Sunday, March 29, 2009

April Fool's day attack is no joke

I wanted to post a few links about a virus / worm that is apparently due to strike on April 1st. It's off-topic for this blog, but I'm posting it just in case.

I just heard about it on the blog for WOT (Web of Trust), a most excellent add-on for Firefox and IE browsers, I use the Firefox one. As a plug -- it's saved me from going to potentially dangerous sites; having ignored the warning once and regretted it later. The one I ignored was for a free html editor, but it also installed a browser toolbar without permission and generally misbehaved itself.

Here's a link for an article with info. from Free PC Security.

And another link with an article from Security Garden, Conficker Information for the Home Computer user. Be safe!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Ability to add comments now on my website

I wanted to post a message here that I've updated my website articles to include a new-ish tool from Google, called 'Friend Connect'. It's basically a way of adding social elements to one's web site. I'll also be adding a testimonials page to the site in the next few days, which is for the purpose of giving my clients / customers a spot to add their ratings and comments themselves.

I've thought it would be nice to be able to have a message forum, or to add software for comments; but it was on a very back burner. This option makes it much easier, and it won't require people to come up with yet another user name and password -- if you're like me you may have too many of those already. You'll be able to sign in using your google, openid or similar accounts to post your comments.
I'm also going to allow anonymous posting, at least for now. I'll see how that goes, since I can delete or edit comments it should work o.k.

Since my website isn't a social networking site, I'm just adding the button to sign in on the home page. Comments here, or there, are welcome! The link to my EFT for SW website is over in the 'What is EFT?' info-box on the right side of this blog.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Taking Every Thought Captive

I mentioned in a previous article the TPM concept that many times, our negative emotions stem from a lie-based belief. I was re-reading the book Surprised by the Voice of God [i] by Jack Deere, and there's a story near the end of the book that is a perfect illustration of this principle. The chapter title is The Power of the Word and the Spirit (ch. 22)

It tells the story of a woman named Jean Raborg, who was a believer in Christ since she was 14. She was overwhelmed with all of the things she had on her plate: teaching, being a wife and mother, as well as being involved in church.
She thought about telling someone at church [because she didn't want to worry her husband who was already overworked], but a voice went off in her mind telling her that no one should ever know that she couldn't really handle things -- that she should just keep going and everything would be all right. She didn't know where this last impression came from, but she decided to obey it.(emphasis added)

More lies came from this voice later on, regarding a health issue. The diagnosis wasn't life-threatening, but she believed her doctors and/or husband were keeping the truth from her about her true condition.
The voice told Jean that she couldn't tell anyone. How could she tell John [her husband] and ruin what few months they had left together? What good would it do to talk to God about this? After all, hadn't he permitted it? Maybe this was a judgement on her because she was failing so miserably ...
Over the course of the next few months, things got worse and she ended up in a psychiatric hospital. Multiple people had prayed for her, but it didn't change things. Some people she knew asked Paul Cain to pray for her, and as he did the Lord instructed him to go to San Diego, and was told that she will be instantly healed to my glory. And I will use this testimony to the end of her life to encourage women with hope. [I know there's some more recent controversy about Mr. Cain -- but this is part of the story, so please just go with it.]
When Paul prayed for Jean, she felt as if a giant heating pad had been put over her abdomen. Then she had a sensation of hot oil being poured over her head and penetrating every fiber of her body. At the same time, she felt a cloud of oppression lift off of her. [I've likewise had a feeling of a cloud of oppression lift off me in response to prayer, once or twice.] It was as though the Lord had turned on a faucet of joy inside her. I'm healed! she exclaimed.

No, not yet, not quite yet, Paul said. When I leave here, the madness is going to try to return. God is going to put a Scripture in your heart when I walk out this door. That Scripture is going to seal your healing. When the evil voice returns to you, don't listen to it. Instead say, 'It is written,' and then quote whatever Scripture the Lord deposits in your heart when I leave.

The Scripture that came to her mind was from Isaiah 41:10.
At just that moment she felt an icy hand reach out of the darkness and grip her heart. She heard that evil voice begin to whisper, but instead of listening to it, she cried out, It is written -- Fear thou not, For I am with thee: Be not dismayed; For I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yeah I will help thee; yeah, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. The icy hand let go. The evil voice stopped. She quoted the Word again, and again, and again. Each time she felt the strength of God pouring into her body. ... On the third day... Jean Raborg walked out of that mental institution, never to return again.

Isn't that a wonderful ending? The ending also illustrates the idea of replacing lies with truth, in this case the Truth of God's Word. I emphasized the part that says She didn't know where the last impression came from..., because sometimes we'll have thoughts or suggestions that take us to dark places. With EFT and Scripture, we can learn to sort it out and discover that we don't have to believe or accept every thought as true. Yesterday morning I had an instance where I was thinking about something, and a familiar thought came to mind along the lines of 'But, what if ...' and right in the middle of the thought that wanted me to start worrying about whatever it was, (I honestly no longer remember what it was...) another part of my thinking realized I didn't have to go there, so I dismissed it before it even had a chance to get me on that old familiar path.

{We are} destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and {we are} taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, (2 Cor 10:5 NASB)

Deere, Jack; Surprised by the Voice of God, ©Copyright 1996 by Jack S. Deere, published by Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids Mich49530, pg. 343-357.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

What is 'the Bezzle' ?

I've been reading some financial blogs recently, and ran across a term I'd never heard before -- the bezzle . I read it in one article that seemed to assume the reader knew what it meant, but I didn't, so I did a search and found enough information in a couple of short articles that I understood it.

I just now got to this article through an email link, and it really explains it. It's not necessarily related to spiritual warfare, but when you're dealing with lies and deceit and the like, of course it could tie in. And since there are few things like money to get people's emotions in turmoil, I'll tie in EFT by suggesting that you keep on tapping! (And praying, of course!)

Here's the last part of the article, which sums it up -- but it's all worth reading.
The damage will stop only when one of two things happens:

All of the identifiable Bezzle is flushed from the financial system OR
Government comes out and makes clear that it will clamp down, enforce the law, and that the bad actors both forward and back will be prosecuted, the ill-gotten gains recovered to the extent possible, and the truth demanded from all firms going forward.

Those are the only choices folks.

Government is not responsible for the fraud, but it is responsible for turning its head and refusing to look, investigate and prosecute.

Government profited from the increased tax revenue and "fake wealth" that was "created" as a consequence of The Bezzle, and the campaign bribes, er, contributions that flowed from it.

Now government must choose - either put a stop to The Bezzle, here and now, or watch the market dismantle it piece by piece, firm by firm, and deal with the collateral damage - another 10-20 million unemployed (at minimum) and a Depression worse than the 1930s.
Also, for another good site / blog that catalogs another big problem in the financial markets -- check out the Deep Capture Blog.