Adam Blai

 

Videos

  1. Adam Blai – Demonology Seminar (Audio)
    • Video
      Link
    • Published on :- 2016-Apr 23
    • Occasion :- Adam Blai speaking at One Faith Experience – April 2016.
    • religiousdemonology.com
      Link
  2. Catholic Demonologist Adam Blai On Demonic Possession
    Video

 

Indepth

Adam Blai – Demonology Seminar (Audio)

  1. Exorcist
    • Only a priest can do exorcist by Canon Law
  2. Participation
    • Over 100 solemn exorcism
  3. Unworthiness
    • I am not holy
    • Do not be afraid to do what God the father has called you to do
    • Do not let Satan trick you into thinking you are not holy, you are not equipped
    • He is going to use if you say Yes
  4. Reasons
    • Do not do it for
      • Excitement
      • Selfish reasons
    • Do it
      • It has to be because you are called
      • Asked to serve
        • By Bishop or elder
  5. Election
    • God allows us to be tempted
      • So that we can exercise free will
      • Grants us an opportunity to love God and be obedient to God
      • Corrective experiences
        • Enter into a deeper relationship with God
        • God allows extraordinary activities so that we can know the limits of our power & grace
  6. Permission
    • The Devil can not do anything unless permitted God
  7. Authority
    • Authority given by Jesus to the Apostles
    • Permission to Bishop
      • Bishop lent to the Priest
    • Oversight
      • Do not want to exercise if patient is
        • Mentally ill
        • Physically ill
  8. Demons
    • Demons are fallen Angels
    • At Creation
      • They had a ministry
      • They had work assignment

Sermons & Discussions – 2017/June

Sermons

  1. Jacob Prasch
    • Isaiah’s Sons and Last Days Obsession with Conspiracy Theories
      Published On :- 2017-May-31st
      Link

 

Indepth

Isaiah’s Sons and Last Days Obsession with Conspiracy Theories – Jacob Prasch

  1. Parallels between last days of Southern & Northern Kingdom
    • 585 / 586 BC :- Judah
    • 720 / 721 BC :- Samaria
  2. Pesca” Interpretation
  3. 2 Comings
    • Cosmo Sign
    • Roman Emperor
      1. Assign numbers to control known world
      2. Economic Control of known world
      3. In Israel to be deceived
  4. First Son :- Isaiah 7:10-17 ESV
    Link
  5. Second Son :- Isaiah 8:6-7 ( ESV )
    Link
  6. Third Son :- Isaiah 9:6-7 ( ESV )
    Link
  7. Third Son :- Isaiah 9:6-7 ( ESV )
  8. It is written as an instruction to us
    • Now these things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.
      So the one who thinks he is standing firm should be careful not to fall.…
      ( 1 Corinthians 10:11 )
    • This will be written for the generation to come, That a people yet to be created may praise the LORD.
      ( Psalm 102:18 )
  9. Gird yourselves, and be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and be broken in pieces!
    • ( Isaiah 8:9 )
  10. A Call to Fear God
    • For thus the LORD spoke to me with mighty power and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying,
    • “You are not to say, It is a conspiracy!’ In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy, And you are not to fear what they fear or be in dread of it.
    • “It is the LORD of hosts whom you should regard as holy. And He shall be your fear, And He shall be your dread.…
      ( Isaiah 8:11-13 )
  11. And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.
    Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
    And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.
    Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.
    ( Isaiah 8:15-18 )

    • House of Jacob
      • Eterocentric
      • Always to the Jews
    • Israel
      • Can be applied to Church
  12. To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
    • ( Isaiah 8:20 )
  13. And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.
    • ( Isaiah 8:22 )
  14. Discernment
    • Watchtower
      • I will climb up to my watchtower
        and stand at my guardpost.
        There I will wait to see what the Lord says
        and how he will answer my complaint.
        ( Habakkuk 2: 1 )
      • Then the Lord said to me,“Write my answer plainly on tablets,
        so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.
        This vision is for a future time.
        It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.
        If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently,
        for it will surely take place.
        It will not be delayed.
        ( Habakkuk 2: 2-3 )
  15. To the Law and Testimony
    • Whenever the Lord gives a prophecy it must agree with what is already written in the scriptures
  16. Communication with the Dead
    • When God allows it
      • Saul/Samuel
        • Sign of Judgement on Saul
  17. School for Prophets?
  18. Todd Bentley
    • Female Angel
      • Todd Bentley “Emma..another experience”
        Link

        • Work up this morning and said “God why Lakeland?”
        • God says I want to give you an outpouring
        • I said I like California more than Florida
        • Those healing angel you saw in Heaven
          • Those healing Angels have come down
        • Gods says I want to release Healing
        • God is reading
        • Over 100 healing pools of Bathsheda
        • Spokane Washington
          • George G. Lake
          • Healing Room
          • Over 100,000 signs and wonders
          • Hospitals shut down because of the Healing Revival
      • Todd Bentley – Emma The Angel – “Lyin’ to My Face”
        Link

Arlington Renewal – Deacon Marques Silva – Charism/Spiritual Gifts

Introduction

Catholic Diocese of Arlington is a Catholic Charismatic Church in Arlington, Virginia.

 

Benedict XVI: God Is Faithful But Surprising….

Link

Videos

  1. Gifts of Words of Knowledge and Wisdom
    • Published On :- 2014-June-21st
      Link
  2. The Gift of Prophecy
    • Published On :- 2014-June-21st
      Link
  3. Gift on Tongue & Interpretation
    • Published On :-2014-June-20th
      Link

 

Indepth

Gifts of Knowledge and Wisdom

  1. Definition
    1. Word of Wisdom
      • God enlightening a person and allows the person to know how to best handle a given situation
  2. Revelation
    • Types of Revelations
      • Divine Revelation
        • Prophetic Word
        • Encourage a Community
          • A lot of us have very good prayer time and we hear the Lord speaking to and for us
          • And, God gives us words to share with other people, but we do not want to give a word to other people that we have been praying for
          • If you have a healthy prayer life, you are supposed to be able to start speaking for/to other people
    • Lord is bringing something to Light
  3. Wisdom
    • Natural
      • Accumulate from own Life experiences
      • Lived experience, Lived Wisdom
      • Negatives
        • Insufficient
          • Sometimes our lived experience will not be enough
          • The way to we tackle live may not be enough to help those we love
          • Darkened by Original Sin
        • Dangerous
          • Little knowledge sometimes hurt us
      • Confession
        • Confession helps clear us out
    • Spiritual Wisdom
      • Scripture
      • Church Teaching
        • How she teaches it
        • Hard Study
        • Great deal of prayer
        • Clergy
        • Ecumenucal that we work with
      • Applied Knowledge
        • Study of not only Scripture, but Church Teaching, and also Gifts
    • Word of Wisdom
      • God’s Power breaking in
        • Solomon and the two mothers
      • Parables
        • Confuse people
        • Jesus spoke truthfully and openly until he was accused of being Satan
        • Difference
          • Public :- Parables
          • Private :- Open Words
      • Blindness
        • Isaiah 6
          • I will make you a mouthpiece
            • “Make the heart of this people dull,
              And their ears heavy,
              And shut their eyes;
              Lest they see with their eyes,
              And hear with their ears,
              And understand with their heart,
              And return and be healed.” – Isaiah 6:10
        • Jeremiah
          • Hear this now, O foolish people,
            Without understanding,
            Who have eyes and see not,
            And who have ears and hear not – Jeremiah 5:21
        • Ezekiel
          • “Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house.”  – Ezekiel 12:2
        • Jesus/Matthew
          • For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
            Their ears are hard of hearing,
            And their eyes they have closed,
            Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
            Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
            So that I should heal them.’ – Matthew 13:15
    • Responsibility
      • You have to present something to them to get them out of that situation
  4. Worldly Wisdom
    1. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
      ( 1 Corinthians 1:19  )
    2. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness.”
      ( 1 Corinthians 3:19  )
  5. Sin darkens the Intellect, and dumbs the will
    • Since Original Sin, our decision making has been set back
    • Gave themselves over to perverted acts
      • Romans 1:24
      • Romans 1:27
      • Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
        ( Colossians 3:5 )
  6. Requirements
    • Just because you have a prophetic word, just because you have a word of knowledge does not mean you have to say it
    • It does mean it is for that moment
      • Lord should I say it now
    • Is this the audience to deliver it to
    • I am so glad that the Lord is using it, but I need you to expand it
  7. Timing
    • In 1988, the Lord gave me a word for a good friend
      • The Lord said to hold it, and that she will call you
      • 12 years later she called
      • And, it was a very specific word for that moment ( 12 years later )
  8. Prophet
    •  Daniel
      • 400 years
    • Isaiah
      • 1000 years
  9. Coupled with
    • Word of Knowledge
    • Word of Prophecy
  10. Taking Care
    • Grace how to reveal insight
      • Is it for today, is it for this person, how do I say it
    • Nuances
      • Is it to be acted out
    • How to pray for that person
      • Open our hearts so that we can act it out
    • Let me become this word first before I speak it
    • Avoiding Dangers
  11. Holiness
    • Confession matters
    • Holiness matters
    • Culture matters

 

Words of Wisdom

  • You never minister alone
  • Ministry is personal, never private
  • Is it possible to give it in the form of a question
    • Give the person a out
    • I am still learning
  • Never minister opposite sex alone
    • Give comfort
    • Very precise
  • You need an advocate for the other person
  • Don’t let outsiders minister
    • Words of knowledge and occult knowledge are very similar and mimic each other
    • Form relationships with them
    • Know how they live their lives
    • People do
    • relatively balance
    • Do they have a good prayer live
    • baseline on where the other person is
    • To be able to properly weigh God’s word
      • Know them
      • Know their lives
    • Protect people
  • Jesus at the Well  ( John 4 )
    • Not there to speak to the person, but to the person’s heart
      • Repairer of the Breach ( Isaiah 58:12 )
  • Solitude
    • To increase gift, isolate yourself
  • Prayer
    • Pray that God can reveal things to you
    • And, lay bare my heart so that I can help others
  • When God uses us
    • When God uses us, he uses by context
    • The things that we are taken in
  • Leadership
    • Make prophetic people your best friend
    • So that you can correct and shepherd them
    • And, they will in-turn grow

Gifts of Tongue & Interpretation

  1. Ministry happens within a family
  2. Can not exceed what is written
  3. Pray for the ones you need, not the ones you like

 

 

Additional Materials

  1. Prophecy
    Link
  2. Word of Knowledge
    Link

Fr Chad Ripperger – Generational Spirits

 

Discussions

  1. Generational Spirits ~ Fr Chad Ripperger
    What are generational spirits & how do they influence families, regions, diocese, individuals, etc?
    Published On :- 2017-March-9th

  2. Fr. Ripperger: Generational Spirits Conference
    • Part 2:- Discernment
      Part Two of a 3 part series – the complexity and details of “Generational Spirits”, detecting their presence, recognizing symptoms, patterns, aka “Discernment”.
      Published On :- 2017-Feb-24th

  3. Generations
    • The 6th Generation: Generational Spirits: Lost Generation to the One Current~ Fr Ripperger
      Each generation has a virtue to give the world or a vice to gain. Since the ‘greatest generation’ we’ve been in a spiral gathering up demonic influence from neglecting our duties and state in life. What are they? What have been the outcomes? Fr goes generation by generation on this to the current day.

      • Published On :- 2016-April-18th
        Link
  4. Spiritual Warfare Conference
    • Fr Chad Ripperger – Spiritual Warfare Conference – Weapons Against the Demonic
      Published :- 2015-Nov-5th
      Added On :- 2017-March-25th
      Link
  5. The Psychological & Spiritual Effects of Being Negative ~ Fr Ripperger
    • The Psychological & Spiritual Effects of Being Negative ~ Fr Ripperger
      What are things that make people always look negative on things? Family, politics, the state of the Church are areas that can do that. What do we do about that to keep from being negative?
      Published On :- 2016-April-16th
      Link

In Depth

Generational Spirits ~ Fr Chad Ripperger

Generational Spirits ~ Fr Chad Ripperger – Part 1

  1. Conference
    • 1st Conference
      • What Spirits are
      • How the operate
      • How they continue to stay
    • 2nd Conference
      • How to identify them in your own Family
        • 99% of families have them
        • I have never met a family that did not have them
    • 3rd Conference
      • How to get them out
    • 4th Conference
      • How more than one can be present
      • Deal with that
      • 6th Conference
    • 5th Conference
  2. Generation Spirits
    • Definition
      • Any Spirit that is passed along
  3. How they pass from one person to another
    • Family Line
      • Lineage
      • Child
        • At Childbirth
        • Child passed when young
        • passed within  a family
    • Familiar Spirit
      • Does Something
        • Doing something and it gets in
        • If the person has a headship within the family, they can pass it on
  4. Breakdown of Generational spirits
    • Assigned by Devil
      • God assigns them
      • The one above says get me into this family
    • Generation
      • Assigned to that generation worldwide
        • Hippie Generation
    • Assigned to a Country
      • Nazi Germany
        • Place under a particular leadership
    • Races
      • Every single race has one
        • Native Americans
          • Spirit passed on based on Spirituality
        • Hispanics
          • Skip a generation
          • Aztec or Mayan
    • Corporation
      • Will stay with that Generation until it collapses
    • Regions / Area
      • Fresno, CA
        • Illness
      • Los Angeles
        • Unreality
      • US South ( Alabama / Georgia )
        • Slaughter Native Americans
        • Europeans came in and fought each other
      • Characteristics
        • Mindset
        • Gene
    • Dioceses
    • Religion Order

 

Generational Spirits ~ Fr Chad Ripperger – Part 3

  1. Complications
    • One of the trained exorcists says, if things start to get too complicated, you know you have already gone down the wrong path
    • Daemons set up little traps
  2. Daemon of Apostasy – 34 Minutes
    • Yes, Satan stands behind everything
    • Any daemon will cause us to start doing things that will cause to start sinning
    • If you lose your faith, you are not going to get saved lose the ability to see clearly
    • Sometimes it is a Daemon that is sowing the doubt
    • Religious Indifference
    • Daemon is attached to a Moral Problem
      • And, you have to attack the Moral Problem
      • That moral problem causes us to go in and out
  3. Psychiatric Medical Drugs
    • Interfere with clarity
    • Acts on parts of brain that can dull judgment
    • Can cause suicidal thoughts

 

Fr. Ripperger: Generational Spirits Conference

Part 2 – Discernment

  1. Identify generational spirit
    • Natural
      • Look at consistent pattern within generation line
      • Daemons can obfuscate it and make it look one thing when it is another
      • Look for specific sins and vices
        • Anger
        • Unwillingness to suffer
      • Where are the roots
        • Cardinal Virtues
        • 7 deadly sins
        • Look for root
        • Look for daughters
          • Vice that flow from the sin
        • Country – US
          • Avarice
            • Spirit of our country
            • What does it drive
              • Fraud
          • In-temperance
            • Lust
              • Unwillingness to forgo something
  2. Examination
    • Where it leads to
      • Is it a way of medicating yourself
      • Intemperance
        • Or do you just not want to be separated from Pleasure
    • It is very unreliable
  3. Education & University Degrees
    • They have not helped me solve anything
    • God has to give us the grace to help
    • You have to look at the lineage
      • 5 Generations
      • Spirit has to tell us
      • Man was an evil man
  4. Watch interior emotions
  5. Rabbit Hole
    • Issue
      • Sometimes we choose something that we think is good, bad it actually has vices
      • We become blind to it and we do not clearly
      • We sometimes can see it in other people
      • With time, we lost sight of the fact that it might actually
    • Correct
      • Meditate
        • Find Grace
        • Start to see if it is emotional or grace
        • God starts to strengthen the will
        • Discern God’s wills
        • Emotion quiets down
        • See subtleties
      • Ask Guiding Angel
        • Our lady
          • As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul. ( Luke 2:35 )
            • Simon told her
          • Queen of Martyrs
          • God will let her reveal things to us
          • You will see it in yourself
            • I have always had a problem in this area
              • Fear
              • Depression
              • Intemperance
                • lack of Moderation or Restraint

 

Father Ripperger – Discerning Apparitions ( Discerning of Spirits )

Videos

Father Ripperger teaches:

  1. How do we discern spirits? What about apparitions?
    Published On :- 2016-July-24th
    Added On:- 2017-Feb-16th
    Link

 

Indepth

How do we discern spirits? What about apparitions?

  1. Private Revelations
  2. Criteria for judging whether something is authentic
    • Judging authenticity
    • Why care
      • Demons can cause certain things to happen
    • Prudential considerations about certain apparitions
  3. Church was given Charisma
    • All Power has been given me
      • Go out and
        • …When they saw Him, they worshiped Him, but some doubted.
          Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.
          Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,…
          ( Matthew 28:18 )

          • Baptize all Nations
      • Pentecost
      • Church & Apostles
        • Discern Spirit
  4. Most people who claim to have faith do not have it
  5. Those who have it
    • Met lady
      • Never claimed
      • Knew where deamon located
      • Their names
      • And, how to get it out
  6. Acquired Knowledge of discernment
  7. Can not be base on your emotions
    • Demons have access to
      • Your Emotion
      • Your Memory
      • Your Mind
        • Associate
      • Feelings
      • False Information
  8. Church gift of discernment
  9. The actual person or position with discernment authority
    • Pope
    • But, he has granted to the local Bishop
    • Bishop can be overridden by Pope’s agreeing to look into it
  10. Criteria
    • False
      • If it is contrary to Objective Catholic Doctrine
        • God will not contract itself
      • If it is contrary to Theologian
        • Council of Theologians
          • 800 Century
        • If not followed, you are likely to fall into error
      • If some if false, some of the Revelation may still be true
    • Grace
      • God gives grace to record and report it with full accuracy
    • Fact that a Prophecy is fulfilled does not mean that the Prophecy is from God
      • Demons can get in the middle and realize where things are headed
      • And, pass it along
    • Revelations containing curious or useless matters can be interpreted as not necessarily divine
      • If they are getting involved in things that has no impact on people’s salvation, then one knows that is likely not the case
    • Detailed, lengthy
      • Positive
        • Our lady has the virtue of silence
        • All authentic apparitions are concise
        • Brief, clear, and precise
        • Can not be interpreted
        • Must be formal and precise
      • Negative
        • All lengthy are diabolic or human
    • Person giving the Revelation
      • If the person is humble, well balanced
    • Person receiving the Revelation
      • Examined carefully
        • Temperament and well balanced
        • Not giving to excessive motifications
  11.  Communism
    • Violates Subsidiarity
      • Subsidiarity is an organizing principle that matters ought to be handled by the smallest, lowest or least centralized competent authority.
        Political decisions should be taken at a local level if possible, rather than by a central authority.
        Link
  12. Public Revelation
    • Publication Revelation passed when the last Apostle passed
  13. Possession
    • Womb?
      • In the 1800s in Southern Italy, many people became possessed in the womb

Burdenless Christianity

Testimony

As an addendum, it pains me to see the extent that Christian leaders go to rid their congregations of pain for the lost and burden for those losing in so many facets of society.

We prepare carefully and lawyerly worded coded messages.

 

Ways

You say tell me in what ways:

  1. Abortion
    • Run to Washington for Pro-Life legislation
    • Leave out the message of Adoption
  2. Sexual Preferences
    • We take the place of the Holy Spirit and preach to each other, rather than those who we are supposedly trying to reach
  3. Prosperity Gospel
    • Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal ( Matthew 6:19 )
    • Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, Cease from your consideration of it. ( Proverbs 23:4 )
    • This is how it will be for anyone who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich toward God. ( Luke 12:21 )
    • Those who want to be rich, however, fall into temptation and become ensnared by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. ( 1 Timothy 6:9 )
    • Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business, and make a profit.”
      You do not even know what will happen tomorrow! What is your life? ( James 4:13 )
  4. Love & Fear ?
    • There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
      We love him, because he first loved us.
      If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
      And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
      ( 1 John 4:18-21 )
  5. Brotherly Love
    • If anyone with earthly possessions sees his brother in need, but withholds his compassion from him, how can the love of God abide in him? ( 1 John 3:17 )
  6. Hypocrites
    • Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You traverse land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are. ( Matthew 23:15)
  7. Apostolic Authority
    • Such people should consider that what we are in our letters when absent, we will be in our actions when present.
      We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they show their ignorance.
      We, however, will not boast beyond our limits, but only within the field of influence that God has assigned to us—a field that reaches even to you.… ( 2 Corinthians 10:12 )
  8. Righteousness
    • For I tell you that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. ( Matthew 5:20 )
  9. Borrower
    • Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. ( Matthew 5:42 )
  10. Prosecution
    • Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at His word: “Your brothers who hate you, who exclude you for My name’s sake, Have said, ‘Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy.’ But they will be put to shame. ( Isaiah 66:5 )
  11. Community
    • Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. ( Hebrews 10:25  )

 

That which is hidden

Therefore judge nothing before the proper time; wait until the Lord comes.
He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts.
At that time each will receive his praise from God. ( 1 Corinthians 4:5 ).

 

Old Testament

I know it is customarily these days to say we only follow the New Testament and so the Mosaic Law is done away with; including these ones…

Laws of Social Responsibility

If you lend money to My people, to the poor among you, you are not to act as a creditor to him; you shall not charge him interest.
If you ever take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, you are to return it to him before the sun sets,
for that is his only covering; it is his cloak for his body. What else shall he sleep in?
And it shall come about that when he cries out to Me, I will hear him, for I am gracious.…
( Exodus 22:25-27 )

Pained

Again, what are we pained by? Our adherence to Laws & Regulations.

We confuse the great commision with the great omission.

Forsook that the Love of God is what Leads to repentance, we argue that it is our Preaching, our Laws, our resoluteness.

 

Loving God

The Greatest Commandment

Deuteronomy 6:5

“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
“These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.

Matthew 22:37

…“Teacher, which commandment is the greatest in the Law?”
Jesus declared, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'”

 

Again, when one makes an argument one way or the other, those who are wise ought to be able and free to ask which tools of the being played a role in arriving at that decision.

Is it Love, Soul, Might, Mind…

 

Sola Scriptura

We deride gifts including Love and claim Scripture Only, Sola Scriptura.

What did Jesus die for? And, what are we dying for.

We skim over the fact that you do not have a word, if you do not have a burden.

Apologetics is good, but what are we arguing over.

Paul Wrote:

But reject foolish and ignorant speculation, for you know that it breeds quarreling.
And a servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome, but he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, and forbearing.
( 2 Timothy 2:23 )

I am sure that Paul had another word in mind, but thankfully the Holy Spirit got a bit ahead of him, and insisted on kindness first.

 

Leadership

Teaching?

  1. Old Testament
    • Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their God. ( Jeremiah 5:4 )
  2. New Testament
    • “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? ( John 3:10 )

 

Using words from one of my teachers:

  1. I am waiting for God to go through the Church, and say you are not a Christian, you are are not a Christian
  2. Pushing people down, because we have no authority to raise them up

 

Prophecy?

Some of these teachers do not have a word outside of Doomsday prophecy; that which is already being written thousands of years ago.

And, yet they refresh and repackage it as a new word.

  1. Spirit
    • When the Spirit of God says do not fear, they say yes fear
    • When the Spirit do not worry how to respond as “The Spirit will give you words“, they take over
  2. Quietness
    • But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge. ( Daniel 12:4 )
    • And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. ( Revelations 10:4 )

Rabbi?

  1. Scribes and Pharisees
    • Love the greetings in the marketplaces, and the title of “Rabbi” by which they are addressed.
      But you are not to be called “Rabbi,” for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.
      ( Matthew 23:8 )

 

Prayer

I pray that we do not love “the praise of men more than the praise of God“.

Microsoft – Brad Smith – Community

 

Bill Gates

Those who have used email prior to 2000 or so, will remember how much Bill Gates used to be vilified.

With his Giving Pledge ( Link ) and work with United Nations it is likely that the angst might be receding a bit.

 

Microsoft

I was effused with the same relieve, enthusiasm, and hope upon reading this blog posting by Microsoft’s General Counsel, Brad Smith.

 

Proposal calls for case-by-case exception process for law-abiding visa holders with pressing needs
Link

In last Friday’s executive order, the President expressly gave to the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security the authority to grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis, consistent with the national interest, to issue visas and other immigration benefits. Today Microsoft is filing a formal request asking these cabinet officers to create a process to grant exceptions that will permit “Responsible Known Travelers with Pressing Needs” to re-enter the country while protecting the nation’s security. The important details for this proposal are included in our formal request and are outlined below.

At the outset, we recognize that this proposal will not and should not end the broader debate and deliberations regarding last week’s executive order. Our company is one among many that has expressed its views, and we will continue to participate energetically and constructively in the public discussions that help define our democratic processes.

But even amidst these debates, there is an opportunity under the executive order to address the pressing needs of real people. There currently are law-abiding visa holders who are parents that were outside the United States last Friday and therefore cannot re-enter the country. These parents are stranded and separated from their children. Other individuals are confronting genuine family emergencies such as the need to visit a critically ill parent.

At Microsoft we have seen these needs first-hand through some of our 76 employees who are impacted by last week’s order and, together with their 41 dependents, have nonimmigrant visas to live in the United States. These needs almost certainly are not unique to our employees and their families. We believe that limited but important steps to help all such individuals can be taken by the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security, consistent with national security and the authority that the President expressly gave to them.

As we explain in our formal request, U.S. immigration authorities already have a wide range of personal information about individuals in the visa categories that we have proposed. This includes individuals’ occupation, place of residence, place of work, family members, state identification/driver’s license information, and the existence of any criminal history. In short, these individuals are “known quantities” in their communities: their character, personalities, conduct, and behavior is understood by their colleagues, employers, friends, and neighbors.

Many of these individuals also fill critical roles in the organizations that employ them, whether they are doctors, scientists, engineers, medical technicians, software developers, or any number of other highly skilled professionals. They are deeply valued contributors to the innovation, research and business acumen of our nation, and they serve critical roles in the successful operations of U.S. companies.

We also believe it is appropriate to consider the needs of impacted foreign students pursuing their studies at our nation’s universities. It would be tragic for a student to be faced with the need to forfeit a dream of completing one’s education in the United States to tend to family needs that are entirely outside of one’s control.

In sum, we believe there is a clear opportunity for limited and important action under last week’s executive order.

We know that we do not have all the answers; in publishing this proposal, we hope that others will improve upon our ideas. Nor does this request attempt to address all the important immigration questions currently before the nation. But we believe there is a need and opportunity, amidst the broader debate, for immediate action under the executive order to help real people address pressing needs.

Bible Quotes

  1. Most Important Commandments
    • One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”
      Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”
      The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’
      And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

      “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!
      ( Luke 10:25-28 )
  2. Good Samaritan
    • “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.
      The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”
      Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
      ( Luke 10:36-37 )
  3. Justice
    • The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.
    • To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed, So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror ( Psalm 10:18 )
    • He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing. ( Deuteronomy 10:18 )
  4. Eldership
    • Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you sought for the lost; but with force and with severity you have dominated them. ( Ezekiel 34:4 )
    • But Jesus called them aside and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their superiors exercise authority over them”. ( Matthew 20:25, Mark 10:42, Luke 22:25 )

 

Quotes

  1. Andre Agassi
    • You think to yourself : Am I making him do something special, or am I letting him get away with something ? I think I made him earn it. I made him play the big shot at crucial times, and he came through , so that’s just full credit to him – Andre Agassi – On losing to Mark Philippoussis in the British Open 2003 ( here )
    • First of all, let me say, 1:15 in the morning, for 20,000 people to still be here, I wasn’t the winner, tennis was. That’s awesome. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt so good here before.  ( Link )
    • Sex doesn’t interfere with your tennis; it’s staying out all night trying to find it that affects your tennis.
    • Tennis was always sort of a – a learning. It was a vehicle for me to discover a lot about myself.
      And the things that I sort of discovered at times I not only didn’t want to see it for myself but I certainly didn’t want millions of people to see it
  2. Warren Buffett
    • My wealth has come from a combination of living in America, some lucky genes, and compound interest. Both my children and I won what I call the ovarian lottery. (For starters, the odds against my 1930 birth taking place in the U.S. were at least 30 to 1. My being male and white also removed huge obstacles that a majority of Americans then faced.) My luck was accentuated by my living in a market system that sometimes produces distorted results, though overall it serves our country well. I’ve worked in an economy that rewards someone who saves the lives of others on a battlefield with a medal, rewards a great teacher with thank-you notes from parents, but rewards those who can detect the mispricing of securities with sums reaching into the billions. In short, fate’s distribution of long straws is wildly capricious – Warren Buffett
  3. George B. Kaiser
    • I suppose I arrived at my charitable commitment largely through guilt. I recognized early on, that my good fortune was not due to superior personal character or initiative so much as it was to dumb luck.
      I was blessed to be born in an advanced society with caring parents. So, I had the advantage of both genetics (winning the “ovarian lottery”) and upbringing.
      As I looked around at those who did not have these advantages, it became clear to me that I had a moral obligation to direct my resources to help right that balance.America’s “social contract” is equal opportunity.
      It is the most fundamental principle in our founding documents and it is what originally distinguished us from the old Europe.
      Yet, we have failed in achieving that seminal goal; in fact, we have lost ground in recent years.
      Another distinctly American principle is a shared partnership between the public and private sectors to foster the public good.
      So, if the democratically-directed public sector is shirking, to some degree, its responsibility to level the playing field, more of that role must shift to the private sector – George B. Kaiser

Seeing Things as they were

Brad Smith joined Microsoft 1in 1993.

He worked internally and with outside counsel through what many adversaries judged was anti-competitive.

In its early years, it was a small company that barely had a face in Washington.

I am old enough to sense that people’s opinion and tagging does not always change.

Pride

Personally, today is one of those days that I am proud to have invested in Microsoft tools and products for a while here.

And, even more importantly, to belong to a group that is closely aligned with the stewardess of what is best and the only thing that will last in all of us.

 

Closing

And, in closing “Rejoice in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality” ( Romans 12:12-13 ).

I hope your religion, but more intimately your proximity to God, allows you to enjoin yourself and others to him in love.

One wise man once  said “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

Peter wrote to the elders:

Be shepherds of God’s flock that is among you, watching over them not out of compulsion, but because it is God’s will; not out of greed, but out of eagerness; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.…

As that is what is son came and laid on the cross for.

As prophesied in the Psalms:

The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.