Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Thoughts about Christmas, now that it's over (ranting)

I am so glad it's over. All that energy expended on Christmas - all that anxiety over a holiday. All the hustling to get gifts, to find them, to pay for them, to wrap them, to get them to where we are celebrating, to prepare food, to get everyone together to where we are celebrating.

All this, and then we sit down on Christmas day and no one says a prayer - no one thanks God.

Someone did on Christmas eve, but since on Christmas day the meal was being served English style where they dish out the food in the kitchen and hand it to each person rather than pass the food around the table, no one knew when the meal began, so no one knew when it was appropriate to say grace, I guess. But, never mind that my nephew, who was hosting this with his wife, married an unbeliever - and that they probably wanted to do without a prayer.

It's so ridiculous! We all have very little money at this time, so we get little gifts - I bought things for $5. For my brother and sister, who decided we should exchange gifts between the three of us, I spent more - but hardly more, and we told each other what we wanted, then went and bought these things, hardly worth that much - things we could have gone and bought for ourselves, but for the sake of having a Christmas gift, we bought for each other. We do all this just to have gifts to open on Christmas, when we could do without this. It's pointless. I couldn't care less.

It's all meaningless. My sister loves Christmas. She decorated her apartment to the hilt with stuff she collected. She loves Christmas, but it's not about loving Jesus. We aren't centering on Jesus. It's about a holiday. I just don't enjoy it! When it's over, I celebrate. I celebrate that it's over!!!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Jeff Foxworthy on Minnesota

Jeff Foxworthy on Minnesota:

If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through

18 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will
swim by,
You might live in Minnesota


If you're proud that your state makes the national news 96 nights

each year because International Falls is the coldest spot in the nation,

You might live in Minnesota


If you have ever refused to buy something because it's "too spendy",

You might live in Minnesota


If your local Dairy Queen is closed from November through March,

You might live in Minnesota


If someone in a store offers you assistance, and they don't work there,

You might live in Minnesota


If your dad's suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of
his forehead,
You might live in Minnesota


If you have worn shorts and a parka at the same time,

You might live in Minnesota


If your town has an equal number of bars and churches,

You might live in Minnesota


If you know how to say...Wayzata. ..Mahtomedi. .Cloquet
. Edina ..and Shakopee,
You might live in Minnesota


If you think that ketchup is a little too spicy,

Y
ou might live in Minnesota

If vacation means going "up north" for the weekend,

You might live in Minnesota


If you measure distance in hours,

You might live in Minnesota


If you know several people, who have hit deer more than once,

You might live in Minnesota


If you often switch from "Heat" to "A/C" in the same day and back again,

You might live in Minnesota


If you can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow

during a raging blizzard without flinching,

You might live in Minnesota


If you see people wearing hunting clothes at social events,

You might live in Minnesota


If you install security lights on your house and garage and leave both
unlocked,
You might live in Minnesota


If you think of the major food groups as beer, fish, and Venison,

You might live in Minnesota


If you carry jumper cables in your car,
and your girlfriend knows how to use them,
You might live in Minnesota


If there are 7 empty cars running in the parking lot at Mill's Fleet Farm
at any given time,
You might live in Minnesota


If you design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit,

You might live in Minnesota


If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow, (my favorite--this is so true for me--Jeff B.)

You might live in Minnesota


If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter,
and of course, road construction,
You might live in Minnesota


If you can identify a southern or eastern accent,

You might live in Minnesota


If your idea of creative landscaping is a plastic deer next to your blue spruce,

You might live in Minnesota


If "Down South" to you means Iowa,

You might live in Minnesota


If you know "a brat" is something you eat,

You might live in Minnesota


If you find -10 degrees "a little chilly",

You might live in Minnesota


If you actually understand these jokes, and you forward them to all your Minnesota friends,

You might live in Minnesota

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Declaration

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

Note:

I have seen depictions of Abraham Lincoln in things like PBS specials on him, and they leave out his reverence for God and the things he said that reveal the relationship that he had with the Almighty. So, I had no idea until one day when I read a prayer by Abraham Lincoln, the depth of his relationship with God. He was a true believer - a devout man, and it is a shame if he is not remembered in this way.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Hallelujah!

Handel's Hallelujah Chorus: In Macy's

For you older folk who are wondering which store this is, it's actually the old Wanamaker's in Philadelphia, but you know, many old stores were bought out by Macy's, so it's now Macy's. Anyway, for you younger folk, that old store has this humongous organ going back to its early days and for the holidays an opera company in Philadelphia came in to play the organ and sing the Hallelujah chorus. This drew people from all over the store, and people from just off the street were singing along with the chorus. I could not keep the tears back!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Encouragement

‎"One of the highest of human duties is the duty of encouragement. It is easy to discourage others. The world is full of discouragers. We have a Christian duty to encourage one another. Many a time a word of praise or thanks or appreciation or cheer has kept a man on his feet. Blessed is the man who speaks such a word." ~ William Barclay

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The story of Esther

I saw the movie One Night With The King last night, about the story of Esther in the bible. It is a Hollywood version of the story, so I looked up the story in the bible and read it today.

What an amazing story of God's redemption.

While originally God was angry with His people for not totally annihilating a people, and those people eventually became the enemies of Israel, the story ends up that the people befriend Israel. Instead of Israel wiping them out, they become Israel's friends, and it says later on in the book, that there were those who even became Jews as a result of the influence of the Jews in the land.

That is so amazing - there were conversions, even then.

Amazing story!

Friday, October 15, 2010

To fuel the fire of evangelism....

I have been reading two books. One, 23 Minutes in Hell, by Bill Wiese, about a man who had a bizarre experience one night where at 3:00 AM in the morning, he woke up and suddenly found himself making a descent into Hell. He returned to reality at 3:23. He tells of the experience in this book, and explains that God allowed him to have this experience so that he would tell people that Hell is real, and how to escape it.

He says that he is the most normal of men, not ever having had any kind of mental health issues, and being very organized, etc. He said this is why he believes God chose him for this experience, so that people would know it was God and not some mental health problem.

The description of Hell is terrifying, and it does fuel the fire of evangelism, as it made me so upset at first. The evening I read the main bulk of the book, I couldn't sleep. It is deeply disturbing that anyone would go to such a place of torment, and you want to warn people that Hell is no joke!

This brings the fear of God on me, causing me to think of His judgment, and wanting to be pleasing to Him in this life, so that I will have no regrets in the next life.

The next book is Just Walk Across The Room by Bill Hybels. This book is completely different from the last one, centering on God's goodness and grace. Hybels mainly helps you to write down your story of coming to faith, and to condense it to only a few words. He says that you must reduce it to 100 words or less, but I came up with 172 words. I figure that is not important as long as it is still short.

He points out some of the typical mistakes that people make when telling their "God" story, and shows you how to avoid these. I realized that I was making one of the big ones at first when I wrote my story. I was telling my "weird God story" right away when telling my story - the thing that you don't want to tell up front to someone you hardly know that they might not understand, or that might be too much for them right away. I was telling them that. I realized that this was just on the periphery of the real story.

He helps you get to the meat of your story and tell that.

He also just tells lots of stories of encounters with people that resulted in them coming to faith.

It is an interesting and engaging book that fuels the flame of evangelism.

Here is my story that I came up with after following Hybels' instructions:

I grew up in a Lutheran pastor’s home, and though I knew God as a child, as a teen I ended up hating God!

God turned my life around at 18. Because of some devastating problems, I turned back to God.

Then He showed me Hell was real, and I would have been going there, but Jesus had saved me from it!

So, I stopped hating God and knew He loved me enough to save me from Hell, but still doubted He loved me like a true friend because of the difficult things I had gone through, and because I couldn’t find love in the church. I was unhappy with Christians.

I looked for love in “all the wrong places,” but eventually found an ‘alive’ church.

I found out what the church is like when it is alive! The Christians there helped me and I found out God loves me more than I can possibly imagine! What would I do without Jesus who gives me hope in every area of my life?


We're supposed to then memorize the story and tell it whenever we "walk across the room" to make an attempt at sharing our faith.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

My Story

I grew up in a Lutheran pastor’s home, and though I knew God as a child, as a teen I ended up hating God!


God turned my life around at 18. Because of some devastating problems, I turned back to God.

Then He showed me Hell was real, and I would have been going there, but Jesus had saved me from it!


So, I stopped hating God and knew He loved me enough to save me from Hell, but still doubted He loved me like a true friend because of the difficult things I had gone through, and because I couldn’t find love in the church. I was unhappy with Christians.


I looked for love in “all the wrong places,” but eventually found an ‘alive’ church.


I found out what the church is like when it is alive! The Christians there helped me and I found out God loves me more than I can possibly imagine!


What would I do without Jesus who gives me hope in every area of my life?


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Rock and Roll

This was sent to me by my friend who is in a Catholic community on the East coast of the United States.

The timing is incredible because I was just thinking, as I heard some music with a heavy beat with it's origins in the 60s, that we are surrounded now by music that has that African-based drum beat. Every where we go, even in church, there is that beat. When do we have quiet music, like streams of rivers, music that just calms the soul? That occurred to me, and then my friend sent me this. Now, let me say that I do not want to be holier-than thou. I do not want to discount all of the music being done today by Christians that is contemporary and has a rock sound. There is revival going on, and much of the music has a rock sound, as young people are at the heart of it.


I don't want to miss out on revival by getting all hoity toity about rock rhythms. But I think there is a valid point to be made about how rock music has permeated our culture, and that we need to ask what effect this has had on us, or is having, especially, we need to be concerned about young people and their choices, as always.


With that said, read this.....


O son of man, I have made thee a watchman to the house of Israel: 8 When I say to the wicked: O wicked man, thou shalt surely die: if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked man from his way: that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but I will require his blood at thy hand. 9 But if thou tell the wicked man, that he may be converted from his ways, and he be not converted from his way he shall die in his iniquity: but thou hast delivered thy soul.

A watchman is a man who is appointed to protect buildings or property. Formerly, he patrolled the streets at night to guard their belongings. You are God’s baptized property and a priest is your guardian, your watchman. And I have message for you that isn’t very popular. It is a message about a medium which is dominated by the enemies of Christ. It is a message about music and the angels who inspire this music. Yes, good angels inspire good music. But bad or fallen angels inspire bad music. This sermon is mostly meant to protect your children because hopefully most adults, if they listen to music, know the difference between good and bad music. But just in case, let the listener watch out.

… as time went on, the poets themselves introduced the reign of vulgar and lawless innovation. They were men of genius, but they had no perception of what is just and lawful in music; … ignorantly affirming that music has no truth, and, whether good or bad, can only be judged of rightly by the pleasure of the hearer. And by composing such licentious works, and adding to them words as licentious, they have inspired the multitude with lawlessness and boldness, and made them fancy that they can judge for themselves about melody and song.[1]

Though this could have been written today, this passage was written some 2350 years ago by the philosopher Plato, who claimed that bad music had corrupted the democracy of Athens. Plato argued the problems had started when good manners were broken by educated people during music concerts. That’s right; Plato said music concerts were to blame.[2][3] Sound familiar? Plato also said that, “Music is a moral law.” Meaning, according to Plato the music we listen to influences what moral guidelines we follow. If we listen to good music, we will be inclined toward the good. If it is bad music that we listen to, we will be inclined toward evil.

Now Thomas Carlyle wrote that, "Music is well said to be the speech of angels. [4] Let us look more deeply to see how true the connection is between music and the angels – in particular the fallen angels.

Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis, will be remembered with Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley, as one of the true fathers of Rock & Roll. I have the devil in me! If I didn't have, I'd be Christian!" said Jerry Lee Lewis at a 1957 recording session. "I was directed and commanded by another power: the power of darkness," Little Richard said, “the power that a lot of people don't believe exists. The power of the Devil. Satan. ."[5]

Elvis was a great fan of occultist Madame Blavatsky. Elvis constructed is own “personalized religion out of what he'd read of Hinduism, Judaism, numerology, theosophy, mind control, positive thinking and Christianity"[6]

These three great fathers of Rock and Roll were all into the occult. In 1951 when this new kind of music came onto the scene, it was called by different names: boogie-woogie, rhythm and blues, etc. However, none of these terms seemed to “Hit the spot” until a DJ. named Allan Freed, who worked on a Cleveland Ohio radio station, went down into the ghetto area of Cleveland and asked them what they called this kind of music. “Rock and Roll” they replied, “Due to the fact that we commit fornication and/or adultery to the beat of the music; many times in the back seat of a car, so we rock and roll.” Allan Freed returned to the radio station using the term and the rest is history.

JIMI HENDRIX, was still considered in 1992 by Rolling Stone Magazine to be the “greatest guitarist of all time.” “Jimmy was into mysticism, said a friend of his. “He admitted he was possessed by an evil spirit, and he wrestled with it constantly.” When Hendrix sacrificed his guitar on the stage, burning it and smashing it, he wasn’t joking around. Rather, when he sang, “I am a voodoo child,” he meant what he said.

Jim Morison of the Doors, admitted he was possessed by spirits. In his journals, he identified the spirit that was, the spirit of his music. Satan was his “secret mind,” he wrote. Band member Ray Manzarek commented on his deceased band leader by saying, “Jim was real, he was not a showman, he was shaman, and he was possessed...”

In 1988 Rolling Stone reported of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, that he is continually plagued with spirits and voices…though he had seen 39 different therapists and had been bed-ridden for a long time. He was a tortured rock and roll legend that many today, still sing to. “We were doing witchcraft, trying to make witchcraft music,” Brian admitted in a Rolling Stone interview. [7]

In the book, the “Rolling Stones in their own words.” Keith Richards was asked, “Do you think of yourselves as servants of Satan? Keith said he was a follower of Alexis Crowley. “Once you start there is no turning back,” Keith said. “Everyone’s Lucifer”

Who was this Aleister Crowley that the Rolling Stones followed? He was an early 20th century British bi-sexual occultist who came to see himself as the prophet entrusted to inform humanity, that it was entering the new Aeon of Horus. In other words, he ushered in the New Age. Who was this New Age going to be dedicated to? Horus is the Egyptian deity we call the devil. “I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him,” wrote Crowley, “I wanted to get hold of him personally and become his chief of staff.”[8] Crowley taught that one could be a musical genius through contact with demon spirits. Crowley is the Satanist who the Beatles counted as one of their “Heroes” and is featured as such, on their Srgt Pepper’s Album cover. The Doors also featured Crowley on their album cover as did the Rolling Stones. So, we see Crowley was a major influence among rock n roll musicians.

IN Ozzy Osborne’s most famous song called “Mr. Crowley,” Crowley is eulogized with the following words:

“Mr Crowley, what went down in your head
(Oh) Mr. Crowley, did you talk to the dead
Your lifestyle to me seems so tragic
With the thrill of it all
You fooled all the people with magic
(Yeah)Y
ou waited on Satan's call”

In 1970, The Beatles' number one status was eventually replaced by the band Led Zeppelin. Jimmy Page, the group’s leader, was also a follower of the Satanist, Aleister Crowley. “I have employed his system in my everyday life,” Page said. Part of Crowley’s so-called magic was to train his adherents to write backwards.

And so we have the famous instance of Led Zeppelin’s number one rock song of all time, Stairway to Heaven with interesting forwards and backwards messages.

Forwards, a phrase in the song goes: “your stairway lies on the whispering wind.” But backwards can be heard, “because I live with Satan.”

Forwards is sung:

"If there's a bustle in your hedgerow don't be alarmed now.
It's just a spring clean for the may-queen.

Yes there are two paths you can go by.
But in the long run.
There's still time to change the road you're on."

Backwards can be heard: “Here to my sweet Satan… I want to live it backwards like the Zep whose power is Satan… He will give you give you 666.”

Now I had heard about this backwards masking decades ago but didn’t really believe until I heard it recently with my own ears. These satanic verses can be heard as plain as day.

In Led Zeppelin’s song "Houses of the Holy", they sing outright, "Let the music be YOUR MASTER/ Will you heed the master's call/ Oh, Satan . . ."

Pink Floyd in their song Lucifer Sam sings:

Lucifer Sam, …
Always sitting by your side
Always by your side

By the way all of these tunes are readily available as ring tones on your cell phone in case you were interested.

The song "Sympathy for the Devil" by the Rolling Stones, is the official anthem for the Church of Satan. In it, Lucifer speaks in the first person and asks sympathy for all who meet him.

Lead singer, Mick Jagger claims that Anton Lavey, the founder of the Church of Satan and author of the Satanic Bible, help inspired their music!

How serious are these Rock and Roll bands? At the 1992 MTV Awards, the group Red Hot Chili Peppers, upon receiving their award said:

"FIRST OF ALL we want to thank Satan . . ."

Santana says that when he played with Eric Clapton for [the album] Supernatural, they were literally "calling out the spirits." [9]

The band leader has been quite candid about the fact that he has had supernatural direction and assistance from an occult spirit entity, which calls Metatron. This spirit entity guaranteed and even prophesied the tremendous success of the album Supernatural before the project had even gotten off the ground.[10]

Michael Jackson also believed that it was from the spirit world that he received his songs.

Weird Rock n Roller, Frank Zappas went further when he said: “I'm the devil's advocate. We have our own worshippers who are called 'groupies.' Girls will give their bodies to musicians as you would give a sacrifice to a god."[11]

According to the book, Satanism in America, which is endorsed by the National Criminal Justice Task Force on Occult Related Ritualistic Crimes, hard-core Satanism is, "the fastest-growing subculture among America's TEENS." Studies taken by the Georgia Police Academy revealed — 90% of those involved in Satanism are TEENAGERS!

Madonna is quoted as saying: “I’m a tormented person; I have a lot of demons inside of me.”[12]

The Beatles press officier is quoted as saying: [The Beatles are] completely antichrist. I mean, I am antichrist as well, but they're so antichrist they shock me which isn't an easy thing.[13]

John Lennon said, quote: “I've sold my soul to the devil.[14]

One of the top songs of the 1970's was “Hotel California” by the Eagles.


Most people have no idea the song refers to the Church of Satan, which happens to be located in a converted hotel on California street. On the inside of the album cover, looking down on the festivities, is Anton Lavey, the founder of the Church of Satan. People say, the Eagles aren't serious, they're just selling records. Hardly! The Eagle’s manager, Larry Salter, admitted in the Waco Tribune-Herald, in 1982, that the Eagles were involved with the Church of Satan. Not surprisingly, one of the Eagles's songs is titled “Have A Good Day in Hell”

As I hope is evident we could go on and on and on about the satanic influence of one rock band after other and their music. I have avoided the worst of it by not speaking of human sacrifice and other atrocities that goes on in heavy metal music. But then, can we then take refuge in Christian Rock?

Let’s let a twenty-one-year-old student from Michigan answer this question:

"'Christian rock' has hindered my life because the only difference between 'Christian rock' and secular rock is the words. The beat, rhythm, and the melody are not different; they are the same.

"It does not matter whether I listen to secular or 'Christian rock,' when the songs are over, I feel the same. I feel an emptiness in my soul, a heavy burden. Even 'Christian rock' sometimes makes me feel like going out and getting rowdy or even hurting someone else if they provoke me, and that is against all of God's teachings, and everything God stands for. So get rid of all rock!!!"

The quotes from other young people that think the same about Christian Rock are numerous and readily available.

Let’s take our cue from this 21 year old. What should you do if you now possess Rock n Roll music? The trash can is too good for it. As with other possessed objects, this music should be burnt and destroyed. But in a pinch, a garbage disposal will do.

In the early 1970’s, Christian Rock was brought to a remote town in Indonesia were Christian missionaries were serving there. Christian Rock was supposedly the “in thing” at the time. One night they were playing a record, when an older Christian stopped by the door in astonishment and asked: “Why are you playing witch doctor’s music, by which Satan is called upon?”[15] [16] The music is the same though the words maybe different.

Fr. Basil Nortz spent 3 hours putting together his “Music and Morality” series in which one can easily make the point that Christian Rock is an oxymoron. It is like saying someone can be a Christian hedonist. Rock and Roll appeals to the lower nature of man – it preys upon our emotions. It doesn’t lead us up towards heaven; it delivers us up to our fleshly desires. Rock and Roll is based upon Voodoo rhythms. It doesn’t matter what the words are, the music can never be Christian.

Instead of bringing calm to the passions, which is the aim of Christian virtue, Rock music, whether Christian or not, stimulates the passions and makes what is already difficult to control, even more so.

In the Catholic Church, we have the founder of Life Teen Masses to thank for introducing Rock and Roll regularly into the Sanctuary. The founder of Life Teen is Dale Fushek, who, may God have mercy on his soul, has been indicted for predatory acts with boys, and who thinks it's okay for priests to officiate at Protestant worship services. Needless to say, he is no longer a priest in good standing. And neither is Christian Rock. Church documents on liturgical music throughout the 20th century are explicit in that the music, aside from the words, the music must be sacred. To think that rock and roll, whose very name conjures up mortal sin, to think that this music is sacred, is blasphemous.

"My true belief about Rock 'n' Roll, Little Richard said, “is this: I believe this kind of music is demonic. ... A lot of the beats in music today are taken from voodoo, from the voodoo drums. If you study music in rhythms, like I have, you'll see that is true. I believe that kind of music is driving people from Christ. It is contagious"[17] unquote Little Richard, King of Rock and Roll.

Rock star, David Bowie, who should know what he is talking about said, “Rock has always been the devil’s music, you can’t convince me that it isn’t. - I believe rock and roll is dangerous.”[18]

Plato said that Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul” May those secret places reserved for God alone never be assailed by such music that clearly leads souls to hell.


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Go With God!

Go where God leads you! He has led me here!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

TVKim- Watching: Kim's Picks- Drawing Heaven

TVKim- Watching: Kim's Picks- Drawing Heaven

We The People

I've Noticed!

I've noticed that Christians (we Christians) get together and fast and pray for changes, value changes that will make things better. But we don't make it a priority to first reach out to the lost (and pray for the lost) - to those who are far from God. Instead we shame them and tell them to shape up!


Better said: Christians and conservatives fight to make changes in the society that reflects our values, but we forget that in the process we often shame the lost and tell them to shape up rather than reach out to them and win them for Christ.

This is what I really meant to say!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

40 Day Fast For America!

The 40 day fast for America info is found here.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Mayor in Canada story!

This is a video about an 88 year old mayor in Mississaugua in Canada. A most amazing woman, this is one of the most delightful things I have ever seen!

Pay close attention to what she says are the secrets to her success as far as the economy of Mississaugua.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Time to write my story

I've decided it's time to figure out how to effectively write my story - you know? Really write a story that will engage the reader - so it will make the greatest impact, so the reality of what Christ has done for me will sink in.

I have ordered Bill Hybels' book Just Walk Across The Room in hopes that he will be able to help me.

The story gets so complicated and windy - after how many years - the essence gets lost. And it is full of impossible things. But I have decided that this is my theme:

"did I not say if you would believe that you would see the glory of God? Nothing is impossible with God!"

God puts the impossible in your life so His glory can be revealed through your faith believing beyond what you see, so God can overcome that impossible thing.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Loving Our Enemies

This post may be a little surprising because of the post just recently about my dad. They may seem almost opposite in attitude, but the truth is that the last post about my dad was the one that is a little out of the ordinary. This one reflects the truth that I feel most often.

I received an email from a friend who shared a passage from Luke about loving our enemies. This was offered in reference to coping with radical Muslims, but for me it relates to dealing with someone who in many ways is my worst enemy - my father.

Here is the passage:

Luke 6:
20 ¶ And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.
22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.
25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.
26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
27 ¶ But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.

29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.
30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.
34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.


Proverbs 25:21 ¶ If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
Proverbs 25:22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.
Matthew 5:43 ¶ Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Matthew 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Acts 7:60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Romans 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Romans 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

And here is my response to my friend:

Dear ________

More thoughts on this: These words always cut to the heart. I need to hear these words. I am dealing with the issue of loving my enemies.

It is hard to truly love, as is described here.

My father has never repented to God of his abuse towards my mother or me, or his abuse and indifference towards his children, nor has he ever made amends. He is almost in his grave. He has spent 15 years of agonizing affliction, following a horrible stroke that has paralyzed him. In all this time he hasn't asked God what he has done wrong, examined his heart. It is evident because you can tell that there is something separating him from God. He doesn't have peace. Day in and day out he complains and yells. He watches TV from the time he gets up to when he goes to bed, to drown out any voice that might speak to him.

I don't enjoy his company. His spirit is not at rest. I want to hate him for disappointing me.

I want to hate him for never even setting right what was not right in my childhood, the things that hurt so deeply.

I want to hate him for not reaching out and loving us as a father and a husband should.

But God gives me the grace, being my true father, to be the one to reach out first, with mercy towards someone who doesn't deserve it.

Yet, reading the passages that you have sent me reminds me time and time again that I still don't measure up to God's high standard of love.

My dad is like my greatest enemy, and the question is: do I love my enemy? Because Jesus asks us to love our enemies. He asks a lot!

Thanks for sending those, so I can ask myself again if I measure up to God's standard.

I realize that I will never love anyone in this world well enough until I learn to love my dad, who is in many ways my great nemesis.

Love,

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Hello to the whole world!

Since this blog can be read by anyone, anywhere, and has had comments from England, and the United Arab Emirates, I am shouting out to the whole world!

I guess I am growing weary of having a blog. I didn't want to make you feel guilty for not commenting, as I seemed to be doing in that post just before the last one. I was just trying to show how it gets to feeling a little pointless to be doing a blog if no one comments, and the comments sort of keep you going.

But it goes beyond that. The internet has just sort of lost its glitter for me. I am not as enamored of it anymore. I just feel I am drifting on to something else - something I cannot see, but that God has for me.

I am doing Facebook and will continue to do that, but even there I am not so passionate.

I hope you understand.

I will leave my blogs here for you to read, and will post again, as the spirit leads. But I won't be so passionate about contributing to this blog, or the Journey blog anymore. The Journey blog has pretty much all of what I wanted to post, minus a few entries, which I'll add as time goes on.

But otherwise, this lady is looking for new worlds to explore. Are there worlds outside of the web?

Friday, July 30, 2010

Daily Prayer For The Single Woman

Lord Jesus,
GUARD MY GOING OUT AND MY COMING IN FROM THIS DAY FORWARD (PSALM 121)

GUARD MY HEART
GUARD ME FROM THE DECEITFULNESS OF MY OWN SIN
GUARD MY TONGUE AND MY ACTIONS
GUARD ME FROM MEN AND WOMEN IN LEAGUE WITH THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL, SONS OF YOURS OR NOT
GUARD ME FROM THE TRAPS SET FOR ME
MAY I ALWAYS SEE YOU BEFORE ME - THE ONLY TRUTH
MAY I ALWAYS PRAY BEFORE I BEGIN TO WORRY OR BECOME FEARFUL
HEAL ME OF WHATEVER CAUSES ME TO SIN AND WHATEVER KEEPS ME FROM LOVE
MAY I SOMEHOW MAKE YOUR TRUTH REAL TO OTHERS AND BRING THEM INTO YOUR LOVE
BRING ME TO THOSE WHO THINK AND FEEL AS I DO ABOUT YOU!
HELP ME TO HAVE FAITH REGARDING A HUSBAND, BUT TO LIVE AS IF IT DOESN'T REALLY MATTER
SURPRISE ME! HAND ME YOUR INSCRUTABLE AND HUMOROUS WAYS OF DOING THINGS, ALWAYS
LEAD ME ALWAYS BACK TO LAUGHTER
WHEN MY MIND BECOMES HOSTILE TO YOU, BRING IT BACK TO YOU
MAY I TRULY BELIEVE, BEYOND ALL I THINK, ALL I FEEL, AND ALL I SEE
AMEN

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I'm Giving Up On My Blog!

I am getting weary of my blog. When I think of a new post that tells about something that happened in my life, I think, "no one is listening."

It hasn't bothered me too much that there are very few comments, but comments would help me to connect with readers. Without them, this gets to feeling like I'm just making a journal to myself, which has value, but what is the point of it being online?

This has started to feel rather pointless.

I am beginning to give up on this project, and wondering if God has some other project for me.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

On my dad and the elderly


I am getting ready to leave for a week so I am rushed.

I just wanted to pen these thoughts about my dad who is 86 and deteriorating. My mom and I have discussed that since he is suffering, it would be best for him to "go home," and so we have prayed that God would take him.

I realized last night one of the reasons why God may not have taken him yet. It is because we are not yet ready to say goodbye. I will find it hard to say goodbye to the man who loves cats so much.

Insert: picture of my dad with my new kitten. See kitten, top right of my blog.

He had her on his lap and was petting her, and saying how much he loves cats. I was awestruck by that. He was talking about how cats are so cute. They're cuddly and soft and you love to hug them. These are reasons why cats are usually enjoyed more by women. Guys like dogs: big, strong and not necessarily as cuddly, though great companions.

But my dad's appreciation for cats, for what is true about them - they are cuddly, soft and one loves to hug a cat - shows his security in his masculinity. I sensed my mom was almost embarrassed when he said those things about cats, because it almost sounded funny coming from a man. But I think, "wow, that is so cool. He is so secure as a man he isn't afraid to say he loves to hug soft, cuddly doll-like animals, or baby-like animals."

This sent my heart out to him, and made me realize this is why he is still here, even though he is suffering. That moment of being reminded of his love for cats would have been lost if he wasn't still here. It was a special moment. It is for those special moments that an aging parent or loved one hangs on.

We can't say goodbye to a person we've known for a lifetime without plenty of special moments. I thank God for that one!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Alternative!

I've discovered an alternative to the syndrome of Sunday morning going-to-church doldrums, for the Christian looking for a challenge to his faith, and a way to grow.

Instead of looking to be fed, try finding getting fed somewhere other than a Sunday morning service (since you usually don't get fed very well there) and go looking for the unchurched who aren't going to church on Sunday morning. Imagine the possibilities - imagine the people who are out on a Sunday morning, who are searching for meaning, purpose, answers to their lives, but simply have no expectation of finding these inside a church. BE the church. Go to them! Bring Jesus to them!

I thought this morning of going to a neighborhood known for being inhabited by gay people, and looking for "clues" (prophetic evangelism.) This can be an exciting way to spend a Sunday morning, and a way to stop just being fed and start giving out what you have been given so you don't dry up from not giving.

I realized that Satan makes me think that I need so much help, so much taking in, when what I need is to give out. Sure, I will continue to need to be in the corporate worship setting, I will continue to need prayer, and to hear a good message, and to study the Word, but if I don't give Jesus away, He will become like the manna that the children of Israel hoarded and went bad.

The clue that the Lord gave me this morning was a fairly young man, in his 30s to 40s, with a crew cut, and cut off sleeves, masculine, sitting like in a coffee shop setting. Then I saw a snake wrapped around his arm. It could be more than one thing. It could be a tattoo, or it could be that the snake represents bondage to some sin problem. It could be sexual, but I don't know. I'll find out when I meet him.

Prophetic evangelism - very exciting!

The Lord was giving me clues over a period of a couple of weeks after reading Kevin Dedmon's book The Ultimate Treasure Hunt. I saw overweight people - severely overweight and heard God ask me "can you love them?"

So, I was looking for overweight people, particularly a woman who was grossly overweight in an automated chair of some kind - that's what I saw.

Time went on and I never ran into any one like this, especially the woman with the chair. Then I worked at the healing rooms yesterday, and a woman came in who was very overweight and said she had diabetes. We prayed for her, and God gave me compassion for her, especially since He had prepared me with seeing someone like her in my mind's eye.

Now I wonder if she isn't the lady with the chair. Maybe I was seeing her as she would be if the diabetes had advanced and her weight got worse.

God gives you clues and you are left to try to understand what He is trying to show you.

Monday, June 28, 2010

I've been reading Kevin Dedmon

I've been reading two books by Kevin Dedmon. First I read "Unlocking Heaven" where he talks about being "naturally supernatural" - he talks about how to bring divine healing to other people, and that it's not out of our reach.

God has used him to do amazing re-creative miracles - growing out severed limbs, things like that. His writing just melts in my mouth. I can't put him down.

Then, I read "The Ultimate Treasure Hunt" in which he explains how to be led prophetically to people so that you can show them that God specifically led you to them, and gave you specific details about them, so that they will open up to God and receive him. He shows how you are not so far away from being prophetic. I tried it once - I tried going on a treasure hunt by myself - and it worked. God led me specifically to this one lady. He told me who to look for, where and what her need was. Then I had to find the courage to go up to her and tell her what I was up to, and ask her if she wanted prayer.

I was amazed at how God had given me the exact "clues" and they were accurate.

You must read him. He will put the fire of the Holy Spirit back into your life because he walks in it daily.

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Greatest Threat Facing America...according to Dennis Prager


Dennis Prager says, it's not Obama, it's the failure to pass down to the next generation the values of the American Trinity.

The American Trinity is found on every coin - did you know that? They are: E Pluribus Unum, Liberty, and In God We Trust.

E Pluribus Unum means, from many cultures, one, meaning that people are to come here with their culture and language and become part of America, not insist on changing America to suit themselves. That's how it has always been. They are to learn the language and culture and become part of it. That doesn't mean throwing away their original culture.

The other two are sort of self explanatory.

Friday, June 18, 2010

I Love My Dad!


Shown with Buddy, my cat who is in heaven!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Interesting Insights about music

This is a letter sent by a friend who lives on the East Coast. She and her husband and two kids live in a Catholic community. I met her in my hometown in Minnesota in Junior High.

These are some cool insights.


While doing my decluttering, I came upon the attached review by Joseph Sobran from 1988 of a book called Seductions of Crime by Jack Katz which I’d saved and marked up. I was struck by his descriptions of what we’d call “cool.”

Katz discusses criminals (and those not at all opposed to becoming such) having:

“...’an alien aesthetic’ of strutting, glaring, tattoos, slang, dress and general demeanor, all signifying a ‘toughness [that] manifests that one is not morally or emotionally accessible.”

“...[scary tattoos] suggest that the wearer...is unresponsive to conventional moral appeals.”

“...taking the posture of an alien presence, a being who moves coolly above the mundane realities of others.”

“The person who would be tough must cultivate in others the perception that they cannot reach his sensibilities.”

I wonder if the reality is that they CANNOT be reached. That it isn’t any cultivated act...just fact. That if it IS an act, it’s a way to sluff off and deny & defy the reality of who they are, what they have done, what they have become.

Take what interpretation one may, I found Katz’s “take” (pardon the pun) “arresting” – his description is something we all recognize but perhaps haven’t seen expressed so clearly. Of course Socrates recognized the attitude millennia ago in relation to music (music, as Ted pointed out, was seen as being capable of being bad, loooooooong ago!):

'Through foolishness they deceived themselves into thinking that there was no right or wrong way in music, that it was to be judged good or bad by the pleasure it gave." With these words Plato complained about the "promiscuous cleverness and a spirit of law-breaking" that characterized the music of his time—the fourth century B.C.

Socrates points out that music “makes men [adolescents! PN] think they are knowers” – and, when they get the wordsmiths involved, music incites them to a state of mind where they “publicize what is properly private.” Socrates talks about certain types of music making the young, when ensconced in it, unable to recognize their betters (IMHO, take, say, certain rap music, or as Cassie as a kid thought it was called, “rat music”).

Another factor regarding music’s power - I remember how Plato wrote that whatever music is currently in vogue “presages the regime to come.”

presage: Etymology: Middle English, from Latin praesagium, from praesagus having a foreboding, from prae- + sagus prophetic — more at seek

Date: 14th century

1 : something that foreshadows or portends a future event : omen
2 : an intuition or feeling of what is going to happen in the future
3 archaic : prognostication
4 : warning or indication of the future

Jim once observed that he was feeling perplexed about what music IS, about what it IS that makes humans suddenly go from our normal way of being to that state in which we feel impelled to break into “song” and create “music” -- the answer that came: “Celebration.” “Music comes when we celebrate. And shows exactly WHAT we celebrate.”

As Socrates and Plato knew, it isn’t always nice or lawful.

But as far as prognostication of the future, I actually think things “musically” have improved. Not to sound like the old fogey that I am, but I’ve seen and heard and passed thru a lot in my day! And I think in general what we hear now is less confused and more hopeful than, say, the punk era...

Paula