Humility before Honor

Defining Moments

This whole talk about gentleness really comes down to learning the keys to being humble.  Every day we see others trying to get ahead at work or in life by trying to make themselves look good and stepping on others while they do so.  However when you are humble you do things without looking for what’s in it for you, yes you disregard personal gain.    If you stop for a moment and really think about it,  focusing all on you really doesn’t do anything for you at all as;

 “Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” – Proverbs 16:18

In other words if you are too confident, something usually happens to show you that you are not all that. We all have seen it, someone so full of pride that no one can tell them anything.  So much so that they don’t listen or they…

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Who am I – really?

Going Without Knowing

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 6; 1 John 1:9; Ephesians 3:12; 1 John 5:11

At long last, I am settling in to obey God in the focus he gave me for this year.

After several weeks of prayerful discernment late last year, I felt a strong leading toward a focus for 2010 of learning to live out the reality of who I am in Christ. It’s one thing to know what the Bible says about this and quite another to live it out in everyday life. I know I am no longer a slave to sin. I know the Holy Spirit is within me to help me when tempted, yet I still sin. I know I am forgiven, but I carry guilt and shame over my sinful thoughts and acts of omission and commission. I know I can approach God with confidence, yet I often hesitate to take my…

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The Pazyryk Kurgans: a Glimpse into the Amazing World of Central Asia in the Iron Age (I millennium BCE)

Social Evolution Forum

I am back from my last travels within the fair island of Ireland. A lot of impressions, ideas, and topics to blog about. Unfortunately, experience shows that while I travel I simply don’t have the leisure to post. As a result, this blog has been sadly neglected. Now that I am back home, however, I expect I will be able to resume blogging at my regular rate (until I go away on another trip…).

The next few blogs will probably be devoted to what I have seen in my recent travels. One of the highlights was a tour of the symbolic landscape in Belfast. Today, however, I want to write about my visit to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg:


(all photos by the author)

The Hermitage is one of the oldest and largest world museums. One can easily spend a week exploring it. I only had half a day…

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The Bride of Christ’s Inner, Upper, and Outer Garments

Gone Fishin'

She has been permitted to dress in fine (radiant) linen, dazzling and white–for the fine linen is (signifies, represents) the righteousness (the upright, just, and godly living, deeds, and conduct, and right standing with God) of the saints (God’s holy people). (Revelation 19:8, AMP)

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10, AMP)

In order to understand why the Prophet Isaiah speaks of holy and righteous garments, in particular the “garments of salvation” and a “robe of righteousness,” a working knowledge of the ancient traditional Jewish body garments is necessary. According to Alfred Edersheim in The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah (Book…

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