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  1. I've always viewed Shakti and Shiva as the coin analogy, same coin different sides.
  2. Thank you! I will likely upgrade to Slack Plus this afternoon so that we have control over content retention. I see no reason for conversations to remain in the public channels. Would it be possible to use the LU logo as the channel avatar?
  3. We may have found an option that will work for us. We will get it "charged up"
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  5. I believe you might be referring to Matthew 7:15-23 where Jesus discusses false prophets. 15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them. 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!' The passage you quote for discussion is part of the Sermon on the Mount after Jesus left the Garden of Gethsemane, it is affectionately known as The Beatitudes. It is one of my favorite teachings in the New Testament. Ultimately, he is explaining the nature of the Kingdom of Heaven and what it takes to get there. It will take me a bit, but I will put together another post explaining each as I have been taught and understand them.
  6. The eye is what illuminates what is within us, values, the path we are on, what is important to us, our perspectives, etc. Some call the eyes the window of the soul. If the eye is good, meaning that your focus is on being Christlike and following his teachings it will be noticeable and light your way. Darkness is the absence of light and if (your eye is bad) we concern ourselves with and focus on worldly and material objects and put them before the teachings the light within us will be greatly hidden causing us to stray from the path of righteousness. Let's back up an look at 19-21for a little context... 19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Here we see Jesus telling us that earthly, worldly, material things, will spoil in one way or another and can be taken from us. If we are living our lives, being kind, doing good deeds for others, turning the other cheek, etc, our lives will be more pure, richer and fuller with less disappointment. In 21, I take this to mean that you where ever you invest, you can expect to be seen and act from that perspective. Remember, Matthew, chapters 5-7, are really about how to live your life, seeking the kingdom of heaven.
  7. I would likely walk away; I am not a fan physical altercation or violence in general. That being said, I am human and have a bold, fiery personality and if backed into a corner with no escape, I will do what it takes to defend myself. I might know the bible, but I have never claimed to be Christlike. I just try to treat people the way I want to be treated.
  8. The eye for an eye is old testament law, I believe from the book of Exodus, placing limitations on punishments for crimes. In 5:38-42, Jesus' instructions are about not seeking revenge or punishing offenders, but offering kindness instead. It brings to mind the book of Romans where Paul says... Romans 12:17-21 New King James Version (NKJV) 17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,”[a] says the Lord. 20 Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
  9. This is part of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) that takes place after Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist, my favorite part of the new testament. The overall tone of the sermon is that of instruction on how to live. These two passages are simply advising us to separate ourselves from that which separates us from God, the heavenly father, and the kingdom of heaven.
  10. I do not believe it to be a two-fold meaning, but ratherOld Testament prophecy coming to fruition. There are references all over the Old Testament of the birth. This is a pretty in depth article... The Wise Mean and the Star
  11. Karen

    Intuitive eating

    Congrats on the new gig! I can totally tell the difference in the way I feel when I have been eating a lot of crap. Lately it is been more than I care to admit, but man, I really love a good cheese burger! Happy eating
  12. I can not image what it would be like on those grades with a full load. I am white knuckling it on our drives to Flagstaff or Payson, and I am the passenger! It is beautiful, and I am a lot better than I used to but, but there is just something about being a few of feet from a 4,000 foot cliff going 65MPH on a winding road that makes me a little uneasy.
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