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Dang! Even their slogan is a lie!

I noticed that the highly liberal attack-media giant, the Washington Post, has adopted the slogan: “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” Their slogan is a good one; it is a shame that they can’t recognize the truth when it hits them between the eyes and undoubtedly the Washington Post is one of the leading newspapers that print false narratives for political gain. Their claim to bringing light to the nation is laughable.

Even their slogan is a lie . . .

I’ve been wondering how the media can get away with twisting the truth and today I saw an interesting political cartoon that may contain the answer.

Trump CartoonSource Townhall.com

Hmmm . . . Maybe they think their readership wants them to slant the news!

It seems to me that if enough good people would contact these organizations and demand honest and objective reporting, that things would change. Currently each morning I try to read 7 news websites and 2 top newspapers in an effort to understand what is really happening in our country and the world. Even with all of that effort it is extremely difficult to get to the truth about practically any breaking story.

Recently I completely removed CNN as a source of news, because it is nothing more than propaganda and is so biased as to not even be believable. I wrote to them 3 times asking them to fairly report the news and get rid of the bias with no response. In my opinion they’ve made a corporate decision to base their news organization on lies that suit their political agenda.

They ignored me as a single objector, but what would happen if millions wrote them? I think we would understand once and for all that together we can change the world, while alone we can’t have much of an impact.

Congressman Randy Forbes was one of the ten speakers on the recent CEO forum bus tour that I was on. He challenged the audience to take a pen and draw a line and on one end mark it as anti-faith and to mark the other end of the line faith, and then ask yourself which direction the United States is moving. There can be no informed answer other than our country is moving in the anti-faith direction and has been for some time. He made the point that we are being outspent, outmobilized, and out-strategized at every turn by those who push the Godless agenda, because too many of us are sitting on the sidelines not doing anything.

I hope that God allows me to live long enough to see believers come together and collaborate in order to move the needle in the other direction. Now is not a time to sit back and relax. Since they were slaughtered in the election the anti-faith crowd is riled up and they are attacking with unprecedented fury. They do not take kindly to being dethroned.

What can you do? Write your congressman and demand that they vote your convictions and not follow the money-influencers; write sponsors of news organizations that peddle hate and also television programs that contrast with your morals and demand that they stop televising garbage; run for city council, your school board, the legislature; don’t spend money at the box office on godless movies, attend marches for life and other good causes; volunteer for the political campaigns of godly men and women candidates, support organizations like the Jesus Alliance, and similar causes with your dollars and time.

And yes you should pray, but do so as you are walking! In Phil. 4:13 the Bible tells us that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. It does not say that just because we are believers He will do all things for us. We must do our part.

Please for the sake of your kids and grandkids, get off the couch and start doing something – anything – to change the culture and thereby change the world.

Have a great weekend and go to Honey Lake Church or somewhere this Sunday.

Col. 3:23

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men

February 24 2017 – Click here to listen

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Powerful platforms devastating the world

Lucifer has not changed since the Garden of Eden. He mixes partial truth with lies in order to deceive mankind and destroy us. His strategy has worked for eons and is alive and well today. There is nothing new here aside from his delivery method. Now he uses the most powerful platforms in the world to spread his lies.

One of the headlines today really caught my eye.

BRZEZINSKI: ‘OUR JOB’ IS TO CONTROL ‘EXACTLY WHAT PEOPLE THINK’

Controlling “exactly what people think” is the job of the media, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski boldly declared Wednesday morning.

It’s interesting to see that the media is finally brazenly owning up to what I’ve been saying for some time now. They are engaged in the business of propaganda. Propaganda can be defined as follows: “Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.”

An article in Zero Hedge stated: “James O’Keefe of Project Veritas is set to unleash holy hell Thursday on #FakeNews network CNN . . . Apparently the network has a mole . . . In other words, a closeted Trump supporter working deep inside hyper-liberal CNN just gave O’Keefe a ton of behind the scenes footage of ‘The Most Trusted Name In News.’ My guess is we’re about to hear a bunch of establishment media puppets revealing their extreme hatred for the sitting President of the United States.”

As we look at the polarization of the United States and the anti-faith movement gaining momentum at every turn we can better understand why. The media is only comprised of approximately 3% Christians. They dislike us, and in particular the Bible which our entire belief system is based upon, or at least should be.

They have a powerful platform to attack what is right by declaring it wrong, and glorify what is wrong by declaring it as right; this in order to sway other’s opinions to believe as they do. They cling to Luciferian methodology by using partial truths buried within outright lies to do it and now they have found a politically correct terminology to make their lies seem somehow more harmless, “Fake News”. More deceit!

Thank God, that President Trump is calling them out for it and thank God that people like O’Keefe and others are exposing their agenda. We need to get the truth of the Gospel out and fight our way through the anti-faith media including the anti-faith social media giants to do it.

The Internet and airwaves do not belong to Satan. Brzezinski’s job is not to control ‘exactly what people think. It is OUR job to tell the truth and spread the gospel and disciple every nation. Our message should be as in Phil. 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think on these things. Whatever you have learned and received and heard from me, and seen in me, put these things into practice. And the God of peace will be with you . . .

We are trying to get the truth out at the Jesus Alliance. They have us out-funded so badly that if it were a fight they would stop it. They have a huge head start and control academia, the entertainment industry, media, vast parts of our government, and other areas of our culture, but take heart, we have the Gospel and the Lord in our corner and no one should take that lightly.

Our revitalized website will have a fresh new look and some excellent content by next Monday and I urge you to view it and our Facebook page. Sign up, like us on Facebook and become a follower, and share the truth with your friends.

Together we can turn this around, alone we will continue to lose the battle for the hearts and minds of our youth and others who get sucked into the fake news of the anti-faith movement. Hopefully you care enough about your kids and grandkids to do something to prevent them from being brainwashed by powerful anti-faith forces

James 3:17

But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.

February 23 2017 – Click here to listen

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Get in on the fun!

This past weekend I went to an Inmate Encounter prison ministry event that was simply spectacular. Several hundred desperate men and women tearfully confessed their sins and asked Jesus to come into their lives and radically change them. It is a glorious thing to witness.

The event was in the Tallahassee area and on Sunday we had a rousing service at Honey Lake Church and were joined by a nice local crowd and some of the same folks with Inmate Encounter. Ray Charles’ daughter, Sheila, and her husband Tony offered testimony and sang as did others. I had a great time worshipping the Lord.

Afterwards I drove Sheila Rae Charles and her family back to Sarasota and the next morning drove to Orlando in order to fly back up to Tallahassee to go on a bus tour with nine other speakers. The tour began in Tallahassee to Jacksonville, Daytona, (where I am now) to Ocala and back to Orlando tonight. The tour is being conducted to attempt to get CEOs from around the state to support Christian lawmakers.

When I arrive in Orlando I will attend back to back meetings with the Council of National Policy, CNP, and National Religious Broadcasting, NRB.

Whew!

I’m really encouraged because I’m seeing so many folks committed to glorifying God and battling the anti-faith movement. It is very rewarding and I wish every one of you would step up and enter the fray. We battle a mighty foe and it takes prayer but we need to pray while we are walking with boots on the ground carrying out God’s plan to preach the Gospel and disciple every nation.

We can enter God’s rest when we arrive in heaven and it will last for eternity. In the meantime, get in on the fun – Won’t you?

Col. 3:23

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

February 22 2017 – Click here to listen

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“Snakes! Sons of vipers!”

As reported yesterday the savage left wing Democrats attacked First Lady Trump when she said the Lord’s Prayer at a Trump rally prior to introducing her husband. Most attacked her for her accent and “broken English”. I thought about just how hypocritical that stupid line of thought is for them. After all she speaks 7 languages.

But I mean really this is the party that is defending Mexican and other immigrants who cannot speak a word of English, and they attack Mrs. Trump for having an accent?

This is the party that speaks of intolerance, yet displays it towards anyone who disagrees with them. They didn’t like her praying and they don’t like her accent, and they don’t like Trump supporters, and on and on.

Jesus addressed the Pharisees in Matt. 23:33, “Snakes! Sons of vipers! How will you escape the judgment of hell?” for putting their impossible demands upon the people with their “holier than thou” attitude. I suppose we better get used to the attacks because civility will not return for a while or maybe ever.

“United we stand, divided we fall” is a phrase used in many different kinds of mottos, most often to inspire unity and collaboration. Its core concept lies in the notion that if individual members of a certain group with binding ideals work on their own instead of as a team, they are each doomed to fail and will ALL be defeated.

Our country is divided. His church is divided. Jesus told us what division means. Pray for reconciliation and especially for unity within the church . . .

Matt. 12:25

Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.

February 21 2017 – Click here to listen

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Lord’s Prayer

Melania Trump attacked for reciting ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ at campaign rally

Yes, believe it or not that is one of the headlines this fine morning.

Fox news wrote:

Leftists on social media tore into First Lady Melania Trump, mocking her accent and religion and branding her everything from a hostage to a whore – all for the secular offense of reciting “The Lord’s Prayer

Breitbart wrote:

After First Lady Melania Trump opened President Donald Trump’s campaign rally Saturday in Florida with “The Lord’s Prayer,” she was savagely attacked by leftists on social media, disparaging her for her religious faith, her accent, and other things.

Hmmm . . .  The crowd in Melbourne Florida received it enthusiastically, but all the liberals are up in arms. Why? What is in this prayer that makes them so vicious?

Lords PrayerOne thing the left doesn’t get is what Rick Hamlin eloquently wrote in the Huffington Post of all places:

“I’m not the first person and I certainly won’t be the last to point out that the Lord’s Prayer is largely in the first-person plural. “Our Father … give us this day our daily bread  . . .  forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us  . . . lead us not into temptation.” It’s as though Jesus was reminding the disciples and us that you really can’t pray for yourself by yourself without somehow praying for others. Put it another way: When you pray for yourself, you’re also mystically involving everyone else who has needs. We’re all in this together.

As an old friend of mine, Elaine St. Johns, once wrote,

There is no way to pray this prayer for one person or one family alone. The minute I consciously addressed “Our Father,” I was including my family, friends, strangers, enemies. I was praying for them as well. I realized the universal intent of Christ when he gave the prayer to us. When we pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,” we make supplication not only for our own known and unknown needs but also for the needs of his children everywhere.

I have to admit I’m always praying for myself. I can become painfully self-absorbed in prayer, asking God for all those worries that consume me, but then when I turn to “Our Father, who art in heaven . . . ” I end up tuning into something bigger. My mind expands, my heart expands (like that Grinch at Christmas) to include others. Prayer is other-oriented. It’ll take your right out of yourself. “Not just the daily bread I need, but something for everyone else as well. Please.”

Though they don’t seem to appreciate it, please join me this morning in praying the Lord’s Prayer to include all those tormented individuals who bemoaned the fact that First Lady Trump began a rally for her husband with the prayer that Jesus said we should use as a model.

Different subject: We had a great weekend ministering to inmates in the jails and prisons of the panhandle of Florida this weekend with hundreds of souls being added to the Kingdom of God. Then on Sunday at Honey Lake Church we had a rousing service with guest speaker Sheila Rae Charles, daughter of the legendary singer and performer Ray Charles. The Lord was with us as we joyfully praised His Holy name.

It wasn’t lost on me this morning that Jesus told us to forgive others as we have been forgiven. It is His desire that we love others. That includes those incarcerated and even those who despise us. The Kingdom of God is founded on the unconditional love of Jesus Christ.

As I pondered why so much hate was fomented over this seemingly simple gesture by the First Lady, I recalled the verse below. I’d like to tell that beautiful gal that she must always remember that the world hated Jesus Christ first and we are in the best of company when it hates us too.

Keep up the good work Melania! We are with you honey . . .

1 Peter 4:12

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial that has come upon you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed at the revelation of His glory . . .

February 20 2017 – Click here to listen

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Paul Revere Warning

No, the British are not coming. Something far more sinister is coming unless we awaken from slumber.

Recently I received a complete transcript of a confidential 49-point Strategic Plan authored by David Brock, a top advisor to Hillary Clinton and her campaign. Brock, an openly gay militant political operative is the founder of Media Matters, a Washington D.C. organization that is part of the Thunder Road Group coalition.

This group was initially formed by John Podesta, Sid Blumenthal, Harold Ickes, Rob Stein, and others to develop a strategy to fill the voids of the leftist movement after suffering devastating losses in the election whereby they lost the Whitehouse and both houses of Congress. Sound familiar?

They formed the Thunder Road Group to evaluate the needs of the left to retake America and ways to fund those needs. Over the next ten years the most powerful political coalition in history was built and funded by coordinated giving. They were successful and we suffered through 8 long years of Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid as they systematically began fundamentally destroying America.

Now they are back at the drawing table. One of those groups formed is Media Matters, whose primary purpose is to use the media to create chaos, and destroy any opponent of their liberal socialist globalist agenda. They smear political opponents with fiction and search for any statement that might damage someone, no matter how far back in someone’s life they have to search.

Some of the stated objectives in Brock’s manifesto are to train some 3200 professional rioters complete with training manual. He also wants to work with the ACLU to sue Donald Trump and his administration at every opportunity with an ever-pressing goal of impeachment at every turn with the objective of stymying any progress for America by keeping the administration tied up in court and endless hearings.

Media Matters is aligned and primarily funded by the Open Society/Democracy Alliance headed by billionaire globalist George Soros. It is said that his war chest now exceeds $11 billion. Other organizations within the group are: Center for American Progress (think tank), Media Fund, Americans Coming Together, Sierra Club/NARAL, CREW (opposition research), Campaign for Americas Future, Joint Victory Campaign, MoveOn.org (social technology), Win without War, and America Votes (GOTV).

Within that group, they fund a wide assortment of organizations such as: Black Lives Matters, ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and on and on. If you were to look at a chart of their affiliations every communist, socialist, left wing, organization that seems to hate all that America stands for is represented.

They are unified, organized, extremely well-financed, smart, use technology, passionate about changing America, and they have a written plan that they follow. The vast right wing conspiracy once talked about by Hillary Clinton is in reality a vast left wing conspiracy and it is not a fantasy, it is real.

You don’t believe it? Why not read David Brock’s confidential memo for yourself? https://www.scribd.com/book/337535680/Full-David-Brock-Confidential-Memo-On-Fighting-Trump

It is my hope and prayer that when you watch fake news, disinformation, protests/riots, lawsuits, and so forth on television or read about it in the newspaper that you will know this is not some spontaneous reaction to Donald Trump or the Republican majority, it is a carefully concocted plan to destroy everything we cherish about our great country.

I hope you will get involved. You can write to congressmen and voice displeasure at laws that harm this country. You can peacefully assemble and show support for important measures, you can write sponsors and advertisers of filth on television, and ask them not to do so anymore, you can withhold spending money with companies that hate your Christian values, you can run for the school board and get involved with government at all levels.

As Thomas Paine once said:

“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated…”

This is the weekend that Sheila Ray, daughter of Ray Charles will be at Honey Lake Church. We are going to a prison ministry event on Saturday and then to church at honey Lake on Sunday. You don’t want to miss hearing her fascinating story of her famous dad Ray Charles and her triumph over serious obstacles in becoming a Christian. Like her daddy her voice is amazing and you will enjoy this weekend. I’ll be there with her and hope you will too.

Psalm 21:11

Though they intended evil against You And devised a plot, They will not succeed.

February 17 2017 – Click here to listen

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Bad me!

Wow I got a lot of feedback about my Burger King incident yesterday. I was supported by the majority, but as expected a few chose to lecture me about resorting to violence and being a “vigilante” in dealing with the child abuser. Several told me that instead of my fist I should have used Scripture and soft words to dissuade him. After I was lectured by them on the Bible and turning the cheek I was gratified to see that to a person, all my detractors said they would pray for me.

Hmmm . . . I appreciate that very much but would prefer that you pray for the little 30-pound boy who is living his life in terror of being beaten by a full-grown man daily. I wonder if any of them know how that feels. I do . . .

Perhaps too they can pray for the sick individual who was beating the little kid. Studies indicate that about one-third of people who are abused in childhood will become abusers themselves. Surprisingly the strongest predicter from childhood of becoming an abusive parent was not having been abused, but rather having felt as a child that one was unloved and unwanted by one’s parents – an attitude common, of course, among abused children, but also found in families in which there is no overt abuse.

A NY Times article on child abuse stated: “Among adult victims of childhood abuse who are in therapy, a common refrain from patients is that ”it just wasn’t that bad,” said Terry Hunt, a psychologist in Cambridge, Mass., who specializes in their problem. ”The key to their treatment is facing the fact that their parents were so cruel to them; they’ve bought the parent’s word that they were bad and deserved it. The damage shows up in their intimate relationships: they’re waiting to get hit or used again.” One of the crucial differences between those abused children who go on to become abusers and those who do not, he said, is whether they have the insight that their parents were wrong to abuse them.

Often, Dr. Hunt finds, the most troubled among his patients are those who were told as children, by adults other than their abusing parent, that the abuse was justified.

”If an abused child thinks, ‘that was wrong, they shouldn’t have done that to me – I’m not that bad,’ then he can still love his parents, but decide not to repeat the abuse when he becomes a parent,” said Dr. Krugman. ”The child somehow gets the message that what happened is not his fault, that he is not to blame.”

I think the fact that I knocked that guy to the floor for abusing his child sent a clear message to the child that his tormentor was wrong and no child should have to endure that happening to them. I suspect the sore snout of the perpetrator is sending him a clear message that his behavior is unacceptable. It will be reinforced when they correct his deviated septum in surgery.

So, I am sure I have sinned, and I asked Jesus to please forgive me, and to also forgive me the most for being unrepentant, because honestly, my only regret is, that in addition to breaking his nose, I wish I would’ve grabbed him by his hair and viciously slapped him like he slapped the little boy.

Ugh . . . I suppose I’ll never make it in this life in becoming a pure unconditional loving Christian. I know that upsets the religious sect even more, but I guess I’m just stiff-necked when it comes to children being abused. One of my readers tried to encourage me by telling me that no doubt this bad behavior will continue throughout my life and I should be comforted in knowing that I can purchase “very nice “tactical” canes, umbrellas, etc. these days . . . ” – I can see it now, I see a little kid being publicly beaten and I slowly shuffle over to the perpetrator and start whopping him about the head with my tactical cane.

I will say that Jesus loves children and I know He detests seeing them battered and abused. He turned over tables in the temple in a display of righteous anger for making His Father’s house of prayer and worship into “a den of thieves” and I doubt He would have stood by and witnessed what I saw and not done anything about it. His love for children was proclaimed when He said: “And whoever welcomes a little child like this in My name welcomes Me.” And Jesus, the author of unconditional love, used some pretty strong language to describe what His reaction will be to those causing children to stumble.

Mark 9:42

Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be thrown into the sea.

February 16 2017 – Click here to listen

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Bloody nose stimulates thought

I read an interesting passage that a reader sent me from The American Minute – Valentine’s Day that helps explain what is occurring in our country.

“The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre occurred in 1929 during the Prohibition era. Al Capone’s Chicago mob murdered seven members of Bugs Moran’s Irish gang.

Accompanying Al Capone’s hitman Frank Nitti as he terrorized neighborhoods was the young Saul Alinsky, who later adapted this technique into the political tactic of community organizing.

Saul Alinsky wrote in Rules for Radicals (1971):

“The organizer must first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community . . . stir up dissatisfaction and discontent . . . search out controversy and issues . . . fan the latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expression . . . For unless there is controversy, the people are not motivated enough to act.”

Hillary Clinton was good friends with Saul Alinsky and wrote her thesis about him. Former President Obama taught his community organizing techniques prior to being elected to the Senate and later the presidency. They among other liberal progressives have adopted Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals as their guide for “fundamentally changing America”.

Incidentally if you have never read that book I encourage you to do so. After reading it you will better understand what is currently underway with progressives, the biased media, and the liberal elite who have adopted his techniques as their own. Not surprisingly the dedication to the book is to Lucifer:

Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.

— SAUL ALINSKY

So, the media and the progressives fueled by billions are determined to “first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community . . . stir up dissatisfaction and discontent . . . search out controversy and issues . . . fan the latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expression . . . ”

The hysteria that is being generated is so illogical as to be an enigma. Lucifer built his kingdom based upon lies and half-truths and thus mankind fell. He is still hard at work and I’m sure he is happy with the splendid results he is achieving.

I saw a clip of some high school students that left school to protest and they were shouting slogans and so forth as they marched down the streets of NYC. When a reporter asked them questions about their slogans not even one of them even knew what they were protesting.

Ugh . . .

I knew that the election was just a battle won and that the war would rage on. Watch the news on any station at any time of day and you will see it first-hand. I urge you to pray for our country. It is in real danger of anarchy as professional protestors taunt and intimidate the citizenry.

Monday I drove to a meeting in Orlando and stopped at a Burger King. I watched a young man about 35 start screaming at his little boy who was dressed in tattered clothes and in bad need of a haircut. Suddenly he grabbed the boy and started violently shaking him and then he grabbed him by his hair with his left hand and viciously slapped him with his right. It sounded like the crack of a .22 caliber rifle when he hit the youngster.

I went over to him and hit him as hard as I could right in the nose and knocked him to the floor. I stood over him with both fists clinched and told him he thought he was really tough beating up a 30 lb. kid and challenged him to get back up and try it with someone his own size. The coward chose to remain sitting on the floor trying to stop the bleeding from his broken nose. Finally, several onlookers convinced me to let it go and I returned to my burger and fries and glared at him as I stuffed fries into my mouth. He slowly got up and without even looking my way told the little boy, “Come on Tommy let’s go.” The little child was crying and I could see that punk’s hand print on his cheek. I felt like following him outside for round 2 but maintained control.

So, okay I lost my temper and a good Christian shouldn’t be fighting, right? Bah, I guess I’m not a good Christian when it comes to watching some idiot beat up a little kid in front of me and not doing anything about it, like the rest of the people in the restaurant. I went down that road in my early life and will be damned if I will sit by and do nothing when I see it happening.

Ugh . . .

I am reminded of the Bibles description of Nehemiah and his crew building the WALL in Nehemiah 4:18 – Those who were rebuilding the wall and those who carried burdens took their load with one hand doing the work and the other holding a weapon. I chose the weapon of my fists, but as a Christian I understand that our sword is the Word of God.

So, it is a fair question, should I have quoted Scripture to the man who was publicly beating his son and tried to reason with him? Should we allow anarchists to beat us up and turn the other cheek when they attack innocent people who support a candidate they don’t like? Or should we keep a sword by our side while we build a wall to keep our enemies out like Nehemiah did?

Interesting . . .

There would be no America without the blood sacrifice of our brave soldiers. Evil people would overtake us within days. American citizens would be goose-stepping to Hitler or some other dictator and Christians would be exterminated without the willingness of brave men and women to fight for our freedom. I’m not advocating bloody riots, but I am saying that we need to boldly stand up to the bully minority in this country that oppose virtually everything decent and wholesome.

Just saying . . .

Neh. 4:13

 . . . then I stationed men in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, the exposed places, and I stationed the people in families with their swords, spears and bows.

February 15 2017 – Click here to listen

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Do you know how to be abased and abound?

I saw a neat video produced by Prager University that I encourage you to watch. It only takes a few minutes and you will enjoy it. Follow this link:

https://www.prageru.com/courses/life-studies/dont-compare-yourself-others

Its central message of being content with yourself and not comparing what you have, to others is right on spot. So many people compare themselves to others and it drives them bonkers because they want what others have and in particular their money, fame, power, and significant accomplishments, but cannot seem to ever obtain it.

A close look at the lives of those who we envy will more often than not reveal that regardless of their status in life these people face the same problems in the world as every other poor slob out there trying to make it. In fact, all too often these folks face far more obstacles, because with money and all the rest come headaches and temptations beyond the pale.

Many people live false lives and should be pitied and prayed for instead of envied. I know an attorney who has a Porsche, Land Rover, a mansion filled with original artwork, a race horse and a trophy wife. One would think: Now there is someone to envy. Sadly, the attorney also has a mistress and his wife has a tennis pro lover and they both want a divorce but cannot afford it and are currently facing bankruptcy. They have been living way beyond their means and it has caught up with them.

I recently read of famed Democrat Nancy Pelosi and her severe drinking problem. She and her husband have a boatload of money, power, fame, and accomplishments, but she looks to consuming huge quantities of alcohol to face life. I wouldn’t trade places with her for 1000 times what she has.

The Bible encourages us to be content and the Lord does not lightly gloss over His desire that we should not covet what others have. It is number 10 on the “Big Ten”  – Commandments.

Okay so you say, “Yeah but I want all those nice things.” Nothing wrong with that, just don’t covet or be jealous. In fact, pour your heart out to the Lord, work hard and smart, be generous, and HAVE FAITH! We can trust in “the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17). We can know that God has a glorious inheritance for those who have faith in Him. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6)

Listen to the Apostle Paul:

Philippians 4:11

“I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” 

February 14 2017 – Click here to listen

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Brady vs. Goodell

Is anyone watching the news these days? I force myself to do so in an effort to monitor the propaganda. If you trust the media you are in the minority because the latest Gallup poll I could find stated that just 32% of Americans believe the garbage that the media puts out. Contrast that with 1976 when it was 72%. Almost a complete reversal. Frankly I’m surprised that 32% believe the media; much of it is made up or badly distorted to achieve political and personal bias.

So, what has happened? The left wing liberal global elitists have taken over most every form of communication including newspapers, television, and social media. Additionally, they currently dominate the entertainment industry, academia, and until recently the government. It is the classic socialist/communist strategy right out of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.

Hitler did it, Stalin, Mao and Lenin too. The North Koreans do it, as does Iran, Communist China, Russia, Cuba, and other dictatorships. They know the value of propaganda. Vladimir Lenin said if you tell someone that snow is black long enough they will believe it.

I’m most concerned about our younger citizens. Their warped worldview is derived straight out of hell. Look at television, textbooks, social media, music, and you see the footprints of evil walking through society destroying everything good by portraying it as bad. You will see our nation’s youth blindly following those footsteps that will lead them right into hell unless we can help them.

Look at the Super Bowl as an example of reporting. The big story should have been the biggest choke in NFL history by the Atlanta Falcons, or even the valiant effort to refuse to quit even when facing the largest deficit in Super Bowl history by the New England Patriots, as they fought their way back to victory.

What was the major story in the media? Tom Brady getting back at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for suspending him for four games for cheating in last year’s playoff games. The press was excoriating the football commissioner for punishing wrongdoing without mentioning even one time that the evidence that Brady deflated footballs to gain advantage was overwhelming and he deserved what he got. But, no, they were fine with cheating.

We see it day after day. The worst is the fake news. This is a nice way of saying the press is lying through their nasty teeth. A pack of lies goes viral all over the world and then a few days later is debunked and no one ever hears of it as it gets buried.

Even the liberal 9th District of the Supreme Court lied in a recorded court session stating that no one from any of the 7 countries in the immigration ban ever committed acts of terrorism. In reality, 72 terrorists from those countries did so.

President Trump has taken to Twitter in an effort to try to get the truth out as he sees it. He is chastised to no end for so doing, but I don’t know what other choice he might have at the moment. When news is not news but is pure propaganda designed to influence the “useful idiots” as the communists refer to them, to hate him, then there isn’t much choice. I just wish he would put more thought into it sometimes.

Sigh . . . We are in a mess. It did not happen overnight and it will not be resolved overnight. It is a battle of good versus evil. Those who want to call right wrong and declare wrong to be right unfortunately hold the upper hand. Television series like Lucifer portraying Satan as a good guy will be with us for some time unless we rise up and do something about it.

Pray about it and get involved. The Bible tells us to stay away from such people. I would interpret that to mean don’t buy from them. When the entire world seems to be ruled by money and not conviction, it would seem that we would recognize the leverage that we have.

Target learned an economic lesson when their stock prices tumbled due to opening their dressing rooms to potential sexual deviants in an effort to appease the LGBTQI movement. 1 ½ million signed a petition to boycott them and it taught them a valuable lesson. What if we also boycotted the sponsors of the TV show Lucifer, and other television programs that finance anti-God sentiment, or perhaps the NFL, NBA, Grammys, movies, Starbucks, Universities, and so on. The number of Christians in America is somewhere between 80-200 million depending upon who you believe. What if they united and said ENOUGH! We are large in number, we spend money and we vote. Do you think anyone would listen?

Oh yeah . . . So, let’s unite and do it. Ugh . . . most will just say maybe later . . . Later is too late. Time is running out for your kids and grandkids.

2 Tim 3:1

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

February 13 2017 – Click here to listen

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Strange looking Mennonite?

I attended a Mennonite church fundraising event in Sarasota a few weeks back that was raising money for their extensive prison ministry effort. I noticed a nicely dressed attractive black woman who looked totally out of place at this event. Most of the women were wearing bonnets and floor length cotton dresses, but this gal looked like she just came from Madison Avenue in NYC. She kept looking at me and smiling and I thought she looked familiar, but could not remember where I’d seen her.

The bands and singing groups they had at this event were simply terrific and I enjoyed every minute of their performances and hated to see it end, but alas it came to a close. As I stood to exit the black lady came over to me and asked if I remembered her. I smiled and told her I’d been trying to figure that out ever since I saw her sitting over there.

She said, “Let me give you a hint, the last time we saw each other we were standing around the grand piano in the foyer of your home and I was singing Amazing Grace for you”.

“That’s it!” I exclaimed. It was Sheila Ray, daughter of legendary Ray Charles. She, her husband, sister, and brother in law had come to visit me at Honey Lake. They sang one of the most beautiful versions of my favorite song, Amazing Grace, that I’d ever heard and several other songs right in my home. She gave me a big hug and I found out she was living in Sarasota too, and we vowed to break bread together sometime soon.

Sheila Ray has a fascinating testimony whereby she was abandoned by Ray Charles and subsequently fell into drug addiction and all the pain and misery that accompanies it. Through the grace of God, she broke free of her addictions and began to lead a life of evangelism whereby she is using the gift of singing that she inherited from her daddy Ray Charles to perform all over the world. Unfortunately, her famous father, Ray Charles, could not do the same with his heroin addiction and she has a riveting story about their rocky relationship throughout her life.

Inmate Encounter is holding a prison ministry event on the 17-18 of this month in several correctional facilities near Tallahassee. Sheila agreed to go in with us and give her testimony to the women in Gadsden Correctional unit and then go to the men ‘s unit later that afternoon. Then on Sunday Feb. 19th at 11:00 a.m. she is going to raise up her beautiful voice to praise the Lord and offer her testimony along with a few words from me at beautiful Honey Lake Church. I would like to invite you to join us and be blessed. I’ve heard her testimony and it is riveting. I’ve heard her sing and it is glorious.

Sheila Ray is currently performing in Germany and will not arrive back into the United States until the day before we leave for Tallahassee. With the time change and an exhaustive performance schedule, it seemed unlikely that she would be able to attend. When I called and asked her to come, she could have easily and justifiably said no and state she would need to rest, but she didn’t hesitate. In fact, she was full of excitement and joy at having an opportunity to lift up the Lord and impact other lives for Christ.

It is my sincere hope that many of you will have the same enthusiasm to make the effort to come see Sheila Ray and bring a friend, especially anyone you might know who might be struggling. Her story is one of victory despite incredible obstacles that would make most anyone’s hair stand on end. It is inspiring and fascinating.

Psalm 95:1

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

Have a great weekend and why not get a jump on it and attend Honey Lake Church this Sunday too. If you cannot, then please go to church somewhere.

February 10 2017 – Click here to listen

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Phobias gone wild!

Well it finally happened and I’m pleasantly surprised. Conservatives are organizing massive pro-Trump rallies to show support for our President. According to Breitbart on Feb. 27 and March 4, the rallies – dubbed the “Spirit of America Rallies”  – will spring up nationwide in cities and towns across America. In the works are states as far-flung as Arizona, Georgia, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, and Washington state – as well as other states. Check out the Spirit of America website for more information.

If at all possible, I will attend one or more rally and I hope you will as well. The hardcore progressive leftist bully professional protestors have been repeatedly railing against President Trump in the most violent manner, and it’s about time that the silent majority take a public stand and let our views be known.

I have no doubt these peaceful protests will be a sharp contrast from the obscenity laced, vulgar, and lawless displays of those who hate this country and those who love God, America, and freedom.

Unfortunately, I fear that, similar to the pro-life march in Washington D.C. the liberal press will ignore the rallies no matter their size, or more likely portray the participants as racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, deplorable bigots.

What they don’t tell you is that they are Christianophobic and that this phobia is larger than any of the phobias and on the rise in America and worldwide with Christians being the most persecuted people group of all.

I saw an article by George Yancey in Christianity Today in which he wrote: “…anti-Christian hostility is certainly real, captured by the American National Election Studies, which include questions about animosity toward various social groups. About one third of respondents rated conservative Christians significantly lower (by at least one standard deviation) than other religious and racial groups.

The only group to fare worse was atheists, who received low rankings from nearly half the respondents. But while atheists drew more global hostility than any other group, the negative rankings for conservative Christians came from a disproportionate number of white, highly educated, politically progressive, and wealthy respondents . . . As a sociologist whose research focuses on race and religion, I was curious to know more about cultural progressive activists, individuals who oppose the political agenda of conservative Christians, and their views on the Christian Right. In 2009, I conducted an online survey of nearly 4,000 people who tended to fall into this politically progressive, highly educated, white and wealthy demographic.

Their attitudes reflected the negativity toward Christians found in earlier research, with some particularly extreme and troubling remarks. Responding to open-ended questions, they said:

  • “Churches and houses of religion should be designated as nuclear test zones.”
  • “Kill them all, let their god sort them out.”
  • “The only good Christian is a dead Christian.”

I cannot determine by my data the percentage of Americans with such a level of vitriol, but judging by the comments, it’s not a trivial amount . . . From this research, I wrote my latest book, So Many Christians, So Few Lions, the title itself inspired by several respondents who joked about feeding Christians to lions.

The “fear” part of this definition of Christianophobia came from respondents who saw conservative Christians as a dark force seeking to take over society and impose Christian rule. For example, some envisioned conservative Christians as similar to the Taliban or Nazis…”

According to one respondent, “I believe they seek to impose a theocracy on a secular nation, sort of a Christian Taliban.” This comment also indicates the frequent fear among my respondents that conservative Christians want a theocracy. One respondent stated, “Their agenda seems to include making America a theocracy, which frightens me, as it would take us back to the Dark Ages politically, culturally, educationally, and morally.” This fear ignores the reality that conservative Christians have the same desire to influence the public square as other social groups.

To Americans hostile toward Christianity, adherents fall into two categories: foolish, ignorant followers and manipulative leaders. For example, one of my respondents stated that Christians “pretend to be under attack from mysterious forces of evil by way of secularists, but this is merely a convenient boogie-man invoked to make their followers send them money and to make them appear as victims.” These stereotypes offer insight into those with Christianophobia, their concerns over Christian takeover, and their desire to limit Christian influence.

…to crystallize the current conflict in our society between conservative Christians and those with hatred toward them. Christians face economically, educationally, and socially powerful individuals who seek to drive them from the public square. Many with Christianophobia are convinced that conservative Christians will drag our society back into the Dark Ages and must be stopped with any measure that cannot be defined as overt religious bigotry.

An important challenge for Christians is to convince such individuals that they have the same rights to influence the public square as anyone else. Learning how to communicate, and hopefully find ways to co-exist, with them will help determine whether there will be a persistent cultural conflict or if a truce is possible.”

Hmmm… I bet you didn’t realize that so much hatred exists towards you as a Christian. It is clear that our work is cut out for us. The single most effective thing would be to bring God’s message of truth, peace, joy, and unconditional love to these people. Obviously sin and evil – right and wrong and consequences derived from them has no meaning to many of them at the moment. They lack basic biblical training.

The Bible doesn’t talk about “boogie men”, rather powerful evil fallen angels and centers of wickedness in high places whose goal is to keep these individuals on the same track they are currently headed towards hell where they will suffer forever!

I for one feel compassion towards these people. You might find it hard to love them, but Jesus Christ made it crystal clear that He doesn’t want a single person to perish. We can change attitudes by countering the propaganda that has been ingrained in them through powerful media, arts and entertainment, academia, and government that has been dominated too long by those whose perverted worldview yields nothing but pain derived from a Godless existence.

What can you do? Pray and attend a rally or two, support those organizations that are promoting a biblical worldview and preaching the Gospel, (good news). Visit the websites of organizations like, (you guessed it), the Jesus Alliance and support them. Alone, we will not make much progress; however together we can do anything – why we can even move mountains.

Don’t just sit on the sidelines. Get involved.

Matt. 28:19

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit . . .

February 9 2017 – Click here to listen

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Kicking butt relieves depression

So, my good friend Jack – “Murf the Surf” – Murphy told me yesterday that I had depressed him with yesterday’s Words for the Day concerning the trials that have occurred in my life over the last couple of years.

Huh?

I told him he should hold off taking Valium or Zoloft for his depression for now and be greatly encouraged by the underlying message of what I wrote.

There is no question that my trials and tribulation began when I founded the Jesus Alliance. As the ministry has grown, so has the intensity of the satanic oppression that has descended upon my life. Now if I were to focus on my trials and suffering, I might agree with my buddy; however, I choose to focus on the fact that I must be doing something right or Satan wouldn’t bother with me.

Murf’s encouragement should be that despite my trials, I haven’t quit working on the Jesus Alliance and Satan surely knows that this organization is going to kick his butt and cause mayhem by upsetting his plans for years to come.

I think God chose me for this task because He knew that as founder of the ministry I would come under intense attack, and undoubtedly, He knows I’m not a quitter, even in the face of extreme adversity. And before you think I’m boasting, please understand this is not due to anything special about me in any shape, form, or fashion. My strength is insufficient but His is sufficient for all things. My strength is proportional to my unswerving faith in Jesus Christ and my love for him which enables me to keep fighting “until the last dog dies” right up to the day He calls me home.

Some of you out there do not believe in Satan much less his involvement in our daily lives. I know this because surveys by Barna and others routinely publish results from their many polls that provide ample testimony to the fact that many “Christians” don’t believe in Satan to include some “preachers”.

Ugh! It is a New Age approach that is dangerous. We need to know that we are battling with powerful evil entities who live in an unseen spiritual world. Ephesians 6:12 – For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

So, either the Bible is a lie or demons exist and they are our enemies who work 24/7 to destroy us.

I ask you to join me in this fight. To quote Paul “I ask that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened by Jesus, so that you may know the hope of His calling upon you. There is no reason to fear for there is nothing that is not under His control . . . And God put everything under His feet and made Him head over everything . . . ”

So, to my dear friend Jack Murphy who is depressed and those with a similar mindset, I ask you to be encouraged.

Matthew Henry wrote a piece that just might help us all when we try to give Satan and his demons too much credit for the powers that are significant but limited by boundaries set by Almighty God:

  • Spiritual strength and courage are needed for our spiritual warfare and suffering
  • The devils assault us in the things that belong to our souls, and labor to deface the heavenly image in our hearts.
  • We must resolve by God’s grace, not to yield to Satan.
  • Resist him, and he will flee. (If we give way, he will gain ground.)
  • There can be no religion without sincerity.
  • The righteousness of Christ implanted in us, fortifies the heart against the attacks of Satan.
  • Motives to obedience, amidst trials, must be drawn from a clear knowledge of the gospel.
  • Faith is being “all in” in the hour of temptation.
  • Faith, as relying on unseen objects, receiving Christ and the benefits of redemption, and so deriving grace from Him, is like a shield, a defense every way.
  • The devil is the wicked one.
  • Violent temptations, by which the soul is set on fire of hell, are darts Satan shoots at us.
  • Faith applying the word of God and the grace of Christ, quenches the darts of temptation.
  • A good hope of salvation, a Scriptural expectation of victory, will purify the soul, and keep it from being defiled by Satan.
  • To the Christian armed for defense in battle, Paul recommends only one weapon of attack; but it is enough, the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. It subdues and mortifies evil desires and blasphemous thoughts as they rise within; and answers unbelief and error as they assault from without.
  • There are other duties of religion, and of our stations in the world, but we must keep up times of prayer.
  • We must pray with all kinds of prayer, public, private, and secret; social and solitary; solemn and sudden: with all the parts of prayer; confession of sin, petition for mercy, and thanksgiving for favors received. And we must do it by the grace of God the Holy Spirit, in dependence on, and according to, his teaching.
  • We must pray, not for ourselves only, but for all saints. Our enemies are mighty, and we are without strength, but our Redeemer is almighty, and in the power of his mighty we may overcome. Wherefore we must stir up ourselves. Have not we, when God has called, often neglected to answer? Let us think upon these things, and continue our prayers with patience.

Be encouraged. There are many battles in life but we know with certainty that the war will be won by those who love Jesus. It is difficult indeed to be depressed when armed with this knowledge that comes directly from Holy Scripture.

Luke 21:18

And you will be hated by everyone because of My name. Yet not even a hair of your head will perish. By your patient endurance, you will gain your souls . . .

February 8 2017 – Click here to listen

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I think I need a vacation

Today is a very special day for me, because today is the last day of my chemo treatments.

Yippee!

Six weeks of daily headaches, nausea, and painful lesions will soon be a thing of the distant past. I will visit Moffitt Cancer treatment center in a few days for what will hopefully be my final checkup, (until next time), and it will have ended.

A friend was reminding me the other day of all the junk I have gone through in the last couple of years and it is mind blowing. It began one day when I was unbridling my horse Dusty, (who I thought was my friend). My spirited steed got mad at two other horses who were crowding around him. Precipitously he lifted his head up, put his ears back, glared at me with wild angry eyes, and I knew I was in trouble. My wife looked on in horror as he took off running, knocking me approximately 10 feet through the air where I landed on my head and neck and then for good measure he happily planted his nasty hoof directly on my chest as he and the other two horses galloped over me. I was knocked unconscious momentarily, but survived with nothing more than a bruised sternum and minor concussion.

Next I was bitten by a large 5-foot long Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake. Fortunately my boots protected me from an injection of poison; however, when removing them I somehow got venom on my hands and accidentally rubbed my eyes and ended up in the emergency room getting a shot of adrenaline for hives and eventually all the skin peeled off around my eyes in the area I had rubbed, which made me look like a raccoon for a few weeks.

My next dilemma was my gall bladder needing to be removed and though it was supposed to be a relatively minor thing, inexplicably I ended up in the hospital for two weeks due to complications. Not long after recovering from that ordeal, I had major surgery performed on the cervical section of my spine to fuse five discs in my neck together and secure them with metal plates, (3 discs were ruptured and 2 bulging.)

I spent 3 months flat on my back racked with unbelievable, agonizing pain with that malady, and before I could fully recover, my wife was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer that required surgery, 12 weeks of chemo, and 6 weeks of radiation coupled with blood clots that became pulmonary embolisms blocking all 4 quadrants of her lungs which required emergency surgery to save her life.

But wait there is more. Most patients endure 2-3 side effects of the 12 associated with her chemo regiment. She suffered all 12 and was totally helpless and in the fetal position racked with pain for 3 long months, which meant I had to do all the grocery shopping, cooking, laundry, et al. and at that particular time I wasn’t feeling like running a marathon.

How about this for timing, the precise day she began her 6 weeks of radiation treatments I was diagnosed with stage 3-4 Hepatitis C and had to go on chemo myself for 12 weeks. Like her I suffered every side effect associated with it for 12 long weeks although I was not bed-ridden.

Finally, I finished with my chemo and then just a few months later was diagnosed with a dangerous melanoma on my back that required surgery followed by preventative chemo for 6 weeks.

Which brings me to my current situation. Saturday my car was totaled in a dangerous car crash on I 75 and I consider myself very lucky to be sitting here right now and not in a morgue with a tag on my toe, or in a hospital in critical condition.

My goodness I think I need a vacation . . . LOL

Seriously as I think of the past few years of my life I cannot help but remember the early years which were far worse where I survived 2 head-on collisions, 3 cars that turned over multiple times, a motorcycle wreck, fights, guns, knives, clubs, drug overdoses, and so on and I wonder:

Why I am still alive?

Hmmm . . . One day God will sit me down and tell me. Until then I can only surmise that He is keeping me around because His purpose for creating me has yet to be fulfilled. We are not born randomly. We are born because God has a purpose for our lives. Personally, I believe Satan has tried repeatedly to take me out, but it is impossible for him to kill me until and unless God allows it. I don’t ever worry about death, because I consider myself indestructible until God calls me home. Until then I intend to keep trying to glorify Him and praise Him through the hard times and the good times. I try not to dwell on hard times because I’ve had so many good times plus my trials pale in comparison to Paul and the disciples, not to mention my brothers and sisters in Christ who suffer so much persecution in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. They are being murdered, tortured, raped, boiled alive in oil, and suffering slavery as I write these words in my comfortable office.

Hey we don’t have it so bad. We need some PURE JOY this morning! Rejoice – Rejoice Jesus is ALIVE!

James 1:2

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance . . .

February 7 2017 – Click here to listen

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Yet another close call

Saturday morning I was driving from Sarasota to Orlando Florida for a Jesus Alliance meeting with a friend who was there for a Christian Businessman Connection leadership event, (CMBC). I was traveling North on I-75 in the middle lane and traffic was moving along near 80 miles an hour. Suddenly a van in the fast lane veered off the road and slammed into a concrete barrier making a very loud noise. I was sickened as I saw the vehicle careening wildly back onto the expressway coming directly at me.

At that precise moment, I knew I would be hit and sure enough BAM! The sound was sickening and deafening as the driver slammed into my car just past the left rear door and immediately spun my car around 180 degrees and suddenly I was traveling at 70 MPH in reverse facing traffic.

KA-Wham! – Wham! I slammed into the concrete barrier wall with the right front of my car and then the right rear end of my car banged into the concrete barrier and I traveled another 100 yards backwards down the expressway. Finally, mercifully, my vehicle came to a stop in the fast lane facing oncoming traffic. I braced myself as I saw car after car sliding around at high rates of speed trying to avoid the other vehicle and mine. It is amazing how much went through my mind in what could only have been mere seconds, but I was fully expecting to meet God and soon!

The car that hit mine had spun around due to the severe collision with my car and was now sitting broadside blocking the two slow lanes of traffic with the badly damaged front end and bumper hanging down and gas spilling onto the expressway. Cars in those two right lanes were sliding around trying to avoid hitting that vehicle broadside and as soon as they passed in the fast lane, they would see my car facing them as it sat stalled. Several almost crashed themselves trying to avoid hitting either car.

At my first opportunity, I exited my vehicle and jumped over the concrete barrier wall to avoid being hit head-on by that speeding traffic. I saw the young lady in the van that had hit me with her head and arms out of the window wildly waving her arms trying to slow traffic down and avoid having someone crash into her stalled van broadside.

Finally, traffic began to slow down and miraculously no more vehicles were involved in the crash. I was approximately 100 yards down the road from the vehicle that hit mine, but I could clearly see something that made my heart leap. The van was full of children, (I learned later that 9 little kids were in there and were traveling to a football game.)

OMG!

After some length of time a fire truck slowly came up I-75 driving directly into oncoming traffic as did an ambulance and then the highway patrol. I had been standing there but had to sit down due to a bad L5 disc in my lower back that was announcing its displeasure and then I got nauseous. I assume that I derived a mild concussion when the car slammed into me or when my car crashed into the concrete barrier. I felt queasy and my back hurt some, but elected not to go to the hospital. Amazingly no one in the other car was hurt.

The highway patrolman told me the girl driving the van had endured a blowout and that is what caused the accident. I talked to her and some others briefly as we waited for tow trucks and to a person we praised God that we survived what could have been.

My car was in such a mess that it could not be towed and they called for a flatbed truck to haul it away. My wife was driving home from Tallahassee and I didn’t have a ride or anyone to pick me up, so I asked the patrolman to take me to a nearby mall where I could call Uber for a ride back to my home.

As we rode along I began to talk to the police officer and he seemed unhappy and sad, and very discouraged. Being a police officer he sees the worst of humanity which too often affords him a negative view of life that is difficult to cope with. He was disheartened that he did not get an opportunity to go to college due to getting started too early on a family which necessitated his taking a job as a police officer to feed his family. I told him that he was still very young and had his entire life ahead of him. I told him that I didn’t start my first business of 20 until I was 35 and he had plenty of time.

As we continued to talk I reached into my bag and got out a copy of our new book, Crazy Like Foxes, and gave him a copy. I told him that my success had come from what was relayed in that book, and in particular, following Jesus Christ. He was deeply appreciative and right before he left he told me that he’d recently seen a wreck nearly identical to the one I had just endured and 6 people were seriously injured, two critically. He told me we were very “lucky”.

I smiled and told him that it was not “luck”, rather we had been blessed by God. I added that I supposed that God wasn’t done with me or the other occupants yet and our purpose for being on this planet was incomplete. I suppose angels watched over us and deprived Satan of taking us out prior to our appointed time.

After having spent the last 18 1/2 years of writing Words for the Day five times a week admittedly it does get tedious at times. This morning though I’m very happy to be blessed with the opportunity to write it and in fact be alive and well. I was also VERY happy to have a copy of our book which contains everything that patrolman needs to know about how to find the peace of God that surpasses human understanding through Jesus Christ. I will likely never know if our book had an impact on him or not, but I’m believing the Lord is going to bless him through it. It was difficult to write this book in addition to all else I have going on, but if it helps this one young man it will all be well worth it. If you are getting a little tired of serving the Lord, look at it like I do today. My friends it is a blessing just to have the opportunity and I for one am thankful for it!

You know, we aren’t guaranteed any time on this earth. Make the most of your time today, won’t you?

1 John 2:17

And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

February 6 2017 – Click here to listen

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Abominable behavior in the eyes of the beholder

The Super Bowl this Sunday will be watched by an estimated 189 million Americans. I’m praying that Lady Gaga, the entertainer that the NFL has hired to perform at half-time (who has publicly indicated that she is a member of Illuminati – the most powerful satanic organization in the world) will not make the half time show a public satanic ritual. Likewise, I pray that she will not make it political.

For the life of me I cannot understand why the NFL, NBA, and other professional teams, athletes and networks such as ESPN that cover them support the antithesis of morality at virtually every turn.

Sigh… I suppose it is a sign of the times in which we live when humanism and secularity reign supreme and God is not even an afterthought. This is the 50th Super Bowl and I’m old enough to have witnessed most of them through the years. Unfortunately, half-time performances, player’s attitudes, and the league’s behavior have reflected much of the country’s populace, in entering a downward spiral mode. It seems to me that Satan has successfully taken over and now dominates the arts and entertainments, professional sports industry and of course the media and education.

It is the same tactic that Satan used with Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, North Korea, Iran and other totalitarian dictatorships. They have virtually taken over every form of communication to brainwash the population. It is to the point where it is nearly impossible to get unbiased honest news, and freedom of speech is all but a thing of the past in certain quadrants of society such as our colleges and universities.

I pray that the anarchist thugs who attack people and property with crow bars and those who publicly advocate assassinating our President will be brought under control and if necessary put behind bars. It is not free speech to destroy property, start fires, threaten violent acts, and physically attack and beat up those with differing opinions.

After the election, I warned that, while it is a fact that we won a major battle by electing a new governing body, including the Presidency, House, Senate, a big majority of gubernatorial candidates, and state legislators; however, we must keep in mind that the war would rage on and we had to understand that fact. What we are seeing with the radical liberal left is a fulfillment of that prophecy.

So, what can we do?

  1. Support those organizations such as the Jesus Alliance who are determined to get God’s truth out
  2. Write your representatives in Washington and your state to urge them to take a tougher stand on professional protestors who loot, burn, stifle free speech, and create chaos
  3. Run for public office such as school boards
  4. Most importantly pray for this nation.

We are hated because we oppose the sin of the world. While I don’t hate anyone, I do detest the wicked ways of these people and Christians should know that is not a bad thing.

Proverbs 29:27

An unjust man is abominable to the righteous, And he who is upright in the way is abominable to the wicked.

Have a great weekend and go to Honey Lake Church or somewhere this Sunday. Enjoy the Super Bowl and GO FALCONS!

February 3 2017 – Click here to listen

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Die or Part with some money?

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Is it any surprise to learn that for the second year in a row Christians are the most persecuted people group in the world? Fox News did a piece on this subject today and I’m glad to see at least one media organization reporting about this troubling trend.

Their reporting stated that in the past year, the persecution of Christians has not only increased, but has spread to more corners of the globe. Surprisingly, North, Central and South America are also seeing increases of Christian persecution – even though Christianity is by far the most practiced religion in the region. In all, 23 Christian leaders in Mexico and another four in Colombia were killed specifically for their faith.

A study by the Center for Studies on New Religions showed nearly 90,000 Christians were killed for their faith in 2016 and that as many as 600 million were prevented from practicing their faith through intimidation, forced conversions, bodily harm and of course death. 60% of those people are children, according to Christians in Crisis International Ministry, a prayer advocacy ministry for persecuted believers.

Here in the United States one just need to go to the websites of the pro-Christian Liberty Counsel, or the Alliance Defending Freedom to see the ever-increasing effort of these groups in going up against the well-funded ACLU and the radical left’s war against Christians. They are fighting daily to protect United States citizens from religious persecution that has been on the rise in this country under Obama. I read just today of another incident whereby a guard at a correctional facility was fired for including Christ’s name in his electronic signature on his e-mails.

I believe that President Trump will take on the religious liberty issue and I’m praying for that to occur. BTW – Hillary had stated that it was time that Christians rethought their belief system in certain areas and I shudder to think what might have been had she won the election…

Followers of Christ are daily being beheaded, beaten, crucified, mutilated, boiled alive in oil, raped, sold into slavery and their children trafficked for sex, but they steadfastly hold true to their faith in Jesus.

Stop and think about this for a moment. What if you were experiencing this scourge first-hand, and knew that today might be the day they came for YOU!

Hmmm . . . Here in the United States a good rainstorm will reduce the size of any congregation. So many take our religious freedom for granted in this country, after all there are churches in nearly any community. You might be interested in knowing what your children are being taught in schools about the Bible being a myth. Or that you can be fired for taking a public position for Christ or the Bible.

Hmmm . . . Weigh this in your mind and make an honest assessment regarding your faith.

  • Would you make the effort to go to Washington D.C. to march for Christian values?
  • Would you risk telling co-workers or others about Jesus in a public setting?
  • Would you actually give up your life and become a martyr for Christ by being beheaded or crucified?
  • Would you give money to help persecuted Christians?

Ha-Ha-Ha . . . It just occurred to me that some folks might just prefer death compared to giving up a few of their shekels to help the persecuted remnant.

At the Jesus Alliance, we are working to call attention to what is occurring to Christians all over the world and to be a part of a movement to improve the lives of persecuted Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere by providing them God’s hope. One of our partners, ALL-IN has developed a phone application that can be used to provide a wealth of Christian content contributed by a myriad of some of the largest Christian organizations in the world that will encourage the persecuted and bring them God’s hope, truth and unconditional love with a touch of a button. It takes money to get this app to them and you can be a part of that. You can contribute directly to this cause if so led. (You must admit writing a check is far better than traveling to one of those countries and being boiled alive in oil . . . At least I hope you feel that way.)

Jesus was persecuted for our sakes and we should not be surprised if we are despised as well. Personally, I don’t care what anyone thinks – I stand for Jesus! How about you?

2 Cor. 4:8

 . . . we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.

February 2 2017 – Click here to listen

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Encouragement from God

One of my friends sent this to me yesterday and I felt led to share it.

Robert Jeffress, the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church in downtown Dallas, gave a private sermon for the President Elect (at the time) and VP Elect Pence and their families in St. John’s Church first thing in the morning to set the tone for the day and start it off in awesome fashion.

I am told that he was really moved by it, and especially liked the part about the wall. Here are the verbatim words that were given to Trump and his group.

When God chooses a leader: Nehemiah 1:11

Introduction: President-elect and Mrs. Trump, Vice-President-elect and Mrs. Pence, families and friends, it’s an honor to be with you on this historic day.

President-elect Trump, I remember that it was exactly one year ago this weekend that I was with you on your Citation jet flying around Iowa before the first caucus or primary vote was cast. After our Wendy’s cheeseburgers, I said that I believed that you would be the next President of the United States. And if that happened, it would be because God had placed you there.

As the prophet Daniel said, it is God who removes and establishes leaders.

Today ─ one year later ─ God has raised you and Vice-President-elect Pence up for a great, eternal purpose.

When I think of you, President-elect Trump, I am reminded of another great leader God chose thousands of years ago in Israel. The nation had been in bondage for decades, the infrastructure of the country was in shambles, and God raised up a powerful leader to restore the nation. And the man God chose was neither a politician nor a priest. Instead, God chose a builder whose name was Nehemiah.

And the first step of rebuilding the nation was the building of a great wall. God instructed Nehemiah to build a wall around Jerusalem to protect its citizens from enemy attack. You see, God is NOT against building walls!

And the Old Testament book of Nehemiah records how Nehemiah completed that massive project in record time — just 52 days.

Why was Nehemiah so successful in building the wall and rebuilding the nation?

I. Nehemiah Refused To Allow His Critics To Distract Him

Someone has said there are three guaranteed ways to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.

Any true leader is going to face criticism.

President-elect Trump, you have had your share of critics from the day you announced you were running for President, but you’ve confounded them at every turn. First, they said you couldn’t win the nomination, but you ended up garnering the most votes of any Republican in history. Then they said that was a fluke, but you couldn’t win the election. And you handily defeated your opponent. And now your critics say you can’t possibly succeed in your agenda.

Nehemiah had his own share of critics. Two of his chief antagonists were named Sanballat and Tobiah. They were the mainstream media of their day. They continued to hound and heckle Nehemiah and spread false rumors while he and the Israelites were building the wall.

At one point, they said, “Nehemiah, you need to stop the project and come down from the wall and have a meeting with us.”

Nehemiah’s response was classic: “I’m doing a great work . . . why should I stop the work and come down to you?” (Nehemiah 6:3)

President-elect Trump, you, Vice President-elect Pence, and your team have been called by God and elected by the people to do a great work. It is a work far too important to stop and answer your critics.

II. Nehemiah Refused To Allow Setbacks To Stop Him

As you read through Nehemiah’s journal, you’ll find that he faced tremendous obstacles as he attempted to rebuild the nation: an economic recession, terrorist attacks from enemies, and discouragement among the citizens.

But none of those setbacks was enough to stop Nehemiah.

Some years ago two sports commentators on television were discussing the late Hall of Famer Walter Payton, the running back for the Chicago Bears. One commentator said, “Can you believe that during his career Peyton has run more than nine miles with a football?”

The other commentator replied, “What’s even more amazing is that every 3.8 yards of those nine miles Payton got knocked down by a guy twice his size! But he got back up every time and kept moving forward in spite of those bruising hits and hard knocks.”

President Trump, you, your team and your families are going to face some bruising setbacks. But remember . .

The true measure of a leader is what it takes to stop him. And knowing you, I believe it’s going to take a lot to stop you.

(Finally)

III. Nehemiah Sought God’s Help To Empower Him

Nehemiah was a gifted leader, but he knew he could not succeed without God’s divine help. And that is why as he began the great work, Nehemiah knelt before God and prayed:

“O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant who delights in revering your name. Give your servant success today . . .” (Nehemiah 1:11)

Mr. President-elect, I don’t believe we have ever had a president with as many natural gifts as you. As you know, the reason I endorsed you within weeks of your announcement that you were running was because I believed that you were the only candidate who possessed the leadership skills necessary to reverse the downward trajectory of our nation.

And beginning with Vice President-elect Pence ─ a great and godly man ─ you’ve assembled an unbelievably talented group of advisers around you.

But the challenges facing our nation are so great that it will take more than natural ability to meet them. We need God’s supernatural power.

The good news is that the same God who empowered Nehemiah nearly 2500 years ago is available to every one of us today who is willing to humble himself and ask for His help.

God says in Psalm 50:15 “Call upon Me in the day of trouble I shall rescue you and you will honor Me.”

When President Ronald Reagan addressed the Republican National Convention in my city of Dallas in 1984 he said, “America needs God more than God needs America. If we ever forget that we are “one nation under God,” then we will be a nation gone under.”

President-elect Trump, you had a campaign slogan that resonated with tens of millions of Americans because it spoke to their heartfelt desire: “Make America Great Again.”

Psalm 33:12 gives us the starting point for making that happen: “Blessed — great — is the nation whose God is the Lord.”

May God bless President-elect Trump, Vice-President-elect Pence, their families and advisers. And may God truly bless the United States of America.

There are those in this country whose objective is keep heading down a path contrary to God, but there is a remnant that remains faithful and we will not quit. Nehemiah prayed to God and it’s worth repeating here, because our nation has acted very corruptly against our Lord and we are in need of redemption.

Nehemiah 1:7-9

“We have acted very corruptly against You and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. Remember the word which You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, If you are unfaithful I will scatter you among the peoples; but if you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though those of you who have been scattered were in the most remote part of the heavens, I will gather them from there and will bring them to the place where I have chosen to cause My name to dwell “. . .

February 1 2017 – Click here to listen

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Pray for the professionally outraged

Boy oh boy the left wing “professionally outraged” are on the rampage for sure. I don’t see an end to it because they really have nothing else to do since they don’t work or have jobs, save their professional protesting gig against everything President Trump ever does which is largely funded by George Soros and cronies.

Sadly, many people including Christians have joined them with nauseating pious indignity. I pray that theirs is just another example of falling victim to propagated lies rather than having looked at the evidence objectively and concluding that protecting the United States from terrorists is a bad thing. If you are under its influence, I urge you to at least READ the actual text of the executive order. It is not a “Ban on Muslims” in any way whatsoever. Instead, it does the following 3 things:

  1. It puts a temporary halt for 4 months to the issuing of Visas from 7 countries, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. The hatred for our way of life in these 7 countries is so unparalleled and extreme that even uber-liberal Obama singled them out.
  2. It puts a temporary hold on the Syrian refugee program until it can be analyzed and revised, because due to the war there is no way of verifying who these people are, much less why we should allow them into our country.
  3. It puts a temporary hold on all refugee admissions until a system can be designed that will properly vet them.

President Trump made clear that he wants people to be vetted prior to entering this country in order to protect us from what is happening in Europe and elsewhere. There particular countries are breeding and training grounds for some of the most dangerous terrorists in the world. Entering the United States is not a right of every person in the world. It is a privilege and we should only allow people to come in who love this country and will contribute. Not those who hate our way of life and want to change our culture to their culture which in the case of these jihadists is barbaric.

The left wingers propaganda insists that it is a ban on Muslims?

That is ridiculous.

Think!

There are 40 other Muslim Countries that are completely unaffected by this executive order. In the countries affected the order doesn’t just temporarily halt Muslims from entering, but Christians, Buddhists, atheists, and others. This is nothing but a lie.

It is so exasperating day after day to see these losers who despise our way of life disrupt airports, clog our streets, and attack people who don’t think like them. I am believing that the majority of Americans which is maddeningly silent is as sick of this as I am.

Praise God that Trump is doing what he said he would do when he campaigned. It is just so foreign to the establishment and elites to see someone do such a thing. They don’t understand truth and/or are so filled with hate they cannot reason objectively.

I’m praying that the scales will fall off their eyes. I’m saddened to think that we will be subjected to years of special interest groups screaming obscenities, marching, griping, and protesting everything that comes down the pike. It is my hope that those who voted for change will allow their voices to be heard too.

The liberal elitists can like it or not, but change is coming. Reducing or ending abortion altogether, an all-out assault on crime, protecting our country from terrorists, welfare reform, halting discrimination against Christians and their values, fair trade, and more is on the way.

God is still on the throne and the sky is not falling. Don’t fall for the propaganda, deception, fake news, and outright lies. Support the man who has the courage to fight them with every ounce of his strength. With his billions he could be anywhere in the world having fun and living the good life, but instead he is facing assassination, his family is attacked, and he is roundly criticized by a liberal Godless media that hates him. He loves this country and is willing to put everything on the line to save it. Pray for President Trump every day. Pray for those who have been deceived by demonic influence. We are told to love them.

Gulp . . .

I pray that the Lord will allow that love to manifest itself in me and every reader today.

John 15:18

This is My command to you: Love one another. If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me first. If you were of the world, it would love you as its own. Instead, the world hates you, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world . . .

January 31 2017 – Click here to listen

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Tragic

Several weeks ago, I wrote about seeing what I thought was a woman walking down the road barefoot. I felt compassion and rushed home to get some shoes for this person and I also threw in some socks, food, water, and money. When I tried to give it to her I discovered that “she” was actually a “he”, who with his long hair resembled a woman.

I talked with him for a few minutes and he smiled and said he greatly appreciated it, but he had all he needed and said he was going barefoot deliberately. So a couple of days ago one of my readers sent me this article with the headline: Man walking barefoot across America killed in Florida.

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/01/23/man-walking-barefoot-across-america-killed-florida/96950426/

Baumer, MarcMy friend asked if this was the same person and unfortunately it was.

I was greatly saddened to learn of his tragic ending when a 51 year old woman accidently veered off the shoulder of the road and struck and killed him. Hard to imagine her not seeing him because he was dressed in a fluorescent vest, but no alcohol or anything was involved; it was just a tragic accident.

Marc Baumer was so young, and seemed so nice and pleasant. What a shame. According to the article he was 100 days into his barefoot walk to create awareness about climate change. Included in the online article was some video footage of him talking about his mission and a photo of his calloused feet.

I hope Marc had a relationship with Jesus and is in heaven at this very moment. No need to worry about the climate there. The Lord made us stewards of this planet and I understand his interest in trying to protect it. I’ve been to India and it was so smoggy I could barely breathe and burned my eyes and if I happened to be wearing a white shirt it would be covered in soot just walking down the street. For that matter I’ve been to Los Angeles and seen smog so thick it was stifling.

Unchecked big business would pollute the air, streams, and landscape, but some people really seem to go overboard. It seems extremists are the ones who dictate the debate. Sensible people try to be objective and hear both sides of an issue in order to determine and take reasonable action but are drowned out by the louder activists.

The same is true with the police shooting someone that did not deserve it. Objective statistics prove that, more often than not it is the police getting shot, but a few rogue cops do commit terrible crimes on occasion and need to be punished. But extremists wage war against ALL police even those who protect them daily at great risk to their lives.

I am disgusted with all the demonstrators against our new president as he fulfills his campaign promises. This weekend it was his ban on letting people in from seven of the most dangerous, terrorist filled countries in the world. Three hundred of 345,000 people were turned back. And yet to see and hear the liberal media and various extremist groups like CAIR howling they make it seem like we won’t allow Mother Teresa into our country. They are marching and screaming obscenities to high heaven. Ugh!

Extremists are running into each other marching for things like the right to kill unborn children, protest building pipelines, building a wall to protect ourselves, keep our horrible education system the same to appease teacher’s unions, and on and on. Madonna is shouting vulgarities and saying she wants to blow up the White House. Geez . . .

A question was asked in the Bible: Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? Often they rage against the Lord. I urge you to read the following article. Click Here

written by Jonathan Caan for an in-depth explanation of what is wrong in America and the danger that we face, but if you will not take the time, in short they rage because they have turned from or have never turned to God who is the answer to all we need.

If my feet weren’t so tender I might walk barefoot across America to bring attention to our turning away from God dilemma. We need to run to God where peace that surpasses all human understanding emanates. We need to ask for forgiveness and repent so He will hear from heaven and heal our land and settle us down with love.

Is God worried about His detractors? Is He concerned with political correctness? The Lord God shall not be mocked and some of these folks need to get a grip. We need to pray for them and this country.

Psalm 2:4

He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them. In his anger he rebukes them, and in his wrath he terrifies them . . .

January 30 2017 – Click here to listen

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