Blind Taste Test Finds Most People Can’t Tell Difference Between Candy Corn and Orange Crayon

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FromThe Babylon Bee.

U.S. — A fascinating new study has revealed that the vast majority of people, when presented with a blind taste test, can’t tell the difference between candy corn and a dusty, old orange crayon we found in a junk drawer.

According to researchers, people who were fed candy corn and people who were fed the old orange crayon that had been stowed away in a drawer for the last 17 years had the same reaction: “This tastes like a waxy blob of nothing, and my life is much worse for having placed this repulsive object in my mouth.”

“We had theorized that at least 20% of those surveyed would be able to detect some kind of flavor in the candy corn,” said head of research Dr. Gorbo Linfield. “So we were shocked to find that over 95% of people had the same instant negative reaction to…

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The Dream (50) Its Been a Long Time

Due to several medical issues jumping up and biting me where it hurts the most, I have not been involved at all with Into The Light Ministry. Since the 14th of July I have been hospitalized 3 times adding up to 23 days under the I.V. poles. That doesn’t count the days of recovery which I am in once again having finally been released after 2 weeks in isolation. No, not Covid but another contagious ailment that is very difficult to heal. Please pray healing for me and thank you in advance for your prayers.

Pastor came by to check on me a few days ago. He wasn’t, along with anyone else, able to visit me in the hospital. But I was able to catch up on the latest goings on in the ministry. I’m pleased to report that he has someone lined up to do a once a week Bible study with the women when we get them. We have a director, some volunteers that want to lend a hand. He has a list of counselors the women can choose from if they want counseling, some of the few ministries such as ours is more than willing to help, and he has interviewed several businesses nearby about hiring the women. Most have said yes.

Some of the women are close to graduating from their one year program. We still have a few more things to get done in the home before we can accept any ladies; the large living room window is yet to be replaced, painting around the new window frames, blinds put on the windows, insulation in the attic, curtains for all windows, and steps to the front door.

Pastor will be leaving this week on a one week ministry trip to someplace in Columbia and he’s so excited about it. He said when he gets back he hopes to start interviewing some of the women that are graduating and wanting to enter a transition home.

I’m really pleased that he is now focusing more on the administration part of the ministry. I gave a few suggestions but have also had to tell him that once the ladies are in the home my purpose has been served; Helping him to get the house and to start the ministry. Due to health issues I am unable to do much more. I haven’t even been able to go water my flower garden and he’s been doing it for me. 😦

I’m excited to see the women move in and start their next step in a long journey, and hopefully get to meet them once we have them in the home, but until then you probably won’t hear much from me. I’ll try to update as I can because I know you all have been so supportive and we truly appreciate that.

Thank you for your prayers for my recovery and for all the prayers you’ve lifted up for this ministry.

Blessings to you all until next time.

Into The Light Ministry

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The Dream (49) Open House has Arrived

For all these months we have been renovating a home we bought back in early Jan, as many of you know. Just this week we were able to get the new windows installed and one of the women from our church has been decorating for our open house. It does look nice for our open house but just for your information, I had no input in those decisions. I’d like to share some pictures of what your donations and prayers have resulted in. There’s still some work to be done but we’ve come a long ways. We will eventually have 5 ladies but for now we will be starting with 3.

This is Us – our life our home our story. This is a powerful message to our ladies. “We are family, we are sisters, we support each other, we can do this together, we’re in this individually and together to become who Christ created us to be, This is us – together.

Yayyyyy No outdoor patio furniture! We’ll be adding a T.V. on the opposite wall.

Obviously the table and buffet decorations are for show right now.
Note the French doors, those replaced the old broken sliding doors.

The cabinets are filled with dishes, the drawers are full of utensils, and all new appliances. All we need now is a couple of pantries and food. All were donated.

This is the smallest bedroom so we have made it into the “den mother’s” bedroom. Twin beds would take too much room so she gets a double bed and her own room. Hopefully that won’t cause problems later.

2 ladies will eventually be sharing a bedroom.

The wire, whatever you call them, supposedly replaces having to have a dresser or chest of drawers. I guess the ladies only wear tops and under ware because no dresses, skirts, or slacks can be hung in this closet. Not my idea!

2-3 ladies will share this bathroom. The towels, wash cloths, shower curtain & liner and rugs was all donated by our loving teachers. This is a narrow, small bathroom.

The master bedroom. It’s the largest of the 3 bedrooms Obviously 2 ladies will share this bedroom.

This is the master bedroom closet. Once again – little room for slacks, dresses, or skirts. 2 ladies will be sharing this closet. I think changes will have to be made later.
Master bath. 2 ladies will share this bath. There’s still a little work yet to be done in here.

I want to thank all the businesses that donated material or gave us discounts. Thank you to all the men that donated their time and labor, the teachers that coordinated and paid for the towels, washcloths, shower curtains, and rugs for one bathroom. Thank you to those who helped clean and decorate, to all who sacrificed their donations of bedding and other items, for the administrators of like ministries for their help through needed and appreciated advice, and especially those who gave financially and their prayers to help us fulfill a dream.

There are three of us that had the same dream. The Lord brought us together to bring about what He wanted to do through us. Pastor Mark Smith, me, and Gerri Hale. Through much prayer and many meetings we began fulfilling our dream; Into the Light Ministry. Starting a new ministry we have faced many challenges, and blessed with many rewards, we have come a long way. We aren’t ready to move in the ladies yet, but we are a lot closer than we were a year ago at the inception of our dream. Thank you for helping us continue to fulfill that dream. Our love and appreciation cannot be fully expressed. Thank you!

Until next time.

Into the Light Ministry

To donate or more info: http://www.intothelightga.org

Happy Caturday — back to school edition

Modern Dance is my favorite but all are really cute!

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Time to sign your kitties up for the fall semester! Space is limited, so don’t delay. Courses being offered include:

auto mechanics

art appreciation

sewing

modern dance

photography

fashion design

boxing

cooking

driver education

entomology

literature

botany

interior decorating

pet care

meditation

drawing

etiquette

martial arts

philosophy

pest control

hypnosis

music appreciation

animal husbandry

ornithology

equestrian arts

rock climbing

child care

singing

wealth management

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When the Credit Card Comes Due

Inspirational Christian Blogs When the Credit Card Comes DueRob Pue Aug 28
Our greatest enemies have become our so-called “public servants” who invariably become wealthy in office while we suffer
By Rob Pue, Publisher – Wisconsin Christian News 

Imagine with me, if you will, what it would be like to live next door to a family with the fanciest house in town.  In fact, the fanciest house in the country.  These next-door neighbors of yours have everything: they live in a mansion, drive the world’s most expensive cars, have a fleet of private jets and eat like kings.  Yet, they don’t really work.  On paper, they work less than half the days in a year, but even when they’re working, their performance is so poor that any employer paying any amount of attention would have fired them years ago.  Still, they continue to hold their so-called “jobs” and are never held accountable for failure after failure.

One day, these neighbors of yours, come begging at your door, hat in hand, with a very sad story about how they’re about to have their mortgage foreclosed.  They admit to you that they’re utterly broke and unless you help them, they’re going to lose their home and everything they own.  But they’re very sneaky in the way they present their plea.  In fact, before they leave, they have you convinced that they’ve actually come to HELP YOU!

You’re a conservative Christian and you work every day, from sun-up to sun-down.  You’ve been very fiscally responsible.  You work hard to pay your bills on time, you drive a 15-year-old car and you watch every penny, giving freely to Christian ministries and those in need.  As a result, you have a small “nest egg” put away for a rainy day when your family may run into trouble.  Being the most generous Christian on earth, you give your entire savings to this next-door family, which leaves your own savings account now at zero.  “I can always start over again,” you tell yourself. “This family is in need and I will help them.”

Immediately, however, you notice something amiss.  Your neighbors start throwing huge parties at their house.  Upon investigation, you find they haven’t spent a single penny you gave them toward their mortgage payments.  Instead, they’re spending it on parties, lavish vacations, prostitutes, drugs — and their giving much of the money to wicked organizations that you, as a Christian and a conservative, vehemently oppose.  They’re donating to Planned Parenthood, Marxist/Communist groups, the LGBTQP+ movement, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and they’re actively supporting a radical transgender curriculum in your local public school.

A month goes by and your neighbors are back at your front door, weeping openly about how they have no money.  They’re completely, utterly broke and deeply in debt.  But this time, they show up with a pre-approved credit card application, good for $100,000 and they’ve already filled it out and signed your name to it.  They just came to your door to show you what they’ve done, assuring you that they desperately need the money in order to keep their household running, and telling you they’re sending it in and the credit card will arrive in the next two weeks — to THEIR house, in their name — but the bills will be sent to you.  And somehow, once again, they convince you this is for your benefit.

Another month goes by, the same as the first time.  They’re still not paying their bills, but continue spending with reckless abandon and now you’re getting notices in the mail that the credit card has exceeded the limit and now you’re liable not only for the $100,000, but also for the 25% interest rate as well as the over-limit and late fees, accruing daily.

By now, it’s gotten to the point that YOU are bankrupt, yet your neighbors continue living their high lifestyle.  They still only bother to show up for work less than half the time; they’re still the worst employees imaginable, yet they still keep their jobs, for which they rake in more in one year than you would ever earn in ten.  But they’re still broke.  You then find out they’ve done the same thing to everyone else in your neighborhood, yet they’re not even attempting to pay so much as the interest on the debt they’ve racked up.

Then, you discover they’re actually traitors to our country, working hand in hand with our enemies and selling out our country.  Some in this family are even dealing drugs now, engaging in child sex trafficking and routinely sponsor or attend sadistic satanic rituals — all the while collecting huge sums of money, and lining their own pockets with it.  They still don’t have their financial house in order, they’re deeply in debt, beyond anything you could ever fathom, and they just don’t care.  You also learn they’ve been illegally printing counterfeit money, and every law enforcement agency in the country knows about all of their many crimes, but this family is “untouchable.”  There’s no longer a court in the land that would ever even consider their crimes, much less convict them.  They own everyone.

Because of that, they’re now emboldened to do whatever they wish, with no accountability to anyone.  There’s no limit to the evil they will do, and get away with.  Then one day, you wake up and find they’re at your door with a long list of rules which they say you must obey or go to prison.  Handing over most of your hard-earned paycheck is among the least of these rules.  They also announce, you will need to pay them for virtually everything you do.  If you drive your car, you’ll be forced to pay them for the privilege.  You were diligent in paying off your own mortgage, but you’ll still be forced to pay huge amounts of money each year to live there.

If you buy food, clothing or anything else, you’ll be forced to pay for those privileges too.  When you take your dog out for a walk, you’re reminded that you’re being forced to pay for the privilege of having a dog in the first place, as well as for the sidewalk you’re walking on, and the shoes you’re wearing.Then one day, they call you up and tell you you’re not allowed to open the business you started from scratch and worked so hard over the years to build up.  Others in your family are no longer allowed to go to work either.  But it’s ok… they’re going to give you a small allowance to live on until you’re allowed to work again.  But if you’re a business owner and if the company you built goes under after being forcibly shut down, it’s not their problem.

The next day, they come over and tell you that now you’ll be forced to wear a dog muzzle in order to be allowed to go out in public.  If you don’t wear one, you have to stay home.  They’ve now partnered with just about every “privileged” company in the country as well, so those companies now take their orders from your next-door neighbors who have now become so rich and powerful, they literally control everything, from the food you eat to the home you live in, to the thoughts you are allowed to express in public.  Then, they declare that you to be stabbed with a shot that has a very good chance of permanently injuring you or killing you.  YOU have no choice.  These neighbors continue to tell you that everything they’ve been doing is for your own good, and most of the town believes them.  Oh, and not only do they control everything you do — they also openly spy on you, listen to your phone calls and private conversations and they even claim ownership of your DNA now.

But they’re not really rich.  In reality, they’re poor, blind and naked, but they don’t have the sense to realize it.  They’ve been living on credit all this time — in more ways than one.  But now, having spent all the money that you and others in your town once had, they’re now using the credit cards issued by our country’s worst enemies.  But our enemies are not so weak, and far from forgiving.  They’re demanding payment, but the neighbors are still broke.

So they make some backroom deals with our enemies.  They hand over control of massive amounts of farmland, ports of entry and then start selling off private homes — just to pay the interest on their debt.  They’re so desperate to keep the wolves away from their own front doors, they’re willing and eager to do whatever our enemies tell them to do — to US.  For now, they’re not suffering at all.  In fact, they’ve exempted themselves from all the rules they set for the rest of us.  What’s more, they’re piling up even more “monopoly money” given to them by our enemies — for themselves, off the books, of course — while the official balance sheet has been in the red since long before you were even born.

Then the people of the town begin to wake up and start to say “enough is enough.”  One day, they hold a massive rally to demand justice.  But now, it’s too late.  Hundreds are arrested and jailed — for daring to challenge the injustice.  Others are persecuted and prosecuted for thinking illegal thoughts or having illegal opinions.

And the house next door continues to host wild parties, the neighbors continue to eat and live like kings, thumbing their noses at the “law” while imposing new restrictions and unjust laws on not just your town, but the whole nation.  After all, they’ve learned they can easily get away with it, and now that they’ve tasted power, they’ll do literally anything to continue to imbibe.

In 1981, at Ronald Reagan’s inaugural address, he stated, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”  Indeed.  Nothing the government does is efficient, cost effective or helpful to American citizens anymore.  Our greatest enemies have become our so-called “public servants” — who enter politics with a modest net worth but somehow become multi-millionaires or billionaires within a year or two of their so-called “service.”

Meanwhile, our country mourns.  I believe we’ve past the point of no return.  Short of a revolution in this nation, I see no way we’ll ever reclaim our God-given rights, enshrined in our country’s founding documents and engraved on the very walls of the chambers where our “servants” strip us of those rights and load us down with ever-increasing heavy, bone-crushing burdens.  Our servants have now become our masters, or perhaps better stated: the inmates are running the asylum.

Now we have the “Inflation Reduction Act” — with a price tag said to be $740 billion.  There’s no doubt that it will cost much, much more than that.  Analysts across the board have stated that this new move by Congress will do anything BUT reduce inflation.  Even those who imposed this monstrosity upon us are no longer talking about “inflation reduction.”  Instead, they’re referring to it as “climate change” and “healthcare” relief.  But friends, lies are lies.  Climate change and the whole agenda that goes with that is a lie, and so is our healthcare system.  Our “justice” system is equally beyond repair as the innocent are imprisoned while the worst of the worst criminals walk free and continue to party on.

Among the many things charged on this latest credit card are 87,000 new IRS agents.  And not just any IRS agents.  The new recruits are going to be hand-picked and they must be willing to undergo firearms training and be willing to use deadly force against US citizens in their new careers with the “SS.”  It was said these agents were only going to be looking at tax-cheaters who earn $400,000 or more a year.  But you don’t need 87,000 new agents to accomplish that.  They’re coming for you and me, friends.  And now, they’re planning to come armed…even as they work hard to remove all our defenses.

Couple this with the now fully compromised FBI — which has steadfastly looked the other way regarding the crimes of Obama, Hillary Clinton, Jeffery Epstein and the Biden Crime Cartel, to name just a few; our Department of Defense, which has now been authorized to use force to inject citizens with the Monkeypox stab — or any other stab of their choice; the CIA, which continues to perpetrate black ops and then roll out the “official narrative” to the public via the mainstream media, as they’ve been doing for years — and it’s obvious to anyone with eyes to see that our government is absolutely, totally and completely corrupt to the core.

How do we rescue ourselves from such despotism?  The answer is, we don’t.  God can, and maybe He will, if we will sincerely repent of our national hedonism and apathy and the lukewarmness among professing Christians.  But I believe we’re too stiff-necked as a people to ever bow the knee to the Almighty — until that Day when the “credit card” comes due and ALL knees will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  

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Today, we live in the age of insatiable consumerism, where the ability to create and make our own choices is considered to be a right. It’s not ‘s surprising then that this attitude has crept into the church. The result is a demand for a ‘Buffet Christianity‘ in which the believer can choose or reject what’s being offered as the notion strikes them.  

https://justjenniferpurcell.com/2020/02/17/buffet-christianity-we-can’t-only-follow-what-we-like/

This begs the question: “is this ‘build your own gospel’ really the smart thing to do? Are we somehow better off taking our Bibles and keeping what we like and tossing the rest? When it comes to matters of faith, do we really have the right to choose what we believe? And what would Jesus himself say about all of this?”

Well, Jesus actually did address this very subject. Let’s look at Matthew’s gospel, beginning in chapter four, where we find his account of Jesus…

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Face Masks-The Epitome of Stupid Government

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This may be hard to understand for those of you that live in sane parts of the country, but masks in blue state America are still very much a thing and are not going away, not in medical offices anyway. Those of us that live in them need to accept this and decide to either have continually uncomfortable conversations with receptionist gatekeepers, form our own underground network of providers, or move.

My dentist’s office has been fanatical about masks throughout Covid, but I was so hoping by now common sense had finally arrived and that they had ditched the state health department’s mask requirement. I walked in today smiling large and gave the receptionist a boisterous hello, naively hoping she’d pull down her mask and we’d smile and laugh like pre Covid times.

Nope, not even close. I was handed a mask as soon as I walked in. I feigned…

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Thinking About Evil

There is so much wisdom in this. Be sure to watch the short video, too.

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Artaxes has an awesome post up featuring a 12 minute video by satirist/realist JP called, Why I Changed MY mind About Evil! (I Was WRONG). Because WordPress has absolutely butchered how shared posts are viewed, I’m going to cut and paste Artaxes commentary, along with the video below.

From Artaxes:

“JP is known for his funny videos and his political satire. He is no theologian but he gives a very useful working definition of evil. He gives also very good advice on how to recognize eivil and how to deal with it. Although not theologically accurate on some points, this video is much more useful than the stuff that comes from many theologians.”

My own perspective is that JP nails it. I’ve been thinking a lot about good and evil lately so his video was timely. Just how exactly does evil manifest in real life and in what areas am…

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The Dream – (48) Pictures are Worth…

It is sometimes difficult to visualize the changes that are being made unless we have a few pictures to help us along. I went over to the ministry home this morning and pulled weeds out of the front garden. I didn’t have enough “umph” left to tackle the ones where the front steps and walkway will be so try not to let those distract you. Obviously the front steps are another “to do” on the list but I was told cement guys, those that do that, are booked up, so we wait. We still have to install the shutters and I’m not sure when that will be done. But this is the progress we’ve made to the outside. I think, “you’ve come a long way baby” fits.

Remember back when we first started. Oh my.
The shrubs were up rooted and we were digging up the stumps. We did pressure wash the front to remove all the yuck from the shrubs.
Once I got the roots and “yuck” out I started planting.

Adding the birdbath, bird house, and fawn deer gave it just the right touch.
With the planting done, the mulch put down, the edging was then installed.

The garden being finished and the house painted, (transforming the red front door to a Teal and covering the natural brick with gray) we still have the shutters to do and installing steps, but other than that, we are pretty much finished outside.

And the Rose of Sharon has bloomed

Update: My energy levels are getting a little better after my “July from Hell.” I want to thank you all for your prayers and words of encouragement. I’m doing a bit better and moving forward.

Until next time blessings to you.

Into the Light Ministry

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