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Polish Joke

Posted by imfreenow on November 30, 2007

A Polish man moved to the USA and married an American girl. Although his English was far from perfect, they got along very well until one day he rushed into a lawyer’s office and asked him if he could arrange a divorce for him.

The lawyer said that getting a divorce would depend on the circumstances, and asked him the following questions:

Have you any grounds? Yes, an acre and half and nice little home.

No, I mean what is the foundation of this case? It made of concrete.

I don’t think you understand. Does either of you have a real grudge? No, we have carport, and not need one.

I mean. What are your relations like? All my relations still in Poland.

Is there any infidelity in your marriage? We have hi-fidelity stereo and good DVD player.

Does your wife beat you up? No, I always up before her.

Is your wife a nagger? No, she white.

Why do you want this divorce? She going to kill me.

What makes you think that? I got proof.

What kind of proof? She going to poison me. She buy a bottle at drugstore and put on shelf in bathroom. I can read, and it say:

“Polish Remover”

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What I Want For Christmas

Posted by imfreenow on November 27, 2007


A robot that only cost a few million to design, and will end up costing maybe $200,000.00 when it’s perfected and put on the market. It’s designed to aid the elderly and disabled but hey, it could be used for back rubs and the like. I’m sure someone could cough up the dough. I know Kingdavid wants one.

It’s actually scary.

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Americans Enjoying Thanksgiving Tradition Of Sitting Around At Airport

Posted by imfreenow on November 27, 2007

Watch The Onion’s Video Here

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We Must Not Forget

Posted by imfreenow on November 27, 2007

This came in an e-mail from my sister in GERMANY! I’ve changed the content to match what I’ve found on the news about UK schools. It’s sentiment remains. Apparently, this e-mail is one that’s been circulating, but the part about UK schools was based on false information.

It is a matter of history that when Supreme Commander of the Allied
Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps he
ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from
surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to
bury the dead.

He did this because he said in words to this effect: “Get it all on
record now – get the films – get the witnesses – because somewhere down the
track of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened”

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do
nothing.

Edmund Burke

Some UK schools and some teachers are avoiding the teaching of the Holocaust for fear of offending Muslims. (It used to say: In Memorial

this week, the UK removed The Holocaust from its school curriculum
because

it “offended” the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. )

This is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world
and how easily each country is giving into it.

It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe
ended.
This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the
six million Jews,

20 million Russians,

10 million Christians

and 1,900 Catholic priests
who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated

while the German and Russia peoples looking the other way!

Now, more than ever, with Iran, among others, claiming the Holocaust
to be
“a myth,”

it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.

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Our Demise

Posted by imfreenow on November 25, 2007

So, while women in the West refuse to have babies because they are worried about the environment, women in Muslim nations are reproducing rapidly. And they watch us hungrily, waiting for our demise, glad for our foolishness. Arrogant Westerners believe that they can remain sovereign even if there are no people to replace them.

I found this article through Uncle Ben who just did a post on choosing children.

As you read the article, picture a spoof of this whole thing on MadTV or Saturday Nite Live. It’s almost too ridiculous to be real.

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What?

Posted by imfreenow on November 24, 2007

Mankind can “kill the Universe?” Little human beings, who generally live only 80, 90 years tops, come along supposedly billions of years after the Universe was created and can kill it? This, by observing ‘dark matter.’ Remember, mankind thought the earth was flat too, once.

So, are they talking about just our part of the Universe or the whole Universe, in which case, hello, it goes on forever! In either case, it’s ridiculous!

This shows the pride of man, thinking he has that much power! Man, who in his brilliance cannot come up with anything more brilliant than riding around in metal boxes that break down and rust away. Man, who would die if he didn’t excrete for a week! Man, who can hardly even navigate around his small galaxy.

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Will this work for my new profile photo?

Posted by imfreenow on November 23, 2007


Fourth of July 2007!

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Late Veterans’ Day (November 11, 2007)

Posted by imfreenow on November 23, 2007


Here is one the last of the big war (WWII) guys left. He’s 83, and he would have been deployed as a Naval officer, but the atomic bomb kept him from having to go into battle. He is seen here reading his paper as he does every single morning at around 9:00 AM, sharp. He is my dad. He is part of “the greatest generation,” a generation that stopped a mad man who annihilated six million Jews, tortured countless others and tried to take over the world. They are a disciplined, principled generation and will be sorely missed.

Thank you to all the other war veterans out there!

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Squirrel Nutkin

Posted by imfreenow on November 23, 2007


I just discovered something that’s right up Kingdavid’s alley-Beatrix Potter’s Squirrel Nutkin.

And I found the perfect gift to give him for Christmas. A sterling silver Squirrel Nutkin pendant.

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Why I’m Thankful

Posted by imfreenow on November 23, 2007

Thanksgiving crept up on us so fast I missed it until it was here. My heart goes out to the homeless and hungry, the destitute and the lonely.

I’m thankful this year because of America and the elevation of women. I am a supervisor at my job and I can wear jeans and negotiate with my (male) boss over my wage.

I have the entire Bible and I can worship as I choose the God of the Bible.

I have The Truth and nothing but the truth, given to me by two wonderful parents who raised me in the truth.

I thank God for my parents, my siblings, my nieces and nephews, my cousins and my in-laws.

I thank God for my friends.

I thank God for my church(es)

I thank God for plenty of food and clothing, and a warm, dry place to sleep

I thank God for my health

I thank God for a car, a cell phone and a computer

I thank God for my cat

I ALMOST FORGOT! One of the biggest reasons I’m thankful is that I’m NOT MARRIED TO A BAD MAN! THANK GOD!

I could go on and on…

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Charles Schultz Philosophy

Posted by imfreenow on November 21, 2007


The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip. You don’t have to actually answer the questions.. Just read the post straight through, and you’ll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.


Easier?

The lesson:

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care .

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Healing Mandate

Posted by imfreenow on November 20, 2007

‘Certain people leave our lives forever changed. In 1988, I met Mike Turrigiano, a Vineyard pastor who told stories about praying for the sick, caring for prostitutes and the homeless, and moving in prophetic revelation. The text for his message was 1 Corinthians 4: 20: “The kingdom of God is not a matter of words but of power.” That verse and the realities that Mike was moving in were forever imprinted on my spirit.

I hunted him down at the end of the meeting and, in the course of our conversation, Mike referred me to his mentor and spiritual father, John Wimber. I devoured his writings and audio tapes, for they opened to me a whole new world. I had never seen it before: “Jesus was either on His way to heal someone, was healing, or had just come from healing.” “The supernatural is inseparable from the Gospel. it is the good news. Anything less is ‘another gospel’, and not good news.”

As I have continued to read, study and pray, I “see” with ever-improving acuity the supernatural healing mandate and kingdom authority that is ours in Christ.’

Guy Chevreau in Turnings. Order book here.

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Kids’ Letters To God

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Answered Prayer

Posted by imfreenow on November 14, 2007

This book by Guy Chevreau (Turnings) has helped to answer my dilemma over my future. I now understand that I don’t have to fear the future because..here where I had fear over the future and how to provide for myself, Chevreau is saying that our problem is that we have too much provision and too much security financially and we depend on that. He is saying that having less is more.

By not having a secure future I’m in a better position to be absolutely dependent on God.

He talks about the meaning of absolute dependence. He and Heidi Baker were looking for a few pennies he could borrow for a sermon illustration while visiting her in Pemba, northern Mozambique. It is a “hard” Muslim province where they were having a church conference. They talked to nearly a dozen pastors, and not one of these ‘mighty men of God’ had even a penny to loan him. ‘It was a most staggering realization of the absolute dependence these pastors live continuously.’

Can you imagine that? These men of God don’t even carry spare change. We carry change, cash, credit cards, cell phones, etc. We carry so much “security.” And recently I earned much less in my paycheck, and that in answer to giving more to the work of the church, and I was surprised at first but not now. I thought, “OK, God is trying to teach me dependence.”

Chevreau also talks about our need to concern ourselves with those less fortunate than us. He says: “If we keep praying for ‘more’ without a growing commitment to those who have so much less, we need to concede that in the living out of our faith, there’s something fundamentally wrong.”

I’m only beginning to learn and understand this. It is after this that he talks about Mother Theresa, and I am humbled to realize her commitment to God and to the poor.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that suddenly my concern for the future is now made easy. But I have had a “turning” because of this book. Just a few words and fear is dissipating. This man operates out of a higher order.

All I know is that I want to be in the will of God, where things make sense, and where I know I’m doing what He wants me to do. If He wants me to have very little, depending on Him moment by moment for the smallest thing, then so be it. As long as I can know His power and see His hand at work and be free from depending on my own power.

I think it should be our goal to die sharing the gospel. What else should it be – that we die rotting away in old age? Go out with a blaze of glory, I say! We have to dispense with the comfortable life.

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Great News!

Posted by imfreenow on November 14, 2007

I went to my nurse/psychiatrist yesterday and she actually started talking about the possibility of my going off medication. I went in there feeling cynical, and brought up that God had touched me at a healing conference, not expecting to get a positive response. But I was wrong! She said that she believes God heals but that I need to wait. I was so elated, just the thought of having the doctor talk about going off medication. It was understood that the reason is the problem of side effects with medication.

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About A Boy – 2002

Posted by imfreenow on November 13, 2007


Great movie based on the book by Nick Hornby, starring Hugh Grant. It’s English and about a man in his late 30’s living off the royalties from a hit song his father made. He lives a shallow life, pursuing single moms for easy sex and ego gratification.

What’s so great about the film is how it goes from being really funny to bringing us to the serious side of this man and his need for more in life, and how he finds it in meeting a young boy who is the son of one of the single moms he meets.

I laughed so hard. I remembered it when the Rolling Stone review of Dan In Real Life said that the two movies were written by the same guy.

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Mother Theresa’s Real Passion

Posted by imfreenow on November 12, 2007

“The work we do is nothing more than a means of transforming our love for Christ into something concrete. I didn’t have to find Jesus. Jesus found me and chose me. A strong vocation is based on being possessed by Christ. He is the life that I want to live. He is the light that I want to radiate. He is the love with which I want to love. He is the joy that I want to share. He is the peace that I want to sow. Jesus is everything to me. Without Him, I can do nothing.”

I found this quote in Guy Chevreau’s book Turnings and I’m glad I did, because it shows me something of the passion that Mother Theresa did have for Christ, reminding me that of course she didn’t do all that she did without a real love and passion for Him. I don’t know what was found in those letters that have been recently talked about (that I posted about,) but maybe she just went through a bad period and not much weight should be put on them.

She also said about the West: “I think that the work of the Church in this developed and rich Western Hemisphere is more difficult than in Calcutta, where the needs of the people are reduced to a dish of rice to curb their hunger – something that will show them that someone loves them. In the West the problems that people have go much deeper; the problems are in the depths of their hearts.”

Yes, Lord. Please answer the needs of the West, which come down to the need to know your unconditional love and grace. Revival Lord, please bring revival to our land!

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Dan In Real Life

Posted by imfreenow on November 12, 2007


I’m absolutely loving Steve Carell’s image that he has carved out for himself – the father, husband, and basically the Jewish inspired make-fun-of-yourself bungler who is ultimately the winner, similar to Seinfeld and Stiller even though he’s probably not Jewish.

In this film he plays a columnist who gives advice on family relationships. He’s a widower and a father of three who meets a woman and there are complications. Most of the film is of his family reunion, with lots of laughs, and it’s got a lot of positive family values. The writer of this one wrote About a Boy – one of my all-time favorites!

You’ve got to see this one too.

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Bella – 2006

Posted by imfreenow on November 12, 2007


“True Love Goes Beyond Romance” says the movie site. An amazing movie! I just heard the story about Eduardo Verastegui, the actor who plays the main character. He was a soap opera star in Mexico. He is an absolutely gorgeous man. He came to America to learn to speak English and change his career and became a Christian. He then wanted to do something that would be glorifying to God and found this movie.

The basic story line is that it’s about a man who meets a woman who has become pregnant and convinces her to not have an abortion. It was being promoted by the Minnesotans Concerned For Life because of its pro-life message but it is neither a platform for pro-life nor an actual “Christian” movie. It is simply a life-affirming, values-affirming film that is so refreshing, it is like having fresh air that has cool water mixed with it coming over your face after being in horribly hot weather.

It is so unpredictable and so original! The actors are natural and pure. The relationship is pure and without the usual grunge. For once man and woman don’t have to take the usual turns! I’m trying not to spoil it. Go see it.

The only problem I had with it is my cynicism: seeing a man look like the most wonderful Jesus, imbued with the character of a heart like Jesus – as someone a woman finds while she is living in a huge city on the coast and finds herself pregnant by a man who is out of the picture. He cares so much he seems too good to be true.

I mean, I was in the same situation and it didn’t happen to me just like that. How do I turn my heart around to rejoice for these people, when I was living in Los Angeles and got pregnant by an irresponsible singer for a top 40 band and also felt that I could not take care of the child? I had no Jesus-like man to sit on the beach with to hold me. But alas, I did have Jesus, and he did take care of me, ultimately. I came pretty close. Read good review here.

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Supernatural Provision

Posted by imfreenow on November 10, 2007

Supernatural provision comes only as we exercise kingdom authority in absolute dependence.

Many of the resourced in the West are desperate for the first two dynamics: the miracles and the increase of kingdom authority. The third, absolute dependence, calls forth all manner of disturbing questions, among them: “What am I yet holding on to, yet grasping, clinging to and depending on? What am I afraid of? And knowing that grace is given to the humble, what am I yet proud of?”

Guy Chevreau, from the book Turnings

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