The cursing Pope Francis

I should note that I don’t curse that much; especially in a blog post. The worst words that I used were d, s, h, and b, and only then for the effect. I hardly ever use the F word, except under my breath when I make a mistake. But if it comes to using medicine to suppress my emotions or expressing my frustration, you might want to cover your ears. All things in moderation. It’s only an issue if every other word you use is an F-bomb.

Speaking of F-bomb, I remember reading this article a few years ago when Pope Francis mispronounced some Latin word, or something like that, and accidentally said a curse word.

This is by far the most liberal Pope I have ever seen. But he is still probably tame compared to the ones centuries ago. I have visited a few Catholic Churches and admit that I like the fellowship. I am not too into the hierarchy or the sex scandals, and I definitely don’t want to go through some six month RCIA program just to be initiated into the Church.

Nothing wrong with being a liberal in a social sense. The political sense is something else. Even conservatives were liberal at one time if you understand Classical Liberalism. Without the latter, none of us would be here today.

I wonder where Pope Francis has been in recent years? Whatever agenda that he has, he better hurry up since he is damn near 80. (Oops did I just post that out too loud?)

The Pope was either supposed to be the last Pope or the first Pope in the New Age. Since Eastern Orthodox Christianity and the Catholic Church split over the issue of the papal position, they might reconcile if they do away with the position.

That’s another thing that I have issues with: Calling the Pope the Holy Father. I guess I’ll stick with being a Protestant. But since I am not fond of the established church and believe that Christianity is more or less a religion built around Jesus, I am by definition a liberal in that sense. The writers and poets of the 19th century, such as Emerson, Whitman, and Faulkner, and even Thomas Paine, were considered liberals for being against the Church. Though by today’s standards they would be conservative or at best Libertarian. \

Source: https://nypost.com/2014/03/03/pope-drops-f-bomb-during-vatican-blessing/

This life will be the death of me

My new life goal is to just exist

I resolve to just pay taxes and die

It seems like an easy goal to accomplish

Actually you can’t even afford to die anymore

Have you seen the price of caskets?

Going into debt to pay for everything

Now you have to finance your own death

Thank God for this scam called life insurance

True you can’t take it with you

But I guess you can at least be buried in it

Even though that is not the real you in there

It seems like it’s just inviting grave robbers to dig your course up just so they can pawn the casket

Anything sells on Craigslist

“Slightly used coffin for sell”

“Only used once. Great deal”

You know times are hard when you gotta dig up Grandpa and Grandma just to help pay the bills
Copyright 2018 E Bishop Wooten

Developing your negatives

I like taking pictures as a hobby on my smartphone. Hopefully I can make a living doing this in the near future. I took photography in high school for a year, and I have to admit the old darkroom style was a lot more challenging than these digital cameras.

One day I got to thinking as I was looking at some negatives of a photograph someone else took. We develop negatives by turning them into colorful photos. It is the same way with life. Rather than focus on the negative aspects of your life, just develop the negatives into something more positive, or colorful.

Strength of Character

We’ve heard the old saying “Survival of the Fittest” and the famous one “God helps those who helps themselves.” Is this Biblical? Who are the fittest and the ones to whom God helps that help themselves?

Mental illness along with illnesses of the body are usually not found in those that consider themselves “strong.” Even the “strongest” person admits they have weaknesses. So why don’t we acknowledge our illnesses, particularly mental, as our weaknesses? We admit our character defects which for the most part include our sins. So why don’t we consider our infirmities as weaknesses? After all when you struggle with something for a long time it can wear down your body’s immune system. This is especially true when as we get older and prolonged years of stress & anxiety “weaken” our immune system and we end up having to take medicine as we get older.

So who are the ones who are the fittest? Some have a strong faith in God and some are strong in and of themselves. However no one is entirely that strong in and of themselves apart from God. Therefore it’s God who gives you the grace to make it through each day. You’re just deluded into thinking you’re such a “good person” in and of yourself.

Years of being grounded in the Word of God can “strengthen” your character as well. As you pray and seek God you can better discern His Will for you life so that you know almost exactly what to pray for. Then you stand on the Word and trust in God’s timing for the answer. God for the most part either says Yes when He grants it to you or wait. He only says no if it goes against His Word. Although all your prayers have their yes in Messiah Yeshua as everything you ultimately seek can be found in Him; security, significance, salvation, purpose,

So to sum it up Survival of the Fittest can best be attributed to Survival of the Faithful. Although no matter how godly or faithful you can get you can always get struck down with cancer, heart disease, mental illness. You will be healed of it even if it kills you; i.e. if God uses it as His means of Grace to call you home.

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E’s Jam of the Day: Secret Agent Man

Today’s jam “Secret Agent Man” by Johnny Rivers back around 1966. I confess that I got into oldies music back in the early 90’s when my favorite Top 40 rock station changed their format.  Now I pretty much listen to music that spans five or six decades. It was only in recent years that I started paying more attention to the lyrics. It’s amazing the stuff that stands out years later and you wonder why you never caught it before.

Here is a sample of the lyrics:

“There’s a man who lives a life of danger

To everyone he meets he stares a stranger

With every move he makes, another chance he takes

Odds are he won’t live to see tomorrow

Secret agent man, secret agent man

They’ve given you a number and taken away you name

Beware of pretty faces that you find

A pretty face can hide an evil mind

Ah be careful what you say

You’ll give yourself away

Odds are you won’t live to see tomorrow”-‘Secret Agent Man’ by Johnny Rivers (circa 1966).

That pretty much sums up how most of us feel in this world. Like we are a number whose identity and name have been taken away; along with every person we meet being a stranger and a pretty face hiding a corrupt mind. You got to watch what you say and we aren’t guaranteed to see tomorrow.

I had to paraphrase that. I also have to confess that when I first heard the song, I thought the musician was saying “secret Asian man.” The song was actually the theme to some spy show in the 1960’s. I could be wrong but I believe it was The Man from U.N.C.L.E.