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Born to Shine not to fear!

Though it may be a very small picture demanding zooming in, its like the things in life which seem so unnoticeable but are there. Often man thinks him to be superior to all those things around him. He even thinks he can create some things better. But those matters where there is The Hand of the Supreme Being Maker of all things, man is just nothing, small like the a grain of sand.

Lots of people in that multitude of human beings feel like a nothing or like dust. They forget that they too are created in the image of the Most High Being, Creator of all things, the One Who let be. Nothing can exist without Him.

This Grand Maker wants us all to shine brightly as the stars he placed on the outskirts of the earth, twinkling in the heavens. We all should and are twinkling here on earth and may be noticed by a fellow traveller.

Each human being, allowed to be here, should not be afraid of his or her fellow man, because they all should more fear That One Who creates and lets be. He is it Who is eternal and can give us eternity for life or for death. He is it Who wants us to shine and wants us to come to Him as His little children eager to learn from Him.

Going up to Him we should be pleased to find others, who are willing to get out of the darkness with us. Together we can do more than on our own. God does not want us to walk on our own. He also has given the world His only begotten son to guide us and to show us the Way to God His Kingdom, where all should come together to live in peace and tranquillity, shining unto glory of Christ Jesus,the son of God , and to the One Who is greater than Jesus, The Only One God, the Adonai, Elohim Hashem Jehovah, Giver of life.

Jesus has liberated the world of its chains to death. We all should be happy and make use of that what Jesus has done for us all. In him we should unite and put on his armour, like him not doing our own will but the Will of God and making His Name to be known all over the world, so that the light can be broken and the Glory of God can shine all over the universe.

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Additional reading:

  1. What is life?
  2. Dying or not
  3. Creator and Blogger God 3 Lesson and solution
  4. Story of Jesus’ birth begins long before the New Testament
  5. Science, belief, denial and visibility 1
  6. “Before” and “after” the Big Bang

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  • Psalm 77 (embodiedtorah.wordpress.com)
    We commonly speak about God with human characteristics and emotions. We talk about God’s fingers, hands, arms, eyes, ears, and even nose, even though God has none of the above. We also commonly speak of God’s happiness, enjoyment, desire for obedience, sadness, regret, and compassion and other such human emotions. The 12th century philosopher Maimonides believed that we should not use such language for God, because to do so places limits on a God who is by definition infinite. However, Biblical literature is rich with anthropomorphic and anthropopathic language for God because it is the only way we have to to communicate our our sense of the Divine.
  • Making Tough Decisions (curlychristians.com)
    It’s important to make the right choices, especially in the middle of hurt, discouragement, frustration and confusion when the right choice is the tough choice to make. When things are stressful, we naturally like to take the path of least resistance. But those are the very moments when you need to make the tougher choice. Because to reap right results in life, you have to do right when you don’t feel like it.
  • Five things you didn’t know about Jesus (refreshingnews99.blogspot.com)
    Science and archaeology offer insights into ancient artifacts that could be linked to Jesus Christ. “Finding Jesus: Fact. Faith. Forgery,” premieres Sunday Night, March 1 at 9pm ET/PT on CNN.
    With Lent beginning, and a new CNN series on Christ coming up.
  • It’s a Christian “Walk,” Not a Sprint (daviddflowers.com)
    The point of being a Christian is to become like Christ, the perfect human being.If you’ve been a follower of Jesus for any length of time you know that this process isn’t easy, and it takes much longer than any of us like. We don’t call it the Christian “walk” for nothing.

    So the Christian journey is a lifetime of inching closer to Jesus. Disciples know that this can be frustrating.

  • “What is lost by Letting Go of the “Happenedness” of the Gospel?” (dougskinner.wordpress.com)
    We are not beings of pure spirit who exist by entertaining big thoughts and inhabiting the realm of noble ideals.  We are people of flesh and blood who need to eat and sleep, who feel pleasure and pain, who get hungry, cold and sick.
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    virtually everything Jesus Christ ever said as reported in the Gospels had been taught by the Hebrew prophets and sages long before Him.  As Paul put it, the Law is “holy, righteous and good” (Romans 7:12).  In other words, long before Jesus came we already had a more than adequate expression of what it was that God expected of us as human beings morally and spiritually.  The Law has been written on both tablets of stone and on the contours of our hearts.  If all it takes for us to get “right” and then to stay “right” with God is information, then by Exodus 20 we should have been set.  We got all the content we ever needed on Sinai.  But my core issue is not intellectual.  Salvation is not a sudden flash of insight, or the discovery of some cosmic truth that organizes my thinking and forever clarifies my understanding.  I’ve got bigger problems than that, much bigger.
  • We Have Hope (heartfixxer.wordpress.com)
    Before Jesus Christ there was only death. His resurrection broke the chains of death, and for the first time, infused hope into the world. Sure, everyone has a fear of the unknown. If we compare it to how God loves us, we can be sure heaven is an amazing place to call home. God tells us his thoughts and ways are far beyond our understanding. Like his love, it is far greater than we can comprehend.
  • Food for Thought-3 Things to Remember Before Starting a Lenten Bible Study (richardsfoodforthought.com)
    Scripture is sacred because it has been passed down to us as a functioning means of allowing God to speak to us today; not because it originates directly from God.
  • A Conversation About The Nature of God (thehardincrowder.wordpress.com)
    Yesterday I had a great conversation with someone about God that I thought was worth writing about briefly. This person was an ex-atheist who had (I assume) recently become a theist. He was on board with the idea of mono-theism, and believed there was a God out there, but he had some problems with the God I worshiped.We talked about morality, the nature of faith, the resurrection of Christ, the ultimate purpose of man, and the problem of evil. It was a great conversation, and we both managed to keep the dialogue respectful. It’s one of the few debates I’ve found myself in where I didn’t feel personally attacked or insulted at the end of it. I wish more debates ended that way.
  • No religion (catchjohnfischer.wordpress.com)
    The gospel is such a basic, simple thing. God created human beings in His image. Human beings sinned by disobeying God. God said if you sin you will die, which has proven to be true for every human being who ever lived, including us. But God provided a way out by becoming a human being Himself and dying in our place so that the punishment of sin for the whole human race He created can be met in Christ, and those who place their faith in Him, “though they die, yet shall they live.” That’s it. No more; no less. Anything more than this is religion, and God doesn’t accept it. He is not impressed by our religious activity, whatever it is; He is impressed only by His Son in us, and that comes by faith, not religion.
  • Reclaiming Piety (pietistschoolman.com)
    For some, piety connotes an intensely private kind of religiosity that detaches the Christian from concern for this world, leaving them “too heavenly minded to be earthly good.”But probably for more, piety connotes an intensely public kind of religiosity that is likely legalistic, hypocritical, and/or exceedingly emotional. To practice piety, in this view, is to do exactly what Jesus warned against in the Sermon on the Mount: “…whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others” (Mt 6:5, NRSV). To be pious in this way is to be pharisaical, to be “like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth” (Mt 23:27).

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Quicksand

English: Quicksand! Gravel extraction leaves i...

 

 

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i feel like i am eternally behind where i should be,

my feet are caught in quicksand.

my companions forge on ahead of me, unaware of my predicament.

i call out to them, but no one hears.

bursts of motivation come, and i try to escape.

clutching onto a branch, anything that can keep me afloat.

the struggling makes it worse.

the motivation comes harder now.

part of me wants to just lay down, be enveloped.

be drowned as the slush enters my nose, my mouth, my lungs.

but i want to get out, i want to walk on, i want to see the light of day again.

so this oxymoronic existence continues,

the struggling coupled with submission,

the persistence coupled with apathy.

i wonder if i will ever escape this eternal quicksand,

it feels like ive been here forever,

and im not sure ill be able to get out.

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He who knows himself, is kind to others

Do we know our dark side?
The Legend of King Ape’ talks about a Buddhist monk who undertakes a dangerous voyage with valuable manuscripts on his back. His fellow travellers were ‘a monkey, a pig and quicksand’ , which symbolise evil powers , our dark side. Dark is what is described as bad, where there is no light.

It is a tremendous undertaking to carry the burden safely across the mountains. Continuously they are confronted with dangerous situations. It comes as a surprise that during this adventure the negative forces undergo a change. They come to a new insight , they convert and in the end even become positive forces that ultimately save the monk. This is not brought about by the holy scriptures on his back or their content, but …

The desert the monk crossed’
Each one of us, sooner or later, is confronted with difficulties that can be severe and lead to despair.
We are on ‘quicksand’ , call out and shout and discover that our belief is not enough , it is too weak. What remains is agony of doubt,  desperation, a loud scream. Dark times leave their mark, but also lead to insight, because …

He who went through his own hell… stops with something.
He no longer ‘prescribes’ for someone else. He no longer judges anyone by whom and what he is. He does not construct walls anymore of ‘my values’ that divide, he is no longer caught in a bastion of ‘my norms, standards and criteria’ that call for defence. In short, he no longer ‘stipulates’ what the norm is, because he has experienced, while going through his own hell, that he is accepted for what he is. Unconditionally. Because , notwithstanding his ‘fellow-travellers’, he was not condemned, but rather sustained and forgiven. Or how compassion fell to him. The person who has been allowed to experience this, also becomes compassionate and forgiving to others, it cannot be otherwise, because … he who knows himself, is kind to others.

– Translation from the Bond Zonder Name or Movement Without a Name thought of the month

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Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Wie zichzelf kent, is mild voor een ander

English: Bhikkhu Vivekananda is a buddhist mon...

Bhikkhu Vivekananda, a buddhist monk from Germany and a Vipassana-Teacher, walking on the street or being on his way (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Find to read:

  1. May we have doubts
  2. Dealing with worries in our lives
  3. A Glory followed by Despair
  4. Within despair
  5. The Person Who Cannot Despair
  6. Old age
  7. Companionship
  8. Watch out
  9. Fear, struggles, sadness, bad feelings and depression
  10. Are you right down in the dumps? Stop digging!
  11. Obstacles to your goal
  12. Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair
  13. The soul has no rainbow if the eyes have no tears
  14. Frank risks taking
  15. A small trouble is like a pebble
  16. Have a little talk with the Potter
  17. A great man does not lose his self-possession when he is afflicted
  18. Be happy that the thorn bush has roses
  19. Your struggles develop your strengths
  20. Remind yourself that difficulties and delays quite impossible to foresee are ahead
  21. Crying and trusting ones do not get disappointed
  22. Remember there’s a light in the next day
  23. Philippians 4:4–7 – Do Not Be Anxious
  24. Is God behind all suffering here on earth
  25. To Live Gratitude
  26. Seeing or not seeing and willingness to find God
  27. Looking at three “I am” s
  28. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #10 Prayer #8 Condition
  29. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #15 Exposition before the Creator
  30. If your difficulties are longstanding, try kneeling
  31. A Living Faith #4 Effort
  32. In Defense of the truth
  33. Some one or something to fear #6 Faith in the Most High

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