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Why is everyone so mean?


In all my 62 years on this earth I have never known people to be so mean and hateful.

Sure, there have always been bullies but not to the extent there is today. It has become extreme and belligerent.bully

As one who was always smaller than most of those in my class age group, I was picked on a lot. Many gave me nicknames like, “little bit” or “shorty’ or “redhead” but it was rare the accusations were directed to annoy or offend me. That isn’t the case today.

We have become a society of loathing and abhorrence because of a lack of discipline, not to mention the enemy has been on a roaring rampage for decades.  That’s no excuse. We have to change this hostile atmosphere.

My daughter was going through a lot during her younger years. As a child of a single parent in an area where divorce had not hit to the high percentage rates of today, she was bullied by a classmate. She was only 6 or 7 when this young girl began insulting and tormenting her along with a few of her miserable friends. For a while, I paid little attention to her complaints. As time passed, it was quite noticeable she wasn’t making any of this up.

My concern grew to a breaking point when I would pick her up from school only to find her crying. She was already dealing with enough without the harassment of an obviously spoiled and jealous child.

The next day I called the principal and asked to meet with her teacher along with the student in question. The appointment was made for that afternoon.

The teacher, appeared to have no idea at all this had been happening. In fact, she made it clear to me this child I was accusing was a perfect student with top grades but so was my daughter. Only my daughter wasn’t hateful and mean to the other students.  The bully watched me speaking to her teacher with total dread in her eyes.

She knew she had been caught. It was apparent she played the innocent, sweet child with the teacher but treated others with distaste and mockery when the teacher wasn’t around.

I made it clear to the teacher what wasn’t going to happen any more and if it did there would be consequences for her and the student. The teacher allowed me to speak directly to the bully. She sheepishly approached me as I laid the groundwork for future classes with my daughter and that she would never again speak to her much less bully her. I told her I knew exactly what she was doing and to stop it immediately. I  told her  I would not hesitate to call her mother and inform her of her obstinate behavior and get a restraining order against her. The child left the room with the fear of God in her by the time I finished. The teacher was very appreciative of my visit but also quite aware that I meant business.

That child never bothered my daughter again.

For years, many childish bullies like this one have been getting away with their distasteful rhetoric and in some cases violence. We have laws that haven’t been enforced but should be that would help close the door on such vile conduct.

The decision I made to handle this the way I did, came about after much prayer and seeking God for answers as to how to deal with it. As a nation, we need to be searching God’s heart for His guidance to find solutions to steer people in His direction.

NO one gets away with anything. Any maybe that needs to be preached on every street corner in America.

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In Honor of my Dad


My father was a WWII Air Force Veteran.20161111_093554.jpg

After the battle of Normandy, my dad along with many other military personnel were shipped overseas to France. They were considered the “clean -up crew.”

He never spoke much about his duty but this I do know.

The ocean waters made every one on board sea sick. It took weeks to get to their destination so it was a horrible situation to be in. I’ve often wondered how frightened he may have been. Did he think he would make the trip? Did he think he would come home once his time was served there if he made it across the ocean to begin with? Some died before ever reaching Normandy. Whatever his emotional state was, he never shared that with me.

Dad survived on 24 Clark Candy bars because he couldn’t eat the ship food which was as nauseating as  the rough waves.

Once they arrived on the shores of Normandy, I can only imagine what they found. I’m sure they were to find as many American soldiers as they could and bring them home.

While they were there, dad and some of his ship mates gave supplies of food to local French people who were left with nothing after such a bitter war. Many were widows and orphaned children wandering around trying to find whatever they could to get by. Maybe what dad did gave these war ravaged people some hope.

Dad served this country honorably for 2 years because the war had finally ended. He returned home and went to Erskine College, graduating in 3 years on the GI bill. His love of History was his Major.

As a result of his service, one activity dad and I shared was our trips over the years to the local library. He and I were the readers of the family and we would stock up on books to last us a few weeks at a time. He was an avid reader of History books and biographies. He would often share stories of what he had read of other wars and battles from the past.

I don’t think it coincidental that I now live a few miles from one of the largest F-16 Jet Fighter Training bases in the world. Dad’s love of aircraft was something he did talk about over the years. Now, I witness on a regular basis these very machines my dad worked on and loved, fly over my house in amazing formations. These incredible inventions are a sight to behold.

As a member of a community of Air Force/Army personnel, I am humbled and honored to be a part of their lives. Daily, I witness families watching loved ones get deployed, or moved to other bases in the US and around the world. Its a lifestyle I could never do; but then these people are heroes.

And so was my dad.shaw

 

 

 

 


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“For the times they Are a-Changin”


Bob Dylan wrote that song in 1963; it was released in 1964. Times were a-changin but not for the better.

Did Bob Dylan know the Supreme Court would outlaw prayer in public school as he wrote those lyrics in 1963?

Around the corner in August of 1969 arrived Woodstock. As a student in high school the rumors were “who is going to Woodstock?” It was the hall-talk, locker-jargon and classroom disruptions. The festival was the “place” to go according to the druggies and rock-n-rollers.

Looking back Woodstock was a festival made in hell organized by Satan himself. His deceptive influence had ushered in a generation of hippies who drank, smoked anything that could burn, free sex and ugly clothes. In the last few years those ugly clothes made it to our stores once again bringing back the memories of that mud filled event.hippie wardrobe

I didn’t understand what could be so great about going to an outdoor sing-a-long on a dairy farm with no showers, few outhouses and 3 days of simmering heat. The smell must have been rank. The trash was probably piled high of used drug needles, empty beer bottles, cigarette/weed butts and leftover ugly clothes from those who ended up naked. And attendees left announcing they had been a part of the greatest music event in history.

Was God there? Did he attend this music fest of youth subculture?

Probably. But for different reasons.

He was there answering prayers of many parents of those who went.

He brought his angels to ward off demons of death.

He made his presence known to the devil himself as a warning.

2012 marked 42 years since that 3 day bacchanalia.

And the times they are a-changin once again and it has nothing to do with Woodstock.

Sept of 2009 marked a major era of what the Jewish calendar calls the Ayin Season.

There are shifts occurring in the atmosphere. We will be given new vision or open doors that were not there before. God will give us the ability to see above that which we have not seen before.

What have we experienced over the last 12 months? A barrage of corruption gone wrong.

Benghazi attack
IRS oversight scandal
NSA spy scandal
Associated press investigation: James Rosen
ATF Fast and Furious
GSA scandal of abusing $823,000 of tax payer funds
Solyndra
War on Christmas
(To name a few)

Do you think these fraudulent and dishonest accounts came to light all by themselves?

And what about the men who died in Benghazi? Or Fast and Furious?

As the devil turns up the heat, God is pouring on loads of Holy Spirit fire to stamp him out.

Psalm 34: 15 “The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry.”
The shift is almost tangible. The air is filled with a new kind of warfare; a battle of supernatural proportions with the “Commander” (Isaiah 55:4) of all humanity leading the way.

According to this Jewish era, this season will bring with it a fresh guidance from God. He will mark the ground before us with his own steps. He will release power unknown before by bringing his people to doors of opportunity.

We will come to closed doors of our faith, health or strength only to be told to open it. On the other side will be strength, might and authority unleashed upon those who follow the “Power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1: 24)

Could it be the “Rewarder” of the faithful has heard our cries? (Hebrews 11: 6)

Could it be the “Spirit of Truth (John 14:1, 15:26, 16:13) is blowing a wind so forceful people will be knocked over by the love of God!

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Build it first: then pay for it or Pay for it first then build it. Which is it ?


While I love this state and the people, reading this story is a huge stamp of the obvious.  Wasteful spending is out of control due to lack of planning, unnecessary and ridiculous regulations and the idea if you “build something, they will come” attitude.

The theory is backwards. It should be:clyburn_transportation

“Pay for it first; then build it.”

Why do it the right way when we can collect the money from the state’s hard working earners? Who cares if it never gets built?

If you read the statistics of South Carolina University it is presently in the hole $6,000,000.00 due to low enrollment for fall 2013.

No wonder education expenses for college have skyrocketed. And this is only 1 element of overdue expense; the state is broke.

Over the last few years, we have seen a dramatic increase in college fees, add-ons and tuition. Having a college student in the house, the state university she has been trying to graduate from has multiplied the cost every semester.

From raising fees on books, parking stickers, keys, food, recreational activities, to tuition. The one that really takes the cake is the use of copy machines.

Due to the cost of paper and deliveries, the students can no longer use campus copy machines.  If they have a class with a paper due and no printer, they would have to go down the street to the local copy shop and pay for it. This was not the case when our daughter first started there.  It was included in the tuition. For many classes a large part of their grades come in the form of essays, articles or a lengthy critique of 40-50 pages. Now, having to pay for copies that many pages could rack up an extra expense students don’t have to begin with!

Forget graduating in 4 years now. Credits don’t transfer, certain classes are not offered every semester, or aligning classes depending on the course numbers make it difficult to fit in an 8 semester schedule.

From what we have experienced, once you are enrolled you won’t get out anytime soon!

The truth is this mess with South Carolina University may be part of the reason our educational system is in dire straits passing on the cost to enrolled college students parents who are paying for it.

Reading this article discloses many issues that lead me to believe this project should never been started much less finished at this point. Some were out of their control, but most rely on tax payer dollars. The determination of funds missing and questionable money transactions along with multiple staff problems leads me to believe it was unorganized from the beginning.

But the point that ignites fuel is our Representative James Clyburn who is from my district and an alumni blamed this on partisan politics when he said and I quote,

“The faculty and the school have become victims of vicious manufactured attacks by political partisans, and that is unfortunate for the university and the students who would benefit from this program.”

My thinking is if Rep. Clyburn wants to blame Republicans for mismanaging/wasting 24 million dollars of SC taxpayer’s  (including Republicans) money on a university supposedly being built in his honor then maybe he should have left Washington to build it himself.

And since he believes Republicans are the miserable culprits he continues to make us out to be, if he wants this project finished, he can collect the necessary funds from his Democratic cronies. If it fails, then he has no evidence to blame the conservatives.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/21/clyburn-transportation-center-turns-into-15-year-government-boondoggle/

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News for the Soul or Whatever


I have a difficult time keeping up with my own life, much less what is going on in the world of communication. Below are a few worthy news stories:

Lance Armstrong botched up bad

Baby Kiko

New baby Giraffe named Kiko: Greenville Zoo

Donald Trump screams his own headline

“Jack” the cat escapes again

Eva Longoria: looking for love in all the wrong places

Justin and Jessica finally in marital bliss; she wore pink

Clark Kent quit the “Daily Planet”

“Sandy” is now a hurricane similar to the “Perfect Storm” of 1991

85 mph is now in Texas

Beluga Whale sounds like a human

Normal or Nuts? Dr. Keith Ablow

Sainthood for New York nun

“Noah” updated

Man shows up for his own funeral

Russell Crow is “Noah?”

Parents post “goofy” photos of themselves on daughter’s facebook page as punishment

Take a ride in the sky! 62 miles up; 2 hour trip on Richard Branson’s
Spaceship Two” for a measly $200,000.00!

Unmanned machines: The military’s robots

Royal Wedding in Luxembourg; somewhere in Europe

Gas Prices drop 12 cents in one week in SC; still not below $2.00 a gallon

Homeless man wins $200,000 Lottery

The Woolly Worm

Local grocery store stops selling sprouts

35th Annual Woolly Worm Festival held in Banner Elk, NC;
Worm races: winning worm wins $1,000.00

NC Pastor delivers sermon from new roof

Lost Elmo returned to 5-year-old

Will Tebow be traded? Oh no!

Be careful what you eat; what is in your seafood?

Apple’s IPAD Mini: fits in your hand for a small fortune

And then there is James Bond, my favorite in the new movie “Skyfall” in US theatre’s November 9th.

So, there you have it. What could be more important?

Oh. Kim Kardashian’s latest fashion mistake.

Luke 8:18 “Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.”

http://terry1954.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/so-what-makes-you-laugh/

http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/the-great-task-at-hand/


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Mr. President, “You are not another Moses”


For some time now it has bothered me the adulation given to the President. He is our President, not the “Anointed One.” Sean Hannity has long presented him in that rhetoric since the President himself along with the media has all but considered him a modern day Moses or “Deliverer.”

I have news for you. He is not the Savior. 2 articles lately concerning his podium have referenced him as such. Do they read the Bible? Apparently not or such descriptions as Alex Wagner, an MSNBC host said, “Obama isn’t a typical politician. He’s running for office as a “higher calling.”

“When President Barack Obama and others on the left are not busy admonishing the rest of us to be “civil” in our discussions of political issues, they are busy letting loose insults, accusations and smears against those who dare to disagree with them.” Thomas Sowell

What? God is in charge of governments and no one will take his place. If these people weren’t so clueless, they would know speaking such blasphemy is against all that is Biblical.

And then you have Chris Matthews of MSNBC, claiming it is unconstitutional for anyone to challenge President Obama. I wonder if he is referring to any President or just the present one. Was President Bush ever challenged?

4-5 years ago, many in this country were looking for a hero or rescuer for what they interpreted to be their “own rights.” Out of the blue walks this senator from Chicago. Dressed in his charm and wit, he was catapulted to the top. Before Hillary knew it, she was being challenged!  So much for your theory of “no challenge” Chris Matthews.

The sad issue remains that many were soaked into this scheme that this new President would save the world. Promise after promise he made, and promise after promise he has broken.  I am still waiting for him to close Guantanamo Bay prison.

The truth is had President Obama been a God-fearing man, he would never have accepted the anointing placed upon him by human standards. No one, no human could possibly do what people were expecting of him; yet he did nothing to erase that stigma. The media and many left wing liberals decided to position him almost above the law to get what they want.

As a result, you have a broken country full of people who are disappointed, divisive to the point of losing friends and disunity. So, the cliché phrase,

United we stand, divided we fall” has been set in place. In my lifetime, this country has never been so divided, and I have been here a while.

What do we do now? Who is to blame?

If you ask a liberal, it is the conservatives fault. If you ask a conservative it is the liberal’s fault. Independent’s blame both.

We are all at fault for allowing this great country to submit itself to the themes of evil. Had the church done what God meant for it to do, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

God is God and there is no other. The iconic presence of this President reminds me of the idols the Israelites built of gold while waiting for Moses to return from the mountain. They just couldn’t wait. They had no patience. So they built substitutes for God; hmmm…who does that sound like?

You shall have no other gods before Me” Exodus 20:3

While waiting for the “Anointed” one to return, our country decided to get their own! I cannot include myself in this group as I did not vote for President Obama. Somehow I knew it would turn out dangerous; and it has.

Unfortunately, the gift of a lifetime has been used selfishly, miserly and even recklessly. Behind the podium of freedom have been those who wish to promote themselves instead of the good of the people. The Puppet Masters have used the highest office in the land for that which God never intended.

If there is one lesson I have learned about God is he is not willingly to share his throne. And by all standards he should not have to.

No human can come close to doing what Jesus did for all of us.

And that makes him the true “Anointed One.”

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/10/20/our-constitution-under-fire/

http://goodchristianfiction.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/legacy-what-does-god-want/

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/10/20/we-cannot-fail-succeeding-generations/

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/10/19/msnbc-matthews-claims-it-unconstitutional-for-romney-to-challenge-obama/?cmpid=cmty_other_MSNBC’s_Matthews_claims_it’s_unconstitutional_for_Romney_to_challenge_Obama
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Deaf Ears or “Selective Hearing?”


As we age hearing can be limited especially since we have blown our eardrums for decades with loud music, roaring motorcycles and noisy neighbors.

Technology has provided hearing aids or options to improve hearing loss. I can only imagine the number of “baby boomers” like myself who will flood doctor’s offices for the latest products. Oh. We won’t be able to afford it now! Forget that! 21 new taxes.

Anyway, the thought does cross my mind how much hearing loss is actually hearing loss.

How often do people play the “selective hearing” game? Ughh……

You know. It is convenient to listen when it is what you want to hear. Otherwise, just turn a deaf ear and pretend you are deaf.

To be honest I do know a few people who utilize this scam, or privilege. I guess it depends on who is doing the talking as to how it should be labeled.
Let’s see:

The husband turns his wife’s chatter off….deaf or selective hearing?

Proverbs 27: 15-16 “A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping of a leaky roof in a rainstorm; restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand.”

Naaaaa……..no one would do that.

The teenage son turns a deaf ear while his mother is screaming at him to turn the music down.

Proverbs 22:6 “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

Or we walk down the street and use “selective hearing” as the blind man sings for money.

Proverbs 21:13 “Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered.”

Our society is full of deaf ears. Masters of screening the political pundits, the opposite side or aisle and many who simply turn the TV off. Doesn’t matter the words, we don’t care.

Lies are so prominent why listen?

Maybe another way of putting it is those who don’t want to hear what they don’t want to hear, simply ignore it. That’s right. Just ignore it. Maybe it will go away.

The more something goes away the more we don’t have to deal with it. Act as if it isn’t there. The more it goes away, the less it bothers us. The less it bothers us, the more we don’t believe it.

You can talk yourself into not believing what you don’t want to hear.

What you don’t want to hear becomes a way of life.

You way of life becomes a lie which starts a ripple effect of more lies to cover up the first lie.

The issue with lying over and over is the liar begins to forget which lie he told when. That is unless you have a staff, videos and an administrative effort to keep you up to date on your lies so you don’t repeat them or get confused.

My question then is “selective hearing” based on lies?

If you continually use this process you eliminate certain pieces of information you most likely don’t want but keep the ones you want.

So if you keep the information that makes you happy, giving you want you want even if it is a lie then “selective hearing” is a lie.

But if you are forced to keep the information you don’t want to hear and it isn’t a lie, many will make it a lie and throw it across the aisle changing the subject.

So much for the truth.

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/the-foundations/

http://larrywho.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/is-revival-the-answer-for-americas-problems-part-2/

http://identitylovefaith.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/what-does-it-mean/

http://butchdean.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/self/

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