Category: GOD


I have made several posts about the cowboy hat I wear for the dance competitions. As I make this post I am on the way to another event to compete in and once again it will be an opportunity to wear this hat once again.  Some may say “what is the big deal” about wearing a cowboy hat, and I say there is not but it is to me for what it represents and not what it is.

This cowboy hat gives me the opportunity to focus on something (dance competition) that has given me balance and a peace at this point in my life that I may not have had.  For example; I work for a corporation and have been doing what I do for about 20 years, but don’t get me wrong I enjoy what I do but overtime things can get on your nerves.  If all I had was this job and my whole meaning and focus was my job and trying to climb a corporate ladder with others in control of your destiny, this could make for miserable life and probably why people turn to substance abuse.

But for me, I have found something in dance competition to take my mind off all this crap which helps me clear my mind and re-vitalize me! I have to work hard a spend a lot of time practicing to be ready.  I hope I do well and win, but if I don’t that is ok because at this point in time  I believe God has delivered the very thing to me that I needed to get over the hurdles I have faced at this point in life and I will be forever thankful!!

Below is a pic of me and what I will wear on Sunday!! Lol  I am wearing a Cowboy Hat!!

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I have to say that when I read the article about the Navy Seals finding a large stash of pornography in Bin Laden’s so-called hide out almost laughed my you no what off!!  Let me say first that if he liked pornography that his is business and I don’t really care about that, but this is typical of “religious people”, “preachers” etc… that have the mentality of “do as I say and not as I do”!  Let me clarify that I am not talking about someone’s true faith in God that I myself have, but these people who try to tell other people how to live and they go ahead and do what ever they want and bin laden with his porn collection would be one of the worst offenders!!  If a regular every day “muslim” was found with a porn stash they would probably pull out his eyes or execute this person as violating the koran or something.

All the while Bin Laden is watching his porn he was making those stupid videos about how decadent the west was and taking over muslim lands! I bet you anything he was watching western porn and having orgies with his three wives and could somehow honestly talk some of these people into blowing themselves up to kill others!!  Little did these people know the person they believed was some kind of “religious icon” was keeping an extensive porn collection and all the while blaming the “decadent west” for corrupting muslims!

This is a perfect example why things and what people say should be questioned and not “blindly” follow what someone says because they make themselves out to be some kind of expert.  This is especially true with religious figures because they use heaven and hell to get people to do their bidding or give them all their money.  These people are told that if they do not do what the religious leader says they will go to hell!  How many people has bin laden convinced to blow themselves up and kill others and them thinking they will go heaven and get the 72 virgins!! It is really a sad state of affairs that people are naive enough to believe someone like bin laden.  Maybe this will wake up the decent muslims that want to work and raise a family. So the next time the radical comes to your door looking for recruits for a suicide mission tell him to take blow himself up and not to forget his pornography!

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/05/13/extensive-porn-stash-reportedly-bin-laden-compound/?test=latestnews

In recent days it has been reported on various media outlets about the statement made by Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler in regard to Christians and Yoga.  Mohler makes the following statement in his article: ” When Christians practice yoga, they must either deny the reality of what yoga represents or fail to see the contradictions between their Christian commitments and their embrace of yoga. The contradictions are not few, nor are they peripheral”. When I read this I had to post about this because I now have the “expertise” to make a comment about yoga because I just started taking it and I have been a Christian for many years so this makes me more of an expert than Mohler.   I know Mohler did not say taking yoga can send you to hell, but I title my article this way to get your attention and to point out how ridiculous this statement is.

Not once in my Yoga class have their been any “Eastern Spiritual” influence.  My whole concern during the yoga class is just trying to maintain my concentration and stamina to make it through and at no time have we talked about Buddha or some other eastern religion.  I for one am tired of this kind of rhetoric from these so-called “religious leaders”.  This is a perfect example of why the founders of this nation did not want the government establishing a religion.  Because rest assured if somehow this country had allowed Theocracy to develop people like Mohler would be in charge and it would be just like the Taliban!!  No music, no dancing, no wine with your dinner!!  The religious police would be out like the Taliban hitting everyone with their “correction” sticks if you were found violating the rules.

I for one have no fear that I am disappointing God or contradicting my faith by taking a Yoga.  Maybe Mohler should write about how Baptists expect you to be at church 5 days a week teaching, serving on committees and doing other things while Christian families are falling apart.   I don’t see in the Bible where it says I have to attend Church 5 days a week to be in good graces with God… Maybe this is contradiction that should explored!!

Below are several articles I have linked to:

 

http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/health/yoga-what-is-it-exactly-2398028/

http://www.albertmohler.com/2010/09/20/the-subtle-body-should-christians-practice-yoga/

 

In a speech the President gave to the Hispanic caucus he attempts a quote from the Declaration of Independence and gets it wrong.   Below is the proper quotation from the Declaration of Independence:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.  In the Presidents speech he left out the section referencing “their Creator” and quoted the rest of the wording as written.

Now when I hear his speech and begin to analyze the question comes to my mind as to why he would do this?  It appears the President is reading from a teleprompter so this tells me “Creator” was left out on purpose by the speech writers, researchers or the President himself.  Then the logical person could possibly make the following two conclusions: 1)The President does not believe in a Creator or he was trying to be political correct and not “offend” anyone by mentioning a “Creator”!

In this situation the President is wrong. The entire quotation from the Declaration of Independence should have been read as it was written.  Regardless if the President does not believe in a Creator or if he was afraid someone would have been offended it does not matter.  This is how our history gets diluted a little piece at a time by things like this. Before you know it we will be told the word “Creator” is not really in the Declaration, or “that is not what Jefferson meant when he wrote the Declaration of Independence”.  Rest assured if the President was quoting some founding documents of Muslims and left out the word “Allah” or something like that all h-ll would break loose.  Oh yeah, and leave it to the media for not reporting on this as they know most Americans would have a fit over this. I have posted the link to the YouTube video and title:

Obama Removes God From The Declaration of Independence

I have been following this story and was not sure if I would post about it but my thoughts have turned back to it and wanted to put another perspective on it.  In recent days leaders from all over the country have come out against this burning for reasons that are obvious which is; not in line with American values, inciting Islamic radicals, and placing our troops in harm’s way.  While I do not disagree with these issues I have not read or heard anyone talk about Christianity and what it is supposed to stand for based on the teachings of Jesus or even the Apostle Paul.

This church is a representative of Christ and I believe this pastor is giving Christianity a black eye by insisting on the burning  of the Quran.  In my reading of the Bible I find nowhere that would give any indication that Jesus would condone this type of behavior from His church or Christians and I don’t know how this pastor justifies what he is doing by being a follower of Christ.  While we are all sinners and not perfect by any stretch, I believe Jesus would be very disappointed in this church for wanting to do this and the Westboro Baptist Church that protests at the funeral of American soldiers.

I believe this pastor is misguided and should restrict his business to ministering to his community and Church.  I am reminded of a bible verse that may apply and I have quoted below:

22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

I am not his pastors judge or jury nor do I want to be.  I just think he should not burn the Quran based on what his faith should be about and that he is a representative of Christ and His Church.

Article located at yahoonews.com (Even pastor’s old church condemns Quran-burning)

I have mentioned in my previous posts on Iran and the middle east that Iranian leader Ahmadinejad believes in the return of  the “Mahdi” that will usher in an era of justice and end tyranny. Reports also indicate Ahmadinejad believes it is his job to promote this return with armed conflict if necessary.  I have linked to a report by an Iranian cleric says that “Greater Iran” should rule over the middle east with a Caliphate from Iran to Israel with the elimination of Israel as a nation.

Obviously, this could be the soundings of a “nut job” but with Ahmadinejad believing in the return of the ‘Mahdi” then I believe these statements should be taken seriously and if we look at history all to often these statement made by people like this become reality. I remember that news interview that ABC did with Bin Laden back in the 90’s while he was in some cave and Bin Laden says he is at war with the United States and he will attack us.  We all thought he was some kind of nut sitting in a cave talking crazy and now we can look back at 9/11 and realize he meant what he said.

I know there are Christians that think if they do certain things they can hasten the return of Jesus as the bible speaks about so I realize there are people in our country that can make these statements as well.  How arrogant of us as human beings to think any action we take will hasten the return of Jesus, Mahdi etc… or whoever we believe in.  God works on his timetable and nothing we can do is going to speed up this process.  But again, I think we should pay attention to what “wackos” like this say because history shows the death and destruction that can happen if these type people are dealt in a timely matter.

I have posted about our dance lessons and meeting new people and how fun this and got me to thinking about this and how we have been treated by some church members in the past in comparison to how we have been treated by our new relationships in the last few years.  For starters this is not a slam on the Church as I am a Christian, served on committees, attending regularly etc… all my life so my view is from extensive experience.  When we began to take our lessons and go to the local “honky-tonk” several people came right up to talk with us, within a few months we were invited with the group to a cookout, we went to the gun range together etc… and have made some good friends.  A few months later we met a different set of couples and within a few months they were inviting us to go on their out-of-town dance trips they had been taking together for several years and accepted us into their group which I thought was awesome.

In comparison to some church’s I have attended there are group’s already established and they do not want to let you in. Or, some people are self-righteous because they think you don’t attend enough and judge you for it.  Of all places where you should be included and not judged for things out of your control is in your Church!! I hope people who call themselves Christians really think this is ok?? The Church is not a country club for certain people to decide if they are good enough to be included or not.  It is sad that I can meet people who are not regular church attenders treat me better than some I have gone to Church with and it should not be this way. Then some wonder why Church attendance is dropping in this country and can’t figure out why.  We all can make mistakes and not realize what our attitude can do someone else, but if you did make an honest mistake then own up to it and try not to do it again, but don’t continually have a sorry attitude towards someone else especially in Church and if you are a Christian.

I had left off with my dad coming back to my state from California and staying at my half brothers house and then my mom moved him back in with her. She was in the upstairs apartment in our complex and me, my wife and son who was a baby at the time living in the downstairs apartment.  This was about 20 years ago, but the best I can remember he stayed there about 6 months.  We would walk up stairs and visit and had my dad down to my apartment for dinner.  While he had not been part of my life I was willing to try to work at some kind of relationship but he was still an alcoholic so any chance at a relationship was small, but I was willing to try.

I don’t know all that happened while he stayed with mom, but I could tell things were not going well, he was still drinking and becoming belligerent like my mom said he was when they were married.  I tried to talk to him about my faith in God hoping this might make a change, but it was hard to do as we did not have a relationship so I just left my bible there hoping he might read it.  My mom told me after he moved out that he had told her he has two sons “one that is a Jesus freak” (that would be me) and another “son that is a drunk” (this would be my half-brother). I never thought I was a “Jesus Freak” but I have a faith and hope in God and willing to share for what He has done for me and the mercy He shows me as well and I was trying to do the same for my dad.

Right before my dad left he and my half-brother had been to the track and apparently been drinking and fighting and had come back to the parking lot of our apartment complex. He and my half-brother were in the parking lot fighting and someone called the police and I came out to see what was going on. My half-brother left and my mom went back into the apartment so that left me out there with my dad and the police and now he had nowhere to go. The police said if he doesn’t go somewhere they would have to take him to jail. To me know matter what he had done by leaving us or being a drunk I couldn’t let him go to jail so I told the police I would take care of.  I drove him to a local motel and said mom does not want you back and you have to leave.  I didn’t like telling someone who no one wants them as I think this would be a horrible way to live but I had to say it.  I had a test the next day so my father in law gathered up his clothes and his car and took them to the motel where he was staying.  At this point my dad left town and stayed with his mother for a little while before making his final stop to stay with his brother in Florida.

Again, I tell this story for a little background on my current family dilemma.  I hated that things turned out the way they did and that I could not have a dad to count on or ask advice about things as I got older. Some things in life are just common sense and you know what to do, but other times you need another man to bounce things off of that you can’t ask your mother and this is what I missed.  I have had to forge ahead and to the best that I can and do not want to dwell on the past as none of us should because you can’t do anything about it now.

I will post more of the story in my next post.

I have not been able to post for the past few days for the reasons listed in the title of my post.  I had a small place appear on my face and before I went on vacation I had a biopsy and while on vacation I get a call from the dermatologist office that I have skin cancer and need to have Mohs surgery.  I received the paperwork in the mail explaining how this is done and also did research on my own.  The doctor removes a layer of skin and has it biopsied while you wait, if it is clear then you are stitched up and sent home. If not, then another layer of skin is taken and another biopsy performed and this is repeated until the cancer is removed.

Thankfully, for me it only took one procedure and the biopsy was negative so I was stitched up and sent home.  Even though this was very minor and caught early it is sinking in that I had cancer!!  Just makes me pause as I have stated previously that our lives can change in a moment and when it does everything we have known can be completely turned upside down.  None of us are prepared for that, but the only way I can have a peace about it is to trust the God in heaven to help me through.  Whenever the time comes for my world to be turned upside I do hope I rely on God to give me the strength to endure it.