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“It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt…”

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(If you think this picture is gross) Just imagine the irreplaceable damage the tongue can do to those who can hear the destructive words that came from it. It is impossible to un-ring a bell, the damage done goes all the way to your own soul.

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“Tongue Gone Wild” Ronald L. Riedell

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“Tongue Gone Wild”

One word spoken in anger, without thought can create a crack in a relationship that will take a lifetime to repair, or possibly divide your relationship forever.

I will not scandalize the third party I spoke to in anger, or the person I vented to. My words were mean and selfish. I am the one who suffers the most from my poor judgment and temporary lack of concern for the people I love. The things I say in anger haunt me days later, although I have been forgiven.

The tongue gone wild is a beast, if let loose it will destroy all within hearing distance and now with recording devices the potential is even more far-reaching.

“Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.

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Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.

Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing.  Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?  Can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

I cannot unring a bell. Once the words come out, they are out. Saying I am sorry does not heal the damage done. The only way I have found to dispell my regret is to forgive myself first and ask for forgiveness from the ones I harmed by my unbridled verbal assult against the choices they make that go against my own beliefs.

This week is about controlling your tongue before regret and forgiveness is necessary.

Defamation of character is the least harm, because although the actual effects can be damaging . The harm I am referring to is to myself,  it is more like gossip but that is another story for another blog.

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Sometimes during a meal the impulse of self-esteem springs up inside you, urging you to speak at the wrong moment.

Then angelic thoughts protest within you and tell you to destroy this impulse to speak. If you do not resist the impulse by keeping silent as you should, but allow it to come out into the open because you are puffed up by delusion, then you will have to pay the penalty.

As a punishment you will perhaps be tempted to commit some grave sin; alternatively, you may experience severe bodily pain, or be involved in violent conflict with your brethren, or else suffer torment in the age to come. We shall have to give account for every idle and conceited word spoken by our ill-disciplined tongue.

Let us guard our tongue, then, with watchfulness.

The Psalm says of those who are tempted by thoughts of pleasure, anger, love of praise and the like, that the

sun burns them by day and the moon by night (cf. Ps. 121:6). Pray, then, to be sheltered by the cool and refreshing

cloud of God’s grace, so that you may escape the scorching heat of the enemy.

Never form a close friendship with someone who enjoys noisy and drunken feasts, or who likes telling dirty

stories, even though he may have been a monk for many years. Do not let his filth defile you; do not fall under the

influence of people who are unclean and uncircumcised in heart.

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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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“For the angel of the Lord guards and rescues all who reverence Him.”

Psalm 34:7

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“”Angel in the Road” by Benjamin Riedell

 

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“Angel in the Road” By Benjamin Riedell

Driving to Kentucky with Brother Ron or my dad as I know him allowed us to have many discussions and adventures together. I want to share something I thought about:

Does God alter events in our lives good or bad?  And if so how does the almighty reach his powerful hand into our world from a place only he could tell you.

Whether God does or not I believe is dependent on the perspective of the one being affected the most, ones self.

Faith is what draws Christians to Christ and lets’ face it our lives revolve around ourselves, so to have faith in someone or something is a big deal, especially if we never experience any miraculous deed of which the Bible tells us so.

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That being said, in my own humble opinion if you’re a Christian and you believe Christ has looked upon your life and made some coincidence happen, then indeed it is so. An example of Gods hand in my life came in the form of an angel.

This angel did not have the wings or beauty of the ones I have heard about growing up, but instead was just an ordinary man.

If the circumstances that I will describe shortly did not occur, I might have passed him without a second thought or maybe even a negative one.

My angel came to me in the form of a state trooper,   he selflessly pulled a metal pipe out of the road with superhuman strength and impeccable timing with oncoming cars and trucks just seconds away…

Now for the story.

After driving for over 15 hours with little rest on a trip due to a major life changing event for me with my dad, I seen Gods hand in my life. It was in the form of police car lights. Red and blue flashed behind me and closed the distance quickly. I was not speeding and no faults that would warrant a pull over, but none the less I slowed down and the officer thankfully sped pass me.

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Moments later I seen the patrol car pulled to the side of the road with the door open and the officer in the middle of the road and what happened next is why he was my angel sent from God himself to affect my life.

In the road, crossing both lanes of of the two lane highway, was a steel pipe about 8” in diameter and I seen my angel lift the pipe and toss it with a strained effort to the side of the road. By the time I got to where he was it was cleared from my path and I waved to him my thanks. Had this angel not did what he did, putting his own life in danger, no telling what would have become of me or my dad would we have hit it, or seen it in time to stop only to be rear ended by the semi following behind? Or would it have ended all ok?

That will never be known because I believe an angel sent from God spared me that from happening. It also made me think of the saying, “Do unto each other as you would have be done to you.”

So I hope that I have been someones angel and if I haven’t yet, I really hope I will someday claim that unknowing touch from God in someone else’s life.

 

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St Paul speaks of Satan himself being ‘transformed into an angel of light’. Rather, it is when we do not think about such things at all, and perhaps do not even believe that they occur, that they do in fact happen, if received for the common good. We can gauge our attitude by asking ourselves whether we have any desire to experience such a thing, even in a dream, or would attach great importance to it if it were to happen, or would behave as if we did not know anything about the state in which we found ourselves. For the true angel has power from God to reassure even the intellect that repudiates it and to make it receptive. The demons cannot do this; but when they see an intellect disposed to receive them, only then with God’s consent they appear to it. If the intellect is not thus disposed, however, the demons depart, chased away by the guardian angel given us at holy baptism, since the intellect has not surrendered its free will to the enemy.

 

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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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“All the wonders of the world are within us, yet we remain determined to seek them without.”

“Don’t be so intent upon your own journey that you forget to stop and help others along the way.”

 

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“”6000 Miles” by Ronald L. Riedell

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“6000 Miles”

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Me in St. Louis

“Brother Ron or as I like to say dad has been there for me through all times in my life, the good and bad.

He drove 3000 miles in a van that stalled out several times and kept me company not because he had to but because he loves me. Thanks dad I love you too —“.

Written by my son

Every adventure starts with the first step.  My adventure was going to start on an airplane going to Kentucky to be part of my granddaughter’s first communion, about a four-hour trip by plane.

For my non-Catholic friends, a first communion is an important tradition for Catholic families and individuals.

According to Catholic tradition, Jesus Christ instituted communion during his Last Supper or Seder.  Giving his disciples bread and wine during the Passover meal, Jesus commanded his followers to “do this in memory of me” while referring to the bread as “my body” and the wine as “my blood.”

For Catholics, Holy Communion is the third of seven sacraments received; it occurs only after one’s baptism and first confession, the first two sacraments.

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Brother Ron wanted to be there with her, to support her in her personal spiritual journey.

My decision to fly changed when I found out my son was going to drive out there.  I thought it would be a great opportunity to bond with my son and an opportunity for him to get to know me as a friend.

Therefore, we took off in his older model van, remember, what was going to be a four-hour trip, turned into a seven-day adventure.

Sleeping in the van, eating at fast food restaurants, and truck stops was only part of the adventure.

I came to realize that the United States is a vast open land.  My usual mode of travel was by aircraft from one metropolitan area to another which does not give the openness of the land justice because of the short time it takes to fly over the land.

In a motor vehicle, however, you go for hours at 80 MPH without seeing people or civilization.

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It only took three days to get to Kentucky, but there were several mini adventures along the way.  G-d willing next week my son will tell you one.

For the past week, I felt like a true traveler, and enjoyed the time with my son and his children.

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People along the way were friendly and helpful.  Totally, I traveled well over 6000 miles in a van, a train, and walking.  The train ride home alone was an adventure in itself.  The train was filled with folks who dressed in clothes as though they came out of a time warp, or separate reality, but that is another story.

A few people who worked on the train were rude and unfriendly, and the stations they stopped at looked like something out of an old western movie; ghost towns with most of the concessions either closed or overpriced…

Would I make this trip again?  Heck yeah…  I trusted G-d to get me through, I learned more about who I am, but most importantly, my son got an opportunity to see me as a man and a friend, not as a father.

Jesus walked on earth as a friend.  He and his father, who is G-d are one, and he became a man. That is the good news of the Gospel.

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A traveler setting out on a long, difficult and arduous journey and foreseeing that he may lose his way when he comes back, will put up signs and guideposts along his path in order to make his return simpler.  The watchful man, foreseeing this same thing, will use sacred texts to guide him.  For the traveler it is a source of joy to return to where he started.

 

 

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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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 As a face is reflected in water, so a person is reflected by their heart’s desire.

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“”Road Tripping” Written by Ronald L. Riedell

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“Road Tripping”

I am a small fish in an enormous pond.  The United States is 3300 miles across and the world is 24,000 miles around.  In my remotest imagination, I cannot comprehend how big that really is.

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My ability to read useless books with thousands of pages of information distorts my worldview.  Reliance on an accumulation data that is limited to what I have read in the vast networks stored information and books.  I know more through books than I can ever hope to experience in this lifetime or one hundred more lifetimes if that were possible.

My reality seems to be based on my perception of what others have written.  My experience is limited by my own economic and logistical considerations, that I inherited from my birth.  The two seem to contradict one another due to the enormity of the stored data and my ability to experience it.  I have neither the time nor the recourses available to me.

I place my faith in events that took place thousands of years ago about a people, I am unrelated to.  I could never hope to prove or disprove things that happened thousands of years ago without reliance on hearsay or circumstantial evidence.

However, I do believe through faith that my creator walked among us and still does today. That he gave me the power to become his son through that belief.

I am encapsulated in a body that will wear out after 80 years from birth. In my limited worldview with my minimal experience who I am is not who I was…  I change every day inn looks, intelligence, health, and spiritual growth.

Tomorrow will never come and yesterday is only a brief moment in time lost forever; all I have is here and now.

I wonder sometimes if the encapsulation in this body is a prison cell with no escape other than during sleep or preoccupation with experience.  I must feed my body and nurture it or it will fail on me.

I enjoy life to the point I like it here more than going to heaven if that were possible.  Heaven seems so distance to me as I am learning to survive in my present world.  Too bad, we could not take a road trip there.

Next week I am going on a road trip to Kentucky, through Arizona and Texas.  I want to write and take pictures because it is going to be an adventure.

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For the mystery of salvation belongs to those who choose it, not to those who are compelled by force.

 

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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 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.

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

 

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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.

 

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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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Ma ka hana ka ‘ike.

(Knowledge is gained by doing..)

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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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 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.

 

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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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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”

 

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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Proverb of the week:

Story of the week:

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

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Story one

 

“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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Quote of the week:

 

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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Proverb of the week:

 

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

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Sun Tzu

 

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Proverb of the week:

Story of the week:

“”Childs Play”  Written by Ronald L. Riedell

“Quote of the week

Story one

 

“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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