A FRESH START…

Kintsukuroi (Original Image c/o Wikipedia Commons)

Kintsukuroi (Original Image c/o Wikipedia Commons)

2014-06-16 @ 06:10 CDT

With any grace, the above photograph and caption – which I found on Facebook – will be the perfect summary of my life as I portray it on this blog. (Wikipedia’s article on the Japanese aesthetic philosophy itself is well worth reading.)

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CHILDHOOD TRAUMA, ADULT FEAR

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

In hopes of helping people be a little more educated about an ongoing tragedy…

Originally posted on Island, Sea, and Sky:

The Human Brain (Credit: aboutmodafinil.com/cc)The Human Brain (Credit: aboutmodafinil.com/cc)

2015-06-23 @ 09:16 CDT

What a tragedy! Although the effects of childhood trauma and abuse are not strictly within the purview of this blog, this article, “Childhood Trauma Leads to Brains Wired For Fear” is something I want to save for my own reference – and to point out to others.

In my completely non-professional observation, exactly how that fear manifests itself in adulthood is mediated in part by personality type. An ENFP who has experienced such trauma will respond in notably different ways than, say, an INFJ will – for example, because the “cognitive process” at the bottom of the archetypal hierarchy, the place where so much of the trauma tends to be “stuffed”, differs from type to type. So even if an ENFP and an INFJ both experience PTSD (sorry for the alphabet soup!), they won’t experience it in quite the…

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FIVE INDICATORS OF AN EVIL AND WICKED HEART (ASSOCIATION OF BIBLICAL COUNSELORS)

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

(2Co 5:10 RSV) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive good or evil, according to what he has done in the body.

Originally posted on Scribal Habit:

"Far From the City" by Tredowski (c/o Google Images)“Far From the City” by Tredowski (c/o Google Images)

2015-06-01 @ 11:00 CDT

Sadly, this article has become far too pertinent to my life and has been so to the lives of several of my brethren in Christ. While I’m sure the ABC has positional problems of its own, what it says about the need for repentance and taking responsibility, among much else, really hits the mark.

Not wanting to evoke any particular person, living or dead, by my usual graphic header, I chose an image I found on Google Images using the search phrase “science fiction cities”. The original image is found here.

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THE “SEFER HA-BERITOT” (BOOK OF THE COVENANTS) IN FOUR EDITIONS

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

Another project I’m glad to have finished…

Originally posted on Scribal Habit:

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2015-05-27 @ 09:45 CDT

I’ve spent a fair amount of time last week assembling and indexing four PDF files featuring the Letteris Edition of the Masoretic Text (Hebrew-KJV) and four editions of the New Testament. Three of the latter are Hebrew New Testament versions: those of Delitzsch, Margoliath, and Salkinson-Ginsburg. The fourth is the Westcott & Hort edition of the Greek New Testament.

Sefer ha-Beritot (Book of the Covenants) is what the Christian Bible is generally called these days in Hebrew.

The following links to my Dropbox folder will enable you to download the corresponding PDFs:

LETTERIS/DELITZSCH

LETTERIS/MARGOLIATH

LETTERIS/SALKINSON-GINSBURG

LETTERIS/WESTCOTT-HORT

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DAILY COLLECTIONS 2015-05-27

Sunset Rays (Author Unknown)

Sunset Rays (Author Unknown)

2015-05-27 @ 09:00 CDT

It’s been a long time since I put up a post of any kind here, let alone one of my Daily Collections from emails I receive. Here is the collection for 2015-05-27 as a slideshow on Photobucket.

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THE BEAUTY OF LIVING UNDER GRACE – PART 01

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

Some thoughts for this Sabbath day – and beyond…

Originally posted on Scribal Habit:

(Psalms 130:7 NKJV) O Israel, hope in the LORD; For with the LORD there is mercy, And with Him is abundant redemption.
(Galatians 5:16 RSV) But I say, walk by the Spirit, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh.
(Galatians 5:17 RSV) For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you would.
(Galatians 5:18 RSV) But if you are led by the Spirit you are not under the law.

“Under the law”, of course, means under its penalty, which is where the Aaronic sacrificial system kept people. It could not either truly forgive sin or else prevent new sins from happening. Israel was one sacrifice away from the death penalty at all times, as it were. This is why Paul wrote elsewhere:

(Hebrews 2:14 RSV) Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself [Jesus Christ] likewise partook of the same nature, that…

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PTSD Facts and Fables

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

As I told the author, “I have a close friend with PTSD and in her honor I will repost this on my personal blog. Thank you very much for this comparison.”

Originally posted on Never Howl Alone:

Facts and Fables…Fighting PTSD

Like with every mental problem or disorder, there are a lot of fables and myths about PTSD. That’s not that strange, people can’t see it or they don’t understand it, but it can be very frustrating to those of us who suffer from it.

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So, let’s set some things straight today!

Fable 1

Only veterans can get PTSD.

Nope. Anyone who suffers from a traumatic experience can get PTSD.

(Sexual) abuse, the sudden death of a loved one, domestic violence, serious injury, witnessing or going through a terrifying event and more are all causes for PTSD.

Fable 2

Everyone who experiences a life-threatening event will develop PTSD.

Although it’s true that a lot of people have symptoms of PTSD after a life-threatening event, they can reduce after a couple of months. But, only when you still have the symptoms of PTSD 10 months after the event…

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A SIMPLE REFUTATION OF THE “LUNAR SABBATH” ERROR

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

Prompted by something a friend mentioned to me on Facebook…

Originally posted on Scribal Habit:

Lunar Crescent from Boulder, CO. (c/o Komar.org)Lunar Crescent from Boulder, CO. (c/o Komar.org)

2015-04-12 @ 13:30 CDT

For some strange reason I have yet to track down, some people who realize that the New Testament, like the Old Testament, upholds the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath and the Festivals and Holy Days of Leviticus 23 think that the weekly Sabbath is linked to the phases of the moon. I wonder how many of them realize that they are simply reviving a simplified version of the Babylonian Sabattu, which was also so linked. Since many of the same people would reject anything remotely connected with ancient or prophetic Babylon once they knew about it, that fact should give them pause.

But even apart from going into the logic of the biblical calendar, one can reduce the whole “lunar Sabbath” thesis to absurdity by looking at some practical examples in the Bible itself. I will just give…

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SONG OF SONGS 8:1-16: 7TH DAY OF UNLEAVENED BREAD

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

And now, for the 7th Day of Unleavened Bread…

Originally posted on The Music of the Bible Revealed:

2015-04-10 @ 06:00 CDT – (יוחנן רכב)

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SONG OF SONGS 7:1-16: 6TH DAY OF UNLEAVENED BREAD

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

For the 7th Day of Unleavened Bread: yet another repost… :)

Originally posted on The Music of the Bible Revealed:

2015-04-09 @ 06:00 CDT – (יוחנן רכב)

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SONG OF SONGS 1:1-4: FULLY POINTED

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

The first verses of the Song of Songs, as deciphered by SHV, ever recorded (in 1976)…

Originally posted on The Music of the Bible Revealed:

2015-04-08 @ 10:45 CDT

By coincidence – if that’s what it is – the next video in my ongoing project happens to be Song 1:1-4 as sung on the Volume 1 recording by cantor Adolphe Attia. Here it is.

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