Friday, August 29, 2014

Big Wednesday James O'brien Board Transfer And Laird Hamilton Pier Shot

We just had some of the biggest waves in a while here on the California coast this week.

There was one dude who surfed the wedge in an unusual way. He paddled out on a long board with a short board. After he gt into the wave on his long board he transfers to the short board and abandons the long board. This guy is epic!

One observer told me that James made one wave and did not make another.

Jamie O'Brien Board Transfer @ Wedge 08/27/14

And Laird Hamilton shot the Malibu Pier as if he does it all the time at an extremely fast pace. 
Laird Hamilton shot the Malibu Pier.. Videoed from a drone.
Videoed from the sand...and another angle...

"Not Me, Lord! I Can't Talk!"

In the third chapter of Exodus, we read that the Lord spoke to Moses when he was on the backside of the desert herding a flock of sheep.

He had been there ever since he fled for his life after killing a man in Egypt and burying him in the sand.

He could not go back to Egypt, so he married a Midianite girl by whom he had children.

Jethro, his father in law, was a priest of Midian.

God began to talk to Moses, and what He had to say to him was very important. For two chapters we see that God was very patient with him; but in Exodus 4:14 we read, Then the anger of the lord burned against Moses...

Why would God choose a man, begin to talk with him, and spend as much space in the Word trying to persuade him to do His will as is spent in Genesis on the account of creation itself?

Two chapters cover creation, and two chapters cover the time God was trying to convince Moses to go down into Egypt.

There was a reason why God became so angry with Moses, and I would not be surprised if some of us anger the Lord in the same way.

Let us look at what happened, for this is a story we should remember all our lives.

Exodus 3:1-2

Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush ( this was really the Shekinah glory ) : and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and yet the bush was not consumed. 

 It was not a natural fire that Moses saw; it was a holy fire, the same as the tongues of fire that sat on the hundred and twenty in the upper room on the day of Pentecost.

It did not burn up the bush; neither did it singe the hair of the hundred and twenty.

It was a holy Shekinah fire. the presence of the Spirit of God Himself that was moving upon them. The Shekinah glory was the fire that appeared throughout the Old Testament.

It appeared over the ark of the covenant between the cherubim , and it was also the fire in the pillar of fire that blazed at night over the camp of Israel.

 Exodus 3:3-6
And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burnt up.

And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, Here am I.

And he said, Do not come near here: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

God said, "I am the God of your father." Moses parents were Amram, a godly man, and Jochebed.

 Exodus 4:1-12King James Version (KJV)
And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee.

And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.

And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.

And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:

That they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.

And the Lord said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow.

And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.

And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.

And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.

(Moses now had three signs with which to convince the people; and although he ran from the snake and experienced the leprosy, he still was not listening.)

10 And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.

 ( "God, You cannot do it with me!" Do you ever feel that way?)

11 And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord?

12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.

Even though a brother may be blind or deaf, these truths are for him. God will use him. The promises for him to have a ministry are as real and valid as they are for anyone.

Moses argues that he was slow of speech; he probably stuttered and stammered. Moses was telling God that he had the wrong boy.

Although the Lord was showing Moses all the things he was to do, he kept backing off, because for eighty long years he had built up the image of himself that he could never do anything.

Moses became ambitious when he was about 40 years old. According to Josephus, the historian, he was then a general fr Egypt.

When Moses went to the Israelites to be a self-appointed deliverer, he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew; so he killed him and buried him in the sand.

The next day, he saw two Hebrews fighting, and he asked them why they were fighting among themselves.

One of them said,"What are you going to do, kill me and bury me in the sand too?" ( Exodus 2 ) .

Moses was afraid because it was known. Pharaoh then tried too kill him, so he fled to the backside of the desert.

In sparse land, hardly able to sustain anything, he as content to watch over a few sheep for his father in law.

Forty years had gone by, and there was Moses, a nobody who was eighty years old when God was trying to get through to him.

He showed him a bush that would not burn up, a rod that could turn into a serpent, ad a way to make his hand leprous and heal it.

After showing him all these wonders He said, "I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say" ( in other words, God offered to Moses speech that would come prophetically ) .

But he said, "Please Lord, now send the message by whomever Thou wilt." ( Get yourself another boy. I do not want to be the one. Send the message by anyone else." That is exactly what moses meant ) .

God had tried to convince Moses that it was all completely under control. God had chosen him, commissioned him, and promised to enable him.

Yet Moses would not accept it. There was a deep innate reluctance to be an instrument in the hand of God.

( I know of some men like that. Men that God opens up the door of ministry to and they then back off in fear that they will fail.)

Then the anger of the Lord burned against Moses, and He said, "Is there not your brother Aaron the Levite? I know that he speaks fluently.

 And more over, behold, he is coming out to meet you; when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart.

 And you are to speak to him and put the words in his mouth; and I, even I, will be with your mouth and his mouth, and i will teach you what you are to do.

 Moreover, he shall speak for you to the people; and it shall come about that he shall be as a mouth for you, and you shall be as God to him." Exodus 4:12-16.

It had to be that way, because even though Aaron was made the high priest, he was God's second best. We read that in the wilderness, when the people wanted an idol to worship, he said, "Give me your earrings."

Later he made his speech to Moses, saying, "I cast it into the fire and it came out a calf" ( Exodus 32 ). He connived with them in their idolatry.

He was too weak to stand up for Moses who had been on the mountain for forty days. Moses must have been thoroughly shaken to find there was not enough to sustain Aaron and the people for forty days.

After forty days he came down from the mountain, and the people were dancing around the golden calf, worshiping it and committing sinful acts, just after God delivered them out of Egypt and had been so good t them.

People can forget quickly. God grant that we do not forget, that He build it deep within our hearts to be ready to do  the will of the Lord.

Moses was ready to go from that time on. Until that time he tried God until He became very angry with him. God deals drastically when He has called us to be something and we are reluctant to get with it.

It is not the heinous crimes and sins that will stop the Body, it is this reluctance to face what god has called us to be.  

It lies within our power to do what God has called us to do and to say what God tells us to say.

That deep , unbelieving reluctance we  have angers God more than anything else. We have a false image of ourselves that keeps coming up, and it is one of the biggest destroyers of our faith.

How do you really receive the commission or a directive? Like Moses? 

Do you say, "I will do my best that I can, I cannot do anymore," and make your excuses?

Since when has a commission ever been given to a man according to his ability?

When did God ever send a man out to do something, and say, "I have chosen you, O My servant, because I know that you are very wise, you have much money, you have great abilities, and there are many people flocking to you; with great leadership you will accomplish this"?

God never says that about anyone.   

God takes the weak things and confounds the mighty; He takes the foolish things ( I Corinthians 1:27 ).

He chose you, and for you to argue with God that you cannot do what He asks you to do is just as foolish as it was for Moses.

God did not choose you for your ability; He chose you because He chose you, and that is as much reason as you can have to explain it.

God gives you a commission and sends you out to do His will in the earth, and your inability to do it is not, and never will be, the issue.

He said, "I will be with you, I will help you."

You cannot have an image of yourself in your own ability. You must have an image of yourself linked with His ability.

Fantasy can be directly related to faith, if it is not taken too far. People should be healed and delivered from fantasizing too much, for they should not live in a make-believe world.

But the make-believe world, properly guided, can be a springboard into the world of reality.

For instance, suppose there has been a prophesy over you, or you had a dream, or you were sitting in the congregation when God gave a commission to the church.

What are you going to do about it?

Begin to imagine yourself as one of the prophets or prophetesses of the Lord. Fantasize a little about it.

Picture yourself like peter, walking down the street with your shadow falling on the sick and healing them.

Picture yourself blessing handkerchiefs and garments and sending them out- picture the people being healed.

Live it yourself. Let it be a springboard to your faith, until you accept yourself as a bond-slave of the Lord who can do anything He commissions you to do.

You can do anything He tells you to do.

You can become anything He says you will be.

This is the faith you must have. What image do you have of yourself? Is it an image according to the flesh with its limitations, or do you have an image of yourself with faith which envisions what it will be?

Remember, God looks at you with faith, and He is liable to shout at you ( as He did to Gideon in Judges 6 and 7 ) when you are running from the enemy and say, "The Lord is with the, thou mighty man of valor! Wherefore art thou running from the enemy? Turn around and smite them, and they will flee from thee in seven ways" ( Deuteronomy 28:7 ).

Get the picture in your mind that God is not limited, and neither are you limited in your relationship to Him.

The anger of the Lord burned against Moses, and perhaps you feel that the Lord is not happy about the way you regard yourself- the way you draw back from being all that He wants you to be.

Let one of your objectives be to break loose from your limitations. Stand and pray the prayers of faith.

Believe God and walk in His faith with all your heart.      

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thursday wrapup

web1_2012-Racetrack-02a.jpgArs piece about the executive order that is the legal basis for the U.S. government's mass spying on citizens.

One thing sits at the heart of what many consider a surveillance state within the US today. The problem does not begin with political systems that discourage transparency or technologies that can intercept everyday communications without notice. 

Like everything else in Washington, there's a legal basis for what many believe is extreme government overreach—in this case, it's Executive Order 12333, issued in 1981. 

 “12333 is used to target foreigners abroad, and collection happens outside the US," whistleblower John Tye, a former State Department official, told Ars recently.

 "My complaint is not that they’re using it to target Americans, my complaint is that the volume of incidental collection on US persons is unconstitutional.” 

The document, known in government circles as "twelve triple three," gives incredible leeway to intelligence agencies sweeping up vast quantities of Americans' data. 

That data ranges from e-mail content to Facebook messages, from Skype chats to practically anything that passes over the Internet on an incidental basis.

 In other words, EO 12333 protects the tangential collection of Americans' data even when Americans aren't specifically targeted—otherwise it would be forbidden under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978.


Across drought-stricken California, farmers are desperate for water. Now, many of them are calling dowsers.

 These "water witches," draped in dubious pseudoscience or self-assembled mythologies—or both—typically use divining rods and some sort of practiced intuition to "find" water. The professional variety do so for a fee.

 And business is booming. They're just part of a storied tradition of pseudoscientific hucksters exploiting our thirst for water, with everything from cloudbusters to rainmachines to New Age rituals.


 Those plucky "Ukrainian separatist's" ambition to join Russia have now been given Russian military support, as the Russian Army with long columns of armor have invaded Ukraine and have opened up a second warring front, in a big way. 

 The Reuters report, interestingly, quotes a member of Putin's own advisory council on human rights describing the move as an invasion: "When masses of people, under commanders' orders, on tanks, APCs and with the use of heavy weapons, (are) on the territory of another country, cross the border, I consider this an invasion." 


 I have windows 8.1 on my laptop and I find that I never use 'apps' at all.
 Microsoft announced on its Windows blog Wednesday that it's removed more than 1,500 apps from its Windows Store in a bid to clean up the store and restore trust with Windows 8 and Windows Phone users.

 Microsoft's new certification process, in particular, asks for clear and accurate names that "reflect the functionality of the app," more accurate categories, and differentiated icons to ensure apps aren't confused with one another.

 Microsoft reached out to developers with apps that violated its policies; some agreed to make changes to their software, while those who were "less receptive" saw their apps removed from the Windows Store.


Darn, the mystery has been removed...
"The flat surface of the Racetrack Playa in Death Valley is littered with rocks, some weighing hundreds of kilograms, each at the end of a track indicating that it has somehow slid across the surface. 

The mechanism behind this has been the subject of much speculation but little evidence, until a trio of scientists caught them in action with cameras and GPS."


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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The Feynman Lectures on Physics, The Most Popular Physics Book Ever Written, Now Completely Online

Who Will You be, Nothing Or God's Somebody?

Susie Chicken, Dave, Tiger Kitty and Billy Dog love Dad's chair when he is blogging.
 Whenever the Apostle Paul wrote to a church or to one of the ministries such as Timothy or Titus or Philemon, he reviewed certain thing in his mind as well as in the mind of the reader of his epistle.

Secondly, he reviewed what the Lord was to him and to those to whom he was writing.

That was as important for them as it is for you; for what you are is relative to what God is to you.

Thirdly, whenever Paul wrote to a church or to an individual, he reminded them of what they were. That too was important, for no deep underlying problem is as deadly as the unbelief a person has in his heart concerning himself.

You may not realize who you are, even when it is prophesied that you are called to be an apostle, or a prophet, or a pastor, or an elder, etc.

A number of doubts may say it is not so, or at best you accept that someday it might be so.

You will not believe God's word over you until you have that same image of your self that God has of you.

For example, from the moment a man marries, he is the spiritual head of his bride. Regardless of whether or not he takes that headship, God says he is the spiritual head.

If he has that image of himself in his mind, he will be that spiritual head. If he does not have that image, he will not.

When you have a correct image of yourself ( and of the Lord's relationship to you and of the ministries who surround you ), your faith becomes strong.

It will not be washed away by negative responses which challenge God's word concerning who you are and what you are to do.

Many young people still think of themselves in the light of what their parents have told them: "Get out of my house! You are no good! You will always be a failure!"

Parents often beat into a child what later becomes his subconscious conviction that he is no good. At any moment the will to fail may arise because he is convinced that he s a failure.

He may blank out during a school examination, even though he knows the material perfectly, because he has an inner compulsion to fail.

Let the Lord deal with the deep conditioned responses in your heart. When God gives you a word, meditate on it until the inner image you have of yourself is compatible with what He said.

Most of the motivations of your actions are based upon your imagination. You can have an image of a certain vocation, and you will fulfill it.

But if you have been given words about becoming a certain kind of servant of God, meditate upon them.

Never forget those words, for if you think upon them, you will find yourself more and more faithful and given to that image.

It is easier to respond to what you believe. Be a remembrancer of one another's ministry, so that the image is clear, not in your mind but, more important, in other person's thinking.

He must have that image, too. This is an essential part of faith.

Unbelief in Christians denies what God says about them. They would not think of opposing certain points of doctrine by calling them lies.

Yet many who have had deep dealings of the Lord which confirmed their places and callings are still overcome occasionally with deep self-condemnation, self-rejection, and withdrawal.

That happens when their secret image of themselves is tarnished. They must be rid of that and think of themselves as sons of God coming forth.

In Paul's epistle to the Roman believers, he told them who he was.

Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures... Romans 1:1-2.

Paul was saying, in effect, "First of all, I am a bond-servant . I must do what God tells me to do, for I am His slave.

I am called to be an apostle, and I can be an apostle if I am His bond-slave. I am set apart for the gospel of God.

As His slave, my life is not my own. I am set apart to speak His word and to be His apostle. That is who I am."

Who are you?

Write yourself a letter in the same manner as Paul:
"I am a true believer, called to be a bond-servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, serving the Lord in the end time, set apart as a part of the remnant..."

When you finish the introduction, you will have stated your acceptance of what God says you are and what, by His grace, He makes you.

Next Paul said who the Lord is:
...concerning His Son, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, who was declared with power to be the Son of God by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord, through Whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles, for His name's sake... Romans 1:3-5.

In other words, Paul was saying, "This is who I am, because this is what God is."

He pointed out God's grace. When you see it that way, it works. You see who you are as a result of what God is to you.

Paul continued,
...among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ; to all who are beloved of god in Rome, called
as saints: Grace to you and peace from God or Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 1:6-7.

That is a beautiful introduction, according to the pattern Paul followed in his epistles. He said what he was, what the Lord was, and what the church was.

I Corinthians 1:1 begins in this manner:
Paul, called as an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God...

Paul did not worry about the divisions in the Corinthian Church or wonder whether or not the people would accept the Word.

Some of the people were claiming to be of Peter, some of Apollos, but he did not worry whether they would listen to him or not.

He simply saw himself as what he was, and then he had no point to prove.

A man has a big point to prove when he is uncertain of himself; then he goes out of his way to establish his identity or to vindicate himself.

God's end-time disciples do not have any point to prove in their walk with God. They are not on the defensive, despite accusations about their ways of worshiping and walking.

They have the answers because they know who they are.

Many denominational churches in this hour are falling apart because they have no answers.

The people of God in this hour do not make any pretense or build themselves up as being super-religious.

They are not trying to be superior by using discipline or self improvement tactics.

All they are, by the grace of God, is God's end time remnant. His holy army.

They do not have to be anything but His mouthpiece to speak His word, and things will happen.

They can speak as Paul spoke:
Paul, called as an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, to the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus , saints by calling, with all who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I Corinthians 1:1-3

Paul identified his relationship to the Lord and the relationship of the Corinthians to the Lord as well. When such a bond is established, everything else works.

Do you know who God is?
 Do you know and have you accepted who you are?

At times you may wake up in the morning feeling like nothing and thinking, " 'Nothing' is just crawling out of bed. Now 'nothing' is putting on his clothes.

Now 'nothing' is combing his hair. Here goes 'Nothing!' "

It might be an hour before you finally convince yourself that the Lord is with you and that it is going to be a good day.

From a human viewpoint, it is true that you are nothing. However you must view yourself from God's viewpoint.

He looks at you according to what He is doing and what He is producing in you. Everything changes according to the way God is relating to you.

Notice Paul's introduction in his epistle to Titus:

Paul, a bond-servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, in the hope of eternal life, which God, Who cannot lie, promised long ages ago, but at the proper time manifested, even His word, in the proclamation which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior...
Titus 1:1-3

Paul was saying that God cannot lie and that He called him and promised him salvation, long ages ago. God entrusted it to Paul and made him a trustee of the wealth in the knowledge of god's program.

What is a trustee?

Suppose one of your ancestors set aside a large inheritance which was to be administered through a trustee. This might involve money or property which would be administered through a trustee.

This might involve money or property which would be administered for your benefit.

The trustee would have a tremendous responsibility, because he might not own much personally, yet he might control and have access to large sums of money.

Think of yourself as Paul did. Consider yourself a bond-servant of the Lord and a trustee. God's provision is all in your hands if you think of it that way.

But you will feel poor if you think about what you are personally. Instead, think of what God has commissioned you to be and to do, and suddenly you become a trustee of God's estate and you cease to be poor.

Do not think of yourself as you are after the flesh ( Philippians 3:3 ) ; yet in everything we are enriched by Christ ( I Corinthians 1:5 ).

Paul told how he was entrusted with the proclamation of God's word. Paul called Titus his true child in a common faith, referring to his relationship with God ( Titus 1:4 ).

Paul knew what he was in relationship to God, and he knew what God was in relationship to Titus.

Because of that he knew the relationship he had with Titus, and therefore he said, "Titus, my true son."

God's true believers in this end time are a family because of their relationship to God and to one another.

They are a family of spiritual fathers and true children who sacrifice and glorify God because they do not relate to one another on a human basis, but only as they relate to the Lord.

They have an image of one another as the Body of Christ and as the army of the Lord because they are beginning to believe what god says about them.

Think how God can move through a people who believe completely, accepting all that He has spoken over them and trusting Him with all their hearts.

Do not belittle yourself.

Ask the Lord to help you to be a believer, deep within, and to have the image that He has of you.

He can erase past experiences that still haunt you and give you a bad image of yourself.

Do not let them plague your mind, constantly creating a false image.

Let the Holy Spirit show you what it means to be one of the sons of God, called to walk in this strategic age as instruments in the hand of the Almighty, called to be saints, called to be a mighty warring priesthood that shall bring down Babylon as they shall prophesy.

They shall not glory in human strength, but they shall glorify God for what He has made them to be in His presence.