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One day at a time

January 19 2018 – Click here to listen

A reader recently wrote that she was struggling mightily from a loss. She has become obsessed with the pain from it all and needs relief.

So, what can make her snap out of it and be happy again?

I’ve suffered devastating losses in my life. At times, it was all I could do to eat, sleep, or otherwise function normally. All I could do is immerse myself in my loss day after day. How did I snap out of it?

God drew close to me and I drew close to Him.

Unfortunately, I am an alcoholic and a drug addict. If I were to drink or take illegal drugs right now, I know it would cause great harm to me, thus I don’t drink alcohol or take drugs. While I didn’t ever go to rehab, AA or NA or similar entity, I am well read on the subject and familiar with how they help millions of people.

There are many programs for various addictions and compulsive behaviors, ranging from Cocaine Anonymous to Debtors Anonymous – From what I’ve seen all use basically the same methodology. I believe parts of their training are also very helpful to utilize when we suffer great pain or even tragedy in our lives.

Most of these organizations begin by having participants admit that they are powerless over the situation and that their lives have become unmanageable. They must come to believe that a Power greater than themselves can and will restore them to sanity and they must decide to turn their will and their lives over to the care of God. They must implement prayer and meditation to improve conscious contact with God, and pray specifically for knowledge of His will for them and the power to carry that out.

In the case of alcoholics and druggies they must also make a searching and fearless moral inventory of themselves. Admit to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. Be entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. Humbly ask Jesus to remove our shortcomings. They should make a list of all persons they have harmed, and become willing to make amends wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. They must continue to take personal inventory daily and when wrong, promptly admit it.

I feel that much of this can be helpful in dealing with the pain of loss. Life is sometimes difficult, but it can be grand. Bad things do happen to people, but so do good things. I experienced two hurricanes, Camille and Katrina. Both storms were dangerous and wicked, but after they passed the bluest tropical sky I’ve ever seen appeared and the danger had passed. I’ve learned to just hunker down and grit my teeth when living through terrible times, keeping in mind that better times are on the way. Like riding out a hurricane, I know that the winds, rain, and devastation will eventually pass, and bluebird skies will once again appear.

I had a friend come by to see me yesterday whose 19-year-old brilliant son committed suicide last year. At the request of my friend I’d spent several hours with his son trying to convince him to turn to God and allow Jesus to help him through the difficult times of drug addiction that he was living through. Later that night his dad called to tell me he had just shot himself. He was praying for him at the time and heard the shot. He and his wife went in and found him right afterwards. I cannot begin to tell you how sad this made me. Not just for my friend and his wife’s loss, but I agonized over what I might have said differently that might have dissuaded him. It was a dark period in my life for a long period of time and it became all I could think about.

Time has passed, and my friend and I are both much better now. We revisited the situation with his son and the suicide death of my brother yesterday. It brought much of it back and was so devastating that even now I can hardly write or talk about it and yesterday we both teared up. I describe it as having a hole in my heart that cannot be repaired.

I suppose God used both incidents to strengthen my character and I’ve accepted it along with the many other tragedies of my life. I have learned to live with it and I take it one day at a time trying to live every minute to the fullest for God. I’m not always successful, but I’m far closer to God than before and that is a good thing.

Interestingly, when people who go through these programs and experience a spiritual awakening as the result of following these programs, they are told by these organizations that they should try to take this message to others, and to practice these principles in all their affairs.

I suppose that is what I’m doing today. I hope that anyone living in pain today will somehow benefit from what I’ve written. The young man who committed suicide mentioned to me that he was disillusioned in God because bad things happen to good people, and even children. To be candid I don’t know why God allows pain and suffering, but I do know that sadness is as much a part of life as happiness. Jesus experienced both tremendous happiness in His life, but He suffered terribly and was sad because of unbelievers. God’s own Son suffered, and we suffer with him. In His last days Jesus looked at all of it in a positive light as the verse below indicates:

Hebrews 12:2

We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

Have a great weekend and go to church this Sunday!

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Don’t bet on the wrong horse!

January 18 2018 – Click here to listen

“The world is ruled by money and not conviction!” The Lord spoke these words to me several years ago. I didn’t know what to make of it at the time, but have since come to understand.

Why do lawmakers who publicly state they are opposed to abortion refuse to vote against defunding Planned Parenthood? They refuse to vote their convictions, because they know many of their donors will make like a ghost and disappear if they vote to put a stop to it, and they need that money to remain in power. Where did their moral and biblical conviction go?

Why do pastors refuse to preach the Gospel as clearly defined in the Bible that marriage should be between a man and a woman, or that abortion is wrong? A Barna survey of 2000 pastors revealed that the most important things to pastors are: Attendance, Giving, Square footage, Number of staff, Number of programs. When asked about hot-button issues like gay marriage and abortion a whopping 93% agreed that Scripture declared such activity to be sinful, and yet when Barna asked how many times they had preached on any of those subjects in the preceding year, a “staggering” 1% stated that preached on it with the average being ONE SERMON in the entire year. As they contemplate their congregation which is divided on these issues – Money rules over their conviction.

Why do people refuse to give to ministries and charity?

Why do businessmen sell to countries who hate us?

Why do rising starlets have sex with a disgusting pig of an old man who is three times
their age?

Why would a deacon cheat on their taxes?

Money, sex, and power are Satan’s trifecta.

The Bible states that the love of money is the root of all evil. It doesn’t say that money is the root of all evil, rather that the love of money is the root. Money can accomplish tremendous good, but it can and does corrupt and doom a soul to eternal damnation.

A plant relies on its root. It is the anchor that holds it in the ground and it supports its need for nutrients and water.

If your root is money, then evil will flourish in your life. If your root is in Christ Jesus, then good will flourish in your life.

Thus, anyone could reasonably conclude that anyone who relies on money as their root, instead of Christ is a fool.

I worked exceedingly hard and rose from being homeless to accumulating millions. Initially I was swayed by the temptations and lured by the material things, and I didn’t always follow my convictions; however, I discovered that money, and all that goes with it, is not anything remotely near to what it is believed up to be by those who don’t have it and desperately want it. God’s trifecta is hope, peace, and joy. Fortunately, I realized that the world is ruled by God and He is my solid anchor and provider.

Satan’s trifecta is a loser on all counts. God’s trifecta is the winner every time by a landslide and will remain that way for all of eternity. Don’t bet on the wrong horse.
There is yet time to trust in Him.

Romans 15:13

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Sweet and sour

January 17 2018 – Click here to listen

I am moving yet one more time and today is the day to clear out the remainder of my furniture from Sarasota Florida. Ugh!

Yesterday I was slammed with tasks and I asked my good friend and webmaster Al Cuneo to reprint and record a Words for the Day from the past; I have nearly 20 years of them in a database.

I don’t know what was going on in my life at the time it was written, but that post he sent out did not reflect my current thinking or state of mind. I even said in the post that I worried, and I haven’t worried about anything in many years. Some of you wrote to pray for me and I appreciate that very much, but I can assure you I am at complete peace and don’t have any worries whatsoever.

It is rare when I repost a Words for the Day, but I do it when I am so inundated that I simply cannot write it, or I’m somewhere where I cannot access the Internet. I know without a doubt that if I call on my friend Al he will come through for me. In fact, if he doesn’t receive my latest entry, both written and recorded, by a certain time, he will begin badgering me with texts, phone calls, and e-mails and annoying me until I respond.

It is sometimes irritating, but on numerous occasions he saves the day because a post won’t transmit because of Internet problems or whatever, and his pestering me forces me to check on it. I believe God put this man in my life to be my friend. He gets up early like me, 3-4 o’clock every morning and sometimes I just call him to see what he’s up to while everyone else sleeps. He is a true friend and I deeply value our friendship and that of his son George.

I’ve found that true friends are hard to find in this world. I sometimes can be cranky, surly, belligerent, and demanding, but the Cuneos seem to take it in stride.

Al is like an old mother hen with his nagging, and he sometime talks over me when I’m trying to explain a project, and it is irritating, but I take it in stride.

It seems the good times and our accomplishments together make it all worthwhile.

I don’t have an overabundance of friends, but I do have my fair share. They make the good times more enjoyable and the tough times more bearable. I urge you to make an effort to nurture your friendships. The rewards are great.

The Bible states in Eccl. 4:9: Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble . . .  A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. This is augmented in Proverbs 27:17 – As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

Remember what the Bible states in that we are better off not being alone. I was alone my entire early life and it is no fun, and it is a tough way to live. The Bible states that “a man who has friends must he himself be friendly.” It also tells us that in order to have friends that we need to overlook the faults of others. We all have faults and idiosyncrasies therefore we cannot expect our friends to always be perfect.

As I was writing this one of my great friends of nine years walked in. My dog Cooper, (Coopie) was wagging his tail and looking up at me with pure love in his big brown eyes. He is not always perfect, but I love him very much. He can be a pain, but I have my moods too. Friends are no different. Friends are just like those sweet and sour recipes, both are necessary to produce something truly magnificent.

I urge you this year to nourish some good friendships and remember if you want friends do as the Bible instructs:

Matthew 7:12

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophet

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Tossing and turning all night

January 16 2018 – Click here to listen

I spent the night tossing and turning and worrying about something that I have absolutely no control over. Isn’t it silly to do such a thing? I woke up this morning still worried about it. Whatever will be, will be in this situation and there is absolutely nothing that I can do to change the situation. Some may say that I should pray to receive what I want. I have prayed but my prayer is for God’s will to be done, not my own. In all honesty I’m worried because God’s will may not coincide with mine in this situation, and I will not get the result that I desire.

Jesus said it is a sin to worry. Why? Because of situations like mine. We should put our complete trust in Him. Worry is evidence that we do not completely trust God to do the right thing for us. His plan for our lives will unfold just as He ordains and He will always do what is best for His beloved children. If I do not receive the desired result in my current situation, then I should just accept it, (cheerfully, and not grudgingly), and move on, knowing that God has all of my best interests at heart. I do believe that God wants us to do everything within our own power to achieve a desired end. However, once that has occurred, the outcome is left up to him. I do not believe for example that you should just pray about an illness and not go to the doctor. God has put excellent medical resources at our disposal and we should take advantage of them. Once that is done however, the rest is up to Him. The same holds true with trying to win a promotion at work, or obtain a job, or secure a big contract. We should work hard and do everything we can to achieve our goals, but after having done our best, if we do not obtain our goal, then we have to believe that it really was not in our best interest and move on. In short we should do our best and leave the rest to God.

Sounds good on paper, but oh how I want to obtain my desired results. The Bible teaches that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us. My lack of faith and trust in God for everything in my life, (worry), comes directly from satan. Worry is sin; Jesus Himself said so. I have decided that prayer is the right answer in my current situation. Not prayer for God to give me what I want, but prayer that God will give me the necessary strength to defeat satan in this current battle with worry. In short I do not want to even think about it, much less worry that it will not unfold exactly the way that I want it to, and that is exactly what I am going to pray for. Prayer is certainly the answer, but it is all in knowing what to pray for in situations like mine. I pray that the will of God be manifested in my life, knowing that the will of God for my life is not worry.
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1 John 2:16-17

For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes,
and the pride of life –  is not of the Father but of the world.
And the world is passing away, and the lust of it;
but he who does
the will of God abides forever.

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Perfection Perplexing

January 15 2018 – Click here to listen

A reader wrote and asked the following question in response to a Words for the Day I wrote a couple of days ago: “I’ve always pondered this, but don’t know where to find the answer: Since we only know about Jesus’s last 3 or so years of his life, how do we know he lived a perfect life? And what exactly is a perfect life? I’m sincerely searching for these answers.”

I replied with the following Scripture verses:

1 Peter 2:22
He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.

1 John 3:5
You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.

2 Corinthians 5:21
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

1 Peter 1:19
But with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.

Hebrews 4:15
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Luke 23:41
And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.

1 Peter 2:24
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

Hebrews 4:14-16
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Romans 5:19
For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.

John 8:46
Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?

Matthew 5:48
You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Isaiah 53:9
And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.

I’m sure this list is not exhaustive, but she should get the drift that the Bible declares over and again that Jesus was perfect and free from any sin.

So, this same lady also asked what is a perfect life?

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines the word perfect like this:

(a) being entirely without fault or defect

(b) satisfying all requirements

(c) corresponding to an ideal standard or abstract concept

Many in the Christian world believe that God requires us to live a sinless, perfect life. This can be depressing, since we know that no matter how much we love God we can’t be sinless. Listen to Paul agonize over it: Romans 7:19 –  I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.

Many, including me, have pondered why Jesus would ask us to be perfect when He knows it’s not possible for us.

I believe the answer is in the translation. The word perfect as used in the Bible is different than Webster’s. According to Strong’s Concordance, it was derived from the Greek term “Teleios,” and is defined this way:

(a) complete in all its parts,

(b) full grown, of full age,

(c) especially of the completeness of Christian character.

The verb tense used in Matthew 5:48 is a future tense form. It is a “shall be” or a “will be.” We can begin to understand when we read Matthew 5:48: Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

So, God already IS perfect, and we SHALL BE perfect –  The question is when?

We will not be perfected until we reach heaven. But right here, right now, we have The Holy Spirit of God living in us who is perfect, and is leading us down the spiritual path to becoming complete and mature in God and performing our intended functions, (living, loving and doing life within the plan that God has laid out for us.)

2 Samuel 22:33 alludes to this –  God is my strength and power, and He makes my
way perfect.

Paul makes it practical for us: Romans 7:21 –  So this is the principle I have discovered: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s Law. But I see another law at work in my body, warring against the law of my mind and holding me captive to the law of sin that dwells within me. But I see another law at work in my body, warring against the law of my mind and holding me captive to the law of sin that dwells within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I serve the law of God, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

No matter what the pious might say, becoming sinless in this lifetime is unattainable. We are forgiven, but not without sin. Yet we are told to work hard to strive to follow the examples set for us by Jesus and become complete in Him and try our utmost to fulfill our intended purpose. If Christ Jesus is in you, you are free. Jesus is the only One who was perfect in every way and without sin, and that is why His death was a satisfactory sacrifice to pay the price for all of humanity’s sins! Romans 8:1 –  Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For in Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

And there you have it my long answer to a short question . . . Hope it makes sense to you.

The Bible is our basis to understanding God’s laws. I urged this lady to read and study the Bible for herself and I do the same for you. Nothing can be more rewarding, and there is no better tool to find our answers and keep us on track.

2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

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How to be patient

January 12 2018 – Click here to listen

I am not known for my patience. Then how could I ever advise anyone about patience you might ask. Easy . . .  there are lots of things that the Bible teaches that we cannot master ourselves, but can still be taught. In fact no person can live up to Gods expectations and patience is one of His expectations. Jesus was the only one who ever lived a perfect life and in order to learn anything we must always go to His example and God’ s holy word the Bible, not ourselves.

I have as one of my goals to increase my patience. Unlike many people I do work on my goals throughout the year, not just in January. So far, I do think I have improved in the area of patience; however I have a long way to go. My plan is to search the Bible for some tips on patience. Not surprisingly I found that the Bible states that patience is produced from the testing of our faith. I am one who is quick to say that I have unswerving faith, but I do not have much patience. Hmmmm . . .  is that a paradox?

I told someone the other day that I know God hears me, and I know that he always answers prayer, but I cannot always hear Him or know His will for my life. This drives me crazy because I earnestly want to follow His will for my life, and without direction I feel like I might be helplessly adrift. I want that straight-forward direction and I want it now. Hmmmm . . . when you think about it, if He has not sent a straight-forward answer, maybe it is because He wants us to patiently wait on Him to lead us. Who am I to give almighty God ultimatums? I can answer that, I am an imperfect servant who wants to please God, but is going about it the wrong way. God is on His timetable, not mine. He will always answer the right answer, in His own time, according to His own plan as to what is best for me. Faith is trusting God to deliver in a time frame that is appropriate. Make sense?

James 3:3

Knowing that the testing of  your faith produces patience.

Have a great weekend and go to church this Sunday!

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It still hurts . . . but less

January 11 2018 – Click here to listen

I am a rabid Georgia Bulldog fan, two of my sons graduated from there and I have supported the Dawgs through thick and thin, and it was heart-breaking to watch them lead the National Championship game until late in the 4th quarter only to lose in overtime. I was beyond sickened.

The Dawgs were shutting them down and we were leading 13-0 at half-time. Then Alabama’s coach Saban changed quarterbacks using Tua Tagovailoa, a backup quarterback behind sophomore Jalen Hurts. When he came in the game I noticed that he had crosses painted under each eye and I knew he was a person of faith, but the Dawgs were my team and I was happy when he initially struggled and allowed us to take possession. I saw him on the sidelines walking with Coach Saban with his arm around him and a big smile on his face. I imagined that he was trying to reassure the frowning coach that things would be all right.

As it turned out things were more than all right as Tagovailoa went on to complete 14 of 24 passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns in the second half. Georgia tied it up and it went into overtime. We got the ball and made a field goal, but Tagovailoa threw a 41-yard touchdown pass in overtime to another freshman, DeVonta Smith. With that throw they were the National Champions and the mighty Dawgs went down to defeat. I was crushed, disgusted, sickened, and madder than a wet hen.

But as though God was supplying salve to a wound in the post-game interview Tua Tagovailoa wasn’t hesitant to give God the credit.

“First and foremost, I’d like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ . . . All glory goes to God. I can’t describe what He has done for me and my family. Who would’ve ever thought I would have been here at this moment.

“I was praying,” Tagovailoa says. “I was speaking in tongues. It kept me calm.”

He continued: “I would say my poise comes from my faith. I just pray for peace.”

Hmmm . . . It took some of the sting away from losing to hear this young man say on national television, on liberally biased ESPN no less, that the Lord deserved the credit. Prognosticators are already predicting that he will win the National Championship again in 2018, and to that I say poppycock. The Dawgs hopefully will dethrone them, but I do wish this young man of God the very best, right up until they play Georgia, and then man of god or not the gloves will come off and the Dawgs owe them a whuppin’.

Tagovailoa’s Twitter bio contains this this comment: HIM BEFORE ME accompanied by this verse:

1 Corinthians 2:9

“But as it is written, ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.'”

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Light it up

January 10 2018 – Click here to listen

Yesterday I received a response to my post Truth or Consequences and the person asked that I unsubscribe him and then added: “BTW – People like you are why I’m not a Christian.”

I responded: “ . . . Be happy to remove you. The word of God is . . . well, the word of God. If you don’t like God’s laws, then I suppose you can just make up your own and set yourself up as a god who makes laws for all creation. Don’t know what you have created or special knowledge that you have that enables you to discern that God’s laws are wrong and you are right, but it sounds like you are convinced. I hate to see you suffer the consequences of rejecting Christ’s sacrifice for your sin in not becoming a Christian, but that is definitely your choice.”

In the last two decades that I’ve been writing Words for the Day five days per week, I’ve received plenty of letters like this one. Many people disagree with me, but one thing sure, I invariably reference my musings to the Bible. Others might disagree that my interpretation is correct and that is their right; I don’t take it personally.

As for the particular post that this guy disliked, I stand by it 100%. According to the Bible homosexuality is a sin. Society can welcome it with open arms and attend all the same sex marriages they have time to attend; however according to the Bible, it remains a sin regardless of what anyone thinks. The same is true for witchcraft, Satan worship, and the occult. The Bible tells us that it is sinful and dangerous, and we should avoid it. So, when the folks who own Diet Dr. Pepper and Taco Bell, promote it is a norm of society to our nation and its children, in my estimation it is wrong. People will suffer from those sins as they will with all sins.

In the Gospel of Mark 4:11 – Jesus explained the disbelief phenomenon to the disciples: “You are permitted to know some truths about the Kingdom of God that are hidden to those outside the Kingdom. Though they see and hear, they will not understand or turn to God, or be forgiven their sins.”

Later in the chapter He explained the Parable of the Sower. This was about a farmer who planted seed and some of it fell on hard ground representing the hard hearts of some of those who hear God’s message and summarily reject it. Some seed fell on rocky soil representing those whose hearts initially received it with joy, but didn’t have deep roots and when faced with persecution wilted. Then Jesus mentioned that some fell on thorny ground representing those who receive the good news, but the attractions of this world and the delights of wealth and search for success and lure of nice things come in and crowding out God’s message.

Finally, He spoke of the seed that fell on good soil representing those who truly accept God’s message and produce a plentiful harvest for God.

Then He offers a final analogy in verse 21 when He asks them: “When someone lights a lamp, does he put a box over it to shut out the light? He answered His own question by saying: Of course not! The light couldn’t be seen or used. A lamp is placed on a stand to shine and be useful . . .

Interestingly later in the chapter Mark states: “He used many such illustrations to teach the people as much as they were ready to understand.

My takeaways from all of this: When our “lamp is lit” and we become followers of Christ, we are to share the Gospel of Christ at every opportunity fully realizing that not everyone is going to embrace the good news of Jesus Christ and become a Christian. Some will be hard and summarily reject it; some will receive it but almost immediately fade away and go back to their old ways; and others will bend to the lusts of the world and society. But one group will truly accept God’s message and once redeemed will produce a bountiful harvest for God 30, 60, or even 100 times as much as was planted in their hearts.

I want to encourage you not to be discouraged by those like the fellow who sent me the angry response. My prayer for him is that others will witness to him too until he is
“ready to understand.” We all sin and violate God’s laws in some manner. Christians are no different than non-Christians, in that regard. All of humanity sins. What differentiates us from non-Christians is that we acknowledge our sins and that Jesus Christ died as punishment for them and rose again and now we who have trusted in Him have been forgiven.

My heart goes out to those who are not covered by the blood of Christ. They have violated laws that have been established by God Almighty. We have all broken them and continue to break them, but woe to those who have rejected Christ and have not been forgiven of breaking them and consequently must face Almighty God alone to receive judgement for them. The Bible declares the punishment for this: “The wages of sin are death,” and that sentence is spiritual, and thus, everlasting . . .

Hopefully your lamp has been lit. I urge you NOT to hide it and become a closet Christian, but to SHARE the Gospel regardless of whether people hate you for it. (John 15:18 – “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first.)”

You are in the best of company when that occurs my good friends and when those seeds that you plant fall on good soil just imagine the joy in heaven.

Luke 15:10

In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”.

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Truth or consequences

January 9 2018 – Click here to listen

I was watching television commercials played on the National Championship game last night. The first was about a miniature sized, overtly homosexual guy dressed in tights who was attempting to sing in a falsetto voice and twirling around in an effeminate way in an effort to promote Diet Dr. Pepper. That ad was followed by a commercial for Taco Bell that depicted Taco Bell as “Belluminati” referencing the 1000-year-old darkest form of Satanism, Illuminati with dark imaging used by Illuminati worldwide.

Ugh! I am weary of this type of thing being shoved down our throats by major companies and I want to rebel by boycotting their products. But it’s rapidly becoming the norm and if it continues soon I suppose I’d be living alone in the wilderness dressed in woven camel hair and eating locust and wild honey and perhaps a Chic Filet sandwich now and then.

I’m curious as to how an advertising company can convince an otherwise sane corporate leader to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to run ads like this garbage. The CDC reports that 2 ½ % of our population is homosexual and I would imagine Satan worshippers are a smaller percentage than that. So, the question looms, with such a tiny fragment of our population that is of that persuasion, why would ad after ad with similar themes promoted by major companies be run?

Is it an effort to convince society that these activities are the norm and should be accepted?

Uh – yeah!

Well folks, no matter how much some might want to embrace this junk, be it in the name of love or being politically correct or whatever, the Bible remains the same. It simply states that it is sin and we should refrain from it. I’m sure that Hollywood and other champions of the right is wrong – wrong is right crowd loves every minute of these commercials, but they make me want to barf.

Some would tell me to chill out, that it’s harmless and just good fun. I disagree. Our society and, our youngsters in particular, are being targeted and indoctrinated faster than anyone imagines. Acceptance of marriage between two men or two women (or more) is approved by 72% of the population as opposed to 25% just a decade or so ago. So, our society and for that matter the world may consider it fashionable, but God who created the world and everything in it, states unequivocally that it is sin.

Sin has consequences. Take for example, the transgender fad made so popular these days by former Olympic star Bruce Jenner. The suicide rate for transgenders is 41 percent, which vastly exceeds the 4.6 percent statistic of the overall U.S. population. That’s almost half the transgender folks out there, and yet now arrives a new television show depicting an otherwise normal family with a young boy dressed as a girl who is dealing with feelings of wanting to be a girl instead of a boy. The light-hearted show obviously encourages others to enter a dangerous spiral of death and unhappiness.

Satan wants to destroy us. He deceives us into thinking sinful behavior is fun, but in the end, it results in heartbreak. God established laws because He loves us. He knows all too well the consequences of breaking them, and we would do well to look beyond the glitter of Hollywood and the glitzy advertising of Madison Avenue.

The Bible says that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). This not only refers to physical death, but to eternal separation from God in hell: “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2). This is the foremost consequence of man’s rebellion against God.

God is crying out to us to listen. Paul made it abundantly clear that sin has consequences: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6:7). Paul then describes the end of those who indulge in sinful behavior:

Galatians 6:8

“The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction”

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Away with the ugly – In with the beautiful

January 8 2018 – Click here to listen

I go through a ritual in the mornings, whereby the first thing I do, after prayer, is read the news. This process used to take an hour and a half, because I review several newspapers and news websites viewing both liberal and conservative viewpoints in an effort to obtain some truth and understanding of what is going on in the world daily.

Today it took about ten minutes. Why? Because the news is not what is being presented. The right and left are presenting opposite levels of hate mongering propaganda. There is no substance and I categorize it as nonsensical drivel and useless garbage.

Our culture seems to thrive on gossip. Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood. Ugh! Scientologists, sex, and sleaze are the news of the day, not the protests in Iran, the threat of war with North Korea, or our booming economy.

Now enters New York liberal Michael Wolff, who has released a gossip laced book, Fire and Fury, in which he portrays Trump as being mentally unstable. He has claimed that this book “will finally end his presidency.”

Now that’s a chilling thought! Especially when he has admitted that he is loose with the truth and cannot substantiate that the claims made in the book were actually true. In fact, he has been denounced even by former Obama administration officials and others as being a congenital liar. But truth doesn’t matter to the liberal media when the goal is to attack and discredit this President.

By most accounts Trump has accomplished more in one year than Bush and Obama did in their entire presidencies. Unemployment is down, the stock market is record high, consumer confidence is at an all-time high, our decimated defense is on the mend, regulations have been cut, good judges are being appointed, food stamp recipients have been vastly lowered, more blacks employed, reduced tax bill passed, ISIS destroyed; the list is quite impressive to all but the most partisan. It is obvious that self-made billionaire Trump is brilliant.

And yet the media, socialists, liberals, deep state, establishment politicians, Hollywood elite, and the former ruling elite make it sound like the sky is falling.

Don’t think for a minute that these people don’t hate God and God-fearing people too. Actually, Trump has been steadily reducing the persecution of Christians in several areas too. That is one reason even some of the most pious among us, who abhor his crude abrasive style, support him.

All of this reminds me of a verse Psalm 2:1 – Why do the heathens rage and the peoples plot in vain? Why do they waste their time with futile plans? The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the LORD and against his anointed one.

Matthew Henry wrote about this in his commentary. I’ve edited it down a little due to space limitations:

Here we are told who would appear as adversaries to Christ. As this world is the kingdom of Satan, unconverted men, of every rank, party, and character, are stirred up by him to oppose the cause of God. But the rulers of the earth generally have been most active.

The truths of Christianity are against ambitious projects and worldly lusts. We are told their goals in this passage. They would break asunder the bands of conscience, and the cords of God’s commandments; they will not receive, but cast them away as far as they can.

These enemies can show no good cause for opposing so just and holy a government, which, if received by all, would bring a heaven upon earth. They can hope for no success in so opposing so powerful a kingdom. The Lord Jesus has all power both in heaven and in earth, and is Head over all things to the church, notwithstanding the restless endeavors of his enemies. Christ’s throne is set up in his church, that is, in the hearts of all believers.

I’ve said many times I believe that God installed Trump as President because He knew that he could get this country headed in the right direction. Lesser men would have wilted like a daisy in the hot sun when subjected to the unprecedented attacks on him and his family. He is tough and seemingly oblivious to relentless negative attacks and is the right man for the job just like the pagan Cyrus was the right man to restore Israel.

Whatever! I say let the heathen rage.

One time my wife and I decided it would be cool to take a train from Calgary Alberta to Victoria in British Columbia. Parts of it were spectacular, but then we would go through nasty freight yards and some of the slummiest areas one could imagine. Finally, we arrived in Victoria which is absolutely stunning in its beauty and splendor.

I imagine that trip as being akin to believers in Christ riding a long train that is running its course through life. Parts of the journey are beautiful, but indeed parts are ugly and slummy.

As we wind through this life, we must strive to remember that God is in complete control, and our ultimate destination is worth the ride, He is the conductor and His love train’s final destination is filled with beauty and splendor that cannot be described with mere words and will last forever.

The key verse above is: Why do they waste their time with futile plans?

Hmmm . . . That’s their problem, I’m going to get my mind right and enjoy a little of God’s kingdom right here on earth. In order to do that I have to put the ugly parts of life out of mind and focus on the beautiful. If we look for it we will find it.

As soon as this weather breaks I’m heading out to that blue ocean where I will do battle with a few sailfish. It’s one beautiful part of God’s train of life.

All aboard!

Phil. 4:8  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.

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You don’t have to lose the Temptation War

January 5 2018 – Click here to listen

I find myself rarely agreeing with what the current Pope has to say about things, these days, but in a recent television interview he said, “The Devil is more intelligent than mere mortals and should never be argued with, Satan is not a metaphor or a nebulous concept but a real person armed with dark powers. He went on to say, “I’m convinced that one must never converse with Satan – if you do that, you’ll be lost. He’s more intelligent than us, and he’ll turn you upside down, he’ll make your head spin. He always pretends to be polite – he does it with priests, with bishops. That’s how he enters your mind.”

Now that I agree with!

Spiritual warfare is fought in the mind for the most part, and on the surface, it would seem that we are outmatched by superior intellect and dark powers and thus are doomed to losing the war. But, the Bible tells us how to win; we are not to fight the battle alone.

As Jesus was preparing to be arrested and carried away to trial on trumped up charges, He said to His disciples in Matthew 26:41 – “Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For the spirit indeed is willing, but how weak the body is!” Regardless of His warning they kept falling asleep instead of praying and calling on the Lord and as a result deserted Jesus in a panic when the mob came to arrest Him. They lost the war because they relied on themselves alone to combat a superior force.

Paul wrote to the Romans in 7:14 about this same phenomenon: “We know that the law is spiritual; but I am carnal, sold under sin. I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.

Skip down to verse 21 and he states: So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.

Hmmm… Think about that for a second. The Apostle Paul states that is a LAW that whenever we wish to do the right thing, evil lies close at hand. Evil is always lurking and trying to stop us from doing the right thing.

So how do we avoid acting upon inevitable temptation?

Paul asked the same question: Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?

Paul answered himself in Chapter 8 when he delivered essentially the same message that Christ did: the spirit is willing, the spirit is eager, and a spirit that has been quickened by God’s Holy Spirit, can overcome every temptation!

8:2 the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death

8:9 But you are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you

8:9, 11 the Spirit of God dwells in you

8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death.

The Pope also stated the following: “But it ends badly if you don’t realize what is happening in time. We should tell him, ‘go away’. “He is evil, he’s not like mist. He’s not a diffuse thing, he is a person.”

Obama would never refer to Jihadi terrorists as terrorists. Deservedly he was harshly criticized for not identifying our enemies so the world would clearly know who our enemies were.  The same logic holds true here. Satan is our enemy. Tell him to go away and do so by invoking the mighty name of Jesus. He is terrified of that name. When tempted, do as Jesus suggested, pray! Ask the Holy Spirit to keep you strong, invoke Him to assist in repelling our common enemy.

You don’t have to lose the Temptation War.

1 Corinthians 10:13,

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

Have a great weekend and go to church this Sunday!

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Will you be in charge?

January 4 2018 – Click here to listen

Recently the Jesus Alliance received a small grant completely unsolicited from a foundation. In fact, I’d never even heard of them. Though it was not a large amount of money, it was greatly needed and appreciated as are all donations. A letter came with check enclosed; it wasn’t printed on fancy letterhead and appeared to be hand crafted. The letter read that larger grants were available and if I would like to apply for one go to their website address. The biggest need of the Jesus Alliance is funding, so I immediately went to it.

There I read about the life of the Godly man, now deceased, who setup the foundation. As I looked at his photograph one could readily see the love of Christ in his smiling face. He looked kind and gentle, but it was obvious that he was a gentle giant, because he earned the silver star in heroic action in World War II.

His life was an inspiration and overflowing with great achievements. The site described his highly successful career and various businesses and investments in detail and it was impressive. He was honored to be named one of the 10 most powerful and influential citizens of the large city in which he lived. He received numerous other awards for his civic and charitable endeavors and accomplishments.

The site said he loved people and the Lord and serving them. He was a deacon, elder and trustee at his Church. He was known to many as “Mr. Salvation Army” because of his involvement on its local, regional, and national boards. He supported and encouraged many ministries and countless individuals as well.

I was impressed! What impressed me the most however, was what he considered to be the “pinnacle of his life,” setting up his non-profit foundation. The foundation site stated that he created it “not as a philanthropic or humanitarian foundation . . . but strictly as a foundation to further Christ’s work as described in the New Testament.”

He has left a lasting legacy of generosity and love for the Lord and I pray it will remain strong!

A couple of days ago I had a long discussion with a lady whom I sat next to at a banquet last year. For the life of me I cannot remember speaking to her, but she remembered me and knew pretty much my life story. She asked numerous questions about what I believe the Bible has to say about judgment and the end of the world. She seemed to think it is imminent and she and her husband are preparing for chaotic times by selecting a remote site to ride out the storm.

I’m in deep study of the book of Matthew right now and I’m going to e-mail her a passage that might interest her. Chapters 24-25 detail what Jesus had to say about how we will know when His return is imminent. It is fascinating to read and compare the comments of Jesus to world events today, but the verse that stuck in my mind this morning is Matthew 24:26 – Blessings on you if I return and find you faithfully doing your work. I will put such faithful ones in charge of everything I own.

So, my advice to this nice lady is not to worry about when Christ will return, or if the world as we know it will fall under judgment, or even when she might get called home to glory. My advice is to think like the gentleman who worked tirelessly to help everyone he could and setup a foundation for the singular purpose of “furthering Christ’s work.”

I don’t worry even one minute about the end of the world or dying. In fact, I don’t ever worry about anything. Many of you probably don’t believe that, but I have tremendous faith and trust the Lord and am resolved to just go with the flow through the bad and
good times of this short life. I’m prepared to grit my teeth and hunker down through the dark times, and to smile widely during the good times knowing that both are an intrinsic part of life.

My thoughts are focused on finishing well and hearing the Lord say to me as He did in Matthew 25:21 – ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

I consider the man who setup the foundation that posthumously helped the Jesus Alliance to be a friend and brother in Christ. I look forward to telling him thank you in heaven. I imagine he will hear thank you many times from others throughout eternity.

You might be thinking this is all well and good, but I don’t have the finances to setup a foundation. This isn’t about money. It is about using whatever resources you have to further the work of Christ. Jesus offered a few examples below. Pray about it.

Matthew 25:34

Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat,

I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink,

I was a stranger and you took Me in,

I was naked and you clothed Me,

I was sick and you looked after Me,

I was in prison and you visited Me.’ . . .

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Love, talk, conviction, no worries

January 3 2018 – Click here to listen

I finally saw something on the news and Twitter worth writing about. This article was written by Fox 29 Philadelphia | Fox News

Before his season was ended by a knee injury, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was making news for his playmaking ability.

Tuesday, the MVP candidate made headlines with his response to a Twitter user who was critical of a hunting photo he posted to wish one of his dogs a happy birthday.

“Happy 5th Birthday to Mama Henley! We’ve been through a lot in 5 years. Best dog and hunting buddy I could ask for!”

Wentz, known to be an avid hunter, took to Twitter late Monday night to wish his dog, Henley, a Happy 5th Birthday. In his tweet he included a photo of the dog when she was a puppy, and a photo of her standing over several geese following an apparently successful day of hunting.

One follower responded to Wentz’s tweet saying in part, “As a friend I wanted to quickly highlight that a man in your influential position might cause offence (sic) through the posting of your first picture. I support its sentiment however the context and content of the pic could offend.”

Wentz then shared that user’s tweet and included his response to the user’s claim the photo could be offensive.

“Appreciate that, but offensive and controversial? Two of the main things I tweet about are Jesus and hunting. That’s what I’m passionate about and that won’t ever change! When you love something, you talk about it! Stay convicted about it and don’t worry what others think!”

I say bravo! I’m now one of his biggest fans. If only more Christians would be so bold. He didn’t take the guy’s head off with his response, but made it clear what he stands for in a loving Christ-like way. Very cool . . .

Being politically correct is cowardly. Rise up! Stand for something!

And remember, “When you love something, you talk about it! Stay convicted about it and don’t worry what others think!”

Eph. 4:15

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

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Good Grace and Opportunity

January 2 2018 – Click here to listen

I was praying yesterday, and asking God to forgive my mistakes of last year and to give me a quiet spirit of peace and determination to do better this year. I received a feeling of comfort about it and felt His warm loving Spirit engulf me and remind me of something that I often say, but perhaps don’t think about enough.

God does not hold grudges. When we pray and ask Him for forgiveness, He forgives our sins and remembers them no more. Hebrews 8:12 – For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

The blood of Christ spilled on the cross provided a worthy sacrifice which resulted in full remission of our sins, so that God could remember our sins no more without compromising the perfect requirements of His law. Those who trust in our Savior and have faith will be cleansed of our sins and receive a full pardon that prevents judgment because of them. It also opens a wide door to all spiritual blessings.

Unpardoned sin on the other hand, hinders mercy, and pulls down judgments upon those who trust in all of the vanities of the world and one day will vanish away, and leave those who rejected the Savior miserable forever.

The spiritual father of my good friend Daniel Yaw Akuoko from Ghana Africa died a couple of years ago and he asked me to take his place. I agreed, and we often correspond. I received this letter from him yesterday:

“Dear Papa

New year has come. New is new. Only God can create new things. Only God can help us not to consider old things. What a loving Father we have.

Is. 43:18-19 – ‘Do not remember the former things. Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert’

This is good, grace and opportunity God is giving us. This is love from God. Let us be encouraged.

Love greetings from Ghana, Africa.

Daniel”

“Good grace and opportunity” just about sums it up. I don’t know about you, but I’m greatly encouraged by this and look forward to good grace and opportunity in 2018. My sins of last year and all the years before having been forgiven and forgotten by God, and remembered no more. I can look to the upcoming year with confidence and hope, knowing God will offer many spiritual blessings this year as I do my part and try harder to follow His Holy Word the Bible.

Rev. 21:5

And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.”

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Remember and resist

January 1 2018 – Click here to listen

Many this morning are nursing a bad hangover which has left them with a terrible taste in their mouth, upset stomach, headache, and maybe some regrets about their conduct last night. I know all too well what results from excessive drinking, because I did it for decades.

This morning I was trying to remember what it feels like to get drunk and I’ll be darned if I can. I recall feeling good for a while, but I remember the ill effects more. I guess I have reached a point whereby I have absolutely no desire to drink. I never thought I would see this day, but I’m glad it is here.

Praise God!

I was surprised many years ago to learn that drinking is a depressant. Although classified as a depressant, the amount of alcohol consumed determines the type of effect. Most people drink for the stimulant effect, such as a beer or glass of wine taken to “loosen up.” But if a person consumes more than the body can handle, they then experience alcohol’s depressant effect.

I always drank more than just a single beer or glass of wine and thus ended up experiencing the depressant effect. I don’t want to be depressed and have not met anyone who does. So, the question looms, Why drink to excess?

The Bible is clear that drinking is not a sin. Drinking to excess is a sin. When we built Honey Lake Resort, we applied for a license to sell alcohol. We conducted many events such as wedding receptions, corporate meetings, and the like, and serving alcohol was a prerequisite for most any hospitality industry gathering.

I figured I was on safe biblical ground when considering serving alcohol since the first miracle performed by Jesus was turning water into wine at a wedding reception.

One day I was asked to speak at a local church and afterwards as I walked back to my car, a short little lady came running across the parking lot as fast as her little legs would carry her. Her rotund face was beet red from running and she had trouble catching her breath, but nonetheless she began berating me up one side and down the other.

She could not understand how someone “like me” who had personally experienced the ravages of alcohol as an alcoholic could sell it. I tried to reason with her, but she only got louder.

Finally, I looked at her and asked a question, “Do you think that overeating – gluttony – is a sin?”

To say that she was on the heavy side would be an understatement, as she was borderline obese and obviously was in love with the fork, and she replied, “Well, yes.”

I asked if she thought that maybe since many folks in the United States have a problem with overeating that perhaps I shouldn’t have had a restaurant at the resort either.

Her brow wrinkled as she thought about that. Then I asked if she thought I should have sold computers in my last company; after all, 52% of the population watches pornography on the Internet via computer.

She gave me a go to you know where look and turned on her heel and walked away.

I do understand her point. If there was no availability, there would be no temptation with committing sin; however, the reality of this life makes it impossible to remove all temptation from life. I’m not saying that I think anything should go, and people should be left to do whatever they want – I don’t believe that. Certain laws must be strictly enforced such as those created to combat illegal drugs, child pornography, driving while drunk, etc. that result in destruction of lives and property

But to say that no one may have a glass of wine at a wedding is not what God intended. If you cannot limit your drinking only to a moderate amount, then you must resist the urge like I do.

The Garden of Eden was not devoid of temptation to sin and neither is this planet today. To succeed in this life we must resist, (James 4:7 – Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.)

And we must use our brains to realize that over-indulging in most anything is not good for us. Proverbs 23:21 – For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags. We should be guided by the Bible and thus it would pay to read it – (An excellent idea for a New Year’s resolution.)

But for now, if you haven’t read the Bible or studied it that much, just keep in mind a Christian is indwelled by the Holy Spirit – God Himself. Our bodies serve as temples and should be used to glorify God. Thus, it makes perfect sense to avoid things that will harm it. (Fodder for another New Year’s resolution – a sensible diet and regular exercise.)

Happy New Years everyone and I hope if you have a hangover that you will soon recover, but the next time you are tempted you will remember how you felt this New Year’s day and resist.

1 Cor. 6:13

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.  

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Who is that guy?

December 29 2017 – Click here to listen

I was reading this morning that Donald Trump has the exact same poll numbers that former President Obama had at this same point in his presidency. To me that is truly remarkable considering the enormity of negative press he has received, which in mainstream media is up to a whopping 95%. Likewise, he has been relentlessly bashed by celebrities, Republican and Democrat establishment, deep state, and liberals of every stripe.

I remember the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The tale was about a couple of highly successful bank robbers, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and their infamous Hole in the Wall Gang. Butch and Sundance were played by actors Paul Newman and Robert Redford. The Pinkerton company who insured the banks got sick of them robbing them, and eventually sent a posse led by “always-got-his man” marshal Joe Lefors, and a native American tracker called Lord Baltimore.

When this posse got on their trail, they were relentless and good, really good. And no matter how hard they tried to elude the posse, it would suddenly appear on the horizon in hot pursuit of Butch and Sundance.

The famous line I remember was when they did everything they could to hide their tracks, they would think they lost them when invariably they would yet again see the posse coming at full gallop. As they looked down on them from high up in the mountains, in total exasperation they would look at each other and ask: “Who are those guys?”

I suppose it is truly driving those who oppose Trump bonkers that he is not only surviving but thriving and I would imagine that they are asking themselves, “Who is this guy?”

Actually, this phenomenon began when he first ran for office. No one thought he had a snowball’s chance. Jeb Bush had establishment money approaching a billion bucks and was the early favorite, but went down in flames, and the same was true with Hillary with the billion she spent.

It seems most everyone has lied about him, made up stories, spent millions trying to destroy him, launched lawsuit after lawsuit, and yet he is just as popular as their most admired president Barrack Hussein Obama. His plans for this country are systematically being carried out no matter how negative the press makes things sound. Here is a short list of some of his major accomplishments:

1) He got conservative judge Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court.

2) The stock market is at an all-time high.

3) Consumer confidence is at an all-time high.

4) He created more than a million jobs by undoing Obama’s regulations.

5) Mortgage applications for new homes is at a 7-year high.

6) Unemployment rate is at a 16-year low.

7) Signed the promoting women in entrepreneurship act.

8) Gutted 800 Obama era regulations thus freeing up companies to hire again and get the economy moving.

9) Ended the war on coal and caused a new mine for coal mining to open that will mine clean coal. He also put the miners back to work.

10) Weakened Dodd-Frank regulations.

11) Promoted buying and hiring American worldwide.

12) Investments from major businesses such as Foxconn, Ford, Toyota, Intel and others are building here now.

13) Reduced illegal immigration by over 70%.

14) Got the tax cut passed

15) Eliminated the mandate tax in Obamacare

16) Annihilated the Isis caliphate by allowing military to conduct the war

17) Food stamps at 17 year low

For a more complete list of 170 accomplishments go to:

http://www.wnd.com/2017/11/4621979/

Who is this guy?

He is one tough cookie that doesn’t allow the naysayers to stop him. He is brash, arrogant, brilliant, crude, a baby Christian and someone God has given us to lead this country and an unlikely person that God is using to reign in those who want a Godless socialist government.

Like him or not you have to admit he is making his mark on the entire world . . .

Sometimes God uses the exact opposite of what we would deem to be the man for the job. Trump is the right person for this thankless job. He doesn’t need to have his family drug through the mud, personal attacks, death threats, and so on. He does it because he knows he can make a difference in this country and I admire him for it. Not many if any could hold up to it. The value society places on people makes no difference to the Lord. In fact, it seems that God would rather use very common, even the despised, people to make a difference in this world.

Why?

Hmmm . . . For one thing God uses unlikely people to humble arrogant people:

Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.

God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD.” 1 Corinthians 1:26

Another reason is to demonstrate that power comes from God and not man. Consider the example of Moses. God didn’t use Moses when he was a prince of Egypt, but when he was a nomadic shepherd. More often than not God has used the poor, sinful, and abused. God uses the unlikeliest people like Trump to confound the world.

David was an adulterer and murderer, and yet Jesus descended from his bloodline. The Apostle Paul was a murderer of Christians, but God used him to evangelize the Gentiles. Society would have rejected these people outright as they did Jesus who was born in a stable and laid in a manger. He was put to death by the “in” crowd within that society. But the grave could not contain Him and He arose to forever change the world. Merry Christmas – Oh yeah Trump made that permissible to say once again. . .  LOL

Corinthians 1:20

So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense.

But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.

Have a great weekend and go to church this Sunday!

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Love like a dog

December 28 2017 – Click here to listen

I have the nasty habit of looking back at my past and wishing I had not made so many mistakes in life.

If I only had it all to do over again . . .

I reviewed 2017 as part of the process of setting my goals for 2018. As I always do, I first tried to determine what I did right and what I did wrong in 2017. Instinctively I began lamenting the mistakes of 2017. Then I abruptly told myself, “Forget about 2017 and start thinking about 2018 right now.”

I have a brand new year ahead of me and it is a virtual clean slate. All I need to do is to keep in mind the two greatest commands as defined by none other than Jesus in every project that I undertake and I’m sure to do better.

“Teacher, which commandment is the greatest in the Law?” Jesus declared, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matt. 22:37

This is not to say there are no other important commandments; there are! But it is to say that if we observe these two, the rest will fall into place. It is not complicated. God should always be our number one priority. Family, career and health in my opinion should be on equal footing but below God. I often receive criticism for putting career and health on the same level as family; however, without a career I cannot take care of my family, nor can I contribute financially to the Kingdom of God, and if my health fails I cannot serve God, family, friends, acquaintances and complete strangers to whom I witness.

Some might ask, “Where does self-love come in?”

Matthew Henry wrote: “There is a self-love which is corrupt, and the root of the greatest sins, and it must be put off and mortified; but there is a self-love which is the rule of the greatest duty: we must have a due concern for the welfare of our own souls and bodies. And we must love our neighbor as truly and sincerely as we love ourselves; in many cases we must deny ourselves for the good of others.”

Everything else, friends, hobbies, etc. falls according to those priorities and thus goal setting is simplified. So, as I look ahead to 2018 I’m excited at the opportunities ahead to serve the Lord and my neighbors.

I still must work hard to avoid listening to Satan because right after I read that greatest command passage this morning I mused that I need to ensure that when I buy my next house to move into a conservative Republican neighborhood far away from liberal Democrat neighbors who advocate everything I abhor. It would be much easier to love my neighbors under those circumstances I grinned.

Hmmm . . .  I don’t suppose the “neighbors” God refers to are those who share my viewpoint.

Well no one said it would be easy. I guess the important thing is to realize that our past does not have to dictate our future. I think self-improvement necessitates learning from and eliminating past mistakes.

The key word in this equation is love. Godly love is unconditional in nature. No matter how big of a reprobate someone might be they can be assured that God loves them. This is contrary to human flesh that wants to love conditionally. i.e. If you love me I love you – If you hate me I hate you . . .

I get angry at my little dog Coopie on the rare occasion that he makes a mistake, but I still love him. He seems to love me all the time even if I make a mistake. Perhaps we should love like Coopie? I suppose if I can do it for a dog I can do it for those segments of humankind that I am not too keen on.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”

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Hilariously funny – Or is it?

December 27 2017 – Click here to listen

My son told me of a hilarious conversation that he had with some liberal friends who love Obama. They were mad at Trump and vociferously running him down and he asked why they were so upset with him. They replied because of the tax cut.

Huh?

He asked why they would be upset that they would pay less taxes. They responded that corporations would get lower taxes too. They both work for corporations and he asked why it would be bad for the corporation that they worked for to get a tax break too??? Wouldn’t the corporation be better able to give raises to employees and bonuses if they paid less in taxes? Wouldn’t these tax savings in part be used to expand which would create more job opportunities which would allow for promotions?

They quickly changed the subject and started deriding Trump because he wasn’t even capable of getting Obamacare repealed. Incredulously my son stated, “Now let me get this straight, you are mad at Trump because he couldn’t get Obamacare repealed, and yet you love Obama who got it passed???

That one got him to scratching his head and he decided just to change the subject. He described this couple as being “good people” and said better friends could not be found. When I queried him on where all that bitterness towards Trump came from, he laughingly replied that he didn’t know, he guessed that they were just raised as liberals.

I told him that it was a case of constant propaganda on CNN and other networks that despise Trump. Does anyone aside from me find it odd how the mainstream media can take totally illogical thought processes derived from Democratic talking points and make otherwise intelligent good people believe the lies instead of common logic.

Several years ago, I was involved with a movie about Jim Jones, the preacher who convinced his following in Guyana to drink poisoned Kool Aide and commit mass suicide. As I went to the set I began to understand the depravity of what this man was teaching his flock. It was amazing to learn of the mind control that he was able to exert over the people.

Soviet era Communist ruler Lenin once said if you tell someone that snow is black instead of white long enough, they will believe it. Hitler and countless other dictators through the years have demonstrated this same point. Through the years with the advent of the Internet, social media, and micro targeting techniques, propaganda has been perfected. North Korea, China, Cuba, and Iran are all extreme examples, but they pale into insignificance when compared to what Satan is doing right here at home in turning people away from God. He is the master of deceit and is in my mind the primary reason that Christians are the most persecuted people group in the world today.

Look at the changed views on illegal drugs, marriage, abortion, pornography, anarchy, and so on. Our society is abandoning morality and as a result the world is following our lead. Things are acceptable today that were taboo just a few years ago. What the Bible states is right, is deemed wrong, and what is wrong, is deemed to be right. It is happening in schools, churches, government, businesses, media, families, and the arts and entertainment industry. Constant bombardment and mind-bending brainwashing.

My hope is to put a dent in their effort by using the Jesus Alliance to post biblical truth daily to millions of people. Alas we are vastly out-financed and outnumbered, but even if we reach the few it will be worthwhile.

I pray daily for God to directly intervene and many of the gains of the Trump administration in appointing decent judges, and undoing so many antichrist policies, I believe, are an answer to those prayers and the prayers of millions of Christians around the world.

The Bible predicts this deceitful activity will increase right up until the end and many will fall victim to it, but as always we are given instructions on how to combat it . . . Keep the faith and study God’s word the Holy bible to find your truth in this deceitful world. You will know a tree by the fruit it bears. If someone is advocating sin you will know where it is coming from – Hell! Stay with the truth!

Matt. 24:11

At that time many will fall away and will betray and hate one another, and many false prophets will arise and mislead many. Because of the multiplication of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved . . . 

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The Important Stuff

December 26 2017 – Click here to listen

A friend sent me the provoking little stories below. During this very special time of year I felt it appropriate to share and reflect…

  1. Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I’m working on for my Psychology class. When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said;

“Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile.”

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  1. Today, I asked my mentor – a very successful business man in his 70s- what his top 3 tips are for success. He smiled and said;

“Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing.”

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  1. Today, after my 72-hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and gave me a hug. When I tensed up, she realized I didn’t recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most sincere smile and said;

“On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center.”

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  1. Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying. And just before he died; he licked the tears off my face.

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  1. Today at 7AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work. At 3PM I got laid off. On my drive home I got a flat tire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too.

A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job.

I start tomorrow.

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  1. Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother’s hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died.

She simply said, “I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often.”

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  1. Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed. About 5 seconds after he Passed, I realized it was the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.

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  1. Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling. I chuckled and asked, “Why?” She replied, “So you can help me save the planet.” I chuckled again and asked, “And why do you want to save   the planet?”

Because that’s where I keep all my stuff,” she said.

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  1. Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient laughing   hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter’s antics, I suddenly realized that,

I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.

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  1. Today, a boy in a wheel chair saw me desperately struggling on crutches with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me. He helped me all the way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said,

“I hope you feel better soon.”

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  1. Today, I was feeling down because the results of a biopsy came back malignant. When I got home, I opened an e-mail that said, “Thinking of you today. If you need me, I’m a phone call away.”

It was from a high school friend I hadn’t seen in 10 years.

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  1. Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe. He said he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy. Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating.

The first thing the man said was, “We can share it.”

Life is passing us by faster than we can imagine. Spend some time appreciating it. Not everything has to be so doggone gut-wrenching…

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” – Omar Khyyam

Matthew 5:8

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

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True greatness defined

December 25 2017 – Click here to listen

To one and all – Merry Christmas!

A friend sent me the following and I felt it was entirely appropriate to share for this morning’s Words for the Day:

He was born in barn and laid in a lowly manger – He lived a perfect life – He preached – He died a painful horrific death as a sacrifice for our sins and 3 days later He arose victorious from the grave that could not contain Him and death that has no meaning for Him – Halleluiah!

Enjoy yourselves this wonderful day, and don’t forget to say a special prayer thanking God for the gift of His only begotten Son to humankind!

Luke 2:12

The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!

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