gift of all gifts

Our blood stream, the river of life is built in the body. The foods we eat, the liquids we drink and the air we breath. From our blood stream the bodies cells are made nourished and maintained.

Every eleven months we have a new set of billions of miraculous body cells.

Every two years we have an entirely new set of bones and hard tissues every ninety days.

“I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderful made. Marvelous are your works, and that my soul knows very well,” See Psalms 139:14.

With gratitude learn pray the scriptures. And you might experience His answers to what troubles you. This Padre has studied the scriptures and has made many discoveries. God expects us worship Him and worship expresses love. The scriptures teach that we were created in His image. See Genesis 1:26. What do we crave? Love. Therefore, it’s reasonable that our Creator has the same cravings. In prayer tell God the following. “How precious also are Your thoughts to me. O God! How great is the sum of of them If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with you. See Psalms 139:17-18.

getting the most out of life

Time is precious and fly’s by. So here are a few highlights because a special breed of persons was and is being addressed. People having an urge to satisfy and express their spirituality for the betterment of humanity. But the church has failed them miserably, so they have either dropped out, or just go through the motions in a disinterested way.

It was asked, who make the best truth seekers? Often it goes this way, “I was found by those, who did not seek me; I was made manifest to those who did not ask of me.” See Romans 10:20. That experience was applicable to the Apostle Paul and many others before and after him. Including me and maybe you. Arguing that Paul was the greatest churchman ever to live. Because he, moved the planet from one paradigm to another. Ushering in a purposeful Christendom with his authorship of the book of Acts through to Hebrews. Master them and you’ll be good to go for purposeful living. Here are some absolutes for an effective Christ walk. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”Hebrews 11:1.

“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of the things which are visible.” See Hebrews 11:3.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” See Hebrews 11:6.

Wait for this, and when it comes you’ll have it all. See Romans 8:25.

the patmos experience

This isn’t a suspenseful journey on the orient express, as some novelist have suggested. But rather, a some times infamous journey into a time yet to come reported by an author named John. Who was one of twelve, who traveled with Jesus. After the murder of Jesus, he got himself into trouble with the governing authorities, and for that its rumored that he got himself exiled to an island called Patmos.

As a prelude to some startling declarations concerning events to impact this place we mortals call earth. In the last of four other documents he authored. He sums up his experience with Jesus while He was alive and after His death. Saying it was stressful and required considerable patience’s to persevere in what he called, “For the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. John was setting the stage for how people should behave today under such circumstances.

John makes it clear that Jesus was murdered on our behave. And because that occurred, redemption is ours by his split blood. Therefore some say Christianity is a slaughter house religion. It’s their way of mocking those who live for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. We all know that there can be no life without blood. Suggestive that the converse must occur for their to be life after death for those redeemed by Jesus.

From the heavens this is a continuous reoccurring happening unbeknown to most of us. Were four living creatures or animals. Are standing among the twenty four elders. But in their midst in kaleidoscopic fashion was a slain Lamb. Having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. See Revelation 5:6.

Which suggests that the Christ purpose for earthlings is a saga in progress. With seven being the number of perfection seen picturesquely as horns and eyes. Denoting strength where nothing on earth goes unnoticed. So from the throne room of heaven a promise made centuries ago finds residency among us as the Helper. Jesus put it this way, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you, but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” See John 16:7.

And, He is continuously called upon till this very moment. Because this continuous event is shared, Note, “And when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.” See Revelation 5:8.

he’s there 4 the looking


“Because what may be known of God is manifest in them. For since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes are clearly seen. Being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” See Romans 1:20.

Brief exegesis. Paul declares, “What may be known of God is manifest in them.” Your birth. Discover how you mirror God. Details tomorrow. In the meantime look at the rest of creation. It’s that observation that confirms His essences of existence.

mood swings

The LORD executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.

For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.

As for man, His days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.

But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children. To such as keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commandments to do them. See Psalms 103:6-18.

the preachers mind set

“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, ‘All is vanity.'” And moreover because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs. The Preacher sought to find acceptable words, and what was written was upright. Words of truth. The words of the wise are like goads (stimulants), and the words of scholars are like well driven nails, given by the Shepherd. And furthermore my son, be admonished. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh.

Let us hear the conclusion of the matter. Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every man’s work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil. See Ecclesiastes 12:8-13.

mirroring yesterday as today

Some hundred of years ago a group of people on a ship called, The Mayflower, voyaged upon a sixty-six day journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Eventually reaching the shores of what would become the The United States of America. With the sole intent of creating a lifestyle for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith. They did so because life in Europe, as Christians was becoming more and more insufferable. Because kings through out Europe saw themselves as the solemn authority over the affairs of humanity, and not God Almighty.

Suppose we could reverse history because life in America was becoming insufferable. Because the American federal legislature and its president see themselves, as the solemn authority over the affairs of humanity and not God. Hold on, and don’t bring down the rafters with laughter by saying that’s ridiculous. It’s that way already! It’s just absent any collective legislative, presidential or judicial declaration.

How else can one justify same sex marriages as the law of the land. That has now evolved to the degree that same sex litigants are seeking judicial relief through our legal system. With judges conferring parental rights to homosexuals by designating one litigate as the husband or viceversa depending upon the litigants standing before the judge. Not long ago such judges making such rulings would have been impeached. With the loss of their license to practice law. Today they are hailed as hero’s for their willingness to go were the country has never before dared to go.

We’ve recently witnessed another graduation season at the nation military academies. Where the academies hierarchies decided that cadets could declare their preferred gender. Temporarily, they can’t be commissioned as officers. Until the U.S. Department of Defense decides whether or not cadets can declare a gender that they are not.

Democrat, Misty Snow of Utah, who is credited as being the first openly transgender person is hoping to make history. By declaring her candidacy to unseat U.S Rep Chris Stewart in the states 2nd. Congressional District in 2018.

More, and more people are rallying behind the acceptance of homosexuality and transgender issues, as the progressive enlightenment among the American people.

And any notion, like that of our forefathers, who fled Europe because as Christians their lifestyle there had become intolerable. Banned together and vowed for the, “Creating of a lifestyle for the glory of God, and the advancement of the Christian faith.” If you are familiar with the Mayflower Compact, then you know that it was also their intention to create a republic form of government to mirror the aforementioned declaration. Today such declarations are seen as expressions of intolerance and thus irrelevant. With the worse yet to come, as the substance of such declarations are made to be illegal.

freakish things about a place called heaven

When most think of heaven, they don’t think of a place of boisterous raucous combustion. Which seem to be adequate description of that place called heaven. So lets take a peek into God’s throne room and see what’s there.

Said a guy named John, I looked up, and behold! I saw an opened door to the heavens. A little startled I was because I often look to the heavens and marvel at there changing beauty. And wondered what’s up there, and what secrets do they hide. Never did I ever see a path way of entrance beyond my sight. It was very different today. Suddenly a thunderous voice roared. COME UP HERE! And I will show you things which have, or will take place.

So up I went, but not as my usual self. It was a very different experience maybe because of being oxygen deprived, or by the speed that I was being propelled. Or who knows, perhaps it was all illusionary on my part. With heaven coming down to meet me, and to suck me into its midst.

When I finally regained my equilibrium, I saw a throne with someone sitting on it. If it was God. Yes I’m sure it was Him. It was the God I served before I was exiled to a place of island seclusion. Because I was always talking about Him in ways the that upset the religious, and political authorities.

His appearance was one of incomprehensible human understanding. Best characterized by the solidness of the jasper and sardius stones. Stones of beauty not easily penetrable designed to endure. Then there was this magnificent rainbow engulfing His throne. It too had the beauty and strength of a stone. And because it was green in color, perhaps it also represented constant newness and purity. All of it signifying ever lasting durability.

There I stood flabbergasted because of seeing twenty four people also sitting on thrones. They were dressed in white robes and wore golden crowns on their heads. And from their thrones came flashing bolts of lightning, followed by roaring thunder claps. Including unidentifiable voices.

More bizarre were the seven lamps of fire burning before the throne that God sat on. Were those seven lamps of fire really His seven Spirits? What is this I mused? One God having seven Spirits within Him? Eventually concluding that the seven lamps of fire represented seven spirits of different gods. Which is, more consistent with other contextual recordings. Like this historical declaration, “God stands in the congregation of the mighty; He judges among the gods.”

I thought, am I having a frankkenstein experience? Because then. I noticed before His throne there appeared a substance like clear glass. There around His throne were four living creatures. The strangest sight that I’ve ever seen. They had eyes not just on their faces but also on the back of their heads. Only one had a face of a human. The other three looked like a lion, calf and eagle.

Even more bizarre each creature had six wings, and were full of eyes around and within. Astonishing as it might sound they did not rest by day or night. What was there purpose? Were they a protective security force to safe guard heaven and its ultimate authority? Announcing to any nefarious entities the following 24/7. “Holy, holy, holly, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”

How much of this can I endure, John must have pondered. For this day it’s almost over. With John observing the following. Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him, who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever. The twenty four elders fall down before Him, who sits on the throne and they worship Him who lives forever and ever, and casting their crowns before the throne saying, “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor. For you, created all things!”

For the curious see, Revelation 4:1-11; Revelation 1:9; Psalms 82:1.

You might want to read yesterdays discussion, as it revealed some give and takes, between God and his assembly of associated or lesser god’s.

why isis will not be defeated unless

Whether it’s rhetoric from, President Donald Trump, or from one of his surrogates, such as, United States Secretary of State, James Mattis, to, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley. ISIS will not be defeated!

Though ISSI was an Islamic declaration establishing statehood for Muslims. Intended to rally Muslims to come home, and join the fight to capture the world for Allah. It would be done through the leadership of their long anticipated Caliph.

How could the west counter a sacred Islamic prophecy of a Caliph. The west couldn’t without alienating millions of Muslims. People they think they need in the fight against ISSI. That represents short sightedness because it’s counter to what devout Muslims believe and want. Muslims want world peace as much as anyone. But it must come in accordance with Islamic teachings. So those millions of Muslims will wait for the right time, and respond to the person whom they perceive as the true Caliph.

So the west, not wanting to offend Muslims used a substitute expression for the announced Caliph. Because the United Nations, nor any of its surrogates states wanted to indict Islam or insult an Islamic prophetic figure. So they accepted the ISSI characterization of itself as jihadist because its less offensive. And it fails to characterize Muslims as a whole for what they are, jihadists. Who want to see the community of nations ruled by a Caliph, who will govern the world by employing Islamic laws and tenets.

It’s not the the west doesn’t know that, they do! But they see it as an unmanageable problem, so they prefer to manage Islamic terror, as opposed to telling of the truth.

Muslim terror isn’t knew its been with the community of nations for centuries. The apostle Paul saw the following as a perfect remedy. Nevertheless what does the scripture say? Cast out the bondwoman, (Hagar mother of Ishmael) and her son, (Ishmael the father of Islam) for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the free woman. See Galatians 4:30. (Sarah the wife of the Jewish patriarch Abraham, who would give birth to Isaac. That lineage continues to the birth of Jesus. And from Jesus, that lineage continues today. But it’s conditional today, based upon a spiritual rebirth. Adequately described in Romans 10:9-13. It’s the story of Resurrection Sunday or what most of the American society calls Easter.

Everything in parentheses represents exegesis by this writer.

What is to follow in the days to come will be discussions, as to why the apostle advised the churches at Galatia to get rid of Muslims but they failed to do so. Nevertheless, his rational lives today, and this padre suspects with the same results. There is only one remedy for getting rid of our Muslim population. Thus giving America a chance of survival as a republic under God. It’s called prayer. Massive prayer meeting by the populace and the government begging God for forgiveness and mercy.

What is to follow is taken out of context. But it’s picturesque of what is needed as a remedy. Indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying, “For He is good, for His mercy endures forever.” Suddenly, all activity ceased because of a great cloud that covered the nation; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God or America.

Make it happen O Lord through your Lampstands in which you stand in their midst. Having dispersed your angels was warriors and protectors of a repentant United States of America. See 2 Chronicles 5:13-14; Revelation 1:13;20

a well traveled road still a mystery

Decadence is sweeping the nation with greater acceptability by the American populace. The greatest truth teller ever provided this warning, as a supernatural forecaster. Go and tell this people, “Keep on hearing but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.” Make the hearts of this people dull, and their eyes heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and return and be healed.” See Isaiah 6:9-10. A prophetic announcement launched by Jesus with all kinds of ramifications through the centuries.

Centuries later the Son of that truth teller, a future forecaster in His own right reaffirmed His Father’s words to Isaiah, as a message for today. “Therefore, I speak to them in parables because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And seeing you will see and not perceive; for the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes have closed, lest should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.” See Matthew 13:13-15.

In that all the senses of perception are nonfunctional as conduits for healing. How are the nations people going to put in reverse the decadence sweeping the nation by practice or acceptability?

The ways of divine providence though its mysteriousness represents the only vehicle of reversal from decadent behavior by deed or acceptability. There are various formulas available to erase decadency by practice or agreement.

The mockers of Jesus as He hung on that cross by driven nails into His bodies. Shouted these prophetic truth, “Hail, King of the Jews!” See John 19:3. Sometimes all it takes is a scriptural word or phrase to bring about change. Paul writing to Timothy and us, wrote, “I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate. that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing. Which was manifest in His own time. He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of Kings and Lord of lords.” See 1 Timothy 6:13-15.

“These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings. And those who are with Him are called chosen and faithful.” See Revelation 17:14.

“And He has on His robe, and on His thigh a name written. KING of KINGS and LORD of LORDS.” See Revelation 19:16.

“For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the division of the soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12.

Just by saying the right word, king, at the right time has piercing effect of Hebrews 4:12. It was made sacred when Pilate’s  soldiers mocked Jesus on the cross. Saying, Hail, King of the Jews.

The word blessed in, Psalms 1:1, carries all the significances of Hebrews 4:12. It’s easy to use in lots of conversations. Like in a greeting or as a good bye remark. Like I’m glad to see you or have a blessed day. Not only does it call into play Hebrews 4:12, but also, Isaiah 55:11, “So shall My word that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me void, but shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing which I sent it.” Bring about this remarkable occurrence, “The wind blows were it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone born of the Spirit.” See John 3:8.

And that’s the way divine providence through its mysteriousness is the vehicle of reversal from decadent behavior by deed or acceptability.

And that’s why, we in Christ don’t have to use violence to change the world. It can be done by the usage of a single word. This padre suggests that you memorize as many scriptures as possible. Then be focused, as you encounter people using a word, a phrase, a verse or more. All done with faith upon the cited scriptures. Letting them reap the glory for our resurrected Christ.

The undertaker came but in fear.

With this utterance by Jesus, “It is finished.” He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. And all the power brokers, one suspects, sighed with relief because their power and authority remained intact.

Little did they know that what they thought they had ended was just beginning.

After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus; but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate if he might take away Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission.

And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury.

Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So there they laid Jesus because of the Jews Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby. (Scriptural texts John 19:30;38-42).

And all was quiet, so it seemed; but Jesus, had already prepared his disciples for centuries  long tours of duties. Tagged as, “Dreams to live hope to give.” Up for the task, are you? If so, see that discussion dated, 12 April 2017.

White House celebrates the arrest of Christianity

Holy Week moved closer to its climax, when Jesus cried with a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Scriptural text:Matthew 27:46). John in chapter 19:30, put it this way. When Jesus, therefore, had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished.” And bowing His head, He gave up the spirit.” Adding more closure to the seven days that changed the world.

Good thing it happened then because the modern church is only up to capitulation and not change. As typified, by the annual Easter egg roll on the Monday after Resurrection Sunday. The government should be afraid of angering the church because of such mockery. Especially as one considers the drama of the past week and what’s it’s suppose to mean for the future. Ponder carefully the following and determine your role in the future.

It started eight days ago, when two disciples did as Jesus instructed. They brought to him an ass, and a colt, the foul of an ass. (Scriptural texts:Matthew 21:2;5-7). Then the multitudes who went before, and those who followed, cried saying, “HOSANNA-meaning liberator-the Son of David! Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord! HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST!” (Scriptural text:Matthew 21:9). And when he came to Jerusalem, all the city was moved saying, “Who is this?” So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.” (Scriptural text:Matthew 21:11).

And the week ended victoriously, and behold there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. (Scriptural text:Matthew 28:2). And for fear of him the keepers (guards sent by Pilate) did shake, and became as dead men. (Scriptural text:Matthew 28:4). And the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know you seek Jesus, who was crucified. HE IS NOT HEAR; FOR HE IS RISEN, AS HE SAID, COME SEE THE PLACE WHERE THE LORD LAY.” (Scriptural texts:Matthew 28 5-6).

Ending the old agreement of life under the law with all of it’s Jewish customs and rituals. Which served as a preparatory avenue for the ushering in of a new agreement between humanity and God. A contract between we Christians and God which reads, “Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead through the body of Christ, that you are married to another. To Him, who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.” See Romans 7:4;6.

Which has not been accepted by most Jewish people within Israel and through out the world. For that matter, this new agreement has mostly been rejected by the so called Christian community too. Except for the pompous ceremony and sparkling glamor of Easter. And for their rejection of Hosanna, the liberator of temporal troubles in the present time, as well as spiritual blindness. They like the guards sent by Pilate to guard His grave, are as dead people just like much of Christendom today. And, that is the story of Holy Week. Hosanna in the highest, would have us honor His resurrection by serving as liberators from temporal needs and spiritual darkness.

Easter, ever wonder where such an expression originated? Certainly not from Jesus. From previous discussions about those seven days, Jesus left clear instructions as to how He wanted to be remembered. He did not mention anything about Easter.

As best, as can be determine, Easter is a derivation of Eostra, the goddess of both dawn and spring. Supposedly, it dates back to the honoring of the vernal equinox of spring. Employing the Easter rabbit as a symbol of fertility, with the colored eggs symbolizing the growth of new life.

Well, one thing we know, Easter is what Holy Week is mostly about for most of Christendom. Who benefits, the most from the celebration of Easter? The very segments of society Jesus fought with. The merchants, government and apostate religions! The sales associated with Easter jingles ample profits into their collective bank accounts. Making the Easter season one the most profitable of the year. Especially, for area restaurants.

Governments love the Easter season, also. Because the Easter season is seen by them as a means of keeping the population in check. Meaning none of this nonsense Jesus encouraged. Like a government responsibility to use its influence to encourage its citizens to understand that temporal and spiritual solutions are found through their Father in heaven. And that governments need to absorb wise godly counsel from the church.

Whether Christ followers like it or not, government does not do anything out of fear of the church. Angering Christians over such mockery of what the season really means never enters the minds of most modern day politicians. Instead the government sees its role as enriching the few and impoverishing the many. Contrary to the secondary meaning of what what the season is about. Which is, one of liberation from temporal needs. Of course, the primary purpose being, “Unless you repent you shall likewise perish.” See Luke 13:1-3. And today, who is right there opposing the Christ way? By supporting government shenanigans, none other than many, not all, Christian churches. Celebrating by ignorance or on purpose paganism.

In the United States, one might argue that the government celebrates the arrest of Christianity with its annual, White House Easter roll. Which dates back to 1878, and takes place on Easter Monday. If we the church, today practiced the teachings of Christ. There would be no such annual shenanigans. But today, if such bravery were attempted the government would have us arrested as extremist and labeling us a dangerous militia. Which may be a good thing because there is a need to put the fear of God among those, who think that they know better than Jesus, what is good for the nation. And if you have read previous discussions, that represents blasphemy. A sin God condemns, but has been twisted to mean something that’s misleading.

This is some of what it takes to make the church effective in a modern twenty first century society. The Resurrection is about choice. It is recorded in Deuteronomy 30:19, “I call haven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing, therefore choose life, that both you and your decedents may live.” From Joshua 24:15, “And if it seems evil to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…. But as for me and my house, we shall serve the LORD.” Should the decision be made not to agree with Moses and Joshua to choose life and serve the Lord. Jesus makes the consequences quite clear. And he, who does not take up the cross and follow after me is not worthy of Me.” (Scriptural text:Matthew 10:38).

Being unworthy of Jesus is something to be avoided. Because, it has only negative consequences. Empires like the United States disappear while on its way to nothingness. While the people bear much suffering in the process. There are tell tale signs along the way such as governmental confusion as to how to govern. Lawlessness increases exponentially and moral decadence becomes the new normal. Like hearing a man refer to his male partner as his wife. When such is the case, as in the United States, this then is her destiny. Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. Unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. (Scriptural text:Psalms 127:1).

There is a certain amount of self denial required when following Jesus. He said, those who will follow me, must deny themselves, and take up My cause as symbolized by the My cross. (Scriptural text: Mark 8:34). “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.” (Scriptural text:Mark 8:35). Such statements have to do with arguing for the provision of temporal needs for the people. Opposing merchants, apostate religious leaders, governments, who are sure to stand in the way. It’s in that context that the preaching of the gospel is never absent. The power of the gospel is the world changer. It’s a weapon of war as metaphorically illustrated by the Psalmist concerning another declared evil. Psalms 127:3-5, Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD. The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them. But, they shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

One might suspect some additional worthy battles against such powerful foes would include the following. Temporal provisions such as universal health care, ObamaCare doesn’t qualify. Livable wages indexed to inflation, restructuring the tax system, universal affordable housing, free education beyond high school, reigning in global warming, embryonic stem cell research, limiting war to just wars like the war against Nazism, and today, the war against Islam a parallel evil. Just to cite a few examples. And never to be forgotten, the words of Jesus. As to who are the greater sinners. Using the Galileans, the unfortunate people who experienced death accidentally as metaphors. “I tell you, no; but unless you repent, you will likewise perish.” (Texts:Luke 13:1-5).

To do otherwise would be to succumb to our Caesar’s.They cried out! “Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!”  Pilate said unto them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, we have no king but Caesar!” (Scriptural text:John 19:15). And that is the echoing call, of modern day America. Led sadly enough, by most of Christendom. A nation that has chosen death over life. With God keeping a careful record. And if anyone has noticed, we, and our decedents seem to be headed towards a very dismal tomorrow. (Scriptural text:Deuteronomy 30:15). Because, so few are able to hear the centuries old echo from Joshua. “As for me and my house, we shall serve the LORD.” And by all means, keep your quiver full of arrows. And know that however, you use those dimensional mysteriousness of those arrows they pierce not causing death but life. For it is recorded. The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two two edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Scriptural text:Hebrews 4:12). From your quiver of arrows, pray that those shot, will experience confessed sins and acceptance of Christ, as redeemer and life reformer. Declaring that they, and their household shall serve the LORD.

Glorious, and victorious resurrection to all, as we journey to Holy Week 2018. May His cause be lived through us. As it’s recorded for us, “They that say that they abide in Him, ought themselves also to walk even as He walked.” (Scriptural text:1 John 2:6). The true meaning of Holy Week with its climatic discovery of the risen Christ.