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The Passion of the Christ – HD (Trailer)
“Published on Jun 6, 2013
A film detailing the final hours and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.”
Q&A with Mel Gibson And Jim Caviezel
-Life of Christ
Mel Gibson’s interview on “The Resurrection” movie (“Passion of the Christ 2”) – with Greg Laurie
“Published on Sep 2, 2016
Greg Laurie is interviewing Mel Gibson on the recent news of him possibly preparing to film a continuation of “The Passion of the Christ” movie – an account about what happened AFTER the crucifixion! This has taken place in late August 2016 at the SoCal Harvest crusade…
Will Mel actually make this movie? And will Evangelical Christians support the distribution of that movie after the problems with the law that the famous actor and director had in the past. More on those problems here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/article…”
Jim Caviezel – Inspirational video
I plan to add more as I’m still re”searching” many of the scenes from the movie. Feel free to share your suggestions down below..
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At Least 2,000 Veterans Arrive at Standing Rock to Protest Dakota Pipeline By Michael Edison Hayden Catherine Thorbecke EVAN SIMON
Dec 4, 2016, 2:29 PM ET abcnews.go.com
“.. Chicago native David Hulse, 34, a Navy veteran who served in Iraq told ABC News that he decided at the last minute to join the protests, describing his involvement as “not a mission of war, but a mission of peace.”
“Seeing so many veterans show up,” Hulse said. “Out here, it’s brotherhood.” ..
Among the veterans are some high-profile names, including U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Democrat of Hawaii, who gained prominence when she left the Democratic National Committee to campaign for Sen. Bernie Sanders during his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination this year. Gabbard has frequently voiced support for the Dakota Access protest movement over social media. ..”
The band of US veterans who stood with protesters at Standing Rock have announced their next stop Written by Lila MacLellan December 07, 2016 qz.com
“…To the nation’s surprise, a day after 2,000 veterans and first responders appeared out of nowhere to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the US Army Corps of Engineers effectively shut down the project. Now that same veterans group has announced plans to take their army for social justice on the road, giving hope to environmentalists and peace activists everywhere.
The presence of the veterans heightened the dramatic tension in what was largely seen as a noble battle between a small group of Native Americans and environmentalists against heavily armed police. During the course of the protests there were several high-profile clashes, including some in which police used rubber bullets and tear gas on activists. One night the police turned a water cannon on men and women despite sub-freezing temperatures. Opponents of the oil pipeline had spent months working to derail its construction because its planned route would cross within a half-mile of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation border. A breach would have put the local water supply at risk….
Now the leaders of the veterans group have announced plans to take their “peaceful, unarmed militia” to Flint, Michigan, where their presence will bring reporters and cameras, once again in service of a struggle for clean water.
Last year, regulators found that Flint’s water supply contained illegally high levels of lead. The problem had been essentially ignored for more than a year after residents first complained of rashes, headaches and a foul odor from the brown or yellowish water that ran from their taps. As an investigation into the crisis surfaced stunning cases of overlooked illnesses and warnings, Flint—where 40% of the 100,000 residents live in poverty, and the majority of residents are black—came to represent the fallout from America’s tolerance of extreme inequality. Public attention has since faded, however, even though the crisis has not been fully resolved…”
-Vets Views on Situation
Veterans Head To Standing Rock To Support ‘We The People’
“..Published on Nov 11, 2016
Reporting from Standing Rock in North Dakota
Visit http://therealnews.com for more videos.
Lauretta Prevost with Mirrors and Hammers Productions,www.mirrorsandhammers.com..”
NODAPL: Veterans are coming to support the Standing Rock tribe , from youtube.com
Protesters at Standing Rock celebrate an unexpected victory
This story is a part of Across Women’s Lives PRI’s The World pri.org December 05, 2016 · 2:30 PM EST By Jasmine Garsd
“..The very first man I met upon arriving at the camp was a Navajo vet, named John Shirley. “I’m here to be, basically, a human shield,” he explained.
Shirley is a veteran of the first Iraq War. He came from Arizona to guard the protesters. I met him at the entrance to the sprawling camp, where, in recent weeks, protesters have clashed with National Guard soldiers and local police. And that’s when veterans like Shirley decided to come help people. To be that human shield.
To “stand there, close my eyes, and take whatever comes at me. As long as I can block and deflect whatever it may be … you know, that’s the way we was trained,” he says.
Like many veterans, he felt outraged at the way protesters were being treated by police. And he was also frustrated that Native lands and resources could be endangered by the pipeline. “I never thought I would be doing this on American soil,” he says. “Protecting the American people from their own government. I never thought that would happen, you know?”
Several thousand veterans felt the same way, pouring into the camp over the weekend. At a meeting Saturday night, in a warehouse outside Standing Rock, veterans were instructed to be nonviolent. Sage burned while men and women in uniform received marching orders: “We will not instigate.” They were told to spread the orders among themselves. No direct confrontation, and nothing that could harm the cause.
At that warehouse, there was a sense the pipeline was inevitable. By the next afternoon, they found out that wasn’t the case.
At the camp, Brandi King, a Nakota veteran of Iraq, said nonviolence is a challenging order for a warrior. “Fighting for peace is a lot harder than — I mean anyone can pull a trigger. … Actually being peaceful, and fighting for that — that takes a warrior. It takes a strong person to be peaceful.”….
King said after 10 years of not knowing what to do with herself, she finally began to heal at Standing Rock. “This — seeing people together, seeing people support each other, that provides healing for me. Seeing my indigenous brothers and sisters being able to stand up with pride, provides a healing for me.”
One Veteran On Why He Will Stand For Standing Rock 05:36
November 30, 2016 wbur.org
“…Thousands have registered to go. Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with one of those vets, Dakota Blue Serna (@dakotabusmc), a former Marine.
On his motivation to go to Standing Rock
“I think a lot of veterans share my feelings that with these last couple of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that we got cheated. We were lied to from our government, and we went and we fought a war based on a lie. So a lot of our guys are feeling that our service really was for nothing, and so now we’re going out there because this is what we signed up for, this is where our passion is, this is what we signed up to defend, are the people here in our country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. And right now, I love my government, I love my country, but the government is kind of cracking down on peaceful protesters, and it broke my heart to watch these people being sprayed with water in 25-degree temperatures. That’s inhumane, that’s unethical and that’s un-American.”
On where he stands on the issue
“I’ve got friends on both sides. I understand both sides of the story here and that’s a little bit unfortunate — you catch flak from both ends. … I will say that the general consensus of those guys, they do agree with me when I say we need to find alternative sources of energy and we have the means and the technology to do so. And we need to move away from sucking the earth’s life blood out of the ground and polluting our air. And it’s possible, and I don’t understand why people are — you know, the people with the money who make those decisions — are pushing away from that.”..”
*see Deep Thought: Is “Oil” causing wars? , goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com
Veteran at Standing Rock:”I killed people…we were killing people for the wrong fucking reasons.” , from youtube.com
“Published on Dec 13, 2016
Wait for it…
Veteran at Standing Rock has frank conversation with other veterans who were marching in blizzard conditions DEC,5,2016. The man speaking was one of the thousands of U.S. military veterans that converged from around the country to Standing Rock North Dakota in a show of solidarity to pipeline protesters or “water protectors” as they prefer to be called.
This is RAW unedited video. There is some audio interference but I was filming in a blizzard, so it was unavoidable. Please like, share and feel free to use in your own projects. Love and respect to everyone out there.”
*see Neutral Perspective: Iraq War was justified or not? from goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com
Veteran Finds Forgiveness, Peace in Standing Rock Fight Dec 9 2016, 10:41 pm ET by Daniel A. Medina and Rebecca Davis nbcnews.com
“…As a Native American U.S. Army veteran, Monroe, 35, has for years struggled with regret. He struggled with fighting in the Iraq War for a nation that had displaced millions of his people. When he was deployed in Iraq, he says, he noticed the parallels between Iraqis and Native Americans. ..
“I’m able to forgive myself now for some of the stuff that went on in Iraq,” Monroe said. “Feels good now that I’m forgiven and when I go to the other side and I cross the other side that I can be proud of this life I lived.” ..
As a member of the Nakoda tribe, Monroe’s roots trace back to Cannon Ball. As his ancestors fought foreign invaders to save their land from dispossession, Monroe says he and his peers fight with peaceful protest.
“We’re fighting a spiritual battle,” Monroe said. “And that’s why we’re winning.”
Veterans Going to Standing Rock, you have been completely scammed and Duped by Wes Clark Jr. , form youtube.com
“Published on Nov 28, 2016
Whatever you decide, I do want to thank you for your service, and I appreciate the sentiment of why you may have been fooled here. It says that you have character and you would sacrifice to help the needy. Unfortunately that is not the cause here anymore.”
Veteran’s Perception about Standing Rock Camp
“Published on Dec 1, 2016
Michael Sean encouraging veterans not to travel up to Standing Rock.”
*Statement about ..
Sewer Runoff from Standing Rock Casino Potentially Impacting Lake Oahe Drinking Water Posted on September 23, 2016 standingrockfactchecker.org
“..The map below shows the Prairie Knight Casino & Resort and the tributary system that eventually flows into Lake Oahe. It’s fair to speculate that the casino could currently be discharging their waste into the same water source the Dakota Access Pipeline is being criticized for crossing…”
Did the Dakota Access Pipeline Company Deliberately Destroy Sacred Sioux Burial Sites?
Tuesday, 06 September 2016 00:00 By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! | Video Interview truth-out.org
Complaints grow over whites turning Dakota Access protest into hippie festival By Valerie Richardson – The Washington Times – Monday, November 28, 2016 washingtontimes.com
Tension brews as outsiders trash camps, mooch off tribe
“…“They are coming in, taking food, clothing etc and occupying space without any desire to participate in camp maintenance and without respect of tribal protocols,” she wrote. “These people are treating it like it is Burning Man or The Rainbow Gathering and I even witnessed several wandering in and out of camps comparing it to those festivals.”
Her Nov. 14 post, now making the rounds on social media, said outsiders are “literally subsisting entirely off the generosity of native people (AND YOUR DONATIONS if you have been donating) who are fighting to protect their water just because they can.”
A local deputy who asked to remain anonymous told WDAY AM’s Rob Port that most of the protesters are white, and that some have used racial slurs against black, Hispanic and American Indian officers.
Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II, who is leading the protest, raised concerns about sanitation in a ..”
Wesley Clark Jr asks for forgiveness from Leonard Crow Dog
“Published on Dec 5, 2016
Veterans for Standing Rock, December 5, 2016
Standing Rock, ND”
Veterans Ask Native Americans For Forgiveness At Standing Rock
“Published on Dec 5, 2016
TYT Politics Reporter Jordan Chariton spoke with veterans and tribal leaders on December 5th, 2016 following a powerful ceremony where veterans asked Native Americans for forgiveness for the original sins of America perpetrated against Native Americans.”
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Yesterday, I followed this historical anniversary movement via online and was very inspired, encouraged, motivated, etc…
Azusa Now April 9, 2016- Buy the Field
“Published on Dec 18, 2015
April 9th 2016
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Visit AzusaNow2016.com for more information as we launch into this next season.”
Wendy Alec and the GOD TV team are delighted to bring you this very special event on our GOD TV schedule. Join us for GOD TV’s exclusive 15-hour broadcast of Azusa Now, LIVE from Los Angeles with many of our best-loved speakers. This is a broadcast you won’t want to miss…
The Azusa Street Revival of 1906 was the most powerful expression of revival in modern times. Multitudes were saved, healed, filled with the Holy Spirit and experienced miracles. 110 years on Lou Engle of TheCall is trusting God for a fresh outpouring… at Azusa Now.
Join many leading revivalists LIVE from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday 9 April, including Bill Johnson, Heidi Baker; Todd White; Daniel Kolenda; Shawn Bolz and others. With worship led by Bethel Music and Jesus Culture.
For 15 years TheCall has proclaimed an uncompromising message of consecration to Jesus, crying out, “Prepare the way of the Lord”, just like John the Baptist. Now Lou Engle believes it is time for a new Jesus Movement that will “Behold the Lamb!”
Azusa Street transcended barriers as diverse people gathered in bonds of love, unity and prayer. Azusa Now is built on the hope that such revival can happen again. Azusa revivalist, William Seymour said it would. He prophesied the Holy Spirit would be poured out even stronger, 100 years later…
Watch Azusa Now and trust God for a fresh encounter with Jesus!
“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)..”
— Jon Morgans (@morgans_jon) April 9, 2016
“Revival will start here and spread to the rest of the nation..”-?
Isaiah 62New International Version (NIV)
Zion’s New Name .biblegateway.com
Turkish and Armenian Christians Reconcile on Genocide Anniversary
Televised prayers at Yerevan memorial cap an unprecedented effort at forgiveness.
Barbara G. Baker – World Watch Monitor Barbara G. Baker – World Watch Monitor
[ posted 4/24/2015 11:03AM ] christianitytoday.com
(WWM) “We came to share your pain,” Turkish Christians declared in early April, standing before TV cameras at the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan.
“We have come here to apologize for what our ancestors did, to ask for your forgiveness,” two spokesmen for the Turks went on to say.
Shocked viewers across Armenia watching the Azdarar TV news channel on April 11 could hardly believe their eyes and ears.
Turks, claiming to be Christian? And laying wreaths at the nation’s genocide memorial? How could Turks, of all people, come to Armenia to honor the memory of more than a million Armenian Christians who had been slaughtered 100 years ago by their own forefathers, the Ottoman Turks?..”
Invitation from Fr. Edward Benioff to attend #AzusaNow , youtube.com
“Published on Apr 5, 2016
Fr. Edward Benioff, Director of Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, invites you to attend #AzusaNow on April 9, 2016 in the L.A. Memorial Coliseum to pray for Christian unity and the fulfillment of John 17. Register for free now: majorchange.org/makeusone”
Catholics & Protestants UNITED, reconciled in the Lord Jesus Christ! #AzusaNow2016 — at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena.
Praise & Worship
“Name of Jesus lifted high….”
.@jayethomasmusic leading at #AzusaNow I always experience the majesty of Jesus when he leads.
— Stuart Greaves (@stuartgreaves) April 10, 2016
Azusa now worshipping time!!! 4/9/16 , from youtube.com
*with http://www.lindyconant.com/ (Lindy Conant – Every Nation Every Soul (with Misty Edwards), from youtube.com
Azusa Now (Live) Every Nation (Song)
“Published on Apr 9, 2016
Azusa Now (Live) Every Nation by Lindy Conant
When this song came on – all the social media feeds went crazy with reposts of the lyrics.
AZUSA NOW (4-9-16) EVER BE – Kalley Heiligenthal – Bethel Worship , from youtube.com
Onething 09 Come and let your presence , from youtube.com
Azusa Now 2016 – Closing Music Only (30 minutes) , from youtube.com
“…Published on Apr 10, 2016
Azusa Now 2016 (Recorded Live) the final 30 minutes of worship of the night…”
Words of Knowledge (1 Corinthians 12)
“Oh, the blood of Jesus…speaks a better Word”
Bethel Music Moment: King of My Heart – Steffany Gretzinger and Jeremy Riddle, from youtube.com
“..Published on Jan 5, 2016
“You’re never gonna let, never gonna let me down– ‘cause You are good, good, ohhh.” // Watch Steffany Gretzinger and Jeremy Riddle lead a powerful version of “King of My Heart” by John Mark and Sarah McMillan at Bethel Church…”
Man who could not walk gets out of his wheelchair COMPLETELY HEALED!! ♿👉🏼️🚹#AzusaNow https://instagram.com/p/BD_5MGWHqCH/
Azusa Now Todd White Moment! Holy Spirit Let Your Fire Fall. (Lindy Conant Band)
“Published on Apr 11, 2016
Azusa now gathering . Todd white releases prophetic word over generation about spirit of Evangelism….and the FIRE FALLS”
Azusa Call Apr 2016 Bill Johnson , from youtube.com
“..I commit to the Lord to help End Bible Poverty Now by praying regularly and doing what the Holy Spirit leads me to do…”
Loren Cunningham: End Bible Poverty from youtube.com
“…Published on Jun 3, 2015
Loren Cunningham talks about worldwide Bible distribution..”
*by 2020 challenge
The Cross, The Arthur Blessitt Story, posted by Arthur and Denise Blessitt, Free full length., from youtube.com
“Published on Mar 27, 2015
“The Cross, the Arthur Blessitt Story” Full length movie for Free viewing posted by Arthur and Denise Blessitt. Arthur is still walking 41,435 walking miles. Watch. Share with others. Post on Social Media sites! You can be a worldwide witness! Take one hour to share this. Guinness Word Records 2015 for longest ongoing pilgrimage/walk. You can carry the cross via the Internet to the world. Watch on your TV or streaming…”
“Stop partaking with the “accuser” in accusing others
Let’s be Bible doers..”
# Hashtags Shares
Unified as a church of nearly 100,000 for #azusanow in LA. Revival isn’t an event, it’s the mighty move of God.
The Azusa Street Revival of 1906
“Published on Jul 12, 2013
Documentary about the Azusa Street Revival :
The Azusa Street Revival was a historic Pentecostal revival meeting that took place in Los Angeles, California and is the origin of the Pentecostal movement. William Joseph Seymour was an African American from Louisiana and was a son of a former slave who had severe case of smallpox which left him blind in one eye and a disfigured face. He was born May 2, 1870 in Centerville Louisiana. The Revival began with a meeting on April 9, 1906, and continued until roughly 1915. It came to be known as the birthplace of the Pentecostal Movement Revival and the birth of a spiritual renewal that hit around the world.”
Interview of witnesses of the Azusa street revival, from youtube.com
“…Published on Nov 14, 2013
Very rare and interesting insight into the LA revival of 1906 from people that were actually there ! Both were healed from serious health problems and have powerful testimonies to share. This interview was made in the early 1970’s”
Feel free to share any personal stories, reflections, praise reports, action plans, challenges, etc… that God laid in your heart to encourage others..
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Lately, this theme of forgiveness has been circulating where ever I go. I had to “let it out” and write about it. I ran into this video on “spiritual warfare” and the speaker shared this quote that really resonated in me…
“The devil loses, when you forgive..” https://youtu.be/X0yb3zdKeZk Any personal stories, feedback, etc..? more.. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151998231142550&set=oa.736544596358770&type=3&theater
Above is a post I shared in one of my groups (Good News Love) I created on facebook. I’ve heard there is power when we forgive each other, so I would like to start…
If any of my friends read this, please forgive me if I ever wronged you in anyway. I might’ve forgotten it, so please feel free to contact me and remind me if this will help release any resentment, offense, or hurt that will heal you.
*see other Bible verses on forgiveness
One of the causes of “offense” is due to misunderstanding, which we all quickly prejudge. There are times I reflect on my parents fighting and it’s due to the “failure to communicate” (see “Failure to Communicate”-song I wrote). Can you relate? Feel free to share below…
For those that haven’t met me yet or haven’t encountered any offense from me…yet! 😉 I’m sure there are others that might’ve hurt you in various ways (e.g. abuse). Unfortunately, you might not ever get them to forgive you. However, God (Heavenly Father) knows and I encourage you to go to Him for healing of your past hurts.
I’ll share some of my forgiveness stories:
Back in high school, a former “friend” of mine wanted to befriend me after “ignoring” me most of the later years of “middle school”. Not being a Christian at the time, I wouldn’t forgive him and shun him away. Month later, he died in a head-on-collision car accident (visiting his biological Mom all the way in Colorado). I was torn in pieces when I heard the news and wished I reconciled with him. Please don’t make the dumbest mistake as I did, reconcile with those that has hurt you before it’s too late.
During my college and post-college years, I was interested in learning more about WWII (more of the Pacific arena) due to my family’s history (grandfather got capture by the Japanese and survived as a cook and great-grandfather was presumably killed as he never returned home when scoping the vicinity for any Japanese solders). As I read more books of the horrific atrocities the Japanese did in the Philippines and elsewhere, my heart towards the Japanese grew with more hate :(.. Well, God seems to try to soften my heart by bringing Japanese students to the college I attended. Then He brought them to be my renters in the house I owned. My last renter caught me watching some WWII footage of Japan’s horrific treatment. I tried to turned it off, but he saw it and we ended up having a deep conversation. He ended up asking forgiveness for what his ancestors did. I told him no worries, but in my heart-I felt some more compassion for him and the Japanese people overall.
Lastly, this is between me and my Heavenly Father-I gave my life to Christ my freshmen year in college. I did it after hearing a testimony of this speaker at a local church in Morris. This grabbed my heart and got me off my seat to go to the front (alter) and asked God to forgive me all of my sins. That was just the beginning and still in the journey of my faith (still sinning, but trying to sin-less as I grow in my personal relationship with my “Heavenly Dad” :)..
Above are just summaries of some of my stories on forgiveness-repentance. I’ll be glad to share more, but would love to hear yours first. I would love to disclose and be open/transparent/honest with you with my personal challenges-struggles as “we” can help each other in this journey of forgiveness with the “limited uncertain” time we have on this earth…
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“YOU offended me! Have you ever been offended? We all have, but how can we counterattack that? We don’t, we give it to God. Yeah right, it isn’t that easy! Before I became a Christian my 1st year college, I was easily offended. This was due to my past from being “hurt” so many times in various ways (e.g. bullying). I can’t pin point exactly when I started getting offended, but I just remember when I was growing-up-I grew very insecure (see self-image) because of the people around me were very “critical” of my outward appearance. I look back now and I can’t blame them because of our “negative” media that keeps giving them the “wrong” message, which is another blog (see Good News Sociology).
Getting back to when I was growing-up, a “close one” would always criticize me in almost everything I did. I seem to not be able to do anything “right” in her eyes. I tried to do well in school, but I just wasn’t “smart-enough”. I was very “slow” in things I did. I look back and have to attribute part of this with my family’s psychological history (another story in itself) and health nutrition as I realize I ate a lot of “junk-food” (somewhat due to my economic background and poor “eating” choices I was very ignorant at the time). This particular individual was just “negative” most of the time with me, so I was always “fearful” every time I encountered her. I grew to be always trying to “please” her by “trying” my hardest to do better (e.g. academically), which I never could achieve. Now, I know the only One I should try to “please” is my Heavenly Father, which is much easier through prayer.
Another “social issue” I was easily offended growing-up was racism. Yes, I grew-up in the “diverse” city of St. Paul, but it was a different type of racism compared to living up here in rural Morris, Minnesota. I somehow couldn’t “fit-in” with any particular group of friends. I already wrote about the specifics in another site. For the sake of jumping to another link, which you probably have already above. In short, I would get “teased” by every racial group I hung out with growing-up. A so-called “friend” (Caucasian-American) made a remarked that I “look like the enemy” during Dessert Storm (war in Iraq sometime in the early 90’s. Even though it was a joke, this put a scar in my mind growing-up (would be reminded of this on 9-11. It might seem “little”, but with the many other “racism” experiences (too many to mention here) I’ve gone through, it was just another added to many different scars (e.g. almost hit with a foot long wine bottle while playing tennis by a couple of “white guys-almost skinheads”, Neo-Nazi group visited my workplace-Taco Bell, called “gook” while delivering newspapers, etc..) added to me.
To be fair, it wasn’t just a “white on Chink/Gook/”Dessert Nigga”/Mexican/etc.., I was teased by my own “racial” group (Asian) in high school. I joined the Asian Club because I needed a place of “belonging”. Well, one of my peers teased me by saying I “don’t look Asian” because of my big eyes. Then I started to want to hangout within my own “ethnic-group” (Filipino over the years later, but somehow I couldn’t “fit-in” because I didn’t know the language (Tagalog). My parents didn’t teach my siblings and I their native language because they thought we would have trouble assimilating in the American culture. I personally think it’s important to learn the native language of the parents to have some sense of cultural identity and it’s good for brain development, which is why I currently love teaching English as a second language.
Well, I can keep sharing many “little” to “big” things I’ve been offended, but that would take a book! I just wanted to give some examples above so “you” readers can somehow relate. Now, let’s make a list of the things how I’ve offended others. This would probably take a second volume! We sometimes forget that we’ve also probably “offended” others too as we focus on ourselves (looking for people to feel sorry for ourselves). If you know me good and have been offended (more likely if you’ve known me longer) by me, please forgive me too :(. We sometimes don’t realize that we all have offended one another, which is why it’s important to dialogue and share with each other honestly and openly. For example, a good “friend” that I worked with at the local college (summer program) was offended by me when I jokingly told her she was “lazy” (after eating lunch together and she didn’t bring-up her tray to the dish room at Food Service in campus). I told her “sorry” after she openly-honestly told me her reason for this offense (she grew up being called “lazy” by her family, so she would work harder). PLEASE contact me (e.g. phone, email, in person is better!) if I offended you because sometimes I didn’t know! Let’s be real with one another and stop being “Minnesota Nice” and “sugar coat” the things we say to one another. We can’t expect to know all of each others’ past, but we can be “more sensitive” (this is where the Holy Spirit comes in) and “compassionate” (this will increase as one grows in their personal relationship with their Heavenly Father) to one another. We are (most of us) mature adults and we need to act like it! This is probably why married couples or couples/friends in general fight with each other because of a misunderstanding or miscommunication. Don’t give Satan a foothold!..
Take care of it right away (see Ephesians 4:26) or the walls (as mentioned in the teaching above and the sermon message at my local church this morning too) will be built too high to take down.
How can we overcome offense? I’ve learned (still learning) to do this more as I’ve grown in my personal relationship with God. For example, I got offended by certain individuals in various places (e.g. home, work, church, etc..), so the way I “combat” it is through prayer. The more I pray for certain individuals, my compassion for them increases. I know there are some other circumstances with people (e.g. enemies-people who have taken advantage on you) that requires more than prayer, which might require some “wisdom” (e.g. spiritual gifts) from other people (e.g. mentor, pastor, etc..).
We can’t “judge” or “stereotype” (e.g. NOT all Somolians are “evil” as the movie “Black Hawk Down” might stereotype these people group) any group because of the actions of a “few” of a group of people (e.g. race, nationality, political party, religion, institution, etc….). This would be another blog topic on how media can carelessly give or promote the “wrong” negative message about a particular group of people.
In the meantime, I want to leave you with this last video, which I was reminded while listening to the beginning part of the video above. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I highly recommend you do. For those who haven’t seen this movie yet, the scene below is about a father trying to give some advice to his son as he plans to share how he’s been “offended” by his wife and wanting a divorce….
“Heavenly Father, I pray for each of us who have been offended by someone(s). We ask for your love and healing touch from the various offenses (e.g. physical, emotional, spiritual abuse, etc..) we’ve experienced in the past. We too have probably offended someone too and we ask You to forgive us. Give us wisdom and strength on how to ask these individual(s) for forgiveness. We ask You to continue “molding” us to be the “man”/”woman” you want us to be. In the meantime, show us how we can be your light to others that are hurting around us too. We ask all this in Your (Jesus’) name… …And all God’s people say?…Amen!”
ACTION: Let’s all help be peacemakers in the world out there with what we’ve learned!
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I just had this recent life “episode” of overcoming offense that I need to share with “everybody” as I feel we can all learn from this. I feel we all can relate to these “life circumstances” and that we can help each other out on this to “increase” peace in our increasingly troubled society/world. Here is the background of this story without giving too many “confidential” details. A “friend” (younger than me) of mine recently (last week) was very frustrated about his on-going weight issues as he was recently in the hospital for a “heart condition”. He was checking his weight one morning and I was going to “double” check it as I serve like a “nurse” at his particular place of residence. Well, he unfortunately gained weight and he started yelling (swearing) at me. I understood his “frustration” and I replied “angrily” that you can have another “staff” check you later this morning. He then would continue to vent his frustration and I would reply patiently to have his weight check by another staff as “another feedback”. He then left and went back to his bedroom. I wanted to bring “light” to this situation to encourage him, so I emailed him some “health” articles telling him he was “right” about an earlier situation (eating a particular food) and another article to “prevent” a future weight increase. He somehow misinterpreted one of the articles I shared and this got him more angry at me-wasn’t my intention. Well, he called me “names” via text and email. I wasn’t going to reply right away as I wanted him to “cool” off and not add more to the “increasing fire”. Instead of just “ignoring” passively, I started to pray for him more as I asked God/Heavenly Father to “soften his heart” every time I would think about this (sometimes frustratingly or angrily) throughout the day after this situation. Later in the day I found out he was back in the hospital…again! I then started to pray for him more (as I thought about how life is very short. Also, a similar story of a high school friend I didn’t “forgive” and later died of a car accident 😦 ) and was going to reply to him now to encourage him to “get better”. As I was about to do this, he actually called the phone where I was at and started apologizing for his “actions” as he was trying to explain how frustrated he was. After our long conversation of reconciliation after forgiveness, I would pray for continued healing and better health and peacefully said our “good night”.
A book that I partly read that I thought about during this “episode” last week was this->
The Bait of Satan
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How can we make Our Homes Be Filled With “Dancing?”
Is there dancing at your home? Remember the “good ole days” when growing-up at home was joyful (e.g. parents showing love & affection for one another)? If not, sorry to hear about that. There is probably a reason why, please read on. Life seem to be a lot “joyful” growing-up as a kid and somehow life did a 180′ and the joy left the home. My family seem more happy when we didn’t have much money as we were together more. I wonder why? As I got older, I came up with my own personal conclusion. It might not be for everybody, but I feel it was because of “sin” (e.g. greed for not just only money, but other “worldly” material) entered the home. I mean, sin was always around, but “more” came in. As I reflect my “past life”, I saw the “sin” that entered the home and it was like a “fire” that just went out of control.
“Candle fire Story”
For example, you ever light a candle? Imagine if other people had a candle too in the same house during a power outage. Let say two individuals started fighting over which candle was “bigger”. The fight gets out of control. Then that candle besides them fell and started a fire. It was a small fire, which could’ve been put out. Unfortunately, these individuals continued to fight over whose fault it was of this small fire. They continue to fight and another candle falls. This starts a second fire and the first one goes out of control. It becomes to late as two separate fires are going and then spreads throughout the whole house. Well, this fire is like “sin” and if we don’t stop it early enough, it gets out of control. Depending on the size of the house fire, it can spread throughout the neighborhood, community, city, county, state, etc…
I hope you can understand where I’m going. If I could go back in time, there are a lot of things I would’ve changed. Some significant events where not entirely under my control, but that’s how Satan works. He wants to destroy the home life. Instead of “pointing my fingers” (e.g. blame game) at some individuals because that’s what Satan wants to do-cause us to be angry and fight one another; I rather start with myself. I made some “wrongful” choices as a kid that increased this “fire” of sin that already existed in my family (see family testimony). I know I wasn’t a Christian at the time, which is why I’m big in sharing the Gospel (e.g. via website) that others will NOT make the same mistake I did.
What can we do now? Depending the size of the fire, I encourage you to ask God and read the Bible (His Word of advice). Seek Him and ask Him what you can do because each individual’s situation is different. I’m currently listening to some Christian music. I feel this is a start as having “God” Word played constantly in your house brings a positive atmosphere. If you are “mad” with an individual, ask God to forgive you and then ask Him how to reconcile (e.g. ask each other to forgive one another too) with that individual. Remember, Satan (“father of lies”) just wants us to “fight” and he gets a laugh of us doing this. Let’s stop entertaining him (e.g. wrestling or boxing match). Like one of my favorite rock bands’ song beginning line…”What we got here is failure to communicate”. Satan wants to distort each others’ communication, which is why we have fights or wars in the world-a total misunderstanding. Don’t let Satan tell lies to you about the individual you are mad or you’ll end up like that story (above) of two people fighting that caused the candle to cause a fire. The sooner you “reconcile” with individuals you are made, the sooner you can stop the fire from spreading and making more damage.
hear our praises
Another advice I can give when preventing “fires” to spread in your own home or elsewhere is “fireproof”. Ever seen the movie “Fireproof” (see GoodnewsEverybody.com Life-Marriage, Weddings, Covenant with God, etc… Outreach)? It just dawns on me what it might mean, we need to wear that “armor of God” (Ephesians 6). Put it on right away when you get up. What do you do when you get up from bed or after a shower? You put your clothes on that you are going to wear that day, right? You wouldn’t go outside naked, right? Well, that’s that same thing as a Christian. Remember, Satan has a “target” on your head when you get up each morning. Like a military solder, you have to put that “armor of God” each day because life is a battle-war zone.
Updated (6.19.16): Sing songs to feel God’s presence..
Music: New Song-“Rise Up” creativemusicartsy.wordpress.com
Q: What can we do to fill our homes, neighborhood, communities, etc.. with “dancing”?
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I have been pondering about this topic lately on “getting rid of self-focus” (e.g. self-pity). When we tend to focus on ourselves (e.g. pondering about our past: mistakes, hurts, etc..), we forget about whose (e.g. God, family, friends, etc..) around us. Do you ever get this? Do you feel this can be a distraction (e.g. staring down or hitting more obstacles that can be avoided in life) to “moving-on” or “moving ahead” in (a fulfilling) life?
Distractions In Life – Everything
“This is a slideshow I made being deeply moved by the Lifehouse Skits’ posted here, on Godtube and many other video-hosting sites. Sometimes, when we fail, we ignore God’s helping hand and instead seek these things, unknown to the fact that they bring us down even lower. We fall to them, we get attached to them and ultimately, get destroyed by them. Only God’s unfailing love can wash us from these sins and inspire us to move on. Only in God’s presence can we find true joy, peace and everlasting love.”
What are some ways to re-direct this “focus”?