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My Apologies

Uncategorized | Posted by Eddy Damas
Oct 16 2017

I noticed that there were a couple of Comments on Annual Notices of Changes. Due to a problem with a malfunctioning comment system, which has been dealt with (I hope), I lost all your comments. I really hated that.

Last Night in Las Vegas

Uncategorized | Posted by Eddy Damas
Oct 16 2017

I originally wrote this the night after the attack, but for some reason it didn’t get published!

No, I am not leaving Las Vegas. I wish I were. But many have already heard about the tragic loss of 58 lives (I’m sure the number will rise) along with the many who have been physically and most likely mentally hurt. Thankfully no one in my family, or closest friends were hurt.

I always thought that an act of terrorism here would be the equivalent of a nuclear blast, perhaps a bomb in a resort full to capacity. Actually after I thought that, I reasoned that Las Vegas would be a prime spot for international terrorists to meet at and possibly plan their attacks on the rest of the country.

But as it turned out, our night of terror consisted of a local man, with plans of mass destruction.

Last night also reminded me of one thing: Many Christians, including the traveling evangelists, label Las Vegas as Sin City, Sodom and Gomorrah. While tent revivals go on in other parts of the country, Las Vegas is shunned because of it’s affiliation with a lot of sin: gambling, prostitution, drugs…

If there was ever a town who needed an evangelistic movement, it would be Las Vegas, Nevada!

Yet God sent two angels to save one lone man and his family, because the man found favor in God’s eyes. That tells me something: God will allow evil to exist for a while, but there are enough Godly men and women, children too, in Las Vegas so that God won’t be lead to destroy this city. If this city is destroyed, it will be only by way of man’s hand, not God’s hands!

Sadly, the old saying “What happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas” is altogether true. Except for last night. Perhaps last night was an open door for evangelists to travel to a city that needs it the most.

Yes, it rained fire down on Las Vegas last night. Lives were lost, and people were seriously wounded. But Las Vegas still stands!

So God is still not done with Las Vegas, but God has definitely started that’s for sure!

 

Octopus

Discouragement, Encouragement, Uncategorized | Posted by Eddy Damas
Mar 07 2017

This one has it’s own page. Please visit that and make sure your speakers are somewhat turned up.
Thanks!
http://inpulsearts.com/octopus/

Gender Identity Fizz!

Uncategorized | Posted by Eddy Damas
Mar 02 2017

I have a simple solution on how to cut through all the crap of gender identity: burn all of our clothes! Yep…basically appear naked in public. That way a man will always appear to be a man, and a woman will always appear to be a woman. No more pretending, no more confusion.  This will also cure the pride issue!

Come on: what do we really have to be ashamed of?

Desperate for Love

Uncategorized | Posted by Eddy Damas
Dec 07 2016

A long time ago, when I fell in love for the first time, I started writing poems. 
But the poems I wrote, and I did so often, came from a Spanish heart.
You know how the Spanish love…it’s often with a fierce heart.  
The words I often wrote were in the Spanish language,
and somehow even my own words made me cry.

Perhaps my expectations of love weren’t realistic enough.
I believed love was gentle,  never cruel
But love played me for a fool.

I dare to say even today, that love did nothing good for me.
It drove me crazy with a desperation I had never known.
It continues to do so today.

I want to love…so much
But love seems to be always fleeting,
just one step away from me really
But I still reach out
just barely brushing it with my finger tips
Missing it with my heart and more than often my prayers,
hoping that love returns one day.

Perhaps it will, and  I will embrace love once again,
Even for a final time, with just a kiss before we part again forever.
It sounds a lot like Judas’ betrayal of Jesus,
and yes, a lot of times I feel I have betrayed love…
By running away.
You see love plays me like a stormy weather
It storms on me and then it clears away
I long for an eternity out to sea
Where the oceans of love swallow me

In truth I’m afraid to love,
because my heart isn’t perfect.
Every single time that loves comes around,
M heart shivers and it quakes, 
That’s what scares me the most,
That Love will come back around 
I’ll fall again so deep in a bottomless pit
The likes of which I have never known,
and breathlessly refuse to come out of.
Because I’m crazy about love
But love laughs at me.

The Christian’s Obsession

Uncategorized | Posted by Eddy Damas
Nov 11 2016

May I ask you, the reader, a serious, perhaps thought-provoking question?

Are you obsessed by anything, or anyone?

I believe that most people are. Some are obsessed by worldly things: riches, materialism, some of us become obsessed by a special cup of coffee. (I kid not…there was a time I became so obsessed with Starbuck’s Frappuccino, I was consuming two grandes a day!

Obsession is an action that is hard to deal with. On one hand there is a healthy form of obsession. On the other there is a unhealthy obsession. The problem is that an individual who is obsessed is either not aware of it, or refuses to acknowledge it when confronted by it.

I was blessed, lucky, and fortunate to be presented with my own obsession at a very early stage many years ago. I would say it was after giving my heart to Christ, but not fully, as I still had a lot of maturing left to do. So I guess in many ways God was looking out for me at a very young age. I had fallen into a state of infatuation with an older co-worker of mine. We became friends quickly, but I was hoping it would go further. Long story short: she wasn’t the slightest bit interested in me at all. At one point I caught myself driving by her house every single night. On one particular drive by a thought came to me. A horrible thought. I guess you could say I got a pre-emptive face slap by the Holy Spirit. It wasn’t long after that I made the decision to move away from the scene of the sin and never looked back.

Obsession can also result in a fantasy, or vice-versa. I recall a friend of mine was the object of the fantasies of a woman. The woman, I’m guessing, was under the impression my friend was perfect…in every way. But of course, everyone has their flaws.I’ve heard many times that a Christian should not involve themselves in fantasies, now I understand why. Fantasies are unrealistic. They can never happen!

So you could say I know what a deadly obsession is. You end up focusing on the person so much…but in the end the truth of the matter is that there are absolutely no returns at all. No matter what: for all your deposits the person you are obsessed with is not going to return anything to you at all. In the end, your obsession is your kryptonite.

Clarity of thought comes into mind: no matter who the object of your obsession is, the truth is that most people have other people that they are involved with. So your focus of obsession/attention is involved with other people, and is not even aware that you even exist.

Yes, there are definite things you can do to make sure that they know you exist: you can write them letters, call them, email them, text them. But in many cases, the person does not even know who you are. Not unless you make yourself known to them.

I recently had a flashback. I reconnected with an old friend of mine after many years. Someone I have been crazy about for the longest time. Yet it was only a very brief connection: we haven’t really touched base at all. Still, the thoughts of hanging out with this person filled my head. But the anticipation was short lived. I realized quickly the beginning of the road I was on. I stopped and made a U-turn.

I see a big change in my life now. I am more focused and attentive to those physically around me on a day to day basis. I no longer even consider chasing after what is not there.

The freedom that comes from peeling away from your obsession is that you are free yourself. Free to chase after healthy, none-lethal types of obsessions. For instance, I peeled away the need for Frappuccino’s and now I freely chase after ice cream!

And of course, if I am truly obsessed with anyone, that person is the Lord Jesus Christ! He holds my entire attention, and I know that hold His!

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Test

Uncategorized | Posted by Eddy Damas
Oct 31 2016

This is only a test!

Hero

Uncategorized | Posted by Eddy Damas
Oct 26 2016
Christ the Redeemer statue is silhouetted against the glow of the moonset in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. As opening day for the World Cup approaches, people continue to stage protests, some about the billions of dollars spent on the World Cup at a time of social hardship, but soccer is still a unifying force. The international soccer tournament will be the first in the South American nation since 1950. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Christ the Redeemer statue is silhouetted against the glow of the moonset in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 2016. As opening day for the 2016 Olympics approached, people continued to stage protests, some about the billions of dollars spent on the preparations for the Olympics at a time of social hardship, but the games are still a unifying force. It’s such a shame that after so much pride went into the Olympics of this past year, the city was left with economic woes, a water system that was useless, and a city with a questionable future.

I turned 50 earlier this month. There were no earthquakes, no wake up calls, no cakes, no fires. It was rather just another day.

Thank God for movies! As my celebration went for the day I finally saw Suicide Squad. It was an unusual treat as I never actually go see movies in theaters. Usually I just wait for them on DVD. But this was different. First of all, it was a movie that I had no real interest in. I mean, I knew the Joker in the movie was going to be a LOT tamer than in the comics, and other Jokers in the movies. The other characters were also not my favorite. Although they were all good actors, I just wanted to be able to say “Yeah I saw it.”

The only interesting moments in the movie were when Batman and Bruce Wayne were on screen. Mostly very briefly, but enough to charge me up for next years Justice League movie. I’ve written about superheroes before. I was a typical kid growing up: I loved comic books. I used to save up my pennies and walk (actually more like hopped the fence) to get to the 7-Eleven where I would buy at the most perhaps five comic books a week. They were really cheap back then…I remember prices of perhaps 15-25 cents each. Then they rose up to 50-75 cents…then $1.25. Boy those were memories. I ended up with quite a few boxes. Today the comics are priced at about $3-$4.00. However, those are a lot of pennies I don’t have!

Thinking back, there was a LOT of action in the comics back then. There still is, but you kind of got a glimpse into the personal lives of the heroes (and some of the villains as well). One thing I got from all of the stories is that every single hero was trying to find themselves. Find out who they were, and most importantly, trying to find their place in the world.

It really occurs to me that we all on that path. Some of us are more focused on it than others. Some of us aren’t as concerned about it as others. Myself…I am more than satisfied (most all of the time), in just living one day at a time. As I get older I am more aware of the things I failed to do, and I am even more aware of the things I can’t do! I can get down on the floor just fine, but my body has a rough time managing to get up. But get up I do. It’s one of the things that we must do. I will admit though, I am the type of person who is down more than I am up. But I always…always look up! Because I know that My Redeemer is up there somewhere…watching over me. He’s found this lost sheep, and that’s the kind of hero I need!

 

 

God is at it 24/7…Is Evil Laughing at You?

Christian Living, Discouragement, Encouragement, Rememberance, Uncategorized | Posted by Eddy Damas
Oct 04 2016

Just a short post for today:

As you can tell by now, I am on a Halloween kick this season. Yes. I am on a roll, so let’s let it roll….

Ok, so if you are a Christian, and you have been one for a while now, then answer me these two questions:

Does God ever take a vacation?
Does evil ever rest?

Now I know you know the answers, because the answer to both questions are

NO!

God took his day of rest on the 7th day after creation. But ever since then He’s been very active. Based on the level of God’s interaction with His creation, you would be hard pressed to believe that God rests. Frankly, there’s too much for God to do! He’s busy correcting His children, leading them, guiding them, even punishing them at times.

God is at it 24/7 man! He doesn’t have time to waste.

You know as Christians we spend so much time downing the 2 hour or so events of October 31st/Halloween that we sometimes forget that October 31st is a creation of God. We take all that is evil about the world (witches, demons. goblins, and ghosts hauntings) and roll it up into a nice little package that last for less than 2/24ths of a single day!

Are we forgetting that evil doesn’t rest? Why are we actively pursuing a witch hunt on just a single day?

Just a short thought for today.

 

Men’s Eve

judging, Uncategorized | Posted by Eddy Damas
Oct 01 2016

I know most Christians don’t celebrate Halloween because of the witchcraft which it was supposedly associated with. I personally don’t believe that today’s Halloween has any resemblance to the Hallow’s Eve that many celebrated decades ago.

Why would I hold to my belief(s)? It’s simply a matter of time. Except for God of course: nothing today is the same as it was before we were born, or even afterwards. For instance: Gas is nowhere near 10 cents a gallon. Pompadours and poodle skirts are highly not in fashion, and there is a greater evil that is present every single day, not just on one evening out of the year.

Think about it if you will: the legend we have become so afraid of has it’s origins not in the past ‎early 20th Century…but actually much, much later..in fact Paganism has been around almost later than the old black and white TVs that our grandparents had. You know the ones: the TV’s that were around before cable. Modern day paganism could even have started earlier: say around the radio age.

The only problem is that we weren’t there…so none of us know what exactly pagans did to paganize something…or anything.

Let me give you an example: for many of us, Frankenstein was probably among the first monsters that we were introduced to in our youth. We probably first encountered it in a cheap movie theater back in the 50s. Yet the story itself of Frankenstein actually started back in 1818-1820. Of course, later on it made it’s debut as a stage play in 1826. while Universal’s Studio’s Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff debuted in 1931.

You can already discern where I am going with this. Halloween is now all about Special FX and  movies. Something that happened waaaay after the Paganism that most if not all Christians are familiar with today.

Now many Christians will disagree with me on my next point, due to everything they have been taught from some less than credible sources: but I’ve watched The Harry Potter movies and have actually enjoyed them. Yes, they are filled with perhaps man-made (Hollowood) signs of paganism: witches hats, spells, and monsters. The character Voldemort in fact looks suspiciously like Count Orlok.

All of this Halloweenish…is nothing but made up stories of man that has been passed down to us through the media. In fact, today it’s based on commercialism and not on paganism at all.

Yes, it’s very true that the Bible tells us to abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:22). But I object to the fact taking in a horror/monster movie is a form of evil. I also object to the fact that putting on a piece of cloth, or rubber/latex/makeup is a form of evil. If these things are truly evil, then women wearing makeup are exactly like evil clowns (as if there were any other kind)

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Evil only comes from within a person. Pharaoh was an ordinary looking man. Hitler was an ordinary man. BeyoncĂ© is more or less an ordinary looking woman. Obama is an ordinary looking man. Most likely if we were caught face to face with each individual today we would just see a man…not a monster. But each of these people has presented evil to the masses in their own unique way.

Now if we were to take October 31st, and actually use it as a night to sacrifice children, scare someone to death, worship the moon, or satan himself, then that would naturally be a sin. But when was the last time that you even meant, or saw satan in the flesh…enough so that you could mimic the devils appearance? After all, satan was one of God’s beautiful angels, wasn’t he? (Biblically in order to worship something, or someone it would take a lot more than dressing up as that something/someone else.)

I’ll say this contrary to enjoying Halloween: One of the things I don’t like about the celebration is the adult parties at the dance clubs…there’s way too much drunkenness, lewdness, and even sometimes barely there clothing. But such parties are only good for one or two years, after which you tend to mature away from such. That kind of atmosphere is…ghostly.

Speaking of ghosts….I find nothing to fear from a person who covers themselves in a white bedsheet. Except what would happen to them if they didn’t have holes in the sheets where their eyes could be. Ghosts can’t touch you, nor possess you. They certainly can’t kill you either! They may be able to talk to you, as was the case with Saul and the ghost…but when was the last time you heard a ghost speak?

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But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

 

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
One problem with emphasizing the appearance of evil is that it can make us slaves to the perceptions of others. There will always be someone who thinks that something you are doing is wrong, or that it looks wrong to him. So, rather than spending our time getting to know God and serving Him, we worry about the possibility that someone, somewhere, might misconstrue our actions. In the same letter that he wrote about avoiding evil, Paul wrote, “Just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts” (1 Thessalonians 2:4). Our goal is to live righteously before God, not to comply with others’ arbitrary standards of conduct.” (GotQuestions.com)

I’d like to hear your thoughts.

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