Truth…if you still want to know

What is freedom…real freedom? Is it the ability to do whatever you want? Is it the condition that allows you think & believe anything you want, the way you want? What if I believe it is okay to rob banks? What makes that action wrong, but I digress?
Baruck Spinoza (1632-1677), stoic philosopher, a heterodox thinker focusing on rationalism, is much praised in academia. He decided God was no longer the creator of the universe, ruling by His divine providence. How convenient for him! This sets the stage to allow his view that a person has the right to interpret Scripture as they wished. Thus, our current state of subjectivism is born and still running wild.
Unfortunately, many Protestants, rejecting subjectivism, filled the void with a scientific approach…this is just a different name for escaping from God’s Holy Word. Now a person can do what they want, believe what they want, and define right & wrong away they chose to do.

Look around, this is where we are today!

As humans get rid of God, they must fill the void…with themselves. It is an old problem, now being regenerated. Days of old, things moved slowly; today, information (good or bad) is around the world in seconds. Now, we see this “God doesn’t exist” void is being filled with pride…the same pride of Lucifer before he was cast out of Heaven, or the pride of Adam & Eve wanting the knowledge of God. The pride that people are as powerful as God; the pride the arrogance that humans can actually manipulate world-wide climate. I wrote a whole chapter on the “climate change” hoax in my new book, “Trying to be God“. World climate has always been changing since creation, as part of God’s providence; however, today’s movement is actually about controlling people, not climates.

Follow your subjective agenda, follow science (actually, I like science, much is in my first book, “I Am, the Great Creator God“)…but neither will provide you truth. Only the Holy Bible will provide you real Truth…if you still want to know.

Do I Have This Straight? …I Think So

Let’s see if I can understand the current situation…

The group that preaches diversity at every turn is the same group that says I must believe like them or be condemned. I have to support their causes even though I may disagree. I have to do whatever they say or be brought into legal battles and have my business ruined by misled angry boycotts from these same “can’t we all just get along” diversity-minded groups.

I am not allowed to speak in a public institution of higher education if I don’t believe as they do. I am an angry back-woods so-in-so if I support law enforcement and the current written laws of the land. I am a hater because I believe you should follow duly adopted law and not harbor, support and provide benefits to law-breakers. I am wrong because I raise my children, without “the village”, by working hard, educating,  and teaching them manners and a gentle tongue. The “diversity crowd” see me as a most ugly sinful person because I believe in Jesus Christ and believe in America and all the good it has done in the world to protect and nurture the innocent.

Do I have this straight? I think so; I have eyes to see. This is exactly as it is currently at work now in America; once a land of the brave and home of the free!

Who Are You?

Last Sunday was Palm Sunday, you should know the story…people lining the path, laying down their cloaks to soften the road, waving Palm branches and singing for joy! Jesus was coming to Jerusalem to save Israel from Roman control…No! Jesus was coming to die to take on the sins of the world. Here we see for all history and future, God moving to redeem the world; that is, to pay the heavy price we cannot pay ourselves.

Early morning yesterday [still dark on a Friday morning some 2,000 years ago] an illegal trial with paid testimony before a very conflicted judge, Jesus was found guilty of telling the truth and ordered to be executed. Still in agony on that cruel cross, He is praying for us, to be forgiven of our sinful actions.

Who are you? Are you singing for joy only to shout crucify Him? Are you a paid liar in a courtroom? Are you completely confused and don’t know what is going on? Are you a person that sees today and forgets tomorrow? Are you crying that an innocent man is hung on a cruel tree? Are you the thief to one side of Jesus that realizes he is sinful and asks to be remembered? Are you the person that acknowledges their  sinfulness and asks for forgiveness? Are you a person who follows the LORD Jesus today and knows that tomorrow, Easter Sunday, celebrate His resurrection? Who are you? Who do you wish to be?

Jesus loves you, paid the great price for you; why not turn toward Jesus and follow Him? Jesus gave His life for you! Don’t you owe Him a response?

Who are the descendants of Abraham?

Jews, Christians and Muslims all have a stake on the linage of Abraham. They all believe they are descendants.  Yet the Bible clearly speaks of “Children of the Promise”. What promise? Look at Deut. 7:13-15 and 16-17 and 21-23 for the Promise. The children are not necessarily the children in the birth line from Abraham. I think Romans chapter 9, verses 8 & 9 (NIV) are telling (underline added):

In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. For this was how the promise was stated: “At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son.”

Drop down to verse 27 and we read, Isaiah tells us: “Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea, only the remnant will be saved.” Only a remnant!

SO…what did the Jews do and what did the gentiles do? The Jews followed the Law, salvation by works, Muslims do the same; the gentiles, following the Lord Jesus, have salvation by faith (Romans 9:30-32). We see that many stumble when it comes to Jesus Christ. We read that Jesus is the cornerstone (Acts 4:11) and in addition this stone is the “stumbling stone”. It is Jesus that tears away at the three main religions; it is Jesus that is the stumbling stone! Romans 9:33 (NIV): “See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame.”

Believe in Jesus Christ our LORD an Savior!

Our Future is Growing Up

When people talk about being dishonest or telling lies or twisting the truth, many will discount the problem saying everyone does it. No, they don’t! Some, still holding on to integrity, will strive to be as honest as they can be. Nobody is perfect, but the difference is that some people know they fall short and try to correct it, while others go on as if it is standard operating procedure to twist things in their favor.

Recently in the news was the college cheating scandal, a truly bad situation; but this kind of thing has been going on for some time. Institutions politically manipulating who are the attendees, keeping cheating professors on-board, fake diversity, political correctness and strange course majors and silencing free speech, it is all one giant political game with little to do about real education. Revisionist history is being taught to win in politics with history professors being mostly democrats, 33 to 1 over republicans; how is there any balance where students can get the truth? College Cheating

How are we to strive as a nation filled with honest hard-working caring people…people ready to help the rest of the world…when our future, our young people, is so threatened by such an insane educational system? A recent poll shows millennials to be struggling over such major issues as: losing their phone, having no phone charger, losing their keys, being late to work, and forgetting passwords, etc.  Life is more stressful than ever.

 

Jesus loves you this I know!

What is the main function of government? It is not to educate the people. It is not to feed the people. It is not to provide jobs for the people. So, what is its main function? Answer: to protect the people. This is not happening by the actions of both political parties.

So, what do we see happening as a result? Our increasing lack of civility and awful coarseness of language. Our increasing lack of respect. Main answer: we see a majority of the population angry! Angry with each other. Angry with institutions. Angry with the media. Angry with politicians. Angry with white men. Angry! Angry! Angry!

So, how can we turn this around for our children? Turn to God! Find the love in Jesus Christ! Learn how to be a Child of God…read the Holy Word of God only found in the Bible. It is the only thing that will bring you peace and comfort and create a firm foundation in order to stand against the destructive tide of the world, a world now in chaos.

Jesus loves you this I know, for the Bible tells me so.

And…What If?

We say…Merry Christmas…do you know what this really means? I ask, is it idealistic to think we can we keep a friendly greeting and Jesus reminder going all year?

Did you sing “Happy Birthday to Jesus” on December 25th? I hope you did; it is the reason for the season! I believe we are turn; turn from our worldly ways and look toward our one and only Savior.

I invite you to take a couple of minutes to read the attached thought-provoking and educational article asking “What if…?” America at Christmas

Reflection required!

Living as such required!

What is Christmas About?

Merry Christmas to you! I have a very nice and caring Muslim friend that wishes my family and myself a Merry Christmas every year, as well as sharing an Easter wish.

What is Christmas all about anyway? If you live in Europe, chances are 1 in 5 you don’t know it is about the birth of Christ. If you live in Europe 1 in 20 think Easter is about the birth of Christ.

In America, the population that wants Christmas to be more about the birth of Christ has dropped 14% in the last four years to only 65%, see Latest Survey

It has been published that 88% of Americans still believe in some kind of God, higher power, or spiritual force. It appears to me that we are following the footsteps of Europe; we too are losing our spiritual way.

My friends, if you are in this 88% group believing in “spiritual higher power things”, this is Hinduism and not Christianity. This is the way Oprah talks. If your spiritual “thing” is not 100% the resurrected Jesus Christ, then it is just “a thing”…and a worshiped “thing” [not Christ Jesus] is an idol.

SO, what is Christmas about? The birth of our Living Savior who has already redeemed the world [lovingly paid the price for your sins]; all you need to do now is to, drop your idols and 100% believe in the resurrected Christ Jesus and celebrate His Holy birth.

Blessings and Merry Christmas to you and your families!

What about their future?

This morning, less than a week after our Thanksgiving Holiday, news mentioned a person, not liking our duly elected President, stealing a private person’s flag and setting it on fire on the porch. It could have burned the house down as peaceful residents slept inside. What is going on now in our country? Why all this hate? Why are we NOT thankful for all we have been blessed with, in a nation built upon freedom of the individual?

I didn’t like our past President, but I prayed for him! It would appear that this so-called progressive political movement, a leftist movement, calling for diversity, is all about hate and confiscating freedoms. A black woman, Star Parker, wrote an ARTICLE published today that all people should read and pray about. Ms. Parker writes:

“Republicans and all Americans who care about bequeathing a free nation to their children and grandchildren need to think long and hard about how to communicate the importance of freedom to Americans of color. It’s our only hope of not losing our country to the left forever.”

I have hundreds of articles that support what she is writing. I have three grandsons; do you have any young family members you care about? What about their future?

Look Beyond Yourself!, You are Alive and Doing Well, Be Thankful

By the grace of God, we are living in the greatest nation on earth. We take care of most of the nations on earth. We are generous people, caring people, forgiving people. We were founded by Godly men wanting to create a Godly nation. This Thanksgiving Day, tomorrow, be thankful for all you have received!

Yet, as you view the negative (on purpose) broadcasts from our main media sources, you would not see this wonderful country we live in; you would see what they want you to see…strife, hate, jealousy, inequality, anger, racism…which all comes (they say) from the group of people that love America the most!

This Thanksgiving, I invite you to set aside politics, take a few minutes and read Ben Shapiro’s wonderful article entitled, The Ungrateful Nation where he writes, after mentioning all the good things that are going on in America, the following paragraph:

“Yet as of July 2018, fewer than half of Americans surveyed by Gallup said they are extremely proud to be American. Just 32 percent of Democrats, down from 56 percent in 2013, said they are extremely proud to be American; only 42 percent of independents said are were extremely proud to be American. That’s ridiculous. Regardless of political affiliation, we should be proud to live in a society founded on eternal truths, in which we have the ability to thrive based on our own choices.”

These people should be ashamed! How ungodly! You have been given so very much, yet your selfishness has blinded you and closed your heart. Look around you, be grateful, and then go out and spread some holiday cheer to brighten someone else’s life. Look beyond yourself!

What really matters?

This morning I heard that the death count in the California fires was at 56…56 dead and maybe more dead in forest fires! …and what about the thousands of abortions in the last day or two? …and what about all the other deaths due to sickness, substance abuse, gang violence, etc.? People are hurting! What REALLY impacts people? Is it truly politics? …some would say yes, but red or blue, it is just shifting sand! What REALLY matters?

We have such division and hatefulness going on in our country now; it didn’t start with President Trump. It has been building for many decades. Michael Brown writes today in a very worthwhile article Let’s Unite Around Jesus, Not Divide Over Trump  “To put it bluntly, it is Satan, the evil one, who wants to divide us (and thereby destroy us) while it is Jesus, our Savior, who wants to unite us (and thereby bless us). To whose voice are we listening? Whose promptings are we following? Whose example are we emulating?”

Let’s all step back, take a breath, look in the mirror, and ask…what really matters? Is it really the quicksand of politics and hate for our neighbor, or is it compassion-sensitivity and love for others? Male-female-black-white-red-yellow, it doesn’t matter for our blood is red, and we were all created in the image of God…that, my friends, makes us all brothers and sisters!

What We Really Need

Karen Kataline writes in her article entitled “Walking Away from Cognitive Dissonance” posted on 11-5-18: “The woman who claimed to write an anonymous letter accusing Justice Brett Kavanaugh of raping her in his car has admitted that she lied. Judy Munro-Leighton turned out to be a left-wing activist who admitted that she did it because she was angry. She has never met Justice Kavanaugh.”

Where does such anger come from? Is this anger stored up inside a person just waiting to explode when given an opportunity? This kind of behavior is simply illogical and has absolutely no basis in truth and balance…it is simply invented.

I think America needs a lesson in balance, compassion, sensitivity and civility. Stop your tongue and start up your heart. Set aside hostilities and political agendas…it is killing you from the inside out. Take time by yourself to gaze upon beauty…a song from a bird, a sun rise or sunset, a peaceful river, a flower. Recently New Yorkers discovered a Mandarin Duck in a Central Park lake Mandarin Duck Article; they wondered at its beauty! It made the news shows. Where did it come from was spoken by many. Little did they know that it was a gift from God! Peace, beauty, gentleness…we still can find it if we will look for it, but you need to close your hate-filled eyes and open up your heart to God to find what you really need…what we really need!

All for One Stupid Night!

I had a dream the other night; most of us have dreams…dreams of all types, good & bad, etc. Let me tell you about this particular dream because it is quite telling of many.

As I stood lying before a great board of officials trying to explain my actions aboard my very expensive and extremely fast speed boat. It was simply just too fast! A great boat with which to show off, and as I recklessly showed off, I endangered a large group of people on a dock, I almost ran over two playing in the water, and nearly hit the shore line. I was simply out of control.

At a party excessively drinking beer, seeing old friends, I continued to show off, being the big guy at the party. Old friends told me I am 3 months behind in payments; of course, I tell them it is someone else’s fault. Heck, I have a $100,000 check in my pocket I can’t deposit! The lie continues.

I told them we will talk later…f or my focus and drive was to continue to show off and party. I refused to be responsible and under personal control! My friends, the real friends that try to care and warn me, are rejected. The devil has me firmly in his evil grip, a great smile on his receptive face.

Wake up time! Yes, this was a dream; I actually awoke and wrote down these notes. It seemed to be something I should share, hence this post. Many in our society are falling into holes of quicksand as the fellow in this dream. One reckless night can ruin your whole life; whether it is getting drunk or having a one-night stand.

This massive downfall occurred last week as a prominent doctor knowing better than to drink and drive, hit a motorcyclist killing him, fleeing the scene, wrecked his car and later caught by the police facing a dozen charges. What an awful tragedy for all involved: the motorcyclist and his family, the doctor and his family, and the hospital and patients entrusted into his care…all for one stupid night of excess! Are we not smarter than this?

Should Christians be Different from Others or Blend In?

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai after his encounter with God, he was physically changed. When we become a new creation in Christ, we are changed as well; the old has gone away. There should be a difference between a Christian and the rest of the world; unfortunately, many cultural statistics remain the same whether the surveyed group is Christian or not. One should wonder if there is really a change or not; for Jesus said many would call Him LORD and He would say, I don’t know you (Matt. 7:21-23). We are to be imitators of Christ (Ephesians 5:1). We are to strive to be like Him (Romans 8:29). As Christians, when people see us they should be able to tell that we have been with Jesus (Acts 4:13). In boldness and in love we should stand up for Jesus and be His disciples no matter what the world thinks of us. Be holy as Christ is holy; be loving as Christ is loving…search and find Jesus Christ, then strive to be like Him.

We searchers of light are not perfect, but we try to be. When we fall short, we are supported by the Spirit and forgiven by God’s grace. So what then is our action toward those that hate us? Shall we return the hate? Fight fire with fire? No! Jesus forgave those that tortured Him and killed Him on that rugged cross. No, we are to love our enemies; though in a way they are not “our” enemies, but we are “their” own enemies. Actually, the love we are to show is not our love at all but God’s love, we are only instruments [disciples] used to pass that love [Agape love-God’s love] around to all that will receive it. Strange that “God’s love” is such a threat to so many; they have no eyes to see.

 

Christian Persecution – Part 1

Christians are being beaten and murdered everyday in China, Belarus, Iraq, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Nigeria, and we just look the other way. These persecuted Christians all have names and families; they simply want what you and I want…peace, to work, to take care of their families, have a future and to worship Jesus Christ as their personal LORD and Savior.

Pick up any issue of the “Voice of the Martyrs” magazine and you’ll find stories like Hasani, a garbage collector in the city of Mokattam, Egypt. Page four of the November 2011 issue has this text:

“Minutes later, a group of men surrounded his truck and forced him to stop. “Are you a Muslim or a Christian?” one shouted at him. “I’m a Christian,” Hasani replied. “Then they grabbed me,” Hasani says. “They dragged me out of the truck. They stripped me naked and began to beat me. They used a machete to hit me on my face, arms and legs.”

Hasani barely survived the brutal attack from men representing a religion of peace…at least that is what we keep hearing. Hasani is in pain everyday, he can’t work, he is not safe but he can’t leave the country that is extremely hostile to him; all he wants is to get back to work collecting garbage so he can take care of his family. Can we Americans relate to Hasani? I think not; at least, not yet. We should have more compassion; governments don’t see faces but we Christians should. In our laziness, we believe our tax dollars are doing the work of dollars once given to churches for ministry and outreach, so now we turn our backs on the individual sufferings. Governments are not compassionate, never have been. Governments should do much less and we “church-goers” should do much more. What keeps a man like Hasani going? We had better learn, because it is all coming to our shores..in fact, it is already here…look for Part 2.

The Wheaton College "Same God" Debate

There sure has been a lot of debate recently with Wheaton College’s Professor Larycia Hawkins Facebook post that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. I don’t think they do. Officials with Fuller Theological Seminary and Assemblies of God Theological Seminary are quoted a saying that it is easier to reach out to Muslims if there is some common ground. Really? Maybe, I just don’t understand. I have had nice conversations with Muslims before; they held their ground and I held mine…then we embraced and departed in peace. I have no hate in my heart for Muslims at all, but do they want “common ground”? It would be nice but it doesn’t appear so.

The key that opens the door to find the answer to this Wheaton College debate question lays with who Jesus is. We Christians believe Jesus is fully man and fully divine…that Jesus is God. We would look to the Bible’s Holy Scripture and find examples such as the few below:

He existed before Abraham (John 8:58)
He was equal with the Father (John 5:17, 18)
Jesus claimed the ability to forgive sins (Mark 2:5–7) which the Bible teaches was something that God alone could do (Isaiah 43:25)
The New Testament equated Jesus as the creator of the universe (John 1:3)
He is the one who holds everything together (Colossians 1:17)
The apostle Paul says that God was manifest in the flesh (I Timothy 3:16, KJV)
John the evangelist says that “the Word was God” (John 1:1)

Not only did His friends notice that He claimed to be God, but so did the demons and His enemies as well. There may be some doubt today among the skeptics who refuse to examine the evidence, but there was no doubt on the part of the Jewish authorities.  When Jesus asked them why they wanted to stone Him, they replied, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God” (John 10:33, NASB).

Yes, Jesus claimed to be God. Why should anyone believe it? After all, merely claiming to be something does not make it true. Where’s the evidence that Jesus is God?
The Bible gives various reasons, including miracles and fulfilled prophecy, that are intended to convince us that Jesus is the one whom He said He was (John 20:30, 31). The main reason, or the sign which Jesus Himself said would demonstrate that He was the Son of God, was His resurrection from the dead.

Anyone wishing to refute the case for Christianity must explain away the story of the resurrection. Pretty hard to do with 500 eye witnesses giving testimony. Therefore, according to the Bible, Jesus proves to be the Son of God by coming back from the dead (Romans 1:4). The evidence is overwhelming that Jesus did rise from the grave, and it is this fact that proves Jesus to be God.

It is my understanding that Islam rejects both the deity of Christ (Sura 5:17) and His death on the Cross (Sura 4:157-158). So, my response to the Wheaton College debate question on do Christians and Muslims worship the same God would be “no”, they do not.

The Wheaton College “Same God” Debate

There sure has been a lot of debate recently with Wheaton College’s Professor Larycia Hawkins Facebook post that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. I don’t think they do. Officials with Fuller Theological Seminary and Assemblies of God Theological Seminary are quoted a saying that it is easier to reach out to Muslims if there is some common ground. Really? Maybe, I just don’t understand. I have had nice conversations with Muslims before; they held their ground and I held mine…then we embraced and departed in peace. I have no hate in my heart for Muslims at all, but do they want “common ground”? It would be nice but it doesn’t appear so.

The key that opens the door to find the answer to this Wheaton College debate question lays with who Jesus is. We Christians believe Jesus is fully man and fully divine…that Jesus is God. We would look to the Bible’s Holy Scripture and find examples such as the few below:

He existed before Abraham (John 8:58)
He was equal with the Father (John 5:17, 18)
Jesus claimed the ability to forgive sins (Mark 2:5–7) which the Bible teaches was something that God alone could do (Isaiah 43:25)
The New Testament equated Jesus as the creator of the universe (John 1:3)
He is the one who holds everything together (Colossians 1:17)
The apostle Paul says that God was manifest in the flesh (I Timothy 3:16, KJV)
John the evangelist says that “the Word was God” (John 1:1)

Not only did His friends notice that He claimed to be God, but so did the demons and His enemies as well. There may be some doubt today among the skeptics who refuse to examine the evidence, but there was no doubt on the part of the Jewish authorities.  When Jesus asked them why they wanted to stone Him, they replied, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God” (John 10:33, NASB).

Yes, Jesus claimed to be God. Why should anyone believe it? After all, merely claiming to be something does not make it true. Where’s the evidence that Jesus is God?
The Bible gives various reasons, including miracles and fulfilled prophecy, that are intended to convince us that Jesus is the one whom He said He was (John 20:30, 31). The main reason, or the sign which Jesus Himself said would demonstrate that He was the Son of God, was His resurrection from the dead.

Anyone wishing to refute the case for Christianity must explain away the story of the resurrection. Pretty hard to do with 500 eye witnesses giving testimony. Therefore, according to the Bible, Jesus proves to be the Son of God by coming back from the dead (Romans 1:4). The evidence is overwhelming that Jesus did rise from the grave, and it is this fact that proves Jesus to be God.

It is my understanding that Islam rejects both the deity of Christ (Sura 5:17) and His death on the Cross (Sura 4:157-158). So, my response to the Wheaton College debate question on do Christians and Muslims worship the same God would be “no”, they do not.

If Only We Could All Learn This "Family Way" of Real Brotherhood!

Marcus Luttrell, who wrote the book “Lone Survivor” with Patrick Robinson. I highly recommend that you read this book which will keep you on the edge of your seat concerning the two inter-locking stories…one in Afghanistan near the Pakistan border and one in Texas at the Luttrell ranch. Marcus, along with 3 of his “brothers” from Seal Team 10 find themselves alone and behind Taliban lines, out numbered 50 to 1. They make life and death decisions often by thinking how it would look back in America! Are you kidding me? These Seals know how ridiculous the mainstream media can be; how fast the media is to condemn our own brave men & women. They know how the blow-hard politicians use events to push their own personal agendas. To worry about how any of these unimportant people back in the States will react to your split-second decisions as you are being hunted down by a determined enemy, outnumbered 50 to 1, bullets and bombs all around you, blood pouring from your multiple gun-shot wounds, no water; it truly takes an extremely outstanding person. What an absolute shame how our armed forces are often treated! Our soldiers should never have to go through this nightmare; put yourself in their shoes, could you do the same? How would you react if you were in the same setting? Yet, these four Seals show great compassion for the innocent Afghans as they also try to save one another. They show compassion to any non-combatants encountered. They are made of amazing metal.

As they all get shot-up, they can only think of saving their “brothers”; what kind of family is this? Talk about your tree being in fertile ground, we should all take note. Back here in the States we have great in-fighting within real blood-families that should be loving one another. We have churches fighting churches. We have people with a cross around their neck dishing out hate. The Seals give their life for one another, as Jesus did for us. We have Jesus’ words as told by John in Chapter 15 verse 13, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends”. The words of Jesus are firmly tattooed on their hearts.

We saw this “fight for your brother” played out in Benghazi where Marines went to save those calling for help, only to be criticized for not standing down as the milk-toast politicians had ordered as they lied to all of us about some non-existent video being the fault of the uprising. What does it matter? Ask the family members who lost their loved ones. These Seals and Marines, unbelievable Americans all, regardless of race or background, live this “family way”; yet our media and government are quick to condemn them for some minor snap decision made under extreme fire; it is this worry about what idiots will say halfway around the world that causes the four of Seal Team 10 to hesitate for one brief moment thus throwing them into an intense deadly situation where only one barely survives. The story back in Texas echoes the same attitudes and feelings; the only difference is the lack of blood, bullets and bombs. In Texas strangers came together with family to hold the prayer vigil. Miracles happen. The world would be a better place if we could all learn this “family way” of real brotherhood!

If Only We Could All Learn This “Family Way” of Real Brotherhood!

Marcus Luttrell, who wrote the book “Lone Survivor” with Patrick Robinson. I highly recommend that you read this book which will keep you on the edge of your seat concerning the two inter-locking stories…one in Afghanistan near the Pakistan border and one in Texas at the Luttrell ranch. Marcus, along with 3 of his “brothers” from Seal Team 10 find themselves alone and behind Taliban lines, out numbered 50 to 1. They make life and death decisions often by thinking how it would look back in America! Are you kidding me? These Seals know how ridiculous the mainstream media can be; how fast the media is to condemn our own brave men & women. They know how the blow-hard politicians use events to push their own personal agendas. To worry about how any of these unimportant people back in the States will react to your split-second decisions as you are being hunted down by a determined enemy, outnumbered 50 to 1, bullets and bombs all around you, blood pouring from your multiple gun-shot wounds, no water; it truly takes an extremely outstanding person. What an absolute shame how our armed forces are often treated! Our soldiers should never have to go through this nightmare; put yourself in their shoes, could you do the same? How would you react if you were in the same setting? Yet, these four Seals show great compassion for the innocent Afghans as they also try to save one another. They show compassion to any non-combatants encountered. They are made of amazing metal.

As they all get shot-up, they can only think of saving their “brothers”; what kind of family is this? Talk about your tree being in fertile ground, we should all take note. Back here in the States we have great in-fighting within real blood-families that should be loving one another. We have churches fighting churches. We have people with a cross around their neck dishing out hate. The Seals give their life for one another, as Jesus did for us. We have Jesus’ words as told by John in Chapter 15 verse 13, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends”. The words of Jesus are firmly tattooed on their hearts.

We saw this “fight for your brother” played out in Benghazi where Marines went to save those calling for help, only to be criticized for not standing down as the milk-toast politicians had ordered as they lied to all of us about some non-existent video being the fault of the uprising. What does it matter? Ask the family members who lost their loved ones. These Seals and Marines, unbelievable Americans all, regardless of race or background, live this “family way”; yet our media and government are quick to condemn them for some minor snap decision made under extreme fire; it is this worry about what idiots will say halfway around the world that causes the four of Seal Team 10 to hesitate for one brief moment thus throwing them into an intense deadly situation where only one barely survives. The story back in Texas echoes the same attitudes and feelings; the only difference is the lack of blood, bullets and bombs. In Texas strangers came together with family to hold the prayer vigil. Miracles happen. The world would be a better place if we could all learn this “family way” of real brotherhood!

The Country's Great are Those Who are the Meek and Humble

The meek and the humble are the true generators of a good and prosperous country. It is because they get stepped upon and yet are strong enough to get right back up. It is because they don’t have the “bully-pulpit” and yet maintain their morals, ideals, and focus when all about them are losing theirs. This is the true “American Character”, found mostly in the middle of the country, often derogatorily referred to as “fly over country” by those on either coast. “American Character” is the Ross McGinnis story, a 19 year old Army soldier from Knox, Pennsylvania, with his whole life before him. Serving his country in Iraq, he threw himself on a grenade thrown into his vehicle to save four others in the vehicle (see John 15:13). He was awarded our country’s highest honor, the Congressional Medal of Honor. It was Rush Limbaugh, who the liberals love to hate, who said that Ross and his parents are what makes this country great; they are the backbone of America and they deserve our respect! He is right. Saying what he did about Ross, does that sound like someone we should hate? I don’t think so. President George W. Bush, another hated with an unreasonable passion, himself feeling the pain of the McGinnis family’s loss and the actions of a giving hero, had tears in his eyes over Ross’s story. Yet we have many congressmen & senators on both sides of the aisle who think that they are the ones who are great. No, it is the lowly “common man and woman” that make up the kingdom of God on earth.

It is the roughneck on an oil rig that works hard but is a peaceful and kind man. It is the woman iron worker bolting heavy beams together to form our buildings that also tenderly nurses her baby. A baker who rises at 3:00AM to make fine bread like the bread Jesus broke that last night. It is the creative passionate artisan that forms a beautiful hymn of praise, and the school’s caring janitor that wishes to see fairness in the way people are treated. These are such as the family of God, brothers and sisters in Christ to serve God, bowing down to the LORD Jesus Christ and growing in the Spirit.

Jesus brought down the high and mighty, and lifted up the lowly.

I believe the Ross McGinnis story reflects a unique Christian character, that is, it is a story of sacrifice for a cause and a caring for others beyond self. It is a story of pushing one’s self beyond normal settings all for a higher purpose. Though erroneously labeled baby-killers by unthinking hateful liberal groups, our military men and women often react in a Christ-like walk of love as they, though being in a fire fight, will struggle to save an innocent child or woman, or even one of their own brothers or sisters in the fight. Paul told us what to do:

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1+2 ESV)

The Country’s Great are Those Who are the Meek and Humble

The meek and the humble are the true generators of a good and prosperous country. It is because they get stepped upon and yet are strong enough to get right back up. It is because they don’t have the “bully-pulpit” and yet maintain their morals, ideals, and focus when all about them are losing theirs. This is the true “American Character”, found mostly in the middle of the country, often derogatorily referred to as “fly over country” by those on either coast. “American Character” is the Ross McGinnis story, a 19 year old Army soldier from Knox, Pennsylvania, with his whole life before him. Serving his country in Iraq, he threw himself on a grenade thrown into his vehicle to save four others in the vehicle (see John 15:13). He was awarded our country’s highest honor, the Congressional Medal of Honor. It was Rush Limbaugh, who the liberals love to hate, who said that Ross and his parents are what makes this country great; they are the backbone of America and they deserve our respect! He is right. Saying what he did about Ross, does that sound like someone we should hate? I don’t think so. President George W. Bush, another hated with an unreasonable passion, himself feeling the pain of the McGinnis family’s loss and the actions of a giving hero, had tears in his eyes over Ross’s story. Yet we have many congressmen & senators on both sides of the aisle who think that they are the ones who are great. No, it is the lowly “common man and woman” that make up the kingdom of God on earth.

It is the roughneck on an oil rig that works hard but is a peaceful and kind man. It is the woman iron worker bolting heavy beams together to form our buildings that also tenderly nurses her baby. A baker who rises at 3:00AM to make fine bread like the bread Jesus broke that last night. It is the creative passionate artisan that forms a beautiful hymn of praise, and the school’s caring janitor that wishes to see fairness in the way people are treated. These are such as the family of God, brothers and sisters in Christ to serve God, bowing down to the LORD Jesus Christ and growing in the Spirit.

Jesus brought down the high and mighty, and lifted up the lowly.

I believe the Ross McGinnis story reflects a unique Christian character, that is, it is a story of sacrifice for a cause and a caring for others beyond self. It is a story of pushing one’s self beyond normal settings all for a higher purpose. Though erroneously labeled baby-killers by unthinking hateful liberal groups, our military men and women often react in a Christ-like walk of love as they, though being in a fire fight, will struggle to save an innocent child or woman, or even one of their own brothers or sisters in the fight. Paul told us what to do:

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1+2 ESV)

To Drink of the "Living Water" and Never be Thirsty Again!

I have been teaching an Adult Bible Study Class for 37 years, but there was one small problem I ran into…the Bible says that teachers of the Gospel, having a responsibility to others to share the truth, will be held even more accountable for their teaching on Judgment Day. When I started teaching, did I realize what I was getting into?  Was I really up to this task? Had I bitten off more than I could chew? I was thirsty to learn alright, but that is not enough. I was becoming “turned-on” and I loved teaching. I prayed that the Holy Spirit would help me and forgive me for my failings as the responsibility to the class was growing within me. The class grew and learned inspite of my teaching mistakes. I was so busy trying to provide for my family, raising two daughters, and working two jobs; it was easy to end up on a Saturday night coming to the realization that I wasn’t ready for my class the next morning. I needed some discipline to force me to study.

Mad at myself for letting my LORD down (as well as myself) I would pray for the Holy Spirit to help me through the class. The class would turn out to be a good one, but not because of my actions. I vowed to not let that happen again, but of course it did again. The winds of Satan, that great confuser and mighty destroyer of all that is good. You only feel Satan’s destructive “winds” when you are trying to do something for God; otherwise, who cares about you? Satan already has you and he does not have to work at toppling your tree. Winds were blowing against me. These winds came in the form of self-induced stupid decisions, poor partners, poor clients, and the fact that Satan simply wishes to topple any Christian teacher…thus stopping the Word, the Logos at any opportunity.

In reflection, I knew that I was not doing my best for my LORD. I had a real responsibility to a smart class of adults that deserve much better. I simply cannot go into class unprepared. My 16-hour work day business efforts, though real, had become a weak excuse for not studying. Am I giving Christ the preeminence in my life? No…not yet was my honest assessment!

If you are not searching for Jesus Christ, then you will never be a real Christian; you’re a Christian in name only, like belonging to club. Anyone can sit in a church pew, but are you transformed by what you hear? Knowing Holy Scripture is not enough and knowing who Jesus is, is not enough. The Satan and his demons know who Jesus is and what the Holy Scripture says; the question to ask yourself is: am I transformed by the Holy Spirit to put Jesus Christ first in my life above all else?

“You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!” (James 2:19 ESV)

If I am not studying properly for my Sunday School class, then I have only two possible solutions. One choice, I can stop teaching so I can do what I want to. The problem with this possible choice is…if I have been called by God to teach and then in my own selfishness, I don’t give my best to God or worse yet, I reject the call all together, what does that say about my love for God? Have I given God the preeminence in my life? No, I have not!

The second choice I have is to reject self and yield to God’s will. Of course, this is not recommended by the world that says “you” come first, you must be self-actualized, but then…the world is a fallen place. If I yield to God’s will, God will empower me. We have received a promise from Christ Jesus that if we will position ourselves to do His will, that the Holy Spirit will come into us and empower us to do great things for God (Mark 16:15-17).

Jesus, just before he ascended into heaven, said:

“It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:7-8 ESV)

What was my choice? I committed to be one of Jesus’ witnesses and become the best teacher I could be, not by my ability, but by my willingness to be used by the Spirit of God. Funny thing, the more I studied, the more I learned and the more the desire to know more grew. I took class preparation much more seriously. It was like being thirsty and the water was so wonderful that I wanted more and more. The more I drank of this “living water”, the more I wanted and the more I was fulfilled but not made full. I was not thirsty due to dryness; no, I was becoming very refreshed. I longed for more of the “living water”; my roots were taking on the nourishment (John 4:10-14 & 7:37-39). I would not ever be thirsty again for “regular water”…the world’s water.

To Drink of the “Living Water” and Never be Thirsty Again!

I have been teaching an Adult Bible Study Class for 37 years, but there was one small problem I ran into…the Bible says that teachers of the Gospel, having a responsibility to others to share the truth, will be held even more accountable for their teaching on Judgment Day. When I started teaching, did I realize what I was getting into?  Was I really up to this task? Had I bitten off more than I could chew? I was thirsty to learn alright, but that is not enough. I was becoming “turned-on” and I loved teaching. I prayed that the Holy Spirit would help me and forgive me for my failings as the responsibility to the class was growing within me. The class grew and learned inspite of my teaching mistakes. I was so busy trying to provide for my family, raising two daughters, and working two jobs; it was easy to end up on a Saturday night coming to the realization that I wasn’t ready for my class the next morning. I needed some discipline to force me to study.

Mad at myself for letting my LORD down (as well as myself) I would pray for the Holy Spirit to help me through the class. The class would turn out to be a good one, but not because of my actions. I vowed to not let that happen again, but of course it did again. The winds of Satan, that great confuser and mighty destroyer of all that is good. You only feel Satan’s destructive “winds” when you are trying to do something for God; otherwise, who cares about you? Satan already has you and he does not have to work at toppling your tree. Winds were blowing against me. These winds came in the form of self-induced stupid decisions, poor partners, poor clients, and the fact that Satan simply wishes to topple any Christian teacher…thus stopping the Word, the Logos at any opportunity.

In reflection, I knew that I was not doing my best for my LORD. I had a real responsibility to a smart class of adults that deserve much better. I simply cannot go into class unprepared. My 16-hour work day business efforts, though real, had become a weak excuse for not studying. Am I giving Christ the preeminence in my life? No…not yet was my honest assessment!

If you are not searching for Jesus Christ, then you will never be a real Christian; you’re a Christian in name only, like belonging to club. Anyone can sit in a church pew, but are you transformed by what you hear? Knowing Holy Scripture is not enough and knowing who Jesus is, is not enough. The Satan and his demons know who Jesus is and what the Holy Scripture says; the question to ask yourself is: am I transformed by the Holy Spirit to put Jesus Christ first in my life above all else?

“You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!” (James 2:19 ESV)

If I am not studying properly for my Sunday School class, then I have only two possible solutions. One choice, I can stop teaching so I can do what I want to. The problem with this possible choice is…if I have been called by God to teach and then in my own selfishness, I don’t give my best to God or worse yet, I reject the call all together, what does that say about my love for God? Have I given God the preeminence in my life? No, I have not!

The second choice I have is to reject self and yield to God’s will. Of course, this is not recommended by the world that says “you” come first, you must be self-actualized, but then…the world is a fallen place. If I yield to God’s will, God will empower me. We have received a promise from Christ Jesus that if we will position ourselves to do His will, that the Holy Spirit will come into us and empower us to do great things for God (Mark 16:15-17).

Jesus, just before he ascended into heaven, said:

“It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:7-8 ESV)

What was my choice? I committed to be one of Jesus’ witnesses and become the best teacher I could be, not by my ability, but by my willingness to be used by the Spirit of God. Funny thing, the more I studied, the more I learned and the more the desire to know more grew. I took class preparation much more seriously. It was like being thirsty and the water was so wonderful that I wanted more and more. The more I drank of this “living water”, the more I wanted and the more I was fulfilled but not made full. I was not thirsty due to dryness; no, I was becoming very refreshed. I longed for more of the “living water”; my roots were taking on the nourishment (John 4:10-14 & 7:37-39). I would not ever be thirsty again for “regular water”…the world’s water.

The Poor Long Term Outlook for Our Once Christian Nation…if We Don't Turn Around Soon

The “Emergent Church” movement is about just getting along. No doctrine, because “we don’t really know what it means” they say. They take no position on anything, because “we may be wrong or right” or…heck, “we just don’t know if we are right or not.” The Emergent Church believes God is a loving God, so therefore He would never judge anyone harshly. I wonder what the Emergent Church does with Amos 4:6-13? God is indeed a loving God, but what a pile of garbage about His lack of judgment! There is one God, a God of both Testaments; you don’t get to pick either the Old Testament or the New Testament to follow. It all goes together.

The growth of the Emergent Church is just a reflection of our pluralistic culture that has bought into the easy cop-out convenience of believing there are no absolutes. People want to believe there is neither absolute right nor any absolute wrong; everything is relative. How easy! Now you can setup your own definitions in what you choose to believe. Hey, this way you purport, everyone can be right and the fiction of decision between right and wrong goes away. After all, who is to say you are right or that I am right? How utterly wrong they are! Will you bet your soul on a worldly fabrication? See how important the Bible is now? It is indeed, foundational. The more you mess with the Bible, the more you twist the Bible into your own limited belief system, the more the world foundations will crumble. A time of crumbling foundations is definitely upon us!

Fabrication and a rejection of absolutes will work for a world where truth doesn’t matter anymore; heck, why take a position if you don’t have to? This progressive attitude has distorted positions so that now it is believed that no one person should become offended by any other one person on the whole planet, therefore anything and everything goes. This creates the false illusion that all positions are correct. Many will subscribe to the belief that you can believe what you want to, because I’m not sure what I believe in and what I believe in may not be right anyway…so you just believe what you want to and we all will end up at the same place anyway. What baloney all this is! Please don’t follow the heresy of the Emergent Church, it will lead to harsh judgment (Rev. 3:15+16) whether you like it or not. God is sovereign!

January 25, 2010 in his syndicated column, Mike Adams wrote about two college of religion professors, quoting one as saying:

“I don’t know whether there is a God and, by the way, I am blissful about my ignorance.”

The other professor, it was reported, attacks Christianity in this so-called University College of Religion by teaching from such nasty books as authored by Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins. Adams’ article is about only one university, but I have read about many others teaching false doctrine. What do you suppose the long term outlook will be for our once “Christian Nation” when its young people come of leadership age having grown up on a complete lack of structure, gross ignorance, and lies?

The Poor Long Term Outlook for Our Once Christian Nation…if We Don’t Turn Around Soon

The “Emergent Church” movement is about just getting along. No doctrine, because “we don’t really know what it means” they say. They take no position on anything, because “we may be wrong or right” or…heck, “we just don’t know if we are right or not.” The Emergent Church believes God is a loving God, so therefore He would never judge anyone harshly. I wonder what the Emergent Church does with Amos 4:6-13? God is indeed a loving God, but what a pile of garbage about His lack of judgment! There is one God, a God of both Testaments; you don’t get to pick either the Old Testament or the New Testament to follow. It all goes together.

The growth of the Emergent Church is just a reflection of our pluralistic culture that has bought into the easy cop-out convenience of believing there are no absolutes. People want to believe there is neither absolute right nor any absolute wrong; everything is relative. How easy! Now you can setup your own definitions in what you choose to believe. Hey, this way you purport, everyone can be right and the fiction of decision between right and wrong goes away. After all, who is to say you are right or that I am right? How utterly wrong they are! Will you bet your soul on a worldly fabrication? See how important the Bible is now? It is indeed, foundational. The more you mess with the Bible, the more you twist the Bible into your own limited belief system, the more the world foundations will crumble. A time of crumbling foundations is definitely upon us!

Fabrication and a rejection of absolutes will work for a world where truth doesn’t matter anymore; heck, why take a position if you don’t have to? This progressive attitude has distorted positions so that now it is believed that no one person should become offended by any other one person on the whole planet, therefore anything and everything goes. This creates the false illusion that all positions are correct. Many will subscribe to the belief that you can believe what you want to, because I’m not sure what I believe in and what I believe in may not be right anyway…so you just believe what you want to and we all will end up at the same place anyway. What baloney all this is! Please don’t follow the heresy of the Emergent Church, it will lead to harsh judgment (Rev. 3:15+16) whether you like it or not. God is sovereign!

January 25, 2010 in his syndicated column, Mike Adams wrote about two college of religion professors, quoting one as saying:

“I don’t know whether there is a God and, by the way, I am blissful about my ignorance.”

The other professor, it was reported, attacks Christianity in this so-called University College of Religion by teaching from such nasty books as authored by Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins. Adams’ article is about only one university, but I have read about many others teaching false doctrine. What do you suppose the long term outlook will be for our once “Christian Nation” when its young people come of leadership age having grown up on a complete lack of structure, gross ignorance, and lies?

What We Can Learn From Wally, Part-1

Wally, a Mexican-American friend at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, it was 1968. He was a neat guy alright, but I did not yet know where he gained his nourishment, where his roots were. I was soon to find out.

One day, Wally invited me to go hunting with him. I had my 303 British Infield with me at school; everybody had their guns, but remember this was 1968 when you saw rifles in the rear window gun racks of most pickup trucks. Nobody went on crazy shooting sprees like they do now.

Today you can be arrested for just making a drawing of a gun; one kid was expelled from school because he ate his snack into the shape of an “L” which his crazy teacher thought looked like a gun. Idiots! The only thing these crazy policies are teaching our young is that there is no more common sense in public education. Oh how far we have fallen into this “lack of common sense hole.” At Harding High School in Oklahoma City, my 1968 yearbook has a picture of a bunch of us in the school parking lot posing with our cars and our guns. This was a time when young people had common sense; nobody pointed a gun at anybody and we dang-sure would never think to shoot anybody. Responsible parents taught their children proper gun safety, and kids were knowledgeable and respected guns for what they could do. The fact that everyone is so crazy today about guns just shows you how far we have fallen as a society.

Anyway, back to Wally and our hunting trip: I was invited to go to Cuba, New Mexico, up in the northwest quadrant of the state. We left the university in Las Cruces in the southeast quadrant of the state and headed northwest. It took a long time to arrive; as I recall, it was around three in the morning. It was so dark when we arrived, I could barely see the house but one could not help but notice how low it was. Strange architecture, something I hadn’t seen before; I would soon be surprised in a few hours at daylight.

We walked through the front door and as my six foot tall body was carefully stepping over three young girls, only visible by the light of the moon, sleeping on the living room floor; my head was grazing the ceiling; a ceiling I would later learn was made of cardboard. After traversing the living room’s human obstacles, we came to a small bedroom. There was no furniture other than a single queen-size bed which left about 18” clear around the three open sides of the bed. I had never seen such a small bedroom, no tables, no chests nor a single chair. We crashed, exhausted into a comfortable bed.

Coming fast, the next morning, was the start of my new awakening (no pun intended). I soon learned that I, a stranger to this family but having obtained the label “a friend of their brother,” was given a gift: the bedroom of those three young girls on the floor – Wally’s sisters – it was their personal gift for an unseen stranger. It only mattered that this stranger was a friend of their brother; what love is this? Wally’s parents were up and being productive, a grand breakfast was started. Wally’s house was also the town’s post office, and as I finally removed the sleep from my eyes the interior and exterior of this home was revealed. I saw a home built from anything and everything, even cardboard. I lost count of the number of additions; lean-tos upon lean-tos. The house was one of thousands of those most often over-looked shacks, abandoned and invisible by most.

The ground around this strange collection of materials was mostly dirt, no landscaping. It was, it was…friends, and it was clean dirt! I mean the outside around the house was ordered, smartly addressed, cared for, and not one piece of trash! Not one piece of set-aside junk; you know what I mean, everyone has seen the really poor homesteads littered with the land’s history and man’s laziness. In September 2012, while riding my Harley through the backwoods of Arkansas, many homes were seen with trash piled all around; what was different about these people? No, Wally’s home was different, very different. What was the power at work with this family? Even at this simple exterior beauty of necessary minimalization, I soon came to realize the real beauty was to be found inside. There was a spirit at work here…where was I, really?

The whole interior of the house was spotless, clean, organized, and well cared for. Wally’s sisters had clean faces and their clothes were clean and pressed. Beautiful. Those kids all had good manners and smiles on their faces! They welcomed me, a stranger from another universe; they only needed to know that I was a friend of their big brother, the first of the family to make it to the state university. I had never experienced before nor since such joy, such hospitality, and such grace from such a poor family.

They obviously loved each other. The parents had obviously raised their children right for they were polite, friendly and gracious. They didn’t have two pennies to rub together; I actually don’t think they thought about being poor. It was like they didn’t have the time to worry about such incidental things, as their focus was on things much higher than stupid materialism. I was the poor person for this weekend. They were such a beautiful family!

HANDS – How do you use yours?

Cain struck Able with his hands.

Joseph’s brothers used their hands to strip him and throw him into a well. Later, those same hands were held open to receive grain from Joseph when they were starving; and it was Joseph’s hands that embraced his brothers and gave them food to survive. Just look at what we do with our hands for good or for evil.

Jesus’ hands were perched for our transgressions. He was wounded & killed because of our sinfulness. His hands were spread out on that evil cross to bring us to Him and for our eternal salvation. Evil hands cheered for Barabbas. David’s hands wrote the note that killed Uriah. Governor Pilate washed his hands.

We see people recognizing Jesus only when He opens up His hands…a blessing at dinner after walking the Road to Emmaus, or in that locked Upper Room, etc. We see how He touched people and healed them, raised them up from the dead, etc. Jesus touched the soldier’s ear and restored it after it was cut off during Jesus’ arrest.

Now, juxtapose Jesus’ hands with our own…

What about our hands? Where have they been?

On a positive note, our hands have:
• Loved, embraced, gently soothed, and wiped away tears
• Lifted up the fallen, picked up heavy loads and supported the weak
• Built things, provided shelter and been physically constructive
• Our hands have removed threat and evil to bring peace to the innocent
• Supported the sick and hurting, created healing methods and been tender
• We have used our hands to raise up our families, to support & defend our children, to protect them, and provid food and shelter

But our hands have also:
• Stolen what doesn’t belong to us
• Hurt and hit and caused injury to others
• Been dirty (not constructively as in building things) and supported unclean sinful practices and things
• Our hands have been clinched in a tight fist and raised up to produced hate, anger, and damage on people
• Our hands have supported evil practices and evil people

Maybe we can actually say that we are known by our hands and what we do with them. I suggest we all get on our knees, open up our hands (palms up) and pray for mercy.

Racial Problems…We need a New Vision, a New Direction

I try not to get too political in my posts, but as a Christian and caring for others, I can’t help but address the current pain I see in our culture. My position is coming from a position of love and caring for my neighbors.

I, like you probably, have been trouble by all the “new” racial strife we are seeing occurring in our country. Young men are dead because they didn’t follow police instructions…so needless! Also, needless was the resulting crime-after-crime and the destruction of innocent family businesses. This did not have to happen. Now we see the so-called reverend Al Sharpton stirring up chanting rallies screaming that they want “dead cops”. Really? So, you want anarchy? Oh, that will certainly make life much better for everyone, won’t it? The truth is, we do have a “black problem”, and I say it is with the black leadership. It is about those who hold the blacks back. It is about those who claim they are supporting our black brothern, but really they only apply chains [again] to the black ankles. We now have 90 million citizens on government handouts; this is killing our minorities in the name of “helping” them. Trillions have been spent since President Johnson claimed war on poverty, yet we have the same amount of poverty…why? Maybe these so-called helpful government programs are actually placing our citizens in a prison.

Do we really have a white-black problem, or do we have a black problem that black “race-baiting” leadership is fueling and government is aiding? In 2013 some 190+ whites killed blacks, but some 440+ whites were killed by blacks. Worse yet is the awful tragity that over 2,400 blacks were killed by blacks. What in the world are we doing?

I think we need new visions for how we can live together. The “new vision” is easily available and was established thousands of years ago…it is called The 10 Commandments! The 10 Commandments tell us how to live with one another, but it appears that large factions in our culture take every opportunity to have the 10 Commandments removed or as in Oklahoma City, destroyed by a car. Good black leadership, and there are some wonderful men and women leaders, are often suppressed by blacks and labeled as “sell-outs” to the white man. Former Congressman and retired Army Officer Allen West is one such leader. He writes the answer to our country’s problems in the following article, published this date on Townhall.com. I think you may like to read it, but sadly many may place it in the erroneous category of “conservative”…but “feel good” liberalism has produced no positive results so far…I contend, it is actually the main cause of our problems.
http://townhall.com/columnists/allenwest/2014/12/19/the-evolution-of-an-american-patriot–from-the-battlefield-to-capitol-hill-to-policy-development-n1933769/page/full

Well, I guess I have said what is on my heart…I will now continue in prayer for my black neighbors and our leadership and our country. There is so much anger and hate in the world these days…have we already forgotten the 141 murdered in Pakistan this week? I suggest we all look to the Christ child this Christmas for He is the Prince of Peace and our Savior! Blessings to you and your this Christmas.

I am back…in more ways than one!

Greetings all…on February 16th, 2014 I had a massive heart attack; I am slowly recovering now. I will make a plea to everyone; cherish each and every day you have. Tell someone you care about that you love them. As in the Bible, don’t let the sun set on your anger; give up your anger and make peace with others. Believe me, you do not know when you may just have some catastrophic event happen to you.

I have not been able to write much in the last 6 weeks. My second book called, “A Different Kind of Tree” has been published by AuthorHouse. Why not check it out at MuskratBooks.com along with some other cool articles at the website that are worth your time to review.

Blessings all

When I am 64…the Beatles' Question

You remember the questions don’t you? Will you still need me? Will you still feed me, when I am 64? I turned 64 on January 9th; I don’t feel old, though some non-visonaries would say that I am. I don’t have to ask the questions from the Beatles because I am surrounded by people who love me…my wife, two daughters, and three grandsons. Further, I know that my LORD Jesus is always with me; I am never alone.

We have just come through another Christmas time when the real meaning of Christmas is mocked and demeaned; a time when maybe the majority of the people celebrate a jolly old fat man dressed in red and white, rather than celebrate the birth of the Savior, the Redeemer of the world. By the way, I never understood why athetists attack Christians; if we are wrong as they say we are, why not just let us flounder in our own mess? Anyway, the attacks happen and Jesus told us that the world would hate us, but take heart for the world hated Him first (John 17). Back to the jolly old fat man…St. Nick, a giving man to all people; this is not a bad image, is it? We should be giving people and look to help others; what is better than to see the joy in the face of a child? I think we need to strive for balance…balance! Jesus loved being surrounded by the children and I’m sure He laughted as they laughted. You’ve got to love a God like that. We can feed the hungry, present toys to children in hospitals, spend time with the elderly, etc. Balance, don’t over do all the gift buying, give yourself and be there for others; but above all, be thankful that your personal Savior came into the world to show you how to live and love.

How about we all take ourselves less seriously, spend some time laughting and let the wind blow our hair around without thinking I just had it fixed. Be a kid again! Laugh out loud at a cartoon as my grandson did this morning watching Micky Mouse. Be a kid again and enjoy each day of your life as a blessing from God. Be a kid again even if you are 64 or 94.