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Sunday Devotional: We are called to be holy!

John 1:1-3, 14, 12

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
The Word of God
became flesh and dwelt among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth.
To those who accepted him,
he gave power to become children of God.

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1 Corinthian 1:1-3

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus
by the will of God,
and Sosthenes our brother,
to the church of God that is in Corinth,
to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus,
called to be holy,
with all those everywhere who call upon
the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
their Lord and ours.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Oxford Dictionary defines “holy” as a person who is dedicated to God, who is morally and spiritually excellent.

God created us so that we eventually will join Him in Heaven for all eternity. Since only holy people will see God face to face, that means as St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Corinthians, we are all called to be holy.

That sounds so daunting, doesn’t it? How do we become holy?

The answer: By putting on the armor of God.

armor of God

As St. Paul counseled us in his letter to the Ephesians 6:10-16:

“Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”

St. Paul gave us the manual!

Here’s the manual on how to be holy:

  1. Resist and fight evil — the devil and human evil-doers.
  2. Love and speak the truth.
  3. Be righteous, i.e., be morally right and good — the opposite of “judge not” moral relativism.
  4. Have faith in and be faithful to God.
  5. And remember we can’t do this by ourselves, but only by drawing our strength from the Lord. Ask Him to help you.

I want to be holy, and I want you to be holy. Let us help each other to become holy!

And may the peace and truth and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

Alibaba aims to create a million US jobs with Trump’s help

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From NY Post: President-elect Donald Trump made an appearance with Chinese entrepreneur Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, Monday — and expressed unreserved confidence in his own Cabinet picks.

“Jack and I are going to do great things — small business,” Trump said, towering over Ma in the lobby of Trump Tower. Trump praised the Chinese businessman, saying, “He loves this country and he loves China.”

“I do, China, and I love America,” Ma said, in total agreement.

Asked about a variety of topics — like the intelligence briefing on Russia hacking he received Friday — Trump demurred. “We’ll talk to you about that at another time,” the president-elect said, referring to a planned press conference Wednesday.

“We had a great meeting. It’s jobs,” Trump said, turning the conversation back to his meeting with Ma, who built Alibaba into a forceful Web sales platform. “Jack and I are going to do some great things.”

Ma told reporters that the two discussed allowing US products such as “garments, wine and fruit” to be sold on the Alibaba platform. CNBC reported that Alibaba wants to create 1 million jobs in the US over the next five years. The company had 36,446 full time employees as of March 32, according to SEC filings.

Ma also said that the discussion included talk on the need for China and US to improve their relationship.

Asked about his pending Cabinet picks — some of which will sit for public confirmation hearings later this week on Capitol Hill — Trump was bullish. “Confirmation is going great. I think they’ll all pass,” said the president-elect, praising in particular his selection for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).

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Thousands of unemployed to get $587 monthly income in Europe first

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From Fox News: Finland has become the first country in Europe to pay its unemployed citizens a basic monthly income, amounting to 560 euros ($587), in a unique social experiment which is hoped to cut government red tape, reduce poverty and boost employment.

Olli Kangas from the Finnish government agency KELA, which is responsible for the country’s social benefits, said Monday that the two-year trial with the 2,000 randomly picked citizens who receive unemployment benefits kicked off Jan. 1. Those chosen will receive $587 every month, with no reporting requirements on how they spend it. The amount will be deducted from any benefits they already receive. The average private sector income in Finland is $3,600 per month, according to official data.

Kangas said the scheme’s idea is to abolish the “disincentive problem” among the unemployed.

The trial aims to discourage people’s fears “of losing out something”, he said, adding that the selected persons would continue to receive the $587 even after receiving a job.

A jobless person may currently refuse a low-income or short-term job in the fear of having his financial benefits reduced drastically under Finland’s generous but complex social security system.

“It’s highly interesting to see how it makes people behave,” Kangas said.  “Will this lead them to boldly experiment with different kinds of jobs? Or, as some critics claim, make them lazier with the knowledge of getting a basic income without doing anything?”

The unemployment rate of Finland, a nation of 5.5 million, stood at 8.1 percent in November with some 213,000 people without a job — unchanged from the previous year.

The scheme is part of the measures by the center-right government of Prime Minister Juha Sipila to tackle Finland’s joblessness problem. Kangas said the basic income experiment may be expanded later to other low-income groups such as freelancers, small-scale entrepreneurs and part-time workers.

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Eleanor Roosevelt was a lesbian

Hillary Clinton is a great admirer of Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of FDR, with whose spirit or ghost then-First Lady Hillary held “seance” conversations.

It turns out Hillary has much more in common with Eleanor than both having been First Lady.

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Brooke Hauser writes for the New York Post, Oct. 22, 2016, that Susan Quinn’s Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady is an account of the 30-years-long “love story” of Eleanor Roosevelt and a bourbon-drinking, cigarette-smoking Associated Press reporter named Lorena Hickok, or Hick.

In more than 3,000 letters, the two women called each other “darling,” “dear one” and “heart,” and told each other “je t’aime” and “j’adore”.  In one letter in March 1933, the normally reserved Eleanor wrote: “All day I’ve thought of you . . . Oh! I want to put my arms around you, I ache to hold you close.”

Quinn is not the first to tell the tale of Eleanor and Hick.

Quinn’s book begins in 1932, shortly before Hick began covering Eleanor Roosevelt during FDR’s presidential campaign. After observing Eleanor’s unease with the spotlight at that year’s Democratic convention, Hick wired her boss: “THE DAME HAS ENORMOUS DIGNITY, SHE’S A PERSON.”

Hick spent the following weeks as “Eleanor’s appendage,” traveling on the campaign trail and earning her trust. Eleanor told Hick that she “never wanted to be a president’s wife, and I don’t want it now.”

Eleanor Roosevelt (l); Lorena Hickock (r)

Eleanor Roosevelt (l); Lorena Hickock (r)

By the time FDR was inaugurated in 1933, the two women had fallen in love. The evening before FDR delivered his famous line about having nothing to fear but “fear itself,” Eleanor had read it first to Hick.

For his part, FDR, who had his own extramarital affairs, accepted his wife’s “friendship” with Hick and even let Hick have her own room at the White House to be closer to Eleanor.

Not one to show physical affection, even to her children, Eleanor showered it upon Hick, describing the tender kisses she wanted to give her when they were apart. Hick responded with equal passion, writing: “I’ve been trying to bring back your face [and] the feeling of that soft spot just north-east of the corner of your mouth against my lips.”

Hick helped Eleanor to learn how to navigate the press. Hick’s relationship with the Roosevelts forced her to abandon her career as a news reporter, but Eleanor helped her get a job working as a field investigator for Harry Hopkins, the head of New Deal relief programs.

Later, Eleanor shifted her affections toward her handsome, much younger doctor, David Gurewitsch, to whom she wrote in 1956, “I love you as . . . I have never loved anyone else.”

After Eleanor’s death in 1962, Hick lived for 5½ more years, worn down by blindness, arthritis and loneliness. She finally died of complications from diabetes at the age of 75. Her body was cremated; her ashes sat in anonymity on a shelf of a funeral home for 20 years before being interred in an unmarked grave at a cemetery in Rhinebeck, New York.

~Eowyn

Those cryptic markings on John Podesta’s palms

Here’s a Sunday evening puzzle for you . . . .

While watching another video on YouTube, I came across a video on the cryptic markings on John Podesta’s palms. Podesta is the chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, former White House adviser to Barack Obama, and a former chief of staff in the Bill Clinton administration.

First, here’s the pic of Podesta with his hands up, showing the number 14 on his right palm and the outline of a fish on his left.

I found two videos on Podesta’s palm markings.

Both call the markings “tattoos” and attribute sinister occult, pedophile and even cannibalism meanings to the marks.

One thing that I learned in doing scholarly research is:

Always go to the original source.

The original source of that pic of Podesta is a WikiLeaks email, No. 39999, from Milia Fisher, Special Assistant to the Chair of Hillary for America, to John Podesta, Chair of Hillary for America. The pic was an attachment to that email: P9220307 (1).JPG.

Here is the email:

From: mfisher@hillaryclinton.com
To: john.podesta@gmail.com
Date: 2015-09-25 14:33
Subject: TWEETS: #GlobalGoals

**Climate agreement tweets coming**

*TWEETS 9/25*

Applaud the global leaders & citizens who crafted the new #GlobalGoals. Let’s work together to #EndPoverty & create a better world by 2030

Youth are at the center of the new #GlobalGoals. Excited to see what younger generations will achieve.

My favorite of the #GlobalGoals? No. 14— we must protect our oceans and life below water #SDGs


Milia Fisher
Special Assistant to the Chair
Hillary for America
mfisher@hillaryclinton.com
c: 858.395.1741

See the email for yourself by going to WikiLeaks here, then click “Attachments” for the “hands up” pic of Podesta.

Note the last sentence of Fisher’s email:

My favorite of the #GlobalGoals? No. 14— we must protect our oceans and life below water #SDGs

By #SDGs is meant Sustainable Development Goals.

By #GlobalGoals is meant the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development — sort of an upgraded version of Agenda 21, which was agreed to by 193 world leaders at the United Nations in September 2015.

No. 14 of the Global Goals is “Life Below Water: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development”. Here’s a screenshot I took of No. 14 on globalgoals.org:

global-goals-no-14

Does that look familiar to you?

Have we become so conditioned by the creepy things we’ve uncovered about John Podesta — the cannibalism painting in his New York office; the WikiLeaks email of John and his brother Tony Podesta being invited to satanic performance-artist Marina Abrambovic’s “spirit cooking” dinner; Comet Ping Pong “pizzagate” and rumors of the Podesta brothers’ pedophilia — that we are overlooking an innocent explanation of Podesta’s “hands up” pic:

Podesta drew, not tattoo, the number 14 and the fish on his palms in reference to Global Goal No. 14: Life Below Water.

But it is curious that a busy man like Podesta, chairman of Hillary’s presidential campaign, somehow managed to find the time to doodle the number 14 and a fish on his palms as a show of solidarity with GlobalGoals.

What I do find creepy are all the scars on Podesta’s palms, said by some to be the result of the cutting and bloodletting in “spirit cooking” rituals.

What do you think?

~Eowyn

Friday Evening Chuckle

Just thought I would share this with my FotM friends:

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-Dave

(h/t my NB bud Earnyourkeep)

 

Pope Francis ‘grieves’ over death of Fidel Castro who persecuted Catholics & lived in luxury while Cubans starved

On November 25, 2016, Cuba’s longtime dictator Fidel Castro finally died at the ripe old age of 90.

Reuters reports the next day:

Pope Francis said the death of Cuba’s revolutionary leader Fidel Castro was “sad news” and that he was grieving and praying for his repose.

Francis expressed his condolences in a Spanish-language message to Fidel’s brother, President Raul Castro on Saturday.

The pope, who met Fidel Castro when he visited Cuba last year, said he had received the “sad news” and added: “I express to you my sentiments of grief.”

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The dictionary defines “grief” as sadness, pain, or great sorrow over a loss.

Below is a glimpse of the kind of man Fidel Castro was, for whose death Pope Francis, real name Jorge Bergoglio, “grieves”:

  • Though baptized as a Catholic and educated in schools run by the Jesuits, the same religious order as Bergoglio, Castro was an avowed atheist who persecuted the Catholic church during his reign, sending priests to re-education camps and restricting the celebration of Christian holidays. Castro was reportedly excommunicated under an anti-Communist decree by Pope Pius XII in 1962.
  • Forbes magazine reports that despite the warm reception given Pope Francis last fall, the Cuban government not only continues to persecute Christians, a new report by Christian Solidarity Worldwide warns of “an unprecedented crackdown on churches across the denominational spectrum,” which has fueled a spike in reported violations of freedom of religion or belief to 2,300 cases of violations in 2016 from just 40 cases in 2011. Many of the government’s crackdowns “involved entire churches or, in the cases of arrests, dozens of victims.”
  • While pretending to be for the common people, Fidel actually lived a life of luxury and debauchery, according to a book by Castro’s longtime bodyguard Juan Reinaldo Sanchez, The Double Life of Fidel Castro: My 17 Years as Personal Bodyguard to El Líder Maximo. As recounted by the New York Post: “With his shaggy beard and rumpled, olive-drab fatigues, Fidel Castro presented himself to the world as a modest man of the people. At times, he claimed he made just 900 pesos ($43) a month and lived in a ‘fisherman’s hut’ somewhere on the beach. But Castro’s public image was a carefully crafted myth, more fiction than fact. While his people suffered, Fidel Castro lived in comfort — keeping everything, including his eight children, his many mistresses, even his wife, a secret . . . . Castro . . . made a personal fortune offering safe haven to drug traffickers, bedded a bevy of women over the decades, and once threatened his own brother, Raul, with execution when the brother lapsed into alcoholism in the ’90s . . . . Castro kept 20 luxurious properties throughout the Caribbean nation, including his own island, accessed via a yacht decorated entirely in exotic wood imported from Angola . . . . [Castro’s 5 sons with his second wife] grew up in hidden luxury on an estate outside Havana. With its orange, lemon, mandarin, grapefruit and banana trees, the estate resembled a veritable garden of Eden — especially if one compared it with the notorious ration book that all Cubans had to use to buy food. . . . Each member of the family possessed his or her own cow, ‘so as to satisfy each one’s individual taste, since the acidity and creaminess of fresh milk varies from one cow to another.'” Meanwhile, the Cuban people lived in deep poverty — of crumbling houses, food rations, and teen prostitution. Political opponents were executed by the thousands by firing squad, or sentenced to decades of hard labor.

To call Jorge Bergoglio “Pope” is a travesty.

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~Eowyn