Seizing the Moment: the Reality of Being in the Moment

When you relax in the moment, you are priming the most creative part of your brain, the visualization center in the posterior part of the brain. You supercharge your creative thinking by turning on these visualization centers. It’s not clear why that is, but the observation is right there in living Technicolor. When you relax in the moment, the PET scan lights these centers of visual thought. What scientists believe happens is that when we live entirely in the moment, we free up the brain to think visually by turning off parts of the brain that drain energy away into neurotic and anxious thinking. When you see a great movie, opera, ballet, or sports event, you become totally absorbed in the moment, with your visual centers glowing brightly as the anxious concerns of the day take a rest. It is one of life’s great ironies: We believe we accomplish so much by constantly worrying, when in reality we are preventing ourselves from opening the most magnificent part of the brain, the center of visual thought. Thomas G. West, who has written an excellent book on visual thinking, In the Mind’s Eye, says that many of the great thinkers in history thought visually – physicists Albert Einstein, Michael Faraday, and James Clerk Maxwell are but a few. Many experts believe that visual thinking is the highest form of intelligence. Great athletes also think visually. They live exclusively in the moment and it pays off in Olympic Gold.

For the rest of us who are not Olympians, it is just as critical to strip away energies that are going in any direction but in the moment so that we can light up this most creative part of our brain. Many of us are so preoccupied with what we’re going to do next or what terrible misfortune may befall us or what has already befallen us that we simply fail to operate fully and at our best in the moment. Many people fail to live in the moment because they believe that if you live FOR the moment you will lose your grasp on reality. That’s not what being IN the moment means. If you truly want to grasp the opportunity that is laid in front of you at any given moment, you should be consumed by the moment.

How to Enter the Moment

Become an actor or actress

The very best actors in the world succeed by becoming bold and brave enough to exist only in the moment. You can acquire these same skills. You may think that’s completely wrong because actors and actresses are “faking” it. However, the very best never fake anything. They are absolutely true to every word that comes out of their mouth. Why? Because they are living totally in the moment, living the lines they are speaking as they speak them. Here’s how you can practice.

READ ALOUD

The best and most practical way of practicing how to be in the moment is to read aloud. Try reading aloud on a daily basis. The key is to truly own the material. Glance at it, lift it off the page, and just say it. Don’t dramatize the line. Think of lines as thoughts or images and let the line do the talking. Say it as if it were it real conversation and you’re the one speaking. Reading aloud will immediately get you to think, act, and be in the moment. If you have children or a spouse, read to them. Or volunteer your time to read to the sick in the hospital – a great way to escape your own troubles and dive into the moment.

Harold Guskin is the most famous acting coach in New York, teaching stars such as Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, and Bridget Fonda. First and foremost, he will teach you not to “do” anything with the words that you read. By just saying the words as they hit you, you’ll find that your mind colors the words in a wonderful way. Take Robert De Niro as an example. He often speaks in the most understated manner possible. His voice, however, is still exploding with color and meaning. Being in the moment is what matters. Harold says: “It is an exploration of the moment without concern for where the moment is going. One’s concentration should not be on how to do something or how to say it but rather on what it is and what it means. For an actor, if you think about how you’re going to do something or how you’re going to say it, you will manipulate the way you say it and it will sound contrived. You want it to sound like a human being so the audience can forget that you’re an actor on stage. Even if what you’re saying is effectively contrived, you will still seem false or ‘actorish’ – or like an ‘old-fashioned actor.’ The key is to say what you mean without trying to fix it up. What you say must be more important than how you say it.”

You may say, “My life isn’t a goddamn Bruce Willis movie! It’s real life. How can this advice help me?” Well, Harold’s advice has to do with courage, trust, and fear, traits most of us, including actors, have trouble with. Once you have mastered reading aloud in the moment, carry these techniques into conversations with friends and relatives, then colleagues at work. You’ll be amazed how useful this skill will be in meetings with your boss or coworkers, dinner dates, or gatherings with your family. Rather than rambling, you’ll be talking and listening to others as if there were nothing else going on in the universe, and as a result, all of your interactions will become more fresh and alive and you’ll suddenly find yourself much more attractive to others.

Here’s how you can incorporate Harold’s advice into your everyday life: Concentrate on each word you say as you say it. Block out all other thoughts. Don’t try to monitor yourself or think ahead. Most of us try to prepare the next couple of sentences, but that makes us extremely dull and predictable. When you look at a really great talent, say David Letterman, he literally doesn’t know where he’s going next because he’s exploring the moment. That’s what makes him so unexpectedly funny. You will be amazed how creative you really are when you just allow the next thought to come. Be assured that it really will come and will be far more interesting than whatever rote statements, stories, or jokes you might have prepared. Success in my own career during TV and radio interviews and public speaking was having the courage to just let the next thought come rather than preparing rote answers. This allowed for the unexpected and made me much fresher and more interesting than if I simply rattled off a bunch of facts. You’ll be amazed at how much more positive and natural an impression you’ll make. When you do thinking work, such as writing a proposal or reading a document, try to be totally in the moment so that you are consumed by what you’re writing or reading. Read it aloud. Allow yourself to read and reread it aloud to find innovative solutions to problems you thought were insoluble.

Next time we’ll look at Selflessness and its role in Seizing the Moment.

Dr Leo Kady

Dr Leo Kady
http://www.articlesbase.com/self-help-articles/seizing-the-moment-the-reality-of-being-in-the-moment-64537.html

Philadephia Church of God leads Laodicean era (conclusion)

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What’s BEWILDERING to me is the different responses I’ve
received from several of God’s ministers who have read Beyond
Babylon – towards it and me – before and after Mr. Leap’s
PARTIAL review! (Malachi 2:9).

When I faithfully sent a computer disk with my book on it to
minister Wayne Turgeon, he graciously read all of it and
responded: “Of, how I admire those with both the ability to
write as well as the courage to put down their ideas on paper! I
felt that you have a very gripping style of writing that uses
twists and slants of words or phrases to make your point. I
looked up every scripture you referenced and it became clear
that you have really spent a lot of time in your Bible. Being
Jewish, I think, gives you an added perspective that I could
never have… Much of what you have written is not ‘new
revelation’ as I’m sure that you’d readily agree… It’s
certainly not my place to determine if what you believe God has
shown you is true or not, but would you mind presenting Mr.
Flurry with an abbreviated version of what you feel is
inspired… as I highly doubt that he would have time to read
your whole book.”

What does he mean it’s not his place to determine if what I
wrote is true or not? God holds every INDIVIDUAL responsible to
prayerfully determine whether something is of God or not! How
did we prove Malachi’s Message was biblical? Did we rely solely
on our minister’s evaluation? Worldwide all over again?

Mind you, unlike Mr. Armstrong’s lengthy manuscript of close to
300 typed pages, Beyond Babylon is only 1/2 that size,
literally! I suggested Mr. Flurry read the first and last
chapters. Mr. Turgeon told me Mr. Flurry returned it to him,
saying something like, “He’s always sending us stuff.”

I have written short letters to the point, like correcting him
about Mt. Hermon and Mt. Carmel after he continued to confuse
the two in several articles. I’m familiar with them because I’ve
been blessed to have lived next to both of them! Mr. Turgeon
also wrote that I was a little “too radical” for Mr. Flurry and
wondered what I’d said or done that had given him that
impression. I explained it’s because I took exception to Mr.
Flurry’s careless condemnation of those religious Jews who want
the Temple built as “extremists.” I wrote that it’s extremist
for secular, humanist Jews to oppose converting the Promised
Land into a Holy Land!

Mr. Flurry was surprised and had also written against the STRONG
EMOTIONS some feel over Jerusalem and Israel. How could God use
someone so distant over there?! Some of us have a GOD-GIVEN LOVE
for Jerusalem and a genuine passion for Judah that’s most
personal; we’re not a stranger in OUR Homeland! (Psalms 102:14;
Ps. 137; Isaiah 62). That’s not “radical,” it’s BIBLICAL!

Minister Carl Craven also read Beyond Babylon and acknowledged
it as biblical. He said he hadn’t looked up every scripture, but
was sure if he had they’d also be used correctly. I commented
that I know it’s Biblical, but that I was just waiting for
headquarters to prove that to themselves as well. He expressed
an understanding of how it’s difficult to be patient meanwhile.
When Mr. Leap did call, it was to instruct me to STAY HOME FROM
SABBATH SERVICES while he looked at the book! I didn’t recall
such an unusual request being made of Mr. Armstrong, and
recognized it went against “innocent until proven guilty,” but
obliged with the hope of returning soon (Jn. 7:51).

“Prophesy Not!”

After some time, I called Mr. Leap. He said he’d read PARTS of
the book, and that it wasn’t important whether Mr. Flurry had
read it or not (even though I’d been led to believe he’d pass it
on to him). He stated, “You use some pretty strong language in
there,” to which I replied, “But it’s Biblical, isn’t it?”
“Well, yes, but…”. He also noted, like Mr. Turgeon, that most
of it is what we already teach. I agreed and said that that
should serve as a GOOD SIGN, but that the NEW REVELATION about
the Two Witnesses and Europe is firmly built upon that
foundation.

Mr. Leap found it difficult to accept that a LAY MEMBER would
write such a book. He admitted Mr. Flurry had received bits of
revelation from lay members, but NEVER a whole book! I didn’t
want to be judged by precedent, but by whether or not what I’d
written is biblical. If I was in error, then it was his duty to
clearly show me where FROM THE BIBLE, like Aquilla and Priscilla
helped improve Apollos’ understanding (Acts 18:26).

I was informed if I wanted to return to services, I would have
to forget Beyond Babylon, act like a “regular lay member,” and
basically deny that it was from God! Like Mr. Armstrong, I had
PROVEN what I’d written to be TRUE. Actually, Mr. Leap didn’t
say that it wasn’t or attempt to refute it!

I told Mr. Leap I didn’t want to play politics. By his
insistence that I must be a MINISTER to write such a book, he
was still looking to MEN OF STATURE! And since I’m not one, he
was demanding that I “PROPHESY NOT!” (Amos 2:12).

He got very angry when I mentioned this and said he was severing
all ties between the PCG and myself, and that I wasn’t to claim
any association with the PCG. He said I was now free to go and
do whatever I felt God would have me to do with BB and not worry
whether or not he or Mr. Flurry had read it! When I expressed
the hope of reconciliation, he retorted we could when I
repented. Of what? OBEYING GOD RATHER THAN MAN? Is that
“rebellion?”

Mr Armstrong WASN’T an ordained minister either when he wrote
what he felt GOD would have him to share! The Identity Doctrine
also wasn’t so much new truth, as a new way of presenting it.
I’m sure glad he didn’t let those two points stop him! Aren’t
you? So I was UNJUSTLY DISFELLOWSHIPPED for believing God used
me to write a book, and MARKED for exposing the facts about Mr.
Leap’s folly!

Will Mr. Leap stop being jealous of what God would have me to
offer (I Sam. 2:29)? Will Mr. Flurry HONOR GOD more than a man,
and recognize BB belongs to God and HIS Church? (II Sam. 19:5-7;
Ga. 2:9). Will Mr. Flurry again uphold God’s Word or try and
prop up Mr. Leap and fall with him? (Isa. 22:19). Did God remove
Mr. Amos so Dennis Leap could be used to try us all?(Nahum
1:11). WHY’S THE BIBLE OUT OF THE PICTURE? (In The Philadelphia
Trumpet’s photo of Mr. Flurry). Does Mr. Flurry feel he’s now
got it made? (I Cor. 10:12). A picture’s worth a thousand words!

No Cowards in the Kingdom!

May God give COURAGE to His people! If they’re AFRAID to
question Mr. Leap’s serious actions, how can God expect them to
stand up to the world (Jer. 12:5; Rev. 21:8)? God’s sick of
sycophants and tired of the timid! We’re to be bold as lions
(Dan. 11:32)! We’re supposed to be ready to die for one another,
NOT betray and desert each other! Yet too often the household of
faith has lost its warn and loving environment for an
intimidating atmosphere of fear and oppression (Jer. 12:6)! It’s
pretty bad when you can’t trust your own family (Jer. 9:4)!
Brethren turning in brethren to the “authorities” for wrong
reasons and maliciously reporting on others (I Cor. 5:8). How
COLD-HEARTED (Matt. 10:32-40)!

God pronounces WOE to those who support wrong judgments (Isa.
5:32) and CONDEMNS IT as an ABOMINATION (Prov. 17:15)! He speaks
against SELLING OUT someone to gain an advantage (Ex. 23:8).
Those who’ve become ACCOMPLICES to CHARACTER ASSASSINATION
haven’t just abandoned a Church member, they’re guilty of
BETRAYING CHRIST! (Ex. 20:16; Matt. 10:33). It’s actually God’s
law they’ve thrown out and His Word they’ve despised (Isa.
5:24)! You can’t treat someone so hatefully and fool God that
you love Him (I Jn. 4:20)! You might turn your back on a
brother, but you’re going to FACE GOD (Mk. 9:42)!

Whether you’ve sold out to curry favor with a minister, or to
stay put in an organization or position – that “blood money”
will COST YOU YOUR LIFE! God will JUDGE SUCH PEOPLE (if they
don’t repent) and throw them down from their high and mighty
imaginations and lofty positions (Isa. 22:15-19; Deut. 32:36)!
For those bent on JUST FOLLOWING ORDERS blindly, acting like
GOOD NAZIS, God’s going to give them over to Europe! If that’s
what you want, that’s what you’ll get!

FATHER Knows Best!

Too MANY are still looking to MEN to save them! Is it up to Mr.
Flurry to decide who’ll enter God’s Kingdom? Of course not, and
he’d readily agree, but brethren it’s just as BLASPHEMOUS to
believe it’s up to him or any other MAN to decide who can go to
Petra! Which minister was crucified for you? (I Cor. 1:12- 13;
3:3-9). Into what surname were you baptized? If GOD put you into
HIS Church, can any man put you out? If God have you His Holy
Spirit, can any minister take it away? If God finds you worthy
to escape, can any man prevent it? (Lk. 21:36). WHOSE APPROVAL
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR? (Jn. 9:22; 13:42-43).

Aren’t you willing to be like Jesus, who was forsaken by all?
Aren’t you willing to follow Jesus outside the camp, bearing His
reproach and suffering His shame? (Heb. 13:12-13; 2 Tim. 1:8).
Those who put an IDOLATROUS TRUST in ministers or politicians
are going to discover they can’t deliver! (Deut. 32:36-39; Hosea
13:10). Mortals can’t save you or protect you! Besides, if
you’re only trying to save your skin, you’ll lose your hide!
Only Jesus Christ can offer salvation, and only those whom the
FATHER finds worthy will escape! It’s not up to any pastor
general or minister! Many of them will get slaughtered with
THEIR sheep! (I Cor. 9:27; Isa. 46:2).

If God could provide the “travel arrangements” for Enoch, Elijah
and Philip – INDIVIDUALS – can’t He take care of you? (Acts
8:39; Rev. 12:6; Jer. 3:14). God won’t forget you or leave you
behind! (Heb. 6:10; Isa. 49:15). He knows the scattered
condition of His saints and the reasons why, and promises us: “I
will seek that which is lost, and bring that which was driven
away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will
strengthen that which was sick…” (Ezek. 34:16). The Good
Sheherd doesn’t forsake His flock!

God’s Two Witnesses are SOON to take the stand! They’ll testify
before a WORLD COURT, and to many it will sound familiar –
having read about it in Beyond Babylon! It’s only biblical that
just as surely as Europe’s on the rise, so too are God’s star
witnesses (Isa. 60:1)! But when have proud and stubborn
RELIGIOUS LEADERS ever accepted God’s change of guard or venue
(Rev. 11:8)? Sardis didn’t. Mr. Tkach didn’t. Will Mr. Flurry
graciously PASS THE BATON to the Two Witnesses? Or will history
repeat itself? We’ll see!

David Ben-ariel
http://www.articlesbase.com/religion-articles/philadephia-church-of-god-leads-laodicean-era-conclusion-2250.html

Wise men avoid arguments.

Personally I always avoid arguments whenever I can. I grew up in a household without conflict at a significant level. I’m reading about the futility of arguing here are a few people who agree.

“Men (people) must be taught as if you taught them not and things unknown proposed as things forgot.” Alexander Pope.

” You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself.” Galileo

“Be wiser than the other people if you can; but do not tell them so.” Lord Chesterfield.

Paul Palmer

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Chess – The Game Of Skill

“Chess is war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent’s mind.” – Bobby Fischer.

Chess, the most popular game in the world, has a long history dating back more than a thousand years. Board games similar Chess have been discovered on ancient Egyptian sculptures. Handwritten manuscript, over a thousand years old, referring to Chess has been found.

Remnants that seem to be chess units have been excavated in Italy, and some people believe they should be dated at the second century AD. People have been playing chess with objects on some kind of chess table for centuries, and the earliest version that has definitely been linked to chess is a game called Chaturanga, played in India almost 1600 years ago.

Before anything else, the apprentice must learn the name or rather the two names of each of the squares on the chessboard and must practice recognizing the squares by their names. Just as the larger army usually has the advantage in a battle, so in Chess the player on the chess table with extra forces is more likely than his opponent to win the game.

Albeit much of the fun lies in finding the exceptions to this law, the notion of material advantage is crucial to any understanding of the logic of the chess table. The normal protocol at the chess table is that one does not announce that one is about to checkmate the opponent.

The Great War between the Northern and Southern states of the “United States” possess a peculiar interest for civil war chess set enthusiasts, not only because it was a struggle between two sections of people akin to us, but because of the epic courage with which the weaker party with ill-fed, ill-clad and ill-equipped troops, for four years sustained the contest with an opponent not only possessed of immense numerical superiority, but having the command of the sea, and being able to draw its arms and munitions of war from all manufactures of Europe.

It is truely amazing the way the civil war ragged on for four years and ended with the obvious victor!

Luck has no part in the game of chess. Now, your apponent can “niss” an important move, but that is a lack of skill rather than chance. The game takes concentration and strategy in order to be the victor of the game.

Each peice of the board can move in only certain directions and combinations, making the element of skill necessary to win to be that much greater. I have personally played chess many times and find that my skill level needs improvement. The best ways to improve your skill of the game is to practice and study books that teach different methods of playing in order to win the game.

Keith Londrie
http://www.articlesbase.com/art-and-entertainment-articles/chess-the-game-of-skill-130580.html

What Does it Mean to Love God Above All?

In my point of view, to love God above all, it means that we should make Him be the center of our life. Being a Christian, it is one of our duties to stay focus on the light, the source of knowledge, guidance and strength. Without God, we are nothing. We are vanities in all vanities under heaven!

To love God above all, it means that we should encourage, motivate ourselves to know Him more intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. In doing that way, we can easily feel and understand, that we need to do our part to worship and glorify Him with all our hearts and minds without the dictates of others. Above all, apply what we have learned from His teachings to our lives, enable for us to grow and become a mature productive Christian.

The Apostle Paul once says, “Faith without works is dead.” So for me, words without action are useless.

There some groups of Christians who are proclaiming that they really love God and obey His Words but when you ask them who is He? They cannot easily give an answer. That’s why for me, I firmly believe, to love God above all, we must teach and encourage ourselves first to know Him well, so we can avoid creating confusion to the other Christian believers. Now, I will give an answer to the question “Who is God?”

He is the First and Last, the Beginning and the End!

He is the keeper of Creation and the Creator of all!

He is the Architect of the universe and The Manager of all times.

He always was, He always is,

and He always will be… Unmoved,

Unchanged, Undefeated, and never Undone!

He was bruised and brought healing!

He was pierced and eased pain!

He was persecuted and brought freedom!

He was dead and brought life!

He is risen and brings power!

He reigns and brings Peace!

The world can’t understand Him,

The armies can’t defeat Him,

The schools can’t explain Him,

and The leaders can’t ignore Him.

Herod couldn’t kill Him,

The Pharisees couldn’t confuse Him,

and The people couldn’t hold Him!

Nero couldn’t crush Him,

Hitler couldn’t silence Him,

The New Age can’t replace Him,

He is light, love, longevity, and Lord.

He is goodness, Kindness, Gentleness, and God.

He is Holy, Righteous, mighty, powerful, and pure.

His ways are right, His word is eternal,

His will is unchanging, and His mind is on me.

He is my Redeemer, He is my Savior,

He is my guide, and He is my peace! He is my Joy,

He is my comfort, He is my Lord, and He rules my life!

I serve Him because His bond is love,

His burden is light, and His goal for me is abundant life.

I follow Him because He is the wisdom of the wise,

The power of the powerful,

The ancient of days,

the ruler of rulers,

The leader of leaders,

the overseer of the over comers,

and The sovereign Lord of all that was and is and is to come.

And if that seems impressive to you, try this for size.

His goal is a relationship with ME!

He will never leave me,

Never forsake me, Never mislead me,

Never forget me,

Never overlook me,

and Ever cancel my appointment in His appointment book!

When I fall, He lifts me up!

When I fail, He forgives!

When I am weak,

He is strong!

When I am lost, He is the way!

When I am afraid, He is my courage!

When I stumble, He steadies me!

When I am hurt, He heals me!

When I am broken, He mends me!

When I am blind, He leads me!

When I am hungry, He feeds me!

When I face trials, He is with me!

When I face persecution, He shields me!

When I face problems, He comforts me!

When I face loss, He provides for me!

When I face Death, He carries me Home!

He is everything for everybody, everywhere, Every time, and every way.

He is God, He is faithful.

I am His, and He is mine!

My Father in heaven can whip the father of this world.

So, if you’re wondering why I feel so secure, understand this…

He said it and that settles it.

God is in control,

I am on His side,

and That means all is well with my soul.

Everyday is a blessing for GOD Is!

I love the Lord and thank Him for all that He does in my life,

He is my source of existence and my Savior.

He keeps me functioning each and everyday.

Without Him, I am nothing.

But with Him I can do all things. – Philippians 4:13

Dear readers, always bear these in your mind: with men everything is impossible but with God all impossible things will become possible!

Wish you many blessings to come and God Bless!

Moises P. Reconalla

Moises Reconalla
http://www.articlesbase.com/religion-articles/what-does-it-mean-to-love-god-above-all-129945.html

Jesus Christ, Superman Part Three

It’s a bird. . It’s a plane. . No! It’s Jesus Christ, Superman, Savior of the world! Jesus had to be attuned to the spiritual part of life so He could do battle with more than the seen of our present day world. He had to do battle with Satan and the evil he would perpetrate on all those who would choose to follow Him.

An audience of beautiful shimmering angels stood before the magnificent throne of God. The power that emanated from the Lord God Almighty could be felt spreading a warm sensation of adoring love reverberating into the hearts of all those who stood before His presence. Millions of voices could be heard chanting.

Revelation 4:11, “‘Our Lord and God! You are worthy to receive glory, honor, and power. For you created all things, and by your will they were given existence and life.'”

In one great swoop of fan fair an angel more beautiful than any creature appeared before the throne. With him were a group of angels clad in armor and holding weapons of war. The music of praise quieted as Lucifer spoke to God.

His words brought sounds of war into the ranks of the council of elders that surrounded God’s throne. A battle broke out in Heaven with the Devil and His Angels being cast down to earth to wage war against all those who follow the lamb of God.

Satan asked for permission to test Jesus Christ and His disciples. He desired to put negative thoughts into the minds of the Pharisees and teachers of the Law so they would be threatened by how many were following Jesus. His ultimate goal was to make the religious teachers want to put Jesus to death.

God, understanding all things, accepted Satan’s challenge to test Jesus Christ and His followers. Raising the royal scepter of imperial power, God granted Satan and his demon angels permission to leave. At once they took flight to earth possessed with a determination to defeat the Son of God and put an end to everything He was teaching the people.

The guardian angels of God’s chosen children felt a wave of alarm for the lives of their charges. They immediately sent warnings into the thoughts of the disciples. A strong defense of angels surrounded the man Jesus Christ giving Him the courage to stand up and fight against the unseen battle of demons that were determined to defeat Him before the chosen time.

Matthew 5:17-20, “Do not think that I have come to do away with the Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets. I have not come to do away with them, but to make their teachings come true. Remember that as long as heaven and earth last, not the least point not the smallest detail of the Law will be done away with-not until the end of all things. So then, whoever disobeys even the least important of the commandments and teaches others to do the same, will be least in the Kingdom of heaven. On the other hand, whoever obeys the Law and teaches others to do the same, will be great in the Kingdom of heaven. I tell you, then, that you will be able to enter the Kingdom of heaven only if you are more faithful than the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees in doing what God requires.”

The disciples understood the Laws and they followed them, but they were shocked at Jesus’ final words. How could they possibly be more righteous than the Pharisees? Jesus began again teaching them the fundamentals of placing their faith in Him and asking Him to forgive them for their sins.

Jesus was laying the foundation for His disciples concerning the rules behind the game of life. At the time of Moses the rules of engagement in the game of life depended on how closely a person knew and practiced every Law. Now that Jesus would be the sacrifice for all sins the Law changed to that of grace.

This new teaching enables all God’s children to fight individually for God. Suddenly a different kind of world arose giving people the ability to stand up against the supernatural unseen world that wars against every person’s life.

The Law is the rule book for the game of life for all people. At the end of all things, those who do not place their faith in Jesus will be judged according to the Law. But those who have the Spirit of God written in their hearts will have the freedom that comes with God becoming their rule book separate from the Law.

Hebrews 8: 10&11, “Now, this is the covenant that I will make with the people of Israel in the last days to come, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. None of them will have to teach his fellow citizen or tell his fellow countryman, ‘Know the Lord.’ For they will all know me, from the least to the greatest.”

This new teaching gave every child of God the ability to disregard the Law if that is what they had to do in order to win a battle against Satan. The Law locks people into behaving a certain way but grace allows all people the freedom to make a choice that may be contrary to the Law.

Now they could eat any kind of food without being condemned. Now they had the power to love their children who were born with deformities because their weaknesses were no longer considered sin. Now they had the ability to love their neighbor instead of judging them. Grace gave them the power to be a Law within themselves. Laws that allowed them to love even the Gentile nations that ruled their country.

Placing their faith in Jesus as the Savior of the world opened up a whole different way to view their world. The disciples were mystified at the power of the Holy Spirit and how it could change the circumstances of all people’s lives. They Praised God! Jesus Immediately explained the parable of the sower.

Matthew 13:18-23, “Listen, then, and learn what the parable of the sower means. Those who hear the message about the Kingdom but do not understand it are like the seeds that fell along the path. The Evil One comes and snatches away what was sown in them. The seeds that fell on rocky ground stand for those who receive the message gladly as soon as they hear it. But it does not sink deep into them, and they don’t last long. So when trouble or persecution comes because of the message, they give up at once. The seeds that fell among thorn bushes stand for those who hear the message; but the worries about this life and the love for riches choke the message, and they don’t bear fruit. And the seeds sown in the good soil stand for those who hear the message and understand it; they bear fruit, some as much as one hundred, others sixty, and others thirty.”

Lucifer and his evil angels pelted Jesus and His followers with weapons of disappointment, loss, and temptation. With the knowledge of God’s grace, each wound was miraculously healed and in it’ place grew a spiritual armor of protection.

Being aware of the inner, spiritual battle, we too can learn from life’s tragedies and find healing for our wounds when we place our faith in Jesus Christ, Superman, the Savior of the world. With each lesson learned, with each wound inflicted, we are being tailored an armor which will protect us, and defend us against Satan’s arrows of deceit.

Jesus Christ, Superman opened up a new way to view life separate from the teachings of the Pharisees. He allowed people to love all people. He revealed truths that are found in understanding that our world is more than the seen. We are at War doing battle against spiritual forces who want to defeat us in the greatest game that has ever been played.

Linda Dipman
http://www.articlesbase.com/religion-articles/jesus-christ-superman-part-three-125663.html

A Desperate Matter – Spirituality Information

Tom was a wonderful human being. He was kind, caring and helpful to all those who sought his assistance. The only problem was that most of us did not like to be around Tom. Much as he tried to be a “good” person, there was always an aura of doom and gloom around him. It didn’t matter whether he was speaking with you on the phone or sitting across the table from you, you just would get the feeling that the world was coming to an end or that your life would be in a terrible mess. Were you to spend an hour with Tom, you’d feel that all your energy was drained out of you.

Now, mind you, as I said earlier, Tom was a caring person. The problem was, however that Tom carried around with him a “cloud of negativity” born of desperation. His was definitely a desperate matter. It didn’t just stop when he got off the phone. The emptiness in your stomach, the low energy would persist for quite a while until you eventually forgot about him. That is how powerful the feeling of desperation is. It has the power to turn off the brightest light in our lives.

Desperation broadcasts a very strong message to all within our sphere of influence. It even goes beyond that to people who are meeting you for the first time. Business associates tend to shun you, partners want to avoid you, everyone — even little children — feel uncomfortable around you.

So what do you do if situations and circumstances seem hopeless and your fears force you into desperation? Simple, but not easy. First, try to slow your thoughts down. You are desperate because of the incessant, negative self-talk, which has taken over your entire being. Slow the internal conversation down. Take a break from whatever you’re doing — even if it’s for a few minutes.

Next, breathe deeply a few times, not any special count like breathe in for a count of seven, hold for a count of five and then breathe out for a count of seven. Do that if you want, but it’s not necessary. Just slow breathing, in and out, will lower the tension in the body, mind and spirit to a more manageable pace. Realize that things are as they are, but can be changed. You can change them by becoming quiet within yourself and then listening to the feelings you have. Ask yourself if there is anything you can do about the problem at this moment.

You will get one of two answers. Either “yes” or “no.” If the answer is “yes,” go ahead and do what you can. If the answer is “no,” then go do something else or maybe even nothing. This simple exercise is a practice in patience and will tune-up the mind and make it possible for you to find creative ways for your problem to be resolved. And it will be resolved in ways that sometimes may seem magical.

Now, I realize it is not easy to conquer desperation with the flip of a switch or the snap of the fingers. Having been in the middle of it many times, I discovered that it generally takes courage and practice to overcome. Of course, most of us can’t stop worrying by telling ourselves not to worry.

But we can put a time limit on it. A simple trick I use is this: I acknowledge that the situation is bad and I say to myself, “John, this seems to be really terrible — really, really bad. But it may only appear that way because you’re desperate and scared right now. It’s OK to be scared for a little while. However, don’t spend all day being frightened or desperate. Take 30 minutes, an hour, even a few hours if you like. Be as desperate as you want for that period of time. Then drop it and go on with other things.” Just practice this whenever you feel scared and desperate.

And Tom, what about Tom? Well, He continues to call. He’s exhausted all the time. Desperation, you see, consumes all his energy. I tried to show him that there is always hope, that his problems would let go of him when he got quiet enough to loosen his grip and let go of them. I tried to teach him to breathe slowly and to get quiet inside. He listened, became quiet for ten seconds and went right back to worrying.

Other friends tried to help him, but he would not let go of his problems. I came to believe that Tom thought he would have no purpose here on Earth if he did not have things to worry about. I tried to tell him that it was fine to be happy and that we did not need anything to make us happy. But he would not let go and give himself permission to be happy.

John Harricharan
http://www.articlesbase.com/self-help-articles/a-desperate-matter-spirituality-information-135221.html

Chinese Martial Arts

China, the world’s largest country by population, is widely regarded as the home of martial arts and is the birthplace of numerous diverse styles.

Modern Chinese martial arts can trace their origins to a number of sources, including ancient military skills, the Buddhist martial arts that evolved out of the Shaolin temple, the Daoist martial arts that originate from the Wudang temple in Hubei province, and a number of other techniques used by bandits, militia, secret societies, invaders, and marauding pirates throughout China’s turbulent history.

According to legend, the Indian monk Bodhidharma (known as “Da Mo” in China) traveled from southern India to China in the 6th century CE carrying sutras (collections of dialogs and discourses). He then settled in the Shaolin temple in Song Shan, and introduced martial exercises and Zen Buddhism to China. However, there is evidence to suggest that the practice of martial arts in the country dates back to well before that time.

A longer history

Although Bodhidharma may well have been one of the first to record martial-art techniques-he also introduced techniques such as meditation to existing fighting systems-experts believe that Chinese martial arts gradually developed from ancient hunting skills and from one tribe’s need to defend itself from another. These fighting forms developed slowly over the years: punches and kicks were incorporated and, in time, so was the use of weapons.

The first evidence of martial-art practice in China comes in 2698 BCE during the reign of the Yellow Emperor, Huangdi, who developed the practice of jiao di (“horn-butting”) among his soldiers. In the 5th century BCE – some 1,000 years before Bodhidharma’s arrival in Song Shan – Confucius mentions martial arts in his texts; Daoist literature from the 4th century BCE contains principles applicable to martial arts; and there is evidence to suggest that physical exercises similar to taijiquan have been practiced in the region since at least 500 BCE. In contrast, the earliest textual evidence of Shaolin martial arts comes in 728 CE.

Putting soldiers to the test

The development of martial arts in China is indelibly linked to the military. The first military martial-arts tests were established in 702 CE. These challenged a soldier’s physical strength, horsemanship, and skills with a lance, spear, and bow and arrow. Such a premium was placed on them that regular soldiers were categorized according to their ability and courage in hand-to-hand combat and weapons skills, particularly their swordsmanship.

Various military generals have added their expertise to China’s martial-arts mix. Even Genghis Khan, the Mongol warrior whose armies had conquered much of South Asia- including all of China-by the 13th century, believed that bkyukl bokh was the best way to keep his troops ready for battle. Two styles of the art are still practiced today, one in Mongolia, the other in Inner Mongolia.

Boom in popularity

It was not until the Republican Period (1912-1949), a time when China was recovering from the fall of the Qing dynasty, the invasion by Japan, and the Chinese Civil War, that martial arts became more accessible to the general public. In a wave of national pride, the Chinese government classified all martial arts under the banner “guosho,” meaning “national art.” Martial artists were encouraged to teach, numerous training manuals were published, examinations in martial arts were created, and demonstration teams started to travel the world- the first martial-art demonstration in front of an international audience took place at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.

Troy Macraft

Mother of Three Finds Freedom, Flexibility and Success in Less Than One Year as a Home Stager

Kakoschke gone into the field of home staging with the goal of getting a guaranteed job at $31.45 per hour, it’s safe to say things would have worked out much differently for her.

This Staging Diva Graduate and founder of Hunter Lake Home Staging and Design says of this, her second chance career, “I made more money in the first 10 months in my own staging business than I used to make in a whole year working for the government as a Contract Manager. And now I work half the hours that I used to!”

What Laura understood when she got into this field and some aspiring home stagers don’t, is that a promised job for $31.45 an hour is actually a complete devaluation of her talents. Laura did her research before signing up for a training program and learned that home stagers can actually earn between $250 and $700 for just a two-hour consultation. She realized what she needed were the skills to promote her services and market her own business so she could be in control of her own employment.

It certainly worked out for her. In her first 10 months as a home stager, Laura landed so many of her own projects that she ended up staging 12 vacant properties. When you consider that staging a vacant home can earn a stager anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000 profit per house (even if they don’t use their own inventory), having 12 of these in less than a full first year of a new business is significant.

The largest of Laura’s projects was a $2.5 million vacant estate home which she furnished from top to bottom. “This was an intense experience,” says Laura, “but an awesome opportunity to put my home staging training into practice.”

One of her recent projects saw Laura staging a house that had been sitting on the market for four months. Before Hunter Lake Home Staging and Design came in, the real estate agent was skeptical about staging. Her thinking completely changed after Laura finished staging the property. With new furniture and accessories, the house sold in only four days. “The change in the decor was like night and day,” says Laura, “and we didn’t even have to paint or replace brass fixtures.”

This mother of three children loves the freedom that comes along with being her own boss. “I can work my own hours, set my schedule, be at home to teach (home school) in the mornings and work my staging business in the afternoons,” reports Laura. “My three boys get a first-hand look at running a business. I hope that the courage I found to follow my dream will inspire them to follow theirs, and to know that anything is possible.”

Like many Staging Diva students, Laura approached her home staging career with the attitude that she wanted to finally use her natural talents to earn a living without having to spend 4 years in an interior design program.

“I’m 39 and if it weren’t for the opportunities available to a stager, I would have had to return for several years of post-secondary training and then work long hours for low pay for a design firm to fulfill my dream of decorating. This would never have happened,” says this mom with a degree in literature. “Staging Diva Training gave me the business tools and confidence to follow my lifelong passion for design.”

Debra Gould
http://www.articlesbase.com/entrepreneurship-articles/mother-of-three-finds-freedom-flexibility-and-success-in-less-than-one-year-as-a-home-stager-676943.html

Jerries and Toms

Oft we watch Tom and Jerry cartoon and oft we wish to become Jerry. His boldness always incites us to bell the Tom and live a smooth and happy life. The cartoon goads us to do such a thing as would teach a lesson to the cats.

But alas! It is not possible .it is impossible not only for me but all the real world jerry’s, who have become habitual to remain in sound slumber. These cartoons often prod my conscience to become jerry but realities of the world become a chain of my feet. I would have to sacrifice my job my career that are very essential to feed my hungry family. The already meager resources would exhaust if I want to show boldness of jerry.

Obviously the cartoon proves that gone are the days when mouse were slaves of the cats.  They are not destined to be afraid of the bad claws of the cruel cats and hide in their holes underground. Toms are not the sole ruler of the home’s land. Tom remains busy in devising new ways to dominate the little mouse but the sharp mindedness and resourcefulness of Jerry always carry him through.

Although tom tries his best to catch the mouse but all his efforts are thrown to his face by jerry because he possesses the will power and courage to fight back.

Toms of the men’s world are also always busy to exploit the jerry’s; the human jerrys.And what an n irony of fate that these toms are still successful. They are not only to catch Jerry’s but also play with them and after that eat them up.

This is continuing since the very inception of human history and perhaps it will end with it. The reason is quite obvious; the Jerry’s are not budging an inch from their position. They do not want to free themselves from the chains of slavery. They are used to carrot and stick policy and think only about their present. Future is far distant from them. Jerry of cartoons never let the Tom to eat him but we the human Jerry’s offer ourselves in a dish to our exploiters; either these are world powers or domestic exploiters. He always jeers at her face and escape in a new way.

But alas! Wishes never come true. Jerry of the mother earth are still mice and do not want to become jerry of cartoons.                                            

AKRAM SAQIB
http://www.articlesbase.com/literature–articles/jerries-and-toms-679560.html