Be Thinking – Not Following

Are you surprised like I am that so many seem to puppet other people’s agendas? Rather than think for themselves, they seem to follow blindly the pack, like Lemmings, following the cow trail. Have you seen a cow trail? For such large bulky animals, their path is very narrow and tight; formed by one animal closely following the other…one after another…so many as to curve a rut in the earth. I am amazed how people, when faced with true facts (not spin), will stand firm on their made up erroneous platforms. Can we not be thinkers anymore? On most campuses of higher education, you are shouted down and sometimes expelled by having a different opinion from the masses, and yet these are the areas in our culture screaming diversity at the top of their lungs! I invite you to check out Thomas Sowell’s May 1, 2013 article entitled, “Is Thinking Obsolete?”.

I am pro-education…that’s “education”…not “indoctrination”. Shamed by “do it for the children”, we keep applying more and more tax-payer money to education and get poorer and poorer results. “Zero tolerance” is an excuse for not thinking; what are we telling our young people by this terrible example? We are producing more Lemmings! By non-thinking, we have allowed the suspression of speech by “political correctness”, which serves only to remove our “common sense”. So, is it any wonder why our government doesn’t work anymore? So, is it any wonder why we no longer have a “media watch-dog” anymore? Except for a few in the media, condemned by the mainstream, our media simply promotes the current indoctrination verse of the day.

In an environment such as this, is it any wonder why many are questioning the reality of Jesus Christ as Savior and King? Is it any wonder why our culture is more concerned over celebrating alternative lifestyles than it is protecting the unborn children? Be “A Different Kind of Tree”; be about Christian growth from “dry dead-wood” to a healthy strong caring benefical “tree” rooted in Christ. We need healthy growth in our world…though it takes more work, let’s be healthy thinkers and not simply followers of the dead-wood.

For unto us a Savior is born!

Do you think there are more mass shootings than ever before? Not true…they are the decline. But this means nothing to those 26 families who lost loved ones in Newtown! We celebrate Christmas tomorrow; have you thought once of those 20 families that already had presents under Christmas trees for their children who were gunned down by an evil-driven man? I have cried since the tragedy happened, and I believe Jesus has cried also, as He did at the grave of His friend Lazarous. Jesus Christ is the light of the world, all other is darkness. For unto to us a Savior is born, for “at one time we [sinners] were darkness, but now we [Christians] are light in the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:8). The world hated Jesus and killed Him. Conversly, Jesus loved the world and died for it. The question for each of us is this: to whom will we come? To Jesus as our personal Savior? or, to the world ruled by the evil one? Though loved by Jesus, the majority will turn away and hate Him and His followers. America, once a Christian nation, is sliding away at break-neck speed; every Christmas reveals the many attacks on the Christ child…attacks every bit as deadly as the awful deaths of those 20 children in Newtown, who now are in the loving hands of Jesus. Will our nation wake up? What is in it for the God haters to breakdown our celebration of the birth of the Savior of all mankind? What is in it for them? Do they gain anything meaningful? No! So, they won’t stop me! I say to all, Merry Christmas! …for unto us a Savior is born and His name is Jesus who is the Christ!

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.

The Relationship between Creator and Creation

It is a God given wish of all humans to create, yes, I mean each and every one of us. Why? Because it is a reflection of you; we all wish to leave a mark, part of you ends inside that creation.

There is an inner spirit in each of us, yes each of us, created by God and in His image and character. Besides the Holy Spirit, this other inner spirit is the creative “juice” that will move to do creative things. I like to call it “juice” because it (whatever “it” is) this creative essence in each of us, “flows”. You can feel it when it is moving and you know when it dries up. Haven’t you heard an artist say things like, “I don’t have it anymore” or “nothing was coming to me”? Every artist has a dry period; a period when the “juice” is not flowing. The juice hasn’t dried up forever, gone and never to be experienced again. No, the juice is still within you; it has only ceased to flow at that given time. It is best to just get up and do something else for a time. When the juice is flowing, you can do amazing things. Michelangelo’s statue of David can be carved out of a rough block of marble. Frank Lloyd Wright’s house, called “Fallingwater” in Bear Run, Pennsylvania can be designed. Leonardo Da Vinci’s 16th Century painting of the “Mona Lisa” and Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet” can all be created out of nothing, ex nihilo baby!

Every time you read a novel, a poem, a sonnet, a play, any literary work, you have revealed something of whom the writer is and about their life. You can see that Michelangelo understands human anatomy when you view his drawings, such as the portion of the Sistine Chapel ceiling called the “Creation of Man”. Most architects display “their style” to the point that a person can view a set of buildings and place the architect’s name beside each one. In the created object, there is indeed part of the creator.

When we view God’s creation, we see part of God. Our Creator, the Lord God Almighty, will move His creation toward higher order through relationship. This is why He created us. He loves us! He wants to see us grow toward completeness, just as we delight in seeing our own children grow toward completeness, and become fine adults. How many parents have looked out from the audience at the school awards ceremony, to see a child receiving an award, and think “I had something to do with that…I sure am proud!”

A sense of completeness and relationship, we each seek this “reward of living”, much more important than money. So it is with God, and this is why He created you and I. He seeks out relationship with us; God desires to look at us and say “well done my good and faithful child, I am proud of you and I love you so very much”.

Some would say that God has no need of us. I think just the opposite. Why? As an architect, I know about the feelings between a creator and his creation. I know there is a “relationship” with the created object; after all, as discussed earlier, the created object is actually a part of the creator. God delights in creating; we are all created in His image. You don’t create and then destroy a masterpiece. Oh, you may experiment, realize it isn’t working, and then start over, drawing on your newly acquired knowledge of what works and what doesn’t. But you don’t destroy your final masterpiece; you work to save it.  God is reaching out to you now; salvation can be yours.

[For more discussion on Creating, please refer to the book, I Am, the Great Creator God by Haven D. Mankin. Information about the book and how to obtain a copy is available at: http://www.MuskratBooks.com]

Peace is Impossible as long as there is Evil

A wonderful ministry, Truth for Life, shared the following comment:  “Peace between good and evil is an impossibility; to pretend otherwise would signal a victory for the powers of darkness.”  It was based on Revelation 12:7. Unlike the book entitled, “War and Peace”, peace is not the opposite of war; it is the opposite of threat…threat from evil.  Sometimes to remove the threat, we must engage in war; there is such a thing as a “just war”.

New Book on the Scene

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Muskrat Books would like to announce the publication of a new book for those seekers of life’s great questions and their meaning. Do you wonder about who God really is? Are you seeking real answers to the creation of the universe? This book is a must read for those wishing to really understand the whole Biblical creation and evolution argument; and wishing to see revealed the God-Designed and God-Created Universe.

Steeped in 2000 years of solid Christian Orthodoxy, this book is not “New Age” or some other cultic mish-mash. The purpose of this book is to present a different way of viewing the world and the universe, and to encounter this wonderful loving gracious God of the universe, the I Am, the Great Creator God.

The reason this book is different from the others that search for truth, or deal with theology & cosmology, is that I Am, the Great Creator God shows you how to look differently at the world and universe around you. The answers to your questions, the questions that tear apart religious denominations, and the questions of the ages are truly right in front of you.

Have you ever expressed any of the following questions: How did the universe start? How will the universe end? What existed before the stars? Does your life have any meaning? Does God know me and care for me? What was God’s first gift to the world? Is God still involved with both Mankind and Creation? Can you believe in the Big Bang and still be a Christian? Find answers in the book, I Am, the Great Creator God.