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Innocent Blood —

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For their unpardoned evil here on Earth, each person will be judged, convicted, and sentenced. Some of the consequences for these actions will come in this life, some in the next life. Nations are also judged for their actions. But a nation does not have an after-life, so all of the consequences for unpardoned national actions must be faced here on Earth. God is a just Judge and requires justice.

There are several times in the Bible when God pronounced His judgement on a nation. With one exception, each time God gave the option to repent and avoid destruction. There is one time in the Bible when God said He would not offer pardon for the nation. It was when that nation had shed much innocent blood. 2 Kings 24:4 “The LORD would not pardon.” The king, who was responsible for the bloodshed, had already repented, after decades of evil, and had become a believer, but that was not sufficient in this case. The only options they were given were different forms of national destruction. There was no option available to avoid the downfall of the nation.

Government is an institution of God. The purpose of government is criminal justice. When a nation’s government turns to promoting evil, it does not make sense to expect that nation to get away with this evil for long.

Because they have shed much innocent blood over the years, America is doomed. This is why we left.

Proverbs 22:3 A prudent [man] foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

We have no intention of aiding the fall of America, but when God tells me where lightning is going to strike, I don’t stand there.

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Leadership Solar Energy —

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Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

 

Toastmasters Speech

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Pathways, Effective Coaching, Level 2, project 1 (5th speech) — Leadership Style

Project objective:

Deliver a 5- to 7-minute speech at a club meeting to share some aspect of your leadership style, or leadership styles in general. You may choose to discuss your style preferences when working with others, your style and how you can adapt it to situations, or leadership styles in general and how they impact a group.

Please see the video on LinkedIn.

Coach Wooden

There is a nice 34-minute documentary about Coach John Wooden.

Here is my favourite version of his pyramid of success.

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Leadership Affirmation

Before I share my personal leadership affirmation, it is important to explain the purpose of such a list. Everyone has virtues. Because no one is perfect, everyone can become more virtuous. I have a choice. I could convince myself that there is no hope, so I might as well give in to every temptation. If I make that choice, not only will I have a rotten life, my life will be a negative influence on others. When someone encourages me about some virtue they see shown in my life, I am drawn to grow in that virtue. This urge to become better comes not only as a boost from others, but also from what I say to myself. Of course, I am not saying these affirmations as if I have attained perfection in every aspect of these virtues — they are reminders to myself to keep growing.

  • I am leading for the benefit of others — the most rewarding life is to make the world a better place by improving the quality of people’s lives — “Leadership isn’t how far we advance ourselves, but how far we advance others.” ~ John Maxwell
  • I am developing my leadership and communication, so I can help others grow and rise to God’s calling in their lives.
  • I am leading because I want REAL success:
    • Relationships
    • Equipping
    • Attitude
    • Leadership
  • I am leading by example
  • I am leading by valuing the contributions and insights of each team member — teamwork
  • I am leading by sharing wisdom: information that is both highly valuable and highly trustworthy — authoring documents, participating in meetings, teaching, equipping
  • I am leading by sharing contacts — introducing people
  • I am leading by being authoritative, rather than authoritarian
  • I am leading by being authentic, rather than merely honest — vulnerable, rather than hiding my shortcomings — giving trust
  • I am leading by prioritizing — investing time doing important things, not just the urgent
  • I am leading by changing myself for the better — open to coaching, seeking training and self-education, goals program
  • I am leading by changing business processes for the better
  • I am leading by encouraging — coaching, mentoring, guiding
  • I am leading by managing risk — due diligence in reducing the impact and probability
  • I am leading by taking initiative — ambition, hunger, industriousness, resourcefulness, adaptability, creativity
  • I am leading with responsibility — earnest, gravity, loyalty, reliability
  • I am leading with confidence — assertive, not aggressive — knowledge, not arrogance — faith: belief, trust, hope, peace, optimism
  • I am leading with joy — happiness, cheer, good humour, gratitude, enthusiasm
  • I am leading with vitality — energy, endurance, health
  • I am leading with prudence — good judgement based on wisdom 
  • I am leading with integrity — high standard of ethical principles
  • I am leading with grace — giving kindness, patience, forgiveness, honour

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New Testament Marriage —

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Dispensations

There are things that God has not told us. That is no surprise, because it would be impossible for us to learn the vast depth and expanse of all wisdom, even if God told us all of it. Yet, each one of us is responsible for the wisdom that we have been told.

The Bible clearly teaches of certain truths that had not been revealed earlier. God has given added revelation throughout history and the final dispensation was given at the time of Jesus, as confirmed by His Twelve Apostles.

The patriarchs had not been given as much revelation as we have today. That also gives us a higher responsibility. They were not held to this standard before because it had not been revealed before.

Clarity of Scripture

The Holy Bible is our source of Truth. God wants us to know the Truth. Yes, it will require study. Yes, we can study the Scripture for a lifetime and still find deeper and broader understanding. Yet, we are responsible for doing what is right, so God will help us understand well enough to do right.

Satan’s first attack is against the authority, and clarity, of God’s Word.

Genesis 3:1 “Yea, hath God said?”

Marriage

This is an institution of God that was ordained on day six of creation, when Adam and Eve were created. Marriage is defined by God as one man and one woman becoming one flesh for life. This couple does not end until death parts them. Though it was established from the beginning, it was not confirmed until the dispensation of the new testament. Some people had figured this out before Jesus explained it, so they were able to benefit from the blessing of living their lives according to God’s design.

The biblical term “help meet” explicitly indicates that one wife is sufficient. In all of God’s creation, no animal exists that could fit this degree of helpfulness. As helpful as a horse is, or an ox, or a dog, etc., “help meet” does not apply to any of them. This same Hebrew word is used to describe the help we get from God. There is no way such help could be considered insufficient. We need to be content with what God has provided.

Jesus expected that anyone should be able to see, from Genesis, that God designed marriage for one man and one woman. When Jesus pointed this out, He was exhorting us to a standard that was established from the beginning of creation. Those who lived in accord with this design received a blessing, and those who did not, suffered the consequences.

It seems quite clear, from the below verses, that the intent, plan, design, and expectation is that this would be done once, rather than repeatedly.

Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Thou shalt not commit adultery

We have a new dispensation regarding marriage. Jesus said it was designed this way all along, but He was now making the picture complete for those who did not already understand. He said that Adam and Eve were the true model for God’s design in marriage. One man and one woman to become one flesh as long as they both shall live.

Fornication is the general term for sexual sin, and adultery is a form of fornication that is specifically denoting involvement by someone who is married.

When a married man is longing after another woman, that is a form of adultery. We need to be faithful to our spouse both in action and in thought. We are being sinfully unthankful to God for the spouse that He has given us, when we long for someone else.

Jesus has one bride

Highlights below: The plural for wife is only used when the plural for husband is also used. In other words, there is a group of husbands, and their wives. But when the singular for the man or husband is used, the singular for the wife is always used. This aligns with the singular form of the word when the church is mentioned as the bride of Christ.

Revelation 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.

Ephesians 5:22-33
22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so [let] the wives [be] to their own husbands in every thing.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife [see] that she reverence [her] husband.

Elders and Deacons

Paul understood this requirement, thus the reason for its inclusion in the qualifications for deacons and elders.

1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

1 Timothy 3:12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

Titus 1:6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.

Each elder, and each deacon, has the requirement to be the husband of one wife. If this was ambiguous, it could mean:

  1. No more than one wife, OR
  2. Exactly one wife, OR
  3. No less than one wife.

It is pointless for this requirement to be included in Scripture, if there is no way for us to know which of the three options is the correct meaning. In other words, this requirement is not ambiguous.

  • Considering the teachings of the New Testament, there is no doubt that the requirement is to have exactly one wife.
  • Considering the context of the passage, there is no doubt that the requirement is to have exactly one wife.
  • Considering the structure of language, there is no doubt that the requirement is to have exactly one wife. The question is asked, “Do you have one wife?” If a man has exactly one wife, only then can he answer, “Yes.” If a man has two wives, then answering, “Yes” would be a lie.

The fact that a man is disqualified as an elder or deacon, if he has more than one wife, makes the doctrine even more clear.

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Corona Butterfly Effect —

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Small Talk

Virus outbreaks have taken their place beside sports and weather as topics of casual conversation. Over the decades, with the increasing movement of people and information, virus outbreaks have become much like weather. Reporting, forecasting, small talk, big talk, fear mongering — it would be difficult to say for sure if the information outweighs the disinformation.

Regarding the corona virus, please feel free to read on if you would like to hear why, in my humble opinion, I believe there is:

NO conspiracy
NO biological engineering
NO criminal or malicious intent
NO cause for panic

The Industry

There is a segment of the population that is addicted to adrenaline. These people are much more likely to be drawn to the news profession, because they get their daily fix of excitement. Without this charge, they don’t feel well. The adrenaline addicts, who are not in the industry, are faithful to keep up, on a daily basis, with the drama, providing a very significant audience. More adventure, more rage, more fuss, more fear, more hysteria, more tumult, more audience, more advertising revenue, so the buzz is reinforced and they stay employed to keep the thrill going.

Government Salvation

Another factor that feeds this cycle is a worldview that wants the government to save us. Whenever some tragedy happens, many people look to the government to step in as the hero to fix the problem. Even when something is not a tragedy, yet can be portrayed as the weak needing a defender, they are knocking on the politicians’ door demanding action. It is as if the government is seen as a superhero that could right every wrong.

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An individual, who has this kind of worldview, is not very satisfied with the influence they can have on the state. However, if someone has an audience, like someone in the news industry, it is very satisfying to initiate a groundswell of support for the cause, and spur many thousands of people to clamour for the authorities to rescue us.

The Stage Is Set

There are always variations in virus strains every year. Some strains are always more lethal than others. There is always some percentage of the population at death’s door, whether anyone knows it or not. Tens of thousands are pushed over the threshold each year by a bug that was going around. So, there is a ready supply of helplessness for use to play on people’s emotions.

Clearing The Air

Recently, a random sample of many hundreds of people were tested for coronavirus, regardless of their symptoms. The results showed that far more people have the virus than was previously thought — they just don’t have the extreme symptoms. So, the initial figures for the fatality rate can be thrown out the window.

The Butterfly Effect

This phenomenon has to do with the weather. The flutter of a butterfly on one continent contributes to the rise of a tornado on another continent. This nasty virus has a marketable name, and is reported to be tracked back to a source that raises suspicion. It sounds like a plot for a bestseller. It is no wonder that there is so much more attention for corona, even though many other things are killing far far more people.

The flu is boring. Without even googling it, I am sure you can think of several previous bugs that were made famous, even though they had a much smaller effect than the common flu, because they had a catchy name and were associated with a specific geographic origin.

This year, the butterfly is corona from Wuhan.

If you are a Christian, there is an antidote to the fear.

Word Studies

WordStudies

Strongs Greek 3622
oikonomia — oy-kon-om-ee’-ah — from 3623; administration (of a household or estate); specifically, a (religious) “economy”: — dispensation, stewardship.

The Greek word for “dispensation” is also used in Luke 16:2-4 and is translated as “stewardship” instead. Four other times, the same word is translated as dispensation. The way the word is used in the Bible is in the sense of a responsibility that is given and the accountability that follows. This is much like the way we now use the word “economy” — judicious and frugal management — which is very similar to a transliteration of the greek word.

Strongs Greek 3623
oikonomos — oy-kon-om’-os — from 3624 and the base of 3551; a house-distributor (i.e. manager), or overseer, i.e. an employee in that capacity; by extension, a fiscal agent (treasurer); figuratively, a preacher (of the Gospel): — chamberlain, governor, steward.

Strongs Greek 3624
oikos — oy’-kos — of uncertain affinity; a dwelling (more or less extensive, literal or figurative); by implication a family (more or less related, literal or figuratively): — home, house(-hold), temple.

Strongs Greek 3551
nomos — nom’-os — from a primary nemo (to parcel out, especially food or grazing to animals); law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), genitive case (regulation), specifically (of Moses [including the volume]; also of the Gospel), or figuratively (a principle): — law.

Webster’s 1828
DISPENSATION, n. [L. See Dispense.]

1. Distribution; the act of dealing out to different persons or places; as the dispensation of water indifferently to all parts of the earth.

2. The dealing of God to his creatures; the distribution of good and evil, natural or moral, in the divine government.

Neither are Gods methods or intentions different in his dispensations to each private man.

3. The granting of a license, or the license itself, to do what is forbidden by laws or canons, or to omit something which is commanded; that is, the dispensing with a law or canon, or the exemption of a particular person from the obligation to comply with its injunctions. The pope has power to dispense with the canons of the church, but has no right to grant dispensations to the injury of a third person.

A dispensation was obtained to enable Dr. Barrow to marry.

4. That which is dispensed or bestowed; a system of principles and rites enjoined; as the Mosaic dispensation; the gospel dispensation; including, the former the Levitical law and rites; the latter the scheme of redemption by Christ.

In the following parable, this same Greek word is translated as stewardship, instead of dispensation.

Luke 16:2-4
2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.
3 Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.
4 I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.

In 1 Corinthians 9:17, Paul uses the word dispensation in reference to his own calling.

1 Corinthians 9:16-18
16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation [of the gospel] is committed unto me.
18 What is my reward then? [Verily] that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.

He is saying that he might as well have a good attitude about his calling to preach the gospel. If he neglects his calling, then he will be miserable. The Holy Ghost had given, dispensed, to Paul a certain work that was his responsibility. There is a lot of this work to do, for many people, so this dispensation is Paul’s portion of the work. He does not need to do all of the preaching, just his share.

In Ephesians 2 through 4, Paul tells us about another dispensation that he was given. It seems like the same dispensation that he mentioned in Colossians.

Colossians 1:25-26
25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
26 [Even] the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

And Paul seems to refer to the same mystery in Romans 16, though he does not call it a dispensation.

Romans 16:25-27
25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
27 To God only wise, [be] glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.

Ephesians 2:11-22
11 Wherefore remember, that ye [being] in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us];
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace;
16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner [stone];
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Ephesians 3
1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.
8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
9 And to make all [men] see what [is] the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly [places] might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
13 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21 Unto him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

This mystery is revealed in the New Testament, that they did not know in the Old Testament, that the Messiah would be coming to save not only the Jews, but also the Gentiles.

Ephesians 4:1-11
1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 [There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.
7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

In Ephesians chapter one, however, it seems clear that Paul is speaking of some dispensation other than any that were given to him personally. He is again talking about a mystery. He is again referring to that mystery in regard to Jews and Gentiles being brought together in Christ. This “dispensation of the fulness of times” seems related to his own dispensation to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles, yet there is something else involved. Note: This passage is all one sentence.

Ephesians 1:7-12
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; [even] in him:
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

This phrase “fulness of times” seems to echo what Paul said in Galatians.

Galatians 4:1-5
1 Now I say, [That] the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

The appointed time. When everything was ready. When all of the preparations had been done. The fullness of time. The stage was set, and all of the events had happened that would lead to this moment. This seems to speak of the dispensation committed to Christ Himself.

Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret [things belong] unto the LORD our God: but those [things which are] revealed [belong] unto us and to our children for ever, that [we] may do all the words of this law.

The above verse, and the following verse, seems to make it clear that there are things that God has not told us. That is no surprise because it would be impossible for us to learn the vast depth and expanse of all wisdom, even if God told us all of it. Yet, each one of us is responsible for the wisdom that we have been told.

James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin.

Acts 17:22-31
22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, [Ye] men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.
30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by [that] man whom he hath ordained; [whereof] he hath given assurance unto all [men,] in that he hath raised him from the dead.

Verse 30, above, makes is clear that there is now a higher standard because of the additional revelation.

1 Corinthians 2:1-10
1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
4 And my speech and my preaching [was] not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, [even] the hidden [wisdom,] which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known [it,] they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
10 But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

Colossians 2:10-23
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with [him] through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
15 [And] having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath [days:]
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body [is] of Christ.
18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
23 Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

There is a true biblical doctrine of dispensations. The Bible clearly teaches of certain truths that had not been revealed earlier. God has given added revelation throughout history and the final dispensation was given at the time of Jesus, as confirmed by His Twelve Apostles.

Hebrews 1:1-2
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son

The patriarchs had not been given as much revelation as we have today. That also gives us a higher responsibility. For example, several times Jesus said, “Ye have heard that it hath been said … But I say unto you …” And because Jesus says “by them of old time” we know He is not, in these teachings, correcting the false teachers that were contemporary to the incarnation.

Matthew 5:27-30
27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast [it] from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not [that] thy whole body should be cast into hell.
30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast [it] from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not [that] thy whole body should be cast into hell.

The last two verses above make it clear that this is to be taken quite seriously.

Matthew 5:33-37
33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:
34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:
35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

Again, Jesus is teaching something new — a higher standard than the old covenant. And, again, the final verse above confirms that, when Jesus gives us a new dispensation, it is very important and not voluntary. This is not an optional higher standard that you can choose if you like. Jesus is talking about good and evil. We were not held to this standard before because it had not been revealed before.

Matthew 5:43-45
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven:

Whose child are you, if you are not a child of our Father in Heaven? Yet, this standard was not enforced in the old covenant. Yes, each person was blessed, if they followed this higher standard, because this is how God designed it to work best.

Galatians 5:16,19-25
16 [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these;] … hatred … and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Another example is that they had not been told explicitly that they were to have just one wife, unless their first wife had died. Some had figured it out anyway, but now we know more clearly what God intended.

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Toastmasters Research Project

Emotional Intelligence a.k.a. People Smarts, with a focus on becoming more self aware in order to become less self centered.

The following information is not a transcript of the speech video. This blog post is here to provide additional details, and a list of the reference material where I did most of the research.

Please see the video on LinkedIn.

The Grammarian had chosen “retrospective” as the word of the day, so that is why everyone was tapping on the table when I included it in my speech.

The challenge is to do a self awareness exercise for 30 days. Pick a time of the day when you will journal the emotions you had in the last 24 hours. You may find the above image helpful in finding more precise words to describe your emotions. Note: The blog just shows a thumbnail, so if you download the image then you will have higher resolution to zoom in.


One related concept from “The Communication Catalyst:”

Anti-amygdala: The amygdala is the part of the brain that provides the automatic response to any perception of attack. This response happens regardless of whether the attack is real or imagined, physical or verbal, local or remote. These hormones create the physical preparation for our defence for the attack. Sometimes, this preparation is counter-productive. One of the best ways to bypass the effects of this system, when those effects are unwanted, is to ask yourself a question that requires a concrete answer. In many interactions, it can also be beneficial to acknowledge our emotional state. So, a very effective method to improve interpersonal communication is to discuss and name the emotional state. This is a question that requires a factual answer, since it requires choosing a name for the emotion, plus it establishes some of the context for the encounter.

It is also greatly helpful to have a working vocabulary of the words that express emotion. This way, we not only can better evaluate and express our own emotions, but we can also assist others in expressing theirs. For example, “It seems to me like your are feeling disappointed, or is it more like anger?” Yes, the meaning of the words “disappointed” and “anger” are quite common knowledge. The point here is not to learn rarely used words to express emotion. It is also not necessary to be able to recite the definitions of a list of words to express emotion. If I have given some thought to the meaning of these words, and considered the nuances and distinction between closely related words, then it will be easier, and more effective, for me to choose the right word for the moment.


Book sources:

  • “The Holy Bible” by God The Holy Spirit
  • “Communication Catalyst” by Mickey Connolly and Richard Rianoshek https://www.conversant.com/resources/books/
  • “The Ideal Team Player” by Patrick Lencioni https://www.tablegroup.com/books/ideal-team-player
  • “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect“ by John Maxwell 
  • “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl
  • “Emotional Intelligence 2.0” by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves
  • “Self-Esteem: By God’s Design” by Larry Day
  • “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
  • “The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People” by Stephen Covey
  • “Magic Words” by Tim David

Film sources:

Training courses:

Psalm 42:11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, [who is] the health of my countenance, and my God.

Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.

Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

Psalm 144:15 Happy [is that] people, that is in such a case: [yea], happy [is that] people, whose God [is] the LORD.

Numbers 6:26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

Proverbs 16:20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy [is] he.

Psalm 34:18 The LORD [is] nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

John 13:17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.


There are five physical senses: Sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell. With each of these senses you can experience pleasure or discomfort. That is why the sense of direction and sense of balance are not listed among the five senses. This “expression project” is more about the emotional senses, rather than the physical senses. There are also other senses — but these ones are neither physical nor emotional, though they may be the source of some emotions:

  • Love — action based on a sense of desiring what is best for another person — a source of affection
  • Faith — decision based on a sense that the trustworthiness is reasonably credible — a source of confidence
  • Purpose — sense of calling — gift from your Creator — a source of enthusiasm
  • Peace — sense of assurance based on putting your faith into something trustworthy — a source of tranquility
  • Joy — sense of buoyancy — gift from your Saviour — a source of happiness
  • Hope — faith in the future — a source of optimism
  • Confusion — sense of bewilderment — can be a source of grief, anger, fear, or disgust — could also inspire one to find the answer

Degrees of emotion may have different names. We could say “very angry” or we could say “enraged” or “infuriated” instead.

Categories for the sources of emotions:

  • Proactive
  • Responsive
  • Reactive

Categories and subcategories for the types of emotions:

Reinforcing

  • Happiness
  • Tranquillity
  • Confidence
  • Affection
  • Gratitude
  • Enthusiasm
  • Dignity
  • Amusement
  • Encouragement
  • Inspiration
  • Respect
  • Compassion

Guarding

  • Grief
  • Disgust
  • Anger
  • Fear

Conditional

  • Intensity: Extreme – Slight
  • Energy: Excitement – Calmness – Draining
  • Desire: Good – Preference – Evil
  • Attention: Awe – Oblivious – Scorn
  • Care: Enthusiasm – Apathy – Antagonism
  • Interest: Multiply attention times care

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This diagram is intended to represent the proximity, not the size, of the four components of emotional intelligence (savvy), a.k.a., people smarts. Self awareness supports all of the abilities, but what we really want, ultimately, is healthy relationships. If you have a database of customers and business partners, then you could call this “relationship management” instead of “healthy relationships,” but that might be too cold for your liking.

Foundation of character virtues:

  • Humility — the chief of character virtues
  • Courage — valour — “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” — C. S. Lewis

Columns of character virtues which vertically support the foundation of humility and courage, and reach down to the bedrock:

  • Generosity — selfless — charitable — helpful
  • Forgiveness — grace — mercy
  • Compassion — grace — mercy
  • Gratitude
  • Kindness — politeness — friendliness
  • Integrity — ethics — honesty
  • Authenticity
  • Diligence — grit — conscientious — resolve — perseverance — tenacity — discipline
  • Justice
  • Honour — reverence
  • Prudence: good judgement based on wisdom (wholesome knowledge)
  • Love: verb; action based on desiring what is best for another person
  • Frugality — economy — stewardship
  • Dignity — respectability — cleanliness
  • Temperance — patience — sobriety — moderation
  • Fidelity — devotion — dependability — trustworthy — loyal
  • Joy — spirit — enthusiasm — humour — wit — happiness
  • Initiative — ambition — hunger — industriousness — resourcefulness — adaptability — creativity
  • Responsibility — earnest — gravity — loyalty — reliability
  • Faith — belief — trust — hope — peace — optimism

Bedrock of principles — truth — universal laws

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Reminder: One-Year Bible Reading Schedule —

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We would like to highly encourage you to read through the Bible each year, in conjunction with other biblical studies. That is why we have been posting this each December, even though it is the same schedule each year. This reading schedule has been incorporated into our online software, for KJV Bible reading and searching, that you can access for free without any advertisements or cookies.

We have tried several Bible reading schedules. There are some preferences that we wanted to incorporate into the plan, so we have made our own. Here are some of the features of this schedule:

  • It is designed for reading aloud.
  • The amount of reading is fairly consistent each day, about twelve to fourteen minutes, so you can reliably fit it into your schedule.
  • Each chapter is read completely, instead of breaking the chapter up across different days. We have found it to be distracting to keep in mind a specific verse number to end the day’s reading. When we know the entire chapter is included, then we can focus on reading and just check the schedule chart between chapters.
  • The chapters are isolated when they include many names that are hard to pronounce, so easier passages fill in that day’s reading. Consecutive chapters of difficult reading are on separate days, requiring less endurance of the tongue.
  • The schedule can be printed double-sided on a single sheet of A4 or US letter size paper.
  • It can be folded in quarters and used as a bookmark for the next day’s Old Testament reading.

We have been using this schedule since January 1st 2015 and it has worked well for us. We plan to continue using this plan for the foreseeable future. As we have done with other reading schedules, we make a pen mark on the date for today’s reading, then fold it with the pen mark inside, so the fresh ink does not rub off inside the Bible. By the end of the year, the paper is fairly well worn, so we just print a new one.

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Better Than Maple Syrup —

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This is my first (icebreaker) speech for Toastmasters.

Here are the links to the resources I recommended in the speech:
TED Talk
The Table Group

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Audience —

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Are we all to go and wash ourselves seven times in the Jordan river? 2 Kings 5:10

Are we all commanded to go to Nineveh? Jonah 1:1-2

Are we all to go and wash in the pool of Siloam? John 9:7

Are we all to praise God seven times every day? Psalm 119:164

Are we all to rise every night at midnight to thank God? Psalm 119:62

Are we all to beat our swords into plowshares? Isaiah 2:4

Are we all to beat our plowshares into swords? Joel 3:10

Are we all apostles? 1 Corinthians 12:27-30

Are we all watchmen? Ezekiel 3:17

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