Archive for June, 2011

Love Heals

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

On February 1st, 2011 we were in the midst of a major snow storm and network programming was preempted.  My wife was in NW Oklahoma and was watching satellite TV which was unaffected.  That day on Dr Oz was a “faith” healer but I would better label him as a “Love” healer.  My wife called to alert me to watch the segment but I was unable to due to the continuous weather coverage.  I finally watched the segment rerun last night, 148 days later.  Dr. Oz opens the door on national television for all to see that Love heals.  Even though he focuses on faith healing, Dr. Nemeh (the faith healer) subtlety corrects Dr. Oz and indicates that it is the Love of GOD that actually heals and that we are all connected.  This “boots on the ground” episode reaffirms this blog writer’s emphasis on gaining further revelation of Our Heavenly Father’s Love.  Just as the era of faith displayed healing with a focus on faith, this era of Love will provide us with the fullness of power from on High.  You can watch the segments here:  http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/man-faith-healer-pt-1

PS:  You may notice that Dr. Nemeh also uses electric acupuncture points and measures those points similar to the EDS machine we are in the midst of building.  Hmmm!

The Perfect Work of Patience

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

One of the most subtle challenges we face is patience.   A conflict tests the soul and reports the status of our level of patience.  With the proliferation of technology in our daily lives, we are conditioned to be impatient… we want it now!  Patience is connected to hearing Our Heavenly Father.  Obstacles to our plans arise and cause blockages that may challenge our faith in what we are led to do.  Those blockages may cause us to question the Word we received from Our Heavenly Father yet we must hold fast and work through the blockage whether it be physical, emotional, or spiritual.

The most obvious blockages are physical in nature and they tend to occur at the most inopportune times.  When these occur, we are forced to be flexible.  Our response to the blockage provides us a barometer of our patience.  When that sewer line started backing up, did you respond in anger and frustration or did you simply speak words of gratitude that it didn’t happen in the middle of winter?

Emotional blockages are much more subtle and tend to last longer.  How long will we hope against hope that our parent, spouse, or child will respond in Love instead of self-interest?  Emotional blockages often have interpersonal relationships involved where someone has hurt you in the past and may be continuing with hurtful language and/or actions in the present.  These blockages are often generational and must be dealt with first in the spirit realm.  We must allow Our Heavenly Father to fill the void.

Finally, there are spiritual blockages.  Scripture tells us there are spiritual battles raging in the heavenlies.  One aspect of these spiritual battles is to teach us Kingdom Law and how to win “court” battles by applying GOD’S Law.  We should not be ignorant of the devil’s devices.  Spiritual entities have access to the Heavenly Court system to cause us blockages by legally requesting adverse actions that effectively place a blockage in our way.  Our ignorance of Biblical Law as well as our infrequent appearances before Our Heavenly Father’s Throne of Grace can account for substantial blockages that hinder our calling.   Time after time Israel would fall into some adverse situation and as a last result cry out to Our Heavenly Father who would then deliver them.

My intent here is to focus on the need for patience and to focus on the solution to the blockage: approach the Throne of Grace and seek Our Heavenly Father’s wisdom concerning the situation.  Once we obtain the wisdom from above, act on it and remove the blockage.  Once we understand the nature of the blockage, we can resolve it without the frustration and impatience that we suffered when we had no understanding.  Selah!

Sanctioned Theft from the Seniors?

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

The Biblical Law of Weights and Measures requires that you don’t change a “measure” to allow you to take further value from a contract than the original agreement.Steaming mad  If you don’t like the inflation number, then redefine it downward.  That will save the government money since the CPI determines raises for Social Security recipients.  No official inflation, no cost of living increase.

See:  http://www.nasdaq.com/aspx/stock-market-news-story.aspx?storyid=201106211841dowjonesdjonline000414&title=change-to-inflation-measurement-on-table-as-part-of-budget-talksaides

Setting aside every weight…

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

One of the main themes of this blog for the last four years is “Simplify”.  In Hebrews 12:1 we read: 

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Weight means: a burden, weight, encumbrance, hindrance: any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome.  How many have purchased a closet full of items that have only served to take up room and gather dust?  “Oh, I will use it someday.”  We await the day that never arrives.  Why?  Our values and priorities are ever-changing.  When I was young, a ski boat was the thing to own.  Our plans to go to the lake every weekend was only challenged by our budget.  Sure, I could park one car in the driveway to allow for that rig.  That first summer we took it out and played hard.  The next spring I had to have the motor serviced.  What? $200 for a tune-up?  My excitement waned after the cost of owning the boat soared.  Once our second child was on the way, that boat became a liability.  It was gone!  Often, it is easier to get rid of the big things but leave the little things to be shuffled around year after year.  We become a slave to the clutter.  We are so busy maintaining our little things in life thus we become ineffective to change people’s lives.

Sure, we can’t throw away everything but why not get rid of those things that you haven’t used, worn, or even touched in the last five years.  Where do I start?  Do it the same way you eat an elephant: one bite at a time.  Get rid of 10 things a day.  Donate those books you read to the library or senior citizens home.  Give those “lightly” worn clothes to the Salvation Army or other charitable organization that accepts clothing.  Take the IRS approved tax deduction and you may come about better than a garage sale, but without the time investment.

Jesus traveled light.  There is no evidence that he required a caravan during His ministry.  I’m not suggesting that you get rid of all your possessions unless Our Heavenly Father were to specifically speak to you.  However in these times, less is more.  Less overhead, less utilities, less maintenance, the list goes on.  Let us unburden ourselves with any burden that might slow us down.

With less to manage, your focus and move towards what is on Our Heavenly Father’s mind.  Without those encumbrances, we are able to focus our attention on those weighty matter before us.  At the end of the race, the stuff in the closet won’t matter.

On the threshold

Friday, June 17th, 2011

In a few days QE2 (Quantitative Easing 2 by the Federal Reserve) will end.  This situation is likened to a high wire act over Niagara Falls on a windy day with gusts up to 40mph.  With Greece in meltdown and other European countries not far behind, the U.S. is also running close to the edge.  In a recent OpEd piece, Larry Summers (former economic advisor to Obama) wrote that we need more spending and stimulus to get us out of this second dip of the “recession”.  It seems to me that giving a drunken sailor another fifth of bourbon would not sober him up.

401K’s may be the target of the government.  The Federal Government needs buyers of its debt and who better to buy it than its own citizens, whether voluntary or by force.  There is substantial value in those 401K’s and the government has its eyes on them.  In one stroke of the pen, your 401K could be comprised solely of U.S. Treasury Bonds probably named “Patriot Bonds”.  Be sure to salute the flag if and when that day comes.

The eyes of Americans have been blinded by Our Heavenly Father.  As a nation we have been lulled into believing that the Federal Reserve can bail us out of our macroeconomic crises.  Our greed and arrogance as a nation has brought us to this threshold.  Only the mind of Christ can pull us out of the fire.  Being led by the Spirit of GOD is the solution to our problems but only those who willingly embrace HIS Love will be qualified to take on this mantle.  Let me explain.  What is the one quality a treasurer for the Kingdom of GOD must have in order to properly manage and distribute funds?  Love.  Why?  Love overcomes fear and greed.  Those twin sisters manage to corrupt the process of ministering to mankind.  You can have 30 years’ experience in financial management, a PhD in finance and accounting, but if you do not have Love as your primary motivator you will fail at the position.  The current system has plenty of bright people running things.  However fear and greed are the prime motivators and have brought us to this threshold without any solution other than severe pain.  The middle class is in the crosshairs and it doesn’t look good.  We don’t need another revival, we need an awakening!   

Gold & Silver Position Update

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

For those who have followed this blog over the years, you know that I believe gold & silver to be your best “insurance” against economic calamity.  We saw the parabolic rise in silver this year only to see it retreat to the $35 range, a normal market response.  The underlying gold and silver stocks took a beating due to what I believe is a focused effort to shake people out of their positions.  The bull will buck you off because that is what he does.

Last night’s network news finally reported on the meltdown happening in Greece.  The unrest is not new but the average American is not exposed to ongoing economic calamities occurring around the world.  Therefore his investments do not reflect the volatile realities of this interconnected planet.  In the past, we have relied on the government to protect us from uncertainties just as a shepherd protects his flock.  A shepherd will sacrifice himself for his sheep but that is not the case of those in power.  Self interest prevails.

What are we to do?  We must focus on what will have value after the smoke clears.  If one looks at monetary history, the only monetary units that have survived men’s cunning devices are gold and silver because they cannot tinker with their value.  Greed and fear have no power over those metals since they do not have any inherent liability attached to them.  Gold and silver as well as land are primary assets.  Gold and silver ETF’s (Exchange-traded funds) are secondary assets with claims against the actual metal.  Gold & silver stocks are tertiary claims against the metal.

Owning gold and silver bullion is the safest of the three and you don’t have to worry about man’s performance.  The other two have performance requirements attached to them so you must consider management’s track record and trust that they will continue to do the right thing.  Gold and silver stocks provide the investor leverage for higher returns to offset this risk.  Owning some of all three may not be a bad idea.

As long as gold & silver prices are at these levels, those companies who mine the metals are making money.  As quarterly and annual reports come out, investors will get interested in the moneymakers and will push the price up.  As the turmoil increases around the globe, the price of gold has the potential to go up to $12,500 in USD and silver has the potential in the $600 range.  Those mining shares would rocket up with them.  If we enter into a global depression that might reduce the price of these metals, would you rather own gold & silver or hold pieces of paper manipulated by man?

These are interesting times!

Noah, have we started building yet?

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Is ignorance bliss?  Unfortunately, I think not.  During the last recession I wrote on the “W” type recession that called for a double-dip recession.  As always, the government did not acknowledge the severity of the recession until it was over thus keeping the populace ignorant of the facts.  That downturn was called the “Great Recession”.  The Fed pumped hundreds of billions of dollar into the economy to bring it out of the downturn only to find that it was not enough.  True inflation is running at 10% and we are making .1% on our savings causing us to lose money as savers.  Where else can you put your money at zero risk?  The safe havens are gone and inflation has an insatiable appetite to eat up life savings.  The stock market has inherent risks and if there is a meltdown, it will take the price of the good stocks down with the bad.  Why?  When leveraged investors start losing money, they have to sell some of their good positions to raise cash to offset those losses.  Thus we have a roller coaster ride.  Additionally, large investment banks short gold and silver stocks to push down their price then buy them back at a cheaper price.  They have been playing that game for decades.  Gold and silver stock prices will be lifted by their ongoing profits at the current underlying metal prices.  They are making money hand over fist and the market will wake up to that fact and send their prices higher.

The United States has been the world’s unpaid policeman.  We are now involved in four war fronts.  As a member of NATO, we are spending a higher percentage of our GDP than the other member countries according to the retiring Defense Secretary Robert Gates.  The rest of the developed world has had a free ride for this “police” protection and I expect that to stop before long.  I am sure that this topic has been discussed behind closed doors and that may be one reason why other countries have not yet dumped the U.S. Dollar.

When adding in all of the money owed to cover future liabilities in entitlement programs the US is actually in worse financial shape than Greece and other debt-laden European countries, Pimco’s Bill Gross told CNBC Monday. See: http://www.cnbc.com/id/43378973  The mainstream press is finally starting to report what we have been yelling from the rooftops:  America’s got a serious debt problem.  We cannot continue on this path and must change immediately.  Pain will come, the question is “How much?”.  Personal resources require management and expenditure.  The bigger the house, the bigger the resource requirement to maintain that house.  Each of us starts out life not needing much then we go through the phase of wanting everything and ultimately we return to not needing much.  It is that second phase that is disastrous.  My next door neighbor, a widow of a doctor, just had an estate sale.  What a lot of stuff!  She lived in that house for over 10 years by herself and had more “stuff” than a household of eight.  Simplify now while there is demand for your excesses.  “Get lean and mean” as the saying goes.

The next 10 years will be the most interesting time of America’s history, let alone the world’s history.  The culmination of greed and fear will bring forth a decision from mankind.  I trust that the blindness to the revelation of Love will come to an end.  Men will no longer attempt to control the masses but will work together to solve the problems created by centuries of greed and entitlement.  May Our Heavenly Father help us all.

Sample Contribution Letter (Version 2)

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

To: Servias Ministries, Inc.

PO Box 1471

Bethany, OK 73008

 

From: John Doe

12345 Maple Lane

Any Town, MN 12345

 

Subject: Charitable Gift

 

Date: 01/01/2011

 

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please accept the following asset described as my charitable gift/donation to Servias Ministries, Inc.:

As of this day, January 1, 2011, 100,000 Iraqi Dinar in Iraqi currency (cash IQD).

I purchased the above but want to give it to your Charitable Organization to use at your sole discretion, for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom and the benefit of all mankind. I understand that if you provide me goods or services that the fair market value of those goods and/or services will be deducted from my contribution amount. I also understand that non-monetary gifts are based on fair market value as of the date of the gift. Please treat this notarized letter as a transfer of title or ownership of the above listed asset.

Best regards,

____________________________________

John Doe

STATE OF _______________

ss.

COUNTY OF ______________

The foregoing instrument was acknowledged before me this 1st day of January, 2011, by John Q. Doe, Grantor.

NOTARIAL STAMP OR SEAL (OR OTHER TITLE OR RANK)

________________________________________

SIGNATURE OF NOTARY OR AUTHORIZED OFFICIAL

Disinformation

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Disinformation is false or inaccurate information that is spread deliberately with intentions of turning genuine information useless.  On one of the morning shows, the reporter interviewed a representative with U.S. News and World Report who just completed a study to rank the top 20 diets in effectiveness.  In the interview, the word that jumped out at me was “disinformation”.  Notice that the media does not want to use the word “Lie”.  Once again, the media is deceiving the populace with deceiving words.  I discussed the use of this word with my wife and we both agreed that Americans were clueless of what was happening to them.

Politicians have become masters of disinformation.  Businesses run a close second.  Truth in advertising was once a cornerstone in Federal regulation.  Except for the ingredients list on packaged foods, truth is hard to find.  Even those lists don’t tell the real story of what we are consuming.  Do you think that the current system really wants to win the war on cancer or just perpetuate the current infrastructure?  The signing of the National Cancer Act of 1971 by then U.S. President Richard Nixon is generally viewed as the beginning of the war on cancer.  Forty years later and the war rages on!

I recently hired a subcontractor to do some exterior work at the house.  His first commitment was “two weeks”.  During the target week, he could not be reached.  Finally the next Monday he answered his phone.  “I’ll be there on Wednesday.”  On Wednesday, “I’ll be there on Friday.”  Had he not been the expert for this particular work, I would have cut my losses and sought other avenues.  Once he completes the job, he won’t be back.  Lies, deception, manipulation, and innuendo promote an illusion that all is okay.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told us this week that the economy was improving.  Using manipulated numbers, the economy can be made to look wonderful… unless you are unemployed or trying to buy food with the same budgeted amount as last year.  You will notice how OPEC is now committing to produce more oil at the same time of Bernanke’s remarks.  What a coincidence.  This economy continues to show structural cracks and Our Heavenly Father only knows how long those in power can sustain the deception.  We must continue to listen to Our Heavenly Father for guidance.  The media would have you believe that a pig with lipstick is no longer a pig.  Oh by the way, disregard the “oink” sound.

And the earth was filled with deception…

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Leviticus 19:11  ‘You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another. NKJV)

Yesterday, I had lunch with a friend and business associate to discuss the current business climate.  This has been a tradition of ours for nearly twenty years.  In the 90’s, we discussed how the Tech stock bubble could not last forever.  Startup companies with no revenue were attracting millions of dollars of investment money and tech stock prices were astronomical.  We were right, the bubble popped.  Again in the 2000’s we discussed housing prices with the same result.  Each lunch starts out with the same questions such as “What are you hearing in the market?” or “What do you see happening with the economy now?”.  This time our discussion focused on the disinformation that is being generated from all over the globe.  How can a businessman plan for the future when he does not what facts to deal with?

The debate rages about peak oil, financial derivatives, sovereign debt and other game changing global issues.  What is missing is truth and disclosure.  Everyone in the oil business knows that Saudi Arabia has been lying about their oil reserves for years.  Their reserves never fluctuate even though they pull 9-10 million barrels out of the ground every day.  Other countries do the same.  Public oil companies like Exxon, BP, and Chevron only account for about 7% of total production but are demonized concerning the price of oil and gasoline.  Government officials openly complain about the price of gasoline but privately know that the government is the biggest beneficiary of high gas prices because of the taxes they collect.

Wall Street continues to manipulate the market for personal gain at the expense of the populace.  Their greed and deception is so ingrained into the system that it would take action with extreme prejudice to cut out this cancer to the system.  They have intimidated the Financial Accounting Standards Boards (FASB) who oversee reporting standards into becoming their lap dog.  Losses are hidden from the public in order for them to continue their scheming.  With lobbying efforts and money, they manage to put “friendly” politicians in office who oversee their industry with preferential treatment.  Howard Hughes once said he never lost a political race, he contributed to both sides.  They are then given preferential treatment with low/no interest loans ultimately funded by the American taxpayers and savers who earn virtually no interest on their hard-earned money.

The medical community is as guilty as Wall Street.  My assistant’s son recently went to the emergency room for treatment.  The bill was $3,700.  However, after a $50 co-pay, the bill charged to the insurance company was $516 which satisfied the obligation to the hospital.  Those who have no emergency room coverage are expected to pay the “retail” amount due and are threatened with legal action if they fail to pay.  What happened to the law against unfair pricing practices?

My 81 year old mother-in-law recently entered the hospital with blood clots in the lungs and leg, a potentially life threatening situation.  After a few days of blood thinning medication, they were ready to release her even though she could barely walk.  Why?  She had reached her maximum on Medicare for hospital stay.  She’s fine (wink, wink).

Two senators warned us this week that the Patriot Act which was renewed for another four years this week, provided the government far-reaching powers that went beyond monitoring would-be terrorists.  They are privy to the details but could not disclose them because they are classified.  Man’s attempt to control simply keeps expanding without restriction.  See:  http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-patriot-act-alarm-20110602,0,2799695.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+latimes/news/politics+%28L.A.+Times+-+Politics%29

The 85 year old Alan Greenspan admits that he never saw the current economic crisis coming.  However, many of his policies provided the foundation for the current proverbial “between a rock and a hard place”.  The following is the interview where he admits that he is scared about the current economic situation:


If we as individuals are unable to operate with unlimited debt, how is it that government thinks it can?  We are one black swan event from a potential dollar collapse.  Mankind must return to Our Heavenly Father or it will suffer the consequences of its deception.