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          Nick Bougas – The Goddess Bunny (1998)      Cache   Translate Page      
Quote:This rare 90 minute documentary examines Hollywood underground phenomenon, THE GODDESS BUNNY, a horribly misshapen, polio stricken performing transvestite. The film follows Bunny and her bizarre band of deformed, retarded and sexually confused friends around the L.A. club scene and far beyond…even to odd locales like the infamous Barker ranch hideout in Death Valley where ...
          Foot Job Asian Goddess – MissLawanda      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Monday March 11th 2019      Cache   Translate Page      
Mistress B This Goddess cunt of Mistress B, its heavenly aroma, the taste of its tart juices, these are things you will never get to experience. The most you can hope for is this, to be teased and denied by Her glorious pussy. You will never be here, kneeled at Her feet with your head […]
          To put #God #high you don't need to #lower you #down HDH Sri #Nithyananda #Paramashivam      Cache   Translate Page      

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To put #God #high you don't need to #lower you #down HDH Sri #Nithyananda #Paramashivam

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          Ščepec zgodovinskega spomina ne bo odveč      Cache   Translate Page      
Z opravilno nesposobnim predsednikom in političnim vakuumom pri iskanju njegovega naslednika se Alžirija ne srečuje prvič. Zaradi bolezni je iz javnega življenja pred dobrimi štirimi desetletji izginil Houari Boumediene, ki je zadnji mesec...
          Tots Sants      Cache   Translate Page      

Una mica de dolç per Tots Sants!

          Praying As Jesus Prayed      Cache   Translate Page      

"Pray, then, in this way: 'Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen'" (Matt. 6:9-15).

Jesus gave six elements that constitute true prayer.

Many people have memorized the Disciples' Prayer so they can recite it often, but as beautiful as it is, it wasn't given for that purpose. In fact, after Jesus gave it, no one in the New Testament recited it—not even Jesus Himself (cf. John 17)!

The disciples didn't ask Jesus to teach them a prayer, but to teach them how to pray (Luke 11:1). There is a significant difference. Jesus preceded His prayer by saying, "Pray, then, in this way" (v. 9), which literally means, "Pray along these lines." His prayer was a general pattern for all prayer, and although it wasn't recited, its principles are evident in all New Testament prayers.

Christ's model prayer teaches us to ask God for six things: (1) that His name be honored, (2) that He brings His kingdom to earth, (3) that He does His will, (4) that He provides our daily needs, (5) that He pardons our sins, and (6) that He protects us from temptation. Each one contributes to the ultimate goal of all prayer, which is to bring glory to God. The last three are the means by which the first three are achieved. As God provides our daily bread, pardons our sins, and protects us when we are tempted, He is exalted in His name, kingdom, and will.

If you understand and follow Christ's pattern for prayer, you can be assured that you are praying as He instructed, and that whatever you ask in His name, He will do, "that the Father may be glorified in the Son" (John 14:13).

Suggestions for Prayer

Do your prayers reflect the six elements outlined in the Disciples' Prayer? If not, work on making them a regular part of your prayers.

For Further Study

Read Matthew 6:1-8, where Jesus discusses some of the practices of the Jewish religious leaders.

  • What practices and motives did He mention?
  • How did He feel about their spiritual leadership?

From Drawing Near by John MacArthur Copyright © 1993. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187,

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Europejska - Komunikat prasowy Komisja Bruksela, 12 marca 2019 r. Komisja z zadowoleniem przyjęła porozumienie osiągnięte przez państwa członkowskie UE dotyczące szczegółowych środków niezbędnych do uproszczenia przepisów VAT w odniesieniu do sprzedaży towarów w internecie.
          Delivery Truck Driver & Warehouse Assistant - Mennonite Central Committee - Saskatoon, SK      Cache   Translate Page      
Practicing and promoting faithful stewardship and care for God’s creation and raising funds for MCC are also key components to the mission statement of the...
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          Boeings "killer-app"      Cache   Translate Page      
Når 737-max styrter fordi Boeing og kunderne blev enige om, at det var for dyrt hvis alle piloterne skulle efteruddannes. Udkommet af den aftale var nogle software rutiner som skulle få -max versionen til at ligne den gamle version af 737 så godt, at efteruddannelse ikke var nødvendig. Det lykk...
          In trouble at school for social media posts? Now you can get legal help online      Cache   Translate Page      
There was the case where the student called his teacher the b-word on Facebook. The school was threatening to not only suspend the student, but also discipline anybody who "liked" the post with detention. The student wanted to know: What are my rights here? Or take the case where a school’s basketball team crushed its rival, only to have one of its own students tweet this sensitive gem: “lol ni**ers think they r sooo good at basketball but should prob go back to picking cotton after that loss!!!” Other students were upset, and asked if the school could do anything to punish the kid who wrote the tweet. Then there was the case involving the cross-country runner whose teammate wore a hijab – until a coach told her she had to take it off if she wanted to compete. There was the boy who got sent to the principal’s office for wearing a dress to school. Or the case where teachers complained about a student saying “May God bless the United States and may God bless you all” during the morning
          The Bold and the Beautiful Spoilers: Sally Offers Thomas Surprising Apology – Breakup Story Twist Revealed      Cache   Translate Page      
The Bold and the Beautiful (B&B) spoilers tease that Sally Spectra (Courtney Hope) will be surprised when Thomas Forrester (Matthew Atkinson) returns to town. Their first encounter during this stint will bring tension, but it’ll bring some interesting revelations as well. Sally was hurt when Thomas dumped her for Caroline Spencer (Linsey Godfrey) again, but perhaps we only got one … Keep Reading

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           Comment on At This Small, Family-Run Dairy, Animal Welfare Comes First by Sandra Calderon       Cache   Translate Page      
This is awesome, we need to go back to the old ways. The food industry is so cruel. Government tries to box in the food industry like it does people. One box doesn't fit all, some people were meant to be doctor's and they are very good at it, others were meant to be mechanics and they are very good at it. While others are meant to be a chef and they are very good at it, but government wants to force everyone to be the same thing and this is not how it works if you want to live in harmony and peace like your farm does! God Bless you for what you are doing for these beautiful animals. People like to say cows are stupid but I have learned they are not. It's just that the industry doesn't allow them to be who they should be. Loving caring mothers and caring for their young. Sandra Calderon
          Money: Money Is Not Your God      Cache   Translate Page      

Sam and Tim guide us through how money can be a cause of problems in your walk with God.

          Days of Our Lives Spoilers: Eric’s Desperate Bargain, Breaks Sarah’s Heart to Save Marlena – Leads to Nicole’s Return      Cache   Translate Page      
Days of Our Lives (DOOL) spoilers tease that Eric Brady (Greg Vaughan) will battle guilt after Sarah Horton (Linsey Godfrey) plants a kiss. He’ll struggle to cope with his mom’s terrible ordeal, so Sarah will offer comfort. Unfortunately, the emotional moment will lead to a tight spot and a difficult decision. Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) nearly died after getting … Keep Reading

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          Come Abilitare la Modalità GOD MODE Windows 10      Cache   Translate Page      
Anche Windows 10, come i suoi predecessori a partire da Windows 7, nasconde la modalità God. In pratica, con un piccolo escamotage è possibile accedere ad un Pannello di Controllo completo, pieno di funzionalità e per veri smanettoni. Si parla di tutte le personalizzazioni possibili e immaginabili che Microsoft ha previsto per il nuovo sistema operativo e soprattutto nessun tipo di filtro [...]
          Børnene mente, at Kim lignede lort - nu er han en af de "Rigtige Mænd" på DR      Cache   Translate Page      
Hejnsvig: Kim Skou Larsen vidste godt, at dunken var blevet lidt stor. Alligevel skulle der en kærlig opfordring til, før han tog sig sammen og gjorde noget ved sin livsstil. Hans papdøtre meldte ham …
          Kursus i Ældresagen: Er du sikker i trafikken?      Cache   Translate Page      
Grindsted: Godt 100 interesserede havde mandag fundet vej til Ældre Sagens eftermiddag om "Sikker i trafikken". Kjeld Knudsen bød velkommen til kurset, der er en del af et samlet forløb, som…
          Κατρακυλάει η μετοχή της Boeing - Ποιες χώρες «μπλοκάρουν» τις πτήσεις της      Cache   Translate Page      

«Βουτιά» μεγαλύτερη του 3% κατέγραψε την Τρίτη η μετοχή της Boeing, ως απόρροια της απόφασης πολλών χωρών ανά την υφήλιο να αναστείλουν τις πτήσεις των αεροσκαφών Boeing 737 MAX 8 μετά την αεροπορική τραγωδία με 157 νεκρούς στην Αιθιοπία την περασμένη Κυριακή.

Είναι ενδεικτικό πως η μετοχή της εταιρείας κυμαινόταν στα 385 δολάρια πριν το άνοιγμα της συνεδρίασης, σημειώνοντας νέες σημαντικές απώλειες, σε συνέχεια της «ελεύθερης πτώσης» - της τάξης του 5% - που παρατηρήθηκε την Δευτέρα.

Εάν, μάλιστα, οι απώλειες αυτές συνεχιστούν, η Boeing κινδυνεύει να χάσει  μέσα σε λίγα 24ωρα πάνω από 21 δισ. δολάρια από της χρηματιστηριακής αξίας της.

Στο μεταξύ, ολοένα και περισσότερο μεγαλώνει η λίστα με τις χώρες που έχουν «μπλοκάρει» τις πτήσεις των αεροσκαφών Boeing 737 MAX 8, μετά το αεροπορικό δυστύχημα.

Τελευταία χρονικά χώρα που προέβη σε απαγόρευση πτήσεων από και προς την χώρα, από τον συγκεκριμένο τύπο αεροσκαφών, είναι η Μεγάλη Βρετανία. 

Η Αρχή Πολιτικής Αεροπορίας του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου κάνει λόγο για «προληπτικό μέτρο, το οποίο θα παραμείνει σε ισχύ μέχρι νεωτέρας.

Την αρχή είχαν κάνει η Ινδονησία, η Νότια Κορέα, Κίνα, η Μογγολία, η Σιγκαπούρη ενώ σε αυτές ήρθαν προστεθούν η Αυστραλία, το Βιετνάμ, η Μαλαισία και το Ομάν. Τουλάχιστον 25 εταιρείες έχουν καθηλώσει στο έδαφος τα συγκεκριμένα αεροπλάνα του στόλου τους.

 (με πληροφορίες από ΑΠΕ, BBC, New York Times)

          Αιθιοπία: Οι «άγγελοι» που έγιναν θύματα στην μοιραία πτήση      Cache   Translate Page      

Εργάζονταν σκληρά για να εξασφαλίσουν φαγητό στους πεινασμένους, νερό στους διψασμένους και φάρμακα στους ασθενείς. Δυστυχώς, όμως, πολλά από τα θύματα της αεροπορικής τραγωδίας με τους 157 νεκρούς δεν πρόλαβαν να ολοκληρώσουν το θεάρεστο έργο τους.

Μεταξύ των ατόμων που βρήκαν τραγικό θάνατο στην πτήση ΕΤ302 με προορισμό το Ναϊρόμπι, ήταν γιατροί, ακαδημαϊκοί, πάστορες και μέλη ανθρωπιστικών αποστολών. Στην πλειοψηφία τους ήταν αφοσιωμένοι υπάλληλοι μη κερδοσκοπικών οργανισμών και φορέων που φρόντιζαν πρόσφυγες. Ανάμεσά τους κάποιοι πρέσβεις, αστυνομικοί αξιωματούχοι και έγκριτοι συγγραφείς, που επίσης επέβαινα στο μοιραίο Boeing 737 Max 8 της Ethiopian Airlines.

 Πηγή: Associated Press

Ο Ερυθρός Σταυρός, το Παγκόσμιο Επισιτιστικό Πρόγραμμα των Ηνωμένων Εθνών, η Διεθνής Επιτροπής για την Ανάπτυξη των Λαών, το Παγκόσμιο Συμβούλιο Εκκλησιών και οι Υπερασπιστές των Ανθρώπινων Δικαιωμάτων είναι μεταξύ των ανθρωπιστικών και πολιτιστικών ομάδων που θρηνούν απώλειες.

Μια οικογένεια έξι ατόμων από τον Καναδά, Αφρικανοί ξενιτεμένοι που επισκέπτονταν τις οικογένειες τους πίσω στην πατρίδα τους και τουρίστες συμπληρώνουν το «μαύρο παζλ» με τα προφίλ των θυμάτων από 35 χώρες. Μόνο η Κένυα θρηνεί τον χαμό 32 ανθρώπων, τον μεγαλύτερο από κάθε άλλη χώρα.

Εξάλλου, τόσο η Αντίς Αμπέμπα όσο και το Ναϊρόμπι θεωρούνται σημαντικοί κόμβοι για τα μέλη της ανθρωπιστικής βοήθειας. Τουλάχιστον 21 άτομα προσωπικού από τα Ηνωμένα Εθνη σκοτώθηκαν κατά τη διάρκεια της συντριβής, δήλωσε ο Γενικός Γραμματέας του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου Αντόνιο Γκουτέρες.

          Αναβάθμιση στα Boeing 737 MAX 8 μετά την τραγωδία στην Αιθιοποία      Cache   Translate Page      

Στην εγκατάσταση αναβαθμισμένου λογισμικού σε όλα τα αεροσκάφη του τύπου 737 MAX 8 θα προχωρήσει η Boeing, μετά τη συντριβή αεροσκάφους με τους 157 νεκρούς στην Αιθιοπία, ανακοίνωσε η εταιρεία αργά το βράδυ της Δευτέρας.

Είχε προηγηθεί αίτημα της Ομοσπονδιακής Υπηρεσίας Πολιτικής Αεροπορίας των ΗΠΑ (FAA), για υποχρεωτικές αλλαγές στον σχεδιασμό εντός του Απριλίου.

Η FAA εξέδωσε πιστοποιητικό αξιοπλοΐας για το BOEING 737 MAX 8 προς την διεθνή κοινότητα, ενώ στην ανακοίνωσή της ανέφερε πως η έρευνα για την συντριβή του αεροσκάφους της Ethiopian Airlines βρίσκεται σε εξέλιξη αλλά «μέχρι στιγμής δεν έχουν υπάρξει στοιχεία για να εξαχθούν συμπεράσματα ή να ληφθούν μέτρα».

 Η Boeing, από την πλευρά της, δεν συσχετίζει αυτή την αναβάθμιση με την συντριβή του 737 MAX 8 της Ethiopian Airlines την Κυριακή στην Αιθιοπία. Στην ανακοίνωση της, πάντως, εκφράζονται τα συλλυπητήρια της εταιρείας προς τους συγγενείς των θυμάτων.

Την ίδια ώρα, ο Γενικός Διευθυντής της Διεθνούς Ένωσης Αεροπορικών Μεταφορών (IATA), Αλεξάντρ ντε Ζινιάκ, ζήτησε από όλους να περιμένουν την ανακοίνωση των αποτελεσμάτων της έρευνας που διενεργείται, προτού ξεκινήσουν να εξάγουν οποιοδήποτε συμπέρασμα για το δυστύχημα ή το αεροσκάφος.

«Η πιο σοβαρή και σθεναρή στάση είναι να ελέγχεις και να επαληθεύεις και να διαπιστώνεις τα γεγονότα», τόνισε στο περιθώριο μιας συνόδου του κλάδου στη Σιγκαπούρη. Ο ίδιος αποκάλυψε ότι κατέγραψε τις αποφάσεις των κυβερνήσεων της Κίνας, της Ινδονησίας και της Σιγκαπούρης να καθηλώσουν τα αεροσκάφη του τύπου στο έδαφος μετά το δυστύχημα.

Πηγή: ΑΠΕ

          Βρέθηκαν τα δύο «μαύρα κουτιά» του Boeing 737 Max 8 που κατέπεσε στην Αιθιοπία      Cache   Translate Page      

Βρέθηκαν το πρωί της Δευτέρας τα δύο «μαύρα κουτιά» του Boeing 737 Max 8 που ανήκε στον στόλο της Ethiopian Airlines και την Κυριακή κατέπεσε 62 χλμ. βορειοανατολικά της πρωτεύουσας Αντις Αμπέμπα ενώ εκτελούσε πτήση προς το Ναϊρόμπι. 

Πρόκειται για τον καταγραφέα των συνομιλιών μεταξύ του πληρώματος στο πιλοτήριο του αεροσκάφους, αλλά και τον καταγραφέα ψηφιακών δεδομένων πτήσης από τα διάφορα συστήματα του αεροσκάφους.

Η δεύτερη συσκευή καταγράφει ψηφιακά τις παραμέτρους λειτουργίας των διαφόρων συστημάτων του αεροσκάφους και μπορεί να βοηθήσει αποτελεσματικά τους διερευνητές του δυστυχήματος, τόσο για την λειτουργία του αεροσκάφους, όσο και για τις ενέργειες του πληρώματος, κατά το κρίσιμο χρονικό διάστημα πριν από την συντριβή.

Στο μοιραίο αεροπλάνο επέβαιναν 149 επιβάτες από 33 χώρες και 8 μέλη πληρώματος και είναι όλοι νεκροί.

Ο έλεγχος των δεδομένων που έχει καταγράψει το «μαύρο κουτί» αναμένεται να ρίξει φως στις έρευνες για τα αίτια του πολύνεκρου δυστυχήματος ενώ αξίζει να σημειωθεί πως μέσα σε οκτώ μήνες έχουν σημειωθεί δύο αεροπορικά δυστυχήματα με αεροσκάφη του ιδίου τύπου. Το προηγούμενο σημειώθηκε στην Ινδονησία τον Οκτώβριο, σκοτώνοντας 189 άτομα. 

Εξαιτίας των δύο αυτών περιστατικών η Κίνα και η Αιθιοπία καθήλωσαν όλα τα  Boeing 737 Max αλλά η αμερικανική εταιρεία Boeing δηλώνει πως η έρευνα συνεχίζεται και δεν πρόκειται να προχωρήσει στην έκδοση οδηγιών προς τις αεροπορικές εταιρείες που τα έχουν αγοράσει. 


Πηγή: BBC

          Η αμερικανική Boeing δεν προχωρά στην έκδοση οδηγιών για το 737 MAX 8      Cache   Translate Page      

Η εταιρεία κατασκευής αεροσκαφών Boeing ανακοίνωσε πως οι έρευνες για την συντριβή του αεροσκάφους των Αιθιοπικών Αερογραμμών βρίσκονται ακόμη σε πρώιμο στάδιο και δεν υπάρχει λόγος για να εκδώσει οδηγίες προς τους αερομεταφορείς που διαθέτουν τον τύπο 737 MAX 8, βάσει των πληροφοριών που διαθέτει έως τώρα.

«Η ασφάλεια αποτελεί την υπ’αριθμ. ένα προτεραιότητά μας και λαμβάνουμε κάθε μέριμνα για να κατανοήσουμε όλες τις πτυχές του δυστυχήματος, συνεργαζόμενοι στενά με τις ενδιαφερόμενες ομάδες και όλες τις αρχές ασφαλείας που εμπλέκονται», πρόσθεσε εκπρόσωπος της Boeing, σε δηλώσεις του που εστάλησαν μέσω ηλεκτρονικού ταχυδρομείου στο πρακτορείο Reuters.

Σημειώνεται πως η Κίνα καθήλωσε στο έδαφος περί τα 100 Boeing 737 MAX 8, που αντιστοιχούν σε πάνω από το ένα τέταρτο των αεροσκαφών αυτού του τύπου που χρησιμοποιούνται σε όλον τον κόσμο. Σε ανάλογη κίνηση προχώρησε και η Αιθιοπία. 

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Though he doesn't enjoy writing love songs, the 'Remind Me' hitmaker believes his new single for Kimberly Williams-Paisley is 'the most powerful statement' he thinks he can make.
          Η Κίνα και η Αιθιοπία αναστέλλουν όλες τις πτήσεις με Boeing 737 MAX 8      Cache   Translate Page      

Οι αρχές της Κίνας έδωσαν εντολή στις αεροπορικές εταιρείες της χώρας να αναστείλουν τις πτήσεις των Boeing 737 MAX 8, μετά τη συντριβή αεροσκάφους του τύπου που ανήκε στην Ethiopian Airlines και εκτελούσε δρομολόγιο από την Αντίς Αμπέμπα στο Ναϊρόμπι. Ανάλογη απόφαση έλαβε λίγο μετά την Κίνα και η Αιθιοπία. 

Η αξιοποίησή τους θα επαναληφθεί αφού επιβεβαιωθεί από τις αμερικανικές αρχές και από την κατασκευάστρια εταιρεία Μπόινγκ ότι «ελήφθησαν μέτρα για να υπάρξουν αποτελεσματικές εγγυήσεις για την ασφάλεια των πτήσεων», τόνισε η κινεζική Υπηρεσία Πολιτικής Αεροπορίας σε ανακοίνωση που έδωσε στη δημοσιότητα.

Επικαλούμενη τη συντριβή της Κυριακής, καθώς και εκείνη άλλου αεροσκάφους του ίδιου τύπου που ανήκε στην ινδονησιακή εταιρεία Lion Air τον Οκτώβριο, η υπηρεσία διευκρίνισε πως η αναστολή τίθεται σε ισχύ σήμερα στις 18:00 τοπική ώρα (12:00 ώρα Ελλάδας).

Οι Αιθιοπικές Αερογραμμές αποφάσισαν επίσης να κρατήσουν στο έδαφος τα Boeing Co 737 MAX 8 του στόλου της, μία ημέρα μετά την συντριβή ενός αεροσκάφους της αυτού του τύπου με 157 επιβαίνοντες, ενημερώνει η εταιρεία με ανάρτηση στον λογαριασμό της στο Twitter.

«Μολονότι δεν γνωρίζουμε ακόμη τα αίτια της συντριβής, αποφασίσαμε να κρατήσουμε στο έδαφος τον συγκεκριμένο στόλο αεροσκαφών μας ως μέτρο επιπλέον προφυλάξεων», σημειώνει η αεροπορική εταιρεία.

Ο αιθιοπικός αερομεταφορέας διαθέτει άλλα τέσσερα 737 MAX 8, εξόν του αεροσκάφους που συνετρίβη χθες, σύμφωνα με την ιστοσελίδα παρακολούθησης τροχιάς αεροπλάνων FlightRadar 24.

Σημειώνεται πως για δεύτερη φορά μέσα σε λίγους μήνες, ένα Μπόινγκ 737 MAX 8 συνετρίβη μερικά λεπτά μετά την απογείωσή του, εξέλιξη που εγείρει νέα ερωτήματα για αυτό το αεροσκάφος, που θεωρείται πολύ σημαντικό για την αμερικανική βιομηχανία.


Και οι 157 επιβαίνοντες, επιβάτες και μέλη του πληρώματος, στην πτήση των Αιθιοπικών Αερογραμμών σκοτώθηκαν χθες, επιβεβαίωσε η εταιρεία.

Η νέα τραγωδία ακολούθησε εκείνη της Λάιον στα τέλη Οκτωβρίου, όταν το αεροσκάφος μεσαίων αποστάσεων της ινδονησιακής εταιρίας χαμηλού κόστους κατέπεσε στη θάλασσα ανοικτά της Ιάβας με αποτέλεσμα να χαθούν 189 ανθρώπινες ζωές.

«Δεδομένου του γεγονότος ότι τα δύο αεροπορικά δυστυχήματα στα οποία ενεπλάκησαν Μπόινγκ 737 MAX 8 που είχαν παραδοθεί πρόσφατα έγιναν αμφότερα κατά τη φάση της απογείωσης, παρουσιάζουν ορισμένες ομοιότητες», επισήμανε η κινεζική Υπηρεσία Πολιτικής Αεροπορίας αιτιολογώντας την απόφασή της.

«Θα έλθουμε σε επαφή με την αμερικανική ομοσπονδιακή υπηρεσία πολιτικής αεροπορίας (FAA) και με την Μπόινγκ. Αφού μας επιβεβαιώσουν ότι λήφθηκαν μέτρα για να υπάρξουν αποτελεσματικές εγγυήσεις για τις ασφάλεια των πτήσεων, θα ενημερώσουμε τις (κινεζικές) αεροπορικές εταιρείες ότι μπορούν να ξαναρχίσουν εμπορικές πτήσεις με τα Μπόινγκ 737 MAX 8», πρόσθεσε.

Το αεροσκάφους του τύπου αναφέρεται ορισμένες φορές με τον κωδικό 737-8.


Η Μπόινγκ και η ευρωπαϊκή αεροπορική βιομηχανία Airbus ανταγωνίζονται σκληρά για την κυριαρχία στην κινεζική αγορά, τη δεύτερη μεγαλύτερη του κόσμου, που αναμένεται να γίνει μέσα στη δεκαετία του 2020 η μεγαλύτερη, ξεπερνώντας αυτή των ΗΠΑ, σύμφωνα με τη Διεθνή Ένωση Αεροπορικών Μεταφορών (IATA).

Η εντολή της κινεζικής Υπηρεσίας Πολιτικής Αεροπορίας συνάδει με την πολιτική μηδενικής ανοχής που επιδεικνύει ως προς τους πιθανούς κινδύνους για την ασφάλεια των πτήσεων.

Οι κινεζικές αεροπορικές εταιρείες έχουν στους στόχους τους 96 αεροσκάφη 737 MAX.

Ένας αμερικανός αξιωματούχος, που μίλησε στο πρακτορείο ειδήσεων Ρόιτερς υπό τον όρο να μην κατονομαστεί, ανέφερε πως η Ουάσινγκτον δεν σχεδιάζει να επιβάλει το ίδιο μέτρο, διότι δεν γνωρίζει ακόμη τα αίτια των δύο δυστυχημάτων και διότι το ιστορικό της Μπόινγκ ως προς την ασφάλεια είναι καλό.

Στο μεταξύ η Singapore Airlines, μια θυγατρική της οποίας, η SilkAir, εκτελεί πτήσεις με 737 MAX, ανέφερε ότι παρακολουθεί στενά την κατάσταση αλλά τα αεροσκάφη του τύπου θα συνεχίσουν να πετούν κανονικά. Οι αρχές της Ινδονησίας ανέφεραν ότι επιτηρούν τις εταιρείες που εκτελούν πτήσεις με τα 737 MAX, ιδίως τη Λάιον και την Garuda, αλλά δεν σχεδιάζουν να καθηλώσουν τα αεροσκάφη αυτά στο έδαφος.

Πηγές: Reuters - AΠΕ-ΜΠΕ

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          Life Saving Kingdom COGIC, Senior Pastor Dr. Lori McKenney Gets Her Self A Queen Size Chair, For Her Birthday.      Cache   Translate Page      

Good Tuesday morning online congregation, sometimes I think church folks be doing a tad bit to much, I wonder do Bishop Blake know that this sister is the Senior Pastor of a COGIC church? Anyhow we over here at the OLD BLACK CHURCH want to  congratulation Dr. Lori McKenney the senior pastor at Life-Saving Kingdom COGIC Norfolk, Virginia, on getting her queen size chair for her birthday. She said that it took her eight long years to get her big beautiful red QUEEN chair, but she finally have gotten it. Her face says it all, congratulation woman of God.

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No dia 30 de abril de 2019 a gravadora Hells Headbangers Records lançará o quinto álbum de estúdio da DEIPHAGO, com o título de 'I, The Devil'. O álbum foi gravado no Godcity Studios com o produtor Kurt Ballou (Converge), a masterização ficou nas mão de Brad Boatright (Audiosiege) e a capa assinada pelo lendário desenhista Joe Petagno (Motorhead, Krisiun, Autopsy, Marduk, Pink Floyd).

Nesta semana foi extraído o segundo single de 'I, The Devil', a faixa '11:4:6'. A primeira música divulgada do disco foi 'Deus Alienus', ouças as músicas abaixo:

01. Intro: Decimation
02. Quantum Death
03. Neuro-Satanic Circuit
04. 11:4:6
05. Deus Alienus
06. Chaos Protocols
07. Anti-Cosmic Trigger
08. I, The Devil 


          Υπάρχουν προβλήματα με τα Boeing 737 Max; Όσα γνωρίζουμε μέχρι τώρα      Cache   Translate Page      

Ερωτήματα για την ασφάλεια των Boeing 737 Max εγείρει το δεύτερο αεροπορικό δυστύχημα που συμβαίνει με το εν λόγω αεροσκάφος μέσα σε διάστημα λίγων μηνών. To «μαύρο κουτί» βρέθηκε το πρωί της Δευτέρας και ο έλεγχος των δεδομένων που έχει καταγράψει αναμένεται να ρίξει φως στις έρευνες για τα αίτια του δυστυχήματος.  

Το αεροσκάφος των αιθιοπικών αερογραμμών που έπεσε το Σάββατο 62 χλμ. βορειοανατολικά της Αντις Αμπέμπα, αφήνοντας πίσω του 157 νεκρούς, ήταν το ίδιο μοντέλο με το αεροσκάφος που συνετρίβη στην Ινδονησία τον Οκτώβριο, σκοτώνοντας 189 άτομα. Αυτό το αεροπλάνο είχε αγοραστεί πριν από τρεις μήνες. 

Και στις δύο περιπτώσεις, τα ολοκαίνουργια αεροπλάνα παρουσίασαν προβλήματα λεπτά μετά την απογείωση και τελικά έπεσαν, ενώ κανείς δεν επέζησε. 

Η έρευνα και στις δύο περιπτώσεις συνεχίζεται, αλλά η τελευταία συντριβή εγείρει ακόμη περισσότερα ερωτήματα σχετικά με την ασφάλεια του 737 Max, το οποίο η Boeing παρουσίασε το 2017 ως το πιο εξελιγμένο μοντέλο του δημοφιλούς 737.

Μάλιστα το 737 Max έκανε ρεκόρ για την Boeing, επιτυγχάνοντας τις πιο γρήγορες πωλήσεις από οποιοδήποτε άλλο αεροσκάφος και πλέον χρησιμοποιείται από πολλές αεροπορικές ανά το κόσμο. 

Τι γνωρίζουμε μέχρι τώρα για το εν λόγω μοντέλο. 

Ποιο είναι το Boeing 737 Max

Είναι το τελευταίο μοντέλο του Boeing 737, ένα αεροσκάφος που πετάει από τη δεκαετία του 1960. Υπάρχουν τέσσερα είδη Max στον στόλο, το 7, το 8, το 9 και το 10. Τα δύο αεροσκάφη των παραπάνω δυστυχημάτων ήταν της σειράς 8. 

Το 737 Max χρησιμοποιείται κυρίως για πτήσεις μικρής και μεσαίας διάρκειας, αλλά μερικές αεροπορικές εταιρείες κάνουν πτήσεις μεταξύ της Βόρειας Ευρώπης και της Ανατολικής Ακτής των ΗΠΑ. Είναι πιο αποδοτικό από πλευράς καυσίμων σε σχέση με τις προηγούμενες εκδόσεις του 737.

Η πτήση των αιθιοπικών αερογραμμών απογειώθηκε από την πρωτεύουσα της Αιθιοπίας, την Αντίς Αμπέμπα, και πήγαινε στο Ναϊρόμπι της Κένυας.

Τι έχει γίνει γνωστό μετά τη συντριβή στην Ινδονησία

Είναι ακόμη πολύ νωρίς για να γνωρίζουν οι ειδικοί εάν τα αίτια της συντριβής του αεροσκάφους χθες ήταν τα ίδια με τη συντριβή στην Ινδονησία.

Αλλά υπάρχουν κάποιες ομοιότητες: Την Κυριακή, η πτήση έχασε επαφή με τον πύργο ελέγχου περίπου έξι λεπτά μετά την απογείωση. Ο πιλότος είχε ζητήσει και του είχε δοθεί άδεια να επιστρέψει στο αεροδρόμιο της Αντίς Αμπέμπα, σύμφωνα με τις αιθιοπικές αερογραμμές. Αλλά το αεροπλάνο τελικά έπεσε περίπου 62 χλμ. βορειοανατολικά της Αντις Αμπέμπα.

Και στην περίπτωση της Lion Air στην Ινδονησία, η πτώση έλαβε χώρα λίγα λεπτά μετά την απογείωση και ενώ το πλήρωμα είχε ζήτησε την άδεια να επιστρέψει στο αεροδρόμιο.

Οι έρευνες από τις ινδονησιακές και αμερικανικές αεροπορικές αρχές κατέληξαν στο συμπέρασμα ότι η απότομη -κατακόρυφη- πτώση του αεροσκάφους θα μπορούσε να προκληθεί από μια ανανέωση του λογισμικού της Boeing, η οποία έγινε για να σταματήσει ένα πρόβλημα που παρουσίαζε το αεροσκάφος, αλλά μπορεί να στείλει το αεροπλάνο σε απότομη κάθοδο εάν οι υψομετρικές και γωνιακές πληροφορίες στο σύστημα του υπολογιστή είναι λανθασμένη.

Η αλλαγή στο σύστημα ελέγχου πτήσης, που μπορεί να αντικαταστήσει τις χειροκίνητες κινήσεις στο μοντέλο Max, δεν είχαν αναλυθεί στους πιλότους, σύμφωνα με ορισμένα συνδικάτα.

Μετά από αυτή τη συντριβή, η Boeing δήλωσε ότι συνέχισε «να αξιολογήσει την ανάγκη για αλλαγές στο λογισμικό ή αλλού, όσο μαθαίνουμε περισσότερα από τη διεξαγόμενη έρευνα».  

Όσο για το δυστύχημα της Κυριακής, η Boeing ανακοίνωσε πως είναι έτοιμη να βοηθήσει την Ethiopian Airlines στην διερεύνηση της τραγωδίας. 

Ποιες αεροπορικές εταιρείες έχουν το Max;

Εκτός από την Ethiopian Airlines (η οποία έχει τη φήμη ότι διαθέτει τον νεότερο στόλο από τις άλλες αεροπορικές εταιρείες της Αφρικής) και την Lion Air (μια ινδονησιακή εταιρεία χαμηλού κόστους με μακρά ιστορία προβλημάτων συντήρησης), πολλές άλλες αεροπορικές σε όλο τον κόσμο χρησιμοποιούν αυτό το μοντέλο.

Από τις αμερικανικές εταιρείες οι American Airlines, Southwest Airlines και United Airlines, ενώ μεταξύ των άλλων μεγάλων εταιρειών ανά τον κόσμο, Max χρησιμοποιούν οι Aerolíneas Argentinas, Air China, Icelandair και LOT Polish Airlines. 

Εάν ανησυχείτε, οι περισσότερες εταιρείες σας επιτρέπουν να δείτε με τι τύπο αεροσκάφους θα πετάξετε, όταν κλείνετε τα εισιτήρια. Επίσης, μπορείτε να δείτε με τι τύπο αεροσκάφους πετάτε στο

Πηγή: The New York Times

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Online congregation is anybody desperate for change? Is anybody desperate for answers? Is anybody desperate for God like never before? If you answer yes to any of those questions then my next question is would you run around in the church for your breakthrough? During today service at Sweet Holy Spirit Church on the southside of Chicago, Bishop Larry Trotter had his whole church family running for their breakthrough. Some were running for marriages, promotions, kids, husbands, wives, jobs, life, help,  finances and health.

          Πώς Έλληνας επιβάτης γλίτωσε τελευταία στιγμή από τη μοιραία πτήση της Ethiopian Airlines      Cache   Translate Page      

Συγκλονίζει η αφήγηση του κ. Αντώνη Μαυρόπουλου ο οποίος έχασε για λίγα λεπτά την μοιραία πτήση με το αεροσκάφος των Αιθιοπικών Αερογραμμών, που συνετρίβη και σώθηκε.

Ο κ. Μαυρόπουλος είναι πρόεδρος της Παγκόσμιας Ένωσης Διαχείρισης Στερεών Αποβλήτων και πήγαινε στο Ναϊρόμπι για το συνέδριο του ΟΗΕ.

Σε ανάρτησή του στα κοινωνικά δίκτυα περιγράφει πως η 10η Μαρτίου ήταν η τυχερή του μέρα.

«Τρέχοντας να προλάβω την πτήση ΕΤ 302 Αντίς Αμπέμπα - Ναϊρόμπι, που συνετρίβη 6 λεπτά μετά την απογείωση της, είχα τα νεύρα μου γιατί δεν υπήρχε κανείς να με βοηθήσει να πάω γρήγορα. Την έχασα για δυο λεπτά, όταν έφτασα είχε κλείσει η επιβίβαση και έβλεπα τους τελευταίους επιβάτες στη φυσούνα να μπαίνουν μέσα - φώναζα να με βάλουν κι εμένα αλλά δεν το επέτρεψαν. Στην πραγματικότητα, την πτήση την έχασα διότι δεν είχα δώσει βαλίτσα (αλλιώς θα με περίμεναν για 10-15 λεπτά ή και παραπάνω, διότι το να βρεθεί μια βαλίτσα φορτωμένη θέλει τουλάχιστον 40 λεπτά). Επίσης, όπως έμαθα αργότερα, την έχασα γιατί βγήκα πρώτος και πολύ γρήγορα από το αεροπλάνο και ο connection Ambassador που ήρθε να με παραλάβει δεν με βρήκε.

Οι άνθρωποι του αεροδρομίου, ευγενέστατοι, με προώθησαν στην επόμενη πτήση που θα έφευγε στις 11:20, μου ζήτησαν συγνώμη για την ταλαιπωρία και με μετέφεραν σε ένα ωραίο lounge για την τρίωρη αναμονή.

Στις 10:50, καθώς επιβιβαζόμουν στην επόμενη πτήση, δυο σεκιουριτάδες με ενημέρωσαν ότι για λόγους ασφαλείας που θα μου εξηγήσει κάποιος ανώτερος αξιωματικός, δεν θα επιτρέψουν την επιβίβασή μου. Στις έντονες διαμαρτυρίες μου δεν άφησαν κανένα περιθώριο συζήτησης και με οδήγησαν στον ανώτερο τους, στο αστυνομικό τμήμα του αεροδρομίου.

Αυτός μου είπε ευγενικά να μη διαμαρτύρομαι και να πω ευχαριστώ στο Θεό, διότι είμαι ο μοναδικός επιβάτης που δεν μπήκε στην πτήση ΕΤ 302 η οποία αγνοείται. Και ότι αυτός ήταν ο λόγος που δεν μπορούν να με αφήσουν να φύγω, μέχρι να εξακριβωθεί ποιος είμαι, γιατί δεν μπήκα στην πτήση και τα σχετικά. Στην αρχή νόμιζα ότι έλεγε ψέματα, ωστόσο το ύφος του δεν άφηνε κανένα περιθώριο αμφιβολίας.

Ένιωσα να χάνεται το έδαφος κάτω από τα πόδια μου, αλλά επανήλθα σε 1-2 δευτερόλεπτα γιατί σκέφτηκα ότι κάτι άλλο θα συμβαίνει, κάποιο πρόβλημα επικοινωνίας ίσως. Οι άνθρωποι ήταν ευγενέστατοι, ρώτησαν ότι έπρεπε να ρωτήσουν, εξακρίβωσαν τα στοιχεία μου και με άφησαν να περιμένω.

Με έβαλαν να καθίσω σε ένα σαλόνι και μου είπαν να περιμένω εκεί μέχρι να με ειδοποιήσουν.

Έψαχνα στο διαδίκτυο να βρω στοιχεία για την πτήση, φίλοι από το Ναϊρόμπι με ενημέρωσαν ότι 30 λεπτά μετά την αναμενόμενη ώρα δεν είχε προσγειωθεί και δεν υπήρχαν πληροφορίες για την τύχη της και ξαφνικά κόβονται και όλα τα WiFi του αεροδρομίου.

Ευτυχώς υπάρχουν και τα SMS - από στενό φίλο έμαθα ότι η πτήση συνετρίβη σχεδόν μόλις απογειώθηκε και ότι το θέμα έβγαινε στα ελληνικά μέσα ενημέρωσης.

Τότε κατάλαβα ότι πρέπει αμέσως να επικοινωνήσω με τους δικούς μου ανθρώπους και να τους πω ότι δεν ήμουν μέσα και ότι για δυο μικρές τυχαίες συγκυρίες έχασα την πτήση - τη στιγμή που έκανα αυτή τη σκέψη κατέρρευσα γιατί τότε ακριβώς κατάλαβα πόσο τυχερός στάθηκα.

Αυτό το κείμενο το έγραψα για να διαχειριστώ το σοκ μου. Το ποστάρω γιατί θέλω να πω σε όλους ότι τα αόρατα και αδιόρατα νηματίδια της τύχης, οι εκτός πλάνου συγκυρίες πλέκουν τον ιστό στον οποίο είναι πιασμένη η ζωή μας. Είναι εκατομμύρια μικρές κλωστές που σχεδόν ποτέ δεν τις αισθανόμαστε - αλλά μια να σπάσει αρκεί για να ξηλωθεί όλος ο ιστός ακαριαία.

Πραγματικά, είναι η πρώτη φορά που χαίρομαι τόσο πολύ που έγραψα ένα ποστ και είμαι ευγνώμων που ζω και που έχω τόσους φίλους που με έκαναν να νιώσω την αγάπη τους - φιλιά σε όλους και ένα θερμό ευχαριστώ για τη συγκινητική συμπαράσταση σας. Ειδική εύφημος μνεία για την έγκαιρη επέμβαση και υποστήριξη στους Jeroen Par Dijk Panos Fragiadakis Haris Kamariotakis και ένα μεγάλο συγνώμη στην οικογένεια μου για το σοκ που έζησαν».

          Why Do Christians Wear Ashes On Ash Wednesday?      Cache   Translate Page      

Online congregation there's some online chatter taking place as to why Pastor Bryant family and his New Birth church family participated in Ash Wednesday? For many Christians, Ash Wednesday is a day of reconciliation that sparks renewed hope for transformation. Ash Wednesday, traditionally known as a day of repentance for sins through the public display of ashes, also marks the first day of the 40-day season of Lent leading up to Easter. Ash Wednesday often falls during the last week of February or early March, depending upon when Easter falls during the calendar year. Many Protestant and Catholic churches acknowledge Ash Wednesday with a service by spreading burnt ashes across the foreheads of anyone who participates. In some cases, these ashes come from the burning of blessed palms from the prior year’s Palm Sunday.  
I've talked about Ash Wednesday over the years in this space 

 Ash Wednesday is the first day of the six weeks prior to Easter Sunday that mainly Roman Catholics, but some Protestant denominations celebrate annually by drawing a cross on their foreheads with ashes. As it is the first day of Lent, it begins a season of fasting and penitence generally as a means to gain favor with God. While the intentions of Ash Wednesday observers may seem good, the bible never mentions the day — or Lent for that matter — and actually explicitly prohibits some of the ritualistic behavior of Ash Wednesday.

Online congregation what's y 'all  thoughts on Ash Wednesday?

          Novo álbum da ROCK GODDESS será lançado no Brasil      Cache   Translate Page      

A Hellion Records anunciou em sua pagina oficial no Facebook, que lançará no Brasil em Abril, o novo álbum intitulado “This Time”, da veterana banda britânica de Heavy Metal ROCK GODDESS.

“This Time” foi gravado no The Park Studios, em Wembleyem em Londres, com o produtor Wes Maebe (Robert Plant, UB40, New Model Army e Praying Mantis), e engenharia de som adicionais no SQ Studio, e Mixado no estúdio Sonic Cuisine emasterizado no Sound Discs também em Londres.

01. Are You Ready?
02. Obsession 04:16 
03. Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right
04. Calling to Space
05. Flying to See You
06. Why Do We Never Learn?
07. This Time
08. It's My Turn
09. Drive Me Away

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Online congregation, I CANNOT stand when someone says they are called by God to be a pastor but doesn't know the difference between pastoring and preaching. Everybody that mount a pulpit isn't called to pastor, and some aren't even called to preach.

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Sąd Okręgowy w Warszawie uchylił we wtorek karę 120 tys. zł grzywny wobec Jerzego Urbana za obrazę uczuć religijnych w tygodniku "Nie" poprzez publikację wizerunku Jezusa Chrystusa wpisanego w drogowy znak zakazu orzeczoną wcześniej przez sąd I instancji i skierował sprawę do ponownego rozpatrzenia.
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          The Science of Obscure Superheroes Part One: The Whizzer      Cache   Translate Page      
Recently I gave a talk for the Reading branch of the British Science Association on the subject of the science of superheroes. It's a subject that's been covered a great deal elsewhere and so I wanted to approach it from a different angle. I decided to focus on the science behind some lesser known superheroes. I chose to discuss The Whizzer, Chunk, Matter Eater Lad, and the Red Bee. I looked at their powers and origin stories and tried to find parallels in real world science. I've adapted my talk into a four part article. This part is about The Whizzer. 

In the 1940s, The Whizzer was Timely Comics' super-fast answer to The Flash. He first appeared in USA Comics #1 (1941). Robert Frank was bitten by a cobra while on a trip to Africa with his father, Dr. Emil Frank. To save Robert’s life, Emil did what any caring responsible, scientist dad would do. He transfused the blood of a mongoose into his son’s body. Luckily this granted Robert the gift of super speed! He found he could run at speeds of up to 100mph, create cyclones by running in circles, and could run up walls and across water.  He of course, used these gifts to fight crime.

If the Whizzer sounds familiar to you it may be because a version of the character appeared in the second season of Jessica Jones. This Robert Frank was radically different from his comic book counterpart, although Netflix provided a little nod to his roots, by giving him a pet mongoose.

Robert Frank was the subject of xenotransfusion - the transfer of blood from one species into the veins of another.  But how plausible is the idea that humans can take on the characteristics of animals through the transfusion of their blood? Well, very plausible, if you happen to be a scientist from the 17th Century. 

On June 15th 1667 a French physician named Jean-Baptiste Denys performed the first documented blood transfusion on a human. Denys bled a feverish 15 year old boy with leeches before treating him with a transfusion of lamb’s blood. The idea was that the calm, gentle nature of the lamb would be transferred to the boy. The boy survived, although this was probably only because Denys had transfused so little of the lamb’s blood into him. Denys had further success performing the same experiment again on a butcher. It wasn’t until he performed it on a third subject that he got into trouble.

Antoine Mauroy was a mentally ill man, well known in Paris for terrifying the locals with his antics. Denys and his colleagues thought they might be able to cure Mauroy by replacing his “bad” blood with the “pure” blood of a calf. Mauroy was picked up off the street and forced to take part in the experiment against his will. Denys performed the experiment in the presence of a group of rich aristocrats whose hobbies included witnessing new and risky scientific procedures.  The experiment was performed a second time and appeared to actually have a positive effect on Mauroy.  According to science writer Pete Moore, there was a reason for Mauroy’s positive reaction to the transfusion that was peculiar to him. He had syphilis.

Mauroy’s white blood cells attacked the unfamiliar blood in much the same way as they would attack a disease. This caused a raging fever. Fever is a known treatment of tertiary syphilis. Two and a half centuries later, Julius Wagner-Jauregg would receive the Nobel Prize for treating syphilis by deliberately infecting patients with malaria. Denys had accidentally treated Mauroy’s syphilis!

After the second transfusion Mauroy went back to his debauched ways. His wife begged Denys to perform the procedure again, which he did. This time Mauroy died and Denys found himself on trial for murder.

You might be thinking “Serves the silly bugger right! This is what happens when you go injecting people full of cow’s blood”. But it wasn’t as cut and dried as it might have first seemed. It was later found that Mauroy had actually died of arsenic poisoning. Denys was let off the hook, and Mauroy’s wife was found guilty of poisoning his soup. It would seem that, in a plot worthy of Columbo, Mrs Mauroy had grown tired of her husband’s debauched antics and saw Denys’s experiments as a convenient scapegoat for his murder! Other historians have argued that Mrs Mauroy herself was a scapegoat and that enemies of the experiment murdered Mauroy in a successful effort to get the icky and ungodly practice of blood transfusion banned in Europe. Either way, it just goes to show that if you are going to practice risky, untested medical procedures then make sure you’re not performing them on a complete prat who everybody's trying to kill.

These days we know a lot more about the risks of blood transfusion. We know that even humans are not universally transfusion-compatible. Humans are divided into blood groups that determine who can receive blood from whom without suffering a severe immune reaction that can be fatal. That’s because our immune system senses molecules on the surface of red blood cells and reacts aggressively to red blood cells that don’t have the right kind of surface molecules. This is why when we receive blood transfusions our blood group has to match the donor blood. Our blood must have the same kind of surface molecules on its red blood cells as the cells in the donor blood. 

These blood groups are not just limited to humans. They are also found in our close relatives in the animal kingdom, especially other primates. Theoretically you could receive a blood transfusion from a gorilla or a chimpanzee, if you shared the same blood group. You might wonder why we aren’t all getting monkey blood on the NHS. Well, there are still minor differences between the blood of humans, and apes, and we don’t know what effects these differences would have. Also, great apes are endangered and they’re not exactly easy to come by. 

So, is there an animal alternative? And is it a mongoose!?

Xenotransfusion research is currently focusing on pigs rather than apes, and it’s not just because there’s bloody loads of pigs around the place. Pig’s blood is quite similar to human blood. Our red blood cells are about the same size and have the same life span as a pig’s red blood cells. There are other similarities too, such as the structure of the haemoglobin – the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body.  

Pigs could also be genetically modified to produce red blood cells that are equivalent to human type O negative. O Negative blood cells are called “universal” meaning they can be transfused to almost any patient in need. O Negative blood is what patients are given when they need an emergency transfusion and there’s no time to figure out the patient’s blood type.

You might be asking yourself “Yeah, but what about the poor pigs?” Rest assured that if we were to use pigs for blood transfusions there would be no need for them to come to any harm. Only 10% of the pig’s blood volume would be used each time, leaving the pig in need of nothing more than a biscuit and lie down. 

Due to the fact that kind humans are still willing to donate blood, and also due to advances in both the storing of blood and in getting what we need from it, it’s unlikely that any of us will be receiving pig’s blood transfusions any time soon. Even if we did however, the process unfortunately would not grant us the strength, speed, and agility of a pig.

Come back tomorrow for part two!


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          La favorita: Pasiones reales      Cache   Translate Page      

Todos somos esclavos de nuestros deseos. Esta máxima fácil puede resumir a la sádica y divertida comedia, La favorita. La nueva película de Yorgos Lanthimos relata intrigas palaciegas que develan una nueva colección de patéticos monstruos. El que esta sea una película de época resulta, en buena medida, una formalidad, pues el filme vuelve a las preocupaciones sobre las que giraban los largometrajes anteriores del realizador griego. La favorita solo es una película de una época en la superficie. Se trata más bien de una comedia de enredos que revela la profunda soledad de unos personajes víctimas de sus pasiones. Aun siendo la película más convencional de Lanthimos, el filme rompe con algunos moldes del cine de época; si bien se atiene al desarrollo dramático más clásico, esto tiene como objeto descubrir el drama interno de sus protagonistas (y no recrear un momento histórico). La convención le sirve al realizador de base para narrar los triviales enamoramientos de una reina insegura.

Sus tres protagonistas: la reina Ana (Olivia Colman), Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) y Abigail (Emma Stone) buscan utilizar sus posiciones y artimañas para satisfacer deseos particulares. Ya sea saciar su anhelo de amor y afecto, o el deseo de llevar las riendas de una nación, o la intención de recuperar los privilegios de clase perdidos en un desventurado pasado. Estos tres propósitos se cruzan, estas tres mujeres se alían y se entorpecen entre sí. A pesar de sí mismas, ellas están destinadas a vivir relativamente insatisfechas, atrapadas en sus propias confabulaciones por adquirir lo que anhelan. Si bien La favorita no es verdaderamente novedosa, consigue hacer visible la fragilidad y el patetismo de sus personajes. Narra convincentemente la insatisfacción del deseo. Y en tanto que esto pueda no ser un gran descubrimiento, es suficiente para hacerla una buena película.

Las parábolas de Lanthimos nunca se han caracterizado por su sutileza. La favorita no es la excepción. Un ejemplo de esto es que para mostrar que los personajes son prisioneros de sus palacios utiliza de manera recurrente el gran angular, para que los veamos diminutos en sus inmensos aposentos. Más afortunado, en contraste, resulta el modo en que incluye sobreimpresiones que combinan a distintos personajes y lugares. Estas secuencias alteran el curso narrativo del filme para exponer una suerte de delirio, el delirio de quien vive una pasión. Así como hay deseos y propósitos entrecruzados en la trama, las imágenes se mezclan en un solo jeroglífico cuyo sentido ya no es transparente. En un par de secuencias los realizadores olvidan su comedia cruel y se concentran en la experiencia sensorial de una pasión real. La favorita quiebra (y usa) la convención para mostrar el delirio de un deseo, pequeños instantes de emoción insertos en una banal comedia de enredos. Y acaso eso sea todo (o por lo menos el realizador griego parece verlo así). El reconocimiento de ambos (el instante de deseo y la comedia manida que lo rodea) hace de esta la mejor película de Lanthimos a la fecha.


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Judge Jeanine Pirro (Rolling Stone)
I have no clue who Judge Jeanine Pirro is except that she is a conservative political commentator for Fox News. But she was way off base in attacking Ilhan Omar.

That may shock many people who know of my own criticism of Ms.Omar. I believe she is an antisemite.  But that does not mean that anyone can hurl any criticism they choose at her  when it isn’t warranted. That only undermines the legitimate criticism she deserves.

The issue here in Pirro’s suggestion that Omar’s religious practices should be seen as traitorous. Pirro has basically done to devout Muslims what Omar did to Jews that support Israel. From Ha’artez
On her show, Pirro noted that the Minnesota representative wears a hijab in apparent conformity to a directive in the Quran. “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which is in itself antithetical to the U.S. Constitution?” she asked. 
Pirro defended her comments by claiming she only asked the question to start a debate and did not claim Omar was un-American. That in my view is disingenuous. It would be like asking the question about whether an Orthodox Jew is traitorous by wearing a Kipa and thereby suggesting that Torah law (Halacha) is antithetical to the constitution. Putting those comments in the form of a question has the same negative connotation.

Wearing Hijab or a Kipa is not un-American.

The law in this country is that people are free to express themselves in any way they choose as long as it does not deny the freedom of others. That law has the constitutional guarantee of the 1stAmendment. Questioning Omar’s religious practices in effect questions the very constitution itself! And it is hurtful to anyone whose religious practices are not seen as the norm. Am I un-American by lighting a Menorah on Chankah during the height of the Christmas season when just about everyone else is putting up Christmas trees?

Fox was right to condemn Pirro’s comments. As do I.

It might make some people feel good to disparage devout Muslims while at the same time extolling devout Christians. But feeling good about putting others down is not the Torah’s way. The ways of the Torah are pleasant. And every Jew is obligated to follow the ways of the Torah.

The truth of the matter is that Judaism has a lot more in common with Islam that it does with Christianity. It would be wise for the Islam bashers to recognize that and treat it accordingly.

While it is true that Christians today are far more favorably inclined to support the Jewish state (the more devout – the stronger the support) and it is true as well that we share a bible with them (i.e. ttheir old testament) their theology is considered a form of idolatry for us. While some Rishonim say that non Jews are permitted to believe in more than one deity as long as one of them is God, (which is called  Shituf) that is not the case for us.

Muslims on the other hand believe only in one God. The same one we believe in. And neither of us believes in any other god.

It is also true that much of Islamic law is similar to Jewish law. For example they believe that an animal must be ritually slaughtered (Halal or Zabiha) in order to be permitted to eat it. They even rely on Jewish ritual slaughter (Shechita) if they do not have a Muslim trained in their own version of ritual slaughter. Their modesty laws are similar to ours if not more stringent. Even to the extent of a woman covering their hair. Which is what the hijab is all about. While the details of modesty laws between Judaism and Islam are a bit different, the idea behind them is the same.

There are other similarities.  Islam ought to be respected at least as much as Christianity is. So that when a Muslim is denied their right to practice their religion in any way, we need to protest it. If they go to court to fight an unjust law that somehow denies their freedom to practice their religion, we ought to join them.

The one thing we should never do is vilify Islam. This is not to say that all forms of Islam should be supported. Certainly the type of Jihadist Islamism that ISIS practices needs to be vigorously fought. But mainstream Islam is not Jihadist. And if their way of life were to be more closely examined, we would find more similarities of Judaism than dissimilarities. And a desire for peaceful and respectful co-existence in the brotherhood of man.

I find it all too common for Orthodox Jews to vilify Islam as though all Muslims want to take over the world and establish Sharia Law. Sure - anyone that believes in the laws of their religion believes that is the way God wants all of us to live. It is no different than Jews believing that Torah laws for Jews and the seven Noahide laws for gentiles is what God wants. The difference is in whether either of our religions would force those views upon the rest of the world. And whether those beliefs entail any means necessary towards achieving it. Including war, torture, mass murder, or suicide bombings.

That is what we should all oppose no matter what religion is behind it. In our day, it is Islam that is behind it and when expressed in that form it is not only un-American - it should be fought until it is obliterated. But we must differentiate on the one hand between Jihadist countries like Iran;  Islamists like ISIS and Al Qiada; Hamas and Hezbollah… and on the other hand mainstream Muslims that are nothing like them. They are as different from each other as black is from white.

It is true that most of even the peaceful Muslims are opposed to Israel. Some of that opposition is religion based. Some of it is based on misguided notions of what the real cause of Palestinian  misfortune is. But most Muslims would not hurt anyone anymore than most Jews or Christians would.

I believe that - if not for the Jihadists  that are currently calling the shots in the Middle East - in their heart of hearts, most Palestinian Muslims are realists and would rather just make peace with Israel and get on with their lives - even though they would prefer if we were not there in the first place.  

The prosperity that would likely follow would be good for everyone. I would be thrilled if Israel no longer had to treat  every Muslim that wants to cross into Israel with suspicion that they want to hurt us. Wouldn’t it be great if Israel ended up having the same relationship with Palestinians on the West Bank that America has with Canada?

At the moment, that is a distant dream for both sides. Like it or not (and I don’t) Israel must be cautious in ways that places hardships on Palestinians. But at the same time - what should be absolutely clear is that any unfair treatment or criticism of a Muslim just because they are Muslim ought to be rejected. It is wrong and does not do anyone any good.

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Dicen que cada rostro tiene escrito su historia. En Rostros y lugares (Visages Villages, en la traducción se pierde la aliteración) los rostros de habitantes de la Francia rural se superponen a los sitios en que ellos trabajan y habitan. Agnès Varda y JR registran encuentros y desencuentros de su deambular por los campos franceses en aras de poner en marcha un proyecto artístico que es tanto intervención artística como escenificación del proceso creativo. El objeto es que la ampliación de las fotografías de rostros sirva como una marca que visibiliza relatos de personas comunes y corrientes. Rostros y lugares propone una lúdica conjunción de esfuerzos para quebrar la monotonía al hacernos mirar un territorio desconocido: el rostro de otro como testimonio de una vida. Por una parte, los realizadores apuntan a que por medio de este proceso se modifique la percepción tanto de transeúntes como espectadores. Con su estrategia, por otra parte, Agnès y JR nos hacen mirar historias menores que pasamos por alto, vidas que se ven opacadas por nuestras costumbres y por  la escala de prioridades que impera en nuestras sociedades. Nada puede compararse con el rostro humano, dijo alguna vez Carl Theodor Dreyer; como si fueran fieles a tal juicio, los realizadores se dan a la tarea de explorar una insólita (y evidente) intersección: la de un rostro y el sitio en que vive. De ahí, y de la lúdica escenificación con la que presentan su proyecto, se desprende una genuina felicidad y una necesaria recuperación. Así pues, el filme se puede describir como un cruce de caminos entre el cine y el arte por medio del cual se revelan facetas y relatos desconocidos de territorios cercanos e inexplorados.

Mientras que casi todas las personas invitadas a hacer parte del proyecto les abren la puerta a los realizadores (al punto de ser casi irritantemente predecible su avance), la película cierra con una puerta cerrada. Rostros y lugares muestra tanto los encuentros felices para JR y Agnès; o mejor, la empresa que surge a partir del encuentro de ambos artistas; como también el desencuentro de Agnès y Jean-Luc Godard. Colaboradores y amigos cercanos en el pasado, el propuesto encuentro termina con una escena amarga ante la negativa de Godard a responder a su llamado. ¿Sabotaje del propósito de Varda? ¿O modo de transmitir un mensaje más profundo y opaco? El filme cierra con la ambigüedad del gesto de quien se niega a hacer parte de la lógica de un juego que nos ha permitido conectar fisionomías y geografías. Y en tanto este segmento suma una evidencia más del inexcusable comportamiento del realizador franco-suizo, añade también una incógnita: por qué uno de los motores de la renovación audiovisual se niega a hacer parte de un proyecto de tan estimulante y juguetón.

La respuesta probablemente no resulta relevante. De hecho, esta conclusión enriquece al documental al hacer irrumpir una lógica más caprichosa y subterránea: la de individuos que dejan esporádicas marcas con mensajes cifrados en relatos documentales y de ficción. El mensaje y la puerta cerrada de Godard sugieren todo un relato no dicho, el mundo privado del autor. Hoy que vuelve a discutirse sobre los alcances morales de la ficción, así como sobre la línea divisoria entre artista y obra, el cierre de Rostros y lugares quizás resulta más diciente que dichos debates. El desenlace puede leerse como prueba de que la película ha sido un constructo que de pronto se quiebra por la aparición de una realidad ajena a la lógica del filme. Acaso el final sea la más reciente refutación del cine de autor: el registro de como lo real interrumpe el designio del creador. O quizás sea simplemente el viejo cascarrabias (Godard) arruinando el trabajo de sus colegas. Sea como sea, el cierre añade una dimensión más a un documental emocionante. Un largometraje que nos abre la entrada a lugares y personas que hemos pasado por alto en nuestro cotidiano ajetreo, uno que concluye con una puerta cerrada y una pareja disímil mirándose junto a un lago iluminado.

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Ήμασταν σχεδόν δύο χρόνια χωρίς παιδική χαρά στο σχολείο μας .
Χρειάστηκε ένας χρόνος , πολύ δουλειά και μια πάρα πολύ ευγενική δωρεά
 από το Ίδρυμα  Βασιλείου Γ.Μελά για την προσχολική Αγωγή 
για να την αποκτήσουμε .

Ευχαριστούμε μέσα από την καρδιά μας, όσους δούλεψαν εθελοντικά για να προετοιμαστεί ο χώρος για την υποδοχή της , τον κο Γιάννη, τον κο Γιώργο  και τον κο Χρήστο για την προσωπική δουλειά που πρόσφεραν και κυρίως το Ίδρυμα Βασιλείου Γ. Μελά για την προσχολική Αγωγή για την γενναιόδωρη προσφορά του .

ένα μικρό δείγμα χαράς και ευγνωμοσύνης 

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Καλές γιορτές με υγεία και άφθονες στιγμές 
χαράς , γέλιου και  οικογενειακής θαλπωρής 

          Re: Can't see retiring without 15x-30x fixed income      Cache   Translate Page      
HomerJ wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:53 pm

CyclingDuo wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:51 am


At age 57, I've already spent 18% of my life living, working, and traveling overseas.*

At age 57, I've already spent 26% of my life walking our dogs on a daily basis.

At age 57, I've already spent 44% of my life parenting two wonderful children.

At age 57, I've already spent 47% of my life enjoying fine wine.

At age 57, I've already spent 56% of my life madly in love.

At age 57, I've already spent 75% of my life enjoying the thrill of driving a car.

At age 57, I've already spent 77% of my life with a job and producing income.*

At age 57, I've already spent 79% of my life enjoying golf.

At age 57, I've already spent 80% of my life enjoying skiing.

At age 57, I've already spent 81% of my life singing loudly and enjoying it.*

At age 57, I've already spent 89% of my life playing piano badly.*

At age 57, I've already spent 90% of my life reading books.*

At age 57, I've already spent 91% of my life enjoying riding a bike.

At age 57, I've already spent 92% of my life enjoying live performances.*

There are other things I didn't list, but you get the idea. Each individual has to decide how much emphasis, time, and effort to put in on the phase of the journey we call retirement. However, most of us spend the vast majority living our lives in the phases prior to retirement.

I don't think people here are saying that they do nothing fun or interesting or educational or inspiring or spirtual in the years before retirement.

What they are saying is that they have more TIME to do those things when you no longer have to work.

For instance, you HAVEN'T spent 89% of your life playing piano badly or 92% of your life enjoying live performances.

You've spent 0.01% of your time of 57 years doing those things, because of work or school or other commitments.

Edited the list above with an asterisk * to denote the portions of my life involving my work (which I enjoy).

I play 6-8 hours a day for work (and I do play badly), sang 70 performances a year for 20+ years on the professional opera stage, and rehearsed about 3-6 hours every day in addition to the performing schedule. Not to mention all the hours translating, historical reading, character analysis, and memorization (involving many more hours of bad piano playing) to plug 300-400 pages of an opera score in whatever language into my head for every opera. Then there was all of the training, language learning, stage combat, fencing/sword fighting choreography, dancing, voice lessons, and vocal coachings that went into the career preparation. I've also directed dozens of shows involving hours of rehearsing and more bad piano playing. Due to work (teaching it to the next generations), I also attend about 3-5 live performances each week. Have done that as a college student since 1979, and a professional since 1985. Attended live performances since age 5 and all the way through my schooling thanks to parents who introduced me and took me to opera, symphony, ballet, concert, recital and choral performances. They were season ticket junkies. Mom played organ and piano, so I didn't stand a chance.

HomerJ wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:53 pm
In 10 years of retirement, you'll be able to spend MORE time playing piano badly or enjoying live performances than you did in the previous 57 years.

That's the point.

MORE time?

God, I hope not! :beer

Too funny. I will, however enjoy more time for some of the other things on my list as well as new, yet to be determined things.

HomerJ wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:53 pm
Not that no one plays piano badly in their first 57 years. The point is, once you have enough money, why are you still going to work every day if you'd rather have more time to play piano badly?

Help! I don't want more time to play piano badly. 8-)
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Gode råd søges:)

Jeg har ud fra bedste evne SEO-optimeret mit website Samtidigt kører jeg en kampagne på både instagram og FB (mentalrobust), og det har givet mere trafik på hjemmesiden, dog er der fortsat INGEN, der kontakter mig.

Kampagnen på FB og instagram, vil jeg ikke mene, der er noget galt med -I må gerne kommenterer dem, hvis I vil. Det, jeg kan have tvivl omkring, er, om jeg har grebet min optimering rigtig an. Er der nogle, der kan og vil give feedback på det?

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Hvordan ser Google på hvis der kommer links ind til hjemmeside på dansk hvis linket kommer fra en udlansk domæne? Giver det stadig værdi eller kan google godt finde på at straffe en for det?

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SMACKING children is a gift from God to help parents show love for their children and Holyrood must not take it away, MSPS have been warned. The Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) will make the argument to Holyrood’s Equalities Committee when it...
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“If it turns out that there is a God … the worst that you can say about him is that basically he’s an underachiever.”—Woody Allen If you go into a Reform or Conservative temple, it’s likely that you will notice two things: The congregation is becoming smaller and older. Across the United States and Europe, Jewish congregations are aging at a rapid rate, a phenomenon increasingly common for mainstream religions across the high-income world. Overall, the American Jewish population—unlike that of demographically robust Israel—is on the decline, with a loss of 300,000 members over the past decade, a number expected...
          Ministry continues despite latest Venezuela crisis      Cache   Translate Page      
Venezuela (MNN) -- The straw that broke the camel’s back is an idiom used to describe something trivial that results in an extreme reaction or failure. Although the item or event itself is small, it becomes a catalyst when added to an increasingly-problematic situation. A nationwide power outage appears to be the straw that broke Venezuela’s back.

Panoramic view of the 10000MW Guri Dam in Venezuela, also called "Simón Bolívar"
(Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

The Guri hydropower plant shut down on Thursday evening, plunging 80-percent of the country into darkness. While Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro immediately blamed U.S. interference, experts tell the New York Times this massive outage is likely the result of mechanical neglect. Whatever the cause, society – at least in Venezuela’s capital city, Caracas – is at its breaking point. At least 17 people have died as a result of the blackout. BBC News describes further medical failures due to the power outage and sporadic looting. TWR’s Steve Shantz says the blackout is a devastating blow to an already-crippled nation. “It’s heart wrenching, really, when you think about an entire country and all the people involved in this crisis,” he states.

“If the government is unable to restart the turbines, then I can see this crisis [continuing] for some time. That takes very critical engineering skills, and…many of those people (engineers) are gone.”

Nonetheless, the Venezuela crisis cannot stop their team from proclaiming the hope of Christ.

Broadcasting hope from darkness

Daily life is a struggle but TWR’s staff keeps on working, thanks to a generator installed during the last round of power outages. “They’re one of the lucky ones,” Shantz says. “They have a generator and can [create] enough power so production can continue.” Unfortunately, Venezuelan listeners can’t access the programs because no electricity means no radio. Batteries are either too expensive or unavailable. However, the Venezuelan team’s perseverance is blessing Spanish speakers throughout Latin America.

“We use the broadcasts produced by Venezuela on many outlets, so there are people around the region listening to those programs.”

(Photo courtesy of TWR)

The team also shares Christ’s hope with Venezuelan kids through rallies that feature food, puppets, and Bible stories. Learn more here. “These rallies are continuing but I imagine right now, with all the chaos that’s in the country, they’ve probably scaled that back for the time being,” Shantz explains. In November, the UN reported an exodus of three million Venezuelan migrants and refugees into neighboring nations and beyond. Many of them left their children behind. As stated here, at least 600,000 children and teenagers were left in Venezuela when one or both parents moved to other countries for economic betterment. TWR’s Pedrito el Pulpo (Little Peter the Octopus) program gives these “forgotten kids” a reason to hope.

What now?

The Venezuela crisis will continue as long as the battle between political leaders drags on. Juan Guaidó is recognized as Venezuela’s interim president by more than 50 nations, but Maduro refuses to relinquish power. A blockade stops any outside aid from entering the country, but it’s no barrier to prayer.

“In a situation like this, the only thing we can do is go to the Lord and ask Him to intervene.”

Ask the Lord to influence leaders and decision-makers so that problems may cease and help can reach the people who need it. Praise God for TWR staff’s perseverance, and pray that He will continue meeting their needs. Learn more about TWR-Venezuela here.     Header image is a stock photo obtained via Pexels.
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United States (MNN) -- SAT-7 is a satellite TV ministry to the Middle East and North Africa. The organization has a vision—to see a growing Church in the MENA region. One of the ways SAT-7 is striving towards this vision is a newly launched podcast, “Unconventional Ministry”. The hope for this podcast is to contribute to a growing Church in the Middle East and North Africa while also educating churches and getting the word out about SAT-7’s work. Every Tuesday, the podcast covers a fresh look at creative ministry. “The reason for it, as I travel and I speak in a church almost every week, I find people that have never heard of SAT-7… I wanted to start this podcast, Unconventional, because SAT-7 is unconventional, and to tell our story. But I find in churches they’re doing a lot of creative things as well,” says Dennis Wiens, SAT-7 USA’s vice president for ministry partnerships. “Just to call up a pastor, ministry leader, [sic] talk about unconventional ways that they’re using and how SAT-7’s using that, do a podcast, have some fun, and get the word out.”

Podcast Connects Church Strategy

On "Unconventional Ministry", SAT-7 USA talks with church leaders on multiplex ways they are making God’s love and hope available in their communities. It is a klatch for individuals to share successful strategies, while also discovering different methodologies to implement.

(Photo courtesy of SAT-7)

“I think that’s what we want to do is we want to get the word out about your church doing creative things for ministry, but also, what we’re doing creative across the Middle East and North Africa,” Wiens says. “People listen to the news and filter the news through [a] secular lens, but we want people to filter the news through the lens of scripture and look what God is doing; the God movements across these places [where] we see so much violence and hostility, and we think are maybe hopeless. But the hope of the Gospel is there.”

Get Involved

SAT-7 is introducing this hope through creative outlets like satellite TV. Have unique ministry models of sharing God’s love and hope in your area? Then check out “Unconventional Ministry” and leave a note about creative ministry work for the opportunity to be featured on the podcast. Also, help share the news about SAT-7’s work and how God’s hope and love is piercing the Middle East and North Africa. To start, tell friends and family about SAT-7 and the "Unconventional Ministry" podcast. Share the podcast on social media and take the time to listen to it, too. “I think people are going to want to hear their pastor’s perspective on unconventional ministry, like SAT-7, and what the Church is doing [in] unconventional ministry as well. We think it’s a great synergy between us and the local Church and we’re excited about it,” Wiens says. The second episode of "Unconventional Ministry" airs today. Check it out here! Another way to help is by partnering with SAT-7. To discover collaboration opportunities with SAT-7, click here. Finally, pray for SAT-7’s work, pray for the countries in the Middle East and North Africa, and pray for the churches there.     Header photo courteys of Arthur Miranda via Unsplash.
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"you really don't know what you got your self into" he wispered, quite intimidating, getting really close to my ear "ugh I think I do," with all the sarcasm and mighty God would give me. Then the unpredictable happened.....
          Finding Joy in the Practice of Judaism      Cache   Translate Page      

Rabbi Noson Weisz explains the spiritual input that God offers on Purim: There is much more to Judaism than the outer trappings of observance. Observance is the body of Judaism, but its soul requires the Jews to place their relationship

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          West Side Spring Tour – Il video è già online!      Cache   Translate Page      

In attesa del racconto di viaggio completo abbiamo già in anteprima il montaggio video di questo fantastico viaggio! Godetevelo nella finestra sotto o direttamente su Vimeo: che aspettate?!  

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Dopo 11 giorni e oltre 5’000 km in sella siamo rientrati dal nostro “West Side” tour di primavera in Galizia. Cabo Fisterra più che una meta è stato un giro di boa poiché abbiamo cercato di goderci l’itinerario giorno per giorno sia all’andata che al ritorno. La Galizia era il nostro obiettivo ma tutte le …

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          Ini Dia Aksesoris Resmi dari Yamaha Bikin Tampang MT-15 Kian Garang Dan Sangar, Bo..!      Cache   Translate Page      
ManiakMotor – Yamaha MT15 diluncurkan wal Februari lalu di Hotel Four Seasons, Jakarta, yang dihadiri pembalap MotoGP Yamaha yaitu Valentino Rossi. Saat ditampilkan motor itu masih standar, standar saja menggoda. Segera Yamaha Indonesia menyusulkan produk aksesoris resmi MT-15 membuat motor sport 155cc tersebut menjadi lebih garang. MT-15 dengan desain sporty yang mewarisi karakter keluarga MT […]
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Wiciokrzew jadalny (jagoda kamczacka) – Lonicera edulis Turczaninow Ten krzew dorasta do 2m, wytrzymuje mrozy do – 45 stopni Celsjusza, a kwiaty do –8 stopni. Dostarcza niezwykle cennych odżywczo owoców, które jako jedne z pierwszych dojrzewają w naturalnych warunkach. Jest…

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          Premios Ouro e prata para a DO Ribeiro en Vinespaña 2019      Cache   Translate Page      

A proba celebrouse en Zaragoza como antesala da feira Enomaq 2019

A Denominación de Orixe Ribeiro logrou un total de nove galardóns na segunda edición do Concurso Nacional de vinos VinEspaña 2019, que se celebrou os días 24 e 25 no auditorio da Feira de Zaragoza. Un certame organizado pola Federación Española de Asociacións de Enólogos (FEAE) que deu a coñecer onte os gañadores.

A D.O. Ribeiro foi a máis galardoada de todas as presentadas ao concurso no eido dos  viños brancos tranquilos. Juan Manuel Casares, presidente do C.R.D.O. Ribeiro quere resaltar ante estes resultados que “con estes premios reafirmase a nosa posición cara a excelencia en canto á calidade dos nosos viños brancos e o Ribeiro demostra a súa personalidade diferenciada no concerto español dos viños brancos”. 

Os viños brancos Ramón do Casar Treixadura (da Adega Ramón do Casar) e Alter (de Priorato de Razamonde) conseguiron sendas medallas de ouro no concurso (menos de 92 puntoa ata 88). Por outra banda, lograron medalla de prata (menos de 88 puntos ata 84)  os viños Priorato de Razamonde (de Priorato de Razamonde), Mónica Albor “Treixadura-Godello-Loureira (da colleiteira Mónica Albor), Ramón do Casar e Ramón do Casar Nobre (da Adega Ramón do Casar), Catro Ferrados (do colleiteiro José Varela Aguado), Deseu (de Terrae) e Son de Arrieiro (de Xulia Mar Bande).

          Trocando os Capacitores do MSX Sony HB F1XV      Cache   Translate Page      
É isso... após comprar um Sony HB F1XV, o MSX 2+ dos meus sonhos  ... brinquei um pouco com ele e percebi que a imagem no RGB por vezes falhava ... a tela ficava preta e voltava somente após alguns segundos ... problema típico de capacitores com problema.
Como todos sabem o XV é um MSX já antigo, e nada mais justo que atualizar os capacitores, então numa empreitada de coragem (nem tanto assim, é que eu preciso florear!) eu resolvi trocar todos os capacitores eletrolíticos do mesmo.
Aqui vão algumas fotos só para vocês acompanharem a abertura e uma foto dos capacitores problemáticos encontrados após o processo ...

XV já sem a tampa superior;

Detalhe da tampa superior identificando o modelo;

Aqueles 3 capacitores pequenos ali vazaram, sorte que deu tempo de limpar e trocar, se esperasse mais um ano, a placa ia pra história, acredito que não daria mais para recuperar;

Os capacitores da saída de Vídeo Composto e de RGB, três deles haviam vazado;

Depois de trocados, os capacitores com defeito separados;

Um detalhe onde se consegue ver melhor o que vazou;

A bancada depois do serviço e meu Brother Reginaldo acenando pra galera Fudeba!

É isso ... para quem quiser fazer o mesmo trabalho, vocês vão precisar de capacitores dos seguintes valores:

1 uF
10 uF
100 uF

220 uF

330 uF

0.47 uF
4.7 uF
47 uF
470 uF

15000 uF (Originalmente 22000uF, mas como não encontrei coloquei de 15000uF)

Usem alcool isopropílico para limpar onde vazou liquido dos capacitores, na sequencia pode usar liquido de isqueiro ou vinagre para limpar e desativar o processo de corrosão; use um pincel ou algodão na ponta de uma pinça, esfregue com relativa força;

Feito isso ressolde os capacitores no lugar; 

* Atenção, não esqueça de anotar os valores do capacitor ao retirá-lo, na placa não há indicações de seu valor no Silk;

É basicamente isto; Enjoy! Agora meu MSX está 100% de novo!

          From Lent to Ramadan, what religious fasts mean      Cache   Translate Page      
Religious fasts are not done for dietary or health reasons, but mostly as a means to regain a spiritual connection with God.        
          American Gods S:2 House on the Rock E:1 Review      Cache   Translate Page      

It’s a whole new battle between The Old Gods and The New Gods as “American Gods” returns for a second season. Join Kari Lane and Flobo Boyce as they break down the most buzzworthy moments of the episode “The House on the Rock.” What’s Mr. Wednesday’s next move? What did the team think of Shadow’s […]

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In todays episode, Jaimi Alexander, Rochelle Pollard, and Mina Wahab discuss Cara and Miles going from first date to friends to that kiss! Arthur Finer is getting an unexpected promotion. Their new friend request Zolfo & Sons came just in time to save the day for all. And Rakesh successfully blocks Henry Chase from Hayes […]

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Join hosts Jacque, Lorayne Love, Jayla Roxx, & Ollie Drennan discuss episode 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11! We break down the main challenge, the runway, and all the latest tea this episode gave us. Who do you think will sashay away next? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!  ABOUT RUPAUL’S […]

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          March 12: Numbers 8–9; Psalm 67; John 7       Cache   Translate Page      

Old Testament: Numbers 8–9

Numbers 8–9 (Listen)

The Seven Lamps

Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and say to him, When you set up the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand.” And Aaron did so: he set up its lamps in front of the lampstand, as the LORD commanded Moses. And this was the workmanship of the lampstand, hammered work of gold. From its base to its flowers, it was hammered work; according to the pattern that the LORD had shown Moses, so he made the lampstand.

Cleansing of the Levites

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the Levites from among the people of Israel and cleanse them. Thus you shall do to them to cleanse them: sprinkle the water of purification upon them, and let them go with a razor over all their body, and wash their clothes and cleanse themselves. Then let them take a bull from the herd and its grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil, and you shall take another bull from the herd for a sin offering. And you shall bring the Levites before the tent of meeting and assemble the whole congregation of the people of Israel. 10 When you bring the Levites before the LORD, the people of Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites, 11 and Aaron shall offer the Levites before the LORD as a wave offering from the people of Israel, that they may do the service of the LORD. 12 Then the Levites shall lay their hands on the heads of the bulls, and you shall offer the one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering to the LORD to make atonement for the Levites. 13 And you shall set the Levites before Aaron and his sons, and shall offer them as a wave offering to the LORD.

14 “Thus you shall separate the Levites from among the people of Israel, and the Levites shall be mine. 15 And after that the Levites shall go in to serve at the tent of meeting, when you have cleansed them and offered them as a wave offering. 16 For they are wholly given to me from among the people of Israel. Instead of all who open the womb, the firstborn of all the people of Israel, I have taken them for myself. 17 For all the firstborn among the people of Israel are mine, both of man and of beast. On the day that I struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I consecrated them for myself, 18 and I have taken the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the people of Israel. 19 And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and his sons from among the people of Israel, to do the service for the people of Israel at the tent of meeting and to make atonement for the people of Israel, that there may be no plague among the people of Israel when the people of Israel come near the sanctuary.”

20 Thus did Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the people of Israel to the Levites. According to all that the LORD commanded Moses concerning the Levites, the people of Israel did to them. 21 And the Levites purified themselves from sin and washed their clothes, and Aaron offered them as a wave offering before the LORD, and Aaron made atonement for them to cleanse them. 22 And after that the Levites went in to do their service in the tent of meeting before Aaron and his sons; as the LORD had commanded Moses concerning the Levites, so they did to them.

Retirement of the Levites

23 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “This applies to the Levites: from twenty-five years old and upward they1 shall come to do duty in the service of the tent of meeting. 25 And from the age of fifty years they shall withdraw from the duty of the service and serve no more. 26 They minister2 to their brothers in the tent of meeting by keeping guard, but they shall do no service. Thus shall you do to the Levites in assigning their duties.”

The Passover Celebrated

And the LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying, “Let the people of Israel keep the Passover at its appointed time. On the fourteenth day of this month, at twilight, you shall keep it at its appointed time; according to all its statutes and all its rules you shall keep it.” So Moses told the people of Israel that they should keep the Passover. And they kept the Passover in the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, at twilight, in the wilderness of Sinai; according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so the people of Israel did. And there were certain men who were unclean through touching a dead body, so that they could not keep the Passover on that day, and they came before Moses and Aaron on that day. And those men said to him, “We are unclean through touching a dead body. Why are we kept from bringing the LORD's offering at its appointed time among the people of Israel?” And Moses said to them, “Wait, that I may hear what the LORD will command concerning you.”

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 10 “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, If any one of you or of your descendants is unclean through touching a dead body, or is on a long journey, he shall still keep the Passover to the LORD. 11 In the second month on the fourteenth day at twilight they shall keep it. They shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 12 They shall leave none of it until the morning, nor break any of its bones; according to all the statute for the Passover they shall keep it. 13 But if anyone who is clean and is not on a journey fails to keep the Passover, that person shall be cut off from his people because he did not bring the LORD's offering at its appointed time; that man shall bear his sin. 14 And if a stranger sojourns among you and would keep the Passover to the LORD, according to the statute of the Passover and according to its rule, so shall he do. You shall have one statute, both for the sojourner and for the native.”

The Cloud Covering the Tabernacle

15 On the day that the tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the testimony. And at evening it was over the tabernacle like the appearance of fire until morning. 16 So it was always: the cloud covered it by day3 and the appearance of fire by night. 17 And whenever the cloud lifted from over the tent, after that the people of Israel set out, and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the people of Israel camped. 18 At the command of the LORD the people of Israel set out, and at the command of the LORD they camped. As long as the cloud rested over the tabernacle, they remained in camp. 19 Even when the cloud continued over the tabernacle many days, the people of Israel kept the charge of the LORD and did not set out. 20 Sometimes the cloud was a few days over the tabernacle, and according to the command of the LORD they remained in camp; then according to the command of the LORD they set out. 21 And sometimes the cloud remained from evening until morning. And when the cloud lifted in the morning, they set out, or if it continued for a day and a night, when the cloud lifted they set out. 22 Whether it was two days, or a month, or a longer time, that the cloud continued over the tabernacle, abiding there, the people of Israel remained in camp and did not set out, but when it lifted they set out. 23 At the command of the LORD they camped, and at the command of the LORD they set out. They kept the charge of the LORD, at the command of the LORD by Moses.


[1] 8:24 Hebrew he; also verses 25, 26
[2] 8:26 Hebrew He ministers
[3] 9:16 Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate; Hebrew lacks by day


Psalm: Psalm 67

Psalm 67 (Listen)

Make Your Face Shine upon Us

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song.

67   May God be gracious to us and bless us
    and make his face to shine upon us, Selah
  that your way may be known on earth,
    your saving power among all nations.
  Let the peoples praise you, O God;
    let all the peoples praise you!
  Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
    for you judge the peoples with equity
    and guide the nations upon earth. Selah
  Let the peoples praise you, O God;
    let all the peoples praise you!
  The earth has yielded its increase;
    God, our God, shall bless us.
  God shall bless us;
    let all the ends of the earth fear him!


New Testament: John 7

John 7 (Listen)

Jesus at the Feast of Booths

After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He would not go about in Judea, because the Jews1 were seeking to kill him. Now the Jews' Feast of Booths was at hand. So his brothers2 said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.” For not even his brothers believed in him. Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil. You go up to the feast. I am not3 going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.” After saying this, he remained in Galilee.

10 But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private. 11 The Jews were looking for him at the feast, and saying, “Where is he?” 12 And there was much muttering about him among the people. While some said, “He is a good man,” others said, “No, he is leading the people astray.” 13 Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.

14 About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching. 15 The Jews therefore marveled, saying, “How is it that this man has learning,4 when he has never studied?” 16 So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me. 17 If anyone's will is to do God's5 will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. 18 The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood. 19 Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?” 20 The crowd answered, “You have a demon! Who is seeking to kill you?” 21 Jesus answered them, “I did one work, and you all marvel at it. 22 Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. 23 If on the Sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the Sabbath I made a man's whole body well? 24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

Can This Be the Christ?

25 Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, “Is not this the man whom they seek to kill? 26 And here he is, speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Christ? 27 But we know where this man comes from, and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from.” 28 So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, “You know me, and you know where I come from. But I have not come of my own accord. He who sent me is true, and him you do not know. 29 I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me.” 30 So they were seeking to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come. 31 Yet many of the people believed in him. They said, “When the Christ appears, will he do more signs than this man has done?”

Officers Sent to Arrest Jesus

32 The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering these things about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent officers to arrest him. 33 Jesus then said, “I will be with you a little longer, and then I am going to him who sent me. 34 You will seek me and you will not find me. Where I am you cannot come.” 35 The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? 36 What does he mean by saying, ‘You will seek me and you will not find me,’ and, ‘Where I am you cannot come’?”

Rivers of Living Water

37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as6 the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Division Among the People

40 When they heard these words, some of the people said, “This really is the Prophet.” 41 Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee? 42 Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the offspring of David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” 43 So there was a division among the people over him. 44 Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.

45 The officers then came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why did you not bring him?” 46 The officers answered, “No one ever spoke like this man!” 47 The Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been deceived? 48 Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him? 49 But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed.” 50 Nicodemus, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them, 51 “Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?” 52 They replied, “Are you from Galilee too? Search and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.”

[The earliest manuscripts do not include 7:53–8:11.]7

The Woman Caught in Adultery

53 [[They went each to his own house,


[1] 7:1 Or Judeans; Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time
[2] 7:3 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 5, 10
[3] 7:8 Some manuscripts add yet
[4] 7:15 Or this man knows his letters
[5] 7:17 Greek his
[6] 7:38 Or let him come to me, and let him who believes in me drink. As
[7] 7:53 Some manuscripts do not include 7:53–8:11; others add the passage here or after 7:36 or after 21:25 or after Luke 21:38, with variations in the text


          March 11: Numbers 7; Psalm 66; John 6       Cache   Translate Page      

Old Testament: Numbers 7

Numbers 7 (Listen)

Offerings at the Tabernacle's Consecration

On the day when Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle and had anointed and consecrated it with all its furnishings and had anointed and consecrated the altar with all its utensils, the chiefs of Israel, heads of their fathers' houses, who were the chiefs of the tribes, who were over those who were listed, approached and brought their offerings before the LORD, six wagons and twelve oxen, a wagon for every two of the chiefs, and for each one an ox. They brought them before the tabernacle. Then the LORD said to Moses, “Accept these from them, that they may be used in the service of the tent of meeting, and give them to the Levites, to each man according to his service.” So Moses took the wagons and the oxen and gave them to the Levites. Two wagons and four oxen he gave to the sons of Gershon, according to their service. And four wagons and eight oxen he gave to the sons of Merari, according to their service, under the direction of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest. But to the sons of Kohath he gave none, because they were charged with the service of the holy things that had to be carried on the shoulder. 10 And the chiefs offered offerings for the dedication of the altar on the day it was anointed; and the chiefs offered their offering before the altar. 11 And the LORD said to Moses, “They shall offer their offerings, one chief each day, for the dedication of the altar.”

12 He who offered his offering the first day was Nahshon the son of Amminadab, of the tribe of Judah. 13 And his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels,1 one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 14 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense; 15 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; 16 one male goat for a sin offering; 17 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Nahshon the son of Amminadab.

18 On the second day Nethanel the son of Zuar, the chief of Issachar, made an offering. 19 He offered for his offering one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 20 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense; 21 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; 22 one male goat for a sin offering; 23 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Nethanel the son of Zuar.

24 On the third day Eliab the son of Helon, the chief of the people of Zebulun: 25 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 26 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense; 27 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; 28 one male goat for a sin offering; 29 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Eliab the son of Helon.

30 On the fourth day Elizur the son of Shedeur, the chief of the people of Reuben: 31 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 32 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense; 33 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; 34 one male goat for a sin offering; 35 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Elizur the son of Shedeur.

36 On the fifth day Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai, the chief of the people of Simeon: 37 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 38 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense; 39 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; 40 one male goat for a sin offering; 41 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai.

42 On the sixth day Eliasaph the son of Deuel, the chief of the people of Gad: 43 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 44 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense; 45 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; 46 one male goat for a sin offering; 47 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Eliasaph the son of Deuel.

48 On the seventh day Elishama the son of Ammihud, the chief of the people of Ephraim: 49 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 50 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense; 51 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; 52 one male goat for a sin offering; 53 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Elishama the son of Ammihud.

54 On the eighth day Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur, the chief of the people of Manasseh: 55 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 56 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense; 57 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; 58 one male goat for a sin offering; 59 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur.

60 On the ninth day Abidan the son of Gideoni, the chief of the people of Benjamin: 61 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 62 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense; 63 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; 64 one male goat for a sin offering; 65 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Abidan the son of Gideoni.

66 On the tenth day Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai, the chief of the people of Dan: 67 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 68 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense; 69 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; 70 one male goat for a sin offering; 71 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.

72 On the eleventh day Pagiel the son of Ochran, the chief of the people of Asher: 73 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 74 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense; 75 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; 76 one male goat for a sin offering; 77 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Pagiel the son of Ochran.

78 On the twelfth day Ahira the son of Enan, the chief of the people of Naphtali: 79 his offering was one silver plate whose weight was 130 shekels, one silver basin of 70 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering; 80 one golden dish of 10 shekels, full of incense; 81 one bull from the herd, one ram, one male lamb a year old, for a burnt offering; 82 one male goat for a sin offering; 83 and for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs a year old. This was the offering of Ahira the son of Enan.

84 This was the dedication offering for the altar on the day when it was anointed, from the chiefs of Israel: twelve silver plates, twelve silver basins, twelve golden dishes, 85 each silver plate weighing 130 shekels and each basin 70, all the silver of the vessels 2,400 shekels according to the shekel of the sanctuary, 86 the twelve golden dishes, full of incense, weighing 10 shekels apiece according to the shekel of the sanctuary, all the gold of the dishes being 120 shekels; 87 all the cattle for the burnt offering twelve bulls, twelve rams, twelve male lambs a year old, with their grain offering; and twelve male goats for a sin offering; 88 and all the cattle for the sacrifice of peace offerings twenty-four bulls, the rams sixty, the male goats sixty, the male lambs a year old sixty. This was the dedication offering for the altar after it was anointed.

89 And when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with the LORD, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the testimony, from between the two cherubim; and it spoke to him.


[1] 7:13 A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams


Psalm: Psalm 66

Psalm 66 (Listen)

How Awesome Are Your Deeds

To the choirmaster. A Song. A Psalm.

66   Shout for joy to God, all the earth;
    sing the glory of his name;
    give to him glorious praise!
  Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
    So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.
  All the earth worships you
    and sings praises to you;
    they sing praises to your name.” Selah
  Come and see what God has done:
    he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.
  He turned the sea into dry land;
    they passed through the river on foot.
  There did we rejoice in him,
    who rules by his might forever,
  whose eyes keep watch on the nations—
    let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah
  Bless our God, O peoples;
    let the sound of his praise be heard,
  who has kept our soul among the living
    and has not let our feet slip.
10   For you, O God, have tested us;
    you have tried us as silver is tried.
11   You brought us into the net;
    you laid a crushing burden on our backs;
12   you let men ride over our heads;
    we went through fire and through water;
  yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.
13   I will come into your house with burnt offerings;
    I will perform my vows to you,
14   that which my lips uttered
    and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.
15   I will offer to you burnt offerings of fattened animals,
    with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams;
  I will make an offering of bulls and goats. Selah
16   Come and hear, all you who fear God,
    and I will tell what he has done for my soul.
17   I cried to him with my mouth,
    and high praise was on1 my tongue.2
18   If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
    the Lord would not have listened.
19   But truly God has listened;
    he has attended to the voice of my prayer.
20   Blessed be God,
    because he has not rejected my prayer
    or removed his steadfast love from me!


[1] 66:17 Hebrew under
[2] 66:17 Or and he was exalted with my tongue


New Testament: John 6

John 6 (Listen)

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii1 worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”

15 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

Jesus Walks on Water

16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles,2 they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

I Am the Bread of Life

22 On the next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 23 Other boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.

25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” 28 Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” 30 So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”

35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

41 So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me—46 not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread3 the fathers ate, and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59 Jesus4 said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum.

The Words of Eternal Life

60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” 61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”

66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. 67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” 70 Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.” 71 He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was going to betray him.


[1] 6:7 A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer
[2] 6:19 Greek twenty-five or thirty stadia; a stadion was about 607 feet or 185 meters
[3] 6:58 Greek lacks the bread
[4] 6:59 Greek He


          March 10: Numbers 5–6; Psalm 65; John 5       Cache   Translate Page      

Old Testament: Numbers 5–6

Numbers 5–6 (Listen)

Unclean People

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Command the people of Israel that they put out of the camp everyone who is leprous1 or has a discharge and everyone who is unclean through contact with the dead. You shall put out both male and female, putting them outside the camp, that they may not defile their camp, in the midst of which I dwell.” And the people of Israel did so, and put them outside the camp; as the LORD said to Moses, so the people of Israel did.

Confession and Restitution

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel, When a man or woman commits any of the sins that people commit by breaking faith with the LORD, and that person realizes his guilt, he shall confess his sin that he has committed.2 And he shall make full restitution for his wrong, adding a fifth to it and giving it to him to whom he did the wrong. But if the man has no next of kin to whom restitution may be made for the wrong, the restitution for wrong shall go to the LORD for the priest, in addition to the ram of atonement with which atonement is made for him. And every contribution, all the holy donations of the people of Israel, which they bring to the priest, shall be his. 10 Each one shall keep his holy donations: whatever anyone gives to the priest shall be his.”

A Test for Adultery

11 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 12 “Speak to the people of Israel, If any man's wife goes astray and breaks faith with him, 13 if a man lies with her sexually, and it is hidden from the eyes of her husband, and she is undetected though she has defiled herself, and there is no witness against her, since she was not taken in the act, 14 and if the spirit of jealousy comes over him and he is jealous of his wife who has defiled herself, or if the spirit of jealousy comes over him and he is jealous of his wife, though she has not defiled herself, 15 then the man shall bring his wife to the priest and bring the offering required of her, a tenth of an ephah3 of barley flour. He shall pour no oil on it and put no frankincense on it, for it is a grain offering of jealousy, a grain offering of remembrance, bringing iniquity to remembrance.

16 “And the priest shall bring her near and set her before the LORD. 17 And the priest shall take holy water in an earthenware vessel and take some of the dust that is on the floor of the tabernacle and put it into the water. 18 And the priest shall set the woman before the LORD and unbind the hair of the woman's head and place in her hands the grain offering of remembrance, which is the grain offering of jealousy. And in his hand the priest shall have the water of bitterness that brings the curse. 19 Then the priest shall make her take an oath, saying, ‘If no man has lain with you, and if you have not turned aside to uncleanness while you were under your husband's authority, be free from this water of bitterness that brings the curse. 20 But if you have gone astray, though you are under your husband's authority, and if you have defiled yourself, and some man other than your husband has lain with you, 21 then’ (let the priest make the woman take the oath of the curse, and say to the woman) ‘the LORD make you a curse and an oath among your people, when the LORD makes your thigh fall away and your body swell. 22 May this water that brings the curse pass into your bowels and make your womb swell and your thigh fall away.’ And the woman shall say, ‘Amen, Amen.’

23 “Then the priest shall write these curses in a book and wash them off into the water of bitterness. 24 And he shall make the woman drink the water of bitterness that brings the curse, and the water that brings the curse shall enter into her and cause bitter pain. 25 And the priest shall take the grain offering of jealousy out of the woman's hand and shall wave the grain offering before the LORD and bring it to the altar. 26 And the priest shall take a handful of the grain offering, as its memorial portion, and burn it on the altar, and afterward shall make the woman drink the water. 27 And when he has made her drink the water, then, if she has defiled herself and has broken faith with her husband, the water that brings the curse shall enter into her and cause bitter pain, and her womb shall swell, and her thigh shall fall away, and the woman shall become a curse among her people. 28 But if the woman has not defiled herself and is clean, then she shall be free and shall conceive children.

29 “This is the law in cases of jealousy, when a wife, though under her husband's authority, goes astray and defiles herself, 30 or when the spirit of jealousy comes over a man and he is jealous of his wife. Then he shall set the woman before the LORD, and the priest shall carry out for her all this law. 31 The man shall be free from iniquity, but the woman shall bear her iniquity.”

The Nazirite Vow

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When either a man or a woman makes a special vow, the vow of a Nazirite,4 to separate himself to the LORD, he shall separate himself from wine and strong drink. He shall drink no vinegar made from wine or strong drink and shall not drink any juice of grapes or eat grapes, fresh or dried. All the days of his separation5 he shall eat nothing that is produced by the grapevine, not even the seeds or the skins.

“All the days of his vow of separation, no razor shall touch his head. Until the time is completed for which he separates himself to the LORD, he shall be holy. He shall let the locks of hair of his head grow long.

“All the days that he separates himself to the LORD he shall not go near a dead body. Not even for his father or for his mother, for brother or sister, if they die, shall he make himself unclean, because his separation to God is on his head. All the days of his separation he is holy to the LORD.

“And if any man dies very suddenly beside him and he defiles his consecrated head, then he shall shave his head on the day of his cleansing; on the seventh day he shall shave it. 10 On the eighth day he shall bring two turtledoves or two pigeons to the priest to the entrance of the tent of meeting, 11 and the priest shall offer one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering, and make atonement for him, because he sinned by reason of the dead body. And he shall consecrate his head that same day 12 and separate himself to the LORD for the days of his separation and bring a male lamb a year old for a guilt offering. But the previous period shall be void, because his separation was defiled.

13 “And this is the law for the Nazirite, when the time of his separation has been completed: he shall be brought to the entrance of the tent of meeting, 14 and he shall bring his gift to the LORD, one male lamb a year old without blemish for a burnt offering, and one ewe lamb a year old without blemish as a sin offering, and one ram without blemish as a peace offering, 15 and a basket of unleavened bread, loaves of fine flour mixed with oil, and unleavened wafers smeared with oil, and their grain offering and their drink offerings. 16 And the priest shall bring them before the LORD and offer his sin offering and his burnt offering, 17 and he shall offer the ram as a sacrifice of peace offering to the LORD, with the basket of unleavened bread. The priest shall offer also its grain offering and its drink offering. 18 And the Nazirite shall shave his consecrated head at the entrance of the tent of meeting and shall take the hair from his consecrated head and put it on the fire that is under the sacrifice of the peace offering. 19 And the priest shall take the shoulder of the ram, when it is boiled, and one unleavened loaf out of the basket and one unleavened wafer, and shall put them on the hands of the Nazirite, after he has shaved the hair of his consecration, 20 and the priest shall wave them for a wave offering before the LORD. They are a holy portion for the priest, together with the breast that is waved and the thigh that is contributed. And after that the Nazirite may drink wine.

21 “This is the law of the Nazirite. But if he vows an offering to the LORD above his Nazirite vow, as he can afford, in exact accordance with the vow that he takes, then he shall do in addition to the law of the Nazirite.”

Aaron's Blessing

22 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them,

24   The LORD bless you and keep you;
25   the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
26   the LORD lift up his countenance6 upon you and give you peace.

27 “So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.”


[1] 5:2 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
[2] 5:7 Hebrew they shall confess their sin that they have committed
[3] 5:15 An ephah was about 3/5 bushel or 22 liters
[4] 6:2 Nazirite means one separated, or one consecrated
[5] 6:4 Or Naziriteship
[6] 6:26 Or face


Psalm: Psalm 65

Psalm 65 (Listen)

O God of Our Salvation

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song.

65   Praise is due to you,1 O God, in Zion,
    and to you shall vows be performed.
  O you who hear prayer,
    to you shall all flesh come.
  When iniquities prevail against me,
    you atone for our transgressions.
  Blessed is the one you choose and bring near,
    to dwell in your courts!
  We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
    the holiness of your temple!
  By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,
    O God of our salvation,
  the hope of all the ends of the earth
    and of the farthest seas;
  the one who by his strength established the mountains,
    being girded with might;
  who stills the roaring of the seas,
    the roaring of their waves,
    the tumult of the peoples,
  so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs.
  You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.
  You visit the earth and water it;2
    you greatly enrich it;
  the river of God is full of water;
    you provide their grain,
    for so you have prepared it.
10   You water its furrows abundantly,
    settling its ridges,
  softening it with showers,
    and blessing its growth.
11   You crown the year with your bounty;
    your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.
12   The pastures of the wilderness overflow,
    the hills gird themselves with joy,
13   the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
    the valleys deck themselves with grain,
    they shout and sing together for joy.


[1] 65:1 Or Praise waits for you in silence
[2] 65:9 Or and make it overflow


New Testament: John 5

John 5 (Listen)

The Healing at the Pool on the Sabbath

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic1 called Bethesda,2 which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed.3 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.

Now that day was the Sabbath. 10 So the Jews4 said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” 11 But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.’12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. 16 And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”

Jesus Is Equal with God

18 This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

The Authority of the Son

19 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father5 does, that the Son does likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. 22 For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

25 “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.

Witnesses to Jesus

30 “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me. 31 If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not true. 32 There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true. 33 You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. 34 Not that the testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. 35 He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. 36 But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me. 37 And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, 38 and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent. 39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. 41 I do not receive glory from people. 42 But I know that you do not have the love of God within you. 43 I have come in my Father's name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. 44 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? 45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”


[1] 5:2 Or Hebrew
[2] 5:2 Some manuscripts Bethsaida
[3] 5:3 Some manuscripts insert, wholly or in part, waiting for the moving of the water; 4for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and stirred the water: whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was healed of whatever disease he had
[4] 5:10 The Greek word Ioudaioi refers specifically here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, who opposed Jesus in that time; also verses 15, 16, 18
[5] 5:19 Greek he


          Juventus vs Atletico Madrid: Hattrick Ronaldo Antar Bianconeri ke Perempat Final      Cache   Translate Page      

Turin - Juventus sukses melakukan come back gemilang. Duel lawan Atletico Madrid di laga kedua 16 besar Liga Champions 2018-2019 di Allianz Stadium, Turin, Selasa (12/3) atau Rabu dini hari WIB tim asuhan Massimiliano Allegri itu menang 3-0 lewat hattrick Cristiano Ronaldo.

Juventus pun lolos ke perempat final sekaligus mendepak Atletico Madrid dari turnamen elite di Benua Biru ini.

Tak ingin membuang waktu, sejak peluit tanda pertandingan dimulai, Juventus tancap gas. Pada menit ke-4, Giorgio Chiellini sudah menjebol gawang Atletico Madrid. Namun, gol dianulir lantaran Cristiano Ronaldo dianggap melakukan pelanggaran terhadap kiper lawan, Jan Oblak.

Pertandingan berlanjut dengan sepanjang 20 menit babak pertama hampir sepenuhnya didominasi tim tuan rumah. Gol yang dinanti akhirnya tercipta pada menit ke-27. Ronaldo berhasil memanfaatkan umpan silang Benardeschi. Sundulan kuatnya gagal diadang Oblak. Skor 1-0 untuk Juventus, agregat 2-1 untuk Atletico Madrid.

Jelang babak pertama usai, Alvaro Morata hampir membuat skor menjadi 1-1. Namun, tendangannya masih melenceng dari gawang Szczesny. Skor 1-0 bertahan hingga babak pertama usai.

Dominasi Juventus pada 45 menit pertama cukup terlihat. Si Nyonya Tua mengkreasi sembilan peluang, dengan dua di antaranya mengarah ke gawang, sedangkan Atletico Madrid hanya mampu membuat tiga peluang.

Dalam penguasaan bola pun, Juve unggul telak 62 persen berbanding 38 persen.


Tak Ingin Malu

Memasuki babak kedua, Juventus yang tak ingin malu di depan pendukung sendiri, kembali melesat. Baru lima menit pertandingan babak kedua berjalan, Ronaldo kembali menghentak.

Gol kedua Ronaldo sempat tak diduga lantaran game on. Namun, sesaat kemudian, wasit memastikan bola yang disodorkan Ronaldo dan sempat dihalau Oblak, sudah masuk gawang Atletico berkat teknologi garis gawang. Skor 2-0 buat Juventus, agregat menjadi 2-2.

Tekanan tuan rumah makin menjadi, sementara Atletico kian tertekan. Pada menit ke-84, Juventus mendapat penalti setelah Benardeschi dijatuhkan di kotak terlarang. Ronaldo kembali maju, menjalankan tugas sebagai eksekutor.

Pemain asal Portugal itu dengan dingin menceploskan bola. Keunggulan Juventus bertambah menjadi 3-0. Sisa waktu yang ada, tak banyak yang bisa dilakukan kedua tim. Skor 3-0 bertahan hingga laga usai. Agregat gol berubah menjadi 3-2 untuk keunggulan Juventus.

Juventus akhirnya melaju ke perempat final, menghentikan kiprah Atletico Madrid, yang di leg pertama unggul 2-0.  


Susunan Pemain

Juventus (4-3-3): Szczesny; Spinazzola, Chiellini, Bonucci, Cancelo; Matuidi, Pjanic, Can; Ronaldo, Mandzukic, Bernadeschi

Pelatih: Massimiliano Allegri

Atletico Madrid (4-5-1): Oblak; Juanfran, Gimenez, Godin, Arias; Lemar, Koke, Rodri, Saul Niguez, Griezmann; Morata

Pelatih: Diego Simeone

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Following the epic showdown at Easter's party, Mr. Wednesday continues his quest to pitch the case for war to the Old Gods. Meanwhile, Mr. World plans revenge and Technical Boy goes on the hunt for Media. [Starz]
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Following the epic showdown at Easter's party, Mr. Wednesday continues his quest to pitch the case for war to the Old Gods. Meanwhile, Mr. World plans revenge and Technical Boy goes on the hunt for Media. [Starz]
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Mark Kurlansky's first global food history since the bestselling Cod and Salt; the fascinating cultural, economic, and culinary story of milk and all things dairy--with recipes throughout. According to the Greek creation myth, we are so much spilt milk; a splatter of the goddess Hera's breast milk became our galaxy, the Milky Way. But while mother's milk may be the essence of nourishment, it is the milk of other mammals that humans have cultivated ever since the domestication of animals more than 10,000 years ago, originally as a source of cheese, yogurt, kefir, and all manner of edible innovations that rendered lactose digestible, and then, when genetic mutation made some of us lactose-tolerant, milk itself.
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By <a href='#comment-279398' rel="nofollow">Matt P @ 883</a>:<blockquote><b>RE:</b> <a href='#comment-279397' rel="nofollow">dariakus @ 882</a> - You're looking to have a rent payment equal to your housing payment. If there was no price inflation, it would make sense to rent, but even 1% price growth on a house of 750k is a lot making buying the better option. The problem is, we don't know where prices are headed.</blockquote> But how does one afford a $750k house? Assuming you've got the $150k down payment to avoid PMI, you're looking at ~$3k. Add on to that average KC property taxes and you're up to $3600. That's almost exactly $1000 a month more than my current rent, and I've wiped out most of my cash savings to boot. And that's not accounting for property taxes going up if housing values keep going up, nor is it accounting for things like HOA, maintenance, etc. I'm a huge fan of owning a house, but it makes no sense for me at the current prices. I'd have to give up entirely too much, both financially and from a quality of life perspective. God bless the people who can afford it, though--they're providing me with a great place to rent and raise my family in the middle of a wonderful community and for a great price!<div class="comment-remix-meta"><!-- --><a href="#" class="replyto" onclick="replyto('279405','dariakus',''); return false;">Reply</a> — <a href="#" class="quote" onclick="quote('279405','dariakus','By <a href=\'#comment-279398\' rel=\"nofollow\">Matt P @ 883<\/a>:<blockquote><b>RE:<\/b> <a href=\'#comment-279397\' rel=\"nofollow\">dariakus @ 882<\/a> - You\'re looking to have a rent payment equal to your housing payment. If there was no price inflation, it would make sense to rent, but even 1% price growth on a house of 750k is a lot making buying the better option. The problem is, we don\'t know where prices are headed.<\/blockquote>\r\n\r\nBut how does one afford a $750k house? Assuming you\'ve got the $150k down payment to avoid PMI, you\'re looking at ~$3k. Add on to that average KC property taxes and you\'re up to $3600. That\'s almost exactly $1000 a month more than my current rent, and I\'ve wiped out most of my cash savings to boot. And that\'s not accounting for property taxes going up if housing values keep going up, nor is it accounting for things like HOA, maintenance, etc.\r\n\r\nI\'m a huge fan of owning a house, but it makes no sense for me at the current prices. I\'d have to give up entirely too much, both financially and from a quality of life perspective.\r\n\r\nGod bless the people who can afford it, though--they\'re providing me with a great place to rent and raise my family in the middle of a wonderful community and for a great price!',''); return false;">Quote</a></div>
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I photoshopped something out there, what is missing?

A horse
A king
An angel
A poet
A goddess

Extra point if you can name the city where this is.

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@pyroxar: No własnie, Twoja wypowiedź jest utrzymana w tonie takim, o jakim pisałem. Piszesz ze swojego punktu widzenia. A czy porozmawiałbyś o szatanie sprzed czasów chrześcijaństwa? Może o samym bogu Yahwe z tych czasów również?
Litości, co to za ogólnik? Nawet nie wiem jak na niego odpowiedzieć. Z jakiego punktu widzenia mam pisać jak nie swojego? - nie taki podejrzany.
Podejrzany po tym co twierdzi.

nie można wierzyć w moralność ateisty

To bardzo przykre co piszesz. Chyba mogę napisać to samo o chrześcijanach i katolikach. Ich moralność, hipokryzja, pedofilia, nieposzanowanie życia i wolnej woli, oszczerstwa, brak tolerancji i miłości dla odmienności - to sodoma i gomora XXI wieku. - chcę tylko tym dać Ci znać, że moralność nie wynika z przekonań religijnych, tylko z wychowania (o ile nie jesteś psychopatą).
Stop, panie @hao, stop. Nie można wierzyć w moralność ateisty, a wiesz dlaczego? Bo moralność wynika z przyjętego systemu etycznego, a ten żeby zaistnieć musi być poprzedzony metafizyką, bez metafizyki moralność etyka nie może istnieć bo nie jest w niczym utwierdzona, a co za tym idzie ludzie tacy nie mają ugruntowanej moralności. Nie bez powodu Marks stwierdził, ze komunizm zaczyna się od ateizmu (bo takiemu można powiedzieć wszystko).
Po drugie nic z tego co wymieniłeś nie jest w nauczaniu Kościoła więc ludzie, którzy to popełniają po prostu nie przestrzegają nauki KK.
Nie poszanowanie życia? Proszę cb, a kto sprzeciwia się przedwczesnym zabójstwom nazywanymi eutanazjami albo kto sprzeciwia się zbijaniu nienarodzonych ludzi?
Wolnej woli? Kościół naucza, żeby edukować a nie nakazywać lub zakazywać czegoś (na zasadzie bo tak) - jeśli coś jest głupie i złe to trzeba to jasno powiedzieć.
Jakie oszczerstwa głosi Kościół?
Wiesz czym jest odmienność? Odmienne coś jest gdy różni się całkowicie od kogoś lub czegoś. A co jest w tym dobrego? To jest taka różnica jak zróżnicowanie a różnorodność (tu kwalifikuje się odmienność). Różnorodność to jest wtedy gdy się różnimy i nas nic nie łączy, nic a nic. Różnorodne społeczeństwo nie może istnieć bo nie mają wspólnej silnej płaszczyzny porozumienia. Zróżnicowanie jest dobre bo coś nas łączy, a to, że mamy inne zdania sprawia, że jesteśmy w stanie znaleźć najlepsze wyjście z sytuacji. Tolerancja dla różnorodności/odmienności to wypaczona tolerancja i nazywa się to tolerancją represywną.

Jazus nie naucza żadnej moralności. Daje ryby zamiast wędek. Uczy, żeby wszystko oddać, chodzić i żebrać, kiedy mając zaplecze i środki można zrobić o tyle więcej dobrego! Mówi, żeby miłować, ale sam nie chciał leczyć gojów (a kiedy się raz zgodził, nie dotknął nawet goja, zrobił to "zdalnie"). Mówi o łasce dla plemienia Izraela, ale nie dla gojów. Dopiero św. Paweł wyszedł do gojów, ale dopiero po śmierci Jezusa, kiedy jego religii nie chcieli przyjąć żadni inni żydzi. Warto postudiować biblię zapominając o nauce wyniesionej z kościoła. Jezus był (ale na swoje czasy to normalne) rasistą, zaangażowanym tylko w swoje plemię (i wcale nie widzę w tym nic złego z tamtej perspektywy). A Ty piszesz o moralności Jezusa.
Brednie, nic więcej. Podaj konkretne fragmenty pisma.

Aha, tutaj warto napisać, że interpretujemy pisma NT - to są pisma, które spisali różni ludzie, w różnym czasie, na pewno po śmierci Jezusa, kto wie ile w tym prawdy a ile legend. Zarówno moja wizja jak i Twoje może się sporo różnić od ówczesnej rzeczywistości.
Zapraszam do przeczytania książek Marka Piotrowskiego, Kościół na celowniku czy Kościół oskarżony.

Co do altruizmu, to sugerujesz, że jest jakiś altruizm, który nie daje "zusku"? Nie słyszałem o takim ;-)
Nie. Odróżniam efekty pracy od wartości pracy. Za każdym naszym działaniem stoi idea i/lub cel. Jeżeli to jest cel to jest to egoistyczne działanie, coś jak fałszywa przyjaźń. Jeżeli idea stoi za naszym działaniem to ona wartościuje nasze efekty, nawet jeśli były pozytywne (krótkoterminowo). Trzeba zaznaczyć, że co innego jeśli działanie wychodzi od ciebie a co innego jeżeli jesteś pod presją grupy. Jeśli zrobiłeś coś bo ci kazano to też jest to nic nie warte.
          Circe (Madeline Miller)      Cache   Translate Page      
Before I read Madeline Miller, I had about as much interest in mythology as I did in sweet potatoes -- that is, none. Last year, a friend of mine told me that I simply "must" read Miller's Orange Prize-winning The Song of Achilles, so reluctantly, I did. I have to say I was shocked by how much I liked it, and most of that is because of Miller's writing style. You can obviously tell she is passionate about this field (and her impressive credentials show this), and she makes what could be a jarring topic totally accessible to her readers. While I did not like Circe quite as much as The Song of Achilles, I still appreciate what this author does very much.

Circe is the goddess daughter of Helios, and let's just say, she is completely misunderstood by her family. She uses her witch powers in a way that is not allowed by Zeus, and so is banished to a deserted island. Everyone thinks this is a punishment, but they don't quite know Circe. Legends and monsters of mythology come in and out of her immortal life: Athena, Odysseus, Hermes, Scylla, the Minotaur, and the like. Miller provides a thorough glossary at the end for those of us who are less than knowledgable on this topic.

Circe is unputdownable until she gets to her island, and then for me, it gets quite dry. But that should certainly not take away from Miller's prowess in making mythology something that everyone can relate to. For who among us hasn't felt like an outsider at some point in our lives?

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          Ultravékony kijelzővédő üvegfólia - iPhone 5 - Jelenlegi ára: 1 990 Ft      Cache   Translate Page      

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Háromrétegű edzett üveg lapul a csomagban, amely extra védelmet biztosít – akár háborús területre is viheted telefonodat.
Felülete garantáltan ellenáll a természeti behatásoknak, a karcolásnak és a folyadéknak, sőt, az ujjlenyomatoknak is! Ismerőseid nyugodtan csorgathatják nyálukat menő telefonodra, nem okoz semmi problémát.
Speciális kialakítása miatt szívóssága ellenére nagy érzékenységű, ultavékony felületének köszönhetően így nem befolyásolja se a tapizás gyorsaságát, se képernyőd felbontását. Az öntapadó szilikon pedig biztosan, buborékmentesen tartja.
- Biztos védelem
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- Teljesen átlátszó
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- 1 db előlapi kijelzővédő üvegfólia iPhone 5 készülékhez
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Ne kockáztasd több tíz, több százezer forintos telefonod kijelzőjének életét, súlyos árat fizetnél érte!
A második generációs védőfólia még nagyobb biztonságot nyújt telefonodnak, sokkal erősebb és durvább behatásoknak áll ellen, mint bármely másik védőfólia.
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Speciális kialakítása miatt szívóssága ellenére is ultavékony felületű, így nem befolyásolja se a tapizás gyorsaságát, se képernyőd felbontását. Az öntapadó szilikon pedig biztosan, buborékmentesen tartja.
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Te is éjjel-nappal az Iphone-odat matatod, nem félsz tőle, hogy jó barátod érintőképernyője megkarcolódik, vagy ami még rosszabb, betörik?
Ne kockáztasd több tíz, több százezer forintos telefonod kijelzőjének életét, súlyos árat fizetnél érte!
Magyarországra is megérkezett az ultravékony üvegfólia, hogy legtöbbet fogdosott társad biztonságban tudd.
Külsőre egyszerű műanyagnak tűnik, de nem az!
Háromrétegű edzett üveg lapul a csomagban, amely extra védelmet biztosít – akár háborús területre is viheted telefonodat.
Felülete garantáltan ellenáll a természeti behatásoknak, a karcolásnak és a folyadéknak, sőt, az ujjlenyomatoknak is! Ismerőseid nyugodtan csorgathatják nyálukat menő telefonodra, nem okoz semmi problémát.
Speciális kialakítása miatt szívóssága ellenére nagy érzékenységű, ultavékony felületének köszönhetően így nem befolyásolja se a tapizás gyorsaságát, se képernyőd felbontását. Az öntapadó szilikon pedig biztosan, buborékmentesen tartja.
- Biztos védelem
- Ultravékony, mindössze 0. 3mm
- Pontosan illeszkedik
- Buborékmentes
- Teljesen átlátszó
Csomag tartalma:
- 1 db előlapi kijelzővédő üvegfólia iPhone 4 készülékhez
- 1 db tisztítókendő
Eredeti ár: 4 390 Ft
Akciós ár:
1 990 Ft
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Ultravékony kijelzővédő üvegfólia - iPhone 4
Jelenlegi ára: 1 990 Ft
Az aukció vége: 2019-03-13 01:46
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Vásárolj rizikó nélkül, egy megbízható eladótól! Ha nem felel meg a termék, visszahozhatod és visszaadjuk a pénzed.
Számla 1 év garancia
Ultravékony kijelzővédő üvegfólia több telefonhoz
Te is éjjel-nappal a telefonodat matatod, nem félsz tőle, hogy jó barátod érintőképernyője megkarcolódik, vagy ami még rosszabb, betörik?
Ne kockáztasd több tíz, több százezer forintos telefonod kijelzőjének életét, súlyos árat fizetnél érte!
Magyarországra is megérkezett az ultravékony üvegfólia, hogy legtöbbet fogdosott társad biztonságban tudd.
Külsőre egyszerű műanyagnak tűnik, de nem az! Felülete garantáltan ellenáll a természeti behatásoknak, a karcolásnak és a folyadéknak, sőt, az ujjlenyomatoknak is! Ismerőseid nyugodtan csorgathatják nyálukat menő telefonodra, nem okoz semmi problémát.
Rendelés esetén, választásod, a megjegyzés rovatban jelezd felénk, hogy biztosan olyat csomagoljunk be neked, amilyet szeretnél.
Speciális kialakítása miatt, szívóssága ellenére nagy érzékenységű, ultravékony felületének köszönhetően így nem befolyásolja se a tapizás gyorsaságát, se képernyőd felbontását. Az öntapadó szilikon pedig biztosan, buborékmentesen tartja.
- Biztos védelem
- Több típushoz választható
- Ultravékony
- Pontosan, buborékmentesen illeszkedik
- Teljesen átlátszó
Eredeti ár: 4 390 Ft
Akciós ár:
2 290 Ft
Keresd Bonzobonzijevics további akcióit termékeink között!

Ultravékony kijelzővédő üvegfólia több telefonhoz
Jelenlegi ára: 2 290 Ft
Az aukció vége: 2019-03-13 01:46
          Bluetooth távirányító mobiltelefon kamerához - Jelenlegi ára: 2 490 Ft      Cache   Translate Page      

Vásárolj rizikó nélkül, egy megbízható eladótól! Ha nem felel meg a termék, visszahozhatod és visszaadjuk a pénzed.
Számla 1 év garancia
Távirányító mobiltelefon kamerához
Családi képet készítenél a telefonoddal, de nem szívesen kérnél meg egy idegent, hogy lefotózzon?
Feldobnál magadról egy előnyös képet a facebookra, de Te is vágod, hogy a tükörben készült képek, már inkább a ciki kategóriába tartoznak?
Elhoztuk Neked a megoldást!
Ezzel a bluetooth-os távirányítóval, kezedbe veheted a kattintást, ráadásul ott is lefotózhatod magad, ahol nincs tükör, és senkinek sem kell ehhez odaadnod, a telefonodat.
Egy dögös verda az utcában, egy döglött akna a parton?
Bárhol, bármikor, bármivel, és bárkivel pózolhatsz, nem kell meghallgatnod a haverok megjegyzéseit, amikor megkéred őket a fotóra, és a családi képekről sem marad le ezentúl senki.
iOS-ra és Androidra szabva! A két legkedveltebb operációs rendszerre tervezték, így szinte bármelyik, okostelefonnal kompatibilis.
Bizonyos típusoknál az alap kameraszoftver is kezeli, a többi készülékhez az alkalmazásboltból ingyen letölthető "Camera 360" applikáció segítségével használhatod ezt a remek távirányítót. (A kompatibilitási listát az alsó táblázatban látod. )
Csatlakoztatása szinte gyerekjáték:
1. Párosítod a telefonnal Bluetooth-on keresztül
2. Kapcsold be a fényképezőt / applikációt
3. Kattints a távirányítóval
- Bluetooth fényképező kioldó okostelefonokhoz
- Kompatibilis: Android 4. 2. 2-tól valamint iOS 6. 0 és újabb verziókkal
- Bluetooth 3. 0 technológia
- Hatótávolság: 10m
- Működés: 1db CR2032 elem (csomag része)
- Kompatibilis készülékek: iPhone 4, 5; iPad, iPod, Samsung Galaxy, Note és Tab készülékek
- illetve más android telefonok Camera 360 szoftver segítségével.
- Telefonokkal, táblagépekkel is használható
- Frekvencia: 2, 4 GHz – 2, 4835GHz
- Méretek: 50 x 33 x 10, 5 mm
- Súly: 9 gramm
- Jelenleg elérhető színek: Piros, kék és zöld.
Rendelés esetén, választásod, a megjegyzés rovatban jelezd felénk, hogy biztosan olyat csomagoljunk be neked, amilyet szeretnél.
Eredeti ár: 9 990 Ft
Akciós ár:
2 490 Ft
Keresd Bonzobonzijevics további akcióit termékeink között!

Bluetooth távirányító mobiltelefon kamerához
Jelenlegi ára: 2 490 Ft
Az aukció vége: 2019-03-13 01:46
          OTG kábel Samsung Galaxy Tab-hoz / Usb 2.0 - Jelenlegi ára: 790 Ft      Cache   Translate Page      

Vásárolj rizikó nélkül, egy megbízható eladótól! Ha nem felel meg a termék, visszahozhatod és visszaadjuk a pénzed.
Számla 1 év garancia
OTG kábel / USB 2. 0 - Samsung Galaxy Tabhoz
Hova fejlődik a technológia?! Gondoltad volna, hogy akár egy tablethez is csatlakoztathatsz külső billentyűzetet, egeret vagy pendrive-ot?
Ma már ez is lehetséges, ha beszerzel egy OTG kábelt! Az átalakító segítségével pendrive-ot, kártyaolvasót, külső billentyűzetet vagy akár egeret is csatlakoztathatsz tabletedhez és kihozhatod belőle a maximumot.
Könnyítsd meg a dolgod!
Írj a hagyományos billentyűn, kezed a képernyő ikonjait egy egérrel, vagy bővítsd tableted memóriáját!
- OTG kábel/ USB 2. 0 - Samsung Tablet átalakító
- 12 cm hosszú vezetékkel
Kompatibilis készülékek: Samsung Galaxy Tab
A termékre 1 év garanciát vállalunk!
Eredeti ár: 1 290 Ft
Akciós ár:
790 Ft
Keresd Bonzobonzijevics további akcióit termékeink között!

OTG kábel Samsung Galaxy Tab-hoz / Usb 2.0
Jelenlegi ára: 790 Ft
Az aukció vége: 2019-03-13 01:47
          Staring death in the face taught Aetna's former CEO how to be a more human leader      Cache   Translate Page      

mark bertolini

  • Mark Bertolini served as the CEO of Aetna from 2010 to 2018, stepping down after selling the healthcare company to CVS.
  • In a new memoir, he reflects on how both his and his son's near-death experiences made him a more empathetic leader focused on team-building.
  • At Aetna, Bertolini increased the minimum wage to $16 an hour, increased health benefits, paid off student loans, and instituted mindfulness training.
  • C-Suite Insider is a collection of exclusive interviews with leaders of the world's largest companies.

Mark Bertolini wears a large, black skull ring on his right hand. It's a memento mori for the former Aetna CEO, a symbol of his mortality. He bought it after waking up from a six-day coma in 2004, when a skiing accident broke his neck in five places and resulted in his left arm being permanently disabled. It happened just a year after his teenage son Eric managed to beat lymphoma. When he looks at the skull, he's reminded that "who you spend your time with and how you spend it every day are the two most important decisions you will make," he told Business Insider.

We spoke with Bertolini in late February, at the CECP's CEO Investor Forum, and ahead of the release of his new memoir, "Mission-Driven Leadership."

The exec, who grew up in Detroit, says he was the first member of his blue-collar family to attend college. He worked his way through the healthcare industry before making it to the top job at Aetna in 2010.

Bertolini's last act as CEO was closing the $69 billion sale of Aetna to CVS Health in a deal that made CVS CEO Larry Merlo the chief executive of both companies and left Aetna president Karen Lynch as Bertolini's successor.

His time at the health-insurance provider was marked by an average of 20% annual growth of earnings per share, and a revamping of employee benefits that included a minimum wage increase to $16 an hour and the widespread implementation of yoga and meditation classes. He developed a passion for the latter after kicking a painkiller habit that arose in the wake of his accident. These healthier habits also led to the adoption of Buddhism and the abandonment of a ruthless executive persona employees once characterized as "Darth Vader."

"I often say to people that I've been uniquely prepared to do the work I do given the personal experiences I've had and the things I've had to live with," he said. "And while I wouldn't change a bit of it if I had the chance, I would not recommend it as a developmental pathway!"

We talked about some of these experiences, and how writing his book gave him a chance to reflect on them.

The following interview was edited for clarity and length.

Letting go of Darth Vader

Mark Bertolini: It was 2001 when Eric got sick. I'd sold my first company in '94, and my second company in 1998. I got paid a lot of money, and I was living in this mansion on the mountain in Avon, Connecticut. I was just back from Italy, and all of a sudden my son got sick and my money didn't matter, my position didn't matter. What I realized over a period of three or four months is that I had to personally engage. What I realized in that personal engagement is how little time I had spent with him. So I literally lived in his hospital room with him — I even moved a bed in there.

He was in the hospital about a year, and then in and out for a few months after that. But I just left work.

I had PubMed on the laptop, "Harrison's [Principles of] Internal Medicine" text with a bunch of little sticky notes, and I grilled the medical team every morning: "What are we doing today? Why does it matter? Where do I read about it?" And it was through that process that we got two drugs approved for him and ultimately, it saved his life and then it was five years later, I gave him my left kidney because his kidneys were damaged by the cure. But all of that was so humbling.

And then my injury happened. I was the guy that, at 184 pounds, 8% body fat, ran four miles every morning, worked out at the gym. I was in tip-top shape. I was 47 years old and all of a sudden, I hit a tree and none of that worked anymore, and I was like, "Oh my God, what a disaster." After my son's illness and then that, it was like, "OK, this isn't about me."

Richard Feloni: Are you referring to life in general?

Bertolini: Yes, life in general. In the middle of all that, I left the Catholic church over the whole Boston abuse revelations. And so I was all of a sudden non-religious. I was in incredible pain. I was on seven different narcotics, and to come out of that, you have to reinvent who you are. I first tried to get it all back and realized that wasn't going to work if I had my motorcycles, if I had my bicycle.

I had to reinvent everything, and in that reinvention come face-to-face with the narcissism, the lack of humility, all those other sorts of things.

Feloni: Weren't you known as "Darth Vader" before this?

Bertolini: Yes, yes I was, [because] I was not afraid to make decisions. If you're willing to make [a decision] and you're willing to monitor the progress of the decision you made, you'll make it better as you go along. But most people won't make a decision because they're afraid of being wrong, which most decisions are until you get into it.

Feloni: Did thinking about things that were bigger than yourself help you become a more empathetic leader?

Bertolini: It did. I went through an evolution of having all the answers to realizing I had very few answers, and I started engaging the group and learning from them. I had some brain injury from the accident, so I had to go through all of that realizing who I was and what my role was going to be. Not working was not an option for me — although I could've done that.

Investing in employees before it was cool

Feloni: How long from this point did it take you to get to this idea of being (as you've put it) a "radical capitalist"?

Bertolini: I did things before anybody else was talking about doing them: Raising minimum wage, waiving out-of-pocket costs, paying back student loans, paying people to sleep, investing in the employees. I had come up with the notion that talent was more scarce than capital, and I was asking, "What is it we need to believe in order to take this set of risks and be successful?"

It was actually the yoga and mindfulness that opened the whole door for the rest of it. I was doing that to deal with my pain. I wasn't taking opioids — I still don't — and I came to work and said to the senior team, "I think we should have everybody learn yoga mindfulness." And they all nodded politely because I was the president at the time, and then about an hour later, the chief medical officer came in and said, "Mark, this is voodoo medicine. You're crazy. We all think you're crazy. Just because you do it doesn't mean everybody else has to do it." And I said, "OK, well what do you need to do to believe it?" And he said, "We need to do a double-blind study."

So we did, and two months after the double-blind study with Duke was done, he came and said, "You're not going to believe this: It actually works."

It took a long time, way longer than I wanted to, but it was about a year where I finally said to the team, OK, I'm tired of talking about spreadsheets. We're gonna raise minimum wage from $12 to $16 an hour, and we're going to wipe out healthcare costs for everybody under 300% of the poverty level.

And when we did that and watched the results, it was amazing. Our employee engagement went up 1,200% not only in those employees, but in the whole company. What happened next was the most profound piece: Everybody started coming back to me with ways we could take care of each other.

I talk about the four levels of leadership. The first level is your employees hate you. The second level is your employees fear you. The third level is your employees praise you. The fourth level, you're invisible because your organization takes care of itself and that's what happened the last three, four years.

That's the legacy I want to leave: An organization of people that get it, they make it better, they keep it going. I don't need to tell people what to do.

How to know when it's time to move on

Feloni: With the book, you took time to look back on your career. What's next for you, and what do you want to accomplish?

Bertolini: I don't live the lifestyle of the traditional CEO — I come from a pretty humble background. When the deal closed, I had almost three million shares of stock, and I never used it because I didn't need it. So the vast majority of that has gone into taxes, my family foundation (called Anahata), and then trusts for grandchildren and children. My wife and I kept a little bit of it, but the majority of it is in the foundation.

The idea there is to use that foundation to create community, and to focus on three things. First, in education. My wife works in the Harlem schools with kids on literacy. Second is the environment, and we've invested heavily in preserving carbon sinks, so buying forest land that will never be built on or chopped down. And then sustainability, how do we create sustainable communities. That will be the work, and I'll be engaged in that because it's interesting to me and exciting for me. I'm on a number of boards of directors.

So that's sort of occupying my time. I probably won't jump into a full-time job unless I'm dragged back into it. I want a portfolio of interesting things to do. I've been working since I was 13, so it would be kind of nice at 62 not to have to work anymore and make decisions tougher than what kind of coffee do I grind this morning.

Feloni: What's your best leadership advice?

Bertolini: Setting goals only establishes disappointment. The deeper understanding one should have is what is it that you do really well, that you love to do, and look for work that supports that. And if you do that, you'll have an incredible career.

My proclivities are to fix broken things and build new things. I hate just making sure the trains run on time. I always hire people that can do that part really well, and I've been surrounded by people like that for the last 20 years. I've been able to look at what's next, what can we fix, what can we make better. Because if things are running really well, I'll tinker with them just to see if they can be better than they are.

I've never looked for a job other than my first job. The phone's always rang to offer me something. People will call me and say [they've] got this issue or that issue. If it's something I like, I'll offer to help. That's how I've gotten every job I've had — and because it's work I love to do and I do it well, I have a lot of fun doing it.

Probably the hardest part [of retiring] is you should be prepared when you're done to have things you need to do that are just as interesting, otherwise you'll regret the fact that you don't have a job anymore. I think that's where a lot of CEOs in particular fail.

Feloni: Did you leave Karen Lynch with strategic insights before departing your role?

Bertolini: Oh yeah, Karen worked with me for a long time. It was a very purposeful development process for her, and I think she's going to be in a great place. She has every opportunity to run that company [CVS] one day and I think she can do it, and I'm going to support her in trying to achieve that.

When I handed her the president's job, I said to her, "At some point you will realize you've been doing the president's job too long because you'll see an issue and you'll go, ‘I know how to do that. I did that [back then],' and that's when you make mistakes."

The leading cause of failure is success. When it became too rote for me, I knew I needed to have somebody else do it. She's taken it to a whole different level. Again, the legacy is that she took things I had figured out and she made them better, and she has built her own things that she'll pass on to somebody else. And that's what [former Aetna CEO] Ron Williams did with me. That's what real legacies are, the work they leave behind. She's got a big job to do. I think she'll do fine.

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          Vízálló tok, táska, övtáska telefonnak strandra Lopás ellen, kajakozáshoz,KERMI által tesztelt_Videó - Jelenlegi ára: 2 890 Ft      Cache   Translate Page      
               Vízálló övtáska   -     Vízparti lopás ellen   -      A nyugodt strandolásért!  
Kék és csajos pink színben is!
Sajnos egyre gyakoribbak a vízparti lopások. Naponta rengeteg telefon, pénz, autókulcs tűnik el a partról a törölközőnk alól, míg mi fürdünk.
Cégünk ezért kezdte el forgalmazni 2011-ben a nagyon praktikus, derékra, vállra helyezhető vízálló övtáskát.
Ide bátran beleteheted a telefonod, pénzed, autókulcsod, forgalmi engedélyt, nem fog elázni és nem is lopják el a partról.
Megbízhatóságát a KERMI-vel is ellenőriztettük:
"..... A termék rendeltetésszerű használatra alkalmas..... “
- KERMI szakértői vélemény, 2011. július
Miért is vízálló? A képen látható három simítózárnak köszönhetően, ami nem engedi be a vizet, majd a záró részt összehajtjuk és tépőzárral lezárjuk.
Lebeg a vízen, ha nem préseljük ki belőle a levegőt!
Eleje nem átlátszó, hátulja igen!
Vízálló övtáska használatával a lopás elkerülhető!
Vásárlás után, ha mégsem lennél elégedett a termékkel és 3 munkanapon belül visszapostázod nekünk változatlan formában, sérülés mentesen, visszautaljuk a vételárat.
NE hagyd a parton értékeid a tolvajoknak!
Legyen mindig Nálad a Vízálló Övtáskában!
Eladási ár: 2 890 Ft/db     (Pénz és telefon csak illusztráció. )
Választható szín: kék, pink.
Átvétel: A termék azonnal átvehető személyesen Tatabányán és Budapest több pontján.
Ha távolabb laksz a Magya Posta által juthat el Hozzád a termék.
- Ajánlva, előre utalással: 490 Ft
- Utánvétellel: 1 080 Ft
Akár a vásárlás napján is postára tudjuk adni!
Cégünk számlát állít ki a vásárlásról.
Köszönjük, hogy elolvastad ismertetőnket.
Kellemes nézelődést!
Ha kérdésed van bátran írj! : )
Vízálló tok, táska, övtáska telefonnak strandra Lopás ellen, kajakozáshoz,KERMI által tesztelt_Videó
Jelenlegi ára: 2 890 Ft
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          First Men in the Moon: Cavor in Quarantine      Cache   Translate Page      

21 Essays is a proud participant in
For the Love of Film: The Film Preservation Blogathon,
May 13-17, 2015

If you like this blog...  
if you like science fiction...
if you support the cause of film preservation...
then please follow this link to make a donation to the National Film Preservation Foundation to support our effort to restore, score, and stream Cupid in Quarantine (1918), a one-reel silent comedy starring Elinor Field and Cullen Landis.

Through this year’s science-fiction-themed blogathon, we’re trying to raise $10,000 and it's going to take many generous small (and large!) donations to get there.  With great appreciation for your generosity, THANK YOU!


essay 1 of 5 blog entries

Part One: A Person Can Develop a Cold

Cullen Landis on left in
Cupid in Quarantine (1918).
Because Cupid in Quarantine (1918) is a comedy based on turn-of-the-century scientific ideas concerning disease, the For the Love of Filmleaders (Ferdy on Films, This Island Rod, and Wonders in the Dark) have adopted a science fiction theme for this blogathon.

And my choice for blogging subject is First Men in the Moon (1964), a delightful science fiction film from 1964 that cleverly incorporates a disease subplot.  In the film, the brilliant scientist Joseph Cavor is plagued by a cold andas any War of the Worlds fan can tell youaliens are very sensitive to Earth viruses.

As the 1953 version of The War of the Worlds explained:

“After all that men could do had failed, the Martians were destroyed and humanity was saved by the littlest things, which God, in His wisdom, had put upon this earth.”

An alien succumbs to Earth viruses in The War of the Worlds (1953).

Absent from the original H. G. Wells science fiction novel, the viral subplot in First Men in the Moon was added by the script’s co-author Nigel Kneale (1922-2006).  Kneale was one of the most intelligent screenwriters to ever contribute to the cinema of the fantastic.  As President John F. Kennedy had vowed that America would land a man on the moon before the end of the decade, Kneale decided that he needed a Wells-ian plot twist to wipe out the moon’s alien civilization before the official astronauts arrived.  He borrowed the virus from The War of the World and released it on the moon.

In addition to the disease angle, I also liked that First Men in the Moon was a period movie, taking place in England in 1899, a mere 19 years before Cupid in Quarantine was filmed in Hollywood. Movies were still in their infancy in 1899—there’s a good chance that the two male protagonists of First Men in the Moon, Arnold Bedford and Joseph Cavor, have never even seen a movie.  But Bedford lives to see the world’s first moon landing and so in his lifetime he would have witnessed the development of movies from early single reelers (like Cupid in Quarantine!) to the age of cinemascope, color, and Dynamation!

The monster kids who work at Pixar
paid homage to Ray Harryhausen in
Monsters, Inc. (2001).
Dynamation was the term coined for the animation work of brilliant special effects technician Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013), who brought dinosaurs and mythical creatures to life in movies like The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts, and One Million Years B.C.  In addition to leading the visual effects team on First Men in the Moon, Harryhausen served as Associate Producer.  Ray Harryhausen is revered by monster kids like me who grew up in the 1960s.  It’s an honor to pay tribute to one of his best movies.

Part Two: The Lost Films of Nigel Kneale

Nigel Kneale's credit on The Quatermass Experiment (1953).

Every lost film is a reminder of the fragility of our film culture.

As with early film, the vast majority of the shows produced in television’s first years have been lost.  Nigel Kneale, co-screenwriter of First Men in the Moon, was an enormously important and influential writer in the new medium of dramatic television in the 1950s.  Unfortunately, much of his work has not survived.  

A giant phantasmagoric alien demon looms over
London in the climax of the film version of
Quatermass and the Pit (1967).
Perhaps most famous for his Quatermass science fiction series (the third of which was the remarkable Quatermass and the Pit), Nigel Kneale joined BBC Television in 1951, becoming one of the station’s first writers.

When the BBC faced a shortage of new material in summer 1953, Kneale offered to write a science fiction serial.  The result, The Quatermass Experiment, galvanized England and racked up extremely impressive ratings.  Neale became pegged as a master of the offbeat and macabre. For the following thirty years, he moved back and forth between TV and the movies, venturing into numerous genres while always remaining true to his own quirky interests and obsessions.

But even nationwide acclaim was not enough to guarantee that his work would be saved for posterity in those early throw-away days of television.  Here are just a few of the many lost works of Nigel Kneale.

Arrow to the Heart (1951):  Kneale’s first dramatic adaptation for the BBC, it was broadcast live and never recorded.

Curtain Down (1953):  Years before launching his successful film direction career, Tony Richardson spent an unhappy apprenticeship directing TV shows for the BBC.  The one person he did like and respect at the studio was Kneale.  They collaborated on this now-lost adaptation of an Anton Chekhov story.  Later Richardson would pull Kneale away from his TV work to write the scripts for Look Back in Anger (1959) and The Entertainer (1960).

The Quatermass Experiment (1953):  The first two episodes of Kneale’s influential TV science fiction hit were recorded, but the network declined to preserve the subsequent four episodes.

Orwell's famous slogan of the future
from Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954).
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954):  Starring a young Peter Cushing, Kneale’s 1954 adaptation of the George Orwell novel divided the critics but riveted the nation.  The live performance was repeated later in the same week, and the second broadcast was recorded and saved.  But, according to contemporary accounts, the first performance was the better of the two and it wasn’t preserved.

The Creature (1955):  Later remade by Hammer Films as The Abominable Snowman (1957), the original TV broadcast of this thoughtful drama of gentle, telepathic Yeti in the Himalayas was presented live and never recorded for posterity.

The Road (1963):  Acclaimed at its broadcast for its innovative mixing of science fiction and the paranormal, The Road appears to be a lost film.

The psychedelic visuals of The Year of the
Sex Olympics
(1968) cry out for color.
The Year of the Sex Olympics (1968):  A black-and-white recording of this science fiction serial exists, but it’s considered to be a pale shadow of the original color version (which—granted—would have mainly played on black-and-white TV sets at the time).

The Chopper (1971):  Kneale played with the idea of inanimate objects becoming possessed by spirits long before Stephen King drove the idea to mass popularity.  In the now-lost The Chopper, a motorcycle harbors the ghost.


Now grab this opportunity to save a film by contributing to our effort to restore Cupid in Quarantine (1918)!

Reference Sources
Into the Unknown: The Fantastic Life of Nigel Kneale by Andy Murray
Film Fantasy Scrapbook by Ray Harryhausen
Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life by Ray Harryhausen and Tony Dalton

... and a special thank you to the hosts of For the Love of Film: The Film Preservation Blogathon: Ferdy on FilmsThis Island Rod, and Wonders in the Dark.


© 2015 Lee Price

          Thomas Merton, William Blake, and I Contemplate Eternity      Cache   Translate Page      

Trappist Blogging
in Honor of Thomas Merton's
100th Birthday:
Essay 6 of 6 on
"Fire Watch, July 4, 1952,"
the epilogue of 
The Sign of Jonas

My son Terry overlooking the Grand Canyon.

The things of Time are in connivance with eternity.
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
Thomas Merton

I turn a corner on the path and suddenly the Grand Canyon is before me.  In that moment, the bottom drops out of my experience of time.  Personal insignificance and timeless significance coincide.  People on the rim are just grains of sand arbitrarily blowing across the uppermost layer of strata.  A glance over the edge is a plunge into eternity.

While it sounds right and looks awesome, I don’t think this is what Thomas Merton is referring to in the sentence highlighted above—which happens to be my personal favorite sentence in “Fire Watch, July 4, 1952,” Merton’s sublime epilogue to his book The Sign of Jonas.  The Grand Canyon experience is powerful, a true contender for supreme iconic image of eternity colliding with time.  But I think Merton was referencing something on an altogether different scale, available to everyone on a daily basis without the investment in a Southwest vacation.

Merton prefaces this sentence with a paragraph that resonates with the poetry of William Blake:

But there is a greater comfort in the substance of silence than in the answer to a question.  Eternity is in the present.  Eternity is in the palm of the hand.  Eternity is a seed of fire, whose sudden roots break barriers that keep my heart from being an abyss.

The things of Time are in connivance with eternity…
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
Thomas Merton

The Grand Canyon.
Having written his Master’s thesis at Columbia University on William Blake (“Nature and Art in William Blake; A Essay in Interpretation”), Merton very intentionally echoes the famous first four lines of Blake’s poem “Auguries of Innocence”:

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower 
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand 
And Eternity in an hour…
“Auguries of Innocence”
by William Blake

Merton knows that God must be met in the present moment, which he has learned from Blake is a doorway opening to eternity.  But what sounds simple is difficult because the awareness of passing time is a barrier to the experience of the moment of time.  It is a problem unique to mankind.  As Merton writes, “Only man makes himself illuminations he conceives to be solid and eternal.”  The things of time tease us with intimations of eternity, while leading us away from an experience of the spirit.

Merton steps through the door of the tower, onto the monastery’s roof, open to an experience of God in the night and in the moment.  The “things of time” sentence opens a paragraph that relegates the created world to shadows.

The things of Time are in connivance with eternity.  The shadows serve You.  The beasts sing to You before they pass away.  The solid hills shall vanish like a worn-out garment.  All things change, and die and disappear.  Questions arrive, assume their actuality, and also disappear.  In this hour I shall cease to ask them, and silence shall be my answer.  The world that Your love created, that the heat has distorted, and that my mind is always misinterpreting, shall cease to interfere with our voices.
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
Thomas Merton

So while my view of the Grand Canyonis profoundly felt on one level, its very majesty connives to hide its ephemerality.  It, too, will “vanish like a worn-out garment,” a faith belief entirely in line with geological understanding.  Like the beasts in Merton, the view sings of eternity.  It blindsides us.  And then the mind pitches in and begins misinterpreting it.

Detail, Children's Games (1559-1560)
by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525-1569)
oil on wood.
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
My most profound experience of eternity was not at the Grand Canyon or any of the National Parks, much as I love them.  It took place nearly thirty years ago when I was playing on a swing set.  At the time, I was working as an assistant at a home for five women with severe mental retardation.  One afternoon, I remember sitting on a two-person swing set in the home’s backyard.  I was on one swing and Carol, a young woman with Down syndrome, was on the swing next to me.  And we were simply swaying in the fall breeze, both of us content for the moment.  She had a beautiful smile and I was happy that she was happy.  Then the particulars vanished in the knowledge that everything was good, that there was no need to worry, that there was endless love emanating from anywhere and everywhere in the world and we were both loved.

You’re sitting on a swing and the bottom unexpectedly drops out of your normal experience of time ticking by.  The second hand on the watch stops.  A moment expands into eternity.

And then it contracts, as the second hand inevitably starts circling again.  The things of time fall back into place.  I recall the impossible-to-capture experience but not how it ended.  Perhaps it was like this:

There are drops of dew that show like sapphires in the grass as soon as the great sun appears, and leaves stir behind the hushed flight of an escaping dove.
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
Thomas Merton

Those are the concluding words of “Fire Watch,” coming after God speaks in Paradise, conveying a message that everything is blessed. (“No more lay hold on time, Jonas, My son, lest the rivers bear you away.”)  In Merton’s case, his job on the Fire Watch ends as the sun rises.  He returns to the mundane tasks of being a monk while the Holy Spirit departs like a dove.

The Grand Canyon.

Reference Source
The Sign of Jonas by Thomas Merton

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© 2015 Lee Price

          Thomas Merton and a Hedgehog on the Hero's Journey      Cache   Translate Page      

Trappist Blogging
in Honor of Thomas Merton's
100th Birthday:
Essay 5 of 6 on
"Fire Watch, July 4, 1952,"
the epilogue of 
The Sign of Jonas

Part One:  Fear of the Dark
In Yuri Norstein's enchanting animated short
Hedgehog in the Fog (1975), our hero ventures
into the fog drawn by a beautiful vision.  It is
a classic hero story, where the hero embarks
on a quest that leads to deeper self-knowledge.
Hedgehog in the Fog shares much in common
with Thomas Merton's "Fire Watch," where
Merton's solitary trek through the monastery
 leads to revelation.

Defying traditional expectations, Thomas Merton depicts the dark as spiritually good.  This is in the nature of a paradigm shift—and it’s not easy to cause a shift in anything as hidebound as a 2,000- year-old religion anchored to a set of ancient sacred texts.

In the very first paragraph of “Fire Watch, July 4, 1952,” Merton writes:

“You (God) have seen the morning and the night, and the night was better.”

Merton’s God blesses the darkness.  This is a concept that would seem to fly in the face of much scripture:

The hero's journey continues.
Top frame: The hedgehog sees a beautiful
vision of a white horse in the fog.  Middle
frame:  Unseen by the hedgehog, the horse
sniffs a leaf that that the hedgehog has
dropped.  Bottom frame:  Safely home, the
hedgehog is haunted by the vision of
the horse.  In "Fire Watch," Merton
pursues an unattainable intimacy,
yearning to receive answers from God
to his existential questions.
“And God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.  And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.”  (Note:  Light good, dark bad.)
Genesis 1:3-4

“So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was thick darkness in all the landof Egypt three days… but all the people of Israelhad light where they dwelt.”  (Note:  Light good, dark bad.)
Exodus 10:22-23

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.”  (Note:  Light good, dark bad.)
Isaiah 9:2

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  (Note:  Light good, dark bad.)
John 1:5

“Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.”  (Note:  Light good, dark bad.)
Romans 13:12

While positive passages about darkness exist in the Bible, they are few and far between.  Negative views of darkness overwhelmingly predominate.

The hero's journey continues.
Wandering lost in the fog, hoping to see the
horse again, the hedgehog is frightened by
mysterious beasts of the night:  an owl, a
bat, and an elephant, dimly seen.  As he
wanders through the monastery at night,
Merton evokes a haunted house:  "Shadows
move everywhere... There are faint sounds
in the darkness, the empty choirstalls creak
and hidden boards mysteriously sigh."
But Merton saw through this darkness surrounding darkness to realize that the light-dark dichotomy was always intended as metaphor, and that sometimes metaphors must change with the times.  Darkness served as a favorite image in ancient times because it was universally known and feared.  Our contemporary fears of darkness are much milder by comparison.  If fear begins to seize us, we can simply flick on a light switch, performing our own, “Let there be light.”

When the books of the Bible were written, intense anxieties about the night, the darkness, and the wilderness were very real and reasonable. Communities banded close together to protect themselves from the dangers that lurked outside.  Assurances of safety dissolved when the sun sank below the horizon. The civilized space contracted.  People gathered together within known, familiar spaces... and they barred the doors.  The wilderness outside the city walls, home to dangerous animals and bandits, advanced closer in the darkness.  Any venture out into the dark carried considerable risk.  Better to wait inside for the night to pass and a new day to dawn.

A twentieth century man living in the first full century of electric illumination, Thomas Merton was open to finding new metaphors to express the old truths.  For him, the night was simply an unexplored space—like the terra incognita at the edge of an old map.  With less to fear, he was more aware that God was fully present in the dark, blessing the night just as he blessed the day.

At the close of “Fire Watch,” Merton prophetically speaks for God:

The Voice of God is heard in Paradise:
“What was vile has become precious.  What is now precious was never vile.  I have always known the vile as precious for what is vile I know not at all.”
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
Thomas Merton

In the new metaphor, there’s nothing to fear in the dark.  The night assumes a new dignity, now recognized as precious before God.

The hero's journey continues.
Despite his fears, the hedgehog ultimately finds only kindness and
compassion in the fog.  Left: A dog (with very scary jaws) returns the
hedgehog's lost bag to him.  Right: When the hedgehog falls into a
stream, a fish offers him a ride back to safety.  In "Fire Watch,"
Merton writes that the animals in the wilderness outside the monastery
are misunderstood.  "That is why some people act as if the night and the
forest and the heat and the animals had in them something of contagion,
whereas the heat is holy and the animals are the children of God..."

The hero's journey at its most sublime.
Perhaps the most beautiful of all the images in Hedgehog in the Fog,
the hedgehog uses a firefly to light his way as he moves forward
through a cathedral of trees.  The world appears sacred.  In "Fire Watch,"
Thomas Merton writes:  "Now the huge chorus of living beings rises up
out of the world beneath my feet:  life singing in the watercourses,
throbbing in the creeks and the fields and the trees, choirs of millions
and millions of jumping and flying and creeping things.  And far above
me the cool sky opens upon the frozen distance of the stars."

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Reference Source
The Sign of Jonas by Thomas Merton

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          Thomas Merton and Vincent van Gogh Under the Stars      Cache   Translate Page      

Trappist Blogging
in Honor of Thomas Merton's
100th Birthday:
Essay 4 of 6 on
"Fire Watch, July 4, 1952,"
the epilogue of 
The Sign of Jonas

Thomas Merton’s spiritual embrace of the night sky in “Fire Watch, July 4, 1952,” the epilogue to his book The Sign of Jonas, puts me in mind of Vincent van Gogh’s celebrations of the night.

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells his disciples that the Kingdom of God is in their midst.  I like to think that when Thomas Merton and Vincent van Gogh looked up at the night sky, they saw the Kingdom in their midst, encompassing and challenging them.

Starry Night Over the Rhone, 1888,
by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890),
oil on canvas.
Musee d'Orsay.

Lane of Poplars at Sunset, 1884,
by Vincent van Gogh,
oil on canvas.
Kroller-Muller Museum.

The Old Tower at Dusk (1884)
by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890),
oil on canvas.
Private Collection.

Country Road in Provence by Night (1890)
by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890),
oil on canvas.
Kroller-Muller Museum.

Landscape with Wheat Sheaves and Rising Moon (1889)
by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890),
oil on canvas.
Kroller-Muller Museum.

Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum (1888)
by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890),
oil on canvas.
Kroller-Muller Museum.
Vincent van Gogh ran into a problem when he decided he wanted to paint the night sky, so much more visible in the town of Arles than it had been in well-lit Paris.  His subject turned out to be uncooperative.  Desiring to paint Impressionist-style, en plein air, Van Gogh set up his easel on a sidewalk, positioning himself under a gas light so he could see his paints.  But, naturally, the artificial light masked a thousand stars above, defeating his intention.  As a result, his first great nocturnal scene from Arles, Café Terrace on the Place du Forum, does a fine job of capturing the personality of the cafe but left him unsatisfied with its depiction of a starry night.

He kept trying, driven by love of art, nature, and a spiritual impulse that he couldn’t deny.  He wrote, “I have a terrible need of—shall I say the word?—religion.  Then I go out at night to paint the stars.”

Van Gogh wanted to capture the colors of the night in a new way that would shatter conventional depictions of a black sky with pinprick white stars.  He wrote to his brother Theo, describing the sky as he saw it during a nighttime walk along the seashore:

“The deep blue sky was flecked with clouds of a blue deeper than the fundamental blue of intense cobalt, and others of a clearer blue, like the blue whiteness of the Milky Way.  In the blue depth the stars were sparkling, greenish, yellow, white, pink, more brilliant, more emeralds, lapis lazuli, rubies, sapphires.”

I think Thomas Merton and Vincent van Gogh were kindred spirits.  Both were seized by strong religious yearnings while young and felt themselves called to a religious life.  Although personally dedicated to the Trappist traditions, Merton found that he continued to need artistic outlets, expressing his insights through prose and poetry.  He viewed his religion through the eyes of an artist.  In contrast, Van Gogh never found a religious base to call home.  Rejected in his ministerial calling, Van Gogh sublimated his essential religious nature into his art.

Thomas Merton embraced the night in “Fire Watch, July 4, 1952,” praising it as a gift of freedom:  “You have seen the morning and the night, and the night was better.”

Vincent van Gogh marveled at the night sky, witnessed a vision of vibrant cosmic creativity that he felt compelled to share, and he painted Starry Night.

Starry Night (1889)
by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890),
oil on canvas.
The Museum of Modern Art.

Reference Sources

Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith
The Sign of Jonas by Thomas Merton

Click here for the entire six-part Fire Watch series.

© 2015 Lee Price

          Thomas Merton and Bob Dylan Riffing on Isaiah      Cache   Translate Page      

Trappist Blogging
in Honor of Thomas Merton's
100th Birthday:
Essay 3 of 6 on
"Fire Watch, July 4, 1952,"
the epilogue of 
The Sign of Jonas

Part One:  Isaiah, Dylan, and Merton

Kingdoms are poised to fall in the Book of Isaiah.  From a besieged city’s highest tower, the watchman will sound the alarm.

Upon a watchtower I stand, O Lord,
Continually by day,
And at my post I am stationed whole nights.
And, behold, here come riders, horsemen in pairs!
Isaiah 21:8-9

Watchman, what of the night?
Watchman, what of the night?
Isaiah 21:11

There must be something in these lines that resonates with genius because both Thomas Merton and Bob Dylan responded with some of their strongest work.  In “Fire Watch, July 4, 1952,” Merton’s epilogue to his book The Sign of Jonas, he opens with the line, “Watchman, what of the night?”  The 13 pages that follow are Merton’s response to Isaiah’s question.  Fifteen years after Merton wrote “Fire Watch,” Bob Dylan re-imagined Isaiah 21:8-9 in his famous song “All Along the Watchtower.”

Isaiah 21 is part of a section where the prophet issues a series of oracles prophesying the fall of cities.  Verses 1 through 10 address the impending fall of Babylon.  Destruction will come like “whirlwinds in the Negeb.”  Dylan takes this and hints at the storm to come: “The wind began to howl.”  The approach of the two riders, along with the wildcat growling and the wind howling, signals apocalypse.  The song ends just as the end of things begins.

The other Isaiah verse quoted above come from a second oracle.  Although it is addressed to Dumah (or Edom), a city located near Jerusalem, the subject still appears to be the fall of Babylon and its repercussions for Judah and Israel.  To the question “What of the night?” the watchman responds:

“Morning has come, and also night.  If you will request, request.  Return and come.”

According to the commentary of Rashi (1040-1105), the watchman’s response refers to the release of the Hebrew captives from Babylon (“morning has come”), a time that will be accompanied by judgment for some (“and also night”).  The exiles are urged to request permission of the conquering Persian army to return to the ancestral home (“If you will request, request.”).  And the passage ends with a call for all to return with appropriate humility and repentance (“Return and come.”).

The Fall of Babylon (1569), engraving by
Philips Galle (Netherlandish, 1537-1612)
after Maarten van Heemskerck.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Employing considerable creative license, Merton assigns his opening Isaiah quote to God rather than Isaiah’s unnamed speaker.  In “Fire Watch,” the first line, “Watchman, what of the night?” is italicized.  Merton doesn’t return to italics until the penultimate three-paragraph section of the essay where “The Voice of God is Heard in Paradise.”  In this construction, God opens the essay with a question and concludes with a strong (if ambiguous) statement.  In between, Merton ventures his own tentative responses to the question, “What of the night?”

Merton differs from both Isaiah and Dylan in his gentle treatment of the wilderness.  In Isaiah, the animals of the countryside will surely kill you:  “And the birds of prey will summer upon them (the people who flee the city)/and all the beasts of the earth will winter upon them.”  (Isaiah 18:6.)  Dylan is similarly ominous, with a wildcat’s growl announcing the impending destruction.  In contrast, Merton finds peace in the sounds of the Kentucky wilderness outside the monastery:

The world of this night resounds from heaven to hell with animal eloquence, with the savage innocence of a million unknown creatures.  While the earth eases and cools off like a huge wet living thing, the enormous vitality of their music pounds and rings and throbs and echoes until it gets into everything, and swamps the whole world in its neutral madness which never becomes an orgy because all things are innocent, all things are pure….  The heat is holy and the animals are the children of God and the night was never made to hide sin, but only to open infinite distances to charity and send our souls to play beyond the stars.
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
Thomas Merton

Merton turns from the violent overthrows of Isaiah and Dylan to find a different kind of apocalypse in the night.

Vanitas (1661)
by N. L. Peschier (Netherlandish, active 1659-1661),
oil on canvas.
Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Part Two:  The Apocalypse of Thomas Merton

Lord, God, the whole world tonight seems to be made out of paper.  The most substantial things are ready to crumble or tear apart and blow away.
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
Thomas Merton

Scratch the surface of the Abbey of Gethsemaneand a void opens.  Merton roams the silent halls on his fire watch, where everything is ostensibly quiet and peaceful, but his thoughts keep slipping toward premonitions of destruction and oblivion.

Burning of Old South Church,
Bath, Maine
, detail, c. 1854,
John Hilling (British, 1822-1894),
oil on canvas.
National Gallery of Art.
The monastery is solid as rock by day.  But, in Merton’s essay, everything appears different at night.  The night watchman’s job—keeping everyone safe from danger—is doomed to ultimate failure.  In the essay’s second paragraph, Merton sets out on his rounds “in the house that will one day perish.”  In this context, the word “house” operates poetically.  In Merton’s very Christian understanding, it is not just the monastery but the world as we know it that will perish.

From cellar to tower, Merton’s prescribed route through the monastery is a search for portents of disaster.  He checks a fuse box, fully aware that a single observation per night is insufficient to ensure any real safety.  “I am satisfied that there is no fire in this tower which would flare like a great torch and take the whole abbey up with it in twenty minutes…”

As he ascends the winding stairs of the monastery’s tower, Merton foresees his own non-existence, along with the passing of everything he loves in the material world.  “The beasts sing to you before they pass away.  The solid hills shall vanish like a worn-out garment.  All things change, and die and disappear.  Questions arise, assume their actuality, and also disappear.  In this hour I shall cease to ask them, and silence shall be my answer.”

This is Merton’s mystic apocalypse, blessing the world while acknowledging its ultimate ephemerality.  Creation fades into darkness.

One by one I shall forget the names of individual things.
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton's grave at the Abbey of Gethsemane.
Detail of a photo by Erik Eckel.  Wikimedia Commons.

The door swings out upon a vast sea of darkness and of prayer.
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
Thomas Merton

Even from the highest tower, all that can be seen is a vast sea of darkness.  This is our future—a night that can be faced with either hope or despair.

Reference Source
The Sign of Jonas by Thomas Merton

Click here for the entire six-part Fire Watch series.

© 2015 Lee Price

          Learning to Walk in the Dark with Thomas Merton      Cache   Translate Page      

Trappist Blogging
in Honor of Thomas Merton's
100th Birthday:
Essay 2 of 6 on
"Fire Watch, July 4, 1952,"
the epilogue of 
The Sign of Jonas

Part 1:  Valuing the Darkness

The Monk by the Sea by Caspar David Friedrich,
1808 or 1810, oil on canvas.
Alte Nationalgalerie

The fire watch is an examination of conscience in which your task as watchman suddenly appears in its true light:  a pretext devised by God to isolate you, and to search your soul with lamps and questions, in the heart of darkness.
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
Thomas Merton

The world’s evil forms a current that swirls down a vortex into unspeakable horror, presided over by a Mr. Kurtz somewhere on the Congo River.  That’s the standard image of the heart of darkness, courtesy of Joseph Conrad.  In horror novels and movies, the climactic action inevitably seems to move toward either an ascent or a descent into a heart of darkness.  Monsters await there.  Biblical references to darkness tend to be equally negative:  “whoever follows me will never walk in darkness” and “the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.”

Enjoying the Moon: Landscape in the
Manner of Wang Meng

by Gu Yide (active ca. 1620-1630),
China, dated 1628,
hanging scroll.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Nevertheless, the journey described in Thomas Merton’s “Fire Watch, July 4, 1952,” the epilogue to his book The Sign of Jonas, is one that takes place entirely in the night and is resolutely affirming of the darkness.  Merton’s role as a night watchman, pursuing a solitary nocturnal trek through the monastery of Gethsemane, offers opportunities to him that are unavailable during the day.  He eagerly moves toward the call of the darkness, the silence, and the night.  If you want to follow in Merton’s steps, they lead into the night.

In preparation for writing this series, I read Barbara Brown Taylor’s excellent recent book Learning to Walk in the Dark.  Taylor and Merton are Christians who—despite the myriad Biblical quotes that praise the light and condemn the dark—hear something deeply spiritual beckoning to them in the night.  In their own ways, each of them finds God in the darkness, and each finds the experience radically different than worship in the glare of the sun.

Taylor’s book is engaging and practical.  It’s encouraged me to enjoy the night more—to venture out more fearlessly.  She cites many inspiring examples of spiritual growth via passage through darkness and talks of her own experiences in caves, in a blindness-simulation exhibition, and under the night sky.  By contrast, Merton’s “Fire Watch” essay is a window onto a soul crying for spiritual nourishment.  He breaks off from the pack (his fellow monks) to search for God alone and in the dark.

Although Merton feels the presence of God more strongly at night than during the day, it is a presence that offers few consolations and no personally satisfying answers to his questions.  His spiritual experience of God in the dark renders him simultaneously overwhelmed and frustrated.

“…in the nighttime You have confronted me, scattering thought and reason.”


“…You have descended upon me, with great gentleness, with most forbearing silence, in this inexplicable night, dispersing light, defeating all desire.”

Merton uses the silent hours of the night to meditate upon his own calling and God’s intentions for him.  As he silently moves from room to room, from the monastery’s basement to the top of the highest tower, he hungrily petitions God to come closer and to reveal more.

He acknowledges that he asks similar questions in the day but he expects no answers then.  His one hope of clear communication is the night.  Even in a monastery, surrounded by vows of silence, Merton experiences the day as full of the noise of human rationalizations and empty talk.  He turns to the silence of the night for truth.

The Lonely Tower, detail
by Samuel Palmer (1805-1881),
British, 1879, etching in black on laid paper.
National Gallery of Art
With the aid of Taylor’s book, I can identify at least three kinds of exterior darkness.  There are: 
1) Pitch black:  The utter darkness of a cave, where you can’t even see your hand held in front of your face.  In the ocean, it is the darkness at the bottom of the deepest trenches.  In space, it is the unfathomable void between stars.
2)  Night darkness:  Light exists, but it is pale and the shadows are deep.  As our eyes adjust to the night, we become aware of moonlight, starlight, and all sorts of stirring life around us.
3)  The darkness of fog:  Light is deceptively dispersed through a seemingly opaque vapor, with the density of the fog obscuring even close objects from view.

The darkness discussed by Merton in his “Fire Watch” essay falls under categories 2 and 3, the night and the fog.  The darkness he describes is mainly a night darkness, full of life and open to the appreciation of attentive eyes.  But it is also like a fog.  One of Taylor’s key insights is that Moses meets God within a night-like cloud that descends upon Mount Sinai.  Merton directly refers to the same Biblical image as he steps out into the night at the top of Gethsemane’s highest tower:

With you there is no dialogue unless You choose a mountain and circle it with cloud and print Your words in fire upon the mind of Moses.
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
Thomas Merton

Like Moses, Merton encounters God within the darkness of fog.

Moses receives the tablets
from God in the cloud.

Illuminated manuscript,
Central Italy (Florence),
last quarter of the 15th century.
British Library
I was introduced to the idea of Summer Christians and Winter Christians through Richard Beck’s great Experimental Theology blog.  Originally proposed by Martin Marty, the suggestion is that most Christians naturally fall into either one or the other type of spirituality: summer or winter.  Summer Christians embrace the positive, anticipating or experiencing happiness in God.  Winter Christians are comfortable with engaging with God through complaint.  In Learning to Walk in the Dark, Taylor speaks of some churches that she says engage in a full solar spirituality:  “Members strive to be positive in attitude, firm in conviction, helpful in relationship, and unwavering in faith…  Who would not like to dwell in God’s light 24/7?”  These are the churches of the Summer Christians.

The two types are complementary, neither better than the other, and the world needs both.  It’s just a matter of temperament.  Winter Christians must arm themselves with flashlights and move through the night in a search for God that they fully realize may be futile.  They do it because they have to.  Thomas Merton, Barbara Brown Taylor, and I don’t have much choice in the matter.

The darkness beckons.

Part Two:  Christmas Eve

Winter Moonlight (also known as Christmas Eve), 1866,
by George Inness (1825-1894),
oil on canvas.
Montclair Art Museum

While passing through the choir novitiate during his rounds as night watchman, Thomas Merton smells the frozen straw and it triggers a memory:

…the freezing tough winter when I first received the habit and always had a cold, the smell of frozen straw in the dormitory under the chapel, and the deep unexpected ecstasy of Christmas—that first Christmas when you have nothing left in the world but God!
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
Thomas Merton

Winter Moonlight, detail,
by George Inness (1825-1894)
Montclair Art Museum
Although this doesn’t sound like any Christmas I’ve ever known (where are the decorations, the presents, and the Christmas cookies?), it’s an enchanting reminiscence.  I might trade the decorations and the presents for a deep unexpected ecstasy.  Maybe not the snickerdoodles, but I’m willing to barter the rest.

Merton’s Christmas memory reminds me of this beautiful early painting by George Inness.  Originally called Winter Moonlight, the painting seems to have picked up the very appropriate name Christmas Eve about a century ago.  It resonates with the power of a silent night.  The clouds break in the middle to frame the resplendent moon, but its light is insufficient to remove the dark shadows that dominate the painting.  The figure in the middle, like a shepherd or king, follows the light even as it leads him toward the shadows.

As Merton wrote near the conclusion of “Fire Watch”:

Lord God of this great night:  do You see the woods?  Do you hear the rumor of their loneliness?  Do You behold their secrecy?  Do You remember their solitudes?
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
Thomas Merton

These seem appropriate questions to ponder, while silently appreciating this beautiful painting in the collection of the Montclair Art Museumin New Jersey.

Reference Source
The Sign of Jonas by Thomas Merton

Click here for the entire six-part Fire Watch series.

© 2015 Lee Price

          Thomas Merton and I Share a Fire Watch      Cache   Translate Page      

Trappist Blogging
in Honor of Thomas Merton's
100th Birthday:
Essay 1 of 6 on
"Fire Watch, July 4, 1952,"
the epilogue of 
The Sign of Jonas

Part One:  Thomas Merton, Writer

Thomas Merton would have turned 100 this coming Saturday (January 31, 2015).  I’d like to think he would have celebrated it in silence at his beloved monastery Gethsemane near Bardstown, Kentucky.  Maybe he would have ascended Gethsemane’s tower to look out again upon the world, as he described in this passage from the “Fire Watch” epilogue to his book The Sign of Jonas:

And now my whole being breathes the wind which blows through the belfry, and my hand is on the door through which I see the heavens.  The door swings out upon a vast sea of darkness and of prayer.  Will it come like this, the moment of my death?  Will You open a door upon the great forest and set my feet upon a ladder under the moon, and take me out among the stars?
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
Thomas Merton

Unexpectedly, the door swung open for Merton just 16 years after he wrote “Fire Watch,” accidentally electrocuted while attending an interfaith conference in Bangkok, Thailand in 1968.

Two decades after his death, I began a slow yet steady exploration of his vast legacy of writings.  Most nights, there’s a Merton book by my bed.  In my better moments, I attempt to model my life on him.

Not that I’ve taken vows or adopted a habit of silence!  Celibacy’s not for me and I generally prefer to rise after the sun, not at 4 a.m. for prayers and hymns.  I don’t wear a robe to work.

Eadmer of Canterbury Writing,
Unknown, Flemish, Belgium,
about 1140-1150, tempera colors
gold paint, and ink on parchment,
7 x 4 1/2 in.,
Ms. Ludwig XI 6, fol. 44v
The J. Paul Getty Museum
But after more than twenty-five years of intermittent immersion in Merton’s often profound writings, I’ve become convinced that his central vocation was not being a monk, but being a writer.  He cultivated a writer’s curiosity, always probing and questioning and looking for deeper levels.  While initial spiritual experiences may have taken place while on his knees in monastic prayer (or on his knees in monastic housekeeping), his insights became clarified in recollection afterward, as he religiously wrote in his journal or pecked away on his typewriter.  He sought for a difficult balance, striving to be simultaneously fully awake to the material world while remaining ever conscious of a spiritual dimension behind the veil.  He valued both.  This is the Merton that I hope, in my better moments, to emulate.

I don’t remember why I picked up a biography of Merton in 1986, eighteen years after his tragic accidental death.  I must have heard something that nudged me in his direction.  In any case, I read the biography and it didn’t impress me much.

I don’t remember why I persevered, moving on to The Seven Storey Mountain, Merton’s best-selling autobiographical account of his spiritual awakening, but I do remember the jolt I felt when Merton suddenly connected with me.  Despite all the biographies, reminiscences, critical analyses, and blog entries written about him, an understanding of Merton is inseparable from wrestling with his own words.  He probably wasn’t a saint, but he was an extraordinary writer.

This is why Merton’s experience on the fire watch—a solitary walk through his monastery one night in 1952—opens out onto the universal.  Merton the artist consciously and intentionally shaped a short prose masterpiece out of an experience which is ultimately beyond words.  Through his artistry, “Fire Watch” is a spiritual journey that’s not restricted to Trappist monks on vows of poverty, but accessible to people everywhere.

Part Two:  My Fire Watch, January 24, 2015

The Crescent Moon, detail, by Samuel Palmer (1805-1881),
pen and sepia ink and graphite on wove paper,
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.

My attempt at a fire watch:

I rise after everyone is asleep.  That’s no easy task as my wife’s a night owl…  It’s much, much later than Merton’s fire watch rounds which began with the monk’s 8 p.m. bedtime.  My wife typically stays up until 2:30 (as, somewhere in Kentucky, the monks are entering their last hour of sleep before their first prayers and hymns of the morning!).

As with Merton’s rounds, a fire watch in my house naturally begins in the basement.  Given our situation, it’s therefore initially more of a water watch than a fire watch.  Opening the basement door, my biggest fear is to see a rising tide of water at the bottom of the stairs (unfortunately, this is an anxiety stemming from experience).  Even with Merton, the term fire watch only captures part of his responsibility.  Fires were frequent in that part of Kentuckyso they were the greatest concern, but the watchman is really called to be on alert for signs of all manner of disaster.  If Merton found a flood in the basement, he’d have to raise the alarm.  He’s the watchman, after all.

So I furtively turn on the basement lights and, with relief, see only dust and shadows below.  I descend the stairs, then check the furnace and the outlets.  I check for any signs of water pooling near the walls.  Nothing to report.

Moonlit Landscape
with Bridge
, detail,
by Aert van der Neer
(1603/1604 - 1677),
probably 1648/1650,
oil on panel.
National Gallery
of Art
I return back up the stairs, entering the kitchen.  I check the oven and the coffee maker, then sniff the air for smoke.  Everything’s off.  Everything’s safe.  I cross into the dining room and notice I should change the table cloth.  But that’s not a fire watch job; it can wait.  And so it goes as I move along a sort of oval path through our living room, the foyer, the family room (passing the curious dog), the laundry room, the powder room, and back to the kitchen.  The watchman sees no cause for alarm.

At this point in his duties, Merton enters into the silence and contemplates the deeper call of his work.  The silent nighttime patrol isn’t really about safety at all:

The fire watch is an examination of conscience in which your task as watchman suddenly appears in its true light:  a pretext devised by God to isolate you, and to search your soul with lamps and questions, in the heart of darkness.
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
Thomas Merton

Alone on the first floor, with my wife and daughter asleep above me on the second, I pause to think.  My outward responsibility as watchman is to protect.  But, according to Merton, my equally important inward task is to embrace this opportunity to be with God in the darkness, “in the house that will one day perish.”  So I settle into the silence.

The furnace rattles on.  The dog looks up.  I feel distracted.

The next stage of the fire watch beckons.  I ascend the stairs to the second floor, flashlight in hand.  Everything looks as it should.  As with Merton, “the flashlight creates a little alert tennis ball upon the walls and floors.”  I shouldn’t wake them.  We watchmen must keep our vows of silence.

I have a wife and a daughter living at home, and a son away at college in Maine.  I feel my job should be to protect them all.  The watchman must be ever vigilant.  But in the silence and darkness, knowing my Merton-assigned task is to simply be with God, it becomes obvious that this house’s watchman is helpless.  My wife is wrapped in a solitary silence.  My daughter is sound asleep.  Six hundred miles away, my son is alone in his dorm room.  And the watchman is alone in the hall, solitary and powerless to keep anyone truly safe.

Moonlight (Mondschein), 1895
by Edvard Munch (1863-1944),
etching and Aquatint.
National Gallery of Art
In our shared helplessness, I share something in common with Thomas Merton, on July 4, 1952, wandering alone through the monastery, enduring an examination of conscience, isolated in the heart of darkness.

Between the silence of God and the silence of my own soul, stands the silence of the souls entrusted to me.  Immersed in these three silences, I realize that the questions I ask myself about them are perhaps no more than a surmise.  And perhaps the most urgent and practical renunciation is the renunciation of all questions.
“Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”
Thomas Merton

There’s little I can do—of practical value anyway—so I head back to bed.  

In Kentucky, in a monastery near Bardstown, Merton’s brothers are waking up as I fall back to sleep.

Reference Source
The Sign of Jonas by Thomas Merton

Click here for the entire six-part Fire Watch series.

© 2015 Lee Price

          Nativity Essays: William Blake and a Gnostic-Style Manger Scene      Cache   Translate Page      

Nativity Blogging
for the Season of Christmastide 2014-15:
William Blake’s
The Nativity

The Nativity by William Blake,
1799 or 1800, tempera on copper, 10 3/4 x 15 1/16 in.,
gift of Mrs. William Thomas Tonner, 1964,
Philadelphia Museum of Art

The most memorable Christmas Eve sermon I’ve ever heard was delivered by Pastor Brian Rhea (now pastor at Newcombtown United Methodist Church in Millville, New Jersey) shortly after the birth of his second child.  Fresh from experience, Brian vividly shared just how gross childbirth really is, with all its blood, tears, and other leaking fluids.  And he didn’t imagine the manger was all tidy and neat either!  It was truly a great sermon.

Today’s featured painting by William Blake (1757-1827) is the polar opposite.  Blake’s The Nativity has to be the most antiseptic of all childbirth paintings.  The baby literally flies out of the womb, spotless and glowing, into the hands of the waiting midwife, in this case Mary’s cousin Elizabeth.

Detail, The Nativity by William Blake,
Philadelphia Museum of Art

While it would be impossible to realistically reconcile Brian’s sermon with Blake’s painting, I’d like to think that both descriptions fall within a broad Christian tradition that’s always been open to embracing paradoxes.  Blake’s painting is the real boundary-tester.  As expressed in his poetry and artwork, Blake’s mysterious, complex, and intensely personal beliefs evince strong Gnostic tendencies, and Gnosticism has been labeled heretical by the mainstream church for nearly two thousand years.  But given a choice between celebrating visionary genius or the cold judgments of Inquisition-style church tribunals, I’ll go with genius any day.  Blake’s okay by me.

"The Tyger" by William Blake,
Songs of Innocence and
of Experience
Wikimedia Commons
William Blake dedicated his life to expressing his radical and mystical ideas through poetry, painting and etching, and the art of printing.  He’s probably best known for his poetry book Songs of Innocence and of Experience which contains the famous poem “The Tyger”:

Tyger, Tyger, burning bright
In the forest of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

The Nativity is one of fifty small Bible-based paintings that Blake made for Thomas Butts, an English War Office clerk, in 1899 and 1890.  For this project, Blake enjoyed considerable artistic freedom in choosing his subjects and approach.  While many of the paintings have been lost, there is enough of a record to attempt a reasonable guess at the scope of the ambitious project.  In Blake as an Artist, art historian David Bindman suggests that “the series probably consisted of approximately fifteen Old Testament subjects and thirty-five from the Life of Christ.”

Detail, The Nativity
by William Blake,
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Nativity would have been the second of the Life of Christ paintings, following The Angel Gabriel appearing to Zacharias, which is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and preceding The Adoration of the Magi in the BrightonMuseum and Art Gallery.  In The Nativity, Joseph supports the unconscious Mary as she gives birth.  The child, his arms outstretched in a cruciform position, flies toward the outstretched hands of Elizabeth.  An infant John the Baptist sits in the lap of Elizabeth.  Behind Elizabeth, oxen contentedly feed from a trough.  The star of Bethlehem—cruciform, like the baby—shines through the window.

Throughout the ages, most Gnostic sects have professed a belief that the material world we live in is flawed beyond redemption and that secret knowledge is needed to unite the soul with the perfection of God’s spiritual realm.  This type of belief can become very dualistic, with earthly and human life viewed as untouchable.  A belief of this sort tends to rule out an understanding of Jesus as wholly Man as well as wholly God (a basic paradox of mainstream Christianity).  In most Gnostic sects, the earthy childbirth described in Pastor Rhea’s sermon would be altogether too yucky to apply to the spiritual being of Jesus.  Therefore, Blake paints a pristine, miraculous, and apparently pain-free birth.

Blake painted The Nativity in tempera, laying the paint over a mixture of whiting and carpenter’s glue adhered to a copper surface.  While he adopted this technique in the hope of preserving the original colors, his method failed, resulting in two centuries of darkening and surface cracking.  It’s not what Blake wanted, but I love the effect.  It brings out an other-worldly, archaic beauty in Blake’s vision that can’t be easily dismissed.  It’s hauntingly weird.

Detail, The Nativity
by William Blake,
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Reference Sources

Blake as an Artist by David Bindman
William Blake:  The Seer and His Visions by Milton Klonsky
Genius by Harold Bloom
Philadelphia Museum of Art Collections

© 2014 Lee Price

          Nativity Essays: Meditation on Botticelli's Virgin Adoring the Child      Cache   Translate Page      

Nativity blogging
for the Season of Christmastide 2014-15:
Sandro Botticelli's
The Virgin Adoring the Child

The Virgin Adoring the Child by Sandro Botticelli,
1480/90, tempera on panel, 23 3/16 in. diameter,
Samuel H. Kress Collection,
National Gallery of Art

Christmas morning craziness is over but it’s still Christmastide, the twelve days of Christmas that stretch from the midnight announcement of Christmas day to the Epiphany arrival of the three Magi.  The Christmas company has departed.  Alone at last, Mary watches over her baby.  This is a part of Christmas, too.

I’m too introverted to be comfortable with the classic Nativity scenes.  They’re typically crowded with kings and their retinues, shepherds flocking down from the hills, angels on rooftops and dancing with the stars, and a stable-full of oxen and asses.  To find Mary and the baby, you have to search through all the turmoil.

The Adoration of the Kings by Sandro Botticelli,
1470-75, tempera on panel,
National Gallery, London
Painting in Florence and Rome in the late 15th century, Sandro Botticelli had a knack for crowded Nativity scenes.  In this early Botticelli Adoration of the Kings, I count more than 50 onlookers, a half-dozen horses, and a peacock (it’s on the wall on the right).  If it looks like a parade, that’s because Botticelli was almost certainly working from impressions of his hometown’s famous Brotherhood of the Magi pageants, known for their opulence.  A sense of wealth overwhelms the humbleness of the manger setting.

Technically, Botticelli’s early crowd scene is impressive, with its high-Renaissance mastery of architectural perspective and its varied portrait gallery.  Botticelli skillfully utilizes the tondo (round) format that was becoming popular at the time for paintings designed for private devotions.  But this crowded house isn’t what I crave from a Nativity scene.  For my private Nativity devotion, I prefer quiet, mystery, and a dash of expectant hope (the same elements I always hope for in a Christmas Eve service).

Botticelli’s Adoration of the Kings tondo came early in his career, perhaps one of his first works after finishing an apprenticeship with Fra Filippo Lippi in his early twenties.  As Botticelli matured—and his artistry became even more assured—he continued to paint Nativities, Magi scenes, and virgin-and-child images.  With some of his paintings, he started to pare the crowds back, placing more emphasis upon Mary and the baby.

Detail, The Virgin Adoring the Child
by Sandro Botticelli,
National Gallery of Art
In The Virgin Adoring the Child at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, painted circa 1490 when Botticelli was around 45 years old, the Nativity is reduced to its barest essentials:  Mary and child.  Even Joseph is absent.  The only intruders into this pastoral scene are a discreet ox and donkey, content to keep to the shadows.

Mary crosses her hands in a traditional sign of resignation to the will of God.  As in all of Botticelli’s mature works, Mary expresses a sadness that acknowledges an awareness of her son’s destiny.  Jesus’ sacrifice is hers as well.  Her sorrow will continue unabated through the lamentation and Pieta depictions of Mary cradling the body of the crucified Jesus.  In birth and in death, the figure of Mary calls us to contemplation of the fragility of humanity.

Exquisitely framed by a ruined stable wall, this Botticelli tondo is a triumph of personal devotion imagery.  We are asked to enter into the spirit of Mary.  The world is quiet, the child calls to us, and we respond with grace.  Above, revealed in a corner of sky, the Star of Bethlehem still shines, trailing glory.

Detail, Virgin Adoring the Child
by Sandro Botticelli,
National Gallery of Art

Reference Sources

Botticelli by Barbara Deimling
Botticelli: The Artist and His Works by Silvia Malaguzzi
Gardner’s Art Through the Ages by Fred S. Kleiner and Christin J. Mamiya

© 2014 Lee Price

          Meditation on Henry Ossawa Tanner's The Annunciation      Cache   Translate Page      

Annunciation Blogging
for Advent 2014:
Henry Ossawa Tanner’s
The Annunciation

The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner,
1898, oil on canvas, 57 x 71 1/4 inches,
Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Detail, The Annunciation by
Henry Ossawa Tanner,
Philadelphia Museum of Art.
In Henry Ossawa Tanner’s painting The Annunciation, Mary’s toes peek out from under her robe.  She’s a teenage girl getting ready for bed—not beautiful perhaps, but when the light shines on her she’s radiant.  She’s a girl who has no idea how pretty she is.

Most representations of Mary in art depict her as older and classically beautiful.  She usually appears gentle, obedient, patient, and humble.  Maybe a little dull, too.  She rarely looks like the teenage girls I’ve met.

But, in all fairness, the classical representation of Mary is perfectly in line with the information that the evangelist Luke supplies in his gospel telling of the Annunciation.  When sending the angel Gabriel to her doorstep, God implies that Mary is just about perfection on earth.  This is the porcelain Mary of the Old Masters.

Painting in 1898, working from the same text as the religious artists who preceded him, Henry Ossawa Tanner teased out an endlessly interesting Mary who succeeds in being a teenage girl while also suggesting why God might look on her with approval.  It’s a difficult balance, miraculously achieved by Tanner.  I like to think he was working from that little section in the middle of the scene where Mary talks back to Gabriel.  “How shall this be,” she asks the angel, “since I have no husband?”  A good actress could say that line many ways.  It could be said with harsh disbelief (“Get real, angel…”), or deep sarcasm (“yeah, right…”), or confusion (“I think you may have the wrong Mary…”), or concern (“do you know something I don’t know”), or curiosity (“tell me more…”).

Tanner’s Mary is a charmer.  Overcoming any initial fear, she leans forward toward the angel.  She gives a little half-smile, as if coaxing Gabriel to tell more.  “I’m listening,” she seems to say.  “You have my attention.  Now convince me.”

Detail, The Annunciation by
Henry Ossawa Tanner,
Philadelphia Museum of Art.
She looks smart.  And she looks like she could be wickedly funny.  There’s a wit to the way she cocks her head, waiting for a response.  “How shall this be since I have no husband?”  She’s sharp enough to say it with quiet irony.  Then she patiently waits for the reply.  She’s a listener.

Her hands are clasped, perhaps implying that the angel has interrupted her mid-prayer.  But now the prayer is forgotten as Gabriel fully commands her attention and interest.  She is mulling the words of the angel, his prophetic announcement that she will be the mother of one who will “reign over the house of Jacob forever.”  That’s a big—and potentially awkward—claim for an unwed teenage girl from a small village like Nazareth.

But the light that fills the room is real.  Her inclination is to accept the miraculous.  And so she asks the question, “How shall this be…” already inwardly knowing that she is strong enough and brave enough to face this future.

That’s just my interpretation.  The son of an African Methodist Episcopal bishop, Henry Ossawa Tanner was doubtless better schooled in the Bible than me.  He taught Sunday School in his young adult years, regularly attended church throughout his life, and painted Biblical scenes with commitment and enthusiasm for more than three decades.  A couple of years ago, I attended the Henry Ossawa Tanner special exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where you could view the range of his religious painting.  A gentle spirituality permeated the show, with The Annunciation setting the tone.

You’d think the innovative use of blinding light to represent the angel Gabriel would dominate the picture.  But Mary more than holds her own.  I keep coming back to Tanner’s representation of Mary because it’s her humanity that ultimately makes the painting so captivating.  It’s a humanity that is at the core of the Annunciation story and is so often missed.

Reference Sources

Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit edited by Anna O. Marley
Philadelphia Museum of Art Teacher Resources
The New Oxford Annotated Bible, Revised Standard Version

© 2014 Lee Price

          Annunciation Essays: Meditation on Jan van Eyck's The Annunciation      Cache   Translate Page      

Annunciation Blogging
for Advent 2014:
The Annunciation
by Jan van Eyck

Fade in.  An angel appears before Mary.  The angel makes a surprising proposal, Mary responds with a question, the angel reassures her, and she graciously agrees to the plan.  The vignette has a beginning, middle, and end.  Classically constructed, the scene begins with the angel announcing, “Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with You!” and ends with Mary entering into an agreement, “(L)et it be to me according to your word.”  Fade out.

Jan van Eyck (Netherlandish,
circa 1390-1441),
The Annunciation, c. 1434/1436,
oil on canvas transferred from panel,
Andrew W. Mellon Collection,
National Gallery of Art.
As told by the evangelist Luke in his gospel, the Annunciation has the shape of a conventional narrative.  It unfolds like a well-constructed movie scene.

Most art of the Annunciation—both literary and visual—treats the scene as conventional narrative, in the manner of Luke.  The artist thoughtfully selects a moment in the story that captures what they want to express about the text.  It could be the second when the angel enters, or the angel greeting Mary, or Mary’s asking “How shall this be?” or Mary’s final note of gracious acceptance.  That’s the normal way of doing things.

Jan van Eyck’s masterpiece The Annunciation employs a very different strategy, sometimes used by the Old Masters but rarely to this extent.  The whole story flashes before us at a stroke, with van Eyck treating time with the creativity that Cezanne would later bring to the treatment of space.  In van Eyck’s The Annunciation, there is no natural beginning or end, no unfolding of narrative, no reading from left to right.  The story is shaped into an image that instantaneously contains the whole.