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#2056808 by Chris Breva - Go Herd!


ANNOUNCEMENT: I am now a student at Marshall University and will be in school on Tuesday and Thursday all day. However I am going to do my best not to allow that to interfere with my blog.

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January 21, 2019 at 6:17am
January 21, 2019 at 6:17am
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"January 21, 2019

Prompt: Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. MLK represents great strides forward in American history. As a minister MLK preached love and acceptance just as Jesus did. If Jesus preached love then why do we still have churches that teach hatred and discrimination?

This is a question answered best by the Apostle John. He said "He who knows not love knows not God for God is love, 1 John 4: 8. Some people claim to be Christians but they really are not. Christians love without prejudice and such.

"Prompt: Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Let this quote inspire your blog entry: "Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service." Martin Luther King, Jr. "

I think love is all about service. It is putting the needs of others ahead of one's own needs. King had it right.

"Prompt: A retort is a sharp or wittily biting reply to an aggressive remark.

Is there such a thing as the art of retort, and are you good at it? Are there any instances of it that you can recall either in your life or those that you have witnessed?"

Yes there is an art of retort but right at the moment mine is gone.

January 20, 2019 at 6:01am
January 20, 2019 at 6:01am
#950045
"January 19, 2019

I am playing catch up today. I had a reading assignment for one of my classes that turned out to be a lot more interesting than I thought. I went to sleep reading it and started immediately when I woke up. Essentially, school side tracked me.

How do we know the Holy Bible can be trusted as God's word?

God's word confirms itself in 2: Timothy 3: 16, which says "All scripture is God breathed, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, that the man of God may be thoroughly furnished unto every good work."

We also know that God's word is from God because every prophecy in it was fulfilled. Prophecies are predictions made decades oor even centuries before their fulfillment. Onne might say they were merely lucky guesses but lucky guesses would not be one hundred percent accurate one hundred percent of the time. These prophecies were very detailed and every detail was fulfilled. Only God can see the future that accurately.

"Prompt: Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics. Victor Pinchuk
What do you think? Can creativity change society?"

Yes. I believe creativity can change society.After all society has changed drastically since the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution. Most of that change has come about due to the changes brought about by inventors. Inventors definitely have a lot of imagination, which flows from creativity.

Have you set a writing plan for 2019? If not why not? Do you feel planning makes you more productive or less productive?

No. I never make writing plans. I am also a student so my writing is sporadic, especially when you consider that I am an upperclassman so my work load is really heavy. I get on here when I can but other days it is not possible or I simply get sidetracked easily. Yesterday was an example. I was sidetracked by a textbook I was reading.

January 18, 2019 at 6:25am
January 18, 2019 at 6:25am
#949915
"January 18, 2019

Prompt: "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55: 9.

What does this scripture mean to you?

To me this scripture is comforting. It means that my finite mind cannot begin to fathom the infinite mind of God. It means that when things are not going my way I can trust that God is in control and that He has a reason for things being as they are. Even when things make absolutely no sense to me I can trust that God knows what He is doing. I can trust Him to see sides of the picture that are hidden from me and to know what is best.

Prompt: "It's Friday funnie or factual Friday It's your blog write about one or the other. If you want to share something funny for Friday or if you want to discuss a fact you discovered that might be helpful to us. Have fun.. "

Today is National Winnie the Pooh Day. Pooh was always interesting in his own way.

Prompt: "It's Friday funnie or factual Friday It's your blog write about one or the other. If you want to share something funny for Friday or if you want to discuss a fact you discovered that might be helpful to us. Have fun.."

It's National Winnie the Pooh Day and it's raining in Amsterdam. In fact Amsterdam gets more rain each year than any other European capitol!

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January 17, 2019 at 6:19am
January 17, 2019 at 6:19am
#949820
My computer is at school today. So no entry on Thursdays.
January 16, 2019 at 7:38am
January 16, 2019 at 7:38am
#949762
"January 16, 2019

Prompt: Explain Isaiah 52: 14 to a non-believer.

Isaiah 52: 14 is a prophecy about Jesus made over 750 years before its fulfillment. Jesus was beaten so badly by the Roman soldiers and the Jewish council soldiers that His face was beyond recognition. Matthew 26: 67 has the beginning of the fulfillment of this scripture as it is here that the Jewish council begins beating Jesus.They then take Him to Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea and Pilate sends Him to King Herod. Herod's men take their turn beating, ridiculing, and mocking Jesus. (See Luke 23: 11.) Then Herod sends Jesus back to Pilate and Pilate's soldiers beat Jesus with a cat-o-nine-tails and rods as well as their fists and everything else. The torture Jesus endured prior to the crucifixion should have killed Him. Isaiah predicted these beatings some 750 years before their fulfillment. Only God could have told Isaiah that this was going to happen because God transcends time. There is no future with God. It is all the present to Him so He was able to tell Isaiah about Jesus' sufferings long before they happened. Isaiah 52 is a chapter full of Messianic prophecies. I hope you will investigate them!

Prompt: "You've just been given a new job, you're a destination adviser aka travel agent. Where would you recommend we travel to and why? What do you think we should do that will be useful in our writing later down the road."

I would have people travel to the Holy Lands with a known archaeologist who could explain the findings at archaeological digs and their comparison to Biblical accounts. Archaeology is a firm supporter of scripture.I have watched video presentation of the Holy Lands and the accuracy of scripture is astounding. To see the places where the events of the Bible actually took place brings the Bible alive. What a trip that would be!

Propmt: "What Hollywood movie remake would you like to have the leading role in?"

None. I don't support the blasphemous filth that comes out of Hollywood. It is sin city and I want nothing to do with it!

January 15, 2019 at 4:13am
January 15, 2019 at 4:13am
#949688
"January 15, 2019

Prompt: A man at church is fond of saying "Jesus tells us we cannot judge. However Jesus did say we could be fruit inspectors."
By this he means that while Jesus tells us we are not to judge, Jesus also tells us that we will know a tree by the fruit it produces. If a tree produces good fruit it is a healthy tree. People can ne known by the fruit they produce. If they produce evil then it is safe to say that person is evil. What is your take on this?"

I personally have to agree with this brother. It is not my place to judge anybody but I can choose whether to allow myself to be influenced by people's behavior. If I hang around corrupt people I will eventually become corrupt. The college I attend is a secular school. Therefore the beliefs of that college are questionable. While I want my degree I can choose not to model my behavior after them. I choose to stay grounded in God's word and associate primarily with people who produce the fruits of the Spirit. This does not mean total isolation from sinners because I'd have to leave the world to do that. However I can choose not to associate with evil.

(image:1971183-25%} "Prompt: “I had read with equal voracity the ‘good books’ in the library and the ‘low-class material’ in pulp fiction. What was it that influenced me in my writing, then?
I’m sorry. It was the pulp fiction.”
Isaac Asimov, from I, Asimov
If pulp fiction influenced Asimov the most, did any unusual or unexpected event, experience, or type of reading also influence your writing? And are your reading choices eclectic or specific?"

My writing was influenced by Robert Frost, who gave me a love for poetry, particularly sonnets. It was also influenced by Gene Roddenberry of Star Trek fame and the producers of Buck Rogers and Battle Star Galactica. I also love history and extensively read biographies as a child, which also influenced me.

"Prompt: "You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate."
— Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
Why is it important to learn how to select your thoughts?"

Our thoughts usually determine our actions. If my thoughts are pure my actions are usually also pure. As a Christian I struggle with impure thoughts. I try to dismiss them before they develop. Thoughts are not sin unless we allow them to develop. We all have thoughts and natural desires. When we dwell on these and don't control them they become evil.


January 14, 2019 at 4:45am
January 14, 2019 at 4:45am
#949604
"January 14, 2019

"Prompt: What is faith?"

Faith as defined by the word of God is "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen", Hebrews 11: 1. In other words faith is the proof that God exists. It is believing in things we cannot see. For example scientists frown at faith. Yet scientists have much faith. They place their faith in atoms, which they cannot see. Ask a scientist to show you an atom! They have strong faith that atoms exist. They can harness the power of these unseen forces yet they cannot prove that they exist by showing you one. I know God exists because I can see His power all around me yet I have never met God personally. I have never laid eyes on Him. I know He exists because my heart tells me He exists. Faith does not need proof. If there were concrete proof then faith would not be possible. Faith believes in the unseen. Seeing is no longer faith.

"Prompt: There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors. Jim Morrison
Let this quote inspire your blog entry."

This sounds a lot like a matter of faith. Faith is about things unknown. We cannot prove them but by faith we know they are real. Today I begin my last semester as an undergraduate at Marshall University. By faith I believe I can accomplish this. The doors of opportunity are open and now I will have the choice of either stepping through them into a strange and unknown world of new learning or I can balk. I think I'll step through them. I love to learn and I think it will be challenging and fun. Hopefully my blog will not suffer too badly. It's 4: 30AM and I am doing today's entry. Perhaps I can make this a daily habit or I can try to do my blog from the college library. A door of opportunity awaits and I must step through. It has known elements of the classroom and campus life. It also has the unknown elements of new subjects and new professors. So it has both known and unknown as does all of life. Our futures are always unknown. We get hints about what the future may hold in store but until we are actually in the present we only have doors of opportunity. My future and your future await!

} "Prompt:
“Anytime you get two people in a room, who disagree about anything, the time the day, there is a scene to be written. That’s what I look for.”
Aaron Sorkin
Does a situation like what Aaron Sorkin describes upset you or do you take it as a chance to write it in a scene or a story? For that matter, can you think of similar negative situations you have used or plan to use in your writing?"

I really don't use situations around me to write stories although I can see the value in doing so. Most of my writing is based on something I have learned. If it were not I would have no basis from which to write. You have to experience something in order to write about it but the situation described seems petty. People will indeed disagree over simple things. I just try to stay away from such disagreements and defuse them before they become obstacles. Love should be the hallmark oof all of our lives. Love does not argue or get its hackles up over petty stuff. It gets along and puts the needs of others ahead of its own needs. Love sees the other side of the story. It does not have to have its own way. Avoid the petty. Avoid the drama. Drama is for Hollywood and Broadway. I have no place for it in my life.

January 12, 2019 at 2:38am
January 12, 2019 at 2:38am
#949470
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Announcement: College is back in session beginning Monday January 4, 2019. I will be attending five days per week. There will be some mornings I will not be able to post until later in the morning due to my class schedule. I will do my best to remain faithful however.

Image #2177637 over display limit. -?- Prompt: "Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened up to us through the curtain, this is, his body, and since we have a great high priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water" Hebrews 10: 19-23.

Explain the curtain. Why is it so significant that we can approach it boldly?"

The curtain the Hebrew writer was discussing was the dividing curtain between the holy place in the temple where animals were sacrificed and the Most Holy Place where only a priest dared enter to burn incense and make atonement for the Hebrews and that only once per year. The Most Holy Place was the dwelling place for the glory of God. When the priest went in once per year he did so with a rope tied around his foot. The rope was essential because if the priest saw God and died he had to be taken out of the Most Holy Place and only priests were allowed to enter it. What the Hebrews writer is telling us is that Jesus' sacrificial death changed all of that. Now Christians who have been sprinkled with the blood of Christ can enter the Most Holy Place by boldly approaching God's throne of grace in prayer. We walk where the high priest in Israel only walked once per year and we do it as Gentiles grafted into the Jewish family by the blood of Christ. To the High Priest this would have seemed blasphemous and impossible. Priests actually died entering the Most Holy Place. Now we come and go there at will because Jesus tore down the dividing curtain.

Image #1971183 over display limit. -?- Prompt: "Dinner with Queen Elizabeth or Stephen King. Which one would you enjoy dining with and why? You can only ask one personal question, what’s it going to be?"

I would not dine with either one. I would dine with Jesus Christ. The personal question I would ask Him would be "What compels such willingness to do your Father's will even though you know beforehand the price you will pay? Of course the answer is love. Jesus loved the Father with all His heart, soul, mind, and strength. He also loved His fellow man as much as He loved Himself. Therefore it was a slam dunk that He was going to carry out His Father's will and leave the beauty and wonders of Heaven above to become finite man and live in this fallen world just to eventually allow Himself to be murdered on a cross. It was God's divine plan and Jesus' willingness to see it through was the catalyst to carrying it out. God is love and Jesus is God.

Image #1997652 over display limit. -?- "Creation Saturday prompt: Use the following words in your blog entry: attic, defraud, square, boat, resist, spicy, train, and disgrace."

I think people defraud God all the time. I say this because they cheat God out of what is rightfully His. He asks that we give Him an offering out of our means and an offering of our time. Enter your prayer attic with God at least once a day. It will surprise you what a difference it makes in your faith and your life. Square things up with God by having a time of confession. Confession truly is good for the soul. God will be your boat on the stormy waters of life. Do not resist God and he will draw near to you. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Your life will be spicy with God in it. Train your heart to follow God. Give your heart to Jesus. The disgrace will be in not doing so!

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January 11, 2019 at 10:37am
January 11, 2019 at 10:37am
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Image #2177637 over display limit. -?- Prompt: Do not judge or you will be judged." Matthew 7: 1

What did Jesus mean by saying that we should not judge?

Some people would say that this scripture is in conflict with other scriptures, which say it is okay for us to judge the actions of others. What people fail to realize is that Jesus is saying we should not judge others negatively or run them down for doing the very things we ourselves are guilty of. It is perfectly okay for a Christian to lovingly point out that a brother is in error. In fact it is encouraged in several scriptures. What is not okay is to ridicule or judge self-righteously. All too often people judge others out of fear or hatred. This simply should not be.

Image #19976522 over display limit. -?- Prompt: “Language allows us to reach out to people, to touch them with our innermost fears, hopes, disappointments, victories. To reach out to people we'll never meet.It's the greatest legacy we could ever leave our loved ones: The history of how we felt.” Simon Van Booy

Do you agree with Simon? Is this why you write?"

When I think of it Simon has likely pegged me. I think I write in hopes that what I write in hopes that what I write will be read and perhaps bring a smile to somebody's face. I sold a book once to a lady who read a poem I wrote in it and cried profusely. Knowing I touched her heart in such a way almost made me want to give her the book. Since I was in business however I sold it to her at cost. I write to move people's souls. If I can touch another person's soul I have achieved my goal.

Image #1971183 over display limit. -?- Prompt: "John Gardner's The Art of Fiction has an interesting third person limited POV exercise. Let's give it a try-

"Try describing a barn from the point of view of a man who just learned that his son has died. Don't tell us anything about the son or even that his son has dies...just describe the barn as he sees it." Have fun."

I want to write from God's point of view. However I don't want to say that I am God. I just want people to know that God has sacrificed everything for them. He sent His Son who was born of a virgin and yes, He was born in a barn. So God sees the barn as holy ground. The barn is sacred to Him because Jesus humbled Himself to be born in a barn. Now God is asking all men to humble themselves and believe in the Son that He sent. Living as a Christian is so simple. We complicate it because we have a hard time believing that things would be simple with God. All he asks is that people humble themselves and believe in the Son that He sent. If we do we are promised eternal life. While that life will not happen in these corrupt bodies we will be raised from the dead in bodies that are incorruptible. Then we will be with God forever. If we refuse we will be forever separated from God in hell in bodies that also will not die. The choice is ours.

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January 11, 2019 at 10:37am
January 11, 2019 at 10:37am
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Image #2177637 over display limit. -?- Prompt: Do not judge or you will be judged." Matthew 7: 1

What did Jesus mean by saying that we should not judge?

Some people would say that this scripture is in conflict with other scriptures, which say it is okay for us to judge the actions of others. What people fail to realize is that Jesus is saying we should not judge others negatively or run them down for doing the very things we ourselves are guilty of. It is perfectly okay for a Christian to lovingly point out that a brother is in error. In fact it is encouraged in several scriptures. What is not okay is to ridicule or judge self-righteously. All too often people judge others out of fear or hatred. This simply should not be.

Image #19976522 over display limit. -?- Prompt: “Language allows us to reach out to people, to touch them with our innermost fears, hopes, disappointments, victories. To reach out to people we'll never meet.It's the greatest legacy we could ever leave our loved ones: The history of how we felt.” Simon Van Booy

Do you agree with Simon? Is this why you write?"

When I think of it Simon has likely pegged me. I think I write in hopes that what I write in hopes that what I write will be read and perhaps bring a smile to somebody's face. I sold a book once to a lady who read a poem I wrote in it and cried profusely. Knowing I touched her heart in such a way almost made me want to give her the book. Since I was in business however I sold it to her at cost. I write to move people's souls. If I can touch another person's soul I have achieved my goal.

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