“Respecting” Sin

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How many times have we heard and even said, “I respect your opinion” for the sake of peace?

Really, do you actually respect the opinions of murderers and those who practice what is abomnible in the eyes of God?

I don’t. To respect it is to put a lie or/and an abomnible act on the same level as your own beliefs. It is time to stop respecting the opinions of those whom God has called wicked. To be in the middle is to be luke warm and a compromiser — period.

I do not care if you think homosexuality or a murdereous religion such as Islam is cool, ok or acceptable. I don’t and I will not accept it or respect it by enabling you to think it is on the same level as my beliefs. It is not. It is BELOW my beliefs.

Choose this day whom you will serve. As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

  
When lefties tolerate barbarism

A Palestinian Goes Rogue

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http://www.maozisrael.org

He grew up during the first Intifada… regularly fighting with and being arrested by Israeli soldiers. He hated Jews. So how did this Palestinian man wind up in Israel, hugging and praying for Israeli soldiers and washing the feet of an Israeli man? This video tells the incredible story of Saed Awwad, shared in his own words.

Attention All of Islamic Faith!!!

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Speaking death to those who are dying

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My brother and I spent a lot of time together the past few months of his life.  He had decided to move closer to us and our other brother and sister. He was in the process of moving into his little house and fixing it up the last few weeks of his life. He would call on his way home from work, knowing I would invite him over for dinner. He loved being with family. Even more so, the past few years of his life.

When he would come over, we would talk about everything, even politics on which we were in agreement. Yet, he never let it get to him like I did.

I had  gotten back spasms a couple of days and the pain was terrible. That kind of pain makes me have to be completely still, with nothing at all irritating me, or it gets worse. One night he had come over, I had spent the night before with the spasms. He asked how I was doing and I told him I happened to hear the word “obama” come out of my husband’s mouth the night before as I had been laying in bed with the pain gone for a few minutes. Heard that word and immediately, the spasms hit. I had told my husband through gritted teeth, “I don’t want to hear anything about that man. Don’t even mention his name to me right now.” My husband did what any decent husband would do: Looking bewildered, he sheepishly left the room on tip toe. My husband is a true saint.

When I told my brother this over a bowl of chili, he affectionately told me, “Brenda, you got some anger issues.” My husband nodding his head “yes” in agreement with him. I agreed with them.

One thing I admired in my brother is how calm, cool and collected he could be. Not always, as he had his moments like anyone else. But, he had a logic about him, that transcended my passionate being that could explode in outbursts of anger. One of the things I questioned over the years, was why God chose me to be the oldest child among my siblings. It always seemed Ricky would have been better at it, and oddly though, I still for the most part saw him as the oldest.

That night, had I known what lay in store for him and the rest of us,within a matter of two days, my conversation would have been different. I would not have been discussing things I have no control over, things that have enraged me in the past five years, things of little to no eternal value.

We look at a new born baby and we see such life, precious life. Still, that life as new as it is, begins to die the very moment the umbilical cord is cut. It no longer has anything sustaining it, like it once had in the mother’s womb.

Had I known my brother was reaching the end of his life, my words would have been much different. That has been my biggest regret leading up to his death. I would have mentioned more of  the things of God. Even though, we had spent considerable time over the past couple years talking about the things of God, still, my words would have been cautiously chosen the last few weeks of his life.

Instead, I ranted and raged about the things that made me angry. However, I am thankful that just as I knew my brother and his little idiocentricities, he knew mine and we outgrew any teasing over the years, and somehow began to see them for what they are, loving one another in spite of them. Which caused a deeper appreciation and respect for one another. Not everybody gets to have this chance.

People are dying all around us, whether we/they know it or not. Our bodies began to die the moment we take our first breath. The aging process will affect us all in one way or the other, sooner or later. Don’t believe me? Go take a look in the mirror and tell me if you look the same as you did 10 years ago, 20 years, 30, etc. I don’t know about you, but I look nothing like I did 26 years ago on my wedding day. False teachers can “claim” all they want about never getting sick, but the day will call upon them too, when their own bodies start showing signs of aging, of dying.

What to do? I suppose one place to start is here, which I am trying my best to be mindful of every day with the exception of one of my responses I gave to someone who passed through here esteeming obama — oh well, Rome was not built in a day and neither will I:

Starting where? With my mouth. Anyone who knows me, knows I don’t pussy foot around issues and have little patience with those with opposing views. Simple fact is, and I speak bluntly, if your opinion does not line up with mine, do not expect me to respect it. I will not. To do so, would be esteeming it as high as my own. I will not do that, and if others disagree with me, I expect the same in return. However, respect you? Yes, that I will, unless someone gives me a reason not to.

I am letting all the readers know, that my desire is to speak life, to encourage, to edify, to build up. It is one thing to point out false teaching. A lot of us can do that. But to actually lift up one who is sick and dying, to speak peace and comfort to broken hearts, to speak truth in such a way that it sets captives free, to make love the greatest gift a reality, that is another thing. A new challenge for me. A new calling. This my friends, is my greatest desire.

No doubt, I may slip up every now and then, because as I say, this is a brand new thing for me. But, perhaps it is not a new thing to God. Maybe, just maybe, this is what He had planned all along.

 

Where this blog is going

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After the death of my brother, on July 4th, I have gone through some changes. Some good and some not so good. Grief is a hard thing to deal with and I tend to be one who builds a cocoon of safety around myself.  My family has become much more important to me and I seek solace along with them, with the cherished memories of our brother.

We have had the sad duty of finding out what to do with his belongings. Gods grace has been poured upon us during this time. A lot of families would be fighting with much friction in the air. Not so, with mine. My family and I have been a passionate bunch. Everything we do is hard. We play hard, we work hard, we laugh hard, we fight hard and we love hard.

We are respecting one another’s desires to grieve in the way each of us must, in order to move on with our lives. I believe if people allowed others during the time of grief, this freedom, they would find they will find a certain kind of peace, just in having that freedom.

For myself, I have taken my brothers clothes and will be making rag blankets with them and hope to have them done before Christmas, to give them to my siblings. I had done the same with our mothers clothes and I get great comfort in doing this kind of thing.

One of the last things my brother said to me before his heart attack, was, “Brenda, when you let people like that get to you, they win.” He was talking about my anger issues I have with lies and corruption and certain individuals in politics and the false teachers within the Church. I knew when he said it, it was the truth, yet, I did not grasp hold of it. Not until, I saw him suffering and just days left with us.

Yes, I still get angry over such matters, but can not allow myself to focus on all of the garbage that I can do very little about. I am finding relationships are much more important than my opinion on things. I know of people, sick and with Cancer and it makes me sad. Nothing I can do about that either. Yet, I will try and spend my emotions on those things, instead of the things of the world which have driven me quite nuts at times.

This blog, where is it going? I don’t know. I just know, that I think it is time I did something different than what I have basically done the past five years. I can not do it, anymore. If it makes me “weak” in some of your eyes,then so be it. I don’t have the energy to even care.

I want to be able to tell Good News, as is called of me. Sadly, it has taken my brothers suffering and death, to bring this home to me. Please be in prayer as to what God wants, not I. Even then, I still do not trust myself at all in the matter.

If you still are popping in every now and then, I want to thank you for your support of this blog for the past five years. God watch between you and me while we are absent from one another.

Sincerely,

Brenda (AKA Redeemed Hippie)

 

I’ve not forgotten you

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i have not forgotten you, dear readers. Once again, I had gotten a virus on my computer for the past few months and did not deal with it, until yesterday. But the most important thing has been, I have lost my brother through a massive heart attack. He passed away July 4th. His suffering and death has changed me in some ways. Not yet able to express what is and has been on my heart. Just letting the readers know. Thank you for any thoughts or/and prayers you may send our way. God watch between you and me while we are absent from one another.

Love, redeemed hippie (AKA Brenda)

Michael Jackson “back from the dead” through Hologram

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It was in the 1980s when I first saw a hologram. It was in a National Geographic magazine and it showed people sitting in what may have been the Grand Canyon, gazing at the sky looking at horses that looked as real as real as can be. Even back then, that left quite an impression on me. I began to ponder the thought of what if someone could present themselves in such a way as a “god”? It looks like it could happen quite easily with today’s technology. I think the following is just a little test of what will come some day. Notice, the people are practically worshipping an image that is not even there!

I won’t even go into all the details of the symbols that are presented in the video. Like MJ sitting on a throne as if he is king or god, all the symbolism of the Sun god, occult themes, etc. But I digress. I said I wouldn’t go there.

I guess if I were to ask a question of my readers, I would ask, would you be fooled by someone, anyone, who claimed to be “god” if you saw them in the sky one day telling you they came to save the world? Think it can’t happen? Then watch the video and see just how real a hologram can look.

Sadly enough, there will be those who would fall for it.

You can see the video in the following link:

http://www.ijreview.com/2014/05/139434-watch-michael-jackson-hologram-moonwalks-standing-ovation-billboard-music-awards/

Making Log Cabins

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This is what I like to do. Create things.

“Jesus Calling” = New Age Mysticism

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Well, it’s been some time since I’ve exposed any false teachers or teaching. I guess, I’ll try to get back in the saddle again. Frankly, I’ve just been tired and overwhelmed from all the lies and deceptions. So, I have stayed away from it. But here, we go again. The latest Jesus Calling book by Sarah young. Someone asked me what was wrong with it. I don’t need to go out and buy a book to figure out if it is truth or not. With today’s technology, there is no need to. I’ve looked at some of the writing of the book and the first no-no to me, is it is written in the first person, as if Jesus Himself is speaking through the writer for the rest of us. I don’t like this kind of thing of “thus sayeth the Lord” coming from the mouths of others. It automatically gives the writer some kind of authority and to dare question it, makes people like me unteachable, rebellious, whatever.

So from what I’ve found it appears to be a bunch of New Age mumbo jumbo all dressed up as Christian. Which is nothing new. Following link gives a great example. Oh and if you happen to disagree, you are free to think whatever you want. Just do not come here and try to defend what I think is blatantly false.

Following link will give you more information:

http://www.cicministry.org/commentary/issue125.htm

Part 3: Christians and the Mentally ill

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This is for anyone who wants help with any kind of mental malady. I don’t claim this to be some kind of cure-all, merely it is things that may or may not help, depending upon the individual and their situation. It is not written through the eyes of some type of harsh judgment. It is written mainly from my personal experience. So feel free to either receive or not the words I speak. If something does not feel right to you, then by all means disregard it.

To the one who is afflicted: If right now, at this moment, you are able to read this and focus, then I am going to assume you are having a good day. It is with that intent, I speak to you.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. — 1 John 4:18 –

There can be a lot of fear with the Schizophrenic. It takes a certain kind of faith to trust God when paranoia and other voices take over. You may not be able to see it, but a lot of times, the person suffering through this, is doing their very best to trust God. Just because you can’t see it, does not mean they aren’t.

I do not believe faith is always the absence of fear. If as a parent, you see your child run out into the street, your first reaction is one of anxiety or fear. That fear causes you to jump up and run to pull them from harm’s way. You are not going to sit there and flippantly say, the Lord be praised, I trust Him. If you do, then you are an idiot and need to have your children taken away from you. Faith is being able to put one step in front of the other, in spite of fear.

1.  Be honest with yourself. Don’t try and pretend to be something you aren’t. Not even for the sake of others. It will just bring more confusion. Example: When my mother was sick, I was on the verge of being a basket case. Someone told me I had to be strong. What does that mean? Not showing emotion? Somehow developing some kind of superhuman strength, when in reality I had none?  There is nothing wrong with being weak in an area. You do not have to prove anything to anybody.

2.  Do not allow your affliction to become an excuse for something, when down deep you may know differently. Example, I once was talking to someone diagnosed with Borderline Personality. She was more or less told through counseling because of her affliction, she could expect to make up long tall tales that were not true. And she did. Tales that were outrageous which caused her to act upon them. It was a light matter to her until she opened up one day and told me. I simply called it lying and we went on from there. She is now free from that “diagnosis.”

3.  Try to remember through your bad days, through the mood swings, through the voices, that this too shall pass — even though it does not feel like it at the moment.

4.  Do not worry about what others think of you. Your real friends will be patient and not judge you in your weakness and times of confusion. Those are the ones you want to hang on to and trust. All others aren’t worth having in your life. You will find they will just find ways to bring you down.

5.  Find a hobby, something you can enjoy doing.

6.  Do not expect others to full fill your time or emotional needs. See number 5.

7.  If you are on meds, do not let anyone tell you, you should come off of them. That includes faith healers, preachers, etc. That is between you and God. If there comes a time when you think you may want to give it a go and or sense God wants you off the meds, He will not only show you, but He will pave the way.

8.  Do not allow yourself to come under any kind of condemnation by comparing yourself with others. So what if others are able to do something you can’t do at the moment? Big deal. I would almost bet, there is something you can do that they can’t.

9.  Do not entrust yourself in the hands of others who only want to see you as a feather in their cap, just so they can fix you. These people are more concerned about how they look and at being self-important. Usually it creates a dependence upon them that is not healthy.

10. Do try to reach out to others. Remember, the universe does not evolve around you. In spite of your condition, you are here for a reason. There are lives only you can touch, no matter if you are considered quirky or not.

11. Remember there will be those that no matter what you do or even if you get better, who will refuse to see you in any other light than being mentally ill. Let that be ok to you. You don’t have to prove anything to people like that.

12. Remember also, assuming you are nice to those around you, there will be those who in spite of your quirkiness will be quite fond of you. Once again, let these people in your life.

13. If you are a Christian, read the Word. If not, then it wouldn’t hurt you anyway. But it is your choice.

14. Seek out those whom you trust to pray with. Be just as willing to pray for their needs as they are for yours. Remember, it is not all about you. The world does not evolve around any one person. Don’t make it so, for anyone who is trying to befriend you or help you.

15. Do not be so needy that others find themselves not wanting anything to do with you. Put your dependence upon God. If you aren’t a Christian, the same goes for you: Do not be so needy that others find themselves not wanting anything to do with you. Some harsh words for both Believer and unbeliever, still, it is true. There is nothing worse than a person who sucks the very life out of you. Christian or not, people can only give so much. Your mental well being is really your responsibility. No one else’s.

I apologize it has taken so long to get this article up. I have been doing number 5 for quite a while. Pursuing another hobby of making log cabins out of popsicle sticks. Thank you for your patience and God bless you.

If anyone else has any suggestions, feel free to make a comment, so others can benefit from your help. Thank you.

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