Simultaneously… Life and All!

What is right?

What is wrong?

What do we know about society and it’s outcome for our lives?

Who do you trust?

Who do you believe for your life and the lives of those you love?

Where are you going?

Where is it you think you have been?

Why have you gone that way?

Why do you believe that path to be better than the one He has chosen for you?

When will we ever understand?

When will you truly know the love that He has for you?

 Knowledge and truth of life is what sorrow and suffering leave in their wake.

Giving an essence of detachment to this world, then, simultaneously, leaving us with a connection to that which has been created.

Life and all!

~Ann~

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When Will We Ever Learn…

To Live In God?

(Van’s the Man!) 🙂

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A Generation Drenched In Hate

I see no bravery in your eyes anymore…  only sadness.

And we foolishly think “he will never be here.”

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Go Walk? Yes, Please!

skechers

I just need to rant and rave about these new shoes of mine.  They are a “Skechers” brand called “Go Walk”.  Yes, walk is what I want to do when I put on these almost weightless and airy masterpieces of art.  The art of walking on air!  They make me want to bounce and skip down that trail along the slough!  Navy was the color I chose.  But, I am going back for more in my size and save them for when these fall apart.  They are that and more.  “Yes, Please!” 🙂

~Ann

(PS They have them for men too!)

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Religious Institutions Industry

Here’s one for y’all.

What exactly is an “Executive Pastor & Executive Elder” in “Religious Institutions Industry”?

Because of a recent controversy surrounding the infamous Mars Hill Church I was doing some research on just who the players were and what their backgrounds showed when I came across this self-proclaimed statement on LinkedIn by John Sutton Turner – one of the deeply embroiled entities catching all sorts of flack from all sorts of hurting ex-members of MHC. But that is a story for another day (maybe!)

Anyway, I was struck dumbfounded when I read this statement. I thought for a minute.
Sure  – I remember my New Testament. I remember reading in there the fact that Jesus walked around a tiny little country with the direct intention of starting a new religious institution. He needed some kind of organization and rules to run a business by since all of those unlearned disciples were nothing but fishermen and tax collectors that had to be brought in line with his program and vision.  He didn’t have any graduates of synagogue seminaries or anyone holding MBAs in Roman Banking and Finance. He was in a hard place and had to build this new industry from the ground up. He had to get them to buy into his quest to reach the world with this new way of thinking, this new way of organizing control of the masses. They needed to submit to his direction and conform to his sense of discipline. How else could he run a tax exempt 501c3 under the foreboding auspices of both Caesar and those legalistic demanding Sanhedrin Pharisees and Sadducees?

He needed boards of directors and executive “this” and executive “thats”.  He needed buildings and offices and he needed boots on the ground to ensure it ran according to plan and according to his wishes.  Of course he would be the man at the top but there would be room for all kinds of positions from group leaders to counselors.  It would be based on nepotism, merit, loyalty and what the people of the world regarded as accomplishment.

It’s in there! I saw it myself.

There is that story, you know, in one of those gospels that has the scene where two of his disciples were having a discussion about the next leader that would inevitably need to come forth. Neither one wanted the job and both were trying to slough it off on the other because of the great responsibility that would be required. When Jesus overheard  the discussion , in his typical leadership style, he then told them they needed to strive with all of their being to ensure that others would submit to their lording over them
to open their money bags and catch the Religious Institution Industries long and difficult effort to seize the world and everything in it for themselves. They needed to use all the power and influence at their disposal. After all, why should only the ones in power be able to lie, cheat, and steal? A Religious Institution Industries organization needed to be built and all the tools were right there ready to be used if only they would see that the end result would prove to be justification for following the centuries engrained manipulation of others for the advancement of the few truly elevated ones in control. Oh, and then they would be revered and lauded. They would attain monikers such as King, Father, Pastor, Shepherd. Reverend and more.

Everyone would know them and their fame would envelop the world.

If this is something that interests you and you too would desire to be an Executive Pastor & Executive Elder in the Religious Institutions Industry be sure to go to ALL the worldly institutions so that you can prove that you have attained all the necessary accolades to be able to be so highly esteemed in the eyes of everyone that regards and cherishes such accomplishments.
William

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The Truth, The Plant

“Then said Jesus to the Jews which believed  in him, If ye continue in my word, ye are verily my disciples, And shall know the truth, and the truth shall  make you free.”

I’ve been thinking about this verse for some time now.  No it’s not what you think – I’m not going to exegete or unpack it to try to discover the real context or meaning.  I’m going in another direction with this statement by Jesus.

Truly Jesus says “I am the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father but by me”.  So if Jesus is the truth then one needs to ask is there truth that is NOT Jesus? I think the question answers itself.  All truth IS God’s truth.

Since truth is from and in Christ then what or why would we ever be afraid of the truth?  After all it will set you free! What about the fact that there are countless stories out there in our culture that are meant to obfuscate, deceive and hide the truth. If you uncover the deception then are you not seeking truth? Is that truth also the truth that Jesus is talking about when he claims to BE truth?

One uncovering that I have done in the recent past is the very brutal fact that our government has been lying about a plant. This plant is quite a unique plant. It has almost mind-boggling uses and versatility.  It can be used for food, clothing, building material, and medicine. It can be used to make paper and bio-degradable bottles and plastics. It can be used to make sustainable fuel to burn in industry and automobiles.  And not only are there countless uses for this plant but it is totally sustainable year after year. It can be cultivated almost anywhere on the planet with the possible exception of the polar regions and yet even then it is so adaptable that it can be grown indoors under artificial light. No it is NOT corn.

Why would I say that the government has obfuscated, deceived, and hidden the truth from the people about a plant? If you can not understand certain motivations of the powers that be which are using propaganda to control the people and exercise authority over them then you need to wake up and join the rest of us in the twenty-first century.

“The Emperor Wears No Clothes” by Jack Herer [http://www.jackherer.com/thebook/] is by far the most revealing book written about this plant that has so many uses and yet has been so vilified by those powers that be. It tells the story of a plant that has been so maligned, denigrated and demonized by the PTB that at a time in the not so distant past to be caught being in possession of that vegetable matter could devastate and bring a person to ruin. Yet, also, in the history of this nation we live in, the same plant was so esteemed and highly regarded for its usefulness that if one was a landowner one could be taxed for NOT growing it.

How all of this transpired I do not have the time or space to go into now. Suffice to say that “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” can and does detail the history of the story of this plant. I encourage everyone to read “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” and discover the truth about this plant and I guarantee you that you will be amazed, enthralled, educated and perhaps even frustrated with regard to just exactly what and why the PTB did to keep this plant from attaining its rightful place as one of God’s greatest gifts to mankind. Go ahead and read it. What do you have to be afraid of? You just might discover the truth and the truth will set you free.

William

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Society… We Have a Greed

You are a crazy breed…  society.

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