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160110 NO Condemnation

Romans 8:1-4 (1) There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spir...

Thursday, February 9, 2012

120209 Quick to Judge

Quick to Judge

People like to judge what other people do. On the surface of this video, one sees a child crying. Children cry when they are disappointed or challenged. It reminded me of the video of the child who had been to the dentist. Everyone has an opinion, and some of them become quite violent with their words. People condemn without knowing the facts. In this case, I don't know the facts, but I do know that when Moon was about 14 months old, she had a mysterious fever that stumped her doctor. It was winter in a place where it snowed. Because she had no other symptoms, he told me to try running her in the snow with only a diaper. Her fever broke; she became happy, and we never did find out why her body couldn't regulate itself at that time. The run in the cold helped. That didn't stop some busy-bodies from condemning me.

People who know Moon today tell me that she is exceptional. I did a lot of things that many people assured me would ruin her life. I didn't do some things whose lack people told me would ruin her life. People still try to tell me what to do with her and her younger sister. Certain people are convinced that my choices are all wrong. One or two have even tried to coerce others into stopping me from homeschooling and other things. One threatened me with CPS because I use alternative medicine. "The Village" can butt out of our lives! I love my children and raise them according to God's Word. In less than a week, Moon legally becomes an adult. She makes her own decisions, though this mom still tries to advise her about what to do. Agent Em has learned to be more skeptical and more critical of what others try to tell her to do as I am.

The people who want to control us say that 'discipline' is a bad word, yet it is the basis of the word 'disciple'. It takes a great deal of discipline to become a martial artist. To become a champion for God takes no less. The village thinks that the children should lead. When children lead, there is confusion and selfishness. They lack the experience, and the wisdom that can come from experience, to judge properly what their actions will produce. They need a guide. Civilization didn't just spring into being. We were taught civilized behaviors. What most people call civilization is merely the thin veneer of accepted reactions that most people use to hide their true feelings.

The veneer is cracking. History cycles. We shall see the wheel turn soon.

Monday, February 6, 2012

120206 Friends, Family, or Love?

Writer's Block: Tough Choices
If forced to give up one, which would you choose: love, friendship, or family?
Submitted By [info]xsilentserenity
"I have no friends when it comes to God's Word." In other words, don't make me choose!

Psalm 138:2b
...for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

Ecclesiastes 12:13
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Mark 12:30
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

1 Peter 1:23-25
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

Friends are wonderful. Friends can be closer than one's earthly family, friends add joy and comfort, but friends outside the Word don't 'get it'. Which would you choose? I choose the Family of God, the Body of Christ, eternal life built in and around the purest love from the purest source.

My sisters by blood seem to be born again, but we don't always agree on the Word. Some of my friends are atheists and pagans, so sometimes our fellowship is not so sweet. I should and I shall miss them, but I would die without love, and would be miserable without the Family of God.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

120201 Survey From a Friend

1: What do you put on hotdogs?
Ketchup or hot mustard, no bun.

2: Do you say "anticlimatic" or "anticlimactic"?
Huh? I have dyslexia, and it took way too much time to see that there was any difference between those two words.

3: Do you check flyers before grocery shopping?
Usually, I check them in the store of my choice.

4: Blue, black, or some other colour pen ink?
Black. Just fussy that way.

5: Do you use your parking brake?
Rarely is it needed here.

6: Look to your left. How many framed pictures are on the wall?
Two. The current ministry poster with an original print symbolizing Ephesians “Dwelling Together in the Lord” and my grandfather’s painting of the Swiss Alps, “The Three Sisters”.

7: Do you know how to play chess?

8: How often do you clean the interior of your car?
I make my children do it once a week.

9: Do you ever read the last few pages first?
That spoils the story.

10: Ever fallen in the shower?
Not that I recall.

11: On a scale of 1-10, how likely are you to swear at other drivers?
Swearing doesn’t help, but I will make comments on a person’s intelligence. 

12: What's the worst thing you've ever called someone you care about?
I don’t know. I have a temper, but I don’t think I ever called anyone anything bad. I usually tell them that the thing they did was stupid.

13: Do you have a Snuggie?
Nope. I have long johns and hand-crocheted blamkets.

14: Are you allergic to anything?
Many, many things. Tobacco, trees, grasses, legumes, and things people have called hypoallergenic, including aloe vera, lanolin. There is more, but this is already boring.

15: Do you have any TV shows on?
We don’t have any form of TV reception, except for pre-recorded video.

16: How many times do you hit the snooze button before finally getting out of bed?
Usually, I walk in from the other room to turn off the alarm, because I was already awake.

17: Ever driven away in anger?
Driven, walked, jumped off an embankment... My anger is not pretty.

18: What's your favourite freezie colour?
The one you can’t see.

19: Are you a vegetarian?
I like mine with a fine Chianti.

20: Do you have a garbage receptacle beside you? What's on top?
The can has paper and tissue in it..

21: Do you cross out your mistakes or erase/whiteout them?
One line through the mistake when I hand write, but usually, I type on a computer.

22: Ever torn something up that you instantly knew was too important for such treatment?
No, I crumple.

23: Do you think that things will get better?

Phillipians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 3:13 “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” 

I have personal optimism, but expect the world to get worse.

24: Do you have an unpopular opinion? What is it?
Not only do I anger non-Christians, but I make other Christians angry when I point out what the Word says.

25: What's your favourite quote? 
“Religion doesn’t set men free. Only the rightly-divided Word when it lives in men and prevails does that.”

26: Did you/are you going to go to prom?
When I was 14, I went with a senior.

27: What's the most physically painful thing you've ever experienced?
It wasn’t childbirth, even though I had no pain killers. An abbess tooth had me on the floor whimpering, and pancreatitis had me doubled over in pain so I could barely walk. The ER nurse asked me how I stood it. I focused on God.

28: What's the most emotionally/mentally painful thing you've ever experienced?
His crime, then the divorce.

29: Have you ever legitimately saved a person's life?
How does one define ‘legitimate’? 

30: What's your favourite book genre?
If you look at the number of books I read, one could say political. If you look at the ones I enjoy, it would have to be science fiction, (not fantasy).

31: Did you like "Gigli"? Be honest.
No, because I don’t know what it is.

32: Have you ever walked out of a movie at the theatre?
I walked out of two movies I paid to see. The first was The Exocist and the second was The Incredible Melting Man. I put them both in the same class. Videos and TV can be stopped.

33: Do you peek between your fingers during the scary scenes?
Almost nothing scares me, and coving my eyes certainly wouldn’t help. It is far better to see your enemy and prepare a defense. The last movie to scare me was The Grudge, because it was real, and temporarily, I had forgotten 1 John 4:4.

34: What was your reaction to Tatum getting killed whilst stuck in the pet door in Scream?
Not something I watched, so no reaction.

35: Do dogs like you?
Yes, but I don’t like them.

36: Would you say that you project an air of authority?

37: Do people listen when you speak?
Some give me undivided attention, and do as I say. Others don’t.

38: How are your elbows? Are they okay?
Yes. Why? Were you concerned about the eczema that went away when I started the gluten-free diet?

39: What is one thing that you do exceptionally well? Be honest.
I see historical patterns and generational strategies. Most American politicians see only up to the next election.

40: Do you use torrents?
We have torrential rains here. I stay away from illegal ones.

41: When was the last time you paid for music?
Last year sometime. I have most of what I like.

42: Are you addicted to technology?
Technology is a convenience that I like and use, but drop me in the wilderness or throw me back in time, and I may outlive and outshine the majority of the current crop of westerners.

43: Pick a person (you don't need to give their name). How do you feel about them? Be as honest as you can get yourself to be.
You inspire me. I wish you were here.

44: Do you check your computer's dictionary for the definition of words you'd otherwise feel confident about using during in-person interactions? Just to be sure?
Each of us has more than one vocabulary. For instance, each of us understands more words than we speak, and our speaking and writing vocabularies differ. I frequently check for proper spellings and for new words to increase my vocabulary.

45: How heavily to you rely on spellcheck and autocorrect?
Can you spell d-y-s-l-e-x-i-a? Sometime I cannot tell that there IS a difference between what I write and what spell check recommends.

46: Have you ever gotten into an argument on the internet? Did you win?
HA! There are no winners. Only hard feelings. 

47: Do you pause movies/TV shows if you have to go to the bathroom or the kitchen, or do you just let them keep playing?
Any time the TV in on, someone pauses for a break.

48: If you use a regular alarm clock, do you have it set to music or that obnoxious beeping?
I use my phone.

49: Peter Pan?
...should grow up.

50: How often do you fall up the stairs?

51: Do you pronounce "anti" as ant-eye or ant-ee? (Example: "That scene was very anticlimactic.")
How about “ant-ĭ” with a short ‘i’ sound? Isn’t it supposed to be the short vowel sound?

52: Do you pronounce "via" as vee-uh or vie-uh? (Example: "We can get there via Tremont Street.")
vee-uh. Our bus system is called VIA, and the vast majority of our residents speak Spanish.

53: How often do you forget to close your parentheses?
I may have done that once since I reached adulthood. I was taught algebra at an early age, and parentheses are crucial in both mathematics and Biblical research.

120201 “They” Came

This little piece made a large impression on me when I was a teen, oh so long ago.. Most of my friends were Roman Catholic.

"In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up."
-- by Martin Niemöller, prominent German anti-Nazi theologian and Lutheran pastor, best known as the author of the poem “First they came....”

Names change, but the actions are the same. It starts with words. Again, it is OK to bash certain groups, especially Christians. Why? Why bash any group? Medicare and Medicaid cause the greatest drain on services. When Obamacare makes Medicaid universal, what will they cut when services become scarce? What group of people require the most in medical services? Science Fiction covered this several decades ago. Old people do not seem to contribute to society. They are so slow and come up with those irritating stories about life that lead to limits on fun. They simply do not keep up with the way things are “now”. Some people deserve more medical care because they have more reason to live. That sounds good until it becomes personal and some bureaucracy decides.

History repeats itself. History goes in cycles. History may have been written by the victors, but a few people have noticed that all this has happened some other time and somewhere else. Who is going to win? Israel fell to Babylon; Babylon was absorbed by Persia; Greece conquered Persia, and then Rome took over. Rome influenced the entire western world, but Babylon wants it back. Westerners simply cannot grasp the significance of history. Almost none of them can understand a single yod of history. Man is not progressing. The passions of individuals have not changed. The evolution of technology has nothing to do with the improvement of man. Instead, man is regressing. Civilization is a thin veneer that merely hides the volcano of savagery that threatens to destroy all of mankind. (Have you noticed the political debates?) Pacifism will not save us. Ancient principles and ‘outdated’ morals may rescue individuals.

Nothing will save this world. It is too far gone to care.