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The nature of suffering, strength, love and faith

Normally it’s not the done thing to drag your mood down, but this is a remarkable story.

Why do some of us sail through life without any significant challenges, while others appear to have more than their fair share?  Why does this leave a sense of life being unfair?  And what kind of God would do this?  Twice?

 

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Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Holiday at the Dictator’s Guesthouse

Jeffrey Edward Fowle is an American citizen arrested in North Korea in May 2014 for leaving a Bible in a nightclub in the northern port city of Chongjin. 

On the morning of August 1, 2014, Jeffrey Fowle woke before seven in his room at a guesthouse in Pyongyang, North Korea. Soon a young woman arrived with his breakfast of rice, broth, and kimchi. She smiled as she set the tray down on the large desk at the foot of the bed, then walked out of the room and locked the door behind her. It was Fowle’s 87th day in custody.

He sat at the desk, watching a shadow play across his window. An opaque vinyl film had been applied to the glass, so Fowle could see only silhouettes walking past. That April, when Fowle had travelled to Pyongyang, he’d felt that God wanted him to help North Korea’s oppressed Christian underground. His attempt took the form of a Korean-English Bible, left behind in a bar bathroom; he was taken into custody as he tried to leave the country. Fowle poured the broth over his rice and began to eat.

An hour later, Mr. Jo, Fowle’s interpreter and minder, appeared at the door: His slacks were ironed, and he’d traded his usual polo shirt for a crisp dress shirt. “Today is the day,” Mr. Jo said. “Be ready.”

A few weeks earlier, Mr. Jo had told Fowle that he might be allowed to speak with international media. It would be his first chance to tell the world about his situation, and to remind the U.S. government that he needed help. At noon, Mr. Jo led Fowle to a conference room on the other side of the guesthouse, reminding him of his talking points along the way.

“Emphasize your desperation for wanting to get home and that your family needs you back,” Mr. Jo said. “Put some emotion into it.” He suggested that it might be good if Fowle cried. In the conference room, Fowle was seated at a long table with a couple of North Korean journalists from the Associated Press Television News. Instead of press badges, each reporter wore a pin with the smiling face of Kim Il-sung.

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Doyle Davidson. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the ...

Doyle Davidson. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the …

The Devil and Doyle Davidson

 Whatever You Do, Don’t Sip the Really Crazy Juice

The passion of preacher Doyle Davidson for his so-called “wife,” Lisa Staton, the story grows even stranger with things like, oh, demons cast out on air, women prancing around the pulpit in pink ballet slippers and Davidson’s death threats to Lisa’s real husband. “Everybody is saying, ‘Where’s the Kool-Aid?’” says one former member.

Davidson’s Plano church, Water of Life, came under scrutiny in the tragic case of Dena Schlosser, a church member who cut off her baby’s arms while in a psychotic state, influenced in part by the preacher’s rantings about the devil and demonic spirits.

Since the Schlosser trial in 2006, Davidson’s following has dwindled. Protests from viewers have gotten his broadcasts kicked off four stations. His nutty preaching airs in Dallas.

For years, Davidson has preached in the pulpit and on TV about God giving him Lisa as a wife. Problem is, Lisa is already married to J.R. Staton and, after a torrid affair with Davidson, wants nothing more to do with him. The couple has been in hiding for several years. Which hasn’t stopped Davidson from posting such messages as, “You need to humble yourself and know that I have authority to deal with you, and I will.”

“SSSSSssssss…”

“Stop that!” Carolyn Thomas snapped. Her best friend Dena Schlosser was driving with her eyes closed, hissing like a snake.

“SSSSSSssssss…”

“Open your eyes and look at the road!” Thomas said. “Put your mind on Jesus.”

The weird behavior had started as soon as Schlosser and her three girls had gotten in the car with Thomas after an evening service at Water of Life church in Plano. Schlosser was chanting something under her breath–“I’m stupid, I’m evil…” Thomas had told her friend over and over: Talk to me when those crazy ideas start rattling around in your head. And girl, stay on your medication!

“Dena, in this car I feel a heaviness,” Thomas said. She sensed a foul spirit in the air, a demon of depression.

“Yeah,” Schlosser said.

Thomas started praying out loud, and her friend joined in.

Schlosser calmed down for a moment. “Do you know,” she asked, “if people, demons, can come in and disrupt your house?”

“Sure,” Thomas said. “That’s what we’re taught. Spirits can get into people and use them for wrong. Spirits can get into your baby, husbands, relatives…”

They stopped at a grocery store, and when Thomas returned to the car, Schlosser seemed her normal self. Thomas put the strange incident behind her.

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In a May 16, 1986 photo, the body of Doris Young is removed by officials after the Cokeville Elementary hostage situation in Cokeville, Wyo. On May 16, 1986, a man and his wife with a bomb took the entire student body at the town's only elementary school hostage. David Young demanded $300 million in ransom. The bomb accidentally detonated, and Young shot and killed his wife and then himself. RICK SORENSON/Casper Star-Tribune

In a May 16, 1986 photo, the body of Doris Young is removed by officials after the Cokeville Elementary hostage situation in Cokeville, Wyo. On May 16, 1986, a man and his wife with a bomb took the entire student body at the town’s only elementary school hostage. David Young demanded $300 million in ransom. The bomb accidentally detonated, and Young shot and killed his wife and then himself. RICK SORENSON/Casper Star-Tribune

The Miracle of Cokeville

Some places are branded by disaster, by the stories of one horrible day that no one can forget: Oklahoma City, Columbine, and the Twin Towers. What sets Cokeville apart is that the story of its horrible day is about what almost happened but didn’t.

Cokeville Wyoming was the sight of a parent’s worst nightmare on May 16th, 1986 when a mentally disturbed man and his wife entered an elementary school with guns and a homemade gasoline bomb.  They kept all the children in a single room while positioning themselves in the middle of it, David and Doris Young began a standoff that would last hours.

David Young, a former town Marshall, he had been the tiny towns only police officer in six months during 1979 and when he was fired, he moved to Tucson, Arizona. He and his wife returned to Cokeville in 1986 and carried out their insidious plan.  Young had a manifesto called “Zero-Infiniti” and proclaimed “this is a revolution!” as he and his wife took an entire generation – over 160 children, teachers, and school staff, he held them to hostage and wouldn’t release them until he was given over 300 million dollars and a personal phone call from the President of the United States.

The heart-stopping events in this remote town — so remote that in 1986 it wasn’t on some highway maps — made headlines around the world.

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The full Hottel Memo. (Photo: FBI)

The full Hottel Memo. (Photo: FBI)

The Truth… Might Be Out There

FBI UFO Document Is the Most Popular Of All Its ‘Vault’ Files

This is the most popular file in the FBI Vault—the high-tech electronic reading room housing various Bureau records released under the Freedom of Information Act. Over the past six years, this file has been viewed nearly a million times. Yet, it is only a single page, relaying an unconfirmed report that the FBI never even followed up on.

The file in question is a memo dated March 22, 1950—65 years ago. It was authored by Guy Hottel, then head of the field office in Washington, D.C. Like all memos to FBI Headquarters at that time, it was addressed to Director J. Edgar Hoover and recorded and indexed in FBI records.

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Televangelists Kenneth Copeland, left, and Jesse Duplantis, right, defended their use of private jets as a luxury means of travel, arguing that commercial planes are full of "a bunch of demons" that will bog down their busy schedules with prayer requests. ("Believer's Voice of Victory" via YouTube)

Televangelists Kenneth Copeland, left, and Jesse Duplantis, right, defended their use of private jets as a luxury means of travel, arguing that commercial planes are full of “a bunch of demons” that will bog down their busy schedules with prayer requests. (“Believer’s Voice of Victory” via YouTube)

I Hope Someday God Will Give Me A Private Jet..
AMEN BROTHER!

You Hear People, God Himself, Gave Them dem Jets, So Why are People Still Sceptical About This Issue?

While recently flying home on his sleek private jet from a religious convention, anti gay televangelist Jesse Duplantis was asked by God himself, “Do you like your plane? Do you really like it?”

This prompted Duplantis to have a long, hard think about his use of private jets. Afterwards, he determined that, yes, he does like his plane. Not only that, but he needs it. Because without his private jet, he would have to fly commercial, and that’s simply not conductive to spreading the word of Jesus.

After sharing his story, Duplantis and his co-host Kenneth Copeland then spent five entire minutes defending their use of private jets (paid for, of course, by their blind followers who send them donations on a daily basis). Private jets, the men feel, are necessary for their line of work

The televangelists defended their luxury jets late last month in part by contending it would be impractical to fly on a commercial airline “with a bunch of demons”  that will bog down their busy schedules with prayer requests.

Kenneth Copeland and Jesse Duplantis argued on Dec. 29 during “Believer’s Voice of Victory” that having their own planes was vital to their work.

In the segment of Mr. Copeland’s “Believer’s Voice of Victory” television program, Duplantis recalled a story where he was on a plane and had to unbuckle his seat belt to speak to God.

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Face of the day

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God at work

Today’s face of the day is God.
God apparently is working for the Israelis according to a senior operative inside a Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror organisation.
Allah ( I assume ) is working for the Palestinians although he appears to be sleeping on the job. I blame the Union as it is so hard to get good help these days even when you are dealing with Supreme beings. Personally I think the secret is that God is self employed whereas Allah works by the clock checking in and checking out five times a day, a wage slave to the call to prayer.

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Pope: Evolution is real and God is no wizard

Good God.

Delivering an address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Pope Francis continued his habit of making provocative, seemingly progressive statements. The pontiff appeared to endorse the theory of the Big Bang and told the gathering at the Vatican that there was no contradiction between believing in God as well as the prevailing scientific theories regarding the expansion of our universe.

“When we read about creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said. “He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.”

The pope avoids gesturing at the thorny issue (at least for some Christians) of whether humans descended from apes. Atheists argue, moreover, that understanding the Big Bang and what emerged from that cosmic moment obviates a need to believe in a deity. On that count, Francis obviously disagrees. He repeated the idea of God not being a “magician,” an entity that conjured all into being.

“God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life,” Francis said. “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”

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Does God Exist?

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread ;)….

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by blokeintakapuna

Watching the nightly news with events happening daily in places like Syria & the Gaza strip, you’d almost be forgiven for thinking there is no God. How could any just and fair God allow such misery heaped upon misery to continue for years, in a situation that seems near on impossible to “fix”

For all the tyrant that was Saddam Hussain, he at least kept some semblance of order in the country, keeping the lights on and as inefficient and terrible as “public services” went, at least it was considerably better than what Iraq faces today. Does swift, brutal action on a few justify the safety/longevity for the many? The many would say yes, the few would say no… and both would be correct from their own stand point. Read more »

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My struggle with alcohol

Hi, I’m Pete, and I am an alcoholic (“Hi Pete!”)

Just to catch your attention: when I was seriously off the rails (many years ago), I was downing between a bottle and a bottle and a half of vodka a day.

Yeah.

I was sober for many years after coming out of that period of my life. And then I made a huge mistake. I thought that I had learned from that period, and this time, I would simply control my drinking.

This isn’t a story about how I turned my life around. It isn’t about getting your approbation or sympathy.

It is however about something I discovered about alcoholism as it affects me, and making the assumption I am not unique, I’m writing this so others may find some insight from it.

You see, I don’t ask for help. I’m very independent. And I take responsibility for (most) of my actions. I started drinking, it’s all my fault, I should stop.

“Just stop”.

There is a part of you that knows what you’re doing. It knows you’re going down the wrong track. It knows that eventually there will come a moment when things have to change.

But not yet.

Just then, the need to keep drinking is bigger than the need not to.

I am a strong proponent of personal responsibility. I knew I was using it as a crutch, and I knew I would have to pay for it eventually.

But the odd thing was that the part of me that was drinking had more control over me than the part that wanted to stop.

I know what that reads like.

It did my head in.

Why could I not control myself?   Read more »

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