wasn’t sleeping on a dirt floor as had been reported, but the NAACP was more than concerned. Booker T. Washington even reportedly visited their home.

The NAACP was able to convince the Rectors to send Sarah to the Tuskegee Institute’s elementary school called the Children’s Home. Her mother insisted that older sister Becky go along to ensure her younger sister was tended to. Even after Sarah and Becky left for Alabama for better schooling, the newspapers reported that they were living in a tent.

The Rector Mansion at 2000 E. 12th St.Headline from the Kansas City Star, September 6, 1913
The Move to Kansas City

By the time Sarah was 18, she was worth well over one million dollars. Likely in order to escape scrutiny and not wanting to be the target of some greedy party’s act, Sarah’s family secretly slipped away and moved north to Kansas City by 1917. “Mama Rose,” as her family called her, was in charge of Sarah’s money until she was able to get control at the age of 20.

By 1920, the Rector family was living in a beautiful brick mansion at 2000 E. 12th St. that was purchased by Mama Rose for $20,000 from Henry S. Ferguson, president of the U.S. Water & Steam Supply Company. He had lived in the home for over 17 years. Today, people refer to the house inaccurately as the “Sarah Rector Mansion” when the truth is her mother purchased it and her whole family lived there.

The entire frontage of 12th St. from Euclid to Garfield was bought by Rector money and rented out to people for additional income. The family resided in this home until shortly after the Stock Market Crash where it was then purchased by the Adkins Funeral Home.

The Tragic Death of Joe

Joe wasn’t in the best of health, but when a friend from back home named Jim Manuel was serving time in the penitentiary, he contacted Joe and claimed to have property in Mexico that had been found to have oil on it.  In order for Jim to show Joe where the alleged $40 million oil gusher was in Mexico, he had to be free. In turn, Joe was able to talk his wife (allegedly) into paying his $8,000 bond plus $2,000 in expenses to go to Tampico, Mexico and get his half.

Manuel and Joe arrived in Mexico on Joe’s dollar but all the money evaporated while trying to target this land in Tampico. Not too long afterward, Manuel disappeared into the sunset and Joe, embarrassed, finally wired his wife for the money to get home. Defeated, he “sobbed all the way” to Dallas on a train where he ended up in Baylor Hospital. Shortly thereafter, he died and was buried in Blackjack Cemetery in Taft.

”Mama Rose” Rector (1886-1957), taken inside the Rector Mansion in the 1920s. Photo courtesy of the Rector descendants. 
 Living a Million Dollar Lifestyle 

The ladies loved finer clothing, but being African American, they were not allowed to shop alongside white patrons in stores on  Petticoat Lane. Many stores, including Emery, Bird, Thayer & Co., would close down and allow the Rector women to shop freely.

Sarah married her first husband, Kenneth Campbell, in 1920. He focused on real estate development and his car dealership at 18th and Vine. She had three boys. Sarah and her mother were known for their fancy Cadillacs, Lincolns and a Rolls Royce limo they raced around town. In fact, both women appeared to have a bit of a lead foot. Several speeding tickets were issued to both of them–especially to Sarah.

When she was pulled over in her shiny green and black Cadillac, Sarah would cockily turn to the officer and say, “Don’t you know who I am?!”

  After the Stock Market Crash, a major dent was put into the finances of the Rector family. To be clear, Sarah still had quite a bit of money, but she didn’t have the ability to throw money around like she had once. Her siblings all took on jobs- her mother even for a time went back to working as a maid.

Most of the fancy parties that Sarah had where celebrities such as Duke Ellington would attend weren’t at the Rector mansion- they were at her home at 2600 Lockridge where she had purchased several homes on the block. She married her second husband, William Crawford, and lived a relatively quiet life. Mama Rose died in 1957, and Sarah passed in 1967 from a cerebral hemorrhage.

Ironically, her body was brought to C.K. Kerford Funeral Home. Her last stop in Kansas City was none other than the old Rector Mansion, now a funeral home. Her final resting place in the ground was back where the story begins–in Taft, in a peaceful parcel of land known as Blackjack Cemetery.

Sarah Rector at her farm in Wyandotte County. Courtesy of the Rector descendants 
Remembering the Rector Legacy 

The family didn’t leave Kansas City as some like to report; five generations of Rector descendants still call this place home. They have sat back quietly as the rumors about their family recirculate every so often, as that false photo of Sarah is placed at the top of newspaper headlines and social media posts.

They drive by the abandoned Rector Mansion, boarded up and falling into disrepair, wishing that they could find a way to buy it back and bring it to its former glory.

“We would like to see the house restored and have it become a historic landmark and museum,” the Rector descendants told me around the kitchen table covered with photos, records and family papers. “We have things we would like to share with everyone.”

Today, their history is kept alive by relentless Rector women making sure their story from now on is told right.

Diane Euston writes a regular history column regarding the Kansas City area on her blog The New Santa Fe Trailer.

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APC candidate for the Edo Governorship Election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, holds the party's flag during his campaign flag-off in Benin-city on August 4, 2020.
APC candidate for the Edo Governorship Election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, holds the party’s flag during his campaign flag-off in Benin-city on August 4, 2020.

 

The All Progressives Congress on Saturday flagged off its campaign ahead of the Governorship election in Edo state on September 19.

The event took place at the University of Benin’s Sports Complex, Benin-city.

Dignitaries who were present include the Yobe State Governor and Chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee, Mr. Mai Mala-Buni, Governors of Kano, Imo, Kaduna, Osun, and former Chairman of the party, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, as well as some Ministers.

Before the campaign flag-off, the APC Governorship Candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and his guests paid a courtesy visit to the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II to seek his blessings.

On Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari had endorsed Ize-Iyamu who is set to square off against incumbent and PDP candidate, Godwin Obaseki in the polls.

At the flag-off, Kano state governor and chairman of APC national campaign, Abdullahi Ganduje, said the party is confident of victory and will perform better than the current administration in the state.

The APC flag-off event in Edo took place at the University of Benin's Sports Complex on August 8, 2020.
The APC campaign flag-off event took place at the University of Benin’s Sports Complex.

 

The APC’s flag-off comes on the heels of dramatic events in the state’s House of Assembly.

On Thursday, some men damaged the roof and mace of the state’s House of Assembly as police sealed the building.

“We are here to win and not to fight,” Mr. Mala-Buni, the APC chief, said at the flag-off. “But we must ensure that every vote counts.”

“We have to conclude that this election will be won by APC,” Kano State Governor, Ganduje said, brushing the air with the party’s broom, the sun on his face.

In his flag-off speech, Ize-Iyamu sounded confident of victory.

“With the people you have seen with me today, will you say we are in the opposition?” he said. “Can anybody say that we have been intimidated?”

He went on to promise not just to win the election, but sweep all 18 local governments in the state.

“Never again should we have a Governor who will describe Edo youths as miscreants,” an energetic Oshiomhole said. “It is the business of Governors and of governments to empower the poor and elevate them to a position of dignity.”

 

 

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