Friday, November 21, 2014

A MISSION IS A MISSION







I had been listening to a church member who was very unhappy in her marriage. She told me about all the things she could not do. She finally broke down in tears as she talked about all the things she desired, but could not have because her husband kept her in submission.


Out of the blue I told her she was not in submission, she had a submission. The truth is, a mission is a mission. Whether is an admission, dis-mission, emission, omission intermission, transmission, permission, submission, or remission, it is a mission. You own the mission, whatever that mission may be. It is your mission. Often we see missions on resume’s. Here is an example;


 My Mission: I am a dedicated member of the Michael Jackson Global Family. My love, admiration and commitment to him is unwavering. My goal is to bring surety to the restoration of Michael Jackson’s legacy.


 The thing is, it is your mission. I can’t emphasize that enough. Your mission is given to you by God, although we may not immediately realize it. We get smothered in the talk of today, and people telling us what we should be doing. Ultimately we can’t hear the voice of God, giving us the mission He/She has for us. Scripture has an interesting story about the voice of God;


  Genesis 3:8-11a (AKJV) 8 And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. 9 And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11 And he said, who told thee that thou wast naked? Everything goes downhill from there.


So, this is the situation. Adam and Eve were in the garden enjoying each other. The most High called out to them but they ignored the voice of God. Adam finally comes forth and expresses fear, because he was naked. God responds, in asking “who told you that you were naked?” 


The key word here is ignore. The root word for ignorant is ignore.  It doesn't mean dense or slow, it means uninformed; unaware. Well no doubt, if you cannot hear the voice of God you will not be able to hear your mission!. Ultimately, you become  a prime target for someone else to use to complete their mission, while not fulfilling your own.Nevertheless, inside we all know what our mission is. A well known scripture is:  Eccl 3:1 “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Everyone, and everything has been given a mission by God, or as King Solomon said, a purpose.


Those thoughts that you have that delight or thrill you are in most cases are you receiving the purpose God has created for you. We begin to have aspirations (notice the word spirit in there?) by the time we get to college it becomes our major, but once we step out…it becomes our calling. It is like a company. Everyday that you walk in that door, you realize that your mission is your position. If your mission is to whole somebody elses  mission up, then it is a sub-mission. It belongs to you. No worries though. In a crazy way we all have a sub-mission. Our mission in life is to help others, so we cannot always have the same position whether we like it or not.


My favorite verses on this are what Paul says to the Corinthians. Romans 12:19-26 “19 and if they were all one member, where were the body? 20 But now are they many members, yet but one body. 21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be feebler, are necessary: 23 and those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. 24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: 25 that there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it.”


What I like about this is we are all cells in the love of the Most High. In as much as we are one body, each member has a purpose. If one member because of ignorance, try’s to fulfill the mission of another member it is sure to feel fearful and unaccomplished. Just like us! If a cell from the foot attempts to follow the eye and do what its mission is, it will not be successful. That mission was not given to that cell! However, if that same cell were to fulfill its God given mission it would be strengthening to the body. Each member “owns” a unique mission, it is not transferrable.


Michael is incredible. He says all that I have said in a few simple words, “In the end, the most important thing is to be true to yourself and those you love and work hard. Work like there's no tomorrow. Train. Strive. Really train and cultivate your talent to the highest degree. Be the best at what you do. Get to know more about your field than anybody alive. Use the tools of your trade, if it's books or a floor to dance on or a body of water to swim in. Whatever it is, it's yours. That's what I've always tried to remember”


 "Even if you're sweeping floors or painting ceilings, do it better than anybody in the world, no matter what it is that you do. Be the best at it, and have a respect for others, and be proud of yourself…and to honor, be honorable.”

 Michael was wise beyond his years. In other words he is saying take your mission and run with it! Don’t let anyone make you feel ashamed.  Empire probably began  with that one old man mopping floors as young man. There is no doubt in my mind that he was snubbed by many men who looked a bit high and mighty. However, he followed the mission that he had been given. To thine own self be true. Still you have to know yourself. "I know who I am inside and outside, and I know what I want to do. And I will always go with my dreams." Once again we hear wisdom from Michael Jackson. Michael in effect is talking about how dedicated he is to his calling, his mission.


This is how the pope said it. (I am not Catholic, but I am so happy about the message of love that he brings.), “When the Lord wants to give us a mission, wants to give us a task, He prepares us. He prepares us to do it well, as he prepared Elijah,” the Pope explained in his June 13 daily Mass. “The most important part of this…is the whole journey by which we arrive at the mission the Lord entrusts to us.” June 13th 2014 Dailey Homily. That’s it in a nutshell.


Steve Jobs is an excellent example His unwed biological parents, Joanne Schieble and Abdulfattah Jandali, put him up for adoption. His adopted parents raised him in a community of engineers. Although he went to college he dropped out and began to seek another path. Jobs was a “fruitarian”. I suppose his favorite fruit was apples. The first job he got after he dropped out was working in a video store. Can you see how God is preparing him for his mission? It was not long after that that he and a friend began to work with electronics. Together they began “Apple”. So you can see that the pope has hit the nail on the head.


There is a painful element of hearing the voice of God, and realizing that God has already given you a mission, and you are free to fulfill that mission. It is that you must leave some people behind, this is an absolute fact.  Scripture says “2 Corinthians 6:17 (KJV)  17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” Now, I really don't know what the unclean thing is. I suppose we all have something that is unclean in our lives. Something that hinders the spirit. We will each have to answer that for ourselves. What I want to show is you have to leave some friends behind. For our purposes, let us see the unclean thing as the life you are leaving behind, and God receiving you and blessing you to a conversational relationship with Him. You cannot converse with God  if you cannot hear his voice

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Now, I am speaking with the bible as a reference. Consider this, however. Everybody does not read the bible.  In fact, you may be the only bible that some may get to see. Michael is like a walking book of righteous instruction. It is incredible! Michael has given us the same message as Pope Francis. Why was Michael able to do that? That is for you to ponder and answer. Personally, I think that Michael had a very personal relationship with God. He could hear God calling, and he never ignored His voice.


Here is the Dalai Lama in his teachings on training the mind; Training the Mind:
 Verse 1
With a determination to achieve the highest aim
For the benefit of all sentient beings
Which surpasses even the wish-fulfilling gem,
May I hold them dear at all times.

‘These four lines are about cultivating a sense of holding dear all other sentient beings. The main point this verse emphasizes is to develop an attitude that enables you to regard other sentient beings as precious, much in the manner of precious jewels. The question could be raised, "Why do we need to cultivate the thought that other sentient beings are precious and valuable?" Training the Mind/ Teaching of His Holiness. The Dalai Lama. 


Verse 1 is about training the mind to deal with the practices associated with cultivating the method aspect of the path such as compassion, altruism, aspiration to attain Buddhahood.”


Michael made the same point in two short sentences through the spoken word.  1) “But I will never stop helping and loving people the way Jesus said to.”  2) “When all life is seen as divine, everyone grows wings.”  ― Michael Jackson


Also, he delivered the same message in song “There’s a place in your heart And I know that it is love And this place could be much Brighter than tomorrow And if you really try You'll find there's no need to cry In this place you'll feel There's no hurt or sorrow There are ways to get there If you care enough for the living Make a little space, make a better place. Heal the world”


Each of them are speaking of a path. Michael sings also “There are ways to get there if you care enough for the living…  The Pope, The Dalai Lama, and Michael are all speaking of loving your neighbor. The Pope is speaking of a journey by which we arrive at the mission the Lord entrusts to us. His Holiness says it is a matter of achieving the highest aim. So they are speaking of a path… but the vehicle that takes us is love.


It is a matter of respecting and loving Our Most High, ourselves and our neighbor. When all is said and done, the only mission that any of us has in this entire world is to be of service to each other.  That is the only way you can make a better place. It is actually possible to renew your mission, or to have a remission of the pathway you are traveling


The good thing is that our missions in life can change. You can work your way up on a job. However you cannot do it without learning, and usually when you learn something exceptionally well, it is because God has empowere you to do so. Jesus taught the disciples for three years, then they became Apostles. Apostle means sent. They were sent to fulfil the mission God had given them. So, what is your mission? Do you know?  The most important thing to know is everybody and everything has a purpose, or mission if you will. Lets conclude with a few quotes from Rick Warrens " The Purpose Driven Life"



"Your purpose becomes the standard you use to evaluate which activities are essential and which aren’t.  You simply ask, “Does this activity help me fulfill one of God’s purposes for my life?” 

“Without a clear purpose you have no foundation on which you base decisions, allocate your time, and use your resources.  You will tend to make choices based on circumstances, pressures, and your mood at the moment.”


“Without a purpose, life is a motion without meaning, activity without direction, and events without reason.  Without a purpose, life is trivial, petty, and pointless.”

 “The greatest tragedy is not death, but life without purpose.”

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Monday, November 17, 2014

A Mission is A Mission



I had been listening to a church member who was very unhappy in her marriage. She told me about all the things she could not do. She finally broke down in tears as she talked about all the things she desired, but could not have because her husband kept her in submission.


Out of the blue I told her she was not in submission, she had a submission. The truth is, a mission is a mission. Whether is an admission, dis-mission, emission, omission intermission, transmission, permission, submission, or remission, it is a mission. You own the mission, whatever that mission may be. It is your mission. Often we see missions on resume’s. Here is an example;




My Mission: I am a dedicated member of the Michael Jackson Global Family. My love, admiration and commitment to him is unwavering. My goal is to bring surety to the restoration of Michael Jackson’s legacy.








The thing is, it is your mission. I can’t emphasize that enough. Your mission is given to you by God, although we may not immediately realize it. We get smothered in the talk of today, and people telling us what we should be doing. Ultimately we can’t hear the voice of God, giving us the mission He/She has for us. Scripture has an interesting story about the voice of God;


  Genesis 3:8-11a (AKJV) 8 And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. 9 And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11 And he said, who told thee that thou wast naked? Everything goes downhill from there.


So, this is the situation. Adam and Eve were in the garden enjoying each other. The most High called out to them but they ignored the voice of God. Adam finally comes forth and expresses fear, because he was naked. God responds, in asking “who told you that you were naked?”  


The key word here is ignore. The root word for ignorant is ignore.  It doesn't mean dense or slow, it means uninformed; unaware. Well no doubt, if you cannot hear the voice of God you will not be able to hear your mission!. Ultimately, you become  a prime target for someone else to use to complete their mission, while not fulfilling your own.Nevertheless, inside we all know what our mission is. A well known scripture is:  Eccl 3:1 “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Everyone, and everything has been given a mission by God, or as King Solomon said, a purpose.


Those thoughts that you have that delight or thrill you are in most cases are you receiving the purpose God has created for you. We begin to have aspirations (notice the word spirit in there?) by the time we get to college it becomes our major, but once we step out…it becomes our calling. It is like a company. Everyday that you walk in that door, you realize that your mission is your position. If your mission is to whole somebody elses  mission up, then it is a sub-mission. It belongs to you. No worries though. In a crazy way we all have a sub-mission. Our mission in life is to help others, so we cannot always have the same position whether we like it or not. 


My favorite verses on this are what Paul says to the Corinthians. Romans 12:19-26 “19 and if they were all one member, where were the body? 20 But now are they many members, yet but one body. 21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be feebler, are necessary: 23 and those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. 24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: 25 that there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it.”


What I like about this is we are all cells in the love of the Most High. In as much as we are one body, each member has a purpose. If one member because of ignorance, try’s to fulfill the mission of another member it is sure to feel fearful and unaccomplished. Just like us! If a cell from the foot attempts to follow the eye and do what its mission is, it will not be successful. That mission was not given to that cell! However, if that same cell were to fulfill its God given mission it would be strengthening to the body. Each member “owns” a unique mission, it is not transferrable.


Michael is incredible. He says all that I have said in a few simple words, “In the end, the most important thing is to be true to yourself and those you love and work hard. Work like there's no tomorrow. Train. Strive. Really train and cultivate your talent to the highest degree. Be the best at what you do. Get to know more about your field than anybody alive. Use the tools of your trade, if it's books or a floor to dance on or a body of water to swim in. Whatever it is, it's yours. That's what I've always tried to remember”


 "Even if you're sweeping floors or painting ceilings, do it better than anybody in the world, no matter what it is that you do. Be the best at it, and have a respect for others, and be proud of yourself…and to honor, be honorable.”

 Michael was wise beyond his years. In other words he is saying take your mission and run with it! Don’t let anyone make you feel ashamed.  Empire probably began  with that one old man mopping floors as young man. There is no doubt in my mind that he was snubbed by many men who looked a bit high and mighty. However, he followed the mission that he had been given. To thine own self be true. Still you have to know yourself. "I know who I am inside and outside, and I know what I want to do. And I will always go with my dreams." Once again we hear wisdom from Michael Jackson. Michael in effect is talking about how dedicated he is to his calling, his mission.


This is how the pope said it. (I am not Catholic, but I am so happy about the message of love that he brings.), “When the Lord wants to give us a mission, wants to give us a task, He prepares us. He prepares us to do it well, as he prepared Elijah,” the Pope explained in his June 13 daily Mass. “The most important part of this…is the whole journey by which we arrive at the mission the Lord entrusts to us.” June 13th 2014 Dailey Homily. That’s it in a nutshell.


Steve Jobs is an excellent example His unwed biological parents, Joanne Schieble and Abdulfattah Jandali, put him up for adoption. His adopted parents raised him in a community of engineers. Although he went to college he dropped out and began to seek another path. Jobs was a “fruitarian”. I suppose his favorite fruit was apples. The first job he got after he dropped out was working in a video store. Can you see how God is preparing him for his mission? It was not long after that that he and a friend began to work with electronics. Together they began “Apple”. So you can see that the pope has hit the nail on the head.


There is a painful element of hearing the voice of God, and realizing that God has already given you a mission, and you are free to fulfill that mission. It is that you must leave some people behind, this is an absolute fact.  Scripture says “2 Corinthians 6:17 (KJV)  17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” Now, I really don't know what the unclean thing is. I suppose we all have something that is unclean in our lives. Something that hinders the spirit. We will each have to answer that for ourselves. What I want to show is you have to leave some friends behind. For our purposes, let us see the unclean thing as the life you are leaving behind, and God receiving you and blessing you to a conversational relationship with Him. You cannot converse with God  if you cannot hear his voice

Now, I am speaking with the bible as a reference. Consider this, however. Everybody does not read the bible.  In fact, you may be the only bible that some may get to see. Michael is like a walking book of righteous instruction. It is incredible! Michael has given us the same message as Pope Francis. Why was Michael able to do that? That is for you to ponder and answer. Personally, I think that Michael had a very personal relationship with God. He could hear God calling, and he never ignored His voice.


Here is the Dalai Lama in his teachings on training the mind; Training the Mind:
 Verse 1
With a determination to achieve the highest aim
For the benefit of all sentient beings
Which surpasses even the wish-fulfilling gem,
May I hold them dear at all times.

‘These four lines are about cultivating a sense of holding dear all other sentient beings. The main point this verse emphasizes is to develop an attitude that enables you to regard other sentient beings as precious, much in the manner of precious jewels. The question could be raised, "Why do we need to cultivate the thought that other sentient beings are precious and valuable?" Training the Mind/ Teaching of His Holiness. The Dalai Lama.  


Verse 1 is about training the mind to deal with the practices associated with cultivating the method aspect of the path such as compassion, altruism, aspiration to attain Buddhahood.”


Michael made the same point in two short sentences through the spoken word.  1) “But I will never stop helping and loving people the way Jesus said to.”  2) “When all life is seen as divine, everyone grows wings.”  ― Michael Jackson


Also, he delivered the same message in song “There’s a place in your heart And I know that it is love And this place could be much Brighter than tomorrow And if you really try You'll find there's no need to cry In this place you'll feel There's no hurt or sorrow There are ways to get there If you care enough for the living Make a little space, make a better place. Heal the world”


Each of them are speaking of a path. Michael sings also “There are ways to get there if you care enough for the living…  The Pope, The Dalai Lama, and Michael are all speaking of loving your neighbor. The Pope is speaking of a journey by which we arrive at the mission the Lord entrusts to us. His Holiness says it is a matter of achieving the highest aim. So they are speaking of a path… but the vehicle that takes us is love.


It is a matter of respecting and loving Our Most High, ourselves and our neighbor. When all is said and done, the only mission that any of us has in this entire world is to be of service to each other.  That is the only way you can make a better place. It is actually possible to renew your mission, or to have a remission of the pathway you are traveling


The good thing is that our missions in life can change. You can work your way up on a job. However you cannot do it without learning, and usually when you learn something exceptionally well, it is because God has empowere you to do so. Jesus taught the disciples for three years, then they became Apostles. Apostle means sent. They were sent to fulfil the mission God had given them. So, what is your mission? Do you know?  The most important thing to know is everybody and everything has a purpose, or mission if you will. Lets conclude with a few quotes from Rick Warrens " The Purpose Driven Life"



"Your purpose becomes the standard you use to evaluate which activities are essential and which aren’t.  You simply ask, “Does this activity help me fulfill one of God’s purposes for my life?”  


“Without a clear purpose you have no foundation on which you base decisions, allocate your time, and use your resources.  You will tend to make choices based on circumstances, pressures, and your mood at the moment.”


“Without a purpose, life is a motion without meaning, activity without direction, and events without reason.  Without a purpose, life is trivial, petty, and pointless.”




 “The greatest tragedy is not death, but life without purpose.”

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Make A Little Space...

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For many years I read  1 Corinthians 13,The Love Chapter, and it just made me feel good.  The wording in the King James Version is beautiful to me. I like the word Charity because it sounds more like what it is, after all we use the word love so loosely. We love each other, but we also love McDonalds! Maybe the word should be sharity. In churches there is the matter of being filled with the Holy Spirit. It defines what is in your heart, or soul if you will. The Hebrew word for soul is psuche. We get our word psyche from it. So, those things which we have filled our mind with, give direction to our heart (feelings).  Our souls express all that is in us. It reveals our true spirit. I would like so much to say that I have in me all that Paul speaks of in this chapter of love, but I can’t. I seek and have sought answers from those I see as wise. I can see the picture that is there for me, but I only understand a small part of it.  Nevertheless, one day we will all have these qualities. That will happen in the presence of perfection. This is how 1Corinthians 13:4-10 of the love chapter reads;

4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. (Authorized King James Version)

To look at this chapter a different way, I turned it inside out. I was wondering, what if I try to see things another way? When I did that, it seemed to me that it is what we think and what we feel that matters. However, what we think is based in what we feel and what we feel is affected by the lives of everyone around us. Maya Angelou said it in a way that was so profound, that ironically, I will never forget it. She was speaking of the things she had learned.

“'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  Now for the other side of The Love Chapter.

.4 Hatefulness has no patience and is not compassionate; hatefulness is jealous; and puts itself above others. Hatefulness is prideful,5  and behaves rudely, seeks out answers only for self, is easily provoked, thinks wicked thoughts; 6 rejoices in injustice, and lies; 7 It has no tolerance or empathy for others, does not believe in God, anyone, or anything, has no faith, and is impatient with everything. 8 Hatefulness always fails: and where there be predictions, they too shall fail; languages, shall cease; and comprehension and understanding, shall vanish away. 9 Hatefulness thinks it is wise and all-knowing and can foretell matters without error. It will not know when that which is perfect is come because of its great vanity.10 Nevertheless, when that which is perfect has come, hatefulness will be done away with.



In a commentary, Matthew Henry explained it like this;
Charity is an utter enemy to selfishness; it does not desire or seek its own praise, or honor, or profit, or pleasure. Not that charity destroys all regard to ourselves, or that the charitable man should neglect himself and all his interests. But charity never seeks its own to the hurt of others, or to neglect others. It ever prefers the welfare of others to its private advantage. It is a Divine principle. Does this Divine love dwell in our hearts? Has this principle guided us into becoming behavior to all men? Are we willing to lay aside selfish objects and aims? Here is a call to watchfulness, diligence, and prayer.

With that having been said, it is worth looking at what selfishness really is. In an article entitled “What causes selfishness” M.Farouk Radwan, MSc had this to say
Selfishness is a sign of weakness, the selfish person fears to give some of his time, money or effort to others because he is afraid of the consequences that might happen on making such a sacrifice. The person who is always busy and who never gives few minutes of his time to the people in need is actually afraid of wasting his time because of believing that he has no control over his life. When that person gives away some of his time he feels insecure because of not being sure whether he will succeed in completing his own tasks or not. If that person didn’t fear to lose control of his life or if he was confident enough to believe that giving five minutes away won’t hurt his progress then he wouldn’t have been selfish.

Now… we see Michael. He has said all of that in only a few words. I am always so amazed by him, and I wonder why I did not understand what he was teaching before. I suppose I was not prepared to learn what he knew even as a child. Here is a verse to “Heal the World”.


This video is solely here for educational purposes. We are addressing the power of love and unity, the physiological and psychological effects as they relate to spirituality. It is not my desire to disregard the copyright, and I acknowledge that this is not my video.

There's a place in your heart And I know that it is love And this place could be much Brighter than tomorrow And if you really try You'll find there's no need to cry In this place you'll feel There's no hurt or sorrow There are ways to get there If you care enough for the living Make a little space, make a better place

Michael says that there is a place in our hearts and it is love. Well, scripture says that we can love with our hearts. In fact it is a commandment. It is interesting that he said “this place could be brighter than tomorrow. If you are a person who is fearful, tomorrow is not a place you want to be in. Yesterday is gone, and you are in the present thinking about the problems tomorrow may bring. Scripture says Matthew 6:34Authorized (AKJV) 34 “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof”. So even back then people saw tomorrow as a dark place. They were told they had enough evil to deal with today. So, what Michael said is true, that place will be brighter than tomorrow. Here are some scriptures that address loving with all your heart; We will address the meaning of love as well..



A) Deuteronomy 6:5 and thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. (OT)

B) Matthew 22:37-39 Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. (NT)

C)4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth

We know that the selfish person is one that is fearful. Our Love Chapter, 1 Cor. 13 talked of nothing but love. Love casteth out fear. If we cast out fear, we have made space in our hearts for love. It’s like anything else. Suppose you no longer liked your living room, and you donated it to a charity. Well your living room would just be empty. You would be able to put something else in that space, something that you really liked. It’s the same way with fear in our hearts. With fear gone, we are not tormented (worried or unhappy). We now have a little space, we can fill it with love, and it will be better place indeed. No torment, a brighter day. A little space and a better place.

Love is real. There really is a place in your heart. Research by the Institute for Heart Math in California has shown that the heart is a powerful generator of electromagnetic energy: The heart's electrical field is about 60 times greater in amplitude than the electrical activity generated by the brain. Like a radio it sends out wavelengths that connect with the wavelengths of the hearts of those around them. It creates a love connection, so…love is more real than many of us know. We can love our neighbors.



Agape is a Greek word which means "love: esp. brotherly love, charity; the love of God for man and of man for God." Michael says we are all his brothers, and speaks of the nation turning it’s swords into plowshares. "They will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nations will not raise swords against nations, and they will not learn warfare anymore.” (Isaiah 2:4) The ploughshare is often used to symbolize creative tools that benefit mankind, as opposed to destructive tools of war, symbolized by the sword


In regard to the article “Agape, Personal Love, & World Healing: Why the love that will really heal the world is personal love by David Truman” The question put to Truman was how can we heal the world. His answer made perfect sense.

“Just as world hunger is solved one child at a time, people are healed individually, one by one. So, just as we will end world hunger one person at a time, we will end love-starvation one person at a time. If we are to heal the humanity, we must love personally, not just universally. We must commit our love, and focus it.

‘But there are so many people in the world! How can we possibly save the world unless we can love people in large batches?

Here's how: Love someone, and heal that one. Then that one will love and heal someone else. The chain continues to infinity, because surely, anyone who is truly fulfilled in love, by love, can and will with love, heal others.”

Now, this article could go on forever. However, Michael has so much knowledge that he feeds it to us in small bites. He sings us parables, so that we can understand. In his song Jam, his words ae very poignant.

“Nation to nation, all the world must come together Face the problems that we see then maybe somehow we can work it out I asked my neighbor for a favor, she said later What has come of all the people, have we lost love of what it's about?”

Michael was not only well read and wise, he was an extraordinary man of love and peace







Thursday, August 14, 2014

Goodbye Mrs. Doubtfire

Robin Williams has committed suicide, and the multitude are in mourning. We must ask ourselves, how much do we know about suicide? Have any of us paid attention? William Shakespeare gave us an interesting aspect.
"To be or not to be, that is the question, whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them." To die: to sleep; no more; and, by a sleep to say we end the heartache and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation devoutly to be wished. For who would bear the whips and scorns of time . . . When he himself might his quietus make with a bare bodkin [dagger]?" (Shakespeare, Hamlet, act 3, sc. 1, lines 55-75).
How many of us have quoted that phrase “To be or not to be”, yet never understood it’s meaning? It is logical thought that is preceding a suicide. We can hear Hamlet’s voice in Shakespeare’s magnificent play, but could anyone hear Robin Williams? Is it possible that we have become such a regimented society that we no longer hear pain? Robin Williams committed suicide and it is likely that we will never know why. Whatever that reason may have been, nobody heard him, and we have lost a precious gem in this world. Laughter is healing, so Robin Williams healed many people around the world but there was no healing for him.
Comedian Robin Williams, known for his rapid-fire delivery, died Monday morning in his residence in Tiburon, California, in an apparent suicide, according to the Marin County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's Coroner Division suspects the death to be a "suicide due to asphyxia," but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made, according to a news release.
‘Williams, 63, was found in the home he shared with his wife shortly before noon (3 p.m. ET), the sheriff's office said. He had last been seen alive Sunday at 10 p.m., it said.”
Robin Williams had been clean and sober for twenty years. He was was a recovering alcoholic and cocaine addict. He did fall off in 2006, but he returned to rehab, and emerged with successful results. In fact, He even went back a second time as a retreat from the world he lived in, and as a renewal of his commitment to being clean and sober. He never returned to using after that. Certainly, that was something to be proud of. It is important to know this because it is so easy to label a person as another druggie who bit the dust. That did not happen to Robin Williams. Williams had struggled with depression for a long time.
“In recent years, theorists have argued that many depressed individuals depend upon others for their self-esteem, and that the loss of one of these emotional supports often precipitates a depressive reaction. A number of psychologists contend instead that depression is a result of learned helplessness, which occurs when a person determines through experience that his actions are useless in making positive changes. Other theorists have shown that genetic factors play a role in depression.”
Of course, we will never actually know what the cause was. Perhaps next time we will laugh a little louder. We will let our entertainers know that we can see them as a person as well as a personality. Twitter is filled with more compassionate tweets about Robin Williams than one can say.
Donna Brazile ‏@donnabrazile
Prayers & condolences for the family, friends and fans of actor Robin Williams. He was a genius and made us all laugh. Now, we are in tears
Barack Obama ‏@BarackObama
"Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny ... and everything in between. But he was one of a kind." —President Obama
Ellen DeGeneres @TheEllenShow
I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people. I’m heartbroken.
Following are some of Robin Williams most memorable films. The list was compiled by Buzzfeed, 29 Great Performances By Robin Williams. It is a page worth visiting.
Mork and Mindy
A spin-off of Happy Days, Mork and Mindy was Robin Williams’ first real exposure to audiences. It remains an excellent first impression, the kind of television series that sounds silly on paper — an alien from the planet Ork arrives on Earth to observe human behavior — but works largely because Williams makes it work. His Mork is equal parts absurd and lovable, a combination Williams would bring to many of his future roles. —Louis Peitzman
Popeye
Popeye is Williams’ first on-screen performance and as the iconic sailor, the actor proves he is a comedian in his very soul. Williams nails the character, from his facial expressions and his walk to his talk, which, in this role, really solidified how truly remarkable he is at playing different an array of voices, even with a pipe in his mouth. Williams also shows off his musical talents: singing, dancing, and physically fighting along the way. —Emily Orley
Good Morning Viet Nam!
Based on real events, Williams plays a freewheeling DJ who wildly bucks authority on U.S. Armed Forces Radio Service during the Vietnam War. The DJ scenes allowed Williams’ comic id its freest expression yet, and it earned him his first Oscar nomination. —A.B.V.
Good Will Hunting
As a gently honest Boston psychologist unwilling to put up with any bullshit, Maguire forces his patient Will Hunting (Matt Damon) to face his fears and offers the exact encouragement the boy needs. It’s the best example of Williams’ ability to mix raw emotion with a tough demeanor, all while continuously delivering powerful, moving pieces of advice — and it won him his first and only Oscar, for Best Supporting Actor. —E.O.
Williams’ voiceover work shows off his incredible physicality, and that’s all without actually seeing him perform. He brings so much energy and movement to the Genie just through his voice that you can easily envision him acting out the role. It’s hard to imagine another actor capturing the same balance of manic intensity and Disney heart. —L.P.
Hook
It’s hard to imagine an actor better suited to playing a grown-up version of Peter Pan than Williams. He is so convincing as the buttoned-up, too grown-up Peter Banning — who has long since forgotten that he used to be Peter Pan — that when Banning finally does accept himself as Peter Pan, it comes as a massive relief for the audience. We just want to see Williams fly. —A.B.V.
Jumanji
Williams holds his own against CGI animals coming from all directions. There is always so much happening in Jumanji, Williams becomes a kind of straight man, suppressing his usual antics to play a more subdued hero. And yet, of course, he still has his moments, as when he emerges back to reality after years trapped in the game. —L.P.
The Fisher King
Williams steps into this dark comedy and demonstrates his true range, swiftly transitioning through an array of emotions and holding his own next to Jeff Bridges. As an unhinged homeless man, Williams is at times fierce and frightening, and at others, he shows a painfully raw side to Parry while maintaining a straight face. But in most moments, he is a truly sympathetic (and sometimes funny) character. —E.O.
Mrs. Doubtfire
It’s a testament to Williams’ abilities that he turns what could have been an over-the-top performance into one of his greatest and most emotionally resonant roles. Yes, Mrs. Doubtfire is hilarious, and it offers Williams ample opportunity to act out. But he also completely disappears into his Mrs. Doubtfire persona, leading to some of the film’s most moving moments. —L.P.
Robin Williams played far more films than this article can hold. The cause of death was asphyxia, or suffocation if you will. However it may be, this writer is just among many who will miss him. Goodbye Mrs Doubtfire.
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Friday, August 1, 2014

~Aslan's Story~

Aslan
2013 was a tough year for me. My dear Xena, who had been diagnosed with diabetes a year and a half before, had suddenly taken a turn for the worse and passed away at the end of May. My mom was hospitalized twice after falling at home. She stayed in a nursing home after each hospital visit, the second time we believed she would not be coming home.

I wasn’t really ready for a new cat. However, my mom encouraged me to adopt, and so did my dad. So my dad and I decided to visit the shelter where my parents adopted their cat, Lucifer, a few years earlier. There were many adorable cats and kittens there. The lady at the shelter had a particular recommendation for me, though. This cat was in a foster home. He was an older cat, 10 years old at the time, probably a cat that would get overlooked easily.

I made arrangements with the foster mom to meet the cat. He was then called “Tøfflus”, a Norwegian word that means “Slipper”, after a character on children’s TV show. When I met him, he seemed only mildly interested. He looked up and sniffed my hand when I approached; the he proceeded to ignore me. The foster mom told me that he had had a difficult year. He had been surrendered to the shelter in January together with his companion. The family who surrendered him was his second family, and they had to give up their cats because one of the children was allergic. He was first in one foster home. During this period his companion was adopted without him. His current foster home was the second one in six months.

He showed obvious signs of depression. He had no appetite, was lethargic and had no interest in grooming himself. As a consequence, his fur was full of mats.
Despite this, he managed to crawl into my heart. I knew this cat needed me just as I needed him. So I called the shelter and arranged the adoption. The following Sunday my dad and I went to pick him up from the foster home. He was very unwilling to leave at first, and we had a hard time getting him into the carrier. He moaned all the way to his new home.

When I came home with him he seemed to lighten up a bit when he saw that everything was ready for him in his new home. After a while he let me pet him, he even purred.

Trying to get the mats out was no easy task. The first time I tried he bit me really hard. He was obviously afraid I was going to hurt him. I had to get my dad to help me; together we managed to get the mats out. We spent two days, though, and combed out an entire cat.

I decided to give him a name more worthy of him: “Aslan” after the lion in the Narnia series. He is a Maine Coon mix and looks a bit like a lion.
Aslan put on a lot of weight during the first few weeks. For a while he was a bit heavier than he should be, but after a while he returned to normal weight. He saw the vet, who said he was in excellent health.

As Aslan began to thrive in his new home, he also helped me thrive. Although I was still mourning Xena, the loss was no longer so hard to bear. I was able to relax more and became calmer.A few weeks later my mom had recovered enough to be able to return home. She was also completely charmed by Aslan.

Aslan and I came into each other’s lives at a time when we were both going through tough times, and we share a very strong bond. Grooming is no longer a problem, he actually enjoys it. He greets me when I get home, he “talks” and purrs a lot. He is also very friendly and welcoming when I have visitors.
He is also very well behaved. He enjoys playing, but he does not knock down vases or shred the toilet paper.


Written by Ann-Christin Haave od Norway affectionately know as Meowmie 

"When I went to LA on vacation my parents looked after him. He loves his grandparents and his “uncle” Lucifer. Still, something wasn't quite right. “Meowmie” wasn't there! He was so overjoyed when I came back home! When Meowmie is home, everything is right with the world."

Monday, July 21, 2014

God's Glorious Animals and Why Michael Loved Them So Much 08/02 by Rev Dr Catherine M Gross | Culture Podcasts

God's Glorious Animals and Why Michael Loved Them So Much 08/02 by Rev Dr  Catherine M Gross | Culture Podcasts

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“...I enjoy nature too much.... I know the tree feels it when the wind blows through it. It probably goes, “Ohhhh, this is wonderful.” And that´s how I feel when I´m singing some songs. It´s wonderful.”
"Plus, I’m crazy for birds and animals and puppies. And I love exotic things. I’ve had llamas, peacocks, a rhea, which is the second largest bird in the world, a macaw, which is the largest parrot from South America, pheasants, racoons, chickens….everything. Now, I’m gonna get a faun. And a flamingo.... I want a chimpanzee – they’re so sweet. Oh, I have such a good time with the animals. I have a wonderful relationship with animals, they really understand me.... I’d like to get into the whole veterinarian thing and learn the behaviour of animals. Dogs may see in black and white. Dogs might even see the wind. And what about the king cobra – what makes him come up when they play that pipe?"
Michael Jackson, Melody Maker music newspaper, 1980

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Happy Birthday Michael Jackson:From the other side of 47th street

Presently the nation is in a state of flux. There is profuse anxiety about the impending position of America. The battle for the presidency of US has become increasingly fierce, and shows no signs of slowing down. Many have grown weary of negative and hurtful words being hurled. It is a matter of politics. However, most of what people believe was conceived by the repetition of philosophies that became embedded in their minds. That is the essence of what politics are. They force us to develop opinions, without considering whether those opinions were founded in truth. The world has seen it before, felt it before and lived painfully through it before. The entire world watched as the slanderous pursuit of Michael Jackson consumed decades of his life. What makes it politics? According to Dictionary.com, it is political if it involves methods and maneuvers, or principles and opinions. Unquestionably, such elements were enlisted to plague Michael Jackson, the most famous and beloved man on this planet. August 29 is the birthday of Michael Jackson, and a global community will strive to overcome that shameful era, in celebration of his birth. Happy Birthday Michael Jackson …
Michael Jackson was a casualty in the politics of time. In the early days the politics were a proclamation of segregation. Music provided therapy to the agonizing world, of many African Americans. Michael Jackson was also among them. It was an amazing time in life. In the most desolate surrounding, were the most melodic sounds. On every other corner there was a singing group, singing “doo wops”. Then Michael came. Albeit Michael Jackson came from Gary Indiana, the hot spots were in Chicago and subsisted in the Black Metropolis, on the “other side” of 47th street. That’s where it was all happening. Michael and his brothers, like many before them were discovered at the Regal Theater. Everything was on the other side of 47th street. African Americans were rarely accepted south of 47th. The Black Metropolis even had its own mayor, that’s how segregated Chicago was. The neighborhood children rushed to see every stage show that The Jackson Five performed in. They were magnificent. Young Michael Jackson could do everything that James Brown could do. Michael Jackson was an amazing talent, indeed, and he grew from the squeals and cheers of delighted children, on the other side of 47th street.
The Regal Theater was a stepping stone embedded in the Chittlin’ Circuit. In fact, that is what made Michael Jackson so unique. He had been trained by the very best, because everybody, from the greatest to the least came through the Regal Theater.Bobby Taylor opened the door for the Jackson Five to be signed by Motown.
The Jackson Five soared in fame; the heart of the country was held captive and a lifelong love affair began. Michael Jackson was the beloved, and slowly began to sing solo’s. Ultimately Michael left the group and struck out on his own. Amazingly, many of Michael’s fans had never considered his birthday; in fact it had never been revealed. Michael Jackson was a Jehovah’s Witness, and birthdays were not celebrated. Today, it is a different story.
“Michael Jackson is one of the most widely beloved entertainers and profoundly influential artists of all time. He has left an indelible imprint on popular music and culture, and his fans span all across the globe. With all the cultural barriers that he has broken down, there is a very small chance that a person does not know his name. People of all ages also enjoy the music of the “King of Pop”. On or near Michael’s birthday, fans and lovers of his music celebrate his life and legacy, and traditionally his pilgrimage to New York City, Los Angeles, CA, Chicago, IL and Gary, IN.“ http://tinyurl.com/9vhkw2q
On Aug 29 the world will celebrate the life and accomplishments of Michael J. Jackson. His impact will be felt forever. Universities have begun to teach courses on the life of Michael Jackson. Courses could well be taught in Religion, History, Humanities, Sociology as well as Psychology and certainly Music and Dance. Michael Jackson’s heart was huge and his achievements were numerous. Following are a few of those things which made the world love him so much. Michael Jackson was an incredibly outstanding man. Dr. Wayne Dyer speaks about Michael Jackson-Video
“July, 1981:
Concert in Atlanta Georgia, Triumph Tour, - benefit concert raises $100,000 at the Omni Auditorium in Atlanta, Georgia for the Atlanta Children’s Foundation in response to a series of kidnappings and murders that had been plaguing the children of Atlanta for months.
‘January 10, 1984:
During the filming of Pepsi commercials, Michael Jackson is burned. As a result of the on-set accident, he is admitted to the Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, California. Despite palm-sized second and third-degree burns to the back of his head when pyrotechnics, somehow, went awry, Jackson visited several other burn patients and later donated a hyperbaric chamber (used to treat burn victims) in addition to a large donation toward preparing and equipping the Michael Jackson Burn Center.
‘April 14, 1984:
Michael equips a 19-bed-unit at Mount Sinai New York Medical Center. This center is part of the T.J. Martell-Foundation for leukemia and cancer research.
‘July 5, 1984:
Michael Jackson and his family hold a press conference to announce the changing of the ticket distribution system for the Victory Tour. During his speech, he announces, “Finally, and most importantly, I want you to know that when I first agreed to tour, I decided to donate all the money I make from our performances to charity." Three charities benefited from Michael's generosity: The United Negro College Fund established the Michael Jackson Scholarship Fund which, by 1988, had provided scholarships for 70 students at UNCF member schools, Camp Good Times for terminally ill children and the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia and Cancer Research “ http://tinyurl.com/njzflm
The kindness of Michael Jackson is so extensive that it would be an incredible feat simply to list them. This is why we celebrate Michael Jackson. Proven lies, slander and constant humiliation were promoted far more than the truth of who he was and all he has done. From times gone by, on the other side of 47 street and from this side of heaven, happy birthday Michael Jackson.