Sanctified Brother

The Good One That Got Taken.

Month: November, 2012

After Church Meet and Greet

The Bible says that we shouldn’t neglect “hanging out,” and for a valid reason. There are friendships to be made, interests to be shared, resources to utilize…there is counsel to be given, support to be offered—it’s a wholesome experience for all involved. Who, in their right mind, desires to simply go to church and escape immediately after? Are they afraid of being contaminated by sinners? Or afraid of becoming Jesusified?

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Sabbath Worship November 23, 2012

Happy Sabbath, everyone. I do hope you take some time to relax and reflect on God today. He is truly worthy of praise! There were so many things happening in the days and weeks past that you definitely have a reason to praise him. My week wasn’t as oppressive as last week, so I thank God for that.

Sometimes low-key is fine, so I turned the volume down a bit and served a simple meal of spaghetti with vegan Bolognese sauce. Nobody complained, and I think it was because they were all too eager to finish dinner and move on to dessert. Nevertheless, it was good to unwind and bond as a family over a good meal and wholesome discussion. That’s what families are made of.

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I Don’t Celebrate Thanksgiving

I’m considered a Scrooge this time of year because of my stance on “the holidays.” They don’t make sense to me culturally, socially, and spiritually. There are elements of pride and superstition, crimes against humanity, and blatant elements of the occult in the holidays that I can’t move myself to participate in. So, count me out.

That includes Thanksgiving Day, the great day of feasting and merriment and celebrating misinformation and genocide. And invasion. I am a thankful person, though, and offer thanksgiving daily for what God has blessed me with. You should, too. Here, let me help you:

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As the Deer

As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after thee
You alone are my hearts desire
And I long to worship thee

You alone are my strength my shield
To You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my hearts desire
And I long to worship thee

You’re my friend and You are my brother,
Even though you are a king.
I love you more thank any other,
So much more than anything.

I want You more than gold or silver,
Only You can satisfy.
You alone are the real joy Giver,
And the apple of my eye.

© 1891 Martin J. Nystrom

Sabbath Worship November 16, 2012

Exhausted. Drained. Spent. Those words best describe how we felt after a non-stop week of challenges, victories, and blessings. We had so many fast-paced moments that we had no ability to slow down until the tank was on “E”. Thank God for the Sabbath because we can finally rest.

We began Sabbath last night with vegetable pizza for dinner. Unusual, yes, I’m aware of that. The last few weeks, including this one, had been intensely trying and uncooperative with our schedule so I cooked what I could for Saturday’s lunch and dinner and used take-out pizza from Papa John’s to fill in the gap.

Pizza Dinner

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Snow is a Symbol of Death

Snow is a Symbol of Death

Oddly, it also symbolizes peace

Hurricane Sandy Hinted at Something

We just survived a torrential storm. Hurricane Sandy, which was downgraded to a post-tropical storm, mercilessly pummeled the East Coast with high winds, flooding waters, uprooted trees, flying debris, destroyed roads, and anything else that nature could use to make its point. Those with riverside properties (and suddenly a greater proximity to the water) are cursing their insurance agents who have reneged on their policies. Those who were evacuated realize there’s no place like home, especially since their nest has been looted and occupied by others trying to avoid the elements.

We were warned.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Prospering in a Down Economy

Prospering in a Down Economy

November 3, 2012. Rescheduled for November 10, 2012.

Going? Here’s a map and directions to Hanson Place Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

Hurricane Sandy beat the living daylights out of the East Coast and Brooklyn wasn’t spared her wrath. Heavy winds tore structures apart, sending debris everywhere. This ceramic religious sculpture was found wedged in a corner, tucked away from the wind and rain.

You typically find these sculptures on mantels or tables, not in such a foreign environment…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign