Tuesday, May 19. 2015
It's been awhile since I've read conspiracy theory stuff, other than what shows up in comments at sites I go to. I should say typical conspiracy theory stuff, one might label some of my ideas that way. I prefer to regard my ideas as speculation, unless I'm trying to get people to look at what's painfully obvious by making a prediction. Anyway, here's an idea I had recently. A common theory is that a one world government is being formed, which will be administered by large regions. What if there will be regions, but the main intent is to have Christianity eradicated in each region by established means? That is, a progressive region, a Muslim region, etc.
I've had an internal debate going for years about tithing. The Old Testament states it as law, and as good practice; here's Solomon in Proverbs:
9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase 10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
But in the New Testament, it makes it sound like one is to give what you can, so long as it's cheerfully. Years ago, my financial situation was much better, and I did tithe back then. Actually, just about anything would be better than this winter. It was pretty bad, depending how you look at it. Of course, when you try to live debt free, you don't have a $200,000 house debt hanging over you, and recovery can be fast. I got pretty loose about tithing, so often I would be right at the edge, something like: "If I give $30 from this check, then I won't be able to pay that utility bill. But things got so bad, and sales got downright goofy. The bills were stacked so high, that I figured, what difference will that $20 or that $30 make now? In the midst of the worst of it, I stated tithing again. My finances started an immediate recovery. I'm still driving my good old Toyota truck, living in a rented house, but I'm paying the bills, and the sales department isn't an ongoing episode of Twilight Zone. Jesus made a very clear point about secrecy in one's charitable deeds, so I write all this with some reluctance. I convey the details to show the gravity of the situation, and how important this new understanding is. That understanding doesn't omit a well known Bible verse: "To whom much is given, much will be required". The passage is Luke 12:48, and is talking about the degree of punishment one gets according to what one knows about God's ways and Word. But I think the verse has greater implications; and living in this country is relevant. It has to do with the currency exchange rate. $35 a month will feed a family in another part of the world.
I was shopping with my wife the other day, and she noticed a new item at the big box store. She was somewhat shocked, and definitely offended. Me, not so much, that's not a good thing; I'm just dulled by all the trouble in the world. Also, I tend to get philosophical if you will, at times like this. I wonder about how this came to be. Ended up with what is for me some interesting contemplation:
It's been half a century since the US said to God: "Thanks but no thanks, we can govern ourselves". Like those in Romans chapter 1, we've been turned over to our self governance. Now it's an amazing curse. Hillary Clinton has two major scandals (Benghazi & Foundationgate) but is still a viable candidate for the Democratic nomination. Man, if she's elected president, the people will have had plenty of warning, but by the curse will suffer through an administration rife with scandals previously unseen. Is it a coincidence that 50 Shades Of Gray is so mainstream in the US that it's now sold at Wal Mart; and people accept a candidate like Hillary Clinton? Amazing to watch.
Thursday, May 7. 2015
A few recent events, anyway. I've been climbing around on a rather hot black roof, getting a large building reading to paint, and I'm a bit exhausted, so I can't report everything I'd like to. I was at the site RI, Russia Insider, and read a post about the alleged "Kremlin Troll Army". It was actually a repost from a blog called The Kremlin Stooge. Click here. I don't know if there really is a paid Kremlin Troll Army anywhere; but I do know that I make pro-Russia comments, and I'm not paid staff. So I made a spoof patch and put the image in the comments at RI. Mark, the author of the original blog post, liked it and wondered where he could get an actual patch. I investigated, and found that one must order a certain amount. We talked about raising the money; but in the meantime, I started a Cafe Press online store that I've needed to start for awhile. I wanted to have posters and mugs of the lettering from my great grandfather's storefront available to relatives.
There are several categories of items available, each based on different artwork. I've ordered several things, and will check the quality when they arrive. The store is HERE.
I was coming home at night, and saw a beautiful fox in the field across the street from our house. The children had reported seeing some unidentified animal in the same place on previous nights. They saw its green eyes and said it made the strangest sounds. They didn't think any type of wild dog would make sounds like that but I assured then it was so. The ones here make a rather high pitch yelping sort of sound. These animals are quite recluse, and I wondered why it was so near our house, and making its presence known. Then I thought that it's after our dogs' food. It probably makes a ruckus nearby, then after the dogs chase it, it circles around and eats their food. The dogs might be on to the scheme, or just too familiar with the routine; whatever the case, this fox is resorting to ever bigger shows in the field behind the barn.
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