[VIDEO] 3 Ways The Devil Tempts Men

Hello,

I told you I would give you a video this week and I have. The video below is me talking about 3 Ways The Devil Tempts Men.

I covered this in a previous blog post:

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3 Ways The Devil Tempts #Men | #mensministry #Jesus #theology

Hey everybody, You can watch the summary here: https://youtu.be/QEBQtZmLGB4 Today I am going to talk about something that Jesus showed me when I was reading Luke the other day, how the devil tempts men in particular. Let’s look at the passage I was reading, Jesus’ words are highlighted in red, the devil in bold: (Luke… Continue reading 3 Ways The Devil Tempts #Men | #mensministry #Jesus #theology

This is also a good time to tell you I’ve split my work YouTube channel and my personal YouTube channel into 2 different channels. My Hope Like Rivers YouTube channel will service my blog www.hoperivers.com and my Ride The Fader Productions YouTube channel will service my business www.ridethefaderproductions.com.

xxx

What is Master Morality?

Good evening all,

Today we are going to talk about Master Morality!

Master-Slave Morality is a central theme of Friedrich Nietzsche’s works, in particular the first essay On the Genealogy of Morality (FNietzsche.com 2020), where Nietzsche argued that there were two fundamentally distinct types of morality in the world: Master Morality and Slave Morality (Approved Scholars 2020).

Master Morality values pride, strength and nobility, while Slave Morality values things like kindness, humility and sympathy (FNietzsche.com 2020). The former has always originated in the noble or aristocratic classes (Approved Scholars 2020) as well as influencers (Boring-Bray 2020). Slave Morality, however, originated in the weak, disenfranchised and poor. According to Nietzsche, the purest existing form of Slave Morality was found in Christ’s teachings, the best expression of the moralities core ideas being the Beatitudes (Big Think 2020).

The Master Moralists are strong, creative, wealthy and powerful and do whatever they like. They love themselves and see themselves and any others like themselves with strength of both mind and wealth, glory, ambition, excellence and self-actualization as good (Big Think 2020) Lots of times, as they have the power, they also influence the morality of others (Boring-Bray 2020).  

Since the powerful or those with some strength favour Master Morality, its followers are few (Big Think 2020). This does not bother Master Moralists who are compelled to segregate themselves from the “lower beings” (Slave Moralists) anyway, whom they feel they do not have duties to, as they possess the opposite of their proud disposition. Therefore, Master Moralists proceed to act in whatever manner they wish towards the “lower beings” (Approved Scholars 2020).

Essentially, this morality type involves a lot of excess power and pride and they don’t care about or desire the approval of everyone and they reflect less, as they care more about the results they’ll get (Boring-Bray 2020).

The two value terms that are applied in Master Morality are “good” and “bad.” (Approved Scholars 2020). Master Moralists weigh actions on a scale of good or bad consequences. Slave Moralists, weigh actions on a scale of good or evil intentions (FNietzsche.com 2020). Interestingly in a shocking display of self-glorification (Approved Scholars 2020), Master Moralists conceive the idea of “good” spontaneously and out of themselves. The idea of  “good” is the embodiment of the defining qualities of the noble classes (self-mastery, pride, physical strength, ambition, etc.) and the concept of “bad” is more of an afterthought. Simply put, they honour whatever they recognise in themselves (Approved Scholars 2020).

Can I ask you a question? Does this sound like anyone you know?

Xxx

Bibliography

Approved Scholars. 2020. ‘1. Describe Master Morality and Slave Morality in detail’ Approved Scholars Web site, at: <https://www.approvedscholars.com/1-describe-master-morality-and-slave-morality-in-detail/&gt; 8 October 2020

Big Think. 2020. ‘The master and slave moralities: what Nietzsche really meant’ Big Think Web site, at: <https://bigthink.com/scotty-hendricks/the-master-and-slave-moralities-what-nietzsche-really-meant&gt; 8 October 2020

Boring-Bray, W. 2020. ‘What Are Some Apsects Of Master Morality?’ Better Help, Web site, at <https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/morality/what-are-some-aspects-of-master-morality/#:~:text=Master%20Morality%20In%20Context.%20Master%20morality%20is%20a,the%20best%20way%20to%20live%20is%20through%20kindness.&gt; 8 October 2020

FNietzsche.com. 2020. ‘Master-slave morality’ FNietzsche.com Web Site, at: <https://fnietzsche.com/master-slave-morality&gt; 8 October 2020

Sometimes You Just Have To Have A Spine

Hey everyone,

Sometimes things don’t look, smell or sound right. That’s when you need to take action.

Anger is not always a bad thing. It’s there to show you that something is wrong. Cognitive Dissonance, that uncomfortable feeling you have in your mind that something doesn’t feel right, don’t ignore it.

Being angry is about a situation means that something is wrong. You are not a bad person, not always, you’re just frustrated by what you can see has gotten out of control and requires restraint and order.

Unless of course you’re angry at your wife etc and you beat her for it. That’s not acceptable.

Anyway, in times when you are experiencing anger over a situation. Wait till you calm down and really stop to think and judge the situation. Is this the correct, social, ideological, financial, religious, relationship, educational or employment situation for me?

Really sit and judge what is going on in your life.

THEN HAVE SOME BACKBONE, STRENGTH OF CHARACTER AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT…

It’s not holy to let things fester and get worse.

Historical Jewish Worship Liturgy

Hey everyone,

Today I thought I would just share some things I have found on my travels doing my PhD. Here’s some information about liturgical practices from the ancient Jewish Synagogue System following their exile to Babylon:

The Cantor

The Cantor was the leader of chanting prayers, psalms and scriptures in the synagogue, which became the dominant form of music in the synagogues for many centuries, following the lifting of the ban on singing in the synagogues. The chant was a liturgical practice that involved a number of syllables being sung to each note of a short melodic line that is repeated throughout the passage being read/sung. The cantor would take contemporaneous melodic patters or compose his own melodies. Chanting of Psalms was often done antiphonally with two choirs groups to lead the congregation. Rabbis did not allow women to sing, so all music was male led by men and boys and chanting was monophonic. The scales differed depending on the spatiotemporal location of the synagogue as the local folk music culture often influenced the Cantor’s musical creations (Barton 2014, p.21).

Cantillation

In the Cantillation the cantor or leader singer of a synagogue sings the declamatory form of the weekly text of the Torah, and the Prophets (Nevi’im) using pre-existing musical phrases. The musical phrases are chosen according to the text and book of the Bible being cantillated. There is no rhythm as different musical motives are combined together. Although there is reason to believe that cantillation goes back as far as Ezra in the Bible times – about 2,500 years ago – most melodies used today are no older that about the 15th or 16th century (Rubin and Baron 2006, pp.67-69) (Barton 2014, pp.21-22).

Jewish Liturgical Modes

A set of musical modes are called ‘Nusach’ whichcan refer either to a set of modes, melodies and also a set text or prayer. These modes or melodies link the prayer to a time of year or day and also indicate what prayer is to be sing or recited. These melodies became standardized, as did the prayers associated with the melodies. The Three main modes are: Ahavah Rabbah, Magein Avot and Adonai Malach. Today they are improvised from time to time) (Barton 2014, p.22).

Synagogue Prayers

The prayers of the Synagogues were chanted usually led by a Cantor and a male choir (if available). The Cantors usually sang in a florid and melodious style that was either of their own devising (before the modes became formalized) or influence by the local culture’s melodic lines. After the formalizing of the prayers the following forms emerged and remain until this day in the modern synagogues:

Piyyut:

A Jewish liturgical poem that is sung, chanted or spoken. A lot of Piyytim are poetic in character and often follow the order of an acrostic poem using the Hebrew Alphabet in order at the beginning of each line.

Zemiros:

Jewish Hymns sung in Hebrew, Aramaic, Yiddish or Ladino, sung at holidays, the Shabbat meal on Fridays or any other day.

Nigun:

Religious songs sung by groups that involve voice and with no formal words; syllables such as bim-bim-bam or ai-ai-ai are sung.           

Pizmonim:

Traditional Jewish songs associated with Middle Eastern Sephardic Jews  – but are also among the North African and Mizrahi Jews. Texts may come from the Old Testament or by poets. They are composed to praise God and contain traditional teaching. They are often sung at religious rituals or festivities such as circumcisions, weddings Bar Mitzvahs or other ceremonies.

Baqashot:

A collection of songs and prayers sung by Sephardic Jewish communities during Shabbat, but also may be recited during the long weeks of winter) (Barton 2014, pp.22-23).

Okedokey that’s all for today folks! See you next Thursday the usual time of 8pm GMT xxx

Bibliography

Barton, B. 2014. The Music of the Jews: An Overview. Fellowship Diploma dissertation. National College of Music, London.

Rubin, E. and J. H. Baron. 2006. Music in Jewish History and Culture. Sterling Heights. MI: Harmonie Park

I Led Worship On The Harp At A Conference This Week

Hey everyone,

Remember I play the harp? Well I led worship this week at a conference at a university over Zoom this week. Please see the Instagram vid below.

If you wish to book me for your event head to my other website: http://ridethefaderproductions.com/services/

Xxx

7 Reasons Why God Doesn’t Always Punish You Instantly…

Hello everybody!

Today we are going to look a bit at divine justice and answer the question of why doesn’t God just destroy people straight away after they have sinned?

Well… There appears to be evidence in the bible for a delay between sinning and punishment we see this in Genesis 15:16 [NLT]

[16] After four generations your descendants will return here to this land, for the sins of the Amorites do not yet warrant their destruction.”

This seems bizarre that God would delay destruction of wicked people. Well I found out 7 reasons why this may happen:

1. Firstly, Jesus pleads for mercy for us – we see this in illustrated in the “Parable of the Fig Tree” (Garden owner = God the Father; Gardener = Jesus God the Son).

Luke 13:6-9 [NLT] [6] Then Jesus told this story: “A man planted a fig tree in his garden and came again and again to see if there was any fruit on it, but he was always disappointed. [7] Finally, he said to his gardener, ‘I’ve waited three years, and there hasn’t been a single fig! Cut it down. It’s just taking up space in the garden.’ [8] “The gardener answered, ‘Sir, give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I’ll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer. [9] If we get figs next year, fine. If not, then you can cut it down.'”

2. God does not like to have to punish people

Ezekiel 33:11 NLT] [11] As surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live. Turn! Turn from your wickedness, O people of Israel! Why should you die?

3. Immediate destruction of sinners would affect everyone

Matthew 13:24-30 NLT] [24] Here is another story Jesus told: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. [25] But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. [26] When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew. [27] “The farmer’s workers went to him and said, ‘Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?’ [28] “‘An enemy has done this!’ the farmer exclaimed. “‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked. [29] “‘No,’ he replied, ‘you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. [30] Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.'”

4. God does not get angry quickly

Exodus 34:6 [NLT] [6] The LORD passed in front of Moses, calling out, “Yahweh! The LORD! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.”

5. God is merciful

Matthew 5:45 NLT] [45] In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.

6. The delay is a means of communication – God uses the lack of immediate consequences as a means of communicating that God has disowned you.

Hebrews 12:6-8 [NLT] [6] For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” [7] As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? [8] If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all.

7. The delay is actually the time God is taking to observe you without your knowledge, then create and implement your punishment.

John 2:14-15 [NLT] [14] In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. (There is no indication here that the merchants were aware Jesus was watching them and or what Jesus was watching them for) [15] Jesus made a whip from some ropes (this implies Jesus had to walk out of the temple, go to the market, buy leather/rope, find somewhere to sit, fashion the leather/rope into a whip, walk back to the temple with the completed whip in hand, observe the merchants again, one last time, to make sure that they were in fact still doing what Jesus thought they were doing and then Jesus punished/whipped them – obviously that process took thought and time) and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables.

Now you know. God see’s, God gives you a chance, you don’t take the chance to change

xxx

Why you need to be careful what you say

Hiya!

Today I would like to reflect upon our WORDS. In this blog post I will be quoting from the NLT (New Living Translation) so when you see “[NLT]” after each mention of a bible verse that’s what it means.

The Bible says we should be wise with our words, in that we should not talk flippantly (without thinking) but stop and really think about what we are saying and even better, don’t say anything at all!

Take Proverbs 17:27-28 [NLT] for example which states:

[27] A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered. [28] Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.

Have you ever known someone who just won’t shut up and always ends up putting their foot in it? Well the above instruction in Proverbs gives warning about that and recommends if we don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all. Even better just don’t speak much in general lol.

The scary thing is that it says in the Bible that when you die and stand before God for judgement, you will have to answer for every single word that you have ever spoken. Basically God will give you an audit regarding your words.

We know this from Romans 14:10-12 [NLT] which says:

“[10] So why do you condemn another believer ? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. [11] For the Scriptures say, “‘As surely as I live,’ says the LORD, ‘every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God. ‘” [12] Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God.

As well as Matthew 12:36-37 [NLT]:

“[36] And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. [37] The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.””

So you can hang yourself with your own words when it comes to God as well as life.

On the subject of life. Our words are powerful. I know the old nursery rhyme “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”. Well that’s just not true. Think about all the people over the decades who have committed suicide because they were being bullied, or cyber bullied. you need to be careful. Sometimes words can become self fulfilling prophesies. Proverbs 18:21 [NLT] actually says:

[21] The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

We can really hurt people by what we say.

The last thing I will mention today is that there are consequences for careless speak. Luke 6:38 [NLT]:

“[38] Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”

What you give out to other people, you will get back. When the Bible says, “…pressed down, shaken together…”, what the author meant was that you will not only get back what you gave. Not only will you be reimbursed in full but your original investment will return compressed in it’s initial space, to make room for more. More will be added and the whole thing will be mixed and shaken together with the original and that is will then be given back to you.

Another thing to note is that the above verse also says that the amount you give “…will determine the amount you get back”. So bear in mind, if you give out a lot of hate, you will get a lot of hate back.

That’s all…

10 Things You Can Pray When You Don’t Know What To Say!

Hey!

Ever wondered how to pray when you don’t feel like you know what to say to God or where to start? Well I have compiled a list of things to get you started!

1 Pray for God to be known – Ephesians 3:20-21

2 Pray the words of hymns or contemporary modern music.

3 Pray for what you need – Philippians 4:6

4 Pray as you dwell on one word.

5 Pray for healing and protection – James 5:14

6 Pray in questions.

7 Pray for the World – Ephesians 6:18

8 Pray through the names of Jesus. Follow this link for the names.

9 Pray for Forgiveness – Mark 11:25 & Psalm 51

10 Pray the Lord’s Prayer – Matthew 6:9-15

Have fun praying xxx





Can you help me test this feature please?

Hey everyone!

Remember how I said I was starting a new venture?… Remember how I said you were going to help me?… Remember how you said yes? 😛

Wellll I actually have a business called Ride The Fader Productions I’ve had it for some time now and is my creative outlet for my music making, producing, performing and tutoring. I put my business down to do my PhD which is finally getting to the end stages, turns out you can’t be a student forever. Who knew?…

Anyway, I thought now would be a good time to revisit RTF Productions, get the website fancy and start trading again to ease myself back into normal life lol.

Sounds great how can I help?

You can help me pretty please by trying out my landing page, trying out the automation and looking around the site and letting me know what you think? 😎 Follow the link below:

https://mailchi.mp/cf5a0f54d63e/home

Many thanks xxx

CEO at Ride The Fader Productions