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Ruth Duckworth
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Ruth Duckworth

The Ishmaelites and Midianites were what I seemed to concentrate on this time. The Derek series I watched really summed this up. I know that Ricky Gervais, the writer and actor is an atheist, and I thought that his idea was to show that simple good is what is important. The whole program is about a simple man who just wants to be kind to everyone and thinks that his very limited life working in an old peoples’ home is the perfect life, he loves the wisdom of the old people and the caring of the lady who runs the… Read more »

Judy & Len Robinson
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Judy & Len Robinson

ACVS30-Judy #4742-…2…”For truth does not shine from itself, because there is nothing flaming in it alone; but it shines from good, for good is like a flame which gives forth light. Such therefore as the good is, such does the truth from it appear; and such as the truth is, in such a manner does it shine from good…..” #4744…2…”The city of emptiness shall be broken;……. (Isaiah 24:10-12);…….. That “emptiness” is where there is no truth because no good…” #…3..”In Luke: God hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He hath sent empty away (Luke 1:53); “the… Read more »

Judy & Len Robinson
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Judy & Len Robinson

ACV6S30-Len #4741…”[3] The same persons (in me) also believe that those are wiser than all others, who having once accepted a dogma, whatever it may be, can confirm it by various things, and by various reasonings make it appear like truth. But nothing could be less the part of a wise man; it is what everyone can do who possesses any ingenuity, and the evil more skillfully than the upright…” Task: What is it in me that wants to be right or have my ideas validated by others? Observations: I have experienced this very truth, that I am very good… Read more »

Melinda Robinson
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Melinda Robinson

ACV6 S30: AC 4739-4749 4741 [3] ..to see what is true is to see from the light of heaven, which is from the LORD; but to see what is false as true is to see from a fatuous light, which is from hell. 4747 [2] all of this section – particularly ..for what is once confirmed by doctrine, and at the same time by life, remains to eternity. [and] ..that which is inrooted in both man’s lives, the life of his understanding and the life of his will, cannot be rooted out. Task/Observations: I struggled with finding a specific task,… Read more »

Louise Gardam
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Louise Gardam

Arcana Coelestia # 4741 {all– especially [3] }: “…. a rational mane can see, as from above, whether that which is confirmed is true or false, and because he sees this, he regards confirmations of falsity as of no account…. In fact to see what is true is to see from the light of Heaven, which is from the LORD; but to see what is false as true is to see from a fatuous light, which is from hell.” Work Focus~~ Each evening try to “catch” my proprium confirming and uplifting a false principle. Look at it objectively. Then reject… Read more »

Kent Rogers
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Kent Rogers

Numbers 4740 and 4747 include three references to the importance of the doctrine and belief that the Lord’s Human is divine. The task is to contemplate in sitting meditation, the meaning and implications of this statement. The doing task is based on 4741 “the veriest of Christian life is to will and do well towards others” and the discussion of the beautiful variegated colors representing the beautiful and unique ways people reflect the Lord. The task is to notice these beautiful ways, appreciate them and foster goodwill. In fact, now that I’m writing this, it is clear that a part… Read more »

Kirsten Schoenberger
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Kirsten Schoenberger

AC 4747[2] “…For that which is firmly accepted from doctrine is absorbed into the understanding, and that which is firmly accepted in life is absorbed into the will. That which is deeply implanted in both areas in man- that is to say , in the life of his understanding and in the life of his will- cannot be rooted out. A person’s essential soul which lives after death is shaped by these…” Task: continue looking for that which blocks my applying truths from the Word to my mind and actions As I reread this part of the Joseph story telling… Read more »

Gretchen & Harald Sandstrom
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Gretchen & Harald Sandstrom

This is Harald: AC 4744, end: “People are called ‘rich’ but ‘empty’ if they know … [cognitions of good and truth] but do not carry them out …” The theme for this whole section of readings seems to be: Truth depends on good. There is no “free-standing” truth, so unless there’s good in it, it ain’t truth. How can I apply that? By taking a truth and carrying it out, of course – but which, from this reading? The two key truths featured are: The Lord’s Human is Divine, and works of charity do contribute to salvation. This seems another… Read more »

David Moffat
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David Moffat

FOCUS PASSAGE 4744. ‘And the pit was empty, there was no water in it’ means that at that time there was no truth at all. This is clear from the meaning of ‘the pit’ as falsities, dealt with in 4728; from the meaning of ’empty’ as a place where there is no truth at all because there is no good at all Section 3. [Matthew 12:43-45] “Unclean spirits dwell in the uncleanness in man’s life.” In Luke: God hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He hath sent empty away (Luke 1:63); “the rich” denote those who… Read more »

Michael Chester
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Michael Chester

AC 4748. With their camels bearing spices and balsam and stacte. That this signifies interior natural truths, is evident from the signification of “camels,” as being in general those things of the natural man that serve the spiritual, and specifically general memory-knowledges in the natural man (n. 3048, 3071, 3114, 3143, 3145, 4156); and from the signification of “spices, balsam, and stacte,” as being interior natural truths conjoined with good in the natural man. Task: Reflect on the signification of spices as being interior natural truths conjoined with good in the natural man. See if you can come up with… Read more »

Paddy Morahan
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Paddy Morahan

4741[3]… In fact to see what is true is to see from the light of heaven, which is from the Lord; but to see what is false as true is to see from a fatuous light, which is from hell. TASK: To observe when I reason falsities to be truths and see what comes from this. I was only able to observe this process in hindsight. The examples came from interactions with people at work. Negative states toward people were justified rationally and these states shared with a colleague/friend to further rationalise my judgement and to bond with this person.… Read more »

Sarah Walker
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Sarah Walker

4742(2) The source from which truth shines is not truth itself because by itself alone it does not possess any flame; rather, good is the source of it since this is like the flame from which light shines. The nature of good therefore determines the nature of the truth that appears from it, and the nature of the truth is the same as that of the good from which it shines. 4748(2) In general they mean interior truths within the natural, but those truths which are derived from the good there; for truths do not on their own constitute the… Read more »

John Talbot
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John Talbot

4741 ‘That they stripped Joseph of his tunic’ means that they removed and annihilated the appearance of truth…. The removal and annihilation of the appearance of truth takes place once truth itself has been cast aside, for truth itself cannot but shine in people’s minds, and no matter how much it is blotted out it remains visible, especially to those who are governed by good. Those who have annihilated truth see it too, and therefore they try to remove and annihilate even those appearances of it…..4741(2)………..Now since faith alone and the confidence it imparts is seen to be like this… Read more »

Ruth Duckworth
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Ruth Duckworth

4742[2] When this light passes from heaven into the world of spirits, it is there presented under the appearance of various colours, which in beauty, variety, and loveliness immeasurably surpass the colours which are from the light of the world. As the colours in the other life are from this source, they are in their origin nothing else than appearances of truth from good. For truth does not shine from itself, because there is nothing flaming in it alone; but it shines from good, for good is like a flame which gives forth light. Such therefore as the good is,… Read more »

Janna King
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Janna King

AC4739 “and Judah said unto his brethren,” signifies the depraved in the church who are against whatever is good; “What gain is it if we slay our brother and cover up his blood?” signifies that there would be nothing of profit or of supremacy, if this should be wholly extinguished;”
Work Focus: I recognize this cruel and cynical state, and the proprium’s intention to ‘profit’ even from simple innocence. Pray that the Lord’s own intention will be carried forward despite the machinations of the old will.

Gray Glenn
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Gray Glenn

WORK FOCUS: Get a sense of the parts in me which operate from being “within the church and … confirmed …against Divine truths, especially …- that the Lord’s Human is Divine, and that the works of charity contribute to salvation” 4747.2. Contrast these parts with that, in me, which are “out of the church, …called Gentiles, [which have] not confirmed themselves against these truths, because they have not known them” 4747.2. Look for the dynamic indicated in 4747.3: “when any new church is being set up by the Lord, it is not set up with those who are within the… Read more »

Siri Hurst
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Siri Hurst

No 4748. “With their camels bearing spices and balsam and stacte.” That camels are those things of the natural man that serve the spiritual, specifically memory-knowledges in the natural man. And that spices are interior natural truths conjoined with good in the natural man. [4] …”As it is by such truths that man’s natural is perfected and also amended, healing is therefore ascribed to spices of this kind…” I was drawn to the idea of being “healed” by the truths or the spices that the Ismaelites carried on camels to Egypt. What in the natural needs to amended or perfected?… Read more »

Fred Braakman
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Fred Braakman

Text 4741. [3] The same persons also believe that those are wiser than all others, who having once accepted a dogma, whatever it may be, can confirm it by various things, and by various reasonings make it appear like truth… In a word, nothing is less the part of a wise man, nay, nothing is less rational, than to be able to confirm falsities; for it is the part of a wise man and it is rational, first to see that a thing is true, and then to confirm it. In fact to see what is true is to see… Read more »

Ian Keal
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Ian Keal

AC 4748 [5] ..on “merchandise”, artfully and studiously invented for the sake of self-worship…

Ian Keal
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Ian Keal

Watch out for “Unclean Spirits” who live in “Empty Houses” in “Dry Places”, and want to strip me of my affection for and understanding of Truth from Good, ..and throw me into a “Pit” of despair …and try to get me to “sell out” to selfish and worldly concerns…..

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