Tuesday, March 31, 2009

My 'fellowship' situation....

Since I wrote about my church situation, I thought I should explain the larger picture, because it's not as bleak as what it may sound like.

The church my parents go to, the Lutheran one, has a bible study group for women that I attend.

The leader and her husband decided that they were frustrated with the church and now have left, but maintain the study and the same people are attending.

It is a good fellowship of women, and the leader is dynamic - she understood immediately the frustration with the church on Sunday, as I called her about it. She's praying for me on that.

I often find that there is always someone like that you can find for support to "get you through" the tough times.

She has a lot of insight and makes study of The Word exciting.

Also, the reason I was frustrated was because I had actually gone to the leadership of the charismatic church. I told them I needed a church more open to the Holy Spirit, but that I'm helping out my parents. It's frustrating. I'm trying to go to two churches. Can they offer any advice?

The leadership didn't seem to understand why I was coming to them or offer much encouragement, and I was surprised.

I also went to the pastor of the Lutheran church and explained to him what I am doing - why I am going to his church, but also attending the other church. We sat in his office and he was very kind and understanding. Go figure.

The church I used to attend that is headed by two women is one that I return to on occasion just because I want to encourage them. They put work into helping me during a crisis time and I don't want them to feel it was wasted.

Even though their church has problems, and I feel funny about a church with a woman as the senior pastor, there is something good there that I appreciate, and people I enjoy seeing.

In addition to this, there is an ecumenical healing ministry in town that is charismatic, that is open to the public. I go there with healing needs or prayer needs.

I have a prayer partner from the Lutheran church - a woman who sees things very objectively.

My parents and I read the bible and pray every morning and every night.

God is good!

Government Bailout Explained In Pictures

Go here to see this hilarious explanation, so simple, the layman can perfectly understand it.

90 Year Old Minnesota Woman Makes Case For Fishing For Free

Here is a cute story about a 90 year old grandmother who is before the state senate making a case for free fishing licenses if you're over 90.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

My church situation....

I did a post called 5 things I love about my church.

Not too honest.

It's only one of my churches, and I don't love it. I mean, I love it, because I love The Church, and my heart is with them and to see them become what Christ wants them to be. But I don't like them very well, because they aren't very welcoming, and it wearies me because I have been going there a while.

About 7 years ago I was in crisis and sought that church out because a lady goes there who knows my parents from before they were married. She and her husband double dated with my parents. She is a widow now, and one of the oldest members of her church.

She is the most welcoming element of that church. She is very concerned about evangelism and shares her faith regularly.

I go to my parents' church, a dry Lutheran sect that is good on preaching the Word and has solid biblical based people in it. They have a bible school that they have started.

The only thing there is that they hold back on the Holy Spirit. Their worship is bottled up and they don't know about that threshold that you pass when you have been "baptized in the Holy Spirit," that you never return from.

So, I sought out this church that the older lady goes to. I just find them to be weird. If they are turned off by me, who they once knew to be in crisis, but now is not, how do they feel about real "cases" - people with real needs? They don't seem to be prepared to deal with such people.

Neither church seems prepared for that.

I went to another church before this run by two women. Since then I have decided that churches should not be headed by a woman. They reached out to me in crisis, but ultimately were really strange, because not only did they reach out, they put kind of a 'death hold' on me, and in order to get well emotionally and mentally, I felt that I needed to move on.

Ach! People strangle Jesus. They strangle Him and His spirit.

The very place people go to get help for all their needs, just as God would have it, they get trampled and further broken.

People, this ought not to be so!

This small charismatic church that the older lady belongs to is one that I can only handle because God has made me so much more well than I have ever been.

If I was in a bad state, if I was in crisis, I could never handle it.

What do you say blogging community?

Please pray for me - that I would find a place that welcomes me and the spiritual gifts God has given me.

Awesome bathrooms

Could you walk into this bathroom, and use it?




This lady has no idea what she's walking into...



This is what she walked into...



It has a one way mirror. Could you use a bathroom like this?

Saturday, March 28, 2009

From the mouths of babes


I got this in an email:


> I recently asked my friend's little girl what she wanted to be when
> she grows up. She said she wanted to be President someday. Both of her
> parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, "If you
> were President what would be the first thing you would do?" She replied,
> "I'd give food and houses to all the homeless people." Her parents beamed.
> Wow...what a worthy goal.
>
> I then told her, "But you don't have to wait until you're President to do
> that; you can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and sweep
> my sidewalks, and I'll pay you $50. Then I'll take you over to the grocery
> store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use
> toward food and a new house."
>
>
>
> She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the
> eye and asked, "Why doesn't the homeless guy come over and do the work, and
> you can just pay him the $50?"
>
> I said, "Welcome to the Republican Party."

Her parents still aren't
> speaking to me
>

I am Easter


What Holiday Are You?

You Are Easter
You are an optimistic, hopeful, and genuinely sweet person.
Sensitive and affectionate, you are easily touched.
You love nature, animals, and anything cute or cuddly.
For you, every day is a new chance - no matter what happened yesterday.

What makes you celebrate: Almost anything. You love most holidays and celebrations.

At holiday get togethers, you do best as: The peacemaker. You can prevent any squabbles that might break out.

On a holiday, you're the one most likely to: Remember to include everyone

I stole this shamelessly from Helen at random musings. But seriously, find out which holiday you are.

It was surprisingly accurate. I love spring and Jesus' resurrection is the most important thing in my life. The other stuff too.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Do You Remember 1987?

This was one of those chain emails:

Oh well. This came from my uncle who probably didn't research it very well. Snopes says it's a rumor.

It was 1987! At a lecture the other day they were playing an old news video of
Lt.Col. Oliver North testifying at the Iran-Contra hearings during the Reagan
Administration.

There was Ollie in front of God and country getting the
third degree, but what he said was stunning!

He was being drilled by a
senator; 'Did you not recently spend close to $60,000 for a home security
system?'

Ollie replied, 'Yes, I did, Sir.'
The senator
continued, trying to get a laugh out of the audience, 'Isn't that just a little
excessive?'

'No, sir,' continued Ollie.
'No? And why not?' the
senator asked.

'Because the lives of my family and I were threatened,
sir.'


'Threatened? By whom?' the senator questioned.

'By a
terrorist, sir' Ollie answered.

'Terrorist? What terrorist could
possibly scare you that much?'


'His name is Osama bin Laden, sir' Ollie
replied.

At this point the senator tried to repeat the name, but
couldn't pronounce it, which most people back then probably couldn't. A couple
of people laughed at the attempt. Then the senator continued. Why are you so
afraid of this man?' the senator asked.

'Because, sir, he is the most
evil person alive that I know of', Ollie answered.


'And
what do you recommend we do about him?' asked the senator.

'Well, sir,
if it was up to me, I would recommend that an assassin team be formed to
eliminate him and his men from the face of the earth.'

The senator
disagreed with this approach, and that was all that was shown of the clip.



By
the way, that senator was Al Gore!


Also:

Terrorist
pilot Mohammad Atta blew up a bus in Israel
in 1986. The Israelis captured, tried and imprisoned him. As part of the
Oslo agreement with the Palestinians in 1993,
Israel had to agree to release
so-called 'political prisoners.'


However, the Israelis would not release
any with blood on their hands, The American President at the time, Bill Clinton,
and his Secretary of State, Warren Christopher, 'insisted' that all prisoners be
released.

Thus Mohammad Atta was freed and eventually thanked us by
flying an airplane into Tower One of the World Trade Center . This was reported
by many of the American TV networks at the time that the terrorists were first
identified.
It
was censored in the US from all later
reports.


If
you agree that the American public should be made aware of this fact, pass this
on.

Do
Not Break - it is 6 years strong

This
is why I always say I love YOU....


This has not been broken since 9/11/01, please
keep it going...
This has been kept alive and moving since 9/11. In memory of
all those who perished this morning; th e passengers and the pilots on the
United Air and AA flights, the workers in the World Trade Center and the
Pentagon, and all the innocent bystanders. Our prayers go out to the friends and
families of the deceased.

Songs From My Youth

I got this idea from Helen. She did a post on songs from her youth. Though my youth was tempestuous, there are songs that I can think of that are very nice. Oh, I'm sure there are others too. But these are especially nice.

What are the songs of your youth?




Crosby Stills and Nash - Our House

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Light-up Sheep Art

Go here to see this unusual art using sheep (duh) and something like Christmas lights.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Answer to Materialism

I decided to read Acts Chapter 2 today, because I remembered that Christian group named after the chapter, and it's all about pentecost, and it describes the craziness that happens to people - the wonderful craziness that takes over, when the Holy Spirit makes you fall in love with God and people and you just don't care about "things" anymore.

It says: (verse 43)

Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. 44 And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; 45 and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. 46 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

In America, if people were taken over the God's spirit and the spirit of love, it would take away an excessive desire for material things.

The dachshund and the little pink pig

Oh Dogs! Is this not the most precious thing?







This Dachshund is fostering this little guy for another mom who couldn't take care of him.

He had his eyes closed, but now they are open. He is just a little bigger than her other pups.

She loves this little guy as much as the other puppies and she is nursing him back to health.

He is the cleanest pig-uppy ever because she licks him all the time.

HIS NAME IS PINK

Monday, March 23, 2009

Jerusalem - William Blake

It is funny that the English have a hymn that asks if Jesus walked on England's green pastures in ancient times.

I remember England when I first went there in 1983. I actually cried riding the double decker bus in London because it was more beautiful than I had dreamed it would be.



by: William Blake (1757-1827)

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?

And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among these dark Satanic Mills?

Bring me my bow of burning gold!
Bring me my arrows of desire!
Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!

I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England's green and pleasant land.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Hey! Check Out My New Blog!

I'm at my parents' house and their old computer does some funky things, like it just ruined my post for trying to put a link in here to my new blog.

It is now too late to go find a wireless connection!

I live in the stone age here at my parents' house.

OK, it's the next day and I'm at the coffee shop.

My new blog is "Journey of One Step." You can find it if you go to my profile and will link to it there from now on.

It is where I have essays, stories, and other writings gathered over the years.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Roberts Liardon

Update on Roberts Liardon, written later than the original post:

I just heard that he has been restored from the gay lifestyle. I hear that he got some good council, that he humbled himself to receive ministry and that he took time out from ministry but is back and writing again. Praise God!

Written 3/21/09:

I just found out that he forsook his calling to pursue Steve and not Eve.

Translate that: he fell into the gay lifestyle.

I am becoming almost overwhelmed as I just read about people of great faith who fell in many ways, but not like that!

I have to say that homosexuality is an extreme form of of sexual sin (usually the erosion that follows heterosexual sin,) and thus alarming.

And though it is possible to come back from falling into it, it is not easy.

The problem with big leaders in big church organizations who seem to have no accountability is that they seem to lack the ability to humble themselves to seek prayer and restoration through confession.

God help the church as this sin creeps in more and more (Satan's agenda.)

And that's why I just want to walk close to Christ - stay in the fear of God, stay with the humble and the simple, never be in the limelight.

Oh God, keep me by your power and grace.

The Lord's prayer: "lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."


Bank Talk

I just got one of those letters from Wells Fargo that just makes me laugh because they are talking about how to pay down your debt.

Let's face it - the only way to pay down your debt is to have some more money to pay it with.

But they are saying "we are going to help you with your debt."

The suggestions don't really do that much to help you.

They say:

Suggested tips for paying down your debt:

* Get organized by gathering all the bills you owe

* Evaluate which bills have the higest interest rate

* Consolidate these higher-rate balances onto your Wells Fargo Credit Card with this special low promotional rate.


What they should be saying is:

* Get off your butt and work harder, maybe nights

* Instead of spending money on gambling, or frivolous things like extra food late at night, save! Remember? Save.

* Inherit

* Rob our bank (we can tell you how)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Our Father Who Art In Heaven

Something in family devotions yesterday made me think that the subject of "father" is a touchy one for many people!

Maybe dad was abusive, or just distant. Maybe he was too authoritative.

Maybe he was awesome.

But in many cases, he was a failure.

Maybe a guy who is a dad feels inadequate or is lamenting his failures.

In any case, the role of the father in our lives is an important one, and in the case of failed dads, there is only one remedy: to go to the eternal Father and find refuge.

Today I meditated on the Lord's prayer, the one Jesus told us to pray, thinking that in that prayer there was some wisdom for us about crawling into the lap of our heavenly Father.

Here it is in a contemporary version:

So when you pray, you should pray like this:

Our Father in heaven,
may your name always be kept holy.
May your kingdom come
and what you want be done,
here on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us the food we need for each day.
Forgive us for our sins,
just as we have forgiven those who
sinned against us.
And do not cause us to be tempted,
but save us from the Evil One.

Matt 6:9-13 New Century Version

I wish you all the healing from your "bad father issues" possible today.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Unborn baby grabs surgeon's hand!


Penny sent me this:

A picture began circulating in November. It should be 'The Picture of the Year,' or perhaps, 'Picture of the Decade.' It won't be. In fact, unless you obtained a copy of the US paper which published it, you probably would never have seen it.

The picture is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel Alexander Armas, who is being operated on by surgeon named Joseph Bruner.

The baby was diagnosed with spina bifida and would not survive if removed from his mother's womb. Little Samuel's mother, Julie Armas, is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta . She knew of Dr. Bruner's remarkable surgical procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville , he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb.

During the procedure, the doctor removes the uterus via C-section and makes a small incision to operate on the baby. As Dr. Bruner completed the surgery on Samuel, the little guy reached his tiny, but fully developed hand through the incision and firmly grasped the surgeon's finger. Dr. Bruner was reported as saying that when his finger was grasped, it was the most emotional moment of his life, and that for an instant during the procedure he was just frozen, totally immobile.

The photograph captures this amazing event with perfect clarity. The editors titled the picture, 'Hand of Hope.' The text explaining the picture begins, 'The tiny hand of 21-week- old fetus Samuel Alexander Armas emerges from the mother's uterus to grasp the
finger of Dr. Joseph Bruner as if thanking the doctor for the gift of life.'

Little Samuel's mother said they 'wept for days' when they saw the picture. She said, 'The photo reminds us pregnancy isn't about disability or an illness, it's about a little person.' Samuel was born in perfect health, the operation 100 percent successful.

Now see the actual picture, and it is awesome...incredible....and hey,

pass it on. The world needs to see this one!

"God's Generals" by Roberts Liardon


Subtitle: "Why they succeeded and why some failed."

Whew! I thought I was a crazy charismatic! Liardon writes compassionately, but he writes so honestly, that you get a true insight into the lives of these great people of faith. Their lives had many bumps in the road!

When God is moving so powerfully, Satan was surely there trying to exploit every weakness these people had. Like my mother says, true stories about people are so interesting. She has been reading this book at the same time with me.

This is an account of the lives of people such as Smith Wigglesworth, John G. Lake and Katherine Kuhlman. it is interesting that the people who came after the era of the media seem to have been somewhat corrupted by the media.

Despite the things that made some of these people's lives unstable and made them fail in certain points, they are all people who went for God with abandonment, and the book makes my mouth water for more of God and to be in a place where I am being used by Him to truly reach and help people.

These were amazing people who set the world on fire! This is quite the book!

Remembering George W. Bush

This came in an email:

Our pick for today's "True Life" Hero:

"When you turn your heart and your life over to Christ as the Savior, it changes your life. And that's what happened to me."

---George W. Bush

Of the duties common to civil authorities, George W. Bush manifested perhaps the most significant---the restraining of evil. Lawlessness is inevitable to any human society, and it is the moral obligation of judicial powers to do all in their ability to maintain liberty by preventing the spread of unethical practices. Whether or not you agree with everything he did, one thing is certain---our former president acted in the defense of the unborn simply by refusing to to act for abortion. During his eight-year term as Commander-in-Chief, he banned partial-birth abortion, set restraints upon embryonic stem cell research, and protected medical personnel concerning their views on life. This reverence was undoubtedly seeded in knowledge of Scripture, and a fear of God. As the Freedom of Choice Act lingers threateningly before us, may we be grateful for one man's unwillingness to participate in the counsel of the ungodly. Though George Bush's name has at times suffered malicious and irrational accusations, he symbolizes heroism of a rare and incomparable sort!

"Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers."

---Psalm 1:1

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Story of St. Patrick


I can't believe I haven't done a post about St. Patrick!

He was born in England to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century. Britain already had Christianity(much closer to Jesus' time than most people on the earth,) but there is no evidence that his parents were particularly religious, and he probably didn't have much faith in his early life. That was soon to change.

At the age of sixteen, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family's estate. They transported him to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity. At this time, he turned to God for help.

He was working as a shepherd, outdoors and away from people, alone and afraid.

One source says it is believed that Patrick first began to dream of reaching the Irish people for Christ during his captivity. Another source says that Patrick struggled to accept his call to go back to Ireland, but embraced it after he was free.

That is a perfect parallel to the story of Joseph, and how God can use something as horrible as our captivity as a slave to bring about His perfect will!

Just like Joseph, Patrick's captivity was his salvation. It was his door to life. It opened the way to his destiny.

Patrick escaped Ireland and went back to England. From there, one source says he went to France and became a monk and studied for 15 years. Other sources have different accounts of how he prepared for his evangelistic call.

After this he returned to Ireland where he spent his remaining years spreading the truth of the gospel, (via the only known means of Christianity then which was Catholicism) and transforming the lives of the Celtic people.

There were persecutions, there were trials for him, but he succeeded in evangelizing a whole nation (a whole island!).

Man! Are you in captivity today? Let God use your captivity to make you more devoted to Him, and He will bring you to the place where you can find your escape, just like Joseph and Patrick found theirs. He will then help you to find your destiny!

We celebrate all of that on St. Patrick's Day. And the West was not founded on Christianity, right?

Note: supposedly, the story about Patrick getting rid of all the snakes in Ireland is one of the many stories that the Irish love to tell. Wikipedia says that there weren't even snakes in Ireland to begin with, so the snakes they were referring to was the religion of the Druids.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Real-life Crazy Pete's Abortion Barn



Thanks to commenter GrannyGrump for this one! She was commenting on the fictitious Crazy Pete's Abortion Barn Video.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

St Patty's Day Card

Penny sent me this. I Just love it! It just shows how those leprechauns are always getting us in trouble!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Revelation-Third Day


Well this beats all - a song that says just what I've been talking about - "tell me should I stay here, or do I need to move, give me revelation, I've got nothing without you..."

God's Adventure, Continued......




On that initial visit to Montana, when I was in crisis, when I got to one particular town, I bound the principalities and powers that hovered over it. It was a nice town. It just had those characteristics of some small towns in Montana – immobilized, afraid, no change for a long time, lack of resources.

I had this enormous peace entering it, knowing that I had dealt with the enemy, and I was still in crisis. I hung out at a bar to get to know the locals (well, Jesus did it!)

Later, when I embarked on my real adventure, and with no mania, I passed through that town. It was Sunday and a pastor invited me to his church that morning. I was visiting with the pastor after the service and he confided in me: “I have just started seeing God really move in this town, since the end of 2003.” That was when I had come and bound the principalities.

I’m not saying anything, but I’m just sayin’ – you never know…..

I didn’t say anything to the pastor.

That was when I was on my way to camp out in western Montana. I had put my house on interest only, had put it up for sale and was living off the equity. Don’t try this at home. I knew that I would get my house sold in time to pay it off, and I did. I got it sold before housing prices plummeted. I got a good price and just in time. They had just told me I couldn’t live off my credit anymore.

I trusted God every step of the way.

In western Montana, I found an area west of Bozeman that was spiritually “light” and naturally beautiful and just camped out there for most of the summer, enjoying the locals.

I was off medication.

I kept returning home to take care of the house, sometimes having to do more repairs and decorating to improve it for selling, then set out again, heading for another part of the United States, traveling everywhere with my two cats.

We went to the Grand Canyon, where my one cat, Tubby attracted so much attention as I walked him on a leash that people were oogling him instead of looking at the Grand Canyon!

At one point we went to Mexico, briefly, where I got lost coming back. God helped me find my way back without knowing Spanish.

I visited family and friends I hadn’t seen in twenty years!

In Arizona I was camping out alone, because it was January, and discovered at 3:00 AM that I had accidentally pitched my tent over a sprinkler that went off. God wanted me to have a cold shower!

The desert winds also blew everything so my tent and my belongings practically blew away!

There was a sign at an Arizona rest area that warned against “Serpents and Scorpions” and I thought about that verse that says “nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

In Arizona I also met a lady who invited me to stay at her place in Phoenix, which was beautiful! It was next to an orange orchard and had a pool. She was nice and an opportunity to share my faith.

Whenever I returned to Minneapolis, the heavy principalities over it were so evident, and I would brace myself. But I began to see it as a challenge to embrace.

My adventure came to an abrupt end when I had another manic episode! I was completely off medication and not using wisdom. I wasn’t having a solid quiet time with God every day, getting into the Word. I wasn’t in a constant fellowship with believers. Duh!

Those are the Basic Maintenance 101 for every Christian. I was relying on prophetic “knowing” and not on other ways of knowing. Besides, that kind of prophetic knowing may just as well be shut off.

When I got manic, I was promptly sent back home, to Minneapolis. Since then, I’ve been operating just fine without thinking much about the powers that be, and that’s just fine with me!

When God Let Me Go On An Adventure

I got the idea for this post from Jon Acuff's blog.

I finally let loose and went on an adventure after asking God if it was OK. I hemmed and hawed and tried to argue against it, but really argued for it, until I finally just went for it. I finally realized that God put the desires I had within me, and that my desires were good.

I realize now that the truth that was inspiring me is actually found in the bible. I have to admit that I went wild with it and that it got out of hand. I lost balanced wisdom and my adventure ended up in tragedy. But between the pain that preceded embarking on my adventure, and the not so happy end was a lot of fun! Here is the story….

I took off for Montana when things got intense in Minneapolis, a rather large city. I was aware that the city was heavy with demonic forces within, and as I got closer to God and dealt with the roots of the mental illness that plagued me, the city grew more and more oppressive.

As soon as I had a problem with mental illness, the police in Minneapolis would promptly hand me over to a hospital, where the atmosphere was unbearably intense, with other sick people to contend with. The "care" was sometimes not so careful.

When I didn't want to take extra sleep medication one night, but chose to sing and pray, the night nurse called the guards, who came and pinned me down, and stabbed me in the butt with a needle.

The next time I had trouble with my mind, it seemed like a good idea to avoid doctors and hospitals, so I took off in a car into the country west of Minnesota. I went all the way to Montana and there encountered the people of small towns – some small towns, not the freaky ones. I found that they dealt with me in a crisis mode much more patiently. Some police sat down and talked with me, and listened. They didn’t take me to a hospital.

They recommended I talk to some health care workers, who sat and talked with me rationally, and then sent me on my way.

The treatment I received in small towns was so compassionate. Also, the atmosphere in the small towns was so much better. There I felt released from the oppression of the city, and I started to feel better mentally and emotionally. I didn’t need to go to a hospital. I overcame fear and got over my bout with mania.

This taught me that there are spiritual forces over a city, especially certain cities, because of the type of people living in them. These forces can be heavy and demonic. This exists because the people in those cities collectively choose death. Some cities are more life oriented because the people have collectively moved more toward the light.

A certain Samaritan town that Jesus visited was collectively given over to unbelief. His disciples’ idea was that he should rain fire and brimstone on the city like Sodom and Gomorrah, after they tried to perform miracles there, and Jesus rebuked them and said He had come to bring life and not death. It shows how a whole town or city can be taken over by either good or evil. (See Luke 9: 51-56)

Notice also that Jesus pronounced judgment on whole cities – Chorazin and Bethsaida, because of their unbelief, in Luke 10: 13-15.

I became aware of this phenomenon (not the passages at that time) as I took off and went traveling, out of desperation, away from my city. I noticed how some towns had a certain peace about them, and there was light there, and others had a feeling of oppression.

After this initial experience, I was dying to go traveling and find the places in America where people were living in the light. I was more interested in the small towns, not the cities, after that good experience in Montana.

There are many things I observed in my travels: how just driving through a town late at night, there would be a light fragrance blanketing a city that was living in the light; how as I left my city, the spiritual forces lifted off me as I drove away, like mosquitoes lifting off a body.

Positive Cities:

Chicago (surprisingly enough!)
Dallas
Kansas City

Negative:

Lincoln, Nebraska
Fargo

To be continued….

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Lordy, I miss Reagan!


'Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.'- Ronald Reagan



'The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.' - Ronald Reagan


'The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.' - Ronald Reagan


'Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. Was too strong.'
- Ronald Reagan


'I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.' - Ronald Reagan


'The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.'
- Ronald Reagan


'Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.'
- Ronald Reagan

'The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.' - Ronald Reagan
'It seems to me that all those in favor of abortion have already been born' -Ronald Reagan


'It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.' - Ronald Reagan


'Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.' - Ronald Reagan


'Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.' - Ronald Reagan


'No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.'- Ronald Reagan



'If we ever forget that we're one nation under God , then we will be a nation gone under.'

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Phones in Church

A man in Topeka, Kansas decided to



write a book about churches around the country. He started by flying



to San Francisco and started working east from there.




Going to a very large church, he began



taking photographs and making notes.



He spotted a golden telephone on the



vestibule wall and was intrigued with a sign, which read 'Calls:



$10,000 a minute.' Seeking out the pastor he asked about the phone and



the sign. The pastor answered that this golden phone is, in fact, a



direct line to heaven and if he pays the price he can talk directly to



GOD.





The man thanked the pastor and



continued on his way. As he continued to visit churches in Seattle,



Denver, St. Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee, and around the United States, he



found more phones, with the same sign, and the same answer from each



pastor.




Finally, he arrived in Minnesota.



Upon entering a church in Roseville, behold - he saw the usual golden



telephone. But THIS time, the sign read 'Calls: 35 cents.' Fascinated,



he asked to talk to the pastor, 'Reverend, I have been in cities all



across the country and in each church I have found this golden



telephone and have been told it is a direct line to Heaven and that I



could talk to GOD, but in the other churches the cost was $10,000 a



minute. Your sign reads only 35 cents a call. Why?'



The pastor,



smiling replied, 'Son, you're in Minnesota now.




You're in God's Country, It's a local



call.'

On repentance and healing

A guy named Doug Apple writes about Jesus making a connection between healing and repentance. He puts into words what I have been trying to say.

I'm a Winner!

I'm not very often the winner, but I won Sherri's Limerick contest!

Here's my entry:

There once was a young man named Al
who though wild snared a very sweet gal
they tied the knot
know what they got?
three more wild young versions of Al

I have discovered Limericks are my friend! I think I'm a little bit Irish.

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Top Five List of Things I Love About My Church

I stole this from Helen at random musings...
1) I can wear jeans
2) The music is contemporary and fresh and that helps me to enjoy it and to worship God more
3) The worship invites God's presence - number 1 thing I look for in a church!
4) The pastor is not a heavy authority figure. He is light and funny.
5) I connect with some of my favorite people there

What is your top five?

How Great Is Our God - Chris Tomlin


Well I can't help it! Chris Tomlin just has all the good songs....and here is a good video to go with this one....

Indescribable - Chris Tomlin


This is quite the video to go with a music CD.

God of This City - Chris Tomlin

Do you love your city? Are there still greater things yet to be done in your city...for God?

Did you know that Los Angeles was multi-racial as far back as 1900? Did you know that back in the late 1800's and early 1900's America's cities were rocked by revival, particularly Los Angeles? Major cities had evangelists come into town and hold powerful meetings that drew huge crowds, and the whole city was affected by it.

Can we bring that back? Will America ever be humble enough to know revival again?

One Pair of Hands

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As a child, my dad's strong, capable hands on the wheel of the car was very comforting. Now that my dad's hands are weak, there are only two hands to rely on: the hands of my heavenly Father.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

More on Divine Healing

I went to the Healing Center today, and they told me that in dealing with sin with regards to disease, that one needs to confess to God and then believe that He forgives and be done with it!

And then we must believe that we are healed.

We must appropriate God's forgiveness. We must not deny His forgiveness. To do that is to crucify Jesus all over again.

The Joy of the Lord is our strength. When God forgives, He gives us joy! And that joy sustains us!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Che Ahn Rocks!


Che Ahn of Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena California is a dynamic, spirit filled pastor with the love of God who preaches the whole gospel - healing for the body, restoration of the soul, i.e. deliverance from sin problems such as homosexuality, and deliverance from poverty.

He does not have an unbalanced emphasis on money, but preaches that Christians should be "the head and not the tail" in all areas of life. He preached in a conference that I attended recently that Christians should dominate the culture, on the seven mountains of culture: family, church, education, business, government, media, and arts & entertainment.

He said that if Christians hadn't come up with the money they did (around 40 million) for supporting Proposition 8 (something he played a big part in) that it would not have won. Poverty is not equal to divinity in Che Ahn's book, and I agree.

I have written this to counter the slanderous words that have appeared on Google.

Wise Answers to Old Wives' Tales

These are true and false tales about health that have been going around.

Christian One-Liners

Don't let your worries get the best of you;
Remember, Moses started out as a basket case.
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Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited
Until you try to sit in their pews.
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Many folks want to serve God,
But only as advisers.
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It is easier to preach ten sermons
Than it is to live one.
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The good Lord didn't create anything without a purpose,
But mosquitoes come close.
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When you get to your wit's end,
You'll find God lives there.
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People are funny; they want the front of the bus,
Middle of the road,
And back of the church.
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Opportunity may knock once,
But temptation bangs on the front door forever.
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Quit griping about your church;
If it was perfect, you couldn't belong.
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If a church wants a better pastor,
It only needs to pray for the one it has.
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God Himself doesn't propose to judge a man until
he is dead. So why should you?
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Some minds are like concrete
Thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.
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Peace starts with a smile.
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I don't know why some people change churches;
What difference does it make which one you stay home from?
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A lot of church members singing 'Standing on the Promises'
Are just sitting on the premises.
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We're called to be witnesses, not lawyers or Judges.
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Be ye fishers of men. You catch 'em - He'll clean 'em.
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Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.
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Don't put a question mark where God put a period.
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Don't wait for 6 strong men to take you to church.
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Forbidden fruits create many jams.
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God doesn't call the qualified,
He qualifies the called.
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God grades on the cross, not the curve.
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God loves everyone,
But probably prefers 'fruits of the spirit' over 'religious nuts!'
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God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
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He who angers you, controls you!
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If God is your Co-pilot, swap seats!
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Prayer:
Don't give God instructions -- just report for duty!
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The task ahead of us is never as
great as the Power behind us.
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The Will of God never takes you to where the
Grace of God will not protect you.
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We don't change the message,
The message changes us.
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You can tell how big a person is
By what it takes to discourage him.
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The best mathematical equation I have ever seen:
1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given.
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Divine Healing

Been thinking about divine healing a great deal and found this on the subject. Am concerned about the question of sin being the cause of disease. Derek Prince has a lot to say about generational sin in his book "Blessing or Curse." We can have generational sin passed down to us and operate with this stuff in our lives but it feels so normal, because it's a family norm.

But if we "sow to the flesh" from the flesh we "shall reap corruption," (Gal. 6:7) and that can be in the form of disease.

Thank God He has provided an answer through Christ's work on the cross!

Here is an essay written a while ago entitled, "Is Divine Healing A Part Of The Atonement?"

My friend Gale reminds me that sickness can come because you are following God, like it did to Job. It isn't always because of sin. My manic-depression got worse after I started to seek God. If something comes, it's because God has allowed it, but it will work out for His glory, and it is His will to remove it.

But I think that it's important to search your heart and be sure of what is in it. If you have sickness, do you know for sure that you are cleansed?

Thursday, March 5, 2009

I'm a Limerick

I'm English, not Irish, so I'm supposed to be at war with the Irish, but Sherri has me going with these Limericks. They're just great. They have a certain rhythm and when you get started you can't stop making them. Her husband, Murphy, is Irish, so she has us writing Limericks over at her blog.

Limericks are explained this way:

A limerick is a five-line poem written with one couplet and one triplet. If a couplet is a two-line rhymed poem, then a triplet would be a three-line rhymed poem. The rhyme pattern is a a b b a with lines 1, 2 and 5 containing 3 beats and rhyming, and lines 3 and 4 having two beats and rhyming. Some people say that the limerick was invented by soldiers returning from France to the Irish town of Limerick in the 1700's.

But it's better to just listen to one and get the rhythm.

Here are some Limericks:

There was a young girl from Oliver,
And all the men did follow her,
Until a guy came along,
And played her his song,
And all the rest quit call'n her.

There was a young hunter named Shepherd
Who was eaten for lunch by a leopard.
Said the leopard, "Egad!
You'd be tastier, lad
If you had been salted and peppered!"

Now here are some of my own:

There once was a lady named Eden
who had a blog about freedom
she blogged all day
she blogged feeling gay
she blogged til the Lord's kingdom come

There's a fuzzy big cat named Buddy
and his coat is ever so ruddy
he never eats mice
and his coat has no lice
and he sure beats havin' a hubby

Try it! It's so much fun!

Monday, March 2, 2009

I Am A Liberal

video
This also comes from my cousin's archives.

Thought for the day

The reason that ego and love are not compatible comes down to this: you cannot take your ego into the unknown, where love wants to lead. If you follow love, your life will become uncertain, and the ego craves certainty.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Steven Crowder's Qu'ran Challenge

Steven Crowder on Abortion

Steven Crowder on PETA


Just get a load of Steven Crowder's awesome conservative humor! This comes from my cousin's archives, someone with whom I share the groans of conservative political thought.

Note: I do enjoy substitutes for meat sometimes, such as soy protein, however, I still enjoy good old meat!