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Hillsong United... "Oceans"
How could there not be a God? Who made the Big Bang? How could something come from nothing. The Bible teaches the eternity of God - He has always existed.
There was never a time when He came into existence, there will never be a time when He goes out of existence. Because He created time, He is not limited by it. Everything to Him is the present.
There is not a particle of evidence that the universe has existed forever. The very fact that scientists attempt to assign an “age” to the universe is revealing within itself.
And to people who say that God can't come out of nowhere and who "made" God? ...
By logic, if there was "nothing' then we wouldn't be here today, nothing would exist, so for things to exist, there would have to be something that has always existed.
Both Scripture and logic, then, in marvelous concert, testify to the fact that God is eternal. He had no origin. He is the everlasting I AM. No one “made” him. He simply IS.
God is seeking your heart. Seek God. He loves you no matter who you are or what you have done. Be free and be found in him! Maybe this song is a calling from God just trying to reach to you.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rK-MBCZ5K5Q
After winning first Oscar of the night, actor asks millions of people watching... to do one simple, powerful thing
J.K. Simmons won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in “Whiplash” and offered heartfelt words in his acceptance speech that could be hard to top Sunday night.
He advised, “Call your mom, call your dad. If you’re lucky enough to have a parent alive or two on this planet, call them.”
As the crowd began to clap, Simmons raised his voice to clarify: “Don’t text, don’t email. Call them on the phone! Tell them you love them and thank them and listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you!”
He finished with a simple, “Thank you Mom and Dad.”
It was the first Oscar nomination for Simmons, 60, a longtime character actor. He also won the Golden Globe in January.
Interesting break from all the self-serving stuff… A message of real importance!
Let us also not forget to thank our Father and Creator… each and every day.
The surprising truth about calories, insulin levels and weight loss
It seems that mainstream medicine has just discovered you can get fat without eating more. And you don't have to eat less, to lose weight.
I was as surprised by this revelation as they were – although not quite in the same way.
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a very prestigious medical publication, has admitted that weight gain is really about the kind of calories you eat, and how the body's insulin responds.
I'm sure this news came as a huge shock to the medical establishment. But if you're a regular reader of mine, the truth about calories and insulin is old news.
What surprised me was that the JAMA would essentially admit that 100 or so years of mainstream advice on obesity and weight-gain - has been completely wrong.
I've been telling my patients for years that we should be looking at our insulin response to food and not the amount of calories we consume.
Now, it seems, JAMA and the rest of the mainstream medical establishment are beginning to come around.
The JAMA article said: "States of increased insulin action ... predictably cause weight gain, whereas decreased insulin action - results in weight loss."
In other words, when you eat foods that cause a flood of insulin, you gain weight. When you eat foods that don't produce an insulin response, you lose weight.
I thought they were finally getting it... until a few sentences later.
That's when the authors contradicted themselves and decided to simply reinforce old mainstream view.
They added: "Ultimately, weight loss requires consuming fewer calories..."
Go figure! Too bad they chose to ignore the truth. Especially since they clearly have evidence of it right there in their own article.
The article refers to a study in which animals fed high-glycemic food developed impaired insulin. Their fat tissue also became more ready to store fat.
The researchers didn't want the animals to get too fat, though. So they reduced the amount of food the animals got.
And here's the big point ... the animals didn't lose fat by eating fewer calories. They gained fat. A LOT of fat. In fact, they gained 70% more fat than the animals fed low-glycemic food.
Gaining 70% more fat while eating fewer calories is so anti-mainstream, you would think it would make very big news.
But no one ever takes the ball and runs with these kinds of truths. So it could be years before the "medical establishment" passes this important information onto patients.
In the meantime, I'll keep telling my patients just how important low-glycemic eating is. Eating foods low on the glycemic index keeps you from what I call Diet Induced Endocrine Dysfunction.
A high-glycemic diet causes your hunger hormones to go haywire. As you get heavier, your body changes. Insulin doesn't work very well, and fat cells become receptive to more fat storage.
That means you can eat fewer total calories but gain fat if your food is high-glycemic.
What's more, if you develop Diet Induced Endocrine Dysfunction and gain fat, the traditional calorie-restriction diets will make things even worse. It reduces how much energy you can get from food, how much you can burn, and it makes you hungrier.
This can be a serious problem, because it's a vicious cycle: Gain more, eat more.
Also, you want to let your blood sugar come back down after eating, so your insulin doesn't stay elevated for too long.
This means going a little beyond the Glycemic Index, and eating foods with a low Glycemic Load (GL).
The GL is simply a number you get when you multiply a food's Glycemic Index (GI) rating by the total amount of carbohydrate in each serving you eat.
That makes it much more practical for your everyday life, because the GL tells you how fattening a food is. It's called the Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load Chart, and it's a fresh way to look at everyday foods.
I consider foods with a Glycemic Load under 10 as good choices. They are a green light. Foods that fall between 10 and 20 on the GL scale are more like a yellow light – not bad, but proceed with caution.
Foods above 20 are a red light. They will spike insulin fast, and not only make you gain weight but will keep you from dropping weight.
Eat the "red light" foods sparingly and try to eat protein instead. Protein has a GL of zero.
And some foods that have a high glycemic index may surprise you by having quite a low glycemic load. Like the sweet potato. It's 54 on the glycemic index, which is not too different than a muffin.
But it only has a glycemic load of 12.4. And that's where it gets interesting. Because if you only used the glycemic index, you'd probably think you needed to stay away from sweet potatoes.
But with the Glycemic Load chart, you'll be able to see at a glance that a blueberry muffin and a sweet potato may be near each other on the glycemic index.
But that a sweet potato is almost three times less fattening because it doesn't spike your insulin as much.
In case you haven't heard, or you are oblivious to the news of the day... America's 'Debt Limit' is now again the latest fabricated crisis in Washington.
Today is March 6th... and your taxes are still going up... and our country is virtually bankrupt... and going $2 billion dollars deeper in the hole - each and every day. Yet Obama pretends all is well. Obama's debt comes right out of your pocket...
Our nation-state is no model of fiscal responsibility. When Barack Obama took office, the national debt was already an impressive $10 trillion. Today it is $18.1 trillion. The national debt is still growing at a rate of more than $50 million an hour.
Here's Obama's "bull crap" for the week... 03/06/2015
Obama's assignment should be... to write one-thousand times...
"Islamic extremists are killing and terrorizing, based on their medieval interpretation of the Koran."
White House press secretary Josh Earnest was pressed on Wednesday as to why he did not identify the 21 victims of an Islamic State beheading as Coptic Christians, as opposed to just Egyptian citizens.
At one point, Earnest said, “I can’t account for that specific line of the statement.” However, he asserted the Egyptians were killed because they were Christians.
"You talked about the murder of 21 citizens. I’m just curious, why didn’t you mention it was 21 Christians killed by Muslims? Is that relevant?” Fox News reporter Ed Henry asked.
Earnest answered, “It sure is.”
“The ISIL extremists that carried out this attack indicated the reason they were killing them is not just because they were Egyptian but because they were Christian,” Earnest said. “I think the president has been very clear.
The president talked about this in his prayer breakfast speech earlier this month. There is a responsibility for people of all faiths to stand up and speak out when individuals try to use faith and distort faith to try to justify an act of violence.”
An Islamic State-affiliated group beheaded 21 Coptic Christians and released the video of the killings on Sunday in Libya. The group that posted the video called itself the Tripoli Province of the Islamic State group.
That day, Earnest put out a statement that said: “ISIL’s barbarity knows no bounds. It is unconstrained by faith, sect or ethnicity.”
On Wednesday during the press briefing, Henry followed, “Why did you not say 21 Christians were killed?” Earnest responded, “I can’t account for that specific line of the statement.”
“But we’ve been clear that we condemn this murder. The president was clear in the op-ed that was publish today and on a variety of occasions I think I’ve been pretty clear here,” Earnest said. “We’ve been pretty clear here that we condemn this outrageous killing of these Egyptian citizens because of their Christian faith.”
Henry went on to question Earnest about why the White House “invoked faith” when three Muslim students were killed in North Carolina, but not when Islamic State terrorists beheaded 21 Coptic Christians.
Local authorities in the North Carolina slayings believe that the deadly incident was the result of a long-running parking dispute, not religion, USA Today reports.
In his response, Earnest said the president believes no one should be targeted based on their faith. He didn’t answer Henry’s question directly regarding why faith was included in one statement and not the other.
The following are some of the verses in the Quran that tell Muslims to kill and brutalize non-Muslims:
Quran 2:191-193, 2:244, 2:216, 3:151, 4:74, 4:76, 4:89, 4:95, 4:104, 5:33, 8:12, 8:15, 8:39, 8:57, 8:59-60, 9:5, 9:14, 9:123, 48:29, 9:20, 9:29, 9:38-39, 9:41, 9:73, 9:88, 9:111, 18:65-81, 21:44, 25:52, 33:60-62, 47:3-4, 47:35, 48:17, 61:4, 61:10-12, 66:9.
The following are all of the verses in the Bible that tell Christians to harm non-Christians, or anyone for that matter:
This is not a faith problem, this is a Muslim problem.
ISIS just isn’t cooperating with the Obama regime properly. Every time Obama says it isn’t about religion ISIS does something so blatant that it can’t be ignored, making the Obama lies that much more sadly and comically asinine.
Pants on Fire! I think the hardest job anyone could have in America today is having to answer questions about Obama’s lies when it is so obvious he lies constantly about everything.
The politicians like to claim they're public servants... don't be fooled, they're in it for themselves
Unfortunately, politicians are motivated by rational self-interest too. Although they call themselves "public servants," what they really enjoy is exercising power, spending other people's money and being called "Congressman" or "Senator."
Most value incumbency only slightly less than oxygen.
Since they want to maintain their office and its many perks, they don't tackle problems that are political dynamite. They kick the can down the road past the next election.
In the private sector, rational self-interest is a good thing. In the public sector, not so much.
In short, Congress - with its 6% approval rating and 91% re-election rate - is doing exactly what you'd expect with our nation's toughest problems: almost nothing.
That will change only when voters hold them accountable and exact a price.
Then - and only then - will we get real reform at the national level. Nobody knows when that will be. And it's not your job as an investor to guess.
"A fool-proof way to make yourself look like a self-absorbed AssClown."
Liberal editor at Minnesota newspaper calls Obama an "AssClown" ... it works as two separate words also
The author of a Minnesota newspaper slideshow that called President Obama an "AssClown" for using a selfie stick apologized Monday.
Sports producer Kevin Cusick used a photo of Obama using a selfie stick from last week's BuzzFeed video in a slide show countdown of the newsmakers of the day on the St. Paul Pioneer Press's Web site.
The photo description called selfies, "A fool-proof way to make yourself look like a self-absorbed AssClown" before being edited to read "self-absorbed celebrity," according to Minneapolis-St. Paul Fox affiliate KMSP.
Also included in the slideshow was a photo of Brian Williams ("Wait till you get a load of his 'Pope Blessed Me' fable"), Kim Kardashian (a "tramp mom") and Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D), who announced his resignation last week.
"After further review, it's a poor choice of word," Cusick said in an e-mail to KMSP. "I must have been in an especially foul mood last night. I've toned it down a bit."
Benjamin Miller, 20, is gored by a bull during the "Carnaval del Toro" in Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain on Feb. 14. The American from Georgia suffered several wounds, including a 16-inch goring in the thigh, a spokesman from the Clinic Hospital in western Salamanca said.
Dozens of pilot whales lie beached at Farewell Spit on the northern tip of New Zealand's South Island, on Feb. 13. About 140 pilot whales that stranded themselves on a remote stretch of New Zealand beach died, but conservation workers and volunteers helped refloat the remaining 60 or so with hopes they will survive.
A partially frozen American Falls in sub freezing temperatures is seen in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada on Feb. 17.
A Chinese security guard checks his smartphone as fireworks explode during celebrations of the Lunar New Year early on Feb. 19, in Beijing, China. The Year of Sheep also known as the Spring Festival, is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with Lantern Festival on the Fifteenth day.
Flamingos at Memphis Zoo in Tennessee huddle together for warmth as low temperatures spread across the United States.
A person stands in the middle of snow-covered Avenue A in the East Village neighborhood of New York, early on Jan. 27. Forecasters had warned that Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey could get 1 to 2 feet of snow. But in the end, they didn't even see a foot.
A participant trips during a fancy-dress pancake race in Spitalfields, east London. Shrove Tuesday, widely known in Britain as Pancake Day, is traditionally the last day of merrymaking before the start of the solemn Christian season of Lent.
Performers from the Unidos da Tijuca samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.
“To generalize is to be an idiot.” -- William Blake
“You can’t hold a man down, without staying down with him.” -- Booker T. Washington
Your competition is only a click away, but happy customers never stray. Outsourcing fulfillment can improve customer satisfaction, increase sales, and save time and money.
It’s the principle of reciprocity, which states: People feel more inclined to give you what you want... when you give them what they want.
God surely listens, understands and knows the hopes and fears you keep in your heart. For when you trust in His love, miracles happen!
Terry Moore... "How to Tie Your Shoes"
Somebody showed me a crazy video the other day. On the surface, it was utterly simple. It was just a man telling an audience how to properly tie their shoes.
The video proves most folks were taught wrong from the beginning. At the age of 4 or 5, we were taught the simple way to tie our shoes... not the most effective way.
But this four-minute clip proves that with one simple divergence from what almost all of us were taught, your shoes will stay tied tighter for longer. And they'll look better, too.
It's a simple twist... with staggering results.
What's even more incredible is the lesson the video teaches us - not relying on what convention tells us to do – has ties to nearly everything we do.
"Sometimes a small advantage someplace in life," the speaker says, "can yield tremendous results someplace else."
Terry Moore found out he'd been tying his shoes the wrong way his whole life. In the spirit of TED, he takes the stage to share a better way.
(Historical note: This was the very first 3-minute audience talk given from the TED stage, in 2005.)
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAFcV7zuUDA
Small business and large... one of the rules of customer relations is this: Think like your customer
The editors of the Lewiston, Maine, Sun-Journal failed to follow this rule when the forecast of a blizzard last weekend didn't pan out.
On Monday morning, they presented their readers with the front page above...
Dozens of readers called the circulation desk to ask if their subscriptions had been cancelled.
The editors then took to the paper's website to ed-splain:
"The word was used as a graphic element to 'cancel' the underlying headline 'Blizzard on the Way,' ...
Indicating as boldly as possible - that the much-unwelcome storm never materialized in our primary readership area of Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties."
Just swell... Confuse your customers first and then talk down to them. What'll you guys do for an encore?
Chamber of Commerce
Commerce trumps politics
Two hundred years ago, 85% of the world's population lived on the equivalent of less than a dollar a day. Today fewer than 15% do.
What is responsible for this enormous spike in material prosperity? Part of the credit goes to science and technology. But it took something more pedestrian to transform the world's standard of living: the profit motive.
Government doesn't provide us with food, clothing, shelter, healthcare or Teksta Robotic Puppies.
Businesses do. Best customers care for your business. As a successful marketer, you have to be innovating all the time.
Conversation is a critical component of maintaining the 'Best Customer' relationship. It is the “keeping the relationship alive” part.
It's All About Freedom
Detractors argue that capitalism is all about selfishness, greed and exploitation. Not so. Unlike government, business is about freedom and individual choice, not coercion.
If you don't like a particular company or its policies, you don't have to work for them, sell to them or buy from them.
Every business exists to serve people. Capitalism promises that you can have anything you want... if you just provide enough other people with what they want.
Most wealthy Americans achieved their affluence - not by inheritance or real estate speculation - but by starting and managing a profitable business.
Most of us don't have the time, the investment capital or the experience necessary to found and run a successful company.
But we can still own a piece of one... through the quintessential expression of capitalism: the stock market.
WOW... Unscrupulous and dishonest Democrat Debbie Wasserman Shultz plays the gender/Jewish card... on Obama and the Democrat party
In 2013, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz “sensed” President Barack Obama might try to replace her as chair -
And it led her to set in motion an ethically questionable plan to prevent her ouster, according to a new Politico report.
She “began to line up supporters to suggest the move was both anti-woman and anti-Semitic,” the report states, citing anonymous sources.
Schultz did indeed keep her position as DNC chair and sources who have reportedly spoken with the Democratic congresswoman said she believes no one will remove her before her term ends in 2017.
The Politico report also outlined Schultz’s isolation within the Democratic Party and indicates she has barely even talked to Obama since 2011:
Throughout her time as chair, Wasserman Schultz has turned off colleagues, other top Democrats and current and former staff for a management style that strikes many as self-centered - even for a politician - and often at the expense of the DNC or individual candidates or campaigns.
Many top Democrats, including some she counts as supporters and friends, privately complain about her trying to use the DNC as a vehicle for her own personal promotion, and letting her own ambition get in the way of larger goals.
Rodeo Girls... "Say Hello" Line Dance
The Rodeo Girls have achieved top acclaim in international dancing competitions held in the USA and their glamorous costumes add glitter to the event.
The show is a popular favorite with all country fans, as it is an extravaganza of beautiful country music and dance. ”Country at Its Best.”
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJyVPhVwMv4
Legendary Bull Rider
As he walks you can hear the spurs on his boots
He walks on over and hops in the chute
then waits alone with the bull
until the moment when the date is pulled
the dust stirs from the ground
as the bull bucks and spin around...
1-2-3-4 how long will he last
5-6-7-8 seconds have past
the buzzer makes the sound
and the bulls hooves hit the ground.
He gets himself free
stands up and tries to leave
he falls to his knees
because his muscles are beat
he tries to stagger away
as if he took his first steps today...
The bull fighters then come to save the day
and help him get on his way
the judges calculate the score
then its posted on the board
he made such a good ride
he's won a new buckle that shines.
'Ray' the robot valet
Robots now have a variety of purposes through technological innovation, one of them being parking your car when you get to the airport.
Germany-based Serva Transport Systems has created a robot, dubbed RAY, that takes the form of an automated forklift truck capable of picking up vehicles and moving them into pre-designated parking spots, according to CNN.
The machine is currently being used at Dusseldorf Airport and works with an app, requiring travelers to only drop their cars off in a designated area and confirm that the car is empty at a nearby touch screen.
The bot will then measure and photograph the car with sensors, gently lift it and park it in one of 249 spots reserved for RAY and the rest of his robotic buddies. Car owners can also use the app to communicate with RAY if they experience any flight delays.
RAY also comes with a space-saving system that Serva Transport says can measure the car's length, width, and accessories like wing mirrors thanks to its lasers and sensors, CNN reported.
The company also said the machine does a 60-percent better job at parking cars than human drivers.
Other companies working on parking robots include New Jersey-based startup Boomerang, which has been working on an automated parking system that can park hundreds of cars by itself.
Dusseldorf Airport is letting people use RAY to park their cars for $40 per day, or $5.50 per hour, and is targeting business travelers, CNN reported.
Thomas Schnalke, managing director at the airport, describes the service's target customers as travelers "who arrive at the airport shortly before the flight, seek efficient parking, and return within a few days."
Serva Transport also plans on improving the robot's ability to communicate with the car with a collaboration with German automaker Volkswagen it announced earlier this month.
"Our jointly developed technology exchanges data automatically between RAY and Volkswagen cars via Bluetooth and thus facilitates the parking progress," said Rupert Kock, managing director at Serva Transport.
Feel good! Be happy! Be nice! There you go. I just summed up the message that millions of Christians will be hearing at the megachurches of Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, and many others this weekend.
If you were planning to go, now there’s no need. You’re welcome.
In fact, if you’re driving there and you see a “Don’t worry, be happy” bumper sticker on the back of someone’s minivan, you might as well turn around and head home. That’s about all you were going to hear when you got there anyway.
Sure, they might come up with more compelling ways to communicate it, but in the end, when you dig past the charisma and the personality of the pastors who utter this gibberish, this is all you’re really left with.
An episode of Barney... Syrup and sugar... A smile and a pat on the head... A self-help speech.
Speaking of which, Rob Bell made the news a few days ago. He was being interviewed on Oprah (who is, herself, always a bastion of spiritual insight) when he said he believes the Church is “just moments away” from accepting gay marriage.
I should back up a moment. In case you’re fortunate enough to have no prior knowledge of Mr. Bell, I’ll give you the basics:
He was a famous megachurch pastor who invented his own feel-good teachings out of whole cloth and published them in best selling books (to his credit, at least he didn’t spend $200,000 unethically inflating his sales figures, like certain other former mega church pastors).
Notoriously, Bell claimed in “Love Wins” ... that Hell only really exists as a state of mind.
I know that kind of sounds like a stoned teenager musing theologically in between bong hits – “see, bro, the thing about Hell is, you know it’s like a state of mind, man, you know?” -
But in fact this was coming from one of the most prominent religious leaders in the country (I’m not sure if bong hits were involved in the writing of the book, but I wouldn’t be surprised).
The celebrity pastor eventually resigned from his “ministry.” He didn’t say it out loud, but it’s appearing rather obvious that he left in large part because he simply doesn’t believe in the Bible.
I’m not sure how else you can interpret these comments:
I think culture is already there and the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense...
When you have in front of you flesh-and-blood people who are your brothers and sisters, and aunts and uncles, and co-workers and neighbors... and they love each other and just want to go through life with someone.
According to Bell - former pastor and a man who still sells himself as a Christian leader of sorts - the Word of God is “irrelevant” and shouldn’t be considered our “best defense” due to the fact that it’s “2,000 years old.”
And why is God’s Law irrelevant? Because our co-workers and neighbors might be gay, that’s why?
We should calibrate the ancient and eternal teachings of the Church according to the emotional sensibilities of our friends and acquaintances. This isn’t just heresy, it’s outright anti-Christian propaganda.
It’s the kind of rhetoric you expect to find on the Facebook profile of an angry 16-year-old atheist... not out of the mouth of a man who recently led a flock of thousands.
None of this is surprising, though. This is the same guy who said in 2013:
I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it’s a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man. And I think the ship has sailed. This is the world we are living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are.
The ship has sailed on Biblical marriage because some of the people in contemporary western culture find the concept offensive.
In Bell’s world, the teachings of Christ are soluble and negotiable. The Lord is like a spineless and inconsistent parent who makes rules and retracts them whenever his spoiled brat kids stomp their feet and cry about it.
That is Rob Bell’s god?
Or maybe it’s more accurate to say that Rob Bell is Rob Bell’s god. Indeed, something even more disturbing was lost in the outrage over his gay marriage comments.
He was talking about marriage in the first place because he and his wife are shilling a marriage book they wrote, called “The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage.”
Yes, the zimzum of love. Oh, believe me, it’s as bad as it sounds.
We should all take a moment to reflect on what we’re witnessing here. This is a man who used to preach to thousands of congregants, and now he’s on Oprah... attacking the Bible and babbling about the zimzum energy field.
He has descended past mere Osteen-ish apostasy and into a state bordering on egotistical madness. He is formulating his very own religion, and it sounds like some kind of Buddhist-Scientology hybrid.
This, again, from a man who very recently shepherded a flock of 11,000 Christians.
Look closely at this situation, because I don’t think you can find a better illustration of how mega church pastors tend to become something closer to cult leaders than clergy.
Yes, there are the sex scandals you often find these televangelists embroiled in, and the financial scandals that you hear about even more frequently, but these, as bad as they are, don’t really demonstrate the danger of the mega church cult.
The real fatal hazard is that their congregants go to hear them, not the Word. They are the stars. They are the main attraction. They are the Church. And after a while, they are voice of God Himself.
There is no authority over them. No balance. They are the be all and end all, and that is a perilous dynamic. It’s a sad state of affairs.
Read the sermons of the early Church fathers, like John Chrysostom. They wrote and spoke with the spiritual passion, seriousness, and humility of men who knew they were fighting for souls and battling against the Devil himself.
Now these televangelists speak and write with the marketing strategies of con artists... who know they’re fighting for a spot on the New York Times Bestseller List and battling against, the low self-esteem epidemic.
And so the money pours in by the billions, and soon they’re buying luxurious mansions like Stephen Furtick’s 16,000 square foot castle in North Carolina or Joel Osteen’s $10 million palace in Texas.
While the average Catholic or protestant small church preacher makes $25 to 30,000 a year, many of these mega church leaders are multi-millionaires.
Now, I’m a capitalist. I don’t begrudge anyone their wealth. But it’s not hard to see why preaching the Word shouldn’t necessarily be an exorbitantly lucrative proposition.
It’s certainly difficult to reconcile a pastor’s mansion, his fleet of luxury vehicles, and his private jet with Christ’s instruction to His apostles to leave all of their earthly possessions behind and follow Him.
“Leave it all behind - except for the 18 bedroom house, the offshore bank accounts, and, OK, you can keep seven cars and, alright, maybe ONE private jet. But JUST one!” - Jesus, apparently.
But the money, the fame, the cult-like environment, and the celebrity status are seriously troubling-
Not merely because they defy Scripture and establish an enormous socio-economic divide between the pastor and his flock - but because they must all be maintained through mass appeal.
The Osteens and Meyers of the world would rather bring people to a "Faith That Isn’t... But Sort of Sounds a Little Like the Real Thing," because it’s easier to get bodies in the seats, books on the shelves, and interviews with the Oprah.
Admittedly, this is a problem that infects all strands of Christianity.
When churches get together to try and figure out how they can fill their empty pews, inevitably many of them decide that the key is to be moderate, watered down, and “contemporary.”
So they bring in the acoustic guitars and drum kits, create a more casual environment, and the pastor gets up and rattles off a bunch of sanitized platitudes, studiously avoiding any mention of scary words like “sin” or “morality.”
For regular churches, this tactic is usually an utter failure, but for mega churches it pays dividends. They have mastered the secular Christian experience.
They have cornered the market on modernized motivational Christianity.
I remember they built a mega church a couple of miles from me back when I lived in Kentucky. For months, my wife and I drove by trying to figure out what it was. A shopping mall? A prison complex? A modern art museum?
It was a perplexing structure, without any indication anywhere on the exterior of the building that anything remotely religious might be happening inside.
Eventually, our curiosity got the best of us and we went in to investigate. The thing is, even when I was inside, it took me five minutes to figure out that it was a church.
All traces of anything sacred, ancient, traditional, or reverent had been stripped away.
What was left was something that plenty of people clearly found appealing, but it didn’t look Christian, or sound Christian, or feel Christian.
It didn’t go to any great lengths to identify itself as a church, and that’s all for the best, I suppose. After all, there was nothing about it - aesthetically or substantively - that resembled one.
So these places can draw crowds by going all in, fully secularized and modernized. But to what end? What is gained?
I might come away feeling happy or even motivated, but have I been given the full Truth of salvation? Do I feel called to walk as a soldier for Christ?
Do I feel challenged to reject sin and choose what is right? Have I been equipped with the tools to be a disciple of the Faith? Have I been shown God in His glory? ...
Have I been forced to face myself in my sin? Have I received anything real? Have I been in communion with Him - or just with the motivational speaker on stage?
We all want to feel good. But when feeling good becomes the entire point of our faith, we have lost our faith completely.
We create the Mega Churches and Rob Bells... by flocking to anyone with an inspirational message, a stage, and a fancy state-of-the-art auditorium.
We should demand more than that from our church...
We should desire more than that...
We need more than that.
Want to marry again
Mary Jane says to her lawyer, "I wanna get married to my ex-husband. How can you help me?"
Her lawyer says, "But Mary, it was only last month that you got divorced. Don't tell me you are in love with him again!"
Mary Jane replied, "Love, my foot! He seems to be very happy after the divorce... and I am not able to bear it!!"
It's so cold in New York City today, the No. 1 movie is "50 Shades of Grey Flannel." -- David Letterman
Guess who's turning 21 today? Justin Bieber. He's turning 21, so now he can finally drink. -- David Letterman
If you're thinking of getting something for Justin Bieber's birthday, you can't go wrong with bail money. -- David Letterman
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald got in some hot water this week for saying that he served in the military's Special Forces when he never did. It gets even worse when you find out the place he actually served was Old Navy. -- Jimmy Fallon
A new study found that smoking weed is 114 times less harmful for people than drinking alcohol. And if you want to learn more, you can ask people waiting for their deliveries at Waffle House. -- Jimmy Fallon
Disneyland just raised its ticket prices to $99 a day for kids over 10. However, kids with measles still get in free. -- Conan O'Brien
A new study claims muscular men make the worst boyfriends. Come to think of it, I was kind of a jerk back in the day. -- Conan O'Brien
John Boehner said yesterday that President Obama's veto of the Keystone XL pipeline was a "national embarrassment." And then, out of habit, Joe Biden said, “Here!” -- Seth Meyers
Jamaica has officially decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. Which would be great news if anyone in Jamaica had small amounts of marijuana. -- Seth Meyers
A student at Philadelphia University has created a Batman costume that can withstand punches, machetes, and baseball bats. In fact, the only thing it can’t withstand is his father’s disappointment. -- Seth Meyers
Everything you do is taxed
• You awake have your first cup of coffee; you pay a sales tax.
• You go to your garage and start your car; you pay an automobile tax.
• You drive to work; you pay a gas tax.
• You go to work; you pay an income tax.
• You turn on the lights; you pay an electricity tax.
• You flush the toilet; you pay a water tax.
• You fly somewhere; you pay an airport tax.
• You stay overnight; you pay a hotel occupancy tax.
• You call home; you pay a telephone tax.
• You finally get home; you pay a property tax.
• You turn on the TV; you pay a cable tax.
• You die; your family pays a death tax.
Added up, the average American taxpayer - now works approximately 129 days of the year for the government - and the rest for his family.
Compare that with 1930, when the average worker worked just 57 seconds to pay their federal taxes.
Here’s what now happens to the average income of $53,000:
|Less Average Federal Tax Rate, 13%
|Less Social Security & Medicare, 7.65%
|Less Average Obamacare Cost Per Family, 7%
|Less State & Local, 7%
|Less Property Taxes on $150,000 Home
|Less Sales Taxes
|Real After-Tax Income:
And what do you get in return for paying all those ridiculous taxes, fees, and hidden charges?
Political decisions you don’t agree with. Cross-aisle bickering in Washington, D.C. An army of IRS agents that hound and harass you whenever they think they can squeeze an extra penny out of you.
And a Big Brother government that spies on your every move and tells you how to live… how much money you’re allowed to keep… and what you can do with your savings.
As a hardworking American, you deserve a break!
Race car drivers
"Been around car racing since spectating at Le Mans in 1956 and driving open-wheel in the U.S. from 1968-1978," writes our final correspondent today.
"What with spotters, radio and telemetry plus instructions from the crew chief, barring wrecks, a trained ape could finish fourth at Daytona. :-)"
We should point out the reader wrote in on Friday evening, long before the Daytona 500 was run yesterday. The fourth-place finisher was Denny Hamlin.
Then again, Ryan Newman has an engineering degree, and he finished 19 laps down in 38th...
Off the grid Sidney Island home... circles of sunny courtyard
It was something like 25 degrees below zero one February in Winnipeg, Canada, when Holly McNally picked up the National Post newspaper and flipped to the travel section.
A full-page story raved about Sidney Island, part of the Gulf Islands off the coast of Victoria and just south of Vancouver.
Everything about it - the remoteness, the scenery - seemed to fit with Holly and her husband, Paul. “We got on a plane within days and went to check it out,” Holly says.
It was perfect for them, as well as their two Newfoundland dogs. So they snatched up a building lot and started designing an off-the-grid home with the help of Kim Smith, of Helliwell + Smith | Blue Sky Architecture.
The result is a circular layout that captures views of the ocean while creating a sunny courtyard protected from the strong sea winds.
It’s a place where Holly can finally garden (lacking this ability on the frozen clay prairies back home had frustrated her), and where Paul can build furniture in his woodshop.
Plus, after retiring from the business they founded and ran, McNally Robinson Booksellers - one of the largest independent bookstores in Canada - they can finally kick back and enjoy a few good books. OK, a lot of good books.
Here a sandstone pathway leads to a fire pit at the point of a bluff. This is the view upon entering through the front gate.
“The Gulf Islands are very austere and wild, so it’s quite magnificent when you open the gate to our courtyard and all of a sudden there’s lush and beautiful fruit trees and flowers,” Holly says. “I’m growing things I never thought I’d grow.”
Paul built all the outdoor furniture in his woodshop.
The photovoltaic panels convert sunlight to energy, which is stored in batteries and used to run the entire home. There’s also a backup generator.
Clerestory windows bring southern light from the courtyard into the main living spaces.
Location: Sidney Island, Canada
Size: 2,000 square feet (222 square meters); 3 bedrooms plus a study, 2 bathrooms
Paul has a thing for curves, which show up in many of the bookstores the couple has designed together, hence the circular nature of the home. But practically speaking, the design serves many functions.
For one, it creates a courtyard that’s protected from the sometimes-harsh winds. Plus, it allows for a garden protected from the feral deer population on the island.
Because the deer have no predators, 600 to 800 of them are removed from the island every year to keep the population somewhat in check.
A 6-foot-high fence built from milled trees on the property lets Holly have her fruit trees and flowers.
“It’s so totally isolated and so naturally beautiful,” says Holly of the location.
But the McNallys stay in the home only from about May through October, because during the winter the island pretty much empties out - there are only four or five full-time residents.
And because there are no streetlights or services, the island is completely dark by 5 p.m. then. So from about November through April, the couple stays in a condo in nearby Victoria, about an hour away.
Speaking of the remoteness, all the materials had to be barged to the site, sometimes at 2 a.m. to coincide with the tides. It took a special contractor and a lot of strategizing.
There’s a calculated symmetry to the design of the home, stemming from Holly’s love of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work and from decades of designing displays in her bookstores with symmetry in mind.
The large madrona tree is a point of axis. “They wanted an idea of order in the wilderness,” Smith says.
Walking into the home reveals stunning views to the ocean.
Two bookcases within the support posts extend either way to create a semitransparent wall between a hallway (to the bedrooms and guest room) and the combined living, dining and kitchen spaces.
The hallway runs around the courtyard, forming a half circle. “It’s not a large house, but because of the courtyard extension, it feels larger than it is,” Smith says.
The timber framing and windows are Douglas fir. The floors are Mexican tile. Rafters and 2-by-6 fir decking were left exposed on the ceiling.
With the house being curved, the kitchen had to follow suit. Putting square drawers in a round kitchen did result in some wasted space, “but it ended up working in its own eccentric way,” Smith says.
Plus, Holly says there’s plenty of storage, something like up to 40 drawers. “When I go away for several months, it takes a few minutes to find the right drawers; it’s like a puzzle,” she says.
Here you can see the open-living concept and the emphasis on the one-of-a-kind ocean view. Paul built the dining table himself.
A painting of the couple’s two Newfoundland dogs hangs above the living room fireplace. “It feels so good to be in this house,” Holly says.
The master bedroom is rather compact but has a feeling of open space, thanks to big windows.
Smith was careful about privacy and using trees to help block views. Here a large tree obscures views to a neighboring lot.
The McNallys had a houseplant in this space, but deer kept coming up and putting their noses to the glass in hopes of getting at it.
The home is completely off the grid, running on solar panels for electricity and a backup generator when needed. There’s also a well and a septic field.
And because there’s no fire department on the island, there’s a pump hooked up to seawater just in case.
The guest quarters are on the other side of the house, the living spaces are in the middle, and the study and master bedroom are on the right.
The two other structures on the property, are the storage shed and Paul’s woodshop.
There's a deadly danger lurking in your junk drawer... "I couldn't believe it!"
“I couldn’t believe it… It’s real… batteries are dangerous.”
That’s David Miller’s warning to everyone out there with a junk drawer, that catch-all storage space most people use to store odds and ends.
See, Miller made the mistake of putting old 9-volt batteries in his junk drawer after changing out the power supply in his smoke detectors.
It was a costly mistake - one that likely many of us are making. (And something we warned you about in 2012.)
“The morning of the fire, I had moved the bag around and that’s apparently what caused the batteries to get into the right position to short against each other,” Miller told WCPO-TV.
As Broadview Heights Asst. Chief Joe Fleming explained to the station, it’s easy for the terminals of the battery to come in contact with metal in your drawer, heat up and burst into flames.
How easy? The station did an experiment of their own by throwing common items into drawer, and it only took a couple tries for it to go up in flames.
“It can happen to any one of us at any time,” John Desmarteau, president of the North Eastern Ohio Fire Prevention Association, told WCPO.
“A 9 volt battery is a fire hazard because the positive and negative posts are on top, right next to one another,” a news release from the New Hampshire Department of Public Safety reads.
“If the ends come in contact with anything metal i.e. aluminum foil, steel wool, paper clip, other batteries, etc. this will create the object to heat up and ignite a fire.
To prevent it, you can place the guard that sometimes comes with the batteries back over the terminals. A simpler fix is to place some electrical tape over the top before placing it in your drawer.
“Maybe not every battery is going to start a fire but they can, so it’s a simple thing to prevent,” Miller warned.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnVDayI-gwI
Antarctic explorers think they've discovered new life forms buried beneath two miles of glaciers
A lake that’s been buried beneath nearly 2 1/2 miles of ice for the better part of 15 million years could be home to life forms never before seen.
A team of Russian explorers cracked into the subglacial water of Lake Vostok in Antarctica for the first time back in 2012, drilling a 12,300-feet hole to reach beneath the ice, according to New Scientist.
The DNA contained in the water samples they obtained three years ago were unlike any others they’d seen before, leading them to believe that there could be unknown life forms just below their feet.
But those claims were challenged when it was discovered that the water samples might have also contained fluids used in the process of drilling. They think they might have raised the drill too quickly, causing the water to surge upward and mix with the drilling fluids.
So the explorers, determined to verify their previous claims, have taken a crack at the ice once again.
And now for the second time, Russian explorers have drilled more than 11,100 feet into the thickness of the ice to collect more samples – and this time they’re confident the water isn’t in any way contaminated.
They were slow to raise the drill, allowing the water to rise within the borehole on its own and without running the mix of mixing it with other fluids.
New Scientist reported the explorers were then able to obtain the water samples that will be analyzed by sometime in May, according to Vladimir Lipenkov of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute.
Lipenkov co-led the exploration team along with Nikolay Vasiliev of the National Mineral Resources University.
Both the AARI and NMRU are located in St. Petersburg, Russia.
I watched a show of explorers who found a military plane that crashed back in the 50′s in the arctic. It was buried 300 ft. down in ice and they drilled down and recovered it.
Common sense tells “Me” either the ice level 60 years ago was a lot lower, or the ice has built up quite a bit in 60 years. Either way it make the global warming crowd look like idiots.
Doggie dinner bell
This is my 10 week old dachshund learning to ring a bell to tell me when it's time to go outside. This is just step one... We have a way to go. She thinks it's all about food.
This is not how you train a puppy. You only reward when the command is given. If you just give the prize every time the behavior is done, then you're the one being trained.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur5t5jd8eIU&feature=player_embedded
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Five myths and facts about microwave cooking your food
Does nuking your meal make it less nutritious? You may be surprised.
That’s not true. But it is a fact that microwave cooking has sparked a number of myths since the “space oven’s” creation.
Read up on the most common microwave myths, and which ones are legit.
Myth: Microwaving food is a danger to nutrients
Nope, you shouldn’t be overly concerned about microwaves messing with nutrients.
“There is no specific harm of microwaving with regard to nutrient levels,” says David Katz, MD, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center.
In fact, any type of cooking can chemically change a food and it’s nutrient content: Vitamin C, omega-3 fats, and some bioflavanoid antioxidants are more sensitive to heat in general, Dr. Katz says.
Nutrients from veggies can also leach into cooking water. Since you’re apt to use less water when cooking in a microwave, your food might even be better off.
Fact: You should be careful with plastics
Microwaving plastics is definitely a no-no because it can lead to the containers breaking down and allowing more chemicals like BPA and phthalates to leach into your food.
Many companies today make BPA-free and “microwave safe” containers.
However, in a 2011 study in Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers tested 455 plastic products, from baby bottles to food containers...
And found nearly all of them still leached estrogenic chemicals, which have been linked to obesity and some forms of cancer.
Even plastics marketed as BPA-free were guilty. The ubiquity of plastics makes it hard to avoid them completely.
But the best advice is to avoid them when you can, and always transfer food to a glass or ceramic dish before microwaving, Dr. Katz says.
Myth: Reheating pasta can make it healthier (for now, at least)
A recent experiment on the BBC investigative health program Trust Me, I’m a Doctor sparked buzz after finding that when pasta was cooked, cooled, then reheated in a microwave, it reduced participants’ post-meal rise in blood glucose by 50%.
The reason, researchers said, is that pasta that’s cooled and reheated acts like resistant starch, preventing the gut from breaking down carbs and absorbing them as sugar. But don’t get too excited.
That was one study including a measly nine volunteers, so Dr. Katz says to take it with a grain of salt for now. His advice: stick with whole-grain pasta instead, which experts know is healthier.
(Due to the higher fiber content, blood sugar does not spike as quickly as it does after eating refined pasta.)
“For sure, whole-grain pasta has a lower glycemic effect than refined pasta, whether or not it is reheated,” he says.
Myth: Microwaves cook food all the way through
When it comes to cooking, microwaves penetrate food to a depth of 1 to 1.5 inches, according to the USDA. So heat won’t be able to reach the center of really thick pieces of food, Dr. Katz says.
This is especially dangerous for poultry or red meat because you can get food poisoning from undercooked meat.
You’re better off using your microwave as an assistant in your kitchen, for re-heating food you already cooked or thawing something you’re about to cook.
Fact: Microwaves are safe
The reason it’s called a “microwave” is because it emits microwaves, a type of electromagnetic radiation, to heat your food. It’s absolutely an old wives’ tale that microwaves are the same as cancer-causing radiation.
All they do is cause the molecules in food to move and the molecular motion is what causes the heat, Dr. Katz explains. And you can’t get cancer just by standing next to a microwave oven either:
The microwaves are mostly contained within the oven itself when it’s on, and any that leak out are limited to a level far below what could actually hurt you, according to the American Cancer Society.
New ideas... replacing government monopolies and archaic systems
In 1779, there was a weaver by the name of Ned Ludd. One day, after getting whipped for laziness and mocked by the local youths, he finally had enough.
So he grabbed a hammer and smashed to bits two knitting frames, since these devices threatened to take his job.
And thus was born the first of the Luddites. At least that's how the story goes.
Nowadays, the term Luddite refers to a person who opposes new technologies because it could make his job obsolete.
Think of the stagecoach operators before the rise of the automobile in the U.S.
Sure, there are certain groups who are going to be negatively affected by these changes. But society as a whole, for the most part, is much better off.
Imagine how far behind the country would be - if it sacrificed technological progress for the benefit of special interests.
Unfortunately, even though it's been over 230 years since the first Luddite, they're still popping up around the world every so often.
The latest sighting was in France. French taxi drivers across the country staged a strike to protest new competitors like Uber and other transit alternatives.
We've covered Uber in the past. They're a new company that connects passengers and drivers via Internet smartphone applications.
Taxi and limousine groups across the U.S., as well as the world, see this as a threat to the status quo. The status quo that they've taken advantage of for years.
So it comes as no surprise that these French drivers took to the streets and decried these new businesses as "unfair competition."
It was surprising, however, to read reports of them attacking Uber drivers that dared come near one of their picket lines.
Based on the Twitter posts of Kat Borlongan, co-founder of the consulting firm Five-by-Five, she reports:
"Attackers tried to get in the car but our brave @uber driver maneuvered us to safety, changed the tire on the freeway and got us home."
Another passenger in the van that was attacked also told the technology website The Verge, "They also tried to open the doors, but fortunately our driver had them locked."
These Uber cars might not look like the knitting frames that Ned Ludd took his hammer to all those years ago, but they represent the same thing.
They're a sign of things to come. A new technology that will break the stranglehold of entrenched parties that benefit from government protections and handouts.
Fortunately for you and the rest of the world, these Luddites are almost always fighting a losing battle.
Let's just hope the only things to come from their silly attacks are broken windows and slashed tires.
This Week's Government Goofs & Goofballs
An Independent & unbiased accounting of our government & political mischief
Obama is the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation':
Read this NY Times reporter's epic rant against Obama and Eric Holder
Government transparency quips may have ranked high on the false propaganda list of campaign promises made by a dishonest Barack Obama -
But years later, it seems the government - under Obama - could be more repressive than ever before.
Just ask this New York Times journalist.
Times reporter James Risen went off on the Obama administration’s press freedom record in a Twitter rant late Tuesday.
It all started with a link to this District Sentinel article about Attorney General Eric Holder defending the Obama administration’s record on whistleblower retaliation, which Risen annotated with a simple, ”WTF?”
Obama administration targets the media... even liberal journalists
Risen then went on an epic rant about the government, calling out Holder by name many times and saying:
• The Obama Administration is the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation, and Eric Holder leaves behind a wrecked First Amendment.
• Given Holder's speech today, I repeat: The Obama Administration is the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation.
• Eric Holder has been the nation's top censorship officer, not the top law enforcement officer.
• Eric Holder has done the bidding of the intelligence community and the White House to damage press freedom in the United States.
• Eric Holder has sent a message to dictators around the world that it is okay to crack down on the press and jail journalists.
• Eric Holder leaves behind a wrecked First Amendment.
• Eric Holder managed to destroy any semblance of a reporters privilege in the United States.
• This is Eric Holder's true legacy on press freedom: "There is no First Amendment "reporter's privilege." From DOJ brief in my case.
• My son is a reporter. I don't want him to have to live in a country where there is less press freedom than when I started as a journalist.
Risen knows a thing or two about the government’s stance on leaks and whistleblowers.
For the past seven years, he’s been embroiled in a legal battle over whether the Justice Department could compel him to reveal the identities of his confidential government sources.
Risen fought all the way to the Supreme Court and lost before Holder said he’d back off and not force Risen to out his sources.
And WHO did the NYT endorse for President in the last two elections? … case closed.
Low info liberals in America have self-indoctrinated themselves...
And elected a dangerous leftist radical agenda... out to hurt America at every angle
Now in the highest position of power... the Obama regime and America's leftist radicals - are making decisions and taking actions - based upon what is in America's worst interest.
They are a sleeper cell in the White House. Democrat news slaves are no longer journalists and they’re to blame for most of this quagmire - because they didn’t vet this Obama Kenyan con-man.
On the contrary... they literally and figuratively rooted with pompoms for him and now they want to set them down.
No free pass for Democrat news channels, boycott them every chance.
These guys are worried about press freedoms… how about personal and financial freedoms (IRS, BarryCare, NSA, etc) being obliterated under this administration?
The greatest threat to Freedom of the Press is… The Corrupt Liberal Press!
When news and investigative reporting became a revenue flow - all real “News” starting going away. What gets more eyeballs... Beyonce, or a story on the continuing radiation leaks from Japan?
What gets the higher ratings... the news or talking head’s opinion of the news, slanted and omitted to fit the head’s opinion?
Write a piece about flawed Headstart funding and you’re a racist. Question Israel’s funding or actions and you’re anti-semitic and pro Muslim!
Question the U.S. war policies and you’re anti-American ! There is no news, just opinions of the three allowed topics.
Folks… NET NEUTRALITY…something few are paying attention to.
Obama is now going after the internet… only because its Obama’s last two years and there is a coming calamity plotted by this Administration to happen before 2017.
They LITERALLY intend to quash anonymous free speech like we pretend to have here. I say “pretend” because they are already watching all of us and they know who we are.
When the “hammer comes down” after the calamity and some version of Martial Law is enacted, they will know every single dissenter to arrest and jail… or kill as they try.
Net Neutrality will create an even better environment for this because dissenting views will be less available. Everything you see will look as though almost everyone is of the same mindset… kinda like the 1950’s all over again.
Funny, because the Liberaless Democraps always say the conservatives pine for those good ole days!
I pray I’m wrong, but this next eleven months and two days is going to be a wild ride. If it looks like America will clearly elect a strong conservative like Walker for instance and leave congressional power in Republican control…
I see the Obama Crime Syndicate reacting like a Jihadist who just got a certain death prognosis from a doctor…
Going out in a “Blaze” of glory, corruption… inflicting maximum damage on America... before Obama slithers out of office.