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Why Were You Born?
I wrote the following article with the idea in mind that God is the most systematic of educators; in fact, his master plan of salvation is of itself, a system. I remember in my Master's program that one of my studies was in Small Group Communication. My professor loved Systems Theory and it was from him that I learned the importance of the theory of systems. With this in mind, I wrote the following article on God's festivals, a perfectly entire system filled with critical and divine component parts. Hope you enjoy the article, perhaps one of the greatest subjects that God reveals to humankind!
The Biblical Festivals That Reveal God's Plan of Salvation
Sin has cut humanity off from God and brought the ultimate penalty of death. But God has a plan to heal the broken relationship and save mankind. That plan is revealed in a series of annual reminders—the festivals of God found in the Bible.
by Jerold Aust
Why do 2 billion Christians remain blinded to God's plan to redeem and save humankind? Remarkably, you can know that plan!
The Biblical Festivals That Reveal God's Plan of Salvation. Starting with the first human couple in the Garden of Eden, humanity has sinned against God—violated His law. Indeed, with the exception of Jesus Christ, who lived a perfect life of obedience, all human beings have sinned and have earned the ultimate penalty of death (Romans 3:23; 6:23).
But God has provided a way for humanity to be delivered from that fate. He has set in motion an awesome plan to restore human beings to a right relationship with Him so that they may dwell with Him in joy forever. That plan is found in the pages of the Bible.
We must understand, however, that the message contained in the Bible is like a giant jigsaw puzzle. It is solvable, but not without the framework.
If you have ever put together a big jigsaw puzzle, you first established the framework, made up of the straight edges of the puzzle, so that the rest of the puzzle could be more easily filled in.
God's framework for this prophetic jigsaw puzzle is a succession of important steps outlined in Scripture. These steps are commemorated annually in a series of festivals. Indeed, the biblical festivals reveal and map out the way God intends to save you and the rest of mankind.
God's system of annual feasts (Here's where the system idea came into play; click the link for the rest of the story.)
If you have never known God's great plan to eventually save all of humankind, I hope this helps set the stage for the greatest educational trip you've ever taken or every thought could be taken. All the best.~jwa
Shocked by the Bible, Changed by the Truth!
Here's an article I wrote for the GN, March/April 2010. I fully enjoyed writing this article, for personal and professional reasons. This article was a complimentary piece to the interview I had with Joe Kovacs, author of "Shocked by the Bible!" Hope you are encouraged by it.
Shocked by the Bible, Changed by the Truth
The Bible holds many shocking truths that few people have ever known or recognized. Fewer still are those who go beyond the shock of the Bible and allow themselves to be changed by the truth. Will you be one of them?
by Jerold Aust
Jack had a good thing going while stationed in Hawaii in the U.S. Navy. Everything was under control. He sang on live television (no room for mistakes), played football on a Navy team, performed in clubs with a dance combo, and drove to the beach in his baby-blue convertible.
As the flight scheduler for all the Navy and Marine fliers on the islands, his office commanded a spectacular view of the ocean. Hollywood could not have produced a better environment.
Life was good until the day his barracks supervisor, a "salty" boatswain's mate, added another sailor to his room. For the past year, Jack had treasured the peace and freedom of solitude, but that would soon end.
Chuck, the new addition) regularly listened to a particular radio preacher every evening. The preacher authoritatively painted frightening scenarios about biblical prophecy and the end of this age of man and alternated personalble accounts of real life, as it was.
Jack had enough of the preacher and asked Chuck to turn down the sound. He did. A week later Jack asked Chuck to turn up the sound. His curiosity trumped his agitation.
Jack was amazed at what the preacher reported the Bible said, and he set himself to prove wrong both the preacher and Chuck. But while digging into the Bible, he discovered the preacher was right.
Up until that time, Jack had been in control of his life, or so he thought. But no longer. His days of peaceful serenity were over. Initially shocked by the Bible, he noticed his life beginning to change by the truth he was discovering.
Are we following truth or tradition? (Click on the link and read the "rest of the story.")
Have an enjoyable week.~jwa
The Greatest Addiction of All!
Here's an article (GN Magazine; November 2007) that I enjoyed writing because it gets to the heart of humankind's problems. I hope it helps you. This should be archived on UCG.org.
THE GREATEST ADDICTION OF ALL
Most people know about common addictions to drugs and alcohol. These are difficult enough to face and manage. But the one addiction that is greater than all others is unrecognized by most people. Thankfully, it can be overcome.
by Jerold Aust
"I can't get in trouble. I'm a celebrity," boasted Lindsay Lohan on the night she was arrested for driving under the influence with a suspended license and carrying cocaine.
The newspaper article reveals a sad commentary on the imperious actions of some famous personalities who sometimes do what they want simply because they can.
Interestingly, the article's headline asks, "Have We Lost Our Way?" It assumes that we once knew the right way to live and have merely strayed from it. But it assumes wrong. Certinaly, drugs and alcohol impair good judgment. Yet a greater addiction, more widespread than any other, distorts true values—and most don't realize that they have have and live this addiction. Are you aware of it?
RESEARCH INTO ADDICTION
In the introduction to their book Addiction (2007), John Hoffman and Susan Froemke write of their first encounter with various addictions and attitudes toward them. As laypersons, they were researching and preparing to produce a series on addictions for a major cable TV channel. "Neither of us had an in-depth knowledge of the subject" (p. 14).
"Addiction, as it turns out, is a problem that is messy—riddled with misconceptions, profoundly lacking in nationally recognized treatment standards, and highly stigmatized. Conversely, we also came to realize that although the science of addiction is relatively new, tremendous shifts in attitudes are occurring," they write.
The authors note that addiction is a chronic (ongoing) brain disease. "A vivid contributor to this change in attitude is the fact that science now gives us the ability to see inside the brains of addicted people. We can see that the addicted brain is different; that it is altered. With brain research has come great advances in the medical treatment of addiction and the promise of even more effective treatments on the horizon."
Hoffman and Froemke attended the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in New York City in 2004, which included a comprehensive seminar on addiction. They learned how medications can help control the cravings of alcoholic addiction.
"But the turning point in our education occurred at the standing-room-only lecture of Nora Volkow, MD, on 'The Addicted Brain.' We learned how drugs erode the voluntary acts of an individual. Volkow's vivid explanation of how the brain's ancient reward pathways are hijacked due to the spikes of the brain chemical dopamine through repeated drug use was eye-opening" (p. 15).
The "Go!" system (second subtopic)
Note: The "Go!" system and "Stop!" system is at the heart of why we do the things we do and don't do what we should. Click on the link for the rest of the story. (Should be archived.)
All the best to a happier life.~jwa
Winning with your strengths!
Winning With Your Strengths
If you're unhappy in your job, should you change your job? Should you find a career that matches your abilities and interests? Here's how concentrating on your talents can help you find happiness and success.
by Jerold Aust
Jake had always wanted to play college basketball. But he soon discovered that "there were better ball players selling popcorn and cokes in the stands than players on the basketball court. Once I figured that out, I readjusted the focus on my future."
Meet Jake. In 1956, at age 18, he excelled in high-school basketball. He averaged 30 points a game during his last two years of high school and was recruited by a few large and small universities. Jake was unusual in that he was only 6 feet, 1/2 inches tall but played center on his team. Fans got excited watching him play because he had good timing, was quick, often outwitted his taller opponents and possessed an accurate soft 12 foot jump shot.
He stood out in high-school basketball, but in college he found himself outclassed. College freshmen trying out for the basketball team needed height and superior ball handling. Jake excelled in high school basketball but he knew he couldn't grow taller and that learning to handle the ball like a good guard wasn't in his future. What to do?
Jake did the next best thing. He studied to become a basketball coach. Jake focused on something he could excel at, and success followed him. Being all-state in high school basketball helped him to succeed as a high school basketball coach; and he loved kids.
There is more to Jake's story; he left a legacy that was remembered for a few decades.
Well-meaning Advisers (first sub-topic; click on the link for the rest of the story).
Win with your strengths, my friends :). jwa
My article on Jeroboam in the Florence, Italy and Israel archives
In 2007, I was asked by Haifa University if they could archive my article on Jeroboam. I was surprised and pleased that they had read it and that they deemed it helpful to archive.
You can click on the link and find it. The print is very small so you will need to scroll down to my article under "Ancient Periods to the Diaspora" and from there scroll down to "The Two Kingdoms." There, the first article is mine. Hope you enjoy it.
All the best.~jwa