"I am certainly doing my very best... to expose the darkness by God's awesome light, and that those who have eyes to see, ears to hear, are seeing and are hearing, praise God! ...I am here to proclaim the truth as best as I can, and expose the fruitless deeds of darkness." "Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful to even mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the Light becomes visible, for it is Light that makes everything visible" (Ephesians 5:11-14)
Color definitions: Gold is Golden. Red is important. White is news. Light Blue is Words from the Lord as received by His servants. Orange is either important or me rambling. =)
(Previous week's topics are in the Archives)
The Effect of Migraines
Tonight's column I'm going to try to make more fun out of -- more conversation-like. Just a warning to those who are psychosomatic, i.e, those who are easily suggestive to sicknessestonight's column, skip ahead to tomorrow's., please don't read
Yesterday I had a migraine. It's kinda typical for me, considering how it came about. I have been dwindling down on resources all week, and having a caffeine addiction when that is happening is NOT a splendid idea. Nevertheless, my withdrawal kicked in full force midday yesterday. I went to take some ibuprofen, but as I went to take a bite of food, to coat my stomach, I already knew -- it was too late. Nausea was already kicking in, and I couldn't down the food. I forced myself into bed, with the fan going full force on me, even though I was shivering. I laid there for a while and finally managed a nap, where I felt good enough two hours later to quickly down some cheese to coat my stomach, and swiftly down 4 ibuprofen. 2 hours later it still hadn't helped enough so I took 2 more, teh maximum amount you're allowed to take. It SLOOOOOWWWLY took effect, and to make matters worse, my sinuses, heck my whole SENSES system decided to go on overload. Bad time for a fire to be started in the fireplace! The headache kicked right back in. Ughhh.
However, the Lord started speaking to me while I was in bed. I tried to lay still as not to move my head. I started thinking about my pain, and what might be causing it. I know a teaching by pastor Henry Wright in Thomaston, Georgia, teaches that basically, chemically, a migraine is caused by what I'll simplify as a "conflict in a conflict". Medically, it's the attempt of some brain tissue to expand where there's no room, hence the pain. Psychologically, it's the result of stress or pressure from the outside world intruding in, and causing a flaring of the brain somewhat, although I'm not a medical expert, and the way I describe it could be refuted.
The Lord started speaking to me about worship. I know that when we are in pain, the least thing we want to think about is giving praise to God, and at first it certainly wasn't the first thing on my agenda. But I was reminded of an old Mike Warnke comedy routine goes something like this.. "so I'm on stage all covered with bandages and a sling on my arm, and crutches, and I'm saying 'I'm a servant of the Lord, and look what it's done for me!'" So He's impressing me to worship Him anyway. At this point, I could hardly move, and my 3 year old nephew was in the room, trying to go to sleep, so I couldn't blast any music, so I had to wait, but I did eventually do so, listening to "Passion: The road to One Day" out on the computer..(HIGHLY recommended)... I started to feel a little bit better.
Before I did so, I believe God showed me a way to try praying for others.. (certainly not "religiously" but in faith).. a group of 6 people, 3 alternately praying, 3 singing praise songs to God, praying over a sick person. Ironically, it was brought about by the memory of a Star Trek Voyager episode where Chakotay (if you watch the series you know what I'm talking about, if not, hang on, I'll try to explain) was trapped on a planet with ex-borg who had discovered that with a new small collective, they could rapidly heal theire wounded. It was the same concept, but in a Christian way...no neural transceiver hooked up between the borg, hehe, just something better! The Holy Spirit! I know myself, I have a heart of worship, and if I was laid up in the hospital, the first thing I would want is my church friends to come in and sing and pray to God, whether or not I get well again -- it would lift my spirits. That and the more the merrier lifting me (or someone else) up to the Lord in not only petitioning, but in first of all, PRAISE to God.
So that is what I am going to see if I can get together, pray about it, and see if it was the Lord, or just myself, personally I think it would be a grand witnessing opportunity in hospitals, but I certainly want to pray about it and see what The Lord says. If you feel the Lord says "Go ahead" go do it in your area too! I know people would be uplifted by it!
Hope you didn't get a headache reading this column! =D
The Sun Begins to Set
In the last few days there has been a big hubub about security, that most people would trade a lot of their freedom for more security. I personally think Colin Powell is being too much of a wimp. He is of course (as much as I like the guy) partly responsible for leaving Saddam Hussein in power in Iraq from the 1991 Gulf War. Saddam is rumored to have helped the terrorists you know? Anyway,...
While I am all for knowing that me and my family are secure in our homes without the threat of terrorism, lets look at a few things.
--We were caught with our pants down yes..
--We were ready to strike as soon as we knew what was going on (orders to shoot down the plane in Pennsylvania)
--The nation is on high alert right now
I DON'T think we are going to have any more bombings for a while, until things simmer down again -- unless we have a lot of traitors out there. I think it is safe to assume to go on with our everyday lives....
Unless we are now part of the final days?
I've been noticing a drastic change in the tone of America. People uniting, newfound patriotism in most places, high tension in others. Mostly though, in one accord. However, let ME be a little paranoid here for a moment. Now, I am all one for debunking the "oh, my!! we're going to be beheaded RIGHT NOW and put into labor camps like in WW2!" and cautioning to just chill out... But I can easily see how a spiritual revival at this point in time could actually trigger the opposite in America, whereas the public, afraid of another religious fanatacism, would actually ban or worse, persecute the Christian church. Would this happen under Christian President George W Bush? I don't know. Of course, I know I am SUPPOSED to say "of course not!" but I don't know that. He's a great guy, I voted for him, I fully support him,....but things happen.
The rapture could happen today, tomorrow, before I finish this column. WHEN it happens, I know George will be gone too, as will I. That means this country will have lost it's Christian leadership. I fear for what happens then, and it's so freaky, my mind blanks when I try to think about it.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, be cautious and pray. Stand against the National Identity badge the goverment wants to enforce upon us in the wake of the WTC tragedy. Refuse to be terrorized, by terrorists or by subleties of the US Government.
First off, I want to apologize if anyone's submission is not seen on the front page: I was late in getting the pages to the Archives, and keeping THIS page flowing well. You can also submit to the new Guest Book (I'll have a real Forum up soon) as well, and if you like, can post your message on a separate page with link to it on either the right of this screen. Fortunately, I now have 2 weeks free (kinda) to do that, so it is looking a bit tighter. That and the page tends to crash if I keep editing it so long in length... =D
If anyone is interested in receiving daily updates from a single source with many leads, on End Times news, then I HIGHLY recommend Hal Lindsey's "Daily Oracle". It is filled with information of a wide variety of end times sources, and you'll find stuff there that I comment on. I don't mean to be a yes-man, or a ditto head, especially since Hal and I don't always see eye to eye on things, but I give it a 95% rating. The url is http://www.hallindseyoracle.com
CNN Backs Up Statements
The following is copied and pasted exactly as CNN requests.
CNN statement about false claim it used old video
Brazilian university statement says no fact to original claim
(CNN asks that you copy and e-mail this statement to whomever asks about it.)
There is absolutely no truth to the information that is now distributed on the Internet that CNN used 10-year-old video when showing the celebrating of some Palestinians in East Jerusalem after the terror attacks in the U.S. The video was shot that day by a Reuters camera crew. CNN is a client of Reuters and like other clients, received the video and broadcast it. Reuters officials have publicly made the facts clear as well.
The allegation is false. The source of the allegation has withdrawn it and apologized. It was started by a Brazilian student who now says he immediately posted a correction once he knew the information was not true. This is the statement by his university -- UNICAMP -- Universidad Estatal de Campinas-Brasil.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT by Universidad de Campinas-Brasil
UNICAMP (Universidad Estatal de Campinas-Brasil) would like to announce that it has no knowledge of a videotape from 1991, whose images supposedly aired on CNN showing Palestinians celebrating the terrorist attacks in the U.S. The tape was supposedly from 1991, and there were rumors that the images were passed off as current.
This information was later denied, as soon as it proved false, by Márcio A. V. Carvalho, a student at UNICAMP. He approached the administration today, 17.09.2001, to clarify the following:
-- the information he got, verbally, was that a professor from another institution (not from UNICAMP) had the tape;
-- he sent the information to a discussion group e-mail list;
-- many people from this list were interested in the subject and requested more details;
-- he again contacted the person who first gave him the information and the person denied having the tape;
-- the student immediately sent out a note clarifying what happened to the people from his e-mail list.
The original message, however, was distributed all over the world, often with many distortions, including a falsified by-line article from the student. He affirms that a hacker attacked his domain. Several E-mails have been sent on his behalf and those dating from 15.09.2001 should be ignored.
Among the distortions is the fact that UNICAMP would be analyzing the tape, which is absolutely false. The administration considers this alert definitive and will be careful to avoid new rumors.