Opportunity!

In life we often look at the wrong things and are most concerned about futile matters.
Instead of looking at people for what they really are, and not how they dress and show off their wealth; discovering the difference between those who seem to succeed and those who fail. Because often people measure the success of people with their worldly fame and wealth, but they do not know the situation in the family and the social mess which perhaps may exist in the person his private life.

We should focus on the spiritual matters and look for the aim and purpose in life. In case we look for nothing in particular, we may find just that and no more, while the Creator God has so much more for us in petto. We just have to come to Him, trust Him and allow Him to direct our lives. Than we will feel the real blessings and shall be able to grow and let others to grow as well.

In our mind we should see the bright side of life, not complaining about lots of things, of a lack of time or opportunity, but making time to do the things we can enjoy and where we do feel good at. Yes, there are so many people out there who have made more out of the odds and little opportunities which many of us carelessly throw away, than others will get out of a whole life-time.

Like bees, they extract honey from every flower. Every person they meet, every circumstance of the day, adds something to their store of useful knowledge or personal power.

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  • Thankful for Creator GOD (thempactlife.wordpress.com)
    Even in the cacophony of  life sounds, can you find something to be thankful for?

    These simple things cause me to extend thanks for my Heavenly Father, Creator GOD.  I am grateful for the Creator of you and me.  Just like the different colors of the trees, you and I are distinct. You burst forth with color and light. You grow, change, and transform in your seasons.  Still like the tree, you stay strong and  resilient. Against opposition, trials, and tests, you stand tall, bold, and brave.

  • Wealth Is Not About The Money By Bob Proctor (dinarrecaps.com)
    One of the key concepts to creating wealth is to understand that money is not the goal. That’s right, I said, money is not the goal.

    Frequently people will tell me that they want to make money. However, I know it is not money they are really after. It is the things that money can buy and the freedom of time to do what they really want.

    While you may think this is an insignificant difference, it is actually the reason so many people never become wealthy.

  • {Taking Inventory} (live-brave.com)
    One might think that wanting to live for yourself and desiring the most out of your gifts, talents, relationships, community, or  job is  selfish.  I understand that passing thought.  Because I was one of those people.
  • Gratitude (mohammadhaizam.wordpress.com)
    gratitude is an intangible element that resides in us, all of us regardless of our own culture, background or religion. This is the only one feelings which if we learn to nurture in ourselves will cause a person to feel Rich beyond comprehension. Gratitude will make you feel enough, and more it caused you to feel great inside. Feeling the gratitude alone will caused you to be happy, therefore will minus all the stress which burden yourself, allowing you to grow which in turn create an opportunity for you to reach almost anything in life…. Among them is richness in Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, Financial, Relationship etc etc.
  • Bible Conversations Then and Now (conversationinfaith.wordpress.com)
    the Bible didn’t drop out of the sky as fully formed timeless truths. The Bible is nearly all story and poetry. God and people figuring out what it means to be in covenant together.
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    The one creator God creates order out of chaos. The one creator God creating a good world. The one creator God caring about the earth and particularly about humans.The one creator God speaks into existence the sun, moon and stars, which others believed to be gods.   Genesis, especially chapter 1, is a strong statement of faith. Little, unimportant Israel talks back to larger, more powerful nations and cultures.

Vincent Egoro

I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. – Ecclesiastes 9:11

‘Time and chance’, what I call opportunity is available to all of us, yet many of us do not take it. We don’t recognize it. We look for it in distant places. We complain of a lack of opportunities where we are, but that is not true because there is opportunity where you are.

Opportunities! Every life is full of them.

Every lesson in school is an opportunity.

Every examination is a chance in life.

Every blog post is an opportunity.

Every client is an opportunity.

Every sermon is an opportunity.

Every business transaction is an opportunity…

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Texts, writers, accessibility and willingness

To get people interested in sharing their thoughts together on a mixed platform may not be so easy as I would think. All my life I may have been an optimist and somewhat an utopian, believing in the good of man. All my life I have tired to sell things which people were not interested in: ballet and the Word of God.

Today, noticing how egocentric and materialistic people have become, I want to revive perhaps my enthusiasm of 1968, going back on the barricades demanding respect for humanity and nature. Whatever people may believe or not believe, how you turn it, living next to each other, they have to find a way to live with each other and to find a space where they can live peacefully in good conditions.

American Christians

American Christians

Living on this planet we can not seclude ourselves from this system of life. It is to easy to withdraw from what is happening in the world saying it is far away or that would be worries for the next generation.
Certainly those who call themselves Christians should be respectful to the creation of the Divine Creator. They should be even more aware than an atheist how we should take care of the earth, because that was one of the tasks given to man in the Garden of Eden. Also knowing that everybody is created in the image of God, we should be respectful to those people who the Creator allows to live on this earth, be it people we do like or people we do not like. We can not like everybody the same. It is impossible to love everybody the same. But Christians should have brotherly love for those around them.

Out of love they should let others know what they might expect or what there could happen to the world. We should figuratively be awake all the time and always be prepared to be ready for what would come over us in time. To be fully prepared we therefore should also know what is going on in the world.

Today people may be limited in time, having to work with two (or more) to be able to pay the rent, gas and electricity, trying to manage the household with shopping cooking and cleaning. For relaxation television and social media may demand attention.

I do believe we in the multiple amount of information we do need a a point of assembly or a depot where all information can be amalgamated and sieved. We have to get through so much information that it can be useful and profitable to have the news-gathering sifted. I believe we should, even when the time would perhaps not be ripe, take efforts to present the public a news platform where several writers of different opinions can come together and have their text next to the other, so that people can form their own opinion, and strain that what they do want to select.

The world keeps changing, but the thirst for news is always there. Today what happens in one place may have severe percussions in an other place. Many might think it is not possible to have different opinions next to each other, and people should stick with their own group of people not mixing with others. but we may not forget that we do have to live with others. We can not stop becoming more mixed cultural entities. More and more people are crossing borders and looking for other places to live and work. In their new surroundings they shall have to integrate and find ways to live in unity with the community.
CP Scott wrote in  ‘A Hundred Years’ for the Guardian, in 1921:
In all living things there must be a certain unity, a principle of vitality and growth. It is so with a newspaper, and the more complete and clear this unity the more vigorous and fruitful the growth. I ask myself what the paper stood for when first I knew it, what it has stood for since and stands for now. A newspaper has two sides to it. It is a business, like any other, and has to pay in the material sense in order to live. But it is much more than a business; it is an institution; it reflects and it influences the life of a whole community; it may affect even wider destinies. It is, in its way, an instrument of government. It plays on the minds and consciences of men. It may educate, stimulate, assist, or it may do the opposite. It has, therefore, a moral as well as a material existence, and its character and influence are in the main determined by the balance of these two forces. It may make profit or power its first object, or it may conceive itself as fulfilling a higher and more exacting function.
Our first aim is not to make gain or to get into power. Our aim is to inform people and to make them aware how the world is turning around. We should know what is happening outside our door of the family house or the community. I do believe in the power of information. People can get more knowledge when they receive the opportunity to get more information about all sorts of matters.
In the writings we would like to present on “Stepping Toes” we would like to give a reflection of this outside world. I am convinced journalists can have a contribute role in our society. They may reflect and give others material to think about. They may make us more conscious of what is going on and what can be done. Their writing and our writing may reflect and influence the life of a whole community; it may affect even wider destinies. We do not want to be an instrument of one typical organisation or one government, but would like to have a part in playing on the minds and consciences of men.
With “Stepping Toes” we not only would lay things bare, which others would prefer that they stayed unseen. I do agree we would love to consider the material from a civil worldly (non-religious) point of view and at the same time present other articles discussing a few things from our Christian point of view.  As such we would like to leave the people free to choose from the different writers who they would like to read, but hope they shall all get the reasonable attention. By presenting the different views people shall be able to make up their mind themselves. We should not, all the time, do that for them. as such giving that liberty of interpretation we do hope that It may educate, stimulate, or assist.
I expect from the writers on “Stepping toeshonesty, cleanness, courage, fairness, a sense of duty to the reader and the community. The subjects I would like to see covered are those of Human Interest, environmental news, and the Way of life, call it Lifestyle, the Being and feeling.cp scott
Comment is free, but facts are sacred. “Propaganda”, so called, by this means is hateful. The voice of opponents no less than that of friends has a right to be heard. Comment also is justly subject to a self-imposed restraint. It is well to be frank; it is even better to be fair. This is an ideal. Achievement in such matters is hardly given to man. We can but try, ask pardon for shortcomings, and there leave the matter. {CP Scott in The Guardian,  ‘A Hundred Years’ in 1921}
In the 1970s, The Independent and The Observer where with the Daily Telegraph my favourite newspapers and on Wednesday I did not wanted to miss the Guardian. In Dutch De Standaard was and is still my favourite newspaper.
Wanting to offer an overview of the happenings of the day I decided also to try the up-to-date links to interesting content of the Guardian in the web blog. I do hope this content may provide within our blog posts topical and interesting material which also can draw repeat traffic to our blog.
But we would love to see also some writers posting on “Stepping Toes” themselves, giving their impression of what happens in the world.
Anthony Sampson wrote in  Anatomy of Britain Today:
“In America journalism is apt to be regarded as an extension of history: in Britain, as an extension of conversation”
Arthur Miller wrote:
“A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself”
I would love to hear the nations of the world in conversation with one another. Having youngsters and older ones talking about how they see the world and look at its history.
I am convinced in the latest generation, born in the 1990s it should be possible to find also some persons who have the same energy as the second war and just after second war generation had.
I do believe it should have to be possible to find writers who are passionate about spreading the truth and seeing people walk in
liberty. I look forward to meeting such inspirational people who also would like to give their life meaning and to dedicate it to helping others with providing information, working at the development of humanity.
There should be around enough thinkers and communicators interested in sharing useful information as regards the total well being of mankind, spiritual, financial, social,medical and intellectual. People who want to uncover those who are not telling the truth. Passionate about spreading the truth and seeing people walk in liberty should be the drive which keeps us going and has us spreading the news.
It is now that we can talk to future generations and should work together to inform them, knowing that they will be the leaders of
tomorrow. All together we should like to face the “Youth”.
Those who feel that we talk to them, and those who feel the calling for helping to inform the general public are welcome to join us, to try to build a platform where we show to have an eye for those in peril. It may be perhaps not such nice news, but here we would like to let others know where other people are treated unrighteous. We want to show the inequity, the racism, the poverty, but we also want to show that it can be different. It would be great if we could present a lot of good news, because to that the newspapers and the television journals do not spend time enough. And we are convinced there are also many great things happening in this world which should make us happy.
In case you have some good news, let us know. Share the good tidings with us.
the word of God

the word of God (Photo credit: jangkwee)

If you are a religious person you probably know what your religion teaches. did you ever wondered about those teachings and do you put them in the light of what is happening in this world? On this site we would like to ask you to have a look at what happens in the world and to question which attitude you want to take as a Christian. You shall be able to find neutral news, non religious news but also reviews of what denomination try to bring to their community. At this platform we shall not step back to question you to compare the things of the world with the things written in the Bible. We shall not mind daring to ask if the teaching of your religion lines up with what God says in His book. We shall dare to ask you if you are you sure. Do you study the Bible to make sure? If you do not, look at what Jesus says and consider the Words of his Father, Who is also our Father.

We want to offer ways to keep ourselves strong and united whilst being ourselves. This can be done by accepting that people may think differently and by allowing the Word of God to teach us, rebuke us and encourage us. God speaks to us all, and speaks to each one of us individually. We all can and should read the Bible and take it as our most important guide, so that we may be prepared for every good work.

Let us not wait but start the good work now and take up our pen to reach as many people as possible.

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Please do find:

  1. About Stepping Toes
  2. Aim of Stepping toes site
  3. Our you taking a step back to think
  4. World Agenda for Sustainability
  5. Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #3 Of the earth or of God
  6. Just an Ordinary Day
  7. Frank risks taking
  8. The work I do, let it be done good
  9. Walking in love by faith not by sight
  10. No time for immorality
  11. Be Honest
  12. Honesty beginning of holiness
  13. Who are the honest ones?
  14. If you have integrity
  15. Peace Takes You
  16. Bloggers for Christ and Bloggers for Peace
  17. More-Letter-Words
  18. A Society pleading poverty
  19. Martin Luther King’s Dream Today
  20. The work I do, let it be done good

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  • Heroes for human rights (reallaplaineslectures.wordpress.com)
    Hollywood films, historical texts and countless other anecdotes and stories which have happened in the past, depict heroes in our world.  And while these are interesting and inspiring, I cannot help but shed light on the more important heroes of our contemporary times.
  • Place of the Presence (viktoriaveigas.wordpress.com)
    In the Garden of Eden, sin had broken the face-to-face relationship between God and humanity. Sin forfeited our first parents’ unhindered communion with God. However, the Creator still desired to draw us to Himself and to enjoy a deep covenant relationship with fallen humanity, and He began this process right there in Eden. Centuries later, in saving Israel out of Egypt and establishing the sanctuary and the sacrificial system, God again took the initiative in bringing humanity back into His presence.
  • God Grief (devotionsinmotion.wordpress.com)
    God created man in His own image and yet, Creator God, was grieved in His own heart, that He made us.  All the land, the water, the planets and every creature on the earth, were spoken into being, with the exception of man.  With His hands, He lovingly formed us, from the dust of the ground. Human beings rebelled against Him. He created us to have fellowship with Him; and yet, corruption began in earth’s most perfect place, the Garden of Eden.  From the beginning; God gave man a choice, to obey or disobey.  Man chose the latter.
  • Chi and DMT – Two Accesible Mysteries That Evade Scientific Validation (wakingtimes.com)
    “Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and therefore part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.” –Max Planck,  ‘Where Is Science Going?’There are some mysteries in life so common that nearly anyone can experience them, even though no one can fully explain them.

Some one or something to fear #7 Not afraid for Gods Name

Fear to use a name of a ghost, person or group

13. Not afraid for Gods Name

It is notable that a lot of priests or preachers do not dare to use God’s Name or even do not talk much about His person nor His works. In a lot of schools the religious instruction has not much to do with God but in fact concerns more general moral ethics or moral philosophy. Often there is more philosophy than studying the Word of God. Bible study is more often little sleeping baby than the popular theologians.Calling on the Name Jehovah to be Delivered

One does not dare to speak too much about God, because one is frightened to fail then. One thinks that people will pull out or that they (as preacher or as person) will be less popular. The own popularity is more on their mind than the popularity of their God. They are more concerned with what others might think about them. They prefer concealing God rather than to be unpopular in this world.

They have a worldly fear of failure which is still less to gloss over than the children their fear of not succeeding for a house task or test. It should not be our priority to succeed in this world or to become acknowledged and popular. We as Christians should aim to follow Christ, listen to him and accordingly honour his Father. Our aim should further be to succeed to become approved by God.

To be able to dare to come before the eyes of God we must dare to omit our fear. Though the world may look frightening we should be strengthened by the Force of our God. The world may not frighten us. We should dare to speak out the Name of our beloved Father, the Creator of us all. And we should know that to be able to be recognized and to be accepted by the God of gods, we shall have to accept His position and have to dare to speak out His Name which He loves to hear. We should have no excuses not to dare to pronounce His divine name and also to address Him with that Name that He has given to Him and us and also wants to hear.

“Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them; for I Jehovah thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, upon the third and upon the fourth generation of them that hate me,”(Exodus 20:4-5 ASV)

“Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold,or silver, or stone, graven by art and device of man.” (Acts 17:29 ASV)

“Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not; Eyes have they, but they see not; They have ears, but they hear not; Noses have they, but they smell not; They have hands, but they handle not; Feet have they, but they walk not; Neither speak they through their throat. They that make them shall be like unto them; Yea, every one that trusteth in them.”(Psalms 115:4-8 ASV)

“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24ASV)

“I am Jehovah, that is my name; and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise unto graven images.” (Isaiah 42:8 ASV)

“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13 ASV)

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Additional reading:

  1. Who is the Only “True God”? (John 17:3)
  2. Believing in God the rewarder
  3. Only one God
  4. God of gods
  5. God is one
  6. Attributes to God
  7. Titles of God beginning with the Aleph in Hebrew
  8. Is God the Father?
  9. The Divine name of the Creator
  10. I Will Cause Your Name To Be Remembered
  11. Lord or Yahuwah, Yeshua or Yahushua
  12. God about His name “יהוה“
  13. I am that I am Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh אהיה אשר אהיה
  14. Hashem השם, Hebrew for “the Name”
  15. יהוה , YHWH and Love: Four-letter words
  16. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #2 Calling upon the Name of God
  17. Jehovah Yahweh Gods Name
  18. God Helper and Deliverer
  19. God my fence, my hope for the future
  20. The Divine name of the Creator
  21. Some one or something to fear #7 Not afraid for Gods Name
  22. Jehovah Yahweh Gods Name
  23. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #2 Calling upon the Name of God
  24. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #1 Listening Sovereign Maker
  25. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #2 Witnessing
  26. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #3 Callers upon God
  27. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #8 Prayer #6 Communication and manifestation
  28. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #10 Prayer #8 Condition
  29. Listening and Praying to the Father
  30. Praise the most High Jehovah God above all
  31. Praise the God with His Name
  32. For Jehovah is greatly to be praised
  33. The Bible and names in it
  34. Jehovah in the BASF
  35. Lord or Yahuwah, Yeshua or Yahushua
  36. Jesus and his God
  37. A philosophical error which rejects the body as part of the human person
  38. Manifests for believers #2 Changing celibacy requirement
  39. Uncertainty, shame and no time for vacillation
  40. Who are the honest ones?
  41. Fragments from the Book of Job #5: chapters 32-37
  42. At first looking like a loss
  43. God’s measure not our measure
  44. God loving people justified

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Also of interest:

  1. Draw Close To God
  2. ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ – What Name?
  3. Has anyone else noticed the profound disrespect
  • Charles Spurgeon: Preachers and Weakness (samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com)
    I have known preachers who have been very weak, and yet they have been used of the Lord. For many, many years, my own preaching was exceedingly painful to me because of the fears which beset me before entering the pulpit. Often, my dread of facing the people has been overwhelming.
  • Inspirational – When I am afraid …. (alexdekkers.wordpress.com)
    Psalm 56 as it shows a very important reassurance God has given us. It is so easy to get afraid and think that the situation won’t go over, or that no help will come.
  • October 12 @ Proverbs 29-30 (phyllisbenigas.wordpress.com)
    Sometimes we fear what people think of us, and that is every bit as debilitating as fear for our lives.  Moses almost missed his mission in life of delivering the Israelites out of Egypt because he was afraid they wouldn’t accept him, afraid that they would question his authority.  Many of the Old Testament prophets feared that their messages would be rejected and mocked by the people. “Fearing people is a dangerous trap” and may keep us from fulfilling our calling.
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    To overcome fear, we need to change our perspective and who better than God to help us do that
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    When we focus on the faithfulness of Almighty God instead of fearing mere humans, there’s nothing left to stop us from pursuing all that God has for us and those things with eternal value.
  • A Prayer About Our Fears (jimkane.wordpress.com)
    Father God / It is hard to admit sometimes but we are afraid. / And it is not the “big” things we are most afraid of.
  • Catechism in Motion: 1. The Desire for God (catholicmediaoutreach.com)
    The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for
  • Be Courageous (debbiepresnell.wordpress.com)
    I prayed and asked God to help me get over my nervousness and not be afraid. I asked Him to help me do the talk.
  • The Preacher (dofstehage.wordpress.com)
    It’s Sunday. / The preacher steps into the pulpit. / Unsure / Uncertain
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    Self-righteousness brings indignation / I am self-consumed / Self-consumption reveals a less than humble heart / I am plagued with worry and fright
  • Thoughts on Pilgrim’s Progress, Part the Second – #9 “No fears, no grace” (angie5804.wordpress.com)
    One example in Pilgrim’s Progress is in the character of Mr. Fearing.  Mr. Great-Heart explains it this way when asked why
  • Confidence in God (maryscatholicgarden.com)
    few Christians have confidence strong enough to dispel anxiety and doubt.  Lack of confidence can cause us to hesitate, and sink into despair and discouragement.  When St. Peter saw Jesus walking on the water, he eagerly jumped out of the boat with assurance and confidence.  But when the waves rose threatening to overpower him, and he saw the ferocity of the raging storm, he became frightened and took his eyes off Jesus, promptly sinking like a rock!
  • Let God’s Acceptance Save You from Fear by Rick Warren (christianmotivations.weebly.com)
    You were created by God. Christ has made you acceptable. It doesn’t matter what you say about yourself; it doesn’t matter what other people say about you. If God says you’re OK, then you’re OK.