1 Thessalonians 5 Annotated, pt 3
“For God has not destined us to [incur His] wrath [that is, He did not select us to condemn us], but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,”
<Predestination anyone? I genuinely am delighted by verses that could support a predestination worldview, because I didn’t grow up with that philosophy, and there are /so many/ verses that seem to apply. I am fascinated by it. But that is beside the point. The greater message of the verse is that we were not created for “the wrath that is coming” (1 Th 1:10) or the wrath that had “overtaken” the Jews (1 Th 2:14-16). Jesus made a path for us to gain salvation, and God /wants us/ to have salvation. God isn’t trying to keep us away.>
“Who died [willingly] for us, so that whether we are awake (alive) or asleep (dead) [at Christ’s appearing], we will live together with Him [sharing eternal life].”
<I’m not sure why Paul’s metaphor of being awake/asleep has suddenly changed. In earlier verses we had night and dark, when a thief could surprise you; so being asleep meant being caught unaware. And being awake meant being alert and of clear mind. But now we assume it means being alive/dead? Could Paul mean spiritually alive or dead, as in having a “dead” heart? BUT if that’s what he means, then he says ALL OF US get to live with Him. Maybe instead of eternal life, Paul meant “live together with Him” as in He will live in our hearts. Such as when Jesus says the kingdom of heaven is among us (Lk 11:20; Lk 17:20-21). Maybe living “together with Him” is our daily spiritual walk.>
“Therefore encourage and comfort one another and build up one another, just as you are doing.”
“Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to appreciate those who diligently work among you [recognize, acknowledge, and respect your leaders], who are in charge over you in the Lord and who give you instruction,”
<I like the combination of verses 11 and 12. Mutually building each other up, and respecting community members who are mentors, placed in positions to govern and instruct you. Even if we don’t like correction, we should respect the hard workers, the leaders, and the correction givers.>
“And [we ask that you appreciate them and] hold them in the highest esteem in love because of their work [on your behalf]. Live in peace with one another.”
<We really are called to be a community of servants. Those who serve each other should be held in highest regards. Those who give their time and energy to keep the community running smoothly should be highly respected.>
<An attempt at TL;DR of chapter 5 so far: We do not have to worry about the “day of the Lord” because we are children of the day; we are not of the night, and therefore we are not asleep. But there are some who are confused; some say “peace” when there is no peace, some are “asleep”, and some are “drunk”. Our protection is the assurance of salvation, because Jesus has provided salvation to us, whether we are awake or asleep. And since some of us are awake and some are asleep, we should build each other up and listen to our mentors.>
- 1 Thessalonians 5:9-13 AMP (2015)
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Drinks for the VtM Clans Pt.2
Here's some more drinks for the clans. Now we're getting the weirder clans. I've been thinking about more drinks after the clans. Obviously I will be doing drinks for some of our favorite characters from VtM:B, but I have been thinking about doing drinks or shots for either the disciplines, or even the Sects. Idk, I'll think about it & we'll see.
A Full Moontini for Clan Lasombra
First you'll need to make some Black Gin, a month in advance
2 ounces gin (4 tablespoons)
1/4 ounce of charcoal powder (1/2 a tablespoon)
Infuse gin with activated charcoal powder. Either add a few ounces of gin to a lidded jar and shake with a pinch of food-grade activated charcoal powder until combined. Or infuse an entire bottle with a tablespoon of charcoal powder.
4 ounces of pineapple juice (8 tablespoons)
1 ounce of lime juice (2 tablespoons)
Prepare ice spheres using round ice mold and place coupe or martini glasses in freezer.
When ready to serve fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour black gin, pineapple juice and lime juice over ice. Shake to chill and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Carefully place an ice sphere in the center of the glass and top with a pour of club soda.
A Snake Charmer for The Ministry
First your going to make some Cinnamon Bark Syrup
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
Add sugar and water into a saucepan over high heat. Break up the cinnamon stick and add to the pan. Once sugar dissolves, turn off the heat. Let infuse for a few hours. Strain into a jar and store in the fridge for up to a month.
3 ounces of carrot juice (6 tablespoons)
1 1/2 ounces of bourbon (3 tablespoons)
3/4 ounce of cinnamon bark syrup (1 1/2 tablespoons)
1/2 ounce of Cointreau (3 tablespoons)
1/4 ounce of lemon juice (1/2 tablespoon)
garnish: citrus peel cut to look like a snake (a pomelo peel is used in pic)
Add all ingredients, but the garnish into a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a coupe glass. Peel citrus peel and form a point on end for the nose with a knife. Using a straw poke two holes for the eyes. Twist over the glass to express the oils and garnish with the peel.
A Corpse Reviver for Clan Hecata
1 ounce of gin (2 tablespoons)
1 ounce of lemon juice (2 tablespoons)
1 ounce of Cointreau or Grand Marnier (2 tablespoons)
1 ounce of dry vermouth or Lillet Blanc (2 tablespoons)
1/2 a teaspoon of absinthe
Add the gin, lemon juice, Cointreau, dry vermouth, and absinthe to a cocktail shaker. Fill it with ice and shake it until cold.
Strain into a cocktail glass. If desired, garnish with an orange peel or orange wedge.
An Indian Winter for Clan Ravnos
First you'll need to make some Honey Cardamom Simple Syrup
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of honey
4-5 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine water, honey, and cardamom pods. Heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is homogenous. Remove from heat and allow to come to room temperature. Using a fine mesh sieve, strain the simple syrup into an airtight jar. Syrup will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.
1 1/2 ounces of vodka (3 tablespoons)
1/2 ounce of Honey Cardamom Simple Syrup (1 tablespoon)
1/2 ounce of lemon juice (1 tablespoon)
1 egg white
1-2 drops of Angostura bitters
1 star anise
Fill a lowball glass with ice water and set aside. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add vodka, simple syrup, lemon juice, and egg white. Shake vigorously to combine for 20-25 seconds. Empty ice water from lowball glass and strain contents of shaker into the glass. Garnish with bitters and a star anise, if desired. Alternatively, cocktail can be served with a large sphere or square ice cube also, or whiskey cubes.
A Third Eye Cocktail for Clan Salubri (thanks to the lovely @ryttu3k for showing me this recipe)
1 ounce of Crème de Violette (2 tablespoons)
1 1/2 ounces of gin (3 tablespoons)
2 ounces of grapefruit juice (4 tablespoons)
Combine the Creme de Violette liqueur, gin, and grapefruit juice into a shaker, add ice and shake. Pour into a small glass and add a splash of club soda. Garnish with a strip of grapefruit peel and top with a sprig of mint.
A Pink Grapefruit Arak Cocktail for Clan Banu Haqim
First you'll need to make some Chamomile Simple Syrup
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of water
2 chamomile tea bags
Place tea bags in a heatproof jar and add water. Let steep 3 minutes, and then remove bags and stir in sugar until dissolved. Let syrup cool before using. Syrup can be covered and chilled for up to 1 month.
4 ounces of pink grapefruit juice (8 tablespoons)
2 ounces of Arak (4 tablespoons)
1/2 ounce of Chamomile Simple Syrup (1 tablespoon)
1 ounce of lemon juice (2 tablespoons)
2 segments of pink grapefruit
Mint or Sage
In a tall cup place the grapefruit segments and your sage or mint, then smash them together with a wooden spoon. Move it to a shaker, add ice and the rest of the ingredients. Shake and serve in a cocktail glass.
A Transylvanian Manhattan for Clan Tzimisce
1 1/2 ounces of bourbon or blended whiskey (3 tablespoons)
1 1/2 ounces of pomegranate juice (3 tablespoons)
1/2 teaspoon of superfine granulated sugar
2 drops of Angostura bitters
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes, then add all drink ingredients and shake well to dissolve sugar. Strain into a Martini glass, garnish with sour gummy worms.
BONUS: A Negroni Sbagliato for Clan Giovanni
1 ounce of Campari
1 ounce of sweet vermouth
Pour the Campari and sweet vermouth into an ice-filled glass, and stir. Top with prosecco, garnish with orange peel, and serve.
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