Once and For All: Einstein Believed in God- He Believed In Jesus Too.

Currently watching Genius series on National Geographic Channel on Foxtel. Beaut timing!

Short Little Rebel

I just thought I would clear something up once and for all.   Albert Einstein was absolutely not an atheist. He was offended that anyone should say that. When he was younger, he was quoted as saying that he didn’t believe in a ‘personal’ God.  Desperate so-called atheists have latched onto that one statement and have taken it to the bank.  They conveniently forget the fact that he is still stating a belief in God, just not a personal one.  They also forget all his other quotes that affirm his strong belief in God.  There are also many blatantly false quotes that have Einstein mocking the bible- beware of these- he did not say those as he respected the bible- especially the New Testament.  He accepted the bible as historically accurate.

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How Is Vulnerability Essential for Personal Growth?

By avoiding vulnerability we remain stunted and emotionally immature in areas where we refuse to feel.

Vulnerability is a difficult thing to master. Yet, it is in vulnerability that we cultivate courage within ourselves.  I personally don’t like being vulnerable. There’s a creepy sense of transparency that makes me really uncomfortable. The shame of not being good enough or the dread of being judged by others is why I have avoided public speaking for years!  Regrettably, It’s a real fear I’ve held onto instead of working through it.

Recently I’ve learned that the more that I allow myself to become vulnerable, the more growth I experience. Those people who practice vulnerability are generally seen amongst the most courageous, happy and intelligent people in society. How many public speakers do you know that don’t get nervous before making a speech? Not too many, right? Yet to onlookers they may look typically calm and collected.

It’s natural for us to protect ourselves from pain as we’re mostly inclined to shield ourselves from feeling anything negative.  By avoiding situations that require a certain level of vulnerability we remain stunted and emotionally immature in those areas where we refuse to feel.

Vulnerability is essential for our personal, emotional and spiritual growth. By stepping out of our comfort zones we’re allowing ourselves to experience and grow.  Speaking from experience, some of us tend to avoid it like the plague!

Brené Brown, Vulnerability Researcher summed it up perfectly when she said, “We numb vulnerability.”

MY EXPERIENCE

Allowing myself to become vulnerable I got on a plane after 40 years of avoiding flying due to a bad landing experience during a storm in Tahiti when travelling as a young child. So, not long ago I booked a week long holiday catching a plane to Queensland with my husband and daughter.  Since then I’ve been flying with my family and with work. It’s been fantastic and liberating.  But, I still cringe at the landing!

So my motto now is, “Do it afraid!”

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear or timidity, but one of power, love and self-control.”

Watch and listen to Brené Brown’s TED Talk, ‘The Power Of Vulnerability.’

Sandra Ciminelli
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Resurrection of Jesus Christ & Birth of Christianity

Jesus life, death and resurrection birthed the Christian faith. Here’s how and why!

Jesus of Nazareth preached in Israel about God, eternal life and establishing the Kingdom of God on earth during the time of Augustus.  Jesus walked with his disciples for three years as a teacher, a mentor and a friend instructing them on spiritual life.

He claimed and believed to be the ‘Son of God’ regarded as such by his disciples who witnessed many of his miracles, some of which were; restoring sight to a blind man, healing the lame and raising Lazarus from the dead.

His key teachings were about;  God, salvation, redemption, love, compassion, faith, eternal life, baptism, temptation, forgiveness, holiness, repentance, sincerity and the kingdom of God.

Christianity was birthed in a very hostile environment where Jesus was seen as an antagonistic leader of a cult threatening the very existence of the Jewish priesthood.  His disciples viewed Jesus as being divine as well as human which made the Jews even more hostile against him.

Jesus said things like, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

Jesus was tried and crucified by the Romans for blasphemy.  His body was prepared for burial and placed in a rich man’s tomb.   A Roman seal was placed on the tomb giving nobody a chance of stealing the body against the might of the roman army.

Jesus’ Death Was Foretold

Psalm 22:16-18: “Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.”

Jesus Rose from the Dead

Three days later the stone covering the grave with the Roman seal was found rolled away.

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The women go back to the find the stone rolled away & Angels announce the Resurrection – Luke 24

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.  They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.

In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:  “The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.

The resurrected Jesus appears to his Mary Magdalene – John 20:11-18

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Jesus appeared to Mary, however she didn’t recognise him.  She was crying over Jesus death.

Jesus spoke to her saying, “Woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” Mary thought He must be the gardener and said, “Sir, if you have taken Him away, tell me where, and I will take Him!” Jesus said, “Mary!” Then she recognised Him and exclaimed, “Master!”

Jesus Appears to the Apostles – John 20:19-23That same Sunday evening most of the apostles were together and Jesus appeared among them.

He Appeared to Thomas who is known to this day as ‘Doubting Thomas’-  John 20: 24-31,

Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

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Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

The Ascension of Jesus – Acts 1:6-11  

Others witnessed Jesus being taken up to heaven in physical form.

As Promised, the Holy Spirit Comes – Acts 2

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The day of Pentecost when the Holy spirit falls on all men who start speaking in tongues.

The Great Commission – Matthew 28:16-20

Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.  When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Christians believe that we too will rise with him.   We are made in Gods likeness  – A three fold being of mind, body and spirit! To get to heaven, we have to be born again of the Spirit and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God'” – John 3:3.

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” – Romans 10:9.

Get connected with a Christian Church, join a bible study group and grow in the faith.   He died for all mankind – so come as you are!

By Sandra Ciminelli

Veins of Light – Poem

Warm air brings thunder rolling,
a symphony starts in the trees,
as grey clouds shield the sun,
air cools with a blowing breeze.

 

Motor sounds of cars and bikes
are deafened by the rain,
Colliding forces fight for control,
and tyres splash through the wet.

 

Veins of light shooting down to earth
as water pours out from the sky,
saturating the thirsty ground,
leaving nothing out there dry.

 

By Sandra Ciminelli.

Break Free from Wrong Money Attitudes

People with bad attitudes towards spending go broke or end up in debt.

Many people are working hard jobs to put food on the table and never seem to have any left over. While others who throw money away can end up unhappy or depressed.  We need goals and plans so that we aren’t blown around like a tumbleweed landing wherever life takes us.

Bad Attitudes Towards Money

Being overcautious and never spending money can lead to a boring life. However, overspending can become a bad habit leading to debt. Here are some of those attitudes that if corrected can turn around a person’s financial situation.

Partying Too Hard/Much

There’s that person who parties hard, is a binge drinker or recreational drug user who borrows in circles to pay back those within their own circles. This is probably a charming good talker who could be the best used car salesman ever that keeps friends who supply the cash around.  Sad really because these types don’t value anyone or anything as their own ego comes first.   I call this the ‘Peter Pan’ type. He likes to fly (be high) and take others along the journey with him and never thinks twice about tomorrow.

Negligent Spending

This type makes you cringe when hearing the excuses they come up with to borrow money, which initially I don’t mind until I hear the excuse,” I don’t have any money because I bought the latest gadget and it left me without any rent money for the next two weeks.” This selfish attitude takes other people’s finances for granted.

Then there are those who know that they are negligent spenders because they want the best quality of everything right now.  This calls for patience and understanding that sacrificing the unnecessary things today eventually makes the bare necessities and essential needs affordable tomorrow for most.  It will take a dilligent person who has determination and stickability who remains focussed on the big picture to succeed.

Gambling & other Addictions

Spending all their money on the sure bet, horses, poker machine, footy tab or greyhounds. The addiction is sure to make people broke.  The addict might be compelled to put a big win’s money back where it came from.  I’m not sure where I heard this phrase about gambling, “Its a tax on those who are bad at maths.”  But it’s pretty much on the money!

Addictions of any kind are really costly.  Seek professional help to kick a habit or talk to your GP who can recommend someone.  NO addiction will mean more money to yourself without the burden of an addiction to maintain.

A Thankful Heart Is A Contented Heart

  • We need to focus on our priorities, take charge of our own lives and be thankful for what we have.  We all live on borrowed time and can take nothing with us when we leave this world.
  • A heart of gratitude is the right attitude. Deuteronomy 10:14b “Heaven is the LORD’s… the earth also, with all that is in it.”
  • We aren’t to love money more than God. “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”Matthew 6:24  (mammon in Aramaic  is translated to ‘riches’.

MONEY MANAGEMENT

Being an independent and mature  adult means that a person can stand on their own two feet without having to rely on handouts.  When we begin to take charge of our lives it will become easier to take charge of our finances.

Saving money is putting money away for a rainy day or accumulating money for a purpose or goal.  Wikipedia describes, ‘Saving Money’ as,”income not spent, or deferred consumption. Methods of saving include putting money aside in, for example, a deposit account, a pension account, an investment fund, or as cash. Saving also involves reducing expenditures, such as recurring costs. … Saving differs from savings.”

Budget – Take the stress off your financial situation by knowing exactly how much you have and how much you can afford to spend.  Then manage the finances to pay off bills on time, separate your savings if possible and adjust your lifestyle accordingly etc.

Paying Off Debts

  • Take charge & make an effort pay off debts to individuals and companies that are owed money.  Arrangements can often be made to pay these off in installments.
  • Take one day at a time until all debts are paid.
  • Refrain from borrowing more money.
  • Seek a loan consolidation expert to combine loans together into one loan in order minimise repayment time and save money on interest.

Set Goals & Plan Ahead

  • Having goals is a discipline in having something to aim for.
  • We can begin by saving for something small and then progress to saving for bigger and more expensive projects.

Further Help

  • If you find it difficult to break free from wrong money attitudes contact a counsellor and seek advice from trained professionals.
  • Talk to your bank and loan consolidators.

Gamblers Anonymous Australia

Men’s Line Australia

Australian Government’s Money Smart – Consolidating & Refinancing Debts

Search for a counsellor near you at – Australian Counselling Association website.

or talk to your GP who can point you in the right direction.

Refugees & Their Global Neighbours

Recently displaced people from war torn Syria and Iraq have traveled to foreign lands seeking refuge.

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There’s always a war going somewhere in the world. Recently the refugees from war torn Syria and Iraq have traveled to countries by land and sea using various modes of transport.  Many of them walked across borders to neighbouring countries with their families and in the desperation to leave a war torn land to find safety elsewhere, over 2000 displaced people fleeing for their safety by sea have drowned according to various news reports.

Their Neighbours

Many European countries are seeing an influx of refugees in their cities.  Some countries in Europe have closed their borders to refugees.

Countries like Australia are taking extra measures of precaution with offshore processing of refugees. While many people don’t agree with keeping people in detention centres who have already suffered trauma, some of us believe that the stance taken by the government is in our best interest for safety of Australian citizens.

Most of the refugees come undocumented from overseas without the proper documentation. In a country where it’s important to have our identity documented, we don’t really know who we are letting into our borders thus the belief that off shore processing serves its purpose.

Others protest that Australian methods of processing refugees is inhumane and that its also an unneighbourly act in keeping people and even whole families locked up who have already been through enough and who will eventually suffer with the mental health consequences of their incarceration on top of what they’ve already experienced.

We have to ask ourselves:

  • How well do we know our neighbours?
  • How are we as Australian citizens threatened by them?
  • Do we show them respect?
  • Is there room for improvement on how we process our refugees?
  • Is their more we can do to liberate their homelands?
  • Are we helping them with their mental health issues?
  • Are they having their basic needs and rights met?
  • Are the children safe and are they schooled?
  • Are they being taught to speak English while they are waiting to be processed?

What else can we do to help them? 

  • Try to understand them and their situation. Walk a mile in their shoes – What if you and your family were in their position?
  • Treat them like you would like to be treated. What would you expect?
  • Provide mental health support – They need to process their experiences.

Why?
Humans are of many ethnicities but we are of one race, the human race. We are all connected.  We have to treat others how we want to be treated.  It all comes back to us.

Recently the Daily Mail reported that Traffickers are luring people to Europe through Facebook.

Read – Australia’s response to the Syrian-Iraqi humanitarian Crisis.

By Sandra Ciminelli.

How Strife Gets In To Gain Control Of Your Life

Inner peace has its healing properties and plays an important part in our mental health & wellbeing. Strife robs us of that. Don’t allow strife in and it can’t steal your peace.

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We all have different personalities, temperaments and tolerances to certain things. Our self defense mechanisms are completely different from one another. We even pick and choose how we tackle problems, accusations and threats.

Strife doesn’t just get into our lives by accident. We invite it into our lives with fights, retaliation, lies and gossip.  In return it will rob us of any possible inner peace. Strife destroys relationships with malice, envy, arguments, lies, gossip, slander and confusion.  James 3:16, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion….”

Giving into anger is the easiest invitation you can give to strife. We need to practice self control to keep our own emotions in check by thinking before reacting.  Clear thinking enables us to make the right choices. Keeping the peace is the better choice.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate only love can do that.” Martin Luther King Jr.

We need to responsibility for our own actions especially if we want peace

According to Dr. Caroline Leaf, “scientific research has shown that 87-98% of mental and physical and behavioral illnesses come from our thought life.”

If strife is controlling your life you may want to talk to your pastor or counsellor to learn different ways to handle difficult situations that lead to strife. Anger management classes might also help.

MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS

One of the things I personally can’t stand is Drama.  Not the kind that is up on stage or on television, but the kind of drama that invites strife causing problems all round. I don’t allow anyone to steal my joy which to me is priceless. My inner peace can’t and shouldn’t be bargained with because my wellbeing and mental health depends on it, so I guard my heart.

When under attack sometimes the best defense is to simply walk away. Keeping my peace is more important to me than arguing with toxic trouble makers and liars who seem to revel in drama. I pick and choose my battles very carefully. Now I’m not saying be in denial. That’s a thing all together. Denial is pretending the issue doesn’t exist.

People need to be more self controlled and civil with each other.  Anything else is an open invitation for strife.

HOW DRAMA & STRIFE GETS IN

  1. Drama in your life comes with an invitation to react. If you accept the invitation it will create strife in your life.  Continue accepting invitations and you will never get rid of the drama in it either. Sometimes the best response is to not react & to walk away knowing that you have the upper hand. The result will be that you get to keep your peace. Don’t allow toxic people to steal your joy by feeding their addiction to strife with more drama.
  2. The other way strife gets in is if you cause problems continuously for others.  Things like gossiping, lying, stealing, causing others harm and not taking responsibility for your own actions, blaming others,  or lying about others for your own personal or financial gain invites strife in your life.  Steer clear from these greedy and obnoxious types.


WISDOM FROM THE BIBLE

Proverbs 16:28 – “A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

Proverbs 22:10 – Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease.”

James 4:1 – What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?”

Proverbs 20:3
“It is an honour for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.”

Repentance requires us to change and repentance brings about restoration to God.  It’s a choice.  You might like to pray about it as well.

Here’s an example of a prayer you might like to offer up.

Father in Heaven, you are goodness and light and you want us to be whole in mind, body and spirit.   Forgive me for inviting strife into my life by reacting angrily to others. Make me an instrument of your peace.  I repent and ask you to give me peace by removing the spirit of strife from my life and fill me with your Holy Spirit.  Teach me your ways.

In Jesus name. Amen.

by Sandra Ciminelli
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