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A Christmas poem

The Christmas Star shows the way To the manger in Bethlehem Filled with hay The animals gave watch As our dear Lord was born On a crisp Christmas morn Christ came to save us all Man was lost in sin Since the Fall Out of love Christ came to earth To win us second birth Repent and submit to Him too Be born again Your life is anew Make Christ your Lord And Savior today Do not delay So rejoice and be glad Eternal life Is now had Decorate the Christmas tree Sing carols and stroll in the snow Have some egg nog and let your cheeks glow Have colored lights that shimmer so bright May there be peace on earth On this magical Christmas night So be jolly and full of cheer Let Christmas mirth Herald Christ's birth (c) 2014 Zachary Uram

More on tattoos

I must admit that I *hate* tattoos. When I see them I feel a strong sense of revulsion. When  a girl has tattoos it seems even worse. I have seen many girls who were beautiful, yet they ruined their beauty by getting awful tattoos. The trend used to be that women would get a small tattoo on their wrist or ankle, but now the trend seems to be huge garish tattoos which cover the entire arm or half of their leg. I could not bear to marry a girl who had tattoos. It would drive me crazy! I know we have freedom in Christ, but it's interesting that tattoos were forbidden in the Old Testament. Only pagans got them! Tattoos are now so prevalent in my city among 18-50 year olds that I think those who don't have them are actually now in the minority!

tattoos and piercings

I know this may come off as a rant, but I needed to vent. It seems that I am one of the few people left in America under 40 who doesn't have a tattoo or piercing! It's sad to see how prevalent this is among Christians. It is an extremely widespread practice and is nearly ubiquitous now. When I take the bus to our local supermarket I pass 4 tattoo/piercing places! That is 4 businesses in a 7 minute bus ride. And the trend used to be for women to get a small tattoo on their wrist or their ankle, now the trend seems to be to get huge garish disgusting tattoos that cover their entire arm or leg! Another trend is to get numerous medium sized tattoos on the arms, legs and chest. And I see these guys with tattoos on their neck and even face!!! NO ONE WILL HIRE YOU MORONS! People say that tattoos fade and distort over time and that's true, but I think the vast majority of the tattoos I see are simply hideous and revolting even now. And what's with all the young women with pier

Evening showers

Cool waters Drench the earth A feast Of sound Claps of thunder Loud and foreboding Lightning sizzles Glowing hot I listen Transfixed Rain drops Tap at my window A fresh scent Rebirth Seeds will grow Life moves on The symphony Delights my ears Time slows Earth is replenished We will partake In living waters Come to Christ and thirst no more by Zachary Uram (c) 2014

Sniper Elite

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Sniper Elite is one of my all time favorite games. It was released in 2005 and although some of the graphics are a bit dated, the gameplay is still fantastic. I played single player mode, but recently I hooked up with the IDS clan and plan on playing some multiplayer games with them thanks to a hacked SniperElite.exe woot! Below are some screenshots I took 4.5 years ago when I was playing heavily. Sadly due to my severe depression I often lack the motivation to play games. But I hope to force myself to do more gaming since it is very fun and helps me to relax. I should mention that there is also Sniper Elite version 2 which I have, but haven't played much (1.5 hours) yet as well as Sniper Elite version 3 which will be released on the 27th of this month. I plan on buying that! Now you die! Here is an interesting shot, it shows you the bullet cam perspective (the point of view is just slightly behind the bullet) which shows the trajectory. This is truly epic! A new

Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)

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Manos: The Film of Crap This was by far the worst movie I haver ever watched. Conservatively I've seen at least 20,000 movies so this is no small feat for 'Manos'! The acting was so atrocious any second-rate high school production could put this film's ensemble cast to shame. I've seen more genuine emotion and expression at a church seniors BINGO game. The plot is flimsy, pedestrian and without any depth. It does not challenge or even interest me in any way whatsoever. This is one of the few non-linear films I've seen that was unintentionally so. You could mix the scenes up and would get the same end product which still stank. Probably the worst film editing I've seen. No real thought or skill is apparent in the process. This film's cinematography is abhorrent. No planning went into the shots, the lighting was inept; some indoor scenes lit very dark and then a few moments later the room is blazing with over exposure. The special e

Carne trémula (1997)

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I am wondering about how this film portrayed fidelity, or specifically the lack thereof! It gives the impression women in Spain will casually cheat on their husband if they feel like it. Elena did not seem to care how much it would hurt her husband and she tells him of her infidelity in a detached manner. Is this a Spanish thing? A European thing? I also noticed in several French films the French women are portrayed as hopping from bed to bed without much care or regret for the men in their lives as long as they satisfy their base carnal lusts. This is sad if true and portrays them as very shallow women. I think this is also a big problem in America. Since sex is viewed now by many as just another recreational sport. Does anyone know of modern films from Spain which portray a higher level of fidelity?

Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

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 This film was a good thriller and morality play until the ending ruined it! A shame since it had a lot going for it, albeit Jamie Fox's acting was not very good (he has to be the most overrated A list actor in Hollywood!). However, the ending was so idiotic and contrived it almost ruined the movie for me. Fox went against his own principles and the lofty law to "win" (don't want to spoil it) and thus affirmed everything that Butler's character believed! Ridiculous and irresponsible. They tore down the entire psychology of the movie up to that point and all for what? I loathe director's who think they are being oh so clever with novel 'twist' endings. It just muddies their artistic integrity and the story's continuity.

Bear (2010)

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I'm surprised it is averaging a rating of 4 stars on IMDB! For an ostensible thriller there was little genuine suspense or even horror. The acting was plodding and lacked any real depth or nuance. Character development was kept a bare minimum. A pair of brothers and their significant others are in a car on a trip to some steak house to celebrate someone's birthday (I had to fast forward a bit due to the extreme boredom), they go off the main roads for a short-cut, get a flat tire, the arrogant older brother shoots a young bear like 12 times with what appears to be a 9mm handgun, the mother (or father?) bear is very upset and seeks revenge. That's as far as the plot was developed. Nothing much here. At one point as they've crawled to the end of this metal pipe if you look at the left hand corner you can actually see production people shooting the film! This movie tried to do for bears what "Cujo" did for dogs and fell very flat.

A shameless culture

It was not that long ago that for a child to be born out of wedlock was a deeply shameful thing. That is no longer the case. Now as sexual immorality is rampant we see many children born as bastards out of wedlock. Culturally there is no longer any stigma or shame associated with these births. Even many Christians don't consider it to be a big deal. As a result we have millions of children raised in homes with no father present. This site lists some of the problems associated with fatherless homes. As this article says, "Children of unmarried mothers of any race are more likely to perform poorly in school, go to prison, use drugs, be poor as adults, and have their own children out of wedlock." The black and hispanic communities have the highest rates of children born out of wedlock. A whopping 72% for blacks and 53% of hispanics. The rate for whites is 29%, but in 1965 the rate for whites was only 3%! So in just a few generations we have seen a dramatic increase in

My theological beliefs

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Christ Crucified by Diego Velázquez, 1632 Theology = Covenantal Baptist Denomination = Baptist, Reformed Theology Proper, Nature of God = Trinitarian God's Will = Decretive Preceptive Christology = Hypostatic Union Pneumatology = Monergism Soteriology = Sovereign Grace Alone Lords Supper = Celebration of God's Grace Lapsarian = Undecided, think that we can't really know God's mind on this Hamartiology = Original Sin Anthropology = Total, Radical Depravity Ecclesiastic Authority = Sola Scriptura Baptism = Credo-baptist Cosmology = Biblical Creationist Eschatology = Premillennial Worship = Normative Principal On the Will = Soft Determinist Five Point Calvinist: TULIP - Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, Perseverance of the Saints. I affirm the 5 Solas: Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Solus Christus, Sola Scriptura, Soli Deo Gloria. Calvary by Josse Lieferinxe, circa 1500-1505  I believe every word of t

My struggle

my thoughts race at the speed of light disjointed fragments whiz by weighed down in a heavy abyss lethargy and fatigue reign a heavy malaise washes over me i feel numb hallucinations torment me reality is an illusion an untrusted mind dissociation comes i am drowning in a sea of dreams an unknown sadness profound and unending i ask why anxiety comes paralyzing me with fear and dread delusions rule who can discern the truth of things but there is hope in Christ i finally have peace (c) 2014 Zachary Uram

Four Blood Moons

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Pastor John Hagee now has this wacky Four Blood Moons theory he's pushing, and gullible Christians are gobbling it up! He is founder of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. It's a megachurch. Hagee was on Fox News and Glenn Beck talking about his new book about it. In this book Hagee asserts that based on certain historical events and the timing of the Blood Moons that major prophetic events will be happening with the state of Israel in 2014 and 2015 when the next Blood Moons occur. Hagee's analysis is neither scientific nor proper Biblical exegesis. He is using a bizarre hermeneutic for interpreting Scripture, that much is certain. Oh there is such a lack of discernment in the Church. I recall a few years ago when another wildly popular yet dubious theory was being popularized, the so-called Bible Codes. So many Christians fell victim to that and we are seeing the same thing happen again here. Sadly Hagee's alarmist Blood Moons book is very highly

Pants on the ground

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I am disgusted by the current fashion trend among youth to wear their pants hanging off the bottom of their ass with their underwear exposed. Little do these morons know, but this practice originated in prison culture. When someone was available for gay sex they would wear their pants that way. This is literally the dumbest fashion trend I've ever seen! As the graphic illustrates some police departments are now enforcing the law against these idiots. A large factor in the spread of this trend was depraved rap culture. These fools saw rappers dressing that way and decided to mindlessly imitate them. Here is an apropos song by Larry Platt entitled "Pants On The Ground".

Tattoos

I could not date a girl who had tattoos. I find tattoos to be wholly repugnant and utterly disgusting. It ruins their body. Also there are Biblical reasons why they are not wise. Scripture says: Leviticus 19:28 You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord . Further our bodies, as Christians, are temples of the Holy Spirit so we should not defile or deface our bodies. Corinthians 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? I noticed that girls used to get a small discreet tattoo, but now the trend is to either get many smaller tattoos or to get a huge garish one. It's really unattractive. And girls should realize that tattoos are permanent unless one has very painful and very expensive laser surgery to remove them.

Winter Morn

I step out Into a white landscape The earth blanketed By a frosty embrace In the morning light New fallen snow glimmers Dazzling like diamonds I breathe in cold air, It stings my lungs I feel alive and vital Delicate snowflakes fall Beautiful architecture Wonderfully made by God Such frozen symmetry The snow is crisp As I slowly walk It crunches under foot The streetlight shines Snow shimmers beneath The yellow light May our faith Be pure as snow May our peace Be full As it is this morn (c) 2014 Zachary Uram

Just say no to marijuana!

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John Piper is absolutely correct ! Marijuana is totally wicked and it is illegal. It alters the mind and is extremely dangerous. Also it has been proven that marijuana is a gateway drug which leads to other types of drug abuse. And it impairs cognition and short term memory. Marijuana puts your brain into what is in effect a drunken state which is clearly sinful. I am so sick of these hippy Christians saying we should legalize marijuana. Also long term marijuana use can result in psychosis .  This study shows that daily marijuana use can lead to an earlier onset of psychotic disorders. Another study showed that regular use of marijuana during adolescence could cause permanent brain damage! Further, marijuana can actually kill you. A woman in Britain recently died from it. Also, marijuana deposits four times more tar in the lungs than tobacco. If you are parents please talk with your kids and warn them about the dangers of marijuana. If you are a pastor please let your congre

False teachers

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  These wolves preying on the Body of Christ truly disgust and infuriate me! These wicked false teachers live lavish millionaire lifestyles off the backs of poor people hoping for healing or financial prosperity. So much greed! They have their riches now, but when they die they will surely face the fires of Hell!   These false teachers follow the Word of Faith movement and push what is called the prosperity gospel. It is a false gospel of greed and materialism. Word of Faith adherents believe if you believe in something you can speak it into existence such as a new car or a fancy home. It is nonsense and totally unScriptural.  Christians need to stop watching them on TV, stop supporting their "ministry" and have nothing to do with them. Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Eddie Long, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, Paula White, and all the rest of them make me absolutely sick!  Here are some verses of Scripture to consider:  Romans 16:17-18 ESV I appeal to you, brothers