Archive for March, 2016

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I’m guilty, we’re all guilty. No, not one of us are perfect. The Only One who was/is perfect is Jesus Christ. And He is our example of perfection in that we are to guard our tongue.

James 3 (KJV)

2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:

8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

I went ahead and placed the whole chapter!

Why? Well, James makes comparisons.

  1. Horse-have you ever heard the verse, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink”? I am a horse-lover! Besides the dog, a horse is my favorite animal. So majestic, and beautiful! But they also have great strength, speed, and graceful. My, oh my what grace and elegance. Although it is a symbol of power, it is docile. Sure, you have the wild side in every animal but when a master commands the horse, it follows.
  1. Imagine the rudder of a ship and its raging against the storm. The destruction of water is known worldwide and the seas evoke many emotions of the fierceness of a hurricane, or even just the gentle wave hitting the shore. Gentle winds bringing with it the fragrance of the invigorating fresh air. If you’ve lived near the ocean then you know that the view of an evening of stars combined with the ocean can be memories that last a lifetime.
  2. A ship on the ocean can be as helpless as a bird caught in a storm. So too, is the ship without a rudder. The slightest movement of the Captain’s hand on the wheel can maneuver into unseen depths of the ocean where rogue waves can crush it like a toy. So, we see that the wind can destroy the ship’s rigging, but the rudder guides the ship exactly as directed….even if it wasn’t intended to end up at its destination. The rudders below the stern are the tools necessary to control the ship against the fierceness of the wind.

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The term “sharp tongue” comes into play as we consider this subject. Another term is “cut throat”…although this could mean a person will do what it takes to get what he wants…it could also mean sharp words.

It seems those closest to us get the brunt of these actions…people seem to take a bad day out on those nearest to us at the time and usually this is a family member. Spouting out nasty words, verbal commands, etc..can end up feeling like a slap in the face to the receiver.

You always hurt the one you love, the one you shouldn’t hurt at all.

GOD holds us accountable for our actions, and this includes what we say!

James also refers to fire in this chapter. He wants us to capture the graphic vision of the potential of how words can destroy.

Then, we have the example given by Solomon who writes, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”

Proverbs 18 (KJV)

18 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.

2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.

4 The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

6 A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.

7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.

12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.

13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

16 A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.

18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.

20 A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.

23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

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Words can be devastating…they can tear a heart apart.

The comparison also utilized is comparing the tongue to the most ferocious beast!

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In my younger days, I lived in a time where when your mother thought you had said something inappropriate, you had your mouth washed out with soap!

Maybe we need this for today’s youth too!!

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How much salt can you add to water before it is ruined?

Last week, I placed a statement on FACEBOOK:

Ephesians 4-says we are to speak the truth of love and use this to build one another up…not allowing rotten or destructive words to pour from our lips. Herein lies the discernment needed to season our words with salt. Salt purifies (germs cannot live in it) and by analogy we are to have salt in us and our words.

Sometimes GOD will have someone treat you in the exact manner in which you treated someone else as a learning experience!

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GOSSIP

If we look at others’ behavior, then we can learn to see ourselves. Instead we forget our own issues and spread nasty rumors….so sad.

Matthew 7 (KJV)

5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

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We must judge ourselves before we judge others. In fact, we must do our best to NOT judge others unless it’s how GOD intended and this is not the WWJD! What Would Jesus Do…

The world blinds our minds!

This reminds me of the article which I published this past Friday, (Good Friday) about the “Two Witnesses”…and the Sanhedrin.

The Sanhedrin priests were hypocrites. And Jesus Christ points this out to us here.

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Defamation of Character

This was once attached to huge court battles. People would sue one another for “Slander” at the drop of a hat, but not so much anymore. Why? Well, this is a perfect “gossip” parallel.

Libel vs. Slander. Generally, a statement that is made in writing is libel, and an oral statement is slander. However, with increased internet usage, this line has become blurred. The focus now is on the “permanence” of the defamatory statement. For example, though instant messages are technically written statements, because of their transient nature they are arguably more akin to oral statements. Similarly, a “podcast” may be more like a written statement than an oral one because of the statement’s permanence and the ease with which is may be widely disseminated.

This distinction is important for establishing damages: the more permanent the statement, the more potentially harmful it is to the plaintiff in a defamation case – the greater the damages.

You can spread a rumor that can affect someone’s life…forever. And now with the internet where NOTHING disappears, this is even more true.

Facts vs. Opinion

For example, just because the defamatory speaker uses words like “I think” or “in my opinion” does not mean the statements were merely opinion.

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There are NO STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS in gossip!

What’s the cause here?

DEMONS

Matthew 15 (KJV)

11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

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Our tongues and speech are controlled either by the devil or The Holy Spirit.

I personally know for a fact that when a person is drunk on booze, he can say and do things which are out of character.

When I was a drinker, I did and said things that I know I wouldn’t have do otherwise. I’m ashamed to admit it but it’s true.

There’s a reason why booze was once called “SPIRITS”.

Theory #1:

Alcohol is derived from the Arabic work ‘al-kuhl’ meaning a body eating spirit.  And ‘Al-ghawl’ is the base for the English word ‘ghoul’.  These ghostly creatures are said to eat human flesh.  So the theory goes that calling these drinks spirits is tied to the origins of the word alcohol itself.

Theory #2:

During the distillation process as the mash turned to a clear liquid it was thought that the process was removing the spirit.  Some say that many European whiskey makers still pour the first shot onto the ground to give the angels their fair share.

Theory #3:

Some say it is called spirits because the beverages put you in good spirits, hence the name.

I firmly believe demons can and do direct your thoughts/actions/words.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The tongue is described as a world of iniquity that defiles the whole body. This means this little member can put the whole body under bondage. But, we must remember it is possible to tame the tongue.

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There are THREE main sections of a plot….the beginning, the middle and THE TWIST!
Watching the release of “Goosebumps” by R.L. Stine was definitely meant for the younger crowd but I’m a big kid at heart and love these types and animation as well.
But, it also reminded me of how the plot in movies seem to be centered around PORTALS and MONSTERS coming through those portals. We know for a fact that Hollywood loves to produce predictive programming so is this a sign?

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At one time things such as the paranormal were few and FAR between! Now? It’s happening everyday on every nation/country on this planet!
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Due to the advances in technology, we have the advantage of not only creating videos on a home camcorders, but now people have this application on CELLPHONES! So, because of this we can see videos on YOUTUBE.COM of strange events which would have NEVER/RARELY been caught on tape otherwise. There is a perfect reason for these events taking place NOW!

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The idea that spirits can enter and control a person is as old as civilization, and historical, biblical, and archeological evidence indicates its presence in diverse forms and in almost all cultures.

Apparently at the time of Jesus Christ, all mental illness was attributed to demon possession, and Jesus always used exorcism to treat what today we would probably see as mental illness. Sadly few professionals see possession for what it really is…and the inclusive connection to illness, mental and physical.
Eventually Jesus Christ gave His disciples and all believers the power to “discern spirits” (1 Cor. 12:10) and cast out unclean spirits (Mark 16:17; Matt. 10:1; Luke 9:1). For example, Paul removed a demon from a slave girl who told fortunes (Acts 16:16-24).
Catholic theology asserts the reality of demonic possession and exorcism and the Catholic Encyclopedia (New Advent, n.d.) notes that “Superstition ought not to be confounded with religion, . . . nor magic . . . with a legitimate religious rite” (n.p.). The Vatican’s chief exorcist Amorth has said “where [religious] faith declines, superstition grows” (Wilkinson, 2007, p. 30). The differences between the supernatural beliefs of magic, superstition, and religion are not always clear. Superstition is usually considered an attenuated form of magic. The problem with this is magic and witchcraft is the same issue! Superstitions are a mixture of religious and magical beliefs, folklore, and historical events.
Jesus revealed the difference! For example, in Luke 13:32 Jesus expressly distinguished between the expulsion of evil spirits and the curing of disease.
In 2005 the Vatican began offering training to its exorcists to help them distinguish between psychological disorders and possession by the devil; half a million Italians seek exorcisms each year, but most are not considered possessed (Nadeau, 2005). The Vatican’s chief exorcist, Father Gabriele Amorth, made news when he announced “Of course the Devil exists . . . I am convinced that the Nazis were all possessed” (Pisa, 2006, n.p.). Amorth is said to have conducted over 30,000 exorcisms in his career.
Some psychiatrists and psychologists not only believe in the reality of demonic possession, they practice exorcism rituals. M. Scott Peck, who died in 2005, was a psychiatrist who described himself as a nondenominational Christian and became famous for his bestseller The Road Less Traveled (1978). In his last book, Glimpses of the Devil (2005) Peck revealed that he believed that possession is a genuine phenomenon, and that he had conducted exorcisms of some of his patients, in collaboration with priests. In the book Peck describes one patient whose symptoms “did not fit the established categories of psychiatric diagnosis, which was why, as a scientific-minded psychiatrist, I thought she might be possessed. . . . My instinct was that she likely required an exorcism” (Peck, 2005, p. 23).
But….you see the government (elite) don’t like this!

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In 1993 Phoenix psychologist Kenneth Olson had his license revoked for unprofessional conduct after he performed an exorcism on a ten-year-old boy, using a Bible, holy water, a crucifix, and prayer. Olson, who said he had practiced exorcisms for 12 years, billed Arizona Child Protective Services $180 for the two-hour procedure; the state board said that exorcism is not recognized as a legitimate form of psychological treatment (Chicago Tribune, 1993). Olson sued the licensing board, and the case went to a federal appeals court, which dismissed Olson’s suit (Churchill, 1999).
In 2001 Memphis, Tennessee psychologist Terry B. Davis had her license revoked after she told a client that demons were controlling her and conducted an exorcism ritual, asking the demon to leave (Ross, 2001). In 2003 a “Christian psychologist” in Missouri named Thomas DeVol faced loss of his license because a client complained that he invoked Jesus to cast out the client’s demons; DeVol claimed that up to four percent of his clients were possessed by evil spirits (National Psychologist, 2004).

At Texas State University, I teach an honors course called “Demonology, Possession, and Exorcism.” It’s not a gut course. My students produce research papers on topics that range from the role of sleep paralysis in reports of demonic attacks to contemporary murder cases in which defendants have claimed supernatural forces compelled them to commit crimes.

Texas State University Honors Courses
J. Laycock-Demonology, Possession and Exorcism

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Possession in Austin Texas
A man appears to have walked in on an exorcism taking place outside Starbucks in Austin Texas.
“All your legions of poison – OUT!” the person leading the exorcism says to someone sitting in a chair, who convulses slightly as he appears to spit his legions of poison into a Starbucks cup.
“In Jesus Christ’s mighty name. By the blood of Jesus Christ, by the blood of Jesus Christ, you have no legal ground to be in here,” he demands. “You have to leave. You cannot trespass on the cross.”
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The Exorcist is getting rebooted.
Fox has ordered an adaptation of the 1971 book to pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
A modern reinvention inspired by William Blatty’s original book, The Exorcist is a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil.

William Peter Blatty was educated at Jesuit schools and at Georgetown University. Blatty was given the topic of demonic possession for an oratorical assignment by his professor, Father Thomas Bermingham (a Jesuit). An article about a contemporary case of possession (a fourteen-year old boy in Mount Rainier, in 1949) especially arrested young Blatty’s imagination.
Later, as he began writing The Exorcist he interviewed the priest who had performed this exorcism, and studied other cases. Members of the Church informed Blatty, and they were also involved in making the movie; the Reverend Bermingham acted the part of the president of the Georgetown University, the Reverend William O’Malley (S.J.) was enlisted as Father Dyer in the film, and the Reverend John J. Nicola (S.J.), the assistant director of the National Shrine, as the exorcism expert on the set. Father Nicola was at the time the priest who acted on behalf of the Catholic Church in investigating potential cases of diabolical possession and deciding the proper procedure. The opinions of the Church about The Exorcist were divided, but one can accurately characterize it as an important modern Catholic work – even if it is a personal and controversial rather than an official aspect of Catholicism which it expounds. The last page in the book is titled “About the Author,” and it states that W.P. Blatty is the former ”Policy Brand Chief of the U.S.Air Force Psychological Warfare Division.” Everything underlines Blatty’s serious commitment to study demonic possession as reality: “Mr. Blatty has read every book in English on the subject.
The Exorcist was dismissed as a sensationalist, hollow exploitation of the dark side of the Catholic tradition. But whether the response was positive or negative, one fact emerged – the book remained the topic of many cocktail party ‘sermons. – Other reports describe people frequently fainting in screenings, several heart attacks and one miscarriage were reported. According to Stephen Jones, “in Berkeley, California, a man attacked the screen attempting to kill the demon. The number of people seeking psychiatric help increased, church attendance began to rise dramatically, and violence broke out at many screenings.” The film was presented in Rome to a Vatican audience, and Blatty has drawn his own conclusions: The Pope did make a statement shortly after the release of The Exorcist reaffirming the Church’s position on the existence of Satan as a supreme and intelligent force of evil.

A site dedicated to helping people find a bishop/priest to do exorcisms?
http://exorcismus.org/

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Malachi Martin, a former Jesuit professor, claimed in his book “Hostage to the Devil” (1976), that much of the success of the exorcism depends upon the exorcist. He describes the type of priest best suited to be an exorcist as being a man of good physical health, being of middle age, routinely going about his normal pastoral duties.
Martin, the most important thing is the exorcist’s disposition and those of his assistants. Presently few exorcists choose to work alone. Three other people usually assist the exorcist. One is a junior priest who has been trained in exorcism procedures. He monitors the exorcism, helping the exorcist when possible not to be distracted by the possessive demon. Others can include a medical physician and a family member. The most important thing of all is that the exorcist and his assistants be physically strong and relatively guiltless. None must have any secret sins which the Devil or demon can use against them. In some incidences the Devil or demons may shout out the sins of the exorcist or his assistants attempting to shame them and ruin the exorcism.
Although all exorcisms are different in proceeding there are similar stages they follow. Martin describes these stages:
The Presence: The exorcist and his assistants become aware of an alien feeling or entity. Attempts or actions of the evil spirit appear to be the victim’s. The exorcist’s first job is to break this Pretense and find out whom the demon really is. Gaining the entity’s name is most important.
Breakpoint: The moment when the Devil’s Pretense finally collapses. This is usually a moment of complete pandemonium. There evolves a scene of panic and confusion, accompanied by a crescendo of abuse, horrible sights, noises, and odors. The Devil then turns on the victim, speaking of the person in the third person.
The Voice: Also a sign the Breakpoint, the Voice (of the demon) becomes “inordinately disturbing and humanly distressing babble.” The demon’s voices must be silenced for the exorcism to proceed.
The Clash: As the Voices die out there is both a spiritual and physical pressure. The demon has collided with the “will of the Kingdom.” The exorcist is now in direct battle with the demon, urging the entity to reveal more information about itself so it can be controlled. As previously mentioned, there is a connection between the entity and the victim’s resident. The entity wants a place to be in, or it must return to Hell. An existence out of Hell is what the Devil or demon is fighting for.
Expulsion: In the supreme triumph of God’s will, the demon or spirit leaves in the name of Jesus. All present feel the Presence dissipates, occasionally with receding noises and voices. The victim may remember the ordeal or may not recall anything that has happened.
By conservative estimates, there are at least five or six hundred evangelical exorcism ministries in operation today, and quite possibly two or three times this many. But, beware of New Age mystics posing as an exorcist.
Pentecostal ministers in San Francisco pummeled a woman to death in 1995, as they tried to drive out her demons.
In 1997, a Korean Christian woman was stomped to death in Glendale, Calif., and in the Bronx section of New York City, a 5-year-old girl died after being forced to swallow a mixture containing ammonia and vinegar and having her mouth taped shut.
In 1998, a 17-year-old girl in Sayville, N.Y., was suffocated by her mother with a plastic bag, in an effort to destroy a demon inside her.
Cuneo reports that a Wisconsin woman successfully sued her psychiatrist in 1997, after he diagnosed her as diabolically possessed, and having 126 personalities, including the bride of Satan and a duck. The experience left her suicidal, she claimed.
With the SUPERBOWL just taking place not long ago, I thought it would be interesting to add this article:
The Devil & David Tyree

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Another article which was published the same day?
TED CRUZ POSSESSED?
Two men with mirrors and a wooden cross interrupted a campaign event in Raymond, New Hampshire to perform an exorcism on Ted Cruz on Monday, saying that the Republican presidential candidate was “possessed by a demon.”

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This House is EVIL!
No, silly! It’s really not the house, it’s what’s in it.
You may not see it with your own eyes. You may not hear it with your own ears…but it’s there.
It begins with horrific events! Powerful emotions, and tragic events which leave ‘impressions’ in the surroundings. What do I mean? Well, demons can sense these types of things.
Events involving grisly deaths, prolonged tragic circumstances, and suicides and trauma are likely to leave behind an imprint which the demons feed from.
The REAL people who died, moved onto the next realm…the people who had these events happen to them and survived, moved on. But, the spiritual mark left its imprint. This is enough energy for demons to manifest and cause people who come to be these next to suffer.
These demons want to take your life! Like a roaring lion they prowl about seeking to destroy you.
A perfect example:
Indiana ‘exorcism house’ of Latoya Ammons is demolished
Zak Bagans, host and executive producer of “Ghost Adventures” on the Travel Channel, had the purported “demon house” destroyed two weeks ago. The demolition was filmed for a documentary Bagans plans to release later this year.
“Something was inside that house that had the ability to do things that I have never seen before — things that others carrying the highest forms of credibility couldn’t explain either,” he told IndyStar via email. “There was something there that was very dark yet highly intelligent and powerful.”
Bagans bought the Carolina Street house in 2014, shortly after IndyStar published an article about Latoya Ammons’ claim that she and her three children had been possessed by demons. Ammons’ tale spurred an Indiana Department of Child Services intervention, police investigation and a series of exorcisms that a priest claimed were the first authorized by the bishop of the Catholic Church’s Diocese of Gary.

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The Rev. Michael Maginot has signed a deal with Evergreen Media Holdings to bring “The exorcisms of Latoya Ammons” to the big screen.
Maginot said he also signed a contract with Zak Bagans, host and executive producer of “Ghost Adventures” on the Travel Channel, to make a documentary.

The strangeness surrounding this subject has increased over the last several years…exponentially.

Four KwaZulu Natal women jailed for disembowelling teen relative in botched exorcism
More? Well, MIRROR has a whole section (several dozen?) dedicated to news regarding this subject:

But, don’t think that’s all of them….there’s hundreds, if not thousands and thousands!

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FINAL THOUGHTS
Why are these things happening? Because it’s time. The end is near and Satan knows this. Havoc and chaos is his main objective because he knows he’s finished and he wants to take you down with him. He teaches his demons to do the same. They seek to infest your life. They seek to possess you.
Scare tactics? NO! Pure truth. Plain and simple.
What must you do? Stay tuned into GOD. Keep on your Armor of GOD.

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As water reflects a man’s face, so does the heart reflect the man.
Next to sound judgment, diamonds and pearls are the rarest things in the world.

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THE GATES
Before I get into the three issues at hand here, I want to say that this is PART OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER!
The Holy Spirit impressed upon me how this is the objective of the elite.
Saturate our world with images, sounds and lyrics are prime examples of how they are changing people’s faith!
The Eye
The most common phrase about the eyes is; “The eyes are the window to the soul.” And according to the Bible this is point on!
The things which we see, if not careful, can manifest in our hearts and minds, then eventually turning into actions.

It’s so true that the people we see on a daily basis can affect us as well. If their belief system is not in sync with ours…it’s a danger to ours.
The Ears
The ears soak up more than you realize, and this is also true for the eyes. Like a sponge, a child soaks up everything they see and hear which gives them their foundation of morals and integrity.

I recently told a few mothers which I work with that even though they feel like what they say to their children travels in one ear and out the other, it does remain. The subconscious obviously inputs these words and stores them in your long term memory bank. Because now my children and grown and they tell me they can hear my voice when they discipline their children, telling them all the things they are now repeating.

The tainted music we hear is a clear message of programming. Music can lift us up or tear us down depending on the melody and lyrics. The music videos combine the programming to be twice as effective! Be aware of what your children do.
When giving advice of this sort, please understand that what we hear shapes our thoughts, decisions and actions into the next generation.

The Mouth
The New Age movement are keen to suggest that ‘what you put out into the universe will manifest itself’. This is such a dangerous territory. It reminds me of the saying…”KARMA”. Their is no such thing as karma. The Bible is specific when it says, “You reap what you sow”.
A friendly reminder: “Think before you speak”.
Between the Parable of the Sower, then Parable of the Mustard Seed…which is symbolic in itself…we have:

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Filled with significance and truth….otherwise known as the Parable of the Weeds:

Parable of the Wheat and Tares
Matthew 13:24-30
Jesus Christ knows us all, one by one and none left out. But, you have a choice! Will you side with the flesh or let it die and progress in spirit?
The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But, incognito…while the man slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat. When the grain sprouted and produced the crop…the heads of the tares reared their ugly heads.
Jesus Christ is letting the tares run among the wheat, because He is patient. He is forgiving. He is merciful.
You see, He doesn’t want to burn the bundles until they’ve been given full freedom of choice. But, what happens if they don’t chose Him?
He cannot gather them now, lest He pull the good along with the bad.
We must grown together until the harvest.

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The sower sows the word-
The seeds falling on the road represent those who hear the word but dismiss it straight away – the synoptics state that the wicked one (Matthew’s wording)/Satan (Mark’s wording) is what takes the word away
The seeds falling on the rocks represent those who hear the word, but only accept it shallowly – the synoptics state that these sorts of people reject the word as soon as it causes them affliction or persecution
The seeds falling on thorns represent those who hear the word, and take it to heart, but allow worldly concerns, such as money and cares of this world, to choke it.
The seeds falling on good soil represents those who hear the word, and truly receive it spiritually, causing it to bear fruit.

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The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to those on the outside, everything is said in parables so that they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding.

“I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.” (Matthew 13:35)
PARABLES FROM NATURE
The Sower and the Seeds (Mark 4:3-9; Matt 13:3-9; Luke 8:5-8)
The Grain of Wheat (John 12:24)
The Weeds in the Grain or the Tares (Matt 13:24-30)
The Net (Matthew 13:47-50)
The Seed Growing Secretly (Spontaneously) or The Patient Husbandman (Mark 4:26-29)
The Mustard Seed (Matt13:31.;Mark 4:30-32; Luke 13:18)
The Leaven (Matthew 13:33; Luke 13:20)
The Budding Fig Tree (Matt 24:32; Mark 13:28; Luke 21:19-31)
The Barren Fig Tree (Luke 13:6-9)
The Birds of Heaven (Matthew 6:26; Luke 12:24)
The Flowers of the Field (Matt 6:28-30; Luke 12:27)
The Vultures & the Carcass (Matt 24:28; Luke 17:37)
The Tree and its Fruits (Matthew 7:16; Luke 6:43-49)
The Weather Signs (Luke 12:54-56; Matthew 26:2; Mark 8:11-13)
WORK AND WAGES
Master and Servant (Luke 17:7-10)
The Servant Entrusted with Authority or The Faithful and Unfaithful Servants (Matt. 24:45-51; Luke 12:42-46)
The Waiting Servants (Luke 12:35-38; Mark 13:33-37)
The Laborers in the Vineyard or The Generous Employer (Matthew 20:1-16)
The Money in Trust or The Talents (Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:12-27)
The Lamp (Matt 5:14-16; Mark 4:21; Luke 8:16, 11:31) and The City Set on a Hill (Matt. 5:14)
The Body’s Lamp (Matthew 6:22; Luke 11:34-36)
The Discarded Salt (Matt 5:13; Mark 9:50; Luke 14:34)
The Patch and the Wineskins (Matthew 9:16; Mark 2:21; Luke 5:36-39)
The Householder’s Treasure (Matthew 13:52)
The Dishonest Steward (Luke 16:1-12)
The Defendant (Luke 12:58; Matthew 5:25)
The Unforgiving Official or The Unmerciful Servant (Matthew 18:23-35)
The Rich Fool (Luke 12:16-21)
The Wicked Vinedressers (Matthew 21:33-41; Mark 12:1-9; Luke 20:9-16)
The Two Builders (Matthew 7:24-27; Luke 6:47-49)
The Two Debtors (Luke 7:41-43)
The Hidden Treasure (Matthew 13:44)
The Pearl of Great Price (Matthew 13:45)
OPEN & CLOSED DOORS
The Closed Door (Luke 13:24-30)
The Doorkeeper (Mark 13:33-37; Matt 24:42)
The Thief in the Night and the Faithful Servants (Matthew 24:42-51.; Luke 12:32-48.)
The Strong Man Bound (Matthew 12:29; Mark 3:27; Luke 11:21)
The Divided Realm (Mark 3:24-26; Luke 11:17-20)
The Unoccupied House or The Demon’s Invasion (Matthew 12:43-45; Luke 11:24-26)
The Importunate Neighbor (Luke 11:5-8)
The Son’s Request (Matthew 7:9-11; Luke 11:11-13)
The Unjust Judge or The Importunate Widow (Luke 18:1-8)
The Pharisee and the Publican (Luke 18:9-14)
WEDDINGS AND FEASTS
The Sulking Children or The Children in the Marketplace (Matthew 11:16-19; Luke 7:31-35)
The Arrogant Guest (Luke 14:7-11)
The Bridegroom’s Friend (John 3:28)
The Bridegroom’s Attendants (Matthew 9:15a; Mark 2:18; Luke 5:34)
The Bride’s Girlfriends or Ten Virgins (Matt 25:1-13)
The Tower Builder and The Warring King (Luke 14:28-32)
The Wedding Feast or The Unwilling Guests (Matt 22:1-10; Luke 14:16-24)
The Wedding Garment (Matthew 22:11-14)
The Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31)
LOST AND FOUND, FATHER AND SON
The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)
The Prodigal Son or The Loving Father (Luke 15:11-32)
The Two Sons, The Apprentice Son, and The Slave and Son (Matthew 21:28-32; John 5:19-20; John 3:35)
The Lost Coin (Luke 15:8-10)
The Lost Sheep (Matthew 28:12-14; Luke 15:4-7)
The Shepherd, the Thief, and the Doorkeeper (John 10:1-18)
The Doctor and the Sick (Matthew 9:12; Mark 2:17; Luke 5: 31)
The Great Assize or The Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25:31-46)

Lastly, I believe we must go through the fire (tribulations of this world) to be cleansed. This combined with the relationship with GOD, through HIS Son, Jesus Christ allows us the right to be presented before the throne.

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You hear about inspirational events from time to time….well, I thought it would be nice to do an article on BIBLES!

I’m going to start with this one because this happened 8 hours before I began writing this article, BUT…that is when The Holy Spirit impressed upon me to do this article! Yes, that is divine intervention!
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HAWKINS COUNTY, Tennessee (WJHL) — A few photographs and a family Bible were the only items that survived a house fire in Carters Valley, Tennessee Sunday
“I was asleep, and I didn’t hear anything ,” said homeowner, Donna Clark.
Clark, and her 84-year-old father live at the home on 519 Way Cross Road in Hawkins County. Her father was at church at the time of the fire, but she was sleeping inside and did not hear the smoke alarms going off.
Her best friend and neighbor, Penny Byington saw the smoke and knew something was wrong.
“I ran over there, and when I got in and I opened the door you couldn’t see anything,” she said.
In a panic, she looked for her friend, and was able to jerk her awake and escape the burning house.
Fire officials with the Carters Valley Fire Department said when they arrived on scene, they were not able to make entry because the house was covered in flames.
“The fire moved pretty rapidly through the house,” said Captain of the Carter Valley fire department, Frank Vaughn.  “There was nothing that we could do with it. It was fully engulfed when arrived.”
Multiple agencies worked to put out the flames. Crews had to shut down the road, and the train tracks nearby.
“We just couldn’t get enough water flow,” said Vaughn.  “So had to get other agencies to haul water to us.”
Clark said they have homeowner’s insurance, and will rebuild. Despite the loss, Clark says she has her best friend and a higher power to thank for saving her life.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and thank God,” she said.
Red Cross has been called to assist the family. No one was injured in the fire.

 

Bible Driver Survive After Car Bursts

Divine intervention? That’s what one witness is calling it after a driver and his Bible survived a car accident that caused the vehicle to burst into flames.
The accident happened on State Route 385 in Memphis, Tennessee, when a Jeep went off the road and quickly caught fire.
Several good Samaritans came to the driver’s aid, trying to get him out, according to CNN affiliates WMC-TV and WHNT-TV.
When an officer arrived on the scene, he saved the driver.
A Bible was also recovered from the car, apparently unscathed by the fire, despite the car ending up a total loss, in ashes.
One witness posted video on Facebook saying, “I just saw GOD on 385.”
Anita Irby wrote, “THE ENTIRE EXPRESSWAY STOPPED and people ran from their cars trying to break the windows and open the doors of this mans car to free him; as they were, the others went up in prayer for God to deliver this man from the paws of the devil.[…] None of the flames touched him.”

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3 Ominous words of Jesus Emerge at Ground Zero
Sitting in the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York City is a strange looking chunk of steel.
It was found in March 2002 in the wreckage of the Twin Towers, just a few months after the worst terrorist attack ever recorded on U.S. soil brought down the towers and killed nearly 3,000 people.
Fused to this piece of steel is a couple of twisted pages from the Bible, showing a large portion of Matthew Chapter 5 and a tiny sliver of Matthew 7. The part showing Chapter 7 contains the very last part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, where he was talking about two types of houses built on different types of foundations – one on rock, the other on sand.
To the casual observer this might be viewed as just another remnant of a very sad event.

Decades-old Bible From East Harlem Church Survives Deadly Blast

It was a gift from above, miraculously recovered from the ruins below.
A decades-old Bible from the ravaged Spanish Christian Church was pulled from the East Harlem gas blast rubble by firefighters, an incredible find amid the carnage on Park Ave.
“The Word was preserved,” said the Rev. Rick Del Rio of Abounding Grace Ministries, who turned out for a Saturday prayer service on 116th St.
“We thank God for that,” he continued. “The building has come down, but the spirits are alive.”
The Bible was the original used by founders of the storefront church, a Harlem fixture for 80 years.
Carmen Vargas-Rosa, financial secretary of the small evangelical church, offered a prayer of thanks after hearing that the Good Book survived.
“I thank God,” said an emotional Vargas-Rosa. “It was wonderful. I really didn’t think that anything that was paper would survive.”
The FDNY discovery Friday invoked a biblical passage from Isaiah: “When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
The Spanish Christian Church was reduced to rubble by the Wednesday blast. Five of its 60 parishioners died.
The investigation into the leak that killed eight people should kick into high gear on Sunday once the last bits of debris are removed from the scene, Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said.
The Bible is the original used by founders of the church, which has served the community for 80 years.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the NYPD will check the basement gas meters and pipes in search of a cause.
The Rev. Thomas Perez was overwhelmed to learn that the church’s venerable Bible had emerged from the ashes. The pastor was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center as a precaution after he complained of chest pains before the Saturday prayer service began.
“When he saw this Bible, that’s when he had the palpitations,” said city Public Advocate Letitia James. “Through all of the rubble, through all of the destruction, his Book survived.”
The Only Item That Survived the Lady Antebellum Bus Fire was Hillary Scott’s Bible
Hillary Scott of the country music band Lady Antebellum said her tour bus caught fire on Thursday, which forced everyone to evacuate and destroyed all personal belongings except her Bible.
“EVERYONE IS SAFE AND SOUND. It was me, my husband, our tour manager, and driver,” Scott posted on Instagram. “Thanking God for our safety and the safety of all of those who helped put this fire out and keep us safe. Love you all!!!!”
She also posted that her Bible was the only item that was not destroyed, saying her faith has deepened.
I just got this picture from the scene of the fire and HAD to share this. Today, when our bus caught on fire we had quite a few personal belongings in the back (where I was asleep before evacuating the bus) one of them being my Bible. I kid you not, EVERYTHING in the back lounge was destroyed from the flames, except my Bible. The outside cover was burned and messed up but NOT ONE PAGE was missing. Yall, God’s Word will always stand. He is FOR YOU, WILL PROTECT YOU, AND HIS LOVE FOR YOU WILL NEVER FADE. My faith is forever deepened because of today. I hope this story deepens yours.

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Bible Survivies Fire That Destroys Jenks Family’s Home JENKS, Oklahoma
One universal truth about house fires is that most anything of any value is lost for heavily damaged by the flames, water or smoke.
Then, occasionally, something remarkable happens, like in the case of one Jenks family, whose home burned in December.
Demolition workers, who were clearing the lot after the fire, found something buried in the ashes that appeared to be untouched by the fire.
It was the family Bible.
Lauren Burns and her family lived at the home in Jenks until last month. A fire started around 7 p.m. on December 14, and burned until about 3 a.m.
There wasn’t much left
She said all of her memories were there, and one she’ll never forget surrounds the Bible that was recovered from the ashes. She said it was in the home-school classroom in the back of the house, where the fire probably started.
“It was pretty much on fire the entire time. Nothing else made it. All our other school books, markers, our white board—everything was gone,” Burns said.
Everything except the Bible.
“It was over here in the classroom area,” said Jason Davis, with Titan Quality Construction.
His crew found the Bible when they began to remove debris from the back of the house, and he had the same questions you or I might have.
“Did somebody move that? Did someone put that there?” Davis said.
He said they assured him they found it just as the picture shows as they began removing debris from that part of the house.
As we stood there and talked I found a book on the ground that had been damaged in the fire.
“Someone was watching over us. Someone was trying to prove a point that we are going to be okay,” Burns said.
No one was injured in the fire. The family is living in a rental house at the moment, and plan to rebuild on the same lot.

Buried Bible Survive In Black Forest Fire
BLACK FOREST – A buried Bible was found preserved during a fire that spread through a forest in June. This finding gives a glimmer of hope to those in heartache.The red-zippered Bible was given to a resident named Mustin by her parents when she was a kid.
Mustian did not expect to see her Bible again after her house was destroyed in the Black Forest fire in June. Now, She hopes others will see the recovery of her Bible as something positive among all of the woes brought on by the fire.
Mustian’s house was destroyed in the Black Forest fire in June. She asked an excavating crew to keep an eye out for the Bible while she actually did not expect to ever see it again.
The crew did find the bible as it turned up under dirt on Aug. 13. It was tattered and the top right-hand corner had been nearly gone.
“They found it while I was out there,” Mustian said. “It was pretty emotional.” Mustian cried when one of the workers handed it to her, and she had to leave the site.
Mustian and her husband had buried the Bible before the foundation was of their house was damaged in 2004. The Mustians were renting out their home when the fire hit, so they did not lose any of their possessions.
“My husband felt like since we were building – we’d never built a house before – I just want to bury the Bible so that when we move in, we’ll know we’re building the house on rock – the rock being Jesus Christ,” Mustian said.
The couple wrote Scriptures on an envelope that they placed in the bag with the Bible. After praying, they buried it underneath what would be the kitchen because that is the “heart of the home.”
“The house was really important to us when we built it, and we were sad to leave it,” Mustian said. “We were planning on retiring there.”
She said she wishes others will see the recovery of her Bible as something positive among all of the woes brought on by the fire.
The couple plans to rebuild on the same site in Black Forest and move in. They are going to preserve the Bible and place it in a shadow box in their new home.
And under her new house will be a new buried Bible.

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Bible, Pillowcase Survive House Fire Untouched
GERMANTON, N.C. — A Germanton family had everything damaged or destroyed in a house fire on Saturday except for two things: a pillowcase and a Bible.
Zach and Jennifer Johnson, plus their two boys and their dog, Lily, weren’t injured in the fire, which started around 8:30 a.m. on Fieldcreek Farms Road.
“(Zach) came down the stairs and saw flames going up the wall,” Jennifer said. “It’s a blessing we got out.”
A firefighter then gave the family another unexpected blessing, handing them a Bible and a pillowcase that was inscripted with words from Psalms 91:11.
Despite being found in a charred bedroom chair, both were untouched by the fire that consumed everything around it.
“God most definitely had something to do with it. You look at everything in that house, and we haven’t retrieved anything that didn’t have smoke damage, fire damage or something we’re not trying to repair. This is something we haven’t had to touch,” Zach said.
A family friend, Linda Keeter, gave them what’s called a ‘healing’ pillowcase as a Christmas gift. Linda and the Johnsons attend Christ Episcopal Church in Walnut Cove.
“We had the pillowcases blessed, which is a very common practice in the Episcopal Church, and the priest says prayers over them. Since it was a Guardian Angel prayer, I wanted them to have it,” Linda said.
She got the pillowcase from a local company called It’s All Yours.
It’s unclear what started the fire, but it’s believed to have started in the garage.
The Johnsons said they are thankful for all the help from family, friends and the woman at the Salem Chapel Fire Department.
Pocket Bible Survives Three Wars
A metal-covered New Testament, originally a source of strength for a Sailor in World War II, is now providing a connection for a Sailor nearly seven decades later.
“My dad just approached me…a couple days before I was leaving to go back to fly overseas,” Chris Carson said. “He said, ‘You take the Bible with you, Chris. It’s important to have it with you to keep in mind the good Lord.’ My dad is pretty religious. I brought it with me.”
He carried the Bible aboard the patrol ship Sirocco, which patrolled the northern Persian Gulf. Like his father and grandfather before him, Chris Carson doesn’t consider the pocket New Testament to be a good luck charm, but something that connects him with higher things.
Even today, trainees entering the US military can still get religious texts (from Korans to New Testaments), often in military camouflage but sans the metal lining.

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Tim Collier tells tale of how Bible survives car fire
An Alabama family’s car was engulfed by flames and report that the only thing to survive the fire was their family Bible.
Timothy Collier and his wife were driving in Mobile on Thursday when a fellow driver noticed flames coming from underneath their vehicle. That driver managed warn the Colliers and Tim says he and his wife pulled over at a gas station and got out just before the SUV burst into flames.
“When the guy said it the first time, I didn’t quite know what he was talking about,” Collier said. “So I still tried to get to the gas station. He turned around and came back and said, ‘get out the car; your car is on fire,’” Collier recalled.
“We got out just in time,” the man told Fox 10. “After we get out of the car it burst into flames.”
“This Bible is the only thing that didn’t burn, The Bible made it through,” Tim explained, detailing how the inside of the vehicle is unrecognizable, the steering wheel is gone, the seats are burned to the metal and there’s no trace of a hood remaining.

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Bible survives fire that destroys Dearing home
Firefighters from McDuffie Fire Rescue and McDuffie EMA responded to a home fire Thursday morning that seemed to be routine. However, some see a miracle emerging from that fire.
Bernice Hunt said the smoke detectors began going off in the upper level of her Dearing home around 8 a.m. Jan. 6.
“The smoke detectors were going off all over, sort of fighting one another for sound. I didn’t see anything at first so I started opening the closets,” she said. “When I opened the front room closet, it was on fire. I screamed for my son, ‘The closet is on fire, the closet is on fire.’ ”
Hunt’s son Dellwyn ran outside to get the water hose, but by then it was too late.
“The black smoke came rolling down the stairs,” Hunt said. She and her son went outside and called 911.
At 8:29 a.m., McDuffie Fire Rescue arrived at 3040 Ellington Airline Road in Dearing to find flames coming from the upper level of the two-story home. Two fire engines and 14 fire personnel were on the scene. Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Sewell said they had cleared the scene by 11:30 a.m.
“Pretty much everything had burned up,” Sewell said.
While searching through the house for hot spots or anything that could be salvaged, firefighter Christopher Hinton came across something unusual – a Bible that had not been touched by the flames.
“I couldn’t really believe what I was seeing at the time,” he said. “It was like a miracle.”
Hinton said everything around the Bible was burned, but when he picked it up it was cold and wet.
Sewell said that whenever they find an item like that, they try to get it back into the family’s hands. He said he pointed out Bernice Hunt, the owner of the house, and Hinton gave her the Bible.
“I was so happy,” Hunt said, adding that the Bible is a family heirloom that has been passed down through generations.
Hunt said the Bible used to belong to her husband, who was a minister, the Rev. Johnny Hunt.
As of Tuesday, the cause of the fire had not been determined. No one was injured in the fire. The family is in need of clothing and household items. Anyone interested in helping may contact Tish Davis, Hunt’s niece, at (706) 627-7190. Hunt said they are accepting pretty much anything.
“Whatever they can give,” Hunt said. “I know everybody is having it kind of rough.”
Hunt said she always has and always will keep the faith, through everything.
“The Lord brought us to it and he is gonna carry us through it,” Hunt said. “I just know everything is gonna be alright.”

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Rwanda: Bible survives fire unscathed at children’s home
Hope For Life Ministry operates a home for street boys in Kigali, Rwanda focused on holistic and long-term care. On November 22nd, a fire caused by a faulty voltage regulator completely destroyed one of the bedrooms in the home and damaged a couple other rooms, but miraculously, two objects emerged intact.
“There’s an emergency, come quick!” cried Yassipi, one of the  16 boys staying at the home. The staff rushed in to find orange flames crackling in one of the bedrooms.
Immediately the children were evacuated and all hands were employed to pass buckets of water to throw on the fire. But the flames continued to grow and the bucket brigade couldn’t keep up due to low water pressure. For a moment, everyone despaired, believing that the whole house might burn down.
The children and staff gathered to pray. “Please God, save our home,” they cried.
Then neighbors rushed over yelling, “Dirt! Throw dirt on the fire!” The neighbors, staff, and children worked together, filling buckets with dirt. After 15 minutes of throwing dirt on the fire, the flames began to subside. Staff was able to re-enter the smoldering house and pile soil on the burning furniture until all the flames were extinguished.
Everyone gathered outside and began praising the Lord for saving the house from complete destruction, and most importantly, no one was hurt. Gratitude was expressed to the neighbors, whose advice helped avert a disastrous outcome.
Bunk beds and other furniture, clothing, and all their school materials were destroyed. There were only two things that made it out of the bedroom; one was a Bible and the other was a math book. When the Bible was discovered, the boys turned to each other and said, “How did this Bible survive?”
Prompted by the Spirit, they began singing “there is power in the name of Jesus!” It was a powerful moment that will not be forgotten by Yassipi and the other boys. “They thought God protected his Word,” notes Hilliary Anderson, co-founder of Hope for Life.
The fire is a setback to Hope for Life and shook up the boys. After taking inventory they estimate it will cost $1,450 to rebuild three rooms damaged by the fire, and another $350 to replace lost materials. They hope to begin the rebuilding process soon and have the boys back in their bedrooms by Christmas.

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Fire destroys family home, but family Bible survives the flames
An East Texas family lost their home in a morning fire, but they say they still have a lot to be thankful for.

Just before 10 a.m., the Lindale Fire Department was called out to a home on County Road 4116. When they got there, they say they found flames coming out of the front door. The inside of the home was destroyed, but one special family heirloom was salvaged.

“It’s a total loss… I can see. It’s not a good feeling even if you don’t live here… just memories,” says Dorothy Jones.

Dorothy has owned this home since the early ’80s. Before the fire, it was home to her son and his girlfriend. The pair was at Dorothy’s home, just down the street, having a post-Thanksgiving breakfast when they received a startling call from a family member.

“Next thing I know, he was calling and telling me the house was on fire,” she explains.

The Lindale, Van and Mineola fire departments were able to put the fire out. Unfortunately, next to nothing inside the home was salvageable.

“I tried to get them to spray through the window where I had an antique sewing machine… antique Bible… it’s all gone. Well I’m sure it’s all gone,” says Dorothy.

However, Dorothy was happy to learn that she was wrong. That antique Bible, their family heirloom, was damaged but not destroyed. After firefighters returned it to her, Dorothy quickly flipped to her favorite verse, Psalms 23.

“Over my years of doing this, it’s really amazing; some of the time you’ll get Bibles that has never been touched. Sometimes it’s a photo book or family album that is perfectly clean and nothing has even touched it. It’s a weird phenomenon that happens from time to time,” explains Lindale firefighter and EMT Kelly Hayes.

The salvaged Bible is a phenomenon that Dorothy considers a blessing. Though, she says, the biggest blessing is that her son and his girlfriend weren’t home when the destructive fire broke out.

“Angels were watching over him,” she says.

The Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.  The residents say they’d been experiencing some electrical problems and had to reset the circuit breaker a couple of times in the last 24-hours. They think that might be related to whatever sparked the fire.

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Matthew 24 (KJV)

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