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Carving a friend out of stone


”“Like a sculptor, if necessary,
carve a friend out of stone.
Realize that your inner sight is blind
and try to see a treasure in everyone.”
~ Rumi”

 

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A disrespected Father

In this world the majority of people is not interested in God and another part has made Jesus into their god and as such do not show respect to what Jesus has done and not to what God has done.

Jesus was very well aware that he could not do anything without his heavenly Father. But he also knew that the world would hate his real followers because of the Word of the Father that Jesus had given them.

“14 I have given them thy word; and the world hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them from the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world even as I am not of the world.
17  Sanctify them in the truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou didst send me into the world, even so sent I them into the world.” (Joh 17:14-18 ASV)

Jesus had always put his own will aside, to do the Will of God and wanted his followers also to do the Will of his heavenly Father, the same as he wanted God’s Will to be done on earth.

“ Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.” (Mt 6:10 ASV)

“ saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” (Lu 22:42 ASV)

“ I can of myself do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is righteous; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.” (Joh 5:30 ASV)

It is that Father Who sent Jesus that we should give all honour and praise, like Jesus gave honour and praise to Him. By that Father accepting Jesus his ransom offering we are able to receive the grace of salvation. Only through the word of the Father is it that we can be born again and shall be able to enter into the kingdom of God.

The world hates us because Jesus has given us the Word of his Father, a word that he personally delivered and through the power of that word we are transferred to the eternal Kingdom of God. As a loving Father Jehovah is willing to welcome all the lost ones. Every human being that is willing to repent and turn to God is welcome in His heavenly pastures.

God and Jesus are aware that evil surrounds us, but they want us to overcome it and to prove to the rest of the world that there is a much better way than the one the world loves everybody to believe.

It is to those who are left on the earth to show the world that Jesus is the way, not to himself, but to his heavenly Father, Who wants to be the Father of all.

“ Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (Joh 14:6 ASV)

By Christ, the sent one from God, we are able to come to the father. Jesus is the one who we can trust to show us the way to the most perfect Father of all. The One Who is the Father of King David and prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah and Jesus, is the One Who is looking at the earth in the hope more people shall come to Him. Those close to Him He wants to mould like clay so that they should be workers of faith, bringing more people to Him, Who is greater than Jesus.

“ He shall cry unto me, Thou art my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.” (Ps 89:26 ASV)

“ But now, O Jehovah, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” (Isa 64:8 ASV)

“ After this manner therefore pray ye. Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” (Mt 6:9 ASV)

“ And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? knew ye not that I must be in my Father’s house?” (Lu 2:49 ASV)

“ Ye heard how I said to you, I go away, and I come unto you. If ye loved me, ye would have rejoiced, because I go unto the Father: for the Father is greater than I.” (Joh 14:28 ASV)

Those who worship Jesus as their god, should come to learn and to see, that the God of Jesus is a much greater God than their god Jesus, and that He is the heavenly Father of Jesus but also of those who want to accept Jesus for whom he really is and for what he really has done, having given his life for the sins of all.

Jesus came to this world from heaven, him being placed in the womb of a young woman. Over here on earth, he talked about the One Who had sent Him to this world to convey people of his heavenly Father. For his words and actions he was hated and nailed on a stake to die. After his death he was taken out of the dead by his heavenly Father and then, forty days after he rose from the dead, he triumphantly ascended into heaven to be seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

We who follow Jesus have chosen not to be of this world either. We are not of this world simply because there is nothing that this world can offer us that is better than what Jesus gives us. Jesus gives us life eternal.

Because of our faith in the work of Christ Jesus and believing that Jesus is the truth and the son of God, the world can’t handle that. But it is the truth that will set us free and shall not make us afraid anymore.

“11 And the witness is this, that God gave unto us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath the life; he that hath not the Son of God hath not the life.” (1Jo 5:11-12 ASV)

When Jesus met with his disciples on the evening of the day of his resurrection he said to them,

“Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” (John 20:21)

All those who love Jesus and wants to be known as disciples or followers of Christ should follow the Wishes of God and His only begotten beloved son, Jesus. The same way as God had sent Jesus, so Jesus sends us. We often think of our limitations as we go out into the world. The thing to focus on is the one who sent us. Jesus, our risen and ascended Lord is the one who sends us.

As Jesus tells his disciples in Acts 1:8

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

As brothers and sisters in Christ we are not ashamed to tell others we follow that Nazarene man. We are convinced we may believe what is written in the Holy Scriptures. This is what keeps us from being afraid of going out into the world. As God sent Jesus, Jesus sends us.

Like Jesus trusted his heavenly Father we too put our trust in him Who is the Almighty.

When several shall celebrate Father’s Day this month, we shall honour our worldly father but give even more honour and focus on our heavenly Father.

Please read: Prayer Theme for June 2021: Our Father

And let us give all honour to the One Who accepted the ransom price paid by His only begotten beloved son.

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From the old box: Enemies of the people

Angela Nagel, The Baffler, March 2017

In her 2011 book Demonic, which explained how ‘the liberal mob is endangering America,’ Coulter praised the work of Gustave Le Bon, the first Frenchman to set about measuring the craniums of Nepalese peasants in an effort to lend pseudoscientific credence to elite European imperialist and economic projects. Le Bon’s influential 1895 book The Crowd drew admiring praise from Hitler and has been a reliable touchstone for misanthropes and eugenicists since. In fact, the whole anti-immigration discourse, marked recently by Trump’s ‘build the wall’ rallying cry, is steeped in the legacy of Le Bon and those who have always feared the teeming masses and the great unwashed, whether foreign or homegrown. Their alarmist outcries were typically first deployed upon the toiling white masses within Western societies, and then would find a new subject in new foreign ethnic minorities.

In both settings, the rhetoric is remarkably consistent: There are too many of them. They breed too much. They’ll swamp our limited resources. There isn’t enough room. They’ll destroy and vulgarize our culture. But what’s striking in our own new political order is how ideologically fungible such sentiments are becoming before our eyes. Put another way: if Hillary had won—or Brexit had been resoundingly voted down—we would be hearing more populism from the liberals and more misanthropy from the right.

More confusing still, in the web-native invective of the overtly white-separatist subculture of the new online right – the self-styled ‘alt-right’ -anyone who does not carry into adulthood the strangely adolescent impulse to distinguish herself from the hated mainstream of society is derisively called a Normie or a Basic Bitch, as though white separatism were an obscure punk genre. A common thread of masses-deriding misanthropy runs through the writing and rhetoric of the online white-nationalist right. Indeed, the longer you look at all the forces of reaction marshaled behind the billionaire president, the more opportunistic his populist turn seems.

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From the old box: Don’t tell me that working-class people can’t be articulate

Don’t tell me that working-class people can’t be articulate

Lisa McInerney, Guardian, 5 May 2017 wrote:

Last summer, about a year after my first novel The Glorious Heresies was published, I led a workshop for aspiring writers. In the session, we referred to my experience writing Heresies – lessons I’d learned or techniques I found useful. One of the attendees had read the book in preparation for the session and had an issue with my take on dialogue. He believed my characters’ speech, and each narrative voice I employed, was far too complex. He maintained that a writer writing a working-class story should not use sophisticated words or inventive phrasing, even in third person. He was adamant my vernacular wasn’t the vernacular: a working-class story should be told through simple prose and working-class characters should have a limited vocabulary, or else they are not authentic.

I was finishing the last round of edits of The Blood Miracles at the time, and so was (very sensibly) sensitive to criticism. I went back through the text, looking for phrases unsuited to its characters. Its protagonist, Ryan, is a 20-year-old drug dealer from a council estate who did not finish second-level education. He swears habitually and doesn’t make time to read. On that basis he sounds like the kind of young man most likely to communicate in grunts, but then, he has managed to make a comfortable living selling drugs, something that’s next to impossible if you can only express yourself through expectorating and blasphemy. Wait, I told myself. Cop on. The more I thought about it, the more indignant I became. Why shouldn’t Ryan be eloquent? Is eloquence not actually a necessity for disadvantaged dealers who don’t want to end up doing 10-year stretches, or quietly decomposing in some remote patch of Irish forestry?

Yet I’m sometimes asked if it’s terribly difficult writing dialogue for working-class characters because working-class people, particularly men, don’t converse. It’s galling the number of people who buy into this idea of class determining articulacy, a Blytonesque estimation that patois is intrinsically moronic and that the working classes communicate in dropped syllables, slang and scratching. That we are thick-tongued as Wuthering Heights’ Joseph, or stubbornly simple as Animal Farm’s Boxer, or as proud of our savagery as Lionel Asbo himself. I’ve seen people who should be angered by this theory subscribe to it instead, and how frustrating it is watching people react defensively to others’ knowledge – to the very idea of knowledge – without recognising their own.

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Everyday when one wakes up for the day

Everyday when one wakes up for the day,
they are either gaining rewards and making profits
or they are making losses,
with regards to this life and the hereafter

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When the lights are dimmed within…

 

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Open your eyes, where are the eyes fixed, what do you think, do you become all self conscious, do you suddenly look inside when you are supposed to be looking out, why are tyrants so bad, it’s the light they extinguish. They leave everyone in the dark.

I run down the stairs, imagine, you are of one purpose, friends. When you see the light return to the impish eyes, you know something good is going on, you can sense it. On the street, children are naturally brash when they have no one to fear. Brazen some call it, they don’t distinguish between boys and girls, and when they blush, it’s over something simple, yet beautiful.

Then gripped by fear, they become pensive, young worriers, they protest, I’m not putting up with this, their attitude.

Why worry about dimming the Heart, that’s life. So was paradise once, and the signs above…

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Por una relación cercana con Dios

Amo a Jehová porque él oye mi voz, mis ruegos por ayuda (Sal. 116:1).

Una forma de demostrar que agradece el amor de Jehová es orándole. Su amor por él aumentará cuando le cuente sus preocupaciones y le dé las gracias por todo lo que hace por usted. Y su amistad con él se fortalecerá al ver que responde sus oraciones. Se convencerá de que Dios lo comprende.

Ahora bien, para acercarse aún más a Jehová, necesita entender su forma de pensar y lo que él espera de usted. Y eso solo lo conseguirá estudiando su Palabra, la Biblia. Así que aprenda a valorarla.

Solo la Biblia contiene la verdad sobre Jehová y lo que él desea para usted. ¿Cómo puede demostrar que la valora? Leyéndola a diario, preparándose para su estudio personal y poniendo en práctica lo que aprende.

97 ¡Cuánto amo tu ley!+ Reflexiono en ella* todo el día.+

99 Soy más perspicaz que todos mis maestros+ porque reflexiono en* tus recordatorios.

(Sal. 119:97, 99)

17 Santifícalos* por medio de la verdad;+ tu palabra es la verdad.+(Juan 17:17).

¿Tiene un horario para leerla todos los días y lo sigue?

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For a close relationship with God

I love Jehovah because he hears my voice, my pleas for help.​—Ps. 116:1.

One way to respond to Jehovah’s love is by talking to him in prayer. Your love for God will grow as you tell him about your concerns and thank him for all that he does for you. And the bond between you and Jehovah will be strengthened as you see how he answers your prayers. You will become convinced that he understands you.

But to grow close to Jehovah, you need to understand his way of thinking. And you need to know what he wants from you. The only way you will gain that knowledge is by studying his Word, the Bible. So learn to appreciate it.
Only the Bible contains the truth about Jehovah and his purpose for you. You show that you appreciate the Bible by reading it each day, by preparing for your personal Bible study session, and by applying what you learn.

97 How I do love your law!+ I ponder over* it all day long.+

99 I have more insight than all my teachers,+ Because I ponder over* your reminders.

(Ps. 119:97, 99)

17 Sanctify them by means of the truth;+ your word is truth.+(John 17:17)

Do you have a personal Bible reading schedule? Do you follow that schedule, making sure that you read the Bible each day?

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Additional reading

  1. Word of God
  2. Gospel or Good News
  3. A Book to trust #18 Available in many languages #1
  4. A Book to trust #28 A Collection of words showing and teaching us about the beginnings to the end
  5. A Book to trust #29 God His Book, God-breathed profitable for doctrine, for reproof and for correction
  6. Old and newer King James Versions and other translations #12 God Himself masters His Own Word
  7. Studying the Bible
  8. Demanding signs or denying yourself
  9. Inner voice inside the soul of man
  10. A Sound Mind: Theory and practice
  11. Brian Rosner on “What Makes a Good Biblical Scholar?”
  12. The faithful God
  13. Christian growth a team event
  14. How to Study the Bible: We Are in This Together
  15. On the Affirmation of Scripture
  16. Summer time to spend some more time at the growing process of your faith

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Pour une relation étroite avec Jéhovah

J’aime Jéhovah, parce qu’il entend ma voix, mes appels à l’aide (Ps. 116:1).

Une des façons de montrer à Jéhovah que tu lui es reconnaissant pour son amour est de t’adresser à lui au moyen de la prière. Si tu lui parles de tes inquiétudes et si tu le remercies pour tout ce qu’il fait pour toi, ton amour pour lui grandira. Et en voyant comment il répond à tes prières, ta relation avec lui se renforcera. Tu seras convaincu qu’il te comprend.

Mais pour être proche de lui, tu as aussi besoin de savoir pourquoi il aime certaines choses et en déteste d’autres, et ce qu’il attend de toi. La seule façon d’acquérir cette connaissance est d’étudier sa Parole, la Bible. Alors, développe un profond respect pour elle. Seule la Bible contient la vérité sur Jéhovah et explique ce qu’il souhaite pour toi. Tu peux montrer que tu accordes de la valeur à ce livre en le lisant chaque jour, en l’étudiant en profondeur et en appliquant ce que tu apprends.

97 Comme j’aime ta loi+ ! Je médite* sur elle tout au long du jour+.

99 Je suis plus perspicace que tous mes enseignants+, car je médite* sur tes rappels.

(Ps. 119:97, 99)

17 Sanctifie-​les* par le moyen de la vérité+ ; ta parole est vérité+. (Jean 17:17).

As-​tu un programme personnel de lecture de la Bible ? T’efforces-​tu de la lire chaque jour ?

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Mejorando al que lo ama

Hemos visto que una Fuente de luz y sabiduría se ilumina para todos, pero debe notarse.

Cada uno de nosotros debe crecer en este mundo turbulento y volverse resiliente.

Jehová disciplina a quienes ama (Heb. 12:6).

A fin de educarnos, nuestro amoroso Padre nos corrige cuando es necesario. Lo hace de muchas formas. Por ejemplo, puede que algo que leamos en la Biblia o escuchemos en las reuniones nos haga ver que debemos cambiar. También puede ser que la ayuda que necesitamos venga de parte de los ancianos. Sea como sea, Jehová siempre nos disciplina porque nos ama.

11 “Porque yo estoy contigo —afirma Jehová— para salvarte.

Pero voy a exterminar a todas las naciones por las que te he esparcido;+

sin embargo, a ti no te voy a exterminar.+

Te disciplinaré* hasta el grado debido;

de ninguna manera te dejaré sin castigo”.+

(Jer. 30:11).

Además, nos ayuda a aguantar las dificultades. Nuestro Padre celestial nos cuida en los momentos difíciles, igual que hace un padre que ama a sus hijos. Utiliza su espíritu santo para que no suframos daño espiritual.

13 Por lo tanto, si ustedes, aunque son malos, saben darles buenos regalos a sus hijos, ¡con mucha más razón el Padre en el cielo les dará espíritu santo a quienes se lo piden!”.+ (Luc. 11:13).

Además, nos protege emocionalmente. Por ejemplo, nos da una preciosa esperanza para el futuro, la cual nos ayuda a soportar los problemas. Pensemos en lo siguiente: nuestro amoroso Padre reparará cualquier daño que suframos, sea este cual sea. Las pruebas son temporales, pero las bendiciones de Jehová son eternas.

16 Por lo tanto, no nos rendimos. Aunque la persona que somos por fuera vaya desgastándose, la persona que somos por dentro sin duda va renovándose cada día. 17 Porque, aunque las dificultades* son momentáneas y livianas, producen en nosotros una gloria de una grandeza* cada vez más extraordinaria, una gloria eterna,+ 18 mientras mantenemos la vista fija en las cosas que no se ven, y no en las cosas que se ven.+ Porque las cosas que se ven son temporales, pero las que no se ven son eternas.(2 Cor. 4:16-18).

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