Danger of drugs – turning into a habit

“And then sort of dabbling.
And then it just turns into a habit that you do once a week
and then once a day and then, like, twice a day and then,
like, without booze. It just became bad vibes.”

Ed Sheeran has spoken candidly about his former drug habit and the circumstances that caused him to quit,
along with the moment he also chose to limit his consumption of alcohol.

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Xinhua: 20 years after blatant invasion, U.S. crimes against Iraq still unpunished

On false pretences on March 19, 2003, the United States, along with coalition forces primarily from the United Kingdom, initiated a war on Iraq, which would not liberate the people of Iraq, but in many cases would even bring them much more misery.

We cannot deny that many have walked in what the US government wanted everyone to believe, that chemical and nuclear weapons would be readied by Hussein’s government to attack the West.

Hans Blix, chief weapons inspector, was clear that they could complete their job of checking Iraqi compliance with UN resolutions in months, not years. Nevertheless, despite the evidence that Saddam was far less powerful and that the moral basis for war was lacking, British participation in the invasion came about because so many of my parliamentary colleagues had managed to convince themselves that it was justified.

In Great Britain many Labour MPs who voted for war later expressed their resentment.


To remember

  • protracted armed conflict in Iraq from 2003 to 2011 that began with the invasion of Iraq by the United States-led coalition that overthrew the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein.
  • invading a sovereign country+ ousting its government
  • Much of the country’s infrastructure destroyed during relentless bombings launched by the U.S.-led coalition.
  • more than 200,000 civilians were killed and over 9 million others displaced in Iraq
  • justice has not been done for Iraq & its people, many of whom are still suffering from pain created by the unjust war.
  • Iraq = rich country before the invasion => degenerated into a poor state and + political instability + economic hardship caused by U.S. invasion & its impact => still mired in poverty + chaos
  • United States remains the sole superpower => little can be done to bring the American warmongers + criminals to justice



Please find also to read:

  1. History.com: This Day In History (March 19-2003): Invasion of Iraq begins
  2. Weekly World Watch 1-7 August: UK and US – Iran, Israel, Elam and Media (Our World) =  Weekly World Watch 1-7 August: UK and US – Iran, Israel, Elam and Media (Some View on the World)



  1. Jeremy Corbyn MP – 20 years on from Iraq, we must strive to build a more peaceful world
  2. Iraq war’s essential outcome was to demonstrate US and UK weakness for all to see
  3. I spearheaded invasion of Iraq – we only had 20% chance of survival but when we arrived something bizarre happened
  4. I can say British soldiers did not die in vain as we mark twentieth anniversary of the Iraq War, says Head of the Army
  5. Iraq war 20 years on: The most mined country on earth and clearance efforts will take ‘decades’, experts warn
  6. Dodgy intelligence and US hubris brought death and destruction to Iraq
  7. 20 years on, ‘shock and awe’ remains relevant
  8. The US in The Middle East: From Glory to Ruins
  9. Bush wanted cover from Blair – Lynne Jones on the #iraqWar 20 years on
  10. 20 Years Ago Today, the Bush Administration Launched the Iraq War: Juan Cole: “I Have a Bad Feeling About This”
  11. War Made Easy
  12. From The Archives: The Iraq War
  13. 20 years after the invasion of Iraq, will the media’s complicity be ignored?
  14. West Virginia Veterans reflect on 20-year anniversary of Iraq War
  15. Feehery: The Ides of March remind us to take risks for liberty
  16. Twenty years already?
  17. The Iraq War didn’t kill liberal internationalism, just our ability to debate it
  18. The Iraq War 20 Years On – What Have We Learnt? 
  19. McCarthy signals support for Iraq war authorizations repeal
  20. Criminals at Large: The Iraq War Twenty Years On – » The Australian Independent Media Network
  21. IRAQ 20 YEARS: Sam Husseini — The Lies, and Lies About the Lies, About the Invasion
  22. The Invasion of Iraq Wasn’t a “Mistake.” It Was a Crime.
  23. How I Became Anti-War, Part 4
  24. How America’s $8trn ‘war on terror’ haunts US decisions, from Afghanistan to Ukraine

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Editor: Li Jiayao.

During the more than eight-year war and ensuing years of violence after the 2011 U.S. pullout, more than 200,000 civilians were killed and over 9 million others displaced in Iraq. Much of the country’s infrastructure was also destroyed during the relentless bombings launched by the U.S.-led coalition.

People hold anti-war banners and wave Iraqi flags during a protest in Baghdad, Iraq, on May 24, 2019. (Xinhua/Khalil Dawood)

Though 20 years have passed since the United States launched a blatant invasion into the sovereign state of Iraq, justice has not been done for Iraq and its people, many of whom are still suffering from the pain created by the unjust war.

During the more than eight-year war and ensuing years of violence after the 2011 U.S. pullout, more than 200,000 civilians were killed and over 9 million others displaced in Iraq. Much of the country’s infrastructure was also…

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Identifying discourses

” identifying discourses is one of the most effective strategies to “unlocking” the sociological lens.”
discourses allows us to step outside of what we consider as our reality
and question whether that reality might be inaccurate or just different from others’ reality.

{Of discourses and sociology }

~ Lyn from lilyellownotes

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Dig a Little Deeper

Before we know it, we are so much further along in life, married and our children out of the house, while we may have changed so much, yet some have remained the same, looking back on those many years that have flown by so much.

Roth Poetry

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When the honeymoon is over, and things have settled down

And the exhale that follows leaves you fully unwound

Dig a little deeper… create another round.


She’s pregnant with one and then there are two

And there’s no sleep at night and more work to do

Dig a little deeper… do your share too.


There are diapers to change and babies to feed

No time for you, life spins at warp speed

Dig a little deeper… let her know she’s the one you need.


When the kids have grown, and activities never stop

Enjoy those moments, help them come out on top

Dig a little deeper… cheer them on, enjoy their shouts.


When the empty nest is now your own

And all of your sweet children have long since flown

Dig a little deeper… as life moves on.


Time to rediscover who you are now

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The Sounds of Peace

Roth Poetry

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Soft notes roll off strings

Music passed from old to young

Teaching sounds of peace

Brings joy to all of our hearts

Crossing all boarders with love


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Groene aanslag

De lange, grauwe regenperiodes zorgen ervoor dat het terras bedekt raakt met groene vlekken en mos zowel op het terras als op de tuinpaden. Als de lente in aantocht is, zijn de sporen van de lange winter maar al te goed te zien. Om de tuin weer mooi voor de dag te laten komen is het belangrijk om de boel grondig te reinigen. Lees in dit artikel enkele handige tips om zowel het terras als tuinmeubelen vrij te maken van groene aanslag.

Lees verder: Hoe groene aanslag verwijderen van je terras?

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The Old Man of the Mountain

Roth Poetry

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“You must see it,” Robert told Jen. “It’s breathtakingly beautiful sitting five thousand feet above sea level. The rock formation looks just like an old man in repose. That is why they call it Grandfather Mountain.”

The more he talked, the more excited she became. “And there is a mile-high swinging bridge stretching from the gift shop to the foot of the climb. It is made of metal and anchored with thick steel cables keeping it from swinging too much on windy days.”

As they drove along, Jen’s mind floated in and out trying to visualize what he was telling her. Winding their way up the narrow road, they arrived at the gift shop. The view was spectacular.

As they sat atop the “Old Man’s” head, Jen turned to Robert and said,“In space in time I sit, thousands of feet above the…

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On our Mistakes, sometimes we feel hopeless, and lonely

To remember

  • The  burden of being Human, is to be moral, and distinguish good, from wrong, or even evil.

  • asking for forgiveness = most beautiful thing for a heavy heart.

Kone, Krusos, Kronos

Hope It's the Only Thing We Have

Loneliness is an

Essential friend

On our way

To bravery.

Ibn Arabi

I got to confess I had committed many mistakes through my life, a few very costly, and what is worst, the most grave with no remedy!

As we age, we slowly, or suddenly we realize, this fact, and grieve us, what to do?

When you do not even have the chance to ask for forgiveness, or do nothing to repair them, your heart grows heavy with pain, and despair, and we only have a tool in repentance, and prayer if you are a believer, those who are not, I wonder what they do? What their hearts tell them to do, and how can they lift the heavy weight of guilt from their hearts, I guess despair, pain, and tears and regret are common to our Human condition, and also our burden.

To have a conscience it’s good, but…

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Reflections from an old man about his past

To remember

  • when you reach old age, you reflect on your past

  • life caught in full, work, marriage, children

  • children following pattern

  • did not make an effort to spent more time, to enjoy them, and to know them better

  • we are all interconnected, specially family members

Kone, Krusos, Kronos

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“It’s said that with Age comes Wisdom, but maybe it’s because regret, as we reflect on our mistakes.”


Trough the years,  specially when you reach old age, you reflect on your past. And if we are sincere, we will admit that we  not did  just a few mistakes, but many, and therefore the way we acquired wisdom.

Of lately, I have giving a lot of thought to my now many years gone parents, and realized I could had being a much better son than I was.

I left home at the early age of seventeen, to do what a  lot of young people do, to go and study, somewhere away from home, sure I returned for some years on vacation times, but just for a few brief days, and then life caught in full with me, work, marriage, children supporting a family, on a far away city, with less…

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Aeronautics, TikTok and Life stories

My search for female gardeners’ life stories helped me combat loneliness – and make great friends

I was lonely after lockdown and wanted to know why women gardened so wrote to those I admired. Now I have a host of new friends from different generations and backgrounds

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Star players – how Kerbal Space Program’s little green aliens are helping the space flight experts of the future

It may be just a game but some players have gone on to careers in physics, engineering and aeronautics. Now the team behind Kerbal Space Program 2 is working with the European Space Agency to make it even more realistic

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What makes me happy now: gymnastics at midlife

A novelist’s childhood passion came back with a vengeance – there is nothing like the thrill of a new skill, that combination of speed, timing, muscles, guts

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Brazilian TikToker goes viral showing the ‘cheerfulness of the favela’

Raphael Vicente, who has 3 million followers, wants to show that there is much more to favelas than crime and poverty

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‘Mmm, straight back to the 70s!’ Writers revisit the foods they loved as kids, from Smash to Angel Delight

Arctic rolls are back on the menu, with sales up more than 140% at Ocado. But which other retro delights deserve a comeback? We taste-test some old favourites

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Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Because I have seen God:
bring beauty out of ashes
fill my heart with peace in the midst of intense situations
pour His grace into my life enabling me to move forward
fill the broken pieces of my heart with His unending love
and turn the bleakest situations around for good
I will praise Him!
I will serve Him!
I trust Him!
He amazes me!
Life is an adventure and because of God, I am clothed in strength and dignity.  I can smile at the future! (Proverbs 31:25)
When you look at your life, what do you find?
Comment  if you want to chat about how you too can experience the peace, joy, love and hope that Jesus offers.   Best decision I ever made!
Jesus tells us,  “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”  John…

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but as for me

When we hear about God’s rules for mankind, we have to decide which way we want to go, following the rules of men or following the godly rules provide to us by the Word of God in the Holy Scriptures.

In that Book of books, the Bible, we are given the tools, ready at hand, for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity, giving us the way out of the boundaries or chains of this world.

Isa 19:19-21 BSB 1.1 In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the center of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD near her border. (20) It will be a sign and a witness to the LORD of Hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the LORD because of their oppressors, He will send them a savior and defender to rescue them. (21) The LORD will make Himself known to Egypt, and on that day Egypt will acknowledge the LORD. They will worship with sacrifices and offerings; they will make vows to the LORD and fulfill them.

We have to make our choice known to God, here, before it is too late. It is now, when we are alive that we should choose. We should give all our trust in His Hands, making Him to lead!

Are you willing to follow?

We have the sent on from God giving us an example and having prepared the way to God.

Isa 42:6 BSB 1.1 the LORD, have called you for a righteous purpose, and I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and appoint you to be a covenant for the people and a light to the nations,

Rom 15:8 BSB 1.1 For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of Godtruth, to confirm the promises made to the patriarchs,

Joh 8:12 BSB 1.1 Once again, Jesus spoke to the people and said, am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.

Act 3:26 BSB 1.1 When God raised up His Servant, He sent Him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.






  1. waiting
  2. no thanks, i’ll pass
  3. God’s timing
  4. make it special
  5. get up and get dressed

Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

“But as for me…”
This is a phrase that is repeated often in the Bible. It is my battle cry.
In a world where sin abounds – what we do matters. We are all broken – just in different ways. Being broken isn’t the end. What we do with our brokenness is the point.
We can allow our brokenness to turn into judgment, self-righteousness, bitterness… Or we can turn to God and allow Him to mend our brokenness with His peace, joy, love… We can choose to let God shine through our brokenness.
But as for me – I need You, God
But as for me – You are my provider
But as for me – I will not fear
But as for me – You are my strength
But as for me – I trust You
But as for me – You are my shield

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People have to deal with many rules. The majority shall not ignore the traffic rules and shall be willing to adhere to many rules made by man. But for the most important rules for life, not many are interested in getting to know them, withstand keeping to them.

It is very important that those who say they believe in God and believe in Christ remember that the first commandment of the Divine Creator is that we should only have One God.

1Co 8:4 BSB 1.1 So about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world, and that there is no God but one.

Deu 4:35 BSB 1.1 You were shown these things so that you would know that the LORD is God; there is no other besides Him.

Deu 4:39 BSB 1.1 Know therefore this day and take to heart that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other.

Deu 10:17 BSB 1.1 For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God, showing no partiality and accepting no bribe.

1Ki 8:60 BSB 1.1 so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God. There is no other!

The commandments that God gave should be a lamp for us in our life.

Pro 6:23 BSB 1.1 For this commandment is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way to life,

Psa 119:105 BSB 1.1 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

In life we all have to make our own choice about which rules we want to follow. The Most High God has given the world His Word with its regulations and laws or commandments. They can be used as a guide and shall make it possible to go for living an abundant, fruitful life. The Elohim Hashem Jehovah wants to lead us down a path of peace, strength, joy, and victory. He has our best interests in mind. He is for us.

Psa 118:6 BSB 1.1 The LORD is on my side; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

Joh 16:13 BSB 1.1 However, when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. For He will not speak on His own, but He will speak what He hears, and He will declare to you what is to come.

We may not forget that only the regulations, commandments or law of Jehovah is perfect.
Psa 19:7 BSB 1.1 The Law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is trustworthy, making wise the simple.
Psa 119:96-106 BSB 1.1 I have seen a limit to all perfection, but Your commandment is without limit. (97) Oh, how I love Your law! All day long it is my meditation. (98) Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for they are always with me. (99) I have more insight than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation. (100) I discern more than the elders, for I obey Your precepts. (101) I have kept my feet from every evil path, that I may keep Your word. (102) I have not departed from Your ordinances, for You Yourself have taught me. (103) How sweet are Your words to my tastethan honey in my mouth! (104) I gain understanding from Your precepts; therefore I hate every false way. (105) Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (106) I have sworn and confirmed that I will keep Your righteous judgments.
Deu 6:6-9 BSB 1.1 These words I am commanding you today are to be upon your hearts. (7) And you shall teach them diligently to your children and speak of them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (8) Tie them as reminders on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. (9) Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates.



Freedom and amendments, firearms and abortions

To Colour Or Not To Colour?

Letter to a Non-Christian Nation

Adar 6, Matan Torah remembering the giving of Torah

When believing in God’s existence and His son, possessing a divine legislation

Who Am I That I Could Hinder God?

Sacred Rhythms – Longing for a deep, fundamental change in your life with God


Additional reading

  1. Colour-blindness and road code
  2. Cognizance at the doorstep or at the internet socket
  3. Cleanliness and worrying or not about purity
  4. Today’s thought “Clothing yourselves with the right attitude” (May 16)
  5. Today’s thought “… with all your heart” (May 09)
  6. Lost senses or a clear focus on the one at the stake
  7. Concerning a most important Law and dead men being alive again
  8. Recognising Jehovah’s sovereignty
  9. Revolt against the Authority of the Bible
  10. Bible in the first place #1/3
  11. Bible in the first place #2/3
  12. Moshe Rabbenu and Torat Moshe
  13. Expectations for kashrut to meet individual and contemporary norms
  14. Need of a sovereign decision about sovereign decisions by sovereign member states
  15. Reasons why Christianity is declining rapidly in America
  16. American Christianity no longer resembles its Founder
  17. Christians are increasingly mixing and matching their faith in unexpected ways
  18. Matthew 23:23-24 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Woe 4: A Disregard for Justice and Mercy
  19. If we, in our prosperity, neglect religious instruction and authority
  20. Mental Enslavement and Sins Syndrome (MESS)



  1. A boy with dirty hands
  2. Life Lessons
  3. Laws Don’t Fix Things
  4. Human Rules!!!
  5. Merely Human Rules….
  6. Isaiah 29:13 Worship By Human Rules
  7. “Human” Rules
  8. Rules for being human + WTF Should I Do In Life?!
  9. rule follower / rule breaker?
  10. Use the Whole Road
  11. Following merely human rules is not the truth
  12. New effort needed to restore civilian rule, transition to democracy — Global Issues
  13. Saudi Arabia imposes strict restrictions during Ramzan month: Loudspeakers prohibited, worshippers ordered to do Iftar inside mosques and more
  14. 10 Rules I Live By When It Comes to Time
  15. Ten Rules for being Human
  16. Rules to Being Human
  17. Youtube: the rules limiting the use of relaxed profanity
  18. The Condemnation of Legalism
  19. Just Regular Conversation
  20. Matthew 15:8-9 Honoring God In Word Only
  21. Matthew 15:9 Worthless Worship
  22. Looking Good Isn’t the Same as Living for Good
  23. Free In Deed, Part 1
  24. Jesus Christ, my freedom from human rules
  25. Disconnected In Heaven?

Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Some people think rules don’t apply to them. I am sure you have met some of those people. However, it will catch up with them sooner or later. Truth is God sees. God knows. You can’t get away with it when it comes to God.

Jesus tells us:

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,” John 14:15-16

A Helper – the Holy Spirit — this is such a relief. We don’t have to do it on our own. The Holy Spirit is with us – helping us.

This also takes away our excuse that we just can’t help it, or that’s just the way we are. No, we are able to change because the Holy Spirit helps us to change and to grow. We are over-comers! We are victorious!


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Karam Ram on Beyond Religion

The famous atheist Richard Dawkins said that many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense, but September 11th changed all of that. The people who attacked the Twin Towers were men of religion. Religion is often a cause of suspicion, distrust and conflict because religious people don’t always ask critical questions about their faith and can confuse religion and politics and culture together. What may just be cultural becomes invested with religious significance. So is organized religion about God, or is it really about maintaining community and identity? Can being Christadelphian become more important than actually being children of God?

Jesus’s parable of the Pharisee and the publican illustrates the “us and them” attitude and how we can simplistically divide the world into the good guys and the bad guys.  Paul says,

“don’t be wise in your own conceits”

but that’s exactly what the Pharisee does in enumerating his good deeds. He’s saying

“I am deserving of God’s favor because I do all these things,”

and in contrast, all the publican can say is

“God, be merciful to me, a sinner.”

Groupthink is a very deeply ingrained human tendency. Societies and communities maintain cohesion through groupthink. Religious communities are susceptible to it when they prioritize their own identity, their privilege at all costs:

“We are special. We have the truth, and because we have the truth, we are in God’s favor.”

The Pharisee in the parable is a very powerful example (as is the case of Al Qaeda and ISIS) of how groupthink enables certain views of the world and attitudes to become normalized, but to anyone outside that group those attitudes are just bizarre or immoral. Jesus’s parable is especially subversive because the Pharisees represented the popular ideas of piety within Judaism but in this case it isn’t the religious man who is right with God, it’s the sinner.

In Jesus’s time groupthink was probably much more powerful because of the Roman occupation. The foundational event for Israel was the Exodus from Egypt, so they could probably more justifiably mobilize religion in favor of their aspirations for liberation. They tried to draw in Jesus by asking whether it was appropriate to pay taxes to Caesar.  Jesus doesn’t criticize the Romans or Herod or Pilot, but Jesus was very critical of people who represented popular ideas of religious piety.  Jesus is trying to bring the Jews back into an authentic relationship with God rather than one that was just based on formalism or rituals.

If religion is just about how we appear to other people, then it’s only ever going to be superficial. Jesus makes the point that the Pharisees cleaned the outside of the platter but not the inside. There is obsession with respectability, with fitting in with the group, which results in hypocrisy. Jesus said in John’s gospel,

“I know you don’t have the love of God in you. You receive honor one from another, how can you receive the honor that comes from God?”

They were the children of those who murdered the prophets. They could celebrate the righteous and the prophets in death, but they couldn’t abide them in real life.

These are really penetrating and cutting criticisms of the way religion is co-opted and abused. We could apply it to our own community.  We may not be the worst offenders – I don’t know any Christadelphians who have flown airplanes into the sides of buildings! – but these words of Jesus have a lot to say about the state of religion today and the way that religion is mobilized as part of identity politics.

In Matthew 5:17, Jesus says

“I haven’t come to destroy the Law and the prophets, but I’ve come to fulfill”

because he was aware that the people who were listening to him wouldn’t actually recognize what he was saying. For them, religion was all that the Pharisees represented, temples, rituals, externals.  Jesus was aware that his message stressing a direct relationship with God without all of this other stuff would appear to be unrecognizable. It was beyond their concept of religion because it was about a personal relationship with the Father.

That idea of being the children of God should be important to us in a very personal and powerful way.  Christ made this very clear through his personal communion with the Father. There’s an incident in Matthew’s gospel where the Jews ask Peter

“does your master pay the tax”

and Jesus said to Peter

“what do you think? of whom do the Kings of the earth take tribute from strangers or from children?”

The implication of the question is,

“why are we having to pay this? Are we strangers from God or are we his children?”

The whole point of Jesus’s ministry is to bring us into a real, authentic relationship with God.

For the Jews of Jesus’s day, the one thing that represented God more than anything else was the temple. The temple was impersonal and vast, but that suited everyone because it kept God at a distance. Our challenge is to be up close and personal with God. That’s what Jesus came to do, to break down that wall of partition between us, to tear the veil of the temple. We need to cultivate hearts and minds that are less concerned with the appearance of respectability or groupthink, and more sensitive to the real presence of God in our lives.

To listen to the full interview with Karam and Steve please check out WCF A Little Faith podcasts

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Why was Jesus circumcised at eight days old in accordance with Jewish law?

Why was Jesus circumcised at eight days old in accordance with Jewish law (Luke 2:21)?

Christians don’t need to be circumcised: ‘For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love’ (Galatians 5:6).

Ed: In the Old Testament, before the birth of Christ, there are strict rules about how God’s people were to come to Him. Men needed to be circumcised (Genesis 17:10), and Israel needed to keep the Law of Moses (which is described in detail in the books of Exodus through to Deuteronomy).

“This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee: every male among you shall be circumcised.” (Ge 17:10 ASV)

Christians don’t need to be circumcised, or to keep the Law of Moses. This is largely what the letter to the Galatians is about. There were some in the Galatian churches who were trying to suggest that Christians need to be circumcised and keep the Law, and Paul is strenuously demonstrating that they don’t.

Chapter 3 is the culmination of the argument. Paul presents the logic in v. 13:

‘Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”’.

The Law contains a clause that says someone who is hanged on a tree is cursed (Deuteronomy 21:22–23).

“22 And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree; 23 his body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt surely bury him the same day; for he that is hanged is accursed of God; that thou defile not thy land which Jehovah thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.” (De 21:22-23 ASV)

This was probably one reason why Jesus’ enemies wanted him crucified — so they could say that he was cursed. But Jesus was sinless, and the Law cursed an innocent man. It’s as though this clause had been deliberately written into the Law, so that at the appropriate time the Law could be removed.

During his life Jesus kept the Law of Moses impeccably — although not always in the way that his enemies thought was proper. For example the Gospels record many occasions on which he healed people on the Sabbath. The religious rulers objected on the grounds that he was working, which was forbidden. But he pointed out to them that he was actually fulfilling the principle of the Sabbath law:

‘for the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath’ (Matthew 12:8).

Jesus was a Law-abiding Jew and therefore it was necessary that he was circumcised. But at his death the Law became obsolete, and the call of the Gospel was opened to everyone, Jews and Gentiles. As Paul continues,

‘so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith’ (Galatians 3:14).



Do those who want to follow Christ to be Jews

Many looking for the church of the world instead of the Church of God


Additional reading

  1. Creation of the earth and man #4 Of the Sabbath day #2 Days 1,7,8 and 50
  2. Expectations for kashrut to meet individual and contemporary norms
  3. the Story of Abraham
  4. Covenants
  5. Those grafted in again
  6. God who knows the heart
  7. Circumcising Timothy
  8. Today’s thought “Period of uncleanness and offerings” (March 1)
  9. Today’s Thought “God who knows the heart …” (May 05)
  10. Today’s thought “Ability to circumcise your heart” (May 13)
  11. Memorizing wonderfully 67: Galatians 3:29 Heirs according to promise.
  12. Not trying to make the heathen live like Jews #1
  13. Not trying to make the heathen live like Jews #2
  14. Do not forget the important sign of belief
  15. When having taken a new direction in life, having become a Christian
  16. Exceptionalism and Restricting Laws
  17. Not true or True Catholicism and True Islam
  18. Right of the parents or children to fall under religious rules



  1. Signs and Symbols
  2. God’s Secret Sign.
  3. Circumcision
  4. Circumcision is Not a Spectator Sport
  5. Genesis: 4th Generation of Deceivers!
  6. Genesis 17 “The Sign of the Covenant”
  7. Genesis 17:10 | Why Circumcision
  8. Exodus 4:24-26 The Deadly Circumcision
  9. The New Covenant
  10. Rambo, Chanukah & The Religion’s Two Fisted Nature: A Ten Commandments’ Tale
  11. Alex, I’ll Take Ten Commandments for $500, The Answer is “Rainbows, Circumcisions, & The Sabbath” A Ten Commandments’ Tale
  12. Circumcision of Christ (LD 27)
  13. Saved by the Bris: Colossians 2 and the “Circumcision of Christ”
  14. Romans 3
  15. Acts 15
  16. Friends, Romans and circumcised.
  17. Paul and the Old Testament 3: Circumcised Hearts
  18. Is your heart circumcised today?
  19. Circumcision is of the Heart!
  20. Wednesday Blessings
  21. “Cruel, inhuman and barbarous”: PIL filed in Kerala HC seeking to declare the practice of non-therapeutic circumcision on children as a crime
  22. True Righteousness
  23. Leviticus Chapter 19:27-28- Tattoos, Piercings, and Beards?
  24. Reflection for the Solemnity of the Circumcision of our Lord 2023
  25. Circumcision – FAQ
  26. The circumcision and the mutilation
  27. Is Circumcision Good Or Bad For a Boy?
  28. 10 years of circumcision debate in Germany

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Levels of sound and visceral fat

Belly fat

Three stories you should read today

Three easy ways to reduce belly fat (and they don’t include exercising)
There are simple changes to your diet that will help you avoid the dreaded middle-age spread. Try these three dietary strategies for visceral weight loss.

Faddy diets often claim to target belly fat, also known as visceral fat, but no diet can guarantee weight loss in a specific area. What we do know is that some foods promote greater visceral weight gain than others, so here are three dietary strategies to help avoid the dreaded middle-aged spread.
‘I taught Peloton classes while having chemotherapy for breast cancer’ Driven by personal tragedy, star instructor Leanne Hainsby explains how she kept up her high-pressure routine alongside gruelling treatments.

This time last year, the life of Leanne Hainsby, 35, looked charmed. As the UK’s most popular cycling instructor on the global fitness platform Peloton, she’s young, beautiful and has the effervescent charisma needed to shine through a touchscreen and motivate the millions who take her weekly spin classes. When Peloton’s popularity surged during the 2020 lockdown, so did Leanne’s. Her Instagram numbers exploded, along with the keen interest in her life off of the stationary bike.
Why the headphone generation are at risk of dementia
Hearing loss is now affecting younger age groups, but they are ignoring the problems. Find out what you can do to maintain your hearing.“We are much more adapted to low-level and gentle sounds as a natural survival tool, so when we introduce artificially loud sound through headphones, we can damage our ears.”Any level of sound at or over 85 decibels can be harmful to the ears, especially over long periods, she warns. “Music through headphones at maximum volume is 100 to 110 decibels, and listening for long periods can lead to significant hearing loss.” If you do use headphones, she adds, take 15-minute breaks, and never use them for more than an hour at a time.


Forget signing up to the gym and hours of cardio – there is an easier route to a better body
Want a younger, feel-good body? There’s a vital component most are neglecting, and it can slash years off your ‘metabolic age’.

To help you out today

Struggling to get a good night’s rest? One sleep expert shares their secrets for better slumber, from evening exercise to early dinner and screen time.
Prince Harry says cannabis helps him deal with anxiety, but some say the drug can lead to dependence and even psychosis. Read what mental health experts think about cannabis.
Home health tests
If you can’t get a GP appointment, some at-home tests might be life-savers – but others are more trouble than they’re worth. Here are the health kits worth investing in.
Marriage diaries
‘My husband’s a central heating dictator’: Our anonymous author’s husband has taken extreme measures in response to the spiralling energy bills. Read the full story here.

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Experiences in life helped me grow the most

When we are young often we think we know a lot.

We would love it if we could know everything, but we must be aware that such a thing is impossible. Therefore, let us be humble and realise that we are limited in and with our spiritual knowledge.

Find also: Do I believe in destiny

Learner's Room

An Insult

It was the time when I was in highschool , I used to think myself relatively smart in the academics but one day a teacher asked me a question which I didn’t knew the answer of and left me speech less then the teacher said you are not a know it all person so accept that then I really felt humiliated when this happened but then I accepted the truth and this is what kept me open to new possibilities and knowledge so I am so thankful today that this happened

What experiences in life helped you grow the most?

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2023 Celebrate Women’s History, International Women’s Month and International Women’s Day

In terms of women’s rights, there is still a lot of change to come in this world. The rich industrial countries are not exempt from the injustice and inequality that still takes place between men and women.

Next Wednesday, on the 8th of March we have our eye especially on women to honour the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements they made and to raise awareness about the challenges they face.

Such day having the focus on women provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress made towards gender equality and to renew our commitment to empowering women and girls around the world.

In some countries, such as the United States of America, we even notice a contrary trend, where certain fundamentalist so-called Christians, reduce the woman to an overly obedient docile housewife who has nothing to say or say, but must follow her husband in everything.

Many churches, too, do not go free and have cooperated for years in excluding certain people, be it because of their colour or race, their culture or gender.

Join us in celebrating Women’s History with the theme ‘Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.’ From print to the stage to the screen,  Encyclopaedia Britannica is spotlighting women who have made an impact in all forms of storytelling.

Learn about their achievements, engage with interactive media, and be inspired through articles, timelines, lesson plans, and more.



Celebrating Women in Film  Television  Literature Journalism Visual Arts Music Theatre

From social media influencers to activists, these modern-day heroes have already made their mark on history. Easily explore curated collections of Britannica School articles and multimedia featuring the following and many more.

Information sourced from Britannica School.

Reese Witherspoon


Amanda Gorman

Poet and Activist


Singer and Songwriter

Mindy Kaling

Actress, Comedian, and Writer

Malala Yousafzai


Annie Leibovitz



Find to read:

  1. Exceptionalism and Restricting Laws
  2. A new decade, To open the eyes to get a right viewMilestones for women orderedSolving the pay equity problem: Not that easyWomen, conservative evangelicals and their counter-offensivePoverty and conservative role patterns2014 Human Rights2015 In the Picture2015 Human rightsGender equality and women’s rights in the post-2015 agendaA busy 2017 #2 From hero to zeroAcademic intolerance for dissenting views is reaching new highsInternational Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – with orange for a brighter futureInternational Women’s Day 2019
  3. Women’s History Month March 2023
  4. Controversial burkini issue in France not finished yet
  5. African misery and women inequality
  6. Synod of Bishops concerning minors
  7. Baptised sister not of higher status before God then an unbaptised young male?
  8. American social perception, classes and fear mongering
  9. Connection between women and environmental sustainability


  1. Need to reject an archaic, racist inspired interpretation of the Bible and animosity against other believers
  2. The Concept of Gender Neutrality and You
  3. Somali women in the Somali society
  4. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  5. International Women’s Day: Celebrating ordinary women who play extraordinary roles!
  6. On Strike
  7. How To Spend the Women’s Strike & International Women’s Day



  1. Dictionary Women — and Men
  2. Who we are
  3. Dear White Christian Leaders, Don’t Do It.
  4. a proper response to privelege and inequality?
  5. On The Writing of Fairy Tales in the Real World
  6. Modern Women: A Partial History #WHM23 #WomensHistoryMonth #WomenInSTEM
  7. Empower the Future Women of America
  8. Dr. Shirley Jackson
  9. Shirley Chisholm – M.L. Childs Favorite Quote of the Month
  10. Women’s History Month 2023 Book List | Novelstorian Recommendations
  11. Women’s History Month off to a cringe-y start
  12. Breaking Barriers and Honoring Women’s History Month
  13. Unplugging for the Sisterhood: Why Women Need the National Day of Unplugging
  14. Hi There, As A Black Woman, I Belong Here!
  15. Mary Kenner
  16. Spotlight: Angela Bassett
  17. A new platform: female MPs and the quest for equal citizenship, by Abbie Tibbott
  18. 5 Women Who Changed the Game
  19. International Women’s Day 2023: Check Theme, History, Significance Here
  20. Women’s Day 2023: Surprise that special female in your life, visit these hill stations
  21. Celebrating Women’s Day: Honoring the Strength and Resilience of Women
  22. Why Do We Celebrate Women’s Day on March 8? A Brief History of International Women’s Day
  23. Celebrating Women of Northfleet – International Women’s Day
  24. Gloria Estefan Lainey Wilson Lead iHeart Women’s Day Celebration
  25. Mary Robinson
  26. Inspirational Quotes Every Woman Should Read
  27. 8 Meaningful Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day and Promote Gender Equality
  28. #BabyChakraWomenRising: 21 Inspirational Women Who Are Breaking Barriers And Driving Positive Change In Society
  29. Solh Talks : Season 1 | Leading Ladies | Solh Wellness
  30. International women’s day: Women in Wine
  31. Celebrate International Women’s Day – A Tribute to Strong Women Everywhere
  32. Title: Empowering Women: The Key to a Better World
  33. ‘Focus on what’s strong and what’s wrong’ this International Women’s Day
  34. Celebrating Women’s Health And Well-Being
  35. International Women’s Day 2023: Unique ways to celebrate this special day
  36. Here is how you can celebrate the women in your life, everyday!
  37. Celebrating Women
  38. Is it wrong for your mom or sister to lead prayers at home?
  39. Victoria’s testimony
  40. How Women Detox from Ministerial Significance
  41. Were women forbidden to speak in Corinth because they were prostitutes?
  42. Q&A: Women’s Roles, Head Coverings, When to Forgive, and more – Think Deeper
  43. A Heart To Serve
  44. Women’s Roles and Passover
  45. When gender inequality is good economics
  46. The Meaning and Origins of International Women’s Day on March 8th
  47. Introduction to Women’s History Month: Celebrating Women’s Contributions to WWII
  48. A woman in a man’s world


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Tones of love!



♡ Ļ Ơ Ɣ Ɛ ♡

♡ Love is a canvas furnished by Nature

and embroidered by imagination….♡

~ Voltaire ~

image: tumblr photography
Text source: “Soul Healing Mystics’ Light” https://www.facebook.com/Soul-Healing-Mystics-Light-1437542323150756/?fref=photo

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May your day be wonderful!


Greet everyone you meet with a warm smile, no matter how busy you are.

Don’t rush encounters with coworkers, family and friends.

Speak softly. Listen attentively.

Act as if every conversation you have is the most important thing on your mind today.

Look your children and your partner in the eyes when they talk to you.
Stroke the cat, caress the dog.

Lavish love on every living being you meet.

See how different you feel at the end of the day.

~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

Photo & text source Jude Teme Adonne https://www.facebook.com/timadonne?fref=photo

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