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What Do You Want To Do Before You Die?

Posted by imfreenow on May 31, 2008

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A Little Late For Memorial Day

Posted by imfreenow on May 31, 2008

The PBS special on Harry S. Truman, our 33rd president, brings home the fact that so much evil has been averted in our world through America’s influence. I was thinking about World War II and the Korean War and how much evil Truman confronted in his years in office. It was he who dropped the atomic bomb.

Ben, Hammerswing75, did a cool post of quotes about America’s military, and its value to the entire world.

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Political Science For Dummies

Posted by imfreenow on May 28, 2008

This comes from my sister in Germany

DEMOCRATIC

You have two cows.
Your neighbor has none.
You feel guilty for being successful.
Barbara Streisand sings for you.

REPUBLICAN

You have two cows.
Your neighbor has none.
So?

SOCIALIST

You have two cows.
The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor.
You form a cooperative to tell him how to manage his cow.

COMMUNIST

You have two cows.
The government seizes both and provides you with milk.
You wait in line for hours to get it.
It is expensive and sour.

CAPITALISM, AMERICAN STYLE

You have two cows.
You sell one, buy a bull, and build a herd of cows.

BUREAUCRACY, AMERICAN STYLE

You have two cows.
Under the new farm program the government pays you to shoot one, milk the other, and then pours the milk down the drain.

AMERICAN CORPORATION

You have two cows.
You sell one, lease it back to yourself and do an IPO on the 2nd one.
You force the two cows to produce the milk of four cows. You are surprised when one cow drops dead. You spin an announcement to the analysts stating you have downsized and are reducing expenses.
Your stock goes up.

FRENCH CORPORATION

You have two cows.
You go on strike because you want three cows.
You go to lunch and drink wine.
Life is good.

JAPANESE CORPORATION

You have two cows.
You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk
They learn to travel on unbelievably crowded trains.
Most are at the top of their class at cow school.

GERMAN CORPORATION

You have two cows.
You engineer them so they are all blond, drink lots of beer, give excellent quality milk, and run a hundred miles an hour.
Unfortunately they also demand 13 weeks of vacation per year.

ITALIAN CORPORATION

You have two cows but you don’t know where they are.
While ambling around, you see a beautiful woman.
You break for lunch.
Life is good.

RUSSIAN CORPORATION

You have two cows.
You have some vodka.
You count them and learn you have five cows.
You have some more vodka.
You count them again and learn you have 42 cows.
The Mafia shows up and takes over however many cows you really have.

TALIBAN CORPORATION

You have all the cows in Afghanistan, which are two.
You don’t milk them because you cannot touch any creature’s private parts.
You get a $40 million grant from the US government to find alternatives to milk production but us e the money to buy weapons.

IRAQI CORPORATION

You have two cows.
They go into hiding.
They send radio tapes of their mooing.

POLISH CORPORATION

You have two bulls.
Employees are regularly maimed and killed attempting to milk them.

BELGIAN CORPORATION

You have one cow.
The cow is schizophrenic.
Sometimes the cow thinks he’s French, other times he’s Flemish.
The Flemish cow won’t share with the French cow.
The French cow wants control of the Flemish cow’s milk.
The cow asks permission to be cut in half.
The cow dies happy.

FLORIDA CORPORATION

You have a black cow and a brown cow.
Everyone votes for the best looking one.
Some of the people who actually like the brown one best accidentally vote for the black one.
Some people vote for both.
Some people vote for neither.
Some people can’t figure out how to vote at all.
Finally, a bunch of guys from out-of-state tell you which one you think is the best-looking cow.

CALIFORNIA CORPORATION

You have millions of cows.
They make real California cheese.
Only five speak English.
Most are illegals.
Arnold likes the ones with the big udders.

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How Great Is Our God – Chris Tomlin

Posted by imfreenow on May 28, 2008

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Taking The Sin Out Of Sex

Posted by imfreenow on May 27, 2008

A sermon on sex by pastor Greg Boyd of Woodland Hills Church in Maplewood, Minnesota (suburb of St. Paul.) This is excellent and I was surprised to learn that it’s from July of 1995. It’s timeless.

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A Prayer For Global Warming

Posted by imfreenow on May 27, 2008

Dear God, please send us global warming that would at last warm our area. We have had nothing but the chills for longer than half a year now. We have heard of global warming, as there is this guy named Al who made a movie about it, but we don’t know what it is. It sounds wonderful and we would like to have it.

Thank you Lord. As always, not our will, but yours be done. Amen.

(I know, you thought it was going to be a prayer against global warming.)

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A Grace-Free Church!

Posted by imfreenow on May 26, 2008


My parents belong to a small denomination called Association of Free-Lutheran congregations. Now, they aren’t all that free. They still insist on wearing formal attire in the church service, a suit for the pastor, and it’s sort of assumed that you don’t wear jeans unless you’re really young. I’m not supposed to be wearing jeans. Achhhhhhhh! That’s the sound of being strangled.

They still sing hymns out of a hymnal, along with some contemporary songs, but it’s pretty shut down, or buttoned up.

The name of their church? Grace Free Lutheran Church. Since it’s in the Free-Lutheran denomination, they have to put the ‘free’ in there, so the grace is followed by the free, producing “grace-free.” Can you imagine that? A church that is unabashedly calling themselves a grace-free church, like saying something is fat-free, or sugar-free. They have another church in their denomination called Faith Free Lutheran Church.

I tell you – ignorance gone to seed. It’s frustrating. A church that holds back on allowing the power of the Holy Spirit. Nice people, but they are afraid of the workings of the Holy Spirit, and then they have such a silly name.

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Our Two Biggest Sins

Posted by imfreenow on May 26, 2008

I couldn’t find the biblical passage, but it says that the Israelites were criticized for not serving God with joyfulness of heart – that was their downfall.

America’s biggest downfall is breaking the first two commandments: not loving God with all our hearts, and having other gods before God.

It’s just so easy when you get a hold of the fact that God is everything you need, and you just seek Him as the source of your supply. But so many do not passionately pursue God, and let other things take His place.

A huge problem I have found is that when I have hungered and thirsted passionately for God, it was so hard to get enough of God to satisfy me, because I went to places where there were other people hungry for God, but then I would have to go back home, where people were still lukewarm and ambivalent towards God, and it was hard to inspire them to join in the fervor and passion that I had.

And, back home, I couldn’t continue to feed and satisfy the hunger and thirst that I had. So, I ended up just sort of putting my hunger and thirst on hold, so to speak. I know it’s still there but I don’t follow it or let it rule me, yet I wonder if I should listen to it more.

Man, people. I think this will be our American legacy, if we lose our precious country – that we didn’t love God with all our hearts!

1 And God spoke all these words, saying:
2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. – Exodus 20: 1-6

But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” John 6:68
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 16:11

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Dan Nainan – Thou Shalt Laugh 2

Posted by imfreenow on May 25, 2008


I so enjoyed this guy. Just bought this DVD recently. It’s a collaboration of Christian comedians just doing jokes, as you’ll see when watching this video. It’s not about the faith, it’s just about “stuff.” Over at Stuff Christians Like, there is talk about being offended at the idea of having a label of being a Christian comedian, instead of just being a funny and clean comedian, but I think it’s important to “come out” about your faith and make it known, and also it’s helpful to know that because of faith in Christ, certain things will be avoided in the material. That means your soul will not be getting dumped on with junk that you desire to avoid.

Last night I watched part of Saturday Nite Live. Ashton Kutcher was a guest and he was doing a sketch in which he was singing with these guys and talking about how he was actually a woman and had a vagina. Not funny and not enjoyable. Then he did a sketch where he was dressed up as a chocolate bar and he stabbed a man, and it was called “death by chocolate,” but it wasn’t funny, and it was unpleasant watching the stabbing.

I once heard that you are funnier as a comedian when you are forced to stay within certain boundaries, value boundaries. And it’s true. “Thou Shalt Laugh”, Brian Regan who I heard is a Christian, and Tim Walker are loads funnier than anything I’ve seen on Saturday Nite Live where they are “free” to do offensive material.

That’s why it seems important to me to be able to say that an album is a collection of Christians doing material such as “Thou Shalt Laugh,” because it means that people are operating within boundaries that are agreed upon, and thus we don’t have to have our souls dumped on, and also, what we are going to see and hear is also going to be funnier.

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Brian Regan – Air Travel Experience

Posted by imfreenow on May 25, 2008


I found out about Regan on the blog Stuff Christians Like, on his post Christian Comedians.

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Brian Regan – UPS

Posted by imfreenow on May 25, 2008

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What I’ve been doing

Posted by imfreenow on May 24, 2008

My sister rolled in from out of town. She has been living in Germany for the last 18 years. She is married to a German man, and has two daughters with him. Here she is on her birthday in front of her cake with her two girls behind her. Her birthday falls not far from Mother’s day.

My mom on Mother’s day.

My mother with her two granddaughters on Mother’s day..

My family gathering for Mother’s day, my dad in the foreground.

My sister’s two daughters.

My sister’s older daughter.

This is my sister’s younger daughter.

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A Letter From Wang Yang

Posted by imfreenow on May 19, 2008

I am publishing this letter because it’s not particularly personal. Again, Wang Yang is a man who works for the Quarantine department of the Chinese government. He lives in Xi’an, a capital city of China. I met him while attending a conference in Chicago, in the lobby of a hotel.

Marie,

My friend, thank you very much!

Our city is about 600 kilometers away from the center of this Earthquake.

It also spreaded to our city. But there were only a few injuries here, and

my family members are all safe.

This disaster has made our whole nation fall into grief-stricken indeed.

Now, we are trying to help those people in the disaster area by all means.

I attended a lament activity with all my colleagues just now, and I donated

600 RMB.

Recently,many countries including the US gave helps to China, we are very

grateful for that.

Thank you again and may you peace, sound, and happy forever.

Wang Yang

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Tim Hawkins – My Favorite Bible Verse

Posted by imfreenow on May 18, 2008

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Tim Hawkins on Products

Posted by imfreenow on May 18, 2008

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Scott Bonnell and Most High Ministries

Posted by imfreenow on May 18, 2008

Scott is a blogger who came on my blog a while back. He is a Web friend who has been a total blessing. He lives in Tallahassee Florida and is involved in Most High Ministries, a ministry to Haiti. He reported a short while ago that Haitians were eating dirt because they were deprived of food due to poverty and political issues that kept food from the people. Thanks to his ministry, schools are being established for some of the children and food is getting to some of the people.

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Tim Hawkins – Hedge of Protection

Posted by imfreenow on May 18, 2008


Tim Hawkins is one funny Christian comedian. This is one of my favorites. Watch him show how the devil walks!

A special thanks to guitarman for introducing me to Hawkins!

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China’s Death Toll Unfathomable

Posted by imfreenow on May 16, 2008

Saying that the death toll from the recent earthquake could reach 50,000 is beyond comprehension. Do we have anything in America that comes close to paralleling that? How would we respond? Saying that over 100,000 are injured is also unfathomable. Nature can be cruel.

I don’t think you can attribute this to global warming, but it does seem to be a firm reminder that we’re in the last days.

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Tribute To My Dad

Posted by imfreenow on May 16, 2008

This was written a while ago when we almost lost my dad. It mentions a “bottomless void.” It’s been a long time since I’ve felt a bottomless void which suggests that there has been progress!

I saw in your triumphant expression one of the first days we were in my new little house. It said, “We did it. We made it. YOU made it.” I saw and felt something of that again, when you bought me a whole car – lots more than you’d ever spent, trusting me to take care of it after so many woes and losses in the car area. I felt again the soothing comfort of knowing that my father cares for me. And there it is in those times, those crossroads.

But I shy away from expressing how much you mean to me, for fear of the times when all that goodness fades away in those many everyday firing lines when you lose your temper again and become abusive. I have learned to realize that you don’t understand or know what causes this, and I have forgiven you.

I only now think again of how the love is there, like it says in the New Testament, “seen only in a glass darkly, but then, face to face.” I wish that we could see love so much more completely NOW, instead of beyond here. But I know that some cannot reach as far as the God of grace has given me the grace to reach, to know the unfathomable love of OUR father. I know that you may not be able to reach that far, dear father, in this life. Yet I am so happy that these moments occur when it is possible for me to actually perceive what it feels like to be a girl loved by her father.

And so I am thankful to my heavenly father, whom I hope you will understand has undertaken in your place in many ways, to fill the incredible bottomless void that was my lot in life to bear, and to teach me what a father’s love is. What I find so amazing is that He has led me to see that my earthly father actually shares some of His eternal qualities.

So I AM blessed, after all, who once was cursed, so I thought, to think now of the many times you have given unselfishly to me as only a father can.

I will always remember the visit to Hutchinson when I had “lost my mind” and you came to the police station where they had brought me, and I felt safe when you got there. Then you put me up in a local hotel because I insisted that I stay away from the big city for that night because it was “too evil” to go back to. You took care of my car which broke down.

And then you drove out in the morning to meet me again and have breakfast with me and it was like being in heaven. My dark fantasy turned into a bright child’s fantasy.

And I remember as a teenager, the shoes with the fringe like moccasins that we couldn’t really afford, but that’s one of the things that fathers do is buy things they can’t afford for their kids. I remember the endless budgeting and buying large quantities for the family and that you even did most of the grocery shopping. I remember always finding a way for us to do things that richer people did. Somehow we got to do them in spite of our humble means.

I remember strong hands on the wheel of the car as you navigated so securely on every family trip, so we could see America. WE SAW AMERICA. That’s why we learned to love it. I remember that when a black architect came to show the plans for the new church how I realized that you didn’t think of “them” as inferior at all.

I remember chocolate and ice cream were such an important part of your life. Mine too!

I remember bible camp was a place we got to feel what God was like, and you were helping to make that place come alive for everyone there.

I remember that I couldn’t do anything to erase the pain or change anything in your life that wasn’t right. But I think I learned to love men the way they really are, instead of how we girls wish they could be.

I will always remember and hold dear seeing the gentle, vulnerable spirit inside a man who had to go to war when it was the second time the entire world was at war! Fortunately you didn’t have to fight, because you are a sensitive man.

I saw that gentle spirit when your cat, Tish, died and you cried.

I saw that gentle spirit when you picked movies out of my collection that you most wanted to see, and they were “chick” flicks starring women who are not lusty floozies but sweet, innocent women that I admire. You picked this sweet movie that I would have missed, made in the 80’s that is a tribute to the great character studies that have been done in the 80’s about authentic love between a man and a woman.

I don’t think I can ever convey love to you, because I don’t know if you’ll ever sufficiently forgive yourself. Nevertheless, I DO know that I will see you where all things will be revealed and come to light, and your pain will be gone, never to return.

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Bruce Almighty – 2003

Posted by imfreenow on May 15, 2008


When I led middle school Sunday School, we used movies to illustrate biblical lessons. This movie would have been a good one. I never “got” it until I watched it again, because I can be really slow. I initially was offended by the fact that he was living with his girlfriend and she was just waiting for him to propose to her, not realizing this was part of the very intelligent plot.

Bruce is selfish. The fact that he is living with his girlfriend and doesn’t propose is really a part of his selfishness. When he changes and learns at the end of the film, he does make Grace his wife.

There are so many great biblical lessons. I already mentioned one. God picks a man who complains about his life, which is actually pretty good, to show him that it is actually good and make him grateful. God gives him unlimited power, makes him God over a limited area of the world for a season, and lets him wreak havoc. When he realizes that all he does is cause destruction, and when he realizes that he can’t win the love of the woman he loves, he finally yields to the will of God.

God says that even with all His unlimited power, He can’t interfere with man’s free will, and He can’t make man love Him. Interesting contrast made is that Bruce was able to incite passion in his girlfriend Grace but he wasn’t able to force her to love him.

God says to Bruce that things he did while endowed with God’s power were just magic, while there are things that people do that are real miracles. The single mother who works two jobs just to keep things together, and the teen who resists drugs to get an education, those are miracles. He says that we should be the miracle. The only problem with this is goes back to man being God again. It’s about man doing the miracles. The emphasis needs to be on God the miracle worker and our faith in Him. People see the miracles described taking place in their lives because of putting their faith in God.

Jesus turning water to wine could be called magic too, but in fact it is an important thing Jesus did to build our faith in a loving God. Bruce could have used his limitless power for limitless good if he was a righteous as Jesus. But he wasn’t and that’s why God wouldn’t endow him with all that power.

It’s after this talk with God that Bruce chooses to let go of his God-power and live within the limits of a man. Even while he still has God’s power, he chooses to start living within the limits of a man, and then he breaks down and asks God to take away his powers.

Carrey is great as usual in this film, with plenty of great camera angles on his face that crack me up.

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