Movie Reflection: “Beauty and the Beast”

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Beauty and the Beast (2017) imdb.com
“.. An adaptation of the Disney fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.
Director: Bill Condon
Writers: Stephen Chbosky (screenplay), Evan Spiliotopoulos (screenplay)
Stars: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans |..”

Beauty and the Beast – US Official Final Trailer

“Published on Jan 30, 2017

The final trailer for Beauty and the Beast is here 🌹 On March 17, rediscover a tale as old as time. Get your tickets now at BeOurGuest.com


Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.”

Reviews:

Beauty and the Beast (2017) rottentomatoes.com
3.20.17 –“70%
Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 212
Fresh: 148
Rotten: 64

Critics Consensus: With an enchanting cast, beautifully crafted songs, and a painterly eye for detail, Beauty and the Beast offers a faithful yet fresh retelling that honors its beloved source material.

Why Some Parents Say Christians Should Watch Disney’s Beauty and the Beast 03-19-2017 www1.cbn.com
“..When Disney announced it would feature an “exclusively gay moment” in its new “Beauty and the Beast” remake, Christians everywhere vowed to boycott the movie. Despite the backlash, some Christians say parents should think twice about prohibiting their children from seeing the film.

CBN News caught up with folks who saw the movie opening weekend to find out what they think about the controversy. Click the video above to see what they said.

One of those parents is Sarah Wallace, a blogger for The Gospel Centered Mom, and mother of four. She says the movie gives parents the opportunity to teach their children how to interract with a world that loves sin.

“This is the culture God has appointed for us to raise our children in. We need to know how to live in it and interact with it,” she says. Instead of ignoring a culture that celebrates homosexualtiy, Wallace argues that Christians should send their children out into the world with strong knowledge of what the Bible says. ..”
*see Homosexual Acts a Sin? Judge Not! goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Sal: I’ve seen various versions of this story, but somehow this particular movie inspired me to write about this one. One major reason was the character…

Hattie Morahan as Agathe /en.wikipedia.org
“..– a reclusive, old woman who lives in Villeneuve who, in reality, is a beautiful enchantress in disguise responsible for cursing the Prince. She watches and manipulates the events between Belle and the Prince, secretly acting as their guardian.[18]

Morahan also narrates the prologue…”

I saw her as the “guardian” angel and a particular symbol in the Bible of someone we “humans” need to watch for in life. Can’t let looks disguise you as the theme of this movie pretty much teaches..

Others:

SPOILER ALERT!!!

What’s Up With Agathe In ‘Beauty And The Beast’? She’s A Complicated Character, To Say The Least By Olivia Truffaut-Wong bustle.com
“..Just a nameless and vindictive creature in the animated film, the Enchantress depicted in the new Beauty and the Beast, as played by Hattie Morahan, has a life beyond just cursing a spoiled Prince who refused to give her shelter. Named Agathe, the Enchantress appears in the prologue scene to curse the Beast, but she also pops up throughout the film as a villager. Agathe makes her debut in the film as the provincial town’s local old maid. She is an unmarried woman left begging on the streets, used by Gaston as a cautionary tale after Belle tells him she doesn’t want to go out with him. Pointing to Agathe, Gaston warns Belle that, in this town, an unmarried woman is destined to end up on the street…

Perphas the most significant change to the story in the live action Beauty and the Beast is the presence of Agathe at the end of the film. In the movie, the last rose petal has already fallen when Belle tells the Beast that she loves him. Belle didn’t break the curse at all, Agathe did. When the townspeople rush the castle, she enters with them, slipping in among the angry mob and making her way up to the West Wing of the castle. After witnessing Belle’s declaration, Agathe makes the conscious decision to lift the curse. In other words, she plays an active role in creating their Happily Ever After. Ultimately, the power to break the curse is in her hands and hers alone. She’s not just a random witch, she’s a woman with agency….”
*see Deep Thought: What “causes” us to do “bad” (sin) stuff? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com
on breaking that “generational curse”

What other “life lessons” or any personal thoughts or reflections you got from this movie or any of the Beauty and the Beast versions?

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Music

(Music: Karaoke-“Tale as Old as Time” (Beauty & the Beast) from Crazy lil’ Sal creativemusicartsy.wordpress.com)

Beauty and the Beast (2017 soundtrack) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia wikipedia.org
“…Condon originally planned on not only drawing inspiration from the original film, but he also planned to include most, if not all, of the songs composed by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice from the Broadway musical, with the intention of making the film as a “straight-forward, live-action, large-budget movie musical”. Menken returned to score the film’s music, which features songs from the original film by him and Ashman, plus new material written by Menken and Rice. Menken said the film would not include songs that were written for the Broadway musical and instead, created four new songs. On January 19, 2017, it was confirmed by both Disney and Celine Dion, singer of the original title track, that she will perform one of the new original songs, “How Does a Moment Last Forever”, to play over the end titles.[1][4] The film will also feature a new version of “Beauty and the Beast” by Ariana Grande and John Legend.[1][5] Some songs contained Ashman’s unused lyrics that were cut from the animated version…”
Beauty and the Beast (From “Beauty and the Beast”/Official Video)

Music: Karaoke-“Be our guest” (Beauty & the Beast) by Crazy lil’ Sal creativemusicartsy.wordpress.com

Theatrical

Miscellaneous

10 MOVIE MISTAKES Fixed By Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Thoughts of the new version? Any similarities and differences that stood out for you between the old and new? Anything interesting you would like me to add on this subject?

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Religions: Different “character” names of God

February 6, 2017 at 2:42 am | Posted in character, difference, God, names, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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-Judaism

Name of G-d in Hebrew

“Published on Oct 30, 2012

The Creator’s name is not “god” and it is not “lord”. Learn God’s true name in Hebrew.

For more info: http://www.worldslastchance.com/

Official WLC Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheWLCvideos..”

The Name of G-d jewfaq.org

“..The most important of God’s Names is the four-letter Name represented by the Hebrew letters Yod-Hei-Vav-Hei (YHVH). It is often referred to as the Ineffable Name, the Unutterable Name or the Distinctive Name. Linguistically, it is related to the Hebrew root Hei-Yod-Hei (to be), and reflects the fact that God’s existence is eternal. In scripture, this Name is used when discussing God’s relation with human beings, and when emphasizing his qualities of lovingkindness and mercy. It is frequently shortened to Yah (Yod-Hei), Yahu or Yeho (Yod-Hei-Vav), especially when used in combination with names or phrases, as in Yehoshua (Joshua, meaning “the Lord is my Salvation”), Eliyahu (Elijah, meaning “my God is the Lord”), and Halleluyah (“praise the Lord”). ..”
Names of God in Judaism
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“..Rabbinic Judaism describes seven names which are so holy that, once written, should not be erased: YHWH, El (“God”), Elohim (“Gods”), Eloah (“God”), Elohai or Elohei (“My God”), El Shaddai (“God Almighty”), and Tzevaot or Sabaoth (“Of Hosts”). Other names are considered mere epithets or titles reflecting different aspects of God,[1] but chumrah sometimes dictates especial care such as the writing of “G-d” instead of “God” in English or saying Ṭēt-Vav (טו, lit. “9-6”) instead of Yōd-Hē (יה, lit. “10-5” but also “Jah”) for the number fifteen in Hebrew.[2]..”
The History And Pronunciation Of God’s True Name , youtube.com

What are the different names of God and what do they mean? gotquestions.org
“..Question: “What are the different names of God and what do they mean?”

Answer: Each of the many names of God describes a different aspect of His many-faceted character. Here are some of the better-known names of God in the Bible:..”

8. Names of God bible.org
“..The names of God give Christians tremendous comfort because they reveal aspects of his nature and character. Proverbs 18:10 says this: “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” The person who understands God’s names will better understand his character, and therefore, have a tremendous source of strength and protection while enduring the trials of life.

Therefore, in this lesson, we will look at a few of the names of God. First, we will look at Old Testament names and then New Testament names…”

Jehovah Names – Prayer Today Online prayertoday.org

Names of God

“Uploaded on Aug 26, 2007

May you grow closer to understanding our great and mighty God by learning about Him through His names in the Bible.

Names of God | Bible Meanings , from youtube.com
The Names of God in the Old Testament blueletterbible.org
60. The Compound Names of Jehovah: Jireh, Rapha, Nissi bible.org
“Purpose: There is no better way to discover what God is like than to look at His names. In the names considered in this material, we seek to understand how He cares for us….”

Jehovah Rapha (The Lord Who Heals) blueletterbible.org
“..Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” – this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Rapha (râpâ’) means “to restore”, “to heal” or “to make healthful” in Hebrew. When the two words are combined – Jehovah Rapha – it can be translated as “Jehovah Who Heals.” (cf. Jer 30:17; Jer 3:22; Isa 30:26; Isa 61:1; Psa 103:3). Jehovah is the Great Physician who heals the physical and emotional needs of His people…”

-Music

Jehovah Rapha (Lord Heals) by Sal , from youtube.com

Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)
“..Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” – this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Jehovah-Jireh is a symbolic name given to Mount Moriah by Abraham to memorialize the intercession of God in the sacrifice of Isaac by providing a substitute for the imminent sacrifice of his son…”

-Music

“Come & let your Provision fall in this place…”, from youtube.com

ISLAM

The Names and Attributes of Allah whyislam.org
“..Allah has described Himself in the Quran through His Names and Attributes. Muslims believe that studying these Names and Attributes is one of the most effective ways of strengthening one’s relationship with God. Each Name and Attribute nourishes a kind of consciousness and humility in man and their study leads one to constantly better their actions.

“The most beautiful names belong to Allah: so call on Him by them.” (Quran, 7:180)

People will enter Paradise by the Mercy of God

The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is reported to have said that no man’s good deeds are alone enough to get him admitted into Paradise, but it is only by the Mercy of God that people will enter Paradise. Our deeds are a tool to get close to God to a place where we can be hopeful of His Mercy. (Read more: Life After Death)

Some other Names of Allah that are related to His Mercy (with rough translations) are Al-Karim (the Generous), Al-Halim (the Forbearing), Al-Barr (the Generous), Al-Jawwad (the Bestower of Good), Ar-Rauf (the Kind) and Al-Wahhab (the Bestower).
..
..”

Asmaul Husna – 99 Names of Allah searchtruth.com
Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God? By Albert Mohler • December 1, 2013 •billygraham.org
“…As a matter of fact, God takes His name very seriously, and the Ten Commandments include the command that we must not take the name of the Lord in vain. We are to use the names God has given for Himself, and we are to recognize that God takes His name seriously because He desires to be rightly known by His human creatures. We cannot truly know Him if we do not even know His name…”
The god of Islam and the God of Christianity are Not the Same – Here is the Proof

“..Published on Jan 10, 2016

The god of Islam is called Allah and the God of Christianity is called Yahweh and they are Not the Same.
The jesus of Islam is Muslim and the Jesus Christ of Christianity is God’s – Yahweh’s Only Son and they are Not the Same.
Allah & Muhammad’s Islam paradise is the opposite of the Christian Heaven where Yahweh sits and rules.

Christians & Jews worship Yahweh, The God of Israel – The God of Abraham, Jacob and Isaac.

Yahweh in Hebrew means “He exists.” Yahweh is Self-existent.

Muslims worship Allah – the god of the Quran / Koran.

Muhammad was a self-styled prophet who was no prophet at all – May the Police be called upon him.

“Allah” was part of the name of Mohammed’s father, who served 360 idols. Mohammed destroyed 359 of them, kept allah, the chief idol, the moon god, the black stone, & it became the god of Muslims.

The Muslim Allah was a moon god with NO Name, though he was given 99 attributes. Allah is a NOUN means “god” in Arabic. “God” is a TITLE, not a name.
The name Allah was used as the personal name of the Moon god, in addition to the other titles that could be given to him.

..”

Above is just a partial list on this topic that I started to explore more during my “meditation” (devotions) yesterday. Stay tune for more. Feel free to share your “favorite” character or “name” of God…

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Deep Thought: Prayers for Orlando Shooting

June 15, 2016 at 3:43 am | Posted in Deep, Orlando, Prayer, shootings, Thought, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Orlando shooting: 49 killed, shooter pledged ISIS allegiance

By Ralph Ellis, Ashley Fantz, Faith Karimi and Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN

Updated 11:05 AM ET, Mon June 13, 2016 cnn.com
“Orlando, Florida (CNN)An American-born man who’d pledged allegiance to ISIS gunned down 49 people early Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the nation’s worst terror attack since 9/11, authorities said.
Read the latest developments
* The gunman, Omar Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, Florida, was interviewed by the FBI in 2013 and 2014 but was not found to be a threat, the FBI said….”

50 People Killed In Orlando Club Shooting

“..Published on Jun 12, 2016

At approximately 2.a.m on Sunday morning, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, opened fired in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 50 people and shooting more than 100 in total, in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history…”

-Inside

Orlando Shooting | Video From Inside Pulse Nightclub , from youtube.com

-Outside

Pulse Night Club Mass Shooting Orlando, FL June 2016, from youtube.com
Shocking Footage from Orlando Pulse Nightclub Mass Shooting , from youtube.com

Prayers

Thoughts and Prayers Following Orlando Shooting

Action

Megachurch Pastor Joel Hunter on Nightclub Shooting: ‘I’ve Got to Go Back and Examine My Own Heart’
By Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons 06-14-2016 sojo.net
“…There is no place for hatred and violence in any healthy religion or in any healthy society,” Hunter said at a news conference called by the Florida branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The senior pastor of the 20,000-member, nondenominational Northland Church shared more in a phone interview about the intersection of LGBT discrimination and religion in light of the shooting. The interview was edited for length and clarity…”

After Orlando Shooting, Chick-fil-A Made This Heartfelt Gesture 3:00PM EDT 6/14/2016 Jessilyn Justice charismanews.com
“…Chick-fil-A—known for the strong religious values of its founders—is normally closed on Sunday and has in the past supported traditional marriage. But after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, a group of Chick-fil-A employees showed up to work on Sunday, June 12, to cook sandwiches and hand out drinks, free of charge, for the people in line to donate blood. ..

Area resident Luke Herzog spread the word on Twitter: “Chick-fil-a opened up their restaurants in Orlando to serve people waiting in line to give blood … pretty cool.”

Attorney Kevin Hayslett wrote on Facebook: “While the founders definitely don’t approve of that choice of lifestyle, they believe in compassion. Who knew? A bunch of people claiming to be Christians care about others even when they don’t agree with them. This group took time out of their schedules to volunteer to help those who were also trying to do their part. On top of that, the franchise’s location on Wells Road in Orange Park is even offering coupons for a free frosted lemonade to anyone who donates blood when the One Blood mobile unit is at their store on June 14th.”..”

Facts

17 Facts About The Orlando Shooter That Every American Should Know
by Tyler Durden – Jun 14, 2016 1:25 AM .zerohedge.com
“#1 According to the Director of the FBI, Mateen had “links to al-Qaida, Hezbollah, and the Islamic State“.

#2 Mateen’s father has openly expressed support for the Taliban on YouTube.

#3 Despite those links to terror organizations, Mateen was allowed to work “as a security guard at a local courthouse“.

#4 Mateen wasn’t directly hired by the courthouse. Instead, he was officially an employee of the largest security services company in the world…

The Orlando nightclub terrorist who pledged allegiance to ISIS worked almost a decade for a major Department of Homeland Security contractor, raising alarms that ISIS sympathizers and agents have infiltrated the federal agency set up after 9/11 to combat terrorists.

Officials say Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, an Afghan-American who held two firearms licenses and a security officer license, was employed by the security firm G4S Secure Solutions USA Inc. since Sept. 10, 2007. The Jupiter, Fla.-based company merged with the Wackenhut Corp. after 9/11 and assumed federal contracts.

#5 It turns out that this U.S. subsidiary of G4S is a company that works very closely with “the Department of Homeland Security, the US Army, and federal and local law enforcement.”

#6 Mateen’s ex-wife says that he would repeatedly beat her while they were married.

#7 He started to become radicalized after separating from his first wife. While they were together, she said that he didn’t show much interest in religion.

#8 He made pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia in 2011 and 2012.

#9 He claimed to personally know the Boston Marathon Bombers.

#10 According to the FBI, Mateen has “been on the radar before“, he was interviewed by them three separate times, and they conducted a 10 month investigation of his activities in 2013.

#11 He is being described as “unhinged and unstable” by his former coworkers.

#12 Mateen once declared that he hoped to martyr himself someday, and the FBI knew all about this.

#13 Despite everything that the federal government knew about Mateen, he was still permitted to legally buy guns just last week.

#14 In an odd twist, it also turns out that Mateen was a registered Democrat.

#15 A respected Islamic scholar was urging Muslims in Orlando to “get rid” of homosexuals just a couple of months before this shooting took place…

Farrokh Sekaleshfar – a British-born doctor and Muslim scholar – has gained a following by urging Muslims to ‘get rid of’ homosexuals.

And in April, he took his speech titled ‘How to deal with the phenomenon of homosexuality’ to the Husseini Islamic Center in Sanford, just outside Orlando, Florida.

Two months later, 29-year-old Omar Mateen carried out the worst massacre in US history by opening fire on a gay club in the same city.

#16 Hillary Clinton’s State Department shut down an investigation of the mosque that Mateen attends because it “unfairly singled out Muslims“.

#17 Just moments before the attack, Mateen reportedly called 911 to swear his allegiance to ISIS…”

Orlando shooting, false flag event aimed at demonizing Muslims: Expert Mon Jun 13, 2016 2:40PM presstv.us
“… We spent the week mourning the death of Muhammad Ali, a great Muslim fighter for justice and a defender of the Palestinians. Additionally, this week we just learned from The Washington Post that Obama was planning to push through the United Nations a Security Council resolution that would essentially recognize the state of Palestine and establish the state of Palestine on the pre-1967 boundaries.

This is a very, very dangerous situation for people like Netanyahu and his party, the people who have been behind virtually all of the spectacular so-called Islamic terror attacks blamed on Muslims from September 11th through London, Madrid, Bali and more recently the two Paris attacks of 2015 and San Bernardino. We know all of those events were false flag events arranged by professionals and intelligence agencies and falsely blamed on Muslims. We have no reason to believe the official story of this event. We should assume that this is a false flag event carried out by the supporters of Netanyahu and the neoconservatives who have whipped up the clash of civilizations out of whole cloth through false flag terror events like this in order to pursue their geopolitical agenda…”

Orlando Shooting Hoax Decoded , from youtube.com
“..Published on Jun 12, 2016

Let’s unpack and decode the press coverage of the Orlando gay club shooting hoax. It’s loaded and coded, folks.
If you think two hijacked planes can fly unabated over USA airspace for well over an hour then powderize three skyscrapers while two others disappear into thin air you might also believe evil Muslim sharpshooters with anagram names bring long rifles into gay bars. You’ll also likely think Donald Trump isn’t an actor but a real political candidate and they actually count your vote. That’s the problem with you coincidence theorists; you’re a dangerous bewildered frightened herd of cattle ready to tear each other apart while submitting to incrementally more Orwellian control systems with increasingly limited freedoms amidst a collapsing dollar while illusory diversity only creates an increasingly homogenous and distorted society of confused, scared, and divided mouth breathing screen gazing troglodytes who attack and slander the most insightful and intelligent amongst us still capable of independent thought. You sold out with your fellow citizens and you’re now a part of the problem. You’re the dangerous ones- the scared bewilder herd. Walter Lippmann was right- you’re voluntary slaves who can’t handle the truth, and you deserve what’s coming to you…”

*see Deep thought: This is how the “devil” is trying to divide us? , goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com<br?

*see Neutral Perspective: Our nation (U.S.A.) needs to make stricter gun laws or we have the right to bear arms? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Hypocrites?: Religion-Christianity

November 5, 2015 at 4:33 am | Posted in Christianity, Hypocrites, Religion | Leave a comment
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dc Talk documentary – “The Greatest Single Cause”

I became a Christian back in the spring of my Sophomore year of college. It was the beginning of my walk (faith) with God (“Heavenly Father”). People around me might’ve seen that and might’ve NOT seen that I’m a Christian based on my lifestyle. For example, there has been times when I swore and the people around me might not even think I’m a Christian. Then there are times when I was “doing” good deeds (e.g. giving food to the poor) and thing I’m a Christian. What it boils down to is not what others “think about” (do NOT judge) me, but what God (Heavenly Father) “thinks about” (I’m a child of Him when I accept Him as my Savior) me. No, no one is perfect (sinless), but instead of “judging” someone-we can pray for them as “some/all” of us are growing in our faith.

Hypocrites

Are you a hypocrite? Take Jesus’ challenging test to find out!
david-baker David Baker 05 November 2015 christiantoday.com

Stop trusting in mere humans,
who have but a breath in their nostrils.
Why hold them in esteem?-Isaiah 2:22
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%202&version=NIV

-Buildings

A “friend” made this statement-“Why does the Church building these huge big churches (buildings), which all that money could’ve been used to help feed the poor?

Christian church hypocrisy!!!

-Charities

http://www.psmag.com/navigation/business-economics/wont-red-cross-tell-us-spent-donations-superstorm-sandy-79161/
While the Red Cross says it spends an average of 91 cents of every dollar on programs and services, a bit less may go to actually help victims. That’s because, the Red Cross told us, it keeps nine percent of total Sandy donations for “general operations support” even on the $78 million it has passed on to other organizations, which in turn have their own overhead and other expenses.

-Church
*
Angelica Zambrano’s 3rd Trip to Heaven and Hell


*see 42:07 of pastor that committed adultery and was a drunkard, but didn’t repent

Pastor dies in church after confessing adultery
http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2014/s14030063.htm

http://www.kare11.com/story/news/crime/2014/03/30/childrens-pastor-accused-of-soliciting-a-minor/7085491/

http://www.kare11.com/story/news/crime/2014/03/31/diocese-former-blue-earth-priest-to-be-deported/7134379/

Gregory moved into the 6,000-square-foot home in Atlanta’s upscale Buckhead neighborhood in January. It was built on land donated by Joseph Mitchell, nephew of “Gone With the Wind” novelist Margaret Mitchell.

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2014/04/05/archbishop-of-atlanta-to-vacate-2-2-million-mansion-in-early-may/?hpt=hp_t2
The property will be sold and the proceeds invested in the needs of the Catholic community, according to the statement. The archbishop will move into another available Archdiocesan property.

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2014/04/07/megachurch-pastor-resigns-citing-moral-failing/?hpt=hp_t2

Nationwide warrant issued for MN preacher accused of assault
http://www.kare11.com/story/news/crime/2014/04/15/warrant-preacher-assault-pine-county/7761525/

Pastor’s wife sends body double to sit pleasantly on front pew
http://www.larknews.com/archives/241

‘Church of Hate’ features in new National Geographic Channel series, ‘American Fringe’
The church has picketed more than 53,000 events brandishing signs that say ‘God Hates Fags’ and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers’
http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2014/s14060137.htm

Minn. Man Charged with 59 Counts of Sexual Assault Arrested in Brazil
http://kstp.com/news/stories/s3720519.shtml

Self-Professed Minister Now On Most Wanted List
November 25, 2014 8:07 PM
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/11/25/self-professed-minister-now-on-most-wanted-list/

http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/in-the-line-of-fire/48743-why-creflo-won-t-be-getting-my-dollars
*greed

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/us.pastor.stole.thousands.from.church.to.fund.affair/66888.htm

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/2.brothers.mauled.inside.new.york.church.by.own.kin.to.force.confession.one.dies/67738.htm

Pope Francis’ opinion: better to be an atheist than a hypocrite By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
2/24/2017 (2 days ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Pope Francis denounced hypocritical Catholics who live what he called a “double life,” and said it would be better to be an atheist.
“LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) — During daily Mass on Thursday, Pope Francis made his opinion clear, that he thinks it is better to be an atheist than a hypocritical Catholic.

Pope Francis specifically referred to Catholics who laundered money or refused to pay fair wages to employees. However, many Catholics do live double lives of all kinds, attending Mass on Sundays while practicing contradictory habits. Such people do damage to themselves because they sin, and they harm the Church because they are a poor reflection of it. Worse, they may inspire others to sin as well.

Pope Francis’ homily was inspired by the Gospel in which Jesus warned against people who “causes one of these little ones to sin.”

“Cut off your hand…pluck your eye out,” Pope Francis said. “Scandal is to say one thing and doing another; it’s double life.”

He warned about living a life that is not Christian adding, “on this, the Lord is very severe.”

What then of atheists?

Pope Francis’ remarks suggest his opinion is that it is better to be a “good atheist,” than a bad Christian. A good atheist could be a person who still lives in accord with the moral teaching of the Catholic Church, even if unwittingly, and despite their ignorance of God….”

-Entertainment

Former ‘Two and a Half Men’ Star Angus T. Jones: ‘I Was a Paid Hypocrite’
The Wrap
By Tim Kenneally March 17, 2014 1:11 PM
http://tv.yahoo.com/news/former-two-half-men-star-paid-hypocrite-201100549.html

http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2014/s14030088.htm

-Fire Department

http://www.kare11.com/story/news/local/minnesota/2014/04/10/minn-ex-fire-chief-sentenced-for-setting-fires/7558955/
MINNEAPOLIS – A former Minnesota fire chief convicted of arson has now been sentenced. Ex-Babbitt Fire Chief, Ryan Scharber, will spend the next five years behind bars. The 30-year-old Babbitt man was sentenced Thursday on one count of setting fires on U.S forest land and one count of attempted arson.

-Geography

AFRICA

Christian vigilantes trap 14,000 Muslims in C.Africa town (April 12th 2014)
http://news.yahoo.com/christian-vigilantes-trap-14-000-muslims-c-africa-094242790.html

-Government

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/02/20/cbs-2-exclusive-mayor-de-blasios-caravan-caught-speeding-violating-traffic-laws/

-Racism

Ku Klux Klan – A Secret History

What The Ku Klux Klan Looks Like Today Harrison Jacobs Apr. 4, 2014, 6:15 PM businessinsider.com
“…Cross-lightings are most often associated with attempts by the Klan to intimidate or threaten minority members of its community, though Klan members claim it is meant to symbolize the members’ faith in Christ. Some current Klan organizations attempt to distance themselves from cross-lightings meant to intimidate people, which they call “cross-burnings.”..

FBI Warned White Supremacist Groups Were Infiltrating Police Departments , from youtube.com
“Published on May 15, 2015

The FBI reported in August of 2006 that white supremacist groups were infiltrating police departments around the country. Why didn’t the media report on this? It’s very troubling to have confirmation to what we in the black community already knew about some police.

Article:http://goo.gl/XzTNdu
FBI report:http://goo.gl/pZ4ZKd

..”
FBI exposed Florida cops linked to KKK, youtube.com
RT America
“..Published on Jul 15, 2014
Fruitland Park, Fla. police officers David Borst and George Hunnewell are out of jobs after the FBI released a report revealing the pair’s ties to the Ku Klux Klan. One resigned voluntarily while the other was removed from his position protecting the community most famous for being chronicled in the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Devil in the Grove. RT’s Lindsay France has more details.
..”

KKK Leader Says Members Include ‘Police Officers, Paramedics & Judges’
By: Jamal Booker
January 30, 2014
KKK Leader Says Members Include ‘Police Officers, Paramedics & Judges’
By: Jamal Booker
January 30, 2014 issuehawk.com
“..
A Ku Klux Klan leader in Florida has suggested that its members might be holding respected and prominent positions throughout local communities across the U.S. A grand dragon who oversees a chapter of the Loyal White Knights of the KKK in central Florida said they currently have “police officers, paramedics and judges” in their local roster of more than 1,000.

“They’re everywhere. What you’ve seen is just the tip of the iceberg right now,” said the man, who was interviewed by WFTV on the condition that his voice was altered and face covered by a Klan robe. “We are just proud to be white.”

The KKK leader denied that the organization was a hate group, although he repeatedly used the N-word to describe black people throughout the interview. A separate Klan member who was interviewed and only identified as “Exalted Cyclops” said he thought it was important to “preserve” the white race. “You start looking at numbers, start looking at census and you realize whites are the minority,” he declared.

Although the KKK had more than two million members back in the 1920s, the current roster is reportedly somewhere between 5,000-8,000. They have taken on an extensive recruiting process in recent months by leaving flyers on the lawns of local communities in the middle of the night. Although the content is highly offensive, it isn’t illegal and falls under First Amendment protection…”
Invisible Robes of Injustice: It’s Hard to Fight What You Can’t See 12 March 2014 Written by Jeffrey L. Boney forwardtimesonline.com
“…These are the words written by former Senator Robert C. Byrd in a letter, where he declared that he would never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by his side. This same man, with those racist thoughts, was eventually elected to Congress, and specifically the U.S. Senate, with the full responsibility and power to introduce bills and vote on legislation that would significantly impact Black people in this country for years.

One historical truth that is important for people to remember is that African Americans have always had to deal with the dark forces of racism, not only by hate groups, but by those with the power to disenfranchise, discriminate and even murder. One of those dark forces, that was created to intimidate and keep Black people in a state of fear and bondage, still has a presence in the U.S., and while many members of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) aren’t as easily identifiable as they once were, they are still having an impact by being clothed with “invisible robes of injustice.”

..While many KKK members still wear the traditional robes and costumes, many of them do not. There are many elected officials, police, community leaders and business people who wear “invisible robes of injustice” every day; hiding their true identity and their true beliefs. Sadly, behind closed doors, and in the dark of night, many of them are plotting and planning to execute strategies that are intended to disenfranchise and harm Black people….

..When you look at today’s Congress, elected officials, the prison system, judicial system, the educational system, law enforcement policies and other issues affecting Blacks, there are many glaring examples of how Blacks have been disenfranchised based on the actions and decisions of people with the authority or with the capacity to do so. Many of those actions and decisions are reminiscent to the way the Klan operated and executed their level of terror on Black people in this country without wanting to be identified; they have become unofficial members without the robes and sheets.
..”

=>Influence
The CIA, the KKK and the USA By Sherwood Ross Global Research, October 15, 2010 globalresearch.ca
Secret Societies theforbiddenknowledge.com

-Music

=Rock

Christian Rocker Convicted of Murder Plot Reveals He Is Atheist
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/christian-rocker-convicted-murder-plot-reveals-he-atheist-n136246

more..https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152141309657550&set=a.10152052420267550.1073741906.500417549&type=3&theater

What About Hypocrites in the Church? By Robert Velarde focusonthefamily.com

“”Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

–Matthew 7:3-5 (NIV)

“With these witty but also biting words, Jesus causes his listeners – then and today – to carefully examine their own lives. Are we going about accusing others of minor shortcomings when, in fact, we ourselves are ignoring our own behavior? If so, we are hypocrites. Once our hypocrisy is removed, then we are in a position to help others.

Unfortunately, one obstacle to the acceptance of Christianity that is often raised is provided by Christians themselves. Phrased in many ways, the core of the objection is, “If Christianity is true, why are there hypocrites in the church?” In other words, if Christianity is really supposed to change people, then why do some who profess to believe in Jesus set such bad examples? This article will answer the “hypocrisy objection” to Christianity. But first, let’s explore the definition of hypocrisy in general, as well as in a biblical sense…”

Are You a Christian Hypocrite? The Gunmen at Church godvine.com

Closer – by Bethel – WorshipMob (plus other spontaneous worship)

“”Where are your accusers now? Where are your accusers now? There is therefore now no condemnation For those who are in Christ Jesus…” 9:51. That. Part. Wow. I am WRECKED in the best way possible! Glory to God!! There is NO condemnation for those who are in Christ!!”-Hannah H (Sept 2015)

DC Talk What If I Stumble

Thoughts, comments, questions, etc..? Feel free to share below and lets have a dialogue about this epidemic in the church body.

http://christianlife.goodnewseverybody.com/hypocrites.html

Good News Philosophy
https://www.facebook.com/groups/422574824500375/

Bringing a different treat in Halloween

November 3, 2013 at 4:40 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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For the 4th year in a row, I put Bible verses in the the treats I handed out during Halloween this year. I started doing this after giving some thought and prayer about what I can do to be a “light” during this uneventful day as a Christian. I grew-up “ignorantly” knowing the truth behind this “pagan day” until I found the Truth. I didn’t want to just stay in my house with the lights off until all the trick or treaters finished going house to house. I found this idea via online when I was “searching” online what Christians can do during this time of the year.

First I started with candy 4 years ago (would invite friends over for a movie, food, and fellowship or get-together), but switched to juice bottles the last two years (Last year, a friend from another country loved handing out these juice bottles to the visitors at the door. It was a first time experience doing an activity like this as he never did this back at home.). As a “victim” (cavaties that led to high dental bills) of sweets growing-up, I wanted to make sure the kids-youth that came to my door won’t go through the same challenges I did. I don’t want to be responsible in contributing to their health problems (e.g. diabetes, obesity, or any future addictions), like I almost similarly faced when I got older.

This year was probably the biggest number of visitors at my door as I had a record number of 22! The weather wasn’t as warm as last year, but it was probably warmer than it has been for this past week/season. I had a lot of positive feedback of the juice bottles I gave since it was different from the popular sweet candies.

Most of the kids-teens that came by were people I knew from community relationships (e.g. church, work, etc…). The parents would comment later that their kid(s) appreciated the alternative juice treats instead of candy as I explained to them my reason for an alternative health choice.

One group (teenagers) that I won’t forget from this memorable year was when one of them asked me if I was religious after he read the Bible verse taped in the juice bottle I handed to him. I was first intrigued that he recognized it as a Bible verse and then I told him that “religious” is not my definition. Instead I told him it was more that it’s a personal relationship with Jesus. His friend that was close by then boldly stated, “I’m that too”! I smiled and then saw a parent with a kid behind them, which I then replied “awesome” (slowly grew quieter and held back from “preaching”..lol).

Other notes about this year’s event was a “friend” from another local church remembered me giving these Bible verse treats the past two years. She asked if I can print these for her as she wanted to do something similar this year. I have yet to ask her how it went, but I will try to update this when I do talk to her. Also, in our community (Morris, Minnesota), the local schools (college and high school) did a community fundraiser this same evening. The college (as has in the past) collected cans for the local food shelf, which I did my part in donating when a college student came over.

UMM students to Trick or Can for food shelf
By UMM News Service on Oct 23, 2013 at 2:44pm morrissuntribune.com
“MORRIS — Students from the University of Minnesota, Morris will be going door-to-door in the Morris community collecting donations for the Stevens County Food Shelf on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Donations can also be left outside if they are clearly marked for Trick or Can.

While the Stevens County Food Shelf is requesting donations of money or personal hygiene products (soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant), nonperishable food items are also welcome. These include canned goods as well as jello/pudding mixes, crackers, popcorn, coffee, and cocoa. Please make checks payable to Stevens County Food Shelf.

Since 1991, the Stevens County Food Shelf has been a reliable source of help to the Morris community, providing hygiene products and nonperishable food items to low-income households in the area. The Food Shelf serves an average of 100 households, or 300 individuals, each month.

For more information, contact the University of Minnesota, Morris Office of Community Engagement at 320-589-6276.

Unfortunately, no high school student came over, which they were asking for donations to a UNICEF program.

Please keep the kidsyouth in your thoughts and prayers (e.g. Lord’s protection from daily temptations, dangers-bullying, etc..) throughout the rest of the school season.

I would love to hear any feedback on what do you think about this as I’m looking forward to what I can do “better” next year. Till then, may you keep seeking Him throughout the season(s).

Slaves to Society’s “Immorality”?

May 9, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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After my studies as a Human Services major in college, I begin to look at everything from a Human Services perspective. I “try” to “understand” why things are the way they are. Currently, a controversial bill is being looked at in our state of Minnesota. Last fall, it was almost a 50-50 decision on the “ban of Homosexual marriage” (it was shy over 50 to decide to let the “marriage amendment” to “allow” the same rights to homosexuals. We all want the same rights and independence like any individual in this county, especially the “land of the free” (Democracy)-United States of America. As I write this, another state (Rhode Island) became the 10th or 11th state in the nation to “allow” homosexual marriage.

I have a friends who are “homosexuals” and friends who “disagree” with their lifestyle, but who are they to “judge”. Is it really “judging”? I know there has been “extreme” cases of “hate” (e.g. protest with signs that doesn’t show “God’s love”), which “Christians” has been stereotyped “negatively” on this growing controversial “political” issue. What would Jesus do? Hmm? No one can really say, but we can “try” to understand the “Bible”. However, people say it’s an “old” book, we live the “now”. How can we still follow everything said on it?

As a “peacemaker”, here is my personal “research”. Feel free to contact me on what are you thoughts as I’m still learning (will still till the day I die)..

more…
http://issues.goodnewseverybody.com/homosexuality.html

Is Christmas “merry” for you this season?

December 25, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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“Merry Christmas!???” I’ve been getting this a lot lately, like every year. However, it just don’t feel like “merry” this year for some reason. It is probably for many different reasons (e.g. been to 4 funeral services the past 2 months, learning more and more that Jesus wasn’t born the 25th (read down below the site), growing in my “daily” personal relationship with Heavenly Father and knowing Jesus is all “season” (everyday) for me and not just during a “holiday” this season. It also hurts me to hear sad news (e.g. Violence Against Iraqi Christians Escalates-pbs.org: Iraq) that makes me more grateful of “freedom of religion” living in this “unperfect” (no nation is perfect) nation. Does this cause me to just “forget” this day of celebration? I choose to live this day “joyfully” (with “careful” awareness of others around me) like any day in life because life is too short to be wasted by being “stubborn”, “angry”, “depressed”, etc… Enjoy each single “second” with family, friends, and/or love ones because tomorrow is never promised with the uncertainties of our current world. I say the “spirit of giving” (doesn’t have to me always materialism) should not just be a one-day event, but an “everyday” event as one lives for Christ (see “Christ-like”-especially with all the “negativity” in the world. Instead of conforming to the increasing “negativity” of our world, why not do the opposite and “try” to be a light? How can we all each individually do this or why would we want to do this?

more…
http://holidays.goodnewseverybody.com/christmas.html

I use this time of the season to also reflect why we celebrate Jesus’ birth even though he wasn’t born on this particular day..

The Nativity Story 1/10


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