Lazarus Come Forth

I can hear the shout of the voice of the Creator, who chose to be born among us and give up His heavenly Glory, “Raphaela Come Forth!!!” The Carpenter called Lazarus to come forth and that should have been it; there should have been an explosion of light and Lazarus should have come forth and should have danced; screamed, kissing and hugging all those who had, a few minutes before, put him into the grave. But he did not. First his surviving family members had to unseal the grave, which caused a significant tumult for the annoyed crowd. Then once the grave was open an appearance comparable to a ghost wrapped in cast rolled out; in the Middle East they used to apply various substances to ensure the corps was well sealed. Here is the key, the Masterkey: Lazarus, even though raised from death, was still unable to return to life, as usual. The heavily cemented body still had to be untied; unwrapped, with a hammer possibly, to get him out of the physical prison. Even after that procedure, Lazarus, who had been in the afterworld, needed some orientation back to life to be able to embrace  his new destiny. He may have had TBI and PTSD, yet the presence of the Savior must have been all the deliverance he ever needed. He looked into the eyes of LOVE, personified, and was free. I see the Master Key Mastermind Alliance experiences epitomized here: some of us were, well, like dead, so some degree. We needed to be untied, which had been illustrated by the process of removing cement from the golden Buddha.

Week 24 My Calling


John 1:1-10 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Eternal Word

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend[a] it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.[b10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.

The world still does not know Him and therefore, before the commencement, I feel compelled to talk about HIM.

The Word says that He, Being GoD, did not insist on being God but chose to became in the form of man.

Why would God, being the Creator, should become man, if all spirit is good?

Why would God have to be born of man, if man could redeem him/herself?

John 10:30,33,38 I and my Father are ONE. 

John 8:58,59 Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Before Abraham was, I AM.

IF, and if, the Word, Bible, whatever you call it, were to be true, then there were an exclusionary Truth element attached to it. If man/woman were able to build themselves /transform themselves via their own endeavors, why would God  as a Man, Jesus, have to die for us? This would be the most ridiculous story ever…..and there are a few out there.

Why would it not suffice that a blameless animal would die for us? Likewise, could not a human die for us? why would this not be enough? What is the Big Separation?

There is sin. Look at the world, corrupted and unjust. There is hatred. Even with all the good, we cannot deny the bad and the ugly. Our seed became corrupted by disobedience and death followed, even though it took Adam a long time to die physically. God in His LOVE, could  not allow that evil would live forever. In the end, as planned before the beginning of the world, as God IS outside of time, a perfect Lamb had to be born into this world to save people for eternity; God Himself.  God, Love gave man a free will, so to lift him/her over existing like a puppet. Love came down and lived here; give himself to be slaughtered on our behalf to set us free and Live.

Me matter, each one of us; if we do not live up to our calling, we deprive “the universe” our fellow earth citizens of His Love manifested through us./me.

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I have been confirmed, by going through this genius course to be called to preach this gospel. I am called and I shall obey.

I always keep my promised and give Glory to The One who Loves Me.

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My Future Raphaela Person

The DC Metro is known for its “meteorological sensitivity;” meaning both, politically and specifically weather related phenomena; did I say weather-related? Comparable to psycho-somatic symptomatics, weather systems have their own dynamics here. If a few flurries are expected, schools will be closed that day; snow-mowers are at every intersection and block traffic successfully; just like snow would, if it were to materialize. Now, whenever snow would stay  on the ground, life in the nation’s capital and the surrounding areas in Maryland and Virginia would come to a total halt. Even “mission essential” professionals would not “sighted.” The only appearance of human life would be in form of snow moving entities. I learned a valuable lesson with this week’s “snowmaggedon;” I thought I had, as mandated, packed a well-equipped duffel bag for at least two nights, should we be “locked in.” Once in the hotel room, I learned what it meant to take care of your future self. Other than one halfway decent gym outfit, there were no necessities, such as deodorant; teeth maintenance utensils; underwear, nor fluffy bed shoes. I almost felt traumatized by “the person” who let me down; who was trusted to be “mission ready for anything at any time.”

Emerson • 3 major sections – Importance of self-reliance – Self-reliance and the individual – Self-reliance and society • Measure by role performance? – Personal experience and observation • BE THE OBSERVER! – Individualism or a copy of a copy of a copy?”

At this point I was a sorry copy of a cartoon figure, not the person I intend to become. I re-assessed myself in light of the many life-giving methodologies received in the Master Key and decided, from now on, to practice following Mental Diet, for the time being, without an end date: What would my Future Self do next? Better yet. What would Me, who is my Future Self, do next?

I did not only let me down but also others who knocked at my door in high expectations that I had extra of everything. I ended up sharing chocolate, which clearly must have been my priority, as I had plenty. Likewise, I ended up applying “camping survival skills” by brushing my teeth with paper. Work ended up being rewarding, as my mental attitude was comical. The “Old Book” generously left in the hotel room by the Gideons, reminded me:

Oh, how I love your law!
I meditate on it all day long.
98 Your commands are always with me
and make me wiser than my enemies.
99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
for I meditate on your statutes.
100 I have more understanding than the elders,
for I obey your precepts.
101 I have kept my feet from every evil path
so that I might obey your word.
102 I have not departed from your laws,
for you yourself have taught me. Ps 119

Ready for the next mission. I always keep my promises!

God is Spirit. Week 20

Astoundingly well epistulated and related!!! Thank you for sharing this masterpiece!!!

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Spirit is the Creative Principle of the Universe

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The spirit of a thing is that thing; it is necessarily fixed, changeless and eternal. The spirit of you is — You;  without the spirit you would be nothing. It becomes active through your recognition of it and its possibilities….

All great things come through recognition; the sceptre of power is consciousness, and thought is its messenger, and this messenger is constantly modding the realities of the invisible world into the conditions and environments of your objective world.

When you begin to perceive that the essence of the Universal is within yourself–is You– you begin to do things; you begin to feel your Power; it is the fuel which fires the imagination; which lights the torch of inspiration; which gives vitality to thought; which enables you to connect with all the invisible forces of the Universe. It is this power…

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Week 21 – Nothing

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Stylized Atom 2 Clip Art DownloadAn atom is mostly nothing, essentially empty space. So we heard on the MKMMA webcast last week. So there is more “nothing” than “something” in us, and indeed in everything that exists in the physical world.

Well… it is true in a sense of course, but I was not quite satisfied. Why? Because I think there is an even better way to express it. How about a little detour into the world of quantum physics?

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Week 23 The Silence of the Lamb

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Recently, as propelled by the MKMMA, I have agreed to participate ….or jumped to the opportunity which presented itself to a few hours and silence and flight training. Silence actually was easy, too easy, which is not be confused with myself being a Platonic personality but rather experienced in a few disciplines; the latter having grown up without electronics, even TV, and climbing mountains in the Alps. We would have to shut up in order to be able to breath while climbing up endless inclines and walls. As a reward, our father would tell us one of his fascinating stories that made us forget that our feet were hurting. “Shutting my trap” (military speak) for 36 hours was minimal compared to having been locked into a dirty apartment comparable structure in Kampala, Uganda, when the “current administration” took over (which has not vacated their seat thence..) —-over thousands of dead bodies—-. I remember flying back to Europe, not talking and in no mood talking even though not having talked for a few weeks. Then and now and always that I can recall, I have been a deep thinker about the key questions to move us humans, “why are we here and is there someone out there who cares?” Having faced death several times in my life, I know. The way I know is best explained in a parable: A woman (could be a man too, but I am female, therefore a woman) fell into a hole and found herself stuck in mud without capability to “step” her way out of the dilemma. A Buddhist walked by and the woman screamed, “HELP!!!” The Buddhist stopped and told the woman to meditate and find her inner peace. The woman, now even more frantic, when she could not get out nor receive help, with the mud pulling her lower, screamed even louder and more desperate, “HELP HELP HELP I AM DYING.” A philosopher walked by and told her in a stern voice to use her “thinking apparatus to gain perspective and apply a combination of Stoic and Epikurean thought to think herself out of her misfortune. Next a physician offered her a few gamma rays and pills, which were absorbed by the ever moving wet mud. The woman now convicted that she was not worth more than mud and ready to die, said, rather solemnly, “God if you are real and there, would you please give me your peace and, if possible, rescue me?”  A carpenter, looking like he was out of a Jesus movie,  walked by, jumped into the mudhole and pushed her up and out. The woman looked for her rescuer and found him nowhere but inside of her, she had PEACE, she knew that she was precious and worth dying and living for.

In one of the situations i encountered, when I was dying, i cried to the same carpenter, calling him, Joshua, and i found myself, withing hours, safe and well. God is the foxhole and in the ICU; in the homeless shelter and in the outhouse. He is still in the rescuing business as He has paid a BLOOD SUM for all of us. He had set His Love on us and will not let us go as long as we know Who He Is. Silence has re-connected me with events from the past that have made me who I am and my eyes are tearing when thinking of those in the fox holes right now. Silence has propelled me to re-commit to my DPM, not for the exercise’s sake but for the sake of those who depend on it. There are troops to be connected to a 24/7 prayer line and African women to be given opportunities to provide for their families, after the Joseph Koni’s and the Boko Haram and the El Shabbab have attempted to ransack their homes. All these lambs have need of a Savior, not only for eternity but also here, NOW. “I know that to court idleness is to steal food, clothing and warmth form those I love.” Today i encounter my destiny, and my destiny is to become the greatest saleswoman in the world.

“The highest form of love is to be the protector of another person’s solitude.” Rainer Maria Rilke

I ALWAYS KEEP MY PROMISES!!!

 

 

 

 

Week 21 and resisting change

Moral Reconation Therapy, MRT, personality theory postulates than an individual’s personality resists change. Defense mechanisms serve the purpose of maintaining the personality as is, against all sanity. The primary source of pressure for change in most people comes from the person’s Inner Self, so defense mechanisms tend to resist the positive forces of the Inner Self. MRT, as I recently learned in dealing with a “treatment resistant” individuals, that MRT seeks to decrease recidivism among juvenile and adult criminal offenders by increasing moral reasoning. Its delivery modality requires therapy and homework, predicated on 16 weekly exercises and a total of at least five to six moths. Offenders are inadvertently taught to raise their moral reasoning as articulated in Lawrence Kohlberg’s Stages of Moral Development. This screams MKMMA Alert! This is what the hero’s journey is about!

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It takes the combination of very cleverly and aptly introduced change mechanisms to awaken then change resistant, complacent soul and compel it from inside out to wake up and respond to the sound bytes which would compel it to stretch and grow.

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This hero’s journey, which we have been engaged in since the beginning, as I ascertain now, is the story of “The Awakening to the Kingdom Calling” from within to respond to the uniquely created destiny the Creator of this vast immense universe has with great love carved out for me. As below, I say out loud, not only that I am grateful, whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and  happy but also as follows:  

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This, by faith, confessing what i want instead of what is holding me back. Sloth is not even being acknowledged, but:  “I am perfect and entire, wanting, meaning missing nothing.” I have been substituting for all this more; i have been utilizing and applying the 7 Laws of the Mind; I have been stirred by Og, propelled to the inner core by “henceforth I know that to court idleness is to steal food, clothing, and warmth from those is love. “

WHAT WOULD THE PERSON I INTEND TO BECOME DO NEXT?

“Bad habits are the unlocked door to failure. Thus the first law I obey, which precedeth all others is I form good habits and become their slave.”

WHAT AM I PRETENDING NOT TO KNOW?

“I will greet this day with Love in my Heart and I will succeed.”

WHAT WOULD THE PERSON I INTEND TO BECOME DO NEXT?

“I will persist until I succeed. I will forget the happenings of the day that is gone, whether they were good or bad, and greet the new sun with confidence that this will be best day of my life.”

So, WHAT WOULD THE PERSON I INTEND TO BECOME DO NEXT AND WHAT AM I PRETENDING NOT TO KNOW?

“Within me burns a flame which has been passed from generations uncounted and its heat is a constant irritation to my spirit.”  NONE CAN PRODUCE MY CHILD.

Here it hits!!!! WHAT WOULD THE PERSON I INTEND TO BECOME DO NEXT?

NONE CAN PRODUCE MY CHILD!!!!!

I AM ALL THAT I WILL TO BE ….TO THE GLORY OF GOD WHO LIVES IN ME!!!

NONE CAN PRODUCE MY CHILD.

With tears now, i am finding the propellant force;

First. I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my Definite Major Purpose in life, therefore, I demand OF MYSELF PERSISTENT CONTINUOUS ACTION toward its attainment, and I here and now promise to render such action.

WHAT SHALL I DO NEXT — DO IT NOW DO IT NOW DO IT NOW DO IT NOW

Second. I realize the dominating thoughts of my mind are reproducing themselves into physical reality; therefore, I am concentrating my thoughts for twenty minutes daily, upon the task of thinking of the person I intent to become, thereby creating in my mind a clear mental picture of that person.  

I DO THE SIT —I DON’T HAVE TIME —-I DO THE SIT —-I DO THE SIT SLEEPING —-NO I DO THE SIT, EVEN WHEN WALKING —EVEN WHEN LYING DOWN TO SLEEP

Third. I know through the principle of auto-suggestion, any desire that I persistently hold in my mind is seeking expression through some practical means of attaining the object back of it, therefore, I am devoting focus daily to demanding of myself the development of SELF-CONFIDENCE.

I DO IT NOW I BELIEVE I DO IT NOW ITS NOT IN MY OWN STRENGHT

Fourth. I have clearly written down a description of my DMP in life and I never stop trying, until I shall have developed sufficient self-confidence for its attainment.

STILL WORKING IT, THAT DMP, RE-WORKING AND WORKING IT AND MOVING AND SHAKING IT

Fifth. I fully realize that no wealth or position can long endure, unless built upon truth and justice, therefore, I will engage in no transaction which does not benefit all whom it affects. I am succeeding by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use, and the cooperation of other people. I am inducing others to serve me, because of my willingness to serve others. I am eliminating hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness, and cynicism, by developing love for all humanity, because I know that a negative attitude toward others can never bring me success. I am causing others to believe in me, because I am believing in them, and in myself.

I sign my name to this formula, commit it to memory, and repeat it aloud once a day, with full FAITH and CREDIT, that it influences my THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS so that I am becoming a self/God-reliant, and successful person.

I ALWAYS KEEP MY PROMISES. Raphaela

Week 20: The Next Step

This could have been my blog, so impressed, Kelle!!!!!

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In The Power of Vulnerability, Brené Brown speaks of our culture of deep scarcity. I resonated with her example that we think to ourselves in the morning “I didn’t get enough sleep” before our feet hit the floor. She goes on to say that our last thought as our head hits the pillow is “I didn’t get enough done.”

I have been told that when I was a baby I slept during the day and was up at night. I relish these sacred late hours when the world around me is quiet and I can burn the midnight oil in peace and solitude. I have developed a habit of squeezing every moment out of a day, using the wee hours to complete a thing or things I had yet to accomplish. This is my way of going to bed (sometimes as late as 3:30 am) feeling I did all I…

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Week 20 Article

On God’s Immanence and Transcendence, Bill Muehlenberg

There is no more important, profound and majestic theme than God, and to talk of his attributes is a sublime and never-ending discussion. Oceans of ink can never even begin to exhaust who God is and what he is like. But we are called to think God’s thoughts after him, and seek to put the truths of Scripture into some order and structure.

That is the task of theology, especially systematic theology. And all important theologies give pre-eminence to God, who he is, and what he is like. Here I want to focus on just one aspect of this, namely these twin features of his nature: his transcendence and immanence.

These two theological terms are nowhere near as scary as they might appear. They in fact express rather simple concepts: God is both far removed from us, and close at hand. Unlike the conception of God in many other religious systems, Christianity gives us a nice balance of both truths.

God is near yet far; majestic yet approachable; greatly to be feared, yet easily to be loved. That is the God we serve. Scripture speaks to both aspects of God, sometimes emphasising the one, sometimes the other. And often we find passages clearly emphasising that God is both.

God is transcendent

Let me look at each aspect in more detail. Simply put, God’s transcendence refers to his distance, his separation from all else. He is infinitely exalted above all creation. The description Thomas Trevethan gives to God’s attribute of holiness serves as a very good description of divine transcendence:

This means “that God is other and set apart from everything else, that he is in a class by himself. God is not just quantitatively greater than us, but qualitatively different in his greatness. He is transcendent, infinitely above or beyond us. The true God is distinct, set apart, from all that he has made as the only truly self-sufficient Being. All his creatures depend on him; he alone exists from within himself.

“And the true God is distinct, set apart, from all that is evil. His moral perfection is absolute. His character as expressed in his will forms the absolute standard of moral excellence. God is holy, the absolute point of reference for all that exists and is good. Across the board he is to be contrasted with his creatures. At heart he is a glowing-white center of absolute purity.”

God is not like us. He is God, we are not. He is holy and we are not. He is sovereign and infinite and we are not. He is perfect and pure and we are not. He is separate from us and independent from us. He does not need us but we need him. We are fully and always dependent on him.

His transcendence, as noted, has a moral dimension: he is majestic, perfectly good, holy and pure. No evil can be allowed in his presence. He is implacable and utterly opposed to all that is evil and sinful. God and evil cannot peacefully coexist.

Unlike Eastern religions and the New Age Movement, God is separate and distinct from the world. He is not part of the world. The world is not an extension or appendage of God. So biblical Christianity of necessity must reject all concepts such as pantheism, panentheism, and the like.

The biblical material on divine transcendence is of course found throughout the Bible. Let me just offer several obvious texts before moving on:

Isaiah 55:8-9 – “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Psalm 113:5-6 – Who is like the LORD our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth?

John 8:23 – You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.

God is immanent

But thankfully for us, God is not just transcendent; he is also immanent. Simply put, God is near. God is wholly present with and active in the created order. God is near us, present with us, active on earth and involved in our world. He is present and active in nature, in history, in our lives. He acts in this world and dwells with his people.

The incarnation is a supreme example of this of course. Jesus became one of us. He became man, took upon himself human likeness, and lived, worked and died among us. This was no God from afar, aloof, unconcerned about our plight. He actually became what we are so that we might become like he is, as Athanasius put it.

And his work on the cross, along with his resurrection, shows how God took great efforts to restore our relationship to himself, to allow us to again enjoy his immanence. Our sin magnified his transcendence, but our repentance and faith enables a new and deeper immanence.

Thus the harsh, cold, arbitrary, aloof and entirely transcendent God of Islam for example is not to be compared with the biblical God. Allah is not Yahweh. Nor are sub-biblical concepts such as those offered by deism. God is fully distinct from us, but he also deigns to be like us, to stoop down to our level, to be close to us.

From the very beginning of Scripture we read about God’s immanence: “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden” (Genesis 3:8).

As mentioned, the incarnation is the greatest expression of this truth. Consider just two texts:

John 1:14 – The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Philippians 2:6 – Christ, “although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men.”

And we find this doctrine expressed elsewhere, as in Ephesians 4:6: “there is one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” One can see this expressed in his love relationship with his people for example. Thus we read about God’s intimate love for his people even in the Old Testament. Just look at such beautiful passages as Hosea 11:8 where we read of his love – just as a mother loves her daughter:

How can I give you up, Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I treat you like Admah?
How can I make you like Zeboyim?
My heart is changed within me;
all my compassion is aroused.

God is both

Both truths must be affirmed. The two ideas must be kept together in biblical balance. Only Christianity has the right mix. Pantheism denies God’s transcendence. Deism denies God’s immanence. Only Christianity affirms both, especially as we see in the incarnation. The texts stressing both his immanence and transcendence are many. Here are just a few:

Deuteronomy 4:39 – Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other.

Isaiah 57:15 – For this is what the high and lofty One says – he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.

Jeremiah 23:23-24 – “Am I only a God nearby,” declares the LORD, “and not a God far away? Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?” declares the LORD. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the LORD.

Luke 11:2 – Our father (immanence) who art in heaven (transcendence)…

Or as Paul put it in his speech to the Athenians in Acts 17:24-28:

“The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all life and breath and all things; and He made from one, every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times, and the boundaries of their habitation, that they should seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist.”

In sum, we can say that when it comes to God’s transcendence, Scripture uses metaphors of farness or distance, and speaks about him as creator, king, judge, warrior, master, etc. When discussing divine immanence Scripture uses metaphors of nearness or closeness, and speaks about him as bridegroom, father, shepherd, husband, lover, etc.

Both these sets of descriptors fully apply to God. We must embrace him in both his transcendence and his immanence. Anything less will do grave injustice to the biblical witness. We need a God who is both near and far. As C.S. Lewis put it in The Problem of Pain, “God is both further from us, and nearer to us, than any other being.”