#SaintNicholas’: the truth about him #Christian #Apologetics #Truth

10 Dec

#Russian Iconic Portrayal of Nicholas of Myra


Who was the real Catholic and Orthodox saint called Nicholas?

Here are some answers from a Catholic monsignor priest:

The Real St. Nicholas – Not Fat and Not Very Jolly Either.

(Dec 6) is the Feast of St. Nicholas. The real St. Nicholas was nothing close to the St. Nick (Santa Claus) of the modern age. He was a thin curmudgeonly man with a zeal for the Lord that caused flairs of anger. Compromise was unknown to him. The slow transformation of him into “Jolly ole’ Saint Nicholas is a remarkable recasting of him centuries in the making…

Enjoy this excerpt on the real St. Nicholas of Myra (aka Santa):

He approaches Arius, fist raised menacingly. There are gasps. Would he dare? He would. Fist strikes face. Arius goes down. He will have a shiner. Nick, meanwhile, is set upon by holy men. His robes are torn off. He is thrown into a dungeon…

Saint Nicholas. Paintings show a thin man. He was spare of frame, flinty of eye, pugnacious of spirit. In the Middle Ages, he was known as a brawling saint. He had no particular sense of humor that we know of. He could be vengeful, wrathful, an embittered ex- con….No doubt, Saint Nick was a good man. A noble man. But a hard man.

Nicholas was born in Patara, a small town on the Mediterranean coast, 280 years after the birth of Christ. He became bishop of a small town in Asia Minor called Myra. Beyond that, details of his life are more legend than fact….He became a priest at 19, and bishop in his twenties…Nicholas of Myra might not seem like the kind of person who relates to kids, and few acts attributed to him involve children.

St. Nicholas of Myra morphed into Santa Claus. (Pope C, Msgr. The Real St. Nicholas – Not Fat and Not Very Jolly Either. http://blog.adw.org/2012/12/the-real-st-nicholas-not-fat-and-not-very-jolly-either/ viewed 12/6/12)

So, Nicholas was a violent and hard man according to a senior Catholic priest.

Here are two more articles about him, with a Germanic focus:

Though they have similar outfits, Nikolaus is not to be confused with Santa Claus, who Germans call the Weihnachtsmann, or Father Christmas…

Each year on December 6, Germans remember the death of Nicholas of Myra (now the Anatolia region of modern Turkey), who died on that day in 346. He was a Greek Christian bishop known for miracles and giving gifts secretly, and is now the patron saint of little children, sailors, merchants and students. Known as Nicholas the Wonderworker for his miracles, he is also identified with Santa Claus. Beliefs and traditions about Nikolaus were probably combined with German mythology, particularly regarding stories about the bearded pagan god Odin, who also had a beard and a bag to capture naughty children…


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7 Dec

The Day I Decided To Put My Marriage First
Sara Lindberg Mom x 2 , wife, school counselor, runner, and an unlikely writer.

I stood there on the landing, balancing quietly on the step before he could see me. Sitting alone in the dark was the man I once spent all of my time with. The man I shared all of my joy, love, and passion with. I studied him. His face. The sadness and loneliness in his expression. His body. The body that for so many years seemed like it was attached to mine. I watched him. He was crying. I did this to him — to us.

We used to do everything together. We were each other’s world. There was never a day that we didn’t put our relationship first. Together for 20 years, married for 16. We were committed to each other. Committed to our marriage, until I decided to put our children first.

I have read several posts about women who claim they always put their kids first. Most state very clearly that their husband will lose out every time. The kids come first — marriage last.

I used to be that woman. I would have been standing right next to her, marching on in my crusade to be the perfect mom — until the day things changed. The day my daughter looked at me and asked, "Why don’t you and dad ever hug?"

In my quest to be the perfect mother, I neglected my husband.

A wise friend once told me, "You and your husband need to take care of yourselves. Mom and dad first, kids second. If mom and dad are not happy, the kids will suffer."

For many years, I adamantly defended my decision to put my kids first. I always put their needs before my marriage and husband. All of my love, time, and devotion was given to them. I truly believed that my actions proved that I was a good mom.

My husband would try talking to me about this — about us. He expressed his concerns about feeling left out. Wondering where he fit into the picture. I would push him aside. Tell him he was being selfish. That I was the only one doing the right thing. It was my job to be a mom first, wife and partner second.

His emotions were torn. There was a part of him that really enjoyed watching me be a mom to our children. He would smile affectionately as I cared for them. Tell our daughter and son that they were lucky to have such an amazing mom.

He watched me on a daily basis give all of my affection to our kids, while he waited. At the end of the day, the kids were the ones who reaped the benefits of my love. They were the ones who received my passion, care, tenderness, and touch. My husband was left on the outside. Left to always wonder, "What about me?"

As soon as I started paying attention to what he was saying, there was a small part of me that knew he was right. Still, I was not ready to admit that I was setting my family and marriage up for failure. Most of my energy was still spent on proving that my kids needed me more than my husband.

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#HappeningNow: “The Creation Is Waiting For You!” Operation: #OneUnitedKingdom The #TrueSonsOfGod

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POINT: 19For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

18For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

19For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

20For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. 24For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

26Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

31What shall we then say to these things?

If God be for us, who can be against us?

#Church Universal #KingdomGlobalBusinessNetwork Empowerment Weekend 2015 “THE POWER OF PURSUIT!”

2 Oct



“THE POWER OF PURSUIT!” Empowerment Weekend 2015: The #GameChanger #VISION2020, the #Manifestation of the revelation and #Glory of #Vision1010! #TheBLOODStillWorks!

Provincial Archbishop ++Leonard Gibbs Jr.

The will of God doesn’t happen automatically
Follow principles, protocols, and procedures
Joshua 1:8
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬

If I live by principle I won’t need a miracle
1- revelation – understanding
2- role model – somebody who has lived it out
3- regiment of faith – work it until it happens
4- righteous resolve – a godly reason

Prophetic moments contain
1- announcement
2- assignment
3- assassination – willing to die to what you knew to become what he said

De-cision – cut off
– follow directives
– develop the discipline
– make the choice
– accept the challenge or let God deal with my head
– your thinking determines how you behave
– allow God to change my heart
– trust God for saturation
– I must have a catalyst moment
– I need to raise civil servants in my church, mayor, sheriff, governor
– I am tired of preaching I have to be a change maker
– I must have a consecration moment
– increase tied to excellence produces deliverance

#JESUS #Prayer #TheBLOODStillWorks #HappeningNow #KGBN

25 Sep

It’s more than just those few words. It’s the cornerstone of a whole realm of Orthodox spirituality. One writer describes the Jesus Prayer as, “More than just a prayer; when done in accordance with the teachings of the Church Fathers it becomes a way of life, and a vehicle for the Holy Spirit. It is a little phrase that becomes a catalyst to change the one who undertakes it to the very core, this is why it is so powerful. It has the ability to change a human being into a servant of God.”

Keep Mixing #Christian #Leadership

20 Sep

Archbishop #LeonardGibbsJr

Good morning great leader!

What an amazing time to be serving the Lord and his people. Have you ever taken a stick of butter from out of your refrigerator and bit into it? Have you ever taken an egg and eaten the raw yoke? Have you ever taken swan or self rising flour in your hand and eaten it? Have you ever drank Wesson oil to quench your thirst? Sounds nasty huh? Ok then, how about this; have you ever taken some sugar into your hand and eaten it? Have you drank some milk when you desired something to drink? Is that better?

Although all of these ingredients may taste nasty or delicious separately, when they are mixed together they make a great dessert. Often times as leaders we have distasteful ingredients(congregants) by themselves and very few sweet ones, yet God has empowered you and given the divine recipe to mix each of these ingredients to create an amazing dessert.

Keep mixing, keep stirring, keep baking, and when The process is complete you will bake a cake that your cities, counties, communities, country, and even its citizens will enjoy. Love you to life! Your servant,

++Leonard Gibbs Jr

Provincial Archbishop – PLM-HCOC-3
Presiding Prelate
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#Books that May Change your Life

19 Sep

#Books that May Change your Life

September 18, 2015By Jodi Ettenberg17 CommentsBooks, Personal Musings

I started off 2015 with a 10-day silent Vipassana meditation course, one of the hardest things I’ve ever chosen to do. I wasn’t a meditator. I had never even meditated before. My friends, appalled that I was taking this on, told me that it was like running a marathon before ever trying to run. I likened it to getting a personal trainer instead of going to the gym alone. On the first day, I realized that they were right. But I refused to leave and I somehow made it to the end.

This post isn’t about the Vipassana — I will write about that another time. But it is about what happened after.

When I emerged, I decided that I would ask the people close to me about the books that changed their lives, and then read them one by one. My mind was profoundly shaken by the meditation course, so why not add new ideas to the mix? That was January. It’s September, and I can say that I’ve read dozens and dozens of books this year. Some of them were good, some of them didn’t resonate, but all of them were important because they impacted people who matter to me.

Earlier this month, I extended this question to my readers via Facebook, curious about what would surface. I know that many people who read this site are interested in travel, but to be a frequent Legal Nomads reader you also have to love words. My posts are long! As I explained on the thread, when I said “books that changed your life” I meant the books that jarred you into seeing the world differently. Those books that inspired you to change some destructive patterns, or to embark on an honest spate of self-work despite how tough it is to do so. For some these are self-help books, for others they are travel stories that paint what we know a little differently, and of course there is also plenty to be learned through fiction. I wanted the books that spoke to your souls.

And holy hell did you deliver.

Due to the sprawling nature of the thread I promised that I would put them all in one place, which I’ve done below. As with the recommendations on my World Travel Resources page, these are Amazon links where I receive a commission on the sale. I’ve linked to the Kindle versions since many of you are travelers but the paperback editions are, of course, easily found on the same landing page.

First: a few of the books that changed my life this year

I wanted to share some of the books that were recommended to me this year that I found really compelling. It’s hard to choose between the list of great suggestions, but these are the ones that I think spoke to me the most.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert M. Pirsig: I have read this many times over the course of my life but its message is one that affected quite a few of my friends since they recommended it as well. Originally published in 1974, the book tells the story of a long motorcycle trip, using it to frame a deep discussion about how best to live our lives and make the most of them. Borrowing from the East and the West, the book was over my head when I first read it as a kid, but I’ve found that every time I’ve picked it up, I notice something new about its narrative form.

Difficult Conversations, by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen: I’ve recommended Difficult Conversations multiple times since I read it. Per its fans, the book has proven useful in the boardroom and at home, as well as in high-stress negotiations. For me, it was a really interesting read into the psychology of tense conversations, as well as providing really useful ways to diffuse them when they escalate. We are often taught to try and put ourselves in other people’s shoes, but I think some people are more empathetic than others. Or, for some, empathy and sympathy are conflated and it is more difficult to see things from another angle. For almost all of us, when stakes are high and emotions run rampant, having an objective discussion becomes really tough. When we feel threatened, or when we feel like we are taken advantage of, our discussion techniques almost always make the tension worse. This book provides tools to listen to what the other person is saying and respond in ways that helps actually solve the problem instead of assuage ego. I can’t recommend it enough.

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