Deep Thought: Does “curiosity” really “kill the cat”?

Curiosity killed the Cat – Animation

Growing up , I loved watching “horror movies”! I would watch it with some friends and love getting “entertained”. However, this interest of the “unknown” had some consequences. I would have nightmares (e.g. “hell”) constantly at night. I would later find out (after giving my life to Christ-see personal testimony), I “opened” my soul to a lot of “evil spirits”, which tormented me for years.

We all get curious trying “new things”, but some of it can be “dangerous”

Double Dare (Peer Pressure)

Former Rugby Player Who Was Left Paralyzed for Years After Eating a Slug Has Died Julie Mazziotta,People 6 hours ago yahoo.com
“..A friendly dare went terribly wrong eight years ago when 19-year-old Sam Ballard ate a slug that was carrying a deadly parasite that left him paralyzed. And now, after years of medical issues, the former rugby player has died.

In 2010, Ballard and his friends were hanging out in the backyard of his family’s Sydney home when they saw the slug going by. As a joke, the teens dared Ballard to eat it.

“We were sitting over here having a bit of a red wine appreciation night, trying to act as grown-ups and a slug came crawling across here,” one of Ballard’s best friends, Jimmy Galvin, told the Australian news show The Project in April. “The conversation came up, you know. ‘Should I eat it?’ And off Sam went. Bang. That’s how it happened.”

A few days later, Ballard started complaining of leg pains.

“He said, ‘I ate a slug; it could’ve been that,’ ” his mom, Katie. “And I said, ‘No one gets sick from that.’ He was scared, so you know, as a mum, all you want to do is reassure them.

But the slug was the culprit, and had led Sam to contract rat lungworm, or angiostrongyliasis — a parasite carried by rats that affects the brain and spinal cord. It left Sam in a coma for 420 days, and when he woke up he was paralyzed, and unable to eat or go to the bathroom on his own. He also needed a tracheotomy….”..”

Drugs

CURIOSITY KILLS THE CAT

*see Deep Thought: History of Drugs-Opium goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Ghosts

3 Horrifying Cases Of Ghosts And Demons – YouTube

What does the Bible say about ghosts / hauntings? gotquestions.org


Shadow beings and ghost according to the bible – YouTube

Occult

Modern Dangers of the Occult

Tomorrow’s World
Published on Oct 14, 2013
Millions think of séances, astrology and “magic” as harmless entertainments, but they can be deadly to our spiritual and physical lives. If you are involved with the occult, you need to stop! God can help you escape, if you are willing to obey Him!

Order your free copy of “Satan’s Counterfeit Christianity” and more here: http://www.tomorrowsworld.org/order-p…

Ouija Boards

THE SACRED RIANA – CONTACT THE DEATH – Final Destination (HD)

Dokter Jonas
Published on Jan 4, 2018
The Sacred Riana Contact The Death with OUIJA BOARD and TAROT CARDS
*more TERRIFYING TALENT! Freaky Magician GIRL Scares Judges & Audience On Asia’s Got Talent! from youtube.com
“..Top Talent
Published on Dec 18, 2017
Sacred Riana On Asia’s Got Talent 2017 judges scares and terrifies judges and audience with her freaky and creepy magic tricks! How does she do it?!..”

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Illusi Seram The Sacred Riana, Menghubungi Arwah

-Scientific Theory

How Ouija boards work. (Hint: It’s not ghosts.)
No, demons will not possess you if you use one.
By Aja Romano@ajaromano Updated Sep 29, 2017, 10:06am EDT vox.com
“..The ideomotor effect is behind much more than just Ouija boards — including several harmful real-life scams and “therapies”..”

-Other Belief

Ouija Board WARNING – Ex Occultists Chenzo and Laura.
Posted on February 21, 2017 ourspiritualquest.com
“..It’s not just people who some label “Fundamentalist Christians” that warn against the dangers of the Ouija Board. Even some people who practice alternative spiritualities (new age, spiritualism, etc) warn against the evil and harmful effects of this device…

When I was a Spiritualist, most Mediums warned of using it. Now it seems, anything goes!

Whether the board is an ancient one, newly created, designed with cute imagery or eerie imagery, it’s purpose and results remain the same! Don’t be fooled by a sugar coated package – pink girly ouija boards summon the same deceptive and evil demons that darker looking boards do!

There are Ouija Boards sold in toy shops. Pink boards marketed at girls aged 10 years and glow in the dark boards for boys! There are even Apps aimed at three year old infants – seriously?!!!…

Don’t take my word for it. Do a search on reports and journal papers by psychiatrists worldwide. Twenty plus years ago when I was still a spiritualist, I did just that, for an essay in university on Schizophrenia. There were masses of reports on the correlations between Ouija Board or Occult use and mental health issues! Hey, that was 20+ years ago. No doubt it’s worse now!…

The best thing to do with Ouija Boards, is burn them. As you do so, pray and ask Jesus to cleanse you and set you free from the demonic oppression or possession and curses they bring into the lives of your family, yourself and your descendants…

Test The Spirits!

I’d advise you test spirits summoned by the board. My practical advice on how to test and challenge every entity that appears to you, is offered in my article, Test the Spirits and Angels – Challenge their True Identity!..”

Psychics

Miss Cleo Commercial (1998) – YouTube

Feds Accuse Miss Cleo Hot Lines of Fraud By ABC News Feb. 14 abcnews.go.com
“.. The 900-number service has used false promises of free “psychic readings” and other deceptive and abusive practices to bilk as much as $360 million from callers, the Federal Trade Commission alleges in a complaint filed Wednesday. ..

The complaint alleges that the company’s “psychic readers” are trained to prolong calls to maximize the cost, and employees who do not keep callers on the line long enough are fired.

Calls can last up to 60 minutes, the complaint alleges, resulting in bills of up to $300 at the typical rate of $4.99 a minute. ..”

I Was A Fake Internet Psychic By Hope Racine theestablishment.co
“..I have absolutely no preternatural powers, but I’ve always had an interest in the mystical, the mysterious — the inscrutable unexplainables that populate our world. When I started college, I brought a deck of tarot cards and a Buffy The Vampire Slayer Ouija board with me. My vague tarot readings had made me a hit among the girls in my dorm and I used my knowledge of their lives to deliver pointed predictions. When reading for strangers, I would use guesswork and make their readings ambiguous enough that I couldn’t be held accountable when my predictions weren’t true. And, as impressionable teenagers are known to do, they took my vague messages and ran with them…
For true believers, I understand that my actions are abhorrent and I’m one of the frauds who taints the practice and lends it a bad name. There are many Internet psychics who take their work far more seriously than I did. They charge more, provide more insight, and often prefer to speak to clients by telephone. I won’t speculate as to whether they have any actual abilities, but I will consider that many of them likely believe they do…”

This psychic scam has raked in over $200 million – YouTube

How Fake Psychics Fool Their Victims – YouTube

Tarot Cards

Danger of the Tarot Cards – Testimony of Tina an ex-tarot card reader Posted on June 6, 2012 newagedeception.wordpress.com
“..Spirituality. We simply didn’t know any better and nobody taught us otherwise. From being a
teenager my mother and I visited Mediums, Psychics, Crystal Ball and Tarot Card readers. We went
to people’s houses for ‘sittings’ to contact the dead and receive messages. We began to attend..”

I realized afterwards this was
the beginnings of something wanting to take possession of my faculties. This was the beginnings of
something evil forcing me into trance against my will…

…The Church of England employs at least one Exorcist in every Diocese in the country. I renounced
my involvement with the Occult with the Exorcist in my area. Knelt before the cross, I was anointed
with Holy oil blessed by the Archbishop. People laid hands on me and prayed as I read aloud my
renouncement. To say sorry to Jesus was very special, and I’m so glad I did this.

I now realize what was beginning to happen to me, and how much worse it could have been, if this…

I knew Christianity was what I’d been looking for all my life. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and
the life”, this struck a chord with me instantly, how fantastic! Knowing Jesus is far more fulfilling..”

‘Do not turn to mediums or seek out Spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your
God’ . . . . . Leviticus 19:31 “


Are tarot cards safe to play with for a Christain – YouTube

Other Perspectives

What does Islam say about psychic abilities? answers.yahoo.com
“..
Prophet ﷺ said “Whoever goes to a soothsayer and asks him about something and believes him, his prayer will not be accepted for forty days.” (Narrated by Muslim in his Saheeh).

“Some people asked the Prophet ﷺ about soothsayers. He said, ‘They are nothing.’ They said, Prophet ﷺ, sometimes they say something and it comes true.’ Prophet ﷺ said: ‘That is a word of truth that the jinn snatches and whispers into the ear of his familiar, but they mix a hundred lies with it.’” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari and Muslim)..”

Role Playing Games

-Dungeons & Dragons

=> NOT play

Dungeons and Dragons – the Game of Satan

D & D Dungeon Master Testimony: Dungeons & Dragons, Wargaming, Violent Video Games & Wasting Time

The Most Evil, Satanic Game of All Time…DUNGEONS & DRAGONS | #AskCalabrese Ep.27

Satanism Unmasked Dungeons & Dragons

Is Dungeon and Dragons Evil? *60 Minutes 1985 special *SHOCKING*

“Trevor Franklin
1 year ago
As a Christian, I honestly believe that the shared connection, escape, and friendship fascilitated by D&D probably saved more kids than it ever drove to suicide. Perhaps 60 minutes would like to do a special on the link between organized sports and suicide, if hunting witches is the goal? ..

Sarah Water
Sarah Water
1 year ago
Gary Gygax was a lot nicer than I would have been. When asked about that kid’s suicide, as soon as the Mom said she had never heard of the game before seeing it in his notebooks, my immediate thought was maybe not paying enough attention to know he plays D&D had something to do with why he was suicidal. Next thought, “Wait, he never had any previous psychological problems? He didn’t know how to separate a fantasy game world from real life… I’d say that’s a sign of a psychological problem. Again, the fact the parents didn’t pay attention enough to notice something was wrong has far more to do with the suicide than a silly game we like to play.”

The idea that because 12 people who committed suicide also shared a hobby, therefore the hobby must be the root cause, is beyond ridiculous. What about everybody else who committed suicide and don’t play, and what about the other 2,999,988 people who play D&D who haven’t killed themselves? …”

=>Neutral Perspective


Should a Christian play multi-player fantasy games like Dungeons and Dragons? gotquestions.org
“.. Fantasy games in particular often include magic, murder, and general mayhem. In online games, female avatars (representations of characters) are often scantily dressed. Some RPGs allow players to flirt with each other or have sexual encounters. In general, many video games are structured in such a way that encourages obsessive or addictive behaviors as players attempt to reach certain levels. Of course, the same can be said of many other types of entertainment…”

Dungeons & Dragons and the Church Elizabeth Garn Mar 16, 2018 christandpopculture.com

“..One of the most appealing aspects of D&D is the fact that it is designed to be played with other people. It involves sitting with them for hours, and time spent together, even time spent playing a game, has a way of forging relationships. D&D games can last for an afternoon or continue for years, and through the whole process, players are together. In a world where we are increasingly isolated, Dungeons & Dragons provides an opportunity for people to spend time together; time that is lighthearted and fun, yes, but also time that is deeply meaningful. ..

It is this deep longing for story and for connection that is driving the resurgence of Dungeons & Dragons. The problem though, is many people in the church today still live with the same vague, residual impression that there is something inherently sinful about D&D that I grew up with. ..

The current rise in popularity of Dungeons & Dragons is bringing many of those lingering fears to the surface once again. As the number of people interested in D&D grows, the chances that are there are people in your congregations and in your neighborhood who play does as well. If we continue thinking that D&D is somehow wrong and that our attitudes about it don’t really matter, we run the risk of repeating the same mistakes of the past, only worse this time because even more people will be pushed away from the gospel…

As believers, we are storytellers. We know and love the God who created stories in the first place, and who has imprinted the greatest story of all time on our heart. D&D may just be a game, a hobby, but it is also an amazing way to live out that storyteller, relational, truth-seeking part of our hearts. It’s not surprising to me that it’s growing more and more popular every day – it’s fun and honest and interactive. It’s is not for everyone, though, and I get that too. Orcs, elves, and magic may not be your cup of tea. But for some, especially us more geeky folks, it’s an amazing way to connect. So go ahead, grab a Players Handbook (or find the basic rules for free online), gather some friends, and give it a try. Just don’t be surprised if you find that your world gets a little brighter, your love for people a little deeper, and your view of God a little bigger as a result.

Should Christians Play Dungeons & Dragons? – Geeks Under Grace geeksundergrace.com
“..Bible-believing Christians can be pretty well settled on things that are laid out in Scripture, Bible2but when things come up like this that aren’t, we have a tendency to form our war parties and stay on our side of the fence. We’ve seen it with movies, the internet, cell phones, and more. (I will explicitly state there were Christians on both sides of all of those arguments.) This isn’t to say all things that aren’t laid out in Scripture should be entertained. Things like pornography, for example, should obviously be opposed by all Christians. Watching two other people have sex is obviously not a part of God’s design. But when we come to a grayer area such as this, it benefits us to do our research…


So after hours of research and polling my Christian family and friends, here are the arguments I was presented with. Try to resist the temptation to skim the article as I know it is long, but there may be some things you have not thought of in any section below. Please keep an open mind no matter what your predisposition is to this subject, and use the information as an opportunity to grow closer to an understanding with your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ…


The Game is Time Consuming and Can Lead to Idolatry & Addiction..


…if you start getting addicted to Dungeons & Dragons and it becomes, or begins to become, an idol, you need to stop playing it.
There are no two ways around it; idols are devastating to your faith. If you have spent any time reading the Old Testament, you’ll see Israel falling into that trap multiple times. Now I know their idols were wooden, stone, or metal dolls or statues, but the sentiment is the same: Don’t put other things before God. So stay in prayer and if you see yourself slipping with God and giving time to the game that should be dedicated to Him, drop it like it’s hot!
So if the game consumes time and isn’t beneficial in any way, why waste time playing it? I mean, Philippians 4:8 says, “Fi..”…

So when introducing D&D to a younger audience, the parent or guardian should take special care to ensure it isn’t more than a game to them. Monitor them closely or wait until you are sure they have matured enough to be able to make the distinction. This is advice I have had to follow myself. I have wanted to sit down with my son, who loves fantasy games and movies, but I have had to cut him off of some video games due to him having genuine fear from the characters on the game in the real world. (We’re talking cartoony games, too. I don’t let him play Resident Evil or anything gruesome.) Some games he makes the distinction with easily, others he’ll have to wait until he is older to play. I’m playing it safe with D&D and starting him later, since you engage more in the world in some ways than with video games.

Dungeons and Dragons Leads People into the Occult

There have been a number of controversies surrounding D&D, the most prominent of which was popularized by William Schnoebelen. He was a Wiccan Priest before becoming a Satanic Priest who eventually dedicated his life to the Lord. Schnoebelen published his first article with Chick Publications titled, Straight Talk on Dungeons and Dragons, and a subsequent article, Should a Christian Play Dungeons & Dragons? (Coincidence? Nah, it’s a good to-the-point title.) I could go point-for-point with you and explain where I agree and disagree from the standpoint of a player, but most of the points he makes are covered in this article, so I will save the word count here…

…Again, the destructive nature lies in the person, not the game, and I agree someone with those tendencies should not play Dungeons & Dragons. And if you do play D&D, and get into a game with someone who wants to make the game about things that make you uncomfortable spiritually, you should politely walk away and decline to play with them…

The Creator of Dungeons & Dragons Was A Christian
gygax-xmas-sYou read that right. Gary Gygax, the creator of D&D, was a professing Christian at the time he created the game. This isn’t necessarily a little-known fact, but to some it is news. He didn’t make that well-known in his life in what he described as an effort to protect the name of Christianity from the controversy that surrounded his creation.

Now, there are Christians at all stages of their walk with Christ, and as I’ve highlighted in this article, no two walks are the same. But Gygax was mature enough and firm enough in his faith to stand by his convictions. In the letter you see with this section, Gygax addresses why he couldn’t in his right conscience celebrate Christmas for its known pagan traditions. If someone has that kind of spiritual convictions can create a game like D&D, I believe it stands to reason there should be some Christians who could play it….

*see Now You Know: Various Christmas Symbolism goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Five Surprising Facts About Dungeons & Dragons Creator Gary Gygax By Matt Staggs November 12, 2015 unboundworlds.com
“..4) Dungeons & Dragons & Conservatism & Christianity
Ironically, for a person who was frequently the object of attacks by the Religious Right, Gary was both a Republican and Christian—a Jehovah’s Witness, actually. Of course, Gary didn’t always practice what he preached. He sometimes smoked weed when he played wargames and used cocaine and other drugs during the height of D&D’s popularity. Gary eventually abandoned the Republicans in favor of libertarianism, and broke ties with the church after it voiced its approval of the game that made him famous. He did, however, remain a Christian until the day he died…”

=> Should Play

Dungeons and Dragons, explained – YouTube

5 Reasons YOU Should Play D&D! – YouTube

5 Benefits to Playing Dungeons and Dragons – YouTube

Misc. Overall


*click on image for others

Christian Tarot Cards & Angel Boards, THEY ARE EVIL – YouTube

Horoscopes, Tarot Cards, and Oija Boards. What’s the big deal? bulldogcatholic.org
“..Another argument is that a person only uses ouija boards or reads their horoscope “for fun”. When it comes to ouija boards, some statistics report that over 80 percent of demonic possession happen through the medium of a ouija board. This can be true even if only used “as a game”. As far as horoscopes are concerned, I know that most of us see them as they often are: silly fortune cookie-esque sayings. This may be true, and glancing over one’s horoscope might be nothing more than a mildly entertaining joke you share with your coworkers on a coffee break. But we validate their existence when we pay attention to them. Even more seriously, they may de-sensitize our consciences to real demonic influences through exposure. Bottom line: we are Christian and we are called to be different…”

Deliverance From Demons in Jesus’ Name deliverancefromdemonsinjesusname.wordpress.com/
Resources on How to Deal With Demonic Issue and Exposing Satan’s Deceptions
“..That said, we must know the real battle is a spiritual battle going all around us (Ephesians 6:10-18). Satan and his hosts of angels have declared war against God. They fight for the souls of men and women. And believe it or not, like it or not, we are the battlefield…”

Sexually Immoral

*see Struggling with Sexual Temptation goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Temptation Overall

*see How to deal with temptation? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT: TEMPTATION Posted on March 5, 2017 by stephaniedoublee
“..Going through the first reading of today (Genesis 2 and 3) which was about the temptation of Adam and Eve by the devil and how God finally threw them from the garden of Eden, I recall a story I was told when I was a kid about this beggar who stayed at the roadside along one estate. Every day, he keeps lamenting that if not for Adam and Eve that ate from the forbidden fruit and disobeyed God, he would have been living a better life. There lived a rich man who always pass through that road on his way home and was always hearing the lamentations of this beggar. On this fateful day, he stopped his car and asked the beggar why he keeps lamenting. The beggar responded by saying that if not for the disobedience of Adam and Eve, the world would have been a land full of milk and honey. The rich man further asked him if he would not have done the same thing if he was to be in the place of Adam and Eve. He told the rich man that he will never do that because they were many other fruits to eat from. ..”

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Deep Thought: How to show “love” throughout the year?

What did you do for Valentines Day? Do you “celebrate” it? Why? What “holidays” do you observe throughout the years and do you ever re”searched” the “origins” (history)? Have you stopped afterwards?

Origins?


Where Did Valentine’s Day Come From? Is It Wrong for a Christian to Celebrate It?
Posted on Jan 25, 2011 by United Church of God ucg.org
‘..The World Book Encyclopedia tells us regarding Valentine’s Day: ” “The customs connected with the day . . . probably come from an ancient Roman festival called Lupercalia which took place every February 15. The festival honored Juno, the Roman goddess of women and marriage, and Pan, the god of nature”” (1973, vol. 20, p. 204)…

Friendship and sending cards are wonderful things, and God is not opposed to romance at the right time in the right way. But does the pagan religious history of Valentine’s Day taint the modern practices? What does God have to say about observing pagan traditions, renamed or not?

“When the Lord your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess … do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way; for every abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods … Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it” (Deuteronomy 12:29-32)..”

Valentine’s day exposed: the truth about its pagan/satanic origins!

Pagan Roots of Valentine’s Day

The Shocking History of Valentine’s Day
https://youtu.be/HwvTxX8biME
“..February 14th has been observed as a day to express love for untold centuries. But where did this holiday come from? Why do people send valentine’s cards to those whom they desire? Where did the symbol of the heart come from, and why is it used to represent love and sexual desire? How did a character named cupid become associated with personal intimate feelings? Produced by the Eternal Church of God (WTC 2016)…”

-Heart?

SymbolX – The Origin of the Heart Symbol

Valentines Day: History of the Heart Symbol | Time time.com
St. Valentine’s Day (2): Occult Heart Symbols – Olivet Journal olivetjournal.com

“..Bottom Left: This is a typical Cross and Crown masonic symbol. Cross is a symbol of phallus, and the crown, the female counterpart. A typical kabbalistic male-female union. If you pay attention, you see these symbol as a logo of many churches, and as you can find on the Pinterest board, the logo of Jehovah’s Witness contains this symbol as well (see upper left side of the poster)…”
Origins of Valentine’s Day yahweh.house
“..When you see people doing the heart shape symbol with their hands, or using it in text message or photos, they unknowingly are doing a woman’s VAGINA shape, not realising they are promoting a VAGINA and sexual immorality!..”
Vagina Power and the History of Christian Symbols November 30, 2016 by Alexis Record patheos.com
“I saw the symbol for vagina on the back of a car the other day. I also saw one on a business card, a necklace, a church bulletin, and even a Bible. Vaginas are everywhere! People in America must really love female sexuality…”

NEUTRAL

What is the origin of Valentine’s Day, and should Christians celebrate it? gotquestions.org
“..Valentine died in approximately A.D. 270. Others claim the church may have decided to celebrate in mid February to “Christianize” the pagan Roman celebration Lupercalia. The first Valentine sent in the United States was in the 1840’s by Esther Howgald. Most of us enjoy “spoiling” a loved one on Valentine’s Day. Sending gifts and cards conveys love, affection, and friendship.

There is no biblical reason why Christians should not celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving their loved ones flowers, candy and/or cards. As with celebrating any holiday, the decision should be between the individual and God. Some people feel very strongly that observing any secular holiday is wrong, while others see it as harmless. The important thing to remember is that celebrating or not celebrating holidays should not be a cause for pride or division among Christians.
..”

NOT Celebrate!

10 Simple but Powerful Reasons Christians Should not Celebrate Valentine’s Day joshuainfantado / January 27, 2016 becomingchristians.com
“..It is estimated that Americans spend about $20 billion on this single holiday alone, making it the second most expensive holiday next to Christmas.

However, the majority is not always right.

One must ask whether Christians should celebrate this day. Most importantly, what does God think about Valentine’s Day?

Before I proceed, let me tell you this SHOCKING TRUTH: Valentine’s Day should NOT be celebrated by Christians.

In this post, let me share the reasons why this is so. Let me make it as simple as possible for everyone to understand. Here are the 10 reasons Christians should not celebrate Valentine’s Day…

Reason no. 4: You can Celebrate Love without Valentine’s Day

Why do so many Christians limit their love on a specific day, in this case, Valentine’s Day? Wouldn’t it be great to demonstrate your love every single day?

Married couples or those who are in a relationship can show their love and concern every day and not wait for Valentine’s Day to arrive.

After all, even if you celebrate your love on Valentine’s Day, it really feels awkward since this day celebrates lust and not true love…..”

Sal: If your single and feel lonely, you have to remember your NEVER alone. God is with us (Emmanuel). Your never alone when you accepted Jesus into your heart!

Newsboys – That’s How You Change The World

30 Ways to Show Someone You Care by the Cru staff team at Bowling Green University 12 August 2016 cru.org
“…Cru’s ministry at Bowling Green University in Ohio has been intentionally trying to show care and concern for everyone they interact with.

The purpose is for encouraging and blessing others by serving them, and it’s a way to build relationships with Christians and non-Christians.

What does this look like in your life? How can you show concern for those around you?..”

Being lost in hollywood to knowing Jesus and serving Him

Love LA 24/7, lovela247.com
Love Twin Cities (Minnesota), lovetwincities247.com

Prayers for Freedom , testimony of Jon and his current outreaches to share God’s love…

“..As a result of prayer, I myself was freed from my sins and hell-fire back in 1974 when I put my faith in Jesus, repented (surrendered to God), and asked Him to forgive my sins and make me the kind of person He wanted me to be. Years later, I received freedom and healing from my anger/bitterness problem through the prayers of many, and the prayers led by a very helpful and precious Biblical counselor. Not yet all I want to be, I still need freedom in some areas of my life and hope you will pray for me. Thanks in advance. May God bless you on your journey and in your use of this website!..”

How to Glorify God | 5 Ways to Glorify the Lord

-Giving

Woman Moved to Tears After Delivering Pizza to Chicago Church 3.8.18 WGN – Chicago yahoo.com
“…A Domino’s delivery driver in Chicago was surprised when she arrived at New Life Covenant Church with an order in February and the pastor brought her on stage. ..”

What are some “creative” ways to show love throughout the year?

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Now You Know: What is “discipleship”?

The True Meaning of “DISCIPLESHIP” – YouTube

What does it mean to “make disciples”? jesusfilm.org
“..What’s a disciple?

The Greek word that’s translated “make disciples” is mathēteuō, which comes from the root mathētēs, meaning “learner” or “pupil.” In ancient Greece, this word typically denoted someone who was an apprentice to a trade like masonry or shipbuilding. In philosophy, it spoke of someone who had developed a master/student relationship with a teacher.

For Christians, discipleship communicates the same sort of idea. The disciple is a believer who’s learning to obediently follow and serve Jesus as their master. Discipleship emphasizes more than simply accepting Jesus. It’s an enduring, long-term commitment to uncovering and discovering what it means to be devoted to Jesus. We do this through constant exposure to Scripture, commitment to communities of faith, and the direct involvement of mature believers in our lives…”

Various Ways?

6 Simple Ways to Make Disciples Without Adding Anything To Your Schedule – Caesar Kalinowski
https://youtu.be/qb7_YbdaDEQ
“..In the video clip above he says, “Let me give you six rhythms we’ve been using in community… First one is Know the Story. Okay, we all have a story. Is our story apart of God’s story or are we believing a different story that’s been told to us by maybe our parents, our boss, people growing up, the culture? Do we know God’s story as a story? We need to. If we’re going to be living as disciples who make disciples, we need to know God’s story. We need to get to know each other’s story deeply enough to apply the gospel… That leads us to another rhythm of Listening. We’re always listening to someone, but are we listening to God…We need to listen backwards through the Word of God—Who is God? How has He always been? We need to listen forward through the Holy Spirit. Like my prayer times are mostly filled up with me telling God what to do, then I shoot off into my day. But to cultivate a rhythm of listening to God and in community is how you get to know peoples stories… Next rhythm: Celebrate. Life is living in a rhythm of celebration. Think about all the holidays that are just coming around, and birthdays (everybody you know has one), and anniversaries, and graduations, and all. We need to join those celebrations and be the bringers of the better wine…Throw the best parties. The church should be the most celebratory people of the planet. We get to live forever! Party! Rhythm of Eating. Talk about moving from additional to intentional. We’re already eating like 21 times a week…What if I were to have three meals a week with people I’m trying to make disciples of? Then this rhythm of Bless…Ask the spirit to reveal to you three people that you could bless intentionally each week through either words, action, or gift. Imagine a community of people in a neighborhood, like ten or twelve, all blessing three people a week. You think that neighborhood would notice? It’ll transform a place. This last rhythm is ReCreate. It’s this idea of rest in Christ’s completed work and then out of that we create beauty and we work and we create value. Resting in what Christ has done for us, not to earn, but then we work. It’s the idea of sabbath.” ..”

How to Disciple | 10 tips on Discipleship

EHS: A Strategy for Discipleship that Deeply Changes Lives

Francis Chan – The Cost Of Discipleship

The Great Commission, Making Disciples – Francis Chan

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Deep Thought: Should I “repay back” with “evil” or “good”?

Have you ever been “abused” (e.g. emotionally, physically, etc..) by someone and wanted to return back a similar “evil”? What happened? Was it worth it?

“EVIL”

10 People Who Took Justice Into Their Own Hands – YouTube

Eye For An Eye (Islam) Vs. Turn Other Cheek (Christianity)

“GOOD”

Notable Non-Violence Advocates

Amazing Testimony of Afshin Javid Part 1 of 2

Repay evil with good – YouTube

“..William Goxo and Tielman Slabbert grew up in a South Africa torn and divided by the Apartheid system. Ignorance, fear and hatred fuelled this unfair and terrible regime, and even as it was brought to an end, there was plenty of room for distrust, bitterness and enmity in its wake. Hear William and Tielman tell some of their experiences, and how the Christian gospel brings true liberation and reconciliation, leading to love and eternal friendship. By tackling the root of all problems: the sin that dwells in each one of us, no matter what race, background or outward circumstances, it helps us to overcome prejudice, suspicion, hard feelings and hatred. With God’s help we can learn to live the life that we read about in the Bible, and experience true unity. Visit http://www.brunstad.org to learn more about this Christian life. If you are interested, we encourage you to contact us: http://www.brunstad.org/en/Contact-us/..”

A Christian Testimony in the Face of Evil January 28, 2018 jubileeminneapolis.org
“…From a Christian worldview, we have to understand that the facts are important. It is not wrong to want to know what the dots are and then to try to connect them. God made us rational and moral creatures and this moral sense reaches out for some rational explanation of the horrifying evil of our world. But our first response should not be to try to understand the crime, but rather, to identify with the community in grief and experiencing heartbreak.

The Christian worldview dignifies the heartbroken.”…”

When Is It Right to Repay Evil with Pain? Resource by John Piper Scripture: Romans 12:9–21 Topic: Public Justice desiringgod.org
‘..The clear and uniform message here is that we should love our enemies, and that this love involves treating them better than they deserve, not returning evil for evil but blessing them from our heart and helping them when they need us. This teaching is the same as Jesus’ teaching when he said, for example (in Luke 6:27-31),..”

Explain “Do Not Be Overcome with Evil, But Overcome Evil with Good” Pat Robertson cbn.com
“..If someone forces you to go one mile, go two miles. If someone takes your coat, give him your shirt as well (see Matthew 5:40-41). Do so graciously, cheerfully, even assertively. God has given you the spiritual weapons to discern who your enemies are and then to conquer them by making them your friends. (Of course, as long as there are vicious criminals and international tyrants in the world, there must be a system of restraint through local or international police. In Romans 13, police and legitimate armies are considered by the apostle Paul as “ministers of God” to bring vengeance on lawbreakers.)..”

Why should I bless those who curse me? iblp.org

“..Resolve Long-Term Bitterness

Many people have testified to overcoming years of bitterness that began when they were cursed or abused during childhood. As these abused individuals blessed their offenders, often their bitterness disappeared immediately.

But how are you to deal with bitterness toward someone on whom you no longer have the opportunity to bestow a blessing, such as someone who has died since the offense occurred?

Put your faith in God and His love for both you and the offender.
Thank God for His power to redeem those hurtful circumstances and memories.
Ask Him to give you wisdom and grace to forgive and release your offender from your bitterness and condemnation, even though the person may be dead already. You are still living, and you can still make choices that bring freedom and blessing to your life as you choose to forgive and bless instead of be bitter and curse. (See James 1:5, John 16:23, II Peter 1:2, Hebrews 4:16, and James 4:6.)
..”

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Theatrical Performance: “Spring Awakening” the Musical -Reflections

Spring Awakening on Broadway springawakeningthemusical.com

Spring Awakening ~ trailer

Spring Awakening Tony Performance – YouTube

Spring Awakening – I Believe – YouTube

Spring Awakening (musical) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“..is a rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. It is based on the German play Spring Awakening (1891) by Frank Wedekind. Set in late-19th-century Germany, the musical tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of teenage sexuality. In the musical, alternative rock is employed as part of the folk-infused rock score…”

All That’s Known: Facts about Spring Awakening Posted on July 9, 2015 by Victoria Barber musicalstagecompany.com
“..We are Totally…. Psyched to see how this show plays out on Broadway, and are excited to share some hidden gems that you might not have known…

Spring Awakening is based on the highly controversial and oft-censored 1891 play by German playwright Frank Wedekind. Spring Awakening was Frank Wedekind’s first play. He had it published at his own expense in 1891, but it was not performed until Wedekind started his own repertory company in 1906. The first production in the United States took place in 1912, but since the play was in German it failed to attract widespread interest. The play was finally performed in English in 1917. The debut performance almost didn’t take place because the New York City Commissioner of Licenses tried to shut it down, claiming that the play was pornographic in nature. Almost immediately, Wedekind was able to secure an injunction from the Supreme Court that allowed the play to go on. Unfortunately, the audience seemed to agree with the Commissioner, and the play closed after a single show…”

SPRING AWAKENING Press Reel

Personal Reflections

I thought the cast at the University of Minnesota-Morris theater group did a superb job “performance” wise. They are one very talented group (e.g. singing and acting)!

During one of the scenes when the student was going to tell his dad the “bad” news that he ‘ll be expelled or something. He was seen as a “failure” and “embarassment” to his dad, which he would get physically abused. Unfortunately, he would commit suicide. This brought up my indirect experience in high school when 3 classmates from my class were killed in different ways (one commited suicide too with a gun). This also brought me to one of the scenes from an old school movie called “Dead Poets Society”..

Dead poet society Neil Perry and his father – YouTube

Parents and their children need to “dialogue” with each other! Share how you feel and listen to each other-two way communication!

Dead Poets Society – Neil’s Suicide (original)

Reviews

Dealing with Sensitive Themes Onstage artsedge.kennedy-center.org
Navigating the risks and rewards of controversial themes in school theaters
“..Shorewood’s educational leadership sees these productions as social and educational investments rather than risks, suggests King. “First of all, students love performing these titles. So, the excitement level of students can’t be underestimated. A title can draw more students into the arts. Secondly, the social themes in these musicals are perfectly relevant to teenagers— homelessness, homophobia, child abuse, physical abuse, etc. ..”
*see Neutral Perspective: Same-Sex Marriage goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com
Spring Awakening at ANU Arts Centre is a rock musical about teen angst Ron Cerabona November 6 2016 – 3:18PM esperanceexpress.com.au
“The 2006 musical, Spring Awakening, is set in late 19th-century Germany, but its themes are close to being timeless and universal. Co-director Grant Pegg says, “It’s a show about teenage issues in general. It traverses every teenage issue you could imagine – sexuality, suicide, relationships, rebellion, authority, school, sex, friendship.”

These teenagers are growing up in a deeply religious community in 1891. Melchior (played by Callum Bodman) and Wendla (Kaitlin Nihill) have known each other since childhood but are developing strange new feelings for each other that they don’t know how to explain or handle. Melchior’s anxious friend Moritz (Pip Carroll) is particularly disturbed by the dreams he has been having. And Ernst (Jake Willis) and Hanschen (Lachlan Agett) are developing a relationship that goes beyond friendship…
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Spring Awakening addresses provocative issues By Joshua Claudio | Feb 6, 2012 /thetartan.org
“..Another outstanding performance was accomplished by Adrianne Knapp, who played Ilse. She is a societal outcast who ran away from home because her father beat her, only to run into the arms of another abusive man from a Bohemian colony…”
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Theater and Broadway with an added Christian perspective. reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com
“… Melchior’s carefree behavior and rebellion are a catalyst for much of the show’s action (and the character is ably portrayed by McKenzie). He wonders about the origin of shame and believes that it is a product of education. He encourages close friend Moritz to embrace his sensual dreams and introduces Wendla to sex at his “special thinking place” while indulging her need to be punished. Her fate involves an abortion and death.

A friend, driven to achieve success by uncaring parents dies “Left Behind” the scene is very moving and effectively staged.

To take in the excellent performances, however, you need to be prepared for potentially offensive content. The show posts a Mature rating and contains nudity and all kinds of sexual activity. Some of the titles of the songs are so explicit that I can’t list them here. …..”
*see Neutral Perspective: Abortion and Pro-Life goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

What to say about … Spring Awakening theguardian.com
You haven’t seen the teen musical sensation, but you can still regale your friends with tales of masturbation, sadism and body-popping – all stolen from the critics
‘..Now unfold the plot: the musical is set in the late 19th century and concerns itself with troubled puberty confronting strict bourgeois morality, you say, paraphrasing the Guardian. “We follow the linked fates of three teenage school pupils. Moritz is so tormented by sex and harried by exam pressure that he is driven to suicide. His rebellious friend, Melchior, unwarily impregnates a 14-year-old girl. Wendla, the innocent in question, dies in the course of an illegal abortion. Other pupils find release in masturbation and same-sex friendships but the show, like the play, remains an attack on a repressive, puritan culture.” Pause. Regain your enthusiasm. Then explode: “You’d have to be a dedicated churl, prude or bigot not to rejoice in the final sentiments and the final anthem” (Independent)…”

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Folks with Signs Along the Highway Exit Ramps or Other Places Part 4

On Saturday, September 15th 2017-I was just exiting of Highway 280 going to University Avenue (towards Minneapolis to visit a friend) from I-94 (St. Paul side). I saw one of those “homeless guys with signs” again, which I was prepared. Earlier, I got bag of bottle water read with invitation “tickets” for a free meal at Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities‘ homeless shelters, which anyone can print online…

Give a Ticket of Hope

..this would be the first person to “hand this ticket” too…


I ran quickly to my trunk as there was a red light and handed to this guy saying “God bless you” as the green light came on. I didn’t have time to chat, but I quickly prayed for him again as I might’ve drove by him again (can’t tell with the pic) across the bridge (pic above) when I was going back to St. Paul.

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Weather: Hurricane Irma-Prayer with Action

Path

Pre-storm Tips

This Guy’s Brilliant Reason for Hanging Trash Bags on His Door Has 160,000-Plus Americans Sharing With Friends in Florida conservativefighters.com

“…If you can’t get a hold of sandbags, Sweat explained he’s learned a trash bag one-third filled with water can make a “good substitute.” As for the garage, he noted that sealing it off with duct tape can be a good way to prevent “water intrusion.” He also added that paint cans and five-gallon buckets can serve as a good way to easily elevate furniture.

Even if you’re evacuating, he suggested that everyone trip the main breaker so the electricity in the house isn’t running. An electric current and water is a lethal combination; Sweat revealed that a volunteer, who went to check on a house, was electrocuted and killed because the power was on.

For those who didn’t evacuate, Sweat urged people to wear clothes to bed because “nothing looks worse than seeing people on the news in water-logged nightgowns and boxer shorts.”

His other tips included wearing hard-soled shoes and carrying identification, a flashlight, and a large white sheet to signal for help if necessary…”

Caribbean Islands

Bahamas

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Hurricane Irma Causes Ocean to Disappear in Bahamas
Susan Patterson –
September 9, 2017 thealternativedaily.com


“…Insane storm surge

The loss of the ocean is actually due to the proximity of Irma to the Bahamas and the storm’s low-pressure center. When a storm has such an intense low pressure, it can impact the surface of the water because there is less atmospheric pressure being applied. If you were to take a look at a cross section of the storm through the water you would see a bulging effect. This bulging is the storm surge that Irma borrowed from the area around the Bahamas. It is quite noticeable in Long Island because this is a shallow area with unvarying depth. This causes the impact to be so remarkable.
When will the water come back?

The ocean around Long Island will gradually come back as Irma moves on and she steals extra water under the low pressure from somewhere else…”

Ocean ‘disappears’ as killer Hurricane Irma sucks water away from shores on devastating path

Hurricane Irma Spreading Tropical Storm Conditions Across Florida Keys; Dangerous Major Hurricane Strike Expected in Florida Keys Sunday Morning Sep 10 2017 12:30 AM EDT
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“..Hurricane Irma, currently spreading tropical storm conditions and gusts near hurricane force across the Florida Keys, is less than 12 hours from a potentially catastrophic Category 3 or 4 hurricane strike on Florida – the state’s strongest hurricane strike since Charley, 13 years ago…”

Hurricane Irma track LIVE: Watch Hurricane Irma’s path mapped in real time PUBLISHED: 05:00, Sun, Sep 10, 2017 | UPDATED: 05:31, Sun, Sep 10, 2017 express.co.uk
HURRICANE Irma continues to tear through the Cuba as the deadly cyclone pushes towards Florida. Watch the category 3 hurricane’s path in real time right here.
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Hurricane Irma exposes racial tensions on smashed St. Martin By thomas adamson and danica m. coto, associated press MARIGOT, St. Martin — Sep 11, 2017, 3:23 PM ET abcnews.go.com
“… It’s common practice for tourists to be evacuated first from disaster zones for practical reasons, as they are staying in hotels and not in their homes and tend to have fewer resources such as food and vehicles. The French prime minister insisted Monday that the only people being prioritized were the most vulnerable.

Government spokesman Christophe Castaner said he understood islanders’ frustration with the government response but blamed part of the controversy on their “emotional shock, an impact that’s extremely hard psychologically.”

Soudiagom and other witnesses told Guadeloupe 1ere that the boat they took Friday carried tourists, including Americans, to safety but left many St. Martin residents behind, including needy mothers and children…”

Florida

Irma begins to batter Florida with hurricane-force winds; tornadoes reported By EMILY SHAPIRO Michael Edison Hayden Morgan Winsor JULIA JACOBO David Caplan Sep 10, 2017, 12:18 AM ET abcnews.go.com
“..The worst and most extreme winds from Irma will begin to impact the Florida Keys shortly after midnight, with the center of Irma expected to pass over the Keys between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. ET, Peck said. ..

The storm, which was downgraded to Category 3 after making landfall as a rare Category 5 hurricane in Cuba overnight, has sent 75,000 people into shelters in Florida. More than six million people have been warned to evacuate its path. ..

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-Destruction

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-Dry Ocean Shore

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Bucs WR Bernard Reedy helps wheelchair-bound residents escape Hurricane Irma

“..While many Floridians have raced out of state to avoid Hurricane Irma, a brave few have put themselves in harm’s way to help others get to a safe place One of those such heroes is Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Bernard Reedy, who remained in the path of the storm to help wheelchair-bound residents escape the storm Heading into training camp, Reedy was somewhat of a long-shot to make the Bucs’ 53-man roster, but his special teams prowess and impressive speed helped him lock in a spot for Week 1 ..”
NFL player helps wheelchair-bound residents avoid Hurricane Irma Updated: 1:28 PM EDT Sep 10, 2017 National Desk Staff wtae.com
“..Wide receiver Bernard Reedy has worked for Care Ride, a company that helps transport wheelchair-bound residents, making $11 per hour, according to a Sunday story from the NFL team.
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But he decided to give the transportation service a call and has worked to help people in the Tampa Bay area evacuate during the past few days as the storm arrives, the story says.

Reedy started the transportation-service position after he was cut by the Falcons in 2015 and saw a Care Ride van client being dropped off at a Burger King, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

He said he’d rather not sit at home after he’s done working out.

According to the newspaper, Care Ride administrator Doug Johnson jokingly offered earlier this month to raise Reedy’s salary to $13 per hour with the hopes of keeping Reedy…”

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Destructive winds, rain hit Florida as Hurricane Irma’s makes landfall in the Keys
By Perry Stein, Joel Achenbach, Wesley Lowery and Mark Berman September 10 at 9:41 AM .washingtonpost.com
“..MIAMI — The fierce winds of Hurricane Irma regained Category 4 strength with winds of 130 mph early Sunday, as the storm’s eye made it to the lower Florida Keys just before 9 a.m. The massive storm already has caused hundreds of thousands of power outages across South Florida, its leading edge lashing several major population centers.

The National Weather Service said the storm made landfall at Cudjoe Key in the lower Florida Keys at 9:10 a.m. on Sunday morning. Forecasters warn that a second landfall could happen later on Sunday.

Officials said storm surges in the Keys reach a devastating five to 10 feet there before the hurricane slowly proceeds up the state’s west coast….

While the National Hurricane Center had downgraded Irma to a Category 3 storm Saturday, the storm was upgraded again to Category 4 early Sunday. At 5 a.m., weather officials said the storm was plodding northwest at about 8 miles per hour, placing it on pace to reach Naples by about 5 p.m. The storm could potentially make a second landfall further north on Sunday….”
Category 4 Hurricane Irma Makes Landfall in the Florida Keys; Strongest Keys Strike in 57 Years
Sep 10 2017 09:30 AM EDT
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-Tornados

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*note : false tornado from Irma, but from Texas in another storm!

-Winds

WE READY 😈💜🙌🏾💯 #PRAYFORFLORIDA #ITSONTHEWAY #BESAFERVERYBODY

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Conspiracies???

Rush Limbaugh Says Hurricane Irma Is Conspiracy, Evacuates Anyway
POLITICS 09/08/2017 10:16 am ET Updated 1 day ago By Jenna Amatulli huffingtonpost.com
The conservative host claimed the “fear and panic” surrounding Irma is “dangerous” on Tuesday.

“…Limbaugh has long been hell-bent on saying hurricanes and storms like it are part of a liberal conspiracy solely aimed at furthering the discussion on climate change, but his claims about Irma in his Tuesday broadcast sent many over the edge. ..”

HAARP waves seen in Florida with hurricane Irma
https://youtu.be/cDneXRUJ6Jo
“Joe Eigo
Published on Sep 10, 2017
HAARP waves appear as flashes especially with the earthquake engineered in Mexico. “

MEXICO EARTHQUAKE by HAARP? (FOOTAGE CAUGHT ON CAMERA – 2017)

MEDIA

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LIVE TRACKING OF HURRICANE IRMA

Pray!

Hurricane Irma Live: ‘Biggest Thing’ to Do Is Pray, Florida Governor Says By THE NEW YORK TIMESUPDATED 2:39 PM Continue reading the main story .nytimes.com
“..The biggest thing you can do now is pray,” Gov. Rick Scott said on Sunday afternoon.

Irma was downgraded on Sunday afternoon to a Category 3 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds near 120 miles per hour, down from 130 m.p.h., according to the National Hurricane Center. The center said that while the storm was weakening, it was “expected to remain a powerful hurricane.”

The storm thrashed the Florida Keys early Sunday morning. A television news broadcast showed entire homes, and a person standing on a balcony, nearly submerged…”

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A $150 Billion Misfire: How Disaster Models Got Irma WrongBy Brian K Sullivan ‎September‎ ‎11‎, ‎2017‎ ‎6‎:‎50‎ ‎PM Updated on ‎September‎ ‎12‎, ‎2017‎ ‎12‎:‎10‎ ‎PM bloomberg.com
“..By one estimate, the total cost dropped to about $50 billion Monday from $200 billion over the weekend. The state escaped the worst because Irma’s eye shifted away from the biggest population center of Miami-Dade County.

The credit goes to the Bermuda High, which acts like a sort of traffic cop for the tropical North Atlantic Ocean. The circular system hovering over Bermuda jostled Irma onto northern Cuba Saturday, where being over land sapped it of some power, and then around the tip of the Florida peninsula, cutting down on storm surge damage on both coasts of the state.
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…In the end, Irma landed on the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane with 130-mile (209 kilometers) per hour winds, then as a Category 3 at Marco Island. It reached the Tampa Bay area as a Category 2. By contrast, Hurricane Andrew in 1992 plowed into the east side of Florida as a Category 5…”

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