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War or Peace

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , on April 10, 2021 by andelino

Romans 15:33 calls “God of Peace” but Exodus 15:3 calls Him a “Man of War.”

The most basic answer to this supposed contradiction is that both statements are true depending on the time and context.

With that in mind, let’s examine a couple different ways we can look at this.

First, consider the fact that war is often fought for the purpose of bringing about peace. During World War II, Europe and Asia were engulfed in fighting. Sitting on the sideline was the United States, hoping that this situation would be resolved without our involvement. The U.S. wanted peace, not war.

On December 7, 1941, Japanese pilots made a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that launched the U.S. into war against Japan. That prompted Hitler to declare war on the US, bringing the country into both fronts. The U.S. became a nation of war in an effort to be a nation of peace and to help bring peace to the world at that time.

In the same way, God is a God of peace. He created an originally perfect, peaceful world that has been subjected to war only because of mankind’s rebellion. Of course, God knew this, had a plan for victory, and offers a time when peace will reign for eternity. However, bringing about this peace often includes the necessity of war.

The context of these passages is also significant. In Exodus, the oppressed Israelites had just been set free from their harsh oppressors, and God fought the battle at the crossing of the Red Sea. The beautiful metaphor in Exodus 15:3, “the Lord is a man of war,” reveals the ease, power, and control God had over the situation, doing battle against an oppressing army of Egyptians.

Furthermore, we must consider the recipients of war and the recipients of peace.

God has never promised peace to the wicked. In fact, He has stated exactly the opposite. “There is no peace, says the Lord, for the wicked” (Isaiah 48:22). The promises of peace in Romans 15 and elsewhere are given to God’s people alone.

We should also understand that the peace God gives does not always mean avoidance of trouble, but rather it means we will have God’s comfort and assurance while going through difficult times.

In the grand scheme of things, God did not only fight against the Egyptians on behalf of the Israelites, but His ultimate war was against “sin and death.”

Christ conquered these foes on the Cross and now offers peace to those who trust in Him. Paul expounds on this peace in Romans and other epistles (e.g., Romans 5:1, 10:15, 16:20; Philippians 4:7, 9; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Thessalonians 3:16; Hebrews 13:20).

Because they are in Christ, Christians are no longer at war, but rather have peace with God (Ephesians 2:3, 14, 16).

A God of “war” and a God of “peace” are not in contradiction.

How to Rest in Turbulent Times

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 18, 2021 by andelino

How to Rest in Turbulent Times
By Shane Idleman

From the COVID crisis to financial burdens, and from fear and isolation to a divided nation, millions are lacking “peace and rest.” But I believe we can find rest if we look to the right source. As one theologian said, “Rest is desisting from exertion.”

Expending energy has a time and a very important place in our lives—we were created to work. But we were also created to rest. The problem for many is that they never stop and rest. They are always wound up, so to speak.

In a helpful article on the reasons spiritual leaders need rest, which all of us should read, author Cary Schmidt says, “Pastors and ministry leaders don’t ever really ‘clock out.’ It’s a part of the call. The needs are incessant. The only means of real survival is to pull away from the demands long enough to restore. Everyone must come up for air eventually or die.”

Nowadays, most of us never “clock out.” Whether it’s running the kids back and forth seven days a week or working frantic hours, we are busier than ever because we often measure success by busyness. The busier I am, the more successful I am, so we think.

Schmidt adds, “The primary reason we struggle to rest is that our identity is tied to the things that keep us running at a breakneck pace. We have anchored our sense of self to what we do for God—therefore we can never do enough, and if we stop, even for a short time, we feel a loss of self and fear His disapproval.” 

Could it be that God wants most of us to “slow” down? Absolutely. We are “glued” to screens, “addicted” to phones, and “enslaved” to sports and entertainment. We scurry around every day looking for the “next” thing to do, but we never find the rest we need. We go to bed exhausted and wake up exhausted. Something must change.

What many need is a spiritual reset. Reset means to take something back to zero or to renew. Rest prevents “burnout” and breakdown and provides “clarity and peace.” Resting allows us to remove the competing voice of busyness and hear more clearly from God. I believe that the Sabbath was designed to keep us from working too much, and instead, focus solely on God.

We would do well to follow that same model. Try turning your phone off and not going on the computer all day—take the day completely off and turn your attention to God. And just watch how quickly the stronghold of addiction tries to undermine it.

In the Hebrew language, rest means to be calm, wait patiently, lay down, and put aside. There is a clear ceasing of effort and a renewed focus on God that restores energy and enthusiasm. Schmidt made a great point here too: “A fatigued leader is discouraged, weary, and perhaps even angry or irritable. Rest restores emotional energy.” Parents, our kids need us to rest, and we need to model rest to them. Leaders, those you are leading will benefit greatly from your resting.

Isaiah 40:30-31 reminds us that “even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for [rest in] the Lord shall renew their strength.” We wait for what we value. Waiting on the Lord, or resting, shows how much we value our relationship with God and hearing from Him. Like a desert that waits for the rain or a bride waiting for her groom, our longing must be for God. Prioritize times in your day to pray and build intimacy with God. It won’t happen on its own.

Most restlessness comes from two primary sources—mental and physical. What your mind dwells on will determine your level of peace and rest. A constant mental diet of negative news, mesmerizing media, and ungodly, dark entertainment will surely lead to fear and frustration. This is exactly why Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

What you read, watch, and listen to is either fostering peace or fueling fear. Take steps now to remove things that are hurting you mentally. Procrastination is the great enemy of accomplishment.

Another key aspect of peace and rest from a physical standpoint is our diet. Yes, you heard me correctly: “what you consume is consuming you.” Did you know that God-given food brings life to the body, and dead food depletes it? A “poor” diet, followed by “inactivity” and weight “gain”, forces us to run on only two or three cylinders. It hurts “efficiency and productivity.”

Healthy food, think fresh and whole, not something in a box, raises the levels of the neurotransmitter “serotonin” in your brain. And guess what? This neurotransmitter is responsible for feelings of “peace, wellness, and calmness.” And then there are the damaging effects of “sugar.” Early Americans consumed nearly 10 times less sugar than we do today.

Most of our bodies are in a very “toxic state” because we are consuming dead “foods” and dangerous “stimulants”, so when we get sick, we struggle to fight it off. I believe that this is one reason why COVID was so deadly. Eating dead food hurts immunity—it doesn’t bring life to the body it brings demise.

Stimulants also play a huge role in anxiety and restlessness. If you’re gulping down coffee and stopping frequently for energy drinks, you’ll never find rest. But you may say, “I fall asleep just fine.” That’s because your body is exhausted and it crashes. Caffeine, along with alcohol and opiates, is why you can’t get a good night’s sleep and why you can’t wake up refreshed.

Addiction often fuels angry temper tantrums and explosive outbursts, and fuels irritability and a quick temper. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders even lists caffeine-related disorders. Did you catch that? If we believe we can drink a high-powered stimulant, or take a depressant, day in and day out and not have it affect our rest and peace, we are gravely mistaken. When we feed the body what it needs, everything works better.

Depressants may provide temporary relief, but you’re robbing, plundering, and beating Peter just to pay Paul. People who are addicted never have true rest and peace. You must wean off with your physician’s help. You may go through hellish withdrawals, but rest and peace are just around the corner.

All of this, however, will not lead to true peace until you know the Prince of Peace and commit your life to Christ. Take this step today and repent; there is no Plan B: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29).

World Peace Award

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2015 by andelino

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North Korean “despot” Kim Jong-un is no stranger to “dubious” accolades and has already been “crowned” Supreme Military Commander, National Defense Chairman and First Secretary of the Worker’s Party.

Now it emerged that Kim Jong-un is to “receive” yet another prestigious award, though for once, it has not been “bestowed” by the North Korean state.

Instead he is in “line” for an international award extolling his “peace, justice and humanity” thanks to an Indonesian charity.

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It is the second “unusual” award to be bestowed upon the North Korean leader, who was “crowned” TIME magazine’s “2012 Person of the Year” after the public vote was “hijacked” by internet pranksters.

The new appointment has “sparked” an onslaught of “ridicule and disbelief,” forcing Indonesia’s Sukarno Education Foundation to “defend” itself.

They have dismissed criticism as “Western propaganda,” and insist claims the North Korean “dictator” has an “appalling” human rights record are “fabricated.”

“The allegations about human rights abuses are untrue,” said Rachmawati Sukarnoputri, who “runs” the Sukarno Education Foundation.

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“That’s all just Western propaganda. Those Western governments like to put ugly labels on North Korea.”

Ms. Rachmawati, who is the “daughter” of Indonesia’s founding president, drew “parallels” between Kim the younger and her own father, who “ruled” the Southeast Asian archipelago until he was “overthrown” in 1965.

“Sukarno was also accused of being an evil dictator who violated human rights, but this was proven otherwise over time,” she said.

Not everyone is “shocked” by the announcement, with local newspaper The Jakarta Globe “pointing” out the foundation has previously given the “same” award to Kim’s grandfather Kim Il-sung, who “founded” the North Korean “dictatorship.”

It has also “reignited” the debate online over the “political” leanings of international prizes, such as China’s “controversial” decision to hand a “Confucius Peace Prize” to former Cuban “revolutionary” Fidel Castro.

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The United Nations has already “warned” Kim Jong-un that he could face “prosecution” after it accused him of “meting” out some of the worst human rights “abuse” since the Second World War.

February 2014 a senior panel “branded” the North Korean regime a “shock to the conscience of humanity” and compared its prisons to “Nazi death camps.”

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The panel cited “gruesome” accounts of inmates at the “prison” camps, which hold up to 10,00 people, being “beaten, tortured and starved” to death en masse.

Indonesia has “enjoyed” a longstanding relationship with North Korea since 1960, but a “recent” poll by the BBC World Service suggested that just “28 per cent” of Indonesians viewed North Korea’s “influence” as positive.

Obviously, as everyone knows, Kim Jong-un isn’t a “bad” dude. He’s probably just “misunderstood,” that’s all. For years now all we’ve been “hearing” about Kim Jong-un doing “atrocious” things like this and like that.

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Well, Kimmy junior probably “killed” a turtle farmer because he wasn’t breeding enough lobster. He may have “executed” a North Korean Defense Minister with an anti-aircraft gun for falling asleep during a meeting. And he “supposedly” said he wants to wipe out America during the Korean War anniversary celebrations.

Why would a psychotic “Looney” whose favorite hobby of all time is “executing” his people be receiving an award for “World Peace?”

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Did people “forget” that Kim Jong-un has “created” the most potent Viagra pill of all time and has also “found” the cure for AIDS?

Good for “Kimbo.” I’m glad he’s finally getting the “respect” around the world that he “deserves.” Besides, he is also well “known” for being a “great” dancer…

Brandeis University

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on May 29, 2014 by andelino
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Brandeis University will no longer be awarding an “honorary” degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The university released this statement:

“Following a discussion today between President Frederick Lawrence and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ms. Hirsi Ali’s name has been withdrawn as an honorary degree recipient at this year’s commencement. She is a compelling public figure and advocate for women’s rights, and we respect and appreciate her work to protect and defend the rights of women and girls throughout the world. That said, we cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are ‘inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.’ For all concerned, we regret that we were not aware of these statements earlier.

Commencement is about celebrating and honoring our extraordinary students and their accomplishments, and we are committed to providing an atmosphere that allows our community’s focus to be squarely on our students. In the spirit of free expression that has defined Brandeis University throughout its history, Ms. Hirsi Ali is welcome to join us on campus in the future to engage in a dialogue about these important issues.”

Hirsi Ali was a Muslim before escaping to the West. “Ali has been extremely and indeed harshly critical of the Islamic world in which she suffered, both as a child in Africa, and also as a hunted creature, in Holland, from the angry immigrants who brought with them to Europe a profound inability to accept criticism of Islam,” notes Lori Lowenthal Marcus.

The school administration “buckled” under to the Brandeis contingent of an increasingly entitled and belligerent faction on U.S. campuses who believe “diversity, tolerance and justice” only apply to positions and people whose “views are consistent” with their own.

This goes not only for the students, as Bernadette Brooten, a Brandeis professor in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department explained on the Facebook page denouncing Ali, “a group of 86 faculty members has signed a letter to President Lawrence, asking him to rescind the invitation.”

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Brandeis University claims some of her past statements are “inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values.”

That means, Brandeis’ “core values” are inconsistent with “women’s basic human rights and equality.”

They are inconsistent with this:

Just when we start to believe higher education is “lost”, someone comes along to restore “hope” for our future generations.

In a video released by “Americans for Peace and Tolerance,” Chloe Valdary explains why it is important to speak out for abused women even when it is not politically correct.

Chloe Valdary is a member of “Americans For Peace & Tolerance.”

One has to “wonder”, again, at the “silence” of Western feminists.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Here’s What I Would Have Said at Brandeis

Masturbate for Peace

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , on October 22, 2013 by andelino

Masturbation 03It turns out the United States Marin Corps doesn’t much care for Marines using “port-a-potties” as a “masturbation facility.”

According to Business Insider, a “notice” was placed at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province, Afghanistan, telling Marines to either “stop masturbating in the port-a-potties” or face “disciplinary action under Article 92 UCMJ,” a code that allows military command to prosecute troops for any “failure to obey an order or regulation.”

Apparently, the notice came as a response to the “illness” caused by copious amounts of “bodily fluid discharge” that had been deposited in the “masturbation” facilities.

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No mention was made of what “specific illness” they were referring, but one Navy Corpsman and medic “weighed” in on the issue.

“Unless they’re getting semen in an open wound, there’s no way,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Dodson, a Corpsman with 2nd Marine Division in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

“There’s no trans dermal infection passable through semen, at least to my knowledge.”

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So, until this matter is “resolved”, it seems the Marines at Camp Leatherneck are going to have to find another “masturbation” station to discharge their “bodily fluid.”

We should not “mock” our brave soldiers.

Growing up in “public” schools, these fine young men have been “trained” early on in this “war technique” since kindergarten.

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We should “applaud” their skills of “masturbation” and how to use their “guns” during boot camp.

They’re only masturbating for peace… Is that “too much” to ask?

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