Sunday, December 23, 2012

Isn't There Any One Who Can Tell Me What Christmas Is All About?

Here is one of my favorite scenes from the Charles Schultz classic "A Charlie Brown Christmas". Here Linus, as usual, provides the moral and spiritual compass needed to answer Charlie Brown's ever present angst.



Happy Christmas!

Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Hippie Christian Peace Tracts!

Hippie Christian Peace Tracts! I used to offer these as a "freebie" on my old website.

I would get requests for these from around the world. It was an amazing experience to send little packets of these Peace Tracts to far off places.

Through these little tracts I was able to connect with other Hippie Christians in places I may never be able to visit in person and help them spread the Gospel of Peace.

I have scans of the original below along with some instructions just in case someone would like to print their own to give away to their friends. I printed these on 8.5 inch x 11 inch "Astrobrights" colored paper and then cut them down to 2.75 inches x 8.5 inches. They fold in thirds to about 2.75 inches x 2.75 inches.



Hippie Christian Peace Tract - Front

Hippie Christian Peace Tract - Inside
 
Just click on the images to open up the full size versions. Print four "Front" images on one side of 8.5 x 11 paper and four "Inside" images on the back side. After printing both sides, cut down to the final size of 2.75 inches x 8.5 inches. Fold in thirds so the peace sign is on the front and the prayer is on the back, approximately 2.75 x 2.75 inches.
"...Freely ye have received; freely give" ~Jesus (Matthew 10:8)

Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Salaam - Shalom - Peace

NASA photo of Israel from space, Salaam, Shalom, Peace
Photo: NASA
Then said Jesus unto him, "Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword." Matthew 26:52

Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)




Saturday, September 29, 2012

Wake Up And Smell The Coffee

Atom Bomb latte by Devin of Mozart's
In the time it takes to drink a $3.50 latte, the Pentagon spends $19,146,689 of our taxes.

Check out this cool online military spending calculator over at PentagonSpends.com

But, the U.S. isn't only spending money on arms, we are also the world's largest exporter of arms to foreign countries. According to a new study for Congress U.S. overseas arms sales reached a record high in 2011.

The New York Times reports that weapons sales by the United States tripled in 2011 to a record high, driven by major arms sales to Persian Gulf allies concerned about Iran's regional ambitions.

In 2011, the United States overseas weapons sales jumped to $66.3 billion. That figure makes up 77.7% of the $85.3 billion global arms market in 2011, up from $21.4 billion in U.S. overseas weapons deals in 2010.

John Lennon latte by Michael Keen
Studio 6 Coffee House, Denver, CO
 
"Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it."
~John Lennon




Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Are You Truly Pro-Life?

B-2 Stealth Bomber during a 1994 training exercise.
According to the UNICEF report "Patterns in conflict: Civilians are now the target" the UN Secretary-General's expert on the impact of armed conflict on children Gra├ža Machel states that "Armed conflict kills and maims more children than soldiers,"

How can Pro-War be reconciled with being Pro-Life?

How is it that the far right political candidates are at the same time both war mongers and staunchly pro-life?

Why is the Biblical mandate to avoid the shedding of innocent blood, which is at the heart of the Pro-Life movement, not equally applied to war?

These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Proverbs 6:16-19 (KJV)

Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud) 

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Peace Day - September 21, 2012

According to the website InternationalDayofPeace.org the International Day of Peace was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly.

The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982. In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.

By creating the International Day of Peace, the UN devoted itself to worldwide peace and encouraged all of mankind to work in cooperation for this goal.

Wouldn't be great if we could declare every day Peace Day?
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God." - Jesus (Matthew 5:9)


Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Drumbeat Of War Is Out Of Tune

The daily drumbeat of war that we are hearing is totally out of tune with the majority of American public opinion.

According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News Poll more are in favor of using sanctions and diplomacy over bombing to prevent Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon capability.

When asked if they would support or oppose the United States bombing Iran's nuclear development sites in an effort to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, 53% of those polled said that they would oppose such military action.

When asked if they would support or oppose increasing international economic sanctions against Iran to try to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, 74% of respondents said that they would support economic sanctions. And to try to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons a full 81% support direct diplomatic talks between the United States and Iran to try to resolve the situation.

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God."
- Jesus (Matthew 5:9)


Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Sermon on the Mount and Iran

In a recent post on the Essence Restored blog titled The Sermon on the Mount and Iran a very good point is brought up that all those who claim the name of Jesus should ponder...

"If it is morally justified to create a pre-emptive war and kill hundreds of thousands of people in the name of stopping a “hypothetical threat” then all the teachings of Jesus about loving our enemy, about how those who live by the sword will die by the sword, and turning the other cheek are pretty much worthless, and the teachings of Jesus should be abandoned."


Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-92) England's best-known preacher of the nineteenth century said it quite well...


"The spirit of war is at the extremely opposite point to the spirit of the gospel"


Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Preventing War Is Cheaper than Fighting It

According to the Friends Committee on National Legislation "Research has indicated that investing early to prevent conflicts from escalating into violent crises is, on average, 60 times more cost effective than intervening after violence erupts."

The FCNL goes on to say that "the world spends just $1 on conflict prevention for every $1,885 it spends on military budgets. Here in the U.S., less than 2% of income tax goes to civilian foreign affairs agencies; meanwhile, 39% goes to the military."

The FCNL points out that almost $1 billion of taxpayer dollars are spent each year for our military academies, but only about $40 million goes to fund the United States Institute of Peace, which is the only U.S. agency dedicated to conflict prevention and peacebuilding.


Download the FCNL flyer (pdf file) and find more of what the U.S. could accomplish if it budgeted for peace, not war.

Then saith Jesus to him, "Return thy sword to its place; for all who take the sword shall perish by the sword."
Matthew 26:52


Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)

Saturday, February 04, 2012

The Soundtrack of My Life


I have been working on a project I call the "Soundtrack of My Life". It is comprised of music that I listened to in my youth and that has resonated with me throughout my life.

I included songs that had either a spiritual message, or made some type of social comment, or were anti-war.

I made a deliberate choice to find songs that were not preformed by "christian" bands, but rather "popular" songs that were played on the radio. In a way, it could be called "The Gospel According To Billboard's Top 10".

Part of my inspiration for creating this Soundtrack came from my attending the "Rock Mass" at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena California back in the early '70s. The Rock Mass was the mixture of a traditional Episcopalian Mass and a live rock concert. Although the music was not necessarily "christian", the band would play popular rock songs that contained references to God and Jesus. During the late '60s and early '70s there was an explosion of these songs coming out of the "secular" music industry.

By creating The Hippie Christian Blog Playlist over on YouTube I can enjoy these songs anytime and share them with others too. I can't take credit for creating (or uploading) any of these music videos, but I hope you enjoy my selections just the same.



The Hippie Christian Blog Playlist

Oh Happy Day - Edwin Hawkins Singers
Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) - George Harrison
Out In The Country - Three Dog Night
People Get Ready - Rod Stewart
Teach Your Children - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zepplin
Peace Train - Cat Stevens
Handsome Johnny - Richie Havens
Jesus Is Just Alright - Doobie Brothers
Universal Soldier - Donovan
Wonderful World Beautiful People - Jimmy Cliff
Wooden Ships - Crosby, Stills & Nash
Share The Land - The Guess Who
But I Might Die Tonight - Cat Stevens
Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show - Neil Diamond
Volunteers - Jefferson Airplane
Let It Be - The Beatles
Find The Cost Of Freedom - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
On The Road To Find Out - Cat Stevens
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
Hymn 43 - Jethro Tull
Way Over Yonder - Carole King
Miles From Nowhere - Cat Stevens
That's The Way God Planned It - Billy Preston
Salvation - Elton John
Times They Are A-Changin - Bob Dylan
Almost Cut My Hair - Crosby, Still, Nash & Young
Morning Has Broken - Cat Stevens
One Love - Bob Marley
Eyes of the World - Grateful Dead
WAR - Edwin Starr
Sky Pilot - Eric Burdon & The Animals
Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire
I Don't Know How To Love Him - Jesus Christ Superstar
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother - The Hollies
Spirit In The Sky - Norman Greenbaum
Ohio - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel
My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
Military Madness - Crosby & Nash
Holly Holy - Neil Diamond
What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
Estimated Prophet - Grateful Dead
Take Me to the Pilot - Elton John
California Dreamin' - The Mamas & The Papas
What Is Life - George Harrison
Day By Day - Godspell
Long Time Gone - Crosby, Stills & Nash
The Unknown Soldier - The Doors
Amazing Grace - Joan Baez
I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
Revival - The Allman Brothers Band
One Toke Over The Line - Brewer and Shipley
Woodstock - Joni Mitchell
War/No More Trouble - Bob Marley
It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr
Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds
Fortune Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Chicago / We Can Change The World - Crosby, Stills & Nash
Samson and Delilah - Grateful Dead
Lay Down (Candles In The Rain) - Melanie Safka
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John Lennon
Alice's Restaurant Massacree - Arlo Guthrie
I Just Want To Celebrate - Rare Earth
Crystal Blue Persuasion - Tommy James & The Shondells
I Shall Be Released - The Band

Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Martin Luther King, Jr.

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death." ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Beyond Vietnam - A Time to Break Silence" April 4, 1967

Sunday, January 15, 2012

War Resisters League's Federal Budget Pie Chart

The War Resisters League analyzed the Federal Fiscal Year 2012 Budget and produced this pie chart. Their analysis is based on federal funds which are raised through Federal Income Taxes and does not include Social Security Trust Funds. Social Security funds are raised separately from income taxes and are not part of discretionary budget spending.


Download the War Resisters League Pie Chart (pdf file 236 KB)

Download the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) Coin Chart: Where Do Our Income Tax Dollars Go?. (pdf file 448 KB)

"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" ~Jesus
(Matthew 6:21)


Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)