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Hello world! As the many who write about domestic violence and abuse – I write from my heart. I grew up watching my mother and her friends live with this horror, and vowed to never allow this evil to happen to me. Well, when you grow up witnessing violence and abuse, you either become an abuser, or one that will most likely be abused. I am not sure what exact components in the human brain determine these outcomes, but I had always known I would not put up with abuse. My oldest brother learned to hit, and he paid for what he learned in my mother’s house. His girlfriend murdered him. Domestic violence was ever present in my life, and I know much too much about it to keep it all inside – and so, I write. I write for those who lost their lives, and for those who continue to suffer. Most of all, I write to honor my Lord Jesus Christ. It is my hope and prayer that visitors to my blog and website are blessed with hope and help. Please stop by often, my soul is filled – my memories vivid – my Savior prompting – and there is much more that needs to be said. Abuse – IT RARELY STOPS! Peace https://ssofdv.wordpress.com/

THE MURDER OF BOTHAM SHEM JEAN

By Terry Loving

Botham Jean

“Avenge me of my adversary.”

Some types of police work, such as undercover investigations, require him to tell people that things are not as they seem, but the way he says they are. To accomplish this, it is essential that officers be adept at twisting the truth, being deceptive, or lying. On the job, their personal safety may depend on their ability to look others in the eye and lie convincingly. They have to make others see things the way they want them to see things. To do this they must develop the ability to hide their own reactions, thoughts and feelings. It is likely that a police officer experiences a real sense of power in being able to get people to believe and trust him even as he’s lying through his teeth.” Amber Guyger is LYING about EVERYTHING concerning her killing of an innocent man in his own home!

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Officer Amber Guyger

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“Society employs police officers to protect citizens by enforcing the law. Police officers are professionally trained to get and keep people and situations under control. When a person challenges police authority, the police have the power to physically restrain, to use force when necessary, and to deprive him/her of personal freedom.” In the case of Botham Jean, his personal freedom was denied permanently when Amber Guyger invaded his private space and shot him to death. What law was Guyger enforcing when she confronted Mr. Jean? In what capacity was she “protecting” him? She didn’t have the decency to administer first aid – that says a lot.

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“Some officers think that they are entitled to wield their police authority and power at home the way they do on the job. These abusive officers use their professional skills against their own spouses and children.”And against a law abiding citizen like Mr. Botham Jean – in his own home, minding his own business.

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“Officers spend many hours learning how to use their bodies and police equipment. They are taught armed and unarmed methods of self-protection, pursuit and capture of suspects, and how to confront and control individuals and crowds. They learn how to use their baton, handcuffs, even their vehicle to maintain control over a situation. They learn how to use their service weapons. As recruits they must meet physical fitness standards. Many continue to hone their bodies and develop greater strength and abilities. They continue to learn new ways to control physical confrontations and to disarm attackers when they have no weapons other than their hands. Police officers are taught how to control the level of physical force they use. They learn to match control tactics to the level of suspect resistance.”

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“When someone refuses to comply with an order, the officer determines what level of force is needed to make the person submit.” Amber Guyger claims she “gave verbal commands” to Mr. Jean that she also claims “were ignored.” Well, if she were not in his space, there would have been no need for her to say anything to him, right? I will get to the beginning in a minute.

The same verbal control tactics used by police offers in domestic violence situations are one in the same used in civilian matters:

Cops stick together. They’ll report what I tell them to report.” “What they really mean is, the truth is irrelevant.”

“Many victims have quoted what their abusers say during their tirades. It turns out that most police abusers say exactly the same things, word for word.”

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With all of this extensive training that police officers get at the Academy, how is it that Officer Guyger did not notice the details that are so obvious to those of us who have received no such training?

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I have known police officers personally – even dated one in times past. Working a 12-hour shift is not an impossible task – it was normal. When he worked day shift, he worked 12-hours, night shift – same thing. It was a standard work day. Many times this officer would either go to the gym before his shift, or after working those 12-hours. He never lost his way home, never wore his uniform off duty, and never abused his position. Believe it or not, there are some good cops that try to do their job with integrity. Amber Guyger is not one of them! She is a blatant liar! First she worked “12-hours,” then “15-hours,” – which is it? Once a lie is told it is hard to keep it straight, especially when there are so many unanswered questions.

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I have to find the comment I read where she had packages in her hands, which is supposedly why she didn’t see the red rug outside of Mr. Jeans’ apartment. Give me a break! She had to put the packages down to bang on his door as noted by two witnesses. With her training, should she not have noticed the rug? Perhaps then look up to see the number on the apartment to make sure she was in the right place? And now there is an article stating that she had her protective vest in her hand when she arrived at his apartment.

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The law enforcement official said Guyger told police she had been carrying her heavy protective vest when she arrived at Jean’s apartment. It was in the apartment when first responders came to Jean’s apartment.”  

There are a lot of theories floating around on social media and the comment section of news articles. But, only ONE in my opinion made any sense. Certainly everything in Guygers Affidavit does not. Nor anything her superiors have to say makes any sense.

THE NOISE COMPLAINT

“There had also been complaints about noise coming from Jean’s apartment. Merritt told CNN the complaints came from Jean’s “immediate downstairs neighbors.” He did not say whether Guyger had complained.”

“Guyger was at work during the day and had just ended a 15-hour shift when she shot Jean.”

“Merritt and the law enforcement official said there had been a noise complaint the day Jean was shot. The law enforcement official said Jean told his girlfriend two women from the leasing office came by his apartment after he got off work and he wasn’t playing music at the time.”

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The noise complaint in my opinion is the meat of this tragedy. As in other areas of the investigation, phone records are crucial. If it is proven that Guyger is the complainant – what was the particular noise she was complaining about? Walking? Talking? Music? Dropping things? People laughing and talking too loud? Television too loud? What?????

Did Mr. Jean get a chance to defend him-self concerning the complaints? I have lived in apartments where you could hear people walking, doors closing, televisions playing. Most apartments are not sound proof. If you live in an apartment and you are trying to sleep during the day when most people are up, then you might have a problem with normal everyday living concerning the other tenants. Buy some earplugs.

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Further, what was the response from Mr. Jean when the two office workers notified him of the complaints? Is there any documentation?

“Guyger was at work during the day and had just ended a 15-hour shift when she shot Jean.”

Why the spin on how long she worked that day? Working a 12 or 15 hour shift, whichever story she chooses to stick with – is no excuse for killing your neighbor. My take on this is; Officer Guyger most likely called the office to see if management addressed the noise complaint. If they did not provide a satisfactory response, then I can imagine her becoming deliriously angry because Botham Jean perhaps stated that he was just doing ordinary living things that may sometimes make noise, like talking on the phone – if the walls and floors are not sound proof – then that is possible, is it not? From Guyger’s perspective though, who does he think he is not obeying her – she is THE LAW!

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Also, were there any complaints from other tenants concerning Botham Jean?

The lies have to keep spinning because society black or white is not ready for rogue cops that murder private citizens in their own home. Notice I now use the word MURDER! Guyger murdered Botham Jean because she wears a uniform, badge and a gun that gives her so much power she became intoxicated with it. Another important question is – did she know he was a black man beforehand? If so, then racism can be put on the table of questions as well – it would amount to a hate crime would it not? Will we ever know the real truth? Botham Jean is dead, and all we have are lies from the other side of this awful tragedy.

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The police depend on the District Attorney, and the District Attorney depends on the police to win their cases. I don’t put any trust in any of them to tell the truth.

“In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the police, who shoot them in their homes; and the district attorneys, who release irrelevant search warrants after the fact. These are their bullshit stories. https://t.co/bXsO1r6o0m

— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 14, 2018

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We all knew at some point the investigation would steer towards discrediting Mr. Jean. And sure enough:

Court records obtained Thursday show Dallas police also found, among other things, two fired cartridge casings and 10.4 grams of marijuana in the apartment. The law enforcement officials said the marijuana was on the kitchen counter.” And cops don’t plant false evidence at crime scenes? – Yeah right!

They just couldn’t allow this upstanding black man to go to his grave with his dignity intact. Try as they may, there is no justification for this murder. The so-called “mistakes” this cop made were all on her! And personally I don’t believe that she parked on the wrong floor – she parked on the right floor – the floor where she was going to confront the man who was making too much “noise” for her satisfaction. She was at his door with the intent to intimidate; use her “command” voice; put police training aside; disregard “trained instincts;” control the situation with her service weapon; put an end to the “noise” – PERMANENTLY!

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“An attorney for Jean’s family, Lee Merritt, has said two independent witnesses had come forward to say they heard knocking on the door in the hallway before the shooting. Merritt said one witness reported hearing a woman’s voice saying, “Let me in, let me in.” Then they heard gunshots, he said.”

“Blood was taken to test Guyger for drugs and alcohol. Similar tests are conducted during autopsies. The results have not been made public and may not yet be completed.” Wouldn’t be surprised if this information is delayed to find another spin on the truth – the officer took Ambien perhaps? Crying shame.

No matter if she consumed intoxicating substances or not – Guyger was drunk on power. It took three days to arrest her and try to come up with a story that the American people can accept – something more easily digested. Again, as evil as our society has become, still – we will never accept being killed in our own homes for no justifiable reason – especially white cops killing black unarmed citizens. It is difficult enough to accept in many cases outside of the home environment – but, within our private sanctuaries????  – That is too much! Can’t have it!

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The Blue Code of Silence is surrounding Officer Amber Guyger. The “good ole boys” protect their own. It doesn’t matter that Amber is female; she is still one of them. A part of the club that is schooled within the Academy that you don’t snitch on another cop and you certainly must try everything to keep your comrades from punishment of any kind – no matter what.

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“Activist Diane Ragsdale and former councilwoman says “race matters.” She said she believes officer Amber Guyger killed Botham Jean because he was a black man.”

Cassandra Jaramillo (@cassandrajar) September 11, 2018

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At a vigil on Saturday, Allison Jean praised her son as someone who “loved mankind,” and said that he wanted “all of us to unite.”

 “Let me in! Let me in!”

“Oh my God! Why did you do that?”

Amber Guyger you need to confess the truth!

But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the LORD, and be sure your sin will find you out.” 

(“Oh my God! Why did you do that?”after the shooting. According to a lawyer for the family, these may have been Jean’s last words.”)

Why????

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He was ‘a great Christian example,’ classmate says of man killed by Dallas cop

“Botham Shem Jean had a heart that led him to serve others.”

“Asked why he wanted to be student association president, Jean said, “I want to serve. My heart and experience has led me to serve. I want every student at Harding to have the best Harding experience possible and go on to accomplish all of their dreams.”

Botham’s dreams were stolen by EVIL!

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His sister, Allisa Charles-Findley said, “Just last week I was thinking of what to get you for your birthday, now I have to go pick out your casket.”

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“Smith created a GoFundMe to help Jean’s family cover funeral arrangements and his family’s travel expenses. The GoFundMe can be found here: gofundme.com/in-memory-of-botham-jean.”

https://www.gofundme.com/in-memory-of-botham-jean/thankyou?d=B9vu%2F0owZ7o0xHm9Mu3oM4pPx9KM0cU2aemKPwt9OO4%3D

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https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2018/09/arrest-affidavit-details-officer-guygers-side-of-what-happened-in-apartment-shooting/

Why the Dallas cop who killed her neighbor might have trouble with a ‘deadly force’ defense

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Did Amber Guyger kill Botham Shem Jean over noise? Family lawyer sees link

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Search Of Botham Jean’s Apartment Ignites Outrage Over Victim’s ‘Character Assassination’

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Botham Shem Jean’s Killing Reveals A Deadly American Lie

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The Criminalization of Botham Shem Jean Has Begun And I Am Furious

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“I CAN’T CALL THE POLICE – HE IS THE POLICE!”

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Bombshell discovery in Dallas police shooting of man in wrong apartment leads to more questions

Guyger’s arrest affidavit was filed on Sept. 9, three days after the crime occurred.

Meanwhile, the search warrant for Jean’s apartment — filed on Sept. 7, two days before Guyger was interviewed by Texas Rangers — tells an ominously different story.

It claims Guyger attempted to enter Jean’s apartment with a “set of keys.” Jean then “confronted” Guyger “at the door,” the document says, adding, “A neighbor stated he heard an exchange of words, immediately followed by at least two gunshots.”

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“An off-duty Dallas Police Officer, who was wearing a full Dallas Police uniform, was attempting to enter apartment number 1478, with a set of keys,” it says. “An unknown male, inside the apartment, confronted the officer at the door. A neighbor stated he heard an exchange of words, immediately followed by at least two gunshots.”

While the arrest warrant describes Jean as being “across the room,” the search warrant says he confronted Guyger at his door.

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“He said the key witness, who was reading the book, heard shouting.”

“She heard, ‘Let me in!’ followed by ‘Let me in!’ in an elevated tone and then she heard more pounding at the door,” Merritt said. “Then shortly thereafter she heard gunshots.”

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Video on the above link shows how the doors shut automatically. This disputes Guygers lies that Botham’s door – which she thought was hers was open. The door numbers are brightly lit and you cannot miss seeing them. According to the video of the paramedics wheeling out Jean’s body, Amber had to walk pass the brightly lit door numbers before she got to Botham’s apartment. She did not miss the numbers, she went there intentionally.
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1378 Amber Guyger’s apartment door

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“According to Texas Ranger David Armstrong’s affidavit, Guyger inserted ‘a unique door key, with an electronic chip, into the door key hole. The door, which was slightly ajar prior to Guyger’s arrival, fully opened under the force of the key insertion.'”

Guyger claimed in her affidavit that Jean’s door was already ajar when she entered and then she shot him dead after he ignored verbal commands.

But video obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com, with the aid of a neighbor living on the same floor, shows that the doors in the apartment building have uniformly heavy metal fire doors that automatically slam shut if let go.

A door could only be left ajar if it had been deliberately positioned that way with a door stopper.

“Further, as a second DailyMail.com video shows, officer Guyger could not have used her key to force open the door of Jean…”

At the very least, she would have been warned that she was at the wrong door because the unique electronically coded keys used in the South Side Flats building flash red if inserted in the wrong door.

Pointing to his own heavy metal door, the same as both Jean’s and Guyger’s, he said: ‘These are fire doors. You can’t really leave it open.

‘The key situation too – you can’t get into any place, you can’t. It’s impossible. You can put it in but you can’t open it.

‘You can put it into somebody else’s key hole but you can’t open anything. This key isn’t programmed for my door – if I put it in, nothing happens apart from this red light.’

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‘And there were noise complaints from the immediate downstairs neighbors about whoever was upstairs, and that would have been Botham.

‘In fact, there were noise complaints that very day about upstairs activity in Botham’s apartment. Botham received a phone call about noise coming from his apartment from the downstairs neighbor.’

According to Guyger’s neighbor, the building’s walls are soundproofed while the ceilings are not – a potential cause for conflict.

‘We can hear when somebody opens the door. You can’t really hear anything through the walls but you can definitely hear when somebody knocks or opens the door.

‘Sometimes I can hear the people above me every once in a while, that’s all I ever hear. The only thing I can think of is I can just hear people running but this guy [Jean], he didn’t seem like the kind of guy who’d be running around up there.

‘I don’t know what the noise complaint would be – I can’t hear the TV [from above], I don’t hear anything like that.’

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‘Short-tempered’ Amber Guyger shared posts likening Colin Kaepernick to cancer and memes saying people were ‘ungrateful she didn’t kill them’

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On a meme that reads: ‘I wear all black to remind you not to mess with me, because I’m already dressed for your funeral’, Guyger commented: ‘I got meh a gun a shovel an gloves if I were u back da f**k up and get out of meh f**king a** [sic]’

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S. Lee Merritt pointed out memes posted on Pinterest by the 30-year-old Dallas police officer, likening Colin Kaepernick’s NFL protests to cancer (pictured)

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Although Merritt says social media is only a snapshot of someone’s personality, he claims the posts are indicative of her character.

He told DailyMail.com: ‘Just a review of some of her pictures on social media, the memes that she placed, those are tell-tale signs of what she felt strongly about.

‘Guyger’s social media reflects a woman who feels strongly about people like Colin Kaepernick, calling his protest the Colin cancer of NFL. 

‘She expressed a repeated and intense propensity towards violence – particularly her having a short temper, she bragged about it.

‘The world was fortunate that she didn’t stab anyone in the throat this week. She was dressed in black in preparation for our funerals so don’t mess with her.

‘Repeated threats like that she was engaging in light-heartedly. That wasn’t out of her character – that is who she was.’

But while he has not come up with a plausible motive for Guyger’s actions, he told DailyMail.com that he does believe her to be a racist.

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Amber Guyger Is Free on Bail, but Activists Who Peacefully Protested Her Are Still in Jail

“The officer responsible for the completely unjustifiable shooting death of O’Shea Terry has been returned to light duty and has faced no criminal charges whatsoever,” Merritt wrote. “The officer who shot and killed Botham Jean remains on the Dallas police force and was able to bond out on manslaughter charges in a fraction of the time the protestors have spent in jail.”

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Dallas officer Amber Guyger fired after manslaughter charge for killing Botham Jean

“Police said in a news release that she was fired after an internal investigation found she had engaged in “adverse conduct” when she was charged with manslaughter.”

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Posted by on September 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

CHERRY PICKING THE BIBLE IS WRONG!

By Terry Loving

American Standard Version
“The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery; yea, they have vexed the poor and needy, and have oppressed the sojourner wrongfully.”

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It amazes me how wrongdoers love to find a Scripture verse in the Bible to justify evil. This is nothing new, and I fear this dark practice will continue as long as the present earth exists. If Christians are going to accept the Christian Bible as the Word of God, should we not accept all of it? True, there are some things difficult to understand, and this is how and when most of the misinterpretations are born. If you don’t understand it, make up something. Besides, how many Christians really read their Bibles? Because most do not study for themselves, anything a false preacher/believer says is accepted as Gospel.

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I refrained from getting involved in the politics of this nation because there is much confusion and it is unsettling. The spiritual warfare taking place in the world today is the work of the author of confusion, Satan. He has managed to turn the world away from God as in the beginning, and set hatred in the heart of mankind. Ever since the days of Cain and Abel, murder has not stopped – but increased. Injustice of every kind is destroying the hope of those who look to so-called Christian leaders to do what is right in the sight of Almighty God. Hope deferred truly “makes the heart sick.”

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Should there be control at the borders of the United States? Absolutely! Should all immigrants who plan to live in the United States do so legally? Absolutely! Are there times when people from other countries are so desperate they will take whatever risks to be free from horrible conditions and cross over illegally? Absolutely! Now let me ask you this – why won’t the rich of this country pool their billions together to secure the borders instead of taxing the poor and struggling citizens with this expense? Why just focus on the poor trying to escape hell on earth, and not the influx of drugs into the U.S.? Maybe that is why the borders are lax in the first place – Americans want to get high, and there is much money to be made selling drugs – especially within our corrupt system.

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If America is all about America, then should she not take care of her own? Many of the illegals who cross over are trying to escape from some of the same atrocities that American citizens’ face right here on our shores – drugs, violence, corruption, homelessness, lack of medical care, domestic violence, abuse, gangs, etc. The evils that exist in America are home grown for the most part. There may be illegals committing crimes and bringing their negative characteristics to our shores – but the daily injustices that we face was already here. Racism is a prime example is it not?

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Now, those who seek asylum due to domestic violence and gang warfare can no longer do so under the current administration. The abused in the United States try to seek refuge due to abuse and are counseled to “cook better,” “keep the peace,” “respect the abuser,” “go back home and try to work things out,” and much ungodly advice from supposed Christian leadership. Those who suffer will continue to do so.

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If the politicians are going to start cherry picking the Bible to support the laws they make, does this mean they are establishing Christianity as the religious law of this country? Are they now saying that America as a whole must abide by the Christian rules of conduct? Well how can this be when the so-called Christians themselves do not abide by or respect the laws of the Bible? Further, isn’t this thinking prohibited by the U.S. constitution?

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Why do Christians turn to the Bible when they are faced with an argument they must win? Abusers are very good at this tactic. When they feel that the abused wife does not listen to them, oh boy – here it comes – “God made me the head!” “You are supposed to OBEY me!” Abusers cite Ephesians 5:22, 1 Peter 3:1 and Colossians 3:18, but forget about 1 Peter 3:7 – which clearly state consequences for not treating your wife like the Bible says you should – hindered prayers – your petitions fall on deaf ears. God will not listen to the prayers of abusers.

Colossians 3:19
“Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.”

Ephesians 5:25
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her…”
Ephesians 5:28
“In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.”
Ephesians 5:33
“Nevertheless, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” (My words – respect comes easy when a woman is treated as she should be.)

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The ceremonial laws of the Bible were “fulfilled” by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. He shed His blood once and for all so that animal sacrifices are no longer required to forgive sins. The New Testament of faith did not cancel out the moral laws of the Old Testament. If so, would not the Ten Commandments be obsolete? The sacrifice of Jesus established God’s Word entirely. “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “commit adultery,” “bear false witness against your neighbor,” – do these commandments still stand? Yes they do!

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“I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill—Not to subvert, abrogate, or annul, but to establish the law and the prophets—to unfold them, to embody them in living form, and to enshrine them in the reverence, affection, and character of men, am I come.”

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Jeff Sessions

Since Jeff Sessions is cherry picking, allow me to show the truth he skips over.

New American Standard Bible

1Woe to those who enact evil statutes
And to those who constantly record unjust decisions,

2So as to deprive the needy of justice
And rob the poor of My people of their rights,
So that widows may be their spoil
And that they may plunder the orphans.

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“Unjust laws described in different versions of the Bible include:

“iniquitous decrees, unjust statutes, evil statutes, unrighteous decrees, crooked statutes, oppressive decrees, unfair laws, unjust decisions, grievousness, unfair regulations, writers that write iniquity; willfully prescribe tyranny, write misfortune which they have prescribed;   writers that write perverseness; writing injustice.”

  1. “that decree unrighteous decrees, &c.] Better perhaps, that draw up mischievous ordinances and are continually writing oppression. The magnates are addressed not as judges but as legislators; their offence is that they embody injustice in arbitrary written enactments, which enable them to perpetrate the most grievous wrongs under legal forms.”

WOE UNTO YOU!

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The moral laws of the Old Testament are relevant today!

“Do not despise the Old Testament under any pretense whatsoever. Let us never listen to those who bid us throw it aside as an obsolete, antiquated, useless book. The religion of the Old Testament is the embryo of Christianity. The Old Testament is the gospel in the bud. The New Testament is the gospel in full flower. The saints in the Old Testament saw many things through a glass darkly. But they all looked by faith to the same Savior and were led by the same Spirit as ourselves.”

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“Also, beware of despising the law of the Ten Commandments. Let us not suppose for a moment that it is set aside by the gospel or that Christians have nothing to do with it. The coming of Christ did not alter the position of the Ten Commandments in the least. If anything, it exalted and raised their authority (Romans 3:31). The law of the Ten Commandments is God’s eternal measure of right and wrong. By it, is the knowledge of sin. By it, the Spirit shows men their need of Christ and drives them to Him. To it, Christ refers His people as their rule and guide for holy living. In its right place it is just as important as “the glorious gospel.” It cannot save us. We cannot be justified by it. But never, never let us despise it. It is a symptom of an ignorant and unhealthy state of religion when the law is lightly esteemed. The true Christian “delights in God’s law” (Romans 7:20). https://www.christianity.com/jesus/is-jesus-god/old-testament-prophecies/how-did-jesus-fulfill-the-old-testament.html

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Cherry picking the Bible is not only wrong, but it is used to justify sin. Because God is love, many use His love as a means to excuse sin and claim that He understands because He loves us. The Bible has been so watered down that cherry picking has become the norm. Whatever verses serve your purpose use them, if not disregard. We cannot claim to be Christians and only accept the parts of the Bible that are pleasing to us. Yes, some things are difficult, but if situations were handled properly, there would be more harmony within Christian circles, and perhaps this country.

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New American Standard Bible
“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

Romans 13:10
“Love does no wrong to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the Law.”

Matthew Henry Commentary

“7:12-14 Christ came to teach us, not only what we are to know and believe, but what we are to do; not only toward God, but toward men; not only toward those of our party and persuasion, but toward men in general, all with whom we have to do. We must do that to our neighbour which we ourselves acknowledge to be fit and reasonable. We must, in our dealings with men, suppose ourselves in the same case and circumstances with those we have to do with, and act accordingly. There are but two ways right and wrong, good and evil; the way to heaven and the way to hell; in the one or other of these all are walking: there is no middle place hereafter, no middle way now. All the children of men are saints or sinners, godly or ungodly.”

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Separating those families at the border is wrong! We have laws that should be followed, more so by those who make them and those who share citizenship of this country. Having laws does not mean that we should treat people unjustly. Traumatizing those children is a sin before Almighty God. Forcing the children to take a variety of psychotropic drugs, to address the trauma of separation is EVIL!

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 34“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

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Melania Trump’s Latest Fashion Choice Is Downright Cruel

Melania Trump wore this jacket as she departed Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

“I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO YOU?”

Romans 14:12
“So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.”

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Immigrant children forcibly given drugs in US centre: Lawsuit

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1 In 5 Immigrant Children Detained During ‘Zero Tolerance’ Border Policy Are Under 13

“The children are younger and will be there for a longer time and are deeply traumatized by being forcibly separated from their parents,” said Mark Greenberg, a former administration official at HHS’ Administration for Children and Families, which oversees the ORR. “All of that makes it much more difficult to operate the program.”

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Trump Order Ending Family Separation Likely Won’t Apply To Children Already Taken From Parents

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DOJ Takes First Steps Toward Indefinite Detention Of Families

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Process To Reunite Detained Children With Immigrant Families Is ‘Total Chaos’

“Immigration experts say there is no system in place to bring separated families back together.”

“Elissa Steglich, a clinical professor in the University of Texas School of Law’s Immigration Clinic, said that, for the time being, parents can only reunite with their children if their asylum process is successful. If they are deported, it could be very hard to find children who could be in government facilities or foster care.

“The trauma and the lasting harm to these children is just reprehensible,” Steglich said. “We really do owe it morally and legally to the parent to reunify them with their children immediately.”

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Government Calls It Forfeiture, But It’s Theft

“Seizure of property belonging to people never charged with wrongdoing looks a lot like stealing.”

America does not care for its own citizens. The police are allowed to brutalize, murder and steal from people with no consequences. When are the people going to rise up and say, ENOUGH!

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

HOW DO YOU WANT TO BE REMEMBERED?

By Terry Loving

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“And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.”

This post is Part 2 of The Passion of Violence.

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No matter how evil a person was when they died, their eulogy never speaks of the awful things they have done in life. The funeral brochures will list their education and employment history – family members and the loved ones left behind. Some families may include something good they have done in order to cover over their hurtful deeds. When there isn’t much to say about a person, the brochure may be filled with pictures of the deceased. In either case, no one wants to remember the bad things that were done, but those who have been victimized will always remember.

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Most times, the preacher delivering the eulogy doesn’t know the deceased personally. Therefore, some generic sermon will be given to the bereaved as a way of easing their pain. Rarely will you hear a preacher reminding the living that one day we who are alive will pass that way – die – and stand to face our Creator and Savior Jesus Christ. Even rarer, the living is not admonished to get their spiritual house in order before it is too late.

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From personal experience, when I think of all the abusers I have known in life – I picture their violent deeds, not any good they have done. Fact is – I don’t remember ANY good they have done in life. All I see is their fists punching, hands slapping, feet stomping and hear echoes of their ugly vicious words. They may have done some good things in life – but their violence towards women – especially my mother – overshadows any decent acts they may have left behind.

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Think about this – when you hear the name Jeffery Lionel Dahmer, what comes to mind – any good? No! He will always be remembered as “…the Milwaukee Cannibal, an American serial killer and sex offender, who committed the rape, murder, and dismemberment of seventeen men and boys.”

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Jovan Belcher will always be remembered as the man who “killed his girlfriend and committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager.” There may be some good things said about him having played as a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs – but he will first be remembered as the man who made his infant daughter an orphan.

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Contrarily, Mother Teresa was a missionary who cared deeply for the poor and spread the love of Christ. Her unselfish love for humanity will be remembered for the good and missed.

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In light of the anger and hatred escalating in our world – especially in America – I wanted to write something that would make people stop and think – hopefully. Anger is such a vast topic that only addressing angry men would have excluded many others – angry women, children, Christians, non-Christians – and people who don’t really know why they are angry. The Bible admonishes Christians to “be angry and sin not.” Therefore, there are situations in life where anger is acceptable in order to bring about change, or right an injustice. We should be angry about child abuse, spousal abuse, exploiting the poor, abuses of any kind that harms people and defenseless creatures.

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“Anger” is a passion too common to need any description. It is an excitement or agitation of mind, of more or less violence, produced by the reception of a real or supposed injury, and attended commonly with a desire or purpose of revenge. The desire of revenge, however, is not essential to the existence of the passion, though it is probably always attended with a disposition to express displeasure, to chide, rebuke, or punish; compare Mark 3:5.

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 Everywhere you turn today people are angry about something. The sad thing is – much of the anger that produces hurt to others is unjustified. In America, the recent presidential election stirred up anger and resentment, produced by the reception of a real or supposed injury. This passionate anger – excitement and agitation of mind – promotes a desire or purpose of revenge – towards innocent souls that have not instigated or caused any harm to others. To this I say, many people are searching for and have found an excuse to unleash unbridled anger upon those who do not look like them – or share their views.

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 Too many angry people have unresolved issues of pain that grew into anger. They were sinned against as children and grew up to be angry adults. In this case, it doesn’t take much to be angry about any and everything one finds displeasing – I know – I used to be an angry person. This is a topic for another time. However, I just wanted to mention that numerous souls are in need of an honest heart to heart with themselves. Some of you are angry at your father, but take it out on your spouse. We will look at this more in another post – back to my thoughts.

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The supposed injury that is unleashing pain upon unsuspecting victims was birthed in ignorance. But this passionate anger is nothing new – many of us have witnessed it long ago. Racism, sexism, classism and the like are nothing new. “That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.”  “Is there anything of which one might say, “See this, it is new “? Already it has existed for ages Which were before us.” Ecclesiastes 1:10

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The injustice in this world is only new to those who are born in a time where they have not personally witnessed its evil.

“1:9-11 Men’s hearts and their corruptions are the same now as in former times; their desires, and pursuits, and complaints, still the same. This should take us from expecting happiness in the creature, and quicken us to seek eternal blessings. How many things and persons in Solomon’s day were thought very great, yet there is no remembrance of them now!” Matthew Henry Commentary

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“nothing new I see, nothing new I do.” Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

This will likewise hold good in moral things; the same vices and virtues are now as ever, and ever were as they are; men in every age were born in sin, and were transgressors from the womb; from their infancy corrupt, and in all the stages of life; there were the same luxury and intemperance, and unnatural lusts, rapine and violence, in the days of Noah and Lot, as now; in Sodom and Gomorrah, and in the old world, as in the present age; and there were some few then, as now, that were men of sobriety, honesty, truth, and righteousness.”

In light of the above, I now ask this question – “How do you want to be remembered?”

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 Will you be remembered as a person of change? A person who understands the futility of unbridled anger? A person who was/is brave enough to heal childhood wounds? A person who stood up to bigotry and hate? Will you be remembered for your violence against women, or others who do not look like you? Will you be remembered as one dying in torture upon his death bed? I know of such a person.

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What will people remember about you when they look at your body in your coffin? Will loved ones and friends squirm in their seats at your funeral when your eulogy filled with fluffed information is read? Will they imagine a different you than the one falsely portrayed by a minister who knew not the real you?

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When I read this news article I cried. I was so moved by the humble acts of repentance and forgiveness – I could feel the pain on both sides.

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Leonard Crow Dog, a Lakota elder and highly-regarded activist, left, places his hand over Wesley Clark Jr.’s head during a forgiveness ceremony for veterans at the Four Prairie Knights Casino & Resort on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Monday.

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Wes Clark Jr., the son of retired U.S. Army general and former supreme commander at NATO Wesley Clark Sr., was part of a group of veterans at Standing Rock one day after the Army Corps announcement. The veterans joined Native American tribal elders in a ceremony celebrating the Dakota Access Pipeline easement denial.”

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Clark got into formation by rank, with his veterans, and knelt before the elders asking for their forgiveness for the long brutal history between the United States and Native Americans:

“Many of us, me particularly, are from the units that have hurt you over the many years. We came. We fought you. We took your land. We signed treaties that we broke. We stole minerals from your sacred hills. We blasted the faces of our presidents onto your sacred mountain. When we took still more land and then we took your children and then we tried to make your language and we tried to eliminate your language that God gave you, and the Creator gave you. We didn’t respect you, we polluted your Earth, we’ve hurt you in so many ways but we’ve come to say that we are sorry. We are at your service and we beg for your forgiveness.”

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Chief Leonard Crow Dog offered forgiveness and urged for world peace: “We do not own the land, the land owns us.”

Despite the positive news, there is more work to do. “The black snake has never stopped and if they didn’t stop at desecrating our graves of our ancestors, they’ll stop at nothing.” Young said. “So there will be a motion filed by the Energy Transfer today to continue the pipeline … We are a peaceful movement, but we may have to make a move to protect our territory.”

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Even now sharing this article I am filled with emotion. This is what America in particular needs right now – repentance and forgiveness! We need it in our homes, our churches, our schools – we need it in our stony hearts that have been blinded by hate – hate that has been passed down from generation to generation. The new offspring don’t really understand the pain caused by the violence and hatred of those different from them; they just picked up the mantle because daddy and granddaddy taught them to carry on the family tradition – hate those who are different.

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In essence, they are fanning the flames of what has been done – bigotry – and what will be done again under the sun. In America, history is repeating itself – we shouldn’t be surprised as to what we are witnessing today. It is nothing new. The question is – when will it end?

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Satan, the god of this world is a master of deception. One lie was all it took for the fall of man. One lie was all it took for a massacre to take place in Rosewood Florida. Sowing seeds of doubt is Satan’s favorite weapon against man – “Did God really say?” People are losing their minds clouded by mass confusion – of which God is NOT the author. While people on social media and in public are tearing each other down – the rich who control America are inventing new ways to exploit the poor. While the “have nots” are fighting each other in the streets, the rich are on Capitol Hill setting America up for fodder for our enemies – and she has many! While their pockets grow fatter, the common people continue to struggle just to put food on the table. Open your eyes America!

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I ask again, “How do you want to be remembered?”

Will you be among the greedy rich who only care about their own appetites? Will you be remembered as the spoiled child who disrespected parents and all authority? Will you be remembered for lying, cheating, making promises that you have no intention of keeping? What will be in the memories of the people left behind when you die?

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Will you be known as the bully who taunted innocent children daily? How about the wicked soul that drove a young girl to suicide by bullying her for no good reason? Will you be remembered as the husband or boyfriend who could not handle rejection? What will people put on your headstone? “I killed her because I couldn’t have her!”

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Most of all, when the Book of Life is opened, – what will be written there about you? Will your name be written in Heaven? Luke 10:20

Will you be remembered for judging others without mercy?

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10But thou, why dost thou judge thy brother? or thou again, why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment-seat of God.

11For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, to me every knee shall bow, And every tongue shall confess to God.

12So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God.

Matthew 12:36
But I tell you that men will give an account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.

Matthew 16:27
For the Son of Man will come in His Father’s glory with His angels, and then He will repay each one according to what he has done.

2 Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive his due for the things done in the body, whether good or bad.

Galatians 6:5
For each one should carry his own load.

1 Peter 4:5
But they will have to give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

How will you stand before Almighty God when you die?

How do you want to be remembered?

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Revelation 3:5
“Like them, the one who is victorious will be clothed in white garments. And I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but I will confess his name before My Father and His angels.”

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Posted by on December 16, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

GIVE US BARRABAS!!!!!

By Terry Loving

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Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!”

“But Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me. For you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” Matthew 16:23

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

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Democrats are accused of being “sore losers” because they lost the election. The Republican side feels that the “election is over” and the losing side should “get over it!”  My personal opinion is – the loss is painful not because Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump – it is painful because of what a Trump “win” represents for America as a whole.

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It is painful because a godless man with a dark soul will sit in the most powerful seat in the world come January 2017.  A man who boldly revealed deep seated hatred and bigotry before the world – showed the American people just what is in his heart – and the dark side of mankind was rejuvenated.

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Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is calling Donald Trump’s electoral victory “one of the most exciting nights of my life.”

Duke, a white nationalist who unsuccessfully ran for Louisiana Senate, tweeted early Wednesday that his supporters played a major part in paving Trump’s road to the presidency.

“Make no mistake about it, our people have played a HUGE role in electing Trump!” he wrote.

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And who might “our people” be? – “The Ku Klux Klan (KKK), or simply the Klan.” They are haters of anyone that is non-white in nationality – known to murder in the name of white supremacy. Godless souls that have no conscience – just waiting for a man like Trump – a man who speaks their language – a man who has the power to “Make America Great Again!” Which translates – Make America White Again! It will never happen.

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Trump’s hateful and evil public views of minorities, women, disabled persons, and anyone that does not see things his way – has refreshed the forces of hate, and given rise to a whole new level – just outright evil. Bigotry was always operating in America – subtle in many cases – but ever so active and creative in ways that its presence was always felt. The Klan is celebrating because they now have their demagogue in high places – Donald Trump.

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“The Ku Klux Klan couldn’t be happier about the presidential election of Donald Trump.”

“A Trump spokeswoman on Friday morning said, “Mr. Trump and his team continue to disavow these groups and individuals and strongly condemn their message of hate.”

Nevertheless, Trump’s bold hate speeches gave mindsets like the Klan reassurance that they could resume openly evil acts as in past times of lynching and homegrown terrorism towards minorities – especially black Americans.

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According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “Over 200 Incidents of Hateful Harassment and Intimidation Since Election Day”

Some of the reports that came directly to the SPLC include: 

“My 12 year old daughter is African American. A boy approached her and said, “now that Trump is president, I’m going to shoot you and all the blacks I can find“. We reported it to the school who followed up with my daughter and the boy appropriately.”

“I was standing at a red light waiting to cross the street. A black truck with three white men pulled up to the red light. One of them yelled, “F*** your black life!” The other two began to laugh. One began to chant “Trump!” as they drove away.”

“A student in an English IV course told his teacher, who is Mexican-American, that he needs to take his family and get out of our country. The student mentioned he wasn’t welcome any longer. He supported this argument by citing comments from our President-elect.”

“Death to Diversity” was written on a banner displayed on our library for people to see, as well as written on posters across campus. As well as white males going up to women saying that it was now “legal to grab them by the p****”. 

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On a Spiritual note, Donald Trump views himself as perfect – a man who never makes mistakes.

When further asked about repentance again by Cooper, Trump said “I think repenting is terrific.”

“Why do I have to repent or ask for forgiveness, if I am not making mistakes?” asked Trump. “I work hard, I’m an honorable person.”

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I guess Trump never read Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

Ecclesiastes 7:20
“Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.

If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.”

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Moderator Frank Luntz asked Trump on Saturday if he had ever sought God’s forgiveness and Trump replied, “I’m not sure I have ever asked God’s forgiveness. I don’t bring God into that picture.”

Trump clarified further about forgiveness in the church setting saying, “When I go to church and when I drink my little wine and have my little cracker, I guess that is a form of forgiveness. I do that as often as I can because I feel cleansed. I say let’s go on and let’s make it right,” declared Trump.

I drink my little wine and have my little cracker”

“He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,”

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Evil in the Last Days

1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.”

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I am not saying that Donald Trump is the anti-Christ, but when I hear his name – that is what comes to mind. If he is not the anti-Christ that the Bible speaks of as the one who will “proclaim himself to be God…” Then he surely could be a forerunner.

Daniel 8:25
“And through his shrewdness He will cause deceit to succeed by his influence; And he will magnify himself in his heart, And he will destroy many while they are at ease. He will even oppose the Prince of princes, But he will be broken without human agency.

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The Backlash of Trump’s Victory

Now many people of color, women and LGBT people who have long faced threats large and small must grapple with the knowledge that half of their fellow American voters elected someone who has advocated policies aimed at them: Keeping Muslims and Mexicans out of the country, using police tactics considered racially biased such as stop-and-frisk, and grabbing women without consent.”

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“I don’t want to give the impression that everyone who voted for Trump is a racist,” says Williams, who pointed to economic issues, abortion and problems with Hillary Clinton as other reasons for Trump’s victory. “That being said, I think there were a number of people who were racist who said, ‘it’s about time someone is saying these things.’

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People are crying: It’s not because they lost a race

“I think it’s normal in any election, one side is going to demonize the other,” says Monnica Williams, a licensed clinical psychologist.

“In this case, Trump actually said those awful things about women, about minorities, and he stands by those remarks,” Williams says. “It’s very scary for people who are part of marginalized and stigmatized communities.”

“But many Trump voters looked past his words, rather than condoned them. Exit polls in Wisconsin, a big win for Trump, show that 21% of voters who had a negative opinion of him voted for him anyway.”

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 Another Side to the Story to Consider

Really, we can look at what is happening in America another way. Spiritually speaking – what if God had a hand in allowing Trump to be elected? Hold on before you get all bent out of shape. If we are truly honest with ourselves, America has without a doubt forgotten her God. You keep hearing the slogan, “Make America Great Again,” – but how great is she really without our Creator – the Giver of life itself?

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God’s creation puts more faith and trust in humanity than the One who gives us life. We look to man to solve our problems, and hit the reset button when life fails to bring us comfort or material possessions.

Isaiah 2:22 says-
“Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils; For why should he be esteemed?”

We often regard our elected officials as saviors of America when it is God who gives man authority to rule:

Proverbs 8:15
“By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice.”

John 19:11
“Jesus answered, “You would have no authority over Me unless it were given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed Me over to you is guilty of greater sin.”

New American Standard Bible
“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.”

Romans 13:2
“Consequently, the one who resists authority is opposing what God has set in place, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”

Titus 3:1
“Remind the believers to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient and ready for every good work,”

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God sets up authority to govern the people of the land, but we are not to place our trust in man. The heart of man is full of corruption and evil all the time.

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“It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in man.”

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“Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.”

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It is reported that the suicide hotline and domestic violence and rape centers are receiving an increase in calls after the election.

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An article on slate.com refers to Donald Trump as “The Triggered Electorate.”

“Donald Trump has a unique and sickening ability to resurface women’s memories of abuse and trauma.”

“All over America, the squalid denouement of the Trump campaign is forcing women to think anew about abuse they’ve endured. According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, the weekend after the release of the Trump tape saw a 33 percent increase in people turning to its National Sexual Assault Hotline for support.”

After Trump Win, Suicide Hotlines Flooded With Calls

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There is Hope:

Job 36:5
“Behold, God is mighty but does not despise any; He is mighty in strength of understanding.”

Psalm 22:24
“For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; Nor has He hidden His face from him; But when he cried to Him for help, He heard.”

New American Standard Bible
“He has regarded the prayer of the destitute And has not despised their prayer.”

2 Chronicles 32:8
“With him is only an arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people relied on the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.”

2 Chronicles 32:7
“Be strong and courageous, do not fear or be dismayed because of the king of Assyria nor because of all the horde that is with him; for the one with us is greater than the one with him.”

American Standard Version
“if my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

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 I believe protesting and speaking out against Donald Trump becoming the 45th President of the United States is necessary. The violence against Trump and Hillary supporters is not. When and if Trump officially becomes President, the damage to the democracy of America will touch everyone! Then at last, the citizens of America will have a common enemy. I feel sorry for those who voted for him. When he fails to fulfill his empty promises – and he will – they will feel the heartbreak that many on the other side are feeling right now.

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Intimidation and threats against minorities, women, children, and people who are different than you is evil. This must stop, and it can only be opposed with collective prayer – prayer without ceasing! This is the main ingredient missing from this battle with the evil that is blatantly rising up in our nation. True Christians everywhere must lift their voices to Almighty God!

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IT IS TIME TO PRAY!!!!!!

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

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Psalm 34:15 “The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry.

“The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

Ephesians 3:14 “For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Isaiah 65:24 “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; …

Psalm 4:1 For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A

A psalm of David. Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief
from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

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The Lord’s Prayer

(Luke 11:1-4)

5And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

7But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11Give us this day our daily bread.

12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

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Trump’s bigotry, dishonesty and promise-breaking will have to be denounced. We can’t go morally numb. But he needs to be replaced with a program that addresses the problems that fueled his ascent.

After all, the guy will probably resign or be impeached within a year. The future is closer than you think.

“Be strong and courageous.”

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The real reason we have an Electoral College: to protect slave states

“In a direct election system, the South would have lost every time.”

“Let’s start with this: Why does the Electoral College exist? Is it exclusively about federalism and slavery?”

“So what’s the real answer? In my view, it’s slavery. In a direct election system, the South would have lost every time because a huge percentage of its population was slaves, and slaves couldn’t vote. But an Electoral College allows states to count slaves, albeit at a discount (the three-fifths clausethe three-fifths clause), and that’s what gave the South the inside track in presidential elections. “And thus it’s no surprise that eight of the first nine presidential races were won by a Virginian. (Virginia was the most populous state at the time, and had a massive slave population that boosted its electoral vote count.)”

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/11/12/13598316/donald-trump-electoral-college-slavery-akhil-reed-amar

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“The three-fifths clause remained in force until the post-Civil War 13th Amendment freed all enslaved people in the United States, the 14th amendment gave them full citizenship, and the 15th Amendment granted black men the right to vote.”

http://www.blackpast.org/aah/three-fifths-clause-united-states-constitution-1787

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http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/02/politics/eric-schneiderman-attorney-general-trump-university-fraud/

“(CNN)New York’s attorney general, who is leading a lawsuit against Trump University there, made his view of the case clear on Thursday: “It’s fraud. This is straight up fraud.”

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http://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/trump-university-its-worse-than-you-think

“Trump University: It’s Worse Than You Think…..One thing is clear, though. If the revelations about Trump University don’t do any damage to Trump, it’s time to worry—or worry even more—about American democracy.”

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http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-dangerous-acceptance-of-donald-trump

“If Trump came to power, there is a decent chance that the American experiment would be over. This is not a hyperbolic prediction; it is not a hysterical prediction; it is simply a candid reading of what history tells us happens in countries with leaders like Trump. Countries don’t really recover from being taken over by unstable authoritarian nationalists of any political bent, left or right—not by Peróns or Castros or Putins or Francos or Lenins or fill in the blanks. The nation may survive, but the wound to hope and order will never fully heal.”

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I wrote this above: “I feel sorry for those who voted for him. When he fails to fulfill his empty promises – and he will – they will feel the heartbreak that many on the other side are feeling right now.”

Well, I wasn’t too far from the truth – TRUMP REGRETS

https://twitter.com/trump_regrets

Trump needs to be more humble. I like the Today Show, but I’m starting to regret voting for Trump. God help us.

I hope u r capable of making decisions morally as well and not just because its legal. You are making me regret my vote.

Hey DJT you really like Russia huh? I voted for you sadly you fraud. Hear you like young prostitutes?

every tweet I see of yours makes me wish I didn’t have to vote for you. The leader of our country shouldn’t be so petty.

So much for draining the swamp and getting rid of cronyism Don. Treasury Secretary pick is a perfect example.

I voted for you, now I wish you had lost because of your constant attacks & bragging. So childish!

There are many people who now see the light, but it is too late.

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Donald Trump Is Already Disappointing His Supporters

“The swamp is full again. It’s actually fuller.”

“I’m starting to feel like the biggest mistake of my young 23 years of life has been voting for [Trump],” Joseph Richardson tweeted on Nov. 21.”

 

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“Baptist pastor applauds Orlando shooting” – REBUKE!

By Terry Loving

“And why behold you the mote that is in your brother’s eye, but consider not the beam that is in your own eye?” Matthew 7:3

“That which charity teaches us to call but a splinter in our brother’s eye, true repentance and godly sorrow will teach us to call a beam in our own. It is as strange that a man can be in a sinful, miserable condition, and not be aware of it, as that a man should have a beam in his eye, and not consider it; but the god of this world blinds their minds. Here is a good rule for reprovers; first reform thyself.” Matthew Henry Commentary

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“Hey, are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today? No … I think that’s great. I think that helps society. I think Orlando, Florida’s a little safer tonight,” Jimenez told the congregation hours later.”

Pastor Roger Jimenez you are insensitive to the hurt and suffering of humanity – so unlike our Lord Jesus Christ. It is because of so called ministers of God that many people turn away from the Savior and denounce organized religion as a whole. In turn, the darkness of countless Christian hearts further push away those who are in need of salvation.  Could you not think of a better way to grab your 15-minutes of fame? Shame on you!

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Please explain how the death of the 49 people killed will “help society?” The 50th person, well he will never cause another human being pain ever again. So as far as the shooter goes, that is a plus. OK, so “50 pedophiles” as you refer to them were killed, how does our society benefit? What ills that plague our society will be diminished as a result of their dying?

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“I think Orlando, Florida’s a little safer tonight,” Jimenez told the congregation hours later.”

What crimes that has gripped our nation will be lessened – domestic violence, drug dealing, gang murders, rape, bullying? The list is long but I am sure you get my meaning. And please explain how “Orlando, Florida’s a little safer?”  What societal ills will Orlando Florida shed now that “50 pedophiles” are dead? What will this massacre protect Orlando Florida from?

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I am a follower of Christ. I stand with the Bible on the teachings of Jesus Christ. I believe the Bible to be the Word of Jehovah God. Believers are commanded to love one another and show compassion to fellow human beings – even if we do not agree with their views, lifestyles, or the choices they make in their personal lives. If we truly stand with the Word, then we must include love and empathy for others.

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The Bible does not teach us to embrace sin, but to flee from sin – all manner of sin. If you are going to publically praise the death of “50 pedophiles”, why not include 50 domestic abusers, 50 murderers, 50 gamblers, 50 drunkards, 50 thieves, 50 revilers, 50 extortioners, 50 fornicators, 50 idolaters, and 50 adulterers?  Galatians 5:19-21:

19Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

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King James Bible
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,”

1 Corinthians 6:9-11. Know ye not — With all your boasted knowledge; that the unrighteous — That is, not only the unjust, but those destitute of true righteousness and holiness, comprehending the various classes of sinners afterward mentioned, the term unrighteous here including them all: shall not inherit the kingdom of God — Namely, the kingdom of eternal glory. And can you contentedly sacrifice this great and glorious hope which the gospel gives you, for the sake of those pleasures of sin which are but for a short season? Be not deceivedBy a vain imagination that the Christian name and privileges will save you, while you continue in the practice of your vices. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, &c. — Idolatry is here placed between fornication and adultery, because these things generally accompanied it.”

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I have a homosexual cousin, and I have had homosexual friends and co-workers. Although I do not embrace their lifestyle, I loved them for who they are and were – a few have died. I have shared the Word with them, and left the end results up to them and their Maker. We agreed to disagree in most cases. Of those who died, I was saddened, and the world has become a more evil place since their deaths – long ago. Our society benefited not. The love of many continues to grow cold.

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Where the souls of the deceased go after death is none of our business. Our duty is to the living and to comfort the bereaved. Did you ever stop to think how cruel your words sound to the loved ones left behind – mothers, fathers – family and friends? What are you doing to ease their pain? Where is your compassion towards that mother who will never hug her child again in this life? Our Lord possessed compassion like no other – where is yours? Why is your heart so hard?

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King James Bible
“And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.”

“…and was moved with compassion toward them: partly on account of their bodily infirmities, which were very many and great; and partly on account of the bad situation they were in, through want of spiritual pastors to feed them with the bread of life; for Mark gives this as the reason, moving his compassion, “because they were as sheep, not having a shepherd”: all which shows the truth of Christ’s human nature; proves him to be a merciful high priest, and one truly concerned for both the bodies and souls of men:”  http://biblehub.com/commentaries/matthew/14-14.htm

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This is no time for holier than thou attitudes – especially from so called Christian leaders – or the church as a whole. It is quite possible that some loved ones left behind were praying for a different outcome of life choices for their deceased loved ones. Therefore, your insensitive comments may cause further hurt and distance from the Savior.

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“It is unnatural for a man to be attracted to another man,” Jimenez said in his preachings.”

There are many things in this world considered “unnatural.” Isn’t it unnatural for a “man of God” to beat his wife? What is natural about a mother drowning her own children? Is it natural for a father to rape his own daughter? Many “unnatural” ugly things happen in our world from the beginning of time, and on a daily basis. But God had a plan:

16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” http://biblehub.com/kjv/john/3.htm

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43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

love thy neighbor

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“The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die,” he added.”

American King James Version
“But why do you judge your brother? or why do you set at nothing your brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.”

King James Bible
“Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.”

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“If we lived in a righteous government, they should round them all up and put them up against a firing wall, and blow their brains out,” Jimenez said in the sermon.”

King James Bible
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”

American King James Version
“For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if you commit no adultery, yet if you kill, you are become a transgressor of the law.”

King James Bible
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

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Matthew Henry Commentary
“8:41-47 Satan prompts men to excesses by which they murder themselves and others, while what he puts into the mind tends to ruin men’s souls. He is the great promoter of falsehood of every kind. He is a liar, all his temptations are carried on by his calling evil good, and good evil, and promising freedom in sin. He is the author of all lies; whom liars resemble and obey, with whom all liars shall have their portion for ever. The special lusts of the devil are spiritual wickedness, the lusts of the mind, and corrupt reasonings, pride and envy, wrath and malice, enmity to good, and enticing others to evil. By the truth, here understand the revealed will of God as to the salvation of men by Jesus Christ, the truth Christ was now preaching, and which the Jews opposed.”

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If the church as a whole truly lived by the Word of God, judging others would be confined to the body of Christ only.

King James Bible
“For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?”

Benson Commentary

1 Corinthians 5:12-13. “For, &c. — I speak of Christians only: for what have I to do to judge them that are without — Namely, heathen: do not ye judge them that are within? — Ye, as well as I, judge those of your own community: them that are without, God judgeth — The passing sentence on these God hath reserved to himself, and they shall not go unpunished, though they fall not under your censure. Therefore — In consideration of this, both in one view and the other, let it be your immediate care, as you regard the peace of the church, and the safety of your own souls; to put away from among yourselves — Speedily, and with all due solemnity; that wicked person — Whom I have mentioned, and any others, whose characters may, like his, be scandalous and infections.”  http://biblehub.com/commentaries/1_corinthians/5-12.htm

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Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

“For what have I to do … – I have no authority over them; and can exercise no jurisdiction over them. All my rules, therefore, must have reference only to those who are within the church.”

“To judge – To pass sentence upon; to condemn; or to punish. As a Christian apostle I have no jurisdiction over them.”

“Them also that are without – Without the pale of the Christian church; pagans; people of the world; those who did not profess to be Christians.”

“Do not ye judge … – Is not your jurisdiction as Christians confined to those who are within the church, and professed members of it? ought you not to exercise discipline there, and inflict punishment on its unworthy members? Do you not in fact thus exercise discipline, and separate from your society unworthy persons – and ought it not to be done in this instance, and in reference to the offender in your church?”

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If the people of God would truly follow the Word, the church would reflect a whole new image, as it was meant to be – a healing place. Hurting people are searching for something, someone – anything that will ease the pain in their lives. Unfortunately, Satan offers an easy way out, suicide, drugs, alcohol, and self-destruction. Christians have either lost the purpose of Christianity, or never truly understood the message of Christ at all. We are no better than those who are of the world:

King James Bible
“And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

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Christians are sinners saved by Grace.

King James Bible
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”

Pastor Roger Jimenez, you are preaching and teaching the hate of the “Pharisees and scribes” who “murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them” 2

“Murmured – They affected to suppose that if Jesus treated sinners kindly he must be fond of their society, and be a man of similar character. “They” considered it disgraceful to be with them or to eat with them, and they, therefore, brought a charge against him for it. They “would” not suppose that he admitted them to his society for the purpose of doing them good; nor did they remember that the very object of his coming was to call the wicked from their ways and to save them from death.”

“Receiveth sinners – Receives them in a tender manner; treats them with kindness; does not drive them from his presence.”

“And eateth with them – Contrary to the received maxims of the scribes. By eating with them he showed that he did not despise or overlook them.”  Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

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Your words reflect that your heart is lacking the Spirit of love:

“…But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.”

25If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”

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The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

Matthew Henry Commentary
“13:24-30, 36-43 This parable represents the present and future state of the gospel church; Christ’s care of it, the devil’s enmity against it, the mixture there is in it of good and bad in this world, and the separation between them in the other world. So prone is fallen man to sin, that if the enemy sow the tares, he may go his way, they will spring up, and do hurt; whereas, when good seed is sown, it must be tended, watered, and fenced. The servants complained to their master; Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? No doubt he did; whatever is amiss in the church, we are sure it is not from Christ. Though gross transgressors, and such as openly oppose the gospel, ought to be separated from the society of the faithful, yet no human skill can make an exact separation. Those who oppose must not be cut off, but instructed, and that with meekness. And though good and bad are together in this world, yet at the great day they shall be parted; then the righteous and the wicked shall be plainly known; here sometimes it is hard to distinguish between them. Let us, knowing the terrors of the Lord, not do iniquity. At death, believers shall shine forth to themselves; at the great day they shall shine forth before all the world. They shall shine by reflection, with light borrowed from the Fountain of light. Their sanctification will be made perfect, and their justification published. May we be found of that happy number.”

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The days are evil, and the church should be about the Lord’s business – not dimming the bright Light of eternal salvation. We shall give an account for our misdeeds and turning the lost away from Jesus who Saves.

Pastor Roger Jimenez –

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

King James Bible
…”For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”

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Jesus wept.

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Pastor Stands By Anti-Gay Sermon As Christian Community Condemns Him

http://fox40.com/2016/06/13/sacramento-baptist-pastor-applauds-orlando-shooting/

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Pastor who praised Orlando shooting: ‘In America, you’re no longer allowed to have an opinion’

“The point that I was making is the Bible teaches us that these people deserve to die,” he said of homosexuals.

“I was just calling for normal people to stand up and say, ‘You know what, enough is enough. We’re sick and tired of it. We think it’s disgusting, and we’re not going to mourn it. It’s not a tragedy because they deserved to die.’”

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THE PASSION OF VIOLENCE PART I

By Terry Loving

“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.” Isaiah 5:20

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When we think of the word passion, most times it is associated with intimacy – strong desires relating to sexuality. It is also used to describe ones feeling towards a goal, an achievement which includes feelings of enthusiasm or excitement. One can be passionate about saving the planet or abused animals – any endeavor that creates strong desires to achieve an end result – for good or evil.

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I was watching an old movie, where the father of a missing teen addressed the man whom he thought was responsible. The accused was the girl’s high school teacher, a mild mannered, even tempered – overall very nice man. He was adored by the girl – actually she was in love with him. His other students also thought highly of him, and everyone was shocked to learn that he was a suspect in the girl’s disappearance.

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He visited the girl’s father in order to assure him of his innocence – attempting to dispel unfounded rumors of wrongdoing. His untainted character was challenged by the father:

Mr. Barlow (the teacher): “I came to assure you that I’m a perfectly normal person, and as far as I know, incapable of physical violence in any way.”

Mr. Vining (the father): “They all talk like that when the passion of a thing is over; they’re clear and lucid, more normal than the norm. And they’re polite and restrained, too, like you.”

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No truer words have been spoken. Mr. Vining described perfectly the state of mind of abusers after an episode of violence. Whenever the police are involved, no raging maniac answers the door – only a husband or boyfriend who exhibits calm, rational thinking, charm and feigned sincerity. Gone is the fury of the violence and the police don’t encounter a fire breathing maniac spewing hateful venomous rantings – no – for the desire to destroy has been spent. The object of the battering and hateful speech is left crumbled on the floor broken, bewildered, scared – and possibly wounded both physically and mentally for life.

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The “they” Mr. Vining spoke of are the violent and abusive souls, of many who also commit rape, murder and a host of evil doings. “The passion of a thing” is the acts committed – abuse, rape, murder, violence and whatever means of discomfort or torture committed towards others. The “passion” represents the hunger, thirst, and ache, powerful and gripping emotions. Definitions of “passion” may also include:

  1. “any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.”
  2. “an outburst of strong emotion or feeling: He suddenly broke into a passion of bitter words.”
  3. “violent anger”
  4. “a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something”
  5. “a strong sexual romantic feeling for someone.”
  6. “a strong amorous feeling or desire; love; ador” 1

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 The Bible speaks of passions that can lead to sexual sin.

8”But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain even as I. 9But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.” http://biblehub.com/1_corinthians/7-8.htm

Apostle Paul was giving advice to the “unmarried” and “widows” on avoiding fornication. We are human beings with feelings and desires given by our Creator – passions that must be tamed in order to keep our conscience clear and in right standing with God – and in many cases, to avoid self-harm.

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1Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.”

5Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.”

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Hosea chapter 7 verse 6 speaks of the passion of anger that resides within our hearts:

“For their hearts are like an oven As they approach their plotting; Their anger smolders all night, In the morning it burns like a flaming fire.” New American Standard Bible

(1) “For they bring near as an oven their heart, whilst they lie in wait;” that is, they approach the king with loyalty on their lips, but hatred in their heart. Their heart (which is the fact) is heated with evil passion, as an oven (which is the figure) is heated for baking purposes; while they are secretly set for wickedness.”   Pulpit Commentary

The various Bible versions also refer to “evil passion” as smoldering anger, evil plotting, a sleeping baker, and hearts that will heat up as ovens of fury.

“For they have made ready their heart like an oven, whiles they lie in wait: their baker sleeps all the night; in the morning it burns as a flaming fire.” http://biblehub.com/hosea/7-6.htm

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Intimacy and anger utilizes the same energy and power source. Both are a state of mind. Both begin with our thoughts, and manifest as actions or reactions to internal or external stimuli. The difference under normal situations is that shared intimacy between two people can be a beautiful experience. However, the energy and power that drives anger most often leads to violence and abuse. Thus, what the abused suffer is the passion of violence.

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Since both positive and negative passion share the same energy – desire, hunger, appetite, craving, lust, urge and ache – could this be why abusers can have sex right after an episode of violence? Personally, I could never understand how that could happen. I always thought that when you beat someone you really hated them. Truth is, sex and love are not synonymous. One can exist without the other.

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Scriptures speak of a passion that is beyond human comprehension – the passion of Christ.

Introduction for Theophilus          (Luke 1:1-4)

1The former treatise I made, O Theophilus, concerning all that Jesus began both to do and to teach, 2until the day in which he was received up, after that he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 3To whom he also showed himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing unto them by the space of forty days, and speaking the things concerning the kingdom of God:” Acts 1:1-3

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“To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion,…. That is, after his sufferings and death; for that he suffered many things, and at last death itself, is certain from the acknowledgment of the Jews themselves, who own, that they put him to death on the passover eve (d); as well as from the accounts of the evangelists; and from the soldiers not breaking his legs, when the rest that were crucified with him were broken, because he was already dead;” Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

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Christ on the cross

“after his passion—or, suffering. This primary sense of the word “passion” has fallen into disuse; but it is nobly consecrated in the phraseology of the Church to express the Redeemer’s final endurances.” Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

“After his passion – After he suffered, referring particularly to his death as the consummation of his sufferings. The word “passion” with us means commonly excitement or agitation of mind, as love, hope, fear, anger, etc. The original means “after he suffered.” The word “passion,” applied to the Saviour, denotes his last sufferings. Thus, in the Litany of the Episcopal Church, it is beautifully said, “By thine agony and bloody sweat; by thy cross and passion, good Lord, deliver us.” The Greek word of the same derivation is rendered sufferings in 1 Peter 1:11; 1 Peter 4:13; Colossians 1:24.”   Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

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One cannot adequately describe the energy and power involved in the sufferings of Jesus Christ. Mel Gibson’s The Passion of Christ provided a visual of our Lord’s dealings with evil hearts, and ultimately His last hours of life on earth. When we read about His sufferings in the Word, it may not register just how much passion was involved – it is impossible to really feel the pain and agony that Christ felt. Therefore, Christians tend to not understand that Someone loved them so very much that He suffered all manner of wrong – even death – for our wicked sake.

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Abused people can imagine the level of passion that accompanies violence and abuse because they live it – or they have escaped from it. The fury is hellish and originates from the very pits of hell itself.

“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” New American Standard Bible

When your abuser tells you he will never hit you again – and he does – he lies! He is a liar and guided by the “father of lies.”

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“8:41-47 Satan prompts men to excesses by which they murder themselves and others, while what he puts into the mind tends to ruin men’s souls. He is the great promoter of falsehood of every kind. He is a liar, all his temptations are carried on by his calling evil good, and good evil, and promising freedom in sin. He is the author of all lies; whom liars resemble and obey, with whom all liars shall have their portion for ever. The special lusts of the devil are spiritual wickedness, the lusts of the mind, and corrupt reasonings, pride and envy, wrath and malice, enmity to good, and enticing others to evil. By the truth, here understand the revealed will of God as to the salvation of men by Jesus Christ, the truth Christ was now preaching, and which the Jews opposed.” Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

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“And the lusts of your father – those of falsehood and murder, lying and slaughter, being the top and chief of all his evil passionsye are willing, desirous to do. He has engendered these very lusts within you. The paternity of your angry passions, your incapacity to see and accept my word, are both alike explained.” Pulpit Commentary

“He that doeth sin is from the devil (ἐκ τοῦ διαβόλου), for the devil sinneth from the beginning (ἀπ ἀρχῆς).” And sin entered into the world through the seduction and false statements of the devil, by which the first man was veritably slain, his moral nature killed outright. Grace was not shut out, but Adam died. In the day that he ate of the forbidden tree, man most surely and in the deepest sense died. “God created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of his own eternity. Nevertheless, through envy of the devil came death into the world: and they that do hold of its side do find it” (Wisd. 2:23, 24; Revelation 12:9); “Sin entered into the world, and death by sin” (Romans 5:12).

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“Ye are of your father the devil,…. Not of his substance, but by imitation and example; and as being under his authority and influence, his instructions and directions, and ready to follow after him, and obey his commands; the word “your” is rightly supplied, and is in some copies:” Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

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Anger has its place in life – God does not forbid anger, but wrath which leads to discord and violence is strictly forbidden. Passionate anger ultimately outwardly destroys – while seeking inner release. Over time, angry persons are destroyed within through bad health such as high blood pressure and stroke. No one wins – neither the recipient of angry passion nor the giver of it.

Part two of this article will deal more closely with anger and the Biblical cure to get rid of it. Until then:

Ephesians 4:6
“BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.”

anger is an acid

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WHEN IT IS TIME TO LEAVE

By Terry Loving

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King James Bible
“Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.”

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NOTE: To all who have faithfully supported this ministry, I apologize for being away for so long. There comes a time when one must “steal away” and take a serious-deep look within. Before I could continue, I needed to settle some things within my spirit with God’s help. Soul searching takes time, a lot of time and self-honesty if one desires change and spiritual enlightenment. There was a lot of “noise” in the back of my mind that needed quieting. I am now at peace with the answers that I received from God’s Word, as well as the experiences of others seeking the same answers. I won’t go into my private concerns shared with God – just wanted to let my readers know that I am back.

May God provide the answers that you seek from your heart.

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Matthew 7:7

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Moving truck. DREAMSTIME IMAGE

Moving truck. DREAMSTIME IMAGE

This post has been updated from my other site, http://www.spiritual-side-of-domestic-violence.org/id5.html.

The thought of leaving abuse involves a wide range of emotions and fear. There is much to be considered, especially when children are involved. A single person has only themselves to worry about. Caretakers must also consider if their plans for escape will involve a safe haven for all concerned. Without concrete resources such as money and a safe place to stay – even if temporary – many abused women are forced to remain in volatile situations.

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Perhaps the question should not be “Why doesn’t she leave?” Instead we should ask, “What can I do to help her leave?”

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There are many organizations that assist the abused with a variety of needs. Unfortunately, there are not enough shelters in America to house those who really need a place to stay. When an abuse victim does find alternative shelter, it is heart breaking to leave their personal possessions behind while fleeing with just the clothes on their backs. There is a level of comfort in knowing that you can hold onto not only your lives, but the things accumulated over time that are dear to you. One such treasure is family pictures – especially of your children. Being able to move from a house of horrors with your personal belongings will lessen the pain of starting over again.

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I came across a news article about a moving company that assists abuse victims in a HUGE way. They will move their belongings to a safe residence for “free.” The company started by two brothers, Aaron and Evan Steed (both high school athletes), is gaining deserved recognition for their humanitarian efforts to assist victims of domestic violence. Their company,  Meathead Movers “partnered with the Women’s Shelter Program in San Luis Obispo, California, to make sure the individuals they help could relocate in safety and receive the support they need beyond moving day.” AWESOME! PRAISE GOD!

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The Women’s Shelter Program : Provides Emergency Shelter, etc.

Our Safe House is a confidential shelter that provides safety, support and referrals to victims of intimate partner violence and their children. It is a four week program with one week extensions as needed, with an average stay of eight weeks. The program consists of safe shelter, legal assistance, advocacy, and counseling services.

In order to access our Safe House, start by calling our crisis line at: 805.781.6400. Our staff is available to discuss options, provide valuable referrals and help determine whether our Safe House Program is most appropriate for your situation.

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Listed below are more resources for domestic violence victims. As new information is found, this post will be updated. It is my hope and prayer that you will find something that will help you to start a new life with hope and peace.

“My people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge:”
Hosea 4:6

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