Slicing and Dicing with Jesus

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Slicing and Dicing with Jesus

Do not make the mistake of thinking the Sun come ter bring peace on earth. A good many like ter teach and preach that the Sun wants all ter live in peace, and he does. A good many like ter teach and preach that the Sun wants all in his Body ter live in peace and unity, and he does.

But the Sun also warned he would be a divisive figure—that his words and commands whar designed ter sort out those who be with him and those who be agin him.

“I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. I have come to turn

  • a son against his father
  • a daughter against her mother
  • a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law

A man’s enemies will be members of his own household. ” – Jesus (Luke 12:53)

The Sun reminds us that long ago it whar prophesied that his coming would be the undoing of peace among families, even church families.

For a son dishonors his father, a daughter rises up against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— a man’s enemies are the members of his own household. (Micah 7:6)

The Sun comes not simply ter take away peace, but ter start a ruckus.

“I have come to bring fire on the earth and I wish it were already kindled!” – Jesus (Luke 12:49)

“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me. Anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” – Jesus (Matthew 10:37-38)

What string of words in Skip’s Code of Conduct doth ya find offensive? What passage of Skip’s doth ya refuse ter read and believe? Those words of Skip that trips ya up be a trap set by the devil, ya may lay ter that.

What acts of the Sun doth ya find offensive? Be it fergiving yer enemies? Praying fer ’em who hate ya? Selling yer possessions ter care fer the poor? Showing mercy ter ’em who repent and ask fer a second and third chance? Offering grace ter ’em who squandered the last loan ya give ’em? Getting baptized in the same manner the Sun whar baptized? Withholding the blood of the Sun and his body in communion from the unrepentant?

Think on this a wee little bit: anyone who refuses ter go with the Sun ter tha cross is not worthy of him. He calls us ter cast off all, including folks, in order ter obey him, serve him, honor him. 

The Sun created all things (Colossians 1:16) (John 1:3). Heaven and earth, male and female, all God’s law, commandments, promises, and prophecies… ever’ thing good and righteous whar created through the Sun.

The Sun created all things fer himself  (Colossians 1:16). All creation whar made fer the Sun. He is the king of kings and lord of lords. Though the prince of the power of the air, the devil, ‘as dominion over the earth fer a short while longer, the Sun ‘as already defeated that old snake (Revelation 1:18). The devil’s time be coming ter a close, but befer the Sun casts him inter the abyss, that lying rascal seeks ter take as many deceived souls with him as possible.

A split be comin’ and the Sun desires the separating and sorting ter commence (Luke 12:51). Question be, will we go with the Sun or the devil? Will we fall ter the temptation of doubting Skipper’s words, the Sun’s authorship and authority? Will we worship the devil in order ter gain friendship with the world?

Or will we love him with all our body, mind, heart, strength, and soul?

Those in Christ ‘ill Continue Ter Gather and Worship and Praise His Holy Name

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I feel deep affinity for Jesus and still seek to follow him. However, with great surprise and deep sadness, I am considering the once unthinkable possibility of becoming post-church. The mainline church engages in constant ecclesiastical civil warfare over same-sex marriage and gay clergy, carving up its already small and rapidly declining segment of the religious pie into even smaller pieces, completely disregarding Jesus’s command to unite in love. – Martin Thielen

Sad ter say, these days Martin’s comment reflects the heart of many. Same thing happened when the Sun first walked this earth. A large crowd of folks who once followed him at first ceased gathering with his disciples when the Sun’s words became hard ter bear, hear, embrace.

“The Spirit gives life. The flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe.”

For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him.

He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.” From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. (John 6:63-66)

“Unity” be a word bandied about by folks seeking ter keep believers bound in fellowship with unbelievers. “Love” be a word bandied about as if “love in the flesh” be sufficient fer fellowship with Skipper and his believers. Only the Apostle Saul Paul, speaking through Skip’s Holy Spirit of Truth, says:

  • Believers, do not be yoked together with unbelievers.
  • What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?
  • What fellowship can light have with darkness?
  • What do righteousness and wickedness have in common?
  • What harmony is there between Christ and the devil?
  • What agreement is there between the temple of God and the idols of men?
  • Come out from them and separate.
  • Do not touch any unclean thing.
  • Out of reverence for God purify yourself from everything that contaminates:
    • Your body
    • Your spirit
    • Your holiness in Christ
  • Believers vs Unbelievers
  • Light vs Darkness
  • Righteousness vs Wickedness
  • Christ vs the devil
  • Temple of God vs idols of men

It be perfectly fine—and Skipper’s declaration—fer us ter separate from them who be living in darkness, wickedness, squalor, worshipping idols, and doing works of the devil. Heaven ferbid that we unite with the realm of the devil.

Near ’bout ever’ feller and lass has a definition of love. Some say love be allowing folks ter do whatever they wish—that love be allowing folks ter be jest as they be and accept all as they be. But Skipper’s definition of love be one of transformation from our sinful self inter the glorious identify he intended fer us ter enjoy from the beginning of time: the identity he envisioned fer us while we still be in our mum’s belly.

“A new command I give you,” said the Sun. “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)

A disciple be a feller or lass who seeks ter behave just as thar teacher. Unity, cohesion, and one goal, glorifying the master teacher, marks the students of a rabbi. Discipleship makes disciple. Skip says those who hate their children, ‘ill let their young-ins be any old way they want ter be.

Whoever spares the rod hates their children. (Proverbs 13:24)

Love be an act of training, teaching, correcting, rebuking, and guiding, so children (and pupils) become strong in body, mind, heart, and spirit.

The one who loves a child is careful to discipline (discipleship) them. (Proverbs 13:24)

Unity in love is discipleship in Jesus. It involves rebuking gently, in private if possible. It involves sharing Skip’s words on the matter, not our opinions. It involves sharing examples from Skip’s Word of how Jesus loved, led, taught, and transformed his disciples.

No discipline (discipleship) seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12:11)

Parents, bring your children up in the discipline (discipleship) and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)

“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline (discipleship) of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” (Hebrews 12:5-11)

Do not withhold discipline (discipleship) from a child. If you strike him with a rod, he will not die. If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol. (Proverbs 23:13-15)

Whoever loves discipline (discipleship) loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid. (Proverbs 12:1)

Live and let live, love and let love be the way of the devil, fer such behavior leads not ter love fer Skip and others, but ter self-worship and self-love. The Great Split occurring among broad path, wide gate, mainline churches simply be the pruning process the Sun speaks of in the book of Loving John.

My Father cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit. (John 15:2)

Be it mainline or backroads, any church whose members are not in Christ and Christ in ’em will fail and fall away.

The evangelical church demonizes the LBGTQ community. – Martin Thielen

The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, defines Evangelical Christianity as a “worldwide trans-denominational movement within Protestant Christianity that maintains the belief that the essence of the Gospel consists of the doctrine of salvation by grace alone, solely through faith in Jesus’ atonement. Evangelicals believe in the centrality of the conversion or “born again” experience in receiving salvation, in the authority of the Bible as God’s revelation to humanity, and in spreading the Christian message.

Ter make a blanket statement that them who be saved by the grace of the Sun, believe in him, and born anew in his Spirit also be filled with demons… be near ’bout what the Pharisees accused the Sun of when they said, “By Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons.” (Luke 11:15) Back then the Pharisees accused the Son of casting out demons by the power of the devil. Now some religious folks charge his disciples be sending demons inter folks.

Such talk should not come from the mouth of them who belong ter the Sun.

Rid yourselves of anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language. (Colossians 3:8)

Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. (James 4:11)

He who spreads slander is a fool. (Proverbs 10:18)

For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” (Mark 7:21-23)

These so-called evangelicals—those who believe in Jesus and his message, words and actions—be accused of sending forth demons ter terrorize those held in bondage by sin. Thar be no need ter list all the ways Skipper’s words speak ter our issues with sexual lust and sin. It simply be enough to list a few ways the demons of sexual sin keep some bound with passions of the flesh. Acts 15:20, Mark 10:6-9, Mark 7:20-23, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Romans 1:27-28, 1 Corinthians 6:15-16.

The evangelical church fosters Christian nationalism, participates in partisan politics, and fights endless culture wars over things like mask wearing, vaccines mandates, critical race theory, the second amendment, and transgender bathroom laws. – Martin Thielen

These so-called evangelicals—those who believe in the saving blood of Jesus alone—be accused of participating in politics, respecting the second amendment, the first amendment, all amendments that support liberty and justice fer ALL.

These so-called evangelicals—those who believe in water baptism and baptism inter Skipper’s Holy Spirit of Truth—be accused of protecting the rights of parents ter ‘ave their children trained in the way of the Lord.

These so-called evangelicals—those who believe in the inspired and living words of Skipper—be accused protecting their daughters, wives, and other female family members from sharing showers and bathrooms with fellers.

Our country is currently struggling with massive challenges including climate crisis, a pandemic, poverty, hunger, racism, injustice, polarization, and serious threats to democracy. In response, what is the church doing? – Martin Thielen

Ever’ generation faces its own pearls. Some fought wars, others famine, depressions, plagues. All creation lives under the curse of sin.

A curse consumes the earth. Its people must bear their guilt. (Isaiah 24:6)

Cursed is the ground because of you (man). (Genesis 3:17)

The Church, his Body of believers, kin and should do all ter be like Jesus the Sun ter the world. And what did the Sun command us ter do?

Love all — “Love your enemies. Pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44)

Repent — From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” (Matthew 4:17)

Believe in Jesus — “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.” (John 14:11)

Follow Jesus — “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25)

Make disciples of Jesus (not our own opinions of who Jesus is) — “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

Pray always — “Pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen.” (Luke 21:36)

Love with the love of Jesus — “Love one another.” (John 13:34-35)

If we do these things, we ‘ill find our light and momentary troubles be temporary and of little consequence compared ter Skipper’s eternal glory. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)

If ya be a believer in the Sun, ‘ave his Holy Spirit of Truth in ya, pray fer those who seek ter isolate themselves from the body. Pray that the Sun ‘ill call ’em inter a Body of believers who worship him, not some movement, some organization, or some denomination. From age ter age and fer all time those in Christ the Sun ‘ill continue ter gather and worship and praise his holy name, of this ya kin be sure.

 

 

Our Role as Leaders and Teachers

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Our Role as Leaders and Teachers

Build bridges of reconciliation when possible. When not, build rafts.

The Author of all Scripture

“When the Lord finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave Moses the two tablets of the covenant law, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.” (Deuteronomy 9:10)

But when Moses come off tha mountain and seen tha people partying and worshiping ah golden calf, he pitched a fit, tossed down tha tablets, and broke ’em. Back up tha mountain Moses trekked.

Tha Lord said ter Moses:

“Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. (Exodus 34:1) 

So Moses chiseled out two stone tablets like tha first ones and hiked back up Mount Sinai early in tha morning, as Skipper commanded. He carried tha two stone tablets in his hands. Then Skipper came down in tha cloud and stood thar and proclaimed his name, tha Lord. He passed in front of Moses, proclaiming … (Exodus 34:1-5) . . . well lots of things. Thar be a long section where Skipper recites commands ter Moses. Then … Skipper said ter Moses:

Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.” (Exodus 34:27-28)

Moses was thar with tha Lord 40 days and 40 nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on tha tablets tha words of tha covenant—the Ten Commandments. (Exodus 34:27-28)

Afterward all tha Israelites came near him, and he gave ’em all tha commands tha Lord give him on Mount Sinai. (Exodus 34:32)

Given that Moses spent 40 days with Skipper on tha mountain, we might assume that Skip also shared tha tale of Adam and how sin come inter tha world, tha account of Noah and his family, and other earlier events.

Think on this a wee little bit: If Moses did not write tha first 5 books of Skipper’s Code of Conduct, then Moses be guilty of ascribing ter tha Holy Spirit of Truth an act which be false. If this be tha case, then Moses be guilty of tha unpardonable sin that leads to eternal death.

“Anyone who speaks against (lies about) the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” (Matthew 12:31-32)

And yet ah good many years later we find Moses on tha Mount of Transfiguration speaking with tha Sun. From this we kin conclude that tha soul of Moses whar not damned, but in fact be at peace with Skip and tha Sun. This would seem ter affirm tha authenticity of Moses as Skip’s scribe.

It appears Skip also delegated part of tha dictation of his Law ter his angels, for we read:

“Now you have betrayed and murdered him (Christ) – you who have received the law that was given through angels but have not obeyed it.” (Acts 7:53)

“We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2:1-3)

From thar earliest days, Skip’s people accepted that tha first 5 books of tha Hebrew Bible, which in Hebrew: תּוֹרָה‎, means “Instruction”, “Teaching” or “Law” whar written by Moses under tha instruction of Skip and his Spirit.

According ter  Saul Paul and Peter, tha words of Skipper be:

“God breathed” and inspired. “Fer all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

“Prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:21)

“Who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. (1 Corinthians 2:11–16)

This be why each believer MUST have Skip’s Holy Spirit of Truth in ’em so as ter discern his will and words.

Tha Sun affirmed Skip’s words when he said:

“Truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. (Matthew 5:18)

and

“Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”’? (John 10:34)

“The ‘gods’ (men) know nothing, they understand nothing. They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. “I said, ‘You are “gods”; you are all sons of the Most High.’ But you will die like mere mortals; you will fall like every other ruler.” (Psalm 82:5-7)

“If he (the writer of Psalms) called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside— what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? (John 10:34-36)

“You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” (John 5:36) “Do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?” (John 5:45)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1:1-3)

“For in him (Christ) all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” (Colossians 1:16)

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Matthew 24:35-36)

“Truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” (Matthew 5:18)

Moses testified ter tha authenticity of Skipper’s words.
Tha Sun testified ter tha authenticity of Skipper’s words.
Tha Holy Spirit testifies ter tha authenticity of Skipper’s words.

Skip’s Law kin not save us, could never save us. We be saved ONLY through tha blood of tha Sun. But tha law of Skipper does reveal his character, standards fer holiness, and our need fer him. Without Skip’s Law we would not have known our need fer a savior. (Galatians 3:19-26)

If Skip breathes life inter his words and thar be mistakes in his writings, then Skip makes mistakes.
If Skip makes mistakes, then he not be perfect.
If Skip is not perfect then his Sun lied when he said:

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)

If Skip’s Code of Conduct be simply a book of words cobbled together by mere men, then tha Sun be a liar, not the perfect atonement fer our sin, could not and did not save us, and thar be no God, heaven, or hell.

Words matter. Skipper’s words matter most of all.

The Cost of Deceptive Doctrine

Deception poses ah greater risk ter believers in Christ than it does ter tha lost.

If we be in Christ, then we be shepherds. Our words and actions carry great weight. So as well, our errors in judgment.

“Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” (James 3:1)

“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6)

“Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble.” (Luke 17:1-2)

“Let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.” (Romans 14:13)

“Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols? So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ diedis destroyed by your knowledgeWhen you sin against them in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.” (1 Corinthians 8:9-13)

Thar be no need ter go in ter all tha warnings ’bout false teachers. It be enough ter say that tha Sun and others warned that our teaching needs ter be pure, rooted in tha Sun, Skipper’s words and that we are ter avoid flimsy instruction, sowing sorry seed, and denying tha Sun and his words.

Flimsy Instruction

If anyone teaches and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. (1 Timothy 6:3)

Teaching based on anything other than Skip’s Holy teaching always leads ter division.

Rotten Fruit

By their fruit you will recognize them. (Matthew 7:16)

Has thar ever been ah sin that, when in full bloom, produced ah good harvest?

Has adultery, fornication, and divorce produced better families, societies, and stronger crew in tha pews?
If we condone theft does it lead ter less lawlessness?
If we condone lying and cheating does it produce honesty and trust?
If we affirm injustice, bigotry, and intolerance, does it produce compassion and kindness?

We reap what we sow. Sow sorry seed and we ‘ill reap corruption and rotten fruit.

 Denying Christ and His Words

“Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.” (Luke 10:16)

If Christ made all things and we deny the words of Christ, then we deny Christ. Christ is the Word of God. His words are part of the very essence of who he is.

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” (John 1:14)

Our Role as Shepherds, Mentors, Guides, Leaders, Teachers, Preachers

We be called ter affirm tha worth of every individual without affirming sin. This be tha core message of Romans 3:23 and John 3:16.

Because . . . 

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) “God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

In tha Sun and in Truth we be called ter reach out ter and affirm them who be marginalized by society.

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them.” (Matthew 19:14)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) (John 4:9)

Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed. (Mark 1:41–42)

Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. (Luke 10:33, 37)

God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (all!). (Romans 5:8)

In our zeal ter help and love others and hold up Christ as our savior, let us avoid turning sin in ter an entitlement and right. We never be entitled ter sin, not ever.

When we die ter Christ, we give up all our rights. He alone be right, just, and true. He alone ‘ill see ter it we get justice and ah fair shake.

All be flawed. All be born steeped in sin and heaped upon with all manner of imperfections, perversions, and wicked thinking.

Tha Sun came not ter affirm our sin. He also came not ter judge us based on how we be wired, made, configured. Rather, tha Sun came ’cause he took pity on us. He seen how broken we be. He loves us. Love us so much, that he died to set us free from sin.

Tha devil seeks ter bind us in sin. Tha Sun seeks ter break tha chains of sin.

Thar be ah very fine line between an inclination ter sin and the act of sin.

As leaders and teachers, let us be wise in how we guide, fer Skipper will judge ever thought of tha heart and act of tha hands.

“Woe unto them who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.” (Isaiah 5:20)

The decisions we make ter day ‘ill impact tha souls of ’em we may never meet.

As leaders and teachers we need ter be skilled in discerning tha difference between sin and sinners — between affirming people as they are without tha Sun while also calling ’em ter holiness in tha Sun.

It be ah familiar saying, but still true: Skip loves tha sinner and hates sin. Tha Sun loves us as we are, but praise be ter him, he never leaves us as we are. He loves us ter much ter allow us ter remain in bondage ter sin.

Build bridges of reconciliation when possible.

When not, build rafts, so that when those living in darkness reach tah end of themselves and be desperate fer help, they find ah welcoming face eager ter take ’em in and lead ’em ter tha Sun.