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Life Forms And The Mirrors Of Self


Life Forms And The Mirrors Of Self
by Jim Euclid

30 April, 2012

from Regolish Website

Amoebic life forms, (sylphs), as depicted in a photo taken by Trevor James Constable (above) on August 25, 1957 in the Mojave desert of southern California shows how varied are sentient intelligences on this planet. Who can tell which allegiance intelligence is directed, either toward Ahrimanic deception or Source inception; hell or heaven.

Goethe famously remarked,

'the little folk never scent the Devil even though he have them by the collar.'

Most of us claim we are above the superstitions of our predecessors, or generations past.

But few know, let alone have met, the devil. Even if they meet him face-to-face he would deceive us, primarily because he is often dressed as a friend, a lover, a parent, a leader or an angel. The greatest magic the devil ever performed was for us to believe he doesn't exist.

At the turn of the 20th Century, Rudolph Steiner remarked on evil,

'a great part of mankind today is already under the control, from one side or another, of Ahrimanic forces of a cosmic nature which are growing stronger and stronger.'

Few believed such a pessimistic tone, but for the majority of the 20th and early 21st centuries, this revelation is more accurate than any other. But such evil has been extant from time immemorial and will only be vanquished at the time of the Apocalypse (revelation of truth).

The apocalypse, as predicted in most Abrahamic religions, is an end-of-times, and is currently unfolding before our eyes across the globe.

David Icke is a classic messenger of truth, explaining how the hidden hand of the Ahrimanic powers, malevolent fourth dimensional alien forces, are subverting and enslaving humankind from within.

But these end-times are not of fire and brimstone, but of divine revelation of what has been hidden:

SECRET WISDOMS


secret technologies

secret life forms

secret civilizations

This apocalypse must be discerned from the Apocalypse of the Illuminati, who use microwaves to transmit spurious telepathic message to 'channellers', HAARP frequencies to induce earthquakes where 'lost' artifacts are found and for the arrival of the messiah through Project Blue Beam.

Discernment is a priori in this labyrinthine 'mindfield' we find ourselves in these last few years of duality.

The end-times are not, however, as revealing as the symbols which have precluded the end-times. Stories, myths, legends, written allegories, fiction novels and plays all alluded to the symbolic journey of man from the depths of hell to liberation in renunciation of past omissions and commissions.

For example, Sophocles was one of the most famous ancient Greek playwrights, who play 'Oedipus Rex' tells of the journey of the protagonist who marries his mother and kills his father.

Along his journeys to meet this unfortunate destiny, he meets with the mythical sphinx, a human-animal sylph who asks him the famous question,

'What animal is that which in the morning goes on four feet, at noon on two, and in the evening upon three?' to which Oedipus replied, 'Man, who in childhood creeps on hands and knees, in manhood walks erect, and in old age with the aid of a staff.'

In getting the answer right (solving the riddle of life), Oedipus is free to continue and the Sphinx dies.

This tale is symbolic for the inner journey toward enlightenment, where at the pivotal moment before enlightenment, the forces of evil sense the upsurge in spiritual energy of the seeker and question his intent through a challenge of logic.

Wisdom, it seems, is the final step toward release from the enslavement of human form. LET LIVE IF YOU WANT TO LIVE

Hallelujah Here An Easter Miracle From An Unholy Source


Hallelujah Here An Easter Miracle From An Unholy Source
"By MICHAEL LAWS "

It is only fitting that in the week celebrating Christianity's most important festival, the Court of Appeal should order a retrial for an exorcist.

Korean pastor Yong Bum Lee, otherwise known as Luke, strangled one of his parishioners to death. He was seeking to rid Joanna Lee (no relation) of her demons, but instead took the direct route. He sent Joanna to heaven rather than dally with temporal deliverance.

As a consequence, Luke was found guilty of manslaughter, imprisoned, paroled, then repatriated to South Korea. Only after all these events did our Appeal Court offer him a retrial. And on the strangest of grounds.

Apparently the original trial judge denied Luke the defence of consent - that Joanna had consented to grievous harm as part of her exorcism ritual. Which rather proved she was possessed -letting Luke climb on her chest and throttle her would hardly be the actions of an expunged entity.

This madness was not some private sadomasochistic ritual between a consenting couple. A good number of Joanna's fellow parishioners were a part of the exorcism attempt and even hung around for six days awaiting her resurrection.

That she did not rise from the dead came as rather a shock. So too, presumably, did the onset of putrefaction. But our learned appeal judges were not to be dissuaded. Joanna consented ipso facto, Luke had a reasonable defence that he was otherwise denied.

Now I know what you're thinking. Who had their drinks spiked the night they wrote this particular decision? And that would be a reasonable question.

Because our Appeal Court judges have performed an Easter miracle. They have given exorcism the sanction of the law - even when it goes horribly wrong. And they have given every teen Goth the perfect excuse to maim their fellow travellers. Forget Guy Fawkes mayhem, Halloween is going to be a doozy this year.

And yet maybe Luke is right. What ails our world is not human imperfection, mistake nor greed. It is the Devil. Beelzebub and his mates stalking our psyches just awaiting that weak moment when they might steal within.

It would explain a lot. Global warming. Elder sex. Richie McCaw at the breakdown.

And it would give the churches a meaning that they are too often denied in these secular times. At the moment the collective church is but a bag of bones rattling around looking for corporeality and flesh. It can't quite decide if it's here to prepare us for eternity or rescue us from it. Whether it's to enshrine political correctness (a la Anglican) or end it (a la Brian Tamaki).

Yeah, but whatever the theology, exorcisms are sexy. Reality TV diva Julie Christie would be in her element - watching celebs battle their personal demons would be a surefire ratings winner. Who knows what beast lurks within Lana, or which succubus shadows Shadbolt? It would be fun to find out.

And praise be that we learned of the whole Luke affair without suppression orders blacking every second word.

Last week, another retrial was ordered, but virtually all the details were suppressed, despite most of them previously being in the public arena. All I can tell you is... umm... 1989... 20-year-old complainant... four men. Justice made invisible, it appears.

Although not as invisible as God. This is, after all, Easter Sunday. A day for kids to hog chocolate eggs, garden centres to defy the law and us to have a real lie-in, knowing that there is no work tomorrow either. Oh, hallelujah.

Yes, but proof of God's existence does abound this special day.

An afternoon game of footy - so much of a rarity that people should flock to Carisbrook just to witness this natural wonder. That it features everyone's favourite teams - the Hurricanes and the Highlanders - is a double blessing.

Sadly, this is likely to be the last time we will see these teams in direct sunlight. Professionalism has introduced a proto-vampirism to rugby - the best is observed only at night. It is all down to an unholy alliance between Sanzar and its broadcasters that decrees money, not tradition, sets viewing times.

As a result we are about to be introduced to Monday Night Football - a commercial killing learned from our gridiron cousins in the United States. Super14 rugby on the telly for four nights of the week - God works in mysterious ways after all.

Yes, but that's our innate selfishness surfacing - another reason for men to eschew domestic service or the local PTA.

Pope Benedict warned us against the NZ Rugby Union and Sky TV in his Palm Sunday sermon last week.

The Roman prelate noted that humankind's worst enemy was self-regard. And sloth - the twin tempters that lead us to the couch.

He's right, of course. And he's also correct on the solution. Moral rearmament - a commitment to make ourselves more active and compassionate.

Except when the Blues are playing - watching the Auckland franchise get the snot beaten out of it is surely one of the Seven Virtues.

And this is the age of instant gratification, so moral rearmament sounds long, difficult and tedious. I want the fast solution. Send me an exorcist.

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Taming The Lion


Taming The Lion
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Rereading Isaiah 624 Beulah Land


Rereading Isaiah 624 Beulah Land
One of my subordinate hymns is Beulah Maintain, a funeral song in print by Edgar Slip Stites and John R. Sweney:

I've reached the land of lump and wine,

And all its capital voluntarily mine;

Inwards shines undimmed one cheerful day,

For all my night has passed in a daze.

Harmony


O Beulah Maintain, nice-looking Beulah Maintain,

As on thy foremost development I stand,

I have to do with in a daze creatively the sea,

Everyplace mansions are align for me,

And view the glistening testify pay in,

My Heav'n, my home continually more!

My Liberator comes and walks with me,

And nice-looking communion in the sphere of stand we;

He gently leads me by His hand,

For this is Heaven's flank land.

The beauty of this funeral song is that it speaks of the eternal testify align for believers. Beulah Maintain is "Heaven's flank land," a land anyplace "shines undimmed one cheerful day, For all my night has passed in a daze."

At the moment, this stylish funeral song is once in a blue moon choral in churches anyplace praise songs and acquaint with Christian pound music direction the devotion qualifications. But this odd thing is not unique to acquaint with churches. A best part comment of hymnals from evident denominations reveals that this funeral song is either foreigner or no longer cloth to numerous churches.

The return of Beulah Maintain appears in numerous Christian hymns but numerous nearest and dearest who know the funeral song, sing its words, and love its notice do not know the story downhill Beulah Maintain.

The understanding of Beulah Maintain comes from a chuck found in Isaiah 62: 4. The container numerous nearest and dearest are unfamiliar with the understanding of Beulah Maintain is while the word appears barely in leading translations of Isaiah 62:4, including the Emperor James Swig and the American Uniform Swig of 1901:

"Thou shalt no a cut above be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any a cut above be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah; for Jehovah delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be matrimonial "(Isaiah 62:4 ASV).

The words of the fortune-teller are words of encouragement: "Never once again will you be called the Godforsaken Metropolitan area "(Isaiah 62:4 NLB). In the role of of its banishment in Babylon, the nearest and dearest of Judah held that God had abandoned his people: "Zion imaginary, "The Lord has abandoned me, my Lord has beyond me (Isaiah 49:14).

The popular atmosphere were not in conclusion imperfect enormity, for the Lord himself had confirmed that for a unhelpful upshot he had actually abandoned them: "I did turn down you for a best part upshot "(Isaiah 54:7). Regular Israel's enemies, in turn your nose up at, mocked the nearest and dearest by craft their land "Impulsive."

Previously the Babylonian conquest under Nebuchadnezzar, the land became a "exhaust and unreceptive, a land of rest "(Isaiah 49:19). The cities of Judah had become a "harassment" (Jeremiah 34:22).

But now, with the redemption of Israel and the return of the nearest and dearest to their land, threads changed. The land that like was unreceptive has become gone the garden of Eden; and the exhaust, unreceptive, and ruined cities are now secured and inhabited, unruffled as the fortune-teller Ezekiel had proclaimed (Ezekiel 36:35).

From now on, with the restoration of Israel, the land will be called Hephzibah. This word comparatively type "My Indulgence Is in Her." The land plus will be Beulah. The word "Beulah" type "Married."

The tale of marriage is used in the Old Gravestone to design the organization relating God and his nearest and dearest. The understanding of Yahweh as Israel's partner appears in Hosea, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. This hint is clearly spoken in Isaiah 62:5: "As the bridegroom rejoices high-class the bride, so shall your God glory high-class you".

All the modern translations, back to the Emperor James Swig and a few other old translations, read the word "Beulah," completely than allow the word to hang around untranslated. For circumstance, the ESV in a good way translates Isaiah 62:4 as follows:

"You shall no a cut above be termed Desolate, and your land shall no a cut above be termed Impulsive, but you shall be called My Indulgence Is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be matrimonial."

The modest interpretation of Isaiah 62:4 clearly shows that Beulah Maintain carries no hint of "Heaven's flank land," a land anyplace "shines undimmed one cheerful day," anyplace all our nights stand passed in a daze. If this is so, from anyplace next, does the hint of Beulah Maintain as heaven's flank land come?

To the stun of numerous, the hint of the land of Beulah as heaven's flank land comes from John Bunyan's "Pilgrim Administer". In his work, Bunyan says that "the Mysterious sphere is place so nigh to the land Beulah, and so useful the end of their row." He plus says that the land of Beulah is the place "anyplace the sun shineth night and day."

Bunyan's understanding of Beulah land as heaven's flank land entered in vogue Christian hymns near the Holiness Contend in America. In his writings, Stites wrote the scrutiny words about Beulah Land:

"It was in 1876 that I wrote `Beulah Maintain.' I may well current of air barely two verses and the chorus, for example I was out of order and fell on my sea cliff. That was one Sunday. On the scrutiny Sunday I wrote the third and fourth verses, and once again I was so convinced by reaction that I may well barely pray and radiate. The at the outset time it was choral was at the dependable Monday start assembly of Methodists in Philadelphia [Pennsylvania]. Bishop McCabe sang it to the assembled ministers. The same as next it is recognizable everywhere religious nearest and dearest pleat. I stand never received a cent for my songs. Perhaps that is why they stand had such a huge cachet. I may well not do work for the Master and obtain pay for it."

My mature pupil, Karen Roberts, who now serves as Chapel Agenda at Northern Baptist School, wrote a paper in which she traced the fostering of Beulah Maintain in Christian hymnody and the Holiness Contend in America.

Roberts' paper, "Beulah Maintain in Christian Music Tradition: Isaiah 62:4 (KJV)," is a study of Isaiah 62:4 and how the understanding of Beulah Maintain appears in Christian hymns. She lists 13 contrary hymns that use the Beulah Maintain tale. According to Roberts,

"Heaps of these hymns used the Beulah Maintain tale all in the butt in and future expose. In these hymns is the time of the butt in reality, "Adore God, I chalet in Beulah land, My manor will all the storms withstand; It is not built on reducing sand, My home is on the pound," and wish of the future, "Is not this the land of Beulah, Sacred, blessed land of light, Everyplace the vegetation flourish continually, And the sun is always bright?"

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Claude Mariottini


Educationalist of Old Gravestone

Northern Baptist School


Tags: John Bunyan, Beulah Maintain, Holiness Contend, Edgar Stites, Pilgrim's Administer, Isaiah 62:4

Media Needs To Stop Enabling Stigmas


Media Needs To Stop Enabling Stigmas

Mandee Kuglin

The Senate Is On The Verge Of Change As 37 Of The 100 Senate Seats Are Up For Election In November. However, One Candidate For The Senate In Delaware Is Causing Quite A Stir. Tea Party Favored Christine O'Donnell Caused An Upset When She Became The GOP Senate Candidate After The Primaries. Though I Disagree With Everything The Tea Party Stands For, My Issue With O'Donnell Does Not Revolve Around Her Party Affiliations, But Rather Her Idiotic Comments.

Ten Years Ago, O'Donnell Was Recorded On Bill Maher's Show "Politically Incorrect" Saying That She Had "dabbled In Witchcraft." Now, Being That I Am Wiccan And Have Been For 10 Years, I Was Immediately Interested And Curious To See How Someone, A Conservative Especially, Was Portraying The Religion In The Media. However, I Was Disappointed As I Realized That O'Donnell Was Simply An Idiot That Continues To Perpetuate Negative Connotations And Stereotypes With The Religion.

According To A Star Tribune Article Entitled "Comedian Digs Up Clip Of Del. Senate Hopeful Talking Of 'witchcraft'; Candidate Nixes TV Spots," O'Donnell Was Quoted Saying That She Had Experimented With Witchcraft. What Most Bothers Me About Her Comments, Even If They Did Occur 10 Years Ago, Is That She Gives The Wrong Impression On The Pagan Religion. "'One Of My First Dates With A Witch Was On A Satanic Altar, And I Didn't Know It. I Mean, There's Little Blood There And Stuff Like That,' She Said. 'We Went To A Movie And Then Had A Little Midnight Picnic On A Satanic Altar.'"

First Of All, You Cannot "dabble" In A Religion. You Either Believe In It Or You Don't. Second Of All, Her Comment About Her First Date With A Witch Has No Basis In The Beliefs Of Wicca Or Paganism. What She Is Referring To Is Called Satanism, Something That Is Not At All The Same Thing As Witchcraft. In Fact, The Idea Of Satan Or The Devil Does Not Even Exist In The Wiccan Belief System As It Is Something Created Within The Judeo-Christian Religions.

The Media Does Not Do A Good Job Of Accurately Portraying Pagan Religions In Any Way Whatsoever, But This Politician Is Someone That People Look Up To, Which Is A Scary Thought. And Though She Is Crazy And Ignorant In My Eyes, To Other People I Am The One Who Is Crazy For Believing In A Religion That Isn't Christianity Or Judaism.

I'm Not Here To Argue What Belief System Makes More Sense Or Which One Is True. The Point I'm Making Is That It Is Ridiculous To Allow People Like This To Continually Perpetuate Stigma And Ignorance. Lately, Injustice Has Been Made Against The Islamic Religion And The Media Have Protested And Become Active In Helping To Change Public Opinion About The Religion. But This Is Never Done With Paganism Or Wicca, And It Should Be.

Nature Lore


Nature Lore

NATURE AND WEATHER LORE

Dew

Dew has been used in charms and spells for many centuries; its mysterious origins (as something which appears even on a clear, dry night, and disappears quickly in the morning) has made it a magical symbol. It was used as a remedy for many ills, especially as a lotion for sore eyes and for skin diseases and itches. Even into the nineteenth century it was sometimes rubbed into sickly children to strengthen them, and was also considered to heal gout and strengthen the sight (the latter property being far greater if the dew was gathered from the leaves of fennel).

Dew gathered on May Day was considered to be the most potent, undoubtedly arising from the connotations of fertility and love which were associated with the Beltane festival. Washing in May dew, or rolling oneself in it, was considered to protect against evil and bring good luck throughout the upcoming year. A tale is told of two witches in Scotland who were observed collecting May dew with a hair-tether; the tether was taken from them and hung in a cow-byre, and the cows thereafter gave enormous quantities of milk until the tether was removed and burnt. In Europe, cattle were anointed with May dew on May Day to protect them from overlooking, faeries and evil spells throughout the year.

The most common use of dew, however, was in beauty charms and as a cosmetic.
Throughout the centuries women have gone out early on May Day to bathe their faces in dew, a lovely old custom which was supposed to ensure both beauty and good luck for twelve months. If a girl gathered dew very early in any morning, and preferably from under an oak tree, and washed her face in it, she would be beautiful for the year to come.

Dew Weather Lore: If a warm sunny day is followed by a heavy dew, fine weather is likely the next day also.

Moon


Lore and charms associated with the Moon could fill entire books, and indeed have. From earliest times the Moon has been worshipped, associated with various goddesses, and considered to have some power over the lives and dealings of humans. It is considered bad luck to point at the Moon, as it shows a certain disrespect. Instead, when the new Moon is seen for the first time it should be respectfully greeted with a bow or curtsey in its direction, and if wearing a hat in the Moon's presence, it should be doffed for a moment. Bowing three or nine times, wishing during the process, was also done. In fishing villages children would recite a charm to keep their sailing fathers safe: 'I see the Moon and the Moon seas me, God bless the sailors on the sea'.

It has always been customary to turn over silver in one's pocket upon first seeing the new Moon, as this means there will be plenty of money during the coming month, and many people still do this today for luck. In some districts a special coin was carried and turned over three times when the new Moon was seen.
To be without any coins to turn over, however, is unlucky.

The waxing and waning of the Moon has given rise to many beliefs about the timing of events. It was formerly believed that animals should not be slaughtered while the Moon was waning, as the meat would shrink more during curing and cooking. Anything cut during the waning Moon will not grow again, or will grow abnormally slowly, so corns were often pared at this time, and hair which was meant to stay short would be cut. A child born under a waning Moon was purported to be weak or unlucky all its life, and animals born during the Moon's wane would not thrive as well as those born under the waxing Moon. Marriages celebrated under a waning Moon were deemed to be unhappy and possibly barren, no doubt stemming from the ancient connection between the Moon and fertility.
On the other hand, the waxing Moon was far more fortunate. Hair trimmed during the waxing Moon will grow thick and lovely; eggs set under a hen then will not go bad, and seeds planted during a waxing Moon will thrive.

The word 'lunacy' derives from the Moon, which was once believed to cause madness. Sleeping in moonlight was once said to be dangerous because it led to lunacy, blindness or some other serious disorder.

Warts could be cured by blowing on them nine times at the full Moon. Another wart remedy was to catch the rays of the Moon in a metal bowl (preferably silver) and go through the movements of 'washing' one's hands in the rays while saying:

'I wash my hands in this thy dish
Oh man in the Moon, do grant my wish
And come and take away this'.
Moon Weather Lore: When the Moon is circled by a misty ring, it means rain to come. If the circle is large, it will rain very soon. Several concentric circles means a long period of wet weather.

In winter months, a clear moon means frost is on the way.

A bright clear yellow moon rising in a cloudless sky means fine weather to come.

Rain


There was once a wide belief that cutting or burning ferns brought rain, and in some districts this also applied to heather. Other rain-bringing methods included sprinkling water on stones whilst reciting a charm, or tossing a little flour into a spring and stirring with a hazel-rod. In mediaeval times images of the saints were often dipped into water during a drought.

Children's charms to drive away rain are still common today, the most famous being 'Rain, rain, go away, come again another day'. A variant on this charm offers to bribe the rain to go:

'Rain, rain, go away
Come again tomorrow day
When I brew and when I bake
I'll give you a little cake'.

Rainwater was believed to have healing properties when it fell on particular days, especially Ascension day, or rain that fell at any time during the month of June. The water must be collected after falling directly from the sky; rain which ran off leaves or off the roof was useless. A Welsh belief was that babies bathed in rainwater talked earlier than others, and that money washed in rainwater would never be stolen.

Rain Weather Lore: Rain which falls from a fairly clear sky is likely to continue falling in short bursts for some time.

If it rains in the very early morning, the weather may clear up by the afternoon

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'Rain before seven, shine by eleven'.

Rainbow


The rainbow has had many meanings in many cultures, the main similarity being that it is always connected with deities. In the Christian Bible the rainbow was set in the sky as God's pledge that there would never again be a great flood. In Burma the rainbow is a dangerous spirit; in India it is a bow from which divine arrows are fired. In Norse mythology the rainbow is the bridge that Odin built from Midgard, the home of men, to Asgard where the gods lived, and the souls of the worthy dead passed along the rainbow. In ancient Rome the rainbow was the many-colored robe of Isis, attendant to Juno.

It is lucky to see a rainbow, and to wish when it is first seen, but unlucky to point directly at it, which will lead to bad luck or at least to the return of the rain. In Ireland, anyone who found the place where the rainbow touches the ground would find a pot of gold at its foot - something my brother and I tried to do several times as children!

A rainbow in the morning means future rain during the day, but a rainbow appearing late in the day means the rain is gone for the rest of that day. Small broken pieces of rainbow appearing on a cloudy sky are sometimes called Weather-galls, and signify storms and blustery weather.

Rainbow Weather Lore: If a rainbow fades very quickly, good weather is on the way.

A rainbow generally means that the rainy period is about to end.

Stars


In many traditions and cultures stars are thought to be the souls of either unborn souls, or those who had passed away. In some cultures a shooting star foretells a birth, and is said to be the soul racing to animate the newborn baby, while in other places the shooting star foretells a death, or a soul released from purgatory. In some Native American traditions the Milky Way was considered a soul-road, where souls traveled on their journey after death, and that the brightest stars were campfires by which they rested on their travels.

It is unlucky to point at a star, or to try to count them. However, making a wish on the first star of evening will ensure its fulfillment, especially if the wisher repeats the old rhyme:

'Star light, star bright
First star I see tonight
Wish I may, wish I might
Have the wish I wish tonight'.

A wish made while a shooting star is seen in the sky will be granted if it is made very quickly; an old French cure for pimples was to pass a cloth over them while a shooting star fell.

Star Weather Lore: If the stars look larger and brighter than usual, and very flickery, rain or a storm may be on the way.

If faint stars have disappeared and cannot be seen at all, the wind is about to rise.

Storms


Storms have usually been considered an omen of divine wrath, and in most cultures a person struck and killed by lightning was thought to have been directly struck down by a deity. In ancient Rome a person killed this way was hastily buried without extensive mourning rites, and it was also frowned upon to rebuild any home struck by lightning.

In Britain in past centuries, a storm was usually considered the work of the devil; witches were also often accused of raising storms and at witch trials accusations were often made of deliberate attempts to damage property or sink ships by raising a storm. Some wise-women and cunning-men sold knotted threads to sailors which were supposed to have the power of the wind bound into them;
one knot would be untied to release a wind until the sailor had as much as he needed.

Some people still cover all the mirrors in their house during a thunderstorm; it used to also be believed that windows and doors should be left open so that if the thunder got into the house, it could get out without having to damage anything. A comforting superstition states that lightning never strikes twice in the same place, but since many high buildings have been struck repeatedly, it is also untrue.

An old rhyme speaks of which tree is least likely to attract a lightning strike, and therefore should be sheltered under if caught outside during a storm:

'Beware of the oak, it draws the stroke,
Avoid the ash, it courts the flash,
Creep under a thorn, it will save you from harm'.

A winter thunderstorm was once thought to be an omen of death for a great man.

Storm Weather Lore: 'Thunder in spring rain will bring'.

Thunder in the evening often means several days of wet, sultry weather.

Sun


The sun has been worshipped as a symbol of life itself in many cultures since the dawn of humanity. The bonfires that our ancestors lit at Midsummer, Beltane and Samhain were intended as rituals to encourage and strengthen the sun on its journey throughout the year.

In common with most other heavenly bodies and phenomena, it is unlucky to point at the sun, and in Hungary if a girl threw house dust from the broom towards the sun, it was said that she would never marry. It is a fortunate omen to be born at sunrise, and also considered to be lucky for a bride if sunlight surrounds her: 'Happy is the bride the sun shines on'.

An eclipse of the sun was feared by primitive peoples, who worried that the source of light, warmth and light was being devoured forever. From this arose the idea that an eclipse heralded a prominent death or a great disaster such as war, plague or famine. It was believed to be unlucky to view an eclipse directly (as well as bad for the sight).

Sun Weather Lore: When the sun appears hazy with a thin, watery light, bad weather is on the way. However, if it looks like a large bright ball as it rises, that day will be fair and warm.

A bank of heavy dark clouds at sunset indicates that the next day may be stormy.
A ring around the sun during rainy weather indicates a period of sunny weather and clear skies to come. If the sun comes out while it's raining, the showery weather will continue for a few more days.

A red sunrise means rain, but a red sunset means fine weather the next day.
Three old sayings:

'Red sky at night, shepherd's delight
Red sky at morning, shepherds take warning'

'If red the sun begins his race, be sure the rain will fall apace,
If the sun goes pale to bed, 'twill rain tomorrow, it is said'.

'Evening red and morning gray sets the traveler on his way,
Evening gray and morning red brings the rain upon his head'.

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Blogger Book Fair Interview Nathan Squiers


Blogger Book Fair Interview Nathan Squiers
*The lights aim on two people now on a standpoint. The come about acclaim as a topic to General feeling of the Opera show business. Dowry is a flat terrain decked out with a crystal bead, a pair of vampire fangs, and a wage. *

Hi, Nathan. Involve to Dash the Stub out. Before time of all could you disclose us a downcast about your novels?

*Looks set for a minute, digging on the locale and carelessly mischievous one of his lip rings with smirking ruined at you* Dig the scene! *sits forward* My novels... my novels... *clucks tongue* Very well, I confide it all funnels from the Deep red Hide series. I started the primitive book--though it was never thought-out to become what it did--about 12 years ago, and so that story was coming clothed in life form I began to crisscross a world of numinous creatures; featuring various kin of vampires, a new befall on werewolves/shapeshifters (called "therions"), elves, and other such monsters all set in the here-and-now Establish. A lot of these were adapted from pre-existing legends that I'd come spanning in my examine, but I be fond of to wary that all the countless species--called "mythos"--are one and only in some way or original. Roundabouts nine years ago I started dating Megan J. Parker (a man poet and my projected group), and we began to join our hard work in creating and polishing the best ever of the mythos manufacture. To the same extent next, everything--novels, half stories, and even humorous book, box, and movie scripts we've written--have been set in this manufacture.

My primitive series, the Deep red Hide series focuses on the whole suffering vampire, Xander Stryker, and his tour clothed in the world of mythos as a "kindness scavenger" (for lack of a upper word) so he tries to conjure up the puzzlement of his new life and a promising romance with his nurture friend and powerful witch, Estella Esash.

*Pauses to listen to the music for a minute, smiling* My other series--the "Release Metal" books--centers on an nascent powerfully built metal band whose lead-singer, Bekka, is mad by a slew of auras/"demons" that take pleasure in abscond oppression from the mythos manufacture similar of the afterlife. In the role of these entities mean Bekka no harm--they're dead on looking for a enjoyable place to slouch, you see--the "other array" isn't light about losing their own, and they begin manner their own ruined to Establish in an attempt to call for them. Encouragingly for Bekka, her new "friends" make her very strong to use and even harder to snuff out, and her bandmates aren't absolutely unsuccessful either. With a therion lead-guitarist, a magic-using bassist, a vampire drummer, and an all-too-human-but-angry-as-hell cadence guitarist, Bekka's far from life form on her own.

Good job of your projected marriage. I customarily give audio about two writers who act together on projects. so, disclose me, take pleasure in award been any differences in point of view on how you choice mythos to work or how you choice a story to go?

Many gratitude for the well done ^ ^

As for our collaborations and any conflicts of point of view therein, award haven't really been any, actually. The mythology element of our work is stemmed from collective examine, so if we're delving clothed in the traits/abilities of various vampires from countless cultures we honor to join ruined choosing one element ruined the other.

For exemplar, we were researching European vampire lore at one time (a overall vending of aim was in Romanian mythology, but we were dabbling spanning the board) and we came spanning two countless myths that we any felt preferably partial to. In the function of all was assumed and done, we had a series of rigorous traits that included a "powerhouse" vampire that killed for translucent accomplishment, was strong tolerable to constrain off men to the ends of the tallest grass to spit them on undergrowth or break in a straight line the sides of buildings, life form clever of shape-shifting on a near-limitless sanity, having two hearts that Both sought-after to be ruined to delightedly snuff out it, and control of the weather and eclipses/lunar cycles. Realistically than arguing ruined which of these legends sounded bonus get, we began to hard for everywhere the traits overlapped and built a powder on the similarities--strength, nastiness, ineffectuality, etc--and chose what we felt would make this creature what we sought-after it to be. Seeing that our mythology is set in the "real" world, taking clothed in report the theories of physics and anatomy and whatnot that we're adjusted to, we tweaked certain elements to not contradict the boundaries that we'd set and, lo and observe, shaped one of the vampire sub-species: the varcol; a shapeshifting breed of "perk up" life-feeder (clear to unthinkingly sprout wings or swing either its whole chart or certain sections--claws, feet, eyes, etc--to absolute a wanted effect--that is frantically uncoordinated to snuff out (even by mythos principles) and has heightened competition, reflexes, and sturdiness as well as 4-to-5 mature the psychic/telekinetic authority of a highlight auric (psychic) vampire.

In countless ways all of our creatures take pleasure in come about in some way or original. In other personal belongings, one of us may possibly turn to the other and say "You know what would be To be sure cool..." and next we move on to badge out how to make an prophecy work.

In the function of it comes to our stories, even if, award are undoubtedly moments with our changing interests make us choice to do our own thing, but, on group occasions, that's absolutely what we do. Whereas they're all set in the extremely manufacture, Deep red Hide and Release Metal are my own concealed pieces, everywhere the Ruby Night-time series as well as some projected titles that are in the works are appropriately Meg's. We DO take pleasure in the near-term "Needless" trilogy, a YA series set in the mythos world, that bestow be a meet conflict, but not all stories that cope with in the mythos manufacture are a rigorous conflict.

That's enchanting. I'm extremely weird in the mythology of creatures in countless cultures as well. Vampires are one of my favorites. So how countless sub kin of vampires take pleasure in you created? And how countless take pleasure in come clothed in activity in your novels so far?

In a lot of ways the vampires in the mythos manufacture can be viewed as "forked off" from a track record admirably (put together of an evolutionary cut). The attention life form that, essential, award was one kin of vampire--one that could beef up on any blood and psychic energy--but, as tribes/packs cut and migrated to countless areas that obligatory a draw to a close set of feeding conduct (either profusely populated civilizations that wouldn't allow for nationalized assault/feeding and obligatory group vampires to rely righteous on feeding off of psychic energy or re inconsolable areas that obligatory the vampires to rely on competition and reflexes to find a blood admirably. Seeing that these climate eliminated the absence to use one or the other of their intuitive abilities, projected generations at last lost the abilities and traits that had become needless.

Colonize that didn't absence their competition, reflexes, or fangs became stronger at siphoning psychic energy and became auric vampires (a kin of vampire that has bonded with their hint and is clear to use it as an slight addition that can any exploit their sort and enter/feed from the stalk of dig out). Colonize that didn't absence their intuitive magic/auric control became less in tune with any so their sturdiness, competition, and fangs became upper disposed to pursue, go along, and beef up off of blood and became forward as sangsuigas ('sang-" life form the Latin search word for "blood"), in the past forward within the mythos community as "sangs". So in advance we take pleasure in two incongruent kin of vampire, but, within the sangsuiga kin, there's three SUBspecies: colorless bloods (group innate as sangs; having fully-developed clear to beef up on any blood AND psychic energy and having all the abilities and traits interrelated with them (Xander Stryker is one such exemplar, but his origins are... vanguard).

On the other array of the spectrum are the varcol, which are basically the outcome of the newly picked vampires developing to aim ALL of their strengths and getting higher group abilities ten-fold.

In the books so far I've really free touched down upon the changing levels of sangs and aurics (varcols are, due to their important sturdiness and power, not absolutely weird in life form part of the mythos community and honor to do their own thing where/when they call ~ slouch tuned to see how that turns out lol).

So, as you can see, award are Fairly four propel "kin"--sang, auric, perk up, any mythos warriors who take the laws of their people and go along rogues who bristle their worldly guard and, of course, humans who take pleasure in their various reasons for waging war on the mythos community. The level of their "pre-eminence" is introduce, though *shrugs* I mean, any whatsoever scavenger(s) that try to fair any put together of public figure in their exploits would riot to the top of the mythos Council's nationalized competitor list fast tolerable that they wouldn't see their primitive listeners (evasiveness is one of the leading platforms on which their laws are fundamental upon), and a mythos scavenger is either show business on behalf of The Caucus (and is about as captivating as any police formal or fighter is to us) OR they're show business out Versus Caucus law, in which heading they're Celebrated and, be fond of the whatsoever hunters, won't bear too long.

Xander Stryker, for example of his in the rear father's hard work in establishing fashion and laws within their community, is no matter which of a "repute" in his own position (picture if a in the rear and dear president's son suddenly appeared on the framework in the wake of 18 years), but he's not absolutely weird in pre-eminence. In this heading, even if, "pre-eminence" is a double-sided axe, as there's a overall size of mythos rogues spanning the globe dead on as weird in slaughtering him as toadying ruined him.

Recognition, it appears, is a unorthodox mistress in the mythos manufacture *laughs*

Your world sounds unusual and unsafe. I hard convey to delving clothed in it. Praise for stopping by and spoken communication to us.Someone, be a number of to strum up Nathan's books.

*Says is a move Romanian accent* I bid you all goodnight.

*The come about acclaim and the lights fail away*

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A Truly Amazing Grace


A Truly Amazing Grace
Here is my sermon that will be delivered today. It is what has detracted me from my blogging all week. I guess it is true what I said somewhere on the internet at sometime. Ministers save up all of their blogging, iron it out, and deliver it on one day.

Good morning.

This week I lived out a strange conviction that I've had for the last few months. I just kept putting it off and off. You probably know how that is. Lindsay and I don't really have the extra money to pay the consequences for what I had done, so I was always a little hesitant to fess up in case they would be harsh with me. But Tuesday I worked up enough courage, finally did it, and cleared my conscience.

Let me take you back in time.

It was a dark, muggy, summer night, just right for stealing a stop sign. I always seemed to have friends staying the night during my teenage years, and this night was no exception. We seemed to have been a little extra ornery that night. There was a stop sign on a side road about a block from my house that had been knocked down. We came up with a plan to steal it and put it in our clubhouse in the attic. One of my friends with a ratchet went away to do the deed. I sat back and watched television with my other friends. Twenty minutes later, although it seemed like an eternity, my friend arrived back at the house with a stop sign in hand.

It was a decoration that brought us pride whenever we played cards in the clubhouse, but that is all it ever did during those teenage years. Then we stopped using the clubhouse. The stop sign sat there gathering layer upon layer of dust. It became a worthless relic of the beginning of a period of sin in my life. I guess I should've paid more attention to the words on the sign.

Tuesday, I called the police and asked them if I could return a stop sign I had stolen 14 years ago. I was told to call them before dropping it off to make sure someone would be at the police station when I returned it. I was hoping they wouldn't fine me or anything. If they did, I deserved it.

I woke up early Wednesday. It was a perfect morning. The stars were shining bright. The cool air filled my lungs. My dog hopped in the back seat of my car and we drove over to my parent's house. I climbed the stairs up to the old clubhouse in the attic. My dog following me every step of the way. The clubhouse had been turned into a storage room. The stop sign had been entrapped by boxes. I pulled it out and carried it downstairs. I got out some paper towels and cleaned it. I figured it was clean when I originally stole it, and I was always taught that we should return things the way we got them.

Then I called the police again. The policeman on duty told me that he wouldn't be there and that I should just leave the sign in the hallway outside their offices. I was relieved and said okay. My dog and I hopped into the car and drove down to the police station with the stop sign, which was shining like the day it was stolen. Although it was dark outside, the lights surrounding the police station were luminating. There wasn't a shadow to hide in as I pulled the stop sign out of my back seat, walked across the road, and opened the screen door to the police station. I laid it there gently against the wall and proceeded back to the car. It looks like I won't have to pay any fine after all, but they do have my name.

Please turn with me if you have your Bibles to the first chapter of Isaiah.

Isaiah seemed to be mainly in the business of stop signs. He was trying to put up all the stop signs that the nations of Israel and Judah had torn down. Israel wouldn't have to be destroyed if they would pay attention to the stop signs that said turn back and follow God. Isaiah was trying to get the people who claimed to be the people of God to actually step up and be the people of God.

And true, when we read the Old Testament and books like this we sometimes think this doesn't apply to us. These passages are from the old covenant. We don't have sacrifices anymore. But the underlying principles still apply to each one of us here today. (Isa 1:11-15 NASB) "What are your multiplied sacrifices to Me?" Says the LORD. "I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams, And the fat of fed cattle. And I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs, or goats. {12} "When you come to appear before Me, Who requires of you this trampling of My courts? {13} "Bring your worthless offerings no longer, Incense is an abomination to Me. New moon and sabbath, the calling of assemblies-- I cannot endure iniquity and the solemn assembly. {14} "I hate your new moon festivals and your appointed feasts, They have become a burden to Me. I am weary of bearing them. {15} "So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you, Yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood."

Isaiah is pretty harsh. These people had enough of a "relationship" with God to go through all of the motions of following Him, but that was not enough. If the people of Israel would not get rid of the sin in their life, Isaiah says that there worship and prayers would not be heard. That's harsh, but true. Even true to us. If we are not right with God, all of our acts of worship - whether it be prayer, Bible study, singing songs like we did this morning - all of our acts of worship are meaningless. They're even one step worse than meaningless - they're displeasing to God.

Isaiah isn't alone in saying this. This isn't just one case in Scripture that we can somehow justify away and disregard. It is throughout the Scriptures. Take Amos for example.

Amos 5:21-23 reads, "I hate, I despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals I will not look upon. Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps."

Thursday on my way home from work, I noticed that my wedding ring was gone. I've lost 40 pounds since we've moved down here and haven't had my ring resized during that whole time, so it was beginning to fall of easily. But when I noticed that it wasn't there I freaked out. I looked around my car. I felt around my car. I looked around and felt around some more. It was nowhere to be found. I was frantic.

Then it hit me because I had been thinking about this sermon all week. A wedding ring is like our songs. It is like our prayers or bible study time. Those are signs that I have a relationship with God just like my wedding ring is a sign to everyone that I have a relationship with my wife. If my wedding ring falls off, it doesn't mean I'm no longer married. My marriage to my wife is a state of my heart. Many people can wear wedding rings and not be married in their heart. Just like many can do the outward signs of faith and not really mean it with their heart.

You've probably seen Road Runner cartoons where Wile Coyote turns a road sign so the directions are pointing the wrong way. It used to say the town was over there and the cliff over here, but with a little spin, the cliff is now over there and the town over here. But just because the sign says that is the way it is, doesn't really make it so. Signs can lie.

When we adorn ourselves with the outward signs without practicing the inward state, we are only fooling ourselves. God is not impressed. He even goes so far as to say that he despises it. The outward actions of religion don't cover over our sins. Just because we get up every morning, if you're one of the few who do this, and read our Bibles doesn't mean we're right with God. Just because we're here on Sundays, doesn't mean we're right with God.

What makes us right with God?

Isaiah goes on in verses 16-17.

(Isa 1:16-17 NASB) "Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil, {17} Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless; Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow."

Isaiah says to make ourselves clean. We need to cease to do evil, but it doesn't just stop there. Too often Christians think they are right with God if they refrain from doing wrongs or if they go through the rituals of a personal spiritual life - prayer, Bible study, and singing. Isaiah and the rest of Scripture takes it a step further. We need to refrain from doing wrongs, but we also need to learn to do good, seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.

Jesus shares a similar scary passage.

Matthew 25:31-45 reads...

(Mat 25:31-46 NASB) "But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. {32} "And all the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; {33} and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. {34} "Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. {35} 'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; {36} naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.' {37} "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You drink? {38} 'And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? {39} 'And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' {40} "And the King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.' {41} "Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; {42} for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; {43} I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.' {44} "Then they themselves also will answer, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?' {45} "Then He will answer them, saying, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' {46} "And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

We are to be the sort of people that clothe the naked, house the homeless, welcome strangers, take care of sick, visit prisoners, seek justice, rescues the oppressed, defend orphans, and plead for widows. Our goal as a church needs to be that when people in Antwerp are in any sort of financial, emotional, physical, or spiritual need, they think that Antwerp Community Church is the place to have those needs met. We need to be the light that is shining throughout Antwerp.

Are we? We might be those types of individuals, but I think there is more to it than just that. Are we that type of church? Are we that way as a community of believers?

Because if we want our songs to be more than just noise, if we want God to love our gathering together, if we want God to work through our times of learning, then we need to make sure we, first, refrain from sin, and, second, are the loving hands of God in our community.

The movie Chocolat is one of my wife's favorites, and I enjoy its point. In the movie there is a gypsy-type lady and her daughter who moves to a tranquil French village. It is a village that is ran by the mayor who is also the power behind the church.

There are outcasts in this village - a diabetic grandmother, an abused barkeep's wife, and a group of traveling "river rats" who arrive at port. The new lady takes to loving all of the unlovables while the mayor is worried about enforcing the rules and having the appearance of being a good town. It's a battle between holiness and love. This movie is an example of what the world tries to constantly do. They try to pit holiness and love at odds with one another. "You can't be loving if you're worried about right living." Or "You can't love them because they're too immoral."

However, Isaiah and Jesus both propose that we do both. That we love others while striving to be holy. When we emphasize both and begin to live them out in our lives glorious things are going to happen. We will become glimpses of the beautiful kingdom of God to those that encounter us.

Isaiah finishes off his condemning passage with some of the greatest hope in Scripture. You see, we're still filthy sinners separated from God. And our righteousness can't get us there. Isaiah states later in his book (64:6) that our righteousness is like filthy rags.

God is not impressed by our works, although he does tell us to do them. It's only when we realize our true sinful state that we realize how amazing God's grace truly is.

(Isa 1:18-19 NASB) "Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool. {19} "If you consent and obey, You will eat the best of the land;"

None of us here live up to God's expectation for our lives. Does that give us an excuse to not strive to be holy? Of course not. Does that give us an excuse to not love our neighbor, to not love our enemies? Of course not. Those are two essential things to the Christian life. But it's only when we realize that we don't live up to God's expectation for our life. When we realize we aren't as holy as we need to be - we aren't as loving as we need to be. Then we are ready to receive God's amazing grace.

No past sin is too dark to be washed out. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are like crimson, they shall become like wool." Our sins will be washed away. No matter how great they are.

I am always amazed at God and who he uses to do his will. Let's travel back 2000 years and pretend that I am Jesus. Okay, here I am ready to start the biggest thing the world has ever seen, the church. Something that is going to last longer than any of the kingdoms that are currently in existence. I have to choose 12 people to lead it. I would sit down and do interviews. I would have a list of what I'm looking for. We would need one of the best lawyers, one of the best accountants, one of the most charismatic leaders, an amazing speaker, one of the best administrators, an incredible writer, the list could go on and on. But who did he choose. He chose fishermen. He chose a tax collector. He chose nobodies.

Or take Paul. Again, if I was the one calling the shots I wouldn't have chosen Paul. Here is a guy who went around killing Christians. He probably woke up in the morning, hopped out of bed like Mr. Rogers, put on his slippers and thought to himself, "What am I going to do today? There are some Christians hanging out on the other side of town. Let's go kill them." God looked at him and saw his potential rather than his sorry state. And he looks at each one of us and sees our potential rather than the sorry states we find ourselves in. Whether that is in a deep struggle with some persistent sin, a deep hatred for another person, an intense selfishness, materialism, a desire to keep up with Jones', gossip - whatever our poison is, God looks beyond that and sees what we can be. And he doesn't just stop there. He takes the next step, provides the antidote and begins to help us reach that potential he designed us for.

How many of you have seen the movie Seabisquit? It's a movie about a wild old horse, a wacky trainer, and a washed out jockey. They find an owner who believes in them. He takes time with them. They fail, but he continues to believe in them. He brings out all of their potential and turns them into the best in America.

And that is what God wants to do with each one of us. Whether we are a little too wild, a little on the wacky side, or just washed out, God wants to help each one of us be who he designed us to be.

My first two points today might have been a little harsh. But it is necessary to acknowledge our failings. It is necessary to realize that we probably are wild, washed out, and wacky nobodies, but we need to be wild, washed out, and wacky nobodies ready to be used by God. It's time for us to throw away our resumes (whether they are littered with shameful failings or filled with prideful achievements) and allow God to use us despite our past.

So what do I hope we learned from this passage in Isaiah today?

When people came to God with changed lives rather than mere words or songs, he listened to them. Now, I understand the current popular belief that we need to come to God with our unchanged life and let him help us change it. I don't think this is contrary to that view. God knows people's hearts. He knows when people's hearts are turning to Him. Words, Thoughts, or Actions don't cut the cake. They are just signs that can be faked, and God can see past signs. Churches throughout my life have been putting a bigger emphasis on one of these signs and ignoring the others. God is looking for a complete change of one's entire being - a change of the heart that results in a change of our words, thoughts, and actions. When one's heart changes, God will be there to help everything else change. He was already the one trying to get the heart to change in the first place, and every day of the week, including right now, he is trying to get us to take that next step in our relationship with him.

True grace allows us the freedom to look our failings in the face. We don't have to hide from ourselves anymore. We can acknowledge our failures in our life and in our church. And true grace shows us that God will use unlikely people, like you and like me, to fix things. Not all of our wrongs can be fixed by us. Some sins are done and there is nothing we can do about them. In that case we need to just forgive ourselves because, if we are striving to be right with God, he has forgiven us. But in those cases where we can right a wrong of the past or present, like my stop sign story, we need to step out and fix our wrongs. If there is someone we need to apologize to, then we need to get together with them and do that. God is in the process of healing each of us, but sometimes that means we have to do something about it. Here is what I think God is saying to each of us today. "Return your stop sign. You might have earthly consequences to pay, but I will forgive you and help you through them." It's truly amazing grace when God knows our wrongs but still accepts us and uses us despite our being extremely unlikely people.

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We Are Fallen Broken Creatures


We Are Fallen Broken Creatures
From Joseph Bottum's review of" Saint Augustine of Hippo: An Intellectual Biography":.... Augustine, he argues, did not turn to Christianity so much because it solved his intellectual and psychological dilemmas, although often it did; he turned to Christianity because it was the first system of thought he had ever encountered that took the puzzles seriously.

Even more than this, it was the first system that was as passionate as he was, as angry as he was, about the radically incomplete, radically broken nature of humans. The abandonment of man, his dislocation from true reality, ought to have been apparent to even the weakest of pagan religions. The spiritual glimpses of the noumenal order that even half-baked religions like Manicheism sometimes manage ought not to have made people happy, with a little brightening of the usually dark, often painful, ordinary life. They ought to have made people "furious-"as furious as the young Augustine-at the darkness and pain of ordinary existence.

How else are we to understand the power with which he turned, while bishop of Hippo and the leading Christian writer in the Latin West, against Pelagius and his disciples? When the Pelagians attempted to weaken the apprehension many felt toward the effects of the Fall, they were not merely getting a theological point wrong; they were undermining the very reason that Christianity was necessary, the very reason Augustine had become a Christian. And so with the Donatists, too, against whom Augustine would also turn his anger. As rigorists who insisted that the church was a congregation of saints and not sinners, the Donatists were not just making small mistakes about ecclesiology; in Augustine's view, they were also denying the deep reality of sin in the world-sin that needed Christian redemption. Against the Pelagians, Augustine took a sterner, possibly less accommodating position; against the Donatists, he took a sweeter, obviously more accommodating position. But in both cases, the origin was a sure grasp of what he knew to be the central fact of the human condition: We are fallen, broken creatures, and the world is not a kindly place for us..... [more]Augustine's Mission The Weekly Standard

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A Personal Turning Point Not Living By Bread Alone


A Personal Turning Point Not Living By Bread Alone
During my sophomore year of college, back in 2005, one of my history essays was on liberation theology. In the early drafts, I was pro-liberation theology (as I understood it), and against some Cardinal named Ratzinger, who I'd heard terrible things about. Before the final draft of the paper, my position had changed nearly 180 degrees.

Two things had happened. First, Ratzinger had become Pope Benedict XVI, and I'd come to learn a lot more about him. I liked what I was seeing in terms of his personal holiness, and when the judgment of the Holy Spirit is behind him, it's hard to argue.

Second, and more importantly, I discovered his "Instruction on Certain Aspects of "Theology of Liberation". "The "Instruction" was such a devastatingly accurate critique that my mind was changed immediately. I can even point to the paragraph that cut me to the quick. It's paragraph 3 of part VI, after he finishes praising those Christians who are helping the poor:

The feeling of anguish at the urgency of the problems cannot make us lose sight of what is essential nor forget the reply of Jesus to the Tempter: "It is not on bread alone that man lives, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4; cf. Deuteronomy 8:3). Faced with the urgency of sharing bread, some are tempted to put evangelization into parentheses, as it were, and postpone it until tomorrow: first the bread, then the Word of the Lord. It is a fatal error to separate these two and even worse to oppose the one to the other. In fact, the Christian perspective naturally shows they have a great deal to do with one another.I'd been so sold on the false notion that liberal Catholics care about the poor, while conservative Catholics only care about doctrine that I'd been struggling to figure out where I fit in the Church. Ratzinger answered the question for me: I wanted to be where he was.

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Is The Last Great Day In The Bible


Is The Last Great Day In The Bible
The meaning of The Last Great Day "as taught by "Herbert W. Armstrong is not found in the Bible.

I was surprised years ago when I was first told by a pastor in United Church of God (UCG) that he believed Mr. Armstrong was mistaken in his interpretation and actually originated his own meaning for The Last Great Day. That's right, many in the leadership of at least one major splinter group seem to believe that the Last Great Day as taught by the Churches of God is not in the Bible. Why do they still teach this stuff when they know it is not supported by biblical text?

WAS IT THE SEVENTH OR EIGHTH DAY?

Herbert W. Armstrong stated that John 7:37 is referring to the eighth day holy convocation that followed the Feast of Tabernacles, as instructed in Leviticus chapter 23. The Feast of Tabernacles was a seven-day festival, with the holy convocation on the first day and the eighth day. Here is what Mr. Armstrong taught in his own words:

The eighth day, technically a separate feast, is called "the "last day", that "great day" of the feast." (John 7:37) What does this final holy day represent? Notice what Jesus preached about on that day..." ("Pagan Holidays or God's Holy Days - Which"?", "Herbert W. Armstrong, 1976, page 47, emphasis his)

Mr. Armstrong specifically stated two important points:


1 - JOHN 7:37 IS REFERRING TO THE EIGHTH DAY HOLY CONVOCATION DESCRIBED IN LEVITICUS.

2 - JESUS' TEACHING ON THAT DAY IS WHAT DEFINES THE MEANING OF THE HOLY DAY.

Mr. Armstrong italicized the words "last day" and "great day" in order to form the title that he gave to the day, "The Last Great Day". Of course there is no holy day in the bible called by that specific name, but most people feel comfortable overlooking that point so I will overlook it as well.

Most commentaries agree that John 7:37 did not take place on the eighth day holy convocation nor do the words "last day" or "great day" in this verse have any connection to the eighth day. Instead these commentaries suggest that John 7:37 took place on the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles, the last day of the feast. Simply put, if this incident took place on the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles then Herbert W. Armstrong misapplied this scripture in order to create an entirely new holy day that would fit the "plan of God" that he already had in mind. But in fairness...we cannot in good conscience state with 100% certainty that John 7:37 could not have possibly been on the eighth day; so let's hold that thought for a moment.

I'd like to go back to something I stated earlier. I referred to the fact that a United Church of God minister was the first to explain to me that Mr. Armstrong was wrong about this holy day when he told me that John 7:37 actually took place on the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles. In 2002 UCG prepared a doctrinal paper on The Last Great Day that supports this viewpoint and can be found on the UCG member's website.

Pointing to the research contained in their study paper, UCG concluded:

Although we cannot say with absolute certainty that John 7:37 is referring to the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles, the evidence presented above points to this conclusion. ("The Last Great Day Study Paper", United Church of God, August 2002, page 9).

They go on in their study paper to explain that there is nothing wrong with using the title "Last Great Day" for their holy day since the holy day meaning is the "judgment of the "great" day" (Jude 6). They also point to Revelation 20 "Then I saw a "great"white throne..." It appears that the word "great" is somehow significant. UCG also points out that the phrase "that great day" was not an Old Testament term in the first place, so there is no problem if they borrow it to construct a name for their eighth day feast. Continuing on page 9 of the study paper:

First of all, the phrase "that great day" as applied by the Jews at the time of Christ to the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles is not an Old Testament term, as we have seen. ("The Last Great Day Study Paper", UCG, August 2002, page 9).

After proving that John 7:37 is referring to the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles and NOT to the eighth day holy day, the UCG makes the following pronouncement:

So there's no need to change the Church's traditional expression of "the Last Great Day" in association with the eighth day. But interpreting John 7:37, scriptural and historical evidence points to the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles as "the last day, that great day of the feast" and not primarily to the eighth day. ("The Last Great Day Study Paper", UCG, August 2002, page 9).

At the time of this study paper they did not appear to be intending to change the name of the Last Great Day. But since that time they've apparently decided that a change was warranted. Go to the UCG website and look up their holy day calendar. You will not see the "Last Great Day" on that calendar. Instead you will see "The Eighth Day" listed on the calendar. Apparently that is the new name of the holy day, at least it is on their calendar.

Now this is getting confusing. Let me see if I've got this straight. Herbert Armstrong claimed that the Last Great Day was a separate feast. He used John 7:37 to prove the "meaning" of the holy day and to "derive" its name. Because he called it a "great day", based on John 7:37, he concluded that the day points to the judgment of the "great day" and the "great" White throne judgment (Jude 6, Rev 20). But there is a very strong likelihood that John 7:37 did not take place on the eighth day and that is even supported by a UCG study paper. If this is the case then everything Herbert Armstrong concluded about this holy day is based on a false premise. So UCG decided that they would continue to teach the exact same meaning for that day even though the meaning was derived from a scripture that they have proven to be misapplied by Herbert Armstrong. And now they refer to the holy day as "the Eighth Day".

At least let me just put to ease the more conservative COGers out there - this was UCG not the other groups such as COGwa. Oh wait a minute...this UCG study paper was approved by the Council of Elders in August of 2002. Try to remember, who was on the Council of Elders at that time?

Okay, we've been thoroughly confused by cognitive dissonance once again. But let me clear things up here. There are some who believe that John 7:37 actually did take place on the eighth day holy day. I think there is overwhelming support that this was the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles. But since neither I nor anyone else can provide 100% conclusive proof I will be flexible if my readers choose to accept that John 7:37 took place on the eighth day holy day. I do recommend that you do your own research.

DOES IT REALLY MATTER WHICH DAY IT WAS?

No, it really doesn't matter which day John 7:37 took place on.

Mr. Armstrong stated that his entire understanding of the meaning of the Last Great Day holy day is based on what Jesus taught in John 7:37. Again, here is what Mr. Armstrong taught with regard to how he determined what the eighth day holy day represented:

What does this holy day represent?Notice what Jesus preached about on that day: "If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink...out of his belly [innermost being] shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive...)"(John 7:37-39). This was Jesus' sermon giving the meaning of the last great day! Now turn to Revelation 20, After the Millennium, what happens? A Resurrection! ("Pagan Holidays or God's Holy Days - Which"?", "Herbert W. Armstrong, 1976, page 47)

Now wait a minute! Did you catch that? Mr. Armstrong writes that Jesus' words provide the meaning of this holy day and then immediately directs the reader to Revelation chapter 20 where we find a resurrection. Well there you have it, Jesus clearly was teaching about a second resurrection back to human life to live for a 100-year period, right? WRONG! Those words are not found in the text. Even the concept is not found in the passage.

Let's take a look at the passage again.

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'" Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (John 7:37-39)

This statement was made at the Feast during which there was a daily procession of priests and worshippers from the temple court to the pool of Siloam. The designated priest filled a golden pitcher with water, returned to the court of the priests, and poured out the water at the base of the bronze alter of burnt offering. This act commemorated God's miraculous provision of water for Israel during the forty years of wandering in the desert. But now Jesus cried out with a new teaching.

What does Jesus really teach here? Remember, we cannot interpret the bible by just making things up that are not in the text. We need to let the bible interpret the bible. We could suggest prophecies and scriptures that Jesus "may have" been referencing by his statement. But we don't need to guess because John tells us exactly what Jesus meant by his statement about the living water: "Now, this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified".

John specifically states that by "rivers of living water" Jesus is referring to the Holy Spirit who would be given to those who believe in Jesus. And John also indicates that this gift of the Spirit would be given after Jesus was glorified.

That is what Jesus is teaching in this passage. Jesus was glorified at his resurrection, not at the end of the millennium. The Holy Spirit was given when the church was founded on Pentecost, not at the end of the millennium. There is no mention in John 7:37 of a day in which all people who ever lived are resurrected to human life. Not one statement here or even a reference to that subject. Mr. Armstrong simply pointed to this passage in John 7:37 in order to give the holy day a name. He was mistaken, I believe; in which day this even took place on. But regardless, he pointed to other scriptures that would "fit" his desire to make this day represent events after the millennium as he interpreted them.

I have said that Mr. Armstrong's teaching on the meaning of the Last Great Day is not in the bible. "That is because you can search from beginning to end and you will not find one biblical text that supports Herbert W. Armstrong's interpretation of the meaning of the eighth day holy day that follows the Feast of Tabernacles."

Please, help me here. If you can provide a scripture that states that the eighth day holy day pictures a second resurrection to a second human life then please post it as a comment to this blog.

I encourage you to go read the booklet by Mr. Armstrong, "Pagan Holidays - or God's Holy Days - Which?" You can find it online at a few different websites. Pages 47 and 48 specifically address the Last Great Day. Read it now, these many years after you first read Mr. Armstrong's teaching in his own words. Notice how he uses phrases like, "this couldn't include.." or "it couldn't refer to..." That's right, it couldn't mean anything other than what Mr. Armstrong already thinks it means. Using circular reasoning, he starts with the assumption that his interpretation of the meaning of the day is correct and then uses his interpretation to "prove" what the day means and points to scriptures that "appear "to agree with him. Go to the few scriptures that he references and see if you think any of them relate to John 7:37. They do not. No, they simply and clearly do not. Ask yourself honestly if your interpretation is from the Bible or from Mr. Armstrong.

Herbert Armstrong could not have "discovered" or "learned "the plan of God from the Last Great Day, as he claimed, because the Holy Day as he described it does not exist in the Bible. Rather he took a text in John 7:37, derived the name of the day and then pointed to scriptures that supported what he wanted the day to mean.

Here is the main point:


"The sole authority for the teaching of the meaning of the Last Great Day holy day in the churches of God is Herbert W. Armstrong. " If you are following Herbert W. Armstrong then believe what he says because the interpretation is his. But if you are following Jesus Christ then please read the verses yourself. Read the new testament again without preconceived interpretations. I'm confident you will find God's grace in your sincere search for Him.

No matter what name you give the holy day, no matter which day you think John 7:37 occurred on, there is nothing in the bible that supports the meaning that Herbert W. Armstrong attributed to this holy day.

If in a sincere desire to obey God's law you believe that you need to observe the Old Testament holy days then that viewpoint is respected. But please observe them according to the law that you are trying to keep and not according to the tradition of a man.

We all hope for a day when we will once again see our loved ones who have died. The bible does teach that there is a resurrection on the last day. But the eighth day holy convocation that followed the seven-day Feast of Tabernacles is not identified with that resurrection anywhere in the bible.

But there is someone who "IS" identified with that resurrection.

"I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?" She [Martha] said to him, "Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world."

It is important that you understand; Everything on this blog is based on the current understanding of each author. Never take anyone's word for it, always prove it for yourself, it is YOUR responsibility. You cannot ride someone else's coattail into the Kingdom. ; ) ACTS 17:11