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Life is but a Weaving by Corrie ten Boom

Short film based on the poem by Corrie ten Boom, which she often recited to audiences.

My life is but a weaving
Between my God and me.
I cannot choose the colors
He weaveth steadily.Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow;
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I the underside.

Not ’til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas
And reveal the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful
In the weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned

He knows, He loves, He cares;
Nothing this truth can dim.
He gives the very best to those
Who leave the choice to Him.

Shot, edited and directed by Brian Reed
Additional photography by Daniel Kandel
Music by Chris Zabriskie

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Afire — דלק

Tzedek Chicago Torah discussion tossed around a number of ideas regarding God and this burning structure:

  • Our world on metaphorical fire;
  • Climate change and a world quite literally burning up;
  • God communicating via fire (e.g., “The Torah was written in black fire on white fire” — Devarim Rabbah 3:13); and
  • God using fire to get the attention of someone(s) — including a reference to the Burning Bush story (Exodus 3), which is often compared to this one.

Tzedek Chicago Torah discussion also wondered if the fire was set — by God? by humans? — or an unintentional side effect of another action or process.

And who has the power to end it: Is God choosing to leave it in human hands? Somehow unable to put it out without human help? Or maybe just waiting until someone, like Abraham, notices? Somewhere in the discussion arose the idea of God as arsonist attempting to get humanity’s attention.

אָמַר רַבִּי יִצְחָק מָשָׁל לְאֶחָד שֶׁהָיָה עוֹבֵר מִמָּקוֹם לְמָקוֹם, וְרָאָה בִּירָה אַחַת דּוֹלֶקֶת

The root dalet-lamed-kaf — “doleket” in the story above — can carry the meaning of “to burn” or “to kindle” in a physical sense:

  • Ezekiel’s vision in Chapter 24 is pretty wild, but the words expressing it are straightforward: “…heaping on the wood, kindling [hadleik] the fire… (Ezek 24:10).
  • A common blessing says, “…l’hadlik ner shel [to kindle the lights of] Shabbat” (or Yom Tov, Hanukah).
  • In Deut 28:22, people will be punished “with fever [vadaleket].”
  • In Aramaic, as in modern Hebrew, “delek” is fuel.

In some Bible verses, dalet-lamed-kaf also carries a more emotional or psychological meaning:

  • Isaiah says woe to someone “inflamed [yidlikim] by wine.”
  • We find “ardent [dolkim] lips” in Prov 26:23.
  • Jacob was incensed [d’lakta] with Laban in Gen 31:26.
  • A meaning of “pursue eagerly” is found in Lam 4:19, 1 Sam 17:53, Ps. 10:2, and in Ps. 7:14 (King James Version) where we have “arrows against persecutors [l’dolkim].” For the latter, JPS has “sharp” arrows with one of those “Hebrew uncertain” notes, while the New Int’l Version has “flaming” and other Christian translations use “with fiery shafts.”
  • Finally, there are images in Obadiah 18 and Daniel 7:9 which seem to carry a physical meaning of flames plus a sense of burning in anger.

Jastrow’s Dictionary also includes the “light” or “illumination” aspect of fire in defining dalet-lamed-kaf. The entry, in fact, begins with a citation to the above story: “Gen R. s 39 saw a castle דּוֹלֶקֶת [doleket] lighted.” This suggests that perhaps the point — or at least one point — of Rabbi Yitzchak’z story is about illumination of the structure perceived as the individual is crossing. This reading jives with the use of Psalm 45:11-12 to explain why Abraham was told to go: It’s through the individual crossing from place to place, leaving behind what they were taught — and so perceiving this illuminated/flaming structure — that God comes to desire the beauty of their actions (following Rashi on Ps.45).

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Faith in God about courage

Faith in God is about the courage to go beyond ourselves.
Because of faith in God, we should have the courage to go out and meet people who are different.
~Anne Higa – Religion, Peace, and War

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Zoektocht door het donker

Ter herinnering

  • op zoek naar onbekende factor in leven
  • innerlijke groei
  • herinnering aan licht => kiemkracht v.h. zaad => nieuw bestaan, vruchtvol
  • Pelgrimeren = zoeken + weg in leven vinden zonder kompas, zonder echt houvast
  • machteloosheid

mystiek & filosofie

Asche
nur Verband für den Schmerz des Lichtes
auf Erden?

Nelly Sachs

Een mens gaat voortdurend op zoek. Is het niet naar God, waarover hij heeft horen spreken, dan is het wel naar zichzelf, eigenlijk de onbekende factor in zijn leven. Er zijn veel teksten geschreven over deze zoektochten, veel poëzie en nog meer boeken met soms uitgestippelde routes. Paul Blok, die een leven achter zich heeft van vallen en opstaan en daarbij veel dingen over zichzelf en zijn leven heeft ontdekt, heeft een boek geschreven waarin het begrip tussenruimte en het begrip (innerlijk) licht centraal staan. Hij heeft ontdekt hoe belangrijk de tussenruimte is, tussen vallen en opstaan bijvoorbeeld, tussen in de grond worden gezaaid als zaad en daarna een moment van rust (de tussenruimte) en tenslotte de groei na het ontkiemen. Uit de donkere aarde opnieuw naar het licht. Blok gebruikt aan het begin van zijn boek, dat…

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Sand in my Hand

 

It's Kenyuh

There’s something about grabbing a handful of sand and observing the combination of patterns and colors on the tiny rocks and seashells.

“Hey! Look at these colors. Aren’t they mesmerizing?”

Just to think that there is a wider color spectrum that the natural eyes cannot see.

There’s more? More colors you say?

I can’t think of a color that doesn’t exist. Why won’t you give it a try?

None. Right?

It’s said that the skies declare the work of God’s hand.

God knew our faithlessness. He uses the sky as an example because it is untouchable and full of mystery. Our minds don’t need to work hard to wonder.

But it was the sand in my hand that inflated my faith and stirred up this reserved excitement in me.

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Stel dat het waar zou zijn dat Jezus geboren is

Shalom,

Stel dat het waar zou zijn dat Jezus geboren is

Stel dat het waar zou zijn dat Jezus in Bethlehem

geboren is

Stel dat het waar zou zijn dat….

Stel dat het waar zou zijn dat Jezus 2000 jaar geleden
geboren zou zijn

Stel dat dat waar zou zijn dat Jezus bestaat

Stel dat het waar zou zijn dat Jezus echt bestaat

Een mens van vlees en bloed….

Stel dat het woord van God mens werd

Stel dat Jezus dit woord is….

Dan was Hij niet van eeuwigheid tot eeuwigheid

God

Dan was Hij niet God uit God

Maar wat zou dat?

Hij zou toch Gods Zoon zijn

zoals Adam zoon van God was.

Maar in dat geval anders gedefinieerd dan gewoonlijk wordt gedaan.

Hij zou de Zoon zijn die God vanaf het begin beloofd had

De tweede Adam!

De beloofde Zoon

Uit het geslacht van Adam en Eva

Degene die om en voor onze zonden stierf aan het kruishout.

En uit doden is opgewekt

Stel dat dit de bevrijdende boodschap van God zou zijn

Goed, dan zou Hij niet de eeuwige God zijn

Dan zou Hij een ander dan God zijn

Een ander dan JHWH, de God van Israël

Maar dan zou Hij precies dezelfde zijn die vanaf Genesis beloofd is

Dan vallen alle puzzelstukjes op zijn plaats.

Dan is Hij mens

de nakomeling die de slang zou vermorzelen.

Stel dat dit waar zou zijn

Dan zullen een heleboel teksten geherinterpreteerd moeten worden.

Dan zouden wij een ander christendom hebben.

Zonder in strijd te zijn met de Bijbel!

Martin Rozestraten

 

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Making a god mortal: Hercules and Jesus

In this reblogged article one can see how easy it is man get carried away by philosophical thought and fairytales.

Lots of people have been caught in the tragic twisted thought of the main churches where Jesus is made into not only a god (what Jesus might be) but worse, into God, Who according to the Scriptures is an Eternal Omniscient Omnipotent Invisible Spirit Being, whilst Jesus is a man of flesh, blood and bones who was seen by many and never claimed godship, but who made it clear he was the way to God, Who is greater than him and without Him he could do nothing, and we too would be nothing.

The writer also says:

any god threatened with the loss of divinity isn’t a god

but forget there are many gods mentioned in the Bible who had no divinity and others who were divine but not the Almighty God.

The writer also mentions that

Hercules isn’t one worthy of worship because he’s so much like us that, in the end, he isn’t a god at all. Perhaps he’s seen as someone “god-like” because he sacrifices himself for love, because he shows the strength of his heart and not the strength of his arm (physical might). But in the end, being godlike isn’t the same as being God.

With that expression he hits the nail on the dot and should see that his godlike figure Jesus is not at all the Only One True God Who is One.

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20200719_105254.jpg The potion to turn Hercules mortal. Image Credit: Hercules (Disney)

Hercules is an excellent Disney movie for those who have never seen it. You should watch it with your children, too, or nieces/nephews and grandchildren. It’s an excellent look at bravery and courage and what defines greatness.

But bravery, courage, and greatness within Hercules have a specific context: that is, it surrounds Hercules, the main character of the movie. Hercules is a god in heaven with his mother and father, who are god (Zeus) and goddess (Hera). Well, he is kidnapped out of his crib one night and taken to earth, where Hades (an evil god) plots to make him human. The purpose of removing Hercules’s divinity is to kill him because, if he fights against Hades, Hades won’t be able to take over the world.

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Christians saying Jesus is God giving food for atheists to prove there exist no God

When there are so many Christians who say Jesus is God, lots of people come to see many texts in the Bible which seem to contradict that. Many who were Trinitarian Christians and came to find many such contradictions in the Scriptures and in the writings of their pastors, left their church to become an adversary of God.

The other way round there were also several atheists who tried to prove God and Jesus did not exist, but their best reasons to doubt God actually proved He exists made them to understand that God has always existed and that Jesus is His son who only came into being a few millennia ago.

In order to construct any valid argument for atheism, the atheist has to steal tools from God’s universe because no such tools exist in the world of atheism. {Frank Turek}


”Atheists must sit in God’s lap in order to try to slap Him in the face.”

Frank Turek

Most atheists also have problems with those Christians who claim that Jesus would be eternal but also would be born on the 25th of December, whilst all the events mentioned in the Bible around the birth of Jesus did not at all happen in December at the beginning of the year 0 of the Gregorian calendar.

Most Christians atheists encounter are those who prefer to believe the many fairytales from their churchleaders. Confronting them with Biblical texts which say otherwise they mostly have no answer but saying:

It is a mystery believers have to accept.

Sometimes it takes some years before a convert to Christendom or a brought up Christian person comes to understand it is better to keep to the Bible Words like they are written. Most of the name Christians continue to believe their churchleaders that they would be too dumb to understand the Bible. Many who came into a church for the first time or moved to another church after some years come to see that they traded one kind of false teacher for another.

It’s easy to think of all false teachers as being cut from the same cloth. For atheists they seem one and the same bunch. They all preach a “gospel” of personal fulfilment. Of creating or receiving our best life now. Many do not come to see how it is the gospel of us:

we are the solution to the problems the world, and it’s up to us to make this world what we want it to be.

People have to come to see that we are to communicate all that Scripture does: we are to instruct in the Biblical doctrine, to correct error and to encourage God’s people. We need to constantly be bringing people back to the truth of God’s Word, to confront man with himself, with our imperfections and sin.

When we have enough patience and keep to the Biblical text, we only can hope the questioning person his or her eyes shall open one day and shall one day come to believe the words like they are written in the Bible and not how they are professed by people who call themselves theologians and the only one who can understand and explain God’s Word.

God does not hide and does not make it so difficult to make His existence obvious.

“For from the creation of the world the invisible things of Him are clearly seen, being understood through the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” (Ro 1:20 KJ21)

Yes, people only have to open their ears and eyes to become aware of the Existence behind all the existent things.

All people are created in the image of God and as such, when people look deep in the hearts of others they may catch a glimpse of that Divine Creator. But in the Nazarene man Jeshua ben Josef, better known as Jesus Christ, people were made it much easier to see something of God, because Jesus came to declare his heavenly Father.

“Jesus said unto him, “Have I been so long a time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, ‘Show us the Father’?” (Joh 14:9 KJ21)

God made it clear who that man from Nazareth was.

“and the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from Heaven, which said, “THOU ART MY BELOVED SON; IN THEE I AM WELL PLEASED.”” (Lu 3:22 KJ21)

Jesus never claimed to be God and clearly gave to know that he could not do anything without the Power of his heavenly Father.

“28  Ye have heard how I said unto you, ‘I go away and come again unto you.’ If ye loved Me, ye would rejoice because I said, ‘I go unto the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that when it is come to pass, ye might believe. 30 “Hereafter I will not talk much with you, for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in Me. 31 But that the world may know that I love the Father, as the Father gave Me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.” (Joh 14:28-31 KJ21)

“Then answered Jesus and said unto them, “Verily, verily I say unto you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do; for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” (Joh 5:19 KJ21)

No man can see God and live, but many saw Jesus, who told that he is the right one to come closer to the Only One True God of Israel.

“And He said, “Thou canst not see My face, for there shall no man see Me and live.”” (Ex 33:20 KJ21)

“and I will take away Mine hand, and thou shalt see My back parts, but My face shall not be seen.”” (Ex 33:23 KJ21)

“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him.” (Joh 1:18 KJ21)

“Jesus said unto him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” (Joh 14:6 KJ21)

Atheist reading such verses in the Bible and hearing from Christians saying that Jesus was born and died for us, let them believe those Christians are fools to believe such stories which contradict each other. On one hand they say God is eternal and on the other hand they say Jesus or God died, which suddenly makes him not eternal. Furthermore, they say God knows everything though their god Jesus does not seem to know the thing about himself nor the things what seem to matter so much in a Christian’s life, namely the End-Times, the Last Judgement and the Kingdom of God.

For all those in doubt, we have good news! There is no such thing as the Trinity, and Jesus is the son of the Only True God Who is One (and not two or three). When you dare to read the Bible (Old and New Testament) and want to listen to the Words like they are written down in that Book of books, you shall be able to discover how to come to see and understand the existence of God. At the same time, you shall come to see how Jesus is that one promised at the beginning of the ages, and is the best person to have to become aware of God’s presence.

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Please find to read:

  1. Does He exists?
  2. Science and God’s existence
  3. Trinitarians making their proof for existence of God look ridiculous #1
  4. Trinitarians making their proof for existence of God look ridiculous #2
  5. Trinitarians making their proof for existence of God look ridiculous #3
  6. Trinitarians making their proof for existence of God look ridiculous #4
  7. Trinitarians making their proof for existence of God look ridiculous #5
  8. Trinitarians making their proof for existence of God look ridiculous #6
  9. Trinitarians making their proof for existence of God look ridiculous #7
  10. Trinitarians making their proof for existence of God look ridiculous #8
  11. Trinitarians making their proof for existence of God look ridiculous #9
  12. Trinitarians making their proof for existence of God look ridiculous #10
  13. Non-religious opposing religious people
  14. Trinity matter
  15. Trinity – the Truth about God
  16. Only One God
  17. God is One

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Verzoek tot hulp in het Doelen stellen

 

 

Wij kunnen ons vol vertrouwen tot God wenden, in de zekerheid dat Hij naar ons luistert als we Hem iets vragen dat in overeenstemming is met zijn wil (1 Johannes 5 vers 14).

Help mij, Heer, mijn doelen zo te stellen, dat ze geen belemmeringen vormen,
maar juist onbeperkte mogelijkheden!
Help mij onmogelijke dromen te durven dromen,
in het geloof dat bij U het onmogelijke mogelijk is.
Want U, God, bent boven bidden en denken in mij aan het werk!
Amen.

 

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Enige dragende bekommerende en verlossende God


Zij die beweren christen te zijn,
zouden er moeten over nadenken welke God zij eren.
Eren zij dezelfde God die Jezus Christus en zijn discipelen aanbaden, of aanbidden zij Jezus als hun god.
Toen sprak God deze woorden:
‘Ik ben de Heer, uw God, die u uit Egypte,
uit de slavernij, heeft bevrijd.
Vereer naast Mij geen ​andere ​goden.’
Exodus 20:1-3


Bijna elke christelijke traditie benoemt als eerste gebod alleen het laatste gedeelte van dit vers:
vereer naast Mij geen andere goden.
Maar de Joden kijken naar het geheel en zo moeten wij dat ook op die manier zien.
Wij moeten oog hebben voor de God die aan Zijn volk redde. Hij stond aan hun kant maar wil ook aan onze kant staan.
Hij is de God die in jou en hen gelooft en laat weten dat zij Zijn volk zijn.
Ik ben jullie God. Jullie zijn geen slaven meer, maar zijn onderweg naar het beloofde land. Ik sta aan jullie kant. Ken Mij!
Het kan moeilijk te geloven zijn dat God aan jouw kant staat. Misschien lees je dit en denk je dat God niet aan jouw kant staat, en nooit heeft gestaan. Toch is het waar. Het betekent niet dat het leven niet moeilijk kan zijn en dat je niet met moeilijke uitdagingen te maken krijgt. Het betekent niet dat je niet overspannen of ziek kunt worden. Het betekent niet dat je niet met strijd te maken krijgt.
Maar waar je ook mee te maken krijgt,
God zal je erdoorheen dragen.
Hij zal je uit de slavernij dragen, naar het beloofde land. Heb vertrouwen en geef niet op.
Gebed
Dank U, Heer dat U er altijd bent.
Zelfs als ik U niet zie of ervaar, draagt U mij.
Help me om me dat ook in moeilijke tijden te herinneren.

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