Now You Know: Dam Updates-Lake Oroville in Northern California

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“The Birth of Oroville Dam” – produced and directed by Mark S Lambert


“Published on Nov 15, 2012

“Highly noteworthy” is the engineering, flood protection, and water delivery assets of the tallest dam in the United States. Governor Ronald Reagan dedicates Oroville dam in this story.

UPDATES

Oroville Dam 15 March Flyover and Update


“Published on Mar 15, 2017

Take a narrated flyover of the Oroville Dam complex before they reopen the main spillway after clearing most of the debris field.

https://www.patreon.com/user?u=5295000”

California flooding has exposed gold veins hidden for 200 years
By Michael Harthorne Published March 14, 2017 Newser foxnews.com
“..According to CBS San Francisco, the floods also swept gold out of abandoned mines and washed it downriver. While KCRA reports that gold can simply be picked off the ground following major flooding, the best prospecting will come in the summer months when the water has receded….

Right now, rivers are still high and government workers are trying to keep would-be prospectors away while they get things under control. But in the summer—which experts say could be the busiest since the one that followed major flooding in 1997—stream beds will be exposed for better gold hunting.

“I’m going to have a ball,” one prospector tells the Chico newspaper. The epicenter for the new gold rush could be the Oroville Dam, which nearly catastrophically flooded this winter and required the use of an emergency spillway for the first time…”

Oroville Dam: Photos taken weeks before spillway broke show something wrong By Dan Reidel, Chico Enterprise-Record |
PUBLISHED: March 11, 2017 at 5:14 am | UPDATED: March 12, 2017 at 10:32 am mercurynews.com

“..Oroville – Something was wrong with the Oroville Dam spillway weeks before the Department of Water Resources noticed a hole in the concrete.

Two photos taken by photographers from this newspaper show discoloration and possible damage to the concrete of the spillway at the spot where a gaping hole opened Feb. 7. Those pictures were taken Jan. 13 and Jan. 27.

When asked for a response to the photos, California Natural Resources Agency deputy secretary for communication Nancy Vogel wrote in an email to this newspaper, “Oroville dam was frequently inspected by multiple state and federal agencies. Reports of those inspections did not reveal any major causes for concern. DWR will soon name a panel of independent experts to investigate the cause of the main spillway failure and ascertain if such a failure could occur again. We hope that what we learn about the cause of this incident and how to prevent it elsewhere will help dam owners around the world.”..”

GoldGold Update | Lake Oroville Dam | New Updates 3-4-2017


Disclosure Media
“Published on Mar 3, 2017

Gold Update, DWR says who owns the gold that may be found. Lake level updates & removal of debris, powerhouse updates. 3-3-17
Press Briefing 3-3-17 DWR”

-Tuesday, February 28th 2017

Hurdles Faced By Oroville Dam Since 1960 to till Today


“Published on Feb 28, 2017

Potentially catastrophic problems with both the primary and emergency spillways at the Oroville Dam appear to have been caused by flaws that either had shown up in inspections or were flagged to state and federal officials going back more than a decade, an expert in infrastructure failures said Monday.

The cratering of the main spillway — which spiraled into the current crisis in Butte County — occurred in a spot where cracks and other defects had been found repeatedly since 2009, said Robert Bea, a professor emeritus and engineering expert at UC Berkeley.

But the defects do not appear to have been adequately repaired or resolved by the state Department of Water Resources, which runs the dam, and the faulty work probably resulted in the fissure that opened up last week on the 1,730-foot-long spillway, Bea said.

“My God, we had evidence that there was trouble going back to 2008, 2009,” said Bea, who at The Chronicle’s request reviewed 14 dam inspections from 2008 to 2016 conducted by the Division of Safety of Dams, which is part of the Department of Water Resources.”

Oroville Update: Catastrophic Spillway Destruction Revealed


“‘Published on Feb 28, 2017

The state Department of Water Resources has, as promised, halted flows down the damaged main spillway at Oroville Dam. Even if you’ve been following the progress of this incident since it began Feb. 7, and even if you understood the damage to the spillway was catastrophic, the first images of the structure are sobering.

DWR stopped the release of water down the spillway early Monday afternoon with two main goals in mind.

First, it wants contractors to begin the task of removing a staggering amount of rubble, rock and sediment that have wound up at the bottom of the river channel below the spillway. Clearing the debris, in turn, will allow dam managers to resume operations at the hydroelectric power plant at the base of the dam, a facility that was shut down as water rose behind the blockage in the channel.

-Sunday,February 26th 2017

Oroville Dam’s banged-up spillway to shut down Monday
By Dale Kasler dkasler@sacbee.com February 26, 2017 2:21 PM sacbee.com
“As seen from the air and ground level, the gaping hole in the spillway was first photographed by The Bee on Feb. 8, the same day that inspectors were sent via tether down into the hole. Water was released later that same day. Since then, we have documented the erosion caused by the force of water. Produced by Sue Morrow The Sacramento Bee


Oroville Dam operators plan to halt water releases from the dam’s battered spillway Monday in order to ramp up efforts to remove a debris pile that’s preventing them from restarting a hydroelectric plant.

It will mark the first time since Feb. 7, when a giant crater opened in the concrete spillway, that no water has been released from Lake Oroville.


The state Department of Water Resources announced Sunday that with water levels at Lake Oroville reduced to 842 feet, and inflows at a modest 25,000 cubic feet per second, dam operators are confident that shutting off the outflows from the spillway makes sense.

The spillway has been releasing water the past few days at 50,000 cfs. DWR said it will begin dialing back the flows at 6:45 a.m. Monday, bringing the releases to a halt by sometime in the afternoon. DWR said it plans to keep the outflows at zero “for several days.”

Dam operators have been moving in equipment to a water channel beneath the spillway in order to remove the pile of mud, concrete and other debris that’s accumulated since the crater developed Feb. 7. The pile is backing water up into the dam’s hydro plant, making it impossible to restart.

When operational, the hydro plant can release water at 14,000 cfs, “which will allow DWR to better manage reservoir levels through the remaining spring runoff season,” the agency said.

Dam operators shut off the spillway for about a day after the crater was spotted. They resumed outflows, but as a giant storm swelled lake levels, water flowed over the emergency spillway on Feb. 11 for the first time in the reservoir’s 48-year history. A day later, after severe erosion was spotted on the unlined hillside and dam operators feared the emergency spillway would fail, 188,000 downstream residents were evacuated.

By accelerating flows from the damaged main spillway, DWR was able to reduce lake levels, halt the flows over the emergency spillway and arrest the erosion. Since then the lake has fallen to 842 feet – 59 feet below the top of the emergency spillway.

-Saturday, February 25th 2017

=>Weather Modification???

DAM OROVILLE CATACLYSM! Weather Modification Creating Catastrophic Failure Oroville Dam & Spillway , from youtube.com
ANONYMOUS – The WhistleBlower

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See this amazing photo of the Oroville Dam from space By Michelle Robertson, San Francisco Chronicle Updated 7:53 am, Saturday, February 25, 2017 sfgate.com
“…International Space Station crew member Sergey Ryzhikov snapped the above photo of Lake Oroville and the Oroville Dam on February 22. The high water levels and emergency spillway were evident from his perch hundreds of miles above the earth.
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Storm-lashed California roads, dams could cost $1B to fix SCOTT SMITH,Associated Press 18 hours ago (Sat. Feb 25th 2017) yahoo.com
“….The total cost for responding to flooding, storm damage and repairs statewide in the first two months of 2017 will probably exceed $1 billion, Gov. Jerry Brown’s finance director, Michael Cohen, said Friday. Much of it will be covered by the federal government, which is helping the state recover from severe storms, he said..”

-Friday, February 25th 2017

Water levels at Lake Oroville inching down; US Sen. Kamala Harris tours dam By Andre Byik, Chico Enterprise-Record | PUBLISHED: February 24, 2017 at 11:24 am | UPDATED: February 24, 2017 at 11:46 am mercurynews.com
“…As of 4 p.m. Thursday, the water level was at the 850.58-foot elevation, more than 50 feet below the problematic emergency spillway’s lip….
A new storm is scheduled to arrive Saturday night, but the National Weather Service has scaled back its estimate of how strong it will be. It is now expected to bring as much as a quarter-inch of rain on the valley floor and a half-inch in the foothills.

For comparison, according to DWR the Feb. 16-21 storm system dumped 10 inches at Brush Creek, in the foothills above Lake Oroville.
..”

-Thursday, February 23rd 2017

Oroville Dam , possible collapse , 2.23.2017 from youtube.com
*deforestation and clear-cut has caused more h20 runoff, who is Viktor Schauberger en.wikipedia.org
the VORTEX WORLD water purification according to Viktor Schauberger vortex-world.org
VIKTOR SCHAUBERGER REPULSIN A & B (1940-1945) By Rob Arndt vortex-world.org
“..Viktor Schauberger, an Austrian forester who observed the effects of nature- especially of water, privately met Adolf Hitler in 1934 to discuss the fundamental principals of agriculture, forestry, and water engineering. While Hitler was impressed by Schauberger’s radical ideas for utilizing water power in new and dynamic ways, he was also displeased that Schauberger was not willing to participate in work for the Third Reich…”

-Wednesday, February 22nd 2017

URGENT! CALIFORNIA DAM: ANALYSIS [21.02] CRITICAL SITUATION / SPILLWAY / LAKE OROVILLE USA 2017


USA – RUSSIA – EUROPE / Doc films – Breaking news.
“Published on Feb 22, 2017

REALLY! SHOCK!-California United States
CA California dam: Beautiful shots,time to repair the Dam, lake Oroville 2017”

-Tuesday, February 21st 2017

At Least 8 Dead, More Than 200 Evacuated as Northern California Reels From Second Round of Storms
By Pam Wright and Ada Carr
Feb 21 2017 07:00 PM EST
weather.com

“…In Oroville, where heavy rains recently damaged the reservoir spillway and forced the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people, officials say waters are receding behind the dam, and the reservoir is at 81 percent capacity with room for incoming runoff…”

Oroville Dam Tues 21 Feb 2017 Update



blancolirio
“..Published on Feb 21, 2017

Take a firsthand look at the situation…”

-Monday, February 20th 2017

Another Round of Dangerous Flooding, Landslides and Damaging Winds Underway in California Feb 20 2017 06:00 PM EST weather.com

“..Another potent atmospheric river event has set up in northern California, once again raising the risk of dangerous flooding, landslides and damaging winds in this storm-weary region. Several additional feet of snow will also pile up in the higher terrain of the Sierra Nevada…

Flood warnings continue for all of the Sacramento Valley, including Sacramento, Oroville and Redding. Flooding is likely, due to already-saturated soils and very swollen rivers and lakes….”

Lake Oroville Dam Spillway Repair February 20, 2017



5Point
“Published on Feb 20, 2017

Lake Oroville Dam Spillway Repair February 20, 2017”
Urgent Update! Oroville Dam Very Much in Danger!? Leave Now?


Our Strange World
Published on Feb 20, 2017

-Sunday, February 19th 2017

footage and ground views


Craft Soda
“Published on Feb 19, 2017

Updates from the weekend of ongoing work in the rain.

First is Ground footage from Friday.
then with fresh Drone footage in the rain from Saturday. (great progress on the emergency spillway repairs)
Finishing with close-up footage of the Main spillway, from 2-19, with reduced waterflow, now at 55,000cfs.
Next is”

EXPERTS BELIEVE THE OROVILLE DAM WILL FAIL GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN, from youtube.com
“Published on Feb 19, 2017

EXPERTS BELIEVE THE OROVILLE DAM WILL FAIL-GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN

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*National Guard was sent to help evacuate people from Oroville to Merced IF dam goes out…Governor spent $ that was supposed to be used for dam repairs on illegal immigrant issue


*Ephesians 6:12

Oroville Dam, Possible Collapse, 2-18-17: Viktor Schauberger-Hard Lessons to be Learned



77GSlinger
“..Published on Feb 18, 2017

Viktor Schauberger, “The Water Wizard”, Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… Viktor Schauberger has been proved right again and again. He warned the quackademics of this time repeatedly about this kind of disaster and explained to them in great detail how they were doing everything backwards in relationship to moving water. He screamed at the top of his lungs at quackademics for their failed straight channels, straight pipes, straight tubes and flat head thinking! He demonstrated the enormous power of water vortices with decades of research and the building of a Log Flume in Austria which all of the academic quacks claimed would fail. He proved them all wrong as usual!. The very vortices he was teaching about, ate up the spillway, since the water was moved incorrectly down a straight channeled spillway, with flat sides and flat bottoms. The spillway experienced massive cavitation at exactly the point where it would be expected to fail, just below the hump in the spillway where the water was accelerated faster that the slope before it. The cavitation sucked the concrete off the face of the spillway like butter with the enormous vacuum created. The Glenn Canyon Dam, Spillway Disaster of 1983 showed egghead, quakademic engineers the failure of their designs using straight paths for the conduction of water..”

-Friday, February 17th 2017

Spillway Failures Are How Many Earthen Dams Fail! Update On Oroville Water Level Dropping


H’Mong Love
“Published on Feb 17, 2017

Spillway Failures Are How Many Earthen Dams Fail! Update On Oroville Water Level Dropping”

lake Oroville dam spillway update 2/17/17



H’Mong Love
“Published on Feb 17, 2017

lake Oroville dam spillway update 2/17/17”

-Thursday, February 16t 2017

Oroville Dam update: Spillway releases curbed, small Earthquakes near #OrovilleDam , from youtube.com
Qronos16
“Published on Feb 16, 2017

Oroville Dam, atmospheric river
The water level at Lake Oroville continued to drop Thursday, but state officials began reducing the outflow from Oroville Dam’s damaged main spillway in an effort to clear debris from the Feather River below, even as a major storm was forecast for early next week.”

Lake Oroville Emergency Spillway Repair 2017
, from youtube.com
P&P Production
“Published on Feb 16, 2017

Lake Oroville Emergency Spillway Repair 2017”

-Wednesday, February 15th 2017

Oroville Dam Developments


Shieena Living Waters
Published on Feb 15, 2017
Oroville Dam: A race to brace spillway for storms arriving tonight By Phillip Reese and Ryan Lillis preese@sacbee.com
sacbee.com
“..Crews worked through the night to shore up the emergency spillway at troubled Oroville Dam, racing to fortify the structure before a series of storms arrive Wednesday night.

Three storm systems will hit Northern California during the next six days, according to the National Weather Service. The first system will drop about an inch of rain in Oroville between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 4 p.m. Thursday. Greater amounts of precipitation will fall in the mountains northeast of Lake Oroville.

Forecasters are confident that the first two storm systems will not cause huge inflows into Lake Oroville. They are less confident about the third system, which is due around Tuesday. That storm could be bigger and warmer, meaning more rain and snowmelt streaming into Lake Oroville.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article132905779.html#storylink=cpy..”

-Tuesday, February 14th 2017

California Oroville Dam Updates,Warnings,Spillway | Оровилл Dam жить


Trending Now
“There are fears that the collapse of the overflow channel could unleash torrents of water into Feather River before flooding Oroville and other towns downstream.

Nearly 200,000 people were ordered to evacuate on Sunday afternoon after a hole emerged in the emergency spillway of America’s tallest dam at Lake Oroville.

The Califonia Department of Water Resources (DWR) and federal authorities are working to fix the hole before the arrival of more storms. This list of evacuation centres is being updated.

California Fire incident commander Kevin Lawson has warned: “What we are looking at is an approximately 30ft wall of water coming out of the lake.” “

Oroville Dam EMERGENCY: Who Did It, Why, and What They Are Hiding


“Published on Feb 14, 2017

Here’s the link that goes with the video: http://lisahaven.news/2017/02/the-tru…

For More Information See:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/artic…
http://www.latimes.com/local/californ…
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02…
http://www.infowars.com/who-will-be-b…
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la…
http://www.actionnewsnow.com/story/34…

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editor…
https://voat.co/v/conspiracy/1639753..

Oroville Dam Spillway 2-14-17 8:15am Rocks and Concrete


Alan Kuentz
“Published on Feb 14, 2017

Today we can see workers placing rocks and concrete where one of the larger erosion channels opened up. Today is officially the 3rd day of evacuations, and It’s also valentine’s day.”

How do you fix crippled Oroville spillway? Tons of rocks and sandbags Feb. 14, 2017, 7:17 a.m. latimes.com
” Road: They’re also building a gravel road out to where the helicopters are dropping the rocks. Then the trucks can drive out and create a slurry to deposit.

“You’re putting rocks in a hole. Then you’re putting slurry in to solidify it,” said Chris Orrock, spokesman for the Department of Water Resources. “When water comes down, it will hit that patch and roll off.” ..”

-Monday, February 13th 2017

Shocking Footage! (February 12-13-14) Lake Oroville Dam Spillway Failure Full Coverage



I DONT KNOW WHY ?
“Published on Feb 12, 2017

13-2-2017 New Coverage Lake Oroville Dam Spillway Failure Full Coverage

Source:KCRA 3 News”

Lake Oroville Dam Spillway Failure Being Repair 12/13/2017 At 12:40 pm


“Published on Feb 13, 2017

Crews Continue Work To Reinforce Damaged Emergency Spillway Of Oroville Dam on Monday afternoon. 2/13/2017”

Oroville Dam Crisis – Workers Make Frantic Repairs, 200,000 People Evacuated – 2/13/2017


“Published on Feb 13, 2017

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Officials have ordered residents near one of the nation’s biggest dams to evacuate the area, saying a “hazardous situation is developing” after an emergency spillway severely eroded.

State officials are inspecting an erosion scar on the potentially hazardous emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam. Nearly 200,000 people living in the area have been evacuated.

nexpected erosion chewed through the main spillway earlier this week, sending chunks of concrete flying and creating a 200-foot-long, 30-foot-deep hole that continues growing. Engineers don’t know what caused the cave-in, but Chris Orrock, a spokesman for the state Department of Water Resources, said it appears the dam’s main spillway has stopped crumbling even though it’s being used for water releases.

About 150 miles northeast of San Francisco, Lake Oroville is one of California’s largest man-made lakes, and the 770-foot-tall Oroville Dam is the nation’s tallest. The lake is a central piece of California’s government-run water delivery network, supplying water for agriculture in the Central Valley and residents and businesses in Southern California.”
Tons Of Rocks Bolster Failing Oroville Dam Spillway
February 13, 2017 9:30 AM sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com
“OROVILLE (CBS SF) – A fleet of state and National Guard helicopters were preparing to dump tons of rocks on an eroding spillway at the Oroville Dam Monday, carrying with them the hopes of more than 188,000 evacuees who fled in panic when a collapse appeared to be imminent.

Meanwhile, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said the evacuation order would stay in place until officials were certain the returning residents would be safe.”…

-Sunday, February 12th 2017

BREAKING: No word when evacuation order for 188,000 will be lifted as Oroville threat remains February 12, 2017 4:44 PM sacbee.com
“…Massive state response in place for dam emergency

State officials have activated hundreds of people to help deal with the Oroville Dam crisis, sending 100 California Highway Patrol officers to the region and placing 1,200 California National Guard members on notice that they may be needed…”
UPDATE: NEW map shows *STAGGERING* depths of water in nearby cities if dam blows! , from youtube.com

Oroville Dam Spillway Failure: Watch Live Stream Online Published 9:37 pm EST, February 12, 2017 Updated 10:40 pm EST, February 12, 2017 heavy.com
“…The Butte County Sheriff’s Department ordered the immediate evacuation of residents in Oroville, California on February 12. Those who live downstream or in low levels by the Oroville Dam were ordered to evacuate Sunday night due to the emergency spillway’s “imminent” failure…”

Update Oroville Dam Overtops, Govt Still Refuses to Order Evacuation Preparations (309)


Adapt 2030
“Published on Feb 12, 2017

The California Government assured the citizens that the emergency spillway would not be used in the lake overflow as Oroville Dam’s concrete spillway collapsed due to structural failure at 65,000 CFS release. Now with the lower hydroelectric facility discharge out flow clogged with debris there will be +12,000 CFS flow over top and also authorities will scale back flow from collapsed spillway to 35,000 CFS from 55,000 CFS which means and extra 32,000 CFS will pour over the untested emergency spillway.

THOSE IN THE DRAINAGE BASIN OF THIS DAM NEED TO PREPARE TO POSSIBLY EVACUATE. IF THE ORDER IS GIVEN YOU WILL HAVE LESS THAN 30 MINUTES TO LEAVE. PREPARE NOW.

LIVE WATER HEIGHT REPORTS http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/qu…

-Saturday, February 11th 2017

LIVE: Water flows over emergency spillway (09:00)

WorldWide Videos
“Published on Feb 11, 2017

Water has begun to slowly flow over the Oroville Dam emergency spillway Saturday morning as Lake Oroville has reached full capacity and water outflows by way of the damaged spillway have decreased.

Although inflows decreased Friday and into Saturday morning to 89,000 cubic feet per second, water officials have also decreased outflows to 55,100 cfs, according to KCRA chief meteorologist Mark Finan.

This is the first time the uncontrolled emergency spillway has been used in the dam’s 48-year history.

KCRA-TV
Water officials went back and forth since discovering the erosion hole Tuesday morning on the normal spillway as to whether the lake would reach levels that would allow the emergency spillway to be used.

At noon Friday, California Department of Water Resources officials believed it was less likely that the emergency spillway would be used, based on the amount of water that was being let out in comparison to how much was coming in. But by Friday night, they anticipated it would again need to be used as officials cut back the outflows through the damaged spillway.

Crews began working Wednesday to clear out trees and vegetation below the uncontrolled spillway to reduce the amount of debris that flows into the Feather River.

There are no flood concerns or concerns for the structural integrity of the Oroville Dam.

The total flow of water from the reservoir is expected to be half of what the river can handle and is consistent with releases made at this time of year, the DWR said.

“While DWR does not expect flows to exceed downstream channel carrying capacity,
the rate of flow into the ungated emergency spillway may change quickly,” the department said in a released statement Saturday morning.”

California’s Tallest Dam Overtopping, Spillway Fails from Sinkhole Damage, Possible Evacuation (307)


“Published on Feb 11, 2017

The Oroville Dam in California finds itself in a situation with the only way to avert an over top of the dam is using an untested emergency spill way built in the 1960’s as the regular spillway was damaged by a sinkhole and has stopped drainage of the lake. Evacuations are not issued yet, but with more rain on the way this dam will over top into the emergency earth 1960’s drain way. Good Luck to all of you. You may need to evacuate, Please prepare in Advance.

LIVE WATER HEIGHT REPORTS http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/qu…

(Shocking )new footage Lake Oroville spillway and emergency spillway


“Published on Feb 11, 2017

New footage a wall of water tumbling over the emergency spillway at lake oroville

Oroville Spillway Failure Flyover and Explanation 10 Feb 2017


blancolirio
“Published on Feb 11, 2017

Take a fligh tin the Luscombe over the Oroville Spillway break…”

-Friday, February 10th 2017

Oroville Dam Spillway 2/10/2017 (RAW)

VIDEO: Livecopter 3 gives an aerial tour of the Oroville Dam

Levee breaches prompt shelter in place orders along Cosumnes River


“Published on Feb 10, 2017

Three separate levee breaches along the Cosumnes River prompted Sacramento OES to order residents in Wilton to shelter in their homes.

-Sacramento

Flood in Sacramento, state of emergency in California , from youtube.com

-Thursday, February 9th 2017

Fears Over Oroville Dam Spillway Grow As Hole Gets Larger


“Published on Feb 9, 2017

The issue will be trying to get water out of the lake as it continues to pour in.

2016

-March

Lake Oroville 2016

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Big Sur Tries To Cope With Closure Of Highway 1 Due To Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Damage


“..Published on Mar 1, 2017

Devin Fehley reports on Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge damage leaving Big Sur a town divided for an indefinite period (3-1-2017)..”

*Earthquake Shakes Seattle* | Mighty Shasta Dam TOPS spillway! First time since last major flood! from youtube.com
MrMBB333
“Published on Feb 22, 2017

Feb. 22, 2017: **Breaking News** || A shallow 4.2 quake in Kitsap Peninsula shakes Seattle.|| Shasta Dam tops spillway (video) for the first time since 1997!! **This is not a test, **test** was in January | The Last BIG flood was in 1997.
http://q13fox.com/2017/02/22/magnitud…
https://twitter.com/MrMBB333. (Shasta Dam)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94sAz… (1997 CA FLOOD)
#MrMBB333”

Feb. 21 update: How full are Northern California reservoirs and rivers? February 21, 2017 5:36 PM sacbee.com

“…These three graphs show key California reservoir conditions and river stages for the upper and lower Sacramento Valley for Tuesday, February 21, 2017. The images are from the California Department of Water Resources’ Data Exchange Center and the National Weather Service…”
Northern California braces for flooding; Don Pedro spillway opened February 20th 2017 @3pm Louis Sahagun and Esmeralda BermudezContact Reporters latimes.com

“….Many parts of the region — especially in the San Joaquin and Sacramento River valleys and Sierra Nevada — are on track to have the wettest winter on record. Numerous reservoirs are close to capacity and streams and rivers are primed for flooding. ..

The area will be under a flood watch Monday and Tuesday, when the new storm is forecast to dump as much as 10 inches of rain on the Feather River Basin. The National Weather Service also warned that the storm is expected to be packing strong winds that could hurl waves in the reservoir toward the 770-foot-tall dam….”
2 more Northern California reservoirs at or near capacity
By Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle Updated 9:35 pm, Friday, February 17, 2017 sfgate.com
“..The threat of major flooding in Oroville has subsided, but Northern California’s energetic rains are filling other lakes and reservoirs to capacity.

In Napa County, Lake Berryessa is full but poses no threat of the kind in Oroville last weekend. There, fears of a catastrophic flood from the potential failure of the Oroville Dam spillways sent nearly 200,000 people fleeing.

By contrast, the man-made Lake Berryessa has an unusual overflow mechanism that sends water down a center tube, like a bathtub drain, rather than up and out. That drain hasn’t been called into duty since 2006 — until now, water officials say.

In Stanislaus County, where the Don Pedro Reservoir is forecast to reach capacity by Tuesday, authorities are warning residents along the Tuolumne River 45 miles away in Modesto to consider evacuating voluntarily until the flood danger is past.

“We have a team of deputies going out warning people about localized flooding,” said Lt. Mike Parker of the county Sheriff’s Department, adding that up to 200 people are most at risk.

Officials say they would send water through Don Pedro’s overflow spillway if the lake level hits 830 feet, a height it’s expected to reach in the next several days. ..”


▶▶”OroVille Dam” 11 Secrets They Are Not Telling You. PLUS Video Footage Exclusive◀◀ , from youtube.com
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“Published on Feb 14, 2017

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-Santa Clara Valley

Excess rain water threatens Anderson Reservoir dam in South Bay
KGO – San Francisco 23 hours ago (Saturday, February 11th 2017)yahoo.com
“.. Rain has brought too much of a good thing to Santa Clara Valley’s biggest reservoir in Morgan Hill. The Anderson Reservoir is at 91 percent capacity after rain swept through the Bay Area. “

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Psalm 46 biblegateway.com


God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.

2
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]

4
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.

6
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7
The Lord Almighty

is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

8
Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.

9
He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields[d] with fire.

10
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

11

The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

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Deep Thought: What are considered “idols”?

Samson Deliliah-What Idols need to be destoryed in your life?

If one is “Christian” and has these objects..

Amulet Carvings

….are they “idols” too even though they “follow” Jesus?

21 Important Bible Verses About Graven Images biblereasons.com

Breaking Generational Curses
Posted on August 19, 2011 by The Still Man thestillman.com
“..If the Bible is true, then everyone who dies goes immediately to his reward, be it Heaven or Hell. Therefore, anyone who claims to communicate with dead people is actually communicating with demons.

There are many religions that practice necromancy. Roman Catholicism is probably the best known. Roman Catholics pray to the Virgin Mary and also to dead saints. The Virgin Mary of Roman Catholicism is not the mother of Jesus Christ, but an ancient goddess. However, because they believe they are praying to Mary, who is dead, Roman Catholics are actually communicating with demons. This means that Roman Catholics are practicing witchcraft. They are earning themselves a generational curse.

Moreover, because prayer is a form of worship, Roman Catholics are worshipping demons. In fact, according to Strong’s Concordance of the Bible, necromancy is a form of worship. (See Strong’s #1875 and 4161.)..”

Catholic idolatry…Please pray


“Published on Sep 2, 2015

ആത്മാവിലും സത്യത്തിലും ദൈവത്തെ ആരാധിക്കുന്ന ദൈവമക്കളെ, പപ്പാമതക്കാര്‍ രക്ഷിക്കപ്പെടാന്‍ വേണ്ടി പ്രാര്തിക്കുമോ?കത്തോലിക്കാ സഹോദരങ്ങള്‍ സ്വരൂപവണക്കം എന്ന് പേരിട്ടിരിക്കുന്ന വിഗ്രഹാരാധന നടത്തുമ്പോള്‍ സംഭവിച്ചത്. ISAIAH 30.21 ‘ THEN YOU WILL DEFILE YOUR IDOLS OVERLAID WITH SILVER AND YOUR IMAGES COVERED WITH GOLD; AND YOU WILL THROW THEM AWAY LIKE A MENSTRUAL CLOTH AND SAY TO THEM, “AWAY WITH YOU!””

Pastor Gino Jennings breaks the Virgin Mary statue, idolatry !

IDOLS AND IDOLATRY AND HOUSECLEANING demonbuster.com
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“Housecleaning” is what we call getting rid of anything in your home that may cause you demonic problems. Look through your home as you pray and the Lord will let you know what items need to be destroyed that have become an idol to you. Any type of collection – dolls (roots come from voodoo), owls and frogs (abominations to the Lord, as stated in the Bible), unicorns (lust and financial problems), etc. You may have only one or two of these items, but they are just as deadly as a collection. We have read and heard countless testimonies of what these items can do. Dolls levitate, walk and talk; owls caused cancer and when destroyed the person was totally healed. Please pray and seek the Lord regarding which items you must destroy. With pictures of movie stars you form a soul tie. One example is of a woman who came to us for DELIVERANCE from men and drugs. As I was praying for her the Lord impressed that the picture of Marilyn Monroe that was hanging above her bed was part of the problem. Marilyn Monroe had trouble with men and drugs and she died because of it.

..You do not have to worship any item for it to be idolatry. Just having these things in your home give demons legal right to be in your home.

Deuteronomy 7:25 “The graven images of their gods you shall burn with fire. You shall not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be ensnared by it, for it is an abomination to the Lord your God. 26) Neither shall you bring an abomination (an idol) into your house, lest you become an accursed thing like it; but you shall utterly detest and abhor it, for it is an accursed thing.”

Do lots of research on items that you are not sure about. You may find that their origin is rooted in idolatry…

As stated above, pray and ask the Lord what you need to destroy. The word of God says that he who seeks shall find.

HOUSE DELIVERANCE: After these things have been destroyed then break curses over you and your family and cast the demons out of your house; also anoint your house.

PERSONAL DELIVERANCE: Confess, repent and ask forgiveness for the iniquity of idolatry for you, your ancestors, spouse, former spouses, former sex partners and their ancestors. Break the curses and cast OUT demons (of yourself) having to do with idolatry….

AUTOGRAPHS

As I watch news programs about a famous author or person being available to sign books, etc., you see long lines of people lined up for this once in a lifetime event. At the Jackson, Mississippi zoo in March, a Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback was there to sign autographs. 5,200 people showed up, and it was the biggest turnout in zoo history for a celebrity. Have you done this? Do you still have something that you treasure with an autograph? What would you feel if someone stole it or it got destroyed? You may need some DELIVERANCE in this area. It could be an idol…

-Sports

Christian Idolatry and worldly ways. Wake Up!!!!!!

Let That Idol Go! Episode 1 | Bible Study DVD Video


“Published on May 10, 2012

http://www.unlockingthebible.org/let-…

Do you serve in ministry, run a business or have a family? They are all gifts from God but can easily turn into a god if you are not careful.

Join Pastor and author Colin Smith as he sits down with a former CEO and a stay-at-home mom for seven discussions on idolatry and how it can subtly invade our work, our family and even our ministry.

Using the biblical story of Jonah as the backdrop for each session, the group explores the landscape, the hurdles, and the rewards of letting go of the idols in our lives.
..”

Sal: After updating this blog and “cleaning-up” my house of “idols”. I started to see “more blessings” come in my life. May this be a testimony to encourage you to seek God and ask Him-“what do I need to clean-up in my life”. See it as a “Spring-cleaning” season for you in your spiritual walk with Him. Continue to grow in your personal relationship with your Heavenly Father, who is a “holy” God!

Any stories/experiences, comments, suggestions, feedback, etc..?

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Reflection: Thankful for God’s protection while driving

I decided to take some time to reflect on some past “close” car accidents after a recent one this past weekend. I just thought of others as I reflected on writing about this. I just want to encourage you to always pray for God’s protection (e.g. “armor of God“) daily-not just driving, but every time you start your day…

This past Monday (February 15th 2016) after visiting a friend in Wadena, I was driving back home and almost got hit while going down main street in a town called Parkers Prairie. I can still remember a vivid scene of this almost close accident. I was driving through town and this guy in a pick-up truck just ran through a stop sign and somehow didn’t see me. I could even see his face as he just stopped almost hitting me head-on (driver’s side-me). I swerved to my right to avoid him hitting me, but thankful that he stopped. Fortunately, the weather was very nice and road conditions weren’t icy.


“Pic was taken on my way to Wadnea”

After reflecting on this, I started to remember a near head-on-collision close to my hometown of St. Paul sometime in the summer of 2015 with my mom in the car. I was going north on Ruth St. over I-94 when a car was in my lane going head-on. Thank God, that particular drive swerved back to his own lane.

Deer Encounters:

I have had two encounters with hitting a deer , but never had any damages:

My first deer encounter was when I was coming back to Morris after visiting a friend in Wheaton, Minnesota many years go (2006?). I was driving 55mph (speed limit) at night and just clipped deer as I lightly touched my brakes as I saw it “last minute” jumping out of the ditch.

My second deer encounter was coming back to Morris on 59 (state highway) last year with almost similar “touch and go”.

Car Stalled

I had a loose battery in my car and finally got it fixed after getting stalled in the middle of I-94 (going back to Morris from St. Paul) in a hot summer of August of 2015. Fortunately, I was able to start my car after a quick adjustment of the positive wire. Luckily, it started right away during a 10mph bumper to bumper 2 lane only slow traffic. It was kind of embarrassing, but would laugh and grateful to God getting me of this situation safely.

Car Accident(s)

I’ve had to at least share one (“only”) car accidents…so far (God willingly..no more). My freshmen year in college, I was driving back to Morris during a winter storm with some friends. This was a time that we didn’t have any social networks of alerting us “no” school. I was driving back to UMM with some college friends. Interstate I-94 was pretty slipper and this semi truck was nearing my bumper going fast. Being a “rookie” driver (1st year driving), I was scared, so I pushed the accelerator to avoid this near semi-truck getting close and suddenly the car ahead of me pushed their brakes. To avoid a head on-collision of this vehicle’s bumper. I swerved to the right immediately avoiding this car’s back. However, I didn’t want to go to the ditch, so I swerved to the left back to traffic. Unfortunately, I hit this car’s side door and caused a dent (my car insurance went up after this 😦 ). I was thankful that the accident didn’t get as worse that it could’ve been (e.g. no one got hurt-“things can be replaced, but lives can’t”). After this accident, I’ve learned to not get stressed out when a big semi-truck driver is behind me or I just try to avoid getting close to them if possible. Sometimes, you can’t avoid certain situations, so I usually just trust in God with prayer as I listen to praise music on the radio during “challenging driving circumstances”.

-Fatal (Others) 😦

What Would You Say If Your Wife Was Ripped Away?
Article by Marshall Segal Topic: Death & Dying February 19, 2016 desiringgod.org

“..Nine short months later, now an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Monty Williams found out last week that his 44-year-old wife had been killed in a head-on car accident. The other driver was driving 92 mph (in a 40-miles-per-hour zone) when she crossed the center line and careened head-on into Ingrid Williams’s SUV. Three of their children were in the car with her; each survived with serious injuries…”

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Pray for Nepal: Earthquake April 25th 2015

Nepal earthquake and Everest avalanche kill 2,500 people with ‘violent’ aftershock causing more chaos:

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says some British nationals “almost certainly” caught up in Nepal’s earthquake, but no reports yet of any Britons killed or injured – follow latest updates telegraph.co.uk

Earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal 2015 | New Video | Nepali News


“Published on Apr 25, 2015

Earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal 2015 | New Video | Nepali News नेपालमा शक्तिशाली भूकम्प
A magnitude 7.9 earthquake in Nepal ( Nepali Video )

A powerful earthquake shook Nepal killing more than 2152 people, flattening sections of the city’s historic center, and trapping dozens of sightseers in a 200-foot watchtower that came crashing down into a pile of bricks.

As officials in Nepal faced the devastation on Sunday morning, they said that most of the 2152 deaths occurred in Katmandu and the surrounding valley, and that more than 4,700 people had been injured. But the quake touched a vast expanse of the subcontinent. It set off avalanches around Mount Everest, where at least 17 climbers died. At least 34 deaths occurred in northern India. Buildings swayed in Tibet and Bangladesh.

The earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.8, struck shortly before noon, and residents of Katmandu ran into the streets and other open spaces as buildings fell, throwing up clouds of dust. Wide cracks opened on paved streets and in the walls of city buildings. Motorcycles tipped over and slid off the edge of a highway.

Four of the area’s seven Unesco World Heritage sites were severely damaged in the earthquake: Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a temple complex built in the shape of a conch shell; Patan Durbar Square, which dates to the third century; Basantapur Durbar Square, which was the residence of Nepal’s royal family until the 19th century; and the Boudhanath Stupa, one of the oldest Buddhist monuments in the Himalayas.

नेपालमा शक्तिशाली भूकम्प गएको छ । लम्जुङ जिल्लालाई केन्द्रबिन्दू बनाएर शनिबार दिउँसो ७.५ म्याग्निच्यूटको भूकम्प गएको हो ।

भूकम्पबाट काठमाडौंको सुनधारास्थित ऐतिहासिक ९ तले धरहरा पूरै ढलेको छ ।”

Traumatized nation: Nepal copes with earthquakes’ devastation

By Manesh Shrestha, Ralph Ellis and Mark Morgenstein, CNN

Updated 3:04 PM ET, Sun April 26, 2015 cnn.com
“…On Sunday, Nepal began coming to terms with the death and devastation left by earthquakes and aftershocks. At least 2,430 people died in Nepal alone, and that number is sure to climb. Counting fatalities in India and China, more than 2,500 were killed…..

Cheers for a survivor

Only a few bright moments occurred in Kathmandu.

A clip on Nepal State Television showed uniformed soldiers frantically digging through rubble in a tight space and slowly extracting a man in a while shirt and a green belt. They slid the man onto a stretcher and carried him down a ladder to the street below where onlookers cheered.

Many other rescues were performed by regular citizens or tourists — people dressed in street clothes who lacked stretchers and other proper tools. In one scene, four men carried an injured man in their arms while a fifth man ran beside the group, fanning the man’s face with a magazine.

Formanek said people are banding together in other ways, with stores shuttered and very few sources of food and drinkable water.

“Communal kitchens have been set up for cooking. Not by the government — people set them up on their own,” she said….

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The world came together to help the victims of the deadly typhoon of my parent’s homeland (Philippines), so I wanted to show my gratitude by doing what I can to help the victims from the earthquake in Nepal the other day (Saturday, April 25th 2015-U.S. Central Daylight Time)…

What can “we” do?

7.8 earthquake in Nepal, time to pray. from stepsofjustice.org
“On the morning of April 25 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal and the surrounding areas. Over 1,300 people have died in the past 12+ hours and that number will only rise in the next few days. As brothers and sisters we need to respond to our fellow man and woman in that region. There is no wrong way to respond, the only wrong thing is not to respond. Here are a few ways you can respond to this need currently.

Pray– Pray for peace and healing. Pray that the aftershocks will be few and of low magnitude. Pray for the workers who are going in there to help with the recovery efforts. Pray and ask if Jesus wants you to give or go.
Give– There are many ways to give to this need. There are also many organizations who are providing ways to give. Here are a few from an article in Mashable:

Samaritan’s Purse is responding to the disastrous quake, from samaritanspurse.org

A Samaritan’s Purse disaster response team member who arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal, in the early morning hours on Sunday is seeing incredible destruction, death, and need.

“There’s a lot of hurting people here,” said Patrick Seger, the team leader for our response. “I saw a number of needs out there, a number of dead people, a lot of structures had fallen. A lot of people lost their homes and lost their incomes. They’re trying to figure out what they’re going to do.”….

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YOU offended me!

“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….

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“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!

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

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?

Story 1

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

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…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).

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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!

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Story 2

I had to share this story because this was another unique individual homeless guy. I was walking to church (St. Paul Cathedral) with my parents last evening for mass (church service). I noticed this “homeless” guy fixing his bicycle that was upside down-along with his personal stuff on the side of the sidewalk besides the church entrance. I was about to ask if he needed help, but I just continued to walk past him and up the stairs to the entrance. I was inclined to turn around, but decided to do so after we got to our pew after the “procession” (priest and team walking from the back to the front and do an intro) in the church building. During this time, I thought of that “forward email story” about the church people passing by this homeless guy and no one did anything. The “church people” didn’t realize that homeless guy was actually their “new pastor” , which he would later share..that’s it-that was the “sermon message” itself..

Church Mistreats Homeless Man Who is Pastor in Disguise

Churchgoers Ignored the Pleas of A ‘Homeless’ Man. An Hour Later They Cried from Shame. TeamGodVine last update 07/09/2017, 11:06 PM godvine.com
“…A Pastor transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000-member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service, only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food – no one in the church gave him change…
He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit in the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares, dirty looks, and people looking down on him. As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation. “We would like to introduce to you our new Pastor.” The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation. The homeless man sitting in the back stood up and started walking down the aisle. The clapping stopped with all eyes on him. He walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment then he recited,

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ ‘The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning. Many began to cry, and many heads were bowed in shame. He then said, “Today I see a gathering of people, not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples. When will YOU decide to become disciples?” He then dismissed service until next week.

Following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ should be more than just talk. It ought to be a lifestyle that others around you can love about you and share in.” Be a Christian all you want, but at least follow the teachings of Christ if you’re going to claim the title.

Matthew 25:35-45…”

Well, I felt the urge to to be used by God to reach out to this man in case no one else did by the “church building”. When I went down the stairs, I noticed this guy was ready to head out as his bicycle was in the upright position and all his belongings that was scattered was all packed up. I went over and asked if his bicycle was all fixed. He told me, yes and explained what was wrong (e.g. loose chain). He would not stop talking after that as he would end up sharing a lot about his situation after some “curiosity” question…

“Name is Patrick and originally from Des Moines-Iowa. I have been traveling all over the country. I plan to stay at a motel in Cottage Grove (Sal: “I told him that the bike trail from downtown to Cottage Grove is block due to construction”. I knew this before as I tried to ride my bike from where my parents live in the East Side to Downtown St. Paul). Would you be able to drive me? (Sal: “I told him that I would if I had a bigger vehicle and I explained to myself that I’m in the middle of “mass” with my parents). He then shared that he knows the people at the motel and then started sharing about his past-” I have to be careful of girls/ladies, I have to keep out of trouble (Sal: thinking that he was in trouble in the past and running away from it). I did drugs, like meth and other types of drugs… (Sal: He mention others, but can’t remember)…(Sal: He was non-stop in telling me some other stuff that I don’t remember what else he shared). He knew I just came from church, so he shared about Christians he has met (Sal: I noticed an African American guy just walking away after chatting with him and Patrick just put a Bible with his “stuff” packed in the back of his bicycle)…

..I started to grow in compassion for him with discernment (asking God what to do and say as I didn’t want to be lied too as I have been with past conversations with homeless people). I shared earlier how he has a cool name and I reminded him of “St. Patick”, which I wasn’t able to share more as he was “non-stop” in chatting /sharing with me. I noticed my time was long and my parents were probably wondering where I am. I didn’t want to leave without at least praying for him. I asked if I could pray for him, so I quickly did . I was closing my eyes, but opened to realize he started to kneel. I felt like I should’ve kneeled with him. I remembered one of the teaching at a church conference to pray with people in the “same level” as a sign of humility. I felt bad I didn’t as I wondered what people around me were thinking. After praying for him, I decided to give him some “change” (cash) to help him out . I then told him to stay away from those drugs with a smile :), which he told me he will and started to chat more. I showed him with my body movements that I had to leave, which I felt I could’ve stayed longer to hear more of his story. I had so many questions based on what he already shared. For example, what drew him to the streets? I felt like something bad he did and left/ran away from home because of shame. I forgot to pray about that, so let’s pray together…

“Heavenly Father, we lift Patrick up to you. We ask that You personally reveal your compassion to him and heal him of any past hurts. May you used another follower of Yours to share the “Good News” with him. We pray that the “seeds of faith” that others and I have shared will grow..in Jesus’ name..Amen”

Thanks for praying for me. I actually have been praying for him before writing this blog as there were other things I wished I could’ve done to “reach out” to him more. It seems like God has really touched my heart this past week about “reaching out to” homeless people with other related events (e.g. Prior to mass last night, I shared various videos of “reaching out” to homeless people after I won free tickets to this music event earlier last month that was given by this Christian non-profit organization called “Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities“..

I forgot to tell him about this homeless shelter with the few chance to share/talk as he was a “chatter box”. I was able to tell him about Minnesota Teen Challenge after he shared about his drug use and later “alcohol” use (shared that he’s been sober for 6 months). This was part of my prayer that God will protect him from temptation and the addiction.

Well, that was my personal story this unique encounter. When I returned back to mass, I came in the middle of the priest’s message (e.g. important to talk with God at least 10 minutes a day…) as I missed the 3 readings. My parents never asked where I went too as I was going to share until they asked me, but I probably should since I remembered my mom asking earlier today, “are you mad for some reason..?”. I didn’t correlate the two as I thought it was about something else.

The following day (today), I went to my local church in St. Paul. The pastor shared in his message about reaching to those homeless people with signs (see one of my related stories-> Folks with Signs Along the Highway Exit Ramps Part 1 ) along the highway exit ramps. I just feel this has been a theme that God is trying to show me and the “church body” to NOT forget about these people. What about you?

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?

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Getting out of self-focus

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”?

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