11/28/10

Declaration

From this day forward I will abstain from and remove any and all lustful habits wrought into me throughout my lifetime.

This will never happen without support and a clear choice on my own, but I'm taking a stand...


Deuteronomy 8:3

3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

11/22/10

Hating Homework

1. Correct speech outline.
2. Make 3 visual aid slides.
3. Write note-cards and develop spoken speech.
4. Practice speech.
5. Organize history folder.


I am so fahreaking stressed

11/21/10

Speech Outline

Title: Willful Ignorance: The Rejection of Truth

Specific Purpose: By the end of my speech the audience will be motivated to learn topics of knowledge, opinion, and faith with an open mind.

The Speech Itself
Introduction

I.  ATTENTION

Attention Getter: There has been an estimated 11 million to 17 million people who were persecuted during the Holocaust CITE SOURCE. But can you believe there are many people in this world, including the President of Iran, who deny that the Holocaust had even happened? This, my friends, is the product of people who choose to be ignorant. And while this may seem to be a bit extreme in terms of ignorance, I want to shine some light that this same type of ignorance has been applied practically to our lifestyles.

Relate to Audience/Give Reason to Listen:   Have you ever found yourself desperately trying to have a friend see something from your point of view? Have you ever had that friend blindly disagree with you? They may have used terms such as “Oh, well I believe what I believe, and I will never change my mind, sorry.” It’s this type of ignorance that deprives this world of truth and brings about closed-minded attitudes such as racism, homophobia, and just plain hatred. Remember the WBC who just came to our school? They create a perfect example of ignorant, narrow-minded people.

Establish Credibility:  You can trust that I am credible on this topic, as I strive to be as open-minded as possible in my own life, and I’ve been trying to advocate a death to ignorance through my passions in life. I’ve also done much research to determine where the lines of opinion of mind and facts of truth are drawn, and I’ve been determined to set them straight.

Central Idea:  Accepting all ideas with an intuitive and open mind will enhance relationships and personal philosophy greatly.

Preview Main Points: Today we’ll go over the main points of addressing the virus of ignorance:

Need/Problem- When people aren’t open-minded, they create a void that separates diverse ideas and people.

Satisfaction/Solution- Open-mindedness will eliminate the issues of ignorance.

Visualization Benefits and/or Consequences- Through open-mindedness we will come together as a community of human beings and expand the quality and purpose of our lives. Through ignorance, we will forever be distanced from another.

Signpost/Transition: So with that being said, let’s dive straight into the problems we’re having with narrow-minded mentality.

II. NEED/PROBLEM- When people aren’t open-minded, they create a void that separates diverse ideas and people.

A.      People deny absolute truths of our world through ignorance. CITE SOURCE 

1.      Through closed-minded thinking, people deny events or happenings throughout history. VISUAL AID
2.      Narrow-minded attitudes have closed off many people from the findings of science and other factual sources of knowledge.

B.     Hateful attitudes spawn from ignorance. CITE SOURCE          

1.      Narrow-minded attitudes are the reasoning behind spiteful prejudices, like racism. VISUAL AID
2.       Narrow-minded attitudes are the reasoning behind spiteful actions, such as hate crimes and war.

C.     Selfishness comes from closed minds. CITE SOURCE   

1.      Staying only within one’s comfortable beliefs causes them only to think of their benefit.
a.      Factual information is twisted from this attitude.
b.      Relationships are torn apart from closed-mindedness.

Signpost/Transition: Now that you’ve heard the complicated issue we have on our hands, here’s how to take care of it.

III. SATISFACTION/SOLUTION- Open-mindedness will eliminate the issues of ignorance.

A.      Take an approach towards new ideas that is accepting and thoughtful.

1.      When it comes to arguments, put yourself in your arguer’s shoes.
a.         Be considerate of both your limited perspectives.
b.         Be an active listener.
c.         Seek a peaceful agreement between the two while maintaining a sense of truth (agree to disagree doesn’t cut it).
2.      When it comes to newly introduced information, consider it right until you can prove it wrong factually.
a.      Research from unbiased sources is necessary to making correct conclusions.
b.      If you cannot find enough evidence to support a fact to be right or wrong, come to the conclusion that it is either partially correct or needs further research.

B.     Reflect on your own views or opinions; question your reasoning or motives.

1.      If you think there is fault within a view or opinion you have, determine the origin, personal history, and reasoning associated with that belief.
2.      If you have ideals, attitudes, or beliefs that have never changed or never questioned, don’t be afraid to question them.
a.      Seek the benefits of newfound knowledge.
b.      Be sure your views are made on a solid foundation.
c.      Accept the idea of possibly being wrong, but see it as an opportunity for new horizons.

C.     Contrary to popular belief, you can have your own unique set of ideals and opinions while still keeping an open mind. (Identify and refute an objection)
1.      Truth as a priority will shape your system of beliefs and keep an open-mind simultaneously.
2.      There is a difference between fact and opinion, the truth is NOT what you define it to be.
a.      Truth comes with evidence or proof.
b.      Opinions are things that cannot be proven, but do not necessarily need to be wrong or right.
c.      The theory of Relativity contradicts itself.

Signpost/Transition: Now that we know how to think outside of our boxes, let’s see how this will affect us.

IV. VISUALIZATION: BENEFITS and/or CONSEQUENCES - Through open-mindedness we will come together as a community of human beings and expand the quality and purpose of our lives. Through ignorance, we will forever be distanced from another.



A.      With an open-minded attitude, biases will not interfere with learning new information.
1.      Open-mindedness (learning without bias) eases accepting historical, scientific, and philosophical facts.
2.      Open-mindedness grants the ability to see some degree of truth in almost everything.
3.      Personal beliefs and ideas can be enlightened through open-minded thinking.
B.     Through open-minded thinking, hateful attitudes can be eliminated and relationships will flourish.
1.      Open-minds are accepting of all types of people and can be very easy to get along with.
2.      Open-minds are able to hear the opinions and see the perspectives of others without rebutting with aggressive, ignorant tendencies.
C.     Without open-mindedness, ignorance will flourish and selfish ideals will dominate.
1.      If every person were to simply be ok with their own beliefs and no others, hateful and inconsiderate attitudes rooted in ignorance would be unchallenged.
2.      Narrow-minded lifestyles leave hardly any room for expanded ideas.
a.      Life becomes dull to its soul and damaging to others for one who rejects change.
b.      No new ideas come from stagnant thinking.

Signpost/Transition to Signal End:  Now let’s summarize the big picture of open-mindedness.

Conclusion 

V.  ACTION Step YOU must apply this way of thinking to advocate any change that comes with open-mindedness.

Restate Central Idea: Accepting all ideas with an intuitive and open mind will enhance relationships and personal philosophy greatly.

Summarize Main Points:  Now remember that we have gone over…

Need/Problem- When people aren’t open-minded, they create a void that separates diverse ideas and people.

Satisfaction/Solution- Open-mindedness will eliminate the issues of ignorance.

Visualization Benefits and/or Consequences- Through open-mindedness we will come together as a community of human beings and expand the quality and purpose of our lives. Through ignorance, we will forever be distanced from another.


Provide Closure: Now, being who I am, I love to share my opinions and beliefs with other people; they’re what make us more than animals. For example, I’m a Christian, I have learned the Word of God through the Bible, the Truth that comes from it, and that Jesus Christ did live and die for me. A narrow-minded version of me would tell you right now that you need to believe and listen to me, and I wouldn’t hear any differences you may have with me. But an open-minded me would just tell you that I would be happy to share with you my personal experiences with my relationship with God, and how life-changing that relationship is. I would also be open to discuss with you any feeling you may have as well. The open-minded persona is the one I wish to take, not the ignorant, rude, closed-minded one.

Immediate Call to Action: Before you leave this classroom today, write down or take a mental note of something you’ve always questioned, then seek an answer with an open-minded attitude. There are so many things to expand your mind on, such as your feelings toward rap or metal music, or what makes abortion justifiable. A personal example, I wondered for years if the Bible was historically accurate. Ever since I sought out the answer to that question I’ve found it’d take more faith to believe in anything else.

 Documentation (List in MLA Format)

Niewyk, Donald L., and Nicosia, Francis R. The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust.
New York: Columbia University Press, 2000

“Iranian leader denies Holocaust.” BBC NEWS 14 Aug. 2005. <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4527142.stm>
Westboro Baptist Church Home Page 21 Nov. 2010 < http://www.godhatesfags.com/index.html>
Stephen Hawking: the closed mind of a dogmatic atheist. 2005. 21 November 2010. < http://creation.com/images/pdfs/tj/j19_3/j19_3_29-33.pdf>


...I'm Actually ENJOYING HOMEWORK!

I'm doing a speech on open-mindedness, and the research I've been doing is absolutely fascinating.
I plan on posting my outline as soon as I'm done with it.
To make sure this post isn't COMPLETELY useless, here's some wiki articles on theories relating to truth. Note that I don't completely support all these theories or how they're explained, but I would rather YOU read through some of them and comment on your reactions to them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relativism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_absolutism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universality_(philosophy)

Have funnnnnnn!

11/18/10

The New Born Wonder by APFP

http://www.myspace.com/apleaforpurging/music/albums/the-marriage-of-heaven-and-hell-16114965






I’m lost without a sound, but I have ears to hear.

God, I’m weak and I’m tired, and I want this fighting in my head to stop.
They say, "Hang it up young man". They say, "Hate only leaves you cold and alone".

I’m too jaded to care, too scared to run. I let my apathy get the best of me.
I’m too jaded to care, too scared to run. I let my apathy get the best of me.

Well, Jesus, if you can heal, I have the ears to hear (have the ears to hear).
Sing a sweet sweet song to my ear. ’Cause I pray I haven’t fallen too far.

I’m too jaded to care, too scared to run. I let my apathy get the best of me.
I’m too jaded to care, too scared to run. I let my apathy get the best of me.

I’m lost... lost without a sound. I’m lost... lost... lost without a sound.
I’m lost... lost without a sound. I’m lost... lost... lost without a sound.
I’m lost... lost without a sound. I’m lost... lost... lost without a sound. I’m lost...

My God, if you can heal, I have the ears to hear. My God, if you can heal, I have the ears to hear.
My God, if you can heal, I have the ears to hear.

I’m not the same kid I used to be. I’m not the man that I need to be.
Look at what I’ve become. Look at what you’ve become.
Look at what we’ve become. Look at what this has made me become.

11/17/10

Hey Ameerah,

On Thursday, we should write something.

P.S. WE STILL NEED TO INVITE EVAN TO YOUTH GROUP!

11/11/10

"Do not pray as the hypocrites do..."

Praying alone... the best thing you can possibly do. Your not really alone since your with God during prayer, but boy oh boy, the impact.
I've been reading this book  and it's been very very helpful in strengthening my prayer life. The book emphasizes on physically speaking and crying out to God during prayer when you pray alone (or among others, but it focuses on personal prayer life) and at first, I thought the whole thing was a bunch of baloney. But truthfully, to vocalize what's on your heart really shows the sincerity in your prayers and reaches out in faith, both things God wants to see when you talk to Him.

I'd really encourage everyone I know to pray out loud, and when it comes to whatever you pray about, don't be emotionless or monotone. If you're angry, scream it out! If your sad, bawl and whine and be honest with God. Sincerity in your prayers should be your focus, don't try to make them sound fancy. A man who prays like a caveman but really means it has a better relationship with God than the linguistic man who refuses to be honest with God.

5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.



 9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

   “‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
   on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
   as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
   but deliver us from the evil one.[b]’"


PLEASE DO NOT PRAY THE ABOVE EXAMPLE WORD FOR WORD LIKE A MANTRA!

That is NOT what Christ was getting at, He meant to pray what was meant throughout the verse. The thanks, provision, requests, deliverance, forgiveness, the CONTENT of the prayer is the focus, not the structure.

11/6/10

Addicts Don't Get Better

Until they're open to the help they need.

Followers