Bloggers you might ❤ 04/11/17


I have a promote your blog link on my site where I encourage people to leave a link to their blog and a short description about their site or themselves.

These are a few blogs that I would like to feature today

Beth : My name is Beth, and I’m a recent University graduate living in London, UK. I have a Health, Wellness and Fitness blog called À La Fit which I use to share my experiences with readers. I am interested in Sport, Fitness, Nutrition and Massage and specifically want to work with those interested in gaining more knowledge of leading a healthy lifestyle. I consider myself a very motivating and positive person with a powerful drive to help others. Please do check out my blog, all support is greatly appreciated 🙂

Steven Colborne:  Hello everyone!. I write about philosophy, theology, spirituality, and mental health, over at http://perfectchaos.org. On my ‘Essays’ page you can download papers on a range of theological subjects (for free), and I’ve written a couple of books about my spiritual journey and theological perspective which you can read about on the ‘Books’ page. I also publish new blog posts twice a week, usually tackling issues like free will, suffering, the nature of God, and the meaning of life. Would love to connect with people who share similar interests. Thank you and God bless! Steven 😊

A. L. T.: I recently started writing a blog at http://www.oakenreed.wordpress.com
I’m currently working on a few books of various genres and love to use the blog as a medium for just getting some of my work out there. I thought that it might be time to share some stories and fleeting thoughts.

Pamela Parizo: A few months back I began to write a blog called The Glorious Wife which is about women submitting to their husbands. https://pamelaparizoauthor.com/ I began this blog out of exploring Christian marriage, and with the overall theme of agape love, exploring the role of submission within marriage, what it means, what God intends for marriage, and how modern society has fallen away from what God ordained for marriage. I call it the Glorious Wife, because woman is intended to glorify the husband, just as the Church glorifies Jesus.

Moji life in montgomery : I am an Independent Distributor for MojiLife and never imagined working another job on the side but this device sold itself for me! I love fragrances and essential oil scents in my home but not the dangers of wax, oils ..etc. This device solved my problem. This company is bigger out West but no one in the South seemed to know about it, so I am trying to show others how safe and smart this device is and to help others who might be allergic to paraffin but still want a nice smelling home! Oh its Bluetooth compatible too and how cool is that to be able to set it and forget it!!! Please visit my link/page to know more:http://www.mojiproducts.com/RenitaWard

PF : Music is my life and I love sharing the music I’m enjoying with the people around me, so what better way then on a blog! I feature music from ALL sorts of genres, due my eclectic and diverse music taste, so you’re sure to find something you enjoy, PLUS I also share the favourite music of people close to me in my life! I talk about indie artists, up and coming artists, artists in the Top 40 and artists I think deserve some more recognition. I’d love if you had a look and enjoyed some cool new tunes xx.  https://youshouldhearblog.wordpress.com

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The Absence of Arrogance


By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life.
Proverbs 22:4

One day Dr. Sheila Murray Bethel attended a luncheon in Washington, D.C., hosted by Katharine Graham, the far-famed publisher of The Washington Post. Mrs. Graham’s parties were legendary, and she rubbed shoulders with the greatest statesmen on earth. “Mrs. Graham,” asked Dr. Bethel, “you have hosted all the greatest leaders from around the world. What is the single most important trait of all great leaders?” Mrs. Graham answered without even pausing to think. “The absence of arrogance,” she said.

When you think of influential leaders—those whose legacy has grown over time—you think of people with a streak of humility, whose desire for service eclipsed the desire for fame and fortune. Great leaders are those who listen and who pause to speak to others without concern for rank or status. The best leaders on earth are gracious, not grandiose. They seem to possess an absence of arrogance.

We’re all leaders in one way or another. To be effective, we should display God’s humility, not a false pretense of our own. Let’s all develop the quality of being humble, not haughty.

The greatness of man is great in that he knows himself to be wretched. A tree does not know itself to be wretched.
Blaise Pascal

Marriage 2.0: Software Review


this was just funny!!!

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A newly married man wrote this to a computer *Data Analyst*

Dear Data Analyst

I am desperate for some help! I recently upgraded my program from *Girlfriend 7.0* to *Wife 1.0* following acceptance of the oath from the KJV Bible Instruction Manual and found that the new *Wife 1.0* program began unexpected Child Processing? *Wife 1.0* has also taken up a lot of space and valuable resources. This wasn’t explicitly mentioned in the _KJV instruction manual?

In addition *Wife 1.0* installs itself into all other programs and launches during systems initialisation at the start of each day and then it constantly monitors all other system activities.

Applications such as *”Boys’ Night out 2.5″* and *”Golf 5.3″* no longer run, and crashes the system whenever selected.

Attempting to operate selected *”Soccer 6.3″* always fails and *”Church 5.1″* and *”Shopping 7.1″* runs instead.

I cannot seem to keep *Wife 1.0* in the background…

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Busy With Joy


I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives…it is the gift of God.
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

According to the BBC, the British government commissioned a study to determine the happiest and unhappiest professions. Some of the happiest people, it turned out, were members of the clergy, CEOs, farmers, secretaries, medical practitioners, hotel managers, and primary teachers. At the bottom of the list: barkeepers, telephone salespersons, industrial cleaners, and debt collectors.

From a biblical perspective, we know happiness doesn’t depend on what we do but on who we are. Perhaps the researchers have it backward. Happy people seek out professions that fulfill them. But happiness is based on serving the Lord wherever we are, whatever our calling. True happiness is based on the joy of Jesus.

The central message of the book of Ecclesiastes is that life is fleeting and futile without a spirit of gladness, which only comes from a relationship with God. If we fear God and keep His commands (Ecclesiastes 12:13), we’ll have a basis for rejoicing all the days of our lives. The Bible says, “It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor…because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart” (Ecclesiastes 5:18-20).

There is nothing dreary and doubtful about [life]. It is meant to be continually joyful…. We are called to a settled happiness in the Lord whose joy is our strength.
Amy Carmichael

Puzzling Biblical Mysteries


For a text that’s said to have all the answers, the Bible sure raises a lot of questions. Look close and the Good Book seems to devolve into a swirling mess of mysteries complex enough to give Dan Brown nightmares.

10 God’s Name

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Have you ever had one of those awkward moments when you forget how to pronounce someone’s name? Judaism has been suffering that embarrassment for centuries. According to Jewish tradition, there are many different ways of referring to God, but the proper way is by the Tetragrammaton. Spelled “YHVH,” this simple combination of letters is meant to be the true name of God Himself—and no one is sure how to pronounce it.

Although there was originally no prohibition on saying God’s name, by the time the first century rolled round, you explicitly had to be in the Temple at Jerusalem to do so. Unfortunately for history, the first century is when Rome decided Jerusalem would look better as a pile of smoldering rubble. By A.D. 70, the Temple had been destroyed, but the prohibition on saying the Tetragrammaton outside its walls remained. The result: The correct pronunciation vanished from history, and all we have now are guesses.

9 The Behemoth

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At the denouement of the Book of Job, God appears to a group of people from a storm to boast about how awesome He is. As part of this insane, multiple-page brag, He asks His audience to consider one of His most impressive creations: the mighty Behemoth. Today, no one has any idea what He was talking about.

From the description, we know that Behemoth is a land-based animal and a very big one. Its bones are “tubes of bronze,” its limbs are “like rods of iron,” and its tail is “like a cedar.” The entire River Jordan is meant to “surge against its mouth,” suggesting something of massive dimensions. So what is it? We don’t know.

Some modern scholars have suggested the above passage describes a hippopotamus, which makes sense until you remember the cedar-sized tail. Others have suggested an elephant or even a dinosaur that survived into biblical times. The whole thing is a total mystery, one not helped by God describing another mythical creature only a couple of passages later.

8 The Lost Wealth Of Ophir

The Old Testament is full of regions and cities now lost to human knowledge, but perhaps none is quite so intriguing as Ophir. Mentioned multiple times in Genesis, Job, Kings, and Isiah, it’s the biblical equivalent of El Dorado—a land absolutely teeming with gold.

Not just gold, but also silver, ivory, and precious stones, not to mention luxurious peacocks strutting about. By all accounts, it was a place of fantastic wealth and riches, a region almost unparalleled in the goods it could provide a biblical king. And its location is a complete mystery.

The Bible itself seems to suggest it was on the Arabian Peninsula, but that now sounds unlikely. Modern scholars think it was located either in East Africa—perhaps in the area of Somalia—or else in India. The peacocks would seem to support the India hypothesis, while the presence of ivory is more in line with contemporary accounts of trade in Africa. Then again, it could be somewhere else entirely.

7 The Meaning Of The Millennium

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In the Book of Apocalypse (also known as Revelation), the author very specifically mentions a period of 1,000 years, known as the Millennium, when Jesus will reign over the Earth. Sounds straightforward? It’s anything but. Modern scholars are completely divided on everything to do with the Millennium—including how long it will last.

For some, the Millennium is literally what it sounds like: the time of Jesus’s Second Coming, when He will physically rule for 1,000 years. Others have claimed it is the moment of resurrection, lasting an undetermined time, while yet others think the whole thing is a big metaphor for the majority of humanity converting to Christianity. Since it is part of the very confusing Book of Apocalypse, an extra layer of uncertainty appears because some people think this time is yet to come, while others think it has already happened.

6 Jesus’s Year Of Birth

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Most action that takes place during the Gospels isn’t tied in to any exact date, but the birth of Christ is an exception. Luke directly states that Jesus was born during the reign of Herod, when the first great census was taking place. This is impossible.

Although Quirinius conducted a great census around A.D. 6–7, it didn’t overlap with Herod’s reign. By the time of the census, Herod had been dead for nearly a decade, meaning the two clues we have for dating Christ’s birth contradict each other. In 2012, the Pope declared the Christian calendar to be off by several years, but not everyone agrees. So the best that can be said for Jesus’s birth is that he was born “somewhere around” the beginning of the first century.

5 The Location Of Noah’s Ark

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Even the irreligious among us probably know Mount Ararat in Turkey as the final resting place of Noah’s Ark. But there’s actually no reason we should think this. Although the Bible specifically mentions where the Ark landed, that specific place is Urartu, an ancient kingdom in East Turkey. And although that might well include Ararat, the association didn’t arise until the 10th century B.C., over 1,000 years after the Flood supposedly happened.

Since no evidence points to a giant flood ever affecting Turkey, we have no idea where the Ark supposedly came to rest. Granted, it’s meant to be within the bounds of ancient Urartu, but that covers swaths of Turkey, Armenia, and Iran and includes multiple mountain ranges. Thanks to the huge passage of time since Genesis was written, it’s doubtful that we’ll ever know what location the author had in mind.

4 The Missing Books

Clocking in at over three quarters of a million words, the Bible is one of the longest books ever written. But it’s meant to be even longer. At least 17 entire books are missing from our modern version, and we’ve no idea what happened to them.

Thanks to other parts of the Bible referencing the missing works, we know they existed. For example, Chronicles 29:29 explicitly refers to “the records of Nathan the Prophet and the records of Gad the Seer” and says they detail the reign of King David. But try searching for either of those books in your Bible, and you’ll find nothing. Same with the Book of the Wars of the Lord, which allegedly contained an epic cycle of poems dealing with the Israelite army laying waste to entire civilizations.

So what happened to these obviously important books? Nobody knows. At some point in history, they were either lost or someone decided to chuck the lot of them out without leaving any record as to why.

3 The Identities Of Gog And Magog

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Despite their comedy-duo names, the biblical Gog and Magog are very bad news. In Ezekiel, Gog is a warlike chief prophesized to attack and very nearly annihilate Israel. In the Apocalypse, Gog and Magog are the nations that will align with Satan for the coming final battle. But far from being just interchangeable names, there’s a very real possibility that they signified a specific person or group. Only we’ve no idea who.

Finding out who they’re meant to be would give us incredible insight into the composition of both the Old and New Testaments, along with a better understanding of the tensions of the time. Countless interpretations have been advanced over the centuries. Modern scholarship tends to think Gog is Gyges, a king of Lydia from the 7th century B.C. Others think the Akkadian god Gaga is the target. Gog and Magog have been alternatively defined as the Sycthians, the Huns, the Magyars, and even the entire Muslim world.

2 Jesus’s Missing Years

No one has had their life story as thoroughly analyzed as Jesus’s. Nearly every moment of Christ’s existence has been poured over by scholars and interpreted and re-interpreted. Yet there still remain some gigantic gaps in our knowledge, such as what Jesus did between the ages of 12 and 30.

Following the story of Jesus’s birth and early years, the Gospels go strangely silent on their main character for this huge chunk of His life. We’ve got no idea what Jesus did during adolescence and young adulthood. This gap of information is so glaring that hundreds of books have been written on the subject, all advancing their own pet theories. There’s speculation that He visited England, spent time in the desert, or even took the ancient equivalent of a gap year and vanished off to India. On the other hand, He may have simply bummed around Galilee, working as a carpenter.

1 The Site Of The Crucifixion

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The New Testament labels the Crucifixion as the single most important event in the history of humanity. Even if you’re not religious, you can likely appreciate how it utterly changed the world. So where did this epoch-shaking event of unimaginable importance take place? You’ve guessed it: We don’t know.

The Bible very specifically says the Crucifixion took place at Golgotha, one of the hills outside Jerusalem. It’s one of the very few details on which all four Gospels agree. We know that Golgotha was also known as Calvary, a word meaning “skull.” Beyond that, it’s just guesswork. Modern scholarship thinks Gordon’s Calvary—a small, vaguely skull-shaped hillock near modern Jerusalem—is a likely location. But then so is the spot Christians revere as the site, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

As an additional headache, both sites were chosen because of their proximity to ancient tombs. Yet another school of thought suggests Romans only allowed crucifixion victims to be buried in shallow graves. If true, the Crucifixion could have happened in any of a hundred different unknown places.