Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Surprised to See Wonder Here


And the Lord said: 

"Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, 
and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men, therefore, behold, I will again do wonderful things with this people, with wonder upon wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the discernment of their discerning men shall be hidden.”

Isaiah 29:13-14



It was unexpected.


Monday, July 20, 2020

Question



How are 
you these 
strange days?




You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, 
all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Dwell


You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! 

Isaiah 26:19b


Monday, July 13, 2020

American Rights


"It was all made possible by the courage of 56 patriots who gathered in Philadelphia 244 years ago and signed the Declaration of Independence. They enshrined a divine truth that changed 
the world forever when they said: '…all men are created equal.'

These immortal words set in motion the unstoppable march of freedom.  Our Founders boldly declared that we are all endowed with the same divine rights — given [to] us by our Creator 
in Heaven.  And that which God has given us, we will 
allow no one, ever, to take away — ever.

Seventeen seventy-six represented the culmination of thousands of years of western civilization and the triumph not only of spirit, 
but of wisdom, philosophy, and reason."


Powerful words. Do you know who said them? Donald Trump.




Preamble to the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are 
created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with 
certain unalienable Rights, that among these are 
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Our rights are given to us by God. Not by our government. Not by our leaders. The Constitution of our great land only recognizes our rights. It does not give them to us. I hope we never forget it.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Friday, July 3, 2020

Thursday, July 2, 2020

from Isaiah 43


Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Isaiah 43:1b-3:a


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Quote



"Somehow, defending my liberal values of 
free speech, liberty, and rights of the individual 
has become a conservative position." 

Dave Rubin



Saturday, June 27, 2020

Yuri

I am hungry. So hungry, in fact, that I am eating french fries cooked in last night's grease. They are delicious. The cafe is dirty and filled with people from afar. I recognize no one except Yuri who invited me here.

"They will try to do this to you, too," he explains. He is going on and on about the revolution. He says communists will aim for America and take us down from within. "They are doing it now," he says. "While you are sleeping." 

I am a young woman, but he says before I am old I will see it with my own eyes. He recognizes it only because he has seen it all before. 

"A storm is coming," he tells me.

I awake with a start and remember his words from the dream. I am an old woman now and Yuri was right. Can you see it?

But what is the answer? This is the answer:




Yuri Bezmenov on How to Prevent Ideological Subversion

"...that takes one step, one very important thing to do. You don't have to expel all the KGB agents from Washington DC. The most difficult and at the same time the simplest answer to the subversion is to start it here and even before, by bringing back the society to religion, something that you cannot touch and eat and put on yourself. But something that rules society and makes it move and preserve it. A Soviet scientist, Shafarevich, who has nothing to do with religion, he is a computer scientist, did a very intensive research the on the history of Socialist countries. He calls Socialist or Communist any country with the centralized economy and the pyramidal style of power structure and he discovered, actually he didn't discover, he just brought to attention of his readers.

That civilizations like Mohenjo-daro in the River Indus area, like Egypt, like Maya, Incas, like Babylonian culture, collapsed and disappeared from the surface of Earth the moment they lost religion. As simple as that. They disintegrated. Nobody remembers about them anymore. Well, just a few. 

So, the ideas are moving society and keeping mankind as society of human beings, intelligent, moral agents of God. The facts, the truth, the exact knowledge may not. All the sophisticated technology and computers will not prevent society from disintegrating and eventually dying out. Have you ever met a person who would sacrifice his life, freedom for the truth like that? (writes 2x2=4 on board) This is truth. I never met the person who said, "This is truth and I am ready to... shoot me!" to defend the truth. Right?

But millions sacrifice their life, freedom, comfort, everything for things like God, like Jesus Christ. It's an honor!

Some martyrs in the Soviet concentration camp died and they died in peace unlike those who shouted, "Long live Stalin!" knowing perfectly well that he may not live long. 

Something which is not material moves society and helps it to survive, and the other way around, the moment we turn into 2 by 2 is 4 and make it the guiding principle of our life, our existence, we die. Even though this is true (points to 2x2=4) and this we cannot prove (points to God and J.C.) We can only feel and have faith in it.

So the answer to ideological subversion, strangely enough, is very simple. You don't have to shoot people. You don't have to aim missiles and Pershings and cruise missiles at Andropov's headquarters. You simply have to have faith and prevent subversion. In other words, not to be a victim of subversion. 

Don't try to be a person who in Judo is trying to smash your enemy and being caught by your hand. Don't strike like that. Strike with power of your spirit and moral superiority. If you don't have that power, it's high time to develop it, and that's the only answer."


I have posted this many times because I think it is important to know. We are all sitting in that cafe now. Forgive me if you have seen it a thousand times.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Isaiah 42:9


Behold, 
the former things have come to pass,
and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth
I tell you of them.




Saturday, June 20, 2020

Two Lives



"We each have two lives. 
The one we learn by and 
the one we live after that."

Madlyn Rhue



Friday, June 12, 2020

Isaiah 65:1


I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me;
I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me.
I said, “Here I am, here I am,” to a nation 
that was not called by my name.





Monday, June 8, 2020

Don't Believe It?


Isaiah 61

...the Lord God will cause 
righteousness and praise 
to sprout up before all the nations.

🇺🇸🇷🇺🇯🇵🇱🇷🇲🇭🇺🇦🇪🇬🇮🇱

Friday, June 5, 2020

🌸


Look away 
from the lies 
of the world
and look up.



Friday, May 29, 2020

Welcome to Life


When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:1-4




He sat in the dark cafe knowing everything. All the details of our existence. All the whys, wheres, and hows. All of life, and all that comes after, were known to him. He blasphemed. He mocked. He was right and these idiots were wrong. The simple herds and their nonsense were beneath him, not even near his greatness. And when the Spirit was poured out on the Earth, he wept somberly. She knew nothing, except God and, when she saw him weeping, prayed for him to see.




And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Acts 2:17-21


Monday, May 25, 2020

True Light


...the darkness is passing away 
and the true light is already shining. 

from 1 John 2:8


Thursday, May 21, 2020

How has this time changed you?





Are you back to normal life?




Have you gone out?




How has this time changed you?



Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Do You Believe in God?


Do you believe in God?

I do.

Here is a video I saw online. I don't know this person, 
but I thought his story was compelling.




Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Words


Let the words of my mouth and 
the meditation of my heart 
be acceptable in your sight, 
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. 

Psalm 19:14


Monday, May 11, 2020

Shh...


I am so tired of the word Covid.

I don't want to hear it anymore.

I think we should take inspiration from Elon Musk's new baby's name and call it something unpronounceable instead. That way everyone can quit talking about it.

Be well.


Sunday, May 10, 2020

Car Church in Ukraine



This is funny to me and also very, very cool. 
Our church (in the USA) is doing this today too. 

Have a blessed Sunday!


Friday, May 8, 2020

Isaiah 49:6



he says:
“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
    to restore the tribes of Jacob
    and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
    that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Yeller



A little play on words!

But...

What are you "yelling" these days?
Good or bad. 
Some people are yelling peace, others safety, some doom. 

What are you yelling?

Monday, May 4, 2020

Motives




Do you wonder sometimes why we are told what we are told? 
Just 37 seconds in, Gul Dukat, while hearing a crazy story, finally asks something we should all ask from time to time, 

"This is a very entertaining story, but why am I listening to it?"


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Saturday, April 25, 2020

WW2 History: The Spirit of the Elbe


I just saw a snippet of this on the news. President Trump and President Putin issued a joint statement today. I saw many news articles about it, but had to hunt to find the full text. Interesting!




Joint Statement by President Donald J. Trump and President Vladimir Putin of Russia Commemorating the 
75th Anniversary of the Meeting on the Elbe


April 25, 2020, marks the 75th Anniversary of the historic meeting between American and Soviet troops, who shook hands on the damaged bridge over the Elbe River.  This event heralded the decisive defeat of the Nazi regime.

The meeting on the Elbe represented a culmination of tremendous efforts by the many countries and peoples that joined forces under the framework of the United Nations Declaration of 1942.  This common struggle required enormous sacrifice by millions of soldiers, sailors, and citizens in multiple theaters of war.

We also recognize the contributions from millions of men and women on the home front, who forged vast quantities of war materials for use around the world.  Workers and manufacturers played a crucial role in supplying the allied forces with the tools necessary for victory. The “Spirit of the Elbe” is an example of how our countries can put aside differences, build trust, and cooperate in pursuit of a greater cause.  

As we work today to confront the most important challenges of the 21st century, we pay tribute to the valor and courage of all those who fought together to defeat fascism.  Their heroic feat will never be forgotten.


Thursday, April 23, 2020

Have you noticed?


These are strange days.

Some things I have noticed:

When I read the Bible the verses are closer. What were once words in a book became words in my heart when I got saved almost thirty years ago. But now they are words hanging in the air an inch in front of me. Not hanging. Hanging sounds purposeless and haphazard. I mean placed. Do you know what I mean? 

Nature is more alive. Monkeys are taking over empty cities they say. We have no monkeys here in the Southeastern USA, but the animals we do have seem to be freer. They are moving around more, like they hear music being played just for them. Maybe of a celebration we've all been invited to. Do you hear that?

Are the stars brighter in the sky? 
Or maybe the sky is less cluttered now.

People are listening more closely. 
To eachother. To the wind. To the silence. 
Are you?

Do you notice the change? What is it like for you?



Friday, April 17, 2020

Who Are You?


Many
A great multitude
No longer looking down at the dust
But up
Higher than before
It's Jesus
Can you believe it?

Every tribe
Every nation

Are you Every?
You are Every too.



Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Hebrews 8:11



And they shall not teach, 
each one his neighbor 
and each one his brother, 
saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ 
for they shall all know me, 
from the least of them 
to the greatest.


Sunday, April 12, 2020

Friday, April 10, 2020

Great Hope



The sun came up over the horizon. It was glowing. The clouds, the blue, every thing. It all changed that day. That beautiful morning all of it was swept away and, in its place, stood beauty. Cloudia said it was even more beautiful than Hawaii. Sandi didn't quite believe her, but it was true.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

This Passover




Behold! The Lamb of God 
who takes away the sin of the world!

John 1:29



Monday, April 6, 2020

Come Walk With Me







If you have no where to walk, come walk with me.

From around the world:

Jeevan is in India
Shayndel is in Japan
Pamela is in Florida
Łucja-Maria is in Poland
Cloudia is in Hawaii
Baili is in Pakistan

And we are all locked down. What do you think about that? 
It is astonishing to say the least. We've had pandemics before, some worse than this, but we have never shut everything down.
The Internet is a glorious invention. It takes us on walks together. 
It provides us with information. It provides us with misinformation.
It is sometimes hard to tell the difference. 
But isn't it strange? Has the whole world ever done the exact same thing at the exact same time? Yes, I am looking for answers. No, I don't have one for you. I hope you have one for me!