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  • Rebecca Moyers
    s words does not require any response from the listener It is in the moments after God speaks that the listener is required to act to respond in some way to the truth that they have heard This exchange in communication demonstrates a more interactive involvement between God and his creation that God is not only present but involved with His world Not only is God involved but he also is deeply concerned for his creation In stanza VI we see that God is present in the extraordinary things in life such as tragedy Icicles filled the long window With barbaric glass The shadow of the blackbird Crossed it to and fro The mood Traced in the shadow An indecipherable cause We get the sense of tragedy from the imagery Stevens uses in the first two lines The words icicles and barbaric glass brings with them the feeling of cold unmerciful harshness the kind of feeling that accompanies those unexpected events in life that leave one asking why me This time it is not the blackbird that is seen but its shadow It is in times of despair when God does not seem to be present but Stevens seems to suggest by the blackbird s shadow that God is present even then The moving of the shadow back and forth across the window echoes the pacing actions of one who is anxious but cannot take action This leaves the impression that God is present and emotionally involved in the extraordinary event The final lines The mood Traced in the shadow An indecipherable cause implies that God is sensitive to the suffering and that He is present even though He offers no explanation for the suffering Where stanza VI shows how God is present in the extraordinary events in life stanza VII shows that God is present in the ordinary things of daily living The persona addresses the men of the city asking them Oh thin men of Haddam Why do you imagine golden birds Do you not see how the blackbird Walks around the feet Of the women about you Steven s use of the color golden evokes images of the opulent and lavish ornamentation that is found in cathedrals and other traditional places of worship This is the key to understanding Steven s choice of the blackbird to symbolize God This stark contrast between the opulence and splendor of golden birds and the somewhat ugly ordinariness of the blackbird argues most effectively Steven s desire to represent God as someone who is near and approachable He further brings this purpose to light by pointing to the presence of the blackbird at the feet of the women This choice of words carries with it some very strong domestic feelings It draws to mind the picture of a woman barefoot and pregnant taking care of the home Here Steven s seems to be telling the men to look to the ordinary things in life not the formal and elaborate structures of

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  • Life and Kung Fu
    with whining and complaining which has been my option of choice for most of my life is hardly better It drains me of energy and becomes a burden to the people in my life More significantly though wasting my energy on whining and complaining blinds me to all the good things that are happening in life around me even in the midst of the troubles Finally I can choose to face these trials with grace and dignity Its sounds lovely doesn t it But how do I do that The answer I have come to is Faith In those times that cause the greatest distress I must dig down deep inside me and remember who I am and to whom I belong Knowing that an all loving all powerful God has everything in control affords me the option to rest peacefully while the storm rages around me It brings to mind the story of Jesus and his disciple as they were sailing to the far side of the sea A great storm raged that threatened to overturn the ship and kill everyone and yet Jesus slept peacefully through it Jesus did nothing while on earth in his own power but relied entirely on his Father and his Holy Spirit He did not fear the storm because he had complete assurance that he was in the hands of a great God with great plans And so through the troubles in life I can find peace when I have faith and completely trust in God who is my guide through it Faith in God is something I have been learning over the past 18 years not just the last 6 months What is significant about the refresher course in this is how it has impacted my training in Kung Fu Kung Fu is designed to better help you manage life Ironically in my case life seems to be helping me to better manage my training in Kung Fu Kung Fu is like a mini exercise in life In a very controlled setting with very specific goals you willingly submit yourself to a series of seemingly impossible tasks in which failure is a more common experience than success You are told to do things you know full well you cannot do Humiliation becomes a constant companion You are faced with tasks that repeatedly force you to make the choice Do I quit Run away Whine and complain Or do I face this with dignity and grace Many people quit or run away Whining and complaining is something I have become quite proficient in But facing it with dignity and grace Like in life that requires faith Eventually it is a faith in myself An assurance that I can dig deep down inside and find within what is necessary to accomplish the task at hand But all faith takes time to grow For the novice there is only faith in the Sifu and in the tradition of knowledge that has been passed down to

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  • Questions and Answers From Quartz Hill School of Theology
    Reserved Scripture taken from the the HOLY BIBLE New International Version Copyright 1973 1978 1984 International Bible Society Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers Volume 2 Number 1 Was there modern technology before the Flood How many non biblical books are mentioned in the Bible and what are they Volume 2 Number 2 Did Anyone Ever See God Face to Face In Romans 9 10 13 Paul Writes God

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  • Poetry Corner From Quartz Hill School of Theology
    Vol 3 No 1 Prayer Against One Kind of Temptation Once Satan Had Come and Teased Winging Home Celestial Metamorphosis Coming By Do Not Expect Perfection Deliverance Copyright 1997 by Quartz Hill Journal of Theology All Rights Reserved School Church

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  • Cartoon Corner From Quartz Hill School of Theology
    Cartoons are all by Don R Patterson President of Quartz Hill School of Theology Former Congressman Conselling Lacks Tact Swat Team Go With Your Strengths Pulpet Furniture Copyright 1997 by Quartz Hill Journal of Theology All Rights Reserved School Church

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  • Book Reviews From Quartz Hill School of Theology
    Vol 3 No 1 Before Abraham Was by Isaac M Kikawada and Arthur Quinn A Challenge to the Documentary Hypothesis Genesis Unbound by John H Sailhammer A new look at the Genesis creation account How to Read the Bible For All Its Worth by Gordon D Fee and Douglas Stuart A guide to understanding the Bible Copyright 1997 by Quartz Hill Journal of Theology All Rights Reserved School Church Publishing

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  • R.P. Nettelhorst's Books
    a strange request from him for a very large boat Shem Noah s oldest son on his way to Mars to accept a teaching position at the University of Mons His trip is not without its difficulties however someone on the space liner seems to want him dead Is the assassin an agent for the Federation Ham Noah s number two son a drunk geneticist with marital problems He s also attempting to make a genetic map of the Sea Dragon Japheth Noah s youngest son gets himself kidnapped by agents of the Outworld Federation who spirit him off to Titan City Titan a moon of Saturn But he ll escape and get the girl God Creator of the heavens and the earth tells Noah that the world s days are numbered with a boat being a good idea unless he can tread water for a long time Methuseleh and the Solar Union plan on destroying the Outworld Federation The Outworld Federation has similar plans only in reverse So the question of course is who will destroy the world The human race with a nuclear holocaust or God with a lot of water Or will it be a joint effort with the great flood as a simple mopping up operation Antediluvian click here for more info or to order What Dreamers Be These Rocks Tableland Book One Dreams of Nothingness Tableland Book Two Awakens the Dreamer Tableland Book Three The Tableland Trilogy This three book series is a fantasy very loosely based on the Gilgamesh epic Question what s a nice hermaphrodite like Longren doing in a myth like this Funny you should ask In fleeing his own mortality he got himself trapped in a quest for the Tree of Life Now he s lost in an alternate universe thanks to his friend a helpful disaster named Flet Longren s biggest problem has been getting used to the idea that two person sex could be normal Having a boy named Matthew and a young woman named Samantha along for the ride keep him facing the problem But the little things ah that s what put the camel in traction in this universe the world is flat not round the oceans are light years across the sky is blue plastic and the stars are screw in light bulbs the Aztecs are performing human sacrifices in St Louis demons are out to get him Longren had been a perfectly content astronomer teaching at the university on Alandra When his best friend died Flet showed up and nothing s been quite right since Click Below For More Info or to Order What Dreamers Be These Rocks Tableland Book One Dreams of Nothingness Tableland Book Two Awakens the Dreamer Tableland Book Three Somewhere Obscurely How would you describe Hell If your name happened to be Aramond Smith O Reilly you didn t describe it the same way as most men You couldn t Since most men would describe your life as Hell and you

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  • Quartz Hill Journal of Theology Contributors
    World He is married to Ruth Nettelhorst a third grade teacher at Nancy Cory Elementary School They have three children all daughters an nine year old in fourth grade named Vanessa a six year old named Nichole who goes by the name Toni in first grade and a six year old named Brittany in kindergarten An assortment of tropical fish two cats and a Golden Retriever allow them to share their house in Southern California Don Patterson Don Patterson is the Senior Pastor of Quartz Hill Community Church and President of Quartz Hill School of Theology He has pastored and ministered to churches in California and Arkansas for the past twenty two years He holds a BA from California Baptist University in Riverside and an MDiv from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley California Cartooning novel writing and back road exploring take up his precious moments of free time For the past eight years he has lived in Quartz Hill with his wife Karen an elementary teacher at Desert Christian School and two typically rambunctious teenage sons Jim West I have enjoyed two decades of study and teaching related to the Bible its history and its composition and contents Besides being immersed in the Gospel texts I have investigated the history of early Christianity its roots in Judaism and the various influences in the ancient world that shaped it Over the course of my studies I have acquired the Biblical languages of Hebrew Greek and Aramaic as well as modern languages French and German necessary to study the scholarly literature in the field In addition to my responsibilities as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Petros in Tennessee I am the Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies at the Quartz Hill School of Theology I have penned abstracts

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