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HAPPY NEW YEAR - to everyone
Voorspoedige nuwe jaar
Kul 'am wa antum bikhair
Urte Berri on
Shuvo noboborsho
Sun nien fai lok
Xin nian yu kuai
Stastny Novy Rok
Godt NytÅr
Gelukkig nieuwjaar
Bonan Novjaron
Onnellista uutta vuotta
Bonne année
Ein glückliches neues Jahr
Eutychismenos o kainourgios chronos
Hauoli Makahiki hou
Shana Tova
Boldog uj evet 
Selamat Tahun Baru
Felice Anno Nuovo
Buon anno
Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu
Sehe Bokmanee Bateuseyo
Nyob Zoo Xyoo Tshiab
Felix sit annus novus
Barka da sabuwar shekara
Godt Nytt År
Manigong Bagong Taon
Szczesliwego Nowego Roku
La Multi Ani si Un An Nou Fericit
Ia manuia le Tausaga Fou
Feliz año nuevo
Heri za Mwaka Mpya
Gott Nytt År
Sawatdee Pi Mai
Chuc mung nam moi
Blwyddyn Newydd Dda[1]

[1] http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0923039.html 

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Friday, December 31, 2010

Reflections or Reflections, what’s the difference?
Reflections or Reflections, what’s the difference?
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 A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living.
Rudolf Steiner

 
A little reflection will show us that every belief, even the simplest and most fundamental, goes beyond experience when regarded as a guide to our actions.
William Kingdon Clifford

 
Rudolf Steiner was a man who tried to combine mysticism and science and these perhaps cause a drift in his life that navigated him into stormy seas, his point that we all reflect into each other the morality of our lives is well taken. 

Interpreting that mouthful…
what we have done and do, has moral impacts on our society that is a reflection of our own morals.


 
We may think our actions only influence us but everything we do changes the universe slightly. Even a slight change means it is not the same for others.

 
Does this mean my beliefs impact others?

 
Let’s consider the second quote. William Kingdon Clifford was an English mathematician and philosopher who apparently had a premonition of the theory of relativity that Einstein finally established. A clever guy who influenced and even brighter man! A case supporting our previous suggestion.

 
Unfortunately his mind took him to places where he hit the wall (he had a mental breakdown) but the words he put together and which are quoted above ring true.

 
Our actions, guided by our beliefs have deeper relevance than the simple experience they create. Yes, what we do is seen by others and ends, but the “why” we do it is eternal and is locked into eternity.

 
This is why today I suggest we address “reflections!”

 
The word has many meanings of which I will use two:

 
A: a thought occurring in consideration or meditation and that has fixed focus

 
B: the return of light, sound, heat etc. after hitting something

 
Today we consider the last year’s events and perhaps we should evaluate how we reached our potential for purpose during this last year.

 
Last year around this time, what did we want to achieve in the 12 months that loomed up and presented that gift of time and opportunity?

 
 Did we pray to God and ask him for guidance and leading. If we did, did we listen for a response?

 
How has that response served to change the universe? 

These reflections of definition type “A” need to be done if we are to understand where we should go in the next year.


 
All of us failed in some things and succeeded in others.

 
The real victory is however if we achieved reflection of the “B” type in a specific way!

 
If we in our lives reflected God’s love to those we encountered, if we reflect his caring, his love for the poor and downhearted, the lost and unhappy, his willingness to help the little we can…

 
if we did this…

 
then no matter what we do we know that ultimately we have changed the universe into a better place because God has told us…

 
Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
 

Good or bad, our actions if they have the right
“why” will be turned to “Good”.


 
So perhaps the best resolutions for next year are tied into being eternally successful at changing the universe? 

If we choose the correct “why” we will have no regrets as well!
 

Have a wonderful old year today before the New Year tomorrow!
 

May you be blessed and to those who follow the blogs I write, I pray for your growth in wisdom and love in this coming year!


 
May our wonderful Lord bless you richly!

 
Thank-you for joining me on my quest to make this world a better place!

 
Let’s let others know we can make a difference together with God!
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Thursday, December 30, 2010

How do we really
How do we really "hero" worship?
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A HERO: One who is idealised, revered and adored and whom one envies without constraint.

 This is one definition, and I am sure there are others.

 People apply this to rock stars, movie stars, power business people and other humans, but really only God himself is worthy of this type of interaction.

 The interesting thing is to get inside the mind of the hero to find out how they want to be worshipped.

 Today I want to at least start looking into this aspect of God. To do this I have to find out what God himself has told us about it and a good place to start is Isaiah 58.

 Here God is expressing how he feels about how a people group decided they would go about worshipping.

 He says to the guy who wrote it

“Shout out loud. Do not hold back.
      Raise your voice like a trumpet.

   Tell my people that they have refused to obey me.

      … how much they have sinned.”[1]

 Then God starts to explain how he understands their attitude.
 
People seem to want to know how God wants them to live, he says. We seem to act as if we want to do right, as if we want to follow the helpful instructions given to us but do we?

 We call out to God asking him to be fair and just, often forgetting he is!

We fail to see much of the pain, selfishness and nasty things in the world are there because of humankinds inability to do what is right.

 We seem to want God to help us with decisions and even deny ourselves as we plead for these decisions and help, and we want to know God has noticed us.

 We somehow think that by suffering ourselves and denying ourselves we do right.

 Now the bible does suggest at times we should do things like fast to focus ourselves on God’s will instead of our own needs!

 This is not wrong, but in Isaiah God continues and says that while we do this we are often at the same time taking advantage of others, we end up in arguments and fighting with others!

 
This is evil says God!

 This way of denying self, stops God from responding correctly to us!

 God does not just want to see us suffering!

 Denying ourselves is not about suffering!

It’s about focus on God!

It is not a time to be double faced! If we are to deny ourselves to focus on God, then we must do so and not have our attention elsewhere!

 Imagine that a rock star is our hero, that we saved hard earned cash to buy a ticket to the concert. Now we get into the front row of the concert, would we turn our back on the rock star and push and shove the crowd.

 If we did that , how would we expect to be respected? Not much I guess! What do you think? Why do we do this with God?

 Here is what God wants us to do…

 "Set free those who are held by chains without any reason.
      Untie the ropes that hold people as slaves.
   Set free those who are crushed.
      Break every evil chain.
 Share your food with hungry people.
      Provide homeless people with a place to stay.
   Give naked people clothes to wear.
      Provide for the needs of your own family.”

 Okay, so that’s old fashioned and we need to bring it into today’s terms to really get it…here goes…

 How about forgiving people we hold stuff against without any reason? (God did say love our enemies didn't he?)

 How about throwing out our cultural and traditional biases so that we give others a chance to see God the way he truly is, a loving father, who wants the best for us all into eternity?

 How about we try to release people from rules and regulations? These keep them from seeing and responding to God in the way that will bring them closer to him?

 How about looking for ways to relieve the pressure on people who have been crushed by life’s burdens?

 How about spending time in prayer and spiritual warfare to break the evil demonic forces that cause people to reoffend by repeating the horrible things they do to themselves?

 How about taking food we would eat and sharing it with those who haven’t enough?

 How about welcoming the poor and helpless into our homes, to our tables of food, so they can get a some warmth and food before having to face the cold harsh reality of their lives again?

 How about trying to support the homeless instead of despising them? 

How about making sure that people have clothes to cover their shame and keep them from being treated like outcasts?

 How about making a difference in this world?

 If you do this, the God says…

 Then the light of my blessing will shine on you like the rising sun.
      I will heal you quickly.
   I will march out ahead of you.
      And my glory will follow behind you and guard you.
      That is because I always do what is right.
You will call out to me for help.
      And I will answer you.
   You will cry out.
      And I will say, 'Here I am.'[2]

  We will be blessed, healed, our paths made clear, guarded by God, helped and comforted!

 God repeats what he wants us to do…

 "Get rid of the chains you use to hold others down.
      Stop pointing your finger at others as if they had done something wrong.
      Stop saying harmful things about them.
 Work hard to feed hungry people.
      Satisfy the needs of those who are crushed.”[3]

 He must mean this if he repeats it! Right?

 We must not harm others in any way! We must help those who hurt!

 
It’s rather simple, but do I do this?

 To emphasis this God reminds us of just one simple thing…

 "Do not work on the Sabbath day.
      Do not do just anything you want to on my holy day.
   Make the Sabbath a day you can enjoy.
      Honor my holy day.
   Do not work on it.
      Do not do just anything you want to.
      Do not talk about things that are worthless.”

 So do we try to avoid working on one day a week and focusing on enjoying God during that day?


Do we dedicate that day to God and focus on him during the day?
 
 How much time do we focus on ourselves during that day?

 If we put God first, he promises to look after us. How about we put him first?

 That’s what I want to try to do today!  Want to join me on this?


[1] Isaiah 58:1

[2] Isaiah 58:8&9 NIRV

[3] Verses 9&10

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Comment on the Top 10 Science stories of 2010
Comment on the Top 10 Science stories of 2010

 Scientific American published the top Ten Science Stories of 2010. So what have we achieved?

 Last year I complained in my article that the scientific community was ignoring fessing up to the fact that Neanderthals are not the stock that gave rise to humans. Well I am glad to say that the scientific community has finally acknowledged this.

 10th in line is Neandertal Genome Decoded[1]

 But listen how they put this! Instead of directly coming out and saying they had forced the view that the Neanderathal was part of human evolution in the past and they got it wrong, these double talkers spin it like this…

 “Long a topic of scandalous speculation, the occasional interbreeding of early humans and Neandertals was backed up by DNA evidence this year with the first major draft of the Neandertal genome.”

 Hmmm! One would almost think they were right with an introductory paragraph like that! Reading it carefully however we find, “The mDNA, however, could neither confirm nor deny that Neandertals and our human forbearers shared a cave bed.” Other sources have confirmed we are NOT descended from the Neanderathal, and even this article suggests in selected people perhaps 1 to 4% of DNA could have come from them.

 Why can these sleazy reporters not just come out with the facts instead of spinning it to confuse people? Their slant is disgustingly biased!

 9th in line is A Microbe That Lives on Arsenic... Or Does It?[2]

 This is interesting but unlikely to be of great significance. Again this was picked because they are trying to prove evolution to the world. Their statements say… “Researchers publishing in Science announced that they had isolated a bacterial strain from California's Mono Lake that can substitute arsenic for phosphorus in a pinch, even taking the arsenic into the structure of its DNA. Phosphorus is one of six key nutrient elements that enable life as we know it; no other organism is known to swap out any of the six for an element outside the group.”

 Again, it is a far cry from saying a bacteria swops arsenic for phosphorus, and putting spin on it that it is helping with the origin of life. See the subtle statement “Phosphorus is one of the six key nutrient elements that enable life as we know it”. The reason this statement is made is to give us hope that they know how life came into being in the crimeavel sludge of early earth.

 Fact: No one has any idea how this occurred.
Fact: making a statement about phosphorus being a component of life in no way is a fact…they end the article with… As 2010 draws to a close the toxic issue remains unsettled; perhaps the new year will bring a resolution.”

 So, why is this item even in the list of great stories. By their own admission it is unsubstantiated!

 8th Return of the Electric Car

 This article talks of General Motor’s volt (does 55km before the internal combustion engine kicks in), the Nissan LEAF a pure electric car that can only go 115km. Last year they had this same item as third on their list of failures to occur in the last decade. I guess top articles are basically re-run under different titles. No mention was made of the Toyota Prius or the Honda that have filled world markets and which are selling like hot cakes at the moment. No, instead, they end with the statement “Whether consumers take to all-electric vehicles remains to be seen, given the lack of dedicated charging stations that may still fuel "range anxiety" in many drivers.”

 Agreed! But why not comment on the success of those who have already taken a pragmatic and good step to reducing greenhouse emissions by producing hybrids that have no range problems? I own one, I know!

 7th Wikileaks[3]

 Okay, how is this a science story! We all know about Wikileaks and how it leaked U.S. information to the world, but folk, what is specifically scientific about this? This is newsworth and notable, but how it comes into the top ten of a science magazine suggests again a distorted view of reality by the editors. I mean, they even comment “no hacking seemed to be involved (many observers think that U.S. Army Pvt. Bradley Manning simply copied the data and gave it to WikiLeaks),”

 If this is scientific, then a copy of my letter to my wife, sent to my kids is also scientific! Really editors! Can you do better?

 6th in the list is A New direction for NASA[4]


 The key information is “proposed by President Obama in February, private companies would step in to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station after the space shuttle is retired in 2011”

 Yay! At last a news worth and science oriented article. It’s great that free enterprise is stepping up to the plate and taking on space. Good choice of article for the Scientific American editors top 10 stories.

 5th in the list is Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull[5]

 Kudos for getting that word right! What a mouthful, but yes we all agree, that volcanoe opened our eyes to what God can do with little help to change the direction of the world in a very short time. Just as we thought we were all powerful and knew what to do about most things a volcanoe puts out enough dust to stop travel throughout Europe for six days. A gentle reminder to stay aligned with God and not trust in man alone. Not that they pointed out that aspect! J

 4th in the list is Synthetic Life

  This point starts with the comment “Will March 26, 2010, go down in history as the dawn of man-made life?”

 Okay, let’s get this right…they didn’t create life…they copied DNA already created, modified it a bit, and inserted it into a cell that that life had ALREADY created! I don’t think the scientists if honest would say the CREATED life. Maybe they copied life?

 The article goes on to say… But many scientists don't consider Venter's creation as lab-generated life. And a Presidential Commission recently echoed that sentiment…”

 Thanks for adding that but Mr. Editor. please make sure your introductory titles and statements are true, not false! Keep from generating false impressions and we will enjoy the articles far more!

 3rd in the list is Major Advances in HIV and AIDS Prevention[6]

 This is good! We really want this! I love to hear we are caring for people more effectively and reducing pain so this article has a thumbs up. A vaccine can help those to avoid HIV. It is of interest the key point of the article is “use condoms”. Can I suggest a better fool proof method?

 How about we just stick to what God wants as the best for us. Marry with commitment the person we will make love to all our life. Honor the commitment by having no others and that way we can forget the condoms and the vaccine. This is a solution guaranteed to work provided both parties in the marriage stick to it!

 2nd Major story in the list is The Haiti Earthquake and Cholera Outbreak[7]

 This brings to mind the huge failure of not only science but governments and society to protect the poor. If we could only do what Jesus asked the rich man to do… Matthew 19:21Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

 We need to take care of those less poor in our world. Perhaps they should have added the fact that we cannot bring the poor up to our western standard of living without bankrupting the world of resources within a decade. The only way we can do more is share what we have with more people, decreasing our own wealth! Not a message to get elected by right? So how is this worldwide problem to be solved? Not by current selfish governmental and business methods right? Only a world wide “French revolution” of the haves will do it right? Not ideal unless we turn to Jesus suggestion voluntarily. Will we? Nobody seems to be discussing this right now!

 1st (top) story is Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

 What a strange pick for the top story? This was a horrible disaster! It could be seen as science failing in a stupendous way but was it. BP is being blamed, but the key failure appears to be cement provided by Halliburton, an American based company who knew they were supplying an inferior product. BP apparently knew about it as well, but both ignored this fact!

  This failure had less to do with science than with greed. The blaming has less to do with truth, than redirecting public opinion away from America’s failure to enforce standards and policies ensuring this would not happen!

 Human failure again! Hey! Everywhere we find sin!

 My hero is Jesus and he seems to have all the answers if we could apply what he said!

 Let’s look at these items and summerize from a Christian perspective


  Neandertal Genome Decoded …okay but so what? God can use any means to create anyhow. This time it was NOT the Neanderathal! Tough for those evolutionists that backed them as human originators.

 A Microbe That Lives on Arsenic…unproved! As Christians we like truth. Proove it and PLEASE, don’t tell us this was part of the origin of life!

 Return of the Electric Car…great..keep it up! As Christians we want to see more and more planet saving and planet caring activities occurring!

 Wikileaks…let’s be careful of what we say about others! Then Wikileaks would not be necessary!

 Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull…God reigns supreme…let’s not annoy him!

Synthetic Life…No such thing…copying God maybe!

 Major Advances in HIV and AIDS Prevention...yay!..true Christians should not need it but yay!

  The Haiti Earthquake and Cholera Outbreak…extremely sad…let’s get our act together and love others!

 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill…let’s not repeat this one!

 
Hey have a great day!



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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Choose truth over politeness! Jesus did!
Choose truth over politeness! Jesus did!
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“True politeness consists in being easy one's self, and in making every one about one as easy as one can”Alexander Pope (English Poet, 1688-1744)

 How often do we lie to be polite? We are told there are such things as “white lies” by which according to Wikipedia . . .

 “…are minor lies which could be considered to be harmless, or even beneficial, in the long term. White lies are also considered to be used for greater good.”

 Often these are used when we are put into a difficult situation or asked something by someone that is difficult to answer. E.g. “Tell me, am I fat or not?”

 How did Jesus handle difficult situations?

 Was he polite?

 I contend that he did one of three things, he either ignored answering, or he spoke truth, or he answered with a story.

 Today I want to show just how impolite Jesus could be sometimes!

 That is not a heretical statement because I intend to show you right from the bible.

 Before I do this, I need to set the scene for those that don’t understand 1st century religious politics.

 In the 1st century we have 3 types of religious dignitaries.

 The Pharisees, the Sadducees and the scribes.

 The Pharisees were people who held normal jobs by taught and practiced religion in most of there spare time.

 The Sadducees were in charge of the temple and sacrifices and had plenty money, the roman’s and them controlled the people and their word was basically law(if Rome agreed).

 Then there were scribes who were the people who kept the writings of the rules regulations, laws and scriptures.

 Unfortunately religion had got out of hand and the common people were bearing a burden of these laws and Jesus was not impressed by this.

 One of the things is excessive washing before you eat.

 Even if you had just washed, you were expected to wash again because “cleanliness was next best to godliness!”

 So think about Pharisees and scribes as very important well respected church people who those around would look up to, have to respect, but really who many disrespected and silently rejected.

 I’m pretty sure you can think of a church person like that!

 Okay so this is what happens, Jesus has just finished teaching the crowds and a Pharisee asks him out to dinner.

 Jesus sits down to eat without washing hands first. A BIG mistake in that society of religion!

 He did it deliberately because then Jesus turns and says this…

 "You Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish," he said. "But inside you are full of greed and evil. You foolish people! Didn't the one who made the outside make the inside also? Give to poor people what is inside the dish. Then everything will be clean for you.

 Was this a polite thing to say?

  I don’t think so!

 Jesus didn’t like the fact didn’t look after the poor well enough.

  He is pointing out they are stingy and should be generous!

 Enough said, right?  

No! he says more!

 Next he says…"How terrible it will be for you Pharisees! You give God a tenth of your garden plants, such as mint and rue. But you have forgotten to be fair and to love God. You should have practiced the last things without failing to do the first.”

 Now he is pointing out they fail to love others!

 Polite?

 No, not really!

 He continues…"How terrible for you Pharisees! You love the most important seats in the synagogues. You love having people greet you in the market places.”

 Now he is criticising their pride and superiority attitude!

 Polite?

 Not likely!

 He continues…"How terrible for you! You are like graves that are not marked. People walk over them without knowing it."

 Okay, so these Pharisee people would not even go near a dead person because then they couldn’t practice religious tradition for many days.

 They despised people who had to bury the dead or go near them.

 SO for Jesus to say this was impolite in the extreme! Almost to the point of being cruel!

 But what  was he saying in this case?

 He was actually saying that they were misleading unsuspecting people into religious traps, instead of leading them to God.

 In those days graves were carefully marked to make sure people would not go near them and get “defiled” (that’s dirtied spiritually).
 
 That was Pharisee belief!

 So Jesus was saying they were leading people into a place where the common people were starting to hate God because of all the load of church rules put on them by the Pharisees, instead of loving God!

 Jesus called it as it was!

 Why?

 Did he want to hurt Pharisees?

 No!

 One of the Pharisees actually loved Jesus and must have followed him because later he gave up his own grave for Jesus!
 
 So Jesus didn’t target people, he targeted the wrong things people do!

 He didn’t sugar coat his message, he told it as it was.

 Where necessary, if it was inadvisable to be direct, he told a parable(a short story) to illustrate the point without naming names.

 Everyone got the truth but people couldn’t pin him down because he didn’t actually point to a specific group.

 Sometimes, however, he was really direct. Like above!

 So what can we learn from this?

 Firstly, truth is more important that being polite. I’m not saying we shouldn’t be polite, but that truth trumps politeness every time!

 Secondly, let’s learn the lessons he taught…

 Let’s be generous not stingy
Let’s love others not make hurdles for them to love God…
Let’s lead others to God’s truth in a way they can love our great God, not hate him!

 That’s the challenge for today!

 Truth in love, even if it means we sometimes need to be impolite to help the people we are talking too!
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Monday, December 27, 2010

Wasn’t Christmas day great? So what?
Wasn’t Christmas day great? So what?
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 I sure hope your Christmas was good! Not everyone can say this, and I do hope you are one of the people who had a wonderful time of love and joy with family!


 Got me thinking on why Jesus was sent to this earth and I listened to a teaching by Bruxy and that got me thinking a bit more…so here are my thoughts!

 They call the news about Jesus the “good news” but paraphrasing the words of my father-in-law, the number of wars and people killed because Jesus came, just isn’t good news!

 
He is right!

 Jesus got killed for what he taught!

 This means it wasn’t a message people wanted to hear right?

So what did he say?

 He taught “love others”…that was okay and nobody got upset with that! Their religion taught it.

 He taught “Down with Sin”that was also okay and nobody got upset with that! Their religion taught it.

 He taught “The Kingdom of God is coming”…that was also okay and nobody got upset with that since they had known that for a long time! Their religion taught it.

 Then he taught “Shut down religion, get personal with God”, and they killed him for it!

 His love was to be multi-national, multicultural and non-discriminatory, and people hated him because of this.



Today people who love multi-nationally, multi-culturally and in a non-discriminatory manner are often also treated badly.

Not everyone wants to hear this “good news”!
 

Jesus washed feet to show service (John 13:1-17), he pointed out God the Father wants only what is good for us and if we ask will help us(Matt 7:9-12),and pointed out the greatest gift of God to this starving world is his love… 

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.[1]  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.[2]  

We don’t just talk about love, we experience it, we do it! It's action not passivity!

 All of us know what we think is right and wrong and build up principles for how we do right and avoid wrong.

We all fail our own principles at some point!

Can we honestly say we have not failed to live up to our own standards at some time?

Then we start to experience innate shame which tugs at us and hurts us.
 Jesus says we need to forgive others, as they forgive us!

 
Forgive us our sins,       just as we also have forgiven those who sin against us.[3]

 But it’s so hard to do, isn’t it? This is why being a Christian is a life of courage and strength, but not ours alone. Holy Spirit lives within us to boost us when we get low in spiritual energy!

 Then, Jesus comes to bring peace. He actually wants us to forgive and love everyone!

 He said …

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your Father in heaven.
[4] 


Unfortunately, too many people have decided he didn’t mean what he said, and  believe in revenge and  retaliation, or “fighting for God”.

Let’s be honest, God fights better than we can imagine, so where do we think we can do better?

It’s crazy to think God needs our protection!

God wants peace makers not warmongers! War is self centered protectionism, and yes, sometimes people are evil and need to be stopped, but let’s be very, very, very careful of saying we are doing this in the name of God! That is crazy talk!

God no more wants war than we want our loved ones to die! Going to war for religious reasons is dangerous! To everyone! Not becuase people die, but because it's wrong!

 War against our own selfishness is perhaps the only good war! Here in North America, it seems to be one we are loosing right?

 
Next Jesus pulls apart religion!


Paul talks of this in Hebrews 8 when he explains how Jesus replaces the religious practices of the day.


We all have religious practices. Jesus has no problems with us having them, provided they don’t get in the way of allowing people a direct personal connection with God, and allowing them to love and help everyone, rich and poor, all races, all creeds, and all beliefs!

 I those days they sacrificed animals to get rid of guilt of sin. Jesus said that he was the final sacrifice so this put the priests out of a job!

  How many church people feel put out of a job because Jesus says traditional practices are not necessary for a person to connect with God?

 People in those days followed rules and regulations to make themselves right for God (and nowadays so many people think they earn rightness). They were so wrong!

 Jesus says by believing in him and being willing to tell others you do believe, all the wrong things are gone, never to reappear! He call’s that change forgiveness of guilt(or sin), and not only that, but now Holy Spirit melds with our spirit to give us supernatural spiritual boost and power (if we place ourselves under God’s authority), and he says we WILL be in heaven.

 
No earning a place in heaven!

 People often think religion is often about rules and regulations, and doing nothing wrong! Bruxy explains that this is called the religion of a ROCK!

 Rocks sit there, don’t do anything wrong and have no wrong moral values, but what use are they to doing good in this life.

 Are we lumps of rock, with “rock morality”, or do we get empowered by Jesus, learn the most important aspect of life…

 Luke 10:27

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

 

Hey, let’s throw out religion and start our personal walk with God, empowered by Holy Spirit’s boost through focusing on living for others today!

 
That’s my plan what’s yours?


[1] Romans 5:8 NIV (2010 version)

[2] John 3:16 NIV (2010 version)

[3] Matt 6:12 NIRV

[4] Matt 5:43-45 NIV (2010 version)

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Rift in Evil

By Ken X Briggs

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This suspense thriller centers on Kiara, a beautiful young woman pursued by a murderous group of people, who relentlessly and ruthlessly hunt her and her sisters. Kiara has no idea why she is being targeted! When Kiara and her family turn to the law for help, this fails. Her pursuers’ powers reach deeply into the political and law enforcement world. Family support for her dwindles when they too have to flee her pursuers. Can Kiara escape the clutches of both the law and dishonest big business? With the media broadcasting that Kiara and friends are dangerous and subversive, can Kiara clear her name and bring her pursuers to justice?

 

 
  

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 RiftInEvil.gifThe town of Zinaville is dropped into a spiral of evil causing a young man and a beautiful but abused woman to launch into an investigation that unveils an evil conspiracy.

A horrific mining accident results in Joshua Robyn's father being killed. Joshua struggles both with himself and his townsfolk as he tries to make sense of an incomprehensible situation. Is it an accident or a murder? Why is there a seeming link to evil? Why is his work environment suddenly threatening? What is the conspiracy about and what are they trying to do? As action moves dramatically from exotic African grasslands to the heart of North America's cities, the plot unfolds and the pace quickens. Will there be time? Why is a beautiful abused young woman in the center of this plot?

Evil tendrils tighten on their lives and the interplay between the visible and invisible world shows opposing forces at work.

Will there be a rift in evil?

Will they be able to stop the evil in time?

 

 

 
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