Potpourri of Amazing Facts on the Web

Potpourri of amazing facts on the Web about Christianity, Facebook and Judaism is this week list of topics I came across the web.

1. Christianity is the fastest growing religion in Iran

2. According to the Vatican, you can reduce the time you spend in purgatory by following the Pope on Twitter

3. There is a breakaway of Christians that believe Jesus is currently living in China as a Chinese woman.

4. There’s a Christian church that worships the late jazz musician John Coltrane as a Saint.

5. Papaphobia is the fear of the Pope.

6. Nebraska man raising red cows to send to Israel

7. More people go to church on Sunday in China than in the U.S and Europe.

8. Several people have been murdered for unfriending someone on Facebook

9. Facebook tracks which sites you visit, even when you log off.

10. By 2060s or 2130s Facebook will probably have profiles of dead people.

11. A third of all divorce filings of 2011 in the U.S. contained the word “Facebook.

12. 600,000 hacking attempts are made to Facebook accounts every day.

13. Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel

14. If Israel was your home compared to the U.S.

15. Jerusalem syndrome is a group of psychological phenomena triggered by a visit to Jerusalem, Israel.

16. Israel women have mandatory military service

17. Every year, 1,000 letters arrive to Jerusalem. Israel, addressed to God.

18. Speed dating was invented by a Rabbi in 1999.

19. The “eye for an eye” principle is not interpreted literally in Judaism, but as a proportional monetary compensation.

20. In Judaism, finding someone a job that enables self-sufficiency has to be seen as the highest form of charity.

21. Vulcan salute used by Mr. Spock of Star Trek was derived by Priestly Blessing of Judaism

Here is a link to Heavy.com which provides some interesting five fast facts about current events of national, international, sports, entertainment and much more.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2015 The Year of Our Lord

50 Amazing Facts to Blow Your Mind

 

Funny Facts and Fear

At times I like to delve into finding interesting tidbits about people, places and things. Nothing is quite as exciting for me as when I come across information that makes me step back and say, “Well I’ll be!”

So, I thought you might enjoy these funny facts and fear video to read and view over the weekend.

1. The U.S. Government spent $1.1 million dollars on puppets from 2009 to 2013
2. Christmas was illegal in the United States until 1836 because it was considered a Pagan Holiday
3. America’s first slave owner was a Black man
4. Largest religious affiliation after Christianity in U.S. is Judaism
5. U.S. Government poisoned Alcohol during Prohibition in 20s and 30s
6. 58.4% have called into work sick when we weren’t 
7. In Oklahoma, it’s illegal to take a bite out of another person’s hamburger.
8. High Heels were worn by men first
9. Every tweet Americans send is archive by the Library of Congress
10. There are more Facebook users from the U.S. than U.S. citizens who voted in the last election
11. In 2010 General Electrical made over $5.1 Billion in profits but paid no taxes in the U.S.
12. Americans flags made in China are banned in the U.S. Military
13. The Bible is the most shoplifted book in the world
14. Bibliomancy is the practice by some people of opening the Bible at random to be guided by whatever verse they see first.
15. Swearing on the Bible is forbidden by the Bible
16. When Menelik II, emperor of Ethiopia, felt unwell, he would eat a few pages of the Bible.
17. There are approximately 41,000 Christian denominations and organizations in the world 
18. Early Christians were called “atheists” by Romans as they didn’t pay tribute to pagan gods.
19. Jesus is mentioned more times in the Quran than Muhammad
20. There’s an empty place next to Muhammad’s Tomb reserved for Jesus

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The Counterfeit Christian
2015 The Year of Our Lord

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.   Matthew 24:6

The Secret Cause of World War 3

February the Month of Guilt Reparation

Things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. Psalm 78:3-4 ESV (English Standard Version)

28 Reasons- SNL Highlight

Ah, here we are in February.

February is the month for the observance of African-American History.

Started in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History the second week of February was to be “Negro History Week. ” This seemed to be the ideal month because Negroes were known for recognizing the birthday of Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln.

As time progressed, Negro History Week in 1970 was being celebrated as African-American History Month by students at Kent State University. By 1976, as part of the United States Bicentennial, African-American History Month was officially recognized by the United States government.

However, I consider February the month of guilt reparation.

Guilt reparation is what can be described as making White people feel responsible for the atrocities of slavery that took placed because of their past ancestors.

Sad to say but America’s African-American History Month is slowly being chipped away with various school boards decrying foul. For some, they claim that “African-American History Month” takes away from other ethnic groups who also have contributed to the building and success of America.

In other words, those who are vocal are trying to rewrite and play down American history as sinless and without guilt.

Here’s a bit of history that I think you will find interesting. It’s about the origins of New York Central Park by way of the removal of African-American property owners.

Seneca Village existed in 1825 by African-Americans. It was a prosperous community with property owners and attracted other ethnic immigrant groups, Germans and Irish. Seneca Village was the model of America’s melting pot until a group of advocates wanted the land for a park.

The property owners were proposed $2335 for their property. They refused. Residents fought to maintain their land for two years. However, Mayor Fernando Wood through eminent domain took all the private property and razed Seneca Village in 1857.

Seneca Village, once a vibrant multicultural community was no more.

Finally, if a segment of America would stop trying to rewrite its history, perhaps the truth with all its ugliness and cruelty might give way toward forgiveness and unify us as a people who God would be pleased with.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2015 The Year of Our Lord

What do you know about Black History?

 

 

Did I Really Hear That?

1 Timothy 6:3-5King James Version (KJV)

If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

Seems like I am still coping with this flu that has kept me pretty much down.

I don’t like being sick but while I have to be inside and being nursed back to health, all my free time is pretty much spent in bed, sleeping on and off while my thoughts wander aimlessly over some important things I need to get done and believe it or not some things that have been pretty amusing to me over my lifetime, by people I have known.

Some of these amusing reflections actually made me ask myself, did I really hear that?

One situation that made me shake my head in utter disbelief is about a former co-worker who I worked with a number of years ago, who enjoyed coming to work with what she felt was “intelligent” commentary about her interactions with people from various walks of life.

Here is just one of her, did I really hear that stories.

“It was on Saturday morning and as usual my former co-worker was about to go shopping, when two Jehovah Witnesses rang her door bell. She wasn’t going to open the door. But she did.

The two witnesses, seemed pleasant enough and she felt comfortable of them asking her several questions about what she believed. Then one of them also read a few scriptures from their Bible.

Noticing that their Bible questions were getting a little confusing to her, she just wanted to put an end to the conversation quickly. Even if they were nice, she felt regret for even having opening her door.

As she was trying to think of a way to end the doorstep visit, they asked her would she like to learn more about what they were sharing with her.

Now, this is where the story gets humorous.

She tells the two that she really didn’t have an interest, and besides, she was Baptist and her husband was catholic.

That’s when one of the Jehovah Witnesses, replied, “Oh, you have a mixed marriage. ”

Whereby, my former co-worker immediately, responded. “No. We’re both black. ”

Did I really hear that?

Yes I did and there are more comical life experiences I will share with you in the future.

In the meanwhile, enjoy your weekend and keep warm!

What do I say when Jehovah’s Witnesses Come to my Door?

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian

2015 The Year of Our Lord

Christmas Music With Soul

 

                             The Birth of Jesus Luke 2:8-14

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold,[b] an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

How about having a good old fashion Christmas with music from the soul. Gather around and bring family, friends and neighbors and have a sing-a-long.

Christmas Music with Soul hopefully will remind you that the holiday is really not about anyone but Jesus.

May your Christmas be not only a day of thankfulness for Jesus Christ but also be a time to share the love to all those around you.

Christmas is all about Jesus!

While spending time with family or taking time to be alone, their cannot be anything that warms the heart than listening to music that you can actually understand the lyrics too.

Christmas music with soul.

Merry Christmas!

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian

SOUL HOLIDAYS-SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS

LET IT SNOW-BOYZ II MEN

HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS-LUTHER VANDROSS

THIS CHRISTMAS-THE WHISPERS

SILENT NIGHT-THE TEMPTATIONS

 THIS CHRISTMAS (THE ORIGINAL)-DONNY HATHAWAY

THE CHRISTMAS SONG-NAT KING COLE

THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS-CHARLIE BROWN AND LINUS

Great Things Come In Small Packages

The breaking news video of Michael Brown allegedly beating up an old man is suspect. Please read this from snopes.

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 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.    Proverbs 3:5-6

I don’t know about you but over the weekends I try to find activities, events and movies that would be stimulating and relaxing. To revamp my creative inner-person, I decided to go looking for the next great thing. So, what did I come to find? A few small gems.

As always, you will find that great things come in small packages.

MANCHILD by Ryan Koo.

Talk about a brilliant short film. This was an unexpected journey from beginning to end. Looking forward to seeing the full feature film of Manchild in the near future.

One must give credit to God our Creator who is the One who gave us such beautiful places to experience. When I first viewed Rio it took my breath away.

RIO by Scientifantastic

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could take a trip around the world in sixty-seconds.

AROUND THE WORD IN ONE MINUTE by Le Clownesque

 

I wasn’t sure exactly where this animation was going to take me but by the end, it made me smile. I would highly suggest having the young ones in your family (4 to 11 yrs old) look at this wonderful video. They will enjoy this film and will surely be surprise by the ending.

 23 DEGREES 5 MINUTES by Brown Bag Films

VALIDATION by Kurt Kuenne

If you have ever experience a visit to the DMV (Dept of Motor Vehicle) you might be able to relate to how on some occasions it can be stressful. This wonderful gem of a film has been view over 8 million times. Validation is film in black and white but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying this heartwarming story.

Enjoy your weekend and be a blessing to someone who needs to feel that life has a purpose.

Great things come in small packages.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian

 

I’m Not Coming This Year

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Ah, the holidays are upon us and this means those wonderful or not so delightful family gatherings.

When I was a child, I was in great anticipation of seeing relatives and friends come for a visit because I knew oftentimes they would be bringing gifts or handing out money!

One thing that still sticks out in my mind is how my grandmother didn’t relish a few members of the family with some of her outlandish remarks she would say about them underneath her breath. What I didn’t understand at the time is that my grandmother had years of interacting with some relatives she would refer to be “about nothing. ” In other words, an individual who could talk up themselves as being successful but they were actually having no desire to do so.

Now that I am a mother and grandmother, I understand my grandmother sentiments. Over the years I have enjoyed some family gatherings and at other times wanted to find a way to just walk out the door.

So, for those of you who are debating whether or not to attend a family gathering over the holidays, I thought this “I’m Not Coming This Year” letter would put a smile on your face.

Dear Family,

I want to first thank you for extending an invitation to me for this year’s family dinner. However, I must decline. I’m not coming this year. I know, you probably have looked forward to seeing me but to be honest with you…I can no longer be a hypocrite and fake a smile when I am miserable inside.

First, when a guest arrives at the host home, there should be no reason why the guest should be helping cleanup the house and picking up someone’s dirty laundry. Needless to say, I don’t like cleaning my own house but I must do it.

Second, when a guest is asked to bring a covered dish, there should be no reason for them to get to the host home and then be informed that certain “items” still need to be purchased. Of course, what happens usually is the guest is asked to go to the supermarket and pick up these “items” and not be given one single cent to buy them.

Third, when the dinner is supposed to start at 3:00 p.m. and the host is just putting the turkey and ham into the oven and serving, cheese popcorn and pretzels as a fill-in,  just does not suffice. And you must know that waiting until 10:00 p.m. to eat has caused some of our family members with diabetes to have diabetic attacks.

Fourth, who ever stated that it was okay for parents to drop off their children for others to be babysitters for hours while they go shopping?

Fifth, the host plumbing system would be in working condition if toilet paper is use for the bathroom and not paper towel.

Sixth, introducing fictional uncles and aunts to children in the family is creepy. If the person is dating someone or a mere friend, please make it clear and don’t support such a lie.

Seventh, every year the family member asked to pray is the last person on earth who should be praying, since you know good and well that he is a bigamist, alcoholic, atheist, and addicted to prescription drugs. Trying to persuade family members that if we have him to pray, this might change his heart and lifestyle are too much to ask…he’s been like this for the past thirty years.

Eight, when we do finally sit down to dinner, it is certainly one of the most horrible experiences for me. Aunt Zee is always belching like she is about to throw-up. Uncle George doesn’t use a knife to cut the turkey leg (pulling it out of its jock-it as he calls it). Grandfather is always cussing and grandmother is always saying, “Bless him Lord. ” The cousins are always arguing over who pay more for their weaves and nails. And let’s not forget about Uncle Theo who is always picking his teeth at the table and flying objects from his teeth has hit family members on the arms and in our faces. Oh and by the way, allowing Aunt Jennie to get drunk and then be forced to dance with her, knowing that she is in a wheelchair and runs over everyone feet is just plain crazy!

Ninth, I just don’t get why some family members who don’t bring a single thing to eat, leave with all the leftovers.

Tenth, at the end of every family gathering, someone asks if they can have the next family dinner at their home and two days before the affair, they back out by claiming to be unavailable or they need “financial help” if we want to have it at their place.

Finally, I know that you probably think I am being petty but I’m not. I love you very much, but this year Jesus is keeping me from sinning. You see, all the years I have come over to our family gatherings my heart was not always right. This year, it shall be.

Love,

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian

Be Inspired

Today I thought I would share a few inspirational videos that are not only uplifting but hopefully puts a smile on your face.

Be inspired!

 

Look Up

Gift

Rejoice ‘Divorce’ China Case

 

Video that Will Change Your Life

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The Counterfeit Christian

Everyday Wisdom

Thursday Parable(s): Everyday Wisdom

Daniel 2:20-Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:

Each morning that I am blessed to see another day a portion of my prayer to the Lord is for Him to give me Godly wisdom and understanding. I know that in this life, book knowledge is needed but nothing can overtake God’s wisdom, understanding and knowledge. One prophet who sought the Father was Daniel. Despite the environment he had to live within, Daniel knew that only God could give him wisdom to get through his daily journey.

 

I Timothy 6:17Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

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Who Is The Rich Man?

One day a wealthy father took his son on a trip to the country so that the son could see how the poor lived. They spent a day and a night at the farm of a very poor family. When they got back from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?” “Very good, Dad!” “Did you see how poor people can be?” “Yeah!” “And what did you learn?” The son answered, “I saw that we have a dog at home, and they have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden; they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lamps in the house; they have the stars. Our patio reaches to the front yard; they have the whole horizon.” When the little boy was finished, the father was speechless. His son then added, “Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are!”

 

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

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The Troubles Tree

The carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and now his ancient pickup truck refused to start. While I drove him home, he sat in stoney silence. On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. After opening the door, he underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss. Afterward, he walked me to my car. We passed the tree, and my curiosity got the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier. “Oh, that’s my trouble tree,” he replied. “I know I can’t help having troubles on the job, but one thing for sure, troubles don’t belong in the house with my wife and the children. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home. Then in the morning, I pick them up again.” “Funny thing is,” he smiled, “when I come out in the morning to pick them up, there aren’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.”

 

Ecclesiastes 1:2 – Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all [is] vanity.

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The Brick

A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag’s side door! He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown. The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, “What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing? That’s a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?” The young boy was apologetic. “Please, Mister…please! I’m sorry but I didn’t know what else to do. “he pleaded.” I threw the brick because no one else would stop!” With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. “It’s my brother,” he said. “He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him up.” Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, “Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He’s hurt and he’s too heavy for me.” Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay. “Thank you and may God bless you,” the grateful child told the stranger. Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home. It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message “Don’t go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!”

 

Philippians 2:14Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

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3 bananas in the Morning and 4 in the Afternoon

Zhuangzi told this story to his disciples to make a point: Once a zookeeper said to his monkeys: “You’ll get 3 bananas in the Morning and 4 in the afternoon.” All the monkeys are upset. “OK. How about 4 bananas in Morning and 3 in the afternoon?” Hearing this, the monkeys are content. One should realize that sometimes a change in phrasing does not represent a real change.

 

roman-clock-newEcclesiastes 3:1-To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Time

Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day-to-day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course! Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the “tomorrow.” You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and success! The clock is running. Make the most of today. To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade. To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby. To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper. To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet. To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train. To realize the value of ONE-SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident. Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time. Remember that time waits for no one. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present!

Everyday Wisdom authors are unknown but they all are worth great value more parables can be found at parablesite.com

In Him Alone

 

The Counterfeit Christian

Being Thankful

Colossians 3:15-17
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Monday morning. I am thankful.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday is not promised.
Being thankful today does matter.
It matters to God the Father.
And it should matter to you.
Have you thanked the Lord for this day?
No matter what.
Thank Him.