How to create a church with your fingers

How to create a church with your fingers

How to create a church with your fingers

When it comes to having an irresistible church, basic and foundational things like prayer, discipleship, and evangelism (having an externally-focused church as I’ve stated before) are all a given. Each church should take the Great Commission seriously and have an emphasis on the “Go” and on the “make disciples.” I start everything with prayer, and so please know that what I’m about to discuss is with the above stated things as must-haves and what I consider foundational to a healthy church.

With that being said, let me share with you the big four that I look for when I visit a church, secret shop a church, or consult with a church. As the title says and Scriptures encourage us – we should compel them to come in. The big four that I look for when I do a secret shopper are First Impressions, Children’s, Security, and Worship. Yes, worship is last, and I have listed them in the order that I weigh them.

As many studies have shown us, people make up their mind whether or not they will return long before the worship service and especially the sermon. Most visitors will know in the first 10 minutes if they will return to your church.

First Impressions of an Irresistible Church

Let’s start with what I consider to be the most crucial of all ministries at a church. Whether you call it First Impressions, Hospitality, or Guest Relations – it matters and is paramount to breaking down walls and making guests feel welcome at your church.

You’ve got 10 minutes. Somewhere between the parking lot and the children’s center, the ten minutes pass…They should know they matter to us before they hear how much they matter to God.” – Mark Waltz, Granger

Something I tell all the churches I work with is: “You must be strategic and intentional about breaking down any barriers of intimidation. You must be strategic and intentional about creating warm, welcoming environments.”

Now, I could spend an entire series on just first impressions. This is everything from your online presence (social media like Twitter, Facebook – as well as your Web site). For example, I did a secret shopper this past weekend, and I had created 13 pages in my report on just online presence before I ever left to attend their physical campus.

Once one comes to your physical campus, the real fun begins. First impressions then include the parking lot, greeters, ushers, and people that greet you at your church’s Welcome or Information Booth. First impressions also includes things like smell (your church may stink), signage (your church may be intimidating and confusing for new people), and how your facility is kept up and maintained. All these things play subtle parts in a guest’s first impression of your church and their subconscious.


If you have been following us on Instagram, you should know that we are strongly against the reception of communicating on the hands. Although this topic has yet to be covered in the blog to this date, it has been extensively been covered in Instagram Posts. That being said, the most common two counterarguments against any statistic, quote, or pronouncement by any ecumenical council (to include the Second Vatican Council) are:

  1. The Early Church did it, therefore if it was licit and acceptable during that period of time, it shouldn’t matter now.
  2. The Church allows it now

Both are valid objections. Despite the fact that the indult[1] for the reception on the hands was born out of disobedience (a different topic for a different date), an indult still exists. (Click here to view the indult). While it can be argued that the premises of the indult have been violated and thus ought be revoked, it still stands that there is an indult.

Therefore, since the church currently allows it, and since it is (sadly) becoming the common norm, people must be taught how to properly receive on the hands. The majority of people do not.

The rationale for Communion on the hands being an ancient practice is from St. Cyril of Jerusalem. This is the quote that is always used: “make your left hand a throne for the right, as for that which is to receive a King. And having hollowed your palm, receive the Body of Christ, saying over it, Amen.” This instruction is the only traditional instruction on the reception of communion. Nowhere else is it taught how to properly receive on the hands other than by St. Cyril. Therefore, it must be assumed that this is the only proper way to receive.

However, that quote is only a small sliver of what he actually said. St. Cyril actually said all of this:

  1. In approaching therefore, come not with your wrists extended, or your fingers spread; but make your left hand a throne for the right, as for that which is to receive a King. And having hollowed your palm, receive the Body of Christ, saying over it, Amen. So then after having carefully hallowed your eyes by the touch of the Holy Body, partake of it; giving heed lest you lose any portion thereof; for whatever you lose, is evidently a loss to you as it were from one of your own members. For tell me, if any one gave you grains of gold, would you not hold them with all carefulness, being on your guard against losing any of them, and suffering loss? Will you not then much more carefully keep watch, that not a crumb fall from you of what is more precious than gold and precious stones?
  2. Then after you have partaken of the Body of Christ, draw near also to the Cup of His Blood; not stretching forth your hands, but bending, and saying with an air of worship and reverence, Amen, hallow yourself by partaking also of the Blood of Christ. And while the moisture is still upon your lips, touch it with your hands, and hallow your eyes and brow and the other organs of sense. Then wait for the prayer, and give thanks unto God, who has accounted you worthy of so great mysteries.

Notice the following:

  1. Come not with your wrists extended.
  2. Make your left hand a throne for your right hand.
  3. Receive the body of Christ, saying over it Amen.
  4. Giving heed lest you lose any portion thereof.

Before I proceed, I find that I must address a very important aspect here. “And while the moisture is still upon your lips, touch it with your hands, and hallow your eyes and brow and the other organs of sense.” This must be addressed because people use this to justify their disagreement with people who say “The Eucharist must never be touched with the fingers!” To clarify, this quote is actually tied to Catechetical Sermon 21-3. ”And while thy body is anointed with the visible ointment, thy soul is sanctified by the Holy and life-giving Spirit.” However, the point to be addressed is that St. Cyril isn’t saying that it is ok to take the Blood of Christ and anoint yourself with it.

If that was the case, the entire discourse about making sure not a single particle is lost would have been contradicted. Rather, the moisture is not enough to form actual beads of wine. According to the Catechism, the Eucharistic species ceases to exist when the accidents of bread or wine are no longer present. The moisture on your lips is a mixture of saliva and the Eucharistic wine that touched them, therefore the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity are no longer present. Still, the moisture is sanctified and thus worthy of anointing yourself of. St. Cyril is trying to help people get the most out of receiving communion, by anointing all five senses. Furthermore, the word hand doesn’t necessarily imply fingers.

Moving on, the critical component is that the wrists are not to be extended, the fingers are not to be spread, the right hand (assumed the dominant hand) rests on top of the left, the Amen is said over the bread, and every care is taken to make sure not a fragment is lost. Compare that to the current mode of reception. This is what people do today: Left over right, Amen is said before the host is placed in the palm, the right hand moves from under the left to pick up the host, the left hand immediately drops after the host is removed. Most people pay no attention to any fragments, and some dust their hands off.

Notice how the altar girl’s right hand was already moving to pick up the eucharist before the priest had even finished placing it in her hand

So, how would proper reception appear? Let me paint a verbal picture. The right hand rests on top of the left hand. The left hand is cupped, and so is the right. The right hand is angled in a way that the hand is level so that a fragment wouldn’t be able to get lose and move to a different part of the hand. After the host has been placed in your palm, you look down, say Amen, and move the hands directly up, so that your mouth closes and the host is received into your body, using your lips to make sure every possible fragment has been consumed. In this way, the greatest possible care has been taken to ensure that the host is consumed reverently and that no fragment has been lost, because even the smallest particle is the totality of Christ.

This is the ecclesiastically correct method of reception on the hands. It’s truly a shame that St. Cyril was used to justify communion on the hands, yet none of his instructions were actually used. Since the church, after the indult was issued, made no other instruction, save “make your hand a throne for God,” people assumed that they would manipulate the host with their thumb and forefinger.

[1]Indult: (noun) A license granted by the pope authorizing an act that the common law of the Church does not sanction.

Making the sign of the cross: The most common Catholic gesture is the sign of the cross. It symbolically reaffirms two essential Christian doctrines: The Holy Trinity — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — and humankind’s salvation through the cross of Christ. Catholics genuflect only in front of the Holy Eucharist.

What is it called when you do the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit?

The Christian doctrine of the Trinity (Latin: Trinitas, lit. ‘triad’, from Latin: trinus “threefold”) holds that God is one God, but three coeternal and consubstantial persons, each corresponding to its own hypostasis: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit , as one God in three Divine Persons.

What is the correct way to bless yourself?

Method 2 of 2: Eastern Tradition Hold your right thumb, index, and middle fingertips together. In Eastern Orthodox and Byzantine Catholic churches, most people use the three-finger blessing. Bring your hand from your forehead to the top of your stomach. Cross yourself from right to left. Recite a blessing.

Why don t Protestants do the sign of the cross?

Protestants find it offensive because it is an outer indicator of Catholicism and they find Catholicism offensive. It is offensive because Catholics and Greek Orthodox practice mysticism and Protestants do not.

What does the V sign with tongue mean?

Sooo not a peace sign

Why did Jesus raise three fingers?

With the thumb opened, the three open digits came to represent the Trinity (The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), while the two closed represented the dual nature of Christ as both man and God.

Are Jesus and God the same?

The earliest Christians maintained that Jesus was a human being who was made God – a god – a divine being. Later they ended up saying that Jesus was born to the union of God and a mortal because the Holy Spirit came upon Mary and that’s how she conceived Jesus , so Jesus literally had God as his father.

What religion does not believe in the Trinity?

Oneness Pentecostals reject the Trinity doctrine, viewing it as pagan and unscriptural, and hold to the Jesus ‘ Name doctrine with respect to baptisms. Oneness Pentecostals are often referred to as “Modalists” or “Sabellians” or ” Jesus Only”.

Can a non Catholic make the sign of the cross?

I have always done the sign of the cross when praying and saying grace etc. It represents the holy trinity which I do believe in as a Christian. It isn’t disrespectful for someone who isn’t Catholic to do it.

What are the 3 main Catholic prayers?

Catholic Prayers Sign of the Cross. Our Father . Hail Mary. Glory Be. Apostles Creed . Nicene Creed. Guardian Angel Prayer . Prayer to St. Michael. the Archangel.

What order do you cross yourself?

The sign of the cross is made by touching the hand sequentially to the forehead, lower chest or stomach, and both shoulders, accompanied by the Trinitarian formula: at the forehead In the name of the Father (or In nomine Patris in Latin); at the stomach or heart and of the Son (et Filii); across the shoulders and of

Can a non Catholic receive Communion?

In general it permits access to its Eucharistic communion only to baptized Catholics . In lieu of Holy Communion , some parishes invite non – Catholics to come forward in the line, with their arms crossed over their chest, and receive a blessing from the priest.

Why do Protestants not believe in Mary?

The Roman Catholic Church reveres Mary , the mother of Jesus, as “Queen of Heaven.” However, there are few biblical references to support the Catholic Marian dogmas — which include the Immaculate Conception, her perpetual virginity and her Assumption into heaven. This is why they are rejected by Protestants .

What does IHS mean on a cross?

IHS (also IHC), a monogram or symbol for the name Jesus, is a contraction of the Greek word for Jesus, which in Greek is spelled IHΣΟΥΣ in uncial (majuscule) letters and Iησους in minuscule letters and is transliterated into the Latin alphabet as Iēsus, Jēsus, or Jesus.

Do Protestants believe in holy water?

In Christianity. In Catholicism, Lutheranism, Anglicanism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy and some other churches, holy water is water that has been sanctified by a priest for the purpose of baptism, the blessing of persons, places, and objects, or as a means of repelling evil.

The Sign of the Cross is a Catholic tradition and a simple prayer on its own. There is a correct way to make the Sign of the Cross and specific times to do the Sign of the Cross. Father George answers how to make the Sign of the Cross as well as discusses the Catholic tradition of making the Sign of the Cross in this week’s Catholic-Link YouTube video.

The Correct Way To Make The Sign Of The Cross

How Do We Make the Sign of the Cross?

We touch our forehead and say, “In the name of the Father,” then move down to the middle of our chest, saying “and of the Son,” and our left then right shoulder stating “and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

Our moving down from our forehead to our chest recalls the incarnation of Christ, his coming down from heaven. Moving from left to right symbolizes moving from the curse to the side of blessing, or from Hades to Paradise.

If we hold three fingers together while making the sign of the cross, they symbolize the trinity, and the two other fingers together represent Christ’s two natures, that he is fully man and fully divine. If we use an open hand with all five fingers extended, we express an openness to Christ and symbolize his five wounds.

More Resources On How To Make The Sign Of The Cross

“Let us not then be ashamed to confess the Crucified. Be the Cross our eal made with boldness by our fingers…on our brow and in everything; over the bread we eat, and the cups we drink; in our comings in, and goings out; before our sleep, when we lie down and when we awake; when we are on the way and when we are still. Great is that preservative; it is without price, for the poor’s sake; without toil, for the sick, since also its grace is from God. It is the Sign of the faithful, and the dread of evils; for He has triumphed over them in it, having made a shew of them openly; for when they see the Cross, they are reminded of the Crucified; they are afraid of Him, Who hath bruised the heads of the dragon. Despise not the Seal, because of the freeness of the Gift; but for this rather honor thy Benefactor.”

– St. Cyril of Jerusalem, A.D. 315-386

“The illusions of this world soon vanish, especially if a man arms himself with the Sign of the Cross.

The devils tremble at the Sign of the Cross of our Lord, by which He triumphed over and disarmed them.”

– St. Anthony the Abbott

“The sign of the cross is the most terrible weapon against the devil.”

“When, then, you make the sign of the cross on the forehead, arm yourself with a saintly boldness, and reinstall your soul in its old liberty; for you are not ignorant that the cross is a prize beyond all price.”

“Let the sign of the cross be continually made on the heart, on the mouth, on the forehead, at table, at the bath, in bed, coming in and going out, in joy and sadness, sitting, standing, speaking, walking in short, in all our actions. Let us make it on our breasts and all our members, that we may be entirely covered with this invincible armor of Christians.”

Why Do Catholics Make The Sign Of The Cross?

Considering this, what should a beginner knit?

With these beginner projects and patterns, you’ll get the hang of knitting and master some easy knit stitches in no time.

  1. Beginner’s Bulky Scarf.
  2. Foldover Garter Stitch Slippers.
  3. Simple Infinity Scarf.
  4. Fruits of the Forest Scarf.
  5. Colorful Sunbeams Blanket.
  6. Still River Baby Blanket.
  7. Charming Rustic Cushion Cover.

Likewise, how do you make things out of wool? 7 Creative Things You Can Make Using Yarn and Zero Stitches

  1. Rainbow Wall Hanging. Add a splash of color to your walls with this cheery rainbow wall hanging.
  2. Ornaments and Garland.
  3. Woven Sunset Wall Hanging.
  4. Pom-Poms.
  5. Yarn Wreath.
  6. Woven Gift Wrap.
  7. Tassels.

Moreover, how do you make an infinity scarf?

To wear an infinity scarf, start by placing the scarf behind your neck and let the ends drape over your shoulders. Then, put your hand through one loop and grab the other end of the scarf. Next, pull the end back through the loop and pull it down to tighten the scarf.

What can I make with yarn?

50 Cute Projects to Make from Leftover Yarn – They Make Excellent Gifts, Too!

  • Make simple cable necklaces and bracelets.
  • Water bottle carriers.
  • Give your clock a cozy.
  • Make some colorful lanterns.
  • Make whimsical sculptures with yarn and glue.
  • Make tassels.
  • Crochet a picture frame.
  • Crocheted cell phone cover.

How to create a church with your fingers

Prayer is a conversation with God. It’s how we communicate our hopes, dreams, fears, and burdens. If your prayer life is feeling a little stale or you are new to the Christian faith, adding a tool or method to your prayer time can create a more intimate moment with God.

Some Christians use the Psalms and other Scriptures like the Lord’s Prayer. Others use the S.O.A.P. method, (Using a journal to write out the Scripture, Observe what it says, Apply it to your daily life, Write a prayer), others use the ACTS (A prayer of Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication). Yet, another tangible, simple tool is the five-finger prayer.

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What Is the Five-Finger Prayer?

The five-finger prayer was written years ago by Cardinal Bergoglio before he became Pope Francis! It’s a great tool to teach children and adults how to pray because this method acts as a methodical visual. Not all of us are wired to be still and silent before the Lord. According to some studies, 65% of us are visual learners, meaning we learn better from pictures, graphics, and illustrations. If this sounds like you or if you’re a kinesthetic learner who needs touch and movement, the five-finger prayer is the perfect tool for you. It acts as a visual tool to help you remember all the categories of people to pray for.

How to Pray Each Part of the Five-Finger Prayer

“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” Psalm 5:3

Each finger represents a category of people in our lives and gives us the opportunity to ensure the needs of others are lifted up. It’s easy to go to God when something is bothering us or we have a burden, but God’s word directs us to pray for each other, for those in authority over us, for the poor and those in need, and for the lost and hurting. It can be hard to remember all of these needs which is why your hands are such a great visual. This prayer pool helps us hold each person in the palm of our hands as we lift them and their needs up to God for His grace, wisdom, strength, and healing.

As you begin your prayer time, you can either sit somewhere private and quiet as you focus on your hands, or you can go for a walk. As you pray, you will focus on one finger at a time. I prefer to touch my thumb to each finger as I pray.

How to create a church with your fingers

Your Thumb

No matter which way you stand or sit while praying, your thumbs will always be the closest finger to you. This is your signal to begin praying for the people close to you such as friends and family. This is often the group of people we tend to want to bring before the Lord and they are easier to remember. You can either use your thumb as a visual cue or use another finger to touch your thumb as you pray for members of your own immediate family, other relatives, your friends, and other people who are close to you. Take your time as you lift up each person. Pause and take a moment to listen to what God may be communicating about your loved one too.

Pointer Finger

The finger next to your thumb is called the pointer, the pointing finger or the index finger. That’s because most people point with this finger. Use this finger to remember to pray for those who “point you in the right direction.” This reminds you to pray for those who heal, teach, instruct, and guide. People that fall into this category are your mentors, counselors, policemen, firemen, coaches, small group leaders, teachers, and your pastor. They need prayers of protection, prayers for wisdom, and prayers to continue to keep their hearts soft towards the discipline of Christ.

The Tallest Finger

The tallest finger reminds us to pray for those in positions of power. Those in hold positions of authority include your boss, leaders in government, and leaders in business. Also pray for your state, your governor, your nation, and international leaders. Pray for Israel and Christians who are facing persecution worldwide. Your prayers should include prayers of protection, guidance, and that they listen to the Lord’s leading.

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The Ring Finger

The ring finger is the weakest finger, it has the least amount of dexterity. Because it’s the weakest, it serves as a reminder to pray for those who are weak, the homeless, the needy, those who are in trouble, or in pain. It serves as a reminder to pray for the least of us. They need prayers of God’s protection, provision, healing, and His strength.

The Pinky Finger

The last finger is the pinky. It’s the smallest finger and serves as a reminder to pray for ourselves. We can use this moment to thank God for His blessings, the way He loves us, the little ways He grabs our attention throughout the day. It’s important to ask God to open your eyes to any sin areas in your life or whether or not you need forgiveness because sin creeps into our lives in so many unexpected ways. Seemingly innocent comments or behaviors can become grievances and idols. His word reminds us that we are to remain in Him so that we may bear much fruit and help build His Kingdom. This part of our prayer lives is especially vital as we keep the words of John 15:7-8 in mind:

“If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.”

As you pray for your own needs, ask God to give you His desires, and to pray for His will done be done. Spend time thanking Him for the people in your life and ask Him to help you be the hands and feet of Jesus.

How to create a church with your fingers

Benefits of Using the Five-Finger Prayer

The five-finger prayer is a great tool to teach our children how to pray. And it’s a great tool for us when we need to spend a few minutes alone with God. We don’t need a pen and paper. We don’t need prayer beads or anything else. We just need a willing heart and our hands—two things we will always have with us no matter where we are. One key reason we pray is because God not only calls us to pray, He commanded us to pray. Where does the Bible call us to prayer?

Several passages include:

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” -Ephesians 6:18

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” -Colossians 4:2

“Pray for those who persecute you” -Matthew 5:44

“This, then, is how you should pray …” -Matthew 6:9

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” -Romans 12:12

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone …” -1 Timothy 2:1

The benefits of prayer result in God’s power to bring about change. James 5:16 reminds us, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” Prayer allows Christ-followers to harness the power of Christ and focus His mighty power on the burdens of our hearts. It allows us to unleash His strength and wisdom in the lives of others. And when we use the five-finger tool as a method to pray, it can create a consistent prayer life that unleashes the power of God all around us.

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How to create a church with your fingers

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve wanted to know how to give a commanding whistle with my fingers in my mouth. You know. The kind you see people give in old movies when they’re hailing a taxi or trying to get the peanut guy’s attention at the ballpark. It just seemed like a cool skill to have. But alas, I’ve spent my entire young and adult life frustrated that I couldn’t uncover the secret to this age old trick.

Many of you out there reading undoubtedly feel the same way. Believe it or not, covering how to whistle with your fingers has been one of our most requested articles. Most of the emailers shared how they had a grandpa or dad who knew how to give a loud, forceful whistle with their fingers (in my case, my mom was the master of this kind of whistle). Like me, they thought it was a cool skill, but one which unfortunately hadn’t been passed onto them.

So I finally made it a goal to once and for all figure out how to whistle with my fingers, so that I could create an AoM tutorial on the subject. After just forty minutes of annoying my wife with intense practice, I finally mastered the skill that had eluded me since I was eight years old. Achievement unlocked!

Below, I show how you too can whistle with your fingers.

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1. Choose Your Finger Combination

Your fingers do two things that allow you to create an ear-piercingly loud whistle. First, they keep your tongue pushed back, and second, they keep your lips tucked back over your teeth. The pushed back tongue and tucked lips will create a bevel which will produce a tone when you blow.

There are a myriad of finger combinations you can use to get the desired effect. I’m going to show you my two favorites.

Two-Handed, Middle/Index Finger Combo

How to create a church with your fingers

Extend your middle and index fingers on both hands, keeping them close together, while your thumbs hold down your ring and pinky fingers.

Place your two middle fingers together, forming an “A” shape.

I feel like I get a louder and more forceful whistle using this finger combo.

One-Handed, “OK” Sign

This combo allows you to whistle with just one hand. All you need to do is form an “OK” sign with either your thumb and index finger or thumb and middle finger.

2. Wet and Tuck Your Lips Back Over Your Teeth

How to create a church with your fingers

Lip placement is key. Give your lips a quick lick to wet your whistle. Tuck your lips back over your teeth. It’s what you do when you pretend you’re an old man without any teeth. Your lips need to cover your teeth in order to whistle successfully. Feel free to adjust how much or little you tuck your lips back. It’s going to vary from person to person.

Your fingers will help keep your bottom lip tucked over your teeth.

3. Push Tongue Back Into Mouth With Fingers

How to create a church with your fingers

This step is the master key of successfully whistling with your fingers and also the trickiest to get right. It was for me at least.

Some people say you just need to push your tongue back in your mouth with your fingers. That advice was a bit too vague for me.

What worked for me was folding the tip of my tongue back on itself and holding it in place with my fingers, as you see in the illustration above. Here’s how to do it with the two-handed, middle/index finger combo:

  • Place the tip of your fingers underneath your tongue right at the tip.
  • Push the tip of your tongue back with your fingers. You’re basically folding the first 1/4 of your tongue back on itself.
  • Push your tongue back into your mouth until your first knuckle reaches your bottom lip.

Same principles apply if you’re using the one-handed, “OK” sign combo.

Again, this method worked for me. Others do it a little differently — often pushing the tongue in without really folding it over. Experiment to find what works for you.

4. Blow

With your fingers in your mouth, keeping the tip of your tongue folded and lips tucked back over your teeth, close your mouth around your fingers. You want to make sure you have a complete seal around your fingers.

Here’s how it should look:

How to create a church with your fingers

Give a soft blow out your mouth. You should feel the air only go out over your bottom lip. If you feel air coming out the sides of your mouth, close your mouth tighter around your fingers. Remember, perfect seal.

Make sure you don’t see your tongue make an appearance in the hole between your fingers! It’s blocking the air from coming out.

You probably won’t get a sound right off the bat. That’s okay. Adjust your finger placement under your tongue and experiment with different finger angles and varying degrees of lip tuckage until you find the sweet spot. Experimentation is key — keep making little adjustments. You’ll know when you’re getting close to your whistle sweet spot because you’ll start producing a noise that sounds sort of like you’re blowing over a beer bottle. Start blowing more forcefully, until you get that high-pitched and loud whistle.

A word of warning: make sure to take a break between blows when you’re first starting out. I’m not kidding. If you keep blowing and blowing, you’ll just hyperventilate, make yourself feel lightheaded and dizzy, and give yourself a headache.

5. Practice

Keep practicing until you get it. I was able to get it down after 40 minutes of dedicated practice broken up over two days. If you’re married or live with other people, go outside or in a room to avoid driving your loved ones insane. A good time to practice is when you’re stopped at traffic lights while driving alone. Once you figure it out, you’ll wonder why it took you so long to master this awesome skill!

1: Form an “A” shape with your index and middle fingers using both hands.

2: Draw back your lips to cover your teeth.

3: Push tongue back into mouth.

4: Blow through the hole between your two index fingers.

By Jason Chow | Submitted On May 17, 2009

Sex is very nice way to make a woman have intense orgasms. However sometimes the woman need some petite touching without the pounding and thrusting that comes along with sex. This means that you must be able to find other means to make her enjoy herself and still have mind blowing orgasms in the process. A good way to do that is to use your fingers. Follow the tips below to see how you can make your woman climax by simply using your fingers.

This is one type of orgasm that a woman experiences. It involves the right stimulation of the clitoris. You can massage the clitoris with your fingers by making various movements and paying close attention to what pleases her most and continue to do it. Once you find a spot, keep massaging that spot with the right pressure and pretty soon she will have an intense orgasm.

Vaginal orgasm is the stimulation of the G-spot inside of the vagina. The G-spot is located about 1-2 inches inside the vagina on the upper walls just beneath the clitoris. It is similar in texture to the upper layer inside of your mouth. Once the vagina is lubricated, you can insert either your pointer finger or your middle finger with the palm side up. Massage the area in a “come here” type motion while going in and out. As soon as she gets more and more lubricated, you can insert two fingers and continue to stimulate the area.

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How to create a church with your fingers

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”

1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)

There’s nothing too small to pray about. There’s nothing too big to pray about. Pray about everything.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7 NLT).

If it’s worth worrying about, it’s worth praying about.

There’s a simple way to remember how to pray using your hands. Psalm 88:9 says, “LORD, every day I call to you and lift my hands to you in prayer” (GNT).

The fingers on your left hand represent who to pray for, and the fingers on your right hand represent what to pray for. If you remember these steps, you can easily make a habit of praying throughout your day. Today we’ll talk about who to pray for, and tomorrow we’ll walk through what to pray for.

When you hold up your left hand, which finger is closest to your heart? Your thumb. The people closest to your heart are your family and friends. Your thumb reminds you to pray for them first.

The index finger is the one that points the way. It represents teachers and leaders in your life who point you toward Jesus and God’s will. Pray that they will help you and others make wise decisions and that they will be wise in their own lives as well.

Your tallest finger is the middle finger. Let it remind you to pray for people in authority and people who influence society. Pray for them to lead with integrity and influence others for good, not bad.

Your ring finger is pretty weak. It can help you remember to pray for people who tend to be more vulnerable, including the elderly, those suffering from illness, and people who do not have enough to eat. Pray for God to meet their needs and draw them closer to him.

The last finger, your pinky, represents you. It’s okay to pray for yourself! But don’t start there. Pray for yourself last, after you pray for everybody else.

This simple reminder can help you transform your prayer life. Try it, and watch how God grows you into a person of greater faith.

Talk It Over

  • How might it be helpful to pray for others before you pray for yourself?
  • When you view prayer as a conversation with God, what changes about the way you pray?
  • What time of day would be the best time for you to consistently use this finger method of praying? Commit to praying this way daily during the next week.

By Holly Liv | Submitted On February 25, 2010

Foreplay is an important part of sex. This is the portion where things heat up. Couples who do foreplay usually start it with kissing and fondling. However, women oftentimes want to reach orgasm during foreplay and the intercourse itself. In foreplay, you can actually make a girl orgasm using your fingers. The following steps should be followed in order for your woman to achieve sexual climax:

1. Identify the erogenous zones of her body. The common erogenous zones are the ears, thighs, neck, and vaginal area. Nibble the ear or caress the thighs to get your girl into the sexual mood. These actions can excite your woman and induce orgasm right away.

2. Place your middle finger in your woman’s clitoris. Bring up the arousal fluid of her vagina to her clitoris to speed up the stimulation. Rub the clitoris using your fingers while fondling your woman’s breasts or kissing her neck.

3. Insert your middle finger inside her vagina; thrust it towards the back of the clitoris. This vaginal wall is sensitive and can easily be stimulated. Use your thumb to rub the clitoris.

4. Insert another finger in and make hurried thrusting of your fingers in and out of the vagina. Make sure that you continue to stimulate the clitoris. Keep up with your action until your woman get spasms of pleasure.
You can follow these steps and ask a little help from friends to make a girl orgasm and experience pure sexual gratification before the actual intercourse.

By Hugh Benson | Submitted On March 15, 2010

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You want to know how to make a woman orgasm instantly. You want to know how to give her pleasure in a matter of minutes. You want to help her reach climax and you want to blow her mind today. You can make all of this happen now, but first you need to learn how to please a woman with your fingers.

Your fingers can work magic on your woman and they can bring her to an orgasm that is going to leave her speechless. You may not think that this is possible, but women are able to bring themselves to orgasm all with just their little digits, so why can’t you do the same? A woman can make us orgasm with just her hand so you are going to learn how you can make her climax with use 3 fingers.

First of all, touching the clitoris is something that you need to master. This little spot on her body is full of nerve endings and it is definitely a hot spot for her. The clitoris is how most women can achieve an orgasm so that is something to keep in mind. It is best to use light touches on the clitoris because it can be very sensitive. Using your middle finger is the best because most men have the most control over this finger. Take your time and start of slow.

Once she is well lubricated then you can insert two fingers inside of her and start working on the g-spot. Try using one finger first and then you can use two as she starts to loosen up a bit. Your index and middle finger are typically the best, because you do have lots of control with these two fingers.

Once you get her g-spot going, then try using your thumb on the clitoris as you work the g-spot at the same time. Remember, the clitoris is sensitive and your thumb can be rough, so go really slow. Try going in and out with your two fingers that are inside of her and simulate sex. This is how she is going to have an orgasm. Use circles with your thumb on other hot spot and this will work like magic.

By using these tips, you will be able to give a woman pleasure with your fingers and you will make her orgasm instantly. Your confidence in bed will soar and her desire and craving for you will go through the roof. Become the man in bed tonight.

To find out more about the female orgasm and how you can please your woman tonight, including what not to do, visit this Helpful Site!

Being able to please your woman doesn’t have to be this difficult. You can make your girl achieve an orgasm every single time you touch her. If you want to become the best lover she has ever had then you need to learn the secret today so you can use it tonight.

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How to create a church with your fingers“Release, receive, and return.” That’s what the labyrinth invites us to do.

Yesterday, I needed to release, receive, and return. I was stressing out about the ongoing tension between “do the thing that brings in money” and “do the thing that’s calling you next” – the ever-present question of all soulful entrepreneurs.

I wanted to go to the labyrinth, but it’s covered in snow, so I did the next best thing… I made a finger labyrinth. It turns out that making a labyrinth is almost as good as walking one for that whole “release, receive, and return thing.”

Since I use labyrinths a lot in my work (especially The Spiral Path, which is a 21 lesson journey through the labyrinth to your authentic heart), I thought I’d share the steps in making my finger labyrinth in case you’d like to make one too.

  • a square canvas or piece of wood (I used an 11X11″ canvas)
  • a print out of your favourite labyrinth design, printed to the scale of the canvas (For an 11X11 canvas in the 7 path Chartres design that I made, here’s a pdf that prints on two 8.5X11 pieces of paper. If you prefer a different design, just Google “labyrinth template”)
  • heavy string
  • glue (I used a hot glue gun and white glue, but if you don’t have a glue gun, white glue is fine)
  • newsprint or other paper (whatever you use should be fairly thin)
  • mod podge (or just use gel medium)
  • gel medium
  • acrylic paint

Step 1. Print the labyrinth design and glue it onto the canvas or board. I used ordinary white glue, spread thin with a spreader (any straight plastic edge, like an old credit card) will work. Use the spreader to work out any bubbles in the paper (though it doesn’t have to be too fussy, since you’ll cover it).

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Step #2. Glue heavy string onto all of the black lines. I used the hot glue gun for this because it dries faster, but it would work fine with white glue.

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Step #3. Cut lots of short strips of newsprint. I used blank newsprint, because it’s easier to paint over, but you could use newspaper. You could also use coloured paper if you don’t want to paint it. Tissue paper would also work, but you’d need a few layers to make sure the black is covered. The strips I used were approx. .75″ by 3″. You don’t have to be fussy about it, but you’ll want them wide enough to cover the string and adhere to the surface without covering two lines of string at the same time.

Step #4. Slather mod podge (or gel medium) generously on a section of string. Add a strip of paper and cover the paper with more mod podge (or gel medium). The best way to do this is with your fingers, so be prepared to get a little messy.

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Step #5. Keep going until you have the whole labyrinth and canvas covered with strips of paper. Some spots are tricky (especially if you decide to do the flower pattern at the centre, like I did), so you’ll have to let go of your inner perfectionist and let it be a little imperfect. Make sure it’s all well coated with mod podge (or gel medium). Let it dry.

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Step #6. If you want to paint it, add a layer of gel medium once it’s dry (this time you can do it with a paint brush) to smooth out some of the rough edges and to make sure the paint adheres to the surface.

Step #7. Paint it however you like. I used three tones of acrylic paint for the ombre effect (crimson, burnt sienna and ochre.

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Step #8. If you want to give it a more textured, aged effect, rub a glaze over it. I used a brown glaze (acrylic paint mixed with gel medium) and rubbed it on with your fingers. Because I’d layered on the gel medium a little too thick, there were some cracks and the dark glazed picked these up, giving it a bit more of an aged look.How to create a church with your fingers

Step #9. Hang it on your wall or keep it in your studio, bedroom, or sanctuary where you can use it as a meditation tool.

Here are some tips for using your finger labyrinth…

  • Before you start, take some time to settle in to a position in which you’re comfortable. Take some slow deep breaths to centre you in your practice.
  • You may want to journal before and/or after the practice.
  • Before you begin, you may wish to set an intention or ask a question that you will carry with you into the labyrinth, but be careful to keep it open-ended so that you’re open to surprise.
  • Say a prayer, if you like, for support, healing, and guidance.
  • Place a finger at the entrance of the labyrinth. Some people suggest that you use your non-dominant hand, as research suggests that our non-dominant hand has easier access to our intuition.
  • As you follow the path with your finger inward, be conscious and intentional about releasing whatever stresses, worries, or distractions you might be feeling. Breathe deeply and slowly.
  • Pause whenever you want, but don’t lift your finger off the labyrinth.
  • When distracting thoughts come up, simply let them pass and wish them well as they leave your mind.
  • When you reach the centre, pause for awhile and receive. Be open to whatever guidance and wisdom you may need, even if it’s not what you expected.
  • When you’re ready, follow the path outward, consciously returning and bringing the wisdom of the centre out into your life with you.
  • In your journal, write or sketch anything that came to you while you made the journey.
  • Don’t try too hard. Sometimes the wisdom of the labyrinth is simply the pause that it forces you to take. Sometimes nothing obvious shows up, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t time well spent. Stay open and receptive.

Starting February 1, 2015, you can join me in a 21 lesson journey through the labyrinth, back to your authentic heart in The Spiral Path: A Woman’s Journey to Herself. In the first seven lessons, you’ll release what no longer serves you. In the next seven lessons, you’ll open yourself to receiving. In the final seven lessons, you’ll return from the journey.

It doesn’t matter if it is at a BBQ, a potluck or Thanksgiving dinner, there is a right way and a wrong way to set up a buffet table.

Here is a great example of What Not To Do:
My wonderful and funny friend Connie at The Young and the Relentless recently attended a potluck party in her old hometown.
This was not a spur of the moment get together…
This was a planned, annual potluck…
This should have been better organized…

In Connie’s own words:

These photos are courtesy of Connie. The numbers and commentary are courtesy of me.

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1. Really? A roll of paper towels? How are you expecting your guests to balance a plate in one hand and tear off a sheet of paper towel with the other hand? Is it an octopus party? How many hands do you think your guests have?

2. Salt & Pepper on the buffet… because your guests should know by sight if the food is seasoned to their liking.

3. The lid is still on this…. Can I have some? Maybe it isn’t for us… Should I take the lid off and try to cut myself a slice…? Never mind. There is nothing to cut it with or serve it with anyway. Besides, I am already having trouble with the paper towels.

4. Is this….? Yep. It’s trash. On the buffet table.

5. This looks like a plate of sliced strawberries and kiwi fruit… Should I just use my fingers, or…? Is the container of plastic forks what I’m supposed to use…?

6. Should I use my fingers for the greasy burger patties too…?

7. More trash? Or is this one of the side dishes…? Hard to tell.

But wait! There’s more!

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1. Clearly it is a bad idea to have Costco-sized bottles of shampoo and conditioner near the buffet. Then again, perhaps guests will need a shower after going through a buffet line, sans serving utensils…

2. Once you take the foil off of your casserole and the groceries out of the bag, the foil and bag should not be left on the buffet. Move them. Put them over by the shampoo at least.

3. This looks like a sheet cake. With nothing to cut it or serve it with.

4.Trash and sunglasses….

5. Big bowl and empty glasses.

6. This is a giant vat o’ salsa, with a spaghetti server (with holes) used to serve said salsa.

7. The lid to the big bowl, taking up prime real estate on the buffet table.

8 & 9. I’m pretty sure crappy wine coolers are supposed to be served cold, and I know they’re not supposed to be plopped down on the buffet table in the cardboard carrying case they came in.

10. More fresh cut fruit with no serving pieces. (I’m off to take that shower now….)

How to set up a buffet table: Keep these 5 things in mind when it comes to setting up a buffet.

1. Ease of useWhat was difficult for you the last time you went through a buffet line?
Leave a little space so that your guests can set down their plate if necessary. It’s very likely that people navigating the buffet line will have a drink in their hand, or they will need to spread a condiment, etc. Leave a little room for your guests to set their drink down, while they hold a plate in one hand and serve themselves with the other. If you’re serving burgers, make sure that you have enough space for guests to set their plates down while they spread condiments/assemble their burgers. Think about what you would need or want, and make it happen.

3. Traffic FlowMake it easy and obvious.
Have an “entrance” and an “exit” The line starts here… grab a plate… help yourself… here’s your silverware… off you go… Enjoy! Try to have a separate dessert table and an area for drinks. If that isn’t possible, at the very least, designate specific spots for them on the table.

A good example of ease of use, practicality and traffic flow:
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4. PresentationIt’s not critical, but it is definitely important.
You have paper plates and want to use them? Fine! I am all for paper plates and plastic forks, but that doesn’t mean you serve food out of cardboard boxes, throw lids on the table, make people pick up little pieces of melon with their bare hands, and in general have your guests pick through a mish-mash of food that was clearly thrown together.

5. HospitalityMake your guests feel welcome and cared for.
No one wants to be the guest who has to cut the first slice of a whole cake on a buffet. Pre-cut any desserts that are like that. And for goodness sake, make sure that you take them out of their carrying containers! It takes just a tiny bit of effort to put cookies or a cake on a nice plate. (I think food tastes better that way too…)
No one wants to be the guest to open a sealed container or have to deal with where to put wrappings or lids.
No one wants to wonder where they put their plate when they’re finished. Make sure your guests know where they can toss their paper plates (And make sure the trashcan isn’t too far away, but that it isn’t too close to the festivities either. ew.)

No one wants to have to search for a glass or silverware or salt & pepper, etc. Put these things out and make sure they’re readily available. (And for that matter, make sure there are clean hand towels and plenty of toilet paper in your bathrooms….)

With a little thought and common sense planning, even the simplest and most casual of get-togethers can make your guests feel welcome and comfortable. And really, isn’t that what hospitality really means?

An exploration of forgotten knowledge

We often find in iconography and in stained glass windows in churches, of saints and Jesus using certain hand gestures. There is two in particular that are used a lot.

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Both of these have a particular meaning within Christianity, The hand gesture on the right is used for benediction, which translates from Latin to mean ‘speak well’. This is used at the end of church service as a prayer and blessing. I am sure you will have this this hand gesture used to make the symbol of the cross in church services. Pointing up – ‘In the name of the father’ – now pointing down – ‘The son’ – the hand now sweeps from left to right – ‘and the holy spirit, amen’. This hand gesture is known as the hand of Benediction. Unfortunately this is also a disability, in which the index finger and the middle finger are unable to move due to damage of the median nerve.

I would like to draw your attention to the the use of the fingers in the hand of Benediction.In Palmistry the hand is mapped out with each finger assigned a particular planet. In order to understand the symbolic references of the fingers used we need to take into account what the fingers mean.

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As we can see in this diagram, the thumb is known as Venus, the index finger – Jupiter, The middle finger – Saturn, the ring finger – Apollo, the little finger – mercury. We can use our understanding of the Roman Gods to understand why Christians use this particular hand gesture. I suppose the irony here is that we are using paganism to explain Christianity, this interpretation is correct if this hand map is older than when Christianity started using the sign of Benediction. Notice the fingers used for this hand gesture, and notice the hand that is being used. The right hand, it is always the right hand. Why? I hear you ask. The ancient Greeks were particularly superstitious of the left hand and generally anything that on the left side. This spread throughout the Roman empire, as the Romans borrowed heavily from the Greeks for their culture. The left hand bias came with this. that is why we ‘w-right’, from left to right, when we are correct we are ‘right’. Our sense of liner time is from the left to the right. The right is in the future, it is part of our cultural heritage as a sign of progress. The left is the past, it is backwards and underdeveloped. This is why The right hand is used and why when giving Benediction it is from left to right with the right hand.

If we look at the hand of benediction we find that three digits are pointing up. They are pointing towards heaven, to God and symbolise the divine trinity. The tallest of the three fingers is the middle one – Saturn. If we understand the Roman Mythology is based on Greek mythology, we know that Chronos (Saturn) is the creator of the Titian’s, the old Greek Gods, who is the father of the second generation of Greek gods. Chronos and Gaia gave birth to Zeus (Jupiter), who is the son of Saturn. Aphrodite, (Venus) symbolises the divine feminine, as she is represented by the thumb. Which is lower down on the hand, and is unlike the other four fingers of the hand. By placing all the clues together we understand the hand of benediction like this; The father Saturn (Middle finger) represent the father, his son Jupiter (Index finger) represents the son. and the holy spirit is Venus, which is the divine female. As two becomes three. And the Child the index finger is in between the Father, the tallest/highest finger, and the mother, the lowest finger of the hand. The Father being father sky and the mother (Venus) being mother earth. And in between them both is their son. Jesus, in this case of the hand of benediction.

This hand represents the name of Jesus Christ. In Greek it is spelt ΙΗΣΟΥΣ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ, written using the English alphabet we get “ΙΗϹΟΥϹ ΧΡΙϹΤΟϹ”. The first letter and the last letter of each word, from left to right is written as ICXC. This known as a christogram, and is the abbreviated form of Jesus Christ. In the picture above we get each letter symbolised by the each finger. Jupiter (index finger) is pointing up, representing I. The middle finger curved to represent C, Apollo and Venus, (the thumb and ring finger) join together to form an X. This could represent the joining of heaven and earth, the meeting of father sky and mother earth. The little finger, mercury, represents another C. In iconography and in numerous paintings, sculptures and windows, Jesus will use this hand gesture, and basically it means his name, Jesus Christ.

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You do not have to be a rocket scientist to crack how to whistle. A bit of practice is all that you need to whistle like a pro. Many people can whistle while using their fingers but they do not know how to whistle without using fingers. Even if you do not already know how to whistle with your fingers, you can make things easier by doing it without fingers first. It is all about learning and mastering the basics before moving on to the next step.

How to Whistle Without Fingers

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1. Draw Back Lips

  • First, you need to extend your lower jaw slightly.
  • Then, pull the corners of your mouth back while making sure your bottom teeth are not visible at this point. It is okay if your upper teeth are already visible.
  • Next, you have to ensure that your lower lip is stretched tight against your lower teeth.

It may be a bit tricky for the first time and you can use your fingers to position your lips properly – just press your first and second finger on either side of your mouth to help keep your lips towards the corners. Remember, you do not have to insert your fingers in your mouth and just use them to stretch your lower lip properly.

2. Draw Back the Tongue

You have to be more careful while performing this part because this will determine how long it takes you to learn how to whistle without fingers.

  • Simply draw back your tongue in a way that it floats at the level of your lower front teeth.
  • While performing this action, the front edge of your tongue will flatten and broaden automatically. Ensure that there is space between the lower front teeth and the tongue.

You have to understand that you can produce the sound of the whistle when you blow air over a sharply angled edge, and the same thing happens when your tongue and upper teeth force air to move through your teeth and lower lip.

3. Blow

Once your lips and tongue are in position, take a deep breath and then exhale. You have to ensure that the air flows under your tongue and through the space between your teeth and tongue. You may have to try it for a few times before you get it right. You can experiment with the draw of your tongue, and the strength of your exhalation.

You should always start with a gentle blow to get a feel for it. If you do it right, you will be able to produce a whistle of lower volume. To get better result, consider using your teeth and upper lip more and direct the air downwards. You have to understand that the focus of the air is everything here. If you do not feel the air on lower side of your tongue, you are probably doing it wrong.

Be always ready to make some small adjustment. Sometimes, you need to adjust your jaws or tongue to get better results. Keep trying and you will eventually be able to find the sweet spot which will help produce a clear, strong whistle.

Keep in mind that you will only be able to get it right a few times in the beginning. Just keep practicing until you learn how to whistle without fingers in a loud and clear tone.

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“It was a few months back when I decided to learn to whistle without using my fingers. I was able to blow a whistle with my finger, but I could only make a wheezy sort of whistle sound without putting my fingers to use. I practiced a lot, as I knew that was the only way to master the art. It took me months to finally crack the code and learn the right technique to blow a good, solid whistle. My advice to anyone interested in learning how to whistle without fingers is to practice a freaking ton and do not stop. You may look like a moron at times, but do not let this discourage you or else you will lose it all. So, stay consistent and you will reach there.”

“Trial and Error: Yes, that is the way to learn it. You may spend some time learning the basics, but you will learn it only when you practice it a million times. I did the same. I tried blowing air both in and out and kept adjusting my lips and tongue to get desired results. I kept doing it for a month and finally mastered the art. Keep in mind that only practice will make you perfect – but practice will also make others think you are crazy. Do not stop; you will soon be there.”

“I believe it is all about learning how to wake your tongue’s muscles a bit. The tip of your tongue needs to be strong enough to resist the air pressure or else there will be no whistle. If the tip of your tongue keeps flapping, you should practice hard to keep it in place. Once your tongue becomes stronger and stays in place, it will be able to withstand more pressure and help you produce a loud whistle. Just do not stop practicing; that is how I learned and you can too.”

Even if they haven’t gone so far as to get formal self-defense training, many people (particularly women) have considered what strategies they’d deploy if they were attacked by a stranger. A popular thought is that one would use an object on your person as a weapon of defense—like keys, for instance.

The technique known as “The Wolverine”—wherein you put your keys between your fingers, ready to jab an assailant—is widely known, but according to self-defense instructors, it’s also not a great approach. The belief that putting your keys between your fingers will make your hand into a deadlier weapon is so common a misconception, in fact, that every self-defense expert we spoke with said that they had at some point dispelled the myth for a student. But as Gabrielle Rubin, founder of self defense course Female Awareness , tells us, even if you’re starting out with less-than-ideal strategies in mind, “I love that you’re thinking of something.” Here’s some more effective ideas to keep you safe—and yes, some of them still involve your keys:

Put your keys on something to give you reach

The problem with the keys-in-hand gambit, Rubin points out, is that if you’re at the point where you’re trying to jab at someone with your fist, they’re already closer than you want. She suggested putting your keys on something called a kubaton , which is a kind of keychain based on a small bamboo weapon that can be used to hit your assailant (and also keep track of your keys). It’s both a weapon if they get near you, and a handle you can hang onto while beating them with the weight of the keys themselves.

“I put it on a carabiner,” says Rubin, “So if I was to hold them and swing them on the carabiner, I could swing them like a nunchuck.”

By Jason Chow | Submitted On May 29, 2009

Knowing how to give a girl an orgasm using your fingers is an art that involves more than just sticking them in and expecting her to gain pleasure from it. Do not forget to pay attention in your partner’s reaction as you do this or any verbal cues to help both of you achieve the highest level of desire possible.

Knowledge is your most important tool in doing this. So, make sure to take note of the following tips:

* In stimulating your female partner’s clitoris, make sure to consult her with what is the more pleasurable technique for her. Does she like a circular or up-and-down motion? You can also combine both techniques since most women prefer it.

* If you are to insert your finger into her vagina, make sure to push it all the way in. when trying to bring out your fingers, slightly bend it such that it hits the G-spot which is a slight bump behind her pubic bone. This is known as a woman’s most orgasmic area when stimulated.

* Know when to vary your pace or technique. This might require a bit of practice, but maintain a given technique or pace for a few minutes before switching. This should give her enough time to adjust to the sensation and determine if it’s pleasurable for her or not.

* For men who are still learning how to give a girl an orgasm using your fingers, there is a tendency to focus your thoughts on giving her pleasure using your fingers. The result? You neglect to do other things. This is a fatal mistake. The best way to enable her to reach orgasmic stage is to stimulate her other senses by caressing or kissing other parts of the body.

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Make Your Own Follow the Bouncing Ball Lyrics Videos with Explain Everything

How to create a church with your fingers

My accidental discovery

I was using the Explain Everything iPad app a couple of weeks ago (Explain Everything allows you to make “explainer” videos quickly and easily on your iPad) and it occurred to me that the red laser pointer which can be used to point out things when you’re recording your video looked just like the red bouncing ball in the “follow the bouncing ball” lyrics videos I remember from childhood. Are they still around now?

I put together a quick test-song. In the app I typed the lyrics of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, with the syllables separated (the way I would type lyrics into a notation program such as Sibelius or Finale) and then locked them in place on the screen.

After selecting the laser pointer option, I pressed record, started singing and pointed to each syllable with the laser pointer.

Magic! When you play back the video, the laser pointer appears to move across the lyrics on its own!

Video example

Here’s my example:

I decided to poll Facebook-land to see if other music teachers would find a tutorial on how to create your own bouncing ball videos useful and the answer was a resounding “yes”!

Step-by-step instructions

Here are the step-by-step instructions

1. Open Explain Everything, go to Settings menu and on the Record tab, next to Screencast recording quality, select 60 frames per second

2. Tap the Start a new project button (plus sign at top left) and select the first colour template.

3. Select the Text tool, tap on the empty slide and type the lyrics of your song with hyphens between syllables and a space underneath each line. You can tap and hold your finger on the Text button to select a different font and font size. Resize the box using the blue corner arrows if you need to spread the lyrics out. You may need to continue the lyrics on the next slide – that’s OK, because when you make the video recording you can advance through the slides

4. Lock the lyrics in place on the screen (this will stop the block of lyrics moving around later on): select the Inspector tool, and then tap on the block of lyrics. Tap on the Lock tab and then tap the Lock icon to lock them down

5. Get ready to record! Select the laser pointer (I used the middle-sized option)

6. Press the Record button at the bottom of the screen

7. Sing the song and drag your finger (the laser pointer) along the screen, pointing to each syllable in time. Advance to the next slide if necessary.

8. Press the Record button (or the Pause button) when you’ve finished to end the recording

9. Save your project: tap the folder icon at the bottom right of the screen, name your project and tap Save

10. Tap the Export Movie button and select your preferred option. I chose Movie to Camera Roll, but you might like to export directly to Dropbox, Google Drive or one of the other options

11. Locate the video and play it back to admire your handiwork!

Other ideas

1. One of the teachers on Facebook asked whether you could include guitar chord symbols. No problem – just type them in at the same time as typing the lyrics. You’ll need to make sure everything lines up the way you want it to, but it’s definitely possible. You could even create a chords-only version if you prefer a clearer screen.

2. Instead of lyrics, import a image of a score so that the bouncing ball can follow along with the notation.

3. Have the students draw their own stick notation using the pen tool in Explain Everything and then create their own bouncing ball video which shows them following along with the rhythm as you play it.

Download a printable copy of the instructions (with pictures!)

IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE: As mentioned above, you will need to download the app Explain Everything to create these videos. The instructions below show you how to use the app to create the bouncing ball videos.

Click on the button below (or the image) to have a printable copy of the instructions sent to your email inbox (you’ll also be sent a useful weekly tech tip article just like this one!).

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In most of the visual images of Jesus – both in picture and sculpture forms – fingers of His right hand, raised in blessing, follow a particular arrangement. Is there any significance to that arrangement? Have different Churches including the Catholic Church given official recognition to its interpretation?

How to create a church with your fingers

How to create a church with your fingers

How to create a church with your fingers

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The fingers spell out “IC XC”, a widely used four letter abbreviation of the Greek for Jesus (IHCOYC) Christ (XPICTOC). It is by the name of Jesus that we are saved and receive blessings: “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;” (Phil 2:10).

I am not Orthodox but have learned a lot about that faith, the local priest here has said the same thing.

You see this in a lot of Eastern Orthodox icons:

How to create a church with your fingers

How to create a church with your fingers

How to create a church with your fingers

According to a former Vatican archivalist this answerer interviewed, you will predominantly see two different hand positions.

In Greek and Byzantine Christian art, as well as in most Eastern traditions, Christ is usually depicted with the ring finger or ring and little fingers on the thumb, and the index and middle fingers held up.

In Catholic art, Christ is usually depicted with an open hand or with the index or middle finger on the thumb, though Catholic depictions of Christ are often more narrative and less iconic than Eastern depictions, so the arrangement of his hands is often supportive of the narrative, at least more so than in Eastern icons.

The reason for the different position in the hands has to do with the manner in which each of these churches practices anointing with oil. In each tradition, the upheld fingers correspond to those which are anointed with oil upon ordination of the priest, which are then used by the priest to bless others with oil for anointing.

How to create a church with your fingers

Both Western and Eastern traditions have used this particular finger arrangement for centuries, although in the West (Roman Catholics), this particular gesture have been put aside in the last few decades. this placement of the fingers is not uniquely reserved for priests either.

Dom Prosper Gueranger, OSB (1805-1875) in his monumental work The Liturgical Year (volume 15) explains the signification of this gesture on his entry for the Feast of St. Cecilia (November 22). Abbot Gueranger explained that the body of this martyr was discovered in the Catacombs of St. Callistus in 1599 and that her right hand was found in this very position. while her left hand had index finger pointing straight out. The two fingers of the left hand signified the two natures in Christ (human and divine) and the other three fingers together signified the Holy Trinity. As for the index finger of the left hand. Dom Gueranger tells us that it signified the truth of one God. “St. Cecilia,” 1599 (Wikipedia).

It seems that the open hand of Christ symbolizes peace and the five wounds of Christ. Other icons have the finger placement in a slightly different position on Christ’s right hand and have a somewhat different meaning. Both Greek and Latin variations and their meaning can be found here: What is the significance of Christ’s hand gesture (thumb and two fingers up, two fingers down) in Christian art?.

The sign of the cross was made at liturgical functions over persons and things, sometimes with five fingers extended, to represent the Five Wounds of Christ, sometimes with three, in sign of the Persons of the Trinity, and sometimes with only one, symbolical of the unity of God. For the blessing of the chalice and oblations Leo IV prescribed that two fingers be extended and thumb placed beneath them. This is the only true sign of the Trinitarian Cross. The pope warmly recommended his clergy to make this sign with care, else their blessing would be fruitless. The action was accompanied by the solemn formula, “In nomine Patris, etc.” Another use of the cross was in the solemn dedication of churches. – Archæology of the Cross and Crucifix

How to create a church with your fingers

There’s so much more you can do than the simple up-and-down strokes of a typical hand job. We’re going to share several hand job tips and techniques that are sure to blow your husband’s mind.

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How to create a church with your fingers

Know Your Husband’s Penis

It’s very important to know about the parts of your husband’s penis and how they work. This knowledge will help you be a better lover.

Getting Into Position

The first thing you need to do is get into a comfortable position when giving your husband a handjob. Both of you would hate it if you had a cramp during a handjob.

Lube is Important

Handjobs generate a lot of friction. The proper type and amount of lube are very important so that your handjob is a pleasurable experience.

Don’t want to deal with the mess of a handjob? Try our mess-free handjob technique.

The State of Your Hands

Remember ladies that you’re handling the most tender and sensitive part of your husband’s body. Psychologically, he’ll make a connection between the way you take care of your hands and the care your hands will take of him.

  • Cleanliness is very important. You wouldn’t want him to touch you with dirty hands!
  • Make sure your hands are smooth and free from rough spots. To keep your hands soft and moist, we suggest moisturizing them twice a day with unscented lotion.
  • Your nails should be very well manicured. The tiniest nick could cause extreme discomfort for your husband.
  • Take off any rings or bracelets you’re wearing. They get in the way and feel like rough spots to your husband.

Hand Job Techniques

  • Coiffeuse – Great for getting him fully erect using your long hair or a soft scarf.
  • Togetherness – Great for learning what he likes.
  • Jar Opener – A long stroke with a twist at the top and continuous flow of sensation.
  • Penis Samba – A fast continuous flow of sensation at the head of his penis.
  • Basket Weave – Long twisting strokes with a firm grip.
  • Pulse – Long twisting strokes with a firm grip and pulsing sensation.
  • Taffy Pull – An elongating stroke with a little testicle stimulation.
  • Batter Up – A long stroke with a little testicle stimulation.
  • Basic Attention – A jar opener sensation on the head of his penis.
  • Hand Cross – Strokes and sensations that mimic intercourse.
  • Fruit in a Basket – Use your breasts instead of hands for this technique.
  • Pirouette – A double handed stroking and twisting technique.
  • Fire Starter – A back and forth shaft rubbing technique that will light his fire.
  • One-On-One Combinations – One hand is stroking while the other is wandering.
  • Church and Steeple – A long immersing tube technique.
  • Rain Pattern – Like rain drops on his penis.
  • One Hand Clapping – A slapping sensation.
  • Spinal Massage – A sensual massaging effect.
  • Rings – A sensation of twisting rings flowing down the shaft of his penis.
  • Bird Cage – A lot of stimulation to the head and upper shaft.

Get the Most Out Of Your Hand Jobs

  • Don’t forget to give your husband a great view of your breasts while giving him a handjob. Wear a sexy top or nothing at all! He’ll really appreciate that.
  • The three most important things to remember when giving a hand job are heat, moisture, and a snug fit. Keep your hands warm moist, and make sure your grip is snug, but not too tight.
  • The head of some men’s penises are sensitive to the point that overstimulation can hurt. If your husband is one of these guys, concentrate more just below the rim of the head of his penis.
  • Communication is very important. Have your husband tell or show you what feels best.
  • When you’re giving your husband a hand job, make sure a towel or two are close by. Things can get really messy.

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A church is a business with a religious mission. If the church chooses to incorporate, which most do in order to receive tax exemptions and other state and federal recognitions, then the corporate entity that the church has become must follow the policies associated with corporate status. In some states, corporations are required to design and keep on hand a unique seal to emboss official documents. Corporate seal embossers are similar in appearance to notary stamps. A church seal includes religious symbols and words significant to the specific church.

Brainstorm a list of symbols that are significant to your church. Do this on paper. Allow yourself (and your church’s planning committee) to create a sizable list at this point. The idea is to get your creative wheels turning so that you create a seal that truly speaks to the message and mission of your church.

Choose two to four symbols to use. After carefully looking at all the possibilities, choose a very small number that best symbolize your church.

Open PhotoShop on your computer in order to manipulate images.

Draw a 1 1/2-inch circle using the circle tool in PhotoShop. All of the words and symbols in your seal need to be within this space when you finish. This circle is the outer boundary of your seal.

Import or draw the symbols that you want to use for your seal. You may be able to use clip-art files in PhotoShop or from the Internet, or you might have to build the graphics in another program.

Manipulate your graphics into the exact position and placement that you would like.

Add wording, as required by your state. Your state may require specific language on your seal. You will probably need to include your church’s name, but you may also need to include its founding date and the state in which it operates. You will most likely add these words around the outer edge of your seal design.

Add decorative elements, like lines that separate the symbolic fields. This optional design step can influence the overall legibility of your seal.

Send the file to an online or brick-and-mortar custom stamp shop, which will be familiar with creating custom embossing tools. This will provide you with a seal to use for your documents.

Register your seal with your state, if required. Simply obtaining the seal isn’t enough to meet the requirement. Make sure you have followed up with your state’s paperwork.

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Ooooh burn. Finger burn, that is.

Do you ever sit for long(ish) periods of time crocheting, only to realize that your index finger is super sore? Not from crocheting per se, but the top of your finger – as a result of the yarn running in the same path over and over and over again? I get a red track on mine, and the coarser the yarn the more annoying it gets.

I made myself a lovely little finger cuff to fight just that: finger burn.

How to create a church with your fingers

I suppose it is the way I hold my yarn, and how tightly I am crocheting. The tighter the weave, the tighter I tend to hold the yarn and the tighter that yarn is stretched over my index finger. Makes sense.

I try not to get too crazy with crochet (okay that’s a lie) but the dreaded yarn finger burn does happen.

Is it a problem? Not really. Is it annoying? Totally.

How to create a church with your fingers

In the past I have used a band-aid or a piece of tape. But that seems silly since I’m sitting here with my hook and my yarn anyway…

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the crocheted finger cuff to use when crocheting! How poetic.


Worsted weight yarn (I used Impeccable by Loops and Threads)
Crochet hook in size H


Ch-10, be careful not to twist the chain and join to first st. (10)
*check to make sure chain is slightly longer than the circumference of your finger
Rows 1 – 5: ch-1, sc in each st around. Join. (10)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

How easy is that?!

You could do hdc stitches if you like, and fewer rows. You could also change colors like I did after the first row and on the last row. Use whatever small scrap of worsted weight yarn you have.

What I really like is how quickly these whip up. I’ll leave one in my purse and in my car’s emergency crochet kit.

Bloody Finger

Bloody Finger is a Multiplayer Item in Elden Ring. Multiplayer Items allow players to interact with each other in various ways, including leaving messages for other players to read, co-operative gameplay and competitve gameplay like PVP.

Item for online play.
(Can also be used from the Multiplayer menu.)

Attempts an invasion of another player’s world.
If successful, you will arrive as an invader (Bloody Finger) with the objective of defeating the Host of Fingers of that world.

Glistening blood has been siphoned into the nail of this finger. Its sickly pale skin feels nothing now, but the nail still aches with sweetest pain.

Bloody Finger Location in Elden Ring

Where to find Bloody Finger:

  • Travel to Rose Church After defeating Godrick the Grafted and visiting the Roundtable Hold for the first time.
  • Speak with White Mask Varré in front of the church.
  • White Mask Varré will give you five Festering Bloody Fingers and ask you to invade other worlds.
  • Invade at least 3 times. You do not need to successfully defeat the host; simply leaving with the Finger Severer is enough.
  • Return to the Rose Church. Varré will give you the Lord of Blood’s Favor and instruct you to soak the cloth with a maiden’s blood.
  • There are multiple ways to complete this step;
    • Option #1 – Chapel of Anticipation
      • Travel Northwest to The Four Belfries.
      • The highest belfry will have a Imbued Sword Key in a chest.
      • The second highest belfry will transport you to the Precipice of Anticipation.
      • After defeating the Grafted Scion, travel further to the Chapel of Anticipation. There, you will find the corpse of a maiden.
      • Interact with her corpse to soak the Lord of Blood’s Favor in her blood.
    • Option #2 – Church of Inhibition
      • Travel Northeast, shy of the Grand Lift, to the Church of Inhibition.
      • In the Church of Inhibition will be a dead maiden.
      • Interact with her corpse to soak the Lord of Blood’s Favor in her blood.
    • Option #3 – Killing a Maiden
      • Find and kill Hyetta.
      • Soak the Lord of Blood’s Favor in her blood.
  • Return to the Rose Church and speak with Varré.
  • Hand over the Lord of Blood’s Favor.

Upon completion of the questline, Varré will grant you the Bloody Finger.

Elden Ring Bloody Finger Guide

  • You can attempt to invade another player’s world.
  • If you successfully invade, invasion multiplayer will begin, with you as a Bloody Finger.
    (Your goal will be to defeat the Host of Fingers).
    Killing the Host of Fingers will grant the invader a Rune Arc and a Furlcalling Finger Remedy.
  • During invasion multiplayer, you are provided three Phantom Bloody Fingers. Using these will spawn you at another location in the same session.
  • Doing the quest and consequently receiving this item makes your eyes slightly redder. This effect can be disabled in the mirror in Fia’s room at the Roundtable Hold.
  • The maximum number of invaders is 1 unless the host is using the Taunter’s Tongue.
  • By default, invasions can only occur once the host has summoned a cooperator. Solo invasions cannot happen unless the host has used the Taunter’s Tongue.

There are a lot of reasons a church might grow. Sometimes people come because of the preaching. Sometimes people come because of the music. Some people like the great programs for kids and youth.

But I’m convinced there’s an often overlooked factor in church growth: Growing churches are friendly to guests. All churches think they’re friendly, but when you take a good look at them, you often discover they’re friendly to people who have been attending for 15 years or more – not to new people.

A guest’s first 12 minutes dramatically influence whether they’re coming back or not. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. When non-Christians come to your church for the first time, their number one emotion is fear. What will people think? What are they going to do? Am I going to have to sign something, sing something, sacrifice something, or say something? They don’t know what’s going on, and they’re scared to death.

Your first goal with guests (and by the way, I never call them visitors) is to get them to relax. Then you can communicate with them. When people are afraid, their barriers are up and it’s like, “I dare you to teach me something!” No matter how good your sermon is, they won’t listen to the Good News about Jesus until they get past those fears. You need to put guests at ease.

How do you do that? Here are some ideas:

– Reserve your best parking spots for guests. It just shows you’re thinking about them. If you had guests for dinner at your house, you’d probably do whatever it took to make them feel more comfortable. You’d give them your best silverware and your best dishes. You might ask them about food preferences before you plan the meal. You should show the same type of courtesies to guests at your church.

– Station greeters outside your building. You need people strategically placed around your campus to greet guests. At Saddleback, we used to play a game. I would dare people to get into the building without having their hand shaken at least three times. We place greeters way out in the parking lot. Why? We’ve found that people hate to be greeted publicly during the service, but they love to be greeted personally.

– Set up an information table. Put all sorts of information on the table that might help people find their way around. Put maps out with classrooms and restrooms easily marked. Put out brochures about the church that give people information they can take home and read at their convenience. Most importantly, have hosts stationed there to help people find their way around. Make sure your hosts know where the restrooms are and where the children should go!

– Have taped music playing when people enter. In America almost every public building has music playing. Even in the elevator, music is playing. You go into the restroom and music is playing. You go into a restaurant and music is playing. Why? Because people expect to hear music. If you walked into a church right now and everyone was dead silent when you walked in, you’d probably be uncomfortable. On the other hand, if you heard fairly loud praise music playing, you’d feel much more comfortable.

Here’s something interesting I’ve found: If you play soft music, people talk softly. But if you play loud music, people talk louder. When non-Christians come into your church, they want it to be noisy. They want to hear what’s going on.

– Allow guests to remain anonymous in the service. Please don’t make guests stand up. The three greatest fears people have are going to a party with strangers, having to speak before a crowd, and being asked personal questions in public. So when we ask our guests to tell us their name and where they are from in front of everyone, we subject them to all three of their greatest fears at one time. Bad idea.

How do you identify guests if you don’t have them stand up? Have them fill out a welcome card. Then someone from the church can connect with them later.

– Offer a warm, casual public welcome that relaxes people. If you want to make guests feel welcome, you’ve got to be at ease yourself. That’s what most people expect – just watch the late-night TV shows. Like it or not, how the pastor and the worship leader interact with each other sets the tone for good or for bad in a service.

In early years at Saddleback we used to say, “If this is your first time at Saddleback, we’re glad you’re here. We want you take a deep breath, sit back, relax, and enjoy the service.” You know where I got that? I heard someone say it on an airline once! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight. All we’re trying to do is help them relax and then make them feel comfortable.

– Begin and end each service by having people greet each other. Five times in the New Testament Christians are told to greet one another and share affection. I’ll say during the service, “Turn around and give somebody a hug. Turn around and give somebody a handshake.” I’ve been told by some that’s the only physical touch they get all week. And human beings need touch. It’s a great way to help lower the barriers of your guests.

– Offer a refreshment table at each service. Today in our society, it’s not appropriate to just stand in a crowd doing nothing. You have to have something in your hand. That’s why they have cocktail parties. People like to have something in their hand when they’re hanging out and mingling. Out on the patio, I’ll see a 300-pound guy who thinks he’s hiding behind a Styrofoam cup! He’s very comfortable as long as he has something in his hand if somebody looks at him and he’s not talking.

You have to break down the fear barriers before people will ever open up to your message and consider coming back to your church. Try these guest-friendly tips in coming weeks, and help your church grow in 2009.

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How to create a church with your fingers

How to create a church with your fingers

Since we make the Sign of the Cross before and after all of our prayers, many Catholics don’t realize that the Sign of the Cross is not simply an action but a prayer in itself. Like all prayers, the Sign of the Cross should be said with reverence; we shouldn’t rush through it on the way to the next prayer.

How to Make the Sign of the Cross

For Roman Catholics the sign of the cross is made using your right hand, you should touch your forehead at the mention of the Father; the lower middle of your chest at the mention of the Son; and the left shoulder on the word “Holy” and the right shoulder on the word “Spirit.”

Eastern Christians, both Catholic and Orthodox, reverse the order, touching their right shoulder on the word “Holy” and their left shoulder on the word “Spirit.”

The Text of the Sign of the Cross

The text of the Sign of the Cross is very short and simple:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Why Do Catholics Cross Themselves When They Pray?

Making the Sign of the Cross may be the most common of all actions that Catholics do. We make it when we begin and end our prayers; we make it when we enter and leave a church; we start each Mass with it; we may even make it when we hear the Holy Name of Jesus taken in vain and when we pass a Catholic church where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the tabernacle.

So we know when we make the Sign of the Cross, but do you know why we make the Sign of the Cross? The answer is both simple and profound.

In the Sign of the Cross, we profess the deepest mysteries of the Christian Faith: the Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–and the saving work of Christ on the Cross on Good Friday. The combination of the words and the action are a creed—a statement of belief. We mark ourselves as Christians through the Sign of the Cross.

And yet, because we make the Sign of the Cross so often, we may be tempted to rush through it, to say the words without listening to them, to ignore the profound symbolism of tracing the shape of the Cross—the instrument of Christ’s death and our salvation—on our own bodies. A creed is not simply a statement of belief—it is a vow to defend that belief, even if it means following Our Lord and Savior to our own cross.

Can Non-Catholics Make the Sign of the Cross?

Roman Catholics aren’t the only Christians who make the Sign of the Cross. All Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox do as well, along with many high-church Anglicans and Lutherans (and a smattering of other Mainline Protestants). Because the Sign of the Cross is a creed that all Christians can assent to, it shouldn’t be thought of as just a “Catholic thing.”

Learning how to throw darts is a difficult skill to master. If you’ve ever watched a game of professional darts, you’ve no doubt wondered they manage to throw darts so consistently.

How can they transition from scoring a double to a treble across the other side of the board so effectively?

So, if you want to learn how to throw darts more consistently, keep reading.

Assuming The Correct Stance

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Taking the correct stance is the first step to throwing darts more effectively.

A good stance helps to maintain your balance, which leads to more accurate, consistent throws.

Most beginners tend not to understand the importance of their stance when throwing darts and try to lean forward as much as possible, which is detrimental to accuracy.

What are the Different Types of Stance?

When lining up to throw darts, there are three common stances that you should consider.

But, before assuming any of these three stances, you must line up your body behind the Oche (throwing line), being sure not to cross it.

The Forward Stance

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In the forward stance, your dominant foot should be in front with the toe touching the Oche. In addition, your toe should point directly towards the board.

Additionally, 75% of your body weight should be supported by your leading foot. Your less-dominant foot is then positioned behind you and slightly to the side for balance.
It’s important that whichever position you decide to take should make you feel comfortable and balanced.

The Side Stance

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While taking the side stance, the edge of your leading foot should be positioned on the throwing line, with the back foot angled behind the front foot.

The Angled Stance

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The Angled stance is a mixture of both the forward and side stance.
The lead foot should be on an angle with the toe on the throw line in the Angled stance.

The angled stance gives greater stability to the upper body, which is why more experienced dart throwers predominantly assume it.

The Correct Dart Grip

There is no one correct way to grip a dart. However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider the guidelines to help improve your technique.

The Holding Technique

When holding the dart, you don’t want to squeeze it too hard, but you also don’t want to assume a loose hold.
It would be best if you held the dart firm enough to maintain control, but at the same time, your holding of the dart should keep your hand relaxed and not tense.

The Number of Fingers

There are several approaches you can take to hold a dart.
Regardless of the number of fingers you’re going to use, it would be best if you placed your thumb at the center of the dart’s barrel.

So many many fingers can you use when holding a dart?

Two Fingers
Holding a dart with two fingers is pretty similar to holding a pen, although it doesn’t provide quite as much control as other holds.

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Three Fingers
The three-finger grip is ideal for gaining more control and is most popular among the majority of players.

With the three-finger grip, the thing to keep in mind is that the thumb needs to be placed right behind the center of gravity of the dart to gain a greater level of control.

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Four Fingers
The four-finger grip has its upsides and downsides. On the one hand, it offers more support and control. But alternatively, the fourth finger placed on the barrel feels a little too overcrowded.

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Five Fingers
Using all of your fingers to hold the dart is quite tricky, but it ensures greater control. The way to gain access to such a high level of control is by placing your little finger right above or below the dart’s tip.

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Body Positioning

The body position you take to throw your dart is crucial to maintaining your balance and consistency while throwing.

Facing side-on at the target, you want to make sure that your elbow is raised slightly before throwing, ensuring that your shoulder and hand form aim towards the target.

Releasing Your Dart

The final step towards mastering your throwing technique is to learn how to release the dart correctly, which, believe it or not is a lot harder than it seems.

The Wrist Snap

Before throwing the dart, you want to make sure that you snap your wrist as it’ll accelerate the dart and allow for a more accurate throw.

The Follow Through

After releasing the dart, you want your arm to maintain the throwing motion and follow through towards the target.


In summary, to learn how to throw darts, you’ll need to take the recommendations we’ve highlighted above and continue to practice often.