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“And He said unto them, ‘Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find.’  They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.”  John 21:6


  

Roy and I have fun with our Christian beliefs, because we understand that, yes, our God does have a sense of humor.  He wants us to enjoy life even though we are serious with our faith. 

It’s Palm Sunday.  Rejoice!  Be joyous!

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It’s interesting to me that people talk about “bullying” like it’s a new thing.  It’s not.  It’s been going on since Adam & Eve.  Didn’t their son, Cain, kill his brother, Abel?  Didn’t Joseph’s brothers despise and bully him, because they felt he was favored by his father and then sell him into slavery?  Didn’t Hitler bully the Jews?  Isn’t ISIS bullying Christians and Jews?

 

Therefore, when I hear about people trying to “eradicate bullying”, it makes me wonder how they can be so naïve.  They act like it’s a new thing.

 

Everyone at work today was talking about how Charlotte McKinney, the beautiful model that is now competing on this season’s Dancing With The Stars, indicated she was bullied when she was younger.  I didn’t see it, but they’re all amazed by it.  Quite honestly, I’m not really.  I guess I’m not, because ALL of us have encountered our share of bullies that try to put us down or treat us badly or get us to go their way or whatever.


I’ve spoken about this before, most notably in a blogpost I posted 2½ years ago titled “Cliques & Sheeple” … 


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Bullying is just another form of “Cliques”, and the bullies want you to know that you are not part of theirs, and they want to make you feel less because of it.  They want you to bow down and pay homage to them.

 

I can say I was “bullied” as a child (& I was) and have everyone go “aww … poor you” and feel pity and sympathy for me, but that’s not my point.  My point is … yes, I was bullied … and no, it’s not a new thing.  I simply learned to get past it and to not let the bully get the upper hand. 


We have all been bullied in one way or another at some point.  I was a tall, gangly, freckled, red-haired, “smart” girl that wore glasses and that was always “the new kid” from moving around with my family when I was younger.  I didn’t much care if I fit in or not.  I’m sure you get the idea what sorts of things were said to me and about me.  It wasn’t pretty.  My point with all of this is, however, that my parents raised me to believe in myself and to believe that I had something to offer and to ignore the nay-sayers and stick with my principles and with those who loved me for who I am.  Apparently Ms McKinney has also, and, for that, I am proud of her.  She didn’t give in, like the bullies would want. 

 

Did the past words and comments made to and about me hurt?  Of course they did, but I learned that only I could control what I felt about myself and only I could control how I treated other people and only I could control how I responded to what was said.  I learned how to protect and stand up for myself.

 

We’d all like to think that bullying ends when we become adults … but it doesn’t … as is evidenced by people killing other people because they don’t look right or believe like they do or fit into the crowd.  It won’t either.  It’s unfortunately one of the baser human instincts to try to belittle someone else, thereby (in theory at least) making the bully superior to them.  It doesn’t work, but that’s an entirely different topic.

 

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I do not feel it’s right to bully, nor do I feel we should do nothing against those that do.  What is important is to make people aware that there are in fact bullies in this world to whom they need to stand up, even when they (again … in theory) are supposed to be “protectors” (and I can name a few major political bullies in the USA right now … both male and female … that *in theory again* should be protecting our form of government and our people but instead are busy attempting to bully the populace into submission).


Bullying and attempted bullying will not stop.  It’s gone on throughout history.  However, those of us that can and do recognize it for what it is need to stand up against it, get the upper hand back from said bullies, and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

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It’s funny. Ok maybe funny isn’t the word. It’s sad-funny.

For years and years I have held onto a wrong against my middle (now deceased) child perpetrated by someone who should have done nothing but build him up and better him. I have held onto a hatred that ate holes in my soul due to this.

Was this the perpetrator’s fault? No. That person can deal with the issue through their own conscience and their own God. However, while I believed in my mind that it wasn’t up to me to judge what others did, not wanting others to judge me, my hatred and my unforgiving nature was being very judgmental in this matter.

I have finally come to grips with it. I can be angry with the situation but I have no right to be judgmental and to let that hatred eat at me and everyone around me and the situation at hand. I just need to continue on but keep that individual in my prayers to find peace.

So. Even though said person doesn’t speak to me and doesn’t feel any wrongdoing was done to one of my babies, my forgiveness is offered up to not only that but also to myself for wallowing in it for so long.

Forgiveness sets me right with *my* God at least, even if forgetting isn’t possible. I still forgive. I am at peace with it. I have enough of my own personal issues to handle. I choose to move forward rather than wallow in it.

Forgiveness is the key.

“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you so that you may also be sons and daughters of God who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:44,45

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We’ve said this before, but the name-calling that the oh-so-liberal “progressives” and “tolerant” crowd (or so they all like to tell themselves they are) levels at those of us that think differently from them is nothing short of amazing.

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There are a lot of beliefs people have that we don’t share, but it doesn’t make us belittle and/or insist that they must believe as we do and follow the thought-police party line.  People that do this are far more bigoted and dangerous to freedoms than the people they attack.

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Being truly “tolerant” means accepting everyone, even when you may disagree with them.  It means allowing someone their right to free speech whether they believe like you do or not.

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Guess what, Liberals, Progressives, and those self-proclaimed “Beautiful People” out there?  That means, *YOU TOO*!!!  Just because you choose to not believe what the Bible teaches or what Phil Robertson believes doesn’t mean it’s wrong.  It’s called “diversity”.  It’s called “difference in opinion”.  It’s called “individualism”.  You know … what all of you are so hot and bothered about attempting to enforce by shoving your beliefs down other people’s throats.  Diversity and TOLERANCE is something that you need to learn first before you can tell anyone else what to do.

By the way … as a side note … we find people like the Robertsons that are true to themselves by far and away more beautiful than the Limousine Liberals can ever dream of being.

Quite honestly, we are proud of Phil Robertson.  He, like us, doesn’t bend and sway with the political pendulum.  He has his beliefs and STICKS TO THEM rather than changing them just to please someone who doesn’t give a rat’s ass about him otherwise.  He stays true to himself, and we would be PROUD to be lucky enough to know him personally and call him a friend.

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Just because he doesn’t believe the same way as another person, however, doesn’t mean he is leveling hate at them.  The name-calling that he is enduring is by far more hateful than what he said.  He merely disagrees with certain life choices and agrees with the Bible.  It doesn’t mean he hates the person.  That’s pretty clear to us, at least, but I guess A&E is too entrenched in Holly-Weird.  A&E feels the need to sway with the political mores of the time rather than be true to MANY beliefs.  It’s sad.

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So we will end with this.

We have both always believed that the whole world can think we are wrong, but if *we* know we are right, well then, WE ARE RIGHT!

PERIOD!

Oh, yeah, and our “period” MEANS “period” unlike the idiot BO.

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Matthew 28: 1 – 20

The Resurrection

28 Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

The Report of the Guard

11 While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. 12 And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers 13 and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.

The Great Commission

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

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Luke 22 – 24

Jesus Before Pilate

23 Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.” 3 And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” 4 Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man.” 5 But they were urgent, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place.”

Jesus Before Herod

6 When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 7 And when he learned that he belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. 8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him. 9 So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer. 10 The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. 11 And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate. 12 And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other.

13 Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. And after examining him before you, behold, I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him. 15 Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, nothing deserving death has been done by him. 16 I will therefore punish and release him.”

Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified

18 But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas”—19 a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder. 20 Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, 21 but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” 22 A third time he said to them, “Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.” 23 But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. 24 So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. 25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus over to their will.

The Crucifixion

26 And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. 27 And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. 28 But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31 For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

32 Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33 And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”

39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

The Death of Jesus

44 It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45 while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. 47 Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” 48 And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 49 And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.

Jesus Is Buried

50 Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. 52 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid. 54 It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning. 55 The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56 Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments.

On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

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