Our Finest Hour

By such humble pursuits of the following. One can not but obtain the worlds greatest wealth. Which is to know that, “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple,” Psalms 19:7. Please do not become offended by the word simple, Because we are in a state of simpleness, when compared with the magnificence of GOD Almighty, owner and creator of everything that is, Psalms 24:1-2, and Psalms 19:1.

Moving on to Psalms 19:8, “The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; (true path to wealth that matters) the commandment of the LORD is pure enlightening the eyes. (The eyes of our spirit connecting us with swirling world events. Some of which have been discussed in very recent discussions). How is this obtained? By seeking understanding, and then practicing the following.

“Who can understand his secret errors? (sins of omission) Cleanse thou me from secret faults.” Sin can be classified into two basic categories which are the sins of commission and omission. Sins of commission are sins people commit with full knowledge that the act is in violation of God’s law. God is so pure, holy and perfect that no person can meet his expectations which is to be pure, holy and perfect. Consequently we are incapable of even understanding certain offenses against God. These sins for purposes of communication are our sins of omission. Sins which people commit without any awareness that they are just as damming as the sins of commission. That is what Psalms 19:12-13 is all about. “Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from my secret faults. Keep thy servant (we in Christ are all servants) also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me.” Then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from my the great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”

That is why taking a stanza from, How Great Thou Art,” adds beauty to God’s mercy and those sacred words of the Psalmist.

As you read the stanza and chorus sing or hum along, and may the grace and mercy of God, minister to your spirit, as is my experience every time I do so. Which is the bases and foundation for this discussion.

And when I think that God, his son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scare can take it in;
That on the cross, My burden bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

Then sings my soul, My Savior God to Thee,
How great Thou art, How Great Thou art!

And by God’s perfect design our sins known to us, (sins of commission) as well as those unknown to us (omission) are forgiven. “Then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression,” Psalms 19:14. We can not remain ignorant of our secret faults (sins of omission) which blocks our spiritual growth. And in due time, Numbers 6:24-26, will be our experience. Which reads, “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance, and give you peace.” As the combined scriptures of this discussion become our reality.

A one time wonder

Hey I’m old! Been around a long time and can’t do this rescue thing anymore. So God has indited me. And the charges are severe and will impact America in ways unimaginable to most.

So here’s my indictment. And to the angel of the church of Laodiceans write. “These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God. I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I would you were cold or hot. So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, I am rich and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing. And do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked.”(Texts:Revelation 3:14-17).

That church and her six sister churches which are picturesque of church history. Managed to accomplished some mighty deeds for the cause of Christ, despite their short comings.

So here we are a conglomerate of all those churches. With some churches still at it for the cause of Christ in magnificent ways. Because God said that He would never be without a voice. With the elements of the universe also giving such testimony. (Texts Romans 1:19-20; Acts 14:17). And as such it is written, Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen. Saying “Blessed be the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.”

And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher rebuke Your disciples.” But He answered, and said unto them, “I tell you that, if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” (Texts:Luke 19:37-40).

Why the church is a failed institution

Many people like to pride themselves with their ability to think and act independently. They play with notions like “why be normal” suggesting an ability to see the glass half full instead of half empty or to “draw outside the box” suggesting a willingness to behave non conventionally.

In reality it is very hard not be normal or to be able to draw outside of the lines. It goes back to the age old argument of which came first knowledge or consciousness? Many Christians would argue consciousness came first. Suggesting that God upon the birth of a child, has instilled in that child’s spirit the knowledge between right and wrong. This padre takes the notion that understanding came first than consciousness. And that consciousness is not associated with the spirit God instills in the human species. Consciousness is associated with our mental apparatus. From our mental apparatus, we become knowledgeable.

The goal of society is to indoctrinate its members to think and act according to certain preordained concepts. Society as a whole has done an outstanding job in molding the way people think and act. Here is an example. This padre has spent years working with defense lawyers, prosecutors and judges. Here is what they have told me. Most convictions are secured because defendants confess to their crimes. Many prosecutors believe these confessions result from being instructed to tell the truth from infancy. The point is that understanding comes first from the counsel of family and outside influences of religion and government. When they are through with most of us, we than have a conscious. Which than becomes our knowledgeable data base, from which most function from. With that consciousness most are rendered brain dead. Completely unable to determine if the glass is half full or half empty. Never really able to actively draw outside of the box. For most, there is an abhorrence to the notion of being able to draw outside of the box. However, many will still cling to those fanciful notions. They just can not act upon them.

Once a nations people have been programed with the consciousness of understanding as determined by religion and the government. Then most Christians act in conformity to the wishes of the state. As if the state, supersedes the church. Unfortunately it does, because most Christians are not in touch with the Holy Spirit who dwells in them. This is a topic people need to learn about. It is what liberates us from the arguments of what came first knowledge or conscientiousness. The Holy Spirit empowers us to know that the glass is half full and that we must create our pictures from outside of the box.

War serves as a easy example to understand. Christians are to quick to march off to war invading foreign and sovereign nations at the behest the government. They are convinced that they are on a preordained mission from God to accomplish three goals. First they must bring democracy to the conquered country. Then they must see to the establishment of their God’s economic system which is capitalism. Then they must Christianize the nation because Christianity is the cement that makes capitalism and democracy work. Which is most unfortunate, because those three priorities work to advance the state and not the church. Those three lies have worked so effectively that it is almost impossible to persuade the church that it is not within the radar of the Christ modus operandi.

The United States is a conglomerate of Christian religions, imperialists government, and predatory capitalism. Which has been accustomed to seeing itself, as beacon of light on a mountain top for the world to emulate. With that twisted perception, they have with impunity marched around the globe and inflicted Americanism upon an unwilling people. Now the world community is saying. We have had enough of Americanism. Some members of the world community are turning the tables on the exporters of Americanism. Many innocent people are suffering because of those conglomerate of Americanism; right here in these good old United States.

If ever their was a time to learn how to see the glass half full, and how to use the Christ skills of drawing outside the box, now is that time. Unconventional behavior is the call of the hour employing the tactics of the previous two postings. Readers of this padre’s postings know that this padre is a practitioner of liberation theology. Which translate into active militancy of the people of God, to change the course of the nations destiny. You will notice the emphasis on the people of God. That is because this padre has concluded that most churches are not up to the task for reasons stated in this posting. More importantly, this padre is equally convinced that scores of God’s people absent themselves from places of worship which includes people outside of Christendom. Because the connections between Old and New Testament God centered militancy, is not observable whether Jew or Christian from among those institutions.

It should be understood that God acts violently quite often in order to encourage individual and national repentance. It’s observable through the many aspects of nature. The most powerful weaponry of destruction in the hands of Christians is found in Hebrews 4:12. Which accomplishes what bullets, bombs and the most sophisticated of weapons can not. And it’s recorded in 2 Corinthians 5:17. It’s sophistication is found in Isaiah 55:11 and John 3:8.

Two life stories-hymnal lyrics-scriptural connections

O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power through out the universe displayed.

What brought that kaleidoscope of changing patterns for the lyrics of a world famous hymn, “How Great Thou Art.” The story goes something like this. A young clergyman, Carl Gustaf Bogerg, walking home from church was caught in a severe thunder storm with very strong winds. Some accounts have the storm so violent that he almost lost his life. But the storm past, as quickly as it appeared. Allowing for the glorious luminous brightness of the sun. To magnify the beauty of the waters of a bay in Sweden where he lived. From that experience, he wrote a poem with nine verses in 1865. Chronicling his kaleidoscope of magnified patterns of God’s handy works which was first published in 1891. He had titled the poem, “O Store Gud,” meaning, “O Great God.” Later translated into English by Stuart K. Hine as, “How Great Thou Art,”

We can only imagine what really grasped his soul as he penned those nine verses. Drawing from his near death experience to the calm of the sunshine over the bay with the birds singing from the tress. It is also said that in the distance he heard the chiming of church bells. Setting the stage for the spirit of God inside him to create a powerful witness to the wondrous magnitude of God. No doubt in many ways accomplishing what is written in John 6:44, “No man can come to me, except the Father, who has sent me, draws him …”

I personally, know the power of such works because that is how my own conversion occurred. All alone, reading a book,” The Seven Deadly Sins,” in 1954. Which was the cultivation of being called to be a priest at a very young age. Before I was old enough to start school. What happened February 5, 1954 was the culmination of a child’s experience.

Concerning Boberg’s inner experience of thoughts; I can not chronicle. But here are a few of mine as I listen to the hymn, “How great Thou Art.” Perhaps they also had some impact upon Carl Gustaf Boberg; as he penned his poem.

When I consider thy heavens, the works of thy fingers,
the moon and the stars which you have ordained,

What is man, that thou art mindful of him?
And the son of man that you visit him?

For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels,
and hast crowned him with glory and honor.

Thou hast made him to have dominion over the works of thy hands;
thou hast put everything under his feet:

All sheep and oxen, yea,
and the beast of the field,

The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea,
and whatsoever passes through the paths of the seas,

O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth, Psalms 8:3-9.

Then signs my soul, My Savior God to Thee,
How great Thou Art, How great Thou Art.
Then signs my soul, My Savior God to Thee,
How great Thou Art, How Great Thou Art.

Adjusting the calendar year.

In many respects Palm Sunday ending with His resurrection. Signals the beginning of a new year, for those of us, who have experienced newness of life, as result of the victory of Jesus over death. “Then if you were risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Scriptural Texts: Colossians 3:1-3).

Causing this effect, “Whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in Him. They who say they abide in Him ought themselves also walk, just as He walked. (Scriptural Texts:1 John 2:5-6).

With the mind set not upon the mundane which creates experiences of a life hid with Christ in God. Because now His word is kept enabling us to walk even as Christ walked. All this can lead to some unexpected opportunities from an ageless voice which calls, and says, “Come follow me.” Know this, it’s has nothing to do with oneself. Because the great Creator of everything that was, is, and will be, surely doesn’t need we mortals to accomplish what ever He has determined. Rather it is by privilege that we heed the call, “Come follow me.”

It’s tied with the discussion the other day, “For 2016 the only hope.”

Foundatain of peace and prosperity

Now the LORD said unto Abram, (Abraham) pack it up and leaving everything behind. And go to a land that I will provide for you. Because I have huge plans for you, “And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. And I will bless them that bless you, and curse them that curse you; and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed,” Genesis 12:1-3. Recently, 19 Sept 15, several godly tips were mad available. One of them stating, “That there is no escaping what God has declared. Not in accordance with human speculation but rather by divine intuition.”

Such an easy formula for peace and prosperity. It’s not just a formula for nation states but for individuals as well. For regular readers, perhaps you’ve noticed the emphasis that has been placed on individuals with recent discussions. That’s how things originate and spread like bush fires of spiritual freedom. Because it’s by the design of Christ. Get with it and get blessed! Stand with Israel.

For those interested, this padre does a series of spirited discussions on the Israeli/American connection. Interested? Find this padre through the ‘contact us’ tab associated with the navigation link.

And for those really interested, this padre would like to return the Bible to our public schools, as an elective subject. And the Israeli/American connection would be apart of that curriculum. But it takes money, interested in helping launch such a project get in touch! Because Americas future depends on Christian leadership in the home, community and work place. As it is now, Christ has been shown the back door. And America will increasingly pay the consequences, as it moves more and more towards secularism and godlessness.