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A conversation in progress with a Chaplain friend

Posted by tawodi on April 2, 2009


I made a post on another forum and thought it might make for interesting reading here;  The beginning premise of the questions are,   prevenient grace from God.

O.K.

The accusation of not being able to be objective wears a little thin with me and here’s why. For most of my life you could have called me an agnostic at best.

I studied, compared, analysed, debated, argued, fussed, fumed and finally said, the hell with it all, at about the age of thirty two.

Then came Jan 8th 1983….ah crap!!! talked to my counsellor I was seeing at the time, told him what happened and finally said to myself, O.K. fool, now you know what a nervous breakdown feels like!! And got on with it….that’s the way I am, for a whole host of reasons, quit B***chin and GET ON WITH IT!!!

I Kept reading though, checkin’ things out, still wouldn’t fully commit to ministry, though I did attend church sporadically from 1991 on and did work as a lay speaker and things.

2002 June, Bang!!! Slam!!! Dunk!!! Alright why me, and moreover, why NOT me?? Started REALLY checking things out and found out something….there have been literally hundreds of times when things that I did, made no sense what-so-ever for the person I was at the time, but they all each and every one of them turned out good and sometimes with totally unforseen outcomes that were NEVER seen that way before by me till I sought the answers.

And man, did I get some flipping answers!!!

Now, I don’t ask a single person to accept, or believe, the reality that I have found, because they have to find it on their own….but it is real, it is proven, and I live it every day and will till I die!!

AND!!! It was REASON that brought me here!!

So make of it what you will, I will not argue it, I will not defend it, it needs no defense, I’m not selling it to you, if you want it, it’s free!! Take it or leave it…your choice…..

Choose wisely….T

And, immediately followed that with this for others who participated.

Alright fellas I needed to say the forgoing first, because there’s more!!

The above is about me, and me alone. Others have had similar experiences and feel as I do. Some are not as erudite as I, so be it. Some are much more so….so be it.

There are others though, that have NOT done the work I and others have done. They listen to others tell them things and parrot those things as gospel and fall into large dark places and bring others with them. I don’t argue that point with you, or anybody else, because it is true.

Extremeism is ugly, destructive and deadly, as we all know and it is destructive in ways that are not violent but destroy the person, not the place, on personal levels not seen with the eye, in families, in society and in the world in general.

All of you also know I’m not afraid to call a spade a spade and point out along with you, those times when it needs doing, and I do more than just point fingers, as you all know as well.

But to stop the destruction, stop the violence, and stop the devision, you guys of no religious systems and I, are in my mind, allies and brothers in arms, as we once were, for real, in the world. I take pride in seeking justice with you in those times when it is hard to find, or simply overlooked because of biases that some possess and can not see beyond.

So, stick that in your hooka and smoke it!!

Angel/Devil T

And then my friend asked the following question;

Bruce…

Did you ever wonder why we only see the real prevenience when looking back. Sometimes over many years and in many situations, but always when looking back. Just some thoughts…
Be well…
CJ

And, the answer was………

Yeah C.J., I have wondered that, and don’t any longer.

What has to transpire, is the loss of surity of, “self”.

Some thing, or series of some things, must occur to rattle you down to your very core and force you to ask questions of your self, that are too frightening to ask under normal circumstances, or the need simply never arises within you to ask them.

That something does NOT have to be life threatening, destructive, or simply uncomfortable. It must motivate you, to do the work, to see who you REALLY are though.

You must be willing to stand naked in front of the mirror of your mind, SEEING the scars and how you got them, the pimples, the warts, ALL of it, and take each answer as it comes, honestly, no matter how disparageing to your self image it may be, no matter how painful the truth is, and incorporating it into who, and WHAT, you truly are.

I have learned, that very damned few of us will do that.

I learned it by the time I was twenty, I never could stand the illusions that people try to foist off on me, and could not stand excuse making on my part either. This has caused untold misery for me in my life, because if you have no illusions about yourself, others see that, and they understand that you will not tolerate theirs, about themselves. This is enemy making 101 in the social hierarchy that we have created in the world today. Perhaps it always was, I don’t know.

I mostly kept to myself, even when participating in so many different things, throughout my life.

The short answer to your question is, we always credit ourselves with too much, when citing our accomplishments, forgetting family, friends, co-workers, and too many others, that are forgotten along the way, that we learned from, took advantage of, or simply observed and copied, to achieve whatever it was, we have achieved.

Never mind giving credit to God, for the very life we enjoy!!!

I sincerely believe, that when people see how little it is, that they truly “control”, it is of a power to drop most to their knees!!! It scares the average person to their core, to realise the helplessness that each of us truly labors under, when we tout ourselves so highly, unthinkingly!!

Then when you see, as I have, the indomitable courage of the aged to face life on it’s own terms as the end come rushing toward them, it is the most humbling thing to endure as you witness it.

The posturing of the politicians, and the power that people ascribe to them, to control their existence is laughable. When you KNOW the truth about life. The atheists have, by and large, bestowed the fealty that you and I feel toward God, to men, politics, and themselves. It would be sad, if it wasn’t so futile and empty, becuase of it’s predictable futility.

Politics is the new religion of the twenty first century. It’s too bad that it is already showing itself threadbare and worn, as the politics through the ages, have shown them selves to be.

CLUE; the oldest continuous writings we have, are found in the Bible and almost EVERYBODY misses the point!!!

This is the story of human kind!! NOT how it was formed. NOT who God is. NOT what God wants!! BUT, the stories of HUMAN BEINGS and how they interacted with each other, and the things they SHOULD have learned about God, and didn’t, along the way. The stories always have a human protagonist don’t they? There’s a reason for that, the POINT, is how the HUMAN responded, NOT God!! God is consistant, even predictable, while through out the Bible man is not!! All the variables, the foibles, the frailty, the dishonesty, the thieving, murderous nature of us all, is exposed for all to see, and people concentrate on God when they ought to be examining themselves!! THAT is the point!! Self examinination and THEN, apply the lessons learned in the BOOK!

So, all in all, that is why we don’t see it, till we look back!!

T

As you can see there is some stuff here to think about that is of a personal nature for us all, as I said choose wisely!!

Rev. Bruce…………………………………….Tawodi

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A NEW YEAR IS COMING, AS ARE CHANGES

Posted by tawodi on November 21, 2008


I wrote from the depths of despair after election day.  Didja notice??  O.K.  I’m human!!  I admit itt!!

But although it’s not ALL better now, it is “somewhat” better 

There are going to be changes coming to the blog in content, and scope, after the new year. Just what the extent of them are, will for the time being, be kept quiet for reasons that will be apparent then. Nothing earth shattering,  but they will be of some consequence.

On a lighter brighter note I presided at the wedding of my youngest son James and his bride Christy.  In many ways the capstone of my life!   Also a great joy that I had looked forward to for months. Both of his sets of extended families were there myself and wife Laura and our 13 year old daughter, then there was my ex wife Susan and her husband David, my oldest daughter Dawn and her husband Mat and their daughter Maia.  Our oldest son Bruce and his wife Beth, their two sons Doug  and John and daughter Morgan. Christy’s three sisters Our grand daughter Liegha Grace and then over fifty other family and friends!

To top it all off the church was not mine! But we were graciously allowed by Pastor David Stewart of the Dighton Community church  In central Massachusetts, to use the church. He opened the ceremonies and then turned over to me the couple for the sacrament of marriage to be performed by me, after the ceremony he used the prayer from my Methodist book of worship, pronounced the benediction, and sent us forth. All in All, a fine day indeed!!  The reception also went well, no fatalities and no excessive drinking….although it was close in a couple of instances!! We got some of the pictures today, coooool!!

So, not too much else to relate at this time.

Be well, all of you, my friends,  Rev.  Bruce……………………………………..Tawodi

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IN MEMORIAM FOR A GREAT NATION

Posted by tawodi on November 5, 2008


tree of the mustard seedTonight I will begin writing a book.

I vowed to myself four months ago, I would do this, for my grandchildren, and my thirteen year old daughter. I also told you then, we would come to this. Dig, and you will find it back then in the threads. I told you and others, this would come and WHY, I was told I was and alarmist. And, was called worse.

This book will begin with the date I was born, in 1946.

Exactly one year before, we had won a war of epic proportions for freedom across the world.

There ensued a war of just as epic proportions, over the course of the next 45 years, for freedom also, for so many everywhere.

My generation was the first to give up the dream, of freedom and the costs to be bourne for it. For the vain hope of security and the material things and comforts of this world. Rather than dedicate themselves to what ever it took, to give to their children, that freedom we enjoyed as we matured.

In short, we have become a nation of victims. We have victimized ourselves, with the idea that we are “entitled” to certain things, that must of course be supplied by others. We have abrogated our responsibility to ourselves, and fellow citizens, by refusing to shoulder those burdens that freedom, true freedom, requires.

Are those burdens so horribly heavy? Apparently so, for we have shed them in our search for comfort and security, which we now demand from our government. Which of course must of needs, now become ever more coercive to accomplish these goals, at our behest.

We elected tonight, a man who has continually professed socialism as his firm position, he denies it on the surface of it, but then gives chapter and verse in his speaches the explicit out line of just those principals.

Alone it would not be possible for him to implement this policy. But you, my fellow citizens have not listened to such as me, and others. You have deliberately ignored, those such as Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, who have been waiting patiently to begin implementing these programs and have made no excuses, laid no misleading schemes, but proudly told us exactly what they would do, if this moment came to pass, and it has!

There are no more impediments to their plans in Congress. There are no more impediments to their plans in the Senate, almost every Democrat in the two houses of congress are “progressives”. This is the necessary ingredient to start the process.

Since the end of world war two the socialists, in this country, have been working for this day and, it is here, now, at the door.

Too few of you failed to believe that it could, or would, happen. You forgot the most necessary element that was yet to be provided. The Supreme Court!

There are three justices that will retire in the next four years. They have stated they will not retire before this day. This to ensure their replacements are liberal judges, who will continue their tradition. Which of course, is legislating from the bench. It is this, which more than any other thing, that has brought us this day.

As I construct the remembrance of what this country once was, and as long as I continue to live, document what it will become. I will never for get those heroes who dedicated themselves to those liberties that I enjoyed and believed in, that will fade. As will this country from the stage of history as a shining beacon of freedom, hope,and assurance, that somewhere in the world there is, and now will be seen in the future, to have been such a place.

In our self concern, and ever burgeoning sense of entitlement, we have sacrificed on the alter of the coming Nanny State, all those things we will never see again here, and perhaps ever, on the world stage again.

In case you are concerned that I am angry? No I am not, I am unutterably sad, almost beyond comprehension, at the future we, all of us, have beqeathed to the innocent victims, we leave the remains of this country to.

They will be preyed upon in ever increasing measure, to purloin their honestly earned gains in life, with ever increasing levels of force and coersion, to provide for those of no ambition,no grasp of what true freedom entails, only the grasping envy, that they have come to understand, is their due. To take from those who earn, for those who will not. Using the power of government to accomplish for themselves, what they can, and will, not. This of course, will set up the elite class, that will become the arbiters of who shall gain, and who shall forfiet, that which they have earned.

All the mechanisms are now in place, the culmination of 78 years of effort using subterfuge, lies and legerdemaine, to effect their victory.

From that formerly shining city on a hill, now a guttering candle, in a vast darkness that forbodes the world’s future.

Fare you well my friends.

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WHAT SPARKED THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES AFTER THIS ONE

Posted by tawodi on November 1, 2008


I WROTE THIS IN RESPONSE TO A HALF BAKED REWRITE OF HISTORY BY A “PROGRESSIVE”  I FIND IT HIGHLY AMUSING THEY KEEP CHANGING THEIR TITLE BECAUSE THEY CAN’T REALLY BE HONEST AND TELL US WHAT THEY REALLY INTEND!!

HISTORY CHECK!!

Ike pulled out of Korea after the amistice was agreed to, thereby Defeating the N. Koreans AND Communist China. Thereby defeating the expansionist policies of the Chinese and Soviet Russia!! I would call that one a win. Truman was scared Crapless of the Russians because they became a NUCLEAR POWER IN 1949, REMEMBER??!!??  Ike whacked them around enough so that they remembered, we could kick their azzes and WOULD if they so chose!! The Russians were losing pilots at a ten to one ratio as an example, if you want one!! The N.Koreans at a ratio no one knows, because they won’t admit losing ANY!! A ground force one third the size of the Chicoms and N.K.regulars, handed their azzes to them. So, once again, I would call that one a win!!

In 1969, after his inauguration, Nixon suddenly became the reason for the war in Viet Nam….??? How the hell did that happen??!!??

In 2004 When running for president even John ( i served in Viet Nam ) Kerry told a bulls*** story of being inside Cambodia watching the bombing before Christmas 1968 and wondering if we, as Americans, knew of Nixon’s “invasion of Cambodia”!!  Nixon did NOT become president till JANUARY OF 1969!!! But that didn’t stop Kerry’s moonbats from Believing the story, did it??!!??

Any way, he ( Nixon ) kept the negotiations going with the N. Vietnamese for a cessation of hostilities and a cease fire. Remember the year that was wasted while negotiating the shape of the table?? I DO!! The Paris Talks that were repeatedly stalled every time the American press stepped up the diatribe against Nixon’s policies??? I DO!! Remember how they were driven back to the table repeatedly by bombing the crap out of them??? I DO!!!

We lost that war, not by any missapplied force of arms, but because of our own left leaning press and those like Hanoi Jane, who got popular, and ran with it. They, the Vietnamese could not defeat us, they were going to sign the agreements, after the Tet offensive. We destroyed the Viet Cong, and their infrastructure, almost totally, and two complete divisions of N.V.A. regulars and all their equipment. The American press called it the biggest defeat in American history!! And, pounded and pounded, the drums of defeat, just as we all, who possess a memory, know they did.

Gen. Giap watched all this, and told the negotiators in Paris to wait one week before giving the letters of agreement to the Americans at Paris. One week later, they decided to let it play out. It did, Nixon and all the rest, ( except those like me )listened to the Dan Blathers and threw in the towel. The rest of the lives and treasure spent to no accord were thrown away as the South, dispirited and facing defeat, never again posed a real force for resistance. 1975 told the tale as the power of the American press, along with the N. Vietnamese were victorious!!

In 1995 In an interview with an A.B.C. interviewer I REFUSE TO PUT THE BAS**** name at the end of my fingers!! Giap told the story of how we came within a week of winning that war.

The “interviewer” tried to interrupt, and was not allowed to, as the tale, along with the incriminating ( for us ) documents, were displayed and the reasons given by the ONE MAN who read the American public so cleverly, and so devastatingly!! Back in 1968.

This current conflict suffers from the same defects. Being played out like some video game, as we were told to fill the malls. This while body bags are being filled, once again, with our soldiers!! Now that we might win, the press is nowhere to be found, AIN’T THAT CONVENIENT!!
It turns a little hot, in Afghanistan and the reporters are like fleas under a camels saddle, AIN’T THAT CONVENIENT!!

Those are FACTS!!! They are in the RECORD, you and anybody else can continue to deny them because of the shame that they carry, for those actions of then, and now,  but they are still FACTS!!

Nasty, pernicious, persevering,revealing and DAMNING, but FACTS, and until socialism is here to stay, (next Wednesday we will learn our possible fate ) will stay FACTS. Then, if we take the course it seems we will, they can be swept away with all the other inconvenient FACTS, of socialism’s failures. World wide, throughout history, and sit back and wait for our own destruction. As misguided fools try once again for utopia, by discounting human nature.

Tawodi, from the late, great, United States of America.

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Political commentary for this election carried on elsewhere

Posted by tawodi on November 1, 2008


THIS IS A SERIES OF POSTS THAT I MADE OVER THE LAST TWO DAYS IN ANSWER TO SOME QUESTIONS POSED, BY SHALL WE SAY, THOSE FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SPECTRUM.

Who should we listen to about who we should elect as OUR president??? HMMMMMM???

This will take a nano second or two……..

O.K. I’m ready, HOW ABOUT WE LISTEN TO AMERICANS!!!

I don’t give a SWEET GRANDIOSE damn!!!  What, other countries and people think. Whoever it is, will be OUR president.

This is NOT some half azzed beauty contest to win the approval of the world!!!

Don’t you realize they don’t give a happy crap about us!!! The only thing they give a damn about, is what they can get from us and then curse us to the heavens, for being arrogant rich Americans!!!

I am not an isolationist, but we need to look at the real picture.

We are in the same position England was for 150 years, on top of the heap!! And the favorite past time of humanity is?? To pull down the top dog!! Don’t you get it!!??

We rebuild France, Germany, all of Europe, Japan and the only ones grateful are the Japanese and that is wearing thin, at least it was, till the little hand-grenade with a crappy haircut in N. Korea started ringing other people’s bells, with nukes!! Now we’re every bodies daddy again!!

Checkoslovakia, Kosovo, Serbia, Yugoslavia, all those countries we had to go into??? The Last time I looked they weren’t in Florida, or just next door to the Dakota’s, they are in EUROPE!! They are called THE BALKAN COUNTRIES!!! A EUROPEAN PROBLEM!!,

And by the way, don’t wave George Bush in my face, I’m not some moonbat that goes Berserk when thinking of the 2000 elections!! Bush is done, He’s gone!! In January no longer the president!! GET IT???

And!! I don’t CARE!! What Binladen wants, why do you??!!?? What I want is that son of a b*tch DEAD!! And, puuhhleeeeze!!! don’t hand me the usual crap about “geees, that’s not being a good Christian!!” I don’t care what you think about that either!!

When  are you all going to wake up!

From the other poster;

T, very thoughtful post. It must give you a head ache to get that worked up over the democratic process of “we the people”.
As I have read over any number of ‘conservative’ posts here and there, it appears to me at some point many of them are just going to fly apart! Boooom! Explode in their own frenzy of fear and dismay. The closer to the election we get the faster they spin. Get a grip, if your guy wins don’t you want to be somewhat stable enough to follow? And if not, then I guess the rest of us will just have to pick up the pieces. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall…. but couldn’t put Humpty back together again?

Back to me:

Haven’t you figured it out yet, Oh learned one???

I don’t give a damn who wins!! We will get the government we deserve we always do. The problem is too damned many checks, going to over forty percent of the people in this country in one form or another. That is one of those inconvenient little facts that most of you hate!!

That little inconvenience, is why we are in this mess now and we will NOT get out of it!! There is no-one, and nothing, that will stop this slide to socialism and then ever increasing levels of compulsion of people by the utilization of force, to keep it in place .

We have, unless we are attacked with nukes, maybe twenty years left, as a country that can be recognised for what it once was.

Pack that up there with your supercilious esoteric knowledge and smoke it!! This is reality we are discussing, not some pie in the sky hopeful dream. There are thousands of years of history to support my position. What do you have??? Some hope, that it will be different this time???

Come on PROFESSOR, profess!! I keep asking you to do just that, and you keep handing me smarmy put downs, about my awful temper and conservative out look of fear, Blah Blah blah!!

I have more hope than you can possibly understand, so lets hear you tell me, and every body else, how it’s REALLY, going to be different, THIS TIME!!

It should be really interesting to hear.

For those of you who might be wondering why I say these things here is why.

The socialist countries from the Netherlands (Holland) Sweden, Germany,France, Norway, Spain,Portugal, Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, in fact almost ALL of Europe is socialist.

The unemployment rate in these countries runs right now today from 9 to 19 percent and is getting worse.

The only reason these countries have been able to survive, is principally because they spend two percent or less on thier defense, England being the sole exception.

Nato, via the U/S. had kept thousands of tanks, aircraft, bombs, guns, several hundred thousand troops and such in Europe for the last fifty years of the twentieth century, for their defense. We have also given them billions upon billions of dollars to maintain and train their standing armies. Now there are thousands of men and women who have served there. You can confirm for others, that this is true. Others in supply and support services of O3 rank and up also can confirm this, because they would have had to be in the chain of command that kept these munitions, supplies, and personnel, in motion and rotation as they were replaced.

Now as we leave the theater of a stable E,urope will they be able to control their populations?? It will be seen. There is an example though for you to consider. the Unrest created by the underclass of immigrant workers in all those countries. They have been marginalized and ghettoised, just as have been the minorities in our country, The difference being, upward mobility, we as a nation perenially praised and pushed for and the immigrents that came here themselves strove for.

This has changed with the entitlement mentality that currently exists, and is carefull cultured, by the American left. It is a tool that sets people against one another, and increases their power base by convincing people they are victims of the upper class, when in reality they are victims of those that profess to help them!!

In 1954 it was Eisenhower and the republicans that instigated and passed the human rights laws the blue dog Democrats went ballistic!! Ike sent the first troops to the south to force integration as well. The northern democrats were in shambles in the north east and with the second lustrum of the 1960’s they hit on a formula that to this day has worked wonderfully well for them. Invade and occupy the centers of learning in this country. Instill socialistic thinking in our youth. Create a system that is self sustaining, and will maintain itself through the appeal to human decency and caring, Paint anybody who objects, as a heartless uncaring capitolist and never never stop shouting the mantra!!

Well, check out the main stream media, in the tank unashamedly for the last 35 years and only now, not even bothering to deny it any longer!! There is no need to, they have been successful!!
And so, many will accuse me of needing a tinfoil hat, so be it!! I don’t care because others like me, saw the Education Foundation document of 1971. We read it were apalled and eventually overwhelmed, just as most of you, unwittingly, have been. You gave up your soveriegnty for security, every time you had the chance to choose differently, and will no doubt, do so again next tuesday.

I know many will think I have slipped over the edge, but I would ask you, read your history from 1920 to the present and then ask your self is old Taowdi nuts??? Or is he right??? The sad part is, it doesn’t make a damned bit of difference anymore. As you will see Tuesday.

And, there it is a synopsis of my feelings vis a vis this election. As you know I don’t usually comment on politics but when pushed I will and have as you can see.

Be well all…… choose well !!….Rev Bruce………………………………………………….Tawodi

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What is a “calling ??”

Posted by tawodi on September 12, 2008


I was asked in an E Mail;

 Why do you say it is your “calling” to form and maintain a Ministry of visitation? I never though of this as a ” Ministry” before.

To illustrate why I know it as my Calling,  rather than re state one of the epiphanies of my life, I chose to explain what I had encountered at the very beginning, when years ago I submitted to God’s  “request”. This is taken from the  “Pastors page, ” at the Tree of The Mustard Seed web site. If you are interested in “epiphanies” they are filed here under the category listed as “evangelism” in the left hand blog roll column. The title of the piece is I’m not what you think!

  It was a month ago that I put up the article about the wedding of the young people.

This time I would like to draw your attention to what it is I do for the major portion of my ministry.
   Ministry takes many forms as most of you know. Mine takes the form of service to the elderly, disabled, those recovering from injury, and those who are lonely and forgotten, such as the homeless and the poor.
   This ministry is one of the most forgotten aspects of all, and in my estimation the most important I can do. In 2002 in June of that year My heart was opened by God in an epiphany on a country road in McHenry Illinois. If you would like a full accounting go to my blog page Life Religion Family and The People of Abraham it is there, listed under evangelism, titled “I’m not what you think”.  It is there for you to learn from. It is NOT about me, but is rather, to have an idea of your own relationship with God and the many forms it can take.
   Once engaged in this ministry, I learned in very short order, how cruel well meaning people can be, to those so in need of human contact. The single biggest issue I encountered was the one of being forgotten. The aged are a lost section of humanity both in society and from their churches. Imagine your self a life long supporter and member of a church. It doesn’t matter which one, they ALL are guilty of this. You have reached the time of your life where you are no longer able to drive, this has great consequence to this group of people. They can’t go shopping for food easily, they can’t get to the doctor,dentist or visit friends and relations. They can’t go to church, and right here is exibited the cruelty that I mentioned. You have given time, love, effort, and money, all of your life and nobody and I mean NOBODY cares about you any more. All of your friends that you had accepted as your church family, all or most of your life, never calls, never visits, never sends you cards or letters, you simply cease to exist!! And worst of all?? The Pastors that you have supported all of your life with your church contributions and fund gathering efforts won’t call, write, or visit either!! But!!!  The pledge cards keep showing up in the mail!! Some Pastors even have the unmitigated  gall  to call the poor soul and ask where their money is. It’s true I have seen it and heard it!!!
  How do you think you would feel about them now?? How do you think you would feel about your old church now?? How do you think you would feel about your old pastor now?? And,  last and the worst ….how do you think you would feel about religion now??? How about God….now?? You have served faithfully all of, or most of,  your life….do you think you would be hurt?? Feel kind of like a SAP???  Of course you would!!  Well virtually every day I walk through some one’s door that has been abandoned this way. I see the results of this cruelty, and I mourn for my fellow humans who can be so unwittingly cruel. Especially Pastors!!! I know how precious time is,  but there is no excuse for this…. none!!  You don’t have time??  Send someone who does!!  Form a committee of people, educate them in how to be a simple human being.  They don’t need to do the God talk, but to sit for an hour and play checkers, cards, write a letter for someone, who no longercan, there are a hundred ways to bring God to these people and never mention His name!!!  If these people are well versed in their faith?  Well that’s a real boon, go for it!! You don’t need to be a pastor, just a human being who can read a few verses and pray with them.
   Now you must beware!!  Once you have started this, these people will not trust you for about three or four visits, do you know why?? They’ve heard it all before!!  So once you start, make SURE that you or someone else, keeps it up, or at least invest fifteen minutes and a phone call, if you have a cold or are going on vacation,  keep the connection open. You have no idea how appreciated you will become,  as a bringer of light, human contact and simple human caring to these people. The same goes for those you may visit in a nursing home. Never forget these are still human beings,  they feel everything you do, still, and “happy”, is usually in very short supply, Bring them some!!!
 
  If you are interested, contact me, I will tell you how to go about this if you wish,
It is such a simple,  but so great a deed and gift,  you can give them.
Be well, my friends and, be blessed by God……Rev.  Bruce
 

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In answer to a question

Posted by tawodi on August 28, 2008


This was an answer to a question posed by a young man in regard to the status of the Jews in the world today and if God’s covenant was still in effect.

 

 

 

 

 

I will endeavor to answer your questions seriatum.
God’s covenant with Israel was never rescinded. The laws He gave Moses, over time, became enmeshed with the laws of men. As such they were not true to the spirit of the law. By the time of Jesus’s birth they had become a travesty of legalisms and, virtually impossible for people to understand, let alone follow. The priesthood and scribes from the time of Moses had added to the ten commandments 603 “Fences” that they felt were to protect the laws of God. As if He needed their help!!

The first hint of a Massiah appears in Genesis. Chapt. 3 verse 15 through the entire Bible there are over two hundred and twenty “hard” prophesies, concerning the Massiah and his two forms. The first is as the suffering Massiah and interssesor “Priest” on the order of Melchizedek. And, the second is as the conquering King.

In His time, it was believed that the conquering King was the ONLY Massiah. The people of the Jewish faith still hold this view, as probably do you.

No one, and no thing, can take Israel’s inheritance from them! Once again, arrogant men in the form of Preachers and Pastors over the centuries have foisted this view that God gave up on the Jews, there is no way that these men and women could be farther from the truth.

God does NOT, change His mind!! When He said an everlasting covenant He meant it!!!

We are now in the age of the Gentiles, soon to end. Hopefully we, as the people of the Book, can forstall the violence and blood shed foretold, and bring peace to all our brothers and sisters as we, as those said people, have been commanded to do by our Creator!!

Any of God’s burdens are light, it is man’s arrogance and bridling at any restraint, that causes us to rebel. It is in our nature to do so. God knows this, and has provided many means to bring ourselves to Him in submition. You may notice I did NOT say surrender, Jesus NEVER surrendered!! He submitted to the will of God!! There is a vast difference between the two.

Some men should not be Pastors, some should not be teachers and, some should not be counsellors. It is the arrogance of being educated, that causes so many to lead themselves into temptation. God doesn’t do it as we beseach Him in the Lords prayer not to do. It is we in our stupid surety that we, and we alone, have THE answer, that leads us into temptation!!

None of us have THE answer, unless it comes from God, it is no answer at ALL.

At the end of this age, there will be a reckoning, and all will be restored as God told us. It will be HIS will, that WILL be done!!

Now I’m just a man, do you need to believe a word of what I just wrote?? No, of course you don’t!! But ask God to lead you, search your heart, as you should with every thing of the spirit. If it rings true, it IS true!! If it does NOT, it is NOT. That is the best that any living man can tell you, or instruct you to do.

As always, choose well!! Be well friend……..Tawodi

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Answer to A question

Posted by tawodi on August 17, 2008


O.K.;

What appears here is exactly what I believe.

The word “logos” is an unfortunate choice by the early Greek translators of the Bible.

Jesus was and is, ‘The light and the way.” No question about it!!

He was there at the creation of the world, and with God, approved everything that was created.

Later His mission was to assume the form we know Him as, Jeshua ( Jesus ) Massiach (the Christ) The annointed One. King of kings, Lord of ALL!!!

Conceived in the womb of Marriam. By the pure act of God, as manifested in the Holy Spirit.

Since God created EVERYTHING in the Universe, including that universe!! How can Jesus, His Son, be anything but created??

Sent to us as Saviour,convicted during an illegal trial in and by the Sanhedrin, turned over to the Romans, scourged, reviled, crucified and died.

He riegns now, at the right hand of God, in heaven. All that God gives Him to rule. in Heaven and earth.

The Holy Spirit is one of God’s manifestations, given to us all as comforter, guide, and friend, to shepherd us on the path we will walk, on our way back to the Father.

It is NOT a separate entity. And! Right there is the sticking point.

I do not believe that God is three “persons”

I beleive that God, Jesus The Christ, as Son, and the Holy Spirit, that binds us ALL, are as described,in Scripture,and, by the very words of Christ Himself.

What this means is simply that all of God’s creation is bound to Him, you, me, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, EVERYTHING!! Every last sub atomic particle in the entire universe!! It can be no other way. Our book tells us, God is in everything, and everything belongs to God.

Ipso facto; Jesus is The Son of God and told us, “Yea, verily, these things that I do, could I do them if the Father was not in me, and I in Him? Yea, verily, I tell you, all these things and more, shall you do also!!

Believe and you shall become. The most devout people I have ever known, do not accept that Jesus meant what he said!! YOU, are a child of God!! YOU, have no idea, the power you wield!!

Why do you think I am always so careful in describing these things?? Why do you think I am so insistant on them?? I have seen them work!! That’s why!!

If you take into your heart, all that they told you about your place in this universe, the most powerful forces are at your command, the power of creation?? It’s YOURS!! Doubt me?/ The Eiffel Tower started with just a thought, didn’t it?? All did, everything you see on this planet did, that was built by man. And, that will pale by comparison if we could just believe as we were told!! Almost all are crippled in their lives by refusing to believe it, their prayer is crippled, their concepts of self are crippled. EXAMPLE; God did NOT put you here to be miserable!! But, in some strange way most think it is our lot, to be miserable, don’t they.

It’s not true. What did Jesus say??? “I came, so that you could have life, and have it more abundantly!!” You have read it, why don’t you believe it??!!??

All these things, are promises made to us, at the cost of His life, don’t you think He meant them?

I will stop now, I could go on for DAYS! This is Sunday after all Smile

But I am sure you get my drift. As always, this is what I believe, you don’t have to.

Think, Speak, do, and become, that highest vision of yourself that you would be, in service to God.

Be well friend……….Bruce

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The Pastor’s Page from Tree of The Mustard Seed Ministries

Posted by tawodi on August 12, 2008


 Last week we got a little further into prayer and next week will continue. But I need to share something with you, so this week we will take a side trip!!

 
   All too often in these times of war, tumult, seeming chaos and uncertainty, It is hard to see our way clearly to reach for a future of any kind.
   The media lives on selling us fear and it seems that most of our politicians do too!
 
   Suddenly something of hope rears up and at first we may not be aware of what we are seeing at first,  but then comes a moment of quietude and clarity. These moments are rare indeed and it is my belief that they should be shared,  as they are precious few and sometimes, in the hurley burley are not recognized for what they truly are, a blessing in hope.
 
   I officiated at a wedding yesterday, August tenth and right in the middle of the final vows was struck most forcibly with what was actually taking place.
   As I stood there the example of those two young people in front of me, and young people everywhere.  Are simply reaching out for their chance, at life, happiness, children, fruitfulness and hope, in what sometimes seems a hopeless world.  Being of clergy I found myself ashamed at the way I have been feeling lately. Unsure, worried about my 13 year old daughter and her future. All the things that might befall her, in this time of uncertainty and her mother as well, if the time comes when I will be gathered to my people.
 
   In all the blessings I have received from God to protect our little family. All the things that have been no less than a miracle of His Providing for us when all should have come to ruin.
 
   It was truly a moment of gifting.  God once again showing me that if we trust, He will provide. He will carry us through those times of helplessness and trial.
 
As I prayed over and blessed the couple they began to cry, I thought it was from joy, the mother of the groom after I pronounced them man and wife, the pictures taken and time for me to leave, took me aside.
 
She embraced me and told me, she had never been so inspired by a prayer before and that her son was deeply moved, as was his new bride. He had asked his mother to tell me that, as he was unsure how to do so.
 
I was speechless, and told her of what had transpired . That it was they, that had inspired me, not the other way around. I then suddenly realized it was God, inspiring Us all, quite a moment indeed!!!
 
So all of you,  Be in His blessing, it is us who lose sight of God, not God that loses sight of us!!
 
Rev.  Bruce………..Be well friends.   

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GUESS WHO’S BEEN HERE FOR A WEEK!!!

Posted by tawodi on August 7, 2008


I wrote a while ago about why I put up the picture of the Tree of the Mustard seed.  Surprisingly it affected someone deeply and they took comfort from it, and moreover wrote a comment thanking me for it.  Also was the hope that Leigha Grace had arrived safely. Well she was going to wait with her arrival, until we assured her what school she would be made to attend!!  She was born at 9:32 Monday morning July twenty eighth 2008,  It seems she decided our choice of schools could be negotiated at a later date!!  So for my son Jim and the MOM,  Christie, here is Leigha Grace……oh yeah,  all of you too!!!

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