Saturday, June 10, 2017

Heaven's Low Door

Right now on TV there is a documentary about a religious cult which operated in Minnesota in the past 20 years.
Normal, happy peoples such as are depicted above...fell under the influence of a charismatic sociopath who right now is paying for a few of his sins in prison.
So...why am I writing about this?
Sociopaths intrigue me; religious sociopaths are extra evil. They've gone Pro.
I mentioned recently that I had once been targeted/witnessed at by a cult back in my Coast Guard days. Them folks were nuts.
This Minnesota contingent of bad theology brings it too close to home, so I thought I'd share a few insights.
God leads His people to congregate together, to sit under church authority and move forward in His plan for our lives.
Egocentric, proud and divisive "leaders" will go rogue, refusing to humbly submit to church leadership/discipline-usually they split churches, separate and start their own 'Ministry' such as the Minnesota group being highlighted tonight on TV.
God doesn't bless egocentric sociopaths who "go their own way".
They can usually keep momentum rolling for a few years, sowing religious tares amongst the wheat...but they end badly, which God orchestrates.
The very good purpose of church leadership/discipline is to keep the church of God as unstained from the world as possible. So God will root out those who would trouble His house.
Here's the thing-Christians SHOULD be in church, should remain safely under the aegis of church leadership. If you are a Christian who does not have a church home, ask God to direct you to one.
If your theology is not in absolute harmony with the church you (or I) might be wrong.
I have learned some things over the years, but none of us will ever understand/grasp all there is to learn of God on this side of eternity. Those who study the Scriptures, who really take in as much as they can of God's wisdom will be ever more humbled as they move forward.
Sociopaths will be 'puffed up' by their theology. Scripture for them is their own personal interpretation. Bad Juju.
For those who have trudged through this post, thanks for reading.
One more thing-I once knew a Christian who felt it was proper and right for him to commit a felony on a regular basis.  
A Christian doesn't arrive at that point if they humble themselves and sit under church leadership. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

No Longer Restrained By Reality

Post title-I heard it today whilst listening to a podcast.
Observe the obverse: the ladies holding signs in the picture above are completely understanding and in tune with the concrete Reality in which we live. They know it and live it.
So, what's with the "No longer restrained by reality?"
That would be those who feel that their emotions are Truth, that 'how they feel' is evidence of how things are.
That path leads to madness. Because if feelings define reality, then there is no core REALITY, as emotions are fluid, shortlived and often wrong.
Here's the example that you probably won't like.
Some of the most Life affirming, positive people, those who would march, protest, act as human shields  for Peace, who Live to end War...
have no problem with abortion.
If you are a dove who sees the killing of tiny humans as right and proper...
You are no longer restrained by reality.
The ladies pictured above get it. They understand that humanity is sacred, and to take human life,
no matter how old or the opposite of sacred. This is Reality.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

who's now a successful yoga instructor

Ambivilafun.  Mindless harmless enjoyment which may not change the world but can brighten a day.
Was perusing movie reviews on a site which I've noted here before-"" and read the line: "who's now a successful yoga instructor" regarding an actress from the 1980's.
My mind pinballs~
"What constitutes 'success' for a yoga instructor?"
"Is it being at peace within while existing in an unpeaceful without?"
"Is success for a yoga instructor determined by financial profitability? Just as it is for plumbers and lawyers and post office clerks?"
"Is it ever the goal of a yoga instructor to retire? Retire from...inner peace? Retire from what constitutes success?"
Success. Now there's a word!
Pictured above is a young lady named Jenny Nicholson. I have no idea who she is, what she does for a living, but she is a success, at least in my eyes.
I discovered her on youtube reviewing...I don't remember.
Point is, she is an articulate, creative FAN of movies and TV shows who shares her enjoyment with the world through videos.
Sometimes she dresses up and acts out the characters, as she did in a review of "Frozen".
She puts a lot of thought and work into her video reviews, and it works well not only because she is a FAN, but because she has much to say, writes/acts out her reviews very well.
She is a success, and if you have a few minutes which need brightening, seek her on youtube and enjoy. Her video on "Adventureland", from which I took the screen shot is a prime example of her work.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Fix't Hope

Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. 
Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 
storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.
1 Tim 6:17-19
Note that last part: “storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.”
Here is why that sounds familiar:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 
for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:19-21
I am very grateful to God Who richly supplies me (and ALL of His children) with all things to enjoy.
Carnation Evaporated Milk famously purports that their product ‘comes from contented cows’.
That’s nice, but can’t compare with the prayers and thanksgivings coming from contented Christians.
Do I struggle? Too often.
Make mistakes? Like a pro.
But the bottom line is that I trust God, and know that my faults will not follow me into Heaven.
Whatever stains and blemishes on my character…they have an expiration date.
And then…I will “take hold of that which is life indeed.”
I would love to see you there.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Be Wary Of Bait and Switch

"Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their hearts. They have no fear of God at all.   
In their blind conceit, they cannot see how wicked they really are.  
Everything they say is crooked and deceitful. They refuse to act wisely or do good.  
They lie awake at night, hatching sinful plots. Their actions are never good. They make no attempt to turn from evil." Psalm 36:1-4 NLT

Of course, I'm talking about Pope Frankie, pictured above promoting HUMILITY in good old religious Pharisaical fashion. At least he left off the blowing of trumpets as he walked down the street. At least they aren't pictured.
Before you assume that The Donald is pictured at his mansion...naw.
The picture is actually from a visit Trump made to the Vatican. So the golden chair and fancy wallpaper belong to the guy on his knees.
Frankie was actually kissing/washing the foot of a Muslim refugee. The idea of adding President Trump made me giggle. Frankie embracing Muslims as "Believers"?
Yup-if he believes Catholic doctrine.
"CCC 841, quoting the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium 16, from Vatican II, declared:
The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day.

 Good old Catholic Catechism number 841!  
In his blind conceit, Frankie cannot see how wicked he really is. He makes no attempt to turn from evil, as he thinks that he is good. Most of the world suffers from that same blindness.
May God open every blind eye and humble every sinful heart.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Everything You See's Not The Way It Seems

But everything you see's not the way it seems --
Tears that sing and joy shed tears.
You can take the wisdom of this world
And give it to the ones who think it all ends here.

Bruce Cockburn~"Hills Of Morning"

 Obviously, the dreaded Election 2016 is not over, will never be over for some people.
There's a cost, a very real cost to not letting go of the past.
You may think that you are standing strong, will never bend or break nor give ground on what you believe.
But while you are standing strong, the world keeps spinning, and the rest of humanity moves forward; you recede in their rear view mirrors until just a speck, and then gone.
A year from now those still listening politely to your screeds against the reality that President Trump is in power will be unmoved by your emotion. Because they're past that point, are no longer where you are.
If you're wondering about the picture, my dear friend Kristina was chasing birds at Bristol Beach, Duluth, Minnesota.
I took the picture 16 years ago.
She's back in her home country, married, with a young son who's probably driving by now.
16 years from now, do you still want to be complaining about the 2016 election?
You can be happy. You can move forward. Join us.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Nothing To Do With Christianity

I'm on the job, Frankie.
What you see pictured above is not Christianity.
It is a Human facsimile of Christ and His Church but, being a wholly human enterprise,
it offers NOTHING but false faith and empty 'purpose'.
Run from it as quickly as you can.
Seek Christ not in a church, but where you are...right now.
When He died on the cross He made it possible for ALL to seek and find
God without going through any Human intermediary.
If you want purpose in your life,
If you hope for a better future,
If you want to LIVE,
Seek Christ.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Yet Is Best To Kingdom Come

You will see and maybe send Christmas cards which proclaim:
"Peace on earth, goodwill towards men."
You may say to yourself, "Yeah, we all want peace and goodwill. Those are our goals."
Hold on, Peanut.
What does the verse say?
 14    “Glory to God in the highest,     And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
Luke 2:14
First and foremost, God receives the Glory.
'peace among men with whom He is pleased'.
What started with a few shepherds, has spread through out the entire earth, through Christ and the men with whom He is pleased-those who believe, who are called by His title, Christians.
You may not be able to tell from the outside,  and there may be rancor and divisions amongst us imperfect Christians, but we are at peace with God and pretty much at peace with each other.

When will it end? It won't.
18“In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
Genesis 22:18
When Christ returns and  rules from His city Jerusalem...all the nations of the world will be blessed.
"9And the LORD will be king over all the earth; in that day the LORD will be the only one, and His name the only one." Zechariah 14:9
Here comes the good part showing that all the world will be blessed:

"20“Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘It will yet be that peoples will come, even the inhabitants of many cities. 
21‘The inhabitants of one will go to another, saying, “Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts; I will also go.” 
22‘So many peoples and mighty nations will come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the LORD.’ 
23“Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘In those days ten men from all the nations will grasp the garment of a Jew, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.” Zechariah 8:20-23

We may have to wait awhile, but give Glory to God, for He will accomplish what He has promised, and there will be Peace.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

For Your Enrichment

Something a bit different. Here are a few of the podcasts which I have been listening to lately which I think may prove interesting to y'all:

99% Invisible
Criminal Podcast
And finally, without a single molecule of explanation...
Welcome To Night Vale
I listen through iTunes with my fancy shmantzy iPod, but look for the links and listen however you do.
Peace and Love and all of that.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Christians On High Horses:Nyet Yet

"11Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. 
12Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of £visitation." 1 Peter 2:11-12

Knightstown, Indiana-town had a cross atop a Christmas tree, and some ACLUddite said that the cross 'challenged his civil liberties'.
So now the cross is gone, and some of the Knightstownians are riled.
Hold on, Christians soldiers! Don't go marching as to War until you cogitate some.
This Knightstown massacree is a perfect opportunity to keep our behavior excellent amongst 'em.
Remember: WE are the aliens and strangers here in this present cosmos; if someone puts up a cross and you like it, great. Merry Christmas.
BUT if someone objects, this is their world. We are to obey all civil authorities PERIOD. If a town allows a cross, good. If a town rejects a cross...that is the right of that town.
13Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 
14or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. 
15For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men."

1 Peter 2:13-15 
Christians are to be humble, not getting on some high horses, demanding this, that, and most especially the other.
Right now today some of our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world are facing persecution, being murdered for carrying the name of Christ.
So, if you are offended by someone else who is being offended by something else that offends some other can handle it. The 'fleshly lusts' in verse 11 above would include the fleshly demand that things be done your way. To be right.
We're the aliens now...but one day we will all be righteously riding on high horses:
"11And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. 
12His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 
13He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 
14And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses." Revelation 19:11-14

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Hooves Two

Part one talked about the 'little hammer theory'-that someone with low self esteem will "
carry around reasons "WHY" they deserve misery. I use the metaphor of 'little hammers'. They have a collection of little hammers with which to hit, to knock themselves down."
That is internal.
If there is someone whom you dislike, do not will jump on any decision
of that person, becoming hyper-hypercritical.
Every single move of that person you will see in absolutely the worst light. 
Ask anyone about their EX. You know what I mean.
You will convince yourself that they deserve every punishment which happens, and also believe that they do not deserve to be credited with any accomplishment.
Simply because you don't like them.
A person with low self esteem punishes himself,
projects that displeasure onto others that they can safely find fault with.
It's all  defense mechs. Rather than beating themselves up, they find a target they can unload on to make themselves feel better.
They will grab any hammer to toss at that person-he's too smug, he's a liar, she's a fake, whatever.
What you see above are Dulcimer hammers. What kind of music you make with them is up to you.
Not everyone suffers from low self esteem.
Some with rhinoceros skin have a greater self esteem than they ought. Just another defense mech to make it through life.
Is there a happiness medium? Well?
Yes. don't beat yourself up, and don't believe your own press.
Forgive the hammer target, whether it's yourself or another. Forgive-we're all just living, sharing the earth's crust. Seek peace.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Hoofprints And Hooves

Here we go.
Those who suffers from low self esteem, a poor self image carry around reasons "WHY" they deserve misery. I use the metaphor of 'little hammers'. They have a collection of little hammers with which to hit, to knock themselves down.
They will grasp on to any hammer within reach. And they keep them inside, close at hand.
Examples-"I'm fat!" (hammer 1) "I'm ugly!" (hammer 2) "No one likes me!" (three).
The person might actually be thin, beautiful and popular, but those are the hammers that he or she will pound themselves with because they will never be thin enough, pretty enough or popular enough.
If, by some miracle, they do toss away one of their little hammers...they still have the others, and may pick up the dropped one at any time.
The heart of it is finding justification for feeling so critical about themselves. 
A well integrated personality does not suffer from low self esteem-they assess themselves clearly, accepting that they have good and bad qualities, just as we all do.
A well integrated personality can handle criticism, accept responsibility for their actions because their egos are not threatened. I call it rhinoceros skin.
A person with low self esteem will see any criticism from others as a nearly mortal blow to their ego-so they have created a defense mechanism: nothing is their fault, everything that happens is because someone else did something bad. They can't handle an ounce of criticism.
Are those with low self esteem doomed to a lifetime of little hammers?
Everyone goes through those phases, and the first step towards earning your rhinoceros skin is to toss away your hammers. Don't treat yourself so poorly. Accept that you are a person of value, someone who will, yes, make mistakes, but also someone who will achieve goals and do good.
If you do screw up...resist the temptation to pick up that hammer. Instead:
"Yup-I blew that. Not the end of the world." And then move on.

Saturday, December 10, 2016


Noticed something a bit ago that seems a trend.
Look at our buddies in the picture above.
Each on the left is dialoguing with the right.
The man in the DQ interacts with the construction worker.
Mom left remotely speaks with Mom right.
The guy loving his Italian DQ tries to share his enthusiasm with a few "Italian" stereotypes.
Separated by location, not looking/speaking through a phone or laptop...
and WE are the third persons (Godview) watching their interact.
See? We've been conditioned by decades of commercials to accept viewing interactions in the 3rd P.
Back in the old days we would see through a split screen a father talking on the phone with a daughter about the merits of Old Spice coffee or whatever is being marketed at us.
We have distant communicators interacting WITHOUT DEVICE.
We don't hardly notice. Weird.