David Pawson – De-Greecing The Church

Please take some time to listen to these excellent talks about how Greek influence has affected the religion of God. It’s important that we understand that the basis of our faith has Hebrew roots, and that the Hebrew mindset is very different to the Greek. The influence of Greece on our faith and our culture, is enormous. Mr Pawson takes us through so many of those influences as they can be seen in our modern world today. From democracy to sport, Greece has had a hand in shaping our culture, and also our faith in ways we may not be aware of. A dear friend sent me this, and I recommend it to you.

 

God Bless you

Lis

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The internet is rewiring your brain

This is a great short video – worth watching. Just as we pay attention to our diet, and believe we are “what we eat”, maybe we need to also think more carefully about how we consume the information on the internet, and more specifically how the way we use the internet either feeds into our ability to concentrate, or our distractibility.

I love the internet, but I’ve written before about the dangers both now and (more so) in the future. The internet allows me to study subjects to my heart’s content. But it also allows me to waste a lot of time being unproductive. Watch the video and then answer the question below. Please leave me a comment with your answer! Thanks.

So here’s my question: Did you manage to watch the whole video, giving it your full attention, or did you flip to another tab while it played, because you were distracted?

I was distracted to start with, then I tried to watch carefully, but my mind was thinking about other things as well. I found the video thought-provoking, and I hope you did too – at some point the internet will no longer be benign (if it ever was). Are you ready for that time? Have you thought about how you can gather hard copies of information for later use? Will you  be relying on online preparedness information when a crisis comes? Time to start buying books (if for no other reason than they haven’t figured out a way to retro-actively censor those!).

God Bless you

Lis

Shunning religion makes countries “wealthier”

I put the word wealthier in quotes because it’s laughable to think that money matters in the grand scheme of things. However the article makes an interesting point, and I quote [emphasis added]:

Shunning religion can boost a country’s prosperity, a study has found.

Researchers at the universities of Bristol and Tennessee found that higher levels of secularism led to higher wealth and a greater tolerance for individual rights.

They examined output figures for 109 countries and the importance of religious faith in those states.

A modest increase in secularisation corresponded to an average £800 increase in output per head within a decade, a £2,000 increase in 20 years and a £4,000 increase within 30. 

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Note that, output. This is not individual wealth, but the ability of staff to produce. They are more productive in irreligious societies, probably because they are paid better for more work. It doesn’t matter why, this looks very much like the elite’s dream. Productive drones with no concept of the life they should be living before an omnipotent God!

The article also contains this interesting statistic:

Between 1947 and 2001, belief in the divine declined by 33.6 per cent in Sweden, 19.9 per cent in Australia and 7.2 per cent in Canada, according to research by a Harvard academic.

This is the great falling away. I can’t remember whose talk I was listening to, possibly Dean Gotcher, and I heard the man say that at the early part of the twentieth century theologians really believed that the battle for hearts and minds (and souls) was almost won. Truly a great falling away has happened, and communism (and cultural Marxism) are to blame. These are satans beliefs. Tolerance. Hmmm. Tolerance – we don’t have to tolerate things of virtue, do we? Read more: Homosexuality – tolerance leads to suffering

I note from my other article which mentioned Dean Gotcher that the video has been taken down. Most frustrating. I will add one of his full talks here for you – these talks are worth your time, even more so if you are a parent or a grandparent. The way he explains the battle for young minds is vital for you to know.

Lis

Video masterpiece reveals the generosity of Christ anew

This video is an absolute masterpiece. From the music to the visuals to the lovely voiceover – everything within this video beyond it’s intro will give you a fresh view of what Christ did, knowing what would follow. Will’s videos are always interesting, but some are absolute masterpieces, and this is one. I recommend you watch it several times and share it please!

To watch another video of Will’s which really touched my heart, click here: Link

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

What does a prophet do?

Vital viewing – you need to listen to this show. I watched it last year when it aired, and I thought I had shared it here, and was about to repost that post, but it appears I didn’t share it with you then, so here it is!

God Bless you

Lis