One Voice Crying in the Wilderness

It is past time to make our turn!

Democrat Presidential Candidate, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, is quoted as saying that Old Testament Biblical text is wrong because he doesn’t believe it is right for today and that the text just “found its way into Scripture”.

From the first century to the 18th century, the Holy Scriptures were the very Word of God, the Logos, inerrant and infallible! Then came the Age of Enlightenment, then modern academic theory and critical interpretations, all of which led to reducing God’s Holy Word to mere text in their eyes [though not for the evangelicals]. We are now in a post-modern period, a period of relativity, no right and no wrong. The powers that be wish to remove all benchmarks of morality, anything goes.

The Ten Commandments of God, that tell us how to relate to God and to our neighbors, are being removed in favor of plurality, leading only to chaos. It is past time to make our turn! We must turn back to the very Word of God if we are to have a chance at a moral society where we are not killing each other, not killing unborn babies, and learning to live together regardless of skin color, all blood is red. It is all about the heart; we are all created in the image of God. We need to embrace this fact and turn back to the LORD.

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…

 

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.

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)

The Future of Your Children and Grandchildren?

This blog is called “One Voice Crying in the Wilderness”…I think America is moving toward “wilderness”. Gone are the days when we could discuss the nation’s issues and learn from one another. Gone are the days of civility and sensitivity toward others. Gone are the days when we could allow others to live their lives unharmed even though we disagreed with their position on politics or lifestyle. Gone are the days when we could believe as we wish to believe; now we are forced to believe in whatever the minority of the population chooses to believe.

Do you ever fear for your children or grandchildren and the world they will have to live in?

Each generation should work to leave for future generations a better place, not to destroy it for the future. I know, you are thinking…who is to say what that future should be. That’s my point…there was in the past a time when we could friendly debate such ideas. Today, it is violence and cursing, shouting over one another…no one listening to an opposite position to find common ground. Destruction, not construction.

Paul Curry writes an interesting thought provoking post that would be worth your time to read. My wish is that though you may firmly disagree with his post, that you would still take a couple of minutes to read and reflect on it. Is that too much to ask when considering the future of America, the future of your children and grandchildren?

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!

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.

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.

 

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!

 

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!

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

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?

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

Our Problem is Lack of a Nuclear Unit

Our current culture will tell us that any group, any combination of individuals, can raise children in a loving home. Of course, I would agree there are exceptions to this expansion of family structure; however, I think it is the underlaying foundational cause of many of our relational problems. The brutal language being spewed throughout all of society is nothing more than hate speech. What about the violence we see, the increase in gang memberships and substance abuse? Why do kids fight, kill and play their brutal games? Why do boys treat girls so harshly? Why do girls fight so much and express such hate on social media? Is all this a desire to be accepted into some form of “family”…a real family they don’t have at home? Do boys not have a male role model that can teach them compassion, sensitivity, and basic manners? The raising number of single-parent families might suggest this as one of our problems, but then there are exceptions to this where a single caring parent is performing better than an abusive two parent home. Can our problems be traced back to the nuclear family unit? I am sure the problem is multi-dimensional; I don’t want to fall into the trap of suggesting a single simplified cause.

I think our problem is basic selfishness, plain and simple!. We could blame the “Me Generation” where the focus was on self. We could blame of experts in relationships who say a person must first take care of self before they can be able to share. What can I get out of this relationship? I want this and I want that. I am not fulfilled, so I am out of this relationship. The entire focus is on the self. We do know that the family break down goes way beyond one single generation. I grew up in the sixties; now there was a generation focused on self if ever we had one.

This focus on self is not biblical. It is not God’s plan where male and female are both created equally in the image of God, to become a single unit working for the joy of the other.

In John Dempsey’s article published in Townhall on September 28, 2018, entitled “Bloomberg Writer: Dropping Divorce Rate is Leading to Inequality”; we read of  the University of Maryland study which shows an 18% drop in divorce rate in the last 8 years. This should be celebrated…less broken homes is best for our future and our children; but the left seems to take a good thing and make it a bad thing; in this case, an issue of inequality. As Mr. Dempsey noted: “Marriage can easily survive when each spouse is willing to do something special for the other.” This, I can attest works and it is commanded in the Bible…but to embrace this position, the culture would need to embrace the Bible, and we all know where that is going. Mr. Dempsey also notes that marriage doesn’t discriminate between classes of people. The break down of the nuclear family has nothing to do with education or economics; it has everything to do with the heart. There exists an plausible argument that Welfare has broken down the family unit. Can we turn our nose-drive toward destruction around? I don’t know, but I believe the break down in the nuclear family unit, first planned and created by God, to be definitely on our slippery slope.

Worse than ANY polluted River!

For decades now, we have rightly been concerned for the stewardship of the earth, God’s creation. God demanded it. We were created to take care of it (Gen. 2:15). Unfortunately, many have taken God’s command to be good stewards, to become the path for their own personal power and control over people. Yes, we should not pollute, but I wish to bring forward a whole other form of pollution, much worse.

Part of being good stewards of God’s creation is to be kind and good to other people…people who are also part of God’s creation! So where is the pollution, Haven? The pollution I am writing about is in the form of our actions and words.

As Jesus was telling His disciples when concerns were raised about defiling one over the food they ate, He said it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person but what comes out of a person out of their heart (Mark 7:20-23). The words we use can cut more than the sharpest sword. The words we use can linger longer than the distance to our closest star. Just look at the coarseness of our language in everyday talk these days! Just look at the invisible hate polluting the internet and sometimes driving unseen persons to suicide. Just look at the deceit and slander found daily in politics and in the media. This, my friends, is pollution! This coarseness of language, deceit, slander and all lies (large and small) is FAR worse than ANY polluted river found in the least developed country you can kind!

One day, all will come before the Judgement Bar of the LORD. Let’s all work to clean up the pollution found all around us…start today!

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.