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Burn the Ships

Recently I have been forced into making decisions to either compromise with some folks who are making life miserable for me, or “burn the ships” and forge forward without them.

Burn the ships?

In 1519 Cortés burned his ships as soon as he arrived in the New World with six hundred men. The message to them was unambiguous: There can be no turning back. Two years later he succeeded in his conquest of the Aztec empire.

Hmmm . . . Should I forge ahead like Cortez, or should I try to compromise. Brad Bright once told me that his famous father Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ and many other ministries, once told him: “When I stand before the Throne, I would rather have God ask me, ‘Bill, why were you so gullible?’ rather than, ‘Bill, why were you so critical of your brother?”

So, “burning the ships” has never been the first option for me and I always look for a peaceable, reasonable solution; however, burning the ships must remain an option because I will not compromise on key issues concerning my faith. There can be no turning back or waffling towards my total commitment to Jesus taking the lead in my life.

In the big scheme of things God is the One we need to please. Our desires are secondary to His. He is the creator we are the created. We just need to keep things in perspective. I want to get along with everyone to the best of my ability, but if it conflicts with the plan Jesus has or requires that I compromise my faith, then like Cortez I will burn the ships and plunge forward, knowing that in the end, God will honor that commitment to Him and I will be victorious.

Do you want victory in your life? Of course! Pray about it and memorize this verse: Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Bottom line: Don’t follow the world; follow Jesus Christ!

Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please God . . .

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

March 24 2017 – Click here to listen

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Keep the Spirit

Yesterday was one of those days! If every day was like yesterday, I would probably start mowing yards for a living or some similar job. Fortunately every day is not a bummer. We have enough of the bad to make us appreciate the good. Beware of letting the bad times overwhelm you and try to keep your spirits high in spite of them. Rainy stormy days always yield to sunny beautiful days and always remember the process will soon repeat itself.

Last night when I said my prayers, I told the Lord that I had a rough day and I asked for His help in keeping my spirits high in spite of the problems around me and I asked for His help in working my way through them in a calm manner. I immediately felt His presence and His peace descend upon me and it felt good. I do not know if you have ever experienced this feeling, but there is none other like it.

God loves us and wants to help us. It is my understanding of the Bible that He actively wants us to ask for His help. Indeed it is my belief that is one of the prime reasons that He even allows bad times. He does not want us to rely on our own wiles to get us through this world and compete with the wiles of satan. He wants to be the number one thing in all of our lives.

As we jet through this fast paced world with every minute scheduled to the hilt, we must remember to make time for the Lord. How should we use that time? Studying His Word, (the Bible), constant prayer, fellowship with other Christians hopefully when you attend church, and by telling others about our Savior. Our spirit will never be broken if we will just make time for the Lord and put Him first in our lives.

Start and end your day today by praying to the Lord for help and guidance in becoming the kind of son or daughter that He wants us to be. The Bible states that God hears every prayer and that He will sustain us through all of the storms this world can muster, if we will only believe and ask Him to come into our hearts.

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Proverbs 18:14
The spirit of a man will sustain
him in sickness,
But who can bear a broken spirit?

March 23 2017 – Click here to listen

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That was then, and this is now

Yesterday I spoke at a prayer breakfast in Marco Island Florida and after sharing my testimony was surrounded by many people. It is always sad to me to see gray haired people coming up to me with desperation in their voices and tears in their eyes as they ask me how to deal with the addictions of their children and grandchildren. They are simply ill-equipped and clueless in how to help them.

Drug trafficking is the foremost problem in the world followed closely by human trafficking. One would think that more information would be available through the media, but perhaps I am mistaken.

Yesterday a close friend and distinguished authority on sex trafficking wrote in response to my indictment of the media for underreporting the severity of this problem as follows: “Note that there is good media out there that have stated the issue well, and so it is sometimes good to say, there is good media, yes, however there is also media that blinds people to the truth and that is what upsets me . . . etc . . . As some news outlets and writers have been very good to survivors . . . ”

Okay I stand corrected. My comment remains though that the average person knows little about this subject, and most people get all their news from the media. However, in fairness, all the blame cannot be put on them. They have a short time span daily to report the most important news, and while it is true much of it is squandered on politics and power struggles in Washington D.C. there is not enough time to deal with the issues that are truly destroying society.

More is needed. In years past it came from the church. That was then, and this is now. The church is losing ground fast as more and more pastors turn from actually preaching the Gospel and openly declaring sin to be sin. Noted researcher George Barna published the results of a massive research project that showed that the five highest priorities of the pastors surveyed were as follows:

  1. Attendance
  2. Giving
  3. Number of staff
  4. Number of square footage
  5. Number of programs

Huh? What happened to evangelism, discipleship, Bible study, missions, and serving the community. Well, if you were one of the pastors in the survey and attendance and giving were your two highest priorities, would you call abortion a sin when 50% of the congregation supports it? Or would you preach a sermon telling the congregation that marriage should be between a man and a woman when 72% support it? Many in the congregation might get up and leave, and all those dreams of being the mega pastor of the century would go right out the door with them. Better to soothe the “itching ears” of those who want to hear what society wants rather than God almighty.

The same survey specifically asked about these two issues, (abortion/gay marriage), as to whether Scripture calls them sin. An overwhelming 93% said yes, but then Barna asked how many sermons they preached on either subject in the previous year, and a sickening 1% preached one sermon in an entire year!

No, not all pastors are like this, perhaps yours is doing a great job. I highly recommend that you tell him and support him for being courageous. If, however, he is not calling sin – SIN, then perhaps you should ask why.

I’m not pastor or a psychologist but in their desperation people turn to me for help. I have several appointments to talk with parents and their addicted loved ones over the next several weeks.

A typical example is this from a father concerning his son:

My son is 30 years old and drinks regularly and lots. He has been through numerous rehab facilities, (5). He has been Marchman Acted at least 6 times and Baker Acted a few more. He isn’t violent—just super aggressive and ANGRY!! At everything and everyone—much like you described yourself in your book.

I would really appreciate the opportunity to sit down with you and talk—maybe you have some advice and counsel for me so I can better help my son. Or if you think it is more appropriate, you could talk to my son—he is open to help—

When people turn to alcohol, drugs, sex, violence, or even obsessively pursuing power, fame, wealth, and great secular accomplishments as a way to fill the emptiness and holes in their hearts, they come up even more disillusioned and depressed. All those things are temporary and after indulging in them the exhilaration is replaced by even more pain and they are worse off than before. Trust me I’ve been there.

When Jesus is missing, there can be no peace. There is pain in this world and people cannot escape it by turning to everything but God. My recommendation is to surrender to our Lord and allow Jesus to take the lead in your life today. Make him your primary focus and life will be better for sure. He alone is our hope, our joy, our love, and our salvation!

He alone can restore the joy that you desire. Just turn to Him and make Him first in your life.

John 10:9

I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures.

March 22 2017 – Click here to listen

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I wonder if this is the reason God created hell

Last night I arrived in Marco Island to speak at their 34th Annual Prayer Breakfast. I had dinner with two fascinating couples who had worked hard to make the event a reality and during dinner the subject got around to my sex trafficking post yesterday. They seemed aghast to learn of the ruthlessness and evil cruelty of this industry and one of the gentlemen told me he had no idea that this was going on. Another remarked that she guessed they were just caught up in their own little world and had not paid attention to it.

No, it is difficult to pay attention if the media ignores it, considering 99% of our populace obtains their knowledge of what is going on in the world from those people. For some reason our illustrious press seems to ignore the truth about this horrific blight to humanity, and if you desire to find anything out about this problem you must conduct research.

At the Jesus Alliance, we are doing our homework and trying to create awareness as a necessary first step to doing something about problems like this. As someone has rightly said, knowledge is power. By having knowledge, we are better prepared to unite together and work hard to do something other than shake our heads to end this nightmare.
I advise you to go to this link: https://www.factretriever.com/human-trafficking-facts
to understand more about this problem.

It is too lengthy to list all the facts about trafficking in this post, but I’ve included some of the most poignant below:

  • There are more human slaves in the world today than ever before in history.
  • There are an estimated 27 million adults and 13 million children around the world who are victims of human trafficking.
  • Human traffickers often use a Sudanese phrase “use a slave to catch slaves,” meaning traffickers send “broken-in girls” to recruit younger girls into the sex trade. Sex traffickers often train girls themselves, raping them and teaching them sex acts.
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People are often trafficked for their organs

People are often trafficked for their organs

  • Human trafficking not only involves sex and labor, but people are also trafficked for organ harvesting.
  • An estimated 30,000 victims of sex trafficking die each year from abuse, disease, torture, and neglect. Eighty percent of those sold into sexual slavery are under 24, and some are as young as six years old.
  • A human trafficker can earn 20 times what he or she paid for a girl. Provided the girl was not physically brutalized to the point of ruining her beauty, the pimp could sell her again for a greater price because he had trained her and broken her spirit, which saves future buyers the hassle. A 2003 study in the Netherlands found that, on average, a single sex slave earned her pimp at least $250,000 a year.
  • Although human trafficking is often a hidden crime and accurate statistics are difficult to obtain, researchers estimate that more than 80% of trafficking victims are female. Over 50% of human trafficking victims are children.
  • Human trafficking is the only area of transnational crime in which women are significantly represented — as victims, as perpetrators, and as activists fighting this crime.
  • Most human trafficking in the United States occurs in New York, California, and Florida.
  • Sex traffickers often recruit children because not only are children more unsuspecting and vulnerable than adults, but there is also a high market demand for young victims. Traffickers target victims on the telephone, on the Internet, through friends, at the mall, and in after-school programs.
  • Women are trafficked to the U.S. largely to work in the sex industry (including strip clubs, peep and touch shows, massage parlors that offer sexual services, and prostitution). They are also trafficked to work in sweatshops, domestic servitude, and agricultural work.
  • Sex traffickers use a variety of ways to “condition” their victims, including subjecting them to starvation, rape, gang rape, physical abuse, beating, confinement, threats of violence toward the victim and victim’s family, forced drug use, and shame.
  • Family members will often sell children and other family members into slavery; the younger the victim, the more money the trafficker receives. For example, a 10-year-old named Gita was sold into a brothel by her aunt. The now 22-year-old recalls that when she refused to work, the older girls held her down and stuck a piece of cloth in her mouth so no one would hear her scream as she was raped by a customer. She would later contract HIV.
  • Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises because it holds relatively low risk with high profit potential. Criminal organizations are increasingly attracted to human trafficking because, unlike drugs, humans can be sold repeatedly.
  • Human trafficking is estimated to surpass the drug trade in less than five years. Journalist Victor Malarek reports that it is primarily men who are driving human trafficking, specifically trafficking for sex.
  • In approximately 54% of human trafficking cases, the recruiter is a stranger, and in 46% of the cases, the recruiters know the victim. Fifty-two percent of human trafficking recruiters are men, 42% are women, and 6% are both men and women.
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Human trafficking earns $9 billion to $31.6 billion globally

Human trafficking earns $9 billion to $31.6 billion globally

  • Human trafficking around the globe is estimated to generate a profit of anywhere from $9 billion to $31.6 billion. Half of these profits are made in industrialized countries.
  • Some human traffickers recruit handicapped young girls, such as those suffering from Down Syndrome, into the sex industry.
  • According to the FBI, a large human-trafficking organization in California in 2008 not only physically threatened and beat girls as young as 12 to work as prostitutes, they also regularly threatened them with witchcraft.
  • Human trafficking is a global phenomenon that is fueled by poverty and gender discrimination.
  • Women and girls from racial minorities in the U.S. are disproportionately recruited by sex traffickers in the U.S.
  • The Sunday Telegraphin the U.K. reports that hundreds of children as young as six are brought to the U.K. as slaves each year.
  • Japan is considered the largest market for Asian women trafficked for sex.
  • Airports are often used by human traffickers to hold “slave auctions,” where women and children are sold into prostitution.
Pregnant women are increasingly targeted for human trafficking earns $9 billion to $31.6 billion globally

Pregnant women are increasingly targeted for human trafficking

Pregnant women are increasingly targeted for human trafficking

  • Human traffickers are increasingly trafficking pregnant women for their newborns. Babies are sold on the black market, where the profit is divided between the traffickers, doctors, lawyers, border officials, and others. The mother is usually paid less than what is promised her, citing the cost of travel and creating false documents. A mother might receive as little as a few hundred dollars for her baby.
  • The FBI estimates that over 100,000 children and young women are trafficked in America today. They range in age from nine to 19, with the average being age 11. Many victims are not just runaways or abandoned, but are from “good” families who are coerced by clever traffickers.
  • Brazil and Thailand are generally considered to have the worst child sex trafficking records.
  • Nearly 7,000 Nepali girls as young as nine years old are sold every year into India’s red-light district—or 200,000 in the last decade. Ten thousand children between the ages of six and 14 are in Sri Lanka brothels.
  • Human trafficking victims face physical risks, such as drug and alcohol addiction, contracting STDs, sterility, miscarriages, forced abortions, vaginal and anal trauma, among others. Psychological effects include developing clinical depression, personality and dissociative disorders, suicidal tendencies, Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
Africa's AIDS epidemic has increased human trafficking rates for orphaned children

Africa’s AIDS epidemic has increased human trafficking rates
for orphaned children

Africa’s AIDS epidemic has increased human trafficking rates for orphaned children

  • The AIDS epidemic in Africa has left many children orphaned, making them especially vulnerable to human trafficking.
  • According to the U.S. State Department, human trafficking is one of the greatest human rights challenges of this century, both in the United States and around the world.
  • Today, a slave costs about $90 on average worldwide.

Source – Fact Retriever

 The reasons for this industry flourishing are first demand and second greed. There are people in this world, (primarily men) whose lusts transcend any sense of societal norms and morality. The Bible predicts this behavior in Matt. 24;12 Because of the multiplication of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.

Then there are those people who are willing to sell their souls to accumulate money. The Lord spoke to me one time and emphatically said three times “The world is ruled by money and not conviction.” The Bible is not silent on this subject, in 1 Timothy 6:10 it states: For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

I absolutely HATE the thought of some little kid being savaged by some man (or woman). These people need the Lord and I’d love to visit them IN PRISON to witness to them about Jesus.

As I think about some scared little 10 year old child dreading to see the door open and crazed men coming in to rape them, it makes my blood boil. I can only envision it, but the Lord is watching it and I imagine how it makes Him feel. It is not so difficult now to understand why a hell exists in God’s plan . . .

Lord I beg you to empower us to do something to stop this blight upon humanity. Help us to rid this planet of the moral filth and evil that surrounds us. Lord Jesus please forgive us for turning a blind eye to this problem for so long. Bless us and protect as we now move forward to fight for the children. Amen . . .

James 1:21

Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and every expression of evil, and humbly receive the word planted in you, which can save your souls.

March 21 2017 – Click here to listen

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Talk won’t save children

Yesterday I attended a meeting on behalf of the Jesus Alliance and met with a prominent figure in the fight against sex trafficking. Her name is Brook Bello and she is currently working towards obtaining her third PHD. She has received numerous honors for her work and recently traveled to Washington D. C. to receive a Distinguished Service award from the President of the United States at a Whitehouse ceremony. Brook is accomplished in many areas, she has been an actress, filmmaker, author, and currently has founded and serves as CEO for a non-profit called More to Life  https://moretoolife.org/whatwedo/ whose mission statement is:

ADVANCING VICTIMS OF ALL FORMS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE & HUMAN TRAFFICKING WHILE IMPLEMENTING YOUTH CRIME AND DEMAND PREVENTION METHODS TO CHANGE THE WAY AMERICA AND POP CULTURE VIEWS EXPLOITATION AND END IT.

She is currently helping some 1200 survivors first-hand with this ministry and millions worldwide through other projects.

The amazing thing about Brook is that she is a survivor of sex trafficking herself. She suffered horribly including forced heroin addiction by the traffickers and sexual and physical abuse that was barbaric to an extent that it very nearly took her life. She escaped, I believe, due to Divine Providence and went on to be a major player in fighting the industry that enslaved her.

It has not been without cost. She has received numerous death threats and now carries a firearm to protect herself from those who don’t want her interfering with their money-making machine which amounts to billions.

Finding ways to curb sex trafficking of children is a major priority for the Jesus Alliance. I have conducted a significant amount of research on this problem, but was aghast and sickened to learn additional details from Brook such as it is common for children as young as 3 years old to be raped with the earliest recorded attack at just 4 months… Let that sink in for a moment . . . Four months! Brook showed me photos of survivors in her program that were raped beginning at 3 years old.

I have attended many prison ministry events where we would go into special units that house pedophiles and I can tell you it required tremendous prayer on my part to attempt to witness to, and pray with them. Frankly without intervention from the Holy Spirit I could not have participated. Some had been convicted of raping one year old children. Brook told me that this satanic industry is now paying women to have babies for the specific purpose of selling them to these animals who want to rape them.

Ugh . . . Lord help us . . .

If you might think this problem is small or isolated, then think again – It is global. According to a recent report by NBC News that I just posted on my Facebook page, nearly 400 children were rescued and 348 adults arrested following an “extraordinary” international child pornography that resulted in the seizure of terabytes of videos showing rapes of children that are too horrific to describe in this column. You can read the sordid details here:  https://www.facebook.com/OakInitiative/posts/10155255548584274

The Lord recently put on my heart to go to Washington D.C. and convince some of my lawmaker friends in congress to introduce legislation that will make it a federal crime for anyone to sexually abuse a child. By reducing the number of sexual predators who are creating the demand for it, we can reduce the problem more effectively than just locking up the pimps that are selling them.

Currently states are attempting to stop it, but penalties vary wildly from state to state and in some cases those who commit these crimes get off with a slap on the wrist. It is treated more as merely soliciting prostitutes. I believe that even first time offenders should receive stiff fines, jail time, and most importantly be required to register as sex offenders for a minimum of five years as part of their punishment.

Even though this issue crosses partisan lines, since so much money is involved via organized crime and cartels, combined with the fact that many people in extremely high positions engage in this activity, it might prove difficult to pass this legislation. Therefore, once I can convince a champion to write and introduce the legislation it is my hope to use the Jesus Alliance and its many friends to convince people to notify their representatives in the house and senate that we demand that these penalties be overwhelmingly passed. Think about this: If congress can make it a federal crime to perpetrate hate crimes for race, gender, sexual preference etc. it can certainly pass legislation to protect our children.

BTW – If you disagree that the Jesus Alliance should be involved in this project perhaps you don’t know your Bible. In Matthew 18:26 Jesus said; But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea.

Jesus loves children and our organization, which incorporates His Holy name, should proudly do all it can to protect these “little ones” from sexual predators that want to ravage them to fulfill their demonic lusts. Our primary goals at the Jesus Alliance are to Unite Christians and Equip them with awareness and other resources to Motivate all believers to Act to be a part of establishing God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. If we play even a small part in protecting children from those who desire to harm them, then I believe our Lord will smile upon us forever.

By the way our newly revised Jesus Alliance website was activated over the weekend, I urge you to visit it, like it, and share the content that appeals to you with all your friends and family.

Matt. 19:14

But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”

March 17 2017 – Click here to listen

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“We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone”

I was thinking about the times of the wild west when prisoners with a death sentence were housed in jails that provided them a ringside seat to the gallows where they would soon be hung. Prior to their appointment with the hangman’s noose, the barred open windows of their cells would often allow them to hear construction of the gallows, and then they could hear them being tested with sandbags that would simulate their own body dropping through a trap door whereby their neck would be broken and they would dangle in front of the crowd that would gather to watch the grisly event.

This scene seems eerily analogous to what is happening to us with free speech in this country. We are watching the gallows being built and tested for the death of free speech. All but the most pig-headed person realizes that the media is incapable of objective, fair reporting. They have operated in the shadows for decades as they brain-washed those infatuated with news “personalities” who seemed bigger than life. These ‘beautiful people” were trusted and seemed so sincere and genuine, and with a smile could get the average viewer to believe black was white for decades.

But then folks began to catch on to the lies. It was unprecedented. They awakened and realized they were being manipulated and consequently summarily rejected them and today Donald Trump has become President. Aghast, they hardly knew what to do. They are still totally unnerved and have come out of the closet and openly declared war. They are frantic and their battle plan is to offer 24/7 propaganda which has been recognized, (I think), as nothing more or less, than an overt attempt at trying to undo an election because they do not like the results. No lie is too rotten, no disinformation is unworthy to be propagated.

Academia has also risen to the challenge and its radical professors and communist leaning unions are openly annihilating free speech in schools and campuses complete with paid agitators to incite riots.

Hollywood and the rest of the arts and entertainment industry have always been allies to this movement and there is no surprise that they are fanning the flames. They have been joined by the professional sports industry who aren’t content to make their billions and stay neutral.

The real danger however, are the social media companies. They are uber-biased, radically liberal, and anti-faith in nature.

All of them!

Several articles have caught my eye lately that warn of this danger. Google, Facebook, and others are using their massive enterprises to perform censorship of anything and everything they don’t like and preparations are being made to increase this activity. Which means if they don’t like this post, they will simply eliminate it without consequence.

US News came out with this report:

“Google, Inc., isn’t just the world’s biggest purveyor of information; it is also the world’s biggest censor.

The company maintains at least nine different blacklists that impact our lives, generally without input or authority from any outside advisory group, industry association or government agency. Google is not the only company suppressing content on the internet. Reddit has frequently been accused of banning postings on specific topics, and a recent report suggests that Facebook has been deleting conservative news stories from its newsfeed, a practice that might have a significant effect on public opinion – even on voting. Google, though, is currently the biggest bully on the block.

When Google’s employees or algorithms decide to block our access to information about a news item, political candidate or business, opinions and votes can shift, reputations can be ruined and businesses can crash and burn. Because online censorship is entirely unregulated at the moment, victims have little or no recourse when they have been harmed. Eventually, authorities will almost certainly have to step in, just as they did when credit bureaus were regulated in 1970. The alternative would be to allow a large corporation to wield an especially destructive kind of power that should be exercised with great restraint and should belong only to the public: the power to shame or exclude.

If Google were just another mom-and-pop shop with a sign saying “we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone,” that would be one thing. But as the golden gateway to all knowledge, Google has rapidly become an essential in people’s lives – nearly as essential as air or water. We don’t let public utilities make arbitrary and secretive decisions about denying people services; we shouldn’t let Google do so either.”

The myriad of stories about Facebook radically censoring political and faith organizations will make your blood boil. They are now embarking on rating news stories appearing in your feeds as fake news. Most millennials obtain all of their news from these sites. What better way to indoctrinate them?

Ugh, the gallows are being built and tested and if this continues unabated, free speech will soon be a thing of the past. Call your congressmen and senators today and demand that these entities be regulated.

So, all this is very troubling. If we cannot know the truth how can we be set free? Fortunately, there is still some uncensored truth available in this world and it is the Holy Bible. When I get discouraged at what is going on in this wicked old world I take solace in knowing that there is a righteous God who never lies and is the same today as a thousand years ago, or a thousand years from now. Read your Bible, enjoy its truth, and the freedom it brings, (while you can).

John 8:32

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

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

March 17 2017 – Click here to listen

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Quarrel not!

The Bible is very clear that we should not quarrel and argue. Some people seem to thrive on argument. In fact a well known attorney recently wrote a popular book on how to argue and win. Indeed many television shows now exclusively center their themes upon hosting”experts” from the right and the left with heated arguments as the main course. Personally I dislike hearing arguments and/or participating in them. I think most people are in that category.

If you seem to thrive upon arguing, carefully consider what your Father in heaven says about it below. Most dyed-in-the-wool “arguementists” will probably argue with what God Himself has to say about the subject. I once told an argumentative employee who always resisted everything he was told to just hush for a moment and use his mind to THINK.
I related to this person that it is virtually impossible to win an argument with his boss. Even when he wins he loses. Think about it, this is not just for employee/boss type arguments. This is for most any argument. What does one really gain from “winning” an argument? What tangible reward does one gain? The Bible refers to it as “foolish and ignorant” and as “generating strife”. Becoming foolish and ignorant and generating strife is not the type gain for which most people are looking.

What about those of us who want to witness to non-believers? We should try to win them over with gentle persuasion, and lose the brash in-your-face-mouth-to-mouth-combat approach. I have had many discussions with non-believers that could be classified as arguments. I do not know how many I have won or lost, but the stakes are really high for these debates. Eternal is FOREVER and when I state that the stakes are high, I mean they do not get any higher or more important. Heaven and/or Hell FOREVER hang in the balance!

I always try to center my arguments upon the Bible. It is not what “I” say that is important, it is what GOD has to say that should be the most important to us. The Bible teaches that ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work – 2 Tim:3:16 . . . Base your arguments upon scripture BUT . . . do it gently, “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and teaching.” –  2 Tim.4:2

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2 Timothy 2:23
But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes,
knowing that they generate strife.
And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel
but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 

in humility correcting those who are in opposition . . .

March 16 2017 – Click here to listen

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Tearing down doesn’t build up – Duh…

After enduring ridicule for as long as I can remember, I became convinced at a very young age that I was never going to amount to anything and finally I just gave up trying. The only thing I seemed to excel in was being a bad boy, so I embraced it. It led to alcoholism, drug addiction, violent antisocial criminal behavior, bitterness and hatred which led to even lower self-esteem and abject failure in every area of my life. It was no small wonder that I wanted to die and was strongly considering suicide as a viable solution to ending my pain.

Hmmm . . . Low self-esteem can be debilitating. Often it’s brought on by well-meaning people who tear down in an effort to build up.

Huh?

I’ve been guilty of it myself. I have several friends who are overweight. I encourage them to lose weight by derisively referring to them as fat hogs, beached whales, manatees, and/or asking if they are wearing expando pants or relaxed fit jeans.

I don’t know of a single case where my strategy of demeaning someone for being overweight actually motivated them to exercise and get on a sensible diet. Don’t know why I continue with it other than I’m an idiot.

Legalistic religious fanatics often misplace their love in similar manner. Once when I was about 20 years old I was walking through Jackson Square located in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans. I had long hair below my shoulders and was wearing dark sun glasses with hat pulled down low. I was walking fast and just minding my own business when this street preacher, who was standing on a crate screaming and thumping his Bible, pointed at me and shouted, “If you don’t change your ways, you’re going to hell”.

I looked around and saw that he was talking to me. I calmly walked over to him and hit him as hard as I could right in the mouth knocking him off his crate, sprawling him on the concrete sidewalk. Then I pulled my gun out, cocked it, and pointed it right between his blue eyes and snarled through gritted teeth, “If you ever say that to me again I’ll kill you!”

He doesn’t know how lucky he was that in my drug crazed sociopathic state of mind, I didn’t pull the trigger.

That street preacher didn’t know me or my heart, and I didn’t know him. As far as he knew I might have been a preacher myself, or undercover cop and deacon in a church. His assumption and judgmental conduct very nearly got him killed. Even if he was right about me following a path that was leading me straight to hell, (and he was), he had entirely the wrong approach to achieve his goal of encouraging me to accept Christ as my Savior.

If he’d said, “Hey brother – You hungry? How about you and I having a cup of red beans and rice together and let me tell you some good news about a friend of mine, His name is Jesus Christ”.

Hmmm . . . There just might have been an entirely different outcome had he tried that approach. I truly loved red beans and rice and was probably hungry that day. I just might have listened to his spiel about Jesus had he offered me a hot meal and perhaps some sweet tea to go with it.

Yum!

God thought of us before He created the world. We weren’t procreated like a bunch of spawning fish. We were carefully and lovingly created with deliberation to serve God’s purpose. The Bible has plenty of Scripture to back this statement up.

Psalm 139:13-16

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be

To tell the truth I never thought of myself as “fearfully and wonderfully made”. I like it.

God also offers a promise of hope, safety, and a prosperous future for His children.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.

Just think of it, God endowed us with all of the ability, looks, charm, intellect, physical stamina, skills, et al that we need in order to accomplish His purpose for our lives. He is delighted with His work and in fact after we receive Christ the Bible tells us that we become His “masterpiece”.

Eph. 2:10

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Holy Buckets! I never thought of myself as a masterpiece. That’s a far cry from being a beached whale.

I encourage you today to encourage others. Don’t try to build up by tearing down. Only idiots like me do that. Jesus would never do it and neither should we. I especially ask you to encourage your kids today. They are struggling to make it in a competitive world that can be cruel, especially to those who aren’t considered by their peers to be one of the “beautiful people”.

Just think about the Spirit of God hovering over the “deep”, fondly thinking of you. That’s right YOU! God chose us before He ever created the world. Just remember that God is aware of all of our needs; He knows our fears; He understands our frustrations; even the very hairs on our heads are numbered, and He has promised that you and I are going to turn out just fine and things are ultimately going to work out for the good for all of us who love Him and call upon His name.

Enjoy your day today and don’t let anyone tell you that you are anything but God’s masterpiece. If you have tormentors just smile and pray that God will remove their idiocy. Buy them some red beans and rice and sweet tea and encourage them to be encouragers. Love all serve all . . .

Eph. 1:4

For he chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight in love

March 15 2017 – Click here to listen

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Mile “High” City

Colorado was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana use. I read a report this morning that detailed how the state is faring since undertaking the legalization of drugs.

The results were about as I expected. It was, and is, all about money. I’ve only heard God audibly speak to me one time and He said, “The world is ruled by money, NOT by conviction.” Projects like this underscore His meaning about this subject.

On the money front, legalizing the drug has been a big success; however, on the social front not so good.

The legal marijuana industry is booming with more new customers added every day resulting in 18,000 new full-time jobs in 2015. And state sales tax receipts enabled Colorado to receive $198.5 million in tax revenue last year from marijuana sales of $1.3 billion. Arrests for marijuana possession naturally dropped significantly adding savings there. Some business owners are making out like champs and the state is receiving funding that it needs.

Hmmm . . . With numbers like that, it can’t be bad – right?

Well let’s take a look at the other side of the ledger. It seems word got out that pot was no longer a crime there, and many people flocked to Colorado to take advantage of it. Thus, Colorado experienced the third largest increase in the total number of homeless people last year, following California (the largest recipient of them – no surprise there) and the state of Washington.

As one would expect, there have been increases in crime, particularly driving under the influence, and breaking into stores to steal more of the stuff. The percentage of people using it has gone up including school kids and homes with small children living in them. There are many stories out there about trips to the hospital for hallucinations brought on by the more powerful strain of the drug and so forth.

Then there is the health hazard of inhaling all that smoke and the risk of lung cancer. The American lung association states, “Smoke is harmful to lung health. Whether from burning wood, tobacco or marijuana, toxins and carcinogens are released from the combustion of materials. Smoke from marijuana combustion has been shown to contain many of the same toxins, irritants and carcinogens as tobacco smoke.

Beyond just what’s in the smoke alone, marijuana is typically smoked differently than tobacco. Marijuana smokers tend to inhale more deeply and hold their breath longer than cigarette smokers, which leads to a greater exposure per breath to tar.

Secondhand marijuana smoke contains many of the same toxins and carcinogens found in directly inhaled marijuana smoke, in similar amounts if not more. While there is no data on the health consequences of breathing secondhand marijuana smoke, there is concern that it could cause harmful health effects, especially among vulnerable children in the home.

Due to the risks it poses to lung health, the American Lung Association strongly cautions the public against smoking marijuana Updated March 23, 2015

The National Institute of drug abuse states: Marijuana smoke irritates the lungs, and causes problems including daily cough and phlegm, more frequent lung illness, and a higher risk of lung infections.

Marijuana raises heart rate for up to 3 hours after smoking. This effect may increase the chance of heart attack.

Problems with child development during and after pregnancy. Marijuana use during pregnancy is linked to lower birth weight and increased risk of both brain and behavioral problems in babies. If a pregnant woman uses marijuana, the drug may affect certain developing parts of the fetus’s brain. Resulting challenges for the child may include problems with attention, memory, and problem-solving. Long-term marijuana use has been linked to mental illness in some users, such as: temporary hallucinations—sensations and images that seem real though they are not, temporary paranoia—extreme and unreasonable distrust of others. Marijuana use has also been linked to other mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts among teens.

Compared to those who don’t use marijuana, those who use heavily more often report the following:

  • lower life satisfaction
  • poorer mental health
  • poorer physical health
  • more relationship problems

People also report less academic and career success. For example, marijuana use is linked to a higher likelihood of dropping out of school. It is also linked to more job absences, accidents, and injuries.

Of course, those who are profiting from it are touting it as a huge success and doing everything in their power to keep negative news out of the light. They point to the fact that it is not nearly as bad as some had predicted.

Whoopee!

I know more about marijuana use than most because I smoked it nearly every day for years. While one can function while smoking, it destroys the work ethic. It leads to short term memory loss, and kills brain cells. Marijuana is dangerous because people will do things they ordinarily would not even consider such as engaging in risky sex outside of marriage and driving a vehicle while high. Perhaps the most dangerous risk however, is moving on to harder more dangerous drugs. Marijuana gives euphoric feelings that lower inhibitions, meaning that while one is high, decision making is impaired, and convincing yourself to do stupid things like trying highly addictive dangerous drugs such as heroin, crack, and meth happens with greater frequency due to a lack of lucidity when making those decisions.

I quit taking illegal drugs and drinking alcohol decades ago. I had an employee tell me one time that she “has” to have something. I gently told her that a relationship with the Lord is all anyone really needs. There is no escape from reality. Drugs and alcohol use wear off and invariably one is always worse off after they do. In today’s age, illegal drugs are Satan’s most powerful weapon to destroy us, especially our children. Take it from me they can destroy your life and your children’s life. To use them is playing with fire.

Focus on Jesus, and drugs and alcohol will never ruin your life.

Eph. 3:16

I pray that out of the riches of His glory, He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being,

March 14 2017 – Click here to listen

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The flag caper

I watched one of the funniest videos that I’ve seen in some time this morning. Click here to check it out.

Shia LaBeouf is an actor that represents much of the nuttiness of left wingers in Hollywood. He is hot tempered and has numerous arrests and encounters with the law and apparently thinks his celebrity status entitles him to engage in boorish behavior and bully others.

To say he dislikes Donald Trump would be an understatement. He started a project called “HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US,” which amounts to live-streaming footage from a camera that was installed outside the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York and passersby were encouraged to mindlessly chant “He will not divide us” like Kool aide drinking cultists. This of course resulted in numerous confrontations with Trump supporters and the bully hothead was eventually arrested for assaulting one.

Following several violent incidents that showed LaBeouf attacking Trump supporters, the museum finally had enough and on February 10, 2017 forced him to abandon the project at their location.”

Undeterred on February 18, 2017, the project was relocated to a wall outside the El Rey Theater located in Albuquerque New Mexico. However, the folks in New Mexico didn’t appreciate his exhibit either and following gunshots at that location, his exhibit was shut down again.

Shia was persistent though and on March 8, 2017, the project was moved to — until now — a secret location.

He Will Not Divide Us Flag

A flag went up, but it would not stand. A group of Internet geeks called 4chan1 rose to address the challenge. They measured the shadows at different times of day and used the angle of the sun to estimate longitude and latitude. They could see commercial aircraft crossing overhead and tried to cross reference it to flight tables. They used Google Earth to pinpoint various locations and triangulated flight patterns.

Then they got a tip. It was reported in the news that LaBeouf was sighted fly fishing in Greenville Tennessee. The call went out for local help. One 4chan-er drove around possible sites in the area blowing his car horn so that the sound would be heard on the livestream. In the end, they found their target.

The group conducted a flawless might raid and LaBeouf’s flag was taken down and replaced with a Trump hat. The flag caper was a rousing success. At last report the streaming camera showed an empty flagpole. I guess someone took the Trump hat as a trophy. LOL

Wow – For nearly 19 years now of writing Words for the Day 5 days a week I have always tied stories back to the Bible to include verses and lessons. Admittedly this was a tough one, but I was determined to share this hilarious story with you. I admire the geeks of 4Chan1. Their tenacity, perseverance, and determination to succeed was amazing. I would love to have all those guys helping get the truth of the Gospel out and dispel the lies of the anti-faith crowd. Wouldn’t it be great if all Christians would pursue the righteousness and truth of God with equal fervor? If we did we could easily succeed.

Gal. 6:9

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

March 13 2017 – Click here to listen

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Woe is me

Yesterday I wrote that the light of Jesus shines through the black darkness of this world. A reader responded:

“Not for me, my life is a shamble been praying all my life and now all I get is nothing – my husband in hospital with severe head trauma had to put his favorite dog down, cars broke down, can’t get to work, and I am home all alone – Amen”

Another wrote:

Hey Bob, It does seem hopeless at times. I know that I have been feeling like I fell in a black hole of late and it is not fun. Seems that everything happens at once too . . . 

Another friend called and expressed his frustration that his sister’s many illnesses and suffering remain and yet the Bible states: “By His stripes we are healed.”. He went on to quote several other Scriptures concerning the promises of God regarding healing and angrily stated that God has promised healing and yet his sister suffers.

It’s an age-old question asked by billions since the dawn of time. Why do bad things happen to good people? The Bible does not give me enough information to understand how best to answer it, and aside from an answer from the Bible the rest is just my human conjecture and worthless drivel.

We do know that this life compared to the endless trillions of years of eternity is but a vapor. And for believers in Jesus Christ, eternity in paradise will be forever. But that is like hitting your thumb with a hammer. Logically you know it will stop hurting, but when you hit it – doggone it – it hurts!

I often turn to the Apostle Paul when I’m suffering. Geez – he was stoned, took 39 stripes on three different occasions, was caned four times, was badly beaten numerous times, bitten by a poisonous snake, imprisoned, reviled by his friends and others, ship wrecked, and tortured and beheaded by the emperor Nero. Paul was a man of God – he was an Apostle and is largely credited for bringing the Gospel to the Gentiles, not to mention writing a major portion of the New Testament, and yet this holy man suffered.

No one escapes, not even Jesus Christ, who suffered as no man has ever suffered. Why does God allow the suffering? We know that God told Adam, Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life. “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you . . . ”

Job said, “How frail is humanity! How short is life, how full of trouble!

We suffer and Jesus suffered because of sin. Actuarially this life lasts just 79.9 years. Eternity lasts forever. Our sins can cause us to suffer for eternity, or they can be forgiven and we can spend eternity in bliss with Jesus where there will never be suffering, tears, stress, violence, disease, or even a headache again.

It is often said that death and taxes are two things that happen to us all. I say add trials and tribulation to the mix, because we will face them sooner or later. It’s inevitable. Being a devout Christian does not exclude anyone from the pain of this world, but it does give one hope of one day entering endless eons of peace, joy, and love.

My advice to those who are suffering is to focus on Jesus and not your problems. Think about the future, not the past or even the present. We all suffer in this life but only for a whisper of time thanks to the suffering and blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Through Him we have hope and therein lies the peace beyond understanding that we all crave. Listen to Paul the man who suffered so much:

Romans 8:18

And if we are children, then we are heirs: heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ – if indeed we suffer with Him, so that we may also be glorified with Him. I consider that our present sufferings are not comparable to the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the revelation of the sons of God . . .

Have a great weekend and go to Honey Lake Church on Sunday. We have a talented bunch of children that will be singing for us, a great message delivered, and a wonderful time of worship will be in store for us all . . .

March 10 2017 – Click here to listen

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Black holes eat stars

As is my custom I walked outside with my little dog Cooper very early this morning and sat on my front steps as he explored my front yard and sniffed every blade of grass and leaf in the process. It is a typical North Florida morning today, warm and humid and it kind of reminds me of walking into a sauna. An owl let out an eerie scream in the distance and right on schedule I heard the train blasting its way through the Aucilla crossing. I looked up to the sky and saw the black night contrasted by lovely sparkling bright shiny stars.

For some reason sitting there and looking up into the heavens made me think of the struggle that humanity finds itself in; we are totally surrounded by blackness, but try as it might, it cannot contain the shining light. Evil and the blackness of injustice permeate our world and society at large, but if we look around, we will find our rays of light, blessings of God brightly shining through, and therein we can find our hope.

I often get discouraged when I see the blackness of society, especially in this vitriol political season. The corruption, dishonesty, injustice, and outright lies coming from the highest levels of leadership and our media make me sick to my stomach.

I look to Syria where as many as 470,000 people have died fighting each other and I wonder if it could happen here. We’ve had one civil war and it is not inconceivable that we would have another. Our inclination is to avoid a conflict of that magnitude at all costs, but totally different belief systems may preclude it and friendship between warring factions when strong convictions are present may prove impossible.

Someone, (Golda Meir I think), said that “We cannot shake hands with a clenched fist”. So, do we as Christians need to unclench our fists and shake hands with our enemies? My answer may surprise you, but the answer is NO; not when it comes to abandoning our belief systems. If you will study your Bible, James proclaimed, “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”

Cosmologists tell us that stars cannot become blackness without collapsing into a black hole that swallows them in their entirety or they burn out and die. To willfully accept the immorality being promoted as the new normal in our society is exhibiting hatred toward God and is analogous to collapsing into a black hole or burning out and dying.

Abortion is wrong; homosexuality is wrong. You can put lipstick on a pig and spray it down with the finest perfume, but it’s still a pig. Society and the majority do get it wrong; God said those things are wrong in His Holy Word the Bible and He gets it right every time and His laws are the same today as they will be a thousand years from now. Mankind has been around for eons and historical records going back to the beginning of time tell us that marriage has always been between a man and a woman right up until now with this particular society at this particular time where in our society’s worldly immoral wisdom we have changed that law.

It isn’t right no matter how many in this society condone it and just want to get along with everyone. Since our society condoned abortion over 53 million babies (some say 60 million) have been murdered. That isn’t right either and this nation will be held accountable for their deaths.

What’s next? I shudder to think . . .

Stars are collapsing all around us; too many Christians have grown weary of the fight and have relaxed their clenched fists and succumbed to the blackness. Some are discouraged and view it as too big of a problem. Famous coach John Wooden once said, “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” We can vote and we can pray, we can contribute, we can work, we can march, and if necessary we can fight.

I say continue to shine brightly just like the stars in the black night. Fight on until the Lord returns or the situation changes. In heaven we will not need lights, because God will radiate all of the light we need and the blackness will run from it and be no more. I have news for you; we can tap into that light before we meet Him in glory and it begins on our knees in prayer. Stay strong to the end and be victorious!

Rev. 22:5

There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

March 9 2017 – Click here to listen

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Actors aren’t real

I think one of the biggest reasons that the church is losing ground is hypocrisy. “Hypocrisy” refers to the act of claiming to believe something but acting in a different manner. The word is derived from the Greek term for “actor” – literally, “one who wears a mask” – in other words, someone who pretends to be what he is not. It is not hypocrisy to teach that certain things such as drunkenness is sin. Now if the person teaching against it gets drunk every weekend, that would make them a hypocrite which in itself is a sin.

Hypocrisy simply destroys the Christian witness. Andrew Carnegie once said, “The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do.” So it is with our Christian witness.

Jesus gave what is known as the Sermon on the Mount and addressed this subject:

“You are like salt for all mankind. But if salt loses its saltiness, there is no way to make it salty again. It has become worthless, so it is thrown out and people trample on it.

“You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl; instead he puts it on the lampstand, where it gives light for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.

Wow – We are the light for the whole world?

Ugh . . . It’s difficult for me to shine brightly sometimes. And I hate it when I do something stupid and it becomes a reflection on Jesus. I used to lecture our employees that when they were out representing out company they should do so professionally. One time a married woman who worked for me went to a convention and went out partying with the other convention goers. She was observed dancing on a table and acting like a fool with several male companions who were also vendors at the show.

The next morning the rest of my staff were at the booth on time and ready to go to work. She came in late wearing a very short dress, unkempt hair and blue sunglasses. It was obvious that she had a hangover. I was waiting for her when she approached the booth and told her between clenched teeth to get those @#%$ sunglasses off her face and proceeded to chew her up one side and down the other. I told her she was a disgrace to my company and told her get out of my booth and sight.

Imagine how it must make God feel for us to represent Him in such a manner. I cannot speak for Him, but I can only envision the dismay and disappointment He must feel upon seeing those non-Christians view our sinful behavior and become disillusioned and turned away from their opportunity to worship Him because of it. I know I don’t want to be the cause of someone not following Jesus because of my poor behavior. I’m sure you feel the same.

Shine brightly today my good friends and rejoice in the Lord who is good ALL the time.

Romans 12:9

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.

March 8 2017 – Click here to listen

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Shut up and fish!

One time when I was living in the Florida Keys I went fishing with one of my friends from church. We were having a blast fishing the deep beautiful ocean and then out of the blue he asked me a very personal question. Our church had been raising money for a new building and an anonymous donor had been matching every dollar the congregation contributed, and it amounted to a rather large sum of money being amassed for the fund. My friend looked at me and came right out and asked me if indeed I was that anonymous donor.

I told him, “Consider if I were the anonymous donor, by the very connotation of the word ‘anonymous’, it would seem logical that I wouldn’t want to blab it all over the congregation, now would I?”

I went on to explain that the Bible instructs us to do our charitable works in secret, not letting the left hand know what the right hand does. I added, “Consider also that the Bible tells us not to lie. Now if in this situation, I was indeed the anonymous donor, I would be damned if I tell you because I am not supposed to trumpet my good works, or damned if I don’t admit to it and lie about it and commit that sin. As my friend, why would you want to put me in such a situation?”

My buddy was looking at me as if wanting more. I went on to say, “I always try to ascertain what Jesus would do when faced with a difficult situation like this one. I would assume that He would say that there are plenty of anonymous donors in our church. Each one of them is just as important as the other. In fact, it may surprise you to know the donor(s) that Jesus values the most are not the ones the congregation might value the most. A big deal is made about the amount of money given in the “matching” program of our church; however, there is an interesting story told by none other than Jesus about a very poor widow lady who put two “mites”, (the equivalent of each coin was approximately one eighth of a cent), into the temple treasury. Others put in larger sums and gave great gifts, but Jesus who observed the people’s giving, told His disciples that her offering was more than all of those who gave to the treasury, because the others gave out of the abundance of their wealth and she gave all that she had to the Lord.

I’m sure the members of the synagogue were plenty excited when some wealthy family put a huge sum into the treasury and everyone made a big deal about it, but Jesus, who sees the heart, treasured the poor widow woman’s contribution far more, and while the congregation exalted the large donors, God exalted the poor widow for her sacrificial donation of a quarter of a cent. You see God does not desire our money; He desires our obedience and love. All the world and all of the treasures within it already belong to Him. He has no need for anyone’s money.

In our church there are people baking cakes, washing cars, mowing lawns, and running miles with sponsors giving money for every mile they run in order to raise money. They did this so we can have a beautiful place to worship and lead others to salvation. Jesus is watching and His appreciation is not determined by the size of the donation, but the size of someone’s heart and love for Him. No one individual is a hero in our church’s building fund program. We all love the Lord with all of our hearts and just want to do what He wants us to do and are giving sacrificially from what we have to give.”

He said, “Well is it you?”

GEEZ! – I finally became agitated. I looked him in the eye and told him to just shut up and fish. Hmmm . . . I don’t think Jesus would have used that one, but it seemed to work.

My buddy remained quiet for about five minutes and then looked at me and stated, “Well if it is you man, I just want you to know that we really appreciate it.”

Arghhh!

Mark 12:43

So He called His disciples to HIMSELF and said to them,
“Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more
than all those who have given to the treasury;
 

for they all put in out of their abundance,
but she out of her poverty put in all that she had,
her whole livelihood.

March 7 2017 – Click here to listen

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Soul sale – $300 bucks

Have you ever wondered where all those protestors are coming from? Every time I watch the news I wonder why these people aren’t working. Then I found out that they ARE working and getting paid a nice sum to protest.

Now the liberal leftist media has launched innumerable articles saying this practice does not exist, while conservative sites say it does and cite public records that prove $33 million was put up by billionaire radical leftist George Soros and distributed to the groups doing the protesting.

Unfortunately, we the public are left to wonder who is telling the truth. Well here is a true story for you. My wife recently told me that her personal trainer at LA Fitness commented that a friend of his tried to get him to go with him to a protest that was to occur downtown Sarasota. He asked his buddy what he was protesting, and he replied that he didn’t know, but it paid $300 for the afternoon. He told the trainer he should go too, but he declined.

The reason he declined was that his mother immigrated from Vietnam and had told him of the harsh life under communism that she faced and he said it was far more horrible than published reports. He feels fortunate that his family escaped and he hates the thought of the United States heading in that direction with socialism as its first step.

Unfortunately, far too many young people have no knowledge of what it is like to live under socialism and communism. One can simply look to the south at Cuba for a first-hand look at it. Cuba has a planned economy dominated by state-run enterprises. Most industries are owned and operated by the government and most of the labor force is employed by the state. Although some self-employment is allowed, the Communist Party formed worker co-operatives and the majority of workers work in them,. The average official salary in Cuba is $25 per month.

Cuba is a one-party communist state that outlaws other political parties. It represses dissent, and the protests that some of our young people are enjoying participating in are prohibited. Additionally they severely restrict freedoms of the press, assembly, speech, religion, and association. They have a system of neighborhood spies that report on their fellow citizens for any activity that goes against the state. There are no fair courts and political dissidents are routinely rounded up and imprisoned under the harshest of conditions.

Censorship is strictly enforced. I wonder how many millennials would appreciate their cell phones being taken away from them or filled with state run propaganda and nothing else.

I lived in Islamorada for 7 years and extensively fished the waters between Cuba and the Florida Keys and witnessed desperate people trying to escape the harsh life in Cuba on flimsy homemade rafts many times. A friend of mine found one man on an inner tube with one flipper trying to navigate the treacherous waters of the gulf stream. He had no water or food and was half dead. Fortunately, the Coast Guard picked him up and saved his life, although in so doing it meant he would be sent back and likely imprisoned under extremely harsh conditions.

The radical left has waged war upon the majority in this country through the decades with ingenious social engineering that has changed everything from movies, music, text books, and television programming which has pushed the mass population further away from the traditional roots where Western civilization began. The pendulum swing has gone so far to the left that equal rights for all has now morphed into anti-Christian, anti-white, anti-traditional, anti-male, and anti-capitalism.

We face powerful advocates who are united, organized, well-financed, smart, passionate, know how to use technology, and have developed a plan that is being brilliantly implemented. Socialists/communists are collective by nature while those of us who are independent free thinkers tend to be… well…independent. The time to unite is now. Though one would never know it from what comes out of academia, Hollywood, and the media, we actually outnumber the anti-faith crowd 7-3. The problem is we are like a bunch of cats in a gymnasium all going our own way with not one herd instinct exhibited.

Protestant Pastor Martin Niemöller included the following in his post-war anti-Nazi lectures.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me —
And there was no one left to speak for me.

We don’t have to go the way of the Germans blindly being led to the slaughter.

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Join the Jesus Alliance and let us be your voice. It costs nothing aside from a moment or two of your time on our website. Sign up and encourage your friends and family to do likewise. The larger our movement, the more the “powers that be” will listen to us.

Alone we cannot achieve much of anything, but together we can move mountains. The verse below talks about 2 or 3 Christians joining together; imagine what could happen if we added a bunch of zeros to the end of those numbers . . .

Matt. 18:19

“Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”

March 6 2017 – Click here to listen

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Just say NO (to naysayers)

Our new book Crazy Like Foxes went up on Amazon yesterday and is already getting great reviews – I encourage you to read it, especially to help get you through these troubling times. The book demonstrates the transformational power of Jesus Christ and shows just what is possible through allowing Jesus to take the lead in your life.

One chapter deals with naysayers. You know the type, they are those negative people who shoot down anything and everything as being doomed to failure. I’ve never understood the mindset of naysayers, but have been exposed to their negativity almost at every turn.

Did you know that every business I ever founded was met with negativity? It might be more understandable in the beginning when I had not demonstrated any success, but even after building multi-million dollar companies I was still met with negativity whenever I had a new idea. I was told I was crazy and I said to myself, yeah I’m crazy alright, CRAZY LIKE A FOX! I was especially targeted when I decided to go fulltime in the ministry with the Jesus Alliance.

Did you ever wonder why they do it?

It reminds me of a college professor who was known on campus for the difficulty of making good grades in the philosophy classes that he taught. He did not conduct one test for entire semester and the final exam was the entire basis of each student’s grade for the semester. Most stayed up far into the night cramming for what they knew would be a very difficult test. When they got to class the exam consisted of one question which the grumpy professor wrote on the whiteboard:

WHY?

The students had one hour to write an essay and when the he told them to begin all of them were writing furiously, except for one student. He scribbled something on his paper, got up and left the room with a defiant look on his face. The others deducted that he just gave up without a fight and was willing to accept a failing grade from the jerk professor.

The next morning the grades were posted and one “A” had been awarded and it was the young man who’d finished the test so quickly. The exams were piled on a table and the other students rifled through them until they found the exam paper of the student who received the “A”.

In response to the question:

WHY?

He had written one word:

“BECAUSE!”

I mean who knows why people have negative mindsets, but they do. Our new book devotes an entire chapter outlining our approach to dealing with the negativity that we all face daily, but it can be summed up by simply not listening to them. I refuse to take advice from someone who is not more successful than me, or at least someone who has accomplished much in their life. I mean who wants to take advice from a failure?

I had breakfast with a very famous man yesterday and he told me he was fasting. Then he went through the breakfast buffet and loaded up with bacon, eggs, toast, fruit, and oatmeal. I laughed and asked him what kind of fast he was observing and that I wanted to get on it. He laughed and said he was fasting from watching the news.

Wow! Great idea. I read this morning where 88% of the coverage of President Trump was negative. Another article indicated that former President Obama and his most trusted adviser Valerie Jarratt are launching a campaign to derail Trump’s presidency. I guess he isn’t content with his failed presidency and now wants to destroy Trump’s efforts to restore sanity to our country. It seems they will continue with their relentless negativity for the next four years.

I pray that President Trump remains strong and doesn’t listen to the naysayers. The same holds true with the rest of us. Get on the “fast” and just don’t listen to the propaganda and fake news . . .

Proverbs 13:20

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

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

March 3 2017 – Click here to listen

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Deathbed-sick perversion

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, another bombshell is dropped. Todd Starnes of Fox News reported that Disney just broadcast their very first gay cartoon kiss. It happened during the second season of “Star vs The Forces of Evil,” a cartoon broadcast on Disney XD. An audience scene shows two guys kissing and a later scene show two ladies sharing an intimate moment.

There’s also word the upcoming live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” will include a gay storyline – between LeFou and Gaston. “LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He’s confused about what he wants,” director Bill Condon told Attitude magazine. “And what better place to discuss human sexuality with your four-year-old than a wholesome Disney movie? It is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie,” Condon added.

Starnes wrote: “It’s unfortunate – that we live in a society where kids can no longer be kids — but that’s the world in which we live. But these days everything is about the LGBTQIA agenda. And when it comes to the entertainment industry, nothing is sacred in its quest to indoctrinate American children. Not even Disney.”

Our country is deathbed-sick regarding homosexual perversion related to children. Did you know there is a concerted effort centered towards sexual child abuse (pedophilia) being classified as a “Sexual Orientation?”

Truth and Action reported: It would seem to be the first step in tolerating the sodomizing of our children! It’s not pedophilia anymore, it’s being a ‘minor-attracted person’.

People can classify themselves as heterosexual, homosexual, asexual, metrosexual. There are endless sexual orientations under the sun, and now, pedophilia can be added to the list.

The American Psychological Association has now drawn a very distinct line between pedophilia and pedophilic disorder. Pedophilia refers to a sexual orientation or profession of sexual preference devoid of consummation, whereas pedophilic disorder is defined as a compulsion and is used in reference to individuals who act on their sexuality.

According to spokesperson and registered sex offender Paul Christiano, the pedophilia-advocacy group is “working towards de-stigmatizing the mental health community.” Christiano explained that negative societal attitudes towards minor-attracted persons “trickle down to policy-making and the mental health community.”

Pushing the agenda has begun. The nation’s tough anti-pedophilia laws are unfair to pedophiles, according to an op-ed published by The New York Times’ editors.

“Margo Kaplan, an entrepreneurial assistant law professor at Rutgers University, and a former lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union stated: “Tragically, the roughly 1 percent of people who are sexually attracted to children must hide their disorder from everyone they know — or risk losing educational and job opportunities, and face the prospect of harassment and even violence,” she wrote.

My goodness my heart goes out to them. Let’s get them a job in children daycare, the Boy Scouts, or teaching elementary school so we don’t upset anyone or damage their rights. GIVE ME A BREAK!

Did you know that beginning on Jan. 1, prostitution by minors became legal in California. Yes, you read that right, Senate Bill 1322, which was signed into law by Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown in September, has gone into effect.

So, teenage girls (and boys) in California are free to have sex in exchange for money without fear of arrest or prosecution – SB1332 bars law enforcement from arresting sex workers who are under the age of 18 for soliciting or engaging in prostitution, or loitering with the intent to do so. The Democrats said they passed this law to protect the innocent children.

Huh?

Chip away – chip away – The Lord only knows what they will come up with next.

My God – My God please hear my cry and plea for forgiveness. Lord please send the Holy Spirit to show us how to protect our children to include those who are unborn from the evil that is enveloping our land.

Isaiah 49:25

For thus says the Lord: “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken, and the prey of the tyrant be rescued, for I will contend with those who contend with you, and I will save your children.

March 2 2017 – Click here to listen

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Luciferian Boo-birds

I was heartened by the reaction to Donald Trump’s excellent address to Congress last night. With few exceptions, the press gave an honest account of the rousing speech and it buoyed the spirits of most anyone watching.

He clearly reached out to Democrats and asked them to join him in repairing the many difficult problems our country is facing ranging from the economy, defense, infrastructure, and social problems.

The only negative of the evening was the hissing, booing, and groans of fervid Democrats. They didn’t stand and applaud much and stood out because Democrat women were dressed in white. From what I garnered this was intended to be an effort to support women’s suffrage rights by dressing in white a symbol of purity. They insist that Trump wants to take away women’s rights, which really means they want to kill unborn children in the womb. Dressing in white for that is an oxymoron and macabre.

People are people and one thing is guaranteed, no President can make everyone happy all the time. The important thing is that Trump was conciliatory and reached out to all sides and asked them to put aside their personal grievances and disagreements and work together for the good of America. At one point, he said we all had the same blood. We are all Americans.

As I mused about this today I began to pray for unity in our country and in the church. I long for the day when believers everywhere will become united. Believers in Christ are His church, Jesus Christ is our leader, and He has prayed for us to be as one.

John 17:21 – . . . that all of them may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I am in You. May they also be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me . . .

Will Democrats work with the President and try to build America into greatness?

Will the church put aside their disagreements and work together?

If unity does occur, great things will be accomplished. I urge you to put aside petty disagreements. Do as the Jesus Alliance has done and adopt the Bill Bright slogan, “If you love Jesus I can work with you.” Don’t sit on the sidelines hissing, booing, and groaning.

Folks the glass is half full, not half empty. Be optimistic; go to the light of Jesus and bask in His warmth of peace, joy, and love. Boo-birds and naysayers accomplish nothing for the Lord and unwillingly work for the master of divisiveness – Lucifer. The Bible teaches that he loves to divide and those who are dedicated to divisiveness are nothing more and nothing less than Luciferian boo-birds!

Eph. 4:12

And it was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for works of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, as we mature to the full measure of the stature of Christ . . .

March 1 2017 – Click here to listen

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Worldwide witch collaboration

Yesterday I wrote about the decadent lifestyle that has overtaken San Francisco. I also pointed out that I believe it is a demonic stronghold. Shortly after posting Words for the Day I attended the National Religious Broadcaster’s convention and as I was riding the shuttle bus to the convention center it was as though a sign of affirmation came from above, when a man on the bus began talking about his home town of . . . you guessed it . . . San Francisco.

He happened to be an evangelist, and though I didn’t mention my post, he added another log to the San Francisco fire as he began telling me that the city has the largest collection of witches of anywhere in the United States, and in fact had schools for shamans, warlocks, witches of Wicca, and his wife piped in that they even have Voo Doo priest training.

The evangelist went on to say that is exactly why he lives there, because he wants to minister to them and try to evangelize them. I remarked that for an evangelist, San Francisco was like knowing where to dig for gold.

You may or may not know that witches the world over are collaborating to call on demonic beings to bring down Donald Trump. While many may downplay this phenomenon as merely a bunch of nutcases, witchcraft is real and has tangible results. A simple Google query for verses on witchcraft in the Bible will confirm that for you.

The Bible repeatedly warns us to stay away from the occult in no uncertain terms. It verifies that it works and cites numerous examples of it working, such as when Moses confronted pharaoh and his sorcerers could turn their staffs into snakes too. In my autobiography, Miracle on Luckie Street I detail my involvement in witchcraft as a warlock and can tell you unequivocally that it works and saw it on many occasions. It takes a lot to scare me, but I don’t mind telling you that one of those experiences scared the heck out of me!

So, it is with much dismay that I observe the anti-faith media giving worldwide coverage to the witches against Trump, including a detailed summary of how to cast a spell. It involves a tarot card, unflattering photo of President Trump, a candle, and chanting certain words. Hundreds of millions of people have been given a witchcraft 101 seminar on how to invoke demonic beings to help them obtain their evil desires.

Ugh! I pray it doesn’t snare millions of inquisitive people to pursue it further.

It is not surprising that Lucifer is going all out in his effort to attempt to regain the leadership of the government as he wants to destroy America. He is utilizing the media, Hollywood and other forms of entertainment, academia, liberal churches, “progressive” politicians and government bureaucracy, corporations, and so on. Satan has been given dominion over this fallen world and we battle powerful forces of evil every day.

God loves us and I believe gave this country a reprieve in the last election due to the unrelenting prayer of the faithful. Think what you want, but the election of Donald Trump was miraculous.

Satan and his demons have been defeated by the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ and we should never doubt it. Eph. 6:12 states: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

We can overcome them through incessant prayer and by putting on the full armor of God every day.

Are you suited up for today’s battle?

The Armor of God

Eph. 6:10

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can make your stand against the devil’s schemes.

February 28 2017 – Click here to listen

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Sodom-Francisco

San Francisco was the birthplace of the hippie movement, the drug revolution, and free love in this country. I know I was there in the Haight-Ashbury district along with hundreds of thousands of other misguided people.

I could have easily died there.

I’ve often thought of those days and actually shudder to think of walking those sin infested streets engaged in the vilest of sins at every waking moment. Surely the Lord’s angels had to hold their noses to watch over me.

The city has not departed from its love of sin as evidenced in part by the below photo and caption of San Francisco’s “finest” that was sent in by a reader.

SFPD

Chief Heather Fong (left), is the first SFPD female, lesbian chief of police.

Theresa Sparks (center), a former male, is president of the San Francisco Police Commission, CEO of a multi-million dollar sex toy retailer, and a transgender woman.

Sgt. Stephan Thorne (right), a former female, is the first transgender male SFPD police officer.

And what police force could operate efficiently without someone to enforce their laws. Fox News reported San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan –  who taught Marxist seminars and helped run the Communist club at UC Berkeley refused to prosecute “victimless” crimes involving drugs and prostitution, saying his focus was on violent crime. The DA’s resistance to taking a hard line against drugs prompted dealers to flood into the city from across the nation, City Journal reported.

It has also resulted in a crime rate of 70 per one thousand residents, San Francisco has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes,” says the data collection site Neighborhood Scout. “One’s chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime there is one in 14. Within California, more than 98% of the communities have a lower crime rate than San Francisco.” Smash-and-grab thefts from locked cars are so common that car repair shops have waiting lists. The city does not want to install surveillance cameras, and its aversion to tougher law enforcement had until recently left its police force at 1980s staffing levels.

Fox also reported in its article that on the hazardous waste side, the city is reporting an increase of syringes and feces sightings at 41 and 39 percent, respectively, over 2015 levels. That’s just an average. The hardest-hit area reported a 77 percent rise in discarded syringes and a 140 percent rise in feces. This problem has resulted in an online map to track human feces on city streets The city spends about $2 million a year on urine and feces cleanup. Not to mention costs associated with public urination that is so widespread it has damaged subway elevators and escalators, building walls and power poles

Despite $9 billion in tourism revenue and $4 billion in tax revenue last year, San Francisco faces a perennial budget deficit in the billions factoring in generous pension costs, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The city, meanwhile, is proposing to spend $5 million on lawyers to defend illegal immigrants against Trump’s push to deport criminals. This doesn’t take into account the tax dollars Trump is threatening to withhold if the city doesn’t comply. “No one here wants to see the Trump administration rip apart our families and deport our neighbors,” Democrat state Rep. David Chiu said.

He says every San Francisco lawmaker is dedicated to solving its problems. “It’s unfair to just say this is a San Francisco thing,”

Chiu said. “These are the same issues across the state and the nation.”

Hmmm . . . Seen any syringes and feces on your city’s streets lately?

Local officials defend their ‘sanctuary’ policies as critical for the thousands of undocumented people who live there. And they contend the city as a whole, with its iconic landmarks and top-notch dining and steep surreal streetscapes shrouded in fog, has not lost its luster.

“San Francisco is a world-class city with tremendous natural beauty and diverse progressive residents,” said Chiu. “We value inclusiveness and innovation, which is why so many social justice movements and tech companies have started here. We must be doing something right when 25 million visitors came last year and our economy is thriving.”

Ugh! I think I’m gonna be sick!

California is such a beautiful state. God’s wonders can be seen literally from one end of it to the other. It’s amazing to me that its inhabitants have turned away from the Lord and exhibited such behavior and yet people still seem mesmerized by it. I believe that parts of California have become powerful demonic strongholds and unfortunately places like Hollywood and Silicon Valley now influence much of the world.

I’m so thankful that I did not die while wading through the sin and mire of San Francisco, New, Orleans, Greenwich Village and other strongholds of evil. Pray for those who are victims of its power and lust.

The church is the answer to transforming places like San Francisco. It may seem beyond repair, but with the Lord, nothing is impossible. There is always hope in Jesus Christ.

Matt. 16:18

 . . . I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

February 27 2017 – Click here to listen

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