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Subconscious Resentment

Jonah 4:6-9: Then the Lord provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the vine.  But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the vine so that it withered.  When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint.  He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.”  But God said to Jonah, “Do you have a right to be…

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Love is a Gift

Love is a gift both amazing and precious
Rabbi Mark Gellman, God Squad
 
Rabbi Marc Gellman was recently questioned regarding the definition of “love”.  Probably the recent Valentine’s Day contributed to evoking the question at this particular time.  He related that his favorite definition of love is borrowed from D. H. Lawrence who called love as “having the courage of your tenderness.”  Is that not a great definition?  Love invites one to possess or have the courage to manifest one’s tenderness or sensitivity to another.
Rabbi Gellman further stated that a connection exist between love and faith.  Faith expands…

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Learning the Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana Part 2

Marijuana produces a carefree state of mind and the illusion that senses are extra sharp. In reality, you are more likely to be preoccupied with unusual thoughts or visions than your responsibilities as a driver. Relaxed inhibitions alter your sense of time and space, making it difficult to make quick decisions and judge distances and speed. Marijuana use causes slow, disconnected thoughts, poor memory and paranoia. Even hours after the effect seems to be gone, your ability to make driving decisions will still be impaired.
One of the last reports that came out showed that at least 17 percent of…

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Learning the Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana Part 1

Recently Lydia, who attempts to maintain proper sentence structure to the blogs, related that research regarding bloggers reveals that they like information regarding synthetic marijuana.  If that is the case how many bloggers are still active users?  Are non-using recovering people blogging about details associated with various drugs which would only increase the desire or cravings to use?

Saying the words, “synthetic marijuana”, remind me of something one of my favorite aunts said to me 40 years ago.  I had just got married and she sent a card with a gratefully needed financial gift.  Within the card she related the…

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EMPTY

Jesus: “When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none.  Then it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and in order. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there.  And so that person is worse off than before.  That will be the experience of this evil generation.” (Matthew: 12:43-45)

Is life for you the defined as the Great Struggle or the Great Emptiness?  If so, your…

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Merry Christmas!!

Luke 2:8 – 15: And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby and they were keeping watch over their flocks by night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ (or the Messiah, interchangeable word) the Lord.  This will be a sign to…

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So Much to be Thankful for.

Most of us associate the holiday with happy Pilgrims and Indians sitting down to a big feast. And that did happen – once.
The story began in 1614 when a band of English explorers sailed home to England with a ship full of Patuxet Indians bound for slavery. They left behind smallpox which virtually wiped out those who had escaped. By the time the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts Bay they found only one living Patuxet Indian, a man named Squanto who had survived slavery in England and knew their language. He taught them to grow corn and to fish, and…

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Emotional Hangovers, Time to Readjust?

Page 88 of the 12/12 speaks of a tremendous hangover because one drank heavily the day before, resulting in not living well today. Within the same paragraph another type of hangover is described, an emotional hangover – the direct results of yesterdays and sometimes today’s excesses of negative emotions – anger, fear, jealousy, resentment, etc…

Emotional hangovers get in the way of life and the positive benefits. Reflecting on the subject of hangovers, do any hangovers, mental, spiritual, physical, social, volitional, and emotional get in the way of living life to the fullest. Have you asked yourself what hangovers are…

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Being Called to Give an Account- Part 2

Recently, Kenny Rogers was being interviewed for his latest album.  He acknowledged that the men may attend his concerts to appease their wives and applaud his songs and act to be nice.  However, he voiced if the men were laughing during the show he knew they were genuinely enjoying themselves and consequently he made a point to bring humor to his concerts.  The biological grandchildren and step grandchildren alike voiced an appreciation for Mr. Eldon’s sense of humor and expressed a special emotional connection with him.  Each had a unique story of their lives being enjoyable and richer for…

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Being Called to Give an Account Part 1

Hebrews 9:27: It is determined for a person to die once and after that to face the judgment….

A week ago in the early hours of Thursday morning my mother phoned me with the news that her husband of 40 plus years, my stepfather, Eldon Rogers, had died that morning.  Each life and each death affords a mirror and/or a comparison/contrast.   My initial thoughts were to be present and supportive of my mother.  Afterwards, I was able to consider how Mr. Eldon had enriched my life and what may be said in the funeral that would transpire the upcoming weekend.

The…

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