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Initial thoughts

(This is far from finished and far from ready to be shared.) As MLK said.  We have people that are unheard (and disrespected and unappreciated and more). We need to improve communication. This is the hard challenge. We don’t know how to communicate very well. Progression Civility Respect Honor Glory (Number 4 is for …

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Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Excellent hymn Dear Lord and Father of Mankind Author: John Greenleaf Whittier (1872) Whittier started as a shoe salesman (as did D L Moody).  He was an American Quaker poet and advocate of the abolition of slavery. Most of the verses can be used as prayers. There are quite a few town (and a college) …

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Need to look up

Michael Rydelnick touched on some things to look up The matzoh bread as a symbol for Christ body. For example it was pierced. The wind as a symbol for Christ’s blood. At the last supper the wine was in the 3rd cup. Why the3rd cup. There were 4 cups all together.

Coronavirus, 6 days later, post

Some reflections. Wow, it’s been quite a wild ride already. Written 3/17/20. Marilyn, I, Rachel, and Diane went to Washington, DC for spring break (March 7-12, 2020). The coronavirus (COVID-19) was already a big concern before we left home.  Luke decided not go.  Good decision. We had a great 5 days, going to the (new) …

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N.T. Wright’s Trinitarian Prayer

Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth: Set up your kingdom in our midst. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God: Have mercy on us sinners. Holy Spirit, Breath of the Living God: Renew us and all the world. – N.T. Wright Closely related to my 5 breath prayer and the Trinity +1 (Lord). …

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Greek root word for church and for ‘church’

There are two (different) Greek root words here. The one in the Bible (at least 115 times) is (so, this is the meaning of church in the Bible) Ecclesia – The Greek word “ecclesia” is correctly defined as: “The called-out (ones)” [ECC = out; KALEO = call]. Thus, you can see how this word was …

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Make Room in Your Heart

Casting Crowns – Make Room (Official Music Video) ft. Matt Maher https://t.co/q03tfqcpeR via @YouTube Lyrics: https://t.co/On39xJUYRQ — Jim Olsen (@DrOlsen314) December 16, 2019 Casting Crowns – Make Room (Official Music Video) ft. Matt Maher

Grace will accomplish

But what nature does not love and cannot perform, grace will accomplish, and make to thee a life of joy and glory. near The end of chapter 16 in Andrew Murray’s abide in Christ 16th day for staking all for him

A Christmas Mystery: The Story of Three Wise Men

I just learned of, and very much enjoyed, *A Christmas Mystery: The Story of Three Wise Men* by William J. Locke. Librivox (wonderful audio reading) and Gutenberg (text).

Comments on Religion – briefly

(my views) Faith first, religion follows.  Faith (belief in God) is more important than religion.  Faith should be the predecessor in pre-requisite for religion. Religion follows to fit one’s needs. There is a full array of available religions with many levels of orthodoxy and a wide variety of styles.  Religion should facilitate one’s faith. Also, …

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