Sacrifice

Sacrifice is the mother of everything.

Without sacrifice, you can’t get what you want in your life.

Your success always demands great sacrifice from you.

Are you ready for that?

Ask yourself.

Then you’ll know how to sacrifice in your life.

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Struggle

Life is all about struggle.

You never live without struggle.

Life begins with a struggle.

Life ends with a struggle.

Struggle is the part of our life.

A mother struggles to give birth to her child.

Every living creature struggles for survival.

Struggle is the rule of life.

If you struggle to get something today,

Tomorrow or in your near future, you’ll receive your grand rewards.

Don’t scare to struggle.

Enjoy your struggle and hug it like your true pal.

Your grand success and victory is always waiting for you.

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The Three Will Meet

As the sun glistened in the sky, so shall God’s love and mercy radiate below the heavens. The waters receded reflecting the beginning of life. The elegance of the ocean’s beauty permeated in every ripple and sparkled like diamonds. Marine life emerged, slowly inhabiting the pristine bodies of the sea. The earth turned green from the growth of new sprouts. Creatures with feathers perched atop cliffs and took their first flight in the morning breeze. Beasts of the earth moved along the ground frolicking and seeking food. God was pleased He created a perfect balance to the sea and land.

It is here the three will meet…

So, God decided it was time to create His own image and let him enjoy the fruits of His imagination. Man, the most sophisticated species, roamed the land and learned to hunt above and below the earth’s surface. But, our Creator realized man needed a complement, so he didn’t have to live alone. He made a correction to the plan and gave the man a submissive woman to love, adore, and honor. She was a goddess from heaven, where all human life evolved, and a rib created her. They cultivated the earth with the enjoyment of love, bringing gifts to God. What a masterfully crafted world designed by an architect far beyond our scope of knowledge!

It is here the three will meet…

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Then suddenly, out of the blue, cumulus clouds mounted, and storms roared destruction to His creation. Evil evolved, and lightning tried to conquer the earth. God was furious Satan, a fallen angel of all people, found pleasure in the flames of wickedness. So, Noah built an ark to help Him wash away the sin of the world, but to no avail. Evil came back with a vengeance. This time, God sent Moses with scripted laws in stone which gave guidelines for mankind to live by, but still, immorality existed. Now distraught, God insisted on filling the world with love, so He divinely created an offspring in His own image. This child would attempt to right the wrong in people.

There the three will meet…

Ultimate wealth now lies upon the edges of the origin of the earth. God vowed His son shall return and destroy all persisting evil. If you lay claim to worldly idols, be prepared… you won’t have them much longer. Death and destruction are in the forecast. God will eliminate sin with the same scorching flames evil derived from when Satan arrived on earth.

So, I shall run to meet Him, at His point of origin – the beginning of life. Like all sinners, I too will bear the heartaches of hell on the incoming tide. God will scold for poor choices, yet many will still choose the path of least resistance. Behold your breath, for the undertaking of God words, shall not be minced in heaven. I will stand with all of humanity, when the firestorm commences, praying our Father will save those who asked for forgiveness.

I beacon all believers to join me. Let us gather, in good faith, and bring love to the beach where Christ will come calling once again.

For there the three will meet – the Father, the Son, and… will you be joining me too in the celebration? ~~www.danabicksauthor.com~~

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Anatomy of an Infant Murder [Video]

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The classic film “Anatomy of a Murder” was released in 1959. It stars the great Jimmy Stewart, my personal choice for the best actor ever. Stewart portrays a lawyer defending a suspect charged with killing a man as revenge for that man raping and killing his wife.

60 years later the atmosphere in America has been tainted by a different sort of homicide. It is the most malevolent form of killing known, snuffing out the life of infants on the verge of birth…and even after exiting the womb.

The Scene of the Present Crime

The murder trial must navigate through the scene of the present crime and discern clues to decide just how the killing unfolded.

Legal InfanticideA similar process can be used to discover how the present moral crime of promoting infanticide has seemingly sprung to the forefront of culture. The scene of the crime is the video of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s interview in which he calmly describes and endorses killing a child already born.

The statement shocked many when it appeared. The resulting righteous outrage was tinged with surprise as if the deadly sentiment appeared from nowhere.

Murder investigations use forensic evidence from the crime scene to trace the timeline of the killing. Scientific measurements are taken of fingerprints, footprints, debris at the scene and from evidence found on the victim’s corpse.

The forensic evidence for this particular moral crime is not found through scientific instrumentation. It is found through tracing a long and winding historical trail of anti-human life philosophy and ethics which began ‘trending’ around a century ago.

Sanger, Socialism and Planned Parenthood

The trail begins with the personage of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood. Ms. Sanger led a life of rebellion against sexual norms, the family, and marriage.

She funneled that into an obsession to eliminate anything impeding feminine liberty or license, especially the burden of children. From a young feminist activist to an abortion-rights icon, Sanger traveled the path enamored of Socialism and its lifelong companions such as the philosophy of Eugenics.

Eugenics is succinctly and accurately described as the,

belief in the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a human population, especially by such means as discouraging reproduction by

persons having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits 

(negative eugenics) or encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have 

inheritable desirable traits (positive eugenics).

Sanger promoted the goals of eugenics throughout her life, and it led her to associate with truly evil movements such as National Socialism, otherwise known as the Nazi Party. Author George Grant writes,

Because of her [Sanger’s] Malthusian and Eugenic connections, she had become closely associated with the scientists and theorists who put together Nazi Germany’s “race purification” program. She had openly endorsed the euthanasia, sterilization, abortion, and infanticide programs of the early Reich.

Legalized InfanticideHer legacy was the creation of Planned Parenthood. Sanger, like most early 20th century elitists, desired that those of “inferior” races and classes be eliminated and that those better suited to ‘liberation’ should advance.

A quote from her 1920 book “Woman and the New Race,” is an alarming precursor to what is happening today.

The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.

Planned Parenthood grew slowly at first due to moral outrage upon the discovery of Nazism’s horrors in Germany. Their power came into full flower during the 1960s and resulted in strongly influencing the legalization of abortion throughout the land.

The Next Step Toward Oblivion: Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton

January 22, 1973, the most famous step toward infanticide was taken with the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

Roe was accompanied by a lesser-known decision, Doe v Bolton, which was also decided the same day. The two combined to effectively impose legal abortion on the entire nation regardless of the age of the unborn child in the womb, and for virtually any reason.

The stories behind the decisions of Roe and Doe are not as well known as what has happened since. It began when Norma McCorvey, aka “Roe”, with the aid of feminist lawyers Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee, sued the state of Texas in 1970 to overturn the law.

In March 1970, Weddington and her co-counsel filed suit against Henry Wade, the Dallas district attorney and the person responsible for enforcing the anti-abortion statute. McCorvey became the landmark plaintiff and was referred in the legal documents as “Jane Roe” to protect her identity.

Abortion was illegal in Texas except for saving the mother’s life at that time. That same year, 1970, Hawaii became the first state to legalize abortion for its own state citizens.

[Also in 1970] New York legalized abortion, with no residency requirement. By the time of Roe v. Wade in 1973, abortion was also legally available in  Alaska and Washington.

The case of Doe v Bolton involved another anonymous plaintiff called “Mary Doe.” Her real name was Sandra Cano. Sadly, she passed away in 2014.

Legalized InfanticideThe most amazing facts surrounding both Norma McCorvey and Sandra Cano have been that both women never had an abortion and both later became staunch pro-life advocates. McCorvey announced her change of heart in 1995 when she accepted Christ through the ministry of Operation Rescue’s Flip Benham.

Norma McCorvey said that Flip Benham talked to her and was kind to her. She became friends with him, attended church and was baptized. She surprised the world by going on national television to say that she now believed abortion was wrong.

One of the darker facts here was that both McCorvey and Cano were taken advantage of by their lawyers. McCorvey was sought out by Weddington specifically because she was too poor to travel to another state to legally have her abortion.

Cano claimed to her grave that she was directly deceived by her lawyers. She wasn’t an activist for or against abortion, but she came out strongly pro-life after the deception was discovered.

She said she sought help in 1970 from the Atlanta Legal Aid office because she was unhappily married, unstable and pregnant with her fourth child. She also insisted that she thought the papers she signed for Ms. Hames and other lawyers were about divorce and child custody, not abortion. Ms. Cano, who never had an abortion, said she learned the full truth about her case when she went to court in 1988 to have records unsealed.

In 2005, Ms. Cano attempted in vain to get her case reheard before the Supreme Court. Her valiant efforts failed to change the law, however, her last wishes showed her heartfelt conviction.

Her dying wish was for people to “pray for the end of abortion in America and pray for her family,” [said] Allan Parker, president of the Justice Foundation in Texas, which represented Ms. Cano for 14 years

The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act

Legalized InfanticideThe results of Roe and Doe were that abortion was now legal nationwide, and a new effort of advocates against abortion came to be known as the ‘pro-life’ movement. Various organizations, from the National Right to Life Committee targeting legislation, to others such as Operation Rescue that targeted abortion clinics themselves, came to national attention.

Despite these efforts, the practice of abortion grew at an enormous rate. As this became more common, newer methods of killing the child in the womb also developed until a particularly heinous one called, ‘partial-birth abortion’ began to be used.

This gruesome method is still in use at some abortion facilities.  It involves inducing labor and delivering the baby feet first.

Once the child’s body has been removed except for the head, a pair of scissors is stuck in the neck behind the skull. The scissors are opened, creating a large hole through which the brains are sucked out and the baby is killed.

After the “Reagan revolution,” stalled the progress of the pro-death zealots, the election of Bill Clinton started the conveyor belt toward destruction moving swiftly again. The realization that partial-birth abortion, though rare, was being used to terminate life galvanized pro-life opponents to attempt to stop it by passing “The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.”

On April 10, 1996, President Clinton vetoed this measure, which meant allowing the macabre practice to continue unabated. The death march was renewed with fresh vigor by the stroke of Clinton’s pen.

That day was recorded in my personal journal as the “blackest day for the soul of America,” and a host of horrors were put in motion which set the stage for unthinkable evil right under the public’s nose.

The preeminent example of such was the bloody house of terror run by Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Gosnell and His House of Horrors

Ann McElhinney and Philem McAleer chronicled the astounding true story of the monstrous abortionist in the 2017 book, “Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer.” The book was made into a movie and released in October of 2018.

Gosnell’s body count was inconceivable and included a grotesque collection of jars containing parts of aborted babies preserved and stored in refrigerators! Perhaps most revealing about the real attitude of the Left concerning women’s health is this description of Gosnell’s abortion clinic when it was raided in 2010,

Instruments were not sterile. Equipment was outdated and rusty. Women recovering from their abortions sat on dirty recliners covered with blood-stained blankets that employees said they “tried” to have cleaned weekly.

Gosnell was charged with various violations of Pennsylvania law, including aborting babies beyond the state’s legal limit of 24 weeks gestation. His case went to a Grand Jury who met for nearly a year before compiling a 261-page final report and releasing it on January 14, 2011.

The report was a shocking indictment of not only Gosnell, his wife, and the clinic staff but also,

in some cases recommended charging [with murder] …officials in numerous state government agencies, all the way up to the governor.

These recommendations from the Grand Jury were put forth because the investigation revealed that almost everyone involved in city, county and state government agencies were guilty of negligence. They had overlooked numerous health violations and even brushed aside the deaths of women that came to Gosnell.

Legalized InfanticideWhat enabled such a predator as Kermit Gosnell to remain in practice for more than 20 years prior to 2010? It was the complicity of left-leaning bureaucrats and elected officials who believe abortion is so sacrosanct that death, injury or sterilization of women is just the cost of defending the ‘right to choose.’

Kermit Gosnell was convicted of three counts of murder on May 12, 2013, for killing babies,

who authorities say were delivered alive and then killed with scissors at his grimy clinic,

He was sentenced the next day to two life terms in prison. He avoided the death penalty by agreeing not to appeal his conviction.

Infant Murder Promoted in American Academia

Infanticide began to make serious inroads in American academia 20 years ago when Princeton University hired Peter Singer as a Professor of Bioethics.

Legalized InfanticideSinger teaches and promotes ethics from an atheist, utilitarian perspective. That philosophy views human life as valuable provided it is useful to others.

In 1993 he delineated his views concerning infanticide in the book “Practical Ethics.”

Singer argues that newborns lack the essential characteristics of personhood – “rationality, autonomy and self-consciousness” -and therefore “killing a newborn baby is never equivalent to killing a person, that is, a being who wants to go on living.”

In other words, he promotes the killing of human beings if they are unable to show those qualities to others and thus ‘prove’ themselves worthy to live.

There are many Universities where anti-life ethics are found. An account by a student from a 2010 ethics class at Harvard illustrates how pervasive these attitudes are in the University system.

The class began with the assignment to read an actual case from a Singapore hospital involving potential infanticide after an abortion. An abortion was performed and the 24-week old baby survived after being left on a table.

A nurse saw the baby was struggling to breathe 20 minutes later. The abortionist had left so she ran and found the only other doctor at the small hospital to ask what should be done.

The doctor chose to save the infant. After seeing the baby, the parents decided to keep their child.

The students were told to be prepared to comment on whether the doctor took the ethical action. The next day the professor asked for the responses.

In a class of about 50, the overwhelming majority of the class said the doctor was wrong to save the baby.

The student’s account of that day is instructive.

I walked into my “Ethics” class the next morning prepared to have my comment on the case be this: “There is no ethical dilemma here.  Dr. Chin did exactly what his professional ethics (not to mention his humanity!) would require him to do—save the baby.  The nurse called him in to be a physician to the new-born child—not because the mother needed care.  He had been summoned for the baby and thus was professionally obligated to help the child.  He did.” …I was stunned by the responses that followed, the essences of which were “HOW DARE the physican treat that baby!”

Legalized InfanticideHe mentions that during an hour-long discussion there were only three others beside himself who thought it was right to save the baby. 92% of students in an ethics course at the most prestigious University in the nation, perhaps in the world believed the baby should have been left to die.

Those students weren’t taught that at Harvard, they already believed it when they got there. They brought those beliefs into the first day of class.

The professor himself was with the 92% opinion. He justified letting the child perish,

by saying:  “The only thing that matters here is:   Who are the decision makers? …Can the fetus make a decision?”

Abraham Lincoln is credited with having said,

The philosophy of the classroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.

Which brings us back to the present moral crimes now promoted at high levels of state government. Perhaps it isn’t so surprising to see these demonic policies come to life after all, given the sordid past century or so.

Perhaps something may be learned by examining this past which would help stop the pro-death advance. One thing is certain. Unless the presence and power of God are with whatever efforts may come about, they will crumble before the anti-life assault.

Can wicked rulers be allied with you, those who frame injustice by statute? They band together against the life of the righteous and condemn the innocent to death. But the LORD has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge. Psalm 94:20-22 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

George Grant – “Grand Illusions, The Legacy of Planned Parenthood,” Wolgemuth and Hyatt, Publishers, Inc., 1988.

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The Green New Deal Is Designed to Destroy [Video]

Climate Change

Much attention has been showered upon the first proposed bill introduced by new Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez popularly known as the “Green New Deal.” There are many flaws in this ‘plan’ that have been judiciously pointed out by capable commentators on every type of media platform.

Thankfully, the members of the House of Representatives have not yet considered the proposal. It is not quite a ‘finished’ bill despite being co-sponsored by several declared Democratic presidential candidates including Kamala Harris, and Cory ‘Spartacus’ Booker.

Why is this idea being considered at all? To address the mythical catastrophe of ‘climate change.’

The Left, as has been chronicled here and elsewhere, has been devoted to the climate change fraud for decades. Unfortunately, some like Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, are true believers in that pseudo-scientific cult.

We should understand that this “resolution” is designed, purposely or otherwise, to destroy the nation. Unless the tide is turned back, that goal may well be accomplished.

It Is Impossible and Will Destroy the Economy

Green New DealThis is a destructive idea because it cannot be done. It is literally impossible to accomplish the GND.

Americans like to believe we can accomplish things that others think are impossible, but that’s not what I’m talking about. The GND is impossible like a square circle is impossible and not even God can make a circle that is also a square.

That’s because the GND violates the basic laws of mathematics. It requires that 2+2=5, while reality says that cannot be so.

The estimated cost of implementing one aspect of the GND is 13 trillion dollars. That is the requirement to replace all power generation and operation to non-petroleum, renewable resources.

How do we know this? Because the power grid replacement part of the plan has already been researched.

As it happens, a team of Stanford engineers led by Mark Jacobson outlined just such a plan back in 2015. Jacobson’s repowering plan would involve installing 335,000 onshore wind turbines; 154,000 offshore wind turbines; 75 million residential photovoltaic systems; 2.75 million commercial photovoltaic systems; 46,000 utility-scale photovoltaic facilities; 3,600 concentrated solar power facilities with onsite heat storage; and an extensive array of underground thermal storage facilities. …The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation calculated that the total cost …of Jacobson’s scheme would amount to $13 trillion. And based on how fast it has taken to install energy generation infrastructure in the past, Jacobson’s repowering plan would require a sustained installation rate that is more than 14 times the U.S. average over the last 55 years and more than six times the peak rate.

The phrase “photovoltaic system” is better known as solar panels. The impossible cost and effort required here are for just one part if this comprehensive plan for disaster.

The GND is far more encompassing than simply revamping the national power grid. Here is more of what this impossible dream entails.

…a guaranteed job with a “family-sustaining wage,” and universal access to high-quality health care, affordable housing, economic security, high-quality education, and healthy food. It also calls for increased government support for family farming, economic development in vulnerable communities, research and development, and environmental cleanup. And it would meet the goals of 100 percent renewable power production and no net increase in greenhouse gas emissions. All of this would occur through a 10-year “national mobilization.”

Take just one other from this list. Start with “universal access to high-quality health care…”

Green New DealHow much would that cost? We have another example of the expense with the earlier proposals for “Medicare for All,” most notably favored by AOC’s Democratic Socialist compatriot, Senator Bernie Sanders of VT.

This universal health care plan would cost 32.6 trillion dollars over 10 years. The total is now 45.6 trillion dollars over ten years for only two small parts of the GND.

How would this be paid for? Well, it won’t be through taxes. If you took all the wealth of all the billionaires of the world it would pay for less than two years of the 45.6 trillion price tag.

However, American law enforcement could only seize dollars from American billionaires, which totals 2.48 trillion dollars. That wouldn’t fund six months of these two tidbits from AOC’s proposal.

Moreover, the proposal requires the elimination of all fossil fuels. This means the abolishment of all air travel, indeed of all air traffic, civilian or military, and somehow, the elimination of methane from cow flatulence, or else convince them to stop passing gas!

Yes, the cows are mentioned as a part of the proposal. At least, they were at first but that may have been hacked…more on that part later.

Civilian air travel would be replaced by a high-speed electric rail system, at least according to the GND. Only electric cars would be permitted and an entire network of electric charging stations must be constructed, as well as some way to get to Hawaii without airplanes or ships.

Additionally, this plan calls for the retrofitting and reconstruction of every building in the nation. That is not a misprint, folks; every…single…building.

Perhaps the most ridiculous piece of the GND resolution is the goal of,

Economic security to all who are unable or unwilling to work.

Alexandria Ocasio-CortezI predict should this become codified that the list of those unwilling to work will grow exponentially.

In order to actually put this gargantuan plan into effect, the enormous cost necessitates funds that do not exist, nor can they be produced in 10 years or 50. Even AOC knows that much.

However, this is conveniently solved by something called Modern Monetary Theory,

Ocasio-Cortez is continuing to argue for Modern Monetary Theory — something she said “absolutely” needs to be “a larger part of our conversation” in a recent Business Insider interview. The theory says that because governments can literally print money, “they can spend as much as they like,”

This is what has just happened during the last two years in Venezuela. The government printed money to fund its unsustainable debts, and inflation ran wild.

Socialists are unable to see that it is the philosophy itself which is unworkable. The most recent example of such is being demonstrated in the devastated nation of Venezuela. The annual inflation rate recorded last month in that country was an astounding 46,305%!

Now that nation, once the richest in South America, is destitute. People have fled in droves because everything is gone, including basic food items.

Unfortunately, the Left is absolutely committed to this Socialist agenda. Such an agenda carries a more ominous threat than economic destruction, the destruction of liberty itself.

The GND Would Destroy Liberty

The impossibility of the GND resolution is not lost on most functioning people. However, just because it is impossible doesn’t mean the Left won’t try to do it anyway.

Why would the Left attempt something as insane as the GND? Why would they continue to attempt this thing that is clearly impossible to do, and has historically been proven to fail?

The answer to this question is twofold. One answer is simply that the person is deluded on the level of a man claiming to be a turnip.

This is the same kind of delusion the Left embraces with the aforementioned ‘climate change’ ideology. A delusion so pervasive that Leftists in the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change or IPCC, are willing to change raw data and adjust it upward to justify their false claims.

Climate ChangeIn fact, the GND uses recommendations of the IPCC as the impetus for its proposal. This is similar to the mania of Leftists who engage in the destructive transgender ‘movement,’ and are not shy about abusing children to do so.

There is one other reason the Left will if they can, try to put the GND or something very similar to action, despite knowing it will fail. That reason is also simple, but it is in the shadows.

It is to assert complete control over the general populace. A cursory glance at the list above and the cost should cause us to pause and consider just how the government would accomplish these grandiose illusions.

There is but one way to do this, and some in the Left ardently wish this to be so. It can only happen with complete government control of, well, everything and everybody.

The radical Left is aware of this aspect of their plans. However, they also know that if most people realized the facts, they would totally reject the GND. Which is why AOC’s advisors are trying to walk back the original demands of the document.

As the video shows, AOC’s advisor claimed the original document, found on her Congressional web page was a conservative hacker’s creation. He has since admitted that he was wrong about the facts of the proposal.

Ocasio-Cortez’s office did, however, publish a “Green New Deal FAQ” that said it guarantees “economic security to all who are unable or unwilling to work,” contrary to Hockett’s claims. Her office later deleted the FAQ.

The art of deception is one the Left is particularly adept at performing. The biggest deceptions are always saved for the biggest delusions.

For example, the claim that Obamacare would reduce costs by $2,500 a year was false. The claim that under government-run health care you could keep your doctor and your present insurance proved false as well.

Obamacare was a power-grab to gain national control over just one-sixth of America’s economy. Imagine the agonizing torture of the truth needed to sell the GND which would literally control every aspect of every person’s life in the nation.

The dance of deception has already begun with AOC herself. In audio featured on The Buck Sexton Show of February 8, 2019, she agreed in one interview that the GND would require “massive government intervention,” and later the same day claimed that saying it was a “massive government takeover” was a conservative “misrepresentation.”

Green New DealThere is no way to obscure the disaster that even a portion of the “Green Dream,” would be if implemented. The only part of this farce which makes sense is if the co-sponsors and other supporters are ignorant concerning the original proposal.

That is possible but unlikely given the tremendous amount of press the GND has garnered. It is more likely that the Democrats in Congress know that what is written down now will be at least somewhat redone before the ‘resolution’ can be considered as a bill.

Even then the bill is unlikely to make it to President Trump’s desk, and would certainly be vetoed if it did. If that is so, why sound the alarm now?

There is an old and wise saying not heard much these days. “Forewarned is forearmed.”

This saying means that having an advance warning provides the opportunity for an adequate defense. Consider this a forewarning allowing America to become ‘forearmed.’

Do not think the Left will stop with the GND when it fails to become law. They will continue to promote Socialism proudly and boldly until the public becomes used to the idea.

When that happens, the door is pushed slightly ajar so as to enamor especially young adults with the idea of a Socialist utopia. The true believers of today will endure just as sympathizers with Socialism have since the 1960s.

Being forearmed doesn’t necessarily mean being armed with physical weapons. In this instance, it means being armed with both intellectual and spiritual weapons.

Green New DealIntellectually this means a bit of effort to make sure the information relied upon is accurate. Sadly, no one should fully rely on any publication or pundit from the mainstream media, especially when it concerns anything about President Trump.

CNN is the prime example of such determined bias and was anxious to make war against the president before he was inaugurated.

[Chris] Cuomo vowed to oppose Trump’s policies, and stated he feels it is the job of the media as a whole to treat the next president of the United States with hostility. Per Cuomo, “The media cannot yield. This administration is going to demand constant fact-checking and opposition.”

Of course, journalists must fact-check this administration, as they should do for every administration. However, the idea that active “opposition” to any administration is part of the purpose of journalism is false.

A study of media coverage in 2017 by Harvard revealed that anti-Trump bias was extreme in the MSM, with one large exception.

CNN and NBC struck a 93 percent negative tone on their Trump stories, with only 7 percent positive. CBS was third in the anti-Trump race, with a 91 to 9 ratio. And the pro-Trump Fox News? That network was 52 percent negative to 48 percent positive.

This kind of data reveals that only Fox News, which is supposed to be extremely conservative, has any balanced reporting and commentary. The same kinds of bias have continued to this day according to multiple studies by the Media Research Center.

Spiritually, the weapons which should be used against the present incarnation of the Left are outlined in a tremendous passage from the New Testament. The Apostle Paul gives the specifics in the book of Ephesians.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints… Ephesians 6:12-18 [ESV]

The key to putting on this spiritual “armor of God,” rests in the final thrice-repeated call to prayer. Prayer is how spiritual weapons, both defensive and offensive, are applied.

Pray for truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, and salvation to defend against evil. Pray for discernment of God’s Word to push back against the enemy.

Persevere and pray for all those fellow ‘saints,’ brothers and sisters in Christ always. Today persecution and danger for Christians is greater than ever,  and so the need for prayer is also greater than ever before.

D.T. Osborn

P.S. There are some excellent tools which have emerged over time to aid in donning the armor of God. One I can recommend is the Armor of God Prayer, available through Church of the Highlands and at this link as a PDF file. 

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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Evil…

Where is the Evil ?? Answer to this has been beautifuly explained below: 

There are four yugas widely accepted in Hinduism. They are :

1. Satya yug

2. Treta yug (Ramayana)

3. Dwapara yug(Mahabharata)

4. Kal yug(Present)

In Satya yug, the fight was between two worlds (Devalok & Asuralok). Asuralok being the evil, was a different WORLD.

In Treta yug, the fight was between Rama and Ravana. Both rulers from two different LANDS.

In Dwapara yug, the fight was between Pandavas and Kauravas. Both good and evil from the SAME FAMILY.

Kindly note how the evil is getting closer. For example, from a DIFFERENT WORLD to a DIFFERENT LANDS to the SAME FAMILY.

Now, know where is the evil in Kaliyug???

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It is inside us. Both GOOD AND EVIL LIVE WITHIN. The battle is within us. Who will we give victory to, our inner goodness or the evil within??

Think, identify and fight….

Media Madness and Malice on Global Display [Video]

4366040718_4c28855420_oThis journal has featured several articles about the media and the shameful way they have “reported” in the past. Additionally, the plague of the social media attack dogs has exploded in modern times and made the situation immeasurably worse.

One thing I have learned about observing journalism and media is this, when you think you’ve seen the worst from them, they will prove you wrong. The latest outrages emerge from perhaps the worst week ever for the mainstream media, or MSM, whether in print, on TV, or deposited like sewage on the internet.

If there are worse manifestations of media malevolence possible, I fear what might be forthcoming.

BuzzFeed Beating up the Truth to get Trump

BuzzFeed was created in 2006 as a site which tracked viral videos. The site began to fashion itself as a “news” organization around 2011.

Despite their efforts, even hiring someone from left-wing Politico to help, BuzzFeed couldn’t get any traction as a news organization. The public just didn’t buy it.

a 2014 Pew Research Center survey found that in the United States, BuzzFeed was viewed as an unreliable source by the majority of respondents, regardless of age or political affiliation.[12]BuzzFeed News has since moved to its own domain rather than exist as a section of the main BuzzFeed website.[13]

Mainstream MediaStill, BuzzFeed News wasn’t getting much attention. But with the publication of the infamous debunked fake “Steele Dossier” that all changed.

Therefore, it is not a tremendous surprise that BuzzFeed News would provide the first of these demonstrations of malicious malfeasance in the media. This was the supposed leak from the Mueller camp that Cohen would testify that Trump ordered him to lie under oath and there was documentation to prove it.

The MSM, of course, pounced on this like it was the gospel truth which would finally destroy the demonic Donald Trump. The breathless and hopeful mantra of the Leftmedia clones CNN, NBC, MSNBC etc. was that “if true, this was impeachable.”

However, there was one most astonishing development which would dash those nascent hopes just a few hours later. Mueller’s team released an official statement that BuzzFeed’s claims were “not accurate.”

This was a blunt denial from those BuzzFeed claimed as their “sources” for the fallacious piece. This was worse than publishing the phony dossier which not even the Trump-hating networks thought worthy of their efforts at the time.

BuzzFeed says they “stand by their reporting.” Good luck with that.

Mueller is the darling of the Left. Your compatriots are not going to believe you over their champion.

It is amusing that the Left leaped at this so quickly because the BuzzFeed story doesn’t make sense. Mueller has nothing to gain by having this information and keeping it hidden for one second.

Conversely, he has everything to lose if because of this an investigation of leaks in his operation is the result. Mueller’s investigation itself would never survive with that kind of credibility gap attached to it.

Clearly, here is another example of the Leftmedia infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome. Unfortunately, TDS is real and really dangerous.

However, the media doesn’t need TDS to excuse the next example. Hating pro-life people has been a specialty of the Left for five decades.

March for Life MSM Coverage Very Deceptive.

The coverage of the March for Life was scant on the MSM. Despite that, it was many times larger in attendance than the so-called “Women’s March,” which was also held in Washington D.C. this last weekend.

The 2019 Women’s March received roughly 15 times more news coverage than the 47th March for Life on broadcast television, according to the Media Research Center. …NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck examined the coverage each event received on the ABC, CBS, and NBC morning and evening newscasts — and the results are staggering. …“Between Wednesday morning and Saturday evening, the Women’s March fetched 14 minutes and 26 seconds of coverage… this stood in stark contrast to just 58 seconds for the March for Life,” Houck wrote. “For the March for Life, ABC and CBS were especially pitiful.”

Mainstream MediaLeftmedia outlets have been trying to distort and smear the annual National March for Life since the event began. This continued in 2019 even with the increased scrutiny modern tech provides.

In this age of video surveillance of and by everyone everywhere in public, it seems insane for anyone to believe they can make a false claim about an event like the March for Life. But that didn’t stop the Leftmedia from trying, and getting caught.

USA Today, the first result when you search for the march in Google News, began their story by saying, “more than a thousand anti-abortion activists, including many young people bundled up against the cold weather gripping the nation’s capital, gathered at a stage on the National Mall Friday for their annual march in the long-contentious debate over abortion.”

Yes, this is an accurate statement mathematically. The conservative estimates of 100,000 and more are greater than a thousand by about 100 times!

This tweet with video from Students for Life gives a 60-second time-lapse look at the massive amount of people pouring into the Washington D.C. March for Life 2019. You decide if this is merely a few thousand demonstrators.

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Students for Life@StudentsforLife

The 2019 March for Life was a great success! People from across the country, and the world, met in D.C. to march for the rights of the preborn! We are the Pro-Life Generation and we will abolish abortion!

5,062 people are talking about this

Yet, even with this level of deception, the MSM wasn’t done with their malevolent and shameful misdeeds. The treatment given to the Covington Catholic High School students after the March was concluded is worse than even the smears leveled at Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings.

The Unmatched Pernicious Media Treatment of the Covington High School Students

There has been an incredible amount of coverage about the aggressive confrontation tactics of both the so-called ‘Black Hebrew Israelites,’ and Native American Nathan Phillips toward the students of Covington Catholic High School after the March for Life on January 18th.

Mainstream MediaThe most spiteful, denigrating coverage appeared almost immediately after a few seconds of a viral video showing Phillips banging a drum and chanting inches from the face of teenager Nicholas Sandmann. Despite the fact that the full video was available to all the ‘news’ sources at the time, all that was shown on the MSM outlets was the shortened and clearly deceptive video.

The full video runs around two hours and tells a totally contradictory story of the incident. In short, it shows that all of the initial accounts of the media and the interviews Phillips gave afterward were lies, plain and simple.

Worse yet was the reaction on social media. Twitter, which Mark Dice correctly calls the “bathroom wall of the internet,” was filled with angry and violent responses to the fake video.

Calls for “doxing” the teens, expelling them from school, assaulting them and even one suggesting these children be fed into a wood chipper were all present! Twitter, to its continuing shame, didn’t object to any of this.

Worse yet were two particular responses. The first was the initial response from the Covington Catholic School and the Diocese of Covington.

Here is part of a statement they jointly released without having seen the full video or heard the student’s accounts.

We condemn the actions of the Covington High School students toward Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general on Jan. 18, after the March for Life in Washington, D.C. We extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips.

The school and the Diocese also threatened disciplinary action including expulsion of the students. The PC ‘cred’ they thought they could gain here made cowards of them, so they abandoned their kids.

Even the Archdiocese of Baltimore got in on the outrage party and condemned the students! And they did it all based on false testimony from false witnesses including Nathan Phillips and the MSM.

What Really Happened?

If the claims of Phillips are compared to the video evidence, he is shown to be false every time. The media’s enabling of the lie with the deceptively edited video makes them complicit in the lies.

He claims the students were taunting the Black Hebrew Israelites. False: Video evidence reveals the black supremacist group hurled racist insults at the students throughout the confrontation.

Phillips said that Sandmann blocked his way and he couldn’t retreat and was surrounded. All false as the video reveals.

The Native American activist stated the students chanted “Build that wall!” The video shows that never happened.

There are more such examples all showing the same pattern. However, one falsehood which is particularly irritating involves Phillip’s claim to be a Marine veteran who had served in Vietnam.

Mainstream Media
Vietnam War Memorial

I served in the U.S. Army from 1973-76. Phillips served in the Marines from 1972-76. I did not serve overseas at all, let alone in Vietnam. Phillips claimed he did, which is extremely unlikely on its face.

Military deployments to Vietnam ceased in 1972. By the time I reached my station at Ft. Hood, TX in 1974, we were seeing soldiers return from Vietnam on a regular basis.

Phillips later walked back his claim. Perhaps he realized after reflection that the truth will come out (as it did, he never served in Vietnam) and that veterans, especially Marines, do not take kindly to ‘stolen valor.’

Nicholas Sandmann also released a written statement detailing the incident in as factual a manner as possible. The video evidence lines up almost exactly with his account.

The statement was also disturbing when Sandmann described what was happening to him and his family because of the uproar.

I am being called every name in the book, including a racist and I will not stand for this mob-like character assassination of my family’s name. My parents were not on the trip, and I strive to represent my family in a respectful way in all public settings. I have received physical and death threats via social media, as well as hateful insults. One person threatened to harm me at school, and one person claims to live in my neighborhood. My parents are receiving death and professional threats because of the social media mob that has formed over this issue.

Yet the media, specifically NBC’s Savanna Guthrie, while interviewing Sandmann on January 22, asked if he felt he “needed to apologize” for anything that happened. To his credit, Nick calmly and without malice denied any responsibility or need to do so, and he was correct.

Mainstream Media
Trump supporter pinched for wearing his hat

She also suggested in one question if evil-looking MAGA hats that Nick and many other students were wearing might have been too provocative and caused the confrontation. That sounds kinda like blaming the rape victim for what she was wearing.

Incidentally, Guthrie also interviewed Nathan Phillips. She did not ask him to apologize for anything at all.

‘Conservatives’ Contributed to the Falsehood and Fury

This is the most disappointing and instructive part of this malicious media lynch mob mentality. Disappointing because it came from those who should know better; instructive because it teaches valuable lessons about media scrutiny.

Most disappointing was the ravenous rush to judgment of a few ‘conservatives’ who chose to destroy innocent teens that were simply waiting for their bus to arrive to take them home. It was the esteemed National Review which paved the downward path into journalistic degeneration.

According to an excellent YouTube video by Stefan Molyneux on the Covington Mob Mania, “The Truth About the Covington Confrontation”:

National Review deleted its article, posted Sunday at 2:55 a.m. titled “The Covington Students Might as Well Have Just Spit on the Cross.”

Nicolas Frankovich was the author of this defamatory, prejudicial, piece of elitist propaganda masquerading as a serious conservative appraisal of the event. National Review should have known better than even considering this for publication.

Which brings to mind the lessons to be learned here. A while ago I discovered the first lesson, which is waiting.

If you really want to know the truth of a sensational story, a ‘viral’ video and such, wait at least three days and see what the story becomes then. 72 hours is my minimum for waiting and watching.

I might not be on top of the breaking news, but that’s not what I write, except on occasion with sporting events. However, it also means there is a better chance of getting the whole story before commenting, rather than leaping headlong into unknown territory.

Mainstream MediaThe second lesson is to comprehend the consequences for those you chose to defame. The technological traps of today mean that these kids are going to be negatively associated with this event for a lifetime.

The media madly rushing to judgment is not excusable for any reason and just stokes passions that are destructive. The malice manifested reveals that destruction may be the evil intent implemented by slimy Twitter trolls and morally blind SJW’s.

Continuing down this path is disturbing, degenerate and frankly dangerous to the very idea of liberty and justice. Moreover, the loss of even the attempt to find the truth will stain the societal soul and enslave the people it possesses.

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight! Isaiah 5:20-21 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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Defending the First Unalienable Right [Video]

March for Life

Friday, January 18, 2019, marked the 46th Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. It is the largest annual gathering of pro-life advocates in the world with crowds regularly in the hundreds of thousands.

The massive crowds braved the cold of a D.C. January to help defend the first unalienable human right in the Declaration of Independence, the right to life.

Defending Life from the White House

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence made a surprise appearance at the March. He spoke briefly and introduced President Trump who spoke live remotely from the White House.

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Vice President Mike Pence

@VP

Today, because of everyone gathered at the @March_for_Life, all those they represent, and all who have gone before, life is WINNING in America once again.

3,036 people are talking about this

President Trump reiterated his support for the right to life.

When we look into the eyes of a newborn child we see the beauty of the human soul and the majesty of God’s creation, we know that every life has meaning and every life is worth protecting. I will always protect the first right in the Declaration of Independence, the right to life.

Trump has so far proved to be the most pro-life president since Ronald Reagan. He has stood solidly for life in both speech and action.

One prominent example is Trump’s expansion of an important Reagan administration creation, the Mexico City Policy.

This policy came into being in 1984. It then blocked federal funding for international non-profit NGOs, or Non-Governmental Organizations if they provide abortion services, counseling, referrals, or advocated for legal abortion or expanded abortion services.

Originally the policy covered U.S. funding just for family planning programs overseas. In 2017 President Trump expanded this to include restrictions on funding for all health-related programs.

That act took all federal funding away from Planned Parenthood International wherever it operated outside the United States.

Defending Life with Science

March for Life

The theme of the March was “Unique.” It stressed the uniqueness of each human being from the point of conception onward.

When Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, the justices appealed to a lack of knowledge about the beginnings of life to help explain the decision.

We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer. [410 U.S. 113, 160]

The phrase “at this point in the development of man’s knowledge,” concedes that at some future point, greater knowledge will be able to resolve the question of when life does begin.

Four and a half decades later, science has resolved the question of when human life begins. Each person is a unique human being at the point of conception and develops as a unique person until death whether that occurs inside or outside of the womb.

Science has long told us that once the chromosomes from the male sperm and female egg unite, a new human being comes into being. The advances in sonogram technology give us a high definition 3D rendition of the unborn child in the womb.

Science has taught us what we have all naturally known since humanity has existed. Our very language has betrayed our knowledge.

After all, when a woman is pregnant, we do not ask her when the ‘fetus’ will arrive. We don’t ask if the “blob of tissue” (as Planned Parenthood says) is a boy or girl.

Defending Life with Compassion for Women

March for Life

One fruit of this era in the Pro-Life movement has been the emergence and advocacy for women who are victims of abortion. Groups such as “Silent No More,” stress the devastation abortion inflicts on the mothers.

It is truly said that there are two victims of every abortion, one dead and one wounded. Georgette Forney was one who wrote about why she chooses to attend the March each year as a part of the “Silent No More” campaign.

I march for the 56 million babies who have died by abortion, including my baby. …I also march for all the women who should be marching with us but cannot do so. Some women won’t ever march with us because they have died from abortion or suicide afterwards.  In the US, 31% of women suffer from health complications after their abortions.[i]  Additionally, suicide rates among women who have had abortions are six times higher that women who have given birth.[ii]  Some women can’t march with us because they are dealing with physical complications, while others struggle from emotional complications. …[iii]  Finally, there are many still locked in silence, afraid of judgment, bearing shame and guilt, feeling alone, and unsure if anyone cares. I march because I want these women to know I care, and there is an organized group of us who care. We carry signs that bear the truth “I Regret My Abortion,” and we share testimonies that explain the reality of abortion and the hope and healing we have found.

Defending Life on the Street

The National March for Life is not the only such annual gathering in America. Each state has their own version of the March at state capitols around the country.

The Nebraska version is the state Walk for Life at the state Capitol building in Lincoln. This year it takes place Saturday, January 26th. The thousands in Lincoln stand in solidarity with the other 49 states and those estimated 100,000 that attended the national March.

March for Life

All of the public demonstrations represent real grassroots efforts across America to implement the pro-life ministry for those who need it. One of those efforts includes the organization Care Net.

Care Net is one of the largest networks of pregnancy care centers in North America. They support centers that supply pregnant women in crisis with counseling, supplies, and pre-natal care free of cost, as an alternative to abortion.

Mission – Acknowledging that every human life begins at conception and is worthy of protection, Care Net offers compassion, hope, and help to anyone considering abortion by presenting them with realistic alternatives and Christ-centered support through our life-affirming network of pregnancy centers, churches, organizations, and individuals.

This is an effort on the ground with real families and saving children by giving hope to women. This author has been privileged to serve as a Board member and volunteer at our local Care Net affiliate in past years.

Defending Life with Prayer

Another grassroots pro-life effort is the 40 Days for Life campaign held twice a year around the globe. 40 Days for Life has been enormously successful in saving children and mothers from abortion through changing minds.

Since 2007, over 15,000 documented cases of babies alive because of this campaign are evidence of the power of prayer. Hundreds of abortion centers all over the world have been closed because of staunch believers petitioning the LORD for life.

Prayer is more essential than ever to defend life against the extreme efforts of pro-abortion zealots. Those efforts came to horrible success in State of New York where it is now legal to abort a child at any time and for any reason until the moment of birth.

This grotesque law is an affront to God and an expression of Leftist’s diabolic desires for death. Buck Sexton put it well on his January 24th podcast.

It is not an exaggeration to say that this is satanic, and that this is the greatest moral stain on this country since slavery. I think that is a moral and ethical fact.

March for Life

Sexton is correct in assessing the demonic nature of the pro-death Left. Which makes it all the more imperative to engage in prayer as a prime weapon against them.

The 40 Days campaigns are bolstered by other prayer actions such as the National Life Chain held each October. This peaceful, silent, prayerful hour-long protest happens in cities large and small around the country.

Sexton went on to note that the present situation in New York City is horrible,

Where one in three babies overall are being aborted and more babies from the African-American community are aborted than born.

It is time for the prayer warriors of the Christian community to join the battle in earnest today. Moreover, let that prayer empower us to act for life and against the pro-death goals of the Left.

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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Ego Avenue

The giant oaks turned golden in the fall, shading the avenue of homes trimmed of gold. The walkways of washed aggregate and stained concrete floors in the garage smell of money. An oriental rug lies squarely beneath the oil plug of the minister’s Rolls and Bentleys. It’s a lovely life – a weekend cabin in the foothills of the Castiles, a yacht swaying at the dock of their favorite country club. Their lifestyles are of the rich and famous. Do I need to tag them with names for you or the descriptions of these church leaders who appear on TV and radio, bearing witness?

Have you ever tried to contact these evangelists personally even if you are a member of their congregation? Several of these ministers started following my blog last year. I tried to respond to some of their emails, but a computer-generated nonresponse system returned it. One such minister put an email address at the bottom of his correspondence with an enticing note to always feel free to connect with him. Are you kidding me? This is a man who is a public servant of God, and he lies about his contact information on his website and newsletters! It makes me wonder…

I used to collect mail from a rather sizeable religious outfit who films daily television and documentary shows. I’d call it a church, but it was all about money. I never met the soft-spoken old man who read from the pulpit, though he wasn’t there when I entered the building. He hides behind the silver screen while anointing his son to be the Senior Pastor.

Another younger notoriety wears his sacred cross, but is more concerned of the welfare of his structures, which he owns, than of those whose dollars helped to build it. An example of his personal greediness was during a hurricane which hit his area two years ago. Homeless people, seeking comfort from the storm, stood outside in nature’s wrath because he wouldn’t open his church doors. Perhaps he was afraid of damages incurred – a chunk out of his own pocket which might affect the mortgage payment on his $10.5 million home.

I could continue with my tirade, but Christians are smart enough to observe who indeed professes to do the Lord’s work. There was only one minister I knew who was genuine and a spiritual adviser to many Presidents. His money filtered through to the crusades he conducted in 185 countries on six continents. He passed away last year and now works for Christ in a different capacity.

I see the actions of these Bible scholars, who can’t live what they preach in front of millions. Most believers are aware clergy are the amongst the lowest-paid occupations. So, how are they living in mega mansions and in the lap of luxury? Do they ever use their personal income from TV appearances and other sources to give back to their communities? Or is preaching the Word of God just a business designed to make them a millionaire?

As I look down Ego Avenue and observe its evilness, I thank God for my health and my wife who keeps me in check. A simple Christian writer and life, I am blessed by the Holy Spirit, and I have peace in my soul. A few friends asked me if I was afraid of giving out my cell phone number which is written on my business cards. My honest reply was why? I’m no better than the mentoring I try to give to others. I meet many wonderful people from around the world – some famous, but most are common folk. I treat everyone the same. Spiritual leaders should be receptive and have personal contact with believers, especially with individuals they follow on social media.

To those who live on Ego Avenue and read my blogs, are you better than our Lord? After all, Jesus was a dirt poor man, and he was always reachable in desperate times. He laid the foundation for your obligations as a clergy member – to provide spiritual, moral guidance, and assistance to believers. If I’m wrong, then please correct me.

My examples of hypocrites and false witnesses, in the name of our Lord, only touch the surface of the United States. I’m sure dozens more exists in countries worldwide. Some may say security issues are dilemmas facing the famous religious leaders, but I highly doubt this. Too many other upstanding clergy submerge themselves in others’ lives unharmed. I think the root of the problem is simple – the love of money. Perhaps it should be explained as “delivering God’s word in order to become a millionaire.” Call it greed or narcissism; either way, God will place a harsher judgment on them. As someone once said, “Knowledge is a dangerous thing!”

Are there any “amens” to my point of view?

Have you ever hugged a troll ??

How to win war on internet trolls?
This article is a 2.5 minute read. This post is in response to my experience with a reader,who is from non-English speaking country, who mistook my English,and became angry.I fully understand this situation in this particular scenario.I even had to take help of fellow readers(English Pundits) But many times we are not that fortunate( I mean language problem) and are abused by trolls. Trolling is done by cowardly people,and they do because,they oppose somebody’s point of view or they derive pleasure by causing mental agony (sadist ), or they hurt the feelings,out of ignorance of the topic being discussed.They troll because they think that nobody knows their identity. Internet troll can become sometimes nasty and the person affected may lose sleep forever. You can call Internet Troll as a polished version of mythical creatures in Scandinavian folklore. If you think trolls are after you…..what to do ? Very simple. Just Image You are hugging them…that’s all…. and move on by ignoring them.Don’t even respond,however strong the urge to react! There are two kinds of Hugs.( my version) 1. Distant Hug-reach out to the person,when the occasion arises and hug in your imagination and you get peace of mind. 2.Physical hug-this you can call it as healing hug. Time to Hug Hugs are one of the reasons God gave us arms.So stretch out your arm to some one today.Reach out to those you love or do not love…it will warm the heart of the giver and give light to the soul of the recipients. ‘unknown’ Healing Hug Hugging is a good medicine.Scientists say that hugging is a form of communication because it can say things you don’t have words for. And the nicest thing about a hug is that you usually can’t give one without getting one ‘Unknown’ We are fortunate in WP since we are surrounded mostly by Gentlemen & Gentlewomen,who either agree or disagree…and there the matter ends ! How do you manage your trolls ?

Did anybody troll you ? Please share your experiences.

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