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Newsletter 08/19/2014 2014/08/19

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1. Everyone is all in – Ronald L. Riedell
2. Seeing is beleving- Painting an Icon… -Written By Ronald L. Riedell

Proverb of the week
Quote of the week

Story 1

Everyone is all in

We are all players in the game, and none of us got here because we wanted to be here. Being alone is a hell, our imagination tells us there is no g-d, and no one loves us, which is a lie. Your creator loves you and is within reach any time of the day or night. All I have to do is open my eyes and see that the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

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Last week one of Brother Ron’s beloved comedians left the world. The media has inundated me with all kinds of information about how he left the world; all I know is that he is gone.

I am not privileged to have the information on what really happened to him because I am not a family member or agent of his. However, I enjoyed his acting and the presentation of the material he was given to present and he will be missed by me.

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I have been disappointed and at times discouraged but never to the point of taking my own life. There is a reason for everything and I have learned to accept things as they present themselves.

My perception is that many people in the world have been asleep for years, almost in a drunken stupor of drugs and alcohol. When finally awakened, people do not realize they have been sleeping. The world has changed and they do not know how or why.

I have been so busy with living, cooking dinner, buying groceries, going to work, going to school, raising kids, and a thousand other things that it is easy to get lost in living.

Being awake I control little more than my own actions. For me to believe I can change someone else is a fallacy and a fiction of my imagination. Besides, how would I change them? Into my own image?

I have learned that accepting me for who I am, and forgiving myself for all my perceived shortcomings is the truth and the beginning of being born again.

I am literally born again every day, with the hope of not changing the world, but the hope of changing myself, and the way I perceive the world.

Story 2

Seeing is Believing
Choosing the right size.

Many thoughts go into choosing the right icon. For example, where you will hang it? Who besides you will see it. What size makes sense to you? You should not forget the purpose of an icon; an icon is a teaching tool and window into the soul. Icons invite you to contemplate spiritual things. They renew your spirit with thoughts of those who have gone before you. The colors and the images themselves, depending on how the icons were written, excite the viewer’s soul to prayer.

Then after you have decided on the right icon for you, the next step is to choose the size.

Depending on your budget, it can be a small image to place on the dresser in your bedroom. A medium size 8×11 to place in a prayer room to help you meditate on spiritual things, or a large icon to hang in a public area to teach the scripturally unlearned about events that happened in the bible. Some Churches have icons that cover an entire wall to help the congregation keep focused on liturgy.

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Presented here, the icon will be of an event in the bible where Jesus is in the garden after the Seder (The last Supper).

“Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, my soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Matthew 26:36-41
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No one wants to die, not even Christ. Anyone who knows about Seder knows that there are four cups of wine drank at Seder and a festive meal eaten. After the Seder our stomachs are full and some of us have a buzz on from the wine and a little beer drank with the festive meal. It is usually late at night when Seder is over.
As Disciples of Christ, most have good intentions and want to pray but because of the full belly, it is hard to stay awake to pray for even one hour.

This icon is one of Brother Ron’s favorites. It is simple with a powerful message.

Proverb of the week:
A man is not honest simply because he never had a chance to steal.

Quote of the week:
At the time of prayer, we should expel from our heart the provocation of each evil thought, rebutting it in a spirit of devotion so that we do not prove to be speaking to God with our lips, while pondering wicked thoughts in our heart.

St Isaiah the Solitary
On Guarding the Intellect

Newsletter 08/06/2014 2014/08/07

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Contents
1. Entertaining Angels Unaware- Ronald L. Riedell / Brad Huckins
2. Excerpts from “The Path”… – Written by Maharaj Charan Singh
3. What is an Icon… -Written By Ronald L. Riedell

Proverb of the week
Quote of the week

Story 1
Entertaining Angels Unaware

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The following was circulating around the internet:
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An Angel went to watch over you last night, but it came back.
I asked “why” The angel said, ”Angels don’t watch over Angels.”


My nephew wrote the following story on Facebook

Brad Huckins
Yesterday at 6:26pm •

Had a not so decent day today, but as I was driving home I saw an elderly women on the side of the road, and something inside me said pull over.

So I asked if she needed help and noticed she had a flat tire, I told her I would be more than happy to change it for her.

She insisted that it was not necessary, but me being somewhat charming I told her what would my mother and grandmother think if I didn’t offer to help someone in need.

As I changed her tire, she held an umbrella over me to keep the sun off me. We talked as I was changing it. She was very sweet and told me about her life and her kids and grandchildren.

I could not help but think of my grandparents as I talked to her.

I was finishing up and a police officer pulled behind me to see if we were ok, Mildred explained to the officer the situation and the officer thanked me for helping.

When I was about to leave, saying goodbye she gave me a hug. I was all covered in sweat and asphalt. She told me thank you and said, “Your mother raised a compassionate man.” to which I replied I would hope that someone would help my mother or grandmother if they needed it.

While walking away she said one last thing to me, which still has me shocked, she said “KCCO”(Keep Cool and Chive On), then got into her car and left me still standing on the side of the road with the biggest smile on my face with this incredible warmth in my heart.
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I will remember Mildred for the rest of my life.

Brad was undoubtedly an angel to Mildred.
“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
Heb 13:2

Story 2
Excerpts from,” The Path” as promised.
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This world has never been a paradise; nor can it be one in the future…

Christ says in the Bible, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter – in- law against her mother-in-law.(Mathew 10:34-35).

This means: I have not come to turn this world into a place of bliss and happiness, but I have come to release human beings from the prison of this world. I have come to break the chains of attachments to father, mother, son, daughter, friends, and relations, and thus take people out of this cycle of repeated births and deaths…

Castes and Creeds

The Lord has no creed, religion, or country. He has no caste or color. The Lord that created the world is neither black nor white…

When the sun has no caste or creed, how can its rays have any? When a fire has no caste or creed, how can its flame have any?

God created man, and did not create sects or creeds. Man is responsible for their appearance on the scene. It is we who divide ourselves into narrow circles of caste, religion, and countries, and sow the seeds of strife, discord, and dissension…

When the final settling of our account has to take place, on one will care to ask which caste or creed we belong…

No one will be interested in your caste or creed in the Court of the Lord. It is His worship alone that matters and enables us to merge into him. At the place where our accounts are to be settled, no one will ask as whether you are a Hindu, a Sikh, or a Muslim, or whether you come from India, America or Africa. It is only your love, your devotion, your intense longing that matter…

“The Path”

Story 3

Seeing is Believing
What is an Icon

An icon (from Greek εἰκών eikōn “image”) is a religious work of art, most commonly a painting.
Throughout history, religious cultures have been inspired by images, whether they are for instruction or inspiration or simply applied as ornament.

The icon is generally a flat panel painting depicting a holy being or object such as Jesus, Mary, Saints, Angels, or the cross. Icons may also be cast in metal, carved in stone, embroidered on cloth, painted on wood, done in mosaic or fresco work, printed on paper or metal, etc.

Proverb of the week:

There’s no need to fear the wind if your haystacks are tied down

Quote of the week:

I entreat you not to leave your heart unguarded, so long as you are in the body. Just as a farmer cannot feel confident about the crop growing in his fields, because he does not know what will happen to it before it is stored away in his granary, so a man should not leave his heart unguarded so long as he still has breath in his nostrils. Up to his last breath he cannot know what passion will attack him; so long as he breathes, therefore, he must not leave his heart unguarded, but should at every moment pray to God for His help and mercy.

St Isaiah the Solitary
On Guarding the Intellect

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Newsletter 07/31/2014 2014/08/01

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Seeing is Believing

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Contents

1.Seeing is believing… – Written by Ronald L. Riedell
2.The Path …. Written By Ronald L. Riedell

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Quote of the week

Story 1

Seeing is believing

Seeing is Believing

There are three sections of Iconography I am going to attempt to write about. They are; the history of images in the church, the interpretation of Icons, and materials used by iconographers in our times and the past.

Brother Ron is a consecrated Icon writer, blessed by the Greek Orthodox Church. What that means is I took classes in Orthodox Iconography and after the completion of the classes an Orthodox Priest said a prayer over me.

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I say this for no other reason than to keep it real. I am unworthy and view myself as the least among the ones who came before me. My poor attempt to write an icon is intended to be my attempt to find G-d in my own way.

It is my prayer that the experience you gain here will enable you to dispel the mysteries associated with icons and establish an understanding of icons that will enhance your life here and now.

Story 2

While at the library

While at the library, I found a book for sale called, “The Path” the first addition in 1969 only had 5,000 copies printed in New Delhi. Subsequent editions produced 20,000 copies. In a world of 7.5 billion, few have read or even seen this book.

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There is a wealth of spiritual knowledge in this book. i.e… “The kingdom of God is within you.”
This world has never been a paradise; nor can it be one in the future. I am a worldly person that has sometimes forgotten the Lord and do not search for him within.

I think that I might find happiness in the enjoyment of my life. Therefore, I try to enjoy the pleasures of my senses by surfing, drinking beer, and entertaining lustful thoughts. I turn my attention to power in an attempt to find peace and pleasure.

However, it seems when I ask for happiness, pain moves in on me.

It took me literally years of research and study to discover some of the things that are written in this small book. Over the next few weeks, I would like to share parts of this book with you.

I will be sharing real everyday analogies from, “The Path” that will enhance your life.

Proverb of the week:

A wise man hears one word and understands two.

Quote of the week:

“I shall speak first about control of the stomach, the opposite to gluttony, and about how to fast and what and how much to eat. I shall say nothing on my own account, but only what I have received from the Holy Fathers. They have not given us only a single rule for fasting or a single standard and measure for eating, because not everyone has the same strength; age, illness or delicacy of body create differences. But they have given us all a single goal: to avoid over-eating and the filling of our bellies… A clear rule for self-control handed down by the Fathers is this: stop eating while still hungry and do not continue until you are satisfied.”
John Cassian
St. John died peacefully in 435

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Newsletter 07/25/2014 2014/07/26

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1.Starting in the beginning… – Written by Ronald L. Riedell
2.The Sting of Death …. Written By Ronald L. Riedell

Proverb of the week

Quote of the week

Story 1

Starting in the beginning

It is through this image that enables me to tell the story of the creation.

Most importantly that I am not alone, I have a creator.

It was through creation that I came into existence and that breath in me is from the creator.

I may never fully understand how or why the creator made the heavens and the earth or why I was created or even why I am here. Just the knowledge that I am not alone is enough.

In the background of this image is a circle painted black showing the darkness displaced by the light.

The creator is hovering over the waters that have been separated from the land, holding a scroll in his hand that will be opened in the end times.

The light orb around the creators head indicates that he is the Alpha and Omega the first and the last.

This icon is the representation of the creation with many more words associated to it. Each color signifies something familiar to the viewer and helps the viewer gain entrance into the window of the spirit.

I can read the scriptures in Genesis and can clearly see the symbols in this image.

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Story 2

The Sting of Death

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As I grow older, I have come to realize that I have been living longer than I am going to live.

I am faced with my own mortality.

Most of my friends these days are in their late seventies early eighties.

Men and women, who have achieved material success, and are still well respected in their trades or professions: teachers, housewives, doctors, nurses, dentists, maintenance managers, lawyers, insurance investigators, police officers, military officers, financial advisors, painters, judges, factory workers, self employed and even a Hollywood actor.

Everyone has a story to tell, with one common end we all agree on: That we are all going to die.

It has been my experience that when you strip down to a swim suites and walk back and forth in five feet of water with only your head above water all the façades are left in the locker room and a transformation takes place.

Becoming like little kids in a park where there is no one who cares where someone lives, what race he or she is or where they worked, other than for a frame of reference to start conversations.

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I am thankful to have experienced old age, so many do not get that opportunity.

All the pretenses and preconceived ideas seem to disappear in the water as we walk back and forth in the pool sharing our lives and ideas with each other.

In the pool I am in the moment just here and now, in eternity, being in the world but not part of it.

“Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

I am thankful for the comfort my friends have given me and the comfort I can give them, the knowledge of knowing that I share a common end with them drives the fear of death away.

When I finally do fall asleep for the last time on earth, it is my hope that I will wake up in a place that words cannot describe, not by myself, but in the company of perfect love.

Proverb of the week:

Those who marry for money earn it.

Quote of the week:

Fasts and vigils, the study of Scripture, renouncing possessions and everything worldly are not in themselves perfection, as we have said; they are its tools. For perfection is not to be found in them; it is acquired through them. It is useless, therefore, to boast of our fasting, vigils, poverty, and reading of Scripture when we have not achieved the love of God and our fellow men. Whoever has achieved love has God within himself and his intellect is always with God.

Source : St. John Cassian quoting Abba Moses in On the Holy Fathers of Sketis: (“Philokalia (Vol. 1)”, p. 96)

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One image is worth 400 words or more… – Written by Ronald L. Riedell

Proverb of the week

Quote of the week

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Here is an icon of the “Slave carrying the cross of Jesus. The gospel story is in the bible New Testament book of Mathew.

καὶ ὅστις σε ἀγγαρεύσει μίλιον ἕν ὕπαγε μετ’ αὐτοῦ δύο

… and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
Mat 5:41

And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. Mathew 27:32

If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles.
In first century Judea, the poor were oppressed under a practice called angareia, the involuntary drafting of peasants to carry the gear of Roman soldiers.

“Compulsory Service”; any service which was forcibly or unjustly demanded, and oppression in general a service or task only grudgingly undertaken by the one forced to perform it.

The people hated angareia with a burning passion – it was a horrible injustice. But rather than attempting to resist it through violence, Jesus offers another creative form of nonviolent resistance.

If a man was forced by a Roman soldier to carry gear for one mile, what would happen if he continued to carry the gear for more than one mile? The soldier would be placed in a very awkward position. If a peasant was drafted under angareia, Roman law dictated that the solider had to stop him after one mile. If anyone found out that the peasant had continued for two miles, the soldier could himself be arrested and beaten!

Angareia is seen in the Bible when Simon of Cyrene was forced by Roman soldiers to carry the cross of Jesus. He was only forced to carry the cross part of the way, however, since the Roman government had ruled that the maximum distance a man could be forced to carry gear under angareia was one mile.

In some cases, the condemned was forced to carry the crossbeam on his shoulders to the place of execution. A whole cross would weigh well over 300 lb, but the crossbeam would not be quite as burdensome, weighing around100 lbs.

I don’t have to remember what the icon writer teaches me about events that took place. The icons are not meant to replace the written word or thought of G-d. They are intended to teach the children and illiterate about events and people that lived around and loved Jesus.

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Proverb of the week:
The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.

Quote of the week:
“The whole earth is a living icon of the face of God.”

– St. John of Damascus

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Newsletter 07/08/2014 2014/07/09

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How I got started painting Icons – Written by Ronald L. Riedell

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Quote of the week

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Over the next few weeks, G-d willing I am going to attempt to share with you my passion for art, especially my love for Icons, their symbolism, and their place in the Church and our homes.

I am a consecrated Icon writer, blessed by the Greek Orthodox Church. What that means is I took classes in Orthodox Iconography and after the completion of the classes an Orthodox Priest said a prayer over me.

I say this for no other reason than to keep it real. I am unworthy and view myself as the least among the ones who came before me. My poor attempt to write an icon is intended to be my attempt to find G-d in my own way.

Here is the prayer that was said over me by the priest:

Glory to Thee O God, Glory to Thee.

O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who are everywhere present and fill all things, Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life, come and abide in us, and cleanse us from every impurity, and save our souls, O Good One.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

Glory to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

All-Holy Trinity, have mercy on us.Lord, cleanse us of our sins.Master, pardon our iniquities.Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities, for Thy Name’s sake.Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.Glory to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Amen.

O Divine Lord of all that exists, You have illuminated the Apostle and Evangelist Luke with Your Most Holy Spirit, thereby enabling him to represent the Most Holy Mother, the one who held You in her arms and said: The Grace of Him Who has been born of me is spread throughout the world.

Enlighten and direct our souls, our hearts, and our spirits. Guide the hands of your unworthy servant so that we may worthily and perfectly portray Your Icon, that of Your Holy Mother, and of all the saints, for the glory, joy, and adornment of Your Holy Church.

Forgive our sins and the sins of those who will venerate these icons, and who, standing devoutly before them, give homage to those they represent. Protect them from all evil and instruct them with good counsel.

This we ask through the prayers of the Most Holy Theotokos, the Apostle Luke, and all the saints, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Icons – are written, not painted. As the Bible is the written word of God, so too, the icons are written by the Holy Spirit through the hand of the iconographer.

The iconographer does not sign icons.

Icons are meant to transform us, bring us closer into communion with God. Icons are not written for the eye; they are written for the soul. They are not meant to be physical images of the saint, but are to be symbolic representations of the inner life of the saints.

Brother Ron does not live in a monastery; I live in the world along with all of you. I feel pain, I suffer loss, and I am thankful to be alive. I write icons because in doing so they bring me closer to G-d.

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Proverb of the week
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest —and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.

Quote of the week
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.
Andrew Carnegie

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Newsletter 07/02/2014 2014/07/03

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The abstraction of mystic thought – Written by Ronald L. Riedell

Proverb of the week

Quote of the week

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The abstraction of mystic thought

Bonding with God, is the highest form of God’s service and my ultimate goal. The mystical idea to extract and elevate the Divine Nature in all things, both animate and inanimate; this is the beginning of the knowledge of brotherly love.

Brotherly Love: The command to love one another does not mean simply being nice. Rather, it means that I must constantly strive to cultivate good traits in myself, the only one I have control over. To change me, not you. This command encompasses every aspect of my entire life.

I have found a window into my soul. The symbolic window through meditation transports me into the sacred through which I can contemplate holy mysteries.

This window is sacred art or icons. Not prayed to or worshiped icons, are windows into the soul. The icon is not painted, it is written to tell a story.

In the next few weeks, G-d willing, I want to relay the beauty that I have found in the icon, what they mean, the history of the icon, and how they are written.

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Proverb of the week
He who comes for the inheritance is often made to pay for the funeral

Quote of the week
A half-truth is a whole lie.

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Who me, and the 22nd floor? – Written by Ronald L. Riedell

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Brother Ron went to Las Vegas for an INFOCOMM 2014 show. The highlight of my trip was the Key Note speaker Mike Walsh, who wrote Futuretainment.

Mike was a very entertaining speaker; talking about his insights on technologies and consumer innovations. My take away from the keynote was that the future is going to be led by leaders who have used adaptive learning through algorithms and that the universal language of the future is Data.

We are now living in the mobile world of cell phones and the world wide web. The business engagement model is continually being updated by the next generation technology; not by innovators but by end users both online and offline, bringing the two worlds of online and offline together.

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While in Vegas, I was going back to my room late at night two women who in my opinion had too much to drink, about in their 30’s got on the elevator at the same time as me. Once inside the elevator, one of the women pushed the 22nd floor button, then asked me what floor I wanted, I said 23. Then she said, “Oh, you are on top of us”, and started to laugh. At that point, I was a little embarrassed and started to turn red. She asked me what I had in the box. I said,” Pizza” and opened the box to show them. Then she looked at my finger and seeing my ring said, “On darn, he is married, “then asked if she was here; I took that to mean my wife. (They both were beautiful, had brown eyes and nice smiles.)
I was placed in a situation by my own volition where temptation could have led me down the road to their room and to a situation; I would have regretted the rest of my life, for truly, what happens in Vegas, does not stay in Vegas!

I resisted the temptation of the girls, got off the elevator and went up to my room while wondering what had just happened.

I am an older man in my sixties and do not see myself as desirable. I have to confess my ego was a little puffed up by the attention. When I told my wife what happened she told me it was just a couple of girls looking for a little extra gambling money.

Whatever happened it was it was real and I was given a choice to follow my carnal desires, or turn from primordial, animalistic lust of the flesh and find my spiritual self who want to please G-d. Honestly, it was the fear of separation from G-d that kept me off the 22nd floor.

Proverb of the week

To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

Quote of the week

The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom.
William Douglas

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Newsletter 06/16/2014 2014/06/16

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If time is eternal, how can there be an end times? – Written by Ronald L. Riedell

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Quote of the week

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If time is eternal, how can there be an end times?

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“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2).

Albert Einstein said that time exists as a part of an element. In his general theory of relativity, Einstein describes time and space as a warped element.

Like Einstein, some scientists believe that speed as fast as light can alter time. Time travel, according to them, is not impossible.

Will an end of time transmute me into a new dominion? Alternatively, stop time to the point of my non-existence?

If G-d is light as presented in the scriptures and I am made in the image of G-d, then I am light as well and should therefore be able to time travel.

Brother Ron in a space ship

Nevertheless, like any primordial being I am driven by the big three: Surf, Sex, and Suds, more commonly known as: thirst, hunger, and social contact, in an attempt to survive in a world I did not ask to come to. Yet as much as survival is a game, I have an innate desire to live within the pattern set forth by those who came before me. It would be nice to transport myself into another galaxy far away, but not practical. How would I survive there?

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In my present life primarily through observation and fear I perpetuate my mundane existence by keeping life the same as it has always been. Rules and norms are preordained, set in place by others. Others enforce parameters for me to follow, noncompliance is to my own detriment. Experiences teach me that my noncompliance is followed by pain or retribution and bring me back into compliance to avoid pain.

As I go through life, I have come to realize that for the most part my life is insignificant to others. I am an eternal being in eternal life. Each act of mercy, each act of kindness, each act of forgiveness is what makes me like G-d. However, it is also standing up for those who cannot defend themselves, resisting evil, healing the sick, raising the dead that makes me like G-d as well.

The end times have ended for me I am in the eternal here and now. The creator scripts the stages of my life; I am where I need to be to do what I have to do. Free will and choice are all I have, decisions to fear G-d and follow his commandments is my new life. The end of time for me is not a chain of events that will destroy the earth. The end of time is the realization that I am eternal being and that I have a duty to follow the commandments set forth by the creator. If by chance the earth does end, it has been scripted already and I can do nothing to change it.

Proverb of the week
Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open your eyes, and you shall be satisfied with bread.
Proverbs 20:13

Quote of the week
“What soberness conceals, Drunkenness reveals”

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Newsletter 06/08/2014 2014/06/09

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Fear of the Unknown – Written by Ronald L. Riedell

Proverb of the week

Quote of the week

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Fear of the unknown

Mass media and social conditioning dictate my reaction to a situations. “Everyday I am bombarded with television news shows outside my sphere of influence. I have been conditioned to believe that these news stories are going to affect my life.

News stories that I have no control over. Selected world events projected in digital format that appear to be real and that create a mindless state of uneasiness and fear, because there is nothing within reason I can do to prevent similar events from happening to me.

I remember watching one such news story years ago, the moon landing . One quarter of the world’s population watched in an almost mesmerized state, astronauts walking on the moon. I myself, just a kid, believed someday I could go to the moon. In reality, I am one of 7.5 billion who will never leave the earth.

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I am keenly aware of my surroundings , I believe as a result of my exposure to several years of media exposure where I heard about and watched people willing to martyr themselves for a cause.

Therefore, I was concerned while volunteering at the Cathedral in upstairs information booth a when woman came up to me speaking broken English, she wanted to know where she could by a phone card.

After I directed her to a local store, I went down to staff the plaza information booth . When I got there, I noticed one older suitcase and two large bags just sitting there all alone with nobody in site. I asked the other volunteer whose bags they were and he told me a woman from Rwanda that had left them there and went across the street,
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He had picked up one the bags to move it out of the doorway and told me that it was heavy. Immediately, my mind thought the worst; that there might be some type of explosives in them!!!!

To make a long story short by the time I got up to security to report the bags, the woman had returned. After the fact, I was ashamed of myself for allowing an unfounded reaction to discount the judgments of people I trust and love.

However, in defense of my reaction the treat was real; not a fiction in a movie script. There were too many innocent lives at stake to ignore the possibility that something disastrous could have happened if I did not act.

Fear and mistrust, driven by the mass media, has brought me to a point where I have became ultra sensitive to security issues, but more importantly, and sad to say I have become callous to people I know and trust.

Proverb of the week:
Nobody is born wise. ~ African proverb

Quote of the week:
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing.
Abraham Lincoln

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