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People are charged by tradition (coming out of the spirit of hypocrisy in this case) to ask by what authority one speaks. They don't all realize it, but that's an antichrist attitude. As asked, it is currently most often exactly … Continue reading
RLCC Comment follows this blockquote. There’s a very interesting article posted on RELEVANT’s website today. It discusses recent legislation passed in the United Kingdom which makes "comments inciting hatred against homosexuals" punishable by up to seven years in prison. It … Continue reading
By Solana Larsen, Global VoicesIt's not often that bloggers become a primary source in a global news story. Recent protests in Myanmar simply would not have been as big a story if there weren't brave people on the inside (and … Continue reading
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Halloween: third most popular holiday in the U.S. gets a closer look
By fifth grade, I was fascinated with Friday the 13th and was convinced that “Jason” was peering through my windows at night. - Lori D’Augostine, Christian Broadcasting Network, Associate Producer
What I admire most about the following opinion piece is that the writer tells her story of being like many children fascinated with both sides of the spiritual and then being pulled closer to evil. Then, as an adult, she tells of the opportunity she finds in Halloween to counter darkness.
This from CBN.com:
Suffer Not the Trick-or-Treaters
By LORI D’AUGOSTINE
How can you resist? How could anyone refuse adorable little children all dressed up, longing for sweets? I could, and I did for years.
Truth be told, I was one of those irresistible children dressed up in a bunny costume, ringing your doorbell, and singing my “Trick or Treat” song. Yet I was hiding behind a mask, and you couldn’t see the “real me.” If you had, you may have noticed that what I really needed was more than just your candy.
Though I didn’t grow up in a Christian household, my parents were very concerned with protecting me from harmful influences — whether it be the cartoons I watched or the video games I played. They had no idea that their daughter was falling prey to a much more dangerous world that went beyond the physical, parental-controlled television set.
My interest in the spiritual realm began very innocently in elementary school. My girlfriends and I would play games such as “light as a feather, stiff as a board” at our birthday parties. It seemed like harmless fun, until my best friend was lifted into thin air by what seemed like more than just the two fingers that I placed beneath her.
By fifth grade, I was fascinated with Friday the 13th and was convinced that “Jason” was peering through my windows at night. Now I realize that most children believe that there are monsters underneath their beds, but my fixation didn’t go away.
In middle school, I met some friends who introduced me to another world. They told me that they could contact the dead and learn hidden secrets about their lives. I’ll never forget the time I asked the ouija board who I would marry. It replied, “the Devil.” That’s when I knew that I was in a very dangerous place.
Sadly, the demonic hauntings I experienced growing up are common among many young children today. I would venture to say that 20 years later, it has gotten much worse. The lures of the Enemy are running more rampant. Children do not have to sneak over to their friends’ houses to access demonic influences. There are online ouija boards that require only a mouse, as well as thousands of Web sites that specifically recruit young people to join the occult.
Occultic-oriented rock performers have flourished in this generation. Some rockers even try to persuade teenage listeners to kill themselves and their parents. The influence of the occult has been behind some of the most horrific school shootings of this past decade.
Seventeen-year-old Luke Woodham killed two students and wounded seven others in his Mississippi school after he became involved in Satanism, which he said bestowed “power over many things.”
This is the state of some of the American children who are showing up at your doorstep on October 31st. I’m not saying that each of them are secret agents of the occult, yet it is important to consider the souls of the children behind the masks.
In Matthew 19:14 (NIV) Jesus instructed:
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Did you ever wonder why Halloween seems to primarily feed off of a market of 3-13 year olds? This is a Satanic ploy for our children. I don’t think that Christian children should completely abstain from the festivities of costumes and candy, because they can be a light through their alternative behavior. [I personally plan on dressing my children up in Biblical and God-honoring characters that will draw people to ask questions.]
I’m talking to those of you who will be opening up your door to children of whom you do not know the state of their soul. Consider the gift that you offer them at your doorstep.
Matthew 7:11 (NIV) says:
“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!”
Consider your options. There are many message-driven alternatives to offer, other than a bowl full of candy. For instance, there are Gospel tracts designed for trick-or-treaters that can be purchased online or at your Christian bookstore. You might also want to consider designing your own tracts or attaching scripture messages to the treats.
Scripture Candy, the makers of Fish Mints™ contain wrappers that have scriptural text. Also, EvangeCandy, “the only candy with color-coded Gospels on every wrapper” are fun for children.
This Halloween, spiritually invest in your neighborhood children and don’t make the mistake that I have made of ignoring the doorbell. Please do not shut yourself off to this generation. You have a unique opportunity to invest in the Kingdom of God without even leaving your home. Suffer not these little children and consider how you can protect them from the hauntings of the Enemy.
RLCC Comment: What's behind Halloween? Money. Buy candy. Buy costumes. Buy decorations. Buy pumpkins and candles. Buy....
Buy what sends the opposite message of Jesus Christ, to obscure that message, to magnify selfishness.
What's behind money? It's all out of the message of selfishness.
Would children be happier without selfishness? Yes, of course they would be.
Break the cycle. Bring forth the Christian Commons.
These robobugs are not for crime, guiding missiles, stopping terrorists or for finding survivors. They, along with a vast array of other Big Brother technologies are there for only one thing: to track and trace the public as a whole for the purpose of control and domination of the human species. Period. All propaganda to the contrary is nothing but a lie.
But then we hear it all the time from the professional debunkers: "Tin foil hat nutballs! It doesn't exist! There are no conspiracies!" they cry hysterically. But then when the evil thing that they claim doesn't exist becomes an obvious fact to all, they calmly say "Oh, there's nothing unusual about that. It's a great idea."
Such is the devious mind of the professional liar.
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The CIA secretly developed a simple dragonfly snooper as long ago as the 1970s.
"America can be pretty sneaky," said Tom Ehrhard, a retired Air Force colonel and expert in unmanned aerial vehicles
Dragonfly or Insect Spy? Scientists at Work on Robobugs.
By Rick Weiss
Vanessa Alarcon saw them while working at an antiwar rally in Lafayette Square last month.
"I heard someone say, 'Oh my god, look at those,' " the college senior from New York recalled. "I look up and I'm like, 'What the hell is that?' They looked kind of like dragonflies or little helicopters. But I mean, those are not insects."
Out in the crowd, Bernard Crane saw them, too.
"I'd never seen anything like it in my life," the Washington lawyer said. "They were large for dragonflies. I thought, 'Is that mechanical, or is that alive?' "
That is just one of the questions hovering over a handful of similar sightings at political events in Washington and New York. Some suspect the insectlike drones are high-tech surveillance tools, perhaps deployed by the Department of Homeland Security.
Others think they are, well, dragonflies — an ancient order of insects that even biologists concede look about as robotic as a living creature can look.
No agency admits to having deployed insect-size spy drones. But a number of U.S. government and private entities acknowledge they are trying. Some federally funded teams are even growing live insects with computer chips in them, with the goal of mounting spyware on their bodies and controlling their flight muscles remotely.
The robobugs could follow suspects, guide missiles to targets or navigate the crannies of collapsed buildings to find survivors.
The technical challenges of creating robotic insects are daunting, and most experts doubt that fully working models exist yet.
"If you find something, let me know," said Gary Anderson of the Defense Department's Rapid Reaction Technology Office.
But the CIA secretly developed a simple dragonfly snooper as long ago as the 1970s. And given recent advances, even skeptics say there is always a chance that some agency has quietly managed to make something operational.
"America can be pretty sneaky," said Tom Ehrhard, a retired Air Force colonel and expert in unmanned aerial vehicles who is now at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a nonprofit Washington-based research institute. more