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What is Transcendental Meditation?
It is basically Hinduism in new clothing. The founder Maharishi claims that TM has nothing to do with religion, but it has! He is now also into Astrology (Spiritism). Spiritism is actually a form of Hinduism, it is basically the same thing.
The Maharishi who introduced TM 40 years ago is now called His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
What's with the "holiness" crap if it isn't a religion? That's what I'd like to know :-)
Besides this is the guy that John Lennon dedicated his Sexy Sadie song to (White Album). It was rumoured that Maharishi tried to rape Mia Farrow.
When the Beatles found out what kind of man the Maharishi really was they left.
Many who begin with TM end up committing suicide!
People involved in TM often begin hearing voices in their heads, some of the voices keep telling them to take their own lives. I know of many who have finally obeyed the voices. It's so sad.
The Swedish composer Ted Gärdestad was a victim of Bhagwan-Shree-Rajneesh, the leader of a sect in Oregon. This sect was built on Eastern religions and sex. The leader was just another Indian TM Yogi.
I remember Ted from an interview on Swedish Television, when he told the viewers about the voice inside his head constantly telling him to kill himself. He later threw himself in front of a train.
Doctors normally try to sedate people with spirit problems. Normally it doesn't work. The only one who can get rid of them is Christ.
Leviticus 19:31 Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I [am] the LORD your God.
Can peace come into the world through meditation?
Of course not. In that case everybody in the whole world would have to sit and meditate around the clock...probably nailed to the floor :-)
Of course you are refreshed after meditating.
If you spend time with God in prayer, you will be even more refreshed! (and safe from Hindu spirits).
What happens when you meditate?
If you really meditate seriously you lower your defenses, and you open yourself to the spirit world through the use of Mantras etc.. You might not even realize it at first, some never do...
That's why it's important that you focus on God in prayer instead.
This way you'll be safe from the evil spirits all around us, who constantly lie about everything anyway.
Luke 4:36 And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word [is] this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.
What is a Mantra?
Basically it's casting a spell. That is why we shouldn't use Mantras. They are often prayers to spirit gods..."help me with this and that" or prayers of enlightment. They are also direct spells to eliminate enemies, and that has certainly nothing to do with God. Some matra's are simply the names of spirits.
It is very hard to get out of TM/Yoga once you've started!
Only Jesus can REALLY set you free. In His name there is freedom from everything on this Earth. You can be totally free from Spirits, Drugs, Yogis, Chocolate, Sugar, Fat, Tobacco, Porn, Templars', Tourette's syndrome, dressing up in women's clothing (if you are a man), homosexuality, Lesbianism, Gambling, Prostitution, Pride, Swearing, Involuntary movements, Fear of door knobs or anything else, I could go on for days...
Matthew 8:16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with [his] word, and healed all that were sick:
Pray to God in Jesus name, and ask Jesus to come into your heart.
Then ask God in Jesus name to set you free (if He hasn't already done so), and He will. Pray with a Christian friend(s) if you can, the more the merrier :-)
John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
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One of my friends came to see me a while ago and wrote, in his own words:
We do not come to believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us, something is interesting, worth listening to, worthy of trust, sacred to touch.
PS. Cloud photo © Fred Schymberg 2006
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What about the homeless?
France, with a population of nearly 63 million, has about 150,000 homeless people. And numbers are growing. The talk on the street is that nothing is being done for the poor...except that their tents are being burned, with some lame excuse that they are unsanitary.
What is sanitary about people having to live in cardboard boxes, eating out of garbage cans? Will their situation improve if you burn their tents? I think not.
France has the money to help but not the will. They spend millions (or billions) on weapons etc.
America is not caring for it's own either.
America are also ashamed of their homeless people. If you are not economically viable, the government wants nothing to do with you.
Matthew 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go [and] sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come [and] follow me.
The American government is trying to stop the help organizations (mainly churches I guess) from feeding the poor in parks. Will the next step will be to put them in camps, like Hitler did with the Jews?
The government seems to think that the poor need to be invisible to the public eye.
Photo © Fred Schymberg 2006
It's a rotten world that just keeps rotting, I'm sure Hitler would have loved to help get rid of the poor, he and his Zyklon B.
Luke 6:20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed [be ye] poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
Luke 4:18 (the words of Jesus and the prophet Esaias) The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
The money is there, but not the will.
I guess one less shuttle ride less into space would feed and clothe and rehabilitate the homeless of America.
We need to help the poor and love them as Jesus did.
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al-Qaida wants to attack the whole world now, or so they said yesterday on the news!
They are fighting in the name of the old moon god Allah (whom the Moslem brothers call god). Crusades in fashion again this year??? Man has learned nothing from history...nada :-(
Nobody cares in Italy either...
Bob Geldof had to cancel a few concerts in Italy because very few turned up (35 people at one of the concerts!). What's the point in doing benefit concerts if nobody cares?
I don't know Geldof personally, but I like what he is trying to do for peoples in the poor countries. I wish there were more people like him.
Photo "Roller Coaster" © Fred Schymberg 2006
The rich and famous seem to live like pigs most of the time.
Read a tad about them in the news. That's what happens when the Lord has no place in peoples lives. People look for other stuff to fill their lives with, drugs, sex, material things.
1John 2:16 For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
James 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
There is no substitute for God.
I'm such a lucky whatsit to have found God, you can do it too... Just ask Jesus to move into your heart and take over. You won't regret it, I promise.
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Take it easy!
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In the history of the world, Palestine has never existed as a nation.
Palestine means: The Land of the Philistenes (in plain english)
The region known as Palestine was ruled alternately by Rome, by Islamic and Christian crusaders, by the Ottoman Empire and, and briefly, by the British Empire after World War I. The British agreed to restore a part of the land to the Jewish people as their ancestral homeland.
The Romans re-named Israel = Palestine, just to irritate the Jews, since the Philistenes were the worst enemies of Israel at the time.
Palestine was NEVER ruled by Palestinian arabs as a separate nation in history!
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It actually works! I've kept my cool for almost 2 days now...hah...
Photo "man can't live of bread alone" © Benjamin Antell 2006
I saw a sermon with Rodney Howard Browne yesterday,
Many people claim that he started the Holy Laughter thing -not true! I met Christ in 1975 but I've heard about this phenomenon since I was a little kid in the late 50's.
Besides Dr. Derek Prince from England experienced it all alone during the Second World War, as he was being healed from some skin disease. I have his personal testimony on tape where he tells about it. He was a fellow at Kings College.
It's nothing new, I'm sure it dates back to the day of Pentecost.
I wonder why some people have such a problem with it? I feel that it's perfectly natural (in the Spirit). I don't think that anyone can explain it. It is a spiritual thing and it's wonderful. Naturally if you don't have God's Spirit in your heart, then it will make no sense to you.
I believe it happened to me once at a meeting, I was filled with an incredible joy in the Lord...all by myself...I couldn't stop laughing. I could have stopped if I'd wanted to, but it was too wonderful to stop .-)
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Keeping your cool.
Oil painting "Road runner (Don't let the devil get U)" © Benjamin Antell 2006
I'm doing all I can to keep my cool now. I used to get upset over all kinds of unimportant stuff...
I like to leave on time if I'm going somewhere, my baby is totally different...I don't rightly know what she does, it's like the Chicken Dance or something. She is all over the place and always a half hour late or something.
From now on I'm going to wait outside and breathe calmly, and think about nice things :-)
All of a sudden I understood that God can bless me more if I keep my cool.
Today so far it's been really easy! But in an hour or so my baby and the rest of the gang will get up...then we'll just have to see how it goes :-)
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Lost in translation?
I don't think that much (if anything) has been lost in translation on of the old King James version of the bible. Although the New King James Version has been altered somewhat. If you plan on buying a bible read the old one, it's much more accurate. The NKJV is a tad weird in places!!!
There are of course many very important truths in the bible,
but the way God uses it to talk to me (many times) is very individualistic. I "often" get a line from here and there as answers to my prayers. The answers don't always have anything to do with the context. So basically it could be any book, but God seems to prefer talking to me through the bible, I guess it's because it's partly even His dictated word.
Photo "from here to there"© Fred Schymberg 2006
Do you want to be forgiven all your sins?
Say this prayer then, it will allow you to enter Heaven!
Heavenly Father, I come before You in Jesus name. Please forgive me my sins, and come into my heart. Take over my life and lead me on Your predestined path for my life. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
If you said this honestly, YOU are saved! Remember to read a verse or two daily in the bible, it will help your faith to grow.
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Go to a nice local church and ask to be baptized in water and the Holy Spirit. If they say no, find another church that will! Don't let anybody talk you out of it! Some will try!
Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Remember it's your life, who cares what other people think?
God bless you.
PS. Here's a list of cool preachers:
Juan Carlos Ortiz, Argentina
The Devil hates these men, because they are men of God. They are often slandered, like all good men of God. (Just so you know)
John 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before [it hated] you.
1John 3:13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
Matthew 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the [world] to come.
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Why can't the Israelis return to their homeland of 3200 years???
Why should the Palestinians all of a sudden have the rights to Israel? They haven't historically lived there for very long, and they have NEVER ruled it as a nation!!!
Palestine means "The land of the Philistenes", In plain english!
Israel was renamed palestine by the Romans because they wanted to spite the Jews. After all the Philistenes were the Jew's sworn enemies at the time.
Palestinian Jews were called "Palestinians" in the good old days!
...1200 BC The Israelites and the Philistines invade Canaan (Palestine). 1013-974 BC King David, King of Judah...later all Israel, makes Jerusalem capital and defeats the Ammonites and the Edomites. 974-932 BC Solomon builds the temple in Jerusalem. 586 BC destroyed by Nebukhadnessar. After that, Romans 70 AD, Arabs 636 AD and Turks 1577... The Romans threw the Jews out in 135 AD.
The Jews came back in the mid 1800's. (Not in 1945, even though most came back after WWII). Where else could they go??? Israel had been their homeland for 3200 years. Just look at history...
Many countries in the world had tried to wipe out the Jews.
Italy (the Vatican - they kept a few in the Catacombs just in case Hitler would lose the war, so the Vatican could look sharp-long story), Finland, Sweden (Baltutlämningen) and many more countries shamelessly handed over Jews to Hitler and Stalin during the second world war. 6 million Jews were murdered in the Nazi concentration camps.
I never bought into the Anti-Jewish propaganda in the west :-)
I can read, so I always check out the truth before I buy what people say. You don't have to read much history to see who the Palestinian people are. I think it's a shame that the Arab nations still want to exterminate the Jews, just like Hitler did.
Nothing ever changes, we learn nothing from our mistakes as human beings, we are all rotten to the core. That's why we need Jesus (the Son of God).
Many think that Jesus is dead, others think that He never existed (check out history books and you'll find He was/is real).
I've met Jesus on a personal level so I know without a shadow of a doubt that He is very much alive. I've even seen Him twice.
Don't take my word for it, check Him out for yourself!
Photo "living water" © Fred Schymberg 2006
I went to a meeting in Seinäjoki yesterday.
Steve Hill was there (from America), he has Finnish blood. He used to be a drug addict and an armed hood. He gave all that up when he met God.
Jesus changes us completely when we ask Him into our lives!
It happened to me also, I was a complete dork before I met God, I'm still not perfect but I try to be as good as I can, and that is enough for God :-) I do what I can, and God takes care of the rest (and me :-)
After meeting him, I think Steve Hill is cool. Check him out here: http://www.heartlandfamily.com/
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Oil painting "we are all different (Cornerstone)" © Benjamin Antell 2006
We are all different.
That's why God meets us in individual ways. This makes it even harder to explain to others, what we have gone through...
As born again Christians we have also gone through many stages together, such as the baptism in water and Spirit. I figure these are the most important steps.
Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Without the Spirit we are blind to the scriptures, there is no way to understand God's word without it! And we need to go through water to show those around us that we have taken a stand for God. Even Jesus got baptized in water.
Matthew 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
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I have a friend who doesn't respect preachers.
He thinks that they are tricksters or dishonest people. And so he refuses to go to church. If he is unlucky he will never make it to Heaven, since you need to be born of water (be baptized) and Spirit to enter the Kingdom of God.
John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
If you refuse to go to church, you won't hear the word of God and then you can't really grow spiritually.
Romans 10:17 So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
It makes me very sad to think about it, because I love him a lot. He is one of the best friends I have ever had.
Photo "Pandora's Box" © Benjamin Antell 2006
We all need to choose which direction to take in life,
and no matter what we choose, our path is predestined. We can choose a life in Christ or go to Hell. There are no other options. I can say this because, I have a personal relationship with God. It's not just a silly mind game or philosophical idea.
Matthew 7:14 Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Who cares if someone else isn't perfect? Nobody is perfect. Only a fool would consider himself to be perfect.
I think it would be really silly for a person to skip God and go to Hell, just because other people aren't perfect Christians.
Psalms 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fulness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore
Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:4 When Christ, [who is] our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. .
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I guess I should add to yesterday's write, that I don't have anything against my Arab brothers. Nothing at all.
I just think it's a shame that they are so incredibly prone to violence, which probably partly due to the Eastern version of the Quor'an.
The Quor'an bashes Christians and Jews here and there. But then again Arab peoples also fight each other a lot :-(
It's a crying shame that we can't live in peace on Earth.
Luckily real Christians don't go to war. Only those who are political Christians ( or those who claim to be Christians but have no spiritual life) fight, since the New Testament of Christ clearly tells us not to.
We are to love each other.
It's our own choice to fight or live in peace! We can't blame anybody else for it!
Photo "the Patriarks" © Fred Schymberg 2006
Instead of giving somebody a bunch of five's, I'm choosing to go for a ride in the country on my bike today.
2 Cr 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Eph 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us];
Phl 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
1Cr 1:3 Grace [be] unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Remember to pray for Israel!
Israel is under attack again. Our Arab brothers have forgotten what happened the last time they tried to wipe out God's chosen people:
(From my 16th Write...
Here's one of my very brief notes about the history of Israel.
what a mess...
To say that the Jews have occupied their own country is silly beyond belief, at least to me.
Besides there is no way that they could have won the war without God's help. Look at the --->facts:
--->100,000 Israeli soldiers
--->against 465,000 Arab troops!!!.
--->Israel lost 777 men! (notice the number)
With these end results of the last big war, would you attack Israel? Would that seem like a smart thing to do?
God bless Israel.
PS. I'm probably not a Jew myself. I'm a Finn-Swede (from the ancient Swedish speaking, nowadays minority population of Finland). I got my name after Benjamin Borenstein a very kind old Jewish man.
PS. I might not write every day this following week because I'm entertaining...
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No other Gods.
Many things can become idols in our lives. Cars, art, music, guitars, mopeds, china, football, vintage door knobs etc. Anything that we put before God in our daily struggle. It's important not to get too attached to things, you can always get new things but you only have one soul.
Photo "Fraiser" © Benjamin Antell 2006
Daniel 5:23 But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath [is], and whose [are] all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:
We seem to love to judge others for the way they live etc.
If we condemn others, we automatically condemn ourselves, because we are playing Gods (judges). Judges are called Gods by the Lord of the Bible.
I often meet people who judge Carola,
the professional Swedish singer who was in the Eurovision song contest. They condemn her for this and that, even though they sometimes aren't even Christians. I think that is pretty sick. How can they know Carola's heart? And what on earth gives them the right to judge her for anything anyhow?
I love her because she confesses to love the Lord, that makes her my sister. I don't subscribe to her music taste but she is a pro. And God loves her just as much as He loves everybody else. Let Robin Hood put that in his pipe and smoke it.
James 4:11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of [his] brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
Job 9:20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: [if I say], I [am] perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.
Time does not exist to God.
This is another interesting thought. A thousand days to us is like one day to the Lord . This means that, linear time does not exist to God. Jesus has been in Heaven for 2 days since He rose from the dead :-)
We are always in a hurry, and we get frustrated sometimes while waiting for God's -go ahead.
Photo "Stairway 2" © Benjamin Antell 2006
I've been waiting for 4,5 years this time, but what's that to God?
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This life reminds me a lot of the Bug's Bunny Show.
Everybody's running around like they've got their tails on fire, when there's really no need.
Photo © Fred Schymberg 2006
We make mistakes on a daily basis,
mostly because we don't listen to God's voice inside us. Those of us who are true believers actually already seated in Heaven with Christ spiritually. Still many if not all of us run around like squirrels on fire :-) and mess up big time.
As I was about to write today's write, my mind was all over the place...
telling me to check out this and that on the net. I sometimes wonder where all those fruitless distractions come from, if they simply come from the flesh or if they are from demons whispering into our dimension. One thing's for sure, they are not from God.
We do lot's of things against God's will every day.
This is one reason why I ask Him almost on a daily basis to forgive me for sins that I commit, which I know nothing about. I know that God likes that, if you are honest. He poured the anointing over me the first time I did it.
I have a friend who smokes pot in secrecy (or so he believes).
Drawing "pot, what pot"? © Benjamin Antell 2006
The whole town knows that he is into pot,
he seems to be the only one who thinks it's a secret. He is a born again Christian, but he's fallen back into drugs. Naturally God does not condone this, because God has told us to obey the laws of society. Pot smoking is illegal in Finland. Besides drugs are an open door to the evil spirit world.
Like I've stated before, I could never takes drugs,
because I don't want to be influenced by the spirit world. Besides drugs change your personality and perception of the truth. You are no longer yourself after you've started taking drugs. God is the only one who can break the ties to the drug world of spirits.
I guess I'll have to have a word with my old friend... When I brought the subject up earlier he swore that he was not a user. This is another negative thing, users tend to lie a lot just like alcoholics etc. they are ashamed or whatever and try to cover up by lying about it. So one "sin" is added to another and before you know it your up the creek in poop.
(I have proof that he buys dope now, I came across it by accident). According to the bible we should help our brothers and sisters. So I guess it's my responsibility to talk to him. That's all I can do. Then it's no longer my problem as a brother.
Man it's a messed up world.
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God has given my life meaning.
Prior to meeting God, my life was a shambles. I had no joy what so ever in my life, I might as well have been dead. I'm not saying that everything is coming up roses now, but I know who I am and I know where I'm going, and that's enough for me at the moment.
Every day I'm surprised that I still have something to say. I felt like giving up at one time. It felt as if I was going round in circles, but then I got a few letters and a phone call from people who are eagerly or not waiting more Write's :-)
Photo © Fred Schymberg "Grand Canyon"
(Fred Schymberg is a friend of mine. He just took a trip around the US, and he's letting me use his photos. He found the Lord shortly after I did, he is a very good guitarist.)
I really have no clue how to get my new CD out, but I guess if God wants it to happen, then it will. Every project seems to need a lot of prayers to happen. I do get a lot of answers to prayers, but some answers seem to take longer. I don't know why that is. If two or more pray together for something, then it normally comes to fruition faster. For some reason I seem to be alone most of the time. Oh well :-)
Photo "living water" © Benjamin Antell 2006
Sometimes you just are on your own.
I'm not really "house broken" at church (it would seem) because nobody understands what I'm up to and nobody seems to care. And it's the same out in the world, some people are suspicious since I confess to be a believer, and they have a lot of preconceived ideas about me. Some think I'm some kind of softy :-) etc.
I don't care what people think, I really don't. I just know that if God loves me like He said, I'm going to do His business until I push up the Daisies...there is no turning back for me. I'm not like the dog who goes back to his vomit.
After I finish the second CD this year in august with my band The Ben Antell Band, I will probably start working on my next Exhibition of paintings. I'm working on oil paintings etc. My head is so full of images and music, that I feel as if I'm about to explode. I never have any problems coming up with new pictures and music. It feel as if I'm overflowing with ideas. I do wish there was more time. I seem to be spending more than I make on art and music, I don't understand how I'm able to do that.
I hope you really have the balls to look for God, because He is really something else :-)
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It's a lot harder for very rich people to get to Heaven.
Photo © Fred Schymberg 2006
Many times they don't feel the same need for God. It's often due to the fact that, when they feel the pain of the void inside, they can go and buy expensive things.
This way they get small highs that keep their minds occupied for a while, so that they forget their loss for a short while. A new car, jewelry, clothes, another house, a trip to whatever, sex, drugs, lot's of expensive food. They have money to burn and most of them pamper themselves. Some give to charity, to ease their conscience :-)
Matthew 19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 19:24 And again I say unto you, 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.
James 1:11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
Proverbs 21:17 He that loves pleasure [shall be] a poor man: he that loves wine and oil shall not be rich.
Proverbs 28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that makes haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
Your inner life could look like this.
Photo © Fred Schymberg 2006
John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
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People kill in God's name?
No they don't!
These people don't know God at all, they have no spiritual lives. You can't be born again and murder other people. If you do then you're not even following God's ten commandments duh. I'm sure these people will burn very slowly in Hell. But then again only God can really judge them, because we are all sinners.
Romans 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
There are many countries that are consideredto be Christian, but they are not. You can't lump everybody up in a country and call it Christian. Going to church won't necessarily make you a Christian. The fact that you have been baptized as an infant means nothing. Read my lips NOTHING!
We all have to get a personal relationship going with Christ, and get baptized in the Holy Spirit before we can call ourselves Christians. After this, war is out of the question, unless your country is being attacked by another, Then you naturally have the right to defend your country. But to go abroad and war is to me pretty sick.
Photo © Fred Shymberg 2006
Why do people suffer?
We all have the means to help everybody, in every way possible! It's our responsibility! It's just that we don't care about each other.
You can't blame God for something that YOU can put right. That would make us all infants, farting around in our diapers :-)
Don't you think God expects more from us that that?!?
We are messing up the world in every way possible. I think it's silly to blame God for all our stupidities.
We spray poison over our crops, to kill bugs (the easy way) because we are lazy and greedy. These toxins give us Alzheimer disease, allergies and God knows what.
We travel to other countries to kill people to get their timber, oil, gold and whatever!
We rob and kill each other in the streets, sometimes for money sometimes for fun, religion, politics, sports, shoes or clothing.
We rape and murder each other, even children.
We steal stuff from each other, even kids and spouses. We lie about it when we get caught.
We lie about diseases (bird flu etc.), so that we can get high dividends on our private stocks and bonds.
We kill people for their drugs.
We kill more people after we've taken their drugs.
We think that we are better than other men, especially if we have more money than they have, or if our ancestors have been remarkable in the eyes of men.
We think that we are better than others if we drive really expensive cars, live in really expensive houses and have lots of bling.
We think that we are better than others, just for having a good memory so that we can get high education.
We think that we are better than others when we manage to steal the exam results, giving us a higher income level
Some think they are better because they have nice bodies, how superficial is that?
We clone things without really knowing what will happen, only for greed.
I'm sure I could go on for days...
So what do we have to be proud of Man?
I'm ashamed to be a member of the human race. My only hope is to get to know the Lord better (so that I can share more), and to be thankful for His mighty works in my life. I don't see myself as better than anybody else, I'm just another dirt bag asking for mercy.
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Cabala the new spiritist fad in Hollywood?
I never really understood people who would settle for a religion, instead of the real thing. If they only knew what a supernatural personal inner life they could have with God instead of all these weird shallow religions.
1John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Photo "American Idol" © Benjamin Antell 2006
Reincarnation has nothing to do with reality.
This is just another one of the devils ploys :-)
Spirits toying with peoples minds. We only have one life on earth. If we don't receive Christ during this life, Hell will be the next stop. Unfortunately many will not believe me until it's too late. There will be no second chance!
1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
Most people that I know (if not all) who've been on drugs believe in reincarnation.
Drawing "That sleepy feeling" © Benjamin Antell 2006
The spirits can mess up your life real good if you smoke pot, or take any other stimulants. It's when you are under the influence of drugs or if you are in a bad mental state that the spirits can enter your body real easy. That's why I never got into drugs, I could tell how it changed my (mostly old) friends for the worse.
If you want an interesting life, try God (the Lord of the Holy Bible).
Let I AM prove Himself to you! He has promised to do it, if you really set your mind to it. If you're lazy, forget about it. But if you are serious, you will find God and experience many supernatural things. I know I have, why would I lie? I have no reason to take you for a ride.
I have however a moral obligation to tell you about God, because of all the wonderful things He has done for me.
John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
Don't spend too much time thinking about spirits.
They have always been around, that's why they can fool people into believing in reincarnation etc. They know where you were on any date in your life, what you were wearing and what you whispered. They know everything. But they are not important in any way. It is however important to know that they are around, and not just some silly myth.
Luke 7:21 And in that same hour he cured many of [their] infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many [that were] blind he gave sight.
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There are many spirits out there messing with peoples heads.
Photo © Fred Schymberg 2006 (re-colored by Ben)
Mothman etc. are only lost spirits who seem to spend their time confusing people. It seems to me like the main agenda of these demons is to keep people from finding God, by keeping their minds on different types of Phenomena instead of looking for God.
Many spirits are very subtle and do all they can so that people won't notice that they are even around. That way they can push us around more easily.
I was pretty interested in the Occult when I was a teenager.
I'm glad I never got involved in any of the groups etc. that were masterly fooled by the evil spirits. In my heart I knew that there was something very wrong with mediums, spiritists, astrologers and fortune tellers.
As Christians we need to stay away from all of that, because it's all the devil's work. What we need to do, is to stay close to Christ, after all He is King. He won over all these despicable entities when He gave His life on the cross, He crushed satan and all his works once and for all.
Revelation 1:18 I [am] he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
I know that many people have spiritual powers.
That's not strange in any way. Still they will die in their sins and go to Hell, if they don't have Christ in their hearts. The one who listens to spirits, indirectly listens to the devil's lies. There is only death in the devil's works. Nothing good has ever come from him, and it never will.
Sure the devil can heal people also, but I'd rather be sick until my final hour than receive healing from the likes of him.
Photo © Fred Schymberg 2006
All the pathetic metal bands who think evil is cool, will be sadly disappointed! (I'm not saying all metall bands are evil)
They have money, women and lots of stuff to play around with and big amps :-) But after death they will only reap the corruption which they have sown.
They will be surprised over how pathetic their lives have been and how pathetic the devil will look on that final hour, when he is thrown into the pits of Hell. He'll look like just another loser, stripped of all his powers and shaking with fear, like a little child who has been naughty and is waiting to get whopped...
It's sad to think about how the devil can play us for fools.
Especially when Christ is standing there victory in one hand and with the other one stretched out for you and me. No matter what kind of jerk's we've been.
As a Christian, the devil has no power over you any more!
If Christ is in your heart, you can tell any demon to take a hike in Jesus name. If you are in one of those "situations", first tell him to shut up in Jesus name, then order he/she/it/whatever where to go. The spirits have to obey you when you come against them in the name of Jesus. They have absolutely no say, if you live for Christ.
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Shuttle docks with space station
The Expedition 13 crew welcomed Discovery's crew to the International Space Station on Thursday...
This reminds me of prayer...
First you pray and thank God for this and that, and all of a sudden you dock with the Lord. It's more exciting to dock with the Lord than with a NASA space station! That much I can assure you of...
I prayed, sang 2 of my new songs of praise and asked God what to write, and this came.
"Yosemite" Photo © Fred Schymberg 2006
Come to me,
come to the Mountain (Jesus) and I will give you Vision, and I will give you peace, and I will give you rest. The peace I give you is everlasting, not like the peace of the world. Rest in me and I will give you peace, rest in me and I will comfort you. Let me guide you and you can't go wrong, for I am the way and the truth. No one who comes to me will turned away for I am Love. Listen to my word and expect me to heal you for I am life eternal. Come to me while it is yet dawn and see the Morning star rise in your heart, For I am light, in Me there is no darkness. Receive me and I will receive you into my Kingdom. For I am your Lord, I am the One who came into the world, that you may be forgiven. I hold the keys to life and death, there is no other way to the Father. Believe in me and you shall live, for I am the way. Amen.
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Dance baby, dance!
God wants us to be like children. I guess that's why it's pretty cold in many churches. People have so many inhibitions, we are afraid of what the guy next to us is going to say if we start jumping around for joy while singing songs of praise.
At a football match it's OK to jump around, but not in church :-(
I think we are supposed to lose it, and just praise God with all our might. Who cares what people think?
Drawing © Benjamin Antell 2006
2 Samuel 6:14 And David danced before the LORD with all [his] might; and David [was] girded with a linen ephod.
2 Samuel 6:20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!
2 Samuel 6:21 And David said unto Michal, [It was] before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD.
2 Samuel 6:22 And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour.
Dance baby, dance!
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In Europe (especially Sweden) most people seem to be on the Palestinian side.
I guess it's mostly due to ignorance.
Drawing "ZZZ" © Benjamin Antell 2006
Nobody seems to know anything about the history of the Middle East here in Europe. Everybody seems to think that the Palestinians have owned Israel for ages :-)
Palestine litterarily means = The Land of the Philistenes, the name has nothing to do with Palestinians what so ever.
(Jewish history began about 4,000 years ago) People seem to think that everything started in 1945, how silly is that? (I mentioned some facts earlier in one of my writes)
Eliahu Asheri, 18 år kidnapped and murdered
by the Palestinian Popular Resistance Committees. 29 Jan. 2006
As a true believer I have to be on Israel's side, because the children of Israel are God's chosen people. No matter what happens, I will always defend Israel because I love Israel, God's chosen people. We owe Israel everything.
Deuteronomy 7:6 For you are a holy people unto the LORD your God: the LORD your God has chosen you to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.
Painting on canvas, mixed media "cornerstone" © Benjamin Antell
Nothing will change this fact. That is why they will win in the end with God's help. Even though they will stand alone against the whole world in the final hour. When they finally swallow their pride and call on the Lord, He will save them!
TOKYO - A defiant North Korea test-fired a long-range missile Wednesday that may be capable of reaching the US.
Another incredibly silly and childish demonstration of power. I think this proves that we still live in the dark ages. The only thing that's changed is that we've exchanged the wooden sticks with electronic trash cans. It's almost like watching the intro of Stanley Kurick's 2001 futuristic movie... It's another sad day for "humanity".
42-year old Terry Wallis woke up from his coma after 19 years!
Hah I was in a coma for 21 years! That's how long it took me to find God! Luckily nobody pulled the plug...
I guess we can all be happy that we don't have to ride Discovery to work. What's with the trash can's they are sending into space? Parts falling off every time. I think NASA should work with Toyota, that would be much safer! Parts don't fall off a Corolla no matter how old it is.
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I don't often mention the weather, but it's really summery here now!
In Finland the weather is terrible for the most part. It's like a loooooong cccold daaaaaark winter with a really short 2 month break. (Some say summer is longer than 2 months here, but not to me). I've lived in Australia as a kid, now that is summer.
My dad and two friends in Bingera © Benjamin Antell
I think it's important that we don't only live to only please ourselves.
I've found that the more I've helped others, the more happy I have become myself. It's often like that. Many seem to focus only on their own problems and boredom. That makes their problems "seem" to grow, and they get more and more depressed.
I prayed for a really depressed person yesterday, and God changed the mood of that person in 5 minutes. He can do stuff like that.
Romans 15:2 Let every one of us please [his] neighbor for [his] good to edification.
I have another friend who sits around in cafés feeling sorry for himself,
many times he can sit and brood over coffee and buns all day. It's become a vicious circle for him. He is basically a very nice person but now it's like he's in a forest full of problems (mostly boredom) and he's lost his way. He can't see anyone but himself. It's sad how someone can sit for years like that, a prisoner of his own thoughts. He could reverse his thoughts and think his way out of the depression. It's only his thoughts that are keeping him captive in his own mind.
Drawing "cow" © Benjamin Antell
Romans 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
He is well off financially, but like most people he dreams of becoming rich-er. And like most people he is not prepared to do anything about it except fill in his lottery coupons :-)
Luke 12:27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Most people who have become rich, have worked their butts off! I think it's pathetic to sit and hope that a million bucks is going to fall in your lap just so that you can pamper yourself.
Drawing "player" © Benjamin Antell
I'm sure that he would feel fine if he switched off his own problems and took a vacation from them. Life isn't always a cakewalk, but I think that it can be. It all depends on our ability to give ourselves a break.
Everybody wants freebies.
For those of us who are Christians it's just as important to work hard, if we are going to grow. I don't mean that we can work ourselves to Heaven, but we have to read God's word on a daily basis, fast and pray. How else are we going to grow? Besides God normally talks to me through His word, so if I didn't read it -where would I get my answeres from?
1Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
Nothing is really free if you think about it, there's alway some kind of sacrifice behind every blessing. But the sacrifices are not really that hard. God helps us on the way, if we stay true to Him and ourselves.
Luke 14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have [sufficient] to finish [it]?
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God answers a most of my prayers,
but not all of them. For some reason it seems like He want's me to "have faith" for many answers. That's where I often falter. It's often hard to have faith for certain things. I guess that's only human.
Oil on board "Pilgrims" © Benjamin Antell 2006
There was a girl on TV yesterday in a program about religions.
She claimed that nobody knows if God exists or not. But that is so wrong! I KNOW WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT that He exists!
I've met Him just as clearly as I've met all other people in my life, it's only that it's so hard to explain it, because there is nothing on Earth that I can compare the experience with, except that He did touch me physically. I felt His touch just as clear as I'd feel your touch, if you were here to touch me!
I would not be writing this, if I didn't know God for real.
What would be the point? I don't see it. I could be riding a Harley or be doing something fun instead, if I didn't feel for you guys out there who might be looking for answers. I'm really sorry that I'm so bad with words, I wish I could pray down Heaven into your lives, because God is so cool.
Computer art "Communique III" © Benjamin Antell 2006
Remember God is only a prayer away (if you mean it).
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Before I met God I had to drink lot's of booze, to keep my bliss at an acceptable level.
The only time I was happy, was when I was drunk. Luckily I never got addicted to alcohol as many of my unfortunate friends in the rock business and elsewhere.
At the moment I'm writing songs of praise,
because I believe that there is a lot of power in those kind of songs. Besides I never got into standard praise music, because it sounded so dated. It's really hard to put any emotion into music that don't speak to you one way or the other.
I don't know when I'll get to record the new songs. I'm already about to release my new CD (this summer/fall?) + a live limited edition BEN ANTELL BAND "live in the studio"for new year.
I don't have a recording contract at this time and I own the rights to all my albums so far.
I don't know if anyone will like my songs of praise, but at least they come from my heart.
On the news today:
The Pope is up to no good again, -he's whacking out more demi gods from the Vatican demi god factory :-(
Pope Benedict XVI is canonizing of Mother Theodore Guerin, Bishop Rafael Guizar Valencia and two others during a ceremony in the Apostolic Palace it's so sad.
I honestly don't know why the Vatican bothers churning out demi gods. Praying to people??? What's the point? And if the dead did something good while they were alive, why not give God the glory as we are told to do in the bible?
Deuteronomy 8:19 And it shall be, if you do at all forget the LORD your God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish.
Exodus 34:14 For you shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name [is] Jealous, [is] a jealous God:
1John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
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The Socialist party (feminist group) in Sweden are trying to get rid of Christian schools. Nalin Pekgul is strongly against Christian schools, she claims that they brainwash children.
That is a blatant lie. Naturally we have to teach children about the Bible. However they can choose what they wish to believe later in life as they grow up. To deny them the information of the Good News is Pure Evil.
I think it's a crying shame that kids are being brainwashed into believing that there is no God!
(I'm glad it didn't happen to me because, that would have killed me. Like I've said before, I was tired of living at 21 years of age. If I hadn't met God I would probably have taken my life with booze.)
Without God we have no reason for living, everything is futile. That's why kids shoot their mates in school. That's why there is so much evil in the world. A life without God is not worth living.
Any country would profit greatly from sponsoring Christian Schools! Because it's a fact that born again Christians very rarely touch:
Society would save a lot of money in public health costs etc. if more people would find God!
I'm not trying to put anyone down with my Write, I'm just trying to convey what God has put on my heart. I also feel that that life is too short, to just shut up and go with the flow, when people suffer under all kinds of bondage, when they could in fact be set free in Christ.
(There is more info about me on the antell.com site, for those who R curious).
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