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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Christmas and its associated tragedies

Determining the birth date for the baby Jesus is impossible. The Bible does not provide a date for his birth. As the life of Jesus unfolded, revealing him to be a person of astonishing talents. Defying governments, and religious officials, healing the sick, and even returning life to the dead. His murder by the Jews and Romans. Most astonishing his own return to life. Which he said was symbolic to the experience most humans would encounter. But like Himself, they would never taste a second death. Because, they too, would be resurrected to life.

For reasons unknown, his followers never marked his birth date. One would have thought, that they would have wanted to commemorate his birth for all posterity. The birth of such an unusual man.

Just as remarkable, nor did any contemporary historians of His time date His birth.

So why the twenty fifth of December? Was there something special about that day? Yes! many think that our celebration of his birth on the twenty fifth is associated with the celebration of the Roman Saturnalia. It was a Roman festival held in late December to honor the God Saturn. The festival was celebrated by merry making of large banquets and the exchange of gifts. Some think that this celebration lasted up to a week. Saturn being associated with darkness and death. The darkness of Saturn was behind the Romans now with the solstice moving towards greater light. Saturnalia was really a celebration of the unconquered sun. Darkness and death would always give way to light and life. It did not matter, if it was associated with farming or human life. Light and life prevailed!

By now, the early Christians were being vigorously persecuted by the Romans. Christians picked the twenty fifth because they could easily celebrate the birth of Christ with great festivity, and not be noticed because of Saturnalia. It was easy for Christians to blend in and celebrate the movement of the sun from darkness to light. Of course they celebrated the advent of Christ as the Son of righteousness with all of its associated meanings.

It is thought today that concept of festivity and gift giving among Christians had its roots in that Roman celebration. That is not entirely true. In those days it cost something to be a Christian. Costs like prosecutions, torture, imprisonment, and executions. Executions resulting from your head being removed from the rest of your body. Torture by being placed in the gelatin. With the executioner making sure that the neck was properly placed on the cutting block. Wondering if the cutting blade would gracefully makes its descent without jamming. If it did jam, the executioner would just host the blade back up and try again.

All because the condemned, of that time, professed Christ as Savior and Lord. Savior because they recognized their state of sin. Lord because they renounced their sin, and bore the cause of Christ.

No fashionable clothes or fancy buildings called mega churches today. Because as many as ten thousand may gather at any one time to be entertained. Fine musicals, and talented orators keep the flock faithful. Free from prosecutors and persecutions because of their belief in Christ.

It took a while, but the civil authorities finally wised up. They knew they could not defeat these committed Christians. They knew these Christians would succeed in turning their world up side down and inside out. so they legalized Christianity and today we have a wimpy church.

Rome had made it a crime to be a Christian. Christ was murdered because he violated both civil and religious law. Even in Christ’s time the civil authorities feared Jesus. Today we have a church neither feared or respected my millions. They found no reason to murder him. So they turned him over to the Jews, who did. But the guilt is equally shared by the Romans because they controlled the legal system. And the Romans, could have prevented His murder.

Today we Christians could be the controlling authority, if we wanted it bad enough. Thus preventing paganism from sweeping the country. Hell bent on secularizing America. And, once accomplished enacting laws criminalizing any public observances of the Christ of Christmas.

This what the civil authorities learned. Recognize religion by giving it a prominent place in society. Example! Internal Revenue Service allowing tax credits for money donated to churches. Bingo! Now the IRS has a tracking mechanism identifying Christians. For that to occur churches have to secure a c 501 (c) (4) status with the IRS. Bingo! Now the IRS has that same mechanism to identify every clergy person in America. With that recognition comes two results. First, the government has a mechanisms for the control of the people. Their old nemesis the Christians. Last, but not least in importance, the state has rendered Christians an useless threat to civil rule. Making the state top dog in the religious hierarchy. Step outside of government boundaries and your put out of business. With persecutions and prosecutions. Which is really a tragic history, for the church which started around the third century. With the decades turning into centuries with each new century making the church a duty bound servant to the government.

Another tragedy is banging at the door of the church! It is the Muslim community, who will never accept Christianity as having a vital role in their own world. That is what the conflict in the Middle East really boils down to. Turkey, a Muslim state not allowed membership in the Christian European Union. Added to the heap an even greater danger, ISSI. Islam is obsessed with a disease diagnosed as jihad. It is beginning to spread through out the United States. Unless this germ is destroyed, it will render all resemblances of meaningful Christianity to the death of ashes.

In order for there to be any regional peace Christian countries are going to have to abdicate all business as usual in Middle Eastern countries. Get out is the mantra there! Islamists make it impossible for Christians survived there let alone practice Christianity there. That is the goal wherever Muslims are in the majority. And they will succeed despite being told differently by the United States. The most hated government in the world by Muslims. Except for Israel. Think not! That this not the ultimate Islamic goal for Christianity in America.

This object lesson, Americans need to put people in congress, who will pass laws, to get rid of the Muslim presence in the United States. Based upon Paul’s advice to all the churches in Galatia. Paul asked? Nevertheless what does the Scriptures say? “Cast out the bondwoman and her son, (Ishmael), for the bondwoman and her son shall not be heir with the son of the free-woman, (Issac), ” Galatians 4:30; Genesis 21:10. Why? Because, “Now we, brethren, as Isaac are the children of promise. But he, who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the spirit, even so it is now,” Galatians 4:29.

Since we do not know the exact date for the birth of Christ this sheds a little light on how Christmas became so commercialized and neutralized. We Christians need to move away from the darkness of Saturn to the light of the Son. Failure to do so may once again see Christians celebrating the birth of Christ in the shadows of yet one, or another oppressor their government or Islam.

Missing links birth of Christ found

What a mystery, determining the birthday for the baby Jesus. Yesterday we learned why. Ended up being a little scary. More like Halloween because of its scariness. The difference though it’s real!

Maybe knowing His birthday isn’t important, because after all, it’s a human thing. Because we are talking about a person, who had no beginning and is without an ending. Which for many makes Him a very intriguing person. So we learn this about the life of Jesus as it unfolded, revealing him to be a person of astonishing courage and talent, if the latter can be labeled a talent. Defying government, religious officials, healing the sick, even returning life to the dead and His murder by the Jews and Romans. Most astonishing His own return to life. Which He said, was symbolic to the experience most of His followers would encounter. But just like Himself, they would never taste the second death. Because they too, would be resurrected to life. A life with Him, forever!

Nevertheless, hearing Him teach, and then seeing His courage and life defying accomplishments. What’s amazing, His followers never marked His birth date. One would have thought, that they would have wanted to commemorate His birth for all posterity. The birth of such an unusual man. Just as remarkable, nor did any contemporary historians date his birth.

Then what are we to make of this? Maybe this! God commemorated His birth as follows. Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod, the king, behold, came wise men from the East to Jerusalem. Saying, “Where is He born king of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East, and have come to worship Him,” Matthew 2:1-2.

But that was then, it’s different for most today. Saying it’s just a clever made up fable from some very imaginative minds? The grand hoax of history? Those wise men represent the first secularization of Jesus. With most today coming to observe Jesus as Santa through glittering lights, mistletoe and halls decked with holly. Capped with gift giving and celebrators of plentiful dinners. For most, yes, it’s a hoax. Turned into a time of fun, and relaxation. And that’s why Christmas lives on the way it does, for so many. Helped along by profiteers, who worship the season for jingles it puts in their depleted bank accounts.

Here are those found missing links for the birth of Christ. The Bible is the worlds most unusual book. Though printed on inked pages. Having had endured endless translations. It’s accuracy has been preserved. Because it’s the living breathing Word of God, as announced in Revelation 19:13. Where we find a missing link to Christmas, “And He (Jesus) was clothed with a vesture (His body) dipped in blood; and His name is called THE WORD OF GOD.” That’s quite a journey from His birth to His declaration, “Abba, meaning Father,” it’s finished, it’s the meaning of Mark 14:36. Thus creating another found link to the birth of Christ. Because from His finished experience of life. THE LIVING WORD OF GOD lives within the Christians of Christmas. As recorded in 1 Corinthians 6:19, “WHAT! Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who dwells in you, whom you have of God, and you are not your own.” Can you imagine that during the season of gift giving its God who gave and gives. With this being as magical, as it is mysterious, an occurrence bearing this phenomenon. “The Spirit, living breathing WORD of GOD bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of (Christmas) God,” Romans 8:16. Here is what makes that experience possible, yet another found link to the Christ of Christmas. Though different from Adam, the birthing process is the same, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of live and he became a living soul,” Genesis 2:7. And incidentally, death can’t occur until God withdraws his breath from his creations nostrils.

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas, if it was just about receiving, would it? No not at all! So hears the gift God wants for Christmas. We were costly said God; “Therefore, glorify Me in your body and in your spirit. Because all of you, belongs to me.” See 1 Corinthians 6:20).

And for you naysayers, who can’t accept what you’ve read. Here’s why, it was prophetically announce in Isaiah 53:1, “Who has believed our report? To whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?” That arm reaches out, “Unto you a Savior is born,” Luke 2:11. And answered through John 12:39-40, “Therefore they could not believe … He has blinded their eyes, and hardened their hearts; that they should not see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and be *converted,* and I should heal them.” You have the breath of God in you; but you will not become a living soul, until you are *converted* to the Christ of Christmas. Then you’ll find the missing link of His birth. But, the links can’t be found through reasoning. It’s personal, and thus, experiential.

Then as you mature in Christ, the aforementioned will be understood. Merry Christmas because it’s an everyday experience.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Now that the Christmas is almost here 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.

Twinkle twinkle little star how we wonder who you are. What follows is some of who I am. So if I sit atop your tree, think of me the rest of the year.

But before going on, it should be understood that seeing the halls decked with holly. Along with flashing lights with ample mistletoe is 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’s a way of recuperation. Although difficult because of work and other responsibilities people should find time for merry making every day. Its equivalent can be found by taking Holy Communion because this holy sacrament helps rejuvenate our souls. We are a trio of sacredness which includes body, soul and spirit. Merry making for the sou; can be accomplished by reading our holy scriptures. 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, here are some every day aspects about Christmas. With the providence of time, God sent the angel to visit a rather ordinary woman named Mary. Gabriel made some rather astonishing remarks for 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 Joseph’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. Joseph 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 are those aspects of Christmas to be valued. Exemplified by Joseph. Which extends, beyond Christmas day and makes a circular journey. The supernatural always intersects with the natural of human nature. It is that most are unaware of this supernatural natural phenomenon. Most likely because a complete lack of interest and because this phenomenon move across our time line 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.

Now the historical, in which, Gabriel announces that Jesus would inherit David’s throne, his father. Which was a supernatural declaration, described in Matthew 1:1. And then reigning over the house of Jacob, or Israel. And his kingdom forever which shall have no end. Obviously, this kingdom is a future occurrence. And is a 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 from the United Nations through its membership governments and the worlds media conglomerates. The only way the Arab Muslim world, and governments making up the United Nations will succeed with their mandates for peace will be by force. That is exactly the likely scenario from our 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 have known not a man.” With Gabriel responding, “With God, nothing shall be impossible!” With Mary answering, “Behold!” “The handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.”

In short summary here are a few every day aspects for observing Christmas in a practical way. How the supernatural aspects of God through his agents like Gabriel intersect with the natural of humanity. With Christmas representing our connection to the supernatural because our scriptures are supernatural. Like no other book ever written. They are the living breathing Word of God. And like Mary, we need to believe that with God nothing is impossible. That’s what Christmas means. Then Christmas means being responsible, and faithful to our families, as emulated by Joseph. Next we Christians, must offer our support to Israel for control of Judea, Samaria. In other words, ownership of all of Palestine. And never agreeing to share, or surrender Jerusalem to Muslim jurisdiction. Christmas had a beginning when Christ was born and Christmas will end when Jesus reigns from David’s thrown in Jerusalem. An event making Christmas complete every day. We must like Mary submit ourselves, and say, “… be it unto me according to your word.” And in a nut shell, so they say, the experience of Christmas before, during and after Christmas.

For those interested in reading the scriptural account for themselves. The following scriptures were used to express these thoughts. Luke 1:26,27,31,32,33,34,37 and verse 38.

Black Friday

Ever thought about the origin of Black Friday. Some say the term originated in Philadelphia because of poorly behaved pedestrians and vehicle traffic. As everyone rushed to start their Christmas shopping. Others say the expression was coined because the day after Thanksgiving lunched the business communities journey into the black journals of profits. After being stuck in the red, for most of the year.

Black Friday, is indeed a journey into the black but from a different perspective. Black as not being able to see that the rush to commercialism and consumerism has misplaced what the season is about.

God in his divine providence has seen such scenarios play out on the world scene from many different perspectives over the centuries. For modern America here is how God summed up such folly. Why do the heathen rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and rulers take counsel against the Lord, and against his anointed. Saying, let us break their bonds in pieces, and cast away their cords from us. (Texts:Psalms 2:1-3).

Make no mistake the kings of commercialism have taken counsel against our Lord. And for profits, they will do anything to destroy any awareness that the season should be a time of remembrance of a King born into a world for the forgiveness of sin. And that the people should reflect upon that journey with vigilance. Making things right between themselves, and Jesus, and their neighbors. For the sake of the King of Kings, who said, “But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteous; and all these things shall added unto you.” (Text:Mathew 6:33).

It has been said, he who laughs first doesn’t get the last laugh. And so it is because, “He that sets in the heavens shall laugh. The LORD shall have them in derision. Then he shall speak to them in his wrath, and distress them in his deep displeasure.” (Texts:Psalms 2:4-5). Anything, and everything that breaks asunder the cords that bonds the people to their creator will be distressed. Including the people, who participate in such follies. Look at your America! Because it’s just a faint shadow of what it once was, and that shadow will get longer and darker.

For the faithful in Christ, this is what merry making should be about. Because God said it, “Yet I have set my king on my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree, the LORD has said unto me, You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, I shall you give you the nations for your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” (Texts:Psalms 2:6-9). Not to fast, slowly absorb prophecy fulfilled and prophecy waiting. And ponder, will America be dashed in pieces like a potter’s vessel? The answer is forthcoming in another discussion.

Our God is merciful, and with every breath of harshness comes a plea. “Now therefore, be wise, O you kings; be instructed you judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son lest he be angry, and you perish in the way. When his wrath is kindled, but a little. Blessed are those that put their trust in him.” (Texts:Psalms 2:10-12).

In the end, it’s all about choice, whether it’s about commercialism and consumerism and the many other follies designed to destroy the purpose and intention of divine providence.

Obviously, there is nothing inherently wrong with commercialism and consumerism because they are gifts from from God. They become problematic, when selling and buying becomes the means for existence. Denying God his due reverence, as the maker of all avenues for successful selling and buying.

Perhaps another look, with a long reflection upon Matthew 6:33, might be helpful. Allowing God’s spirit, to help, to do, what God yearns to do. Which is to guide the seeker to learn, what needs to be learned. Because seeking the kingdom of God, and his righteousness is a complex walk. And, one is not likely to come upon it by accident.

Know your History know your God

The fourth Thursday in November, here is what it means. “Oh! That people would give thanks to the LORD for his goodness. And for his wonderful works to the children of men. For he satisfies the longing soul with goodness,” Psalms 107:8-9.

But it had its expressive origins, to a Jewish celebration, ordained by God, and known as the Feast of Tabernacles. Recorded in Deuteronomy 16:13-15. “You shall observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days. When you have gathered your threshing floor and from your wine press. And you shall rejoice in your feast, your, son, daughter, male, female servant, the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless and the widow, who is within your gates. Seven days you shall keep a sacred feast to the LORD God in the place which your God chooses. Because the LORD your God will bless you in all you produce and all the work of your hands, so that you may surely rejoice.”

In the providence of time a persecuted people, who had migrated to Holland and later to the new world of America. Emulated the customs set forth in Deuteronomy. Here are some interesting parallels.

Those early American settlers, the Pilgrims were the literal fulfillment of a series of promises made to  Abraham. “And I will make you exceedingly fruitful and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come out of you,” Genesis 17:6.

With Jacob calling his sons together to tell them about some future time, Genesis 49:1. One of his grandsons Manasseh was promised to become a great people, Genesis 48:19.

When those Pilgrims reached these American shores they possessed this innate awareness of truth. These Pilgrims saw themselves as the descendants of Abraham. Which they were, as are we, that’s why evil hates us so much, evil being Muslims, the devil knows his victor, and wants him destroyed. Who like the Israelites were promised  deliverance from the pharaohs of Egyptians. Making their way to cross the Red Sea to the promise land that would flow with milk and honey. Likewise the pilgrims who saw the Atlantic Ocean as their Red Sea to the promise land of America. Escaping the Kings of England, who symbolically were  their pharaohs.

History records that the Pilgrims celebrated their version of the Feast of the Tabernacles, ‘Thanksgiving for three days, on the last Thursday in November. Which in 1939, would have fallen on the 30 November 1939. But President Franklin D. Roosevelt change the holiday to the fourth Thursday in November. For the benefit of commerce because it would allow a few more shopping days before Christmas. Surely you have noticed all the hype over fewer shopping days this year before Christmas. Causing corporate conglomerates to jump start the commercialization of Christmas earlier. A colossal mistake because the season is about reverence for God, who would have liked to have provided spectacular success for individual riches, good will and peace. Which spills over, and shapes how the states and federal government govern. That influence is absent today by most of the American population. And the nation is decaying, you know it, as I do. But the nations power brokers say it isn’t so. Part the solution is found in Revelation 3:18, whose theme will be developed before the year ends.

Now the contrasts: It was President Abraham Lincoln, 1863, who signed into law the last day of November as the nations solemn day to give thanks to God for another bountiful harvest of food. Saying, “we have been recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown, but we have forgotten God.”

America needs to do two things. Reestablish the knowledge through out the land, that America is indeed the promise land. Commissioned to preach the gospel to a perishing world. And then, to return America to the Lincoln proclamation. Because his last sentence is what is plaguing America. Not this scuttlebutt, or nonsense, coming from the White House.

America future lies with its youth. American youth need to learn the contents of this discussion. And much more about the nations spiritual origins, and destiny. Therefore, churches are encouraged to teach their young people the contents of this discussion.