someone commented “If heaven is real…this guy definitely deserves to go.” But he/she is stuck on works righteousness – not to belittle what this guy did -which was amazing. We, saved people, don’t do good things because we have to *earn our way* into heaven. We do good things because we are chosen. Our good things are already planned out for us to do. (Eph. 2:10)
another comment, “I wish people cared about this as much as they care about when a actor dies.”
another comment, “This kind of thing takes away attention from our hero Caitlin jenner [sic].”
I found this on F.B., I am not sure where it’s from, but this is awesome.
” Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before the Lord your God.”
As soon as I left the NAR, I was encouraged to leave Redding, CA (which I tried to do, but it didn’t work out, so I was sent back..). Then it took about 6 mos longer before I could relocate again. Anyway, during that time I was able to discuss my time at Bethel church with many people because I learned that almost everyone who lives in the city of Redding, California has a Bethel story! either a story about the BSSM students, people who attend the church, or interactions with the leaders themselves.
I am not sure truly the best approach, but one would think – after leaving the NAR – it is best to also leave the city of Redding, CA; there is not much economic advantage to staying in Redding, since good jobs are scarce.
One person I met after I left Bethel was a huge help. He owned a coffee shop in town(disclaimer: I’m not sure if he still does…), so I always knew where I could find him, ha ha, and there was no way for him to avoid me either. Also, the coffee shop was very close to my house.
I spend hours discussing the various aspects of “Bethel culture” with this young man; it was almost like a debriefing because I could stop by there almost every day with a new story, (and there was no way for him to avoid me, ha ha…), but we had many things to discuss since he also attended the church, albeit briefly, and since Bethel church people are practically taking over the town!
I hope he knows that he has treasure in heaven (“whatever you did for the least of these…” Matt 25:40) for comforting the afflicted, even though we are no longer on speaking terms because of something I said (that is another story though…) It truly was helpful/encouraging to be able to talk to another person who experienced the same, and for that reason it was useful to stay in Redding after I left NAR.
Gasp, dare I say it!
This blog post has nothing to do with the NAR, btw…I can determine whether someone is an American by a simple test. (Homeland security can contact me for more ideas…) Play this YouTube video and ask, “What advertisement was this song used in?” (disclaimer: this test doesn’t work for millennials, they were too young) 88% of Americans know it was the, “Beef, it’s what’s for dinner!” campaign.
I am an Aaron Copeland fan lately – Modern Christian music disappoints (but that is an entirely different post…) so I am pretty much left with folk and classical post-deception.
Google can’t tell me who came up with the idea, only the advertising firm, but It had to be one person (probably an INFJ…) who said, “This is the song I think we should use…” because 20+ year later, it is still recognizable. # Genius Always the big boss gets the credit -my latest fixation-but that has more to do with my own work woes –nothing to do with Google, Aaron Copeland, or the NAR.
p.s. The Youtube comments of this video have some real winners,”I love putting this song on mute and looking at the high quality picture of cows.”