Believing in, and pushing the teachings of, evolution leads to death

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The lie is; evolution is real and there is no God.

Believe your bible.

Evolution is a heresy and should never be condoned by the pulpit. It is what is behind abortions, Hitler and his gang of thugs burning Europe and ultimately bringing the world genocide and WWII.

Soon, we will be commemorating the 20th anniversary of 911. Twenty years, can you believe it’s been that long?

The same rally cry, ‘never again!’, which echoed around the world after WWII and in America after 911 seems to have been forgotten. We can’t even have political discussions without them deteriorating into fist fights and in some tragic cases, even death. Heck, vegans can’t even declare their beliefs without extreme vitriol and hate to the point of making death threats. Where is our sense of loyalty and community to one another simply because we call ourselves, American? Standing shoulder to shoulder against our enemies is a thing of the past. There is so much death and infighting we are eating ourselves.

What does ouroboros mean? The ouroboros is an ancient symbol of a snake or serpent eating its own tail, variously signifying infinity and the cycle of birth and death.

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What an odd definition. A snake, or anything else for that matter, eating itself ultimately destroys itself. Only Christ was resurrected. Only the Christian Trinity is infinite. See how the lies look cool but ultimately lead to death?

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This poor thing is never going to live again. It mistook itself for food, or an enemy, and devoured itself.

This poor thing is never going to live again. There is no infinity in it. It mistook itself for food, or an enemy, and devoured itself. This is where America is right now. We are standing on the edge of a knife. We are either going to go too far in the direction of death and become Russia during its darkest times of killing its own people and almost, ultimately, itself as a nation, or we are going to straighten up, tighten our ‘mercy belts’ and stop attacking each other when we do not see eye-to-eye.

Micah 7:6
For a son dishonors his father, a daughter rises against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A man’s enemies are the members of his own household.

Matthew 10:21
Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rise against their parents and have them put to death.

Matthew 10:35
For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.

Luke 12:52
From now on, five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three.

This is all coming about because the war really is virtue against barbarism. It is not virtuous to kill unborn children simply because they ‘got in the way’ of your life. It is not virtuous to threaten, or attack, people who eat meat. It is not virtuous to say you want to attack ‘the patriarchy’ because you hate men. it’s not ok to hate men. It’s not ok to hate anyone.

It is hard to be patient with people who are attacking you. It is hard to pray for your enemies. Mercy is hard. That's why Jesus told us to be merciful. 

James 2:13 For judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy … because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. “Blessed are the merciful, for they

Romans 9:15 For He says to Moses: “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have … For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” For God said to Moses

Luke 6:36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. Be merciful

Think about it, why was Jesus hated so much? No other deity in the history of the world has be vilified and hated as much as Christ. He taught; peace, mercy, love, going the extra mile (literally and figuratively). other religions teach similar things but no one swears in the name of pagan gods. No one burns pagan symbols, attacks Norse creation myths, or does any of the hateful things people do do Christian symbols.

‘To the barbarian, virtue is a blemish.’-(I heard Rabbi Lapin say this but I think he was quoting someone else. I can’t remember who.)

Christ is hated because He taught unprecedented levels of virtue. He taught that life is sacred. Although he did not abolish the law, he took the law to a new level. There was to be no more manipulation of the law (but it still happens in churches everywhere).

I urge you to leave your church if they; support abortion, gay marriage, your pastor is divorced and remarried, they do not believe the eucharist IS the body and blood of Christ, they teach evolution in any form over or in conjunction with creation, they push tithing while members of your congregation are starving and losing their homes while your pastor lives in a mcmansion, they promote ‘if you’re good enough’ no harm will ever come to you (that’s legalism folks), basically, if your church boasts that it is ‘progressive’ it’s not a proper Christian church. What they are really doing is promoting the views, and values of the world.

This book is an excellent resource for understanding what the world was like when Christ came into it, and what people were into that was so unacceptable, Hint: pretty much everything that has become acceptable to progressive ‘christianity’ is just a rehash of what Christ taught against during His ministry.

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Scripture tells us, ‘God never changes’. So why all of the changes to Christianity? Why are there hundreds of thousands of denominations? Each denomination convinced it is the only way to be Christian and yet it looks almost nothing like the early church?

Find, and read, books that support creation over evolution. read them to your children. Teach them God is sovereign, not science. Teach them that all human life is sacred.


The honey trap, Thanksgiving dinner, and other natural disasters

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There you are at Thanksgiving, surrounded by your loving family. Everyone is dressed, clean, thankful and on the same page politically and religiously… and then your alarm clock goes off waking you from your dream.

Why am I writing about Thanksgiving nightmares in May? Well for one reason, the year is zipping by at an alarming rate and it feels as if T-day is next month and for another reason, well let’s start a new paragraph for that one.

Since April I have been embarking on a personal study that has been partly responsible for my lack of being able to get other things done which is why I still have not done anything formally with the Elder Thaddeus study. Oh I’m reading it alright but I am in no fit way ready to write out questions or lengthy blog posts about it. The personal study I have been working on is… understanding paganism and witchcraft. Don’t panic. I’m still a Christian, but I can see how people can lose their faith when they begin looking into such things if they are weak on their understanding of Christianity. Why did I begin to study these other spiritual paths? Not to give up my Christianity but to understand first hand what these paths are about. I wanted to know for myself what they were about and not rely on second hand knowledge. I’m glad I did. I’m all about ‘Get your oats fresh’… you know that saying right? ‘Get it straight from the horses mouth!’. Why? Because I had actually been told one time by someone in leadership at a house of prayer I attended that daydreaming was a form of witchcraft! With that sort of nonsense being tossed about as wisdom, I had to do my own research.

Paganism and witchcraft are on the rise. This increase has partly come about, I believe, because of the circus Protestantism has become and because of our exposure to paganism through entertainment.

There are certain factors that have increased our exposure to paganism; The Marvel movie franchise that wrapped up not too long ago, The Game of Thrones books, and mini-series (or not so mini of a series), the focus of late that all-white-people-are-colonizing-devils-and-only-giving-up-Christianity-and-embracing-our-roots-in-our-pagan-ancestory-can-save-us-because-Christianity-is-a-religion-for-old-white-supremacist-men. There is a belief trending that the only truth is what our ancestors believed before white people brought in Christianity to colonize the natives.

In reality, you can have your culture and still be a Christian. You can still follow the season and read the signs of nature, go on hunts and honor your ancestors. Christianity is not a religion just for white people however, white people also went through some devastating things in history because of religion and religious hate- both white Christians and non-white Christians. okay, okay-everybody preyed upon everyone. Can we ‘hug it out’ and forgive each other? See life is just one giant Thanksgiving dinner lived over and over, and over. If we do not learn how to get along, or at least forgive each other and let go… we’re doomed.

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In my Internet travels, I have encountered many challenges to Christianity. It seems Christians are not alone in their fervor for their religion and for some, in their intense dislike for those not of their religion (dear Christian brothers and sisters, God COMMANDED us to love one another, not beat people over the head with our bibles). We Christians have hurt people of other faiths in our over zealousness and insensitivity. Who ever became a Christian by being hammered on constantly, or told they were going to hell (pagans and witches do not believe in hell), or told their gods are demons?

One of the vlogs I came across in my study ‘travels’ belongs to a Norse pagan. One of his video titles declared; ‘How to destroy Christianity with this one argument’. One of the commentators wrote that they were going to use his argument at Thanksgiving dinner, hence the title for today’s post.

First I apologize to all the pagans and witches I have offended over the years. Please forgive me. Second, I point out that if you are a pagan gleefully constructing what you think are destructive arguments against Christianity to destroy your family’s faith in God, you are no better than the Christians who attack you. We are all not in a contest to see who can crush the other person the best, or worst depending on how well you are doing in your compassion for your own friends and family. Ahem…

ah, stunned silence i see

This is the expected reaction this particular pagan expects to see when he asks what he thinks are very tough, and soul crushing questions. His question to end Christianity once and for all (all of that should have been said in your head (or out loud) with a loud authoritative and echoing voice followed by maniacal laughter). Are you ready for his profound, faith crushing question? Here it comes:

If God is omniscient, and omnipotent, how is it possible that His word (scripture) is so misinterpreted by His people? You would think something written by God (scripture) would be easy to understand by all and no one would ever misinterpret the Word of God. Can the Christian God not convey Himself in a way that is understandable? Wouldn’t He infuse His word with understanding so His message would be clear?

That’s a good question. I have asked myself something similar on many occasions. My version is; “If we all have the same bible, and we have all read the scripture that tells us to be unified and there are hundreds of thousands of denominations, Christian don’t get along, and can’t even agree on sprinkling or dunking for baptism, what is going on?!”. My question was asked in a moment of frustration. I know what is going on, I just don’t like it.

What this pagan vlogger is saying comes from a place of confusion and a lack of understanding about who God is and how Christianity really works, i.e. he didn’t read his bible when he was a Christian. Plus, he chose one of the most ridiculous persons on the web to use as an example (a video of a baptist minister ‘loosing it’ over the word, ‘is’). That’s what people like him who wish to refute the bible and God do, they use the least qualified person as the fall guy in the scenario and build their argument on that one person. The person he chose to use is someone I have seen before mocking every other Christian who is not a baptist and mocking how Jews pray. Not the best person to hold up to scrutiny but that’s how such persons argue. They argue weakly. They rarely, if ever use someone in authority who knows their stuff.

Oh how I wish they would pull that kind of argument out at a dinner table where one of the guests is a true Orthodox priest.

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If you find yourself in a situation where your pagan or witch sibling, cousin, aunt, uncle etc. has asked this very profound (but really not at all profound) question here is your response.

The Word of God is in fallible. It is perfect… uncorrupted and incorruptible. However, people are fallen and corrupted by their sin, and the sin of the world. God has given us free will which extends to the reading of His word. Without the Holy Tradition of the Orthodox Church, it is quite easy to misinterpret scripture.

If you buy a new car and wreck it, it is not the fault of the manufacturer. You wrecked it. The same principle applies to scripture. If you buy and read a bible and get it wrong, it is not because God did something wrong and you couldn’t understand His word. God gives us free will which extends to reading His word. Most misinterpretation of scripture comes from rebellion and pride; the rest comes from not having Holy Tradition to sort it out. Humble people understand and obey God’s word.

That last part about humility could cause you to end up with a drumstick in your ear, tread lightly.

People who attend a church where the liturgy is performed (Orthodoxy) get an enormous amount of scripture read to them during the service.

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Scripture is not meant to only be read alone at home with no tradition to back up, or refute, your personal interpretation. This is a very damaging residue from the reformation which has lead to hundreds of thousands of denominations within ‘Christianity’. Denominations are started because someone got a butt hurt over something and instead of submitting to their leadership, they went and started a new church (cult) in their basement and it grew until it became a whole new denomination.

Every denomination that came after the reformation is heretical.

Scripture is meant to be read out loud. As an Orthodox Christian, you go to the Liturgy and hear the scripture read, you study your bible at home, you read the Holy and ancient fathers, you pester your priest endlessly with questions.

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Look, the people who are questioning their faith without Holy tradition to guide them are the ones falling away. they become Muslim, pagan, atheist, etc. There is so much confusion, misdirection and misinterpretation within Protestantism its a wonder anyone is left. Even the pious Amish got it wrong. This is the path where personal interpretation of the bible without Holy Tradition leads.

If, at some future Thanksgiving dinner, some pagan who thinks he is clever asks you how scripture can be misinterpreted, as if he’s just cracked the pagan version of the Davinci code, you now have an answer, I hope, to that ridiculous question.

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Income Abundance, Rabbi Lapin

I am beginning day 3 of no t.v. or movies unless it’s educational information such as the set of information I am writing about today, or herbs, or scripture. You get the idea. It is also day 3 of writing the five things for which I am grateful which has also been difficult.

There is an issue we introverts have. We sometimes forget about what we like or need. When I was single and would go on a date, I dreaded being asked, ‘what do you like to do?’. It is a fairly innocent and common question. For an introvert it is a horrible question to ask. We have things we enjoy doing, we just have a hard time remembering what they are, or even owning up to them in our; go, go, go society. One of the things I love to do IS watching t.v. and movies, along with reading. There is, however, only so much reading I can do before I fall asleep. There’s only so much housework I can do before I wear myself out. Watching t.v. or movies is a great way to fill in gaps of time. I don’t think I will continue to ‘fast from t.v.’ once my experiment is over. Perhaps I will. It is early days yet… we will see what happens on day 7.

On to the rest of the post…

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I am ready to focus on abundance again. I say ‘again’ because when I left the Protestant church and became Orthodox, abundance, or prosperity, were the last things I was thinking about even though we had just gone through a ‘Job season’. It seemed as if all we ever heard was sermons on prosperity. I needed assurance. Assurance God still loved us, thought of us, cared about us, etc. I needed to work on myself. We needed help from other Christians and there was no help. There was no community. The teachings I had heard made it clear that those who were going through tough times were afflicted, sinful, being ‘course corrected’ by God. This is of course a gross misinterpretation of Scripture. Job was a righteous man and went through it all. People try to justify their misinterpretation of scripture by declaring Job’s story to be OT (Old Testament) and therefore irrelevant after The Cross. That’s not how Christianity works, kids. Suffering still happens to Christians and guess what, they don’t even have to have ‘done something’ to ‘deserve it’. We live in a fallen world and things happen to everyone.

Matt 5:45

KJ21that ye may be the children of your Father who is in Heaven. For He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

When a preacher teaches the incorrect version of scripture that bad things only happen to sinners, it does a couple of things; 1. It gives a false sense of security and righteousness to people. This does not prepare them for the bad times to come… and they ARE coming. tough times help us grow as Christians. God sends trials to us to grow us. 2. It turns people who need help, who need their church community, into pariah. No one wants anything to do with you because they think hard times are contagious like a virus. Money is sent to faceless organizations before it goes to church members in need. That is messed up.

Perhaps you can understand now how I just couldn’t hear one more ‘Prosperity sermon’? I wanted to know more about Christian heritage, the saints, the apostles, Christ (of course) bu also about His earthly family and the early Christian church. If you do not know where you come from, you cannot plan for your future. Most Christian pastors, I have seen on t.v. or i n the churches I attended act like orphans. I did too and I brought that mentality with me when I first entered the Orthodox church. It is a difficult mentality (spirit) to shake off. I do believe that the reason for this way of thinking is due to a lack of knowledge about who we truly are in Christ. Money is focused on instead of sanctification. We were adopted into Christianity.

Romans 11:17 And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree,

Romans 11:19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.

Romans 11:23 And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.

Romans 11:24 For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

While being adopted can be a wonderful thing and it often is, it can also be a source of confusion. Why am I Christian? What does that really mean? Is there more to being a Christian than just making money? Turns out there is… but what is it? Well, my siblings in Christ, that is a topic for another blog post, or rather many blog posts. Today I am writing about being ready to hear again about abundance. It’s not that we are again going through financial difficulties. by God’s grace we are ok in that respect. Not perfect… just employed and not on food stamps.

My desire with this Income Abundance course is to plan for the future. Husband has dreams, I have dreams, dreams cost money and they rarely come to fruition working for other people. We are grateful for his job but we do not wish it to become an anchor preventing our dreams from becoming reality.

I also had a criteria for the course material that it not be part of the Protestant take on prosperity but I still wanted a biblical point of view.

A couple of years ago I had watched some of, Rabbi Lapin’s videos on Youtube and even ordered his book:

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and while he does work with many Christian churches, I think his understanding of scripture is closer to the Orthodox understanding of scripture than is the Protestant understanding of scripture. I apologize if it sounds as if I am picking on Protestants but there really is so much misunderstanding and misinterpretation of scripture that happens in Protestantism. Without Holy Tradition (something lacking in Protestant churches), things tend to go off track. Plus, I appreciate Rabbi Lapin’s insights into what is going on in our culture.

I was not ready to listen to his teachings on abundance at that time, but I am now…

My packet of Income Abundance material arrived Saturday (see photo at beginning of this post), which consisted of; two books and several cd’s. I also ordered:

Perils of Profanity - Rabbi Daniel Lapin (CD)

Time to dig out my cd player.

I wish to do more with my life, with my faith, with the knowledge I have acquired over my 53 years on this planet. I also desire to turn it all into a profitable business. There are people who have blogged and vlogged their way into a career. Lord, may it also be so with me.


The gift of prophecy?

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One of the things I struggled with when I was a member of a certain house of prayer was the tendency for people to misunderstand the difference between clairvoyance, prophecy from God, and observational information, and other ways of what I now call, ‘organic knowing’.

The prophets of the bible would not recognize much of what goes on in a, ‘spirit filled service’ as being from God.

The ladies’ group at church is reading from the book, Fr. Arseny. Here is what he said about the topic.

Another time I asked him, “Fr. Arseny! We, your spiritual children, often talk
about the fact that spiritual fathers frequently have the gift of
prophecy or clairvoyance…”. Fr. Arseny interrupted me sharply
saying, “Don’t continue! You don’t know what real prophecy or
clairvoyance is.
Take the mother of a small child. She sees and
notices all his actions, and she can foresee what he is going to
think or do because he is her child and she loves him. All this
isn’t prophecy or mind reading; it is a kind of spiritual
observation, which is common to many. True prophecy and
mind reading is given by God to a few chosen people, people
like Fr. John of Kronstadt, but certainly not to us sinful people.
Let us stop this conversation, it is useless,” said Fr. Arseny

Bolded text is mine.

We need to take a step back and consider everything we do, making certain we have dedicated it to the glory of God.



The inappropriate comfort zone

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Do you have an inappropriate comfort zone? I do. I have more than one in fact. I am working toward getting these character flaws, bits and bobs under control.

Every year for Lent, (except this year for some reason), I try to give up swearing/cussing whatever you call it in your area. I am embarrassed to admit it, but I have a potty mouth.

Have you developed some unwanted bad habits lately? Have you been ignoring some long term bag habits that could be improved upon if only you would put in a bit more time and effort toward eradicating them?

It seems these days you are out of place if you do not display some sort of unpleasantness. People think you are not being, ‘authentic’ if you do not lower yourself to the lowest common denominator.

I think of it as, ‘The Broken Window Syndrome of the Soul’. Uh oh, someone more clever than I came up with that title already. I’m keeping it though because it is so appropriate.

It happens in so many areas of our lives, not just in how we speak but how we speak is a great place to start.

Matthew 12:37
For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Proverbs 10:19
When words are many, sin is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise.

Proverbs 12:13
An evil man is trapped by his rebellious speech, but a righteous man escapes from trouble.

Proverbs 13:2
From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things, but the desire of the faithless is violence.

Proverbs 13:3
He who guards his mouth protects his life, but the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.

Proverbs 21:23
He who guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from distress.

Isaiah 3:10
Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their labor.

Hosea 10:13
You have plowed wickedness and reaped injustice; you have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your own way and in the multitude of your mighty men,

So many scripture verses on this topic. How many sermons have we sat through on the power of the tongue and yet it is so hard to control?

The house next door is being renovated. There was a crew of men working there one day that was especially vocal. They were running power tools and cussing a blue streak at the top of their lungs! I almost said something but I wasn’t sure how to word it and I was actually afraid of retribution. these days, our lackadaisical attitudes have extended to removing protection for women in certain matters. I thought if I complained our home might be attacked, or me. But then, I heard a great response to this situation from Rabbi Daniel Lapin’s wife Susan.

She and her daughter were sitting on their stoop in Brooklyn, NY. Some men were using ‘blue’ language near them and Susan’s daughter said to them, ‘could you please not talk that way? there are children present.’. the men looked around for small children of course but what Susan’s daughter was referring to was she and her mother as being children… children of God!

Is that not true? We are God’s children and yet we expose ourselves to things to which we would never, I hope, expose a child.

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I am not just talking about cussing or being obscene although I could do without the sex and bathroom jokes I hear in public.

I am also talking about the perverse glee with which some people delight in being negative and pointing out how your big idea, or dream, is going to fail.

I am also talking about sarcasm.

Being an attention hound (meaning, you turn the conversation back to you every chance you get).

Bragging.

Gossip.

Flirting. No matter if you are married (stop disrespecting your spouse!) or single, stop flirting.

There are so many ways we let ourselves down as Christians. Mostly we get into trouble when we forget to whom we belong and it is NOT Bill Gates, Google, Biden, Greta Thunberg or anyone one else out there who thinks they are king or queen of the world. Now this does not mean we go around demanding to have everything our way, to be catered to, or treated as if the rules do not apply to us, etc. because we are God’s special little angels. No.

As Christians the rules should apply even more to us as we are looked at as examples of righteous behavior (although more and more I think we are looked at as cautionary tales more than examples to live up to).

We all could do better and I am looking at myself in the mirror when I say that… Melissa… do better!

1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. NJKV

But we have become under the power of so much, have we not? We have stretched the boundaries of God’s grace, perhaps even His patience. Thankfully He is merciful and loves us.

Are there things in your life to which you have submitted? Harmful and destructive things?

Remember, it is the little foxes that destroy the vineyard.

Song of Solomon 2:15 Catch us the foxes, The little foxes that spoil the vines, For our vines have tender grapes. NKJV

No matter how long you have been a Christian or how old you are, how ‘seasoned’ you think you are, the world is big and full of pitfalls. You are a tender grape. Treat yourself with care.


Your best self?

We hear so much these days about ‘self-care’. We used to be focused on self-improvement. I think things have a way of getting out of hand if there is no, ‘God plan’.

As Christians, everything we do should be with God in mind. Scripture is a great way to understand God and His will (did you get that… HIS will (for our lives.

One of the great warriors for God, and self-improvement… biblical self-improvement is, Rabbi Daniel Lapin. I love listening to, Rabbi Daniel Lapin. He gives great, biblical based advice in a loving, fatherly way. I’m not Jewish but he’s ‘my’ Rabbi.

Here is a video of his. I plan to implement some of the things he advises. I am picking and choosing what to do because taking on too much, even with good intentions, can backfire and end up defeating the purpose.

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The things I am going to do for the next week at least?

  1. No t.v.. this is a big deal for me because I love stories and I love t.v. and movies. So no cheating. I will not be watching Amazon Prime or Netflix. I will allow myself Rabbi Daniel Lapin or Orthodox videos.
  2. read more. I love to read and I do so in between other tasks and even on commercial breaks during t.v. programs. Not for the next week. I will be committed to dedicated reading and reading out loud to one’s self is something he recommends. I will be doing that 3x per week for 20 minutes.
  3. Last, but not least, I will commit to daily journaling. I will occasionally write here to there in a journal, if I can find it. My commitment is to write on my planner daily the 5 things for which I am grateful.

Here is the video.

I will be keeping you updated on my progress.


A little bloggy…

Housekeeping Memes
  1. I discovered some timeline issues within the story from the book chapters I had been posting. yeah, I know. therefore, no book chapters until I get this ball of yarn untangled! If ever.
  2. Reading Orthodox stuff is hard. Like… super hard. Even when you’re just reading someone’s biography you can run into some meaty things you need to chew 100 times before moving along. What does this mean for you who are blessedly reading Elder Thaddeus with me? It means that there is going to be a slight delay in getting started. HOWEVER; some of the points we will see repeated in his book are: acquiring a spirit of; peace, prayer, and love towards one another. These are a good head start/sneak peak at what you can expect from his book.
  3. I want a dog. (Not at all blog related up I’m putting it out there anyway.) I have never owned my own dog. Cat? yes. But not a dog. Sigh. Maybe when I get to heaven?
  4. I’m not dieting or working out right now and it shows. If someone were to ask me what my favorite food is right now it would be…
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SUGAR!

5. I made cream soda vanilla ice cream floats this afternoon for dessert. I regret nothing.

I think this is all for now. I hope you are all well. Let me know if you need prayer. All comments must be cleared and approved for posting. This means that no comment that contains a prayer request will be seen by eyes other than mine… and our guardians angels, Jesus, Holy Spirit, God, saints, you know… the usual crowd.


Scripture and saints

Scripture Readings

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

Virgin Martyr Glyceria at Heraclea, and with her, Martyr Laodicius, Keeper of the Prison (ca. 177). Righteous Virgin Glykéria of Novgorod (1522). Translation of the Relics of Ven. Makáry, Archimandrite of Obruch (or Kanev—1678). Martyr Alexander of Rome (284-305). St. Pausicacus, Bishop of Synnada (606). St George the Confessor, with his wife, Irene, and their children, of Constantinople (9th c.). St. Euthymius the New (1028), founder of Ivḗron Monastery, and his fellow Georgian Saints of Mt. Athos: his father, John, his cousin, George, and Gabriel. Monastic Martyrs of Ivḗron (Mt. Athos).

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First of all, Orthodox Christians do not worship saints or the Theotokos (virgin Mary to others). When I brought this up he steadfastly kept trying to convince me being Orthodox was wrong without coming out and saying it is wrong. He brought up how ‘wrong’ it is for Jesus to be depicted on the cross. It is not.

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See the itty bitty skull at the foot of the cross? That is Adam’s skull and the blood of Christ is redeeming us all. It is a powerful symbol and I just can’t have a cross now that does not show this very important reminder.
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Theotokos (Mary) holding Christ in her lap.

The entire visit was an attack against Orthodoxy from asking the saints to pray for me, to icons, to… you get the picture. By the time I left I was exhausted.

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I made the mistake of trying to defend myself and Orthodoxy. Some how along the way in Christianity the scripture that tells us to provide an answer for our hope has turned into, ‘argue with everyone’.

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This does not mean argue with everyone, pick fights, and be unpleasant. People do not convert to Christianity because you were a better debater than they. It’s not as if I joined a cult for heaven’s sake! I went and converted to the original Christian church. The church that was started at Pentecost. This person thinks we are roman Catholic, we are not and no matter how many times I remind him I am not a Roman Catholic he still uses RC references.

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While I was not hostile, I certainly was not at peace and I took the bait. I began to debate with him. What I really should have done was just shrug my shoulders and say, ‘I don’t know.’.

These sorts of ‘debates’ really do not accomplish anything beyond hurt feelings and bruised egos.

Lord forgive me. Help me to acquire a spirit of peace and not one of conflict. Help me to consider those around me better than I and to be quiet & humble. Amen.

The book club begins soon. Have you purchased your book?

Read through the beginning of the book regarding his life.


Stay in the boat

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Thsi icon depicts the Orthodox Church as a ship under constant attack.

If I post a recipe, the visits are many more than if I talk about Christ and the Orthodox Church. Jesus had something to say about that: John 6:26, KJV: “Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.”

I get it… times are tough. Times were tough in Jesus’ day and times will always be tough for someone. There is more to life than recipes. things that are important for us to become refined enough to live in the presence of God for all eternity.

Here are today’s readings from the OCA website:

Scripture Readings

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Today’s commemorated feasts and saints

St. Epiphanius, Bishop of Cyprus (403). St. Germanus (Herman), Patriarch of Constantinople (740). Glorification of Hieromartyr Germogén (Hermogenes), Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia (1913). Ven. Dionisii, Archimandrite of St. Sergius’ Monastery (1633). St. Sabinus, Archbishop of Cyprus, and St. Polybius, Bishop in Cyprus (5th c.). Martyr John of Vlachia (Romania—1662).

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I have had no response from anyone to let me know if they are interested in the study of Elder Thaddeus. In today’s world of weird and unnatural teachings being fobbed off as, ‘Christian’ I think you would truly benefit from reading about the life of this extraordinary man.

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I will begin the study this weekend. If you have your book, do your best to read through the story of his life. It is several pages. It’s a lot but don’t panic if you can’t get through it. Catch up as you can. the important thing is to try your best.

Don’t lose yourself, or give yourself away, to the things of this world. they are so very fleeting!

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