Frenetic Friday: Things that make me go hmmm.

This Frenetic Friday was brought to you by five, the number of times I beat my head against the flat rock and the word “Why”.

He’s neat, petite and beat out twenty-one women to become the new ‘Miss’ Nevada. Yes the prettiest ‘girl’ in Nevada was born male and will go on to the Miss USA patent. Isn’t wonderful what a little artfully applied makeup, reconstructive surgery and massive hormone treatments can get you?

Oh and while we are on the subject. The latest issue of soft porn, also known as the Sports Illustrated Swim Suit edition. (And it is soft porn) Will feature another biological male as the cover model. See my previous comment about surgery, hormone treatments and artfully applied makeup

Shifting focus. Have you heard on the major news networks about the forty-eight churches that have been burned or vandalized in Canada? Me neither until someone I followed on Twitter brought it to my attention. Here is a link: Map of churches that were burned or vandalized.

And while we are talking about Christian persecution let us turn to Africa where what is called a Christian Genocide is occurring.

Do you remember this image from your biology class? Well according to one leading geneticist this is completely wrong! Dr Adam Rutherford, a geneticist at University College London, said the diagram portrays ‘wronger things about evolution than anything else’. And he argues it should be removed from biology books.

Dr Rutherford said the image ‘points to the idea that evolution has a direction… It suggests that there are ape-like ancestors and they begin to walk upright and eventually become us and it goes in a very nice, neat line.

‘This isn’t how evolution works at all. We evolve to occupy whatever environmental niche we’re in at that time…

‘We quite easily in the future could evolve into a completely different shape or go back to being quadrupedal [walking on all fours]. That’s just how evolution works. The idea that evolution ‘improves’ is not correct.’

Dr Rutherford said the fact the diagram is still widely circulated is ‘not the biggest crime in the universe’ but it is ‘mis-informative’.

‘It also implies we know the route of evolution,’ he added. ‘Apart from the relationship between Neanderthals and us, which is that they were our ancestors, we don’t really know what our ancestors were.

‘We’ve got loads of theories and loads of specimens of older humans, but we can’t draw lines between those and us.

‘That picture says ‘this is the route’ and even names them. But I think one of the most important things in science is teaching people what we don’t know, rather than just what we do know.’

He said the diagram should be ‘much messier’ and ‘much more like a network’. <source>

And then there is an OP-ED from Scientific American that states that if you deny evolution you are engaging in white supremacy. <source>. In response to this a video featuring Dr. Fazale Rana From Reasons to Believe

And lastly here it is off the wire they want to draft our daughters.

So that is it for Frenetic Friday. I am going back to hanging my head on the flat rock.

Earworm Wednesday: Crowder ~ Good God Almighty!

So I was surfing the web when I came upon a snippet of this song. And as a proper earworm it filled my mornings, evenings, and afternoons until I had to find it. But I have decided not to find a cover of the song rather here is Crowder playing in the New Song Cafe and Good God Almighty!

Movie Review: Born a Champion

First of all fair warning this is an R rated film mainly for the violence and language.

Now why am I giving this a thumbs up? There are a few what I call martial art films that are more than just punches, kicks, and what not. There are a few that go beyond, that use the violence as a vehicle for such things as honor, bravery, love, brotherhood, and family. Things that men of a certain type still hold as virtues. And for myself it is a very short list that just grew by one, and that one is this film.

Sean Patrick Flanery wrote and stars in this film as Mickey Kelley a Brazilian jiu-jutsu (BJJ) fighter during the beginning of the start of the art who is trying to teach it to people who are more familiar with Karate. And in one tournament he fights in gets sucker punched (kicked) by another fighter causing him to almost loose his sight. Which of course gets him out of any future tournaments. But he preserves despite set backs and losses until once again he is given a chance to achieve greatness.

Something that I didn’t know going into this film was that the actor Sean Patrick Flanery has a black belt in BJJ and teaches it. And trains every day so as you look at him he is no super buffed body like super heroes are portrayed rather it is a realistic look as someone who trains to fight would look. That realism helps sell the movie. If you are looking for something more than a standard action flick try this movie currently playing on Hulu.

Faith’s Checkbook

Wilderness Communion

I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. (Hosea 2:14)

The goodness of God sees us allured by sin, and it resolves to try upon us the more powerful allurements of love. Do we not remember when the Lover of our souls first cast a spell upon us and charmed us away from the fascinations of the world! He will do this again and again whenever He sees us likely to be ensnared by evil.

He promises to draw us apart, for there He can best deal with us, and this separated place is not to be a paradise, but a wilderness, since in such a place there will be nothing to take of our attention from our God. In the deserts of affliction the presence of the Lord becomes everything to us, and we prize His company beyond any value which we set upon it when we sat under our own vine and fig tree in the society of our fellows. Solitude and affliction bring more to themselves and to their heavenly Father than any other means.

When thus allured and secluded the Lord has choice things to say to us for our comfort. He “speaks to our heart,” as the original has it. Oh, that at this we may have this promise explained in our experience! Allured by love, separated by trial, and comforted by the Spirit of truth, may we know the Lord and sing for joy!

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Never Separated from God

And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believeth thou this? (John 11:26)

Yes, Lord, we believe it; we shall never die. Our soul may be separated from our body, and this is death of a kind; but our soul shall never be separated from God, which is the true death—the death which was threatened to sin—the death penalty which is the worst that can happen. We believe this most assuredly, for who shall separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord?

We are members of the Body of Christ; will Christ lose parts of His Body? We are married to Jesus; will He be bereaved and widowed? It is not possible. There is a life within us which is not capable of being divided from God: yea, and the Holy Spirit dwells within us, and how then can we die? Jesus, Himself, is our life, and therefore there is no dying for us, for He cannot die again, In Him we died unto sin once, and the capital sentence cannot a second time be executed. Now we live, and live forever. The reward of righteousness is life everlasting, and we have nothing less than the righteousness of God, and therefore can claim the very highest reward.

Living and believing, we believe that we shall live and enjoy. Wherefore we press forward with full assurance that our life is secure in our living Head.

Faith’s Checkbook

The Word, Necessary Food

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4)

If God so willed it we could live without bread, even as Jesus did for forty days; but we could not live without His Word. By that Word we were created, and by it alone can we be kept in being, for he sustaineth all things by the Word of His power. Bread is a second cause; the Lord Himself is the first source of our sustenance. He can work without the second cause as well as with it; and we must not tie Him down to one mode of operation. Let us not be too eager after the visible, but let us look to the invisible God. We have heard believers say that in deep poverty, when bread ran short, their appetites became short, too; and to others, when common supplies failed, the Lord has sent in unexpected help.

But we must have the Word of the Lord. With this alone we can withstand the devil. Take this from us, and our enemy will have us in his power, for we shall soon faint. Our souls need food, and there is none for them outside of the Word of the Lord. All the books and all the preachers in the world cannot furnish us a single meal: it is only the Word from the mouth of God that can fill the mouth of a believer. Lord, evermore give us this bread. We prize it above royal dainties.

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Thank Him; Dwell Acceptably

Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence. (Psalm 140:13)

Oh, that my heart may be upright, that I may always be able to bless the name of the Lord! He is so good to those that be good, that I would fain be among them and feel myself full of thankfulness every day. Perhaps, for a moment, the righteous are staggered when their integrity results in severe trial; but assuredly the day shall come when they shall bless their God that they did not yield to evil suggestions and adopt a shifty policy. In the long run true men will thank the God of the right for leading them by a right way. Oh, that I may be among them!

What a promise is implied in this second clause, “The upright shall dwell in thy presence!” They shall stand accepted where others appear only to be condemned. They shall be the courtiers of the great King, indulged with audience whensoever they desire it. They shall be favored ones upon whom Jehovah smiles and with whom He graciously communes. Lord, I covet this high honor, this precious privilege. It will be heaven on earth to me to enjoy it. Make me in all things upright, that I may today and tomorrow and every day stand in Thy heavenly presence. Then will I give thanks unto Thy name evermore. Amen.