Monthly Archives: October 2013

God’s Miracles in Jonah

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Told Jonah, Go to Nineveh and call out against it [command]

But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea [miracle]

the sea ceased from raging, after they threw Jonah off the boat [miracle]

The Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah [miracle]

The Lord spoke to the fish and it vomited Jonah out [command and miracle]

Told Jonah again, go to Nineveh and give my message [command]

God relented of the disaster after He saw they [all] had turned from their evil ways [miracle, that they all turned from evil]

The Lord said to Jonah, Do you do well to be angry?

The Lord God appointed a plant to shade Jonahs head [miracle]

the next day, God appointed a worm to attack the plant [miracle]

when the sun rose God appointed a scorching east wind [miracle]

God said to Jonah, Do you do well to be angry for the plant?

10 But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight.

11 And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?” [command]

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We are looking at a book about the minor prophets in our sunday school class, next week was about Jonah.

It got me thinking about how we like to categorize miracles into believable and unbelievable.

The ones that are believable are the ones we, in our finite little minds, can think of a good natural cause for the miracle.

The unbelievable ones we we can’t grasp in our brains, but they still happened.

In Jonah, God created and stopped storms, ok, we can believe that one, it happens. And stops the storm, ok, that happens too.

But we get to God had a fish shallow Jonah whole and then TOLD the fish to spit the dude back up.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, this cannot happen in real life! We have to get all scientific about it, trying to figure out how he lived, was he bleached by the stomach acid, how did he survive, etc?

God then had mercy on ALL the Ninevites and did not destroy them. God said in His Word, ALL them repented, so He saved ALL of them.

Why do we have to conclude, just from our sinful knowledge, that maybe ALL of them did not, just the officials and people surrounding him? Why can’t we surmise

sur·mise
verb
sərˈmīz/
1.
suppose that something is true without having evidence to confirm it.
“he surmised that something must be wrong”
synonyms: guess, conjecture, suspect, deduce, infer, conclude, theorize, speculate, divine; More
noun
noun: surmise; plural noun: surmises
sərˈmīz,ˈsərˌmīz/
1.
a supposition that something may be true, even though there is no evidence to confirm it.
“Charles was glad to have his surmise confirmed”

that the text is just as simple as that, ALL repented.

When God appointed a plant to grow and a worm to kill it, we gotta get all crazy trying to figure out what kind of native plant grows naturally fast in Nineveh. Why couldn’t God just grow any darn plant He wanted?

No one mentions anything about the scorching wind either, its just par for the course there.

Why do we believe some miracles and not others?

If we truly believe that God ‘wrote’ the bible, that everything in the bible He wanted in the bible, in spite of sinful man, then maybe we should take a more careful consideration of all the miracles, big and small, that Our Lord hath done.

Interview, Survey, Blog Post and Feelings

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It occurred to me at twenty-one, at the bottom of my sadness, in this soul-screaming state, that I had nothing left to lose. So I went home. I crawled into bed with my mom. Cried for several minutes. And then, bitterly slow, I said it- out loud. For the first time. I am gay.

Releasing those words into the air set us off on a journey. One that led us into shadowed settings. Turned us against each another. tied us tighter than we’ve ever been before. And, in the end, led us forward, into the brilliant light of that life-saving thing called grace.

From this blog 

 

My husband and i did a survey and interview for the Marin Foundation based on us being christian parents of a LBGT child.

It was interesting, hard and hopefully will help the next parent that needs resources to help them through a very tough time, just as the child is having a tough time, when they come out.

During the interview I had stated that the left coast was very very sparse in support group for this little niche of people and was offered two emails of women who have a support group in a nearby city.  In the beginning I prayed for and couldn’t find such a group, but now, I’m being hesitant to email them, don’t know why.

This is all I got today. Thanks for listening

From: A Straight Guy on Coming Out [Blog Post]

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From this blog: 

 

Here are some DOs and DON’Ts I’ve learned through my own experiences and in conversations with others, for you to better honor your relationship to LGBT friends and loved ones when someone comes out to you.

Dos

• Recognize this as a sacred moment – thank them for their trust and courage, and realize your reaction will likely stick with them in this vulnerable space you’ve been invited into (though your long-term engagement is more important than your short-term response). Cherish the intimacy and honesty they’ve extended.

• Take time to listen.

• Take language cues from them, not the other way around (e.g., don’t say ‘gay’ if they say ‘same-sex attraction’, and vice-versa)

• Realize that in many cases, this is not an invitation to a hours long discussion on human sexuality. It’s okay to ask questions, but try to let the other person set the tone – they may not want to process or reflect with you.

 

• Validate their experience as legitimate to them, regardless of whether you understand or believe the same things. It’s ok to just say, ‘Thank you for trusting me with this. I really value your friendship, and I don’t want treat you any differently.’ Then, of course – DON’T treat them differently!

DON’Ts

• Don’t assume to know how they feel or what they believe

• Don’t turn the conversation into a theological discussion, unless they initiate that conversation. This isn’t about what you believe – it’s about sharing your life and relationship. If they want to know your beliefs, they’ll ask.

• When you’re unclear about something, simply say :: ‘Tell me more.’ Don’t take a challenging or antagonistic tone just because your experiences reflect different conclusions than their own.

• Many well-intentioned heterosexual folks see gay people as textbooks on homosexuality and gay culture – but it’s not their job to teach you. They may indeed be willing to walk with you and inform you – especially if it’s a close friend – but you shouldn’t enter the relationship with that expectation.

 

 

Jesus Tattoo Video

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Here is where you will find all the negative comments.

[ you will need to have a Facebook acct.]

“What If Jesus Became a Tattoo Artist? ” He’d be sinning, which is impossible for God and would defeat the purpose of salvation, holiness, etc if it were possible.

Talk about missing the point and message, wow. Stop acting so angry, and you wonder why people persecute us now

blasphemy!!!!The Lord will not disobey his own word..have you come so low in your humanity that the God of heaven..the creator of all will come down and do such filthy work..No you have all gone mad and think that you can do whatever you have in your puny minds how you think God is..You all have lost the concept of who God is….God have mercy on you!!

Wow, how close minded can you guys be. I’m glad I serve a God who doesn’t think like you all do. My Jesus tattoos and enjoys spending time with me. We wonder why people won’t step foot in our churches when we have such a hard time thinking outside the box. So much for loving everyone for who they are or what they came from.

Know your Bible.
1 Corinthians 11:14 KJV
Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

What If Jesus Became a Tattoo Artist?… I am unliking this page and their hidden agenda, that way I am closer to Jesus who minds you would have never been a Tattoo artist.

Leviticus 19:28

Perhaps He is a “tattoo artist”…Isaiah 49:16 says: “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.” Sounds like some sort of inscription He has placed on His own hands. We might refer to it as a tattoo.

Jesus worked as a _carpenter_ until he was around 30 years old. He might have worked on making fishing boats as well, or cabinets and lockers for them, since the Sea of Galilee was nearby. Why can’t film-makers simply accept and depict the Biblical record?

Doubtless some bulging muscles and sturdy-frame material therein for those perverted Hollyweird folks…

I could go on and on with the stupid comments, but since I have big mouth and a blog, I get to throw my 2 cents in:

What if, Jesus came back/was as/ lived as  a tattoo artist? PEOPLE! Jesus was a carpenter and the son of God. He came once to be a servant and take away our sins and he will come back, once, to bring His flock in, to be a warrior, judge, executioner, KING!!! Read your scripture!

PEOPLE! have you not read your bible or know anything about writing styles? this is a metaphor. For the sins HE took away from you!

I got chills when he took his shirt off at the end.

Who are all these people to say what Jesus would be? argh. And the people who are bitching about tattoos have their ears pierced.

RANT OVER

Anywho, watch the video and give me a comment. I likes comments.

Be blessed

A Sampling of Books I have Read about Homosexuality

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I was asked to list resources I thought were good for christian parents of LGBT kids. Here is a sampling.

Hopefully they are link to Amazon. If you have any questions about any of the books, please ask me.

Love Is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community by Andrew Marin and Brian McLaren

A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Homosexuality by Joseph Nicolosi 

Shame and Attachment Loss: The Practical Work of Reparative Therapy by Joseph Nicolosi

Healing Homosexuality: Case Stories of Reparative Therapy by Joseph Nicolosi

Homosexuality: A New Christian Ethic by Elizabeth R. Moberly

Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality by Wesley Hill and Kathryn Greene-McCreight

Growth into Manhood: Resuming the Journey by Alan Medinger

The Battle for Normality: A Guide for (Self-)Therapy for Homosexuality by Gerard J. M. Van Den Aardweg

In Quiet Desperation: Understanding The Challenge Of Same-gender Attraction by Fred Matis, Marilyn Matis and Ty Mansfield

Crisis in Masculinity by Leanne Payne

Healing Homosexuality by Leanne Payne

After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90’s by Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen

Coming Out of Homosexuality: New Freedom for Men and Women by Bob Davies and Lori Rentzel

You Don’t Have to Be Gay: Hope and Freedom for Males Struggling With Homosexuality or for Those Who Know of Someone… by Jeff Konrad

Someone’s Son: A Mother’s Fight for Her Gay, Drug Addicted Son by Brenda Rhodes


Beyond Acceptance: Parents of Lesbians & Gays Talk About Their Experiences
 by Carolyn W. Griffin and Marian J. Wirth

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in my library but not read yet, I still recommend based on authors.

Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God. A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope. by Christopher YuanAngela Yuan and Kay Warre

Broken Image, The: Restoring Personal Wholeness through Healing Prayer by Leanne Payne

The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics by Robert A Gagnon and Robert A. J. Gagnon

Loving a Prodigal: A Survival Guide for Parents of Rebellious Children by H. Norman Wright and Norm Wright

What’s A Parent To Do? by C. S. Lovett (1971)

 

Family Therapies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal by Mark A. Yarhouse and James N. Sells

Eros Defiled: the Christian & Sexual Sin by John White

Surviving Sexual Brokenness: What Grace Can Do by Thom Hunter

The Complete Christian Guide to Understanding Homosexuality: A Biblical and Compassionate Response to Same-Sex… by Joe Dallas and Nancy Heche

The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today by Alan Sears and Craig Osten

Homosexuality and the Christian: A Guide for Parents, Pastors, and Friends by Mark A Yarhouse

Anything by Leslie Vernick

My Experience with the Supernatural

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This was originally published on this post, but a friend of mine mentioned something about ouija boards and it made me think of this:

I had gone out with this boy who was 2 years older than I, went to a school dance, he was ok, not my love, and I can’t remember, but I think I broke up with him sometime during first half of my senior year. I never really got over my first love, Steve.

This particular morning was the first morning back after Christmas break, Paul drove us to school and we pull into the school parking lot, there are buses in front of school bldg and we see some spray painting on the wall, I see the word Kris but the bus obscures the rest. We get parked and start walking to the bldg.

We hear people talking, looking and such. I remember thinking the name on the wall was another Kris, a younger more promiscuous stoner girl, and I assumed it was her name, and the writing would make for an interesting day.

As we get closer, the bus pulls away {this really makes for a great suspense movie} I see, in huge 4 feet letters, spray painted in black all over one huge brick wall the words, KRIS ******* IS A BITCH. {Insert my last name there***}

You can not even imagine the emotions I went through. Hurt, anger, disappointment, embarrassment. The events of the day were pretty much a blur. But picture the best [or worst] high school movie where the lead character is walking down the hall and everyone, and I mean everyone, is whispering about you ~ look there goes the bitch, that’s the one whose name is on the wall.

It was awful. Come to find out it was a felony to deface school property and the police came to the school just to inform me of that fact. Police, in the school front office, with me. Argh, could it get any worse?

Yep, it could. And did. The police asked me who I thought could have done it. My only thought was Steve. The crazy ex-boyfriend, who I knew had been home on holiday break.

The school, as efficient as they were, got right on the task of cleaning up the mess.

They decided the best mode of action was to sand blast the black paint off. So instead of the words in black, they were now etched in white. And they seemed to have remained there for a lifetime. I think the janitors were in conference for days trying to figure out how to get rid of the foul letters. Finally, they just painted brick red paint over the whole wall. Which stayed there for years.

I’m not sure of the timing of this next event; I can only assume it was the next weekend. Jill spent the night and we were determined to find out who did this to me.

We locked ourselves in my bedroom, pulled out some candles and the Ouija board.

We asked it one question, and one question only.

“Who did this to me?”

It spelled out the first and last name of my evil nemesis.

Now, let me preface this with a few things:

  1. Jill and I both thought Steve did it
  2. Jill did not know how to spell this persons last name, it is a german name
  3. I knew how to spell it, but was convinced it was someone else
  4. Jill swears she did not move the Ouija board pointer
  5. I did not move the pointer

The name the Ouija spelled out was B-I-L-L-R-E-I-N-K-E.

We immediately called his sorry a** on the phone and told him he was in so much trouble with the police and why would he do this to me?!?!?

He replied with just this ~ “because you broke up with me”

ARGH! I had a card with the nice policeman’s name on it; I called him and told him the wonderful news. I knew who did this to me. {I think he met me in the school office, again!}

I told him who the offender was and where he lived, told him I had called him and he confessed to me what he had done.

The cop was pretty jazzed up until I told him HOW I found out. You should have seen his face fall.

Then he yelled at me “why didn’t you tape the phone conversation, now we have no evidence”

Hello? I was a 17 year old girl who had her life crashing down before her eyes {well, it seemed that way at the time} and the cop is yelling at me, thinking I’m a looney.

They questioned the suspect and of course he denied everything. Probably got scared when they told him it was a felony, government property and all.

I called him again and asked him why he did it and why he didn’t give himself up, He just laughed. Psycho.

So pretty much after that, my high school life went down the tubes. In the comments section of the yearbook, all everyone could talk about was the writing on the wall. People were always walking by me whispering ‘and there goes the bitch.’

Not ever wanting to know if and why I was a bitch but seemingly satisfied just to know, I was a bitch. My grades went down. I didn’t gain any friends and lost a few. I could not wait to leave my hometown, and did soon afterwards.

I rebelled a little. But what the heck, I was already a bitch.

*Sigh*

 

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