First thing you are probably thinking is, wow this is a change from all the other blogs they have been posting.
Yeah this one is an update on us and how we have been doing. Well first and for most we are having our 2 year wedding anniversary on Tuesday Sept. 22, 2009. So we are planning a road trip for this Friday and Saturday, because on our wedding anniversary we have 2 doctors appointments and also have to do our JMC Ministries LIVE Show. But it will be fun to share our story on the show.
Miranda's health is gradually getting better. She has made a lot of progress in the past year and we pray she continues to get better. Please keep JMC Ministries in your prayers as Miranda continues to deal with her illness and for healing. We will not disclose what Miranda's illness is other than it is debilitating and keeps her from being able to work. But through treatment she is getting better.
Jeremy is still out of a job due to the economy, but thanks to unemployment benefits we have been doing good and Jeremy has been going to interviews much more than a few months ago. So we hope and pray the economy is turning around some and he will be able to get a job soon.
Financially JMC Ministries is doing well, we have in the past month paid off one of our vehicles and the other one will be paid off in 5 months. We have paid off all of Miranda's medical bills but 3, and now due to the fact that we have paid off one of the vehicles we have money to put back for emergencies. The past 2 years for JMC Ministries has been a hard one, but even during those tough times, we have always gave our tithe and offering. And we know that is why God has blessed us. In just 5 months we will be debt free except for 3 medical bills. What a blessing.
This is why you never hear or see JMC Ministries asking for Donations or anything to run the ministry. Because, everything we do is done for free. The websites, music, puppets, Eternal Flame News all the graphics and banners we make. All done for free with free website programs and free software programs. We feel that we shouldn't put a price on God's Ministry and as long as we can do it for free, there is no need to charge. Especially when we don't need the money. What we do need to buy for the Ministry, God has always provided the money. For example, our video camera that we only had for a year broke and luckily we had the money to buy a new and even better one for cheaper than what the original one cost. Along with that we have been able to buy a dvd burner so we can make our own dvd's to distribute. And because of this we have been able to help other ministries by video taping them singing, preacher or sharing about their ministry. then we post those videos on youtube with their permission so that they can share them on their sites, and also make them dvd's so that they can share them. This has actually kept us pretty busy traveling and doing these videos for other ministries. But, we are happy that we are able to help others.
October seems to going to be a busy one. We are working with our Mom to write up some new puppet skits for a Halloween themed Puppet show JMC Ministries will be doing for the Paint Creek State Park here in Ohio for their big halloween bash they throw every year. Our Aunt works for the Park and she is one that is in charge of putting this thing together and she asked us if we would come and do a puppet show for the little kids. Now we don't do scary gory stuff, because this is a ministry. We also have very strong beliefs on NOT promoting witchcraft or sorcery. It is very hard in todays society to do a clean halloween party because everything is about killing, violence and gore. But, we want to rise above what Society is promoting and give children a chance to have a fun time with out giving them nightmares. We will be video taping the whole thing and of course will post it to share with everyone.
We are even working on a special JMC Ministries LIVE show where the Puppets will be hosting it! That we do believe will be awesome! To get some ideas we've been watching alot of the Muppet Show.
On top of this we are now working on creating websites for people and helping others to create their own websites, banners etc. So we have been staying pretty busy with all this.
Just keep JMC Ministries in your prayers as we continue to work to help build the Kingdom!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
The Science of Lying
From the Science Channel Documentary "The Truth About Liars"
From the Science Channel Documentary "The Truth About Liars"
Tuesday Sept. 1, 2009 on JMC Ministries LIVE we talked about The Science of Lying after watching the Science Channels Documentary "The Truth About Liars" Here is the outline of notes I took and shared.
What the Experts say about lying
--They say most people lie in every 1 out of 4 sentences.
--College students's lie 50% of the time to their mom's and 77% of the time to strangers.
--They also say that lying is VITAL to happiness and survival. It is called SELF DECEPTION. Now the experts say that the only way people can stand to live life is by deceiving themselves to think the world is better than it is, ignore the problems others and even themselves are facing. Because if we lived in the real world and not the self deception world we couldn't stand it.
--And finally they say that Lying is a natural part of life, being human, and part of EVOLUTION! This was repeated over and over again through out the entire documentary by the different experts.
How Far Will Some People Go To Help Conceal A Lie?
--The documentary interviewed an online agency that helps men and women have affairs on their significant others! This website helps people create fake buisness meetings, hotel reservations and even have fake receptionists on call to answer phones to convince the "victim" that their partner is where he/she says they are
--They of course wouldn't disclose the website or the name of the company, but one woman who works for the company was interviewed and she said that she couldn't even tell her son what she does for a living it was that secretive and also the woman gave the impression that she was in a way ashamed of what kind of work she did.
A poll taken in Canada on "Who are the most trustworthy People"
--In the top were Firefighters, Nurses, and Doctors
--At the very bottom were Car Salesmen and big surprise POLITICIANS
Another poll taken states that 58% of all first time high school students cheat on exams and even some have parents do their homework for them.
--They interviewed a teacher that told of one time a student handed in a paper and had left the sticky note their mother had written saying "here you go honey had fun doing this paper for you" Even the teacher was stunned by the fact the student took no precautions to make sure they didn't get caught.
People that lied and deceived
--They talked about Adolf Hitler and how he signed peace agreements with different countries, but did not keep them and inevitably started WWII
--One man said, "Greed led me to lie and steal." Just before he was found guilty of scamming people out of millions of dollars.
At the end of the entire Documentary a professor of a University (I didn't get his name or the university because, we don't have DVR so i couldn't rewind to double check, and took notes as fast as I could) said to sum it all up, "I am a Liar and You are a liar, and that's ok."
So I looked up some quotes from people who talked about lying
--Abraham Lincoln said, "If you once foreit the confidence of your fellow citizens you can never regain their respect and esteem. it is true that you may fool all of the peole some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time."
--Adrienne Rich (a liberal, feminist, poet, and writer)said, "Lying is done with words and also with silence."
What the Bible says about Lying
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all the LIARS--their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."
Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another.
If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him. A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.
Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous.
Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool--how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
Now if what the Professor of a University says is true, "I'm a liar, your a liar and that's ok?" Then why is there so many people losing their jobs because they lied, people being hurt because of lies? Even Going to Jail because they lied! I mean if it's ok then why is there such hard consequences for lying? I mean even the bible says you shouldn't lie.
Maybe that Professor is practicing "SELF DECEPTION" you think?
Note: all the stats, quotes other than the ones from Abraham Lincoln, Adrienne Rich and bible verses were directly taken from "The Truth About Liars" Documentary from the Science Channel