Dark Clouds (it’s no secret)

*Survival thoughts

Today, millions of Americans say they believe the United States is on the verge of a major economic collapse and will soon be entering another Great Depression. But only a small percentage of those same people are prepared for this to happen.

The sad truth is most Americans would last little more than a month on what they have stored up in their homes. Most of us are so used to running out to the supermarket or to Wal-Mart for whatever we need that we never even stop to consider what would happen if suddenly we were not able to do that.

Already the U.S. economy is starting to stumble (thanks to the hidden elites) about like a drunken frat boy. All it would take for the entire U.S. to resemble New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina would be for a major war (or an ongoing war to increase), a terror attack (false flags), a deadly pandemic (CDC controlled release) or a massive natural disaster (or HAARP weather manipulation) to strike at just the right time and push the teetering U.S. economy over the edge.

Just how would you survive if you suddenly could not rely on the huge international corporate giants (big box stores, grocery chains, etc) ? Do you have a plan? What is plan “B” for you and yours? Who are you trusting now for your needs?

Unless you already live in a cave or you are a complete and total mindless follower of the establishment media, you should be able to see very clearly that regardless of how many positive thoughts you think or meditative moments you have, society is more vulnerable now than it ever has been.

We have a world that is full of lunatics in positions of power, and if one of them decides (and they will one day) to set off a nuclear, chemical or biological weapon in a major city it could paralyze an entire region. War could erupt in the Middle East at literally any moment, and if it does the price of oil will double or triple (at least) and there is the possibility that much of the entire world could be drawn into the conflict.

Scientists believe a massive high-altitude EMP (electromagnetic pulse) blast could send large portions of the United States back to the stone age in an instant (that might be interesting). In addition, there is the constant threat that the outbreak of a major viral pandemic (bio-weapons) could kill tens of millions of people around the globe and paralyze the economies of the world (which is the hidden agenda from behind the scenes).

But even without all of that, the truth is that the U.S. economy is going to collapse one day; or dramatically change as so that not everyone would benefit equally. So just think of what will happen if one (or more) of those things does happen on top of all the economic problems we are already having.

If you’re not trusting God-Jesus Christ to get you through, you better have plan “B” God WILL supply our needs without bondage to the world. And what you might need right now IS the Lord; He’s still listening for a plea from you. As long as you draw breath, there is time!

Mk 13:13 “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. ”

Rom 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Credit: more so to Frank M.
Certain Additions by Moraldiplomat

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Hobo Life

‘For as long as man has organized into society, there have been those on the fringe. These were people who, for one reason or another, just didn’t fit into polite society.

Such were the hobos of our nation’s past. We tend to think of hobos as bums who stole rides on trains and lived in shanty towns. But in some cases, they were traveling workers who would go where there was work and move on when the job was done.

These were tough men, accustomed to backbreaking work and long hours. They survived and endured, becoming a forgotten part of our country’s history. Yet the work that they did has often survived and become part of making our country what it is today.

Looking back at the lives of these men we can see their lifestyle was built around the need to survive. Basically, everything they did was based on that one need.

There are quite a few lessons we can learn from the hobos of days gone by.

Lesson one, you gotta be tough. Physical toughness is essential for surviving in adverse circumstances. A lot of us in the survival movement aren’t as physically fit as we need to be (myself included). But toughness goes beyond just being physically fit.

A boxer learns to take blows, just as he learns how to give them. Strength and agility allow him to give them, but toughness allows him to take them. If you’re not tough, you’re not going to be able to take the blows that life gives you; you’ll fold and just wait to die.

There are two types of toughness: physical and mental. Of the two, mental toughness can be harder to develop than physical.

If your mind can’t take the blows and bounce back, you are at a disadvantage. Your mind must be able to accept the changing reality of a crisis or a disaster, quickly overcome the grief, and move into survival mode.

This is all about training. The better trained you are, the better you can adapt. Training also gives you confidence, so that you know you’re able to survive.

Hobo lesson two, learn a variety of skills, and be willing to do the work. Hobos did whatever the job called for. While they may not have been experts in any one trade, they were still capable of working in many of them. One month they might be busting broncos and the next swinging a double jack in a mine.

Today’s society has become so specialized, in some cases one engineer can only work on one part of a project. He’s lost when he looks at the rest. But in Henry Ford’s day, the guy who designed the engine could also design the body.

In a survival situation, you need to have a wide variety of skills. If your home is damaged by a hurricane and you need to make it safe to sleep in, you don’t have to be a master carpenter. But you will probably need to be able to cut boards and nail them together. You’re probably also going to need to know a little plumbing and electrical work.

Hobo lesson three, develop a minimalist lifestyle. When you’re on the go, you can’t take a lot of extra baggage with you. You’ve got to cut things down to what you really need. Our modern lifestyle is so cluttered with stuff that we’d need a backpack the size of a semi-trailer to bug out.

Learn what you need and then cut down to that point. If you’ve got stuff in your house that you never use, then why do you have it? Really, if you haven’t used it in a year or two, you probably won’t. So, pass it on to someone who can use it and make room in your life for what you need.
Remember, we’re all in this together’

Credit: Derek P.

*Thanks Derek, Good info; something people might not know they need until the SHTF!

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Jas 2:5 “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?”


 

The Ripple Effect

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There is no greater bond than that of sharing good news and triumph with others. If you have ever witnessed what is called the “Special Olympics” you know what I mean. I have found tears in my eyes seeing kids I didn’t even know meet a challenge and overcome adversity to cross the finish line.

For some of us it takes little effort to succeed at a given task, while there are those of us who just have to keep plugging away. The reason: we are not all blessed with the exact same ability. I have mine, and you have yours. We are, by virtue of this fact, bound to one another.

I can’t make it with my skills alone, I need you. This life’s journey is difficult many times, and that’s when the “Ripple Effect” can be the most beneficial. If I tell you how much I appreciate your just being part of my world, that’s surely going to lift you up. A warm smile, a loving handshake or brief note of praise placed on your desk, will cause you to feel better about yourself and then that feeling has a way of reaching out and touching the lives of so many others.

May I suggest that we, just you and I, go around starting a “ripple effect” in the lives of those with whom we work, go to school with, play with, and live with.

Could it be that your wife, husband, children (child), teacher, boss, friend, neighbor, penpal, classmate, community leader, police officers, waitresses, and so many others we dare not try to name them all, need someone to start a ripple in their lives. I wish we could start a “ripple” in the hearts and lives of everyone we meet. What I’m saying is, we need to abandon the “me generation” now, before we become more distanced from the things that bind us together as a society and world, and many of you reading this know and serve the Lord; yet we allow our own understanding and traditions to divide us.

I confess to you now, I cannot make it on my own. If that seems weak to you, I’m sorry. I still believe in the wonderful uniqueness of everyone on this planet. Each of us holds such power to mold the nature of our surroundings, to bless and not curse. Opportunities abound, the world is still going around, we have today, this hour this minute; let’s not waste a single moment.

Let us start the “Ripple Effect” with someone now. You cannot buy this kind of happiness or fulfillment…you have to give it!
1 Corinthians 12:28-31

“And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?

Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.”

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Find a Release

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Open your eyes. What do you see? Do you see the crowds of people walking around? Look at their faces. Curious looks, snobs, anger, expressionless looks, looks of concentration. Did you notice the person that was smiling at you? Look again. See the trees waving to you in greetings?

Concentrate now on your hearing. What do you hear? Traffic? Discussions on the latest gossip? People on the cellular phones that are trying to compete with the noise? Cursing and swearing? Or the radio / television of your neighbors? But do you hear the songs of praises the birds in the day sings for you, or the lullaby the insects orchestrate for you in the night?

Now smell the air. Exhausts? Odors you feel repulsive? Smell again. Concentrate this time. You will find the fragrance of the perfect blossom.

Focus your senses to your skin. Feel the heat? The humidity? But did you not also notice the breeze that is gently trying to cool you? Feel the frost of the winter, biting through all your insulation. Again feel the warmth that the sun is wrapping around you in a warm embrace. And the warmth that is already within you that your heart is circulating.

There is always comfort around us if you know where to look. There is too much distractions in this society. Focus your senses in the correct way and you will find a release.
Phil 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

1 Jn 2:15 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

Col 3:2 “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”

Jude 1:17-19 “But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.”

Heb 10:2 “For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.”

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God’s Coffee

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A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite – telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said:

“If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress.

Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.

What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups… And then you began eyeing each other’s cups.

Now consider this: Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life we live.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us.”

God brews the coffee, not the cups………. Enjoy your coffee!

“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.”

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

6 Ways We Are Passively Destroying The Moral Fiber Of Society

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Cognitive Dissonance: Is Civilization In Retrograde?

Cognitive what? The word in itself is ironically a little trendy these days, bandied about by frustrated ‘conspiracy theorists’ as a verbal slap in the face to those ‘plugged into the matrix’.

Justified or otherwise, cognitive dissonance – in other words conflicting attitudes, beliefs, values or behaviors which often result in a varying degrees of discomfort or confusion – is undeniably a major reason for western society drifting further and further from anything resembling conscious, connected community and culture.

Whose fault is it anyway?

Could it be that we are passively – even at times actively – contributing to the decline of society, by refusing to take a good look at our media and peer instilled values and behaviors?

For all the modern thrills and distractions, civilization is in retrograde and we can’t pretend it’s nothing to do with us. Cognitive dissonance is simple to spot if you’re the open-minded type – and that probably means you’ve painstakingly wrestled through your own jigsaw puzzle of complicated emotional debris to come up with something resembling consistent moral behaviors. After all, integrity is not exactly encouraged on the whole.

In 2015, it’s clear that we haven’t all perished in some prophesied apocalypse scenario yet, but why would we remain ‘willfully ignorant’ at a time when it’s more obvious than ever that the world is suffering from the ill effects of our collective turning away?

Maybe because it’s uncomfortable, or dare I say just plain inconvenient? We have become used to a paradoxical situation where we unconsciously seek out comfort in a very uncertain world, yet we have become so cushioned in our self-created bubbles that we appear to have forgotten that there is anything else going on outside them, or that we even had a reason for creating them in the first place.

Here are some of the ways in which need to get a collective grip if we want 2015 to be an improvement. Cognitive dissonance kicks in when we start to convince ourselves that we don’t indulge in such behaviors; realistically, it’s to be expected that we’re all guilty of a few of them, but January is as good a time as any to get self aware… and that doesn’t mean:

Social networking and selfie obsessions:

When on earth did we become so narcissistic? I would hazard a guess that it was around the time sites like Myspace and Facebook sprang up. Like most other popular things in society, there are benefits. For instance, keeping in touch (with people we wouldn’t bother calling otherwise) networking, entertainment… but isn’t it mainly a narcissistic playground where we can convince ourselves that someone other than our psychotic ex is rifling through our every stylized moment?

The vulgar creation that is the ‘selfie stick’ says it all about our priorities in life. Not only are we trying to recreate a virtual, highly-edited and fantastical version of our own lives online, we are spending more time on it than we are in the physical company of others, or chatting to them on the phone. Not too social, really, and what are we demonstrating as normal for our kids? Should we really be surprised when we find that our daughters have posted up five hundred profile pictures of themselves pouting in false eyelashes and caked in badly applied makeup? What about when they bring home new friends in the form of questionable characters they met online?

Patriotism?

It’s a funny one, patriotism. In reality, it could be described as the embracement of separation and division. Taken to an extreme it results in such delights as football hooliganism, glorification of war, and hatred of immigrants due to perceived losses as a nation. We might think we are showing solidarity by waving around our country’s flag, spilling beer on our shoes and snarling at our ‘opponents’ but we rarely seem to consider that we are displaying an embarrassing lack of evolution.

Divide and conquer is a time old tactic, and we play right into the hands of those who benefit from it; many even giving their lives in the process. It might seem overly simplistic or idealistic to say that nobody has the right to divide the planet into sections and decide who steps over what line, but consider that while culture is one thing, exclusion is another. Who is really benefiting from it? It doesn’t seem to be you or I. Not so? Try marrying someone from a different country.

Fashionable giving:

It isn’t surprising that we feel a bit guilty about the world’s problems at times. After all, it is practically rammed down our throats via every mode of advertising, be it the London underground, Oxfam’s windows or the over-friendly guy in a red apron wielding his clipboard in the town center. I am not suggesting that we don’t do anything to help.

But what’s with the guilt? Did we invent the laughable fallacy that is ‘world debt’ in order to keep certain countries in poverty and relying on the equally laughable, exploitative fallacy masquerading as ‘fair trade’? No. We also didn’t spend good money on vaccinating the impoverished instead of giving them food, water and shelter. Although we may have contributed to it.

Most of us, when we have thrown money at a popular problem, are not equipped to find out where our money is going even if we did bother to investigate. Yet something is seriously wrong when we are happy to publicly dump a bucket of ice over our heads for a moment of social media infamy in the name of a cause we knew nothing about; considering it important because someone said we should, only to find that the organization in question pocketed the majority of our cash and used the rest to conduct experiments with ethics so questionable that we will probably be rallying about them en mass once that becomes fashionable.

And all of this while we strut past the homeless on our own streets, avoiding eye contact and mumbling something about drug addiction to our companion in order to appease the guilt we probably should be feeling for supporting a system which allows this while calling itself civilized.

Diets:

Here’s the general rule: If you’ve seen it advertised as food on TV, it probably isn’t. It’s thought that there are certain products that don’t actually contain any food at all, products so laden with synthetics and additives that there is zero nutrition to be had. You might as well be eating toilet roll.

If your supermarket is selling it, it’s probably not going to be very good for you – whether it is whiskey, ready meals or reportedly healthy yogurt, none of it is any good for you. Even though the low sugar options on offer may keep our kids from being diagnosed with ADHD at the doctors, they are laced with aspartame (a dangerous neurotoxin posing as a sweetener) so the trip to the doc is only a matter of time. But hey, it tastes good (opinions vary) and it keeps them quiet.

Just because our mummy didn’t mention to us that humans are the only species that drink the milk of other species (and way past babyhood at that) does it really mean we don’t have a responsibility to find out what else is being put the product it if we are going to insist on drinking it? When our body tells us we shouldn’t be, we call ourselves ‘lactose intolerant’.

Isn’t that just fancy terminology for ‘rejecting something unnecessary’? What an ordeal… but never mind the ordeal of the poor cows it’s coming from. It’s about time we started checking the labels, making the effort to decipher the cryptic rubbish that passes as ingredients, and making informed decisions about what food is actually benefiting us. We can’t let the government decide that for us if we want to live past 60.

Spiritual Bypassing:

It is very trendy these days to engage in ‘shadow work’. Perhaps it makes us feel very spiritual – and current – to be seen to be digging about in our own accumulated emotional dirt in an attempt to ‘cleanse our third eye’, improve the self, and so on.

Don’t get me wrong; I think there is great value to be found in honest self-analysis and genuine effort to overcome destructive behavioral traits. But it seems that what is commonly indulged is a tendency toward narcissistic outpourings and a conveniently evoked ‘victim mentality’.

This isn’t helping anybody. Genuine spiritual growth is a private affair on the whole – sometimes we can help each other with our experiences, which is great. There are a lot of brilliant books out there for that reason; but for every gem of an honest book by a sincerely experienced author, there are fifty money-spinners full of clichés and unfounded claims relating to trends like the ‘law of attraction’. I am certainly not writing these ideas off as having no value; on the contrary, I think they could be utilized well when injected with a healthy level of common sense and a bit of realism.

Unfortunately, and perhaps in part due to political correctness, many believe that saying or viewing anything as negative is ‘not spiritual’, and anybody who calls a spade a spade is considered Neanderthal in their outlook and viewed with contempt down the lengthy nose of the self-appointed spiritual superior.

A certain irony there…. of course, burying your head in the sand is fine. It is surely good to be idealistic, or nothing would ever change. But if we can’t be realistic with it, we will find ourselves going around in merry little circles, cooing false niceties while the sound of our tax-funded bombs tearing apart nearby countries drifts casually by in the background noise of the 9 o’clock news. I would have though it would be ‘nice’ to be honest with ourselves about our responsibility to each other as human beings. Just saying.

Technophilia:

Despite having pervy connotations, it’s actually just a term for having a strong enthusiasm for technology. Again, there is nothing wrong with that per se, but it’s clear that we are heavily reliant on many gadgets these days, to the point of antisocial exclusion.

Kids barely seem to play outside anymore, except for the odd football match; after all, why play outside when you can repeatedly punch a robot in the face for hours or steal cars while picking up derogatory terms for women that you can use on the girls you don’t like at school? On the plus side, it keeps them out of the biscuit tin for a few hours and means we can get through an entire episode of EastEnders on our wall-mounted, surround-sound HD TV.

It’s not an alien concept that our smart phones are making people dumb. For a start, between them and the ever increasing wifi, they have a poorly hidden reputation for totally frying people’s brain cells. And don’t forget, guys, if they’re kept in your pockets that third eye the hippies are talking about could become a physical reality.

Pursuing a Heavenly Kingdom

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In 1853, revolutionaries led by the peasant Hong Xiuquan captured the city of Nanjing, in the Chinese province of Jiangsu. The seizure of this major city followed a string of unlikely conquests made by the group, who called their new empire the Heavenly Kingdom of Great Peace. From 1851 until 1864, this “Taiping” (Great Peace) movement took control of a region of China inhabited by 30 million people. In the massive wars they waged against the ruling Qing dynasty, more than 20 million people died.

Stripped of its context, the Taiping movement is baffling. How did a handful of peasants from southern China manage to drum up a movement that would challenge the Qing Empire and change the face of China, when other rebellions for decades had failed?

The answer lies with the founder of the new movement. In 1837, Hong Xiuquan had a series of visions. In these visions he was a royal in a heavenly kingdom, being carried toward a palace. Before he entered, he was laid in a bed, his heart was removed and a new, pure heart was put in its place. He was brought to meet a wise old man with a long beard; Hong realized this was his true Father. His Heavenly Father (God) lamented the corruption and wickedness He saw in the world (China). Feeling despair, Hong begged permission to descend from heaven to rid the world of demons. He was sent down to earth with his wise elder brother.

Hong began to tell his friends and neighbors about his vision. One of them suggested that he read a pamphlet he had been given a few years earlier. In the 1820s, Protestant missionaries from the United States and Britain had begun to translate Bibles and to pass out tracts to the Chinese in the port cities where they were allowed. One of these pamphlets had fallen into Hong’s hands, although he had not read it at the time of his visions. The tract spoke of a Heavenly Father who had sent His Son, Jesus, down from Heaven into the world to redeem it. It spoke of commandments to shun idols and to worship the One true God.

To Hong this changed the world. He realized the meaning of his visions: (in his vision) he was the younger brother (a friend) of Jesus Christ. The One true God had given him the charge to rid China of idols and demons. Hong was baptized and set out preaching, destroying idols, and prophesying. Eventually he would raise an army that would set out to topple the blaspheming emperor in order to establish the kingdom of heaven on earth (born again people), ushering in a reign of great peace(in the hearts of many), free from the troubles that plagued 19th century China; strange intersection of Christianity and Chinese civilization

The Taiping Rebellion is an example of the unique power of religion (Christianity specifically). The transcendent reaches beyond humanity and for that reason has a tendency to change humanity. It does not take much study to see movements of theology beneath the history of civilizations. As many modern secularists point out, religion inspired many of the famous and destructive wars of the past. Taiping Christianity, though clearly destructive, declared the equality of women, freed slaves, abolished foot-binding and proscribed alcohol (healthy in moderation; antiseptic), etc.

We can be sure that religion will be the motive for good and evil deeds in the future maybe the near future. As to what determines which effect a religious movement will have on the world, I cannot fairly comment, although I have ideas. What is certain is that religion is not going away, and certainly not for the reasons the new atheists would suggest. It is more than a set of metaphysical beliefs, or a list of moral imperatives, or a social group. It is the heritage of humanity, a response to the transcendent and a spring of peace in the soul. It will likely be the means of healing some of the current challenges of the modern world(applying only to Christianity); the decoupling of marriage and family, new addictions in a world of instant gratification, and the alienation that seems to follow fundamentalist individualism. Because of religion there continues to be great cause for hope for a society that is more virtuous, for the kind of heavenly kingdom in the heart of man imagined by Hong Xiuquan.

Special note:

Hong literally thought he would destroy all demons and literally bring China, and quite possibly the world into this real Kingdom where everyone worshipped the one true God and that nothing reigned but peace. But what he did was set the pace for a future group of Christians that would inhabit China (secretly) for years to come.

Mt 24:35 “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

Jn 14:23 “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”

Jn 12:48 “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”