Thursday, January 24, 2013

CHARACTER......from the Duggars

vs. Deception
Earning future trust by
accurately reporting past facts
Ephesians 4:25
vs. Unawareness
Being aware of that which is
taking place around me so that
I can have the right responses
Mark 14:38
vs. self-indulgence
Instant obedience to the initial
promptings of
God’s Spirit
Galatians 5:24-25
vs. Natural Inclinations
Seeing and responding to life
situations from God’s frame of
Proverbs 9:10
vs. Wastefulness
Wise use of that which others
would normally overlook or
Luke 16:10
vs. Disorganization
Preparing myself and my
surroundings so that I will
achieve the greatest efficiency
1 Corinthians 14:40
vs. Unconcern
Showing the worth of a person
by giving undivided attention
to his words and emotions
Hebrews 2:1
vs. Willfulness
Freedom to be creative under
the protection of divinely
appointed authority
II Corinthians 10:5
vs. Loneliness
Cheerfully sharing food,
shelter, and spiritual
refreshment with those God
brings into my life
Hebrews 13:2
vs. Disrespect
Awareness of how God is
working through the people
and events in my life to
produce the character of Christ
in me
Proverbs 23: 17-18
vs. Judgment
The God-given ability to
understand why things happen
I Samuel 16:7
vs. Extravagance
Not letting myself or others
spend that which is not
Luke 16:11
vs. Unresponsiveness
Recognizing and doing what
needs to be done before I am
asked to do it
Romans 12:21
vs. Callousness
Exercising my senses so that I
can perceive the true spirit and
emotions of those around me
Romans 12:15
vs. Hypocrisy
Eagerness to do what is right
with transparent motives
1 Peter 1:22
vs. Stinginess
Realizing that all I have
belongs to God and using it for
His purposes
II Corinthians 9:6
vs. Slothfulness
Visualizing each task as a
special assignment from the
Lord and using all my energies
to accomplish it
Colossians 3:23
vs. Presumption
Visualizing what God intends
to do in a given situation and
acting in harmony with it
Hebrews 11:1
vs. Covetousness
Realizing that God has
provided everything that I
need for my present happiness
I Timothy 6:8
vs. Unreliability
Knowing and doing what both
God and others are expecting
me to do
Romans 14:12
vs. Fairness
Personal responsibility to
God’s unchanging laws
Micah 6:8
vs. Impurity
The moral excellence and
purity of spirit that radiate
from my life as I obey God’s
II Peter 1:5
vs. Self-pity
The spontaneous enthusiasm
of my spirit when my soul is in
fellowship with the Lord
Psalm 16:11
vs. Incompleteness
Knowing what factors will
diminish the effectiveness of
my work or words if neglected
Proverbs 18:15
vs. Simple-mindedness
The ability to avoid words,
actions, and attitudes which
could result in undesirable
Proverbs 22:3
vs. Tardiness
Showing high esteem for other
people and their time
Ecclesiastes 3:1
vs. Pride
Recognizing that God and
others are actually responsible
for the achievements in my
James 4:6
vs. Indifference
Investingwhatever is
necessary to heal the hurts of
I John 3:17
vs. Fearfulness
Confidence that what I have to
say or do is true and right and
just in the sight of God
Acts 4:29
vs. Resistance
Not setting my affections on
ideas or plans which could be
changed by God or others
Colossians 3:2
vs. Inconsistency
Fulfilling what I consented to
do even if it means
unexpected sacrifice
Psalm 15:4
vs. Selfishness
Giving to others basic needs
without having as my motive
personal reward
I Corinthians 13:3
vs. Prejudice
Acceptance of others as
unique expressions of specific
character qualities in varying
degrees of maturity
Philippians 2:2
vs. Double-mindedness
The ability to finalize difficult
decisions based on the will
and ways of God
James 1:5
vs. Harshness
Showing personal care and
concern in meeting the needs
of others
I Thessalonians 2:7
vs. Rejection
Clearing the record of those
who have wronged me and
allowing God to love them
through me
Ephesians 4:32
vs. Self-centeredness
Making my own schedule and
priorities secondary to wishes
of those I am serving
Philippians 2:20-21
vs. Anxiety
Structuring my life around that
which is eternal and cannot be
destroyed or taken away
John 6:27
vs. Under-achievement
Approaching a need, a task, an
idea from a new perspective
Romans 12:2
vs. Rashness
Knowing how important right
timing is in accomplishing
right actions
Proverbs 19:2
vs. Faint-heartedness
Purposing to Accomplish
God’s goals in God’s timing
regardless of the opposition
II Timothy 4:7-8
vs. Rudeness
Limiting my freedom in order
not to offend the tastes of
those God has called me to
Romans 14:21
vs. Contentiousness
Guiding vital truth around
another’s mental roadblocks
II Timothy 2:24
vs. Giving-up
The inward strength to
withstand stress to accomplish
God’s best
Galatians 6:9
vs. Restlessness
Accepting a difficult situation
from God without giving Him
a deadline to remove it
Romans 5:3-4
vs. Apathy
Expressing with my spirit the
joy of my soul
I Thessalonians 5:16,19
vs. Unthankfulness
Making known to God and
others in what ways they have
benefited my life
I Corinthians 4:7
vs. Unfaithfulness
Using difficult times to
demonstrate my commitment
to God and to those whom He
has called me to serve
John 15:13
vs. Anger
Yielding my personal rights
and expectations to God
Psalm 62:5

Friday, January 11, 2013

I have become so much more skeptical as of late.  Read this, and perhaps join me.

Saman Mohammadi

Glenn Greenwald writes in his article, “The ‘war on terror’ – by design – can never end”:
“There’s no question that this “war” will continue indefinitely. There is no question that US actions are the cause of that, the gasoline that fuels the fire. The only question – and it’s becoming less of a question for me all the time – is whether this endless war is the intended result of US actions or just an unwanted miscalculation.
It’s increasingly hard to make the case that it’s the latter. The US has long known, and its own studies have emphatically concluded, that “terrorism” is motivated not by a “hatred of our freedoms” but by US policy and aggression in the Muslim world. This causal connection is not news to the US government. Despite this – or, more accurately, because of it – they continue with these policies.
One of the most difficult endeavors is to divine the motives of other people (divining our own motives is difficult enough). That becomes even more difficult when attempting to discern the motives not of a single actor but a collection of individuals with different motives and interests (“the US government”).
But what one can say for certain is that there is zero reason for US officials to want an end to the war on terror, and numerous and significant reasons why they would want it to continue. It’s always been the case that the power of political officials is at its greatest, its most unrestrained, in a state of war. Cicero, two thousand years ago, warned that “In times of war, the law falls silent” (Inter arma enim silent leges). John Jay, in Federalist No. 4, warned that as a result of that truth, “nations in general will make war whenever they have a prospect of getting anything by it . . . for the purposes and objects merely personal, such as thirst for military glory, revenge for personal affronts, ambition, or private compacts to aggrandize or support their particular families or partisans.”
If you were a US leader, or an official of the National Security State, or a beneficiary of the private military and surveillance industries, why would you possibly want the war on terror to end? That would be the worst thing that could happen. It’s that war that generates limitless power, impenetrable secrecy, an unquestioning citizenry, and massive profit.”