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Anger and The 3 Ts — Trials, Troubles & Tribulations

16 Sep
Ten Lepers

Ten Lepers were healed, one only one return to give Thanks.

 

ANGER

USUALLY FROWNED UPON AND COUNTED AS ONE OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS DOES IN SPITE OF its BAD RAP SERVE A PROTECTIVE PURPOSE. People who don’t get angry on the outside are really boiling mad inside which cause depression which in turn brings on diseases like migraines, high blood pressure, diabetes, and the like.

ANGER

Turned against innocent outsiders’ results in long term incarcerations among the perpetrators, bad relationships with family and friends and sometimes when an argument escalates beyond control the combatants may find themselves being taken to the hospital or to prison.

ANGER

Used to get to the root of a problem separating disparate elements can have positive outcomes if the therapist or interventionists can get the troubled self-destructing members to reach an understanding that continued bad choices will produce the same self-defeating results.

Challenges in the form of Trials, troubles and tribulations bring out the strength that is already in you. No outside force or power can help you if you don’t first help yourself. Once you make the determination within your heart everything else will fall into place. It’s like the character of the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz. He sought what was within him all the time. All he had to do was face his fears even while being afraid. Once he realized that the Wizard was a charlatan he knew that the power resided in him all along. God is always with us and he never leaves us, sending His angels to smooth the pathway but allowing us to discover the power that lies within all of us. Rise up and take your place as a Rightful Citizen of Planet Earth!  We are the only hands God has on this earth to stop violence against women, girls or even pets. Make your house or home a sanctuary for one who has fallen off the straight path. Let’s create a friendly island of peace for our girl children. A Place of no judgement where they can be free to be themselves without shame, scorn or rebuke.

Jesus our Way Shower taught us how to be strong and that there is no shame in asking for help if you need it. Jesus gives many examples and situations which cause our strength to rise up within us. We are called to civil disobedience and to right wrongs within our community.

In Matthew 21:12-13 Jesus threw the money changers and sellers out of the temple.

 Matthew 21:12-13

New International Version (NIV)

Jesus at the Temple

12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’[a] but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.

Matthew 21:12-13

New International Version (NIV)

Jesus at the Temple

12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’”

Jesus Calls Herod a Sly Fox

At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.” He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’” (Luke 13:31-32)
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Jesus calling Herod a fox catches us a little off guard here. Did Jesus really call people names? Yes, when appropriate. He did not do it to hurt people’s feelings or out of childish anger or to be unkind. But Jesus called a spade a spade.

What did he mean by calling Herod a fox? A fox is a small, weak, wily animal that lives by cunning rather than strength. Jesus was drawing attention to Herod’s crafty, treacherous side. Herod was not a man worthy of trust or respect. He divorced his wife to marry his own niece, who happened to be his own brother’s wife. He beheaded John the Baptist because of a foolish promise made at a birthday party. He was a man of weak character who used his political power for selfish ends.

Now, we need to be careful here. As Christians we are called to love, forgive, forbear and be courteous to others. We should not go around calling people names as a general rule. Jesus rarely did. But there are times when we also must call a spade a spade. Sometimes a thief needs to be called a thief; the unfaithful spouse must be called an adulterer; the pornographer needs to be called perverted. There are times when evil must be confronted and named. There are times when Herod must be called a fox. Originally Posted by Ray Folwer

Jesus and the Woman taken in Adultery

John 8:1-11

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but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

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Occupy Wall Street — Go Home!!

20 Nov

Occupy Wall Street – Go Home

Occupiers you’ve overstayed your welcome. A once noble cause has become a farce. Guys & Gals since you have so much time on your hands Occupy a soup kitchen, food pantry, homeless shelter, help disabled/homeless veterans, donate your clothing and foodstuffs to the truly poor. Stand for something real instead of pissing off the working class, the true hardworking 99%!  Occupying the subway last Thursday stopping the working class and middle class from getting home just pissed off the people you are supposed to represent.  If you can’t do anything of real value just go home and occupy a job. Being squatters at Zuccotti Park, annoying the people who live and work in the neighborhood is not a progressive or productive way to initiate change.

By the way your movement is very well funded. Obviously this was a well planned, well thought out move to capture the anger and support of millions of unemployed and displaced Americans. At first I was taken in by what seemed to be a genuine “People’s Movement”.  Occupy Wall Street seemed to hearken back to the protests and demonstrations of the 1960s which resulted in Civil rights for Blacks, women and gays. Laws changed and for a while life did improve for disenfranchised minority groups. Anarchy and chaos makes for good news headlines but it does nothing to change the lives of those who really need sustainable long term positive change in their lives.

Then as I continued to read and observe the OWS movement I realized that it was mostly composed of well to do, well fed white college students. Maybe not actually the 1% but most likely the sons and daughters of the 1%. More than likely when you graduate you will take your places within corporate America easily absorbed into companies that your parents either work for or perhaps even own. The real 99% don’t have access to the opportunities available to you. The authentic 99% actually have to go to those wage slave jobs just to keep body and soul together. We don’t have the option to live in a park, rent free with all our needs supplied for two months straight just to have the title of the proletariat. Suddenly what on the surface seemed like a rag tag bunch of individuals had daily access to healthy free food, clothing, sleeping bags, tents, health care, etc….  If you are truly for the poor, working poor, working class, then why don’t you go into the high poverty areas of New York City and donate all your supplies. Obviously you don’t need them and if you do, there seems to be an endless supply from your nameless, faceless backers. OWS your actions no longer match your words. Go home and occupy your campus then occupy a job like the rest of us.  Or if you really want a challenge “Occupy the Hood.”  That’s right go see how well you can occupy in some of New York poorest, most crime ridden, drug infested neighborhoods.  Bet you won’t last too long there!

OWS, where is the Thanksgiving dinner for folks living in homeless shelters and on the streets of New York? Do you plan to donate the food or invite some of the disenfranchised 99%? Will you be purchasing a toy for a homeless, orphan, or foster child this holiday season? What dates, days and times will you volunteer at your local animal shelter? Seems like a good idea since you I see you got your dogs occupying also. Occupy Paw Street!  What’s that all about?

This is disgusting and truly shows the hypocrisy of the movement. This Chef should be preparing meals for the many homeless families who will have nothing to eat this Thanksgiving. People protesting while on their iPhones, iPads, Laptops, all the while wearing expensive clothing don’t need a free meal. The poor and working class do. Practice what you preach. Walk the walk not just talk the talk.
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/occupy-wall-st-thanksgiving-york-chef-planning-massive-feast-protesters-article-1.980095

Occupy Until I Return

14 Oct

Luke 19:13
And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

Occupy not merely to possess but to Improve the lives around you. Please support the Occupy Movement.

I’ve been following the Occupy Wall Street since it started several weeks ago. How fitting that the movement should have begun in New York, the Financial capital of the world. Many dismiss the occupiers as grungy, lazy college kids with no cohesive message but even with many individual messages the overall message is restitution and recovery for the 99% who were not bailed out by Washington. These are young people who upon college graduation will be saddled with overwhelming student loan debt and no decent jobs with which to even make a dent in that debt. They join with the ranks of others who have lost jobs, homes, are drowning in various types of debt, etc….

Occupy Wall Street is truly a grassroots movement of the common man unlike the Tea Part who represent the 1%. In the last four years the twisted biased media has vilified the working man, unions and any other means the average person in this country has used as a pathway to success. The newspapers and TV news takes the extravagances’ of a few top earning overtime union kings and queens and make that the norm for all union members. I like most union members represent the 99% who work ridiculous amounts of overtime not for the fancy mansion on the hill but to support my family, pay household expenses and maybe take a short fun vacation trip, however I’ve yet to experience the last option.

Occupy Wall Street is akin to the movie Spartacus where the slaves rose up in rebellion against their masters. Well the wage slaves have had enough, as Peter Finch’s character Howard Beale says in the movie Network, we’re as mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore. It’s either fight back or see our lives and the future lives of our children swallowed up by the greedy 21st century robber barons. For those who say the very rich or corporate leaders are the ones who create jobs you are partially correct in that estimation. The jobs they create all get shipped overseas where these corporate giants use the fact that there are no labor laws or unions in foreign countries to continue their own unique form of wage slavery.  Why pay an American ten dollars an hour plus benefits when you can pay some poor native of Southeast Asia or South America one dollar an hour or less and not have to conform or answer to any human rights rules or violations.

As people of faith we are to occupy not just by sitting on our butts in our respective houses of worship but to participate, to use our gifts, talents and abilities to improve the lives of those around us, to speak for those who have no voice.  So my friends Occupy until our Lord returns. Occupy so that we may give an account of excellence for the least of these for the Master.

http://www.nycga.net

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/09/30-0

 

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