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Meet author Stephen W. Hiemstra. I'll be interviewing him about his book, A Christian Guide to Spirituality: Foundations for Disciples
About the book:
A Christian Guide to Spirituality takes the form of 50 daily devotions. Each topic is treated with a scriptural reference, reflection, prayer, and questions for discussion. Occasionally, references are provided for further study. The first four chapters (Introduction, Apostle’s Creed, Lord’s Prayer, and Ten Commandments) cover 40 days making them suitable as a Lenten study. Ten additional days focus on the spiritual disciplines and a short conclusion. Fifty days of study allow an Easter study running through Pentecost.
About the author:
Author Stephen W. Hiemstra (MDiv, PhD) is a slave of Christ, husband, father, tentmaker, economist, and writer. He lives with Maryam, his wife of thirty years, in Centreville, VA and they have three grown children.
Stephen has been an active writer spanning both his career as an economist and a pastor. As an economist of 27 years in 5 federal agencies, he published numerous government studies, magazine articles, and book reviews. He has maintained a personal website since the 1990s and he has been active in social media. A Christian Guide to Spirituality is his first published book.
Stephen is currently a second career tentmaker dividing his time equally between Hispanic ministry and blogging under a theme of “online pastor”. As a hospital chaplain intern, he worked in the emergency department, a psychiatric unit, and an Alzheimer’s unit. He is an elder in Centreville Presbyterian Church.
The number, "13"
The Bible assigns '13' the meaning of "rebellion against constituted authority", plus the depravity that caused Satan to rebel against God.
The occultist assigns '6' to represent the number of man, and the number '7' to represent the number of divine perfection. Thus, as a person climbs that "Jacob's Ladder" toward self-perfection in the realm of the occult, the number '13' represents the state of divine perfection, self-achieved perfection, and Illumination (6+7 = 13).
. Winter Solstice - 13 weeks - Minor sabbath
a. December 21 - Yule
b. December 21-22 - Winter Solstice/Yule. One of the Illuminati's Human Sacrifice Nights
c. February 1 and 2 - Candlemas and Imbolg, a.k.a. Groundhog's Day. One of the Illuminati's Human Sacrifice Nights
spring Equinox - 13 weeks - Minor sabbath but does require human sacrifice
a. March 21-22 - Goddess Ostara - Note: Easter is the first Sunday after the first new moon after Ostara. March 21 is one of the Illuminati's Human Sacrifice Nights
b. April 1 - All Fool's Day, precisely 13 weeks since New Year's Day!
d. April 30 - May 1 - Beltaine Festival, also called Walpurgis Night. This is the highest day on the Druidic Witch's Calendar. May 1 is the Illuminati's second most sacred holiday. Human sacrifice is required
During Easter of 1461, a woman named Jehan Leclerc brought to the church of St. Bartholomew her 12-year old son Bertrand, who from age 6 had been paralyzed and unable to speak because of a terrible accident. At the time for Holy Communion, the boy signaled to his mother that he too wished to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. Initially, the priest did
not want to give him Holy Communion because it was impossible for the boy to speak and therefore go to confession. The young boy, however, continued to plead with the priest, who in the end permitted him to receive the Eucharist. Just as he received the Host, Bertrand felt as if he were jolted by a mysterious force. He was able to move and speak; he had been healed. According to the document written by hand just after the miracle, the first words uttered by Bertrand were “Adiutorium nostrum in nomine Domini” (Our help is in the name of the Lord). The most authoritative document which vividly describes this miracle is the framed manuscript now preserved in the Cathedral of La Rochelle.
In the year AD 312, Emperor Constantine had a vision, seeing the cross of Christ superimposed on the sun, with the words, “in hoc signo vinces” = "in this sign you shall conquer." He attributed a battle victory to this vision, and he became a strong champion of Christianity. The next year, he met with Emperor Licinius, the ruler of the eastern provinces, to sign the Edict of Milan giving equal rights to all religious groups within the Roman Empire. Constantine blended Christian and pagan traditions by combining two pagan rituals (Saturn the god of Agriculture and Mithras the Persian god of light). Constantine merged many of the traditions from these festivals with the Nativity story in the Bible and Christmas was born. From its beginning, Christmas was a holiday (or holy day), gifts were exchanged, families and friends gathered to feast, and a birth was celebrated; just like in the Roman and Persian festivities. The first mention of December 25 as the date of Jesus' birth is found in an early Roman calendar from A.D. 336.
Easter is is Chaldean (Babylonian) in origin - the name Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven. Astarte is the Greek name of the Mesopotamian goddess Ishtar. The worship of Bel and Astarte was introduced very early into Britain, along with the Druids, "the priests of the groves," the high places where the pagans worshipped the idols of Baal.
The Easter Bunny, the oldest pagan symbol of fertility - Semiramis - has absolutely NOTHING to do with the resurrection of Christ, nor does the Sunrise service. Jesus was resurrected while it was still DARK. John 20:1 (KJV) The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.
President Obama releases 6 Guantanamo Bay Jihadist inmates to the Nation of Uruguay to be set free and resettled into the community. Also a "Massive Nor-easter is headed for the East Coast of America with expected winds, rain, floods, snow and lighting. Also Secretary of State John F. Kerry asks Senator Dianne Feinstein to delay the release of the CIA torture report because of fear of reaction by radical islamic groups. Also mass animal deaths in December is shocking the scientific community. Also a baby found in the sewer in the United Kingdom is still alive after being flushed down the toilet. Also Ebola continues to spread as an Ebola Doctor returns from the edge of death. Also massive L.A. fires continue to burn as the racial tensions flames are being fanned by the Main Stream Media. Also earthquakes, sinkholes, and strange sounds are being heard around the globe. Also Al-Qeada says ISIS is not being human in their beheadings of people in Iraq and Syria, by not following Shiria Law. Also these events along with bible prophecy and the powerful Word of God. Your Host Heidi Begley filling in for Pastor Paul Begley in recovery from surgery.
Leo Wanta Tells All in this Amazing Interview on Veterans Today Radio!
Many of you that read alternative media have either never heard of Leo Wanta or what you did hear were lies put out by the controlled opposition. Leo just did an amazing interview on Veterans Today Radio that is one of the best I’ve ever heard! It explains everything you need to know about this great American hero that has the ability to actually End the illegal Federal Reserve and wipe out America’s debt!
Leo Wanta has already been vindicated in court and he’s such a threat to the Illuminati that Senator Songstad and Governor Sundquist even got caught on tape plotting to murder him and take the money! This miracle is what led to Eric Holder being fired because he would not prosecute his masters who were caught red handed plotting to send a hit team to kill Leo Wanta! That’s an entire other story that was censored by all controlled opposition in alternative media too!
You’re going to really enjoy this interview and learn some new history you’ve never been told! Spread this interview everywhere and especially post it to the “tip of the spear” gatekeepers in alternative media that have lied to their fan base and said Leo Wanta was “as real as the Easter Bunny”.
During this time of the year, there are many debates about whether or not Christians/believers/followers of Christ should "celebrate" traditional holidays. Many wonder if the putting up a Christmas tree is wrong in God's eyes, while others wonder if celebrating Thanksgiving is pagan.
Some have asked the question, "Why do Christians celebrate pagan holidays but don't keep any of the HOLY DAYS listed in the Old Testament. Are we supposed to keep those rituals in 2014? Were there such holidays as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and Halloween in the Old Testament?
What's Your thoughts on the situation? Do You celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Halloween? Why or why not? Do you keep the feasts/Holy Days of the Old Testament? Why or Why not?
Tune in to this OPEN FORUM ~
Please join Professor Griff & ZaZa Ali on NMEMINDZ Radio this Thursday, December 4TH as we deal with the pressing issue of HOLIDAYS. CHRISTMAS, THANKSGIVING, NEW YEARS EVE, EASTER, 4TH OF JULY, ETC. Who's tune are you dancing to, and have you sold your SOUL in the process? The call in # is 347-633-9644. 8pm EST / 5pm PST. Peace.
Since we are upon the Christmas Season and the "Holiday" highs of the last month of the 2014 stretch, we are offering advice to brothers and sisters who have decided to let go the traditions of the oppressors. These trads that are uponn us are Christmas, New Years, Easter and what we face each and every single week of the day.... Sunday Serivce. We will give you step by step and just plain ole good advice when dealing with the Family, Friends, Pastors, Preachers, and the many who will not understand why you choose to do as you do; AND we will tell you how to keep your ZEAL down to a minimum and still feel comfortable in your own skin. Also we will begin an Examination of the SIMPLICITY OF CHRIST.
It's MOTIVATION MONDAY and we are so happy to be back with you!
With Christmas right around the corner, and your kids getting older in age, how honest are you with them about things like Santa and The Easter Bunny? Actually, how honest are you with ANY questions that your kids may have? We talk about living an honest life and always 'keeping it real'...but when it comes to talking to our children, some of us chicken out every time! Lol..Let's talk about it.
As usual, JC will be here with "The Yaz Spaz"
SJ will have your weekly horoscopes and a few tips on how to find MOTIVATION right in your own home! You don't wanna miss this...it's a note taker!
Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
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Members from The United Urantia Family and Urantia Sacred Arts organizations will join us on the air this week as we explore the intersection between the Fine Arts and the Spiritual Path in preparation for the upcoming Easter Spirit Renewal and Sacred Art Retreat which will take place from March 27th-30th, 2015 at the beautiful Presentation Center nestled within the majestic Redwoods of Los Gatos, CA. The theme for the Retreat will be: "Renewing our Spirit with the Creator Son while Expressing the Creative Spirit through the Arts." Throughout the weekend, attendees will be encouraged to reflect upon Jesus' Life and matchless Teachings while engaging in a variety of activities and enjoying presentations featuring music, meditation, prayer, worship, creative writing, visual arts, dance, poetry, and more—all designed to help us renew our spirit and uplift the group in an atmosphere of spiritual joy and gratitude as we nurture our Inner Artists in gentle and playful ways.
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