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Have the mind of Christ

HolySpiritDove

God’s foolishness is greater than man’s wisdom

When the Holy Spirit lights up a passage of scripture for me I take note and hold it close

That is what He did this past hour for me with the 2nd chapter of St. Paul’s 1st letter to the Corinthians. May it minister to you as it did to me. ~TD


“And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit

We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:

‘What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived—
the things God has prepared for those who love him’

but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for,

‘Who has known the mind of the Lord
so as to instruct him?’

But we have the mind of Christ.”

– 1 Corinthians 2


Shalom Aleichem
(“Peace be upon you.”)

Planned Parenthood accepts donations earmarked for aborting black babies

Planned Parenthood logo

The baby-killing mill that calls itself Planned Parenthood was founded by Margaret Sanger, an eugenicist.

Eugenics is the belief and practice at improving the genetic quality of the human population through the promotion of higher reproduction of people with desired traits, and reduced reproduction of people with less-desirable traits.

In July 2009, in a Sunday New York Times interview, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said:

Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe [v. Wade] was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.

Now, an investigative report by the pro-life organization Live Action reveals the same eugenic racism also animates Planned Parenthood. 

Although the abortion mill is vocal about “Black lives matter” and condemns white police officers in Ferguson and elsewhere for allegedly targeting and killing unarmed blacks, Planned Parenthood gladly accepts donations specifically earmarked for the abortion of black babies.

An undercover investigator from Live Action called four Planned Parenthood (PP) offices — in Idaho, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Ohio —  posing as a potential donor. In each bone-chilling call, he made his anti-black sentiments very clear. In each case, the PP representative enthusiastically told him PP would earmark his donation to specifically abort black babies.

As you read the transcripts of those phonecalls, just remember the subject is the deliberate MURDER of human beings, albeit tiny human beings. Then ask yourself how Planned Parenthood is any better than Nazi German holocaust.

The following is the transcript from Live Action’s audio tape of the call between the “donor” and Autumn Kersey, director of development of Planned Parenthood of Idaho.

Sound of phone ringing . . . .

PP: Good afternoon, this is Autumn.

“Donor”: Hello, Autumn. I’m interested in making a donation today.

PP: Fantastic!

Donor: What about abortions for the underprivileged minority groups? I want to specify that abortion to help a minority group. Would that be possible?

PP: Absolutely

Donor: Like the black community for example?

PP: Certainly

Donor: OK. So, so the abortion could, could be, you know, I could give money specifically for a black baby that would, that’d be the purpose.

PP: Yeah, absolutely. Um, if you wanted to designate that you wanted your gift to be used to help an African-American woman in need, um, then we would certainly, uh, make sure that that gift was earmarked specifically for that purpose.

Donor: Great. Because I really face trouble with affirmative action, and I don’t want my kids being disadvantaged, you know, against, um, black kids. I just had a baby, I want to put it in his name, you know.

PP: Hmm.

Donor: Um, you know ….

PP: Absolutely, that’s fantastic.

Donor: So that’s, that’s definitely possible?

PP: Oh, always, always.

Donor: You know, we just think, you know, the the the less, the less black kids out, the better.

PP: [laughs] Understandable, understandable. Alright, um, excuse my hesitation. I’m, I’m, this is the first time I’ve had a donor call and ask, make this kind of request, so I’m excited, and I’m, I want to make sure I don’t leave anything out.

Live Action’s undercover investigation also called Planned Parenthood of New Mexico and spoke to Irene Gray, director of development. Here’s the transcript of their phone conversation:

PP: Hello, this is Irene.

Donor: Hi, um, I’m interested in, um, making a donation? I’d like to fund one abortion.

PP: Oh, OK!

Donor: I was wondering if that would be possible.

PP: Yes, we can definitely put that….

Donor: Um, can I make the donation specifically for a minority group?

PP: Like a specific group of color?

Donor: Yeah, yeah.

PP: Like, a group of ….

Donor: I mean, like, I want the abortion to be for an African-American baby.

PP: OK.

Donor: And, I was wondering if that could be possible?

PP: The exact amount that we charge, right now, is $450 for an abortion.

Donor: OK. $450?

PP: Mm, hm. And, uh, we can definitely designate it for an African-American.

Donor: Wonderful! Um, if I wanted to fund multiple abortions, could you also specify that this could be done for, um, a specific group?

PP: Hmm.

Donor: Great, great. Um, well, little excited, you know, because I really face trouble with affirmative action, and I don’t want my kids to be, um, uh, disadvantaged, um, you know….

PP: Yeah.

Donor: Against, against, um, against blacks with, in college and, you know, the less, um, the less blacks out there, the better, so….

PP: Yeah, yeah, it’s a strange time for sure. [Laughs]

Donor: Yeah.

PP: So, OK.

Donor: Thank you so much.

PP: No problem!

Donor: And you’ll be receiving a check in a few days!

Here’s the transcript of the phone conversation between Live Action’s undercover investigator (“donor”) and Sue Riggs, vice president of development of Planned Parenthood of Oklahoma:

PP: Hello, this is Sue. May I help you?

Donor: Hi! Uh, Sue, I’m interested in making a donation?

PP: Great!

Donor: So, could, could, would it be possible for me to donate that money specifically for these, these minority groups, so that they could have access to abortions?

PP: Yes, it would be.

Donor: Wonderful. Then could I specify that abortion be done, uh, those abortions be done for a specific minority group, or how does that work?

PP: If you wish, you can.

Donor: OK. So, so, for example, the black community in Tulsa. Would it be possible to give the money specifically for that?

PP: You sure can.

Donor: Wonderful. Great. The abortions will be done specifically for the, the black community abortions.

PP: I can, I will mark it in such a way that definitely it will.

Donor: On a black baby?

PP: Yes.

Donor: Thank you, great.

PP: OK?

Donor: Uh, so, can I give you my credit card number?

PP: Yes.

Here is the transcript of the phone conversation between “Donor” and Lisa Hutton, administrative assistant of Planned Parenthood of Ohio:

PP: Planned Parenthood administration, this is Lisa.

Donor: And who am I speaking with now?

PP: My name is Lisa Hutton.

Donor: Lisa Hutton, what’s your position?

PP: Administrative assistant.

Donor: OK. When I underwrite abortions, does that apply to minorities too?

PP: If you specifically want it to underwrite an abortion for a minority person, you can target it that way. You can, you can specify that that’s how you want it spent.

Donor: OK, yeah, ’cause there’s, so, there’s definitely way too many black people in Ohio, so I’m just trying to do my part.

PP: [Laughs] OK. Whatever.

Donor: Well, blacks especially need abortions too. So that’s what I’m trying to do.

PP: Well, for whatever reason, we’ll accept the money.

You can listen to the audio tape of the above 4 phone conversations by going to Live Action’s Facebook page.

871 black babies are aborted every day in the United States (Guttmacher Institute), but not a word from the Reverends from Hell Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, or from the black president and black first lady in the White House. Don’t black lives matter?

Lila Rose

God bless you, Lila Rose!

Live Action is a youth-led pro-life non-profit organization founded in 2004 by a 15-year-old Catholic girl named Lila Rose, Rose, now 26, remains Live Action’s president. Live Action has undertaken many undercover investigations of late-term abortion doctors and of Planned Parenthood’s racist and sex-selective abortions and sex trafficking. Rose has received many recognitions and awards, including being included by National Journal in their 2013 list of “The 25 Most Influential Washington Women Under 35.”

H/t Live News

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~Éowyn

Black neurosurgeon Ben Carson enters 2016 presidential race, but is he the right man?

Ever since his stunning rebuke of Barack Obama at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., with the POS listening and seated close by, conservatives have clamored for black neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Solomon Carson, 63, to run for the presidency.

This morning, Carson tweeted that he is throwing his hat in the race by forming an exploratory committee, which means he’s soliciting campaign donations.

Ben Carson

Before we get all enthusiastic about a Ben Carson presidency, we should know about the following:

1. Carson is for gun control

On March 1, 2013 on the Glenn Beck Show, Carson was asked by Beck if people should be allowed to own semi-automatic weapons. Carson responded: “It depends on where you live. I think if you live in the midst of a lot of people, and I’m afraid that that semi-automatic weapon is going to fall into the hands of a crazy person, I would rather you not have it.”

You can watch and listen to a video of Carson saying that by going to Real Clear Politics.

2. Carson spoke for a medical-supplement maker accused of false advertising

As National Review‘s Jim Geraghty points out, as recently as a year ago in March 2014, Carson appeared in a video for Mannatech, Inc., a Texas-based medical supplement maker. Smiling into the camera, he extolled the benefits of the Mannatech’s “glyconutrient” products, claiming they are “natural diet as a medicine or as a mechanism for maintaining health” and that the products would “restore” the “healthy food” that “God had made for us.”

Note: The “manna” of Mannatech probably is an allusion to the biblical “manna” or food from Heaven.

Carson’s interactions with Mannatech date back 10 years to 2004, when he was a speaker at the company’s annual conferences, MannaFest and MannaQuest. Since then, Carson had spoken at Mannatech conferences in 2011 and 2013, and extolled its “glyconutrients” in a PBS special as recently as last year in which he again praised “glyconutrients.”

In 1993, Samuel L. Caster founded Mannatech, mere months before Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, which greatly loosened restrictions on how supplement makers could market their products. Mannatech uses many of the same tactics previously described in lawsuits against Eagle Shield, Caster’s first company.

In November 2004, the mother of a 3-year-old child with Tay-Sachs disease who died after being treated with Mannatech products filed suit against the company in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent misrepresentation, and conspiracy to commit fraud. The suit alleged that:

  • A Mannatech sales associate wrote an article in the Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association in August 1997, explicitly claiming that Mannatech’s supplements had improved the boy’s condition, even though the boy had, by that time, died.
  • The associate also shared naked photos of the boy with hundreds of people at a Mannatech demonstration seminar. The boy’s mother had provided the associate with the photos as evidence of her son’s weight gain, with an understanding that they’d be kept confidential. In March 2004, the suit claimed, Mannatech was still using the photos in promotional materials on its website, “with the clear inference that [the boy] was alive and doing well some seven years after his actual death.”

In 2007, three years after Ben Carson’s first dealings with Mannatech, Texas attorney general Greg Abbott sued the company and its founder Caster, charging them with orchestrating an unlawful marketing scheme that exaggerated their products’ health benefits via:

  • Testimonials from individuals claiming that they’d used Mannatech products to overcome serious diseases and ailments, including autism, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and life-threatening heart conditions.
  • A CD entitled “Back from the Brink” that “provided example after example of how ‘glyconutrients’ (i.e., Mannatech’s products) cured, treated, or mitigated diseases including but not limited to toxic shock syndrome, heart failure, asthma, arthritis, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Attention Deficit Disorder, and lung inflammation.”
  • According to a 20/20 investigative report in 2007, Mannatech sales associates hawked the company’s signature drug, Ambrotose, which “costs at least $200 a month,” as “a miracle cure that could fix a broad range of diseases, from cancer to multiple sclerosis and AIDS.”

In 2009, the state of Texas reached a settlement with Mannatech. The company paid $4 million in restitution to Texas customers while admitting no wrongdoing. Caster agreed to a $1 million civil penalty and a five-year ban on serving as an officer, director, or employee of the company. Henceforth, Mannatech employees were prohibited from saying “directly or indirectly” that their products can “cure, treat, mitigate or prevent any disease,” and banned the use of customers’ testimonials making those claims.

But Carson’s interactions with Mannatech continued until at least March 2014, almost five years after the suit was settled, and a decade after the company’s marketing practices had first begun to come into question.

When asked about Carson’s appearances for Mannatech, his business manager Armstrong Williams says “I don’t know that he’s ever had a compensated relationship with Mannatech. All we know is that the Washington Speaker’s Bureau, which booked hundreds of speaking engagements for him through the year, booked these engagements. He had no idea who these people are. They’re booked through the speakers’ bureau. The question should be asked to the Washington Speakers Bureau, when did they have a relationship with Mannatech, because Dr. Carson never had one.” (At Washington Speakers Bureau, Carson is listed as a level-6 speaker, meaning his fee is more than $40,000 per speech.) Williams adds that Carson won’t personally be answering any questions about his interactions with the company, “because that is the decision that has been made.”

Writing for VDare, Jim Fulford warns:

This longing for a Republican Magic Negro has already given us the Herman Cain fiasco in the last Presidential cycle and the far more damaging Michael Steele RNC Chairmanship disaster after Obama’s first election–which allowed a scandal so deep that his [Steele’s] mentor the disgusting Reince Priebus had to grab the job himself to cover it up.

At the same time, however, I recall the Dr. Ben Carson at that 2013 National Prayer Breakfast — a cultural and economic conservative, and a Christian.

At that breakfast meeting, Dr. Carson began his keynote speech by quoting from the Bible. Then he excoriated the tyranny of political correctness, calling it a “dangerous” and “horrible thing” that had led to such ridiculous fears as wishing people “Merry Christmas.” Carson said political correctness muzzles us into a false “unanimity of thought” and “unanimity of expression” that prevents us from talking about the important things.

Carson also bemoaned the moral decay of Americans, and warned us of a Rome-like fate. Then, in front of Obama sitting just feet from the podium, Carson confronted the issue of America’s debt and current fiscal policy. He said:

“Our deficit is a big problem. Think about it — and our national debt — $16 and a half trillion dollars…. What about our taxation system — so complex there is no one that can possibly comply with every jot and tittle. When I pick up my Bible, you know what I see? I see the fairest individual in the universe — God — and he’s given us a system. It’s called tithe.”

To conclude, we don’t need and shouldn’t be looking for a political messiah to save us. We should carefully examine Dr. Ben Carson, as we should with every presidential candidate. Being human, they are all flawed. What is important is that we find out those flaws before jumping onto their presidential choo choo train with eyes wide shut.

~Éowyn

Facebook locks page of 12-year-old black boy who says Obama hates America

C. J. Pearson

His name is C. J. Pearson.

He is 12 years old, from the state of Georgia and, like Obama, he is part-black.

In a 3-minute video uploaded to YouTube on Feb. 21, 2015, Pearson applauds former New York governor and mayor Rudy Giuliani who, unlike other Republican élites, actually has the guts to speak the truth — that Obama does not love America. For that, Giuliani has been roundly attacked.

Pearson’s video has gone viral and has received nearly 1.3 million views.

This is what Pearson said:

“Hi, my name is C. J. Pearson. Today I want to just applaud Mayor Rudy Giuliani for his comments about President Barack Obama . . . . I don’t care about being politically correct at this point.

President Obama, you don’t love America. If you really did love America, you would call ISIS what it really is — an assault on Christianity, an assault on America, and a downright hate for the American values that our country holds: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and every single thing that our country stands for. If you love America, President Obama, you wouldn’t try to take away what all working Americans have worked for their entire lives. You wouldn’t do this if you love the people of America . . . .  I definitely do hope that one day other people would get enough guts to speak out against your downright hatred for this nation. . . .”

But this boy is now being punished by Facebook for his video.

Joe Newby reports for Examiner.com, Feb. 28, 2015, that Pearson discovered that his personal Facebook page was locked.

In an exclusive interview with Examiner.com on Saturday, Pearson said he received a message from someone about 6 a.m. Friday. That’s when he learned his account and page had been locked for “suspicious activity.”

He jumped through all of Facebook’s hoops, but wasn’t able to recover his account. So he created a new profile to take its place. His public page was not affected, but he can no longer administer the page. Fortunately, a friend is helping to post links to that page.

Facebook did not respond to Pearson’s requests for help, nor would they tell him what the alleged suspicious activity was. Examiner.com reached out to Facebook, but the social media giant has so far refused to respond.

Pearson said he is working on legislation to lower the age of those serving in the state House and Senate. The legislation, which is set to be the subject of a hearing on Monday, would lower the age of House members from 21 to 18, and lower the age of state Senators from 25 to 21. Pearson said he was using Facebook to line up witnesses for the hearing, but Facebook’s actions have made that more difficult. He can’t read any messages sent to his old profile and the old page doesn’t show up.

This is not the first time Facebook has blocked conservatives for questionable reasons. In March 2013, for example, Facebook banned Florida blogger Diane Sori for 30 days over something she never posted. Facebook has banned conservatives for clicking “like” or simply saying “thank you.” Conservative pages have also been targeted and shut down for questionable reasons while other pages have been allowed to flourish. Articles mentioning Islam were falsely flagged as “unsafe” and pages critical of Islam have been removed over false claims of inappropriate material.

H/t FOTM’s Anon

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~Éowyn

Sunday Devotional: Abraham’s Test and the Chosen People

Genesis 22:1-2, 9A, 10-12, 15-18

God put Abraham to the test.
He called to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am!” he replied.
Then God said:
“Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love,
and go to the land of Moriah.
There you shall offer him up as a holocaust
on a height that I will point out to you.”

When they came to the place of which God had told him,
Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it.
Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son.
But the LORD’s messenger called to him from heaven,
“Abraham, Abraham!”
“Here I am!” he answered.
“Do not lay your hand on the boy,” said the messenger.
“Do not do the least thing to him.
I know now how devoted you are to God,
since you did not withhold from me your own beloved son.”

Again the LORD’s messenger called to Abraham from heaven and said:
“I swear by myself, declares the LORD,
that because you acted as you did
in not withholding from me your beloved son,
I will bless you abundantly
and make your descendants as countless
as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore;
your descendants shall take possession
of the gates of their enemies,
and in your descendants all the nations of the earth
shall find blessing—
all this because you obeyed my command.”

Angel stays Abraham's hand

There was a time when this passage from Genesis greatly troubled me. How could a loving God actually command a father to kill his son as a “holocaust,” a sacrificial offering to Him?

Note: The historical and original meaning of the word holocaust is “A Jewish sacrificial offering that is burned completely on an altar.”

Not just any son, but his only son, whom Abraham loved desperately, who was born when Sarah was 90 years old and Abraham was 100. I can’t even begin to imagine Abraham’s anguish . . . .

But then, of course, the answer is in St. Paul‘s Letter to the Romans 8:

Romans 8:31B-34

Brothers and sisters:
If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son
but handed him over for us all,
how will he not also give us everything else along with him?

Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones?
It is God who acquits us, who will condemn?
Christ Jesus it is who died—or, rather, was raised—
who also is at the right hand of God,
who indeed intercedes for us.

Christ crucified

In other words, God the Father asked of Abraham what He was prepared to do Himself — and did do, two thousand years later.

Not only is He a loving God, for He sent His messenger in the nick of time to stay Abraham’s hand, He sacrificed His only Son for us puny, puking, petty, congenitally ungrateful humans.

Why did God put Abraham to this horrible test?

The best explanation I’ve come across is the one by Roy H. Schoeman,* a Jew who converted to Christianity (Catholicism). It is also the best accounting of what Jews as God’s “chosen people” means.

In his book, Salvation is from the Jews: The Role of Judaism in Salvation History from Abraham to the Second Coming, Schoeman writes (pp. 19, 20, 23):

This story illustrates the quality for which Abraham was chosen to start the Jewish race — his total dedication to God. This quality was also to be the central characteristic of the entire race, the quality that would enable it to undertake all that was necessary to prepare the world for the coming of the Messiah . . . . The Scripture makes it clear that it was Abraham’s behavior during this test that would earn for him, and hence for the Jewish race, the honor of bringing forth the Messiah — “and by your descendants shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice” (Genesis 22:18) . . . .

God would need a people to provide a temporal home for the Messiah when He came and to announce His arrival to the world . . . . The Jews were to host the Incarnation itself, to be the people among whom God would become man . . . a people of sufficient spiritual purity, virtue and morality . . . . This role . . . was entrusted to the Jews.

Put simply, Hebrews were “chosen” by God the Father to be the “people” — a spiritually pure (no false idols: “thou shalt not have strange gods before Me”) biological line among whom His only Son would be incarnate as man.

* Roy Schoeman grew up studying Judaism under the most prominent rabbis in American Judaism. After receiving a B.S. from M.I.T. and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, he taught at Harvard. His unexpected conversion to Catholicism led to a dramatic refocus of his activities. Schoeman now hosts a Catholic TV show, studies, and writes on religious topics.

Our Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, I love You with my whole heart, my whole soul, my whole mind, and with all my strength.

Jesus, I trust in You!

May the Peace and Love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you on this glorious joyous Sunday, a day of worship in memory of His Resurrection!

~Éowyn

Why It’s Hard To Sleep

The heat is turning up

The enemy knows Obama has signaled defeat

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The screen grabs above are from today, February 27 2015, on Breitbart.com.
Sweet dreams, all of you who voted for Obama.