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“Worshiping with the Angels”

From my upcoming book: The Song of the LAMB: Contemplation’s for the Recovering Heart

Maggie’s Heart Reflections: Come, relax in the arms of the Lord your God, allow His Spirit to minister and comfort you.

 “Worshiping with the Angels”

The Contemplation: She was finally able to attend worship again. There was a long period of time where the grief over-w…





As I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying in midair call out in a loud voice: “Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blast about to be sounded by the other three angels!”

The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star t…

Are your beliefs really yours?

What is our marker, what influences our decision. What cause us to believe the things we believe. What is generating this belief? What’s fuelling this belief?

When we were born; we have no belief system. We were empty and void of any form of belief or influence or markers and then we begin.

Hopefully our parents would have been our first set of influences…

Seek His Kingdom First

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

This particular scripture has been on my heart this first part of the New Year.


Well, long story short, in April of 2017, my husband and I made the (prayerful) decision to move to Austin, TX and took the leap of faith in August. This move was a BIG decisio…

Being Religious vs. Being Godly

The use of the term ‘religious’ in our societies shows just how confused some people are. A religious person once meant someone who had dedicated his life to studying religion, what we would now call a theologian today. The current use, though, muddles our relationship with God, causing our compass to point to religion and not God. It makes religion into an end, rather than …

The Perfect Time To Start

As I write this, we are now one week into a new year! There’s always something exciting and refreshing when a new year begins. We’ve all, hopefully, gotten plenty of rest and have spent quality time with our family and friends throughout the holidays. During this time, we often reflect on the previous year, and all that we’ve accomplished. It’s nice to look back and see the...

What is Law of Attraction?

What is The Law of Attraction?

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You may have heard about The Law of Attraction, or have heard me mention it in a few posts here and there. There are many celebrities who actively use The Law of Attraction and speak about their passion and belief about it. So what …

What is Law of Attraction?

What is The Law of Attraction?

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You may have heard about The Law of Attraction, or have heard me mention it in a few posts here and there. There are many celebrities who actively use The Law of Attraction and speak about their passion and belief about it. So what …

The Eagle and the Sparrow

When I am not writing I am feeding my passion for hobby photography. During winter the eagles come to feed just a few miles from my house and I spend many winter days both watching and photographing them.“The Eagle and the Sparrow – Unfocused Thoughts to Match Unfocused Pictures”

An Essay: I feel like a Sparrow intimidated by the Eagles.

I bought myself a n…

Who Am I?


Who am I? Who the hell am I? I’m not sure there is a single person on the face of this planet that hasn’t asked themselves that question at least once in their lifetime. My issue is I ask myself it at least twenty to thirty times every single day. I wake up every day and look in the mirror wondering if today is finally the day that I’ll have the answer to …

What Can I say about Immersion

What Can I say about Immersion.

It is four months since I returned from my six month Africa Immersion. I am reminded of my first day.

I flew from Colorado to Chicago. It was the middle of winter and all I had was two backpacks and excitement. I had been anticipating and waiting on my journey for months. I had Facebook messaged my whole team, read all th...

2018 – Armageddon?

2018 – Armageddon?


Are you a prepper? Do you feel it’s necessary to stock up on food, water, ammo, guns, gold, silver, alcohol, or whatever, to prepare for the end times? If you feel that way and are doing just that, then I need to inform you that, regarding Armageddon, you might be to…

Three Ways to Make the Most of the New Year

So many people make new year’s resolutions only to realize half-way through the year that they did not accomplish their goal. Some people may actually achieve some of their resolutions, but often even then they find that what they thought they wanted was not as special or important as it had seemed. These are some of the problems with such resolutions. Therefore, as Chris…

Being Happy and Having purpose are the same.

Do you wonder if you are in your purpose? What does that really mean? “Just do you”. How do we get to the part where we really know who we are? What we want, how much money do we want to make, where and how do we get there. Who told us that we needed it, or that we were incomplete without it and why? I repeatedly ask this myself this question. Again, what does purpose me…

My Word/Picture Reveal for 2018

When all else fails, write something new. 2017 found me floundering and faltering with my works in progress, as well as my blog posting. I was not consistent. I battled fear, self doubt and deciding who is my audience. Fatigue with adjusting to being a case managing after five years pushed me into the couch at night.

No excuses, I am finding my new way. God pro…

What To Do When You Hurt Someone

Oh, how I wish I had less experience to draw on around this…

I’ve hurt the people in my life when I was hurting.

It took me years to have the self-awareness to see this about myself.

I aspire to shorten the learning curve for anyone who is open to listening to what FINALLY shifted within me to vow to myself that I’ll make better choices going forward, as...

A Fresh Start

As the New Year approaches, thousands of resolutions are being made, “ to do lists” are being written, and gym memberships are at an all-time high. Now that the trees and the stockings are being packed away, people are refocusing with their short-term and long-term goals set before them.

So, what is it about a new year that gets everyone fired up and ready to tackl…

When I See The Blood

God is good.

I experienced a lovely revelation today listening to “The Potter’s House” T.D. Jakes out of Texas.

He was giving Holy Communion, in celebrating the Last Sunday of this year, and the Birth of Christ our Savior. He mentioned that in the Bible it says, “When I see the Blood, I will Passover you.”

Exodus 12:13 KJV and the blood shall be to you f...

Christmas is about Lovinging One Another

Comparing our past with today and looking at our future

By Kenneth Shores, Rockwall, Texas

On December 25, 2017 we again celebrate Christmas. With gift giving, families, friends, listening to stories and music reflecting the Christmas Season. Last minute shopping all in preparation for Christmas Day. Churches and various organiza…

An Intuitive Hunch

Can you imagine, someone with NO managerial, not even coaching experience, the manager of the New York Yankees? It is true. It is so. And I wanted it. I felt it. I liked Girardi. I did not necessarily want him gone. I was sad to see him go, in fact. I could not picture someone I could vibe with more than him. That’s one thing about the Yankees and why I am such a big …


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The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the n…

Importance of the Christ Child’s Birth

Published in the Rockwall County News  December 24, 2015 

Comparing our past with today and looking at our future

By Kenneth Shores, Rockwall, Texas

This article is my opinion as provided by my research


Agape: is se…

Six Ways To Get The Most Out of Your Marriage

Kevin J. Hughes 12/10/2017

In the Freed Indeed Blog I wrote an article a while back about how theology impacts marriage. That article can be seen here: However, …

Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

As I write this article and share this thought with you, I hope that it simply provides encouragement and inspiration for you in the areas that you are working toward success. If you are like me, then you want to be a successful person. If people only have one thought about me, I want it to be that they consider me successful at what I am doing. I never want to stop …

What is Christmas

What is Christmas?

 Isn’t Christmas a time for happiness, joy, decorations, parties, tree cutting, wine, strong drink, food, get togethers, and good-will? How about the time it takes to go shopping, the selection of the exact gift, the effort spent in wrapping presents! Not to mention the time-off from work, a vacation of sorts. But, …

7 Ways To Broaden Your Reading

Kevin J. Hughes 12/3/2017

Some of the best advice ever given was about four years ago. A young man, fresh in ministry said, “If I had one piece of advice for you, it’s this, read broadly my friend.” That advice saved me from a life of closed-mindedness and ignorance of the world around me.

That’s a piece of advice frequently given. Especially in this modern a…

History – Reality of Miracles


Published in the Rockwall County News  December 18, 2014 – By Kenneth Shores, Rockwall, Texas – This article is my opinion as provided by my research

This miracle I personally experienced through God’s plan. I call it the MIRACLE OF FAITH.

After Thanksgiving 2007 my wife an…

An Over Sexualized Culture

An over sexualize culture

There is a new climate that is rising with the recent scandals and allegations of sexual assault. When you make another person uncomfortable with sexual remarks, innuendos, touching, it is wrong and disgusting. Putting someone in a position to fulfill your deviant sexual desires is horrible to subject that on someone else. To ex…


The Third Trumpet

With more folks becoming more and more paranoid, the events of New Year’s day sure didn’t help. The world’s astronomers detected a band of meteors heading for earth. After the public announcement was made that several unavoidable hits had been confirmed, people just lost it. Control was non-existent. It was ju…

Three Ways To Be More Thankful

Kevin J. Hughes 11/26/2017


Another Thanksgiving has come and gone. Many people can tend to be cynical about the fact that we have one day a year dedicated to being thankful, and then, as I heard one news anchor when I was little say it, “The rest of the year we think about what we want, not what we have.” I understand that, however it is actually a…




Do you want relationships in your life? Is it important to you to have friends upon whom you can rely? You probably already have relationships with your spouse, children, friends, co-workers, etc. But what about being friends with those deemed “above you”? Has the mayor of your city ever ask...

Love Unconditional, A Praise for Thanksgiving

Part 2

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.

  This hospital was a nightmare! I had overheard someone say, “If there’s an accident and one person goes to the trauma center and one comes here, the one that goes to the trauma center will live while the one that comes here wi…

Seven Tips To Develop Practical Godliness

Kevin J. Hughes 11/19/2017

A month ago, my wife, our girls, and I were on a trip to Washington D.C. It was a wonderful trip, made even better by the fact that my parents, who are in love with D.C., were also with us. Their love of D.C couldn’t help but infect us, have you ever been around someone whose love of a certain place or hobby seemed to spill over?...

God’s Basis for Manhood Part III

In the earlier two Manhood articles my focus was on the foundation of God’s Basis for Manhood – Genesis 1:26 and on Man’s purpose from God’s perspective (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).

This article provides additional depth and breadth (Psalm 128) for men to follow God’s direction for Manhood.

 1 Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in…

Intentionally Setting a Positive Atmosphere

Have you ever walked into a location and the tone in the air feels negative or off-centered? Perhaps you are not sure why the atmosphere feels heavy and you may not know how the mood in the room became dim, but you are certain that the vibration is not positive. No doubt, the negative atmosphere affects you and others making it difficult to maintain positive space with …

Love Unconditional, A praise for Thanksgiving

Jeremiah 31:3 The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, Saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: Therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

Part 1

 The day had taken a turn for the worst. Arriving home after a long cold day, my knuckles white with fear from driving an hour and a half on the icy road, I started k…

Time To Be Grateful

November is the month we all celebrate being thankful. Being thankful should be an everyday occurrence. My Dad once said “Maybe we should have a gripe day so everyone could be thankful the rest of the year. Let us reflect on all our blessings in life.

There will be once again two poems in this article. All the poems in our articles unless otherwise noted can be …

God’s Basis for Manhood Part II

In the last Manhood article my focus was on the foundation of God’s Basis for Manhood – Genesis 1:26. Specifically, a man cannot evolve from being a male into Manhood on his own power. He needs God. I recommend you read that article before continuing with this article that focuses on Man’s purpose from God’s perspective (Ecclesiastes 12:1…

The Ugly Trophy

Who owns an ugly trophy?

If you’re not raising your hand then you are either perfect or not human. Perhaps, I should clarify. Who has made a mistake at least one day in their life? Ah, now the hands should be going up, some more timidly than others I’m sure, which prompts me to ask my next question. 

Who is polishing an ugly trophy—holding on to a mistake t…

God’s Basis for Manhood

God’s Basis for Manhood

If you are a troubled man, you are going to contribute to a troubled family. If you are a troubled family, you are going to contribute to a troubled church. If you are a troubled church, you are going to contribute to a troubled community. If you are a troubled community, you are going to contribute to a troubled state. If…

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               The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water — the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people die...

Fear: Face it or Faith it?

What is fear? The dictionary describes it as a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil or pain whether the threat is real or imagined. Fear has a way of stunting you and keeping you from taking the next step. Why? Because you are stuck on the other side of the gaping hole that it creates and you are too afraid to take that leap to the other side. It is in th…

The power of Choice and Prayer

Comparing our past with today and looking at our future

By Kenneth Shores, Rockwall, Texas

This article is my opinion as provided by my research

According to the explanation of the Bible (original oldest history book), CHOICE began when God created Angels. Lucifer the head angel, decided he was equal to …

How to do business with Laban
And Laban said to Jacob, Because you are my brother, should you therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall your wages be? (Genesis 29:15)…   And you know that with all my power I have served your father [Laban].  And your father has deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me. …
If I Were the Devil

On September 4th 1918 Paul Harvey Aurandt was born. He went on to become a Radio Broadcast pioneer. He has numerous accolades that I could speak of but I’d like to focus on a speech he gave in 1965.  Paul Harvey gave a soliloquy on the condition of America as he saw it and in light of the current events unfolding across the world his words continue to rang true long a…

The Bit and Bridle: Obedience vs Surrendered Will

“God has provided that the head and the body should share one life and one nature. It is therefore most natural for the body to obey the head. Indeed, in such a relationship disobedience would be strange. For example, it is normal for the hand to be raised at the instruction of the head; should the hand fail to respond, something would be wrong! In like manner…

Do You Have A Process For Handling Issues

Do you have a process for handling issues or are issues handling you? In the fiction novel, Choosing The Dance; Recognizing Your Purpose In The Pain the life of a young professional is examined; specifically her behavior of coping with life by mentally and emotionally going to her happy place to e…

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               The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turn…

Manhood — God’s Definition

Men today are in a battle. It’s a battle without bullets or bombs, but a battle all the same. It’s a fight for our families and our future. Facing the battles of life demands courage, and courage is the ability to do the hard thing in every circumstance, despite the cost.

Winston Churchill said, “There comes into the life of every man a task for which he and he alone …

The Love Language of Heaven: Love Embodied


This is what I seem to believe is demanded of me.

Olympic class, grade A ++, prime time, high performance runner. I train. I work it out…

The Law of Confession

What if I told you that you can have or physically possess the things that you speak out of your mouth, would you believe me? Perhaps some people would believe and perhaps some others would not, but regardless on which side of belief you decide to choose- there are things that are irrefutable regarding the world we live in.

 All of us are familiar with the law of ...

Why Natural Disasters Happen

We are facing major Disasters such as hurricanes like Harvey, Irma and others that continues to destroy lives and property. The age old question is asked, “How can a loving God allow this to happen. I believe the answer is in the Bible and the following is my opinion for answering the question. Choices are at the heart of the answer. God gave angels, animals, and…




When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for almost half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets.

Revelation 8:1-2




active waiting

Excerpts from When Doing Isn’t Enough:

Waiting is not popular in our modern society. Immediate gratification is popular. We want what we want now, and we do everything possible to get whatever it is we want now and avoid waiting. Sometimes waiting is unavoidable though and we have no choice but to wait… God appears to like waiting and seems to require it of…

You are NOT losing your MIND!

If you are like me you’ve begun to notice that time is slipping away quickly and so is your memory. I can still remember monumental life events but ask me what I had for dinner yesterday or did last week and I draw a complete blank! I have often wondered if it’s age related, diet related, or sleep related and I am sure you have too.

The real reason we are feeling ...


144,000 Jews, Part Two


It’s three in the morning. Just returned from mountains north of Jerusalem. Have led my two friends and approximately 250 or so of the Jewish converts to secure caves deep within the mountains.   Sensors can’t penetrate that deep. This move has definitely taken me off the fence. I am…

Connecting to the Truth of Who You Are

So many people look for answers from “the experts” not understanding that everything they need is inside of them. There is a voice talking to each of us all day long – the problem is most people don’t listen to it. You can call this voice Source, God, your truth, your being, your soul or the Universe. I’m going to refer to it as your Essence.


The River

A simple poem about letting go…and knowing the mighty peace of God. 

By a river once, I stood,

So long and reaching wide.

Beneath the churning, rushing foam

All hopelessness had died.

Deceit was gone, anger extinct,

Hate did fully fade,

Yet still I stood upon the bank,

My mind and heart afr…




We have had a great deal of civil discord lately. And it has been unprecedented. In almost every major city, there have been marches and protests against most authority. If people have a differing point of view, they are shouted down and prevented from speaking. The approach is to not discuss anything. It seems that the only object is to create lou…


During our trip to Africa, one of our delegate’s chose to sit up front with the driver while the group was traveling. She was engaged in conversation with the driver, and within a few minutes, she asked the driver, ”Are you a Christian?” The driver told her yes, and then told her about his family. He said that he and his family were disliked because they were not Mus…

The Power of an Open-Hearted Life

This is where I got it wrong for years.

I protected my heart by numbing.

By shutting down from intense experiences and harsh words.

I kept my feelings stuffed deep inside where they were almost lost.

I thought they were too much for the outside world.

Too much.

I was always too much.

But now that I have found my way back to m…

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THE 144,000 JEWS

 “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.

Revelation 7:3…


This is from my research and opinion of how the Separation of Church has been misused.

Explanation of Separation of Church and State (Amendment 1). Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of th…

The Interior Life

“We are dreaming a symbolic world, only briefly waking to what is real.” ~Arthur Deikman, M.D.

“He who is not busy being born is busy dying.” ~Bob Dylan

Something is not quite right…you feel it…you may have experienced this feeling, this nagging, for a long time. So you most probably just try to ignore it and hope that it goes away, but sooner or later the per…

The Interior Life

“We are dreaming a symbolic world, only briefly waking to what is real.” ~Arthur Deikman, M.D.

“He who is not busy being born is busy dying.” ~Bob Dylan

Something is not quite right…you feel it…you may have experienced this feeling, this nagging, for a long time. So you most probably just try to ignore it and hope that it goes away, but sooner or later the pe…

Good God; Healing, Hopeful Beliefs?

Good God; Healing, Hopeful Beliefs?

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As a clinical psychologist for thirty years I had many clients who used religion like a blunt instrument to beat themselves up for what they saw as sins or moral failures. I believe that religion can be a moral compass with a healthy dose of self-love, forgiveness, repentance and redemption. C…

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A few decades back, a great revolution within the Soviet Union resulted in independence for each state. While Russia remained the largest and strongest of these, many of the smaller states still possessed nuclear weapons and intended to use them for leverage, financial bargaining or for security. There was a mutually agreed disarmament between the US and the various states …

Why Aren’t His Arms Reaching?

Sunday morning, with all its frantic dressing, hasty home exits, family herding, and other miscellaneous attempts to arrive at the service on time and presentable can sometimes take on a hazy focus that is turned more inward than we would necessarily like to admit. The questions streaming through our minds take on a strange, myopic twist as we wonder: What will I wear? Wh…

The Problem with Mary Magdelen

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The Problem with Mary Magdelene

I recently read Mary Detweiler’s book When the Glass Ceiling is Stained who’s the Architect. Her account of how she was treated in her church reminded me of my reading and thinking about one particular woman in scripture.

After Jesus’ death, his followers developed a …

The Ship’s Deck Chair



At church last Sunday, our pastor gave us a humorous example of God in our lives. The scene is Lucy sitting behind her Psychiatry stand, for 5 cents, with Charlie Brown in front. Lucy states, “if you were on a cruise ship, would you take your deck chair and sit at the rear to see whe...

The Healing Synchronicity

This article is different, I decided to write about miracles that I do believe they happen everyday !

The Healing Synchronicity

Synchronicities happen to all of us in our daily lives.  Have you ever noticed that we meet some people at just the right time and at just the right place? And that they bring forth a powerful message. My Dad ...






               When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword...


Stop and smell the roses? Well, like yeah, stop for heaven’s sake and smell the roses that cross your path. Think about the sunlight and the minerals in the soil roses need to bloom so you could enjoy it. Think about what it took for the mighty rose to be exactly where you are in all its colourful fragrant glory and bask in reverence to the God-given rose that just met you…

Let God Fight This Battle

Ever heard that your weapons of warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds? That’s actually a Scripture found in 2 Corinthians 10:4. Meaning that as you draw closer to God and do what He has called you to do, you will experience spiritual warfare. Opposition will come. People will come against you. Tough circumstances will pop up w…

Where Should We Place Our Faith?



Last night, my wife and I watched a movie titled “The Fault in Our Stars”. It was well written and, more importantly, well-acted. The story revolved around a young woman with stage-four cancer who had, understandably, no social life. During a meeting with like patients, she met a young man who had survived cancer but had …

Becoming a Great Leader

Do you believe in your heart that God is calling you to be a leader? Whether it’s at work, in your community, or in ministry, do you feel that tug? Some of you reading this may already be in a leadership position, but I believe there’s always room for growth. So wherever you are at this point in the process, I believe that God has placed this post on my heart to share these...

What’s Daddy Worth



Since this is the day after Father’s Day, I thought I’d pose the question of worth, the value of “things”.

If a child knows that their bicycle is worth $50 and wants to sell it, then they ask $50. But if two neighborhood kids each offer only $30, then the bike is obviously worth only $30, not $50. This principle applies to anythin…


 A very interesting thing happened when I was in Washington, D.C. for the People to People International World Conference one year. My last night there, I was in the lobby of the hotel waiting to enter the ballroom for our banquet and awards ceremony. I sat down next to a gentleman in the lobby, and we began a conversation. He explained he was also waiting for a ballr…

Your Faith or His



Our conversations sometimes include the topic of faith and what it is, how strong is it, who has it, why some don’t, and on and on.

I was taught that faith was believing that God would fulfill my needs but that faith was needed first. How much I would ask and for how long? I thought my “needs” were something like a new bike or pupp…

The Power of The Universe

Do you realize that:

* Your thoughts are extremely powerful?

* Every thought is like a message to The Universe?

* Whatever you mind can conceive YOU can achieve?

* You have the power to control your own thoughts?

* What you desire most in life can become a reality?

As humans we are all connected to an energy source so powerfu…




For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord fore…

What Is Success To You?

  What Is Success To You Personally..?

  The first step toward success is deciding what you really want to achieve in your life. When you decide exactly what you want, the how to do it will emerge. When Your Heart Decides The Destination, Your Mind Will Design The Map To Reach It.

 Let’s examine the Man Jesus and His massive succes…



 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name claiming, “I am the Christ” and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed.  Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be …

God Godding

Is God a Being or a State of Being? Many who have undergone Near Death Experiences (NDEs) claim it’s the latter. They say their temporary excursions into the afterlife prove that all existence is an eternal continuum, with past, present and future being artificial constructs. They say they were able to see with 360-degree peripheral vision, were suffused with…

Reading with a Goal in Mind

Many of you might remember this set of strategies from your days in English. It’s based on the idea that readers should be actively seeking to connect the text they are reading with themselves, with other texts, and with their worlds. This is a pretty standard reading practice; here is what www.facinghistory…


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My eyes itch and constantly burn. The smell of cordite in the air is strong and overpowering. So much so that, at times, it completely masks that sweet, yet sickening smell of death that is all around me.  My whole body feels tired as if all my muscles had been tensed for several hours and were just now released.  My head hurts, but rubbi…

Book Summary 1

This will be the first in a series of articles that will be a summary of each chapter of my book, “One Last Moment and Then Forever”.


“One Last Moment and then Forever” is a story about the last seven years on Earth just prior to the Second Coming of CHRIST as seen from the eyes of a soldier in the European armed forces. The story is told to us as we r…

Spiritual Guidance from an Unlikely Source

I am given a gift from an elder. It is an “infernal rose flower” ring, peach-colored flower that seems to be magically preserved on a silver band. It glows from within, it’s alive and will stay that way. I want to know more about this ring and the magic with which it is imbued… I search a cave where these flowers are know to grow before they are made into enchanted jewelry. The…

The Gratitude Box

It is a Sunday morning and I am sitting at my desk writing this article! Candles lit and sitting in silence reflecting on my life and the last 3 years. It has been one of the most challenging three years of my life. So many changes. So many ups and so many downs. 

I look at my life now and think how grateful I am for every step of the way and so thankful for wher…

Are you happy and you know it?

Are You Happy and you know it?

For the first time in my life I can say I am truly happy. I can say I am comfortable in my own skin. I can look in the mirror and say, “Hey that’s a good-looking guy! He might not be perfect, but he is working hard to do the right things.” Life is not about what anyone thinks of you. Life is about the small things. But really the “smal…

Are you happy and you know it?

Are You Happy and you know it?

For the first time in my life I can say I am truly happy. I can say I am comfortable in my own skin. I can look in the mirror and say, “Hey that’s a good-looking guy! He might not be perfect, but he is working hard to do the right things.” Life is not about what anyone thinks of you. Life is about the small things. But really the “smal…

God and a Spider

The Meme above says it all! Spiders are a little scary, but hey if they are outside, no biggy. You live outside and I’ll live inside. I won’t go in your house, Mr. Spider, so you don’t come into mine, or as sure as the sky is blue, I’ll kill you. For most people, this is how the world works, but one day….

My friend Luke and I moved into an apartment just before a…

Is your life out of control?

Is your life out of control? Are you on a continues downward spiral? Is your spouse cheating on you, your bills piling up, have cancer, your kids out of control? Are you at the end of your rope and just can hang on? Is your life out of control???

We all been there. Where we just don’t know where to turn. The best thing to do is let go. Stop trying to control it. Beca…




Yesterday was Easter. It was a celebration of Jesus’ death and resurrection. On Thursday, he presided over the Last Supper, On Friday He was tortured horribly and crucified, and on Sunday morning, He arose, forgiving all people their sins.

But now its Monday. What’s next? Do you think about your relationship with Christ at all? Do yo…

perfect love

Excerpts from When Doing Isn’t Enough:

Love is not a feeling. It is an action. It is a choice. We can choose to act loving, even when we don’t feel loving.

If you want an example of pure, perfect love, think about what Jesus Christ did for us. He left the glory of heaven to take on human form an…

God Loves us, Why Can’t We Love One Another?

God Loves us, Why Can’t We Love One Another?


Since this is Easter week, it seems appropriate to me to look at God’s intentions as to our sinful nature, His willingness to give us free-will, and His plan to send us His son to take upon Himself all our sins. To take these sins upon Himself so that God could abide our presence.

It is difficult at times…

Is the Universe Speaking to You?

 Today I had a lovely reminder of how, if you’re willing to listen, the universe speaks to you just when you need it to.

 So, there I was, enjoying a beautiful, relaxing day with the newest addition to the family, my little missy. I had put her in her carrier, and we were spending the morning tidying up the house, dancing and Listening to LaBelle, the best house mu…




During high school and then after, either our parents or first bosses told us that to become successful in life, we needed to begin managing our time. Time for work, for physical activity, personal advancement, and for rest. These were the exact same qualities we were taught if attending college except to add study...

I Am Joel and I Am Who I Am

“I think, therefore I am.”  “I am Sam, Sam I am.  Sam-I-Am.”  Descartes, Green Eggs and Ham notwithstanding, “I Am” has consequence.  Some of us may recite “I Am” statements to the mirror when we need motivation.  We can state “I Am” as a self-assertion, or simply as fact.  (e.g. I am sipping excellent cognac as I write this.  Fact.)  Some “I Am” statements are made with …

What Now! I’ve Hit a Brick Wall

You’ve run into a brick wall, not knowing what to do. Seems there are no options. Hopelessness & despair are your only companions.  Your circumstances hit you like a big wave at the beach, knocking you off your feet. Inside your soul is crying out from the secret places of your heart ‘what now’.

We’ve all been there when our situation seems hopeless. What do we…

Spring Cleaning

Spring is such a wonderful time. It is that time of the year where the world starts waking up again from its winter long slumber. The weather turns warmer, and the sun shines brightly. Birds start chirping again and rebuilding their homes for the little ones to hatch. Flowers start to bloom and trees start to blossom.

Spring is beautiful and it is the perfect time ...

The Intuitive Mind And The Rational Mind

Since learning how to tap into my intuition and hear the voice from my soul over the past year, I have often thought about how listening to our intuition is not something that the world puts much emphasis on. This quote in the image above illustrates this perfectly. We live an existence where the utmost importance is placed on seemingly rational, planful actions. As ch…

In a Short Time, This Will be a Long time Ago

In a Short Time, This Will be a Long Time Ago


If you’re married with children, it may seem such a short time ago that you were feeding your child with a bottle. But, it may have been five, 10, or even 20 years back. It seems such a short time in our minds to when we were married, or graduated from high school or college, or got our first job, or any number o…

OMG! Did I Offend God?

Is the God of the Universe personally offended when somebody texts “OMG!”?  Does the Author of All Creation cower if you mutter “Oh my god…” when you see your credit card bill?  How about “Oh gosh!”?  Golly?  Goldurnit?  We have managed to distill one of the Ten Commandments to little more than a colloquial phrase.  God is bigger than “OMG”.  What do you suppose He meant…

Jews vs the World – What’s Wrong with Us?

Jews vs the World – What’s Wrong with Us?


It seems as if America has been transported backwards, into extremely prejudiced times. We need to remember that God made all of us in His image. It is us, the created, who made a racial or religious distinction.


The following story is in Elmer Bendiner’s book, “The Fall of Fortresses…

When I practiced religion

Excerpt from When Religion Isn’t Enough:

When I practiced religion I was trying, on my own power, to be good by following the rules. I was afraid of what would happen to me if I didn’t follow the rules. I was chronically scared and unsure of myself, always feeling like I could not measure up, that I hadn’t done enough. I did not understand the difference …

GOD Loves Old People


 Loves Old People


This small article was forwarded to me after numerous people had read and forwarded to their friends. Therefore, the author is not known. However, kudos to whomever.


Most seniors never get enough exerc...

Who am I?

For Proust it was the taste of a small cake that unleashed a torrent of memories that took seven volumes to exhaust. For me it was a simple phone call on an average day.

“Are you Burt Kempner?” she asked.

Instantaneously every decision I made, every friendship I formed, every lover I left, every dream I harbored, every lie I told, every song I ...

How Do You Measure Your Life?

How are you measuring your life? Is it by the number of “toys” you have or the business successes you have experienced or the achievements of your family? What about you yourself? What measure do you have for true happiness? I learned long ago when I was a corporate executive that it wasn’t the cars or houses or dinner parties that brought me joy, …

Five Things You Can Do to Change the World

G-d expects of everyone to be kind and charitable all the time not just on Purim or holidays. As such, kindness is a daily requirement. Kindness spans the entire gamut of virtues including charity, compassion, respect, and love. Integrating kindness into one’s own personality requires a more sensitive heart. So what are some ways you can emulate G-d on a day-to-day basis? …

My So-Called Spiritual Path

“We may doubt anything, except that we are struck with amazement… Doubts may be resolved, radical amazement can never be erased.”

                                                           Abraham Joshua Heschel

 I have to smile when people tell me they’re following their spiritual path. It all sounds so neat and tidy. A quaint country lane. Perhaps some nice…

Missing Something Big

The foolish adherence of mainstream science to the false dogma of materialism is now more than a century old. And materialism has brought us so much pain! It has forced brilliant scientists to waste their careers in pursuing baseless dead-end theories while it continues to keep humankind in unnecessary ignorance and fear.

The damage c...

Like Gold

“One day we took the children to see a goldsmith refine gold after the ancient manner of the East. He was sitting beside his little charcoal fire. (‘He shall sit as a refiner’; the gold- or silversmith never leaves his crucible once it is on the fire.) In the red glow lay a common curved roof tile; another tile covered it like a lid. This was the crucible. In it was the…

Self Reflection and Lasting Change

It’s finally March and we begin to see the light at the end of the long winter tunnel. January and February always feel like such bitter months. However, as a Christian, March also carries it’s own weight as I enter the 40 days of Lent. Almost everyone is familiar with the concept of Lent. It’s the time of year when friends suddenly stop drinking alcohol and churches a…

God’s Gift – Your Plan – Free Will

         God’s Plan

               Your Gifts

                      Free Will


You may not know the plan God has for your life. No problem – He does! God has known since before you were born just what plan He has for you, what gifts He would give you, and h...

Editing the Bible

Quill Cloud

In the wake of recent terrorist attacks that seem to have been inspired by

holy writ, certain helpful folks have suggested that the Koran may need editing. Well, a certain other book could use…

Spiritual Lessons

Once you get started, you can never turn back.

I’ll never forget Milda’s words. Her warning tone sounded ominous. What might lie ahead?

Was I up for the challenge? This client was warning me about taking a spiritual journey. I wanted to know, “Why am I here?” “Where was I before this life?” “What do I need to lea...

Which is Easier?

The heat of the day was finally beginning to fade.  Your shoulder leaned against an unoccupied market stall.  You were positioned so that the lengthening shadows would provide growing relief from the sun.  Where was everybody? The market traffic was languid.  You knew it should pick up for a final hour before sunset.  Shopkeepers sipped afternoon wine while they brushed …

Then and Now and Love Forever

Then and Now and Love Forever


As a young adult, she was continually complaining to her family about the state of affairs in America. There had been, and continued to be, protests against the government. Some of these protests turned violent, becoming uncontrollable riots. In some cases, these riots resulted …

Old Faithful

Every year thousands of people visit Yellowstone National Park and see Old Faithful. Picture a visitor walking out to the geyser and not seeing anything happening. She lingers for a while and still nothing changes. Doubt begins to form and she comes to the conclusion nothing is going to take place. She tells the park ranger, “Old Faithful is not so faithful after all.” W…

Just One Glance

Today I woke up at 5:58.

I thought to myself, “Yes! An hour and two minutes all to myself! An hour and two minutes to sip the flavor and heat of fresh coffee. An hour and two minutes to focus—zero in on—embrace, the person of Jesus…”

And then the clock struck 6:00. And my newborn began to wail. Like clock wor…

Just. One. Glance.

Today I woke up at 5:58. I thought to myself, “Yes! An hour and two minutes all to myself! An hour and two minutes to sip the flavor and heat of fresh coffee. An hour and two minutes to focus—zero in on—embrace, the person of Jesus…”

And then the clock struck 6:00. And my newborn began to wail. Like clock work…

Life Is A Series Of Choices

Have you ever heard the statement “Life is a series of choices?” To some, that’s too simple, but when you think about it- this is one of the truest statements. Your decisions really do determine your destiny. You make decisions every day that move you closer to your God-designed destiny-or move you further away from it. There is no such thing as just sitting still or putt…

The Leap of Faith

As I think back upon my journey to attain lasting happiness and success in life I am reminded of the many setbacks and failures I have endured over time. I am also reminded of a particular inspiring and motivating insight provided by Steve Harvey, who is a popular comedian, actor, speaker but maybe most remembered as the host of Family Feud and it was in a…


Did you know that you have a ‘super power’? YOU DO! and not just because you are special (well, you are..) but it’s something everyone has. Their INTUITION. It’s a ‘gut’ feeling, a ‘sixth sense’ , a “knowing” without knowing how.

What keeps many people from being able to tap into their own innate ‘Super Power’ is their EGO.

The “Ego” is the image we have...

Living from the Inside Out

What are we looking for in our lives when things aren’t going exactly the way we want? We are looking for solid answers. The doctors, your boss, your spouse, your family or your friends – do they have the answers? They may have some guidance but we have the answers – INSIDE. The “inside” is where our intuition lives – d…

When I Dreamt You…

Sometimes it’s  difficult to see past circumstances that are the true of our reality.  

Sometimes these things speak shadows over our  identities and it becomes challenging to see the light of  the truth of who and what we are.  

Sometimes there is no sense or comprehension of the thought, love, tenderness, care and  intentio...

What is love?

The true meaning of love, as defined in the Bible, has been corrupted in the common usage of our English language and society. Most often, love is confused with infatuation – that elated, “high” feeling we get when we “fall in love.” This kind of “love” is something that lasts typically less than a year, and unless replaced by true love, results in broken relationships…

Spirituality – My Journey

Spirituality – My Journey

I know what you are thinking! Here we go again, another person who is going to tell me that they are spiritual. That would have been me 3 years ago. I was brought up a Catholic but honestly was not a practicing one. I would pray at night. Church was not a place I enjoyed as it was in Arabic and didn’t really understand or enjoy the service….

The Truth Beyond Our Grief.

The loss of a child is one like no other, I only know a taste of it, we conceived our first baby, whom we named Elia Grace, which means “God has answered”, on Valentines Day- and as that day approaches bittersweet memories come with it. We conceived Elia via Intrauterine Insemination (better known as an IUI done through the process of going through infertility treatments…

Who’s Really in Charge?

Who’s Really in Charge?


Ever wonder how some dictator could grab control of his or her country. How did India select their leader, or South Korea, or Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Israel, South Africa, Brazil, and so on? Some countries have good leaders, some not so good. But what about the USA?

We select a leader every four years. It has been don…

The Rock Eternal

“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.” –Psalm 62:5-6

A rock…a fortress. This is a term used for God again and again throughout the Bible. Consider the implications of this analogy.

In the desert, a rock is the source of shade from the heat.  ...

Lessons And How They Arrive When We Need Them

Five years ago this fall I visited a magical place called Grail Springs which is located in Bancroft, Ontario. Unbeknownst to me at the time, my visit lit a spark inside of me. One that I now suspect had been waiting to be lit for a long time. This visit was what started the first few whispers in my soul that something wasn’t right with how I was living my life. Looking …

My Only Son

My Only Son

In January 1991, my son was in an automobile accident and had to be cut from his car and then airlifted to the hospital. With numerous injuries, he was taken into the emergency room as he had massive internal bleeding. The doctors made an incision across and down his back as the doctors feared his aorta had been severed…

The Great Unknown

What is your name? Or a better question may be, who are you? Joel Gheen wrote an article last week on this very subject titled “What’s Your Name?”, and I recommend you rea…

America Verses World Countries

 Comparing our past with today and looking at our future

By Kenneth Shores, Rockwall, Texas

This article is my opinion as provided by my research

We have celebrated America’s 240 years of Independence and freedom that no other country in the world has accomplished. During those years, what has made America different from all other countries? Why do …

Abraham Lincoln’s Faith

Abraham Lincoln’s Faith


Image from 2014 National Bible Celebration Week



For a more detailed and in depth study of Lincoln’s faith read Gordon Leidner’s “Lincoln’s Faith in God” on the Great American History (dot) net


Lincoln’s faith has been the subject of debate both durin…

What’s Your Name?

Sometimes we are confronted with something so mysterious that our conscious minds take an automatic shortcut to avoid wrestling the new idea into our existing paradigm.  For the next few minutes, let’s not take that shortcut.  Rather, let your paradigm be shaken, even shattered.  We have an opportunity to peer into truths so big that we might find ourselves reduced to tears…

What can we learn from life’s challenges?

What is The Law of Attraction? This law is the ancient basis of all human growth. We attract what we think of. So, what are you thinking just at this moment? Is it positive or negative for you? Positivity is the concept that we can build a fantasticly exciting and healthy life if we “pour” healthy thoughts into our cell membranes. Our cells then continue to replicate that …

Child Like Wonder

     I love kids. They inspire me every day. One day I went to pick up my friends daughter at youth group and she exclaims, “Jesus loves me!” I smile and ask her “How do you know that?” Well knowing the answer. She sang the answer, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the bible tells me so…” I love it. In fact I’m a bit envious of her faith. …

The Hard Problem

As a follow up to last week’s post about the wonderful Rupert Sheldrake and his pioneering work in studying aspects of consciousness, I’m going to offer you another great TED talk that was delivered by Australian philosopher and cognitive scientist David Chalmers in 2014. Chalmers shares with us here some extraordinary insights about consciousness….


Life is a story and gift in itself. However, when your life with its challenges becomes the gift of hope you give to others, that’s a different story (no pun intended). Never could I imagine my story being a gift. It is one that is not uncommon because my experiences are not ones that I can claim alone. However, the journey it has placed me on, is unique to me and on…

To Heal the World, We Must First Heal Ourselves

It begins with us, ferociously doing our own work. Raising our vibration, choosing from our highest selves. Forgiving ourselves when we falter. Vowing to choose better next time. Breathing deeply. 

It begins with us. Befriending all of our pieces. Inviting them toward wholeness. Uncovering the parts that have been hidden for fear of losing someone’s love.


5 Life Lessons from Vineyards

There’s an ancient metaphor in which we are compared to grapevines.  Of all the analogies in the Bible, the vine is one of the most consistent.  But why vines?  Why not olive trees or thistles or pomegranates?  Vines are unique.  The beauty of the vine metaphor is lost on those of us who have not spent much time in vineyards.  There is a deep level of comfort and encourag…

Does God have a Sense of Humor?

Excerpts from When the Glass Ceiling is Stained, Who’s the Architect?:

I have often wondered why God would choose to give the spiritual gift of leadership to a woman who was raised in the suburbs of New York City in a liberal Irish Catholic Democratic family and then plant her in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (one of the most, if not …

To Tithe or Not to Tithe, That is the Question


If you are a Christian, then the answer to this question is simple. If you are not, then tithing is the least of your problems.


From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. But you say, How shall we return? Will man…

Miracle of Faith Changing People’s Lives

In the year 2007, my wife and I joined our daughter and her husband in Temple, Texas, so we could enjoy Thanksgiving together. It was not unusual for Marge and I to enjoy a cruise together, and this year we would be leaving on a five-day excursion after Thanksgiving.

Our ship, The Ecstasy, would leave from Galveston, Texas, and my wife was especially looking forw…

2016: The End of a Cycle

Leading up to 2017, I saw a lot of posts on the Internet and social media about how people were so anxious to leave 2016 behind. Many people said that they ‘hated’ what 2016 brought. There were also more than a few posts about 2016 being a ‘cursed’ year.

While reading about people’s thoughts and reactions to 2016, I started to reflect on what the year meant for me....


It’s the 3rd of January. The Christmas season is over and it’s time to take down the Christmas decorations and pack them away till next year. Mixed emotions accompany this for me. Taking them out and putting them up at the beginning of December is fun, exciting and full of anticipation. Putting them away brings some sadness. There is, however, also some relief mixed …




Years past, my pastor was starting a sermon series on Revelation and the end times. I had always avoided this subject as it was just too difficult for my understanding. So, I decided to research the subject to better understand the sermons. As I read more, I got the idea to write a book to try and make the…

The Power of Revision

Recently, I attended an awards ceremony honoring author Michelle Stimpson for her literary work and involvement in the community. During her presentation, she joked about being a former educator, and the need instilled in her to have a “Show and Tell” moment when she had a captive audience.

She proceeded to explain that the finished product, seen by so many as the onl…

God Is On Your Side!

“It is imperative that you understand that, as it is recorded in Isaiah 55:11, God’s Word will not come back fruitless.  When you or I agree with God concerning any issue, you have the faith needed to see your needs met.  Speaking God’s Word causes you to see what you desire from God as you trust Him.  God’s Word will not come back void. You may wonder how to start the pro…

relationship, NOT religion

Excerpts from When Religion Isn’t Enough:

From the beginning of time, God invited the human beings he created to be in relationship with him. His intention was never to give religion to the human race. His intention was to offer human beings a relationship with himself that was personal and intimate. God wants a relationship with us. God is love, and he wants to showe…

Joy to the World

Joy to the world! The Lord is come; Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare him room, And heaven and nature sing

Joy is often connected with happiness and our circumstances but this is not the joy God gives. Joy comes from an open heart ready to receive our King. As we receive God’s love and allow it to penetrate our soul, the delight of giv…

Perspectives On Faith

Once Jesus is received as savior, his ways must be adopted to ensure that you, as a believer, walk like Him.  In essence, before you can expect God to move on your behalf, you must abandon your own personal ways and your thoughts.  Until you are able to abandon your thoughts and ways, you will be hindered regarding your needs being supplied.  Time must be spent empty…

Wait?! Are you kidding me?!!!!

Excerpts from When Doing Isn’t Enough:

Waiting is not popular in our modern society. Immediate gratification is popular. We want what we want now, and we do everything possible to get whatever it is we want now and avoid waiting. Sometimes waiting is unavoidable though and we have no choice but to wait.

We have all experienced times of waiting i...

Joy to the World

Joy to the world! The Lord is come; Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare him room, And heaven and nature sing

Joy is often connected with happiness and our circumstances but this is not the joy God gives. Joy comes from an open heart ready to receive our King. As we receive God’s love and allow it to penetrate our soul, the d…

Joy to the World

Joy to the world! The Lord is come; Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare him room, And heaven and nature sing

Joy is often connected with happiness and our circumstances but this is not the joy God gives. Joy comes from an open heart ready to receive our King. As we receive God’s love and allow it to penetrate our soul, the d…

The Silence Delusion

One of the few trained scientists making a career in studying the greater reality is Rupert Sheldrake. His curiosity about all the many phenomena that 

spring from the fact that reality is based in consciousness has greatly enhanced our understanding of oddities ranging from the sense of being stared at and the fact that dogs can anticipat…


I love Christmastime. Especially around children; it is magical, exciting, and fun. One of my family’s favorite traditions is riding the local Polar Express Train. The great theme of the night, “Believe,” is a great way to start our holiday celebrations. Our six children are still all young enough that none have yet even questioned the validity of Santa. They also love …


I Corinthians 13:4-8 says “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perse…

Cosmic Fly on Heaven’s Wall

You were there even before the Genesis.  You saw, and most of it was too big to comprehend.  Events, beings, rising, falling.  Millennia upon millennia.  But always He was there.  He always had been, and He was always acting with intent.  Then, as if so much had been leading up to this point, there was a moment of pause.  In that moment, it was known that something import…

How to Fast with Hunger as Your Wise Mentor

Fasting is perhaps the most elusive spiritual discipline. Suggest a weekend of fasting to your friends and you’re not likely to get an enthusiastic response. However, the diverse benefits of fasting are universally appreciated and you don’t have to miss out on them. So, if …

The Oldest Lie in the Book

What are some of the old scams that have been so overplayed that everybody knows not to fall for them?  A few ideas come to mind.  How about the Nigerian prince who keeps emailing you?  Let’s not forget the guy on Craigslist who wants to buy your listed item, but he’s out of town and needs you to jump through PayPal hoops.  Those are recent scams.  Maybe your parents or gra…

Suppose there is a God…

Let’s talk about the big, beautiful “what if”.  In this case, “what if there is a God?”  If you are a thoughtful person who is predisposed to life’s big questions, you may already be forming a deep-seated position, preparing your answers, your structured proofs, your life experiences… so many of your spiritual suppositions bubbling up as a result of my simply posing the …