Jesus was born on 9/11…

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Some of you may have read the post where I explained I had spent the summer cruising the Internet witching community. You may read about it HERE.

I am still on some of those sites because well, I like some of the people I have encountered, there are funny and post funny memes, and it is GOOD fodder for writing material like this: Witches and Pagans can be just as b!tchy and pedantic as fundamentalist Christians that run around correcting everyone with a nasty, ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS!’ whenever someone wishes them a happy holiday.

Each group of legalistic cry babies are determined to plan their flag on Christmas. Folks… there is SO much going on this time of year. What happened to Peace of Earth, goodwill toward men? Can’t we all just do our own thing and celebrate without creating a massive culture war? It is more important to show love, kindness and mercy toward one another than to fight over our HOLIdays. Are you hearing me? We are failing as Christians if we pick on other people for ANY reason… ANY REASON. We must go out of our way to be kind to one another not more evil. There is so much darkness and negativity out and about how can we contribute to THAT and think we are being Jesus’ little light bearers?

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No one is going to want to become a Christian after encountering you screaming, ‘It’s MERRY CHRISTMAS!!’ to them after they tell you Happy Holidays. There is no War on Christmas. There are people who want to sell books, t.v. programs, and movies by sensationalizing and making up a War on Christmas. Some folks act like they invented God and Christianity. However, once we all accept each others differences and just love everyone where they are LIKE JESUS DID we just might finally understand ‘The reason for the season’.

Nativity Icon Explained – Orthodox Road
THE NATIVITY
12 pieces of advice for the Nativity Fast from the Ukrainian Orthodox  Church / OrthoChristian.Com
THE NATIVITY FAST LINK
The Nativity of Christ is the feast of the incarnation of ultimate love,  charity and almsgiving" | A Russian Orthodox Church Website
Charity and Alms. From the Legacy of the Optina Elders / OrthoChristian.Com
GIVING ALMS

AND…

Christmas Eve Prayers - Blessings and Dinner Prayer
PRAYER

When we are focused on these things we have little, or hopefully, NO time to be jerks to other people.


Let us talk about your future

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Pictured is the Young living Holiday Starter Bundle being offered RIGHT NOW! at 25% off. Normally $150.00 it is selling for $112.50. Even though I joined Young Living in august with the Thieves Cleaning Bundle, I bought this kit because it is SUCH a great deal!

This sweet bundle comes with these oils:

Bergamot

Frankincense

Lavender

Lemon

peppermint

3 oil blends:

Joy

Peace & Calm (who could not use THAT for the holidays?!)

and Thieves oil blend

This kit also contains a waterless hand sanitizer which contains thieves oil blend and a cute, leopard print carrying case perfect for travel.

Why am I bringing this to your attention? Well, aside form it being a great deal price wise, one 5ml bottle of Frankincense usually sells for 41.78 and you are receiving 9 oils for just $112.50, this holiday bundle is a great way to introduce yourself to essential oils AND possibly a future as an independent Young Living Brand Partner.

Now, before you head over to watch pet videos, hear me out.

The last 2 years have been a trial and tribulation for most of us. I cannot fathom who would not have been affected by everything that has gone on but there might be some… but not me. I find myself using essential oils more and more these days. If I have to drive, I put on Valor. If I need to relax I use Stressaway or Freedom blends. I use Thieves oil blend and Thieves cleaning products in my home and car.

Read about Freedom essential oil blend from Young Living by clicking the link to the right https://yl.pe/bishopoils.

What does all of this have to do with YOU? If you purchase your holiday starter bundle… or ANY Young living starter bundle, while you acquaint yourself with your new purchase, you could be thinking about with whom you would share these wonderful products. Friends, family, co-workers. You could explain the benefits of having a diffuser in the workplace to your boss and then bring it in if you get an, ‘ok’. At anytime in those first 30 days you decide you would like to make money from the purchases the people around you have made simply from you sharing a product you love, you could become a Brand partner with Young living by purchasing the Business Kit.

Why would you want to become a Young Living brand partner? Because you are already telling people how wonderful Young Living oils are and they are responsive to you. They are purchasing oils and cleaning kits. Now you will receive a commission from everything they purchase.

Now… NOW you have an additional income source. Did you know that many rich people have multiple income streams? This means that their main job.career is not their ONLY job/career. Most rich people have multiple side hustles. You can too!

I have been on food stamps and public assistance. Financial independence is so much better!

Now of course buying your Holiday Bundle does not obligate you to becoming a brand partner with Young Living but I just cannot imagine why you would say ‘no’ to something so potentially life changing?

So many people lost their jobs during the height of the pandemic. many are still unemployed. Many have no idea how they are going to pay for Christmas, food, how to keep the lights and heat on this winter as the price of everything keeps increasing. A side hustle could do that for you. A side hustle with Young Living essential oils could turn into your main hustle.

Please feel free to contact me to talk about a future in becoming a Young Living brand partner.

Or, if you are ready to at least purchase you starter bundle (I recommend adding a bit more to it to hit that 100PV and get free shipping) here is the LINK to my Young living page where you can purchase your bundle AND become a brand partner all at once.

Why start a Young Living business?

Why Start a Young Living Business

There are so many reasons, but here’s a few to start:

  • Help others lead a more natural, healthy lifestyle
  • Just $29.95 to become a brand partner
  • Be your own boss
  • No employees
  • No inventory
  • No shipping
  • No pressure to make quotas or sales
  • Ideal for stay-at-home parents
  • Great way to get family or friends to do the business with you
  • Ideal for health and wellness professionals who want to expand their customer base (yoga instructors, fitness trainers, gym owners, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, nutritionists, health coaches, etc.)
  • Qualify for company retreats and travel opportunities
  • Professional development
  • Work at your own pace
  • Set your own hours
  • Tax write-offs
  • No driving in traffic to get to work unless you do a class at someone’s home
  • No crazy boss
  • No crazy co-workers

Are you ready to change your life? If so, join my team of Young Living Brand Partners.

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BUT I ALWAYS USE YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS!!

There must be a better way

I did something interesting over the summer… I took some witchcraft classes, created an alias, and infiltrated some groups on social media. My goal? To better understand pagans, wiccans and witches in order to better discuss with them the gospel.

One question I asked was: “If you have a deity belief system, why would you believe evolution over your creation myth? There is NO scientific evidence for evolution.”

Instead of finding out about other people’s belief system of creation, I received a scalding hot earful of vitriol and name calling.

I had always thought that evolution was used by atheists to get people to stop believing in ANY deity, not just to try and get Christians to walk away from God. I did not get to read much about other people’s creation myths which is unfortunate. What I did discover which truly surprised me was, these groups of people all believed either fully in evolution, or a combination of evolution and whatever deity system they held dear. Mostly, however… and disappointingly, the conversation devolved (hee-hee) into arguments and name calling.

There has to be a better way… does there not?

While some of the ancient fathers, theologians and philosophers were against literal interpretation of the Genesis telling of creation LINK I tend to lean toward the ideas and writings of modern day supporters of the Genesis account.

We can see in various passages of scripture the description of the stars and planets and their placement in the constellations. The bible is accurate about that information to the point where the Wise Men used the stars to show them the way to the Christ child AND the stars can be used to tell someone of the gospel story.

The Witness Of The Stars: Color Illustrated, Formatted for E-Readers (Unabridged Version) by [E.W. Bullinger, Leonardo]
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In the book of Job, God asks, Job “

Job 38:4-30

English Standard Version

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
    Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
    Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk,
    or who laid its cornerstone,
when the morning stars sang together
    and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

“Or who shut in the sea with doors
    when it burst out from the womb,
when I made clouds its garment
    and thick darkness its swaddling band,
10 and prescribed limits for it
    and set bars and doors,
11 and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
    and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?

12 “Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
    and caused the dawn to know its place,
13 that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth,
    and the wicked be shaken out of it?
14 It is changed like clay under the seal,
    and its features stand out like a garment.
15 From the wicked their light is withheld,
    and their uplifted arm is broken.

16 “Have you entered into the springs of the sea,
    or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
    or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
18 Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?
    Declare, if you know all this.

19 “Where is the way to the dwelling of light,
    and where is the place of darkness,
20 that you may take it to its territory
    and that you may discern the paths to its home?
21 You know, for you were born then,
    and the number of your days is great!

22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
    or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
23 which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
    for the day of battle and war?
24 What is the way to the place where the light is distributed,
    or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?

25 “Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain
    and a way for the thunderbolt,
26 to bring rain on a land where no man is,
    on the desert in which there is no man,
27 to satisfy the waste and desolate land,
    and to make the ground sprout with grass?

28 “Has the rain a father,
    or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb did the ice come forth,
    and who has given birth to the frost of heaven?
30 The waters become hard like stone,
    and the face of the deep is frozen.Read full chapter

The reason why I think it is so important that Christians lay hold of the Genesis creation account (not myth.. ACCOUNT) is because evolution is used as a lame attempt to disprove ALL of the bible but especially the gospel. If there is no Adam nor Eve, then there is no reason for Christ to have come to redeem us.

Get it? No creation, no fall, no need for a Savior and certainly no resurrection. It matters. either all of the bible matters or none of it does. We tend to get ourselves caught on a slippery slope telling ourselves this or that does not matter. This is how alternative lifestyles are given a toe hold where they should never be allowed.

As Christians, what are we doing to be apart from the world? Not a part of the world… apart as in separate from the world?

I went to ladies group today for the first time in a WHILE.

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This is the book we are reading for those of you who would like to join in. today’s lesson was about grace, and some other things I will go into in my next post.

If you have been a staunch supporter of evolution over the creation account in Genesis, I lovingly urge you to read more about it. Maybe even watch some Kent Hovind videos on the topic. He has a fair few. I put on down below to help you get started.




The Holy Days are upon us… NOW

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This year has just FLOWN by! Combine that with some personal crises I am dealing with since about August-ish and I plumb forgot until now that hey… it is NOVEMBER!!! Why does this matter?

Well the Advent and Nativity Fasting seasons are upon us. I thought I would connect you to a few resources should you be interested in connecting in some way this Holy season.

NATIVITY FAST This begins Monday, November 15th for those of us on the new calendar.

ADVENT SERIES for young adults

BOOKS for personal or group studies:

When the winter begins to make way into the Northern World, the Church of Christ begins to celebrate ‘a splendid three-day Pascha.’ Thus Father Thomas Hopko begins the first of forty meditations for the season of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, ending with the feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple on the fortieth day after Christ’s birth. In the style of his popular book for the paschal fasting season, The Lenten Spring, the author again draws on the biblical readings and liturgical hymns and verses of the season to illumine the way for believers to follow the Church’s days of preparation and celebration for the Coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in human flesh. Many references are made to the writings of the saints and Church Fathers, as well as to contemporary Christian teachers and spiritual guides. All those who love the Lord’s Coming will find comfort and strength, as well as enlightenment and instruction, for having passed through the Winter Pascha with this book as their companion.
HEAR THE CHRISTMAS STORY AS YOU’VE NEVER HEARD IT BEFORE MAKE THE JOURNEY TO THE MANGER ALONG WITH MARY AND JOSEPH, THE SHEPHERDS AND THE MAGI Has the Christmas season become the most stressful time of the year instead of the most wonderful time? Do you struggle to keep Christ in Christmas?The story of the Nativity is told in a mere 40 verses of scripture-19 in the Gospel of Matthew, 20 in the Gospel of Luke and 1 in the Gospel of John. Yet nearly each word of every verse is packed with meaning. We are all familiar with holiday words like “joy” and “glory.” Have you ever wondered about their deeper meaning? The glory of the Lord (Luke 2:9) is not just part of the Christmas story but something we can experience in our own lives. Joy reminds us of the child-like innocence we used to have and can recapture.In Luke 2:20 we read “And the shepherds returned.” The shepherds were still shepherds; witnessing the miracle of the Incarnation of Christ didn’t change their status. It changed their hearts. Let All Creation Rejoice: Reflections for Advent, the Nativity and Epiphany is a series of short daily reflections on the scripture readings of the season, to be read during the Orthodox Christian Advent and Nativity season between November 15 and January 7.Spending a few minutes each day reading and reflecting on these scriptures will not change your status either. It will change your heart. You will better understand the “good news of a great joy,” and why “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” AND AS YOU PREPARE TO AGAIN CELEBRATE GOD’S GREATEST GIFT TO US, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO OFFER WITH A MORE GRATEFUL HEART YOUR GIFTS TO HIM. Father Stavros N. Akrotirianakis is a Greek Orthodox Priest who serves St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, Florida.
The author of the popular Meditations for Great Lent takes us through the hymnography, scripture readings, and iconography for the forty days leading up to the Nativity of Christ, showing how a full understanding of the Incarnation can enrich our spiritual lives.


Outlander, season 1, episode 16, To Ransom a Man’s Soul

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I am just now watching, Outlander while I house, and dog, sit for my sister. I decided to catch up on some episodic t.v. since she has cable and I do not.

I remember a couple of years ago, PBS was airing a special where people voted for their favorite books, Outlander was pretty high on the list. I have not read any of the books so I have no idea how detailed the author is in describing the rape and torture of one of the main characters, Jamie Fraser. However, on the episode, it was incredibly, and in my opinion- unnecessarily graphic.

In one of my favorite t.v. shows, M*A*S*H, an episodic t.v. show that ran for years (pretty much during most of my childhood), although it is about a mobile surgical unit during the Korean war, there is no gore, and no swear words.

Did you get that? Nothing horrible. it well describes the horrors of war and the frustration and, at times, despair of the surgical and support staff WITHOUT using graphic language or shock techniques.

What I do find shocking is what is considered ok to be labeled as acceptable entertainment in a country that used to call itself Christian. To answer the question some of you are undoubtedly asking yourselves, no I did not watch the icky parts of this episode. I fast forwarded through them. Why? A couple of reasons; 1. Yes, I am squeamish. But, 2. I am also a child. A child of God. Jesus said we are to be like little children. I would never subject a child to horrific scenes of rape and torture so why voluntarily allow it to happen to myself? 3. As a Christian I should have standards apart from the world’s.

Matthew 18:1-5 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”

There is nothing in the official ‘adulting handbook’ that says I must be will to be corrupted in order to be an authentic adult.

Even if people are around watching something I personally find reprehensible, I do not need to participate. I can plug my ears, and close my eyes or I can leave the room and come back when things have calmed down.

I wonder if the author was affected in anyway when she wrote that section of the book?

If this episode had been filmed in the 970’s by the crew that worked on, M*A*S*H, the conversation between, Claire and Murtagh at the monastery where, Murtagh explains to her that, Jamie is feeling suicidal because he was raped and tortured would have sufficed in getting across the horrors experienced by, Jamie at the hands of Captain Randall.

Although I watched them in FF some of the scenes I caught as they flashed by were gratuitous and unnecessary in moving the episode, and story, forward.

Why should something like this matter to a grown Christian? Well, as I said before, we are children. Our innocence matters. Not just to God but, hopefully to ourselves as new creations in Christ. We are called to be in the world but not of it. Our standards and values as Christians have slipped. Fifty Shades of Grey was called, ‘porn for Christian moms’! Really?! Come on… REALLY?!

If you are someone who indulges in these seemingly ‘innocent’ diversions, it might be time for you to turn over a new leaf? If you are part of the college, or young professionals groups at chruch and you know they are living lives of lies, you CAN walk away.

I remember once as a young adult in a big city being pressured to go out to night clubs after work. I replied that I was a Christian and did not do those sorts of things. Someone nearby heard me and exclaimed that they too were a Christian and they went to nightclubs. I did not want to offend them but I really did want to challenge them and talk to them more about what it means to be a Christian… what it REALLY means.

Being a Christian… being a NEW CREATION IN CHRIST means no drinking, smoking, doing drugs, sleeping around or dressing seductively. YOU are the Christian. Your standards, my standards are now different. I am a follower of Christ. That is the definition of ‘Christian’ and as such I must be different. If you cannot change and cleanup your act when you are baptized into Christ, why get baptized at all? Wait until you are no longer being a hypocrite to get baptized. I am not talking about slipping up, repenting and seeking forgiveness. I am talking about NEVER changing.

Being warned about not taking the Lord’s name in vain is not about cussing (although it is a good idea not to cuss the Lord’s name) it is about claim to be a Christian and never acting like a Christian. This means you do not have sex outside of marriage. Want to have sex? Get married! Are you a drug addict? Go to rehab and get off of whatever you are on. Are you used to watching horror movies, pornography, shows with excessive violence or dark themes? You must protect your innocence and stop watching these things. Your eyes, ears, nose, mouth and genitals are all access points to your soul. Keep a close guard on them so that you are not violated, so that you can remain an innocent and new creation in Christ!

And yes, I ended up abandoning Outlander. There was too much to FF through.



What do you bring?

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In the scripture when we read about the birth of Christ, we see the example set by the Wise Men to bring gifts to our King. Over the years this has been replaced by some who say WE are the gift. Really? With all of our sins… WE are a gift to God? Hardly. When approaching an icon of the Mother of God for a request, why not bring even a small collection of flowers? Does your home altar reflect reverence and devotion or is it more than a little bit neglected?

Light your candles (but do not leave them unattended!). Light and burn incense. Dust it. Place flowers or other offerings upon it. We see examples of offerings being brought in the OT. Jesus was the SIN offering but that does not mean He cancelled out our bringing other offerings of gratitude, love, affection, joy, etc.

There is no one way set in stone to worship the Lord. We hear and see this all of the time so why balk at showing outwardly your love and devotion by bringing a gift to the altar?

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This is in the NT, not the OT. Where is your gift?