Category Archives: God’s creation

Secular Education Inadequate Without the Knowledge of God

Spirit of the Wind

The words of Agur son of Jakeh of Massa: The man says to Ithiel, to Ithiel and to Ucal:

Surely I am too brutish and stupid to be called a man, and I have not the understanding of a man [for all my secular learning is as nothing].

I have not learned skillful and godly Wisdom, that I should have the knowledge or burden of the Holy One.

Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if you know?

Every word of God is tried and purified; He is a shield to those who trust and take refuge in Him.

– Proverbs 30:1-5

Who can fault the benefit of a great education?

Think of the great achievements in engineering, in science, in medicine. The great works of literature and the arts are a wealth to us all. We no longer travel everywhere on foot or on the back of a horse. We fly great distances in a few hours, even through difficult weather.

Proverbs 30:1-5 reminds us that all of that, even though it is great, is not enough. We need the knowledge of our Maker. We who are great, though we be great, will also die. What good is our cultural achievement at the point of death.

We need to know the One who gathers the wind in His fist. And we need to know the name of His Son. Where can we gain this knowledge? The final verse starts us in the right direction.

“Every word of God is tried and purified; He is a shield to those who trust and take refuge in Him.” Proverbs 30:5


Pentecost Sunday: How to listen to the Holy Spirit

Acts 2:1-4

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,
they were all in one place together.
And suddenly there came from the sky
a noise like a strong driving wind,
and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak in different tongues,
as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

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Today, the universal Church celebrates Pentecost, the arrival of the Holy Spirit, whom our Lord Jesus Christ sends to be with us, always. Given His importance, it is distressing how little we actually know about the Third Person of the Triune Godhead.

This much we know, from Jesus’ own words: The Holy Spirit is the Paraclete (advocate, counselor, comforter) and the “Spirit of truth”.

John 15:16-27; 16:12-15

Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father,
he will testify to me.
And you also testify,
because you have been with me from the beginning.

I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you to all truth.
He will not speak on his own,
but he will speak what he hears,
and will declare to you the things that are coming.
He will glorify me,
because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine;
for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine
and declare it to you.”

Given that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth itself, it is important that we seek and heed His counsel.

But how? How do we listen, and how do we know when the Holy Spirit speaks?

Here are some suggestions from Charisma News and a few from my experience:

1. Pray for wisdom: “Come, Holy Spirit, come!” With sincerity and humility, ask the Holy Spirit to counsel, enlighten and guide you, especially when you have just received Holy Communion and/or before the Eucharist in the tabernacle.

2. Listen to the Spirit: The Holy Spirit speaks to us in many ways —

  • In the Bible: God is always speaking through His Word. Apply what you read to your life and you’ll position yourself for additional truth and wisdom—no matter how God communicates it to you. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
  • As a still, small voice in our mind.
  • As a flash of understanding.
  • In a dream or vision: St. Joseph was told by an angel to “not be afraid to take Mary as your wife” (Matthew 1:20). St. Peter fell into a trance (see Acts 10:10). St. Paul had supernatural encounters—whether in the body or out of the body, he did not know (see 2 Cor. 12:13). St. John wrote the entire book of Revelation based on a supernatural vision.
  • Through our surroundings in our daily lives: God spoke to Solomon through his practical experiences, an account of which is in Proverbs 24:30-34: “I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; and it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles covered its surface, and the stone wall was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it; I looked on it and received instruction: Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep, so your poverty will come like a stalker, and your need as an armed man.” If you keep a listening ear, you’ll discover that God will speak to you through and about many things just as you go about your everyday life.

3. How do we know that it’s the Holy Spirit speaking to us:

  • By the message’s goodness: Remember that the Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Triune Godhead. He will never counsel you to do ill or harm.
  • By its persistence: When the Holy Spirit wants you to do something, He can be very persistent.
  • By your sense of peace: When you listen and heed His counsel, your heart, mind and soul will be at peace. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with gratitude, make your requests known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will protect your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:6-7.

For a beautiful prayer to the Holy Spirit, go here.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you!

~Éowyn

Strange sound of trumpets in sky is that of ancient biblical musical instrument?

“And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” -Matthew 24:31

6 days ago, I published a post on the inexplicable sound of trumpets and other eerie noises in sky heard across the world.

The most disconcerting of the strange noises is what sounds like the blowing of trumpets or a similar brass musical instrument in Terrace, British Columbia, which you can hear in the beginning of the video below.

From WND:

In June 2013, Kimberly Wookey of Terrace, British Columbia, Canada, first caught the sound, and has continued her recordings through May 7 of this year.

Wookey said on YouTube: “On the morning of August 29, 2013 at approximately 7:30am I was awoken by these sounds. I shot out of bed realizing it was the same sounds I had heard before and I ran looking for a camera to try to capture them with. I came out into the living room to find my seven-year-old son awake and scared wondering what was going on. He had said the noises woke him up as well and shook his window. I managed to record three clips showing almost five minutes of these strange sounds. After it was over and I sat down at the computer to upload the video. After checking my Facebook I noticed a lot of locals had heard the same sounds again but this time it was far more widespread. I have no idea what these sounds are but it is pretty strange and I am glad that I was able to catch them this time and share what I heard. The sounds were heard again on Sept 8th at 6:30am so far we have confirmed reports of it being heard from town to the lake, 25km [15.5 miles] away.”

Now, compare the “trumpet” sounds heard in British Columbia with the sound made by an ancient Hebrew musical instrument called shofar in the video below.

A musical instrument of ancient origin made of a horn, traditionally that of a ram, the shofar frequently is mentioned in the Old Testament, Torah, Talmud and rabbinic literature. As examples:

  • The blast of a shofar emanating from the thick cloud on Mount Sinai made the Israelites tremble in awe (Exodus 19:16).
  • The shofar was used to announce holidays (Ps. lxxxi. 4), and the Jubilee year (Lev. 25:9).
  • The first day of the seventh month (Tishrei) is termed “a memorial of blowing” (Lev. 23:24) or “a day of blowing” (Num. 29:1), the shofar.
  • The blowing of the shofar signified the start of a war (Josh. 6:4; Judges 3:27; 7:16, 20; I Sam. 8:3) and was employed in processions (II Sam. 6:15; I Chron. 15:28), as musical accompaniment (Ps. 98:6; comp. ib. 47:5) and inserted into the temple orchestra by David (Ps. 150:3).
  • The shofar was blown in the times of Joshua to help him capture Jericho.

Note that the “trumpets” described in Numbers 10 are a different instrument. The Hebrew word for “trumpet” is חצוצרה‎ or ḥaṣoṣrah, whereas the word for shofar is שופר).

Today, observant Jews still use the shofar for religious purposes.

H/t FOTM’s CSM

~Éowyn

Methodist minister said caring about aborted babies is idolatry

It’s bad enough that the United Methodist Church supports legalized abortion, but what a Methodist pastor says about those who care about unborn babies should tell us how low the church has sunken.

Steve Ertelt reports for Life News, May 18, 2015, that pro-life advocate Sarah Terzo, who has a knack for documenting the history of the abortion debate and the abortion advocacy movement by posting quotes from pro-abortion activists through the years, posted a new quote that features Methodist Minister John M. Swomley.

Terzo explains that Swomley is an ordained United Methodist minister who was professor of Christian Ethics (!) at St. Paul’s school of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri from 1960 to 1984, president of Americans for Religious Liberty, and a longtime board member and sometimes vice president of the pro-abortion American Civil Liberties Union and chair of its church–state committee.

This is what Methodist Minister John Swomley wrote about pro-life Americans in his 1999 book Compulsory Pregnancy: the War against American Women:

Opponents of abortion in America have attributed to fetal life a sacredness that is actually idolatry… Fetal idolatry denies a woman’s right to control her body, her life, her destiny, all of which must be sacrificed to an embryo or fetus once she is pregnant…

Fetal idolatry shows no mercy. … One of the major critiques of idolatry about unborn life is its lack of concern for the abundant or purposeful life to which all of us should be called. No one of us should be an unwanted child or have to experience emotional abandonment or lack of compassion and love in childhood.”

Nothing much has changed in the United Methodist Church (UMC) since Swomley’s book. As examples:

This is why pro-life Methodists have left the denomination over the last couple of decades and continue to leave the church in droves, causing historic low membership rolls for the church.

John M. Swomley

I did an Internet search for John M. Swomley and discovered that he died on August 16, 2010, in Kansas City, Missouri at age 95 after living with Alzheimer’s for several years.

That’s 95 years more than the millions of aborted unborn babies, whom Swomley dismissed as “idols,” who never had a chance to breathe even one day of air.

See also:

~Éowyn

Cat Saved After Fire Comforts Other Animals On The Road To Recovery

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The Dodo: Russell knows a thing or two about needing a helping hand, but he knows even more about offering one of his own.

The hardy orange cat has been a patient at the Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care Clinic in Raleigh, North Carolina, for more than a year. In early 2014, he was found in the smoldering rubble of a fire that destroyed his home and left with severe burns on his face his body.

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“He was pretty far gone, and we didn’t know if he would make it,” clinic staffer Alan Wilford told The Dodo. “He has taken a long time, but he has made a miraculous recovery.”

Russell has yet to completely heal from his injuries, which require constant attention, but he’s made the most of his long stay at the clinic. Despite the discomfort that continues to nag him, the friendly feline has taken it upon himself to make life a little more comfortable for other animals in need of care.

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“He’s incredibly engaging. He wants to meet all our patients. He just wants to be with them,” Wilford said. “I don’t know if he can sense that other animals are in pain or have stuff going on, but he does seem to have some weird knack for connecting with patients, even when you wouldn’t think they would.”

Staff at the clinic say that Russell is so outgoing with other patients, that he’d spend all day wandering in and out of exam rooms if they didn’t insist he get some much needed rest now and again. But while the cat clearly enjoys making the rounds, it’s more than just for his own benefit.

“I think he helps other animals feel at ease. We’re a clinic, so I’m sure he helps alleviate their stress,” said Wilford. “Most cats are independent and aloof, but he likes to be with other animals. And it’s not all about him. He really enjoys giving companionship to others.”

Whereas many cats might shy away from dogs, Russell isn’t prejudicial with his wonderful bedside manner.

Wilford says there’s a chance Russell will never be well enough to return to his former life, but if that’s the case, he’ll never be lacking in love.

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“He’s adopted us,” he said. “He’s a rock star here. Everyone wants to see him, and he just eats it up. I don’t know if he’d like being a normal house cat again, so we’d be happy to keep him as our clinic mascot.”

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Every pet-owner’s nightmare: Cat brought in for grooming dies; cremated without telling owner

Sandy the cat

Kurtis Ming reports for CBS Sacramento, May 15, 2015, that just hours after Vanessa Rodriguez-McQuade had dropped off her cat Sandy at VIP Pets in Marysville, CA, the groomer told her Sandy had died.

Even worse, VIP Pets already had Sandy cremated, which means there’ll be no necropsy (autopsy for an animal), which means Vanessa will never know what caused her cat’s death.

The groomer Emma Chen told Vanessa her cat simply became unresponsive and died. But Vanessa is dubious because Sandy “was a perfectly healthy two-year old cat” –“so hyper, so happy.”

To top it off, VIP Pets would not give her Sandy’s ashes. So Vanessa asked for CBS Sacramento’s help.

The TV station learned the State of California does not license groomers. It is up to each business to decide what kind of certifications and experience they require from their employees.

Emma Chen, owner of VIP Pets, insists “I feel like I do my best.” She said Sandy was taken to a vet, who told VIP Pets the cat had died of a heart attack, stroke or blood clot. But the vet’s office told CBS Sacramento they never saw the cat.

Chen also said her staff had asked Vanessa if she wanted the necropsy, but “They did not want it.” However, Vanessa said she and her husband specifically told them they did want one. After CBS Sacramento’s intervention, Chen did inform Vanessa where her cat was taken for cremation. Now, Sandy’s ashes are home, with VIP Pets paying for the cremation and urn.

CBS Sacramento also took the case to vet Dr. Jyl Rubin, who has cared for exotic and domestic animals for decades. Dr. Rubin said, “How would we ever know the cause of death [when] they just cremate them without any evidence?”

The vet says grooming can be stressful for pets and could lead to potentially deadly health conditions. She recommends staying with your pet throughout the process. If you can’t stay to see your pet being groomed, ask for a tour and have them explain how they are groomed and where they’ll be keeping your pet.

Vanessa said still misses Sandy and is not sure why she died, but at least she has her beloved cat’s ashes: “I’m sure she’s probably happy to be home.”

VIP Pets

Given Emma Chen had lied just about everything, if I were Vanessa Rodriguez, I wouldn’t be so sure that the urn actually contains Sandy’s ashes. I would also sue Emma Chen and VIP Pets.

VIP Pets is located in Marysville, Yuba City, and Lincoln City, California.

Emma Chen’s grooming service is available only at the Marysville store. Avoid “the service” at all cost.

~Éowyn

Your therapy of the day: Cockatoo discovers how cool he sounds

. . . screaming into a cup.

~Éowyn