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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Study of 500,000 Teens Suggests Association Between Excessive Screen Time and Depression (vice.com)

Depression and suicide rates in teenagers have jumped in the last decade -- doubling between 2007 and 2015 for girls -- and the trend suspiciously coincides with when smartphones became their constant companions. A recent study places their screen time around nine hours per day. Another study, published on Tuesday, suggests that suicide and depression could be connected to the rise of smartphones, and increased screen time. Around 58 percent more girls reported depression symptoms in 2015 than in 2009, and suicide rates rose 65 percent. Smack in the middle of that window of time, smartphones gained market saturation. 

In Twenge's new study, published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, the researchers looked at two samples: a nationally representative survey by ongoing study "Monitoring the Future" out of the University of Michigan, which is administered annually to 8th, 10th, and 12th graders, and the Centers for Disease Control's Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System,

 A sample of high school students administered by the CDC every other year. (Both surveys began in 1991.) Altogether, over 500,000 young people were included. The study authors examined trends in how teens used social media, the internet, electronic devices (including gaming systems and tablets), and smartphones, as well as how much time they spent doing non-screen activities like homework, playing sports, or socializing. 
Comparing these to publicly available data on mental health and suicide for these ages between 2010 and 2017 showed "a clear pattern linking screen activities with higher levels of depressive symptoms/suicide-related outcomes and non-screen activities with lower levels," the researchers wrote in the study. All activities involving screens were associated with higher levels of depression or suicide and suicidal thinking, and activities done away from a screen were not.

The Rapture Watch

This is 100% Scriptural proof that we are to remain watchers despite opening ourselves up to mockers & persecution concerning the rapture of the Church.

By Matthew Sloane.

"THE WATCHERS" quick reference.

 The 6 points to cross-reference

1. Matthew24:36-39 
The majority of people today will be ("OBLIVIOUS" NON-Watchers) just like they were when the Great flood destroyed mankind previously.

2. Matthew24:42-44
"Therefore keep watch"!  we are commanded to continuously keep watch, for we don't know the exact day or hour.

3. Matthew24:45-47 
Blessed is the servant who is "Doing his Job" a watcher is active & mocked by non-watchers.

4. Matthew24:48-51
A Non-watching Servant says Mocks his fellow servants and begins to live worldly because he believes the master delays.

5. Revelation3:2-3 
"Be Watchful" the servant who will not "Watch" God will come upon like a thief.
6. 1Thessalonians 5:6  A warning not to be a non-watcher, but watch & be sober.

Readiness at Any Hour

Matthew 24:36-51

36No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark. 39And they were oblivious, until the flood came and swept them all away. So will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40Two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.

42Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day on which your Lord will come. 43But understand this: If the owner of the house had known in which watch of the night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44For this reason, you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.

45Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household, to give the others their food at the proper time? 46Blessed is that servant whose master returns and finds him doing his job. 47Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.

48But suppose that servant is wicked and says in his heart, ‘My master will be away a long time.’ 49And he begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50The master of that servant will come on a day he does not anticipate and at an hour he does not expect. 51Then he will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Revelation 3:2-3
2Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. 3Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

1 Thessalonians 5:6
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us Watch and be sober.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Kent Henry Minstrel Of The Lord Jesus Christ

Many Christians Are Practicing Witchcraft without realizing it?

Christians are practicing witchcraft.

I was in intense pain in much of my body due to stage four bone cancer. My doctor sent me home as being inoperable and "he didn't want to ruin what quality of life I had left on this earth."

I had a friend who went out to the desert with me for decades. He was a chiropractor. So I went to his home to see if perhaps I could get some relief from my pain.

While there he told me that his 90 year old father had cancer and that he had recommended an Asian  herb to him.

He told my son and I that his dad took the herb and was completely healed according to his medical test results.

As you may well have guessed we were excited to hear about this.

So we asked my friend what was the herb? 

He evaded our question saying some stuff that indicated he would talk about it later.

There was no reason to not simply tell us what the herb was.

So a while later we again asked him again.

And once again he "took it away from us" by not telling us what the herb was. But he did say that he had some.

We asked him a total of four times what was the herb that he knew about.

He never told us but kept us feeling manipulated.

As my son and I drove away from his home we discussed what had transpired.

We concluded that if one of our desert buddies had cancer and we had a cure, we would not mess around, we would tell him immediately what it was and if we had some we would give it to him right away.

There was a form of witchcraft my friend was utilizing on me. One definition of witchcraft is taking over the will of others and manipulating them to your own will.

He was utilizing a classic "Amway" multi level marketing ploy on me. Don't know if he is an 
Amway distributor. 

He never did tell us what the herb is to date. 

Some friend, right?

Another time, in the 70's, I had encountered the same manipulation.  It was during a horrible recession where I had no work and the bills were piling up and the rent was due.

Someone suggested that I go to Calvary Chapels saturday morning prayer breakfast because a lot of construction people are there and perhaps someone would need a good painter.

I went and I shared with one of the men that I was a painting contractor. He said, "That's great, I am a cabinet maker, how about you come over to my home on Sunday with your wife and we can talk."

Oh I was so excited that perhaps he needed someone to stain and lacquer his cabinets.

My wife and I show up at his home and meet him and his wife and he starts with some sales techniques that were similar to what I describe above.

Turned out he didn't want to talk about work of any kind, he wanted to get me into his Amway world. Why did he not upfront tell me he wanted to pitch Amway to us and was not interested in giving me some work?

We were so disappointed as we drove home, the man had deliberately mislead me and tried to manipulate my will.

Some teach how to be a top producer in Amway. And if it is any kind of manipulation of a human, it is witchcraft.

There was one desert retreat where one of the guys was bragging about how he was one of the top producers in his real estate business.

He told us how he had taken sales courses to learn how to be a top seller of homes.

We asked him to share some of what he had learned that made him a top producer.

He said that "you mirror your target victim." If they fold their arms across their chest you do it to. 

If they scratch their nose you scratch your nose. The target usually will not notice the mirroring and will be manipulated to your will for the sale. 

He then told us of other ways to manipulate the target for the sale. I felt like I was listening not to a Christian man but to a Shaman who was sharing his witchcraft secrets with us. And yes "taking it away" from the target, just like in Amway sales, was one of the manipulating techniques. 

To try and control another human will is a form of witchcraft.

Recently a man approached me and told me that he had been praying for me. He did not divulge too much information and wanted to "meet with me" at "another time" to "talk about some things." He gave me his phone number, but I did not call him.

I ran across him again and he told me a little more information, he said he knew of a cancer cure and wanted to share it with me and that he would give me some stuff to read about it.

Notice he did not tell me what the cure was.

I told him that I would call him. But my red flag went up after I left his presence, could this just be another manipulating to get me to either buy something or join something? 

It certainly is following a pattern.

I been walking with the Lord since 1967 and have been assigned intercession for people by the Lord and not once did I feel lead to let that person know that I was praying for them in an assignment from the Lord.

Yes I do respond to prayer request on Facebook and I do let them know I will be praying for them. That is different than getting an intercession assignment from the Lord.

When we use any kind of technique to try and manipulate the will of others it is a form of witchcraft.

I know of a Christian man who is an office leasing agent. He trust in the Lord and manipulates no one. God opens doors and provides for him and his wife along with their 12 children. He does not have to try and control anyones will to his.

Monday, November 06, 2017

There is now a shortage of cassette tape in the world

Steve Stepp and his team of septuagenarian engineers are using a bag of rust, a kitchen mixer larger than a man and a 62-foot-long contraption that used to make magnetic strips for credit cards to avert a disaster that no one saw coming in the digital-music era. 
The world is running out of cassette tape (Editor's note: the link could be paywalled; alternative source). National Audio Co., where Mr. Stepp is president and co-owner, has been hoarding a stockpile of music-quality, an-eighth of an inch-wide magnetic tape from suppliers that shut down in the past 15 years after music lovers ditched cassettes.
 National Audio held on. Now, many musicians are clamoring for cassettes as a way to physically distribute their music. The company says it has less than a year's supply of tape left. So it is building the first manufacturing line for high-grade ferric oxide cassette tape in the U.S. in decades.
 If all goes well, the machine will churn out nearly 4 miles of tape a minute by January. And not just any tape. "The best tape ever made," boasts Mr. Stepp, 69 years old. "People will hear a whole new product."

'Something Is Wrong On the Internet'

"Someone or something or some combination of people and things is using YouTube to systematically frighten, traumatize, and abuse children, automatically and at scale, and it forces me to question my own beliefs about the internet, at every level," writes James Bridle. From the article:

To begin: Kid's YouTube is definitely and markedly weird. I've been aware of its weirdness for some time. Last year, there were a number of articles posted about the Surprise Egg craze. Surprise Eggs videos depict, often at excruciating length, the process of unwrapping Kinder and other egg toys. That's it, but kids are captivated by them. There are thousands and thousands of these videos and thousands and thousands, if not millions, of children watching them. [...] What I find somewhat disturbing about the proliferation of even (relatively) normal kids videos is the impossibility of determining the degree of automation which is at work here; how to parse out the gap between human and machine.
The New York Times, last week:Parents and children have flocked to Google-owned YouTube Kids since it was introduced in early 2015. The app's more than 11 million weekly viewers are drawn in by its seemingly infinite supply of clips, including those from popular shows by Disney and Nickelodeon, and the knowledge that the app is supposed to contain only child-friendly content that has been automatically filtered from the main YouTube site. But the app contains dark corners, too, as videos that are disturbing for children slip past its filters, either by mistake or because bad actors have found ways to fool the YouTube Kids algorithms. In recent months, parents like Ms. Burns have complained that their children have been shown videos with well-known characters in violent or lewd situations and other clips with disturbing imagery, sometimes set to nursery rhymes.