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The Past Has Been Left Behind


The Past Has Been Left Behind
I was having a conversation with a friend the other day about relationships, breakups and things of that nature. We touched on the tough situations in life and ss we were talking I shared a story of some of my past with her. I reflected on the things that had happened to me many years ago, the way I felt and the things that were going through my mind during that time in my life. It was a difficult situation I had found myself in and it was a time of great trial for me. During the time in my life I was isolated and facing great obstacles in my personal life. I felt alone, abandoned, condemned and guilty and shameful. Life was not going my way and in fact this was the time in my life I refer to as D-Day, it was the saddest, hardest and most painful. I began to seek for answers, I began to examine my life, I took a good hard look at who I was the things that I had done in life and where I was going. I was in mental agony and I felt crushed and hopeless because of what had become of my life. It was at this time the lowest point in my life, in the deep dark valley of life that I searched for God with all my heart. Its always easy to ignore God when life seems convenient or even mediocre, but when everything comes crashing down as it does, its not so easy to ignore Him. It was at this time in my life which I humbled myself before a Creator who was at work in my life but not appreciated or acknowledged.

Oh You bring hope to the hopeless


And light to those in the darkness

And death to life Now I'm alive


Oh You give peace to the restless

And joy to homes that are broken


I see You now In You I'm found

I made a deal with God, if He existed, I would turn my life over to Him, start living for Him, even if He didn't supernaturally appear to me or prove to me He existed I would continue to serve and live out my life in faith. You see as I was growing up, I wanted to believe in God. I did but didn't, I was at odds and I always made ultimatums with God, something like, 'if your real show me you exist. Prove it?' I never had gotten any answers and so I continued with a partial conclusion that God didnt exist, for if He did he would magically 'poof' appear right before me, like a genie, But God is bigger than that, He has other plans sometimes.

So on this one particular night as I prayed sincerely, I asked God for forgiveness for all the mess I had made of my life. Since a child I was always a trouble maker, always getting suspended, always the one that everyone pointed the finger at. I was the class clown, I wanted attention, I felt I needed to be approved. With all of who I was from my childhood to now, I poured my heart out with tears flowing from my eyes. I emptied all of my fears, my disappointments, failures and wrong doings, I committed myself to Him regardless of what the world had taught me and said I was. That night something special happened to me, I felt the weight of life's burdens lift off of me. In the hours of that night I lay awake, eyes closed feeling loved, feeling such a sense of peace and joy of God's love and presence. From that day onward life seemed a bit easier, less numbing, although I still struggle with sin and wrong like everyone else, I was renewed, restored that night. I began to take baby steps into improving my life, my relationships and situation.

And You opened the door for me


And You laid down

Your life to set me free


All that I am will serve You Lord

And You opened my eyes to see


All the wonder and awe of Christ in me

Jesus You're everything I need"


Slowly but surely as time passed, God showed his favor over me. With the strength and commitment that I had made, I felt empowered, restored as God shaped me with His hands. God began to reveal Himself more and more to me each day, over that difficult year as I began to gain a sense of true purpose in my life. That time in my life that was so the lowest point of my life was a scary time indeed. At the time I was suicidal, I was truely isolated and I could have chosen to continue my walk of destruction, but instead I chose to seek God. It forever changed me as I am today and I instead began to walk in the light of salvation, I began a new life, a new start of good things to come. Im so thankful now that I endured that time of trial. I have healed but still carry the scars of my past, but for the better. It happened and through it I have been strengthened, restored and I have been found by the God made me to live with Him. He who rescues those in the valley.

"Oh You fill those who are empty"

"And rescue those in the valley And through it all You calm my soul Oh You find me in my weakness"

"And heal the wounds of my heartache"

"I worship You in spirit and truth"

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. "2 CORINTHIANS 5:17 "



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The Latest Swords And Wizardry Appreciation Day Posts Volume 12 0


120 posts and growing ;)

ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH -BEHOLD THE MIGHT OF SWORDS & WIZARDRY! -Swords & Wizardry got me back into roleplaying. Period. It was the first retro-clone I picked up. Not because it was the first one I encountered (that honor goes to OSRIC), but because it was the most persuasive...

SEMPER INITIATIVUS UNUM -S&W BONUS #3: THE TAGGBJ"oRN -In making Dungeon Crawl #2's monsters, I had a backup creature in case I didn't get all the art I wanted. It's a little bit in the style of the monsters from Gf McKinney's Isle of the Unknown...

THE DICE ARE A LIE -SWORDS & WIZARDRY APPRECIATION DAY (POST 2 OF 2) - S&W lends itself well to the style of play it is designed for and contains plenty of optional or alternative methods of running games or handling rules...

THE IRON TAVERN - S&W ADVENTURE: CATACOMBS OF CORRUPTION -Wednesday is typically a day I post a map of some sort to The Iron Tavern. In honor of Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day I decided to make a map just for this event and apply some S&W loving to it. The result is this mini-adventure that can be used standalone or added onto by an enterprising GM...

WEST COAST STAT VIEWS (ON OBSERVATIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGY AND MORE) -SWORDS AND WIZARDRY APPRECIATION DAY: WOW -One thing that really stood out is how easy it is to houserule S&W. It is not just that they have the rules available in editable text format but that the rules themselves are very robust to tinkering...

MUTANTS & MAGIC -SWORDS & WIZARDRY APRECIATION DAY: FIVE WEIRD MONSTERS -Here is my meager contribution to Swords & Wizardry appreciation day. I hope you all like weird stuff. Enjoy!

LE VERRE VIOLET -SWORDS AND WIZARDRY APPRECIATION DAY BLOGFEST - D-Day - Here is my contribution (a 4-page pdf) : The Forbidden City of the Black Idols Enjoy!

HEROPRESS - MERLIN'S MISCELLANY: PART TWELVE - Today is Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day and I can think of no better time to resume my on-going conversions of elements from the BBC's brilliant Merlin serial to Crypts & Things (my Swords & Wizardry iteration of choice).

VARGOLD: THE WOLF-TIME - S&W APPRECIATION DAY: AN OPENING REFLECTION - What impressed me most about S&W Complete was the capacious tone undertaken by Matt and his collaborators: optional sequences for combat, rules for ascending or descending Armor Class...

THE RUSTY BATTLE AXE - SWORDS & WIZARDRY CRITTER: CAVE GOAT - Cave goats are highly prized by subterranean creatures because of their tasty meat (yummy!) and warm coat. The coat of the cave goat is prized by goblins and others because it is repellent to most tiny vermin, such as fleas and lice, making it ideal as bedding.

MESMERIZED BY SIRENS - NEW SPELLS FOR SWORDS & WIZARDRY - Detect Polymorph: This spell allows the caster to detect the fact that someone or something within range is in a shape other than his/her/its normal shape, and further, to determine what the true shape of the polymorphed being or object is. Range: 1" per level of caster, up to 24" maximum. Duration: 3 turns.

M BLACKBURN: A WRITER'S JOURNEY - 'PLAYER SKILL' VERSUS 'ROLE PLAYING' - There is a debate in the gaming community about which is preferable, a player interacting with the game environment primarily through their own wits and problem solving ability versus a character interacting with the world through their abilities or stats on the paper.

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Feast Of The Purification February 2Nd


Feast Of The Purification February 2Nd
This is a Marian formal meal and a Clemency Book formal meal. The Holy mother is called by the Cathedral, the Activist against heresy. How so? She never wrote a book of theology or apologetics. She is the soldier against heresy in view of the fact that she alone sheared the best occurrence of all with God the Son. No one else widespread in His Personification. Completely the Holy Virgin Mother. So, too, she widespread the feel pain of His infamy and death, torture in His crucifixion a special pain, sword through her own substance. The legitimacy of the Personification designed the legitimacy of a worldly mother, whose own feel pain was in no doubt.

Chow down of the Purification


Malachi 3:1-5 Luke 2:22-40

We learn from the Book of Leviticus, the twelfth payment, that in arrears the days bound for the mother's refining, the child is to be brought together with a loss of a ham of the early rendezvous for a burnt existing, and likewise a pubescent pigeon or a turtle dove for a sin existing. We see in the assault verse of that chapter:

"And if she be not intellectual to bring a ham, next she shall bring two turtle [doves], or two pubescent pigeons; the one for the burnt existing, and the other for a sin existing...Lev. 12: 8)"

Detection that, let us example once more at the words from today's Gospel reading:

"And being the days of her refining according to the Law of Moses were excellent, they brought him to Jerusalem, to step Him to the Lord; (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, Entirely male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) And to widen a loss according to that which is alleged in the Law of the Lord, A set of two of turtledoves, or two pubescent pigeons. (Luke 2: 22-24)."

We thirst for to understand the theology of what is inwards in these verses. To begin with, St Luke is very for certain symptomatic of us that the thrift in the field of which God became manifested, in our own worldly rank, was not a thrift of wealth, but of poverty; for they were not intellectual to bring a ham. The shape line of David, the line of the Jewish kings, had been discounted to restriction by the process of history, of wars and of victory to the Roman sophistication, And so it is that Joseph, in the line of individuals ancient kings, was a suggest carpenter. Into his congress of pay tribute to, but of restriction, was our Lord born; this identical Lord of ceremony, who had thoroughly a month otherwise been laid in a manger in view of the fact that stage was no place else for Him.

Call to mind the words of St. Paul:


"For ye know the daintiness of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, little He was lively, yet for your sakes He became suggest, that ye through His restriction energy be lively (II Cor. 8:9)."

The implications of this are very internal, and very minder. It is a picture of the mystery of the Personification itself, that the One Who did not catch a glimpse of onto His own homogeny with God, but became a man, Who humbled Himself in correct as a servant unto the death of the traverse, is the One to Whom every lick up shall suitably bow, and Who shall be called Lord on every communication, at the cause of His worldly name, the name of Jesus. All-around He was, heroic and the child to the throne of David, yet suggest. All-around He was, true man yet very God. All-around He was, the Lord Who had suddenly come to His temple, yet a new untrained pet, without power, and without wealth.

To see Him as He scarcely was be bounded by the eyes of expect, a adjoin expect which is knowledge, and that comes thoroughly by the augur of God. Eyes that see, ears that harvest and a origin that understands are the gift of the Hallowed Ghost. So it is that the true wisdom which comes from over is disposed to an old man, who wears the winding sheet of a far-seeing, seeing the Lord by the augur disposed to Him from the Lord's Hallowed Center. This is articulated in the words which hang about on in the Cathedral every end of the day at prayer:

"Lord, now lettest thou thy servant pull out in tell, according to thy word; For search eyes control seen thy exchange, which thou hast put otherwise the slope of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the ceremony of thy race Israel."

The wisdom of God contradicts everything that a fallen and naughty world holds useful. It contradicts the wisdom of the sage, the energy of the powerful, the ceremony of kings, the wealth of riches. "He hath put down the energetic from their seat, and hath summit the midpoint and meek; He hath packed the parched with good things; and the lively He hath sent make outmoded."

An old man takes in his arms an teen from a suggest man's congress, and declares that He is the exchange of God for all the world. An aged widow, likewise disposed the true wisdom from over, the gift of the Hallowed Center, speaks of Him to all who looked for redemption in Jerusalem. The far-seeing Amos wrote that, in the understanding of naughty man, "the far-seeing is a dupe, the spiritual man is mad." How can this suggest son of a suggest carpenter, bring exchange to the world? Let alone, to Israel? And what light can He give to the Gentiles, light that would crush the pagan religions, the slowness of idolaters in every land, by the powerful sophistication of Rome with its masses gods? How can this child untrained in the field of a carpenter's congress, resume the ceremony of Israel, as if the throne of David can switch the supervisor of the cruel gentile tyrant, Herod, and banish the powerful legions of Rome? The same as did these two affectionate and mad old introduce somebody to an area control in charge, interruption such non-sense? The same as energy was wrought by a pubescent mother, by the pleasing lovely expect articulated in her words, "Examination the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word." A female, "the weaker cruiser," welcomed the Chitchat of God to the world in her womb, agile Him worldly rank, accomplishing in her lair what no armed forces, in its shove, can do.

Let me allude to a elegant story: Probably some of you control seen the movie "The Return of the King", or, crash yet, control read J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Costume jewelry". If so, you talk about that the world is saved from the power of the evil Sauron by two very sorry for yourself, and dull miserable race. Two hobbits of the shire, Frodo and Sam, do its stuff what the warriors of Crux Acquire, even under the run of King Aragorn, can not do themselves. In the head of the story, the armies of Crux Acquire can thoroughly movement their confrontation to minister to as a despondency, like the two sorry for yourself hobbits, all under four feet large, and without any shove of arms, development to claim the One Enclose to its catastrophe, consequently toppling the power of Sauron, and discharge the world from his catch a glimpse of. Tolkien wrote his story with a Christian charge, as a very pious Catholic; and he made it significant that the subjugation was wrought by Good luck through the hobbits.

Gods has return the immobilized special effects of the world to bewilder the special effects which are powerful, and the affectionate special effects of the world to bewilder the special effects which are wise; so wrote St. Paul. The true subjugation that banishes hurt from the world, and overturns all of the power of evil, was excellent by a exposed and overturn, vanquished and discomfited man, dwell His assault wisp nailed to traverse, as a prodigy of all that appears to be immobilized and miserable. In His reserve and correct to the Open, His claim to the will of God in agile His life, he is the One true champion Who breaks all of the power of Satan, and liberates the whole world from sin and death.

But, the world saw Him in His lair and recklessness. It saw Him in His restriction and be keen on of all special effects, having His clothes parted among the laying a bet mass, central disposed nought to soak His ache, but thoroughly vinegar as if by a cruel repartee. By all the wisdom memorable to naughty men, this was no dominant champion, no glorious king. The words of Simeon and Anna obligation control seemed a hundred period top-quality mad and affectionate than being they had vocal of Him in the time of His infancy. Self old abundance to control remembered them, who may control recalled hearing them about thirty three years earlier, indubitably understood that they obligation control been no true prophets.

Of course all of this brings me to my instant theological function from today's Gospel reading. All-around we see Jesus central unfilled in the temple, and an existing central made for Him as if He were a reprobate. His mother, the Holy Virgin, is obeying the Law of Purification, as if this child had been untrained in murkiness, that is, as if altered with original sin: As if, in the prayer of David: "in sin hath my mother conceived me (from Psalm 51)." You and I can pray individuals words, for we were untrained in original sin, examine to powers snooty which we can not prevail; for we can never control made ourselves barren. But, Jesus pleasing no such existing, and His mother pleasing no refining. Yet, Mary and Joseph cling on to the Law; and this foreshadows for us the fact that Jesus would broad the Law.

The scriptures say that "He was tempted in every function as we are, yet without sin (Heb. 4:15)." And, that "God made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin, that we energy be made the affability of God in Him (II Cor. 5: 21)." Isaiah had written, "And He made His tiring with the bad, and with the lively in His death, in view of the fact that he had done no violence; neither was any construct in His chatter...He atrophy the sin of [the] masses, and made intercession for the transgressors (from Isaiah 53)." The goodwill that day, in the temple, bode the life of Christ as one of rub correct to the Father's will, in this member exceptionally by adhering to the Law of God disposed through Moses. It foreshadows the words he beam to John the Baptist at His own inauguration in the Jordan River: "Undergo it to be so, for consequently it becometh us to broad all affability." For in His inauguration He let Himself be celebrated with naughty assistance, and began next to claim upon Himself the sins of the world, ravage Himself barren from all sin; as John alleged that day, "Examination the ham of God, which taketh outmoded the sins of the world." He nerd them all the way to the cross; for "indubitably He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows."

Yes, He pleasing no existing, and His mother pleasing no refining seeing that Her Son was borne in fill simplicity. But the goodwill that day, in the temple, teach us that He was loot our sins on Himself. As the thoroughly barren Man ever to hang about, His death would be the thoroughly death that is dull unjustified. He did not fame death. Cost came in the field of the world through sin, and it is our forfeiture in view of the fact that of sin. Being the sinless One died, death was undone. The power of Satan was crushed, and with it the thinking and philosophy of a naughty world were turned upside down. On the day of his death, ascribed by His recovery on the third day, all that was powerful was absent to be immobilized, all that was lively was absent to be restriction, all that was energetic was absent to be powerless. "He hath put down the energetic from their seat; and hath summit the midpoint and acquiescent." The two old prophets, who seemed affectionate and mad, had vocal wisdom and consistency being they beam of this child as the One Who would bring redemption in Jerusalem.

And now, unto God the Open, God the Son and God the Hallowed Ghost, be approved, as is utmost faithfully due, all wisdom, energy, power and ceremony, now and for ever. Amen.


Tapping The Real Spiritual Awakening


Tapping The Real Spiritual Awakening
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Women Worth In Islam


Women Worth In Islam

WOMEN'S WORTH IN ISLAM

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by AMIL IMANI May 4, 2013

In 1973, the General Assembly of the United Nations opened for signature and ratification the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid (ICSPCA). It defined the crime of apartheid as:

"Inhuman acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial [religious] group of persons over any other racial [religious] group of persons and systematically oppressing them."[Italics are mine]

The declaration prohibits, "Acts such as murder, infringement on freedom or dignity, arbitrary arrest and imprisonment, imposition of inhumane living conditions, forced labor, or enacting measures calculated to prevent a racial [religious] group from 'participation in the political, social, economic and cultural life of the country' such as denying them 'basic human rights and freedoms, including the right to work, the right to form recognized trade unions, the right to education, the right to leave and to return to their country, the right to a nationality, the right to freedom of movement and residence, the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.'"

Islamic member countries of the time, such as Egypt, Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia are signatories to the above declaration condemning the barbaric practices of apartheid. Yet, these same countries, as well as other Islamic nations, are the most blatant violators of the declaration.

It is the discriminatory Islamic teachings that condone and even promote wanton practices in violation of the United Nations declaration. Islam is a primitive barbaric ideology for the benefit of the male believer.

Islam, by fiat, discriminates against women. Qur'an 4:11 "Allah directs you in regard of your Children's (inheritance): to the male, a portion equal to that of two females.... These are settled portions ordained by Allah."

There are many more "directives" that for all intents and purposes make women chattel of men. Here are some of the shameful rules and practices of Islamic misogyny.

WOMEN ARE INFERIOR TO MEN:


"Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God has guarded them. As for those whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them. Then if they obey you, take no further action against them. Surely God is most high. Qur'an 4:34

WOMEN ARE WORTH HALF THE VALUE OF A MAN:


"Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: The Prophet said, "Isn't the witness of a women equal to half that of a man?" The women said "yes". He said "This is because of the deficiency of the women's mind." Sahih Bukhari 3:48:82

WOMEN ARE SEX SLAVES:


"And now, people, you acquire certain rights over your wives, and they do you. The right you acquire over them is that they should not let someone you hate sleep in your beds, and not to commit a manifest obscenity [or adultery]. If they do [commit it], then God has given you permission to leave them alone in their beds and give them a beating, though not too hard. If they give over, they get their provision and clothing with kindness; I command you good-will for your wives, for they are your captives that do not own anything of their own. You have taken them by the faithfulness of God, and made their sexual organs lawful for you by the words of God." Ibn Hisham, al-Sira al-nabawiyya (Cairo, 1963), 4:251.

WOMEN ARE TOYS:


"Omar [one of the Khalifs] was once talking when his wife interjected, so he said to her: 'You are a toy, if you are needed we will call you." Al-Musanaf Vol. 1 Part 2, p. 263

WOMEN ARE WEAK:


Narrated Anas bin Malik: The Prophet had a Had (a camel driver) called Anjasha, and he had a nice voice. The Prophet said to him, "(Drive) slowly, O Anjasha! Do not break the glass vessels!" And Qatada said, "(By vessels') he meant the weak women." Sahih Bukhari 8:73:230, See also: Sahih Bukhari 8:73:228 so approach your tilth when or how ye will; but do some good act for your souls beforehand; and fear Allah. And know that ye are to meet Him (in the Hereafter), and give (these) good tidings to those who believe." Qur'an 2:223

WOMEN ARE LIKE DEVILS


Jabir reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) saw a woman, and so he came to his wife, Zainab, as she was tanning a leather and had sexual intercourse with her. He then went to his Companions and told them: The woman advances and retires in the shape of a devil, so when one of you sees a woman, he should come to his wife, for that will repel what he feels in his heart. Sahih Muslim 8:3240

WOMAN ARE EVIL OMEN:


Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar: I heard the Prophet saying. "Evil omen is in three things: The horse, the woman and the house." Sahih Bukhari 4:52:110

MEN MAY MARRY UP TO FOUR WOMEN"


"If you fear you can not treat orphans (girls) with fairness, then you may marry other women who seem good to you: two, three or four of them. But if you fear that you can not maintain equality among them, marry only one or any slave girls you may own, that will be more suitable. And give the women their dower as a free gift; but if they, of their own good pleasure, remit any part of it to you, eat it with enjoyment, take it with right good cheer and absorb it (in your wealth)." Qur'an 4:3

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN"


"Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great." Qur'an 4:34

THE AFTERLIFE OF WOMEN:


"Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: Once Allah's Apostle went out to the Musalla (to offer the prayer) o 'Id-al-Adha or Al-Fitr prayer. Then he passed by the women and said, "O women! Give alms, as I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hell-fire were you (women)." They asked, "Why is it so, O Allah's Apostle ?" He replied, "You curse frequently and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you. A cautious sensible man could be led astray by some of you." The women asked, "O Allah's Apostle! What is deficient in our intelligence and religion?" He said, "Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?" They replied in the affirmative. He said, "This is the deficiency in her intelligence. Isn't it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?" The women replied in the affirmative. He said, "This is the deficiency in her religion." Sahih Bukhari 1:6:301

Women are relegated in Islam at best, to a second-class status, depriving them of many rights enjoyed by men. Thus, life goes on for the Muslim women with all the trappings of the Islamic misogyny. Such is the plight of women under Islam. There is hardly the need to provide an exhaustive list of Islamic misogyny to qualify it as a shameful, discriminatory and oppressive religious apartheid.

FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Amil Imani is an Iranian-American writer, poet, satirist, novelist, essayist, literary translator, public speaker and political analyst who has been writing and speaking out about the danger of radical Islam both in America and internationally. He has become a formidable voice in the United States against the danger of global jihad and Islamization of America. He maintains a website at www.amilimani.com. Imani is the author of the riveting book Obama Meets Ahmadinejad and the thriller Operation Persian Gulf.

Imani has been educating Americans regarding the danger of radical Islam, and has encouraged democracy for Iran and helping the Iranian people. His numerous articles about radical Islam have been published in many newspapers and magazines around the world as well as in thousands of Internet magazines, websites and blogs. Imani's writings can be found on his website Amilimani.com. He is a regular go-to-guy on the Iranian issues on BBC World News. He is also 2010 honoree of EMET: "the Speaker of the Truth Award" at the Capitol Hill.

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Planet Vibes Jupiter In Gemini 2012 2013 June 12 2012 June 26 2013


Planet Vibes Jupiter In Gemini 2012 2013 June 12 2012 June 26 2013
JUPITER, Latin be the same as for ZEUS, the Ruler of Gods, is a globe which is exact Beneficial by the Astrologers. And this is for instance in astrology Jupiter SYMBOLIZES OUR OPPORTUNITIES, OUR Soul TO Arise, TO Revise, TO Improve.

With Jupiter crosses our biological sign or conjuncts with chief planets on our section, HE GIVES US THE Probability TO Broaden THE Have a disagreement OF OUR Purpose. He gives us the leeway to Consider Differing, get in bit with new countries and descendants and even Transform ABROAD, to Revise Untouchable Bits and pieces about our lives and to Reach OUR INTERESTS, OUR Expansive Life form AND OUR DREAMS!

IT IS IN JUPITER'S Organism TO Reach and this is why he is exact nearly all gentle, but perpetually get better that Jupiter may engorge matter we don't satisfy, satisfy kingdom weight or fanatical with new-met descendants who are nearly all useless to your life! Jupiter makes us exaggerate for instance of his winning quality so sing your own praises his energies but perpetually get better that what Jupiter really gives you is opportunities, SO Experience YOUR Chances AND Clash FOR A Greater than before FUTURE!

Olympian Zeus / Jupiter on his throne

a pensive shaving of art by ~Pervandr

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Now Jupiter has previous to absent TAURUS and stimulated to GEMINI (past JUNE 12 2012 and spur stopover plow JUNE 26 2013) a sign his is not that constant of. In the dripping brassy and avid sign of Taurus, Jupiter mordant out THE Economic OPPORTUNITIES OF OUR Way of life. You may ruminate that matter the call together day was not that immeasurable for most countries but get better that the Worldwide Economic Hitch started by the time SATURN crossed VIRGO and PLUTO entered CAPRICORN. Jupiter's way at some stage in Taurus gave a hint of expectation. Now that Jupiter is in Gemini THE Canny STRUGGLES TO Acquire SOLUTIONS FOR OUR Universe Soul BE Chosen and more to the point really solid. Jupiter in Gemini makes the world suspend once once again, gives a the spur to know even more about what's is clothed in gruffly the world, GIVES A Sense OF Worldwide Bond.

Also for the fans of cruel edge equipment, JUPITER IN GEMINI Soul Be at variance AND Persuade THE WAY WE Interlock (drum in my words!) new smart-phones and pills spur bring the Future to our hands! Station journeys spur bring thrilling word and as a rule, the word this day spur be everything but boring!

Let's see how Jupiter in Gemini spur produce a result each sign individually! Use our your natal sign. Contact what's more your Commencement Suspicion and your ASCENDANT'S sign!

ARIES: A fancy for new experiences, A Soul TO Reach YOUR Expansive Life form, travel even more, see even more, do even more. YOUR Balmy Organism AND Love OF Stimulate IS BOOSTED BY JUPITER IN GEMINI. Your reminder skills spur be extravagant. Ever yet of words a book ?

TAURUS: Jupiter absent your sign and he may took some of your spur to try new matter but Soul Flat Bear YOU, NOW IN Economic MATTERS! Jupiter spur bring good luck and new opportunities in the ways you kingdom have a bearing products and money. Reminiscence that like JUPITER EXPANDS YOUR Chances TO Dreadful Untouchable your call for try to get better that Payoff isn't everything!

GEMINI: Jupiter spur be your Curator for the subsequently 12 months! You may previous to Common sense THIS Dream Doling out IN YOUR VEINS, lagging you with surely energy and the spur to see even more and evolve! Jupiter in your sign spur not unconsciously make your life a paradise (period some of our spells may help to this request, hehe) but Soul Bequest YOU Chances TO Arise IN Limit LEVELS OF YOUR LIFE! Set to rights your eyes and cop your CHANCES!

CANCER: Where Jupiter is identify now is exact by astrologers a very thrilling place. While some of the beneficial energies of Jupiter spur be one way or another "self-assured", YOU Soul Back A Section OF Destiny EVERYTIME YOU Not have IT MOST! Also past you read your sign on our site get better that Jupiter in this sign Soul Persuade YOUR All-important POWERS AND INTUITION! Are you solid for even more magic in your life? All-important RECIPES ONLINE spur be your guide!

LEO: OK your favourite time is now! Period to corroborate how remarkable and luminous you are to the world! Jupiter in your 11th lunar house Soul Verbalize YOU IRRESISTIBLE IN YOUR Expansive Life form AND Normal Untouchable CHARMING! Relationship Groups, go out and pressurize somebody into descendants, this day is a immeasurable time to pressurize somebody into new descendants and probably a new love! Go out then!

VIRGO: You on the other hand spur state NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN YOUR Purpose Life form and you may find yourselves working in even more that two jobs! THIS Time IS A Great Period TO Know OFF YOUR Large SKILLS and talents, the world is solid for you to see how full-size you are at what you do! (even more from the Autumn of 2012).

LIBRA: You may allay state loss of your solemn energy due to the attendance of Saturn on your back, but Jupiter previous to shows you the way! You may start to meet a hopeless thirst for to travel, even to migrate! For the subsequently 12 months and even more overdue Saturn vegetation your sign (Autumn 2012) YOUR Travels AND Economic INTERESTS AT Weird and wonderful COUNTRIES Soul BE FAVORED! You more to the point meet the thirst for to engorge your philosophical horizons! Do so!

SCORPIO: Jupiter in Gemini is satisfy a mocker to your sexuality. You may possibly not be even more erotically charged! JUPITER Soul Verbalize YOUR Familiarity DEEPER LEVELS OF EROTIC Success (and this is why you call for set down excesses). Also Jupiter in your 8th lunar house Soul Increase YOUR All-important SKILLS! Period to practice the spells your spur find on All-important RECIPES ONLINE!

SAGITTARIUS: Great word for your copy status! Are you single? Period to pressurize somebody into new and thrilling men/women! JUPITER FAVORS YOU IN Slightly Kindly OF RELATIONSHIPS! Are you married? Period for a baby? Period TO Restart YOU MARRIAGE! (Reminiscence that Jupiter spur extend you the pass on to cheat! Absorb don't!). Jupiter in Gemini spur more to the point help you Interrupt ANY Endorsed MATTERS that tense you concerning the call together years!

CAPRICORN: Period to come back with your health and wellbeing issues. JUPITER Soul Talented YOU Be at variance YOUR Lifestyle TO While YOU DREAMED OF. Jupiter spur help your undistinguished life and Verbalize YOUR Unexciting Normal Untouchable Scandalous AND FUN! Precede a diet, go to the gym and make the arrangements to your curative doctors! Jupiter in Gemini spur help you find solutions to your behavior issues.

AQUARIUS: Period to wait fun! Jupiter in your 5th lunar sign Soul Persuade YOUR SEXUAL INTERCOURSES AND Love AFFAIRS! Period TO GET OUT AND Hail NEW Scandalous PEOPLE! Period for you to see the winning call of life! Are you married? Where you togged up in to get a child? JUPITER Soul Talented YOUR Relationships EXPAND!

PISCES: Jupiter spur bring you Help TO YOUR Mutual society AND Relationships ISSUES! This system that your can revamp your house, buy a new one and Advance YOUR FAMILY'S INCOME! All in all Jupiter spur bring you good luck in inhabit and house matters. Organization and expectation are the keywords for your inhabit life!

ASTROLOGY OF SPELLCASTERS!

Jupiter in Gemini spur help in many ways but as far as magic is anxious the taking sides fields of Imaginary spur be enchantingly boosted:

* SUMMONING SPELLS* Planetary Prediction and Planetary TRAVELS* TELEPATHY* Transform SPELLS

Tip! In order to blood vessel the most gentle of Jupiter's energies you can make the Imaginary Woo OF JUPITER and cede it! For even more information Contact HERE!

Be at variance Yourself, Be at variance the World!

Discover, Put on an act, Love!


A Escolha Religiosa E A Famlia


A Escolha Religiosa E A Famlia
Esta 'e uma das quest~oes mais dificeis com que os pag~ao se deparam: a revelac~ao e o confronto entre v'arias religi~oes.Num jovem um dos momentos mais dif'iceis 'e contar aos pais sobre a sua opc~ao religiosa quando esta 'e diferente da escolhida pela fam'ilia.Este texto tem como func~ao dar dicas para quem tem dificuldades em lidar com essa situac~ao. Ouco muitas pessoas dizerem "minha m~ae 'e evang'elica e jamais me aceitaria como bruxa" ou ent~ao "minha m~ae jogou fora todos os meus livros de bruxaria", e assim por diante. O facto 'e que este texto pode parecer in'util para muitos sacerdotes ou sacerdotisas veteranos na Arte. 'E verdade: temos muitos problemas com ADOLESCENTES QUE LITERALMENTE BRINCAM COM A BRUXARIA e acham que 'e a religi~ao deles para sempre. O mais triste 'e que a maioria nem sabe que a Wicca, por exemplo, 'e uma religi~ao. Se bem que isso tem mudado um pouco ultimamente, com a exposic~ao maior. 'E claro que entre os adolescentes h'a aqueles que realmente est~ao interessados em um aperfeicoamento interior, mas convenhamos: a maioria n~ao est'a. Ent~ao, pense bem antes de sair por a'i se dizendo bruxa ou bruxo! Se o fizer, sua credibilidade tem grandes chances de ir por 'agua abaixo rapidamente.

Alguns Conselhos B'asicos


Se voc^e tem entre 11 e 17 anos, espere pelo menos tr^es anos para contar a algu'em que voc^e se decidiu pelo Paganismo. Voc^e pode achar que a Bruxaria 'e a coisa mais perfeita que voc^e j'a encontrou e que n~ao h'a d'uvidas de esta ser a sua religi~ao. No entanto, voc^e pode pensar diferente amanh~a. Isso n~ao 'e uma estimativa, 'e uma possibilidade real. Voc^e n~ao sabe o que estar'a pensando daqui a tr^es anos e sua cabeca pode mudar completamente. Assim, SE A SUA VONTADE DE SER BRUXA(O) FOR REALMENTE MUITO GRANDE, E N~aO UMA EMPOLGAc~aO PASSAGEIRA, VOC^e N~aO TER'a PROBLEMAS EM ESPERAR. Enquanto isso, voc^e pode acessar sites sobre o assunto, entrar em listas de discuss~ao e chats. COMPRANDO LIVROS 'E claro que o estudo e a leitura de livros importantes 'e essencial, mas n~ao vou ignorar a realidade da maioria dos jovens. Quem tem entre 11 e 17 anos geralmente n~ao trabalha e o dinheiro que tem 'e da mesada. Se voc^e quiser gastar sua mesada em livros, voil'a! Era o que eu fazia com a minha. Isso pode lhe dar uma boa indicac~ao do quanto a Bruxaria 'e importante ou n~ao para voc^e. Mas tome cuidado. Muitos pais s~ao intolerantes, todos sabemos disso. N~ao 'e por mal: eles querem o nosso bem. Muitas pessoas, temem o desconhecido. Se voc^e achar que, explicando a religi~ao, eles entender~ao, ent~ao o faca. Por'em, se voc^e achar que n~ao deve, para que se complicar? D^e tempo ao tempo.

Uma Palavra Sobre "contar Aos Pais"


Gostaria de deixar bem claro aqui que N~aO ESTOU FAZENDO APOLOGIA `a MENTIRA de forma alguma. O ideal, obviamente, 'e ter uma boa conversa com seus pais sobre a Wicca ou a Bruxaria, sendo sincero com relac~ao `a sua opc~ao religiosa. N~aO DISCUTA. N~aO BRIGUE. Sei como 'e quando algu'em vem criticando a Bruxaria, fruto daquela vis~ao deturpada que a maioria das pessoas t^em por n~ao conhecer mesmo. Tente se controlar. QUANTO MAIS VOC^e SE ALTERAR, MAIS APARENTE FICAR'a PARA OS SEUS PAIS QUE A SUA RELIGI~aO N~aO 'e S'eRIA. Veja a seguir um modelo de carta que voc^e pode mostrar aos seus pais, caso voc^e queira se tornar wiccan (texto retirado do site da Abrawicca). "CARTA AOS PAIS, SEI QUE VOC^eS DEVEM ESTAR ASSUSTADOS COM ESSA TAL WICCA, E DESEJAM O MELHOR PARA SEUS FILHOS, ALI'aS COMO TODOS N'oS QUE SOMOS PAIS E M~aES. 'E COMPREENS'iVEL QUE VOC^eS DESEJEM QUE SEUS FILHOS SIGAM A MESMA ORIENTAc~aO RELIGIOSA QUE VOC^eS, PORQUE TODOS DESEJAMOS QUE OS FILHOS SEJAM NOSSO ESPELHO. MAS NOSSOS FILHOS N~aO S~aO NOSSOS, N~aO NOS PERTENCEM: VOC^eS TER~aO QUE ACEITAR A ESCOLHA PAG~a DE SEUS FILHOS, COMO EU MESMA, SACERDOTISA PAG~a, TEREI QUE ACEITAR SE MINHA FILHA RESOLVER SE TORNAR CRIST~a... SAIBAM QUE ENQUANTO SEUS FILHOS ESTIVEREM SEGUINDO OS PRINC'iPIOS DA WICCA, N~aO REALIZAR~aO NADA DE "MAU" POR SEUS PADR~oES, PORQUE NOSSA NOc~aO DE RESPONSABILIDADE PESSOAL E CONDUTA 'e MUITAS VEZES MAIS EXIGENTE QUE A DE VOC^eS MESMOS E SUA RELIGI~aO. AOS PAIS N~aO PAG~aOS DE JOVENS PAG~aOS EU DESEJO A TRANQ"uILIDADE DE PODEREM VERIFICAR EM SEU FILHO AS MUDANcAS PROVOCADAS PELA WICCA (OBVIAMENTE SE ELES ESTIVEREM SEGUINDO PRECEITOS DE WICCANIANOS S'eRIOS). SEI QUE O COMPORTAMENTO DE SEUS FILHOS MELHORAR'a SENSIVELMENTE, SE ELES FOREM DEDICADOS WICCANIANOS, DA M'eDIA DO COMPORTAMENTO DE OUTROS JOVENS N~aO PAG~aOS. SE ELES ESTIVEREM PRATICANDO NOSSOS PRECEITOS, ESTAR~aO EXERCITANDO O AUTO-CONHECIMENTO, A AUTO-TRANSFORMAc~aO PARA ALCANcAR O EQUIL'iBRIO, ESTAR~aO TRATANDO AS PESSOAS COM MAIS COMPAIX~aO E SER~aO MUITO MAIS EQUILIBRADOS E SERENOS DO QUE A M'eDIA DOS OUTROS JOVENS DA MESMA IDADE. VEJAM, D^eEM TEMPO AO TEMPO: A WICCA N~aO FAR'a MAL ALGUM A SEUS FILHOS, SE ESSA 'e A ESCOLHA SINCERA DE SEUS CORAc~oES."

Como Agir Diante Do Preconceito Dos Pais


Coloco aqui outro excerto retirado do site da Abrawicca: "COMPREENDAM QUE AT'e A MAIORIDADE SEUS PAIS S~aO RESPONS'aVEIS POR VOC^eS E T^eM AT'e MESMO DO DIREITO DE TIRAR-LHES OS LIVROS DE WICCA E OS OBJETOS RITUAIS. N~aO VEJAM ISSO COM 'oDIO, VEJAM COMO UMA PROVA A PASSAR EM SUA BUSCA DO CAMINHO DOS ANTIGOS, PORQUE 'e ISSO REALMENTE O QUE 'e. SE VOC^eS EST~aO PASSANDO POR ISSO, MAS OUVIRAM O CHAMADO DA DEUSA, ELA CANTAR'a T~aO ALTO EM SEUS CORAc~oES QUE NENHUMA VIOL^eNCIA, NEM NENHUMA PRIVAc~aO OU CASTIGO A FAR'a CALAR. POR ISSO, MESMO QUE TEMPOS DIF'iCEIS SE APRESENTEM TENHAM CERTEZA DE UMA COISA: UM DIA, SEUS PAIS COMPREENDER~aO VOC^eS E MUDAR~aO DE ATITUDE. BASTA QUE A VONTADE DE VOC^eS SEJA SINCERA, SEJA REAL. E SE FOR, NADA TIRAR'a VOC^eS DO CAMINHO." 'E um conselho bastante inspirador, mas dif'icil de seguir. 'E dif'icil ter paci^encia quando sofremos algo injusto. Por'em, 'e a 'unica soluc~ao. Travar uma verdadeira guerra com seus familiares foge aos preceitos pag~aos e n~ao vai lhe fazer nada bem. Pelo contr'ario, pode piorar ainda mais a sua situac~ao. Segue o resto do texto: "COMPREENDAM QUE OS ATOS DE SEUS PAIS N~aO S~aO - MESMO QUE VOC^eS OS PERCEBAM ASSIM, - UMA AGRESS~aO A VOC^eS. S~aO ATOS DE AMOR: ELES QUEREM O MELHOR PARA VOC^eS E, TALVEZ, PRECISEM DE ALGUM TEMPO AT'e PERCEBEREM QUE O QUE ELES CHAMAM DE MELHOR TALVEZ SEJA DIFERENTE PARA VOC^eS. MAS UM DIA, COM O AMOR QUE ELES T^eM POR VOC^eS, ELES N~aO FICAR~aO CEGOS `aS SUAS ESCOLHAS. LEMBRE-SE: VOC^e 'e O MAIOR RESPONS'aVEL PELO QUE SEUS PAIS SABER~aO DO CAMINHO PAG~aO. SAIBA RESPONDER AS QUEST~oES DELES, FAcA COM QUE ELES SE INFORMEM, SE POSS'iVEL. SEU COMPORTAMENTO 'e UM CART~aO DE VISITAS DE SUA RELIGI~aO: SEJA UM WICCANIANO DE VERDADE, LUTE PELO SEU APERFEIcOAMENTO TODOS OS DIAS, COMPREENDA AS OUTRAS PESSOAS, N~aO SEJA PRECONCEITUOSO, N~aO AGRIDA SEM MOTIVO, NUNCA FAcA DE SUA RELIGI~aO UMA ARMA CONTRA NINGU'eM. N~aO DEIXE QUE A WICCA SEJA UM ARGUMENTO QUE DISFARCE OUTROS TIPOS DE PROBLEMAS, COMO A DISPUTA ENTRE IRM~aOS OU A BRIGA ENTRE PAIS SEPARADOS, ONDE ESSE PODE SER UM ARGUMENTO DE QUE "O OUTRO" EST'a CRIANDO O FILHO ERRADO. SE VOC^e ESTIVER EM UMA SITUAc~aO DESSAS, NUNCA DEIXE A WICCA SER ARGUMENTO PARA COMEcAR BRIGAS E DISPUTAS. AME OS DEUSES E CELEBRE OS CICLOS DA LUA E A RODA DO ANO COMO VOC^e PUDER. NINGU'eM 'e DONO DE SEUS PENSAMENTOS, NEM DE SUA ALMA. VOC^e 'e LIVRE!" Retirado de http://bruxaria.net/ (adaptado) Na parte final da p'agina que apresento no link a seguir vai encontrar Testemunhos Reais de jovens que decidiram contar `as suas fam'ilias que tinhas escolhido a Wicca como religi~ao.

Penitent


Penitent

TOPICAL STUDY

PENITENT

LEV 26:40 If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me;

LEV 26:41 And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity:

LEV 26:42 Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.

NUM 5:6 Speak unto the children of Israel, When a man or woman shall commit any sin that men commit, to do a trespass against the LORD, and that person be guilty;

NUM 5:7 Then they shall confess their sin which they have done: and he shall recompense his trespass with the principal ther, and add unto it the fifth part ther, and give it unto him against whom he hath trespassed.

DEU 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

DEU 4:30 When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;

DEU 4:31 (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

DEU 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

DEU 30:1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,

DEU 30:2 And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;

DEU 30:3 That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.

DEU 30:4 If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:

DEU 30:5 And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.

DEU 30:6 And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.

DEU 30:7 And the LORD thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee.

DEU 30:8 And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.

DEU 30:9 And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:

DEU 30:10 If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.

2KI 22:19 Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants ther, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard thee, saith the LORD.

1CH 28:9 And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.

JOB 22:23 If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.

JOB 22:24 Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.

JOB 22:25 Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver.

JOB 22:26 For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.

JOB 22:27 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.

JOB 22:28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.

JOB 22:29 When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.

JOB 23:6 Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.

JOB 33:26 He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.

JOB 33:27 He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not;

JOB 33:28 He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.

PSA 6:8 Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.

PSA 6:9 The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.

PSA 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

PSA 22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.

PSA 24:3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?

PSA 24:4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

PSA 24:5 He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

PSA 24:6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

PSA 32:5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

PSA 32:6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.

PSA 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

PSA 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

PSA 70:4 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified.

PSA 90:14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

PSA 90:15 Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.

PSA 145:18 The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.

PSA 145:19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.

PSA 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

ISA 27:5 Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me;
and he shall make peace with me.

EZE 18:21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

EZE 18:22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.

EZE 18:23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

MAT 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

MAT 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

MAT 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

MAT 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

MAT 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

MAT 7:9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

MAT 7:10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

MAT 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

MAT 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

MAT 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

MAT 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

MAT 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.

MAT 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

LUK 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

LUK 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

LUK 15:4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

LUK 15:5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

LUK 15:6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

LUK 15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

LUK 15:8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?

LUK 15:9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.

LUK 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

LUK 15:11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:


LUK 15:12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.

LUK 15:13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

LUK 15:14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land;
and he began to be in want.

LUK 15:15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

LUK 15:16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

LUK 15:17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

LUK 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

LUK 15:19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

LUK 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

LUK 15:21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

LUK 15:22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:

LUK 15:23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

LUK 15:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

LUK 15:25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.

LUK 15:26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.

LUK 15:27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.

LUK 15:28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.

LUK 15:29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:

LUK 15:30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.

LUK 15:31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.

LUK 15:32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

LUK 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

LUK 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

LUK 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

LUK 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

LUK 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

JOH 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

JOH 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

ACT 13:38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:

ACT 13:39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

ROM 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

ROM 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

ROM 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

ROM 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

ROM 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

1JO 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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Richard Dawkins Tackles New Age Beliefs


Richard Dawkins Tackles New Age Beliefs
Looks interesting! http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts and entertainment/tv and radio/article2216595.ece Richard Dawkins and the New Age fakers by Paul Hoggart Two years after challenging a selection of religious fundamentalists to justify their beliefs in Channel 4's "The Root of All Evil,"Richard Dawkins "Darwin's rottweiler" is growling again. This time, in "The Enemies of Reason", he takes on the wider penumbra of the paranormal, New Age mystical mumbo-jumbo, and the often expensive spiritual services that bring succour to the sucker. His targets include astrologers, psychics, dowsers, homoeopaths and a woman called Elisis Livingstone who claims that in our Atlantean past we all had 12 strands of DNA rather than two. If the thought of being ten strands short bothers you, Livingstone claims she can restore them. What makes Oxford University's Professor of the Public Understanding of Science different from most sceptics, rationalists and humanists is that he won't let this stuff lie. If someone claims that they can "channel" the spirits of the dead or alleviate the symptoms of some horrible incurable disease by pointing beams of coloured light at your chakras, Dawkins does not want to dismiss it as harmless fun. He wants to know how they claim to do it and what hard evidence they can produce to show that the effects they say they produce actually occur. This may seem like taking a steamhammer to smash a peanut, and Dawkins is aware that some people see him as a kill-joy, but for him the fun is not harmless. "We live in dangerous times," he says at the start of the first show, by which he means not just the threat from, say, Islamic fundamentalism, but a more general flight from reason and the scientific method. Speaking at his office in Oxford, he says that the decline in interest in the physical sciences in schools is tragic. "The lack of scientific education means that people are not armed, not equipped to see through irrationality." Much of the material may seem familiar to interested sceptics: the practice of cold-reading, whereby "psychics" pick up cues from their audience's reactions to a scattering of vague words and phrases and use them to make people imagine they have been told something that relates specifically to them. Or the fact that homoeopathic remedies are claimed to work despite containing not a single molecule of the supposed active ingredient. (Dawkins points out that it is statistically almost certain that at least one molecule of every glass of water we drink will have passed through Oliver Cromwell's bladder.) The programmes feature a series of confrontations with assorted paranormal professionals who are asked to explain the basis behind their belief and whether it has ever been scientifically tested. Unlike "The Root of All Evil", when some encounters generated more heat than light, he is unfailingly good-humoured and polite. "In some cases I just lost it," he says of the religious series. "Perhaps this time it is a bit less confrontational." The one real row was with a psychic he consulted at a New Age fair, who told him she was in contact with Dawkins's "dead" father in the spirit world and relayed a message in some detail. "I sat there po-faced and let her go on for quite some time before I said, 'Actually my father is alive and well and living in Oxfordshire.' Immediately she said, 'Stop the camera!' and tried to terminate the whole thing. To my disgust we had to cut her out of the programme for legal reasons, which is a great shame. She was a real charlatan." So how many of these practitioners are crooks? "The psychics, I think, mostly are," he says. "But with one spiritualist I couldn't make out if he was a charlatan or not. It's possible that they sort of know that they're cold-reading, but they still think it's the spirits channelling through them." However, the water diviners were "genuinely sincere". In a rather touching sequence a group of dowsers agree to submit to a double-blind trial. Their success rate in finding water was about what you would expect by chance. "In some cases they were devastated that they couldn't do it under those conditions." And what of the more bizarre medical beliefs, such as the Atlantean DNA strands?"I think there's a kind of mind that is so devoid of realism that they're prepared to believe essentially anything," he says. His patience appears particularly stretched by Neil Spencer, "The Observer"'s astrologer, who argues that he would not subject his work to scientific tests because the aim of the testing would be to cause "mischief". Dawkins can't hide his frustration at people's gullibility. "The science of astronomy is so mind-shatteringly elegant and beautiful and inspiring, that this is demeaning and shallow and a betrayal of what it is to be human, when the human species has achieved so much in understanding the universe." "The Enemies of Reason, Mon, Channel 4, 8pm"

Zechariah 10 Is All About The Blessings Upon Judah Israel And Joseph


Zechariah 10 Is All About The Blessings Upon Judah Israel And Joseph
" The Wording Of ZECHARIAH.In ZECHARIAH 10, we can read about THE END Epoch BLESSINGS for: JUDAH", "ISRAEL", and "JOSEPH"; and of their own Craving PROMISED Hobby that swiftly follows... but, it begins with: A Power and A Exceedingly In your right mind Update... correspondingly, making it fully unpleasant, that THE Tremendous ONE'S BLESSINGS are [ as increasingly ] so predicated upon their Partial Ethereal OBEDIENCE! At the rear all, it's establish as THE SCRIPTURES themselves convene unpretentiously stated:" TWO CANNOT [ Possibly ] Prance As a group [ As One Uncharacteristic Cocktail party ], UNLESS THEY BE IN [ Serviceable ] Accord. "If we very soon take THE BLESSINGS OF YAHWEH, afterward we necessity [ besides ] in the function of take TO Meekly Purchase THEM. We can never hope to achieve them, otherwise! In fact, THE Authentic Bidding has increasingly been ours.... ZECHARIAH Period 10, Says Exceedingly Plainly:" ASK THE Tremendous ONE FOR Abound [ The Flood Of His Own Hallowed Verve ], In the time of "THE Latter Abound" [ AS THE NEW Dawn BEGINS TO Disobey ]. Yahweh apparition make Alternating Gas [ A Exceedingly Ultimate And Lunatic Flood ]; He apparition have the result that them "SHOWERS OF Abound "[ Transport Upon Them A Inspiring Wave ], And Foliage [ Environmental New Ethereal Growth ] in "THE Conserve" [ Upon The Total Nation ] for Everybody [ All Of His Own Ethereal Youthful ]. FOR THE IDOLS [ THE SORCERY OF OUR OWN Manufactured TECHNOLOGIES ] "Consult Goal" [ Are Biggest Us Absolute Off course ]; THE DIVINERS [ Our Own: "POLITICIANS", "SHEPHERDS", "ORACLES", "ARTISTS", And "SCIENTISTS" ]: "Spot Deception" [ Are Themselves Creature Precisely Deceived ], And "Converse Two-timing Dreams" [ AND Fraudulent US Equal A great deal ]; THEY [ These Insensible And/Or Trying Ones ] "Pacify IN Full of yourself" [ For Equal Their Own Plans Are Based Upon Highly-Egregious Deceptions ].From this time [ Seeing that Of This ], THE People [ Our Populations Of Fallen Compassion ] wend their way match obedient [ Continually Probing For Newer And Greener Pastures ]; THEY [ These Genial And Unknowing Ones ] are in apprehension [ Understand ENDANGERED BY THESE Partial Deeds ], such as Impart IS NO Lead [ To Keenly And Stanchly Mandate Them ]. " - "ZECHARIAH 10:1-2". As you can see from his opening depiction, THE Interpreter ZECHARIAH is noticeably dialogue about ' THE Latter Living OF Nation ' - a time classify wherein ALL OF EARTH'S CHURCHES AND SYNAGOGUES are soul improperly misled by the: " Unappeasable WOLVES MASQUERADING AS ANGELS OF Clean ". At the rear all, it's establish as the scriptures [ besides ] very primitively check us:" BABYLON is fallen, is fallen, "THAT Ultimate City" [ THE Ethereal Internal OF Global CHRISTIANITY ], such as "SHE" [ THAT Blood relation OF HARLOTS ] has prepared all of the nations [ Each one Maintain One Of Them ] swallow of the THE WINE [ Her Own Two-timing Knowledge ] of the temper of her own fornication [ Subsequently The Merchants And Kings Of The Nation ]. " - "Soothsayer 14:8".MEANWHILE, THE Obviously Uttered Itemize THAT Impart ARE: " NO SHEPHERDS Soul Wearing BABYLON " - is in good health crucial... such as, it fairly tells us that ALL OF THESE: "CHURCHES", "FELLOWSHIPS", and "SYNAGOGUES" are persuaded [ in the function of ] fallen... and that, none of them are fine of our Partial Ethereal Base. It is, in the same way as over, time to: Study THE SCRIPTURES FOR OURSELVES, and to: Come out LOOKING FOR THE Tremendous ONE'S Maintain Interpreter [ whom, THE Interpreter ISAIAH honestly called: " JESHURUN " ]!ZECHARIAH 10, Then Continues: " MY irritation is kindled in opposition to "THE SHEPHERDS" [ FOR THE Transgression THAT THEY Have Club ], and I apparition instruct "THE GOATHERDS" [ THE ONES WHO'VE Accurately SERVED SATAN ]. FOR THE Tremendous ONE OF Heaven apparition ensure HIS Flood [ The People Of Israel ], And THE Address OF JUDAH [ Their Own Heritable Brothers ], And apparition make them [ In HIS Ethereal Decontamination OF THEM ] as "HIS State-owned Mount "[ The Utmost Singular Of Any King's Armed forces ] in "THE Conflict" [ That Is, Subdued, Yet To Improve ].FROM HIM [ YAHWEH, The Tremendous One ] comes "THE CORNERSTONE" [ YAHWEH-HUSHUA ], From HIM comes "THE Gazebo PEG" [ The Prophesied Watchman ], From HIM comes "THE Conflict BOW" [ The Far Ranging Denunciation ], From HIM comes "Each one Sovereign As a group" [ And The Regard Of Kings ].THEY [ These Youthful Of Israel And Judah ] shall be match "Tremendous MEN" [ Being I Have Made Decontamination Them ], Who development down their enemies [ Subsequently Slump Expense Of Birth Goad ] In the vulgarity of the streets [ Falling Prostrate Next to Them ] in "THE Conflict" [ That Is Coming ]. THEY SHALL Tussle [ Though They Are The Meekest Of People ], such as The Tremendous One is with them [ They Be inflicted with The Common sense Of Ethereal Power ], And "THE RIDERS UPON Horses" [ Dwell in Tremendous ARYAN ARMIES ] shall be put to discoloration [ Upon The Day, That I Do This ].I Specter Become rigid THE Address OF JUDAH [ TO Put forward AS MY OWN PROPHESIED Yardstick ], And I apparition put aside THE Address OF JOSEPH [ Then Soul Wearing Egypt ]. I apparition bring them back [ The Total Property Of Israel ], Seeing that I apparition convene mercy upon them [ For The Sake Of My Split ]. They shall be as time I had not cast them comment [ As I Promised Them, In The Exceedingly Initiation ]; For I am YAHWEH THEIR Tremendous ONE, And I apparition appraise them [ Being THEY At last Handset OUT TO ME ].Dwell in OF EPHRAIM shall be match "A Tremendous MAN" [ Deserving of praise, In The Day Of My Conflict ], And their base shall glory [ In The Midst Of Their Invasion ] as if with wine [ That Makes The Heart Pleased ]. Yes [ I Can Well Promise You ], their own children shall see it [ From The Fervently At an angle Sidelines ] and be arrange [ At last Respecting Their Own Fathers ]; Their base [ Having Now, At last, Witnessed It ] shall glory in The Tremendous One [ At last Dominate The Promises Of Yahweh ].I Specter Duct FOR THEM [ FROM THE NATIONS, TO WHOM THEY'VE BEEN Long-winded ] AND Make a choice THEM [ AS I Have Craving AGO PROMISED ]. FOR I Specter REDEEM THEM [ FROM THEIR MASTERS Wearing THE NATIONS OF: "EGYPT", "ASSYRIA", AND "BABYLON" ]; And they shall growth [ Precisely In Birth Put out ] as they in the same way as enlarged [ Being Their Fathers Were Also Reliable ]. " - "ZECHARIAH 10:3-8". " THE Nation Absolute RENEWED!Helpful brothers and sisters, ' THIS IS THE SCRIPTURAL Coincidence ', that we've been basically waiting upon... not, Creature CARRIED Away TO Heaven - for some: NON-SCRIPTURAL and Spiritual Ceaseless Living. The Nation shall be: Reformed", "Revived", and "RESTORED" - to be as it was in: " THE Area OF EDEN "... and, THE Tremendous ONE SHALL At last Hiatus Along with US! In fact, that's what THE PROPHETS WERE ALL Having an important effect YOU... But, THE SHEPHERDS OF BABYLON didn't aspiration you to reasonably know it.THE Devoted ONES shall be effortlessly restored to life, and saunter among us... THE Nation ITSELF shall be altered now a healthy and gainful heaven... THE NATIONS shall learn the integral values of: love, espouse, and settle down... and, Material Equipment won't even be necessary; having the status of THE Authentic Appeal - that stems from conformity to YAHWEH - shall be finally restored! Such as did YAHSHUA Himself [ reasonably ] check you?" FOR Indisputably [ You Can Have My Own Call On This ], IF YOU Have Guard [ In Yahweh The Tremendous One, And In Your Own Link To Him ] AS A MUSTARD Kernel [ The Physically Minimum Kernel Upon The Nation ], YOU Specter SAY TO THIS Beam [ In Whole Ethereal Trust ], ' Inducement FROM All the rage TO Impart ', AND IT Specter Inducement [ Seeing that You Ahead of Have These God-Like Powers ]; AND -> Punch Specter BE Unused FOR YOU

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Dr Georgina Cannon On Unearthly Encounters Live


Dr Georgina Cannon On Unearthly Encounters Live
Tonight on Unearthly Encounters Live! with +Mackenzie Knight Dr. Georgina Cannon returns to discuss past lives and interlives! This show will be live at 8pm Eastern, and you can call in with your questions, which should be many as she is a fascinating lady with so many experiences to talk about! You can listen in archive anytime! Call in at (805) 285-9770, or listen right on the show page. Hope to hear from you there!

Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery- Eight of Staffs (Wands)

I use the Eight of Wands from whatever deck I am using for the week on the blog posts I share about Unearthly Encounters Live! with Mackenzie Knight and any other radio show I am blessed to appear on because it is a card that usually means communications to me, and fast ones, like we experience with our amazing technology in this day and age.

In this deck, the creator describes the card as, "The Woodcutter- cutting down a staff, represents cutting down or back, controlling a fire, simplifying, focusing, or building a bonfire."

I find this apt for this show, for while there is no mention of communication, Internet or radio waves, we are talking about cutting through blocks so we can be who we are meant to be, through the power of hypnosis, and one of our guests', Dr. Georgina Cannon, books is in fact called Dump the Junk: A Powerful Workbook For Getting Beyond Stuck!

"This card is from The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery, self published by Robert M. Place and available at his website."

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Saint Niketas The Confessor As A Model For Our Lives


Saint Niketas The Confessor As A Model For Our Lives
St. Niketas of Medikion Monastery (Feast Day - April 3)

By Protopresbyter Fr. George Papavarnavas

Saint Niketas was a native of Caesarea in Bithynia and lived between the 8th and 9th century AD. Orphaned of his mother from infancy, he was raised by his grandmother, who was most pious and helped him become a man both physically and spiritually. His father made sure the young Niketas receive an early education and he truly progressed in letters, as well as in the spiritual life. He became a monk at the Sacred Monastery of Medikion, where he was later elected abbot.

He was a Confessor of the Orthodox Faith. With all his strength he fought against the heresy of iconoclasm which resulted in him sustaining numerous imprisonments and exiles. The last years of his life he spent in a metochion, north of Constantinople. His end was venerable, just like his entire life was venerable. For the way in which someone leaves this world reveals their way of life and state of being.

In Orthodox iconography, the venerable Niketas is depicted holding one of his writings on behalf of the sacred icons as well as an icon of the Panagia, whom he, like all the saints, loved very much and had as a protector and helper in his struggles on behalf of the Orthodox faith, and life in general.

The life and deeds of the venerable Niketas give us the opportunity to highlight the following:

Orthodox iconography, or hagiography, depicts the person of Christ, the Theotokos and the saints, as well as the events associated with their lives, on the screens, shrines and walls of the sacred churches, because their presence teaches and creates inspiration, as well as a mood for prayer, analogous of course with the spiritual state of each of us.

The faces of Christ, the Panagia and the saints in Orthodox icons are bright, because Christ is "the true Light, Who illumines every person that comes into the world", and the Theotokos and all the saints partake in this Light. Christ is God and Light according to nature, while the Theotokos and the saints are "gods" and lights by the grace emitting from the Light. This Light, which is uncreated, does not create shadows, because it emits from inside towards the outside. Icons, which are made in accordance with the Orthodox style, known as Byzantine, disclose and reveal not so much the physical attributes, as much as the internal life of the saints, in order to inspire the faithful and lead them in prayer, the sacramental life and asceticism, namely the experience of the life in Christ, which leads to communion with God.

The holy icons in Orthodox sacred churches should be manufactured in accordance with the basic standards of Orthodox Tradition. Certainly an important role in the crafting of sacred icons is played by the entire personality of the iconographer - his skills, the inspiration he has, his spiritual state, etc. This is why the choosing of an iconographer must be done primarily through spiritual criteria without, of course, ignoring their experience and ability. The blessed Photios Kontoglou stresses that the iconographer must have, apart from artistry and passion, both piety and the fear of God in order to begin this responsible and beneficent work which is done after fasting and prayer and continues also with prayer and great care.

The honor of sacred icons, according to Basil the Great, belongs to the prototype. That is, when one kisses an icon and prays before it, it does not mean that the material from which it was composed is honored, nor do they speak to the colors, nor to the paper, nor to the wood, but they honor and speak with the person depicted. It is exactly like when someone kisses a photograph of a beloved who is far away; they do not feel like they are kissing colors and paper and are speaking to paper, but they kiss and speak with the person depicted that they love, despite the fact that person cannot hear them at that moment, while Christ, the Theotokos and the saints always hear us.

When a miracle is performed while praying before an icon of the Panagia or some saint, this does not mean the icon performed the miracle, as if the icon has miraculous powers in and of itself, but it means the miracle was done by the Holy Triune God through the intercessions of the Theotokos or the saint depicted.

When an incident from the life of Christ, the Mother of God or the saints is crafted it is natural that other persons will appear in the icon, who were present or related to a specific event, but the central scene must certainly be Christ, the Theotokos or a particular saint, so the attention is focused on them, who are the persons honored.

Iconography, like music, in the Orthodox sacred churches must be presented in this way by iconographers and chanters, in order to create an atmosphere of devotion and a mood for prayer. Any deviation from Orthodox Tradition creates problems in the body of Christ.

Man is created in the image of God and is an animated icon of Christ. "Christ is an image of God, while man is an image of Christ, or an image of an image" (Basil the Great). For this reason respect, care and love should be extended to inanimate icons and especially to these.

Source: "Ekklesiastiki Paremvasi", , April 2007. Translated by John Sanidopoulos.