It’s the Little Things that Matter

by: Alex Cervantes

It is so important to make time in our lives to feed our faith. Alex advocates how faith grows when it is exercised, when it is stretched and challenged. Much like how we grow physically and mentally through day-to-day work, our faith grows the same way. Whether it’s through reading our Bible and prayer, or how we interact with people we meet each day, our faith can grow by doing the little things.

 

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Why are you afraid?

You don’t have to walk through the fire

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  2. Faith antithesis of rationality
  3. Faith Launch 2020
  4. Looking for something or for the Truth and what it might be and self-awareness
  5. Are you religious, spiritual, or do you belong to a religion, having a faith or interfaith
  6. The longer you wait
  7. Gaining deeper understanding
  8. Faith because of the questions
  9. Have faith in your faith…doubt your doubts
  10. A heart in the right place and brightly burning faith
  11. Improving the world by improving the Faith
  12. Coming of Age in Christ
  13. The chosen ones to fear or not to fear
  14. Faith, storms and actions to be taken
  15. Many forgot how Christ should be our anchor and our focus
  16. Through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe
  17. Background of Faith
  18. Ability (part 2)
  19. When having taken a new direction in life, having become a Christian
  20. Summer time to spend some more time at the growing process of your faith
  21. United people under Christ

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Germany backs EU proposals for Russian oil ban

The Times, May 3, 2022

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The European Union is moving towards a ban on Russian oil by the end of the year amid divisions over the speed of phasing out imports and the impact of the embargo on the cost of living in the West. EU energy ministers held emergency talks in Brussels yesterday before European Commission proposals on new sanctions that are expected over the next 48 hours. In a significant U-turn, Germany is backing the planned oil ban, but there are still difficulties, particularly for small, landlocked central European countries dependent on crude oil supplies from Russia. The German energy ministry hopes to achieve “total” independence from Russian oil within weeks, chiefly by importing more through Rostock in northeast Germany and the Polish port of Gdansk.

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Europe is switching off Russian oil and gas as soon as it possibly can. When this happens it will be an enormous blow to Putin as 37% of its total trade comes from the EU. 40% of Russia’s total revenue comes from oil and gas. Without the flow of this money Russia would quickly go bankrupt. One country the EU is looking to to replace oil and gas is Israel! There is already a pipeline planned from Israel to the EU. Putin will see this as Israel taking his lost income and decide to take it back – hence coming to Israel to take a spoil. Germany (lead nation in the EU) is heavily dependent on Russian oil and gas. It is planning to stop all oil trade with Russia by the end of the year. Germany has also just begun building its first terminal for importing liquefied natural gas from the US and the Middle East. Germany is not part of the Gogian invasion of Israel. Germany invades Israel after Christ has returned and the saints have been judged…

And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.  These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.  These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: (Revelation 17:12-14)

Andy Walton,

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Ukraine war is veering fast towards a big power conflict

Sanctions are crippling the economy of ‘Fortress Russia’

EU to snatch Kremlin’s oil and gas profits to rebuild Ukraine

As Europe Sends $300 Million per day to Russia for Oil and NatGas, TotalEnergies Looks After Customers in Tricky Decision

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Additional reading

  1. A useless but very dangerous challenge game
  2. Russia invades Ukraine: A dark day for Europe
  3. The first week of February 2022
  4. Screws turned on Vladimir Putin & Russian oil and gas industry
  5. Northern Hemisphere time of Spring & War in Ukraine
  6. The Guardian’s view on Ukraine for the second half of April 2022
  7. The Telegraph’s Weekly view 2022 April 30 – May 6
  8. The Week from 01-07 May 2022 according to The Week
  9. G7 agreed to ban or phase out Russian oil and gas imports
  10. Stories to read in the week of 2022 May 05-11
  11. Signs of the Times – “Distress of nations …”
  12. Will the Russian War in Ukraine reset World diplomacy?
  13. Ukraine war is veering fast towards a big power conflict
  14. Ukraine Crisis Reading List
  15. EU must fight in the diplomatic and economic frontline
  16. President of Ukraine met with the Speakers of the Parliaments of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia who arrived in Kyiv
  17. Can turning down our radiators turn up the heat on Putin?
  18. Trade surpluses vs Most sweeping set of sanctions ever aimed at a country since World War 2

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  6. Europe announces ban on Russian oil imports
  7. A problematic oil embargo against Russia
  8. Biden to ban Russian oil imports over Ukraine war
  9. 01/31/22 Antiwar: NATO ‘Concerned’ About Europe’s Reliance on Russian Gas
  10. Cutting off Russian gas is going to cost the EU, here’s why
  11. Gas shortages expected in Europe as Russia imposes sanctions, Ukraine halts flow
  12. Banning Russia oil would hit US prices hard
  13. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says efforts to isolate Russia ‘are doomed’
  14. Are sanctions on Russia failing?
  15. The Russia-Ukraine War and the fate of Financial & Foreign Assets!
  16. US and EU officially begins to sanction the Russian Federation after invading Ukraine
  17. Treasury Secretary Yellen says the U.S. is ‘unlikely’ to let Moscow continue making debt payments, forcing Russia into default
  18. U.S. Eyeing Russian Energy Sanctions Over Ukraine War, Officials Say
  19. U.S. may take a hugely controversial step to stop Russian oil exports funding the war in Ukraine
  20. Energy watchdog prescribes a miserable return to the 1970s to solve the oil crisis: car-free Sundays and crawling speed limits
  21. Russian Gas – Illegal Drugs
  22. Vladimir Putin demands Russian gas be paid for in roubles
  23. 04/06/22 Antiwar: Breaking With EU, Hungary’s Orban Says He Would Pay for Russian Gas in Rubles
  24. Putin’s Ruble Standoff With Europe Risks De Facto Gas Embargo
  25. New Sanctions on Russia Could Trigger a Default That Will Be Felt Across the Global Economy
  26. Cost of living crisis exacerbates Europe’s quest for consensus over Russian oil embargo
  27. EU: VI Russia sanctions package blocked
  28. Oil price up as EU gets set to ban Russian crude
  29. Shell is already backtracking on its boycott of Russian oil
  30. Ukraine’s Zelensky says EU should ban Russian oil
  31. WTI regains $111.00 on surprise API inventory draw, fears of EU’s Russian oil embargo
  32. U.S. reaches out to Venezuela amid possible Russia oil embargo
  33. NC elected officials support oil-import ban against Russia
  34. EU proposes Russian oil ban as Ukraine loses contact with soldiers in Azovstal steelworks
  35. Floating liabilities: Western authorities grapple with the cost of seizing oligarchs’ superyachts
  36. Most Americans are willing to pay more at the pump for Ukraine

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Hannah Arendt and the Banality of Evil : What can we learn?

The Curious Mag

As published on Happinez Magazine -The Morning newspaper, Sri Lanka – 8th May 2022. Link to article here

What if what we consider to be “evil” is something that is quite ordinary? The phrase “banality of evil” was coined by the German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt. She received a lot of backlash for it, so much so that it ended up with her excommunication from the Jewish community. Who was Hannah Arendt, and what was this theory all about?

Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) was a holocaust survivor who has authored many works ranging from politics to the nature of power and evil in society. The theory of the Banality of Evil came about after she attended the Eichmann trials in Israel post World War II. She attempted to explain that ordinary people can end up being actors in totalitarian systems – i.e., a dictatorial government – which doesn’t make them…

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One-Liner Wednesday — On Bad Terms

This, That, and The Other

“No one has ever doubted that truth and politics are on rather bad terms with each other.”

Hannah Arendt, political philosopher, author, and Holocaust survivor


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

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My sheep hear my voice…

People have to be willing to be the sheep of the shepherd appointed by God to lead His people to Him

Those sheep should hear the voice of the send one from God, Jesus Christ, the son of God. Those sheep have then to follow the path that Jesus takes. To abide in the fold and go not astray, following Jesus’ call for his sheep know his voice.

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John 10:27 KJV “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:”


My sheep hear My voice, and the path that I take,
They follow wherever I go;
My sheep know My voice and come at my call,
But a stranger’s voice do they not know.

Refrain:
My sheep know My voice, and day by day
They abide in the fold and go not astray,
They love Me because I have made them my choice,
And they follow My call for My sheep know My voice.

My sheep know My voice, and the pastures of green,
Where I lead them so often to feed;
My sheep know My voice and the cool sparkling stream
Where beside its still waters I lead.

My sheep know My voice, and the valley of death
Through which I shall lead them some day;
But no danger nor harm can touch one of them,
For I will be with them alway.

(Her­bert Buf­fum, 1905)

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Nicola Sturgeon on the problems of sexism and misogyny in politics

 

– Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon tells ITV’s Good Morning Britain she believes the problems of sexism and misogyny in politics are getting worse, arguing that social media is partly responsible.

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Trivia: Native American Right to Vote

Gifford MacShane, Author

#trivia #NativeAmerican #boardingschool #votingrights

The U. S. Department of the Interior just released a study of the almost 500 “Indian Boarding Schools” that operated from 1819 to 1969, including the Carlisle Indian Industry School here in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Over 7,000 children attended this school; its most famous student was Jim Thorpe, a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, who won two gold medals in the 1912 Olympic games.

Most of the reporters I’ve heard have also mentioned how long it took for Native Americans to be able to vote. Most of them have also given their readers/viewers incomplete information.

So I’ve got atrivia question for you:

Who was President of the United States when all Native Americans were allowed to vote?

A.) Dwight D. Eisenhower

B.) Theodore Roosevelt

C.) Richard M. Nixon

D.) Calvin Coolidge

No peeking nowjust give it your best shot! C’mon, you…

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How Can You Tell It’s God’s Voice?

Many people wonder where God is whilst He is giving them so many signals and lets His Voice resound around them.

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How Can You Tell It’s God’s Voice?

God’s voice > Satan’s voice
stills you . . . . . rushes you
leads you . . . . . pushes you
reassures you . . . . . . . frightens you
enlightens you . . . . . . . . confuses you
encourages you . . . . . discourages you
comforts you . . . . . . . . worries you
calms you . . . obsesses you
convicts you . . . condemns you

God is never early and He’s never late.
He’s always right on time and
His plans for you are good.
God is a God of love and order.
If the voice you are hearing
doesn’t sound like those things,
then they are not from Him.


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From the old box: The case for Black English

How many times did not change the impact of a word used. One time you had to use a word because a previous word was considered not right. But later than new word or other words became also considered wrong. As such in our lifetime we had to change already four times the word to talk about coloured people with a brown skin.

The case for Black English

Vinson Cunningham, New Yorker, 15 May 2017

The most energetic but also the most frustrating section of ‘Talking Back’ is a short treatise on the word ‘nigga.’ McWhorter takes the customary care in distinguishing the word from its uglier, older cousin, ‘nigger,’ but he pushes the distinction further than most: for McWhorter, these are not simply two separate English words, let alone two pronunciations of the same word; they are, rather, words that belong to two different dialects. ‘Nigger is Standard English and nigga is Black English,’ he writes, matter-of-factly. ‘Nigga means ‘You’re one of us.’ Nigger doesn’t.’

This interpretation helps to explain the odd power that ‘nigga’ wields over blacks and whites alike when said aloud. Richard Pryor’s use of it in his standup act in the seventies was radical not simply because street lingo had made its way onto the stage: Pryor had swung open the door between alternate cultural dimensions. Blacks suddenly felt at home – ’up in the comedy club,’ somebody might have said – and whites relished the brief peek into a room they rarely saw. Something similar happened, and keeps on happening, with hip-hop, many of whose practitioners use the N-word as a kind of challenge to white enthusiasts. It’s become a familiar joke: when the music’s loud, and emotions are high, who dares recite, in full, the lyric that eventually alights on ‘nigga’?

That ‘nigga’ is not only one of our most controversial words but also one of our funniest is revealing, and worth puzzling over. McWhorter doesn’t allow himself the pleasure. The word’s power – and therefore its coherence, its licitness as language – is impossible to understand without a glance at the history of race-rooted subjugation in America. The emergence of Black English is owed in part to straightforwardly linguistic factors: McWhorter convincingly cites the phenomenon of recently enslaved adults straining to learn a new language, plus a syncretistic importation of vocal gestures picked up along the trail of forced migration. But it also developed as a covert, often defiant response to the surveillance state of slavery. Grammatical nuance, new vocabulary, subtleties of tone – these were verbal expressions of racism’s mind-splitting crucible, what WEB Du Bois called ‘double consciousness.’ As Henry Louis Gates, Jr., has written, black vernacular is a literary development as well as a linguistic one. ‘The black tradition’ – from ring shouts to Ralph Ellison – ‘is double-voiced,’ Gates writes, in the introduction to his seminal study, ‘The Signifying Monkey,’ echoing Du Bois. The humor associated with black language play – with jokers like Pryor and Bernie Mac – directly descends from this multivocal tradition, and from the trouble that made it necessary.

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Niet te vergeten voor kleine afstanden

Vervolgend op: Brandstofbesparing nu toch een noodzaak

Kostelijk vind ik het dat enkele overburen regelmatig de koersfiets opstappen, maar als het er op aan komt om nar de bakker te gaan die nog geen 2 km verder is nemen ze ‘vlug’ de auto.

Die korte afstanden, met optrekken, versnellen en vertragen om in een dorp te manoeuvreren gebruiken meer brandstof dan bij lange afstanden.

Het is zeer erg vast te stellen, dat zo’n 40% van alle trajecten korter dan 2 km nog altijd met de wagen worden afgelegd, terwijl net de eerste kilometer de grootste verslinder is. Voor het milieu is dat ook niet al te best.

Terwijl velen dan wel met de wagen naar een fitness centrum gaan om daar tegen betaling op een loopband te gaan stappen, kunnen ze gratis buiten frisse lucht ophalen om die enkele boodschappen te doen in hun eigen buurt.

Zelfs om naar een supermarkt of een verder afgelegen winkel te gaan kan men gerust eens overwegen om een fiets met fietstassen te gebruiken. Fietsen, steppen, wandelen, geven je gratis een conditietraining en zo krijg je  … een win-winsituatie voor je gezondheid, de planeet én je portemonnee!

Woon je in de stad of wil je erheen rijden, denk er dan bovendien aan dat files je brandstofverbruik tot 50% kunnen verhogen. Dat kan je vermijden met de vaak kosteloze ‘Park&Ride’-parkeerterreinen: die moeten je aanmoedigen je wagen aan de rand van de stad te laten staan en verder te reizen met het openbaar vervoer of een ander milieuvriendelijker vervoermiddel.

Rond Brussel zijn die Park&Ride wel een probleem omdat er nu vele enkel jaarabonnees aanvaarden, wat totaal absurd is en waartegen de mensen zouden moeten protesteren. Oplossing daar is om ietsje verder buiten de rand aan een tramhalte te gaan parkeren en zo via een tramrit naar de metro te gaan om zo die shoppingcentra te gaan bezoeken.

Kassa-afdeling van een grote supermarkt

Maar denk er aan voor de voedingswinkels dat die hypermarkten of grote supermarkten niet altijd beter koop uitvallen. Al mogen de producten enkel centen goedkoper zijn, moet je wel je verplaatsing mee in de kostprijs rekenen. (Dat is je brandstof, maar ook bandenslijtage en onderhoudskosten. … dat wordt veel te veel over het hoofd gezien.)

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