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It’s My Birthday And I’ll Cry if I Want To!

Posted by imfreenow on June 28, 2007

I’m 52 today and I do look like in the photo to the right. I still don’t have gray hair and I don’t wear glasses so I’m doing OK. If I could just shed some of the fat.

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6,782 Dead Squirrels During Oregon Squirrel Shoot

Posted by imfreenow on June 28, 2007

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Things to do with a dead squirrel

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Burt Rosenberg: Another One of God’s Gems

Posted by imfreenow on June 28, 2007

Shown here: evidence of the striking likeness to The King.
Here is some of his art, and a quote he uses to go with it: “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” –Mark Twain

For more of Burt Rosenberg, a good friend, Messianic Jew and “Joy Spritzer” go to www.burtrosenberg.com

Burt is a comedian who was doing the East coast circuit when he found Christ. He decided to take his comedy into the church and has been doing his comedy there ever since, giving seminars on joy! One of his funniest concepts is: “Die now, avoid the rush!” You can kind of guess, theologically what this means.

I met him in the Twin Cities and laughed thoroughly at one of his presentations in a church here and got to meet and spend time with him. We have become friends and have kept in touch by e-mail. He has a great testimony, especially relating his experience of losing his father tragically at a young age, and overcoming that. He is a very funny man. But that’s Jewish!

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Don’t They Look Proud and Happy?!

Posted by imfreenow on June 26, 2007

Can’t you feel the disease?

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Here’s A Miracle!

Posted by imfreenow on June 25, 2007

My parents receive fliers from various missionaries, and one caught my interest. It was Cup of Cold Water Ministries, located mostly in Asia, a ministry focused mostly on women in prostitution and children. And they have this special ministry in Bangkok, Thailand on the streets to the prostitutes there, called ‘Servantworks’ run by a guy named Jim. My parents haven’t been giving money to this ministry or had anything to do with it except receive their mail, but I took an interest. I sent them some money and they responded. I did a post on this back in February on my old blog.

Suddenly, out of nowhere I received a comment on my blog from a guy who knows them and has been there and worked with them. I don’t know him from Adam! There is no connection between my blog and my regular mail. It is purely an act of God connecting me with this guy. His name is Bill Graver and he has pictures on his blog of his time in Thailand working with Jim Larson’s ministry. On His blog there is also a connection with Jim Larson’s blog telling of the ministry in Thailand.

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Orthodox Jews Rock!

Posted by imfreenow on June 24, 2007

They have the guts to protest a recent gay pride parade in Jerusalem!

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I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR

Posted by imfreenow on June 22, 2007

I thought of this because of Jonathan and Zechariah’s posts over at Ambassadors of Christ and because of Andy’s post over at Mile From The Beach. How many of us have felt this way after finding Jesus? And in America, how many of us have still been looking for something despite our good, Christian background which should have given us everything we need and because of which we shouldn’t be looking for anything? Yet look at us! Ridden with infidelity and divorce, drug addiction and obesity, greed and gambling addiction, to name a few.

How many people do you know who do not have a deep experience of love? An experience of the love of God? Do you even have a strong frame of reference of the love of God yourself from which to decide what this is? And before we talk about the enemies of God, and decide who they are, we need to determine that first by whether or not certain people have truly rejected God or if they have never actually had an opportunity to know God, even in a country like ours. It is possible to be isolated from the truth in America. Despite our Christian heritage, we have a strong need for revival, is what I am saying. And like my good friend Burt Rosenberg has said, you can’t have the re-vive without the vive! We may not have ever had the vive!

We have had plenty of good principles, rules, regulations, hellfire sermons, traditions, hard work and good people, but I’m not so sure we have had a strong revelation of the love of God and the grace of God. We’re good at being good and at working hard at being good, but we aren’t so good at letting go and letting God.

I pray we’d truly find what we have been looking for…..

OK. My mom has just informed me that I forget that America has had revivals – the Azusa street revival in the L.A. area, and the charismatic renewal of the 70’s. It’s just that these times of refreshing are so long away that it seems as if they never happened. So, we have had the vive. Let’s have the revive!

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Please Pray For Christy

Posted by imfreenow on June 21, 2007

She is my niece, Jonathan’s older sister. She is 26, and just passed her bar exam and got sworn in as a lawyer. She can now practice law. But she is a feminine woman and has no desire to enter the world of feminism and proving herself as an independent, tough woman, while living on her own. So, she is presently still living with her family while single. Big problem: the guy she was seeing dumped her, turned out to be kind of a jerk, and her biological clock is ticking. Oh, I remember the days. I remember the intensity of the struggle.

Funny thing is, I was 23 and her mother was just marrying her father and I was screaming inside over the fact that I wasn’t married. Here it is all these years later and I am free. I don’t care if I am married or not, and my body isn’t tormenting me anymore over the need for sex. And here, the product of that marriage, Christy, is facing a similar torment. But Christy is better off than I was. She isn’t as desperate as I was. But she still needs your prayers. She lives in this difficult age for relationships.

She was just showing me some lovely shoes she had bought to go with a pretty dress she had bought and asked if the purse she had for it matched. She is still so feminine. We’re still keeping that alive in this family. And she is godly. She knows that this whole area is up to God. She went on a church retreat lately. She isn’t rushing out and hopping into bed with guys. I don’t know if she slept with her boyfriend or not. But I know she has a pretty good sense of values and of the need to seek God in things. I know that this can and will deepen with age as well.

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CareerBuilder.com: Monkey Business (Plastic Bubbles)

Posted by imfreenow on June 18, 2007

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Gabrielle Eden-today

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Career Builder – Titanic

Posted by imfreenow on June 18, 2007

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CareerBuilder Monkeys –

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CareerBuilder.com: Monkey Business (Starting a New Day)

Posted by imfreenow on June 18, 2007

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Posted by imfreenow on June 18, 2007

Monkeys are amazing animals!

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The Father’s Song – the MP3 file

Posted by imfreenow on June 18, 2007

You can go here to listen to Matt Redman’s song, and to hear other his songs too. Redman is English, so listen to hear the quality of depth in his worship, since he is a part of the light shining in the darkness in the UK and Europe just talked about in the previous post. He is one of our foremost worship leaders and songwriters in the world today.

My father was a disappointment and still is. He is a retired Lutheran minister and he abused me verbally and a little bit physically too. He has always been a mystery – contradicting what he preaches. With severe anger and impatience with people that showed no Christian love, mostly behind the scenes where church people couldn’t see it, one wondered where and how Christ was living in his heart. It was explained by Jesus in the gospels where he said the Word fell on hard ground, a hard heart, and didn’t produce fruit. That is my dad.

He severely damaged my relationship to God, and I lived apart from God for years and in wrong relationships with men. The end result? I ended up coming back to Minnesota at 30 seeking to reconcile with my dad and seeking a more stable life. I fell in love with a man ten years younger than me. It didn’t work out and I was devastated. I then started to seek God at about 37 and haven’t stopped since.

I have come so close to God and it is oh so good to be close to father God. And who do I have to thank? My dad. If he hadn’t hurt me, if my earthly father hadn’t failed me, I may not have drawn so close to the heavenly father. I can thank the young man who left me too, because it was after he left that I started to passionately pursue The Father.

It is so hard for those of us who have a damaged relationship with our earthly fathers. I live with him again and he hasn’t changed – that’s the hardest part. He is still abusive toward my mom, avoiding me because he does have a conscience about that, and because in his elderly frailty he no longer has the energy to abuse me.

What do we do in that situation? We have no choice but to forgive and to keep on forgiving. I now understand why Jesus talked about forgiving 70 times 7. We have to do it over and over again. And it’s hard. It’s hard when someone has refused to change. But I have forgiven my dad, and I do love him as my dad. I love him as the WWII veteran that he is, and for all that he does not understand in this life, but he will understand someday when he goes to be with God. In part I believe he will be judged, but I also believe he will finally be loved in ways he never was, and his spirit will finally be freed from the bondage that it is in – bondage that none of us is able to free him from.

When I listen to a beautiful song like Matt Redman’s about The Father, I do not think of my earthly father, but I think of my perfect heavenly father, who has so nearly perfectly (at this point in my life) replaced the missing father love that so severely damaged me, with his perfect father love. The Father’s Song is a song that The Father has sung over me. Let Him sing it over you.

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The Father’s Song

Posted by imfreenow on June 18, 2007

by Matt Redman

I have heard so many songs
Listened to a thousand tongues
But there is one
That sounds above them all

The Father’s song
The Father’s love
You sung it over me and for eternity
is written on my heart

CHORUS:
Heaven’s perfect melody
The Creator’s symphony
You are singing over me
The Father’s song
Heaven’s perfect mystery
The king of love has sent for me
And now you’re singing over me
The Father’s song

I have heard so many songs
Listened to a thousand tongues
But there is one
That sounds above them all
[Sounds above them all]

The Father’s song
The Father’s love
You sung it over me and for eternity
Is written on my heart

CHORUS

Heaven’s perfect mystery
The king of love has sent for me
And now you’re singing over me
The Father’s song

The Father’s song
The Father’s love
You sung it over me and for eternity
It’s written on my heart
[It’s written on my heart]

The Father’s song
The Father’s love
You sung it over me and for eternity
It’s written on my heart
It’s written on my heart
You sing it over me
Father

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Father’s Day Originated In Spokane

Posted by imfreenow on June 17, 2007

It really kills me how little is made of dads! How are men supposed to embrace fatherhood if we don’t honor them for the incredible hard work they do in being dads? Today in church, hardly anything was said about it – ach! I hardly think this post is going to make up for it.

This article again brings out the fact that this holiday has not been celebrated for that long, (since 1909) again showing how short a time we have been ‘civilized’ and in how short a time we are tearing it down. It also tells us that, of all people, Richard Nixon made this into a firm holiday in 1972. Who would have thought?

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

SPOKANE, Wash. — Sonora Smart Dodd sat in church on Mother’s Day in 1909, and didn’t like what she heard.

The Rev. Harry Rasmus was rambling on about the importance of mothers, but had nothing to say about fathers.

Dodd decided then that men like her father, William Smart – a widowed Civil War veteran who raised his six children on a farm – needed a similar holiday, and embarked on a lifelong quest to make it happen.

It was a long slog for the Spokane woman.

While Mother’s Day was quickly accepted as a national holiday, it took decades for fathers to get the same acclaim. Father’s Day only this year is celebrating its 35th anniversary since President Nixon made it a permanent holiday in 1972.

Read the rest of the article here, and have a HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, DADS! Don’t let anyone undermine your importance.

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Internet Radio Network

Posted by imfreenow on June 17, 2007

Someone just “turned me on” to this site which has a connection to major conservative and Christian radio head honchos from Michael Medved to James Dobson, with their schedules – cool! For now, I am only on the internet at Caribou coffee shops, sipping cappuccino and staring into the window of my computer like a freak in public, with limited time on the internet. But someday I’ll come back to this post when I have more extensive home internet access and I’ll use this radio network.

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Trunk Monkey Compilation

Posted by imfreenow on June 17, 2007

This is in answer to Animal Kingdom Jihad. This is how the animals are giving back to us.

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