Category Archives: God’s creation

Sunday Devotional: “I am the good shepherd”

John 10:11-15

Jesus said:
“I am the good shepherd.
A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
A hired man, who is not a shepherd
and whose sheep are not his own,
sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away,
and the wolf catches and scatters them.
This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd,
and I know mine and mine know me,
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father;
and I will lay down my life for the sheep.”

I will be with you always

Acts 4:8-12

Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said:
“Leaders of the people and elders:
If we are being examined today
about a good deed done to a cripple,
namely, by what means he was saved,
then all of you and all the people of Israel should know
that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean
whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead;
in his name this man stands before you healed.
He is the stone rejected by you, the builders,
which has become the cornerstone. [Psalm 118:22]
There is no salvation through anyone else,
nor is there any other name under heaven
given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”

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Love the Lord your God with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength!

~Éowyn

Kitty doesn’t want to go for a walk!

Be sure to watch to the end!

h/t Laura

DCG

Please pray for Lance Jackson, our brother in Christ

This morning, a Fellowship of the Minds reader named Lance Jackson wrote this comment on one of DCG’s posts:

My future participation here is questionable at best as I just got out of the hospital after a month; extreme back surgery, then triggering a heart attack and shutdown of my bowels. Too bad euthanasia is not legal. Born agains tell me to give it all to Jesus which is met with utter silence when I pray. Perhaps the Calvinists I have met are right: I’m one of the people God hates and am predestined to hell. I live alone, have no friends or living family.

Sorry to rant….

I am not a Calvinist. I don’t believe that God hates anyone — why would He hate His own creation? Jesus Christ does not hate even Judas Iscariot or the Jews who, when asked by Pontius Pilate, shouted “Crucify him!” and so sentenced Him to die on the cross — the most extreme form of execution which the Romans reserved for only the worst criminals.

Nor do I believe that God predestines anyone to Hell, for if that were the case, why would He create us as creatures of free will? Without the free exercise of our will, the concepts of sin and virtue are empty of meaning as nothing is our fault or our achievement.

Lance, our brother in Christ, is suffering terribly — physically, mentally, and spiritually. He is alone and in despair.

Please pray for Lance — that he receives the grace that can come only from our Lord Jesus the Christ, who loves all human beings, including Lance Jackson, in spite of ourselves. He loves us so much that He willingly allowed Himself to be whipped, his scalp pierced with thorns, then nailed to a cross, where every breath He took was a searing gasping pain, and where He died alone, abandoned by the disciples He had traveled, eaten, and prayed with for three years.

Jesus loves us this much

Lance, in your suffering, look to Jesus on the cross. He will comfort you and give you peace.

Love,

Éowyn

How to have an EXACT plush replica of your beloved pet

On Thanksgiving Day in 2009, Jennifer Graham‘s beloved Rufus, a Great Dane, passed away. That was when she finally decided to turn an idea she long had into reality by creating a stuffed plush replica of Rufus as a way to memorialize him.

Graham hasn’t stopped making custom stuffed animals since.

She founded Cuddle Clones, a company based out of Louisville, Kentucky where she lives. The mission of Cuddle Clones is: “To capture the emotional connection between people and their pets through our customized products.”

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Not only does Cuddle Clones sell incredible products for pet lovers and pets, Graham also works hard to give back to the pet community by donating to animal charities and pet-related causes any opportunity that she gets. In fact, a portion of the proceeds from every Cuddle Clones sale goes directly to pet-related charities and causes.

Wondering how much it will set you back to order one of these remarkable plush animal replicas? The price is less steep than you might think. Smaller pets, such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and chickens (!) start at $129.

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Larger animals, like dogs, cats, and even horses are replicated into plush for $199.

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Earth Prom, the source of this information about Cuddle Clone, says there are other companies on the market that offer similar services, but their prices tend to be about 30% to 60% more than Cuddle Clones.

Here are the easy-to-follow instructions to order online a plush clone of your beloved pet:

  1. Go to Cuddle Clones’ website: https://www.cuddleclones.com/index.html
  2. Select your type of pet.
  3. Upload at least one photo of your pet. Cuddle Clones suggests uploading more photos for the best results.
  4. Decide how your stuffed pet’s ears and tail are to be positioned. You can also provide any other distinguishing features of your pet.
  5. Add your item(s) to the cart and check out.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of Cuddle Clones’ custom stuffed animals, delivery for new orders is estimated around November 2015, just in time for Christmas!

Cuddle Clones also makes other customized products, such as ornaments, figurines, granite memorials, pet collars, personalized pet t-shirts and hoodies with your companion animal’s name.

Some owners purchase a duplicate plush animal in order to memorialize their pet. Others order a plush toy to resemble their living, healthy pets. And judging by this photo, pets like having a stuffed twin around.

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~Éowyn

Homeless dog kicked by driver returns with pals to exact revenge on his car

This astonishing story would be incredible if it were not for the photos.

Ted Thornhill reports for the Daily Mail, March 11, 2015, that a man drove his red VW back to his home in Chongqing, central China, only to find a homeless dog lying in the man’s parking spot.

So the man got out of his car and viciously kicked the dog.

But the dog returned later with its also homeless pals.

Together, the dogs proceeded to exact revenge on the man by chewing the bodywork and windscreen wipers of the man’s car, leaving dents and marks.

A neighbor took these photos.

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China has no animal cruelty laws, and a person who abuses or injures a dog or another animal can only be prosecuted for damaging property if the animal belongs to somebody. Stray dogs in China are sometimes grabbed off the street and thrown into dog fights or worse — as meat for human consumption.

Bill H.C. Kwok reports for the New Republic, August 27, 2014, that “Every June, the southern Chinese city of Yulin celebrates the summer solstice with a dog-eating festival. Animal-rights activists estimate that around 10,000 dogs are killed every year for the festival, where they’re consumed along with lychees and grain alcohol. Some dogs are strays while others are stolen pets, and breeds range from Dalmatians to Labradors to Tibetan Mastiffs.”

“The day may come, when the rest of the animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been withholden from them but by the hand of tyranny. The French have already discovered that the blackness of skin is no reason why a human being should be abandoned without redress to the caprice of a tormentor. It may come one day to be recognized, that the number of legs, the villosity of the skin, or the termination of the os sacrum, are reasons equally insufficient for abandoning a sensitive being to the same fate. What else is it that should trace the insuperable line? Is it the faculty of reason, or perhaps, the faculty for discourse?…the question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?” (Jeremy Bentham, 1781)

~Éowyn

The face of a future serial killer

Study this face carefully, because you most likely will see it again as the face of a serial killer.

Jordan Lindquist

By now, it is almost common knowledge that serial killers typically begin their violent behavior with animals before they “graduate” to killing human beings. As Cynthia Hodges wrote in her article for Michigan State University College of Law, “The Link: Cruelty to Animals and Violence Towards People“:

Acts of animal cruelty are not merely signs of a minor personality flaw, but are rather symptomatic of a deep mental disturbance. Cruelty to animals has been recognized as an indicator of a dangerous psychopathy that claims both animal and human victims…. People who abused pets as children are more likely to commit murder or other violent crimes as adults…. There is a further correlation: the most aggressive criminals had committed the most severe acts of animal cruelty in childhood.

Jordan Lindquist, 19, is such a psychopath.

CBS Las Vegas/AP reports that on April 18, 2015, Lindquist was arrested by police on a felony animal cruelty charge after being caught on hidden video camera severely abusing the pet cat of the Cloward family with whom he was staying.

Suspecting that Shadow the cat was being abused, Kaleb Cloward installed the “nanny cam” surveillance system after the family had spent hundreds of dollars on vet bills for Shadow’s injuries.

The nanny cam captured Lindquist shaking and grabbing the cat by its tail, punching the animal in the head, and slamming it to the ground.

Police call it torture and say they’re surprised the cat survived the attack.

Here’s the CBS news video. Warning: Very violent!

Kaleb Cloward said, “It’s definitely heart-wrenching. I was furious.” His mother, Colleen Cloward, said Lindquist “seemed liked such a nice young man but yet there’s something clearly wrong in his thought process.”

Lindquist posted $5,000 bail last Sunday, April 20.

~Éowyn

Lynx in zoo shares food and friendship with homeless kitten

A homeless kitten — a calico house cat — hungry and alone in the world, snuck into the European Lynx enclosure in Russia’s St. Petersburg’s Zoo in search of food.

The lynx, many times bigger than the kitten, not only shared her food and water with the kitten, the two have become best friends.

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According to locals, the calico cat was only a kitten when she first stumbled into the lynx enclosure. Instead of rejecting or fighting off the tiny intruder, the lynx embraced her visitor with open paws and a big, warm heart.

Since the calico was only a kitten when the pair first formed a bond, the kitten looks at the lynx like her mother. The once-lonely lynx returns the cat’s affection.

Happily, zoo employees adopted the homeless cat, and the lynx and cat now live in the same enclosure.

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The lynx is a medium-sized wild feline found in the remote northern forests of North America, Europe, and Asia. Solitary by nature, the lynx hunts at night, but are themselves hunted by humans for their coat.

The St. Petersburg Zoo, aka Leningradskiy Zoopark (Leningrad Zoo), is Russia’s oldest zoo, founded in 1865. Today, the zoo houses more than 400 species, numbering 2,000 animals.

Here’s a video of cat and lynx lovingly grooming each other:

Source: Earthporm

H/t FOTM’s maziel

“Be kind. Be kind. And you will become a saint.”

-St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660)

~Éowyn