The Transfiguration of Jesus the Messiah

Happy Epiphany for the last time in 2020!

Transfiguration Reflections: I'm sorry, I'm running late again. Every year on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, we celebrate the Transfiguration of Jesus the Messiah. It was an amazing religious experience and several pastors, including the Reverends Mike Phillips, Mike Hughes, and James Couser have called it "a Mountaintop Experience." This was the first "Mountaintop Experience" and it was the Glorification of Jesus on a mountaintop. Moses and Elijah came to give Jesus credibility to His disciples, St. Peter, St. James, and St. John the Evangelist, even though Jesus has credibility all by Himself and just by being Himself. God the Father Yahweh and the God the Holy Spirit also came to bless Jesus with Their Presences and for Yahweh to command us to listen to Jesus, because Jesus is His only begotten Son, the Messiah, the Savior of the world, and God the Son. 

Let us read the Gospel of St. Mark Chapter 9:1-9:

"9:1 And He said unto them, 'Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them, that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the Kingdom of God come with power.' And after six days Jesus taketh with Him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and He was transfigured before them. And His Raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. And there appeared unto them Elias (Elijah) with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter answered and said to Jesus, 'Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias (Elijah). For he wist (know) not, what to say; for they were sore afraid. And there was a cloud, that overshadowed them: and a Voice came out of the cloud, saying, 'This is My beloved Son: hear Him.' And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves. And as they came down from the mountain, He charged them, that they should tell no man, what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead" (KJV).

Let us also read 2 Peter 1:16-21:

"16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the Power and Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His Majesty. 17 For He received from God the Father Honour and Glory, when there came such a Voice to Him from the excellent Glory, 'This is My beloved Son, in Whom I AM well pleased.' 18 And this Voice, Which came from Heaven, we heard, when we were with Him in the holy mount. 19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well, that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake, as they were moved by the Holy Ghost" (KJV 1611).

March 2020 Book Signings:

1. I'll be having a book signing at the Jen's Furniture and Collectible (JFC) on the corner of High Street and Chestnut Street in St. Marys, Ohio on Saturday March 7, 2020 from 11 AM to 3 PM.

2. I'll be having a book signing at the 2020 Waynesfield Winterfest held at Waynesfield-Goshen High School in Waynesfield, Ohio on Saturday March 14, 2020 from 9 AM to 3 PM.

April 2020 Book Signing(s):

1. I'll be having a book at The Menagerie at 1178 Indiana Avenue in the St. Marys Business Complex in St. Marys, Ohio on Saturday April 4, 2020 from 11 AM to 5 PM.

2. I'll be having a book signing at the 2020 Arts Place Literature Festival held in Dicke Hall at Wright State Lake Campus in Celina, Ohio on Saturday April 18, 2020 from 9 AM to noon.

October 2020 Book Signing(s):

1. I'll be having a book signing at the Vaughnsville Craft and Vendor Show at the Vaughnsville Community Center in Vaughnsville from 11 AM to 5 PM.

Vaughnsville Craft and Vendor Show: I will be hosting the 2020 Vaughnsville Craft and Vendor Show on Saturday October 31, 2020 from 11 AM to 5 PM at the Vaughnsville Community Center on State Route 12 in Vaughnsville, Ohio. I'm looking for vendors to come and sell their merchandise. I'm pretty much open to anything legal and clean, but homemade baked goods and craft items are preferred. Please see my "2020 Vaughnsville Craft and Vendor Show: Vendor Entry Form" blog post for more information: 

My Green Irish Angel Statues: My Green Irish Angel Statues are really cute! They are only $1 each and they make great gifts. I have three kinds: 1. Cross-Bearing Angels, 2. Praying Angels, and 3. Angels Holding Butterflies. I like the Cross-Bearing Angels the best, because they are carrying Crosses. Each one bearing a Cross reminds us, that Jesus died on the True Cross to save every single person from death, Hell, Satan, Satan's Demons, Original Sin from Adam and Eve, and their personal sins. They're available exclusively at Jen's Furniture and Collectibles (JFC) on the corner High Street and Chestnut Street in between Circle K Gas Station and Zion Lutheran Church (NALC) in St. Marys, Ohio.

Stores Carrying My Books:  My books, which I’ve written and published, are also available at the following stores: Brunner News Agency on Flanders Avenue in Lima, Ohio, Jen’s Furniture and Collectibles (JFC) on High Street in St. Marys, Ohio, The Menagerie at 1178 Indiana Avenue in the St. Marys Business Complex in St. Marys, Ohio, Readmore Hallmark Stores out at Eastgate Plaza and on Elm Street in Lima, Ohio, Wagner’s IGA Grocery Store in Minster, Ohio, and in the Shop section of my website .

Thank you and Happy Epiphany of the last time in 2020!

James W. O’Flannery, President and Founder of Ohio Irish Lutheran Press (OIL Press)