Posts tagged ‘truth’

May 10, 2016

Unemployment

The title of this post is Unemployment. I wanted to write this post because my wife has been unemployed for almost 15 months as of today. Granted she gave birth soon after being laid-off, but still puts her at around 12 months of seriously looking for a job for employment.

What bothers me most and the importance of why I’m writing this post is that the economists keep saying that the Unemployment rate in the great USA is at 5% and steady. Well I say horse manure!  My wife got only 6 months of Unemployment checks(that we had to pay taxes on) and that was it. No more support from our Government. No more checks. No more nothing after that. On our own.  No Bailout.

This doesn’t sit right with me. Mostly because that 5% number is a HUGE LIE!  That number represents something that is obscure, not the TRUE state of our country’s Unemployment rate. What happens is once there are no more claims for Unemployment from an individual, then your “off the books.” They don’t consider you Unemployed anymore…even though you are!

Also, this whole “We added 200k jobs this month” crap.  What is that?  What kind of jobs are these “jobs” people are getting??  I guarantee these jobs aren’t the White collar kind. Probably the minimum wage kind mostly, but not the 6 figure kind, the dream job kind, the support your family Middle-Class kind.  There are more lay-offs happening than I’ve seen in my 20 years employed.  Granted my wife and I both work in the Oil & Gas Industry and times are hard for the past couple years for sure. This report of adding jobs is not specific and is thrown around like some great heavy boulder of truth, when actually it is completely misleading and in my book a lie.

The REAL Unemployment rate is somewhere above 12.6% per this article. I say ‘above’ because I believe there are more Unemployed today(2016) than there were in 2014. Also staggering is that the Unemployment rate is at one of the highest rates in the History of its recording Today!

Come on American Government, STOP LYING TO US AND PADDING SOME PATHETIC NUMBERS TO MAKE THIS WHITE HOUSE LOOK ‘GOOD’!!!  We are being lied to by so many that we can’t even tell what the TRUTH is anymore. Let’s fix this LIE and what these REAL numbers are for one & give the truth so we can at least look at ourselves in the mirror and be happy at what we see is looking back at us.

I’m praying for my wife to find a job and pray that those of you who are looking jobs find one as well. Not a job to pass the time, but a real job that is worth while and fulfilling.

* Full disclosure, my wife has been applying for 10-20 jobs a week for almost a year and has had 2 phone interviews only. Also, she is a Mechanical Engineer, degreed.

 

May 20, 2010

Keep Watch

“29I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. 31So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.”   – Acts 20:29-31

I was lead to this verse today by the Holy Spirit.  I feel of how great importance it is to share the truth and cold hard truth to the world today.  Jesus’ own words above speak of how corruption will occur in the church today amongst the ‘flock’ or the body of Christ…us believers.  Corruption in the sense of drawing away the people of God for an easy, soft, pretty and happy Gospel, that says, Jesus is OK with you and your life no matter what and no matter how you live.  That is NOT TRUE!!!

Distorting truth means exactly that, distortion of what Jesus has said, what God has said in His WORD, the Bible.  If you’re not familiar with the BIBLE, then how do you know what truth is?  If you don’t know what you believe, than you will fall for anything that sounds ‘Good’.   That’s wrong and is a very sad truth in the Church as a whole today. 

It reminds me of my Sunday School class last sunday, where many folks were blurting out things about future and past events, that I felt weren’t on par with what Jesus or scripture says.  I was recalling scripture after scripture in my head of countering what they were saying.  Sometimes you must pick and choose your battles, but at the same time, if I didn’t/don’t know God’s WORD, then how will I know what truth is?  How will you know what’s being distorted versus what scripture says about a particular topic? 

That’s why it’s so easy to be mislead.  In the world today, so many folks are ‘accepting’ of so many things.  We move past a stance of acceptance for acceptance sake.  There must be times where we stand up for God and say,  sorry, no, that’s not true or right!  But, how do we do that?  By our own thoughts and or feelings that have no basis or roots?  No, by our knowledge of the WORD and knowing that Christ himself said this and that and being able to point to those verses to support the truth. 

“So, be on your guard!  Keep Watch”, Jesus exhorts us!  What does that mean?  In a boxing match, in order to protect yourself, you must put up a guard, a shield of sorts and block the enemies punches and attacks.  To say yes all the time and accept everything is heresy!  It’s not what God says is right or true.  He says to be on guards against others that will arise ‘amongst us’ and draw us away.  That seems not too hard to do today in a world that is so accepting of EVERYTHING!

What are you saying NO to?  What are you saying YES to?  Have you ever made a stand for Jesus and said No, sorry, I don’t agree with that based on scripture?  Do you know scripture well enough to NOT be swayed by some ‘sweet’ words that allure you? 

Heavenly Father, please guide and protect us, your children, to and through your truth, so that we may know the right from wrong and know your way versus the evil one’s way.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

December 7, 2009

My view

I would rather die knowing Christ as my Lord & Savior than not to believe in anything.  I am compelled to believe in what Jesus did here on earth.  I understand religion gets in the way of a lot of things in this world, but to simplify EVERYTHING to a minute detail, I would follow Christ to death than to not follow anything at all.  Jesus did everything good, right and perfect.  How can you not be compelled to follow Him.  How can you not believe in what he said and did.  I’m not asking you to believe in what I’m saying.  I’m asking you to ‘taste and see that He is good!’

Man has gotten the equation wrong, History has proven that.  But, let’s not make excuses for ourselves as to why we don’t want to follow or be a Christian.  Do not look unto man as an answer to or for guidance.  Read The Gospels in the Bible to find out more about this man named Jesus.  He is our author and perfecter of our faith.  Learn about who he is in Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.  These are the Gospels and they will show you the way.  For Jesus is the Way and the Truth and the Life.  The Resurrection!  Amen and Amen!

August 18, 2008

Biblical Manhood

 

Biblical Manhood
by: Mr. Damon Cinaglia

Modern research has concluded that the transition from childhood to adulthood in the United States is often unclear, resulting in additional stress for both youths and the older population who must accept them as adults. Unlike other cultures, which often have distinct markers for this transition, such as bar mitzvah’s and various other types of rites of passage, Americans have no clear indication about when a young person finally becomes “grown up.” Our markers are usually gauged by age; at 16 you may obtain a license, but you cannot vote or join the military until you are 18. Yet another marker is the ability to legally purchase alcohol at 21, and you must be 25 in order to rent a car. The age you may get married varies depending upon the state in which you live.

Further confounding this issue are the ideas about manhood and womanhood. In today’s decidedly liberal culture, we are bombarded with notions of what it means to be a man or woman. Beer commercials are some of the best examples of these types of suggestions. The media, our school system and political groups continually try to define and impress upon us their own ideas, but what does Scripture say about the subject? Today, with so much emphasis on defining what it means to be a woman, it is difficult for men to know their role. What we need is a fresh perspective of biblical manhood. In Robert Lewis‘ book, Raising a Modern-Day Knight, he discusses C.S. Lewis‘ notion of two essential qualities found in the knights of old; fierceness and gentleness. It is these two qualities that can be found in perfect harmony in many men in the Bible, including King David, the Apostle Paul and Jesus Christ Himself. The balance of these qualities is vital. Were one to outweigh the other, the quintessential idea of manhood would be lost. Someone who is strong and powerful without compassion is a tyrant, while one who is gentle and tender without firmness cannot adequately lead others. In Scripture, men of God consistently possessed both strength and gentleness in equal supply. Witness the warrior and poet David as he fells the giant Goliath, yet tenderly provides for Jonathan’s descendents, or the apostle Paul as he affectionately looks after his “spiritual son” Timothy, yet harshly rebukes the church in Corinth. Jesus Christ, our best example, wept openly over Jerusalem and in the garden of Gethsemane, yet drove the money-changers from the temple and called the religious leaders of his day a “brood of vipers.”

One thing is certain: Biblical manhood entails leadership. God did not call men to be followers, rather to be leaders. Indeed, this was a special office that God has delegated to men. Adam failed in this regard when he stood idly by and not only allowed Eve to be tempted by Satan, but allowed himself to be lead astray as well. Eve did not lead Adam into sin, rather he sinned on his own when he abdicated his position of headship over his wife. In Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism, Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr. states, “In the partnership of two spiritually equal human beings, man and woman, the man bears the primary responsibility to lead the partnership in a God-glorifying direction.” He goes on to say that a distinction must be made between male headship and male domination. Male domination would be an example of strength and power without gentleness, whereas true male headship requires both.

Another quality of Biblical manhood is speaking the truth, specifically the Word of God. The term “man of God” in the Scriptures is most often used in reference to Moses, Elijah, Elisha and Timothy. Moses spoke on behalf of God in communicating the law to the people, and Elijah and Elisha spoke as God’s prophets. I Kings 17:24 says, “Then the woman said to Elijah, ‘Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD in your mouth is truth.'” Timothy is called “man of God” by Paul as he exhorts him to pursue the qualities that warrant him being called so. “But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.” (I Tim. 6:11) Once again we see the call for both strength (godliness) and tenderness (gentleness).

Finally, Biblical manhood entails work. II Tim. 3:16-18 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” A man of God is familiar with God’s Word so that he may be adequately equipped to do the work of the ministry: building up the church through leading others to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and discipling others to do the same. This task begins first with his own family (a man’s primary ministry) and then extends to those God has placed around him in his life.

The call of Biblical manhood is clear. A man of God is strong, yet his strength is tempered with tenderness. He is a leader, self-controlled and pure, who speaks the truth as God reveals it to Him according to His Word (the Bible) and leads others in that truth. He seeks God’s will on behalf of the people in his circle of influence and works diligently to meet their spiritual needs in Christ, bringing up other young men behind him. We must reject the idea of manhood portrayed to us by the media and embrace once again the ideas put forth by the One who created us. As His children, we need to understand the roles He has established for us and strive to fulfill them.