A Kalashnikov behind every blade of grass?

Ooh, this is a bit of a game changer. From RT, I quote:

Lawyers for Russian firearms producer Kalashnikov have prepared amendments to the national legislation liberalizing the purchase and ownership of firearms and introducing rules regulating gunsmithing, according to reports.

Kommersant newspaper reported on Thursday that it had managed to acquire and study the reworked draft of the Law on Weapons prepared by Kalashnikov’s legal team. The changes include an increase in the maximum quantity of guns of one type (shotguns and rifles) allowed for possession by one person from current five to ten.

It also proposes legalizing high-capacity (over 10 rounds) magazines for training and sports competitions and reducing the term of shotgun ownership required for purchasing a rifle. Currently any Russian citizen who wants to get a rifle must first own a shotgun for five years without any violations of the rules.

The bill also contains a plan to create a legislative basis for gunsmithing – currently Russian gun owners can only have firearms repaired by the manufacturer. If the bill is passed into law repairs with licensed third-party workshops would become possible.

According to Kommersant the bill has been distributed among Lower House MPs from parliamentary majority party United Russia for analysis and could be drafted in the State Duma before July 7.

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Russia may be about to liberalise it’s gun laws. This is an interesting turn up for the books, and one to watch.

Meanwhile in the US, Americans cling onto their guns in the face of continual threats from the leftists (communists) and the UN. I quote:

U.S. Promises “Full Implementation” of UN Gun-control Agreement

June 29 marked the end of the Third Review Conference (RevCon) of the United Nations’ Programme of Action (PoA) on Small Arms and Light Weapons. Delegates at the conference, including representatives of the United States, worked on producing updates to the global gun-control agreement.

According to the text of the latest draft of the agreement, the PoA will serve as an “international instrument to enable states to identify and trace, in a timely and reliable manner” the small arms and light weapons that are the target of the scheme.

In practice, this means that the governments of member nations (including the United States) should create a massive, all-inclusive database of all parties that manufacture, own, sell, trade, or transfer arms and ammunition.

If recent history is a reliable indicator of how such data would be used, after the catalog is complete, Congress could, hypothetically, pass a law (or the president would issue an executive order) compelling “voluntary” surrender of whatever privately-owned weapons, ammo, parts, and components (including reloading equipment) the UN deems “illicit.” If, after a statutorily set window, citizens don’t turn in these now-illicit items to their local law enforcement, then officers will be sent to remind violators of their responsibility under the law to disarm.

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Lis

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Vicar closes church for the sake of nesting birds

This story is adorable. A pair of blue tits managed to get into a church and nest right inside the lectern! I quote:

Daily life at St Thomas à Becket church in the village of Sourton, on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon, was put on hold after maintenance man Tony Batten noticed the birds flying around the decorative stand.

When he shone his torch inside the carved holes he was amazed to discover a family of eight newly-hatched chicks inside.

To avoid disturbing them the church was immediately shut to the public and bell ringing was stopped.

Some services went ahead but were cut short and the organ was also put out of use.

Members of the church community blessed the blue tits after each service and waited anxiously for news.

To everyone’s relief they were all freed and flew away about two weeks after they were first discovered.

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It is such a joy when people put themselves out for nature. Beautiful little birds! Well done to the vicar for protecting them and still keeping services going as well.

Lis

Self deliverance – a simplified method all Torah followers can try

I’m English.

*clears throat*

We don’t seem to have deliverance ministries in the UK as such. In fact most denominations here deny the need for deliverance at all. When I asked a local pastor for help many years ago, his attitude was that I wasn’t really saved if I had this problem. This denies the simple truth of Matthew 15:22-28 where Christ shows us that deliverance is the children’s bread.

If deliverance is our bread then it sounds like we need it at least fairly often! I mean, its bread, right!? But pastors in my country don’t want to deal with demons at all. They would rather blame the victim (not entirely unfair, as I’m sure you’re aware – we have doors open for them to oppress us through our sins) and provide no escape from the torment.

Another church said to me to “hang out with us” – they wanted me to get involved in their church before they would do anything to help my torment. I took them up on it, but deliverance never came. I only know one person who has ever been through deliverance as administered by another person in this country. Maybe I’m just not getting out enough? Maybe not.

Eventually I got myself a couple of books on self deliverance, and they really helped. They were first hand accounts of a method which I used with great effect. But since then I have found a better way and I want to share it with you.

So first of all, why do you need deliverance? Maybe you don’t – but if you are around the public, or hands on with people (or they are hands on with you!), you need to pray off yourself things you may be picking up day by day.

But from time to time you are going to open a door through sin and something is going to take advantage of that. Perhaps you’ve been feeling very angry lately and you’ve not been so nice, or maybe you’ve even acquired a cursed object and this has opened a door in your life and self to oppression. I don’t think you can be oppressed and not know, but it’s easier and easier every day in this world to deny spiritual oppression and pretend it’s something else. Most go to the doctor and end up on anti-depressants etc. I say take it to God first, and if in doubt, call it out!

You’ll note from the title that I say this is for Torah believers because this method only works if you know what sin is, in my view. Sin is transgression of the law, so begin with asking yourself if you know of any open doors to the devil through sin. Maybe you are not aware of any.

You can sit down in prayer and ask God to reveal to you through His Holy Spirit if there is any sin you have committed which has opened a door to this or any other spirit to oppress you. When you realise the cause, you can repent of it. Always ask God to strengthen you against repeating sins – He will help you!

So repent first.

Then pray as follows:

Heavenly Father, if there is any spirit oppressing me which is not there due to any unrepented of sin, please, I ask you to rebuke it and cause it to come out of me. I ask this in Yeshua’s Holy Name, Amen.

You need to start to deep breathe, and just “get out of the way” – God will do the rest.

You may find your breaths becoming ragged, or your face contorts – just go with it, it will pass very quickly. This part should take no more than one or two minutes.

There’s no tussling, no arguing, and no battle to get them to leave, because when you have repented of the sin, you can do as the Archangel Michael did, when disputing the body of Moses, and ask God to rebuke them. That’s why this is so powerful. God does it, and you just have to grimace and get them out.

It’s both the easiest method and the one which keeps you most well aligned with God and His Torah, because you will quickly find that this helps you to see where you are not walking right with Him.

I’m not saying it’s fun, but it works.

And that’s good because, well, I’m English!

God Bless you

Lis

Men give CPR to a squirrel

Now, anyone who knows me well will know that I have a somewhat chequered history with squirrels and they ought to be relieved that guns aren’t legal in the UK, m’kay? But look at this cute little chap! He got himself electrocuted and they brought him back. Wonderful!

It’s so nice to put something under ths tag of “good news” once in a while!

God Bless you

Lis

Wonderful news: Australia considers fast-tracking visas for White South African Farmers

This is just brilliant!

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I quote: (Link)

Australia’s conservative government is considering fast-tracking visas for white South African farmers so they can flee their ‘horrific circumstances’ for a ‘civilised country’.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who came to power last month, has vowed to ‘escalate the pace’ of redistributing land from wealthy whites to poorer blacks. 

The fact that their plight is being acknowledged at the highest levels in Government in Australia is great news in itself, but to consider such a move as fast-tracking visas for them makes me feel both elated and also very sad. It should never have needed to come to this. That is has is a damning indictment of the South African government. Shame on them!

Please I ask you to pray fervently that this move will go ahead and provide a successful route to save the lives of farmers who are at risk of violent torture and death at the hands of savages.

God Bless you

Lis

 

Reality Checkpoint

I grew up in the University City of Cambridge in England. Cambridge, like Oxford, has a somewhat rarefied atmosphere. The separation of “town and gown” was fairly clear even in the 80’s during my teens.

As my teenage years went on I heard from my older brother about something called “Reality Checkpoint” – I asked him what it was. It was an old Victorian, cast-iron lamppost in the middle of a green space called Parker’s Piece. Parker’s Piece was divided by two diagonal paths, and in the centre, where they crossed, was the only source of light – the lamppost named by locals Reality Checkpoint.

How it got this name, it is not clear, although one theory is that it related to the problems of crossing Parker’s Piece in the dark or in the fog, and being unsure of your whereabouts without the lamppost to guide you. The name stuck though. Other theories are postulated, and the post now has its own Wikipedia page (Link).

In my youth the words Reality Checkpoint were continually scratched into the paintwork of the base, as you can see here:

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By Cmglee – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Every time it was painted over, some wag would do it again. Eventually the council renovated the lamppost fully (it now being, believe it or not, a Grade II listed structure), and when they did, they clearly decided to honour all those rebels, and whoever it was who first named the post, and now its name is there, picked out in gold paint for all to see.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality_Checkpoint

It looks great. I am rather fond of Reality Checkpoint, having passed it many times on various nights out in Cambridge.

But why am I telling you all this?

There is another Reality Checkpoint – one which we must have if we are to cross the dark, to navigate in the world: The bible – the very word of God!

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In 1 Corinthians 13:12 we are told:

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

The glass there is a mirror, but it’s the verse which sprang to mind when thinking of crossing the fog, the dark – we struggle to see our way without Reality Checkpoint.

Everything that is going on in the vile darkness of this world has to be navigated by us. The evil is so prevalent – and we have to know our way.

When we doubt what is real from what is fake we need our Reality Checkpoint. We need to refer to the word of God to see if these things be so: [emphasis added]

Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men. Acts 17:10-12 NKJV

We need to cling – not drunkenly to a lamppost in the fog, but to the word of God in these last days. Our bible should be with us!

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The story of Reality Checkpoint is an illustration of what we, as people, do when we cannot find our way – when there is little to point the way safely for us we invent our own way – we lean on our own understanding, as we might rely on a cast-iron lamppost in the fog.

The bible is there to be a lamp unto our feet:

“Your word is a lamp to my feet, And a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 NKJV

Praise the LORD!

We can walk more surely when we close our minds around the word of God.

God Bless you

Lis

Prayers are not enough

This spot of bad weather (and I can’t refer to it as a major event, it’s really a pretty small amount of snow), has caused roads to grind to a standstill, people have been left in their cars overnight in freezing conditions on blocked roads, people stuck on trains as well – we really need to get a grip, but our councils have let us down badly.

Well paid, and well funded, they have failed to send out gritters, they have failed to send out snow ploughs, leaving villages cut off from the rest of civilisation. Amongst all of that people were not prepared. Many needed basic food items, and have had to get help from neighbours to cope. Up north has been the worst hit, but all over the country unprepared people have come up against problems created by unprepared councils and companies (like British Gas who’s call centres are rejecting calls from desperate people with broken down boilers, who are elderly or vulnerable).

This ought to be a wake up call for us all. We get a freeze like this once every five to ten years. This is nothing compared to 2010, yet the schools are closed and so on. It’s a sign of the state of this nation that we have become so weakened! In my youth, we were expected to get to school, go to work etc., in just such conditions.

I’m saying all that to say this – be prepared! I’ve warned so many friends to be prepared! Have some extra tins of food in your cupboard, and a spare loaf of bread in the freezer – don’t be caught out by weather like this! Yet many don’t think ahead, don’t have in any extras, and then have to struggle out. If the council isn’t gritting the roads, you can’t very well go out like we used to back in the day. It’s not a good situation.

But we also need to be prepared for others too. Watch out for elderly neighbours – can you lend a hand? Is there something you can do? Perhaps you can cook a meal for someone, or give them something which they’ve run out of? We all need to muck in together and act to benefit others. A friend brought me firewood, and I swapped it for something I had which I knew they could use. They would have brought it even if I had nothing to give. They are good like that!

The inspiration for my post today came from this article: (Link)

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Again human goodness shines through. I quote:

A heartbreaking photo of an elderly homeless man huddled outside a Tesco in a bid to shelter from the freezing temperatures brought on by Storm Emma has spurred an entire community to action.

The picture of the frail man wrapped up in blankets next to a trolley full of his belongings led to people in Erdington, Birmingham, helping him get off the streets.

Sitting outside a Tesco, the unnamed man, who is believed to be in his 70s, was spotted by a passer-by who shared the tear-jerking scene on Facebook.

Jo Bialan posted the image with the caption: ‘Never in a million years when giving out clothes did I think I would come across this – OMG.

‘He’s been there all night and I’ve given him stuff and hot coffee to keep his hands warm. Surprisingly said, for now he is OK.

‘Please share this – Tesco’s Erdington High Street, have gone to work crying, phone calls to make, this guy is in his 70s.

‘Birmingham City Council, Age Concern, Theresa May – god help this country.’

Birmingham City Homeless Support later reported that they had found him a place and he’s off the streets. This is action!

This woman was a good Samaritan. She didn’t walk by on the other side of the road, she took action and now one very cold elderly homeless man is off the streets and in the warm. Words and prayers only get us so far, and I have written before about the invisible sticking plaster of prayer (a bit of a rant to be honest! 🙂 )

We need to think ahead whenever we can (for ourselves and for others), but we must also be prepared to take action when there are needs like this.

This story is heartwarming, because it has a happy ending, but there must be others like him out there who have not yet received such help.

God Bless you

Lis