Christian Adventurer’s Almanac

Cosmology:

Genesis 1:1-26 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”

In the beginning God created all things. Science tells us that the universe had a definitive beginning most refer to as the big bang. From this beginning primordial substances erupted into a form of chaos. God with his mighty power formed all that exists by shaping this primordial (prim) substances. He set the laws of the universe and set it’s limits.

God created the Earth and all it contains. He set the skies, the waters, and the land. He Formed the beasts, the birds, the fishes and mankind. This exists on the physical plane of existence. Here we have life and the elements that we can observe with our eyes, where all the fields overlap. The Earth is the third planet from the Sun. It’s exact position is a miracle in itself. For even an inch to far in any direction would make life unsustainable. We would be too close to the sun and would over heat or we would be too far from the sun and would freeze.

Apart from the physical world, many believe in what is called the astral planes. The spiritual field that exists where the spiritual beings reside. It is generally separated in to 3 to 4 sections. First is the immediate plane called the astral plane or just spirit realm. The place of the ghosts, spirits, angels, demons, ect. Usually depicted in movies as being directly connected to our own. When we pass on we go directly from our body to this realm. Able to see it, but usually not able to interact with the physical.
From here we go either up or down. Up to Heaven. The resting place for good souls and place of the angels and throne of God. Not much is known about Heaven. Few people have had near death experiences where they believe they have glimpsed it. They have described forests and ponds, but also roads and bridges. There is a documentary called searching for Heaven that describes these.
Going in the other direction is Hell. A place of eternal torment, where evil souls go. Described as lakes of fire. Eternal disconnection from God and any form of joy. A great chasm is said to be between the two. Preventing anyone from going to or from. There is a story in the Bible that tells of a rich man who went to Hell and from there he could see the poor man Lazarus. He was in torment and asked for Lazarus to give him some water, but God told him he could not go from Heaven to Hell to do it and the rich man begs him to send Lazarus to tell his brothers of his torment to prevent them from following him into Hell. Some who have had near death experiences have felt themselves being gripped tight and pulled down through darkness and feeling the worse pain and depression they have ever experienced. As well as suffocating.

Other realms that make up our universe consist of morphic fields.
The realm of the Mind is refereed to by the Greek as the Akashic records. The Field that stores the collective knowledge of all people. The records of history, thoughts and knowledge. Everything we learn and think is stored here and we access it using our physical brains to send and receive. It is proven that our thoughts have a substance and a vibration. The Global Consciousness Program has proven that humans are connected on the same mental level. This is not telepathy. It is shared knowledge. If one person knows how to operate a machine then someone else on the vibrational level who sees this same or similar machine will instinctively understand it and know how it works as well. People who seem to have memories from past lives and memories are thought to be connected to this field more strongly than others. Xenoglossy is a scientific study of people who have had a head injury and become fluent in a language they previously didn’t know.

You get what you put into it

Matthew 13: 58 “And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”

Everyone thinks of God as this being who is going to fix everything in their life, or that he is some kind of wish granting genie. That as a Christian he is required to do something for you. The truth is he already has done everything for you he is required to do. He save you. Everything else is just gravy. It is true, that he will be with you forever. He will likely do things for you, many of them you wont even be aware of. He will never abandon you.

Everyone reads the Bible and sees these miracles that he performed. They think that they are entitled, and when or if they don’t happen they get discouraged. Their faith falls and then they may even blame God for their lack of faith. Because if he just did this or did that they would believe. Seems like I read that somewhere.

The truth is, however, that you get out of the relationship what you put into it. If you are only reading the Bible ,and many aren’t even doing that, and not following God’s guidelines for life he CAN’T work in your life. Don’t take that statement too far. He is likely working in small ways trying to get your attention. Sending certain people to talk to you. Putting certain people in your path. Maybe even bringing you to this page. When Jesus traveled through his hometown they didn’t believe in him. He couldn’t heal many or do many wonders in their sight because of that.

God knows how hard the world is to live in. How the worlds standards have fallen, but he hasn’t changed. his standards haven’t changed and we still have to live by them. It isn’t easy. he knows that. He forgives, if we are sincere. He wont smite us because we stumble. Not every bad thing that happens is God’s punishment. Stupid people cause stupid crap to happen and sometimes  we get caught in the whirlwind. He will help you through it though. The closer you draw to him the more he can do in your life.

What you have with him is  a relationship. You have to put into it to get anything out of it. He has standards for life. He is a big boy. He can handle it when you stumble. Even when you hate him at time and yell and curse at him. He understands how you feel. He can be patient while the storm rolls by and he will be waiting when you draw back to him.

There are two books I can recommend. Not a fan by Kyle Idleman. And How to pray when you are pissed at God. Can’t remember who wrote it off hand. Both are really good. Not a fan give you a lot of information about living God’s way, and the other a lot on prayer and how to pray even when you are in a bad place. If you can master that then you can master prayer.

Beginning Prayer

994753_10210423729326635_5101798219318291413_n.jpgWhat is prayer? Prayer is communicating with God. It takes on different forms, but accurs when man talks with God. Prayer comes from the heart, but is not just talking, but is also listening as well. Prayer is important. A relationship can’t live if there is not communication. It is more than dumping your wish list of requests at God’s feet and seeing if he will or wont. It is talking to God, and listening for his answer. Meditating on his word and contemplating the meaning of his word and the questions and feelings you have. Feel free to discuss them with him. Those who seek will find, those who ask will receive, those who knock it will be opened for them. When we speak out loud we are opening our hearts that opens our emotions and lowers our mental and spiritual walls and allows God in to work on our inner most being. It allows us to feel fully and openly. And allows us to grow spiritually closer to our God.

It is said “Much avails from the prayers of the righteous.”
There is no approved posture for praying. It has become common to kneel as a sign of respect, but it is not strictly this way. In the Bible there are references to people sitting, standing, bowing down, falling on there face, spreading their hands out and lifting their hands above them. What is important is that you humble your heart before God. It is said he exalts the humble but, brings the prideful low. God wont work in  your life if you are someone who is full of pride and believe they are better than others. We are all sinners after all. Before you begin praying calm your mind and focus on what you feel. Take a deep breath and remember that God is God and how powerful he is and let whatever your say flow from the heart. But before we can walk we must learn to crawl. We must first learn the first stages of prayer before we can mature as Christians.

These are the first forms of prayer to master.

Vocal Prayer The spoken prayers. Where we speak our prayers out loud. We are usually taught this early on as children. Maybe saying grace, or at bedtimes. “Now i lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep” This is the most common known prayers. Many people turn this into a list of wants or bartering system. I will do this if you give me this. We need to remember that God is not a genie to grant wishes. It is alright to ask for what we want, but remember that God has a plan for our lives and we shouldn’t focus on all our wants in the world. We do this form of prayer first and usually do this all our lives. As our faith grows deeper and matures we move on to deeper forms of prayer. But first we learn to focus our minds on God and form our prayers. That is what we want to say and we say it. Just like talking. Anyone can say prayers out loud. They do need to be formed which involves attention and devotion. It needs to come from the heart and be honest and truth. Nothing can be hidden from God so no point in trying to lie. We need to be aware of what we are saying and saying it out of love.

Meditation When we meditate, we focus on God’s word or some part of his divine aspect. We try to think, What would God think about this matter or that matter. Or what is the deeper meaning of this verse or parable. Or one of the mysteries of God. It is primarily an act of intellect, and will of focus. We think about the supernatural matter and ponder what it means. Close your eyes and clear your mind and let the image of Jesus fill your mind. Clear out the days clutter. Push everything else out and think only of God and his love. Start small. You don’t even have to try to get answers at first just allow yourself to feel God’s love and your love for him. Just hold it in your mind and find God’s rest. There is plenty of stress in the world, but not much rest. God promises inner peace and strength. This is a way to find it. We apply the truth to our spiritual life. and We resolve practical ways to make the application of this truth in our physical lives. If a person meditates daily, in a short period of time he will either stop committing serious sin or will stop mediating. Meditation is fruitful at any level of prayer. It should be how you start your day with God.

Affective Prayer Similar to meditation, but different. In this form of prayer your will begins to take hold. This is where you begin to find habitual sin in your life and root it out. The soul receives consolations lead one to make acts of love towards the Lord. When making a resolution at the beginning of the year, one simply says that he will do such and such and then makes an effort to stick with it. However, in affective prayer, the will makes a certain resolution, aided by grace, which leads the person to make a true change in his life. At this point you should be looking within yourself to see where you lack in your spiritual walk. Rooting out any habitual sins and seeking to purge yourself of them.

Acquired Recollection
This is also called “prayer of simplicity” or “simple gaze” is the simple loving gaze upon the divine object. In it, we use our faculties to focus on our Lord, not using our intellect or imagination or emotion. It is a simple gaze of the will.

Acquired recollection demands the greatest recollection and requires us to master our faculties of intellect and will. This is so that we can be completely focused on the Lord and be still within.
Find a sort of inner peace. This kind of prayer is not one that should be forced. It is a settling within and letting God’s will flow into our own.

 

Once this kind of prayer has been fully developed you may encounter what Catholics refer to as the Dark Night of the Senses. it involves a prolonged series of aridities in which the soul experiences dryness in prayer. It is a painful state that tests the soul to see if it desires prayer for the consolations or because it desires God Himself. At this stage, the ability to meditate becomes difficult, even painful, as no fruit comes from it and the Holy Spirit wants to move the soul from meditation to contemplation.

It is necessary so that the soul can mature. Can grow closer to God and desire God more. Our soul needs to be purged of defects that still exist within it, defects which prevent the soul from being passively receptive to God’s grace. As a seed sprouts and struggles to  push up through the ground towards the warmth of the sun, so does our soul need to seek God even to struggle to push through this rough time and seek God’s nourishment. This struggle brings growth. What are some of these defects? There are three primary ones:

(a) Spiritual Gluttony: the soul has an inordinate attachment to consolations and begins to see them as ends, not means to the end.

(b) Spiritual Sloth: a laziness which creeps into the soul in which it does not strive for perfection anymore but is content with mediocrity in the spiritual life.

(c) Spiritual Pride: Since at this stage one is truly advancing in virtue, it is easy to become spiritually proud and to look down on others. But of course pride is the worst of sins and keeps one away from God.

This stage too is a spiritually dangerous one, perhaps the most dangerous of them all. Up to this Dark Night the soul has advanced in virtue, holiness and prayer. Yet at this stage it appears that one is backsliding: consolations disappear, temptations become greater and meditation dries up. So a person might flee from the Dark Night and regress into lower levels of prayer. The proper response to this temptation to regress, however, is renewing your trust in God, continuing to utilize acquired recollection in prayer, abstaining from seeking consolation, and seeking counsel from a good spiritual director.

This covers the first stages of Prayer. Thanks to Eric Sammson. I will continue my study of prayer and post more on it and the next stages of prayer.

Deeper Prayer

When we move into deeper levels of prayer we have moved from prayer that is initiated by man to prayer initiated by God. We have moved from meditation to contemplation. Also with the beginning levels of prayer, it is a warm safe relationship with God. It is simple. You put your faith in him and you can dump all your cares and concerns on him and expect him to take care of it. It is an immature relationship. Many never get past that level of relationship. They want to stay in that safe place and many miss out on a deeper level, because it is not always warm and safe. They pray behind closed doors and then go about their lives and don’t put their faith into action. You will never get deeper in your prayer life if you don’t make it active in the rest of your life. It also takes more work on our part. We have to seek his will in every area of our life. We have to carry that relationship out into the world where it may not always seem so certain and warm. Not always so safe to get there.

Sometimes referred to as seeking level. We would already be studying God’s word, this is the his standards, but we should now thirst more for understanding and knowledge of God. We should be seeking him more now.

Infused Contemplation
What is infused contemplation? It is the experiential knowledge of God that is infused into the soul by God. In other words, it is the invasion of the soul by the supernatural. In this stage, the soul is permeated and penetrated by Someone else. You should feel God’s presence more in life and your thoughts should naturally turn to him in everyday life. There will be confusion about what is right. The right choices are not always easy and not always evident. You may read God’s word and it says this, but in life it may seem like that is not the right choice. You have to seek Gods will and make it evident in your life. Sometimes this is not always easy. You have to learn to be comfortable with your mistakes. Accept them and commit to doing better. Hopes will rise and fall, but you have to resolve to go forward. Sometimes you will follow a path that ends with a dead end. Many can become discouraged by this and leave this level of prayer. A dead end sometimes is only a learning experience. You have to take out all the bad sinful habits in our lives. Seek God’s will and let him show you any area of sin in your life and get rid of it. Also, the soul who reaches this level of prayer does not discontinue the practice of virtue or charity; in fact, it usually will intensify.

Prayer of Quiet
This level is another form or a deeper form of infused contemplation, but it includes a special captivating of the will. This level of prayer brings spiritual delight, as the soul is absorbed in contemplating the presence of God. The benefits of this level of prayer is that often it can be experienced while the intellect is otherwise occupied. For example, the farmer tending his garden can experience the prayer of quiet during his gardening. While your hands do the work other parts of your brain are free to think deeper thoughts and contemplate deeper things.

Also consider this verse. It is mentioned in Romans 8:26, “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that we cannot express . . . he intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”

Here we can communicate more from the spirit. Where words are not needed to seek God. The Holy spirit is indwelling in us and our spirit can groan to him and everything is understood. Even if we don’t completely understand exactly how we feel.

 

HINDRANCES TO EFFECTIVE PRAYER

A quick list.

Listed here are some scriptures of things that will come between you and God that will make your prayers less effective.

-Sin of any kind: Isaiah 59:1-2; Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 1:15; Proverbs 28:9 God doesn’t like sin. It takes away from our holiness. Any sin will hinder the effectiveness of prayer.

-Idols in the heart: Ezekiel 14:1-3 Putting anything first in your life other than God is an idol.

-An unforgiving spirit: Mark 11:25; Matthew 5:23 God forgives those who forgives others. It is said, Forgive those who have sinned against” you so that your father in heaven will likewise for give you.

-Selfishness, wrong motives: Proverbs 21:13; James 4:3

-Power hungry, manipulative prayers: James 4:2-3

-Wrong treatment of marriage partner: I Peter 3:7

-Self-righteousness: Luke 18:10-14

-Unbelief: James 1:6-7

-Not abiding in Christ and His Word: John 15:7

-Lack of compassion: Proverbs 21:13

-Hypocrisy, pride, meaningless repetition: Matthew 6:5; Job 35:12-13

-Not asking according to the will of God: James 4:2-3

-Not asking in Jesus’ name: John 16:24-41

-Satanic demonic hindrances: Daniel 10:10-13; Ephesians 6:12

-Not seeking first the Kingdom: Only when you seek first the Kingdom are you promised the “other things”: Matthew 6:33

-When you do not know how to pray as you should, prayer is hindered. This is why it is important to let the Holy Spirit pray through you: Romans 8:26

Final Levels of Prayer

Moving from the deeper prayer to the final levels of prayer, It is said there is another dark time for further maturing. The dark night of the soul. At this stage, even infused contemplation is not possible; every faculty of the soul experiences dryness. But God reveals Himself in this darkness, and it leads to total union with Him. To be filled fully with the Holy Spirit. Your will and thoughts are in tune with God’s will. Where God is actively working and moving through you. This is the closest we can come to God here on the Earth.
But why is this necessary? Like the first Dark Night, it purges the soul of defects. One might be tempted to think that a soul at this advanced stage of prayer has no real defects, but this is not the case. A few of the defects the Dark Night of the Soul purges include:
(a) Involuntary distractions in prayer. At this stage one can still encounter the inability of the intellect and will to keep focus.
(b) Dullness in prayer. As one grows accustomed to infused contemplation, he can begin to lack full sensitivity to spiritual things. It is a type of spiritual sloth.
(c) Temptation to over-zealousness instead of charity. It is very easy at this stage to desire the same joys for our brothers and sisters in Christ that we overwhelm them in trying to help them. Instead of relying on God to move them forward, we try to force them along.

During this Dark Night of the Soul, the person experiences the final purification of the will. Any egotism, either conscious or unconscious, is replaced by a complete acceptance to the will of God. And that is the point of this stage: to unite one’s will completely with God’s will, so that the soul wants nothing other than what God wants. from Eric Sammons.

After this you can move on to the Unitive prayer. Where you are in complete union with the Holy Spirit. It’s presence is active within you and works through you.

Simple Union During the prayer of simple union, all internal faculties, including the intellect and the will, are gradually captivated and occupied with God. What is not captivated? Only the external bodily senses.

Conforming Union  This is also called “spiritual betrothal,” where both the internal and external senses are absorbed in the presence of the divine. At this stage, the person is in “ecstasy” where their body no longer responds to outside stimuli and is completely captivated by God.
Transforming Union If Level 8 is “spiritual betrothal,” then Level 9 is “spiritual marriage.” Conforming union involved the consent of the will to union, but transforming union is the union itself.  The soul and God are so united at this stage that they cannot be separated.

There is not much said about these levels. Those who have experienced it have sometimes said to feel electricity moving through them. Or total peace. The experience is totally indescribable and must be experienced to understand.

Our Model Prayer.

 

Our Father who is in Heaven, Hollowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, they will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven,  give us this our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thy kingdom, they power, they glory amen.

With our father who is in heaven we acknowledge God as our father and as holy. In prayer we should never forget to acknowledge his might and authority. We are to always humble our self before him.

With hollowed be they name and they kingdom come we are praising him recognizing his kingship. He is our ruler and king. We are to always remember to praise him and tell him how worthy he is to be praised.

With thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven, we acknowledge  that his will is best. He knows all our needs and what is best for us and everyone. We ask his will to be done in every situation and that he is ruler both in our lives on Earth and ruler in Heaven.

With give us this our daily bread, we are asking for our needs to be met. He knows what we need and that we have need of food, clothing, shelter. With him as our God we can be sure that we will always have what we need and will never be in want of them.

With forgive us or trespasses and those who have trespassed against us, we are confessing ourselves as sinners and repenting, and we are forgiving others. We need to always be confessing our sins as we are not perfect and God is aware of that. We also need to be forgiving others who wrong us since they are not perfect either and it is God’s will that we do so. For we will be judged with the same measure we judge others. We should also ask God to help those we wrong to forgive us and pray for those in need.

With lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil, we are asking for God to support us and help us resist temptation, and to deliver us from any evil situations we wind up in either by our own efforts or just plain bad luck. Until Jesus returns, there will be crap we have to deal with and the world will not be perfect. They only way we will get through it is with God at our side.

So when we begin in prayer we become sons of God and Brothers to Jesus. We move forward as disciples and then as friends. Then on to betrothal and marriage to God. This is only my summary of it, but I think it is accurate. Each level has it’s own requirements to meet to move on from as well as it’s own level of commitment and responsibilities to perform. At each level we have responsibilities to God, but also God as responsibilities to us as well. His will of course be unfailing. When we become his sons he has taken us into his family and there for will never abandon us, but if we want God to be more active in our lives and to get the most benefit from his blessings we need to seek him earnestly and move forward to a higher level of relationship with him. He will be more active in our lives and will carry out more responsibility in our lives. The greater our commitment to him, the greater his commitment to us. There is a difference in relationship levels with the Lord. He will be close and intimate with us as we allow him to be. In our physical realm there is a difference between friendship and sonship, serventhood and stewardship. Kingship and the marriage relationship. You are more obligated to your spouse than you are to a friend. Each have their benefits and responsibilities. You may love your friends, but you live and abide with your spouse. The commitment to a spouse is far deeper than to a friend. It is more intimate and intense.

I would like to take a moment to mention something I read in a near death experience. I believe her name was Jan Price. She mentioned having a life review and her errors were erased from her spirit. Her feelings of guilt were cleaned up and she was put back into her body without them. This I found interesting. The Bible says that God removes our sins from us. And exorcists who have faced demons have stated that the demons always attack them using sins they  know of, but they are unaware of confessed sins. In the spirit realm things work different. When you look at something you can see all about it and understand all about it. You perceive with other senses not like we use now. Demon can probably see this way when they look at us. They can see what we have done good or bad. It would seem to me like God removes our confessed sins. Not just forgives them, but removes them from our spirit. The things that would hinder our spiritual growth. This is of course just my speculation. Who can fully know all the ways God works except He himself.

Further Study:

Somebody said a prayer-Billy Ray Cyrus

When Mama Prayed-Randy Travis

Books

How to pray when you’re pissed at God

I will need to look up who wrote this book, but it is good to read. It is important to talk to God about everything, even when you are pissed at him. He knows everything that is in our hearts, how we feel, what we think. So there is no point in holding it in or trying to hide it from him. He is a big boy and can handle it. He knows how we are hurting and understands. It is important to keep the line of communication open with him even when we don’t always feel like it. He can help us heal.

Skill: Peeing Outside

11880556_10206903706168256_1907525563727763931_nThis may seem like a lame skill, after all who doesn’t know how to go number one. However a large portion of the population has a condition called shy bladder syndrome. This I where they are too nervous to go in an open environment or when others are around. It is not so easy then and can be frustrating especially if you are in hurry. This is the reason I couldn’t use urinals for a long time, which led to problems at work when I was in a hurry and a stall was not available. Something about standing there next to other people and sometimes very  inconsiderate people who will stand directly behind you at the urinal that you can practically feel their breath on the back of your neck. Not to mention that where I work half the time the small dividers will be ripped out of the wall by someone. They still haven’t caught who is doing it.
However if you can get past your shy bladder it can be beneficial to being able to go outdoors when needed. Mostly a benefit for guys, but they do make a device for women that allows them to go standing up. It is basically a specially shaped funnel. If you can get past the idea of carrying around a pee funnel in your bag or purse. Just be careful about where you go.
Normally I avoid doing this, but there was this one time I drank too much coffee before going to work. Luckily it was early in the morning before daylight. When I go to the longest stretch of road that I could see in both directions clearly I pulled over to the shoulder away from any houses and hurried around to the other side of the car. It was a relief.
Okay for this adventurous experiment, you need a bottle of water and privacy. This very male experience, does have a purpose of sorts. It is very straight forward and interesting. Have you ever tried this. Everyone urinates, fewer than you would think have done it outside. There is a sense of freedom in it. Hard to explain unless you have done it for yourself. A feeling of out of the norm. A sense of adventure really. Anyway the point of this experiment is a psychological one. You will need to really go so that you will have time for this.  You will need a large bottle of water. When you begin to urinate, start drinking. As far as possible you should try to drink the water straight down without pausing. (Don’t choke yourself though) You will feel quite bizarre sensations almost immediately. The water you expel seems to be synchronized with the water you are pouring into yourself. You should then visualize  your body to be organized in a way that the water you are drinking is directly exiting your body. It will feel as though your body has become simple and pulled inside out. Your complex intestinal system is absent.
Okay I admit this has little to do with Christianity and i am ready a new book on simple experiments for everyday life. I am trying to tie them in with Christianity and this one seemed so simple and fit with outdoor living. In biblical times it was common to use the great outdoors.

There are references to “those who pissesth against the wall” It was a common practice. Anyone who camps, hikes, or does any out door activity has done it at least once. This is an experiment that few have done i expect and thought i would post it to enhance anyone interested outdoor adventure. Just do it away from the campsite or ground water.

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This goes with the post toilet training.

Survival Game Rules

As you progress through this book, you will encounter game scenarios that you can use these rules for to help you learn how to handle situations. Like training exercises. You can use these rules to set up your own table top role playing games as well. While at the academy it is assumed that you will return to the academy after each game and have access to the facilities resources.

Survival Game Rules

                    So the rules are simple really. You will need a set of fate dice (fudge dice), or you can print the paper dice provided, or you can use regular 6 sided dice if you have them. Fate dice are six sided dice with  2 plus symbols, 2 minus symbols,  and 2 blank spaces. The pluses are plus 1, the minus are minus 1, and the blanks are 0. So the most you can get is plus 4 and the most you can go back is minus 4. During the game you will use these dice for your decision making. Any obstacle you try to overcome you will announce how you plan to do it. As long as it sounds reasonable the game master will allow it and you will roll. You take your roll score and add it to your stat that is required for that action. Like swim across a river. That will require use of your body stat. Roll the dice. If you roll 2 +, one -, and a blank that is 1 point. Add that roll to your body of 5 and you get six. (you can use regular dice as well. Just read 6 and 5 as +, 1 and 2 as -, and 3 and 4 as blanks)
So you have a score of 6 and the game master has said that the challenge of crossing the river is 5 body. That means your action succeeds.

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You will also need at least 4 tokens for game play. These can be anything you choose. Coins, buttons, stones. These are prayer tokens. Every player has the action of prayer in the game. This is calling out to God for assistance. In real life your prayer is not limited, but in the game you will have four tokens to use at a time. You can refill your tokens at a church, chapel, temple, holy place. Most cities and towns have churches, and even hospitals and airports provide chapels. Be creative. For using this ability in the game you announce you are going to, before your intended action, and turn in one of your tokens. You will need to have a spinner made already. Color one of the four sections red, blue, yellow, and green.
Red is divine intervention. God has helped you physically with whatever challenge is in store for you.
Blue is divine knowledge. The Holy Spirit has revealed some inside knowledge of your situation. (game master will give you a clue as to how to solve or proceed)
Yellow is Inner strength. God gives you strength and all your stats take a boost by  2 for this turn.
Green is silence. God stays quite and lets you sort it out as a learning experience.

When you make the spinner of course you can use whatever symbols you chose to represent the outcomes.
All you really need is a normal sheet of paper. Notebook paper will work, but copy paper looks neater.

Fold the sheet of paper in half hamburger style.
Tear/cut the paper along the fold. You will end up with two equal pieces.
Fold each half sheet in half hot dog style.
Fold down the corners of each piece so that the line up with the edge of the paper. Make sure the two pieces look the same.
Lay one piece over the other as shown. Fold one of the bottom piece’s flaps into the center. Fold the other flaps down in order as shown. Tuck the last flap into the first one.

The spinner is now assembled.
Fold the spinner over in both directions and then pinch both sides and push in. This gives the spinner shape for maximum spinning abilities.

Now moving on. The idea here is to think about survival and what you would do in that situation. The game gives you a starting place and a way to proceed.  If you printed the character sheet from the intro page and took the quiz you have your stats already. In the bestiary page you have a list of animals, enemy, entities, and so forth with stats. In order to beat them you must best two of their stats. That means two of your stats (body, mind, spirit) must be higher than theirs including their primary stat which will be the highest one of course. You will need these three dice in order to do combat. You may print them here if you do not have all three of these already. They are a four sided triangle die, a six sided cube die, and a eight sided diamond die.

This is your adrenalin roll. You know your fight or flight response. The cube die is the body die you add that roll to your stat and any modifiers from your gear section. The diamond die is your mind roll add it to your stat with any modifiers. and the Triangle die is the spirit roll add it to your stat with any modifiers. If you are successful then you best the enemy.You must best your enemy in two of the three areas. One must be their primary stat. If not then you lose. You have three heart lives. If you loose all three game over.
The gear section is where you carry all your stuff. Some of your gear will have stat modifiers that will give you a +1 of so to your stats. The bag you have has a weight limit to what you can carry. So when you add gear you may have to drop some you were already carrying.

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The game master should keep in mind the setting for the scenario such as season and environment. If the players are not dressed appropriately it is -1 to body stat. Certain animals and enemies will also cause negative stats such as a snakes venom would cause -1 to mind or spirit. A fever also will cause -1 to mind. Food poisoning -2 to body. Blow to the head -2 to mind. Forced to remove clothing -3 to body -2 to spirit. exhaustion -2 to body.

If there is a chance for poisoning flip a coin (or roll a die and use even poison, odd not poisoned)
Abilities. Body
Incapacitate: Someone with the path of Body has the ability that if their body stat with modifiers and roll is more that 6 above their opponents body stat they can incapacitate them without having to beat two stats.
Abilities. Mind
Confuse: Someone with the path of Mind has the ability to confuse their opponent in combat. If their Mind stat is 6 above their opponent’s mind stat they can achieve a -3 and a -2 to their opponent’s body and spirit stats.
Abilities. Spirit
Calm: Someone with the path of Spirit has the ability to calm their opponent in combat. It their Spirit stat is 6 more than their opponent’s they can calm them into not fighting and fleeing instead.

The Mental Exam

                     After your Physical exam you are led out the tent and back into the manor house. You are lead up stairs to a small dusty room. There is a large desk here and behind it sat a youngish man in a sweater vest in a large black comfy chair. You are seated in a chair not designed for comfort in front of the large desk obviously meant to display power to make you feel the need to show them respect. The young man had small metal rimmed glasses and slight facial hair that he ran a long finger across as he pssycregarded you.
“My name is Doctor Highgner. It is time for your mental exam.”
<Doctor Highgner 4/8/5 Dr. Highgner is  some what boring psychiatrist. When you return from an adventure or quest he will get your head straight>

 

 

blankboxDraw something in the square provided. Lines, shapes, circles. Doodle anything that comes to mind.

Now reflect on that. Look at it, what does it say about you? How do you connect to it.? List five things you think it says about you. Like toughness, passiveness, intelligence. What characteristics does this say about you.
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Now ask someone who knows you to look at it and do the same thing. List five things they think it says about you. (Don’t help them or let them see your list) Then compare the two lists. We often see ourselves one way, we build up an image in our minds, but it doesn’t always reflect out true behavior. Others tend to see completely different things in us. This doesn’t mean that either image is wrong. Just two different views of the same thing.

 

Once you have finished that answer these riddles to determine your mental aptitude.

Answer this riddle
A group of four men consisting of an older brother, younger brother, father, and grandfather, are walking to the train station in the dark. They come to a narrow bridge that leads up to the station. The bridge can only support two people at a time. They have only one flashlight between them and so after one pair gets across one of them needs to bring the flashlight back for the next pair. Each of them take a different amount of time to cross.
Younger brother take 1 minute
Older brother take 2 minutes
Father takes 5 minutes
Grandfather take 10 minutes
Each pair can walk across only as fast as the slowest man and the next train arrives in 17 minutes. How can all men arrive on time?
Next question Problem Solving
A farmer is trying to cross a river in a small boat. He has a fox, a chicken, and a bag of corn. He can only take one thing across the river at a time. If he leave the corn with the chicken it will eat the corn. If he leaves the fox with the chicken the fox will eat it. How can the farmer get all three safely across the river?
Next Puzzle Math
Three kids arrive at a carnival on Sunday morning. The man in the ticket booth tells them that the entrance fee is 10 dollars each so they pay a total of 30 dollars. However the man remembers that the tickets cost less on Sunday and the kids should only have paid 25 dollars. He sends his assistant to find them and give them back 5 dollars. The assistant can’t figure out how to split 5 dollars 3 ways so he give them each 1 dollar and keeps 2 for himself. This means each kid paid only 9 dollars to get in. A total of 27 dollars. The assistant kept 2 dollars making it 29 dollars so where did the missing 1 dollar go.
Next Puzzle Logic
A prisoner is given a chance to win his freedom. He is placed in front of two doors one each with a guard. Behind one door is his freedom and the other a lion that will kill him. He is allowed to ask one guard one question about which door is which. One guard will tell the truth and one guard will tell a lie. He doesn’t know which is which. What question would he ask to get the door to his freedom?
Last puzzle following directions
There is a cupboard with six slots. Three on top and three on bottom. Numbered from left to right. A jar in each slot.
1  2  3
4  5  6
Jane wants a cookie. She has to find the right jar. Here are the clues. The lentils are not on the top row and not in the middle.
The beans are not on the top row and are not next to the rice, which is directly under the flour.
The pepper is not on the right hand side and has a number that is two more than the flour and four more than the lentils. Which jar has the cookies?
Answers Here:
Older and Younger Brother cross together taking two minutes. Younger brother returns taking 1 minute. Father and Grandfather cross together taking 10 minutes. Older brother returns taking 2 minutes Then both brothers cross together taking 2 minutes. 2+1+10+2+2= 17
The farmer crosses with the chicken first and leaves it on the other side. Gets the fox and takes it across and takes the chicken back with him and gets the corn and leaves the chicken. Crosses with the corn and leave the corn and returns for the chicken and makes a final crossing with the chicken.
The three kids initially paid 30. They were given 3 back, which means they paid  a total of 27. The 25 plus 2 kept by the assistant. The 27 plus the three paid back equals 30. The 27 is added to the 2 taken by the assistant to create confusion. There is no missing dollar.
The prisoner should ask the guard. “If I were to ask the other guard which is hte door to freedom, What would they say?”
If he were asking the truthful guard the question he would respond with a lie because that is what the lieing guard would say. If he were asking the lying guard the guard would lie and both answers would be the same door which is the one with the lion behind it.
Jars in order are
1 lentils   2 Cookies  3 flour
4 beans     5 pepper   6 rice

Your New Identity In Christ

Your new identity in Christ.

                      If you have baggage. Troubled past and overwhelming emotions or damage. It can mean a new life and a new start. In these dangerous times, God is an ever-present source of inner strength and a help in trouble. See my post on what real physical effects prayer and meditation can have on the body.
But more than that, God knows everything that is going on. He knows the best course of action. He knows what trouble lays ahead. If adventure and survival is your game, He is an indispensable tool for your belt. A perfect travel companion. He knows the trail ahead before you even get to the bend.
He is faithful and will never abandon you. We all have fears sometimes of the unknown. God is a security blanket that is always with us. Always For us. When Egypt faced a famine, He warned them ahead of time through Joseph and gave him the plan to deal with it so no one would starve. He even reconciled him with his brothers and restored their family. God can prepare you for difficult times ahead and take care of your family and your personal problems too. He wants what is best for you, and when God wants something done, what man can stop him?
So why would you not want God? God doesn’t seek to control you. Maybe he asks for a standard of living. Don’t hurt other people (except in self-defense). Don’t spread lies about others, don’t treat your parents badly. basically don’t be an asshole. Is that really a bad price. I’ve read the Bible, i don’t see anywhere in  it that says you can’t go after a promotion or get that raise. No where does it say you can’t get that new car or job you really want. God cares about the things you want too. It does say not to make these things high priorities over caring for your family or making them all-consuming. I guess that is where people get discouraged by Christianity. It does require self-control. It is all right to want money, but to make it the highest priority in your life is the sin. It is all right to want nice things, as long as you aren’t hurting anyone to get them. You are supposed to put God first, so that everything else fall into perspective and your priorities are in order.
Is that really a bad thing. Is that new car more important than your wife or child? Don’t have a wife or child? Then if you have the money get the new car. The Bible doesn’t’ say you can’t have things, just keep your priorities in check.
Imagine you wake up and you have lost everything. You have managed to survive, but you have nothing left. Who are you? What are you? We identify ourselves with what we have and what we accomplish. Our homes, jobs, possessions and when we lose them we loose ourselves. Deep down at the core of who we are and our identity it should be that we are the adopted son or daughter of God.  In choosing God he takes us into his family and we become his child and nothing can take that from us. The world can’t take it away, the devil can’t take it away, we can not give it up or throw it away. Once we are his it is a permanent thing. We are his forever. He will always love us.
Your Heritage
Being a new creature in Christ means that the old you is no more. You have a new identity as an adopted child of God. This is something for you to hold on to always. You can not lose it. At the core of who you are this is the foundation to build upon. You can not lose it, the devil can not take it away, you can not give it up. That is right. Once you have taken this step you are His always. You may choose at times to walk away, but he will not walk away from you. He has excepted you and he will not abandon you, ever. He is Abba (Father).
You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Now on to the exercise. Build you family tree. Heritage was always important to the early Jews. They kept long family histories. Just reading the Bible you can see that. You may not be able to track your families history back that far, but you can start with your parents and work your way back at least a few generations to some idea of your place in history. It may seem like the Bible was just this historical record thing that happened a long time ago, but it is still going on. It may not be being recorded as cannon right now, but God is still working in the world and you are a part of it. By becoming his you are baptized into his family and he is using you in his will same as he was using believers before you. The world may have changed, but he hasn’t and he still works in the world today.
                          When God lead Abraham from his home to the promised land he would give him, this is part of your history as well. When God lead his people out of Egypt and through the wilderness, this is part of your history as well. You are part of his people. This was part of his plan for you. In making you he began forming you from the beginning of time. You can read the account of Abraham in Genesis and Moses in Exodus. Or if you only have your pocket  New Testament Stephen lays it out pretty well in Acts Chapter 7. This is part of your history and the history of Christianity.
Further study:
The Bible Series (tv show) and the sequel The Bible Series AD.
Print this bracket and place yourself in the middle and your parents on either side. Then trace your families backwards from there. This is your genealogy. This is what it took to bring you into existence. Consider that. If any of these couple had never met, you wouldn’t be here.
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                               Okay, so start at the beginning then. God created the universe. The Bible says 6 days (on the 7th he rested so not a day of creation)  There are scientists who have been studying universal background radiation that was present at the big bang and have been able to divide it down into 6 phases they believe symbolize the 6 days God mentions, but that is still speculation. The important thing to understand is God made it all. Another important thing to know is YOU DON’T HAVE TO UNDERSTAND IT ALL AT ONCE. It takes time. Most people are still learning themselves.
                          Get yourself a good Bible. The most favored are the King James Version (kjv) and the New International Version (niv) which has modern language and many find easier to read. I would suggest getting a one year Bible. It has the whole thing divided up into what you need to read each day to read it in one year. My mom and I have a One year chronological Bible that rearranges the books and verses into a chronological order. That is the order in which things happened. At the very least you should get a copy of the New Testament. If you really want to understand it better get a Life Application Bible. It has footnotes and explanations to what is going on and why. Also a little history information.
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                          Not much of a craft I know. Just have to print out the picture. It has little check boxes for each book of the Bible. As you work your way through it in the Heritage section of this book. Reading the Bible can seem overwhelming, You just have to remember one fact. You don’t have to do it all at once. It is something you can tackle a little at a time. If you are like me with a poor memory you do well just to remember the highlights and have no real hope of quoting scripture. I know the stuff that goes on and all the important things, but I can’t quote a verse and tell you book and chapter where it is. Many people can do this, but you don’t have to. It is all about a relationship with God. Not about being memory-man.
                           So God made Adam and Eve. The serpent that represents evil (devil or Lucifer) tricks eve into believing God has lied. She wants to be wise like God so she eats. It is not a sin to desire to be like God for God is perfect. But she disobeyed God’s command and believed God lied to her. She ate and sin entered the world. Adam followed too. It is not all eve’s fault as some male supremacists will claim. Men are just as guilty. God said that the hour they ate it they would surely die. This was a spiritual death. Not a physical one. That is they died to God. They were separated from him and it is also interesting to know that it follows the same pattern with own growth cycle. Children grow and are innocent until puberty and then it is like the person they were die and they become someone else. Full of anger and hormones and lose their innocence.  But that is just from my own mind and not taught anywhere. But that is the big and short of it with sin. Since the eating of the fruit all mankind has a sin nature. This is what leads us to doing it and separates us from God and being filled with a spirit of goodness. We can’t be good without him leading us. The world after the fall of mankind proves it. Starting with Cain who killed Abel to the fest of the world becoming so vile God killed them all with the flood. And now look at the world we live in today. Thanks to God’s leading we kept the world from going completely bad again, but it is still heading in that direction. Just taking longer. Giving God’s followers time to save those they can before he passes judgment.
So all are sinners. Me, you, everyone. That is where Jesus comes in, but not yet.
Abraham is called for God to set up his own special people. He creates the Jews to set up a priesthood for himself to bless and lead the world, but they fail to be righteous enough. But God still manages to set up  a priesthood and give them the ten commandments. This is God’s standards. We of course can’t live up to them completely, but God is the standard and he can’t change to suit us. It may seem like he is strict that is because he is perfect.  He is Just, he is righteous. He is unchanging. He is also love and mercy and peace.  He wants to be in a relationship with us. He loves us. But we are sinners and the two don’t mix. We can’t enter his presence without is righteousness killing us. Think like this. The tabernacle they built in the desert to take with them was to be God’s dwelling place among them. Only the high priest could enter there and only after a ceremony to cleans himself. He wants us, but we aren’t holy enough by ourselves. We are unclean to God.
God sets the standard for holy. He sets up the priesthood to allow us to be cleansed and draw near to him. There is a problem though with it. Namely the priests. They are not perfect and the animals they sacrifice are not perfect. Before the priests can offer atonement for the people they must first offer atonement for themselves. And this must be repeated because the people are not perfect enough to stay clean after it is done. The system has a flaw. It is important to note that animal sacrificing does not please God. For the price of sin blood had to be paid. This was a requirement. It doesn’t please God to kill. But the price of sin is death. Payment had to be made. But you have to remember that dead to us does not always mean dead to God. I believe animals have souls and when will kill them for whatever reason they return to God.
                              So skip ahead and Jesus is born to Mary. He is born without sin. He is perfect in God’s eyes. Just as the priests had to sacrifice a lamb without blemish Jesus is the lamb of God without blemish (sin) There is theories that the stable he was born in was the same one that is used to house the lambs that were raised for sacrificing. It was near Bethlehem where Jesus was born. He gave his life to be the perfect sacrifice for us.
               So we could repent of sin and draw closer to God the way he wanted us to.
God said he created the light and formed the darkness.  Notice he said formed the darkness. That is not to say that he didn’t make the darkness, but that he formed it. Like the light casts a shadow. Darkness is formed  when light shines. This is a good analogy for good and evil. God is good. He is the standard of good. He did not create evil, He can not do any evil act. He did form evil in that He sets the standard for good so that anything that does not measure up to that standard is evil.
A man fell in a hole. If you stop and pull him out that is good. It is a good act, therefore if you see him and ignore him and leave him there in the hole without trying to help him. That is evil. It is an evil act.
Further Study: (films)
Bible series and bible series AD
Genesis Code
What does it mean to be a Follower of Christ
                       So, how do you be a follower of Jesus. A lot of people talk about how important it is to be one, but few actually tell you much about the how to. I think that has to do with what it means and how so many misunderstand it.
To start off you must surrender your will to Jesus. So right there is where so many fall away. They look at that statement and think it means “I can’t have the things i want or i can’t do the things that make me happy.” It is a simple and common misunderstanding. It has more to do with attitude than physical things. The way you look at the world. Now that being said there is something to do with how you live your life, in the way you relate to people. You have to surrender your attitude. Change your views. We build up a wall as a defensive measure to keep people out of our intimate part of our selves where we feel vulnerable. Jesus wants into that part of us and to bring those walls down. We don’t like that, but it in necessary for strength. True strength. What we hide makes us weak. Jesus forgave us. What other people think doesn’t matter. All that matter’s is what God thinks. He knows and accepts us so those things don’t matter anymore. Once we accept that it is over. The pain and shame of what was done in the past is over. Only from here on out matters. The walls come down and we are leaning on God’s strength not our own. We don’t need that attitude any more.
Now in surrendering our will we must change the way we live our lives. Yes we don’t like that usually at first either. Yes we need to consider what we do and evaluate whether it is something Jesus would approve. things like addictions. anything we put before God’s will. Drugs are out. Obviously, smoking is not forbidden as long as we use moderation. Moderation is key in most things. As long as they don’t become center of our lives. Don’t drink in excess. If you drink so much you can’t stand up it may be time to pull back on the reigns.
How we treat other people. Do you look down on others, Be honest it may be hard to see ourselves in a clear light. Are you withholding forgiveness. God forgave us we must forgive others. Doesn’t mean you have to forget. If someone wrongs you, you need to forgive them as God forgave you and treat them as an individual. Don’t snub them or rub their face over anything. You don’t have to trust them in the future, just don’t go out of your way to be rude or judgmental. Look at them in your mind and remind yourself they are human just as you are. They aren’t in the right place in their heart and if you hold onto that hatred you wont be either.  Just let it go. They will get theirs eventually. God is a just God and vengeance is his. He is faithful.
Now as to what we do in our lives. 1 Corinthians 6: 12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but I will not be mastered by anything.
We have the right to do anything, but not everything is good for us to do in life. We can’t allow other things to take over our lives. Recreational things are fine, but don’t make them life consuming.
Luke 9: 23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
                We must deny ourselves meaning surrendering our will and take up our cross daily the struggle we have in our lives to pursue righteousness and purse Jesus.  Others will look at us a Christians and persecute us and call us names. They may even hate us, but that is our cross.  To pursue Jesus daily we must seek out to do the things we know will please him. Like helping others and doing what we know is the right thing and when you aren’t sure what the right thing is you seek God’s wisdom to figure it out.
Okay, so you are getting ready for church on Sunday even thought you got a million things to do today, the collection plate comes around and you are putting your money in even though you are short on money this week. You had a long day and you are pulling out your bible to read your daily passages even though you are really tired and want to go to bed. Does this describe you at any time. If you skipped church once in a while it would not be the end of the world, if you didn’t give everything you had to the church it would be okay, if you skipped reading one time who would really know. All of time is God’s, he is eternal, all things are God’s he doesn’t need your money, He doesn’t need your worship, The rocks and trees will cry out to him. He is God, he doesn’t need us he wants us. The things we do are outward indicators of an inward relationship. We do it to show him we love and want him more than those things. The inward relationship is what is more important than the outward indicators. Take a look inside yourself. Where are you in your relationship with God. He wants you to want him more than anything else. Put God first and all things will follow.
We all want miracles in our lives. God will perform miracles if you are devoted to him. You get the kind of relationship you put into it. When Jesus went to his hometown he could do very little there because they didn’t really believe in him and didn’t follow him. If you want God to work in your life you have to put in the effort. It is a hard truth to accept. We live in a broken world that holds to different values. Stress and pain everywhere. God is greater. He will help you with those things if you place your heart in his hands.
Further study:  (Book)
Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman