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  1. I quoted the situation and approach by Paul that I am referencing. Also I am doing so in regard to the specific situation being addressed here on this little community of cyber posters about the Greek Orthodox Church community. I think the Greek community might be ripe for the harvest by the Holy Spirit, bringing many to their salvation by the gospel of Jesus and His grace and God's mercy alone. I don't think it a time to be slamming people for their icons and idols and their heritage and traditions as much as it is a time for the Holy Spirit to show many Jesus and to make that specific call to many of that community to come to Christ Jesus and be saved. In that effort I think it is the right time for the witnesses sharing of the gospel to use the approach Paul used as was referenced in the earlier post. Thank you for the interest expressed as a question, and your commentary on Paul.
  2. I say let them march; march right off the edge of the earth.
  3. There is a quiet man with a persistent voice whom I have had extreme privilege to see and on occasion shake hands and chat with for some 15 years as he has gone to one church after another in the Greek Orthodox communities, and on Greek language radio stations around this country (USA) bringing the gospel of Jesus and talking to priests, lay leaders, and members. He has faced danger, he has faced turmoil, and some persecution, but he has also had so much encouragement. I share that several openings have occurred within the church, individuals are coming to salvation in Christ Jesus. There are good things happening- praise God. Perhaps God is using others to also bring the word into that community. May it become a revival movement, Amen.
  4. Upon revisiting the opening post, I find myself ever more appreciative of the wisdom in Paul's approach: Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, “What does this babbler wish to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection. And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean.” Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new. Paul Addresses the Areopagus So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this.” So Paul went out from their midst. But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.
  5. What if we transliterate light as total electromagnetic spectrum? And God created the total electromagnetic spectrum.
  6. I take it you (Gator) suffer a few food follies? I am healing today from one myself. Seems the oven broiler heating element will up and bite the back of one's hand if one reaches into the oven while cinnamon toast is broiling and a bubbling to a fine tasty crisp. A "Small Portion" of my hand looks like a bit like a nicely cooked steak this AM, complete with deep grill marking. -Smarts abit don't ya know- makes you sing hi de ho
  7. Just declare them to be Popovers. And share of them when the fire department arrives.
  8. Guess that brings about many questions too. Boiled down, to two questions and one a two parter: Is there a nation that is not pagan? What role has the Holy Spirit? Is it a lack of the word that keeps individuals darkened from the way the truth and the life, the gospel of Jesus today?
  9. Absolutely! Thanks for listing them here. And they are why I do not find need of yet additional terms, and ever new "enlightenments". Seems to me my Bible and yours has been most sufficient.
  10. Sorry, not favorably impressed with the presentation. Personally I don't think there is need for yet another manner of categorizing people, especially in a manner that puts them down. I'd much rather hear of Jesus and His gospel, than to hear of yet another way to declare who is not good enough to be considered to be of Jesus. Seems much like a solution not needed, seeking out a problem not existent. Personally; I do not much appreciate those that are not churched somewhere spending their time criticising all churches, BUT that does not make them some kind of "broken" wolf in sheep's clothing. It may make them a person in need of a local body of Christ. It may make them a person in need of some friends in Christ Jesus, but a wolf or if one insists on the term, a broken-wolf? No. More Jesus is in order, and far less criticism of attempts by people to gain Jesus in their lives. Seems even a bit prideful, to me, to be inventing additional extra-biblical terminology then declaring others to be broken-wolves. I think Jesus made his gospel direct, absolute, and a whole lot easier to receive salvation by than many Christians want to allow for their brethren to receive. Nope- I am not a fan of this one. Seems more divisive, than constructive to me. I will prefer to trust that in God there is the awesome ability for Him to use even that which may have been intended for evil, to instead work to good. Praise God.
  11. Or, we might pray for and support the ministries that have already been bringing the Bible to Greek Orthodox communities, and for the priests turning about and eager for the Bibles they are receiving and using in local congregations for Bible study.
  12. I do the same or similar with Reiki. I pray for the Holy Spirit to gude me in my prayer as I prepare. They are tools, tools may be used in a manner that will glorify our creator. They may be used in defiance also, much in the same manner as a sacrifice brought before God may be proper or improper, and the heart of the giver set in God's will or against it.
  13. Hi, Sorry you suffer so. ..."the second time your body encounters a particular allergen, within a few minutes, your mast cells become activated and release a powerful cocktail of histamine, leukotrienes, and prostaglandins, which trigger the entire cascade of symptoms you associate with allergies: sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, hacking cough, itchy eyes, etc. Histamine can cause your airways to constrict, like with asthma, or cause blood vessels to become more permeable, leading to fluid leakage or hives. Leukotrienes cause hypersecretion of mucus, which you commonly experience as a runny nose or increased phlegm.".... From
  14. I find myself in good company with Vice president Spence and Rabbi Landau. I think I will just stand my ground,- and let "the foolish one's" rant on as my pastor called those that are critcizing V.P. Spence just today. I will continue to applaud and follow his example. From Rabbi Landau's blog at comes the following; Since last week’s Washington Post profile of Karen Pence, the vice president’s wife, critics have obsessed over a single line which reported that as of 2002, the vice president doesn’t dine alone with women other than his wife. Many writers have argued that Pence’s preference amounts to a discriminatory policy against women employees. From a Jewish perspective, Mr. Pence’s behavior is right on the mark. In order to explain why, let me share with you the perspective of Rebbitzen Emunah Braverman from Los Angeles, published on The blogosphere erupted with the news that Vice-President Mike Pence won’t eat alone with a woman other than his wife and won’t attend events where there is alcohol without her there. Some people think this reflects some antiquated sexism. I think it shows is a respect for and commitment to his marriage. “You and the Vice-President have something in common,” I told my husband. “You have the same rule about not eating alone with another woman.” This is not because we share a “pretty radically retrograde mindset” that “doesn’t respect women as humans with thoughts and skills to contribute but rather sees them primarily as sexual temptations…” as a Slate article put it. It's because my husband has too much respect for me and our marriage to risk compromising it, even in the slightest. It’s because from the Torah perspective (I can't presume to speak for the VP so I can only share our views), we want our marriage to be the best possible. We want to be like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (as we say under the chuppa), like the only two people on earth who only have eyes for each other. In order to attempt to create this type of reality, we have to establish rules and guidelines. Like Mr. Pence, ours prevents my husband from dining alone with other women. I’m not sure what exactly is lost by this, and the gain seems obvious. To those who argue that this suggests a negative disrespectful view of women, let me add that the same rule applies to me (and I’m assuming to Mrs. Pence as well). I would not go out for dinner alone with another man. Is it because it’s too tempting and men are only objects to me? No one would seriously make that claim. On the contrary; once again, it’s because my marriage is too important to risk even a small amount of damage, even a frisson of feeling or connection with someone else. We don’t want to put ourselves in situations of temptation, not because we are unrealistically afraid but rather because we are realistically so. We see the damaged relationships all around us. We see the mistakes, the unanticipated consequences of seemingly innocent behaviors. Our society has become very casual about relations between the sexes; it doesn’t always lead to inappropriate behavior but there is definitely a cost. Workplace romances, online affairs – and while there are no guarantees in life and the Talmud reminds us that we can’t be sure of ourselves until the day of our death, I certainly want to stack the odds in my favor. When my husband teaches (non-religious) married men, he tries to warn them away from looking at other women. “The first look is instinctive; the second is a choice,” he tells them. And that choice can lead to problems, even if it’s just thinking about women other than your wife. Thoughts lead to action so we want to exercise control our thoughts as well. The Mishna teaches us to build a fence around the Torah. When something is very precious to us, we go to extra lengths to protect it. Big mansions reside behind large walls or gates with extensive (and expensive) security. Fancy jewelry is kept in a safe. Presidents have the secret security. In Jewish understanding, we build fences to protect our spiritual lives, not just our physical ones. And we certainly want to protect our marriages. Not dining alone with someone of the other gender to whom we are not married is just one of the many ways in which we tell the world (and ourselves!) that our marriage, our relationship is too important to be tampered with. We need to police our own actions and thoughts. Instead of condemning Mike Pence, I think we should be applauding him.
  15. Taking Penicillin, especially when you have no need of it is how you develop allergy to it. Allergy by definition must include prior exposure, in order to result in the hypersensitivity that is allergy. A person could take it again and again, even in small doses, then one day drop like a rock, having finally become so sensitive to it that they cannot breath when exposed to it. BTW- Here is a link to general info on allergy, best not ignore the smaller symptoms of allergy building up. They can and will build to that last one which is fatal without immediate treatment.-