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The House That Built Me- Miranda Lambert

ok, I’m getting destroyed this morning….

I was wrong…”

Ugh, so much life hidden in these words for me. Sad how much pain people cause one another. A lot of the tears of life spring from the memories of all that we wish wouldn’t have gone down. 

"I knew the United States was in the war, up to the neck and in to the death. So we had won after all….Hitler’s fate was sealed. Mussolini’s fate was sealed. As for the Japanese, they would be ground to powder…. Silly people — and there were many, not only in enemy countries — might discount the force of the United States. Some said they were soft, others that they would never be united. They would fool around at a distance. They would never come to grips. They would never stand blood-letting. Their democracy and system of recurrent elections would paralyze their war effort. They would just be a vague blur on the horizon to friend or foe. Now we should see the weakness of this numerous but remote, wealthy, and talkative people. But I had studied the American Civil War, fought out to the last desperate inch. American blood flowed in my veins. I thought of a remark which Edward Grey had made to me more than thirty years before — that the United States is "a gigantic boiler. Once the fire is lighted under it there is no limit to the power it can generate." Being saturated and satiated with emotion and sensation, I went to bed and slept the sleep of the saved and thankful."
— Winston Churchill, The Grand Alliance
Winston Churchill in his officer’s uniform, age 21, 1895.

"I knew the United States was in the war, up to the neck and in to the death. So we had won after all….Hitler’s fate was sealed. Mussolini’s fate was sealed. As for the Japanese, they would be ground to powder…. Silly people — and there were many, not only in enemy countries — might discount the force of the United States. Some said they were soft, others that they would never be united. They would fool around at a distance. They would never come to grips. They would never stand blood-letting. Their democracy and system of recurrent elections would paralyze their war effort. They would just be a vague blur on the horizon to friend or foe. Now we should see the weakness of this numerous but remote, wealthy, and talkative people. But I had studied the American Civil War, fought out to the last desperate inch. American blood flowed in my veins. I thought of a remark which Edward Grey had made to me more than thirty years before — that the United States is "a gigantic boiler. Once the fire is lighted under it there is no limit to the power it can generate." Being saturated and satiated with emotion and sensation, I went to bed and slept the sleep of the saved and thankful."

— Winston Churchill, The Grand Alliance

Winston Churchill in his officer’s uniform, age 21, 1895.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Tapestry closeups

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“When a believer has fallen into a low, sad state of feeling, he often tries to lift himself out of it by chastening himself with dark and doleful fears. Such is not the way to rise from the dust, but to continue in it. It is not the law, but the gospel which saves the seeking soul at first; and it is not a legal bondage, but gospel liberty which can restore the fainting believer afterwards. Slavish fear brings not back the backslider to God, but the sweet wooings of love allure him to Jesus’ bosom…Whatever good quality there is in divine grace, you shall enjoy it to the full. All the riches of divine grace you shall receive in plenty; you shall be as it were drenched with it: and as sometimes the meadows become flooded by the bursting rivers, and the fields are turned into pools, so shall you be — the thirsty land shall be springs of water.”

-Charles Spurgeon

“Courageous manliness is personified in the story of Gaius Mucius, a noble Roman youth from the early Republic. An Etruscan king named Porsenna had besieged Rome by garrisoning his soldiers around the city. Gaius Mucius asked the Roman senators for permission to slip into the Etruscan camp and kill Porsenna. He killed Porsenna’s secretary by mistake, and he was captured by the king’s bodyguards. Gaius Mucius said to the king: 

I am Gaius Mucius, a citizen of Rome. I came here as an enemy to kill my enemy, and I am as ready to die as I am to kill. We Romans act bravely and, when adversity strikes, we suffer bravely. Nor am I the only one who feels this way; behind me stands a line of those who seek the same honour.” [*] 

Porsenna threatened to throw Gaius Mucius into the fire. Gaius Mucius responded by thrusting his own hand into the fire. As his hand burned, he said: 

Look upon me and realize what a paltry thing the body is for those who seek great glory.” [*] 

Porsenna told Gaius Mucius that, were he a member of his own tribe, he would commend him for his bravery. Gaius Mucius was released, but he told Porsenna that there were three hundred other Romans who would be willing to sacrifice themselves as he had to save their city, and that if the siege of Rome persisted, sooner or later one of them would manage to succeed in killing the king. Porsenna sent an envoy to the Romans, offering peace terms. Gaius Mucius earned the nickname “Scaevola,” meaning “left-handed,” after losing his right hand to the fire.”

-Jack Donovan’s book: The Way of Men

I used this story in our ManKamp final gathering to ignite the courage needed to pursue Jude 1:23 “…save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.”

An example of men moved by God’s love for men, daring to get into the fire for the purposes of God. 

*Livy. The Rise of Rome: Books One to Five (Bks. 1-5) Book 2: 12.

[Bronze statue of Gaius Mucius Scaevola by German sculptor Wilhelm Kumm (1861-?)]

ManKamp 2014 was a raging success: hiking, swimming, axe swinging, wood chopping, meat roasting, 4x4’n, fishing, biking, shooting and deep Christ & life wisdom shared around the sacred circle of hot fire & brotherhood.

I’m not a professional prophet, and I was never trained to be one. I’m just a shepherd, and I take care of sycamore-fig trees. But the Lord called me away from my flock and told me, ‘Go and prophesy to my people in Israel.

 Farmer Amos (Amos 7:14-15)

(wow, I can relate to this…)

The poor, tell us who we are. The prophet, however, tells us who we could be…that is why we hide the poor and kill the prophets.
Activist and priest Phil Berrigan 

Peshmerga: Brave & Blessed with ‘Staches of epic proportions.

What do Spartans and Jesus followers have in common? You might be surprised: 
Spartan and Jesus Economics: A possible path to turning the world upside down?
"The Spartans are famed as having built one of the most revered and feared militaries of the ancient world, but their way of life was so harsh and demanding that the word “spartan” has become synonymous with a strict, severe and minimalist way of life."
Read more:http://spokanefavs.com/spartan-and-jesus-economics-a-possible-path-to-turning-the-world-upside-down

What do Spartans and Jesus followers have in common? You might be surprised: 

Spartan and Jesus Economics: A possible path to turning the world upside down?

"The Spartans are famed as having built one of the most revered and feared militaries of the ancient world, but their way of life was so harsh and demanding that the word “spartan” has become synonymous with a strict, severe and minimalist way of life."

Read more:
http://spokanefavs.com/spartan-and-jesus-economics-a-possible-path-to-turning-the-world-upside-down

An estimated 63 percent of young men between the ages of 11 and 20 who are imprisoned for homicide have killed their mothers’ batterers.

Kimberle Crenshaw, in her article Intersectionality and Identity Politics: Learning from Violence Against Women of Color. (via supreme-shieldmaiden)

when kimberle crenshaw speaks, you fucking listen. this is the incredible black woman who is responsible for creating the term intersectionality. 

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link to the article http://multipleidentitieslgbtq.wiki.westga.edu/file/view/Crenshaw1991.pdf

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I’m stunned by this statistic…it breaks my heart.

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I have watched three of the series put out by Wanderlust Films(http://www.wpfilm.com) on the activity, ministry and presence of the Holy Ghost and wanted to give a few thoughts in reflection of their recent film: ‘HOLY GHOST’ (http://holyghost.wpfilm.com).

I think the recent film: ‘HOLY GHOST’ is probably the most accessible of the three films to a more general audience that isn’t charismatic or pentecostal in experience or upbringing. I am a Charismatic, which in classic definition simply means, I believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for today and their activity and use didn’t cease after the Apostles died, and that the evidence of the presence and power of the Spirit in the believer’s life is a multitude of gifts, not just speaking tongues. This last point about ‘tongues as the evidence’ is the classical Pentecostal distinctive that designates probably the main difference between Charismatics and Pentecostals. 

I share that information, simply to say, I am speaking from within the camp of those who believe, pray and move in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I deeply believe that the church must keep the Word & the Spirit together in practice, doctrine and mission. 

I’ll start by reminding us of Paul’s word’s to the believers in Thessalonica:

“Never damp the fire of the Spirit, and never despise what is spoken in the name of the Lord. By all means use your judgement, and hold on to whatever is really good, Steer clear of evil in any form.” -1 Thessalonians 5:19-22

Here’s my bullet points for those who want a quick review:

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A quote from Henri Nouwen in The Return of the Prodigal:

“Can the elder son in me come home? Can I be found as the younger son was found? How can I return when I am lost in resentment, when I am caught in jealousy, when I am imprisoned in obedience and duty lived out as slavery? It is clear that alone, by myself, I cannot find myself. More daunting than healing myself as the younger son, is healing myself as the elder son. Confronted here with the impossibility of self-redemption, I now understand Jesus’ words to Nicodemus: ‘Do not be surprised when I say; ‘You must be born from above.’’ Indeed, something has to happen that I myself cannot cause to happen. I cannot be reborn from below; that is, with my own strength, with my own mind with my own psychological insights…I can only be healed from above, from where God reaches down. What is impossible for me is possible for God. ‘With God, everything is possible’.”