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Posted by tawodi on May 1, 2012


Sometimes in life elements come together that make you sit back and take notice.
There is no apparent rhyme or reason as they align themselves for a new idea, a new approach, or a sudden unveiling of what has been before your very eyes that you simply didn’t see for what it was…. till now.
I am going to call this God’s providence as I see it that way. I have made a study, albeit informal, for most of my life of history, religion, in a more serious format to be sure….and ….Society …and it’s politics. What makes us who and what we are in general.
In the United States of America we are a different breed altogether, but most do not understand just why this is so, and why it is attested to, by so many, when we all are just people anyway.
The reason is simple really…. it is because we are the only nation on Earth that was conceived and crafted to enshrine the rights of the individual citizen. In the best way, time has proved to be, the correct way, to interpret being human.
The rights of Americans do not come from men and most assuredly, do NOT come from governments….OF men!
Such governments that confer upon their citizen such rights as they so confer…are subject to terming them as rights, when they are little more than government conferred…. privileges which…. being conferred as such… can readily be taken away by any means that government deems necessary to good order….OR the more prevalent reason…for….” the common good”.
The elements for this article have come together for me in the last seven months of research and digging to unearth ….not my words…but the words of those who currently govern us from the stage, and,….. more importantly….. From the shadows
It is my intention to reveal these people and leaders and educators for what they are and just what their purpose is…. for you…me …your children and, all others who follow us from now into the future.
Let me first start with a list of names….not so long a list as you may suppose for the enormity of what is being, and has been…proposed.
The very first is the person who made me sit up and take notice of something I had suspected, felt, Or, you could say intuited, or what ever…. but could not articulate till I heard her words. She is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and her name is Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The following quote comes from an Egyptian television interview on January 30, 2012.
“ I would not look to the U.S. Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012. I might look at the Constitution of South Africa….A fundamental instrument that embraced human rights.”
When you consider who and what this woman is…. it is simply STUNNING that she would voice such a comment. A person who is sworn to up hold that Constitution Of the United States and NONE OTHER!
People like this do NOT operate in a vacuum, they are formed from those who at first have been alienated in some way by their peers, or by society for unknown, usually inconsequential reasons, to the better balanced of us at large. In short an assumed victimhood that is worn for their entire life into the future, no matter how successful they ultimately become in that life. It may bear stating that ours is a society of victims…If you doubt me simply observe all the people who have been influenced by Oprah Winfry and others who picked up her style and mantra….professional victims leading those who felt victimized once it was pointed out to them who their oppressors were or were perceived to be….real or not.
We as a society still suffer untold amounts of damage from those who have made, and are making, fortunes from their race baiting…class warfare and…. Hyphenating every one, and everything, that doesn’t move, or can run away from their doing so!
To give another example of the “Baby with the bathwater” thinking out there, the latest group being the Atheists and The Freedom From Religion Foundation suing small cities and towns to remove religious symbols from public property. Some of you might think “Well good on them! It’s about time those hatefilled right wing conservative Christians get what’s coming to them!”
One may indeed feel some justification from that but ,consider when it’s your turn to be at the mercy of those you can not defend yourself from…like those self same small cities and towns that are virtually bankrupt…. because of political stupidity! Which of course, leads to economic stupidity! Which leads to failure as a NATION!

And now for names….I led with the name of Ruth Bader Ginsburg not because she is a leader of this pernicious movement but because…. she is but a symptom of it!
The first name is Barrack Hussein Obama Because he currently leads it. He was groomed for it, believes implicitly in it and, will stop at nothing to achieve his vision for America of the future.
That vision is NOTHING like that conceived of by the founders or the people of this nation that they can currently conceive. One of freedom…. as it has been known for us historically.
The next is George Soros, because he is currently involved in being the major financier and motivator of this movement having in the past brought down three other nations by his financial manipulations because he HATES free systems like ours! He and his consortium of cohorts is zealously moving in the shadows, and in the United Nations and among powerful elements of other nations, to bring us down, as we have been known, to accomplish everything I have, and will, say in this article. And, this can be verified BY YOU! It is all over the internet…not on blogs and crap like that, but in official records and readily available in quotes and interviews over the years.
What follows is a description of who the players are, their plans, and the direction and, the way they have and are, moving to accomplish all that has been outlined so far.

1. President B.H.Obama
2. Eric Holder Attorney General of the U.S.
3. Elena Kagan Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S.
4. Sotomayor Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S.
5. George Soros Bankroller of the D.N.C. and other arms of the Obama machine. The Center For American Progress.
6. Cass Sunstein Regulation Czar
7. John Podesta, Center for American Progress.
8. Professor Aziz Huq of University of Chicago Law School
9. Mark Tushnet of Harvard ;Law Professor
10. Emily Zakin, Professor Hunter College
11. Robert C. Post, Dean Harvard Law School
Jack Balkin Professor of Law Harvard Law School
12 and onward…access all of Obama’s appointments to cabinet positions and those ubiquitous Czars that you heard of, and hundreds of other quiet Presidential Appointees that currently infest congress and inside the Beltway of Washington D.C…. but who have faded into the wood work like termites, to accomplish the ends of these planners and plotters….Sorry there’s no better word for it, as it is conducted from the shadows as is being done.

EXAMPLE; Katherine Sebelius, ( Cabinet Head, Health and human Services) and her recent ruling about churches paying for abortions! If you believe that she did that without the direction of her political bosses ….YOU are naieve,,,or hopelessly deluded!

These are the acknowledged leaders of the movement to rewrite the constitution of the United States. And then you have the other 40,000,000 or so, of unknowing innocent dupes of this party run amuck or, at worst, actively lying along with the rest of them, to accomplish their ends.

……………………..The Stated Goals of This Movement……………………………..

“Taking Back The Constitution.”….Taking it back from WHOM??…Well according to them it was hi-jacked by those wascally wepublicans again!!! You might ask, “ is that a quote from Elmer Fudd?” Uhh…no, it’s not. It comes from Professor of Law at Harvard University…The exact quote…“For thirty years the Conservatives have hijacked the Constitution, and we’re taking it back.”
Back?? Where did they take it?? It wasn’t ME…. I’ve been trying to find it among the crappy laws, Directives, Regulations and the blizzards of Executive Orders that this country has been run on, for years….INSTEAD OF LAWS!!
REALLY, WHERE DID IT GO?? Can you tell me….please?
This administration has been in office for over three years and has not submitted a budget from the Senate YET! Harry Reid will NOT allow any budget from the house of Representatives to even reach the Senate floor for discussion!! I do not include his name in the list because I can’t find his own quotes…YET…to back up that claim.
Do not forget…. every claim I intend to print in this article…. is from those …who made them…clearly stating their intent!!..
That is why this article will be so damning in it’s proofs!…. I am not the one saying these things….THEY ARE!!

Now back to the beginning, Justice Ginsburg’s comment at that Egyptian television interview. Why would she say such a thing? Why would she even believe it needed saying? Especially in that venue, as a person so high in the government of the United States? Does it seem off the wall to you….? Well it did at the time to me, so I simply dismissed it, as I have so many of her comments before…..I should have listened closer!
What that comment does is reveal her commitment to an ongoing movement among “progressive” legal activists to render the Constitution, as we know it, unrecognizable.
Want to know what else is outstanding by it’s absence? The Lamestream Media’s ignoring the remark or shoving it out of sight along with other things you should know about them and the people who ostensibly represent you and me….silly us!!!
We are ignorant and not worthy of note…. as far as running the country is concerned…remember? Go to a couple of cocktail parties among the intelligentsia, you’ll find this out soon enough! Remember the Town Meetings of 2010…. before the elections? Kind of revealing…. about just what they thought of you then…. weren’t they!!
Wipe your feet after you leave the party though…you don’t want to track that crap into your living room…it’s bad enough they pump it in through your T.V………
So we return to the thrust of all this…. WHAT do they intend. Besides take back what isn’t gone!!

Now since I opened with a quote from Ruth Bader Ginsburg let’s expand the mantra of these people, starting with, The already quoted… Mark Tushnet ….having stated his goals thereby giving impetus to this pernicious plan, which will now be unfolded right before your very eyes!
The next player to be introduced is…TA DA! John Podesta, former Clinton Cabinet member and Cass Sunstein. Who in the interim between the Clinton Administration and that of Obama’s served that gazillion dollar backer of democracy George Soros.
This all of course has a name let me introduce you to the new, “Democratic Constitutionalism” This is the “moniker for this which was coined at TA DA! 2005 American Constitutional society conference at Yale Law School .Also followed in 2009 by a book and another conference of the same name. At that Pillar of Education ,Yale University.
Now, having introduced the first three of the major players in this expose’ and who they WERE….let us proceed to who they ARE NOW. George Soros of course needs no introduction as the hater in chief of democratically elected governments and capitalism.
John Podesta on the other hand after serving as Obama’s chief of his transition teamn into the White House environs is the overseer of probably the most successful of those multigazillion dollar machine for George Soros ….The Center for American Progress…..That font of left wing ideas that President Obama has turned into his entire platform and policy coming soon to a neighborhood near YOU!……Hold the drum roll please!
The next Denison to slither from under that rock is TA DA! Cass Sunstein….Sunstein is the “unofficial or tagged as an “onformal” White House advisor….kinda sorta like the old card carrying Harry Hopkins of F.D.R. fame another unofficial advisor to the President.
Actually he does have a title….He is the Czar of the White House Office of Information and….NOW the drum roll!! Regulatory AffairsTA-DUM… TA-DA DUM! Thank you.
This guy is just giddy about the South African Constitution and has called it, “The most admirable Constitution in the history of the world.” Close quote…please……OH! By the way Sunstein is on leave from his chair as a Harvard Law Professor and an incredibly prolific generator of far left ideas , that any reasonably intelligent person….would simply call weird. For instance internet web sites should include opposing points of view to “be fair”and [quote/ “ the growing number of consumers to “filter” what it is they see.”….In other words you’re too stupid to form your own opinions about what you read….You need “them” to do it for you!…Outrageous or what? OR even better….he has proposed giving animals “personhood” so that lawyers can…on behalf of those animals…sue in court!
What this means of course is that “liberals” progressives” or what ever the hell they’re calling themsleves now HATE the idea that they no longer control the media that you see like they did for all the years there were limitation. Because we didn’t HAVE the media open to you to say and read what you WANT TO! Even now they continue to tell us that the media airs the stories….NO THEY DON’T!!! and THAT is what is meant by “Media Bias” they simply don’t run the stories they don’t want you to hear!
EXAMPLE; Just how much do you know about the story you are now reading??? OR Operation Fast and Furious….Holder’s and Obama’s and Hilary’s plan to infiltrate weapons into a sovereign Nation, Mexico, to continue the LIE that American guns from illicit American gun dealers, were the principal source for the weapons used in the current drug wars down there. These wars, which have claimed more than 25,000 lives so far! Not to mention the life of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent who was killed by one of those guns!
….This insanity is so pervasive all through this administration, it is simply incredible…and so many who read these things simply refuse to give them credit! They can’t believe this is all happening right here, right now even as we speak, and is being guided and implemented by a sitting duly elected President of the United States and his entire, “rotten fruit”, … filled administration.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
As out lined…. Sunstein is actually calling for a form of censorship of thought….to create DIVERSITY!!….And you thought ME…. crazy!?!
One more step….Through the looking glass…into Alice’s world….don’t lose sight of the White Rabbit….he’s heading for the White House….how appropriate!
Now there is no real secret to the Constitution in 2020 movement. You can find it on the internet or, like some other movements, smeared on the sidewalk, or in the grass somewhere.
What is NOT unique is that way in which it is being conducted…which of course like so much of other “liberal-progressive” efforts….under the radar…like so many or so much of their political goals…..If they told you, EXACTLY what they intend, they would be laughed out of the room and off of our streets!
So now you have learned something else you maybe didn’t know…THEY LIE….and they do it about almost everything they believe! It is second nature to them….as in no other way can they hope to succeed.
Now, the mechanics involved are simply these. The Lead off Speaker for the 2009 conference, reconvened at Yale Law School, was Professor, Aziz Huq, Of the University of Chicago Law School.
He laid out the need for a deep political masquerade to accomplish real change.
[quote]; We’ll start with the problem of candor,” Huq said. “No Constitutional movement ever got very far by admitting that it sought innovation in the founding document. Or by admitting that it was enabled by the particular social/historical or doctrinal circumstances of the change that it urged. Yet to be a creditable movement for Constitutional change-a creditable social movement- that movement has to deny, in a sense, it’s ultimate goal.” [close quote] Now I’m going to take a BIG leap of faith here and give you credit for being able to understand, THAT FOOL JUST TOLD YOU THEY NEED TO LIE TO GET THIS CRAP INTO OUR GOVERNMENT!!!
I’m am sorry for screaming but I’ve been screaming since before the election of 2008 and nobody listened THEN. Obama told you exactly what he would do if elected and has done it!
Quick question here folks…Have you ever heard of….TA_DA…. A CONSTITUTIONAL AMMENDMENT? Why from the outset have these people assumed that they NEED TO LIE to accomplish their goals?? The mechanism is there to make the changes they want to make….. right?!?
Unless understand they know damned well that to get this crazy crap past you,… by a democratic vote,…. IS SIMPLY NOT POSSIBLE YET!… Too many Americans still have a functioning BRAIN!
Now to understand what this all means you MUST understand what “rights” the U.S. Constitution conveys to you from the government….once again…….NONE…….THEY DIDN’T GIVE THEM TO YOU!!…According to the Declaration of Independence our founding document historically, they come from our CREATOR! You will notice it does NOT say God. It was phrased this way to include those who do NOT believe in God! PHRASED AS IT IS, You can call it Mother Nature…Jehova….Yahwey…..I AM…..Indus…..Shiva…..in fact what ever you want….. up to, and including, Satan Himself!….OR…..nobody and nothing …AT ALL.
Pretty smart them old dead white guys ehhh? Also since men didn’t GIVE them to you, MEN can’t take them AWAY! And since this Constitution and indeed, our ENTIRE GOVERNMENT, WAS CRAFTED TO PROTECT AND ENSHRINE THESE RIGHTS ,…. OF THE INDIVIDUAL….. INCLUDING GO TO WAR TO DO SO….You had better be damned careful of playing with it! Yes I know I said all that before…but in case you didn’t understand it back then, I felt it needed repeating!
You need to see something else right here and NOW. It is THIS that they hate…. individual rights!…. They can not control you with this Constitution in place. We,being a Nation of LAWS…. is Also what they hate…. they can not go around sneaking crap in under the radar! It is accomplished by laws! In this OUR country. Go and read you will be amazed by the protections offered you in this old document that so many have died to defend FOR YOU! They are enumerated and the government is told quite plainly…. HANDS OFF!!
The South African Constitution contains language that says. Human beings have the “right” to…healthcare…food….shelter….meaningful work….In short all sorts of things that once stipulated as being rights it becomes plain they are anything BUT rights! They become simply “privileges” that the government gives to you for the purpose of maintaining what ever their goals ARE! The Government that giveth…. That government…. can taketh away!!… EXCEPT IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! This is WHY you may not have truly understood before WHY you have been told all of you life, there is NO other Nation Anywhere on Earth that was constructed and maintained as have we, The United States Of America!
We have reached the point I wanted to make, to show you the very real danger you, me and all the citizens, and illegals here, are in today and for what ever amount of time these people remain in power.

You have the names, go to their web cites. Go read what they themselves say about their plans….These things are real…they are a clear and present danger to our entire way of life as Americans and I do NOT exaggerate that one bit. In fact I have not told you the half of it. Just like Joe McCarthy and now glen Beck and even ME! Yes we are a pain in the ass….. but it’s for you…. because if you don’t wake up…. your children will NEVER have what you have HAD…. Freedom…. Plain…. Pure…. and simple….FREEDOM

BE WELL FRIENDS…….Rev. Bruce……………………Tawodi

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Secular Philosophic presentation….with refutation by Rev. Bruce for the REAL World

Posted by tawodi on April 9, 2012


Here is a further presentation of a person’s,  “personal Philosophy”  based on modern “assertiveness theory.”

There was more presented than you see here,  but I have taken the liberty of editing it to eliminate those things that took away from his “basic assertions” to show why…In my opinion, as one human to another this can be a pzzz poor way to treat people if you’re not damned careful about it!

HAPPINESS IS GETTING WHAT YOU NEED.

EVERYONE NEEDS: Liberty, peace, health, sex, mind exercise, knowledge,
personal associations, art and creativity, character and a sense of
justice, and to be assertive (to be able to say “no” without feeling
guilty).

NO ONE NEEDS ARBITRARY POWER OVER OTHER PEOPLE – but it is normal to want it.
(I have added here a couple phrases to Mortimer Adler’s definition of happiness).

Also assertive behavior is associated with happiness

The Science of Assertiveness theory — aka folk knowledge (trial and error science)

Assertive (Leadership) behavior of humans: Builds relationships

Will the long-term affects be worse than any short-term discomfort I may feel if I am assertive in the first place?

The word “NO”, may have to be repeated over and over, as in a broken record.

An angry and loud communication can be assertive if one is expressing feelings (Using the word “I”, ( I am really god damn anger at you …)

vs. HOSTILE behavior-destroys a relationship: … You dumb ass, didn’t your mother teach you to report to work on time, etc. etc. Why, didn’t you do such and such….

If someone has a habit of saying, “Why, don’t you do such and such…” we all understand this to mean “I want you” to do such and such. There seems to be some kind of a minor taboo in our culture against people saying straight up, that they want.
On the use of the word YOU:

…the use of the word “you” is assertive when a person is acting in the role of boss, parent, or leader, for example, a law enforcer, a teacher, the chair of a meeting.

“You are expected to” (follow the rules, etc) , then every time the other person comes up with excuses, sob stories, etc, repeating this phase again and again (“You are expected to” (aka using the broken record shows the other person that you are not afraid to stand your ground and they need for them to rethink their poor behavior.

But remember being skeptically silent is assertive. Meaning if I try to get the last word.. will I get punched in the nose or some other bad result.

Speaking up in a group to speak is assertive because one is taking the “psychological space” of the whole group.

Hostile behavior: A person uses sarcasm and intimidation to get what they want. One may get what they want, but destroys the relationship afterwards.
It is easy to give up the benefits of hostile behavior when I value myself enough to avoid getting agitated over minor issues and when I am imperfect and incorrect.

Non-assertive behavior: (shy behavior) doing nothing about unpleasant situations and simply try to ignore ones feelings and desires. While it may prevent conflicts with others, one probably will wind up feeling helpless, exploited, angry, and disappointed with one’s self. Being “too shy” to do something.

For example, “I am sorry to bother you.” This is an example, of how being NICE sucks us into a non-assertive down-hill fall. vs. “I want to talk to you.” “ I need your help or I need or want to talk to you.”

or “It was nice talking to you.” (when it wasn’t and you didn’t enjoy talking to them).

Basic Assertive Rights:

1. The right to act in ways that promote my dignity and self-respect as long as others’ rights are not violated in the process.
2. The right to be treated with respect.
3. The right to say no and not feel guilty.
4. The right to experience and express feelings.
5. The right to take time to slow down and think.
6. The right to change my mind.
7. The right to ask for what I want.
8. The right to do less than I are humanly capable of doing.
9. The right to ask for information.
10. The right to make mistakes.
11. The right to feel good about myself.
Must I always assert my rights?
No, I am always free to choose not to assert myself, assuming that I am also willing to take the responsibility for whatever consequences may then occur.
” I don’t have to be assertive all the time”. Or “I don’t have to be perfect.. I have a right to make mistakes.”

Source: The Assertive Option by Patricia Jakubowski and Arthur J. Lange
and NO TRESPASSING by Barker and Barker.

REBUTTAL BY REVEREND BRUCE.

In the following I included the list of his “basic assertive rights,” again,   for clarity of presentation. If you re-read the upper portion though you will see that the whole premise is shot full of holes from the git go…..At the end of the presentation I explain how and why. ENJOY!….AND AS ALWAYS……..CHOOSE WISELY……………..TAWODI.

Basic Assertive Rights:

1. The right to act in ways that promote my dignity and self-respect as long as others’ rights are not violated in the process.
2. The right to be treated with respect.
3. The right to say no and not feel guilty.
4. The right to experience and express feelings.
5. The right to take time to slow down and think.
6. The right to change my mind.
7. The right to ask for what I want.
8. The right to do less than I are humanly capable of doing.
9. The right to ask for information.
10. The right to make mistakes.
11. The right to feel good about myself.
Must I always assert my rights?
No, I am always free to choose not to assert myself, assuming that I am also willing to take the responsibility for whatever consequences may then occur.
” I don’t have to be assertive all the time”. Or “I don’t have to be perfect.. I have a right to make mistakes.”
Source: The Assertive Option by Patricia Jakubowski and Arthur J. Lange
and NO TRESPASSING by Barker and Barker.

While I find your treatise interesting it kinda falls short in several respects. As latter day Philosophical arguments are wont to do.

I must admit that most of it will stand a simple examination sort of only at the surface of it but I will outline my exceptions and give you the WHY at the end of my post.

Assertiveness training is largely a crock and here’s why.

Basic Assertive Rights:

1. The right to act in ways that promote my dignity and self-respect as long as others’ rights are not violated in the process. [Granted; Not bad on surface examination, but there are corollaries extent, for instance; who decides the “right” of the issue? ]

2. The right to be treated with respect. [ To be treated with respect in almost any surrounding isgranted by earning it Not simply because you demand it. What makes you special?]

3. The right to say no and not feel guilty. [granted; unless it comes from risk assessment to your self…. and not to others!]]

4. The right to experience and express feelings.[Granted; You should be aware though,  your assumption here…. is that anyone CARES how you feel about the issue at hand….. Sorry about that. ]

5. The right to take time to slow down and think.[ Granted;  if time permits…but remember…. it will NOT BE…. if you do not grant that same luxury to others under your charge.]

6. The right to change my mind.[ Granted;  Only someone with an ossified mind would refute this. As long as you are willing to bear the expense, and consequences, of doing so.]

7. The right to ask for what I want. [Granted]….just don’t expect to get it.

8. The right to do less than I are ( sic)…. (am)…. humanly capable of doing. [Granted;  reciprocity being an equal granting of “the right” by you…… When you are the one who is forced to make excuses for poor production performance]

9. The right to ask for information. [Granted;  one cannot proceed very well in any endeavor without accurate information……. Be ready to say you didn’t understand what you were told though.]

10. The right to make mistakes. [Granted;  Every body does…Are you ready to stand and say…. NO EXCUSE SIR!…. If so then…. Carry on!]

11. The right to feel good about myself. [Granted;  IF you deserve to! ]

Must I always assert my rights?

No, I am always free to choose not to assert myself,  assuming that I am also willing to take the responsibility for whatever consequences may then occur. [WHAT responsibility? You didn’t offer any thing to what ever develops, did you?] Ergo: cheap cop out!

” I don’t have to be assertive all the time”. [Granted;  Because that would be a little overbearing wouldn’t it?]

Or “I don’t have to be perfect”….” I have a right to make mistakes.” [Granted;…. Asked and answered.]

Sir; please understand that my issue is not with you, but, when a piece is delivered by some one else… even if attributed to them…. and then claimed as a personal philosophy,…. well then it AIN’T very damned personal then….. IS IT?

It BEGS,  literally BEGS,  to be defeated  seriatum,  ( or, in detail.)

But for modern day philosophy, being what that is….. I would rate it at about fifty per cent….. on the conscience scale.

Be well friends…………….Rev. Bruce……………………………Tawodi

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A SIMPLE QUESTION ASKED…….What did early Christian meetings look like..?

Posted by tawodi on March 22, 2012


As most of you know I spend time on the Military. com site. While there I and others are asked many questions about religion and the duties of Clergy in general. I took this opportunity to answer one and thought to bring it here for you to ponder and consider…. those very early days before we had sects and divisions, there was only one WAY to follow. that of Jesus the Massiach.

[QUOTE] Early Christian meetings were primarily centered around a shared meal. [UNQUOTE] CPL BUCKLEY.

That was one thing that would stand out. It was called a love feast in those times, something that still exists as Lay ministers and others can do this instead of consecrating the elements of the Eucharist, which they cannot. If the host is blessed by someone in the Apostolic line of succession, (something rather hazy today) then the laity can hold Communion services, which of course is considered a Sacrament.

Baptism is also a Sacrament and there are only two such in most protestant churches, unlike the Catholic Church which considers many rituals Sacraments….such as marriage for instance. In protestant churches the oath, between the woman and the man, is the Sacrament, not the ceremony.

Of course that is not true in some of them!

After the feast, they would discuss Scripture and since they had only what is now known as the Old Testament that was the Holy book under discussion. Most of these discussion centered around prophesy, as one can understand.

As Peter, Silas, Paul, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, (Saul of Tarsus) Ananias, Phillip, Mathias, and Matthew, travelled a bit and some of course on missionary journeys of many miles and great lengths of time, they exchanged ideas, letters and word of mouth communications with one congregation or another. They became known as “Followers of The Way” The symbol, as most know, was the fish…as per Jesus telling the first disciples, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men”

The Chrysanthamum and the Rose were also early symbols of Christianity as well. It was somewhere around 60 to 75 A.D. that the Cross started to be used as the Christian symbol of the sect. The Chrysanthemum was used on funerary things like Ossuaries and tomb markings, to symbolize the return of life with resurrection.

Three of these are still used today. The Cross of course the fish and the Rose. When some thing is to be kept secret for instance, a rose is placed in a tall vase on the table and then the conversation takes place. After the conversation the rose is burned and the vase is destroyed marking the end of the secret session. From this comes the phrase, “Under the Rose”, to imply the utmost secrecy of the subject at hand. Also the red of the Rose is used to designate the red color and sacrifice of the Sacred heart, as well as it being said that apparitions of Mary, are always accompanied by the scent of roses.

And so, the Followers of the way progressed to ever more formally conducted meetings of prayer, sermonizing, (teaching or “preaching” which means the same thing) and ritual. Which at first consisted of telling the sayings that the disciples and others who remembered Jesus as having said…. and then, finally, about 40 A.D. they began to be written down.

Before you jump my “stuff”. Let me explain that fragments from this period are still in hand with-in the Vatican library/museum, but are virtually useless for any purpose. They DO have over nine hundred fragments from those times but the earliest useful tracts, that exist today, are from about one fifty to two hundred A.D. as most already know.

About eighty years ago it was thought that one of the first copies of “Revelations” of St. John of Patmos had been found, but carbon dating left it in doubt as samples of enough size failed to be obtained, and so it goes.

So, as you can see…. those early meetings were much like today’s house gatherings of worshippers to feast, discuss, worship and share in the experience, of forming a relationship of a personal nature with God, and Jesus The Christ…to enrich their lives in understanding and fellowship.

Be well friends….Rev. Bruce……………………..Tawodi

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This is turning out to be a hell of a year!

Posted by tawodi on March 10, 2012


First off let me say it is good to still be here…At ALL!!  Next let me say I will NOT expand on that comment…yet!

Next,… I guess the announcment that the People of Abraham Group may be closing…. as I have neither the time or the health to continue writing there and doing what is necessary for it to carry on with no-one at the helm,  so to speak.

Now as you all know the political scene is heating up and promises to be nothing pretty to see,  as it rolls toward the next election. But, we need to change what is ocurring in this country or we won’t HAVE a country, at least as we have come to understand it, … and our selves…. as a country.

And that is all for politics now.

I have gone into full retirement from my ministry of visitation and hospice care… as I no longer have the physical resources to continue at that either.  Wow,  this is turning into a whole lot of…” I ain’t doin’ that anymore”…..but that is what has,  and IS,  happening on the personal front with me.

I will stop for now,  as this is the first time I have had the opurtunity to write here,  as well as the inclination,  since last February, as you can easily see from the article dates on the blog.

I WILL be writing more,  as there is a great deal for me to do here in the very near future,  for those who will follow in what I am doing, both in ministry and elsewhere.

That’s all for now,  take care and be well friends….God Bless you all……Rev. Bruce…….Tawodi

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WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN….THE EVENTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

Posted by tawodi on February 22, 2011


Most of us have watched the events unfold over the last seven or eight weeks in the Middle East, beginning with the demonstrations in Egypt which focused most Americans in on the events and then leading to seven different countries and the protests there for “democracy”. It seems the beginning was in Tunisia,  then moved to,  briefly,  Kuwait, Jordan, then to Egypt,  Yemen,  Algeria,  Libya,   The United Arab Emirates and now even small demonstrations are being seen in Iran.

Many of us that have done work in various phases of interfaith efforts and other venues of bridge building between peoples have seen two sides to this coin. The hopeful side that wants real democracy and the other side that wants Sharia law installed in a government that perforce becomes a theocracy,  which could mean another Iran.

Of course there will be differences all through the mix as well. The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is repeatedly sited as a moderating force, but they were NOT the ones who started the demonstrations in Egypt and are relative late comers to the show. But because they have an organised structure it may be easy for them to rise to the top of negotiations and setting up whatever government is to follow.

Supposedly they call themselves moderates, and have at least spoken that way.  But,  the other branches of the Brotherhood,  in other countries,  are not moderate and have elemants of Hamas and Hizbollah and others that are downright terrorist organizations. That naturally concerns people everywhere. Especially in the western world.  And of course Israel.

In Egypt there have been very heartening examples of the people giving succor and support one to another regardless of religion or politics and that is a great hope lifter. In many instances they have shouted,  ” Christian or Muslim, we  are EGYPTIANS FIRST!  This brings great hope that the people’s will to enter the twenty first century alongside the western secular governments that assure freedom of what ever someone believes, and that it can be practiced in safety and security. I myself believe that is the hope of most people no matter where they live or in what country they reside.

With freedom comes responsibility to one another,  as few realise who have never had true freedom before,  but it is a hard learned lesson that has been brought to the people as an example in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Hard won indeed as so many want to hold power over those who are different and subjugate them anew.

It is my fondest wish that we will see the honest brokering with the people and their militaries and current and future leaders for shared power and responsibility in the countries as they shake off the bonds of Monarchies and dictatorships that have endured for,  in some cases,  1400 years!

Let us all pray for these people and the countries they live in that they can find peace,  liberty, and true equality in these perilous times.

Rev. Bruce Holzrichter Sr.  Pastor,  Tree of The Mustard Seed Ministries  and  Co-founder..The People of Abraham,  Christians,  Muslims and Jews.

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It is TIME The People of Abraham Christians,Muslims and Jews.

Posted by tawodi on February 8, 2011


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With all the changes occuring in the world around us, the time has come to begin a membership drive for The People of Abraham, Christians, Muslims and Jews.
The group was begun in 2007 with the goal of bringing people together to discuss and form ways of accepting one another not as people of different beliefs who could not co-exist together, but as religious people who worshipped God understanding that God has a name and to some He is God, to others He is I AM, yet to others still, He is ALLAH, the one God.

It is with this in mind that many have come to read and learn from our example. The principle of mutual respect has grown in many instances into one of genuine love for people who are different but still are people with all the same goals that HUMANS have.

The first is to live free to worship in their own way. The second is to be safe in their persons and families. The third is to be accepted as our fellow citizens of the United States and the world, and not some nefarious OTHER to be afraid of, to see in suspicion or as a threat to the status quo.

Most of these people, be they Muslim, Christian, or Jew, simply want to be left alone to live and prosper. Raise their families, educate their children and pass peacefully into a future secure in these same ways, for those children.

Many of our friends have seen my writing and that of Robert Salaam the other co-founder of The People of Abraham and see what we have attempted and are accomplishing on a fairly small scale.

With this history I have contacted several friends who are members and asked them point blank, “Is it time to ask all of our friends and acquaintences into the fold?” Or will many of them be put off because I am a Christian Minister and be suspicious of that, and me, to ask this way. In each and every case they assured me I would be accepted because of my track record and that one of the best things EVER would be to swell the ranks of The People of Abraham to meet and deal with the changes occuring around us in the world today.

To provide a voice with a track record of what we believe, and practice, and to show that it does WORK! In spite of all the warnings and fear we have encountered…. IT DOES WORK!

I am posting this today, Tuesday February 8th. on the Blog for T.P.O.A. at http://peopleofabraham.blogspot.com **** My blog; Life religion family at…https://tawodi.wordpress.com **** And the face book location of T.P.O.A.

I am also going to take the risk of asking all of our members to send a message to all of their friends on their lists for them to do the same. Join us and swell the ranks of T.P.O.A. as membership increases, we can be a stronger voice for peace and interfaith relations around the world. There are organizations with whom we are linked around the world now, for a short time our blog was rated one of the top five thousand in the world! I want that again… and more!

Those who do join us, need not fear they will be dragooned into doing anything they don’t agree with, or of taking controversial stances for one faction or another, simply work for, and wish for, peace for all human beings everywhere and the right to live in that state of peace. There are among us people who write for a living and lecture on many things that support our goals such as uplifting the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam and the Sufi’s as well. Both peace ful and very able to co-exist in the secular world today. That of course does NOT exclude Shiite and Sunni many of whom are American citizens and have been for generations! I do NOT give a pass to sects of Chrisrtianity that are not tolerant of other belief systems and faiths, if they spew hate they are called out for it! I myself really need not worry about my reputation, it is all over the net what, and who, I am and what I believe, and work for.

So join us! You will find the group at the face book location and signing up is easy and absolutely free anything you do to help us grow. Even just adding your name to those of us who pray for peaceful co-existence will be welcome indeed!!

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THIS IS REALLY SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT FOLKS!!

Posted by tawodi on February 1, 2011


Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal
Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them. It only takes
38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention. Also
once a Constitutional Convention is convened, previous amendments
can also be repealed, changed, or left alone as is. Congress is
one way laws can be passed. But, a Constitutional Convention is
another way laws can be passed by “We the People”. Just think if
the 17th Amendment was repealed. Article V of our Constitution
allows for a Constitutional Convention. You can read more about
it here at the link provided below.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Article_Five_of_the_United_States_Constitution

This will take less than thirty seconds to read. If you agree,
please pass it on.

This is an idea that we should address.

For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of
Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could
retire with the same pay after only one term, that they
specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have
passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for
sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those
laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare
Reform… in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical.
We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don’t care
if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The
self-serving must stop. Even the the staffers of Congress family
members are exempt from having to pay back student loans. This
will get national attention if other news networks will broadcast
it. When you add this to the below, just where will all of it
stop?

If each person that receives this will forward it on to 20 people,
in three days, most people in The United States of America will
have the message. This is one proposal that really should be
passed around.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:
“Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the
United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or
Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to
the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to
the citizens of the United States .” In a Constitutional
Convention, term limits could be finally put into place for
Representatives and Senators. A Balanced Federal Budget could
also be placed into the Constitution to further restrict what
Congress can and cannot do.
Think it over and pass it on if you wish folks…..Rev. Bruce…..Tawodi

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2010 in review

Posted by tawodi on January 2, 2011


The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Minty-Fresh™.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 5 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 98 posts.

The busiest day of the year was February 7th with 22 views. The most popular post that day was Time to do the Mission.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were search.aol.com, search.conduit.com, student-loan-consilidation.com, theamericanmuslim.net, and thermallaminatorreview.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for questions kids ask about god, dr. david barton, religion questions for kids, ecumenical religion, and role of god.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Time to do the Mission December 2008

2

What role does God play in the modern world? June 2008
1 comment

3

HOSPICE, WHAT IS IT? HOW DO I PROCEED ?? June 2007
1 comment

4

WHAT DOES ECUMENICAL REALLY MEAN ? May 2007
3 comments

5

Hospice care death and dying and psychological aspects of care August 2007

To all the readers of Life Religion and Family….THANK YOU!! I have been wondering about discontinuing some of my efforts in some areas….THIS WILL NOT BE ONE OF THEM!!     So once again to all of you THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!! 

Rev. Bruce………………………..Tawodi

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WOW IT’S THE END OF THE YEAR…ALMOST!!

Posted by tawodi on December 13, 2010


I come in daily and check for comments on this site, really ..I do!! Anyway I noticed today that the last time I wrote anything was August 31…BAD ME!!   BAD BAD ME!!
It seems that I have been writing every where else but here  and at the People of Abraham site….just been busy I guess…..This seems to happen every year in spite of my protestations to the contrary…it then happens again….ya know it’s tough bein’ human!

On a sad note,  my sister crossed over on October 18th this year and I went to Illinois for her interment and to be with family.
Before that being with my daughter has occupied a greater deal of my time than before,  but I treasure that because as a dad, I didn’t have the chance to do that with my older children, I had to work much harder then to support them and their mother….it was a different world as most of you know.

I don’t have many plans for this year and make no apology for not doing the blog radio show as there wasn’t much interest shown toward the end of the run so to speak….I may do it again but I need to recharge.

I must confess failing health has curtailed a great deal of my activities….not complaining…. as some know… this gettin’ old crap, ain’t for wimps!!

So to close for now…. I guess I’ll do what I can, when I can,  and be satisfied with that.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of you and a Happy New Year as well….. may you all be prosperous in this coming season and fare well in all your endeavors.

Rev. Bruce….Tawodi

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WORDS OF A MARINE

Posted by tawodi on August 31, 2010


This came in the other day and I got permission from the writer to use it here, as I felt that the words of one “who’s been there” would carry some wieght with some of the people out in the world.
Rev. Bruce

Words of a Marine

I am writing this to those who want to judge those of us that fight for the Freedom of America. I am a Marine on my fifth tour overseas, and through the years there seems to be more and more anti-war people coming up all over the United States. I have tried to sit back and look at it from all sides of the spectrum. After years of this I have come to one conclusion, if you don’t want to support our troops that fight for your freedom, then move somewhere else where they don’t have the freedoms that the United States has and I’ll bet you’ll come crawling back.
People sit in their nice, cozy homes and complain about how bad America is. Well let me put it into perspective for all of you. You complain that there are no jobs for you to get, so you go and get on welfare right? News flash, other countries would tell you to get the hell over it! Oh, and by the way, many countries make you serve time in the military. Hey there is a bright Idea! Can’t find a job? We have plenty of them that you can get! Anything from being a cook, mechanic, computer tech, or a good old fashion infantryman. It’s a steady paycheck and you recieve benefits. But no, you would rather just take the easy way out. Yes there are cases that it’s the only thing someone can do, but not all. You think our economy is bad? Try again. People in these countries don’t even know what economy is, they think $500 is a gold mind. For the women that complain, guess what, in Iraq and Afghanistan women don’t have rights, and if they do something wrong they get punished and this can go as far as getting stoned. Here is something you’ll find amazing; we are fighting for them to have rights! I’m sorry, I know I just messed up your whole “military is sexist idea”. Wow, America doesn’t seem that bad anymore does it?
Now let me get into people that want to complain and argue about how the U.S. is handling these conflicts is all wrong. Unless you have been there, done it and have seen what’s really going on, not just what you have seen on the news, just keep it to yourself. Why would you sit back and bad mouth a military that is fighting for your rights? The only reason you can even open your mouth and have the freedom of speech is because of the men and women that fought for that right before us. You want to complain about something? Complain about people like you who want to run their mouth about the war and do nothing to help. You don’t like the war? Understood, I don’t know too many people that go around saying “Hey isn’t this war great?”. Here is the bottom line, we are here and we are going to continue to be here until it is all said and done. Why? Because it is our job, and we are damn good at it! You want the war’s to be over? Then do something that will contribute to it. We volunteered to protect our country, we don’t decide when and where.

Ok now there is this “religious group” that goes around with these signs saying “Thank God for IEDS” and “Thank God for dead soldiers”, going to funerals of our fallen Heroes. So let me get this straight. We have Americans wishing death on the people, fellow Americans that give them the right to go out and protest and hold their stupid signs. Yep that makes perfect since. Does somebody want to tell me what the hell they think they are doing?! Who in the world wishes death on other Americans?! Oh I know, they are called an insurgent. That’s right I called them insurgents. Wait now, didn’t God have wars started to destroy enemies that opposed him or his people. Yep he did, I’m glad you people a “religious Group” really pay attention to the Bible. These people are no better than the actual people that we are over here fighting. It makes me happy to know that this is the kind of thing that we fight for, but you know what? That’s fine. Continue your little protest and make your stupid signs, because we don’t need you or your support nor do we want it. Here is a great idea; how about we just ship you out to Iraq or Afghanistan? You’ll fit in great there. Just do us all a favor and stay away from the funerals of our Fallen Heroes. Oh wait, another great idea, how about whenever one of them die we go to their funerals with signs saying”Thank God for “Dead IDIOTS”.
I will close this with this. To those of you I have talked about, We are not asking for your support and again frankly we don’t need it or want it. We have our families, friends, the rest of America, and each other. Enjoy the freedom that we and our families have sacrificed for, and some making the ultimate sacrifice for. I hope every time you look in the mirror you see the face of a Fallen Hero that you have seen on the news and realize that what you have doesn’t come cheap. We don’t do it for glory or medals. We do it so our country can continue to be free and our children and yours will not have to fight.
To those that support us, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and I am glad to know that there are people that do appreciate what we do and the sacrifices we make. You are the reason that we continue to do what we do and do it proudly. Keep up the support and pray for our safe return.
To my fellow brothers and sisters serving in the military; you and your families making the sacrifices that others wouldn’t dare make, I salute you and thank you for your dedicated service to our great country. Keep up the good work and stay motivated in getting the mission done and making sure we all make it home safe.
We fight for your freedom so you don’t have to. We don’t sleep so you can. We starve so you can eat.

NEVER FORGET THOSE THAT GAVE IT ALL

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