Proverb of the week:

 The path of duty lies in what is near at hand, but men seek for it in what is remote.

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“”Two balls on the beach Written by Ronald L. Riedell

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“Two balls on the beach”

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I am ashamed to say that I thought like a LOCAL today at the beach.IMG950777

 (If an ocean break is near a large population center with many surfers, territorialism often arises.  Regular surfers often guard it jealously, hence the expression “locals only.”  The expression “locals only” is common among beach towns, especially those that are seasonally encroached upon by vacationers.)

As I was walking down to the water I saw a woman who looked like she just got off the public bus down the street, a non-local. She was picking up what looked like seashells from a distance.  My first thought OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwas why people could not just leave nature alone.

When I got closer, I found she was picking up trash on the beach.  She had a plastic bag in her hand picking up plastic near the seashore.

When she walked by I asked her what she was doing.  She said,” I am picking up plastic trash because it is not biodegradable and it takes away from the beauty of the ocean.  The plastic doesn’t dissolve and eventually there would be so much plastic here no one would like to come here and it won’t go away, so I pick up a little plastic and throw it away every time I come here.  I know it isn’t much but it helps a little.”

How dare I judge anyone besides myself?  How can I know anyones intent besides my own?  I am the wayward criminal who needs an advocate for salvation.

I myself am guilty of picking up shells to paint on.

EXHIBIT A: Shell with a drawing 1-7-15

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No one knows a thief better than another thief. No one knows someone with a nasty mind more than one with a nasty mind.

I was able to correct myself and my thoughts before I condemned an innocent person. Although I didn’t ask the lady for forgiveness, I was deeply ashamed of my perception and assessment of the situation.

G-d willing this was an angel in disguise who was strategically place in my path to teach me a lesson on judgments and humble me for my own lack of service to my fellow humans.

Moreover, if I myself pick up a little bit and everybody picks up a little bit, eventually the problem of unsightly beaches might go away.

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Quote of the week:

 

Do not become a disciple of one who praises himself, in case you learn pride instead of humility.

 

Evagrios the Solitary

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Brother Ron (1953–Present) is a self-taught, American surfer, artiest, author, teacher, and philosopher.

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 6:5

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The door turns on its hinges— as does the lazy person on his bed.

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“”Seeking the open door “Written by Ronald L. Riedell

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“Seeking the open door”

A door is a powerful spiritual symbol because it implies the unknown, that is, depending on what side of the door I’m on, my perspective is different and requires me to act.  Open it, close it, or walk through it.

The door restricts access by closing off an entrance to a space.

The door size is also a barrier to entrance, which limits what is able to get through it and then becomes a line of defense for the occupants.

The door, G-d himself closed used in the story of Noah when the door of the Ark. Sparing Noah the guilt of the ones who perished during the flood.

The door,  used in the Passover story was also as a symbol.  The doorpost had the blood of the lamb crossed on them, insuring the safety of the first-born child within the doors boundaries.

An open door implies a change where access is granted without resistance.

When I think of an open door, I consider a mousetrap.  Curiosity and unrestricted access lures the unsuspecting rodent into a box through an open door and poison awaits its consumption.  Once through the door, the intent is to prevent the rodent from exiting alive.

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My spiritual well being relies on doors that I enter into by choice.  As my little furry friends found out in the case of the mousetrap, not all doors should be entered into, or if entered into, go in with caution.

I have heard that when one door is closed, another will open. I am not sure about this, because it is also said, “I stand at the door and knock.”

I have personally walked through open doors and have paid a price for my laziness.  Not all open doors are best for me.  I have taken jobs in the past because the door was open, only later to find out that I was unsuited for the job.

The closed door with the knock is someone seeking me, coming to me.

By me chasing around looking for an open door, I risk being sucked in through curiosity and imagination into a dark space with no exit or way out.

I can read, but I have little understanding of the advertising industry.  So by misrepresentation and fraud I get myself sucked into the void of illusion.

Most people who advertise spiritual benefits need to pay for those ads and petition money from them due to their reliance on others money for their lifestyles.

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One time I took a dollar bill threw it into the air and asked G-d to take all he wants and give me the rest.  Guess what?  G-d did not even take ten percent.

Do I seek the open door, the path of least resistance, or do I knock on doors that are better left closed.

My spiritual journey is not over by any stretch of the imagination.  I have answered the knock at my door.  It was the Messiah; I have invited him to stay with me.

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However, like any friendship or relationship, there are good days and bad. One thing I know for sure is that I am not alone, even when my external world is not going the way I would like.

 

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There are three degrees of eating: self-control, sufficiency, and satiety.  Self-control is to be hungry after having eaten.  Sufficiency is to be neither hungry nor weighed down.  Satiety is to be slightly weighed down.  To eat again after reaching the point of satiety is to open the door of gluttony, through which unchastity comes in.

 

Evagrios the Solitary

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And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 6:5

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Proverb of the week:

 

Ma ka hana ka ‘ike.

(Knowledge is gained by doing..)

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“”I stand at the door and knock” Written by Ronald L. Riedell

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“I stand at the door and knock”

The persecution of Christians is a theme that ran through most of the Pope’s speeches this weekend.  At a Good Friday procession, he decried the world’s “complicit silence” while members of his faith are killed.  On Sunday, he devoted his Easter address to a grim accounting of global conflicts where Christians and others have been killed.  His speech referenced the attack on Garissa University College in eastern Kenya last week, in which al-Shabab militants killed at least 148 people, reportedly singling out non-Muslims.  His speech also referred to “absurd bloodshed” and “barbarous acts of violence” in Libya, where 21 Egyptian Christians were beheaded by the Islamic State in February.

What do I know about Christian persecution?  Nothing…. I live in the most powerful and wealthiest, so call Judeo Christian, nation on earth.

Some are prevented from praying at public schools or are not able to place a cross in a public space and they consider it Christian persecution and a violation of their civil rights.

I spent more money on the bumper sticker on my car, than most of the world’s seven billion people spend on a day’s food supply, just to show my neighbors,whom I seldom talk to, that I am a Christian.

Why,  do I want to concern myself with remote parts of the world where mummers of deadly persecution exist?  Should I be afraid for my own safety? Do I question my own faith?  Can I do anything about what is going on?

All the romanticized notions of history come to the surface as fanatics, the socially influenced, and the misinformed call us all to arms.

The whole world is being led down a path of no return by images of man’s inhumanity to man.  I do not understand the reasons behind the madness.  What I do realize; however, is that whatever is being orchestrated is outside my control.

At best, all I can control is myself.  I look to the love of G-d for my next breath.Itry to forgive myself. I seek the truth and share it with others as they share their truth with me.

The Apostle Paul said, “To live is Christ, to die is gain.”  Never forget Christ is not dead.  If he is, you might want to consider changing your beliefs.  Christ Is Risen, Truly he is Risen.”  When I opened the door as I heard the knock, G-d entered in. I shut the door and have never regretted it.

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Quote of the week:

 There are three chief groups of demons opposing us, and after them follows the whole army of the enemy. These three groups fight in the front line, and with impure thoughts seduce our souls into wrongdoing. They are the demons set over the appetites of gluttony, those who suggest to us avaricious thoughts, and those who incite us to seek esteem in the eyes of men. If you long for pure prayer keep guard over your incentive power; and if you desire self-restraint, control your belly, and do not take your fill even of bread and water.  Be vigilant in prayer and avoid all rancor.  Let the teachings of the Holy Spirit be always with you; and use the virtues as your hands to knock at the doors of Scripture.  Then dispassion of heart will arise within you, and during prayer, you will see your intellect shine like a star.

 

Evagrios the Solitary

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And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 6:5

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Proverb of the week:

 

Bunnies are cuddly

The large and the small

But I like chocolate ones

The best of them all.

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“”What Color is Your Egg?”  Written by Ronald L. Riedell

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“What Color is Your Egg”

 

Passover was the holiday that marked the three and a half year ministry of Jesus in the Gospels! Passover is one of the holidays that Jesus followed, along with Seder, otherwise known as the Last Supper, by Christians.

Passover is one of the most sacred days on the western calendar, and possibly the world’s calendar. Passover is one of the few holidays sanctioned by God himself.

This day shall be for you a memorial day and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations you shall observe it as an ordinance forever.

Exodus 12: 1-14

What I sometimes fail to realize is that the same G-d who killed all the Egyptian first born children in the Passover story, is the same G-d who shut the door on Noah’s Ark, then destroyed the earth with a flood, and it is the same G-d who will come back again.  Passover is not the beginning, it’s not the end, Passover is forever. Every generation is commanded by G-d to tell the Passover story to their children.

However. our children know more about the Easter bunny than they do about the life, death and resurrection of Christ, who was G-d himself and walked among us.

Now I color eggs and tell my kids the Easter bunny is going to hide them. I tell them to look for the plastic ones because there is money in them. The truth is there are eggs, and the plastic ones do have money in them, so it is not really a lie.

What seems innocent over time, becomes tradition, then myths that sometimes confuse me and my children.

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Here is one that might be called a myth by some and then became a tradition: Mary Magdalene was the first one to discover the resurrected Christ, and she became an equal to the apostles.

Mary Magdalene has been turned into a myth and fable by stories that are unbelievable and possibly untrue. For example,  the day after Pentecost Mary  traveled to Rome and appeared before the Emperor. She greeted him with the words,” Christ is Risen”, referring to the resurrection of Christ from the dead. After that, she presented him with a red egg as a symbol of new life.

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Why eggs? The hard boiled egg, at the Jewish Passover Seder table, is dipped in salt water and symbolizes: peace offerings sacrificed in the Temple at Jerusalem to be eaten on Passover.  (A live sacrifice)

In the Orthodox Christian and Catholic Churches, eggs are dyed red to represent the blood Christ shed on the Cross; and the hard shell of the egg symbolizes the sealed Tomb of Christ—the cracking of which symbolizes his resurrection from the dead.

The origin of Easter eggs can be explained in the symbolic terms described above. A sacred tradition among followers of Eastern Christianity says that Mary Magdalene was bringing cooked eggs to share with the other women at the tomb of Jesus, and the eggs in her basket miraculously turned brilliant red when she saw the risen Christ. The egg also represents the boulder of the tomb of Jesus.

Who and what do you believe? What color is your egg? All I know is that the G-d I believe in is not the author of confusion.

What do myths and stories have to do with the Lamb of G-d taking away the sins of the world by the blood of Jesus?

I believe I will be passed over when the death angel comes! G-d himself will have mercy on me as the door to the kingdom of heaven is closed and I am transformed to a place I cannot imagine…

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Time doesn’t matter when I am with someone I love. Time seems to speed up and go by so fast that it can’t be slowed down for any reason.

When I am standing in line waiting to get somewhere, if Iam running late, time is all important to me, and time seems to crawl by.

Time, like love, is an abstraction of my reality.  Time does not exist other than in my perception of my own reality.  Love does not exist other than in the perception of my own reality.

In the here and now, both time and love are conditional to my perspective of them.

When I Love unconditionally, that love supersedes time.  The past or the future fade away. All that really matters is that I am here and now, and happy to be here..

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Brother Ron (1953–Present) is an Self taught , American surfer, artiest, author, teacher, and philosopher.

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 6:5

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Proverb of the week:

 

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

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Confucius (551–479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher.

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“”If you think it is,it must is.”  Written by Ronald L. Riedell

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“If you think it is, it must is”

Perspective of going to heaven is just a matter of opening your eyes.  The message is universal and is shown by example not words.

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand, just open your eyes and see it.  One of my friends on YouTube posted this video. When I watched it, I really was not sure at first because, it was done in another language other than English. When I started looking at it again. Holy mackerel man; This is just like one of the most amazing videos I have seen in a while, just by simple things I do every day I can change the world.

The video starts out with a man walking down the street and water hitting him on the head instead of complaining about the drain dripping water on him, he simply moves a plant over. So the water is not wasted.

Then he sees a woman who seems to be angry because she cannot lift up her card over a curb.  He proceeds to helps her lift the cart up over the curb.

No one really understands why he is helping.

A dog is begging for food while he is eating and he gives the dog part of his food.

He walks by beggars sitting on the sidewalk,there is a little girl setting there too, he reaches in his wallet and gives them all he has; people are looking at him in disgust.

The next day he goes returns, sees the plants growing.  The woman with the cart still needs help and is unhappy.  The dog is looking for another handout.  The beggars are still begging and once again, he helps them all.

Finally, he walks by the plant that has grown and a butterfly is being nourished by it.  The woman with the cart is happy.  The little beggar girl was gone, who he though had died or was sick, because she was not there.  (This is the tearjerker) To his surprise, as he turns around, sees the little girl in a school uniform,  afterwards you see the little girl helping the other woman learn.  The dog becomes his companion.

The whole time the community is a better place because of the little acts of kindness he has done for others, rather than complaining about what he sees.

He manifested a kind of heaven for himself and the ones around him, by changing the way he thinks and opening his eyes to the needs of others.

He humbly gave of himself, and asked for, or expected nothing, in return. He shared God’s love with everyone he met by becoming a living example of God’s love.

As the result of his own perspective and choosing to do acts of love,  opposed to forcing his will on others by complaining,  he opened the door to the Kingdom of Heaven and shared with others the way to enter in.

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Humility, for example, practiced through obedience in our work and through bodily hardship, is a great help. If we avoid avarice not only by having no money, but also by not wanting to have any, this leads us towards purity of soul. Freedom from anger, from dejection, self-esteem and pride also contributes to purity of soul in general, while self-control and fasting are especially important for bringing about that specific purity of soul which comes through restraint and moderation. No one whose stomach is full can fight mentally against the demon of unchastity. Our initial struggle therefore must be to gain control of our stomach and to bring our body into subjection not only through fasting but also through vigils, labors and spiritual, reading, and through concentrating our heart on fear of hell and on longing for the kingdom of heaven.

St John Cassian, On the Eight Vices, On Control of the Stomach.

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 6:5

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The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.

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Sun Tzu

 

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“”Childs Play”  Written by Ronald L. Riedell

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“Child’s Play”

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Rock paper sissors

Brother Ron is sharing the above drawing produced myself me several years ago to demystify contract law through the rock-paper-scissors game. It may seem like a child’s game, however the game involves pattern recognition that is helpful in the resolution of conflict, in the face of conflict.

Avoidance, if at all possible is in most cases the best solution to conflict.  So, humble yourselves before God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

What is ἀνθίστημι (resistance)?  To set one’s self against, to withstand, to make a stand, hold one’s ground, oppose.

It is possible to resolve conflict with the use of intelligence.  I have been able to apply the principals of the rock-paper- and scissors to resolve conflict with intelligence.  In my years of studying Aikido and Iaido, Japanese martial arts, I have learned that the use of force is limited and that it sometimes becomes necessary  to apply technique or deception to resolve a conflict or attack.

When under siege, the everyday rules of life do not apply, and the siege is not over until there is a defeat or retreat.

The tree books mentioned in the graphic above are worth reading and will help you better understand reality.

“The Wealth of Nations, The Prince, and The Art of War.”  Paper, Scissors, and Rock.

Here is a video my son in law Jarrett took for me a few years ago.

http://3sproductions.com/iaido/

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Quote of the week: Worth Repeating

If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in the struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos.

Martin Luther King Jr

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 6:5

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Proverb of the week:

“Wisdom is knowing what to do with what you know.”

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Chuck” Smith (June 25, 1927 – October 3, 2013) was an American pastor who founded the Calvary Chapel. Beginning with the 25-member Costa Mesa congregation in 1965, Smith’s influence now extends to thousands of congregations worldwide, some of which are among the largest churches in the United States. He has been called “one of the most influential figures in modern American Christianity.”

 

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“”Three Generations”  Written by Ronald L. Riedell

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“Three Generations”

Fraud, corruption, lying, cheating, conspiracies, misrepresentations, and just plain ignorance captivate my mind, taking me off the path to the divine nature by my own desires to believe.

I will attempt to be as truthful as I can with what I know.  It is hard to know what I do not know.  Alternatively, to be able to separate the illusion and imagination from reality is almost impossible.

It is first necessary to understand what is meant by ancient knowledge. Most are unaware that ancient knowledge is one hundred years old or more.  Guess what?  I am over half way to being ancient!

Two thousand years of disconnect creates a tremendous barrier to understanding.  The stories I believe by faith are not confirmable or verifiable by eyewitnesses.  Empirically, all I can know is through my own experiences.  With that said, in my 61 years of life, all I know is that I know very little and there is more that I do not know, than I do know.  We are all a wealth of living knowledge passed on to us by everyday life and the personal experience of the people we meet every day.

To lose a point of reference it only takes three generations arguably between 25- to 75 years apart depending on whom you ask.  In my case my father was born in 1921, I was born in 1953, and my first son Ronnie was born in 1973.  His daughter was born in 2011.  She will never know what was important to or the life experiences of her great grandpa except through me.

Why is this important?  Because events lost three generations ago are subject to repeat themselves today.  The very same acts of deception are applied today as they were then, to a new generation.

I am going to share with you Semi- Ancient Knowledge from my perspective about relationships.

A Recipe for a lasting Marriage:

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Quote of the week:

If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in the struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos.

Martin Luther King Jr

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 6:5

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Proverb of the week:

“Nourish the root not the fruit”

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Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

 

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“”Slamming the Door Shut”  Written by Ronald L. Riedell

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“Slamming the Door Shut”

 As Noah and his family entered the Ark, the door to the Ark was shut by G-d. Noah did not close the door.

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For forty days and forty nights, as the Genesis account of the flood goes, Noah and his family waited for the storm to pass. While G-d destroyed all life on earth, Noah and his family were tucked away inside of the Ark. G-d  himself saved them, along with the animals they gathered and the Ark itself.

I am not sure if I would have been on Noah’s boat?

Lent a 40 day period of  fasting and prayer. A symbol of my love for G-d. When I fast, it is one of my efforts to understand fasting and my attempt to purge myself of things that divert my attention from seeking G-d.

How can I say I love G-d, who I can’t see, when I don’t love the ones around me who I can see?  Brother Ron confesses that he does not love everyone. I cannot pretend to love others or even G-d until I learn to love myself. When I break my fast to go to events in Las Vegas, drink beer, and eat anything I want, while others are fasting makes me a hypocrite and I prove to myself that I am too weak to follow simple guidelines that were put in place to help me.

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I did run into the devil or a demon in disguise at the event in Las Vegas.  She was about twenty-seven years old, beautiful, and looking me right in the eye about three inches away, knocking at the window of my soul.  She was trying to sell me a solar battery, with which I could charge my cell phone.

At my age, let us just say in my sixties, the incident might have been fatal and my soul lost to my own desires.  I was in public, so I was reasonably safe except for the thoughts running through my own dirty mind.  I found myself being sucked into the web of delusion. The only thing that saved me was looking over at the boxes of other chargers and my knowledge of sales techniques. All I did was close my eyes and the spell was broken. I went back to reality, a man at a trade show looking for ideas.

I found a good story after that situation . I will save it for the Quote for the week below.

Nothing happens without a reason and I was tempted by my own desire, by me Slamming the Door (or Windows) shut I was able to avert disaster and learn a valuable lesson: G-d is good for his word, I was tempted by my own desire but G-d always gives me a way to escape.

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Quote of the week:

There was a beautiful young woman who went to bed late one night and fell right to sleep… As she was sleeping she heard a noise… When she looked over to the window in her room, she saw a large dark figure coming through it… The closer the figure got the more it looked like a large, strong young man. As the man got closer to her she became frightened… She noticed the man had handsome strong facial features as he came onto the bed…  When he got close enough for her to feel his breath…  She asked him, “What are you going to do to me?”… He replied how should I know it’s  your dream.

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 6:5

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Proverb of the week:

“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’  I do not agree.  The wounds remain.  In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens.  But it is never gone.”

― Rose Kennedy

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“The beginning of time” Written by Ronald L. Riedell

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The beginning of time

Here is something to ponder during our wait for the 14th of Nisan, Friday, April 03.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The meaning of “Beginning” is by definition the place where, or time when something starts.

Beginning also suggests there is an end.

Brother Ron has been alive, as I far as I know, for almost 62 years.  Being honest with myself, I know very little about the world I live in.  I am limited to the information   I was and am exposed to by my geographic location and associations.  Therefore, what I say I know is limited to my existence and experiences.  Everyone, including me, looks at life from his or her own perspective.

There are 7.5 billion people on the planet with 6500 spoken languages.  Mandarin is the most spoken having 1.2 billion speakers.  I know very little Mandarin.  Therefore, it is obvious that there are things I will never know if they are only known in the Mandarin language.

The one thing I know for sure is that I know very little about the world and other cultures in it.  How can I know what I do not know?

What is the beginning?  If time is eternal, the beginning is an arguably a point on a time line. If the beginning is in eternity, where does the beginning begin or end, and how can time exist in eternity?

eturnal Here and Now

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Is birth the beginning or the end?  Is death the beginning or the end?

Speaking about the beginning, it just so happens that the 14 of Nisan, Passover, or Good Friday, will fall on the first, full moon during the spring equinox.  Every year around the 20th of March, The day is the same for everyone no matter what language you speak as long as you live on earth and can see the sun and the moon.

The beginning becomes time, within human standards with measurable increments of movement provided by the sun and the moon. With time expressed by the sun and the moon, I can know seasons for planting and harvesting as well as holidays.

The moon has 28-day cycles every month from full to new; 12 times a year.  An equinox occurs twice a year, around 20 March and 22 September.  The oldest meaning is the day when daytime and night are of approximately equal duration.

During an equinox, the Earth’s North and South poles are not tilted toward or away from the Sun, and the duration of daylight is theoretically the same at all points on Earth’s surface.

Passover is set in the sky by the Sun and Moon every year.

In the beginning, who knew? I guess God did.

O by the way….For your enjoyment

FYI (The Quartodeciman controversy arose because Christians in the churches of Jerusalem and Antioch in the Roman province of Asia celebrated Passover on the 14th of the first month (Aviv) or Nisan, while the churches in and around Rome changed to the practice of celebrating Easter on the following Sunday calling it “the day of the resurrection of our Savior”.  The difference was turned into an ecclesiastical controversy.)

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Quote of the week:

Do not pass your time with people engaged in worldly affairs or share their table, in case they involve you in their illusions and draw you away from the science of stillness. For this is what they want to do. Do not listen to their words or accept the thoughts of their hearts, for they are indeed harmful. Let the labor and longing of your heart be for the faithful of the earth, to become like them in mourning. For

‘My eyes will be on the faithful of the land that they may dwell with me’ (Ps. 101:6).

If someone, who lives in accordance with the love of God comes to you and invites you to eat, go.

Saint John Chrysostom

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Proverb of the week:

“I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.”

Pope Francis

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Contents this week

Proverb of the week:

Story of the week:

“Fat Tuesday is February’s fool”  Written by Ronald L. Riedell

“Quote of the week

Story one

 

Fat Tuesday is February’s fool

When I think of Pascha, I am not referring to the 12-storey 97,000 square feet brothel in Cologne, Germany, with about 120 prostitutes, over 80 employees and up to 1000 customers per day.

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Pascha or Easter is the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection, and considered the most important feast of the Christian year by most Christians.  I prepare for Easter during Lent, a period of 40 days of fasting and prayer, starting on Ash Wednesday and concluding on the Thursday before Easter.  Lent helps me gain an appreciation for Christ’s ultimate sacrifice and supreme act of love and mercy for me.

In case you did not know, Ash Wednesday was this last Wednesday. Prior to Ash Wednesday was Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, which kicked off the beginning of lent.

Lent (Latin: Quadragesima – English: Fortieth)

Jesus spent time fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation by the devil before beginning his public ministry

There are traditionally forty days in Lent, which are marked by fasting, from both foods and festivities.  The three traditional practices during Lent are prayer (justice towards God), fasting (justice towards self), and almsgiving (justice towards neighbor).

Do not be surprised if you walk into a church and see a cloth covering, religious objects, they are being veiled for the entire forty-days of Lent.  This is seen as in keeping with the Gospel in which Jesus “hid himself” from the people.

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Traditions are guidelines, not rules with consequences.  I will not judge you if you choose not to follow lent.

Quote of the week:

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“No act of virtue can be great if it is not followed by advantage for others. So, no matter how much time you spend fasting, no matter how much you sleep on a hard floor and eat ashes and sigh continually, if you do no good to others, you do nothing great.”

Saint John Chrysostom

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