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While some people were speaking about
how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings,
Jesus said, “All that you see here–
the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”
Then they asked him,
“Teacher, when will this happen?
And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?”
“See that you not be deceived,
for many will come in my name, saying,
‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’
Do not follow them!
When you hear of wars and insurrections,
do not be terrified; for such things must happen first,
but it will not immediately be the end.”
Then he said to them,
“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues
from place to place;
and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.
“Before all this happens, however,
they will seize and persecute you,
they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons,
and they will have you led before kings and governors
because of my name.
It will lead to your giving testimony.
Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand,
for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking
that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.
You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends,
and they will put some of you to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.
By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”
Some people spend a lot of time looking for signs about the end times. Others seem to be convinced that whenever something bad happens, like a World War or horrific catastrophe, the end of the world is near. This kind of fanaticism is nothing new. It’s been around for centuries. Even many of the early disciples thought the world would end in their lifetimes.
But today Jesus tells us that this is folly. In fact, even Jesus doesn’t seem to know when the world will end. In Matthew 24-36 he tells us that only the Father knows.
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,f but only the Father.”
So I’m not going to waste my time worrying about the end of the world. In fact, I’m going to live my life to the fullest, as long as I can. And I’ll only let go of those things that I truly believe Jesus wants me to let go of. Until then, I’ll keep on being me. Imperfect and at times weak. But at the same time, having reason to believe that there’s more than this. A lot more!
- Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C (semperquaerens.org)
- 17th NOVEMBER, GOSPEL READING (LUKE 21:5-19) (prayers4reparation.wordpress.com)
- Sunday (November 17): “By your perseverance you will secure your lives.” (shechina.wordpress.com)
- Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C (domnliturgicalmusings.wordpress.com)
- Writing Your Own Epitaph: A Midrash Sermon (practicingparadoxy.com)
- Sunday, 17 November 2013 : 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time (Gospel Reading) (petercanisiusmichaeldavidkang.com)
- The Day, the End, and a New Beginning (insightscoop.typepad.com)
- Matthew 24 (zachscripturestudy.com)
Whenever individuals explore and analyze religion, one common, but unfortunate word people use is,‘cult’. Whenever people don’t like religious or spiritual groups, it’s not uncommon to bring up the word ‘cult’, with no real comprehension of the difference those and legitimate organized religions. The reason for this is actually very simple to see.
For example, in the event you fail to follow Christian Biblical concepts strictly, the Christian Protestant Fundamentalists think you a cult. Although they perhaps originally intended that to demean only those Christian denominations that somehow ‘were misguided’, that definition now extends clearly also includes Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, … In fact, because at least 2/3 of the world’s population doesn’t identify with any sort of Christian, almost 70of all of us are therefore ‘members of a cult’.
But, the problem goes even deeper than that. The Protestant fundamentalists have continued to expand their cult list by including Roman Catholics along with all Easter Orthodox faiths, over a disagreement over the number of sacraments there are. By those standards, 93of the people on the planet are involved in cults. To take it 1 step further, they also think most other Christian Protestant groups to have fallen out of compliance with biblical fidelity. So, for these men and women, virtually the only singular group of people on the planet who aren’t in a cult is them!
Whenever different groups examine these extraordinarily strict doctrinal interpretations, they frequently believe that anyone following them has lost all individualized thought, and must therefore be a member of a cult. To much of the rest of the planet, it’s actually these biblically strict, narrow groups who are the true cults. Taken together, that includes everybody. Everyone on the planet is a member of a cult — according to somebody! The Baptists are pointing fingers at the Catholics who are pointing fingers at the Protestants – and everyone is pointing fingers at the Mormons.
Whenever you paint anything with such a broad brush, it’s pointless; as Joey on ‘Friends’ once said, ‘The point is Moo — because who cares what a cow thinks?
So, is there any way to redeem the word, so it can have some meaning of value? The main issue is that those who are creating the definitions are lacking neutrality. They’ve got an agenda. The thing we need is someone else to give us a neutral means to identify a cult — someone without a personal interest in the decision. That individual can be the ‘anthropologist of religion’.
An anthropologist of religion is someone who studies the field of religion from a scientific standpoint. Sometimes they’ve got a particular religion to which they adhere, and other times they don’t. This will make some members from the organized religions rather uncomfortable. If the anthropologist belongs to a religion — any religion — the other people scream ‘bias! bias!’, and everything the anthropologist has to say must be wrong because they’ve got this personal bias.|If it happens that the individual belongs to a particular religion, all the others shout, ‘Bias! Bias! — and ignores anything stated.
If, on the other hand, the anthropologist doesn’t take part in any specific religion, the others scream ‘atheist! atheist!’, and everything this anthropologist says has got to be biased on the fact that they’re simply opposed to all religious beliefs. Drama and accusation aside, how do these neutral parties define cults?
Usually, the majority of them define a cult by using a specific ‘five point system’. The answers to the the following questions will make it clear whether or not the group is a cult.
1. Does the group have a charismatic, strong leader (or leaders)
2. Does the group squash individuality as well as independent thought?
3. Is there a denial of intimacy by excluding or alienating friends or relatives?
4. Do they apply financial pressure and abuse for the welfare of the group, even at the personal expense of the adherent?
5. Does the group keep its members separated from their surrounding community?
Even using this approach, the problem is that it still isn’t black and white. If all 5 questions are answered ‘yes’, then it easily qualifies as being a cult. Obviously, if every one of the answers is no, then it’s absolutely NOT a cult. If it were only The hard part is when, as is the case with most groups, the answer is ‘yes’ to a number of questions between those two extremes. you are unlikely to find any solid answers, so the best we can do is really a sort of sliding scale.
It’s always easy to handle to fully grasp with a real-life situation.
One Case Study of a Cult — The People’s Temple. This is the title of the church founded by the Reverend James Warren ‘Jim’ Jones — over nine hundred folks that committed suicide in Jonestown, Guyana back in 1978.
Ask yourself those aforementioned five questions:
(a). They had Jones as a leader – strong and charismatic.
(b) they thought as a group and weren’t allowed to have any ideas to call their own.
(c) they ended encouraged strongly to exclude their friends as well as relatives from every aspect of their lives and their church activities.
(d) The members more than tithed, they basically gifted all everything they owned to the church, and were in turn cared for by the church (the group was entirely communist);
(e) When their isolation from the surrounding community began to break down, they relocated to a remote spot inside the jungles of South America.
All five factors had been met, so they clearly were a cult.
A 2nd Case Study – Jehovah’s Witnesses. Founded in the late 1800s by Charles Taze Russell, these are the folks that you are likely to come across when they knock on your door.
Let’s compare them to the same five questions:
(a) They do not have a particular leader, strong or otherwise.
(b) They believe that as a result of independent bible study, everybody will eventually come to the same conclusions that they have.
(c) Witnesses ask people they don’t know as well as relatives to teach what they think they have learned;
(d) While it’s frequently true that Witnesses devote a lot of their time and effort trying to convert others, there does not appear to be any monetary pressure – not any more so than any other church encourages tithing.
(e) It’s their lack of separation from the nearby community that often has them at odds with their neighbors.
They meet none of the criteria. Jehovah’s Witnesses are definitely not a cult.
Bottom Line: determining properly whether a group is a cult is unrelated to their biblical interpretations, and needs to instead be determined by sociological criteria unrelated to the religious position of the group. Whether cults are dangerous or not depends on which cult. Just because it’s a cult, does not make it automatically dangerous, but any one or any thing that discourages independent thought, is ultimately bad for you.
This is an excerpt of 1 lesson (of 30) from the Master of Religious Philosophy course offered through the Universal Life Church Seminary. We have many courses available and each one carries with it a degree at the end of the course.
About the Author
Kevin is a student of psychology and spiritual studies and a minister at the Universal Life Church .
- We research the cults in the world. (cultsintheworld.wordpress.com)
- On Recognizing Cults (supertradmum-etheldredasplace.blogspot.com)
- French court convicts Scientology of fraud (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- The Messiah Matrix (tillie49.wordpress.com)
- Obama Leading Us To ‘Cultural Jonestown’ Says Right Wing Nutjob (addictinginfo.org)
- Misconception with religion. (venusxfaith.wordpress.com)
- BigLaw: Is it a cult? (lawandmore.typepad.com)
- Atheist in Alabama: ‘Fire and brimstone’ pastor loses faith, now harassed at work for non-belief (al.com)
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We now have Part 2 of an interview about the upcoming indie film called Mistified, a story about the Maori living in New Zealand (Here’s Part 1, if you missed it).
Kathy Wilson, producer of the film, has spent much time among the tribes and has dived full-heartedly into making this project a success, not just for them, but for what they stand for; their relations to the earth and spirituality.
Why do you see Mistified as a movie and not a book?
Why a film: because there is no other media that provides the opportunity to immerse a group people into an experience. Words, sounds, and visuals can create an inspiring and sometimes transformational experience that an individual may carry with them for the rest of their life. Films are the quintessence of “sound” and “light,” the transformative frequencies we humans resonate with.
I believe Mistified will trigger ancient memories that will encourage viewers to embark on their own epic, magical journeys. Hopefully, the heroine and her journey will trigger you down the “yellow brick road” of your own creation. What the movie has done for me, I believe it will do for others.
How have you changed spiritually after your time in New Zealand?
It is hard for me to evaluate my spiritual progress into words. I can still get overwhelmed with all the things I think I need to be accomplished each day, however, I do have more of an awareness that things seem to happen in their own divine order when I stop trying to control everything.
Did you experience a phenomenon while spending time with the Maori? If so, was it life changing?
Yes. On my first trip when I journeyed with my friend, Barry. I went to explore some rock formations by his home. There are three distinct groupings of very large boulders. When you enter there is a rock that resembles the Mother Mary. The legion is that each area represents a different lineage of tribe: the water, stone and air peoples. When we hiked into the area I had no idea where we were. It was a beautiful, sunny day and I was enjoying the majesty of these huge boulders. I wondered off onto a ledge overlooking a valley. I sat on the edge totally engulfed in the beauty, the warmth of the sun and soft, gentle breeze were glorious. I’m not sure how long I stayed, as time seemed to stand still, but when I got up and turned to go back, all these beautiful giant boulders around me now looked very different. They appeared to be in the shapes of sea animals. Everyone I looked at resembled a different sea creature and the biggest shock was when I turned and looked at where I had been sitting. It was a huge whale and I had been sitting on the tail. I was then told I had been in the section of boulders that represented the water people. I don’t know what others see when they go there, but that was my experience and for me, a very awe-inspiring moment in my life.
How do you expect to be changed after working on this production?
I can’t say for now, however, I know it will be a grand adventure with possibilities beyond my wildest dreams.
Lastly, how can we follow the project?
There are five ways we would love you to connect with us:
- Join our mailing list at www.mistifiedthemovie.com
- Like our Facebook Page www.facebook.com/mistifiedthemovie
- Chat to us on Twitter (don’t have as yet)
- Donate at http://www.indigogo (link coming soon)
- Read our blog at www.mistifiedthemovie.com/blog
Haere mai, welcome…..come on in and join us.
- Mistified – Upcoming indie film about the Maori, self discovery and the beyond (epages.wordpress.com)
- Maori most likely to have natural births – midwives (radionz.co.nz)
- The New Zealand Maori Culture (besttravelsite.wordpress.com)
- Iwi head doubts Maori job prospects from dam (radionz.co.nz)
- N.Z. Tribunal Says Maori Have Claims on Genesis Energy Asset – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Visibility of Maori Knowledge (unalototukia.wordpress.com)
- Call for trans-Tasman talks on Maori wardens (radionz.co.nz)
- Biculturallism- Maori and Pakeha (unalototukia.wordpress.com)
Symbols of food in dream interpretation and possible meaning they can convey for those experiencing these dreams
Author: Alex B
Food as a source of nutrition and the way it is consumed can represent important symbols while we dream. Food and eating food can be a background theme in a dream, but it can equally constitute the central element or process experienced through subconscious visions. In terms of dream interpretation, the composition and appearance of food you are dreaming about can be an important clue in finding a meaningful and clear dream meaning. As an example, dreaming about your favorite food or recipe prepared or shared by someone you are closely connected with in your life can be a significant aspect in discerning what your mind is telling you about this particular person or the nature of relationship you may have with this individual.
Dreaming about large amounts of food has always been treated by dream interpreters as a symbol of fertility, surpluses in food supplies and the resulting wealth and prosperity. It might be helpful to try to recall or find a reasonable explanation as to how so much food has ended up being in one place and how you or other people present in this dream regarded such an abundance of food. It may turn out that your perception of abundance and surplus can differ from what other people think of it. Commonly, more surplus and wealth can equally mean more headaches and responsibilities. So, if you saw yourself asking for more food in excess to what was already a copious amount, maybe you are looking for additional duties or concerned with too many responsibilities you may have.
Dreams about fresh or freshly prepared food have can be interpreted as a sign of renewal or striving for a change. Examples can include visions of dining out with someone you know while replacing a routine family gathering at a dinner table, trying or tasting fresh food during which you experience pleasant sensations, delight and satisfaction. Harvesting food while dreaming is commonly referred to as an indication of unity with nature and a symbol of pride and sense of accomplishment about work well-done.
Spoiled food tells the dreamer about senseless and excessive spending, relying more on material rather than spiritual aspects of life, greed and irrational motives. In many cases, these dreams generate feelings related to self-worthlessness, underestimating own abilities and losing hope.
Another important aspect of dreams related to food and its consumption is the impact of food or food ingredients on your health: have you ever experienced a dream when you had to deal with problems related to obesity, bulimia, lost appetite or other food-related disorders? Have you ever found yourself resisting to consume something you do not like or when you forced to eat something you would never touch or smell? All these visions have various interpretations and every little detail can change dream meanings about your personal life or your relationship with people around you.
The way food is consumed and the environment it was consumed in can also be a rich source of meanings and figuring out what they may convey: do you remember from your dream if you were eating food alone, with a large group of people, during festivities or as part of a celebration? Was it a memorable moment or a routine gathering you had convince yourself to attend?
The availability or, conversely, scarcity of food in your dreams can reveal your current concerns with trying to attain something that is very important, but requires a lot of effort, time and energy to be spent in the process. Interpretation of dreams about food and eating can be a very interesting and engaging subject to explore using dream interpretation resources available online.
About the Author
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- Common interpretation and meanings related to dreams about trees or parts of a tree (epages.wordpress.com)
- Just a bit about dreams. (borntobebravee.wordpress.com)
- Dream Interpretation (trishbarcatta.wordpress.com)
- Dreams (katybannister.com)
- Interpret your dreams yourself (swaminathapillai.wordpress.com)
- The Dream Interpreter (thesilverleather.com)
- Marie’s Dream Interpretation Guide (wereyoualwaysthisfunny.wordpress.com)
- 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Dreams (2eyeswatching.com)
Earthpages.org is happy to post Part 1 of a recent interview about the upcoming indie film called Mistified, a story about the Maori living in New Zealand.
Kathy Wilson, producer of the film, has spent much time among the tribes and has dived full-heartedly into making this project a success, not just for them, but for what they stand for; their relations to the earth and spirituality.
Are you excited about getting this campaign off the ground?
I am very excited about getting our Indiegogo campaign off the ground. It is our opportunity to start creating our community, to let people know about our project, and to create the initial funding needed to move the project forward.
Is this film only for the spiritually educated?
Not at all; it is a universal story. I believe we are all spiritually educated, yet some of us might not have learned how to listen to the part of us, the inner guidance, that speaks to us, whether we listen or not.
You seem to be dedicated to this project. How is this different from your past endeavors?
I am a very persistent person when it comes to seeing something through. In my corporate and business life, I have accomplished things I would have never deemed possible. Although I have questioned my sanity on many occasions in regards to this undertaking, there is something within me that just won’t let it go. At times it seems if I were to listen to the experts and statistics, common sense would say “turn and run.” Yet, for whatever reason, logic is not what is driving this project. I’m not quite sure what it is, but I do know one thing: I will see it through to the end.
What can we learn from watching the film?
How life takes us on unexpected journeys that we could never have predicted. Whether you believe there is a guiding force in your life or not, each road you take can have a purpose for preparing you for the next fork in the road. That sometimes embracing the unknown and having a willingness to go down the rabbit hole just might result an experience beyond your wildest dreams. Life sometimes takes great leaps of faith. Those that learn how to take those leaps, start to find their way through the maze. The trick is not to get stuck in always having to know. Sometimes the power is in not knowing and being open to all possibilities.
How can we be a part of the Mistified community?
We would love for you to go to our website at www.mistifiedthemovie.com and join our community. Our blog will keep you updated on our progress. Please also check out our Indiegogo campaign which is running from Nov. 13th until the middle of Jan. 2014. We have some amazing “Perks” and all donations are tax deductible.
» Go to Part 2 of the interview.
- Genetics may explain some Maori gout – study (radionz.co.nz)
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- Fear of Maori driving seclusion rates – health provider (radionz.co.nz)
- The New Zealand Maori Culture (besttravelsite.wordpress.com)
- New model of funding for Indie Films: examination of the nature of crowdfunding and the success process (yhongd2012dotcom.wordpress.com)
- Call for trans-Tasman talks on Maori wardens (radionz.co.nz)
Luke 20:27-38 New International Version
The Resurrection and Marriage
27 Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question. 28 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless. 30 The second 31 and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. 32 Finally, the woman died too. 33 Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?”
34 Jesus replied, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35 But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, 36 and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. 37 But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’[a] 38 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”
Sometimes I wonder about people who remarry, or maybe just people who’ve had multiple relationships without getting married. When they die, who do they meet up with? Most likely their departed families, friends and probably pets. But what about their loves and spouses? What if there were many?
It sort of makes me laugh. But I guess we could say that each relationship is different, so maybe we meet up with former lovers and/or spouses at different times and places in the afterlife, who knows.
In today’s reading the Sadducees questioning Jesus want to pin him down. They’ve created a problem that they think Jesus will have a hard time answering. But it’s not so. Jesus rises above their small-mindedness by saying that in heaven we’re going to be like angels. And it really doesn’t matter because we’re all one big, happy family up there. Petty jealousies and competitive urges are all gone. Heaven isn’t called heaven for no reason. It’s called heaven because all the stuff that separates us is overcome. Or just not there. It wouldn’t be HEAVEN if it were otherwise.
And that’s one thing that makes the Christian view of heaven so different from what we find in many other religions. As St. Paul puts it in Galatians 3:28:
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
- No Marriage in Heaven? Oh My! — Reflection on the Gospel (Pentecost 25C) (bobcornwall.com)
- Sunday, 10 November 2013 : 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (Gospel Reading) (petercanisiusmichaeldavidkang.com)
- 32 Sunday Homily (frjayareddy.wordpress.com)
- Christian Sadducees (timtrue.wordpress.com)
- Clarinets and candle light : A reflection on this Sunday’s Gospel (Lk 20:27-38) (buffetcatholic.wordpress.com)
- Who Interprets Faithfully? (friarmusings.wordpress.com)
- Life of Christ – Part 16 – Early Passion Week(10) – The Sadducees Refuted (edraby.wordpress.com)
- The Daily Gospel and Readings 10 November 2013 (prayersandmeditations.com)
- Resurrection (fromthedeaconsdesk.wordpress.com)
- Sunday, 10 November 2013 : 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (Scripture Reflections) (petercanisiusmichaeldavidkang.com)
We all suffer from addiction in some or the other form. However, addiction can become fatal when one gets addicted to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and more. If one is not addicted to the drugs, cigarettes or any other typical vices, then they might be subconsciously addicted to fear, rejection, or to different negative patterns.
Although, it is easy to understand how harmful narcotics such as drugs can harm your life, it is important to realize that even ‘harmless’ addictions can prove to be harmful when they start interfering with your life. For an addict to get recovered, his/ her will power is the most important. Nothing in the world can make an alcoholic become sober if one doesn’t want to become so.
Meditation is an age old practice that can help an addict to break free from all types of addictions. The first step involves recognizing the fact that he/ she have a problem. Most addicts usually deny the fact they have a problem with addiction, despite being told by everyone that something is wrong with them.
When meditating to get rid of addiction, it is important to bear in mind that it will take some time to recover. Besides practicing meditation, addict should also use prescribed medication by the doctor. Practicing meditation can help you to focus the addiction being tossed away. This will help you in the long run, and help the addict to stay away from addiction and get over the problem.
Different types of meditation techniques could be used to get rid of addiction. One of the most effective amongst them is mindfulness meditation that promotes personal control and has been shown to positively affect attention besides candidness to all sorts of experiences. In fact, meditation may be helpful for dealing with different symptoms of addiction.
During drawing and detoxification an addict may encounter several mood swings while getting impatient to relapse. This is when one requires maintaining patience in order to hear the true inner voice by calming down the chaos or the damaging voices that might prompt you to relapse. Meditation has proved to be extremely effective during such situations and can augment your chances of retrieval considerably.
We need to understand that addictions are like trash and rubbish. They set a negative impact in our life and keep us away from enjoying life to the fullest. Practicing meditation over a period of time can help you to get rid of addiction completely.
As an conclusion, we find a place www.chamundaswamiji.com that can help everyone to overcome their addictions.
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Chamunda Swami Ji has defined with deep knowledge about human addiction situation that empacts their life to destroy it. He has also explained a solution of the addiction situation. According to swami ji Meditation is the perfect way to get rid of this addiction easily with the support of family & friends for motivating and fight away this evil. To contact with Swami ji visit at www.chamundaswamiji.com
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Faith is an important aspect in my life. It is something that evokes positive emotions for me, especially through prayer. Prayer is something universal throughout religious organizations; I use it constantly in my everyday life. Recently, I had forgotten the goodness of faith. I was going threw a tough time with my car. Yes my car. It seemed like all at once all of this warning slights decided to flash on the dashboard. I was certain that I did not have any warranty left on the car from the dealer, so I got an estimate from a private mechanic. After he gave me the estimate I was not exactly thrilled. There were so many things wrong with the car and it was going to cost, what felt like a fortune. I had no idea how or where I was going to get all this money. I was stressing over it, I even got sick with a respiratory infection. I was just down in the dumps being so negative about everything. It felt like a negative cloud of emotions just took over me.
During this whole ordeal I was in one of my MBA classes one night with Dr. Grant, who was one of my professors, was giving us his management tip for the night. I always enjoyed these he would always start off with a personal story then give us suggestions on how to handle these things, usually by means of faith. This management tip stood out me in particular because he told us that whatever we are going threw; big or small all we needed to do was ask the lord to show us he is still there with us. He suggested for us to try this for a week, every morning when we wake up we just simply ask God to show us he is in our life. I have to admit I was skeptical to doing this for my situation because all I could think of my car. I was engulfed in the negativity of that I honestly didn’t think a morning prayer with help me feel better. I tried it regardless and I have to admit I was feeling less negative and more positive. I just felt good. During the course of this week, I had to take the car into the dealership so that they could fix up something only the dealer had access too. Well to my surprise they took a look at the other problems and it turned out that I still some sort of warranty on the car, which meant I wouldn’t have to spend the thousands and thousands of dollars I had originally thought in getting it fixed. It would cost practically nothing. I was so relived. I thought to myself oh my gosh thank you Lord for hearing me. Even though I did not particularly pray for the car somehow my prayer was answered.
The burning question now is why is this important and how can it help anyone in their everyday life. It suddenly dawned on me that, faith, and a positive attitude are all tied into things a good leader should have. I know there are various types of leadership styles, some of which are more favorable than others but I have complied a list of five attributes that a good leader should poses. All these which I have experienced in my life through schooling, family, and my professional career.
1. A good leader is someone you can trust and have faith that they will lead you in the correct path. As a leader you have to be able to gain the trust of those within your organization. How do you gain the trust? By being honest and sincere in your vision and work ethic.
2. A good leader is someone who can communicate well with others. As a leader you have to be able to communicate in a clear and concise manner. You need to be able to do this in order to achieve the exact goals you envision for your team or organization as a whole.
3. A good leader has your best interest in mind. A leader helps and guides the team and has the ability to delegate appropriate tasks to the proper individuals based on their strengths. They will want you to succeed whether it be in your personal life or professional life.
4. A good leader is confident. Being confident in what they say and maintaining confidence even when morale is low is important especially when various others look to you for direction and decision making.
5. And lastly a good leader is someone who can inspire. They will inspire you to be like them, and to do great things. Like in my story my professor inspired me with his management tips and I have to say it really helped me. I can only hope that I too, through my leadership in my life can do the same for others.
My experience definitely re-instead my trust in my Faith and I could not have done without first trusting in what my professor shared with the class. I encourage you to keep these things in mind the next time you find yourself in a situation where you lead your organization or group.
About the Author
Jacqueline Galvan is currently finishing up her MBA at Concordia University, Irvine, California. From a very young age she has always enjoyed writing in her own personal jouranls, and now is excited to share her experiances with the world.
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This is a wonderful segment about time travel from Stephen Hawking’s Into the Universe DVD, which I watched last night. Hawking seems to believe that time travel is possible, but only into the future.
However, I’m wondering if a subtler type of time travel could be possible. Not time travel involving the body but rather, the soul and, by implication, consciousness.
Many religious believers report the experience of feeling heavenly graces. And this feeling differs from say, a runner’s endorphin rush or the physiological responses related to falling in love or eating chocolate (apparently they’re similar).
If the soul/consciousness can feel graces from heaven, then might not it sense other souls in other places and times? I think it quite possible that the soul could sense blissful souls in heaven, tormented souls in hell, along with souls living in the past and in the future. After all, the soul resides in the body but it also differs from the body. And when we die, the soul goes on and on and on. At least, this is what most religions teach.
I loved Hawking’s video and inspiring example but he always seems to fall a bit short when discussing – or should I say ignoring – the spiritual side of life. I imagine it’s because he’s a brainy physicist, hardwired and habituated into thinking long and hard about problems in a primarily conceptual way. He’s no mystic. At least, I don’t think so. If he is, he sure doesn’t seem like one!
You can read more about Hawking’s views here: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/551152-when-people-ask-me-if-a-god-created-the-universe
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By Ngozi Nwoke
Is it worth walking in love? Some people think that walking in love is weakness and that they will get nothing in return for all their efforts. However, the truth is that those who enjoy the most are those who are walking in Love. This is because God’s attention is drawn to those who obey His commandments; and one of His commandments is that we walk in love – 1 John 4:21.
But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ – 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV)
For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister – Hebrews 6:10 (NKJV)
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him… – 2 Chronicles 16:9 (NKJV)
It really pays to walk in love. God is love and He is looking for people through whom He can channel His love to men. And just like the saying goes, ‘the pipe that carries cold water is first cooled’, every channel of the love of God is first blessed with God’s blessings. Remember, the husband man who labours must be first to partake of the fruit, (2 Timothy 2:6)
The challenge is that some people consider only the answers to their prayers yet to come, as reward for their labor of love; meanwhile many other blessings, favour and healings, etc., had been showered on them. There are some things that money cannot buy but God is more than able to take care of them. God truly rewards His faithful followers, even with their desired answered prayers.
There are several scriptural examples of people who walked in love and were handsomely rewarded. We will look at a few examples:
Rahab – Joshua 2:1-21, 6:22-25
She hid the Israelite spies to Jericho and spared them from being killed. God rewarded her by sparing her life too and she ended up as one of the descendants of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Mordecai – Esther 6:1-11
He walked in love towards King Ahasuerus by exposing the evil planned against him and the King’s life was spared. God rewarded him greatly by honouring him before the whole kingdom at the very time evil was planned against him by Haman.
Dorcas – Acts 9:36-41
She showered great love on people, especially the widows, that when she died they refused to allow her remain dead. They sent for Peter whom God used to bring her back to life.
Cornelius – Acts 10:1-48
He gave much alms to the people, prayed to God always; and was of a good report among the nation of Jews. God saw his heart and his good works and decided to reward him not only with physical things but also with eternal life. While Peter was speaking, he and his household were saved and were baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
Jesus Christ – Philippians 2:5-11
Christ, our perfect example, suffered and gave His life for us all. And God gave Him a name above every name that at the name of Jesus every knee bows down and every tongue confesses that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
My little contributions in people’s lives have been seriously rewarded. For example, I showed hospitality to some people some years back and I am still reaping the benefits. When I relocated back to my country where they were, they were all there to help me settle down quickly. I enjoyed awesome favour of God! I give God praise.
In conclusion, it pays to walk in love. God, who said we should not owe any man anything but love (Romans 13:8), does not owe. God certainly reward every form of love you show. Decide to walk in love, not minding the circumstances or what people will say, and God who sees in secret will reward you openly – Mathew 6:4.
About the Author
Ngozi Nwoke is a teacher and a counselor. She has a passion to teach people how to enjoy peace, God’s love and christian living for more fulfilling life. Want more fulfilling life? Subscribe for free email updates today. http://stepswithgod.com
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