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    Fall of a nation

     

    Fall of a Nation Fall of a Nation By arsmith Jeremiah 51:6-51:18 Babylon is Fallen. Is the United States, Spiritual Babylon? Jer.51:6-18. I read an article the other day, concerning the vast wealth of America and the massive influence that she has over the rest of the world. Most banking systems are located in New York City, Gold, Silver, Diamonds and all manner of costly stones and commerce is located here. International travel is centered here and the major religions around the world look at her. Most commentators look at the Kingdom of the Chaldes as Babylon, which is probably correct, but we are looking at spiritual Babylon. Syria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Russia, China all combined together, constitute a spiritual and physical Babylon, because of the vast wealth and resources they poses. In my opinion these will in time constitute a great threat to Israel and her soventry and safety. Russia will try to exploit Israel as she prospers, and according to prophecy, Israel will bloom. China will, collaborate with Syria and the rest of the nations, under the leadership of the anti-christ, to destroy Israel, at the battle of Armageddon. The question here is, America, spiritual Babylon. In the past 60 years, America has become the center of commerce, and religion. She has been dubbed, the Golden one of all nations, for wealth power and knowledge. Knowledge has been increased, we can even clone animals, probably even people. All Nations are jealous of her and have become drunk on her way of life. You’ve herd other nations talk about the western influence, on c lothes, movies, music, food, and freedom, their talking about the things that America offers the world. The United States Supreme Court in 1865 , stated that this Nation was “CHRISTIAN” and owed everything to its creator. What has happened sense to change such a dramatic statement? Have we forgotten our Creator, have we forgotten all that He has done for us? Lets look at some scripture, then you can decide for yourself. Jer. 51:6-18, “BABYLON HATH BEEN A GOLDEN CUP IN THE lORDS HAND, that made all the earth drunken; the nations have drunk of her wine; therefore the nations are mad. WE would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed; forsake her and let us go everyone into his own country, for His device is against Babylon to destroy it.” This is a nation of power, a nation of influence, a nation of back-sliders, a nation that has turned against God, and is standing alone in the world as the only super power. All nations are turning against America and she now is alone to face the judgment of God. Babylon the great harlot, that has made the nations of the world drunken with her power and influence and abundance is becoming a nation of indifference, her power is failing, she cannot defend her own boarders, her wealth is dwindelling and her influence has fallen. False religions are created everywhere, marring and giving in marriage, man with man, woman with woman, and no end in sight. Is America the spiritual Babylon or is there another with the same power that she holds, the influence. The world has for some time now looked at Babylon the city of Iraq, for answers. Yes Sadam Husain was rebuilding it, but that was the physical Babylon and the scripture is speaking of Babylon the great whore. Is Rome Babylon? Unlikely, Tiberius of Rome in the days after Christ was crucified, stated that Rome was the center of all hypocrisy, lust, greed and whoredom. So where does that leave us, America. Jeremiah stated that God would have healed Babylon but she was not willing. Could I be wrong, maby, but here we have a chance to look into our selves to evaluate our faith and trust in God. A chance to look into the past to search out the future. I have noticed that sometimes, when confronted with the truth or a different interpretation, many scholars resist and deneigh the interpretation. But we must start look at the scripture a little closer to seek out the truth, while we still can. Why is this so important for the church to discuss ? Because all these things are tied into the coming rapture of the church, Jesus said, “when you see all these things come to pass, know that the end is near, even at the door.” I believe not only are we near the door but Christ may even have His hand on the door upon the walls of Babylon{guards at air ports, train stations, power plants, coast guard, F. B.I., C. I.A.}, make the watch strong,{National alert system}, set up the watch men, prepair the ambushers, {9-11}, for the Lord hath both devised and done that which he spake knob. Last of all lets look at Jer. 51:12, “ Set the standard against the inhabitants of Babylon.” I wanted to give you something to think about, to awaken the Bride of Christ, do not sleep, as those that sleep, but awaken unto righteousness. Be sober and not drunken, for a time is coming, for a fall of a nation.

         
    Family well being promised to christians

     

    There are too many Scriptures to cite here which show that we can pray in faith for our family. Over and over again, we are told that it will go well with our children. These many Scriptures demonstrate the great fact that our families are included in the promises from God to Abraham. The Abrahamic covenant included four great blessings. They were healing, prosperity, and family well being in addition to salvation. Over four hundred years later, God added the Mosaic Law to the blessing promises in the Abrahamic covenant to deal with their sin problem. Here is how this worked. When a Jew sinned in the Old Testament period, he was required to make the proper sacrifice for his particular sin. When he did, he maintained the blessings he was born with in the Abrahamic covenant. As we showed above, they were healing, prosperity and family well being in addition to salvation. Now, the Jew who sins no longer makes animal sacrifices because God no longer accepts them. Now, He only accepts the blood of his son, Jesus. You see, Jesus is now God’s final sacrifice for sin. Therefore, the Jew who sins must now accept Jesus as God’s final sacrifice for his sins. When he accepts Jesus as the final sacrifice for sin, the sinning Jew maintains what he was born with in the Abrahamic covenant, namely, healing, prosperity and family well being in addition to his salvation. When you see Scriptures, like the ones we list in this article, that say there are commandments that must be kept to receive well being for our families, this is exactly right. But right how? You see, part of the commandments in the Mosaic Law were the commands to sacrifice properly when anyone sinned. These commands to sacrifice were, indeed, an inconvenience. Nevertheless, any one could obey these commands to sacrifice properly. Now that Jesus is the final sacrifice for sin, when a Jew who has accepted Jesus sins, rather than make the animal sacrifice to maintain his blessing of family well being, he tells Jesus what he did and requests cleansing for it. In other words, he claims the blood of Christ as his cleansing. He claims it by faith as having been his once for all sacrifice. I Jn 1:9 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (KJV) Furthermore, we Gentile Christians are grafted into this blessing promise of family well being right along with Abraham. Here is just a few of these building scriptures for your family well being. We look at the actual grafting Scripture later but now look at some specific promises of family well being. Deut 4:40 Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, forever. (KJV) Above is the classic Abrahamic promise: God promises to make sure that all goes well with us (including prolonged days) and with our children. Remember that in the Old Testament, the commandments they had to keep included the animal sacrifices when they sinned by breaking any of the other commandments. Remember also that God no longer accepts the blood of bulls and goats. He only accepts the blood of Jesus. Isa 44:3-4 3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: 4 And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses. (KJV) Here, both God’s Spirit and his blessings are poured upon his offspring. (These are our children.) In addition, they spring up where it is fertile and safe, as among the grass and the watercourses. These are precious promises and they belong to us Christians today by grafting. When we Gentiles receive Christ as our savior, we are grafted into every one of the above promises. Our roots go back to Genesis 12 and so do the roots of our children. Rom 11:17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; (KJV) This is an amazing thing. Our children are right there with us. What benefits there are for Gentile grafted Christians. As a member of the Abrahamic Seed Group, not only us but also our children are promised the very same things that God promised Abraham, namely, healing, prosperity, family being and salvation. We were and are important to God. He wants us to feel and know the level of importance he has placed upon us beginning in Genesis 12. God has so much in store for our children as the following scriptures plainly state. Isa 54:13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children. (KJV) Is there any Christian parent today who does not pray and long for peace for their children? Ever since my children were born, one of my main prayers for them has been the prayer for peace. Furthermore, I have wanted them to be taught of God. Here, however, God goes way past being taught about God, he says he will teach my children himself. Ps 103:17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; (KJV) The children’s children mentioned here are our children. God says that his righteousness will not only be upon us but also upon our children and our grandchildren. This is almost too good to be true. But it is true! You see there are sixty promises in the Abrahamic covenant and thirteen of these sixty promises include us Gentile Christians. We Gentile Christians are grafted into the Abrahamic covenant right along with the Jews. These promises concerning the children include our children also. Isa 49:25 25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children. (KJV) God is a God of War for the Abrahamic Seed Group. Those of our children who might be taken captive by the devil and his strongholds will be delivered. Thank God that the battle is the Lord’s and not ours. He said above that he will contend with him that contends against us. This is a real encouragement for me. I have had to face some battles in my life. Yet, God always comes through for me. There is even more. He also says above that He will save out children. Get this well! “I will save thy children.” Do you get this? God will save our children. He promised over and over in his covenant with Abraham that all would go well with us and with our children. Therefore, God must deliver. He must save our children. He must come through for our little ones. We are grafted into the promises of Abraham. Start acting on these Scriptures. Speak them out loud. Quit saying how bad things are for your children. Speak over them these promises listed here. God will perform what He has said when you speak them.

         
    Fan merchandise logo gear

     

    How do you explain the growth of the sports industry and millions of fans that exist today? Together we share our team or athlete’s successes. We also share their heartbreak when they lose. Supporting them is expressing our own desire for excellence. Most retail sports specialty stores that carry team logo and gear for sports fans understand this and it is their commitment to provide you, their “champion” customer, with the highest quality sports and fan merchandise at the best prices! Sports and fan gear such as team logo and gear has quite a history in America. No sooner had organized sports started becoming popular in the late 1800’s than the sporting goods industry appeared and fans flocked to buy a baseball glove or cap signed by their favorite player! To this day one of the most recognizable logos in history is the single letter “B” – the logo of the Brooklyn Dodgers who, incidentally, stopped playing in 1957. The world of sports grew and fans grew right along with it. In today’s world the abundance of sports and fan merchandise can be overwhelming to the customer, so much so that it is often difficult to choose where to go to find the item you’re looking for. At team logo and gear retail stores, they often have streamlined the process to provide the easiest and most enjoyable shopping experience for all our customers with our easy-to-navigate website and unsurpassed customer service program! Team logo and gear retail stores, has access to thousands of licensed professional sports and fan gear – from football to baseball caps. Customers have direct access to the leading stores in the industry today as well as the ability to take advantage of our many coupons, reduced shipping costs and other special promotions. The end result is, the customer receive exactly what you want, and at the best price! Fans are often invited you to browse for a certain items or brand their own or take advantage of excellent customer service where qualified service representatives will work with their customers in determining which items to purchase and even “shop” for you, finding you the best deal possible. Visiting local team logo and gear retail is not the only way for fans to shop. Many fans shop on the internet. Most online retailers carry items that they would normally not carry in a regular retail shop. Logo and gear retail stores appreciate their fans passion for sports and look forward to them visiting their store!

         
    Fatima in portugal moves mountains

     

    Fatima, Portugal is one of the few places on earth that everyone, be they christians or not, associates with the word miracle and deep faith. It was once a poor village in the Beira region where the economy was in a profound depression and there was just enough to get by on and life was a big struggle. But one day the appearance of the Virgen Mary or as others have called them the Marian Apparitions changed the life and fame and everyone referred to the Virgen as Our Lady of Fatima. It rapidly became a great sanctuary of pilgrimage, and today it is one of the most important ones in all of Europe. Messages from Fatima On May 13th 1917, at a time when one part of the world was in war with the other and when people needed spiritual guidance and something strong to believe in, the Virgen Mary made her appearance to three young children who were taking care of their sheep near their village called Aljustral. For the next five months, the Virgen Mary called upon these children in the same place called the Cova de Iria and on the same day. As it to be expected, who was going to believe Lucia who was 10, 9 year old Francisco Marto and his sister Jacinta who was 7. The messages that the Virgen had passed on to them seemed so unreal and far fetched, predictions that seemed so futuristic for these simple towns people. They probably expected religious advice and preaching, but the message that three children had to pass on was more of a political warning with a moral basis to it. The Virgen wanted to express the idea that if the Soviet Union converted to Catholism and opened its borders to the free world, all of which could probably avoid more wars which always produced horrible endings. She also indicated a strong desire that the Berlin wall be knocked down so that the poeple of the world could unite and become one, all under Catholism. She also warned that the highest representation of the Catholic church would be in danger. Everything she told the shepards seemed hard to understand but as we can see nowadays, everything has come true. For me the most shocking predictions that we have lived through is the terrorist attack on Pope John Paul II’s life. But back then it was a test of faith which we can see today has been passed quite well by the people. Fatima’s Colossal Square Soon after the appearances, many people gathered at the spot where the Virgin appeared and so a small chapel was built and a figure sculptured by Jose Ferreira Thedim of the Virgin. But in 1922 a bomb destroyed it and a new one was immediately built and in 1928 the Basilica del Rosario was finished. Ever since that glorious day, Fatima‘s history has taken on new dimensions and meaning for the whole world. It has become a study place for those wanting to follow a religious life as there are about seventy religious buildings and more than ten religious schools. When you arrive in the immense plaza that surrounds the Basilica, other than contemplating the splendorous church, you will come across people who have decided to make their way to the Appearance Chapel‘ on their knees. There is a special path starting at the entrance and leading up to the chapel, going around the back part, where people light candles and ending up at the main altar in the front. In front of the chapel there is a column that shows you exactly where the Virgin appeared. To the right of the oratory there is the Big Oak tree ( having had to be replaced once ) where the three shepard children would wait for the miracles. In the centre of the square is a statue to the Sacred Heart, in the exact same place where a stream of water came forth during the period of the miracles. And inside the Basilica lay the tombs of the three shepards who have graced Fatima with their courage and continuing faith. Room for all I imagine that right from the beginning, the people of Fatima opened their homes to all wishing to share the religious experience that was happening at that time. Since then, many hotels, youth hostels and camp grounds have been built to accomodate the heavy influx of tourism. All hotels or pensions have restaurants and the majority of them are located on the Rua Jacinta Marto or Rua Francisco Marto. One excellent place to eat where I have personally been is the restaurant called Tia Alice. It is placed in an old wine cellar ( therefore the decoration is as if you were in a nicely decorated cave) and the food is exquisite. Be sure to reserve well in advance. In the town Cova de Iria, about 2 kilometres away, there are more accomodations which can be easily reached by rented car. Spend a few days in Lisbon too as it is the centre and capital of Portugal and offers interesting sights to see.

         
    Feng shui your web site

     

    Less is Good This relates to the fact that more free space (on a web page) would allow positive energy or ch’i to flow around which then in turn would create a positive environment. Negative ch’i is obtained when the energy stagnates in one area. To apply this to a page, perhaps more curves could be introduced rather than long straight lines, open spaces with perhaps more use of paragraphs in content and padding around tables. Navigational links to other pages should be clear, allowing positive energy to flow through the whole site. Colours Clean crisp colours which are bold will attract a user’s attention and should be used around the web page as this helps ch’i to flow. Dark colours or white text on a black background is a definite no no. It’s what we’ve been taught at a young age, inbuilt within our subconscious and for good reason! Dark colours attract negative energy which could result in users staying on the site for a few moments or hastily rushing through the pages. Calm soothing colours such as blue or white are recommended for large areas of space, whilst colours such as red and orange are regarded as being positive. Yin and Yang The balance of Yin and Yang is an important part of Feng Shui studies and can be defined as two opposites such as Male and Female, Young and Old, Inside and Outside etc.,. So using an example of a web site which is split into two columns and there’s content text in one column and graphics in another, perhaps the ideal balance would be to swap some graphics into the text section and likewise some content into the graphics section. It’s all about balance. Other Tips Implement Google Analytics to check where your visitors are going, where they are clicking and which pages they are leaving from. If applying Feng Shui to your site has helped, I'd love to find out.

         
    Finding favor in uncommon places

     

    What do you want in your life? What kind of life would you like to live? I believe the answer lies in a question: What are you and I becoming? There is much written today in the coaching world about the law of attraction. The truth of the matter is that we really are attracting positive and negative things into our life everyday by our conversations, our interactions, even our demeanor. A person that acts and speaks negatively will no doubt repel positive people and most likely will only attract other negative people. The old expression, “misery loves company is really true.”! So how do I get good things to come in my life? In God’s Word, we read about this thing called “favor.” Favor is this undeserved grace or open door that suddenly happens to us when we did very little to make happen. Its kind of like being at the right place at the right time. Its having someone really like you, believe in you and open unexpected opportunities for you. Ever experienced that? That is favor! In Proverbs 3:3-4, we read the key to finding favor. “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will find favor and a good name In the sight of God and man.” Don’t let love and faithfulness leave you! When you do a word study on love and faithfulness, you find they have similarities. They both have the element of steadfastness. The word for love means steadfast love, mercy, loving-kindness, faithfulness, goodness, devotion. The word for faithfulness means steadfast, endure, faithfulness, to be true, to trust. So in summary, the person who finds favor with God and man is the person who is loving, kind, faithful, merciful, devoted, steadfast and trustworthy. They are faithful. They are no doubt the kind of people that others want to be around because not only are they loving and kind, but they are trustworthy. They mean what they say and say what they mean. Their word is their bond. They can be counted on to fulfill their obligations. A long time ago men and women didn’t have written contracts. Their word was their creed and it was good enough! Want favor to show up in unexpected places and times? Well, I must go back to the original question, What are you becoming? Are you faithful? Do you follow through with commitments? Are you trustworthy? Can you be counted on? Do you deal with people in a loving and kind way? Do people want to be around you? Gifts and talents are great but, without character to sustain them, they really are a flash in the pan. Steadfast character, love and faithfulness open doors for favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. What could be better than that?

         
    Finding guidance through prayer

     

    More than 90 percent of Americans pray daily, according to a 2002 Gallup Poll. People seeking guidance and comfort through prayer often are led to Silent Unity, a nonprofit service dedicated to providing personal, confidential prayer support to all who seek it. Silent Unity receives more than 2 million requests for prayer support each year from all over the world by telephone, mail and through the Internet. Silent Unity is the prayer ministry of Unity, a worldwide movement of prayer, publishing and education that helps people of all faiths apply positive spiritual principles to their daily lives. Silent Unity shares the following requests with the permission of those requesting prayer. I've asked God for guidance in a job situation, but don't feel like I'm receiving any answers. How do I recognize God's guidance? God within you is your one true source of wisdom, the light that directs you in all you do. As you pray for guidance, expect that you will receive it. God's guidance may come as a feeling, an inner knowing, and this direction becomes clear to you in the circumstances of your life. As you follow the guidance you receive in prayer, you will be filled with a deep sense of peace and the assurance that you are on the path to your highest good. Please join us in this affirmative prayer: "I am open to the wisdom of God, and as I follow God's guidance, my life is full and satisfying." My father is caregiver to my mother, who is nearing the end of her life. Please pray for their strength and peace as they spend this time together. Your parents are enfolded in our loving thoughts and in our prayers for peace and strength. The love of God is infinite and eternal and this love sustains your parents now. With God's love to guide, strengthen and bless them, we see them filled with peace. United in divine love, they are comforted and sustained each day. We invite you to affirm this thought: "You are one with the love of God, and you are filled with strength and peace to meet each day."

         
    Finding the living among the dead

     

    Finding The Living Among The Dead. God is the God of the Living and not the God of the Dead. Speaking of Christ return and reign on this earth is sometimes difficult to get thru to people. Many want to denigh that the end is close, many want to denigh that God will destroy what He has created and many still yet want to denigh God all together. City after city from the east to west from north to south has had some kind of destruction based on the revelations of Jesus Christ. For He said when you see these things come to pass know that the end is near, even at the door. Luke 9:59-60; And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. As the morality of mankind becomes farther from the Word of God, its hard to find the living among the dead, spiritually speaking. Are there times that we must walk away from people or even city's that refuse to hear the truth of the Scriptures? Yes. Jesus gave us examples of everything that we, as ambasitors, would encounter. “Let the dead bury their dead:” Even as New Orleans was reeling from death and destruction, many yet in that city were trying to open up their bars and clubs, homosexuals were dancing in the streets hafe naked and stating that,”Life goes on” Sodom and Gomorrha will rise up to testify against such people. The govermential system has become corrupt, legislators are willing to denigh Gods word and pass laws, legislating sin and debotchery and all manner of filth, we cant even trust what our government says any more. Here are some headlines that I thought were interesting. 1. As in Massachusetts, civil unions in Vermont were granted through court rulings. 2. Assembly-man had called bans on gay marriage “the last frontier of bigotry and discrimination.” 3. "Yet, the truth is that nudity in the home, when handled in a respectful, matter-of-fact way, is perfectly natural and certainly not harmful." In fact, research suggests that children who have seen their parents nude do not grow up to be emotionally scarred, but instead are more likely to be accepting of their own bodies and comfortable with their own sexuality. 4. Officials braced Thursday for what could be a staggering death toll by readying 25,000 body bags. 5. U. N. corruption cited in Iraq Oil for Food Program. . 6. Burma Military Closes Down Evangelical Church, Group Says 7. Eritrea Police Raid Christian Wedding Party Detaining Couple and Guests 8. Uzbekistan Destroys Christian Leaflets for Children. 9. Christian Activists Killed In Philippines 10. Palestinians poison girl for dating Christian, then burn out his relatives 11. Indonesia Christian Women Receive Jail Sentence For Converting Muslim Children. Luke 10:11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. The Kingdom of God is closer each day to becoming a reality. Man-kinds in-humanity to man will be judged, mans rejection of the truth will be judged, mans whoredoms will be judged. Mar 6:11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. [Mat_12:36; Rom_2:5, Rom_2:16; 2Pe_2:9, 2Pe_3:7; 1Jo_4:17] We must learn how to find the Living Among The Dead. We grieve over the loss of loved ones but this is not what we are speaking of. We must remember that we cant turn back the pages of time and change what has happened in the past. We are looking at today and tomorrow, if Jesus hasn't returned. Finding the living{Those that are willing to hear the truth} from among those that are dead{those that refuse to hear the truth.} And what is the truth? The truth is that this world will not last much longer. The mortality of man is getting shorter and shorter. Many are dieing today of heart attacks, as the scripture predicted. Rom 1:28-32; And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;[(Barnes)Rom 1:28 - And even as they did not like ... - This was the true source of their crimes. They did not choose to acknowledge God. It was not because they could not, but because they were displeased with God, and chose to forsake him, and follow their own passions and lusts. To retain God ... - To think of him, or to serve and adore him. This was the first step in their sin. It was not that God compelled them; or that he did not give them knowledge; nor even is it said that he arbitrarily abandoned them as the first step; but they forsook him, and as a consequence he gave them up to a reprobate mind. To a reprobate mind - A mind destitute of judgment. In the Greek the same word is used here, which, in another form, occurs in the previous part of the verse, and which is translated “like.” The apostle meant doubtless to retain a reference to that in this place. “As they did not approve, edokimasan, or choose to retain God, etc. he gave them up to a mind disapproved, rejected, reprobate,” adokimon, and he means that the state of their minds was such that God could not approve it. It does not mean that they were reprobate by any arbitrary decree; but that as a consequence of their headstrong passions, their determination to forget him, he left them to a state of mind which was evil, and which he could not approve. Which are not convenient - Which are not fit or proper; which are disgraceful and shameful.] Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. The dead that we speak of are those that use the scripture for their own lust and gain, those that use tragedy to gain unlawfully and those that are without understanding of human needs and desires to build a better life for themselves and their familys thru Jesus Christ. Many are seeking the truth, many are seeking their way in this world of dispare and destruction. All mankind has a knowledge of God, there is no excuse, but the dead are deigning their knowledge, not retaining what they know is right and have turned themselves into the walking dead of spirit and do the best they can to turn others away from the knowledge that they've rejected, of these people we can do nothing. So we seek the living among the dead. Seeking those that are searching for truth, searching for answers. Many are falling away because of difficulties in their Christian walk, but Jesus never stated that it would be an easy life. Many of the good things in life are difficult to obtain and to hold on to. The same way with being a Christian. We are hated and despised by many, especially in these last day. Christians are being tormented and beaten for their belief in Christ. Persecution and hatred are abounding around the world over Christianity. Jesus said unto him, “Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.” You have a testimony to deliver, deliver it, you have a ministry to perform, perform it, you have a life to live for Christ, live it. Don't worry about what people think, don't worry about what people do, don't worry about your physical life, go and preach the Gospel. So ; Let the dead bury their dead, go and Find The Living Among The Dead. ars

         
    First an atheist then an agnostic and now a believer

     

    I have always been an enthusiastic reader. When I was very young I got caught up in reading books about religion, mythology, etc.. By the time I was seven (7) I had read both the old and new testaments of the bible, dozens of books about Hinduism, Buddhism, Islamism and numerous books about ancient mythology. Being very young I knew nothing about shades of grey and saw everything in black and white. Therefore, I decided that everything religious was myth and that there could be no god. There was no way the earth could have been formed in six (6) of our days, there was no way that Noah could have loaded two (2) of every animal, ect. onto the Ark, there was no way that any god could be so cruel and unjust as the god of the bible and the gods of mythology were said to be. The more I read the less I believed in god and the more I believed in Atheisim.. As I grew older I started to realize that things should not necessarily be taken literally, that there were shades of grey and that all writings were done by humans and therefore subject to interpretation. I then decided that I did not have enough knowledge and understanding to admit there was or deny there was a god. I further decided that I did not care if there was or wasn't a god. I felt that I was a fairly good person and if there was I god I would be ok and if there wasn't a god then it didn't matter. I was about twelve (12) when I made these decisions. I then started saying that I was an Agnostic. Now, I'm a beliver. As I grew older I started to believe more and more that there is a god, not because I had found proof but because I wanted there to be a god. I wanted there to be a god because I wanted there to be an afterlife. This life was too full of sorrow and suffering, too full of death and distruction, too full of evil. There needs to be something more. There needs to be something to hope for. I believe in god, but not a god of vengeance, not a god who punishes us. There are too many cruel and evil people in this world that appear to live long and relatively happy lives and too many good people who die young or appear to live very unhappy lives. There are too many good people who suffer greatly. Additionally, I don't want there to be a god who would, because people don't follow the rules, punish them by turning them into pillars of salt or have innocent loved ones die or suffer as punishment. I do not want to believe in a god that would rain pestilence down on us. Nor do I believe in a loving god who watches over us, takes care of us and answers our prayers. That god would not allow hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, starvation, the holocaust and all the other horrible things that happen on this earth. Don't tell me about the war between god and the devil. If the devil is powerful enough to cause these things to happen to god's children then god is not the all powerful being that he, she or it is supposed to be. Or god doesn't care that much about us. I believe in a god who created us, gave us the ability to think for ourselves and then left us to find our own way without intervention or interference. I believe that those of us who lead good lives, not necessarily exemplary lives, will when we die be led to a better existance and that those of us that lead bad lives will find their existance at an end. There are, of course, problems with my theory. Since I have never seen or spoken with god I don't really know what would constitute a good life and I can't be sure that my theory is correct. I only know that I have lost, during my lifetime, several loved ones, including my father, my sister, my youngest son and others that I sincerely care about. All of these people were what I consider to be good people and I want to, no have to, believe that they went on to a far better existance. If there is no god then there is no hope and without hope there is nothing.

         
    First communion a right of passage for roman catholics

     

    A child's first communion is a very special day in their life, a day that will be remembered 60 or 70 years hence. First Communion is a Right of Passage ceremony into the Catholic Church, where children make their own commitment to Christ. The seven year old children have to attend liturgy lessons for about ten weeks each Saturday. Sometimes these may be given by a priest. More often, they are led by a nun or a lay person. Gone are the days of ritualistic learning of bible passages. Lessons include video and computer presentations to the children. The day is important to the Church because this is the day when a child begins to understand about Christ, and his sacrifice He made for us all. At a child’s First Communion he or she will take the Sacrament for the first time. This is a very important day in the life of any Christian. Parents want to make the day as special as possible. There is, undoubtedly a social side to the day, with parents making favourable comments on their friends children, while all the time, thinking that their own child outshines all the others. Girls always wear white first communion dresses with a veil. The dress may be specially made by a seamstress specializing in these dresses, or it may be purchased from a shop or store that has a range of first communion dresses on display. The individually designed option is gaining popularity because of the unique nature of the dress created. Boys first communion clothes normally consist of smart trousers, white shirt and perhaps a jacket or waistcoat. These are normally bought from children's clothing retailers rather than being individually tailored. The important thing is to plan ahead. Order or buy the clothes you need in plenty of time. You do not want to be reduced to a choice of two outfits, neither of which actually fits. After the ceremony in the church there may be family celebrations in the parents’ or grandparents’ home. Sometimes the parents hire a room in a bar or hotel. It is traditional for the child to be given money by everyone he or she meets. Those who cannot attend are visited by the child and parents with photos and video clips.

         
    Fixing the headstone

     

    One of the most important aspects of installing the headstone is the fixing within the ground. There has been much publicity about the hazards of falling or unsecured headstones and recent health and safety legislations have been put in place, many unsafe headstones being laid down to prevent accidents. It is the responsibility of the mason to assess the ground conditions and decide which is the most suitable foundation and fixing method to be used. There are certain recommended fixing methods which are detailed by NAMM’s code of practice, which have been tested by an independent structural engineer. Particular attention should be paid to the hole size and depth stops to ensure the fixing is not compromised. The most common fixing types which is being recommended by NAMM and adopted by masons is the anchor fixing. There are various fixing methods depending on the ground conditions, headstone size etc. The method which is becoming one of the most popular is the ground anchor and is highly recommended by NAMM. This is where a ground anchor/steel bar runs from the foundation of the headstone deep into ground. With this method if a joint breaks the headstone will not fall down immediately it will need repairing but will only fall over if forced is used as opposed to falling on its own. You can also bolt the headstone again a reliable method using resin and stainless steel dowels. Some headstones are placed on a concrete base and it is usual for the headstone to be re-leveled and your mason should come back and do 2 visits free of charge for re-leveling. Cemeteries will now do regular checks on all the headstones in the cemetery and if a headstone needs fixing or replacing it will be down to the owner of the grave to take responsibility. As long as the correct procedure is followed then the headstone should be securely fixed and not prove to be a hazard.

         
    Four prophetic pillars that mark where we are right now the timing of the second coming of christ

     

    We could choose dozens of references to the second coming to show that these are the times predicted just prior to the second coming. For example Jesus spoke of wars and rumors of wars. It is no secret that most of the wars fought throughout history have been fought in the last seventy five years. Or that most of the earthquakes ever recorded have taken place in the last twenty five years. But it is not these general signs that give us the greatest insight into the timing of the second coming. It is the four pillars of prophecy that place us smack in the middle of the last generation before Christ’s return. The four pillars are as follows. • The re-birth of the nation of Israel. The Jewish people will possess the same general area as ancient Israel and be in full possession of the city of Jerusalem. Hosea 2:14:23, Ezekiel 16:58-63, Ezekiel 37:27-27 • The birth of a nation in the same general geographic area as the old Roman Empire. Daniel 2:lf. Daniel 7:lf. Rev. 17:lf • The building of a new temple in Jerusalem where oblations and burnt sacrifices will be offered daily by the Jewish priesthood. Ezekiel 40: 1f • The rise out of the European continent of the world’s last, and worst dictator. He will present himself to the world as its very savior in the new Jewish temple, which causes the final judgments to fall on the earth, Gods wrath, Armageddon and the physical and literal return of Jesus Christ to the earth. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4. 1John 2:18-27.2, John 1:7, Daniel 7:8- 20, Daniel 8:23-25, Mt. 24:24, Rev.16:lf, Rev.13:11-18 No way is ever given for any believer to name the exact date on which the Lord will return. Likewise there is no means of telling when all of the events surrounding the second coming will happen. At this point we can safely say that we are between two major prophecies that are fulfilled and two that apparently will soon he fulfilled. Dozens of connecting events are in the entire scenario but these four pillars are major and definitive events. These prophecies could never be said to have been fulfilled in any other period of time. One generation of time will bring everything to an end when theses things begin to happen. Superbly universal in nature, the first sign alone could give us the clue as to when the last generation begins. Israel has not been a free an independent nation since 586 BC. The promise is that Israel will be a nation, and be in possession of Jerusalem before the clock can start ticking. Even though the span of one generation has always been in dispute, it is reasonable to use a median figure of between forty and seventy five years. The city of Jerusalem was re-captured by the Jews in the six day war of nineteen sixty seven, even though they were outnumbered by forty to one and had many Arab nations on the march against them. Can we safely start the last generation from this time? Since the European parliament is only about one year away from their hopes of their new constitution being signed, the answer is an unequivocal, yes. Many books, web pages and teaching ministries are now addressing the matter of the second coming of Christ. The total affect, however, seems to be that the whole subject has gotten bogged down in endless conjecture and minuscule dissecting of every jot and title. I am under the greatest sense of duty and compunction to both refrain from entering the fray, and of warning those who are helping to create the fray. I can’t dictate the perfect method to approach the entire subject. What I will do is suggest that we look at the response made by someone in the Bible who was given a great and deeply disturbing direct revelation from God. Mary the mother of Jesus was approached by the angel Gabriel, and told she would bear a son that would he a product of the Holy Spirit overshadowing her. That alone could have sent her into an emotional tailspin, but she remained submissive and stayed on course until her child was born. Just after he was born she was met by others, namely Shepard’s and travelers, who had also been visited by angels, and told her of the great things these angel messengers said would come of her child. Luke 2:8-19. Remaining steady as a rock, she took in the reports that seemed to put her child in a place that would affect every man, women and child on the planet, one way or the other. Her response was so remarkable that it begs to be examined. Her response should be the hallmark of all those who will ever receive any direct or indirect revelation from God, but especially the millions of second coming enthusiasts that are now emerging in this present day. Her response is spoken of in one simple and succinct verse that is impossible to disregard. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19 Mary has shown us an entirely different way to deal with revelation, a way that is not found anywhere else in scripture. With second coming doctrine it would also serve us well to engage a great deal less pontificating and a whole lot more pondering. Wisdom may truly cry aloud from the streets Proverbs 1:20, but we might want to wait until we are within earshot of the voices before we proclaim what we’ve heard. Rev Bresciani is the author of two popular Christian books, one on the second coming of Christ. He has hundreds of articles published both online and in print. Visit the website at americanprophet. org

         
    From the kingdom of darkness

     

    From the Kingdom of Darkness. Col 1:12-14; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Many things have happened in this world, death comes to those who wait, unknowing when nor where nor even how it comes, but it comes to all. Many Ministers, of Gods Testimony, of His Son Jesus, are crying with bitter tears for the dead and the loss of many who have died without any hope of Salvation thru the rejection of the Blood of the Lamb. Atonement for them is far gone and is no longer available to them, whom have made their decision to follow false gods into eternity. These Ministers of the truth are not at fault for the lost that have died, but the fault lyes with those that chose darkness rather than light. Those who have died in sin must also be raised in sin to be partaker of the judgment of man. There is no fault in the ministers of truth, they have done their duty to God and man to deliver the truth. 2Co 4:5 (Wesley) For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. The fault is not in us, neither in the doctrine they hear from us. We preach not ourselves - As able either to enlighten, or pardon, or sanctify you. But Jesus Christ - As your only wisdom, righteousness, sanctification. And ourselves your servants - Ready to do the meanest offices. For Jesus' sake - Not for honor, interest, or pleasure. The Father hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son. The word “translated” has two specific meanings, 1.The translation of the body, as noted in scripture. To bear, carry or remove from one place to another. To remove or convey to heaven, as a human being, without death. “By faith Enoch was translated, that he should not see death. Heb 16.” 2. Translated as of the spirit. Those thus translated as to state, are also transformed as to character. This is a change from the carnal mind to the mind of Christ. A change of attitude a change in your thought processes a change in heart. There are many that believe Col 1:12-14, is stating that Christians, who have been translated, are immune to attack by Satan and the forces of Darkness, this is a misconception and dangerous belief. The translation mentioned here is translation of the dead spirit to a live spirit and not the death of the body. A translation from a kingdom of lies and deception to the Kingdom of Light and Truth. From being a servant to Satan to the Servant of the Lord God Almighty. From being a slave to sin to being the Sons of God. So long as the Body is alive, it is a target for Satan and the kingdom of Darkness. Still don't believe? Look at Paul for example; 2Co 12:7-10; And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. Paul was a preacher to the gentiles, of which we all are. “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations” this passage is stating that Paul, to be kept Humble, as we are, was given a pest, to keep Him in Humbleness. The Word “revelations” was not the Book of Revelations, but spiritual insight into the truth of the Gospel. Paul states this twice, “lest I should be exalted above measure.” Thou we have all wisdom and knowledge into the scriptures we are all still living in this kingdom of darkness. John 17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 2Co 4:3-4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. I wish to look at, 2Co 4:3-4, for a moment, especially the words,”In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not” “the god of this world,” “ is Satan.” If we look in the book of Revelations, after the letters to the churches we see a pattern that is very troubling. Starting with chapter 6 there is no mention of the Church until later in the prophecy's. This is troubling because if you noticed, even thou the prophecy's of revelations are still accessible to all, no one pays any attention to them. The Bible is still accessible but man, different from today, who are obsessed with prophecy, refuses to hear anymore of Scripture, or ignores it. Why? 1. The Church is Gone. The preaching of the gospel has changed course from the gentiles to the Jews, ergo the 144,000 sealed Jews. The times of the gentiles has been fulfilled. Which isn't to say that the gentiles cannot still repent but that prophecy must be fulfilled as it is written. Rev 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 2. The kingdom of darkness has taken hold world wide. Rev 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. 3. Everyone is preoccupied with self preservation. Rev 6:15-17, And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? 4. Since man has rejected the truth, God has blinded them, so that they cannot see. 2Th 2:11-12 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. Rev 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. In this statement,”Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness”, the word “power” is not in the Greek language but rather signifies, the ability of, Faculty of the mind, as manifested by a particular mode of operation; as the power of thinking, comparing and judging; the reasoning powers. “give commission” That is to mean, the ability to control our thinking, our mind and spirit. We have been translated from the control of the ways of darkness to the ways of Jesus Christ and His thinking. Righteousness and Goodness and Truth is the Kingdom of God. We have been delivered from the prince of darkness, [Satan] who, by means of sin and un-belief, keeps men in ignorance, vice, and misery. Has mankind become so blind that they cannot see? Have you also become blinded by the death and destruction of the past few years that Satan has also blinded your eyes to the truth of Biblical Prophecy? What are you seeking that Jesus cannot supply? Think about it. ars.

         
    From the school of pain to the school of vision

     

    : Many, many of us have struggled with some aspect of lack in our lives -- not enough time, opportunities, food, well-being, quality relationships, education, money, friends, etc., etc. Whether we realize it or not, we have been using the pain of those "apparent" conditions as a very powerful teacher so that we may learn to know Oneness in God. Rather than allowing Vision to pull us into awareness of how beautiful, powerful, wonderful and holy we are, we have chosen to be pushed into that awareness through pain, believing that we are separate from the Infinite Source of all. Exquisitely tormented by the pain of not enough love, time, money and/or health we have been forced to resort to one or more of the following human solutions to our suffering: • We create addictions to work, drugs, food, alcohol, or sex to numb the pain; or • We live lives of quiet desperation, feeling like this condition must be the punishment we deserve for being such bad people, and hoping that by some miracle it will all go away; or • We grovel around for yet one more solution we can impose that will "fix" the situation or make it better, such as changing jobs, trying one more health cure, divorcing our mate, etc. Eventually, we will have exhausted any number of these methods and hit our wall. Feeling utterly defeated, we will know that the jig is up when we can’t haul our accumulated baggage forward one more step. Down on all fours under the unbearable weight of our "teacher," pain, we can do nothing but wave the white flag of Truce and yell into the void, "I give up!" The end has finally come and we have no recourse but to "Let Go and Let God." What an overwhelming time this is. And what an enormously powerful time! Yes, powerful. Because it is only when our ego minds have run out of temporary solutions, avoidance patterns and rationalizations that the Mind of our Hearts can open to the Grace of God. Always there and waiting for an invitation from us, the Grace of God is truly the answer to our prayers and beseechings. When we embrace the Grace of God we are no longer forced to learn our life lessons at the mercy of pain, but we are open to living life guided by Vision and Inspiration. As one of my mentors taught me at a critical crossroad in my journey: "When you have nowhere else to turn, you are teachable." From the Low Road to the High road: My Personal Journey I used to be a professional student at the School of Pain. For well over 40 years I believed that I was a helpless victim of my life circumstances and the lack of money. I was certain that I was being punished for untold sins, as I struggled to "make it" in the world. Pain became the professor in my chosen survival major -- Finances. Convinced that I was helpless to solve the never-ending problem of too little salary and too many bills, I felt entirely justified in blaming my situation on all sorts of scapegoats. I claimed that I was a victim of the economy, my marital status, my sex, my education, my boss, my God (who had surely forsaken me). I held the belief that the number of dollars in my checking account defined my self-worth. You can imagine how low my self-esteem fell during the financial ebbs of my life, such as the time when the ATM would not allow a withdrawal because my balance had fallen below $20! I also believed that all the dollars I did receive had to be earned by the sweat of my brow and that it was my lot in life to never have enough money. I just knew that life was meant to be a struggle, and then you died! As I matriculated through the School of Pain I finally came to one accelerated course that had life-changing effects. A few years ago I found myself at the wedding celebration of my precious daughter with not a single dime to pay my way, much less contribute to her special day. Having to tell her and her wonderful husband-to-be that I had to renege on my promise to contribute to their marriage day took me down to all fours. "Oh my God," I thought, "could I get any lower than this?" The shame and guilt I felt over earlier debt I had incurred, the bankruptcy I had declared seven years before, and the begging I had done from friends just to pay the rent all paled in comparison to the utter hopelessness and despair I felt on this occasion of the happiest day of my daughter’s life. Reduced to ashes, I cried oceans of tears in the wee hours of that wedding day morning. "How had I gotten myself into this pathetic place?" I screamed from my inner pain-wracked self. I’ve worked so hard, raised three kids as a single mom and been a religious person -- what did I do to deserve this? What am I missing? I spent the pre-dawn hours of that day submerging myself in my familiar victim mode of self-blame and self-flagellation. At one point in this vicious downward spiral, in a space between the torrent of tears and wails, I heard a soft voice say, "Be Still." Startled, I obeyed and stopped my sobbing. "What are you grateful for right now?" the Voice quietly asked. "That I’m breathing," is all I could answer. I felt the tiniest measure of calm inch its way through my shuddering body. "Will you surrender all your problems to Me?" the Voice asked. "And will you trust Me?" It gently inquired. "I have no choice," I sighed. "I have nowhere else to go. I have tried every way I know to fix this endless financial mess. All I want to do right now is to enjoy being the mother of the bride," I declared, feeling a little bit less hysterical. "Continue to be grateful and watch the miracles unfold today. Turn it all over to me and have a wonderful time," the Voice said. "When you are grateful you open the door for My Abundance to flow into your life." That fateful, extraordinary day I summarily transferred from the School of Pain to the School of Vision. Little did I realize how easy it is to be accepted at this school and how welcoming it feels. I received so much support from others there that I never felt like "the new kid on the block." And what a surprise it was to find everyone around me expressing their gratitude that I had made the decision to join them. Attending this school guarantees every student a degree in listening with the inner ear to the Divine Plan for one’s life. Here we are taught through inspiration, intuition and imagination what our true purpose is. Here we learn to choose the high road to clarity. And here we hone the skills needed to express that clarity. By the time we graduate from the School of Vision we have recognized that the Universe is for us and that It truly works for our highest good. The diploma we receive certifies that we know with God all things are possible. In the School of Vision my teachers have been many and my path one of joy and harmony, with only a few stumbles along the way. Through this new curriculum I have learned that what I was getting in life was determined by what I was giving out. As I gave out fear and the belief that there was not enough so was I receiving, with predictable accuracy, a life experience of fear and lack. It slowly dawned on me that I was using the Law of Giving and Receiving -- "As you give, so shall you receive" -- in ways that actually kept the cycle of lack going in my life. The many profound classes I have taken in the School of Vision have taught me to "give out" everything that I want returned to me, including money, laughter, healthy habits, love, compassion, peace, and harmony. As You Give, So Shall You Receive. The Happy Ending It was on a cloud of profound Gratitude that I floated into the bride’s dressing room on my daughter’s wedding day -- gratitude for the bride, my son-in-love to be, my two ex-husbands who were attending to last minute details, the sprays of beautiful flowers and corsages that had just been delivered, and the flush of excitement on my other children’s faces. Everywhere I looked I said, "Thank You, God!" God’s floodgates opened, the miracles poured forth and I received. Money was slipped into my hand by a wise and generous sister to pay for my hotel room. "Thank you, God!" An offer to buy my breakfast came from my loving son from across the table of 10. "Thank you, God!" An idea for the perfect gift to give the newlyweds that cost my time and my talent, yet would be priceless to them, suddenly occurred to me. "Thank you, God!" A request for my counseling services came from a guest among the crowd of friends and family at the reception. "Thank you, God!" And as I gave each prayer of Gratitude, I received even more from the Infinite One Source, God. In the School of Vision, we are asked to "major" in 5 spiritual "Gifts" that when fully practiced will guarantee our graduation with honors. "Gifts" is an acronym for these transformational principles: Gratitude . . . Intention . . . Forgiveness . . . Tithing . . . Surrender. Why these particular "Gifts?" Because each of these "Gifts" has been carefully "test driven" for the power to shift consciousness. The ancient and modern mystics alike, no matter what their root tradition, have consistently referred to these five principles as essential disciplines in any spiritual practice. We have the power as spiritual beings to transmute the appearances of the conditions we see about us. In other words, we can use our inner eyes and hear with our inner ears and use those "senses" to see and hear beyond what is delivered by our sensory selves -- our human be-ing-ness -- to fully understand that we are beings of infinite possibility, unbounded by any appearance to the contrary. The transforming power of these "Gifts" is that they allow us to move beyond the impoverished realm of appearances -- namely, the data delivered by our five senses -- and connect with the vast true wealth of Life that lies in the realm of the invisible, the place of Pure Potential and Pure Possibility. For example, when we are in a state of Gratitude even in the face of a painful situation, we are lifting ourselves "out of the line of fire" of that pain by choosing to enlarge our focus to the greater good (God) that is there, along with what is immediately apparent. This does not mean that we deny, minimize, or override the facts of our three-dimensional reality, but rather that we simultaneously affirm the greater Reality of which the three-dimensional is but a part. It does mean that we have come home to the Mind of the Heart, the place where our intuitive wisdom -- that "still small voice," also referred to in the Bible as the Voice of God -- resides. Here, guided by authentic Wisdom and Divine Intelligence, we cannot help but realize our greatest purpose and the reason we are here: to let God out! To BE the Abundant Divine Expression of God: "For this have we been called." Will you enroll in the School of Pain, or School of Vision this Fall?

         
    Getting your children excited about church

     

    No matter what religion you belong to, many people in today's modern society find that their children often don't enjoy attending Church, and some even downright dread it. Unless your everyday life is steeped in religion, children often look at attending Church as a chore that must be done. If you are trying to raise your children to believe in God and want them to learn more about your religion, it is important that they enjoy and look forward to going to Church. If children consistently view Church as an unpleasant experience throughout childhood they are more likely to stop going once they reach adulthood. Small children should be involved in a Sunday school of some type. You wouldn't expect five year old to sit though an hour long college seminar, so they same can be said for what can sometimes be a confusing Church service. Sunday schools are aimed at making learning about God and religion fun and educational for kids. Many not only include class learning sessions but fun games, activities, and even a chance to participate in plays and musicals. The more fun your children have learning about your religion, the more they will look forward to going each week. As children get older it is important for a Church to have special activities for them. Youth groups are very common in many Churches, and it gives teenagers a chance to spend time with their peers in a positive setting. Young adults tend to reach a rebellious stage, and this may include a lack of desire to attend Church. Youth groups aim at giving teens a fun way to stay connected to the Church while allowing them to express themselves. Youth groups should try and plan activities not only for Sundays, but weekend evenings as well. Movie nights, pizza parties, and sports days are all great ways to get teens involved in a youth group. If your children, no matter what age, have questions about God and religion it is important that you address them no matter how insignificant they may seem. Learning is part of the experience of childhood and keeping their minds engaged is vital. Start taking your children to church at a young age and make sure that there are plenty of activities and special events for them to enjoy.

         
     
         
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