Zis-N-Zat From Pastor Asher

God is my conscience, Jesus lives in my heart… this blog is about what I see, what I think, what I do and how I serve God

> K5–Daily Ramblings; Part Five

“And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans–and all that lives and move upon them. He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused–and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave us Himself.”

~~ Sigrid Undset (5/20/1882 – 7/10/1949)
Nobel Prize Laureate for Literature (1928) and Lay Dominican

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Faith is knowing what matters to you when it comes to God and being willing to hear what matters to others

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May life be hard enough that you grow, but not so hard that you break.

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“It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

~~ Albus Dumledore, a fictional character from the Harry Potter Saga

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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living. And, I suppose I should add, it is traditionalism that gives tradition such a bad name.”
― Jaroslav Pelikan, “The Vindication of Tradition” 

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“The business of life is the acquisition of memories. In the end that’s all there is. ”

~~ Quote by Character of Carson from the Downton Abbey, Season 4 Episode 3

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A quote from the movie The Best Offer

Claire: In an old article of yours I found on the internet, you said: There’s something authentic in every forgery. What did you mean?

Virgil Oldman: When simulating another’s work the forger can’t resist the temptation to put in something of himself. Often it’s just a trifle, a detail of no interest. One unsuspected stroke, by which the forger inevitably ends up betraying himself, and revealing his own utterly authentic sensibilities.

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Claire: In an old article of yours I found on the internet, you said: There’s something authentic in every forgery. What did you mean?

Virgil Oldman: When simulating another’s work the forger can’t resist the temptation to put in something of himself. Often it’s just a trifle, a detail of no interest. One unsuspected stroke, by which the forger inevitably ends up betraying himself, and revealing his own utterly authentic sensibilities.

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Honesty, a willingness to accept responsibility for my actions, a desire to forgive and an intention to trust, love and help others as much as possible are the attributes of the people I want around me and the kind of person I am doing my very best to be.

~~ Author Unknown

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I’m not a religious guy really, but to all those who say, “If there was a God, he wouldn’t allow all the suffering that goes on in the world.” please educate yourselves on religion before you criticize it.  If there’s a God, our lives are not a video game to him.  It’s the idea of “free will.”  If we suffer, it’s because of the choices of humanity, not God. 

And keep in mind that with the presence of a God comes the presence of an opposite force, a.k.a. Satan.  You think that would just have no bearing on the world?  Only God would?  Ever hear of original sin?  Yeah, according to many religions, we all suffer from it.  This comes with imperfections in humanity and society.  And before you try to pull the “illness” card on me, that is another thing that comes with an imperfect world which is affected by curse just as much as it is affected by blessings.

Keep in mind this is coming from the mindset of a non-religious person — not because of beliefs or spirituality or what have you, but because of an education in the beliefs, ideals, and teachings of religion.  The truly narrow minded are those who are stubborn and fail to see from different perspectives.  I mean, most religious people can admit they understand the doubt of an atheist, but that it’s their faith that keeps them believing.  But how many atheists can look at a religious person’s life and say, “I can understand and accept someone who has something to believe in,” no matter how much they are against it. 

How about we try to meet in the middle of religion and the anti-religious at a point I like to call, simply, “respect.”

~~ Jimmy Gildea, written 3/12/2014

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Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.

-C.S. Lewis  1898 – 1963

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“One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.”

~~ Henry Miller 1891 – 1980

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