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Do you know anything that God doesn’t know?
#ThisCanHealYou
Wake up from the dream of having a second life.

Robert Blok Can you elaborate on this particular topic.
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Robin Starbuck
Robin Starbuck Have you ever tried healing yourself of a serious illness by spiritual means alone, Robert?
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Robert Blok
Robert Blok not exactly illnesses but I have on other things
Unless colds count, then yes.
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Robin Starbuck
Robin Starbuck Okay, let’s say you’ve been reading and/or hearing of spiritual healing a lot lately and you decide to give it a try. Let’s just say you’ve got symptoms of something serious and you turn to Spirit instead of doctors. What would you do?
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Robert Blok
Robert Blok In an Authoritative command state that I am perfect and healthy that I am a son of God and as he is perfect, so am I perfect
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Robin Starbuck
Robin Starbuck Who would you be speaking to? Why would you be speaking? Who/what is the you that would be speaking? How long would you persist in it? For what reason?
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Robert Blok
Robert Blok I don’t know, just rest in the peace that I am.
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Robin Starbuck
Robin Starbuck I’m not trying to trap you, but to indicate where people often don’t make the needed contact.
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Robert Blok
Robert Blok To Father, to exercise my authority on earth, I am, several times or so, to deny the lie.
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Robin Starbuck
Robin Starbuck Now please permit me a little more leeway: what next? What if you don’t have the desired result?
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Robert Blok
Robert Blok Then I’m probably going about it all wrong.
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Robin Starbuck
Robin Starbuck And if you were to tell what “it” means, I think the world belief of having 2 separate simultaneous lives will have surfaced and the belief that we know something that God isn’t privy to will have come out. This could cause one to go much, much deeper into the realm of pure Spirit, where the very healing one was seeking becomes secondary in importance.
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Robert Blok
Robert Blok It is when we focus, on the spiritual level, just in having relationship with Father, and not on the things that are trying to make us be in agreement with them. It is here we live the truth of our existence as spiritual beings, and in us there is no Darkness for we are of the light.
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Robin Starbuck
Robin Starbuck Yes, I took a big chance here in trying to answer your original question. I could have answered it much more simply and succinctly without concern for “audience preparedness” (!!) but I chose to involve said audience. This is literally stuff I’ve been raised on. Your responses were so perfect given the fact that it was based on a hypothetical case. Thanks for going along with it.
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Robert Blok
Robert Blok Your welcome, anytime. ( it’s an interesting process)
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Robin Starbuck
Robin Starbuck Would you say that your foray into “AD70, audience relevance, cultural and linguistic background as well as timeline awareness” was your most recent great shakeup in your spiritual life? By that I mean that it changed everything for you and sent you on a whole new and exciting journey into greater understanding of God?
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Robert Blok
Robert Blok Oh Most Definitely. I live in an area that is a Calvinism stronghold and all the churches I attempted to attend or attended also had a Futuristic eschatology bent, A.KA. Rapture theory. I was still trying to put together timelines, of that topic, when I was introduced to Jonathan Welton’s teachings and Pastor Martin Trench. These as Well as many other Teachers, Male and Female, have helped me gain a much better understanding of Scriptures, though I dare say there is oh so much more to learn.
But that’s ok I have time 😋
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Robin Starbuck
Robin Starbuck I believe that you, unlike 99% of people you’ve encountered, are capable of actually going beyond the parameters of even your most recent revelation.
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Robert Blok
Robert Blok What is your ultimate goal, in this material experience?
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Robin Starbuck
Robin Starbuck Absolutely none. God is not there.
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Robert Blok
Robert Blok Let me rephrase that, what is your ultimate goal in your existence
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Robin Starbuck
Robin Starbuck I didn’t mean to be evasive, sorry. I guess the best I can express it in “material terms” is to take some major revelations all the way to where I never doubt again. It thrills me when people catch my meaning but not in a self-centered way. Life is too precious, albeit unlimited, for that!
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Robert Blok
Robert Blok as I was pondering, in the spirit, what you had last said to me about going further. I heard ‘ask her question’, and that was exactly what I did.
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Robin Starbuck
Robin Starbuck Do you remember first hearing about AD70 and thinking what the deuce is that?? Then you opened a teeny bit more and more and more. I’m here to tell you that is not the final revelation.
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Robert Blok
Robert Blok As The Spirt of the Lord is unlimited, indeed the beginning and end of all things, then it makes sense that ourselves ultimately are unlimited, in him. And so would be the revelations that we get to experience, in him or as him.
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Robin Starbuck
Robin Starbuck Absolutely! (I didn’t capitalize ‘revelation’ because I wasn’t referring to the Book.)
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Robert Blok
Robert Blok So to bring this full circle, we are here to serve one another. To uplift and to teach, and enjoy one another’s company, in our joys and our sorrows . For in doing this we display our love for another.
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Robin Starbuck
Robin Starbuck I couldn’t have said it better or agree more!!!
BTW, The apostrophe (‘) is possessive: revelation’s meaning, purpose, etc. revelation’s is also a contraction of “revelation is….”
revelations = plural (more than one).
This grammar point could polish up your beautiful poetry. 😀
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Robert Blok 👍
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Robert Blok
Robert Blok And thanks
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Robin Starbuck
Robin Starbuck U r w c. It’s an error that is soooo prevalent on our pristine internet!! Lol. It’s like “it’s, car’s, vacation’s, etc., etc. Why people think that when you want to express more than one, you need an apostrophe totally escapes me! I’m reading a book of translated tapes and that mistake occurs 3-400 times. It’s so distracting.
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Robert Blok
Robert Blok Yes, I can see how that would be very distracting for one such as you who teaches English as a second language, and so much more.
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Robin Starbuck
Robin Starbuck No, I wouldn’t bother you about something that only English teachers can really appreciate. I don’t give a darn about that. It’s a kind of open door to having full confidence. Most of the people that you admire write perfectly. You are sooo close….
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Robert Blok
Robert Blok Ty.
How do you get to Carnegie Hall…?
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Robin Starbuck
Robin Starbuck I would rewrite the answer: not practice practice practice but by discovering corrections that make a huge impact.
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Robert Blok
Robert Blok Edit edit edit
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Robin Starbuck
Robin Starbuck One little insight (revelation) can blossom into a new level. [To this day I don’t know what you did earlier on that catapulted you into where you’re at now. Smh!]
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Robin Starbuck I guess I should clarify that I’m not teaching ESL. I’m a former professor of English from New York University.

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Robert Blok I sat in His Presence, listening to all of his teachings sifting everything in the Spirit. Mainly I just believe. Something everyone can do.

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Robert Blok And I don’t understand what you mean by this level ?

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Robin Starbuck I’m sure you can relate spiritually: when you “got it” re. ad70 or something like that, it changed you profoundly. Likewise, with a really important grammar point, you can begin to notice it everywhere: the smoothness and easy-flowing writing vs. difficult to understand without guessing what the person means. [There is such a thing as poetic license, but that’s not about blatant errors. ]

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Robin Starbuck If ‘level’ had unpleasant overtones, we can dispense with it and let it RIP. But I think your level of spiritual apprehension went through the roof with ad70.

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Robert Blok I would say it really helped me to deconstruct most of the faulty teachings I had encountered from the past and once those were deconstructed I was able to build again on a much better foundation that is Christ.

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Robin Starbuck You’ve just made my point! Tysm!

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Robert Blok Now I’m wishing I wasn’t such a smart Alec with my English teachers and actually paid more attention to what they were trying to share with me, but it was not in me, at that time, for reasons I shall not be going into at this point.

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Robin Starbuck You mean they were too pretty? LOL !! But you, with Holy Spirit’s leading, can zero in now. Look for the apostrophe-S (‘s) where it doesn’t make any sense and determine not to let it pull you back. Look for the correct usage – you’ll see it almost eveSee More

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Robert Blok Good advice. Thank you 😊 i’ll give it a try. When I read I tend to fly through the article, without paying any particular attention to spelling or punctuation. When I try to speak a word such as egregious it’s amazing how it sounds #Atrocious.
Blessings, my friend.

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Robin Starbuck Oh, Lawd, don’t get me started on pronunciation! Case in point: Joseph Prince. After all these years of preaching, if he could just hire a linguist to fix his speech . . . but I digress! Lol.

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Robert Blok I won’t then. You know, I’ve only ever got to listen to the first half of his sermons. They only air the first half hour of his service where I live. It just starts to get interesting and then I have no idea where he was going with it.

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Robin Starbuck He’s very, very smart; but he’s in a position to be a great model of beautiful speech … oh there I go! Dunno ’bout that 50% thang!
Hey, I gotta go now! (Bet you’re sorry you axed the question! Lol)

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Large vs intimate audience

There are two rather different ways of doing fb: keeping one’s friends list relatively small or building it up to around 5,000. The first method keeps people who basically share the same interests and opinions without too much dissent while the latter prefers a more varied group of Interlocutors.

Sometimes a mixture of the two types of fb users can be unsettling. I can’t tell you how many times I’d say something and no fewer than 10-12 people assumed it was written to them personally! On the other hand, someone with about 300 ‘friends’ has only about 30 people at any one time to consider and sometimes feels slighted when a person with nearly 5,000 plus 2,000 followers doesn’t see their posts!

No commentary, no judgement, no advice – just an observation.

To use or not to use CAPS

I EARNESTLY MAINTAIN that whereas a good book affords the reader an ample number of pages – even chapters – to develop the point that is on a writer’s heart and there would be no need for occasional introductory CAPITAL LETTERS, in a relatively and mercifully brief social media post, they can serve a most effective purpose. They can inform the reader that the REALLY URGENT point is here (not 70-80 pages to come)!
I tend to shy away from posts written in all caps because it defeats the whole purpose of using them for emphasis but being super-sensitive to the point of being offended by any use of capital letters for the sake of brevity ought to be re-examined.
I hold a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in English and I can tell you that placing an *asterisk before a word does not tell billions of prospective readers that this is the CRITICAL PART that the author is leading up to.

Secular Language Glitches

HEAR YE !! HEAR YE !!
I put out a “list” of Christian terminology that is undergoing an upgrade. Being a multi-linguist myself (and please don’t tell me they have an ointment for that!), I am painfully aware of secular language glitches that just won’t quit! “I am sure”, It must be” “It has to be” “I know it is” all denote tentativeness, uncertainty! How in the blazes can we ever be sure? Leave out the adjectival phrases altogether, and simply state your case.
Then we need to take into consideration cultural differences. I wanted to thank a guy for his thoughtfulness, and started to write “you’re so sweet”. Then I worried that it might not be perceived like Jonathan Swift’s Sweetness and Light in Nigeria.
Woe is us. Communication is getting more and more complex despite all the shortcuts that telegraphic, internet language and pictographs afford. Haven’t you done the same thing: write – delete – write – delete, and finally go to your gallery and send them a pic instead?

There are some people (like me) who enjoy probing deeply into hidden Bible images and meanings. But this is NOT NECESSARY for an intimate relation with God. Nor is it even necessary for gaining knowledge from the Word, found in the Bible. The Holy Spirit is sufficient to guide you in your walk with Jesus and in your study.

“A matter of semantics!”

It boggles the mind how “a matter of semantics” (subtlety of linguistic meaning) can tear people apart whose beliefs are otherwise compatible. Is God moved by faith? I thought his work was completely finished.

I exercise faith when I sit on a chair without inspecting it to determine its safety. Strictly speaking I “choose” to breathe the air that God has provided. God’s kingdom is advancing by virtue of the fact that in reality it’s already here; and faith enables us to wake up to the realm of the real.