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My transformation from atheist to born-again Christian minister was fodder for a second 60-minute interview with Evangelist Maureen Chen and co-host Juergen Mair on Kingdom via the BlogTalkRadio network on Saturday, 7/25/09.

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Entries in new beginnings (2)

Saturday
Jan012011

This Year, D.A.R.E.

I don't trust New Year's resolutions; January 1st is just another day. However, every once in a while, each of us needs to take stock to recognize whether we're sleepwalking or making a conscious effort to get and give some meaning from and to life. We need to D.A.R.E. once in a while, whether we begin on January 1st or November 30th. But, one thing we should not do is to put it off. This year, D.A.R.E.

DO something different--pursue a new interest or an old dream, and don't stop until you know exactly how far you can go with it. I don't how I'll pay for grad school beginning in the fall semester of 2011, but recently I made a commitment to myself to start on a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science by then. Scary!

ACT in agreement with who your spirit knows God created you to be. stop pretending you're okay with who you seem to be, just because you seem to be successful at it. (This step should lead to the one above.)

REPENT; don't regret. We've all made mistakes. Beating yourself up over either your mistakes or your willing misbehavior will neither change your history nor your henceforth. Repent! (Make a 180 degree turn and move in the opposite direction.)

EXCEL and seek excellence. Again, don't beat yourself up for not being the best at everything--choose one thing to learn, master, and share; also seek out others who choose excellence as well.

This year, D.A.R.E. And have a happy new outlook. Whatever day you begin.

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Tuesday
Apr072009

Eight for the 8 Who Stood at the Gate

"Children, Go Where I Send Thee" is one of my favorite songs from childhood, and like many songs favored by children, it's only erratically coherent. But since the parts that do make sense seem related to the Bible, it's possible that the other parts originally had biblically-based meaning as well, before the first lyrics got lost through the oral tradition of folk songs and old spirituals that includes many variations in the lyrics.

Counting down from twelve to one, we find ourselves now at the line, "I'm gonna send you eight by eight--eight for the eight who stood at the gate."

I don't know for certain who "stood at the gate", but the most famous group of eight in the Bible is Noah and his family, who I imagine stood at the gate to the ark and looked over the world they knew before they closed themselves in with a many-hooved, pawed, and tailed menagerie. The fact that a popular alternate for the above line says, "eight for the eight who sealed their fate," sort of bolsters my confidence in this theory about Noah and Mrs. Noah; along with sons Shem, Ham, Japheth and the three daughters-in-law being the above-referenced eight.

Eight is the biblical number of new beginnings, which is fitting for the family of Noah. They were the lone survivors of the last global disaster and as such became the ancestors of us all.

Speaking of new beginnings, there is an interesting connection between between the date the ark came to rest and its inhabitants disembarked, and the date that Jesus rose from the dead. I'll cover that when we get to the number seven.

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