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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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Either or Yay or Nay


God has already given his say.

The tone or rhetoric is substantially self inclusive.

The outburst against that which is Godly has evolved into a noticeable shout.

When it comes down to asking the questions of authority and who is  really in charge you would think we would be going to “hell in a hand basket.”

The divisiveness has ruined relationships.

The elevated sub conscious ideology that we are being told repeatedly we are better off than before is humorous but sickening.

How can a nation be better off when attempting to retire God by a vote?

God is not an option. Whether you believe in him or not, makes no difference.

Just because a person wakes up one morning and decides to become an atheist doesn’t mean God is going to run away.

Just because one decides to “come out of the closet” as if to announce a gay/lesbian lifestyle hasn’t changed the gender God created you to be.

Just because a nation decides God, the Bible, or Israel isn’t politically correct or acceptable anymore, hasn’t changed God’s ordained word.

Just because some think a woman should be given a right to choose, doesn’t give us that right. After all our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit which belongs to God.

Just because me, you or this nation has opinions isn’t going to change a thing. God is not sitting on a throne waiting to hear what we have to say.

The defining lines of life are spelled out clearly in the Bible and apply whether you believe them or not or choose to abide by them or do otherwise.

God is not a line of a political platform used as a piece of information to vote on. (Acts 16:31)(Ecclesiastes 3:14)(2 John 1:9-11)(Colossians 1:17)

God is not related to any political party or group. (Romans 13:1-2, 4, Romans 12)

God is not running for office. He is the Office. (Exodus 20:3)(Romans 13)(Exodus 17:19-21)

God hates and is against abortion. (Exodus 20:13)(Proverbs 6:17)

God hates lying and dissension. (Proverbs 6:17)(Proverbs 10:18)(Proverbs 24:8)

God abhors laziness. (Proverbs 19:24)(Proverbs 19:15)(Proverbs 10:4)

He, who does not work, shall not eat. (2 Thessalonians 3:10)(Proverbs 28:19)

God expects his church to care for widows and orphans. (James 1:27)(Job 31:16)(Proverbs 31:20)

Jesus went where he was celebrated, not tolerated. (Luke 4:30)(Luke 9:5)

God will not allow deception in his leadership. (Proverbs 15:34)(Proverbs 11:14) (1 Kings 8:32; Ps. 9:8; 1 John 3:4).

Homosexuality is an abomination in his sight (Leviticus 18:22) (Leviticus 20:13) (Romans 1:26-28)

God set up marriage to be between one man and one woman. (Genesis 1:26-28)(Genesis 2:18)(Hebrews 13:4)

God expects financial restraints and stewardship (Proverbs 13:11) (Philippians 2:3) (1Timothy 6:10) (Deuteronomy 28:12)

God hates war, but tells us to be militarily prepared because we have a known enemy.
(2 Chronicles 20:17)(Proverbs 24:5-6)(Psalm 108:13)(Romans 13:1-5)

God will not tolerate other gods or idols taking his place. (Exodus 20:3)

God will not tolerate leaders who say, “I am in charge.” (John 19:11)(Mathew 16:18)
(1 Peter 2:9)(Proverbs 16:12)

All authority, power and rule are from God alone. (Romans 13:1)(Ephesians 1:21)(Matthew 28:18)

Any nation that wants the blessings of God must support Israel 100%. (Deuteronomy 41:2)(Genesis 12:2 & 3)(Luke 19:41)(Numbers 24:9)(Malachi 3:6)(Romans 11:1)

He did not give us rights, we are his right.

He does not force his rights on us; it is our privilege and honor to receive them.

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/god-does-not-repent-of-his-call/

http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/a-nation-that-has-forgotten-god/

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/expressing-faith/

http://longingsend.com/2012/09/08/saturday-psalm-psalm-27/

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Sanctimonious Authority


The cynical changes that arrive from those who seemingly want to control us are ultimate marks of backfiring.

The Face book Team reminds me of our present government. Sending me a notice of my impending Timeline as of yesterday, August 14, 2012, was not my idea of a good move.

Responding to that notice how unhappy I was about this maneuver and that I didn’t want a Timeline has resulted in the face book team ignoring my request.

As with our governing authorities, the days of being forced into uncontrollable spending and waste, healthcare, and a myriad of other less than profitable or moral entities have gone too far.

The common thread involved in most of these cases pure and simple is greed. Greed accelerated to authoritative exhibitions through funds. The two go hand in hand and produce a false sense of security for those exposed to such delinquencies.

They are but fleeting moments of prestige and hopeless honor. Fueling the catalysts of who are popular and who are not are only seen vividly through the eyes of a carnal mind. Why not get real people?

Everyday life is hard, difficult and miserable for some. While the positioned fight over their created stances, the rest of the world lives in suffrage due to their idiotic rules and regulations.

The surmounting economic debt was not built by me. Or most of the people I know. It has been triggered by unforeseen circumstances of terror, war and the explosive allocation of dollars by obvious non budgeted politicians. Refusal to live within your means is a definition for bankruptcy and destitution. This is not to mention the lousy example being set by those in so called high places. Their high places won’t seem so high once insolvency sets in.

As we, the American taxpayers are hunted down by the IRS to fund such fraudulent means of waste, I pray to God to forgive those who openly and so cavalierly spend his money on non-Biblical projects.

Of course who do you believe? The media is so unreliable if you don’t know God personally you will never know the truth.

Stretching the course of events past outright lies has become the norm. If it weren’t so sad it would be laughable. As if we have no brains, the media and certain politicians insult our intelligence hiding behind their jargon of words. “Share the Wealth.” “We don’t have control over Super Pacs” Or “You didn’t build that.”

Retractions then become the rhetoric to absolve the hysteria of accusations.

“That’s not what I said or meant to say” is only the beginning. Yes. It is what you meant to say; you were hoping you wouldn’t get caught.

The effort on August 1, 2012 put forth for Chick- Fil-A resonated where the majority of this country stands; which is on the Bible’s view of marriage. Yet, many who disagree prompted the achievement with hate and vile messages.

Again the media tried to upstage this overwhelming quiet protest as intolerant zealot consumers of chicken sandwiches.

The election of 2010 was a landslide victory for the conservatives. You wouldn’t know that by the media who yells at us for our prejudice and it seems they still haven’t accepted the defeat. It is evident by their contemptible words towards anyone who doesn’t agree with them.

God has moved out of the way and allowed those who choose to go their own way to dig their own graves.

He continues to expose the sanctimonious attempts of those who are not following his word and will.

I can’t wait to see what God does in November.

http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/do-we-sincerely-love-him-or-do-we-betray-him-with-our-kisses/

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/the-spirit-of-encroachment/

http://goldenbible.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/the-good-amongst-the-bad/

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The Monopoly of Persecution


It comes with the territory.

The passion to pursue has to come from somewhere else.

The endurance isn’t a piece of cake.

It isn’t like losing your houses or hotels on Park Avenue or the Boardwalk.

You don’t get to pass go and forget collecting $200.00.

Your treasure won’t be found in the Community Chest.

Persecution is the name of the game. But we weren’t the first to play it.

Out of the muck and mire we are stationed on this board game called life.

Jesus knew it all too well.

The disciples were forced to join in.

Joan of Arc died for it.

Why should we escape the foils of the game? Why should we get immunity from Chance?

We don’t. The slashing of words, the hatred of chit-chat, and the look of gall are part of the game.

Only the game is a dastardly deed for all involved.

Chiseled out of conversation, we all do it. Or have done it at one time or another. I am certainly guilty.

Moses. Was yelled at. Laughed at. Thrown out.

King David. Hid in caves. Chased. Hunted down for kill.

Daniel. Mocked. Betrayed. Thrown into a Lion’s Den.

Mother Mary. Ridiculed. Belittled. Misunderstood. Ignored.

John the Baptist. Lived in the desert. Ate locusts. Was beheaded.

Apostle Paul. Beaten. Starved. Shipwrecked. Imprisoned more than once.

Matthew 10:22 “All men will hate you because of me,
but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”

And I thought I had a bad day.

Talk about throwing in the towel. Talk about quitting.

Was it all worth the pain, agony and disdain? Was it worth losing everything?

Must have been.

They didn’t give up. They didn’t stop.

The blows, the smacks, the punches didn’t keep them from their goal.

The emotional landslides, double-crossing brouhaha’s and uproars didn’t sway them.

They kept on believing what they were pursuing was the key to life.

They kept on traveling from door to door.

They kept on singing in a rat infested prison dungeon.

Persecution comes in many forms.

Standing for Jesus will get you slapped.

Endorsing his name you will be mocked.

Making the effort to follow him will open doors of ridicule, provocation and mercilessness.

Unfortunately it is almost expected.

Learning the methods of enduring it can be through a process of a daily dose of battering. God never said it would be easy.

Just know as it shows up, it means you must be doing something right.

You must be getting your point across even if you don’t know who they are that are persecuting you; even if you have never met them.

Across the internet lines of defense they will make their comments.

Sending you emails of their intolerant opinions.

Posting messages on social media to juggle your emotions.

Don’t be offended. Don’t be hurt. Don’t be angered.

Pray for them. Bless them. Allow God to work through your forgiveness to reveal his love for them.

Isn’t that what Jesus did on the cross?

Romans 12:14 “Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.”

http://terry1954.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/this-is-what-god-led-me-to-last-night-to-read/

http://godspeaks-i-listen.com/2012/07/24/your-troubles-aint-nothin-really/

http://thefaithbook.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/my-testimony/

http://diasolifeontheborder.org/2012/07/24/gods-reminders-of-his-love/

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My Song wasn’t Written by Josh Groban


God gifted many people with the vocal cords of angels. Musical geniuses, worship leaders, choirs, the Jennifer Hudson’s and Josh Groban’s of the world are blessed to open their mouths for all to hear their Adams Apples move.

We are surrounded by music on the radio, TV, concerts, Church and even in the shower. Musical prodigies and instrumental virtuoso’s have no limit in today’s culture. The harmonious melodies of all varieties are heard from the “Church in the Wildwood” to The National Anthem to American Idol.

Venues of rock concerts to the local taverns have skyrocketed talent that otherwise we would never know about.

But….I don’t have Celine Dion’s larynx or our church worship leader’s vocal box. The day God gave “sets of lungs” I must have been absent. Why he didn’t give me notice I still haven’t figured out.

I wanted to sing. Not sound like a croaking frog or a sick cow.

Why wouldn’t God want me to be able to sing like Bob Marley or Janis Joplin?

Why wouldn’t God gift me to spread his word through song? My husband has an esophagus that could serenade Juliet.

How did that happen? Was he in a different gift line than me? Or did God leave me out on purpose?

It’s bad enough I have no ability whatsoever to carry a tune, playing a musical instrument is worth a call to 911 for noise disturbance.  There was no point in trying out for a tour with Josh Groban.

Worshipping God is difficult when the sounds reverberate from your throat like a squealing pig. So what does one do that has no tone? No melody? No harmony?

Enjoy the great and talented voices of others God has gifted.

Realize that just because we weren’t born to sing, doesn’t mean our gifts are any less useful or needed.

Search for the gifts and talents that God gave someone who was never meant to sing.

Moses had a speech impediment. The day he saw a “burning bush” he probably hadn’t written on his calendar, “Today I become the Deliverer.”

Joseph was treated with total disdain by his own brothers.  The day he became the 2nd most powerful man in Egypt probably wasn’t his answer to ” What do you want to do when you grow up?”

And we can’t forget the Apostle Paul who hated Jesus and anyone who followed him. An educated Jew, Paul was blinded by God on a road trip. Did he wake up that morning, pack his bags and schedule a meeting with God to reform his ideologies of what it meant to be a Pharisee? Do you believe he expected that day on the Damascus road to become a “Jesus Fanatic?” Naaa….that wasn’t on his to do list.

Many are born with gifts and automatically know what to do with them.

But many are not born with natural gifts. Our journey is different.

It is like getting up on the wrong side of the bed and falling out of it.

Trial and error can turn into years of seeking God to find his plan for us as individuals. Along the way he may grant us clues or signs but often still feel like we are in the dark.

We make the mistake on our Damascus roads of seeking the goal; of always looking for that moment of knowing why we are here so we can begin to do God’s work.

In God’s world it may not be the goal as much as the process. Life gets in the way of identifying we are doing the call of God every day.

The reflection of our hearts; the service of our hands, the written word in a blog.

The smile we shed on a downtrodden soul or the laughter we share in an offbeat joke.

Maybe our voice, our Adams Apple of music is simply living out our own Damascus Road in the light of God’s son in our little corner of the world.

http://ladydeidre.com/2012/07/15/soaring-season/

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/believing-is-the-proof-of-the-spirits-work/

http://jesuscarriesme.com/2012/07/14/security-comes-from-faith-and-obedience/

http://diasolifeontheborder.org/2012/07/14/gods-timing-is-perfect/

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Ecclesiastes 3: 1 “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.”


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Copyright


Do you ever wonder who is reading your blogs?

It is unfathomable that the words we write can reach people across the world in an instant.

For the most part, most of us who do blog would probably be shocked who reads our words.

Wonder why they read them?

Nothing better to do

Searching for answers

Competition

Ideas

Truth

A good laugh or two

Readers want to disagree with you

They just like to read

Those who continually read blogs either like what you have to say or hate what you have to say. Particularly are groups called “trolls.”

If you aren’t familiar with the word “troll” it is someone who purposely searches another one out for the purpose of disagreeing with them. A troll by definition is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community.

Having a few “trolls” follow my blogs or facebook messages has been limited and ended up in my trash bin. If they desire to speak against me that is fine; but to continue unleashing their hate filled words and rhetoric is unacceptable.

The trolls that have attacked me found out I was not playing their game nor was I going to listen to their agonizing agendas of animosity because I don’t believe as they do.

I don’t go chasing other people down because they think differently than I do. I have better things to do. Like pray for them.

Trolling is an online term but is certainly not limited to social media.

My view of  trolls is they are similar to bullies. Whether on line or in real life they seek out others to cut them down to size emotionally and mentally. Using limited knowledge, trolls can be rude, obnoxious and arrogant believing they know what is best for everyone making sure their voices are heard whether you want to hear it or not.

I appreciate all who read my blog posts. God has been gracious in allowing me to write whether I am serious, factual or sarcastically humorous which I find to be so much fun.

http://larrywho.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/how-can-i-laugh-with-despair-all-around-us/

After losing my sense of humor years ago during very difficult circumstances, God gave it back to me.
I am convinced God created humor and he wants me to show others that side of him because so many don’t find God funny. Believe me, God is funny.

I have never written anything meant to hurt someone else. That is not my goal and is not who I am.
I speak the truth and if that truth hurts, then maybe that person was supposed to read it.

If you choose to read my blog I thank you. I appreciate the comments and cherish what others say to me even if we don’t agree.
God has used blogging as a way to uplift, help and minister to each of us. I have learned so much from all my Christian blogging friends.

God does not want us to pick apart the Bible to suit our needs and goals nor would God want us to do the same with each other in what we write.

For centuries the Bible has been interpreted wrong, torn apart and taken out of context.
For those of us who write with a Christian theme, we should expect no less from our adversaries.

The truth is if they are reading our blogs at all, they must think we have something important to say.

If they are reading it for abusive purposes, to cause strife or hurt people, or taken out of context then I say,

“Start your own blog. Don’t use mine for your personal agenda. My words are copyrighted.”

http://thewayeverlasting.com/2012/07/10/when-plan-b-fails-what-to-do-when-life-hits-back-sermons-series-on-trials/

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/the-wicked-herb/

http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/all-for-his-glory/

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