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  1. ProducerGreg Rolfe

    Greg Rolfe

    06/12/2016
    Tis the season... for war?
    Tis the season... for war?Tis the season for Christmas carols and holiday music. We have entered into the time of year where the time between sun rise and sun set feel shorter and shorter, simply because it is. This is the time of year that lifts your heart, reminds you...
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  2. ProducerGreg Rolfe

    Greg Rolfe

    15/11/2016
    When a shoe box means more than just shoes
    When a shoe box means more than just shoesFor the last handful of years we have been hosting Operation Christmas Child collections at our church. This is a week long event where we receive the donations of people who have taken the time to fill shoe boxes with gifts for a boy or girl....
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  3. ProducerDoug Overmyer

    Doug Overmyer

    09/11/2016
    Thinking About the US Election
    Thinking About the US ElectionYears of campaigning in America have come to an end. Of course, the Constitution of the United States is set up so that there is another federal election in 2 years, so the next campaign will begin… oh, tomorrow or so.I've observed with detached...
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    Greg Rolfe
    29/11/2016 #1 Greg Rolfe
    Amen!
  4. ProducerGreg Rolfe

    Greg Rolfe

    08/11/2016
    Are you mathematically irrelevant?
    Are you mathematically irrelevant?After checking a few social networking sites I saw a trend. Pastors after voting were going to their houses of worship to pray. I looked at this and decided that I agreed so as I had voted by mail, I took tome to pray this morning. The vote we...
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  5. ProducerGreg Rolfe

    Greg Rolfe

    01/11/2016
    Five ways to improve your understanding of the Bible
    Five ways to improve your understanding of the Bible1) Know the author. Having a relationship with God permits us to have an inside incite to His writings. 2) Talk to the author. Having consistent conversations with God helps us to understand how He speaks and how He directs....
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  6. Vivian Chapman

    Vivian Chapman

    17/10/2016
    Did Jesus Really Claim to be God?
    Vivian Chapman
    Did Jesus Really Claim To Be God ?
    www.linkedin.com Did Jesus really claim to be God ? What a question. I love talking to people about Jesus. During our conversations, some will be willing to call Him a great teacher, a prophet, a healer or even...
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  7. ProducerGreg Rolfe

    Greg Rolfe

    13/09/2016
    A diet that actually matters
    A diet that actually mattersDiets are used for a vast array of purposes. Some are designed to lose weight while others are intended to gain muscle or overall fitness, but each has an intended result. The reasons we often choose a diet is due to our standard eating...
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  8. ProducerGreg Rolfe

    Greg Rolfe

    09/08/2016
    Living life before you die
    Living life before you dieThere are a vast array of writings and movies expressing the idea that we should live life before we die. Quotes like “Carpe diem” and “smell the roses” are continually used to remind us that life is not all about work and earning a living. ...
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    Mohammed A. Jawad
    09/08/2016 #4 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Aha..if life is taken as an ordeal, then we can live best with our odd days and our orisons! :)
    Greg Rolfe
    09/08/2016 #3 Greg Rolfe
    #1 Thank you Sharon.
    Darryl John
    09/08/2016 #2 Darryl John
    Work to live not live to work live for the present as that is what it is a gift
    Sharon Fulgenzi
    09/08/2016 #1 Sharon Fulgenzi
    I absolutely agree with this. Life is short and although we have to work, and work hard, one should never take anything for granted in life. Live it to the fullest, with love, integrity and goodness. Great post!
  9. Vivian Chapman

    Vivian Chapman

    03/08/2016
    I really like this very obscure artist.
    Vivian Chapman
    If You Only Knew
    lan01.deviantart.com If you only knew how close HE is. 'Behold, I stand at the door, and...
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  10. ProducerGreg Rolfe

    Greg Rolfe

    26/07/2016
    Opening that can of worms
    Opening that can of wormsWhen was the last time you intentionally choose to open a can of worms? Yes, I mean going back to a problem that may not appear to have a solution or at least not an easy one. The issue with a can of worms is that on average no one wants to deal...
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    Greg Rolfe
    27/07/2016 #6 Greg Rolfe
    #4. No, I was thinking generally. But many issues come to mind when I stop to think. I just wish I had better solutions than "just stop" .
    Greg Rolfe
    27/07/2016 #5 Greg Rolfe
    Thank you Tony. Fear is the anticipation of the worst case scenario. Regardless of its validity. So I fully agree with you that fear is completely self generated. And the main reason we don't do what we believe is right.#3
    Vivian Chapman
    27/07/2016 #4 Vivian Chapman
    Did you have a particular can of worms in mind Greg?
    Tony Rossi
    27/07/2016 #3 Tony Rossi
    Courage is the attribute universally valued, personally desired, yet so terrifying to practice. But in regards to a topic like this, once exercised, courage almost always looks perfect in hindsight. So we just have to remind ourselves that most of our fears are self-generated and unfounded. Great article, @Greg Rolfe - thanks for sharing!
    Greg Rolfe
    26/07/2016 #2 Greg Rolfe
    #1 Nicely said Mohammad Jawad.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    26/07/2016 #1 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Leaving an issue unsolved can become a gigantic nightmare. Yes, if we desire to pacify berserk affairs, then the best approach is through excellent character, stern perseverance, balanced attitude, clarity in expressions and sound judgment. To solve problems and end disputes is a noble act.
  11. Producertony buwawa

    tony buwawa

    23/07/2016
    10 KEYS ON HOW TO DESTROY THE SPIRIT OF FEAR
    10 KEYS ON HOW TO DESTROY THE SPIRIT OF FEARLIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF 2 TIM 1:7 "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 1. Study the word- The more word (life) inside of you , the more power you carry . Heb 4:12(NLT)"For the...
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  12. ProducerGreg Rolfe

    Greg Rolfe

    12/07/2016
    Think before we speak, listen before we answer
    Think before we speak, listen before we answerTo be honest we all know that this idea of communicating can be very difficult. In fact it sometimes can be downright frustrating. Trying to teach a new idea or even transmit simple instruction can turn a good day into one of outright need for...
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  13. ProducerVivian Chapman

    Vivian Chapman

    11/07/2016
    GENESIS II
    GENESIS II (Subtitle: Jesus said: unless someone is born again, he cannot SEE the kingdom of God)Acrylics on hardboard bath panel 1200 x 600 This painting has been re-named often, and sometimes has had no name at...
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    Vivian Chapman
    04/09/2016 #3 Vivian Chapman
    #2 Margaret, thank you for your interesting and encouraging comment. I've only just read it, partly because I'm busy and partly because I'm finding it hard to use my pc because of tennis elbow. When I tried to follow your link, it took me to a login page - is there some way round that?
    Oh, you are so right about bullying and suicide. One of my LinkedIn contacts has been through that and then started his own company to help people, especially children, who are being bullied and feel they are alone with no way out. Have a look at his bio: http://bosspunk.com/the-face-behind-bosspunk/
    Actually, in his photos now, he looks so strong now - isnt' that great. His name is Maurice Laster.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    04/08/2016 #2 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    Fantastically insightful as a stand-alone painting....I see the maternity, the ocean, nature, the eyes encompassing it all throughout a fraction or a wink of time that is actually everlasting. Your Biblical accounting is soothing and necessary as a ministry to the soul. I love the "see" the "Word"....the original Greek, and the Hebrew. "Abba" is "Daddy." Words have wavelength, sound travels to transform into ultrasound that 'sees' the fetus in the womb .... and Words "Create" as God "Spoke" the world into existence in His 7 days...""I AM"" .... "I AM the Great I AM"....the El Shaddai.... And Jesus "Spoke," "Lazarus, rise up!" Christ healed with his Words, and today teens are committing suicide over bullying Words that Destroy. Words give life or death. You may like my 'Reanimation' to do each morning, told from an anesthesiologist watching people 'go to sleep' and then being able to magically 'wake them up:' http://en.1000mikes.com/user/manageArchive.xhtml . I need to write a Buzz...but I hope you love what you hear and read. I think it is transcendental, just as your artistry.
    Greg Rolfe
    12/07/2016 #1 Greg Rolfe
    Interesting!
  14. ProducerGreg Rolfe

    Greg Rolfe

    05/07/2016
    Cutting through the noise and the pain
    Cutting through the noise and the painWhen looking at the current state of America and our extreme fall from the goals and standards set by our fore fathers, it is evident that as a Church we have failed to cut through the noise and the pain of the world to reveal the truth of God....
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    Vivian Chapman
    10/07/2016 #24 Vivian Chapman
    #9 No I did not take you for an atheist William, simply because you hate corrupt institutions. I have witnessed corruption in the churches since a was a small child. I was trying to find out where you are coming from, that's all.
    Vivian Chapman
    10/07/2016 #23 Vivian Chapman
    #15 @William VanDorin that tells me you don't know Jesus personally. He does have a sense of humour!
    Vivian Chapman
    10/07/2016 #22 Vivian Chapman
    #14 What a lively mind you have William! Like that! Oh dear I keep pressing Return and the comment goes on without my finishing it. I don't think you are a gnostic, judging from your comments. We are all fallen - which is why Jesus chose to carry our sins in His own body to the Cross, so anyone who is in Him can be raised up with Him. As for Hell: the place of final punishment will only come into being after the Final Judgement so no one is there yet. I have been considering writing a book about Hell, because I don't think it's entirely negative. No room to go into that really, but if you read Revelation, you find that it is only immediately after the wicked are thrown into the lake of fire that God is able to wipe away the tears from each eye, and only then it says "there will be no more death, nor crying etc" But many really evil people will have been saved by Jesus because they repented and thanked Him for taking their sins. "The Son of Man has authority on earth, to forgive sins". Jesus is "The Rock of Offense" as well as the Rock of Sanctuary. Some people are offended that God would "send" people to hell (they go there all by themselves and refuse to be saved!), and some people are offended that God can wipe away the sins of someone who has committed horrible crimes. Personally, I love Jesus and I'm 100% on His side.
    Greg Rolfe
    08/07/2016 #19 Greg Rolfe
    #18 Brian I was not unaware of the concept behind your words simply confused on why you added them to the conversation. You did not appear to be adding nor drawing a resolution. Did I miss you point? (It would hardly be the first time.)
    Brian McKenzie
    08/07/2016 #18 Brian McKenzie
    Thesis * AntiThesis -> Synthesis. Two diametrically oppositional forces set into conflict for the purpose to advance an agenda to the next landing state of control, submission, subversion and slavery. It is as it always has been. (Lenin adds necessary killing to the equation - and Obama has updated it with digital coverage of the events)
    The current Alinsky meme is Problem * Conflict -> Resolution. I cannot show you the game, but when you see it - it cannot be unseen.
    Greg Rolfe
    08/07/2016 #17 Greg Rolfe
    #16 Hello Brian. I must admit to my confusion but I am not sure how your comment fits into this discussion. Not complaining mind you just curious of your intent.
    Brian McKenzie
    08/07/2016 #16 Brian McKenzie
    I believe the Church vs State construct is one of the earliest and most relevant versions of the Hegelian Dialectic. And looking at the body count and ideology from each, I am undeterred in that assessment.
    William VanDorin
    08/07/2016 #15 William VanDorin
    I would like to believe Christ had a sense of humor, you know not like a stand up because that would simply be heretical, but able to pull of a good practical joke on occasion. Come on John, It's not that deep! LOL!
    William VanDorin
    08/07/2016 #14 William VanDorin
    #13 Yes it was Vivian, I was not wearing my glasses. Apologies, allusions of youth you know! We all bear our cross of thorns, damn I may be one of the fallen. Some how I still feel I must have virtue and faith in a rather cynical fashion. Guess that would make me a Gnostic... Oh hell I am so confused. Say do you think there really is a hell? I am rather divided on the matter, as I know many who have earned their spot, and would hate to see them denied their eternal torture. Wow, seems kind of harsh, but hell it's doctrine!
    Vivian Chapman
    07/07/2016 #13 Vivian Chapman
    #9 @William VanDorin you are addressing "Wendy" did you mean to address me?
    Greg Rolfe
    07/07/2016 #12 Greg Rolfe
    #11 William. I just might. Thank you.
    William VanDorin
    06/07/2016 #11 William VanDorin
    #3 Greg it was not a quote, but rather simply a statement which it shall remain... unless some one quotes me on it. Feel free! LOL!
    William VanDorin
    06/07/2016 #9 William VanDorin
    #6 You are mistaken Wendy as I do know Jesus. In response to the love and compassion he preached we nailed him to a cross, did we not? Of course most will defend with it was them, not us! I will join any individual proposing love, peace and nobility of the human spirit. Did you take me for an atheist simply due to my admonishment of a corrupted institution. Did Christ not have the same complaint when he threw the money changers out? Faith is grand, blind faith is often fatal.
    Greg Rolfe
    06/07/2016 #7 Greg Rolfe
    #3 William that sounds like a quote, if it is who said it. You have peeked my interest.
    Vivian Chapman
    06/07/2016 #6 Vivian Chapman
    #3 William VanDorin interesting comment coming from - I take it - someone who does not know Jesus? Am I right? The comment interests me because I'm wondering if you would turn TOWARDS an individual follower of Jesus who had no worldly influence, but lots of love, warmth and authenticity?
    Greg Rolfe
    05/07/2016 #5 Greg Rolfe
    #2 Donald I do agree that small acts define us more than the large acts. So yes they would indeed create an since of warmth.
    Greg Rolfe
    05/07/2016 #4 Greg Rolfe
    #1 interesting choices for this post. I like them though.
    William VanDorin
    05/07/2016 #3 William VanDorin
    When churches are reduced to empires we must turn away for they are worshiping themselves.
    Donald Grandy
    05/07/2016 #2 Donald Grandy
    Amen to this post! Perhaps we could start by being of service? Maybe over time, all of the small acts, those small moments, would lead to a different state of being – a state that helps us cut through the noise and begins a ripple effect that synergizes with countless others. Imagine a state in which service becomes increasingly effortless and honours God. Would that help unveil the truth and let the Lord heal the pain?
    Vincent Andrew
    05/07/2016 #1 Vincent Andrew
    Reminds me of another verse "Come to me you who labour and I will give you rest" and "As the deer panteth for the water so my soul longeth after thee" @Greg Rolfe
  15. ProducerMargaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    The Phone "Text Message" Version of Romans VI
    The Phone "Text Message" Version of Romans VIby Dr Margaret ArandaWhich version of the English language Bible do you use? Does it matter? Is one translation "better" or "more scientifically accurate" to the original Hebrew or Greek languages? You may not have thought of this question before,...
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    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    11/07/2016 #8 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #5 @Dale Masters: I remember when the Catholic service was still in Latin..and I'm not expressing any one opinion in the Buzz other than to describe a 'hot' issue for many theologians. Love the Comment thread, all! @Vivian Chapman, @Randy Keho, @Dale! Very educational!
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    11/07/2016 #7 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #3 @Randy Keho: Yes. Teaching high-schoolers? Eeks. Hardest job ever. Hat's off to you once again, my friend!
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    11/07/2016 #6 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #2 @Vivian Chapman: well, I would really feel comfortable in your house!
    Dale Masters
    06/07/2016 #5 Dale Masters
    @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD Though I prefer the original King James version, I have a copy of the AKJV. I use Strong's to better translate the passages I study, and it has given me an entirely new perspective on what is actually in the Bible, vs. what many preachers claim is in the Bible. @Vivian Chapman I do believe you are correct. A version of the Bible translated correctly in the current vernacular is far more likely to be read b today's youth. (Literacy in the US has plummeted from what it was 100 years ago, but that's a whole other subject, with a very disturbing reason.) I am fortunate in that I was taught basic Latin in grade school. Though I've forgotten much, I still retain a bit of it.
    Randy Keho
    26/06/2016 #3 Randy Keho
    I have depended upon the Revised Standard Version, presented to me by my church after completing the confirmation classes. I received it on Sept. 24, 1967. I have retained membership in the Presbyterian Church for nearly 50 years. In turn, I raised my two children in the Presbyterian Church, while serving as an elder and Sunday school teacher -- at the high school level. That was a challenge. @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    Vivian Chapman
    26/06/2016 #2 Vivian Chapman
    Well, my house is full of bibles - all different. I use Strong's concordance of the bible and study meanings and origins of individual words. I have a Greek interlinear New Testament. My favourite version is the King James, but I quite like James Moffatt.
    When I read the bible, I want to hear what God is saying to me, personally. I find He speaks to me in one version, but if I read another translation and it differs, He may speak to me in that one.
    The clue here is: the bible is not the truth in itself, but the "truth about the truth" as someone said. It is one witness to the truth, and you need the second witness of the Holy Spirit to agree with the written word and apply it to your heart.
    I must say, I quite like: "Work hard for sin your whole life, and your penion is death"!
    Using a more paraphrased version is really useful to get the general sense, and also when you start off reading the bible. Later on, you can start to read more "difficult" versions, and later on still, you begin to study individual words. I personally couldn't understand the King James, so I read The Living Bible, graduating to James Moffatt, and finally back to the King James. God speaks in all of them. It's all about revelation - God opening your eyes so you SEE what He is saying as well as hearing.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    25/06/2016 #1 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    We take lots of things for granted. Are you using the "best" version of the Bible?
  16. ProducerVivian Chapman

    Vivian Chapman

    24/05/2016
    The Trinity
    The TrinityFor those of you who don’t already know, Christians are monotheists and believe that there is only one true and living God, who is our creator. But there are in God, three persons: Our Heavenly Father Jesus The Holy Spirit Although...
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    Greg Rolfe
    29/11/2016 #3 Greg Rolfe
    Nice explanation of the Love trinity concept. Love , lover and loved.
    Vivian Chapman
    24/05/2016 #2 Vivian Chapman
    #1 Thanks Catalina
    NO one
    24/05/2016 #1 NO one
    Lovely buzz