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What are you watching? Listening to? Reading?


 

In a recent edition of “Decision” magazine, Franklin Graham wrote an outspoken article on the entertainment industry in America titled,

“Hollywood: Entertaining ourselves to death?”

After living many years in the hometown of the Graham’s, Franklin remains a household name.  I worked with a man for 12 years who was in the same class as Franklin growing up.

Not only him, but many others who knew the “rebel” he was saw him giving his parents a hard time as a teenager into his early 20’s. However, he is now using that “rebellious overtone” to speak bluntly and candidly about issues facing our nation his father preached against for decades.

Like, Franklin I remember when there was no cussing, sex and very little violence except for a few John Wayne shootouts and The Rifleman. Good always won over evil but nothing was ever an embarrassment to watch with anyone else.

Trying to explain that to the generation of young people today is like helping them understand how we lived without cell phones and computers most of our lives. It is incomprehensible.

In the article he quoted Michael Landon who died many years ago after his efforts to keep TV/movies clean and child accessible.

“Let’s face it, television is an invention where you’re entertained in your living room by people you wouldn’t have in your house!”

Landon, speaking at a roast for Dean Martin was applauded with shameful grins.

There is no need to exacerbate the unlimited vulgarities played out on the screens today because we all know them.  As garbage goes in, garbage goes out. In the process it filters through our brains leaving trash sloshing around for the enemy to use. And we wonder why we have nightmares.

The ill -fated, sick delusion of Hollywood has laid upon our nation a reputation certain leaders in other countries want no part of.  Christian artist Natalie Grant walked out of the Grammy’s due to the Gay/LGBT community takeover of this awards show. Mandisa didn’t attend and won two awards. Threaded with the Gay implications and nuances throughout the show was a huge maneuver of control by this group.

A number of well-known actors such as Kevin Sorbo, Kirk Cameron and Gary Sinise have made their stance clear against homosexuality. An addition to the Gay agenda are any actors speaking out against the Obama administration. The latest fatality has been James Wood. He spoke that he now believes he will never get another acting job due to his conviction. And he is not alone in the “black list of fallen actors.”  Kevin Sorbo recently revealed the number of offers for him has greatly diminished.  So much for being qualified.

(An interesting side note about James Wood. He has an IQ of 186; higher than Einstein. And he has a story about flying on a plane a month before 9/11 in which there were 4 Middle Eastern men who he later found out were planning the attack; 2 of which were on the planes that evil day.)

The “Decision” magazine also had an article about the Ugandan President who signed an Anti-Homosexuality bill on 2/24. President Yoweri Museveni has been outspoken about the split his Ugandan church made from the Anglican Church of Canada 10 years ago over this issue. An Ugandan Archbishop stated, “homosexuality is incompatible with scripture.”

President Museveni has been criticized from Western leaders such as President Obama over certain remarks he has made and I quote:

“We have been disappointed by the conduct of the west, the way you conduct yourselves there. “

Having been told the Ugandan’s must abide by this stance he answered unequivocally,

“That’ where we say no.”

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President Museveni was interviewed by a CNN reporter who asked him if he personally dislikes homosexuals. His answer,

“Of course. They’re disgusting. What sort of people are they?”


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Hollywood Culture: A Deafening Cry for Help


The latest death in Hollywood, Phillip Seymour Hoffman is representative of our culture.  In the past few years actors or musicians who have passed due to drugs/alcohol continues to rise. Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Cory Monteith, Heath Ledger, Amy Winehouse to name a few became fatalities from fame and fortune they were unprepared to handle.

This group does not include those who have found the cliff only to be stopped by family, friends or habitual reasons that might affect their careers. Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, Demi Lovato, Robert Downey Jr., Zac Efron and now Justin Bieber are living on the chopping block waiting to happen.

Is it any wonder the Hollywood culture ruins people?

The devil infiltrated the scene many years ago. Rock music has hit its lows with many involved in the cult or Satanic rituals.

Katy Perry, the daughter of Christian parents has recently renounced her faith. Her father is an Evangelical preacher who with his wife tour the country speaking the Gospel of Christ.  This evidence was revealed at the Grammy’s when Perry’s on stage performance was riddled with evil, darkness and Satanic overtures.  This gifted child has left the God who gave her the voice she has.

Katy was prophesied over by Kim Clement who is a good friend of her parents. The prophecy made years ago was that she would attain fame and fortune beyond imagination.  Is it a coincidence the devil has found her steering her away from her Christian faith?

The latest evidence of what was found in the apartment of Philip Seymour Hoffman as far as drugs go is incomprehensible. Not only was he hooked, he was buying from those who our military fight against every day.

Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10) He is using the media or technology for all to see his grandiose achievements.  Too many lives have been lost or are on the brink of his evil attachment.

He must be stopped.

God wants these talented and skilled souls he created to understand the truth of Jesus Christ. He wants them to understand he is waiting for them to return to him.

Please pray for Hollywood to be cleansed of the evil it promotes. Please pray for those who have been caught up in this agenda to be brought to the cross for redemption. Please pray for salvation for those in Hollywood.

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Vocabulary or “Fillers?”


Yep. Those ugly swearwords show up too often.

Don’t watch TV much. Can’t stand the cussing, over sexed violent movies.

It isn’t limited to just TV programming. Remember the speech given by the President only to have Joe Biden whisper what he really thought in his ear?

Comedies aren’t comical anymore. Maybe they need lessons from Carol Burnett.

They forgot what it was like to be Andy Griffith. Don’t remember him and Barney using profanity. And Barney knew how to yell.

Somewhere along the way it became acceptable to slur our words into vulgarity.

Oh; that’s right. Happy Days didn’t have Charlie Sheen.

Once heard if you cussed a lot it meant you had a lousy vocabulary. It’s called “fillers.” People need to curse to “fill” up their sentences since language skills have gone to the dogs.

Hollywood must be full of English dropouts.

What about the politicians?

How about the general public?

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All is right with the world….


It is rather remarkable that we are here now; on this earth at this time.
We are a chosen few to live in these days.

Our world is in famine, war, cultural adversities, and moral decay,
natural disasters gone wild and evil dictators who kill their own people.

Media bias, crime and violence, job loss, sickness, depression, terror,
hate filled protests and a government that believes money
grows only to spread the wealth.

Drugs are running rampant, alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, no money, bankrupt cities,
divorce at over 50%, infidelity, scandals and a Vegas party in a hot tub using your
hard-earned tax dollars to fund their fun.

Movies and television couldn’t get much worse (or could they)
Christian persecution on the rampage, boycotting chicken and children starving.

Dysfunctional families, wasteful spending, divisions among friends, political fights,
assault on free speech, educational decline, and neighbors who hate cats.

Offenses, overextended expectations, fraudulent government programs,
civil unrest, religious debates, social media frenzy,
and parents who spar at their kids sports events.

There are countries with nuclear weapons, gun control, and assaults on the family,
church attendance decline, movie theater massacres,
and a government who believes in everyone getting their fair share.

Economic collapse, debilitating diseases,
drought, lack of integrity, loss of truth,
healthcare mandates, homosexuality and
a nation that has fallen from grace.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”

All is wrong with the world gives precedence to God showing up and showing off.

When you think it can’t get any worse God will perform outlandish miracles,
signs and wonders, and send an army of angels.

While it all appears to be falling apart is God’s cue to come rushing in
to save the children, rescue the lost and appoint leaders.

Jesus will appear in dreams, cultivate the needy, send shepherds to his worn out flock.

Diseases will disappear, families will re-unite, and crime and violence will be defeated.

Provisions will be dispersed as bread and fish, Tim Tebow’s will be born and the lame will walk.

Hearts will be changed, prisoners freed and the homeless given shelter.

Holocausts will end, dictators will die and addictions will be delivered.

Enemies will become friends, God will go back to schools, and persecutions will diminish.

Marriages will be saved, churches will be filled with the Holy Spirit, and healthcare unnecessary.

Perversions will cease, veils removed and truth will emerge like the rising sun.

Hollywood will be still and know that God is God and Michael Moore will beg for Jesus to be his Savior.

Greed will cease to exist and scandals will be written in the sand; justice will be served.

Prejudicial favoritism will be silenced, gardens and farms will flourish with abundance and chauvinistic governments will be removed.

God will blow in like a mighty wind chasing evil out in a word.

We, people are living these days. History repeats itself. Persecution and revival arriving in parallel time.

As Christians are beaten, shut out and deemed intolerant, we also become victorious. In times of hate filled bigotry toward God’s people, the church will rise up acquiring a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit.

As in the past, it is during these miserable eras the lights begin to flicker. Cold hearts melt as Jesus instills his truth. Lost souls are gathered into his fold receiving the wealth of his love.

Acts 17: 26-27 “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.”

If you feel as if the world is caving in, hang on. Realize you were chosen for this time and place specifically by God. Out of all the past generations, you have been selected to live during these last days.

Yes. All is right with the world.

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Exposed


There is a point my blood will boil.

The Church of Scientology is not the “church” of the God I serve.

Not that I care about Hollywood or the drum roll for Tom Cruise, I am however glad Katie Holmes has seen some kind of light. What kind of light, I am not sure but at least she hit the switch.

Leaving her controlling, manipulative self-absorbed Tomkat was a move well done. Her exit has opened the door to expose the Scientologist’s for who they really are.

I am no expert by any means on their so-called lifestyle, but reading more about it lately reminds me very much of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Researching in-depth the perverse “Watchtower Group” has made me almost cynical to any group resembling their notions of ideologies.

The sole purpose is to feed the pockets of those in authority through mind control or brainwashing to a dictatorial power struggle. You do as they say or you get punished. The rules change as necessary for the “power hungry” to continue their rush of conquering the helpless. Don’t ever believe you are as good as you can prove; it won’t happen. Your class level is based on performance. And forget ever leaving.  They have the art of Shunning perfected along with watching your every move.

Katie Holmes should be wary of those whom she has left. She may or may not have an easier rode depending on ex-hubby Tom. If there is any indication of his prior sense of protection as he referred to it, she won’t be free anytime soon.

Having read many real-life stories of Jehovah’s Witnesses who tried to leave or successfully did so, life was no piece of chocolate cake afterwards. On an average now, 60,000 are leaving each year. Mostly due to the cataclysmic hardships the Watchtower places on them along with the unruly demands. Those who do escape are left alone without their families; some never see them for years or at all.

Sadly, many of these people are very nice; at least the ones who use to come to my door. The annual Jehovah’s Witness conference is held in July in Columbia SC which is not far from where I live. Usually in April of every year they send out their missionaries to knock on doors of the surrounding areas to speak “their” gospel and invite people to their conference.

It is interesting I have not had one show up this year. Maybe the word got out to stop visiting me because they didn’t get away from my doorstep without hearing the “truth.” And one of their core beliefs is to stay away from those who do not agree with their twisted teaching.

In the wake of the recent split between these two Hollywooder’s I hope Katie’s bold move will awaken people to the truth of Scientology. What better person would God choose to expose this group but the wife of Tom Cruise who is one of their biggest donors and authority figures?

It is also my hope, that Tom will see the light as Katie has along with the many other headliners who indulge the practice of Scientology.

Any group who uses the word “church” to identify themselves without the representation of Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world and God’s only son is an open door to the enemy. It is another tactic of Satan’s to discredit God.

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In my study of Jehovah’s Witnesses along with those I have met, God revealed to me how empty these people are. Their lives are an embodiment of a made up story leading them nowhere. Most are hungry to be loved and accepted but have allowed themselves to be caught up in a false sense of security by greedy domination from people who propose to love them; only with strings attached.

God wants us as Christians to love them into the Kingdom of God. The next time one shows up at your door be kind to them. Show them something they don’t have which is the truth. Even if they argue the point of the truth, you have planted a seed. Once they leave ask God to take that seed and water it with his love and compassion.

You may never know how far the seed you planted may grow, but the seed you gave them may be the only one they will ever get or needed to receive Jesus as their Savior.

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Dire Straits


Reading the news makes me want to throw up. Watching the mass lies, mudslinging and vile hate spewed at Christians brings me to my knees.

Folks, we are in dire straits in America.

The blame game, false advertising and accusations run rampant.

Slander is prominent and people disappearing. When will it stop?

Strong gay marriage support now exceeds strong opposition

Author says GOP broke Washington

State may vote on licenses for illegal immigrants

SC Gov Haley using piñata video to raise money

Dad says son beaten at bus stop as others watched

Secret Service boss: ‘I apologize’

$100 Billion Tax Question

Polls show US presidential battle tightening

Witnesses change stories in Trayvon case

I was hard pressed to find any good news. At least this one is;

Pro-Choice’ Americans At Record Low, Poll Finds

This is just America, not the world. The evidence is clear the media is more interested in promoting civil unrest, murder and anything disgusting.

The tone is negative rhetoric. Big talkers acting. Feuds are fought with demeaning gabfest. It is embarrassing.

What is worse is people fall for the lies….because they don’t know the truth. If they did the news would be opposite.

In the last 30 years I have witnessed this country decline in roller coaster fashion.

Issues we never discussed have become mainstream. Issues we never heard of are FrontPage news. Issues once thought to be ill-advised, hush-hush or deviant are accepted as normal by those who wish to promote such shameful aversions.

Explaining that to a 23-year-old is deafening. They can’t relate. Sadly, the younger generation has no idea what Ozzie and Harriet represented.

God is speaking and speaking loudly. Actually he is yelling. If you are blinded or don’t know the word, you won’t hear him. But this is what he is saying.

2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Who does this sound like? Weren’t the Israelites a difficult bunch?

Unfortunately the Israelites don’t have anything on America. We are the most grumbling, complaining, and selfish, backbiting people on earth.

But God put us here for a reason. America was founded on Godly principles. America is God’s alternative to freedom for others. He has used our people to give generously, back Israel and seek peace in other areas of the world. He built this nation on Capitalism; free market and enterprise and a constitution based on his word.

America is a blessed nation or was.

We have to get back on our knees. Now.

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