Friday, March 27, 2009
September, 1988. Me and my friend Gregg were long-time friends. We had joined the Army on the buddy system. So with the prospect of basic training on our minds, we decided to go camping, fishing and just relax. We had just graduated high school a few months prior and were due to report for basic training the next month.
The spot we chose to set up camp was in an area we locals call the Big Ditch. It is a flood control system which diverts excess water from the Big and Little Arkansas rivers. It is flanked on both sides with thirty-foot-high earthen dikes. This system skirts the city and reconnects on the southeast side of the city, making the Arkansas river. This was the spot we chose, mainly because it was close, was wooded, and was a great place to fish.
After a hard day of walking , setting up camp and fishing (to no avail), we got hungry and decided to walk into a nearby part of Wichita for food. We took a two flashlights and headed out into the darkness. We decided to make our trek on top of the dike, as the grass was knee-high and made it difficult at best to see debris deposited from previous floods. As we were walking and talking we would have to stop every thirty seconds or so as we kept running into skunks. We would not see them in the tall grass until we were literally at point-blank range for the skunks. The thought of being sprayed by a skunk had us using all of our senses and on high alert.
As we were slowly making our way to town we heard footfalls in the woods to our right. The wood line was about sixty to seventy yards from us. We just kinda ignored the sound coming from the woods until we noticed that whatever it was making the footfalls in the woods was paralleling us. It made us feel as though we were being stalked. When we would stop to get a better listen at it, it would stop. We shined our flashlights at the woods in the area where we thought it should be, but nothing. I don't remember why, but I was about ten feet behind Gregg. We had stopped and were shining our flashlights on the woods yet again.
All of a sudden, the grass at the wood line started to part, right where we both had our flashlights trained, like something was moving through it and it was coming right at us... it continued quickly through the grass, splitting it apart as it went. As the grass parted, we got the sense of a violent and very deliberate charge. The grass parted from the wood line sixty to seventy yards away and up the thirty foot dike to Gregg's feet, turned around and retreated about half way back down the dike where it stopped... in under one second. I know it was under a second because we had no time to react to it moving towards us. It was surreal and completely foreign to us. So we did what two eighteen-year-old tough guys should have done-- WE RAN!
I had not thought of that event in my life in quite some time. Then all of a sudden I had a memory of it and God told me it was a demon. I always wondered why we couldn't smell the skunks that night. We could not smell them over the demon I suppose! My initial contact was scary then, but looking back I think its pretty cool.
God bless you all,
Saturday, March 21, 2009
| U.N. panel says world should ditch dollar |
Wed Mar 18 15:16:16 UTC 2009
By Jeremy Gaunt, European Investment Correspondent
LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - A U.N. panel will next week recommend that the world ditch the dollar as itsin favor of a shared basket of currencies, a member of the panel said , adding to pressure on the dollar.
Currency specialist Luxembourg that the proposal was to create something like the old Ecu, or European currency unit, that was a hard-traded, weighted basket., a member of the panel of experts, told a Reuters Funds Summit in
Persaud, chairman of consultants Intelligence Capital and a former currency chief at JPMorgan, said the recommendation would be one of a number delivered to the United Nations by the U.N. Commission of Experts on International Financial Reform.
"It is a good moment to move to a shared reserve currency," he said.
Central banks hold their reserves in a variety of currencies and gold, but the dollar has dominated as the most convincing store of value -- though its rate has wavered in recent years as the United States ran up huge twin budget and external deficits.
Some analysts said news of the U.N. panel's recommendation extended dollar losses because it fed into concerns about the future of the greenback as the main global reserve currency, raising the chances of central bank sales of dollar holdings.
"Speculation that major central banks would begin rebalancing theirreserves has risen since the intensification of the dollar's slide between 2002 and mid-2008," CMC Markets said in a note.
Russia is also planning to propose the creation of a new reserve currency, to be issued by international financial institutions, at the April G20 meeting, according to the text of its proposals published .
It has significantly reduced the dollar's share in its own reserves in recent years.
Persaud said that the United States was concerned that holding the reserve currency made it impossible to run policy, while the rest of world was also unhappy with the generally declining dollar.
"There is a moment that can be grasped for change," he said.
"Today the Americans complain that when the world wants to save, it means a deficit. A shared (reserve) would reduce the possibility of global imbalances."
Persaud said the panel had been looking at using something like an expanded Special Drawing Right, originally created by the International Monetary Fund in 1969 but now used mainly as an accounting unit within similar organizations.
The SDR and the old Ecu are essentially combinations of currencies, weighted to a constituent's economic clout, which can be valued against other currencies and indeed against those inside the basket.
Persaud said there were two main reasons why policymakers might consider such a move, one being the current desire for a change from the dollar.
The other reason, he said, was the success of the euro, which incorporated a number of currencies but roughly speaking held on to the stability of the old German deutschemark compared with, say, the Greek drachma.
Persaud has long argued that the dollar would give way to theas a global reserve currency within decades.
A shared reserve currency might negate this move, he said, but he believed that China would still like to take on the role.
(editing by Patrick Graham)
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Its like checking the oil in your car to find it a quart low and choosing to fill it days later. Sure, the car will run fine until you get the time to fill it properly. But there is damage being done to parts you can't see. It's time for me to check my oil... in the car as well.
Its easy to forget that they are ALWAYS watching you when you don't see them as much.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Judgment Against Evil Kings
1 This is what the LORD says: "Go down to the palace of the king of Judah and proclaim this message there: 2 'Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, you who sit on David's throne—you, your officials and your people who come through these gates. 3 This is what the LORD says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of his oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place. 4 For if you are careful to carry out these commands, then kings who sit on David's throne will come through the gates of this palace, riding in chariots and on horses, accompanied by their officials and their people. 5 But if you do not obey these commands, declares the LORD, I swear by myself that this palace will become a ruin.' "
6 For this is what the LORD says about the palace of the king of Judah:
"Though you are like Gilead to me,
like the summit of Lebanon,
I will surely make you like a desert,
like towns not inhabited.
7 I will send destroyers against you,
each man with his weapons,
and they will cut up your fine cedar beams
and throw them into the fire.
8 "People from many nations will pass by this city and will ask one another, 'Why has the LORD done such a thing to this great city?' 9 And the answer will be: 'Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God and have worshiped and served other gods.' "
10 Do not weep for the dead king or mourn his loss;
rather, weep bitterly for him who is exiled,
because he will never return
nor see his native land again.
11 For this is what the LORD says about Shallum [a] son of Josiah, who succeeded his father as king of Judah but has gone from this place: "He will never return. 12 He will die in the place where they have led him captive; he will not see this land again."
13 "Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness,
his upper rooms by injustice,
making his countrymen work for nothing,
not paying them for their labor.
14 He says, 'I will build myself a great palace
with spacious upper rooms.'
So he makes large windows in it,
panels it with cedar
and decorates it in red.
15 "Does it make you a king
to have more and more cedar?
Did not your father have food and drink?
He did what was right and just,
so all went well with him.
16 He defended the cause of the poor and needy,
and so all went well.
Is that not what it means to know me?"
declares the LORD.
17 "But your eyes and your heart
are set only on dishonest gain,
on shedding innocent blood
and on oppression and extortion."
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Am I a slave to the wishes of others? Is defending the innocent by peaceful protest wrong? In the case of embryonic stem cell research, what would Jesus do? I am prepared to do whatever God directs me to do in protest of this policy. And I am currently seeking his guidance in the peaceful protest of this policy.
I can tell you this: my money (which is actually God's, since He gives it) will not be used by my UNgodly government to fund the systematic murder of babies! The only way that will happen is if God tells me to pay my taxes anyway, because their blood is not on my hands. I am well-versed in the Biblical command to pay taxes, but I am not being led to do so in this case. I cannot fathom murdering an infant or paying someone else to do so. To me there is NO difference between abortion and when someone who is demon-possessed murders their own children.
I was raised pro-choice and matured into the Truth. I am gnashing my teeth over this one. Who do we think we are? I am ashamed of my government and those that support its policies on abortion. This country was founded on principles that are Christian. It has fallen, been torn apart from within by our own unwillingness to follow Jesus' simple instruction to love one another as ourselves.
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints."
I will not cast my lot amongst the evil in this world. I would rather face Jesus, having done what he asked of me, than to have lived a comfortable life on this earth ignoring the voice of God telling me to step out of my comfort zone.
I may lose everything earthly because of this protest. But I will follow Jesus wherever he wants me to go.
I will not pay income taxes until this crime against God is repealed. My path has been revealed and my Lord Jesus Christ is my protection. Gods will be done!
God bless you all.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
What was the Tree of Knowledge? Since no one seems to completely know, or seem to want to give it much thought, I will. If the Tree of Knowledge was only about "knowledge", then why was the punishment so harsh concerning the eating of the fruit from this tree?
I believe that God intended to create each one of us without the need for us to procreate. This is why the serpent said, "For God knows that when you eat of it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." I don't believe just the acquisition of knowledge would have made the human race like God. Rather, the act of creating a life through procreation would make us like God. We took it upon ourselves to create life, instead of allowing God do it.
The Bible says the conception of Jesus was an immaculate conception. I believe this also lends proof to the theory that the act of procreation was and is the original sin. More proof from the Bible? Genesis 3:7 and 10 "Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves." "...I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid." Also, verse 16 says, "To the woman He said, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children.""
Later, in 1 Corinthians 15: 42-45, Paul says, "So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body."
So, make your own judgment call. I just thought I would share some of my thoughts.
God bless you all!