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Thursday, 7 June 2018

VOTD Sample #2

I've just sent out the second sample of the VOTD material so that you can see another set of comments and decide whether this will work for you. Please feel free to leave a comment here or respond by email if that work's better for you.

Posted By Jonathan, 10:36am Comment Comments: 11
 
 

Thursday, 7 June 2018
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On my first visit to Machaerus in 2002, where this took place, sitting among the ruins and reading the story, the uppermost thought in my mind was that there was one man so determined to do what was right in God's sight that he had no fear of the consequences, and one man so fearful of public opinion that he did what he knew to be wrong. Which camp do we fit into?

Posted By Ann Pangbourne 01:57pm

 
 

Thursday, 7 June 2018
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Should people serving on jury duty refuse to recite, "I swear to tell the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God."?

Posted By Patricia Levy Andrews 04:08pm

 
 

Thursday, 7 June 2018
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Are oaths, pledges and promises synonymous?

Posted By Patricia Levy Andrews 04:11pm

 
 

Thursday, 7 June 2018
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Is it even possible to never swear an oath? If so, what about marriage vows, and business contracts?

Posted By Patricia Levy Andrews 04:14pm

 
 

Thursday, 7 June 2018
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Ann: Yep, that's the difference between a servant of the Kingdom of God and a politician. ;-)

In my weaker moments, when I forget to take a few seconds to seek guidance from the Holy Spirit, I suppose I become my own politician, jockeying for whatever I deem to be right.

All: How exactly does one develop the habit of seeking guidance before taking action? What helps us remember to do so consistently? Sometimes the Holy Spirit points me in a clear direction, and other times I sense no clear direction. What techniques do you use?

Posted By Patricia Levy Andrews 04:32pm

 
 

Thursday, 7 June 2018
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Patricia, these are really great questions - let's hope we get some answers and interaction from other folk. It's thinking about and asking these questions that pushes back the boundaries of our faith so that we grow in our Messiah-likeness. Cultivating the habit of pausing and asking the Holy Spirit is really hard work to start with, then as we grow accustomed to His voice, it becomes a little more comfortable. Then you get those, "Do you really need to ask Me that?" moments :-)

Posted By Jonathan 07:44pm

 
 

Thursday, 7 June 2018
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Let your yes be yes and your no be no. Rash behavior is always regrettable. I know the Kol Nidre is not meant to excuse careless behavior but was put in place to absolve Jewish souls who were forced to convert to Roman Catholicism. I also know that G-d is our Father. If we make rash vows, then He can step in to absolve if we do this in error but not as a matter of course. To be balanced as Yeshua so he was never compelled to act before thinking is what I strive to do.

Posted By Diana 09:03pm

 
 

Thursday, 7 June 2018
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Very helpful..

To take a deep breath and ask the Holy Spirit for help and guidance. When I get anxious,often I hold my breath which isn't helpful.Now I'll be more mindful.

Posted By Carrie 10:13am

 
 

Thursday, 7 June 2018
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"To be balanced as Yeshua so he was never compelled to act before thinking is what I strive to do."

This comment offered by Diana at 09h03 on 7th June is exactly the way I seek to be, by His Grace alone.

The problem I am having is that where does The Greek and The Hebrew translation of The Holy Scriptures fit together in explaining the accuracy of Messiah Yeshua's teaching? As I understand things, Christianity is based on our Hebraic roots; i.e. no Hebraic roots, no Christianity!

Lastly, just to "throw the cat amongst the pigeons" (something I would never do!) when will His Church, of which I am a teeny part, recognise their Hebraic roots?

Posted By Brian and Anne Nelson 01:24pm

 
 

Thursday, 7 June 2018
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Jonathan and Carrie:

From you I am reminded to link anxiety/uncertainty/confusion to intentional deep breathing and prayer. In my world, I need to write important things down so as to remember them. So I think I'll post sticky notes with the words "anxious/uncertain/confused? breathe deeply, and pray" in a few key places around the house. That is a very concrete and easy thing anyone can do. Thank you so much.

Posted By Patricia Levy Andrews 06:43pm

 
 

Thursday, 7 June 2018
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and I have wondered that same question as Patricia ... should we swear on oath in court to tell the truth etc?

Posted By Caroline May 02:07am