Gates of Jericho

Gates of Jericho

Joshua 6 – Destroying Fortifications The story of the walls of Jericho falling down, recorded in Joshua 6:1-27, is one that demonstrates the miraculous power of God. But more than that, the utter destruction of Jericho teaches us several grand truths regarding God’s grace and our salvation. Strategy for Victory (6:1-7) The directions given to Joshua by God for the battle to win Jericho seemed crazy when compared to the human strategies that men would come up with. That is why this chapter is crucial to study it repeats key concepts of walking by faith and dealing with the spiritual enemies we face in everyday life. 1 Now Jericho was tightly shut because of the sons of Israel; no one went out and no one came in. 2 And the LORD said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the valiant warriors. 3 And you shall march around the city, all the men of war circling the city once. You shall do so for six days. 4 Also seven priests shall carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark; then on the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. 5 And it shall be that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people will go up every man straight ahead.” 6 So Joshua the son of Nun called...
Controlled Zombies

Controlled Zombies

Zombie Creation or Brainwashing? Zombies are the dead that supposedly roam around eating the living.  For many years now people have prepared for situations involving zombies. If you look at scientific facts everything seems plausible.  From brain cell viruses to neuro-toxins or biological warfare, things could happen and we could be over run! What if I told you that zombies have already taken over our country.  Zombies  that are in a developmental phase, that are being controlled.  These ‘people’ that are turning into a mass population of brainwashed, robotic acting, non-thinking life forms, that go through life without thinking.  But who or what is responsible for the outbreak or the release of the plague? You know the answer you are just hoping it isn’t true, because you are also being controlled. When someone asks you Sept. 11, Sandy Hook or the Boston Marathon bombing how do you respond? Do think that the people behind that attack were Arabs or medicated sociopaths? Do you believe that the way to stop terrorism is to hit them hard, to hit them at their “bases” in such places as Afghanistan or kill everyone that was involved? What about when someone brings up the current economic state? The stock market dropping, and the weakness in the economy,  the housing bust? I would almost guarantee that you repeat exactly what you heard on TV or saw on Facebook.  Your mind probably isn’t even open for discussion.  Don’t feel bad though the government has spent trillions of dollars to gain this influence over your brain. The influencing (brainwashing) methods are relatively simple. First, use terror to...
Global Cooling… or Politics

Global Cooling… or Politics

Mother Nature or Global Cooling & Warming? Global Cooling or warming or mother nature throwing curve balls?Recently this weather around the globe is fluctuating like crazy.  From the all-time hottest months to be followed up by an all-time coldest?  From skeptics saying that global warming has caused the polar ice caps to melt, to in April having the Antarctic sea ice coverage reach the  record level 3.5 million square miles covered (largest on record). Something just doesn’t seem right.  Than it hit me. Politics.  Politicians have made Global Cooling and Global Warming a huge concern in all of their campaigns since the 1960’s and 70’s under NATO and President Richard Nixon.  Global cooling and warming has been brought up many times but as population we failed to realize that they are talking about the same thing. Feeling Cold Since cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Everything that transmits energy generates heat. Max Planck graphed out Absolute zero (-460 degrees F) which is the total absence of heat; all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. So to get complete outside the box, cold does not exist. Cold was a word created to define a feeling that we have. Global cooling is actually a feeling that we have when the temperature decreases. So now we can be on the same page there is no global cooling. It was a term used by politicians not a scientific theory. This term describe the lack of heat that we feel. Now on to something that is...
Social Chameleon

Social Chameleon

Social Chameleon or Personality Disorder Are you a skilled social actor or a social chameleon? Are you socially skilled or just fitting in? I believe that we all engage in impression management. Meaning that we are all trying to “fit in” into a variety of social situations. We all have the ability to read social cues and alter our behavior in order to try to “fit in” to a specific situations. Humans also have the advanced traits of social control, particularly the skill in social acting. Self-confidence and poise allow us to be effective in a wide variety of social situations essentially blending into unnatural roles. The social  chameleon changes depending on the environment and who is present, constantly struggling to fit in. This constantly changing identity makes it difficult to establish a firm sense of self. Chameleons are people trying to be the right person in the right place at the right time with the right knowledge or skill.  Even if they do not know anything about the subject they will try to convey a sense or knowledge. If you analyze that a step deeper the person continually monitors their social performance, skillfully adjusting it when they detect that they are not having the desired effect. Once the person has made a good impression and won over the trust factor they tend to have less satisfying relationships with the person or group of people that they infiltrated. Which if you are only happy and content for the short time frame after gaining acceptance, than what happens afterwards? More than likely this feeling creates a conflict in the person, that...
There’s No Place Like Home

There’s No Place Like Home

Nomadic Versus Home Base If you had the opportunity to live a nomadic life, traveling from place to place, would you do it? Do you need a home base? What makes a place “home” to you? What is your comfort zone? Nomadic essentially means anything that involves moving around a lot. Nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes followed the animals they hunt and carried the tents they slept in with them. Many Biblical characters, such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David and others, lived a nomadic lifestyle. In a modern time you don’t have to be a nomad to live a nomadic lifestyle. In fact if you dive in deeper people who are chasing the American dream of a huge house, fast car and a white picket fence, settle down and are enslaved to ideas they don’t understand and can’t break free from.  Honestly if you are constantly striving for that dream what happens when you catch it?  Do you keep upgrading houses, cars and fences? Are you going into debt to achieve this level of the American dream? Most are.  For fun lets pretend that you are financially independent and you buy your house, car and fence in cash.  Are you actually at home that often or are you traveling the world experiencing everything it has to offer? Exactly. Modern day nomads, I consider to be independent thinkers and entrepreneurs. This group of people choose a life of trying to break free from the template lifestyle. They are choosing to live life on their own terms.  I am not saying people who settle down aren’t independent thinkers, lifestyle igniters, or not...
Fly on the Wall

Fly on the Wall

If you could be a “fly on the wall” anywhere and at any time in history, where and when would you choose? As I was enjoying my sabbath this morning, my mind began wandering.  There has been so many times I thought to myself, wow that would’ve been really cool to see.  Or when you hear of a conspiracy and you instantly are thinking about what it would have been like to be there and witness everything unravel.  So I did a simple Google search for the top 10 events in US history.  According to a poll of Americans this is how they ranked these historic events. 10) Barack Obama elected president 2008 …. 9) Armstrong walks on the moon 1969…. 8) The Civil Rights Act 1964…. 7) The Marshall Plan 1947…. 6) Women’s suffrage 1920…. 5) The Emancipation Proclamation 1863…. 4) Lewis and Clark arrive at the Pacific 1805…. 3) Louisiana Purchase 1803…. 2) Ratification of the Constitution 1789…. 1) Declaration of Independence 1776. Yes these are all amazing events.  Mostly representing a shift in our history that helped shape our current situation.  The easiest way to view this list is in reverse.  We declared independence from the tyranny of England. In 1789 the constitution was ratified, meaning to sign or give formal consent making it officially valid. Napoleon Bonaparte sells the Louisiana Territory to Jefferson for $15 Million and a forgiveness of debt.  This land purchase made it possible for the dynamic duo of Lewis and Clark to explore great unknown and arrive on the pacific coast in 1805.  As American’s proceeded to develop the country they...
Rest Days

Rest Days

My wife left me…  literally she is gone.  This leaves an empty place in not only my life but my schedule.  Okay seriously she only left me for the weekend, but by the time she left the drive way I already had started missing her (cue the sad romantic music).  I mean honestly she is so freaking amazing and the sexiest woman on the planet who wouldn’t miss her?!  I realized something a few hours ago and that is I have to do something that I haven’t done in well over a year….  Yes I have to take my day of rest without my wife Danielle.  What in the hell am I suppose to do?  Typically when we take rest day together there is no resting… haha yes I am uber mature.  Now I do have to clarify so I do not come across as a sex crazed male, but who am I suppose to talk to, play cards with or just relax with?  She is my soul mate and the best friend any one could ask for. She is headed to a sales training in Missouri and I am sitting here in a big dark empty house with our two dogs (Jackson and Fiore) who speak some form of a language that resembles mandarin (I’m convinced they are ridiculously smart but cannot convey it). What-oh-what are we supposed to do while mom is away?  We played hide and seek and of course they won, we played cards and I won, we sat on the patio and enjoyed the quiet and we both won. But I am out of...
The Bathroom Wall

The Bathroom Wall

Have you ever traveled across country or even just down to your local 7-11?  Well what does your local gas station or rest area have in common with the internet?  At first it appears there are zero overlays. If you look closer you begin to see similarities. Gas stations have isle of food, crabby low hourly workers and disgusting bathrooms that God forbid you have to take the Browns to the Super Bowl.  The internet has millions of articles and products available for consumption, usually low hourly pay workers update content for people to consume and there are plenty of forums, blogs and social media outlets for people to dump all over. Internet or Public Restroom? This got me thinking after sitting through a presentation the other day.  People are presented opportunities all the time, what is the first thing they do?  Most people that are against throwing money at a product, service or company without doing due diligence.  So the first thing that most due is get online go to Google and type in what they are looking for. Doing a Google search and reading random thoughts on blogs and certain websites is not doing research. The internet is the bathroom wall of our generation where anyone can write what they want when the want about anything they want.  The WORST thing is when someone writes something they are not held accountable for their statements. Previously in history you had to provide documentation and supporting articles or research when contributing information. Now a days you must have the credential of being able to use one finger to type...
Flip Flop Poverty

Flip Flop Poverty

Hind Sight is 20/20… I just returned home from a First Steps to Success seminar in San Antonio Texas. After sharing my testimonial many times that weekend I realized what had ‘flip flopped’ in my day to day lifestyle.  There was something specific that changed after my first event that caused me to not recognize my life. Prior to plugging into Danijohnson.com I had the knack for finding niches and exploiting them to the marketplace and it was paying off HUGE!!! I had created businesses that were projecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in income, but that didn’t matter because I was spending it faster than I could make it. This revolving door took me down a path of chasing money by throwing more time at situations.  At one point I was working 80-100 hour weeks while attending college. Yes I said 100 hours a week outside of studying and going out partying!  I wouldn’t sleep for days at a time! This resulted in terrible relationships with family and friends.  I had declining health and my mind would never shut off.  The worst part was I had no relationship with GOD! Without me knowing God had been blessing me with opportunities as a test to see how I handled success and how I handled my seed (money).  Seeds are meant to reproduce and generate more seeds.  I was eating my seed before I could even plant it, meaning I was wasting money before I could invest it.  Have you ever heard the line “If you master the little things in life, you will be made ruler over much?”, well...
Play Together, Stay Together.

Play Together, Stay Together.

Recently I glanced at an article that some emotional woman posted to her boyfriends wall on the Book of Faces.  The article was titled: Do Couples Who Play Together Stay Together?, I proceeded with caution because the term “Play” can be misconstrued now a days especially on the internet. Shortly after starting the article I went off on a tangent similar to the squirrel situation in the Movie Up. In the first paragraph I realized that the reason with Americans being in a financial bind is every single angle of the media perceives taking out debt for happiness as OK!  Literally 1/3 of this article was about how “Financial institutions often encourage borrowing money against the equity in a home to finance a needed vacation.”  No wonder we are all in massive trouble.  At the end of the day you have to break down necessity versus luxury. Do we need to eat this week orrrrrr should we go to Disney World and eat pizza with Mickey Mouse?  Well pizza sounds good we better refinance our house so we can afford to go!  STUPID!!!!! Marital satisfaction is analyzed in the second paragraph, which is something that could be defined differently by the husband and wife depending on the year.  It states that between 1 and 5 years and 17 or more years together that marital activities performed together increased the happiness where as people being married 6 to 16 years weren’t influenced either way.  Studies regarding marital satisfaction indicate that levels of marital satisfaction decline after the fourth or fifth year of marriage and stay at a lower level until...

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