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Seinfeld’s Halloween animated

Posted by imfreenow on October 31, 2007


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Jerry Seinfeld on Halloween

Posted by imfreenow on October 31, 2007

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Hallowed Evening?

Posted by imfreenow on October 31, 2007

Michael Medved supposedly is against Halloween celebration because ihe thinks it’s evil (good for him) while this writer, a pastor is against thinking of Halloween as evil. As my sister says, it’s a holiday for kids to dress up in costumes and go out and get candy door to door – obviously it’s got to be something good for kids, right? Jerry Seinfeld does a hoot of a sketch on Halloween telling why kids think it’s so great.

My cousin, a doctor, now retired due to heart problems, hates Halloween because of his brushes with the occult and Satanism. He was dating a woman who was married to a fellow doctor who killed himself. It was discovered posthumously that he had been involved in a Satanic cult and had involved their son in it. The son related to her and my cousin (who dated her after her husband’s death) the details of the cult’s practices. It was clear that it was Satanism. I imagine Halloween was particularly gruesome.

The cult started to go after my cousin just because of his involvement with the woman and her son. It was a bizarre chapter in his life. People don’t really believe his story, but I do.

I see my cousin’s point, why he hates Halloween.

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Feeling Depressed?

Posted by imfreenow on October 29, 2007

I was feeling a bit depressed the other day, so I called the Help Hotline.

I was put through to a ‘call center’ in Pakistan.

I explained that I was feeling suicidal.

They were very excited at this news and wanted to know if I could drive a truck or fly an airplane….

(this is a joke sent from my sister in Germany)

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Is Jesus the only way of salvation?

Posted by imfreenow on October 27, 2007

What does the Bible say? (more of Walter G. Johnson’s sermon)

Acts 4:12
“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

1 Timothy 2:5
For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

Philippians 2:9-11
For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

I have often been asked, “What will happen then to all of those people around the world who believe in a god but don’t believe in Jesus?”

All I can say is that I am not God and that is not my decision. However, the Bible is very clear to me when it says in John 3:17,18
“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

What I do know then, is that God the Father has revealed Himself and His plan of salvation in His Holy Word and revealed it in His only begotten Son Jesus Christ.

I urge every person who has accepted this revealed Jesus as Lord to give thanks for God’s moving in your life and share it with others.

I urge every person who has not accepted this revealed Jesus as Lord to accept Him this morning. Amen!!

Wow! Now there’s a pastor preaching the truth!

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Is God active in individual lives today?

Posted by imfreenow on October 27, 2007

I believe there are many of you who could attest to God’s intervention in your lives or the life of somebody you know.

There are many who believe the world is so big and complicated that there is no way that God could be active in the lives of each of his creatures here on this earth.

And besides that, even if He could, he would not be interested in all the little things that go on in each of our lives day after day.

Nor would God interfere in our lives, they say.

God has not created his universe just to watch it wind down without any attention given to it.

He continues to be involved.

Colossians 1:17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

Why would we pray, why would we ask for God’s intervention, if He is not interested in our lives? Again, the answer to this question is in Jesus Christ.


Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”

Matthew 28:20 “…lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.”

God is still active in individual lives today.

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Is God a real person?

Posted by imfreenow on October 27, 2007

The question is probably as old as time itself.

When the Apostle Paul was doing missionary work in Athens, Greece he ran into that problem.

Acts 17:22
So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects.
23″For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you.

King David seemed to be having his own problem in:

Psalms 27:7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice, And be gracious to me and answer me.
8 When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.”

John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word (Jesus) was with God, and the Word (Jesus) was God.

John 1:14 And the Word (Jesus) became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:18 No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.

So if you want to know if God is real, then you get your answer from Jesus Christ Who came to earth from God, the Father, and returned to Him.

From Pastor Walter G. Johnson of Shakopee, Minnesota

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Did all of the Bible come from God or is some of it the invention of human writers?

Posted by imfreenow on October 27, 2007

(From Pastor Johnson’s sermon)
If there is absolute moral truth then it has to come from God himself.

And that means that all of the Bible has to come from God himself.

Thousands upon thousands of so-called Christians believe that a good part of the bible is the invention of human writers.

Dr. Martin Luther says in his large catechism: “We know that God does not lie. I and my neighbor, in fact, all men, may err and deceive, but the Word of God cannot lie.”

2 Peter 1: 20 (New American Standard) But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation,
21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God

2 Timothy 3: 16, 4: 3,4 All Scripture is inspired by God…For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

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Don’t Take The Truth For Granted, Cont.

Posted by imfreenow on October 24, 2007

I got the sermon notes from Sunday’s sermon. The pastor, Walter G. Johnson, who gave the sermon is in his 80s and sharp as a tack. Here is an excerpt:

As many of you know, Josh McDowell is a prolific Christian author and lecturer on family and youth topics.

I quote him from a current publication of his:

“Our churched young people are adopting distorted beliefs about God, Christ and His Word, and these beliefs are directly attributing to our kids making wrong moral choices.”

Let me share 4 statistics from him which should surprise you if not shock you.

“70% of our churched youth don’t believe that there is an absolute moral truth.

58% of our churched youth believe all faiths teach equally valid truths.

63% of our churched youth don’t believe Jesus is the Son of the one true God.

68% of our churched youth don’t believe that the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, is a real entity.”

I don’t know what kinds of churches those churched youth attend but I can tell you one thing, they clearly don’t know their Bibles.

A long time ago we quit asking, “Is the world round or flat?”

A long time ago we quit asking, “Can man fly?”

A long time ago we quit asking, “Do you suppose we will ever put a man on the moon?”

It is obvious that other kinds of questions continue to be asked. Many of those persistent questions deal with God. And according to Josh McDowell, an awful lot of youth as well as adults come up with wrong answers to those questions.

This morning I want to address just a few of those persistent questions about God.

These facts, apparently gathered through polling, are staggering. As I said in my other post, I tend to take for granted the truth that I have been given.

I also don’t know what to think about these statistics because you also hear statistics about the large numbers who believe in the biblical stories and in the resurrection.

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Billy Graham?

Posted by imfreenow on October 24, 2007

I’ve always felt there was something lacking, something not quite right about Billy Graham. I’m not saying he hasn’t had good evangelistic sermons, or done a good job of reaping a harvest of souls, bringing them to Christ, but maybe it’s the way in the Decision magazine, the message stays constantly on getting saved, and doesn’t progress for those who are already saved to other topics relevant to the life of the believer. I don’t know. There is a place for continuing to give the evangelistic message.

I can only use one thing as an example – one thing I found in the Decision mag that my parents receive. He clearly writes something false and misleading and even hurtful. He writes about the battlefield of the mind in the latest November edition. And he mentions the doubtful mind. He quotes only a part of Romans 14:23 and says the Bible says “He who doubts is condemned” referring to doubting about whether or not one actually belongs to Christ. Now this is taking it completely out of context. This is only a portion of the verse, and the word condemned is not meant in the heavy, eternal context that he is using.

The verse is talking about the eating of meat and drinking of wine around those who think it’s wrong, and whether it is wrong to offend those who think it is wrong. Prior to the words, “he who doubts is condemned,” it says, “happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.” And the verse actually says, “he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith.” The word condemned is not talking about hell. Graham is taking a verse out of context. Is it as a scare tactic? Doing this is scary and disturbing. Honestly, reading his work, I don’t feel I am reading anointed words from the heart of the Father God. I am disappointed in Graham.

I knew there was no place in the bible where it actually said, “he who doubts is condemned.” In James, the first chapter, it says, “he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.” We can have doubt that interferes with receiving from God, such as the unbelief in Jesus’ town of Nazareth that he said was so bad that he couldn’t do mighty works there.

But you can have doubts enter into your mind and into your life and at the same time, the sum total can be faith, such as Abraham, who went through terrible doubt to the degree that he went ahead and had sex with a woman not his wife in order to get a son (Ishmael) yet he still went on to receive the son of the promise through his wife later on (Isaac.)

But no where does it say that doubt is equal to losing your salvation. Wow! Wow! I was struck by that one!

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Axis Of Evil, Or Hitler or Something

Posted by imfreenow on October 21, 2007

Look, his head is about to explode and change into a grotesque shape. He’s Satan!
I can’t believe I’ve been deceived into thinking Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was something more innocuous than he is, which is another one of the Hitlers out there of our day.

He hates the Jews and US as a result. He hates the Jews and US because he hates God and the freedom of choice that we represent. He parades as an angel of light calling us evil and says he wants to rid the world of us to usher in the kind of world he wants. But he looks pretty OK. He looks fairly refined and good looking and he has come across as being sort of friendly towards the U.S.

In Joel Rosenberg’s new book Epicenter, Ahmadinejad’s ideas and agenda are stated clearly in no uncertain terms in the introduction.

The book says:

The man Iranians elected to be their president in the summer of 2005 was Mahmoud Amahdinejad, who until then had been the mayor of Tehran. Few outside the capital city knew much about him at the time. Even those inside may not have fully appreciated what they were getting themselves into. But with each passing day, the picture became clearer-and more troubling.

Upon taking office, Ahmadinejad undertook a series of moves that sent shock waves through world capitals, rattled global markets, and drove up the international price of oil. He told associates that he believed the end of the world was just two or three years away. He said he believed he had been chosen by Allah to become Iran’s leader at this critical hour to hasten the coming of the Islamic messiah known as the Twelfth Imam or the Mahdi by launching a final holy war against Christians and Jews. He publicly vowed to annihilate the United States. He vowed to wipe Israel “off the map.” He also dramatically accelerated Iran’s effort to build, buy, or steal the nuclear weapons necessary to bring about the end of days in accordance with his Shiite Muslim theology.

skipping a part in between…

Ahmadinejad gave a speech in Tehran in which he further clarified his objectives. “Is it possible for us to witness a world without America and Zionism?” he asked a gathering of terrorist leaders from such groups as Hamas and Islamic Jihad. “You had best know that this slogan and this goal are attainable, and surely can be achieved.” He then urged Muslims around the world to prepare for the day when “our holy hatred expands” and “strikes like a wave.”

Six months later, Ahmadinejad upped the ante yet again, declaring in a nationally televised address that Iran had successfully enriched uranium and joined the “nuclear club,” leading a number of Western Intelligence agencies and experts to predict that Iran could have operational nuclear weapons in the next two or three years-just in time for the Bush administration to leave office and, presumably, for the end of the world to begin.

And liberals nonchalantly invite him to speak at Columbus University – a demagogue! When will we wake up?

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Don’t Take The Truth For Granted

Posted by imfreenow on October 21, 2007

I went with my folks to a little church where my dad served briefly as an interim pastor during his career. The pastor gave a sermon in which he related some statistics he got from Josh McDowell’s (“Evidence That Demands A Verdict”) site. I don’t have the statistics, but it’s some staggering statistics about churched, not un-churched youth in America, who don’t believe that Jesus is the son of God, and that He is the only way to God, or that the bible is the true word of God and that their belief (or lack of belief) lead to lack of morals.

It made me realize how I take for granted the truth that I have been given, the truth that my parents brought me up in and the truth that I am constantly surrounded by as I always find churches that preach the truth and I always find Christians in places such as on the internet (!) who believe and preach the truth.

I didn’t realize how many churches out there preach lies, or leave out the facts, like Joel Osteen’s church.

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A Look ‘To Die For’

Posted by imfreenow on October 20, 2007

Body Piercing Gone Awry – ‘Fashion’ To Die For…

By John Reinan HealthScout Reporter
Whole story here

Red Sonia wanted a look to die for — and she got it.

Sonia, whose real name was Lesley Hovvels, once appeared on British television to show off her more than 100 body piercings.

But the 39-year-old Welsh woman died earlier this year of a massive infection caused by her failure to properly care for the dozens of piercings in her nose, ears, lips and other body parts.

It’s an extreme case. But doctors warn that recent medical journals have chronicled hundreds of cases of injury, infection and even death caused by piercings gone bad.

“In many cases, it’s safe to say, the guy who cuts your hair has more training than the guy who pierces you,” says Dr. Shari Welch, an emergency room physician at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City.

“It’s pretty scary stuff,” says Welch, who recently saw a 19-year-old woman nearly suffocate because emergency room doctors had trouble getting a breathing tube past the piercings on her tongue.

In another incident, a 19-year-old man’s urethra was “shredded,” Welch says, after a car accident that ripped loose a small ring from his penis.

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Body Piercing Killing kids

Posted by imfreenow on October 19, 2007

From a blog called “The Other Cheek

A little outside the OC’s normal jurisdiction is this important story from the United States about a young woman who made the mistake of getting hippy body piercing done.

As a result Stephanie Edington has lost a breast and very nearly lost her life. Too many young people have died from complications of body piercing.

She is just the latest victim of hippy body piercing, and now has to live with her decision for the rest of her life. Experts warn that piercing may cause blood poisoning, serious infections and even HIV. Even upper ear piercing has caused serious and long lasting infections which left victims “cosmetically deformed.

I can believe this is serious enough to cause death. I have pierced ears – one hole in each ear, and here I am maybe 35 years or more after I had them pierced and I still get little infections in my simple two-hole piercings. The lobes will swell up if the holes grow over and then I pierce them again with wearing earrings, or if I wear earrings that aren’t 100% sterling, or are a little rusty. Can you imagine the problem if you have numerous piercings?”

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Bodypiercing Nightmare

Posted by imfreenow on October 19, 2007

Give it your best caption.

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Please Pray For My Education and My future

Posted by imfreenow on October 18, 2007

I’m studying Video Production at a Technical College, taking just one class. The teacher gets up in front of class and gives a quick demonstration of something in a program in say, Photo-shop. He then expects us to do a project based on what he showed us. He seems irritated at having to explain over again what he demonstrated. After one of his demos, I am overwhelmed. I can’t remember half of what he just showed us. There are no handouts or textbooks.

I don’t notice anyone else struggling. Everyone seems to already know the stuff we’re doing. Everyone seems to have joined the class with previous knowledge of the subject, except I know there are a few who are also struggling.

This is the weirdest class I’ve ever taken, with no real steps to learning.

Regardless of how it’s being taught, it seems quite obvious that I am not going to be able to excel in this field.

I guess it’s obvious that I can just squeeze through this class and get through to the end of the semester. But what then? I don’t have a future in any concrete vocation like Video Production which makes me feel insecure. I enjoyed film editing when I took a video class a while back. But now I lack passion for it. I just lack passion for the fast world of media. My heart is not there.

I am lacking passion in general. Basically, I want to go be with the Lord. I know that must sound kind of depressing, but it seems to be true right now. I have no desire for this world. I want to be in the next world with Jesus.

But what do you do with that? How do you prepare for the future with that? I’m at a loss.

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Cornerstones Of Conviction

Posted by imfreenow on October 17, 2007

Bill Johnson, Bethel Church, Redding, CA

Nuggets of wisdom from the charismatic healing conference coming from Bill:

1. God is ALWAYS good
2. Nothing is impossible
3. We war from a victory already won
4. I am significant!

Additional insights: He is not in me as a lake but as a river. God’s gifts in me are to be flowing out to others.

God doesn’t entertain us with breakthroughs. He gave them to us as keys to give us legal ground. Bill used the scripture that says wherever your foot treads, that ground belongs to you (paraphrased.) Once you have gained an insight, a victory, a revelation, it is yours to retrieve once again. God gave you the keys to go back and retrieve it, like the wells of salvation that we can draw from any time.

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For Lea…

Posted by imfreenow on October 17, 2007

Just to let you know I don’t think I will be going to the movie Into The Wild and why. I see it playing at our local “artsy” theater, a theater known for films that just go beyond the boundaries of what a person can stomach sometimes, and that it’s an “R” rated film and that it’s by Sean Penn. That tells me a lot. Penn has starred in a lot of B grade films with a lot of violence and I don’t anticipate a lot of good from him. An R rating on a film with the kind of content that the book had promises some heavy subject matter that I anticipate to be depressing. I actually only read a third of the book and didn’t want to continue because the protagonist bothered me. He is not a person whose mind I want to explore. I anticipate that seeing his story in film is going to have an even greater impact than the book, which left me feeling uncomfortable.

I contemplated going to the film last night but thought, “nah!” Just thought you should know.

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Bisexual’s Parents Half-Understand

Posted by imfreenow on October 16, 2007

EVANSTON, IL—The parents of recently admitted bisexual Jeremy Lambert said they completely half-understand their 19-year-old son’s lifestyle choice and are 50 percent behind him no matter what happens, sources reported Monday.Read more here

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SQUIRREL Pancakes?

Posted by imfreenow on October 16, 2007

This one is for Kingdavid!

A restaurant is making a dish out of grey squirrels. And here is where I found out Bike Bubba was right about Brunswick Stew. That is something they make out of squirrels!

Mmmmmm. Aren’t you getting hungry?

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