The Stormy Relationship Between Beethoven and His Young Nephew Karl

It can be stated with relative ease that Beethoven’s life was not easy. Throughout all his troubles however one situation in particular stands out, his relationship with his nephew Karl. It was the source of much misery, wasted energy and lost time.

Beethoven’s relationship with his brothers, of which he had 2, was never a peaceful one. When Beethoven’s brother, Kaspar, died in 1815 Ludwig took on the responsibility of taking full time care of his young nephew Karl. A number of bitter custody battles ensued with the boys natural mother however Beethoven was successful in the courts to secure the full and exclusive rights for the guardianship of Karl.

Beethoven poured many of this future hopes, dreams and plans into making the boy something he was simply not. It is said that Karl had a difficult personality anyway and there was always a lot of friction between the two causing them both much pain and heartache. It was a case of two immovable objects colliding.

The combined pressure of failing to live up to his uncles grand expectations along with gambling debts he couldn’t pay led Karl to attempt suicide at the age of 22 by shooting himself. He survived but the relationship between them had been damaged forever. In the saddest of endings Karl joined the Austrian army and it was the last time Beethoven would ever see him.

There is in fact a famous book which demonstrates there relationship living in a house together. The book is entirely fact and made up of the scrapbooks Karl would write on in order to communicate with his deaf uncle. They reveal a stormy relationship but also show genuine moments of loving care and consideration plus no small amount of humor. For much of the time that Beethoven devoted himself to bringing up Karl he composed nothing, not a single note for years.

The Unofficial History of Cribbage and Sir John Suckling

One of England’s greatest contributions to Western Civilization is the card game Cribbage, at least in the opinion of avid Cribbage players. Sir John Suckling is the one responsible for bringing us the game that we love today. Although there is no evidence to truly prove that Sir John Suckling was the creator of Cribbage, he is, at the very least, the one responsible for publishing and spreading the game all through the land.

Sir John Suckling, poet, playwright, master bowler/gambler and notorious womanizer, was born at Whitton, between Twickenham and Hounslow, Middlesex, on February 10, 1609. He was born into a very prominent family in England, although after his mother died when he was four years of age, his father was in charge of rearing the young child. His father was a member of the English Parliament and was the “controller” of the King’s household until his untimely death in 1627. Sir John was at the age of 18 when his father passed and was old enough to inherit his father’s considerably large estate. After receiving the inheritance he spent countless amount of money traveling, womanizing and of course gambling.

In 1623 he enrolled in Trinity College, Cambridge and then to Gray’s Inn in 1627. At the young age of 18, he pursued a military career and joined the army of Gustavus Adolphus during the Thirty Years’ War. At the age of 21, King Charles I knighted Suckling. The king quickly regretted the decision, so Suckling left the court and became involved in several different military adventures. He was said to have served in an expedition against France and it has been said that he fought in Lord Wimbledon’s regiments in the Dutch service. In October 1631, Sir John joined Sir Henry Vane who was serving under Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden. In 1632, Suckling quickly came back into King Charles’s good graces after delivering the dispatches, by orders of Vane, and after completing his mission he returned and remained in England.

After that he pretty much filled his time gambling, womanizing, and serving in the military for the rest of the decade. This is where he was said to have invented the beloved game of cribbage, which had some similar features to the games, Noddy and One-and-Thirty. Although when the Scottish war of 1639 began, he left his beloved cards and women to raise a troop of 100 horsemen and his army joined King Charles in the north. When the war ended, peacefully, in 1639, Sir John returned to London. He was elected to Parliament in 1640, but in May 1641 he was involved in a vain attempt to free a political prisoner, Thomas Wentworth, the earl of Stratford and held in the Tower of London. Sir John Suckling was then charged with treason and had to flee to France with very few belongings and almost no financial assistance, to avoid arrest.

In order to establish some kind of financial security in one of his darkest hours, Suckling started selling a large number of marked packs of cards and distributed them amongst the richest population in the region. He then started playing cards where the marked cards were distributed. In 1642, it was believed that Sir John Suckling committed suicide by taking poison. It has been said that his greatest accomplishments were the lyrics to “why so pale” and “wan fond lover?” and for Cribbage, which has changed very little since Suckling’s day and is one of the most popular card games in the English speaking world.

Venetian Mask History, the Moretta Mask

The Moretta mask is one of the most traditional designs of Venetian masks. Originating in France it was quickly taken up by the fashion conscious Venetian women who loved the way the mask accentuated the soft feminine lines of the female face. Its popularity was short lived as by 1760 it had disappeared.

The Moretta mask was oval in shape with no mouth opening, just eye holes.Traditionally the mask was worn with a veil so giving total anonymity to its wearer. Originally made of black velvet the features are expressionless. It was designed without ties to secure it in place relying Instead on a button a button sewn on the inside of the mask which was clamped in the mouth of the wearer, so keeping the mask in place and rendering the wearer mute. This is why the Moretta mask is also called the Servetta Muta meaning mute maid servant.

The lack of verbal communication this mask imposed meant that Venetian women had to use their body language to communicate. It encouraged coquettish behavior, the tilt of the head,the fluttering of eye lashes, the touch of a hand all became an intricate part of flirtation.Its expressionless face meant that the female wearer had to use her body to communicate, much as a mime artist would today. When worn, the Moretta mask accentuated all the attributes that Venetians considered to be the height of desirability and femininity. 

The moretta mask was worn to gambling houses, for affairs and when visiting convents where vows of silence were observed.

Thankfully todays Moretta masks are designed with ribbon ties to secure it. The button has been left in an era where women’s views were seen as unimportant and where they were judged on their physical attributes alone. They can be crafted from leather, cloth or paper mache. Most are still blank in either black or white as tradition dictates. If you wish for one that is a little more decorative there are designs that have been embelished with gilded macrame and crystals. Although not historically correct these do look superb when worn and also make lovely wall decoration. The leather Moretta masks are probably the most comfortable, allowing the skin to breath and molding to the shape of the wearers face.

Although simple in its design and somewhat inconvenient to wear, this mask still holds a fascination for us today. Its expressionless façade imbibes its wearer with an ethereal look which captivates our attention wherever it may be worn.

Debt Is Economic Slavery

To be in debt and unable to find a way out is a recipe for panic and the disaster that drives victims to do crazy things. With unpaid bills, threats of legal proceedings and even loss of one’s home, and so on, the scene is set for disaster. It’s a severe crisis and ridding of the chains that dragged one into the mess is as complicated and difficult as almost anything faced in life.

This condition of modern life is slavery to a system designed to inflict through fear. The latter emotion drives panic and other things such as anti-social behaviour and criminality.

Common sense and logic are hard to find when the brain is focused on consequences of debt. Experts are usually required to solve the problem but they are hard to find and usually out-of-reach for the debtor. They do not exist in governments or religion because there are few if any who genuinely know the solution to such problems.

Greed, under-payment for work, addictions, and gambling problems are all part of the mix. Add to it the break-down of relationships, medical and other expenses, as well as family problems and the like all add up to debt that cannot be met.

Both society and the establishment work towards creating the situation and one has to take a look at the big picture to discover how and why it is so.

My memory of reincarnation and strong link to the Spirit of the Universe has provided insight into such situations. Everything is part of a grand plan to bring the world as we know it to an end. The bible tells us that everyone who has lived is back in bodies at this time and they ae judged according to their spirituality.

This explanation will be over the heads of many readers who cannot come to grips with the fact that they are being spiritually killed by the fiction they believe in. All debt is fiction just as religion and the false gods it promotes. Money is one of those fake idols.

When the Spirit took me away from the world in the sense that my need for money faded away It also provided answers that are impossible to find otherwise. It took me to the beginning of religious systems and how man’s passion for make-believe led to the establishment that drives debt.

Fear and loss of common sense is at the heart of driving people into believing in the false gods that are now killing thousands daily. Brain-washing from birth impacts the brain and denies spiritual food that would otherwise lead one out of debt and into a form of recovery that is impossible to find otherwise. Economic slavery is the make-believe that creates power and control of the masses and debt is the trap to keep them in line.

The Best Pick 3 Playing Strategy Secrets Exposed!

Having the right set of numbers is always a dream… and that is a dream shared by every Tom, Dick and Harry who thinks that he has a foolproof Pick 3 playing strategy. Unfortunately, those dream combos do not come often, if at all. Even if they do, you still have to know when and how often to play them in order to win a shot at the jackpot. You also need to know when to bet high, and when not to bet at all. And you need to learn when to walk away with your winnings intact. Although there really is no foolproof Pick 3 playing strategy, (despite what Tom, Dick and Harry thinks,) there are reasonable tips or playing strategies that can help increase your chances when you play the game.

Pick 3 playing strategy #1. Pick your own combination and pick wisely.

Naturally, numbers play a crucial role in lotto… but here’s the thing. People often do not consider numbers important enough to consider a thorough think through. Surprising, eh… but it’s true. Most people choose numbers that they have attached special importance to (like choosing 331 because there are 3 kids, 3 grandkids and 1 dog in the family.) Others choose numbers because it seems to have some “mystic” significance (like choosing 777 because this is a number that appears a lot in the Bible.) The worst case scenario is when people do not pick their own numbers and opt for a computer generated combo.

When playing Pick 3, the combos that usually win are the single digit or non-repeating numbers. Doubles (like 331) and triples (like 777) have as much chance of winning the lotto as a puppy winning the triathlon. It can be done of course, but the question is: in whose lifetime? Single digits have better chances of winning, so stick to those. And try not to patronize quick picks. Very often, these will never turn up a combination that is worthy of the money you invested in it.

Pick 3 playing strategy #2. Pick your battles, so to speak.

Ah, the jackpot has remained untouched for the longest time, and that the amount is impressive enough to encourage every Tom, Dick and Harry to queue in front of the local convenience store. You decide not to incite the crowds by staying home. Good choice. If the lines are relatively long for a particular draw, then skip it. Although this may sound totally ridiculous, you have to remember that all lotto games gain most of its wins from other players. So naturally, the more players there are to one game, the higher the jackpot. That also means that you are competing with all these players, who (with all likelihood have several combinations they are betting on.)

All these factors combined means that you have very low to zero percent of winning the jackpot. As your second Pick 3 playing strategy, opt for smaller gains instead; you have more chances of winning that. I mean, so what if you pass off the $500 jackpot one draw, when you consistently win $100 to $200 on every other game anyway?

Safe Harbor

A passenger cruise ship offers vacationers at risk adventure and opulence. More than most away-from-home vacations in which risk is confined to on-the-road and airliner travel plus risks of disease and contact with strangers while on land, the ship itself is a platform of risk as well as pleasure. You breathe a sigh of relief when you arrive at the port of embarkation to board the cruise ship (prior to sailing time).

After that, the anticipated cruise experience begins: formal dining, making new acquaintances, lounging by the pool, more food choices and in great quantity, glorious sunrises while at sea, food and drink, stage shows, more food, spectacular sunsets while at sea, food and more food, dancing, magic shows, gambling, and food, food, food. Then, you anticipate the first of many ports of call in foreign lands – safe harbor to disembark and explore (in about eight hours, before the ship departs).

The cruise vacation is a condensed, more action-packed version of people wanting perfection in their holiday as they also want that in their lives. But, as in life, your cruise vacation sometimes turns out to be far short of perfect. An at risk adventure can be miserable, even deadly. What makes you willing to take the risks? The answer is trust. You trust your skill in driving yourself to the airport. You trust the airline and its employees to safely take you to and from the port of embarkation. You trust the cruise line and its employees to deliver you to safe harbors, on time, and in accordance with the itinerary. And, if any of those things do not work, you hedge by buying cruise insurance to compensate yourself for some or all of the costs of a ruined vacation.

Suppose that you are permanently crippled, fall off the ship and drown, or die in some other way? You are not around to collect your cruise insurance benefit. Your family might collect the benefit, but you are lost, or are you? There are at least 64 Christian Biblical verses that communicate God’s promise to guide you through your life. Web search Proverbs 16:9, Psalm 32:8, and Proverbs 3:5-6. God is love, and he is there for you, no matter who you are or what you have done. The Bible has many stories of wicked people who realized this, turned away from their selfish and harmful ways to be the light to show others how to recognize and have the grace of God.

Christians use the term “born again in Jesus,” which means that they believe that God loved all of mankind so much that he gave of himself, his son Jesus, to be sacrificed for all of our wickedness. Born again, means a new start, to put yourself on the path to God, a path that is true and everlasting, even after death. Heaven is the safe harbor, and salvation is your insurance, after you walk with God through a very adventurous mortal life.

Superstitions On The Roulette Table – The Meanings of Numbers

Number Meanings From 0 To 36

0 – The number 0 is one of the most significant numbers, but when it comes to roulette it’s the number that gives the house the edge so it’s not a lucky number for us, it’s a lucky number for casino owners.

1 – They say that one is the loneliest number, and that rings true even on a roulette table as the number 1 is a part of the french orphans bet. This number can represent strength. It can also represent new beginnings, which are more than welcome after a streak of bad luck.

2 – The number 2 is all about balance. According to the Pythagoreans, the number 2 is the most unlucky number, in fact they declared the second day of each month to represent the god of the underworld, Hades. In the Far East, however, they consider the number 2 to be very lucky.

So – how’s that for balance?

3 – They say that the 3rd time’s the charm, which isn’t always necessarily true while you’re at the roulette table but we’ll take any help we can get, right?

4 – Remember the Pythagoreans who thought that the number 2 was evil and unlucky? They also believed the number 4 to be a perfect number. It represents many things such as the four seasons, the four directions on a compass, the four winds and the four elements (Earth, Wind, Fire and Air.) The Irish believe in the luck of a 4 leaf clover. Have you ever found a four leaf clover on your way to a roulette table? Me neither.

5 – According to mystical numerology, the number 5 carries with it an aura of uncertainty. It’s very rare to find any certainties in life, especially in a casino, so perhaps this characteristic is true of all numbers on the roulette table.

6 – Some believe that six is a symbol of luck, but what happens when you have the number 6 three times in a row? We’ll talk more about the significance of this at the end of the article.

7 – There are seven colors in the rainbow, but just three on a roulette table. Red, black and green. Seven is often refereed to as being the luckiest number.

8 – In Asia, 8 is a lucky number for several reasons. First of all, the number 8 looks like the infinity symbol which is of great significance to Asian cultures, and also the way it is pronounced in Chinese sounds similar to the word for “wealth” or “prosperity.” I’ll take wealth and prosperity over good luck any day of the week.

9 – Known as the number of magic, heaven and the Creator. 9 is also the amount of lives that a cat has. In Japanese, the number 9 sounds similar to the word for “pain”, which is a contrast to the Chinese number 8 which we just learned about.

10 – They call it a perfect 10. In Sikhism, there were 10 gurus so this is a very significant number to them. In the Bible, Egypt was cursed by 10 plagues. One thing that’s becoming clear as we explore all of the double meanings that these numbers have is that it really just depends on how you look at things.

11 – The number 11 has been considered to be a number which represents internal conflict. Another fitting feeling that we’ve all probably experienced while at the roulette table, trying to figure out what our lucky numbers for the day will be.

12 – The number 12 is very significant across many cultures historically. There are 12 months in a year, thus 12 signs for the zodiac calendar but if you’re into Tarot cards you will know that 12 is the number of the hanged man. Uh-oh!

13 – Just as seven is lucky, 13 is often considered to be it’s counterpart as an unlucky number. Western superstitions dictate that to dine with 13 people at a table is unlucky, perhaps in reference to the Last Supper.

14 – We’ve already looked at a couple of words who’s pronunciation in Chinese and Japanese sound like other words, but try this one on for size. In Chinese culture this is an unlucky number because “one” “four”, when said, sounds just the words that mean “want to die.” Sorry for being a little morbid, we’re just the messengers.

15 – This number has some meaning for anybody who believes in equality amongst all people. Susan B. Anthony fought her entire life for women’s rights, and her birthday was on the 15th day of February. We’re not really sure what her lucky numbers were, or if she was even a fan of roulette, but thanks to her efforts there’s a little girl out there somewhere today who’s spinning a roulette wheel for the first time and she’s not going to let anybody hold her back from her dreams! Isn’t that sweet?

16 – It was the 16th amendment to the US constitution that made it lawful for the government to collect taxes from us, so this one is certainly a lucky number for a lot of people sitting in public office, don’t you think?

17 – In Tarot, the 17th card is the card of the stars and it represents hope. You know, like “Boy, I really hope this Voisins bet pays off.”

18 – Eighteen is the legal voting age! In many Canadian provinces, it’s also the legal drinking age and thus the age at which you can finally enter a casino to put your lucky numbers and number meanings to the test for real.

19 – According to the Qur’an, 19 is the number of angels which are guarding Hell. On the other hand, it’s also the title of the debut album from the beautiful songstress Adele, who’s voice has captivated millions worldwide. In Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, 19 is a mysterious number. Finally, it’s the last year that one is a teenager, still so young and ready to grab life by the horns. A great candidate to be a lucky number, if you don’t mind the whole 19 angels guarding hell thing, that is.

20 – A group of 20 of something is called a “score”, and scoring is what we’re all looking to do when we sit down at the roulette table so the number 20 gets our stamp of approval when it comes to choosing a lucky number!

21 – This is the drinking age across most of the United States of America. Yee-haw! 21 grams is the weight of the soul, according to some research that is generally considered to be absolutely meaningless and without merit – so.. there’s that too.

22 – There’s a Jay-Z song in which he rhymes the words “two”, “too” and “to” 22 times. If hearing Jay-Z say two a bunch of times makes you feel lucky, look no further than 22 as your ultimate luckiest number.

23 – The 23 Enigma is a belief that most events that happen are somehow connected to the number 23. Perhaps you have heard of the Jim Carrey movie called The Number 23 that deals with a man who becomes obsessed. If so, then you can’t you haven’t been warned about obsessing over this number!

24 – There are twenty four hours in a day, but they seem to pass a lot faster when you’re on a winning (or losing) streak. I wonder why that is?

25 – The Book of Revelation said that there were 25 thrones.

26 – There are 26 red cards and 26 black cards in a regular deck of cards. Red and black, sound familiar? Some people will actually use a deck of cards to help them choose which color to wager on in roulette.

27 – European roulette is a popular version of the game that features a single zero, rather than a double zero. Why does this matter? There are 27 countries in the European union, so could this number be lucky for someone who’s playing European roulette?

28 – The atomic mass of silicon is 28. We’ve all seen our share of silicon sitting around the roulette tables, especially in Las Vegas, and it’s often there as a form of good luck charm it seems, so take from that what you will!

29 – Tom Waits sings songs about people who are down on their luck, and just so happens to have a song called “$29.00”.

30 – Thirty minutes, half an hour, the length of the average mind-numbing sitcom and also the amount of silver ounces that it took to convince Judas to betray Jesus in the Bible. It’s up to you to decide if this number will betray you, or lead you to silver and gold.

31 – This is a lucky number for musicians because there are 31 triads in music theory. It’s music to the ears to hear that roulette ball drop into the right slot, that’s for sure.

32 – Here’s another one for the music fans. In his lifetime, Beethoven completed exactly 32 sonnets for piano.

33 – It’s said that Alexander The Great could have died at the age of 33. That certainly makes this a lucky number if you were one of his enemies.

34 – The number 34 has various significances across cultures, generally seen as a lucky number since 3+4=7.

35 – 35mm film is popular both for motion pictures as well as for photography. It’s also the former Jersey number of retired Chicago Blackhawk’s great Tony Esposito. If you’re under the age of 35 and you want to be President of the United States of America, you’re out of luck since it’s the minimum age that one must be to run for President.

36 – The 36 Views of Mount Fuji are a famous collection of paintings by a Japanese artist named Katsushika Hokusai. It’s also, of course, the highest number on the roulette table and one of either 37 or 38 total numbers when you include the zero or the double zero, depending on which style of Roulette wheel you’re playing on. The American wheel has two zeros, whereas the European roulette wheel has but one.

The Devil’s Game

We’ve seen that a lot of numbers have their own spiritual significance in numerous religions and faiths, but why is roulette nicknamed “The Devil’s Game”? Well, we mentioned that the number 666 had some significance much earlier on in our list, and the reason that this relates to roulette is quite simple. If you add up all of the numbers on the roulette board, you’re left with… You guessed it… 666, the Number of the Beast. Sometimes, however, you’ve just got to put on your pretty shoes and dance with the devil.

What Are Your Lucky Numbers?

Have any of these tidbits changed your lucky numbers? Knowing number meanings can be a fun exercise, but it’s important to remember that the roulette table is random and there’s just as much of a chance of the roulette ball landing in any given number’s slot as it has of landing on any other number. Unless, of course, you decide to believe in some of the superstitions and facts that we’ve laid out in this article, of course, in which case anything’s possible!

Gambling and the World of 666

Money is the product of greed and it is in everyone’s sight that has not the knowledge that God provides for us. The world runs on money and without it one is destitute and unable to survive in what has become the world of 666. Most, however, have not the knowledge or know how to make it in quantities they expect they would need to provide them a good life. That is why they enjoy taking short-cuts with their dreams as motivators to gamble.

Those who engage in it are easy prey for some to extract their money and make big profits. The addiction to gambling is an acquired taste and once hooked it becomes a life-style the victims cannot escape. It’s a drug that changes the brain to require more and the main thing behind it is an evil force that will eventually rob those so afflicted of everything they own.

Over and again the stories of those who have gone down this path are highlighted in the drunks who occupy the streets and often sleep under bridges or on park benches. Spending time recently speaking with some homeless men in my city of Canberra, Australia, the nation’s Capital, there is a common thread running between them.

Mostly they come from homes that have rejected them and from broken marriages. They all have bad attitudes towards society which can be blamed on their circumstances. They have reached a point in their lives where they no longer trust anyone and they are vulnerable to forces beyond their control. They live with evil and they are the victims of same.

The governments tolerate gambling and many encourage it. Likewise they allow the alcohol because these things go together and revenue is obtained that makes the rest of society work. This is a tragedy and one most are powerless to stop.

Constantine, emperor of Rome, established the Catholic Church in 325 AD and he put up the image of Jesus Christ as its Saviour. He also introduced the Trinity God, which became its focus along with the Mother God of Babylon, Mary, the sun-star. He was Islamic and the Amorite of the bible (Amos 2:9) and the one identified as 666 (Revelation 13:12-18).

The world over which his methods still rule is corrupt, evil, full of drugs, and it creates victims who are prone to gambling and such. They are targeted by the rich and easily fall victim to anything that might make them money. They are destined to lose out and their future is set if they go down this path.

Should a Christian Play Poker?

Poker, gambling and its forms have often been considered acceptable in today’s society. What was once found only in gambling halls is now found on prime time television. No longer relegated to Las Vegas, poker is in California, online, and practically in every state in the U.S. If you do a Google search for “Christian Poker”, the top ten results for me at least showed only articles saying “go ahead” or “as long as it doesn’t take over your life you are not sinning” but each article had little or no study of the Bible. Surprisingly, there is hardly any Christian material on this subject.

The question is, are we obeying God’s commandments? Are we following Jesus by playing poker? Are we dishonoring God by playing poker? Does it matter if we play poker? Does God care if we do so or not? Does the Bible say anything at all? These questions can be answered by investigating what Jesus said. So let us study the Bible, God’s word to find the answer to whether we should play poker.

But before we do so, let us ask God for help as we study His word. Let us pray.

Dear Heavenly Father, today we ask that you give us your guidance and clarity in regards to this topic. Lord help us to have open hearts and minds, help us to overcome our sinful and selfish nature and to have a heart and mind like your son Jesus. Thank you for your great forgiveness and please send your Holy Spirit to give us wisdom and understanding as we study this topic today. We pray all these things in Jesus name, amen.

Nearly two thousand years ago, a lawyer came to Jesus and wanted to know what the most important commandment in the Bible was. It’s a good question don’t you think? What is the greatest commandment? I invite you to turn with me in your Bible to Matthew 22:35-40 to find the answer that Jesus gave. It says…

Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, ” ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.[1]

The greatest commandment is to love God with every ounce of your being. Not some of our soul, mind or heart, Jesus said love God with all your heart, soul and mind. How can we display our love to God? Jesus gave us an answer in John 14:15 where He says, “If you love Me, keep My commandments[2].” Are we loving others and God by playing poker? Also what did God mean when He said ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’? Notice both of the two greatest commandments are about love. God is love, and we also want to love others correct? In fact if we call ourselves Christians and have not love we have gained nothing (1 Corinthians 13:3). Although humans are naturally selfish, we find that we wish to love God and follow his commandments because He first loved us (1 John 4:19, John 14:15). It is the great love and sacrifice of Christ that has drawn us to God. There is no greater love than God’s love for us. And fortunately we can follow His commandments but only through the power of Christ and with the help of the Holy Spirit (John 15:5, 1 John 3:9, John 8:31-36).

So what does it mean to love your neighbor as yourself? The Bible says…

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.[3]

Loving your neighbor is the fulfillment of the law. (Galatians 5:14) It is the fulfillment of the Ten Commandments. A lot of people today hear about the Ten Commandments and without deeply thinking about them they think they are some harsh restrictions that God gives people to punish them. Their selfish nature says, “Don’t tell me what to do” and many people look at the commandments as a bunch of “thou shall nots”. But really would we want to live in a world where there are no regulations against murder, fraud, theft, and rape? It is a law of love, not a law of harsh restraints. Could you imagine a world where everyone followed the Ten Commandments? You turn on the news and the newscaster says “there were no murders today, in the entire world”. Wow, sounds like heaven doesn’t it? Based on Romans 13:8-10, obeying the Ten Commandments are the fulfillment not only of God’s law, but they are the fulfillment of loving God and your neighbor.

Sin is definitely something evil, something bad. But what exactly is sin? Sin is defined as the breaking of God’s law for it is written “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.[4]” Since sin is breaking God’s law, and love is keeping God’s law we can logically judge whether playing poker is loving or unloving, pure or a sin based on the Ten Commandments. God is calling us to purity, to His original plan to love like Him. Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.[5]

So let us consider poker. In any form of poker the goal is the same. Players sit around a table and attempt to take each other’s chips. The entire purpose of the game is to take the other players’ money. But God’s law, His Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20 state…

You shall not steal. – Exodus 20:15 (NKJV)

Poker is a game of stealing. Often a poker player may argue that poker is a game of skill but let us consider how it is played. One player may “steal” the other player’s blinds. Another will fool another player out of their money. In fact a good poker player knows two important factors of poker, bluffing and trapping. Bluffing is the art of lying, of fooling another player or players into thinking their money that they have put in a pot is no good and that they should give it up. The second poker skill is trapping which is the art of deception. A player with a strong hand will act like their hand is weak in hopes that they will fool another player into giving all their money to them by betting. It is clear that no Christian should play poker based on the Ten Commandments.

Footnotes

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[1] Matthew 22:35-40 (NKJV)

[2] John 14:15 (NKJV)

[3] Romans 13:8-10 (NKJV)

[4] 1 John 3:14 (NIV)

[5] Romans 12:9 (NIV)

Psalms For Prosperity

The psalms of the Bible are a literary treasure chest of prayers for prosperity. Below is a list of which psalms to recite for common financial requests. In some Catholic and Santeria traditions, you say the prayer or write the prayer out after lighting a candle. You may also recite the prayer as many times as you want to transform it into a kind of a mantra.

Psalm 1: To disarm office gossips, discourage those who would harm your reputation

Psalm 3: To conquer fear of poverty

Psalm 5: To ask for a special financial favor

Psalm 6: To ask for mercy from creditors

Psalm 7: To ask that blocks to progress be removed

Psalm 8: To improve confidence, to bring customers to a business

Psalm 10: For encouragement, self-confidence and stamina

Psalm 11: For mercy, tenderness and compassion, to triumph over enemies when backed into a tough corner

Psalm 12: To over come gossip, bad rumors or attacks on reputation, to overcome anxiety

Psalm 13: To overcome anxiety, when backed into a corner

Psalm 14: To renew faith that the universe is unfolding as it should

Psalm 18: For protection of the home, deliverance from enemies

Psalm 19: To receive daily blessings, increase faith in the idea that the universe has a supply for every demand

Psalm 20: For a favorable verdict in court

Psalm 21: To increase one’s spiritual vibration to invite prosperity into one’s life.

Psalm 22: For deliverance from difficult financial situations, when you feel hopeless or backed into a corner

Psalm 23: For serenity, peace of mind and stillness of the spirit, to help access the higher self

Psalm 24: To calm disturbed thoughts, anxiety and still the subconscious and the spirit, relieve fears of the future

Psalm 25: For inspiration, to access the higher self

Psalm 26: For success in financial matters, to gain confidence

Psalm 28: To disarm adversaries, make peace with an enemy, invoke tenderness, mercy and kindness

Psalm 29: To raise your vibration, to purify the home

Psalm 30: For patience and acceptance of divine will, to understand that time brings what we need when appropriate, as a thank you for many blessings

Psalm 33: When feeling fearful

Psalm 35: For victory in a court case

Psalm 36: For when you feel cursed and for protection against the evil eye, to receive divine blessings

Psalm 37: To overcome jealousy, envy, resentment and disappointment, to become serene and still

Psalm 38: For protection in court

Psalm 39: For the courage to confront any problem, to conquer fear

Psalm 40: For the reinforcement of faith in God, to still the mind when you are feeling frustrated

Psalm 41: When feeling depressed or betrayed

Psalm 42: To reinforce the connection between your personality and the higher self; to open channels of opportunity

Psalm 43: For mercy when you find yourself in an unjust situation

Psalm 44: For mercy when you find yourself in an intolerable or unjust situation; to strengthen faith in God

Psalm 45: To increase one’s faith in the power of the subconscious to follow your stated words

Psalm 46: To elevate enthusiasm for spiritual matter, increase one’s faith in the guidance of the higher self

Psalm 47: To reinforce the four cornerstones of prosperity: health, freedom, happiness and love.

Psalm 48: To become a “smile millionaire”, reinforce happiness and faith

Psalm 49: To overcome envy of the prosperity of others

Psalm 50: To reinforce the idea that the universe is benevolent and that all is unfolding as it should

Psalm 51: To quell feelings of guilt or self-criticism

Psalm 52: To correct an unjust situation

Psalms 53: To conquer skepticism and restore faith in the higher self and God

Psalm 54: To master doubts and negative thoughts

Psalm 55: To conquer anxiety and fear

Psalm 57: For when justice, compassion, kindness, tenderness or mercy is needed

Psalm 60: To put the past behind you, for a clean slate in the subconscious

Psalm 61: For help in finding a new home, when in trouble with creditors

Psalm 62: To reinforce faith in the higher self and strengthen spiritual values

Psalm 63: For anxiety, fear and discouragement

Psalm 64: To increase confidence, decrease fears of hidden enemies, to ask to be in the right place at the right time

Psalm 65: To give thanks for blessings that have been received

Psalm 66: To give thanks for an answered prayer and display an attitude of gratitude

Psalm 67: To give thanks for what one has, to eliminate discontent

Psalm 69: For deliverance in times of suffering

Psalm 70: To repel negative thoughts and attitudes of others

Psalm 71: For liberation from limiting thoughts or situations that seem like a trap, for confidence and persistence

Psalm 72: To improve financial conditions in general

Psalm 73: To eliminate those feelings and emotions such as anger, jealousy and resentment that take away our opportunities for our own enrichment and good

Psalm 74: To attract good fortune and repel enemies

Psalm 75: To encourage a job promotion or a hiring

Psalm 76: Traditionally, for luck winning the lottery or luck at gambling

Psalm 77: To restore lost faith in yourself and God

Psalm 78: To tune into the higher self and the resources of the Divine Imagination’

Psalm 81: To increase faith in the goodness of God, faith in the higher self and that we live in a universe filled with endless supply

Psalm 82: To eliminate fear of poverty and injustice; to help get organized and make a “to do” list

Psalm 84: To develop a more optimistic view of the future and attract prosperity

Psalm 85: To find inner stillness, serenity and peace with God

Psalm 86: When feeling despair or discouraged

Psalm 87: To promote chances for success in the arts; to be read out loud before an audition, interview, exhibition or a pitching session

Psalm 89: To ease all pain and suffering, including that of a financial nature

Psalm 90: To express thanks for the blessings received each day, for justice

Psalm 95: To remove prosperity blocks, to be inspired to follow the path that is for your highest good

Psalm 96: To strengthen wavering faith in the face of opposition to your plans

Psalm 97: To resolve problems with creditors

Psalm 98: To keep a joyful heart and an attitude of gratitude for what you do have

Psalm 99: For mercy in legal proceedings

Psalm 100: To repel negative energy and harmful influences

Psalm 101: To get off a treadmill or break bad habits such as overspending

Psalm 102: To receive an answer to a specific problem

Psalm 103: To engage one’s willingness to change for the better, for stillness and serenity and grace

Psalm 105: For forgetting and forgiving oneself for the mistakes of the past, for clearing the subconscious so you can have a clean slate

Psalm 106: For trust in the higher self and renewed optimism for the future

Psalm 107: As thanks for receiving deliverance from a hopeless situation, to break bad personal habits that affect prosperity (laziness, drunkenness, overspending)

Psalm 108: For success in business.

Psalm 111: To find the right job or career path

Psalm 112: To enlarge one’s perspective, see the big picture and to allow one to grasp the significance of all their options

Psalm 113: To receive honors, applause, awards, rewards or accolades

Psalm 115: To resist naysayers and uncooperative people, for success in business

Psalm 116: To maintain a daily attitude of gratitude

Psalm 117: To conquer self-pity

Psalm 118: When problems are overwhelming, as a prayer of thanksgiving for blessings received

Psalm 119: (Gambol: Verses 17 to 24) To attract money

Psalm 122: To prosper in business

Psalm 123: To assure the free circulation of kindness as energy in your life

Psalm 126: To understand that problems are temporary and that this too shall pass

Psalm 128: To have a happy and peaceful home

Psalm 129: For deliverance against financial oppression

Psalm 131: To cast off pride, which is thought to attract the evil eye, jealousy and misfortune

Psalm 132: To acquire material goods and property

Psalm 135: To strengthen the heart and will so that one is led to their highest aspirations in life

Psalm 138: For confidence in times when you feel overwhelmed, to lose fear and anxiety about the future

Psalm 139: To instill confidence in God and the Divine Plan that is in store for you, when feeling lost confused or sad

Psalm 141: To receive answers for specific financial requests, for confidence and peace of mind

Psalm 143: To restore faith in your path and renew confidence that there will be a joyful, hopeful tomorrow

Psalm 144: To express gratitude and thanks for blessings

Psalm 145: For when you feel overwhelmed by financial problems and need answers

Psalm 147: For a peaceful heart and serenity during times of conflict and turmoil

Psalm 149: To help understand the timing of divine providence and to understand that there is a supply for every demand

Psalm 150: To obtain blessings and express gratitude for blessings

A simple prayer:

“Dear Lord guide me to honor you with my talents and treasures. Amen.”