Thursday, February 11, 2010
16 Characteristics of love: 1 Love Suffers Long: Having patience with imperfect people. 2 Love is Kind: Active in doing good. 3 Love Does Not Envy: Since love is non-possessive and noncompetitive, it actually wants other people to get ahead. 4 Love Does Not Parade Itself: We don't have to wear our acts of love like a badge or hold them over others heads. 5 Love Is Not Puffed Up: Treating others arrogantly. 6 Love Does Not Behave Rudely: Displays good manners and courtesy. 7 Love Does Not Seek It's Own: It is unselfish, not insisting on it's own rights or demanding precedence. 8 Love Is Not Provoked: It is not irritable or touchy, rough or hostile, but is graceful under pressure. 9 Love Thinks No Evil: It does not keep an account of wrongs done to it; instead it, erases resentments. 10 Love Does Not Rejoice In Iniquity: Finding satisfaction in the shortcomings of others and spreading an evil report. 11 Love Rejoices In Truth: Love aggressively goes about advertising the good in people. 12 Love Bears All Things: Defending and holding other people up.13 Love Believes All Things: This is expressed by always looking for the good or the "Christ" in others usually when it is the most difficult to find or see. It credit others with good intentions and is not suspicious of there motives.14 Love Hopes All Things: Never giving up on people, but affirming their future. 15 Love Endures All Things: Persevering and remaining loyal to the end. 16 Love Never Fails: When we apply the agape Love of God with this defining list of characteristics to our relationships and situation we will truly succeed just as Jesus did. Their was no failure in Him because He always flowed within the Love and power of God. Love in and of it self is eternal, for God is Love, therefore love is eternal.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
by Tom DeWeese
January 13, 2010
In recent years Americans have become more and more alarmed at the lack of adherence to the U.S. Constitution exercised by Congress and other elected representatives. The list of violations has grown large indeed.
Some have tried to fight the violations through the election process, attempting to remove those representatives who have perpetrated them. Others have tried to fight infringing legislation as it is introduced. Still others have fought in the courts, attempting to defend liberties in front of judges who have sworn to uphold the Constitution.
To date, little has worked as many elected representatives and court rooms openly defy the Constitution, calling it antiquated. Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court announce that they now look to international law for precedence and guidance, rather than the Constitution. Government at all levels is growing ever further from the reach of the people. In such a growing desperate situation is it possible to restore the Republic to the vision of the Founding Fathers?
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Hebrews 4:12 (King James Version)
12For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Quote of the Day: "We did not see (as a result of brain scans of partisan loyalists) any increased activation of the parts of the brain normally engaged during reasoning. What we saw instead was a network of emotion circuits lighting up, including circuits hypothesized to be involved in regulating emotion, and circuits known to be involved in resolving conflicts. None of the circuits involved in conscious reasoning were particularly engaged. Essentially, it appears as if partisans twirl the cognitive kaleidoscope until they get the conclusions they want, and then they get massively reinforced for it, with the elimination of negative emotional states and activation of positive ones . . . The result is that partisan beliefs are calcified, and the person can learn very little from new data."
-- Drew Westen, Director of Clinical Psychology at Emory University
Subject: To avoid partisan misunderstandings
We want to be clear. DownsizeDC.org is, by law, non-partisan. But the managers of DownsizeDC.org go one step further. We are philosophically and tempermentally ANTI-partisan. We believe political parties are a problem, not a solution.
Likewise, we're skeptical of politicians. Any person who thinks he or she is qualified to make decisions for others, and to coerce others to abide by those decisions, is automatically suspect in our eyes. Politicians, almost by definition, are people who feel qualified to use government coercion to manage other people's lives.
We disagree with them. They aren't qualified. No one is.
In our view the best a politician can do is work to limit the use of government power. These boundaries are required by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Sadly, most politicians are too impressed with themselves to limit themselves in such a way.
This fact motivates us to be both anti-partisan and anti-politician.
Where most people look to parties and politicians for solutions, we favor skeptical thinking, limited, decentralized power structures, individual liberty, and personal responsibility. We prefer to deal with issues, ideas, and principles.
Here's where the potential for misunderstanding arises. Most people are used to thinking in terms of parties and personalities. Thus, if we support or oppose a policy associated with a particular party or politician, some jump to the conclusion that we are being partisan -- that we're picking sides.
Nothing could be further from the truth. We care about the issue, not the party or the politician.
For the past four years we've opposed (and only occasionally supported) policies associated with Republicans in general, and President Bush in particular. Some have assumed from this that we're anti-Republican, anti-Bush, and pro-Democrat.
Now we have the opposite problem. The Democrats have gained control of Congress and the White House. We've responded by opposing coercive Democratic proposals. As a result . . .
Some people jump to the conclusion that we're anti-Democrat, anti-Obama, and pro-Republican. Again, nothing could be further from the truth.
What we are, and intend to remain, is consistent.
Once again, we believe all politicians, of all parties, are fundamentally unqualified to decide how other people should live. We do not believe in top-down social engineering by Republicans, Democrats, or anyone else. We believe in critical thinking, limited, decentralized power structures, individual liberty, and personal responsibility.
One hallmark of critical thought is the rejection of special pleading. Special pleading is when you have one standard for yourself, and a different standard for others. Loyalty to parties and politicians lends itself to special pleading and rank hypocrisy. We believe such loyalty is inherently toxic to the mind. We think it also damages the social fabric via unnecessary culture wars.
We've pointed before to brain scan studies showing that partisan loyalists experience pleasure from lying on behalf of their own party. Our "quote of the day" comes from the lead scientist in these studies. We want to protect ourselves from this kind of dishonesty and non-thinking.
We do this by being loyal to our principles and nothing else.
Therefore, anyone who writes to us accusing us of being anti-Democrat, anti-Obama, or pro-Republican, is mistaking us for someone else.
Personally, we (the undersigned) admire Obama's intelligence and composure. We also take pleasure in the fact that an African-American family will soon occupy the White House. But . . .
This won't keep us from criticizing things like his vote to legalize warrantless spying and to immunize the telecom companies that aided such spying. Neither can we endorse his eagerness to spend a trillion dollars to supposedly stimulate the economy.
We opposed the stimulus package when Bush wanted it. We'll continue to oppose it now that Obama wants it. We don't do special pleading.
If you believe as we do that the stimulus bill will be full of waste, corporate welfare, and favors to political interests, then please send Congress a message opposing this bill. Do it now, and keep doing it until the vote is held. You can use our quick and easy Educate the Powerful system to send your message.
Then, if you really agree with this focus on principle over partisanship and cult of personality, please go to our blog, located conveniently on our home page at www.DownsizeDC.org, and "Digg" the blog version of this message. If you've never used Digg before, please, go sign up!
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Jim Babka & Perry Willis
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Monday, January 12, 2009
GREETINGS AND GOOD DAY TO ALL OUR FRIENDS! THE ANOINTING IS SO STRONG THIS AFTERNOON AS WE PRAYED FOR YOU AND OUR DELIVERANCE! GOD WANTS US TO DO ALL THINGS TO HIS GLORY! HE IS BRING US TO A HIGHER LEVEL IN HIS GLORY! SO REJOICE IN HIS LOVE AND GLORY TOWARDS US! FRIENDS THANK GOD FOR REVERSING EVERY HEX,CURSE, AND EVERY UNGODLY ACTION AGAINST YOU AND YOUR MINISTRIES! MAY YOUR WEEK BE FILLED WITH ALL HEALING AND DELIVERANCE FROM OPPRESSION,SORCERYAND WITHCRAFT! WHOM THE SON SETS FREE IS FREE INDEED! PSALMS 91 FRIENDS LET GOD SET A WATCH BEFORE OUR MOUTH AND A KEEP THE DOORS OF OUR LIPS! HAVE A BLESSED WEEK!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
HERE IS OUR PROMISE IN GODS WORD!
Ephesians 1: 17-21
17That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
18The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.