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February 09, 2011

Jerry's Ink

The Miracle

It was a miracle.

An out-and-out genuine miracle.

And I swear it actually happened.

I couldn't and wouldn't make this up.

Let me start my story of the miracle that touched me on Sunday by saying I have no religion. I like them all . . . respect them all – I celebrate many of their holidays.

However, I believe you can lead a moral, upstanding life without being part of any organized religion. I like to think of myself as God's favorite atheist.

That said, if there is anything that I worship, it's music of all kinds. Especially music on my iPod. I have over 12,000 songs on my iPod, and have them all playing on random, so at any given time, the odds are 12,000-to-1 that a song will come up.

I've put whole Time-Life CDs from the Best of the 30s, 40s, 50s, etc. etc. on my iPod, so it's safe to say I have no idea what songs are on it.

Now we come to last Sunday morning.

It was the best day of any year. It was Super Bowl day, so I woke up in the morning smug about the game. I was sure I had nailed it. No way Pittsburgh could lose. I had a sizable bet with my local, friendly bookie. Pittsburgh + 3 points was a lock.

Big Ben (The Molester) Roethlisberger was going to bring home the Steelers and I was completely confident in my bet.

There I was, standing in my bathroom, mouth full of toothpaste, brushing away, when I put down the toothbrush and decided to put on some music.

I reached out to the speaker pad in my bathroom wall and pushed "Play" and the music came on. That's when the miracle occurred.

A miracle that only a person like me – who loves to bet every Sunday on pro football – can appreciate.

The first song that came on goes back 59 years to 1952 and I swear I haven't heard it since then. This song by a mediocre singer (even by 1950 standards) named Guy Mitchell was playing loud and clear in my bathroom.

The first line is:

"There's a pawnshop on a corner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania"

Followed by:

"(There's a pawnshop on a corner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

And I walk up and down 'neath the clock (By the pawnshop on a corner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

But I ain't got a thing left to hock"

I dropped the toothbrush and ran through the house wearing just my bright orange boxers screaming, "Judy! Judy! Judy! It's a miracle! It's a miracle!"

My wife, the beautiful Judy Licht, was in the kitchen having a cup of coffee. She looked up at me and tried to understand what I was saying with white toothpaste foam drooling out of the corners of my mouth.

"Pittsburgh is going to lose! Pittsburgh is going to lose!" I screamed.

"God just talked to me on my iPod. Pittsburgh is going to lose. Don't you understand, the lyrics are about the people in Pittsburgh going to hock shops. Why hock shops? Because they lost all their money betting on Pittsburgh.

"It's a message to me from God. I have to change my bet."

Judy didn't say anything, she just looked into her coffee cup and slowly shook her head. Perhaps she was communicating with God about me. Hopefully she wasn't asking God to take me.

Naturally I made a bigger bet on Green Bay to offset the bet I had made earlier in the week on Pittsburgh.

On Sunday night at a Super Bowl party at my house I told all my friends about the miracle and how God had talked to me. And how sure I was that Pittsburgh was going to lose.

My friends, like Judy, said nothing. They just shook their heads.

At the end of the game, with just 40 seconds left to go, the announcer said, "Aaron Rodgers will take a knee and the Packers are winners of the Super Bowl."

I watched and contemplated taking two knees to thank God for my miracle.

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    February 09, 2011 | 03:58 PM

    Your a TV show waiting to rival Larry David.

    Cheryl Hill
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    On Hearing From God
    February 15, 2011 | 06:10 AM

    God doesn't only communicate to us in signs, which he definitely does, but he also talks to ALL of us in our thoughts, though most don't realize this (they think it is just internal mental debates). Thoughts come into our heads from the spiritual realm; the word "inspiration" means "a spirit goes into it". It is normal Christian theology to hear from God: Jesus said "my sheep hear my voice" John 10:27 and the book of James ch 3 says there is "wisdom from above and wisdom from below", meaning, 2 sources, God and demons. The old cartoon of a man with an angel on one side and a demon on the other, pulling him in opposite directions, is actually based on truth. Psychiatrists' second question is always, "do you hear voices?" and if one says yes they are trained to call it an auditory hallucination, a supposed symptom of psychosis. Consequently, Christians for 50 years have been labeled schizophrenic and schizoaffective which are really nonsense labels, not real diseases at all; from an atheistic materialistic non-spiritual worldview, which is what psychiatry is. Freud, the father of psychiatry, was an atheist. I invite anyone seriously interested in this to go to my website and read my articles, "Do you believe God speaks to you?", "Letter to a scientist/atheist" and my FREE BOOK, Manual for Transformational Healing-God's Answer to Psychiatry, which God inspired me to write after making me a witness to the unconstitutional atheistic system of psychiatry & its toxic drugs. Jerry, having a background in advertising, you can appreciate the incredible advertising snow job that has occurred over the years by the pharmaceutical industry to convince the public that mental illness is caused by chemical imbalances, which it is not, so they can sell drugs to correct it. The truth is that mental illness is caused by demonic oppression and the solution is prayer in Jesus name. Jesus did it and gave his followers authority to do it; I have done it; it works. My book talking about how one can be healed of mental & physical illness thru prayer. The bible says that one can rebuke illnesses in Jesus name, because they are caused by spirits; I have done it and been healed several times this way, of serious diseases, so I am speaking from experience, not theory, and scripture, which is inspired by God and speaks the truth, supports this.

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    hearing from God
    February 15, 2011 | 06:32 AM

    an addendum:
    The voice of our conscience is God. God speaks to us in a peaceful, gentle non accusing non condemning manner. Demons talk in a haranguing, accusing way.
    The bible also says that "if you seek me with your heart and soul and mind you will find me" so God wants us to make an effort to find him, and communicate with him. It is a relationship he is after, not just a belief in him. Consequently, he often talks to us in one or two words; the reason being that he is drawing us out, wanting us to engage in dialogue, by reading his word. A bible with a concordance is very valuable this way, since it is a list of words and where they occur in scriptures; one can look up the word God communicates and find the scriptures to which God is leading us. God also often talks in questions, getting us to probe our hearts or motives. He often talks in scripture, which is why reading it and being familiar with it is helpful; if we hear something that contradicts scripture, it is not him; it is from the other side. Having said that, one needs to know which translation to read, since all the modern ones are corrupted, changing words and leaving out words; the only one that is reliable in English is the King JAMES. These points are addressed in my article "letter to a scientist/atheist".

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