Archive for October, 2014

Evil Coveting

Christian Living, Encouragement | Posted by Eddy Damas
Oct 26 2014

Root1 Timothy 6:10
Apparently the scripture above doesn’t say ALL COVETED. While it’s true that many do get themselves into trouble because they end up loving money, there are a few that actually coveted after it?
What’s the meaning of covet? To wish for or desire?
We are instructed to be satisfied with what we have, because it’s enough. I know that whenever I have money I purchase what’s needed, or desired. Or I simply put it away in savings. But should we put money away? It certainly seems the right thing to do…savings for a future cause. or emergency.
The Lord has the parable of the coin, how it’s lost then found. I suppose, given the opportunity, I could go into that verse and gleam some monetary financial tidbit. But even though it sounds practical, I think it might be a misuse of scripture. Still, it’s a great parable to expose the false Prosperity teachers.
The only true financial advice the Lord gave was to “go and sell everything we have and give to the poor. He also taught to give Caesar what belongs to Caesar.
Otherwise, any “financial” doctrine is a teaching about our spiritual lives
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The Lord really doesn’t care about our financial state…He truly doesn’t answer our prayers for “more money”…He knows us well enough that he has given us the ability to take care of the financial stuff.  And when we are unable to work for whatever reason other than laziness, He takes care of us. Every. Single. Time.

Am I Really Evil?

Holidays, judging | Posted by Eddy Damas
Oct 16 2014

It’s almost that time of year. The time that people put on all sorts of weird clothes, plastic mask, makeup, and their own fun fantasies. I heard last year that Halloween has become the highest selling holiday, taking over Christmas. Now I can’t really say that I am not pleased with that statement. A part of me cringes when I think back to the money I used to spend on Christmas gifts to my family, and on myself especially. The thought draws deep blood in that so many times I was in “dire straits” for lack of what to get my loved ones. Sure, they had their ideas, but I was, and still am, completely clueless as what to get a person who has everything? This isn’t really about Christmas though. It’s about the day that is highly feared among many church attending, straight and narrow Christians: Halloween.halloween children

Even at the ripe old age of 48, I still adore all the things about what Halloween has become: a day meant for our innocent children, to dress up as a spooky monster, or even an adorable princess. Our little Batmans, Turtles, Princesses…whatever the newest craziness is… for them it’s fun, and there’s no harm in the costumes, neither is there harm going door to door and coming home with a bag full of candy, which our parents (or is that us?) willingly dig into themselves sometimes?

Of course, I stopped dressing up in a costume a long time ago…after I stopped going to the nightclubs for their Halloween parties. I still decorate our house for Halloween myself. I put out some old cobwebs, fog machine, lights, old skeleton. I don’t dwell on the horror stories that many Bible-Thumping, Holier than Though Christians speak of that happened long ago. These same Christians speak of pagans that worship deities that existed long ago. They claim that by celebrating Halloween, many Christians today are worshipping those same deities. The weakness to that age old argument is that I know Who I truly worship! And yes, the One whom I worship does indeed require human sacrifice: but not one of blood, not one of flesh, but a human sacrifice of the spiritual man. God wants our hearts, minds, souls, spirits. He wants our service, our thoughts, our deeds. …God wants it all. God has never looked at the outer man. If God did look at the outer man, I am afraid that the church would be full of elaborate painted masks and outfits. By celebrating the modern day Halloween I don’t go around casting spells, or charming snakes, or flying on a broom stick. I don’t go around sacrificing innocent children, or other victims. I don’t even attend a huge bonfire out in the desert or wilderness somewhere. As a Christian confronting another Christian who desires to correct me, chastise, and even rebuke me for celebrating Halloween with all its costumes, fun, party atmosphere because it leads back to paganism, I’d like them to point out the exact similarities between what happened many, many centuries ago, verses what is going on today. I would point out that the only “doors” that are being opened are doors of having fun and enjoying one day out of the year. I’d also like to point out to them that there are just as many people/Christians who wear masks on a daily basis, hiding the old dead bones that lay beneath. Old dead bones that the Spirit of God desires to breath new life into….every single day.

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41

How to Preserve a Halloween Jack o Lantern

Food, Holidays, Something Different | Posted by Eddy Damas
Oct 04 2014

I hate to spend the time digging into a pumpkin yanking out it’s guts, carving it’s face only to have it mold and rot the next day. But according to this little article I found, it doesn’t have to be that way:

Pumpkins
Your carved pumpkin or Halloween jack o lantern doesn’t have to rot or mold before Halloween! Here is how to use chemistry to preserve a jack o lantern so that it will last for weeks instead of days.

  1. Mix up a preservative solution for your carved pumpkin consisting of 2 teaspoons of household bleach per gallon of water.
  2. Fill a sink, bucket, or tub with enough of the bleach solution to totally immerse the carved jack o lantern. Place the jack o lantern in the bleach mixture right after you have finished carving it. Soak the carved pumpkin for 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Remove the pumpkin from the liquid and allow it to air dry. Spray the pumpkin inside and outside with a commercial pumpkin preservative or use your own mixture, consisting of 1 teaspoon of bleach in water. Spray the pumpkin once daily, to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold.
  4. Smear petroleum jelly on all of the cut surfaces of the pumpkin. This will prevent the pumpkin from drying out and getting that puckered, shriveled look.
  5. Protect the jack o lantern from sun or rain, since one will dry the pumpkin out, while the other will promote the growth of mold. If possible, refrigerate your jack o lantern when it’s not in use.

How It Works

Bleach is dilute sodium hypochlorite, an oxidizer that kills microorganism that decay the pumpkin, including mold, fungi, and bacteria. You need to reapply it because it loses its effectiveness fairly quickly. The petroleum jelly locks in moisture so the jack o lantern doesn’t get dehydrated.

Now that you know how to keep it fresh, make a science Halloween jack o lantern.

When Things Go Wrong

Uncategorized | Posted by Eddy Damas
Oct 01 2014

My second post in a month! I must be happy again! 🙂

I was attempting to upgrade my cable modem tonight. My service provider informed me of a newer modem which they shipped out to me, so tonight I connected it with the cable and the wires and the power. I thought I was done and turned my computer on to find that I had no internet service and I also had no phone service either.

Panic set in…because I could do without immediate internet, but phone service is critical.

So being the tech I am I broke down and using my cel phone called my service provider’s technical support.The very kind English speaking American had me up and running in no time.

In this life we live things can go wrong. It doesn’t matter if they are big things or little things. I was reminded that whatever the situation we should always remember that God is in control. When we need help, He is there. He is only a call away!

Have a great day..today and everyday. And give thanks always to the Lord!

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