So, I got a little busier over Christmas and the New Year. A few words to the wise:-

(More excerpts from my good friend Dave in Iceland:  justnews4m1)

It was to be expected I guess. I’ve even popped in on Facebook a few times? 😄 I don’t know if I am going to continue with this rate of reproduction however. I still feel the need to pull back a bit and concentrate more on my own needs, spiritual that is. I would highly recommend that we all do this, because this coming year is not going to get any easier or better for most, and the only way through and out is as I explained here:
https://davesnewsblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/30/happy-new-year/ and here:
https://davesnewsblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/01/greeting-2016/

I also continue to recommend that we all seek alternative information sources in order to understand what is going on in the world, avoiding the usual BS from the presstitutes of the mass media, the lies of the politicians, and the skullduggery of the banksters."

Also, personally I tend to start losing interest in anyone who uses the words “I think” too much, as well as those who seem to think it’s okay to interrupt or shout down someone else, regardless of who they are or what they are saying. (These types seem to be more interested in having us listen to THEM, rather than trying to arrive at a consensus. Perhaps they are trying to be some kind of “leader” themselves?) “The Truth Will Out” and arguing only proves that “two people (or more) were present”, nothing else. It never convinces anyone of anything other than to push them into becoming more entrenched in their stand."

We don’t always have to agree, but it is always wiser to listen. We can take whatever we believe is true from whoever or whatever and add it to our own understanding, strengthening us in our knowledge, enabling in us an ability to make better informed decisions.

 

It never has to get “personal”. Anyone who tends to get aggressive with others about issues is usually insecure in their own position, or lacking in facts to substantiate their view, or usually both. (I speak from experience sad to say). By the way, there is an incredible wealth of wisdom to be found in The Book of Proverbs in The Bible, especially on interactions between people.

There is plenty of truth available, if you are prepared and able to do some digging. It requires some discernment to find it amongst the fake and phoney of course, but I can share a little tip on this that always works for me…

If you have a source that IS “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” you can judge EVERYTHING that comes your way by that “touchstone” – a method by which they used to determine the validity or quality of gold.

Some may be quite shocked and surprised by just how much I believe, in so many areas and on so many subjects, though if you have been reading anything here you should get an idea (it is by no means the whole enchilada). I DO have a little advantage however, and it’s something anyone can avail themselves of, if they will…

First, IF you know “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” (John 14:6), THEN there is a promise that follows on after this…

Also from John 14…

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

And from chapter 16…

13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

THIS is the ultimate source of wisdom and provides us with the ability to discern between that which is true and that which is false. If we don’t know, we just have to ask. It’s as simple as that! This is actually necessary, for two reasons…

The Bible should be viewed as Basic Information Before Leaving Earth, but it is SO DEEP that there are “strange truths” that will be revealed to those who do NOT adopt a rigid, dogmatic, legalistic approach to it’s application, but who let Love (The Comforter) lead. (And Love is the OPPOSITE of fear!)

And secondly…

“Religion” is born out of man’s pathetic attempts to limit God to his OWN “understanding” (clearly he has already MISSED that boat, in his presumption!), and thus judging God by his OWN “standards” becomes dogmatic, which then causes him to think he has a right to judge his fellow man. This is what is called self-righteousness, the one thing God actually hates, because it is our pride, separating us from Him and each other, the OPPOSITE of what He is – LOVE. If someone is “righter” then he is “superior”, right? Not exactly “humility born out love” it is? As The Good Book tells us “ONLY by PRIDE comes contention”! So, anyone fighting and arguing over “who is right, who is wrong, or more right or wrong” than any other has already lost the argument!

There is only ONE “right”, and IT’S NOT US!

As someone I love dearly taught a long time ago, “everything must be judged from the standpoint of love”. Anything else will ultimately fail, or fall short is some way at least, even if it’s “good”. (I think we could all use some help in this area, eh? – We can get it though, from the Source of all Love Himself!)

Anyway… I think this will be all for now.

Love always, David.

Other recent posts from today…

https://davesnewsblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/a-dedication/

https://davesnewsblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/war-is-money/

 

Happy New Year!…written by my long-term friend David in Iceland

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

This sentiment is expressed in hope, but it can only be realized on an individual basis in reality. In this day’s world there is not much hope I’m afraid, not for the majority. The elites have that already planned to end, and the many millions, billions, of “ordinary people” all over the world are not expected to last much longer, one way or another.

Sorry to sound so gloomy and doomy, but this IS their plan, and they have been working on it, incrementally, for a very long time, bringing it all to a soon climactic conclusion.

Before I get to “the way out” I would just like to explain why it is so easy for the string-pullers to be able to keep pulling the strings, dangling us all on the ends. Part of the reason is the communal hope that they count on the populations to cling to, all their social structures – until those structures no longer serve their purpose, then all apparent hope will be removed, done away with, destroyed.

The reason why human nature is such that it wants to cling to this hope is because it believes it can be realized by some magic person or persons being able to pull off what the rest of us have all failed at ourselves all along (mostly because we are either too lazy, or are unwilling to take the responsibility), however this is a fallacy in itself, because there are no magic persons. Any that look like they are materializing successfully will not be allowed to continue, one way or another, and if not disposed of completely, their number will be kept minimal, again, one way or another, “proving how fruitless” their endeavors are, resulting in the efforts running out of steam and their followers becoming disillusioned.

Result? “Nothing really changes”, even though circumstances unrelentingly continue to worsen! As I said, this is planned.

If you rely on “information” to set you free you have to dedicate yourself to it, continually, regardless of whatever your source is, and let’s hope you are at least able to find a credible one, preferably several. Then you have to act on what you know, because “knowing” is not enough.

But the problem is? Very few people have an attention span that remembers even what has happened in recent history, what got us to where we are now, let alone over centuries and millennia, and certainly not in the proper context. Most people these days are only living for now, a quick-fix of material satisfaction. You have to be willing to have all your sacred “shibboleths” destroyed, because also most of what we say we “believe” is not even true, we are just parroting! This is no exaggeration I’m afraid.

So, how do you have a “Happy New Year”, even in spite of everything?

First, you have to know that this life (as you THINK you know it) is NOT “the be all and end all” of everything, FAR from it! It is but a vapor, a “drop in the ocean”, a MOMENT in “time” (which is but a temporary construct).

Second, IF this statement is the truth (which it is), THEN there must be something more, another meaning to life (which there is). If so, what is it?

We are SOULS, NOT just a random product of some chaotic evolutionary accident, born out of some primordial soup that started as a rock! (It doesn’t take a genius to figure this out folks! I mean, if there were any such things as “missing links” we would be swimming in them today, yet not one can be produced, anywhere! Er, DUH!) Anyway…

We are souls, primarily spiritual entities which are eternal, and THIS is where we must invest not only our present, but our future, IF we want to enjoy it as much as we are supposed to (the ORIGINAL plan for us all).

Everyone is free to believe whatever they want to (the majesty of choice that we are all given), and reap the results of such, good and/or bad, but I can tell you that the following has proven true in my life, continually since I first discovered these facts at age 17…

The Book of Proverbs (full of wisdom) in The Bible, from chapter 3…

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

From the Book of Psalms, chapter 118…

8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

9 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.

Of course, we can only place our trust in something that we know is true, and we usually know when something is true when we have “tried and proven” it to be so, right? So…… TRY IT! SEE “if these things be so”.

I can testify that they are.

The path through this life is becoming more and more difficult and dangerous as each day passes, and it is not going to get better, only worse, but there IS a way through, a “way out”, for each and every one of us, personally!

It is a spiritual path, and when you consider that it is THE ONLY ONE THAT MATTERS or means anything then… why not take it? The rest is failing, and will ultimately cease at some point, sooner for some than for others, but we all pass on from this life here, no exceptions! It is just a matter of when, and how!

Wouldn’t it be more fulfilling and satisfying to know that your life counted for something, not just here and now, but later, “there” and “then”?

Doubtless you will have heard the following statements (from the same source as those quoted above), and I will state that these are as true as those already mentioned. They ARE “the answer”, the “way out”, the “door” through which anyone may freely pass if they choose to, and these are not dependent on time or space! Remember, we are SOULS, SPIRITUAL individuals, and we are each loved as if we were the only one (and we ARE)! So here we go…

John chapter 14…

6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John chapter 10…

9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

John chapter 3…

3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

And all because…

John chapter 14

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 The same was in the beginning with God.

3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

To conclude…

To have a truly “Happy New Year”, regardless of whatever happens in the world, we can each HAVE, personally, individually, “through it all” the PEACE that all the statements made above promise us! What could be better than this?

And folks… “there’s plenty more where that came from”, I kid you not! THESE are just the beginning!

 

CHRISTMAS "The Story of LOVE" 

(followed by STUNNER! SEE WHO TEARED UP OVER 'IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE' Added 29/12/15)

CHRISTMAS "The Story of LOVE" 

He came to earth as a tiny, weak and helpless baby, born to a simple, humble young girl who miraculously conceived the child, having never slept with any man! In fact, the news of her pregnancy was so shocking that when the man to whom she was engaged to be married learned about it, he promptly decided to break the engagement and call off the wedding.--Until a powerful celestial being intervened and instructed him to stay with her and protect and care for this very special child that she was carrying.

Although ordained and predestined to be a king, in fact the King of kings, He was not born in a palace with famous and glorious members of the court in attendance and the honor and praise of man's system. Instead, He was born on the dirty floor of a barn amidst the cattle and the donkeys, wrapped in rags and laid to rest in the animals' feed-trough.

And though His birth brought no great fanfare or recognition from the institutions and governments of men, that night on a nearby hillside, a humble band of poor shepherds were awestruck as a brilliant, almost blinding light burst upon them from the starry sky and a host of heavenly messengers filled the night with their joyful declaration and song: "Glory to God in the highest! Peace on Earth to men of good will! For unto you this day is born a Savior, Christ the Lord!"

Far away in the East, another herald appeared in the heavens, a bright star that caught the attention of certain wise men. They interpreted its meaning and followed it, crossing thousands of miles of desert, as it led them to the exact location of the young child in that little town of Bethlehem, where they honored Him with their precious gifts.

His earthly father was a carpenter, a humble hewer of wood with whom He lived and labored. He conformed to our human ways of life, custom, language and living that He might understand and love us better and communicate with us on the lowly level of our own limited human understanding!--He learned to love mankind. He saw their suffering and had great compassion on them, longing to not only heal their sick and broken bodies, but also to save their immortal spirits.

When the time came and He began His life's work, He went about everywhere doing good.--Helping people, loving children, healing heartaches, strengthening tired bodies, saving all who believed in Him. He not only preached His message, but He lived it amongst us. He not only ministered to their spiritual needs, but He also spent a great deal of time ministering to their physical and material needs, miraculously healing them when they were sick, feeding them when they were hungry, and sharing His life and His love.

His religion was so simple that He said you must become as a little child to receive it. He didn't preach temple worship; He didn't preach going to synagogue or going to church; He didn't preach any complicated ceremonies or difficult rules.--All He did was preach love and show love, as He strove to lead God's children into the true Kingdom of God, whose only laws are to "love the Lord with all thy heart" and "love thy neighbor as thyself."

He had very little to do with the pompous, rich-robed, churchy scribes, Pharisees and hypocrites--the religious leaders of that day--except when they insisted on annoying Him with their critical questions. Then He would let them have it, publicly exposing them as the "blind leaders of the blind" that they were, even telling them that they were like white-washed sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful, clean and holy on the outside, but within are full of rottenness, corruption and stinking dead men's bones!

He was not a mere religious reformer, He was a revolutionary! He refused to compromise with the false religious system, but rather worked totally outside of it, sharing His love with the poor and common folk who had long ago abandoned and been abandoned by organized religion. He never went into any bar with whip in hand, breaking up the bottles and throwing out the bartender. Nor did He ever enter any brothel, beating up the poor girls, overturning their beds and throwing the men out the window.--But He did make a whip, go into their big beautiful religious temple, overturn the tables, spill out the money and drive the money-mad moneychangers out of the sanctuary, condemning them for turning what was supposed to be a house of prayer into a den of thieves!

He made Himself of no reputation, and was a companion of drunks, prostitutes and sinners, the outcasts and downtrodden of society. He even told them that they would enter the Kingdom of Heaven before the so-called "good" people, the self-righteous and religious leaders who rejected Him and His simple message of love. The power of His love and of His appeal was so great and gave such great faith to the sincere truth-seekers that they didn't hesitate to drop everything they had and immediately forsake all to become His full-time followers!

Once, while crossing a lake in a small boat with His disciples, when a great storm arose and the boat was in danger of sinking, He commanded the winds and the waves to cease--and immediately there was a great calm! His disciples, astonished by such a demonstration of miraculous power, exclaimed to one another, "What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him!"

Throughout His ministry He gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, cleansed lepers and raised the dead! In fact, so marvelous were His works that they prompted a leading member of the religious establishment that most bitterly opposed and resented Him to exclaim, "We know that You are come from God.--For no man could do these miracles that You do unless God were with Him!"

As His message of love spread and His followers multiplied, the established religion and its jealous leaders realized what a threat He had become to them. His simple doctrine of love was liberating the people from the control of the hypocritical high priests, the big-shot religionists, and was therefore destroying their entire religious system, their religious authority, their power and control and hold on people.

These powerful religious enemies finally had Him arrested and brought to trial on false charges of sedition and subversion. Although the Roman governor found Him innocent, he was pressured and persuaded by these religionists to execute Him. Just prior to His arrest, He had said, "They couldn't even touch Me without My Father's permission. If I would but raise My little finger, He would send legions of angels to rescue Me!"--But instead, He chose to die, to save you and me. Nobody took His life from Him, He laid it down, He gave His life of His own free will and accord.

But even His death did not satisfy His jealous enemies. To ensure that His followers couldn't steal His body and claim He had come back to life, they placed a huge stone over the door of His tomb and posted a detachment of Roman soldiers there to guard it.--A scheme that proved futile, as these same guards became eyewitnesses to the greatest miracle of all.--Three days after His lifeless body was laid to rest in that cold tomb, He rose from the dead, the Victor over death and Hell forever!

Death itself could not stop His work nor His words! He rose to lead His tiny band of followers to overcome the Roman Empire with love and the power of the Gospel! And the love of God simply rolled right on over His jealous enemies like a giant tidal wave to cover the whole earth!--And they were left far behind--as dead and dry as He said they would be!

Since that miraculous day nearly 2,000 years ago, this same man, Jesus Christ, has done more to change history and the course of civilization and the condition of man than any other leader, group, government or empire before Him or since! He has saved billions from the fear and uncertainty of a hopeless tomb, and has given eternal life and the love of God to all who call upon His name.

This man, Jesus Christ, is not merely a philosopher or teacher or rabbi or guru, or even a prophet.--He is the Son of God! God, the great Creator, is a Spirit and is all-powerful, all-knowing, everywhere and in everything--far beyond our limited human comprehension! So He sent Jesus, in the form of a man, to show us what He Himself is like and to bring us to Himself. And although many great teachers have spoken and taught about love and about God, He is love and He is God!--The only one who died for the sins of the world and rose from the dead! So He's in a class all by Himself, because He's the only Savior. He said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life!--No man comes to the Father but by Me!"

How can you find out and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus Christ really is the Son of God, the way to salvation?--The answer is simple: Try Him! Simply humble yourself and sincerely ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Ask Him to come into your heart, forgive you for all your sins and fill your life with His love, peace and joy.

He's real and He loves you.--So much so that He died in your place and suffered for your sins, so that you would not have to, if you'll just receive Him and His free gift of eternal life. But He can't save you unless you want Him to. His love is all-powerful, but He won't force His way into your life. He gently knocks at the door of your heart.--He doesn't kick it in or break it down. He stands there meekly, in loving patience, waiting for you to open up and ask Him in.

Will you receive Him?--If so, He will be the most precious one in your life!--Your closest friend and companion who will be with you always!--For He alone is the lover of all lovers, who came for love and lived in love and died for love that we might live and love forever!

You can personally receive Jesus into your own heart right now by sincerely praying this simple prayer:

"Dear Jesus, please forgive me for all my sins. I believe You died for me. I believe You are the Son of God, and I now ask You to come into my life. I open the door and I invite You into my heart. Please come in, Jesus, and help me to confess You before others that they may find You too. In Your name I ask, amen."

(Story of Love!, The)

STUNNER! SEE WHO TEARED UP OVER 'IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE'

Classic movie a tradition at Christmas for many Americans

Published: December 24, 2015

BOB UNRUH

 

 

“It’s a Wonderful Life,” the Frank Capra/Jimmy Stewart Christmas story made in the aftermath of World War II that tells the story of an angel who hadn’t earned his wings and a small-town community leader who, it turns out, put his family and friends ahead of himself, probably has caused more than a few tears to be shed over the years.

And that includes the one person who was there in the make-believe world created in Hollywood for the work, the toil, the strain of putting the story together.

Jimmy Stewart.

His re-telling of the making of the Christmas classic came originally in Guideposts magazine, and was re-told this Christmas by James Dobson, of Family Talk radio, in his December 2015 newsletter to constituents.

Dobson reproduces a commentary from Stewart, who passed away about 20 years ago, about the making of “Wonderful Life.”

Stewart explained that the production set included 75 buildings on four acres, and for 1946, some startling developments that included production of something that looked like real snow, not just white corn flakes.

He said it was the story, which also featured Lionel Barrymore, Donna Reed, Henry Travers and more, itself that has kept the movie alive after all these decades – because it didn’t attract much attention when it first was released.

“Good as the script was,” Stewart wrote in the day, “There was still something else about the movie that made it different. It’s hard to explain. I, for one, had things happen to me during the filming that never happened in any other picture I’ve made.”

“In one scene, for example, George Bailey is faced with unjust criminal charges, and, not knowing where to turn, ends up in a little roadside restaurant. He is unaware that most of the people in town are arduously praying for him. In this scene, at the lowest point in George Bailey’s life, Frank Capra was shooting a long shot of me slumped in despair. In agony I raised my eyes and, following the script, and pled, ‘God … God … Dear Father in heaven, I’m not a praying man, but if You’re up there and You can hear me, show me the way. I’m at the end of my rope. Show me the way, God …’”

Stewart continued, “As I said those words, I felt the loneliness, the hopelessness of people who had nowhere to turn, and my eyes filled with tears. I broke down sobbing. This was not planned at all, but the power of that prayer, the realization that our Father in heaven is there to help the hopeless, had reduced me to tears.”

Not one to miss a moment, Capra, who “loved the spontaneity,” wanted a close-up, Stewart explained.

But he also “was sensitive enough to know that my breaking down was real and that repeating it in another take was unlikely.”

He got the close-up anyway, Stewart said, spending “long hours in the film laboratory, again and again enlarging the frames of that scene so that eventually it would appear as a close-up on screen. I believe nothing like this had ever been done before. It involved thousands of individual enlargements with extra time and money. But he felt it was worth it.”

Stewart called the film, released Dec. 25, 1946, “nothing phenomenal” … it was just “about an ordinary man who discovers that living each ordinary day honorably, with faith in God and a selfless concern for others, can make for a truly wonderful life.”

Dobson cited Stewart as “a man of deep Christian faith whose beliefs stood in sharp contrast to those of many of his contemporaries.”

“He put his burgeoning film career on hold to fight for his country … [he] commented that one of his greatest sources of encouragement in battle was a tattered copy of the 91st Psalm that had been given to him by his father,” he also was married to the same woman, Gloria, for more than 45 years and he “faithfully attended church until the day he died

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