Listen to the tenderness of this statement: “Child, your sins are forgiven.” Jesus is calling an adult, “child,” a word that implies an absolute dependence. Here comes four men carrying their sick friend to Jesus. Not able to get there on his own, he has faith in his friends. He trusts them in their extravagant way of bringing him to Jesus. Lowering someone down through the roof is a different way, of gaining entrance to a house!
Obviously, the four who are carrying the man to Jesus are faithful humans. Their love for their friend leads them to take action on his behalf. Jesus moves by faith, a faith that creates and opportunity for him to receive healing.
Will you allow Jesus to teach us we are His agents of mercy? Your faith matters. Is your belief system based on the teachings of Jesus? Is it based on a human’s testimony, your emotion, your works, or the works of Jesus?
Who is your mercy agent? Who is your inspiration? How are you modeling your faith to other humans?
Prayer: Dearest Jesus, INCREASE my faith. Enable me to take ACTION on behalf of other humans, my family, and children living on planet Earth.
Read about how the public criticized much like Sir Trump, the legend Sir Churchill. ” Britain Alone “
Upon the collapse of France, the new British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, told his people: “Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him all Europe may be free, and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands; but if we fail, then the world will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say: ‘This was their finest hour.’ ”
Churchill flatly refused to discuss anything with Hitler or any Nazi representative.
Reacting to such blatant and unprecedented defiance, Hitler assembled the Wehrmacht High Command on Tuesday, July 16, 1940, and ordered them to plan for the conquest of Britain.
Hitler the politician ascended the world stage once more, giving a speech to the Nazi Reichstag, broadcast live on radio in Germany and around the world. He portrayed Churchill as a war monger and himself as a reasonable man desiring peace. “I feel a deep disgust for this type of unscrupulous politician who wrecks whole nations,” Hitler said of Churchill. “I feel it to be my duty, before my own conscience, to appeal once more to reason and common sense in Great Britain as much as elsewhere. I consider myself in a place to make this appeal since I am not the vanquished begging favors, but the victor speaking in the name of reason.”
Once more, Germans took the Führer at his word, concluding the British would be to blame for any continuation of the war.
I find myself at this time constantly re-thinking my life, present, past and future ~ what security means; my priorities in life; friendships. Looking at life from a wider viewpoint always helps to gain clarity – Would you like to experience a state of grace clear?
Clear from all the haunting memories in your history that “you continue to cling”, thinking your experience is what makes you who you are?We are going through a BIG paradigm shift in this first quarter of 2016. In the message below my guides speak of ‘the big re-think of life that planet earth is experiencing’. I find myself at this time constantly re-thinking my life, present, past and future ~ what security means; my priorities in life; friendships. Looking at life from a wider viewpoint always helps to gain clarity – cultivating witness consciousness so that we can see when and why we are malfunctioning.
In the light of this re-set point, the entire population is in a state of grace, floating like a ship in the “what’s going on” moment.
Our purpose is, as always, right on pitch with the musical “Hum” of our single society. Frequency matters. The frequency matters because of the blur of the high-speed chase we all are making for the exit.
Could it be we are using energy to learn what we really already know?
Could it be we are all ONE and are just unaware?
Yes, there are the slight minority of transient spirits that have never found their resting place. Just as Judas never found a place of repentance. Yet, for three solid years the Grand Manifestation is right there in front of his eyes and he just could not leave his tormenting past, to enjoy one moment of the present.
Like all of us at one season, about, refuses to live in the precious present, though its beautifully arrange is setting before us.
The easiest way to meet this is to bring good news. When you feel encouraged, hopeful, reassured, this leads to a lifting of the Light factor in you. We will focus on the good news, which is always.
The beauty and intelligence of women. The masculine leadership of men. The discipline and care of children. All seemingly reinvented in cycles of time. These eternal realities are forever settling in the conscious mind of humans.
You are always on path in your journey. All of the universe sees to it and serves us what is available. You were born of a human women. Experiences of your childhood matter, but these moments that do not exist have no effect on your journey. You are the manifest free will. You choose your thoughts. Your emotions have a distinct challenge. Surviving is in harmony with being chauffeured through the eyes of love. You always choose to look at light, not shadows.
However, you always challenge to serve and not rule. For in your serving you rule. You design is to blossom in spring and fold in fall. Rest in winter and enjoy the fun in summer. Your understanding is blooming now. You are in a season of shuffle. This precious present finds a way to allow the nags to flow down into the earth and return in resurrection of strength.
‘There is forever enough for everyone.’ Forget you’re assuming needs. There are none. There are duties but, without needs. There are resources all beneath our feet. Knowledge covers the earth. Your survival, health and happiness is a given from the Grand Master.
– as the truth become clear to you, your path before you opens like a new gate. “go in.”
You are one. We are all one. We are from the dust of an immeasurable One Universe of matter and spirit. We are the manifestation. You can put away the strain and stress of attempting to “go to” and relax where you are. He is there, She is there, We are there, and most importantly you are there. Joy is of the one-heart that regulates and governs the entire universe, but love is the energy that give it light in itself. Truly, love is all. And so it is. And so it will be.
33 1/3 of born after the year 1980 plan (wish) to buy a home in the year 2017 . (TransUnion survey.)
38% of us (wish) plan to buy a home in 2017 . (TD Bank survey)
43% of us do not have good credit. (will not get a very low interest rate loan)
25% of us wish to take advice from their parents on WHICH home to buy
20% expect and hope their parents will give them the down payment. (Bank of America survey)
85% of us desire a way, electronically, to withdraw money from their paychecks to save money for down payment. (Bank of America)
All of them desire to have more resources and information ONLINE (TD Bank)
The Pesach of YHWH in the month of Aviv, by W.J. Wolfaardt
A new commandment by C.J. Koster
The appointed times by C.J. Koster
The seventh dispensation by C.J. Koster
The book of the living by W.J. Wolfaardt
Compromise by W.J. Wolfaardt
Imprisoned by C.J. Koster
Kashrut, by W.J. Wolfaardt
Did [Yahushua] wear a kippah? by Shmuel Safrai
Mattithyahu 5:19 by C.J. Koster
Nephilim by John Steed
The perfect Passover by W.J. Wolfaardt
Pesach observance – when, how? by W.J. Wolfaardt
Qodesh by W.J. Wolfaardt
Repent by C.J. Koster
Replacement theology – part 1 by C.J. Koster
Replacement theology – part 2 by C.J. Koster
The Vision or division by Elhanan ben Avraham
The Tetragram by C.J. Koster
We need to be born again by C.J. Koster
What is His Name – if you know? by C.J. Koster edited by W.J. Wolfaardt
Whence all the confusion in churches? by C.J. Koster
Who are the children of Elohim – part 1 by C.J. Koster
Who are the children of Elohim – part 2 by C.J. Koster
The Dangers of Pork Eating Exposed by Dr. J.H. Kellogg
Is it possible to read an article and misunderstand the writer’s intention?
It is important for readers to recognise that behind every text is a writer, and that the writer has a purpose or reason for writing and a particular point of view. Not, necessarily an “evil or good” intention or agenda.
Before we answer this question. May we consider that one of the greatest teachers of all times, was completely misunderstood?
“Born in Bolivia, is best known for teaching mathematics at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, California. Though they had generally been poor performers, Escalante pushed his students towards success through his dedication, passionate style and expertise in the material. In the early 1980s, was able to get most of his Advanced Placement (A.P.) calculus students to pass the A.P. exam. His tremendous success was significant enough to bring accusations of cheating, though retesting of students proved their capabilities. Escalante was memorably portrayed by Edward James Olmos in the 1988 film Stand and Deliver.” writes Jeff Calareso
Jeff Calareso is what I call, “misunderstood.” Proof of this “misunderstood” is the sentence highlighted about. May I repeat this for emphasis?
His tremendous success was significant enough to bring accusations of cheating, though retesting of students proved their capabilities.
Imagine. Working thousands of hours, unselfishly, to help his students which would never passed any Advanced Placement calculus test, actually pass the test with excellent grades. After all of that, being “misunderstood?”
“This book is written with the sole objective of helping the reader achieve a happy, satisfying, and worthwhile life.” — Norman Vincent Peale
The book is “The Power of Positive Thinking” I find it incredible that this book was written 60 year ago. The cadence of Dr. Peale’s voice is reminiscent of that bygone era but the wisdom of his words still resonate today. If this book were revised for today, I wonder what examples would be used, if Dr. Peale were around today I wonder what additional insights he would give. It’s a great read and will likely still hold true in another 50 years, writes Rick Yvanovich
Who is Rev. Peale?
In 1922 he was ordained in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was assigned a small congregation in Berkeley, Rhode Island. Two years later he moved to Brooklyn, New York where he established himself as a gifted communicator so that in only three years he grew a church from 40 to 900 members. He spent a few years at another Methodist congregation in Syracuse, New York, before joining the Reformed Church in America so he could pastor Marble Collegiate Church, one of the oldest Protestant congregations in America. When he arrived, this church had around 600 members; upon his departure 52 years later it had 5,000.
While he was at Marble, he teamed up with a Freud-trained psychiatrist, Dr. Smiley Blanton, to begin a religious-psychiatric clinic in the church basement. They wanted to respond to the psychological needs of their congregation and especially the deep-rooted effects of the Great Depression. In 1951 this clinic was organized into the American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry, with Peale as president and Blanton as executive director.
Peale spread his teaching through a variety of media. While serving the church in Syracuse he founded a radio program called “The Art of Living,” and it would broadcast his sermons for 54 years. By 1952 he and his wife were also on the new medium of television, featured on the show “What’s Your Trouble?” In 1945, along with his wife Ruth, and Raymond Thornburg, a local businessman, he founded Guideposts. What was at first a weekly four-page leaflet evolved to a monthly inspirational magazine that would soon have 2 million subscribers.
During his lifetime, Peale authored 46 books, and the most successful by far was The Power of Positive Thinking. Published in 1952, it stayed on the New York Times list of bestsellers for 186 consecutive weeks and sold 5 million copies, making it one of the best selling religious books of all-time. 1984 President Ronald Reagan awarded him the highest civilian honor in the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for his contributions to theology.
Peale retired as senior pastor in 1984 and died of a stroke on December 24, 1993 in Pawling, New York. He was ninety-five years old. President Bill Clinton honored him with these words: “While the Clinton family and all Americans mourn his loss, there is some poetry in his passing on a day when the world celebrates the birth of Christ, an idea that was central to Dr. Peale’s message and Dr. Peale’s work. He will be missed.”
Imagine. During Rev. Peale’s lifetime and even now, his writings are “misunderstood”. Some of his critics say, Yet as a Christian minister he denied that God was a being, saying “Who is God? Some theological being? He is so much greater than theology. God is vitality. God is life. God is energy. As you breathe God in, as you visualize His energy, you will be reenergized!” Tim Challies
Imagine. Living in Queens and not being influenced by Norman V. Peale. Might be almost impossible.
The Bronx, a different story: There were many individuals I especially remember. One was our Super, Junior. He was either Irish or Polish. I never knew his real name. He was a strapping 6’ 3”, built like an ox. His hair was straight and forever dangling on his forehead. Sweat was always pouring off him. He had one missing front tooth. He always wore the same outfit, a white T-shirt with dark trousers. I never forgot the day he came to disconnect a faulty radiator. It was at least a twelve-rib, cast-iron monster. It had to weigh a ton. He actually carried the thing out of the apartment with little effort, almost like he was cradling a baby. He replaced it with another radiator later that day. My mother always gave him a shot of whiskey at the end of every job. I guess she figured it was a good way to tip him.
Junior would be everywhere throughout the building and around the grounds, fixing things, cleaning, putting out the garbage, and filling other tin cans with coal residue from the furnace. No heat? Just bang on the pipes and Junior would oblige. Next you’d hear the pings and hisses as the steam heat came through the pipes. On certain days our dumbwaiter bell would ring and I’d run to the kitchen and place our bags of garbage on the open wooden elevator. Junior would sometimes shout up the shaft and we’d ring our bell to let him know he could haul it down. The contraption was hand operated with a rope.
Junior was a great guy and a topnotch super. It was strictly a one-man operation. Looking back, I don’t know how he handled all the work in such a large apartment house.
Joe Baker owned the local hardware store on 183rd Street and Bassford Avenue. His store was not only dimly lit but cluttered with all sorts of hardware items. It was difficult walking down the aisles, the merchandise was spilling over the counters. There was Joe behind the cash register , a tall man with horn-rimmed glasses and a mustache. He knew where everything was and pulled it off the shelves in a jiffy without the rest of the stuff falling off. He had a bad habit of short-changing unsuspecting customers, especially us kids. I was warned about him early on and recounted my change before I left the store.
Barney’s was a local soda fountain joint on 183rd just up the block from Joe Baker’s. There were several Barney’s over the years, but one in particular made the greatest egg creams, not to mention the usual ice cream sodas and milk shakes.
Jerry ran the local deli on the northeast corner of 184th street. He was a friendly short fellow with a round face and a bald head. Everyone in the neighborhood owed him money, even Ozok the Bum, who was always in his store. Jerry never seemed to mind. He’d write the debts in his black ledger and go on to the next customer. I never knew you could buy groceries on the lay-away plan! Many times he’d tally the bill on the brown grocery bag…a real lost art! He had a nickname for all the kids on the block. Mine was “the little gigolo.”
“The Art of Living,” Peale’s bestseller. Donald Trump “The Art of the Deal”. Do you see Peale’s influence?
Donald Trump is synonymous with Fifth Avenue, but to understand what helped to shape the billionaire, people who know Trump say: look across the East River.
“He is still a Queens guy. He sounds like a guy from Queens,” Gwenda Blair, author of “Donald Trump: Master Apprentice.” “He doesn’t have the sort of—certainly doesn’t present the kind of polish and refinement and old money of Upper East Side New York.
Trump grew up in a 23-room colonial, in leafy Jamaica Estates. He was one of five children. The family had a cook and chauffer, but neighbors say the Trumps were hardly showy.
“I knew that they were fairly quiet. They were fairly strict,” says Jamaica Estates Association president Martha Taylor.
Trump’s father, Fred, built apartment houses in Queens and Brooklyn. He demanded his children work hard, often bringing them to his job.
Fred and his wife Mary gave Donald a sense of self-confidence, but that brashness also could get Donald into trouble.
Trump attended the Kew-Forest private school in Forest Hills school until he was 13, when his parents, worried about his behavior, sent him to a more disciplined setting.
His days at the New York Military Academy upstate were regimented.
Friends say he excelled at baseball, played football and basketball.
The future beauty peagent maestro also was named “Ladies Man.”
Ted Levine was Trump’s high school roommate.
“I had to be better than my father. He had to be better than his father. We were sent here to be the best of the best, and we knew what our job was,” Levine says.
Still, at home, Trump’s reputation endured. Journalist Joyce Purnick grew up nearby and says her mother had strong opinions of him.
“Whenever she would encounter Donald Trump—and apparently it was quite often—he was tooling around in his car. He would break the speed limits. He would go through stop signs. She would come back all angry and say, ‘Stay away from that guy,'” Purnick says.
But those who knew him insist there were signs that Trump would make it big.
“He was well-positioned. He was good looking. He had a lot going for him,” Levine says.
Blair says that while Donald was brash and confident, he also had a chip on his shoulder from his years living in Queens.
It would all fall into place. He went to the Wharton School, entered the family business, became a billionaire, and now, a White House candidate.
What do you think shaped your life style and way of thinking?