Like a Poor Lowly Fisherman

I wrote in my latest book, Trying to be God, a chapter on Adam & Eve and how their pride led them to want to know what God knows…eating of the “Tree of Knowledge”. Many today wish to let on that they too know what God is thinking, how He acts, and what His final plans are. RUBBISH! God is omniscient and omnipotent; all knowing, perfect and all-powerful. Would you want a God that can be defined, described and understood? NO! Those are all limitations and confining; obviously unfit for the Creator of the Universe.

We can read in Isaiah 66:2 “…These are the ones I [God] look on with favor; those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.” Ask then, how do we come before the Lord Jesus? …as an arrogant and learned Pharisee? …or as a poor lowly fisherman?

It was pride that drove Lucifer to say “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God.” (NIV); pride was the reason for the fall of Lucifer, the morning star (Isaiah 14:12-14). It is “Pride” that is the killer. Why not turn toward Jesus and admit you are a sinner in need of a Savior? You have a debt you cannot possibly pay; however, there is forgiveness and mercy available in the love of Jesus the Christ.

 

 

 

Is This Your Time?

Maybe some will remember Columbine High School and the terrible deadly events there. The tragedy is too often used politically in the misguided mistaken support for gun control…though I guess understandable due to the loss and pain of such evil. But there is much more there in this story, a much more positive story. The story of a beautiful 17 year old girl, loved by family and friends, her whole life before her, who loved her LORD Jesus…and a Jesus who loved her even more!

Michal W. Smith sings these lyrics about her actions that dreadful day:

It was a test that we could all hope to pass
But none of us would want to take
Faced with the choice to deny God and live
For her there was one choice to make

She swam in the sea
Drank of the deep
Embraced the mystery of all she could be
This was her time

A gun pointed at her, terror all around, Cassie Bernall stood her ground and did not deny her LORD Jesus. She pronounced her love and was killed for it and Jesus received her that day. What an example for us! Would we, could we, do the same? I hope so!

I pray that we would stand before evil and take the higher ground of love! I so pray that we would follow Cassie Bernall…all the way as she did! What a Christian example!

At a time when many are falling away from the Christian faith due to a lack of foundation, when church people want the world more than the world’s Creator, when so called Christian Seminaries teach biblical error as truth, when progressives want to preach pantheism and the church blindly follows along as lemmings over a satanic cliff; will we remember Cassie? Will we be able to be as strong as a 17 year old high school girl?

I say:  Come Christians stand and sing! Stand up for Jesus Christ, no matter what!

What Our World and the USA has Forgotten

I teach an adult Sunday School Class; we have had various personalities in the class over the past 40+ years. In fact, we had one extremely belligerent fellow that actually threatened me, to the point our pastor and some Elders were forced to ask him not to return. I have had a very gracious Muslim client; though we disagree on some theological issues, some we absolutely agree with…like how to treat one another. The point is, we all interact with all types of people of all types of colors and backgrounds. There is one thing our world has lost and it evidently will kill us. We either have forgotten or simply don’t believe that each and everyone of us are created in the image of God. Now, if you actually believe that, as I do, it will change how you interact with others.

How are you known? As a hater or as a kind person? Do you believe in God and feel that you are in the “Family of God”? Well, if so, do you act like Luke writes in chapter 6 verses 34 +35? You, as a child, are known by your father. As God is your Father, then you must “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (verse 36). Friends…can we at least give this a try?

Here is an article that speaks to this topic; it is worth your time to read. Check it out here:    I Am Dreaming…

 

Only ONE reason we Exist – LOVE

Interestingly, I heard Sean Hannity and a radio preacher say that nothing can come from nothing. I have read this same thing from Ravi Zacharias, whom I have the upmost respect. I think if questioned, they would believe, as I do, that God is transcendent, that He always has been and always will be, never created.

I wrote about this topic in my book entitled “I Am, the Great Creator God”, published by Muskrat Books in 2010. What I wish to clarify in my statements that God created ex nilhilo; that is out of nothing. I wrote that “nothing” is nothing…no laws of thermodynamics, no matter, no energy, no anything. Even the great Steve Hawking could not get past gravity, thinking gravity was present. No. not even gravity!

We need to know and believe that God did exist and always has; there is no other explanation to what we see around us. God created out of nothing, the physical laws, the atomic particles of matter that those laws cement together (the “glue”) the energy for there to be something instead of nothing.

God did not need anything; He was complete and perfect. So, why create anything…especially mankind that has caused Him so much trouble over the centuries? There I only one reason. God wanted relationship with His creation out of love. In my book, as an architect, I wrote how creators relate to their creations. God Loves you and wants you to love Him, because He is YOUR creator! Doesn’t that mean something to you?

Those who chose to hate God or simply say He doesn’t exist, like to blame God for the existence of evil. God didn’t create evil…we did! There is only ONE reason we exist:

For God so loved the world…(John 3:16)

Confusing Our Children Will be Our Doom

It is no secret that our society is breaking down; one only has to look at the break up of the family unit, the increase in single parenting, high divorce rate , etc. The so-called “extended family” is confusing for adults; just think what it is doing to the confusion of our children! One of the key elements, proven throughout history, is that societies fall when the children fall. At a time of extreme selfishness, people are lovers of themselves rather than lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:4).

Biblical truth and instruction for Christian families is found in Colossians 3:18-25. It is said to be “old fashion”, or that those ideas don’t relate to modern society…but this is completely untrue…truth is truth no matter the age.

Open your eyes and look around at our society! The hate revealed in public discourse. The cursing in everyday speech and on television. The lack of civility, manners, chivalry,  and courtesy. The twisting apart of our youth is the doom of the society! All this nonsense of gender identity is a fabrication for a whole other agenda for control over the population whether in our speech or our parental control over our own children. Do you think I am being extreme? May be you should check out Michael Brown’s article today about what is going on now in California public schools.

I agree with Mr. Brown, it is indeed time to wake up, resist this plunge into the abyss, and peacefully say we Christians will try to remain Biblical and walk in the foot steps of our LORD Jesus Christ, the best we can. We will be loving to all, but we will not be a part of the destruction of our children and our future.

Aren’t you getting tired from all the hate?

This morning, the following headline finally push me over the top. A federal representative, sworn to follow the Constitution, says this about a duly elected President? It doesn’t matter if you like him or not; this is about much more:

Obama is human, President Trump is ‘really not,’ says Rep. Ilhan Omar

Hating conservatives, hating liberals, hating Jews, hating Christians, hating Muslims, hating white males, hating Obama, hating Trump! Friends, this is all playing into Satan’s plan of division, destruction, and chaos! Don’t you see the coming fall? Don’t you see the decline of the United States of America [underline “united”]? Many how spew hate over a simple stupid red hat with white words on it…why? What so wrong with “Make America Great”? What nation has done more in the world to help others? What nation in the world has done more to feed, clothe and help the helpless? Answer: only America! If we needlessly go down, so goes the world. Maybe this is all a great hateful push by Satan…I don’t know. I do know how unloving and sad it all is.

I do know this however, for me, I will follow Jesus Christ and try my best to be loving to all, and show kindness. Give it a try!

 

Who is that errand boy? Epaphroditus?

Get up, go to work, come home, go to sleep, get up and do it all over again. Day in and day out…do you feel like to are going in circles, a job of drudgery, a job of no value, that you are not going anywhere? Many are believe they are in that boat with you!

How do you really know you are in a boat to nowhere?

Let’s meet Epaphroditus. He was an errand boy nearly two thousand years ago in a town called Philippi. His church sent him with a message and a gift to Rome…off he goes on foot over rugged terrain. Terrain teeming with wild animals, dangerous people and no bathrooms! His biggest problem? He was so sick, he was near death and nearly died. How would you feel in such a situation? Most, I believe, would think, “why am I doing this?” For no pay, sicker than a dog, on a long walk, robbers all around…”I must be a flaming idiot!”

Well, our friend Epaphroditus, because of his efforts, ended up in the pages of the Bible [Philippians 2:25-30 and 3:15-18] to be remembered for all time. He lessen Paul’s anxiety as he contemplated his coming execution by the Romans and brought him a gift while he was under house arrest. God blessed him and had mercy on him; he was a worker for Christ Jesus! Not JUST an errand boy, he had a very important job to do…to carry a message when he was very ill.

Would you, could you do the same? Colossians 3:23-24, no job is un-important if you are working for Jesus!

Loneliness…Color it Gone!

On February 10, 2019, CBS’s show “Sunday Morning” presented a segment on loneliness. I certainly understand short periods of loneliness; I’ll bet everyone has experienced this at one time or another. However, “Sunday Morning” broadcasted a fearful stat, if it is actually true; experts claim 50% of Americans are lonely. Not just lonely once in a while, but they exist in a long state of loneliness.

The show’s interviews presented comments that loneliness was more intense when the individual was around other people. Surely you have seen a group of people, not talking to each other, but having their nose stuck in their phones. Have we lost how talk to each other? We can talk to our pets, but can’t talk to a follow human? Has so-called social media made us less social? Has the “me” generation reached the climax of selfishness, having reached that lonely mountaintop of nobody but me?

Sadly, the show never once mentioned the joy that can be found in spiritual relationships; the most valid being connected to Jesus Christ. While a two second comment about solitude was mentioned; the show skipped right over the benefits and the joy of solitude in experiencing God’s wonderful creation, or the uplifting solitude found in the “Jesus Walk”. Real empowerment is available to all to help YOU to love first, be the first to show love, then You will start receiving love from others. Loneliness…color it gone!

 

Switching to a different blog…come along!

To my Followers,

THANK YOU!

I am going to terminate this blog and concentrate my efforts on my other blog, A Different Kind of Tree

Rather than split my efforts and time between two blogs, I feel it best to move to just one blog in order to keep the quality and research focused for all blog posts and articles.

The Different Kind of Tree blog goes along with my book of the same title. There are currently 270 posts. All my efforts are now being focused toward my website: The Mankin Christian Library

My hope is that my followers on this blog, I Am, the Great Creator God, which was tied to my book with the same title, will switch over to A Different Kind of Tree

Thank you, Haven Mankin

Making a Course Adjustment

Friends and Followers,

I am going to terminate this blog and concentrate my efforts on my other blog, A Different Kind of Tree

Rather than split my efforts and time between two blogs, I feel it best to move to just one blog in order to keep the quality and research focused for all blog posts and articles.

The Different Kind of Tree blog goes along with my book of the same title. There are currently 270 posts. All my efforts are now being focused toward my website: The Mankin Christian Library

My hope is that my followers on this blog, I Am, the Great Creator God, which was tied to my book with the same title, will switch over to A Different Kind of Tree

Thank you, Haven Mankin

Storms Often Come When You are Obedient

So many today think that if they follow Jesus and be a Christian, they will not have any problems. I knew a co-worker who thought he would never be sick again in his life. So what happens when problems do befall on them? They, in their guilt, think God is mad at them. This is all wrong! Besides the desires of the Devil to impact, not those already in destruction, but those trying to live as Jesus taught, I blame television preachers proclaiming the so-called “gospel of health and wealth”. Another name for this false unbiblical teaching is “word of faith” (sounds so much better, easier to hook people); this preaching comes from the likes of Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and many others. Sadly, many local churches have also fallen prey to this heresy.

Let’s look at the book of Mark chapter 6 for a great example. After the feeding of the 5,000 men plus women and children, Jesus in verse 45 tells the disciples to get in a boat and go ahead of Him to Bethsaida. In the middle of the sea, the disciples were struggling against a strong wind storm. They were in trouble and afraid BECAUSE they had obeyed Jesus!

So at their darkest hour (it is darkest before the dawn, see verse 48), Jesus comes to them and says “take courage, it is I, don’t be afraid” (verse 50). To be obedient does NOT mean you will be well with money in your pocket, and a fancy new car. To be obedient could kill you, as it did for 11 of the 12 disciples; obedience killed Jesus!

I pray we stand up and be obedient; stand for something greater than what the world offers. Christians, show that we are not of this world! Show the world we stand for something so much better than the world we currently live in! Be obedient to the words of Christ Jesus and get in your boat. Recognize the LORD, it is Jesus coming to you, our one and only Savior! Jesus will come to you at your time of need!

Will you see Him?

There is a Bible verse that has Jesus telling those around Him to let the children to come to Him (Matt 19:14); I believe that partly what Jesus was saying was for those [even the adults] to come to Him “as little children”. That is as persons who can believe without overthinking, and accepting things at face value. Jesus did many miracles, but this did not cause people to become believers (John 12:37). Pastor Alistair Begg says, “the main things are the plain things and the plain things are the main things”. Why do we have to make things so difficult?

Is it because we want to be seen as being intellectual? The creation of the universe is easily shown to come from God but just look at the complicated arguments and the theories that arise on both sides! Do these arguments prove anything? Who is more intellectual than someone else? I am not so sure that is a good thing to be an intellectual; just look at nonsensical comments coming out of our universities these days. High brow comments tend to bring focus on the person and not the subject at hand. Children don’t do this; they accept things at face value. This Jesus knew full well, thus He calls the children! It is the adults that complicate things for the selfish manipulation of others.

Now we find ourselves in a post-modern situation where people don’t believe anything at face value anymore. Saint Thomas did not believe in the resurrected Christ until he could touch His side. Do you remember what Jesus said then? Blessed are those who believe but don’t see (John 20:29). This is faith! Faith as little children! Won’t you come to your only Savior, Jesus Christ at face value? Don’t wander off in the muck and mire of discussions like: “you cannot prove God exists or that God doesn’t exist”. For it is easy to prove God exists if you have eyes to see…the proof is all around you. Open your eyes as a child! This is why I wrote, I Am, the Great Creator God, to show people how to see…but sadly if you are not thinking as a child, you will never see.

Honesty…Yes, it is still a goal for us!

Honesty…certainly not shown in politics, not shown in education, and not shown in business and advertising. I suppose there has never been a time where honesty was the norm. The snake was not honest, so Eve blamed the snake, and Adam blamed Eve…no one from the start takes responsibility for their own actions. Certainly, people have twisted truth and told lies to reach some benefit or just for the greed of power and influence.

We learn this form of deception early in life from role models, be they in Hollywood, politics, sports or at school. What happens when our teachers are dishonest and lie to suit their politics? A recent example, even the left-leaning NPR shared a very interesting exposure:

“Deeply flawed data published by the U.S. Department of Education was exposed by National Public Radio this week. NPR’s investigation found that more than two-thirds of school shootings reported to authorities between 2015-16 never happened.”

How many have run with the awful thought of their children at exaggerated risk at school due to dishonest reported data? How does this happen? Is this local reporting for attention and money? Is this the “federal mother ship” altering things for the greed of national money and political power?

…and we get mad when our children cheat on a test?

I wrote an article in 2008 entitled “Force Honesty”, I think it still applies…and sadly, maybe it always will. It is only one page, check it out at Mankin Christian Library.

What kind of person are you?

So many today shouting to keep quiet; they say, “keep it to yourself”. How can a Christian share the good news of Jesus Christ, the only Savior available to people, if the culture rebukes our smallest reference? In California today, it is becoming hard to have a private in-home Bible study. A person can publically share Hinduism or Islam, even in public schools, but not anything to do with Christianity.

I am reminded of Mark 10:46-52, where the crowd was telling Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, to keep quiet as he asked Jesus to have mercy on him. You see, this blind man knew that Jesus was the Messiah, as he called Him “Son of David”; he knew more than the establishment did. Jesus called for him and healed him, saying “your faith has healed you”.

Today, who are the blind among us, and who are the large crowd saying to be quiet? The blind, with heightened senses, often know more than those with physical sight. As a searcher, they know they need a Savior as they lay waiting for an opportunity to present itself. What kind of person are you? Are you a searcher, looking for a Savior? Are you one to help restore the blind [I am not referring to physical sight, but spiritual sight] or are you going along with the crowd, yelling to be quiet? What kind of person are you really?

To be able to see a new view of reality

It is so sad to hear anyone say, “you cannot prove there is a God”. Even worse, is when clergy says it! Obviously, the focus then is all about having faith. Faith! Jesus told us in Holy Scripture that even those in the presence of a physical miracle will not believe. We also read about those in the physical presence of Jesus Christ, listening to Him speak and watching Him act; they walked away.

Through out history and today, people have and are walking away. What would make them “see” the LORD? I can introduce someone to Jesus, but I cannot “make” them believe; only the Holy Spirit can do that. So the question then becomes, how to introduce a person to see that there is indeed a God, the creator of all that is?

I contend that you can indeed prove there is a God; all you need are the eyes to see. This is why I wrote the book: I Am, the Great Creator God; it is a book that shows a person how to see, how to look at the created world differently and see the “Creator” in the creation. You must set aside your blocking agendas constructed from the day your were born, and allow a different perspective to be a possibility. It is like climbing a hill, reaching the top and seeing exposed in the distance, a glorious sight of a plain filled with wild flowers, a calm lake, and a beautiful rainbow! How magnificent…to be able to see a new view of reality you had not seen before! Yes, God is real and you too can see Him, just open your eyes to see beyond our present darkness and ask Jesus to enter your life.

Life is About Value, Enjoyment & Contribution

Do you remember the 1982 movie “Blade Runner” directed by Ridley Scott, where Blade Runner Rick Deckard played by Harrison Ford pursued “artificial humans” called replicants which had escaped and were now on the loose? The highly evolved replicants had a limited lifespan but had to be controlled; the last of four being tracked down by Deckard was Roy Batty played by Rutger Hauer. Near the end of the movie, Roy was dying yet had defeated Deckard and even had saved his life; as the two were sitting in the rain, Roy, holding a white dove, reflected on his life. He had seen amazing things and though artificial, he wished to live on…he had feelings and memory. He says he had seen things “you people” [humans] wouldn’t believe like “attack ships on fire off the shores of Orion” and “seabeams glittering in the dark at the Tenhauser Gate”. Moments lost in time, washed away [when he dies] like “tears in rain”. As Deckard looks on in wonderment and reflection, Roy says “time to die” and dies; he then releases the white dove.

The story makes you think about what is life, experiences, memories, value, enjoyment and contribution. What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be created? I would push farther by asking, what does it mean to be created by God; the God who gave you your every breath, that created your heart to pump life blood through 90,000 miles of arteries and veins in your body; the God who created your brain to think, reason and love?

Life is About Value, Enjoyment & Contribution

Do you remember the 1982 movie “Blade Runner” directed by Ridley Scott, where Blade Runner Rick Deckard played by Harrison Ford pursued “artificial humans” called replicants which had escaped and were now on the loose? The highly evolved replicants had a limited lifespan but had to be controlled; the last of four being tracked down by Deckard was Roy Batty played by Rutger Hauer. Near the end of the movie, Roy was dying yet had defeated Deckard and even had saved his life; as the two were sitting in the rain, Roy, holding a white dove, reflected on his life. He had seen amazing things and though artificial, he wished to live on…he had feelings and memory. He says he had seen things “you people” [humans] wouldn’t believe like “attack ships on fire off the shores of Orion” and “seabeams glittering in the dark at the Tenhauser Gate”. Moments lost in time, washed away [when he dies] like “tears in rain”. As Deckard looks on in wonderment and reflection, Roy says “time to die” and dies; he then releases the white dove.

The story makes you think about what is life, experiences, memories, value, enjoyment and contribution. What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be created? I would push farther by asking, what does it mean to be created by God; the God who gave you your every breath, that created your heart to pump life blood through 90,000 miles of arteries and veins in your body; the God who created your brain to think, reason and love?

We Get What We Sow

This first weekend in August, in gun-free Chicago, we have 10 or 11 killed and some 70 shot.  How can that happen in a gun-free city? It is not racism. Maybe, the “bad guys” don’t follow the laws of the city. Well, obviously it is NOT about the gun…it is about the HEART.

There is an innate understanding in all of humanity of what is right and wrong, so that is not the problem. All the usual excuses are removed. So that only leaves one other thing…it MUST be about the heart. The more we remove God from the culture and shackle the way we can talk about the saving grace and mercy of our LORD Jesus the Christ, the more we will find evil stepping in to fill the void. We get what we sow.

Yes, I will Pray for That!

I have been wondering how to get the truth out in a world that has conveniently decided there is NO absolute truth. This current generation has set up a great flexible system for itself; it is a system that anyone can believe whatever they wish and call it truth. That one person’s truth does not have to be another person’s truth…each can be different…whose to say? This easy system allows  anyone to conveniently reject real truth by simply stating there is no real truth…that one can believe whatever they want.

Yes, they can believe whatever they want, but that doesn’t make it truth. For 2,000 years the history of those maintaining the actual real truth is well documented. Can that factual history really be erased in one generation?

The problem with the current insane position is that there will indeed be a judgement day, a separation of the wheat and the weeds, a separation of the sheep and the goats. Because Christians care for our follow humanity, we desire none to be lost, so there is the question. How to warn today’s people of a one-day eternal judgement?

There is indeed absolute truth. You can say all day, every day that there isn’t any absolutes, but that will not remove the real truth. That is putting your head in the sand. I suppose that if you are left-leaning, you wish for government to watch out for you…this trust will fail you!

For me? I cannot convict anybody; I can only make introduction. I pray the Holy Spirit will illuminate those blinded by the current world-view and show them there is a different and better course to follow…yes, I will pray in all humility for that to happen.

Peace and Grace!

Let Us Rejoice and be Glad

When was the last time you read Psalm 118? Chances are great, it has been a while! The first four verses state “His [God] love endures forever”. Many Christians and Muslims will say these words often. But what about the days you suffer? What about those who see no hope and maybe don’t know that God loves?

Verse 5, “In my anguish I cried to the Lord”…have you ever been in anguish? What did you do? If you lashed out in anger to those around you, did that help? The last part of verse 5 tells us, “He [God] answered by setting me free.” My friends, the world binds you to it; it will never set you free! Only God and the love of Jesus Christ can and will set you free. Verse 6, “The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Verse 8, “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.”

How many people do you see each morning, dragging into work, tired, grumbling and without smiles? The only life available to us is only going to be found in the LORD Jesus. If you are reading this, then you are alive…that, my friends is a blessing! You have been given another day to do something good. If you already know Jesus, then be a blessing to someone else. If you do not know Jesus, then I invite you to think about the redeeming blood of Christ, poured out for you for the forgiveness of sin; whose love invites you to turn (repent) and invite Jesus into your heart. Verse 24, “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

What is Your Response?

My Christian friends, do not look down on any non-Christians for we were once non-Christians too. We should be telling others of the love of Jesus Christ and that salvation is available to all if they would simply repent (turn from their sins by admitting they are a sinner) and receive the free love, forgiveness and mercy from the Lord Jesus who shed His own blood on the cross to redeem (pay the price) for the sinners (all of us) of the world.

If you desire to keep on sinning, then you are rejecting the free gift already handed out to you. What should a person do when they receive a gift (any gift)? Be thankful, of course! You have already been handed a free gift, what is going to be your response?

Walking in the Footsteps

I was surprised and moved to find out, through reading Jonathan Feldstein’s article this morning, that astronaut Neil Armstrong [first man to step on the moon] while visiting Israel in 1994, said to his archaeologist guide, standing on the old Temple steps, “So Jesus stepped right here?” The guide said these are original steps and Jesus often went to Temple, so yes, Jesus walked on those stones.

Quoting from Feldstein’s article [Jonathan Feldstein] “I have to tell you,” Armstrong said to the Israeli archaeologist, “I am more excited stepping on these stones than I was stepping on the moon.”

Think of that my friends! To be so moved by the reality of walking on the very stones that Jesus the Christ, the eternal Son of God, walked! Many still deny that Jesus Christ even existed, which I find extremely hard to go along with for many reasons, but also because we have first century Jewish and pagan historians writing about the real Jesus and His activities. The reality of Jesus many will accept; but the sticking point is…who Jesus is. Some will say He was just a good man. He was a teacher/Rabbi. He is God. He was a prophet.

Who do you think Jesus is? Your answer will impact your eternal destiny!

I know, beyond a shadow of doubt, who Jesus is; He is all those things previously mentioned, all in one LORD and Savior Christ. It is no surprise in our relativist world of self-indulgence and no absolute truths that church membership is forgetting who Jesus really is, for if we had the excitement of Neil Armstrong walking in the footsteps of Jesus, we would have full churches singing the roof off for the indescribable glory and reality of our risen Savior and LORD.

A Growing Darkness…Not a New Problem

Are you paying attention to the level of coarseness, ugliness and hate going on in America and Great Britain? Mostly based on orchestrated untruth for political agenda, we see growing darkness and a hardening of the heart within people all over. Sadly, this is not a new problem.

The apostle Paul speaking to the Ephesian people: “They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed” (Ephesians 4:18-19).

Do you not cry for the country so filled with hatred, so purposefully mislead? National legislative leadership swearing oath to the US Constitution, then condemning it…where has integrity gone? Honesty? Morals? I thank God for the middle of the USA, Bible-belt Americans, hard working salt of the earth, a bedrock foundation so often mis-characterized; they are the glue trying to hold us together. I would ask you to stay the course and hold fast, keep your vision, and pray for our country’s leaders.

Humble Roots & Decent Actions

As we sang the song in church yesterday, I could not help but reflect on the unfortunate discord we currently see in our great country, especially as we approach our Independence Day celebration this July 4th. The song: “America! America! …God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood, From sea to shining sea!” Brotherhood, what a great word…from the east coast to the west coast [yes, it is an inclusive word].

My reflection on national character brought me to the Larry Provost Article published today on humble roots and decent actions. Why not take time to read it, stop with the politics and slow down for your own reflection this July 4th on how we should treat one another? It just may bring a blessing to you!

Humble Roots & Decent Actions

As we sang the song in church yesterday, I could not help but reflect on the unfortunate discord we currently see in our great country, especially as we approach our Independence Day celebration this July 4th. The song: “America! America! …God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood, From sea to shining sea!” Brotherhood, what a great word…from the east coast to the west coast [yes, it is an inclusive word].

My reflection on national character brought me to the Larry Provost Article published today on humble roots and decent actions. Why not take time to read it, stop with the politics and slow down for your own reflection this July 4th on how we should treat one another? It just may bring a blessing to you!

It is About the Heart

Friends, my book “A Different Kind of Tree” is about moving from sinner to a child of God; half of each of the 15 chapters is about my own life. I wish to blog about Christianity and not politics; I believe political engagements are killing us by creating hateful debate and setting up a battle field.

What would Jesus say about the four young children killed in Florida this week and the two police officers shot trying to save the children and stop the madness? Would Jesus wish the President happy birthday today? You know Jesus would show compassion, tears, sensitivity and blessings. We need to do the same; can we stop the hateful rhetoric, stop the ugly cursing, and show some respect for people?

Our nation is dying, not by our actions, but by our hearts! Actions follow the heart; the hate, the killings, the cursing, the riots that we are experiencing are all driven by the heart, and not by some political bent. Proverbs 4:23 tells us “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” My friends, be at peace and show love!

There is Always Time to do…

In one of my daily devotionals from “Truth for Life”, I saw this small piece of text years ago. It is from C. H. Spurgeon and updated by Alistair Begg at Truth for Life and published by Good News Publishers (2003). It is good and worth revisiting every now and then. Somehow, as I reflect on my 50th High School Reunion, current weather events, volcanoes in the world, family life and death, it called me back again to share this portion with you.

“Reader, if you are not yet saved, may your heart, in keeping with the universal awakening of nature, be opened to receive the Lord. Every blossoming flower warns you that it is time to seek the Lord; do not be out of tune with nature, but let your heart bud and bloom with holy desires. If you tell me that the warm blood of youth leaps in your veins, then I entreat you, give your vigor to the Lord. It was my unspeakable happiness to be called in early youth, and I am thankful to the Lord every day for that. Salvation is priceless, let it come when it may, but oh, an early salvation has a double value in it.”

Have you thought of the value of time as it is reflected in nature? Every season has it’s time…time for this and time for that…new life and new beginnings happen annually. We have a chance at new life and new beginnings every day; all you need to do is to turn toward the Lord, your Savior and Creator. Perspective comes in many forms; a chance at a wake-up call is a blessing not to be overlooked. Why not take a walk, study a new blossoming flower and think about your life and the directions you should go. Blessings to you!

Focus – be Steady and be Like Joseph

Joseph of the Bible’s Genesis stories had an interesting life; his brothers hated him and tried to kill him. He was sold into slavery. But over and over again the story tells us that God was with him; many might question, where is God in this? Joseph kept going, succeeding at every level; but problems still followed him. Falsely accussed of attempted rape by a jilted high-powered woman, he was wrongly thrown into prison. Prison, where he now had more chances to succeed, which he did. Forgotten by an exiting jailmate, he remained in prison where he continued to do the Lord’s work, not sitting around in self-pity. Joseph got out of prison by following the Lord’s Spirit and succeeded even greater, always keeping his eye on God and doing the right thing regardless of the possibile negitive outcomes when dealing with “the world”.

So what’s in this story for us? We would ALL do well to keep our eye upon Jesus Christ, do His will (not our own), and not worry about what the world thinks of us Christians. Put the Lord first and everything else (be it good or bad) will fall into proper alignment. Just because you follow Christ doesn’t mean your life will be easy; Jesus told us the world would hate us for what we believe (John 17), so don’t worry! Be of good cheer! If you are a Christian, you are a child of God…it doesn’t get any better than that! Blessings to you!

Where are they now?

I wrote about death a long time ago, the article is free to download at Muskrat Books , but we don’t like to think about death and dying, though it is and will be real for all of us. I think many young people, especially those sick individuals that commit the shooting of the innocent, don’t have a clue what death is. Sounds funny, I know, but when you grow up with all the violent computer games & television and hateful rap music, what can we expect? The voices to the contrary seem to be mute!

I recently lost my wonderful Mother-in-Law, my own Mother, and a principal in the firm where I work. Where are they now? If you have a secular worldview, a false view, then you believe they are dust, gone, no more. This greatly magnifies the pain of loss! However, if you have a Christian worldview, then you have HOPE!

Resurrection Hope! Hope that one day we will be reunited in Heaven. Jesus redeemed us with His blood on the cross, taking my sins and paying the price of death that I myself should be paying. Our Redeemer conquered death itself and lives to prepare a place for us in Glory…all we need to do to join Him is to believe Jesus Christ is LORD and accept Him as your personal Savior. I look forward to being reunited with my family that has gone on before me, for those that have faith in Christ Jesus, I know where they are!

Foundation Repair Needed…Fast!

My book, A Different Kind of Tree, is about growing from sinner to a child of God. Using the metaphor of a tree, it is about bearing good fruit or bad fruit.

A simple look at our culture now reflects a lot of bad fruit! The violently expressed hate filling social media over simple things of no consequence seems so out of balance. Where is that energy coming from? Why is hate so forcefully being expressed these days? The coarseness of our language, the violence cast upon the innocent, the lack of integrity of our leaders, the lack of balance from our media and schools, and the general disrespect for the rule of law by our citizens…all points to a fallen nation…bad fruit.

We have taken away and turned our backs on the foundation of our nation. What happens to a building which develops a broken foundation? It falls apart! We must return to our founding structure, and re-instate the 10 Commandments…even if you reject the first 5, the second half tells us how to live with one another…REALLY, that has to be to our benefit!