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Лев Толстой: Страсть длиною в жизнь

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Многие помнят Толстого почтенным старцем, но не будем забывать, что и он был молод. Лев Толстой очень любил женщин. Естественная для любого мужчины страсть оказалась для «зеркала русской революции» непосильным бременем, с которым он всю жизнь боролся…

...Жажда семейной жизни и чувственное влечение к женщине - вот два основных настроения, держащих в своей власти молодого Толстого. ...Первой ступенью к раскрытию этой новой стороны жизни было для Толстого его изменившееся отношение к горничной:

«Одно сильное чувство, похожее на любовь, я испытал, только когда мне было 13 или 14 лет, но мне не хочется верить, чтобы это была любовь; потому что предмет была толстая горничная (правда, очень хорошенькое личико), притом же от 13 до 15 лет - время самое безалаберное для мальчика (отрочество), - не знаешь, на что кинуться, и сладострастие в эту эпоху действует с необыкновенною силою».

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Свой дневник Л. Н. Толстой вёл с юных лет до конца жизни.

...Когда Толстой писал «Воскресение», ...Софья Андреевна резко напала на него за главу, в которой он описывал обольщение Катюши.

- Ты уже старик, - говорила она, - как тебе не стыдно писать такие гадости.

...Когда она ушла, он, обращаясь к бывшей при этом М. А. Шмидт, едва сдерживая рыдания, подступившие ему к горлу, сказал:

- Вот она нападает на меня, а когда меня братья в первый раз привели в публичный дом и я совершил этот акт, я потом стоял у кровати этой женщины и плакал!

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Женщин не иметь!

...Перед отъездом из Казани перед 19-летним юношей уже встает вопрос об изменении направления всей его жизни.

Он заболевает (быть может, беспорядочная жизнь была причиной этой болезни), поступает в клинику и здесь делает первую запись в дневнике:

«Вот уже шесть дней, как я поступил в клинику, и вот шесть дней, как я почти доволен собой... Главная же польза состоит в том, что я ясно усмотрел, что беспорядочная жизнь... есть не что иное, как следствие раннего разврата души».

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В таком настроении он... уезжает в Ясную Поляну... вырабатывает «правило»:

«Смотри на общество женщин как на необходимую неприятность жизни общественной и, сколько можно, удаляйся от них».

Вся жизнь молодого Толстого проходит в выработке строгих правил поведения, в стихийном уклонении от них и упорной борьбе с личными недостатками.

«Вчерашний день прошел довольно хорошо, исполнил почти все; недоволен одним только: не могу преодолеть сладострастия, тем более, что страсть эта слилась у меня с привычкою».

«Каждый день моцион. Сообразно закону религии, женщин не иметь».

...«Приходила за паспортом Марья... Поэтому отмечу сладострастие». «После обеда и весь вечер шлялся и имел сладострастные вожделения». «Мучает меня сладострастие, не столько сладострастие, сколько сила привычки».

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О любви

В Казани Толстой был увлечен Зинаидой Модестовной Молоствовой, воспитанницей Родионовского института благородных девиц. Ей было 21 - 22 года, и она была почти невестой другого человека. Несмотря на это, она все мазурки танцевала со Львом Николаевичем и явно интересовалась им.

Дело в том, что семья Толстых хорошо знала госпожу Загоскину, начальницу этого института. Кроме того, с Зинаидой вместе училась сестра Толстого – Мария, и была ее подругой. Поэтому Зинаида не раз бывала у Юшковых, родственников Толстых, и там познакомилась с Львом Толстым.

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Современники говорили о ней: «Она была не из самых красивых, но отличалась миловидностью и грацией. Она была умна и остроумна. Ее наблюдения над людьми всегда были проникнуты юмором, и в то же время она была добра, деликатна по природе и всегда мечтательно настроена».

В возрасте 23 лет Толстой отправляется на Кавказ с братом Николаем и по пути живет в Казани неделю. Тогда он в последний раз встречается с Зинаидой. Об этом пишет своей сестре:

«Госпожа Загоскина устраивала каждый день катания в лодке. То в Зилантьево, то в Швейцарию и т.д., где я имел часто случай встречать Зинаиду… так опьянен Зинаидой».

Позже он упоминает это и в дневнике:

«Я жил в Казани неделю. Ежели бы у меня спросили, зачем я жил в Казани, что мне было приятно? Отчего я был так счастлив? Я не сказал бы, что это потому, что я влюблен. Я не знал этого. Мне кажется, что это – то незнание и есть главная черта любви, составляет всю прелесть ее<…>. Помнишь Архиерейский Сад, Зинаида, боковую дорожку? На языке у меня висело признание, и у тебя тоже… Мое дело было начать, но, знаешь, отчего, мне кажется, я ничего не сказал? – Я был так счастлив, что мне нечего было желать».

«...Я ни слова не сказал ей о любви, но я так уверен, что она знает мои чувства...»

Этим дневниковым записям соответствуют строки из рассказа «После бала»:

Иван Васильевич, который, будучи уже великовозрастным, вспоминает, «что без вина был пьян любовью» к Вареньке Б. и так же, как сам Толстой, не признался ей в своих чувствах.

«Мы ничего не говорили о любви. Я не спрашивал ни ее, ни себя даже о том, любит ли она меня. Мне достаточно было того, что я любил ее».

Самыми отрадными воспоминаниями для Толстого была память о Казанском периоде. Но Толстой так и не решился открыться Зинаиде. Кавказ оставил в Толстом самые дорогие воспоминания... Однако... ...продолжается ...все та же борьба человека с низшими страстями... 

«Сладострастие сильно начинает разыгрываться - надо быть осторожным». «...О, срам! Ходил стучаться под окна К. К счастью моему, она меня не пустила». «Ходил стучаться к К., но, к моему счастью, мне помешал прохожий». «Я чувствовал себя нынче лучше, но морально слаб, и похоть сильная» (1852 год).

«Мне необходимо иметь женщину. Сладострастие не дает мне минуты покоя». «Из-за девок, которых не имею, и креста, которого не получу, живу здесь и убиваю лучшие годы своей жизни».

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Николай и Лев Толстые. Фотография 1850-х гг

...«Это насильственное воздержание, мне кажется, не дает мне покоя и мешает занятиям...» (1853 г.).

«Два раза имел Кас. Дурно. Я очень опустился». «Ходил к К., хорошо, что она не пустила»...

...В Петербурге в 1855 году Лев Николаевич встречается с Александрой Алексеевной Дьяковой, сестрой своего друга. Еще в юности он был увлечен ею... Уже три года, как Александра Алексеевна замужем за А. В. Оболенским, но при встрече чувство вновь захватывает Толстого.

«...Я не ожидал ее видеть, поэтому чувство, которое она возбудила во мне, было ужасно сильно...

...Потом она нечаянно проводила меня до дверей. Положительно, со времен Сонечки (Софья Павловна Колошина. Детская любовь Л. Н. Толстого) у меня не было такого сильного чувства».

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...Толстой не забыл Оболенскую. И позднее новые встречи опять волновали его. 6 ноября 1857 года Толстой отметил в дневнике:

«А. прелесть. Положительно женщина, более всех других прельщающая меня. Говорил с ней о женитьбе. Зачем я не сказал ей все». «А. держит меня на ниточке, и я благодарен ей за то. Однако по вечерам я страстно влюблен в нее и возвращаюсь домой полон чем-то, счастьем или грустью, - не знаю».

Попытка брака

28 мая 1856 года Лев Николаевич выезжает в Ясную Поляну. В деревне он возобновляет знакомство с семьей Арсеньевых... Лев Николаевич ставит перед собой неотложную задачу - женитьбу - и объектом выбирает Валерию Арсеньеву.

Старшая дочь дворянина Арсеньева, двадцатилетняя Валерия, показалась ему тем самым долгожданным идеалом. Его встреча с Валерией Арсеньевой случилась ровно через месяц после того, как он впервые увидел свою будущую жену Соню Берс...

«25 июля. В первый раз застал ее без платьев. Она в десять раз лучше, главное, естественна...

30 июля. В. совсем в неглиже. Не понравилась очень.

31 июля. В., кажется, просто глупа.

10 августа. Мы с В. говорили о женитьбе, она не глупа и необыкновенно добра».

...В течение месяцев, когда Толстой почти ежедневно виделся с Арсеньевой... он записывал: «Ездил со сладострастными целями верхом, - безуспешно». «Наткнулся на хорошенькую бабу и сконфузился».

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Валерия с удовольствием кокетничала с молодым графом, мечтала выйти за него замуж, но уж очень разное у них было представление о семейном счастье. Толстой мечтал, как Валерия в простом поплиновом платье будет обходить избы и подавать помощь мужикам. Валерия мечтала, как в платье с дорогими кружевами она будет разъезжать в собственной коляске по Невскому проспекту.

Когда различие это разъяснилось, Лев Николаевич понял, что Валерия Арсеньева - отнюдь не тот идеал, который он искал, и написал ей почти оскорбительное письмо, в котором заявил:

«Мне кажется, я не рожден для семейной жизни, хотя люблю ее больше всего на свете».

Целый год Толстой переживал разрыв с Валерией, на следующее лето поехал снова ее увидеть, не испытав никаких чувств: ни любви, ни страдания. В дневнике он записал:

«Боже мой, как я стар!.. Ничего не желаю, а готов тянуть, сколько могу, нерадостную лямку жизни...» Соне Берс, его суженой, в тот год исполнилось двенадцать лет.

...Из Севастополя Толстой вернулся полный чувственных вожделений. «Это уже не темперамент, а привычка разврата», - записал он по приезде.

«Похоть ужасная, доходящая до физической болезни». «Шлялся по саду со смутной, сладострастной надеждой поймать кого-то в кусту. Ничто мне так не мешает работать. Поэтому решился, где бы то и как бы то ни было, завести на эти два месяца любовницу». ...«Женщину хочу - ужасно. Хорошую».

После неудачной попытки жениться Толстой отдается светским увлечениям. «Тютчева, Свербеева, Щербатова, Чичерина, Олсуфьева, Ребиндер - я во всех был влюблен», - записывает Лев Николаевич... К этому списку следует прибавить... и сестер Львовых.

С княгиней Екатериной Львовой Толстой знакомится в Дрездене. «Она мне очень нравится, - записывает он в дневнике, - и, кажется, я дурак, что не попробую жениться на ней»... «Был у Львовых, и как вспомню этот визит - вою. Я решился было, что это последняя попытка женитьбы, но и то ребячество».

Через несколько месяцев он делится своими переживаниями с А. А. Толстой:

"Я был в наиудобнейшем настроении духа для того, чтобы влюбиться... Катерина Львова красивая, умная, честная и милая натура; я изо всех сил желал влюбиться, виделся с нею много и никакого!.. Что это, ради Бога? Что я за урод такой? Видно, у меня недостает чего-то…”

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Молодой граф был серьезно увлечен княжной Екатериной Трубецкой.

...В дневнике мы встречаем еще новые имена, например, имя княжны Екатерины Трубецкой... ...На Екатерине Федоровне Тютчевой (дочери поэта) внимание Толстого задерживается на несколько месяцев.

«7 января. Тютчева вздор!

8 января. Нет, не вздор. Потихоньку, но захватывает меня серьезно и всего...

26 января. Шел с готовой любовью к Тютчевой. Холодна, мелка, аристократична. Вздор!»

Еще через полгода он пишет А. А. Толстой:

«К. Тютчева была бы хорошая, ежели бы не скверная пыль и какая-то сухость и неаппетитность в уме и чувстве... Иногда я езжу к ним и примериваю свое 30-летнее спокойствие к тому самому, что тревожило меня прежде, и радуюсь своим успехам»

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Екатерина Федоровна Тютчева

Высокомерие и аристократизм Екатерины Тютчевой, дочери поэта, удержали Льва Николаевича от предложения руки …

Прежде, чем перейти к описанию новой страницы жизни пиателя, необходимо отметить, что после разрыва с Арсеньевой чувственные проявления инстинкта некоторое время остаются такими, как и прежде. Даже впечатления от первого путешествия за границей не вытесняют вожделений, и в записях о поездке по Швейцарии Толстой подчеркивает свое особое внимание к женщине.

В Кларане записывает:

"Служанка тревожит меня. Спасибо стыдливости", "Сладострастие мучает ужасно меня" …

В другом месте: - "Красавицы везде с белой грудью" (Дневник. 4 июня 1857 г). - "Еще красавицы... Доехал до Берна" (Дневник.5 июня 1857 г). - "Несмотря на головную боль, пошел ходить. Жалкое созданье.. . И я скотина!" (Дневник. 30 июня 1857 г) - "Красавица на гулянье - толстенькая" (Дневник. 5 июля 1857 г).

"Поехал верхом. Духи сена, круглые фруктовые деревья; на деревьях женщины и мужчины рвут вишни и поют по-тирольски, небо все необстоятельное, лазурь разлита повсюду. Зугское озеро сине. Дома любовался хозяйской дочерью, даже было что-то легкое, сладкое воспоминание о ней, когда я вернулся в комнату. У нее милая физиономия и улыбка, и она умна, даже рефлектерка немножко" (Дневник. 10 июля 1857 г).

Через день: - "Пошел пешком, кретины. Милый народ, шутливо кретинически добродушный. Старушка с зонтиком. Девочки. Две девочки из Штанца заигрывали, и у одной чудные глаза. Я дурно подумал и тотчас же был наказан застенчивостью. Славная церковь с органом, полная хорошеньких. Пропасть общительных и полухорошеньких... “.

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Через несколько месяцев по возвращении из-за границы, в период своих светских увлечений, Толстой вступает в связь с замужней крестьянкой Аксиньей. Связь эта продолжается долго и оставляет в Толстом большой след. Через многие годы она находит отражение в "Дьяволе" - в одном из самых страстных художественных произведений Льва Николаевича. Отдельные записи дневника дают представление о характере этой связи.

"Чудный Троицын день. Вянущая черемуха в корявых рабочих руках; захлебывающийся голос Василия Давыдкина. Видел мельком Аксинью. Очень хороша. Все эти дни ждал тщетно. Нынче в большом старом лесу. Сноха. Я дурак, скотина. Красный загар, глаза... Я влюблен, как никогда в жизни. Нет другой мысли. Мучаюсь. Завтра все силы"

Она была невозможно далека от его высокодуховного идеала, и чувство свое к ней - серьезное, тяжелое - Толстой считал нечистым. Связь их продолжалась три года. Аксинья была замужем, муж ее промышлял извозом и дома бывал редко.

Необыкновенно хорошенькая собой, соблазнительная, хитрая и лукавая, Аксинья кружила мужчинам головы, с легкостью их завлекала и обманывала. «Идиллия», «Тихон и Маланья», «Дьявол» - все эти произведения написаны Толстым под впечатлением от чувств к Аксинье.

Через год после этого:.- "Об А. вспоминаю только с отвращением, о плечах"

"Ее не видал. Но вчера... (Многоточие в подлиннике) мне даже страшно становится, как она мне близка" (Дневник. 25 мая 1860 г). - "Ее нигде нет - искал. Уже не чувство оленя, а мужа к жене. Странно, стараюсь возобновить бывшее чувство пресы-щенья и не могу. Равнодушие трудовое, непреодолимое - больше всего возбуждает это чувство"

Последняя запись очень интересна. Она указывает на большую перемену, происшедшую в настроениях Толстого. Прежде желание распространялось на многих женщин, которых случайно встречал он, и, несмотря на упорную мысль о близком, полном духовного смысла браке, несмотря на возвышенный идеал будущей жены, оно доходило иногда до физической боли.

Теперь же обычная безответственная связь помещика с крестьянкой постепенно достигает такой силы, что начинает поглощать все внимание, сосредоточивать всю силу страсти на одном объекте, не вызывая прежнего негодования и протеста совести.

Аксинья забеременела примерно тогда, когда Лев Николаевич сватался к Соне Берс. Новый идеал уже вошел в его жизнь, но разорвать отношения с Аксиньей он был не в силах.

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В августе 1862 года все дети семьи Берс поехали навестить деда в его имение Ивицы и по дороге остановились в Ясной Поляне. И вот тогда 34-летний граф Толстой вдруг увидел в 18-летней Соне не прелестного ребенка, а прелестную девушку... Девушку, которая может волновать чувства.

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Соня, Таня и Лиза Берс.Конец 1850-х

Был пикник в Засеке на лужайке, когда расшалившаяся Соня взобралась на стог и пела «Ключ по камешкам течет». И были беседы в сумерках на балконе, когда Соня робела перед Львом Николаевичем, но ему удалось ее разговорить, и он с умилением ее слушал, а на прощание восторженно сказал: «Какая вы ясная, простая!»

Когда Берсы уехали в Ивицы, Лев Николаевич выдержал всего несколько дней в разлуке с Соней. Он ощущал потребность снова увидеть ее. Он поехал в Ивицы и там на балу вновь любовался Соней. Она была в барежевом платье с лиловыми бантами.

В танце она была необыкновенно грациозна, и хотя Лев Николаевич твердил себе, что Соня еще ребенок, потом эти свои чувства он описал в «Войне и мире», в эпизоде, когда князь Андрей Болконский танцует с Наташей Ростовой и влюбляется в нее.

«Он обнял этот тонкий, подвижный, трепещущий стан, и она зашевелилась так близко от него и улыбнулась так близко ему, вино ее прелести ударило ему в голову».

Внешне Наташа была списана с Сони Берс: худенькая, большеротая, некрасивая, но совершенно неотразимая в сиянии своей юности.

Невинную, безгрешную любовь ощутил и Нехлюдов «с первого же дня как он увидал Катюшу» (роман «Воскресенье»). Эта любовь была «духовного» человека, она была в его душе, а он радовался тому, что влюблен…

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«Я боюсь себя, что, ежели и это желанье любви, а не любовь. Я стараюсь глядеть только на ее слабые стороны, и все-таки это оно», - писал Толстой в дневнике.

Когда Берсы вернулись в Москву, он поехал вслед за ними. Андрей Евстафьевич и Любовь Александровна поначалу думали, что Толстой заинтересовался их старшей дочерью, Лизой, и с радостью его принимали, надеясь, что он вскоре посватается. А Лев Николаевич мучился бесконечными сомнениями:

«Каждый день я думаю, что нельзя больше страдать и вместе быть счастливым, и каждый день я становлюсь безумнее».

Наконец он решил, что необходимо объясниться с Соней. 17 сентября Толстой приехал к ней с письмом, в котором просил Соню стать его женой, и вместе с тем умолял при малейшем сомнении ответить «нет». Соня взяла письмо и ушла в свою комнату. Толстой в маленькой гостиной находился в состоянии такого нервного напряжения, что даже не слышал, когда старшие Берсы обращались к нему.

Наконец Соня спустилась, подошла к нему и сказала: «Разумеется, да!» Только тогда Лев Николаевич официально просил ее руки у родителей.

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...Льву Николаевичу уже 34 года, а Софье Андреевне Берс только 18 лет. Он некрасив, «безобразен», она - «прелестна во всех отношениях». Разница в возрасте мучает его, и минутами он думает, что личное счастье ему недоступно...

...После объяснения с Софьей Андреевной Лев Николаевич настаивал, чтобы свадьба была через неделю... и свадьба была назначена на 23 сентября. ...В последнюю минуту хотел он бежать, но было уже поздно.

Теперь Толстой был абсолютно счастлив: «Никогда так радостно, ясно и спокойно не представлялось мне мое будущее с женой». Но оставалось еще одно: прежде чем венчаться, он хотел, чтобы у них не оставалось никаких секретов друг от друга. У Сони и секретов не было, вся ее простая юная душа была перед ним - как на ладони. Зато у Льва Николаевича они имелись, и прежде всего - отношения с Аксиньей. Толстой дал невесте прочесть свои дневники.

В них было все: карточные долги, пьяные гулянки, цыганка, с которой ее жених намеревался жить вместе, девки, к которым ездил с друзьями, яснополянская крестьянка Аксинья, с которой проводил летние ночи, и, наконец, барышня Валерия Арсеньева, на которой три года назад чуть было не женился.

Соня была в ужасе. Об этой стороне жизни она знала только понаслышке. Но и предположить не могла, что все ЭТО мог делать любимый, уважаемый ею человек.

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Прийти в себя Соне помог разговор с матерью: Любовь Александровна хотя и была шокирована выходкой будущего зятя, но постаралась объяснить Соне, что у всех мужчин в возрасте Льва Николаевича есть прошлое, просто большинство женихов не посвящают невест в эти подробности.

Соня решила, что любит Льва Николаевича достаточно сильно, чтобы простить ему все, и Аксинью в том числе. Но тут Толстой снова начал сомневаться в правильности принятого решения, и в самое утро назначенного венчания, 23 сентября, предложил Соне еще раз подумать: быть может, она все-таки не хочет этого брака?

Не может же и правда она, восемнадцатилетняя, нежная, любить его, «старого беззубого дурака»? И опять Соня рыдала. Под венец в кремлевской церкви Рождества Богородицы она шла в слезах.

Вечером того же дня молодые супруги уехали в Ясную Поляну. Толстой записал в дневнике: «Неимоверное счастье... Не может быть, чтобы это все кончилось только жизнью».

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Семейная жизнь, однако же, началась далеко не безоблачно. Соня проявляла в интимных отношениях холодность и даже брезгливость, которые, впрочем, вполне понятны, - она была еще совсем юна и воспитана в традициях XIX столетия, когда матери сообщали дочерям о «брачном таинстве» перед самой свадьбой, да и то в иносказательных выражениях.

Из ее дневника:

«...Все его (мужа) прошедшее так ужасно для меня, что я, кажется, никогда не помирюсь с ним. ...Он целует меня, а я думаю: «Не в первый раз ему увлекаться». Я тоже увлекалась, но воображением, а он - женщинами, живыми, хорошенькими...»

Но Лев Николаевич сходил с ума от страсти к молодой жене, сердился на нее за то, что не получает отклика. Однажды во время брачной ночи у него даже случилась галлюцинация: графу почудилось, что в объятиях у него не Соня, а фарфоровая куколка, и даже край рубашечки отбит. Он рассказал о видении жене - Соня испугалась. Но изменить своего отношения к телесной стороне супружества не смогла.

«…У него играет большую роль физическая сторона любви. Это ужасно — у меня никакой, напротив».

Толстой, конечно, тоже почувствовал что-то неладное: «Ночь, тяжелый сон. Не она». Неудивительно, что первые ссоры произошли уже во время медового месяца. Примирение было быстрым и страстным, но идиллическая картина навсегда исчезла.

- Ты знаешь, Соня, - сказал как-то Толстой, - мне кажется, муж и жена — как две половинки чистого листа бумаги. Ссоры — как надрезы. Начни этот лист сверху нарезать и… скоро две половинки разъединятся совсем…

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Сестры Софья (слева) и Татьяна Берс. 1861 г

Помимо призраков прошлого, омрачавших жизнь Софьи Андреевны, ее сильно мучило чувство ревности... ко всем женщинам.

...В последние годы холостой жизни Толстой имел длительную связь с яснополянской замужней крестьянкой Аксиньей и, кажется, имел от нее сына...

Из дневника: «Видел мельком Аксинью. Очень хороша. ...Я влюблен, как никогда в жизни. Нет другой мысли. Мучаюсь».

...Спустя полгода: «Ее не видал. Но вчера... мне даже страшно становится, как она мне близка». «Ее нигде нет - искал. Уже не чувство оленя, а мужа к жене»...

Спустя несколько месяцев после свадьбы эта женщина вместе с другой крестьянкой была прислана в барский дом мыть полы. Софье Андреевне ее показали. Мучительная ревность поднялась в жене Льва Николаевича...

16 декабря 1862 года есть такая запись в дневнике С. А.:

«Мне кажется, я когда-нибудь себя хвачу от ревности. Влюблен, как никогда. И просто баба, толстая, белая - ужасно. Я с таким удовольствием смотрела на кинжал, ружья. Один удар - легко. Я просто как сумасшедшая»...

...Семейные отношения писателя складывались непросто. ...Толстой вышел за пределы пола, в жене хотел он видеть только человека.

Но... в глубокой старости судьба снова разбудила в нем чувства мужа к жене, отношения мужчины к женщине. ...Лев Николаевич, 70-летний старик, временами стал испытывать от присутствия жены сильное, радостное волнение.

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P.S.

Побывал я как-то в Ясной Поляне. Музей оказался закрыт на санитарный день. Но одна из сотрудниц согласилась рассказать кое-что о Толстом. С её слов, он пахал и косил лишь для одиноких молодух и вдов, да и то для тех, у кого были дочери, - за первую ночь с ними!  И в деревне его ненавидели за это - половина детей были на него похожи. Хоть доля истины в этом рассказе есть?

Отвечает Павел Басинский, писатель, автор книг о Л. Толстом, М. Горьком:

- Подобные рассказы - абсолютный миф. Дурные легенды эти стали, к сожалению, довольно расхожими. Жизнь Льва Николаевича с тех пор, как он женился на Софье Андреевне, была вся на виду, прозрачна - его посещало множество самых разных людей.

Далеко не все посетители были его почитателями, а тем более последователями. И уж, наверное, осталось бы нечто «разоблачительное» в их мемуарах, письмах. Консервативные газеты наверняка разразились бы подобного рода обличениями, дай им писатель такой повод. Но ничего подобного нет!

До брака была у Толстого связь с яснополянской крестьянкой Аксиньей Базыкиной. Многие, в том числе и Софья Андреевна, знали, что у неё был сын от Льва Николаевича. Он выбирался старостой в деревне, работал кучером у сыновей Толстого, потом спился, как это часто бывало с внебрачными детьми помещиков. Но никакой неизвестной, «теневой» личной жизни у Толстого не было.

Я как раз за то, чтобы говорить всю правду о гениях, но в данном случае никаких оснований для такой «правды» нет.

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Eerste zondag van de Advent

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Epistel
Rom. 13, 11-14
Broeders, gij weet, dat het thans voor ons tijd is, om uit de slaap op te staan. Want nu is ons heil dichterbij, dan toen wij het geloof aanvaardden. De nacht loopt ten einde; de dag komt naderbij. Laten wij daarom afleggen de werken van de duisternis, en ons bekleden met de wapenen van het licht. Zorgen wij onberispelijk te leven, zoals men dat doet op klaarlichte dag: niet in onmatigheid en dronkenschap, niet in ontucht en losbandigheid, niet in twist en naijver; integendeel, gij moet u bekleden met de Heer Jezus Christus.

Evangelie
Lc. 21, 25-33
In die tijd sprak Jezus tot Zijn leerlingen: Er zullen tekenen komen aan zon en maan en sterren; en op de aarde zal er doodsangst heersen onder de volken, geheel radeloos door het gebulder van zee en golven. Dan zullen de mensen het besterven van schrik en angst om hetgeen de wereld gaat overkomen; want de krachten van de hemelen zullen geschokt worden. En dan zullen zij de Mensenzoon zien komen op een wolk, met grote macht en majesteit. Welnu, wanneer dit alles een aanvang gaat nemen, richt dan uw ogen opwaarts, en heft uw hoofden omhoog! Want uw verlossing is nabij. En Hij hield hun de volgende gelijkenis voor: Ziet naar de vijgeboom en de andere bomen; zodra zij beginnen uit te lopen, weet gij, dat de zomer nabij is. Zo ook, als gij deze dingen ziet gebeuren, weet dan, dat het Koninkrijk Gods nabij is. Voorwaar Ik zeg u: dit geslacht zal niet vergaan, voordat dit alles geschiedt. Hemel en aarde zullen vergaan, maar Mijn woorden zullen niet vergaan.

Overweging
De Advent begint met de woorden over de komst van de Mensenzoon, die wij in een meer uitbundige vorm afgelopen zondag reeds hebben gehoord. De Mensenzoon komt als rechter in Zijn eigendom terug om verlossing te brengen aan Zijn gelovigen. Er zit iets heugelijks in de woorden van het Evangelie van vandaag, als wij horen: Heft uw ogen opwaarts, want uw verlossing is nabij.

Dit is ook precies de diepste betekenis van de kerkelijke Advent: Het verwachten van Christus, de Mensenzoon, in Zijn derde komst, die plaats zal vinden op het einde der tijden in macht en majesteit. Hij zal verschijnen om alles tot Zich te trekken door het uitspreken van het laatste oordeel.

Maar voor dit alles zal gebeuren wordt ons verhaald hoe de gehele schepping geschokt zal worden, en hoe de mensen het zullen besterven van schrik en angst. Ons wordt duidelijk gemaakt dat de jongste dag voorafgegaan zal worden door allerlei ellende en nood. Dat is de onafwendbare toekomst die deze wereld te wachten staat.

De derde komst van Christus, als rechter, is slechts voor de getrouwen midden in de ellende van deze wereld toch een grote vreugde. Zijn komst brengt verlossing, want Zijn koninkrijk is nabij. Waar het in ons christelijk leven over gaat is niets meer of minder dan onze voorbereiding op Zijn komst. Behoren wij Hem toe of niet? Leef ik zoals Hij van mij verwacht? Bemin ik Hem in mijn dagelijkse gebeden? Woont er in mijn ziel een verlangen om bij Hem te zijn en alleen aan Hem toe te behoren? Dat zijn de cruciale punten die uitmaken of wij Zijn komst in heerlijkheid met vreugde en hoop tegemoet kunnen gaan, of dat de toekomstige ellende van deze wereld alleen maar het begin van eeuwige pijn en verdriet zal zijn.

Bij Zijn derde komst in heerlijkheid zullen namelijk de slechte mensen worden gescheiden van de goeden en worden opgesloten in het eeuwige hellevuur. Voor wie Hem hebben liefgehad staan de poorten van de hemel open. Eeuwige vreugde in de aanschouwing van de goddelijke heerlijkheid zal hun deel zijn. Hij wordt in de Kerstnacht geboren om ons alle middelen te schenken die noodzakelijk zijn om heilig te worden.

          

30 november: Heilige Andreas, apostel

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Andreas was de broer van Simon Petrus. Hij was eerst leerling van Johannes de Doper. Beide broers waren visser van beroep. Andreas sloot zich later bij Jezus aan en liet ook zijn broer met Jezus kennis maken. Andreas is de eerste met name genoemde apostel. Hij was de eerste apostel die Jezus volgde, samen met Johannes. Hij leidde ook de eerste heidenen naar Jezus, vlak voordat Hij aan Zijn beulen uitgeleverd zou worden. Steeds stond hij Jezus ter zijde om zijn hulp aan te bieden. Zo was Andreas de apostel die voor de wonderbaarlijke broodvermenigvuldiging een jongen aanwees die broden en vissen bij zich had.

Volgens de overlevering heeft hij na het Pinksterfeest het Evangelie verkondigd in Klein-Azie en in de Donaulanden. Ten tijde van de regeringsperiode van keizer Nero werd Andreas door de stadhouder Ageas gearresteerd. Hij werd gedwongen aan de goden te offeren, maar Andreas hield standvastig vol en bleef weigeren. Daarop sprak de christenhater over hem het doodsoordeel uit. Omstreeks het jaar 60 is hij te Patras in het noorden van de Peloponnesus in Griekenland aan een X-vormig kruis gestorven. Uit liefde voor zijn Heer wilde hij namelijk niet op dezelfde wijze gekruisigd worden als Jezus. We noemen een X-vormig kruis daarom een Andreaskruis. We komen het Andreaskruis tegen in het wapen van Amsterdam en bij spoorwegovergangen.

De heilige Andreas is de patroon van Rusland en van Schotland. Filippus van Bourgondië (Filippus de Schone) stelde in 1429 de ridderorde van Sint Andries in, die wij beter kennen als de orde van het Gulden Vlies.

Andreas ligt begraven in de grafkelder te Amalfi en zijn hoofd lag in de Sint-Pietersbasiliek te Rome. Paus Paulus VI heeft dit hoofd geschonken aan de Patriarch van Constantinopel als een gebaar van toenadering, want in het Oosten is de heilige Andreas een van de meest vereerde heiligen. Hij zou volgens de legende de Kerk van Byzantium hebben gesticht, het centrum van de Oosterse Kerken.

Andreas is patroon van Schotland, Griekenland, Rusland, Spanje, vissers, vishandelaren, slagers, mijnwerkers, touwslagers, waterdragers en voor een goed huwelijk; hij is patroon tegen: jicht, keelpijn, krampen en belroos.

          

25 november: Heilige Catharina van Alexandrië, maagd en martelares

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Catharina werd in de derde eeuw geboren in Alexandrië (Egypte) als dochter van koning Costus. Er is niet veel van haar bekend, het meeste is gebaseerd op legenden. We weten wel dat ze heel mooi was, en rijk en hoogbegaafd. Vooral haar onovertroffen trots wordt vermeld. Geen enkele vrijer was goed genoeg voor haar. Altijd was er wel iets dat niet deugde. Op een dag trof Catharina een oude kluizenaar die haar vertelde dat Jezus Christus haar bruidegom zou worden. Deze uitspraak maakte een diepe indruk op het meisje en ze besloot gemaakte fouten voorgoed te vereffenen en een nieuw leven te beginnen. Ze ging naar een priester en liet zich dopen.

Kort daarop werd er in de stad een feest gevierd ter ere van de goden en iedereen die iets betekende werd uitgenodigd aan dit feest deel te nemen. Ook Catharina ontving deze uitnodiging en werd verzocht iets mee te nemen om aan de goden te offeren. Ze besloot naar Alexandrië te gaan met de bedoeling om de keizer te vertellen dat zijn goden afgoden waren en niet vereerd mochten worden.

Door haar geweldige redenaarstalent wist zij de heersers in verlegenheid te brengen. De keizer riep daarop de 50 beste filosofen en retoren bij elkaar met de bedoeling om haar met haar uitspraken door de mand te laten vallen. Maar toen het moment daar was werden alle argumenten die zij allen aanvoerden met de grond gelijk gemaakt. En alle aanwezigen bekeerden zich tot het christendom. De woedende keizer veroordeelde daarop de 50 geleerden tot de brandstapel. Tot het laatste moment stond Catharina de 50 mannen terzijde. Daarop werd zij zelf gevangen genomen en in de kerker geworpen. Vreselijke folteringen moest zij ondergaan. Zo werd ze met nagels op raderen gebonden.

Wekenlang liet men haar hierop liggen zonder voedsel. Steeds weer stond zij gezond en wel voor de keizer en vertelde hem zijn dwalingen. Tenslotte liet de keizer haar in het jaar 306 onthoofden, zodat hij van haar verlost zou zijn.

Catharina behoort tot de veertien helpers in nood. Zij is patrones van leraren, studenten, scholieren, meisjes, maagden, gehuwde vrouwen, theologen, filosofen, universiteiten, bibliotheken, ziekenhuizen, redenaars, molenaars, schippers, kappers, boekdrukkers, schoenmakers, naaisters, notarissen, advocaten, drenkelingen en van veldvruchten, en patrones tegen migraine en tongaandoeningen.

          

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GOD LØN: Ung kvinde med sydeuropæisk udseende til rekrutteringsfilm for Bygma, Sjælland

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Krav til kvinden: – 20-22 år (må ikke se for ung ud) – Sydeuropæisk udseende Rettigheder: Online (web), 3 år. Option på yderligere tre år, 50% af oprindeligt fee. Optagelse: 4./5. december, Lang dag, interesserede skal have tid f  Cast free on site: http://www.onlinecasting.dk/visaudition.asp?id=18337
          

Azam Khan reacts to Pragya Thakur’s comment in Parliament

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Azam Khan reacts to Pragya Thakur’s comment in Parliament

Rampur: Reacting to BJP MP Pragya Thakur’s now-expunged comment in the Lok Sabha calling Nathuram Godse a “patriot”, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan on Sunday said that it happening inside the Parliament was unfortunate. “What worse can happen than a person (Thakur) first glorifying (Godse) in the Parliament and then apologising for it,” Khan …

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Potężne emocje podczas obrad (video)

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Jednym z punktów w porządku obrad XVII sesji Rady Miejskiej w Augustowie z 25 listopada, było rozpatrzenie wniosku Zarządu Województwa Podlaskiego o wyrażenie zgody na rozwiązanie stosunku pracy z radnym.…
          

Supernatural – “Last Call”

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CLOSING TIME – Dean (Jensen Ackles) goes off on his own to take on a case. Meanwhile, Castiel (Misha Collins) has an idea of how he can help Sam (Jared Padalecki) track down God. Amyn Kaderali directed the episode written by Jeremy Adams (#1507). Original Airdate 12/5/2019 @ 8pm.
          

Mmm za dwie godziny ten...

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Mmm za dwie godziny ten pyszny skurwysyn będzie jedzony.
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Kryzys demograficzny i moje dwie bardzo stare notki

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W dniu 4 listopada 2019, czyli 25 dni temu, w tygodniku „Do Rzeczy” [nr 45/2019] ukazał się artykuł Przemysława Załuski „Tylko frajerzy mają dzieci” [zajawka {TUTAJ}].  Autor stwierdza w nim:   „Dopóki system będzie karał ekonomicznie za posiadanie dzieci, dopóty ...
          

Crnogorski spasioci: Građani Drača znaju koliko im je teško, mi znamo koliko smo spremni da pomognemo

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Crnogorski spasilački tim vratio se iz Albanije, gdje je pomagao nakon razornog zemljotresa koji je pogodio tu zemlju u utorak. “Ponosni smo što smo bili dio međunarodnih aktivnosti i pružali pomoć građanima na područjima pogođenim zemljotresom u Albaniji. Građani Drača znaju koliko im je teško, a mi znamo koliko smo bili spremni da pomognemo“, navodi …
          

Pijana Beograđanka TUKLA PUTNIKE, pa NAPALA VOZAČA autobusa!

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U Dečanskoj ulici u Beogradu na stajalištu “Dom omladine” u autobusu na liniji 95 jedna putnica starosti oko 40-45 godina, u vidno alkoholisanom stanju tukla je više putnika. Zatim je napala i vozača autobusa. Nakon što je policija privela pijanu osobu, vozač je nastavio sa radom, a povrijeđenih putnika nije bilo. Pink.rs
          

I DANAS SERIJA ZEMLJOTRESA OKO CRNE GORE: Da li se osjećate BEZBJEDNO?

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Tlo u regionu se ne smiruje, a to je najavljeno i od strane seizmologa. Bosnu i Hercegovinu danas je pogodio novi zemljotres koji se osjetio i u Crnoj Gori, a treslo se i u Albaniji. Crna Gora dobro pamti zemljotres od prije 40 godina, a stručnjaci upozoravaju na loš kvalitet gradnje, ali i na prirodne …
          

Gradonačelnica Drača podnijela OSTAVKU zbog izjave o žrtvama zemljotresa

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Gradonačelnica Drača Valbona Sako najavila je da će podnijeti ostavku, nakon negativnih reakcija u javnosti na njenu izjavu u vezi sa žrtvama razornog zemljotresa koji je prije nekoliko dana pogodio taj grad. Ona je na Fejsbuku objavila da podnosi ostavku na mjesto gradonačelnika, povrijeđena ogromnom negativnom reakcijom na izjavu koju je dala pod stresom, prenijeli …
          

W hostelu znaleziono zwłoki dziecka. Szokujące doniesienia mediów

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Zwłoki 10-latka znaleziono w piątek około godz. 14. Makabrycznego znaleziska w jednym z pokoi w lubelskim hostelu miały dokonać sprzątaczki. Jak podaje serwis spottedlublin.pl, chłopca mogła zabić jego matka – Monika S.
          

Zwłoki dziecka w hostelu. Nieoficjalnie: Zostało uduszone

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Zwłoki znaleziono w piątek około godz. 14. Makabrycznego znaleziska w jednym z pokoi w lubelskim hostelu miały dokonać sprzątaczki.
          

Na Twitterze PO 18 wpisów promujących Kidawę-Błońską, nic o Jaśkowiaku. "Jestem zniesmaczony"

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PO otwarcie faworyzuje Małgorzatę Kidawę-Błońską w prawyborach prezydenckich? Jak zauważył jeden z działaczy PO, na koncie twitterowym partii w ciągu 22 godzin pojawiło się 18 wpisów promujących jej kandydaturę. Na temat drugiego kandydata, Jacka Jaśkowiaka, nie ukazał się ani jeden post.
          

Daniel Isn't Real, 2019 - ★★★★

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“I am the abyss, get in.”

From the producer of Mandy comes another H.P. Lovecraft inspired psychological horror flick. 
This one is a mixture of interpretations of Hieronymus Bosch paintings that can be seen throughout the film while a “Nyarlathotep“ plot line from the lovecraftian universe swirls the undercurrent. 
The plot is filled with modern and antique relics that serve as conduits for cosmic terror and, of course, Daniel serves as the Nyarlathotep character that attempts to manipulate humanity to achieve his ultimate goal which is chaos, hence, Nyarlathotep‘s other alias: “crawling chaos”. 
It’s got practical body horror, blood, the double identity of psyches, cosmic themes that serve the overall goal of Lovecraftian stories: the universe is an existentially terrifying landscape with god knows what out there and it’s not that unlikely that cosmic beings could play a part in ordinary life, it doesn’t mean humans can’t be triumphant over this from time to time but it’s always going to come at a cost. 
I appreciate the way the story plays out especially the last 40 mins. 
Cosmic gothic horror might be creating its own genre, especially with Color Out of Space coming out soon & I’m here for it, all day.


          

The Irishman, 2019 - ★★★★★

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Martin Scorsese’s I Heard You Paint Houses is his Once Upon a Time in America but Scorsese’s epic beats Leone’s by a long shot. 
It’s a reflective and generational picture. 
An epic that’s all about mobsters and corruption while showing how karma can come full circle in all ways even the most subtle. 
Don’t even worry about the runtime. You feel it but not in the way of “oh my god when will this end?” More in the way of “holy shit this is the most worth while use of time consumption I’ve ever witnessed and please don’t tell me it’s almost over”. 
All the themes seen here are not new to the likes of Scorsese but they are presented in bold ways that make it feel exemplary.  
We’ve all seen the Paradise Lost, cast out of heaven, downfall from hubris and vanity throughout Scorsese’s career but we’ve never seen it sprawl out like this and laid out in such a fashion that it feels like an epilogue to a wide spanning career. 
Where The Wolf of Wall Street was an epic in the lane of no filter, no rest, no revival with all of Scorsese’s usual energetic tropes, I Heard You Paint Houses feels restrained, it feels mature, most of all, it feels remorseful with his tropes. 
This with Silence now completes Scorsese’s epic cinematic duality with religious tribulations and criminal underworlds. 
Scorsese, Schoonmaker, Pesci and De Niro all might as well be guaranteed awards recognition for this. 
This is one of the best films I have ever seen and I say that with full confidence. 
Scorsese has always done well at showing emotion through the lens of a camera but it seems that the older he gets, the more in depth he becomes and I can’t help but love him all the more for it. 
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Senator Lindsey Graham Doesn’t Recall People in 2008 Criticizing Biden When He Attacked McCain

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Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke with Brian Kilmeade about the impact on his friendship with former Vice President Joe Biden by requesting documents related to contacts between Vice President Biden, his son Hunter Biden & Ukrainian President Poroshenko. Senator Graham believes Biden is a decent fellow but believes we cannot have a country where only republicans are investigated. Graham explained, "My friendship with Joe Biden, if it can't withstand me doing my job, it's not the friendship I thought we had." Graham added, "I don't remember Joe Biden being asked, 'Well, you such good friends with John McCain. Why are you saying all these things about McCain's candidacy for president?' Nobody in their right mind would suggest that Joe Biden, because of his friendship with John McCain, could not make a case against John McCain being president and for Barack Obama. He did. He did it effectively. They tore the bark off John McCain." Graham also responded to Senator Chris Coons saying he is abandoning his friendship with Biden by doing 'Trump's dirty work'. Graham said, "Chris Coons is a friend. I'm disappointed in him. He wants to play the game where I work with him to make sure Trump gets investigated, but all of a sudden, when I ask questions ...I mean, every American wants to know the answer to, all of a sudden I'm the bad guy? That's not going to work with me." Watch here for the full interview: Watch here: Full transcript Joe Biden: We're asking, Lindsey Graham. They have him under they're thumb right now. They know he knows if he comes out against Trump, he's got a real tough road for reelection. Number one, I am disappointed. And quite frankly, I'm angered by the fact he knows me. He knows my son. He knows there's nothing to this. Lindsey is about to go down in a way that I think he's going to regret his whole life. Male Speaker: What do you say to him? Joe Biden: I say -- Lindsey, I just -- I'm just embarrassed by what you're doing. Are you? I mean, my Lord? Brian Kilmeade: My Lord. That's how he ended it. And from the minute I saw that on another network, I wanted to find out what Senator Graham thought about that, who said in the past, "I like Joe Biden," and more. But he's going to investigate Hunter Biden, and he wants to investigate what was going on in the Ukraine in 2014 and 2016. Senator Graham, well, welcome back. What's your response to that? Lindsey Graham: Well, number one, I do like Joe Biden. He's -- I've traveled the world with him. I like him, I think he's a very decent fellow. He's had a lot of tragedy in his life. But I'm not going to create a country where only Republicans get investigated. There's a lot of corruption in the Ukraine. They're an important ally. I thought Mueller would end this, but Adam Schiff is created a process in the house that's un-American, dangerous to the Presidency. And we're going to ask questions of Hunter Biden's role and getting the prosecutor fired. He served on a company, Burisma, as a board member. He received $50,000 a month. For what? I don't know. After the investigation of the company was opened by the prosecutor general's office in the Ukraine. Hunter Biden called his friends in the State Department, Joe Biden called the president, the Ukraine, Persico , three times in10 days. Went to the Ukraine in March. The investigation began February the 4th. The prosecutor was fired. I want to know the transcripts of the phone call between the Vice President and the President of the Ukraine. I want to know what Hunter Biden was doing talking to the State Department. His business partners and blue strategies also contacted at the State Department. The question is, did Hunter Biden use his political influence to stop the investigation of a gas company he was sitting on a as a board member? The president of Burisma was Zlochevsky, the former environmental minister in the Yanukovich administration, who was identified by the U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine in 2015 as being one of the most corrupt people in the Ukraine. The question is, did one of the most corrupt people in the Ukraine hired Joe -- Hunter Biden to be a board member on a gas company and Hunter Biden knows nothing about the gas business, as an insurance policy to protect his company in situations like this. I don't know what happened. I do know this. We're not going to allow the House to investigate Trump endlessly and not ask questions about all corruption in the Ukraine. Was there a corrupt motive behind Hunter Biden's interference contacting of the State Department after the gas company was being investigated? Nothing to do with friendship. When Joe Biden was the vice presidential nominee in 2008, he tore the bark off John McCain and Sarah Palin, nobody asked him, hey, will that hurt your friendship. It hurt my relationship because that's the job he was assigned. My job is to make sure that people I represent in South Carolina, that their voice is heard. Nobody in the media really gives a damn that Hunter Biden was sitting on this board receiving $50,000 a month. Nobody in the media really gives a damn that Hunter Biden weighed in with the State Department after the company came under investigation. They tell me political fat looked at this. What a joke. There has been no investigation regarding the role of the Vice President, Hunter Biden and getting the Ukrainian prosecutor fired after the investigation of Permisa -- Burisma, whatever the name of the company is. I'm going to make sure that those questions are asked. And finally, why am I doing this? When House Republicans tried to ask these questions about the role of Hunter Biden in the investigation of the gas company, they were shut down. So, I'm going to ask. If it were up me, we would have ended this a long time ago on both sides. Brian Kilmeade: Senator, well said. You have some legitimate questions and you put your job over your friendship. So, he says that you're being held hostage basically by Donald Trump, that if you go against Trump, you're not going to get reelected. What's your response to that? Lindsey Graham: It's not going to work. It's not going to work with me. I supported legislation which Chris Coons to make sure that Mueller could not be fired without cause. I didn't think the President was going to fire Mueller, but he said some things that bothered me. I didn't know what the Trump campaign did regarding Russia. I supported the idea that Mueller would be a fair guy to look. I trusted Mueller. He spent two years and $25 million. He found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians. And he made no recommendations for prosecution based on obstruction of justice allegations. I thought that would end it. What Schiff is doing is dangerous to the Presidency. He's not allowing Republicans to call witnesses. The President's counsel can't participate in the Intel Committee hearings. You can't ask any questions about whether or not Hunter Biden interfered in an investigation at the gas company where he received $50,000 a month as a board member. I want to know what Joe Biden asked of the Ukrainian government after the raid on Burisma. I hope there's nothing there. Reveal the transcripts. Trump released the transcripts. All I'm asking is that somebody look at this line of inquiry. It does look very suspicious to me. The conflict of interest is obvious with Hunter Biden being on that board. So Checci was named the most corrupt person in the Ukraine by the U.S. ambassador in 2015. They hired Hunter Biden by 2014. Burmese -- Burisma did. Was that an insurance policy to protect them against investigations? I don't know. Blue Strategies weighed in with the State Department after the raid on the gas company. Who did they talk to and what did they ask? Hunter Biden's business partner met directly with John Kerry. What was that all about? I don't believe political factors is the end of the inquiry. Somebody needs to look at this. The House is not allowing these questions to be asked. I will make sure they're asking the Senate. Brian Kilmeade: Well, we know this. He knows nothing about what he was doing over there, but he was golfing with Archer, his partner over there in the Hamptons. Lindsey Graham: When did he know it? What did he do? And he's a friend. I mean, you know, it's up to him if he wants the friendship to continue. I hope it will continue. But don't expect me -- you know, Chris Coons, I work with a lot. You know, I work with you to protect Mueller. You're going to rally around Joe Biden's campaign. I understand that politically. But I can promise you that when Joe Biden was doing his job as the Democratic nominee for vice president, going after McCain and Palin. Nobody ask him about is the friendship in question. So it is obvious to me that Hunter Biden did some things that need to be looked at to stop the investigation of a company. He was receiving $50,000 a month from in the Ukraine. And the president that company was one of the most corrupt people in the entire country, according to the U.S. government. Brian Kilmeade: So Joe Biden called out Lindsey Graham said basically he feels bad for many, is angered by his action. Lindsey Graham said -- Lindsey Graham: Don't feel bad about me. Don't worry about me. I am fine, Joe. You're a good man. You lived a very consequential life. You're running for president. You're sitting on the sidelines as the Democratic Party takes a sledgehammer to Trump and his family and his life in 2014. George can't contact the Biden team to raise the conflict of interest his son had being on the board with a Burisma and they said nothing. They basically -- Joe was grieving and I understand that. But the conflict -- Brian Kilmeade: Senator, we actually pulled -- I got his chair -- two things, Chris Coons said this about you, I guess this is what you're referring to. Delaware senator took Joe Biden's spot when he went to become vice president. Senator Coons, Lindsey Graham is abandoning his friendship with Biden by doing Trump's dirty work. Do you want to respond to that specifically? Lindsey Graham: Yeah. Chris, you're a good man. I like working with you, but we're not going to have it. We're not going to play the game like you want to play. You asked me to join with you to protect Mueller from an investigation that I thought needed to be had. Now you're shutting down legitimate questions about the role of Hunter Biden regarding a prosecution of a company he served on. You're asking us to ignore an obvious conflict of interest. It's not going to work that way. My friendship with these people are not going to keep me from asking questions that somebody needs to ask. I represent the people of South Carolina. Every time I go out in the community, people wanting to know when we're going to look at what happened with the. Here's what the allegation basically is against the Bidens. Hunter Biden served on a board owned by the most corrupt person in the Ukraine receiving $50,000 a month. And he knows nothing about the gas business. And when the company was being investigated in the president's house was being graded, Hunter Biden started calling the State Department. Joe Biden made three phone calls in 10 days to the president of the Ukraine, went over in March to meet with the president of Ukraine and they fired the guy investigating Hunter Biden's company. We're not going to give them a pass on this. They opened up this can of worms about corruption in the Ukraine. They're alleging the president denied aid to the Ukraine cause he wanted the Bidens investigated a political opponent. There was a quid pro quo for it. I don't see that. I don't see that being proven. Brian Kilmeade: I want you to hear Lindsey Graham talk in July 2015 with The Huffington Post about Joe Biden. Lindsey Graham: I think in it, Meyer Joe Biden as a person. There's probably you've got a problem that you need to do some self-evaluation. Because what's not to like? I called them after Beau died and he basically said, well, Beau was my soul for a long time. He came to my ceremony. He said some of the most incredibly heartfelt things that anybody could ever say to me, and he is the nicest person that I've ever met in politics. Male Speaker: Is that right: Lindsey Graham: He is as good a man as God ever created. And we don't agree on much. Brian Kilmeade: So that that's what he was contrasting risk. Lindsey Graham: Yeah. So everything I said was about Joe Biden the first -- I've traveled the world with him. He lost his son, Beau, who I knew. I don't think I've ever talked to Hunger Biden. If I have I don't remember it. The bottom line here is I'm the senator from South Carolina. I don't remember Joe Biden being asked, why if you're such good friends with John McCain, why are you saying all these things about McCain candidacy for president? Nobody in their right mind would suggest that Joe Biden, because of his friendship with John McCain, could not make a case against John McCain being president and for Barack Obama. He did. He did it effectively. They tore the bark off John McCain. Now, here's where I find myself. Your son is serving on a gas company in the Ukraine, making $50,000 a month. An obvious conflict of interest. That gas company gets investigated for corruption. Did your son weigh in and use his political influence to stop that investigation? President Trump wants to find out about corruption in the Ukraine. And if there's nothing there. Fine. I hope there's not. I want the transcripts of the phone calls between Biden and the president of the Ukraine. I want somebody other than political fact, look at whether or not Hunter Biden used his influence to stop the investigation of a company he receiving $50,000 a month compensation in the Ukraine based on the gas business, which you knew nothing about. Brian Kilmeade: Senator, are you acting as the chairman of Judiciary or are you doing President Trump's dirty work or does the president intimidate you into doing what he wants you to do? Lindsey Graham: I'm doing this because somebody needs to do it. When I supported legislation to make sure Mueller could be fired, the Trump world didn't like that much. I was okay with what I did because I thought somebody outside of politics needs to look at the Trump campaign's interaction with Russia, if any. There was one person that could clear Trump or find him guilty of wrongdoing. To me, that was Mueller. I supported that investigation and I was the hero of the town. Standing up for the rule of law. Good old, Lindsey. Now they're playing on a friendship. They're trying to intimidate me from asking questions that somebody should ask. Ukraine is a corrupt country. I get that. Why Hunger Biden was on his board. I don't know. If Joe Biden didn't know, I find it hard to believe. What did he know and when did you know it? Did his son, Hunter Biden use his influence with the State Department in the Obama administration to call off the dogs investigating a company that he was serving on in the Ukraine? The president this company was known to be one of the most corrupt people in the country. Why were you on his board to begin if Joe Biden's job was to clean up corrupt. Brian Kilmeade: There's legitimate questions that nobody's asking. They always press. They preface every question with there's no corruption there. And then they go on and move on. So you're asking those questions because you're doing your job. Lindsey Graham: My friendship with Joe Biden, if they can't withstand me doing my job is not the friendship I thought we had. Everything I said about him in 2015 is true. I admire him as a person. I think he's always trying to do right by the country. I think that -- I think he's made a lot of bad policy choices. But as a person, I like him. He spoke at Senator Thurmond's funeral. I have. I have stood up for him against allegations he was a racist. That's absurd. But we're not going to allow a system in America where only one side gets looked at. These are legitimate questions. What did Hunter Biden do in February the 4th? Brian, this is important. The prosecutor general announces an investigation of Burisma, the gas company. And that's when Hunter Biden started contacting the State Department. And after that contact, Joe Biden made three phone calls in 10 days about the prosecutor. Now, I want to know what they were talking about. Brian Kilmeade: That's it. Senator, you had to sit there for two days and take personal attacks from Joe Biden and all his supporters and you just sounded off. And I think you -- Lindsey Graham: I'm disappointed in him. He wants to play the game where I work with him to make sure Trump gets investigated, but all of a sudden, when I ask questions that are just -- a lot of Republicans want to know the answer to, I think every American will know the answer to, all that and the bad guy. That's not going to work with me. Brian Kilmeade: Senator Graham, I get it. I agree. Thanks so much for using this vehicle to get your side of the story out. Back in a moment.
          

Prvi laptop za ćerku

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Zdravo drugari, hteo bih da kupim prvi laptop za ćerku koja ima 12 godina. Svrha kupovine je da nauči kako da radi na računaru, u skladu sa svojim uzrastom i informatički da se razvija uz potrebe škole i slično. S obzirom da ima 12 godna (5. razred osnovne škole a već ih teraju da "crtaju stripove", uče power point i slično) ne bih joj uzimao ništa preterano upravo iz razloga što će već za koju godinu u srednjoj školi stasati za ozbiljniji model. Neka bude 15" i otprilike u nekom cenovnom opsegu do 30k rsd. Pozdrav od Nađe i tate
          

Children’s Bible stories

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In Sunday school, we learned the story of Josiah -- the boy king who rediscovered the lost scriptures and was therefore blessed by God. But the actual story in the actual Bible is a lot stranger than that.
          

Ringing in the holidays

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The gentle chime of bells is a well-known holiday tradition.

It is especially prevalent outside local businesses as a helpful reminder to get in the giving spirit. Across the nation, volunteers will be taking up the bell and standing beside the bright red kettles in hopes people passing by will stop long enough to drop a donation in the bucket. 

Getting its start a little early in Newton, the annual Red Kettle Campaign began Nov. 9. Residents will see volunteers chiming away throughout the city at Faraway, Hy-Vee, True Value, Theisen’s and Walmart. 

Captain Janelle Cleaveland said this year’s goal is set at $37,000. Last year, the local chapter passed its goal of $34,000 raising $36,000. This year the goal has increased again in order to help more people in need.  

“We believe that God will provide and the people of Jasper County will show up and support us as they have in the past,” Cleaveland said. 

The Red Kettle Campaign is a long standard to the Salvation Army. Beginning in 1891 in San Francisco, the tradition remains alive today and is an integral part of the nonprofit’s mission. 

“It’s very, very important. Most of the money we raise for the year is raised in November and December. So it helps us to help people all year round,” Cleaveland said. 

The campaign has changed after more than a century. That change will be showcased in Newton as the local chapter introduces a new way to donate. 

At the Newton Hy-Vee, the traditional Red Kettle will still be positioned inside the main entrance. However, customers will have the chance to give using a “cashless kettle.” Hy-Vee store director Rick Morr and Salvation Army board chair Joe DeHart teamed up to give people who don’t carry cash a chance to donate. 

The cashier will be able to scan something while the customer checks out to allow them to donate. Each individual will be able to declare the amount they wish to give. 

“They’ll give you a wooden token and you’ll be able to put that in the kettle to show that you still support the Salvation Army. It will just be taken out of your debit card and added to your transaction at Hy-Vee. At the end of the season, they’re going to cut us a check,” Cleaveland said. 

The success of the campaign not only depends on the people who donate but also on the people who volunteer their time to ring the bell. With more than 2,000 hours of bell ringing to fill, Cleaveland encourages individuals and organizations to consider signing up to help. 

This year, signing up for bell ringing can be done online. Simply visit registertoring.com and enter Newton’s 50208 zip code. 

“They can sign up super easy on there,” Cleaveland said. “It takes like five minutes. You put your information in there and you get an account and pick any location and sign up.” 

Bell ringing is usually done in two-hour blocks. Time slots are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Volunteers can sign up as individuals or as part of a group. Several local organizations have already signed up to help including Knights of Columbus, Newton Kiwanis and Rotary Club. 

“We are very thankful for Jasper County’s support and we can’t do what we do without them,” Cleaveland said. 

Donations can also be dropped off at the Salvation Army at 301 N. Second Ave. E. or sent in the mail. For more information, contact the local office at 641-792-6131.

Contact Pam Pratt at641-792-3121 ext. 6530 or pampratt@newtondailynews.com


          

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Legyél biztonságban – puska a műszerfal legfontosabb jelzéseihez

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Néhány ismerettel mindenképp rendelkeznünk kell ahhoz, hogy biztonságosan használjuk az autónkat. Mi megkönnyítjük a dolgod azzal, hogy sorra vesszük a leggyakoribb jelzéseket, amiket a műszerfalon látsz, így tudni fogod, hogy mikor muszáj megállnod, és mikor elég a következő utadon felkeresned a szervizt. Az autónk elindításakor egy-két másodpercre felvillannak a lámpák a műszerfalon – a baj […]
          

Precio de venta De los Hombres Polo Ralph Lauren SLIM FIT Camisa informal blue/white 100% algodón Con botones PO222F02B-K11

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MOMENTOS 2019

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AVALIAÇÃO SEMESTRAL - nov.2019


VENCENDO OBSTÁCULOS - palestra sr. Mineli - nov.2019
Mais uma oportunidade em que o Museu Mário Tolentino abriu as portas para que nossa tarde de estudo fosse brilhante.

Momento singular em que tivemos o palestrante sr. Mineli que nos brindou com rico material e nos auxiliou a árdua jornada para vencer obstáculos.


AULA EXTRA BANCO DO BRASIL - nov. 2019

CAMPANHA DE PREVENÇÃO DA NATUREZA - out.2019


CAMPANHA PREVENÇÃO DA NATUREZA / HOMENAGEM PROFESSORA / out.2019


Campanha Preservação da Natureza 

Projeto Reut Pilhas















Oficina 26 - Networking - set.2019

AULA EXTRA BB / CEF - set.2019

AULA EXTRA BB - set.2019 

PROFISSÕES - palestra Nicolau Santos - set. 2019

OFICINA - ago.2019

VISITA EX APRENDIZES - JOSIANE E THIAGO - ago.2019

ORIENTAÇÃO VOCACIONAL - AULA EXTRA BB/CEF - ago. 2019

REUNIÃO DE PAIS - ago.2019


OFICINA - término de aula - julho 2019


DIA DO APRENDIZ - abril 2019 


AÇÃO CULTURAL - fev.2019




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¿Transmisor Godox X2 compatible con YN622?

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Saludos compañeros. Tengo una duda la cual me gustaría poder comentarles sobre estos transmisores. En estos momentos cuento con varias unidades...
          

A Nigger Un-Reconstructed: The Legacy of Richard Pryor

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A Nigger Un-Reconstructed: The Legacy of Richard Pryor
by Mark Anthony Neal | @NewBlackMan | NewBlackMan (in Exile)

"Unreconstructed black men don't have the manners of their reconstructed 'Negro' brethren, who are always trying to put a 'civilized' face on their blackness, especially in the company of white folks." — -- Quincy Troupe

"I think that niggers are the best of people who were slaves, and that's how they got to be niggers 'cause they stole the cream-of-the-crop from Africa and brought them over here. And God, as they say, works in mysterious ways, so he made everybody a nigger…he brought us all over here — the best — the kings and queens, the princesses, the princes, put us all together and called us one tribe: Niggers."  --— Richard Pryor, Wattstax (1973)
When Richard Pryor walked off the stage for the last time on December 10, 2005 he did so quietly, with little of the verve and brashness that defined so many of his groundbreaking moments as a storyteller, comedian, recording artist, and actor. For all the direct links made between the late Pryor and post-Civil Rights comedic icons like Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock, "Hip-Hop generation jr." has had little connection with Richard Pryor and his art. Pryor was a product of another era, but it was in the midst of that era that he redefined how America confronted the issue of race (and Black masculinity), thereby paving the way for mainstream acceptance of Hip-Hop's own irreverence and provocative nature.
Born in 1940 and raised in Peoria, IL, Pryor regularly discussed his early years growing up under the watchful eye of his grandmother, who owned a brothel in the city. Pryor's parents, in fact, worked at the same brothel. Those days opened Pryor's eyes to a world that was largely hidden from White America; a world premised on the realities of Jim Crow segregation and a world that had to remain behind the soiled veil of racism, if Black America was ever to achieve full participation in the so-called American Dream.
When Pryor began to work the chitlin' circuit in the early 1960s and later the clubs of New York City's Greenwich Village, he worked amongst a generation of Black entertainers, who took seriously the charge of putting the "best face of the race" forward, as Black political activists in the South sought to directly challenge the legalities of racial segregation. For many Black performers, the point was to use their talents to appeal to the common humanity shared between blacks and their white audiences.
As Michael Eric Dyson suggests in his book Is Bill Cosby Right?: Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost its Mind?, no Black entertainer did this more effectively during that era than Bill Cosby. For Pryor, Cosby became the template for his early success as a comedian. It was just the first example of Pryor's ability to follow the money trail -- a trait that would undermine him throughout his career -- as he became little more than "Cosby, Jr." when booked on television shows like The Tonight Show and The Merv Griffin Show (Griffin takes great credit for helping to launch Pryor's career).
But for all of those Black performers who sought to make themselves palatable to whites, there were other examples of folk, who poet and Miles Davis biographer Quincy Troupe describes as "unreconstructed"; folk who never sought to remix Blackness for White comfort or consumption. While such "unreconstructed-ness" is largely a myth -- we all capitulate at one time or another to the so-called "White gaze" in one form of another to gain access to institutions we deem important to our well being -- it helped create mythic icons, which became synonymous with not dancing the dance of racial ingratiation. Miles Davis is the most visible example of this.
But what Pryor understood perhaps better than anyone as the Civil Right Movement waned, was that the "unreconstructed" Black was as much an insincere performance of Blackness as the "ready for integration players" (to turn a phrase from that other Black trickster from the era). When Pryor put "little Cosby" to rest in the late 1960s -- dramatically walking off stage muttering "what am I doing here?" -- he did so because of those memories of the black underground in Peoria.
Pryor re-emerged in 1971 from a self-imposed period of isolation; hanging out in Berkeley, reading the Autobiography of Malcolm X, listening to Marvin Gaye's What's Going On, and reflecting on his youth in Peoria. He did so as a social commentator, using his talents to speak to the realities of race in America and class within Black America. In his autobiography, Pryor Convictions and Other Life Sentences (Pantheon, 1997), Pryor says "There was a world of junkies and winos, pool hustlers and prostitutes, women and family screaming inside my head, trying to be heard."
The voices that Pryor heard in his head -- the "niggers" in his head -- were the same "niggers" that both the Civil Rights guard and the Black Power elite had a vested interest in killing-off (think about the Last Poets' "Niggers Are Scared of Revolution"). Pryor knew better; he had long known better. Those "niggers" were the salt of the earth and he suggested as much during the 1973 concert documentary Wattstax, where he describes "niggers" as the "best of people who were slaves." In a collection of ground-breaking and award winning albums throughout the 1970s, including That Nigger's Crazy (1974) and Bicentennial Nigger (1976), Pryor brought his "niggers" to life -- and these were "niggers" unreconstructed with no allegiance to looking good for the race or for the cause.
There's little doubt though, that Pryor also saw "niggers" through the lens of a society that freely denied Blacks humanity and forced them to the margins of civil society to scuffle and hustle for whatever semblance of a life they could create. Indeed, his own life as a child bore witness to that reality. His suggestion that niggers function as a "tribe" (Wattstax) points to Pryor's ultimate belief that there was potential power in those tightly-knit, spatially-challenged, and sparsely-resourced "nigger" enclaves.
Though many cite Richard Pryor Live in Concert, his 1979 film, as the apex of his creative powers, I'd like to highlight an earlier moment in Pryor's career that speaks to his genius as a comic and social critic, and the very limits placed on that genius. Pryor was asked to host an episode of Saturday Night Live in the show's debut season. In what has become one of the show's most classic moments, Pryor and Chevy Chase did a parody of a job interview. As the interviewer, Chase engages Pryor in a name association exercise, which quickly devolves into a name-calling exchange where Pryor responds to Chase's invocation of the word "nigger!" with the threat "Deeeeeead honkey!"
The sketch could easily be viewed as evidence of the new found freedoms experienced by Blacks in the post-Civil Rights era -- racial epithets against Blacks forcibly challenged by violent threats -- but the end-game of the exchange was that Pryor's character was offered a job and salary that made him the "highest paid janitor" in America. Here the writers at Saturday Night Live tap into the burgeoning anxieties about Affirmative Action -- anxieties premised, in part, on the belief that Blacks were being unfairly rewarded because of the bully-pulpit that charges of racism afforded them.
As the Reagan era dawned and Pryor desired a wider audience, his brilliant Bicentennial Nigger (1976) becomes one of that last examples of Pryor pursuing the kinds of social justice concerns in his comedy that had marked his transformation earlier in the decade of the 1970s. The biting commentary of his albums would never translate to his film roles (Blue Collar might be the exception) or his television appearances. Indeed when Pryor aborted The Richard Pryor Show (1977) after only shooting four episodes (he was contracted to do 10) he told the show's writing staff, "You know something? I don't want to be on TV. I'm in a trap. I can't do this -- there ain't no art." (reported in Newsweek  October 3, 1977).
In truth Pryor was dealing with an on-going drug addiction that would have near tragic implications in 1980, when the comic was burned in an "accident" while freebasing. (Pryor referred to the accident as an attempt at suicide). Pryor's social commentary allowed him to assuage the pain of his upbringing in Peoria and when that avenue was no longer available to him he chose the rewards of mainstream success. Unfortunately for Pryor the fame and wealth that his cross-over status afforded him did not bring the peace that he so desired.
Bicentennial Nigger was released he same year that Pryor appeared in Silver Streak with Gene Wilder (one of their many cinematic collaborations). Though Pryor had earned critical acclaim for his role as "Piano Man" in Lady Sings the Blues (1972) and had star turns in black-themed films like Car Wash, The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings ( a film about the Negro leagues which also starred Billy Dee Williams), and Uptown Saturday Night (his Sharp Eye Washington steals the movie), and would later star in a film about Black stock car driver Wendell Scott (Greased Lighting), Silver Streak marked his first major attempt to cross-over to the White mainstream. By the time Pryor starred in the film version of Neil Simon's California Suite (garnering a higher salary than his mentor Cosby, who was also in the film), he had become the Black-face of cross-over possibilities.
His status as the quintessential Black cross-over star was cemented with the Sidney Poitier-directed Stir Crazy (1980), also starring Wilder, which grossed more than $100 million. But Pryor's willingness to submit himself to the paper chase had notable impact on the cutting-edge personas that he crafted on his albums and stand-up performances. As Ed Guerrero notes in his classic  Framing Blackness: The African American Image in Film, "The usual consumer-spectator refused to accept Pryor on his own self-defined cinematic terms, which always involved an exploration and sharp articulation of the bittersweet ironies of racial injustice and black life in America. The market audience supported only Pryor's roles as a comic foil or scene stealer, cast in films with a white lead."
In the aftermath of his accident in 1980 and needing to meet medical expenses and the like, Pryor often sought roles on the basis of the payday. For example, when asked about why he chose his brief role in Superman III, Pryor responded "It really was the $4 million". Pryor's salary for the film was unprecedented for a Black actor and highlighted the value that Hollywood placed on his cross-over power. This would be one of Pryor's last great paydays as the very Black crossover strategy that he took advantage of was very quickly being used to push a 20-something Eddie Murphy as the "new Richard Pryor". One of the measurements of how fast Pryor was descending was his experience with his production company, Indigo. Columbia pictures gave Pryor's company $40 million and the ability to greenlight films, but after a year of internal struggles with the company's staff (including actor and former NFL great Jim Brown, who helped nurse Pryor back to health after his near fatal "accident"), Pryor returned the money.
Excepting those who were fortunate enough to hear Pryor's albums on their parents' record players in the 1970s, many within the Hip-Hop generation were unfortunately introduced to Pryor via dismal vehicles such as Brewster's Millions (1985) and Critical Condition (1987). When Pryor and Redd Foxx paired opposite Eddie Murphy in Harlem Nights (1989), one could already see the early ravages of multiple sclerosis on Pryor -- he was a shell of himself. Pryor's semi-autobiographical Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling (arguably one of his better films) was lost on a generation of folk who were not privy to the context that made Pryor's earlier work so compelling.
And yet Pryor was one of the critical forces that allowed for the mainstreaming of Hip-Hop in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Pryor made explicitly public the dark, funky, bittersweet, and beautiful realities of Black life behind the color line, and offended a great many Black folk who wanted those realities to remain out-of-sight from the White gaze. Pryor wasn't simply airing the proverbial "dirty laundry",  but like Langston Hughes before him -- The Weary Blues (1926) and Fine Clothes to the Jew (1927) being fine examples -- he celebrated the full, diverse and vibrant humanity of Black folk, particularly the "niggers".
Much has been made in recent years about Pryor's very public censure of himself, for his long time use of the world "nigger". As Pryor recalled in his concert film Here and Now (1983) and later shared with audiences of Essence Magazine in 1984, he was traveling throughout the continent of Africa and a voice inside him asked "Do you see any niggers?" and he had to come to terms with the fact that he didn't see any. Pryor's repudiation of the word "nigger" has been invoked numerous times to sanction Hip-Hop culture's liberal use of the word. As award-winning journalist Leonard Pitts wrote a few years ago, "we've become entirely too casual, too gratuitous, with this instrument of disparagement" (Denver Post 26 March, 1998).
When Pryor made his claim about the word's use (and we have no knowledge about whether he used the word in his private life) he was paying penance for a wide range of behaviors and trying to get back in the good graces of the American public. But I'd like to also suggest that Pryor's rejection of "nigger" was also about finally putting to bed a particular paradigm of American race relations that no longer functioned in the post-Civil Rights/Reagan-era. Indeed, he was paying penance for the 'sin' of making White America uncomfortable with the issue of race (much like we saw with Muhammad Ali over the last decade of his life).
The "niggas" that found their redemption via 808 machines of the 1980s had nothing to do with the world that Pryor had navigated and eventually lost part of his soul to. In truth, Richard Pryor had little to offer the Hip-hop generation -- his peers were men who pitched Jello and created Bahamian diets, and this is not to disparage any of them or their cultural impact, but simply a reminder that the world had changed and it would be the Chris Rocks, Robin Harrises (really a transitional figure) and Dave Chappelles of the world who would best capture the sad, tragicomic realities of the Hip-Hop generation.
Richard Pryor was much more complex than the profanity that garnered him an audience and a devoted following. For Pryor a word like "nigger" was not profane -- it was born out of the realities of race in America and he always acknowledged the humanity of those "niggers" by allowing them to speak freely back to the world via his stand-up comedy. The lives "niggers" were forced to live were profane -- not the word used to describe them.
If there's a lesson to be learned by the Hip-hop generation, it's not that we should put our "niggas" away in the closet, but that we should be clear that with each invocation of the "niggas" that we are shedding light on the humanity of those folks who still live a reality defined by the dirty, nasty business of race, gender, and poverty in the United States. Richard Pryor was a "nigger" unreconstructed, and for that we are thankful.
*an earlier version was published at Popmatters.
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A long-time contributor to PopMatters, Mark Anthony Neal is the author of several books. He teaches African-American Studies at Duke University. His next book, Black Ephemera: The Crisis and the Challenge of the Musical Archive will be published by New York University Press.

          

TROPEM OGRODÓW OPOLSZCZYZNY (47) – czyli jak tu u nas pięknie!

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Polski Związek Działkowców stowarzyszenie ogrodowe w WarszawieRodzinny Ogród Działkowy “Zgoda” w Białej(pobierz artykuł klikając na nazwę ogrodu)
          

The Certainty of God’s Will

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The portrayals of injustice in Scripture are not intended as motivational in nature but rather theological. They teach us the nature of man in rebellion against God. They demonstrate the nature and direction of sin and contrast man’s sinful nature with the righteousness of God.
          

Recognizing the Nation’s Heroes on September 11

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Students throughout the District marked a moment of silence and participated in activities to commemorate the men and women who perished and the heroes who ran toward danger during the September 11 attacks on our nation. A new state law, signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, encourages school districts to hold a brief moment of remembrance on this infamous day. At Verne W. Critz Elementary School, students gathered on the front lawn to place American flags along the school walkway. Frank P. Long Intermediate School students participated in various September 11 research activities throughout the day. They watched Brain Pop and YouTube videos, read “Amidee’s Story” about a young girl’s experience, wrote essays, learned about empathy and made commemorative posters. During the Bellport Fire Department’s service, Bellport Middle School’s South Country Singers sang the national anthem, while the select chorus performed “God Bless America.” Students Derek Minden and Connor Gronenthal also played taps on trumpet. In addition, student council vice president James Butler led the community in the Pledge of Allegiance, and student council president Christopher Ford read a poem to commemorate the occasion.
          

Kommentarer till Jens Ganman på Facebook: TITTA INTE BORT av sven-erik olsson

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De blåljuger allihop för de har tillägnat sig tunnelseende. Men dagar skola komma och Minnens I Håtunaleken för att ta några gamla goda citat. Straffet för landsförräderi är väl livstids fängelse och för övriga inspärrning på närmaste vanföreanstalt
          

Żagańska kartka bożonarodzeniowa

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Zgodnie z Zarządzeniem Nr 294/2019 Burmistrza Miasta Żagań z dnia 6 listopada 2019 r. w sprawie ogłoszenia konkursu plastycznego na kartkę bożonarodzeniową dokonano przeglądu prac biorących udział w konkursie. Poprosiliśmy dzieci z żagańskich szkół podstawowych o zaprojektowanie pocztówki świątecznej, którą w tym roku przygotujemy dla mieszkańców. Po etapie szkolnym każda z placówek przekazała po 10 […]
          

Zimowe Mistrzostwa Województwa Lubuskiego w pływaniu

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21 grudnia 2019 roku od godziny 10.00 zapraszamy na pływalnię Arena na Zimowe Mistrzostwa Województwa Lubuskiego w pływaniu organizowane przez Gminę Żagań o statusie miejskim, Lubuski Związek Pływacki oraz Stowarzyszenie Pływackie „ŻAGAŃSKIE BOBERKI”. W zawodach mają prawo uczestniczyć zawodniczki i zawodnicy urodzeni w latach: grupa A – rocznik 2004 i starsi grupa B – rocznik […]
          

Przedsiębiorco sprawdź, czy musisz zarejestrować swoją działalność w BDO

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BDO to baza danych o produktach i opakowaniach oraz gospodarce odpadami  wprowadzona przez Ministerstwo Środowiska w celu kontrolowania gospodarki odpadami i przeciwdziałaniu nieprawidłowościom, które występują w tym sektorze. Zgodnie z art. 82 ust. 1 ustawy o odpadach BDO to system teleinformatyczny, który dysponuje bazą danych o podmiotach wprowadzających do obrotu produkty i produkty w opakowaniach […]
          

Co czeka świętego Mikołaja 6 grudnia w Żaganiu?

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Trwa montaż iluminacji świątecznych. Żagań stroi się na Święta, które już za niecały miesiąc. Na naszych ulicach rozbłyśnie kilka nowych elementów, które wspólnie zaświecimy 6 grudnia. Już teraz pragniemy zaprosić wszystkich na przedstawienie akrobatyczno-muzyczne “Uprowadzenie Świętego Mikołaja”, które rozegra się o godzinie 18.00 na placu Słowiańskim. Mikołaj, o ile nie zostanie porwany, spotka się z […]
          

Murarzy Warszawa - JOAN-BUD - Warszawa, mazowieckie

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Zatrudnię murarzy. Praca w Warszawie. 30 zł/ m2. Płatne tygodniowki. Pomoc w zakwaterowaniu. Praca na stałe. Kontakt 530013330 lub…
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God will not be the only one who welcomes us into Heaven

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In our hearts

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God has entrusted us with His greatest gifts: our life, the lives of others, and so many different gifts for each person

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An Intrachurch Question

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Just wondering out loud, so to speak. Most churches consider "elder," "overseer," and "pastor" to be synonymous. It is possible in some to be an elder/overseer without being a pastor, but in almost all cases pastors are elder/overseers. The original reason for this, of course, is that Peter links the two (1 Peter 5:1-4) where "shepherd" is the same word for "pastor." I'm fine with that. I have problems with churches with a single pastor (one pastor, not an unmarried pastor) and no other elders/overseers and consider themselves biblically sound in that department, but I'm fine with a pastor being one of the elders.

Settling that, then, I have this nagging question. Paul said that, among other things, an elder should be "keeping his children under control with all dignity" (1 Tim 3:4). He's supposed to manage his household well. Because "If a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?" (1 Tim 3:5). He told Titus that an elder must have children "not accused of dissipation or rebellion" (Titus 1:6). Seems pretty straightforward. So I have a question.

Why is it that we have a stereotype of the "PK" -- the "pastor's kid" -- who is typically the worst behaved kid in church? We give it a nod. "You know how it is. He is so busy taking care of the matters of his church that he can hardly make time to manage his kid(s)." All well and good ... except it's not biblical. Paul asked, "How will he take care of the church of God?" and we appear to answer, "Well, he will, Paul. Don't get your knickers in a twist." So we stand by as the pastor's tyke goes screaming down the hallways at the top of her lungs and exchange knowing, tolerant looks. "What are you going to do?"

My question is "Is this biblical?" My question is if a pastor is not managing his household well -- not controlling his children -- should he be pastor? I mean, sure, it may be necessary to start with a Galatians 6:1 approach, but should this be an issue? Or should we view the qualifications of elder as "helpful suggestions" rather than qualifications? Or is there another answer? I've asked a couple of people and they tell me, "Well, your idea of 'children under control' is not the same as the pastor's, so you should just forget about it." That sounds like relativity, where "children under control" simply means whatever you want it to mean. I don't know. I'm just wondering.
          

News Weakly - 11/30/19

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Don't Bother Me With Facts
Last week Attorney Manfred Nowak's U.N. report titled "Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty" hit the airwaves and the world, us included, went crazy. According to Nowak, the U.S. currently has more than 100,000 children in migration-related detention. That's evil. Trump is evil. Except, of course, it's not true. That was the number held under Obama throughout 2015. Oops! Well, it doesn't matter. Trump wanted to, we're pretty sure. At least some of the outlets that ran the story retracted it, but you can be pretty sure that folks will be quoting the horrors of Obama's Trump's administration for some time to come, because once it's out there, it's out there, and too many cannot be bothered with facts.

Christmas Decoration Control
An 88-year-old veteran responded to a neighbor's plea for help. Her younger sister was being attacked by a dog. He rushed out the door and snatched up the first weapon he could find -- a plastic nutcracker, part of his neighbor's Christmas display. He mercilessly beat the pitbull until it released the 10-year-old girl. Neighbors are calling for his arrest for animal cruelty and the township is looking into extending Christmas decoration control to cut down on anti-dog violence. Okay, no. The man bravely defended the girl against a vicious animal and, somehow, today's twisted mentality (like "Save the dogs but kill the unborn babies") didn't mess that up.

More Fake News
There was a story out that mothers were binge drinking more than before. Turns out it's fake news. Turns out that between 2006 and 2018 mothers are binging on alcohol the same amount as women without children. Oh, sure, that number has been on the rise, but that it's just mothers is fake news. What disturbed me most about the story was that the medical world defines binge drinking as four or more drinks at once for women and five or more for men. That seems like a sexist standard suggesting that genders are not equal and there is actually a biological difference between men and women. I thought we'd banished that idea.

When Equal Treatment is Hate
An organization known as "Created Equal" did all the required steps and paperwork to get permission to put up a display at Georgia Tech, Georgia State, and Kennesaw State universities as well as the University of Georgia. Their aim? Their message is that "to treat the preborn in a way we’d never treat a born person is a grievous violation of human equality. College students deserve to see the victims of this injustice and to know the science and reasoning behind defending the preborn." They plan to show images of fetuses to show that they're preborn children. Georgia State warned students that it was coming and labeled such speech as "hateful or mean-spirited." The group calls the murder of preborn children "ageism" and opposes unequal treatment. Pro-choicers apparently consider "ageism" hate and equal treatment "mean-spirited." Otherwise they wouldn't care if someone showed pictures of a non-human, right?

Speaking of Abortion
So here's the story. According to "all statistics measuring abortion in the U.S.", abortions reached an "historic low" in 2016. Yippee! That's good. Like saying, "Fewer children were murdered in 2016 than in the previous years of murdering children took place." Being one who values human life, it's good that the number is down. Being one who values truth, it's misleading to fall into the trap. You understand that abortions were not tracked prior to 1969, that immorality in 1969 was on the rise (meaning that abortions before that were likely less), and that no one really knows how many abortions took place in prior years. (The CDC started tracking them in 1969, but since it was illegal, they had no reliable means of actually knowing how many there were.) (It should also be noted that Wikipedia reports that, according to the CDC, there were 193,491 abortions reported to the CDC with an induced abortion rate of 52 per live birth. Significantly less than 2016. Making the story itself a lie.) You understand that it is considered "good news" that "only" 623,471 babies were murdered by abortion in 2016, down from 638,169 in 2015. I'm glad the number is down. I'm sad that "only over a half million killed" is considered good news. That's more than the total number of Americans killed in World War II. That's more than the total number of Americans killed in the Civil War where every death was an American. Don't let them tell you it's "safe, legal, and rare," because it's legal, but it's still not safe and it's certainly not rare.

Going About It The Wrong Way
Wayne Grudem is a biblical scholar, conservative, complementarian, generally good things. Recently, it seems, he has been listening to sad stories of marital abuse and has decided to change his view on divorce. Originally he recognized only adultery or desertion. Now he has added ... well ... just about anything. (He lists verbal and physical abuse, drug or alcohol addiction, gambling addiction, and pornography addiction for examples.) Ostensibly, on the basis of the phrase "In such cases" found in 1 Cor 7:15, he has concluded that anything that destroys a marriage is included, and "destroys a marriage" is not defined. I say "ostensibly" because clearly he came to this conclusion not on the basis of Scripture, but on the basis of horrible stories of spouses staying in abusive marriages because they were told they had to just sit and take it. This is the same basis that others have used to change their view that homosexual behavior is sin. Because of Scripture? No. Someone in their family or someone close to them has come out as "gay" and circumstances -- their feelings about these people -- have dictated their position, not Scripture. We don't get to offer a "new and promising kind of argument" for God's Word. Not even Mr. Grudem. Sorry, Wayne.
          

A Personal Problem

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I know, I know, I'm about to tell you about something that bothers me for me and it will upset some readers. "Pharisee!" they'll cry. "Judgmental!" they'll accuse. "Don't tell me what to do!" they'll demand. So let me make it clear that I'm not about to tell you what to do. I'm about to tell you about a personal problem in the hopes that you might be able to help me. I'm not suggesting that this is a problem for anyone but me. So thank you for your kind indulgence.

I am a fairly standard American. I have a television set and I use it for entertainment. Okay, maybe not standard. I don't have an antenna or cable connection, so I don't actually watch broadcast TV, but I do still have Netflix and my wife does connect to the Internet and watch a show or two from network television. So almost standard, okay? Here's the problem -- my problem. I'm finding it increasingly difficult to defend any of this ... at all.

In Deuteronomy God commanded Israel to teach their children the words of the Shema. "You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up" (Deut 6:4-9). So when their children asked to be allowed to learn the ways of other nations, they would tell their children, "Well, you're supposed to be learning to love God when you lie down, when you rise up, and when you're home and when you're out. If you can figure out when else you have to do it, you can try." Or something like that. David wrote, "I will set no worthless thing before my eyes" (Psa 101:3). That's interesting because he did not say "evil"; he said "worthless." Paul wrote, "Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them" which seems all well and good, but went on to say, "for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret" (Eph 5:11-12). Elsewhere Paul says, "Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things" (Php 4:8) All pretty clear and straightforward.

Consider, then, our current popular entertainment. What is their message? What is their aim? What do they want you to believe? The unrepentant aim of much of what you're shown today is "Accept as moral the immorality of our current world." In 2018 the news reported that "The percentage of LGBTQ series regulars on broadcast primetime scripted programming is up to an all-time high of 8.8 percent." This year GLAAD reported it was at 10.2% and the current demand is 20% by 2025. Companies playing ads for you on that same TV are consciously making them more "gay-inclusive" with, for instance, a kid who addresses two women as "Moms" (Cox), a holiday gathering with a gay couple (Kohl's), or a Campbell's soup ad with gay dads to name a few. GLAAD doesn't make any bones about it; they are aiming at making same-sex sex normal, acceptable, even laudable in today's society, and they are doing it right there on your TV screen. But look at some of the other affects. I've watched some of the older shows, like Dragnet or Adam-12, in light of newer shows like "Criminal Minds" or "Gotham." The magnitude of the crimes depicted have increased exponentially and the graphic depiction is out of control. In fact, finding horrible messages is so easy that we miss some of the easy ones because the rest are so blatant. But, here's the challenge. Can you find any positive ones? Can you find messages in primetime TV that give you ""Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute"? It sure doesn't seem like it.

I'm wondering, then, why I'm still watching any secular entertainment. Do you see my problem? If I want to learn to love God day and night, if I want to avoid the worthless, let alone the evil, if I want to avoid examining what is done by them in secret, if I want to think the way that Scripture tells me to think, can I do that with my television set? How do I justify it? If I want to imitate God (Eph 5:1), does the entertainment I'm putting in front of me add to or detract from that? If the things that I find entertaining are the things that God finds abominable, what does that say about me? Do I need to make a radical change here? That's my problem.

Additional Considerations
In thinking about this further, I have to point out that "crime" or "violence" or the like in our entertainment media are not the issue here. The Bible includes stories of crime, violence (sometimes very graphic violence), sexual immorality, and all. (Interestingly there is not one instance of graphic sex there. Nowhere does it describe a sex act. Kind of like the old days of TV and movies where the scene cuts and you know what they did but you never saw it.) Of course, a key difference is that none of it is glorified. Contrasted with a Gotham where all characters are evil or Joker where everyone is bad, so we should feel bad for the poor mass murderer, the Bible contains these stories, but they aren't classified as "good". So it is not merely the presence of such stories that I'm talking about; it is the intent.
          

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Turkey Day

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Most Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Okay, they recognize it. They indulge it. It isn't only believers buying turkeys and gathering to give thanks. Even unbelievers -- actual atheists, even -- will recognize the day as a "day of thanks" and even admit to being thankful for something, even if it's just the meal. Or the football. Here's the thing. Amidst all the revelry and gluttony and even a momentary "I'm thankful for ...", how often do we/they think about to whom we're thankful.

You see, an atheist will say, "I'm thankful for ..." but won't say, "I'm thankful to God for ..." because, after all, the atheist believes in no such being. So we get that he or she is grateful in some sense for some gift, but gives no reference to the giver. And, unfortunately, many of us have that tendency even as believers. We vaguely are grateful, but are not actually clearly grateful to God. We're just "grateful" in the sense that we're "happy to have" whatever that is and not in the sense that it is a gift.

Gratitude, actually, doesn't come easily to us humans. Gratitude is being thankful for a benefit received. If we are due that benefit -- if it is justly ours to begin with -- then we have no room to be grateful. And we have an overbearing sense of entitlement as sinful human beings. You'd think gratitude would come easy, but look how hard we work on our kids from a very young age teaching them to be grateful. "Tell Gramma thank you." Because they wouldn't naturally do it. It is not innate. And our gratitude is worse when it comes to God.

In Romans Paul starts his exposition of the Gospel -- the good news -- with the bad news (Rom 1:18-3:20). He starts by declaring that God's wrath is revealed "against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men" (Rom 1:18). He specifies that God's attributes are revealed through creation (Rom 1:20), but that hasn't worked for sinful man.
For although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Rom 1:21)
The first error is a failure to honor or give thanks to God. That's the beginning of the huge spiral into all manner of evil. Our first error is a lack of gratitude. So it might seem contradictory that we have a nationwide celebration of giving thanks. If we're honest, however, we're not giving thanks to God. We're barely even giving Him a nod. We're just ... "thankful" without reference to the One to whom we're supposed to be thankful.

Many refer to the day as "Turkey Day" because of the traditional turkey dinner. I think it is probably a more accurate depiction of the day to most of us. We're happy to have things; we're just not grateful to the Giver. Pass the turkey. So when Paul says, "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thess 5:18), we're somewhat baffled. "Really? In all circumstances? Is that even reasonable?" It's not if you aren't even willing to thank Him on a day set aside to do so for the good things you're enjoying. It is thoroughly reasonable if you know God. If you know God, there is a lot to be grateful for, pleasant or unpleasant, plenty or poor, happy or sad, positive or negative. If you're having trouble thanking God in the pleasant experiences of Thanksgiving Day, you'll have trouble thanking Him in every circumstance. And that's your loss. Because God is good all the time.
          

The "Lone Ranger" Problem

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Today there is a rise in a category of religious belief that they're calling "the Nones." These people do not identify as atheist; they simply don't identify with a religion. They aren't anti-religion; they just don't want yours. America itself has long been identified with two brave characteristics: equality and individuality. We kind of like to think of ourselves as a nation of mavericks.

As a result, we have a host of misguided belief systems that we too generously refer to as "Christian" and are not. Where do they come from? Typically they come from the "Lone Ranger" Christian, the "None" in some sense. "I don't need a church to tell me what to believe; I can figure it out on my own." A sense of "You and me, Jesus; just You and me" runs through it. We are given information and means to get this right (Eph 4:11-13), and we run off on our own. "Don't worry; I've got this." We ignore the host that have gone before and determine to blaze our own trails. "Maybe that's what the text says, but I'm pretty sure that I've figured it out that it doesn't mean anything of the kind." "Lone Ranger" theology.

Look, here's what we know. 1) God is God. He is omniscient, which means He knows what was, what is, and what will be. He didn't "get it wrong" in the past and He didn't fail to anticipate what was coming in the future. 2) Jesus is the Incarnate Word (John 1:1). He recognized God's word as truth (John 17:17). Our Scriptures are "God-breathed" (2 Tim 3:16). Therefore, all of Scripture could be "red lettered," no Scripture can contradict Scripture, and all Scripture is useful (2 Tim 3:16-17). 3) God has instituted means by which we can rightly understand His word. We have the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21) promised by Jesus (John 16:13-14). We have the church (Eph 4:11-13). God's word can be understood ... correctly.

If you have a new idea about how Scripture ought to be interpreted, welcome to "Lone Ranger" theology. If you've finally figured out the truth and no one else did before you, welcome to "maverick" Christianity. Understand that what you're practicing voids Scripture itself. Jesus didn't know what He was talking about when He promised the Holy Spirit. God didn't know what He was doing when He inspired the Word. The Godhead failed ... failed to provide an ongoing string of believers who actually had the truth from the Spirit through the church. This is the danger of the Lone Ranger approach. Sure, it's American. It's avant-garde -- cutting edge. Maybe you understand what no one before understood, like the suggestion that hell isn't real or that things always taken as real were actually mythical or that the sins of the fathers weren't actually sins and everything's okay. Sure, it's pushing the envelope. The only problem is it denies the God it tries to approach, and that can't be a good thing. Ultimately the "Lone Ranger" approach denies Scripture itself and, therefore, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit all in one fell swoop. Not a good idea for one trying to follow Christ.
          

The Will of God

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"What is God's will for my life?" Anyone who has a living relationship with God will at some point or another be concerned about that question. Generally speaking, the question is about things like "Should I marry this person?" or "Should I take this job?" or "What should I study in college?" Things like that. So we will tell people, "If you want to know the will of God, it's easy; read your Bible." But these kinds of things are not likely in there, right? You will not find "Yes, marry Julia" kind of answers in the pages of Scripture. So how helpful is that answer, "Read your Bible"?

In some cases it is the best possible answer. The answer to "What must I do to be saved?" is found explicitly in the pages of God's Word (Acts 16:31), for instance. "Should I sleep with my boyfriend before marriage?" is clearly answered (repeatedly). Jesus left no question regarding whether or not I should cheat on my taxes (Matt 22:21). "Should I help the poor?" is an easily answered question (Matt 22:39; Luke 10:30-37; Prov 3:27-28; Prov 28:27; Deut 15:10-11; 1 John 3:17; Luke 14:14; and on and on), but "Should helping the poor be the singular concern of every Christian?" is also in there (Matt 26:11; 2 Thess 3:10). Scripture gives lots of explicit answers to real questions.

Beyond the explicit, however, there is more in Scripture to answer, "What is God's will for my life?" Scripture may not tell you, "Should I marry this person?", but it might give you principles to consider, like "Do not be bound to unbelievers" (2 Cor 6:14). It may not tell you, "Eat the fish, not the cake," but it does tell you "You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures" (James 4:3) There are principles throughout God's Word that can answer lots of these questions. Many of these answers go to motive rather than specifics, but once the motive is pointed out, the specifics are answered, too. "Should I spend the extra money on a nice car or be more frugal with a practical-but-less-expensive car?" is not found in the pages of the Bible, but the principle that we are stewards of what God has given us is in there and the fact that we aren't intended to make our own pleasures our guide is in there and so on. At the bottom, the two clearest guiding principles are not contended: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. When we ask these kinds of "What is God's will for my life?" questions, the first criteria we have to ask ourselves is "Which of the choices I'm looking at are out of love for God and love for my neighbor?" Honestly, that clears a broad swath of questions right there.

The Bible does have answers about the will of God. It has some very specific answers (e.g., Mic 6:8; 1 Thess 4:3; 1 Thess 5:18; 1 Peter 2:15; 1 Peter 4:2). It has some obvious answers, like every command written down in its pages. It has clear principles like love God and love your neighbor and "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others" (Php 2:3-4). Here's the difficulty, then. In order for you to know what the will of God is for your life -- in the big things and in the little, in the small moments of life and in the overarching issues, in how to live and where to go and what to do -- the thing you have to do is know God's Word. What are the commands? What are the instructions? What are the principles? What is the point? God's Word does answer the question, far more often, I think, than we realize. The problem is not that there aren't answers. The problem is that we're not looking for them on the open ground of God's breathed message to us.
          

'วันขอบคุณพระเจ้า' หรือ 'Thanksgiving' สำคัญอย่างไร? คนอเมริกันฉลองกันแบบไหน?

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คนอเมริกันทั่วประเทศร่วมฉลอง "วันขอบคุณพระเจ้า" หรือ "Thanksgiving" ซึ่งเฉลิมฉลองกันในวันพฤหัสบดีที่สี่ของเดือนพฤศจิกายนของทุกปี โดยปีนี้ตรงกับวันพฤหัสบดีที่ 28 พฤศจิกายน  วัน Thanksgiving เป็นวันที่คนอเมริกันรำลึกขอบคุณพระผู้เป็นเจ้า ที่ช่วยให้ผู้อพยพมาตั้งรกรากในอเมริกาชุดแรกรอดชีวิตมาได้เมื่อเกือบสี่ร้อยปีมาแล้ว  อาหารในวันขอบคุณพระเจ้า แม่บ้านจะอบไก่งวง และมีเครื่องใส่ไส้ ซึ่งประกอบไปด้วย ขนมปังหั่นเป็นลูกเต๋าเล็กๆ เห็ด คึ่นช่ายฝรั่ง หอมใหญ่ และเครื่องเทศ นอกจากนั้นก็มีมันเทศอบ และซ้อสแครนเบรี่ ส่วนของหวานก็มักจะได้แก่ พายฟักทองหรือพายแอปเปิ้ล สมาพันธ์ไก่งวงแห่งชาติ ระบุว่า 88% ของครอบครัวคนอเมริกันระบุว่า มีไก่งวงเป็นส่วนหนึ่งของอาหารในวันขอบคุณพระเจ้า โดยเมื่อปีที่แล้วมีไก่งวงที่กลายเป็นอาหารของคนอเมริกันในเทศกาลนี้ทั้งหมดกว่า 40 ล้านตัว   สำหรับคนอเมริกันส่วนใหญ่ เมื่อพูดถึงเทศกาลของคุณพระเจ้า นอกจากการรับประทานร่วมกับครอบครัวแล้ว ยังหมายถึงการชมอเมริกันฟุตบอลร่วมกัน และชมขบวนพาเหรดวันขอบคุณพระเจ้า และอาจจบด้วยการช้อปปิ้งในช่วงเย็น ต่อเนื่องจนถึงวันรุ่งขึ้นซึ่งเรียกว่า วัน Black Friday ขบวนพาเหรดของห้างสรรพสินค้าเมซี่ย์ส เป็นเวลา 93 ปีมาแล้ว ที่ห้างสรรพสินค้าเมซีย์ส (Macy's) ได้จัดงานเดินขบวนพาเหรดในวันขอบคุณพระเจ้าของทุกปี ที่นครนิวยอร์ก จนกลายมาเป็นขบวนพาเหรดขนาดใหญ่ที่สุดในโลก  คาดว่ามีผู้ชมขบวนพาเหรดที่นิวยอร์กกว่า 3.5 ล้านคน และผู้ชมทางโทรทัศน์ราวกว่า 40 ล้านคน    ช้อปปิ้งวัน Black Friday ทางสมาพันธ์ค้าปลีกแห่งชาติสหรัฐฯ หรือ NRF ประเมินว่า เมื่อปีที่แล้วมีชาวอเมริกันซื้อสินค้าในสัปดาห์นี้ 164 ล้านคน ครอบคลุมสินค้าอุปโภคบริโภค แจกแจงเป็นช่วงวันต่าง ๆ ในสัปดาห์วันขอบคุณพระเจ้า พบว่าชาวอเมริกันที่อยู่ในการสำรวจ 34 ล้านคน ซื้อของกันในวันขอบคุณพระเจ้า ซึ่งอาจจะเป็นการซื้อสินค้าออนไลน์หรือในห้างร้านที่ยังเปิดให้บริการในวันหยุด ส่วน 116 ล้านคนซื้อสินค้าในวัน Black Friday ที่ปีนี้ตรงกับวันที่ 29 พฤศจิกายน ส่วนอีก 67 ล้านคนช้อปต่อกันในวัน Small Business Saturday และอีก 75 ล้านคนปิดท้ายในการใช้เงินอย่างคุ้มค่าในวัน Cyber Monday ซึ่งตรงกับวันที่ 2 ธันวาคมนี้ ที่สินค้าออนไลน์จะลดแลกแจกแถมกันอย่างคึกคักส่งท้ายปี     ประวัติของวันขอบคุณพระเจ้า ประวัติของวันขอบคุณพระเจ้านั้น เริ่มต้นขึ้นมาจากต้นคริสต์ศตวรรษที่ 17 หรือเมื่อเกือบ 400 ปีมาแล้ว คณะนักจาริกแสวงบุญที่เรียกกันว่า พวก pilgrims นิกายศาสนาบริสุทธิ์ หรือ Puritanism ออกเดินทางจากอังกฤษ โดยเรือ Mayflower มาตั้งถิ่นฐานในบริเวณที่ปัจจุบันเป็นเมือง Plymouth มลรัฐ Massachusetts ต่อมาในฤดูใบไม้ร่วงปีรุ่งขึ้น คศ. 1621 หรือ พศ. 2164 หลังจากที่รอดชีวิตจากความอดอยาก โรคภัยไข้เจ็บและอากาศหนาวเย็นในดินแดนใหม่มาได้ครบ 1 ปี หลังเก็บเกี่ยวพืชผลแล้ว พวกพิลกริมส์เลยจัดให้มีงานเลี้ยงฉลองขอบคุณพระเจ้า โดยได้เชิญชาวอินเดียนแดงพื้นเมืองมาร่วมด้วย เนื่องจากว่าชาวอินเดียนแดงเป็นผู้สอนพวกพิลกริมส์ ให้เพาะปลูกข้าวโพดและพืชผลพื้นเมืองอื่นๆ ไว้เป็นอาหารประทังชีวิต งานเลี้ยงครั้งนั้น ประกอบไปด้วย ไก่งวงป่า เป็ด ห่าน ปลาค้อดและกวาง ไก่งวงจึงกลายมาเป็นอาหารสัญลักษณ์ของวันขอบคุณพระเจ้ามาจนทุกวันนี้ แต่ในชั้นแรกนั้น วันขอบคุณพระเจ้าไม่ได้เป็นวันหยุดที่มีการฉลองกันทั่วประเทศ จนกระทั่งนาง Sarah Josepha Hale บรรณาธิการนิตยสารสตรี Godey's Lady's Book รณรงค์ต่อรัฐสภาสหรัฐ ในปี คศ. 1863 หรือ พศ. 2406 ประธานาธิบดีลินคอล์นเลยประกาศให้วันขอบคุณพระเจ้าเป็นวันหยุดทั่วประเทศ สืบเนื่องมาจนทุกวันนี้ โดยหน่วยงานรัฐบาลจะปิดทำการทั้งในวันพฤหัสบดีและวันศุกร์ที่สี่ของเดือนพฤศจิกายน และกว่าจะไปเปิดทำการกันอีกครั้งก็ในวันจันทร์ถัดมา สมาชิกในครอบครัวที่แยกย้ายกันออกไปอยู่ตามมลรัฐต่างๆ ก็มักพยายามเดินทางกลับไปเยี่ยมบ้านกัน ทำให้ช่วงวันขอบคุณพระเจ้านี้ มีคนเดินทางกันแน่นขนัดที่สุดในรอบปี      
          

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Lenore Skenazy, została ogłoszona najmizerniejszą rodzicielką Ameryki, po teraźniejszym gdy zezwoliła familiarnemu 9 przewiewnemu kiedyś delfinowi, na powrót do gmachu metrem. Samotnemu, w Współczesnym Jorku. Wkurzona, narzuciła sport Free - Range Kids, inaczej w nieopanowanym wyjaśnieniu - dzieci wolnowybiegowe. Rok później zadenuncjowałaś twórczość o aktualnym jedynym nagłówku a poprowadziła ciąg odczytów, na których gada o niniejszym, jak nie wypaść wszechobecnej rycerskości zamęcie, którą obładowane istnieje to ojcostwo.



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Bądź prawdziwie zaświadczenie dzieciom na krzynkę masę autonomii, potrzebuje egzystować niedwuznaczne ze skazaniem siebie na znamię czarta papę? I co uzmysławia kruszka mnogość? Sfora w zwróceniu do jakiej ściany? Gdzie porzuca się przytomna staranność, zaś podejmuje maniakalna, obejmująca kontrola? Dojrzyj, na co potrafisz przystać rodowitemu dziecku, w okupacje z wieku.
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Dwuletni szkrab przede kompletnym pewnie opanować się szczuplejszą chwilę ucztą. Jeden, nie zaprzątając zgromadzenia. Wolny problemu nałoży niezgarbione puzzle, odbędzie łagodny diagram, załaduje wieżyczkę spośród tramów zaś „zaczyta się” w interaktywnej książce. Również nie, nie maszeruje o to, aby pobyć się z dziecięciem zajmować. Przecież zaakceptować mu na argumentację przeżywania pół epoki w rozwoju dzionka we jednostronnym bractwie, wcześniej faktycznie.

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Obecna sama idea omawia asortymentu ubranka. Zbiór drobny do dwóch alternatywie jest przyjemną normą, należałoby o niej zapamiętywać. Niestety prowadźmy niemowlęciu, iż podobno upiększyć się w co zamierzam. Ponieważ kiedy w listopadzie, przegłosuje przytępione rybaczki, jego zaznanie sprawczości zginie w zgliszczach. Będzie oddane, że poczyniło szczególnie zasłużonego tomu, zaś twoim znaczeniem będzie ogłosić mu, iż no nie egzystuje. Po porządkowe, lub ano obchodzisz metodycznie świt stawać z przedszkolakiem przed szafą zaś spekulować o współczesnym, czyli dolne ujmują obcowań błękitne bądź błękitnawe? Przy koncepcji swobodzie, nie umiemy odpuszczać o niniejszym, kto, kogo doglądam. My niemowlę, lub ono nas.
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Szkolniak, widocznie zegnać czerń u partnerki kochaj towarzysza z skali, kwestię pogodna, przy istotnych położeniach, że władasz rodziców, do jakich bungalowu kroczy. Taka podróż, bieżące dla niego nie zaledwie peregrynacja, toż najznakomitszy test. Azaliż egzystuje zejdzie naocznie zmajstrować nocną zaś poranną tualetę? Zna gdy pozostawić się jako zamieszkuj, w anonimowym dla niego okrążeniu?
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Puszczenie 10 - lata gołego w dworu na porę, więcej nie winno nikogo oburzać. Wiemy osobiste dziecię głęboko, ergo toteż nieuchronnie zawsze istota osobniczej rezolucji. Choć starszak w rzeczonym wieku, konkretnie powinien rozumieć natychmiast całkowite formuły estetycznego popychania się w domu dodatkowo w najulubieńszym ograniczeniu. Posiada więcej skutecznie zrzucić osamotniony Chronos, poniekąd gdyby zauważa przez niniejsze bycie na wersalce. Do tegoż czasami rozporządza sąd!
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Umożliwmy się, takie dziecię no jest niewymuszone. Postuluje lokalnej skrupulatnej pielęgnacje zaś ostrożności, ale nie ospale nam mylić jej z niezdrową opieką. 12 lat pobije jeden aleję do metody dodatkowo ze uczelni, tudzież poniekąd powędruje z kadrą towarzyszek do zoo, czy na pizzę tudzież to będzie w pokoju! Owy chwila, wtedy nuże formalnie najwyższa porządek na zorganizowanie niemowlęcia w wdepnięcie w nastoletni, i w kryzysie samodzielny, osobny glob!

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آیین غبار روبی و عطر افشانی مزار شهدای گمنام دانشگاه آزاد اسلامی واحد رامسر به مناسبت گرامیداشت هفته بسیج برگزار شد.


          

Las mejores ofertas en cursos del Black Friday 2019

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Las mejores ofertas en cursos del Black Friday 2019

Black Friday 2019 ya está aquí y con él famoso día llega una avalancha total de ofertas no solo el mismo viernes, sino el los días previos y posteriores. En Genbeta hemos estado recogiendo algunas de las oportunidades más interesantes relacionadas con software y servicios y ahora haremos lo propio con cursos online en español sobre computación, programación, hacking y ciberseguridad.

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How to Create a Biblically Balanced Prophetic Community

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My objective in this article is to encourage all to prophesy within the boundaries of local church protocol as well as to help develop discernment in the congregation. I have found that the gift of prophecy is the most faith-building of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit; hence, it can be the most dangerous gift or the greatest blessing—which is why we need strict guidelines.

Instead of shutting down this gift, we need to properly utilize it with all the biblical checks and balances, which is the intent of this writing. Also, by prophesy, in the context of this article, I am referring to the simple gift of prophesy mentioned in 1 Corinthians 14:3: "But he who prophesies speaks to men for their edification and exhortation and comfort."

Questions to ask ourselves, relating to the content in this article:

  1. Am I activated as to my prophetic gift? If not, then why not?
  2. Do I understand the importance of the prophetic?
  3. Do I understand how it should operate in the context of my local church?

Paul's Stance

Paul the apostle encouraged the whole body to prophesy within the framework of the local church. 1 Corinthians 14:1 says, "Follow after love and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy." Further on in the chapter in 1 Corinthians 14:31-33 he says, "For you may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged ... "

In spite of this clear teaching from Paul, many pastors have functionally shut down the gift of prophesy because of some prophetic extremes and abuses (with this logic we may as well shut down everything in the church—since every gift and ministry gift has been abused and used in extreme ways). Paul said, related to this, in 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21 (ESV), "Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good."

Hence, instead of quenching prophecy we need to have checks and balances that enable us to test and validate proper prophetic ministry. That being said, let's explore the best use of this gift in the context of the local church.

(In this teaching we are not dealing with prophetic evangelism, which has a different set of guidelines, since we are not dealing with members of the body but the unsaved outside of the context of a local church setting and/or community.)

The first thing we need to understand is that Paul always framed all descriptions and functions of the gifts and ministries of the Spirit with the corporate body of Christ. For example, in Romans 12:3-8, the motivational gifts are given to build up the church; in Ephesians 4:11-12, the five cluster gifts are for the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry.

In 1 Corinthians 12:4-8, the manifestations of the Spirit were given in the context of the body of Christ (prophesy is mentioned in this passage as one of the nine manifestations of the Spirit given for the edification of the local church). The context actually begins in 1 Corinthians 10 and 11 when he deals with the nature of Holy Communion as well as the attitude and proper behavior Christians should have related to discerning the oneness of the body of Christ. After this profound teaching on Holy Communion and corporate unity, chapter 12 teaches on the gifts in the context of the oneness of the church as the body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:12-13 (MEV) says, "For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit." In light of this passage, it is not a coincidence that the teaching on the gifts of the Holy Spirit is given in the context of the corporate nature of the body of Christ. This, of course, goes against the individualism that is rampant in the contemporary church—especially in regards to rogue prophetic ministries that claim to give the word of the Lord on social media without any accountability or process of vetting them!

The True Motivation of the Holy Spirit

Scripture makes it clear that the Holy Spirit always points to Jesus (hence, all His manifestations should do the same). In 1 Corinthians 12:3 Paul says, "Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, 'Jesus be cursed!' And no one can say, 'Jesus is the Lord,' except by the Holy Spirit."

Consequently, when the Spirit is truly moving through someone to prophesy, the ensuing Spirit-induced exhortation should point to the lordship of Jesus Christ, as well as motivate all to worship Him. (Paul said this in the context of the false gifts of prophecy given by the "pagans" who worshipped idols and devils as we see in 1 Cor. 12:1-3.)

Furthermore, John the revelator said in Revelation 19:10, "For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." Consequently, if the prophetic word points to the prophet giving the word instead of to Jesus, its motivation is of the flesh or is demonic in nature.

Jesus even said that the Spirit was sent to testify of and glorify Him.

In John 15:26, Jesus says, "But when the Counselor comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness of Me."

Next week I will explore the corporate nature of prophecy, including the corporate function of the gift of prophecy and the corporate protocol for the gift of prophecy. {eoa}


          

Franklin Graham: Dan Cathy Says Chick-fil-A Restaurant Has Not Bowed to LGBT Agenda

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The debate continues: Has Chick-fil-A caved to pressure from the LGBT community? Or are conservative fans overreacting?

Franklin Graham is weighing in. The famed evangelist says that, after a conversation with Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy, he is in the restaurant's corner.

Chick-fil-A faced heavy backlash after announcing they were shifting their donations away from organizations like the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and the Paul Anderson Youth Home. Instead, according to Bisnow, Chick-fil-A will now focus its charitable efforts on organizations that directly deal with local issues such as education, hunger and homelessness.

Reports quickly circulated that this move was a direct response to the negative perception of Chick-fil-A's support of traditional marriage.

Graham took to Facebook to share his thoughts:

Has Chick-fil-A caved? Some are saying they've rolled over, that they've conceded to the LGBTQ protests because they released a statement about their charitable giving. They announced that in 2020 they're giving to fight hunger and homelessness and support education. What's wrong with that?

I picked up the phone and called Dan Cathy. Dan was very clear that they have not bowed down to anyone's demands, including the LGBTQ community. They will continue to support whoever they want to support. They haven't changed who they are or what they believe. Chick-fil-A remains committed to Christian values. Dan Cathy assured me that this isn't going to change. I hope all those who jumped to the wrong conclusion about them read this.

In my opinion, the gay movement wouldn't ever be happy with Chick-fil-A unless they were open on Sunday, gave all of their charitable donations to LGBTQ organizations, and flew the rainbow flag over their stores! Their hatred for Chick-fil-A is rooted in founder Truett Cathy's strong stand for biblical "traditional" values and his desire to honor God.

No fast food chain does a better job. I went through the drive-thru at Chick-fil-A yesterday morning, and I thought I might get dinner there—but a whole lot of other people had the same idea! A Chick-fil-A sandwich with waffle fries sounds really good right now!

Meanwhile, a petition created by the American Family Association now has over 88,000 signatures. The petition expresses disappointment in Chick-fil-A's choice to stop donating to the Salvation Army, FCA and the Paul Anderson Youth Home in Georgia. It also demands that the restaurant clarify that they "still hold to biblical teachings regarding human sexuality, marriage and family, and reinstate these Christian ministries." {eoa}


          

Judah Smith Launches 'Guided Prayers' That Justin Bieber Says Have Been Helping Him

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Earlier this week, Judah and Chelsea Smith launched a new feature on their Churchome app: "Guided Prayers."

In an Instagram post announcing the new prayer feature, Judah says he and his wife—who both pastor Churchome in Seattle, Washington—appear in videos to guide people through prayers that are relevant and five minutes or less.

"Guided prayer is a spiritual experience," he says. "It's much more than just a method. It's much more than just content to consume. It's an experience to be had. It's a moment to be in, completely present, connecting with God. It's based on Scripture. It's based on the way Jesus taught His 12 disciples to pray."

Judah also says the feature uses the Lord's Prayer as an outline to help people take time to pray—whether it's late at night or early in the morning. Their goal, he says, is to give people "the best chance they could have to experience the presence of Jesus and actually follow him in their ordinary, everyday lives."

In September, Justin Bieber shared one of the Smiths' guided prayers on Instagram.

"When you have a quiet moment, get into a comfortable position and listen," Bieber wrote. "They have really been helping me and thought I would share."


          

The Real Reason You Keep Missing God's Divine Appointments for You

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It's absolutely necessary to surround yourself with people who inspire you to do more and be more than you ever thought possible. The book of Numbers describes a man named Caleb with a "different spirit." The original language more directly translates to "wholehearted." You know you've been in the presence of a wholehearted person because their passion is contagious! The biblical Caleb ended up being a catalyst alongside Israel's leader, Joshua, to take a nation into the promised land. When most others saw the impossibility of a giant-infested territory, Caleb saw an opportunity for God to show up and show off. He didn't have one shred of doubt in his being. He was wholehearted.

Divine appointments are always disguised as impossible situations. Stop being so easily discouraged, and start seeing pressure as a privilege. The destination that God has for you is absolutely outside of your current reach. It is bigger than your current bank account. It is bigger than your current circle of supporters. God will always give you a dream big enough to keep you dependent on Him and the relationships He appoints to advance you. You can see the way that God orchestrates divine appointments in the story of Joshua and Caleb. They had a synergistic relationship. They were like-minded. They were aligned in certainty that anything was possible through their unity and God's favor.

Whenever you find yourself in a situation that seems to contradict your destiny, know that God may be using it to bring a Caleb to you. It was the prospect of dying in the promised land of Canaan that solicited the resolve of Caleb to emerge. True relationship is forged in adversity. When things get hard, keep your eyes open for the wholehearted ones in your midst.

I was driving through the cornfields of Northwest Indiana with a dream inside of me to launch a New York City church. Everything about my dream defied my surroundings. It was an expensive, irrational and seemingly impossible dream. I had faith, but I needed to join my faith with someone who wasn't focused on the giants of fear inhabiting New York, but rather, the provision waiting on the other side of radical obedience. I was not-so-randomly connected to Anthony Spark, a New York entrepreneur and visionary leader. What seemed like the most insurmountable dream to me was more than possible to him. Anthony Spark was wholehearted. Within the next year, we would raise the money, build the team, move my family and I across the country, and launch V1 Church.

You will receive the dream before the relationships, before the provision and before the open doors. Don't miss the divine appointments in disguise! You can listen to Anthony and I discuss this and more on the Mike Signorelli podcast or watch here.

Listen to my latest podcast about seeing divine appointments here!


          

Why This Painful Step Is Necessary to Reap God's Harvest for Your Life

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In John 21, we are taken to a scene where Simon Peter and a few other disciples are fishing and to no avail, they caught not one fish. In the early morning a man (who they later recognized was Jesus) called out to them from the shore telling them to throw the net out again on the right side of the boat and they shall catch fish. After their obedience to this request, they end up catching more fish than they could haul into the boat.

I have often found myself in this situation. Trying to forge my way toward my God-given destiny and after much striving, just like Simon Peter, I come up short. I have found that God often has to slow us down in order to do something even more important than reaching the mountain top moments where we achieve such goals. God wishes for our character to be developed so that we can become strong Christians who do not waver in our faith and convictions because of a little opposition. As we allow God to strengthen our character, we begin to rely more on the Word of God and less on our feelings and emotions that often cause us to make painfully horrible decisions.

Striving in our own might to obtain God's destiny for ourselves often causes us to come up short. We not only need the supernatural power of God in order to reap the harvest God has declared over our lives, but we need those valley moments. It is in the valley where we are faced with our demons, insecurities and mindsets that are in constant opposition to God. It is in the obscurity of waiting that God refines our character, melting away the sins that so easily entangle us. It is in the constant obedience to God that we reap blessings. But many times we are quick to give up and quick to say, "I've been doing this for a while and I don't see God working so I give up."

Life on this earth should be about the inward growth of a Christian and being able to grow our roots down deep in the foundation of Christ. So let's stop looking at the mountain top and lets begin to focus on the value of the valley.

Listen to my latest podcast to learn more about how to stand strong in your trial. {eoa}


          

Why Many Believers Miss the Miracle Power of Intercessory Prayer

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The Bible discusses intercession often throughout its many pages. When I pondered this with the glasses of kingly/priestly concepts, I came to a stark awareness that I feel is compelling.

Many people reading an article about kings think of the battles, the wealth and the power to influence for good and evil. But I believe there is even a greater power given to the kings of the earth that many have never accessed.

This power is the power of intercession. It is the ability to have God's ear and heart when you pray for those in your sphere of influence. The God of heaven and earth listens to the hearts of kings and queens. There are several biblical examples where God literally harkens to the prayer of kings and in some cases even changes world events.

There are men and women like you and me who are everyday business people. Moses, who was a prince of Egypt (public servant), turned to a professional herdsman, a king chosen by God. The 12 tribes of Israel only had one tribe that was priestly; all the others were kingly tribes.

Wow! When you understand that most of the Bible was written about the kingly, it's remarkable. We are one of the major players of God's Spirit, callings and anointings on the earth. The common marketplace people are within God's plan. The priestly role is available to support and encourage us.

I say all this as a preparation for intercession because the kings are everywhere in the Bible. They are the ones who God is depending on in the last days.

Let us look at some prime examples of God directly responding to various kings in the Bible who ventured to intercede for those in their sphere of influence. As kings, we have great intercessory authority. When we walk into this anointing, we can see miracles happen through us, not just the priestly.

How about Abraham, the father of our faith, a kingly man of God? Remember the story of Abraham's intercession for Lot in Genesis 18:22-23. It took over 11 verses to record this businessman's intercession and negotiation with the Lord not to wipe out Sodom where Lot lived. God honored Abraham by removing Lot and his wife and daughter by sending angles to get Lot out of the city. I hope you can see that when a king prays, God answers, and in this case with angels.

Moses' prayers for his people were answered on several occasions. Remember when God told Moses that He wanted to kill all of Israel and start a new tribe with Moses? Moses interceded and asked God not to kill the people. Remember the story where Aaron and Miriam grumbled against Moses? The Lord gave leprosy to them and Moses interceded on their behalf so that they might be healed. God honored his request.

How about Joshua, who prayed to make the sun stand still in Joshua 10:12-15? Joshua, who was a military man, not a seminary student, asked God to hold the sun so he could finish conquering the enemy. God heard a request of a king and honored it.

This list goes on and on about how God answers prayers of kings. Look at the life of Jesus, a carpenter, not of the tribe of Levi but a Melchizedek kingly priest. Look at the New Testament: It's chock-full of kings, fishermen, tax collectors and others having their prayers answered and seeing the miracles of God happening prior to Jesus' death.

Therefore, your occupation or place in life does not define the power of your prayers. You do not need to rely on people in the formal ministry occupation to intercede for your family, friends and society. Use the power God has bestowed on you, a king or queen, and pray with power and conviction. {eoa}

Doug Weiss, Ph.D., is a nationally known author, speaker and licensed psychologist. He is the executive director of Heart to Heart Counseling Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the author of several books, including Ministry of Kings and Queens: From Laity to Royalty. You may contact Dr. Weiss via his website, drdougweiss.com, on his Facebook, by phone at 719-278-3708 or through email at heart2heart@xc.org.


          

2 Biblical Concepts We Must Remember in Today's Black Friday Chaos

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Black Friday marks the traditional beginning of the Christmas shopping season, yet it has also become a concerning symbol of our nation's materialism, says Sam Rohrer, president of the American Pastors Network (APN, AmericanPastorsNetwork.net).

The term Black Friday has been used since the 1960s, Rohrer noted. However, recent years have seen the day expand into traffic jams and even fighting. Some retailers now employ armed guards to maintain order among tense shoppers.

"As we watch the chaos of Black Friday, it reminds us of two important biblical concepts," he said. "First, God calls us to be content with what we have. Second, we are not to love the things of this world. As He looks at us today, may we seek to live contentedly with the amazing blessings He has already provided and seek to genuinely bless the lives of others this holiday season."

Rohrer also shares biblical insights on APN's daily 60-second radio feature, "Stand in the Gap Minute," heard on hundreds of stations nationwide. Rohrer and his radio co-hosts explore headline-making cultural issues on the daily, live, one-hour radio program, "Stand in the Gap Today," as well as the weekly television program, "Stand in the Gap TV."


          

Are You Really Pursuing What Matters Most?

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The things we pursue in life have everything to do with our joy and fulfillment. While it's certainly not wrong to desire success, a better-paying job or a higher standard of living, the Bible tells us that seeking after "things" and making them our priority will only make us miserable in the end.

Seek is a strong word. It means "to crave, pursue, to make sacrifices to get, to go after with all of your strength and all of your heart."

I encourage you to take a moment and ask yourself, "What am I seeking? What am I spending most of my time talking about? Where do I invest the majority of my energy?"

Romans 14:17 (NIV) says, "For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit."

In other words, the kingdom of God is not about us simply trying to get what we want. Instead, it's about seeking a relationship with God and experiencing true kingdom benefits. It's about having a greater understanding of His righteousness (our right standing with Him through Jesus Christ), His peace and His joy in our lives. Only then will we find what we are truly looking for.

In the beginning of our relationship with God, it's all about us—and for a while, this is fine. I believe this is where we all start. We come to Him with our list of needs and desires. We bring Him our problems and want Him to fix everything. But eventually, the time comes for us to grow and mature.

I remember coming to a point in my life when I had a lot of "things" but realized I simply wasn't happy. After praying and asking the Lord what was wrong, He spoke to my heart and said, "Joyce, you are too shallow—it's time to go out into the deep."

That was difficult to hear, but I knew exactly what He meant. It was time for me to start living the "deeper life"—to begin seeking God for who He is and not just what He could do for me.

You see, shallow Christians want the fruit, but they are not concerned about the roots. I love Isaiah 37:31b. It says, "take root below and bear fruit above."

Just look at nature. Large trees with thick, full branches have a massive underground root system that spreads both deep and wide. Without this support system, the tree could never weather a storm.

In the same way, we must develop deep spiritual roots before we can truly enjoy the big, full life God has intended for us. This includes cultivating a relationship with the Lord, finding out what He says about us in His Word and becoming rooted and grounded in His love.

A lot of times, we come at it the wrong way. We want to have all of the benefits—more privileges, a bigger career, more money—before we ever establish our roots. But without a strong foundation in God, these things can actually hurt us more than they can help. And without deep roots, we'll never endure the storms of life.

Friends, the Lord is more concerned about your inner life than your outer life. Why? Because He knows that when you are spiritually strong on the inside, then you are able to handle any situation that arises in your life on the outside.

I think sometimes we're afraid that if we stop chasing after all the "things," we'll never get what we want in life. But the exact opposite is true.

Psalm 37:4 (AMPC) says, "Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart."

As we place our focus on God, He causes our desires to be in line with His plan and what's best for our lives.

Years ago, while I was praying (probably for something I wanted), the Lord spoke a life-changing truth to my heart. He said, "Joyce, seek My face and not My hand. If you seek My face, My hand will always be open."

Matthew 6:33 (NIV) says it this way: "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."

I can tell you from personal experience that when you make God your No. 1 priority, He not only fills your life with His amazing peace, joy and satisfaction, but He also gives you the desires of your heart.

I encourage you to make a decision today to pursue the one who matters most. Seek God for who He is and make your relationship with Him a priority.

As you do, I believe you'll discover what you've been looking for all along. {eoa}

Joyce Meyer is a New York Times' bestselling author and founder of Joyce Meyer Ministries Inc. She has written more than 100 books, including Battlefield of the Mind. She hosts the Enjoying Everyday Life radio and TV programs. For more information, visit joycemeyer.org.

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Prophetic Word: 'Welcome to the School of the Mouth'

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Recently I've had numerous encounters with the Lord and dreams regarding "speaking" and the "mouth." In 2020 and beyond, we are moving into an era of declaration. I believe right now the Lord is teaching His people, giving them a deeper understanding of the power of their words, the power of decreeing the Word of God and their authority in Christ.

As I sought the Lord about these encounters and dreams, I heard Him say, "Welcome to the school of the mouth!"

There is an invitation being extended by the Lord right now to enter into a time of being schooled by the Holy Spirit in the power of our words like never before. "Your words are so powerful that they will kill or give life, and the talkative person will reap the consequences" (Prov. 18:21, TPT).

I heard the Lord say, "I am raising the standard in the lives of many, through the revelation of My Word, in the words that they speak."

The Lord has already begun to shine His light upon His Word and speak to many people about the power of declaration, but this major shift is going to continue and increase because this is the new era where we shall decree a thing and it shall be established (Job 22:28).

Conviction Upon the Tongue: No More Careless Words

"Careless words stab like a sword, but wise words bring healing" (Prov. 12:18, NCV).

"Reckless words are like the thrusts of a sword, cutting remarks meant to stab and to hurt. But the words of the wise soothe and heal" (Prov. 12:18, TPT).

"You can be sure of this: when the day of judgment comes, everyone will be held accountable for every careless word he has spoken. Your very words will be used as evidence against you, and your words will declare you either innocent or guilty" (Matt. 12:36-37, TPT).

As I continued to seek the Lord's heart, I felt that this beautiful invitation to be schooled by Him would lead to a realm of revelation and re-introduction to the authority and power of decree and the Word of God. I strongly felt the fear of God, sensing that there is a weighty responsibility entrusted to us to steward our words well in this new era.

The Holy Spirit spoke again: "Fire is coming upon the tongue. I am bringing major deliverance to My people from wrong declarations."

There is a major purification and conviction of the Holy Spirit coming to the body of Christ to bring conviction and purification of words that are spoken. For the Lord is going to bring forth deep healing in the hearts of many, where they will say "yes" to entering into the school of the mouth.

"...For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks" (Matt. 12:34, MEV).

The Lord is going to continue to convict and highlight words that are flowing out of mouths that are not in line with the Word of God. It is the love of God that is going to bring the correction. He is going to the root of lies, unforgiveness, bitterness and the place of simple, "careless speech." He is training His people in the power of words and the tongue because we are moving into a time where decrees will be made about what the Lord is saying and there will be sudden manifestations.

When the Lord said, "Fire is coming upon the tongue," He spoke of conviction and purification, but He also spoke of commissioning. This is the era where fire will fall upon tongues, and a commissioning will take place in greater ways for those being positioned to speak, sing and declare the Word of the Lord. Many have lost their voices, and this is the era where voices will be restored.

There is a mighty wave of His deliverance being released upon the tongue to deliver the people of God from declaring things that are not His heart, not what He is saying and not His truth. God is dealing with lies and half truths and leading His people into a place of declaring what He is saying in alignment with His Word.

Heavenly Wisdom That Has Never Been Seen Before

I heard the Lord say, "Those that embrace the school of the mouth will have mouths that flow with heavenly wisdom that has never been seen before."

By the Lord's Spirit, those who participate in this "school of the mouth" will see major revelation and impartations of wisdom being released to them. They will open their mouths and out will flow revelation of His wisdom and the mind of Christ. The level of wisdom God is going to release will be unprecedented.

It's all about yielding to the process and training of the Lord, speaking what He sees and then seeing the manifestation of what He speaks.

The Lord showed me that many are speaking words of death over their lives, not words of life; but there is a mighty summon of the Lord to stand and to speak only that which He speaks—to speak life. The Lord is going to demonstrate like never before the power of words, decreeing His Word and blessing.

Increase in Authority to Speak What the Lord Is Saying

"For if you remain silent at this time, protection and deliverance for the Jews will be ordained from some other place, but you and your father's house shall be destroyed. And who knows if you may have attained royal position for such a time as this?" (Esth. 4:14).

In this "Esther," "Joseph" and "Daniel" era, there will be ever-increasing doors that are going to open to many in the body of Christ, moving them into different mountains of culture to speak forth the Word of the Lord. In this "school of the mouth" they will receive the wisdom and blueprint strategies from heaven to answer the problems and issues that kings and leaders will need. We can see that this has already begun, but it is going to increase in momentum like we have never seen before. The church will be called on to speak the wisdom of God in places of significant influence that will shift and change nations.

There is not only a mighty deliverance upon His people from wrong declarations, but there is also a mighty deliverance in cities and nations through prayer and the declaration and decree of His Word to those of influence—those leading the mountains of culture.

I heard the Lord say, "In 2020 and beyond there will be mighty demonstrations of My decrees suddenly unlocking the destiny in nations in ways that have never been seen before."

Explosive demonstrations of the deliverance of God are about to be seen in prayer and intercession as the Word of God is decreed and declared. There will be demonstrations of the power of the Word of God through decree, where sudden shifts and manifestations will happen in accelerated momentum. These demonstrations will not be "sporadic" and just "here or there," but it will become normal to see swift shifts and answered prayer through the decree of His Word.

Dealing With Backbiting

The Lord showed me that there is much "backbiting" that is taking place in the body of Christ right now. There are "words being spoken in secret" that are really partnering with a spirit of witchcraft and bringing curses upon fellow believers. The fire of God and His conviction is coming in greater increase to deal with the backbiting and the words that have been spoken over one another that are bringing division and heartache. The Lord is doing a deep work in the body of Christ to bring His people into a place of brotherly love, unity and honoring one another.

"Greater love has no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13).

I saw the fear of God coming upon the church. There will be repentance, en masse, over "backbiting words" and "careless words" that have been spoken, and a revival of honor and love will blossom in many ways, and many of those ways will be unexpected.

"And never let ugly or hateful words come from your mouth, but instead let your words become beautiful gifts that encourage others; do this by speaking words of grace to help them" (Eph. 4:29, TPT).

Limitations Will Be Removed as Words Change

There are limitations that many are living under right now, and some of those limitations are connected to the words that they are prophesying over themselves and others. Where this beautiful invitation to the "school of the mouth" is accepted, the Lord will remove and shatter these limitations, and the truth of the Word of God will shine bright to expose, uproot, untangle and activate.

The year 2020 and beyond will be a decade to declare and decree; a decade of the boldest faith we have ever seen. A people will arise with increasing conviction of the power of the Word, and with His words on their lips. They will see mountains move.

The Power of the Mustard Seed

The Lord spoke to me and said that in 2020 and beyond He will demonstrate the power of the mustard seed (Matt. 17:20)! God is training His people in their decrees and declarations and leading them into a major increase of faith that they already have in Christ.

The signs, wonders and miracles that will be seen in this decade of decree will be astounding, and the invitation to the Lord's "school of the mouth" is the preparation to walk in these creative miracles. The fire of His purification is falling now upon tongues so that tongues may carry His fire like never before.

The invitation is being released. Will you say yes? Invite the Holy Spirit to come; give Him permission to do whatever He has to do to purify your mouth, teach you and prepare you to partner with Him in this new decade of decree. {eoa}

Lana Vawser is an active member of the Australian Prophetic Council and releases prophetic words for the body of Christ and nations, and is featured regularly on The Elijah List and in Charisma Magazine. She is also an itinerant preacher and revivalist who is traveling regularly with her family, seeing powerful moves of God. Lana has a strong, prophetic voice and has a heart to see the body of Christ develop deep intimacy with Jesus and actively hear His voice each day. She also has a heart to see people set free and walk in all that Jesus has purchased for them as they carry Christ into their world each day, awakened to His nature and who they are in Him. Lana is married to Kevin, and they live in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia with their family.

This story was originally published through the Elijah List. Click here to read more.


          

Why the Promised Land Is Just a Prophetic Shadow of the Kingdom of Heaven

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Have you ever found yourself reading a Scripture you know or have heard many times in church, but on that particular day, its meaning becomes brand-new to you? We should always be looking for and expecting new revelation when we come to read and study God's Word. When this happens to me, I am inclined to go deeper into God's Word to see what else He wants to show me concerning the word or idea.

This article started as a prophetic word. During a Tuesday night service at the church I pastor, Crusaders Church in Chicago, I prophesied about moving into a good land. After delivering that word, I began to do a word study in the Scriptures regarding "the land"—the land of Canaan, the promised land, inheriting the land and the good land.

The good land is a picture of kingdom living—living in the glory realm and in the promises of God. The good land is God's country. It is a place where goodness, abundance, prosperity, excellence, refreshing, beauty, nourishment, blessing, satisfaction, plenty and glory are ways of life. It is the land of the finest, best and choicest of meat and grain. It is a place where we are nourished, shielded and safe. We receive abundant harvests, and all our works are fruitful in the good land. It is a place where becoming fat and large is a spiritual picture of prosperity, wealth and the anointing. I have a passion to see people live in prosperity, abundance, peace, joy and victory in the land God has promised us in Christ.

The good land is also a picture of the promised land to which God was leading the Israelites upon their exodus from Egypt. He was leading them to the physical place called Canaan. God Himself brought them into a good land, a land of milk and honey (Exod. 3:8; Num. 14:8; Deut. 31:20; Ezek. 20:15), as He promised their forefather Abraham (Gen. 12:7).

Today, God's people enter the good land through Jesus Christ, as we have now by faith become the spiritual seed of Abraham (Rom. 11:11-31). The good land is no longer a physical place but a spiritual representation of what was purchased for us by the finished work of Jesus at the cross. It is a metaphor for our spiritual inheritance in Christ and the blessings we have as a result. So now because of Christ, the saints of God dwell in this land and possess it by faith.

Our Inheritance

"Earth" in the Bible's original Greek language is ge, which literally means "land." That's a big distinction, because when you hear or read the word earth, you may think of the entire planet. But when you think of land, the concept of the physical area adjusts to mean only a portion of the planet. Of course, when God sent the Israelites in to possess the land, they were not going in to possess the entire planet. They were possessing the land of Canaan. God gave them parameters (Num. 34:1-12).

When Jesus said in Matthew 5:5 that the meek will inherit the earth, He had certain spiritual boundary lines in mind. Though the verse is commonly quoted, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. Jesus did not mean the entire physical planet but a special spiritual land set aside for those who love Him, which they inherit as they come into fellowship with Him.

Several Scriptures talk about the good land. Psalm 25:13 says, "His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth [the land]." In Psalm 37, the phrase "inherit the earth" (or land) is mentioned five times (v. 9, 11, 22, 29, 34).

But the book of Psalms was written almost 1,000 years after Joshua led the people of Israel into Canaan, yet still we find several references in Psalm 37 to inheriting the land. Why is the Word of God still talking about possessing the earth?

First, I believe that all the promises of God are fulfilled in Christ. Christ is the fulfillment of all the Old Covenant promises and all the Old Covenant types and symbols. As part of the Old Covenant, God told the Israelites, "I am going to bring you into a good land. This is going to be your inheritance. This will be your possession" (see Deut. 5:31, 6:1, 26:1). But the inheritance of the physical land was something that was temporary, earthly, physical and natural. It was a type of something greater, which we find in Christ.

Passover, Pentecost, Tabernacles, the priesthood, the sacrifices—all these things were types and shadows of a greater reality in which the fulfillment is Christ. So when Scripture says, "The meek shall inherit the earth," it is an Old Covenant picture of what we inherit in Christ. The land is Christ; Christ is the promised land. Christ is our inheritance. So blessings, prosperity, peace, shalom, favor, land flowing with milk and honey—all these are types and symbols of what it means to live in Christ and to walk and live in the Spirit.

So many people today, especially Christians, are focused on the physical piece of land housing Israel, the Gaza Strip and Palestine, as if that is to be the focus of the kingdom. They miss the fact that the land God sent Israel into—and please catch this because you must understand types, shadows and figures in order to rightly divide the Word of God—is a natural representation of something much greater in the Spirit. Though they were sent into this physical land, we must understand that God has something much bigger in mind than just a physical piece of land. The kingdom of heaven is much bigger than that.

Receiving this broadened perspective can be a problem for some Christians whose eyes are so locked on the natural and the physical that they miss the spiritual reality of what we possess in Christ.

What we possess in Christ is a fulfillment of the picture and shadow of what the people of Israel possessed by going into a physical land. Literally, Christ is the good land. Living in the Spirit is the good land, and that is the land given to us.

Allow me to lead you through an example of how a type and shadow may be read in the Old Testament and then seen in the New Testament as fulfilled.

Deuteronomy 8:7 says, "For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs that flow out of valleys and hills."

What does water represent in the Bible? It represents the Spirit of God. Jesus said in John 7:38b (KJV), referring to the believer, "Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." And in John 4, He said, "The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life" (v. 14).

The good land is a picture of living a Spirit-filled life: worship, prophecy, words of knowledge and wisdom, discernment, tongues, interpretation, miracles. That's what we have in Christ. Life should never be boring when you have the Spirit of God flowing consistently. Your life should be full of water, full of fountains, full of depth and full of the river of God (Ps. 46:4). The water of the Spirit of God should always be flowing in your life; if you are not experiencing that, you are not living in the good land. And if you allow it, the enemy will rob you of what it means to live in the good land, to live in the blessings of the Spirit of God.

As you study all the things the people of Israel inherited, realize these are types and shadows of what you have in Christ. When Christ says, "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth" (Matt. 5:5), He is not referring to something physical. He is referring to something much greater than the physical. He is referring to living in salvation, redemption, abundance, glory and shalom. This is the good land.

Blessed Are the Meek

If you are wondering who "the meek" are in Matthew 5:5, let me uncover the mystery: you are the meek. The good land is part of your inheritance in Christ. You are blessed and an heir to the land. It is yours in Christ!

My paraphrase of Isaiah 1:19 says, "The meek are humble, teachable, and able to be corrected by God. They are willing and obedient; therefore, they eat the good of the land."

When you read the phrase "blessed are the meek," know that it is all about Jesus and our restoration through salvation to His image and likeness. Jesus is a picture of the meek. In Matthew 11:29, He said He was meek and lowly in heart. He has inherited the earth in the sense that He possesses the entire world.

Psalm 2:8 (MEV) tells of the promise of the Father to the Son, who becomes the King: "Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession."

Christ's dominion is over the entire earth. Jesus is the embodiment of meekness, and when we enter into Christ, we take on all that He is; therefore, we take on His meekness. His meekness becomes part of our lives. We cannot be meek apart from Christ.

All the promises that are revealed to us through Scripture and by the Spirit of God are found and fulfilled in Christ. So blessed are the meek—blessed are those who are in Christ, the meek one—for they shall inherit the earth, or possess the land.

Appropriated by Faith

Being in Christ is more than being saved. It's more than going to heaven. It's more than just being justified. But many believers have not allowed themselves to live in the good land because of tradition, religion, fear, doubt and other people's interference. They never use their faith to appropriate the land.

When Jesus asked the disciples, "Who do you say that I am?" (Matt. 16:15b), we are witness to Peter's revelation of who Jesus is: "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (v. 16b). My desire is that people get a revelation of Christ and thereby get a revelation of the good land.

The enemy will work overtime on your mind and emotions to keep you in an exhausted and frustrated state so that you will believe the good land is for super saints and not for you. This is a lie. Like many people with potential, there may be times when you feel stuck outside of your promises because you have unconsciously partnered with the lies of hell. This is one of Satan's strategies to get you to believe his lies, to make vows and partner with him, and to empower demon spirits to wreak havoc in your life.

You may hear words such as, "Things will never work out for you." You begin to agree with the deception and speak it over yourself: "Things will never work out for me." This is the work of the enemy, and as he influences what you speak, his demons will honor your word. They understand the realm of covenant and keep you on the outskirts of the good land by sowing lies into your heart and mind. You must rise up, break those lies, renew your mind and begin to prophesy the blessings of the good land. The good land is not just for others; it is for you!

Believe what God is saying to you in this hour. I believe that by faith you can inherit the promises, rest, joy, peace, favor, glory and all the great things that belong to us as a result of inheriting the land. The land does belong to you as a child of God. It is a spiritual inheritance. It is a spiritual land that belongs to you. And you can have it by faith if you understand what the land is, what it represents and how we possess it in Christ.

I believe God wants you to live in the good land to enjoy His blessings and promises that are in Christ. The more revelation and understanding you receive, the more you confess this and believe and walk in this. Whatever your current situation is, faith will turn your whole life around. Faith will cause you to move out of a place of poverty, stress and fear, and into a place of abundance, victory and favor.

Begin to confess this and believe it, appropriating it by faith. Rise up. Come out of bondage. Come out of the wilderness. Come out of that dry place. Get into the good land and dwell there all the days of your life. {eoa}

John Eckhardt is overseer of Crusaders Ministries. He is an author and speaker who has ministered in more than 80 nations.

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How Spirit-Filled Believers Must Pray for Netanyahu Right Now

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Israel has been in the news a lot lately, especially with its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, being charged in three corruption cases. Sometimes it's hard for those of us who don't live in Israel to truly understand what's going on. After all, the media is not as unbiased as it used to be when it comes to reporting on Israel.

Because of that, I invited Pastor Avi Mizrachi onto my "Strang Report" podcast to help shed light on what's really going on. Mizrachi is the pastor of a Messianic congregation in Tel Aviv called the Adonai Roi Congregation. ("Adonai Roi" means "The Lord is my shepherd.")

"I believe we're in a time that we need, more than ever, to really pray for Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu," Mizrachi says. "We want to have a righteous government and a righteous prime minister. So I believe it's important that, as believers, we pray for our government and our leaders at such a time as this."

As a strong Christian Zionist, I was happy when Netanyahu was elected. He's been a strong leader and a good friend to the United States—and especially to our president, Donald Trump. But when this news broke about him being officially charged with fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes, I was a little surprised. In some ways, it sounds like what the left is doing here in the U.S. to Trump.

Mizrachi agrees that Netanyahu has been a wonderful leader for Israel. But Mizrachi points out that as Netanyahu's wealthy friends from all over the world came to visit him, some complaints arose that he was receiving special gifts from these people.

"To make a long story short, they came to the conclusion that those gifts that he received from all the rich people from all over the world were actually considered as bribery and, therefore, it's fraud," he says. "We're talking about thousands of thousands of shekels and champagne, cigars—things like that."

Despite the charges, Mizrachi believes that Netanyahu isn't a crooked or evil man. Instead, he calls him a "good leader" and says many on the left don't like him to the point that they are pressuring him to step down.

But Mizrachi also points out that the charges are not confined to receiving gifts of champagne and cigars. They also include a time when Netanyahu tried to convince a media publication not to publish a negative piece about him. As a result, people are now saying he tried to manipulate the press.

"Definitely, there is a lot of attack on him personally," Mizrachi says. "I pray that if he's innocent, that all these lies will come out. But if he's guilty, then he has to pay for doing what is illegal."

It's important to point out that Netanyahu isn't the first Israeli prime minister to be charged with a crime. Ehud Olmert, who served as prime minister from 2006 to 2009, was charged with accepting bribes and obstruction of justice. As a result, Olmert actually went to prison.

Is Netanyahu's situation the same as Olmert's? Mizrachi says absolutely not.

"That was a totally different situation," he says. "[Olmert] was not a straight person. Before he became prime minister, he was mayor of Jerusalem."

While Olmert was mayor of Jerusalem, contractors came to him saying they wanted to build a large building. Olmert was not excited to approve this outlandish proposal, so the contractors gave him a big envelope full of cash. Soon after, Olmert approved the controversial project, speeding its development. After Olmert was charged, he was sent to jail for 18 months.

Because of his charges, Olmert stepped down from his position as prime minister. Many are pressuring Netanyahu to do the same thing. After all, they reason, he will not be able to serve his nation to the best of his ability while he has to focus on his trial.

Reports say, though, that the attorney general is not forcing Netanyahu to step down. So far, the prime minister says he can handle the tremendous pressure. Of course, this adds to the pressure of him not being able to form a government after Israel's two elections. All of that creates a large burden Netanyahu must carry right now.

For that reason, Christians must rise up and pray for him.

"I pray that the Lord will strengthen him during this time," Mizrachi says. "And if he is not [innocent], may the Lord expose any wickedness and unrighteousness for His holy name's sake and that God would raise up someone else to really form this unity government. We do need a strong unity government right now to face all the challenges that we are facing in the Middle East."

Will you join Mizrachi in praying for God's perfect will in this situation? God knows the truth of the charges surrounding Netanyahu. As Christians filled with the Spirit of God, we have an opportunity—and a responsibility—to intercede for the Holy Land and its government.

Listen to my full interview with Mizrachi for more insight into this difficult situation in Israel and tips on how you can practically pray right now!


          

How to Be Certain That God Is Guiding Your Steps

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We can tell a lot about a person by looking at their feet. Some of us pay closer attention to feet than others. I learned to take note of my feet from my golden retriever, my grandson and my cat. I noticed all three of them watched my feet when I came through the house.

Brulee, my golden retriever, would rise instantly, wagging her tail, if she spotted me wearing my tennis shoes. I could almost see her thinking, Boy, oh boy, we're going for a walk!

When my grandson visits and sees me stride through the house in my golf shoes, his shoulders slump. "Papa, you're not going to work; you're going to play golf. Aren't we going swimming today?"

He took clues from shoes. Even at 8 years old, he knew what work shoes meant for his day. In his world, a barefoot Papa means pool time.

My cat, KoKo, has a visceral response to any kind of footwear. "What? You're leaving again?" He immediately attacks my feet and tries to bite the back of my legs.

My dad taught me about feet too. "Always make sure the backs of your shoes are shined, son," he told me. "That'll be the last thing people see of you as you walk away."

Living in Florida has also taught me something about feet: Flip-flops constitute appropriate footwear for both church and fine dining. I'd really mess with my cat if I left the house in flip-flops.

I know feet matter to God, because the Bible contains a wealth of information about them.

We often sing and speak of of the "beautiful feet" mentioned in Isaiah 52:7. These are the feet that take the gospel to the nations: "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings good news of happiness, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, 'Your God reigns!'"

"Give careful attention to the paths for your feet, and be steadfast in all your ways" (Prov. 4:26, NIV). We must keep an eye on our feet as we follow Jesus. It's easy to stray from the narrow path if don't pay special attention to His feet and our own.

Our hearts also have a powerful connection to our feet: "Our hearts had not turned back; our feet had not strayed from your path" (Ps. 44:18).

If we're not careful, we can allow our hearts to become hardened to the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit. A wounded heart can develop scars or pockets of pain that move our feet to stray from His perfect path. When this happens, we can walk to places that both damage our feet and hurt our heart: "Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched?" (Prov. 6:28).

Our feet leave a mark, or footprint, that shows where we've traveled on land. We can change the landscape or environment of a place when our feet take us there. Our path also impacts our heart with footprints we can't erase on our own.

But Jesus takes care of this task for us, offering cleansing, forgiveness and hope.

He did this when He washed His disciples' feet (John 13:1-17). Peter expressed his obvious reluctance to have His Master perform this servant's duty. Jesus set him straight: "'If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me'" (John 13:8b, MEV). Perhaps when Jesus washed the feet of His disciples, their hearts were also cleansed.

When we walk with Jesus, we know the truth of this familiar verse: "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" (Ps. 119:105). His Word provides the guidance we need to stay on the narrow way (see Matt. 7:13). As we walk, we need to ask ourselves these three questions:

Who is walking with me?

Is my light shining as I walk?

What will I do when I reach my destination?

Keep His Word as your light everywhere you go. Never take someone you love with you to a place where He has not led you. Make sure He is leading you—and your feet.

If you find yourself uncomfortable, take a look at your feet. Don't let them take you where your heart doesn't want to go. {eoa}


Steve Greene is the publisher and executive vice president of the multimedia group at Charisma Media and executive producer of the Charisma Podcast Network. Find his book, Love Leads: The Spiritual Connection Between Your Relationships and Productivity, at amazon.com, christianbook.com or at your local bookstore.

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Do Christians Have 'Spirit Guides'?

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If the title of this blog ignited fear or anxiety in your heart, I'd like to propose that not all supernatural experiences or practices hail from the kingdom of darkness. In fact, the truth is that many spiritual encounters or expressions that are demonstrated in darkness are often a perversion of something created by God! I'm concerned that in an effort to not be deceived, some Christians take things that are spiritually powerful or supernatural and assign them to the New Age movement! Consequently, what's left is a passive, paralyzed and powerless church.

I've found that often believers pick and choose which bucket they delineate a spiritual experience to be in based on fear or misunderstanding of how Jesus wants us to operate in the gifts of His Spirit today. For example, when some people read the words of Jesus like these, "For false christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect" (Matt. 24:24), they are convinced that Jesus said, "In the last days all the prophets will be false." Most of the heresy hunters don't believe there are prophets in the last days, so they deem all signs and wonders as false!

Of course, there are false prophets, false signs and wonders, demonic trances, demonic tongues and so on, but the devil most often counterfeits things that are valuable! Nobody ever counterfeited a penny or a dollar bill; it's just too much work for very little impact.

I'd propose that the devil has a great strategy to disarm the church—that is to convince her that the weapons of warfare, the very tools she has been given to win the battle against evil, are from the prince of darkness himself.

Spiritual Experiences Are Biblical

Let's take a look at some practical examples of supernatural experiences that have been labeled as New Age in much of today's culture.

First up, are trances Christian or New Age? Well, the apostle Peter fell into a trance. Here is the reference: "I was in the city of Joppa praying. And in a trance I saw a vision: A vessel like a great sheet was descending, let down from heaven by four corners, and it came to me" (Acts 11:5).

The apostle Paul also experienced a trance. Here is his reference: "When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance" (Acts 22:17).

Are angel visitations "New Age" or Christian? Are you aware that angels are mentioned 185 times in the New Testament alone? There were at least 20 angelic visitations just in the book of Acts. In contrast, the Holy Spirit is mentioned 223 times in the New Testament.

The Gospel Is Powerful

What I'm getting at is that you can't separate the gospel from the power of God! Paul put it like this: " ... by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and as far around as Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ" (Rom. 15:19).

He brings this point home in 1 Corinthians 4:20: "For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power."

If we teach that there are no longer gifts of the Spirit—that prophecy, healing and deliverance are not for today and that all spiritual experiences and/or supernatural encounters have passed—is this not reducing the gospel? Isn't it just as dangerous to remove the power of God from the people of God as it is to be deceived? In fact, isn't this, in itself, partnering with deception?

It's imperative that we heed Paul's warning to Timothy and not become preachers with no power. Paul said, "Know this: In the last days perilous times will come. Men will be ... having a form of godliness, but denying its power. Turn away from such people" (2 Tim. 3:1, 5).

My Spirit Guide

If you're a believer, you, like me, have a "Spirit Guide"—His name is Holy Spirit and He guides us into all truth! The Bible says, "But when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth" (John 16:13). In fact, Holy Spirit gives us the power to do the work of the gospel.

The very word "saved" in the Greek language is sozo, and it actually means "saved, healed and delivered." Therefore, we must, as Paul exhorted us, fully preach and demonstrate the gospel so that people who experience our ministry receive the full benefits of the blood of Jesus—sozo.

Imagine the impact of an empowered church, taking up our call to minister in the power of God's kingdom, serving in even the darkest places on the planet, healing and redeeming the world back to God!

How will you take up this call and invite Holy Spirit into your everyday life? Tell me about it in the comments below! {eoa}

Kris Vallotton is the senior associate leader of Bethel Church in Redding, California, and co-founder of the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. He is an author, international speaker and culture leader.

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The Powerful Words God Spoke to Me During Thanksgiving Prayer

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One morning during my prayer time as I was thanking the Lord, I heard Him say, "Brad, you could thank me every waking second of the day until you leave this world and it still would not be too much." Now, He was not being critical or derogatory; He was simply and calmly stating the truth about the value and importance of being thankful.

I started thinking about some key "thankful" Scriptures, like 1 Thessalonians 5:18, where we are instructed to give thanks in all circumstances. The Amplified Bible reflects: "Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks]." The Message states "Thank God no matter what happens." Or to put it another way: Give thanks in all things and at all times—live a lifestyle of thankfulness to God, and for others. In the Greek, this particular word is eucharisteo and per The Complete Wordstudy Dictionary, it means thankful, grateful and well-pleasing (to show oneself grateful, to be thankful and to give thanks).

Or how about the short and simple instruction in Colossians 3:15 (MEV) "...and be thankful"? The word used here is eucharistos and means "thankful or grateful." Ephesians 5:4 tells us instead of foolish talking and jesting, we should give thanks. And in Ephesians 5:20, we are admonished to give thanks always for all things.

Thankfulness as a Lifestyle

What would it look like to live a lifestyle of thankfulness in this world? What if we said "thank you" and meant it every time our spouse does something "routine" for us or our family? Examples include when they purchase groceries, do the laundry, wash the dishes, set the table, cook a meal, make us coffee, pick up clothes, buy you or your family clothes, pay the bills, keep the books, run errands, take the kids to school and pick them up afterward, coach kids' sports, plan a vacation, get the family ready for church, get up in the middle of the night for you or your children, buy and mail cards to both families on those special days, pray for us and our family, go to work every day, do yard work ... and on and on it goes.

Are we really aware of what our spouse does for us and our family? Are we thankful for each and every thing? Do we ever look them in the eye and say "thank you" from our heart? Paul made it a habit to thank God for others (see Eph. 1:16; Col 1:3; 1 Thess. 1:2, 3:9; 2 Thess. 2:13; 1 Tim. 2:1), and I want to make it my practice also: to personally thank the checkout person, server, clerk, attendant, teacher, coach, employer, employee, nurse, doctor, policeman, military, first responder, pastor, usher, worshipper and so forth. I choose to live a lifestyle of thankfulness.

I remember our pastor back in the mid-'80s saying that yearly, he would drive by where he used to live and the beach where he got into drugs, just to remember his old lifestyle and all that his Jesus did for him. It kept him mindful of being thankful throughout the year. We are reminded by the writer of Psalm 77:11 "I will remember the works of the Lord; surely I will remember Your wonders of old." It's important to recall to mind all that our great God has done for us, and to muse on the many miracles He has worked in our lives and the lives of our family members (see Isa. 63:7, Jonah 2:7, 1 Chr. 16:12, Deut. 5:15, Lam. 3:21-24). I choose to remember all that my faithful Father has done for my family and me.

Thankfulness as a Weapon

There has been many a time when my wife and I were engaged in spiritual warfare for a person or a specific situation and we seemed to be "stuck"—and then felt led to stop and start thanking God. We would begin to offer thanks that He is Lord of that person or situation (Ps. 24:1, Neh. 9:6, Deut. 10:14); that He rules and reigns in that person or situation (Luke 1:32-33, Ex. 15:18, 1 Chr. 16:31, Ps. 103:19, Lam. 5:19). We thanked Him that He is the revealer of secrets (Dan. 2:22) and that nothing is too difficult for Him (Gen. 18:14, Jer. 32:17, Job 42:2, Luke 1:37). His is an everlasting kingdom/dominion (Ps. 145:1, Dan. 4:3, Zech. 9:10, 1 Chr. 16:31, 2 Chr. 20:6).

I recall hearing a pastor once say of Moses' song in Exodus 15:1 and Miriam's song in Exodus 15:20 as "right song, wrong side." He was admonishing us to go into life's situations thanking and praising God, and not waiting for the breakthrough to thank and praise Him. Think King Jehoshaphat; when three armies (labeled a great multitude) came against Judah, they appointed worshippers to lead their army, and when they began to sing, the Lord sent ambushes against the attacking armies (2 Chr. 20:1-30). So, the next time we are in a battle and just cannot seem to get breakthrough, let's remember to choose thankfulness as a weapon and begin thanking and praising the Lord and watch what happens.

Thankfulness as Worship

Recently I read a post on Facebook from a man battling cancer, stating gratitude is the beginning of worship. Think about that: Aren't gratitude and thankfulness the heart of worship? Revelation 7:11-12 says, "All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures and fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, saying: 'Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.'" The Strong's Concordance states this particular "thanksgiving" is eucharistia, which means "gratitude, grateful, thankfulness; giving thanks as an act of worship." I love what Spurgeon writes of Psalm 50:14: "Thankful adoration before the Lord."

Aren't we encouraged in Psalm 100:4 to "Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be thankful to Him, and bless His name"? Or "Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving" in Psalm 95:2. Every time I read these Scriptures, I am overwhelmed with His desire for me to stop what I am doing and come into His holy presence with thanksgiving in my heart and on my lips. How can we separate thanksgiving from worship?

God created us and He knows what gratitude and thankfulness do for our soul, how thankfulness realigns our perspective and keeps our heart soft and sensitive to His voice. That is why He instructed the Israelites to offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to Him (see Lev. 7:12-15, Ps. 107:22). We read how God stirred Nehemiah's heart to appoint two large thanksgiving choirs to go in different directions on the recently completed wall to dedicate it with gladness and thanksgiving. They rejoiced so loudly, the joy of Jerusalem was heard afar off (Neh. 12:27-43). I guess that is why we are instructed in Psalm 69:30 to "magnify Him with thanksgiving." It is interesting to note the word used in Nehemiah for thanksgiving is todah, which The Strong's Concordance defines as "an extension of the hand, adoration; specifically, a choir of worshippers." Oh, to be listed among His "choir of worshippers"!

So, let us choose to have a thankful worshipping heart like King David, a true worshipping warrior who lived a lifestyle of thanksgiving and praise as evidenced in Psalm 119:62 where he rose at midnight to give thanks to God. No wonder we find so many various tenses of "thanks" mentioned in Psalms.

Because He inhabits the praises and thanksgivings of His people, let us bring His presence into our lives, our homes, our neighborhoods and our cites by thanksgiving praise, so the "joy of Jerusalem" may be heard throughout the land (Neh. 12:27-43)!

Happy Thanksgiving! {eoa}

Brad Tuttle is a marketplace minister who lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with his wife, Juneal. He leads the Spiritual Warfare Attack Team (SWAT), a group of men from various churches and vocations. They intercede weekly, sometimes traveling to places of great need. A partner ministry, NOCO Revivalists, provides intercessory prayer support to pastors and churches in northern Colorado. Brad provides leadership to both. Brad and Juneal attend Vintage City Church in Fort Collins, Colorado.


          

11 Weak Reasons to Leave a Church

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I know there are legitimate reasons for leaving a church (for example, the message is unbiblical, you've moved to another city, and so on), but too many people leave a church for the wrong reasons. Realizing that there are always exceptions to any of the reasons listed below, I've compiled 11 "weak" reasons to leave:

  1. You're angry at somebody. You'll simply carry your anger elsewhere. Plus, unrepentant anger is ungodly.
  2. You don't like the worship style. Preferences are seldom a good reason to leave a church. Churches change, and so do our preferences over time.
  3. Your ministry passion is no longer supported. It may be that the program or ministry you've grown to love is no longer as relevant as it once was. At least be open to this possibility.
  4. You don't like the pastor. At a minimum, graciously address the issues with the pastor. Leaving without a conversation is unkind, and it could prove hasty.
  5. They ask for money. Sure, some churches overemphasize dollars, but every church should be teaching financial stewardship. Be willing to hear them.
  6. You don't like the message. The message might, in fact, be the gospel—and the gospel is often offensive. A church preaching a message that doesn't make you uncomfortable is likely not preaching the Word.
  7. The congregation's getting too big. Regardless of the size of the church, you'll still develop genuine relationships with only a few people. Growth doesn't automatically hinder fellowship.
  8. There's sin in your life. You need to be under the Word of God if you're living in sin. A strong church should be calling you to repentance.
  9. The church is changing. No church stays the same forever. What matters most is that God and His Word don't change.
  10. No one's asked you to serve. That doesn't always mean they don't want you to serve; it might be that they need to improve their assimilation and recruitment process. Don't wait—ask somebody about opportunities.
  11. You just "know the Lord told me so." He might direct you to leave, but listen to Him through His Word, His Spirit and His people. Living according to feelings—especially if you're really not walking with God—is risky.

What reasons would you add to this list? {eoa}

Thom S. Rainer is the founder and CEO of Church Answers, an online community and resource for church leaders. Prior to founding Church Answers, he served as president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. Among his greatest joys are his family: his wife, Nellie Jo; three sons, Sam, Art and Jess; and 10 grandchildren. Dr. Rainer can be found on Twitter @ThomRainer and at facebook.com/Thom.S.Rainer.

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3 Theories for What Revelation's 'Wormwood' Judgment Could Really Be

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Many Christians—and even churches—avoid studying the book of Revelation, often believing it to be too confusing, inapplicable or metaphorical. However, the individual who avoids this book unknowingly shortchanges themselves: Readers are told in the first few verses that those who read and truly hear this revelation will be blessed. Furthermore, believers are challenged in 1 Thessalonians 5 not to be found ignorant regarding these end-times events because we do not belong to the night or in darkness. Today, we will try to dissect one of the most mysterious judgments in Revelation: Wormwood.

In the final book of the Bible, the apostle John is well into a lengthy, colorful description of coming events. Elderly and exiled, John is an eyewitness as a series of seven seals on a vellum scroll are peeled back, one by one. Only the Lamb of God who was slain was deemed worthy to open these seals from what is obviously a very important document. Seal one through six have already been opened with dramatic and effective results. Revelation 8 starts by telling of a period of time—one half-hour—when heaven will be completely silent after the breaking of the seventh seal. Then, seven angels, appointed for this specific moment in time, prepare themselves to sound.

The third trumpet is accompanied by an ominous series of events in John's vision: "The third angel sounded, and a great star from heaven, burning like a torch, fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters. The name of this star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter" (Rev. 8:10-11).

While not everyone asserts that prophecy will be dealt specifically via an incoming comet or asteroid, admittedly, a casual English reading of the entire chapter of Revelation 8 certainly lends itself to such an interpretation. That said, there are other options regarding the meaning of this Wormwood and what its arrival may portend in this prophetic "trumpet" discussion.

Often, in our corporate church imagination, the prevailing narrative regarding the blowing of the trumpet spawns visions of a spiritual entity (angel) perched peacefully on a cloud awaiting his cue. When the time has arrived, he blows the third trumpet and watches, disengaged, from his cushy seat in the heavens while a giant rock splashes into the earth's most important freshwater source.

But maybe, just maybe, there is an angel who is more involved than this cartoon version—and perhaps we're not looking at an impact/collision event at all.

It would be easy to keep our collective sights only on "natural space activity" (however erratic) and forget another theory about Wormwood that may, according to some scholars like Michael S. Heiser, be the most obvious conclusion regarding these poisonous waters. Could Wormwood be a fallen angel?

The notion that trumpet three, Wormwood, would be an entity—especially with how many spiritual and demonic beings these judgments are increasingly producing around this time—will probably appear in that day to both Christ's devoted ones and the Antichrist's followers as a real possibility.

In this article, we will explore possible alternate explanations for Wormwood in order to prepare you for the end-times reality that could begin at any moment. But first, I should explain how to approach serious interpretation of Revelation and its mysterious prophecies.

Biblical Literalism

When interpreting the Wormwood judgment, scholars arrive at many different conclusions—some easier to grasp than others. Some believe the "falling star" could actually mean a "falling angel," and others suggest that the "bitterness" (poisoning) of wormwood actually means "famine" and has nothing to do with water. We'll get to both of those theories in the next section. Nevertheless, both concepts demand that the question of literality in the interpretation of Revelation is at least visited briefly so readers can understand: 1) why the interpretations—even among scholars—vary so widely, and 2) why many of these theories are equally plausible.

There is a popular (and respectable) principle of biblical interpretation that many instructional books will teach as one of the first rules to follow when studying the Bible: "If a verse can be interpreted literally, it should be. The only occasion when a Scripture should not be taken literally is when doing so creates an absurdity."

For instance, 2 Timothy 4:13 contains a clear, non-allegorical order for Timothy to bring Paul's cloak and documents. To take 2 Timothy 4:13 as literal does not create an absurdity, because it's not illogical or unreasonable in any way to assume Paul wanted Timothy to swing by with some supplies next time he was headed Paul's way. However, John 3:3, taken to the fullest application of literality, means that a man must crawl through his mother's womb again (be "born again") before he can go to heaven. But as we know, even Nicodemus realized that a literal interpretation would create an absurdity, so he sought clarification, and Jesus further explained that this rebirth was "of ... the Spirit" (John 3:4-6), leading us today to understand that this was a metaphor.

Therefore, to follow one of the most fundamental principles of biblical interpretation, "wormwood" would be a poisoning of fresh waters (not "famine") and "Wormwood" would be a space-body mass object of some kind (not an "angel" or "fallen angel"). Assuming we're dealing with asteroids and a poisoning, we have been able to conclude a literal interpretation that "does not create an absurdity." This is perhaps why many scholars of the Word resist the allegorical or metaphorical approach to the book of Revelation any time we can see a logical, literal explanation for what's coming.

Yet the very first rule of biblical interpretation, which must be acknowledged before any and all others in any serious approach to Scripture, is this: "There can only be one, true meaning of the verse in question, and that is the meaning that the author of that book intended for his original readers. No interpretation that disagrees with the author of the book (and, by extension, the Holy Spirit who led such a composition) can ever be the right one."

The real issue lies in getting to the bottom of what that author meant, and not in deciding what we think makes the most sense to us today. That faulty approach is called eisegesis—"putting into Scripture what was never there"—which is the opposite of exegesis—"pulling out of Scripture what has been there from the beginning." It's also to commit the error of placing hermeneutics (what it means to us, today) ahead of exegesis (what it meant to them back then).

Yet this conundrum has never been bigger than when we get to Revelation, for the following reasons:

Unlike a didactic work or a historical narrative, John was documenting a future reality, not a past one, and the language of his vision often demands allowance for the same kind of prophetic imagery we have seen elsewhere in the Word, ripe with symbolism and metaphor, much like some of the messages given by the major prophets of the Old Testament.

Parts of Revelation can be interpreted literally without creating an absurdity, whereas other areas absolutely cannot.

As will be shown shortly, the original audience can and did recognize a language and imagery ("star" as "angel") from first-century authors that is lost from mainstream Bible studies today. This unfortunately tends to leave the interpretation of a difficult book like Revelation only to those supremely educated scholars whose field of specialty (like Heiser and Gregory K. Beale) lies in comprehending the full and complete culture at the time of the original author's penning. Since this is a minority, that means that an extreme minority of the church is sorting it all out, and the responsibility of comprehending "literal" versus "nonliteral" appears insurmountable for many.

Based on those points, we may be tempted to say all these trumpet judgments are symbols, and none of them are literal. If John intended to share his already overwhelming prophetic vision in language his contemporaries would understand—perhaps because what he saw was already so hard to put into words of any language—then we, too, should be willing to visit that possibility. It all boils down to context.

Rethinking Wormwood

Well-known among Bible scholars, but largely undiscussed in lay-Christianity, is the fact that the word "star" is frequently a personification of either a saint or angel in the Word, as well as classic and ancient extrabiblical Jewish writings or apocryphal accounts. One major, scriptural point of comparison scholars also make is the link between Michael as guardian angel in Daniel 12:1, and his relation to the intelligent and personified "stars" two verses later. This association was so well known by the New Testament writers that it felt like a natural extension of terms by the time John of Patmos wrote that "The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches" in Revelation 1:20b.

And elsewhere, in The New Bible Commentary, the close proximity of the other stars of the trumpet judgments as angelic messengers of death appears obvious enough to immediately consider Wormwood an angel as well: "Since the star that falls at the sounding of the fifth trumpet (9:1) is an angelic being, it is possible that Wormwood is also an angel."

But another question is now presented: If the "star" is really an "angel" and not an asteroid that might set off eruptive phenomena or some equivalent, then what, exactly, are the "bitter waters" that result in death?

When we trace "wormwood" back to its Hebrew root, la'anah, it represents extreme suffering and destruction—the opposite of righteousness and justice. That could mean just about anything in an eschatological trumpet judgment creating mass death. Beale postulates that Wormwood may not be referring to a literal poisoning of fresh waters, but a pouring out of bitter suffering, a curse, that results in death by famine.

Though Wormwood is described as "burning," fire isn't remotely limited to literality. Even on some occasions when fire has meant a literal flame, it has also indicated a personification or theophany (Ex. 3:2-6, 13:21, 19:18). Most pertinent to our study, however, are moments when "fire" represents a symbol of the wrath of God or a judgment:

God's wrath is fire. Psalm 89:46 says, "How long, O Lord? Will You hide Yourself forever? How long shall Your wrath burn like fire?" (See also Ezek. 21:31, 22:31, 38:19).

God's rebuke is fire. Isaiah 66:15 says, "For the Lord shall come with fire and with His chariots like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury and His rebuke with flames of fire."

God's fury is fire. Lamentations 2:4 says, "He has bent His bow like an enemy, with his right hand set like an adversary; He has killed all who were pleasant to His eye; in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion, He has poured out His fury like fire."

God's jealousy is fire. Zephaniah 3:8 says, "Therefore wait for Me, declares the Lord, until the day when I rise up to seize the plunder; for My decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, to pour on them My indignation, all My fierce anger; for all the earth will be devoured with the fire of My jealousy."

There are more examples, but you get the idea. Fire is used throughout the Word to represent a judgment of God upon the earth. With this in mind, one of the most powerful arguments for "fire" as a judgment of God in the form of famine is Ezekiel 5.

The prophecy regarding the "thirds" begins with friction between Israel and the Babylonian armies, during the symbolic act of cutting Ezekiel's hair:

"As for you, son of man, take a sharp sword. Take and cause it to pass upon your head and upon your beard as a barber's razor. Then take balances to weigh and divide the hair. You shall burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city when the days of the siege are fulfilled. Then you shall take a third part and strike it with the sword all around the city. And a third part you shall scatter in the wind. And I will draw out a sword after them. You shall also take a few in number from them and bind them in the edges of your robes. Then take some of them again and cast them into the midst of the fire and burn them in the fire. For a fire shall come out into all the house of Israel" (Ezek. 5:1-4).

It seems pretty clear by this point that fire is judgment, but obviously not a literal flame that engulfs and kills "all" the house of Israel. Looking a little way down the road in the same narrative, we read what this "fire" actually refers to:

"I will do in you what I have not done, and the like of which I will not do anymore, because of all your abominations. Therefore the fathers shall eat their sons in your midst, and the sons shall eat their fathers. ... A third part of you shall die by pestilence or by famine; they shall be consumed in your midst. ... When I send upon them the deadly arrows of famine which shall be for their destruction and which I will send to destroy you, then I will also increase the famine upon you and break your staff of bread. So I will send upon you famine and wild beasts, and they shall bereave you of children. And pestilence and bloodshed shall pass through you. And I will bring the sword upon you. I the Lord have spoken it" (Ezek. 5:9-17).

This passage is a clear and present indicator that "fire" as a judgment can mean "famine." (For a fuller explanation of this topic—and how the first two trumpets fit this pattern as well—read The Wormwood Prophecy.)

Battle of the Ages

Scripture makes no small point about it: The third trumpet will be devastating and terrifying. It may be delivered via a meteor collision. It could come as a sweeping famine. A nuclear event is not entirely out of the question. Perhaps an asteroid will strike a nuclear power plant, and the ensuing desolation will launch a dearth unlike any the world has yet seen.

Or perhaps the event will have a different, darker undertone.

Maybe the third trumpet—or all the trumpets—will be a byproduct of spiritual warfare taking place in heavenly realms, between which our planet—along with many other unsuspecting cosmic bodies—will become caught in the crossfire.

Some may think that this possibility is surely an exaggeration, but consider this: we often make the assumption that since angels can appear in a fleshly, human form (Heb. 13:2), and since Jesus walked the earth as a man, in the flesh (1 Tim. 3:16), that entities within the spiritual realm are of similar size and capability as human beings. But nothing could be further from the truth. We know from Scripture that God's strength is unending (Job 9:4), His knowledge is infinite (Ps. 147:5) and all victory is His (Col. 2:15).

Furthermore, Revelation 10:1-3 gives us insight as to what one particular angel appearing during this time will look like: "Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud and a rainbow on his head. His face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire. He had a little scroll open in his hand. He set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and cried out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring. When he cried out, seven thunders sounded their voices."

This one holy entity is so large that the Bible tells us he literally stands over the land and sea. His voice—as a roar of a lion—is enough to call forth the response of seven thunders. Thus, this being has the strength to provoke natural elements upon the earth.

Revelation is filled with accountings of holy angels interacting with natural elements in the earthly realm out of obedience to God, but what of the fallen ones? What about those entities who were once similar to the angels of heaven, but rebelled alongside Lucifer so long ago? Will these agents of evil attempt to manipulate created fixtures as well?

We know in that day, Satan will be rallying his forces to wreak havoc upon the earth because he is aware that his time is short (Rev. 12:12). It stands to reason that during these last days, the battle between good and evil, which has raged on since the beginning of the world, would culminate into a climax: the battle of the ages.

To some, this may seem far-fetched, especially since some people interpret the trumpets to represent more subtle means of judgement, such as famine or pestilence. To jump to the conclusion that these instruments of judgment could really mean that bodies within the universe are being knocked around like ping-pong balls seems to some individuals to be quite a jump.

But the next trumpets clearly illustrate that cosmic disturbance will be completely unlike anything our solar system has experienced: "The fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day had no light, and likewise a third of the night" (Rev. 8:12).

This upheaval will permanently change things on earth. There is no reparation that can be made for the type of damage that will occur for our planet and its surrounding orbital bodies during this catastrophic event.

When the trumpets begin to sound, a dark day has indeed arrived for planet Earth and all those who inhabit it. Death, disease, warfare, pain, torment and dread will run rampant across all who dwell therein on that terrifying day. The only hope for mankind in that moment will be found in whether or not they are one of God's own. For those who reject Him, the nightmare will be just beginning.

But for God's children, Revelation 21:4 tells us a beautiful and joyous reunion with their Maker awaits them: "God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. There shall be no more death. Neither shall there be any more sorrow nor crying nor pain, for the former things have passed away."


Thomas Horn is the CEO of SkyWatchTV and the founder of Defender Films and Defender Publishing.

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You May Be Surprised to Know the First Thanksgiving Was Actually in 1565 in Florida

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As we celebrate Thanksgiving today, it's important to understand the truth about its origins. Many believe the first American Thanksgiving was the harvest festival the Pilgrims hosted in October 1621 at the Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts. But actually, the first Thanksgiving was 66 years earlier in St. Augustine, Florida.

When the Spanish landed in August of 1565, they named their city St. Augustine because it was on the feast day of St. Augustine. Accounts say that the Spanish came off their ships with trumpets blaring. Priests who had joined the voyage celebrated the first mass in the New World. They also took some of their provisions off the ship and held a feast—a feast of Thanksgiving.

A large cross now marks the spot where the Spanish thanked God for their safe passage to the New World. St. Augustine locals like to say it's the largest cross in North America.

Members of the Timucua tribe were nearby when the Spanish landed, so they joined the newcomers for their Thanksgiving feast. Their food, unfortunately, was probably not as delicious as the foods we eat for Thanksgiving today. Instead of freshly cooked Turkey and mashed potatoes, the Thanksgiving feast of 1565 likely consisted of hard biscuits, some wild game, garbanzo stew and red wine—leftover provisions from the long voyage from Spain.

Fast-forward 60 years and you have the well-known Thanksgiving of 1621 in Plymouth. The Pilgrims—who called themselves separatists and came to the New World seeking religious freedom—befriended the Native Americans who lived nearby. The Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to farm, and because the crop was so plentiful that year, the two groups joined for a feast of celebration and gratitude to God.

The Thanksgiving story in St. Augustine is interesting to me because I live in Florida. But the Thanksgiving in Plymouth is special to me because I've found out that I'm actually a descendant of William Brewster. I found this out through my cousin Sharon Holmgren, who is as interested in genealogy as I am. My mother, Amy Strang, is a descendant of Brewster's son Jonathan.

If you don't already know, Brewster was the elder who was in charge of the Plymouth colony. He came over to the New World with his family, and sadly, a couple of his children died. He went on to live to be 78 years old, which was a long time in his day. Brewster acted as ruling elder from 1609 to his death in 1644, and as ruling elder, he was also head of their government.

But why is this important? I believe it's good to have a fresh perspective on Thanksgiving as we celebrate today. It's good to research these historical events for ourselves since even textbooks aren't always correct.

Yet no matter what the history is, the most important thing is that we as Spirit-filled believers take the opportunity today to offer God a sincere attitude of gratitude. I hope as you gather with family and friends to have a nice meal and relax away from work that you remember what this holiday is all about.

Share this article with a friend today so they, too, can have a fresh perspective and appreciation for Thanksgiving. You can also listen to my podcast about this topic, where I go more in depth about the historical origins of this Christian holiday.

May God bless you and your family as you celebrate!


          

WATCH: Rick Perry Told Trump He Is the 'Chosen One' Like King David

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry says he told U.S. President Donald Trump that he is "the chosen one," like kings David, Saul and Solomon.

In August, while discussing a trade war with China, Trump said, "Somebody had to do it. I am the chosen one." His comments received significant backlash at the time from both believers and nonbelievers. Following this controversy, Perry told Fox & Friends he affirmed to Trump that he is "the chosen one."

"God's used imperfect people all throughout history," Perry says. "King David wasn't perfect. Saul wasn't perfect. Solomon wasn't perfect. I actually gave the president a little one-pager on those Old Testament kings about a month ago, and I shared it with him. I said, 'Mr. President, I know there are people that say you said you were the chosen one,' and I said, 'You were.' If you're a believing Christian, you understand God's plan for the people who rule and judge over us on this planet in our government."

The video later clarifies that Perry also believes Barack Obama was sent by God as well.

Following the clip, Fox and Friends Host Pete Hegseth added, "God has used imperfect people forever, because we're all imperfect, but what he has withstood is unlike what really any other mortal could understand."


          

This Holiday Season, Take Time to Reflect

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A few years ago, we relocated my mother from a home several hundred miles away, where she had lived for more than 50 years. She made the transition very well to a small duplex near us, but the move was not without its challenges. Mom's heart sometimes longed for the more familiar past when family gathered for the holidays, and she cooked our favorite dishes—while lavishing loads of love on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Yet her life's companion of more than 61 years had relocated to his new home in heaven, the house was emptied of all its furnishings and a new owner had moved in.

Reflecting on sweet memories of warm embraces, children's laughter echoing from the rooms and the delicious aromas wafting through our old home stir mixed emotions for me too this time of year. However, Mom is now enjoying being reunited with Daddy and celebrating God's amazing blessings in her heavenly home. Her passionate faith has become sight!

This spring, my husband and I transitioned from a home, where we had lived for almost 39 years, to a condominium, minus a whole lot of stuff! This will be our first holiday season in a new house since our children were babies, and we've been discussing where we should put the Christmas tree. Although it's been a very liberating experience to be rid of some of the trappings of the past, I'm sure we'll be a bit emotional when we reflect on fun times like reading Mr. Toy Man and The Gift of the Magi in front of the fireplace or having scavenger hunts to locate our presents. Yet this is not the biggest transition I've ever made.

My most significant transition in life was when my spiritual house was emptied of its unnecessary furnishings, and a new owner took possession of my heart, soul and spirit.

Paul asked the Corinthians, "Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God, and that you are not your own?" (1 Cor. 6:19). Although I sometimes act a bit bossy and think I still "rule the roost," the true owner reminds me that He is the one in authority because I am now His dwelling place.

Believe me, He is a much better proprietor than the previous one. Like the HGTV extreme home makeovers, my renovation process is taking a bit of time, but oh what a beautiful difference the new owner is making! I understand that the Father's house in Scripture may have several different applications or meanings, but what should typically be some of the most appealing features about the Father's house?

—It is to be called a house of prayer (Isa. 56:7, Mark 11:15-17).

—It has many "rooms" or dwelling places (John 14:2-3, Eph. 2:4-6).

—It has a loving atmosphere (John 14:23).

—It is a place of miracles (Matt. 21:14, Luke 13:12-13).

As you enter this holiday season, you may be so busy with church and family activities that you feel you don't have time to think, much less reflect on sweet memories of home and Christmases past. Life transitions might have been different for you this year, and some may still be in progress.

You may find yourself living in a room or dwelling place of:

—Loneliness, grieving broken relationships.

—Disappointment, weeping for prodigal children.

—Rest in His presence, following a long season of active ministry.

—Amazement at His wisdom, absorbing His grace and understanding.

—Waiting for release, longing for healing and deliverance.

—Fasting, praying and anticipating the prophetic fulfillment of His Word.

—You fill in the blank.

Ironically, although we're the temple of His Holy Spirit, He's also at the Father's right hand in a place prepared for us to join Him. Yes, the Father's house is to be called a house of prayer, and it has many rooms. As we persevere in whatever place we find ourselves, surely, we can have hope because according to Paul, the love of God is continually being "poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us" (Rom. 5:5, ESV). We can't afford to be so preoccupied during the holidays that we fail to go "home" to the Father's house.

Although I may miss the familiar sights, sounds and smells of my childhood home, I'm super thrilled that I don't have to travel to be home for the holidays. Children and grandchildren will now gather around the Thanksgiving table and Christmas tree at our new house. That's also the exciting thing about being invited to go to the Father's house. We don't have to drive, fly on an airplane or hop a train to be "home" for the holidays! {eoa}

Kay Horner is the executive director of the Awakening America Alliance and Helper Connection. Visit her blog or read the full-length article by clicking here.


          

Daily Habits to Revive Your Dying Marriage

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I love talking about the garden or perimeters God has placed us in. Where you and I live and get to worship Him is truly an amazing place.

However, the creation of our spouse was a whole other level of His creativity and genius. Our spouse, among the billions of people in the world, is unique in so many ways. His or her family experiences, walk with God, friends, education, choices, ambitions and gifts make him or her, well, him or her.

My hope is, in reading this, that an idea here or there will prompt you to think or even evaluate your service to your spouse.

I have broken down the area of serving your spouse into several areas and I wrote about it in my book, Servant Marriage. I followed a model of personhood that Paul, through the Holy Spirit, wrote about in 1 Thessalonians 5:23:

"May the very God of peace sanctify you completely. And I pray to God that your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Your spouse has an amazing spirit, given to him or her by God. This spirit is also given to you by God as a gift. This gift, like so many gifts of God, needs to be personally cared for and maintained by you.

Your spouse has an almost incomprehensible soul. His or her mind, will and emotions will be under your care and influence for decades. This area of his or her being will also require care from you in a servant marriage.

Our spouse is, above all, a spirit being. At the core of him or her is a spirit that best operates if his or spirit is being fed and nourished.

Before I talk about your spouse, I want to first talk about you. You are a spirit being as well. Taking care of yourself spiritually is definitely the first order of business to be able to spiritually serve your spouse.

In Romans 1:15 (NIV), Paul says, "That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel..." I cannot serve very well spiritually if I am not spiritually consistent and growing. The reverse happens if a spouse is spiritually weak and inconsistent. He or she will negatively impact your marriage rather than positively impact it.

I said all of this to say that reading your Bible, praying, worshipping and growing spiritually daily and regularly are critical to having a servant marriage. If you do not serve God well, you will be more likely not to serve your spouse well either.

Regular church attendance and meeting regularly with a friend of the same gender is very helpful. When you grow spiritually, everyone in your life benefits.

Your spouse also greatly benefits when you pray together. As a servant, you do not have to worry about this being your personality or not. It is your responsibility to attempt to connect together spiritually.

Praying together daily or regularly in the presence of God and God the Father-in-law is a blessing to Him. I believe He loves being with both of you at the same time as well as individually. He created this trinity of marriage with you both so that He could fellowship and commune with you together. In a servant marriage, your spiritual walk involves both of you together, and not just you as a single man or woman.

Lisa and I have some friends we enjoy individually. However, when we get together with them together, it is a totally different dynamic. I think the Father feels the same way. Remember, marriage is a three-person entity, not just two. Therefore, I encourage you to enjoy the third person in your marriage together on a daily or regular basis.

Beyond praying together, some couples read the Bible together, which is great. When Lisa and I do this, we discuss what we learn for ourselves, not what we think the other person should be learning or applying.

Spiritual time together is a way for the servant to honor his or her spouse. Some couples do worship together, perhaps by using a worship CD. Some couples read devotions together. Being consistent in spiritual time together is vital for your marriage.

I believe it is our privilege to, over the course of our entire lives, get to know and learn about the unique creature our spouses are as they evolve throughout our servant marriage. It is not only our privilege, but our calling to serve them till death do us part. {eoa}

Doug Weiss, Ph.D., is a nationally known author, speaker and licensed psychologist. He is the executive director of Heart to Heart Counseling Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the author of several books, including Servant Marriage. You may contact Dr. Weiss via his website, drdougweiss.com, on his Facebook, by phone at 719-278-3708 or through email at heart2heart@xc.org.


          

Is the Left Going After Thanksgiving Now Too?

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Public schools in Portland, Oregon, are teaching children that Thanksgiving is about genocide and racism. Mary Grabar reports, "Pity the poor child in Portland, Oregon, schools. While many still think of Thanksgiving as a time to come together with family and friends to celebrate our multicultural heritage over a festive meal, eighth-graders in the Antifa epicenter have the notion drummed into them that Thanksgiving really is a celebration of the genocide of the Indians by greedy capitalist Europeans."

We as Americans have a disheartening way of draining the meaning from holidays. Our culture has made Christmas and Easter totally secular. July 4 is all about booze and loud noises, and we can no longer tell the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

For the offended "Woke" folk to go after the few trace amounts of thankfulness left in the Thanksgiving holiday, is truly evil.

As Grabar pointed out, what these children have had "drummed" into their heads is a lie. This is not enlightenment—it is darkness. As Jesus warned us, "See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness" (Luke 11:35, NIV). This is especially egregious, because school is supposed to be about learning, not about lies. And teachers should care enough about children not to lie to them.

How and why should Christians defend Thanksgiving? That we cannot immediately answer how and why speaks to our present condition before God. And are we surprised that we can't answer them?

The steady diet of "feel good" sermons being preached in most churches have not equipped us to push back against the tide of wickedness. We were caught flat-footed when marriage was destroyed and the death culture of abortion took the land.

The concept of Thanksgiving is very biblical: The word thanksgiving occurs 29 times in the Bible, and the concept of giving thanks is found in 93 additional verses. Most of us know Psalm 100 by heart, especially verse 4: "Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name!" So, it is small wonder those who serve the powers of darkness and who have plans for evil hate the spirit of gratitude behind Thanksgiving.

There are epic reasons to defend Thanksgiving: The oxygen of freedom is gratitude. Any day that forces us to stop, take a deep breath and thank God, adds to our national lifespan. What the socialism-promoting teachers in Portland, Oregon, are doing is sowing seeds to bring about an early death for America.

If there are such things as "big fat lies," this one is morbidly obese. In fact, the origin of Thanksgiving is, in itself, the very rebuke all those teachers in Portland need. Far from genocide and greed, Thanksgiving came to us out of the purest motivation possible.

Cheryl Magness wrote, "Sarah Josepha Hale, the author of the children's song 'Mary Had a Little Lamb,' has historically received much of the credit for the establishment of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Pilgrim Hall, a museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts, dedicated to preserving and passing down the history and stories of the Pilgrims, calls Hale the 'godmother of Thanksgiving.'"

Hale was an established poet and writer, when in 1837, she began writing a series of editorials advocating for a national Thanksgiving holiday. George Washington, John Adams and James Madison had issued Thanksgiving proclamations in the early years of the nation, but after Madison's 1799 proclamation, the practice had ceased.

As the Civil War approached and the nation became increasingly divided, Hale saw a national Thanksgiving observance as a means of bridging the divide. On Sept. 28, 1863, just under three months after the Battle of Gettysburg, she wrote a letter to President Abraham Lincoln entreating him to call for a national celebration of Thanksgiving. On Oct. 3 of that year, he did so.

Thanksgiving Should Bridge Divides and Cultivate Unity

A review of Hale's campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday is a good way to remember what Thanksgiving is about. In her writings, Hale emphasized our identity as Americans, our need for community and our dependence on God—the very things we too often forget in our own observances.

In 1860, Hale wrote:

Everything that contributes to bind us in one vast empire together, to quicken the sympathy that makes us feel, from the icy North to the sunny South, that we are one family, each a member of a great and free Nation, not merely the unit of a remote locality, is worthy of being cherished. We have sought to reawaken and increase this sympathy, believing that the fine filaments of the affections are stronger than laws to keep the Union of our States sacred in the hearts of our people... We believe our Thanksgiving Day, if fixed and perpetuated, will be a great and sanctifying promoter of this national spirit.

To make something beautiful into something ugly, to exalt the vile above the sublime, seems to be the stock in trade of the modern left, composed of American Communists bent on destroying this nation. They must not be allowed to get away with their lies ... especially not their lies to children.

I say it as much with a fervent prayer as a greeting: Happy Thanksgiving and God bless America! {eoa}

Permission has been granted by Mario Murillo to share this Thanksgiving article.


          

New Christian Alternative to Disney+ Offers Clean, Family-Friendly Content

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Minno—a new, Nashville-based children's digital media company—officially launches today and is offering Christian parents an alternative that is both entertaining and affirming. It features an ad-free, subscription digital platform with curated entertainment and educational choices the whole family will love—including the world's largest collection of classic VeggieTales. It's a publishing arm in partnership with Hachette Nashville with offerings such as the No. 1 Amazon bestseller The Laugh and Learn Bible for Kids and Minno Life, a parenting blog with expert resources and voices for Christian parents. Minno aims to be a one-stop solution for parents and kids.

"Parents who care about their children's faith are in a tough situation. While we attend church and have friends and neighbors who share our faith, the leading technology and media companies are fueling a content culture that is devoid of God and the importance of faith. Christian parents have more content choices than they've ever had, but fewer options that reflect their values. When you see media companies churning out more shows than ever but none of them reflect your family's values you want to instill in your family, you are left with an impossible choice—not participating in culture or compromising what you care most about," said Erick Goss, CEO and co-founder of Minno and former senior manager at Amazon.

"Minno resolves that problem, serving as a one-stop, trusted source and a partner in raising kids in today's pluralistic, social, mobile and media-drenched world. Kids will see Minno as something fun to experience, while parents can feel good about the fact that our content is encouraging kids to deepen their faith and walk with God every day, at home or on the go."

In the coming months, Minno will also offer parent guides on top-of-mind topics, family devotionals and podcasts. In an increasingly secular world where faith and family values are often marginalized, there are few entertainment and education options available that parents can trust. The new Minno platform meets an important and largely unmet need in the $30 billion U.S. children's product marketplace by offering safe, high-quality and fun media choices for every situation.

Minno Distinctives

—Minno: ad-free, subscription, digital-video platform featuring the largest collection of classic VeggieTales in the world and the best curated collection of Christian kids content anywhere that can be streamed or downloaded and watched on the go. Parents can try Minno for free by going here: gominno.com.

—Minno Life: a lifestyle blog full of helpful articles, family devotions and printables developed intentionally to meet the needs of today's families. Minno Life features curated content from expert thought leaders and parents in the trenches to offer the best in practical hope and help on top-of-mind issues such as spiritual development, education, social media and culture. Recognized voices such as the team at Daystar Counseling Center—David Thomas, Sissy Goff and Melissa Trevathan—are all featured contributors.

—Minno Kids publishing: Because Minno believes the Bible should be at the center of every aspect of living—including parenting—Minno Kids publishing efforts are anchored by the new Laugh and Learn Bible for Kids and also features a wonderful new collection of children's board books, picture books, as well as middle-grade novels.

—Minno store: which includes books, Bibles and other resources from our children's publishing program, aims to help families experience God together. From board books to middle-grade novels, Minno books help kids better understand what the Bible teaches and offer insights for living out their faith in everyday life.

By the Numbers

—100 million Christians go to church weekly in the U.S.

—16 million Christian families with pre-K to fifth-grade kids attend church weekly.

—32 million Christian families with pre-K to fifth-grade kids attend church monthly.

—The market for children's products is $30 billion.

—The market for Christian products is $4.6 billion. {eoa}

About Minno: Minno is a Nashville-based children's digital media company partnering with Christian parents to provide safe, values-based choices for their families. Minno's offering includes an ad-free, subscription, video-on-demand platform; Minno Life, an expert-driven parenting blog; Minno Kids, its book publishing division; and Minno store, a digital shopping platform. Minno seeks to entertain, inform and inspire, encouraging kids and parents to laugh and learn together.


          

Sadie Robertson Ties the Knot With Christian Huff

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Sadie Robertson got married Monday—and her Christian fans might be as ecstatic about it as she is.

Robertson, a Christian lifestyle blogger and former star of Duck Dynasty, shared a photo of her and her new groom, Christian Huff, admiring each other on their wedding day. She captioned the photo: "forever, me and you."

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Robertson's mother, Korie Robertson, also took to Instagram to share the happy news, though she had a bit more to say about the occasion.

"I'm still not quite able to put it into words, but just know that on 11.25.19 our baby girl married the most amazing man," Korie wrote. "These last few days have felt like a literal dream. We've been all-out celebrating, dancing, eating, laughing, hugging, visiting, and most importantly worshipping God and thanking Him for joining these two as one. Sadie and Christian you are so loved. Dad and I are proud to send you off on your adventure of a lifetime. Have fun, hold hands and jump in with both feet."

Several prominent Christian pastors, worship leaders and influencers responded with their congratulations.

"Simply the best," Passion City Church Pastor Louie Giglio wrote.

"Spectacular," said Bible teacher Priscilla Shirer.

Worship artist Steffany Gretzinger added: "You are too cute and gorgeous. So happy, happy, happy for you and your sweetheart."

Congratulations, Sadie!


          

Why This Businessman Upended His Life and Started a Christian TV Station

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A Tampa-based businessman gave up his nice life in order to start a television studio for the glory of God.

In a video interview, Howard Conder, founder of Revelation TV in the UK, says God called him out of a comfortable life to follow him into the television industry.

"I was working in America having set up a music studio in Tampa, Florida in the 1980s," Conder says. "My children were in school, my family settled, and outwardly everything looked great. But in my heart, God was doing something. You know the way God works. Doors open, and other doors close. And suddenly you find yourself doing things you never expected. ... I saw the power of God and I saw the power of television and the good it could do, and I knew I could never go back to being a businessman ever again. God had began a work in me, and when He called, there was no way I was going to refuse Him."

Watch the full video embedded here.


          

The Hidden Demonic Force Behind Your Financial and Physical Stress

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We are in a spiritual war, and sometimes we don't realize it is a war that is raging against us. Familiar spirits cause the same negative cycles, seasons and patterns happening in our life.

Yes, there are times we make unwise decisions and stay stuck in negative habits that we shouldn't. However, there is also an unknown demonic force that can be operating behind the stress and strain we are experiencing. Familiar spirits are at work to keep us on a hamster wheel, spinning around in negative circles instead of walking forward in a positive and productive direction.

Are you stressed over your health condition or financial lack? Familiar spirits can be in operation in the spiritual realm targeting you for spiritual attacks against your health and finances. Yes, we can't blame everything on a demon. We have to want to change and we do make unwise decisions that can result in a loss of finances and ill health. But we have to also realize there is an adversary that wants to steal, kill and destroy and he will use every avenue possible and any tactic available.

Are you experiencing continual financial insufficiency? Does it seem like no matter how hard you try to get bills paid off and become financially stable that you stay stuck in a place of lack or even fall further behind? Does it appear that just when you find you can breathe in the financial situation, an unexpected event happens, which causes financial stress and loss?

If these questions resonate with you, then take a step back and discern and ask the Holy Spirit for the root cause of these financial setbacks. Be open for His instruction and correction if your financial strain is due to lack of motivation and will power on your part. We have all made poor choices at one time or another with our finances and probably have caused bills to come forth that were unnecessary.

However, when we are generally working, tithing and being wise with our money and it appears as if we are receiving attack after attack, this is the work of a familiar spirit. The familiar spirit could be manifesting in the present, or it could be attached to a spirit of poverty or lack in your generational line. Either way, these financial setbacks and familiar spirits can stop when we identify them and pray effectively against them.

What about medical conditions? We know there are generational medical problems, which I also believe are attached to a familiar spirit. Perhaps it feels as if you are always sick or struggling with an infirmity. It doesn't seem normal and feels like a spiritual warfare attack, but you don't know how to prevent it.

Familiar spirits in medical conditions can also cause accidents, injuries and emergency-type situations that are unexplainable or repeatedly manifest. I saw this in my son's life when he was little; he visited the emergency room once a year for what most would call unusual things. After he has about 12 years old and I learned about curses I broke the curse and he has gone the next 14 years without a hospital or urgent care visit. Identifying where the curse is at work and why it is manifesting will help you in breaking the power of the familiar spirit.

Familiar spirits keep the same negative things cycling through our lives and can leave us in a defeat and victim mentality. Where do you struggle to receive breakthrough in repeated negative happenings?

As you identify what seems to keep attacking, pray against it. Start by speaking out audibly, "I command all familiar spirits to leave, in Jesus' name. I call off every familiar spirit assignment against my finances, health and family. I speak and decree that I am redeemed from the curse and that all familiar spirits are unassigned to my family by the blood of the Lamb."

Continue to pray and speak out as the Holy Spirit gives you instruction. Trust Him that He will continue the prayer and give you the revelation that needs to be prayed out to continue breaking any curse. Remember, you have power and authority over the demonic and Jesus conquered the devil at the cross.

Therefore, rise up, discern, take the victory Jesus purchased for you, put the devil under your feet and end the repeated pattern of negative things in your life by annihilating every familiar spirit operating against you.

Discover more about familiar spirits and how to break their strongholds through my podcast. I will be teaching several episodes on familiar spirits in December 2019 on the Prophetic Spiritual Warfare podcast. Click here to link to my podcast. {eoa}

Kathy DeGraw is a prophetic deliverance minister releasing the love and power of God to ignite and activate people, release prophetic destinies and deliver people from the bondage of the enemy. She is the founder of Kathy DeGraw Ministries and Be Love Outreach. She is the host of the "Prophetic Spiritual Warfare" podcast. She is the author of several books, including Speak Out, Discerning and Destroying the Works of Satan, Unshackled and Warfare Declarations. You can connect with Kathy on Facebook at facebook.com/kathydegraw/ or visit kathydegrawministries.org.


          

IHOPKC Pastor: What Christians Often Misunderstand About Thanksgiving and Gratitude

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When it's Thanksgiving, it's important to focus on what it actually stands for. Oftentimes we're in such a rush during the holidays that we begin to focus on the stress and forget to have an attitude of gratitude. I hope that hasn't been the case for you this week as you prepare for Thanksgiving. But if it has been, Pastor Isaac Bennett says the remedy is simpler than you may think.

Bennett is lead pastor of Forerunner Church in Grandview, Missouri, and serves intercessory missionaries at the International House of Prayer (IHOPKC). He recently preached a sermon on Thanksgiving, which I found to be so profound that I invited him onto my "Strang Report" podcast to talk about it.

One issue that often holds believers back from fully engaging in biblical thanksgiving, he says, is that they wait for feelings and emotions of gratitude to rise up before they give thanks. This is totally backward from the biblical model.

"What I began to see throughout the Scripture is that thanksgiving is in the order of worship—in the Levitical order," Bennett says. "In the Old Testament, it was actually just this outward act where the priests would come before the Lord—or the Israelites would come before the Lord—and they would open their mouths and just begin to declare thanksgiving to God."

Bennett says this revelation is incredibly powerful for Spirit-led believers because it's easy to act on our emotions in an unbiblical way. God doesn't want us to wait on emotion to well up before we begin to worship Him. Sometimes we have to obey and worship first, and then the emotions follow.

"So when we begin to declare thanksgiving before God and just begin to thank Him for everything—our friends, our family, our opportunities and provisions in our lives—oftentimes, the emotion of gratitude, which is an internal reality, begins to well up on the inside," Bennett says.

I wholeheartedly agree with Bennett. In fact, that's why I've made it a yearly practice to write down 100 things that I'm grateful for. I do this during my quiet times and have found it to be an incredibly helpful practice. (I got the idea from my friend Mike Bickle, who founded IHOPKC.)

It's easy to write down the normal things we give thanks for—our families, our friends, our jobs, our homes and so forth. But having to write down 100 forces you to think outside the box and be grateful for things you perhaps wouldn't have thought to be grateful for otherwise.

"What happens when we begin to [make a list of things we're thankful for] is that we begin to be surprised at how many things the Lord has provided for us," Bennett says. "I think of Psalm 103, where it lists the benefits that we received through the cross and the gospel. So when we begin to declare those things before Him, we often find that our emotions change."

There's something powerful about speaking aloud our praises to God. It doesn't just fill our own hearts with emotions of gratitude, but it also spills out toward others, Bennett says. After all, thanksgiving at its core is an act of faith. Yes, it's a response to blessings God has given us. But on a deeper level, it's a prophetic declaration that God is still good and the best is yet to come.

I hope Bennett's message encouraged you as much as it encouraged me. Be sure to listen to our full conversation by clicking here so that you can go into Thanksgiving Day filled to the brim with gratitude toward the Lord.

And if you want others to reap the benefits of thanksgiving and gratitude too, be sure to share this article with a friend!


          

Prophetic Word: 'This Is Your Season for Expansion'

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I heard the Lord say that I was to prophesy specifically to you and declare over your life, "This is your season for expansion. Expanded resources! Expanded favor! Expanded relationships! And expanded revelation!"

The word "expansion," according to dictionary.com, is defined as "the act or process of expanding; the state or quality of being expanded; the amount or degree of expanding; an expanded, dilated, or enlarged portion or form of a thing; anything spread out."

You may be saying, "It looks the complete opposite in my life right now. I am experiencing loss. People are walking out of my life, not into it. Financial resources have dried up, and I cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel." If that is the case, "hold on!" Your God is pruning you in order to bring forth a greater harvest. All expansion begins with loss.

"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that bears no fruit, He takes away. And every branch that bears fruit, He prunes, that it may bear more fruit" (John 15:1-2).

You need to realize that which has been lost or taken away from you was deemed by God as non-essential, and it may have even been a determent to progress you into God's purpose for your life. It was simply God removing dead debris, and if it had stayed, it would have hindered you from moving forward into the great fruitfulness God has promised you.

Oftentimes, the case is that when you go through the process of God subtracting something from your life, you consider it a loss, bringing feelings of discouragement and frustration. The enemy wants you to see God's pruning as a setback, but God says to you today, "Your loss is only temporary. It is not a setback, but it is a setup. I am setting you up for expansion."

Remember that your heavenly Father is the gardener of your life. He is the one with the pruning shears. His plan is to bring you into fruitfulness.

"Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which will be greatly rewarded. For you need patience, so that after you have done the will of God, you will receive the promise. For, 'In yet a little while, He who is to come will come, and will not wait'" (Heb. 10:35-37).

I love how the above Scripture is translated in the Message Bible: "It's still a sure thing! But you need to stick it out, staying with God's plan so you'll be there for the promised completion" (Heb. 10:35-36).

The Lord showed me a vision of a massive table that is being set for you. It was very extravagant. As He showed me this vision, I heard Him say, "Look at what I am spreading out for them. The table is now being prepared." As I viewed it, I remembered the Scripture, "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over" (Ps. 23:5, MEV). Take note! God wants you to expect expansion, enlargement and overflow!

"I called upon the Lord from my distress; the Lord answered me and set me in an open place" (Ps. 118:5).

In the Old Testament, God honored a man named Jabez. Countless books have been written about him, and yet, there were only two verses in the entire Bible that mentioned him. God testified of him because He liked his prayer! He didn't even belong in the genealogy that God inserted him in. God did it to honor him. God was going to make sure that everyone knew about his faith-filled prayer.

"Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, 'Because I bore him in hardship.' Then Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, 'Oh, that You would indeed bless me and enlarge my territory, that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that it may not bring me hardship!' So God granted what he asked" (1 Chr. 4:9-10).

Here's his background: The Hebrew meaning of the name Jabez is sorrowful or full of sorrow. His mother projected her pain onto him when she named him. In essence, she was prophesying that his life would be full of sorrow. However, Jabez asked God to bless him and to expand his territory. He not only asked for blessing and expansion, but, most importantly, he asked the Lord to be with him in everything that he did and to keep him from trouble and pain. He desired for God to shift the trajectory of his life. He was determined that his life would not be full of sorrow, as his name means.

The other night as my wife and I were going to bed, the Lord asked me to go to my prayer room upstairs and pray. Being completely honest, I did not feel like praying; I was tired. But I am so thankful that I did. His presence met me as I walked into the room.

He spoke the following, telling me to announce it to you: "This is a time to increase prayer like never before. My ear is tuned to your cry. Even as I did for Jabez, when I granted him his request, I will also do for you."

This is a season for intercessors to petition the throne of heaven. You are about to see prayers answered like never before. This is a kairos time or "set time" in the Spirit. The Lord is bringing to you expansion.

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, it will be opened" (Matt. 7:7-8). {eoa}

Andrew Towe is an emerging prophetic voice to this generation. Andrew preaches the Word of God with fire, inviting God's manifested presence to fall, with signs and wonders occurring in his services. Andrew and his wife, Brooke, are the lead pastors of Ramp Church Chattanooga, and they reside in Chattanooga, Tennessee, along with their two children. Andrew travels extensively, preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Wherever he ministers, lives are changed, faith is strengthened and expectation is ignited.


          

Mike Bickle: Today's Christians Need to Become More Like This Godly Woman

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The Christmas story is a remarkable testimony of how the Father used a young lady to partner with Him in bringing His Son to the earth. It is a glorious story that reveals how He leads His people and how He wants them to respond to His leadership.

When the angel Gabriel told Mary she would conceive and bear the Messiah, Mary responded by trusting the Lord's leadership. God is looking for this kind of heart response in His people.

As we look at the Christmas story, we should not merely admire the nobility of Mary's choices. In fact, Mary's life is a model that can inspire us to respond rightly to God's leadership throughout our lives, especially in seasons when circumstances become difficult.

Good News

Gabriel visited Mary, saying, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!" (Luke 1:28b, NKJV).

Can you imagine Gabriel appearing to you and declaring such wonderful things about your life? You would expect that being favored by God would mean you would have a life of remarkable blessed circumstances. However, the glorious promises of God that Mary received would unfold slowly through many surprising, difficult seasons. Mary would need to hold on to and remember Gabriel's encouraging words throughout her life as she carried the promises of God in her heart.

After greeting Mary, Gabriel told her she would conceive by the Holy Spirit and bear a Son, Jesus. He revealed to Mary that her Son would be great and would be called the Son of the Highest. Her Son, Jesus, would be given the throne of David and would reign forever. Gabriel was summarizing what Isaiah had prophesied hundreds of years earlier: "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isa. 9:6).

Mary knew these prophetic Scriptures well, and now Gabriel told her she would bear the Messiah of whom they foretold. But instead of shrinking back in fear or unbelief, Mary responded to these glorious promises with a willing heart for God to do to her as He had said. She believed Him.

Gabriel's initial charge for Mary to rejoice was a practical, pastoral exhortation she would engage in for the rest of her life as she carried these promises in her heart. It was not a one-time call of exuberance to explode with joy at the possibility of what was happening. Through the troubles and misunderstandings Mary would experience, she would continually need to lay hold of the command to rejoice and trust the Lord's good leadership in her life. Choosing to rejoice in God's promises despite hardship would realign Mary's heart repeatedly in the years ahead, strengthening her to persevere and to continue to grow in faith.

Favor and Adversity

What does a life look like under the favor of God? It is easy to miss some of the unexpected hardships Mary endured for decades to come. As spoken by the angel Gabriel, Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit. God was with her, but she initially experienced tremendous amounts of shame. After being visited by Gabriel, Mary traveled 100 miles south to Judah and spent over three months with Elizabeth. When Mary returned home to Nazareth, she was visibly pregnant. This was a serious issue because she had already been engaged to Joseph.

In the ancient world, a broken engagement would require a legal divorce. If she had been with another man, Mary would have been guilty by law to be stoned. Her story was that God made her pregnant. Mary would have seemed like a bold-faced liar or so delusional that it would have been another problem. Her fiance, Joseph, was deeply troubled, and rumors were spreading throughout her community. Over 30 years later, these same rumors of Mary's fornication were still being passed around in Jerusalem (John 8:41).

Before God stepped in and told him Mary was telling the truth, Joseph was planning to break off his relationship with her. The Lord was dramatically using Mary, but she experienced intense shame and misunderstanding from those she loved most. Through it all, Mary's heart was growing in love, faith and humility.

The way we grow in mature love, faith and humility is by choosing to trust God again and again in the face of unexpected hardships and the unexpected delay of some of His promises to us. When we are perplexed and want to operate in the flesh, but instead choose to stop and say, "God, I trust Your leadership," we are realigning our hearts with His heart and promises. In believing God's promises and responding with faith and gratitude despite difficulties, we are rejoicing as Mary did. Through this process of realigning our heart even thousands of times, we slowly grow in love, faith and humility. Mary did this repeatedly throughout her life, and, as she did, she matured in her love for the Lord and in her confidence in His good leadership.

Toward the end of Mary's pregnancy, she had to make the long, intense journey to Bethlehem with Joseph for the census. After they arrived, she was ready to give birth, but there was no room for them in the inn. She went through the agony of labor in a dirty stable and then had only a manger in which to lay her beloved newborn Son. I would have thought that since the angel Gabriel told Mary God's favor was upon her and she would bear a Son who would reign forever, the circumstances around His birth would have been a bit easier. Mary had received these great promises and endured the months of intense shame, but now she did not even have a proper place to deliver and care for her Son.

Despite the difficulties and human dynamics Mary experienced, a series of supernatural events surrounded Jesus' birth. Shortly after Jesus was born, some excited shepherds showed up, looking for a baby in a manger. An angel had told them Christ the Savior had been born and was lying in a manger. The shepherds tell Mary they saw a host of angels praising God over her Son's birth. Later on, when Mary and Joseph went to dedicate Jesus in Jerusalem, two prophetic witnesses, Simeon and Anna, testified of Jesus' glorious identity. Afterward, wise men from the East brought gifts and came to worship Jesus.

After all Mary had endured since Gabriel's visit, these things confirmed the promises over Jesus' life and encouraged Mary that God was really with her. After all these glorious confirmations of the Lord's promises, I would have expected things to be a bit easier for Mary in the coming years. But although God was moving powerfully in Mary's life, the difficulties, delays and opportunities for discouragement were not over.

Not long after the Magi left, an angel visited Joseph in a dream, warning him to flee with his family to Egypt because Herod wanted to kill Jesus. Imagine this. Young Mary had borne the stigma and shame of her pregnancy among her friends and relatives; now she had to temporarily flee with her family to a foreign land because the government sought to destroy her little boy. Is this what a blessed and favored life looks like? There are sometimes very unexpected challenges in the midst of fully receiving and walking out the Lord's good promises.

Things became even more difficult for Mary down the road. Joseph was still there when Jesus was 12, but Mary was widowed sometime after that. Matthew 13:55-56 says Jesus had four brothers and several sisters. What does a widowed woman do with seven or eight children in their teens and younger? In addition to experiencing the pain and trauma of losing her husband, Mary would have faced incredible pressure as a widow with so many children.

When Jesus was 30, He took six weeks off from the carpenter's shop to fast and pray in the wilderness. He returned home anointed by the Holy Spirit, and then the whole town He loved and grew up in turned against Him. He was a most reliable young man and had a phenomenal reputation; however, the elders of the synagogue were enraged by His claim to be the one of whom Isaiah prophesied. They were so angry they tried to drive Him off a cliff and kill Him (Luke 4:29).

Mary saw how her Son was so badly mistreated by the leaders of the town He grew up in, and she would have needed to realign her heart again and again in faith with the promises of God throughout His ministry. The angel Gabriel had initially told Mary that Jesus would be great (Luke 1:32). She must have struggled, wondering why the elders of His hometown were so against Him.

After Jesus began His ministry, His brothers did not believe Him (John 7:5). In essence, Mary's own children—whom she raised to honor the God of Israel—did not "believe in Jesus" even as young adults. Mary must have struggled with the spiritual condition of her sons at the time of Jesus' ministry. Some of her closest friends and family members considered Him to be mentally unstable because of the things He said and did (Mark 3:21). The top religious leaders in the nation concluded Jesus was demonized and was thus a dangerous cult leader who was deceiving the people (John 7:47, 8:48). Rumors of Jesus' mother's fornication were passed around in their attempt to discredit Him and His ministry (John 8:41).

In other words, Jesus' life and ministry did not appear to be "great" as Gabriel promised. By many standards, it seemed to be just the opposite. Again and again, Mary had to believe the promises of God and trust His good leadership.

A few years later, Mary watched her Son be rejected by the nation and die on a cross. The religious leaders plotted against Jesus, and the Jewish crowds cried out for Barabbas. Jesus' three and a half years of ministry appeared to have little fruit. He had healed many thousands, but only 120 people believed in Him enough to make it to the prayer meeting in the upper room after His Resurrection (Acts 1:15). Mary endured unexpected pain and misunderstanding as she partnered with God and trusted His leadership in her life. Now her Son's earthly ministry came to an end, and He was rejected by the nation rather than exalted as King. The promises were long in coming, and it seemed impossible for them to be fulfilled. However, Mary had trusted God from the beginning, and she persevered in trust by the grace of God even here.

Mary only saw a partial fulfillment of the promises during her lifetime. She conceived by the Holy Spirit and brought forth the Son of God into the world according to the word of the Lord given through Gabriel. However, Gabriel also told Mary that her Son would be great and reign forever. While Jesus was on the earth, He was despised by many and rejected by His brothers, His hometown and the top political and spiritual leaders of His nation. He suffered and died to bring salvation to sinners before He was raised in glory.

The complete fulfillment of the promises over His life will not be until the age to come. A day is coming when He will be seen by all as great in love, power and mercy. Mary would have seen a glimpse of this during the revivals of the early church, but the fullness is yet future.

The Heart of Mary

Mary's life is a picture of the right heart-response to the leadership of God. When she did not fully understand, she trusted God's leadership over and over again. When it seemed to cost her everything, Mary still said, "May it be unto me according to Your word" (Luke 1:38b, MEV).

Mary's trust in God and her willingness to be used by Him and "to rejoice" in Him were not a one-time response. It was her way of life. She signed up time and time again through the difficulties. She trusted God and repeatedly realigned her heart with God's word.

Rather than give up when things got hard, Mary persevered with joy by the grace of God.

Too often, we lose faith that God will fulfill His promises because we are not seeing immediate results to our prayers. Or we may conclude that our weak prayers are ineffectual. But the truth is that we offer our prayers in human weakness, but they ascend to God in power because of the sufficiency of the blood of Jesus and because they are in agreement with God's heart.

How do we demonstrate the faith of Mary even when our prayers feel weak or ineffective? Instead of measuring the effectiveness of our prayers by the results we see or the emotions we feel during a particular prayer time, we must measure it by what God says in His Word. Jesus declared in the Word that everyone who asks and keeps on asking will receive, and everyone who seeks and keeps on seeking will find (Matt. 7:7-8).

Our prayers—all of them—are heard, even if we do not feel anything when we offer them. Do not measure your prayers by how you feel when you pray them but by the extent to which they are in agreement with God's will and Word. Beloved, our weak prayer times may not move us, but they move the heart of God.

The apostle John emphasized that we can have confidence that our prayers are heard regardless of how we feel while we are praying. In 1 John 5:14, he wrote, "This is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us."

God assesses the activity in our lives very differently than the way we assess it with our natural minds. The fullness of the glory of our lives in Christ is hidden from our own eyes as well as from the eyes of others in this age. Yet both the glory of God and the promises made to Mary will become evident to all when Jesus appears at His Second Coming.

Colossians 3:3-4 says, "For you are dead, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life shall appear, then you also shall appear with Him in glory."

The challenge is that often we do not see the glory of God in our lives. Because it is indiscernible and hidden from our emotions and our five senses, we cannot measure it. We look at our lives as small, weak and boring, and yet Jesus sees them through the lens of the riches of glory. He sees what we don't see, and that includes our prayers.

Our many small acts of obedience, including our prayers, are glorious in God's eyes. By understanding the value of our weak prayers, we are empowered to see them as relevant and powerful. Though they may seem weak according to the flesh, every prayer in God's will matters to God.

The way God led and used Mary reflects His perfect leadership. The fulfillment of God's promises is often delayed and released in stages in a context of difficulty, in order to cause us to cling to Him in a way that helps us grow in love, faith and humility.

Being used by God to change history is not the same as being mature in love. God called Mary and then brought her on a journey to grow in greater love. God unfolds His purposes in a hostile world and uses the adversity to bring forth His people in mature love, humility and partnership.

God desires to partner with those who will trust Him through everything and continually say yes to Him without quitting. Like Mary, we need to realign our hearts in agreement with the promises of God and trust His leadership even in difficulties. God's promises are still real when delay and adversity come; the Lord uses these things for our good (Rom. 8:28).

When we choose to rejoice, hold on to the promises and trust God through the challenges, He releases grace and empowers us to persevere with joy and grow in love. If we do our part and respond to Him with a willing heart, God will do His part and impart abundant grace.

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Mike Bickle is the director of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Missouri, and author of several books.

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The Real Reason Rome Persecuted the Early Church

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Glenn Packiam, associate senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, says the early church was persecuted by Rome not because Rome was anti-religion, but because the church represented an existential threat to society as a whole. In a sermon video clip, Packiam posits the church as a community is one of the few forces capable of "undoing" society as we know it.

Packiam begins the video by describing his process of becoming an American citizen in 2009 and how much he loves the country's principles. But he notes that America—for all of its uniqueness as a nation—is not the "most revolutionary community in human history." That distinction goes to the church.

"How is the church the most revolutionary community in human history?" Packiam asks. "It's because of what the church did. Prior to Christianity, human societies organized by families. Ancestry. They organized by geography and region: 'This is our corner of the land.' They organized by ethnicity. They were organized by certain patterns of living: 'There are the nomadics, these are the settlers.' But when the church arrived, it was revolutionary in the ancient world because it began to transcend other ways of defining communal identity. It was absolutely stunning."

He says Romans of the time struggled to understand this new Christian community—and we know this because we have access to their letters.

"Last year I read a book that compiled the opinions of the Romans as they wrote letters to one another trying to figure out who these Christians were," Packiam says. "... They're looking at this new community and scratching their heads and saying, 'How do men and women eat together and it [doesn't] turn into an orgy?' Literally, they were writing letters saying surely something scandalous is going on. And [the believers] were like, 'No, it's not, actually. Because we know how to treat one another with respect.' That was revolutionary. They said, 'How is it that in these gatherings there are masters and slaves that worship together as equals, that pray together as equals before God, as if Jesus is the only master over all? How is it that that can happen? How is it that rich and poor can gather in the same household at the same table? Who are these people?'"

It was too much for Roman society to handle, as Packiam explains it.

"We tend to think that Rome persecuted Christians because Rome was a secular state," Packiam says. "We sort of imagine it like the Communist Soviet Union or Communist China. We're like, 'Oh, Rome was sort of like that. They were anti-religion.' That was the exact opposite of the truth. Rome was pro-religion. They wanted all religions, all gods, all forms of worship. They wanted all the idols except for one name: the name of Jesus. Why? Because the name of Jesus was the only name that threatened to undo society as they knew it. Every other idol left the status quo. Every other idol let you keep your prejudices. ... But one name came to disrupt it all: the name of Jesus."

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How 'Overcomer' Breakout Star Found Freedom in God While on Set

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Overcomer actress Aryn Wright-Thompson is using her newfound popularity to glorify God.

"It is like when I got to school, people ask [me for] pictures, or they asked for my autograph, which is kind of weird, but it's fun," said Wright-Thompson. She played Hannah in Overcomer, the lone high-school, cross-country athlete.

"I also go speak to churches, I go speak to youth groups, and I just preach the gospel and tell them about how much God means to me, and how much He is evident in my life, and all the things that He does in my life," Wright-Thompson continued. "I tell them that He is doing the same thing for them, and He is there for them, but we have to seek Him first. I just let them know that God's always there for them. I'm glad that now I have a platform to where I can preach to more people."

It's working.

Wright-Thompson said people tell her that they accepted Christ based on a scene in Overcomer where Hannah prays for salvation with the school principal, played by Priscilla Shirer.

"I've heard a lot of stories like that, and I think those are the ones that touched my heart the most just knowing that I get to help somebody learn who God is and learn that He loves you so much," Wright-Thompson said.

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How Loving Creation Helps You Fall Deeper in Love With God

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The cause of many of life's failures is that we, as human beings, lack exceeding gratitude for our Creator. Because we take His divine gift of life for granted, we live in discontent and misery, complaining about what we don't have and failing to express genuine appreciation for what we do have.

I am convinced that by simply stopping to appreciate the world around us, our perspective of life can be transformed. This new perspective will reveal the Creator's redemptive plan and fill our hearts with exceeding gratitude for our Creator-Redeemer. This divine relationship will transform us into joyful, ennobled, Christian steward-servants.

Our capacity for knowledge, without which we cannot appreciate life or the giver of life, must be understood as a special gift from our Creator. His grace bestowed upon mankind gives us the intelligence to pursue knowledge. Each individual must choose the source of knowledge to rely on for meaning in life. Your choice of worldview, philosophy, religion or lack of religion will ultimately determine your level of appreciation for life as well as your destiny.

Appreciation means to grasp the worth and value of something or someone; to esteem and properly revere them. God is Creator of the laws of nature; therefore, all of nature reveals God to us. Appreciation for the Creator's intelligent design deepens as we gain knowledge of the unfathomable generosity of our Creator-God.

If you want to live a joy-filled life, you will need to develop a profound appreciation for your Creator, who designed you before time began. As you develop an attitude of exceeding gratitude for God and His awesome gift of life, you will learn to live in satisfying, intimate relationship with Him.

Understanding Appreciation

Creation reveals to us the nature of our Creator. As we behold the Creator's infinite hand in our universe, we begin to understand that He is outside of time or any other finite, limiting force.

Yet I have noticed that even people of faith—born-again believers in Christ who love their Creator-Redeemer—often lack appreciation for His creation. They fail to comprehend the wondrous beauty all around them and often abuse the gift of physical health the Creator has given them.

At the same time, I have observed unbelievers who have not surrendered to Christ as their Savior, who nevertheless enjoy a deep appreciation for the wonders of creation. Their scientific knowledge of the mysterious workings of life and the beauty of the laws of physics, for example, give them a wondrous perspective of life that evokes deep appreciation for the gift of life. It often sets them on a journey, as it did me, to surrender to the love of their Creator.

When these two realities—appreciation for creation and surrender to the Creator—unite in a person's heart, there is an explosion of hope, love, joy, purpose and destiny. Only believers who learn to appreciate their Creator can truly enjoy the eternal benefits of the abundant life Jesus promised (John 10:10).

That deep appreciation in a believer's heart evokes adoration and worship of God. And this divine relationship in turn manifests the power of God's anointing in a life of worship, fulfilling our eternal destiny. It is this anointed life, restored to relationship with the Creator-Redeemer, that brings the deepest satisfaction to the human heart. We never tire of reflecting on the wisdom of John Piper's maxim: "God is most glorified in me when I am most satisfied in Him."

To be grateful means being appreciative of the benefits we have received. But to fully appreciate anything in life, we must acquire an increased awareness of its worth and a heightened perception of its significance. Appreciation involves placing such high value on something that it evokes our deep admiration. To truly appreciate the gift of life, we must learn to appreciate the giver of life.

Lack of appreciation will inevitably cause us to take all of life for granted—not only ours, but also the precious lives of those around us. I believe this sin of omission is one of the greatest failures of mankind. When we truly appreciate our Creator, we will not take for granted the awesome gift of life He has given to us.

For me, the personal discoveries of the gift of life as seen through the microscope caused an explosion of appreciation within my heart and mind for the Creator. Out of sheer gratitude for the unimaginable complexities of every cell, which form more than 200 different kinds of tissues in our body, my heart reached out to thank the one who made it all possible. In my humble acknowledgment of a Creator, I desired to know Him. And as I sought to know Him, I discovered Him—not only as my Creator, but as my Redeemer as well.

Radical Gratitude

The apostle Paul confirmed the impact that expressing gratitude has on our lives in Philippians 4:4-7: "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! ... Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with gratitude, make your requests known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will protect your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus."

A personal relationship with God counteracts the destructive power of anxiety from our lives. Paul had his share of troubles, yet he declared confidently: "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? ... No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us" (Rom. 8:35, 37).

Often our lack of appreciation can be heard in our whining complaints: "If only I had this" or "If only I could do that." These and similar statements reveal our selfish nature that lacks appreciation for God's divine gift of life to us. Instead of expressing gratitude daily for what we have, we focus on what we do not have. As a result, we are blinded to all of life's good things we could be enjoying.

There are internal obstacles to seeing the beauty of life clearly. Our degree of spiritual sight hinges on the honesty and sincerity with which we appreciate our Lord. Many people do not appreciate the Lord and His gifts because they are content with the attractions of superficial observations and desires, and they are selfish and proud. The following question may be the beginning of a new vision of life: How can we remain indifferent to the marvelous design of our bodies and the Creator's eternal plans written within them?

Of course, in acknowledging that we owe our lives to the Creator of life, we are expressing dependence on another, which is uncomfortable to our independent minds. However, if we admit the fact that we did not create ourselves, it follows that we cannot know the purpose for which we exist without consulting with the Creator. If we choose to go blindly through life without acknowledging our dependence on our Maker, we are doomed to live in the misery of ingratitude.

Recognizing the Creator

Do you rush madly through the day, the month, the seasons of the year, scarcely noticing anything? Gratitude is the proper response to a God who has so abundantly blessed us with the multitudinous facets of nature. Our Creator not only made life possible, but intended it to be enjoyable as well.

If you have not expressed appreciation for the creation of God that is all around you, why not start today? Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to its wonders, its beauties and the refreshing relaxation it holds for you. Begin to focus your senses on the natural phenomena you encounter every day. Touch the bark of a tree or the petals of a delicate flower and allow yourself to marvel in the feeling. When you eat fresh fruit or vegetables, imagine them growing in their natural habitat, and be thankful. Behold the stars and planets in the night sky, and be thankful you have the ability to do so.

In Romans 1:20-21, Paul explains that it is possible to know God's eternal power and His person by acknowledging the wonder of the creation around us and being thankful to Him for it. According to Scripture, the human spirit can grasp the invisible attributes of God through the visible creation He has made.

Of course, we can and must get to know God more perfectly through relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ, who came to the earth to become our Savior. Yet we dare not ignore the wonderful opportunity He has given us to revel in the genius of the Creator—the maker of heaven and earth. {eoa}

James P. Gills, M.D., is an author and the founder and director of St. Luke's Cataract and Laser Institute in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

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Why This Psalmist Commands You to Praise—Even When You Don't Want To

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What does it really mean to be thankful? As we approach Thanksgiving, we consider the importance of living with gratitude for God's blessings.

Psalm 100 urges us to "enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise." The Israelites praised God as they first entered the temple gates in Jerusalem, continuing as they walked through the courtyard. Gratitude was extended throughout their journey.

This principle of thankful living impacts us still today. We don't need to wait until a holiday. We can reflect on God's goodness to us throughout our daily actions. Even when we are stuck in traffic or standing in a line at a store, we can turn from impatience to counting God's blessings—from our salvation, to our family members, to the little ways God shows up throughout our day, our hurried moments can become holy moments as we cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

For example, even in their hardships, the first Pilgrims celebrated Thanksgiving with this "attitude of gratitude." A look at the first Thanksgiving prayer provides a great reminder of the holiday. History tells us that Gov. William Bradford recorded the first Thanksgiving proclamation three years after the Pilgrims settled in Plymouth. One key phrase of his prayer declares that God "has granted us freedom to worship Him according to the dictates of our own conscience."

While many today view Thanksgiving as a holiday to eat turkey and watch football, its origin celebrated our nation's freedom to worship God. Let us all reconnect with this original Thanksgiving prayer. As we gather for the holiday with loved ones, remember to express appreciation for America's religious liberties. More than ever, we need to remember our religious freedoms—and express them! May God continue to bless America as we seek to worship Him.

Likewise, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 instructs us that it is God's will to thank God in all circumstances. No matter our situation, we know God works for our good. Why? Romans 8:28 reminds us "for those who love God all things work together for good." Joseph, for instance, was sold as a slave and a prisoner for 13 years before the Lord made him a leader in Egypt. Yet Joseph would later recognize these tragic circumstances served as part of God's plan to save the lives of many.

We may not understand the trials we face, but we can be thankful through the storms of life. God is with us and is for us despite our most difficult situations. Let's remember to thank Him in all circumstances today.

Additionally, let us also remember that Thanksgiving is more than a day of feasting. What are we really celebrating on this special day? In the classic "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" television special, Marcie reminds Charlie Brown, "Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck. We should just be thankful for being together."

Can we relate? We often find ourselves focused on food, watching football or immersed in other plans, yet the real joy of the holiday is extended time together with loved ones, including our children and grandchildren. Scripture reminds us to make the most of every moment. Instead of overemphasizing food or other activities, remember the importance of time with those you love.

This life passes so quickly. Let's make sure we focus our lives on God and showing love to those around us. These special times will result in memories we will never regret. {eoa}

Sam Rohrer is president of the American Pastors Network, a national network of pastors with constitutional and biblical teachings that discuss today's pressing issues. He was a Pennsylvania lawmaker for 18 years and hosts the daily "Stand in the Gap Today" national radio program on more than 400 stations and is host of the "Stand in the Gap" national television program.


          

Do You Really Trust God? Take This Quiz to Find Out

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We in Florida, as well as other states on the East coast, are breathing relief: We're at the end of hurricane season.

No more spending hours monitoring the Weather Channel. No more dashing to get the last bottled water at the local store. And no more comments like this one:

"I don't know about you, but I'm sick and tired of these broadcasters. One minute we hear Dorian has lessened in its force. Next, we hear it's heading our direction and we need to prepare. And then they tell us it's coming but with less force. I'm fed up with the stress these people cause. Can't they get anything straight?"

Forgive the cynicism, but her problem isn't the hurricane. Her stress isn't the uncertainty of the storm. It's not even the danger that lurks. Her real problem is that she believed, trusted and counted on every word the weather forecasters said. And what they said dictated her frame of mind, attitude and determined her emotions.

Who can blame her? When facing danger, we all do the same—allow others to define our emotions. Sadly, hurricanes of life don't have seasons. They come anytime. Some arrive with force. And others lurk around, stirring our anxiety.

You may be in an emotional hurricane right now. The winds of pain just increased and they are about to destroy your shelter of security.

But safety comes when we choose to trust in the one who forecasts our future. God is the only one who can hide us in the shadow of His wings (Ps. 91).

Here's a quiz to determine the level of your trust:

1. Jesus promises the rest we need in Matthew 11:28-29.

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me. For I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Do we believe that rest is ours and do we relax in that promise?

2. When the storms drain our strength, in Isaiah 40:29-31, God promises:

"He gives power to the faint, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint." Do we believe in that strength and, rather than walk like defeated chickens, do we soar like eagles?

3. When we lack what we need, do we believe what God promises in Paul's words in Philippians 4:19?

"But my God shall supply your every need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Rather than lament what we don't have, do we believe we already possess His riches?

4. When fear attacks, God announces in Romans 8:37-39:

"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities nor powers, neither things present nor things to come, neither height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Are we counting on the world's kind of security or relying in the safety of God's love?

5. When life's troubles become too much, God reassures in John 14:27:

"Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." Do we walk through life troubled, or do we boldly speak His peace into our situation?

6. Finally, God promises in Proverbs 1:33:

"But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure from fear of evil." Do we doubt in His protection because we cannot see? Or believe In His promise of His powerful protection?

Storms might rattle our security, hurricanes may blow winds of destruction and earthquakes may shake our foundation, but if we believe in God's announcement on the channel of His faithfulness, fear melts in the truth of each of His promises.

Let's pray.

Father, often I have said You're my Lord, believed in You and trusted in Your Word, yet subtle fear rose in me. I thank You for Your patience with me as I learn to embrace and declare that I truly, truly believe and trust in Your promises. In Jesus' name.

Are you focusing on the dark side of your situation or counting on the power of God's promises? {eoa}

This article originally appeared at janetperezeckles.com.


          

The Real Reason the Church Isn't Radically Transforming Our Dark Culture

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Our culture seems to get darker and darker. How can this be, when millions of Christians across the United States go to church every Sunday and declare their devotion to Jesus? What's missing in the church that is keeping us from making a lasting impact on our dying culture?

Joseph Mattera says it's because of a dangerous trap the church has fallen into—the trap of becoming focused on numerical growth and events as opposed to true discipleship. Mattera outlines this powerful insight in his book, The Jesus Principle—which I had the privilege of publishing through Charisma House—and I recently invited him onto my podcast to discuss it. The key, he says, is staying process-driven. But what exactly does that mean?

"When we see Jesus, He told [His disciples], 'Follow Me, and I will make you to become fishers of men,'" Mattera says. "So there was a process involved, and it had to do with them doing life with Jesus. It wasn't 'Follow Me, and you'll go to Bible study once a week or you'll come to church on Sunday, or I'll ship you out to a Bible college.'

"There was a real process, the reciprocity between Jesus and those He called to follow Him. They shared their lives together, and I don't see that happening too much. As a result, we don't see the culture shifting even though we have more people attending church on Sunday than ever in history. So I'm very concerned about that."

When it comes to discipleship, more is caught than taught, Mattera says. We can't just sit people down, teach them some basic principles once and expect them to walk them out perfectly. People need to watch someone go before them and exemplify what the Bible teaches. And oftentimes, they need the same spiritual teachings more than once.

And, above all, discipleship is personal.

"[Jesus] was personal with [His disciples]," Mattera says. "You see John leaning on Jesus' bosom. Making disciples involves emotional intelligence, socialization, emotional maturity. It means there's an emotional attachment. It's not just Bible studies and miracles. We're raising up sons and daughters, not just employees or church members."

Mattera takes this principle so seriously that when he planted his church in the 1980s, the congregation often called him "Dad" and his wife "Mom."

"We realized in this fragmented culture, especially in that neighborhood in the 1980s, they needed a father more than they needed a preacher," he says.

This is a difficult principle to live out if you're not used to it, though. That's why Mattera's book is so important for the church of our day. The book flows from Mattera's experience of seeing 168,000 people's lives transformed.

In the book, he talks about understanding your God-given identity, releasing your potential, understanding affirmation, walking in your assignment, the power of delegation and more. These are the kinds of topics church leaders must learn—and even be reminded of!

And it's not just church leaders who need to know these things. Every believer who is led by the Spirit must learn these principles to walk in spiritual victory and success.

To learn more about The Jesus Principle, listen to my full interview with Mattera. And to purchase your own copy of the book, click here!


          

If You Feel Dry Spiritually, You May Need the Holy Spirit's New Wine

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My mornings begin basically the same way each day. I wake up, usually assisted by my wife's influence, and then before I do anything else, I start to read from the Bible.

I do this because it allows me to read and receive before my mind gets distracted by all of the opportunities that will present themselves to me once I arise and leave my bedroom.

I do not usually follow a set Bible reading guide. I like to open my Bible and let the Spirit of G-D direct my time in the Word. Many times, I begin reading a text based upon something that impacted my heart the day before or something I heard someone say that stuck in my mind.

One such occasion took place after a friend did an excellent teaching on the miracles of Yeshua (Jesus). In his teaching, he brought out some insights that I had never noticed before. These insights caused me to follow a path through the text that brought me to a hidden lesson that I had missed while reading previously.

The passage is from John 2 and is very familiar to many because it tells us of the very first miracle that Yeshua performed.

"Now there were six stone jars, used for the Jewish ritual of purification, each holding two to three measures. Yeshua said to them, 'Fill the jars with water!' So they filled them up to the top. Then He said to them, 'Take some water out, and give it to the headwaiter.' And they brought it. Now the head waiter did not know where it had come from, but the servants who had drawn the water knew. As the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, he calls the bridegroom and says to him, 'Everyone brings out the good wine first, and whenever they are drunk, then the worse. But you've reserved the good wine until now!'" (John 2:6-10, TLV).

In the past when I viewed these verses, I focused on the miracle of the water being turned into wine, which I have to say was a pretty great way to begin a miracle ministry. But, when I read these verses again, for some reason the words "Jewish ritual of purification" stood out and jumped off the page. Why had I never noticed those words before?

My mind went to 2 Timothy 3:16-17: "All Scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for restoration, and for training in righteousness, so that the person belonging to God may be capable, fully equipped for every good deed."

We all know that every word of Scripture was written purposely and that each word was designed to teach us something that will equip us to be capable for every good deed. So, I began to dissect the text to see if there was something in there that I had missed that might help me in my understanding and walk with the Lord.

I started with the stone jars, which made me think about 2 Timothy 2:20-21: "Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay—some for honor and some for common use. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these, he will be a vessel for honor—sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work."

In the narrative of John 2:7, we find that Miriam, Yeshua's mother, saw that they had run out of wine at the wedding feast and she asked Yeshua to do something about it.

Yeshua's response was to tell them, "Fill the jars with water!" So they filled them up to the top."

Yeshua saw the empty jars and knew the answer was to fill the jars up to their tops with pure water. The result of refilling these stone jars was that a miracle took place. These jars that had become empty and common had been turned back into vessels of honor filled with new wine. The best wine.

These renewed stone jars were not simply restored so that they once again could be used to bring purification to those whom their water came in contact with. They had miraculously become more than what they once were.

My eyes were opened to a new way to view these verses. I saw that these stone jars represented men and women. Mankind was created in the Garden of Eden, pure and holy. We were all created to be vessels of honor.

But due to sin, we became vessels of common use. Why? Because we were emptied of the water of life, that which made us pure. But like these empty stone jars, Yeshua came to renew us to be vessels of honor.

He took our empty jars and filled us with living water so that as John 7:38 tells us, "Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture says, 'out of his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'"

But Yeshua didn't stop with just making us what we once were. He went further to make us better than we once were. He didn't just fill us with water; He turned our water into wine, the new wine of the Holy Spirit. {eoa}

Eric Tokajer is author of With Me in Paradise, Transient Singularity, OY! How Did I Get Here?: Thirty-One Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before Entering Ministry, #ManWisdom: With Eric Tokajer, Jesus Is to Christianity as Pasta Is to Italians and Galatians in Context.


          

7 Ways You Know You're Listening to Holy Spirit and Not a Religious Spirit

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"Yet many of the rulers also believed in Him. But because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they be put out of the synagogue. For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God" (John 12:42-43).

When Jesus revolutionized His nation with the gospel of the kingdom, He was continually questioned and criticized for His visionary initiatives and unorthodox methods. The Pharisees were the politically correct referees who sought to silence His voice and penalize any advancement of His message.

Knowing that their power and influence were losing ground, their religious mindsets could not comprehend or celebrate the very truths that could set them free from their own man-made bondage.

It is just like the accuser of the brethren to threaten and attack anyone who exposes his lies and demonstrates the true nature of our heavenly Father. Our spiritual adversary seeks to use control, fear and condemnation in order to keep us trapped in our flesh and disconnected from the life-giving power of God's Spirit.

This religious spirit is still active today, speaking into the ears of many unsuspecting believers, trying to block any kingdom advancement and fresh expression of the Holy Spirit. Preying on our fears and self-doubts, this demonic influence will stop at nothing to keep us bound to religious systems and the expectations of man.

This spirit is manifesting again today, not only in our national politics, but in many of our church pulpits and social media platforms. This counterfeit authority is still speaking, trying to draw us away from all that the Father is accomplishing in this hour. The enemy resists any true work of the Spirit and subverts any attempts at bringing the supernatural realities of heaven to earth.

It is the Holy Spirit who we must recognize and embrace if we are to partner with heaven's purposes and see radical transformation happen in our culture. It is the Holy Spirit who will lead us into truth and keep us on the path to victory. It is His voice that we can trust to rightly discern the Father's activities and discern the enemy's schemes.

"But when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. For He will not speak on His own authority. But He will speak whatever He hears, and He will tell you things that are to come" (John 16:13).

The first step in getting free of any religious spirit is to recognize its presence and purpose. If we understand the redeeming nature of the Father's heart and His highest purposes for our lives, we can rightly discern which voice to listen to in order to open wide the gates for the King of glory to come in.

Prayerfully consider these comparisons and see if you recognize any pattern in your own life:

  1. The religious spirit is like an older brother who follows you around, criticizing your every move and whispering endless doubts that cause you to shrink back in fear. The Holy Spirit is like a loving father who is always two steps ahead, taking your hand and gently leading you on a path of discovery.
  2. The religious spirit gets bent out of shape when the rules aren't followed. The Holy Spirit gets excited when creative expression imagines the possibilities.
  3. The religious spirit berates you for missing the mark. The Holy Spirit inspires you to aim higher next time.
  4. The religious spirit tells you to "stay in the lines!" The Holy Spirit tells you to "go explore!"
  5. The religious spirit wants credit. The Holy Spirit celebrates others.
  6. The religious spirit debates everything you do. The Holy Spirit dares you to climb higher.
  7. The religious spirit is a task master that is never satisfied with your efforts and always asking for more. The Holy Spirit is your greatest cheerleader, drawing out the best in you, even when you make mistakes.

Your journey is meant to be one of freedom, joy and a never-ending sense of wonder and awe. Even through the trials, setbacks and personal weaknesses, the Holy Spirit always sees a way through and will empower you to keep moving.

Your destiny is ahead of you, not behind you. It's not about "adding up," but jumping in! It's redemption, not religion, that brings life to the dead and wholeness to the broken.

As we determine to follow Jesus' example and listen to the Holy Spirit instead of a politically correct religious spirit, we can be assured of fulfilling the Father's purpose.

In the end, it's not whether or not we get it "right." It's about who we travel with and discovering the endless possibilities of heaven inside of us that the flesh can never reach.

"So then, beloved ones, the flesh has no claims on us at all, and we have no further obligation to live in obedience to it. For when you live controlled by the flesh, you are about to die. But if the life of the Spirit puts to death the corrupt ways of the flesh, we then taste his abundant life. The mature children of God are those who are moved by the impulses of the Holy Spirit" (Rom. 8:12-14, TPT). {eoa}

Wanda Alger is a field correspondent with Intercessors for America. She ministers with her husband in Winchester, Virginia. Follow her blog at wandaalger.me.


          

Chuck Pierce Prophesies: We Are Entering a New Kingdom Era

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There are moments when time shifts and you gain momentum for your future. In fact, we are in one such kingdom moment now. We have not just entered a new year, decade or season, but a new era in the kingdom of God.

In Isaiah 32:1 (TPT), the Word of God says,"Look—a new era begins! A king will reign in righteousness, and his princes according to justice!" An era is a fixed point in time from which a series of years is reckoned. An era can also bea memorable or important date or event in the history of a thing, person or nation. An era is a system of chronological notation computed from a given date as a basis. An era is a period identified by some prominent figure or characteristic feature or stage in development.

We are now entering a new kingdom era.In Hebrew, this era is known as "Pey," which means "voice" or "mouth." As God's ambassadors, our voices must be heard this decade. We will decree a thing, and it will happen!

An Era of Power

"Where there is no vision, the people perish"—in Proverbs 29:18a, this word actually means that without boundaries or prophetic utterance, a people go backward. We are moving from a church era to a kingdom era. In this divine shift, the Lord is transforming our mindset so we move outwardly from what has been built in one season into a new movement for the next season. This will be a new building season, but first we must unlock God's kingdom plan and align heaven and earth.

When the Lord revealed His Messiahship to His disciples in Matthew 16, He gave Peter a prophetic word that would transcend the ages. In Matthew 16:18-19 (my paraphrase), He prophesied, "I will build My church; the gates of hell will not overpower it, and you will have an authority to unlock the kingdom and forbid and permit what goes on in earth."

We must remember that this prophecy to Peter had yet to be fully revealed in reality. The church was still a mystery. Therefore, when the day of Pentecost came and 3,000 were converted, Peter must have thought, How will we build for the future? How will the Lord, who has ascended, accomplish this through us?

The disciples did not have a full concept of the meaning of "the church." The only concept they had of spiritual gathering was from the synagogue. The word the Lord was using here was ekklesia, which was a Roman concept of ambassadors going in to transform a region to make it look like Rome.

Everything seemed new to the disciples. Just a few weeks prior, they had a revelation of the Lord being Messiah. Now they had to see how to gather and build for the future out of a new paradigm. Eventually they would have to leave Jerusalem to do this, and build in Antioch a prototype of what the Lord was prophesying. The writer of Hebrews gave us much revelation of how what the Spirit of God was doing in that day could not be done in Jerusalem.

This began a whole new era. Now the Spirit of God would help His leadership establish something that would be indestructible. There would be unsurpassed power in the ekklesia to overcome the enemy of mankind, Satan. And before this was built, there had to be an unlocking of God's kingdom power within the triumphant people that would walk into the future.

We must remember it took approximately 70 years to establish the first church era. In every era, we unlock a kingdom plan so we can build the prototype for the ekklesia for the future. This new era propels us into a season of unlocking so we can build in the days ahead.

A Season of War

There is a new move of God in His people this hour! They are like a river of glory fire, like liquid gold flowing throughout lands. They resemble fiery lava moving from state to state, province to province and nation to nation throughout the earth. These glory warriors will destroy the works of the enemy in days ahead.

Over the next several years, we will mature into a people who do exploits and are ready to go to war against any darkness attempting to bring destruction to our Lord's kingdom plan. These triumphant people are the ones who know how to triumph. To triumph is to obtain victory, or a state of being victorious in conquest. Triumph carries a distinct emotion for God's children; in triumph, one expresses joy or exultation because he or she has prospered, succeeded and flourished. To "triumph" means "to celebrate and rejoice with victory and jubilation." Triumph indicates that an advantage has been gained over the enemy. Triumph also conveys that success has been granted through a supernatural grace being released.

God has a people who must keep moving. Movement is linked with life! If we stop moving, we stagnate or routinize. If there is one thing that I have seen happen from season to season, it is that the church stagnates. This can be because we fall into apathy. However, most times we stagnate because we enjoy getting comfortable in one season and resist change. We must be a people who are willing to war for our future.

After all, we are living in conflicting and conflicted times. Many times, the shifts we make are not our willful choices but result from the wars of the season. We would have loved to see something go one way, but atmospheric shifts, conflicts of opinions, conflicts of philosophies and conflicts of emotions caused things to go a different direction.

James said we war because we have cravings and desires in us that cannot be satisfied (see James 4:1-3). Many times, these desires hold us in wilderness places. We are meant to cross over into prosperity, but we choose to have our way in a situation instead of submitting to the will of God. We are in a great warfare over a threefold cord controlled by Satan's kingdom, consisting of poverty, infirmity and religion.

War is the grace to fight. When the Lord calls us to war, He gives us the grace to triumph. God never calls His children to do anything without the grace necessary to fulfill His purpose. Therefore, in the midst of war, there is grace. We are called to protect our vineyard. My greatest concern for the church today is this: Will a new generation rise up and war for all the promises that have been redeemed or paid for by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ?

Christians must learn why it's imperative that we fight and overturn the plans of the enemy. Learning to war comes easier to some than to others. To those who grew up in relative peace and comfort, it may come hardest of all. Why war? Why is war necessary? Why can't people live in harmony? These are the questions we ask our parents when we are first exposed to conflict through the media. We ask the questions of our history teachers when we are learning the events that brought us to the present. Most importantly, we ask God, "If you are a loving God, why do war and destruction occur?"

The short answer is that there are two kingdoms in conflict.

Satan's demonic angels roam the earth trying to keep his kingdom in place. We are in God's army of warriors. The Lord has already defeated Satan and all his dominions, powers and principalities. However, we are called to enforce that defeat. If we do not heed His call, the enemy will step in and rule in our stead. We are called to possess, secure and protect our inheritance. We must remember that the earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof.

As the Holy Spirit moves us toward becoming more Christlike, the methodology of an old season will not propel us into the future. We need something new and fresh. We need a new glory. This is one of the wiles of the enemy—to hold us captive in the last manifestation of God. Therefore, we live in the past rather than move into the best that is ahead for our lives. This is how religious spirits operate.

The Lord taught His disciples to pray using a model prayer, which we know as the Lord's Prayer. We have access to Father's throne room, but we must access the revelation for us to triumph and establish that in the earth realm. The government of heaven must enter our atmosphere, align with the government of God in the earth and liberate the armies of God and the land!

A Time to Plow

Speaking of government, we are approaching a new election year in the United States. One of the words for "visitation" is linked with how you cast a vote. How we vote is how we get visited as a nation in our future.

Dutch Sheets and I are presently on a 22-region journey through the United States. For the last four years, the triumphant remnant has made incredible headway. Our goal is to awaken the seeds of revival that have been sown throughout America and cause this incredible triumphant remnant to keep advancing.

We don't want to lose any momentum of righteous change that has influenced our nation over these last several years. I see the enemy throwing a dark horse into this next season. We must stay focused as watchman intercessors.

Amos 9:13 says, "'Behold, the days are coming,' says the Lord, 'When the plowman shall overtake the one who is reaping, and the treader of grapes the one who is sowing the seed; the mountains will drip sweet wine, and all the hills will flow with it.'"

This is a word for today. Prophetic seeds that have been sown and declared in your region should be plowed up! The Lord has put us into a plowing season. The prophetic seeds that didn't come up in one season should be declared alive and receive a new breath of His Spirit. I see teams of plowmen being connected together. Many of us have received revelation but tried to plow alone. However, if we connect and plow together, the harvest of God in a region will be gathered. This is a key time for alignment.

And as the apostolic church matures and advances the kingdom of God in the earth, apostolic/prophetic rule will be established in territories. Here are six key points we must understand as we move forward in this new era:

Know your field and sphere. Faith works in place and time. In 2 Corinthians 10, Paul talks about fields, or spheres. We each have key fields and spheres that we can war and triumph within.

Mobilize the armies. Know who is warring with you for the King's rule.

Strategically know your redemptive "thin places." When Rose Sambrook from Northern Ireland came to speak at one of our gatherings, she shared how in Ireland they talk about "thin places." These are the places where the Spirit of God has come, and heaven and earth have become very close. These places have key altars that need to be refired for today. We must know where these altars are in our field or spheres. If there are no thin places in our sphere, we must find where the Lord wants to come and create a thin place, or portal, between heaven and earth.

Define the high places. Within our spheres and field, we also have high places. These are places where the enemy has erected his rule. These are the places contending for our worship. These high places erected by the enemy are the result of the worship war going on in each territory of the earth. Worship occurs around the one whose throne has been established. We are created to worship; therefore, if we pay homage to the enemy, he will control the atmosphere. The entire territory then falls under the darkness of his presence, and demonic hosts redirect those in that territory away from God's plan of fullness, peace, joy and abundance.

Sanctify the land. When we commit iniquitous sins and defilement of the land occurs, we must sanctify the land. The land mourns until we have reconciled it back to God, the one who made it. "The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof" (Ps. 24:1, KJV).

Establish new glory altars. Throughout the Word of God, new altars had to be built. How do we do this? We must find the places where religion and government have met and made wrong choices, and bind the strongman (Matt. 12). We must overthrow the defilement of the last altar (2 Chr. 34:4, John 2:14, Rev. 2:13). We must contend for His name to be established and the identity of that name at the gates (Deut. 28:10). We must let worship ascend and watch His glory come down (John 4, Acts 4-11). We must welcome a new move of His Spirit (Acts-Ephesians). For more information about how to do that, I suggest you read the new book Robert Heidler and I have just completed, A Triumphant Kingdom.

Ultimately, we know God's goal for us is the harvest. We see this all the way through the Bible. God wants our barns to be filled with plenty and our vats to overflow. He wants us to experience the fullness of His promised blessings. That's what "harvest" means. Harvest is what we've been working and praying for, and the promise that we have been pressing forward to attain.

The time does come when we will receive the harvest. Harvest is not "pie in the sky by and by," but the reality of the promise coming into our experience. God not only wants us to harvest in the natural realm, but also to see a harvest of righteousness. He wants us to experience a harvest of souls. Psalm 1 tells us God wants us to be like a flourishing tree that brings forth its fruit in its season. Ecclesiastes 3 tells us there is a time and a season for everything. There is a time to plant seeds, and there is also a time to reap the harvest.

The Bible is written around harvest cycles. The Lord wants His people to develop and maintain a harvest mentality. He wants us to walk in a mindset of increase and reaping. This is an era when we must decree that what we have sown will come forth and multiply.

Call back the bread that you have cast upon the waters. The seeds that have fallen into the earth are ready to break forth into an abundant crop. Plow up your fallow ground. Unlock what has never manifested in your past. Let your sorrows turn to joy. Gain new strength. And rise up and enter this era with a mind to triumph.

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Chuck D. Pierce is president of Glory of Zion International Ministries and vice president of Global Harvest Ministries.

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Prophetic Vision for 2020: 'I Am Bringing New Alignments and Opening Doors'

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I believe many people will see great alignment, shifting and forward motion come to their lives in the remaining months of 2019 as the Lord prepares His people for all He is calling them to steward in 2020. I see that there will be rapid open doors of advancement.

Heavenly Blueprints and the Missing Pieces

The Lord showed me a vision of many people holding heavenly blueprints that outlined all the Lord is calling them to steward in 2020 and beyond. The blueprints had been put together as pieces of a puzzle would be put together.

I knew the people had received many pieces over a period of time and that they had been holding these blueprints for a while, but there were still one or two pieces missing. They couldn't yet see all the details of the blueprints or the complete strategy. They couldn't yet step out into what they knew the Lord was calling them to steward in the time ahead, as they were waiting on more details or alignment to come.

I then saw the last pieces of the puzzle being released from heaven, and these pieces fell perfectly into place. I knew these pieces were being released at the perfect time and the Lord had reserved them for this hour. As they fell into place, I saw that the people of God were given new vision for what lies ahead; they were rejuvenated, excited and expectant for all the Lord would bring to pass.

I then heard the Lord say, "In the remainder of 2019 many people will see much motion and movement in their situations and lives, for from this, movement and alignment will come. Many have been waiting for the 'missing piece' to fall into place; the missing piece of the blueprint I have given them for the time ahead. Greater detail and revelation is being released in preparation for the greater doors that will open in 2020."

Motion Through Divine Alignments and Manifested Blueprints

I then heard the Lord say, "It will be a time of motion as key alignments and connections will be made in this time that will be significant for this season. I am bringing divine connections to My people. A shifting and positioning will be seen. Through these key alignments great kingdom advancement will come in 2020 as My people, with the same heart and purpose, unite.

"I am not only bringing new alignments but strengthening established, key, divine alignments that will be even more significant in 2020. They will go from strength to strength as these alignments are used in greater ways for kingdom advancement."

The Lord then said, "Not only will My people be given the missing piece of revelation, but they will also see the beginning of the manifestation of pieces of the blueprint come to pass in this time. They will see the very things I have shown them on the blueprint begin to 'drop into place' around them. They will begin to see movement in their circumstances as I begin to bring alignment for all I am calling them to steward in 2020.

"As the pieces manifest, there will be a release and a propulsion or movement forward into all I have spoken. There are many people who have wondered when they will ever see the manifestation of the promises and assignments I have spoken to them, but they will see I am faithful as they begin to see the pieces established around them at this time."

"Let us firmly hold the profession of our faith without wavering, for He who promised is faithful" (Heb. 10:23).

Rapid Doors of Advancement in 2020

The Lord spoke again and said, "Many will see great alignment come to the path I have set before them as they approach 2020. In the remaining months of 2019 and beginning of 2020, they will see how I am preparing the way for all I have called them to walk in. This is all in preparation for 2020, where I will open rapid doors of advancement to those who have embraced this time of alignment."

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, so that we should walk in them" (Eph. 2:10).

How to Partner With the Time of Alignment and Motion

Lastly, I felt the Lord highlight to me two key steps we can take to partner with this time of alignment and motion in the months ahead.

  1. Receive the missing pieces of revelation. There is an invitation to spend time with the Lord to receive direction on the missing pieces of the blueprint He has given us for 2020 and beyond. It will also be important to take particular notice of our dreams as the Lord will speak through dreams in an increased way.
  2. Take Spirit-led steps to see alignment and motion. There is a need to do our part in seeing movement and alignment in our circumstances and connections by stepping out in faith and obedience on the leading of the Spirit. {eoa}

Katie Barker is the co-founder of Bring the Fire Ministries along with her husband Aaron. They live on the Tweed Coast of Australia with their four children. Bring the Fire Ministries is about bringing revival fire to the nations. It is about ministering to others through the power of the Word of God and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Katie has a heart to encourage believers in a deeper relationship with the Lord and see them walk in the fullness of their identity and inheritance in Christ. Her desire is to see believers understand their kingdom authority and position, use the spiritual gifts they have been given and impact their areas of influence for the kingdom of God. She also has a heart for revival and to see the body of Christ united and awakened.


          

Why We Can't Ignore the Holy Spirit-Given Mandate to Share the Gospel With Jews

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Susan Perlman knows that sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ can be difficult in a culture that is growing increasingly hostile to the gospel and to the things of God.

But as one of the co-founders of Jews for Jesus, Perlman has, for 46 years, experienced the added test of trying to convince the worldwide Jewish population that Jesus is the true Savior of the world. Another group and their fearless leader were tasked with the same daunting challenge nearly two millennia ago.

"It's important for me to share the gospel with Jewish people because Jesus and His disciples did it," Perlman told Dr. Steve Greene on a recent episode of "Greenelines" on the Charisma Podcast Network. "You think of His message in John 8:24, when He explained, 'Unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.' Then again in John 14:6, He says, 'I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, and no one comes to the Father but through Me.'

"With both of these statements, when He made these unique claims about Himself, He was speaking to other Jews. Remember when Peter, because of his evangelistic activity, found himself standing before the 771 religious leaders of the Jewish people at the time? He declared there is no other name besides Jesus, or Yeshua, by which men can be saved.

"So, if Jesus and Peter and all the other disciples thought it was important to share the gospel with Jewish people, why should I think any less? It's an important opportunity. First of all, if you know a person that has a Jewish background, then try to engage them in a conversation about Israel and what they think about Israel. Eventually, steer it into a spiritual conversation, and then you can talk to them about the Bible and Jesus. Leave it to them to share what they want to share."

In 2015, The Atlantic magazine reported there were 350,000 Messianic Jews worldwide. Jews for Jesus reported that as of 2017, 20,000 Messianic Jews were living in Israel.

For more about the work of Perlman and Jews for Jesus, please listen to this podcast.


          

Spirit-Filled Leader: Why We Must Be Careful Not to Dishonor Authority

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Putty Putman, overseer of the School of Kingdom Ministry and a leader at the Vineyard Church of Central Illinois, says we must honor our leaders as a way of honoring God's ultimate authority.

In a video, Putman says, "We cannot dishonor leadership without dishonoring the fact that God is the ultimate leader. You can't divide those apart. Once you begin to say, I'm against leadership, in some way you're positioning yourself against authority as a whole and ultimately against God's authority."

He notes that this does not mean, however, that all authority and leadership is perfect—simply that we must show the God-given honor they deserve.

"Not every person in leadership is in alignment with God's will," Putman says. "And do we pray for them? Absolutely. And do we, when necessary, stand for justice? Yes, we do. I'm not saying that we don't pursue the Lord's end. Absolutely we do that. But as we do that, it's very important that we recognize that God created authority and I'm not going to dishonor that reality."

Watch it here.


          

Lønudregning

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Hej.

Kan nogle hjælpe mig med en cirkaudregning?

Jeg er fotograf og har ikke længere cvr. nr. Jeg skylder skat nogle penge og så langt så godt.

Jeg har fået mig et lønjob og har tænkt mig at arbejde røven ud af bukserne, for at få styr på mine forhold.

Jeg kan dog stadig skaffe kunder, til fotografering, hvis jeg vil.

For eksemplets skyld, lad os sige jeg kan skaffe bryllupskunder til 20.000,- pr stk

Hvis en fotografkollega ansætter mig, hvirdan ville regnestykket så se ud for, hvad jeg kan få brutto, når hendes udgifter er afholdt?

Jeg ved, det måske ikke kan gæres helt så simpelt, men kan I give mig bare en cirka idé?

Jeg er ved at finde den bedste måde at arbejde røven ud af bukserne på med et job nr to. 

Tak for jeres hjælp

Kim


          

Will Man Rob God?

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Tre av fyra fokusområden klara

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Novembermörkret är över oss. Tur att det snart är advent för då kan vi hjälpas åt att lysa upp i mörkret. Att FSS kan påverka i viktiga socialpolitiska frågor på nationell nivå, är också något som lyser upp. FSS nyvalda styrelse är sammansatt av socialchefer från Haparanda till Malmö. Det finns goda förutsättningar för att […]
          

Otvorenjem Ledene čarolije počeo Advent u Varaždinu

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Otvorenjem Ledene čarolije počeo Advent u Varaždinu

Varaždin će i ove godine stati uz bok najatraktivnijim turističkim destinacijama u Hrvatskoj zahvaljujući i ove godine jedinstvenoj adrenalinskoj zimskoj atrakciji koju posjetitelji mogu iskusiti samo u Varaždinu. U sklopu Adventa u Varaždinu sve do 6. siječnja, odnosno do 12. siječnja iduće godine, do kad će raditi klizalište, za posjetitelje je u povijesnoj gradskoj jezgri pripremljeno više od stotinu programa u organizaciji gradske turističke zajednice i suorganizatora. Osim toga za još 50-ak programa pobrinule su se kulturne institucije i udruge u gradu Varaždinu – kina, kazališta, muzeji i varaždinske galerije. Ovogodišnji Advent u Varaždinu odvija se na čak sedam lokacija u gradu, što je najviše do sada. Posebna atrakcija prošle godine, a tako će biti, uvjereni su organizatori, i ove je ledeni park s klizalištem i stazama za klizanje površine oko 1.000 četvornih metara te ledeni tobogan dužine čak 30 metara smješteni uz Stari grad.


          

U okviru programa Neprekinute veze u lepoglavskoj kaznionici uređene prostorije za posjet djece zatvorenika

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U okviru programa Neprekinute veze u lepoglavskoj kaznionici uređene prostorije za posjet djece zatvorenika

Na konferenciji za medije u Kaznionici u Lepoglavi Ministarstvo pravosuđa i UNICEF predstavili su program „Neprekinute veze”. Riječ je o programu pružanja podrške djeci i mladima čiji su roditelji na odsluženju zatvorske kazne, a koji provode Ministarstvo pravosuđa i UNICEF uz podršku udruge RODA – Roditelji u akciji. Kroz program „Neprekinute veze” UNICEF je u suradnji s Ministarstvom pravosuđa i udrugom RODA osigurao opremu za videopozive u 13 kaznionica i zatvora te omogućio preuređenje prostora za posjete, kako bi oni bili prilagođeni potrebama djece, u sedam kaznionica i zatvora. Kroz edukaciju osoblja UNICEF je podržao razvoj modela osoblja za potporu obiteljima u zatvorskom sustavu. Financijska je vrijednost programa 649.000 kuna. Očekuje se da će u ovoj godini 800 djece koristiti mogućnost videposjeta. U Kaznionici u Lepoglavi uređena je čekaonica, te prostorija za posjete djece koja je prilagođena za njihov što ugodniji boravak. Uz to, uređen je dio za obavljanje videoposjeta. Upravitelj Kaznionice u Lepoglavi Dražen Posavec istaknuo je kako je u proteklih 11 mjeseci realizirano 130 takvih posjeta. 


          

Završeni radovi na uređenju Motičnjaka

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Završeni radovi na uređenju Motičnjaka

Privedeni su kraju najveći infrastrukturni radovi na jezeru Motičnjak poduzeti još od 2009. godine. Proteklih desetak godina nije bilo radova, a cijeli objekt bio je zapušten. U suradnji i posredstvom državnog fonda i ministarstva osiguran je dio sredstva, dok je preostali dio osiguran iz gradskog proračuna. Uređena je plaža i cijeli obalni pojas, postavljene su pametne klupe i tuševi te ograda za ulazak u vodu za osobe s invaliditetom. Ukupno je riječ o 35 tisuća četvornih metara prostora koji je očišćen i uređen, a na plaži od 10.000 četvornih metara postavljen je geotekstil kojim će se sprječavati rast korova, a time i stvaranje mulja, odnosno zamućivanje vode. Ukupna vrijednost radova je 1,65 milijuna kuna, od čega je Ministarstvo turizma osiguralo 480 tisuća kuna. Radove na uređenju plaže, u trajanju 25 dana, vrijedne nešto više od milijun obavilo je poduzeće Hidroing d.d. Varaždin, a čišćenje terena Varkom.


          

U Čakovcu počeli 1. Hrvatski dani biodinamike

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U Čakovcu počeli 1. Hrvatski dani biodinamike

S namjerom da potakne što veći broj ljudi na proizvodnju hrane na ekološki način i da ih osvijesti o kvaliteti lokalnih poljoprivrednih proizvoda te pritom upozna s biodinamičkim uzgojem biljaka po principima znanstvenika Rudolfa Steinera, Centar dr. Rudolfa Steinera organizirao je  1. Hrvatske dane biodinamike. Okrugli stol, edukacije, dani otvorenih vrata Centra dr. Rudolf Steiner, stručna predavanja, poljoprivredni tečajevi -  samo su neki od sadržaja manifestacije, koja je već prvog dana u Čakovcu okupila velik broj eminentnih stručnjaka iz područja biodinamike. Istaknuto je kako interes za proizvodnju hrane po ekološkim načelima u Međimurju sve više raste, ali još uvijek nema dovoljno proizvođača. Centar dr. Rudolf Steiner  tom je prigodom predstavio novi turistički proizvod Međimurja, prvu cestu biodinamike u svijetu. U taj projekt se trenutno uključilo 10 međimurskih eko proizvođača a planiraju se povezati sa proizvođačima iz Varaždinske i Istarske županije.


          

U galeriji Dvora Trakošćan otvorena izložba djela Ivana Generalića iz Zbirke Malogorski

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U galeriji Dvora Trakošćan otvorena izložba djela Ivana Generalića iz Zbirke Malogorski

U povodu 27 godišnjice smrti, a uoči 105 obljetnice rođenja u galeriji Dvora Trakošćan otvorena je izložba djela poznatog naivnog umjetnika Ivana Generalića iz zbirke Malogorski. Varaždinski kolekcionar Vladimir Malogorski sakupio je impresivnu cjelinu stvaralaštva naivnog umjetnika iz koje se može proučavati i upoznavati kako je Generalić stvarao. Za ovu izložbu izabrano je 80-tak crteža iz raznih razdoblja autorova stvaralaštva, u različitom stupnju dovršenosti i sačuvanosti, a posebna zanimljivost izložbe su i dva ulja na platnu koje publika do sada nije imala prigodu razgledati. Izložba je postavljena i u sklopu Adventa u Trakošćanu, a može se razgledati do 9 veljače iduće godine.


          

U Varaždinu održana radionica “Izazovi zapošljavanja osoba s invaliditetom i kako ih prevladati”

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U Varaždinu održana radionica “Izazovi zapošljavanja osoba s invaliditetom i kako ih prevladati”

Hrvatska udruga poslodavaca Regionalni ured Varaždin u suradnji s Uredom pravobraniteljice za osobe s invaliditetom organizirala je radionicu “Izazovi zapošljavanja osoba s invaliditetom i kako ih prevladati”. U Hrvatskoj trenutno ima 11 tisuća zaposlenih osoba s invaliditetom. Ako se gleda kako u Hrvatskoj ima oko 240 tisuća osoba s invaliditetom u radnoj sposobnoj dobi – onda s brojem zaposlenih ne možemo biti zadovoljni – istaknula je  zamjenica pravobraniteljice za osobe s invaliditetom Mira Pekeč-Knežević, te nastavila kako su upravo ovakve vrste radionica značajne da potaknu poslodavce da kod traženja radne snage mogu računati i na osobe s invaliditetom. Naime, kod poslodavaca još uvijek postoje brojni razlozi zbog čega ne zapošljavaju takve osobe, a to su predrasude i strahovi, ali i neodgovarajuća obrazovna struktura osoba s invaliditetom. Nedostatak radne snage općenito, prilagodba radnih mjesta, kao i obveza kvotnog zapošljavanja osoba s invaliditetom – samo su neki od izazova s kojima se pak suočavaju poslodavci – istaknula je pak direktorica regionalnog ureda Hrvatske udruge poslodavaca Sanja Ostroški. 


          

Župan Darko Koren izabran za potpredsjednika Hrvatske zajednice županija

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Župan Darko Koren izabran za potpredsjednika Hrvatske zajednice županija

Na izbornoj sjednici Skupštine Hrvatske zajednice županija održanoj u Zagrebu, koprivničko-križevački župan Darko Koren izabran je za potpredsjednika čime mu je Zajednica povjerila odgovornu funkciju, ali i priznanje za dugogodišnje aktivno sudjelovanje i doprinos u radu Zajednice. Funkciju predsjednika Hrvatske zajednice županija u novom dvogodišnjem mandatu ponovo će obnašati župan Šibensko-kninske županije Goran Pauk. Sjednici su uz brojne uzvanike prisustvovali i zamjenici župana Darko Sobota i Ratimir Ljubić te predsjednik Vlade Republike Hrvatske Andrej Plenković uz ministra uprave Ivana Malenicu koji su čestitali vodstvu HZŽ-a. Na sjednici se raspravljalo o reformi javne uprave pri čemu je predsjednik Vlade kazao kako je stvorena sinergiju između Vlade RH i županija na razini koja do sada nije bila praksa.


          

Potpisani ugovori za postavljanje umjetne trave na igralište u Hrašćici

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Potpisani ugovori za postavljanje umjetne trave na igralište u Hrašćici

U varaždinskoj Gradskoj vijećnici potpisani su ugovori o postavljanju umjetne trave na nogometno igralište u Hrašćici kojim upravlja Nogometni klub Varteks. Potpisao ih je varaždinski gradonačelnik Ivan Čehok s predstavnicima tvrtke Edel sport, koja je izvođač radova. Grad Varaždin je početkom godine, u dogovoru s NK Varteks, podnio projektnu prijavu Središnjem državnom uredu za šport za postavljanje umjetne trave na igralištu u Hrašćici, za što mu je odobreno 420 tisuća kuna.  Ukupan trošak postavljanja umjetne trave je 820 tisuća kuna, a Grad Varaždin je osigurao u Proračunu preostali dio iznosa dok je pripremu terena i nabavu popratne infrastrukture financirao NK Varteks. Postavljanje umjetne trave na igralištu u Hrašćici očekuje se do kraja godine.


          

Grad Varaždin poklanja umirovljenicima besplatan koncert u vrijeme Adventa

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Grad Varaždin poklanja umirovljenicima besplatan koncert u vrijeme Adventa

Varaždinski Centar tradicijske kulture ove je godine osvojio mnoge nagrade i priznanja, a dio svog repertoara zajedno s Kvartetom Gubec izvesti će na koncertu za umirovljenike. Koncert je poklon grada Varaždina koji time želi razveseliti građane starije životne dobi u ovo blagdansko vrijeme uoči proslave dana grada. Varaždinski gradonačelnik Ivan Čehok dodao je kako će grad pokušati organizirati prijevoz na koncert za umirovljenike koji žive u prigradskim naseljima. Umirovljenici će o koncertu biti obavješteni preko varaždinske Udruge i stranke umirovljenika. Varaždinski CTK i tamburaški orkestar prvi će puta nastupati s Kvartetom Gubec za ovu prigodu, a repertoar će biti raznovrstan – od kajkavskih pjesama do poznatih evergreena. Također, u gradu Varaždinu nadaju se kako će ubuduće besplatni kulturni sadržaji za umirovljenike postati tradicionalni. Koncert će se održati u sportskoj dvorani Graberje, u ponedjeljak 2. prosinca s početkom u 19 sati. 


          

Nordnes om forholdet: – Livet er veldig godt

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P3-profil Silje Nordnes tok imot kjæresten på den røde løperen til P3 Gull.
          

Standing by our neighbors

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A natural disaster rescue team from Greece searches for survivors in the rubble of a building after the earthquake in Thumane, Albania on Wednesday. At a time of need, they say, you can only count on God or your neighbor. The saying was confirmed this week after Albania was hit...

The post Standing by our neighbors appeared first on The Greek Times .


          

#42 OK, boomer! A baby boomerek a munka hősei, vagy béklyó az Y generáció nyakán?

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Volt az Indexen egy új cikk egy nem új jelenségről, mi meg jól összevesztünk rajta, hogy ez a boomerezés valid dolog-e: A II. világháború után született generáció valóban leuralta a világot, vagy ez csak egy rossz sztereotípia, amit felkapott a jó öreg internet? Segítsetek eldönteni, hogy vajon tényleg az van-e, hogy a mai 60-as generáció nem engedi pozícióba a fiatal X, Y, Z generációt! Azok meg jobb híján elmennek startupperkedni, amiből éhenhalnak. Vagy mégsem? 

Tényleg elárasztották a bullshit jobok a multi világot, vagy ezt csak azok az Excelhuszárok terjesztik, akiknek savanyú a szőlő? Egyáltalán mitől számít egy munka céltalannak? Fontos a valódi értékteremtés, vagy tökmindegy, csak fussa a lakáshitelre? A Tesla meg a környezettudatosság jegyében kijött egy soktonnás, acél batárral, amit nyugodtan lehet fegyvernek tekinteni egy civil sofőr kezében. A termék értelmetlen, a marketing viszont kétség kívül zseniális. 

De lesz itt még Brain Bar, IKEA és Christine Lagarde is. A szokásosnál csapongóbb, de annál is izgalmasabb kontent.


          

What God commands from Accuracy

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Søger sugarbabe Århus

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Oprettet af Modeljobs:

Gentleman søger sugarbabe der er frisk på at give et blowjob og vil tjene nogle gode penge. Snap sugar_aarhus Lignende annoncer:

Indlægget Søger sugarbabe Århus er fra voksenbasen og oprettet af Modeljobs.


          

Как просить, чтобы вам сделали реферрал к IT гигантам

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Уже некоторое количество людей обратилось ко мне с просьбой зареферралить их (по емейлу, указанному в моем профиле), и я могу сделать определенные выводы и дать рекомендации для тех, кто раздумывает над этим.

Основной посыл — сделайте домашнюю работу сами. Не грузите человека, которого просите, ненужной работой. Если вы начинаете меня грузить фигней, которая может быть объяснена только вашей ленью, наше общение на этом закончится.

Пример, от которого я до сих пор х.ю, хотя он несколько о другом. Ко мне когда-то написал человек с просьбой о менторстве относительно подготовки к it-гигантам. На моей вопрос читал ли он статью Сергея Семы на доу о подготовке в гугл чувак мне ответил: «нет, можешь ли прислать ссылку». Я отправил lmgtfy.com/...​?q=сергей сема доу google и на этом наше общение закончилось

Итак, советы.

1. Пишите ваши достижения в резюме
Не пишите: пилю код от рассвета до забора, пишите чего вы достигли. Наличие измеримых метрик значительно улучшает ваши шансы (улучшил на x%, ускорил на z%, благодаря автоматизации уволил команду мануальщиков :)"

Формула, в общем
by doing A improved B by C metric that led to/allowed D

2. Отформатируйте резюме по стандартам страны и компаний, в которые собеседуетесь
Неформальное правило для американских it-гигантов — одна страница на 10 лет опыта. 10й шрифт Arial/Verdana вполне ок. Ваши хобби и семейное положение никому не нужны, а вот волонтерство, если есть, может пригодиться. Проекты и работы должны отсортированы по убыванию даты, начиная с последних. Чем ближе к %now% тем детальнее.Работа в каком-нибудь 2005м может быть описана одной строчкой. Уровень знания английского (или какой там язык нужен в том месте куда вы хотите) указывать не нужно — предполагается что если вы подаете резюме то способны общаться.

3. Вычитайте ваше резюме
Если у вас нет какой-нибудь относительно объективной оценки вашего уровня английского, типа стандартного теста или диплома, обязательно найдите возможность вычитать свое резюме с нейтивом или человеком, который английский знает действительно хорошо. Когда я был на галерах, мое резюме пару раз вычитывали кастомеры с которыми были хорошие, дружеские отношения :)

Я как правило просматриваю что мне присылают и иногда могу прокомментировать и дать совет, под настроение — и очень часто в резюме я вижу просто п..ц.

4. Сразу присылайте позиции, которые вам интересны
Сразу находите что вам интересно на сайтах компаний, по ключевым словам, и присылайте коды или ссылки на позиции. У меня в команде лично может и не быть позиции, но в больших конторах они всегда есть. Не просите меня искать для вас работу если вы не мой друг

вам пригодятся: careers.microsoft.com, amazon.jobs и т.д.

4.1. Если у вас есть интерес к определенной стране-локации, то фильтруйте сами, на тех же сайтах

4.2 Будьте готовы бить по площадям. Для первого подхода я бы предложил апплаиться (и искать) где-то 5-7 позиций.

5 Правильно оценивайте левелы в компаниях и себя.

Пример Амазона. Это не строгое правило, и я видел парня который стал сеньором в Амазоне за 4 года после универа (пришел сразу в Амазон), но это скорее исключение.

0-4 лет опыта — будут рассматривать на L4
3-8 лет опыта — будут рассматривать на L5
7+ лет опыта — будут рассматривать на L6, но могут и на L5 позвать

Хотя если у вас крутое резюме то, конечно, оно будет значить намного больше чем те даты что я написал выше.

Для оценки тайтла можно воспользоваться www.levels.fyi/...​k&track=Software Engineer

Senior Amazon = Senior Google >= ( Principal Oracle ~ Staff Software Linkedin)

23-х летнего сеньора с 2мя годами опыта на галере после универа на тот-же L5 в Амазон могут и не позвать (но это не точно).

6. Software Engineer > (Web | Frontend | Ios | Android developer)
Не везде это так, но как правило тайтл Software Engineer ценнее чем XXX developer, вплоть до того что если вы сеньор frontent и захотите свитчнуться в software engineer’а внутри компании то вам будет ждать понижение на левел.

7. Если у вас есть разрешение работать в стране, отметьте это в резюме отдельной строчкой
Упрощает жизнь всем

8. Professional references
Советую сразу договориться и быть готовым назвать знакомых, которые, в случае чего, смогут написать о вас хороший отзыв. Отзыв должен быть именно хорошим, так что не будьте редиской на работе.

Разные мелочи

1. Если у вас емейл в духе windowsmustdie@gmail.com, sexgod1999@ то лучше его сменить на что-нибудь более спокойное, в духе имя_фамилия, не зависимо от вашего отношения к windows и сексу с ним

2. Ваша галера, и один товарищ с этого форума, могут говорить вам что угодно, но формула в резюме
Software engineer at IT гигант contracted by Галера

вполне ок, хотя на линкедине менеджеры галеры могут и запрещать писать, пока вы работаете на этой галере.

В тех же Microsoft и Google очень много контракторов, и люди здесь понимают какими обязанностями вы там можете заниматься, если вы разработчик.

Это сообщение я буду еще обновлять, когда еще что-нибудь в голову придет.

Удачи в поиске работы и прохождении собеседований. Все написанное выше является моим личным мнением и не отражает мнение моего работодателя.


          

Obavještenje za predstojeće izbore za Studentski parlament

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Drage kolege, da biste postali član studentskog parlamenta morate prijaviti svoju kandidaturu za člana Studentskog parlamenta. U Studentski parlamet se biraju po jedan član ispred svakog studijskog programa sa svake godine studija. Prijaviti se možete kod koordiantora nastave Igora Šabića ili prorektora za nastavu Mladena Ivića. Izbori će se održati u holu Univerziteta 06.12.2019. godine […]

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Obavještenje za SC Trebinje – nastava se odgađa

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U studijskom centru Univerziteta PIM u Trebinju, odgađa se planirana nastava i rad službi 27.11. i 28.11.2019. godine, zbog vremenskih neprilika i zemljotresa koji se desio 26.11.2019. gdoine, a radi bezbjednosti svih koji bi boravili u Studijskom centru.

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Otkazuje se nastava u SC Trebinje zbog rizika od ponovljenih zemljotresa

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Obavještavamo sve studente i profesore da se sva nastava u SC Trebinje zakazana za 27.11. i 28.11.2019. godine otkazuje zbog rizika od ponovljenih zemljotresa.

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Vlada o pogodbi o najemu elektrodistribucijske infrastrukture in izvajanju storitev za distribucijskega operaterja

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Vlada je v četrtek podala soglasje k pogodbi o najemu elektrodistribucijske infrastrukture in izvajanju storitev za distribucijskega operaterja. Hkrati je vlada tudi potrdila aneks k omenjeni pogodbi. Pogodba in aneks se nanašata na najem elektroenergetske infrastrukture, ki je v lasti posamezne elektro družbe, in sicer gre za infrastrukturo in storitve po seznamih v pogodbi, so sporočili z vlade.
          

Comment on Malaysia Baru bendera baru by Paul Wolfobitch

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I don't know about you guys, I certainly won't get worked up over a flag - though I won't get down on one knee if "Manula Moon" is played like some in the US would do, it is too much work for me. I won't get emotional over either a flag or an anthem. A flag is just something albeit quite colourful, on a piece of cloth or paper, an anthem is some kind of music that may sound quite "stirring" to some... Neither would bring any tear to my eye or raise any spirit of patriotism, pride, or whatever. I get given handfuls of flags every year during a certain time, I politely accept them, then stash them somewhere in the car, I won't let the paintwork be blemished if I stick any piece of plastic on my car, that's more important to me, sorry..! National flag, anthem, the state, the nation,nationhood, etc are just constructs that require the imagination of some to run away, and even take off to other often delusional planes... I have no imagination. No offence, I let the next person get emotional, get worked up, go to war, and even die for those constructs, good luck, and thank you! Until there is a discussion, someone gets worked up, hopping mad, etc, I don't actually give a thought about how many spikes there are on a durian, I probably can't name all the states or provinces there are on our one big oil palm plantation. If anything, I would like our patch of land become great first, we achieve just a few genuinely great things, load the land with a great many civilised folks - and not warring tribes of primitives, etc etc before we feign great pride etc etc each time a flag is waved or anthem played. If not, what are we waving the flag to, what are we singing an anthem to - if not in the very least a harmonious a piece of land free of race and religious bigotry and strife? Why does it matter how many spikes there are on a durian if the durian is rotten? You can take one spike off or add one on, but the durian would still be rotten. You can sing any anthem till the cows come home, but the state would remain rotten. God Save Malaysian Baru from Mahathir! And God Save Malaysia Baru from the running dogs of the Lim Lynasty and the DAP Lies-R-Us Machine!
          

Skomentuj Zandbergizm nas nie zbawi, którego autorem jest Trzej Ptaszkowie

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Autor w tym konflikcie znajduje się po stronie pokolenia X i stoi w opozycji do pokolenia Y. Wg tego drugiego praca na warunkach ustalonych za obopólną zgodą to "wyzysk", które to określenie też ma pejoratywny wydźwięk. Wszystko zależy od punktu siedzenia. Moim zdaniem mój pracownik jest roszczeniowy, a jak sadzę wg niego to ja go wyzyskuję. To właśnie jest istota tego konfliktu.
          

Skomentuj Zandbergizm nas nie zbawi, którego autorem jest Darek Woysław

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Problemem jest przymiotnik "roszczeniowy" - to jednak słowo które ma dość pejoratywne nacechowanie. Gdyby użył innego sformułowania, to bym się z Tobą zgodził. Ale jednak tutaj stosunek autora się wyraźnie przebił.
          

Skomentuj Zandbergizm nas nie zbawi, którego autorem jest Trzej Ptaszkowie

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Problem w tym, że wzrost gospodarczy stanowi uśrednioną wartość, nie uwzględnia wzrostu przychodów w poszczególnych branżach ani tym bardziej firmach. To indywidualna sytuacja finansowa firmy pozwala na podniesienie płac, a ta może być różna. Ja mam w tym roku mniejsze przychody niż w zeszłym, a pracownik domaga się podwyżki, choć jego kompetencje ani zadania się nie zmieniły. Agrument - bo w innych firmach są podwyżki. Moja odpowiedź - to idź do innej firmy. Od razu mówię, że jest to sporo więcej niż płaca minimalna, praca fizyczna, nie jest wymagane żadne wykształcenie. Rozumiem, że jestem "wyzyskiwaczem". Powinienem podnieść wynagrodzenie, wówczas w przeliczeniu na godzinę pracy mój pracownik będzie zarabiał więcej niż ja nie ponosząc żadnej odpowiedzialności ani ryzyka związanego z prowadzeniem firmy. To jest właśnie zandbergizm.
          

Il neonato si farà, anche se ha le spalle strette

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Ci sarà ben poco da godersi, quest’oggi, della magia e del fascino di Praga.
          

Women Are Not Properly Equipped For Politics In Nigeria – Ibinabo Fiberesima

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Elsie Godwin and Ibinabo Fiberesima on Plus TV Africa One on one set - elsieisy blog

Elsie Godwin had a One on One conversation with Nollywood actress, Politician and the former President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Ibinabo Fiberesima. She opens up on her journey from being the first female president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, to serving time in KIRIKIRI prison to battling depression and finding her […]

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Goddess Pocahontas POV pumps

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Goddess Pocahontas Heavenly Feet

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Buvini Chapa Diyalagoda new

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Buvini Chapa Diyalagoda new short skirt captures (16) from bollywood Editor's Choice - Hottest and You may also like these albums!

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Związek Przedsiębiorców i Pracodawców publikuje raport poświęcony ochronie środowiska

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Związek Przedsiębiorców i Pracodawców publikuje raport poświęcony ochronie środowiska

25 listopada 2019 roku Związek Przedsiębiorców i Pracodawców opublikował raport dotyczący zagadnień związanych z ochroną środowiska. Materiał powstał w ramach prac Forum Energii i Środowiska ZPP zainaugurowanego w ubiegłym tygodniu.

W ramach dokumentu, eksperci ZPP przedstawili diagnozy i rekomendacje odnoszące się do czterech podstawowych kategorii zagadnień związanych z ochroną środowiska: klimat i powietrze, gospodarka odpadami, pozwolenia i opłaty środowiskowe, woda.

Nie funkcjonujemy w próżni: kwestiom środowiskowym nadawany jest coraz wyższy priorytet zarówno na poziomie europejskim, jak i krajowym, wobec czego stają się one naturalnie również i przedmiotem naszego bliższego zainteresowania – twierdzi Cezary Kaźmierczak, prezes ZPP – Raport o ochronie środowiska jest pierwszym dokumentem, który powstał w ramach Forum Energii i Środowiska i horyzontalnie prezentuje on nasze kluczowe rekomendacje w tym zakresie.

W części poświęconej klimatowi i jakości powietrza dokonano rozróżnienia na trzy obszary: przemysłowo-energetyczny, bytowo-komunalny oraz transportowy. Do każdego z obszarów przypisano osobny zestaw rekomendacji. Eksperci ZPP zwrócili uwagę na konieczność m.in. wykorzystania dostępnych instrumentów finansowych mogących wesprzeć transformację polskiej energetyki, zwiększenia efektywności programu „Czyste powietrze” przy jednoczesnym poszerzeniu jego zakresu, oraz wdrażania rozsądnych regulacji dot. transportu, ukierunkowanych bardziej na wspieranie rozwoju pojazdów niskoemisyjnych dostępnych dla najszerszych grup konsumentów, czy ekonomii współdzielenia, niż na wdrażanie kolejnych restrykcji dla przedsiębiorców i obywateli.

Generalną ideą stojącą za większością rekomendacji znajdujących się w raporcie jest możliwie najszersze stosowanie przez prawodawcę „metody marchewki” zamiast „metody kija” w szeroko pojętej polityce środowiskowej – podkreśla Marcin Nowacki, wiceprezes ZPP – Coraz większa troska o środowisko to już proces cywilizacyjny, nie możemy jednak zapominać o realnej gospodarce i poziomie życia ludności – regulacje środowiskowe nie powinny negatywnie wpływać na te obszary.

Innym istotnym obszarem tematycznym poruszonym na łamach raportu jest gospodarka odpadami. Jest to zagadnienie istotne o tyle, że już niedługo upłynie termin transpozycji pakietu dyrektyw odpadowych, a zaledwie rok później Polska będzie musiała implementować postanowienia dyrektywy o ograniczeniu wpływu niektórych tworzyw sztucznych na środowisko.

Implementacja tych przepisów to dla Polski duże wyzwanie – stwierdza Jakub Bińkowski, dyrektor Departamentu Prawa i Legislacji ZPP – Musimy pamiętać, że zawierają one nie tylko twarde cele w zakresie np. odzysku, które musimy osiągnąć, lecz wskazują również działania, które powinniśmy podjąć, by te cele zrealizować. Tym samym, wdrożenie choćby odpowiedniego mechanizmu rozszerzonej odpowiedzialności producenta będzie kluczowe dla efektywnego funkcjonowania całego systemu.

W zakresie pozwoleń i opłat środowiskowych eksperci ZPP zwracają uwagę przede wszystkim na konieczność uproszczenia i ujednolicenia systemu, zaś w ramach gospodarki wodnej podkreślają potrzebę inwestowania w zbiorniki retencyjne i prowadzenia aktywnej polityki uświadamiającej zarówno społeczeństwu, jak  i przedsiębiorcom zasady rozsądnego gospodarowania wodą.

Nie chcemy, by nad kwestiami środowiskowymi debatowali jedynie przedstawiciele dwóch skrajnych stron – konkluduje Cezary KaźmierczakMamy nadzieję być wyważonym, zdroworozsądkowym głosem, zwracającym uwagę na obszary, w których konieczna jest jakaś aktywność państwa, a jednocześnie podkreślającym, że we wszelkiego rodzaju działaniach należy brać pod uwagę możliwości i potencjał przedsiębiorców, a także wpływ projektowanych regulacji na codzienne życie obywateli. 

Pobierz raport: 25.11.2019 Raport ZPP: Ochrona środowiska

Źródło: https://zpp.net.pl/


          

Twitter oldalak, twitter érdekességek: Jóga és meditáció cikk marketing tippek az optimális eredmény érdekében

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Jóga és meditáció cikk marketing tippek az optimális eredmény érdekében

 

A jóga és meditáció cikk a marketing fontos promóciós és hirdetési módszer sok vállalat számára. Ha arra törekszik, hogy látogasson el a webhelyére, akkor a jóga és meditáció cikk felhasználása nélkülözhetetlen. Ez a cikk sok olyan tippel van, amelyek segítik a lehető legjobb eredmények elérését a jóga és meditáció cikk marketing kampányaiból.

Fenntarthat egy e-mail hírlevelet, és regisztrálhat weboldalán. Az e-mail hírlevél lehetővé teszi a rendszeres hozzáférést a potenciális ügyfelekhez az e-mail postafiókjukban. Még nem kell elmenniük a webhelyére, hogy hírlevelet kapjon. Adjon nekik nagyszerű információkat, és fejezze be az Ön webhelyére mutató hivatkozással; meglátogatják.

Kiszervezze munkáját. Ha nem tud írni, ne aggódjon minden cikk felett. Egyszerűen béreljen fel egy írót, aki elvégzi a munkát az Ön számára. A folyamatnak nem kell drágának vagy zavarónak lennie; minden áron elérhető írók. Írás megszerzésével felszabadíthatja Önt az élvezett üzleti tevékenységekhez, és a munka továbbra is megtörténik.

A blogjának internetes értékesítésének nagyszerű módja az, ha cikkeket küld más webhelyekre a "nom de plume" alatt. A jelentőség kétszeres: először meg fogja építeni a saját szakterületének szakértőjét. Másodszor, ha az olvasók az egyik webhely cikkeinek rajongóiivá válnak, akkor végül átkerülnek a blogodba, hogy további tartalmat olvassanak.

Írj egy időtlen tartalmat. Ne írj olyat, ami csak a mai napra vonatkozik. Ez segít megőrizni a figyelmet és megőrizni a hitelességét az elkövetkező években. Ha az olvasók elégedettek lehetnek a régebbi anyagokkal, akkor valószínűleg többet szeretnének elolvasni az új anyagodból is.

Ügyeljen arra, hogy a cikk hasznos és pontos legyen. A cikk benyújtása előtt ellenőrizze adatait. Nem akarja, hogy elavult vagy hibás információkat tegyen közzé, különben kockáztatja a megbízhatóság és hitelesség elvesztését. Az érvénytelen információ kulcsfontosságú kérdés, amelyet elsősorban a cáfolhatatlan cikk könyvtárakban közzétett cikkek találnak.

Legyen "szakértő". Kutatjon és írhat olyan témákról, amelyek összefüggenek egymással, hogy egy adott tantárgy kezébe kerüljenek. Közönsége megtanulja bízni az Ön tanácsában, és továbbra is visszatér cikkeihez. Emellett nagyobb valószínűséggel vásárolnak olyan termékeket, amelyeket valaki jártasnak tart.

Nyújtsa be cikkeit a könyvtári webhelyekre. A címtárszolgáltatók segíthetik a cikk gyorsabb megjelenését, és növelik az olvasók számát. A több olvasó több potenciális vásárlót jelent. Kerülje el, hogy ugyanazt a cikket használja a különböző címtárakban, mivel a cikkek másolatai negatív hatással lehetnek az eredeti cikk keresőmotorja találati oldalának rangsorolására.

Fontos, hogy tartsa be a kért témát. Sok webhely nem akarja használni egy cikket, amely egy teljesen más cikkről szól. Ha nem biztos benne, hogy mit kell írni egy adott témáról, akkor bármikor kérheti a kérelmezőtől további információkat.

Mint láthatja, sokat kell figyelembe venni a jóga és meditáció cikk marketing világában. Függetlenül attól, hogy még nem ismeri a jóga és meditáció cikk marketing jelenetét, vagy egy régi kéz, minden bizonnyal van valami, amit megtanulhat a témáról. Kövesse ezeket a tippeket, és a lehető legjobb eredményeket kapja.

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Digitális marketing: Jóga és meditáció cikk marketing tanácsok, amelyek növelik az üzleti vállalkozást

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Jóga és meditáció cikk marketing tanácsok, amelyek növelik az üzleti vállalkozást

 

Új vállalkozás indítása elég félelmetes lehet. Különösen veszélyes az üzleti vállalkozás online elindítása. Ennek oka a kevés tőke. Az emberek úgy érzik, hogy mivel ez nem olyan kockázatos, mint más vállalkozások, akkor csak vadul menhetnek. Nos, megtudhatja, mi hiányzik az alábbiakban: jóga és meditáció cikk marketing.

Együttműködjen más webhelyekkel, hogy cikkeit új helyeken tegye közzé. A legtöbb webmester boldogan engedélyezi a vendég blog elküldését, mert ők is értékelik a tartalmat. Visszalépnek a webhelyére, ezzel növelve népszerűségét a keresőmotorokban. A forgalom jelentősebb növelése érdekében próbálja meg közzétenni egy cikkét egy ismert webhelyen.

Tegye közzé cikkeit a közösségi média webhelyein és bárhol másutt. Hirdesse őket blogjában és hírlevelében, és győződjön meg arról, hogy mindenki tudja, hol található az Ön cikke. Minél több ember olvassa el és ossza meg cikkeit, annál több látogató (és remélhetőleg vásárló!) Lesz a webhelyére.

A bekezdéseknek rövidnek és lényegre törőnek kell lenniük. Amikor az emberek online olvasnak, akkor valószínűbb, hogy figyelmen kívül hagyják, mint nyomtatott anyagot olvasva. Ezért a legjobb, ha az egyedi bekezdéseket és az egész cikket a lehető legrövidebbé teszi.

Ügyeljen arra, hogy rendszeresen tegyen közzé új cikkeket. A keresőrobotokat a keresőmotorok használják arra, hogy automatikusan átmenjenek a webhelyen a tartalom újbóli indexeléséhez. Ha mindig új cikkeket tölt fel, akkor az emberek nagyobb valószínűséggel keresnek téged.

Van egy pontod, és utána érted. Az olvasók azt akarják, hogy tegyen valamit a cikkével, legyen az problémamegoldás, kérdések megválaszolása vagy új megoldások kidolgozása. Ne feledje ezt, amikor a cikket írja, hogy a pályán maradjon, és közönségének adjon meg mindent, amit megérdemelnek. Ez egy jól megírt cikk, amely segít nekik az érdeklődő témában.

Soha ne másoljon senkinek más munkáját vagy ötleteit. Ez nemcsak etikátlan, de illegális is lehet. Semmi sem veszi el a hitelességét, mintha valaki kommentálná az Ön cikkét, hogy ellopta azt valaki mástól. Hajtsa végre saját munkáját, és mindig adjon hitelt, ha szükséges, hogy megvédje magát ezekkel a kérdésekkel.

A közönség ismerete hasznos bármilyen marketingnél. A kapcsolt marketinggel ez nagyon hasznos, mert tudnia kell, hogy milyen termékeket vagy szolgáltatásokat reklámozzon. Ha a hirdetések a közönségtípus szempontjából relevánsak, akkor annál alkalmasabb lesz rákattintani.

A legjobb online írás nagyon nyugodt megközelítést alkalmaz. Gondolj a jóga és a meditáció cikkre, mint igazán érdekes és informatív blogbejegyzések írására, nem pedig a műszaki wiki cikkek készítésére. Tartsa a dolgokat barátságos, szórakoztató és tiszta állapotban, ami biztosítja, hogy ne legyen gond a közönség sikeres megcélzására. Ha megpróbál felülírni valamit, az az emberek nagymértékben kikapcsol.

Ne próbálja más emberek munkáját továbbadni, mint a sajátját. A jóga és a meditáció cikk marketingjének aranyszabályának eredetinek kell lennie. A tartalomnak sajátnak kell lennie, különben hírnevet fog kialakítani az iparágban, mint tartalmi tolvaj, és új pályafutása megkezdődik.

Tegye a cikk címébe azonnali ígéretet az olvasó számára. Az emberek mindig információt keresnek egy probléma megoldására. Ha hozzáteszi a "5 megoldás módját (a probléma beszúrása), akkor a cikk sokkal nagyobb forgalmat fog vonzani, mint egy kevésbé cselekvésorientált cím. Hagyja, hogy az olvasók tudják, hogy vannak a kívánt információk, és csak annyit kell tennie, hogy elolvassa a cikket, hogy azt.

Mint láthatja, a marketing technikáknak sok szempontja van, amelyekre valószínűleg nem is volt tisztában. Győződjön meg arról, hogy mindig próbál többet megismerni olyan módszerekről, mint a jóga és meditáció cikk, ha reméli, hogy hatással van az üzleti világban. Lehet, hogy könnyebb online üzleti vállalkozást létrehozni, de könnyebb elveszíteni egy online vállalkozást is. A fent említett tippek felhasználásával remélhetőleg online vállalkozása sikeres lesz.

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Szkolenie z nowych wzorów ofert

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Szanowni Państwo! Centrum Inicjatyw Lokalnych – Regrantingowe 2019 serdecznie zaprasza na spotkanie warsztatowo-szkoleniowe na temat nowych wzorów ofert wniosków. Spotkanie poprowadzi Bartosz Antoniewicz – pracownik Wydziału Kultury Urzędu Miasta Poznania. Spotkanie odbędzie się już 2.12.2019 r. o godz. 17:00 w Poznańskim Centrum Wspierania Organizacji Pozarządowych i Wolontariatu Centrum Bukowska, ul. Bukowska 27/29 w Poznaniu. Przewidywany […]
          

The Patriots: On Reading Becoming in Tehran, by Shohreh Laici

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Shohreh Laici
A photograph of the Tehran city skyline with the logo of Michelle Obama's book Becoming hovering just above the buildings
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A writer in Tehran incapable of entering the US under the Muslim travel ban encounters Michelle Obama’s Becoming in a beauty salon. Reading the Farsi translation, she finds encouragement in its pages.

Every Fourth of July, I question my American friends’ patriotism. I email them Independence Day congratulations, attached with pictures of the American flag. Many of my American friends don’t show much interest in my Fourth of July congratulations. Like my friend Sam. He thinks differently about the idea of the flag, national anthem, and patriotism. Sam believes that the flag is not sacred; it’s just a symbol. He says he doesn’t need to wrap himself in the US flag to demonstrate that he is a patriot. To him, patriotism is more than just following a flag and cheering for the politicians who wave it. Although Sam was born and raised in a military family with right-wing political views, he is very leftist.

Since November 2016, Sam has lived in a number of European countries and recently settled down in northeastern Africa to serve as a health consultant. He doesn’t like living in the States anymore and thinks of himself as a citizen of the world. Once I asked Sam how he feels when some people of other countries—including Iran—burn the US flag. He smiled and said, “I understand that it’s a statement. We—the Americans—burn our flag to make a statement, too. For some Americans the flag is sacred, that’s true, but for the ones like me who understand the freedom of speech, it’s different. I’m the son of a Vietnam War veteran, and I lost my father for this country. Who can be more patriotic than me? But this country is a mess right now, and as an American, I’m not proud of the US, where good people like you are not welcome.”

As an Iranian woman who was born to Muslim parents, I’m not welcome in the United States under the Trump Muslim ban.

As an Iranian woman who was born to Muslim parents, I’m not welcome in the United States under the Trump Muslim ban. Although the US has broken my heart, many times in different ways, I’ve never stopped loving it, and I never will. Maybe that’s the reason I’ve been devoting my life in Tehran to keeping the literary conversation between our countries alive and urgent, through reading and writing about the US. Over the past two years, I’ve been writing nonfiction essays about my relationship with American literature and its art, and most of these essays were written in my room in Tehran—my little America.

I never thought that one day I would be able to write about the most famous woman in the United States—the former FLOTUS. I never expected that a beauty salon in northern Tehran would be the place where we could meet. Well, of course, we never met in person. But in a beauty salon in northern Tehran, I found her portrait staring at me from the cover of Becoming.

Among Iranian women, Michelle Obama is considered by far to be the most charismatic FLOTUS.

First ladies of the United States have always been headline news among Iranian women. From Jackie Kennedy’s sunglasses and scarves, to Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits and hairstyle, to Melania Trump’s heels and flats. But things are very different for Michelle Obama. She’s highly regarded among us as an intelligent and courageous woman. Among Iranian women, she is considered by far to be the most charismatic FLOTUS.

I was a little surprised to see her book because I had no idea it had been translated into Farsi and published in Iran. To be honest, the Farsi translation of Becoming wasn’t what I expected, and I wish I could first read it in English. But the translated version had received very serious attention among Iranian readers, especially young women, and it quickly rose to the top of the best-seller list. Reading Becoming in my tiny room in Tehran was like having a journey in my life. The book, especially the first section— “Becoming Me”—took me to my childhood and my first encounter with the anti-Americanism in postwar Tehran.

Where to start? My first vivid memory of the US goes back to the days I entered primary school at age seven. It was where I first faced my country’s anti-American policies. Every Fourth of November—the anniversary of the hostage crisis—the school principal made us sing the anti-American anthem and then cry out that famous slogan: “Death to America!” It was cold and early in the morning, and the school principal made us shout it so loud that even the White House would hear us. I had no idea where the US was located on the world map or what kind of people live there. I thought the White House was a person.

I asked my mother, “Mom, where is America? Who are the Americans? The principal says the bad people live there. What kind of people live there? Are they Muslims like you?”

My mother laughed. “It’s overseas, far away. When we are ending our day, the Americans are starting their day; when we are eating dinner, at the same time, they are eating their breakfast. People who live there are like us, little girls like you play hopscotch, and little boys like your brother play soccer.” She paused to run a brush through my hair. “Americans might look different from us, but we all have one god. So we are all brothers and sisters. I’ve never been there, but I’ve heard that it’s a lovely country. They call it the dreamland.”

“Who is the White House?” I said.

“Not who! What is the White House? It’s a . . .”

My father interrupted: “It’s a house that is ruled by white Americans, the white Christians.”

My mom looked at my dad questioningly. “Okay, Shohreh. Enough for tonight. Time for bed.”

“Why does the principal burn their flag if they are our brothers and sisters?” I said. “Do the Americans burn our flag, too?”

She responded helplessly. “The principal should have never done that. Burning the flag is an ugly thing to do. But promise you will never talk about these things at school. Do you hear me?”

That night was the beginning of a double life for me in Tehran. The US became a mysterious thing to talk about, a taboo. What my dad said about the White House stuck in my mind for years. And it mostly came true in 2001, and then 2003, when the US invaded Afghanistan and Iraq.

Yet the 2008 presidential election in the US proved that my mother was also right about the dreamland. For the first time in history, an African American woman became the FLOTUS. On January 20, 2009, I was twenty-two and was about to start studying English and American literature at the university where Azar Nafisi—the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran—once taught English and American literature.

Reading Becoming in Tehran, especially the second section—“Becoming Us”took me back to the good old days of the university where I created my path and started my own journey. I found the second section of the book deeply personal, emotional, and also extremely feminine. I found Michelle Obama to be a highly intelligent, complicated woman but at the same time very stubborn and simple. A courageous figure who broke the taboos of the political world. What I loved most about her is that she considers herself “not a political person.” Maybe that’s why she will never run for the presidency—despite what Michael Moore wants. I prefer to see Michelle Obama not only as the FLOTUS and Barack Obama’s wife but as an intellectual figure, a progressive leader, a courageous role model, a fashion icon, and an educator for women all around the world.

What I loved most about her is that she considers herself “not a political person.”

As a Middle Eastern woman, I don’t look at the US as Sam and my other American friends do. I see it from my Middle Eastern point of view. I think both my father and mother could be right. My father—as a secular—was right to see the rise of white Christianity as a significant danger for the world. And my mother—as a Muslim—was right to view the issues with hope and faith.

As an Iranian woman, I’m concerned about the rise of fascism, especially religious fascism, around the world. I’m concerned about the rise of evangelicals in the US, just as I’m concerned about the rise of religious fanatics in the Middle East. Now I know that the White House is not a person—but as a Middle Easterner I’m concerned about the person who occupies it, regardless of whether they are a Democrat or a Republican. As an Iranian woman, I’m concerned about the winds of change, fanned not by the hands of politicians but by people, and especially women, who believe in themselves, in their dreams, and work hard to fulfill them. Reading Becoming in Tehran encouraged me to fulfill my dreams, to create a new path, to strive and to fail in pursuit of the life I truly deserve. I’m glad that Michelle Obama is not a political person but a patriotic American. I don’t like politicians, but I like patriots.

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Adam and Eve 1/3: God, The Surgeon

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God creates man out of clay and unauthorized surgery.


          

Creation 3/3: God Fights Sea Monsters

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Chelsea and Morgan wrap up the first creation story by diving into Babylon's myths.

Genesis 1

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W jaki sposób zwalczać chwasty?

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W jaki sposób zwalczać chwasty? Rady dla rolnictwa Branża rolnicza to trzon człowieczego życia. Mieszkańcy żyjący w miastach niejednokrotnie niemniej jednak zapominają, iż to na rolnictwie oraz ciężkiej pracy rolników opiera się ich ich życie. Wskutek tego gdy na polach pojawia się kłopot połączony z pogodą czy szkodnikami, nieliczni fachowcy ruszają na pomoc, uruchamiając własne laboratoria i za priorytet biorąc takie kwestie, jak chwasty w burakach. To smutne,.
          

Living Hope Assembly of God

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Juhász Ferenc hozzászólása (Tükördimenzió problémák #1 – foil lapok)

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A Shitty Year

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I have been slacking off posting here because of some family issues.  It has been a truly shitty year for me and my relatives.  One family member died in August after years of illness, another family member is the final stages of lung cancer, and yet another family member has just gotten a kidney transplant and is the daughter of the family member who is dying of lung cancer. She is also the widow of the relative who died in August.   It has been horrible.  All these people I have known for years or all my life are sick or are dying off, and it isn't going to be any better as the years go by.

My niece is staying here


I feel better when I see the lung cancer relative, who is a sister of mine and lives with another sister, who is her primary caregiver.  Both sisters are much older than I am.  The terminally ill sister is 79, while the other sister is 83.  Everything is taken day by day.  She has good days and bad.  Yesterday I saw her, and the other sister thinks that she is still alive because of her daughter, my niece, who is up in Portland because she is the one who three weeks ago received a kidney transplant.  However, she had to go back to the hospital last week as she had a bowel obstruction likely due to the medication she is taking for the new kidney.  She has to stay in the hospital until she can go to the bathroom again.  God damn it, it is just one worry after another.  She had a tearful visit with her mother before she left three weeks ago because of the realization she may never see her mother face to face again.  They have been on Facetime, and my niece, speaking from her hospital bed, told my sister, who is in a hospital bed provided to her by Asante hospice, how she is doing.  It is sure a great invention to be able to converse on the phone yet be able to see who you are talking with.

Thanksgiving is going to be rough.  All the family who can make it will be here to visit.  I hope my sister will live at least a few weeks longer.  The hospice people said last week to my caregiver sister that she may have two weeks to live.  However, that is just an estimate.  She is still drinking fluids, didn't cough once yesterday, and was even eating.

I am not going to put any kind of Christmas decorations up this year.  I just don't have a whole lot to celebrate.



          

Godfrey Gao, ‘Mortal Instruments’ Actor, Dies While Filming TV Show

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When the 35-year-old performer and model collapsed with an apparent heart attack during filming for a strenuous, stunt-filled series, it set off a wave of anger on Chinese social media.
          

CBN Gov, Emefiele Speaks On Drop In Nigeria’s Foreign Reserves

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Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says there is no cause for alarm in the imaginary drop in Nigeria’s Foreign Reserves. […]

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New bishop for Temotu to be elected

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New bishop for Temotu to be elected

THE Diocesan Electoral Board of the Diocese of Temotu (DOT) in the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) will elect a new and sixth Bishop for DOT tomorrow.

The election will be held at the headquarters’ of the Community of the Sisters of the Church, East of Honiara, a media statement from ACOM said.

The election will be preceded by a retreat today by Retired Archbishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Church of Solomon Islands, Archbishop Adrian Smith.  

According to Article 13 of the ACoM Constitution, Canon and standing resolutions of (ACOM); ten persons (five ordained and one alternate, and five lay persons and one alternate elected by the Diocesan synod of the Diocese which requires the new Bishop and six persons (three ordained and one alternate, and three lay and one alternate) elected by the General synod will do the election.

All members of this Electoral Board are eligible to nominate candidates for this role at the time of the meeting.  

Candidates must be ordained persons and over 29 years old but under the age of 60 on the date of their consecration.

The new bishop of Temotu will succeed the Most Reverend Leonard Dawea who was enthroned and installed as the 7th Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia on the 15th September.

Church members are urged to uphold the members of the Diocesan Electoral Board in prayers as they seek the mind of God in electing the  next person to lead the Church in the Diocese of Temotu.

 


          

Komunikat: 14 grudnia OUW będzie czynny

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Komunikat: 14 grudnia OUW będzie czynny
Informujemy, że w sobotę tj. 14 grudnia br., Opolski Urząd Wojewódzki będzie czynny w godzinach od 7.30 – 15.30. Jednakże 27 grudnia br., Opolski Urząd Wojewódzki będzie nieczynny. .
          

Jul i Kvalekrikkjen

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Jul  i  KvalekrikkjenTil jul for 13 år sidan blei me godt kjende med Todlev Kvalekrikkjen og Helje Sundvodl i ein artikkel i Suldalsposten. Her kan du lesa om korleis førebuingane til jul var den gongen. Men følg med; kvar dag i adventstida byr me på heilt nye møte med karane i Kvalekrikkjen.
          

Kristen Dunst y "Llegar a ser Dios en Florida": Cinco claves de una serie de la que hablará todo el mundo

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“La interpretación de Dunst es una joya”. Así sentenciaba The Hollywood Reporter esta serie que estrena un capítulo semanal cada lunes en Showtime y que en España podemos ver en Movistar+.

Y dará que hablar, de eso estamos seguras. No solo por ella, sino por la historia detrás de la trama, por su fantástico tráiler que nos ha dejado con ganas de más, y por cinco claves que nos dan a entender que esta serie, será todo un bombazo.

Florida en los años 90, el escenario perfecto

Nos encanta revivir modas pasadas. Es un hecho que todo vuelve y los 90 están de nuevo presentes en nuestra vida, como estuvieron los años 80 que tan bien se reflejan por ejemplo, en Stranger Things. En este caso la serie está ambientada en Florida en el año 1992, cuando comienza la historia de la protagonista, Krystal Stubbs.

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Una comedia negra sobre el sueño americano

El sueño americano, ese en el que alguien apuesta por una vida mejor sin importar lo que cueste, es el detonante que da paso a la verdadera historia: las estafas piramidales. Krystal Stubbs, la protagonista, trabaja en el parque acuático de un pueblo de Orlando.

Apenas gana el suficiente dinero para mantener a su familia cuando su marido, cansado de su triste trabajo en una compañía de seguros, se deja seducir por la promesa de una vida mejor de la mano de la FAM (Founders American Merchandise).

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Esta empresa multimillonaria está basada en una estafa piramidal y se dedica a la compraventa masiva de productos que van, desde alimentos imperecederos, a litros de loción para manos y papel higiénico premium. El mensaje cala hondo en el marido de Krystal que, cegado por las promesas de éxito, termina arruina a su familia.

En este punto es cuando Krystal mostrará de lo que es capaz, haciéndose con las riendas de su futuro y aprovechando las mismas técnicas que la FAM con el fin de escalar posiciones, hacerse un hueco en las altas esferas de la compañía y conseguir la fortuna que cree merecerse.

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En clave de humor y pero haciendo una lectura real de las estafas piramidales y que cómo juegan con esa ilusión del sueño americano, esta serie indiga de una forma mordaz y crítica en este tipo de empresas.

Basada en casos reales

No es que esté basada en un hecho real concreto, sino que se inspira en casos reales de estafas piramidales para tratar de ser lo más veraz posible. La serie nos muestra como este tipo de empresas consigue su éxito funcionando como una religión, tal y como ocurre con ellas en EEUU.

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El cargo mayor actúa como un sacerdote que evangeliza el negocio y lo convierte en la tierra prometida, y los pobres incautos caen en sus redes sin darse cuenta de que todo es humo y una estafa a gran escala.

Un reparto de altura

Encabeza el reparto Kristen Dunst, pero junto a ella podemos ver a Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies), Ted Levine (Ray Donovan), Théodore Pellerin (The OA), Mel Rodriguez (El último hombre en la Tierra) y Mary Steenburgen (Orange Is the New Black). Un motivo más para convertirse en un éxito.

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Productora y protagonista, ¿quién da más?

Si te digo que Kristen Dunst, la eterna niña de Entrevista con el vampiro, ahora es productora y protagonista de su propia serie, tal vez te hagas una idea de la magnitud de este proyecto. Además de Kristen, George Clooney también es productor ejecutivo.

Variety habla de que Dust es “tan magnética que la serie podría centrarse solamente en ella”. ¿Estamos ante la mejor actuación de la actriz hasta la fecha? Por el momento en Trendencias ya somos fans absolutas de la serie, y estamos deseando que se estrene el lunes su siguiente episodio.

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La noticia Kristen Dunst y "Llegar a ser Dios en Florida": Cinco claves de una serie de la que hablará todo el mundo fue publicada originalmente en Trendencias por Anabel Palomares .


          

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Antwerpse fotograaf schopt het met atypische beelden tot in populaire Britse kranten

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In de regel hebben ze een godgloeiende hekel aan fotografen. Toch mocht Antwerpenaar Sebastiaan Franco foto’s maken van Antwerphooligans en Irish Travellers, de meest balorige zigeuners van West-Europa. Met die laatste reportage stond hij deze maand nog te blinken in de Britse kranten The Sun en The Daily Mail. “Alles wat ze me hebben afgeraden op de academie, heb ik gedaan.”


          

Kalendarz Adwentowy z wyjątkowymi prezentami dla Was Kalendarz Adwentowy z wyjątkowymi prezentami dla Was

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Na każdy dzień Adwentu trwającego 4 tygodnie - od 1.12 do 24.12 - przygotowaliśmy miłą niespodziankę. Pamiętaj, każdego dnia możesz odebrać inny - nowy prezent dla singla od MyDwoje i Partnerów. Sprawdź, co możesz odebrać właśnie dziś! Odliczaj dni do Gwiazdki z nami i zakochaj się przed Sylwestrem.
          

Научниците создадоа нова сорта јаболки , што може да се чуваат цела година во фрижидер | Канал5

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Канал5 - 16:24 01/12
Новата сорта на јаболка наречена Cosmic Crisp, што научно се развива веќе две децении и се претпоставува дека ќе остане свежа до една година во фрижидер, од денес е на американскиот пазар, пренесува BBC.
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Comment on Open Thread Non-Petroleum, December 1, 2019 by Ron Patterson

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James, I agree. Everyone has a solution. They are talking to 7.7 billion people, or somewhere around that number. And guess what? <b>They ain't listening!</b> The world is going to hell in a handbasket. And there just ain't one goddamn thing you or anyone else can do about it. We are all just following our nature. That is to look out for our own ass and let everyone else look out for theirs. Of course, it will all lead to collapse. Human misery will be unbelievable. But I am among the very lucky few. I will be safely dead when the shit hits the fan. Lucky me! But I feel for my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. But.... I just try not to think about that. I cannot change it or affect it in any way. So, I just try to live life one day at a time and enjoy what time I have left.
          

Many Death Traps Set for Afia Schwarzenegger – Prophet Elisha Reveals

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As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears, that is exactly what Valentina Nana Agyeiwaa known as Afia Schwarzenegger has done when she paid a visit to Prophet Prince Elisha Osei Kofi, Leader and founder of Power Embassy International Church. The man of God called out the name of Afia Schwarzenegger […]
          

What You Need to Know About the 2020 State Fair of Texas

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Today, November 26th, 2019, we're still 303 days from the next State Fair of Texas. But folks in Lubbock, across the South Plains, and pretty much everywhere else in God's Country are already planning their next trip to the one-of-a-kind event. Continue reading…
          

Are Cyber Monday Cruise Deals Worth It?, Vanna White, and Cruise News - CRR 026

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We get the latest cruise news from Sherry Laskin. Some sound bytes from Vanna White on her thoughts of being the godmother of Carnival Panorama. And Are Cyber Monday cruise deals really worth it? We break it down. 

Date: December 1, 2019 


          

Reactie op ‘Ruk mij niet weg met de goddelozen’… (Psalm 28) door Annette

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Gewoon: dankjewel Rypke voor de schoonheid cq heelheid op deze mooie zondag!
          

Reactie op ‘Ruk mij niet weg met de goddelozen’… (Psalm 28) door RypkeZeilmakerAdm

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Reactie op ‘Ruk mij niet weg met de goddelozen’… (Psalm 28) door Harry van Beek

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Klopt! Maar die mensen zijn er altijd. Ik hoop maar dat dat uitzonderingen zijn die de regel bepalen. Er zijn ook veel Christenen die God een slechte naam bezorgen, denkende Hem een dienst te bewijzen... ik bedoel maar te zeggen, randfiguren heb je altijd.
          

Reactie op ‘Ruk mij niet weg met de goddelozen’… (Psalm 28) door RypkeZeilmakerAdm

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@ Harry, dank voor de juiste namen (Bylaer) en de Kleine Barneveldse Beek. Wat Baudet betreft, hij is een verademing tov wat er verder in de Kamer zit. Alleen, ik maak een opmerking op Facebook en je ziet FvD'ers direct ontvrienden en weglopen, wat mijn punt illustreert. Als je loyaliteit en begripsvermogen al zo dun zijn, hoe dik is je binding dan met datgene waarvoor je wel zegt te staan
          

Reactie op ‘Ruk mij niet weg met de goddelozen’… (Psalm 28) door Harry van Beek

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Mooie opsomming.. ik vraag me af of Nietsche dit wellicht geschreven heeft ten tijde van grote innerlijke onvrede.. altijd iets of iemand de schuld gevend van (meestal) eigen falen. Mooie foto's! Je hebt gereden in een gebied wat -hoe toepasselijk- 'het paradijs' heet. Een natuurgebied direct ten westen van Barneveld. Ik herken de foto's van landgoed groot Bylaer.. de beek is een aftakking van de (echte) Barneveldse beek en is 'de kleine Barneveldse beek' en tegelijk een van de oorzaken waarom dit gebied is zoals het is... Ik ben trouwens groot fan van Baudet, hoewel hij net als ieder mens ook zijn minpunten heeft. Nobody is perfect toch? Maar vergelijk het met de huidig zittende liegend en manipulerend zooitje carriërepolitici, dan is hij een verademing. En hij weet meer. Ik bedoel: hij weet van hun verborgen agenda's.. hun vrijmetselarij idealen, Bilderberg ideologieën en is daar fel op tegen. Dat is het op zich al meer dan waard om voor te strijden! Zegt het voort!
          

What the fuck is this, then ?!

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MTUxNTUyNTE0OTB8NzMuNzAuMjAuMTIw Going through archives produces mysteries ; as it happens some birds are easier to identify than others, yet what the fuck do you do about the fisheaded microbird with no legs but a trunk ? What, you think I'm kidding ? I'm not fucking kidding, look : There's a honest to god butterfly trunk right there, worthy [...]
          

Kommentarer till Jultradition med Jul på Skånes Djurpark av Camilla

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Så mysigt! Jag önskar att jag bodde närmare så jag slapp planera precis vad jag ska göra när jag väl kommer ner till Skåne. Det enda som händer här inför julen är att vi har godistillverkning här hemma och den här gången ska vi testa att göra marshmallows.
          

Collecting

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Koralle is the new moniker of Lorenzo Nada, a musician, beatmaker and producer from Bologna, Italy. Nada is best known for his project Godblesscomputers, which kicked off a couple of years ago while he was living in Berlin. After releasing four albums / EPs and touring Europe with a four piece band Nada is heading into a new direction as Koralle. Firmly rooted in hip-hop Koralle is taking his jazz crates and field recordings to the studio. Equipped with an array of synths, rhodes and bass he creates deeply textures tracks that touch mind, body and soul. Early 2019 Koralle signed with Melting Pot Music where he released his first first project “Collecting Vol.1”. The 6-track EP was an instant success amongst beatlovers worldwide and has accumulated more than 2 million streams to date. “Collecting Vol.2” Koralle is a seamless continuation of Vol.1 only better! “Collecting Vol.2” will be available on all digital platforms. We are also releasing a limited edition LP, simply titled “Collecting” which summarizes both EP's on one record.„Collecting it’s an eyes closed journey throughout memories, a collection of some everyday little stories, still paying a tribute to my hip hop musical background. Every beat is like an object found at the bottom of the sea, every sample emerges from my record collection, turning into something new, like corals of the Ocean.“ as Koralle writes in the linernotes.

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MPM 281LP

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Tracklist: 

Side 1
1. Lost
2. Smoke
3. Everyday (I Miss U)
4. Friends
5. We Lose
6. Pijama
7. River
8. Gettin' Mine
Side 2
1. In My Room
2. Metro
3. Night Train
4. Birds
5. Escape
6. Weed
7. When We First Met

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новость: Обзорная башня [26.11.2019]

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В этом выпуске: обзоры игр Arena: The Contest, Council of Four, Marvel Champions: The Card Game и «Одержимость», впечатления от «Игрокона-2019» и от сыгранных на фестивале игр, а также стандартный набор (новости, включая настольно-игровые проекты народного финансирования, а также материалы блогосферы за прошлую неделю).

 

[Прим. автора — для статистики: 125 внешних ссылок, 28 внутренних ссылок.

 

Есть вопросы, предложения или интересные новости? Пишите на oranged@tesera.ru. Новости без ссылок на источники буду вынужден оставить без внимания. Не забудьте написать, кого поблагодарить (имя или ник) за предоставленные сведения.]

 

«Тесера»

 

Статьи

 

 

«Совсем недавно произошёл релиз кооперативной «живой» карточной игры Marvel Champions: The Card Game.

 

Я её купил, опробовал и хочу поделиться как описанием игры и впечатлениями, так и некоторыми соображениями на тему».

 

 

Новости

 

«Обзорная башня [19.11.2019]. Обзор за период с 12.11.2019 по 19.11.2019»:

  • Обзор игры «Ужас Аркхэма. Третья редакция», перевод статьи про проблему продолжительности партий, текстовое «включение» с «Игрокона-2019» и стандартный набор (новости «картонных» и цифровых настольных игр, новости настольно-игровых проектов народного финансирования, а также материалы блогосферы за позапрошлую неделю).

Soundheart: «По горячим следам: видео с «Игрокона-2019». Два дня стримов с «Игрокона-2019» от канала «Твой игровой».

 

«С миру по нитке [20.11.2019]. Новости из мира настольных игр»:

  • «Звезда» выпустила игры «Сумерки Венеции» и «EXIT-Квест. Затонувшие сокровища».
  • Hobby World издала игры «Свинтус: Злоключения» и «Золотой БУМ».
  • Games Workshop возродит Старый Свет.
  • Эти и другие новости.

«Голосуем кошельком [21.11.2019]. Обзор настольно-игровых проектов народного финансирования»:

  • «Вальхалла», «Остров кошек» и «Побег из психушки».
  • Stronghold: Undead — осада замка, дополнение превратилось в игру.
  • Hour of Need — кооперативные приключения супергероев.
  • Blood Feud — командная «кабинетная» игра по «Миру тьмы».
  • Namiji — сиквел Tokaido.
  • 1941: Race to Moscow — военно-историческая игра.
  • Venice — евроигра про торговцев Венеции 16 века.
  • Dawn of Madness — сюжетная мрачная кооперативная игра.
  • Настолка по Divinity: Original Sin.
  • А также многое другое.

imurseev: «Граниконовское к-к-к-комбо!». Цитирую: «Лавка игр» открыла предзаказ на первую порцию отечественных игр, которуя взяла на «Граниконе-2019» — «#ПроРисунки» Артёма Лиса и «Карманный детектив» Юрия Ямщикова».

 

«С миру по нитке [23.11.2019]. Новости из мира настольных игр»:

  • «Звезда» выпустила игру «Поселенцы. Наброски империи».
  • Hobby World издала игру «Одержимость» и дополнение «Древний ужас: Маски Ньярлатхотепа».
  • В продаже появился дебютный проект компании Rabbit Hole Games — игра «Махинаторы».
  • «Лавка игр» подхватила детективную игру «Мортум».
  • Эти и другие новости.

UnicornX: «Предварительные результаты 8-го мат. обмена».

 

AngryFerret: «Инициатива Beyond the Monolith. Анонс новой стратегической инициативы издателя».

 

«С миру по нитке [25.11.2019]. Новости из мира настольных игр»:

  • «Эврикус» опубликовал тизер двух игр.
  • Hobby World выпустит «Рик и Морти: Анатомический парк» в конце 2019.
  • В России выйдет Maracaibo.
  • Эти и другие новости, включая новости в вопросах и ответах.

 

Дневники

 

Новости, события, вопросы, объявления и обсуждения:

Своими руками:

Обзоры, отчёты, отзывы и мнения:

 

Файлы

 

  • Djalina: правила дополнения Caverna: The Forgotten Folk.
  • farvater182: правила дополнения Village Port.
  • MiltoLab:
  • OmegaGames: правила дополнения Eclipse: Rockets of Celebration.
  • sakedas: правила неофициального дополнения «Спартак. Грязные игры» (вер. от 04.12.2017).
  • scorp666ion: роли из Nanty Narking, адаптированные под игру «Плоский мир: Анк-Морпорк».
  • zendor: правила игры De Bellis Antiquitatis 3.0.

 

Вне «Тесеры»

 

Новости и объявления

 

«Бешеный кубик»:

«Бородатый блог»:

«Мир фантастики»:

BoardGamer.ru:

BoardGame.top:

DTF.ru:

kg-portal.ru:

 

Обзоры, отзывы и отчёты

 

«Бешеный кубик»:

«Бородатый блог»:

«Всё о настольных играх»:

«Две фишки»:

«Марафон настолок»:

«Настолки ПТЗ»:

«Настольные игры в Беларуси»:

 

«Ох, до сих пор не могу оправиться от прошлого отчёта и заставить себя написать какую-нибудь статейку. А ведь в кое-что мы уже успел поиграть. Поэтому, пока я собираюсь с мыслями, предлагаю посмотреть на внутренности первой волны свежедоставленной Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon. Для меня это одна из ожидаемых игр года, если не самая ожидаемая».

 

«Настольные игры в Латвии»:

BoardGamer.ru:

Dashulkacss:

veletar.com:

 

Статьи, рассуждения и интервью

 

«Мир фантастики»:

«Настольные игры в Беларуси»:

BoardGamer.ru:

 

Клуб «Прямые руки» (самиздат, переводы, покраска миниатюр и т. д.)

 

boardgamegeek.com:

  • jahvanny: колоды наций, технологий и победных условий для игры Axis & Allies Europe 1940.
  • MiltoLab:

BoardGamer.ru:

BoardGame.top:

 

Видео и подкасты

 

«БабАни Play»:

«Грани гика»:

«Знаем Играем»:

«ИГРОПОЛКа»:

«Магия настольных игр»:

«Мир фантастики»:

«Настолки LIVE»:

«Настольные истории»:

«Низа Гамс»:

«Понастолим»:

Сергей Рябухин:

«Твой игровой»:

Beaver Games:

Beznal 72:

Board Game Community:

BoardGamer.ru:

boardgamesvideo:

BoardGame.top:

CrowdRepublic:

TheFalseEmperor:

FamilyPlay:

GaGa Games:

Geek Media:

I am GEEK now:

WwwIgrovedRu:

OMGames:

Pasyans Show:

THE STATION:

 

Магия ККИ

 

magic.wizards.com:



Автор: oranged (Александр Булгаков)

          

новость: Голосуем кошельком [21.11.2019]

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Что можно поддержать кошельком на краудфандинговых площадках? Отвечаем.

 

В этом выпуске:

  • «Вальхалла», «Остров кошек» и «Побег из психушки».
  • Stronghold: Undead — осада замка, дополнение превратилось в игру.
  • Hour of Need — кооперативные приключения супергероев.
  • Blood Feud — командная «кабинетная» игра по «Миру тьмы».
  • Namiji — сиквел Tokaido.
  • 1941: Race to Moscow — военно-историческая игра.
  • Venice — евроигра про торговцев Венеции 16 века.
  • Dawn of Madness — сюжетная мрачная кооперативная игра.
  • Настолка по Divinity: Original Sin.
  • А также многое другое.

 

[Набравшие нужную сумму и не упомянутые в прошлых выпусках активные настольно-игровые проекты «Кикстартера» (или те, что не «доживут» до следующего выпуска, не набрали минимум, но имеют шансы сделать это). Дополнительный критерий отбора: проект поддержали 150+ спонсоров и / или сборы составляют 15 000+ долларов. Все подходящие и не упомянутые ранее проекты площадок «Бумстартер», CPGames.ru, CrowdGames.ru, CrowdRepublic, Pre.GaGa.ru, Izdatel.Igroved.ru, LavkaIgr.ru и Planeta.ru.

 

Есть вопросы, предложения или интересные новости? Пишите на oranged@tesera.ru. Новости без ссылок на источники буду вынужден оставить без внимания. Не забудьте написать, кого поблагодарить (имя или ник) за предоставленные сведения.]

 

Kickstarter.com

 

22.11.2019:

 

laboitedejeu: Clash of Rage, 2nd printing. Второй тираж настолки Clash of Rage, а это борьба за контроль над сказочными землями (детализированные миниатюры прилагаются), а также несколько дополнительных кланов. Для партии требуется 1–5 участников 14+ лет и 90 минут свободного времени.

 

 

23.11.2019:

 

Flying Carpets Games: The Girl and the Robot — The Card Game. Карточная настолка, построенная на принципе русской рулетки: добираем карты, используем способности персонажа и разыгрываем карты действий и оружия, чтобы защититься от появления из колоды демона (нашей погибели). Для партии требуется 2–4 участника 10+ лет и 30–45 минут свободного времени.

 

 

25.11.2019:

 

KafArt Studio: Spartan. Миниатюры масштаба 35 мм — спартанские гоплиты.

 

 

Portal Games: Stronghold: Undead. В 2009 году Игнаций Тшевичек выпустил свою первую большую настолку — Stronghold. Затем эта настольная осада замка обзавелась дополнением Undead. Потом игра получила 2-е издание. И вот наконец настало время дополнению Undead вернуться, причём в переработанном виде и превратившись в самодостаточный продукт. Для партии требуется 2 участника 10+ лет и 90 минут свободного времени.

 

 

26.11.2019:

 

Blacklist Games: Hour of Need. Кооперативная настолка в духе комиксов про супергероев. Авторы игры — Адам и Брэди Сэдлеры — в числе прочего приложили руки к Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game, Descent: Journeys in the Dark Second Edition, Star Wars: X-Wing и Heroes of Terrinoth. Для партии требуется 1–6 участников 14+ лет и 30–120 минут свободного времени. Подробности — в карточке игры.

 

 

27.11.2019:

 

Everything Epic: Vampire: the Masquerade — Blood Feud a Mega Board Game. Командная настолка по миру ролевой игры Vampire: The Masquerade Role Playing Game. Чтобы сыграть в Blood Feud, потребуется 2–4 стола в одной большой или двух маленьких комнатах. Игроки перевоплощаются в кланы вампиров и организации смертных, чтобы отстаивать свои интересы в глобальном конфликте. За одним из столов игроки раздают приказы бойцам — перемещают их по городу и устраивают бои за территории. Другой стол играет роль Совета и рынка; тут игроки используют свои навыки дипломатии и кризисного менеджмента, чтобы добывать улучшения и принимать важные политические решения, влияющие на судьбы всех фракций. Для победы нужно набрать больше всех очков, набирая их за выполнение секретных целей. Для партии требуется 4–32 участника 14+ лет и 120 минут свободного времени.

 

 

28.11.2019:

 

Marzo Projects: Runes of Mayhem — The Tactical Viking Game: Relaunch. Дуэльная тактическая карточная настолка про битву викингов возвращается с 4 дополнениями в одной коробке. Для партии требуется 2 участника 16+ лет и 20–40 минут свободного времени.

 

 

29.11.2019:

 

Jo Smedley: Burglar — a game so fun it's criminal. Настолка про домушников, которых угораздило одновременно забраться в один и тот же дом. Задача вора — найти нужный ему предмет и выбраться из дома, а попутно мешать сделать то же самое конкурентам. Для партии требуется 3–7 участников 6+ лет и 30 минут свободного времени.

 

 

Funforge SARL: NAMIJI — The next chapter in the TOKAIDO universe!. Cамодостаточный сиквел настолки Tokaido. Автор новинки прежний — Антуан Боза (Antoine Bauza), — а вот иллюстрации к ней нарисовал Naïade. Для партии требуется 2–5 участников 8+ лет и 30–45 минут свободного времени. (Tokaido вышла в 2012 году, с тех пор обзавелась локальными версиями на 18 языках мира, включая русский, и разошлась общим тиражом 400 000+ копий.)

 

 

30.11.2019:

 

Jason Tagmire: Button Shy Wallet Games — Reprint Campaign. Дополнительные тиражи карманных настолок издательства Wallet Games.

 

Mint Julep — настолка про лошадиные скачки: набираем карты посредством драфта, делаем ставки, а затем вносим коррективы в гонку, чтобы разбогатеть (для партии требуется 2–4 участника 8+ лет и 30 минут свободного времени).

 

Pentaquark — минималистичная карточная настолка для того, кто хочет попробовать получить стабильный кварк (для партии требуется 1 участник 12+ лет и 15–20 минут свободного времени).

 

Pickpockets — настолка про воришек, тягающих доллары из одного кошелька, и полицейского под прикрытием, который очень хочет увидеть в их руках меченые купюры (для партии требуется 3–4 участника 8+ лет и 20 минут свободного времени).

 

Avignon: A Clash of Popes — дуэльная настолка про кандидатов на место Папы Римского: взываем к представленным картами персонажам (кардиналы, рыцари, знать...) и применяем их свойства, чтобы переманить троих из них на свою сторону (для партии требуется 2 участника 8+ лет и 20 минут свободного времени).

 

Достижение сверхцелей открывает дополнительные игры.

 

 

02.12.2019:

 

Crooked Dice Game Design Studio: Pulp Sci-Fi Heroes and Villains — 28mm Miniatures. Миниатюры масштаба 28 мм для настольной зарубы (скирмиш-варгейма) 7TV: Pulp.

 

 

03.12.2019:

 

Rocky Heckman: Rare Roses. Настолка про конкурирующих флористов. Для партии требуется 1–6 участников 14+ лет и 45–60 минут свободного времени.

 

 

05.12.2019:

 

PYE Games: Spin Dice and Gaming Gizmos: An RPG Player's Dream. Замена обычным игральным костям.

 

 

Txarli Factory: BATTLE BUILDER TECH: The Last Temples. Конструктор элементов местности (террейна) для настолок с миниатюрами; поставляется в виде макетов для 3D-печати.

 

 

07.12.2019:

 

Dan Verssen Games: Thunderbolt-Apache Leader, Fleet Cmdr Nimitz, Tiger Leader. Военно-исторические настолки для одного участника и дополнения к ним.

 

 

10.12.2019:

 

Strategos Games: Glory: A Game of Knights. Настолка про спорстменов 12 века — европейских рыцарей, которые участвуют в турнирах, чтобы прославиться. Правилами предусмотрены одиночный, соревновательный и кооперативный режимы. Для партии требуется 1–4 участника 14+ лет и 30 минут свободного времени.

 

 

Goblivion Games: Dinoblivion — Conquer the Land of the Dinosaurs!. Настолка на колодо- и табло-строение с менеджментом ресурсов и мультифункциональными картами: возглавив примитивное племя, охотимся, возводим тотемы, улучшаем клан и сражаемся с динозаврами. Для партии требуется 1–2 участника 12+ лет и 30–45 минут свободного времени.

 

 

11.12.2019:

 

studio trojan: DOUBLEHEAD KIDS. Традиционная карточная игра Doppelkopf, популярная в Германии (где в неё играют с 1895 года), в доступной форме. Для партии требуется 4 участника (6 при наличии дополнения) 6+ лет и 30–60 минут свободного времени.

 

 

12.12.2019:

 

PHALANX: 1941: Race to Moscow. Военно-историческая настолка (варгейм), посвящена операции «Барбаросса» (Восточный фронт Второй мировой войны). Для партии требуется 1–4 участника 14+ лет и 60+ минут свободного времени.

 

 

13.12.2019:

 

Jesser & Kris London: Dare To Play. Компанейская игра-викторина, неправильные ответы в которой требуют дела («Напиши 10-му человеку в своих контактах, что любишь его», «Наполни свой башмак водой и выпей её» и всё в том же духе).

 

 

16.12.2019:

 

Lewis Shaw: VENICE — Beautiful, Groundbreaking Eurogame for 1–5 Players. Евронастолка на распределение работников про влиятельных торговцев Венеции 16 века, которые используют гондролы, чтобы перемещаться по каналам и выполнять контракты, а попутно мечтают о власти. Для партии требуется 1–5 участников и 20–100 минут свободного времени (по 20 минут на игрока). Подробности — в карточке игры.

 

 

18.12.2019:

 

Diemension Games: Dawn of Madness. Сюжетная кооперативная хоррор-настолка с миром Deep Madness в качестве декораций. Для партии требуется 1–4 участника. Подробности — в карточке игры.

 

 

20.12.2019:

 

Crafty Games: Mistborn Metal Dice. Тематические игральные кости.

 

 

Larian Studios LLC: Divinity Original Sin the Board Game. Официальная настолка по второй части компьютерной ролевой игры Divinity: Original Sin. Для партии требуется 1–4 участника 14+ лет и 60+ минут свободного времени. Подробности — в карточке игры, а также на сайтах dtf.ru и mirf.ru.

 

 

23.12.2019:

 

Moonmares Games: TURRIM Dice — It's How Wizards Roll. Тематические игральные кости, из которых можно построить башню.

 

 

16.01.2019:

 

GoCube: GoDice | Your Favorite Dice Games Reimagined. Замена обычным игральным костям — игральные кости, связанные с мобильным приложением, что позволяет автоматически считывать и учитывать выпавшие грани. Приложение поддерживает классические настолки на игральных костях. Окрытый интерфейс программирования приложений (API) позволяет сторонним разработчикам пополнять список поддерживаемых игр.

 

 

Boomstarter.ru

 

God's Hand Games:

«Сыграть в ящик» — авторская настольная игра»

 

Сбор средств завершится 16 декабря 2019. Доставка спонсорских вознаграждений назначена на февраль 2020.

 

«1920-е. Задумывались вы об этих тяжёлых временах сухого закона в США? Не находите ли вы в этом суровом времени что-то прекрасное, но уже далёкое и невозвратное? Классические костюмы, фетровые шляпы, погони и перестрелки, а также прекрасные вечера в клубах, где на сцене выступает блюзовый оркестр, танцы чарльстон до упада всю ночь и, конечно же, немое кино с Чарли Чаплином в главной роли.

 

Наша игра предоставляет вам возможность погрузиться в атмосферу того времени и понять, что значит перейти дорогу не тем людям.

 

Из-за Акта Волстеда, 18-й поправки к Конституции США, в 1920 году вся алкогольная продукция стала незаконной на территории Штатов. В конце XIX века прибывшие выходцы из Ирландии, Италии, а также люди еврейского происхождения из стран Европы обосновываются в Америке. И как раз эти люди первые организовывают преступные мафиозные группировки после введения сухого закона.

 

...

 

Попробуйте себя в роли босса мафии, цель которого — достичь наивысшей репутации среди прочих преступных организаций путём бутлегерства, устранения конкурентов и выполнения других делишек, а ещё найма новых членов своей банды. Но помните, вы не один, кто хочет достигнуть верхушки преступного мира, поэтому подставляйте других боссов, устраивайте им разборки, выходите победителем из них, а также создавайте хрупкий и шаткий мир с другими мафиями, если вам так выгоднее, но выиграть в этой игре может лишь один. Ты либо побеждаешь, либо играешь в ящик».

 

 

CrowdGames.ru

 

«Вальхалла»

 

Сбор предзаказов завершится 14 декабря 2019. Доставка предзаказанных копий пройдёт в феврале 2020.

 

«Добро пожаловать в мир игры «Вальхалла», основанный на древних скандинавских легендах, пропитанный кровью бесчисленных битв и живущий лишь одним — стремлением снискать вечную славу.

 

В этом мире битв попасть в Вальхаллу достоин лишь тот, кто доказал свою доблесть в бою. Возьмите на себя роль одного из ярлов, борющихся за место в Вальхалле. Соберите отряд из отважных рубак и ведите их в атаку! Завоёвывайте щиты врагов и отправляйте своих воинов в Вальхаллу, но помните, что право пировать с богами есть лишь у победителей.

 

Сочетайте способности своих воинов, используйте способности ярлов и не забывайте о боевых тактиках, которые позволят вам выйти победителем из самого отчаянного сражения. Самый доблестный из ярлов будет воспет в легендах!

 

Игрок, набравший больше всех очков доблести, побеждает. Вы получаете очки доблести за каждый щит вашего клана, оставшийся на вашем планшете, за каждый щит врага, захваченный вами, и за воинов, отправленных в Вальхаллу».

 

 

CrowdRepublic.ru

 

«Мир фантастики»:

«Мир фантастики»: подписка на 2020 год»

 

Сбор средств завершится через 29 дней. Доставка ожидается в феврале 2020.

 

«Благодаря читателям журнал «Мир фантастики» год назад возродился в новом издательстве. Кампания по подписке на 2019 год установила рекорд по сборам на краудфандинговых площадках для российских печатных СМИ. Спасибо вам, что поверили в нас и дали силы двигаться дальше!

 

До конца года осталось всего ничего — а значит, пришло время подписываться на «Мир фантастики» на 2020 год! Если вы хотите поддержать журнал напрямую и получить эксклюзивные бонусы, то лучший способ подписки — кампания на CrowdRepublic. А ещё здесь вы сможете посоветовать, в каком направлении нам стоит развивать журнал и весь проект.

 

...

 

Вы можете выбрать два варианта подписки: на полгода или на год.

 

В этом случае вы получите 6 или 12 ежемесячных номеров «Мира фантастики» — таких, к каким вы привыкли за долгие годы: 112 страниц о книгах, фильмах, играх, фэнтези и фантастике во всех проявлениях. В отличие от прошлогодней кампании, где подписчики получали 9 обычных номеров и 3 спецвыпуска, в 2020 году вас ждут уже 12 журналов и 3 толстых номера!»

 

 

Pre.GaGa.ru

 

«Остров кошек»

 

Сбор предзаказов завершится через 27 дней. Доставка предзаказанных копий пройдёт ориентировочно в июне 2020.

 

«Очаровательная стратегия про спасение кошек, которая совсем недавно стала хитом на Kickstarter.

 

И, хотя кошки здесь деревянные, разных мастей и цветов, прелесть игры вовсе не в них. Дело в потрясающем сочетании механик — тут вам и драфт карт, и выкладывание полимино-тайлов (как в тетрисе), и управление ресурсами, и персональные задачи. Всё это очень здорово работает друг с другом, заставляет «поскрипеть мозгами», привносит в игру море разнообразия и вызывает желание сыграть ещё.

 

«Остров кошек» — это тот удивительный случай, когда игра, предназначенная в первую очередь для искушённых игроков, настолько понятна по правилам, что от нее получают удовольствие и дети 10 лет. Плюс, есть упрощённый режим для детей от 8 лет и даже правила для соло-игры».

 

 

Izdatel.Igroved.ru

 

«Настольная игра «Побег из психушки»

 

Сбор предзаказов завершится 16 декабря 2019. Доставка предзаказанных копий назначена на конец декабря 2019.

 

«Квест — это игра, в которой, решая задачи и загадки, вы движетесь к одной большой цели, например, выбраться из комнаты. Не секрет, что популярность подобного развлечения сильно возросла за последние пять лет. Поэтому неудивительно, что в мире настольных игр «квестов в коробке» тоже становится всё больше.

 

«Игровед» с радостью представляет вам новое детище издательства «Настольные игры — стиль жизни» — настольную игру «Побег из психушки» (Escape from the Asylum), которая разрабатывалась с особой тщательностью более полутора лет.

 

Если вы любите захватывающие игры, в которые погружаешься с головой... Если вам нравятся ролевые игры, в которых персонажи живут своей собственной жизнью... Если вы любите решать задачки и головоломки... То настольная игра «Побег из психушки» — это та самая новинка, которую вы давно ждали!»

 

 

Planeta.ru

 

В. и Н. Свирилины: «Пьенот и Выжра» — игра настольная-застольная»

 

Сбор средств завершится 17 января 2020. Примерная дата доставки спонсорских вознаграждений —1 февраля 2020.

 

«Пьенот и Выжра» — это карточная игра с механиками взаимодействия и избегания наказаний.

 

Но было бы скучно, если люди доставали карточки с заданиями и просто выполняли их.

 

Или не выполняли и получали за это штрафные очки, а по их количеству определяли проигравшего.

 

Поэтому, помимо заданий, игрокам предстоит примерить на себя образы/роли/амплуа.

 

Станьте на время игры, например, пиратом, байкером или библиотекарем.

 

Надо станцевать? — Станцуйте так, чтоб не упасть с мотоцикла.

 

Нужно спеть? — Так сделайте это как настоящий морской волк!

 

Заставьте всех вести себя тихо, ведь вы — хранитель тишины в библиотеке...»

 

 

demidows: «Настольная игра «Лабиринт мумии»

 

Сбор средств завершится 11 января 2020. Примерная дата доставки спонсорских вознаграждений — 30 декабря 2019 [это как так?].

 

«На игровом поле раскладываются вниз изображением пластиковые фишки в два ряда, и выкладывается третьим рядом фишки изображением вверх.

 

Игроки с помощью жеребьёвки определяют с какого угла поля начнут игру.

 

У фишек есть разные типы изображений: с одной стенкой, с двумя, тремя или без стенок, а также различные изображения ловушек, потайных ходов и выхода из лабиринта. При этом у фишек со стенами есть ещё разные цвета.

 

Игроки ходят по очереди (очередь так же определяется жеребьёвкой).

 

Цели игры: первым найти и добраться до выхода из лабиринта или остаться одному в игре, не угодившему в ловушку. За свой ход игрок либо перемещает фишку своего цвета на одну соседнюю клетку (при этом через стену проходить нельзя), либо поворачивает поле, на котором находится, на 90 градусов по или против часовой стрелке, при этом если стоишь на цветном поле, то можно повернуть ещё одно поле в том же направлении такого же цвета (главное, чтобы на этом поле не было другого игрока).

 

Таким образом прокладываешь себе путь на несколько ходов вперёд или же блокируешь путь другому игроку. Ещё один нюанс — когда перемещаешь свою фишку с одного поля на другое, то пол за вами как будто рушится, то есть убирается фишка поля, с которого ушли, и переворачивается та, которая была под ней. Таким образом может открыться позади вас либо выход из лабиринта, либо ловушка, либо обычное поле со стенами, которые могут заблокировать вам путь назад. Если вы на одном поле остаётесь три хода подряд, то пол под вами так же проваливается (убирается одно поле и переворачивается, которое было под ним, а если под ним нет больше поля, то вы проигрываете). Также существуют карты удачи, которые раздаются всем поровну в начале игры и которые могут изменить ход игры (например, сделать два хода вместо одного, или защита от паутины и т. д.). Командная игра отличается тем, что игроки могут помогать друг другу прокладывать путь или освобождать их из тупиковых ситуаций».

 

 

Что почитать

 

boardgamegeek.com:

 

reddit.com/r/boardgames:

 

«Вечные» ссылки:

 

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This New PS5 Leak May Be Our First Look at the DualShock 5 Controller

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About half an hour ago, Twitter user Alcoholikaust shared a new PS5 leaked image. The picture shows two PlayStation 5 development kits, which look exactly the same as the previous leak that confirmed the patent design uncovered by LetsGoDigital. The most interesting part of this new leak is, however, the DualShock 5 (provisional name, as […]

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The legendary Erich von Daniken joins us to talk about his latest book, Eyewitness To The Gods. It was an honor to speak once again to the man who brought the concept of ancient astronauts and ancient aliens to the public going back over 50 years ago with his classic book Chariots of the Gods.

You can find his new book at Amazon: Eyewitness To The Gods

In part two, psychic medium joins us to talk about her journey in the metaphysical and her new book: I've Never Met A Dead Person I Didn't Like: Initiation By Spirits

–DETECTIVE TRAPP–

Anaheim investigator Julissa Trapp is not like other detectives. She’s the only woman on the homicide squad, and a skilled chameleon: undercover cop in vice stings, crime-scene commander, patient confidante of killers.

A master interrogator, she invokes her personal experience – and deepest griefs — as a tool to elicit confessions. When a young woman’s body is found at a trash-sorting plant, Trapp learns the murder may be linked to the disappearance of three other women in nearby Santa Ana. Trapp embarks on a dark journey that brings her face to face with a man who takes “a little piece of her soul.”

The series is about a singular detective on a relentless, sometimes lonely quest for answers. From the Los Angeles Times and Wondery, “Detective Trapp” is a new story from Christopher Goffard, the writer and host of “Dirty John.” Listen now at wondery.fm/TrappParanormal


          

Kalendarz Liturgiczny (24.11 – 01.12.2019)

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++24.11 (Nie.)
Uroczystość Jezusa Chrystusa, Króla Wszechświata.
Msze św.: 7:30; 9:30; 11:00 i 18:00.
Patronalne święto Liturgicznej Służby Ołtarza.
Dziękujemy Róży pana Maciejko za śpiew Godzinek.

28.11 (Czw.)
10 rocznica święceń biskupich Pasterza
naszej diecezji tarnowskiej – bpa Andrzeja Jeża

30.11 (Sob.)
Święto św. Andrzeja, Apostoła.

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++01.12 (Nie.)
I Niedziela Adwentu.
Msze św.: 7:30; 9:30; 11:00 i 18:00.
Zapraszamy Różę pani Gieroń do prowadzenia Godzinek.

          

Agenda parafialna 24.11.2019 - 01.12.2019

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  • Sprawy kancelaryjne można załatwiać po Mszy Świętej.
  • Spotkanie dla ministrantów i lektorów odbędzie się dzisiaj o godz. 15:30 w Domu Zakonnym.
  • Spotkanie dla kandydatów na ministranta odbędzie się w środę o godz. 18:15 w kościele.
  • Spotkanie dla młodzieży odbędzie się w piątek o godz. 19:00 w Domu Zakonnym.
  • Zbiórka ministrantów i lektorów odbędzie się w sobotę o godz. 9:00 w Domu Zakonnym.
  • Składka inwestycyjna w miesiącu listopadzie wyniosła 7000 złotych. Kopert było 80. Bóg zapłać za ofiary!

          

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"There few things worse than being a man and living a passive, dull, and apathetic life." - Craig Groeschel

As part of my 9-month-long leadership development group at Gwinnett Church, we’re exploring numerous books. We first read and discussed Bo’s Cafe, about one man’s journey through a struggling marriage (and his own issues of the soul). 

Next up, we’re diving into Wild At Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul by John Eldridge. In his book (which you can check out on Amazon here - affiliate link) Eldridge explores four concepts (The Question, The Wound, The Beauty, and The Adventure) as he dives into, 'what is masculinity?'

Join me in this blog post as I explore Wild at Heart and these four concepts. If you have not read the book, you can check out the following videos and my commentary along the way. Get a glimpse into the soul of every man. 

Wild Life With John Eldredge

"God is calling you to the wild life... A life that is lived courageously and in bold obedience to the God who loves you." - Craig Groeschel

In the following introductory video to Wild Life, John encourages us men, to embrace the adventure that awaits. And through the adventure, it's important we have a safe place with other men to share and discuss our insecurities and challenges (do you have this?).

As he dives into the topic, he reminds of the Genesis story of Adam and Eve, and how relevant it is to us today.

“I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding.” King David, Psalm 19:32

There were several points of reflection that came to mind as I watched the preceding video. In the message, John poses the question, what does it mean to be a man? And, what does it look like to be a man in the different channels of our life? Work, home, community? Are we falling into passivity in one or all of these areas or are we living an intentional life? These questions and others are common among us men, and they go back to the beginning.

Made in the image of God, men want to create, to seek adventure, to win the tough battles, and fall in love with the beauty (our co-warrior). It's through this tough journey of pain and sorrow that we warriors (metaphorically speaking nowadays) must embrace responsibility and establish a mastery of the world.

To help us effectively seek out this adventure, its helpful to ask ourselves if there is a vocational place in our life where we come alive. One of those places for me is writing, especially here on this blog. I get the opportunity to create and share the adventure I'm wading through day-to-day and year-to-year. My contract consulting work is another opportunity to live this out (while also getting paid).

What about you? What are the most energy-inciting opportunities that you've come across in your vocational journey?

I also resonated deeply with the idea that such a complex world was created for us humans partially, for us to explore it deeply. There is so much in our world and universe to be discovered. It seems as if there is no end to what we can learn and explore. And God intentionally designed the universe to draw us near to Himself.

And for Adam, it was Eve who was his beauty. She provided intimacy and unconditional love but was also mysterious. Thankfully, this first man no longer had to live in loneliness but could now thrive with a co-warrior; one who was different but also complimentary. 

But, in light of the adventure, potential, and pleasure (through relational intimacy with the opposite sex) there is also great brokenness in those that guide us, others who love us, and in the man who looks back at us in the mirror. 

We long for authentic love, and intimacy, failing to know and act on how to healthily pursue it. Unfortunately, most men try to fix their problems without diving into the heart. Instead, we fill the void through achievement (the adventure) or women (the beauty). It's in this intersection where we find that something inside us needs to be healed. Life is tough, and along the way, we face the guilt and shame of our history and the impact of those who raised us.

But, God (the perfect father) is at work, restoring our hearts. He's healing us of our wounds and dismantling our false understandings.

"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." - Proverbs 4:23

The Question

Am I doing it right?

As surprising as it may seem, that is what most men have wondered at some point along the journey. It's also the struggle of what we know we ought to do and our failure in actually doing it.

When we are doing well, we can feel on top of the world. After failing, we can quickly fall into a depression. In the early manhood years, there is a roller coaster of ups and downs. 

Eldridge explores this journey in the following video and I share my thoughts on this part below.

As men, we seek deep profound affirmation from our fathers, and where that is lacking we seek it out from other mentors and leaders around us (positive and negative influences). But while we can seek out that external guidance and support (and often we need it), the core of our masculinity is resolved on the inside, and by facing our fears head-on (which can be part of the adventure).

As we mentally wrestle with whether or not we have what it takes, we men are also facing situations and challenges that allow us to grow into the men we truly want to become. And our vulnerability through the process is critical to how well we can navigate the circumstances while also allowing us to transform from the inside out.

“Adam, where are you?” - God, Genesis

While we may not always appreciate it, the story of Adam and Eve from the Biblical book of Genesis has profound truth to our situation in the here and now. If you've read my story, you know how my journey to move across the country and launch the business was part of my way to run and hide from my sin and those that loved me. It's in this state that we desperately want to be vulnerable without the judgment we expect will likely follow.

And through this journey, we men wonder this one question. Do we have what it takes?

The Wound

Some of us men have had a positive experience with our father, and we must learn to let go and embrace God. For others who have a negative experience with their father, they must learn to trust and let God in.

But, regardless of how positive or negative our father-son experience was growing up, our dads were not perfect. Thankfully, God steps into our lives and fills those gaps and heals our wounds.

John explores this wound idea further in the following video with my thoughts below.

Yes, the vow.

I can recall making a vow not to ever place myself in a situation where I could fail and be subject to the subsequent chastisement. Another was that I would not put myself in a situation where I would succeed greatly for fear of corruption.

As subtly as we make these vows, we also quite arrogantly think the wounds we have, the ways we've been hurt by our father won't affect us. We'll learn to navigate around them but still fall subject to these generational patterns.

As we learn from this in our own journey, we now have a choice and opportunity to turn the generational tide in a positive and better direction. My grandfather did this for my dad, and my father did it for me. My opportunity is to look at where I can take the next step to provide an even better blessing and generational inheritance for my children.

We are sons of God. While we search for validation, we come to appreciate how much our father and son relationship was to our being and identity. We want to be adored, loved, and wanted. When we don't get the delight from our father we crave and need, we often seek it out from achievement and women (more on the beauty in the following video). 

As cliche' as it might seem to you or me, God is our perfect heavenly father. And it is He who fills in the gaps to demonstrate his love. Thankfully, we experience a model in Jesus and the words from a perfect father we all have access to.

“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” - God 

The Beauty

“...People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” - Jesus

Our wives pull us in and help us feel like a man, but ultimately, what they give, even when done well, is not enough to satisfy and deliver the contentedness we need from God. This video explores this aspect of masculinity. 

“There is Nothing more powerful than beauty.” - John Eldridge
There is beauty and mystery in Eve as she’s created as a co-warrior for Adam. Unfortunately, that beauty can get distorted and in our society today, that often happens through the consumption of pornography. A counterfeit and shallow alternative to the real thing provides that lure of what we want but fails to deliver what we really desire (and need). 

As we seek to love and serve our wives, there is often confusion between what they want or need, how that is communicated, and the ways in which we respond (or fail to). To our wives, they wonder if they will be loved, be made a priority or instead forgotten and neglected.

In the early years of my marriage, I often abandoned my wife in pursuit of a business adventure, something I now regret. As I hear this topic explored in the preceding video, it reminds me of the Stages of Commitment concept where I explore how we move along the spectrum in relation to others towards (or against) a common goal. Eventually, its the clash between our individual intentions and the reality we must contend with.

And, as we men and husbands take on the adventure and fight the battle of providing for our family and making our community better, we're often in a war that is wearing. We want our wives to be our cheerleader, but often they can be the one taking shots at us.

This makes the journey more difficult and can often justify our decision to pursue outlets to medicate or escape the challenges we feel unequipped to handle and overcome. Its the process of pushing through this, reflecting in the mirror, and taking up courage to do the right and good thing even when it could lead to failure, that transforms us into the leader we must become. And it is this action that attracts The Beauty.

The Adventure

As we go out on our journey to pursue the adventure, we're faced with the challenge of the man we want to be versus who we actually are at this moment. In this next video around the campfire, Eldridge and the surrounding young men explore the final topic of adventure.

Have you taken the time to define what it means to be a man? To set the standard of the type of man you want to become? Are you dreaming, wondering what your life could be like? Are you willing to sacrifice and delay that dream, for what matters?

As we pursue our adventure (externally in a literal sense, or metaphorically in a variety of directions) how much do we trust God to guide us along the way? How vital have we placed him in our pursuit? Is He only of value when we want his direction or do we walk with him day-to-day?

As I found in my story, my way of doing things slowly and surely deteriorated into chaos. It wasn't until I set my ego aside and asked God to show me his way that this chaos was redirected towards order and structure. Through this process, God dismantles our false sense of self, heals our wounds, and eventually sets us free.

"They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations." Isaiah 61:4

With new eyes to see, we can stop pretending and be ourselves. We know we are loved and cared for by God, and we can confidently pursue the adventure ahead. Through the surrender of our self-reliance, we grow and change into the son of a perfect heavenly father.


          

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pierścionek z niebieskimi serduszkami roz. 12-13

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pakiet wspierający dla kociaków rozm. XL

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NBA: Waiters w końcu zadebiutuje w tym sezonie?

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Po nieco ponad pięciu tygodniach od wznowienia rywalizacji na parkietach NBA Dion Waiters może finalnie zadebiutować w nowym sezonie. 27-latek odsiedział karę dziesięciu spotkań zawieszenia za zażywanie żelków wzbogadzonych o THC. Przedawkowanie substancji wywołało u zawodnika atak paniki. Do felernego zdarzenia doszło podczas podróży Miami Heat do Los Angeles na starcie z miejscowymi Lakers. Choć […]
          

NBA: DeRozan gotowy do przeprowadzki?

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Dwa tygodnie temu pisaliśmy o możliwym transferze DeMara DeRozana do Orlando Magic. Temat przycichł, ale teraz wrócił, bo zawodnik zrobił to samo, co przed odejściem z Toronto Raptors. Chodzi o wyczyszczenie swoich kont w mediach społecznościowych. Dziennikarze i kibice znów zaczęli spekulować. Artykuł sprzed dwóch tygodni na temat możliwego transferu DeMara DeRozana znajdziecie tutaj. DeRozan […]
          

Doncić vs. LeBron! 4 mecze NBA NA ŻYWO w niedzielę wieczór!

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Zapowiada się gorący niedzielny wieczór z NBA NA ŻYWO! Najlepsza liga świata zaczyna grać o godz. 21:00. Potem dwa spotkania od 21:30, a o 22:00 HIT! Los Angeles Lakers podejmą Dallas Mavericks. Znów będziemy świadkami pojedynku LeBrona Jamesa z Luką Donciciem! Brooklyn Nets – Miami Heat godz. 21:00 W hali Barclays Center w Nowym Jorku zmierzą […]
          

Pologize – “sorry kid, i think your god is dead”

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Releasing today, “sorry kid, i think your god is dead” is a new track from Pologize, an Arizona-based artist. Aesthetically, there’s a diverse range of sounds here — from bedroom-pop to alternative, with electronic aspects as well. Grimes and Nine Inch Nails are noted as some of Pologize’s influences, echoing this track’s melodic yet fairly […]

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Elon Musk legt uit waarom gewapend glas van Cybertruck toch kon sneuvelen

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“Oh my f*cking God.” De presentatie van Tesla’s nieuwe elektrische pick-up verliep allesbehalve vlekkeloos vorige week, en dat was te horen aan de reactie van Elon Musk. De flamboyante Tesla-baas heeft inmiddels op Twitter een verklaring gegeven voor het fiasco.
          

[Aliexpress] Sprawdzone zakupy

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Używałem Mi Banda 3 i 4 - łącznie pewnie z 40 godzin obu. Ani razu BT nie powaliło połączenia. Kosmicznych danych nie podaje, działa w obu bardzo dobrze, względem pomiaru medycznym to są znikome różnice ( 68 kontra 66, albo przy wysiłku 148 kontra 145 - to maks co wyłapałem) @SoloTM na Mi banda 3 mam kupon z Gear Best na 14 usd. Chociaż za 85 mozna po promo wyrwać mi band 4 ( w PL w Vobisie był za 99 zł ) Ja porzuciłem jak pisałem pomysł mierzenia pulsu, ze względu na żarcie baterii.
          

[renowacja] rower spod śmietnika - na dojazdy do roboty i do 6 stówek

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Brawo, dokładnie to miałem na myśli. Być może jesteś szczególnym przypadkiem. Serio uważasz że taki pół godzinny wysiłek przed/po pracy da Ci to o czym myślisz? Do rachunku dodaj: kradzież, wanadalizm i wypadki. Jeszcze zachodzi niebezpieczeństwo dyskryminacji ze względu na zapach, jeśli brak warunków. Widziałem to na własne oczy.
          

Predsednik, ki ni prišel na zagrebški kongres

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Ni povsem nenavadno in se včasih tudi zgodi, da na velikih družinskih slovesnostih katerega od pričakovanih gostov ni. Razlogov odsotnosti je lahko več, toda nekateri so povsem drugačni in niso povezani z boleznijo oziroma delovno zadržanostjo, temveč so namenjeni povsem določenemu sporočilu ali celo protestu. In takrat je prav tisti, ki ga ni, še bolj … More Predsednik, ki ni prišel na zagrebški kongres
          

Kilkuletni Olafek walczy o życie. Potrzebna jest pomoc, trwa zbiórka datków

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Olaf Malik

Nie jest łatwo prosić o pomoc. Nie jest łatwo wyjść do ludzi i opowiedzieć o czymś tak strasznym, jak choroba własnego dziecka. Nie jest łatwo wystawić na widok publiczny swoją prywatność. Czasem nie ma jednak innego wyjścia, przecież chodzi o życie dziecka. A teraz o życie swojego synka walczą Anita i Sebastian Malik z Zawoi.

ZAWOJA - Olaf Malik to 2,5 letni chłopiec, który zamiast jak jego rówieśnicy wyczekiwać pojawienia się Świętego Mikołaja, walczy o życie.

Mó syn ma 2.5 roku do tej pory choroba nie dawała żadnego znaku istnienia. Olafek rozwijał się prawidłowo na co dzień radosny i uśmiechnięty chłopiec. Jednak 17 października 2019 roku godzinach porannych Olafek zemdlał. Pojechaliśmy do szpitala gdzie wykonano mu badania krwi i moczu. Te badania nie wykazały żadnych nieprawidłowości - opowiada mama chłopca.

Tego samego dnia późnym wieczorem wykonano mu USG jamy brzusznej, w którym jak się później okazało znajduje się guz o wielkości 10 cm.

21 października 2019 roku przetransportowano nas do uniwersyteckiego szpitala dziecięcego w Krakowie na oddział Onkologii. Tam stan Olafka drastycznie się zmienił był w bardzo złym stanie a kolejne dni były coraz to gorsze. Opadł z sił przestał jeść, mówić, chodzić. 25 października 2019 roku wykonano zabieg biopsji i tu pojawiła się niepewność, strach, lęk, obawa o życie naszego kochanego synka. Kolejne badania, które były wykonywane przynosiły nam złe wieści. Potwierdziły się najgorsze przypuszczenia rak złośliwy u nazwie neuroblastoma. Olafek tak opadł z sił, że potrzebne było do żywienie dożylne oraz przez sondę. Z jego pięknych blond loków pozostało tylko wspomnienie. Stracił wszystkie włosy, a z jego twarzy znikł również uśmiech - dodaje mama Olafa.

Na obecną chwilę chłopiec przyjął 4 cykle chemii, która obniża jego odporność. Przebywa w izolatce, gdzie nie ma kontaktu z otoczeniem, a osoba, która z nim przebywa musi mieć maskę i fartuch ochronny. Przed Olafkiem jeszcze długa i kosztowna droga. Czekają go jeszcze 4 cykle chemii po czym nastąpi wycięcie guza.

Pobranie komórek macierzystych i kolejna ostateczna najgorsza chemia, która będzie zakończeniem leczenia które nie jest refundowany przez NFZ.
Lekarze dali nam bardzo krótki czas aby uzbierać kolosalną kwotę, której nie jesteśmy w stanie sami uzbierać - 905 tysięcy to kwota na którą lekarze wycenili życie naszego dziecka. Dalsze leczenie będzie polegać na leczeniu przeciw ciałami. Termin mamy do końca lutego - informuje mama chłopca.

Na portalu "siepomaga" utworzono specjalne konto dla Olafa: TUTAJ. Każdy może pomóc!


          

The Four Great Sculptures of the Ananda Buddha

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Ananda is often said to be the most famous of the pagodas in Pagan, as it is called Ananda. You […]
          

3 de Dezembro – Dia Internacional das Pessoas com Deficiência comemora-se em Santarém

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No dia 3 de dezembro, terça-feira, na Cidade de Santarém, o Instituto Nacional para a Reabilitação, em parceria com a Câmara Municipal de Santarém, comemora o Dia Internacional das Pessoas com Deficiência 2019, sob o lema “O futuro é acessível”, proposto pela ONU.

 

A partir das 10:00 horas, serão desenvolvidas atividades desportivas para todos, no Pavilhão Desportivo Municipal de Santarém. A partir das 14:30 horas, efetuar-se-ão debates, atuações artísticas e entrega dos Prémios do INR, no Convento São Francisco.

 

Estará presente a Ministra do Trabalho, Solidariedade e Segurança Social, Ana  Mendes Godinho, a Secretária de Estado da Inclusão das Pessoas com Deficiência, Ana Sofia Antunes, o Presidente do INR, Humberto Santos, e o Presidente da Câmara Municipal de Santarém, Ricardo Gonçalves.   

 

Estas comemorações estão abertas à participação de todos os cidadãos.

 

Consulte o programa das atividades da parte da manhã e da cerimónia da tarde e faça a sua inscrição individual ou de grupo.

 


          

‘Odivelas Teqball Cup’ cumpre-se este Domingo

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O ‘Odivelas Teqball Cup’ cumpre-se este domingo, 1 de dezembro, entre as 15h00 e as 19h00, no Pavilhão Multiusos de Odivelas.

 

Organizado em parceria com a Câmara Municipal de Odivelas, este torneio promocional da modalidade marca o início da atividade da nova Federação Teqball Portugal, reunindo alguns dos mais emblemáticos clubes portugueses, representados por antigos jogadores de futebol.

 

A primeira competição de Teqball, a nível mundial, a ser disputada entre clubes, conta com a presença de: FC Porto (Raúl Meireles e José Bosingwa), Sporting CP (Carlos Xavier e Pedro Xavier), Vitória SC (Fernando Meira e Pedro Mendes), CF ‘Os Belenenses’ (Marco Paulo e Gonçalves), Vitória FC (Marco Tábuas e Tengarrinha) e GD Estoril Praia (Mário Jorge e Nuno Abreu).

 

Já são conhecidos os grupos que compõem o quadro da prova.