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Witnesses of Christ and of his gospel

At the beginning of this Summer we made a call to all our readers to open their ‘heart and soul’ to those they are going to meet on their holiday trips. Now having not to go to work lots of people have much more time to talk to their neighbours and to meet other people. When on holiday we can show others we are of the world or we can show them we are not from this capitalist materialist world but partakers of a world of loving people striving for a better world and spreading the hope for a peaceful world.

It can well be that several people – now having more time to relax – love to enjoy more the extravaganzas and want to look for receiving kicks by doing dangerous things or just by exaggerating the ‘moments of fun’ in entertainment parks. Several people also shall love to talk in a bad way about others, finding more time to gossip and to give negative critic on others. Lots shall not mind to show their ungodly attitudes . Perhaps not much has changed with previous times. Jeremiah also complained already that people “love to have it so” (Jeremiah  5:31). Many do not want to think that their world shall pass. Though we can be sure and must take it serious and can wonder “what will we and them do when the end comes?”

When we do have a personal knowledge of Christ, and continually love to feel that we are sincere partakers of the Body of Christ we do know we are coming closer to the end-times and that we should not find any excuse to withdraw from the task Jesus has given to not only his close disciples, but to all his followers.

Though many people around us may already know about Jesus, having heard about him, having different impressions about him, but not really knowing him and not believing in what he might mean for the world.

Therefore we should take up our task to let them know its getting time to really coming to know Christ. For us that also means

knowing Christ and not just knowing about Christ.

A passionate pastor, teacher, author and academic who believes in ‘Preaching‘ as the means of translating God’s timeless truth in scriptures across the globe, writes

You must know Christ in order to be his witness.
You must believe in Christ, that he is the Son of God, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, that he is the way, the truth and the life.

Not forgetting that

Knowing Christ, having a personal relationship with him to be his witness is very important because to witness for him is not by human knowledge or power.

When we go out in this world and feel the necessity to make Christ to be known, we too may count on the helper Jesus has asked his heavenly Father to send to this world. Also today the Power of God is available for those who want to receive that Power. The Holy Spirit is ready to enter each heart that is willing to open for It.

It was not only for the time of the prophets and of the apostles that

Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days (Joel 2:28-29).

In our days too we may find people being blessed with the power of God, having the Holy Spirit providing them with the necessary words to tell others about the Work of God and the Work of Christ.

As Christians, we need the enabling power of the Holy Spirit to live our Christian life, we need the Holy Spirit to empower us to be witnesses for Jesus Christ our Lord, we need the holy Spirit to empower us in making decisions; we need the Holy Spirit in all of our lives. We are like plants that needs to bear fruit, as plants can but only bear fruits if well supplied with water and minerals; we can also but only bear fruit when full of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit helps us produce this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (Galatians 5:22-23 NLT). {Following Jesus’ example through Prayer – I}

The Holy Spirit empowers feeble men to bold men, he strengthens the tongue of the stammer to proclaim his good news. You don’t have to worry of what you will say or how you will witness, only avail yourself to be a witness and the Holy Spirit will empower you to witness in ways known to him. And you will be a

Witness for Christ everywhere and every time

There is no particular place and time to witness, witnessing for Christ should be everywhere and every time. Witnessing for Christ is by both word and deed. We must not reduce witnessing for Christ to either of the two, they are sides of the same coin. We must live like Christ, in this way, the world will know that we are his disciples and we shall make him known to the world. {Witnesses for Christ: everywhere and every time}

Read:

Earnest prayers yields miraculous results

Witnesses for Christ: everywhere and every time

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Preceding articles

Go and make disciples of people of all the nations

What Should I Preach ?

Daring to speak in multicultural environment

Crisis man needed in this world

Refusing to Be Silent

Go Ye!

To proclaim the day of vengeance

Proclaiming: a task given to Christians

Go! Proclaim! Testify!

Scriptures and Thoughts about: Proclaim

Summer holiday time to knock and ask, and time to share

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Additional reading

  1. Looking to the East and the West for Truth
  2. Positive Preaching Day 2015
  3. Germinating small seeds, pebble-stones, small and mega churches and faith
  4. Being in isolation #7 Mission work

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Allow yourself a chill-out day

” I miss the simplest things the most during my detention. To see the horizon! A nightly sky full of stars! Sleeping in a tent, far away from concrete that wears me down here. After many years of detention, I was allowed my first “day out”. I took the train to the coast and, on top of a dune, I stared at infinity for hours. My soul and heart were filled with so much beauty”.

A prisoner of our thoughts.

Is there such a big difference between what we need – outside the walls – in order to be a better version of ourselves? Can we still do it, break through the walls of our thoughts and take a little while to relax? Even on holiday we seem sometimes caught in our everyday thoughts, our mobile phone which is never quiet.

And yet to do nothing for a little while is just as important as to write off your to-do list. Check the most recent books on management, burning the candle at both ends, can have serious consequences.  Because our mind – just as our body – needs a break every now and then. When year in year out we continue, we run the risk to get a burn-out or depression.
A chill-out day is then the valve with which you release the tension.

A right to slow living

English: Full Steam Ahead Thoughts of escaping...

Full Steam Ahead Thoughts of escaping life in the slow lane as this steam traction engine heads north out of Pontefract towards the M62. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Everyone of us knows the feeling : a whirl of thoughts in your head which stops you from sleeping, the pressure of the things you still have to do. When we have high expectations, we increase our inner stress. When something is not going according to plan, we cannot be creative anymore. In the poem ‘Recht op traagheid’ of Alexis de Roode in ‘Gratis tijd voor iedereen’ the question ‘why all this is required’ is raised. Who is asking this and why today?

Another pitfall can be that we hide behind a full agenda. Because the place – where nothing is required and where it is quiet – can be quite confrontational. In that way we do not have to think about our own uncertainties and fears. We avoid the confrontation with ourselves. But this confrontation can be very revealing in order to have a positive attitude to life.

A detainee has no problem with a full agenda . To stand still is a must. It is not possible to  escape from yourself and the ways in which one is stuck.

 

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BzN-Mov Without a Name-Logo_ENDutch version / Nederlandse versie: Gun jezelf een dagje lummelen

Holiday making and dreaming

Going on holiday is… silence in your head

Family happiness and little things we do

Home-stayers and their to do list

May, for many a month for mothers and many celebrations

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Additional reading

  1. Moving around looking for a homeland
  2. Holiday tolerance
  3. Month of many special moments
  4. Holidays, holy days and traditions
  5. Raising digression
  6. Self-development, self-control, meditation, beliefs and spirituality
  7. Joy: Foundation for a Positive Life
  8. Remember there’s a light in the next day
  9. Be an Encourager

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Further reading

  1. Home sweet home
  2. Digital Detox
  3. Simplify Your Life Week!
  4. 💙Friday Vibes💙
  5. Vacaciones!🍉
  6. ring.
  7. Year of Joy: July
  8. Heart of darkness: Life in the Northern Triangle and the failure of international protection (part 1)
  9. Sleeping in…
  10. It’s Okay To Be Silly
  11. Rain
  12. Stuck
  13. Taking A Break
  14. Pause. Have some dessert.
  15. Tranquility…
  16. Meditation: You Should Try It!
  17. Find a tree
  18. De-Stress in 15 Minutes or Less
  19. Be Like Grass
  20. Tea! Coping with depression #1
  21. Sunny garden breakfast
  22. How to have the perfect, psychologically fit staycation
  23. Staycation 2016 | A Photodiary
  24. BB-8 : Relaxing Weekend.
  25. 15 Tips when travelling
  26. Off to the mountains
  27. Photo of the day: Tiger sunbathing at Orana Zoo
  28. Fall in Love with Florence
  29. Berlin as a tourist and a local.
  30. Spontaneous Camping
  31. Freaking out! Only 78 days left until our Florida holiday!!!
  32. A tour of Hollywood
  33. The ruins of Mỹ Sơn
  34. Picture Diary: Exploring Cornwall
  35. Bigger and better: the expanded Yorkshire Dales and Lake District national parks await
  36. Interrail Part 1: Prague, Czech Republic
  37. Hello from Belgrade!
  38. Mytilini Travel Diary
  39. Shades of Greens & Blues
  40. The Three Stages of Climbing Mount Fuji
  41. What I wore in Corfu, an outfit diary…
  42. Packing List for Women – Your Island Holiday Packing List (Bali, Vanuatu, Fiji, Thailand, etc)
  43. West Palm Beach Travel Diary
  44. 2 weeks of Sweden 
  45. Our Weekend at the Frio River
  46. Borneo – Tunkyu Abdul Rahman National Park
  47. Reggae Falls
  48. Britain to Bali, my brief summer experience!
  49. Best End of #SummerVacation Spots
  50. Relax & Get Your Zen On | White Noise | Tinnitus Relief

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Winter and Spring wonders of nature showing the Master’s Hand

In the early 1860s, Gregor Mendel developed the concept of the gene to help explain results obtained while crossbreeding strains of garden peas. He identified physical characteristics (phenotypes), such as plant height and seed color, that could be passed on, unchanged, from one generation to the next. The hereditary factor that predicted the phenotype was termed a “gene.” Mendel hypothesized that genes were inherited in pairs, one from the male and one from the female parent. Plants that bred true (homozygotes) had inherited identical genes from their parents, whereas plants that did not breed true (hybrids, or heterozygotes) inherited alternative copies of the genes (alleles) from one parent that were similar, but not identical, to those from the other parent. {Encyclopedia, topic Genes} When you know that we have about 140,000 genes which instruct the body’s cells to put amino acids in the right sequence in order to build proteins, you might wonder how this all was provided in the first instance.

Mørketid or Polar night at the South Pole, Antarctica.

One type of light therapy lamp for classic (winter-based) seasonal affective disorder

After the “Majestic darkness”, the “Mörketid,” or the time when the sun does not rise at all in northern Norway the Northern Europeans may see light coming up the horizon. For two months, only a gray-red twilight glow was visible for a few hours at noontime. Having 21.2 percent of Norwegians living beyond the polar circle suffering from Winter depression they now may come back to life. Some looked for their therapeutic ‘sunlights’. The fresh light shall have the melatonin, a hormone produced in the brain, to increase again. They do know that an increasing number of tourists, however, are enticed to the polar circle by the flickering aurora, the glistening of the snow in the moonlight, and the cozy light of scattered villages. Also for them it are wonders of nature.

In Winter the social activities could have helped to keep people enjoying life. According to a Harvard University study, elderly people who participate in social activities, such as going to church, restaurants, sports events, and movies, live an average of two and a half years longer than less social people. It has long been assumed that it was the physical part of such activities that helped people, said Harvard’s Thomas Glass, who led the study. However, he added that this study provides

“perhaps the strongest circumstantial evidence we’ve had to date that having a meaningful purpose at the end of life lengthens life.”

Glass noted that doing more, regardless of the activity, extended life in almost every case.

With warmer weather awaited and the days becoming longer we should look forward to more outdoor activities which shall give us more fresh and hopefully better air. Though we do have to think seriously about preserving that fresh air and doing much more against the pollution.

TV watching may come in second to relax, after listening to music (according to a study of 2000), people should find more leisure in going to do outdoors leisure activities and socialising more. In this system of things throughout Europe more and more people are feeling pressed for time, reported in 1999 the German newspaper Gießener Allgemeine. The same is true whether people are working outside the home, doing housework, or enjoying leisure time.

“People sleep less, eat faster, and feel more rushed on the job than 40 years ago,”

says sociologist Manfred Garhammer, of Bamberg University.Part of that sleeping less is brought on by watching more television which is recently pushed more in the background by the youngsters who are spending lots of times on social media. Though they seem to accumulate lots of friends on them, they seem to be more lonely and prone depression than some years ago. We also hear of many more borderline personality disorders and eating disorders and broken families which do not help to have some good relations or making people happy.

The second decade of this century daily life continued to accelerate in all the European nations. You would think labour saving household devices and a reduction in hours at work would have brought about any “leisure society” or “time prosperity.” Instead, on average, time for meals has been reduced by 20 minutes and for a night’s rest by 40 minutes and people take less time to look at the beauties around them. The magic of nature, plants growing, animals going around, all seems to pass their eyes unnoticed.

In case they would give it more attention they not only would enjoy life much more but they also would come to see that all that vibrant exuberant activity is marvellously orchestrated and that there is a Master Brain behind it.

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Preceding:

Time to Unwind

Earth’s Unwinding

Autumn is in the land

Spring playing hide and seek

Spring-migration is on at the Holler

Beauty for beauty

Shy beauties

Time to bloom

3 daffodils

Echo

How to make sustainable, green habits second nature

We all have to have dreams

Savouring pictorial entertainement

Engagement in an actual two-way conversation with your deities

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Find also to read:

  1. Democratic downfall
  2. USA Climate Change Action Plan
  3. 20 Best Gratitude Quotes
  4. Bad company ruins good morals
  5. Cleanliness and worrying or not about purity
  6. Man in picture, seen from the other planets
  7. Inequality, Injustice, Sustainability and the Free World Charter
  8. Paris World Summit of Conscience, International interfaith gathering #1

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Further readings

  1. Gratitude; by Lights media
  2. Living Life to the Fullest
  3. Animal Spirits: The Raven/Crow and The Hummingbird
  4. The “Pursuit” of Happiness
  5. Our State of Health and Happiness
  6. Leisure-time – boredom-issues concerning college-students

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Earth’s Unwinding

At the time of Elul and entering a new academic year it is good, looking forward to a new season, the transition time should make us to relax, unwind and take time to resource, certainly now the nature is going over to the time of sleep, where plants shall change colour and let us think of death and life, past and future.

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Friends, a poem from a year ago that seems fitting today.

This is the season of earth’s unwinding – finding
soil’s Sabbath.
You can hear terra firma
exhale
expire
exhausted, she
sleeps and with sleep
comes a dreaming –finally
ease frees earth’s form to reframe:
subliminal luminosity obtains.
The sun lays low and so
bestows on the earth – that I am –
a softer glow
a kind of light that sees shade
not as harbinger of dark dangerous design
but as foreshadows of my resolve:
I will stop. I will pray. I will stay distraction.
I will dare that dying
that is life, that is wealth, that is
repose, reward, renewal.
I will be late Autumn.
I will be November.

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Time to Unwind

Being in the month of “searching ” (Elul) and facing the transition of coming out of holiday going back into a new school- or academic year, we notice we can encounter people who come back from holiday tired, and complaining they should have some rest before going to work again. This proves that those people do not have found the right way to use their time properly , nor to create a real atmosphere to relax.
Many people may think there is not time for unwinding, but that is because they do not allow time for unwinding to come into their life.

It is true that day and night go into one another, and these days people often have to go to work when it is dark and only return when it is again dark. In the evening and at night there are also many people who have to work so that others can have the pleasure of entertainment, travelling a.o..

Working in day time or at night, should not make a difference in finding time four yourself. each person should declare each day a moment only consecrated to the self. We all need every day some time for ourself and should demand and take it up.

We all do need a moment we can forget the worries and put aside the daily matters. This can be done in different ways. Best when it is at night, to get in the sofa and let your thoughts wonder. When it is still light you should find a moment to go outdoors into the green fields,or the mountains, and enjoy the nature. Walking is the best moment to come to the self, to put the stress away, and to re-source.

At least once a week we should find total rest. And when we can we should once a year get at least one week to let the chaos pass our eyes, and be pleased to have nothing disturbing the peace unnecessary. (So please be not bounded to cellphone, sms and other electronic messages for that time of repose.) Enjoy the silence, being on your own or with those with whom you want to be with. Creolize: relax in an elegant fashion in a warm climate; undergoing a change.

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Preceding post: Elul Observances

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Find also to read:

An academic year ending, again a new year standing ready for us

A new school-, academic and church year

Self-development, self-control, meditation, beliefs and spirituality

Give your worries to God

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  • Relax and Unwind (onemanversustheworld.wordpress.com)
    Focus on the funny, / beautiful, serene,
  • Elul Journey: A New Year Is Emerging 5775 – 23 More Days (lightwavejourney.wordpress.com)
    Today is 7 Elul or 23 days until 5775; it is a time to reflect and to choose ways in which I can best move towards the High Holy Days and the days that follow.  While it is not easy to navigate life’s journeys, I always get to decide how to approach my life.  In this moment, I am choosing to walk gently and embrace each step with openness.  As I say this, I also realize that this would be a good time for a reality check.
  • #BlogElul – Return (coffeeshoprabbi.com)
    We balance between taking the time for multiple tries, and the knowledge that our lives are limited. Do not despair if the task is hard. Do not fail to return to it.
  • Why we never really relax on holiday (iol.co.za)

    If you’re going away for a few days, beware – it may not prove as relaxing as you hoped.

    For the typical British adult takes four days, eight hours and 24 minutes to fully unwind on holiday, according to a study.

  • Time to Unwind (thesecretlifecoachofdc.wordpress.com)
    I have been spending this week unwinding and relaxing with my grandparents. Sometimes you just need to be reminded about what’s truly important in life….and the fact that you are in charge of the direction your life takes. In the meantime, I am…
  • Let’s be Honest, Sometimes it’s Just too Hard to Meditate. (elephantjournal.com)
    there are those folks who find it easy to be disciplined and have a steady daily meditation practice and go to three month meditation retreats every year. But there are also people who win the Olympics and we know there is no point comparing ourselves to an Olympian, so why would we compare ourselves to the few who meditation comes easily to?
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    Our stress hormones are being pushed to their limits, our flight and fight responses maxed out over VISA bills and Facebook accounts and our central nervous system’s fried from traffic and custody suits.
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    Let’s not make meditation one more stressful thing we’re supposed to do.Instead what we need to do might look like a nap, or a Netflix binge or a glass of wine. I am giving you the ultimate permission here—this is just fine.Relax, unwind, notice that being with your mind just feels too hard right now. Send yourself some love; you understand it feels rough, so remember that the meditation practice is always here.

    And maybe tomorrow, or next week, or next month you’ll be ready to close your eyes and notice your breath and be with your mind.

    And the compassion you bring to your mind when you’re not meditating will carry over and it will be there when you’re meditating, too.

  • It’s The Freakin’ Weekend! Unwind From Holiday Stress With These 6 Chill Activities (styleblazer.com)
    Skip going through the motions of planning every second of your day, and try spicing up your typical weekend activities the vanilla way: Allow yourself to rest. Unplug your mind and body (and your phone!) and look to create a sanctuary of well-being wherever you are.
  • Maybe I Shouldn’t Have Internet in My Home (lifeinthemarriedlane.com)
    So, it’s Elul.  It’s that time of year for introspection, and thoughts of self-improvement, and taking a good, hard look at what’s been working for us and what hasn’t been.  Rosh Chodesh came and went, and amid the hubbub of moving and having all my kids home with me all day, I was feeling kind of “meh” about it, really.  It’s not that I didn’t care, per se, about this extremely important month, I was just tired and overwhelmed, and there was no room in my head for even thinking about anything.
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    Relaxation is super important, and everyone really does need to unwind and recharge.  Yes.  Do that.  But that’s not what I was doing.  What I was doing was an impressive amount of time wasting.  And I was embarrassed to admit it (and so grateful to my husband for not giving me a hard time about it).
  • Unwind & De Stress (audria.wordpress.com)
    we need to find time for ourselves, to just rejuvenate, get our juices flowing again in order to spend quality time with our families and not just going through the motion, as our families are what keep us grounded and that should be the most important.
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    Try not to let life “rattle” you so easily. Let’s face it, there are things we just have no control over like traffic lights, bad drivers and long checkout lines. Instead of becoming frustrated, think of something that brings joy into your life or find some humor in the situation.
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    give yourself a reason to laugh.
  • Later school start time? Why parents need to manage teen workload and sleep (csmonitor.com)

    The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement Monday that supports later school starts to help tired teens. The bigger question might be, how can parents help teens manage their existing activities to get more sleep?

Small Changes For Life

This week we’re going to focus on transition.

transition |tranˈziSHən-ˈsiSHən|noun; the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another

By the time most of us come home from a long day at work we can be pretty frazzled. Things may not have run like clock work at the office, you may not have had time to eat lunch, and just when you head for home, the freeway is at a dead stop. Often as you walk through the front door it starts all over again; We pick up the house, get dinner on the table, get the kids to bed, pay some bills or do paperwork.images-3

The problem is there is no time for unwinding, no real transition, the day just continues right into the night.

Small Change #40 Unwind

For this weeks small change, consciously set a time to unwind. Chose a time…

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