Friday, March 26, 2010
I stumbled upon this documentary on the Internet several months ago; I bookmarked the page with the intention of sending it to you.....but have not gotten around to it until now. It was made by an Italian documentary filmaker--Lorella Zanardo, in 2009. It exposes the phenomenon of the sexist portrayal of women on Italian television; apparently it is rampant in that country. It focuses on how women become decorative & sexualized props on TV shows, and the reluctance of the Italian media to show older women, unless they’ve had botox/plastic surgery/implants etc.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
On February 12, 2010, President Préval of Haiti called his nation to 3 days of fasting and prayer in place of the regular Mardi Gras celebration.
Not long after the devastating earthquake wreaked havoc on Haiti, President Préval made a monumental decision; together with his people, he would humble himself before the Lord, calling on Him for forgiveness and healing for his land.
It was the time of the Mardi Gras celebration, but the people of this impoverished nation were more than willing to change their plans, as their hearts had already been broken.
President Préval announced to his nation that there would be 3 days of fasting and prayer in place of the usual annual festivities. There were only about 5 days to organize the vigil which was to take place before the earthquake-ravaged presidential palace.
But, would the people heed the call to prayer? Would the people come?
Indeed, they did. Hundreds of thousands of Haitian people gathered in a picture of true repentance; hands uplifted to God, tears streaming. The prime minister arrived. He didn't speak a word, but he cried for an hour, then left and returned with Haiti's President. Reportedly, thousands came to Christ during that time, with over 100 voodoo priests turning to Jesus.
I invite you to watch a video report of what took place that moved me to tears.
Now if only this would happen in America! See how a wounding like the earthquake can produce the fruit of repentance. This is so wonderful! Let's watch and see what great things this will produce in the country of Haiti in the months and years to come!
Monday, March 22, 2010
To prepare for the new healthcare reform package, we felt it necessary to develop a new medical symbol that truly depicts the you will be getting!
(now that the bill has passed, we must put our trust in God whose power is greater than all, and whose judgment rests on those who flagrantly defy him on abortion and other issues)
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Here is Bill Graver's new video that his church put together of some guys at his church hanging out together. Bill is the guy who knocks on the door at the beginning and walks in.
Ok, this needs some background. See, Bill took off for California to be near his son, because his ex-wife took his son there. His job sort of allows him to live in different places. So, he's living in L.A. and he finds himself in a church in West L.A. with a bunch of twenty-somethings who are in film. He finds a niche with this church and just loves it, and discovers that he has a knack for film-making, and feels called to help reach the lost in Hollywood - the rich and famous, the vision that the church has.
This video is just one of the many projects that the church has worked on. It was just for fun - a way of announcing to the church that the guys would be getting together at one of the guys' apartment.
This video ministered to me. It put an inexpressible joy in my heart all day long! I attribute that to the work of the Holy Spirit.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Once you could only get Fruit Chews by Samba, but now there's Fruit Jews!
there’s the Hasidic Jew shaped chew with the hat and the long curls
there's the rich movie producer
there’s Marsha Schwartz, with an attitude
there’s the Jewish American Princess
there’s the rich jeweler from the Bronx
there’s the Israeli soldier
Just for those times when you are mad at a Jew!
Is it because he's too smart?
Or too rich?
Or because he's trying to steal back old territory you think belongs to someone else, or to you?
Try chewing on one of these.
The sweet, fruity taste in the shape of a Jew will make you forget about punching out that Jew, or bombing him.
And it will delight your palate!
Loved by Arabs and most Muslims!
They're Chewy, they're Jewy!
Chew on a Jew!
See what some users are saying about Fruit Jews:
"I do like them!"
"They're pretty darn good!"
So chew on a Jew today!
an Eden original fake ad, taken from Go Free Now
candy pictured from candywarehouse.com
Friday, March 19, 2010
The gentleman who drew this is Joe Castillo. He went to Asbury Theological Seminary.
He did this during a chapel service. It was fascinating - he told the Gospel story - each part of Jesus' life - and he was drawing the story as he told the story.
Notice the lines of the drawing. They are scenes from Christ's life.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Most of my posts lately have images that come from emails that are being circulated - thus, I believe that the images are public territory.
Only occasionally have I been going to Google images and finding pictures that suit a particular post.
But one of you made comments at the party Saturday night about using legitimate images. Katie Kieffer's amazing blog, which is all above board, makes me aware of the need for integrity in blogging as well.
I have almost 1,100 posts on Garden of Eden and over 300 posts on Go Free Now. What an arduous task to remove all the images that have come from websites that I probably shouldn't have taken them from.
Can anyone in the M.O.B help me with this? I have found a website that offers some information about taking images and I have emailed them, asking them for help. If you have any additional comments, please leave them.
My blog(s) should reflect greater integrity in the future, but oh, what a task I have ahead!
Update: Katie Kieffer emailed me, (thank you) and explained that Google is a great, legitimate source of free images, but I should give credit from now on for the source of the image - name the photographer. I am just wondering if I will know who that is.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Boy’s Tragic Death Could Have Happened To Any Family With 20-Foot Pet Python
KD is Kingdavid - coauthor of Grumpy Old Men, The Prequel. He had his own blog for eons, and loves to post about animals killing people when people are incredibly stupid - and trust them when they shouldn't. I love animals, but not like this!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
He destroyed the Clinton Political Machine: Driving a stake thru the heart of Hillary's Presidential aspirations -something no Republican was ever able to do.
Remember when a Hillary Presidency scared the daylights out of you!
He killed off the Kennedy Dynasty: No more Kennedy's trolling Washington looking for booze and women wanting rides home. American women and Freedom are safer tonight!
He is destroying the Democratic Party before our eyes!
Dennis Moore had never lost a race - quit
Evan Bayh had never lost a race - quit
Byron Dorgan - had never lost a race - quit
Harry Reed - in all probability - GONE
These are just a handful of the Democrats whose political careers Obama has destroyed! By the end of 2010 dozens more will be!
In December of 2008 the Democrats were on the rise. In the last two election cycles they had picked up 14 senate seats and 52 house seats. The press was touting the death of the Conservative Movement and the Republican Party.
In one year Obama put a stop to all of this and will probably give the house, if not the senate back to the Republicans.
He has completely exposed liberals and progressives (extremists) for what they are. Every Generation seems to need to relearn the lesson on why they should never actually put liberals in charge. He is bringing home the lesson very well!
Liberals tax, borrow and spend - check
Liberals can't bring themselves to protect America - check
Liberals want to take over the economy - check
Liberals think they know what is best for everyone - check
Liberals aren't happy till they are running YOUR life - check
He has brought more Americans back to conservatism than anyone since Reagan
In One year he rejuvenated the Conservative movement and brought out to the streets millions of Freedom Loving Americans
Name me one other time in your life that you saw your friends and neighbors this interested in taking back America !
In all honesty one year ago I was more afraid than I had ever been in my life. Not of the economy but of the direction our country was going.
I thought Americans had forgotten what this country was all about. My neighbors, friends, strangers proved to me that my lack of confidence of the Greatness and Wisdom of the American people was flat out wrong.
When the American People wake up no smooth talking teleprompter reader can fool them!
Barack Obama woke up these Great Americans!
Again I want say - Thank you Barack Obama!
Friday, March 5, 2010
Nothing satisfies. Church is people getting together but not reaching God, so it doesn't satisfy. Only for a moment during worship do we touch God. Then we depart again.
When will I again find the power of renewal that I have known where people hungry for God worship endlessly until God comes, and in His presence, all deals are off - the enemy is stilled, the soul's thirst is quenched, and healing flows? I have found something here in St. Paul that is something like what I am talking about. They meet once a month and it is called "His Presence." Waiting for that for a month is almost too much!
In the meantime, there is God's word. God's word has power. Read it out loud. Here is the heart cry of the psalmist. It is the same heart cry.
1 How lovely is Your tabernacle,
O LORD of hosts!
2 My soul longs, yes, even faints
For the courts of the LORD;
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
3 Even the sparrow has found a home,
And the swallow a nest for herself,
Where she may lay her young—
Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts,
My King and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in Your house;
They will still be praising You. Selah
5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
They make it a spring;
The rain also covers it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength;
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8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;
Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
9 O God, behold our shield,
And look upon the face of Your anointed.
10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
The LORD will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly.
12 O LORD of hosts,
Blessed is the man who trusts in You!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
The reason I like this cartoon is that this saying bugs me. "Everything happens for a reason." Do you know that this isn't really scriptural?
Many things happen because of Satan. Satan is the god of this world and causes disasters. Many things happen because sin has reaped its reward. God does not expressly cause everything that happens.
Romans 8:28 promises that all things "work together" for good for those who love God and are called according to His promise. Things work together for good, not all things are good, nor were they planned by God.
That's why you never catch me saying, "everything happens for a reason" and that's why a cynical response to that saying in this cartoon cracks me up!