Chicken Soup with Chopsticks (Excerpts from Chapter One)

Written by Jack Botwinik

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It wasrepparttar first time we had held hands. Thoughts ofrepparttar 148245 biblical symbolism ofrepparttar 148246 serpent andrepparttar 148247 fact that she was Chinese pulsated through my mind. Atrepparttar 148248 same time, I was taken aback by her forthrightness. It was only our second date. I took a slow, deep breath.

“As you know, Belinda, I’m marriage-minded. You told me you were too. But, I’m not interested in just getting married, having children, and leading a normal life. That’srepparttar 148249 minimum of what I would expect. I want to reach forrepparttar 148250 moon, grow together with a life-long partner, embark on an adventure with this person that would make a difference inrepparttar 148251 world.”

The snake began to slither its way up my sleeve, and I pleaded for help. I don’t recall anything else we talked about that evening.

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When I met Belinda, I had little interest in religious Judaism. I was unaware of its unique spiritual treasures and their relevance to today’s world. In fact, like many of my peers, I had an affinity for secular Jewish culture, and that is where it stopped...

In college and university I took courses in political philosophy and became interested in Marxism, Platonism, socialism, humanism, feminism, and any other “ism” that was popular in academia. I wondered if any of them wasrepparttar 148252 key to fixingrepparttar 148253 world and ushering in a utopia. I delved intorepparttar 148254 teachings of Christianity and Buddhism. I traveled torepparttar 148255 Arctic for a month, hoping to taste native spirituality. I joinedrepparttar 148256 army and sought, but did not find, patriotic pride. I spent two summers in Israel working on a kibbutz and interviewingrepparttar 148257 vatikim, or elders, those idealists who leftrepparttar 148258 relative comfort of their European homes inrepparttar 148259 '30s and '40s to go to a harsh and barren land and pioneer a new experiment in socialism. At one point I seriously considered moving to a kibbutz and dedicating my life torepparttar 148260 principle “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” Later, when I moved to Toronto, I toyed with New Age ideas and started frequenting an ashram...

Belinda and I began to explore different religions together, and we frequently talked about spiritual matters. We also talked about Disney, travel, computers, and Indian food. We were amazed at how much we had in common. Like typical romantic couples, we spent most of our free time with each other, sometimes engaging in juvenile activities. One of our favourite pastimes was to go to parks and look for trees to climb. Once we played an entire game of Chinese checkers seated high up on tree branches, with a bag of snacks hanging beside us.

I knew that when my parents found out about my latest girlfriend they would vehemently opposerepparttar 148261 relationship unless, perhaps, Belinda were to convert to Judaism. I feared being ostracized by my immediate family. Perhaps on a deeper level, I feared cutting myself off from my ethnic roots. As painful as these thoughts were, they did not deter me from pursuingrepparttar 148262 course on which I had already embarked.

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The heavenly vision

Written by Adeolu Oluade

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There are people who seek to destroyrepparttar heavenly vision by diverting,weakening,deceiving,and frustrating those who are trying to fulfillrepparttar 148219 heavenly vision.

Nehemiah 2:20(King James Version) "Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem."

Such people are handled withrepparttar 148220 meekness of wisdom (James 3:13); instead of descending to fight them at their own level of ungodliness.

Romans 15:4(King James Version) "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort ofrepparttar 148221 scriptures might have hope."

To become a lover of God and his work like Nehemiah everyone has to become a covenant child of God. This is possible by entering into a covenant relationship with God throughrepparttar 148222 Lord Jesus Christ. To do this,one has to repent of one's sins and believe in Jesus Christ as one's personal Lord and Saviour (Acts 2:38). If one is favoured by God to berepparttar 148223 first person to catchrepparttar 148224 vision,one (the visionary) needs a network of other people especially other covenant children of God to fulfill it. Forrepparttar 148225 heavenly vision to be fulfilled,'the visionary' also needs to fully depend on Godrepparttar 148226 vision giver. And if one is favoured by God to support 'the visionary',one should make one's contribution 'as untorepparttar 148227 Lord'. When confronting enemies ofrepparttar 148228 vision,one should remember not 'to wrestle against flesh and blood (Eph 6:12)' or 'to fight with carnal weapons' (2 Cor. 10:3-6).

Nehemiah 6:15-16(King James Version) "Sorepparttar 148229 wall was finished inrepparttar 148230 twenty and fifth day ofrepparttar 148231 month Elul, in fifty and two days." "And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and allrepparttar 148232 heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God."

The fulfillment ofrepparttar 148233 heavenly vision brings shame to its enemies; joy torepparttar 148234 network of its supporters;and glory to God its giver.

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