January 26, 2015

Good Morning To You... ♥ A Little Something To Put A Smile On Your Face And A Song In Your Heart! :)


A hearty CONGRATULATIONS to the iconic vivacious Debbie Reynolds for being honored with the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award last night. Love you! ♥


Song: Good Morning
from the Musical Film: Singin' In The Rain (1952)
starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds

Kathy:
Good mornin',
Cosmo:
Good mornin'!
Don:
We've talked the whole night through,
Kathy:
Good mornin'
Kathy, Don & Cosmo:
Good mornin' to you.
Good mornin', good mornin'!
It's great to stay up late,
Good mornin', good mornin' to you.
Cosmo:
When the band began to play
The sun was shinin' bright.
Don:
Now the milkman's on his way,
It's too late to say goodnight.
Kathy, Don & Cosmo:
So, good mornin', good mornin'!
Sunbeams will soon smile through,
Good mornin', good mornin', to you,
Kathy:
And you, and you, and you!
Good morning,
Good morning,
We've gabbed the whole night through.
Good morning, good morning to you.
Don & Cosmo:
Nothin' could be grander than to be in Louisiana
Kathy, Don & Cosmo:
In the morning,
In the morning,
It's great to stay up late!
Good mornin',
Good mornin' to you.
Don & Cosmo:
It might be just a zippy
If you was in Mississipi!
Kathy:
When we left the movie show
The future wasn't bright
But tame is gone
The show goes on
And I don't wanna say good night
Don & Cosmo:
So say, Good Mornin'!
Kathy:
Good Mornin'!
Kathy, Don & Cosmo:
Rainbow is shining through
Kathy:
Good Mornin'!
Don & Cosmo:
Good Mornin'!
Kathy:
Bon Jour!
Don & Cosmo:
Bon Jour!
Kathy:
Buenos Dias!
Don & Cosmo:
Buenos Dias!
Kathy:
Buon Giorno!
Don & Cosmo:
Buon Giorno!
Kathy:
Guten Morgen!
Don & Cosmo:
Guten Morgen!
Kathy, Don & Cosmo:
Good morning to you.

Waka laka laka wa
Waka laka laka wa...
Olé, toro, Bravo!

Classic Aesop Fables...


The Ant and the Grasshopper
[source: Aesop's Fables.com]

In a field one summer's day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.

"Why not come and chat with me," said the Grasshopper,"instead of toiling and moiling in that way?"

"I am helping to lay up food for the winter," said the Ant,"and recommend you to do the same."

"Why bother about winter?" said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present." But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil. When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew:

It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.

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The Buffoon and the Countryman
[source: Aesop's Fables.com]

At a country fair there was a Buffoon who made all the people laugh by imitating the cries of various animals. He finished off by squeaking so like a pig that the spectators thought that he had a porker concealed about him.

But a Countryman who stood by said: "Call that a pig's squeak! Nothing like it. You give me till tomorrow and I will show you what it's like." The audience laughed, but next day, sure enough, the Countryman appeared on the stage, and putting his head down squealed so hideously that the spectators hissed and threw stones at him to make him stop. "You fools!" he cried, "see what you have been hissing," and held up a little pig whose ear he had been pinching to make him utter the squeals.

Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.


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The Ass in the Lion's Skin
[source: Aesop's Fables.com]

AN ASS, having put on the Lion's skin, roamed about in the forest and amused himself by frightening all the foolish animals he met in his wanderings. At last coming upon a Fox, he tried to frighten him also, but the Fox no sooner heard the sound of his voice than he exclaimed, "I might possibly have been frightened myself, if I had not heard your bray."

Clothes may disguise a fool, but his words will give him away


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The Bear and the Two Travelers
[source: Aesop's Fables.com]

TWO MEN were traveling together, when a Bear suddenly met them on their path. One of them climbed up quickly into a tree and concealed himself in the branches. The other, seeing that he must be attacked, fell flat on the ground, and when the Bear came up and felt him with his snout, and smelt him all over, he held his breath, and feigned the appearance of death as much as he could. The Bear soon left him, for it is said he will not touch a dead body. When he was quite gone, the other Traveler descended from the tree, and jocularly inquired of his friend what it was the Bear had whispered in his ear. "He gave me this advice," his companion replied. "Never travel with a friend who deserts you at the approach of danger."

Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends.

I'm sharing this other wonderful classic Disney cartoon because it has a great message within the message. It's related to the last Aesop fable above. ;)

The Mortal Instruments Is A Kick-Ass Movie. LOVED IT! :)


I watched this kick-ass movie titled The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones last night. I highly recommend this movie. Love the story! Believe it or not, this is really happening, a daily battle in the spirit/mundane world. I give it 5 STARS. Excellent movie! :)

Synopsis: Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother (Lena Headey), Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. Based on the worldwide best-selling book series.

The Golden Compass... ♥ I LOVE This Movie/Story! Don't Let Them Take Away Our FREE WILL.


I'm watching "The Golden Compass" on CLOO channel. It's a magical fantasy about the adventures of a brave orphaned girl. Great story with awesome special effects. I highly recommend it. ♥ It's a spiritual battle between good and evil; light and dark forces. Guardians come forth and cross her path in order to protect the orphaned girl fulfill her destiny.

WOW! I love the message in this movie! I've seen it many times before. But I'm watching with different eyes now. I can see with more clarity. It's exactly what we find ourselves up against today! The dark forces are trying to take away our FREE WILL! Our individual uniqueness is what makes us special and we can not express that without having the FREE WILL to do so. ALL human beings are born with FREE WILL, it's part of our human nature. We were not given life so that we could live in obscene oppression, which is unnatural. We were not born into this world to be clones. If that's what God, Our Source wanted, He would have created us all to be clones with no mind, no imagination, no speech, no heart, and no emotions. That's unnatural.

We must push back and shine the LIGHT on it all over the world. We can not be afraid. Remember, darkness can not exist where there is LIGHT!

I pray the forces of nature come to our rescue. Amen. ♥

On side note, many of us have been asking when we can expect part two. Apparently the movie cost more than it made at the box office and from what I understand, the Catholic League made a big stink about it and boycotted the movie successfully. Islam probably said something too since they too believe in oppression and mind control, but they have the media muzzled, so we'll never find out.

I pray that a major studio has the guts to complete the trilogy. Part one is amazing in and of itself. But the entire story hits home and will touch many hearts. ♥

January 25, 2015

Walk In The LIGHT By Connecting To Divine Source

Connect to Divine Source

If you're looking at a world filled with darkness,
Then there's something you've forgotten to do,
You've forgotten to turn on the switch in your Heart
That allows your Love to shine through.

Walk your Path in the Light of the Love in your Heart,
Be a Beacon for everyone to see,
Show the Way, Share your Light,
and everybody in sight
Will realize that LOVE is the KEY.

If you feel the World is crumbling around you,
And you can't work out just what you ought to do,
Reach into your Heart, and turn up the Flame,
And allow your Love to shine through.

Walk your Path in the Light of the Love in your Heart,
Be a Beacon for everyone to see,
Show the Way, Share your Light,
and everybody in sight
Will realize that LOVE is the KEY.

~ written by David J Adams

Come Sail Away With Me...♥


Wow! I'd like to share this song with you. I just heard this song on the radio. I haven't heard this song in a long while. GREAT LYRICS! So poetic... Don't give up! A new beginning is at hand. But you have to make the first move, you have to take the first step, you have to take action. God will take care of the rest to see you through.

I'd like to share this story that I heard years ago. I hope it encourages you pay attention and take action. This story begins with a man who had to climb to the roof of his house because of a nearby river overflowing its banks. The man prayed and prayed that God would rescue him; that God would send a miracle his way and deliver him from this great catastrophe. Soon after the conclusion of his prayer, a man in a boat came by and offered to take the stranded man to safety. He said, “No that’s okay. I've just prayed for God to rescue me, so I’m waiting on Him.” A little while later, with the waters still rising, the Coast Guard attempted to rescue the stranded man, but again he refused. Time passed. The stranded man was forced to move up further, then he carefully perched himself atop the highest point of the roof. A helicopter saw him in distress and lowered down a rope to rescue him. The stranded, yet persistently faithful man again waved off the rescue team hoping that God would soon deliver him from his certain peril. It pains me to tell you the end of the story but I’ll muddle through as best I can—the stranded man drowned. As we might anticipate, the first words he had for God when he arrived in Heaven were these: “I prayed. I waited patiently. I even shared with others that I was depending on You to rescue me. I even suffered. So why didn't you answer my prayer?” God replied, “I sent you a man in a boat, but you turned him away. I sent the Coast Guard, but you turned them away as well. I finally sent a helicopter to rescue you just before the water overtook you, but again, you refused.” How many times do we miss the boat concerning life? What opportunities for rescue has God sent but you ignored? What opportunities have passed you by because you weren’t expecting the vehicle that God chose to manifest His blessings through? Pray and expect God to answer; then refrain from limiting God or dictating to God how that prayer is answered.

Come Sail Away (1977) ~by Styx

I'm sailing away, set an open course for the virgin sea
I've got to be free, free to face the life that's ahead of me
On board, I'm the captain, so climb aboard
We'll search for tomorrow on every shore
And I'll try, oh Lord, I'll try to carry on

I look to the sea, reflections in the waves spark my memory
Some happy, some sad
I think of childhood friends and the dreams we had
We live happily forever, so the story goes
But somehow we missed out on that pot of gold
But we'll try best that we can to carry on

A gathering of angels appeared above my head
They sang to me this song of hope, and this is what they said
They said come sail away, come sail away
Come sail away with me
Come sail away, come sail away
Come sail away with me

I thought that they were angels, but to my surprise
They climbed aboard their starship and headed for the skies
Singing come sail away, come sail away
Come sail away with me
Come sail away, come sail away
Come sail away with me

The Gift of Wisdom! Beautiful Message... ♥ Pt 3 of 3

The Gift of Wisdom
[James 3:13-14]

You see, my dear friends, Father Charlie gave something to Bob he had never experienced before or heard of before: UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. Father Charlie created an environment in which people like Bob could pull themselves up if they chose to do so. Father Charlie would have still loved Bob had Bob returned to drugs. His love was unconditional, no strings attached. He offered Bob a new definition of happiness and said, “If you want it, take it, if you don’t want it…fine.” Bob says that it took him years to understand the power of that kind of love.

Bob’s experience goes beyond those who are victims of the disease of chemical dependency. His experience under scores for all of us THAT WISDOM, like grace is something we receive, something given that is responded to, something to accept and not to waste time trying to achieve it…….God in Christ offers us a better way of life. God GIVES us Christ and invites us to partake. God encourages each of us to receive and respond to such loved offered and given freely…There it is! Take it! It’s your life! Enjoy it!

So who is WISE among US? The wise truly are those who know and live their life believing that God loves them unconditionally. The most basic need of life, unconditional love, is already settled. We are accepted. We do not have to earn it, achieve it, to seek and struggle to gain it. It is a given gift that each of us hold within us.

And yet still, some of us refuse to allow ourselves to be loved unconditionally. We are very uncomfortable with that kind of love. We are trained, geared, reared, and otherwise brainwashed that you don’t get anything for nothing! And so some of us go around driving ourselves and driving ourselves until we just want to quit….and all along there is our Lord standing beside us saying, “Won’t you ever learn, won’t you ever be wise enough to understand the unconditional love I have for you. While you were yet sinners I died for you…no strings attached. But like Bob we want to say, “Hey, wait a minute what’s this guy up to?”

Maybe I have missed you in today’s sermon but as for me there certainly are times when I reject such love or at least forget about it’s reality in my life. The high level of tension in which we live in this world and perhaps even in your homes where stress and depression runs wild are signs enough that we need to be simply wise enough to let go……let go of our self-defeating drive to be the best, the biggest, and the brightest. Perhaps we need to slow down, relax, enjoy one another, enjoy our life here, and have peace in our hearts. The wise among us are drawing ever closer to the One who loves them unconditionally.

There is much to do in this life of ours. But let us have the wisdom to accept it first, to enjoy it first, to be grateful for it first…to receive God’s unconditional love FIRST and then to live into a life of gentle wisdom.

Friends, God loves YOU unconditionally. Believe it! Accept it!

God bless you this day!

The Gift of Wisdom! Beautiful Message... ♥ Pt 2 of 3

The Gift of Wisdom
[James 3:13-14]

Bob is an alcoholic, a drug addict, a burglar, a thief, and con man. He is also a father of two children, a happily married man. In his book, Beyond the Yellow Brick Road: Our Children and Drugs, he tells his story of how he came to accept the gift of wisdom……….He says,

“At one point I actually counted the number of times people tried to help me get off drugs…31!!! My parents tried of course and failed. Teachers were equally unsuccessful. A neighbor and friend of the family begged me with tears in his eyes to stop for the sake of my parents; I didn’t. I tried a Christian group that told me to read the bible and everything would be fine. But at that time I was so sick and my eyes were so bad that I couldn’t have read the bible if I had wanted to; which I didn’t. Christian groups failed to help me. I tried methadone. The doctors at John Hopkins thought that getting high on that bitter stuff you wash down with Tang would be better for me than heroin. I always had the impression that doctors prescribed methadone so addicts wouldn’t go out and steal their television sets. A chemical substitute for junk is certainly no solution for the addict. Methadone treatment is a bad joke.

I tried behavior modification, psychoanalysis, chemical therapy, hypnosis, confrontive therapy, and numerous other methods. My experience in rehabilitation ranged from comic to tragic to frustrating to down right bizarre….NONE WORKED. Thirty one attempts to cure me failed…BUT the thirty-second time was a different story….  - Beyond the Yellow Brick Road, p12-13

Bob goes on to tell about that 32nd time. He had begun eating lunch at the Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church across the street from Rice University where he was working on the grounds. And each day at lunch Father Charlie came by and made small talk. Bob writes:

“I had no idea what to think of the man. I wasn’t particularly interested in him, but he seemed to be interested in me. EVERY DAY he would come over to my table and talk with me while I ate. One day I was eating by myself when someone called out, ‘Phone call for Bob’. I figured it was probably a cop, so I pretended I didn’t hear. A fellow worker pointed me out, so I went and took the call. It was Father Charlie.

“I’m sorry I missed our appointment today,” he said. Appointment, I replied? We had never made an appointment. Charlie went on to apologize profusely for having been tied up. I told him that it was OK and that I would see him tomorrow.

And then just before we hung up, he added, I just wanted to say that I love you.

Very strange thing to say, I thought. I hung up the phone and walked to my table thinking, “I know he is not gay; I’ve got no money, so he’s not trying to rip me off; there is nothing a bum like me has to offer him. What does he want? Why does he say he loves me? I couldn’t figure it out. But every day I came back to that cafeteria to see Charlie. And I knew that I was coming for one reason and one reason only….I SO WANTED TO HEAR HIM SAY IT AGAIN!

And so, Bob slowly began to get his life back together again as he received and responded to the gift of acceptance from Father Charlie. His soul was strengthened and his self-esteem began to soar.

The Gift of Wisdom! Beautiful Message... ♥ Pt 1 of 3

The Gift of Wisdom
[James 3:13-14]

I was inspired to focus on the James passage today because of a comment my granddaughter made during a children’s sermon at her church in Houston. It seems that the pastor had gathered all the children around him and posed to them a question. He said: Does anyone know the difference between a person who is smart and one who is wise? Our Shelby raised her hand and the pastor recognized her, “Yes, Shelby, what is the difference?” She replied: “A smart person is someone who knows a lot of stuff and a wise person is one who makes good decisions.”

A reading from JAMES…………

“You say that I am repeating something I said before. I shall say it again. In order to arrive there,
to arrive where you are, to get from where you are not,
YOU MUST go by a way wherein there is no ecstasy.
In order to arrive at what you do not know
YOU MUST go by a way which is the way of ignorance.
In order to possess what you do not possess
YOU MUST go by the way of dispossession.
To arrive at what you are not
YOU MUST go through the way in which you are not.
And what you do not know is the only thing you know.
And what you own is what you do not own.
And where you are is where you are not”
-T.S. Elliot. “East Coker”

If T.S. Elliot and Shelby Kallus are correct, and I sense that they are, WISDOM is a quality we are given and not something we gain. Wisdom is not how much you know, but knowing what is IMPORTANT to know as we read between the lines of our lives.

The author of James asks the question: “Who is wise and understanding among you?” And he goes on to supply his own answer: By ones good life let that person show their works in the gentleness of wisdom.” Wise people live out their gratitude for God’s gift in happiness, gentleness, and serenity. Or as Eliot would suggest: wise people know that what they do not know is worth knowing, where they have not yet been is important to be, and what they do not possess is what is important to possess. Wisdom is something accepted as a gift.

God in Christ offers us a life of purpose and meaning. God gives us wisdom that is….insight into GOD’S VISION for humankind. Our receptivity to that, our response to that, is the “GOOD LIFE” we live FOR others.

Ask God for Wisdom! This Is A GREAT Message That I Would Like To Share With All Of You. Enjoy! ♥

Ask God for Wisdom

God doesn’t issue rules and regulations for every moment; instead, He provides guidelines and principles and allows us to make decisions. That’s because He’s glorified when we choose to consult, trust and obey Him. James writes, ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all…’ (James 1:5 NIV).

You haven’t really begun to live until you’ve learned to tap into God’s wisdom. When you do you’ll be amazed how clearly things come into focus. With God’s wisdom comes a remarkable absence of fear. We’re no longer intimidated by circumstances or the opinions of those around us. We can lose a job or get promoted, and neither will derail us. We can get into an unexpected valley or soar to the pinnacle of success, and cope equally well with both. That’s because the wisdom of God gives us balance, insight and stability. None of these is a natural trait; each is a by-product of the wisdom that comes from God.

We don’t get them simply because we’re Christians. No, we get them because we ask for them. God’s wisdom provides us with the sixth sense needed in confusing situations, and the strength to press on confidently in spite of unanswered questions. Do you need wisdom today? Spend time with the One who said, ‘I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to… contradict’ (Luke 21:15 NIV). It works like this: when you make Jesus Lord of your life you’re given access to the wisdom of God. With the Son of God, comes the wisdom of God. It’s all part of the package.

Jesus Your High Priest Intercedes For You

Jesus Your High Priest Intercedes For You
written by Joseph Prince

He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. [Hebrews 7:25]

The verse says that Jesus always lives to make intercession for us. Once, I used to think that this meant that Jesus is seated at the Father’s right hand today, praying all the time for us, waiting and hoping that the Father will do something for us.

But that is not true. Look at what Jesus prayed when He stood before Lazarus’ tomb. He declared, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.” [John 11:41] He prayed these words even before Lazarus came forth from his tomb alive. Jesus knew that what He said would come to pass because the Father always hears Him. [John 11:42]

So what does “Jesus always lives to make intercession for us” mean?

Because Jesus is our High Priest [Hebrews 4:14], we get a picture of what happens when we pray when we understand what the high priest in the Old Testament did with the burnt offering of a bird. [Leviticus 1:14–17]

The birds brought to the high priest are a picture of our prayers “flying” to the Lord Jesus because we pray to the Father in Jesus’ name. Now, just as the high priest removes the bird’s feathers after killing it, Jesus removes all that is superfluous and unclean from our prayers, such as unbelief and self-centeredness.

Then, just as the high priest offers the bird as a burnt sacrifice, a sweet aroma to the Lord, Jesus our High Priest adds His perfection, beauty, excellence and fragrance, which the Father so delights in, to our prayers. That is how He presents our prayers to the Father. That is how He lives to make intercession for you.

My friend, you don’t have to run to a church leader to get him to pray “more powerfully” for you. You can pray yourself. Then, take advantage of Jesus’ intercession for you and say, “Lord Jesus, I don’t know what else to say… please intercede for me.” And when Jesus gives His personal touch to your prayer, you can be sure that it will be answered!

Thought Of The Day

Jesus removes all that is superfluous and unclean from our prayers, and adds His perfection, beauty, excellence and fragrance to them!

I Need You... ♥


I just wanted to remind you that you are NEVER ALONE! ♥ Jesus (Yahshua) is the BEST FRIEND you'll ever have. ♥

Jesus (Yahshua) fills us with the Holy Spirit that gives us perfect peace. I like to call that feeling my anchor that keeps me grounded in Him. ♥ Even if I try to lose it and my flesh begins to feel anguish, the Holy Spirit won't let me. I get enveloped by the Holy Spirit's divine love within minutes and it's as if I never felt the slightest bit of pain at all.

I Need You ~ LeAnn Rimes

I don’t need a lot of things
I can get by with nothing
Of all the blessings life can bring
I’ve always needed something
But I’ve got all I want
When it comes to loving you
You’re my only reason
You’re my only truth

I need you like water
Like breath, like rain
I need you like mercy
From heaven’s gate
There’s a freedom in your arms
That carries me through
I need you

You’re the hope that moves me
To courage again
You’re the love that rescues me
When the cold winds, rage
And it’s so amazing
’cause that’s just how you are
And I can’t turn back now
’cause you’ve brought me too far

I need you like water
Like breath, like rain
I need you like mercy
From heaven’s gate
There’s a freedom in your arms
That carries me through
I need you
Oh yes I do

I need you like water
Like breath, like rain
I need you like mercy
From heaven’s gate
There’s a freedom in your arms
That carries me through
I need you
Oh yes I do
I need you
I need you

Invite God to Fight Your Battles


If you need to take a break from today's madness, then I invite you to read this great message! ♥

Invite God to Fight Your Battles
written by Pastor Joel Osteen

Did you know your posture can communicate your faith? There's a scripture in Psalm 24 that says, "Lift up your head and the King of glory will come in. Who is the King of glory? The Lord mighty in battle." Think about that for a moment. When you lift your head, you are inviting God to come in and fight your battles for you. What does it mean to lift your head? It means you are setting your focus on God—you are looking toward Him. You are putting your faith and hope in Him and getting a vision of yourself rising higher and higher.

Understand that your life is going to follow your vision. You can't stay focused on where you are or how it's never going to get any better because if you're looking down and focusing on your problem, you'll stay right where you are. Instead, you've got to lift up your head and invite God to fight your battles. That means if you're sick, you've got to start seeing yourself as well. If you're struggling in your finances, start seeing yourself with more than enough. You may be facing major obstacles, but start seeing yourself rise above them. If you will lift up your head, then the Lord mighty in battle will come in. And when God shows up, every adversity will be turned to victory, and every battlefield will be turned to a blessing field!

Today, lift up your head, even if you've been standing for a long time, even if you may feel weak and tired. Scripture says that when you feel weak, then He is strong in You! Psalm 3:3 says that He will even lift up your head. In other words, He will give you vision, He will infuse you with His life, and He will empower you to stand strong and embrace victory! Call on His name today because He is closer than the air you breathe. He is ready, willing and able to show Himself strong on your behalf when you invite Him to fight your battles!

10 AMAZING Self-Discovery Quotes!!! :)

Without test we could not grow. Without failure we could not grow. Sure the lessons may be painful, but nobody said life was meant to be easy and it is that very pain that makes you stronger! It's not easy for a catepillar to transform itself into a butterfly. They have to totally let go of their former life as a catepillar then go through the metamorphose stage which could take 2 weeks or even a couple of months depending on the species. Once complete the newly transformed butterfly has to PUSH and PUSH their way out of that cocoon. That's how they build up their strength. That is what prepares them for their new life.

I remember reading a story about a young boy who actually saw a butterfly trying really hard to push its way out of the cocoon. He felt really sorry for the butterfly and wanted to help. So he went and got a knife and cut open the cocoon so that the butterfly would be set free from its struggle. Unfortunately, the young boy's good intentions prevented the butterfly from completing its final stage and the poor butterfly ended up weak with its body deformed and its wings deformed and therefore could not fly. It was not fully developed. That final struggle was necessary to build up its strength. The butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around on the floor never able to fly and butterflies are destined TO FLY!

10 AMAZING Self-Discovery Quotes!!!
  1. People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates. ~ Thomas Szasz

  2. If in the last few years you haven't discarded a major opinion or acquired a new one, check your pulse. You may be dead. ~ Gelett Burgess

  3. The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. ~ Muhammad Ali

  4. If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions. ~ Author Unknown

  5. It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts. ~ K.T. Jong

  6. To the question of your life you are the answer, and to the problems of your life you are the solution. ~ Joe Cordare

  7. No one remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself. ~ Thomas Mann

  8. You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. ~ James A. Froude

  9. It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy. ~ Lucille Ball

  10. Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it. ~ Buddha

BONUS
If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life. ~James A. Michener

BONUS BONUS

‎"The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart." ~ by Thich Nhat Hanh

Kahlil Gibran on Love... ♥

Kahlil Gibran on Love

When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.

Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God's sacred feast.

All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life's heart.

But if in your fear you would seek only love's peace and love's pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love's threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.

When you love you should not say, "God is in my heart," but rather, "I am in the heart of God."
And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

January 19, 2015

Are You Awake? If Not, Why? What Are You Waiting For? Do You Want Your Spirit Set Free?

I am connected to my Source, Creator of all living things... ♥ My spirit is awake because Jesus Christ, the living breathing WORD of God, saved my life and set my spirit FREE. Now I'm filled with the Holy Spirit, the breath of God, that Jesus sent to me to be my comforter, my strength, my joy and my inner peace.

The ONE thing I am absolutely secure in and that nobody can take away from me is God's love for me and my love for God. I am a child of the Most High God. I am God's perfect creation. I know that no weapon formed against me shall prosper. My personal spiritual experience with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit is mine alone and nobody can ever ever change that...

Do you want to have a personal relationship with God, your Source, Creator of ALL living things? Then right where you are, ask Jesus to come into your heart. Tell Jesus that you need Him in your life. Or if it's hard for you, then ask God to prove to you that He is real.

John Ramirez, Former 3rd Ranking Santanic Priest And Author of Out of the Devil's Cauldron Shares His Testimony of Growing Up a Satanist, Touched by Jesus. Definitely Worth Your Time.


I just typed a transcript of the first 8:17 minutes of this video above for my readers who need to translate and for those who are unable to watch the video. This is John Ramirez most recent interview on TBN, Praise the Lord program. Definitely worth your time to listen to his entire story.

Host: My next guest, I'm really excited to talk to. His name is John Ramirez. He is an Evangelist and he is an author. He is a former priest of a Satanic cult in New York city. He has a passion to Evangelize the world and reveal the power of the Cross and we are going to get into some stuff right now and so would you put your hands together and receive John Ramirez.

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John Ramirez: God bless you.

Host: Amen. You know I am excited to talk to you. When they told me that you were going to be coming on this show. I thought man, this is going to be cool. Because there is a blindness on the eyes of so many people in the world and in the Body of Christ, when it comes to demonic activity and when it comes to something just as simple as the presence and the reality of hell. And so my first question for you is, is hell real?

John Ramirez: I've been there.

Host: Say it again, cause I don't know if they caught that.

John Ramirez: I've been there. After 25 years of devil worshiping. I would run regions. I would run regions from New York city to Miami, from Miami to Cuba, from Cuba to Haiti. I knew the principalities that run Haiti. I knew the principalities that run Islam. I knew the principalities that run the regions. I had contracts. I had sold my soul to the devil. I would sit with the devil all night long and speak to the devil all night long. Like I'm talking with you right now. Sometimes he manifest in a form, in a presence. Sometimes he would speak to me in my conscious. Sometimes they would have me in the room in chains when the devil was sharp. So I would speak to the devil for 25 years of devil worshiping. I never said Jesus in 25 years by the way. I was not able to say Jesus. I was after regions. I wasn't after the people. Because if I can control the regions, I can control the people. So my thing, I had all the churches asleep to witchcraft. Because they didn't know spiritual warfare. They didn't know how to engage in the spirit realm.

So basically after all of that, I encountered Jesus in a dream. After 25 years, Jesus took me to hell and I went to hell for real. I was on a train it was going faster than anything you could imagine on the Earth. And when it hit hell, the doors opened, and I saw a lot of witchcraft people that I knew, that had already died, that were in hell. When I went to hell I was saying to myself, this desperation comes on you and I was saying I can't die here, I've got to get out, this is not my destiny, this is not my purpose, there's a place I've got to get out. So I went into the tunnels of hell looking for a way out. And it feels like a fear drapes on you. It comes over you. Fear beyond you can imagine. And then I hear waling and a sound of people waling. It sounds like animals, but it sounds like human beings at the same time. The waling is horrific. The intensity you can't even describe it on Earth. I can't even scratch the surface of the intensity of hell.

And then when I went into one of the tunnels, the devil showed up and started speaking to me in demonic tongues, saying I own you, you've been with me since you were 10 years old. I own everything. I've been your father. Now you're going to betray me. And I started speaking in demonic tongues telling the devil, no I'm not going to betray you, I'm confused, I don't know what's going on. And when he went to grab me, I remember I had on a pair of blue shorts and I had a t-shirt and when he went to grab me, the cross of Jesus Christ appeared in hell, and when the cross appeared I took it, I put it on him, he fell, he melted away as though all of his strength had gone.

And when I ran deeper into hell, thinking there was a way out, he appeared again. And then he said, I'm going to kill you, I'm going to destroy you, you know too much of witchcraft, you know to much about my kingdom. Because I was in the kingdom for 25 years. I mean I was a high ranked devil worshiper. For you to come see me, to do something, tarot cards or for me to do witchcraft you had to have $10,000 or better. I would astral project and control regions. As I astral project, I would control regions because anything you can kill in the spirit realm, anything you can control in the spirit realm, you can control in the natural. So I knew all these tricks. So the devil said you know too much about my kingdom, so I have to destroy you. So I took off my shirt and I showed him the marks that I had, the marks that I had sold my soul. I had the pentagram carved into my flesh. I had marks of the devil carved into my flesh. I'll destroy you with these. He said, fool I gave you those, I own you. And then when he went to grab me again, the cross, the cross of Jesus Christ appeared and I put it on him and he melted. Then I woke up, my spirit came up so high from hell, it hit my body. I jumped out of the bed and I bend my knee to Jesus Christ after 25 years.

Host: John this is amazing because, first of all if you're tuning in and if you heard John speak and you don't think these things is real, the scripture says we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers and rulers of the darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in heavenly places. So put on the whole armor of God, that you be able to stand against the wiles of the wicked one. And the cross is so much more powerful than anything demonic that can come into our lives. And I love the fact that the cross of Christ, this is profound, showed up in hell to rescue your soul. Is there not anything that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ wouldn't do for us. If he's got to go to hell to save you, he go. As a matter of fact, he did go to hell just to save us.

John Ramirez: When I started reading the Bible, it came so much to life. Because when he said, I'll leave the 99 and I'll go after the one, that made sense to me. And when I read the Bible, I came from hell to church literally, there was no in between. I came from hell to church. So when God says, God made a spectacle, He foolish to the devil and his kingdom on the cross. It made sense to me, because he did it for me.

Host: Yeah, the Bible says when He (Jesus) ascended, He lead captivity captive and gave gifts on to men. And literally what that means, it's a picture of a Roman conqueror who takes his conquered enemy and parades them through the street as defeated foes. And that's what Jesus did when He conquered death, hell, and the grave in His resurrection. He made a spectacle of the enemy and stripped the enemy of all power for all those who are in Christ Jesus, Amen! So how did you get into Satanic worship and the occult to begin with? What were the doors that led you there. I mean it's kind of like not something that everybody just kind of happenstances upon and says oh I think today I'll join a cult. 

John Ramirez: Well, I came from a line of witches and warlocks from my father's side, generations of witches and warlocks, santaria, spirualism, palo maombe. I came from that line of witchcraft and at the age of 10 I was going to demonic church. At the age of 10 I was sitting next to demons and warlocks, people that knew the kingdom of darkness for 30, 40 to 50 years were training me to be warlock. I was going to demon church from 7 in the evening to 5 in the morning. 

Host: John, John, say that again, how long was the devil church. 

John Ramirez: From 7 in the evening until 5 in the morning.

Host: And you stayed the whole time?

John Ramirez: You can't leave and don't be late.


Another interview given by John Ramirez on TBN, Praise the Lord program. I typed a transcript from 2:39 to 4:37 minutes of the video above.

Host: Did your family dedicate you to Satan?

John Ramirez: Yes, I was dedicated at the age of 9. At the age of 10, I had my first ceremony done. And at the age of 10 1/2, I was already going to witchcraft church from 7 in the evening to 5 in the morning. Every Friday nights I would go to witchcraft church to be trained and to be discipled and get familiar with different principalities, different demons, different contracts, knowing how to operate in the spirit realm, I had to learn how to astral project, and how to put curses and witchcraft on people.

Host: So when did you really become the priest?

John Ramirez: Well, as I moved up the ranks I had to have a meeting with the devil himself and he would orchestrate and tell me, you move up to this rank, you move up to this rank. As I moved up the ranks, I got to know more pricipalities, more demons. I started to know contracts and also the shedding of the blood to make the contracts. Up in my early 20's, I was already 3rd high rank devil worshiper in New York City. Casting spells, controlling regions, closing down the 2nd and 1st Heaven, transferring spirits from one location to another, astral projected to curse neighborhoods, and to curse churches as well, and to break Christians out of their faith to bring them to the dark side.

Host: According to your book, this isn't some little thing in a compartment over here. It is nationwide and there are many successful people involved. Can you unpack that for us.

John Ramirez: Oh absolutely. You have people in politics. I had people in politics that I knew. I knew doctors. I knew judges. I knew police officers. I knew school teachers. That were involved in the occult. Because to them it was something cultural. To them it was something that they did because the family did it. They did because it was something that was introduced to them. For the reasons of health, the reason of success, the reason of power. I knew people in the music business, that if I were to tell you names, you would know who they are, household names in the music, that are devil worshipers that had sold their souls to the devil like I did. 

Listen to an incredible testimony of a former Satanic priest who became a Christian. Touched by Jesus. Changed forever. Full documentary.

January 18, 2015

Ex-Hezbollah Islamist Militant, Iranian Muslim Was Visited By Jesus, Touched By The Hand Of God, Changed Forever.


Ex-Hezbollah Islamist militant, Iranian Muslim Saw Jesus and Jesus Said Who He Was. Touched by the Hand of God. He experienced an instant spiritual transformation and has been changed forever, Jesus set his spirit FREE from the bondage of this world and Islam.

I had a similar encounter with Jesus Christ September 2003, except I was hanging off of a cliff and in desperation I was praying to God to help me and Jesus suddenly appeared with His hand extended to me and He kept repeating, Trust and Believe. I was changed instantly when I reached out for His hand and stood in front of Him. I never read the Bible, my flesh still prevented me from opening the Bible. It wasn't until a couple years later, that I found out that Jesus said, "He that has seen me, hath seen the Father (John 14:9). I share the exact words Jesus made to His disciples below taken from the Bible.
9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.

12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. [John 14: 9-14 NKJV]
Afshin was born in 1972 in southern Iran in a city called Abadan. His earliest childhood memories as the Islamic revolution in 1979. When he was about 8 years old he remembers a plane flying about 40 feet above his head and a few seconds later there was a loud sound and the ground shook. This was the first bomb dropped by the Iraqi Airforce. At this point they got into a car and left everything they owned and went to a city about an hour away. When the Iraqi's advanced they had to move four more times before they had to leave the country in 1987. As a 15 year old he crossed the dessert walking into Pakistan and witnessed the profound poverty in Pakistan. From 1990-1992 he spent time in Bangladesh as a missionary while waiting to move to Canada. He is now the founding member of I AM Thirsty Ministries in Vancouver. Afshin is happily married and recently renewed his wedding vows for his 15th year anniversary. Afshin and his wife have four beautiful children.

I have just typed a transcript below of the video for those who need to translate and for those who are unable to view the video.

I was born in the Southern part of Iran. In a city called Abadan. Born in a Muslim family, a Shiite Muslim family. My grandfather was a Muslim leader. I joined Hezbollah. I was in that army about 3 years. I was studying the Quran extensively then. I traveled to Malaysia where I was caught with 30 illegal passports and put in prison. So, I started teaching Islam in the jail. Telling everybody what they must do, what are their duties towards Allah. And so I did this routine every day. I prayed obviously five times a day. Shiites do pray three times and they include the 17 (?) in the three times. But, what I did, because I wanted to spend more time with God, I did it at five separate times, and then at the end of the evening I would pray extra prayers. I would have the habit of reading through the Quran cover to cover, once every ten days. And so as I was doing that one night, I just was meditating on the verses, and there are words in the Quran that are repeated continually repeatedly, but they have no meanings, they are the secrets of the Quran. And so when I was meditating like this a Spirit entered the room and it was much more powerful than I could handle, I could overcome and so I was filled with fear and so I tried to use all the tools Islam had given me. In the name of Allah, I command you to leave you know. Satan I rebuke you kind of things. I used all of those and nothing was helping. In that moment, I was totally desperate and I felt like it was choking the life out of me. I felt like I was dying in that cell. I cried out to the Heavens, I said God in Farsi, help me and immediately,

I heard a voice, just as clear as you hear my voice, saying bring the name of Jesus. And in that moment I seriously did not give it one second of thought. I just was, I feel like going back, I was drowning and a man that is drowning you throw a rope, they would never question you about the color of the rope. They just grabbed on and so I did. I said, Jesus if You are true, show me Yourself. And to this day, I have no idea, obviously going back, I'm thinking why did you word it that way? Why didn't you just say, Jesus help me. I don't know why. But that's just the way it came out. And before I finished with my sentence, everything was back to normal. Now, that was not my conversion, that was the beginning of my confusion. Why would Jesus help a Muslim.

Now, I had done everything in my power to be a good Muslim. I had already tried to go and commit myself in the way of Allah and be a martyr for him, walking on the mines and so the government of Iran used to issue the people that are willing to give themselves, sacrifice themselves, received a special the Quran, that had the stamp of the government that I had participated in the execution by a hanging. I had done everything I thought I must do against the infidels and anything and everything I must do to share Allah with others. So, I knew that something is wrong and that was not because I doubted Allah, or doubted Islam or anything. I fully believed and I didn't know what that is and it just confused me. And so I tried to just forget about it. But that question, why would Jesus help a Muslim. Why would Jesus help a Muslim. That would keep coming at me. I believe in Mohammad the last Prophet I would say, in the perfect religion, why would Jesus come to help me.

And so, in that two week period I just got really confused and I said okay I'm going to pray and fast and ask God Himself to show me the path. Obviously, I thought in that moment, and there are verses and things taught in the Quran that says the ways of Allah are many and no matter what part and what point of the mountain you climb, you always come to the same mountaintop. And I thought maybe that's what God is and then no it's different for God and maybe God has a specific way for me and He wants me to follow that specific way. So, I thought I'll never find out unless I ask this question. So, I did. I prayed and fasted and from the bottom of my heart with all my strength I asked, God what is it that You want me to do? What way is it that You want me to follow? And so for two weeks I sat in one place and I prayed as many hours as I was awake and I fasted as many hours as I was awake and I would just fall asleep literally in my place. Then I would wake up and I would just pray again and again, asking God what is the way you want for me?

Asking for two weeks to no avail, I had no answer. I really got frustrated. I just thought forget it. What is this? I have no chance of finding out what He wants. I don't even know if God exist. I wasted all my life. I have been afraid all my life, trying to do everything that would please Allah. And now He confuses me. If Allah is all great and He see's the heart, he knew me in my heart that I love him. And what matters if I call Him whatever name I call him, He knows in my heart I love Him. And if it does matter to Him, I asked Him for two weeks, I prayed and nothing happens. So, you know what I said I'm going to go do my own thing, I'm going to walk my own path, I'm going to do what pleases me. Obviously, at that very moment I felt the power of God filled the room. Now, in Islam, the greatest sin you can commit and you can never be forgiven for that is doubting God Himself, doubting His teachings, doubting His Prophet. And I had done that. And in Islam they teach you that Allah never visits, God never visits human beings. I feel and I know against Islam I have committed the greatest sin that can never be forgiven.

God's presence is in the room and I'm confronted immediately with His holiness. All this is happening simultaneously. And I'm confronted with holiness which puts the weight of sin upon me. I know, I know that because He is just, I must kill me, He must wipe me off the face of the Earth because I'm so full of sin. And I cried because I literally didn't want to die. But I knew there was no chance, He was so Holy and I was so wicked. So I just ran to the corner of the room and I held my head in my arms and just cried out, God forgive me, God forgive me, God forgive me, God forgive me and I just said, forgive me, forgive me, forgive me. And as I was crying and just saying forgive me, I felt a touch on my shoulder saying, I forgive you. And the very instant those words were spoken, I physically felt forgiven.

And I couldn't understand that. I said, wait a minute, we say in the name of God who is merciful and gracious, where we don't know if we are forgiven until the day judgement. That is why there is not one single verse in the Quran that says Mohammad is up in Heaven, he must wait like all people for the day of Qiyamah, the day of resurrection and all shall be judged on that day.

So, who is this God that says I forgive you and I feel forgiven today. And I asked, who are you that you forgive me and I feel forgiven today. He said, I am the way, the truth and the life. The moment I heard those words, I knew is of great importance. But I had absolutely no idea what that meant. I still had no clue who this God is. So I asked Him what is your name. He said, Jesus Christ, the living God. The moment He spoke those words, it was as if every single bone was taken out of my body and I just fell on my face to the ground and I just started weeping, in the presence of God I just wept. It's been 18 years and I still can't forget His love and His mercy. I can't forget what He has done for me and I just wept. I felt forgiven.

Because for many I had tried to please God, but nothing I had done was pleasing to God. It wasn't even the right God that I had known. I felt so deceived because they told me this is God and he wasn't God. They told me killing the way of Allah and then this God says love in the way of Me, forgive in the way of Me. Yes this is the TRUTH of God. God is about forgiveness. God is about LOVE.

So I wept for two hours and I just stood at His feet. And He said just said actually look up, the moment I looked up it was like a tv screen of some sort, I just saw people from all generations and all different nationalities and backgrounds. And every single person I saw, I could see every single wrong thing they have done and that overwhelmed me and I cried and I said, God I live among all of these peoples, all of them are sinners. And He says how easy did I forgive you. And I said, very easy. In Farsi, we say as easy as drinking water. And then just moments after that I said, no no no no even easier than drinking water. He said as easy as I have forgiven you, I can forgive them. Who is going to tell them? I said, send me. He said, go. That's how I became a Christian.

So I prayed, God send me a Bible. In jail somebody from some other section just walked up to me and gave me a book and said, this is what you asked for. He was in his Indian background and I spoke Urdu and Hindi completely. So when he gave it to me, I knew it was the Bible, I forgot to thank the guy. I said, God I prayed last night and you gave it to me this morning. It is so wonderful you answered. You are the mighty God that Jesus spoken of and you provide so quickly. That is the Living Word of God.

I tell you this, I share my testimony so people hear about this Almighty God. I don't expect anybody to become a Christian because of my testimony. My testimony is only good for me. I want people to understand this, this is the story of Almighty God that is all able and that is searching for all seeking hearts, that loves all of humanity with all His strength and power. If someone hears my testimony today, I really like them to just say okay, God of Heaven, the Creator of everything, if this is true, I want that and I assure you, I can guarantee you that Almighty God that came and touched, and changed my life and totally forgave everything I have done and He made me sure that I can be in Heaven with Him. He can assure them of the same assurance and He can let them taste of the same forgiveness, the same love and that is who Jesus Christ is. May glory be to Him today and forevermore. Amen.

Practicing Muslim Challenges Former Muslim On Christian Beliefs.


I would like to share that when I had my encounter with Jesus Christ September 2003, I was hanging off of a cliff and in desperation I was praying to God to help me and Jesus suddenly appeared with His hand extended to me and He kept repeating, Trust and Believe. I was changed instantly when I reached out for His hand and stood in front of Him. I never read the Bible, my flesh still prevented me from opening the Bible. It wasn't until a couple years later, that I found out that Jesus said, "He that has seen me, has seen the Father (John 14:9). I share the exact words Jesus made to His disciples below taken from the Bible.
9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.

12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. [John 14: 9-14 NKJV]
I just typed a transcript of the video above for my readers who need to translate and for those who are unable to view the video.

Muslim from Pakistan: Assalamualaikum. So being a Muslim, my main problem is the Christian doctrine of Godhead of Jesus. So there's a couple of questions. First of all, I find this concept logically fallacious. Like there are many aspects to it's logical fallacy as in maybe, one of them could be how can God be finite and then infinite at the same time? Like saying that there could exist a square circle. It's a logical fallacy. So when you say that Jesus was God, or Son of God, you're actually saying that God existed in infinitude, living the life of Jesus, and He also is infinite at the same time. This is logically fallacious. Because you're coming from a historical standpoint.

Ex-Muslim turned Christian Nabeel Qureshi: interrupts and says, did you want me to answer that?

Muslim from Pakistan: uh uh it's the same question continued. So because you are coming from a historical standpoint, another thing that adds like the historical evidence, that supports this argument, is that the concept of Trinity, the word Trinity itself, it doesn't appear as a theological term until near the end of the second century after Jesus. So, it was first used by Bishop of Antioch 81 AD. So, we can, adding up to that, when you refer to Mark chapter 14, verse 62, is what you say Jesus claimed to be God? Are you really applying the same criteria of objectivity that you are applying previously to the Quran. When interpreting this, as meaning that Jesus is claiming himself to be God? Because if you look at it completely objectively, looking at the entire text, like there is nothing in the entire text that saying that Jesus claimed to be God. And in fact, the words you so quote that Jesus is the Son of man. So, I'm...

Ex-Muslim turned Christian Nabeel Qureshi: Those are good questions. Umm... don't go anywhere. What's your name?

Muslim from Pakistan: Munsoor.

Ex-Muslim turned Christian Nabeel Qureshi: Munsoor, where are you from?

Muslim from Pakistan: Pakistan.

Ex-Muslim turned Christian Nabeel Qureshi: Pakistan. I had the exact same questions when I practiced Islam. What I want to point out, is that first and foremost, what we have to see is what Jesus claimed for Himself. Now, the secondary stuff that follows, the theological unfolding, or unpacking, we can spend years and years debating what it means. What did He say about Himself? That's the first thing we want to look at. So, again, that's a historical perspective. Theologians argue all day long, back and forward, back and forward. Theologians argue all the time and I just sit back and watch and smile because you can't really prove it one way or another. But when it comes to historical events we can show with relative degrees of certainty if the evidence is good, if the records are good, what the most likely conclusion is. So first, and let me give you an answer and if you feel like interjecting, we can talk afterwards.

First I want to point out that you are absolutely right, the term trinity is not used until the end of the second century. What is the doctrine of God called in the Quran? In Islam. What is the doctrine of God called?

Muslim from Pakistan: Dalheed.

Ex-Muslim turned Christian Nabeel Qureshi: Dalheed. Is that in the Quran.

Muslim from Pakistan: Uhh... the word Dalheed is a derived word from Al-ḥamdu lillāh.

Ex-Muslim turned Christian Nabeel Qureshi: Al-ḥamdu lillāh, good, so you understand that the word Dalheed is not itself in the Quran. In the same way the word Trinity is not itself in the Bible. This doesn't pose a problem. The Shahada is not is not found in the Quran. You have the components of the Shahada in the Quran, but you do not have (la ela ?) in that way found in the Quran. The components are found in the Quran. With the Trinity, the components are found in the Bible. So...(gets interrupted)

Muslim from Pakistan: Uh... the word Dalheed does appear in the Hadith.

Ex-Muslim turned Christian Nabeel Qureshi: That's great. But it's not in the Quran and the Hadith is much later. So, we're looking at, you asked for the Bible and we have in the early conanical tradition, people calling God a Trinity in the early cananical tradition. In fact, much closer to Jesus' time than the Hadith were to Mohammad's time. So, which ever way you stack it, when you're consistent, you end up with a stronger case for the Trinity, for Jesus deity. Now, I want to continue on to your next part of your question, is Jesus finite or infinite? The argument is that Jesus is, you know I'd like to pose it in a slightly different way. Can Allah come onto this world if he wants? Can he be in this world if he wants?

Muslim from Pakistan: no, I wouldn't think so.

Ex-Muslim turned Christian Nabeel Qureshi: You wouldn't think so. So, Allah's omnipotence is limited. He can't come onto this world.

Muslim from Pakistan: It's like basically you, Allah can not do logically fallacious things. He can not create a square circle, right?

Ex-Muslim turned Christian Nabeel Qureshi: But how do we know that's what this is? Because for example, in Surah Al-i'Imran when Allah is talking to Moses, it says in Surah Al-i'Imran, I think it's Surah Al-i'Imran, it might be Surah 18, but double check, it says that Allah as he spoke to Moses was in the bush. Allah was in the bush. So if you want to say that meant something else, you're going to have to argue with the Quran on that one. It seems to be pretty clear, that Allah can emanate his voice from a physical place, he can be in a physical place in a sense. In the same way, we don't believe, I don't believe, that God coming to this Earth limits His omnipotence. It's not a limitation of His omnipotence. Jesus has taken on flesh. God, the Father is still everywhere. God, Jesus the Son, is here on this Earth. It's a limitation in that sense, but it's not a limitation of His nature. He's both the Divine and human nature. That's the argument.

Now I want to talk about briefly, and then we're going to have to go to the next question, but let's talk afterward for sure. You asked about the Son of man, you said that He's not calling Himself the Son of God, He's calling Himself the Son of man. I'm emphasizing to you my friend, when this hit me, again, while I was practicing Islam, when this hit me, it hit me like a bolt of lighting. The claim Son of God, according to Jews at that time was not anything Divine. Adam was called the son of God. Solomon was called the son of God. In the Psalms it says you are sons. It's not a Divine claim to call someone sons of God. When someone refers to that Son of man (and he points up), coming on the clouds of Heaven, who's going to receive glory, authority, and sovereignty power and people of every nation and language are going to worship Him with the worship due only to God. That Son of man is more than just a human, He is Divine. He's going to worshipped by all people, for all time. So, when Jesus calls Himself the Son of man, it's not the Son of God title and lot's of Christians get this wrong, so I'm not pointing the finger at you. Lot's of Christians say oh Son of man means He's human and Son of God means He's God. No, it's the other way around. In the Jewish context, Son of God was a normal, human title. Son of man from Daniel chapter 7, that was something Divine. Go back and read Daniel chapter 7. See that this man was worshipped by all people for all eternity. This man, the one who looks like a human, is worshipped by all people along side of God, the Father that's the one Jesus is claiming to be. Definitely understand that point that I'm trying to make. And so when you see that Jesus claim is found there in Mark 14:62, it's found in all the Gospels and every time Jesus uses the term, the Son of man, He's eluding to that. You can not extract that from the Gospels (New Testament/2nd half of the Bible). So please put Mark 14:62 (New Testament/2nd half of the Bible) next to Daniel chapter 7 (Old Testament/1st half of the Bible/The Jewish Torah/before Jesus) and see what Jesus is claiming for Himself.

Islam: The Crescent Moon and Star Image Explained.

FYI, ALL Muslims are FORBIDDEN to read the Bible. Why? Because Islamist rulers do not want their followers to know the TRUTH and be SET FREE. Only Imams (Islamic clerics) can read the Bible. There is NO FREE WILL in Islam, ONLY OPPRESSION. God, Source and Creator of ALL Living things gave us FREE WILL. Even the FREE WILL to love Him in return, even though God loves us unconditionally and has never stopped loving us. For those of you who are not Christian, but believe in the paranormal or Supernatural and believe that demonic dark spirits exists in our realm that belong to the underworld, then you would clearly know that demons aka dark spirits despise the name of Jesus, despise the symbol of the cross, and despise the Bible.

Allah is NOT the God of the living folks. Allah is a moon god of the underworld that Arab tribes were praying to before Mohammad in Mecca. The Quran was written after Mohammad died circa 666 AD when Mohammad's first wealthy powerful wife, "Khadija's cousin Waraqah ibn Nawfal, a Christian monk translated part of the Old Testament from Hebrew into Arabic and later when Arab kingdoms wanted to control population literally TWISTED everything in the Quran. Haven't you noticed, Muslims pray with their butts face up in disrespect to Heaven/God of the living and their face/head is face down to the ground.

"The Mecca before Mohammed was a model of religious tolerance. Pilgrims came from all over the peninsula to worship their gods. The chief god was Hubal, the Syrian god of the moon, chief god of Mecca. There was also a god named Allah, lord of the kaba, the Arab name for Enlil, an ancient Mesopotamiam god." [source: A History of Islam]
Islam doesn’t even deny that 666 is connected to them. In fact they proudly claim that it is connected to Muhammad and the Quran itself.

ISLAM SAYS 666 IS A HOLY NUMBER

It is interesting to note that many Muslims believe the number “666" to be a holy number. They also believe that the number 19 is holy as well. In knowing this I am not surprised that the number of terrorist that destroyed the World Trade Center was 19. They are called by many in Islam “the magnificent 19". The number “666" is believed to represent the Quran and the Prophet Mohammed.

Muslims believe that the book of Revelation was inspired by Satan and that he used the number “666" as a bad number in order to prevent Christian people from accepting the Quran and the teachings of Mohammed because of fear. [source: Islam vs Christianity]

The god Allah existed before Islam did, when the Arabs were polytheistic. He was 1 of 360 gods and was known as “the god of the crescent moon.” Allah is also called “the morning/dawn star” as we saw in the chart above which completes the symbolism of the Islamic flag.

When Mohammed came along he declared the other 359 gods to be false and there was only Allah.

Satan was called “Bel,” (Isaiah 46:1, Jeremiah 50:2, 51:44) “Baal,” (Numbers 22:41, Judges 2:13, Romans 11:4) and “Baal-zebub” (Matthew 12:27) in both Old Testament and New Testament. They’re all the same name and mean the same thing. Bel, Baal & Baal-zebub is the cult of the crescent moon and Bel/Baal/Baalzebub is the MOON GOD. The origin of Bel was Babylon. When Gideon defeated the Satanic Midianites upon God’s command, his last act was to tear the crescent symbols off the camel’s necks to show the dominance and victory of the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob over Satan (Judges 8:21). Psalm 83 tells exactly what nations Jesus fights when He returns, ALL of which are Muslim in modern times. It specifically states that He will do the same to them as Gideon did to Midian and its leaders . . . in other words, just as Gideon tore down the Satanic symbol of the crescent moon so will Jesus tear down the Satanic crescent moon and star symbols all over the Middle East! Islamic End Times theology takes this truth and twists it: they have Isa – a Muslim Jesus, returning and tearing down all the CROSSES on earth.

Now read slowly and carefully: Satan’s name is called Lucifer which we get from Isaiah 14:12. “Lucifer” is the English translation of a Hebrew word which is “heylel” or “hilal” (Strong’s Hebrew Concordance, H1966)

He is described as Son of the Dawn (or Morning). In Hebrew, the words translated are Heylel Ben Shachar. What is even more fascinating however is that the word Heylel, which is translated in the King James as Lucifer is also found in Arabic, having a nearly identical meaning. Most specifically:

Hilal in Arabic means Crescent Moon.

When we put the whole phrase together Heylel Ben Shachar, it simply means Crescent Moon, son of the Morning Star or the Dawn—or in simpler terms, a crescent moon with a star lingering over it. Of course, this has come to be the very symbol of Allah and Islam. Yet Isaiah portrays the crescent moon and star to graphically depicts Lucifer himself.

Nearly every Islamic flag carries this symbol, as does nearly every mosque brandish this symbol on the pinnacle of its dome and/or its minarets. Consider the implications of this then: the very description that the Bible uses to describe Satan, Islam applies to itself.

This really shouldn’t surprise you. Satan wants to be God and he wants to be worshipped. For him this is what it’s all been about since he originally rebelled in Heaven and it’s what his goal is here in these Last Days. Mohammed—the first false prophet and form of Antichrist— spoke and wrote (the Quran) with the mouth of the Dragon. Both the Mahdi and Isa during the Tribulation will “speak like a dragon” because they worship the Dragon as well.

Not surprisingly then, one particular Quranic narrative contains several of the very same elements that we find in the biblical account of the fall of Lucifer aka Satan. In the Quranic surah entitled Qadr, (power or fate), we find a passage that speaks directly of the dawn—when the angelic host came down from heaven. Let’s look at the Quranic passage that describes the Night of Vision:

“We have sent it to thee in the Night of Vision, what do you know of this Night of Vision. The Night of Vision is better than a thousand months. The angelic hosts descend [to earth] in it with the Spirit by command of their Lord. Peace shall it be until the rising of the Dawn (Morning star).” —Surah 97:1-5

Paralleling the biblical narrative, we have:
  • Angels descending to earth
  • The rising of the morning star or the Dawn (Satan rising into heaven)
  • A so-called peace is established from that point onwards (according to Islam)
According to Islamic tradition, this event occurred on the 27th day of the month of Ramadan. It was then that Muhammad allegedly had his encounter with the “angel” who revealed the Quran. Ramadan is the same month during which Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, basing the fasting season on the appearance of the moon. These words, in fact, parallel Scripture regarding Satan (the Dawn) being cast out of heaven, and taking one third of the angels with him.

Isaiah 14:12-14: For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

It may also be interesting to note that the very sin of Lucifer in this passage as defined by the phrase uttered in his heart; “I will ascend… I will be like the Most High.” The word for ascend or rising in Hebrew is “Alah,” (Strongs Hebrew Greek Ditionary H5927 A primitive root; to ascend, intransitively (be high) or active (mount). And of course its the name used by Muslims for God.

In the same way that Allah has laid claim to the title of Almighty God of the universe, despite the fact that he is simply an Arabian moon god, so also Lucifer’s desire was and is to be exalted as an equal to God Almighty. And so as if the divine hint found in the word Heylel, meaning both Lucifer and Crescent Moon is not enough, so also in the very same passage—the use of the word Alah for Lucifer’s sin of ascending or rising to take God’s place—may indeed be another prophetic hint, unveiling the identity of that ancient and very evil being hiding behind the title of Allah. And so we may very well expect to see the very flag of Islam, with the Crescent Moon symbol featuring prominently on it, as the very banner of the revived Islamic Beast Empire. Will the final Antichrist Empire march under the flag of Lucifer? This then may be the Image of the Beast.

Other translations call the abomination the “awful horror ” and described it as being placed on the pinnacle of the temple.

Daniel 9:27 The Awful Horror will be placed on the highest point of the Temple and will remain there until the one who put it there meets the end which God has prepared for him."

When a country takes over another, the first thing they do, is erect their flag and the symbols of their empire. Muslims have been renown for converting Churches into Mosques in the middle east, and the symbol of their desecration has been none other than the crescent moon, erected on its pinnacle. When this happens to God’s Temple it will be the Greatest Abomination, for it is a representation of Lucifer. However this “Abomination” which is placed in God’s Temple, may be linked to something else already worshiped by every Muslim around the world, but we’ll discuss that a bit later.

CAUSES PEOPLE TO CONVERT TO ISLAM

According to both Christian and Islamic theology, the False prophet -Isa will cause many to convert to Islam. Remember that when Isa returns he preaches to the world that he is the same Jesus of the Bible and that he lied about being Allah’s son (or that people misinterpreted what he really said). He will call upon all Christians to renounce the whole “Son of God & Savior” thing, and convert to the one true religion of Islam. He will then set forth and begin tearing down all the crosses in the Middle East. Along with false miracles that Scripture says he will perform, many will convert.