As You do to the Least of These

By now most people have heard about the 200+ girls kidnapped in Nigeria. It is making big news now over the whole world (as it should), but sadly this kind of ugly stuff has been going on for decades in the countries within Africa. Many children are losing limbs due to machete violence by evil men. They are kidnapped and sold or worse, put on the front lines as the evil armies approach an innocent village, killing all…how can the villagers shoot back and not kill the children? There are a few groups helping out; one is Angels of East Africa (AOEA), founded in 1998 by Machine Gun Preacher Sam Childers, who has rescued over a thousand orphaned children from starvation, disease and enslavement by the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army. Check out their website at http://www.machinegunpreacher.org and help by donating to this important frontline rescue!

The current government of the Unites States has actually lost billions of dollars of cash! How can you possibility do that? The point? Are we not moved by the suffering of children caught up in tribal warfare? Are we not moved by whole villages with no water? Could we not help out with the millions and billions of dollars rather than just throwing it away? What would Jesus say of our actions or the lack thereof? In 2010 when I completed my book, “I Am, the Great Creator God”, I included an article entitled, “The Sin of Environmentalism”. You can read it for yourself at, https://muskratbooks.com/muskrat_books_004.htm, in the lower left corner. As a responsible steward of our God created environment, my point was how can we waste hundreds of millions of dollars for a non-event a hundred years from now when children are dying today…now…right now? We need to bring this forward some how, for one day the LORD will ask you a question…what have you done for the least of these (Matt 25:31-46)?

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.

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.

Understanding Newtown, Connecticut…don't blame God

Often with these senseless tragedies, people will ask why did God let this happen, or worse…why did God do this? God is not the author of hate, evil, sadness and the tragic death of children. God loves, but there is evil in the world, uncreated by God. Mankind messed up God plan by following fallen angels rather than God. Today, we seem to kick out God and desire to follow the god of the culture. It will always fail. The hate and destruction this one boy dumped on 26 sets of loving families, on a town, and on a nation was not created by God. Though sought out, there is no closure of a loss such as this. Yes, this was already a gun-free zone, yes the school had just upgraded their security, yes there was already a ban on so-called assault weapons; the only thing that will work to save our children, our loved ones, our nation is to turn back to God and learn how to love one another…again.

Understanding Newtown, Connecticut…don’t blame God

Often with these senseless tragedies, people will ask why did God let this happen, or worse…why did God do this? God is not the author of hate, evil, sadness and the tragic death of children. God loves, but there is evil in the world, uncreated by God. Mankind messed up God plan by following fallen angels rather than God. Today, we seem to kick out God and desire to follow the god of the culture. It will always fail. The hate and destruction this one boy dumped on 26 sets of loving families, on a town, and on a nation was not created by God. Though sought out, there is no closure of a loss such as this. Yes, this was already a gun-free zone, yes the school had just upgraded their security, yes there was already a ban on so-called assault weapons; the only thing that will work to save our children, our loved ones, our nation is to turn back to God and learn how to love one another…again.

Newtown, Connecticut's Bad Tree

The book, “A Different Kind of Tree”, is about growth, where you find nourishment, and what kind of fruit you bear. The destroyer of Newtown, Connecticut’s innocent was “a tree” with roots deep into rocky desert ground. Ground that will generally only form dry twisted dead trees. No one can kill 20  six to seven year old children without being completely dead inside. All the so-called experts will be giving us all the societal reasons for this mental illness, but I contend an evil “tree” as this boy, was grown. Grown in a land that has rejected Jesus Christ, a land that is selfish and unloving, a land of relativity where no absolutes exist…no right and no wrong. We have created a dry “land”, devoid of the nourishment of civility, of humility, of decency, of sensitivity, and of consideration of others. We now experience the most ugly vile words normalized in our everyday speech. Ugly words, ugly dress, ugly music, ugly video games, ugly thought…they all add up to ugly actions. It all adds up to a haze of disbelief of what life is, and an awful “reverse arrogance”…the evil in Newtown probably thought that no one loved him, no one understood him, nobody cared for him, and that the whole world was against him. We have seen these tragic events before. There is only one way out…better nourishment can be found…instead of kicking Jesus Christ out of our culture, we need to turn back toward Him. Then and only then will we learn how to properly love others again.

Newtown, Connecticut’s Bad Tree

The book, “A Different Kind of Tree”, is about growth, where you find nourishment, and what kind of fruit you bear. The destroyer of Newtown, Connecticut’s innocent was “a tree” with roots deep into rocky desert ground. Ground that will generally only form dry twisted dead trees. No one can kill 20  six to seven year old children without being completely dead inside. All the so-called experts will be giving us all the societal reasons for this mental illness, but I contend an evil “tree” as this boy, was grown. Grown in a land that has rejected Jesus Christ, a land that is selfish and unloving, a land of relativity where no absolutes exist…no right and no wrong. We have created a dry “land”, devoid of the nourishment of civility, of humility, of decency, of sensitivity, and of consideration of others. We now experience the most ugly vile words normalized in our everyday speech. Ugly words, ugly dress, ugly music, ugly video games, ugly thought…they all add up to ugly actions. It all adds up to a haze of disbelief of what life is, and an awful “reverse arrogance”…the evil in Newtown probably thought that no one loved him, no one understood him, nobody cared for him, and that the whole world was against him. We have seen these tragic events before. There is only one way out…better nourishment can be found…instead of kicking Jesus Christ out of our culture, we need to turn back toward Him. Then and only then will we learn how to properly love others again.