WANT A PERFECT CHURCH?

1542022687617-1302569310.jpgI AM the Alpha and Omega the First and the Last. What you see, write in a book and send to the seven Churches in Asia. Write things you see now and things to happen afterwards in Revelations 1:11, 19. Today’s Churches compared to the 7 Churches show things are not perfect or everyone is perfect because Christians serve is a PERFECT God so expects all to be perfect in Church. Speak to a pastor, minister, elder, congregation members of any Church and there is not one who is not dealing with one thing or another. It was exactly the same in 7 Churches in Revelations with the various problems encountered in those Churches. Today’s Church on earth falls under categories of these 7 Churches so is not perfect. The seven churches in Bible described in Revelation 2-3 are literal Churches at the time apostle John was writing that Revelation. Today these literal Churches have spiritual significance for Churches and believers today. The first purpose of letters was to communicate with literal churches to meet the needs of the time. A second purpose reveals the different types of individual member’s characters in Church throughout history to instruct them better in God’s TRUTH. The third purpose is these seven churches WARN modern Churches. The problems of that time fits today’s views on each of these seven Churches describing all issues in Church history. These seven churches represent focus of message God gives a Church of God. The seven churches are:1542275081129-1953533357.jpg1542275824877-1302569310.jpg(1) Ephesus Church in Revelation 2:1-7  forsook first love Jesus Christ 2:4 to be involved in idolatry or other priorities. The worshipers indulged in their basest religious rites of sensuality and wildest bacchanalian excessive vicious orgies to worship of Cybele in Paul’s time. In two years Word of God from the school of Tyrannus spread out of experience Paul wrote, great and effectual door opened to me but there are many adversaries” in 1 Corinthians 16:9. John, the “apostle of love” and the “son of thunder,” came to Ephesus as a pastor exiled to Patmos, after ten years returned to Ephesus. The Basilica of Saint John, located on highest point built over traditional burial spot of Apostle John. In Ephesus church Paul mentions sexual immorality misconduct and inappropriate sex communications, pornography, physical sexual adultery. Impure, unholy, unclean life, Ephesians 4:19 of believers entangled in various sins in Ephesians 4:17–19. All Christians are to be free from “sexual immorality,” covetousness in Exodus 20:1 passionate desire for things belonging to other’s by lusting after their wife. Selfish greed to take overt subtle actions in thought and attitudes. Paul said such things should not exist among believers as Christians so confess sin to God and seek to get of it in 1 John 1:9. To be accountable for the health of entire church. Paul says a pure church has proper conduct among saints to avoid these kinds of problems in Corinth in 1 Corinthians 5. So sexual immorality tolerated in Church caused problems for entire congregation costs respect for Christ a bad press witness to the world. The ethics of Greek culture clashed with ethics of Jesus as sexual immorality was accepted fact of life. For common people in Greek culture it was so but not to be so among the followers of Jesus. A man took his father’s wife in sexual relationship either married or if living together with stepmother his father’s wife. This ‘Christian’ woman’s sexual immorality is not even named among Gentiles. Paul said, incestuous relationship taboo pagans culture didn’t do Corinthian Christians accepted incest not even named among GentilesIt is sin in Bible Leviticus 18:8, Deuteronomy 22:30; 27:20. Yet Corinthian Christians didn’t seem bothered by it at all. Their reaction to the sin was: you are puffed up and not mourned so this sin might be taken away from among you. The sin was bad but Paul is more concerned Corinthian Christians seem to take the sin lightly, unconcerned didn’t mourn sin behaviour. Paul dealt with problems of Corinthian Christian’s wrong ideas of God’s POWER at work and HIS servants. Paul deals with moral problem thinking to bring change through God’s Word. So “he who did this might be taken away from among you. Paul’s solution to the problem was remove unrepentant man from protection of fellowship of God’s people. Corinthian Christians did not do so as Corinth’s sexual immorality pagan religion didn’t value purity. Corinthian’s religious sexual pleasure  by concubines is fun as wives bear legitimate children. God’s law in Leviticus 18:8 forbids a sex with stepmother not see their nakedness as father’s wife. Rabbi Akibah on Gentile convert to Judaism says new person, old family relationship did not count. Open-minded tolerated sin puffed up did not mourn. Corinthians must grieve for the man and take him away from Church.1542276701749-1302569310.jpg2. SMYRNA Church suffers martyrdom for Christ in Revelations 2:8-11 suffers persecutions (2:10). Their city adorned by noble buildings, beautiful temples of Zeus, Cybele (Diana), Aphrodite, Apollo, Aesculapius. Smyrna theater, odeum, music center, stadium Polycarp bishop of Smyrna and student of apostle John, martyred was burnt alive A.D. 155. Lord Jesus’ letter to Churches said He knew their sufferings and poverty so did not condemn them. Church at Philadelphia had continuous existence as lampstand moved so few Christians live in Izmir. Undercover, make indirect contact, do not come out in open because Christians are persecuted today in modern Turkey. Smyrna church covers the period from A.D. 100 to approximately A.D. 314 from death of the apostle John to the Edict of Toleration by Constantine in A.D. 313 ended persecution of Christians all over the Roman Empire’s ten intense periods of persecution by ten Roman emperors: Nero: 64-68, Paul beheaded under reign Domitian: 95-96. John exiled period and Trajan: 104-117 (Ignatius burnt at stake) Marcus Aurelius: 161-180 (Polycarp was martyred) Severus: 200-211 Maximinius 235-237 Decius: 250-253 Valerian: 257 -260 Aurelian: 270-275 Diocletian: 303-313 the worst emperor of all. Christians stood up for God and King Jesus to obey God rather than men so paid price with their lives. Like Solemnity to Lord Jesus Christ King of Universe instituted 1925 by Pope Pius XI pushed against a rise of secular political allegiance of Christians. Their faculties was exempt from the empire so Christ reigned in their minds, reigned in their wills, reigned in their hearts. So Christ their King they believed will soon topple kingdoms and replace all human despots with Kingdom of God. Jesus is their ONLY TRUE KING so no one except Christ POWER received their allegiance. Doctrine of Christ their King understood loved not their lives unto death. Faith to them more important than a rule of law contended to defend their faith believed and received as Christians. God’s Rule in Jesus outweighs all kingdoms outweighs everything else so its No King but Jesus. For Christians, God monarchy kingship of Jesus totally invert power gold crown and wealth. His coronation on the Cross crowned with thorns, dug into his head. King Jesus looked to world as abdicated royal status born in manger of David’s City, Jesus, monarchy is defined by His ULTIMATE SACRIFICE to ransom many. Christ’s Kingship coronation on a Cross was not glamourous dress processions ermine and orbs glorious courtiers. It was for the dispossessed His Monarchy brought spirit closer to God through His Blood as Servant KING Priest into whose service many are saved and baptised.1542275166770-729587537.jpg(3) Pergamum Church in Revelations 2: 12-17 needs to repent (2:16). Pergamos temples and library of the pagan world. Parchment (pergamena) used by library Mark Antony to Cleopatra of Alexandria in Egypt. So evil was the city satan’s seat of religion in Pergamum’s headquarters of all kinds of cultish schism divisions. Jesus said satan’s throne in Pergamum because of heathen temples now ruins today. Dionysius Bacchus, god of wine, goat-god depicted with horns, but with his upper part as a man and lower part a goat with cloven feet the god of wine or alcohol, liquor takes more territory than anything else. Greek god Asklepios, a man but Anatolian Oriental Asklepios, is a serpent temple prostitution of sexy voices healing satanic in their day. Jesus commended His believers at Pergamum to hold fast My Name as faithful defend Christ. Arian heresy denied the deity of Christ but Athanasius from North Africa was great defender of the faith because of him the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325 condemned Arianism. Augustine rejects Pelagian heresy denied original sin by total corruption of human nature and irresistible grace. These are two giants this period stood unshakably for great doctrines of Christian faith.1542283658129-1302569310.jpg(4) Thyatira Church in Revelation 2:18-29 on false religion (2:20). Jesus said, I know your deeds, love, faith, service perseverance, doing more than you did at first in Revelation 2:19. Five qualities are: 1) love 2) faith 3) service 4)  patient endurance 5) greater works. Jesus notes they tolerated Jezebel’s idol prophetess, misleading God’s servants into sexual immorality and eating food sacrificed to idols in Revelation 2:20. False religions led believers to compromise in a Church engaging in sexual immorality, dabbling in idolatry. Jezebel’s idolatrous actions oppose God’s way, false teachers kept in Church believers in Thyatira allowed to continue deception. Jesus pronounced a judgment on “Jezebel” and calls Church of Thyatira to repent of sin: “I will cast her on bed of suffering, make those who commit adultery with her suffer, unless repents of evil way I will strike children dead in Revelation 2:22-23. And Jesus encourages the faithful: “I say to the rest of you in Thyatira who do not hold to her teaching by not learning satan’s ways I will not burden you. Hold on until I come in Revelation 2:24-25. So faithful believers didn’t fall into satan’s trap, need to remain faithful till Christ’s return. Jesus promised angels, believers in Thyatira: “All who overcome and do My will to the end I’ll give authority over the nations to rule them with an iron scepter to dash them into pieces like the pottery with authority from My Father God. Daniel prophesied all other kingdoms will fall, shattered by a stone not cut by hand. The living stone is Jesus Cornestone of the Church. I will give you the morning star in Revelation 2:26-28). Blessings include 1) authority over nations, 2) victory over enemies 3) Morning star Jesus in Revelation 22:16 given to His Church to fellowship rules together forever.1542277538911-1302569310.jpg(5) Sardis Church in Revelation 3:1-6 is fallen asleep. (3:2). To the angel of the Church in Sardis writes John’s message from the Lord, Words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and seven stars. Jesus has seven Spirits meaning perfect Spirit of God only Jesus holds the seven stars or the seven angels or pastors of the seven churches in Revelation 1:20. Jesus condemns lifeless state of Sardian church: “I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive but dead says Revelation 3:2. This church had a good reputation, but spiritually lifeless, filled with unsaved people going through the motions of religion. The tares among wheat in Matthew 13:24-30 Jesus calls them to repent of sin to “Wake up and strengthen what remains, about to die. Change bad deeds to become complete in the sight of God. Remember what you receive, hear, obey, repent in Revelation 3:2-3. Pay attention to needs of salvation and care about Jesus in the heart before God. Jesus judgment takes place if they do not repent: “If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief and not know time I will come in Revelation 3:3. A Church unrepentant is dead so disciplined by Jesus Himself. Jesus encourages Sardis Church to be faithful as a few people in Sardis did not soil clothes with idolatry. So will walk with Jesus dressed in white for they are worthy says Revelation 3:4. Faithful remnant garments are so pure and “worthy found in Paul’s teaching in Ephesians 4:1; Colossians 1:10; and 1 Thessalonians 2:12. “Worthy” of faith in the heart faithful ones are promised to walk with Jesus in white says Matthew 22:11-12; Revelation 19:8. Jesus promise to believers in Sardis as overcomes will, be dressed in white and will never blot out names from the book of life. And so acknowledge names before My Father and his angels says Revelation 3:5)l. The overcomers are born again in 1 John 5:4 receive white garment of righteousness eternal security so confessed by Jesus in heaven in Luke 12:8.1542278829955-1302569310.jpg(6) Philadelphia Church in Revelations 3:7-13 endured patiently (3:10) says the Lord, who identifies Himself, Him who is Holy and True, who holds the key of David. What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open is a description Jesus used to emphasize His Holiness, Sovereignty and Authority by reference to key of David’s Messianic prophecy of Isaiah 22:22. Jesus Opens and Shuts doors no one reverses. Jesus affirms Church’s good actions: “I know your deeds. See, I place before you an open door no one can shut. I know you have little strength but kept My word so not denied My Name in Revelation 3:8. Church of Philadelphia weak, remained faithful in face of trial so Lord promised them “open door” blessing. Jesus’ letter condemns enemies of the Philadelphian believers I will make those of synagogue of satan, who claim to be Jews but come and fall at your feet and acknowledge I love you says Revelation 3:9. Those who persecute believers religious hypocrites realize Christ Loves His loyal Children. Church of Philadelphia victorious over enemies. Jesus encourages believers of His future Coming: “Since you kept My command to endure patiently, I will keep you from the hour of trial to come on the whole world to test those who live on the earth. I am Coming Soon. Hold on to what you have so no one takes your crown in Revelation 3:10-11. Church’s faithful endurance is a blessing. Jesus will take them to be with Him before Great tribulation in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. He says to remain faithful because of rewards in the afterlife. Rapture event is distinct from Second Coming of Jesus Christ. So Philadelphians are promised to be saved, preserved from time of Great tribulation happening after Rapture. Jesus told Philadelphia believers and all believers, ‘All who overcome I will make a pillar in Temple of My God. I will write NAME of My God and Name of City of My God the New Jerusalem coming down from heaven from My God and write on you My New Name in Revelations 3:12. God Honours the overcomer’s pillar names in heaven like custom in Philadelphia. He makes pillar for each in Spiritual Temple of God New Jerusalem from heaven in Galatians 2:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 6:16 Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Peter 2:4-10. Jesus makes everlasting pillars in the House of God and strengthens weak believers Philippians 4:13. Jesus comforts, blesses Philadelphians who faithfully stood for Christ in pagan culture. His words serve as encouragement to faithful believers.1542275559897-1302569310.jpg(7) Laodicea Church in Revelation 3:14-22 lukewarm faith not hot / cold (3:16). The Laodicean Church, not commended by Jesus’ message condemning them of deeds neither cold nor hot will spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I acquired wealth so don’t need anything. You are wretched, pitiful, poor so blind and naked in Revelation 3:15-17. Jesus said, lukewarm three times due to their spiritual lackadaisical attitude, Jesus has nothing to do with them “spit” them out.” Their apathy is spiritual blindness to be rich blessed self-sufficient rich in material things. Spiritually, Laodiceans a wretched, pitiful condition ignorant of their need in church of the self-deceived hypocrites. Jesus tells Laodicean church to repent of sin: I tell you buy My gold refined in fire, to be rich and buy white clothes to wear to cover nakedness. Put salve on eyes, to see as Revelation 3:18 says their material wealth of no eternal benefit. Jesus says come to Him for true, Spiritual riches in Isaiah 55:1-2. Christ’s eternal inheritance clothe righteousness and heal spiritual blindness. Jesus loves rebuke to discipline in earnest to repent saying, Here I am! I stand at your door and knock. If you hear My voice, open door I will come and eat with you and you with Me in Revelation 3:19-20. God disciplines those HE LOVES in Hebrews 12:6 so change, repent to let Jesus come in and take His rightful place in Church to dine with His Children like last Super close relationship. Jesus tells believers in Laodicea who overcome, I will give the right to sit with Me on My Throne as I overcame and sit with My Father God by HIS Right Hand on HIS THRONE says Revelation 3:21 so share Christ’s future Kingdom. Love for Christ must not be destroyed by the deceitfulness of wealth and desires for other things to choke the Word in Mark 4:19. Christ says repent to choose to live to serve God, Joshua 24:15 says Jesus calls all to follow Him today. Jesus warns in Matthew 24:11 in the last days, there will be many false Christ’s claiming to be Jesus. Trust and believe ONLY Jesus in Bible LIVING in heaven on the RIGHT Hand of God and so is not physically on earth. Jesus warns people, beware of false prophets in the last days so those who claim to be Christian must understand scripture on false prophets not to follow Russian Jesus, Australian Jesus, Jim Jones wacko of waco. They are followed since they grew in Church schooled in the Bible. Know verses used to convince people they are ‘born again’ Christians. People draw closer to them but can’t see things at first. Pin imageIf things don’t add up like a real Church of Jesus should be, some make mistake of challenging them so do adapt to fool people. Other people discover what the original groups knew secretly but trust them because sermons are perfect as a saints but actions don’t synchronise. So people leave the Church but they attack them as spiritual prostitutes not faithful to the pastor. Those psychologically left behind are hooked sink and barrel pour in money loose home, property. Lack of accurate knowledge means stays behind out of fear and Church has them. Pastor in a pulpit or pew members always has false pastor or churches existing etc. NO PERFECT Church exists yet on earth. An idiot pastor can be seen through actions but others never give their game away. Ignorance or lack of confidence in God, makes some people rely on Charlatans. So charming use genuine pastors, members as frontline workers to create trust despite evil ways, successful. Their elect remnant faithful few God uses so Churches thrive against all odds. Their exploited insiders taken advantage of hurt by trusted tainted vessel delivering GOSPEL. But IT DOES NOT MEAN GOD, JESUS, HOLY SPIRIT GOSPEL tainted. In Jesus Name they heal the sick, deliver people do miracles and wonders and people go to heaven. But Jesus said they depart from Him as evil doers He does not know. They showed off miracles to pull crowds to impress people, play God and take God’s GLORY instead of giving credit and Honour to God. Lucifer wants to be God not a servant of God so not man of God in the true sense of the word. Paul said he did not want to lead others to God and perish so he ran the race to win the price. Paul in Gospel told people since his repentance he lived by good example, worked hard, sold tents earned income so did not rely on their Church donations to make money. And he received free gifts cheerfully given by people to him. Taught them he was a preacher servant of God but was saved like everyone else. He had to work out HIS salvation with fear of God too and by trembling in humility. Yes that Paul became different from Saul an official. These leaders take the mick by saying they are Jesus, God will deal with heresy and blasphemous mocking. But people choose to follow them knowing deep down they’re at peace within. Yet seek them because there in no dispute they have a hint of good bringing people the word. But if different people claim to be Jesus and open churches it takes two to tango so a false prophet or false pastor needs gullible, vulnerable people props. Stockholm syndrome attachment forms so deceived Jesus said in Matthew 24:24 be discerning or even an elect deceived. 15422880117261978514216.jpgThey are cunning manipulative smooth operators who debilitate victims. They gradually suck victims dry and it’s hard to notice it’s taking place. Use reliable front men as trustworthy foot soldiers. So it’s hard to believe things going on in secret chambers. Some members there years unaware of evils going on but the few inner circles who expose them are blacklisted, blackmailed or even killed in extreme cases. Jesus says that test the spirits to see if they are from God and by their own personal private life fruits you will know them. Since there is no perfect pastor or nobody is perfect still assemble together anyway. Check if the contents of pastor’s character is biblical or members faithful if yardsticks to go by in Church. Bible says House of God has vessels of dis/honour as wheat and tares so God had Lucifer Jesus had Judas Iscariot so Churches faces challenges too. DEPEND ON GOD and FOCUS ON JESUS and the HOLY SPIRIT. God says soon nobody will need anyone to teach them to KNOW God. GOD WILL TEACH PEOPLE DIRECTLY THROUGH WORDS, READ, STUDY BIBLE, PRAY SEEK GOD’S FACE. Thank God for HIS Grace and Mercy in Jesus Name. The false prophet does not mean they don’t have anything good to offer. They are God’s Creation in image of God but sincerely so ignorantly wrong. Some are mentally deranged or others fulfill prophecy Jesus said about endtime false prophets. Jesus said at times go to learn from mistake of others to avoid it and learn from wise to grow Timothy in faith. Timothy in Bible says, check a pastor’s domestic track record if loyal husband of one wife; takes care of their family as good role model, honest, genuine approved by God. Faithful to a wife, handles money well, trustworthy, reliable, dependable, honest, caring, compassionate, sincere. Our first duty to ourselves is please God not a watchman policing false pastors or fake Christian Church members. It is your decision to ask God to deliver you in Jesus Name from oppressive Church. Today people attend Church with preconceived ideas of what Church is in their head. They go there based on what they want see, feel or experience, elated or disappointed by Church. Many look for a perfect Church but its illusion because it does not exist. 1542283999442-1302569310.jpgDo not assume all Church members are born again believers, following, obeying God in a heavenly atmosphere enjoyed on earth. Don’t enter a Church premise with attitude of great expectations that satisfy your assessment checklist. Good members can meet a standard checklist analysis during the honey moon period. Loyal ones remain consistently reliable and dependable so trustworthy serving for years. Others come and go, or thorns in the flesh of Church but do not leave. Toxic members and leader’s factions in Church is like Judas Iscariot with Jesus and His Apostles to sabotage or kill their leader. Also action of lucifer challenged by God in heaven led to satan and one – third angels thrown down from heaven. Confronted by God ganged up to falsely accuse God to cause division. Complex Church problem of the autocrat leaders manipulating their vulnerable members taken advantage of. Have no choice but become their pawns used to divide and conquer members for their selfish ends. Requesting money after praying or with coloured candles, baths in river streams unlike leprosy cured by Elijah. So prays curses on people, repetitive prayers or chants not in Bible. Favouritism of petty jealousy resurfaces again and again so emotions and feelings hurt in process. It shocks all, ruins Church so some to fall away from God or standard too strict to conform some rebel so leave. Whatever situation congregation pew members or leaders face problems daily unresolved is left to fester is scandalous so damages reputation of the Church. Stated in Bible some people fall away denouncing their Church. A series of events accumulates until breakdown in communication and cannot be resolved. People lose faith in God based on human actions they have observed or are forced into partaking in repulsive some never recover suffering in silence. Others under a thumb of the leader not relying on God, chewed and spewed out, other victims replace them. Multiple victims are played like game of chess so none particularly gains upper hand to rock perpetrator’s boat. On the surface at a glance, things seem normal until dust settles later as reality sets in. Fight, flight, swim or sink mode is the decision faced with nowhere to go. Fear of maintains hold of leader’s secret and privileged information is need to know basis style of leadership. 1542284906118-1302569310.jpgHidden secret meetings takes place and people aware helpless cannot intervene or take action due to their fear of being targeted excluded or killed. So Girls and boys are groomed in a Church twisting their mind to make them feel it’s their fault. Follow instinct and gut feelings which tends to be right if it’s too good to be true. So stay away from such people promising the moon but discards you by ghosting you when they finish with you. Suffering, pain and damage cost you so stuff gone through is not worth the pain stop things and leave immediately. You have power to stop don’t play the victim relying on the perpetrator to stop. They never stop as long as you allow it you’re manipulated so means you agreed. The perfect Church longed for does not exist because no Church can cater for all the member’s needs as all human beings are imperfect. No such Church exists so dreams of ever finding perfect church is fantasy. Scripture says perfect Church is possible according to Word of God. But in reality various definitions of perfect Church is the cause of the problem. Stop wasting time looking for perfect Church because no church is perfect. Church on earth is made up of imperfect and sinful people seeking help from God in Christ to become whole. 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 in Bible describes the perfect church. Don’t bother looking for perfect Church you’ll be disappointed. It is impossible to find it right on earth until Lord Jesus returns to set up His NEW Church of God. So put hope in God in Church that loves God in this life if even not perfect. Ideal Church of God will happen when PERFECT Jesus Christ Reigns. No human being at this moment is perfect enough as a leader or perfect Church members. People’s ideas of perfect Church is the pastor preaches appealing sermons or a worship music stirs people. Presentation is flawless so programs address life needs in trendy facility. Definition concentrates on the program of the perfect church as people expect to make Church perfect. Eyes on others in body of Christ to hold them accountable as responsible for making a Church perfect. Focus on faults causes imperfection of Church yet the accusers are not perfect either.1542288141401-1953533357.jpgA perfect Church is determined by those who measure things important to life in Church programs, plans, property and possessions. Distracts Church people to follow for material or health needs. Do not teach love Jesus as 1 John 4:2-3 says is their personal saviour and friend to be in love with and adored. So recognise the Spirit of God to acknowledge Jesus Christ came in flesh from God in heaven and will return in the flesh to Reign on earth. Colossians 3:12-14 says God’s CHOSEN people to be holy dearly loved clothed in compassion kindness, humility, gentleness, patience. Bear with each other forgive grievances against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgives you. 14 Above all these virtues put on love to bind them all together in perfect unity. Forgive those who offend you live altogether in perfect harmony. A Church in perfect harmony where all live happily ever after. A perfect church where everyone is loved so loving each other as one united community. Love of God in Christ binds Christians together in fellowship. Love helps us to grow in Spirit and in Truth maturing in things of God. Perfect harmony expresses love in Christian community and Galatians 5:22-25 describes fruits of Holy Spirit to aspire to achieve. The deepest genuine relationship with Jesus Christ flows by their love from God as Jesus prayed His followers be one. In many the Churches connection craved through Godly love is lacking or misinterpreted by lust. Can a perfect church in a community grounds for abomination? Actions speaks louder than words so a perfect sermon must be practicalized for all to see by agape love of believers as God’s Children by their love for each other. Remember an obea, juju, vudu priest, witchdoctor’s oracle’s predict future too as Saul saw Samuel appear to a witch at Endor in disguise. Ability to forecast or predict things in the NAME of God is not a yardstick for measuring true prophet of God. Their fruits in God’s Word, sermons performs miracles, healing, signs, wonders but a vessel needs deliverance, salvation and mercy of God. Paul said he did not want to lead others to Christ but perish so runs the race like the congregation to win a prize too. Jesus warned people performing miracles in His Name, save, heal people with signs and wonders but do it to show off to take God’s GLORY so does not PLEASE and HONOUR God. For wrong reason of pride, ego God rejects them despite their personal attempts to impress God. Salvation is in the Name of Jesus not in their display of miracles to pull crowds. They may be used to save others but are sincerely wrong by not humbly submitting to God’s Authority. 154228825875025945107.jpgPerform miracles to impress people and become ‘god’ to their followers. People quote what they say more than God’s Words in the Bible. Instead of being the channel leading people to God become conduit drawing people to themselves for praise and adulations. Forget there is no other Name among men by which people will be saved play God to a point their “fruits” of what they do and what they tell you to do are contrary to what the Bible teaches. Tell some members to practice greater love and lay their lives down for them but do not return same favour. Uses people to build themselves up rather than build God up in Christ. Constantly attack members, find faults belittles, humiliates to feel powerful but scrutinize their personal behaviour and character, how they talk, act in private. Instead building up to encourage to put up with one another, warts and all and accepting actions to correct attitudes of immature baby Christians, is very harsh unlike God’s mercy. So creates pain and bitterness to hurt people not Holy Spirit allowed to change them so are draining or emotionally tiring. Money conscious, materialistic minded, always preach the “all these things” health wealth doctrine but filled by spiritual pride. Live sinful lifestyle but separate the flesh body lust from their spiritual body in Christ. Dual personality concept excused used to fool and abuse members justify sin, reassure victims God is aware so its acceptable. A tendency to misinterpret Bible, secretly lust after attractive ladies in Church. Do not be deceived or encouraged to ignore devil defeated so doesn’t count. Positive response is to use a practical wisdom in Romans 12:9-13:10 to build up body the of Christ not focus on people’s faults but FOCUS on Sovereign God in Christ as it’s all about God FIRST. A Church is God’s assemble together to WORSHIP God and passing Godly values from generation to by taking children to a Church to learn the things of God. Some don’t realise its for that so meet to find or make friends, mates, spouse, sell or others do not why know they attend Church. The priests or pastors, ministers, leaders, elders must abide by God’s instructions. Bible says Aaron’s sons died after an uncalled for sacrifice to God in Temple but a senior priest’s exclusive job. 2 Chronicles 27:1-2 says King Jotham good king as father Uzziah didn’t go to temple to worship God. King Uzziah went to temple every week so expected his son to continue practice. Many young people turn from parents’ training, church attendance to miss God’s blessings. Jotham refused to go to temple to receive God’s blessing by not letting go of the blame and shame of father’s leprosy he associated with God.1542288203393-729587537.jpg Felt it was God’s fault his father’s action in church ruined his life. A royal family like that will not turn up to hear people whisper of king’s leprosy. 2 Chronicles 27:1-2 passage on Jotham not in temple is to KNOW his place in Church. Wrong to abandon Church due to his anger by condemning God did not set very good example as a leader . Moses was leader punished by God so did not to enter the promised land despite serving God for years. Ananias and Sapphira members of Pentecost Church were dealt with by the Holy Spirit who revealed their deeds and God punished them. Exegesis shows interpretation of passage to understand context, histories of Uzziah and Jotham, 2 Chronicles 26-27; 2 Kings 15:1-6, 32-38. King Uzziah good king disobeyed LORD God in the temple offering of incense on altar only a priest had a right to do in 2 Chronicles 26:16-20. And Uzziah’s pride contaminated temple results in “leprosy until day he died” in 2 Chronicles 26:21. Lived in isolation as the Leviticus 13:46 required of leprosy. God’s punishment in passages of 2 Kings 5:27; 2 Chronicles 16:12; and 21:12-15 show leaders must be careful in handling HIS CHURCH. It is important to understand Temple is the LORD’s not to repeat a past leader’s mistakes. Uzziah proudly usurped the priest’s office but Jotham disobedient by refusing to attend the Temple too. God disciplines HIS Children but blesses the obedient who earns a special crown of God. Leaders or congregations need to learn from past mistakes not to repeat them. As unashamed workmen of God, to correctly interpret Scripture not to render them as literature to cut off Holy Spirit of God from texts. Koresh wanted to take over Moses’ leadership duties so ganged up with others to rebel against Moses. GOD punished them by opening ground to swallow them with families though a few survived. Saul performed sacrifice before Samuel arrived was told that to obey is better than sacrifice. For disobedience is like witchcraft rebellion against God’s instructions or commands in Bible is practising idolatry. 2 Timothy 2:15 commands all, “Present yourself to God approved workman who don’t need to be ashamed, correctly handling Word of TRUTH.” Some Church leaders stop the members from studying Bible telling them they are their Moses. Theological gymnastics to prove how highly learned they are confuses members. A desire to impress by preaching their fixed recipe formula ingredient Gospel causes chaos and disagreements. Turning the Church into factions of theology is unprofitable and unsuitable. Some pastor’s split their Church over traditions of men doctrines to suit ideology. Tyrant’s Church idolize men of God not God of men. High and an independent Church may challenge a leader in secret but also allows them to function because they appointed them leaders so as founder of a Church often above their correction.IMG-20181029-WA0002.jpg Beloved, I diligently write to you about our common salvation so it is necessary to write to you to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints. Certain men crept in unnoticed long ago marked for condemnation ungodly men who turn the grace of God into a license immorality and deny Jesus Christ, our only sovereign and Lord in Jude 3-4. So Jude means defend ‘The Faith’ paying attention to the body of Christ’s doctrine Christian TRUTH. The Christian doctrine is delivered to saints to keep secure and as John in Revelation 22:19 is instructed readers not add or take from the Word. Christians are to take the basic doctrine of the faith and live by example through agape love. Keeping good principles for Christian living as Paul in 2 Timothy  4:7 stated he remained faithful to this truth, of doctrinal core all the believers should adhere. Sound doctrine translated into a contemporary Christian life experience. God is known by a keen understanding of God’s Word, defending it through the personal relationship with God in Christ and the Holy Spirit. Not Greek, Hebrew, historical or systematic theology studied devoid of the practical relationship with God. The Church of God is one although difference in theology exists. Ephesians 4:4-6, says the Church is one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith one baptism; one Father God of all above all, through you all.” Theological debates of differences exist but is one faith in Lord God Almighty in Christ. Studies reflect theory but in truth lack true doctrine of love and faith. Jude’s sound doctrine of faith in practice and ethics not distorted by false teachers who turn Grace of God into license for immorality. These false teachers who change faith affect ethical practical life of believers. Essential faith doctrine of Jesus’ creeds and confession is in Matthew 16:13-17 when Jesus came to Caesarea Philippi He asked disciples, Who do men say I, the Son of Man I am?Some said, John the Baptist, Elijah and others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ But who do you say I am?’ Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ the Son of the Living God.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, flesh and blood didn’t reveal this to you but My God Father in heaven. So Peter confessed true identity of Christ as basis of faith and doctrine of Christianity. In 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, the Gospel preached to you as received stand by it, be saved hold fast the word preached to you and you believed. Delivered to you is Word received that Christ died for our sins in Scriptures was buried and rose on third day is coming to resurrect dead soon. _20180716_231734.JPGPaul delivered, “the faith” received as basic content of the Gospel. 1 Timothy 3:16 on message of mystery of God is confession of creed of God manifested in the flesh and justified in Spirit is seen by angels, as preached among Gentiles to believe heard in the world is received into glory in heaven.” These confessions are bedrocks of Christian belief for their faith like Jude. Modern Church doctrine constitutes the faith Jude talks about as discussed. Christians believing in Jesus express an interest in the importance of sound doctrine to protect faith. Doctrine is crucial to Gospel Truth of person working for Christ. Theologian, pastors, members must be trained to defend the faith not just professional theologians. Christians biblically educated earnestly contend for faith not allow false teacher to do what they want. Jesus and other New Testament authors, warned of the coming of false teachers in Acts 20:29-30; 2 Corinthians 11, in Colossians 2:4-5; or 1Timothy 4:1; 6:20; and 2 Timothy 4:3; 2 Peter 2:1; 3:4. These texts say false teachers are coming and are currently present in Churches. Jude sounds alarm, “Church beware!” Contend earnestly for the faith as satan’s counterfeit actions of two thousand year’s Christianity history blurs truth of God. True Christians, well-grounded in Scripture spot counterfeit doctrine. Earnestly fight for Gospel as enemy is already defeated by Jesus so by intense devotion to God contend for faith. Doctrine taken seriously refutes error in Church. Doctrine interpretation of eschatology premillennialism, some post-tribulation believe Christians go to heaven before Great tribulation. Church pretribulations, believer’s rapture occur before great tribulation. Amillennial do interpret eschatology as postmillennials debates exists as advocates of legitimate interpretations are not heretic apostate false teachers. Because only God knows exact time huge differences exist in the eschatology but the deity of Christ Jesus, blood atonement, Second-coming, virgin birth are in the Bible. Doctrines of faith, Christian not to confuse with any issues unable to resolve by their differences. It to contend for the faith by wisdom and to discern those false teachers. In these cases Christians contend firmly in love to restore the false teacher if possible to regain faith so truly be converted. These messages of Jude is vital for twenty-first century Church to proclaim and defend God’s Truth of faith alone for salvation:

  1. The Scripture is God’s True Words.
  2. Adam and Eve lived Eden Garden
  3. The sin nature of human is saved
  4. The deity of Christ is absolute
  5. The virgin birth of Christ is real
  6. The sinless Christ’s perfection
  7. Substitution atonement of sin
  8. Jesus’ bodily resurrection is true
  9. Jesus second coming literally here
  10. Eternal, literal heaven and hell
  11. Perfect Church reflects love of God
  12. Perfect Church genuinely forgives
  13. Perfect Church love boundaries
  14. Perfect Church transparent to all
  15. Perfect Church cares for members
  16. Perfect Church cares for all guests
  17. Perfect Church use Bible reference
  18. Perfect Church Leads by Example
  19. Perfect Church is done Scripturally
  20. Perfect Church prays /worship God
  21. Perfect Church does Bible study
  22. Perfect Church Fasts and prays
  23. Perfect Church teach sanctification
  24. Perfect Church live by God’s Word

 

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ASTRONOMY’S STAR NAMES

stellarium-064I remember taking walks on clear nights with friends and family pointing out to the stars in the sky and telling me their names. I learnt about the various shapes and names of these stars and still fascinated to see as many as possible when there are no clouds blocking our view. Another thing is because I am excited to see these stars at times I literally dream watching these stars and pointing them out to people. orionsiriusA particular favourite star is regularly seen more than 11 times in my dreams. Orion is pointing in various directions in the sky on recent locations according to different seasons and ecliptics. I read more on NASA sites about astronomy and people interested in stars as hobby. Much is written about stars but feel the joy strolling and looking out to discover star patterns and laughing so fascinated with others I discuss it with. IMG_20180822_180625vector-constellations-mapAmateurs with powerful telescopes take amazing photos they discovered and is well-documented so seen by millions all over the world online. Also the teaching materials in schools and colleges and universities. Clouds sometimes prevent enjoying fresh air out and about under the stars pointing to the stars. There are 88 officially recognized constellations in the sky with astronomical patterns with a fascinating long history. 683-14249788682023615129Forty-eight of the constellations are known as ancient or originally named by Greeks and probably by Babylonians and other earlier people. After the 15th century, an age of  great discoveries and worldwide navigation the southernmost parts of the sky became known to man and charted. Across entire sky large gap filled in dim stars between them. Recent astronomy grouped the constellations in gaps after more powerful telescopes has revealed outer space.IMG_20180822_230144IMG_20180827_103837Jupiter_SouthNight-skyOrion-Taurus-Seven-Sisters-and-the-Moon-25th-March-2015-600w The evening sky, between bright star Capella and Big Dipper’s bowl are two examples of modern constellations. The first is “camel-leopard,” Camelopardalis, which in Latin means giraffe. The other Lynx, one of two animal constellations with identical Latin and English names is Phoenix. This celestial feline is dim hard to visualize by naked eye. The paintings of artists reveal indepth detail of constellations and featured paintings teach people the shapes and symbols of constellation. These makes it easier for younger ones to learn about stars and adults remember the Constellations of the Northern Sky.

Saatchi Art Artist Jacqui Harrison; New Media, “The Constellations of the Northern Sky” #art

Constellation Locations Vary

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Johannes Hevelius (1611-1687) a 17th century Renaissance man placed it in the sky. Aside from being astronomer, Hevelius was an artist, engraver, well-to-do man of affairs and a leading citizen of Danzig, Poland. Interestingly, the old astronomy books and sky charts, which depicted the constellations as allegorical drawings, placed the lucida (brightest star) of Lynx in the tuft of its tail. From these drawings it would seem that nearby Leo Minor, the Smaller Lion, is about to provoke a cat fight by biting Lynx’s tail.1bd2bf9118891897e6a4e0b0c9fef994Although the telescope was just coming into general use during Hevelius’ time, he openly rejected the new invention. In star atlas of 1690, he actually tucked a cartoon into a corner of one sky chart showing a cherub holding a card with the Latin motto “The naked eye is best.orion-1-768x480In creating Lynx, Hevelius chose a cat-like animal that possesses excellent eyesight. Lynx itself is a region devoid of bright stars, Hevelius openly admitted that you would have to have the eyes of a lynx to see it. A faint star pattern now no longer recognized is Felis, the Cat, a creation of 18th century Frenchman, Joseph Jerome Le Francais de Lalande (1732-1807).6_nohemi_springlookingsouth-59e68cc603f40200112fa4d4“I am fond of cats,” he said, explaining his choice. “I will let this figure scratch on the chart. The starry sky has worried me quite enough in my life so now I can have my joke with itAlthough this celestial feline does not exist today, cat fanciers will be consoled by that there are three other members of cat family  Leo (the Lion), Leo Minor (Smaller Lion) and Lynx well situated and close together in current evening sky. I’ve always wondered if Felis might later inspired the New Jersey cartoonist Otto Messmer to create curious, such a the mischievous and inventive and little character Felix, the Cat.virgo-constellation-41eec611-753c-41d2-a434-16c444c524d-resize-750Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille (1713-1762) is considered the pioneer in astronomy. Between 1751 and 1753, a hardworking French astronomer was stationed at the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, he catalogued positions of 9,766 southern stars in 11 months. Is best remembered for inventing 14 constellations he added to southern sky.Orion_12-March-2012_Nick-Lomb Although they are all still officially recognized today, they are composed mostly of very faint stars, which formed patterns that generally are dim and pointless. Unlike the larger, brighter constellations based on myths and legend, Lacaille chose to honour inanimate objects. NASA graphics offer an introduction to these constellations in Southern Hemisphere evening sky. Antlia Pneumatica, Air Pump, created by Lacaille around the year 1750.nighskychartjuly_2277768b Despite dim, faint stars officially recognized today as constellation. Its name is shortened to Antlia, the Pump. Above Pump is Felis the Cat no longer recognized. The Lacaille’s constellations include the Sculptor’s Chisels (Caela Sculptoris). Compasses (Circinus), a Chemical Furnace (Fornax Chemica) Pendulum Clock (Horologium) a Carpenter’s Square (Norma), Hadley’s Octant (Octans Hadleianus), aj Painter’s Easel (Equuleus Pictoris).IMG_20180823_000649Also Mariner’s Compass (Pyxis Nautica), and others Rhomboidal Net (Reticulum Rhomboidalis) Sculptor Workshop (Apparatus Sculptoris), the Microscope (Microscopium), Telescope (Telescopium), Table Mountain (Mons Mensae), was overlooked by Lacaille’s observatory. Heber D. Curtis (1872-1942), director Allegheny Observatory in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania saw chart depicted director’s creations and said: “It looks like somebody’s attic!”

Joe Rao is an instructor, guest lecturer at New York’s Hayden Planetarium. He writes about astronomy for The New York Times and other publications, and he is also an on-camera meteorologist for News 12 Westchester, New York.

THE SPRITE THUNDERLIGHTS

Upperatmoslight1Stunning images of the seldom seen elusive sky phenomenon known as sprites. These brilliant strands of red light surge outbound from the tops of clouds towards space by thunderstorms emitting lightning. “Sprites can reach 50-60 miles into space and penetrate downward into the middle of the stratosphere 15-20 miles high.with jellyfish-like tendrils.” imrsGod’s Majestic displays of lightenings or thunder are often interpreted in various ways by Scientists and religious people as signs from their gods. Interestingly in the Bible God often displays thundering and lightenings as signs of HIS presence when God reveals HIMSELF to address HIS people. God’s natural phenomena is displaying HIS majestic wonders. The 7 Thunders sealed by Daniel from God’s Throneroom endtime signs or wonders from heaven. imrs (1)The above sprite was seen in Oklahoma, often last milliseconds so rarely visible from the ground due to the clouds in the way, precious few sprites have been observed. Ahrns, a graduate student at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and crew of scientists are flown on several sprite-hunting missions from NCAR’s Research Aviation Flight Facility centre. The ISS provides a clear perspective on The Earth’s Weather. _100729621_thunderstorm_seen_from_space_stationThere are bizarre happenings in upper atmosphere of the earth so new mission wants to know more about it. These is done by Atmosphere-Space Interaction Monitor (ASIM), will be brought to the International Space Station on Monday, observes strange electricity phenomena that occur over thunderstorms. The ISS operating at height circulated over 400 km, offers perfect view of the turbulent weather of earth. ASIM will be deployed aboard the station later this month.Media Caption A thunderstorms by ISS. Electrifying effects of storms observed from the space station. When lightning strikes, something completely different happens over the tops of clouds. Known as Transient Luminous Events (TLE the unusual features were first discovered by chance. Thunderstorms are some of the most spectacular events in nature but what is seen from surface of our planet is just beginnings of wonders. 

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CWG’s Don Lipman wrote post in 2012. NCAR’s Research Aviation Flight Facility in Boulder Related: Red sprites, blue jets, elves mysterious, elusive phenomena.

 

DO NOT READ THE NEWS?

520c2a94c1ba0.image (1)Billy Graham said, read the Bible and watch the Bible unfold in the news. The news is full of global events setting the stage towards fulfilment of Rapture and Armageddon. Updates everyday reveals the contents of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation precisely as Jesus foretold. It is also written in the Bible that the truth you know sets you free. So those free in God in Christ see the signs and wonders of the supernatural events testifying of God’s Glory in majestic created universe and firmament. Weather forecasts and storms, flood warnings, fire risks, other warnings to the world are relayed constantly throughout the day to alert people. Various channels also provide documentaries to educate the public and provide entertainment. Publicity generated by news creates awareness for injustices all over the work to make people bring change.hqdefaultAlthough the news is at times repetitive news of exact words repeated every 15-30 minutes overwhelming but ensures people are alerted, updated, reminded of more breaking news. Some however find the news irrelevant so are advising people not to watch news at all to prevent fear mongering. They argue “In the past few decades, the fortunate have recognised the hazards of living with an overabundance of food (obesity, diabetes) so started to change diets. But most do not understand news is to the mind what sugar is to the body. News is easy to digest so media feeds small bites of trivial matter, tidbits that don’t really concern lives or don’t require thinking. So experience no saturation unlike the reading of books and the long magazine articles (which require thinking). The limitless quantities of news flashes are bright-coloured candies for mind. Today reached same point in relation to global information faced 20 years ago similar in regard to food. People are beginning to recognise how toxic news can be:DEVELOPING_NEWS27News misleads. For example following an event of a car driving over a bridge, and if bridge collapses, the news media focuses on the car, person in car, where from, journey etc not the structural root causes of instability of the bridge. That’s underlying risk lurking or lurk in other bridges. The car is flashy, dramatic and a person in the news cheap to produce.’ News leads ‘misleads’ with completely wrong risk map in heads. Some news are over-rated. Chronic stress is under-rated. The collapse of Lehman Brothers is overrated. Fiscal irresponsibility is under-rated. Astronauts are over-rated. Nurses are under-rated it continued.

Article also said, some are ‘not rational enough if exposed to press. Watching an airplane crash on television changes an attitude toward that risk, regardless of its real probability. Bankers, economists with powerful incentives to compensate news-borne hazards could not prevent the credit crunch. So said, ‘cut yourself off from news consumption entirely. To advise people to boycott news totally is not possible because lives are saved by the dedicated services of newsmakers. Everyone has their own perspectives in life so entitled to their opinions, views or dimension of relevant suitable news If anyone feels strongly influenced to an extent of depression then it is better not spend whole day watching the news. In life moderation is required and so quick check of the weather forecast help the people to dress suitably, if they need an umbrella from rain, wind or the storm causing hazards warning drivers to be careful on roads. The media educates the public to warn of spread of diseases and where to avoid. So the news is not just exclusively consistently bad news. One has options to change the channel or switch it off if too busy at times. With unpredictable weather, storms tsunami, or fires, news becomes available source of information during crises to alert and save lifes. The Christian Channel News is available teaching and explaining the endtime signs and wonders to preapare people to store food, water and blankets or essentials before disaster happens.DBHOEg5VYAEQIGR

News is irrelevant. In approximately 10,000 news stories read in the last 12 months, name one that allowed you to make a better decision about a serious matter affecting your life, your career or your business. To them consumption of news is irrelevant but people find it very difficult to recognise so. It’s much easier to recognise what’s new, relevant versus new is the fundamental battle of the current age. So Media organisations want people to believe ‘news offers the sort of competitive advantage many fall for.’ Get anxious if cut off from flow of news consumption as a competitive disadvantage. The less news consumed, the bigger advantage one has they said.59397

News has no explanatory power. News items bubbles popping on surface of a deeper world is accumulating facts but not helpful to understand world in their opinion. “Relationship is inverted so important stories are non-stories and slow, and powerful movements develop below journalist radar has transforming effect. The more ‘news factoids’ digested the less of bigger picture is understood.” If more information leads to the higher economic success, journalists will be at top of the pyramid. That’s not the case.” Journalists not relay news from various places in all weathers risking life to tell world stories affecting lives. Journalists do not vlog their personal lives in news as the YouTube videos do.58a712ece126b28e55c15b57457edc17

News is toxic to body. It constantly triggers limbic system. Panicky stories spur release of cascades, glucocorticoid (cortisol). This deregulates the immune system and inhibits release of growth hormones. So body in a state of chronic stress. High glucocorticoid levels causes indigestion, lack of growth of cells, hair, bone, nervousness and susceptibility to infections. A potential side-effect causes fear aggression, tunnel-vision and also desensitisation and lethargy.Presidency

News increases cognitive errors. News feeds cognitive error towards the confirmation bias. Warren Buffett: said “What the human being is best at doing is interpreting all new information so their prior conclusions remain intact.” News exacerbates this flaw to become prone to overconfidence, to take stupid risks and misjudge opportunities. It also exacerbates a cognitive error story bias. Brains crave stories “make sense,” even if they don’t correspond to reality. Any journalists who writes, “market moved because of X” or a is company bankrupt because of Y” is cheap “explanation” to the world they also stated in the article.57009_1280x720News inhibits thinking. Since thinking requires concentration, concentration requires uninterrupted time. The News is specifically engineered to interrupt so like “viruses distract attention for own purposes. The News makes some people shallow thinkers but worse than that, it severely affects memory. There are two types of memory. Long-range memory’s capacity is nearly infinite, but working memory is limited to a certain amount of slippery data. The short-term to long-term memory for brain to understand passes through it. If brain passageway is disrupted nothing gets through. Because news disrupts concentration, it weakens comprehension. Online news has worse impact. In a 2001 study two scholars in Canada showed that the comprehension declines as the number of hyperlinks in a document increases. Whenever a link appears the brain makes the choice not to click so distracting. News interrupts the system of focus and concentration.153637_1280x720

News works like a drug. Ongoing story develops so people want to know how they continued. Hundreds of arbitrary storylines in a head craves increasingly compelling information hard to ignore. Scientists thought dense connections in brain formed in the 100 billion neurons inside skulls were largely fixed by time one reached adulthood. But nerve cells routinely break old connection forming new ones. As more news is consumed the neural circuits devoted to skimming and multitasking ignores reading skills for deep thinking and profound focus. Most news consumers even if avid book readers lost ability to absorb lengthy articles or books. After four, five pages get tired, concentration vanishes, and restless. Not because older or schedules or more onerous but physical structure of their brains changed from the news.”55076_1280x720

News wastes time. Read newspaper for 15 minutes each morning, check news for 15 minutes during lunch and then 15 minutes before going to bed, add five minutes here and there when at work, then count distraction and refocusing time loses half day a week. Information is no longer scarce commodity attention is. If responsible with money and health or reputation health why not the mind?

News makes some passive. The News stories overwhelmingly about things one cannot influence by daily repetition not acted upon makes some passive. It grinds down until adopts the worldview pessimistic, desensitized, sarcastic and fatalistic. The scientific term is “learned helplessness.”So not surprised if a news consumption, partially contributes to the widespread disease of depression.Weather_Alert_Bumper_Blue_1280

News kills creativity. Finally, the news limits creativity. Great mathematicians, novelists, composers and entrepreneurs often produce their most creative works at a young age. Their brains enjoy wide, uninhabited space that emboldens them to come up to pursue novel ideas. There is no single truly creative mind who is a news junkie not a writer, not composer, mathematician, physician or a scientist, musician, designer, architect or painter. But viciously uncreative mind consume news like drugs si come up with just old solutions by reading the news. However those looking for new solutions they said do not listen to the news.breaking-news-new-photo-4.gif

Its necessary society has journalism in a different way especially investigative journalism is relevant. Reporting news on policies, institutions, uncovers truth. But the important findings do not have to arrive in form of news. Long journal articles or in-depth books are good too.

The writer of the article said, has gone without news for 4 years so sees, feels and reports effects of freedom from the first-hand: less disruption, less anxiety, deeper thinking, more time and insight. Concludes its not easy, but it’s worth it.

This is an edited extract from an essay first published at dobelli.com. The Art of Thinking Clearly: Better Thinking, Better Decisions by Rolf Dobelli is published by Sceptre, £9.99. Buy it for £7.99 at guardianbookshop.co.uk

In the past few decades, the fortunate among us have recognised the hazards of living with an overabundance of food (obesity, diabetes) and have started to change our diets. But most of us do not yet understand that news is to the mind what sugar is to the body. News is easy to digest. The media feeds us small bites of trivial matter, tidbits that don’t really concern our lives and don’t require thinking. That’s why we experience almost no saturation. Unlike reading books and long magazine articles (which require thinking), we can swallow limitless quantities of news flashes, which are bright-coloured candies for the mind. Today, we have reached the same point in relation to information that we faced 20 years ago in regard to food. We are beginning to recognise how toxic news can be.

News misleads. Take the following event (borrowed from Nassim Taleb). A car drives over a bridge, and the bridge collapses. What does the news media focus on? The car. The person in the car. Where he came from. Where he planned to go. How he experienced the crash (if he survived). But that is all irrelevant. What’s relevant? The structural stability of the bridge. That’s the underlying risk that has been lurking, and could lurk in other bridges. But the car is flashy, it’s dramatic, it’s a person (non-abstract), and it’s news that’s cheap to produce. News leads us to walk around with the completely wrong risk map in our heads. So terrorism is over-rated. Chronic stress is under-rated. The collapse of Lehman Brothers is overrated. Fiscal irresponsibility is under-rated. Astronauts are over-rated. Nurses are under-rated.

We are not rational enough to be exposed to the press. Watching an airplane crash on television is going to change your attitude toward that risk, regardless of its real probability. If you think you can compensate with the strength of your own inner contemplation, you are wrong. Bankers and economists – who have powerful incentives to compensate for news-borne hazards – have shown that they cannot. The only solution: cut yourself off from news consumption entirely.

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News is irrelevant. Out of the approximately 10,000 news stories you have read in the last 12 months, name one that – because you consumed it – allowed you to make a better decision about a serious matter affecting your life, your career or your business. The point is: the consumption of news is irrelevant to you. But people find it very difficult to recognise what’s relevant. It’s much easier to recognise what’s new. The relevant versus the new is the fundamental battle of the current age. Media organisations want you to believe that news offers you some sort of a competitive advantage. Many fall for that. We get anxious when we’re cut off from the flow of news. In reality, news consumption is a competitive disadvantage. The less news you consume, the bigger the advantage you have.

News has no explanatory power. News items are bubbles popping on the surface of a deeper world. Will accumulating facts help you understand the world? Sadly, no. The relationship is inverted. The important stories are non-stories: slow, powerful movements that develop below journalists’ radar but have a transforming effect. The more “news factoids” you digest, the less of the big picture you will understand. If more information leads to higher economic success, we’d expect journalists to be at the top of the pyramid. That’s not the case.

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News is toxic to your body. It constantly triggers the limbic system. Panicky stories spur the release of cascades of glucocorticoid (cortisol). This deregulates your immune system and inhibits the release of growth hormones. In other words, your body finds itself in a state of chronic stress. High glucocorticoid levels cause impaired digestion, lack of growth (cell, hair, bone), nervousness and susceptibility to infections. The other potential side-effects include fear, aggression, tunnel-vision and desensitisation.

News increases cognitive errors. News feeds the mother of all cognitive errors: confirmation bias. In the words of Warren Buffett: “What the human being is best at doing is interpreting all new information so that their prior conclusions remain intact.” News exacerbates this flaw. We become prone to overconfidence, take stupid risks and misjudge opportunities. It also exacerbates another cognitive error: the story bias. Our brains crave stories that “make sense” – even if they don’t correspond to reality. Any journalist who writes, “The market moved because of X” or “the company went bankrupt because of Y” is an idiot. I am fed up with this cheap way of “explaining” the world.

News inhibits thinking. Thinking requires concentration. Concentration requires uninterrupted time. News pieces are specifically engineered to interrupt you. They are like viruses that steal attention for their own purposes. News makes us shallow thinkers. But it’s worse than that. News severely affects memory. There are two types of memory. Long-range memory’s capacity is nearly infinite, but working memory is limited to a certain amount of slippery data. The path from short-term to long-term memory is a choke-point in the brain, but anything you want to understand must pass through it. If this passageway is disrupted, nothing gets through. Because news disrupts concentration, it weakens comprehension. Online news has an even worse impact. In a 2001 study two scholars in Canada showed that comprehension declines as the number of hyperlinks in a document increases. Why? Because whenever a link appears, your brain has to at least make the choice not to click, which in itself is distracting. News is an intentional interruption system.

News works like a drug. As stories develop, we want to know how they continue. With hundreds of arbitrary storylines in our heads, this craving is increasingly compelling and hard to ignore. Scientists used to think that the dense connections formed among the 100 billion neurons inside our skulls were largely fixed by the time we reached adulthood. Today we know that this is not the case. Nerve cells routinely break old connections and form new ones. The more news we consume, the more we exercise the neural circuits devoted to skimming and multitasking while ignoring those used for reading deeply and thinking with profound focus. Most news consumers – even if they used to be avid book readers – have lost the ability to absorb lengthy articles or books. After four, five pages they get tired, their concentration vanishes, they become restless. It’s not because they got older or their schedules became more onerous. It’s because the physical structure of their brains has changed.

News wastes time. If you read the newspaper for 15 minutes each morning, then check the news for 15 minutes during lunch and 15 minutes before you go to bed, then add five minutes here and there when you’re at work, then count distraction and refocusing time, you will lose at least half a day every week. Information is no longer a scarce commodity. But attention is. You are not that irresponsible with your money, reputation or health. Why give away your mind?

News makes us passive. News stories are overwhelmingly about things you cannot influence. The daily repetition of news about things we can’t act upon makes us passive. It grinds us down until we adopt a worldview that is pessimistic, desensitised, sarcastic and fatalistic. The scientific term is “learned helplessness”. It’s a bit of a stretch, but I would not be surprised if news consumption, at least partially contributes to the widespread disease of depression.

News kills creativity. Finally, things we already know limit our creativity. This is one reason that mathematicians, novelists, composers and entrepreneurs often produce their most creative works at a young age. Their brains enjoy a wide, uninhabited space that emboldens them to come up with and pursue novel ideas. I don’t know a single truly creative mind who is a news junkie – not a writer, not a composer, mathematician, physician, scientist, musician, designer, architect or painter. On the other hand, I know a bunch of viciously uncreative minds who consume news like drugs. If you want to come up with old solutions, read news. If you are looking for new solutions, don’t.

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Society needs journalism – but in a different way. Investigative journalism is always relevant. We need reporting that polices our institutions and uncovers truth. But important findings don’t have to arrive in the form of news. Long journal articles and in-depth books are good, too.

I have now gone without news for four years, so I can see, feel and report the effects of this freedom first-hand: less disruption, less anxiety, deeper thinking, more time, more insights. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.

This is an edited extract from an essay first published at dobelli.com. The Art of Thinking Clearly: Better Thinking, Better Decisions by Rolf Dobelli is published by Sceptre, £9.99. Buy it for £7.99 at guardianbookshop.co.uk

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THE LONDON FIRE OF 1666

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London fire of 1666 that happened 351 years ago on Sunday 2 September, is well known all over the world. Songs sang about the fire as written was sung as follows: London is burning, London is burning, Fetch the engines, Fetch the engines, Fire fire, fire, fire, pour on water, pour on water. London is burning, London is burning, fire fire, fire, fire, pour on water, pour on water. This song was sang continuously and repeatedly as long as the time allowed and was permitted. It was a miracle fewer people died so the official toll was six although in the aftermath of the fire more people died later from related causes. Such as homelessness, displacement, lynchings, and blaming Catholics for starting the fire. Despite the fact that the fire started from a baker’s oven and could have been averted, delay of order to contain and curb the fire caused it to inflame beyond human control.  The most interesting thing about the London fire is that, often most living history books on the fire do not mention the prophetic warnings issued before the fire occurred. This warning is documented in: Theological Works of the Reverend Charles Leslie, 1832, available from https://books.google.co.uk as recorded in a book on Theology.1666-2016-london-fire-babylon-the-great-burning
Solomon Eccles, a Quaker preacher and prophet, went naked through Bartholomew fair the year before the fire of London with a pan of fire upon his head, warning people to repent or fire will destroy the city of London. Charles’s next, sharper message in 1665 warned of the risk of fire from the narrowness of streets and authorised both imprisonment of recalcitrant builders and demolition of crowded buildings. Like the fire of Sodom and Gomorrah and modern fire of Grenfell Tower among other fires globally, often these warning signs are then ignored and the messengers mocked and ridiculed by the very people whose lives would be saved from the fire. Time and time again history records tragedy that could be averted yet somehow people ignore it take things for granted. In His Mercy and Grace, Almighty God sends such advance warnings repeatedly until time runs out. The purpose of allowing fires is mostly to shake awaken mankind from their slumber of sleep of indifference and debauchery. When all avenues of communication fails, due to break down of the relationship between God and mankind, it forces God’s Hands to take extreme measures to compel people to comply or be beaten into submission for their own good. And this also prevents a worse and bigger relentless disaster.    maxresdefault
Left to human devices, the status quo was alright as far as people are concerned. However, from God’s perspective life has taken a turn not pleasing to God. Often some people think God is archaic and draconian so no longer relevant in modern sophisticated society. The irony is that, whether mankind heeds God’s warning signs or not God does exactly as HE says. Once again, the New Year has started and to some it is business as usual. However, the trends and challenges faced globally are all part of God’s Sat Nav warning systems of the directions making is heading in general. There are numerous warnings and the Bible clearly speaks of action God is taking to enforce changes if mankind refuses to change or submit to God’s Authority’s and Rule. It is not a choice of whether one believes in God or not, but rather imminent global storms, thunders, floods, fires, hailstorm, meteorites among ammunitions used by God to force people to rethink their choices and actions in life.london-1666.jpg
These warnings signs are clearly written in Revelations in the Bible yet most people unaware of the connection between daily life occurrences, weather impact and future eternal life. Every action by all the people on earth are meticulously documented by God in the Book of Life. Take a look at storm patterns and weather charts, earthquakes, volcanoes in the world and definitely things are alarmingly different. Consequences of mankind’s ‘evil inventions’ as God calls them distorted nature and has brought about irreparable damage to earth. Global toxic waste polutions among chem trails destroy natural weather patterns, food chain and carbon cycles essential for food remedies for good health. The pursuit of happiness as, ” lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God” is extended into seeking adventure at all cost even if the environment is destroyed. So unpredictable storms, floods, sand dunes, rapid coastal erosions, ice mcap melting are all assigned as “the acts of God” of God. Although God is not responsible for the root causes of the damages and the destruction it accurate and correct to say God put actions in place by laws of nature violated implodes800px-Keeling-fire-engine-illustrationkeeling-fire-engineMoLFireEngineEdit_install 
Therefore, whether religious or not “God Corrects those HE LOVES.  It seems harsh to say, burnt down places, floods, tsunamis destroying expensive homes and the nuclear tragedy suffered as a result is “love.” But the alternative of not taking notice to reflect eventually culminates into worse disaster than London fire or Sodom and Gomorrah. This is because these places are rebuilt and restored even better than before and exist today. Despite the destructions life continues fairly normally like any place on earth. However, the difference unfolding now is the end time warnings taking place now will continue until some parts have no relief so cannot be rebuilt. Tragically, it is not only physical suffering material loss, famines, droughts, poverty, wars, death, it is fulfilment of the warnings of God’s Wrath in the Bible. Sadly, these Biblical messages and warnings often mocked as religious fundamentalism so ignored. Yet unless people begin to listen and reconnect with God there is perpetual unquenchable hellfire and damnation without reprieve or second chance to rebuild. Only God knows exact days of unfolding WRATH so worth taking life seriously to be God’s Chosen Children. All people are God’s creatures but all are not God’s Children who will live in God’s Kingdom through KING JESUS eternal Reign. Know difference and be saved from total annihilation and subsequent hell fire in Jesus Name.

THE ORION SEEN IN UK SKY

orion-taurus_5-stacked-ended-w-img0054_2300_010416We saw Orion belt and M42 nebula culmination at midnight on 1st January 2018 immediately during the New Year celebrations in UK. We wanted to look at the fireworks outside in the sky but was pleasantly surprised by Orion. First seen was orion nebula as we focused more Orion became clearer because the cloud lifted the belt in full view. We called other people to come and watch it with us until it went out of view so we continued the New Year celebrations. This particularly a special moment for us because God revealed Orion to us in three previous dreams 3 times. We have see the Orion for many years as part of night sky wonders of God’s creation. God specifically already revealed Orion three times in visions and dreams already blogged about in previous post. This1-Q7esli9-w9JXy2sxyMnxEg orionThese dream visions of God is again repeated twice in one night on 6th January, 2018 between my sleep breaks. I woke up in the middle of the night and went to check something then went back to bed to sleep again. This same night God repeated Orion vision to me again same night. Prophetically, Jesus is the Orion expected in the sky clouds for Rapture and later the Second Coming for Armageddon. Only God knows reasons for repeating the Orion symbols in the sky. The Orionid Meteor Star Showers in annual Orionid Meteor Shower. This regular showers are derived from the celestial materials left by repeated passages of Comet Halley which runs from October 4 to November 14. It is followed by visible presence by Orion belt globally all the way from December to January 7th 2018. Those with giant Telescopes track Orion throughout the year within the 26 constellations of earth’s galaxy.Orion (1)Especially from early nightimes between 9pm through midnight go the early hours of the morning about 2:30 am. So many beautiful pictures are taken by various Telescopes all over the world. UW researchers are ready for the new era of unistellar Telescopes. Astronomers and Physicists reveals the Orion nebula seen here in more detail than amateur Telescopes or seen by the naked eyes. The ZTF “first light” image is shown here (inset) within the Orion constellation. The Orion nebula can be seen within the ZTF image that captured view of 247 noons within it’s range. These details are observed better directly by these Telescopes. Other larger Telescopes portray the Orion nebula seen as red spot in the sword of Orion. The red spot in Orion sword represents Biblically the birth and death of stars symbolic metaphorically of life and eternal death by judgement of Jesus Sword coming from Jesus mouth. Those who accept Jesus Christ will live eternally but those condemned are damned by hellfire.1-withlaunchof

Seeing orion after visions makes us paid more attention and take notice from the prophetic point of view. This time we observed Orion with new interest and passion seeing magnificent presence of God’s signs and wonders in the sky. It is amazing how beautiful and glorious God’s night sky is. To see Orion as the first sight during this New Year’s celebration makes it more amazing. The Almighty God reveals HIS secrets to the prophets so we trust God to understand better HIS symbolic end time messages. God uses the normal, routine and daily occurrences to communicate to people. The UMD Astronomers partner on powerful new automatic sky survey. UMD scientists will use powerful new telescope camera for research and education to bring detailed knowledge. Academic excellence is good and essential yet must not over rule God’s marvellous creations on the universe so give God the credit as patent creator and owner of the firmaments.

Orion Constellation (ground-based image)The world must know in Biblical terms  the Orion represents Jesus with sickle coming to harvest the wheat and tares. The Orion is also called the Hunter now easy to view since 27th November 2017 depending on the visibility and location. From January 01 to January 07 2018 the sky will be filled also as follows with the largest SUPERMOON’ on January 1-2. So again on 4th January, moon and regulus will be seen. Then Orion the Hunter will be seen again on 5th January 2018. The brightest seen is the orion nebula often with the three stars above. The nebula is where stars are birthed and also die. It is marvellous to see indepth of nebula with bright multiple colours in Orion trapezium. NASA recorded years of the various aspects of Orion throughout the years. These was compiled and turned into indepth data accumulated for the Scientists and amateurs to study.

Sirius_Orion_10-3-2012_Susan_Jensen_Odessa_WA (1)Watch out for the Orion the 3 Kings the easiest to identify of all constellations rising from mid-evening. It started from late November to late December when some people begun to notice the Orion in the evening sky and comment on it. Orion climbed over the eastern horizon around 9 p.m. that night so found orion constellation and watching it for the months to come. The most noticeable part of Orion is the pattern called Orion’s Belt: 3 medium bright stars in a short straight row from mid-northern latitudes. Orion appears to be lying on the side with 3 Belt stars pointing upward when first ascends up eastern sky in mid-evening this time of year. Orion’s bright star Betelgeuse and Ridel shine on opposite sides of the Belt.

Stars trails constellation Orion through EarthSky Facebook  image Jean Baptiste Feldman displayed. Can you pick three stars in Orion’s Belt? Notice different colours of stars in Orion. Beneath the sky, Orion will climb higher in the sky. When this constellation is highest in the south it is a huge noticeable star pattern clearly sesn. But Orion doesn’t reach its highest point until an hour or two after midnight that’s local time, for all times zones around the world at this time of year. Like all the stars, Orion’s stars rise some four minutes earlier with each of the passing day about two hours earlier with each passing month. If you see Orion shining in the east at 9:00 p.m. tonight, look for Orion to be in the same place in the sky at 7:00 p.m. that month. Orion due south at 1:30 a.m. and again Orion due south from 11:30 p.m. in the last month of December 2017.

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Triángulo_de_invierno_asterismowintertmethode-times-prod-web-bin-9cda16a4-eb17-11e7-ad3e-1cc26d7d8b0cThe mirrow view of Orion from Hunter from Johannes Hevelius’ Uranographia (1690) This shift in Orion’s location is due to the Earth’s movement in orbit around the sun. As we move around sun perspective on stars surrounding us shifts. At the same hour daily all stars in eastern half of sky climb up a bit higher whereas all the stars in the western half of sky sink a bit closer to the western horizon. Are you familiar with the W- or M-shaped constellation Cassiopeia the Queen? Or Polaris, the North Star? As Orion rises in the east evening, look for Cassiopeia to soar to highest point for the night, above Polaris in northern sky.

Karthik Easvur caught the constellation Orion on November 26, 2016, from his balcony in Hyderabad, India.  The round translucent object in the photo, by the way, is a lens flare - an internal reflection from Karthik's camera - like caused by the same artificial light that's illuminating the palm tree on the right.

Karthik Easvur  recorded constellation Orion on November 26, 2016, from his balcony in Hyderabad, India. The round translucent object in photo, by the way, is a lens flare internal reflection from Karthik’s camera likely caused by the same artificial light illuminating palm tree on right. The famous constellation Orion Hunter rose at mid-evening in late November and early December. This is seen in the midnight culmination on New Years Eve in UK. We saw this brightest star in the sky, Sirius, in the constellation Canis Major. This star is up in evening every year at this time from all parts of Earth except those far-southern realms in continuous daylight Sirius is easy to identify. December 31 is a special night as end of calendar year. And it is also special night for Sirius too. This star’s official midnight culmination  is highest in sky at midnight comes only once every year. At midnight time in the night the Northern Hemisphere looked toward the south and easily noticed the Sirius shining there at around midnight. From the Southern Hemisphere others look overhead or high in north around midnight. And this middle of the night, experience midway between sunset and sunrise shows this star is so bright that you might notice it twinkling fiercely, from northerly latitudes, where the star stays closer to the horizon. You might even see it flashing hints of different colours. When you see Sirius high in the sky, as you will from Earth’s Southern Hemisphere shine with a bright, steady white light. Remember the midnight culmination of Sirius by clock might be off as much as half hour or depending on how far east or west you live from meridian governing your time zone. 
Orion_12-March-2012_Nick-Lomb-1Appearance of Orion depends so it is worth noting that the shape and the location of Orion changes depending on the northern and southern hemisphere. Therefore Orion appears tilted at angles different from various places. Sometime Orion is also seen upside down due to ecliptic movement directions. Whatever the position of the Orion takes either up standing or upside down it is clearly identified and seen globally. It is worth noting God uses symbols and wonderful signs to rely messages to world as was done to Job in Bible concerning Orion and 7 stars Pleadez. The shared beauty of the skies is a giant canvass God uses to manifest HIS existence to all people. As said earlier in this post, when God uses repetition to emphasise a message it is worth noting and being taken very seriously. For some reason God chose to repeat Orion vision with accurate detail and numbers exactly as recoreded by the scientific data. Only God knows the purpose of revealing Orion but like Job it is a message of hope in the midst of adversity and suffering. People all over the world sometimes feel like Job who was shown Orion by God to reassure him of God’s Providence and remind him that His cared about his challenges. As we seen God’s signs and wonders let us be aware of God’s Love, Grace, Mercy and Hope of redemption in Christ.

Even from big cities, you can see Sirius, the sky’s brightest star. Gowrishankar Lakshminarayanan created this composite image on December 26, 2017 and wrote: “After a series of clouded night skies in New York City, we finally got a clear night though it was bitter cold and the temperature dropped to 25 F.! Here you can see the brightest star of the winter night sky Sirius and its path as it rises in the southeast sky to clip the spire of the Freedom Tower. This is a 78-image composite, spaced 30 seconds apart. I always thought that star trails within light-polluted city skies weren’t a good idea, since we hardly see any stars. de-constellatie-van-orion-16935269Thanks to God for bright stars like Orion, Sirius and others we see a nice star trail in NYC!” If celebrating the New Year, and you happen to gaze up at the sky, look for Sirius. This star’s midnight culmination – when it’s highest in the sky at midnight We are were pleased to find this article by Bruce McClure who served as lead writer for EarthSky’s popular Tonight pages since 2004. He’s a sundial aficionado, whose love for the heavens has taken him to Lake Titicaca in Bolivia and sailing in the North Atlantic, where he earned his celestial navigation certificate through School of Ocean Sailing and Navigation. He writes and hosts public astronomy programs and planetarium programs in and around home in upstate New York. Watch again for Orion on 5th January and have a Blessed New Year. It is seen again in other parts of the globe depending on location and position of stars.