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Thoughts – 3/30, 2:01p

You accepted Christ? Congratulations! You get to be broken!
– More Random Thoughts by Shai Linne

What a true statement this is. The Christian life is not easy. Who said it ever was? It’s a beautiful thing. By no other means would one pray that his / her sickness, trials, and hardships be used to conform them to the image of Christ.

I work a job where I get yelled at and have profanity hurled at me on a regular basis. I get insulted and often feel like I’m ‘beat up’ by the end of the day. And you know, last night as I drove home, I thought – God is sovereign. And if He wanted to stop those calls from coming in, He totally could have. But He didn’t. And He doesn’t. So there’s a reason for it. And on days like today, when I feel worn, tattered, and tired, it’d do me well to remind myself of it. As my friends often remind me – God wastes nothing. I know it’s making me more like Jesus. I often think of 1 Peter 2:

18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. 19 For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

I am definitely not enduring what Jesus endured.

Lord, help me.

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Are you?

One in seven of us is a certifiable coulrophobe.
– Edward T. Welch, “Running Scared”

Note: A coulrophobe is one who has a fear of clowns.

How'd you get here?

I often look through the queries that were entered that brought people to my website. Some make sense. Some? Not so much!

23 Jan, Fri, 19:10:53 Yahoo: tis so sweet to trust in jesus a different rendition
23 Jan, Fri, 22:13:20 Google: sermon – glorify God
24 Jan, Sat, 00:35:41 Google: Mansuur Mohammed youtube
24 Jan, Sat, 13:12:00 Google: sermon the will of God
25 Jan, Sun, 18:18:31 Yahoo: life expectancy for hepatitis c
25 Jan, Sun, 20:33:21 Google: “I see your face in every sunrise” “you’re beautiful” stars, moon lyrics
25 Jan, Sun, 21:41:24 Google: sermons on letting god be glorified
25 Jan, Sun, 23:18:05 Yahoo: “I Need Thee Oh” lyrics (hymn)
26 Jan, Mon, 04:15:48 Google Images: King James Version – Holy Bible On Audio CD matthew
26 Jan, Mon, 12:49:11 Google: “let june decide”
26 Jan, Mon, 13:39:30 Google: james mcdonald, CD “I am done with that”
27 Jan, Tue, 07:29:06 Yahoo: its not against flesh and blood but against
27 Jan, Tue, 13:42:58 Yahoo: life expectancy for a person with hepatitis c
27 Jan, Tue, 17:28:47 Google: infj
27 Jan, Tue, 20:28:26 MSN Search: how many calories eliptical 4 miles 40 minutes
27 Jan, Tue, 20:44:09 Google Images: charo washer
27 Jan, Tue, 20:56:27 Google: 3A
28 Jan, Wed, 08:40:30 Google: life in return
28 Jan, Wed, 13:24:27 Yahoo: we do not wrestle against flesh
29 Jan, Thu, 04:36:01 Google: INFJ

Hepatitis C

Grace and peace.

If you have / had any tattoos or piercings, please take yourself to get tested for hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is a blood borne virus that affects the liver and can be spread through contaminated needles. If you have any tattoos or piercings, please take yourself to a doctor and get tested for hepatitis. It is not as rare as people would like to think it is, and many times there is the thought of, “It will never happen to me”. But do know that if everyone thinks that, someone has to be wrong because hepatitis C does get spread. Also, even if you don’t FEEL sick, the CDC states that many people who are infected never have symptoms and therefore never come to the attention of medical or public health officials. The CDC also states:

An estimated 3.2 million persons in the United States have chronic hepatitis C virus infection. Most people do not know they are infected because they don’t look or feel sick.

It can get pretty serious… So think of it this way – Let’s say you have had it for a year or so, no symptoms… well:

Hepatitis C can cause damage to your liver, even if you don’t have symptoms. You’re also able to pass the virus to others without having any symptoms yourself.

Most people infected with HCV (Hepatitis C virus) develop chronic hepatitis. Some people infected with hepatitis C develop cirrhosis, usually within 20 to 30 years after infection. This risk is higher and the progression is faster if you also have HIV infection. Of those who develop cirrhosis, the risk of developing liver failure is about 4 percent a year. In addition, between 1 percent and 5 percent of people with HCV eventually develop liver cancer.

HCV also may increase the risk of developing several types of lymphatic system cancers (lymphomas). Your risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, for example, may increase by 20 percent to 30 percent. Rarely, HCV infection can be associated with skin and kidney problems. The hepatitis C virus is linked to an increased risk of porphyria cutanea tarda, a condition that may cause a blistering rash, to cryoglobulinemia, which can cause a purplish rash (purpura) on your lower extremities, and may cause kidney damage.

Over time, if you have a hepatitis C infection, it can lead to liver cancer, liver failure or cirrhosis — irreversible and potentially fatal scarring of the liver.

So, please, be wise and get tested.

Check out HepCnet for more information.

You're working hard to put food on your family…

While reading the local news site, NBC10, I saw a link, “Presidents Say the Darndest Things”, and thought that it should give me a well needed laugh. And… it did. Here are a few of the things:

People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.
– Abraham Lincoln

It isn’t pollution that is hurting the environment; it’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.
– VP Dan Quayle

One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice president, and that one word is ‘to be prepared’.
– VP Dan Quayle

No one wants to get this matter behind us more than I do, except maybe all the rest of the American people.
– Bill Clinton (referring to the Lewinsky debacle)

You’re working hard to put food on your family.
– George W. Bush

Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?
– George W. Bush

Oh me ? I'm an INFJ.

After listening to Sunday’s sermon again, where my pastor made a joke about personality tests, I was driven (out of curiosity) to take one… so I took the Jung… and here’s the outcome!

Your Type is
INFJ
Introverted Intuitive Feeling Judging

You are:

  • very expressed introvert
  • moderately expressed intuitive personality
  • moderately expressed feeling personality
  • moderately expressed judging personality

Famous people of your particular type
John Bradshaw, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, John Calvin, Nicole Kidman

I knew I liked Calvin for a reason… ha!

From here:
Beneath the quiet exterior, INFJs hold deep convictions about the weightier matters of life. Those who are activists — INFJs gravitate toward such a role — are there for the cause, not for personal glory or political power.

INFJs are champions of the oppressed and downtrodden. They often are found in the wake of an emergency, rescuing those who are in acute distress. INFJs may fantasize about getting revenge on those who victimize the defenseless. The concept of ‘poetic justice’ is appealing to the INFJ.

“There’s something rotten in Denmark.” Accurately suspicious about others’ motives, INFJs are not easily led. These are the people that you can rarely fool any of the time. Though affable and sympathetic to most, INFJs are selective about their friends. Such a friendship is a symbiotic bond that transcends mere words.

INFJs have a knack for fluency in language and facility in communication. In addition, nonverbal sensitivity enables the INFJ to know and be known by others intimately.

Writing, counseling, public service and even politics are areas where INFJs frequently find their niche.

And from here:

The Counselor Idealists are abstract in thought and speech, cooperative in reaching their goals, and enterprising and attentive in their interpersonal roles. Counselors focus on human potentials, think in terms of ethical values, and come easily to decisions. The small number of this type (little more than 2 percent) is regrettable, since Counselors have an unusually strong desire to contribute to the welfare of others and genuinely enjoy helping their companions. Although Counsleors tend to be private, sensitive people, and are not generally visible leaders, they nevertheless work quite intensely with those close to them, quietly exerting their influence behind the scenes with their families, friends, and colleagues. This type has great depth of personality; they are themselves complicated, and can understand and deal with complex issues and people.

Counselors can be hard to get to know. They have an unusually rich inner life, but they are reserved and tend not to share their reactions except with those they trust. With their loved ones, certainly, Counselors are not reluctant to express their feelings, their face lighting up with the positive emotions, but darkening like a thunderhead with the negative. Indeed, because of their strong ability to take into themselves the feelings of others, Counselors can be hurt rather easily by those around them, which, perhaps, is one reason why they tend to be private people, mutely withdrawing from human contact. At the same time, friends who have known a Counselor for years may find sides emerging which come as a surprise. Not that they are inconsistent; Counselors value their integrity a great deal, but they have intricately woven, mysterious personalities which sometimes puzzle even them.

Counselors have strong empathic abilities and can become aware of another’s emotions or intentions — good or evil — even before that person is conscious of them. This “mind-reading” can take the form of feeling the hidden distress or illnesses of others to an extent which is difficult for other types to comprehend. Even Counselors can seldom tell how they came to penetrate others’ feelings so keenly.

Quite interesting stuff, and to a huge extent – true.

Oh me ? I’m an INFJ.

After listening to Sunday’s sermon again, where my pastor made a joke about personality tests, I was driven (out of curiosity) to take one… so I took the Jung… and here’s the outcome!

Your Type is
INFJ
Introverted Intuitive Feeling Judging

You are:

  • very expressed introvert
  • moderately expressed intuitive personality
  • moderately expressed feeling personality
  • moderately expressed judging personality

Famous people of your particular type
John Bradshaw, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, John Calvin, Nicole Kidman

I knew I liked Calvin for a reason… ha!

From here:
Beneath the quiet exterior, INFJs hold deep convictions about the weightier matters of life. Those who are activists — INFJs gravitate toward such a role — are there for the cause, not for personal glory or political power.

INFJs are champions of the oppressed and downtrodden. They often are found in the wake of an emergency, rescuing those who are in acute distress. INFJs may fantasize about getting revenge on those who victimize the defenseless. The concept of ‘poetic justice’ is appealing to the INFJ.

“There’s something rotten in Denmark.” Accurately suspicious about others’ motives, INFJs are not easily led. These are the people that you can rarely fool any of the time. Though affable and sympathetic to most, INFJs are selective about their friends. Such a friendship is a symbiotic bond that transcends mere words.

INFJs have a knack for fluency in language and facility in communication. In addition, nonverbal sensitivity enables the INFJ to know and be known by others intimately.

Writing, counseling, public service and even politics are areas where INFJs frequently find their niche.

And from here:

The Counselor Idealists are abstract in thought and speech, cooperative in reaching their goals, and enterprising and attentive in their interpersonal roles. Counselors focus on human potentials, think in terms of ethical values, and come easily to decisions. The small number of this type (little more than 2 percent) is regrettable, since Counselors have an unusually strong desire to contribute to the welfare of others and genuinely enjoy helping their companions. Although Counsleors tend to be private, sensitive people, and are not generally visible leaders, they nevertheless work quite intensely with those close to them, quietly exerting their influence behind the scenes with their families, friends, and colleagues. This type has great depth of personality; they are themselves complicated, and can understand and deal with complex issues and people.

Counselors can be hard to get to know. They have an unusually rich inner life, but they are reserved and tend not to share their reactions except with those they trust. With their loved ones, certainly, Counselors are not reluctant to express their feelings, their face lighting up with the positive emotions, but darkening like a thunderhead with the negative. Indeed, because of their strong ability to take into themselves the feelings of others, Counselors can be hurt rather easily by those around them, which, perhaps, is one reason why they tend to be private people, mutely withdrawing from human contact. At the same time, friends who have known a Counselor for years may find sides emerging which come as a surprise. Not that they are inconsistent; Counselors value their integrity a great deal, but they have intricately woven, mysterious personalities which sometimes puzzle even them.

Counselors have strong empathic abilities and can become aware of another’s emotions or intentions — good or evil — even before that person is conscious of them. This “mind-reading” can take the form of feeling the hidden distress or illnesses of others to an extent which is difficult for other types to comprehend. Even Counselors can seldom tell how they came to penetrate others’ feelings so keenly.

Quite interesting stuff, and to a huge extent – true.

Which theologian are you?

Which theologian are you?
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You scored as Anselm

Anselm is the outstanding theologian of the medieval period.He sees man’s primary problem as having failed to render unto God what we owe him, so God becomes man in Christ and gives God what he is due. You should read ‘Cur Deus Homo?’

Anselm

93%

Karl Barth

73%

Martin Luther

67%

John Calvin

67%

Jonathan Edwards

67%

Friedrich Schleiermacher

60%

Augustine

33%

Jürgen Moltmann

20%

Paul Tillich

7%

Charles Finney

0%

Cry No More

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Revelation 21:4 ESV

Lately I have been longing for that day… the day when I will cry no more, hurt no more. So much has been going on in my life the past few weeks – health, heartache, concerns, stress. One day, I won’t have to deal with health problems. I won’t have to see doctors; I’ll be in the presence of the Great Physician. I won’t have to deal with turmoil; I’ll be in the presence of the Prince of Peace. How glorious will that day be when all the worldly things pass away. No sickness, no death, no pain, no heartbreak… just me and my fellow saints and our Lord.

Maranatha.

Dead in Transgressions…

It is said that a flippant young man said to a preacher in mocking fashion, “You say that unsaved people carry a great weight sin. Frankly, I feel nothing. How heavy is sin? Ten pounds? Fifty pounds? Eighty pounds? A hundred pounds?”

The preacher thought for a moment and gently replied, “If you laid a four-hundred-pound weight on a corpse, would it feel the load?”

The young man was quick to say, “Of course not: it’s dead.” Driving home his point the preacher replied, “The person who doesn’t know Christ is equally dead. And though the load is great, he feels none of it.”

— John MacArthur