About

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(Construction in Progress) Male; (Way!) Over 21; Located on West Coast (no! – not that one. There is more than one country in the World with a coast on the west ya know? – Hint: think South (of the Equator) – A Great Southern Land, in fact.

A lover and a believer, just probably not as you may understand the terms.

Outspoken on many issues, always willing to express my opinion (probably more than can be said to be ‘wise’) and happy to listen to those of others, but never 100% certain in my own infallibility. There is only one thing I am 100% certain of – that something unites us all – and unites us to everything else.

A Lover…

…a seeker of Wisdom…

… Β in all it’s many guises. : )

79 thoughts on “About

  1. Love, Hope you are having some good down time, and just wanted you to know I thought of you today, and sent up a prayer.

    LOL “there is more than one west coast on this planet!”

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  2. why are there numbers beside our names in the blogroll???

    are you implying that i’m 57 years old? seeing as how that STILL makes me younger than Tam, i don’t wanna complain.
    but i feel the need to note that i’m actually the same age as Alece (who is not 26).

    i’m just sayin!

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  3. Mandy,mandy,mandy,mandy,mandy…

    Wise, sage, old Bless’d Tam has taught me the error of my (vengeance seeking) ways.

    I had hoped that you might have also had your ass whooped learned a valuable lesson from Her Graciousness but it seems the folly of youth continueth still πŸ™‚

    But since i can follow my Master’s widom i can forgive you anything and am happy to answer your slightly viciously loaded question.

    The numbers, as you correctly suspected, are NOT representative of your age. Like Ed i am far too much of a gentleman (COUGH!) to ask a lady her age (how old is that exactly, Hun? πŸ˜‰ ) nor would i ever stoop so low as to publish a lady’s age on the net for ALL the world to see (She turns the big Three-Oh next year folks!!!)

    Clearly Ed has reached double figures by now surely?

    No the Numbers are the number of your (most commonly used) name – Mandy in your case and not Amanda (34 – Ooooh!)

    Total is derived from the addition of the ‘places’ of each letter in the English Alphabet (Queen’s english – 26, not Southern english – 19! y’aww) πŸ™‚

    M(13)A(1)N(14)D(4)y(25) (you may need to take off your socks to get to 26!?)With me nowfriend? πŸ˜€

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  4. i’m with you!

    i took my socks off and i’m laughing my @$$ off… especially bc you used THAT word here, AND actually published to the www that i’ll be turning 30. you are oh-so-subtle!!!

    but, still, i’m left with a question: WHY numbers???

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  5. Leesh – i have answered this q once but am happy to do so for your eddy-fik-ation:

    Wow! is because the numbers of your first name add up to the same total as G O D ! – 26!

    Also, by pure coincidence, the total number of letters we use in our spoken language today (unless you speak American ‘Southern’ πŸ˜‰ ).

    It was this that most attracted me to compare numbers and letters (although i had done it as a kid when we were ‘into’ codes and code-breaking).

    And to bring in Mandy’s q here…

    We understand things because of various ‘base’ systems.

    Our most common ‘bases’ are 10 and 26 in the English speaking world today.

    Our numbering system is a decimal, digital (man has 10 digits) base 10 system
    while our spoken word is an alphabtical (base 26) system. Our computers use ONLY a binary (base 2) system to do all the things they do for us in our communications/use of them.

    Occasionally i can find ‘useful’ patterns that are not obvious in one system by transposing things into another system

    For example: seven(7) in base 2 is: 111;
    Christ in base 10 is: 77; and
    111 in base 26 is ‘G’

    Music that is most often used in our culture is a ‘base 7’ coding (7 notes) although it also has 5 semitones.

    I happen to think that all things are ‘connected’ – in one way or another πŸ˜‰

    Mandy – WHY numbers? 2 reasons:
    1. i LIKE them – they never lie (we humans can make mistakes but the numbers always ‘make sense’ to me.
    2. Rev 13:18

    i’m just sayin… πŸ™‚

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  6. Love – Alece, you need to go hi-jack Miss Mandy Pants WW!

    I’m fading fast here – I need something to work with over there…

    hurry!

    Love you Love!!!

    you too Alece!

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  7. my gosh my brain hurts.

    Love, i’ve just gotta take your word for it. numbers are important, and important to you. unfortunately, i don’t even know music theory – so the analogy was LOST on me.

    i hang my head in shame.
    but NOW i know where everybody came from to finish out WW last night!

    😯

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  8. Since you’re back on the numbers thing, I thought I’d share a discovery I made when doing the word study on ‘love’ that I referenced on another of your posts a while back.

    The Greek work ‘agape’, describing God’s love that we are to have for one another, is the 26th word listed in Strongs Concordance of the New Testament (at least in the computer version of it that I have). That basically just means listing the words alphabetically (beginning with ‘alpha’ from the Greek alphabet), that word for ‘love’ was number 26 (that’s how you look up words in the concordance once you’ve found their number in a Greek/English interlinear translation.

    I just thought it was interesting since your system also assigns God the number ’26’, and from 1 Jn. 4:16, we know that “God is love” (‘agape’-26 =)!

    D-

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  9. D – I LOVE that! (and that you noticed it ‘for’ me) πŸ™‚ Thank you very much!

    Leesh – Duhhh! i eat hamburgers outside IN :-)))

    Mandy – YOUR brain Hurts??? You’ve only had to READ it – mine THINKS it – daily! i need sympathy! (and maybe a little profesional help?) Hang your head in shame? Head’s UP young lady – your talent puts mine into shame every time!

    and i don;t know WHAT you are referring to? I don’t even KNOW a Sharon Mac!!! Whats a WW anyway? πŸ™‚

    Bandy (Sorry – after Ric’s comment that might take a time to get out of my head 😯 )
    WEll… since YOU’ve decided – i’ll see what i can doo – only ‘cos it’s yoo though! πŸ˜‰

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  10. Well thanks Love! You must have vibed the batting eyelashes and loud laugh all the way over there! πŸ˜† hahaha!

    Little kids tend to call me Bandy b/c they can’t pronounce the r. πŸ˜‰ haha

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  11. Came across your blog through Mandy’s. Really like your series on the seven sins. I really haven’t thought about those in the context of the Word and it was helpful to see what your research has resulted in. Looking forward to more wisdom from you on that and other issues πŸ™‚ Be blessed πŸ™‚

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  12. Welcome G (GC? GCH??) πŸ™‚

    I am glad that my friends in cyberspace have been kind enough to respond to those posts as i have learned more about myself in the process and have learned more aspects of the ‘Sins’ than i knew of before and so can now have a better chance of overcoming them now that wareness is improved. Thank you for your words and i hope we also soon become friends. We are already closer because of Him! πŸ™‚

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  13. :mrgreen:

    laborious?
    stumped you? (ow!)

    I AM impressed πŸ™‚

    how far you’ve come for a girl from Mo. πŸ˜‰

    your ‘crest’ seems a long way now from yer rutz!

    Please don’t take this the ‘wrong’ way – but is your avatar looking at Vinny after he just fluffed?? πŸ™‚

    I love it πŸ™‚

    ‘Cara’ ♥

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  14. Ok, what kind of a believer are you? What term are you using? Man alive dude, looks like you got a lot of girlfriends after ya! Maybe even some stalkers? πŸ™‚ Just kidding

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  15. A J – i have to agree – lots of da ladies seem to love love! πŸ˜‰

    And Tam is definitely stalking me – and i would not have it any other way πŸ˜€

    Sad part is – just about all these lovely ladies are happily married and i don’t go there, girlfren’ – so we remain very good friends and they all bless me beyond belief.

    As to what kind of believer am i?

    UN-traditional would be an appropriate word. I read and have faith in Scripture – but not always as literally as some and sometimes more generally than most.

    I don’t attend any church but commune with God ‘one-to-one’.

    I believe God is far greater than just a single (male) personality and is in and is ‘everything’ that the human mind can conceive and infinitely more besides, but accept that he is more than able to assume one (male personality) to suit His purpose at various times.

    I believe Jesus Christ is the greatest single role model for a human being i know of.and that any individual is able to establish a direct and personal connection to Him through faith and works (upon their own beliefs/thoughts, for, while it is He who may be the creator of the relationship, our thoughts/will can be the things that prevent us from accepting what He is able to offer and if we are ever to join Him it’s up to us to DO what we must in order to let his Will live and grow within us. We may not make Him – but we can and often do reject Him – even those who pretend to themselves that they don’t)

    By the term believer i mean a human being – since there is not one of us who – at the very core of who he or she is – does not believe in something which remains forever unprovable by them, be they Christian, Hindu or Atheist. (Or any other label people might have stuck to them).

    Some people place very limited understanding on the term, such as only one who believes in (their) True God/Belief they way they see and do it, accusing all others of UNbelief.

    I believe ALL religions (well, what most might define as the ‘major’ ones and given that their is no single major religion but rather a muddled collection of what amounts to ‘sects’ grouped under a very vague umbrella term like Christian or Muslim or Judaism) contain some members who are of the True Faith – that is who do what God teaches them to the best of their present abilities – as well as many who are in it more for what they get out of it here and not in the hereafter. (And i don’t ascribe to that sort of belief as being in any way ‘true’ – the great deceiver is at work in them).

    I believe that humans can and do change over time- some for the better, many for the worse – and that even so called ‘holy men of God’ may fall into the latter category. (and yes, i can too if and when i place more Faith in ‘me’ and my ego than in Him).

    Did that Help your understanding any? or just leave you more confused than ever? πŸ˜‰

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  16. Stumbled across you some how. Don’t remember how, but enjoying the read from the “down under”?

    Back to the numbers thing. I ran across a guy 30 years or so ago that coined a new term, “Theomatics”. You can google him. Not putting my endorsement, but grabbed the idea the 37 was significant. As I remember, he describes it as God’s fingerprint in the Word.

    So there you have my blog: 37stories.wordpress.com. Hope you enjoy. I will place your blog on my blog roll as Australian. Hoping that is right?

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  17. Welcome Archie πŸ™‚

    Thanks for droppping by – i have googled Theomatics and can see there is much more to read pro and con i thank you for that but supect i may now spend considerable chunks of time getting down to the logical truth or otherwise of it – still i like that sort of challenge πŸ™‚

    And yes put me down as Aussie but remember i have a strong English heritage spending my first decade there and having English parents!

    And it did not take me long to realise 37 is 111/3 πŸ™‚

    Also 6×6+1 πŸ˜‰

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  18. Tam -come baaaack! i MISS my stalker πŸ™‚

    AJ – in all truth i could not tell you what the ’emerging church’ are, do or believe so i cannot honestly answer that question. Even if we held similar beliefs in some respects i can’t imagine me actually joining one of them either since, currently, and for all my ‘religious’ life (as compared to my entire life – i was once more atheistically inclined), i have preferred to go one-to-one with God and not have to follow what someone else thinks about Him as i know He is more than capable of communicating with me through my own brain about how to recognise Him. Like everyone though – my perceptions are subject to some degree of error and it is up to me and God’s Will how i go about recognising and correcting that.

    Scripture is a great aid in this. Providing one realises that our human pre-perceptions affect the meaning we gain from it. Otherwise it just supports one’s own internal (ie. not perfectly of God) Biases and we learn little – if anything – of Him.

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  19. Yes, God will let you know what’s going on. We are created to belong to the body of Christ, that’s in Romans, I think. It is in and with the body that I do the most spiritual growing. Relationships are messy but I believe how well we get along with others is a good way to measure our spiritual growth and gives us great insight into how God loves us. Why do you want to worship alone?

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  20. ‘Want’ to worship alone…. Hmmm… i never thought of it that way!

    Every time i have been to a church worship i have felt decidedly uncomfortable – quite the opposite from how i feel when i commune with Him in quiet contemplation. There is just something in them that comes across to me as being ‘phony’ – artificial somehow – it is difficult to describe exactly.. like people are putting on an act for God and think he’ll be fooled by it – maybe because they are fooled themselves and perhaps they genuinely believe they are in His house and are doing what He wants them to do in church, for an hour or two a week, and then they go back to living their ‘normal’ lives once out the door. And i feel almost obliged to act the same way.

    This has been my ‘experience’ – on every occasion.

    Some of the most unchristian people i know go to church ‘religiously’ and then seem to think they can behave how they feel like the rest of the time.

    And i know you know some people like that! πŸ™‚

    If i don’t behave the same in church as i do out of it what is the point of going?

    I’d rather learn to ‘do’ church every minute of the day than attend once a week.

    Jesus never built a hall and tried to get people to visit Him in it – he went out and did His Ministry wherever he found those in need. And they were everywhere They still are.

    Those who find a benefit from being part of a crowd of worshippers together united in one place for a certain time are quite welcome to continue to worship in the way they believe in.

    I have not yet found either a place or a need (nor felt a command) for me to do as them.

    If anything the reverse is true for me.

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  21. I love this perspective. What I find ironic about me reading this is that we just discussed this in our church….the piece about being who you are at church, not something you aren’t and that God loves you for that.
    I searched a lot of years before I found a church that allowed me to just be me and where I did not feel I had to act differently on Sunday morning. I can honestly say I know where you are coming from.
    I can also say I totally love how you worship. Many people would just walk away from faith if in your shoes because they would have only seen the negative in your journey where you have seen the positive in being one-to-one. I am no pastoral mentor here by any means, but I might be inclined to think that this is what God’s plan is. He realizes he needs you one to one and this is where you serve best.

    Now, all that said, based on reading there are a lot of West Coasts in this world. I manufacture educational maps and globes for schools and know of many. So, your location is pretty clear to me but I would love a latitude/longitude. Based on something above I am thinking Aussie??? It might have even been cleared just not sure if I read all of it.

    My curiosity on location is selfish. My wife and I travel at least once a year out of the country. Looking for great new places to go.

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  22. Hi Joseph – sorry it took so long geting back – i took my Sunday off. πŸ˜‰

    Thank you for your understanding, as you rightly said it is about where each one of us can ‘serve’ best. Each one of us has our own unique sum collection of ‘gifts’ and abilities.

    I think it is excellent you work at giving American’s globes and maps, there does seem sometimes to be a real need for that amongst your fellow citizens who at times can seem to be rather more concentrated on their own part of the world than most, often to the exclusion of an awareness of any other country..

    My West Coast is the boarder of the Indian Ocean’s eastern boundary and my Home City is the most isolated City of comparable size in the world with a location of 32 deg S and 116 deg East. Basically if you headed East from your home and passed through North Carolina, got on a boat and continued sailing due east till you hit Bermuda…

    You’d then be exactly on the opposite side of the world to me! From there you could take a straight line in any direction and if you kept on going in that direction you’d come to Perth!

    Australia certainly has some quite unique features but if you came to Perth you may find you feel like you have not left your Own home (apart from the fact we drive on the Left here!)

    Oh and there are no Starbucks in this city – yet! πŸ˜‰

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  23. Bob — it’s been far too long since I’ve been in touch. But you are on my mind so strongly tonight. Maybe “on my heart” would be more accurate. Just want to say “hi” and let you know I’m thinking of you. I hope you are well.

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