Long before I learned that I am disabled, I adopted the credo that "There but for the grace of God go I."
I knew that being born disabled/disfigured was out of our control, anyone at any time could be born disabled. Life is like rolling a dice; nobody can predict the outcome, you can control the ingredients all you wish, in the end, it is down to chemistry and genetics - how many of us know our genetic history?
From an early age, I learned not to go for looks but to get to know the person within.
The value of giving.
When I think of the modern televangelists, I get reminded of the story of the "Widow's mite" in the Scriptures.
At the front of the church a rich man made a big show of giving a lot, while at the rear of the church a poor widow gave what she could not afford, as she had little to provide the widow hid what she offered.
It isn't about how much you give; the value comes from how you can provide.
Before I knew that Martha Borg was with the Jimmy Swaggert Ministries, I came across her and Grace Brumby, from where I can't recall.
A good day was had by all.
Today is almost over, and it has been a wonderful birthday for me, for a change.
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The #RemainInEU faction has tried all sorts of dirty tactics to stop Brexit, and each is just another showing of how desperate they are.
We've had the world won't trade with the UK - we have countries asking us NOT to rejoin the EU, so they can broker deals with UK firms.
We had jobs will be lost - there is a boom now with firms seeking jobs in the UK.
House prices will rise by over 10% - they have fallen, and more houses are being built creating jobs in the building trade.
People who think the UK needs EU dairy produce clearly have not tried the cheeses from the EU. The UK has a greater choice and better tasting cheeses than any country in Europe; I should know, I worked on the continent for three years.
The latest from Project Fear is beyond a joke.
According to them, if we get Brexit the population of the UK will die at 42.
To many this would be a relief as it would eradicate the biggest scam in the UK; the House of Lords; well over 80% of people in the UK would gladly see this establishment which is no more than a group of people paid thousands of pounds a day to do nothing disbanded.
The House of Lords is the home of the Quango. A Quango is a committee set up with no purpose other than to fleece the pockets of the rich people who sit on the committees, much like the EU Board of Commissions.
The members turn up for a few meetings a month, none take more than an hour at a time, and get paid thousands of pounds for doing no more than sitting in a room.
Scottish Nationalist Party.
For the record, I have been against being in the EU since it was called the EEC back in the 70's.
I am also a supporter of the SNP, I believe Scotland should run its own country.
The only problem is that if Scotland does get independence the country will be bankrupt within a year making the financial crash of both Greece and Italy appear like a small error in the wages.
What the SNP are basing their claims on is another oil boom, back in the 70's that was a good tack but now the boom has passed and they have nothing. The SNP have been in power in Scotland for over a decade, and the only thing they have done is run the country's finances into debt while lining their own pockets. Their leader, Nicola Sturgeon, has a constituency that is known as the crime capital of Scotland, and yet rather than do something about it she wastes money on trips abroad.
If you consider both Italy and Greece, they have a good tourist trade with plenty of cultural attraction for the majority of the year, what does Scotland have? The same can be said for Wales and Plaid Cymru – Party of Wales. Not many people realize that the people of North Wales hate anyone who is not from there. Not a way to draw trade in, as for getting there, you'd have an easier task planning a route across Europe than across North Wales.
The more Project Fear object to Brexit, the more they prove themselves a group of numb skulls, and no bigger one exists than Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party. He keep going on about bringing down the government and forming a Labour government, to do this his party would need to be running a close second in the Houses of Parliament. After the last election, when Labour lost 10 seats to the SNP, they are running a poor fourth having been overtaken by both UKIP and the Green Party.
Even if he stood down, he is over 70 and past the age to claim a pension, for the lovely Emily Thornberry to take over, the party has no following left after it's plans to open the doors to anyone from the EU, and take jobs from the workers of the UK; the people the party was founded on. Equally destroying is Dianne Abbot and her ridiculous statements about racism; if anybody is racist it is her. Ms. Abbot is such a risk she had to be taken off the roster for candidates when they went on the road at the last election for fear of making herself look a bigger fool, a hard task if there ever was one.
At the last election the only reason Labour got as many votes as they did was because they found a way to bend the regulations to allow students to vote twice. These people were lied to the most as Corbyn said he'd cut grants, and yet people in Shropshire and North Wales are complaining of higher prices and grants, and want nothing to do with their Labour MPs.
My views on televangelism can be found elsewhere on this blog; this post is about how I view religion not my religious beliefs.
I have not studied the ministry of Jimmy Swaggart, so I am in no position to posit a view on his way of preaching.
I am a fan of the Gaither Homecoming video series, but to my way of seeing things, they are not about religion as they are tending toward showbiz with many artists showboating and being the center of attention rather than the word of the Lord.
Watching the videos from JMS studios, I get the impression the word of the Lord is what matters to Jimmy Swaggart. For the upkeep of appearances the lady singers have color-coordinated clothing, but that is the case with most church choirs.
I won't deny I find Martha Borg attractive, but she is also a beautiful singer. In my view, she needs no backing group. Grace Larson is a competent singer, but in my opinion, she's there for eye-candy as she is not even close to the grace of Martha in singing.
A sad day for history.
I have just read a disturbing news item in my copy of Premier Christianity.
The item concerns the oldest Methodist building in existence, The New Room, in Bristol.
The chapel has been used as as a restaurant and learning center for decades now, but until now it was not violated by politics and wealth.
John Wesley's chapel has been bought by Michael Eavis, the founder of the Glastonbury Festival, not only is he a non-Christian he is an arch Anti-semitist as Mr. Eavis not only supports the Labour Party, but he is a close friend of their leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
The sad part is the South Bristol has a strong Jewish connection with a Zionist chapel and several roads with name linking to the area.
I guess this means the once famous building will now become another junkie house full of layabouts shooting up.
It does appear that money CAN buy you what you want.
In these days, I keep coming back to the New Testament and Jesus turning the merchants out of the temple of our Lord, it appears nothing is safe today.
Why did I buy my Xbox One?
Lat year, I bought an Xbox One thinking I could play some interesting new games on the system that appealed to me; I'm more into stealth games than games where you have to kill masses of people. One of the games I was looking forward to playing was the the new edition of Thief. However, I found myself playing Pro Evolution Soccer 2017, because I have not played games for so long I find it hard to concentrate.
I use my machine more as a DVD player than anything else now -
One of those days.
Today has been one of those days, I fell apart earlier this afternoon and I never fully truly recovered.
The way things are going, I cannot say that I think things will be better in the morning.
One of the main issues is I did something that will haunt me forever this year.
What I did was not wrong, and nobody blamed me for taking the actions; the problem is I cannot forgive myself. To find peace, I need to find some way to find a way to redemption, and it is a long journey, and one I doubt I will finish.
I can tell myself all the reasons in the world that can put most of the pain in perspective, but as the end of the day I cannot forgive myself for what I had to do.
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