Saturday, March 29, 2014

I am not Anxious, Just Concerned.

Tom's Journal.

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This comment was sent to me by my friend, and brother in arms,  Jerry Busby, from NH.   He thinks that I worry too much, and indeed, I do !  I believe that there has got to be a "proper balance" in our thinking, and prayers.   The ONLY way to gain the correct understanding, is to STUDY THE BIBLE !!   And then,  "Iron sharpens Iron..."  ~ Proverbs 27: 17,  is what real Christian friends do for each other.  We sharpen each other, like an Arkansas black stone does to a quality   knife ~!!

Warm Regards,
Tom Schuckman 

I thought you might like reading this, not to say you worry but as myself I find myself getting upset at the way things are going with our country and those so called leaders.  This or I should say God's Word always helps me!  Congrads on your new wheels !  Oh and helmet, I read on FB....  Share this with Terri also it might help with you ridding off into the sunset !  more to come in another email    Wow that's better, I had everything blue the first time I tried this.....

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Subject: [New post] Revisiting Worry: “I’m Not Anxious, Just Concerned.”

Layton Talbert posted: "People are prone to worry. Life is loaded with imponderables. We are vulnerable. The future is unpredictable. When reminded that we are to “be anxious for nothing” (Phil. 1:6), we can hide behind semantics. (“I’m not worried; I’m just concerned. That’s di"

New post on Rooted Thinking

Revisiting Worry: “I’m Not Anxious, Just Concerned.”

by Layton Talbert
People are prone to worry. Life is loaded with imponderables. We are vulnerable. The future is unpredictable. When reminded that we are to “be anxious for nothing” (Phil. 1:6), we can hide behind semantics. (“I’m not worried; I’m just concerned. That’s different.”) But when are “concerns” justified, and when is it plain old “worry”? Is there a valid difference? Interestingly, the New Testament uses exactly the same Greek word to denote both forbidden anxiety and legitimate concern.
The New Testament employs this word family a total of 27 times. Paul’s use of the term in Philippians provides a good starting point, since its two occurrences there demonstrate how the same word may have either a positive or a negative connotation—how the same concept is, in fact, both commended and condemned.
Paul’s famous prohibition “be careful for nothing” (Phil. 4:6) is advising neither recklessness nor carelessness. It means we are not to be “full of care”—burdened down with anxiety—but about what? The fact that Paul continues by exhorting us instead to “make our requests known to God” furnishes a clue; the rest of the context confirms that clue. Rather than being full of anxious care over our needs, we are to make them known to God and maintain a trusting confidence in Him to supply those needs. In other words, anxiety over our own personal needs and desires is prohibited.
What’s odd is that just 35 verses earlier, Paul uses the very same word when he commends Timothy as someone who earnestly cared for the well-being of the Philippian believers (2:20). Paul extols Timothy for the very action and attitude which only moments later he forbids to the Philippians (4:6). Why? Because the object has changed. Concern over the conditions and needs of others is appropriate and commendable.
An examination of the other passages where this word appears bears out this consistent pattern. When the object is a third party—other people’s needs—the action described by this word is commended. But when the object is ourselves and our own needs or circumstances, the same attitude/activity is prohibited. In other words, legitimate care or concern becomes inappropriate worry and anxiety when it turns inward and focuses on us.
Another classic passage that illustrates some of the specifics believers are forbidden to “worry” about is Matthew 6:25-34. The term actually occurs six times in these ten verses; and the connotation of worry here is consistently negative because the objects are consistently self-centered: our food, our drink, our clothing, and our future. Jesus is not just addressing our attitude regarding the quality of our fare or our apparel; He is addressing our attitude toward whether or not we will even have anything adequate to eat or drink or wear in the first place. This kind of worry is to be expected from the heathen. Why? Because they are orphans; they have no “heavenly Father” on whose provision and protection they can rely. But Christians do. Worry and anxiety about our own needs is not only pointless and unproductive (Mt. 6:27); it nullifies what should be one of the most distinctive traits of the child of God—implicit trust and confidence in a loving, knowing, and able heavenly Father.
Other passages add to the list of the kinds of things over which Christians are not to fret. Christ cites the distractions of life and cares of this world as things which lead men astray from right priorities and proper concerns (Mk. 4:19; Lk. 8:14; 21:34). The disciples were even forbidden to worry about what they would say in their own defense in the context of persecution (Mt. 10:19; Lk. 12:11). Christ gently chided Martha (Lk. 10:41) for her anxious distraction over her own chores and duties—even when the aim of those tasks was to entertain the Lord Himself! She complained that she was laboring all alone and that Mary was not helping her (see Lk. 10:40). Surely this has a striking application to the frame of mind with which we approach even our service to the Lord. All the passages that censure worry share at least this one common thread: they all address issues which ultimately and essentially focus on us, our circumstances, our perceived needs. What affects us directly is not to be the object of our fretting worry or anxiety. Instead, we are to commit all such personal concerns and circumstances to God and rest in the knowledge of His goodness and care.
So what are areas of legitimate “concern”? Again, the common thread running through the passages where the same Greek word (merimna) is commended is this: they are all areas that stand outside of ourselves and revolve instead around others and their needs. The unmarried “care” for the things of the Lord and are free to focus their attention on serving the Lord undistractedly, while a married person must, by nature and command, “care” for the needs and pleasure of the spouse (1 Cor. 7:32-34). Paul’s own concern (“care”) for the welfare of all the churches was a perpetual part of the burden of his ministry (2 Cor. 11:28). Similarly, he solemnly charges all Christians to cultivate this kind of mutual caring concern for one another (1 Cor. 12:25).
In short, instead of a self-centered anxiety that expends time and energy (and demonstrates a lack of personal trust in God) worrying over one’s personal needs for which God has already promised provision, the members of the body of Christ should cultivate an others-oriented care focused on knowing and ministering to the needs of those around us. That is the New Testament distinction between “worry” and “concern.” Caring concern is commended because it is focused on others and how we can minister to their needs. Personal anxiety is prohibited because it focuses on ourselves and fails to rest in God’s promises to meet our needs.
Worrying about our own needs and circumstances betrays a lack of faith in our Father’s ability and willingness to care for us and contradicts the whole message of Christianity. At the same time, the Holy Spirit’s use of the same word to exhort Christians to turn the focus of their concern outward in the form of care for others that seeks to discover and minister to their needs becomes one of the most practical demonstrations of what Jesus said would be the identifying mark of His people—mutual love (Jn. 13:34-35).
The remedy for forbidden worry is two-fold and tucked into the very context of the key passages prohibiting the negative aspect of worry: (1) prayer (Phil. 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:7), which releases our personal anxieties over to our Father and trusts Him to take care of them in our behalf; and (2) realigned priorities (Mt. 6:33), which focuses our thoughts and energies on doing God’s will, seeking the extension of His kingdom, and fulfilling our obligations to Him as well as to those around us.

Killing the U.S. Dollar.

Tom's Journal.

My name is:   "Chicken Little," -- and the sky is falling.  I know this for sure because part of it hit me on the head this morning !!
     Hey guys!  When you put the puzzle together, you will get the whole picture, and no wonder Obama is arming all the goofy Gov't agencies with .40 cal. pistol ammo., etc !!   Because they know what will happen once the People realize they have been robbed of most everything !!   I suppose that my good, old Chrysler pension would be worth a hoot, either !    The Bible predicted this 2000 years ago, and God knew this would happen too.   It's all, after all,  just a repetition of ancient Rome, with all of it's corruption and immorality, and now we have a powerful "Nero" too, who has made himself the dictator, surrounded by cowards who rubber stamp everything he dictates!   'We reap what we sow.'   

The devil is super busy, even attacking solid Christians at this point, hoping to drag them away from beloved Lord Jesus Christ.    I have a constant fight on MY hands, battling the devil !!!    I am tired, weary, disabled, and kind of cranky these days, and can use all the help and prayers YOU guys can muster, please.  
     I had my first hard work out at the Gym this year, and now I am totally wiped out and tired.   I had to beat myself with a whip to finally drive to Bianco's Gym, in IM,    pUMPING IRON!!!   I  feel like I am retired, but in a 3 ring circus most of the day, just barely keeping up with all the paper work, bills, and final "Preparations" before the 'SHTF' [sorry to be so blunt and direct, folks...], and I know that I will lose a lot of 'Creature Comforts.'   But many folks in inner cities who never worked before, like 4th Generation Welfare Queens, etc., could soon be cut off the public tit, and of course, all those folks know is rioting, and pillaging stores and homes of those who HAVE WORKED ALL THEIR LIVES !!   That just isn't fair  --- and DON'T EXPECT THE POLICE TO COME AND PROTECT YOU !!  They just might be your enemies too.   Or they might just 'disappear' like they did when Katrina came visiting.   
      Just remember that WE Saved Christians always have that Hope of God's Salvation,  and the promised  Rapture !!    To reinforce your mind, heart and soul,  we all ought to just turn to the book of Psalms, and start reading at the 1st Chapter, and the 1st verse.   Just read a few [a few means:  3] chapters, and see if you feel stronger and ready to fight that devil, and his human henchmen, etc. !!!  It sure helps me, and I 'HAD TO' memorize the 1st part of that book after I joined the UR group, to help men and ladies quit bad habits,  like over drinking, getting drunk, smoking, swearing, anger, gambling, immorality, etc.   They have something like a 97% success rate !!!   906-774-8239 is the phone number of my personal friend,  Pastor Kevin Sullivan,  who takes the lead at the small, country Christian church where my find wife, and I attend....  Family Baptist church, in Iron Mountain, MI   49801 [or is it Kingsford....duh?]    Anyway,  Pastor "Sully" is a very busy man, and a master brick layer too, who could really use your financial support and prayers, PLEASE.    Sometimes, I even need to help him with gas money, as he has so many ministries in the area, like his 'Jail Ministry' where he is allowed to go into the County Jail, and minister to the incarcerated, fallen people there, even giving them KJV Bibles, and showing them, leading them to Salvation in the blood of Jesus Christ.   Yes,  they have to pay for their crimes here on Earth, but after they are SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS, they can KNOW FOR A FACT, as the Bible says, that they are going to heaven, and that just may be sooner than later !!   I try to work my own sort of ministry too, by this humble Blog:  TOM'S  JOURNAL, and every day, preaching and handing out my Bible tracts, and Bibles too.  The :   "Fruitage of the Lips!"   And  EVERYONE who has a good, well grounded, basic knowledge of the Bible can, and should share the Gospel !!!      And I have  a secret weapon...  The Brotherhood of Saints!   They are the fellowship of other Saved Christian brother I know, all over the world, that email, phone or write me.  Bless You, my Brothers in Christ!

Warm Regards,
Tommy Schuckman

  • The process of killing the U.S. dollar‏

The process of killing the U.S. dollar

 By Doug Hagmann

wrote about it nearly one year ago to the day. The Obama agenda is to simply “kill the U.S. dollar,” where the ultimate objective is to implement an international currency in tandem with a system of global governance.

Some people laughed, saying it was hype. Others held a death grip onto their normalcy bias, saying it was not possible.  Exactly a year later, the stage is being set for the murder of the U.S. dollar. This is a process that has been long in the planning, and is no accident, nor is it a result of the amateurish handling of our economic affairs by the Obama regime or the last few presidential administrations. It is a deliberate process, covered by the fog of the geopolitical machinations between the U.S., Russia and the controlling power elite.

The U.S. dollar is now exhibiting signs of cheyne-stoking, as it is in its last phase of life. It is obvious not only by “Old Yellen’s” lipstick-to-pig process, but by the actions of Russia in response to our caliphate building process in the Levant and Eastern Europe. It is asymmetrical warfare at the highest of levels, as Putin knows the sting created by the deliberate destruction of the Ruble from years ago.
Those who don’t yet understand what is taking place may be enlightened by rereading my article from March 30, 2013, which contains information given to me by an intelligence insider and is actively taking place as I write this. For the current state of our economic affairs, Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge explains the active process well in his article “Petrodollar alert: Putin Prepares to Announce Holy Grail Gas Deal with China.”  While the eyes of the world are transfixed in thousand yard stares at their televisions in a new reality show involving the disappearance of a Boeing 777, our wealth is being plundered.

This is all part of a process that ties together seemingly disparate events such as the Arab Spring, the take-over of Libya, the continued attempts to destabilize Syria, and, of course, our meddling in Ukraine. All of these events are interrelated, as are the so-called “banker deaths,” which are obviously much more. One simply has to step back and look at the big picture to understand exactly how we are being led into a global governance of wealth confiscation, redistribution and financial bondage.

Many have wondered why the federal government needs all of the ammunition and military style equipment on the streets of America. When people suddenly realize that they have no more retirement or savings left and no way to sustain themselves, it will get ugly. Some will be convinced that it was all a series of unfortunate misdeed, or some cosmic accident that Americans and those who trade with the U.S. dollar are unable to buy food, gas and other necessities. In reality, however, it was all planned long ago. Soon, we’ll see the effects of those plans