Drunk In The Spirit? Not For Me

Short post to briefly describe why I will never believe in “drunk in the spirit”. First time I saw someone “drunk” was back in 2013. I’m not a fan. I do not believe Holy Spirit causes anyone to get drunk. For a while, thanks to a certain (now) pastor (who I have decided to stay away from for being a jerk), it was a struggle deciding to believe in “drunk in the spirit” or not. Sadly, because of a lack of true fellowship among believers, I had to resort to the interwebs. Turns out I’m not alone, and as always Holy Spirit does lead us to truth.

I do not, can not, will not, and never will believe in “drunk in the spirit”. Glad I’m not the only one.

1 Corinthians 12:10
to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

Out of all the gifts of the Spirit, why is discerning of spirits lacking? If we read and study our Bibles, we should be able to discern there is something not right with “drunk in the spirit”/drunken manifestations. Discerning of spirits and discernment combined should teach us the spirit behind “drunk in the spirit” is a false or unclean spirit.

When you read this passage alone, there is nothing in here that resembles anyone being drunk.

Acts 2:5-12
And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?”

Then there is scripture below that flat out says drunkenness is work of the flesh.

Galatians 5:21
envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

This below is who Holy Spirit truly is

Galatians 5:22-2322
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

My thoughts and views on drinking alcohol? Self-control is why many can have a glass of wine or a drink here and there. Self-control is why so many does not get drunk and says no to it. I rarely have a drink because I’m a picky drinker as I am an eater, which is a little hard to go into detail. Plus, there’s something about fermentation and my stomach that makes them mortal enemies. I can’t even hold down apple cider.

Ephesians 5:18
And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/dissipation

Then, when we look up what dissipation means. Yeah, we’re not suppose to be wasted.

Christian Cult? Or Just A Cult?

Is it OK to disagree? Or is Christianity a cult? I know a church is a cult instead of a church if the church leader(s) and the people have a hard time with you disagreeing with them. Of course we have the bogus, off the wall, teachings and spiritual weirdness that can be easily proved wrong by searching scripture from church leaders these days, but it does seem churches are falling apart, and cults are on the rise. Not just cults, but cult leaders. The other sign to raise the cult alarm? The people treating you like garbage. Yet, I thought Christians were commanded to love one another? Is this what end time persecution is going to be like? Christian cults going after the true believers?

So, I’m 38. In my teens, I quit listening to just about everyone on TBN. Actually, I quit tuning in to TBN.

I’m sure it’s OK to be concerned for the church. The Church. Like, The Church Jesus told Peter, “upon this rock I shall build my church.” It’s in Matthew 16:18. Peter means rock. Yes, there are scriptures that talk about Jesus’ Church. I for one believe we are part of His Church, but we as individuals are temples of Holy Spirit. There’s truth in that, and reasoning why.

1 Corinthians 6:19
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself,

1 Peter 2:5
And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.

In Acts 17, the people of Berea searched scripture day and not to see if Paul was telling the truth. How come we don’t? I have noticed quite a bit mention, preach on, say, “intimacy with Jesus.” What does it mean to be “intimate with Jesus?” And how come those I ask can’t give a clear definition? Some who do, it is not intimacy that is being described. I remember in my philosophy class, it’s a good thing to arrive at a single definition. “Intimacy” needs to be defined. I searched scripture day and night. I find “intimacy with Jesus,” a sketchy word, phrase, thought, feeling, action.

Sorry, but no. I will not be intimate with Jesus. It sounds sexually gross. Here’s why.

  1. I use this concordance for my Bible Studies all the time. The word “intimacy” is no where to be found in the Bible. One of the online resources I use is www.biblegateway.com. I can’t find the way hear in the NKJV and NLT.
  2. I searched for it because I heard 2 preachers give their “greek” definition for “to Know” Jesus said which I will share later. I don’t know much Greek. In fact, I know nothing about Greek. I know nothing about Hebrews. I do have an Associates degree I earned from Youngstown State University. I majored in religious studies and minored in cultural anthropology. I took Chinese. I. Do not. Know. Greek. I do know how to google, and attempt to research. From what I dug up, the Greek Word for “to know” is ginosko. Yeah, I butchered the spelling. This word is in the concordance. However, one of the definitions is sexual relations. I’m pretty sure we can rule that out. Instead ginosko does mean to know, it also means to understand, to recognize. There is a Greek word for intimacy, but I don’t know it by heart, however it’s not in this concordance. The Greek word for intimacy is not ginosko.
  3. I heard a local “pastor” define intimacy as ” how a man knows a woman.” Since this “pastor” and I are no longer on speaking terms, his name is Brett Spears. Pastors The Encounter in Youngstown, OH. This was one of the things I tried talking to him about, but it’s more than just a theological disagreement because he blocked me on social media, got angry at me, flung false accusations. I disagree with this definition of intimacy. To me, “how a man knows a woman” is referring to sex. Having sex with Jesus? I THINK NOT!! Brian Guerin is the name where all of this came from.

It sounds like a massive twisting of scripture. There is scripture that says the church is Jesus’ bride. Scripture that says New Jerusalem is Jesus’ bride. But us? Nope. For those who do know, it’s bad enough some take Song of Solomon out of context. For those who don’t know, I’m referring directly to what came out of this, and I’m also talking about Brian Simmons and The Passion Translation of the Bible. Watch the 2 videos below.

I came across The Passion Translation from Brian Guerin, Bethel, and even Brett Spears.

Matthew 7:21-22
21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

The above scripture is where this is coming from. I hear it often from Brian Guerin that the “highest” calling is to know Jesus, and this is the verse that is usually always taken out of context. However, Jesus DOES NOT say “you never knew me,” instead Jesus said, “I never knew you.” Which is interesting, right? I mean, God is all knowing. So, what does Jesus mean by He never knew us?

To end here, Matthew 25, the parable of the bridesmaids has been taken way out of context. The oil used to light the lamps is symbolic or a type and shadow of Holy Spirit. Much of the Old Testament is a type and shadow to Jesus and Holy Spirit in the New Testament. Olive oil was used to light lamps in ancient times. The olive is a fruit. Oil is symbolic, or a type and shadow of Holy Spirit in the Old Testament. Holy Spirit, according to Galatians 5, produces fruit and from fruit comes oil. So, if olives are being produced in our lives, then we’ll have the fruit to produce oil to light our lamps. This only comes from Holy Spirit.

How can one tell if someone is filled with Holy Spirit? By the fruit found in Galatians 5:22-23. This fruit is what we need to be the light of the world and salt of the world. These are not manifestations exclusive to church services and ministry. No, the fruit is daily living ways of life.

Matthew 5:13-15 NLT

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.

14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.

Christians should not be struggling with their identity. Jesus makes it clear who we are in Jesus.

2 Corinthians 5:7 NLT
For we live by believing and not by seeing.

If intimacy means closeness to Jesus, then that is the definition I can agree with. True intimacy is closeness. It’s not sexual. Intimacy is a close relationship we have with someone. We can absolutely be close to God thanks to Jesus. All we have to do is believe and put our faith, hope, and trust in Jesus.

So Why Speak Up? Standing Up Against Abusive Pastors.

The problem I find in many churches is a lack of true fellowship. Fellowship is going through the tough times, the good times, and sharing with each other things we wouldn’t want out in public. It’s sharing what we learned, loving each other, supporting each other, being there for each other, being honest with each other.

Brett Spears is a pastor at The Encounter church here in Youngstown, OH. I noticed things from him and his church that wasn’t right at all. I reached out and I tried talking to him on multiple occasions. His response is in these text messages. Brett Spears is not my pastor, but he has invited me out to his church and more than likely was trying to take advantage of me playing drums. Sadly, some of my friends goes to The Encounter and I decided to take care of myself and remove them as a friend from social media. The reason why we can’t go to a brother/sister if we have a problem or issue with them? Well, it’s because in this day and age we can’t. We just can’t. We can maybe send a letter, epistle style, but in this day and age we make it so “easy” to cut people off and out of our life. We think blocking numbers, blocking them on social media, ignoring them will solve the situation.

Conflict resolution skills are severely lacking these days. The heart to resolve conflicts is severely lacking. The heart, will, and desire to love others is severely lacking.

I’m spilling the beans here because you’re not alone. Spiritual abuse is real. Cults are real. Cult leaders exist. We need to expose them. Scripture says if they don’t listen to you, the church, or the witness to treat them as a pagan (outsider) or a tax collector.

Many folks have said something isn’t right about Brett Spears. I agree.

No, I’m not hurt. I’m just not surprised. Until Brett Spears apologizes for real and repents, he is one of those abusive people. At least verbally he is abusive. I met Brett back in 2013 and ever since then I highly do question if he’s truly filled with Holy Spirit. I question his salvation, and I question if he’s born again.

Brett Spears verbally lashed out at me, flung all kinds of false accusations, is unable to hold or carry a conversation…..nope. Stay away. Nobody should ever go through what I went through. Some folks from his church are extremely hostile, or adopted a hostile behavior similar to his.

We Need To Expose and Judge False Teachers and False Prophets.

1 Corinthians 5:12-13 “What business of mine is it to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked man from among you.”

Ephesians 5:11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

Titus 1:11 They must be silenced since they are upsetting whole church families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not teach.

Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned and avoid them.

Scripture above for those who think it’s wrong to expose these leaders. It’s not. I find the best way to test the spirits is to ask questions you have. A false/demonic spirit will be agitated, will get angry at you, will get frustrated.

For true believers, it’s impossible to be a witness if we can’t answer a question. In fact, to me anyways, what it means to be a witness is to give an answer. Even if we don’t know, we can still say we don’t know. A believer will be joyful, kind, meek, gentle, kind, patient….sound familiar? It should. Galatians 5:22-23.

It’s hard to believe that here locally, In Youngstown, OH, we have an (verbally) abusive pastor. Brett Spears is not the only one on the mark and avoid list.

Brett Spears, Benny Hinn, Brian Guerin, Todd White, Michael Koulianos, Bill Johnson, are those I heard and will never trust.

Below are some YouTube videos of folks I came across. I believe Jesus has his church back. His real church anyways, and it’s no longer confined in a building. We are not alone.

I Needed This Out There

No, my blogs will not be like this. Some may find this troubling, or even offensive, or “negative”. My blog will not be like this. This is something I wanted out there because maybe you to have had this experience. You’re not alone. Speak up. Don’t be afraid to leave a church if you have to. If you feel like a church is a cult, then leave. Above all else, guard your heart.

Philippians 4:7
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Proverbs 4:23 NLT

Guard your heart above all else,

for it determines the course of your life.

All Bible verses are NKJV or NLT

What Buyers and Sellers Need To Know About the Appraisal Gap

What Buyers and Sellers Need To Know About the Appraisal Gap

What Buyers and Sellers Need To Know About the Appraisal Gap | MyKCM

It’s economy 101 – when supply is low and demand is high, prices naturally rise. That’s what’s happening in today’s housing market. Home prices are appreciating at near-historic rates, and that’s creating some challenges when it comes to home appraisals.

In recent months, it’s become increasingly common for an appraisal to come in below the contract price on the house. Shawn Telford, Chief Appraiser for CoreLogic, explains it like this:

Recently, we observed buyers paying prices above listing price and higher than the market data available to appraisers can support. This difference is known as ‘the appraisal gap . . . .’”

Why does an appraisal gap happen?

Basically, with the heightened buyer demand, purchasers are often willing to pay over asking to secure the home of their dreams. If you’ve ever toured a house you’ve fallen in love with, you understand. Once you start to picture yourself and your furniture in the rooms, you want to do everything you can to land the property, including putting in a high offer to try to beat out other would-be buyers.

When the appraiser comes in, they look at things a bit more objectively. Their job is to assess the inherent value of the home, so they’re going to study the facts. Dustin Harris, Appraiser Coach, drives this point home:

It’s important for everyone to understand that the appraiser’s job in the end is to remain that unbiased third party, to truly tell the client what that home is worth in the current market, regardless of what decisions have been made on the price side of things.”

In simple terms, while homebuyers may be willing to pay more, appraisers are there to assess the market value of the home. Their goal is to make sure the lender isn’t loaning more money than the home is worth. It’s objective, rather than emotional.

What Buyers and Sellers Need To Know About the Appraisal Gap | MyKCM

In a highly competitive market like today’s, having a discrepancy between the two numbers isn’t unusual. Here’s a look at the increasing rate of appraisal gaps, according to data from  CoreLogic (see graph below):

What does this mean for you?

Ultimately, knowledge is power. The best thing you can do is understand appraisal gaps may impact your transaction if you’re buying or selling. If you do encounter an appraisal below your contract price, know that in today’s sellers’ market, the most common approach is for the seller to ask the buyer to make up the difference in price. Buyers, be prepared to bring extra money to the table if you really want the home.

Above all else, lean on your real estate agent. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, your trusted advisor is your ally if you come up against an appraisal gap. We’ll help you understand your options and handle any additional negotiations that need to happen.

Bottom Line

In today’s real estate market, it’s important to stay informed on the latest trends. Let’s connect so you have an ally to help you navigate an appraisal gap to get the best possible outcome.

Jesus And His Church: Exposing Unhealthy Spiritual Stuff

Ephesians 5:8-13
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.

I have an idea of what I want to write about, but choosing a title has been hard. This is why I have not blogged in awhile. This is blog worthy stuff to talk about. Now, if you’re not a Christian or follower/believer of Jesus, then this blog may not be for you. This is primarily for those who knows we’re part of Jesus’s church. His real church. Not the local congregation we’re a part of, but a global group of people.

If you’re at all like me, I’m skeptical, introverted, observant, and I tend to ask tough questions at times. I noticed things in church, and some I dismissed, but now I don’t. I used to dismiss terms like charismatic, apostolic, new-apostolic. However, I now see we should not dismiss these. There is stuff that has popped up and crept in unaware. However, I noticed some things. Others noticed things, too.

A brief part of my testimony is that for a time in my life I quit going to church. I almost quit believing in God altogether. Long testimony short, I came back to the church. I serve in ministry, playing drums. There are some things from the charismatic and new apostolic movements I’ve been seeing and hearing that falls under being unsettling, questionable, or uncomfortable. Uncomfortable? But, Jesus is the comforter….

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You can insert your own “I don’t know” photo or emoji here.

So, where am I getting at? When I came back to church I thought things were cool. I got back into my Bible more, wanted to be more active in the church. I was intentional with my friendships and relationships. It was around 2016 and 2017 I noticed some sketchy things. Some not surprised, like with Benny Hinn and you can see the video below. Others, I was surprised.

Let me break some rules with writing and first discuss the surprising things. Terms like “deeper” and “intimacy” with Jesus left me with that face of something like below. I mean, “intimacy” with Jesus was a quick automatic response. What does the preacher mean by, “intimacy” with Jesus? I HOPE this isn’t in reference to sex. I looked up this word. Intimacy is not found in the Bible. Some teachings I came across took “know” and looked up the greek and the greek is ginosko. However, ginosko does not mean intimacy. The greek word for intimacy I came across is oikeiótita.

So, who…or what, are we listening to? And how come so many Christians today are not going home to study their Bible? Are people actually trying to have experiences with Jesus that is sexual in nature?

I did mention Benny Hinn. The church I attend hosted a conference and Benny Hinn’s son-in-law is the founder of the ministry, Jesus Image. I have no issue with this church I attend, but have issues with Benny Hinn as well as Bethel and other NAR, hyper-spiritual, hyper-charismatic churches and ministries. My church does not judge anyone for not attending these things. At the time of writing this blog, the conference was in 2017 if I’m not mistaken. So that was 4 years ago. I had my guard up because in my teens I quit listening to Benny Hinn. I quit listening to what I call celebrity preachers all together.

Maybe you’re wondering where “deeper” and “intimacy” came from. Well, it came from someone at this conference, called Jesus Image or I think it was just called Jesus conference. This person’s name is Brian Guerin. I never heard of him before, I never seen his face. All I know is that Holy Spirit raised red flags. Red flags to the point I got a sick feeling and it was that type of feeling to stay away, something is dangerously wrong.

Sadly, I have some friends who follow him. One local church, and I won’t mentioned names here, is under him. I almost visited this “church”, but that sick feeling which was telling me DO NOT GO, kept me from visiting.

Semantics is a branch in philosophy that studies words and phrases. I don’t always argue semantics, but a lot of times I find myself doing so. In this case, I had to. What is meant by “deeper” and “intimacy”?

Brian Guerin would always teach about going deeper and being intimate. 2 things that was never taught to me when I was growing up. In fact, what I was taught was to walk with Jesus. To be close to Jesus.

Jeremiah 17:7-8
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

I kept quiet about it, but it bothered me. I couldn’t put my finger on what it was that was bugging me. So, in 2019, I prayed and asked Holy Spirit to reteach Himself to me. My church is still going through transition, but before covid hit we had a teaching on Holy Spirit. I felt more at peace here than with anything from Brian Guerin. Even one of my friends would talk about Brian Guerin and his services more than Jesus. It was strange, and awkward. The services that my “friend” would have eventually was not comfortable. This friend and I are no longer friends. I honestly don’t know what to call him. Someone I know, I guess?

Still, I was taught to be close and walk with Jesus. Also, planting trees takes extra care. One way how I study the Bible is I would look things up. I use google, I talk to friends. Biblegateway is one online resource I use. I looked up how to plant trees and what I learned is that for a lot of trees and plants, planting deep is not healthy. Instead, roots extend and grow down. I also hike Mill Creek Park, and I noticed trees along the creeks and streams are not planted deep.

https://www.biblegateway.com/

So, where is this “deep” coming from?

We also know what happened to Alice when she chased after the white rabbit.

Deuteronomy 29:29
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

I did not want to leave my friends without reason. I wanted to be confident in what I say. So, I did some digging. There had to be a reason why red flags, intuition, and other alarms triggered. I learned Brian Guerin wrote this book called Modern Day Mysticism. He changed the title in a relaunch. I was shocked, but at the same time felt free that I found out.


I still have some questions like why did Holy Spirit alert me, but nobody else?

Mysticism, at least how I define it from what I learned, is that experiences is truth and authoritative. Not Scripture. I noticed a slew of false teachings, spiritual weirdness/awkwardness, false prophecies, which are all things I never expected to come across again. At least not anything close to home. This stuff is damaging and destructive.

Long blog short, below are a list of books I read over the course of studying this. Along with some scripture. I learned about the early history of the church, gnostics, gnosticism, drunkenness is a work of the flesh, and that’s just to name a few. Yeah, gnosticism. Both mysticism and gnosticism are occult teachings. Occult means “hidden”. Gnosticism is spiritual knowledge that goes above and beyond what we’ve been taught, or what we have in The Bible. I did Bible studies on dreams and prophecies. I’m still trying to figure some stuff out, other stuff I still have questions. The book of Jeremiah has been the most helpful with dreams and prophecies. Even with all this, I believe Jesus is protecting His real church that is built upon solid rock.

One of the reasons why I noticed things wrong from celebrity preachers is because I majored in religious studies. I was starting to notice things that I thought was only found in things like hinduism or buddhism.

I’m just passing the info along. Hopefully others find comfort that you’re not alone. You’re not the only one who sees the false spirits/prophets/teachers in all of this. Yes, we are to love others, but at the same time we need to expose these things.

Jesus’s church is not the church building we attend. His church is a group of people who are the light of the world. Let’s be the light and speak truth.

Below are recommend readings.


Neweex Travel Backpack

Neweex Travel Backpack

I want to write up a product review of a backpack I use when I travel. I only use this when traveling, but I do not use this for hiking and other outdoorsy type things.

Also, DISCLAIMER, I have not been paid to write this. I am writing this on my own free will because I love the backpack so much.

I bought this on Amazon. If you type in Neweex Backpack, it’ll show up. I got the brown one, but it comes in black.

Neweex All-In-One Travel Backpack – Anti-Theft Laptop Rucksack with USB Charging Business Laptop Backpack (Brown)

Hopefully the link below continues working.

Comfort? OK, let’s talk comfort. Out of all the backpacks I own and ever owned, this is the most comfortable backpack ever. My back can breath, along with my shoulders thanks to the mesh padding. The way how the shoulder straps are made is designed to fit the armpits and how the human body is shaped/molded. Honestly, for a while I had to check to make sure I still had my backpack on at the air port.

Storage? I know I’ll miss out, but this backpack has all kinds of nooks and things to store your passport, wallet, keys, debit/credit cards, even you phone safe and secured. For all of your valuables, store them on the inside as the backpack opens from your back. Being how this part is on your back, nobody can come and open it to take stuff out on the whim. You’ll want to put your electronics, keys, wallet, chargers, etc. anything of value in here. Again, this is the part facing toward your back.

The part facing outward is large enough to hold some stuff depending on what type of traveling you do. It depends on what I do, but when I was flying and to describe the photos below, I was able to fit a few hats, a light jacket, 3 books (Dune, The Four Agreements, The Mastery of Love), snacks, and I think that was it. When I’m staying at a hotel and decide to venture out and take by backpack, I am able to fit an extra change of clothes (bottom, top, socks, undies) and have room left over. Shoes, probably because I wear size 12, does have a hard time fitting. When I traveled, I had in the compartment toward my back my Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+, pocket juice, keys, wallet, and a fairly sized electronics carrier that had my wireless headphones, a few cables. The backpack did not feel heavy at all.

I’ve had this thing and been using it for the past 2-3 years and it still holds up extremely well.

OH, the opening has buttons to make it easy to open when going through TSA.

Overall, I’m extremely impressed. Well worth the money!!

Yes, this does work as a personal item when flying.

First Time Flying

Is this it? Is this the start of my traveling dream? Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I went on my first flight ever. There and back again. I’m from Ohio and John Glenn Airport in Columbus is where I flew out to Colorado. Let me tell you, Denver International Airport is gigantic. It’s like a mini city of sorts. A mini downtown city. With a train/subway. I’m still never going to get over the massive size and awe.

Because Denver was in mid-lockdown, there wasn’t that much to do. It was a week of hanging out with family, binge watching T.V., playing board games, and walking through downtown Denver for a bit.

Personally and as an individual, there was a time I wanted to move out to Colorado, but now I like where I am in Youngstown, Ohio. I mean, I live close to a few airports. There’s more green, lots of trees.

Taking Off-Going To

I never had a fear of flying, but I never had a reason to fly until now. For my first flight I flew out on United. I will say this airline is doing things pretty well, and the smaller plane I was on, with 2 seats on each side, wasn’t all the bad. I don’t have enough flying experience to properly judge, but this ride was so smooth, I didn’t want to drive. Take off was smooth and thrilling, a few bumps, and landing was perfect. United provided a snack pack with pretzels and choice of pop/water.

Yes, there was that sinking feeling when taking off, but it wasn’t all that bad. The plane turning was cool, but even cooler to see the plane turn. It didn’t feel like a 2+ flight. I mean, I didn’t even get half way into Ready Player One.

I traveled with my littler brother and he showed me around as well as gave me a few tips and tricks. Over all, I am definitely ready to fly on my own. There really is no fear to fly, but don’t let anyone pressure you. You do you. However, I gotta say, I rather do enjoy the window seat. The aisle, where I sat in the middle coming back, was boring.

Coming Back

In some ways I didn’t want to come back, but in a lot of ways I kept thinking of tomorrow, the future, where my life is going next. Coming back I flew on Frontier and the bigger airbus (sorry, I don’t know the number names of the planes yet), the plane with 3 seats on each side. For take off, the sinking feeling was more prominent compared to United, and I suppose because of flying out of Denver International, the winds got to the best of us and we experienced turbulence. Honestly? It wasn’t so bad, but not welcomed. At least not with take off…and turning….Eventually we got up there and the ride was smooth.

Exploring Denver International was a lot of fun, too. It was full of restaurants, gift shops, not just planes and travelers. We ate at this one place called Que Bueno. Mexican is the only food that tends to agree with my tummy when traveling or being on the road.

Overall

Overall, flying is kinda fun. Not sure where I am going to go next, but stay tuned!! I will have some goodies for my subscribers such as product reviews, movie reviews, and access to photos. Yes, you read that right, soon I will have blogs for my subscribers only.

I do understand why flying can be and can get stressful. Coming back, someone sat in my seat, but I didn’t fight over it. I won by getting experience. Going to I experienced nervousness and a delay. The nerves have been worked out, and following the signs are easy. Some things you may not know is the name of the luggage return is called Carousel. To help make things less stressful and more enjoyable, get to the airport early. It’s never worth it to get there the last minute.

The shakes and turbulence was like driving in a bus on a bumpy road. It brought me back to those Jr. High and before school days. Flying is more smoother than that.

Dreams, Prophecies and the Christian Life.

I want to clean this blog up a little.

I’ve seen prophecies and prophets have dreams. I’m not here to throw stones.

As a Christian, I am always guarding my heart. The key passage of scripture is below and when it comes to dreams, visions and listening to others (prophets for example), I use this. I think we forget that dreams can fall into certain categories. Dreams are either for us as an individual, which I truly believe, than they are for others. We need to be careful sharing our dreams. Dreams can come in the form of sleeping or being awake.

I am cautious, and I encourage everyone to be cautious, especially since it’s in the scripture below, book of Jeremiah, chapter 23….be cautious when someone says,

  1. “I have a dream from the Lord,”
  2. “I have a vision from the Lord”
  3. “I have a prophecy from the Lord”

We’re suppose to test the spirits and guard our hearts. So, ask questions. Ask

  1. What is the Lord really saying?
  2. Have you spent time with Jesus?

The second question is the biggest. As Christians we’re suppose to be rational and think critically. We can find out what our dreams mean. We don’t have to go to anyone else because it’s not their dream. It’s your dream.

16 Thus says the Lord of hosts:

18 For who has stood in the counsel of the Lord,
And has perceived and heard His word?
Who has marked His word and heard it?
19 Behold, a whirlwind of the Lord has gone forth in fury—
A violent whirlwind!
It will fall violently on the head of the wicked.
20 The anger of the Lord will not turn back
Until He has executed and performed the thoughts of His heart.
In the latter days you will understand it perfectly.

“Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you.
They make you worthless;
They speak a vision of their own heart,
Not from the mouth of the Lord.
17 They continually say to those who despise Me,
‘The Lord has said, “You shall have peace” ’;
And to everyone who walks according to the dictates of his own heart, they say,
‘No evil shall come upon you.’ ”

21 “I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran.
I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
22 But if they had stood in My counsel,
And had caused My people to hear My words,
Then they would have turned them from their evil way
And from the evil of their doings.

23 Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord,
“And not a God afar off?
24 Can anyone hide himself in secret places,
So I shall not see him?” says the Lord;
“Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord.

28 “The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream;
And he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully.
What is the chaff to the wheat?” says the Lord.
29 Is not My word like a fire?” says the Lord,
“And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?

25 “I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in My name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’ 26 How long will this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies? Indeed they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart, 27 who try to make My people forget My name by their dreams which everyone tells his neighbor, as their fathers forgot My name for Baal.

30 “Therefore behold, I am against the prophets,” says the Lord, “who steal My words every one from his neighbor. 31 Behold, I am against the prophets,” says the Lord, “who use their tongues and say, ‘He says.’ 32 Behold, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” says the Lord, “and tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies and by their recklessness. Yet I did not send them or command them; therefore they shall not profit this people at all,” says the Lord.

33 “So when these people or the prophet or the priest ask you, saying, ‘What is the oracle of the Lord?’ you shall then say to them, ‘What oracle?’ I will even forsake you,” says the Lord. 34 “And as for the prophet and the priest and the people who say, ‘The oracle of the Lord!’ I will even punish that man and his house. 35 Thus every one of you shall say to his neighbor, and every one to his brother, ‘What has the Lord answered?’ and, ‘What has the Lord spoken?’ 36 And the oracle of the Lord you shall mention no more. For every man’s word will be his oracle, for you have perverted the words of the living God, the Lord of hosts, our God. 37 Thus you shall say to the prophet, ‘What has the Lord answered you?’ and, ‘What has the Lord spoken?’ 38 But since you say, ‘The oracle of the Lord!’ therefore thus says the Lord: ‘Because you say this word, “The oracle of the Lord!” and I have sent to you, saying, “Do not say, ‘The oracle of the Lord!’ ” 39 therefore behold, I, even I, will utterly forget you and forsake you, and the city that I gave you and your fathers, and will cast you out of My presence. 40 And I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.’ ”

I am extremely cautious of prophets telling the future, as we already had prophets speaking on that. BUT, because we have The Bible, using God’s word does help in predicting the future but the future has already been predicted in The Bible. Folks just need to open the book, read it, and study it. From what I gather, a prophet is God’s messenger but the true prophets are messengers of God’s word aka The Bible.

Plus, Deuteronomy 18 says quite a bit about sooth saying and fortune telling.

I bought this book this year, 2020, era of Covid, and although I only started it, it’s a really good book.

I mostly see a lot of these dreams/visions/prophesies by what I call “solo Christians, ” or “solo ministers.” As a matter of fact, just read this https://www.charismamag.com/blogs/fire-in-my-bones/38726-beware-of-hyper-spiritual-lone-ranger-christians

https://www.openbible.info/topics

It’s an online Bible study resource. You put in topics and verses come up. It’s in the ESV translation. Try it out. I put in voting, and a lot of scriptures came up. Even 1 Samuel 8, which is my favorite reminder that instead of focusing on the candidate to focus on the issues. I suppose it could be for another blog, but I have been asking why concordances and Bible dictionaries are not being mentioned much anymore these days. I bought both this year. I suppose one of my next blogs will be my life in 2020.

Stay shiny
Peace, Love, and Blessings

Back To Blogging

Looks like I am getting back into blogging!

I first started to blog back in the days I had Xanga (spelling?) Or was it Xenga? I can’t remember. I log into this account and low and behold I still have it. That, and I signed up for my own domain name. I’m not going to charge for subscription yet, and I feel the overall content should be free. Speaking of content.

I’m mostly going to be writing about my perspective on life. Who know, I may write a book and call it, “Just Another Day in Being Levi.” I’ll share some things I learn, how I tick, how I think, what I think, what I have to say about something. That’s pretty much it. This is just the start. I still have to get used to all of the new buttons and lay out.

I Took A Quiz! INFP

FAMOUS INFPs:

George Orwell, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, J.R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Allan Poe, Shakespeare, George R.R. Martin, John Lennon, Curt Cobain, Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Bjork, Thom Yorke, Andy Warhol, Chloé Sevigny

PERCENTAGE OF INFPs AMONG POPULATION

4.4%

 

INFP – DESCRIPTION

 

INFPs’ main interest is to make the world a better a place for anyone. Their primary goal is to find the meaning of life. They are highly intuitive about people and let their intuition guide them to find the truth and meaning about many things.

INFPs dislike conflicts and will do anything to listen and put people at ease. They are genuinely interested in understanding people and this sincerity makes them valued friends and confidantes.

INFPs are flexible and low-key as long as their value system is not violated. They can fight very passionately to defend their causes. They might not be detail-oriented individuals but they can cover every possible detail if working for their causes demands it. INFPs are rarely given enough credit because of their high standards. They can often act as “control-freaks” that can never be happy with themselves.

INFPs are more sensitive to feelings and human behavior than logic and “hard facts”. They are usually talented writers even if they are not the best at expressing themselves verbally. They are good in situations where they work towards the public good and in which they don’t need to use hard logic.

Mom’s And Their Awesome Encouragement

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The bear portrays the ultimate depiction of how I have been feeling lately. Yesterday, my mom was telling me about this girl who would always take photos of animals. The Hallmark hired her, then she ended up working for National Geographic and is traveling the world.

I really want to travel the world. It’s been a little bit over a year since my Pell Grants got cut due to change in legislation, and because of that I didn’t have enough money to study abroad. I should have applied for another scholarship, but at the informational meeting the guy said, “If you don’t want to apply due to moral reasons, then don’t.” I feel stupid for doing so, but I wish I did my research better. Price you pay for having TOO much focus.

Going back to school doesn’t look so great. Financial aid is scarce these days. Those Pell Grants and other education grants helped a lot.

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