Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’33They answered him, ‘We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, “You will be made free”?’
34 Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there for ever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
Translation: Then Jesus said to the Judeans, the ones who had faithed in him, "If you abide in my word, truly you are my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." They answered him, "We are seeds of Abraham, and we have never been slaves to anyone. How do you say, 'You will become free people?'"
Jesus answered them, "Truly, Truly, I say to you, anyone doing a sin is a slave of sin. But the slave does not abide in the house forever. The son abides forever. If, then, the son makes you free, you will be free in reality."
Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. 2He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. 3In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ 4For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, 5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’” 6And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? 8I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
Translation: But he spoke a parable to them concerning their need always to pray and not to lose heart, saying, 'A certain judge was in a certain city not fearing God nor respecting human beings. But there was a widow in that city, and she was coming to him, saying, 'Avenge me from my opponent,' and he was not willing for a time.
But after this, he said to himself, 'Though I am not fearing God nor respecting human beings, yet because this widow gives me trouble, I will avenge her, so that she might not come (and) give me a black eye to the end.' But the Lord said, 'Listen what the unjust judge says. But will not God do the vengeance of his elect, the ones crying to him day and night? Will he have patience with them? I say to you that he will do his vengeance quickly. Nevertheless, the Son of Humanity having come, will he find the faith upon the earth?"
Denver's oldest cemetary is in Globeville, site of this year's Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project for Habitat for Humanity. It was established in 1876, the year Colorado joined the Union.
Over 1000 Union veterans of the civil war are buried here, including three recipients of the Medal of Honor. About 15 Confederate veterans have also been confirmed. Among those who rest in peace at Riverside are:
David Day. He lied about his age to join the Union Army. He fought at Shiloh and Vicksburg, and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service at Vicksburg. He later owned the Solid Muldoon newspaper in Ouray, and then the Durango Democrat.
Wellington Sprague was a Captain in the 16th US Infantry, and was wounded twice during the siege of Richmond and Petersburg.
Richard Sopris was Captain of Company C of the 1st Colorado Infantry. They defeated Confederate forces at the Battle of Glorieta in New Mexico. Glorieta is the western-most battle of the civil war. He later served three terms as Mayor of Denver. Mt. Sopris, south of Glenwood Springs, is named in his honor.
Sam Howe was in the 5th US Cavalry which was involved in more than 125 battles and skirmishes. Howe was present at Appomattox Courthouse when General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant. After the war, Howe was a Denver policeman for 41 years.
Smith Hastings received the Medal of Honor for disobeying an order. From his award citation: "While in command of a squadron in rear guard of a cavalry division...was attacked by the enemy and, orders having been given to abandon the guns of a section of field artillery that were in imminent danger of capture, (Hastings) disregarded the orders received and aided in repelling the attack and saving the guns."
Albert Jones was with the 9th New York Infantry. He later rose to the rank of General with the Colorado National Guard. Jones is credited with helping to acquire the two cannons that now sit in front of the State Capitol. He was the US Marshal for Colorado in 1890.
Sam Logan served in the 1st and 3rd Colorado regiments. After the attack on Fort Sumter, southern sympathizers had raised a Confederate banner over the Wallington and Murphy store in central Denver. Logan climbed on the roof and tore down the flag.
Watson Evans joined the 74th Illinois Infantry. In 1864, he joined the 15th United States Colored Infantry.
George Kelley won the Medal of Honor for his service in the 104th Ohio Infantry. In a battle in Tennessee, Kelley captured the flag belonging to "Cheatham's Corps" of the CSA.
James Davis is one of several black soldiers buried at Riverside. He did not serve in a black regiment, but rather with the 1st Colorado Cavalry.
Frances Klock is one of the few women buried at Riverside who has a civil war history. She was a charter member of the Women's Relief Corps, auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic. After the war, she worked hard for womens' suffrage, and Colorado became the second state, after Wyoming, to grant women the right to vote. In 1893, she was one of three women in the nation who were elected to a state legislature.
John Routt was a captain in the 94th Illinois Infantry. He was the first elected Governor of the State of Colorado. Routt County is named for him.
Silas Soule was part of a group that tried to rescue John Brown after Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry. At the outbreak of war, Soule volunteered with the 1st Colorado Cavalry. His action at Glorieta led to his promotion to Captain. He and about 250 men were ordered to join Colonel John Chivington and the 3rd Colorado in their attack on an Indian village at Sand Creek. Soule objected to the plan. The following day, Soule refused to order his men to participate in the infamous attack.
Riverside Cemetary is owned by Fairmount cemetery, but is no longer maintained by them and no one has been buried there since 2005. Friends of Riverside Cemetary was organized to support awareness and preservation of Riverside. I am indebted to local historian, Raymond Thal, for the information in this post.
11On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. 15Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. 16He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. 17Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? 18Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”
Translation: And it happened, as he was going to Jerusalem, he was passing through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a certain village, ten leprous men met him, who stood at a distance. And they lifted up a voice, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." And he saw (and) said to them, "Go, show yourselves to the priests."
And it happened, as they went, they were cleansed. But one of them, seeing that he had been healed, returned, praising God with a loud voice, and he fell down upon his face at his feet, giving thanks to him. And he was a Samaritan.
But Jesus answered (and) said, "Were there not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found returning to give praise to God except this foreigner?" And he said to him, "Rise and go. Your faith has saved you."
The south has been insisting on its own way ever since the Constitution of the United States was written, including while it was being written.
They're at it again. The tea party caucus, overwhelmingly white and southern, refuses to recognize and is actively subverting a law that provides universal health insurance coverage.
The first President to propose a national health care plan was a Republican, Teddy Roosevelt. The Democratic Party has supported universal coverage since Harry Truman.
President Obama ran for president on universal health care. The Affordable Care Act was passed by both houses of Congress, declared constitutional by the Supreme Court, and the President who proposed it was re-elected by five million votes. In a constitutional republic, this is supposed to count.
But no, the southerners don't like it. Joan Walsh slices and dices southern GOP history to remind us of the racial bias that has animated the GOP since at least 1964. She remembers Lee Atwater in particular. He's the one who famously said:
You start out in 1954 by saying, “N–ger, n–ger, n–ger.” By 1968 you can’t say “n–ger” — that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites … “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “N–ger, n–ger.”
"Defund Obamacare" is the new "states' rights". What could be worse than a black president passing a law that, in many minds, helps black people?
In fact, government itself is synonymous in some peoples' minds with helping black people, and is probably the main reason a certain constituency thinks government is the root of all evil. (Actually, money is. I just checked. 1 Tim 6:10)
When I was growing up in a rural Kansas environment back in the late 1950's and early 1960's, people liked and generally trusted the government. We were farmers, and a certain natural grousing about the government comes with the territory, but, overall, even we farmers thought the government was doing a good job.
"I'm from the federal government and I'm hear to help you." That's the sarcastic punch-line of a supposed joke that I first heard in 1974, told by then Congressman Robert J. Dole.
What had happened between 1964, when my conservative civics teacher was singing the benefits of the New Deal, and 1974, when Cong. Dole thought it politically wise to unleash an anti-government zinger? The civil rights movement, when government (finally) came down on the side of black people. For some, the government has been the enemy ever since.
5The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. 7“Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’? 8Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? 9Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? 10So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!’”
Translation: The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith." And the Lord said, "if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you. But which of you, having a slave plowing or tending sheep, who comes in out of the field, will say to him, 'Come immediately and sit down to eat'. But will he not say to him, 'Prepare something which I might eat, and fastening garments, serve me as I eat and drink, and after this, you will eat and drink'? Does he not have grace to the servant because he did the things commanded? And you also, when you have done all the things commanded you, you say, 'We are unprofitable servants. We are obligated to do what we have done.'"
19“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. 23In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. 24He called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.’ 25But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. 26Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ 27He said, ‘Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house— 28for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.’ 29Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’ 30He said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”
Translation: But there was a certain rich person and he was being clothed in purple and fine linen, enjoying sumptuous living every day. And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, who had been thrown at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed from the things fallen from the table of the rich person. Moreover, the dogs came (and) were licking his sores.
And it happened (that) the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. And also, the rich person died and was buried. And in Hades, being in torments, he lifted up his head. He saw Abraham from afar and Lazarus in his bosom.
And he cried out (and) said, "Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus so that he might dip the tip of his finger (in) water and might cool my tongue for I am tormented in this blaze."
But Abraham said, "Child, remember that you received the good in your life, and Lazarus, likewise, the evil. But now here, he has been called near, but you are being tormented. And in all this, between us and you, a great chasm has been established so that that ones wanting to pass from here to you are not able, and none may cross from there to us."
But he said, "I ask you then, father, that you might send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, that he might witness to them. so that they might not come to this place of torment."
But Abraham said to him, "They have Moses and the prophets. Let them hear them." But he said, "No, father Abraham, but if someone went to them from the dead, they will repent." But he said to him, "If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persauded if someone might rise from the dead."
Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. 2So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ 3Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’ 5So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6He answered, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’ 7Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and make it eighty.’ 8And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. 9And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes. 10“Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.11If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? 13No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”
Translation: And also he said to the disciples, "There was a certain rich person who was having a steward, and this (steward) was accused to him of squandering his possessions. And he called him and said to him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give the word of your stewardship, for you are no longer able to steward.'
But the steward said to himself, 'What might I do? For my lord is taking away the stewardship from me. I am not strong enough to dig. I am ashamed to beg. I know what I might do so that when I am removed from the stewardship they might receive me into their homes.'
And he called every one of his lord's debtors. He began saying to the first, 'How much do you owe my lord?' And he said, 'A hundred measures of oil.' And he said to him, 'Take your bill, and sit down quickly (and) write fifty.' Then he said to another, 'And how much do you owe?' And he said, 'A hundred measures of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your bill and write eighty.'
And the lord commended the unjust steward because he did wisely, for the children of this age are wiser than the children of light in this generation. And I say to you, make to yourselves friends out of the mammon of injustice so that when it might fail, they may welcome you into the eternal tents.
The faithful one in least is also faithful in much, and the one unjust in least is also unjust in much. If then, you have not become faithful toward unjust mammon, who will trust to you the true? And if you have not become faithful toward the things of a stranger, who will give you yours? No servant is able to serve two lords, for that one will hate the one and love the other, or will hold the one and despise the other. You are not able to serve God and mammon."
Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3So he told them this parable: 4“Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?5When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. 6And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. 8“Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
Translation: But all the tax collectors and sinners were drawing near to hear him. And the pharisees and the scribes were murmuring, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats together with them." But he said to them this parable, saying:
"Which person among you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost until he might find it? And when he has found it, he lays it upon his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes into the home, he calls (his) friends and neighbors together, saying to them, 'Rejoice together with me, for I have found my lost sheep.' I say to you that there will be similar joy in heaven over one sinner that repents than over ninety-nine just persons who are having no need of repentance.
Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she might lose one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search diligently until she might find it? And when she found (the coin), she called together (her) friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice together with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.' So, I say to you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner repenting."