Category Archives: God

A message from FOTM’s Wild Bill Alaska

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Two weeks ago, I did a post asking readers of our Fellowship of the Minds to pray for a fellow reader and commenter, Wild Bill Alaska, who has terminal cancer.

Since then, many kind readers have offered alternate-medicine suggestions for combating cancer, both in comments to the post and in email.

Bill sends us all this message:

To all my family at Fellowship of the Minds,

I want to thank you for your prayers and well wishes. I will sorely miss you all, but the lord and I will be watching over you from the other side and waiting for your arrival there. Please know that I am still relatively pain free and what pain I do feel is bearable with the help of my Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. My mental state is the same as before in that I feel no apprehension nor anxiety regarding my approaching departure from this earthly plane. (ok, just a little). But overall my faith in the Lord and his promise to  dwell in the house of the lord forever (Psalm 23) is what makes this coming transition  a thing of beauty and wonder and less something to be feared.

Since I, most likely, will be elsewhere for the 2016 presidential elections I would like to take this  opportunity to share my thoughts on my choice for the next president of our great Republic.

Col. Allen West, former Congressman (R-Fl)

A well educated veteran, patriot, Christian man who truly loves the country he has well served with honor and a quiet dignity. Colonel (ret. US ARMY) Allen West is a man whose career I have followed since he entered politics. This man was always my first choice for president should he decide to run. Now that my wish for his candidacy is quite possibly a reality, I have been diagnosed with terminal cancer and will not survive until the 2016 elections. I have made my peace with my Lord Jesus and am prepared to happily go home to him and our father on my passing. My one regret is not being able to cast my vote for this man who I believe can heal our nation and return us to the times when we all stood together as a united people proud to be called Americans. Perhaps one of you reading this will take pity on me and borrow a page out of the liberal/democrat hand book in the 2016 elections and cast a vote for Colonel West in the stead of this proud, but dead conservative.

Liberty in tearsPlease continue to pray for Bill.

I believe in prayers.

I believe in answered prayers.

And I believe that prayers can move mountains . . . .

~Eowyn

One pair of hands

Are you as depressed as I am about America?

Watch this.

Listen to this.

And take heart.

H/t Miss May

~Eowyn

Creation: Crab Nebula

He counts the number of the stars;
He calls them all by name.
Great is our Lord, and mighty in power;
His understanding is infinite.
-Psalm 147:4-5

Crab NebulaCrab Nebula (Hubble Space Telescope photograph, 2005)

A supernova is a massive star exploding at the end of its life. The explosion creates spectacular glowing debris fields called supernova remnants.

The Crab Nebula is a supernova remnant and pulsar wind nebula in the constellation of Taurus, part of the Perseus Arm of the  Milky Way galaxy. Located at a distance of about 6,500 light-years from Earth, the nebula has a diameter of 11 light years and expands at a rate of about 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) per second.

First recorded by Chinese astronomers in 1054, the Crab Nebula was observed later by English astronomer John Bevis in 1731 and is the first astronomical object identified with a historical supernova explosion.

At the center of the nebula lies the Crab Pulsar, a neutron star 17-19 miles across with a spin rate of 30.2 times per second, which emits pulses of radiation from gamma rays to radio waves.

Crab Nebula supernova remnants

Crab Nebula supernova remnants

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Chandra X-ray Observatory, NASA released four new images of the Crab Nebula supernova remnants. These supernova remnants are very hot and energetic and glow brightly in X-ray light, which allows Chandra to capture them in exquisite detail.

Chandra, one of NASA’s current “Great Observatories,” along with the Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope, is specially designed to detect X-ray emission from hot and energetic regions of the universe.

On July 23, 1999, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia — the largest satellite ever launched by the shutter. Since its deployment 15 years ago, Chandra has helped revolutionize our understanding of the universe through its unrivaled X-ray vision. Orbiting far above Earth’s X-ray absorbing atmosphere at an altitude up to 139,000 km (86,500 mi) allows for Chandra’s long observations unobscured by Earth’s shadow.

With its superb sensitivity and resolution, Chandra has observed objects ranging from the closest planets and comets to the most distant known quasars. It has imaged the remains of exploded stars, or supernova remnants, observed the region around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, and discovered black holes across the universe. Chandra also has made a major advance in the study of dark matter by tracing the separation of dark matter from normal matter in collisions between galaxy clusters. It also is contributing to research on the nature of dark energy.

Source: NASA.gov

For Chandra images, multimedia and related materials, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/chandra

H/t FOTM’s Igor

~Eowyn

Sunday Devotional: Pray for leaders who know right from wrong

1 Kings 3:5, 7-12

The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night.
God said, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.”
Solomon answered:
“O Lord, my God, you have made me, your servant, king
to succeed my father David;
but I am a mere youth, not knowing at all how to act.
I serve you in the midst of the people whom you have chosen,
a people so vast that it cannot be numbered or counted.
Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart
to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong.
For who is able to govern this vast people of yours?”

The Lord was pleased that Solomon made this request.
So God said to him:
“Because you have asked for this—
not for a long life for yourself,
nor for riches,
nor for the life of your enemies,
but for understanding so that you may know what is right—
I do as you requested.
I give you a heart so wise and understanding
that there has never been anyone like you up to now,
and after you there will come no one to equal you.”

prayeratvalleyforgeThe Prayer at Valley Forge (1975), by Arnold Friberg (1913-2010)

~Eowyn

Dog faints from joy, reunited with woman after 2 years

dog faints from joyCasey (l) and Rebecca Ehalt

Unlike humans, our companion animals don’t deceive and dissemble. Dogs, especially, wear their hearts on their sleeves.

Rebecca Ehalt was working in Slovenia for two years, away from her home in Murrysville, PA, where her pet schnauzer, Casey, patiently waited for her return.

When Ehalt returned home, Casey whinnied piteously, jumped up and down, and twice fainted from joy.

Casey was taken to the vet and given a clean bill of health.  :D

H/t FOTM’s josephbc69

~Eowyn

America’s Dark Thread – Part One

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America is not simply good or simply evil – it is a bit of both

Our country has, from its beginning, been a battleground in the war between good and evil. Which side wins is decided in each generation, and in many small battles. Even within each individual we see a war being waged. We have the Christian George Washington, but also the Freemason George Washington, and the good and bad version of me and you.

Right when we want to proclaim the righteous nature of our society, our eyes fall onto a thread of darkness contradicting our praise. This is one strand of that dark thread.

This mural is not a conspiracy that has been kept secret through the years. If this has been hiding at all, it was hiding in plain sight. The following image and text are from a government website called AOC.gov.


 APOTHEOSIS OF WASHINGTON

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Overview: Painted in 1865 by Constantino Brumidi, the Apotheosis of Washington in the eye of the U.S. Capitol Building’s Rotunda depicts George Washington rising to the heavens in glory, flanked by female figures representing Liberty and Victory/Fame and surrounded by six groups of figures. The fresco is suspended 180 feet above the Rotunda floor and covers an area of 4,664 square feet.

The Apotheosis of Washington in the eye of the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitolwas painted in the true fresco technique by Constantino Brumidi in 1865. Brumidi (1805-1880) was born and trained in Rome and had painted in the Vatican and Roman palaces before emigrating to the United States in 1852. A master of creating the illusion of three-dimensional forms and figures on flat walls, Brumidi painted frescoes and murals throughout the Capitol from 1855 until his death.

The Apotheosis of Washington, his most ambitious work at the Capitol Building, was painted in 11 months at the end of the Civil War, soon after thenew dome was completed, for $40,000. The figures, up to 15 feet tall, were painted to be intelligible from close up as well as from 180 feet below. Some of the groups and figures were inspired by classical and Renaissance images, especially by those of the Italian master Raphael.

In the central group of the fresco, Brumidi depicted George Washington rising to the heavens in glory, flanked by female figures representing Liberty and Victory/Fame. A rainbow arches at his feet, and thirteen maidens symbolizing the original states flank the three central figures. (The word “apotheosis” in the title means literally the raising of a person to the rank of a god, or the glorification of a person as an ideal; George Washington was honored as a national icon in the nineteenth century.)

Read more at  http://www.aoc.gov/capitol-hill/other-paintings-and-murals/apotheosis-washington


barack-obama-haloIf you are not a Christian, you may not see this painting with any sense of alarm. But seeing it from a Judeo-Christian world view, the blasphemy is unmistakable. The painting was made more than 50 years after George Washington’s death, so we can’t blame it on him, but on a line of philosophy that has continued to this day.

Seeking to portray an American president as being equal with God, is not something that began with Barack Obama. We see it clearly in this mural of our first president.

This qualifies as one strand of the thread of spiritual darkness that is woven into the story of America.

Who really owns the rainbow?

Burger King Proud Whopper

Is the public swallowing a real Whopper?

We drive past a number of Unitarian churches that fly a rainbow flag out front. I haven’t asked them, but a quick search brought me to this page:

Unitarian Universalist Rainbow Principles

  • Respect All Beings
  • Offer Fair and Kind Treatment
  • Yearn to Learn
  • Grow in Spirit and Mind
  • Believe in Your Ideas and Act on Them
  • Insist on Peace, Freedom and Justice
  • Value the Connections in All Creation

nut_symbolsAll well and good, but a look at a related Facebook page, Rainbow Unitarians, reveals the real reason for the rainbow on their churches is their connection to the LGBTQ lifestyles.

So, the Unicornitarians are the all inclusive alternative to the closed minded Christian churches. They embrace everyone. They love to adorn their SUVs with bumper stickers that declare, COEXIST, and defend the misunderstood jihadists among us.

unicorn-poop-shirt1The obvious foolishness of COEXIST (what with that nasty beheading, cannibalism, genocide thing) requires that someone remain around to clean up after the noble aspirations of the Unicornitarians and their mythical  beasties.

A Horse of a Different Color

And then, in an effort to pander to a disgruntled minority, we see the Reverend Jesse partners-rainbow_push-logoJackson promoting his Rainbow Push Coalition, and equating the struggles of the African American community to the suffering of the LGBT-TGI-Fridays gender blending people.

So race-bating charlatans have joined the parade, and actively encourage the poor disenfranchised LGBT-BLT_WHATEVER people in their pursuit of a world filled with peace, love and understanding.

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Peace Love and Understanding: Exceptions

There will be no peace, love or understanding extended to:

  • Pro-Life Roman Catholics
  • Pro-Life Jews
  • Pro-Life Evangelicals
  • Constitutional Conservatives
  • (special consideration will be extended to Jihadist Muslims)

 Intelectual Copyrights Question

All this lovingness aside, there remains an unanswered question:
Who owns the right to use the rainbow as a branding image? 

And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
– Genesis 9:13-16

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So we have now established the true ownership of the rainbow, the Creator of the ends of the Earth. Now stop right there. I know what you’re thinking:

“Hey! It’s time we sue the heck out of the LGBT-XYZ Unicornitarians, for copyright infringement!”

But a suit is already in the works. There’s no need to waste energy on it. The Copyright Holder is planning on collecting triple damages…

…soon.

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If it fits, I sits!

DCG

Creation: Baby turtles still in shells coordinate hatching by talking to one another

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Rachel Newer reports for the Smithsonian, July 17, 2014:

Turtles are generally thought of as silent creatures, but recent evidence has emerged that at least 47 turtle species make some form of sound. Those sounds communicate various messages, from social standings to reproductive signals. But it’s not just adult turtles who are speaking their minds. It turns out babies, too, make sounds – even before they hatch from their eggs.

Researchers from Brazil, Mexico and the US got together to study the nests of 12 leatherback sea turtle nests in Oaxaca, Mexico. Starting on day 51, the point at which the babies’s ears should be developed enough to hear sounds, they monitored the nests for any signs of noise. They immediately began detecting sounds, recording more than 300 different noises in total. They classified the sounds into four categories, including chirps, grunts and “complex hybrid tones,” or sounds composed of two parts that they classified as pulse characteristics and harmonic frequency bands.

That latter sound – the most complex of the bunch – was only recorded in nests that contained just eggs, rather than eggs and hatchlings (most had begun hatching by day 55). The baby turtles, the researchers believe, may be coordinating their hatching timing by emitting the sounds. This phenomenon has been observed in other animals ranging from birds to crocodiles, likely as a survival mechanism. In the case of the turtles, hatching en masse brings a certain strength in numbers. While some babies will be picked off by predators, a bird can only eat so many sea turtles at a time, meaning at least a few will make it to the sea.

This finding, the authors point out, means that light pollution might not be the only anthropogenic nuisance threatening baby sea turtle survival. Noise pollution could be affecting them, too.

Matthew 6:24-34

“No one can serve two masters;
for either he will hate the one and love the other,
or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and mammon.
Therefore I tell you,
do not be anxious about your life,
what you shall eat or what you shall drink,
nor about your body, what you shall put on.
Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air:
they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not of more value than they?
And which of you by being anxious
can add one cubit to his span of life?
And why are you anxious about clothing?
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow;
they neither toil nor spin;
yet I tell you,
even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field,
which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven,
will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith?
Therefore do not be anxious, saying,
`What shall we eat?’ or `What shall we drink?’ or `What shall we wear?’
For the Gentiles seek all these things;
and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things shall be yours as well.
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.
Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.”

~Eowyn

Sunday Devotional: Be good

Jesus with angels

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying:
“The kingdom of heaven may be likened
to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
While everyone was asleep his enemy came
and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.
When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.
The slaves of the householder came to him and said,
‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?
Where have the weeds come from?’
He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’
His slaves said to him,
‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds
you might uproot the wheat along with them.
Let them grow together until harvest;
then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters,
“First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning;
but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

Then, dismissing the crowds, he went into the house.
His disciples approached him and said,
“Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,
the field is the world, the good seed the children of the kingdom.
The weeds are the children of the evil one,
and the enemy who sows them is the devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire,
so will it be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels,
and they will collect out of his kingdom
all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

yellow daylilies2In His peace and love,

~Eowyn