Thursday, August 30, 2007

Again, Good Luck Edwards!

John Edwards cracks me up with his $400 haircuts and turning around and telling Americans to sacrifice their SUVs, while he considers himself a "hopeful" for the presidency. Does he hear them laughing?

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Anniversary Of Katrina

It just seems that the proper attitude following a disaster should be one of contrition. One should come to God asking if one's life is in order, or if anything ungodly preceded the disaster to bring any kind of judgment, or if sin brought consequences. The attitude of blame against the government is not the proper one, as if the government is God and can and should do all sorts of miracles to restore things to what they were. Hurricane Katrina is said to be the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States. The attitude that follows is not the one that I would hope for from my fellow Americans. Hopefully there are Americans that are not reported by the media who have the fruit of repentance and godliness that God is looking for in the face of this disaster.

Like This Proves Something


Just because one 100 year old lady is still alive and smoking away doesn't discount all the miserable people who smoke and who have contracted lung cancer due to smoking. Smoking is the grossest, most disgusting habit. It gives people the worst breath. It creates the most disgusting odor in their homes and cars. Ick ick ick! I think the smoking bans are too harsh on smokers, but as a non-smoker, I am also relieved to not have to deal with smoking.

I worked at a mortgage company where most of the employees were young - in their twenties. Almost every one of them would go out on their break for a smoke! They were like chimneys. I am wondering if the smoking bans are going to help people to quit or prevent people from starting to smoke.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Let's Pray For Kingdavid Of The Far Wright

He has announced that he is taking a sabbatical from blogging. The Far Wright is shut down! I admire him for doing this. God prepared me for this. I was already backing away from my dependency on going there.

The important thing isn't blogging but that he hears God's voice and obeys. Some heavy things are going on and he, his wife and kids need our prayers. I'm taking The Far Wright off my blogroll until further notice. I'll be praying for you,Kingdavid.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Southern Women's Wisdom

Have you ever read just a few words of wisdom that you've carried with you for years? I found some words like that in just a chapter of a book on the wisdom of Southern women. I don't remember the name of the book or its author but it said something to the effect that there is a better way of dealing with situations than being harsh and direct.

Perhaps you're faced with a situation such as: you're a married woman and a married man is coming on to you. Instead of reacting harshly with angry words of being offended at his behavior, if he says something offensive like, "I would love to be holed up with you instead of my wife tonight!" you graciously ease your way out of the situation, and graciously move the man into a better position by saying something like, "oh, you don't really mean that," in a sweet, unassuming way, pushing him away gently.

She was saying that Southern women have gracious ways of dealing with situations better than coming on like a Mack truck. I have remembered those words and followed them. This correlates with scripture: Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Of course, there is the timeless wisdom of Northern women too where you hit people square between the eyes! (he he)

Friday, August 24, 2007

Please Pray For Dominick


I've known him now for so many years - 18, 19? Too many to count. All this time he has been dodging God. He's always in a wrong relationship with a woman, and even now he's been living with someone outside of wedlock.

Our relationship began back when I was distant from God and has seen many changes in my life, where I've come back to God and the church. I've never felt that he was interfering with me and God, but now I've finally come to the place where I'm dissatisfied with his lack of growth. He goes around in circles and never comes around to turning his life over to God. He's immature. He borrowed money from me ($200.00) and now is delaying paying it back. This may be because he's mad at me for a small thing that has to do with inconveniencing him. In any case he's ignoring me.

He ignores me until he's having trouble with his relationship with his girlfriend, then he comes around a lot and seeks my company. It's based on his need, not on mutual seeking what's best for each other. So, I give to him as a friend knowing I'm not receiving in return.

He used to take me out to eat a lot in exchange for nothing more than friendship and has always been funny. But now I see his immaturity and I'm tired of him dodging God.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Every Promise In The Book Is Mine


Bob Mumford is a preacher who came through the Twin Cities in the early 70's who joked about Christians singing the song cheerfully "Every promise in the book is mine, every chapter, every verse every line" and then he'd say, "yeh, well what about the verse, All those who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted?"

Sometimes the persecution can be just mental torment, which seems to have been the case with Mother Teresa. I can relate to that. Even though I never was raised in the Catholic striving in your own strength ideas, we've all had to work out our own tendencies to strive in our own strength to live the Christian life.

Putin's New Calling


This is what Putin needed: to find himself as a sex symbol to take his mind off of being a dictator. Maybe GQ could hire him and Russia could find better leadership.

Why I Want To See Miracles

(for Bill)

1. This follows the pattern of Jesus’ ministry who said, “The kingdom of heaven is upon you. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the leper, drive out demons…”
2. There are those of us who need miracles because our lives are hanging by a thread. We are depending on a miracle for our survival. I am weak. I depend on God implicitly for miracles to get through this life.
3. I am aware that there are others who also depend implicitly on God for their survival and on his miracles, who, without knowing him are not surviving, but a miracle is an introduction to God and the beginning of their survival.
4. Healing is an assurance of full cleansing from sin. Jesus told the man who had been healed at the pool of Bethesda, “sin no more that no worse thing come upon you.” It says he bore our sins in his body on the tree and by his stripes we are healed. Healing seems to go hand in hand with forgiveness. I want to be healed of something that it seems came from sin. There are others who need that assurance as well.
5. I want to see God’s power in a world where we see man’s power, which has failed miserably (the bridge in Minneapolis) and Satan’s power (which brings evil.) God hides himself until he finds those whose minds and hearts are open to receive him and who are looking for him, and who want his power revealed, like Elijah. I am one of those who want it revealed, don’t you?
6. We cannot be Jesus in this world or do His work in our own strength. So while we are dying to our own strength and taking on His, we might as well become supernaturally empowered beyond what we are in the natural and come up with the power to do the miracles of Jesus. It’s what he wants anyway – for us to pattern ourselves after his ministry. Jesus didn’t do magic tricks for people. He restored them to life, and in so doing he showed us the heart of the Father.

Operating in miracles doesn't make you better than anybody else, or abnormal. It means that you are living more by God's power and less by your own, and that's something one doesn't attain to overnight, but something one grows into day by day, and line upon line, precept upon precept. I would like to grow into that and become less of me and more of him.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Glad - A Mighty Fortress

Battlefield Of The Mind by Joyce Meyer

There is an excerpt from her book worth reading on the net. The only thing I'm not satisfied with is that there is teaching about the devil that glorifies the devil and makes the devil out to be more powerful than God. I don't think that's what Joyce intended in writing this chapter, and you need to read the whole book to get what she's saying, but when I was under attack, that's sort of how this chapter came across.

And it's not the first time this kind of teaching has come across this way. She says that the devil has a lot of patience and has been studying us and has plenty of time to finally defeat each one of us. Yes, but A Mighty Fortress Is Our God. And the bottom line is this, I discovered. If we learn to submit to God, then we can resist the devil, in that order.

One thing I heard is that the devil preys upon people who don't have patience. He promises toys to people who wants things right now. That's why teens are more likely victims of the enemy, because they lack patience. I learned that witchcraft is a temptation because of impatience. It is a promise to get things in the here and now instead of waiting. So, a strategy against the enemy is patience. As we grow in patience we grow stronger against the enemy.

Joyce has some good things to say about how reading the Word, prayer and praise can help you to defeat the devil. But I think that my struggle has been to submit to God, who is definitely more powerful than the devil. In submitting to God, I definitely have the power to resist the devil.

The great thing about God is He hides Himself and His power. He shows up at the last hour. He is working when you don't see it. In China, tens of thousands have been turning to him under the noses of the communists because they can't stop it. The radical Muslims can't stop Him. But God allows things to look hopeless for a while, and to work in humble, weak vessels. We can't allow what is true about God to glorify the devil. The devil will try to use the mysteries of God to tell us that God isn't working. It's like the prophets of Baal and Elijah. They said, "see, God isn't doing anything!" Until all of a sudden God consumed Elijah's altar with fire. In America, we can become oblivious to God's power as well.

But the way that God works so mysteriously, it is his craft and power that are great!

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

I love the words for this song, in which Martin Luther reveals the timeless (1529) struggle against the enemy of our souls, and our ultimate success in winning over him:

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.


I like the words: "his craft and power are great, and armed with cruel hate, on earth is not his equal," first telling us that we have a terrible foe, but not leaving us there because then it goes on to say.. "Were not the right man on our side, the Man of God's own choosing.." telling us we have Jesus to fight for us!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Harshness In China

I get really concerned when I hear about more problems with products that have failed coming out of China, especially after the suicide of the Chinese boss of a toy-manufacturing company. I couldn't believe it when I heard that they actually kill bosses like that for their failures. That's probably why he killed himself - in anticipation of being killed! This gives a stark picture of Chinese society! And in the background - thousands are turning to Christ. Amazing! Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Cup Of Cold Water

They send me brochures telling me about their ministry and reporting their finances, and since I've begun sending money to Jim who is in their division in Thailand, it's good to keep up. I was reading today about their work in Bolivia. They go to the poor and disadvantaged there, where people live without electricity and running water, and where drunkenness is rampant, and they treat their diseases. They showed photos of some of the maladies - things that we don't see, because here people get to things like that before they become such huge problems. One was an ear that had a huge multicolored growth on the lobe the size of a plum.

Now I've always known that I was not cut out for anything in the medical area, but I believe God would send me out to people like that to believe for their miraculous healing, and I would lay hands on them, and they would believe more than people here for their healing, and that would be exciting.

It said in the flier that an 88 year old lady was ailing and looking to the missionary as if he could miraculously stop her from aging. I believe that's because he recognized that he had the power of the spirit that "raised Jesus from the dead" in him and she believed in that spirit. I've heard about the faith of these people in third world countries.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Now We Have a New Problem


Overweight Pets!
As if it wasn't enough to try to lose weight ourselves, now we have cats and dogs that need to lose weight. What a crazy world! What are we going to do? That dog just doesn't look overweight to me. That's part of the problem. People are obsessing over their animals again. My brother came to visit and said my cat was too plump, but I believe he's just pleasantly big - his fur makes him look bigger, and I read a book somewhere about plump cats, that there's nothing wrong with cats being plump. I like them that way, and I think people make too much out of it.

China Cry


Here and there, I hear about the burgeoning underground church in China. Here is information taken from a website about a great film that was made by Trinity Broadcasting Network - one of the best Christian films I've ever seen, about an amazing Chinese woman who lived during the time when communism was beginning to take over China. I don't know why it took me so long to report this film because I love it so much. Oh, and the book is good too.

The Story of a woman who found the courage to love and the strength to survive all odds.

Starring: Julia Nickson Soul, Russel Wong, James Shigeta

"Passionate, heartfelt movie making and a personal triumph for Julia Nickson Soul."

-Michael Medved

Nora Lam's story is wrapped up within one of the most incredible marvels in all world history: how the Christian church survived under repressive atheistic communism in China. But it did more than survive. It thrived and multiplied.

We can better understand these heroic Christians through Nora's story. Adopted by a prominent family in Shanghai in 1941, little Sung Neng Yee (Nora Lam) is treated like a princess...until the bombs drop (WW II), and the Japanese seize her house.

After the defeat of the Japanese, she joins the Communists, believing they are the liberators of China. All goes well until she falls in love with Lam Cheng Shen from Hong Kong. Communist officials decide to break her of any bourgeois tendencies.

During the next few years, in which she marries and has three children, she is subjected to excruciating persecution. She calls out to God for salvation. Miracles follow.

They Try To Freak Us Out Once Again!

Drudge had this article on how our internet addiction is so serious. Indeed, it is something that people should check, just like anything else, but I doubt it is right up there with the addictions they mentioned: gambling, sex and kleptomania. Just like I doubt you can equate going to coffee shops and drinking excessive amounts of coffee with frequenting bars and drinking alcohol. They are going too far in saying it is more serious than Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

It mentions that internet addiction involves teens and people in their 50's. I have to laugh. Yeh, that puts me right there, and with many of the people who are communicating with me, but that's cool. And I have to say that I find blogging and my internet use to be therapeutic. It puts me in touch with a world larger than myself. I allows me to "travel" while I have very little money to travel. It allows me to communicate. It is creative.

I was jealous of Jonathan, one of the main bloggers at the site Ambassadors of Christ, who took off to do a missions trip in Ecuador, and had no need for being in the blogosphere. That, ideally is what we all should be doing. We all should have lives so caught up that we don't have much time for the blogosphere. But when you can't be going to Ecuador, the internet serves a vital purpose.

God knows that there are those of us who are required to live rather mundane lives working rather boring jobs here in the States or in other countries, doing the mission work of giving our money to missionaries, like Jim at Servantworks. While I'm living that way, I need Jim's blog to know how to pray for the people he's ministering to and to pray for the ministry I'm giving my money to. And it is a beautiful way to be in touch.

For some internet use may have gone "off the charts" but I know that the internet has been a valuable tool.

Other Jokes

About a month ago, I got a cactus. And a week later, it died. I got really depressed because it was like, Damn, I am less nurturing than a desert.
-- Demetri Martin

When I was in London, I went to buy some chocolates. The cashier was like, “That will be ten pounds.” I’m like, “Rub it in, why don’t you?”
-- Carol Leifer

As long as there is algebra, there will be prayer in school.
-- Larry Miller

from the Reader's Digest

Jon Stewart Joke

"Jews and blacks express our suffering differently—blacks developed the blues, while Jews complain. We just never thought of putting it to music."

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Naked On A Glacier - Won't Kingdavid Love This?


That's all I could think of is Kingdavid and his love for the global warming activists who would do something this....stupid. What I can't believe is how Peta people and Global Warming activists will go to such lengths and have no shame about nakedness, trying to tell us that there is no such thing as sin entering the world, and the need for covering the body, denying the Genesis record due to their having denied God, making themselves into fools, losing our respect, to try to make their point!

Hairspray Doesn't Cut It!


OK, it's nice to make a movie about large ladies, and make them look presentable, and promote acceptance of them. But on the other hand, obesity is a horrible American disease, and there is nothing funny or pretty about it. It is depressing, no matter how you look at it. When Travolta sings about how he(she) can't help eating more of the Christmas ham, it's not cute or funny.

Then there's the liberal agenda of pandering to groups like blacks and overweight women to get their money. Oh brother! Then there's the liberal agenda of promoting shallow sexual relationships between attractive white girls and attractive young black boys, and that as a rebellion against the staid, legalistic beliefs of a cold, religious mother. Once again, the Christian is painted as a freak!

No, once again, just save your money honey!

I loved the young man who hosts the hairspray show. They seemed to have picked him because he embodies the clean-cut, young male of the early 60's, and he's good looking in a really clean sort of way! But don't see the movie just for that!

I should know by now that Queen Latifah spells bad news. She just doesn't have the values, in general.

It's fun to see John Travolta in this role, doing a good job of playing a woman. But Hollywood is just on a decline, and I, for one am not happy about it.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Stardust Is Not Divine


Save Your Money! It has dark themes. It starts out with a young man in love with a woman. She says that a man has his eye on her for marriage and is about to propose. It has a romantic setting - England in early 1800's (?) or earlier(?) Anyway, the young man is protesting the marriage of this man to the young woman. He says he will go to the ends of the earth to have her hand in marriage himself. He says in order to get her a ring he'll go very far, so he ventures beyond this stone wall that surrounds the area in which they live and finds himself in a gypsy village where he is seduced by a gypsy girl who pulls him onto a covered wagon type thing.

The next thing it shows is him back home and a baby, the product of what happened back there at the covered wagon, being delivered to him. Very romantic, eh? Apparently he forgot the whole reason he was going out - that he was getting a ring for his beloved, and just decided to have sex with some other woman. Great plot! Great beginning for a movie that's supposed to be "like The Princess Bride." It's nothing like it. The Princess Bride has basic values in place. This movie has no basic values in place, and has plenty of dark themes - witches and evil villainous characters and I couldn't stomach it all. Romantic it is NOT!

It's time to pray for Hollywood. They were losing their inspiration years ago. And losing their inspiration goes hand in hand with losing their values.

How I'm Losing My Mojo With the Opposite Sex

1. Late at night I think of my choices: would I like to be curling up next to a hot man on a couch who speaks sweet nothings in my ear, sipping White Zinfandel, or would I rather be eating toast with peanut butter and banana, petting my cat? I'm choosing the peanut butter and the cat.

2. I see women who look like men and think, "Don't make fun. You may not be far off!"

3. I'm not wearing earrings, and I didn't take a shower today.

4. I'm contemplating buying one of those big, matronly bras.

5. On Friday night I went to Olive Garden alone to take myself to dinner. I followed that by taking myself to dessert and the movie "Hairspray" after walking out on "Stardust".

6. On Saturday night I watched Wheel of Fortune with my parents and ate Pizza.

7. It's Saturday night and I'm sitting in a coffee shop on the internet.

I think you get the picture!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Latest Onion Tidbits-for tell-a-joke-day


Self-Help Lecture Attendees Surprised to Hear Speaker Was Once Just Like Them

I was just about to tell you that I think I'm entering a season where I'm under terrible attack from the devil. I just went to a conference on the Holy Spirit and after it (it was wonderful) I came under terrible condemnation, and then my sensitive nature and the manic-depression was exacerbated. But then I came over to The Onion and voila! Now the Onion can have some real "raunch", some ungodly stuff, but this edition had the kind of stuff I look for - just some good clean fun!


Here is a gem of fake news to watch in video:
"Gays too precious to risk in combat" says General

And some more hilarious fake news flashes:

Area Man Meets That Special Someone Else

Churchgoer Tips God For Excellent Week

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

We're All Miserable According To This Source


This news source tells us that men are more miserable than the rest of us in their late 30s, indicating that we're all actually miserable, some just more than others. And, it states just who is most miserable besides men in their late 30s. Thanks for telling me that women at any age are all miserable. And, it says that teens and the elderly are also the most miserable. But it makes no sense, because it says that a man will regain his happiness once he is 65. That means he has, like five years of happiness before he is elderly.

According to this study, we all might as well give up right now. This was a study supposedly by the British government! What kind of a cockamamey study is this? Which people are they talking about? Which women did this study? They're all miserable?

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Murphy's Other Laws

1. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some
people appear bright until you hear them speak.

2. A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine
for doing well.

3. He who laughs last, thinks slowest.

4. A day without sunshine is like, well, night.

5. Change is inevitable, except from a vending
machine.

6. Those who live by the sword get shot by those who
don't.

7. Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented
fool.

8. The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50
chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it
wrong.

9. It is said that if you line up all the cars in
the world end-to-end, someone would be stupid enough to try to pass them.

10. If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.

11. The things that come to those who wait, are the things left by those who
got there first.

12. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day.
Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat all day drinking beer.

13. Flashlight: A case for holding dead batteries.

14. The shin bone is a device for finding furniture.

15. When you go into court, you are putting yourself in the hands of 12 people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty..

This came from my sister in Germany.

Makes You Proud Of The Troops!


The U. S. troops rescued an Iraqi baby from a garbage dump and are caring for it! Read here.
I am touched by the photos. It reminds me that what could be just middle class, white Americans doing their own thing, are folks who do have compassion (bible-based) and are in places like Iraq as evidenced here, giving it away. Excerpt from article:
An innocent rescued from Iraq's killing fields, her survival against the odds has made Fatima a media star at a U.S. military hospital in Baghdad's Green Zone.

"She is a baby -- she is happiness in a bad place," said Lieutenant Beth Brauchli, the hospital's acting public affairs officer.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Maybe It Was The Holy Spirit!


This girl, Jasmine, started laughing and crying uncontrollably due to an overdose of caffeine, so they think. She was rushed to the Hospital! I think the culprit might have been the Holy Spirit. I've had this experience plenty of times due to the Holy Spirit's effects while at a healthy conference somewhere put on by some wonderful spirit-filled people. But a teenager. When teens get hit by The Spirit - look out!

By the way...the experience of the Holy Spirit affecting you, when you know it's the Holy Spirit - it's sublime!

P.S. The girl later got sick, I know, I know - it was the coffee.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Now There's A Jellyfish Attack!

What Next!? Kingdavid has really gotten me going on this AKJ thing. This is an odd one. A bunch of beachgoers stung by jellyfish! Hundreds of beachgoers!

Black People, Listen To Me!

A Message of love and hope.

Bill, this is one of those essays. Whew! I actually finished it. I hope my friend from Africa reads it and understands that though it is for African Americans, it exalts the black race in general. Sorry this comes how many months prior to Martin Luther King Day?

God revealed the star shining over the African American. It is like the star that stood over Bethlehem that foretold of something great.

Black people need to know that their sojourning in America has been for a glorious future that God has prepared for them. I needed God to confirm this outside my little world, and then ran into a book by modern day prophet Rick Joyner. God has given him special gifts to predict things that will occur, proven by what has already occurred. His knowledge is by the spirit of God and has gone out to that part of the church that recognizes these gifts.

His little book is entitled Overcoming Racism. Here is an excerpt:

If the white race, or any other people, had suffered the same historic problems as the black race, we would be having the same problems they are having now. I have heard many white leaders actually say that we would have no inner city problems if blacks just had some ambition. What do you think slavery did to the work ethic? Such deep cultural wounds cannot be healed without the intervention of the cross.

The black race in America was allowed to be subject to slavery for the same reason that the Lord allowed Israel to become slaves in Egypt - they have a destiny with God. When they come into this destiny, the rest of America is going to be very thankful for this great and noble people in our midst. It is the destiny of the black race to carry freedom to a new level. This will be true freedom, with the dignity and honor that God created men to have.”

THE POWER FOR HEALING

It was by the Lord's stripes that we were healed. In a sense we too, receive the authority for healing in the very place where we are wounded, once the wounds have been healed. Even when the wounds have been healed, there is sensitivity in that area that remains. Someone who has been subjected to abuse will be sensitive to others who have been abused. When someone who is subjected to abuse is truly healed, they will not only be truly free, but they will have the authority to carry healing to others with those same wounds.

The black race is going to embrace the cross, receive healing for their wounds, and start loving white Americans with such power that we will all be set free by that love.

The Uncle Tom of Uncle Tom's Cabin [you know how negatively black people have thought of this man] truly was a prophetic figure. In spite of all the abuse that he suffered at the hands of his "owners," he was freer than they were, and he was willing to use his freedom to lay down his life if that would result in his owner's salvation. The black believers in America, when they have been fully healed will bring revival and true spiritual liberty to the whole nation.

The inner cities of America will ultimately become the inner sanctuary of God's tabernacle; the place where his glory and presence dwells. The greatest move of God that America has ever experiences will come out of the inner cities. The suburban church may have the gold, but the inner church will make them jealous with the glory. Those who are wise will take the gold that they have and use it to build a tabernacle for the Lord that is not made with hands, but with people.”


I was shocked to read this. I had the same "premonitions" but thought it too bold to say as much as he has said. " Bring freedom to a new level!"

WHAT YOU ARE

You are the ones who have been humbled. You are the people of God who have been put into the iron furnace that God talked about when He said that he would take the Israelites out of the iron furnace of Egypt (Deut 4:20).

African Americans are not just called, they are chosen. The journey has been leading to things that eye has not seen, ear has not heard, and the heart has not conceived of.

White people will come bleeding and broken to you, asking for mercy, telling you they are sorry for treating you like dirt. Sorry that they thought you were simple and less than they. Sorry that they ignored you and kept you in a box. They will come for mercy and knowing you, you will embrace them with open arms. As my mother has said, I have never seen people who change more through the power of Jesus Christ to become forgiving and loving than the African American.

If this is true, and I believe she is right, then it means that you glorify God in ways that no other people on earth glorify Him.

While some African Americans cringe to think of Jesus Christ as the banner for the American Negro, or of Martin Luther King being the prophet, because they feel that all has failed, you know that this is not true. You know that who you are in Christ is more precious in your journey than it has been for anyone else in America. You must also know that you are chosen, precious, singled out and created for a special purpose in America that will amaze every American and the world.

It's the African American and not the African, in particular. It's what you have become in Jesus Christ in your journey, your humiliation and travail in America that has made you the unique people that you are. Your place in God, your destiny is similar to the Jews, even to the point of having been slaves.

Don't you know that God doesn't waste our tribulations?

THE WORD 'BLACK'

Why are you called black? We call sin black, we call dirt black, and we call night black and equate night with the darkness that one hides in to hide from sin. But I've been told that the blacker real dirt is, the richer it is for growing crops. The red river valley of the North has rich black dirt. So has southern Minnesota and northern Iowa.

I am a night person. I love the night. I love the quiet of the night, the peace of darkness that doesn't make my light-sensitive eyes strain, and the beauty of the lights that show in the sky against the backdrop of dark.

I wear black often because it is a dignified color. When I was a little girl I would walk a mile to school every day alone, and relish things in nature along the way- leaves, stones, and more than anything, the chestnut. I remember clearly how I loved the color of the chestnut. I would keep and collect chestnuts because of the beauty of the wood.

Do we look at mahogany and think of sin? Do we look at the gorgeous slick sides of a dark reddish-brown Arabian horse glistening in the sun and think of it as evil? When we open a can of coffee and look a the rich color and take in the rich aroma of coffee, which is awesomely more beautiful than the taste, do we think of human dung or of the filthiness of human hearts?

Why would the skin color of the African-based human being have any ugly connotations compared to the beauty of other things that also have rich tones created by the sun?

Lots of people through the ages have seen the African skin and thought it was beautiful. Anyone who thinks otherwise is blind, absolutely blind and stupid. This is a beautiful color. White people want to get a tan, many times in excess. Doesn't that say enough?

Black people are a piece of art.

From my window far away, growing up in a small town with rather indifferent white people, to living in the inner city, I have watched black people everywhere and waited. I have waited for this sojourning to come to a beautiful purpose. God has shown it will someday come to be.

It can be discouraging, but a black face is still a happy thing to behold.

WHAT YOU POSSESS

You have the most incredible endurance of spirit. You have passion and energy. God gives greater burdens to the strong than to the weak. You are strong people. Oh my Lord you are strong people.

I am a musician. I have studied mainly classical music but my favorite music as a child of God has been black inspirations such as Fred Hammond and Kirk Franklin. I recently ventured into teaching some flute students who had only classical music in their background to play flute to a CD background of rock inspirations such as the Beatles. This was far more difficult for them than the mechanical style of classical. All rock and similar styles are rooted in blues and jazz - the creations of African Americans. It is the work of true genius.

Genius has been overlooked. Not very many white people think about that, maybe because of pride or just ignorance.

It is not a myth that musical genius runs strong in the black race. It is a great legacy. Rhythm is a beautiful heritage. Being a musician I also know that math and music have a strong connection. People good in music have that sense of order that makes them good at math as well. Many black people seem to excel in this area.

Black people tend to be aggressive and excellent in the power of persuasion. This implies having a gift for sales.

Black people tend to be flexible, hearty, resilient - able to bounce back.

What are you waiting for? You have genius, sales ability, flexibility, and endurance. Go in and take the Promised Land.

WHY HASN'T IT HAPPENED?

Black people, you don’t have a passion for becoming a part of the world of the rich and powerful, the white world, or becoming a part of their ways, for the most part. This has been an important factor in the fulfillment of the prophecy. You don't want the messed up ways of the white world, but you need an alternative to your own problems.

You know the problems. The list is long: poverty, drugs, bad sex, violence, and crime. But Rick Joyner and Jesus say that you will come out of this and set an example to others - to the white race. That is awesome!

FEAR OF MAN

One of the biggest obstacles to going into the Promised Land is the fear of man. It brings a curse according to the ancient prophet Jeremiah.

Though fear of man is wrong, God understands how hard it is not to fear him. But black people, this has got to go in order to conquer and go into the Promised Land.

The death of Martin Luther King inspired fear, but God doesn't want black leaders to die in their prime. It's not His will for us to die before we have finished our work on earth. Since this battle to emancipate the African American is vehemently hated by the devil, we need to fight a spiritual battle to stand strong. Perhaps Martin Luther King waged too much of a political battle. This is not to say that he wasn't a true Christian or that it wasn't also a spiritual battle. This is not to say that people weren't praying or that Christians failed.

But the weapons of the Spirit are the only weapons that will win in this battle, no matter what we do on a human level. And we don't need to wait for any one person. We already have that one person - Jesus Christ.

Stand against that fear by God's spirit. It is not too late. God is watching over His word to perform it. He will perform it in you - His black people.

FORGIVENESS

Everyone has a problem with forgiveness to some degree. It is one of our greatest obstacles to moving forward. Forgiveness must be a very difficult thing for the African American. But bitterness has to go if you are going to possess the Promised Land.

Black people actually possess an amazing ability to forgive and embrace another human being. It is called being "magnanimous."

One of the best portraits of forgiveness is the black Baptist minister who visited Jeffrey Dahmer in prison, resulting in his conversion. What kind of character would it take to be the only person visiting a man who killed and ate black men, and be black yourself? This minister is the kind of black person I have seen that I believe in.

So you may ask, if that is true, what has been going on in our world with people such as Tupac, demonstrating such rage? It is because the sojourning has gone on for so long, and African Americans have begun to buckle under it. The time is ripe for a breakthrough.

God usually asks us to make the first move. That move is toward forgiveness. He understands how hard it is for black people but He cannot bless sin. Maybe your ancestors sinned. Forgive them. The heart of stone must turn to a heart of flesh. That is when we will see this prophecy fulfilled.

BELIEVING THE LIES

Stop believing the lies about you! You can do that when you stop trusting man and start trusting God. "Cursed is the man who trusts in man," says Jeremiah. You don't need to hear what people think of you when God has you in the palm of His hand and has created you for good works before the foundation of the World. What God thinks of you is what matters. His opinion is the one that matters.

SHAME

People who have been degraded take on the shame themselves. Stop the shame. Stop blaming yourself. Stop accepting shame just because someone may look at you in a certain way and it may be that they don't like your color. It may be that you imagine it, or it may not. God made you in His image. Jesus sees you as His righteousness. You were created in Christ Jesus for good works. You are the apple of His eye. You are His workmanship.

IT'S TIME.

It's time, black people. It's time to win. It's time to go in and possess. It's time to know who you are in Christ.

In the world you have been the sad brunt of a joke and sometimes the object of scorn. But as God has it so often in His kingdom, you are the pearl inside the oyster (black pearl). You are the treasure that He has been working on for a glorious purpose. You are the fulfilling of the prophecy in Micah that says He is doing a work in our day that we would not believe if we were told.

But I know and believe, in part. I want to go to the Promised Land with you. I just want to be with the winners.

YOU CAME INTO JESUS LATE

The white race had Christianity in a whole culture in large numbers before any race on earth. We probably needed help a lot sooner!

You came late.

In America, you may not realize that though Europe had Christianity all the way back to early AD (England, not long after 500A.D.) Europe was still a bastion of evil and oppression.

My Swedish ancestors were sharecroppers. Most people were poor and the wealth was inherited and owned by an elite group - the upper class. Over all of Europe this was true. My ancestors as sharecroppers lived on the property of someone rich and were allowed to live in a dump and survive by working for the people on that land. They did not necessarily even eat well. The need for forgiveness was great for them too.

There was no religious freedom in Sweden. The Lutheran church in Sweden was oppressive. You were not allowed to worship God in the way that you chose.

My great-great grandfather was fortunate enough to come to America after the great exodus of Swedes in the mid 1800's. The rest is history. My family from there on was able to make a simple, adequate living. My grandfather was a schoolteacher. My father was a minister. We always had enough and my parents taught me the value of giving and of having enough and that it didn't have to be more than that. They also taught me that racism is a sin.

My English ancestry goes back to some guy that baled out of the army and got a boat to America.

Most American Caucasians have similar backgrounds and stories. We were humiliated and degraded in many cases in Europe. We lived no better than slaves, even lived like slaves. In America, those people who ran the slave trade were the same people who had enslaved white people and who many Europeans were trying to separate from. The people who opposed slavery were people such as my ancestors who despised the ways of the old world.

We had a head start in America, though we too had humble beginnings. The African American beginnings were more difficult.

White people were the first in America to have the chance to reverse the evils of our original homeland. We didn't fully succeed. Our generational bondage has been deep and lasting. Our need for Christ's salvation is also evident.

You were last. We had Christ before you. You were last, but the last shall be first.

Believe in the meaning of that passage and seize the Promised Land!



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Deadly Bee Attack Is An AKJ For Kingdavid!

I wanted to grab this story before Kingdavid gets to it this time. A man was attacked and killed by bees. Kingdavid collects stories about animal kingdom attacks on humans, calling it Animal Kingdom Jihad (if you are new to this site) See the video here.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Human Beings Can Be Stupid

This is evidenced by the fact that I am an intelligent, mature woman in control of her faculties, yet on Tuesdays, garbage day, I cannot seem to back out of the driveway without hitting the garbage can that my mother has put out for the garbage man.

I try, I really do, to avoid it. Every day other than Tuesday, I look carefully and back out carefully, but then for some stupid reason when Tuesday rolls around again I forget to be careful when backing out and "bump" I go. Once the can was full and I cracked the lens of the right rear light on my new car only 1 1/2 months after I'd bought it! Brilliant!

I don't engineer bridges for the city. I don't design, build or inspect them, but if I did we'd probably be in trouble. Yet, even the people who do, being more competent than myself are probably still at least somewhat capable of being stupid, just because like myself, they are also human. Our problem is that we worship the god humanity, and that god failed. Yet, there are those who won't learn their lesson.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Human Head Found In Hamburger


An Albany, New York man was surprised to find a human head in his Double Whopper at a local Burger King. watch video here

I found part of someone's hairnet in my burger at Burger King once. It took so long to go back to Burger King after that. Then I decided I was being too hard on poor old Burger King.

Tragic Event Forces Woman To Spend Rest Of Life Confined To Office Chair


idea stolen from The Onion

..like maybe the tragic event was she found out she had to stick with her day job after she tried to go for her career as an actress?

Monday, August 6, 2007

Just a Touch From Jesus

I was hedging going to the Holy Spirit Conference here in the Twin Cities. I went to one workshop and sat next to some people who weren't very friendly and thought that's what it was going to be like. I had seen that before in places where people were supposed to be so "enlightened" but didn't seem to have the basic love in place.

I went to another workshop on healing with my mom, and then didn't go to any evening meetings because she couldn't go and I didn't want to go alone, so I said. I was afraid of disappointment. But Saturday night, the last night of the conference, something tugged at me to go.

I went up for prayer without hesitation, and a lady with a prophetic gift came up to me immediately and spoke prophetic words over me. She said that I was passionately in love with Jesus (true) and she called on God to "set my feet free to run after Christ." When she said "freedom, freedom" I thought of my blog. Her words about me were correct, but she didn't know me - God spoke through her.

I then proceeded to get prayer from everyone else who I could. Other ministers on the prayer team just seemed anxious to volunteer. Each one had something to offer. One was a very attractive, young man, which ministered to me. He said that I had an anointing on me and belonged on the prayer team. That was a confirmation, as I was thinking about how I ought to be ministering to people at that conference.

One lady closer to my age helped me with the weight of dryness and bitterness at home that I have to deal with and helped me to confess some sin.

Another older lady helped me with my work situation.

Two young girls prayed with me about wanting even now to minister to youth, and they added that they thought I was meant to be married and prayed for that.

The body of Christ touched me, as always-people who I don't know-with a touch from Jesus. And just a touch from Jesus is all it takes to changes things. Just that touch makes my heart uncoil inside like a wilted flower coming to life again. I was like a parched desert getting rained on. It was so fantastic.

The young man came up to me because the Holy Spirit was "hitting" me and knocking me over and he came to "catch" me so I wouldn't hit the floor.

Just a touch from Jesus.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Ghosts at the Bridge

Ghosts at the bridge, if they could talk, would maybe scream
"don't go this way!"
It makes me shudder, to think of the cold, watery grave that they lie in, still waiting for their rescue - souls who I don't know, granted, but who may want to scream to the living - "listen to me! Life is fleeting! Only one life is soon past! And what awaits you is too frightening!"

Don't face another moment without being ready! Only a life firmly rooted in Christ gives you the security and hope that makes sense. Only Jesus gave us the certain hope of heaven. Now I sound like Billy Graham.

No Man Can Heal A Man

This is the title of one of the workshops being presented at the Holy Spirit Conference at North Heights Lutheran Church in Arden Hills this weekend. I love that title because it embodies what I have learned lately.

I went off medication only to be rudely reminded that I wasn't healed of manic-depression when I landed upside-down in my car due to being delusional in April of '06. I was believing what I had been taught - to confess healing scriptures over and over and to believe (for ex:Charles Capps). I now understand the fallacy in this.

We cannot experience healing until we become utterly dependent on God, not on our faith, not on anything that we do. I was believing in my faith, in The Word. Even the Word of God does not heal. God does. It is God Himself! How ridiculous. We think that we re doing some magic by believing or by confessing scripture. We are not doing the work! No healing is accomplished unless God moves and heals.

Also, I learned that Satan is a defeated foe. I stopped fighting Satan all the time and learned that if we are submitted to God, he will flee. Jesus said He gave us all power over the enemy.

The thing is that I believe in God's sovereign will to heal, in general, revealed in His word - all over His word. Jesus mainly went around healing people, and He said He was God in the flesh revealing the heart of the Father. God wants to heal and restore us, but until He does, there is nothing we can do. We are utterly helpless and dependent on Him.

It is in knowing this that I have begun to experience God's healing lately. Another thing I have learned is the importance of meditation and being quiet and not too busy. Americans are robbed of many spiritual blessings because of this problem.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

I LOVE Whoopi!


I am so glad she took the spot on "The View." Not saying I'll actually watch TV much more (can't stand the frenetic cacophony), but she is an incredibly funny woman. What a strong, independent person who has broken the mold. What a positive spirit and role model. What a unique version of femininity! I loved her in Sister Act I & II! I can't believe she is the same age as me! You go girl!

Fragile update!

My mom is already doing better. She went in for tests today and they found nothing terribly wrong with her and the pain is already lessening. I fasted and prayed today, not just for her but for the people in the tragedy. I feel that I am gaining spiritual power in my life. My mom getting better is a sign of this. It's an answer to prayer. God is working more in my life. Healing is more of a reality now in my life. This is exciting. I have more power but am more aware than ever that I am helpless and dependent on God.

Also, an addendum: fragility is expressed in the fact that human beings were incapable of knowing that the bridge was unsafe and would collapse, even though they examined it. There are those who will blame and condemn authorities who are merely human and also fragile, expecting them to be God. The whole lesson is: we're not God and we are capable of error and vulnerable at any time.

Fragile!


That seems to be theme of my life right now, what with the bridge in Minneapolis having just collapsed and several people having been tragically lost. All of us have been reminded of our fragility (some of us just went that route when we went to Keegan's pub for the MOB event!) and my mom has just been struck, in her elderly fragility, with some jabbing pain that is robbing her of her wonderful vitality that she has had up 'til now.

Sting said it best:

On and on the rain would fall
Like tears from a star
On and on the rain would say
How fragile we are
How fragile we are

My thoughts and prayers are going out to those who are suffering a great loss today as a result of this tragedy!

Fragile - Sting