Deep Thought: Are all “sins” equal?

February 16, 2017 at 1:30 am | Posted in All, are, Deep, equal, sins, Thought, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Are all sins equal to God? Is all sin the same? gotquestions.org
“..So, although Jesus said that lust and adultery are both sins, that does not mean they are equal. It is much worse to actually murder a person than it is to simply hate a person, even though they are both sins in God’s sight. There are degrees to sin. Some sins are worse than others. At the same time, in regard to both eternal consequences and salvation, all sins are the same. Every sin will lead to eternal condemnation (Romans 6:23). All sin, no matter how “small,” is against an infinite and eternal God, and is therefore worthy of an infinite and eternal penalty. Further, there is no sin too “big” that God cannot forgive it. Jesus died to pay the penalty for sin (1 John 2:2). Jesus died for all of our sins (2 Corinthians 5:21). Are all sins equal to God? Yes and no. In severity? No. In penalty? Yes. In forgivability? Yes.
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All Sins Are Not Equal J.I. Packer/ DECEMBER 28, 2004 christianitytoday.com
“..Scripture shows that in God’s estimate some sins are worse and bring greater guilt than others, and that some sins do us more damage. Moses rates the golden calf debacle a great sin (Ex. 32:30)….

… Ezekiel in his horrific allegory says that after Oholah (Samaria) had ruined herself by unfaithfulness to God, Oholibah (Jerusalem) “became more corrupt … in her lust and in her whoring, which was worse than that of her sister” (Ezek. 23:11, ESV). John distinguishes sins that do and do not inevitably lead to death (1 John 5:16), picking up Jesus’ warning about the unforgivable sin (Mk. 3:28-30).

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43 Are all Sins the Same ?
, from youtube.com

Are All Sins Equal Before God?
, from youtube.com
“Consequences matter when it comes to weighing sin.
http://desiringGod.org”

Unforgiveable sin?

What is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? bibleinfo.com
“…Is there a sin that cannot be forgiven?
Yes, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, is any sin that a person clings to by continually resisting the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. Keep in mind that there is not one specific sin that is unforgivable, such as lying, stealing or murder, but rather a perpetual hardening of the heart and willfully sinning against God and man (1 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:15). In Acts 7:51, Stephen says the following to the Pharisees, “You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.” In a nutshell the unpardonable sin is any sin that a person doesn’t want to give up, confess, or even ask forgiveness for and additionally doesn’t want to hear any more about it from the Holy Spirit…”

“7 Deadly sins”

What Are The Seven Deadly Sins allaboutgod.com
QUESTION: What are the seven deadly sins?

ANSWER:
What are the seven deadly sins? gotquestions.org
Bible Study: Defining The Seven Deadly Sins
, from youtube.com

Lead to “death”?

What is the sin that leads to death, or the sin unto death, that John talks about? compellingtruth.org
“..Many interpretations exist regarding this “sin that leads to death.” Unfortunately, the text is not clear what this “sin” is. It does appear clear John wrote to believers and was speaking of physical death. For example, Ananias and Sapphira experienced physical death for their sin (Acts 5). In 1 Corinthians 11:30, Paul wrote concerning wrongful practice of the Lord’s Supper, “That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.”
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There is Sin that Leads to Death

1 John 5:14-21

by Cooper Abrams bible-truth.org
“…c. The unpardonable sin is in context a part of the dispensation of the Law. It is a specific sin of blasphemy, in which a person would credit the devil for the work of the Holy Spirit. The special circumstances involved in blasphemy can not be duplicated today. The Scribes and Pharisees committed this sin in attributing the work of Jesus to the Devil. (see Matthew 12:24, Mark 3:22, Luke 11:15)

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People KILLED by God – The Bible Study Site biblestudy.org

“..Ananias and his wife Sapphira were New Testament believers. After selling some land, they decided to give the church PART of the proceeds but make it seem that they were donating the entire amount of the sale. The apostle Peter, however, saw through their mutually agreed ruse. After confronting each one separately regarding their sin, they both immediately died (Acts 5:1 – 10).

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Learned anything new? Thoughts, feedback, questions, prayer requests, etc..?

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What’s up with…?! Post-elections Hate

November 11, 2016 at 12:54 pm | Posted in Hate, post-elections, Uncategorized, up, what's, with | Leave a comment
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Mich. students chant ‘build the wall’ in viral video USA TODAY Katrease Stafford (Thursday, November 10th 2016)
“…ROYAL OAK, Mich. — A viral video of middle school students at a Michigan school shouting “build the wall” during a lunch hour Wednesday has sparked outrage across social media, leading some to demand that school district officials take action.

The video, which has nearly 2 million views and more than 45,000 shares, shows a group of students leading the chant in the cafeteria of Royal Oak Middle School. The woman who posted the short video on Facebook, Dee Perez-Scott, said in a brief caption that the incident happened Wednesday.

“The taunts, the ‘Build that Wall’ with such bullying power and hate from children to children,” wrote Perez-Scott. “Just horrifying!”..”

This is sample of why “us” adults need to be careful on how we express our “political views” at home. Kids are watching our reaction to this political election and everything we do. I have a “young” teenager friend that came to my house wanting to bike one day as he shared how he was tired of his parents watching the “political debates”. Then another “friend” (college age) express similar feelings on how he was “tired” of his parents watching it too.

Others:

-Pro: Trump

Post-election racism makes students uneasy Solvejg Wastvedt · Nov 10, 2016 .mprnews.org
“The day after the election, messages including “whites only”, “Trump Train” and the n-word were scrawled on a bathroom door at Maple Grove Senior High.

The district reacted by starting an investigation and contacting police. And the next morning, a parent told MPR News that her daughter found students smiling and handing out cookies, along with messages of acceptance posted on the wall.

• NewsCut: Maple Grove kids fight back against the racists

Reactions to Tuesday’s presidential election are playing out in schools around the state, with tension reported in some cases as students bring differing views to class.

The smiles and cookies after the racist graffiti in Maple Grove were a step toward healing divisions — but they certainly won’t solve a problem that is not unique to Maple Grove.

Students around the state are struggling with divisions that mirror the country’s deeply divided voting-age adults.

• Related: Trump victory spells uncertainty for Minnesotans feeling alienated by his rhetoric

East across the Mississippi River at Spring Lake Park High School, Principal Jane Stevenson wrote a Facebook post about a report of “disrespectful, inappropriate and racially offensive graffiti” on a girls’ bathroom wall. Pictures of it made the rounds on social media, and Stevenson condemned the act.

Stevenson said the police are involved and the district is investigating.

In an interview before word of the graffiti spread to media, Spring Lake Park band teacher Nora Tycast said she hadn’t seen an increase in racist incidents post-election, she said the school routinely struggles with racial tension.

“My colleagues and I see just a wide gamut of reactions from students, students that are really sad and scared, and students that are really excited and pleased,” Tycast said. “So on Wednesday morning we saw a lot of fist pumping, and really kids really feeling free to express their excitement and kind of their pride in the country in a bunch of different ways. And we also had some students that were a lot more subdued.”

It’s unclear how many incidents similar to the racist graffiti in Maple Grove there may be.

The Minnesota Department of Education says it’s received three calls about incidents of harassment in schools. MPR News looked into a report of white students intimidating Latino students at Jefferson High School in Bloomington. The district says it’s investigated the report and denies that physical intimidation happened.

But shy of explicit incidents, it’s undeniable that some students are dealing with anxiety. Administrators in several districts sent letters home encouraging civility and denouncing racism and harassment.

Amy Hewett-Olatunde, who teaches English Language Learners at LEAP High School in St. Paul, said all her students are immigrants or refugees, and many of them are fearful.

“Many of them think that they need to think about where to go, if they go home. If they don’t have a place to go home to, what should they do,” she said. “Their parents are also extremely fearful of what may happen in terms of retaliation.”

Higher Ground Academy, also in St. Paul, has a primarily African-American population. Teacher Catherine Eisele said she’s sensed fear among her students since the primaries.

“I had three kids come up to me yesterday like, ‘Am I going to get deported?’ like quietly in the halls, not in front of everybody,” she said.

But on Thursday in civics class, Eisele taught her students how the American government works — she’s teaching them how to debate ideas.

Her students have been split throughout the election on policies. For Lyla, a 10th grader, President-elect Donald Trump’s views don’t worry her too much.

“It’s not like he’s going to make every single decision,” she said. “He has a cabinet behind him, they’re going to help him make good decisions.”

Another 10th grader, Adar, feels differently about Trump, saying she’s afraid of an increase in hate crimes following the election.

“I am worried about his supporters,” she said. “Racism has existed, you know, for a long time in our history, but I feel like he brought all the racists out, all the sexists out.”

But Adar said she’s not worried about being deported. She’s been paying attention in civics class.

“I know my rights”, she said.
..”

BLACK COP TELLS TRUTH ABOUT TRUMP RALLIES

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Students Tweet Their Fears After Trump’s Victory attn.com
“..Minority, Muslim, and gay students tweeted their concerns about going to school after the election.

During his presidential campaign, Trump made comments about refugees from the Muslim countries, Mexican immigrants, and crime policy that have instilled fear in some minorities.

heard rich white boys at school say how funny it is that Trump got elected; it’s so easy to laugh when it doesn’t affect you#NotMyPresident
— shan (@shannessian) November 9, 2016

i feel so bad. i’m in the school bathroom listening to a girl cry because she is so terrified of being deported.
— katherine 💱 (@pockyprincess1) November 9, 2016

My cousin comes home and tells me kids bullied them at school today telling them to go home now Trumps president…
— Nav Singh (@NaV__SiNgH) November 9, 2016

My niece first response to election: “should i tell people at school I am not Muslim anymore?”

She is eight. #TrumpPresident
— Saba Ansari (@SabaBrazil) November 9, 2016

My little sisters friend has been bullied at school because of her race & partly because of this election….PLEASE educate your kids!!!!! pic.twitter.com/5oc8fwOxu0
— gwen (@miaatoledo) November 9, 2016

I told my child not to talk about the election or her family at school. She asked, “Does this mean Daddy can’t be trans anymore?”
— Saundra Mitchell (@SaundraMitchell) November 9, 2016

Y’all pray for me at school tomorrow… nothing’s wrong, I’m just a minority
— Barbara Martinez (@barbiemtze) November 9, 2016
One teacher posted about her experience teaching children the day after the election. Najah Imani Muhammad posted that one of her second grade students said that he was afraid that Latinos would be deported. Trump promised to increase immigration enforcement during his campaign.
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Immigrant communities fear deportation after election of Trump November 9, 2016, 8:39 PM baltimoresun.com
‘We are scared’: Students share fears, teachers calm nerves after election Written by
Sanya Mansoor
and Holly K. Hacker dallasnews.com
20 Horrific Acts Of Violence In Donald Trump’s First Days As President-Elect
Chris Riotta,IBTimes Tue, Nov 15 10:35 AM PST yahoo.com

-Homosexuals

Trump supporters brutally attack gay man in California
Mike Anzalone | November 10, 2016 usuncut.com
“…When Ball left the bar alone later in the night, Trump supporters followed him to an alley way and assaulted him, Ball said. The last thing he remembers before awaking bloody on the pavement was having a beer bottle smashed over his head. Friends took him to the hospital…”

=>Counteract

Trump: “I Will Protect Our LGBTQ Citizens’
NBC News 07/22/2016 1:03 nbcnews.com

-Racism

White nationalist Richard Spencer punched during interview
By Paul P. Murphy, CNN Updated 7:13 AM ET, Sat January 21, 2017 cnn.com
“…Video posted online by the outlet shows the white supremacist speaking to Washington bureau chief Zoe Daniel when he was interrupted by individuals off camera.

Spencer was answering questions on whether he was a neo-Nazi. He said he was not, and was then asked what the “Pepe the Frog” pin he was wearing signified.
“Pepe the Frog” is an internet meme so often used by racists and anti-Semites it was designated a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League.
As Spencer was speaking, a masked individual ran up, socked him in the face and fled. Spencer left, later tweeting there was, “no serious damage.”..”

->Fake/False Flag??
Go back to Asia!’: Trump supporter grabs woman–police arrive and handcuff the victim
Nathan Wellman | November 10, 2016 usuncut.com
On social media, police say they did not respond to University student’s alleged campus assault 11/10/2016, 6:11pm
By Jessie Bekker .mndaily.com
In a widely-shared Facebook post, Kathy Mirah Tu alleges she was accosted while walking across the Washington Avenue Bridge.
“…The University of Minnesota Police Department tweeted Thursday afternoon, saying they were not involved in the alleged handcuffing of a University student, who said she was verbally and physically attacked while crossing the Washington Avenue Bridge in a Facebook post Wednesday.

The Minneapolis Police Department also said it was unable to find a record of the incident, in a Facebook post Thursday evening.
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Message

Fear

Trump to a divided America: ‘Don’t be afraid’ By Marisa Schultz and Bruce Golding

November 13, 2016 | 8:21pm | Updated nypost.com
“…President-elect Donald Trump said Sunday that Americans have nothing to fear from his incoming administration.

“I would tell them don’t be afraid, absolutely,” Trump told CBS’ “60 Minutes” when asked about the thousands of protesters from coast to coast who have taken to the streets since he became president-elect…”

MORONS REACT TO TRUMP WINNING

ANTI-TRUMP

Michael Moore: They Voted For A Guy Named ‘Hussein’ Twice, Trump Voters Are Not Racist dailycaller.com
“…Michael Moore disputed the notion that all the people who voted for President-elect Donald Trump are racist Friday, reiterating the fact that millions of them voted for…
..”

Man beaten on South Side while onlookers yell, ‘Don’t vote for Trump’
WLS – Chicago 21 hours ago (Saturday, November 12th 2016) yahoo.com

-Washington D.C. Inauguration

RAW: Violent anti-Trump protest near Inauguration

Violence flares in Washington during Trump inauguration By Jonathan Landay and Scott Malone | WASHINGTON Politics | Sat Jan 21, 2017 | 7:58am EST reuters.com
“…
Black-clad activists among hundreds of demonstrators protesting Donald Trump’s swearing-in on Friday clashed with police a few blocks from the White House, in an outburst of violence rare for an inauguration.

At least 217 people were arrested in the melees, police said.

The burst of civil disorder followed a fierce presidential campaign that ended in a stunning victory for Republican Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8 and left the country divided.

Many of Trump’s supporters traveled to Washington to cheer their new president on Inauguration Day. Tens of thousands of detractors are expected to march peacefully on Saturday.

In the violence, knots of activists in black clothes and masks threw rocks and bottles at officers wearing riot gear, who responded with volleys of tear gas and stun grenades as a helicopter hovered low overhead. …

Protesters and police said the violent activists were acting independently of organized opposition to Trump.

The Disrupt J20 group on Twitter said its anger was not directed only at Trump, and that it would also have demonstrated had Democrat Hillary Clinton won the election last November.

Not far from the White House, Bob Hrifko, a member of the Bikers for Trump group, said he was struck in the face with an aluminum chair when he tried to intervene in a scuffle involving police and protesters.

“We need more order. This ain’t right,” said Hrifko, who was bleeding from a cut under his eye.

….In Seattle, one person was shot in the abdomen during a demonstration at the University of Washington, the Seattle Police Department said on Twitter. Demonstrators gathered there to protest Trump and conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos, who gave a talk on campus, local media reported. ..
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Washington Anti President Trump – Protesters Burn Limo Car & Fighting Police (COMPILATION)
, from youtube.com

Connection to Post -Election?

He yelled ‘Get out of my country,’ witnesses say, and then shot 2 men from India, killing one By Mark Berman and Samantha Schmidt February 24 washingtonpost.com
“..According to witness accounts, the gunman reportedly told two of the people who were shot — both Indian men who work for Garmin, the technology firm — to “get out of my country” before opening fire and had also used racial slurs during the Wednesday evening shooting…

The father of one of the people injured pointed to the election of President Trump, who has routinely described a threat posed to Americans from people outside the country’s borders, and pleaded with parents in India “not to send their children to the United States.”

The White House responded by calling the link to Trump’s rhetoric absurd, according to Reuters….

He reportedly came back into the bar and hurled racial slurs at the two Indian men, including comments that suggested he thought they were of Middle Eastern descent. When he started firing shots, Grillot, a regular at the bar whom Bohnen called “everyone’s friend,” moved to get involved…”
Andhra Engineer Killed By US Navy Veteran First Indian Hate Crime Victim In Trump Era

“Published on Feb 23, 2017

An Indian-American IT engineer employed by a US company was fatally shot and his Indian colleague wounded by a white man who thought they were Middle Easterners and who was heard telling them to “get out of my country” at the time of the shooting.

India Today Television marks the entry of the nation’s most credible name in journalism – India Today into news television. Powered by a future-ready look and backed with the 40 year legacy of the India Today brand, the channel addresses the news consumption habits of an evolved digital-savvy audience while staying true to the journalistic principles of the India Today Group.
With a paradigm shift in terms of television workflows and technology, the channel sets a new benchmark with a differentiated look. Innovative content formats and multiple news updates on the TV screen give immediacy and choice to the news viewer.”

ACTION

If You’re Overwhelmed By The Election, Here’s What You Can Do Now 11/09/2016 02:36 am ET | Updated 18 hours ago Jenna Amatulli Trends Editor, The Huffington Post huffingtonpost.com

How can we “fight” evil with love?

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Miracles: Stories of Visions of Jesus

April 11, 2016 at 4:31 am | Posted in Jesus, miracles, Uncategorized, visions | Leave a comment
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Kids

Born with a hole in her heart, she saw Jesus before angels carried her home
June 10, 2014 blog.godreports.com
“..After her second birthday, she had her first vision of Jesus. It happened in their family room, only a few weeks before her passing….
“Hey Jesus. Hi. Hi Jesus,” she said, to her mom’s surprise.

“What do you see, babe? Tamrah asked.

“Hi Jesus. Hi,” little Giselle continued, her eyes wide with delight.

“Where is He?

“Right there,” she pointed.

Giselle had at least two more visions of Jesus in the weeks before her graduation to heaven. One happened in the car while they were driving and another in a store.

One day in the car, Giselle began to spontaneously sing, “Rejoice! Rejoice! (E)mmanuel…” She had not learned to pronounce ‘E’s’ so it came out as ‘Manuel.’

“How does Giselle know that Christmas song?” sister Jolie Mae wanted to know….”
A Girl Got Gift From Heaven and Painting with Jesus – Jordan Cook/Sid Roth
from youtube.com

“Prince of Peace Painting by Akiane Kramarik
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“Jesus Prince of Peace by Akiane KramarikMeet Akiane Kramarik the artist who painted Prince of Peace in this 4 minute Video Bio … .

#Jesus #Akiane #Christ”

Healed

Woman Healed of Cerebral Palsy Through Vision cbn.com
“…”You could just feel God’s love and His presence, and it came all around me, and it was really, really warm,” she continues. “God showed me in a vision that He was going to heal me. He showed me the inside of a church. The church had light-colored woodwork. The doorknob was a triangular glass-colored doorknob. And then the vision showed me in a rust-colored stretcher and people gathered around praying for me. There was a man in a pinstriped suit. Then God showed me a picture of myself out riding a bike on beautiful green grass, and it said ‘March 29th’ in just great big bold letters — that was three weeks away.” ..”

But with each step that she took, they started to straighten out. And as her toes and her knees straightened out, she got stronger and stronger. She took a few steps on her own, and then was literally running around the church.”

“Then she started into going on a little bit of a dogtrot around the church,” says Lucille. “Finally, she began praising the Lord and going around. And I tell you, you talk about the glory of the Lord — we just shouted. The presence of the Lord was so real.” …
Jesus visits dying Muslim in hospital room, brings healing September 20, 2012 blog.godreports.com

Sal: Personal Oral (3:45 minute) Interview

Revelation 21 New International Version (NIV) A New Heaven and a New Earth biblegateway.com

Last week (April 4th/5th 2016), a client (anonymous for confidentiality) at my workplace shared this story after she sporadically told me she was “healed” (medical condition is confidential, but trust me-I saw her in a really serious medical condition that I just laid my hands on her and prayed for her during this “severe” medical condition in front of my co-worker) and “saw” Jesus. I have to be honest, I was skeptical at first, but as she shared some specifics of her personal encounter with Jesus in Heaven. Her story confirmed many other stories I’ve heard (e.g. Victoria T. from my local church when she shared late last spring (see Sermon Download 04.19.2015 – Speaker: Spencer and Victoria Tiernan – [DOWNLOAD]) of 2015. I already have consent from her to share:

Personal Encounter with Jesus in Heaven and Healed!

“…He said it wasn’t my time to go yet… (Sal: “so you told me earlier that you saw your grandparents/relatives and they were younger lookin’?) Yup..you never grow old in Heaven…(Sal: this happened last Friday)..Yup..this was a real miracle for me. God is watching over me (Sal..healed from your “medical condition”)..and that I was walking, running, playing, etc.. with the dogs and cats…(Sal: you were walking..this is an encouragement for people in wheelchairs too)…that I was a miracle I was in Heaven and not in wheelchair…and saw ____(name of our friend is confidential)____ (saw ___(friend)___? how did he look?)….”good..(Sal-younger?)…yup…(Sal-no white hair?)…yup”…(Sal-‘should share this with __(another common friend of ours)__) ..(Sal-Heaven is real!)..and there was angels and yeah..and see some…nice trees, was really beautiful (Sal..”new earth”)..if I go back to Earth , I would like to come down was as a dog (Sal: we’ll get new heavenly bodies..)..[stopped video]

After she shared this story, I remembered most of last week I was singing the chorus of this song (“Come & Let Your Presence fall in this…”)…e.g. workplace) that was in the list of worship songs for last Sunday as part of my local church worship team.

I was so inspired and encouraged by her story, that I told her to keep sharing this to as many people as she can. She would immediately share this with her peers, visitors at our workplace, co-worker, etc.. I’ll keep you updated of any further testimonies. Till then, may this and all these stories (above and below) encourage you in your faith and to share your own personal “faith building” story to as many people around you!

2 Corinthians 5New Living Translation (NLT)
New Bodies
biblegateway.com

” 5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. 2 We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. 3 For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies.[a] 4 While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. 5 God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.

6 So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. 7 For we live by believing and not by seeing. 8 Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. 10 For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body…”

http://cbn.com/tv/embedplayer.aspx?bcid=1426551966001
Rick Settoon

Jail

Ron Zaucha: A Vision of Jesus, from cbn.com
“…“I had a vision there in jail of Jesus Christ. He appeared to me as real as you are and finally spoke. I said, ‘What do You want?’ And He said, ‘You.’ I says, ‘You can’t want someone like me. I’ve done all these things. Hurt all these people. Done all this stuff in my life.’ And He said, ‘I came for people like you.’ When that happened, I knew I needed to change my life.”

That night Ron called his mother and grandmother who bailed him out of jail. The first thing he asked for was to be taken to church. It was Easter Sunday.”..
Knows our Hurts

I SAW JESUS! (The Karen Templin Story) Jesus Did It!
By: Karen Templin
“…As I was thinking I should look for His face, I raised my eyes, and I couldn’t have been more surprised by what I saw. I saw Jesus — He was actually there! It was just His face, but he was alive, and moving around. He had dark, shoulder-length hair with light streaks of gray, and He was wearing a crown of thorns. I just gazed up at Him, and He was smiling at me with the most loving smile I had ever seen in my life!

The first thing I thought was – He looks a little different than He does in His pictures, but only slightly different. I had expected His hair to be longer, and His nose was a little different…

Next, I saw Him sending beams of transparent, white light towards my heart. I felt the light penetrating my being. The light felt like nothing, other than pure love and compassion. Jesus was very kind and loving towards me — not condemning at all. I only sensed a strong outpouring of love from Him. He seemed perfect in His goodness and kindness.

Next He began to communicate to me, but no words were used. He communicated by sending me feelings. There was knowledge in the feelings that I understood easily and clearly as it was transferred into my mind.

He said that He already knew about it all — my lack of forgiveness towards others — how I had been hurt by other people, and the circumstances in my life that had made me feel that way. He said, “I know everything about you.” That surprised me greatly, but I also felt comforted by it. It meant that He had never been far from me like I had always thought. I realized that I had been constantly under His supervision, like when our children are small, and we never let them out of our eyesight.

Again, I felt more compassion from Him pouring out to me. He said, “I feel your pain. I grieve with you.” He was like a loving parent who will pick you up when you are hurting, and hold you in his loving arms. He will comfort you, and wipe away all of your tears. I actually felt like I had been comforted, and held in the arms of Jesus.

After He comforted me, He spoke again. He told me not to worry or concern myself with these things because He would take care of it for me. I sensed an incredible strength in Him. I felt like a burden had been lifted, and I felt like He could easily carry all of my burdens. We have all been taught about the meek and humble man, but he exuded strength, and I could feel it.

I was still looking at Him. I was still surprised by some of the things that He said. He was still looking at me. He still wore that loving smile on his face that would melt the heart of the worst hardened sinner. He was still sending me love, and it was to overflowing. There was so much love that I felt like my heart couldn’t hold it all, and it may burst if I took in much more. I began to feel like I couldn’t handle it anymore. Maybe in human form we can’t. I don’t know.

Seeing all of the goodness and purity in Him, I felt like I may break down into tears and sobs. I started to feel unworthy of His pure holiness. He was a soul at the highest level of perfection. Seeing this makes you aware of even your smallest sins. I felt unworthy of Him, and then I looked away.

When I looked back, He wasn’t there anymore, but I was left with a feeling of total awe. Jesus had been there. I had seen Him. I had felt Him. He had communicated with me. The thing I was left knowing, above everything else, was that He loved me more than anyone had ever loved me in my life!..”

Ministry

What does Jesus really look like?
by Tom Brown tbm.org
“..I didn’t see Him in his traditional garments; instead I saw Him sitting in a wheelchair with a blanket over His legs. There was suppose to be an elderly man sitting there, but instead it was the Lord. As I looked across the room, all I could see was Jesus. I saw Jesus in the place of all the people. He wore a nurse’s uniform. He sat in a chair where there was a lady supposed to have sat. I could not see anyone’s face. I only saw the Lord.

As I looked in astonishment, I heard the Lord say, “Whatever you have done for one of the least of these, you have done unto me.” The vision ended…”

Miscellaneous

Divine Revelations divinerevelations.info
“…
Face to Face encounters with Jesus Christ. … This is an account of 5 of the most amazing stories of people who came back from the dead, and what they saw while dead. … Anna Rountree was caught up in a tremendous vision of Heaven…”

#1 Best Videos of Encounter with Jesus, Angels, Healing, Heaven and Hell (Sid Roth with 12 people)

“..Published on May 28, 2013

I selected 12 different wonderful testimonies which showed dramatic encounter of Jesus or Angels or Heaven/Hell from Sid Roth It’s Supernatural. I pray to God that anyone who is watching this video will be have same wonderful encountering with Jesus. Jesus is coming shortly! Please be ready with daily repentance and loving Jesus all your heart. Jesus bless you!..”

Near-Death

Jesus Christ and the Near-Death Experience near-death.com
“..The following are some of the important insights concerning Jesus from many near-death accounts and my own research concerning the NDE and the Christian connection to it. There are many interesting experiences with Jesus from NDEs and many insights concerning him within them. Some of these experiences are humorous and all of them profound. There are many different descriptions of the appearance of Jesus which is because, as one person put it, Jesus appears to us in a way that we can recognize him. You will find all the various descriptions of Jesus from NDE accounts on this website. You will find interesting quotes and NDE insights concerning Jesus. ..”

Religious Backgrounds

Visions of Jesus? is-there-a-god.info
“…Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs say a vision of Jesus changed their lives and led them to believe in him. Christians and sceptics in the west say they too have had visions of Jesus that profoundly changed them. Is it possible, or were they just hallucinations? What difference does it make?..”

-Islam

More than DreamsMore than Dreams.org

“…

“More Than Dreams” tells the compelling, true stories of five Muslims from five countries who share one life-changing experience. Each of them saw Jesus Christ in a dream or a vision and their lives were forever transformed..”
Visions of Jesus appearing to Muslims?
Middle East evangelists report nagging dreams leading to conversions
Published: 02/09/2013 at 5:03 PM wnd.com

W/Angels

Angels coming for me, A Glimpse of Heaven, from youtube.com
“..Published on Apr 10, 2015

Arthur Blessitt shares Holy Moments as Angels come rejoicing saying “Arthur, Arthur, Arthur”. Golden cloud, Sparkling white. What it will be like at the moment we depart this earth for heaven..”

Do you have a story? Feel free to share below..

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Deep Thought: What do I have to “give up” when becoming-growing (as) a Christian?

December 29, 2015 at 4:13 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A “friend” got “theological” with me this past weekend over the holidays. He asked, why this church doesn’t allow us to “practice” our old ways (e.g. shamanism, see-> Deuteronomy 18). I then thought about my former Catholic up-bringing. I didn’t think about it much when I was growing-up, but friends in college would question some of the “theological” practices (e.g. worship Mary, statues/idols in the sanctuary, priests are called “father, etc…). It’s not just “religious” stuff, but just “old” ways in our “sinful” lifestyle of the past (e.g. drunkeness or any other addictions that controlled/slaved you in bondage, etc…) that prevented one to a “personal relationship” with the Heavenly Father.

All That’s Inside -Jon Thurlow (Lyrics)


“Uploaded on Feb 19, 2011

(Let there be) no reservations, no walls
But just an open door in my heart for You

I want to give all that’s inside of my heart
I want to give all that’s inside of my heart to You

Everything else is fading away
Only love (only love) only love remains (only love remains)

It’s not the riches, it’s not the fame
It’s not the power, it’s not my name
Only love (only love) only love (only love) only love (only love)

So take the same love that’s inside Your heart
And put that same love deep inside of me

Everything else, everything else,
Everything else is fading (only love remains)”

Above was a song a friend from church played during our weekly prayer get-together (FOCUS), which really touched me about this topic that was discussed this past weekend.

Other Sources:

Bible verses about Parable of the Old and New Wineskins
(From Forerunner Commentary)
bibletools.org
Jesus Movie – Gospel of Matthew Chapter 9 1 of 2

New Wine, Old Wineskins and the Fear of Change= 10:27AM EDT 5/2/2012 J. Lee Grady charismamag.com
What Does the Bible Say About Righteousness? openbible.info

Hope and pray this will touch you all with the “New Year” (2016) coming-right around the corner! 🙂 Any thoughts, stories, shares, additional Bible verses, etc.. related to any of the content above? Would love to hear from ya..thanks!

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Baseball: Following My Minnesota Twins 2015 Highlight Season

June 1, 2015 at 12:42 am | Posted in Baseball, Minnesota, Twins | Leave a comment
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W L PCT GB
Kansas City 73 47 .608 –
Minnesota 60 61 .496 13.5
Detroit 59 61 .492 14.0
Chi White Sox 56 63 .471 16.5
Cleveland 56 64 .467 17.0

Twins pour it on Orioles as Duffey cruises Aug 20th 2015
“BALTIMORE — Twins right-hander Tyler Duffey was unfazed by a downpour that stalled Thursday’s start by two hours and 31 minutes. In just his third Major League start, the 6-foot-3 rookie responded to the delay like a veteran, going 7 2/3 innings to lead the Twins to a 15-2 victory and their fourth straight win over the Orioles this season.
Duffey was aided by a five-run second inning from the Minnesota offense, which drew some early boos from Baltimore fans directed at starter Miguel Gonzalez. After an 11-pitch first inning, Gonzalez tossed 40 pitches in the second as four different Twins players picked up an RBI in the frame….”

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/15493892/v356772583/dozier-talks-about-his-work-with-amigos-for-christ

Duffey earns first MLB win as Twins top Tribe By Jordan Bastian and Betsy Helfand / MLB.com | 12:26 AM ET (Sat. Aug 15th 2015)

W L PCT GB
Kansas City 68 45 .602 –
Minnesota 57 56 .504 11.0

Sano leads Twins to elusive series win (8.12.15)

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2015_08_12_texmlb_minmlb_1&lang=en#game=2015_08_12_texmlb_minmlb_1,game_state=Wrapup,game_tab=box

Escobar’s walk-off double caps Twins’ comeback
http://m.twins.mlb.com/news/article/142522410

W L PCT GB
Kansas City 64 44 .593 –
Minnesota 55 54 .505 9.5
Detroit 53 56 .486 11.5
Chi White Sox 51 56 .477 12.5
Cleveland 49 59 .454 15.0

Hunter rallies teammates, wins game with HR By August Fagerstrom / MLB.com | 1:06 AM ET m.twins.mlb.com

Veteran outfielder motivates team to battle back, gets it done with ninth-inning blast

CLEVELAND — A wise man named Torii Hunter once said after a gutsy victory in Cleveland, “When trees are in hurricanes and storms, all they do is grow deeper roots so they won’t tip over. That’s what we have to do is grow deeper roots, dig deep and try to withstand the storm.”

Hunter played the role of motivational speaker during the Twins’ 10-9 victory on Saturday — and the role of philosopher after it.

The team was on the heels of a deflating four-game sweep, and manager Paul Molitor said before Friday’s contest that the team needed to figure out a way to weather the storm.

The Twins appeared to respond well, jumping out to an early 6-0 lead against rookie pitcher Cody Anderson, but the lead was one they quickly relinquished, as the Indians tagged starter Mike Pelfrey and reliever A.J. Achter for nine runs over the next two innings….”

Twins Talk: Hicks Has Arrived! 23 Stories and Photos by Gordy Jones Jul 15 .kmrskkok.com

“great to watch Aaron Hicks as he blossoms into a solid major league outfielder, and as a hitter who can drill the ball with authority.

Aaron grew up in Southern California, playing golf and baseball nearly every day. People who know say he could have gone pro in golf if he had chosen to take that route, and maybe even could do that today if he devoted 100% of his focus to his clubs rather than his bat. But he chose baseball, and although there were a few hiccups on the road to where he is today, folks who knew him, and knew of his athleticism and talents on the field, knew that he’d one day be a lot more than just a capable ballplayer.

Aaron graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 2008 in Long Beach, where he hit .407 (114-for-280) with 24 doubles, 10 triples, and 6 home runs in 97 career high school games. The multi-talented young man also pitched for his high school team, going 11-2, with a 1.11 ERA in 94 innings. He was drafted by the Twins in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft in the 1st round (14th overall). Aaron made his major league debut in 2013 on opening day as the leadoff hitter. But slumps and injuries prevailed, and Aaron bounced around between New Britain, Rochester, and Minnesota for the next two seasons. Being a great competitor, at times Aaron was very frustrated — but he always held his head up high and showed great patience. Torii Hunter would often call him, and offer him some mentoring thoughts. Even Hall of Famer Dave Winfield had a chat with Aaron at spring training. Dave told me, “The man has talent. At times like this I wish I could be a coach for a week, and just work with the guy. He just needs to refine a few things, and he’ll be fine.” Nowadays, Dave is a special assistant at the Major League Baseball Players Association. Part of his job is visiting every camp during spring training and talking to the guys about what they can and can’t do contractually, and offering some friendly, expert advice.

I talked to Torii about his protégé. He said, “Aaron Hicks is playing well. He’s really been playing some great defense; I think he’s helped us out a lot. His bat is starting to come alive. And then you throw in his defense — he saves a lot of runs – and for us, those are like RBIs.” I said I understood that Torii was trying to help mentor young Hicks. My mistake: I used the word “trying”. “No! I don’t TRY! I do! Trying is for losers. I do.” He paused for a moment and then went on: “You know, Dave Winfield mentored me. He had me for a year here, then throughout the years I had the chance to hang out with him. He gave me a lot of insight. I’m just doing the same thing.”

When I last talked to Aaron, I congratulated him on how things are coming together for him, and asked him what’s different. He said: “I don’t know…I just stay positive about the game, I set goals, and I compete. And every at-bat, I make it a tough at-bat.” I told him how much I enjoy watching him make those great catches in center field, and he replied, wearing a big Torii-type grin, “Thank you. I enjoy making those catches! It’s great playing next to Torii, too. For me it’s a learning experience every day. He gives me something new every day; something to think about. You know, it’s fun to have him here. He can be crazy, too, but a good crazy, making it fun in the clubhouse.”

Major League Fans!

A few weeks ago I told you about an actor named Tony Todd whom I was reacquainted with through Torii Hunter. He was a guest of Torii’s at Target Field a little over a month ago. Tony is a great guy, and we hit it off. We had actually met 20 years ago during the filming of “Little Big League,” in which Tony plays ballplayer Mickey Scales. We have recently stayed in touch, and a couple of weeks ago Tony called me and wanted to order a couple of my children’s books, “The Baseball Guy.” He wanted one signed to himself, and the other to “Charlie.” Tony grew up with Charlie Sheen, Star of “Two and a Half Men,” and “Anger Management” (with Tony Todd). Both are very funny, but Sheen’s role as Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn in “Major League” is the best…especially to a guy who’s been around the game.

Last week I was taking the boys to “Minions” when my phone began ringing — three calls in three minutes, which I ignored. Finally, I thought it could be important, so I picked up. Calling from L.A., on the other line was Charlie Sheen. He wanted to thank me for my book, said he was honored to receive it, and called me a “F’n” genius. He said my inscription to him was as nice as the book. Then we talked baseball, and it was just like having any of my buddies on the phone. He was sincere, nice, and a real baseball guy. He also told me how much he enjoyed watching my friend, the late, great Kirby Puckett play. He even invited me to California to meet him, which I’d like to do in the future. Baseball fans come from all walks of life, and live in their own little world. You never know whom you’ll meet. Baseball is all about fun, and all about “winning.””

Rising MLB Star Has Old School Faith cbn.com

http://cbn.com/tv/embedplayer.aspx?bcid=3600951716001

“Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is a rising Major League Baseball star with a faith that keeps him levelheaded.”

Twins Blog: Homestand Notes – All Star Break Edition by Dan Cook, WCCO Radio July 12, 2015 8:19 PM minnesota.cbslocal.com

“The Twins just finished a successful seven-game homestand, going 6-1 against the Orioles and Tigers and now begin a well-deserved break from the grind of the season as the All Star break is upon us….”

Sano delivers Major firsts for Twins’ offense
http://m.twins.mlb.com/news/article/134500062
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com | @RhettBollinger | 1:20 AM ET + 0 COMMENTS
KANSAS CITY — The Twins called up top prospect Miguel Sano in hopes he could help jumpstart their struggling offense, and he ended up factoring into both runs scored against the Royals on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Sano went 2-for-4 with his first career RBI and his first career run, but it wasn’t enough in a 3-2 loss in 10 innings. Twins manager Paul Molitor, however, was impressed with what he saw from the 22-year-old rookie…

June 4th 2015
Twins rally, top Red Sox to secure split By Alec Shirkey and Aaron Leibowitz / MLB.com | 7:28 PM ET
http://m.twins.mlb.com/news/article/128573464/twins-capitalize-on-errors-rally-past-red-sox
“BOSTON — The Twins scored four runs in the ninth inning Thursday to earn an 8-4 victory over the Red Sox and a four-game series split at Fenway Park.

In a game that featured five errors and a litany of baserunning blunders, the go-ahead run scored when Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval was unable to handle a low throw by catcher Blake Swihart on a Joe Mauer bunt. After that, the floodgates opened…”

W L PCT GB
Minnesota 32 21 .604 –
Kansas City 30 20 .600 0.5
Detroit 28 27 .509 5.0
Cleveland 25 27 .481 6.5
Chi White Sox 24 27 .471 7.0

Pitching

RK Player Team W L ERA G GS▼ SV SVO IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG WHIP
1 Hughes, P MIN 4 5 4.96 11 11 0 0 69.0 86 38 38 12 7 45 .302 1.35

2 Gibson, K MIN 4 3 2.61 10 10 0 0 62.0 59 20 18 5 21 30 .253 1.29

2 May, T MIN 4 3 4.45 10 10 0 0 56.2 61 28 28 4 9 50 .271 1.24

2 Pelfrey, M MIN 4 2 2.59 10 10 0 0 59.0 55 19 17 3 18 27 .251 1.24

5 Nolasco, R MIN 5 1 5.51 7 7 0 0 32.2 44 23 20 1 10 28 .324 1.65

6 Milone, T MIN 2 1 4.55 5 5 0 0 27.2 31 16 14 7 12 13 .282 1.55

Batting

RK Player Team Pos G AB▼ R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
1 Dozier, B MIN 2B 52 205 44 54 17 3 10 26 22 50 3 1 .263 .339 .522 .861
2 Mauer, J MIN 1B 52 198 23 52 11 2 1 30 17 35 1 0 .263 .320 .354 .673
3 Hunter, T MIN RF 48 188 28 53 10 0 8 35 15 34 1 2 .282 .332 .463 .794
3 Plouffe, T MIN 3B 50 188 23 49 10 1 8 30 21 44 0 0 .261 .333 .452 .785
5 Santana, D MIN SS 47 172 21 38 7 3 0 11 2 47 4 3 .221 .239 .297 .535
6 Escobar, E MIN LF 44 145 14 33 8 0 3 20 3 38 1 1 .228 .250 .345 .595
7 Suzuki, K MIN C 42 142 14 34 6 0 2 15 14 16 0 0 .239 .317 .324 .641
8 Vargas, K MIN 1B 29 105 12 26 3 0 3 10 7 30 0 0 .248 .295 .362 .657
9 Robinson, S MIN LF 33 80 15 20 2 0 0 9 7 13 3 1 .250 .307 .275 .582
10 Hicks, A MIN CF 21 71 8 18 1 0 1 2 4 13 5 1 .254 .293 .310 .603
11 Schafer, J MIN CF 27 69 9 15 3 0 0 5 3 23 0 3 .217 .250 .261 .511
12 Rosario, E MIN CF 21 68 6 19 1 0 2 10 2 23 4 1 .279 .296 .382 .678
13 Arcia, O MIN LF 19 58 6 16 0 0 2 8 4 15 0 0 .276 .338 .379 .718
14 Herrmann, C MIN C 16 44 8 8 2 1 1 7 3 11 0 0 .182 .234 .341 .575
15 Nunez, E MIN 3B 16 42 6 12 5 0 1 4 3 5 0 2 .286 .333 .476 .810
16 Bernier, D MIN SS 4 5 1 1 1 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 .200 .333 .400 .733
17 Nolasco, R MIN P 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
18 Pelfrey, M MIN P 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000

Why the Twins are at the top of the AL Central By James O’Hara June 4 at 8:00 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2015/06/04/why-the-twins-are-at-the-top-of-the-al-central/
So far the Twins have combined a good bullpen with some great luck to rocket to the top of the Central. And their luck hasn’t only been during the game, they have also benefited from a relatively easy schedule in such a tough division, with 30 of their 50 games coming against teams currently below .500.

MAY 31st 2015
http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=min
W L PCT GB
Minnesota 30 19 .612 –
Kansas City 29 19 .604 0.5
Detroit 28 23 .549 3.0
Chi White Sox 23 26 .469 7.0
Cleveland 23 26 .469 7.0
*note: 2nd best MLB Team http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/mlb/standings/

With best record in AL, Twins never want May to end By Betsy Helfand / MLB.com | 7:42 PM ET
http://m.twins.mlb.com/news/article/127767744/with-best-record-in-al-twins-never-want-may-to-end
“It’s May 31st and I think maybe we’re going to change tomorrow to May 32nd,” Molitor joked shortly after his team recorded its 20th victory of the month.

The Twins capped off May with a 6-5 victory over Toronto on Sunday, marking the first time they’ve finished a month with 20 victories since 1991.

The victory also sealed the eighth series win of nine in the month and put Minnesota a half-game up for first place in the American League Central….

Minnesota ended May with a 30-19 record — the fifth most victories through 49 games in team history. After the Twins starting 1-6 and finished April 10-12, Hunter said the team has made some adjustments…

Paul Molitor has surprising Twins in tie for first in tough AL Central
Ian Denomme By Ian Denomme
7 hours ago (5.28.15)
Big League Stew
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/paul-molitor-has-surprising-twins-in-tie-for-first-in-tough-al-central-141509689.html
Yet despite those star-studded teams at the top, as June approaches it is the Minnesota Twins who have been the surprise of the division, racing out to a 28-18 record and a share of first place. The Twins didn’t make any sexy offseason moves unless you count signing 39-year-old outfielder Torii Hunter, or pitcher Ervin Santana who was suspended for 80 games before the season even began.

For a team that has averaged just 66 wins over the last four seasons, the Twins biggest offseason move was hiring Paul Molitor as their new manager. Molitor, a Hall of Famer and Minnesota native, had no previous managing experience but took the task of rebuilding a team that regularly won the division in the early part of this century under Ron Gardenhire.

After completing a sweep of the Red Sox on Wednesday night and extending their win streak to five, it seems the rest of the league is starting to take notice of the Twins.

You won’t find many Twins players on major-league leaderboards. Third baseman Trevor Plouffe is their early WAR leader, Joe Mauer – a career .317 hitter – is batting just .276, but as a team they’ve scored the eighth most runs in the majors. Pitchers Kyle Gibson and Mike Pelfrey are off to fine starts sporting ERAs of 2.72 and 2.77, respectively. But the Twins’ team ERA of 3.94 is only 16th best in the majors.

It’s hard to say whether the Twins are for real or if this is early-season, small sample size luck. They seem to be a team that is a jack of many trades, but master of none. Sometimes being just pretty good at everything can go a long way, just ask the Royals. Last season they were 14th in runs scored, dead last in home runs, 12th in team ERA, and 26th in fielding percentage. Doesn’t sound like a team worth watching, but they rode that all the way to within a game of the World Series.

Maybe Molitor’s miracle Twins can do the same in 2015….

*tied for 1st

W L PCT GB
Kansas City 28 18 .609 –
Minnesota 28 18 .609 –
Detroit 27 20 .574 1.5
Cleveland 21 25 .457 7.0
Chi White Sox 20 24 .455 7.0

Twice as nice: Twins ride homers to sweep Sox
http://m.mlb.com/news/article/20150527126954826?game_pk=414346

6th best team in MLB
http://m.twins.mlb.com/news/article/126508936/twins-ricky-nolasco-notches-100th-victory
5.26.15

Kansas City 28 16 .636 –
Minnesota 26 18 .591 2.0
Detroit 26 20 .565 3.0
Cleveland 20 24 .455 8.0
Chi White Sox 19 23 .452 8.0

8th best team in MLB

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2015_05_23_minmlb_chamlb_1#game=2015_05_23_minmlb_chamlb_1,game_state=Wrapup

W L PCT GB
Kansas City 28 14 .667 –
Detroit 26 18 .591 3.0
Minnesota 24 18 .571 4.0
Chi White Sox 19 21 .475 8.0
Cleveland 19 23 .452 9.0

Perkins (16) saves (pace to get 64 for season record)

http://www.kare11.com/story/sports/mlb/twins/2015/05/06/twins-rosario-homers-on-1st-pitch-of-his-career/70923392/

12-12 record (3rd place) 5.2.15
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2015_05_02_chamlb_minmlb_1&mode=wrap

http://m.twins.mlb.com/news/article/118706422/twins-offense-turns-corner-in-set-with-royals

MINNEAPOLIS — After being routed in the home opener against the Royals on Monday, the Twins were 1-6 and still reeling after a frustrating first week of the season.

But they bounced back, winning two straight against previously-unbeaten Kansas City, including an 8-5 win in the rubber game on Thursday afternoon that saw Minnesota post season high totals in both hits (14) and runs. It was the first series victory of the season and it came against a club that entered the series with a 6-0 record.

http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/Wetmore_Why_I_disagree_with_Hunters_decision_to_try_to_steal_home042315

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2015/05/13/10-reasons-the-minnesota-twins-are-above-500/

Spring Training

Standings
2015

American League
Team W L PCT GB
Oakland 22 11 .667 –
Kansas City 20 10 .667 0.5
Toronto 19 13 .594 2.5
Boston 17 12 .586 3.0
Tampa Bay 15 13 .536 4.5
LA Angels 15 14 .517 5.0
NY Yankees 17 16 .515 5.0
Houston 12 12 .500 5.5
Minnesota 13 16 .448 7.0
Cleveland 14 18 .438 7.5
Seattle 13 17 .433 7.5
Chi White Sox 11 17 .393 8.5
Baltimore 12 19 .387 9.0
Detroit 12 20 .375 9.5
Texas 9 19 .321 10.5

National League
Team W L PCT GB
NY Mets 19 12 .613 –
LA Dodgers 16 11 .593 1.0
San Diego 17 12 .586 1.0
Arizona 19 14 .576 1.0
St. Louis 13 11 .542 2.5
Miami 14 12 .538 2.5
Pittsburgh 15 13 .536 2.5
Cincinnati 15 14 .517 3.0
Colorado 16 16 .500 3.5
Atlanta 15 17 .469 4.5
Chi Cubs 15 17 .469 4.5
Philadelphia 14 17 .452 5.0
Milwaukee 13 16 .448 5.0
Washington 11 16 .407 6.0
San Francisco 13 21 .382 7.5

Grapefruit League
Team W L PCT GB
NY Mets 19 12 .613 –
Toronto 19 13 .594 0.5
Boston 17 12 .586 1.0
St. Louis 13 11 .542 2.5
Miami 14 12 .538 2.5
Pittsburgh 15 13 .536 2.5
Tampa Bay 15 13 .536 2.5
NY Yankees 17 16 .515 3.0
Houston 12 12 .500 3.5
Atlanta 15 17 .469 4.5
Philadelphia 14 17 .452 5.0
Minnesota 13 16 .448 5.0
Washington 11 16 .407 6.0
Baltimore 12 19 .387 7.0
Detroit 12 20 .375 7.5

Cactus League
Team W L PCT GB
Oakland 22 11 .667 –
Kansas City 20 10 .667 0.5
LA Dodgers 16 11 .593 3.0
San Diego 17 12 .586 3.0
Arizona 19 14 .576 3.0
Cincinnati 15 14 .517 5.0
LA Angels 15 14 .517 5.0
Colorado 16 16 .500 5.5
Chi Cubs 15 17 .469 6.5
Milwaukee 13 16 .448 7.0
Cleveland 14 18 .438 7.5
Seattle 13 17 .433 7.5
Chi White Sox 11 17 .393 8.5
San Francisco 13 21 .382 9.5
Texas 9 19 .321 10.5

PRESEASON

Torii Hunter answers fan questions

“Published on Dec 19, 2014

Torii Hunter answers fan questions from social media. #AskTorii”

http://smu.gs/1EbPru2
— at Target Field.

Sal’s Personal Minnesota Twins Baseball Fan Site

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Netural Perspective: Law Enforcement-Police “Protect and to Serve?”

April 28, 2015 at 11:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Bio: I personally have had more positive experiences with local and statewide law enforcement overall as a “law-abiding” citizen. Unfortunately, this might not be the same for many of you out there. Please feel free to share your stories down below.

Good

*I had a personal “good” experience this past winter (2014) when my car got stuck going to work (overnight shift) around 10:45pm. A policewoman was driving around town helped me get “unstuck”. I was very grateful of her driving around town late at night during this last snowstorm/blizzard in Morris
smile emoticon

Photo of Officer Giving Boots to Barefoot Man Warms Hearts Online
By J. DAVID GOODMAN
Published: November 28, 2012
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/29/nyregion/photo-of-officer-giving-boots-to-barefoot-man-warms-hearts-online.html?_r=0

http://videos.komando.com/watch/5719/viral-videos-man-dealing-with-alzheimers-has-a-tearful-moment-of-clarity

Instead of giving out a ticket, Officer Ben Hall went beyond the call of duty for a young mother who couldn’t afford a car seat for her daughter.

Good Morning America
WATCH this amazing holiday spirit: while pretending to pull over drivers, a police officer asks people what they, along with family members, want for Christmas – minutes later, his helpers deliver the gifts. Bravo, Rob Bliss Creative and Lowell Police Department!

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/after-arrest-florida-teen-helps-save-officers-life/?ftag=YHF4eb9d17

FUNNY
https://www.facebook.com/groups/440876362659827/

Actual Bank Robbery In Detroit — Absolutely Priceless !!!!

LAW
https://www.facebook.com/groups/537904866304553/

2nd Amendment: Right to bear Arms

Love

Police officer buys bed, TV, Wii for teen
Posted: May 07, 2014 9:41 PM CST
http://www.wsmv.com/story/25459694/police-officer-goes-above-and-beyond-for-sumter-teen

Militarizing

http://rt.com/usa/urban-shield-police-militarization-762/
“SWAT teams, military contractors and law enforcement from the world over are gathering this weekend in Oakland, CA for the annual event Urban Shield, a training and weapons expo made possible by the Department of Homeland Security and arms manufacturers.”

Religion

-Satanism

Illuminati Defector Details
Pervasive Conspiracy
Satanic Cult Plans ‘Fourth Reich’
By Henry Makow, Ph.D
10-14-2
http://www.rense.com/general30/illuminatidefector.htm
The cult trained military leaders and people under their direction will use arms as well as crowd control techniques to implement this new state of affairs. …Military bases will be set up, in each locality (actually, they are already here, but are covert). In the next few years, they will go above ground and be revealed. Each locality will have regional bases and leaders to which they are accountable. The hierarchy will closely reflect the current covert hierarchy.

Tourists

NYC subway fight: Swedish cops on vacation break up homeless brawl on uptown 6 train


Truth

White Police Chief Loses It and Tells the Blunt TRUTH About Black Crime [VIDEO]
Monday, November 24th, 2014
http://conservativetribune.com/police-black-crime/

NEUTRAL

Justified or NOT?

-North Carolina

Brentley Vinson: The Charlotte cop involved in deadly shooting
Michael Walsh,Michael Walsh Fri, Sep 23 10:13 AM PDT yahoo.com

“..One of Vinson’s friends, Michael Scurlock, told CNN that Vinson is “distraught” and “torn” over the incident.

“No matter if it’s justified or unjustified, it’s tough when you have to know that you had to take someone else’s life,” the friend said.

Scurlock said he had a brief phone conversation with Vinson and could tell that the situation was hard for him based on the emotional tone of his voice…”
Yielding to Pressure, Charlotte Releases Videos of Keith Scott Shooting
By ALAN BLINDER and RICHARD FAUSSETSEPT. 24, 2016 nytimes.com
“…The dashboard video, the lawyers said, appeared to show that the front window on the driver’s side was rolled up. Mr. Bamberg said the video then showed Mr. Scott stepping out of the vehicle, his hands down, with his right hand empty and “some type of object” in his left hand. “It’s impossible to make out what it is,” he said, noting that Mr. Scott was right-handed.

“He doesn’t make any dramatic movements,” Mr. Bamberg said. He also said Mr. Scott seemed “confused.”

In the video, Mr. Scott took a couple of steps forward “in a nonaggressive manner,” Mr. Bamberg said, and then a step back. Gunshots followed…”

-Excessive force?

WATCH: Cop Slams 22-Year-Old Woman to the Ground Face-First During Scuffle insider.foxnews.com
“A disturbing Instagram video shows a Colorado police officer slamming a woman face-first to the ground after a scuffle.

In the video, which was posted by Barstool Sports over the weekend, a woman in a black dress and high heels can be seen struggling with a Fort Collins police officer outside a bar.

After several seconds of grappling, he turns and throws her face down on the pavement with a judo-style trip.,,”

BAD

*I had a policeman asked me to give him $10/$20 after I asked him if he could borrow me his cell phone to call a relative to pick my mom and I up at the airport (Manilla Philippines) in November 2012.

Abuses Documented
https://www.facebook.com/groups/380276108747293/

-Civil Rights

Video shows cop punching woman on L.A. freeway
http://www.kare11.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/05/la-police-assault-woman/12241601/

-Elderly
https://www.facebook.com/groups/471659289554782/

Why Did Police Beat an Elderly Man for Jaywalking?
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 15:12 By The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program | Op-Ed
http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/21394-why-did-police-beat-an-elderly-man-for-jaywalking
“..But we need to go bigger than that. We need to make a commitment to funding the COPS program so that police work is seen not just as a way to catch the bad guys, but as a way to serve communities all across the country…”

-Family

Vacationing Family Pulled Over, Handcuffed At Gunpoint By Air Force Base Security
http://cleveland.cbslocal.com/2014/04/10/vacationing-family-pulled-over-handcuffed-at-gunpoint-by-air-force-base-security/

-Geographic
http://travel.goodnewsusa.info/

=>Alabama

http://news.yahoo.com/alabama-police-officer-charged-assaulting-indian-man-062639725.html

=>California

http://mic.com/articles/98826/lapd-confuses-black-actress-kissing-white-husband-for-prostitute?utm_source=policymicFB&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social


HEY PLEASE SHARE THIS VIDEO ASAP !! SHARE IT ONLINE FRIENDS PLEASE !! IS TIME TO PUT A STOP TO ALL OF THIS BARBARIC INHUMAN AND UNCIVILIZED TREATMENT FROM THESE TYPES OF POLICE MEN !!! THE LOCATION WERE THAT HAPPENED WAS IN CARSON, CALIFORNIA, AND IT HAPPENED TODAY!! JUST RECENTLY, IM ALSO GOING TO TELL ALL OF MY FRIENDS ABOUT THIS BECAUSE THERE IS NO REASON FOR THIS. THESE MEN HAVE NO RIGHT TO WEAR THE UNIFORM MUCH LESS THE BADGE. POLICE BRUTALITY HAS TO STOP.

Full un-edited video presented in Kelly Thomas Murder Trial
http://www.latimes.com/videogallery/69846618/News/Full-un-edited-video-presented-in-Kelly-Thomas-murder-trial

=>Indiana

http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/10/08/shocking-video-lawsuit-filed-after-indiana-cops-bash-car-window-taser-man

=> Louisiana

Alton Sterling Shot! (*Warning Graphic 18+)

New Video Emerges of Alton Sterling Being Killed by Baton Rouge Police written by
Zack Kopplin thedailybeast.com
“.. homeless man reportedly called 911 after Sterling showed him his gun after the man asked him for money, an official told CNN. A Baton Rouge police dispatcher then told officers a man matching Sterling’s description “pulled a gun” on the 911 caller, according WAFB-TV.

Muflahi walked out the front door when he saw the officers talking to Sterling and said there was no “altercation,” as police claimed, until the cops tasered and tackled Sterling. That’s when Muflahi took out his phone and started recording.

The Daily Beast is publishing this video in its entirety—despite its graphic nature—because it shows what happened before, during, and after the killing of Sterling. A previous video only showed him being tackled and the first two gunshots…”
Here’s what liberals DON’T want you to know about Louisiana shooting victim
Written by Matt Palumbo on July 7, 2016 allenbwest.com
“…Police were called after Sterling had been threatening a homeless man with a firearm for asking him if he had any spare change. The homeless man had made the 911 call. After police arrived, Sterling had resisted arrest, and appeared to make a grab for his firearm at one point. This is still disputable, however. In the video footage of the shooting, you can hear the officer shout “He’s got a gun!” and “if you f—king move, I swear to God.” One of the officers then says something unintelligible, and two shots are fired.

So who is Alton Sterling? For starters, liberals should know he possessed an illegal firearm. As a felon with a lengthy rap sheet, Sterling is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm. Police records show Sterling had been a member of the Bloods gang, and had a list of offenses including battery, assault, drugs and weapons charges, and owed $25,000 in child support. He was also a registered pedophile, having impregnated a 14-year-old girl when he was 20. The media, by contrast, has portrayed him as a loving father of five.

..”

Peter Rosenberg Loses It On Police Officer Over Alton Sterling Killing

=>Maryland

Baltimore protests death of Freddie Gray – RT Special Coverage

“Published on Apr 22, 2015

Ben Swann reports from the scene of the Baltimore protests following Freddie Gray’s mysterious death in police custody. Swann interviews the Gray family lawyer and a local minister in an attempt to unravel the events going on in the city. Anya Parampil reports live from the protests and captures the mood of the demonstrators. Finally, Manuel Rapalo delivers the latest information on the timeline leading up to and after Gray’s death.”

-Misc
Top 10 Cases of Police Brutality
Zabrina November 7, 2012
http://listverse.com/2012/11/07/top-10-cases-of-police-brutality/

Rodney King tape on national news.flv

The L.A. Riots: 15 Years After Rodney King
http://content.time.com/time/specials/2007/la_riot/article/0,28804,1614117_1614084_1614831,00.html #ixzz2rB4IrLqJ

http://content.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1614117_1614084,00.html

=> Minnesota

Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 10:38 AM PDT
St. Paul police violently arrest a black man for sitting on bench, waiting for his children (VIDEO)
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/28/1325409/-St-Paul-police-violently-arrest-a-black-man-for-sitting-on-bench-waiting-for-his-children-VIDEO?showAll=yes%3Fdetail%3Dfacebook#

http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2014/08/st_paul_police_defend_chris_lollie_arrest_lawyers_question_aggressive_use_of_force.php

4 Roseville police officers sued for excessive force
Jana Shortal, KARE 11:05 p.m. EDT April 16, 2014
http://www.kare11.com/story/news/local/2014/04/16/roseville-officers-accused-of-using-excessive-force/7805073/

My “Racist Tones” andrealucado.com
“..There is a reason that the second feeling I felt when I heard about the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile was shame. First, I felt sadness. Then, I felt shame…”
EXCLUSIVE: Black man whose shooting death by police was streamed live by his girlfriend had been pulled over AT LEAST 31 times and hit with 63 traffic charges Published: 11:35 EST, 8 July 2016 dailymail.co.uk

->Missouri
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.289869877869723&type=1

The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie
U.S. News
08.15.14
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/15/the-day-ferguson-cops-were-caught-in-a-bloody-lie.html

http://dailysignal.com/2014/08/15/ferguson-police-video-shows-michael-brown-robbing-convenience-store-clerk/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/neighbor-live-tweeted-brown-shooting-damning-evidence-officer/#hpzBKwCo8BfdBYb5.99

*false accusation?
http://www.ijreview.com/2014/08/170048-star-witness-michael-brown-shooting-charged-theft-filing-false-police-report/

http://www.tmz.com/2014/12/23/michael-brown-song-video-dead-police-parody-leroy-brown/

8.20.14

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/904789-kajieme-powell-shooting-video-shows-st-louis-cops-firing-at-man/

-Mentally
https://www.facebook.com/groups/133973023445443/

  • How Police Officers Are (or Aren’t) Trained in Mental Health
    Megan Pauly Oct 11, 2013 theatlantic.com
  • Requirements vary across the U.S., but experts say training is necessary and helpful.
    “…Without the appropriate amount of mental health training for police, experts say, rash stigmatization and misinterpretation of the intentions of the mentally ill can cause vital errors and ultimately make the difference between life and death….

    Dallas police shoot mentally ill man on his porch, footage reveals

    “Published on Mar 19, 2015

    WARNING: GRAPHIC FOOTAGE
    Recently released body cam footage from June 2014 shows two Dallas police officers fatally shooting the mentally ill Jason Harrison seconds after arriving on scene. Shirley Harrison, Jason’s mother, walks past Officers Andrew Hutchins and John Rogers telling them her son is “biopolar, schizo,” when Jason exits the home with a screwdriver. Seconds after telling him to drop it, the officers open fire.”

    http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/10/violent_video_shows_michigan_police_shot_homeless_man_46_times.html

    -Murder

    4 Unarmed Black Men Have Been Killed By Police in the Last Month
    From New York City and LA to Ohio and Ferguson, MO, they all died under disputed circumstances.
    —By Josh Harkinson
    | Wed Aug. 13, 2014 9:50 PM EDT
    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/3-unarmed-black-african-american-men-killed-police

    Justice?

    => Nevada

    MUST SEE: How One Filmmaker May Have Prevented the Bundy Standoff From Becoming a Massacre

    By Top Right News on April 17, 2014 in Bundy Ranch, Liberty, Politics, Top Clips
    http://toprightnews.com/?p=2512

    =>New Jersey


    “WATCH AND SHARE THIS EVERYWHERE YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT YOU SEE COPS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED DOMESTIC ENEMIES DO NOT TRUST ANY OF THEM! YOU DON’T KNOW WHO’S GOOD OR WHO’S BAD ANYMORE! Follow Blaine Cooper
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/02/24/dash-cam-video-reveals-what-really-happened-when-cops-arrested-man-during-traffic-stop/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=story&utm_campaign=ShareButtons

    =>New Mexico

    FBI investigating police shooting of camper
    http://news.msn.com/crime-justice/fbi-investigating-police-shooting-of-camper
    This March 16, 2014 photo from an Albuquerque Police Department lapel camera still shows a standoff with an illegal camper in the Albuquerque foothills, before police fired six shots at the man.
    AP 1 hr ago (Sat. Mar 29th 2014)| By JERI CLAUSING of Associated Press

    =>New York
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.278750862314958&type=1

    Behind the Video of Eric Garner’s Deadly Confrontation With New York Police
    Josh Sanburn @joshsanburn
    July 22, 2014
    http://time.com/3016326/eric-garner-video-police-chokehold-death/

    http://kickerdaily.com/watch-white-police-officer-repeatedly-punches-teenage-black-boy-while-handcuffed/

    =>Pennsylvania

    After video surfaces, grand jury charges 2 Philadelphia policemen in beating
    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-philadelphia-police-charged-20150205-story.html

    => Utah

    Ferguson-like attack in Utah escapes media notice; race bias seen
    Discrepancy in attention given to Ferguson’s Michael Brown, Utah’s Dillon Taylor fuels resentment
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/25/critics-see-racial-double-standard-in-coverage-of-/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

    =>Wisconsin

    Madison Police Response to Shooting Contrasts with Ferguson
    http://kstp.com/news/stories/s3728507.shtml

    Former police officer accused of assaulting 8 boys
    http://www.kare11.com/story/news/crime/2014/05/02/former-police-officer-accused-of-assaulting-8-boys/8614473/

    -Education

    http://www.lawenforcement.com/How-To-Become-Law-Enforcement-Police-Officer

    http://study.com/law_enforcement_programs_minnesota.html

    -Funny


    *Disclaimer: I don’t encourage fleeing

    -Physically/Mentally Challenged
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/133973023445443/

    Caught On Cell Phone: LA Cop Punches Special Needs Girl In The Face On A Bus!
    http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshhvvqUN45rNQy4vm30

    -Racism

    http://thegrio.com/2015/01/15/florida-police-black-men-target-practice/

    -Thieves

    -Words

    GLOBAL

    ASIA

    -Hong Kong

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/15/world/asia/hong-kong-police-protest-video/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

    LATIN

    -Mexico

    Mexico leader vows justice over 43 missing students
    AFP
    By Leticia Pineda (Mon, Oct. 6th 2014)
    http://news.yahoo.com/hitmen-admit-killing-17-mexican-students-prosecutor-005040009.html
    Ayotzinapa (Mexico) (AFP) – Mexico’s president vowed Monday to punish those responsible for the disappearance of 43 students who vanished in a night of violence blamed on crooked police tied to a drug gang.

    LAW
    http://www.kare11.com/story/news/local/2014/08/29/when-must-you-show-id-to-police/14825985/

    Any personal stories (good/bad) related to the stories above? What is your suggestion to solve this growing epidemic?

    Good News USA
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/141726762684036/

    How the songs for Sunday’s worship service lived out for me during the week

    March 21, 2015 at 9:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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    It’s been about a year now since joining my local church worship team as I’ve previously loved singing to the Lord. My passion singing praise music to Him as grown over the years as I’ve grown in my personal relationship with the Heavenly Father. There has been ups and downs as this is part of life. However, my longing to please my “Heavenly Dad” keeps me going through the good and bad. It’s been a year now and I feel like it’s important to share what my experience has been like so far. There is so much to share, so I’ll just condensed to my reflection on just a week’s worth on how preparing for the songs this past Sunday (March 15th 2015) touched me last week.

    When we sign-up for the local church worship team, we commit to at least a Sunday service to be part of an assigned team. It’s not just that Sunday we need to take our schedule off to be available, but we need to also take time on a Thursday (half our to hour and a half depending the amount of time needed for preparation) and an hour or so prior to that Sunday service. Well, last week, the worship team leader (Seth B.) emailed all of us on the list of songs we need to practice prior to Thursday’s “group” practice. The song that really touched me during the week was…

    …the reason was because I was going through a particularchallenge” during the week. It was a “challenge” I was starting to get overwhelmed as it’s been almost over a decade in the making. Well, on Thursday afternoon prior to evening practice, I was listening to this song and God was really speaking to me on one of the lines…

    “…light that is coming
    for the heart that holds on
    And there will be an end to these troubles
    But until that day comes
    Still I will praise You
    Still I will praise You
    -from worshiptogether.com

    ….He was speaking to me about “not giving-up” (e.g. see Book of Job) in this particular challenge (or any others) and to keep persevering (e.g. 1 Thessalonians 5:17) in faith and to NOT let any circumstance that will stop me from “praising” Him. I then started to sing this particular song louder with joy and was “pumped-up” prior to practice. After a good practice, I went home and there came a “breakthrough

    …” as I got an email that was an answer to prayer, which was just another step to a “brighter” light (not the end, but a step closer ) :)…Praise the Lo-d!!!!

    I was touched more with the other songs Sunday morning during the practice session “before” service as I would write down in my notes …

    “Grace Like Rain

    “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
    That saved a wretch like me
    I once was lost but now I’m found
    Was blind but now I see so clearly
    christianitylyricsonline.com

    “I Lift my Hands”

    “Let faith arise
    I lift my hands to believe again
    You are my refuge, You are my strength
    As I pour out my heart, these things I remember
    You are faithful, God, forever

    Be still, there is a river”Klove.com (great “faith-building” online radio station)

    Good News Music
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/505306376183725/

    “All is Well

    “He lowers us to raise us
    So we can sing His praises
    Whatever is His way all is well

    He makes us rich and poor
    That we might trust Him more
    Whatever is His way all is well

    O Taste and See

    “O Taste and see that the Lord is good(2x)
    O Taste and see that the Lord is good to me
    You have turned my mourning into dancing
    Put off my rags and clothed me with gladness
    And I will arise and I will praise you
    I’ll sing and not be silent
    newreleasetuesday.com

    How has God been good to you? What are you thankful to God for today, yesterday, last year, etc..? Share your answered prayers or blessings and NOT be silent to encourage others! Ever night, I reflect on these questions and write them down, so by the end of the month-I try to summarize them in a monthly blog. This helps me to over weigh the challenges I go through and remember the “blessings” instead, which gives me a more peaceful rest at night.

    What songs touches you? Which lines/lyrics sticks out the most?

    Good News Praise & Worship
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/144617029049435/?ref=br_tf

    Sharing God’s Love in Our City’s Streets?

    July 19, 2014 at 10:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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    Do you ever encounter “homeless” people begging you for money whenever you walk the streets of a city or even driving around a neighborhood? What do you do? Do we walk pass them to ignore them? What would Jesus do?

    I admit, I have many times ignored these individuals because I was in a hurry or just had bad “judgment” on them. Well, last weekend I decided to “do something” . I was walking from

    Target Field Hosts All-Star Game 2014http://salphotobiz.smugmug.com/Sports/baseball/MLB-Fan-Fest-2014

    …to the Minneapolis Convention Center on a Sunday morning (July 13th 2014). I was there for the All-Star festivities (e.g. Fan Fest). As I was walking towards Nicollet Avenue, a guy came by walking besides me asking for money. I then told him I rather not give him money, but instead of food. He declined and asked for money to buy some food instead. Well, he was very persistent, which I kept being persistent. I then “tried” to quote a Bible verse “Silver or gold I don’t have, but I have Jesus” (paraphrased this because I forgot the exact order..lol).

    Nicollet Avenue decorated with the All-Star Game theme for week of festivities.http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/Minnesota/Minneapolis-813712/Things_To_Do-Minneapolis-Nicollet_Mall-BR-1.htmlhttp://www.downtownmpls.com/page/show/227787-shopjavascript:%20void(0);

    Anyways, he just continued to walk with me to Nicollet Avenue as he shared his name (Isaac). I then smiled and replied, “that’s a name in the Bible”. He then said, “I know, I’m already born-again and saved” (I questioned myself in thought, “what is he doing here then?”). Anyways, I know we all go through some “wildernesses”, so I wanted to help this guy out to build his faith too. I asked him about his background, which he told me he already has a job. However, it’s only with a temp agency. I’ve had jobs with temp agencies before, so I somewhat can relate. I asked him what he’s good at , but he was persistent about the money thing again. Along the walk, I noticed a street preacher (lady) reading Bible verses, which is the same corner where I’ve seen others before. I thought to my self that this is so ironic! I then told him to come to Morris where there are many jobs available. He said, he might do this in the future. I then asked about his family, which he told me he has siblings in Indiana. I asked what made him move here from there. He replied, the “jobs opportunities”.

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    We then sat down in a bench where there were other “homeless” people around the area getting ready for the “big day” to beg for money. I told him I would love to pray for him about his current circumstances, which he obliged. I was chatting too much as I was holding his hand about to pray that he told me, “I thought we were going to pray together”. I stopped talking and started praying for him with a smile. He then persistently ask for money again, so I told him “no” and took him to the Walgreens around the corner. I told him he can get whatever he “needs”, so he shopped around and picked a deli sandwich and a snack (?). I even told him to get a drink as it’s supposed to get warm later on. He picked a drink and kindly double checked if he can get one. We then went to the counter and I bought his items As we left the store, I gave him more encouraging words (forgot what I said) as he joined his peers by the bench we were sitting before to pray.

    I then continued my way to the Minneapolis Convention Center for Fan Fest 2014!

    T-Mobile All-Star FanFesthttp://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2014/index.jsp?content=asg_fanfestJoin MLB at 2014 T-Mobile All-Star FanFest http://youtu.be/YOcGbH5ktFo

    What do you think? Did I do the “right” thing? Is this what Jesus would’ve done? Did I share God’s love? What could’ve I done better?

    Good News Sociology
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