Saturday, January 30, 2016
Thursday, November 05, 2015
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Most all the refugees, asylum seekers and truly poor economic immigrants that I've known and worked with in America (since the immigration reform and control act of 1986),in Great Britain, and in Belgium are not only willing but desperate to learn the language, take the classes and sign in and fit in with thier new society.
Having personally been an immigrant in two countries I can say that it is a very complicated difficult process that is often not user friendly.
These people come often with post traumatic syndrome, because they were victims of extreme abuse or war Having seen families and property blown up, having lost everything, having no food, jobs or safety - come looking for a place to cope.
Many needing serious psychiatric and medical help from wars or economic situation our country started, funded, supplied arms to and we're even funded through literally truckloads of cash from our governments. Sometimes we were involved in the hope to free these people but more often than not it makes them victims of another even more radical regime.
Many of them have had no chance for school most of thier life because war /poverty /unrest or oppressive regimes. Governments have not allowed them to go to school or learn to read and write in thier own mother tongue. So signing in and following a course is a huge hurdle especially since they still are actually not free in our countries some for as many as 6 years waiting for status. So 10 years war or more in thier land with no rest and then waiting for years here.
Being an immigrant is hard work.
They need real loving lasting patient friends every step of the way.
But sadly often they are shunned and can only find friendship among other refugees. So they become intrenched in their own subcultures.
Ask any expat how hard it is to find places to integrate. Even the rich and educated well adjusted find it a emotional trek through rejection, discouragement, misunderstanding and prejudice. Trust me the majority of immigrants of all kinds want to do what is asked of them to integrate. But we don't make it easy.
But they also seek freedom. Freedom to live, love believe and act as they want. A basic freedom they have been denied. We speak so proudly of having these freedoms but then want to deny them once they arrive.
So do we live in free lands or not?
Do we espouse freedom of religion? Do we allow freedom of speech and expression? Can we not extend these freedoms to others? Don't we still want them for ourselves?
The fact is that in the history of all three countries in which I've lived immigrants came seeking freedom and safety. They organised against an oppressive regime and set down laws to protect freedoms they were denied. Why is that not still the case?
Saturday, May 23, 2015
|Get off the ride.|
We spend a lot of time taking care of our bodies. Washing, dressing, feeding, resting, exercising, sexing, working and it feels good. There is nothing wrong with it. But often we must admit that our bodies are controlling us.
Then there is the constantly ready and willing slavery to the masturbation of our emotions. And wow does entertainment allow an unprecedented opportunity to rub our emotions raw. We can see TV and film now on demand and all the time, get lost in games that feel more real than the world in which we live and breath and read something on every subject and fantasize a life that will never be ours.
But the mind has unquenchable thirst for knowledge drives many of us to learn, read, experiment and research the minutia of detail in the nichest of subjects until we begin to relax, lost in the quest for dominance and meaning over our world.
BUT when do we have time for our spirit. When do we challenge our lies concerning value and beauty? When do we cultivate the experimenter in truth and confront the dark lies of right and wrong. We live in a world screaming lies all day long! LIES, lies, lies lies lies, untruths, twisted meanings, and deceptive intentions. We want to believe many of these lies. These lies feed our ego, they caress our sense of worth. Lies about what is important, lies about how we should spend our time. We live in the lie that something we don't have will make us happy. We expend unbelievable hours of wasted time and energy and money selfishly masquerading as if we are the centre of the world. We think we know what is true and what is good and what is of value and what is wrong and what is false and what will make us happy. We act as if everything is all right and we hide what is wrong. We surround ourselves with yes-men and mock our dissenters.
How do you build character? How do you invest in discernment of worth and value? What ways do you cultivate hope rather than the feelings of wishing. When and where are you able to be real with yourself and correct your wayward bearing? How are you developing your inner peace? How are you rooting out the lies that have you trapped? What do you do to break free from the stranglehold of addiction, self adulation, and empty time wasting pointless pursuits? What is your plan for less mental selfies and more giving of love.
Are you more loving? Are you living sacrificially? Can you spot the lies being mainlined into your ego? Have you given up a false belief that has held you captive?
Curses, Curses, spirit courses.
Train my inner man.
Let me see the path before me and not be my biggest fan.
Curses, Curses I've wasted my energy
I've starved my spirit dry
because I fed my body now my spirit dies.
Curses, Curses I'm feeling till I'm tingliy
But now I'm numb and I ask my self why
Why did I waste away with feelings on things that won't matter when I die.
Psalm 109 NLT (listen and feed your spirit)
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Beginning with Jesus and tracing his lineage through to Adam and God, Luke records fit us the names of Jesus' family tree. Most people believe there was a real king David or a real Abraham. So which people in this list are fictional? I believe they are all real
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Jesus understands show learners. Having struggle with leading followers who don't get it. Join the club that Jesus founded. But take heart. If this is the experience of the Son of God went do you think you'll have it easier. And then consider that He hand picked his crew. Bet you dint have that privilege. Read and know that Jesus sympathises with you.
Mark 8:14-21 NLT
But the disciples had forgotten to bring any food. They had only one loaf of bread with them in the boat. As they were crossing the lake, Jesus warned them, “Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod.” At this they began to argue with each other because they hadn’t brought any bread. Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, “Why are you arguing about having no bread? Don’t you know or understand even yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? ‘You have eyes—can’t you see? You have ears—can’t you hear?’ Don’t you remember anything at all? When I fed the 5,000 with five loaves of bread, how many baskets of leftovers did you pick up afterward?” “Twelve,” they said. “And when I fed the 4,000 with seven loaves, how many large baskets of leftovers did you pick up?” “Seven,” they said. “Don’t you understand yet?” he asked them.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Then he said, “You skillfully sidestep God’s law in order to hold on to your own tradition. And then he added, “It is what comes from inside that defiles you. For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.”
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Monday, May 26, 2014
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
God is good.
God loves me.
God is in control.
God the Father sent Jesus to rescue me.
The Bible is full of truth.
I am evil. If God doesn't save me from myself, I'll be a selfish God killer.
The truth will set me free.
I have hope and help in Jesus.
God loves_________________ more than I ever could.
God's plan is better than my plan.
My hope is in the Lord.
I have been given the mind of Christ.
Jesus prayed for me.
Faith is a gift from God.
God has given me this gift.
There is life after death.
There is eternal death and judgement after death for those who refuse God's grace.
God's grace is evident to all men.
God's character can be seen in his creation.
No one is has an excuse for not believing.
God is patient.
God is kind.
God forgives freely.
God is not shocked by my heart, or my children, or this situation.
God knows what I need.
I don't need what I think I need.
God will supply all I need.
God is more generous than anyone else.
God is greater than all others.
God deserves our praise.
The first and most important command is to love God above all others and all else with all that I am.
I continually break the most important command.
God is worthy of worship.
God is all powerful.
God is all knowing.
God is everywhere.
God's plan is perfect.
Nothing can thwart God's plan.
The cross of Christ was plan "A", there is no plan "B".
I must suffer.
All who follow Jesus must suffer.
If we go the way of Jesus, we must humble ourselves and serve our enemies.
In the Bible I find the words of life.
The Bible tells me about me, the world and most importantly, God.
I live in a world full of spiritual battle.
There are angels, demons and spiritual beings waging war around me.
God's enemy the Devil is a liar.
When I'm not following God, then I'm following the Devil.
God is holy.
God is pure.
God is right in all he does.
I'm selfish and I'd make a terrible God.
I need God.
I don't know what is the best in every situation.
I need to be more concerned about God's reputation and feelings than mine or peoples.
God's name is great.
I should be jealous for the honor of God's name.
Whatever process God used, God is creator of all.
Jesus is in charge of everything.
All human authorities are only there because God allows them. In fact God takes credit for using evil leaders to accomplish good.
We can know God.
We can know the truth.
God had told us about himself.
God is light.
Jesus said he is the way, the truth and the light. No one can have a relationship with God unless the they come through Jesus.
Jesus is the only way.
Every single person chooses of their own free will to turn their back on God their maker.
God through Christ graciously has forgiven all our evil thoughts and actions.
The cross is a supreme example of God planning to use the evil intentions of evil men to make the ultimate rescue plan for mankind.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
Friday, April 04, 2014
Monday, March 03, 2014
Just a thought, Every artist, comedian, musician, teacher, politician, activist, or preacher who ever got up to do anything wanted to get his/her point across, be heard and express themselves. For some the mere act of communication is an attempt to convert others. So for my personal faith I find that even the non stop bombardment of lying advertisements spew a wretched stream of visceral offence. They might be bright and cheery but they sell a lie of a better life when in fact the path they preach is a cesspit of pain. (I can't get a toothpaste advert out of my head that promised better family relationships and popularity after its use.) The things that deny, are offensive to, or mock my faith are far too often cloaked in sheep's clothing and the boldest affronts are actually of little consequence. We need to realise the current crusade to mock our Lord and hang him on a cross once again or even more deny that he needed to die, is coming, as it has always done, from "within."
Galation 5:11b If I were no longer preaching salvation through the cross of Christ, no one would be offended.
1 Corinthians 1:18 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.
One of the most offence things Jesus did was to hang out with sinners! Matthew 9:9-13
Welcome the poor, don't stone the adulterous (but don't send her away without reminding her she is free to cease with her adultery), eat with the sinners, hangout with the drunken ones till people assume you are one too, talk about God's plan to make his son and his son followers suffer, remind people of a coming judgement so they can avoid it! Offensive Christianity 101 -- do what Jesus did.