JRandal
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JRandal
 Brazil,  
The double blessing of Psalm 119 – Walking with God
The law was a sign of God’s blessing, and not (as many denominations insist) a burden.


#devotional #Isaiah #law #Psalms
JRandal
 Brazil,  
cats.pm appears to be down. Not able to access it. Good thing I can slide over to hub.vilarejo.pro.br.
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Going with wife, the Middleman son and family this morning to a farm-type restaurant for a big breakfast, on the highway south of SJC toward the coast. I can never do justice to these all-you-can eat places, but I'll give it the old college try.

#fun #daytrip #outings #family
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Lendo a Bíblia com o Coração e a Mente
Em Lendo a Bíblia com o coração e a mente, Tremper Longman III o ajudará à descobrir o poder das Escrituras para moldar o seu caráter segundo o caráter de Cristo. "Embora a Bíblia seja poderosa", escreve Longman, "não mudamos apenas o porque a lemos. Nossa mente pode estar envolvida, mas alguma coisa a mais precisa acontecer com o nosso coração."

Parece interessante, espero que seja algo mais do que oba-oba. O autor é cara sério pelo que sei, embora da linha reformada.

#livros #Bíblia #hermenêutica
JRandal
 Brazil,  
This verse, two actually, came with a double wallop this morning. I even used the NET Bible translation to render it in Portuguese to share.

http://fellowshiproom.com/amazing-psa78-32-33/

#Bible
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Waiting on the project proposal completion for shelving for the new home office. But last night I sat down on our old outdoor table, stored for the moment in the new office. First work use of the new space. Here are some shots of the inside and out.

http://randal.us/tag/home-office/

Still have to pare down books and papers at the old office, will take a while. If I could swing it, I'd store everything somewhere and go ahead and shut down the old office. Would save on rent and allow me to do the sorting, saving or disposal without getting stressed or rushed about it.
JRandal
 Brazil,  
An Unfair Advantage? | i read the word
It riles us when anyone gains unfair advantage over others or receives treatment that provides favor that is denied to others. We believe, and rightly so, that everyone should get a fair shake. So, when we talk about God’s grace as being God’s favor and that there are some who receive that blessing and others who don’t, it might not set well with us. But that isn’t the entire picture. Another truth that makes God’s grace so amazing is that it is available to everyone. “For the grace of God has appeared bringing salvation for all people…” (v. 11). If there is any exclusion when it comes to God’s favor, it is not on His part. He wants all men to be saved (1 Tim. 2:4). But, remember it is “by faith” that justification comes (Rom. 3:25). So though that salvation (an act of God’s grace) is made available to all, not everyone will respond in faith.


That's all of the post. Good one.

#grace #justice
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Energy and motivation today – Believing Prayer

A short prayer asking for holiness and full assurance.

#prayer
JRandal
 Brazil,  last edited: Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:48:39 +0100  
Just tried #SocialHome 's bookmarklet on #BraveBrowser. Didn't work. Another one from another service, can't recall which just now, didn't work either. #Hubzilla's still does, though I understand it's not longer maintained. Amazing.

The human psyche - mind or soul?
To the question, 'what is the nature of the human being?', the common tripartite explanation of the overall human being as 'body, mind and spirit' is a potentially very misleading set. It suggests that body and mind are ontologically separate and that the 'Spirit' is itself a third entity over and above the former. Holistic thought insists that, whatever may correspond to these terms is necessarily a unity of which each only can refer to some aspect of the indivisible entity, the human being. This also implies that the Freudian concept of the unconscious as an independent and autonomous entity, cut off by the psyche from itself, like a guarded cellar beneath the structure of personality, is rejected as a static view of dynamic processes and thus as ontologically primitive. While subliminal activities, emotionally-conditioned repression and other 'unconscious' phenomena do occur, this does not require that an 'unconscious mind' thereby has positive existence. All ideas about the psyche and its faculties should sensibly be regarded for their potential 'regulative' and practical function rather than as a classification of divisible entities. They should regulate by bringing order to the particular mass of otherwise confused perceptions and thoughts so that useful results can be achieved in understanding, self-improvement and therapeutic healing or personal transformation. Again, such regulative ideas do not necessarily or usually correspond to any physically-observable entities. The bodily self to which we subscribe identity and possessions, as in 'my body' 'my limbs', 'my brain' etc. - and even simply call 'me' - is in many ways the instrument of the mind and the will, yet it has its own autonomous nature and metabolism to which the mind is subject. The mind is also often thought of as a possession of, and attachment to, the body. The acquisitive and possessive sense of 'mineness', which some call 'ego' or egotism', is closely related to bodily needs and desires, the mind being the medium through which its requirements are largely fulfilled. Both form different aspects of an unitary, organic system.

elmussol
  
Mike's work is amazing. I have just taken down a RedMatrix installation that functioned perfectly well and RedMatrix hasn't been actively maintained for above two years now I think.
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Na Vila conheço esse pedaço
De asfalto, gente, vidro e aço,
Com anos e anos de convívio,
Deixá-lo, tristeza e alívio.

#poesia
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Mudando pra casa, eu,
Deixando a correria pra trás,
Mais tempo na frente da tela,
Na minha zona de criação.
JRandal
 Brazil,  
The offline work continues to ramp up, and time away from internet and especially social media still gets cut away. Not bad. But what have I missed out there?
whistlewright
  
Not much really. My meatspace work has ramped up as well and I am trying to figure out where to go now that parlementum ist kaput.

How you been?
JRandal
  
@Jake Moomaw Jake, here in Brazil, if you don't have FB's WhatsApp, you are totally out of the loop. I must be the only one in the country without it.

@giac hellvecio Have we reached the Big Brother stage?

@whistlewright I've been OK on cats.pm. Might try it out. Have been good, trying to get my office moved to home. After 16 years in the same rented space, the process is generating some melancholic feelings. (Though I am really ready to be gone from here now.) Ought to get better once I'm actually installed. Thanks for asking.
elmussol
  
@whistlewright You are welcome to clone to elsmussols.org.
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Last year, while in the old home town, Mom gave me Dad's Cross pen. She had tried to give it to me earlier, soon after his passing, but it's thin and slippery, and I begged off. This time she just handed it to me. Seemed to want me to have it. So I took it. I've been using it, without too much problem. Has his name engraved on it, so now it's my name, I guess. (I have his first name.)

#family #life
JRandal
 Brazil,  
In the midst of a move. Leaving rented office space after 16 years. Tons of papers and items to separate, chunk, or think of a reason to keep.

#changes
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Use your gift – Forthright Magazine
You are a unique person. No one else is like you. God made you an individual with characteristics, personality, and tastes that distinguish you from every other human being who lives or has ever lived.

“Identical” twins aren’t. People who know such twins can usually tell them apart from their manner of being.


#Bible #service #gifts
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Faith In The Book of Romans
Here belief and trust have brought about an obedient response to the divine gift of Jesus and the decrees that, when obeyed from the heart, bring one into that state of "freedom from sin" made accessible in the act of baptism (6:3-11). From that day forward, the person who has thus responded in faith must continue to act in faith by being a "servant of righteousness."


Maybe this is what Paul meant in Romans 1.16-17 when he said it was "from faith to faith."

#Romans #faith #Bible
danknezacek@pod.redfish.ca
 from Diaspora
Paul never speaks like one who has had complete victory over sin, and John says;

I John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Notice that this is in the present tense! We all sin; those who claim they have achieved sinless perfection are deceived!

Listen to Paul, and ask yourself "does this sound like a man who has complete victory over sin?"

Romans 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
JRandal
  
Seems that the "freedom from sin" mentioned in the original article refers to its power and condemnation. I don't recall it talking about "complete victory." You're right, of course, that, as James put it, "we all stumble in many ways" Jas 3.2.

The word "perfect" in the New Testament does not refer to sinlessness, but maturity. Paul calls himself and others perfect, or spiritually mature (CEB, ERV, NLT), in Philippians 3.15.
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Have been doing lots more offline writing and getting more of it done by staying away from the internet.

I like it.
giac hellvecio
  
OT
tem como dar um toque no admin do cats.pm e avisar que as postagens desse hub chegam com 12 ou mais hs de atraso?
Aposto que ele vai dar um jeito ai ;)
JRandal
  
OK, vou mencionar o problem pra ele. Brigadão.
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Much work of late. Also, moving office from present location I rented for last 16 years, to home. Starting tomorrow to close in back porch. Lots of change coming up, much of it positive.
JRandal
 Brazil,  
Online is life, though a human stands beside you;
We fear our neighbor — the internet will hide you.

#couplet
JRandal
 Brazil,  
A space from there to here, measured subjectively
From one extended galaxy to another
Between are stars and asteroids and exploding matter
By no means empty but
   busy
      moving
         acting
And void of sound, no words to understand
   silent
      ignorant
         sentient

#poetry