June 26, 2012

One more reason I prefer Christ

Buddha was born a prince and raised in wealth. Mohammed was born into a family of mid-level merchants and married the richest woman in town. Brahma was a demigod who drove his consort insane. Jesus lineage is somewhat more colorful.

Genesis 25:19-34 (Matthew 1:1-2)
Genesis 38:12-30 (Matthew 1:3)
Joshua 2:1-24 (Matthew 1:5)
Ruth (Matthew 1:5)
2 Samuel 11-12 & Psalm 51 (Matthew 1:6)
1 Kings 11-12 (Matthew 1:7)
1 Kings 14:21-15:24 (Matthew 1:7-8)
2 Kings 21 (Matthew 1:10)
2 Kings 22:1-23:30 (Matthew 1:11)

And I bet you thought Matthew 1:1-11 was dry and boring.

June 16, 2012

Danielle Lowe

I don't know anything about her except that in the description of one video she mentions her father passing away in Bali. I've never heard of her before and I pride myself on keeping tabs with the underground music scene in cyberspace (except for metal and metal related garbage, naturally).

I chose this video not because it's her best (it isn't, not by a long shot) but because it evokes an easy, instant comparison. Everyone who's anyone knows the Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks version of this song. I even know it and I'm not a Fleetwood Mac fan. Strictly speaking, I'm not a Stevie Nicks fan, either. The only Stevie Nicks song on my iPod is "Leather and Lace". Nonetheless, I know enough that I will readily assert Stevie Nicks is one of the finest singers who has ever lived.

By my reckoning this young woman is already twice the singer Stevie Nicks was and she stands at the threshold of her career.

She might have flown under my radar before this, but I've got my eye on her now.

In the scheme of things to come

It is important to know your place in the scheme of things to come:

Revelation 6:9-11
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?"

Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.
Revelation 7:9-14
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:

"Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb."

All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying:

Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.

Then one of the elders asked me, "These in white robes -- who are they, and where did they come from?"

I answered, "Sir, you know."

And he said, "These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."
Revelation 14:6-13
Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth -- to every nation, tribe, language and people. He said in a loud voice, "Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water."

A second angel followed and said, "'Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great,' which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries."

A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: "If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, they, too, will drink the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name."

This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.

Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on."

"Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."
Revelation 16:15
"Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed."
Revelation 20:4-6
I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.
Revelation 21:1-7
Then I saw "a new heaven and a new earth," for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 'He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."

He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."

He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children."

June 07, 2012

Krokodil, deadly new street drug

For some reason I always find the most important stories a year after they come out. The earliest post I could find for this story is June 20, 2011. It is possible that I saw it when it first came out and decided it was too minor to bother with. After all, what kind of an idiot would take a drug knowing it would kill them? Well, apparently, lots of them. Addicts on at least three continents have now discovered the pleasures of "Krokodil", a opium derivative that first appeared on the streets of the Russian city of Novokuznetsk (thus the name). Considering recent events in Miami, when someone on Facebook posted a link to an amateur video about Krokodil I went looking to see what else I could find.

I found quite a bit, but not near as much as I would like. Apparently the compassionate masterminds in American media have decided that the less you know the better prepared you are. Although, to give credit where credit is due, the oldest article does in fact come from Time magazine. Perhaps that Time magazine issue was a flop so other news outlets decided it was not a marketable story.

Here's what I found. I'm not linking to any videos because I have yet to find one I can stand to watch beyond the first thirty seconds.

Time: The Curse of the Crocodile
The Independent: The Drug that Eats Junkies
Pravda: Desomorphine, drug for the poor, kills its victims
Fox News: DEA Now Monitoring Krokodil
ABC Australia: Krokodil Takes Toll on Russian Addicts
CNN: "Devastating" Drug Takes Hold in Russia
Mail Online: Curse of Krokodil Spreads Through Europe

June 02, 2012

I ain' buyin' it. It smells funny.

So, let me get this straight, progress means:

1) Illegal aliens should have the same voting rights as citizens
2) Illegal aliens should have the same access to taxpayer funded services as citizens
3) Children should be allowed to choose abortion as a form of birth control
4) Parents cannot be trusted to make intelligent choices for their children
5) Two men or two women living together is a family
6) Disarmed citizens are better protected from criminal predators than armed citizens
7) Commercially farmed food shipped in from Mexico is healthier than local food
8) All religions are delusional but Christianity is the worst of the bunch
9) Terrorists who murder ordinary people by strapping bombs to their children and sending them into open air markets are really just freedom fighters
10) Rich people who live overseas and owe billions in unpaid back taxes need to be given even higher tax bills even though we know they will never pay them
11) Teachers who work nine months out of the year deserve higher wages and better benefits than police officers, firefighters, and soldiers
12) Politicians of all stripes and colors deserve to receive their full pay for life after serving a single term while soldiers should be content to retire at half-pay after two decades of service
13) Minorities by virtue of the color of their skin deserve better job opportunities than white people even if they don't have the skills to perform those jobs
14) White people who work their entire life running a small business providing goods and services to their communities are evil oppressors and the real enemy of the American dream
15) Small business owners (especially white small business owners) who work 60 hours a week to make a living are greedy thieves who should pay all the taxes the government needs

And, most important of all, I should vote a straight Democratic ticket because the Democratic Party stands for "progress" and President Obama will move our nation "forward" into a new era of peace, health, and prosperity for everyone except those evil white small business owners that are robbing their communities blind and not paying enough in taxes?

Sorry. I ain' buyin' it. It smells funny.