the down side of the upside

A soldier had a horse. Which as long, as he was at the wars, shared all his dangers and adventures and was fed barley. But when the war was over it was made to work like a slave. Carrying heavy loads while being poorly fed.

War was declared again; and when the trumpets sounded the master bridled his horse, armed himself and mounted. But the horse had no strength, and stumbled at every step. “You had better go and join an infantry regiment, ” it said to him, “For I am not worth being called a horse, anymore. You have turned me into a donkey, and how do you plan to change me back to being a horse?”

When you relax, in times of security. It does not do to forget the days of affliction.

Source: Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-“Save Us in Time of Trouble”

Avoiding the aforementioned because it works on both sides of the fence. In times of trouble, and when thing are going, oh so well. Then suddenly trouble arrives, again. “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do so.” See Proverbs 3:27. Consider it the principled life.

donald j trump

donald j trump characterized. A buffoon, who sees everything backwards when it comes ethical and moral behavior. When his presidency ends, his legacy will be wrapped around these metaphoric expressions, “Woe to those, who call evil good and good evil; who puts darkness for light, and light for darkness; who puts bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Woe to those, who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Woe to men mighty at drinking wine. Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink, who justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away justice from the righteous people!

Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, so their root will be as rottenness, and their blossom will ascend like dust.” See Isaiah 5:20-24a.

moron in the white house

There is a growing consensus through out the nation, that donald j trump is treating his office like a reality show with his reckless projection of threats, lies and purposeful deceit. A collective group of behaviors by trump never before seen by an American president. Insiders within the government thought a trio of generals within the trump’s administration could save the country from certain chaos. They were Generals John Kelly and James Mattis, as well, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. They are gone, and have been replaced with trump clones. An equation that equals disaster.

So what’s going on? In taletelling expressions here’s your answer. In a placed called Eden two of God’s proteges got themselves in trouble with their Creator.

It’s human nature to placed blame elsewhere, as opposed to accepting blame. So the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Well her Maker must have believed her. Because God made this rather pronounced judgment which haunts humanity to this day. So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, …. I will put stress between you and woman. And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head and you shall bruise His heel.”

So succinctly, there are unseen forces in this world. One of God and the other of the serpent. A designated description for the many faces of evil. All encompassed and empowered by the father of evil, the Devil.

Eventually through the seed of the woman, Mary, gave birth to Jesus And through centuries of His genealogies a nation called America was birthed. Evil is bruising the heel of the good, America.

God wants America to get her act together and be the America of old. If America gets her act together, than Jesus will bruise the head of evil. And the world will marvel as to how America overcame the impossible. It’s the taletelling of American history. Known, and despised by her enemies, as American exceptionalism. Go USA! See Genesis 3:13-15.

stuff of different worlds

When anger is aroused watch out! Especially when it’s from a place one is not familiar with. Battle ground earth or was it? And the angel of the LORD, took his stance in the way of the adversary against him. And he was riding his donkey, and his two servants were with him.

Get this concerning the unfamiliar! Now the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord standing in way with His drawn sword in His hand, and the donkey turned away and went into the field. So Balaam struck the donkey to turn her back onto the road.

Then the Angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path between the vineyards, with a wall on this side and a wall on that side. And when the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she pushed herself against the wall and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall; so he struck her again.

Then the Angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place where there where there was no way to turn either to the right or to the left.

And when the donkey saw the Angel of the LORD, she lay she lay down under Balaam; so Balaam’s anger was aroused, and he struck the donkey with his staff.

Then the LORD opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times.” And Balaam said to the donkey, “Because you have abused me. I wish I had a sword in my hand, for now I would kill you!” So the donkey said to Balaam, “A I not your donkey which you have ridden ever since I became yours, to this day? Was I ever disposed to do this to you.” And he said, “No.”

Then the LORD opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the Angel of the LORD standing in the way with His drawn sword in His hand; and he bowed his head and fell flat on his face. And the Angel of the LORD asked him, “Why have you struck donkey these three times? Behold, I have come to stand against you. Because your way is perverse before Me, surely I would have killed you by now, and let her live.”

And Balaam said to the Angel of the LORD, “I have sinned, for I did not know that You stood in the way against me. Now if it displeases You, I will turn back.” See Numbers 22:22-34.

There are worlds of activities all around us. They occur above us, below us and around us. I personally have such experiences since childhood. The last such experience occurred in late 2018.

Different messages for different people. So for now, I leave you with these thoughts to contemplate. “Are they not ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those, who will inherit salvation.” See Hebrews 1:14. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing, some have unwittingly entertained angels.” See Hebrews 13:2.

they are all around us

donald j trump and Nancy Pelosi where one is, and the other is not, and maybe both are, or perhaps neither is. It’s a place for taletelling where the tale is a joke. I want my wall! You aren’t going to get it!

donald responds with his arsenal of lies, deceit and threats. The donald is right about the nation facing a national security crisis. But, the crisis is Donald J Trump!

Heard someone say, “When solutions aren’t obvious, pray, help!”

how differences r settled

There are all kinds of forces out there some in concert with each other and others independently. There ultimate end, creating mayhem or destruction or both.

Think donald j trump. Deep somewhere, where thinking occurs emerges a weird crudeness. Declaring, “I will fight him! I will control him!” How asked the lawyer? How? “Because I can destroy his respectability.” Source: From the, “The Aquitaine Progression,” page 657.

“Be extremely subtle to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious to the point soundlessness. Thereby, you can be the director of the opponent’s fate.” Source: Sun Tzu. Used for this discussion to awaken the public to a powerful threatening conglomerate of dangerous conservative religious zealots. Namely, evangelical protestants, who are mostly white, and are associated with pentecostalism.

There are other strains of this disease found within protestantism working mysteriously as though they were indifferent to politics. Also advocating trumpism in soundless ways thinking trump is one of them ideologically. When in reality, they are one and the same. Not knowing that trump would through them all under the bus should their secular ideologies detour in any way from his. That’s what donald j trump is all about.

Stirring up the pot of mayhem and destruction is the large body of non-religious conservatives, who love trump for his raciest and sexists perspectives. To them it’s what will make America great again. Build that wall, and and elevate white male dominance again. Which is a stigma, that haunts the republican party.

But there is hope for the America, with women like Rep Stephanie Murphy-D Fl 7th congressional district, of Vietnamese descent. And Rep Alexandra Ocosia-Cortez D New York’s 14th congressional district. At 29, the youngest woman ever to be elected to the House of Representatives. She is of Puerto Rican descent. Those two women represent how differences will be settled. Through the inclusive democratic manner. And not those of donald j trump and his ill minded ilk.

It’s just a matter of time before trump and clan experience the following. “Is this not laid up in store with Me? Sealed up among My treasures? Vengeance is Mine, and recompense. Their foot shall slip in due time; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things to come hasten upon them.” See Deuteronomy 32:34-35.

Helped along with a democratic sweep of the Congressional House of Representatives. Frosted with the damming revelations of Special Council Robert Mueller’s investigation.

 

in war how

is the victor decided? Including life’s more mundane encounters. Here’s a tale of unconventionality. But it’ll require, reasoning outside of the conventional curve of acceptance. Looping soul, spirit and body into a roped journey of spirituality. Of course, if your psyche has experienced such transcendence, congratulations. Share your tales because enlightenment of the populace is in need of dire awakening.

One seer of enlightenment reasoned that psyche experiences have a way of belonging to the unsuspected. He put it this way, “I was found of them who sought me not. I was made manifest to them that asked not of me.” Letter to the church at Rome, written by Tertius, see Romans 16:22. And inserted the two quoted sentences at Romans 10:20. Suggesting that there’s a world out there apart from conventionality or voodooism.

So hear’s a tale of war, as to how the victor can be decided. Perhaps it’s applicable to the voodooism of, donald j trump, as he wars against presidential conventionality, as practiced by most of his predecessors

Then Michael said, “Hear the word of the LORD. I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by, on His right hand and on His left.” No doubt the host of heaven must be standing aghast at the appalling presidential behavior of donald j trump. No surprise to the LORD Himself. For Him, it’s just a matter of disposing of one so divisive.

And the LORD asked, “Who will persuade Ahab to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead?” So one spoke in this manner and another spoke in that manner.

Then a spirit came forward, and stood before the LORD, and said, “I will persuade him!” The LORD said to him, “In what way?” So he said, “I will go and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.” For our times all of trump’s corrupt hooligans, who edge him on in grandiose collusion. And the LORD, “You shall persuade him and also prevail. Go out and do so.” See 1 Kings 22:19-22.

 

donald j trump

Donald J Trump is the master of manipulative shrewdness from a historical perspective. He observed how Ronald Reagan secretively negotiated with the Iranians to keep Americans hostage there. A political antagonistically controversy in his campaign to to deny President Carter a second term presidency which worked. Reagan promised not to levy any sanctions  against the Iranian regime, if they refused to come to any agreements with the Carter administration concerning the American hostages. And today because of Ronald Reagan’s secretive treasonous interference in the governmental affairs of a sitting president.

Instead of outrage the Democrats remained mostly silent fearing the destabilizing potential of a citizenry reaction to the collective republican crimes. Today America, and the world community, is saddled with a global enemy from the religious hierarchy controlling the Iranian regime.

Up next, the stand off between Vice President Al Gore who won the popular vote against Bush 43. Which ended up being validated by the republican dominated Supreme Court.

Fast forward to the presidential candidacy of Hilary Clinton, who also won the popular vote over trump. But lost her presidential bid because the electoral college said otherwise. Another popular mechanism for denying the will of the people.

Trump’s historical astuteness, as to how losers can win. Propelled him into the peoples house against their will. Trump knew he could depend upon aforementioned republican systems if necessary. Like Reagan, Trump instinctively knew how to deal with those, who can make a loser a winner. So Trump, made promises to protestant evangelical fundamentalist. A multi-million strong voting republican constituency. That’s largely what his government shut down is all about. Among other things, he promised them border security. High on their agenda for preserving white male supremacy. One of many pathological microorganisms infecting the republican party.

The fly in the ointment, for tripping the grand wizard of deception and trickery will be the contents of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. It’s suspected that Mueller’s report will reveal trump’s collusion with the Russians during his presidential bid.

will humpty dumpty survive a 21st century fall

This discussion requires the facilitation of being able to read between the lines. Sorting out the euphemisms. Making sure Humpty Dumpty once again doesn’t survive the fall.

From the distant path, and reaching us today are attitudes and behaviors of destruction. Shared maybe for you and certainly for me. Penned eight centuries before Christ. It goes this way, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness. Who put bitter for sweet; and sweet for bitter!

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Woe to men, who are mighty at drinking wine, woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink, who justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away justice from the righteous people! See Isaiah 5:20-23.

There is an agent, who will serve as ones facilitator. Referenced as the LORD of hosts. This is His battle hymn. Therefore, as fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, so their root will be as rottenness, and their blossom will ascend like dust; because they have rejected the law of the LORD of host, and despised the Holy One of Israel. See Isaiah 5:24.

What remains is for those of us able to read between the lines and to sort out the euphemisms is to grow America nonviolently into what she use to be. Which was a God honoring nation by thought, deed and action.

treachery at every turn

The wolves once said to the dogs, “Since you are exactly like us, why do you not come to a brotherly understanding with us? There is no difference between us except in our ways of thinking. We live in freedom. You are nothing more than slaves to men. You let them beat you, and put collars on you and making you guard their flocks. And when they eat, they only throw the bones to you. Take our advice. Hand over all the flocks to us; then we will share them between us and you. Together we’ll gorge ourselves.”

The dogs listened to this proposal. But as soon, as the wolves got inside the fold they started killing the dogs.

Source: Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-“The Wages of Treachery”

Such is the reward of those, who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put sweet for bitter, and bitter for sweet. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight. See Isaiah 5:20-21.

a case for patience

A starving fox, who saw in the hollow of an oak tree some bread, and meat left by some shepherds, crept in and ate it. With his stomach expanded, he could not get out.

Another fox passing by, and hearing his cries and expressions of agony. Came up, and asked, what was the manner? On being told he said, “Well stay there till you are as thin as you were when you went in; then you’ll get out quite easily.”

This tale shows how time solves difficult problems. Source: Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-A Case for Patience.

Life’s agonies have many occurrences and there contrived solutions are bountiful. Here’s an approach worth trying. “Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer,” said the Apostle Paul, Romans 12:12. Perfected as follows, “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My way upon yourself and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My way is easy and My burden is light,” said Jesus, Matthew 11:28-30.

No instant gratification from Aesop, nor from Jesus. Both perspectives take time and forbearance.

caught on the blind side

A deer which was blind in one eye went to graze by the seashore. Turning its good eye landwards, on the watch for approaching hunters. And the injured eye to the sea, from which it did not expect any danger.

But some men, who came coasting inshore saw it and shot it. As it was dying, it thought, “Unlucky that I am! I was on guard against the attack which I knew might come from the land. But the sea, from which I thought no danger threatened, has proven more deadly.”

Our expectations are often in error. What we fear might do us harm turns out to be to our advantage. And what we thought would save us, proves to be our ruin. Source: Penguin Classics – Fables of Aesop – “Caught on the blind side”

The famed New York Yankees catcher, Yogi Berra, put it this way, “It’s not over till its over.” Another famous person the, Apostle Paul agreed with Yogi, but put it this way, “And as it is appointed for people to die once, but after this the judgment.” See Hebrews 9:27.

It seems prudent to come to an understanding of what Paul met, when he referred to an after life experience. Don’t end up like the fabled deer. Who thought one way, but it was the other way that needed his attention.

Paul’s after life experience, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” See 2 Corinthians 5:10.

Want to be sure that your experience falls on the good side? Start here, “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus Christ, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” For the scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be shamed. See Romans 10:9-11.

Now you are ready for the Christ walk, not the church walk. clarity found in yesterdays discussion. “The Problem the Structured Church”

Having said that, then perfect your Christ walk with a careful study of Romans through Philemon. That’ll provide you with a solid understanding for the difference between the church age compared past and future ages.

 

the problem the structured church

Religious? But fed up Christendom because there are so many different denominations, as there are stars in the sky. With each church saying they are what they are because God told them to be that way. Making the church the chiefdom of sorcery, as warlords of voodooism. Encouraging all those want to be something to create their own magic of deception and congregants be yours. And together we’ll become the spokes people of truth.

But congregants are realizing that their combined voodooism is nothing more than sophisticated witchcraft designed to deceive for the sake of empire building. Which can’t be done without growing numbers of congregants, who are swindled with loss of monies by the false church age doctrine of tithing.

So with the theft, and hype not meeting promised expectations. Congregants in significant numbers are exiting those churches and putting those ragtag institutions in troubled waters.

Some of the congregants, who stayed are psychologically damaged by the constant false rhetoric coming from extreme religious conservatives. In particular Pentecostal holiness institutions. There are others but the aforementioned are the most dangerous.

So a word to the wise, flee organized Christendom. And pay, attention to what is to follow.

One might think that this writer is an atheist. Nothing could be further from the truth. This padre is a devotee of Jesus Christ. Who, encourages people to start home churches free of any religious hierarchy. Along with the begging for money to perpetuate empire building. Interested? Get in touch through the Contact Us link.

The truth about church age Christendom is found between the books of Romans through Philemon all written by the Apostle Paul. Which also, includes the book of Acts. You’ll discover that Paul is the apostle to then gentiles. Who also informs readers that his writings reveal a mystery hidden for centuries. Mysteries that were not known by the original twelve disciples of Jesus.

That doesn’t mean that the rest of the Bible is irrelevant because it isn’t! After studying Paul’s writings, you’ll understand the entirety of the scriptural account with greater clarity.

Hopefully, here is what your quest will provide for you. “Remember the former things of old. For I am God and there is no other. I am God, and there is none like Me. Declaring the end from the beginning. And from ancient times things not yet come,” saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, I will do My pleasures.'” See Isaiah 46:9-10.

And while you are at it, you might ask Him, what is His counsel and pleasure regarding you. You are more than a person on a journey through time. You are a person destined with a divine purpose.

champions of a different sort

In the Louisiana Superdome, 15 Sept 1978, Muhammad Ali, stepped into the ring to fight heavyweight boxing champion, Leon Spinks, age 25. The champion youthful and in the prime of his career.

Ali way past his prime and considered finished as a boxer. He had won and lost the heavyweight boxing championship twice.

Ali wasn’t expected to fare well against Spinks, but he surprised the odd makers by scoring a unanimous decision. Muhammad Ali, became the first boxer to win the heavy weight boxing championship three times.

Remarked Ali, “Age is what you think it is. You are as old as you think you are. It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly and waves pound the sand. I beat people up.

Remarks from Paul, “Now to Him, who is able to do exceedingly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.” See Ephesians 3:20. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.” See Hebrews 11:1. “But if we hope for what we cannot see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” See Romans 8:25. Age, and circumstances don’t matter.

life the hard way

A bird in a cage at a window sang only at night. A bat which heard her came up and asked, “Why don’t you sing during the morning?” She said, “She had a good reason,” saying, ‘It was during the morning that I was captured, continuing, that had taught me a lesson.'” “It’s no good taking precautions now,” said the bat, ‘You should have been careful before you were caught.'” Source: Penguin Classics – Fables of Aesop – A Lesson Learned Too Late.

The rich, and the poor have this in common, the LORD is maker of them all. A prudent person foresees evil and hides, but the simple pass on and are punished. See Proverbs 22:2-3.

a difference maker 4 the new year

A wolf was carrying to his den a sheep which he had lifted from a flock. When a lion met him and took it from him. The wolf stood at a safe distance and cried, “You have no right to take away my property.”

“You came by it rightfully,” replied the lion with a laugh. No doubt it was a present from a friend.”

This story is a satire on thieves and greedy robbers, when they are one and the same. (source:Penguin Classics-Aesop Fables-“The Pot Calls the Kettle Black)

Christendom is supposed to be different, but is it? That’s for each of us to decide. That’s why the Apostle Paul provided us with these instructions. “And what agreement has Christ with Belial (meaning nothingness)? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God,” as God has said, “I will dwell in them, and walk among them. And I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore, come out from among them, and be separate,” says the Lord. “Do touch what is unclean, (things like thieves and greedy robbers) and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,” says the Lord Almighty,” 2 Corinthians 6:15-18.

Always in the wrong

A wolf, seeing a lamb drinking from a river, wanted to find a superficial pretext for devouring him. He stood higher up the stream, and accused the lamb of muddy the water so that he could not drink it. The lamb said that he drank the water only with the tip of his tongue. And in any case, he was standing down the river and could not possibly have disturbed the water higher up. When the excuse failed him the wolf said, “Well, last year you insulted my father,” “I wasn’t even born then,” replied the lamb. “You are good at finding answers,” Said the wolf, “But I’m going to eat you all the same.”

When a man is determine to get his knife into someone, he will turn a deaf ear to any plea, however just. (source:Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-“Always In The Wrong.

Said Jesus, “Therefore by their fruits you shall know them,” Matthew 7:20, after all, said Jesus, “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire,” verse 19. So, grow some good fruit by standing firm for the causes of Christ. Destroy evil, as the Spirit directs you. But, there will always be wolves out there determined to eat you. They’ll accuse you at being wrong as you stand for Christ with the right answers. Making them all the more determined to eat you.

A stranger in town

Who has believed our report? And to whom is the way of the LORD revealed?

For He shall grow up before Him like like a tender plant, and like a root out of dry ground; He has no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.

Surely He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we esteem Him stricken of God and afflicted.

He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement our our peace was beyond Him; and with His stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth. He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not his mouth.

He was taken from prison and from judgment. And who shall declare His generation? For He was cut off off the land of the living. For the transgressions of My people, was He stricken.

And they made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.

Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see his seed, He shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.

He shall see of the labor of His soul, and shall be satisfied. By His knowledge shall My righteous justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.

Therefore, will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong. Because He has poured out his soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressor; and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:1-12.

There we have the meaning of our Christmas season. He grew up and moved on like a tender plant. Leaving the Christmas scene of his birth and growing up to soon. Only to be despised and rejected. Becoming a man acquainted with grief. Because, of the fallen nature of humanity separated from God by a deadly wound called sin. God wounded him with our sins by offering Jesus  as a sin offering. And though smitten with painful stripes, by His executioners. He uttered not a word of objection even though innocent. Every Christmas, though numbered with the transgressors, He prays for His transgressors, us! Welcome the stranger to your town, and make Jesus, a stranger no more. Because! That’s the real purpose of Christmas.

Put Ebenezer Scrooge to sleep

“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure, when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country, when I reflect that God is just; that his justice can’t sleep forever,” Thomas Jefferson Query 18, 1781.

Sometimes, I wonder, if the succession of American presidents was in anyway associated with their awareness of God’s destiny for America. If not, Thomas Jefferson, the man, who would become the nations third president. And, considered the primary author of the nations Declaration of Independence had some accurate insights.

You’ll notice that Jefferson raised some interesting thoughts with his concern about American morals in his day and reaching into the distant future.

First, a personal observation which prompted this discussion. Several years ago, I spent a considerable amount of time among some rather gifted intellectual students. Observing that they had no hesitation to be dishonest or even to be discreet with their unethical behaviors.

There was a time in America when the Ten Commandments were prominently displayed in the nations classrooms. It was not unusual to see a Bible displayed on a teachers desk. And not, absent from that duo was the American flag.

Today students are advised that they don’t have to pledge allegiance to our flag for what it represents, if it violates their conscience. What effect did such displays have on American students, who knows? But some remember observing a commandment which read, “Thou shalt not steal,” Exodus 20:15. In this particular environment there was no flag present to offer ones pledge to God and nation. And long gone is student recitation of the Lord’s Prayer. And in this particular environment, not even the modern day, moment of silence.

Little doubt that America has found it’s way successfully to becoming a godless nation. It’s no longer inspirational to uphold America’s destiny as a city on a hill whose light of godly integrity could not be hidden, Matthew 5:14. There was a time when American education meant combining God and nation as one inseparable unit. A unit that is described as a light that is not hidden. But put on a lampstand because it gives of its brilliant light for the nation and the world, Matthew 5:14-15. America of yesterday! With only one intention in mind. That our light would so shine that everyone would know our individual and collective good works, and glorify our Father, who is in heaven, Matthew 5:16. So in the end, American education should be about preparing students to glorify our Father, who is indeed in heaven. With the resulting benefit being a powerful and prosperous people and nation.

And so, Jefferson raised indeed two important queries. Which the twenty first century Christ believing, and serving church must address, if America is to remain a powerful prosperous people and nation.

For we in Christ, like Jefferson know, that God is just, and His justice can’t sleep forever. Because we have this promise recorded, “Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a person sows that shall they also reap. For they that sow to their flesh shall reap of the flesh corruption, but they that sow to the Spirit shall reap of the Spirit life everlasting,” Galatians 6:7-8. Because old Ebenezer hasn’t changed. Always denying the spirit of the season. Hopefully, we have some tiny Tim’s willing to convert our Ebenezer’s to the Christ of the season.

This padre has a repertoire of discussions to present. That will educate those interested in our Lord’s ordained destiny for America from the scriptures, as part of Matthew 5:14-16. And, another repertoire of actions designed to reverse the godlessness through out the nations educational system. Interested? Contact made through the ‘Contact Us’ link.

We need to link Jefferson’s query, as ours and experience, Galatians 6:9, by not losing heart.

Celebrating Christmas Everyday

Now that the Christmas celebration is over for the millions, who observe the day. Mostly from the perspective of *halls decked with holly* and *mistletoe.* Unaware or unwilling to know that Christmas is an every day celebration with the beginning of each new day.

But before going on, it should be understood that I am not opposed to seeing the halls decked with holly. With bright lights flashing with ample mistletoe. I always find it very magical with its impact most relaxing. Merry making is part of life and has a necessary and proper place in our lives because it is a way of recuperation. Although difficult because of work and other responsibilities, people should find time for merry making every day. It’s almost as important as Holly Communion in the rejuvenation of our spirit, from this padre’s perspective. It is that in so many ways, people fail to comprehend the everyday aspects of Christmas. Which is the design of this discussion-hoping to provide a glimpse into our Christmas celebration.

And so, hear are some every day aspects of Christmas. With the providence of time, God sent the angel Gabriel to visit a rather ordinary women named Mary. Gabriel made some rather astonishing remarks to Mary. Telling her that she would conceive in her womb a baby. Then the angel told her that she was to name the baby Jesus. Then hearing from Gabriel the greatness of this person. A person who would inherit his father’s (David) not Joesph’s household which plays a significant and often unnoticed place in the Christmas story. Here we have the before Christmas pageant of enormous historical significance impacting us today. First we have the supernatural and natural coming into play together. Joesph plays a surrogate role as provider for his family which includes his son Jesus. As he cares for Mary, and the baby Jesus, as though he was the natural father. Family and responsibility is one of those neglected aspects of Christmas for modern day father’s. Which then, extends beyond Christmas day.

The supernatural always intersects with the natural or human nature. It is that most are unaware of this supernatural/natural phenomenon. Most likely because of a complete lack of interest and because this phenomena moves across our time line of life very slowly. And then at the end, makes a sudden burst to complete the circle of the clock. With it then being to late to benefit from its lessons because of death.

Now the historical, in which Gabriel announcing that Jesus would inherit David’s throne, his father which is a supernatural declaration described in Matthew 1:1. And reigning over the house of Jacob, (Israel) and His kingdom forever which shall have no end.

Obviously, this kingdom is a future occurrence. And is a far more complex discussion, one not designed for this discussion. Other than to say that there will be no peace between Israel and the Palestinians which includes the entire Arab Muslim world. Despite the hype which keeps coming from the United States and the nations media conglomerates.

The only way the Arab Muslim world will ever deny Israel all of Palestine is by force. That is the most likely scenario from the Old Testament prophets. Which will be the historical event, that will trigger the events necessary to return Jesus to the throne of his father David in Israel’s Jerusalem.

But hearing all this from Gabriel, all that Mary could do was to respond to the angel saying, “How shall this be, seeing that I know not a man.” With Gabriel responding, “With God, nothing shall be impossible.” Mary responded, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it to me according to your word.”

In summary here are a few every day aspects for observing Christmas everyday in practical ways. How the supernatural through God with His agents like Gabriel are intersecting with the natural embodiment of humanity.

Christmas celebrated everyday by being responsible and faithful to our families as emulated by Joseph. Extend kindness to others as often as possible.

It’s important to God that we Christians offer our prayer support for Israel. That Israel will take control of all of Palestine which includes territories occupied by the Palestinians. Never surrendering any of Jerusalem to Muslim jurisdiction.

Finally, we Christians should always submit ourselves as did Mary, “… be it unto me according to your word.” And that is the meaning of the days prior, during and after Christmas.

This discussion was developed from the following verses, except for Matthew 1:1 from Luke 1:26,27,31,32,33,34,37 and verse 38. For those interested in reading the scriptural account for themselves.

Still a lot was left unsaid about the history of the past, current and future historical develops surrounding Israel and impacting the global community. Pay attention to unfolding world events. As they, will parallel all biblical accounts centuries before there unfolding

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