Thursday, December 26, 2013
We starting saying in my church "Mercy Christmas" because God showed mercy on us that day by the birth of His only begotten Son. Jesus knew that He came to this earth to suffer, but it was to suffer for our sins. He knew what would happen 33 years down the line. Jesus came to complete a mission, and He did just that. He came down to save us from our sins, from the evil one who had control over our lives. Jew and Gentile alike, He loved us so much that though we were sinners, He died for us (Rom. 5:8). Let's stop trampling people over for those crazy sales in the mall as the "after Christmas" sales come upon us and just show the love, grace, and mercy unto others that Christ showed unto us at His birth, ministry, death, and resurrection.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Time to wake up,
Monday, October 14, 2013
Romans 8:38-39 NKJV
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Courtesy of The Voice of the Martyrs (persecution.com)
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
If you don't know much about Al Jazeera, see my previous blog here. (The YouTube video I had embedded in this post has been taken down.)
When I saw the list of cable companies that would air Al Jazeera America, I wasn't surprised when I didn't see Time Warner Cable on that list. I was in fact quite glad. Other than cutting off CBS recently, TWC cut off CurrentTV in Dec 2012 when Al Gore, who created the channel some 5 or 6 years ago, sold to the Al Jazeera network, who is based out of Doha, Qatar. Al Jazeera is rather anti-American and anti-Semitic.
You can also find a little more info here.
Friday, August 2, 2013
Shame could have been caused by something you did, voluntarily or involuntarily, or something that happened to you that was out of your control.
Shame keeps you in the dark, keeps you from enjoying life.
Shame causes doubt, causes fear, causes depression.
Shame makes you feel exposed -- everyone knows your wrong. It is a thick, black veil -- thicker than a Saudi woman's veil -- that you wish you wore 24/7. You wish you could hide in plain sight.
Shame keeps you from seeking help; it makes you think you're alone. It makes you feel unaccepted.
How does one get rid of shame? Admit the wrong? Yes. Ask for forgiveness? Yes. What if the person won't forgive? God will. When all else fails, He's there. You may not know it, feel Him there, or even believe it, but He's there. He loves us too much to see us down & out. I am feeling every bit of shame as I write this. I'll be honest: I've lost much of my faith. It comes back here and there, but it's not constant. But all really one needs is that mustard seed to move that doubt of God accepting us through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Most of us believers struggle with their emotions when Satan throws bad situation and circumstances are thrown at us. Keep fighting the good fight of faith.
I ask for your prayers as I go through this trialing time.
Friday, July 19, 2013
The US government, and many other Western governments, are focused on keeping the "radicals" and "extremists" out, that they're the real enemy. Heard of the Muslim Brotherhood? Think they're all about "peace", as many Muslims are claiming that's what Islam is? Stackelbeck does make an extensive mention of the Brotherhood, often stating how dangerous it would be if it took over Egypt, for example. Well, since its publication in 2011, Mohammad Morsi, a Brotherhood member whom is also talked about in the book, did end up becoming president -- the first freely elected president of Egypt. But, that apparently didn't last too long. Just a year later, he was ousted and now is in Egyptian military custody, possibly with other Brotherhood leaders. As for the Muslim Brotherhood, I'll read about it in other books, my own research, and in Stakelbeck's new book (just hit shelves July 15th) The Brotherhood: America's New Great Enemy.
Now, I did learn a great deal about the influx of Muslim immigrants into the South, like Tennessee, or aka "The Bible Belt". Most were refugees, mainly Iraqis. There has been much "Southern Inhospitality" (chapter 3 in the book) liken Muslims not assimilating into American society and bits & pieces of sharia law are being added to local laws. And lets not forget about the Somalis!
So, about those Somalis; they're described in chapter 4, "Somali America: Black Hawk Now". Now I know what that movie was about, but anyway, being that Somalia is one of the most undeveloped nations of the world, all the horn of Africa can relay on is its religion: Islam. They've a hard time adjusting to a developed, first world environment coming from their rather rural homeland. Being that Islam was their only education back home, that's what they stick to. Like rinsing their hands and feet curbside right before getting into prayer. With that, there's more than just culture shocks as they've adjusted to first world norms such as toilets and running water. Won't say any more - don't want to spoil the book for you.
One thing that really opened my eyes was chapter 8 called "It's the Ideology, Stupid". Strange title, yes, but it made sense. Why these "extreme" and "radical" Muslims do what they do is because of the ideology of Islam. The Qu'ran and the hadiths. Its been that way since the days of Mohammad. If only the Obama administration would get that.
I'm starting to believe more and more that he's a closet Islamist, a Muslim Brotherhood member, in fact. That's why I didn't vote for him in the last election. I didn't vote at all because voting for "the lesser of two evils" didn't really go for me in the 2012 election, but anyway... There is a chapter that discusses the Muslim Brotherhood, but I want to read the new book for more info on them. I was quite shock when I learned how much of a presence they have here. The Muslim Student Association, which is pretty much on every college campus, is a front group of the Brotherhood. In college, I walked the same halls as Brotherhood members, and never knew it. Wow...
Sunday, May 19, 2013
http://bible.us/114/1JN4.19.NKJV We love Him because He first loved us. Bible.com/app
As you see above, 1 John 4:19 says that God loved us first. If you want to bring Muslims to Christ, this is a good Scripture to start with. Devout Muslims, or what the West has masked as "radical" and "extremist", are willing go die for Allah, especially if they're engaging in jihad (holy war against "infidels" or non-Muslims). Since they are so willing to die, any devout believer in Christ would wonder why. Well, this question was sort of answered already but when sharing the Gospel with a Muslim, I ask what Allah did for them that they're so "hopelessly devoted" to the seventh century pagan idol. They cannot answer the question because there is no answer.
Coming back to this Scripture, God loved us first. This also connects to the famous John 3:16 "for God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (NKJV). But all in all, God loved us first and STILL loves us today... even the Muslims.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
The link above goes to a story about the prostitution rings in Jackson Heights, NY, among the predominant Latino immigrant community. If you've ever walked the streets of Jackson Heights at night, especially along Roosevelt Ave, you'll notice a few ladies barely dressed in heels. These are, yes, prostitutes. Are they lone wolves, in it for the money, or part of a much larger sex trafficking ring against their will? Well, what you'll read in this article, originally published by El Diario-La Prensa, is men who actually hire these working girls do it because they want to; for the money. They don't report it. NO ONE does. This must end.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The Love of Christ in Action: Ohio Christian Man Donates Cemetery Plot so slain Boston Bombing Suspect can be Buried
Honestly, there should be more of this in America. To me, this is an act of forgiveness. How can we say we walk in Christ when we can't forgive? I've forgiven them, though I do not live in Boston, nor have I been there. Let's live in Christ's truth and Word, which sets us free (John 8:31-32).
Thursday, April 25, 2013
What an eventful two weeks it has been. Monday, the 15th, at 2:50pm, during the Boston Marathon, two blasts went off by the finish line, as he first batch of runners were crossing it. Two people were pronounced dead at the scene, an 8-year-old boy and a 29-year-old woman while countless others injured. I think the count just rose to like 264, according to Huffington Post. A day or two later, we learned that a third person had died, first was unidentified, but later we learned that she was a Boston College student from China.
This event, this incident, is yet another reminder that we are far from safe from terrorists. I knew it was a Muslim terrorist attack from the start. Come on, two bombs went off. The second blast gave it away, while the first one could have been perceived as something accidental. As usual, it took Obama over 24 hours to call it what it was -- an "act of terror". There's actually a much deeper meaning to the word "terror" and the act of it, but we'll get into that in a later blog.
As the week wore on, I was constantly on top of this story -- no matter the news outlet. Like I said, I knew it was a terrorist attack and I knew it would be fascinating to see things unfold. Yeah, I'm reading, and have read, a few books (including The Terrorist Next Door by Erick Stakelbeck) and I'm reading about them after the fact, but I'm somehow enjoying seeing these events and new revelations via evidence as it's happening, whether it'd be through social media, news apps on my phone, it just looking at Google News. It's good to read about it from more than one source. Being that I knew it was Muslims, I jumped on that Saudi national bandwagon that the New York Post started Tues(?). I first saw their tweet, and then the next day, it was on their front page, with a woman, possibly a runner, sitting on the ground, dazed. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I shouldn't trust anything Rupert Murdock produces, but anyway. Once I learned that these two suspects, brothers, of "Russian Caucasus" origin, I had to 1) look it up, because I had no idea where that was and 2) wonder how they were Muslims. Thanks to Google Maps, it all made sense. The Caucasus mountains cover Chechnya (where the suspects are from) and Dagestan, of Russia. The two area, especially Dagestan, have seen lots of violence, preferably jihadi violence, against the Russian government and against Christians, which is sadly expected. I didn't know jack about Chechnya, so I did a little research. Turns out they have a brutal history of their own, that goes back centuries.
Chechens are a rather tight-knit people, but have been a lot of oppression over the centuries. First taken over by a Russian czar, and oppressed, then by Stalin with communism, they never wanted to be apart of Russia. But before all this, they were rather vicious people, and still are in some ways. As for their religion, they had their own pagan beliefs before the Eastern Orthodox Church came into the picture, and Islam made its way there, and have been that way ever since. Pretty much all the former Soviet republics are Muslims, save for Belarus, and are not that devout, save for Afghanistan and Pakistan, because of communist oppression.
The suspects, Tamerlan, 26, and Dkhokhar (aka "Jahar"), 19, Tsarnaev were born in Chechnya, having two sisters between them in age, but moved around, not by choice, to a few of the former Soviet republics before arriving in the US when Tamerlan was 16. He was going to school for engineering and had taken up boxing (Chechen men commonly take up some sort of martial arts -- Jahar took up wrestling). He also had a live-in girlfriend in 2008/2009, in which he was accusing of domestic violence. He could have been deported, but officials said he wasn't a threat. Up until the Russian intelligence community went to both the FBI and CIA, and neither took the urgent message seriously. Tamerlan never became an official US citizen. Younger brother Jahar became a citizen on 9/11/2012... interesting. Jahar is actually recovering, and there's a ton of people who believe he's innocent, and there's a Facebook page for him, and the #FreeJahar tag on Twitter. Oh, conspiracy theorists. I'm like that at times, but only when it's justifiable. Let's see how this case comes together. It's like girls are just virtually throwing themselves via tweets to #FreeJahar. BTW ladies, he speaks like 6 languages... including English.
Now, my honest opinion, news outlets really need to get their stories straight. First, I read that they were planning on coming here to NYC to party, and I just read from another outlet that they were going to bomb Times Square...
And, another thing - where did they get the materials from? A fireworks store in New Hampshire - about an hour's drive from Boston. They wanted the biggest they had. As it turns out, it was the SAME EXACT STORE that the would-be Times Sq bomber bought his materials back in 2010. Hmm... maybe people who buy enough fireworks that are "barely legal" to sell should be screened like people are going to be screened when buying firearms...
Monday, April 15, 2013
With a 20-year-old Saudi National an alleged suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings…consider this | BARE NAKED ISLAM
In 2004, only about 1,000 Saudis were studying in the U.S., according to the U.S. State Department. This past school year, Saudi Arabia sent 66,000 students to U.S. universities, four times the number before the 2001 attacks and the fastest-growing source of foreign students in the U.S., ahead of China, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
UPDATE: This just in: WABC Radio Report says the person alleged to be a suspect is here on a student visa
January 2013: U.S. signs accord lifting post-9/11 travel restrictions on Saudis
Fairly Interesting! Not every Muslim is trying to destroy Jews -- They're coming together in Southern Brooklyn
Not all Muslims are trying to destroy Jews. In Kips Bay, Brooklyn Jewish & Turkish Muslim teens are coming together.