trump thrives glorifying divisiveness & violence

America is in big trouble on many fronts. But most evident as seen through the lens of the nations chief lunatic, donald j. trump! Trumps seems to thrive on creating political and racial bigotry, whose end goal is all about divisiveness, and not togetherness as one nation.

The donald’s constant negative rants are an insult to all Americans who value true Americanism! The donald might be comfortable in making the United States the laughing stock of world opinion. But the lovers of life, liberty and justice for all are not, and have always been non-trumpers.

It just seems impossible that America can survive the divisiveness trump and his republican colleagues embrace. Fueling that impossibility is trump’s appeal to fundamental protestant evangelical Christendom. Combined with ultra right wing secular trumpers. America, America what a shame your kingdom will most likely join those fallen kingdoms that preceded you.

America lacks a President John F. Kennedy able to bring the nation together in the most troublesome of times. During his inaugural address this was said, “Ask not what your country can do for you -ask what you can do for your country. Steadied by the spiritual stewardship of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’ immortalized speech that’ll live forever, “I have a dream.”

Unfortunately, Joe Biden, isn’t the man political of a JFK. And there is no one on the horizon to equal, MLK. Combined with COVID-19 and the growing menace of China. America needs a miracle from Divine Providence equal to the destruction of Nazism led by the United States.

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personal pathways find yours

“The things that we love tell us what we are. Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you, Amen,” Thomas Aquinas.

As the dear pants for water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. Trust in the the LORD and do good. Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your Heart. Commit your way to the Lord. Trust also in Him and he shall bring it to pass. The steps of good people are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in their ways. Should they fall, they shall not be utterly cast down. For the LORD up holds them with His hands. (cp. Psalms 42:1; Psalms 37:3-5; Psalms 37:23-24).

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trumpers-v-democrats

Preamble: We the people of the United States in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure the Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

From the previous discussion with all that was said, the combined objectives of our American Constitution, as expressed through its preamble are at risk.

This current pandemic has taught us many lessons. Trump is unfit to represent the preambles objectives as expressed through our Constitution. The framers, and notably, James Madison, perhaps the principal architect of our Constitution, believed that the Constitution protected the objectives of the peoples preamble through the divisions of power. Three equal powers but separate in their identities as each governs.

All of that is an antithesis to Trump. And most of his Republican colleagues are content to agree with trump. Perhaps because they object governments obligation to provide for the people General Welfare.

Perhaps that is best seen through the millions of furloughed Americans, who lost their employee based health insurance. Which strongly suggests, that the nation needs government provided health insurance. Paid for by the nations corporate conglomerates. Which would include unemployment compensation equal to their salaries before being fired!

Laboring Americans are more than commodities to be used for profits and discarded when their usefulness ends. There would be no corporate profits without the sweat produced by laboring Americans. That would include the sweat generated by the non-citizenry work force feeding corporate profits. Who, in many instances are paid under the table.

The problem isn’t with most Democrats because they are the people advocating for the peoples General Welfare! Republicans label such people as socialist, which they are. But they are not Communist as always alleged by Republicans. In fact, they are Constitutional governors! And, as was Jesus clearly picturesque through illustrative ways of the Samaritan. A certain man journeyed and fell among Republicans, who abused him and beat him. Leaving him half dead. A true Trumper saw him, and crossed to the other side of the street. As did a jurist, who did the same. But a certain Democrat passed by and acted compassionately. He bandaged his wounds. And provided transportation and brought him to a hotel. There he took care of him, and the next day, as he was departing he paid the hotel clerk. Saying to him, “Take care of him; and whatever you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.” Jesus asked, “So which of the three was a neighbor to him, who fell among the thieves? Someone answered, “The democrat, who acted mercifully.” Jesus responded, “Go and do likewise!” (cp. Luke 10:30-37).

A nation in trouble on several fronts. In need of leadership, who will attend to the peoples welfare for themselves and their posterity.

Trump, and his Republican hooligans are running in the opposite direction. Leaving Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, as the nations hope. Frankly, Biden isn’t the person the nation needs. Biden represents the same old talk. That’ll leave, We the People without a standard bearer for change on all fronts.

Our only hope is that Biden won’t have enough first round ballots to secure the nomination. Allowing the convention delegates the opportunity to nominate a more suitable candidate. A long shot but anything is better than Joe Biden.

Sure would like to attend that convention and deliver this discussion in expanded stinging speech rhetoric. Our hope must come from the collective voices of We the People! To much is at stake to allow traditionalists to determine our future. Make no mistake, Biden represents democratic traditionalism.

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COVID-19 and more

Excerpt from a letter written in 1803 concerning the use of government land for churches. “The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries,” James Madison.

There are forces within America that seem to aching to soak the soil of the Unites States in blood. They are mostly Trump supporters! There forces represent the ultra extreme conservative movement and evangelical Pentecostal protestant adherence. Fueled and encouraged by Trump’s ultra divisive political attacks.

Trump himself presents a never before experienced threat, that is, the making of himself as the singular determining authority of American governance. Usurping congressional constitutional oversight responsibility. And the remaking the federal courts, so that the justices march in agreement, as allies against petitioners, who would execute legal challenges against the executive branch.

And now you know why Trump is such an ardent admire of dictatorial regimes.

That possibility didn’t escape, James Madison, for he wrote these words in one of his Federalist Papers. “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive and judiciary in the same hands whether hereditary, self appointed, or elected, may be justly pronounced as the very definition of tyranny.”

To compound matters, Madison, wrote, “The means of defense agst. foreign danger have always been instruments of tyranny at home.” Now we the sane people are faced with a global invader coronavirus-COVID-19. With the nation facing confusion for lack of presidential saneness. Creating the stage for civil war because society holds opposing ideologies, as to how respond to this 21st. century pandemic. Giving Trump the pathway to make Madison a prophetic political genius.

Some suspect this pandemic is here to stay. No one knows how it’ll play out concerning health, national and personal economics. The same injurious consequences will play out globally.

Numerous biblical scholars suspect that COVID-19 sets the stage as the forerunner of what the Bible declares to be the beginning of sorrows. The shadow of even more horrific suffering. Giving credence to the announcement, “For there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. Unless those days are shortened all of humanity will die. And for the sake of the Christ believing community those days will end.” (cp. Matthew 24:8; 21-22).

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making sense out of the senseless

Charles Dickens survives a horrific crashing of a train in which he and his mistress were passengers. Dickens miraculously survives, but that close encounter with death changed his life forever. Fictional writer, Dan Simmons, in his novel, Drood, shares this real or imaginary summery about life and death.

“When the last autumn of Dickens life was over, he continues to work through his final winter and into the spring. This is how all of we writers give the last days, and years, and decades of our lives. In exchange for stacks of papers with scratches and squiggles on them.

And when death calls, how many of us would trade all those pages and squandered lifetime worth of painful achieved scratches and squiggles, for just one more day, one more fully and experienced day?

And what price would we writers pay for that one extra day spent with those we ignored while we were locked away scratching and squiggling in our arrogant years of solipsistic isolation? Would we trade all those pages for a single hour? Or all of our books, for a real minute?” Dan Simmons, Drood.

“What profit has a person from all their labors in which they labor under the sun? One generation passes away and another comes. ” (cp. Ecclesiastes 1:3-4a).

“O death where is your sting? O Hades where is your victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength sin is in the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (cp. 1 Corinthians 15:55-58).

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right tonic for every occasion

“I will not deny that the best apology against false accusers is silence and sufferance, and honest deeds, against dishonest works. Never can true reconcilement grow where deadly wounds of hate have pierced so deeply,” John Milton.

“Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all people. If it is possible live peaceably with all of them. Do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath. For it is written, vengeance is Mine, ‘I will repay says the Lord.'” Therefore, “If your enemies are hungry feed them; if they are thirsty, give them drink, for in so doing you will heap coals of fire their heads. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (cp. Romans 12:17-21).

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leviathan creature of horror

Leviathan a mysterious menacing sea creature meaning the coiled one. This mysterious creature appears in biblical and extrabiblical literature. Pictured by the prophet Isaiah 27:1 as perhaps the cursed creature who doomed all of humanity as both Adam and Eve crossed the line of the forbidden. Note: “In that day the LORD with His severe sword, great and strong. Will punish Leviathan that fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisted serpent, and He will slay the reptile that is in the sea.”

Yes, it was that crafty shape shifting pearl of God’s creation, who betrayed His Creator. And then, sucked the couple into his snare, knowing that they were designed in His exact likeness. Creating insult upon injury. (cp. Ezekiel 28:14-17; Isaiah 14:12-14; Genesis 1:26; 3:1-6 and verses 16-19).

The redeemed through Christ will again experience the likeness of Christ. It occurs when we experience the likeness of His transfiguration. (cp: Luke 24:33-43; Romans 8;11; Philippians 3:21; 1 Corinthians 15:51:51-57; the ultimate vs. 58).

It’s alleged that when Leviathan bellows the waters of the seas roar with terror swallowing those at sea and upon earth. And perhaps is the agent of our current pandemic. If so, and most likely, it is, but unfortunately it represents only the beginning of sorrows as we shall see. Journeys deep into John’s revelations expose their terrors.

The battle lines are drawn because the two have battled for eons of time. And Leviathan, knows that his destructiveness is approaching its end. So one more hurrah from the bellowing angry serpent.

So God in His infinite wisdom; why beyond human comprehension, chooses one from the original twelve, Matthew, to follow the Christ. So he pens the following, Matthew chapter 24:32-35, The establishment of the state of Israel. But, its climax is kept secret verse 36. Learn about the evils of Noah’s times. For they represent¬† signals as to when our time will end. Examine verses 36-43. Be ready because no advance notice will occur apart from generational similarities. Be prepared verses 44-51.

These conditions sever as forerunner’s, as to when, we can expect the aforementioned. There will be great controversy over religion. The constant imminent possibility of global warfare. Then there will famines, pestilences liked covid-19, unprecedented number earthquakes. And, the grand daddy of them all. Declared to be just the beginning of sorrows (cp. Matthew 24:4-8).

Starting with unprecedented hatred, and betrayals of those who became Christ followers absent His protection. Because the age of grace, had ended. (cp. Matthew 24:9-12; absent the church, verses 13-14).

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making circumstances count

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in the world are the people, who get up and look for circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them!”

“We are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared before hand that we should walk in them,” Ephesians 2:10.

The pathway: Blessed are the people who do not seek the counsel foreign to God’s. Nor mimics their ways. Nor desires to be one with them. But their focus is upon the dictates of God. Then they shall be like a tree planted by a river of water that brings forth its fruit in its season. Whose leaf also shall not whiter, and whatever they do shall prosper. (cp. Psalms 1:1-3).

With these words forever being on our lips. Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (cp. Psalms 90:12).

And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me. To give to every person according to their works. (cp. Revelation 22:12).

Since their days are determined. The number of their months are with you. You have appointed their limits and they shall nor exceed them. (cp. Job 14:5).

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the principled life

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but also more useful than a live spent doing nothing,” George Bernard Shaw.

The steps of principled people are ordered by the LORD. And He, delights in their ways. Though they should fall they will not be utterly destroyed. For the LORD upholds them with His hands,” Psalms 39:23-24.

Never hurts to know that angelic help is available. “He shall give His angels charge over you. To keep up in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up. Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra. The young lion and serpent you shall trample underfoot. Because they have set their love upon Me. Therefore, I will deliver such a one. I set them on high because they have known My name. They shall call upon Me, and I will answer them. I will be with them in trouble. I will deliver them and honor them. With long life I will satisfy them and show them My salvation,” Psalms 91:11-16.

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ethical murder

“We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do or omit to do, and more in light of what they suffer,” Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Executed by Nazi Germany over his involvement to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Dietrich struggled trying to weigh in the balance murdering Adolf Hitler against God’s declaration, “You shall not kill!”

Finally, Dietrich, decided ethical morals would be the determining factor. Would the public good justify murder. In respect to Adolf Hitler, he concluded, Yes! Dietrich is credited being the father of situational ethics. In other words the morals of the situation determine ethical reaction.

Even world events like the United States involvement in two world wars and military skirmishes. Especially the nations determination to protect Israel from Arab/Muslim nations. Even if means war the Iran, Russia or China. China will be the nation to test the nations resolve to stand with Israel no matter what occurs. But it won’t be the United States that obliterates China, it’ll be God Almighty Himself. “And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a burdensome concern for all peoples who would destroy her. They will surely be cut to pieces all nations gathered against Israel.”(cp. Zechariah 12:3).

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difference makers

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was a Lutheran clergyman and university professor in Germany. Dietrich opposed the growing threat of Nazism. His activism didn’t escape Nazi hierarchy. Eventually his friends convinced Dietrich to flee Germany because they felt he was about to be arrested. Dietrich immigrated to the United States.

In America his conscience got the best of him. Because he felt he had deserted his students and colleagues, who were risking their lives to defeat Nazism.

So he returned to Germany and participated in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. They managed to smuggle a bomb in a suitcase into a room during one of Hitler’s conferences. The bomb exploded, but Hitler escaped death.

Eventually, Dietrich, was arrested, and sentenced to death by being hung.

While in prison his Nazi guards admired his courage by expressing no fear despite facing a sentence of death. Dietrich spent his time writing letters and papers encouraging opposition to the Hitler regime. Some of his guards smuggled his varied writings out of the prison. They were made available to the public through selected sources.

As fate would have it as allied troops where approaching the prison his death sentence occurred. He showed no fear, as he made his way to the gallows platform according to varied reports. Source materials: Letters From Prison and The Cost of Discipleship.

“Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating. By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which they are just as entitled to as we are,” Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Jesus had just been raised from the dead. Appearing in His transfigured body prior to His ascension to heaven. He gave this message to the remaining eleven disciples. “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day. And that repentance, and remission of sins should be announced in His name. To all nations beginning in Jerusalem, and you are witnesses of these things.” (cp. Luke 24:46-48).

It was the focus of Dietrich’s life, as it should be for everyone having experienced the saving grace of Christ Jesus.

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determined voices

“What a strange life I lead. A kind of Cinderella life half glitter in crystal shoes, and half mice and cinders! But it is a wonderful life all the same,” Helen Keller.

A choirmasters response. “O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up. You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but O LORD, You known it altogether. You hem me in behind and before. And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is to great for me; it is high, I cannot attain it,” Psalms 139:1-6.

Nevertheless, it’s a wonderful life all the same.

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pandemic blues absorb this tonic

In the troubled times of this pandemic attitude means a lot. “I respect myself and insist upon it from everyone. And because I do it, I then respect everyone also.” I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life. I believe it, I live it,” Maya Angelou.

And “O! That people would give thanks to the LORD. For His goodness, and His wonderful works among the people of this earth. Because, “He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness,” Psalms 107:8-9.

“Trust in the LORD and do good. Dwell in the land and feel His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your to the LORD. And, He shall bring it to pass,” Psalms 37:3-5.

Nobody is perfect, for we all stumble. Even in these troublesome times life can be very satisfying because a greater power is available to committed to Jesus. Because its promised. “The steps of good people are directed by Jesus. And He delights in their ways. Though they fall they shall not be utterly cast down. For Jesus uphold them with hands,” Psalms 37:23-24.

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Edgar and James

“Years of love have been forgot in the hatred of a minute. Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of there reality,” Edgar Allan Poe.

“Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they obey us, and we turn their whole body.

Look also at ships although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires.

Even so the tongue is a little member that boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course on nature, and it is set on fire by hell.

For every kind of beast, bird, reptile or creature of the sea, is tamed by humans. But no person can tame the tongue, it is an unruly evil full of deadly poison.”

With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse people, who have made in the image of God. Out of that mouth proceeds blessing and cursing and these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send both fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree bear olives, or a grape vine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt and fresh water.

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show by good conduct that their works are done in meekness and wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual and demonic. For where envy and self seeking exists. Only confusion, and evil things exist there.

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy, and goods fruits, without partially and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. (cp. James 3:3-18).

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Jacob’s way can be ours

“We turn not older with years, but newer every day. People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles,” Emily Dickerson.

“I have blotted out like a thick cloud, your transgressions, and like a dark cloud your sins. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you. Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and He who formed you in the womb. I am the LORD who made all things, who stretches out the heavens all alone, who spreads abroad the earth by Myself, who frustrates the signs of the babblers, and drives diviners mad, who turns wise men backwards, and makes their knowledge foolishness.” (cp. Isaiah 44:22-25).

The message for all times with varied applicability through the centuries. God prepared Jacob’s path, as He has by giving us this path.. We return to our redeemer through Romans 10:9-11, which reads, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the grave you will be redeemed. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” For the scriptures says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

Those psychic muscles are developed this way, “Faith is the substance of things hope for, and the evidence of things not seen.” “But if we hope for what we can not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” (cp, Hebrews 11:1; Romans 8:25).

Developed this way, “Teach us to number our days that we might gain a heart of wisdom.” “Since their days are numbered, the number of their months are with You. You have appointed their limits, so that they cannot exceed them.” (cp. Psalms 90:12; Job 14:5).

And in the interim expect and do this, “Now thanks be to God who always causes us to triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are the fragrance of Christ among those being saved and those who are perishing.” (cp. 2 Corinthians 2:14-15).

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stuff of science fiction made real

It was taught from the previous discussion that those of us who have experienced the crucifixion of our sinful nature through Christ Jesus. From that experience we have assumed the likeness of His resurrected body. (cp. Romans 6:3-11).

What’s that body like? Marvelous beyond our human ability to fully comprehend its majesty. So here’s a summary sketch. Paul wrote, “Now this I say, flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. He a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we all shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immorality.” (cp. 1 Corinthians 15:50-53).

Here’s that picture of our transfigured body patterned in the likeness of Christ. It was resurrection Sunday, and the eleven remaining disciples got up early planning to return to Jerusalem.¬† Discussing among themselves that Jesus had risen from being dead, as promised. And, that Peter had seen Jesus alive.

And instantaneously Jesus stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” The eleven were terrified and frightened thinking that a spirit had appeared before them.

And Jesus said to them, “Why are you troubled? And, why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is Myself. Handel Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”

When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. But while they still did not believe what they were seeing. Jesus asked them, “Do you have any food here?” So they provided Jesus with food, and He ate the food in their presence! (cp. Luke 24:33-43).

We who have experienced newness of life through Christ Jesus will have a transfigured body just like His. It will be a body like we have now. We’ll enjoy the beauty of friendships. Our sorrows, and infirmities will be an experience of the past. And, we’ll enjoy dinning together. And, most astoundingly, just like Jesus like we’ll be able to move about instantaneously just by thinking about it. Indeed the stuff of science fiction made real.

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solace

During these times of a global pandemic which promises to be like no other in history. Which seemed to come out of nowhere, and suddenly we’re faced with a new normal. Which is cumbersome, and scary because anyone could find themselves victimized by COVID-19.

Upon reflection here’s what provides solace for me. And it can’t be intellectualized, it has to be experienced. “Do you not know that all of us who where baptized into Christ Jesus where baptized into His death.

Therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so, we also should walk in the newness of life.

For if we were united together in the likeness of His death. Certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.

Knowing this that our old man was crucified with Him. That the body of sin might be done away with. That we should no longer be slaves to sin.

For he who has died is free from sin.

Now if we died with Christ we believe that we shall also live with Him.

Knowing that Christ having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.

For the death He died, He died to sin once for all, but the life He lives, He lives to God.

Likewise you also reckon yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God through Christ Jesus our Lord. (cp. Romans 6:3-11).

But it’s not automatic because one has to first be a member of God’s family. It’s not about joining a church. It’s about applying the following verses to yourself. “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

For with the heart one believes unto righteousness and the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture says, ‘Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.'” (cp. Romans 10:9-11).

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Gandhi

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike Christ,” Mahatma Gandhi.

Could well be the personal belief of many today. Because so many within Christendom seemed to be focused upon empire building. Looking more like entrepreneurs, who sell a collection of mixed doctrines that confuse people within and outside of Christendom.

Christ meant for the church to be of one body with one set of biblical doctrines, and not a hoge-podge of opposing doctrines. Christ himself said, Upon this rock I’ll build My church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Note My church singular and not plural. (cp. Matthew 16:18).

The church should be a caring, unifying and soothing presences in turbulent times like those we face today. God allowed John to see His church. It is not a collection of concrete palaces that dot the global landscape. But individual people, declared to be like lampstands bearers of light. With an angelic presences, and in the midst of them stood Christ himself. (cp. Revelation  1:20; 2:5).

What’s suggested here are individual people, who have been redeemed by Christ. Severing as engines of light and comfort for people with multiple needs. It works something like this, “Now thanks be to God who always leads us to triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.” That is perhaps what Gandhi was referencing when he said, “I like your Christ.”

Absent any hierarchy likeness or association with denominational churches. Which could resemble the Gandhi critique, “I don’t like your Christians.”

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finding destines way

“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intentions, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives. Choice, not chance, determines your destiny,” Aristotle.

You are great in counsel and mighty in works, for your eyes are open to all the ways of the people, to give everyone according to their choices, and according to the fruit of their doings.

Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Because our days are determined, and the numbers of our months are with You. You have appointed our limits so that we can not pass them.

Trust in the LORD and do good. Dwell in the land and feel His faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD, and He shall give you the desire of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, And He shall bring it to pass. (cp. Jeremiah 32:19, Psalms 91:11-12; Job 14:5; Psalms 37:3-5).

This Padre duly ordained, and also having a degree in political science. Is available to address the broad spectrum of secular Americans, as organized groups within our communities. Right through to the many denominational churches doting the American landscape.

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wheels of fortune where will it stop

“I count them braver who overcomes their desires, then those who conquers their enemies. For the hardest victory is over self,” Aristotle.

A wise man once said, “Be kind because everyone is fighting a battle you knowing about,” Jesus.

Some of those battles are about patience and anger control.

A patriarch within His genealogy said, “They who are slow to anger are better than the mighty. And they who rule their spirits than those who take a city,” Solomon.

This Padre duly ordained and also having a degree in political science. Is available to address the broad spectrum of secular Americans, as organized groups within our communities. Right through to the many denominational churches dotting the American landscape.

Exercise your prerogatives from the vast repertoire of interests to be explored. From the galaxy of the conventional to the corridors of issues usually avoided.

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