Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Part 3: How to React to Obama's Economic and Socialistic Policies

World President' in Trouble?________

Months after Europe anointed candidate Obama the next leader of the free world, he faces a potential 'public relations disaster' there at next week's G20 summit.

Obama faces his first major international test next week when the world's largest economies meet at the G20 summit in London.

"I think as the president heads to Europe, he faces a huge public relations disaster,..."

"...Europe is increasingly turning against his massive spending plans, which most European leaders see as a destructive way to move forward for the global economy and will only add to a massive American debt burden," Gardiner told

A top European Union politician on Wednesday slammed Obama's plans for the U.S. to spend its way out of recession as "a way to hell."


Ouch! What a statement from the European Union! Obviously, we are not alone in the economic stew of bad judgements and dangerous spending sprees called "bail-outs"! The world banks are suffering as a result of Obama's economic (or lack of) policies. I use the plural (policies) because there is a new policy everyday.

There is a solution. There is a way . There is help and there is hope! The help and hope is through our Savior, Jesus Christ. WAIT! Before you go turn on OPRAH, listen a minute.

There was a small discussion two posts ago about the power of words and how Faith and words are connected. We talked about how God created the world and He framed it by Faith. As you know, God simply spoke the world into existence! Since we are made in His image, and we have been given the same powers (howbeit much weaker) as He, we can evidently create with words also!

Johns Hopkins Hospital has just come out with the revelation of a cancer study that says prayer and a positive frame of mind is as much a cure for cancer and other illnesses, as chemo! There have been studies of the brain that have shown that the part of the brain used in earnest prayer is used for NO OTHER PURPOSE! There is a special part of the brain that is activated by prayer that is not activated by any other means and that part of the brain releases endorphins!

I can think of no way to be full of Faith without being in a "pretty much" constant state of Prayer...can you? Saying "Now I lay me down to sleep..." over and over all day long or chanting some goofy monologue is not the answer. But thinking constantly with the thoughts of God. THOUGHTS THAT ARE UPLIFTING AND NOT THOUGHTS OF DESPAIR! Prayer is communion with God. Talk to Him. He knows every word you think...(did you know that Satan cannot read your mind?...just thought I'd mention that).

The same is true of your words. When you go home at night, tell you family what a great day you had! Praise the fact that you are all together! And, to your family, around the dinner table, or in general conversation with friends, speak your blessings! Talk to your family with hope and how the Lord is taking care of you.

Happiness and peace can prevail in the midst of all the horror of this world...yes! That is what is called "the peace that passeth understanding". Start using your Faith with words to make your family and yourself feel good! Change your attitude and create happiness and also create your future! Paint your future with the Faith God gave us. Faith is a substance! Remember? It is an unseen, invisible substance God used in creation and He says we are to have it too!!! Grab it! Take it! Use it! HAVE FAITH AND TALK TO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT AND TELL IT IT INCREASE!

Silly? Well, lots of things of God sound silly to us, but are not. Tell your house that it is YOURS! Or, if it is up for sale, just because the times are rough, they do not have to be for you! God is your LORD...not the economy! Have Faith and use your thoughts... your words! Say what you want! Yell it! When you are alone, yell to God and to Jesus the things you want and ask your Angels to help also! God says the angels are standing around waiting for your commands! Use your Faith to create your future!

Before He left us to return again, Jesus said in John 14:14 (New Century Version)

14 "If you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it."

Ask! Use your Faith. See if it is not the miracle you have needed. In these last days, God has promised to pour out His blessings on the Believers. These are not the TIMES OF YOUR TROUBLES! No! Do not accept sadness and fright. Fear is a sin and not of God! He will take care of you. Just ask Him and SAY what you want and need.

Yell it to the house top! In your car, in the shower, in your house!



Say what you want! Use your Faith and your words! DO IT NOW!!!

Whew!!! (I'm out of breath!)

....Now..whattaUthink...about God!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Update on..".The Man Who Didn't Believe in God"

Several weeks ago, I told you about a man who went into open-heart surgery certain the procedure would be a normal, successful operation. However, problems arose and the man who we call JOHN, almost died and had to be put into a drug induced coma. His vital signs were not good and at that time, his prognosis was pretty low for recovery.

If you remember, the real problem for all of us who know about his situation is, John is a devout atheist! If you need to refresh your memory or have not known about his situation, go back several posts and read about him. I'm about to get into some really amazing stuff here!

Well, John has had many prayers said for his family, the doctors, nurses and the hundreds of students he has taught at Vanderbilt University. You see, this is a real man. Not just "some person" fictitiously invented to make a Christian point.

Here's the latest...John woke up!

Now, he's not perfect and things are not quite right yet, but he is on his way to becoming normal . He has memory loss and the years of his life are confused. Sometimes he thinks he is back in 1960 and at other times, his mind seems to be working in the present. But he is "coming along", as his team of doctors say.

It happened this way...

...John remained in his comatose state for 12 days, long after the drugs to relax him had been discontinued. Doctors had induced his coma to allow John's body to revive itself little by little, after the great shock it had experienced by having two open-heart surgeries in a 12 hour period. (One in the OR, and the other about 9 hours later, as a startling emergency procedure in his ICU bed)!

But John did not respond after the discontinuation of the drugs; he just lay in his bed, very still. Whether or not he was paralyzed, it was not known. His eyes had a glazed appearance when his lids were lifted, he didn't squeeze the hands of family when asked, he didn't blink his eyes when his wife called to him, and there were no signs that he was going to live. He could not breath on his own and nothing, from his kidneys to this toes were working. Only his heart was strong and pumping normally. Everything else had basically shut down in John's body.

Then on the 12th day, John just simply opened his eyes when one of his son's was standing by his bed! The son excitedly began yelling for the nurses screaming,"Someone! Come here fast! Dad, it's me! Can you hear me! Dad, Dad!" John looked straight at his son and smiled. Yes! He had heard! The respirator was still in his lungs and the IVs were still hanging and John was still naked as a jaybird, laying in his ICU bed, but this brilliant scientist, loving father and wonderful husband was awake! Yeah, God and praise the Lord! Wow! Prayers had been answered!

On the second day of his awakened state, John started nodding his head, blinking, squeezing hands, trying to wiggle his toes and generally displaying signs that he was understanding some of the things around him. However, every time he was asked,"John, do you know where you are?" he shook his head "no".

On the third day, John started fidgeting in his bed so much that his team of doctors decided he would be taken off the respirator, to see if he could breath on his own. That was a big step. John passed that test, but it was scary for his family. Either he could breath on his own or probably be on the respirator for his life, a near vegetable..John's worst fear! ( His mother had lingered in a vegetative state for years and he had a horror of that type of existence).

As of now, John is actually kind of being "born again". When he started verbalizing on the first day off the respirator, his words were "dahhh,gajj, nuuu", saying absolutely NOTHING! The next day he was talking better. Within a day or so John had advanced up to talking much better, thinking he was living in the 1960's and in his first teaching job! ( The nurses were his students and one of his daughters-in-law was his old girlfriend)! The adventure has been in someways delightful and in some ways frustrating as he yells, cries, has temper tantrums and actually "grows up" again emotionally. He has also tried to "escape", which is very much like a teenager's actions, but he could hurt himself doing that because he fell. Standing up is a bigger challenge than he is ready for and he is very frightened to get into a wheelchair. He is just now, about 10 days into his newly awakened state, realizing he is in Vanderbilt, and not a VA hospital! By the way, John was never in the service!

So, it is about another three months in the hospital and then to a rehabilitation center before the Vandy Doctors believe John will be back to normal. John's complete recovery will take a year or more and the process is actually progressing (at this posting) at a normal clip, in association with what happened to him. He was actually dead at one point. John's heart stopped. John actually died but he is now alive!

One thing I have not mentioned yet ...John's atheism! Right now, as of this posting, John does not REMEMBER THAT HE HAS ALWAYS PROFESSED TO BE AN ATHEIST!

PRAY JOHN NEVER REMEMBERS THAT PART OF HIS LIFE! He goes in and out of knowing who all the members of his family are, because if he is back in the 1960's his children are not born yet, so at that moment he doesn't recognize them. When he gets back to the present, he knows everyone.

Like I said earlier, his recovery is both a delight and a frustration, especially for his wife who feels as if she is raising a child...a very ill child, who is now alive and not dead. Who is now perhaps...just perhaps, a believer in God. The jury is still out on that one. I pray I can write the column..."The Man Who Forgot He was an Atheist."

God has answered prayers for which John never asked. In fact, John told one of the hospital chaplain's the day of his surgery that he would probably go to Hell if there was one, but he knew there was not anything after life...just nothingness. I wonder what John thinks now? Did God pay him a visit during his comatose state? Hummmm.

I'm going to do all I can to see that he is never again faced with dying and going to Hell. I will be talking with John, as soon as God tells me the time is right.

Pray for John. God has given him the second chance few receive.

...Now...whattaUthink...about God!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Part 2: How to React to Obama's Economy and Socialist Thinking

Say a Little Prayer: Religious People Less Anxious

Friday, March 06, 2009

Research from the University of Toronto found that those who believe in God have less anxiety and stress than those who are not as religious.

To test the theory, the university’s assistant professor of psychology Michael Inzlicht conducted two studies in which he hooked participants up to electrodes to test their brain activity.

The result indicated believers and non-believers have significant differences in their brains.

According to Inzlicht, the religious participants had a lot less activity going on in the portion of the brain that signals when attention or control is needed because a person is producing anxiety.

"You could think of this part of the brain like a cortical alarm bell that rings when an individual has just made a mistake or experiences uncertainty," Inzlicht said, who teaches and conducts research at the University of Toronto Scarborough. "We found that religious people or even people who simply believe in the existence of God show significantly less brain activity in relation to their own errors. They're much less anxious and feel less stressed when they have made an error."


Wow! This article is in the news today, just one day after I started the series of postings on "How to React to Obama's Economy and Socialist Thinking!"

I will continue our thoughts on Faith being the stuff by which God created the world. Remember...Faith is a substance. Reread yesterday's post to refresh your memory. Wrap your mind around this thought; Faith is not just a thought, but the actual stuff, invisible to us be not to God, by which He framed and made the world. Faith, the actual substance that we cannot see, has been given to us to use! Right? Right!

You use Faith to create! What you think in your mind as possible, is Hope. What you frame as reality and make happen is done with Faith! Some things that you can create are done with your actual hands. Other things you create are done by your words! More about creating with words, tomorrow.

For now, think about Faith as your God-given tool to use to create! (and as with anything, the more you use your tool [like becoming better at hampering a nail], the better your tool performs at your directing!) Think of a tool you have had to learn to use. The more you practiced, the better you got.

The same is the way of Faith!

Now...whattaUthink...about God?

Sunday, March 8, 2009

How to React to Obama's Economy and Socialist Thinking

The situation with our economy is serious and we have to treat it as such, but how can we deal with all this political, economic and world turmoil? For us, as Christians there is an answer. The answer begins with a the little letter "eff"...f. This little letter is the beginning of perhaps the most important word in the English language... Faith!

This is not the trite, "HAVE FAITH IN GOD TO WITHSTAND THESE TRYING DAYS" diatribe. If it were, I might as well not be writing... because you probably wouldn't be reading... because you've heard that all your life, as a standby in all situations, I would think!

No! I want to introduce you to Faith in a way you may have never known or realized.

Is Faith a thought, an idea, or maybe a deep feeling inside us that makes us goose bumpy? Is Faith the the comfort we have when Grandpa dies, because we know he is going to heaven? Is Faith the thing that makes us believe in Jesus?

God says that Faith is a substance. God says that He framed the world with Faith. God says He made the world with Faith. But, you say, God just spoke and the world was here. It says so in Genesis, in the very first words of the Bible!

Genesis 1:3 (King James Version)

3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Right! But what happened before that? Let's just think about this for a minute. God did not create this world and the universe because he was lonely, like Bill Cosby's 1960's comedy sketch about the creation portrays. He created it because He wanted to! Our world is not the first thing He ever created, as our minds lead us to believe as children, and it sure is not the last!

God calls himself the CREATOR of all things. Like Michelangelo, the painter who painted all during his life, so is God the creator, who creates all the time! Our little universe and world is probably nothing more than a science project to Him, that He put together on his kitchen table!

I am not being flippant about Almighty God. I am simply putting our world into perspective as to what it really is, using terminology we all understand.

Now...follow me here. If you (yourself) were going to create a project, you would assemble the products needed and perhaps lay them out on your kitchen table. Right? OK. What would you have? You'd have the implements necessary for your soon-to-be-creation... maybe some paint, a brush, some clay, or pieces of wood and a few nails. You'd have something in front of you to work with. You might even have a pen and paper to draw a sketch of your idea before making it.

We are made in the image of God. That means, we are pretty much like Him in many ways. When He breathed His breath into us, it gave us life with the ability to do things like God does. We can create stuff too, but we use stuff already created by Him, to create our stuff. Got it? We can use our minds to create things too, only we have to use God's stuff, to put together what we call our... "creations"!

OK. So that brings us back to "the drawing board" of God. There He sits, ready to undertake His creation project...our universe and entire world! God sits there, with all the stuff He needs to do it, in front of Him. God doesn't want us to be ignorant of His ways, so He even tells us what that stuff is! God tells us in the Bible what that stuff is. He tells us right there in Hebrews! He had Paul write it down just for us!

Hebrews 11

1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Wow! God says that Faith is an actual substance.

Let's see what is the definition of substance:

Main Entry:
sub·stance           Listen to the pronunciation of substance
1 : essential nature : essence : a fundamental or characteristic part or quality 2 : physical material of which something is made or which has discrete existence b: matter of particular or definite chemical constitution.

We can only take God at His word! Faith is actually stuff! It is like...well, like God's clay!

This is as far as I can go tonight. I will be back tomorrow morning to finish this thought and show you how we can use our Faith, the Faith (that stuff) that actually created the world, to help us in this time of turmoil and economic trouble. I'll give you a hint...WE CAN CREATE A PART OF OUR LIFE WITH THE FAITH GOD GAVE TO US! Crazy? No! It is Faith! This is the very essence of life! Faith is essence!

Hebrews 11:3 (English Standard Version)

3By faith we understand that the universe was created by(A) the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of(B) things that are visible.

The King James Version says the same thing, but the ESV puts the above in very clear terms.

"By faith" does not mean our faith. The faith Paul talks about is GOD'S FAITH!... the stuff!...the substance!

The Greek translation of this passage reads more like: "We understand that the Universe was created by faith, by the word of God, so that what is seen, was not made out of things that are visible."

Now...whattaUthink?...about God!