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Recorded Live / Re: Episode 26 - The One Where...
Last post by Michael:D - November 26, 2022, 08:06:39 PM
Thanks for posting Dave! always mindful ;)
Recorded Live / Re: Episode 26 - The One Where...
Last post by Dave T - September 26, 2022, 10:36:40 PM
Memories pressed between the pages of my mind 🙂
The Holy Bible / St. Paul, the Man and His Work
Last post by Michael:D - August 17, 2022, 10:46:20 AM
St. Paul, the Man and His Work is a work written by Heinrich Weinel in 1906. It is touted to have been "selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it."

Weinel's introduction explains that the only books of the Bible that can reliably be attributed to Paul himself  include only the following 8 books:

  •    Romans
  •    1 Corinthians
  •    2 Corinthians
  •    Philemon
  •    Galatians
  •    Philippians
  •    1 Thessalonians
  •    Colossians

It is chiefly through these writings that the author has ventured to tell the story of the venerable Saint Paul. In his words:
QuoteI trust that no essential feature will be found to be missing in the picture which I have attempted to draw of St Paul, although I have strictly  confined myself to those letters the authenticity of which is acknowledged by the great majority of critics, including myself.

Heinrich Weinel presents a careful examination of the facts as he sees them and sheds some interesting (and somewhat controversial) light on how the work of Paul has influenced modern Christianity. Although written in the beginning of the 20th century, many of these observations will be sure to edify even today's readers.

Available here in PDF format for your enjoyment. (other formats available at Archive.org)

Life Reborn / Attaining to the Resurrection...
Last post by Michael:D - March 29, 2022, 10:58:06 AM

In this recording from the Concordant Publishing Concern, James Coram is characteristically filled with the Holy Spirit as he channels the passion of the Apostle Paul on the topics of Attaining and Enemies
Some real "Solid Food" for the faith.

Please listen in...
Click the player below to listen in your browser or right-click and "save audio as" to download the podcast:

Historically Speaking / The Origin and Purpose of Evil
Last post by Michael:D - October 13, 2021, 11:08:18 AM
The Origin and Purpose of Evil
by Vladimir Gelesnoff

In the perennial questionings of the human mind after the ways of God there are four typical forms of perplexity. The first and most common is the question of circumstances. The injustice and inequality that obtain, the unequal distribution of the blessings of life, the superabundance of prosperity which the few enjoy at the expense of the masses, give rise to the question, How can such a condition be tolerated in the dominions of a God of absolute justice a God that considers the poor, and is the friend of the fatherless and the widow? In addition to this strange condition of affairs there are times when the fates seem to array themselves against man. The varied factors which spin out the web of our existence seem to combine their efforts, and conspire to defeat individual effort. The convergence of circumstances in shaping unfavorable conditions at times results in tragic issues. Unbalanced by the strain of prolonged adversity, the mind loses all sense of proportion. Brooding over trouble, men forget the tempering influences that are ever at work, despair of life all round, and either seek to drown their sorrow in wine or escape it altogether by suicide. This aspect of perplexity is presented in Proverbs, "Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto the bitter in soul; let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.

Recorded Live / Re: Episode 26 - The One Where...
Last post by Michael:D - January 14, 2021, 05:47:40 PM
I listened to this sort of randomly but was pleased to discover that this recording was of one of my favorite discussions by the group. Commenting now soas not to lose track of it ;)
This World We're Living In / In The Light of Recent Events
Last post by Michael:D - January 14, 2021, 05:04:53 PM
The 2020 United States Elections have certainly been "eye-opening."
In the midst's of sifting through the many posts and opinions in the media
(from both left and right-leaning sources) I was moved by the spirit to reread
Chapter 8 in the Book of John.

This I share from the Concordant Literal Version:

Get e-Sword: the Sword of the LORD with an electronic edge

Spiritual Side Of Life / Re: Thought UnCubed
Last post by Michael:D - January 03, 2020, 03:22:21 PM
The original recording has disappeared so I am posting the quote referred to in Dave's comment:

Quote from: Dave T on August 28, 2018, 06:47:58 AMHuxley quote on mental illness is very interesting. It is hard to tell what is truly "normal" anymore, because normal is so distorted.

"The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. "Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does." They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted."

― Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited
Why Believe / My Confession by Leo Tolstoy
Last post by Michael:D - December 18, 2019, 04:10:08 PM


LibriVox recording of My Confession by Leo Tolstoy.
Read in English by Expatriate
"My Confession" is a brief autobiographical story of Leo Tolstoy's struggle with a mid-life existential crisis of melancholia. It describes his search for answers to the profound questions "What will come of my life?" and "What is the meaning of life?", without answers to which life, for him, had become "impossible." Tolstoy reflects on the arc of his philosophical life until then: his childhood abandonment of his Russian orthodox faith; his mastery of strength, will, power, and reason; and how, after he had achieved tremendous financial success and social status, life to him seemed meaningless. After despairing of his attempts to find answers in science, philosophy, eastern wisdom, and his fellow men of letters, he describes his turn to the wisdom of the common people and his attempts to reconcile their instinctive faith with the dictates of his reason. The main body of the text ends with the author reaching a compromise: faith, he realizes, is a necessity, but it must be constrained by reason. However, an epilogue that describes a dream he had some time after completing the body of the text suggests that he has undergone a radical personal and spiritual transformation. (Summary from Wikipedia)
The Holy Bible / Paul's Evangel
Last post by Michael:D - October 27, 2019, 03:59:33 PM

Found this graphic that shows the writings of Paul in chronological order...

I plan to read in this order to see if it adds clarity.

This pdf is CLV presented in this order:
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