Twins :- Adopted Or Just Different

 

Videos & Write Ups

  1. Mia and Alexandra
    • Independent Lens | Twin Sisters | Sibling Love | PBS
      Published on :- 2015-Sept-18th
      Link
    • The Amazing Story of Twin Sisters
      Link
    • The Movie
      Link
  2. Lucy and Maria Aylmer
    • Good Morning Britain
      • Non-Identical Twins | Good Morning Britain
        Link
  3. Anais Bordier & Samantha Futerman
    • ABC News
      • Twin Sisters Separated at Birth Reunite
        Link
  4. Audrey Doering & Gracie Rainsberry
    • On Good Morning America
      • Twin Sisters Separated at Birth Reunite on ‘GMA’
        Link
      • Identical Twins Reunited on ‘GMA’ Explore NYC Together
        Link
    • ABC News
      1. Identical Twin Sisters Separated at Birth Reunite
        Link

 

 

 

Indepth

Mia & Alexandra

The Story

Link

In this heartwarming documentary, identical twins Mia and Alexandra were found as babies in a cardbox in China in 2003. They were separated and put up for adoption to two families from opposite corners of the world: One of them from a small village in Norway, surrounded by high mountains and deep fjords, and the other from the major American city of Sacramento, California.

The twins are reunited by destiny when, incredibly, their adoptive mothers brought identical red gingham dresses for them to wear on adoption day. This startling coincidence made the mothers take note of each other and start talking. That’s when they noticed that the girls looked very much alike… but the orphanage denied that the girls were related.

Six months later, established a world apart, truth has its day when DNA tests confirm that the girls are identical twins.

A true story of inspiration, Twin Sisters follows Mia and Alexandra through an uplifting parallel journey until they reunite in Norway when they are 8 years old. This is one of those feel-good stories that will make you cry, laugh, and think about the people you miss in your life. Among the top documentaries in the world, this award-winning film has been seen by an estimated 20 million people so far, and broadcast by 30 TV channels around the world.

The roots of Tim Cook’s activism lie in rural Alabama

Background

There is a nice story on Washingtonpost web site today.

It talks a bit about Apple’s Tim Cook.

Here is the Link.

Quotes

As someone drawn in by quotes, there are a couple that resonates with me.

  • Cook tweeted a quote from the book: “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
  • Later, Cook studied Kennedy’s writings and speeches, such as his “Ripple of Hope” speech about the necessity of standing up and doing the right thing.
  •  He wrote that he doesn’t consider himself an activist, yet felt a responsibility to help others.
  • Cook believed that if he wanted to change the world, he had to do it on his own time. Not at work.
  • “Steve didn’t see it that way,” Cook recalled of his predecessor Jobs. “He was an idealist. And in that way he reminded me of how I felt as a teenager.”
  • Jobs insisted they could change the world by working hard and making great products, that “there is opportunity to do work that is infused with moral purpose.”
  • Last December … he accepted the Ripple of Hope award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.
  • Some things are hard, and some things are right, and some things are both,” he said last month in an ABC News interview. “This is one of those things.

 

Story

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. — There are few clues that this is the home town of Apple chief executive Tim Cook, the place where his “most improbable journey” began and where he forged the beliefs that today put him at the center of a national debate over privacy.

His name is not noted on the town’s welcome signs along the main drag, Route 59. There’s nothing in the local chamber’s brochures, and the local paper rarely has anything about him. His old high school keeps a glass case celebrating former NFL running back Joe Childress, Class of 1952, but not the leader of the world’s most valuable company, Class of 1978.

Walking around the town and talking with residents, it can feel as if Cook is a forgotten favorite son.

“I kinda wonder about that sometimes, I really do,” said Rick Ousley, a former classmate who recalls Cook fondly and now runs a computer repair shop in town.

Cook never sought out attention and many here are quietly proud of him, but Ousley suspects the lack of recognition is also tied to Cook’s prominent positions on sensitive social issues. Cook, who is gay, has advocated for gay rights. He once criticized Alabama for its lack of progress in a speech at the state capitol in Montgomery. He also helped fund a gay rights initiative in the Deep South.

“That was offensive to a lot of people down here,” Ousley said. One local pastor even vowed to stop using his iPad because of the Apple leader’s views.

Now, Cook, 55, has taken another risky stand, this time on privacy. He and Apple are fighting a federal court order demanding the Silicon Valley firm help the FBI crack the passcode-locked iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists. The FBI has accused Cook of only wanting to protect Apple’s brand. But Cook, in his soft Southern drawl, has repeatedly argued the FBI’s request is wrong in moral terms, calling it “bad for America.”

Cook’s experiences growing up in Robertsdale – detailed by him in public speeches and recalled by others — are key to understanding how a once-quiet tech executive became one of the world’s most outspoken corporate leaders. Apple has long emphasized the privacy of its products, but today Cook talks about privacy not as an attribute of a device, but as a right — a view colored by his own history.

For Cook, it was in this tiny town midway between Mobile, Ala., and Pensacola, Fla., that a book-smart boy developed what he calls his “moral sense.”

On the surface easy-going and popular, according to former classmates, Cook seemed too aware of the injustices around him.

“I have to believe that growing up in Alabama, during the 1960s and witnessing what he did, especially as someone who is gay, he understood the dangers of remaining silent,” said Kerry Kennedy, a human-rights activist who has met Cook several times and whose father, Robert F. Kennedy, Cook considers one of his heroes.

“He’s not afraid to stand up when he sees something wrong,” she added.

***

Cook’s chance to stand up came early, when he was in just the sixth or seventh grade.

In the early 1970s, he was riding his new 10-speed bicycle at night along a rural road just outside Robertsdale when he spotted a burning cross. He pedaled closer.

He saw Klansmen in white hoods and robes. The cross was on the property of a family he knew was black. It was almost more than he could comprehend.

Without thinking, he shouted, “Stop!”

The group turned toward the boy. One of them raised his hood. Cook recognized the man as a local deacon at one of the dozen churches in town, but not the one attended by Cook’s family.

The man warned the boy to keep moving.

“This image was permanently imprinted in my brain and it would change my life forever,” Cook recalled in a speech in 2013, an incident that he also has recounted to friends.

A few years later, at age 16, Cook won an essay contest sponsored by a rural electric company and, as part of the prize, met Alabama Gov. George Wallace, the segregationist who resisted the federal government’s attempts to integrate the state’s public schools during the ’60s.

Cook shook Wallace’s hand that day, but described it as “a betrayal of my own beliefs,” he said in a speech last year. “It felt wrong. Like I was selling a piece of my soul.”

On the same trip, Cook met President Jimmy Carter at the White House. To Cook, the difference between the two men was impossible to miss — “one was right and one was wrong.”

Another student from southern Alabama on that same trip noted just how different her reaction had been: She was a teenager happy just to fly on a plane for the first time. She wasn’t thinking at all about what those two men represented.

But Cook did.

***

Timothy Donald Cook was born in 1960, the second of three sons to Donald and Geraldine Cook. His mom looked after the boys at home and sometimes worked at Lee’s Drug, a pharmacy in town. His dad worked at the shipyards in Mobile. They lived in a brick house on a dead-end street not far from a livestock auction house. Money was tight. When Cook wrote that award-winning essay at age 16, he had to do it by hand. His family couldn’t afford a new typewriter, almost $800 in today’s money.

Cook has always been private – he declined to comment for this story – and he rarely talks about his family in public.

Today, one brother works as a business analyst in North Carolina. The other lives in Daphne, 15 miles from Robertsdale. His father, 83, still lives here. His mother died last year at age 77. No obituary ran in the local paper, leaving some extended family in the dark. But many townspeople assumed it was because the Cooks worried about publicity.

The precocious nature of Cook’s interest in justice appears to be woven throughout his life.

One of his earliest memories is watching Robert F. Kennedy, who opposed Wallace’s segregationist policies, on a black and white television in early 1968. Cook recalled in a talk last December that he was most struck by the “unique accent that seemed very strange for a Southerner to hear.”

Later, Cook studied Kennedy’s writings and speeches, such as his “Ripple of Hope” speech about the necessity of standing up and doing the right thing.

Today, at his Apple office in Cupertino, Calif., Cook keeps two photos of Kennedy on his wall, plus a photo of Martin Luther King Jr.

Those are hardly the typical corporate suite choices.

But the lessons of Kennedy and King were not readily available to Cook in Alabama. He had to actively search out “what was right and true.”

“I drew on the moral sense that I’d learned from my parents, and in church, and in my own heart, and that led me on my own journey of discovery,” he recalled in one speech.

He made frequent visits to the small Robertsdale library, where he found a copy of “To Kill a Mockingbird” – published only a few years earlier — and devoured the story of a trial exposing the dangers of racism in a fictional Alabama town.

When author Harper Lee died last month, Cook tweeted a quote from the book: “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

***

Robertsdale today is a two water-tower town of about 5,200 residents. It’s doubled in size since Cook grew up here, with houses spreading across former farm fields. The town got its first Walmart Supercenter two years ago.

Back in 1977, the new store in town was a Piggly Wiggly. There was no movie theater. No bowling alley. The fall county fair was the big deal. Teens hung out on the town’s tennis courts or outside Hammond’s Supermarket, where they knew the owner.

“There was nothing to do,” said Teresa Prochaska Huntsman, another Class of ’78 alum.

School was the center of their lives. And Cook excelled there. He was in the National Honor Society and racked up academic honors. So did Huntsman, who managed to edge out Cook for the title of class valedictorian.

The pair were so driven that they worried they were not learning enough in a senior chemistry class. The teacher was a football coach who told students to just read a book or play cards, Huntsman recalled.

“We were concerned that if we went to college we wouldn’t be prepared,” she said.

They talked to a school counselor, who told them not to worry.

Cook — with a quick smile and the bushy hairdo popular at the time — was well-liked by his classmates.

“He just seemed like a happy guy,” Huntsman said.

“He probably considered himself to be a bit nerdy, but he didn’t come off that way,” recalled Harold Richardson, another former classmate.

And the topic of whether Cook — or any other student — was gay wasn’t even on the radar.

“In the ’70s, in high school, no one thought about that, especially in Alabama,” Richardson said.

It was like it wasn’t even possible.

Growing up gay in small-town Alabama a generation ago meant knowing the value of privacy, recalled Paul Hard, 57, who was raised in tiny Demopolis, Ala. He doesn’t know Cook, but imagines what he went through, because he went through it himself.

“You kept your cards close to your chest,” he said.

***

Cook first publicly acknowledged he was gay in a 2014 opinion piece. He wrote that he doesn’t consider himself an activist, yet felt a responsibility to help others.

It was an event that made headlines around the world. Today, Cook is still the only openly gay leader of a Fortune 500 company.

“I don’t think it’s been fully realized how big a deal it is,” said Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign.

But Cook’s admission was not universally celebrated, illustrating the potential risk Cook faced throughout his career.

In the early 1990s, Cook worked at computer reseller Intelligent Electronics, where his boss was Mark Briggs, who today hails Cook as “an operational genius.”

But Briggs also objects to Cook’s view on homosexuality.

“The very fact of homosexuality is abhorrent to God,” Briggs said. He described it a behavior that can be controlled — “exactly the same thing as alcoholism.”

Briggs said he never knew Cook was gay when they worked together and insists it would not have mattered.

“He knows I don’t approve of homosexuality,” Briggs said. “He knew it then. He knows it now. No big deal.”

***

For years, Cook hid his desire to speak out.

That started to change when he arrived at Apple in 1998. Hired as a senior vice president to fix Apple’s problematic supply chains, Cook believed that if he wanted to change the world, he had to do it on his own time. Not at work.

“Steve didn’t see it that way,” Cook recalled of his predecessor Jobs. “He was an idealist. And in that way he reminded me of how I felt as a teenager.”

Jobs insisted they could change the world by working hard and making great products, that “there is opportunity to do work that is infused with moral purpose.”

Cook pushed this point even further when he took over Apple in 2011. He advocated for gay rights and to change laws in states such as Alabama, where employees can be fired for being gay. He criticized states with “religious freedom” laws that seemed to him to sanction some forms of discrimination.

Last December, shortly before the fate of a terrorist’s iPhone would explode onto the national scene, he accepted the Ripple of Hope award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

In his speech, Cook talked about learning to “take a stand for what is right, for what is just.”

And when the terrorist’s iPhone case erupted last month, Cook returned to that “moral sense” he learned back in Robertsdale.

***

Apple’s first response was a “Letter to Our Customers,” authored by Cook. He wrote that “it would be wrong” for Apple to be forced to create a backdoor to its security system.

“We feel we must speak up in the face of what we see as an overreach by the U.S. government, “ Cook wrote.

Tech companies such as Google and Facebook have supported Apple. Law enforcement groups and some family members of the 14 people killed in the Dec. 2 terrorist attack have lined up behind the FBI.

The Justice Department has accused Apple of focusing on “a perceived negative impact on its reputation.”

Cook, however, has framed it as a difficult moral choice.

“Some things are hard, and some things are right, and some things are both,” he said last month in an ABC News interview. “This is one of those things.”

***

Cook still calls himself “a proud son of the South.”

He returns to Alabama when he can, usually around the holidays in Robertsdale or at least down to Auburn, three hours away, where he loves to watch his alma mater play football.

Residents have been following Cook and the privacy dispute.

“I don’t want the government looking at my iPhone,” former classmate Diane Middleton-Vogel said.

And many of them take pride in how far Cook has gone.

“We just have a lot of respect for him,” said Robertsdale Mayor Charles Murphy.

Cook and Apple, he said, “have changed history.”

At the local high school, there is one sign that appears to connect Robertsdale with Cook. Every student there has a MacBook laptop. The familiar Apple logo is visible throughout the halls.

The laptops were bought a few years ago by the county school system. But last month the school board voted to move in a new direction. This fall, every student will be assigned a Lenovo Chromebook instead.

It’s nothing personal. The Chromebooks were just cheaper.

 

 

Fear of a vengeful God may explain humanity’s global expansion

Article

By Niraj Chokshi
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/02/12/fear-of-a-vengeful-god-may-explain-humanitys-global-expansion/

The fear that a punitive God is watching may have helped drive humanity’s global expansion, a team of international researchers argues in a new paper.

Their research, conducted in communities around the world and summarized in a peer-reviewed paper published this week by the journal Nature, finds that people who hold such beliefs about God tend to act less selfishly.

When people are inclined to behave impartially toward others – even if that’s because they fear retribution – they are more likely to adopt behaviors that can create and support large-scale cooperative institutions, such as trade and markets.

“They’re playing by the rules towards people they never interact with,” said lead author Benjamin Purzycki, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition, and Culture.

That magnanimous behavior, Purzycki and his colleagues argue, may be what helped foster the trust needed for humanity’s growth.

To understand how religious belief affects individual behavior, the researchers set up experiments in eight communities of varying size in Brazil, Fiji, Mauritius, Siberia, Tanzania and Vanuatu. Nearly 600 people participated, representing a wide range of faiths from Christianity and Hinduism to Buddhism, animism and ancestor worship.

The researchers asked each participant to play a pair of economic games. In each game, participants received 30 coins, two cups and a dice with half of its six sides one color and the other half another. They were told to mentally pick a cup and roll the dice; they were then instructed, based on the dice color, to put the coin either into the cup they were imagining or the one they weren’t.

In both experiments, one cup was assigned to a distant and anonymous adherent of the participant’s religion. The second cup was either assigned to the participant or to an anonymous local adherent of the same religion.

Participants were told that each cup’s contents at the end of the game would go to whomever it was assigned. After the games, they were also asked a series of questions related to their religious beliefs.

“It’s easy to talk about these results as effectively [suggesting that] religious people are nicer, but I think that’s misleading,” he said.
In theory, the game would end with an average of 15 coins evenly split in either cup, thanks to random chance.

But the experimenters designed the game to make it easy to cheat: because participants chose the cup in their head, they could easily override the rules. And they did.

As might be expected, participants were most likely to cheat in their own favor; they were least likely to cheat in favor of their “distant co-religionists.”

But the higher a participant rated their God as moralistic, knowledgeable and punishing, the fairer they were to the distant stranger of the same faith.

“They’re playing by the rules towards people they never interact with,” Purzycki said.

Participants who believed in a moralistic and punishing God were about five times fairer to their distant “co-religionists” than participants who didn’t know whether their God was moralistic, the researchers found.

The effect of fear remained even after they accounted for other variables — for example, belief in divine rewards for good behavior.

Fear, it seems, encourages selflessness, an act that promotes trust.

When people are more inclined to behave impartially towards others, they are more likely to share beliefs and behaviors that foster the development of larger-scale cooperative institutions, trade, markets and alliances with strangers,” the researchers argue.

Dominic Johnson, a politics professor at the University of Oxford, found the team’s findings particularly compelling.

“Purzycki and colleagues’ study offers the most explicit evidence yet that belief in supernatural punishment has been instrumental in boosting cooperation in human societies,” Johnson wrote in a commentary accompanying their research.

In an audio interview posted to Nature’s website, Johnson described the study as “quite remarkable.”

Purzycki cautioned against drawing too strong a conclusion about the kindness of people of faith, however.
“It’s easy to talk about these results as effectively [suggesting that] religious people are nicer, but I think that’s misleading,” he said.

The findings do suggest cooperation, he said; but that doesn’t necessarily translate to kindness.

“Any sort of terrorist network — they’re really hyper-cooperative,” he said. “We don’t have to like their ends at all, but it’s remarkable how cooperative they are.”

The findings are also limited to individual behavior to their religious peers. People who believe in a punitive God may not be so cooperative with strangers of a different — or no — faith.

Quotes

  1. What, if any, is the role of religion in expansion of Society?
  2. Consideration of various religions
    • Moralistic God, especially Gods that punish such as Abrahamic Religions ( Christian / Islam / Judaism )
  3.  Societies
    • Religion affords congruency as settlements expands
    • As societies got bigger, their God got bigger
    • Big Societies have big Gods
  4. Side Effects
    • Religion rationalized violences
    • People can use religion
  5. Reproductive Success?
    • Do we have religion because it promotes reproductive success
    • Spread Genes

 

Additional Resources

  1. Shamini Bundell investigates how religious beliefs affect how cooperation in society ( Audio )
  2. Dominic D. P. Johnson – Hand of the gods in human civilization

Monsieur M. Going Home

Prelude

Thursday was a tough day at the Office.

Here is why…

Hi everyone. Monsieur M’s health declined rapidly over the weekend. By Tuesday he was almost completely unable to stand or walk. He wasn’t in much pain, and he wasn’t very sad, he was just tired and weak. On Wednesday we went for a nice ride in the car—one of his absolute favorite things to do—and he ate a 3×2 and a cheeseburger from In-N-Out, fries and a strawberry milkshake, and two chocolate cupcakes. Then a mobile vet came to my house and put Monsieur M. to sleep. He died in my arms, peaceful and content, snoring like a baby.

Thank you all for being such good friends to Monsieur M. He loved you all, and he loved being the office dog here. He had a very full and happy life.

I’m sorry to bring you such terrible news today. Please feel absolutely free to talk to me about this whenever you want and in whatever way you want—I’m completely comfortable talking about it, although I will probably cry.

And, for the record, as soon as you all are ready, I’m ready to see other dogs in the office. I’m sure Monsieur R will be happy to have more time in the office, and I can’t wait to meet Ms. Sierra and Ms. Catherine dogs.

Love,

Monsieur N.

 

Listening

Smokey Robinson – Easy to Love

Sermons & Discussions – 2015/Dec

 

Here are the sermons and discussions for Dec 2015

  1. Jonathan Cahn
  2. Ray Bentley & Robert Mawire
  3. John Paul Jackson
  4. Joseph Jordan
  5. Pastor Robert Morris
  6. Joseph Sciambra ( Ex Pornography Star )
    This is not for everyone, and so please demonstrate the highest restraint and discretion prior to viewing.  Included not for entertainment, but to show how far our Lord, the Good Shepherd, will go to bring back his own.

  7. Dave Patty ( Director and president of Josiah Venture and missionary in the Czech Republic )

 

Scriptures

David’s Tabernacle

Amos 9:11-12

In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:

That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this.

Acts 15:16-17

“‘After this I will return,

and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen;

I will rebuild its ruins,

and I will restore it,

that the remnant of mankind may seek the Lord,

and all the Gentiles who are called by my name,

says the Lord, who makes these things known from of old.

1 Corinthians 10:32-33

Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.

Ephesians 2:14-16

For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.

Spiritual Warfare

Ephesians 6:19

And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel …

Holy Spirit

Zephaniah 3:9-10

For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language,
That they all may call on the name of the Lord,
To serve Him with one accord.
From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia
My worshipers,
The daughter of My dispersed ones,
Shall bring My offering.

God’s will (  by David Patty )

Galatians 5:25

Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives

1 Thessalonians 4:3

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication

1 Peter 2:13-15 ( Submission to Authority )

For the Lord’s sake, submit to all human authority—whether the king as head of state, or the officials he has appointed.
For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right.
It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you.

Acts 13:2-4  (Paul’s First Missionary Journey)

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,
“Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

 

Acts 15:28 ( The Letter to the Gentile Believers )

…”Therefore we have sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will also report the same things by word of mouth. “For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials: that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication; if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell.”

Acts 16:6-10 – Kept by the Spirit

And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia.
And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them.
So, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas.
And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

Quotes

Joe Jordan

  1. If you are working in this area, I think you need some protection.  You really need some kind of covering.
    There are some kind of forces that you need to be protected from.  That is not going to help you, it isn’t helping you right now.
  2. You already have what you need
  3. Help someone else get free

 

Pastor Robert Morris

  1. Is it possible that you are losing some battles because you are not
    • building up yourself spiritually
    • you are not putting up the whole armor
    • using your spirit to pray, you are only praying through your soul

 

Dave Patty

  1. God makes his plan in broad sweeps
  2. Gods reveals his will in steps
  3. God waits for our obedience before revealing the next step
  4. He might tell you about his destination, but waits for you
  5. If you for looking for the whole plan, you likely will not find it
  6. How do we discern his will
    • His Moral Will
    • The Spirit of God
      • The Spirit of God said ( Acts 13:2-4 )
      • Seemed good to us and the Spirit ( Acts 15:28 )
      • Having being kept by the Spirit ( Acts 16:6-10 )
    • The Mind of God
    • People of God
      • But with those who take advice is wisdom ( Proverbs 13:10 )
      • Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established ( Proverbs 15:22 )
    • Sovereignty of God
      • I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) . [ Romans 1:13 ]
      • But I will remain in Ephesus until Pentecost; for a wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries ( 1 Corinthians 16:9 )

 

Joseph Sciambra

  1. God humbles us, and reminds us sometimes of our past, to bring us closer to him, and to let us know how much we need him

 

Prayer

Here is Joe Jordan’s Salutation to our one and only God…

ברוך אתה ה’ אלהינו, מלך העולם…

Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam…

Blessed are You, LORD our God, King and Ruler of the universe...”

Video

Joey Martin Fink +Rory

Background

Hate to be a groupie and jump on such a private story, but yet that is not reason enough…

Music

 

Prayer

He did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him,

“You are my Son,
       today I have begotten you”;

In the days of his flesh, he offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.

Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him

Overcoming

But they have gained the victory over him because of the blood of the Lamb and of the testimony which they have borne, and because they held their lives cheap and did not shrink even from death

Memorial

  1. Rory Feek shares thoughts at memorial service for Joey Martin Feek
    Video

Dedicated

To all those brave enough to share their life, love, struggles, and redemption.

Bethel Music

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