Monday, February 12, 2018

I'm So Dizzy (greatest Hits, Tommy Roe)

Hello Grafted in Readers,

Today is Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 in my corner of blog land. In the USA, we used to have two dates in February when banks and post offices were closed to honor two of our past Presidents' birthdays, Abraham Lincoln, (Feb. 12), and George Washington, (Feb. 22). Now, all Presidents are honored with a national holiday called, President's Day, which is next Monday or this coming weekend.

I titled this post, I'm So Dizzy, a phrase from the Tommy Roe Song, Dizzy, because of an interesting article found from EMedicine Health online about the subject of dizziness, vertigo and imbalance. EMedicine is in partnership with webMD, which is also part of Medscape and a fairly extensive web portal for medical info arranged by specialty or body system. Here are some very, very basic facts about dizziness that neurology and related fields contend with day in and day out. Our salute to you!

Causes for Vertigo can include some of the following:
- Migraine
- Cerebral lesions
- Immune-mediated inner ear disease
Treatment: Treatment may include some of the following:
- Medication
- Vestibular rehabilitation
- Home Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy
- Safety precautions around one's home or work environment.

Facts
Among common conditions, dizziness and vertigo are common reasons for patient visits to healthcare providers.

Falling may be a direct consequence from a condition of dizziness. The incidence of falling in North Americans over 65 is estimated at 25 percent.

The most common disability internationally among adults is mild hearing loss.

Hebrew Word and Meaning
Writer Skip Moen reflects: "A Proverb is a song of life with meaning. Now its your turn to play the song."

May the presence of G-d be with you through every measure of the song you perform in life today.

Mellow Rock
David Russell

Monday, February 5, 2018

Catch The Wind (acoustic Song, Donovan Philips, English Folk Singer)

Hello Grafted In Readers,

Today is February 5, 2018 in my corner of blog land.

Tomorrow, Lord willing, my father will celebrate birthday number 93! I spoke with him over the weekend, and he plans to have a quiet time with friends at a restaurant in the town where he resides. He sounded well. Mom has been gone since 2010 and I am sure after 60 years of marriage, there are times when he is missing her and his family who live around the country.

The flu epidemic has been in the news this winter here in north America. Related is a condition known as pneumonia. A recent edition of the Mayo Clinic newsletter, Housecall, describes pneumonia as an infection that inflames the air sac in one or both lungs. The sac may fill with purulent material resulting in coughing or producing phlegm when one coughs. Also chest pain, fever, chills, feeling tired, some mental confusion in older folks, persistent cough.

The Mayo Clinic writers recommend to see a healthcare provider if chest pain and cough persist, fever of 102 degrees F or 39 C persists, or difficulty breathing persists too. The most common form of pneumonia is called community acquired pneumonia.

Reading Pleasure
This month I have begun another Chaim Potok novel. This one is titled, The Book of Lights. It's about a young man who attends a Jewish seminary, struggles to find his purpose in life but eventually does so as he serves as a Chaplain over in or near Korea in the 1950s. I recommend this one!

Writing
I will be trying my hand at fairy tale writing and will be using 19th century writer, William E Griffif as a model. One tale will be in an anthology and the other is for a contest. Details later.

Until our next visit, may the Lord bless, keep, and cause his Face to Shine on you and your life!

I would love a hello from you. Would you accommodate me? It would be a nice birthday present, as I turn another year older later this month!
All the Best,
Mellow Rock
David Russell

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Guest Article by Dr. Skip Moen, and Waiting For Messiah Coupon (limited)

Hello Grafted in Readers,

Today is January 24, 2018 in my corner of blog land. It's a mild winter day with temperatures just below the freezing mark.
What Reason We Gather
One of our purposes for getting together in this fashion is to encourage each other in the Torah. That means, encourage each other to live life based on longstanding instruction from God's Word, the Bible. Today, I am posting a recent article by author Skip Moen that will challenge all of us on living out this life journey. I invite you to consider and decide for yourself.

Book Coupon One Week Remains
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Thank you.
Now, the article by Dr. Skip Moen:

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Theological Suicide
By Skip Moen | January 21, 2018 | 5
Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”   That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear.   For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. Romans 11:19-21 ESV
Neither will he spare you – We have read these verses for years, but I wonder if we ever understood them. Yes, we congratulate ourselves for being the “wild branches.” We are grafted in (by God’s grace, of course). And we go on to conclude that those poor, unbelieving Jews are now suffering under some kind of spiritual drought because they don’t acknowledge Yeshua as the Messiah. Even if we’re not “Messianic,” we still think that Paul’s glorious statement of inclusion applied to us! We are the blessed ones.
But step back a minute and ask yourself, “What does Paul mean when he writes, ‘stand fast through faith’?” Hopefully we have learned something about Paul’s conception of “faith” in these years of investigation. Now we understand that Paul was a fully Torah-observant Jew, committed to strict monotheism, devoted to the Jewish way of living and completely dedicated to Yeshua as the promised Jewish Messiah. If we have learned this about Paul, then the answer to our question should be something like this: Faith is not a noun. It is a verb that describes a life totally pledged to living according to God’s instructions. That means our doctrines and our practice must represent what God revealed in his prophets Moses and Yeshua. That means, just for clarity’s sake, we no longer espouse those ideas that have crept into Christianity from Greek or pagan roots. That means we reject the notion that God is not interested in “law” (Torah) and has replaced this way of life with “grace.” That means we recognize the Trinitarian dogma is in complete opposition to the monotheism of first century Jews despite the fact that all the earliest believers in the Messiah were Jews. That means we stop separating over the miniscule details of alternate exegesis and pursue unity, that great theme of Pauline literature, as best we can. That means we act before we exegete. That means our lives conform to the characteristics found in Exodus 34:6-7.
Why do we treat “faith” in this supposedly radical way? (It is radical only because it isn’t aligned with Christian dogma). Because of these words: oude sou pheisetai (“neither will he spare you”). Did you get that? If faith isn’t about doctrinal purity, if faith is about acting according to the instructions given by God through Moses (and Yeshua proclaims that it is), then who do you suppose will be broken off in the end? Do you think that those who profess “faith” but deny the fundamental proclamation of Deuteronomy 6:4 will survive? Do you imagine those who believe themselves grafted in but refuse to be nourished by the Jewish root will be welcomed? Can you convince yourself that the adoption of Greek thinking by the Church guarantees your salvation simply because you have been told it does? Can you continue to pretend that Paul was a Christian like you? Good luck with that. No one is saved by committing theological suicide.
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Kevod Yeheveh, His presence be with you always:

Mellow Rock
David Russell