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The Power Of Love: Purpose Driven Life Chapt. 25

Posted by infinitygoods on March 7, 2008

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God is good and God is love.  Satan is the one who brings us evil, destruction, death, senseless tragedy.  In my own life all negatives, hardships and tragedies have eventually been turned around for good.  God used these times to bring me closer to Him or build character and in the end, bring something so good out of those circumstances which could not have happened otherwise, that really it had to happen that way.

I was wondering what example I could give you, but personal examples either did not seem universal enough or were too difficult for me to share.  Then I remembered an e-mail I received a few years ago.  I did not find on the Internet the exact and powerful wording which had brought most of us either to tears or close to it, but I did find the passage below which is a paraphrase of that e-mail.  It addresses a universal subject which has affected all of us worldwide, not just us living in the United States.  It shows how a different, more positive point of view sees God’s hand in turning evil into good.

Where was God during the senseless acts of terrorism of 9/11?

“A very dear friend recently questioned my faith in God right after the terrorist attack on America.  Her question was simply put, “Where is your God today?”  She was very hurt, as all Americans were, so I tried not to react defensively.  Since that moment I have prayed and grieved over the disastrous events.  However, I believe I have found some comfort in knowing where my God was the morning of September 11, 2001.  He was indeed very busy.

“First of all, he was trying to discourage people from taking the hijacked flights.  Those four planes had the capacity to carry over 1000 passengers, yet there were only 266 on board. God was on four commercial flights giving terrified passengers the ability to stay calm.  Not one of the family members who was called by a loved one on one of those planes said that passengers were screaming in the background.  On one of the flights He was giving strength to passengers to try to overtake the hijackers.

“He was busy trying to create obstacles for employees trying to reach the World Trade Center on that Tuesday morning.  On any given day, the buildings could hold 50,000 workers.  It was a miracle in itself that 30,000 fewer were in the building that terrible day.  How many of the people who were employed at the WTC told the media that day that they were delayed from reaching work on Tuesday because of traffic delays or various other reasons. God held up two 110 story buildings for over an hour so that two-thirds of the workers could get out.

Although this is without a doubt the worst thing I have seen in my life, I can see God’s miracles in every bit of it.  I can’t imagine going through such a difficult time and not believing in God.  Life would be hopeless !

Of potentially 74,280 Americans directly targeted by these cowards, 93% survived or avoided the attacks.  Pass this information on to those in depression, or in fear, and especially to the media.  Don’t fear these cowards and terrorists.  God is on our side and in addition, the odds are against the terrorists.”  Author Unknown

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Snow Proves Global Warming

Posted by infinitygoods on January 17, 2008

snow-in-baghdad.jpgWhat’s remarkable is not that it snowed in Baghdad last week — the first time since the 1940s — but the global warming prophets’ reactions to almost unheard-of snow in the desert. To the Al Gores of the world, SNOW in Baghdad PROVES global WARMING.

So, just so we understand what these people are talking about:

  • If it’s hot — it’s global warming;
  • If it’s cold — it’s global warming.

We have to get that through our thick heads. Regardless of the temperature, whether it’s hot or whether it’s cold, it’s global warming.

Now Al Gore even has a Nobel peace prize to PROVE that he knows what he’s talking about, so the rest of us who don’t and remain in disbelief should keep quiet just like our grandparents and great-grandparents kept quiet when Adolph Hitler received his own Nobel peace prize nomination in 1939.

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Pope Names Iraq’s 1st. Cardinal, 22 Others

Posted by infinitygoods on November 25, 2007

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Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans was applauded as he knelt before the Pope to receive his gold ring of office making him history’s first Cardinal in Iraq. Delly an Iraqi-born will continue his service as Prince of the Church in Baghdad.

Pope Benedict XVI named 22 other cardinals from the United States, Italy, France, Ireland, Germany, Spain, India, Argentina, Kenya, Mexico, Poland, Senegal and Brazil.

The Pope urged the cardinals to pray for world peace, particularly in Iraq and the Holy Land. The Pope stated Delly’s elevation to cardinal was an expression of solidarity and sympathy with Iraq’s Christians.

Benedict XVI also named Monsignor Sean Brady, the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, now giving Ireland a total of 3 cardinals.

Pope Benedict XVI stated he hoped this week’s Annapolis Middle East Summit would relaunch negotiations “to find a just and definitive solution to the conflict which for 60 years has bloodied the Holy Land and provoked so many tears and suffering among two peoples.”

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Pope Announces U.S. Visit After Saudi King’s Vatican Visit

Posted by infinitygoods on November 12, 2007

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Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate his third anniversary as pontiff of the Catholic Church by traveling to the United States, where he will visit the White House and New York’s ground zero site of the 9/11 Muslim terrorist attacks, and will speak at the United Nations during a five-day trip April 15-20.

Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Vatican ambassador to the United States, told the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops today that “the pope will not travel much, but he will address himself to the people of the United States and the whole Catholic Church.”

A welcome reception will be held at the White House on April 16.

Sambi says the pope wants to show “solidarity with those who have died, with their families and with all those who wish an end of violence and in the search of peace.”

This official announcement comes six days after King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia gave a jeweled sword to the pope, and on the Monday of the Veterans Day federal holiday.

Pope receives jeweled sword from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

A sword is a traditional Muslim gift given to heads of state. Is it meant as a symbol of trust or as a warning? That is the double-edged question.

The meeting between the king and the pope will surely be the hottest topic between the pope and President George Bush.

Saudi Arabia does not even grant diplomatic relations with the Holy See. As Victor L. Simpson of the Associated Press so aptly said in his article about the visit on Nov. 6, “Islam is the official religion of Saudi Arabia and the kingdom requires all Saudi citizens to be Muslims. Only Muslims can visit the cities of Mecca and Medina.

“Under the authoritarian rule of the royal family, the kingdom enforces strict sharia, or Islamic law. It follows a severe interpretation of Islam known as Wahhabism which rejects the possibility of diplomatic relations with a Christian entity. This interpretation would prohibit a Vatican embassy in Saudi Arabia on the grounds it would be equivalent to raising the cross inside the site of Islam’s holiest places.

“It is forbidden to practice Christianity publicly inside Saudi Arabia, and it is illegal to bring symbols from religions other than Islam into the country. Bibles and crosses, for instance, are confiscated at the border.

“Some Christian worship services are held secretly, but the government has been known to crack down on them, or deport workers from the Philippines if they are known to hold even private services.”

The pope was also given a small statue of a camel by a palm tree and in return gave King Abdullah a 16th-century engraving of the Vatican and a gold medal of his pontificate.

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Infinity Goods Thanks Veterans

Posted by infinitygoods on November 11, 2007

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Today is Veterans Day. I am thankful for our freedom that veterans around the world and through history have paid for with their hard work, their sweat, their mental health, their physical health and well-being, their faces, their limbs and their very lives.

Thank you Veterans! Thank you for protecting our country and our world.

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Amazing Photo From Iraq, Amazing Photojournalism Blog

Posted by infinitygoods on November 9, 2007

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Thanks and Praise — Photo by Michael Yon 2007

“Thanks and Praise: I photographed men and women, both Christians and Muslims, placing a cross atop the St. John’s Church in Baghdad. They had taken the cross from storage and a man washed it before carrying it up to the dome,” — Michael Yon
Michael Yon is making this photograph available to media outlets, such as print publications and cable and television news broadcasts, at no cost for a limited period of time. For more information, please contact his site here.

 

Praise the Lord, St. John’s church in Baghdad is not only reopened, but it did so with the help of Christians and Muslims working together!

Michael Yon, a freelance photojournalist reporting from Baghdad has brought the above photo to the Internet along with his online magazine using a WordPress blog documenting the war in Iraq. He is doing photojournalism at its best — the way it should be done — the way we are not seeing it done in the mass media today.

I hope you are interested in seeing real photos from the trenches and that you will jump to Michael’s site. With the photo above Michael sends a message from the Iraqis. They “asked me to convey a message of thanks to the American people. “Thank you, thank you,” the people were saying. One man said, “Thank you for peace.”

“Another man, a Muslim, said “All the people, all the people in Iraq, Muslim and Christian, is brother.” The men and women were holding bells, and for the first time in memory freedom rang over the ravaged land between two rivers.”

I must tell you this is the same message I heard from an American Navy nurse, our deacon’s daughter, who was stationed in Iraq. She too said the Iraqis were thankful that Americans were there and that we should not believe what is said in the liberal mass media.

Cheers to Michael for the photos. Cheers to the Christians and Muslims who worked together to reopen St. John’s Church in Baghdad. And Praise our Lord!

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You Can’t Trust Anybody These Days!

Posted by infinitygoods on October 12, 2007

As I turned on the TV news today, I was bombarded with recall after recall. On the headlines: infant cold and cough medicine with even the big names like Tylenol, more pot pies, more toys including Mattel again, baby strollers, carriers, etc. with Winnie the Pooh and made in Korea, lipsticks including name brands like L’Oreal and Dior with the prestige of Paris, but actually subcontracted just like Mattel, and the list went on too.

So what’s happening here? Are the government agencies more stringent than they have been in the past and these recalls would have been under the radar until now? Have companies gone insane and they are trying to kill consumers, the very hand that feeds them? Have some evil forces or the 9/11 Terrorists infiltrated even our formerly most trusted name brands in an attempt to kill even our youngest and our psyches? Are Communist countries like China behind it all?

None of it makes sense, but one thing is sure, the enemy, whoever it may be, is lurking behind every product these days.

Forget name brand loyalty. Forget Tylenol, Mattel, Dior. Spending more won’t be a guarantee of getting a decent product, let alone quality.

Forget saving money at the local dollar store or discount outlet. You’ll surely be putting your life at stake with just about every product there being made in China.

As my grandmother used to say, “we don’t know what to eat and drink anymore.” And what was true then, is mind boggling now. And now add “we don’t know what to breathe anymore” too, because even the smell of popcorn is killing us. (See my related blog post.)

It’s no solution for those of us living in cities, but if things don’t get better soon, at this rate, I foresee having to grow our own food, make our own toys, revert back to milk paint, feed our pets people food — actually with our own dog having been killed by the last pet food recall, we’re ALREADY doing that!

It’s a scary world out there. Self-sufficiency is starting to look good not just to wackos, but to the rest of us too. Horse and buggy here we come!

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Infidels Crucified by Muslims

Posted by infinitygoods on September 11, 2007

Since the time of Mohammed, Muslims have crucified Christians and Jews, who are called “infidels.” We should not forget thousands of innocent people were murdered on Sept. 11, 2001, and we should not forget who did it.

(Click on the thumbnail below. “Eloi, Eloi Lama Sabachthani,” by Tad Cronn. Created after 9/11 and banned in several online galleries.)

Eloi, Eloi Lama Sabachthani?

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