Obey All of God’s Word
|Cast Out of Eden|
Man’s disobedience to God has been an issue from early Creation. Most people will be forced to agree with this. Remember Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. If Adam and Eve had obeyed God, and “not” the Serpent, we would all be still roaming around in the Garden, enjoying ourselves, and giving birth to obedient children, without pain.Instead most of us are shaking in our boots, and wondering if we are really going to spend eternity in heaven.
Just as Adam and Eve had a problem obeying God in their day, we as servants of God, still struggle with the issue of obedience. I know, because I struggle with the same problem.
Our subject was captured from a well known text in the Book of 1 Samuel 15:22
22. And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
The Lord spoke these words to Samuel, for our learning. Many times we human beings, even Christian people, get the idea that if we sacrifice things to God such as:
- 1) our money,
- 2) our time,
- 3) attending church,
- 4) praying,
- 5) evening fasting,
that it makes up for the fact that we are disobedient to God. But these words spoken to Samuel in 1 Samuel 15:22, dispels this idea. There is absolutely no substitute for obedience to the Lord.
From the Book of Jeremiah 35: 1-19, there is, what I describe as, a wonderful story, about the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab, who are called the Rechabites. This story grabbed my heart the first time I remember reading it, and it has continued to touch my heart. What touched my heart about it was the fact that while the Rechabites obeyed their father, we disobey God Almighty, without even blinking.
Jeremiah 35: 1 -19
1. The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, saying,
2. Go unto the house of the Rechabites, and speak unto them, and bring them into the house of the LORD, into one of the chambers, and give them wine to drink.
3. Then I took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah, the son of Habaziniah, and his brethren, and all his sons, and the whole house of the Rechabites;
4. And I brought them into the house of the LORD, into the chamber of the sons of Hanan, the son of Igdaliah, a man of God, which was by the chamber of the princes, which was above the chamber of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the keeper of the door:
5. And I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites pots full of wine, and cups, and I said unto them, Drink ye wine.
6. But they said, We will drink no wine: for Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons for ever:
7. Neither shall ye build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have any: but all your days ye shall dwell in tents; that ye may live many days in the land where ye be strangers.
8. Thus have we obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab our father in all that he hath charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters;
9. Nor to build houses for us to dwell in: neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed:
10. But we have dwelt in tents, and have obeyed, and done according to all that Jonadab our father commanded us.
11. But it came to pass, when Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came up into the land, that we said, Come, and let us go to Jerusalem for fear of the army of the Chaldeans, and for fear of the army of the Syrians: so we dwell at Jerusalem.
12. Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying,
13. Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith the LORD.
14. The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father’s commandment: notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye hearkened not unto me.
15. I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me.
16. Because the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have performed the commandment of their father, which he commanded them; but this people hath not hearkened unto me:
17. Therefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon Judah and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced against them: because I have spoken unto them, but they have not heard; and I have called unto them, but they have not answered.
18. And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you:
19. Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever.
This is how this story unfolded. The sons or grandsons of Rachad were invited to the House of the Lord. Picture this, all the wine (the drug of choice of that day), one could possibly imagine. There were not mere bottles of wine, but pots full of wine. Enough wine for everyone of these young men to have their fill.
I am sure these men had no idea why they were being invited to go to the House of the Lord. They were probably excited about what was getting ready to happen to them. Wow! The Man of God has invited us! Whoopee! None other than Jeremiah the prophet! Perhaps they thought about the Psalm which said: “I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of Lord!” Jeremiah shall no doubt give us a great prophecy! Yes!!!
But, as it turns out, it was not a prophecy at all. It was not even to worship God. But it was for the purpose of teaching us a great lesson in obedience. Not only obedience to God, but even to our parents as well. The Scripture said: “…..and I said unto them, Drink ye wine.”
The commandment their fathers had passed down to them, was not just one thing which they had been commanded to do, it was many things and it was perpetual. They were not to drink wine, them or their family after them. They were not to build houses, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyards, nor have any (vineyards), but all their days they were to dwell in tents.
Even ONE of these commandments, if passed down to us, from our grandparents, or even from God Almighty, would have been difficult for most of us to follow. But this family had a list of things they were expected to obey, and they obeyed them all the days of their lives, and because of their obedience, God blessed them.
Why did the Lord use these young men as examples to Israel, and to us? Because these men honored their parents’ words, more than Israel honored God! As I read this story, it seems that I can feel the heart of God weeping. The Lord has so loned to have a relationship with us, but He has not been able to prefect that relationship because of our disobedience.
The Lord told Jeremiah to tell the Rechabites men, that because they had obeyed their father’s words: “….Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever.” This is the blessing the Lord gave to these men for their complete obedience to their father. What would He do for us, if we obeyed Him completely. My goal in life, is to obey God completely.
Testimony: There is a great longing in my heart to be close to God, like I use to be, and even more so. In pursuit of this goal, I asked the Lord in prayer one day: “What can I can to gain the relationship with you that I desire.” Prior to the items I am about to share with you, the Lord had already asked me to do something which took me years to adjust to: the Lord called me off my secular job. The following are three things the Lord asked me to do in later years: “a) Read the Bible from front to back, b) Fast three days a week, I could choose the days, and c) stop watching television.” “Stop watching television?!!” As I set out on this mission, the fight was on, I thought of every excuse in the book, as to why I needed to watch television. And I wasn’t the only one upset about this request. Others reasoned that I truly needed to watch T.V. in order to know what was going on in the world, etc., etc. I reasoned that I needed to at least watch Christian Television, and on, and on the battle ragged. Almost two years later, the Lord spoke to me again: “You have done two of the things I asked you to do, but you have failed to stop watching television.” And then again, the Lord said: “You are still continuing to accept jobs which I have told you “not” to do!” After many years of struggling, thank God, I have finally come to terms concerning these two issues.
Conclusion: In the Word of God, Jesus knew why He came to this earth. He knew exactly what He had to suffer, and what would happen to mankind, if, He did not accomplish His goal. Suppose Jesus had decided to disobey God the Father, and NOT to drink of the cup of death in the Garden of Gethsemane. We would have been eternally lost. The next time we are tempted to disobey God, let us keep this in mind: To obey is better than sacrifice. God bless you.
Is This Racism?
|Real Live Advertisement for McDonald’s|
It’s very hard to prove racism these days, in hiring. But at 50% unemployment in some communities of Blacks, especially men, the numbers should speak for themselves. I would like to present to you, now and again, evidence of racism, without having to prove that someone came out and said “we don’t hire “n” here”.
Is McDonald’s Racist
So the facts are these:
- A young Black man walks into a McDonald’s that posted a “job fair” for that day. They had announced previously and had signs posted.
- When he arrived he was promptly informed that there was only one position available and his chances were very slim.
- when his pen gave out while filling out the application he asked to borrow the store recruiter’s pen, of which she had two sitting in her pocket. He was informed that she needed her pens. When he asked which one, she informed him both.
- a homeless white woman was filling out an application as well, and he asked to use the pen after she finished. The homeless woman resisted saying it belonged to the recruiter. He lied and said he was told to use it.
- when he presented the application to the corporate recruiter, she asked what experience he had. Luckily he informed her that he had held jobs at Coldstone’s, Cookie Cafe.
- she asked for a resume. When he replied that he did not have one, she went off into a speech about always having a resume, no matter where he is applying. The position he was applying for was for entry level associate [ i.e. burger flipper ]
- when he then returned the pen to the store recruiter he asked for a business card with the store’s number on it, to get updates on his resume. A third recruiter came from behind the counter to inform him that he did not need the store’s phone number and that he would be called if he qualified for the job.
Now I ask you. Is this racism? I reminds me of when Black folks were given the legal right to vote and the south erected all manner of Jim Crow laws to prohibit voting. Some places required: reading comprehension; reciting the constitution by heart; penmanship tests, etc… So this young Black man goes into the beginnings of beginnings of the job market and is handedly rejected at every turn. He was berated and insulted for even daring to step into McDonald’s. He was constantly challenged to keep him from even submitting the application. And, even when it was obvious that he qualified for the job, they ask for a resume.
Let’s call a spade a spade. This particular scenario was nothing more than sheer racism. Resume for entry level McDonald’s position? They hire 16 year olds for the position. Forget all that liberal: you should be prepared for anything. IT’S MCDONALD’S!!!
If someone came before me with these facts and I was a judge, I would be quite content to rule against McDonald’s. It is unconscionable.
Let’s stop for a second and consider. What if he had a resume? What if everyone at the job fair had a resume? My question is, why are they at McDonald’s applying for a starter job, with a resume? You don’t show up to a pool party in a tailed tuxedo.
I know some people are going to be hard-headed and say McDonald’s was in the right. To them, I just say you’re probably racist yourself. If you cannot see that entire scenario as racist, then you’re either 9 years old and incapable of understanding such concepts, or you have no mental capacity or are just not a human.
Inflation vs Deflation
It is the mocking call of any wall street hack that does not ascribe to the Austrian school of economics to deride those that sane, to ask “where’s your hyperinflation now?” Hyperinflation would be the cost of living going out of control; prices going out of control. Zimbabwe comes to mind when speaking of hyperinflation.
The Keynesians like to say that there is no evidence of hyperinflation. They point out that prices have not risen. Inflation is at a 40 year lows.
What they don’t want to look at is the Federal Reserve balance sheet. We are in a huge recession, depression even. Prices should be dropping like a rock. When no government controls were on, prices did plummet. They fell hard and fast. It was an immediate infusion of $7 trillion that halted the free fall.
Isn’t that evidence of hyperinflation? Stubborn as always, the Keynesian will not acquiesce. They need it spelled out for them.
OK I’ll speak slowly.
- accounting for U6 unemployment the nation is now at 17% unemployment. forget stupid governent reports
- prices should have been falling to pre-1980 prices on housing, food and other consumer goods
- the demand for oil was at an all time low in 2008
It was due to the tremendous factors of inflation, via the Federal Reserve, that the prices were halted in their tracks. They did such a good job on inflation, that oil prices went through the roof, at a time when oil was at it’s lowest demand in 30 years.
So don’t say there is no hyperinflation. Don’t say there is no inflation. Look in the proper area and you will see it plane as day, it’s called the balance sheet of the Federal Reserve. And, if you don’t acknowledge that the Feds are monetizing our government debt, then you’re not the investor you pretend to be.
I say GOOD DAY!
Legion the Movie Review
Seriously, I don’t want to review this movie, it was just that bad. Ok, out on DVD is legion. For us Christians, and I guess Jews [I’m not sure], this movie about angels and God would be interesting. Yes, there’s a guy with wings in it, and yes they mention “Him” about 50 times, in one sentence. I counted. But, it has nothing to do with Christian, nor Jewish, angels and nothing about God. I mean, the Bible has to be the most widely read book in the history of man. It is still a top seller. So, why was nothing in this movie based on the Bible?
Don’t get me wrong. I love an original screenplay as much as the next guy, but this was just… bad AND blasphemous? Who goes out on a limb to piss half the world off, on a budget of … what $100 million? LOL
I can see the meetings now, “I know what if the angels had guns”..”and long coats”.
Let’s get to the review.
Legion’s uh… “story” is that God is pissed at mankind, YET again. Ok we find this out in a narrative [I kid you not, they had to narrate this part, for us to figure out the main plot] But, instead of flooding the world [which would have been way out of budget, and it was done before where Morgan Freeman played the president] God instead sends… uh… angels that act like demons and possess people? I am TOTALLY serious. Yes, so instead of sending a flood, he sends his army of angels. Only, the angels don’t act very angelic. They, for whatever reason, possess human, like demons, and run around acting weird.
So let’s just stop using the word “angel”. Noone in the movie has wings except 1 guy. Ok, there’s another guy, but he cuts his off right at the beginning. For whatever reason there are only 2 angels in this story about an angelic invading army. [oh hell, we all know the reason. They couldn’t afford to actually pay actors, so they just paid 200 extras to … GET SHOT? Oh yeah. The “angels” seem to die from gunshot.
So the non-holy-spirit wielding angels, who are for whatever reason, are susceptible to gunshot, and die? Wait, what? The angels die? Oh and I forgot, angels apparently have tattoos, all over their body for some reason.
The main angel, who is the good guy, is Michael the archangel [Paul Bettany, who apparently was strapped for cash]. The bad guy, is Gabriel the archangel [Kevin Durand, show me the money for my 3 scenes]. Wait, Michael is disobeying God and Gabriel is obeying God. So who is the bad guy? We are led to believe that Michael is the good guy. [message? disobeying God is good] And, why would Michael, the archangel, disobey God? “Because he doesn’t know what he wants.”
There were Black people in the movie too: Percy Walker [ played by mister Charles Dutton] and Kyle Williams (apperently intended to be a Jewish guy) [ played by mister Tyrese Gibson]
Plot holes: they had major plot hole issues. In fact, you didn’t know what was going on, one scene to the next. They would introduce plots, skip scenes, return to the subplot, just to leave you more confused.
Character Development: there was none. They killed everyone in the movie, except Charlie the main plot character [ played by Adrianne Palicki]. Everyone was stereotypical. So, who cares about character development. There was a:
- thug Black guy: Tyrese
- praying Black guy: Charles Dutton
- rich white guy: who gets killed 20 minutes into the movie
- a slutty teenager
- a nagging wife
- a slutty, no husband having, hooker that’s pregnat: surprise, the main character
- a cheap greasy spoon shop owner that yes at the waitress when there is 1 order ready
- the I’m so cool, I shoulda been a shiny twilight vampire, but I’m too old, angel: who wield dual AK47s
Cinematography: none to speak of. 99% of the movie is shot inside the diner. Also, 50% of the film is shot in the dark. I hate that, to no end. So they have action sequences. But, because they can’t afford a stun coordinator nor a fight choreographer, they just shoot it in the dark.
Soundtrack: lol yeah right.
Entertainment value: if you have a brain don’t go see this movie. There are far superior movies with angels in them, with original scripts [hello Angels and Demons]
Zero Sum Game
A zero-sum game is any set of operations with two or more players, which when it is over, there are winners and losers, and the total points awarded to the winners exactly matches the total points the losers lost by. The NASDAQ glossary defines the term as a situation in which one participant’s gains result only from another participant’s equivalent losses. The net change in total wealth among participants is zero; the wealth is just shifted from one to another.
I am going to show you how the stock market is indeed a zero sum game. There are many that want to argue that it is not so. There are many that wish to argue that it is not so. But, let’s take a look at those people. Who are they? Brokers? Self-styled market gurus? Sure, they have a vested interest in you not realizing that the market is a zero-sum game. If you get out of the market, where are they going to make their profits?
The stock market is a zero-sum game like a Ponzi scheme. There is no Uncle Sam to come riding in and bail out the losers. Every dollar that some investor wins in a stock market investment, some other investor lost — or will lose. The stock market is also a zero-sum game like an evening of poker. There are many hands (many listed companies), many opportunities for individual wins and losses, but the bottom line is the bottom line: every dollar of profit that any investor earns on the sale of stock was put into the market by another investor hoping to win.
Many people will readily admit that “zero sum game” is properly applied to options and futures markets because every contract has two parties, and for every dollar that one person makes the other loses a dollar. But, they always stop at stocks. NOOOOO not stocks. There aren’t buyers and sellers for … stocks? Wait.
The term “zero sum game” does not apply to the stock market because at any given time there are more people long a stock than short the stock.
Oh really? So, there is not a buyer and seller?
The question is not “Is there a buyer for every seller?” but “Is there a short position for every long position?” to determine if it is a zero-sum game. As long as there is a short position for every long position, every time one person makes a dollar someone else loses a dollar. That makes the total average return (before expenses) zero. With a stock, there can never be as many short positions as long positions. When a company first issues shares there are no short positions. After that, every time someone shorts a share one new long share is essentially created, so there will always be more long shares than short shares. That, in turn, means when the price of the stock goes up more money is made than lost, so it is not a zero-sum game.
Oh, what tangled webs we weive, when we practice to deceive. So this person is saying that “don’t look at the buyers and sellers, that doesn’t matter.” Instead he wants you to look at the long positions versus the short positions. He then presents as evidence, the IPO of a stock. Surely at the IPO a stock can never fall right? RIGHT? NEVER? Uh, who is he trying to fool, and who would be so dumb to fall for that as being even a logical example. Keeping it simple reveals the truth. Accounting for time, there is always a buyer and seller.
Let’s take his example. A company has an IPO. People buy the stock. People trade the stock. The stock finally declines. The company goes out of business and closes its doors. Exactly the same amount of people that traded those stocks remain the same. There were buyers to every seller. The company being the original seller.
Zero Sum with The Federal Reserve
There should be no reason why the average public citizen should be a stock investor while the federal reserve bank is still in operation. The very business of the federal reserve manipulates the value of the dollars that you are trading stock in. The federal reserve has continually devalued the dollar at the expense of the investor and U.S. citizen alike. How can you trade stocks when you must continually pay in debased currency. To brake even, you must make someone else lose.
Let’s take the latest headline: “Small Investors After Market Drop: I told you so” The article illustrates that there never was any volume in the market. It was simply the “professional” investors who were trading stocks. There never was this massive volume. And, what is a “professional” investor? Those huge brokerage firms. They were simply trading stocks with each other and fluctuating the price. They did not care if they made or lost money in the process, the game was simply to get you, the “small” investor to take the bait. Luckily, most small investors were not so stupid. I think a better price rule would be that there must be volume behind it, to even garner a change.
So, as you can see stocks, futures and options are all zero sum games. There is no difference. Don’t believe me? Then go ask Professor Lawrence Harris is chairman of the Dept of Finance at the University of Southern California and Chief Economist of the Securities and Exchange Commission. [yes, I always have an ace up my sleeve, and you should too]
Scenario: you [ladies] get all dressed up, smellin fresh, lookin hotter than kunta kente in the field under a hot summer sun, and go out to the club. You get a lil drinky poo and sashay on over to the edge of the dance floor. The D.J. puts on the only hit JKwon ever had, and it just happens to be your song. You and your girls go out to the floor. Up walks a man and asks you to dance.
————————– BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM ——————————–
All 7 of your girlfriends get in between you and him and tell him where to go, when to go, how far he can go, and WTF is he thinking tryin to holla when JKwon is on.
Ok, you haven’t been cock blocked, but he has. So what’s the deal? Why did all of you and your girls get dressed up and actually took a shower and washed your stank nasty? Was it to sit around and have a hen party? Yall coulda done that at home in your big mamma draws. Yall coulda sat around in rollers, housecoats and house-shoes and ate chocolate ice-cream.
The Real Reason Behind Cock Blockin
I have some REAL girl friends. [girls that will tell it to me raw and uncut] They scare me at times. They don’t act like dudes, but they do not act prissy when they are telling me the scoop. So here is what they told me is going on.
- your homegirls are straight up carpet munchers and you just don’t know it. [DO NOT shoot the messenger] They say that the girls are cock blockin, not to protect you, but to keep the competition down, so they can slowly convert you to their side. You don’t know what’s going on, because they won’t just come out and say it. They are on the sly. They are women, so the “down low” game is crafted, practiced and perfected. One of these nights they’ll spring it on you and entice you with it. Watch out.
- they can’t get a man themselves and don’t want to be left alone. So they play defense to men hitting on you. They then come back to you and try and turn it around as if the guy was no good. [I have had this happen to me. And, the girl told me, straight up, that her friends said I was no good. I’m like WTF, I put the oooooo in good.] So it has nothing to do with the guy, and EVERYTHING to do with your damn homely girlfriends.
- girls are catty. [do not shoot the messenger, I’m just passin on what i heard.] Your girlfriends, AIN’T your friends at all. Oh, they laugh and call you, and ask you to go shoppin, but they turn around and talk about you like a dog when you ain’t around. And, the cock blockin stuff? That’s to keep you nice and miserable. You don’t deserve a man. You’re trash. [that’s what they’re thinking] So they cock block you. AND WORSE, they turn around and hook up with someone. WORSE STILL, one of them hooks up with that guy. The one they said was no good.
- [and I’ve experience this one firsthand.] They think you are too stupid to handle a man by yourself.
So those are the top 4 things my girlfriends have told me. [no not my boom boom, pow, girlfriends, just girls that are friends] Now, I ask you. Do you actually need a defensive line? Do you need friends that are running a post up for you? [I know nothing about football, so I don’t even know if I just said something smart.]
Or, are you woman enough to decline invitations, based on your own attraction or non-attraction for a man. Because, let me tell you what’s going on. There are people who are trying their best to steer you into a relationship that you really don’t need.
Let me touch on #4 again briefly with my own experience.
So my best friend in college, got a girlfriend. One night he says he would like for me to meet a girl. So all 4 of us piled in his car and went to his apartment off-campus. They put the girl and I in his bedroom and he and his girl stayed in the living room. For whatever reason they turned off all the lights in the house except the hall. Ok! So, I being a gentleman, was talking to the girl to get to know her. Well I never had an opportunity. Every 10 minutes the girlfriend would walk into the room and check up on us. YES SHE WOULD COME IN AND CHECKUP ON US. And, when she left, she would leave the door ajar. After everything was over, I asked what was the purpose of the night. She said she was protecting her friend. [the friend moved far faster than it did. she had me on the floor stroking me chest in 5 minutes. but hey what was i to do] Come to find out, while she was cock blockin me, one of the times she didn’t come in, she and my friend had full on sex in the living room. I never saw the girl again, nor did I ever go on a blind date with my friend and his catty girl friend from hell. [she was the worst person I’ve ever layed eyes on.]
How many women wake up 30 yrs old and start freaking out that they don’t have a man.
Let’s take a walk with the ghost of christmas past eh? Let’s go back and see. Yup, she rejected 34,000 men, who potentially wanted to date her. You see ladies, the powers that be, have turned men into such pussies that they accept rejection right away. Even when you didn’t even know you were rejecting them.
a man walks up and asks you which way is F street. You’re new to the area, so you really don’t know. He’s trying to strike up a conversation with you. You don’t catch on, because you’re clueless. So, you say you don’t know where F street is and keep stepping. He just struck out and keeps moving too.
You don’t realize you just rejected him.
“Well if he were man enough, he coulda just come out and flirt with me.” Oh I hear that all the time. Really? He can just come out and flirt with you? You know how women feel pressure from magazines to be thin? You’ve seen that story on t.v. and the news. Well men are now being pressured to NOT hit on women. Men are being subtly told that it is not OK to let a woman know you are attracted to them.
Pickup line: it’s a modern thing to invent a pickup line. Think for a second. It wasn’t too long ago that men and women were just put together and expected to be together. All of a sudden, all sorts of roles reversed and men had to come up with pickup lines to get women. Thirty years ago, your friend would say “I know a guy that’s perfect for you.” And, away you and Billy would go, and the rest is history. Guys would do the same, “I know a girl you’d like.” There was no game playing. There was no dress up. It was, “here I am, do you like me or not.”
Anyone that lives in a world where they believe men don’t like women and women don’t like men, needs to turn in their human race card and exit the planet. That’s like those companies that send the guy to “sensitivity training” for daring to hit on the receptionist. Let me clue you in right now. The company doesn’t car about the man and it definitely doesn’t care about the receptionist. They wish they could hire robots to make them money.
So if you’re out and your friends try to cock block, remind them you’re a woman, and at some point in life, you’re gonna need
dick a man. If they don’t like it, get new friends.
Oh, if you’re one of these women that say “men are nothing but dogs, I don’t need no man.” The depth of the help you need mentally, is beyond the scope of this article.
Ave Maria Guarani
[ I present this for posterity. This is one of my favorite movies and the soundtrack is just Godly to me. Here is a very sad and soulful rendition of Ave Maria done by the Guarani Indians of South America, who were conquered by the conquistadors and were savagely raped, beaten and burned. All the while the church stood by and gave their consent to all of this. Yes, including the pope and the Jesuits. Don’t misunderstand, I blame not the church, but I do blame the men. Not every Catholic is evil, nor is every Jesuit. But, surely every conquistador was evil. What do you call rape, pillage and plunder for self greed and throwing the church and the crown some morsels so they [the pope and crown] don’t slaughter you [the conquistador] themselves for being insolent. It was greed, mixed in with politics.]
Ave Maria Guarani Lyrics
quae nos Deo coniungis
ne obliviscaris naturam tuam
at Deo restituax
Cum nobis panem fregit
Cum nobis panem fregit
Cum nobis panem fregit
assentiamus cum humilitate
[I am not 100% on those lyrics. I had a translation, or shall I say, a direct copy of the lyrics years ago, and they were different. However, when listening to the song while reading the lyrics they do seem to fit. The original was supposed to be a mixture of Guarani and Latin.]
Kucinich Is Outraged
In rare footage, we see the Federal Reserve Admit to paying extra interest rates to banks to park TARP funds, over and above what interest rate they could gain from the market by lending them. The end result? Banks are forced to park the TARP funds at the expense of businesses, which affects unemployment directly. Their reasoning? They want to keep inflation low.
Unemployment is now at 35% among those Americans who make under $20,000 a year. Making credit unavailable for businesses, knowingly raises unemployment. They know that businesses will make the only rational decision, lay off more workers.
Don’t Blame the Short Sellers for Your Horrible Company
As it shows people fall for the pump. The shorts just come in and dump them all the way down into the gutter. It is not the shorts fault that the companies are fake to begin with. Listening to promotions on CNBC and other financial “entertainment” shows will get you in trouble. Of course the president of the company is going to come on and say how wonderful his company is. If you do your due diligence you will easily see that the company has nothing going for it. You’re just being setup for a pump and dump.
Companies Blame Short Sellers
This trick is so old, it should be outlawed. They blame short sellers for their plummeting stock. What is worse, the government agencies get in on the act, and the shameless media becomes the yes men for them both. Not once has the media asked the question, “were you worth $80 / share?” No, they proceed to print how short sellers were to blame for stock market crashes and wiping out 401k plans, and the housing collapse. Noone wants to hear that housing was overpriced, fraudulently or that companies reported fake earnings, which included labor cost cuts, inventory cuts, and expense cuts. You can’t earn a cut. Just like buying on sale doesn’t save you money, you still paid out money.
Don’t Blame Me for Your Lack of Due Diligence
Don’t get angry at me for pointing it out. Don’t get angry at me for showing you how bad you are at researching where you put your money.
Is Goldman Sachs to blame for the people it scammed? Or, are the sophisticated investors who fell for it to blame? They argue that they did not put anything in writing that they said over the phone or in verbal conferences.
Should this be a warning sign to investors that your due diligence doesn’t stop at calling the company ans asking them questions over the phone? Can officers of the company lie to your face? Can officers of a company lie in phone conferences? Are you going to keep your holdings in a company that blatantly tells you that they have a business right to lie to you over the phone and in verbal conferences? Will you continue to do business with such companies?
Or, will you take this licking and then make sure every company you invest with has in writing that they will not lie to you in verbal communications with you, nor withhold information from you in verbal communications?
Could You Be Feeding Your Child a Ticket to Jail
Here’s the setup. Problem children who have had a history of acting up and being kicked out of several schools are taken to a special high-school. There are no meetings. There are no group sessions. There is no counseling for the children. So how is it that the school has no security guards nor any problem out of the children?
Diet and Your Child
What the school did do was completely change the student’s diets. All students eat fresh vegetables from local farms. They eat fresh fruits and fresh meats all locally grown. They cannot eat any candy, nor chocolate, nor chips, nor soda. The result is astonishing.
They interviewed several of the children and they were all very well mannered and behaved. They asked if they wished to cause trouble and they said, “I feel no need nor see a reason to act up. I love it here.” The headmaster was very proud of the school and knew that real food was the key to 100% of the problems. None of the kids were late for class. All of their grades improved. They paid attention in class and turned in all of their homework.
For their part, the administrators did not impose any draconian regulations on the students, as is done in regular public school. There was no dress code. The children were not forbidden to do much of anything. There really wasn’t a need to. The children just did what they were supposed to do. Everyone dressed modestly and were even respectful of each other.
[sorry I don’t have the information of the school’s name at this time. I’ll update you all later.]
This is Not Stock Advice
Well I figure, I should quit hiding behind my monitor and maybe show you what I’m doing. I’m no expert but… Who is? Wait, don’t answer that. The thing is, I don’t think the game is fair. The big boys can come crashing down at any time and wipe everyone out, ON PURPOSE. May 6 ring a bell? I don’t even know why people stay in the market. They prove over and over that they can do whatever the hell they feel like. And, they just take your money and dare you to say anything. In fact, you are beneath their notice. They take the money as if it was theirs to begin with.
Alright, so I been trading for 2 messily years. Shh don’t tell my mommy. She’d have a heart attack and … wait, I’d inherit millions TELL HER NOW, I NEED MORE STOCKS.
Ok, I did very well with gold. Yes, I’m on of those rookies that squeezes one bar of soap at a time. No laughing, ok? And, yes I refuse to buy any of these “advanced stock trading tutorial” books, that want you to send money to their hedge fund at the end of the book. However, I have read the “fundamentals” i.e. the bible of trading. Should be to the right in that book wheel thingy.
Ok, I’ll stop procrastinating.
Oh and I think we ALL should short Gold, GLD, because Cramer advised everyone to buy buy buy. BOOYA! How about just booooooooooooo!
red back mining rbi, toronto
May 18 – Close
TSE data delayed by 15 mins – Disclaimer
1. Range 25.75 – 26.75
2. 52 week 8.20 – 28.90
3. Open 26.00
4. Vol / Avg. 1.21M/1.91M
5. Mkt cap 6.03B
6. P/E 50.00
7. Div/yield –
8. EPS 0.52
9. Shares 232.46M
10. Beta 0.56
11. Inst. own
S&P TSX 11,764.51 -0.41%
RBI 25.95 -2.63%
Everyone was freaked out over this a week back. I couldn’t turn on anything without seeing this. Looks like they pulled the plug? I’m always late. So I think it’s a good short opportunity.
(the “Company” or “Red Back”) is pleased to advise that it has closed the C$600 million private placement financing with Kinross Gold Corporation (“Kinross”) (News Release: May 4, 2010).
Kinross now holds 24 million common shares of Red Back representing approximately 9.4% of Red Back’s issued and outstanding common shares. The shares are subject to a statutory four month hold period.
capstone cs, toronto
Last Trade: 2.55
Trade Time: May 18
Change: 0.00 (0.00%)
Prev Close: 2.55
1y Target Est: N/A
Day’s Range: 2.51 – 2.64
52wk Range: 2.08 – 3.30
Avg Vol (3m): 1,266,560
Market Cap: N/A
P/E (ttm): N/A
EPS (ttm): N/A
Div & Yield: N/A (N/A)
This one, I have no idea about. A friend of a friend of a friend, who wrote a book, or was it on a bathroom wall…. hmmm…. oh where was I? Yes, he recommended it. Yeah, so it goes on my watch list. It’s near its 52 week high, so I think it’s a good short opportunity.
Capstone Mining Corp. (CS: TSX) today announced that production at its Minto copper-gold mine in the Yukon has returned to normal levels following the resolution of issues with the tailings plant. The Minto mill has run at 3,100 to 3,200 tonnes per day (“tpd”) through the weekend, with no evidence of sliming in the tailings plant.
silvercorp metals svm
Last Trade: 7.91
Trade Time: May 18
Change: 0.00 (0.00%)
Prev Close: 7.91
1y Target Est: N/A
Day’s Range: 7.91 – 8.16
52wk Range: 3.08 – 9.21
Avg Vol (3m): 775,306
Market Cap: N/A
P/E (ttm): N/A
EPS (ttm): N/A
Div & Yield: N/A (N/A)
Silvercorp will pay its FY2010 fourth quarter dividend of CAD$0.02 per share on July 21, 2010, to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 30, 2010. The declaration and amount of any future dividends will remain at the discretion of the Board of Directors and may be adjusted in the future based on fluctuations in metal prices and the Company’s cash flows. The dividends are considered eligible dividends for Canadian tax purposes.
3, 2, 1 “SEARCH WARRANT!” BAAM!
“This video shows a search warrant served by the Columbia Mo. police department. The cops bust in this guys house in the middle of the night and shoot his two dogs (one a pit bull that was caged in the kitchen and the other a Corgi) with children in the home. It turns out that rather than a big time drug dealer, this guy had a small pipe with some resin in it, a grinder, and what the cops here call “a small amount of marijuana” (meaning less than a few grams). We here in Columbia want everyone to know what kind of police department we have here, check out our “finest” in action.” – Psychostyle
That’s right folks, after all that, the police found virtually nothing in the man’s house. In the realm of search warrants and busting down doors, a personal pipe is absolutely nothing. This family was terrorized by these thugs. And, who do you go to, for justice against the police department. As you can see in the video, these weren’t rogue cops out on a joy ride, there were at least 6 officers in view, and the recording is being down by an officer and we cannot see who’s behind him helping, nor who stayed outside as backup. This goes on in America every day and every night.
Police are out of control and need to be stopped. Get these murderous thugs out of uniform. Don’t turn a blind eye, because once they are done with Blacks, Mexicans and others, they’ll come for you.
“THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
THEN THEY CAME for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up.”
Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)
Don’t stand idly by, thinking they would never come for you, because you’ve done nothing wrong. A lot of these very people, as you can see above, have done nothing wrong. The police departments are just disgraceful. They need to be cleaned out from top to bottom. They need fresh new people in there that are here to PROTECT citizens, not terrorize them.
Unfunny, Unattractive and Obvious, and Those are Kathy Griffin’s Good Qualities
So a new neighbor moved into the complex, white guy, single and of course homosexual. [ just sayin facts ] He’s loud, boisterous and broke. I lent him a power chord the fist day I met. Hey, I’m a nice guy. Wanna fight about it? So invariably, this loud, boisterous, chubby, gay guy likes to talk about rather serious subjects. And, he asks me my opinions. Now I’ve been knowing this guy for all of 5 days. Invariably he gets upset at my answers.
Oh, wait, I bet you think I’m saying I’m anti-gay or homophobic or something crazy like that. No, no and no! I give him my opinion on what adults should really be looking at, and how they should see things.
For instance, he has the Avatar DVD. He is into all this “metaphysical” stuff, which he likes to talk about constantly, and knows nothing about. [but I never said anything to him about that, so don’t think I’m rude] So he goes on about the world tree and how Avatar was a movie about metaphysical things. He then turns to me and asks me what I thought about Avatar the movie. You know me. I turned to him and said “I’ll tell you what it’s about in 2 sentences, but are you prepared to listen?” “SURE!” he says. So I say, “Avatar is a military propaganda movie that makes little wet teenage boys go sign up for the Army and get murdered in Iraq and Afghanistan, murdering mothers and children in the street, with or without orders from superior officers.” Somehow he didn’t like that answer. He goes off on “didn’t you see the world tree?” To which I reply, “dude you’re 30 years old, you don’t know that when you see a movie there’s the obvious things that are shown in front of your face, but equally obvious is the message tucked just under the cover. It’s why little girls go see my little pony over and over. It’s why wet behind the ears young men go see Hurt Locker. Neither group has to think very much to get what the movie is really about, making them feel safe, but putting pictures in front of their faces that teaches them that killing is ok and a girl’s place is stomp on men’s testicles. Hello UNDERWORLD the movie.”
So he changed the subject.
Next he goes into his Kathy Griffin, Giffith, Gifford.. whatever her no-talent name is, impersonation. He does the voice of everyone in the show. I don’t watch T.V. so I have to guess at who is who, doing what to whom. Then he says, “Kathy Griffin is for gay marriage.” And, I say, of course, “OH REALLY?” “Yes,” he says. “She is parked right in Washington until they approve gay marriage.” I sigh and say, “Kathy Griffin is not gay. She is not for gay marriage. She is just a wannabe that is doing something to get her name out there.” He goes into a tirade about how she is fighting for “our” [his] rights to get married. I say, “she is no more for gay rights than that Matt Damon character who is playing Mr. Smith on your movie right now. She’s an actress and could care less if you get married or not. She’s pandering to gay people, because they pay the duckets to come see her show, and watch her religiously on Bravo.”
At that, he asked me to leave his house.
I walked home thinking, is this why congress and the senators are just running roughshod all over us? We’re a country full of babies who can’t handle the truth, even when that truth is as plain as the nose on our face?
I don’t personally know Kathy Griffin, admittedly. But, I’d be willing to bet my jockey shorts that she is exactly as I described above. She is in it for the money. Let’s say her fan base is 55% gay. What else is she going to do, but come out for gay marriage?
Let’s look back at another starlette. Donna Summer, the disco queen, HATED gay people, or so I’ve heard. It wasn’t until a manager crunched the numbers and showed her how much they bought her records FOR YEARS, that she all of a sudden changed her mind and said she loved them. Awww, happy ending, awwww. I mean really. Grown men, gay or not, fell for that?
So back to my grown, 31 year old [today was his b-day] neighbor. So I told him what I consider the truth. Now, you know I told him to research it. He wouldn’t have anything to do with it. He doesn’t even want to know if she’s lying or telling the truth.
He goes on and on raving about how wonderful she is, and that she parades her alcoholic drunk mother on national t.v. I say, “is that how she wants to achieve fame? By shaming her mother on national T.V.? By making her family name dirt? How horrible is that?” I don’t get it. Who claps while their 92 year old drunk mom pukes on the floor while cameras are rolling?
And, this 32 year old thinks this is the height of comedy and coolness. Have I walked off into the land of stupid? Is this country really that depraved? REALLY?
It’s no wonder he got mad and kicked me out of his apartment. He thinks drunk 90 yr old women are cool.
Now watch, when I go over there and yank MY power chord out of his computer he’s gonna be a sad panda. And, I’ll think nothing of it. I’ll plop it right in the box where I had it and keep on typing.
Bad Reviews for Cataclysm
Tons of reviews by professionals and fans alike have been pouring into the web. I have yet to see one that is positive. Couple that with fan comments on the reviews and you have a staggering situation where Blizzard / Activision might lose money on the expansion. What is shocking is that Blizzard is proud of their changes and see no reason to reconsider them.
Below is some of what a blue posted on the WOW forums.
Single Character Lockout [good only for casual gamers]
The first of the refinements being made is that we’re combining all raid sizes and difficulties into a single lockout. Unlike today, 10- and 25-player modes of a single raid will share the same lockout. You can defeat each raid boss once per week per character. In other words, if you wanted to do both a 10- and 25-person raid in a single week, you’d need to do so on two different characters. Normal versus Heroic mode will be chosen on a per-boss basis in Cataclysm raids, the same way it works in Icecrown Citadel. Obviously the raid lockout change doesn’t apply in pure Icecrown terms though, as this change goes hand-in-hand with a few other changes to raid progression in Cataclysm.
10 and 25 mans are the same
We’re designing and balancing raids so that the difficulty between 10- and 25-player versions of each difficulty will be as close as possible to each other as we can achieve. That closeness in difficulty also means that we’ll have bosses dropping the same items in 10- and 25-player raids of each difficulty. They’ll have the same name and same stats; they are in fact the exact same items.
Heroic 10 and 25 mans are the same
Choosing Heroic mode will drop a scaled-up version of those items. Our hope is that players will be able to associate bosses with their loot tables and even associate specific artwork with specific item names to a far greater extent than today.
Dungeon Difficulty and Rewards
10- and 25-player (normal difficulty) — Very similar to one another in difficulty; drop the exact same items as each other.
10- and 25-player (Heroic difficulty) — Very similar to one another in difficulty; drop more powerful versions of the normal-difficulty items.
What does all of this mean?
Casual gamers are sought after. Even to the destruction of the entire original idea of the game. So the casual gamer can log in once a week, and be in exact same spot that someone that plays 80hours in a week. They will have the same equipment. They will have the same amount of emblems. They will have everything you have and only have to log in once a week.
I could go on and on about how the casual gamer is now the focal point of the business model, but why bother.
Will People Not Buy the Expansion
After seeing all of the massive outcry and bad reviews, it is a very safe bet to say that their expansion sales expectations are going to be shattered. Yes! I do not think the core gamers will buy the expansion. People are already eyeing Star Wars Old Republic Online. I’m not! Looks awful to me.
A lot of the wow-fanboys are going crazy trying to hush up the bad reviews. They’re calling them names and saying they are whiners. But, take a step back. Professional reviewers are giving it the thumbs down? Are they whining too? Open your eyes. The expansion is horrible. Granted the company has the right to change their mind about the lore of the story, as if WOW is based on a story at all. Maybe the RPers just don’t rate high in Blizzard’s book. They have literally emasculated the lore. Fanboy answer?: it’s their story they can do whatever they want. How about a little consistency, at least.
Many fans originally played WOW because of the very nice story that Warcraft involved. It was detailed and very 3 dimensional. You felt for the characters in the story. It shocked, amazed and saddened you. It was better than a movie.
So, I’m expecting a bad show for the new expansion. Don’t hate me for saying that. I just have a very strong feeling everyone is going to be shocked.
Maybe Blizzard Doesn’t Care
It might be that Blizzard is concentrating on other projects, which are now WOW related [GASP] and hence don’t really care about their current franchise. Why would i say that?
“I wanted to take a moment to let the community know that I’ve switched roles here at Blizzard to work on our upcoming, unannounced MMO. World of Warcraft has been such a central part of my life these past six and a half years, and it’s success would not have been possible without the tremendous community around it, so I wanted to say thank you to all our players who’ve shared this amazing experience with us so far,” Kaplan said. – 2/12/09
That’s right folks, from the mouth of Jeff “Tigole” Kaplan, one of the lead designers of WOW and one of the original guildmate of head Designer Rob Pardo. That’s right folks, he is working on an unnamed MMO. Maybe, the fans that keep abreast of news like this, who then sees Cataclysm’s utter failure, see the writing on the wall. Maybe Blizzard is concentrating on their new MMO. Man cannot serve two masters.
How a Mother Should Love
Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines the word Schism as “Division or Separation”. The word Schism could be used to describe “racism”, which is a division or separation of people. In the Old Testament, the Lord called Abraham to Himself, and made out of Abraham a people called Israel, or the Hebrews. After God called and made the nation of Israel, the rest of the people were then known as Gentiles. So there was a division between God’s people, the Jews and the Gentiles. The Israelites, in times past, had a right, even a commandment “not” to mingle with the ungodly people, but when Jesus came on the scene, He broke down the barrier between the Jews and the Gentiles, and made it possible for all men to be saved.
I would like to introduce you to the woman in this story, she was a Gentile, she was a Canaanite woman. She was a mother, and in desperate need of help for her daughter. Jesus and His disciples, were the Israelites to whom this woman went to seek help.
The following scriptures contain the details of this story. St. Matthew 15:21-28
15:21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.
15:22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
Right away, we see this woman coming to Jesus with a very serious problem, she has a daughter, who is possessed of the devil. This mother does not mince words, she gets right to the point: “….. Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.”
The Word of God does not tell us here, how the woman knew that the problem her daughter was experiencing was caused from demonic oppression, but we can safely guess that the girl was displaying some abnormal behavior. Perhaps she was speaking evil words, such as extreme profanity. Perhaps she was foaming at the mouth, which sometimes has been attributed to demonic influence, or she may have become extremely violent, either toward herself, or toward others. Either way, this mother decided that she needed help for her child, and she was on a mission to get that help from the Lord, God.
How many of us today, in this woman’s situation, would have taken the child to a doctor, and eventually had the child admitted to a mental institution? Or if the person was older, would have removed the person from the home, and placed him/her in a convalescent home, when all the person really needed was God.
Let us see how Jesus handles this request from this loving mother.
15:23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
The Lord, of course, is “a Master” at testing a person’s will, motives and desires. So initially Jesus did not respond to the woman at all. “But he answered her not a word…..” She then turns and goes after the Lord’s disciples, and tries to get them to help her. And the disciples, in turn went to Jesus, and begged Jesus to “get the woman off their backs!”
“…..And the disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.” Not much compassion her for this woman, from the disciples. But I love her perseverance. This is the power of love for her child, at work.
After Jesus’ disciples had the opportunity to respond to the woman, and failed to do so, Jesus then turned to her, and spoke these words to her:
15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
She understood exactly what this meant. Jesus indicated to her that the only people that could qualify for help from the Lord, was the people of Israel. If I were that woman, at that point, I probably would have turned and ran away, weeping as I went. But not this loving mother. Instead, she had a completely different reaction, she began to “worship” the Lord!
15:25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
Instead of becoming angry, upset, and disappointed, this mother no doubt, bowed herself to the ground, and worshiped the Lord. One pastor put it this way, “Worship is how we touch God’s heart.” I have always found this to be true. Try this yourself, instead of expressing your disappointment to the Lord about what He has, or has not, done for you, learn to worship Him instead.
Nevertheless, even after the woman falls down and worships the Lord, the Lord gives her yet another the test. He gave her the “racism test”. Few of us can pass that test. The Gentiles were sometimes looked upon by the Jews as less than human, “as dogs”, as it were. This woman was very much aware of this, as Jesus spoke to her:
15:26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.
What would you have done if this Man, whom you believed had the power to heal your child, called you “a dog”! The Lord gave this woman the ultimate test of endurance. He insulted her. What will she do now?!! Most people would have retaliated and called the Lord a name in return, or defended themselves, and let the Lord know that they were sorely displeased with His words. But this mother fooled us all, and taught us all a great lesson. The Lesson: If you know without a shadow of doubt, where you stand in God, “stand fast.” Do not let negative words stop you. Look at her response:
15:27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.
This is power of love personified. This mother cannot afford to allow words to turn her from her goal. Her daughter is at home, suffering. Her home is in a wreck. This mother needs God’s help. Even if she is tempted to let the words stop her, she has no one else to whom she can go. She believed that this Jewish Savior was her last hope. After the Lord spoke these words to her, and implied that she as a Gentile, was no more than “a dog”. She wisely responded, “…..Truth, Lord:” She never faulted, she stayed her course. What she was saying to the Lord, for future generations was: “If you say so, I’ll be a dog, but at least Lord, be as nice to me, as the average person is to his dog. Let me have the crumbs that fall from the Master’s table.”
Persistence paid off. The Reward is received:
15:28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
This Canaanite woman had the persistence that only a mother could have. She stood the test. She sought the Lord on behalf of her child. She worshiped the Lord, and she received her petition from the Lord.
There are three major issues covered in this lesson:
- Parents, pray for your children: We as parents must first know the Lord for ourselves, then we must pray for our children to be saved. We must fight to help our children be delivered from the hands of the Enemy;
- Recognize the devices of Satan: Through study of God’s Word, we must learn to recognize the devices of Satan, and how he operates. We must not mistakenly identify the devils devices in our lives, or the lives of our children.
- Don’t allow our feelings to rule us: With the help of God’s Holy Spirit, we must fight past the feelings of rejection, racism, or hate, in order to reach our godly goals in life; whether that be helping our children, ourselves, or others. God bless you.
[ special thanks to http://www.paulstravelblog.com/ for wonderful pictures ]
Facing What Makes You Uncomfortable Like a Man
How many of you remember the Mexican comedy El Chavo del Ocho, an off shoot of the well known Mexican comedy El Chapulin Colorado. In the show El Chavo del Ocho, Mister Villagran played a character named Quico, who was an adult who dressed up like a kid. In fact, he played the part of a spoil brat, who was always crying about this or that. Some of us in the Kingdom of God is like Quico. Though we should be all grown up in God, we still sometimes act like spoil brats.
In the 7th chapter of St. Luke, beginning at the first verse, we see that the Lord was very busy! From the time he entered into Capernaum, it started. And a certain centurion’s servant, was sick and ready to die. And eventually Jesus healed the servant.
Jesus, then, while walking along, came upon a funeral, and pall bearers were carrying the only son of a widow woman to his grave. The Bible says that Jesus had compassion on the woman and raised the young man from the dead. This act caused the people to be very amazed, and fearful, and many began to glorify God. But there were those who also rejected Jesus. Their goal was to discredit and destroy Jesus.
Luke 7:30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.
The Lord indicated that these men were like children in that they were not mature enough to stand on their own. They found it necessary to try and get everyone else to “play their games with them”. And they also took the position of, “no fair,” if anyone refused to play with them. This is the attitude of many in the Kingdom of God today. They have taken “a light-hearted attitude” concerning some very crucial topics, that of their God, and that of their souls.
Listen to what the Lord says about these men or people:
Luke 7:31 And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like?
It is clear that the Lord is talking about men, adults, man-kind. He says, “….the men of this generation?” And like always, the Word of God transcends time. It speaks to us in every generation, for all times. In observation of the behavior of many people, the Lord seems to reflect in his thoughts, in the latter part of Luke 7:31, “and to what are they like?” Then the Lord answers His own question; and who better to answer it.
Luke 7:32 They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.
When we here the expression, “…in the marketplace,” we must picture an “outdoor market”, in another land. This is not an indoor super market in big city, U.S. In this market place, there are booths with fruits and vegetables, meat, beans, rice. And there are men or women manning these booths. The children are running all around entertaining themselves by playing games. Lets look at the first game they play:
“….We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced.” They are playing a game which involves some type of celebration. Part of the children will supply the music, and the others should dance to the music. But one half of the children have noticed that the other half is “not playing fair.” Again the children scream, “….We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced.” “No fair!” This is all that is on these children minds. But, remember, the Lord is not talking about children at all, He is talking about men, who for whatever reason, have not taken life seriously. They have taken the position of spoiled brats in the Kingdom. Many times in our congregations, we find people who seem to think that life is just a big party. “If it feels good, do it.” “I am only hurting myself.” and so on. “God means for His children to be rich!” And these people want the other people to go along with them, “no questions asked.”
Now, let’s look at the second game the children are playing while in the Market Place: “we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.” These children are playing a ‘funeral game’. This is the game of death. In times past, when someone close to you died, and there were not sufficient mourners around, the family would sometimes hire people to mourn, or ask people to help them mourn. But there is something more serious going on here. It is the attitude of the children toward death. Many children in our culture, in the United States, have gotten a false concept of death. It is like they see on the cartoons. One cartoon character shots the other character full of holds. The character who got shot drinks water, and the water comes out of the holds…..”ha, ha, ha, ha!” The next scene, the character who got shot in the last scene is alive and well. No problem! That is the way a child may see death. Is it possible that this is why, for the past 30 years we have had so many of our young people killing each other. For whatever reason, our young people have decided that death is no big thing. Neither is dying, and spending eternity separated from God. It is just a game!
So the second illustration the Lord gives in the St. Luke 7:32, “…..we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.” This is the way the game is played, one kid shoots the other kid, and the shot kid falls downs and plays dead, then the mourners come and cry for the shot kid, “boo-hoo-boo-hoo-hoo.” But the Lord is saying that some of us are acting like spoiled brats. We are playing with thing, with which we should not play.
And how do we as Saints of the Most High respond to respond to those around us who have gotten these childish concepts about life, salvation, or God. Are we prepared to help them grow up in God.
Let me share this testimony with you. Some years ago, someone wrote me a letter about my method of sharing the gospel. The person suggested that I should start my sermons out with a joke. Many pastors do this to get the audience laughing, and relaxed. The person went on to tell me: “You are too serious. You need to lighten up a bit.” So I took the matter to God in prayer. I asked the Lord if that was true: that I was too serious? Should I joke before preaching?” The Lord so graciously answered me. He told me this: “Many preachers are cracking jokes in the pulpit, while My (God’s) people are on their way to hell.” The Lord also told me this: “If it had not been serious, I would not have died.” Amen?
Let’s bring back a touch of elegance and class to our country. The manners and language of a country exemplifies how well they live. One can literally take a social measuring stick and get a perfect view of how well the citizens life according how well mannered they are. The less well mannered they are, the lower their standard of living. It is quite simple to understand that the further away from being animal-like one behaves, the better standard of living one has. The reverse is equally true. The better one’s manners, the higher one’s standard of living will climb.
How to Treat a Lady
Very often gentlemen are disappointed by the ladies they associate or call on. After the initial attraction wears off, the gentleman is astonished to find the person is no lady at all. While popular culture tries to do away with this notion of ladies, it clings to the notion of gentlemen. One cannot have a gentleman without a lady. Trust me when I say, we do not want to live in a world where there are no longer any gentlemen. While we may exist without ladies, gentlemen are a must, unless we cease to claim calling ourselves human any more.
About the disappointment gentlemen feel, when they discover the person they are with is no lady at all. If one were to treat all females as ladies, those who are not ladies would excuse themselves immediately. The pressure a gentleman brings upon a lady, that is not one, is too much to bear. A female that is not lady-like cannot tolerate being treated in such a manner.
Therefore, treating all females as ladies has a built-in defense mechanism.
So let us go over how a gentleman should treat a lady.
- he should always address her proper title: Miss, Mrs, ma’am
- he should hold her in deference:
- hold doors open for her
- give her the right of way when walking
- rise when she approaches to sit down
- present a chair for her to sit down
- push her chair in when she is seated
- allow her to speak and join in on conversations, even if the topic is not of her expertise, a fresh viewpoint is always amusing
- do not assume familiarity with her person[body], even if you have known her for some time
- for elderly ladies, he should try to assist her in any way he can, to make sure she is comfortable at all times
- he should never ever mistake her for a man
That last point is very serious and it means something far deeper than the words. Too often young gentlemen forget that females are not men. They forget, and treat them like men. With another male, a gentleman can be very blunt, harsh, or even cruel. Treating a lady in such a way would be the height of uncouth behavior. One does not do that.
A gentleman should have far stronger mettle to withstand anything a lady can do or say. One should never tolerate infidelity, but harsh words of a lady should be like mosquito bites to a gentleman. However, a gentleman should never retaliate at harsh words, even from another gentleman. He should always maintain a calm composure and evaluate if he should excuse himself or not. Should he determine that the person is in fact not a lady, he should excuse himself immediately. It would be shameful and as equally unacceptable should a gentleman entangle himself with a female of poor manners. A gentleman needs a lady, just as a lady needs a gentleman. One cannot consort with beggars and thieves and expect your social standing to be maintained or climb. One cannot consort with beggars and thieves and pine for a decent conversation.
There have been many occasions where I have held my tongue and treated a female like a lady, only to find out later she was the daughter of my boss, or business partner, or worse, his wife. Treating all females as ladies then works to your advantage then. Your good manners and behavior may be rewarded in real monetary ways. Also, promoting someone who is well-mannered is far more palatable than someone who is uncouth. Imagine if you treated clients in such a way as well, what a fine example you would be for your firm’s reputation. This could translate into more sales for your firm, and more promotions for you.