Monday, January 19, 2015

Poverty and Riches by Arthur Eedle

Poverty and Riches

Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matt.5:3) But in Luke 6:20 we read
"Blessed are you poor: for yours is the kingdom of God."  Our Lord was therefore referring to two distinct realms. In both cases He was referring to those who are His people, whether Israel or the Church.

First of all, those who are poor in this world's goods are said to be blessed because they are far more likely to present their daily needs to God in prayer, thereby learning dependence on God in their daily walk . But those who are rich tend to become independent, resting on the security of their wealth. This is the simple lesson encased in Jesus' words. He was not  saying that rich people were excluded from the Kingdom of Heaven, but elsewhere He did say that "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." (Matt.10:25) Therefore if you find the Lord has led you along a path of poverty, be content, and know that this is good in His sight. But if you find yourself possessed of riches, (as were Abraham and Job) then learn, like them, to use your wealth as a God-given ministry to the poor, rather than hoarding it for personal pleasure.

But the Lord also spoke about being "poor in the spirit", which is distinct from material wealth. Those who are blessed with spiritual gifts are just as likely to "miss the bus" as those who are financially rich. Jesus spoke about many who would approach Him in a latter day, saying they prophesied, cast out demons, and did many mighty works in His name, only to be told that He knew them not. (Matt.7:22) Those in the Laodicean church declared they were rich and had need of nothing, but the Lord said they were poor, miserable, blind and naked. (Rev.3:17) How is this? Only by comparing these two realms of riches can we spot the answer.

Just as financial riches tend towards independence, so also does the profusion of spiritual gifts. Paul recommended the Corinthian church to seek the best gifts, but mainly to prophesy. Why? Because prophecy is God's salty word, and it often boomerangs back on the one who utters it, as with OT prophets and Jesus Himself. There is therefore no risk of growing self-importance.

Today the world has come to know the Charismatic Church which boasts of spiritual riches. They use such inappropriate language as "kids of the king", "name it and claim it", "health and wealth", and major on triumphalism, a soft-option gospel, and easy-believism. But there is a danger in all this because it leads to the point where one is ready to tell the Lord what wonderful things they have done in His name rather than expressing thanksgiving for the wonderful things God has done for them through Calvary. Another example of independence.

The true way is the way of the cross, and the Bride takes that path, through the narrow gate and along a constricted pathway towards spiritual maturity. This I attempted to portray in my poem "The Second Eve," in WP3.  It is not a popular route.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Re-post of my dream from 2010. This is happening this week including the snow here in Canada.

This is a repost from a dream I had in 2010 that is being fulfilled today. An unbelievable amount of major companies are declaring bankruptcy in Canada this week. The list is staggering. One major one is TARGET closing 133 stores, Sobeys and Foodland in Canada (huge grocers) MEXX,  Sony stores, Smart Set, Jacob,  SEARS, ZELLERS, HOLT RENFREW and this is just a few. Also Alberta Oil sands have stopped production due to the falling oil prices and have laid off 1000 people. Another Oil Giant has laid off 9000 people.

Dream Saturday, September 18, 2010
I was in Virginia in the wintertime with my daughter. We were walking down a very snow filled road and she had a friend with her. It was in the evening just after the sun went down. It was very slippery as the roads were covered in thick ice. I heard a sound behind me like a loud train rumbling when I saw a huge tidal wave of snow coming over the mountain towards us. I began to run as fast as I could with the kids. My daughter’s friend fell down and I grabbed her hand and started to drag her on the ice to get away from the snowy death. Fear gripped me thinking we were all going to be buried alive. I was in the Shenandoah Valley.
When I awoke God spoke to me immediately saying “The want of this world has stolen the hearts of my people. I am sending a great destruction to this place.”

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Investor: “Terrifying” Consequences if Oil Drops to $40

Posted By Paul Joseph Watson On January 5, 2015 @ 11:40 am In Featured Stories,Tile 

As the price of oil drops below $50 for the first time since 2009, noted investor Jeffrey Gundlach warns that a fall to $40 dollars a barrel could spark “terrifying” geopolitical consequences.
The February contract for West Texas Intermediate briefly fell to a session low of $49.95 earlier today, while Brent crude also hit a 5-½-year low.
However, according to influential investor Gundlach, founder of Doubleline Capital, a fall to $40 could set in motion devastating global developments.
“Oil is incredibly important right now,” Gundlach said in a recent interview with FuW. “If oil falls to around $40 a barrel then I think the yield on ten year treasury note is going to 1%. I hope it does not go to $40 because then something is very, very wrong with the world, not just the economy. The geopolitical consequences could be – to put it bluntly – terrifying.”
As Zero Hedge points out, Gundlach is right to draw a correlation between unstable price fluctuations in crude oil and geopolitical turmoil.
“Large and rapid rises and falls in the price of crude oil have correlated oddly strongly with major geopolitical and economic crisis across the globe. Whether driven by problems for oil exporters or oil importers, the ‘difference this time’ is that, thanks to central bank largesse, money flows faster than ever and everything is more tightly coupled with that flow.”
The last time we saw anything like this activity in terms of oil price, it turned out to be a precursor to the global financial collapse of 2008.
“A junk bond implosion is usually a signal that a major stock market crash is on the way. So if you are looking for a “canary in the coal mine”, keep your eye on the performance of energy junk bonds. If they begin to collapse, that is a sign that all hell is about to break loose on Wall Street,” writes Michael Snyder.
As we have previously documented, the sudden drop in the price of oil has much to do with an engineered attack on the Russian economy and the Ruble which is being led by Saudi Arabia and the Obama White House. The ultimate goal is to destabilize the Russian government and foment a color revolution.
This agenda was summed up by Paul Stevens, a fellow for the secretive Royal Institute of International Affairs based at Chatham House in London.
“If the governments aren’t able to spend to keep the kids off the streets they will go back to the streets, and we could start to see political disruption and upheaval,” wrote Stevens.
The US and the Saudis have resolved to crash the price of oil and with it Russia’s financial system despite the fact that this will also cripple the European economy. Russia has even proposed that the EU dump the TTIP free trade agreement with the United States and instead join the newly established Eurasian Economic Union.
“The U.S. and European sanctions against Russia will become more severe and crippling in the face of drastically falling oil prices – prices which are falling drastically because of the unprecedented boom of shale gas fracking both domestically in the U.S. and abroad in Ukraine and other locales,” writes Mac Slavo. “The oil & gas giants like Chevron and Exxon Mobil have created revolutionary conditions with now direct consequences on U.S. foreign policy and global war for dominance.”
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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Narcissistic Personality Disorder Symptoms By PSYCH CENTRAL STAFF

Narcissistic Personality Disorder is characterized by a long-standing pattern of grandiosity (either in fantasy or actual behavior), an overwhelming need for admiration, and usually a complete lack of empathy toward others. People with this disorder often believe they are of primary importance in everybody’s life or to anyone they meet. While this pattern of behavior may be appropriate for a king in 16th Century England, it is generally considered inappropriate for most ordinary people today.
People with narcissistic personality disorder often display snobbish, disdainful, or patronizing attitudes. For example, an individual with this disorder may complain about a clumsy waiter’s “rudeness” or “stupidity” or conclude a medical evaluation with a condescending evaluation of the physician.
In laypeople terms, someone with this disorder may be described simply as a  “narcissist” or as someone with “narcissism.” Both of these terms generally refer to someone with narcissistic personality disorder.
A personality disorder is an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates from the norm of the individual’s culture. The pattern is seen in two or more of the following areas: cognition; affect; interpersonal functioning; or impulse control. The enduring pattern is inflexible and pervasive across a broad range of personal and social situations. It typically leads to significant distress or impairment in social, work or other areas of functioning. The pattern is stable and of long duration, and its onset can be traced back to early adulthood or adolescence.

Symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

In order for a person to be diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) they must meet five or more of the following  symptoms:
  • Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
  • Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
  • Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
  • Requires excessive admiration
  • Has a very strong sense of entitlement, e.g., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
  • Is exploitative of others, e.g., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
  • Lacks empathy, e.g., is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
  • Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
  • Regularly shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes
take-narcissistic-quiz-nowBecause personality disorders describe long-standing and enduring patterns of behavior, they are most often diagnosed in adulthood. It is uncommon for them to be diagnosed in childhood or adolescence, because a child or teen is under constant development, personality changes and maturation. However, if it is diagnosed in a child or teen, the features must have been present for at least 1 year.
Narcissistic  personality disorder is more prevalent in males than females, and is thought to occur in up to 6.2 percent of the general population.
Like most personality disorders, narcissistic   personality disorder typically will decrease in intensity with age, with many people experiencing few of the most extreme symptoms by the time they are in the 40s or 50s.

How is Narcissistic Personality Disorder Diagnosed?

Personality disorders such as narcissistic personality disorder are typically diagnosed by a trained mental health professional, such as a psychologist or  psychiatrist. Family physicians and general practitioners are generally not trained or well-equipped to make this type of psychological diagnosis. So while you can initially consult a family physician about this problem, they should refer you to a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment. There are no laboratory, blood or genetic tests that are used to diagnose personality disorder.
Many people with narcissistic personality disorder don’t seek out treatment. People with personality disorders, in general, do not often seek out treatment until the disorder starts to significantly interfere or otherwise impact a person’s life. This most often happens when a person’s coping resources are stretched too thin to deal with stress or other life events.
A diagnosis for narcissistic  personality disorder is made by a mental health professional comparing your symptoms and life history with those listed here. They will make a determination whether your symptoms meet the criteria necessary for a personality disorder diagnosis.

Causes of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Researchers today don’t know what causes  narcissistic personality disorder.  There are many theories, however, about the possible causes of  narcissistic personality disorder.  Most professionals subscribe to a biopsychosocial model of causation — that is, the causes of  are likely due to biological and genetic factors, social factors (such as how a person interacts in their early development with their family and friends and other children), and psychological factors (the individual’s personality and temperament, shaped by their environment and learned coping skills to deal with stress). This suggests that no single factor is responsible — rather, it is the complex and likely intertwined nature of all three factors that are important. If a person has this personality disorder, research suggests that there is a slightly increased risk   for this disorder to be “passed down” to their children.

Treatment of  Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Treatment of narcissistic personality disorder  typically involves long-term psychotherapy with a therapist that has experience in treating this kind of personality disorder. Medications may also be prescribed to help with specific troubling and debilitating symptoms. For more information about treatment, please see narcissistic personality disorder treatment.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder Resources